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Where To Buy Affordable Art

Art makes a house a home. Without walls adorned in art, a house never feels quite lived in or personal enough. A great art collection can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be! So we sought out to remedy that. We went on a mission to furnish the walls of a gorgeous coastal-chic pad with accessible, affordable artwork and wound up partnering with the wonderful people at Minted.com to curate a gallery of the best independent artists with prints starting as low as $21. Each piece in our Lori Dennis curated collection was hand-selected by our team to comprise an eclectic mix of coastal photography and abstract paintings and etchings.  You can Shop the collection here. Minted Art connects consumers like you and me with independent artists from all over the world bringing a fresh, affordable perspective to the market.  The Lori Dennis curated collection includes pieces from artists and photographers with severe cases of wanderlust, like Dallas-based photographer Erica Connolley or San Francisco-based graphic designer and painter, Paper Dhalia.


Holiday Gift Guides for Everyone On Your List

Holiday Gift Guides 2017 This year we've put together gift guides for all those who are difficult-to-shop-for  in your life: from husbands and friends who have  it all to millennials and mere acquaintances. The best news: It's all on one place-- we're using Amazon as our one-stop-shop to streamline our holiday shopping this year. Scroll down to check out all of our holiday gift guides and click on the images to shop even more! Millennial Gift Guide Millennials are among the toughest to shop for (is all they want gift cards?). Think: dorm room decor, kitschy trendy clothing, and tech accessories. Here are all of our #productpicks in one place! https://buff.ly/2ndiOAK Home Gift Guide Create a cozy holiday home with these product picks: Chic kitchenware, bar accessories, DIY kits and more: Luxe Gift Guide Need something more sensual and luxurious for your wife or girlfriend? Spa sets, designer travel sets, or collectibles are a great way to go.   Gifts For Him Dad, boyfriend, son: Think office accessories, smart home tech, grill sets, luxe golf clubs. Our Gifts for him guide is packed with leather and mahogany. Shop here: Holiday Host Gift Guide Host gifts also make great gifts for coworkers or acquaintances. We love a comforting candle or kit that won't take up too much space.


Why Do We Love Interior Design?

We Asked Instagram, Here's What You Had to Say

We’re Thankful to Be Part of an Incredible Design Community and we continue to be inspired by our Instagram followers, a collections of designers, artists, DIY’ers, and other creatives. We asked why they love interior design and received some inspiring feedback. Here are some of the fascinating responses we received that provide some insight into why design goes beyond aesthetics and has the capacity to change lives: @daysieann: I love interior design Bc it is my passion it makes feel alive and happy. Interior design is beautiful and pleasing to the eye. I love to help clients turn their home into something beautiful and it warms my heart and makes me happy to see them excited at how their home looks. I love to make people happy that way it is a true blessing . And I spend my time doing what I truly love . 💕 @pratastudio: My go to phrase "We shape our dwellings and afterwards our dwellings shape us....", said by Winston Churchill in 1944...I do it for the philosophical/sociological reasons and because I see life through rose colored glasses! @jasmina_dj3Creating a unique and personalized environment is important for our emotional well-being. @peytonhomedesign: We love seeing how our designers can have a completely unique approach to transforming a house into a home! Love design because it is personal. @sheadolce: It allows me to be utilize my creative spirit while raising my family. It allows me to explore many facets of design- something new with every job. It has afforded me many opportunities and friendships; the design community is wonderful. 💪🏻🤘🏻♥️ @manciniakmade: They keep me making things and advance my skill set! @elissagrayerinteriordesign: Love the ability to make a space entirely your own @tomlrealtor: Makes selling easier! @805interiors: I love the feeling of making someone's space more beautiful than they could have imagined or achieved on their own. It truly touches people's lives. And it's so fun to see my own visions realized. @4ptdesignbuild: It chose me... I just listen. 💕 @entessarinteriors: Because beautiful designs can change lives.❤❤ @denaburtonhomes: Love the feeling of being surrounded by beautiful things. @aliciapaleyhomeinteriors: Because I can't afford to own every style of house or every style of furnishing. 😜 Being a designer lets me live vicariously through my clients. @manuela_guerrero_renova: Because I enjoy creating #selecspaces where their owners feel absolutely identified!!🙌🏻🙌🏻 @aidymarkowitz: creating fantasy ideas into a living reality 💙


50+ Stylish Thanksgiving Table Decor Ideas From Amazon

The One-Stop-Shop Approach to Decorating for Thanksgiving

The One-Stop-Shop Approach to Decorating for Thanksgiving It’s that time of year again: Family and friends gathered around a beautiful table to give thanks and share a beautiful meal. I love decorating and entertaining for the holidays, but am always looking for ways to cut down on the preparation stress that accompanies the holiday season, while still throwing an incredible holiday extravaganza! This year for Thanksgiving, I’ve turned to Amazon to be my one-stop-shop for crafting a beautiful modern, rustic holiday tablescape. From turkey-prep necessities and eclectic dishware to silk Fall floral arrangements, candles, extra seating and other holiday decor: Here’s everything that’s going on my Thanksgiving table this year:   Shop everything in my Thanksgiving shop or browse Amazon for more Thanksgiving decor ideas here. Click the Image for More Thanksgiving Table Prep Ideas Quick Tips for an Elevated Thanksgiving Table Keep these 5 tips in mind to help you tailor your elegant Thanksgiving table.   Cozy Linen Layers: One thing that will instantly elevate your Thanksgiving table are layers of textured table linens: Look for linen napkins, tablecloths, and table runners, coasters, and placemats in your desired color palette. Which brings us to our next tip: Click the Image to for more Thanksgiving Table Linen Ideas Get Creative with Color: Don’t feel confined to having to use orange, yellow, and red because they are “Fall Colors.” Consider experimenting with a softer color palette of blues and purples which can seamlessly transition your table from Fall to Winter. Click the Image for More Colorful Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas Click the Image for More Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas Involving all the Senses: Combining candles, flowers, and food creates a truly ambient experience. Thinking like a designer means thinking not just about how thing looks, but how they function and appeal to all the senses. Click Image for More Fall Candles & Candlesticks Avoid Turkey Fatigue: Don’t go overboard with the pumpkin or turkey motifs: Choose a select area or two in which to include a pumpkin, turkey, or two. Maybe just the coasters, or napkins? Click Image for More Cute Ways to Include Pumpkins in Your Table Design (without being tacky!) Polish It Off: Give your table a polished look with candle sticks, elegant flowers, and classic dishware (like the classic Spode Thanksgiving collection) Click the Image to Shop Everything In My Thanksgiving Store  


5 Common Design Disasters & How to Avoid Them

STOP! Read this before you try to DIY!

When you try to do everything yourself and rush through a room design or home renovation, important things fall through the cracks. It can be really easy to make expensive and time-consuming mistakes. From choosing the wrong shade of paint to the more devastatingly expensive construction mistakes, here are just 5 of the common design disasters we get called in to fix and the best ways you can avoid them.


What’s Trending In the World of Design?

#TrendTracking at High Point Market

This High Point Market we were honored to be a part of Esteem Media’s prestigious Design Bloggers Tour! We got an exclusive behind the scenes preview of what’s to come in the home furnishings market and now we're sharing our findings with you! These are the design trends you’re about to see everywhere this Holiday season: Bend Goods - LA Made showcased in the Salon at HPMKT (www.imchighpointmarket.com/salon) Color is Back in a BIG Way! The last few years, we’ve seen lots of grey and white, lots of ship lap. Gone are those days! It’s all about jewel tones now, baby, and we couldn’t be more excited. Keep an eye out for rich, colorful fabrics: velvets and suades, reminiscent of the 90’s. You’re likely already seeing a lot of this in the fast-fashion industry. They’ll be trending soon in home furnishings as well. https://www.instagram.com/p/BaWtOvLg5uE/?taken-by=loridennisinc https://twitter.com/loridennisinc/status/920021431492251649   https://twitter.com/loridennisinc/status/919958122801844225 Relaxation & Glamour Galore in the Bedroom! Think: chaises, daybeds, ottomans, loveseats: functional and comfortable pieces that create cozy seating areas in oddly-shaped small spaces or, conversely, form vignettes to make a large room feel more intimate. All of these pieces made with plush textiles with attention paid to every detail for a luxe, but handmade feel. https://twitter.com/loridennisinc/status/920036052366131200 https://twitter.com/loridennisinc/status/919952479357464576 https://twitter.com/loridennisinc/status/919926014691639296 Boho-Urban Chic in Public Spaces & Kitchens Coastal-influences are making their way to land-locked locals: That doesn’t mean everything is going to be blue and white and nautical (although, we wouldn't be complaining if it were!), we’re talking about that bohemian urban aesthetic that used to be exclusively associated with artists’ lofts or midcentury modern homes. Now you’ll be seeing more of that look infused into otherwise traditional or suburban homes. Maybe we have the millennials to thank for that? Look for this trend in kitchen decor and dinning sets. https://www.instagram.com/p/BaUvW9pAn41/?taken-by=loridennisinc https://twitter.com/loridennisinc/status/920018075285622784   Family-Friendly, But Still Luxe! Designers have so many clients who want a child-proof home, but one that doesn’t compromise on design. That can often seem like a daunting, if not contradictory task, but now our favorite furniture vendors are helping us out with improved technology to create stain-resistant materials or chic ways to display children’s art (rather than with tacky magnets on the refrigerator). These fabulous modern frames from Wexel Art, for example, make for excellent presents! https://twitter.com/loridennisinc/status/919566517901111296   https://twitter.com/loridennisinc/status/919700846065127424 https://twitter.com/loridennisinc/status/920003141097148417 Product Lines Featured: Century Furniture, www.centuryfurniture.com Crypton Home Fabric, www.cryptonhome.com Duralee, www.duralee.com Green Apple Home Style, www.greenapple.pt Theodore Alexander, www.theodorealexander.com Tomlinson, www.tomlinsoncompanies.com Wexel Art Displays, www.wexelart.com Younger Furniture, www.youngerfurniture.com  


How to Design an Eco-Friendly Kitchen

  How to Design an Eco-Friendly Kitchen There are many benefits of including eco-luxury products, building materials, and technology in the design of your home ranging from environmental to convenience and sanitization. These qualities are especially important in the kitchen where you’re preparing and eating food. Pin this Image to Pinterest to Read Later Take a tour of a Hollywood Hills home kitchen with Lori Dennis that prioritizes sustainability that is seamlessly integrated into the design of the space. Watch here: 10 Quick Tips for Making Your Kitchen Eco-Friendly in a Flash 1. Swap wood and plastic with sustainable bamboo 2. Utilize natural light as much as possible, and include fluorescent lights which use less energy 3. Use natural-fiber textiles on dining chairs and barstools 4. Buy Energy-Star Appliances to save energy 5. Opt for Top-Bottom style refrigerators over side by side models so that less air escapes 6. Repurpose Takeout Containers as Tupperware 7. Include Plants as Decor to refresh the air and add a living element to the space 8. Use solid wood or other non-hazardous materials for cabinets 9. Choose faucets with aerators to save you hundreds of gallons a year 10. Include tile wherever possible or if you must paint, op’t for water-based paints


Essentials for the Perfect Guest Room

How to Create the Perfect Guest Room Your guest room should be homier than a hotel room, but still less personal than the rest of your home. Here’s how to achieve the perfect balance! These are the elements you need to create the perfect guest room or guest house so that visitors feel right at home. With these guest room essentials, they may never want to leave! Welcome Housekeeping Upon entry, you’ll want your guests to feel right at home. So you’ll want to take care of housekeeping items that let your guests know where they can find everything: Consider including some form of a placard with important instructions (ie: how to use the TV, where to find extra pillows and towels, and, of course, include the coveted wifi password!). Guest Room Amenities Save your guests late-night or early-morning trips to the kitchen by including a coffee station and/or small mini wet bar: We recommend including a coffee/tea maker with some local brew and teas, or a basket or mini fridge stocked with local bottles of wine or beer. Decorate your mini-bar with something living (a little green goes a long way!) and something that smells good -- we love a space with a signature scent! So consider including a pillow mist or some luxurious scented candles. Guest Room Bedding Keep a closet or bed-foot storage stocked with easily accessible, extra pillows and blankets in neutral colors that are always welcoming and easily washed. The bed may be the one area where it’s always a good idea to take note from your favorite hotel suite, complete with: Multiple high thread-count flat sheets, with a light blanket sandwiched between them Plenty of cozy, down feather-filled pillows! (Shams, pillows, and throw pillows) A plush duvet and blankets Lounge Seating in Your Guest Bedroom Creating a lounge-like atmosphere akin to that of a hotel room: Consider including poufs or small cocktail tables with cozy seating or benches or trunks that can function as seating, tabletop, and storage. Decorate with coffee table books and magazine/city guides that pertain to activities to do around town! This is also a good place to include a catch-all for keys or jewelry, and an additional phone and computer charging station. Guest Room Closet & Laundry In the closet, you’ll want to include an empty set of hangers, laundry baskets or a hamper, and for added hotel vibes, a luggage rack (like this super styling one from Dunes and Duchess)! Guest Bathroom Include travel-sized toiletries or bubble baths and oils for an added luxe element, and extra toilet paper and towels rolled in a basket for easy access.


Lori Dennis Selected to Participate in the Elite High Point Design Bloggers Tour 2017!

 Welcome to High Point Market This October, I’m headed to High Point Market to join an elite group of 10 style-spotting professionals on the Design Bloggers Tour in partnership with Esteem Media! What does that mean, exactly? What is High Point Market? Think of High Point as the fashion week of the home furnishings industry! It’s the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world: 11.5 million square feet of showspace, 75,000 attendees, and 2000+ exhibitors. High Point brings together retail buyers, interior designers, architects, and others in the home furnishings industry from over 100 different countries. The best part about this design bloggers tour is that it allows me to bring you on a virtual furniture-sourcing trip with me so you, too, can get a peek behind the scenes with me and the other designers! We’ll be covering all the hot spots at High Point Market, featuring the most innovative interior styles, shapes, colors, and materials defining the current state of design.   Sounds Great! Who Else is On This Awesome Tour? From interior designers, to product designers, bloggers and editors, this tour is packed with awesome points of view from across the country: Kristie Barnett, The Decorologist, www.thedecorologist.com Cecillia Cannon, Home with Keki, www.homewithkeki.com Brittany Chinaglia, The Vintage Rug Shop, www.thevintagerugshop.com/blog Deborah von Donop, dvd Design, www.dvdinteriordesign.com Cheryl Kees Clendenon, In Detail Interiors, www.indetailinteriors.com/stories Courtney, French Country Cottage, www.frenchcountrycottage.net Jana Platina Phipps, Trim Queen, www.trimqueen.com/trim-queen-chronicles Ann Sage, annsage.com, www.annesage.com Sarah Walker, The Curated House, www.thecuratedhouse.com/journal   Lori Dennis, Lori Dennis, Inc., www.loridennis.com/greenblog (me!)


Smart Luxury: The Best Technology for a Sustainable Home

Why Luxury Hotels Are Our Ultimate Smart Home Inspiration

Let’s set the scene: You walk into a luxurious hotel room… Engulfed in the ambiance, the room is an experience a designer has crafted, specifically for you. Every detail has been thought of and executed to perfection: There’s no work for you to do. It’s time to relax. You’re on vacation. Your favorite music is playing, the lighting is just right, perfectly soothing. The drapes are either open or closed, dependent upon the time of day, and move automatically, no drawstrings in the way. This is true luxury: a living space that’s comfortable and easily functional and adaptable. Why Luxury Hotels Are Our Ultimate Smart Home Inspiration We get so many requests to make homes ‘hotel-like,’ but what does that mean, really? Is it an aesthetic? What makes hotel rooms such distinct living spaces? Hotels specialize in creating these relaxing escapes by utilizing cutting-edge technology. That’s why luxurious hotel rooms are our ultimate smart home inspiration! And now, with increased accessibility to technology, there’s no reason you can’t apply the same principles to your home to increase the style, safety, and functionality of your home for greater ease. Smart homes support the senses: keeping your music at a comfortable level, keeping garage doors and appliances quiet and keeping ugly tech out of sight, maintaining comfortable temperatures and moving things with ease. Security: Access Control in Your Smart Home From cameras, camera doorbells and alarm systems to FOB access, and garage door safety, home security is one of our biggest requests when talking to clients about a smart home. So this is always a good *safe* (pun intended) place to start with implementing smart home technology. And while we tend to think of lighting in terms of decoration, it’s another smart technology to implement in your homes in terms of safety and security, especially outdoors. You’ll want plenty of lighting around pools & spas on timers, and you’ll want landscapes to be well lit as well for both aesthetic and functional purposes. Consider implementing a feature walls, or safety paths. Put lighting on sensors and timers for a hands-off approach. Smart Home Audio / Visual Luxury is complete, customizable control: You want to be able to control surround sound, TVs, and outdoor music with the push of a button. Build AV controls into walls: Utilize iPads to control security cameras or speakers for music. Sometimes this even serves a practical function: One of our clients would blast mariachi music outside when she wanted her husband to come in from his man cave and come to bed! Drapery for Your Smart Home Living & Bedrooms Now let’s move indoors...No More pulling on chains or having unsightly hanging strings or rods that break or are dangerous to kids. Drapery is now electronically controllable, which is both an aesthetic luxury that gets pesky hanging strings out of the way and is a great step in childproofing a home without compromising the home’s design. Keeping It Cool Smart thermostats that learn what temperature you like your home can read the outside temperature and adjust accordingly. And smart window shades (controlled electronically, of course) also help cool your home, keeping cooling costs down. Lutron Integration System for Lighting and Automation Smart Home Kitchen Appliances From touch-screen refrigerators that maintain your family’s grocery list and can grow produce inside them to smart ovens that self heat and clean when you need them to, no room is the house has seen such a vast impact in smart home technology as the kitchen. Household names like Samsung and up-and-coming brands like Everblume and Urban Cultivator are truly changing the game when it comes to efficiency in the kitchen with smart-phone controlled appliances. Shower & Tub Systems for a Smart Home Bathroom Just like cars with a preset button for each user, smart shower systems get to knows you best! Smart shower systems can also involve color and sound therapy; setting the temp, water flow, lighting, and sound to cultivate the most relaxing spa-like experience. Our favorite smart shower tech is from Kohler! Plumbing in Your Smart House Smart toilets have been all the rage for a while -- among our favorite products is the Toto Neorest 2-in-1 with heated seats, night lights, auto-flush, auto-lift. And since our firm focuses heavily on sustainability, our favorite feature is its capacity to conserve water. The controls are wall-mounted next to toilet. Small remotes for toilet and shower media make implementing smart technology in the bathroom easy breezy! Other Smart Controls Acting as your digital personal assistant or house manager, smart systems like the Amazon Echo, Wink Hub, or Google Home can do everything from controlling lighting, playing your favorite music, or sync all of your personal devices. Pick one that works for you AND is stylish (or cover it with something decorative.). Other smart systems to consider implementing for maximum efficiency and security are washers & dryers, sprinklers, and garage doors. HGTV 2017 Smart Home| Photo By: Brian Rozar/Auto Imaging Inc Raising Your Home’s IQ Without Letting Technology Run Your Life Achieving smart-home status is like getting rid of clutter and organizing a room: it takes a bit of time in the initial set up, but feels SO GOOD once it's done and is working for you. Think about the placement of Smart Home Support Systems so they're not an eyesore or placed in the middle of a beautiful focal wall. You don’t want large speakers on a beautiful wall designed with expensive finishes. Don't let modern technology and support ruin the beauty of the room with cords all over the place. Hide technology accordingly so your space can be designed in any style, modern or more traditional, regardless of whether or not it’s high tech. This will make your space more functional and create an environment that is easier to unplug in when you need to.