Decorating the Living Room
Q: How Do I Decorate My Living Room?
Rooms in today's homes are not necessarily "your mother's rooms." Remember how living rooms used to be only for formal occasions and you weren't allowed to eat, drink, watch TV, or "live" there? Bottom line: before decorating, nail down your living room's functional purpose for you, your family, and your friends. Irwin and Nicola offer advice and tips in this episode on how to get the room right architecturally, deciding on the room's function as a guide to decorating, how to mix expensive with inexpensive pieces to get a great look, getting the living room to relate to the rest of your home, and the specific design elements that combine to make one great living room.
Jay Johnson -- Why settle for machine-processed, boring furniture when you can have handcrafted pieces! I was very impressed with the handmade furniture options at the recent New York International Gift Fair in NYC.
My preference in home interior design is to always err on the handmade. I'd just as soon see an entire room filled with folk art pieces than see all furnishings come from the same catalog or outlet store. Nothing is more outdated in decorating than having a room full of furniture and accessories that have been mass produced and widely available. Follow the tenants of eclectic decorating and fill your living space with decor that is exemplifies personality, creativity, fine craftsmanship, good quality materials, fine design, and great utility.
I found a host of vendors at this year's Gift Fair that exemplified the latest trends in custom furnishings and fine-quality handmade decor.
Visit these vendor sites for more information:
- Groundwork Group (see their lovely console table in the top photo)
- Mu Design & Living (an example of their Solid Sculpture collection is in the photo above)
- Peddler's Home Design
- Design Workshop Incorporated
You'll find this video on making handmade chairs in Latin America very inspiring. Go to GreenWood, a Maine-based nonprofit organization, for more information.
Lighten Up Your Home
With Daylight Savings Time comes the resolve to make everything in our lives brighter. It's time to come out of hibernation and add more light into your living space. Here are a few our our sure-fire tips for brightening things up:
- Nothing beats natural light. Retire heavy wintery window treatments and temporarily replace them with lighter shears and windowshades that allow more light to come into your rooms.
- Time to think about those skylight additions. Some skylight systems are clever and easy to install, and can let natural light into hard to lighten spaces like walk-in closets, hallways, and bathrooms. Click on this link to read more.
- Add some of our lighting favorites to your home decor. Add lights for reading, lights to brighten up dark corners, and task lights to provide better illumination for homework, computer time, tax preparation (ugh - it's coming up way too quickly!), food prep, and so on.
Check out one of our new favorite lighting sources - in Portugal, of all places - that specializes in new takes on mid-century modern designs, Delightfull Lighting:
And consider some of these other Design2Share lighting favorites: