Add Greenery to Your Decor

In an era where “green design” is all the rage, why not decorate with one of the most green materials on the planet – live plants? Decorating with plants is a refreshing way to bring living energy into your space.

Here are ideas, courtesy of Houzz.com and decoist.com:

hanging plants

Source: Houzz

Hanging plants. Porches aren’t the only spaces that benefit from hanging plants. Plants can provide a  boundary between interior spaces. That’s an especially beneficial technique for small studio or loft designs. They can also add an indoor/outdoor feel to breakfast nook.

wall plants

Source: Decoist

Wall plants. Look what a clever, artistic arrangement can be made using vessels designed as wall hangings. I often see this in backyards and patios, but how lovely it is to see it in a room with ample natural light.

house plants

Source: Decoist

Make your space a terrarium. Terrariums are a miniature eco-systems unto themselves. You can create your own terrarium effect by decorating with plants of all shapes and sizes, trees, vines, blooming plants and succulents. Or you can plant a real terrarium for an interesting and magical world of your own.

For assistance in adding the right plants to your space, give me a call – 888-624-1272.

Bring in Beauty and Color with Quartz

Besides its durability and eco-friendly properties, Quartz accents are incredibly versatile and offer a wide range of colors that can be incorporated into you home. Here are some examples of how Quartz can bring beauty and color into your home’s interior design:

  • Agate Bookends. Did you know agate is made from Chalcedony, which is in the quartz family? Agate comes in virtually every color imaginable, and make wonderful bookends and tabletop accents.agate bookends
  • Speaking of Accents, agate and quartz can be made into lamps, picture frames, jewelry, tabletops and more, as evidenced in a Polished blog about Home Decor Trends. This fabulous quartz table was created by Tish Mills, who just so happens to love quartz and we just can’t get enough of its uniqueness!quartz table by Tish Mills
  • Illuminated Stone. For an especially luminescent lamp, look for a subtly colored base, such as this rose quartz lamp. In addition to being a fascinating work of art, the polished stone and crystal surfaces will reflect and refract light for a magical effect.rose quartz lamp
  • Kitchen Countertops. Quartz countertops are vying with granite in terms of luxury countertop choices. Many of Quartz products are made and produced right here in the USA, such as the Cambria countertop line, which make them local and sustainable. We saw Cambria’s products at KBIS 2013.quartz countertop

If you are interested in adding beauty and color using natural stone products in your New Orleans home, please give Susan Currie Design a call at 888-624-1272.

Image: Polished, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, decorpadhouzz

 

Feathers, Feathers, Everywhere!

Feathers have long been a staple in fashion and home decor, helping to breathe life into a design.

Photo via Pinterest

This look reminds us of Natalie Portman’s Oscar-winning movie Black Swan.

If you plan on using feathers in your home decor there is one thing you must remember. First check to see if the feathers used are legal. Raptor feathers– feathers from owls, eagles, falcons, hawks– are illegal to own, even if you happen to come across it naturally.

Once the legality of the feathers have been determined, it is time to explore your wild side with some of these feathered designs.

We love these fair feathered lights featured on Apartment Therapy.

Photo via Apartment Therapy

 

Photo via Apartment Therapy

Worried about all the falling feathers? Try a feather motif like this bedding from West Elm.

Photo via West Elm

Or this wallpaper.

What do you think of this look?

Architectural Detail: Trim Work

Living and working in New Orleans I’ve come to appreciate the attention to detail that can be found in some of the homes here. The elaborate architectural detail can be seen in the homes along St. Charles Avenue.

One important aspect of architectural detail is trim work. It’s a great way to add interest to a space. It can completely transform your home and create depth and symmetry to an otherwise lackluster room.

Photo via Pinterest

Trim work can also be used to around doorways to frame a particular space or in this case a particular piece of art.

Photo via Pinterest

Want to highlight the trim? Try paint. It’s a great way to emphasize the trim work, bringing it to the forefront.

Photo via Pinterest

Architectural trim isn’t just for doorways, windows and walls. It can really enhance the ceiling. Helping to draw the eye up.

Photo via Pinterest

As you can see, it’s all in the details, architectural details. Trim work will give your home a finished look and bring texture and richness to a space. So next time don’t forget the trim.

Design Trend: Rustic Décor

The heat and humidity in New Orleans can be so bad that we find ourselves spending more time indoors, which can lead to some serious cabin fever. Luckily I have been daydreaming about spending some quality time in the rustic style homes. I love a mountain retreat this time of year!

Take a look at these rustic decor ideas to help bring a little cabin living to your everyday life.

Keep things cool in your kitchen with this stone facade and exposed wooden beams.

Photo via Pinterest

I love the use of chicken wire for the built-ins and the white cowhide tablecloth. Very rustic indeed.

Photo via House Beautiful

What more can we say about this antler chandelier?

Photo via Style at Home

This rustic kitchen comes complete with a reclaimed wooden counter.

Photo via Country Living

You don’t need to be living in a cabin in the country to appreciate the beauty of these rustic interiors. Give Susan Currie Design a call at 504.237.6112 to incorporate some of these rustic elements into your home design scheme.

 

4 Gorgeous Window Boxes

Window boxes can immediately boost a home’s curb appeal and give you something scenic to gaze at while you’re enjoying your decorated outdoor space. In time for the holiday weekend, I wanted to share some gorgeous window box inspiration. Look to this eye candy…

An array of colorful blooms brighten this house exterior.

Varying plant heights add visual interest.

Black window boxes complement the black shutters on this house.

You can use the same window box and flowers on each window for a cohesive touch.

Better Homes and Gardens has a whole slideshow on “Easy Recipes for Beautiful Window Boxes in Sunny Spots.” Check it out to find a great combination of flowers for your window planter.

Will you be working on your garden or spending time in your outdoor space this Memorial Day weekend? What window box flowers do you love?

Images: 1 via Houzz; 2 via Better Homes and Gardens; 3 via Southern Living; 4 via Houzz

Fashion Influence: Tribal Looks in Design

This month on the blog, many of my posts will be focused on fashion and its influence on interior design, beginning with today’s post. Even fashion across the world influences design here, including tribal motifs.

This interesting juxtaposition of pictures (below) from the Interiors by Stacey Cohen blog gives a great example, and I’ve found many other examples of tribal golds, browns, oranges, animal prints, textures and patterns in design as well.

Many tribal and safari looks were spotted during the Spring 2012 Fashion Week, according to Fab Sugar, including clothing and accessories.

Michael Kors dress

For interiors, I’ve seen products and rooms that have that tribal feel.

This is a Diamond Weave Jute Rug from West Elm.

And a pillow from CB2 spotted on Houzz.

These rooms also have tribal elements, from animal prints and patterns to textures and earthy hues.

Be sure to follow the blog to see more of my posts on design influenced by fashion this March!

Images: 1 via interiorsbystaceycohen.blogspot.com; 2 via stylebop.com; 3 via westelm.com; 4 via Houzz; 5 via Elle Decor; 6 via Houzz; 7 via Houzz