Valentine’s Day

Not sure what to get your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day this year? Don’t worry – I’ve got you covered! I’ve rounded up a list of cute greeting cards, gifts and date ideas!

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GIFT IDEAS

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RESTAURANTS

These restaurants serve up delicious food and candlelit ambiance; perfect for a romantic date night.

DATE IDEAS

Together with 4 Hands Brewing Company, The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis has created five new beer treatments —from a facial to “foot detailing.” Click here to learn more about the benefits of beer for the skin and to book an appointment.

Book a stay at the beautiful Moonrise Hotel. Special packages are available!

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Enjoy an evening at Jazz at the Bistro listening to the sounds of Erin Bode. The Erin Bode Group creates music forged from the Americana of its members’ Midwestern roots, infused with jazz grooves, and made magic by Bode’s bell-like voice.

Design a beautiful bouquet with Snapdragon Studio! An array of beautiful blooms in romantic tones, along with fun accents and foliage will be provided. Mix and match to your heart’s content. Sign up for an event on Sunday February 12th or Tuesday, February 14th.

Try a cooking class! Schnucks and Dierbergs have several options available.

Happy Valentine’s Day! <3

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

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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! 😍🤗😱🤗😍

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

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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

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

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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

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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 Home Organization Projects

One of my big goals for this year is to have a place for everything and everything in its place! That means a lot of decluttering has been happening in my home. Organization is something everyone can benefit from whether your house is large or small! I’m focusing on a few key areas to help my home function better.

MUDROOM

My husband and I recently updated our laundry/mudroom by adding cabinetry above and between the washer and dryer. We also removed a small shallow closet to install high cabinets, hooks and shoe storage.

Though the space isn’t big, it functions so much better for us. We’ve been working on organizing the cabinet interiors that house cleaning supplies and bulk household items.

Take advantage of the storage opportunities on the insides of cabinet doors. These mountable baskets are perfect for storing items you need to quickly access. I grabbed a couple of these to store cleaning supplies and vacuum attachments.

Bins and baskets make it easy to grab scarfs, hats and gloves before heading out the door.

If space is at a minimum, this option is great hanging coats and bags and even has a few small bins and a shelf!

STORAGE ROOM

Our storage room has become one of those spaces where boxes get tossed in without even looking. It’s difficult to find things and hard to walk through!

 

We are busy going through our belongings and making toss/keep/donate piles. Once we know what we are keeping THEN we will buy the appropriate storage containers. I’m thinking we will do some clear bins so we can see what will be stored.

A label maker will come in handy for labeling bins and can help you organize the rest of house, too!

GARAGE

While it’s not the most glamorous of spaces, organizing our garage is the project I’m looking forward to the most. The plan is to install a large pegboard wall to store all of our tools and project supplies.

I love how this storage wall takes full advantage of the vertical space available. Everything is easily visible, accessible, and CLEAN.

This organizer is perfect for storing nails, nuts, bolts and screws.

Magnetic knife racks are great for holding drill bits, screw drivers and even paint brushes.

 

I’ve got my work cut out for me! What projects are you working on this year?

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.

 

Cheers to the New Year!

I can’t believe 2016 is already coming to a close. It has been a busy and productive year at Schaub+Srote and we are excited for what’s to come in the new year! I wanted to share a few last minute ideas/tips for your NYE holiday celebration!

OUT & ABOUT

  • NYE Live! at Ballpark Village – Ballpark Village is hosting their annual celebration and the ONLY ball drop in St. Louis. 2 packages are available with access to all 5 of their venues. Guests can look forward to an all-inclusive premium drink package, complimentary midnight toast, and a live DJ performance by DJ Dynamix.
  • Kid Rock New Year’s Eve Bash – Ring in the New Year with a rockin’ performance by Kid Rock! Special guests Tim Montana and the Shrednecks will kick off the night!
  • Steinberg Skating Rink – Looking for a fun night with the kiddos? Skate in the New Year at Steinberg’s! Enjoy party favors, noisemakers and some hot cocoa while you skate around the 27,600 square foot rink!

New Years Eve party photo booth. With photo booth props in black, gold, and silver.

AT HOME

  • Every NYE bash should have a photo booth! Visit your local craft store and make some cute props and an easy backdrop. Guests can write New Year’s Resolutions on a chalkboard and have fun taking silly photos.
  • This champagne mule cocktail recipe looks so delicious!
  • If you’re like me and will most likely be snoozing long before midnight, celebrate the next morning instead! Host a special New Year’s brunch for friends/family. This Everything Bagel Strata looks like the perfect dish for the occasion. And remember, mimosas and bloody marys are essential!

Thank you for following along this year! We wish you peace and love in the New Year!

2017 Color of the Year Forecasts

What a difference a year makes! Every year the leading paint companies release their color trend predictions for the upcoming year. Last year we saw a white from both Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams, a blush pink and purple from Pantone and an aloe green from PPG. While none were exactly the same they all had a light fresh quality about them. This year, all bets are off!

PANTONE’S COLOR OF THE YEAR

REFRESHING. REVITALIZING. NEW BEGINNINGS

Greenery is described as “a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew.”

SHERWIN-WILLIAMS COLOR OF THE YEAR

MODERN. CLASSIC. NEUTRAL

Poised Taupe is an earthen brown combined with conservative grey and the result is a weathered, woodsy and complex neutral that celebrates the imperfections and authenticity of a well-lived life.

BENJAMIN MOORE COLOR OF THE YEAR

MYSTERIOUS. PASSIONATE. ALLUSIVE.

Benjamin Moore Creative Director, Ellen O’Neill, described Shadow as sophisticated, provocative and poetic, it can bring energy to a space or harmony and a moment of respite.

PPG COLOR OF THE YEAR

DEPTH. LUXURY. PAMPERING.

Violet Verbena is a moody purple with a chameleon-like presence that adapts to surrounding environments and complements a variety of design aesthetics, from playful rooms to tranquil spaces.

We would love to know you thoughts on the 2017 color forecasts. Which do you love? How will you use it?

For inspiration on how to incorporate these colors in your interiors check out our 2017 Color Trends Board on Pinterest.

 

Preparing for Overnight Guests

Do you have guests in town for the holidays? Read these tips for creating a warm and inviting space for your guests to enjoy!

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Spend the night as your guest.

This will allow you to note and fix any issues you come across. Is the room temperature okay? Always make sure there are enough blankets and that the pillows are comfortable. Another thing to note is the morning light! Do your curtains sufficiently block the sun?

Did you see my guest room makeover today? I shared some quick and easy ideas for making guests feel welcome, like providing the Wifi password in a frame and putting together a basket of travel-size toiletries in case they forgot something! by...

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The Essentials

Make sure to have key emergency items readily available. You don’t want to make your guests feel embarrassed having to ask for certain items! This should include extra toilet paper, feminine products, air freshener or matches, and a plunger.

Other items to have ready in the room or nearby should include:

  • wi-fi password
  • water carafe and glass
  • remote control instructions
  • waste basket
  • spare key and/or garage code
  • easily accessible outlets
  • fresh towels
  • clear space in your closet with plenty of hangers
  • extra toothbrush
  • lint roller
  • contact solution
  • assorted medicine
  • hair dryer
  • iron and ironing board
  • luggage rack

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Go Above and Beyond

  • Find out what your guests like to eat/drink for breakfast and snacks and have those items on hand.
  • Get the coffee ready ahead of time so all they have to do is hit the power button!
  • Leave a stack of magazines or a favorite book for your guests to peruse.
  • Compose a list of favorite activities, shops and restaurants for your guests to check out!
  • Place a vase of fresh flowers on the bedside table.

These little touches can go a long way in making your guests feel welcome! I hope you find them helpful and please share in the comments if you have any additional suggestions!

 

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2016 Trend Forecast Follow-Up

In January, I published a post – Top 5 Interior Design Trend’s In 2016 – for the Schaub & Srote company blog. With this year almost behind us I thought it would be fun to take a look back at the trend forecast and see which ones made their way into our interiors and which ones I missed the mark on.

ECLECTIC INTERIORS

Eclectic design relies heavily on the building blocks of design (color, pattern, texture, and composition) to make a space look cohesive. People typically associate eclectic design with a chaotic mix of objects that all colliding in one space, so there is some hesitation in the design community to use this term when describing a desired aesthetic. This hesitation has brought about design styles such as Modern Farmhouse and Rustic Chic. While these classifications do describe the styles being combined, by definition, any time you combine more than one design style, it is eclectic.

ARTISAN GOODS

Being socially and environmentally aware is no longer a trend, but a way of life. Fair Trade practice is an example of this growing awareness. This is a social movement with a goal to help developing countries achieve better trading conditions and promote sustainability. The items produced are specific to the region they are sourced from and handmade by local artisans. As an interior designer, I am always looking for one-of-a-kind items for my clients and have embraced this direction in design. Unique pieces from around the globe and locally sourced handmade items will be making their way into our homes in 2016.

MIXING METALS

Metallics add warmth and richness to any space. The interior design trend is definitely leaning toward the warmer tones of copper, brass and rose gold. Silver, pewter and chrome are still in the mix, but are no longer the only metals in the room. This trend is about more than just mixing the metals; it’s about mixing their textures and sheens as well. These metals are no longer offered only in polished or brushed. Look for matte, burnished, antiqued and other designer finishes to be introduced to the market.

NEUTRAL

Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore announced their “2016 Color of the Year”, and in stark contrast to last year’s selections, Coral Reef (SW) and Guilford Green (BM), this year, both selected a shade of white. These may seem like controversial selections from paint companies that, when combined, offer over 4500 paint colors. However, when you look at the entire color palette presented from both Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams you get a better grasp of the reasoning behind their selection. They are in no way suggesting we live in a white box. These colors merely serve as a backdrop to let certain features take center stage. Bold graphic designs, brightly accented walls surrounded by white trim and neutral backdrops highlighting the natural elements in a room are what this trend is about.

PATTERNS

With our walls taking on neutral tones, the opportunity to introduce visual interest will present itself in home accents. Bright graphic prints on accent pillows, area rugs and artwork is a great place to start. Geometric patterns are already saturating the market in wallpaper, flooring and backsplashes. Selecting the correct patterns and textures to accomplish your design goals can prove challenging and is best done in person if possible.

Do you think I got it right or wrong?

Did you embrace any of these trends this year? We would love to see how you incorporated them into your decor.

Check back next month for our 2017 Interior Design Trend Forecast!