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!

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.

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

Black Friday

It’s black Friday! The time for crazy deals, early mornings, and ridiculous lines! So here’s how to make the most of your day, and get those great deals for your home.

Shop around to see what the average retail price of an item is before you leave, so you can go to the store that is offering the best deal. Check to see what usually comes with the item you are looking for, and what the store is offering. Many stores offer”stripped down” versions of products, which means you will have to spend money on accessories. Take time to see what accessories you will need to determine if the deal is really worth it or not.

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Gather information. Follow your favorite retailers on Facebook and Twitter and subscribe to their e-newsletters—loyal customers often get first dibs on sales and special promotions.
Make a list. Figure out which of your must-have products are most heavily discounted and in highest demand, then give those higher priority. Then map out your route, noting what time each store will open that day.

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Many stores advertise early bird deals, generally between 4 and 11 a.m., to help draw in the crowd, but also offer night owl specials between the hours of midnight and 4 a.m. to draw in the crowd that doesn’t like to get up early, but would rather stay up late. Cashing in on these deals is not only a good way to beat the crowd, but it’s a good way to guarantee the getting will be good, because typically, once the deals are gone, they are gone.

Skip the mall. Many retailers start Web-only sales at the end of Thanksgiving Day, at midnight. If you’re looking for a specific item.

And the most important thing,
have fun saving money while you shop!

Happy Thanksgiving

Here are some tips for hosts and guests to help make your Thanksgiving both happy and memorable.

For the host
The key to a stress-free Thanksgiving dinner is to plan early. Once you commit to yourself to hosting, the first thing you need to do is invite every single person you want to come to your dinner. Even if your friends and family are spur-of-the-moment types, they very likely commit to their Thanksgiving dinner plans by the first week of November, Invite anyone and everyone you would want to have at your dinner, and then let them tell you if they can make it or not.

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Developing a theme is a fun part of event planning. Use it as your guide for all decisions from invitations to party favors. A theme can be as simple as selecting a color palette that is used in all the details. Create an original center piece by filling vases with cranberries or kumquats, and then add water and flowers in complementary shades.

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Think outside the dining room. If weather permits, set up a table on the front or back porch. By mixing things up, you are increasing your entertaining space. Consider renting chairs or tables just for the night, cover rented chairs with formal slipcovers for a beautiful addition to your holiday table and decor.

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Plan some entertainment for guests to enjoy. If inviting children have a tv, playroom, or coloring book activities. The kids can write their own stories about Thanksgiving and then read them after Thanksgiving dinner. Or, if you have company, the kids can read their stories while everyone is waiting for dinner to be served. For adults, consider having music and other entertainment on hand for everyone to enjoy while mingling.

For the guest

Arrive on time. Yes, it is a day of feasting, but that turkey is going to be done at some point and your hosts are trying to plan around that magic moment.

Contribute to the meal If you have special dietary needs, it is very gracious to offer to bring a dish that meets those needs. There’s nothing more awkward than arriving to a dinner and not being able to eat much. You don’t want the hostess to feel badly.

Bringing your host a small, thoughtful gift shows your thanks for all their work. While a good wine or a nice cheese is always a great idea, something more creative is always nice. Being a good guest means socializing – don’t obsessively check your e-mail or Twitter. That said, you should of course take photos of what you’re eating, and who you’re with.

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Offer to help with the clean-up. Family or non-family, this is one day where it is a great idea to pitch in.

For all

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Enjoy your time together; while this step isn’t about preparation, it is more important than the others. The holidays only come around once a year, and Thanksgiving is a time to cherish those around you, and give thanks for having loved ones near.
Remember to say “Thank You”.
It is Thanksgiving after all!

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Halloween is almost here!

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This week’s blog is a bit early because… it’s just about Halloween! The time of year to dress up, get and/ or give candy, and for those unfortunate few that give kids healthy snacks and floss, the time of year when your house gets either egged or ‘redecorated’ with toilet paper. And when you’re having and going to all those costume parties, how are you going to protect your beautiful furniture? Well here are a few tips to not only protect your own home, but to guide you when visiting others homes as well.

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1. First of all, if you have any irreplaceable accessories or artwork you’re worried about, wrap them, pack them, and pull them back out after the holidays. That way, you can rest assured that no one is going to pick them up, knock them over, or bump them off the shelf.

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2. If the party is at your own home, make sure you provide plenty of party supplies (ie, cups, plates, and LOTS of napkins). You can even stash napkins and towels in discreet locations around your home for those accidental spills (because they always happen!).

3. If the party is at someone else’s home, remember that they may have put a lot of time and energy in to decorating their home, so you need to respect their home as if it were your own.

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4. DON’T TP or egg your friends and family unless they’re in on the joke!

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5. If you spill something, clean it up. It isn’t rocket science, and you wouldn’t want someone to try to hide a mess they make in your home would you?

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6. When decorating your home, remember to use tape that will easily come off the walls, and don’t use products (like silly string) that might stain your walls or your home. I remember spraying this all over my parent’s home one year, and then having to repaint the entire room because it put horrible spots on the walls and floor!

Don’t forget to have fun and enjoy yourself! Accidents will happen, so don’t stress out over them; be prepared, but don’t let spots and spills drag down your entire evening! Do a quick clean up and move on. If you have to, go back to it after the festivities. Enjoy the night and have lots of tricks AND treats!

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