The Principles of Design – Unity & Harmony

Have you ever walked in a home where each room had its own color scheme or style? It can feel a bit overwhelming and disjointed. Many of my clients may not have a clear vision of what they want their space to look like they always tell me they want it to feel cohesive and inviting. With the direction in new construction over the last 10 years leaning towards large open spaces versus the separate, clearly defined rooms of the past, unity and harmony are move important than ever.

UNITY & HARMONY

Unity in design occurs when the elements in a space work together in such a way that the resulting look is balanced and harmonious. It is difficult to achieve unity without harmony.  Harmony is accomplished by the repetition of a particular design element, such as color, shape, texture, etc… that harmony is what creates the sense of unity. DIY’ers beware, too much unity in a room can lack personality and interest.

So what do unity & harmony look like in interior design?

Designed by Kelly Wolf Anthony

This space would definitely not have the same feel if the designer had used a red sofa! Through the use of similarly colored and textured materials this space is a great example of harmony.

Designed by Schaub & Srote

Unity and harmony are achieved through the use of repetition in the colors and the materials used.

Designed by Schaub & Srote

Using the same color in different intensities and items in a similar scale give this room a restful feel with visual interest.

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Unity is found in this space through the use of the same chair and repeating the colors of the chairs in the artwork.

Make sure to visit SchaubSrote.com to see how we incorporate unity and harmony everyday into our own projects.

Eggs-ceptional Easter Eggs!

Today I wanted to share some fun ways to decorate Easter eggs!

MATISSE-INSPIRED

Matisse eggies:

I have always loved Henri Matisse and his Cut-Out era artwork. It translates so perfectly to an Easter egg DIY! Simply cut Matisse-inspired shapes out of tissue paper and paste onto the eggs!

MARBLED INDIGO

DIY Marbled Indigo Easter Eggs

These might be the prettiest Easter eggs I ever did see! This method uses nail polish and can be a bit messy. I would try this on some faux-eggs so they can be reused as decor each year. Read the tutorial HERE.

FLORAL

This DIY is inspired by the beautiful Orangerie fabric! Check The Hunted Interior for the full tutorial. Another idea is to use leftover wrapping paper or wallpaper with this method!

EMOJI

DIY Emoji Easter Eggs

And now for the most FUN Easter eggs! How cute are these guys?! Full tutorial can be found HERE.

 

Do you have a favorite? What’s your favorite way to decorate Easter eggs?

Fine Fabrics

Today I wanted to share some fabric designers I have been loving! Lots of block prints, pretty colors (perfect for Spring), and soft linens to peruse.

BROOK PERDIGON

Brook Perdigon Textiles is based in LA and was founded in 2015. The designer is actually a graduate of Wash U here in St. Louis! Each of her collections is hand-printed and rooted in art history.

See more of Brook Perdigon’s designs HERE.

IMOGEN HEATH

Imogen Heath is based in the UK. Her designs encompass both geometric and organic motifs and I love her use of color!

See more of Imogen Heath’s work HERE.

MARESCA TEXTILES

Maresca Textiles is run by designer, Kathryn Maresca. Her designs are inspired by a mixture of the Savannah, Georgia architecture around her and the history of the southern low-country – but always with a modern edge!

See more of Maresca Textile’s designs HERE.

LISA FINE TEXTILES

Lisa Fine Textiles are always colorful and chic! Her designs are hand-printed on eco-friendly fabrics and inspired by her worldly travels.

See more of Lisa Fine’s work HERE.

Do you have a favorite? It’s so hard to choose!

Cardinals Opening Day!

Well we’ve made it through the long cold winter and it’s finally time to dust of your jerseys and ball caps! Opening day is about to arrive!

The St. Louis Cardinals home opener against the Chicago Cubs will be held this Sunday, April 2nd at 7:35PM and will be carried exclusively by ESPN.

Looking to celebrate downtown?

Opening Day Block Party will be held from noon to 6:30PM and is free to attend. The rally will feature food, drinks, games and giveaways!

Head to Ballpark Village for the One Nation Pep Rally, which supports both the Blues and Cardinals. From noon to 4:45PM celebrate your favorite teams in the outdoor Busch II Infield Stage. Then head inside FOX Sports Midwest Live! to catch the indoor pep rally from 5PM until game-time!

Wherever you decide to celebrate, remember to wear your Cardinal Red.

Happy Opening Day! Go Cards!

Nate Berkus Spring Pieces!

Nate Berkus’s new Spring line for Target just debuted this week! As always, there are several chic and affordable accent pieces. Here are my 5 favorite pieces to mix into your home!

This basket would be perfect for a large indoor house plant, holding extra throws or storing toys in a nursery!

 

This metal wall hanging looks like a modern wind chime. Hang it in the corner of your living room to bounce around the sunlight.

Love this neutral yet fun and fresh bedding! Perfect for a young girl’s or boy’s bedroom!

I love finding pieces that have both form AND function! This pretty file storage box is just that. Love the tassel detail, too!

This is a mirror that you can proudly display on your counter or vanity.

 

Check out the full line here or at your local target store.

Outdoor Living Spaces

Mother nature is a cruel, cruel lady! After teasing us with beautiful weather last week we got snow all weekend long! I’m hoping this will be the last of winter. Until then I’ll be day-dreaming of lounging in one of these Schaub+Srote outdoor spaces!

Have a great week!

Spring Is In The Air

Mother Nature has been teasing us with a few sunny, warm days here and there! In St. Louis, the magnolias, dogwoods and other trees have already begun to blossom. It has definitely given me spring fever and the urge to bring more greenery into the home. Here are some vases and planters I am loving at the moment – perfect for displaying branch clippings or your favorite spring flowers.

There are also TONS of beautiful options at some great local shops in St. Louis.

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Studio Carmelita (The artist’s work can be found at Union Studio)

Have a great week!

Red Carpet Inspired Interiors – The Oscars

We’re back for the final round of Red Carpet Inspired Interiors. This time we are focusing on the pinnacle of award season, the Oscars. It’s arguably the most prestigious of the award shows and the stars always save their best gowns for this event! Check out the looks we loved along with coordinating home decor picks!

If you need to catch up, here is Round 1 and Round 2.

BLACK, GOLD & BOLD

Janelle Monae STUNS in Elie Saab.

 

MOODY GREEN VELVET

Busy Phillips in Elizabeth Kennedy.

 

DRIPPING IN CRYSTALS

Olivia Culpo in Marchesa.

 

TONAL BLUES

Riz Ahmed in Ermenegildo Zegna.

And that’s a wrap on Award Season. I hope you had fun following along!

St. Louis Spotlight – Soulard

Soulard is a historic French neighborhood in St. Louis. Lined with red-brick townhomes, this neighborhood houses many restaurants and lively bars, making it one of the most well-known neighborhoods of the city.

MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION

It’s been said that St. Louis hosts the second-largest Mardi Gras gathering in the country (second to New Orleans, of course)! If you’ve never been, you should experience it at least once. There is A LOT of fun to be had! Here are a couple tips to remember: arrive early, don’t drive, and it’s always helpful to know someone that lives in the neighborhood (because standing in line for the bathroom is no fun)!

MOLLY’S

Molly’s is a great place to grab some N’awlins inspired dishes and drinks while enjoying patio weather. They have seven bars and lots of TVs for watching the Cardinals and Blues – great for large groups!

FARMERS MARKET

The city’s most iconic market is open year round, Wednesday through Saturday. Here you’ll find local produce, meats, seafood, cheese, pastries, flowers, and spices. It’s a great way to support your local farmers while getting some of the freshest ingredients available!

JOHN D. MCGURK’S IRISH PUB & GARDEN

It’s almost patio season, and the expansive patio and garden at McGurk’s is simply the best! The garden features several water features and beautiful greenery, which make it a perfect spot for an afternoon bite to eat.

PIECES

Pieces is THE St. Louis Board Game Bar & Cafe! Gather your buds and choose from over 500 games to play. Can’t wait to visit this place!

Red Carpet Inspired Interiors – The Grammys

We’re back for Round 2 of Red Carpet Inspired Interiors! If you missed Round 1 you can catch up here. This time we are focusing on Grammy fashions. Here are some of the looks we loved along with coordinating home decor picks!

GLOBAL EMBELLISHMENT

Bella Harris in Mario Dice.

RADIANT RED

Faith Hill in Zuhair Murad.

BLACK AND NAILHEAD

  Nick Jonas in Balmain

ART DECO

Adele performs in Tisci.

What was your favorite look of the night? We’d love to hear!