3 Quick & Easy Ways to Update Your Room Today

By: Jillian Schaible

Something about the changing of seasons always makes me want to freshen up my home.  

In Fall, it’s all about bringing in those warm tones and spicy smells (hello, pumpkin spice everything!).  Winter, of course, with holiday decor and plenty of oh-so-cozy textures. Spring and summer are my favorite times to lighten the place up and give my home a fresh, breezy feel.

Of course you can’t go changing everything in your home every time you crave a new look, but luckily there are a few quick and easy things you CAN do that will totally revamp your room.

 

Change Out Your Window Treatments

This is most easily done if you have curtain panels.  Go out to your favorite home decor spot and browse through the panels to find a new color, print, or texture that you want to try out.  You’ll be surprised at what a huge difference this makes!  Tip: Make sure you take a photo of your room to bring with you so that you can get a good idea of what will look best. 

Anthropologie

 

Anthropologie

 

Anthropologie

 

Update Your Rugs 

For the biggest “WOW” factor, replacing an area rug is the way to go.  However, this can often be a daunting task, not to mention pricey.  If that’s not in your budget, new floor mats are the next best thing, and give you a good bang for your buck. Think: doormats, kitchen mats, and bath mats.  There are so many different options here, and we love to get a little funky!

 

Pier 1 Imports

 

Pier 1 Imports

 

Pier 1 Imports

 

Give Your Linen Closet a Makeover

Updating your kitchen?  Find some cute new dish towels and oven mitts to display.  Table linens such as placemats, napkins, tablecloths, and runners will make your dining room look brand new.  In your bedroom, the most obvious change will be to find some new bedding.

Anthropologie

 

Pottery Barn

 

West Elm

 

West Elm

 

When I want to change up a room, sometimes instant gratification is the most satisfying.  In this case, I usually go to one of my favorite nearby stores that carries everything I need (try HomeGoods, Pier 1, Anthropologie, Pottery Barn, or West Elm).  Load up that cart, and get shopping!

What are your favorite home decor stores?  Are you an online shopper or a one-stop-shopper?  Let us know in the comments!

 

Lace Isn’t Just for Your Fabrics!

A classic look that’s been around for ages, lace continues to be one of our all-time favorite details in home decor.  From classic fabrics to printed detailing, we want to show you some of our favorite inspired decor!

 

It doesn’t get more traditional than a doily… but what about on a rug?  We LOVE this twist on a classic look!

Urban Outfitters

 

Bedding is always a perfect place to find some romantic lace detailing.

Restoration Hardware

 

 

Pom Pom At Home

 

If you love the look of lace, but can’t find the right place for a fabric so delicate, try some options that capture its style without having to worry about its maintenance!  What do you think about an accent wall like this?  We love it!

York Wallcoverings

 

If you’re frantically worrying about spills on your beautiful table linens, boy have we got the thing for you.  Famous for their durability, Chilewich lacey metallic placemats can be cleaned with a quick and easy wipe.

Chilewich

 

I’m a huge fan of white dinnerware because of how nicely it complements food.  If plain white is too simple for you, lace-inspired borders add an elegant touch to your table without breaking your color scheme!

Arte Italica

 

 

Williams Sonoma

 

Does lace feel too traditional for your style?  We love how Wisteria proves you can mix and match lace with metals!

Wisteria

 

 

What other inspired ideas have you seen?  We’d love to hear from you!

Our Favorite Spring Tablescapes for 2017

My 2 least favorite months of the year are February and March.  I’m tired of the cold, sick of my winter tablescapes, and generally feeling gloomy.  Starting to “dewinterize” the house perks me up, and one of the easiest to do is the table.  

I love the soft pastels, vivd greens, flora, and fauna that come along with warmer weather and lots of sunshine.  So, with one foot still in winter and one on its way into spring, you’ll find all of these things in my favorite Springtime tabletops!

Whether you’re gathering ideas for your own table decor or just enjoy seeing all of these lively designs, we hope you enjoy our gorgeous collection of Spring tables capes as much as we do! 

 

Oscar de la Renta

 

 

Style Me Pretty

 

 

Williams Sonoma

 

 

Magnolia Market

 

 

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Isabelle de Borchgrave

 

 

Lauren Conrad

 

 

Midwest Living

 

 

Pier 1 Imports

 

 

Photo by Alison Bernier for 100-Layer Cakelet

 

 

Photo by Alison Bernier for 100-Layer Cakelet

 

 

Love of Family and Home

 

 

What is your favorite Spring inspired tabletop?  Would you try any of these this season?  Let us know in the comments!

 

Back to the Table

Of all of the rooms in the house, none has seen such a drastic change in style over time as has the dining room.  The formal dining rooms that were only used on special occasions and holidays are virtually extinct in today’s lifestyle.  The den became the great room, and the kitchen became an open floor plan with many functions.  Kitchen tables were replaced by large islands.  Some of the changes were good, others not so much.

I never really understood the giant kitchen islands replacing the table.  As an Italian woman, there is nothing more important to me than family and food.  Somehow sitting all in a line facing the sink just seems so impersonal!  It’s not just about eating food, it’s about the entire dining experience.  Happily, the dining experience is back!  I’m getting more and more requests to redesign the eating area.  The very casual space is becoming a little more special.  We’re spending more time at home with friends, and the kitchen is now the “hub”, but we still want dining to be special.

Whether it be a table for 4, or one that can seat 12, an option exists for everyone.  Dining chairs can be matched, mismatched, upholstered, wood, metal or a combination of everything.  Here are some of our dining room inspirations to get you thinking about your dining space!

 

A bench seat and a table have so many possibilities!  Lots of room for diners, or a cozy place to curl up with a book!

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler

 

A little distressed paint can add so much interest and lots of warmth to a dining table.  Paired with an upholstered chair, it becomes a warm and comfy dining space.

Ballard Designs

Ballard Designs

 

Not everything has to match.  In fact, mixing it up adds visual interest.  The open back of these chairs draws you right to the table.

Bassett Furniture

Bassett Furniture

 

 

Bassett Furniture

Bassett Furniture

 

 

Palecek

Palecek

 

Table for 2?  No more metal bistro table!

Bungalow 5

Bungalow 5

 

Cane backs give an airy feel to a heavy wood table to lighten the look.

Bungalow 5

Bungalow 5

 

Casual and minimalist don’t have to be stark.  A little mid-century modern can be the perfect compromise.

West Elm

West Elm

 

Dramatic?  The white upholstered chairs lighten the dramatic feel of this heavy table.

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

 

At first glance, this looks like a small dining table – but the benches just increase the space!

Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily

 

Here’s a great example of pairing several styles of furniture that works.  I love the lucite table.  And the shelving unit just helps to “pretty”  it up!

Wisteria

Wisteria

 

 

 

What is your favorite dining inspiration?  We love the idea to mix up your seating with some benches- would you try it?

 

Are We Seeing A Dining Room Revival?

The past decade has seen such a change in the way we live, and our homes have changed along with us.  We saw the rise of the Great Room and the fall of the formality in the way we dine.  2016 is shaping up as the year of the “Return of the Dining Room”.  But, it’s not your grandmother’s formal, Downton Abbey-esque dining experience…

Today’s dining room is fun, “fancy”, and exciting.  Since we don’t use the room as often as other spaces, it’s an opportunity to try something a little different, and maybe to head out of your comfort zone a little bit.  Here are some “not your grandmother’s dining rooms” that have pizazz, comfort, and color!

 

This is like a fresh breath of Spring.  Yes, wallpaper is back, and there is no better room to bring it back with than your dining room.  The traditional brass chandelier is gone and replaced by a variety of unique lighting options!

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Want to encourage lively dinner conversation?  Add some bold color to your room.

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Bold mirrors and lighting can create a “grand” feeling in your dining room.

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

 

 

Unique pieces, be it chairs, lighting , or accessories can really transform your space into a whole different world!

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler

 

 

And then of course, there’s the “new” traditional,  adding just a little pop of excitement!

Lauren Conrad, InStyle

Lauren Conrad, InStyle

 

 

What’s your favorite dining room?  Would you try a bold color or look?

9 Thanksgiving Tablescapes To Use All Month

A beautiful table doesn’t have to last just one day!  These Thanksgiving-inspired tablescapes can take you through the whole month with the bounties of the season.

I especially love using earthy elements. This gives your table a rustic, natural feel that can be used every day for more casual settings.  To dress it up, add gold tones for a little sparkle!  My favorite is #3!  I love the mixed greens!

 

HGTV

HGTV

 

 

Crate & Barrel

Crate & Barrel

 

 

Country Living

Country Living

 

 

Yankee Magazine

Yankee Magazine

 

 

House Beautiful

House Beautiful

 

 

House Beautiful

House Beautiful

 

 

House Beautiful

House Beautiful

 

 

This Is Happiness

This Is Happiness

 

 

My Fabuless Life

My Fabuless Life

 

 

What will your tablescape look like this Thanksgiving season?

Design Trends 101: Transparent Furniture

What is functional, easy to maintain, makes a statement without having any visual weight, and goes with everything?  Try transparent furniture.  Unlike glass there is no heavy weight, so moving is a snap.  Transparent furniture is adaptable to almost all interior design styles and is available in almost anything.  Perhaps it started with the iconic Louis Ghost Chair.

Designed by Philippe Stark, this chair was created in the early 2000’s as a throwback to the King Louis XVI armchair. Another thing that makes this chair great is that it can be used in any room of the house to give it a bit of “ghostly” flair. You can place this outside or inside and it will not get dirty or damage easily. It was made in Italy, and when folded can be stacked up to six chairs high!

This chair is shock, scratch, and dirt resistant, making it both beautiful as well as durable.

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Louis Ghost Chair, Kartell (Available at Voltex)

 

From chairs, to desks, to tables, the transparent characteristics add a new dimension to your decor.

Wisteria

Wisteria

 

Wisteria

Wisteria

 

Wisteria

Wisteria

 

Mixed with woods and metals, hinges and clasps, polycarbonate can transform the ordinary into the focal point of your room.

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler

 

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler

 

Clearstands Trunk, Photo by Homepolish (Via Refinery 29)

Clearstands Trunk, Photo by Homepolish (Via Refinery 29)

 

Big or small, tall or short, transparent furniture offers something for everyone.

Photo by Homepolish (Via Refinery 29)

Photo by Homepolish (Via Refinery 29)

Amanda Nisbet Design

Amanda Nisbet Design

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PB Teen

PB Teen

 

What do you think about this look?  Show us some of your favorite ideas!

Christmas Tablescapes

Hosting Christmas dinner?  Need some last minute ideas to set that perfect table?  Every year I try to mix it up a little with my tablescapes.  I’ve done the fresh greens, the table full of candles, the long and low floral arrangements, the ornaments in bowls… every year I look for something just a little bit different.  Here are a few inspirations to help you create something beautiful for your table!

 

White is always fresh and crisp.  This is a lovely yet simple table.  I LOVE the mini gingerbread houses!  Such a great idea, but honestly, a little too advanced for me!

Good Housekeeping

Good Housekeeping

 

Loving the woodland look this year.  But not ready to get out the chainsaw!

Elizabeth Anne Designs

Elizabeth Anne Designs

 

This is such a pretty and natural array of greens and candles.  May be a possibility!

Ruffled Blog

Ruffled Blog, Photo by Park Road Photography

 

I know these are tablescapes from weddings, but I love the garland idea for the holidays!  And fresh fruit is always a great addition on tables for the holidays.

Green Wedding Shoes

Green Wedding Shoes

 

More natural centerpieces!  I love the simple place cards!

Simple Bites

Simple Bites

 

Festive, fun, and colorful!

AO At Home

AO At Home

 

The more of these natural tablescapes I see the more I think I’m going to be out in my yard tomorrow doing some greens cutting!

Nest of Bliss

Nest of Bliss

 

So sparkly and elegant!  I love the array of varied height milk glass candlesticks!

Rustic Wedding Chic

Rustic Wedding Chic

 

So many great ideas.  I think I’m leaning towards some fresh greens and a natural look for this year, and I certainly hope it’s warm in Boston tomorrow, because I think Ill be doing some green cutting!  What is your Christmas tablescape?  Send us your pictures and we’ll post them!!  Good luck!

Susan Hayward Interiors