style it up

So, after a space is relatively finished - furniture is in place, art, rugs and window treatments are selected - our job of styling begins.  For some, this can be a daunting task.  Here are a few tricks of the trade to help make polishing off a room a little easier.

Rule#1: Always have at least one living thing in each room (people and dogs don't count.)  It's fun to put something branchy and natural in an entry.  It brings the outside in and adds a little life to the room.

Rule #2: Layer objects on side tables to create a lived in look. One really graphic pattern mixed with whites and pastels creates interest.

Rule #3: Be aware of scale in your space.  Not every area needs something dramatic or large.  Just a small touch of love does the job.

Rule #4: Decorate using the functionality of your space as the inspiration.  An office should have books and magazines, a kitchen can display canisters of food and a nursery looks great using toys as decor.

Rule #5: Bookshelves... ok, here we go. The challenge is to make them look interesting and collected rather than cluttered and messy. The best way we have found to do this is by grouping objects together and limiting your color palette.  Below gold, white and blue is the color palette repeated on every shelf.

An example of a few "rules" together.  Live objects, using a limited green/yellow color palette, taking direction from functionality, layering objects and being aware of scale.

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