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!

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.

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!

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!

 

Red Carpet Inspired Interiors – SAG Awards

In honor of awards season we are starting a fun little series on the blog! After each awards show we will choose some of our favorite looks and share home decor pieces inspired by these looks. First up is the SAG Awards!

STRIKING STRIPES

Michelle Dockery in Ellie Saab.

MENSWEAR

Caleb McLaughin in Book a Tailor.

FLORAL AND LACE

Emma Stone in Alexander McQueen

MIXED METALS

Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton

BOLD BLUE

Ellie Kemper in Wai Ming

What were your favorite looks of the night? We’d love to hear your comments!

2017 Winter Markets

Every January, buyers flock to the 3 big home markets: Atlanta, Dallas, and Vegas. While I didn’t attend this year I find that it’s always fun to look through Instagram hashtags and following along with Instagram stories! It really helps me get a sense of what’s to come, interiors-wise, in the year! I found many common themes and lots of beautiful eye candy!

 

BOLD COLOR

I saw a lot of rich jewel tones from Worlds Away.

Navy blue decadence meets gold leaf impressions @worldsaway1 @lasvegasmarket! #viewonvegas #lvmkt

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Start your day off with a little color from @worldsaway #worldsaway #lvmkt #bassmanblaine @bassmanblaine

A photo posted by Gail Rysavy (@gailssalesrepla) on

This dark green paint color was one of our predictions for 2017! Check out our favorite dark green paint colors and accessories here!

 

LAYERED WHITES/NEUTRALS

Layering neutrals is one of my favorite looks. These spaces below are full of interest and prove that neutral doesn’t have to mean boring!

This space made me so happy!! 😀 #handleydrive #americasmart #atlanta #codarus #atlantamarket #interiordesign

A photo posted by Nichole Gabriel, ISRP/Designer (@perfectpieceinteriors) on

You like us, you really like us!! #LVMKT thanks for a great first day in Salon West! See you in the morning ☀️

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I love the legs on this Tritter Feefer dining table!

 

TONS OF TEXTURE

This ties in with the layered neutrals above and is the key to achieving the look. I saw a lot of textured pottery and special furniture pieces.

TEXTURE! TEXTURE! Look at this TEXTURE! 😍🤗😱🤗😍

A photo posted by Sagebrook Home (@sagebrookhome) on

Loving the Las Vegas Market @noirfurniturela! #lvmkt #casabellarep

A photo posted by Carol Miller (@carolmillersales) on

 

BLUSH

It seems like this shade is popping up everywhere in accessories and accent furniture!

This vignette is amazing!!! I love the pink lamps and artwork. #bebold

A photo posted by Chansaerae Interior Designs (@chansaeraedesigns) on

Lots of fun new pillows Showroom#A313. #pillows #lvmkt2017 #decorativepillows #throwpillows

A photo posted by D.V.KAP Home (@d.v.kaphome) on

How cool is the faux bois patterned pillow?!

 

BOTANICAL AND FLORAL MOTIFS

I love the detail and texture of this Palecek magnolia-inspired mirror.

Fauna feels 🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿 @lasvegasmarket! #viewonvegas #lvmkt

A photo posted by JT & COMPANY (@jtandcompanyhq) on

 

BRIAN PATRICK FLYNN for CRYSTORAMA

Brian Patrick Flynn’s lighting line with Crystorama is so beautiful! He was kind enough to send me some professional images to share with you!

The Hulton – This collection has an industrial vibe and features a “cage within a cage” design. Available in 3 different sizes in a matte black finish.

The Alston – This collection features a heavy metal drum shade with a thick, rectangular chain! Available in 3 different sizes with matte black or matte white finishes. (The white option has a beautiful brass interior!)

The Hurley – This collection is a modern take on a classic lantern design. The frame is super thick and looks so luxurious in the polished nickel finish.

The Truax – This collection is available in a modern style (simple globe) and more traditional style (metal band). It’s available in various sizes, including a huge 30″x 38″ version!

 

Did any trends or pieces catch your eye? If you want to see more check out these accounts and hashtags on instagram:

The Principles of Design – Balance

Today we are kicking off a new blog series – The Principles of Design. This will explore the building blocks of great design with examples of how to achieve them in your home. Today we are going to explore the importance of balance.

BALANCE

Balance is a constant in our everyday lives. One of the most relatable examples is the ongoing struggle to balance life between work and leisure. Similar to when we are off balance in various aspects of our lives, an unbalanced interior space can be uncomfortable. Balance is achieved by distributing the visual weight of objects within a space to achieve a feeling of equilibrium.  The size, shape, color and texture have a major impact on the visual weight of a particular item. Larger, darker, brighter and highly textured objects typically feel heavier.

Balance can be achieved in three ways: symmetrically, asymmetrically and radially.

SYMMETRICAL BALANCE

Symmetrical balance is achieved by arranging elements on either side of the center of a composition in an equally weighted manner. Symmetrical balance can be thought of as 50/50 balance or like a mirror image.

ASYMMETRICAL BALANCE

In asymmetrical balance, the two sides are not identical, but differ from one another. However, the elements are arranged so that there is a sense of balance.

RADIAL BALANCE

Radial balance is a visual balance based on a circle with its design extending from center.

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

2017 Interior Trends

With the New Year comes predictions of what trends we will see making their way into stores and our homes. While I think it is interesting to see what is up and coming in design I am a firm believer that your home should be a reflection of you, regardless of trends. One of my favorite quotes regarding interior design is from designer Bunny Williams – “If you love something, it will work. That’s the only real rule.”

MIXING & MATCHING PATTERNS

Mixing and matching patterns becomes easier when anchored by a monochromatic or neutral backdrop.

ART-INSPIRED WALLPAPER

No need for artwork when you use wallpaper like these….

NAVY AND DARK GREEN INTERIORS

Although these were not selected as the color of the year by the leading paint companies they will be EVERYWHERE!

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER!

Here are a few of the design trends we will say goodbye to in 2017 –

POLISHED METALS

“Warm metals like copper, brass and rose gold will continue to be on trend for autumn/winter 2016, but as we move into summer 2017 you’ll see a shift away from this super polished look,” says Diane Cocksey, Senior Interior Decorator at Freedom. “I expect you’ll see a more industrial aesthetic, with black steel and burnished metals taking over the home.”

MARBLE HOUSEWARES

While marble is all the rage in the mass-produced homewares market, we can soon expect a sharp decline in interest. In 2017, be on the lookout for earthy textures like timber, clay and wicker to take its place.

FIDDLE LEAF FIGS ARE OUT, OLIVE TREES ARE IN

I am struggling with this one! Fiddle Leaf Figs are EVERYWHERE. EVERY. WHERE. Cost, maintenance and lifespan are cited as the major factors for the decline in popularity.

Other trends that will be making an exit in 2017……chevron patterns, subway tile, all white rooms and mirrored furniture.

 

We would love to hear your thoughts on these predictions for 2017.

Which trends are you loving or leaving?

Already embracing one these trends? We would love to see you space.