Too Many Pillows | The Bed Making Post

When we install model homes, ones the biggest things that we spend our time and money on is bedding.  Since model homes are supposed to showcase a comfortable living space, it's important that all of the bedrooms have comfortable-looking, well-styled beds.  And part of accomplishing this is with....pillows!  I know, I know.  Some of you hate pillows.  They're annoying or take up unnecessary space...they're just something you have to move before you sleep.   But there really is something to be said about bed pillows and how they dress a bed that makes it look inviting.  This is also important because the bed is usually the focal point of a bedroom, so a bed that looks comfortable makes the room feel inviting.  Yes, it's a little extra work when you're making the bed, but it's worth it for your guests.

So how many pillow are really necessary for a bed?  Let's start with the functional side...sleeping pillows.  We usually say that sleeping pillows are the foundation.  If you're making a twin, full, or queen bed, one sleeping pillow per side is usually fine for styling.  If you're making a king bed, use king-size sleeping pillows that are a little longer.  However, if the bed will actually be slept in, put 2 on each side so that guests have the option of a second pillow if they want it.


The second step and pillow layer are the shams.  Shams are decorative pillows that typically aren't slept on but they add that extra fluff to the bed.  For anything smaller than a king, standard shams are fine, but if you're making a king bed it's important to either use 2 king shams or 3 euro shams (square 26" pillows).


After shams, the final layer is some sort of smaller decorative pillow (or pillows), depending on the size of a the bed.  A twin or full bed may be able to get away with one decorative pillow, although it will most likely look best if it's some sort of lumbar pillow to really balance out the bed.  Other than that, queen beds or king-sized beds will need at least 2 or more decorative pillows and sometimes more (ie. 2 medium-sized decorative pillows and a smaller accent pillow).  


All of these layers of pillow provide different heights and textures that help your eye move over the bed and across the rest of the room while also appealing to your senses and giving the bed a look of softness.


So the next time someone tries to tell you how useless pillows are, remind them that pillows actually sell beds and make bedrooms look comfortable so that must be worth something!

We've Been Busy | 3 More Houses

All of last week was spent installing 3 more houses for Park Square Homes.  These were in a different development than the last 2 that we installed the previous week.  Each of the three houses had a separate style--Tribeca was a more modern-glam style, Barcelona was more of a masculine modern rustic style, and Sebring was 100% Farmhouse!  It was crazy busy for us with installs so close together but we are super excited about the way everything turned out.  Check out some of the pictures below!


Recent Happenings | Installs, Installs, Installs

We've been installing again!  Last week we started and finished 2 model homes for Park Square Homes and started 3 more.  The first two that were completed were town homes in the Windsor Square Community.  The first was a more modern, brightly colored model with an eclectic mix and play on texture.  The second was a modern farmhouse style complete with shiplap, animal prints, and botanicals.  We don't have photos of every room in both condos but here's a sampling on both houses!


Think Big! | Design Inspo

The war on scale is an ongoing one for an interior designer.  While appropriate scale affects the overall visual appeal of a design...what is considered appropriate scale can change depending on design trends.  Right now, the design trend is large scale.  For a while it was mainly art that we saw in a larger scale, but it seems that 2018 is the year of everything going big in the design world.

Large scale lighting is has been close behind oversized art in the design world so this one isn't a super new concept but we love that it's officially official.  We consider lighting to be art in itself so a giant piece of art hanging from your ceiling is pretty sweet.  Lighting also balances the room just like an area rug grounds the room, so a large, beautiful light hanging in the center of the space can really tie everything together and make it feel complete.


Oversized patterns and wallpaper prints is so fun for us.  Not only are people ok with and even excited about wallpaper, they're getting bold with their selections and going for big, graphic patterns.  The interesting thing about wallpaper and large patterns is that they look best in small powder bathrooms and bedrooms.  Regardless, a large scale pattern is actually less busy because there are fewer lines that draw the eye.  So large scale wallpaper patterns are really a win-win for everyone.


While mirrors have been a big thing in decorating for a while because of their ability to open up a room, large mirrors are really a little bit newer concept for interiors.  It wasn't that mirrors were small before, it's that they were scaled and balanced with the item below them.  The cool thing about large mirrors becoming popular is that they are just larger reflections for the space and open up a room even more.  In the same vein, even though large mirrors are becoming popular, the trend in mirror frames is to become thinner and less distracting so it's really all about the mirror itself.


Expansive islands are also becoming more and more prevalent.  The open-feel of a kitchen with a large island is highly sought after because kitchens are used as a gathering space.  And instead of eating at a large, formal dining room table, homeowners are hosting meals at a large island, keeping things more casual.  


Finally, manufacturers are finding new ways to make floor tiles and wood planks bigger and bigger.  Massive flooring is growing in options because people don't want to see seams.  Large pieces of tile make for less grout lines and longer planks of wood make for less lines so it's cleaner and more fluid looking.  This trend is still developing as manufacturers create newer, larger product but the demand continues to grow.


Design Tips | What To Consider Before a Design Meeting

Working with a designer can be scary and exciting all at once.  It requires taking a risk, a lot of trust & patience, and money.  The results are oftentimes worth the risk, wait, and cost but the entire time you're working with your designer, it's a two-way street.  It's a relationship that requires involvement from both parties in some form or another.  And if you want to get the most out of that relationship, it's important to be prepared from the beginning. 

The initial meeting with a designer is key.  There's a whole lot of information exchanged that can make a major impact the overall direction of your design and how the relationship functions.  As a designer, I can say that I've interacted with many people who feel that I should just be able to come up with a design that's perfect for them, fits within their budget, and meets their timeline requirements without them communicating their style, design needs, budget or timeline.  And while I do think I'm good at what I do, I'm not a I don't think any designer is a mind-reader, so we need your help.

There will be a few things that, even if you communicate with me as perfectly and clearly as possible, I still might fight you on, but I can promise I will do my best to work within your requests while still creating the best design possible for you.

All that being said, here are a few things to consider before an initial design meeting:

Who are the decision makers and are they all present?  Anyone who's going to have an input that matters to the design should be present.  And this is not just at the initial design meeting, it's at every meeting.  Otherwise, the dialogue that needs to happen about design decisions can't take place when everyone is present which will cause a set-back.

How and who is going to be using this space.  What are the major functions of it?  This will affect the type of furniture selected and furniture placement.  It also dictates style direction (more dressy or more casual).  


What type of lighting would you prefer to have in the space--keep the natural light, lots of can lighting, do you need more lamp lighting?  Will this be a space that you read in?  Lighting is super important to a space from a design perspective so it's important that your needs are met while we are able to address it on the style side too.


Storage?  While we're not personal organizers, we do want to streamline the look of your space.  If it's already cramped and dark feeling, we may want to eliminate some furniture however, we'll want to make sure your storage needs are still covered so we need to see all the stuff.


What's your style?  Yes, you have a style.  Everyone has a style.  You may not be able to put a name on it or a specific title, but you have design elements that you'd like to see or are drawn to and it's important to pinpoint those for your designer.  

What's your budget.  Yes, you have a budget.  Everyone has a budget. :)  You may not know exactly how much something like this costs, but you know your pocketbook and know what you're willing to spend on your home's interior so please, please, please, think about that factor.  Otherwise, everyone's time will be wasted.  

Like we said at the beginning, working with a designer is a relationship and is a two-way street so be prepared to hold up your end of the bargain.