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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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

Shopping for Sofas

Everyday we see clients looking for the perfect sofa for a new house, room, or a replacement for an old or cheap sofa. It is hard to decide on the perfect one by seeing it in a showroom and having to imagine if it fits into your room or your routine. So here are some hints for you to find the perfect match for your home!
First, think about where the sofa is going to go. Have all the measurements and either pictures or sample of fabrics and finishing of other pieces that will be in the same room. Is the sofa for a living room or family room? Are you going to use it everyday or just when you have guests? Have those facts figured out before you go shopping for your sofa.

Size
There are so many different sizes and you need to know which one fits you the best. So, if you want a couch to be long enough for a nap, you need to go for at least 90″ length. The depth should be 40″ – 44″ depending if you and your family have longer or shorter legs and how many throw pillows you want. But a 90″ x 40″ is perfect to just curl up while watching a movie and take a nap. A 19″ seat height is also very comfortable. But seat on a few different ones to see the perfect height for you. If the sofa is for a living room that is not used that frequently, you can go for more antique styles that are less deep but still comfortable. If you have a 8″ ceiling, go for a low sofa that will give the impression of the ceiling being taller. If your home has a high ceiling, use a high back sofa that will make a presence in such a spacious room.

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Fabric and Finishing
Choosing the fabric can be tricky. Think about your style and the style of the room. Do you need something more calm to go in your entertainment room with other preexisting pieces? Choose a solid color as your curtains and walls. That will make the room calm and will give you space to innovate with the throw pillows. Choose a different pattern for your throw pillows and bring a new look to your house. They are easier to change if you get tired of the pattern. But if you want to take a risk and get a sofa that adds a lot of personality to the room, use mixed patterns. One idea is to have a frame and back with a solid color, cushions in one pattern, and the pillows in another pattern. That will be an exciting piece that shows you can take risks!

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If you are thinking about skirt or bare legs for your sofa, you need to have some facts in mind. Skirts will allow you to add lighter pieces with exposed legs to the room without making it too much. And you can add a 1.75″ trim at the base of the skirt in a different texture and color slightly darker than the body of the sofa to give it contrast. But the legs will give more personality to your couch. You don’t need to match the wood of the leg of your sofa with every other piece you have. A room that matches too much is boring. You can use different colors of legs in your sofa and coffee table as long as they go together. Use your personal sense of style to know what goes with what. Those details are what makes your house your home.

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Another detail is, do you love tuft sofas like we do? They give it that extra something. But if you have kids and pets, don’t forget that it can keep a lot of the crumbs or dirt left behind. It is more high-maintenance.

Quality
When shopping for sofas, don’t forget that you get what you paid for. The are no miraculous factories or products that can offer cheap sofas that will last you 10+ years. The frame of the sofa is very important and it is what will make it last for a long time. It needs to be made of hardwood as kiln dried maple or solid mahogany, for example. One way of testing the frame of the sofa is to lift one of the front legs 5″ to 7″ from the floor. The other leg should lift as well to prove a sofa with a sturdy frame. If the leg is still touching the floor, the frame is weak.
The cushions should also be good quality to last you long. Cheap sofas have cheap cushions that will go down and have your butt print after a year. Always look for sofas that are filled with down. A mix of down and feather, but with majority of down, can also make very comfortable sofas. A cushion filled with down will last you without needing replacement for a long time. Just choose softer or firmer according to your taste.
When choosing a good quality sofa, think that the piece will last you a lifetime and you can just get new upholstery every now and then to change colors, patterns, and textures, and you will have practically a new sofa at your home.

Those are our Divine tips to buy a great sofa that will compliment your home and last you a long time.
Do you have other hints that you want to share with the readers? Comment in our post and let’s hear about it!