After moving into a new home…

Interior design doesn’t require you to be a professional or have any previous experience. Anyone can design a home well if they put their minds to it. But you have to remember to go about it the right way to limit the amount of work you have to do.

Professional Movers and Telling Them What to Do

To start with, decide whether you will redecorate your new home before you arrive. There’s little point in hiring professional local movers and telling them to move the heavy furniture into place when you’re going to pull it away again to redecorate. This is why it’s important to make the decision before moving.

Start with the Bedroom
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Begin with the rooms where you’ll be spending the most time. The bedroom will take up about a third of your time, so it makes sense to start with this. One good tip on interior design is the simplest things can make the biggest difference. In the bedroom, go out of your way to buy the best bedding you can. This is the biggest focal point of any bedroom, so go all out on it.

Take Time

When moving in, it’s easy to get carried away with renovating this and redecorating that. You make the best decisions after you’ve lived in a location for a certain length of time. Spend at least a month living in your new home before deciding on any big purchases. You may well notice areas that are in need of urgent renovation. For example, you may estimate $5,000 for the bathroom, but after a month you discover that it would be better spent on the kitchen.

Don’t Match
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The showroom down at your local furniture store would have you believe that everything has to match up. This is exactly the wrong way to go about it. It only makes your home look generic, lifeless, and boring. Instead, you have to consider how you’re going to stand out from the crowd. You do this by going in the exact opposite direction. It’s okay to match some items, but go out of your way to create contrasts.

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I think I selected the hotel I want to stay in…

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Annually my bestie and I travel somewhere for our bdays. We go either around hers or mine or somewhere in between as our birthdays fall within a month of one another. This year, we’re heading to New Orleans. I have only been once and that was as a kid. I don’t remember much so I can’t wait to go back…

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The Saint Hotel is located blocks away from Bourban Street and has a really funky design. I can’t stay somewhere that doesn’t have a nice designed interior. We won’t be staying in the Presidential suite but the Lucifer room (red) is gorgeous and is my favorite…

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Operation masculine rustic sexiness for my rec room…

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I know. That’s a lot of styles for one area but I have made up my mind and I want the basement area to have all of that. I want to stir away from any girly items that you will find elsewhere in my home. I want it to feel moody and regal, sexy like a cocktail lounge, but edited and purposeful like a modern bachelor pad. I want there to be rustic elements and raw materials like wood and metal. I want pieces I would put in a loft present. Again, that’s a lot but that’s what I want.

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I have black leather sofas in the living room that’ll eventually make their way to the rec room…

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I have recessed lighting down there but I do like the caged pendant look. You can never have too many light sources…

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This is really the only area I want wood items in my home. I bought a studded wood framed mirror from AtHome that I will eventually hang. The wood matches perfectly with a floating ledge I bought at Menards. I also will keep an eye out for some metal and wood bar stools for bar.

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I have a trunk that I was going to paint and place in my office but have decided to use it in the rec room as a side table…

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One wall is a deeper blue hue which will likely get changed. I haven’t given much thought about paint. I know I want it to feel modern but not too dark. Gray is always a good choice for that…

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Have you priced pool tables lately? I didn’t realize how expensive the are. I want one but no time soon.. .

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I like decorating in 3s for a really modern look….

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I know I used this image before but I have been keeping eyes open for cushions. I flipped two bookstands on their sides to use as seating in the mean time. I just want to place some long cushions on top. I would love some camel hued seating somewhere down there.

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As far as rugs, apart of me wants something very plush and another part of me wants a faux cowhide like the ones at Z Gallerie but I’m undecided.


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So many details…

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Sorry for the lack of posts lately. I hope this week makes up for it. Starting off with some gorgeous Chicago home tours that offer grand formal rooms, beautiful construction and details to architecture. The rooms have a lot of character in the moldings and pillars to the ceiling designs. Some have weathered walls, gorgeous lacquered woodpaneling (like the picture above) and lots of plush upholstery and rugs. Nothing makes a home feel homey and comfortable than plush textures like velvets, cashmere and silk. I hope you enjoy…

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Now if this isn’t a good use of space, I don’t know what is. How perfect to use a narrow area for built-ins deep enough to store books. You can have your own little library. The fixtures and that rug stand out for me…

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These are the weathered walls I spoke of. How beautiful. There are so many other alternatives to give a room color than paint and wallpaper…

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I notice the repeated use of hexagon rugs and I like it. Love these drawer handles…

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To see the rest of this home tour, click here.

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A dark ceiling works when the walls are kept light and there is a lot of natural lighting. This tour has an emphasis on art where sculptures are displayed on pedestals and one wall has only one art piece….

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Here is another home that has a lot of patterns and color but a simple black and white kitchen palette.

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This console table is slick. I can see this being an IKEA diy project for a small table using wallpaper or even snakeskin textured duct tape…

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Megan Hess penthouse and her new illustrations featuring women of color…

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I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am truly thankful to those of you who read my blog. I first blogged about the home of fashion illustrator Megan Hess here. The interior design in this post is of her Melbourne Austrailia penthouse which is filled with plush textures and glam details. I love it all but what I like about her work is the diversity. She currently has a limited collection of fashion illustrations featuring black women which you can see at the end of this post. As a black woman, seeing yourself reflected in art makes me happy. All of her work is truly amazing.

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Home Life: My accessory table pt 1

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Today I am sharing a little bit of homelife with you: my jewelry/accessories table. I hope you enjoy. I am trying to bring some more personal snippets to the blog. Anyone who knows me knows I love me some fashion jewelry. Dainty? Not my thing. Unless I pile dainty rings on multiple fingers and layer dainty necklaces. Bring me the bold stuff anyday…

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Remember when I DIY’d this art here out of pillows?

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My rings are my prized possessions. I feel naked without a big cocktail ring on…

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So I simply set up everything on my Ikea desk table…

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This was a lucite box gifted to me at the Container Store’s blogger preview (you can read all about that here).

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I keep another acrylic organizer in my closet for nail polish but the go to colors are on this table…

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Believe it or not, I have odd things in these boxes. One has teeth that fell out as a kid. You know…for keepsakes. Another has spare sets of car keys. I try to use as much as I already have for storage instead of buying a ton of new items…

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I bought this acrylic felt lined jewelry organizer from TJMaxx for only $7.99. I like to keep my metals separated so I can easily grab n go! There is a smaller acrylic box that holds safety pins. The Container store has so many in fun colors and sizes for small objects like that.

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My favorite gunmetal and silver pieces…

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I love the way my sunglasses are displayed. Some of them came from Sunglass Spot which sells every pair on their website for only $5. The Container Store‘s acrylic floating shelves are great for smaller lightweight items like this…

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The small stackable round things I bought at the Goodwill years ago. They hide things I don’t want to see like charms that need fixing or random small items…

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I just bought these fun tassled earrings from Macy’s.

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The black velvet holders all came from Michael’s and they were 40% off…

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I love how the jewelry contrasts and looks so shiny against the black….

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My favorite thing on this table is the lace cat eared mask I wore for Halloween. I bought it at Charlotte Russee and it’s a different way to decorate a wig head. I’d rather not have my hats on display so this is much better. The styrofoam head came from Hobby Lobby..

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This acrylic stand came from AtHome . I am sure it’s meant to be upright but I like it this way better.

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I purchased a 3D velvet bust and a flat one from Michael’s. I wanted some of my favorite necklaces to be shown at all times. The white tiger necklace was bought from Akira and the turtoiseshell from Charming Charlie. The deer in the back, cuz you know, I gotta rep my Milwaukee bucks in some capacity, came from TopShop in Chicago…

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It’s a beautiful organized mess…

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Stay tuned for part two where I show you what’s under the table and the reason a shirt is on the wall…


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Tiny Tot Thursday: Bohemian Nurseries

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When decorating nurseries, there should always be some sophisticated pieces of furniture purchased for the room. The dresser and chairs don’t always have to be pint sized. I also prefer designs with wood or white finishes for the furniture leaving color for the decor and accessories.

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Enter bohemian designs. When I think of that style, I think of lots of textures and aztec patterns, Persian and oriental rugs, sunset hues, arrows, feathers, dreamcatchers, yarn and woven elements, mid-century and sleek lines, an explosion of color, layers of rugs, tassles, canopies and teepees, nothing too matchy matchy and an eclectic mix of fabric and pillows that somehow works.

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Bohemian rooms don’t have to be colorful though, as this mint and beige room is executed perfectly…

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The key is to prevent things from feeling too new. So strive to incorporate retro and vintage toys and items for a room that feels collected over time. You will want some pieces that feel like they have some history in the family or at the least, a neat story behind it.

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You can still include the usual baby room suspects like animals and woodland themed tree wall decals. Having real branches and plants keeps it lively…

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Boca do Lobo unique and modern furniture…

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I saw this on someone’s tumblr and had to find out who designs such an interesting piece. Boca do Lobo has a beautiful collection of furniture items that are sure to make a statement…

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It’s like a piece of Emerald jewelry. This sideboard is perfect in a dining room as a buffet to store china and place settings or in a living room to hide dvds etc. It’s truly a statement piece…

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This pixel inspired cabinet is so beautiful to me. The base is almost as pretty as the doors…

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Parade of Homes Tour 2015

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Last week I went to one of the subdivisions for the Metropolitan Parade of Homes which is a showcase of furnishings and trends in tile and interior design. These are real homes on the market and the builders really have some cool ideas. I’m finishing two more subdivisions today so there will hopefully be lots more pictures.

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This above was a rec room’s kitchen…

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