Warmth of Creativity

Warmth does not only come from heat fixtures and fireplaces; it comes from upholstery and color choices too!

Here at Divine Interiors, we love our seasonal colors. If you’re not looking to reupholster or change your entire space, consider holiday-friendly accessories. This makes the transition after your holiday celebrations that much easier!

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Take these candle holders for example, a true compliment on light or dark woods. With a shimmery gold or red candle on top, these will really add heat to your holiday and pizazz to the room! Come spring, these solid-wood candle holders can be topped with playful colors such as peach or yellow to match the season!

 

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Imagine simply having to replace your spring colored candles with light blue or other beach friendly colors to give your home that Summer-time look! These candle holders would do great as a centerpiece, on a side-table, or even separated around your living room furniture.

This fun asymmetrical candle holder would be a beautiful compliment to winter decor. These make a wonderful addition to any room that is already booming with color or pattern!

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Come check out the variety of decor and furniture options at Divine interiors, we carry your favorite high-end lighting and furniture brands!

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Know your Sofa

Here’s a quick guide to some of the most common types of social seating, from couches and sofas to daybeds and settees, and a few of the most popular styles of sofas.

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 Settee

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Upholstered, in a Neoclassical French style. Settees, as a rule, more closely resemble a chair than they do a sofa. With an upholstered back and seat, and padded arms like a French fauteuil, the settee is comfort and refined style for a social setting. Their popularity grew as chairmakers in the 1600s grew more confident with their skills.

 

Cabriole sofa

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Is named for the sinuous curve of its back and legs, and is a petite, refined seat that was a fixture in French salons. The key is in the back: it’s got an exposed wood frame, often with carved detail, that makes one continuous line from the back into the arms. It’s an extended version of the French bergere, and has no back cushions—only a loose seat cushion.

 

Camelback sofa

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Was a Thomas Chippendale original, named for its elegant sloping back that’s high in the middle, then drops to the same height as its subtly rolled arms. These seats are completely upholstered with exposed wood legs, and feature stuffed seat cushions but a taut, smooth back. Once you know this silhouette, you’ll see it everywhere. Classic, refined, and beautiful from all angles.

2-chair-back settee

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Was the first type of social seating to develop completely separate from the old-fashioned medieval settles. It was essentially two chairs fused together, and ranged in styles from Queen Anne walnut chairs with upholstered seats to Colonial American wagon chairs with rush seats.

Empire-style sofa

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The iconic, cornucopia-armed Empire-style sofa . These behemoths often include bolster-style cushions on each end below their dramatic arms, and have lots of carving on their exposed frames and (sometimes precarious) curved legs. Look for Asian or eagle motifs, and animal’s paw feet.

 

Daybed

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Has come a long way from its origins: it was essentially a wooden chair with an elongated seat stretched out over 6 legs, a form that died out in the 18th century. Nowadays, it has a more versatile appeal, going from social seating to luxurious lounging in a pinch. Chaise longues took their place, and a stylish variation, the recamier (pictured below) features a high, assymetrical side.

 

 

English rolled-arm sofa

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Is a 19th-century classic with versatile, casual style. The arms, in comparison to other sofa silhouettes, are compact and recessed. All-over upholstery, from the tight back to the plush seat cushions, make it a perfect, go-to piece for kicking back.

Recamier

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Is a specific style of chaise longue that has a regal edge: its asymmetrical high side makes it ideal for reclining in style, and was named for Madame Recamier whose portrait was famously painting doing just that.

Chesterfield sofa

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Has an all-over tufted, quilted look, often covered in leather. The dramatically rolled arms are the same height as the back, originally kept low so that men could sit in them without wrinkling their coats.

Tuxedo sofa

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Has all the pomp of the Chesterfield, but with a sleek and modern silhouette: its high, straight arms and squared-off back are all the same height, it lacks back cushions, and it features decorative tufts (although, often just one row).

 

Lawson-style sofa

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Is comfortable and casual—a classic that puts the sitter’s needs first without sacrificing good proportion. Unlike the English rolled-arm version, its back cushions are separate from the frame, and it has low, taut arms and feet often covered with a skirt.

Canapé

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Is like a mini-Cabriole sofa, a French-style loveseat with a carved, exposed frame and a continuous back-to-arm shape. It rose to fame in Rococo France under Louis XV, and grew streamlined with the Neoclassical lines of Louis XVI.

Interior Design Trends for 2014

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1. Macramé and fiber-art wall hangings:

SONY DSC“It’s sculpture for your wall that adds texture and replaces wallpaper or fine art you can’t afford,” said Ms. Burnham. “And we haven’t seen it since the 1970s. I think it’s time.” Early adopters include the Ace Hotel chain and architect Barbara Bestor.

 

 

2. Window sheers:

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The popularity of heavy drapes is drooping. “Everyone wants greater transparency and more light,” observed New York designer Celerie Kemble. And “sheers are no longer granny-ish and polyester,” said Los Angeles designer Kim Alexandriuk. “The new ones in linen and wool look rich.”

 

 

3. Corduroy upholstery:

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“It’s the casual alternative to velvet and the preppy version of chenille,” said Ms. Burnham, whose library sofa is olive-green corduroy. Mr. Harte, who used Etro’s “hip and vibrant” purple corduroy on a gold-leafed bergère, is also a fan: “It looks really cool on formal chairs.” The wider the wale, the gutsier the statement.


 

 

4. Venetian marbled-paper prints:

marble-montageFound on the end papers of old books, these intricately swoopy patterns evoke “the romanticism of a bygone, pre-digital era,” said Mr. Wood. Mr. Bullard noted that the prints are seeing a renaissance on “everything from the chicest of wallpaper to finely silk-screened linens and gold-leafed porcelain.”

 

 

 

5. Deco hues:

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Color has been nudging gray and greige out of the picture, but, for many decorators, bright primary shades can still feel uncouth.

Improve Your Home’s Outdoor Space

We all love spending time in our gardens, but in recent decades, the boundary between inside and outside living has become blurred, with many people building garden rooms, permanent barbecues and even outdoor kitchens.

Here are some of the ways you could extend your living space and make your garden even more appealing to you and your friends.

  • Build a pergola with lots of creepers and even vines. This provides a nice shady retreat for you and your visitors, as well as a nice little habitat for various forms of wildlife.

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  • Patios that become hot, scorched and unbearable in the summer are a thing of the past. Make your patio an extension of the way your house already looks, and include planting beds and waterproof (and UV-proof for the optimists) furniture. Even if you’re part-lizard you’ll need some sort of respite from the sun, so get some fast-growing bamboo and train it over a trellis, or get a retractable awning.

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  • Think about an outdoor kitchen if you like eating outdoors. Many of us have a barbecue, but if you’re a frequent griller, you must be sick of being rained off, or maybe you fantasise about holding a barbie in the autumn or winter. An outdoor kitchen, complete with hygienic worktop, sink and cold storage, will make your life much easier.

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  • If you create any sort of outdoor room, you’ll need a sense of privacy and enclosure. Fences are great for regular gardens, but for something special, try lattices and landscaping to block out the neighbors – or at the very least their houses.

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  • Furnishings for outdoor spaces and outdoor rooms have developed a bit since cane and rattan, too. You can get cast iron, aluminium or wooden chairs and tables. You can get upholstery that’s made from modern fabrics specially developed to be rain, mould and sun-proof. Most of this modern outdoor furniture doesn’t even look especially outdoorsy – you could just as easily see it inside a house.

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  • This style extends to floor and table lamps, so you don’t have to rely on security lights and weak candles to light up your nights anymore!

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  • Of course if you’re talking about outdoor luxury then you can’t ignore the hot tub or spa. Don’t just plonk it anywhere, though. You need to think about how private you want it to be, as well as how shaded from the sun.

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  • If you don’t get much sun, you can still have a hot tub, but you might do better with one designed by Arctic Spas for the colder climes. You also need to leave enough room around it so that you can walk past it. The average round hot tub is six feet in diameter and needs around 30 square feet of clearance. If it’s rectangular, you’ll need 48 square feet at least. Don’t expect to put it on your decking, though! Water is heavy, and your full hot tub will weigh at least two tons, so it’ll need its own foundations.

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  • The really modern outdoor space has a fireplace or fire pit. Fire is always a focal point and helps you to define and divide space. Fire pits can be built-in (i.e. brick) or moveable, and the best thing about them is that they mean you can carry on partying into the winter!

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From: essenziale-hd.com

10 Awesome Pet-Friendly Home Inventions

Every pet owner knows, having a furry one as part of the family comes with difficulties when it comes to selecting furniture for your home. Sharing your space with your pet does not mean you have to sacrifice style or comfort. The key to decorating a pet friendly space is to plan out the correct materials and needs for both you and your pet.  Nowadays, there are companies like The Livable Home  that specializes in creating contemporary yet Pet/Kid/Life friendly furniture to make life easier. If you have a great idea, but need some help seeing how it will work in your space, you can always design your room online with e-design. But, here are some of our top favorite pet friendly & stylish decor to help you get inspired!

In this unique space in Toru Hirose’s living room, his basset hound, Marco, not only has a built in snack bar, but it also comes with a hidden restroom and nap space. (nytimes)

These amazing stairs are to keep your pet from falling over normal human size hand rails. (ArchDaily)

This fantastic table is created by Emily Wettstein. It has a removable planter in the center of this walnut and steel body table that the kitties can jump on to enjoy. 

This ultimate cat house designed by Asahi Kasei named Plus-Nyan House features open air cat walks, climbing steps, hiding/sleeping nooks and spaces especially for litter boxes. (Asahi Kasei)

This awesome peek-a-boo fence is made especially for the dogs in the yard to peek at what who is coming to visit. (Asahi Kasei)

These book shelves actually serve a dual purpose as a cat climbing item and play tower as well. It’s both sleek and functional decor!

We are totally digging this sink aquarium. There are two different tanks for flushing water and the tank, so you won’t need to worry about accidentally flushing Goldie while brushing your teeth. You can get this amazing accessory at Opulentitems.

Still giving your pet a bath in your bathtub or in the sink? Not these guys! These showers are especially designed to make giving Fido a bath easier since he enters through the back yard.

This is totally going on our wish list! These mid century, modern, dual purpose cabinets add style to any room! Designed conveniently to hide litter boxes or just a place for your dog or cat to nap and hangout. The amazing design is from an Etsy artist Crystal Gregory. See more of her designs here at ModernistCat

Stop tripping over, kicking and spilling water all over the place with food bowls! This built-in pet bowl in the kitchen makes a perfect space for all your loved ones to enjoy dinner time together!

From: decorilla.com

Improving A Room: The Design Do’s and Don’ts

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Don’t: Use White Decor If You Have Kids or Pets
“If you have pets or children, white rugs and upholstery are just not in the cards. People love the way they look but never realize that you have to hermetically seal your household to keep them clean.” —Markham Roberts

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Do: Find Inspiration in Your Travels
“Travel as much as you can, and stay on the alert for inspiration wherever you go — you could find a great floor plan in a museum’s period room, or a color in a painting. And don’t just rely on your camera. If you draw something, you’ll really absorb the detail.” —DD Allen

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Don’t: Forget About Seating
“Today everyone likes rooms sparse, but for a living room, you need the sorts of chairs people can pull up together, so that they want to come into the room and sit down and chat.” —Paula Perlini

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Do: Use Dramatic Color in a Small Space
“Color is best used in small spaces that you pass through. A dramatic color in a room where you’re going to be spending a lot of time might feel too heavy or dark, but if you use it in a foyer or pantry, it makes the whole house feel colorful. It also makes the house feel bigger, because it turns a space you might not notice into one that catches your attention.” —John Barman

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Don’t: Be Afraid to Splurge on Great Pieces
“Invest in one great-quality piece. It sometimes hurts in the beginning, but you end up having that piece forever, and it can really carry a room, or even an entire house.” —David Kaihoi

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Do: Test Paint Colors in a Big Way
“When you test paint colors in a room, make big patches so that you can really see if you need to go darker or lighter. I make mine 3 feet by 3 feet.” —Mary Douglas Drysdale

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Don’t: Ignore Architectural Details
“Respect the architecture of a space. That’s not to say you can’t be surprising — I might use period furniture in a modern room, but I’ll make sure the lines and silhouettes are appropriate. The whole room has to hang together.” —Mariette Himes Gomez

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Do: Draw the Eye With an Interesting Piece
“A photographer I worked with taught me the importance of the axial view. When you’re looking down a corridor, you want a wonderful object at the end of it to draw you forward — a sculpture, a chandelier, anything to define the space and pull you in.” —Nancy Braithwaite

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Don’t: Go Overboard
“One of my mentors always said, ‘Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.’ Great projects are the ones that show a little restraint.” —Heather Hilliard

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Do: Pay Attention to Doors and Entrances
“Spend the money to make openings between rooms as high as possible — anything to get away from the standard, squat 7-foot-tall door. It really creates a sense of openness, lightness, and grandeur in a space.” —Suzanne Lovell

This piece originally appeared on housebeautiful.com