Five Mini Kitchen Reno’s That You Can Afford

One of the most popular renovations in a home is done to the kitchen. Everyone wants a beautiful kitchen in their house. They say it is the heart of the home. Its where your family gathers for dinner, where they … Continue reading

The Things You Can Do With..

Spray paint, a DIYer’s best friend and it could be yours as well! Spray paint can make any blah household item into something that looks brand new. A new coat of paint on a previously owned piece of furniture can … Continue reading

NYFW ’14: BCBG Inspired Rooms

With New York Fashion Week ’14 now under our belts we can use our fave designs as inspiration to create beautiful fashion fused interiors. This weeks #InspirationTuesdays highlights a few pieces that stood out to me by BCBG Max Azaria … Continue reading

A Taste of Color ..Radiant Orchid

Do you like following trends? Are you looking to update your space? Maybe you’d like to add a feminine touch to it. Either way I have the perfect solution! Try updating your space with the new color of the year. … Continue reading

Let’s take a little trip to ..Mexico #WednesdaysMustHaves

This weeks #WednesdayMustHaves is a furniture piece that caught my eye at IDS this past weekend. This bright, string, unique looking chair definitely has a way of standing out amongst a crowd. Little did I know is that the design of this chair goes way back to the 1950s where they were first created in Acapulco, Mexico.

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Acapulco was a tourist hot spot in the 50s and 60s. All the major celebs and rat pack would vacation there frequently. Word on the street is that the chair was created by a French tourist who claimed to be too hot sitting in the standard chair. Fast forward to 2011 when Paul Yacht (founder and principal of Innit Designs) decided to manufacturer the retro chair after getting so many inquiries and praise in regards to the chairs he used as cinema seating. Paul then brought the company to Toronto and Los Angeles.

These Acapulco chairs are hand made in the USA and Canada. They are tested to endure high temperatures of heat as well as cold. Making this the perfect contemporary chair for any climate. The Acapulco chair can be used either indoor or outdoors, just depends on where you need them most!

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There are plenty of options to pick from that will match your decor as there are 11 different color ways available as well as 4 different finishes – black, white, copper and chrome. For me personally my faves (because I can’t chose one) is the Tiffany blue with the black base as well as the Orange with chrome finish. And to top this design off they come in rockers! How cool is that?

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I had the pleasure of taking a seat in a few and let me tell you how comfortable they were – especially the rocker. I didn’t even want to get up. At first I was kind of sceptical as the seating is made from a string like material. But don’t let the ‘no cushion’ fool you. This is definitely a must have piece for any Urbanista’s home decor!

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Go to http://www.innitdesigns.com to check out what other unique designs they have.

– A.

Interior Design Show – Toronto, Canada

This past Sunday I attended IDS ’14 held in Toronto, Canada. For those of you who don’t know what IDS is, it is the Interior Design Show held every year in Toronto. This was IDS’ 16th year holding this exhibit. … Continue reading

Orange & Blue Interior Inspiration Board #InspirationTuesdays

I put together an interior inspiration board for a living room using an orange, blue and off white color palette.

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I started off by picking the color palette I desired. The first piece I chose were the Simon chairs by Layla Grayce. I used them as a statement piece in the room. The orange pattern is very bold so I tried to stay subtle with the other furniture. When it came to choosing the pillows I didn’t shy away from using more patterns – it is possible to mix and match without looking tacky. Everything else just kind of came.

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This is a mid to high-end interior totalling $7,125. Most pieces are from Layla Grayce with a few low end accessories from One Kings Lane.

Layla Grace Pemroke Sofa $2498, Layla Grayce Simon Chair $1188 (x2), Layla Grayce Bungalow 5 Jacqui Navy Coffee Table $715, Layla Grayce Pine Cone Hill Linen Chenille Natural Continental Pillow $215 (x2), Layla Grayce Taylor & Wood Frames Wallpaper $90 – http://www.laylagrayce.com

Olio Studio Nursery  Soft White Pouf Ottoman $349 – http://www.oilostudio.com

Crate & Barrel  Meryl Floor Lamp $299 – http://www.crateandbarrel.com

Zinc Door Kyoto Grey Pillow Set of 2 $130 – http://www.zincdoor.com

One Kings Lane Chalet Book Boxes Asst. of 3 $30, One Kings Lane 4″ Mercury Candleholders, Asst. of 2 $15, One Kings Lane Solid 14×20 outdoor Pillow, Orange $35, One Kings Lane Geo Applique 20×20 Pillow, Blue $79 (x2) – http://www.onekingslane.com

‘Twas The Day Before Christmas..

With less than 24 hours until Christmas what better way to get into Christmas Spirit than with some beautiful Christmas interiors. Whether your decor style is traditional, vintage, modern or contemporary there are plenty of Christmas decor options that won’t compromise the aesthetics of your interior.

As a present from #ohmydecor to you, I have compiled a bunch of the most beautiful, festive interiors to help you get into the Christmas spirit.

Enjoy and Merry Christmas Eve!

– A.

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How To Style Your Small Space. pt 1

You have this small space and you don’t know what to do with it cause it is just so small. Or you live in a studio where everything from your dinning room to your bedroom, and office are all in one confined area. No one wants to feel like they’re living in a box. So I’m going to provide you with some of MY styling tips so you can feel like the Queen/King you are in your fashion inspired home.

They say white walls makes a space feel larger. It may be true but that doesn’t mean you need to avoid color like the plague to enlarge your room. If you like color, then add color! Brighter, stronger more vibrant colors will help enhance the space. Try not to use dull colors as they will bring down the mood. If bright colors aren’t your thing, use a neutral color palette.

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If you decide to use a more neutral color palette or stick with the white walls, splash color around the room in other ways. Use color on furniture, accessories, throws and pillows. It will help make the room feel alive. When picking out the soft furnishings be mindful of patterns and textures as they play a part in this as well. Too much texture in a room will make the space feel smaller. Some people believe that using patterns in a small space will make it feel more enclosed. Pattern is such a big trend right now and I think experimenting with it is a good way to have a trendy space. Try using a smaller scale pattern over a larger pattern as it will help make the room appear larger.

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(This small pattern wallpaper makes the space feel even more narrow)Cozy-Orange-624-Square-Foot-Loft-1(Neutral palette with a splash of color)

Larger scale patterns are good to create a focal point or used as an accent. They can draw the eye to a specific piece you would like to feature. The picture below is a good example of how the large pattern on the pillow draws your eye to the chair. Focal points in small spaces like studio apartments can be a really good way to distract the eye from wondering considering everything is in one area.

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One good DIY tip is to create depth in your space. Say you have a bookcase, consider painting the inside a different color. This gives the perception of depth. Another way to add depth to your walls is by painting color squares on it. It will jazz up your walls and make your room look bigger.

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These are a few tips you can start with. Next post will be on spacing/layout, furniture and how to divide the area.

Do you have any small space decorating tips? If so, let me know in the comments!

– A
xo

The Meaning Behind Your Favorite Colors

What kind of mood are you trying to achieve..

Did you know that our emotions and behaviors can be affected by the color of our spaces? Studies have shown that when we enter a space or see a color on a logo, etc we react a certain way.

You may have realized that certain colors are associated with specific industries. For example fast food tend to use red or orange. Or doctors office use blue or white. These colors weren’t picked because it was their favorite color but because it triggers the consumers/patients to feel a specific way. In this blog post I will break down the color association with some of your favorite colors!

Let’s begin with the world’s favorite color, blue.

Blue symbolizes trust, faith, confidence, wisdom and intelligence. There is a calming effect that blue produces. The body releases tranquilizing hormones and lowers heart rate and blood pressure when blue is used. Companies that are trying to promote products and services that are related to cleanliness use this color (ex. doctors office want the patients to feel calm and appear clean). Also companies that are in the services related to air, sky, water and sea will use this color as it reminds people of those natural resources.

This color is not suggested to use in regards to food or cooking. Blue suppresses appetite. So try not to use it in the kitchen!

The best room to use blue is in a bedroom.

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Red, the second most common favorite color. This is the attention grabber color. People who favor red like to be noticed. This color is associated with energy, danger, strength, power and determination. But it is also associated with passion, desire, and love.

Red raises blood pressure, increases respiration rate and enhances your appetite. A lot of energy drinks and sports clubs use red as it is associated with energy.

If using in a space try to play with the different shades and tones of red. Light red can be used in a bedroom. This will give off a more sexual, passionate, loving feeling (great for a couples room). Pink is very feminine and signifies romance and love which is great for younger girls bedroom. Dark red is more masculine and can be used for a bachelors bedroom.

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Yellow is the world’s least favorite color although it is the happiest, most cheerful, joyful color. This color will give you the most life, make you feel youthful. Yellow is a warmer color that activates motor nerves and increases the production of bile.

This color great for children’s rooms and play area if using tints of yellow. But not for baby’s as studies have showed that babies cry more in yellow rooms (we don’t want that).

The best space for yellow to be used is in a kitchen!

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Green, the color of envy and money is also the color of peace and harmony. And you can’t forget it represent the color of nature! Green is considered the most restful color to our eyes.

Green can be used in countless spaces. The most rewarding space is one that you would like to be calm in. Many spas use green so that their clients can relax and let there worries fade away. Use in studies, offices or bathrooms.

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The color of royalty, purple. Purple is such an eclectic color. It is the hardest to discriminate.

Light purple is a very romantic, elegant color. It’s great to use for a females bedroom. Purple can also be used in children’s room (but not too bright).

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Black is the color of death and evil but is also the color of power and elegance. A lot of rooms that feel sophisticated use black within that space. It brings a really good contrast when paired with white even yellow and green!

This color can literally be used in any room. The preferred rooms to use black in would be bedrooms, living rooms and kitchens.

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White is the color of purity, cleanliness and innocence. It is the color of perfection. However in China, it is the color of death – who would think.

The best two spaces to use white in are kitchens and bathrooms. These two places want to give off the feeling of being clean. Other than that white can be used in all spaces and can be used along side any other color.

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That should cover all the main colors and give you inspiration for decorating your spaces. Remember to use the 60-30-10 rule when applying color. OR you could play with the shades, tints and tones of a color for a monochromatic scheme. Enjoy!

– A xo

What are you favorite colors? Let me know in the comments section below! And remember to follow us on twitter and instagram @ohmydecor for daily inspiration!