Banish Winter Blues with Color

Do you ever get the winter blues during the colder seasons of the year? I know I do. In fact, it’s not all that uncommon. When the weather grows cold and the sky gets obscured by grey clouds, it can be difficult to feel energetic or motivated. One of the reasons we get the winter blues is because of the lack of sunlight and the lack of color in the sky. This makes everything seem much more dreary. You can help lift your mood by using some of these tips for color in interior design.

  • Red – Red is a very intense color that has been proven to increase blood pressure and raise the heart rate, the perfect color for getting you out of bed. It’s also known for stimulating the appetite. You won’t want to overdo it with the red due to its intensity, but introducing it into your home design for accents will do wonders for those blues.
  • Yellow – Yellow is associated with happiness and optimism, the complete opposite of the winter blues. Like red, it should be used for accents and not in primary color designs.
  • Green – Green is actually considered a cooler color, along the lines of blue. However, unlike blue, lighter shades of green can be relaxing and even induce cheerfulness.

Use these colors in your interior design to help get rid of those pesky winter blues. For more information about using color in the interior design of your home call Susan Currie Design at 888-624-1272 today!

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Kick Off Your Year with Style

img_7637-edit-edit-2With the holidays over, many people find themselves in a decorating bind. The bright lights and decorations are gone, and many new gifts and household items have been acquired. As such, it can be difficult to keep everything tidy in the wake of the new year. If your resolution is to get (and stay) organized this year, consider taking interior design ideas from me, a trained and professional designer.

The benefits of bringing in a professional are immense. For some, tackling the job alone can be quite daunting. Do you start with your closets, your drawers, or that spare bedroom? With my focused and trained eye, we can work through the particular issues of your home one by one. This ensures every problem area is tackled without sacrificing your input or style.

One frequent problem I can address in your home is lack of space. I am a devout believer in maximizing the space you have available. For instance, if your contacts are spread over multiple books with numerous crossed out numbers and addresses (as phones and homes change), consider computerizing. The paperless method will save you hassle, time, and space. Along with an impeccable eye for color, contrast, and texture, these practical tips supplement my designing advice.

If you’re interested in updating, redesigning, or organizing your home, please call me at 888-624-1272. Primarily serving the New Orleans and Atlanta areas, I’m happy to provide interior design ideas for your commercial, residential, or outdoor living project.

New Year’s Resolutions… For Your House?

A lot of people make New Year’s resolutions for their personal lives, but completely forget about their home. After all, your home is a place you spend a majority of your time. If you’ve already made your New Year’s resolutions, there are some ways you can keep them and still spruce up your home for 2013 with some simple interior design ideas.

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Lose Weight (Drop Unnecessary Clutter)

“I’m going to lose weight this year” is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions. While shedding that extra 10 pounds might require you to spend a lot of time at the gym, getting rid of your unnecessary clutter in your home, giving it a leaner, more focused look isn’t so hard. If you just can’t figure out what to do on your own, consider hiring a professional designer. They’ll be able to help you find better ways to use the space in your home or make renovations.

Make Big Changes

Every year, people tell themselves they’re going to make big changes. That resolution should apply to your home, too. Making major changes to your home décor or the structure of your home doesn’t have to be scary and overwhelming — not if you have the right help. Whether you just want new furniture, need some new interior design ideas, or want to build a new home altogether, 2013 can be the year you do it.

If you’re interested in redoing your home for the New Year, call Susan Currie Design at 888-624-1272.

5 Ways to Make Use of Your Bedroom Corners

I am always trying to optimize the space that I have in my home. I have found that one of the areas that is often unused are corners. The corners of all rooms, especially the bedrooms, are hidden gems containing plenty of space.There are many ways to use the space that corners provide. Here are five ideas for you to try in your home.

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  1. Placing a small fireplace in the corner creates the atmosphere that I desire while saving valuable wall space for dressers and other furniture.
  2. Using an L-shaped bookshelf provides the valuable storage and display space that small rooms often need.
  3. Consider using a corner desk or dressing table. It keeps the work or dressing space separate from the rest of the room.
  4. Create a reading nook. This is not only perfect for adults but is also ideal in a child’s room.
  5. Speaking of a child’s room, placing two twin beds in an L with a shared nightstand in the corner, creates the perfect space for two children in a small bedroom. It also leaves plenty of floor space for play.

If you are tired of the wasted space in your home, contact Susan Currie Design for help designing the corners of your bedrooms.

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Before You Plan Your Space, Remember these Things

Are you contemplating a new look for your home? You might be super excited about your next project, but before you get underway it is important to keep a few things in mind before implementing the master plan. Here are considerations to take into account when it comes to space.

  • Focus on function. The first question you need to ask about any room you plan to revamp is “What are people going to do in it?” For example, will the kitchen be a place for family gatherings or will it also be entertainment central? Are you planning to spend a lot of time in the living room? You need to think about durability, accessibility, comfort and ergonomics over time.
  • Measure, measure, measure. You’ve heard nightmares about people ordering furniture, only for it to look overbearing or underwhelming because it is too big or small for a room. It is critical to avoid making “guesstimates.” So whip out measuring tape and jot down accurate measurements of the entire space so you can make decisions about furniture and features.
  • Ensure continuity. With any home, there should be a natural fluidity in the actual space itself as well as when moving from room to room. Using strategic placement of color, furniture and like materials preserves the overall aesthetic and style.

If you live in New Orleans and are interested in receiving a consultation about planning a new space in your home, give us a call at Susan Currie Design at (888) 624-1272.

 

Add a Second Kitchen Island to Perform Double Duty

Kitchen islands have gained popularity in the last twenty-years or so. Homeowners are loving the added appeal they give to their kitchen. Islands have been used not only as a prep space, but as a serving area as well, providing additional space for cooking, preparing, and entertaining.

According to Better Homes and Gardens, it’s all about location, location, location when considering the placement of your kitchen island. If you have a large kitchen, placing two islands parallel to each other can serve as long banquet tables, or one can be used for prepping food, while the other for layout.

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If you have a smaller kitchen, one island can be outfitted with a basin so you can wash and prep the food, as well as clean up. The other island can be utilized for layout of food, and is away from the main island to keep from hindering a busy cook.

If you’re interested in updating your home with custom, dual kitchen islands and live in New Orleans, contact Susan Currie Design at 888-624-1272.