Unique Home Decor – Thinking Outside the Box

Home accents and surroundings today offer much more opportunity for self expression.  Don’t be afraid to try something different. I’d rather decorate my home with items that appeal to my own individuality, than adhere to someone’s standards of what is the norm. Artisan crafted products truly create the ability to make one’s castle their own. It is our hope that by providing you with suggestions and ideas, we are encouraging you to enhance your home in a style befitting your distinctive personality.

innovative 1The charm of artisan crafted items is in the originality it provides. Imagine decorating your bathroom in tropical decor, accented by a hand painted shower curtain. The bathroom is the one room that is often overlooked, but it need not be. Add an artistic designed mirror that reflects your unique persona. “One of the most exciting changes you can make to a bathroom is the addition of a distinctive toilet seat” says Dawn Fowler, co-owner of Unique Decor Online. “Believe it or not, there are many design possibilities, including our line of limited edition lithograph seats. Our customers are delighted by the whimsical characters that highlight our toilet seats.”

Decoupage is a popular craft that turns ordinary items into incredible works of art. A simple glass bowl becomes a cherished heirloom. You can turn a tray or platter into a relative’s favorite gift. The possibilities are limitless, and the works created are quite stunning.innovative 2

Lighting is another outstanding way to set your rooms off. Don’t be afraid to add color. Versatile and vibrant, lamps are stylish accents that can turn a whole room around without much effort. Lighting comes in many different shapes and sizes for table, floor, and ceiling. There are many options and you are only limited by your imagination. It’s a simple change that can make a dramatic change.

Don’t forget your walls! Everyone has paintings and photos adorning their walls. Be different, add a piece of metal wall art. There are patterns available for everyone’s taste, so don’t be shy. Try something new and out of the ordinary. Like the title says, don’t be afraid to step out of the box. You’ll be rewarded with a home that is a representation of your unique personality.

Last, but not least, simple accessories provide the finishing touch to your unique home. The small things sometimes make the most difference.

Switchplates

There are many different types of switchplates that can perk up a room while keeping within theme.

Picture Frames

Picture frames have become very popular over the past several years and there are literally thousands of designs to choose from.

Clocks

We can’t forget a very simple, yet important addition to every home in the world. Everyone needs a clock, but it doesn’t have to be your average run of the mill clock. Don’t settle for dull and boring, when you can have unique and striking in appearance.

innovative 3There are many more accents which seem subtle, but really play an important role when decorating your home. We must not forget the many styles of mirrors, outlet covers, fans and more. The possibilities really are limitless. It is our mission to impart to everyone, don’t settle for ordinary, when you yourself are extraordinary.

So you want to buy modern furniture

As the name suggests, ‘Modern Furniture’ is furniture of our times that is comfortable, affordable, and stylish to match modern tastes and perspectives. Technically speaking, the phrase Modern Furniture refers to furniture from the latter half of the 20th century and on into contemporary styles of today. A microscopic view of this kind of furniture reveals that designers more often than not use the phrase for furnishings manufactured in the 50s and 60s in post world war II America, and to a lesser extent in Europe. This type of furniture is quite experimental in nature; use of curvilinear shapes, integrated modular elements and understated monochromatic color schemes is common and is very different from the more traditional rounds, squares and rectangles.

When you decide on redecorating the house with modern furniture, some key things need to be kept in mind:

• Have a game-plan ready before you even set foot inside a home furnishings store.

• Measurements of rooms and photographs help a lot in visualizing the furniture in its final destination while shopping. Having wall paint samples and carpet may be helpful if you are looking at changing only the furniture.

• Each element in the room has to be treated almost like a sculpture with an almost ‘museum like’ look. You can experiment with highlighting art by placing sculptures on columns or pedestals. Uncluttered furniture arrangement which forms the framework for home décor is the underlying objective.

Modern living room

• Bold statements with both furniture and accessories are an apt definition for Modern Furnishing. Ruffles, floral, carved details, traditional shapes are usually a no go.

• Note that Modern Furniture includes styles like Southwest, Lifestyle, Lacquers, Euro-look, Retro (50’s), and Art Deco. So just go ahead and experiment!

Modern pantry

• While deciding on fabric, remember that Modern fabrics tend to have lots of design and color-change in their appearance. Here a degree of creativity might help in visualizing the complete set.

• Modern accent tables may use a variety of material like metal, glass, stonework as well as wood. Choose well in order to have a synchronous furnished outcome.

• Where lamps and accessories are concerned, remember that fine lines are a hallmark of modern look. A gaudy or heavy look is certainly not modern.

• Mostly Modern Styles use geometric lines and well-matched colors to add an air of neatness to the whole look and feel of the room. For additional impact make sure the room(s) have lots of natural light and plenty of space. Cove lighting and washing walls with light are other options to be explored.

Red living room

And lastly, do remember you’re the person who has to live with what you decide upon now. Have fun shopping!

Innovative designs – incorporating nature

Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.
-William Wordsworth

It is a little ironic that although we want to be inside and away from nature, we also want it accessible.  What is a picture window but an illusion of being out of doors (and bringing in the natural light of day)?  For many in an urban environment, the “out of doors” is streets, concrete and steel.  Here are some designs that bring nature indoors both real and imagined.

Wooden Panton Chair 

Upside Down 

Orchid Chair

Slices Chair

Tree Bed

 

 

Innovative design – surprises


Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination, because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise, gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea of which it was not before possessed.
       Joseph Addison
Here’s the second article on innovation in design.  In these examples, we’re looking at the element of surprise.  These examples all juxtapose the image of something we know but use that image in ways that we don’t expect.
For instance, couldn’t your chair look like mountains?
Or even fire?
What if the furniture only looked uncomfortable?
Or a faucet that looked like a gearshift?
Sometimes the surprise is just that something looks like something else.
-thanks to 10steps.sg for the images

Innovative Design – practicality

We are stars

                        We are snowflakes
We have our lights
       And our unique designs
Keep shining
            Stay intricate
Write your story
-from WritersCafe.org
And so it is with our homes, which represent us to others and it is where we are most ourselves.  I’m often told by customers that a) they’re looking for inspiration and ideas, b)  but they don’t know much about design and decorating and c) they’ll know it when they see it. And they are, to some degree right.  It is very hard to implement a change without imagining it first.

This is the first of several articles addressing innovation in design.  In this article, we’ll look at some practical innovations in design.  Most of these designs can be called “modern”, in the sense that not only are they new but they incorporate a strong sense of minimalism.  Form follows function, as they say, and these examples are intended to meet a function while adding as little extra to the design as possible.  Note: This all comes from excessive web surfing and I’m supplying links for my sources when obtainable.

How about being able to read without needing extra tables and lamps?

  

Seems like everything plugs in these days, but where do you set the device while it is charging?

I guess the text in the graphic explains it.

Ever have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night?  Ever stub a toe?