There are many of us out there who can consider themselves bibliophiles-one who loves to read, admire, and collect books. Here are some clever ways to store all those books you have read or will some day get around to reading, but probably not:
• Use bookshelves to frame a window. This can give the window a finished look and stand as a statement-piece, giving the room a focal point.
• This bookshelf creates the same effect as the one framing the rectangular window except its circular shape and division of books by color helps to cleverly resemble the color wheel.
• Fill those empty spaces! There are vacant areas all around your home just waiting to be filled with books, just make sure you do it in a neat and organized way.
• And finally, why not use your coffee table to store books in a unique way. This table is custom made to hold each book perfectly so if someone borrows one and doesn’t return it, you’ll have to find one with the same profile.
Now that spring has sprung, why not spruce up your patio with these impactful yet practical tips:
• Define the border of your patio with plants. This can help it feel more intimate and inviting. • Limiting the color scheme of your patio to 2-3 hues will help keep it looking polished and put-together. • To add a little drama to your space, put a large tree in an oversized pot on each side of the doorway to create a grand entrance/exit. • Hanging a mirror on an exterior wall can create a feeling of spaciousness if you have a small patio.
Chairs are like a great pair of shoes or that handbag you’ve been saving up for; it’s your chance to be daring and make a big statement with only an accessory. Putting an interesting chair in a room can not only liven up the space but set the tone as well. Do this by using a bold pattern or bright hue. Can’t decide on a color? Mixing and matching around a dining room table can be fun and unexpected. If you want a guaranteed impact on guests, these white chairs that show off the human form are sure to make an impression!
Have fun making your bed every morning with a few versatile and simple changes:
• If you are dealing with a neutral palette on your bed, try giving it some life with a bright throw. • Instead of buying a bed-in-a-bag, make your bed fit your style by combining different sheets, shams and duvets. • You can unify colors with one item. For example, finding a throw pillow with the same hues of your shams and duvet can complete the look.
During Highpoint Furniture Market, PGD was lucky enough to meet Candace Olson and chat with her about design and her current collection with Highland House. Here are some tips from the designer herself about bringing bold color into the hom
- Try adding bold color into a small room. The powder room is a great example because they are typically small. For something different and with a little pattern, why not try some wallpaper? - Color does not always have to come from paint. If choosing a dramatic color, try bringing it in with accessories such as a throw blanket, rug or even chairs! - Choose one look for your entire house. For example, don’t use soft, muted colors in one room and jewel tones in another. Your home will not flow from one room to the next.
Expecting guests this holiday season? Transform that spare bedroom into an inviting place for your guests to stay.
-Provide a comfortable place for your guests to sit by putting an upholstered chair coupled with a table and lighting in the corner of your guest room.
-Give guests the storage they need by clearing out the closet and drawers in your guest room-afterall it is for your guests not your winter coats. It will make them feel more welcome knowing they have a place for their items.
-Don’t forget flowers! Fresh flowers are a great touch and a simple way to make your friends and family feel at home.
-To create a regal bedroom, try floor-to-ceiling draperies. Gold accents add to the luxuriousness of the space and light blue is carried throughout to create a unified look. -Use draperies as a stat
ement piece. These window treatments stand out against the light walls and the pops of yellow give life to the room. -Draperies can be used as a focal point. These gold draperies are used behind the bed, floor-to-ceiling, to draw your up and make the room appear higher.