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New Beginnings

Essentials for New Homes

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This time of year is a time of new beginnings. It’s the end of the school year. Summer is almost here. Freedom is calling.

There is one group of people particularly excited about this time of new beginnings: the graduates.

High school graduates will be getting ready to set up their first dorms or apartments. College graduates will be getting ready to move to new apartments or even their first houses. New homes call for new furniture and accessories.

It can be tempting to buy the cheapest stuff you can find to save money initially. This may seem like a good option at first, but you’ll usually get what you pay for. In the long run, you’ll lose money when you have to quickly replace those items.

Why not make an investment to start with? Long-lasting quality is worth the extra money. The difference will be noticeable, too. Quality is in the details.

Here are 10 essentials available at James Décor for your new home:

Your sofa won’t be complete without a cozy throw.

Your sofa won’t be complete without a cozy throw.

Our bedding from Sferra is perfect to set up your new bed. You’ll be sleeping like royalty.

Our bedding from Sferra is perfect to set up your new bed. You’ll be sleeping like royalty.

Don’t forget the pillow. Sferra offers those too.

Don’t forget the pillow. Sferra offers those too.

Quality bath towels are a must.

Quality bath towels are a must.

Your bathroom won’t be complete without one of these bath mats from Matouk.

Your bathroom won’t be complete without one of these bath mats from Matouk.

Washcloths are a fun way to add a pop of color.

Washcloths are a fun way to add a pop of color.

Don’t forget the throw pillows. These are an easy way to customize your décor. We have them available in all different styles.

Don’t forget the throw pillows. These are an easy way to customize your décor. We have them available in all different styles.

An area rug is also a great way to customize your décor and add some texture.

An area rug is also a great way to customize your décor and add some texture.

You’ll want to make sure you have plenty of picture frames to keep your family and friends in sight.

You’ll want to make sure you have plenty of picture frames to keep your family and friends in sight.

These geode bookends are a trendy way to keep things organized.

These geode bookends are a trendy way to keep things organized.

Michaela Satterfield

James Décor Writer

Photos: Michaela Satterfield


Interior Design vs. Interior Decorating

The Art and the Science of Interior Design

Photo: Michaela Satterfield

Photo: Michaela Satterfield

There is much confusion surrounding the field of interior design. Many wonder if it is a valid field, thinking there is little skill required in choosing sofa fabrics and drapery colors. Some believe you just have to have a “knack” for it — designing spaces requires little more than some extra creativity.

What many don’t realize, however, is that interior design is not just an art. There is a science to it.

While there are many similarities between interior decorators and interior designers, the fundamental difference is in education.

Interior decorators work to help clients choose décor for their homes. There is no doubt that this requires plenty of interpersonal skill and creativity. Decorators have a natural talent for deciding which things would work together. They are experts on finishes, accessories and furniture.

Interior designers, on the other hand, have obtained a formal degree in interior design, whether that be a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in interior design. The big concepts of interior design — like sustainability, universal design and an understanding of the construction of a building — are what interior designers may understand better than interior decorators.

Designers look beyond the surface of each building they design. They understand how homes and buildings work on a structural level. They work with architects and contractors to design the building from the blueprints to the finished product, keeping in mind important things like building codes and space planning.

The choice of hiring a designer or a decorator, then, depends on what kind of work you need done. If the work is primarily aesthetic, either a decorator or designer can get the job done. If there are more structural changes needed, a designer will have the education to get that done as well.

Michaela Satterfield

James Décor Writer

Sources:

https://newschoolarch.edu/academics/school-of-design/bachelor-of-interior-design/interior-designer-and-decorator/

https://www.thespruce.com/interior-design-vs-interior-decorating-1976740

April Showers

Rainy Day Color Inspiration

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The rainy season is here, but it’s only a matter of time before the cloudy days are flooded with sunshine. Until then, we’ll just have to enjoy these cool, calm days.

Designs inspired by nature are timeless and work in a variety of interiors. Refreshing spring rains bring to mind subdued colors like blue and grey. These colors are versatile enough to work in a variety of spaces. They would fit in a sleek modern design, as well as in a classic traditional home. Check out the following slideshow for some inspiration on how to incorporate the colors into your space.

Blue and Grey Color Inspiration from Our Showroom:

Michaela Satterfield

James Décor Writer

Photos: Michaela Satterfield

In Good Taste

Dining Room Inspiration from Our Portfolio

With the holiday season around the corner, there are plenty of dinners in the dining room in store.

While the kitchen may be used for haphazard meals in between school and work, the dining room is reserved for those meals for which you really want to slow down and enjoy. It is a space for gathering around the table to share food, as well as stories. The dining room is perhaps the most elegant, refined room of the house.

If you are looking to update your dining room, our designers know just how to design them. Whether you need new furniture, new wall coverings or a complete transformation, we’ll have you dining in style.

Here are three dining rooms from our portfolio, and what makes the designs work.

Photo: James Décor

Photo: James Décor

James Décor designed this dining room in October 2017, part of a residential project in South Carolina.

The room has an aura of grandeur, but feels cozy and welcoming at the same time. This is accomplished by the low-hanging chandelier, which brings the room to an approachable scale, despite the magnificent, tall windows.

Drapes hung above the windows make the ceiling looks miles high. Their lively pattern adds a pop of interest to the space.

The dark wood dining table adds richness to the otherwise light neutral room. The cream dining chairs are tied together with the table by the area rug, which features a mix of light and dark neutrals.

The ceramic accessories used as a centerpiece add the missing touch to the space.

There’s no doubt that dining in this beautiful room while overlooking the marshy, green South Carolina landscape will lead to some memorable dinners.

Photo: James Décor

Photo: James Décor

James Décor designed this dining room in September 2017. It was part of a Springfield, Missouri residential project.

The glam space looks like it was taken right from the home of a movie star with its striking chandelier and elegant furniture.

Grey walls serve as a neutral backdrop that makes the furniture and accessories pop.

The stunning crystal chandelier steals the show as the focal point of the room.

A rich raspberry hue, adorning the area rug, adds interest to the otherwise neutral room. The accessories of the same color, featured on the sideboard, tie the area rug into the space.

The simple mirror opens up the space, making it appear larger.

The black table is bold enough to stand without accessories. The contrasting black and white, contributed by the dining table and chairs, is reminiscent of old Hollywood.  

This dining room will make the perfect gathering place for all kinds of important people.

Photo: James Décor

Photo: James Décor

This dining room was also part of the October 2017 South Carolina residential project.

The creamy white walls, trim and area rug are balanced with rich, dark browns. The simplicity of the walls and rug leaves room for the intricate mirror and chandelier.

Bold dining chair backs serve as a conversation starter. The dark brown also matches the dark wood of the table and sideboard.

Candlesticks, a bowl and ceramic pieces accent the room well.

The warm lighting provided by the wall sconces completes the space, which is sure to be the setting of many cozy dinners.


It’s easy to see what makes these well-designed dining rooms work.

Use this dining room inspiration as a starting point for deciding what your own dining room should look like. Will it be traditional, contemporary, cozy or glamorous like these rooms? The choice is up to you, but make sure you don’t overlook this important space in the house.

Whether designing the dining room or planning the menu, the key is good taste.

 

Michaela Satterfield

James Décor Intern