The Heart of the Home

Kitchen Design Principles



The kitchen. The gathering place for guests before dinner. The hub of kids running off for soccer practice and parents leaving for work. The hangout of teenagers after school. The room where countless holiday memories are made.

Everyone entering a home is bound to wind up in the kitchen at some point. That’s why good kitchen design is so important. These simple kitchen design principles will make sure your kitchen is ready for the spotlight.

  1. Plan the layout

    Before you do anything else, make sure the kitchen layout is finalized. Most kitchens are planned around the central activity areas. The three primary activity areas are the sink, cooking range and refrigerator. Traffic flow and cabinet layouts are designed around these, so this is a crucial step in the kitchen design process.

  2. Decide on counter tops

    The next thing you’ll want to do is choose your counter tops. It’s easier to match flooring and cabinets to counter tops than the other way around. Counter tops can be very diverse, while flooring and cabinets are typically more neutral.

  3. Keep it simple

    While there are exceptions, you’ll typically want to use neutrals for more expensive kitchen components like appliances, cabinetry or counter tops. Doing this will allow you to change your theme without replacing those expensive items.

  4. Accessorize

    With a neutral foundation that will last through the times, accents are your chance to get creative. Smaller appliances and décor are a great way to show off your personal style.

  5. Color Choices

    When choosing your colors, a rule of thumb is to choose two dominant colors and one accent color. Lighter cabinets and flooring typically look good with darker backsplash, and vice versa.

Use these tips as a starting point to design your dream kitchen.

Michaela Satterfield

James Décor Writer


Bohemian Interior Design

How to Pull Off This Eclectic Style



There are few design styles as exotic and rich as the Bohemian style, bringing a taste of distant lands home. Inspired by an old-world feel, this style is known for being eclectic. Bohemian homes are a patchwork collection of different objects, colors and patterns that work together to tell a story of a different time period in a different place.

According to an article on Decor Aid, “The word ‘bohemian’ refers to someone who is socially unconventional and often involved in the arts.” The article describes the style as “full of visual interest,” saying it has a “relaxed spirit.”

Pulling this off sounds like a tall order.

Let’s break it down into some simple design elements:


Bohemian interiors carry with them a whisper of the oriental. Add some intricate pattern to capture this style, reminiscent of Persian rugs. Patterns could be used on an area rug, or even wallpaper on an accent wall.




The Bohemian style has no room for minimalism. It’s all about displaying the objects you own to tell a story. Don’t overdo it, though. Each piece on display should have a purpose other than just taking up space.


The Bohemian style is all about eclecticism — style that comes from a variety of sources. The variety of textures that work in a Bohemian space is limitless. Rustic wood, fur, leather and metallic pieces are all good choices.

Photo: The gold metallic accents in this vignette would work well in a Bohemian interior. Photo by Michaela Satterfield.

Photo: The gold metallic accents in this vignette would work well in a Bohemian interior. Photo by Michaela Satterfield.


Vibrant colors are one of the trademarks of this style. Be sure to incorporate colors like peacock blue, burnt orange, topaz yellow and deep magenta. Use neutrals as a backdrop to make the colors pop. White is a great choice.

Capture the eclectic Bohemian interior design style in your home with these simple tips.

Michaela Satterfield

James Décor Writer


Spring Fever

Spring Inspiration from our Showroom


Warmer weather has finally arrived, and the flowers and green leaves are on their way too.

With all the spring cleaning that’s going on, you may want to update your décor as well. There are plenty of easy ways to bring spring inside. Bright hues or soft pastels are both great ways to do this. You’ll also want to add floral prints, faux plants and geodes. Artwork, fabric, throw pillows and accessories can all be used to incorporate spring patterns and colors.

spring inspiration from our showroom:

Michaela Satterfield

James Décor Writer

Photos: Michaela Satterfield

How to Decipher Interior Design Lingo

10 Terms to Know

Photo: Michaela Satterfield

Photo: Michaela Satterfield

Businessmen have their due diligence and soldiers have their 15 minutes prior to 15 minutes prior.

Like most fields, interior designers have their own jargon — terms that may not be commonly known. Knowing these phrases can make the difference between an expert and an amateur.

When communicating with designers, it can be helpful to know what those terms are. This saves valuable time in the design process and aids designers in bringing your ideas to life.

Interior design jargon to keep you in the know:

Universal design

Design that caters to every individual, regardless of age or ability.


The companies that supply the furniture and other items available for purchase.


An annual or semiannual event that hosts various vendors. Some are open to the public, but many are only open “to the trade”, meaning only licensed interior designers can attend them. At markets, designers purchase furniture for their showrooms and clients.


Customer’s own material. A piece of furniture can essentially be ordered from a vendor in any fabric, even if the vendor does not carry it. When a customer supplies the fabric, it is referred to as COM.

Case goods

Non-upholstered furniture that can typically store items, like bookcases or desks. It can also refer to tables and chairs.


A light fixture. In the design world, lamp is a technical term for light bulb. What is commonly referred to as a lamp is referred to as a luminaire by interior designers.


What may be commonly referred to as a couch is always referred to as a sofa in the interior design world.


Also called accents. This includes sculptures, plants, throw blankets and other extra décor used to tie things together.

Commercial design

Design of businesses, schools, offices and other commercial buildings.

Residential design

Design of residential houses.

Now that you know the lingo, communicating with your interior designer will be a breeze.

Michaela Satterfield

James Décor Writer

Reading the Room

5 Interior Design Magazines to Check Out

Photo: Michaela Satterfield

Photo: Michaela Satterfield

Sometimes, design inspiration comes easily. The perfect piece pops out of nowhere. The right style for a space just falls into place.

Other times? Not so much. Inspiration doesn’t always strike, and sometimes design requires a lot of thinking. When ideas aren’t flowing, there are plenty of ways to get through the designers’ block.

One of my favorite ways to do this is to flip through design magazines. Filled with beautiful photography, handy tips and clever articles, interior design magazines never cease to spark bright ideas.

5 design magazines to subscribe to:

  1. 417 Home

    417 Home is a magazine based in Springfield, Missouri. It releases four issues every year. The magazine includes home spotlights, event information and plenty of design inspiration. To keep up with local design, this magazine is a must-read.

    Check it out:

  2. Interior Design

    The name says it all. This magazine is one of the leading interior design publications. It’s been around for 80 years, so it knows what it’s talking about. Check it out for design inspiration from all over the globe.

    Check it out:

  3. Architectural Digest

    This internationally published magazine is also on top in the world of interior design. Published monthly, it offers design from all over the world. Read about travel destinations and products, as well.

    Check it out:

  4. Kansas City Spaces

    This magazine is a part of the well-known newspaper, the Kansas City Star. It offers design advice from designers and lots of local inspiration. As a bonus, it has a food section.

    Check it out:

  5. Coastal Living

    Geared towards those who enjoy waterfront living, this magazine is brimming with plenty of coastal design tips and inspiration. You’ll also find travel advice mixed in. Plan your dream home and dream vacation all at once.

    Check it out:

These five magazines are sure to get the design ideas flowing. Go read and be inspired— all from the comfort of your sofa.

Michaela Satterfield

James Décor Writer

A Touch of Tropical

5 Ways to Add Tropical Décor to Your Home

Photo: Michaela Satterfield

Photo: Michaela Satterfield

With spring around the corner and spring break vacationers taking off, I can’t help but be drawn to all things tropical right now. Palm trees, ocean waves, and bright sunshine are beckoning. Bring a taste of vacation into your home with some tropical décor.

5 ways to Add a Touch of Tropical:

Photo: Fabric design from Kravet

Photo: Fabric design from Kravet

  1. Bold Patterns

    When it comes to tropical rainforests or beaches, everything is vibrant—the plants, the wildlife, the scenery. Using bright, bold patterns is a great way to capture this in your home. Try a fun pattern on a throw pillow, or even an accent chair. Kravet, one of our trusted fabric lines, offers plenty to choose from.

  2. Bright Colors

    There’s nothing like the tantalizing aqua of the ocean or the rich emerald of a palm leaf. Tropical flowers blossom in every hue, too—fiery orange, majestic purple and golden yellow. Bringing the tropical into your home requires plenty of bright colors. There are endless ways to incorporate bright colors into your décor, from artwork to paint colors.

  3. Wallpaper

    Wallpaper went out of style for a few years, but now it’s back and better than ever. Wallpaper is great for an accent wall or anything you really want to pop. It’s also one way to add some tropical flare to your home, with endless patterns available. Our line Thibaut is one of our favorites for tropical patterns and colors.

Photo: Wallpaper design from Thibaut

Photo: Wallpaper design from Thibaut

4. Plants

There’s no easier way to bring the tropical to your interior than plenty of green plants. Plants add life and vibrancy to any space. You could put your green thumb to work and try the real deal. Not into all the upkeep? Our line John-Richard offers plenty of realistic faux plants.

5. Earthy Textures

Palm trees, sand and seashells provide a neutral backdrop for all the bright colors found in tropical settings. Adding some earthy texture will provide a solid foundation to make all the other colors and patterns pop. Our line Uttermost offers all kinds of furniture pieces that can do the job, like the table pictured below.

Photo: Marnie Accent Table, Uttermost

Photo: Marnie Accent Table, Uttermost

Follow our tips to add tropical décor to your home, and every day will be a staycation.

Michaela Satterfield

James Décor Writer

Shed Some Light

10 Luminaires from Our Showroom


March is finally here— and that means spring is only a few weeks away!

We’re in the home stretch. The gloomy days of winter will soon be behind us.

Inspired by the brighter days ahead, here are 10 luminaires from our showroom:

Through the Looking Glass

The “City Spire” table lamp from John-Richard may be transparent, but that doesn’t stop it from making a statement. Paired with mirrors and plenty of white, this lamp makes a space bright and spacious.


Modern with a Twist

This John-Richard table lamp is a subtle way to add a modern touch to your home. Black and gold is a timeless color combination.

Safari Sunset

The “Persimmon Gourd” lamp from John-Richard is a great way to add a pop of burnt orange. The toasty hue is reminiscent of the last rays of sunset in the African desert.


Stay Gold

The “Golden Canyon” lamp from John-Richard is a unique mix of modern and classic. The modern form combines with classic gold to create an interesting piece that stands out from the rest.

Captivating Crystal

The “Castle Peak” table lamp is a glam piece that could be found in a castle. The crystal base adds texture, while the black shade keeps it grounded.


Mixed Metals

The John-Richard “Candlestick” table lamp adds height to any space. The gold and silver combine beautifully. The mixed metals trend is currently taking the world by storm.

A Touch of Whimsy

The “Dickinson” floor lamp from Kate Spade is a sure way to make an impression on anyone entering your home. The unique lamp is reminiscent of carefree childhood days.


Geometric Gold

This Century table lamp is simple enough to fit with an array of styles, but bold enough to make a statement. Stay on trend with the geometric gold base and simple cream shade.

Soft Stone

The John-Richard “Morning Light” accent lamp provides interesting texture. The neutral color palette keeps it functional— it would look great in a variety of spaces.


Geode Dreams

The “Marino Agate” lamp is a great way to add a calm, earthy touch to any space. From jewelry to décor, geodes are definitely in right now.

Artistic License

Last but not least, the artsy “Molten Mocha” lamp from John-Richard provides interesting texture to any space. This table lamp is a simple way to add an artistic touch.

While we wait for sunnier days, light up your space with one of these beautiful luminaires from our showroom.

Michaela Satterfield

James Décor Writer

Photos: Michaela Satterfield

Decision Making Tips

Why Design Decisions Can Be So Difficult and What to Do About It

Photo: Michaela Satterfield

Photo: Michaela Satterfield

Do you have trouble making decisions for your home? It can be difficult to choose a color swatch, a fabric or a sofa. If you’re like me, I tend to agonize over decisions—even the little ones.

I mean, when it comes to picking things out for my home, I have to consider that I spend a lot of time there. What if I choose a rug that I think is hideous two days later and am forced to stare at it forevermore? That could be disastrous.

Our environments impact us more than we realize, so it’s important to take care when designing them.

As it turns out, there’s a science behind why some choices can be so difficult.

According to Siobhan Smith, author of the article “The science of decision making (and how to overcome indecision),” the average adult makes around 35,000 decision a day. With each decision, decisions get a little more difficult. This is called “decision fatigue.”

All decisions contribute to this phenomenon—whether major life decisions or trivial decisions.

Smith suggests simply going with your gut when making a decision. If nothing else, it gets you to make a move, rather than spending ages in analysis paralysis. She explains that making the wrong decision is better than doing nothing at all, because we won’t always be right all the time. Wrong decisions are necessary for growth.

However, it is wise to spend time weighing all the options, especially for big decisions. Smith says it’s okay to sit on the fence, but you shouldn’t stay there forever.

So, when you have to make those tough decisions about designing your home, the place where you will be spending much of your time, how can you get off the fence?

Interior designer Jordan Edwards offers some tips for making design decisions on her blog.

Before beginning, she suggests figuring out a few things about your space: the mood you’re going for, the purpose of the room and why you’re having trouble achieving those things with your design.

Then, when designing, make sure you only choose pieces that fit with those things. If a piece doesn’t contribute to the mood you are going for or fit the purpose of the room, then it’s not for you. If it doesn’t help you achieve what you think is missing from the space, leave it out.

Next, she says you should set a budget. She emphasizes that the budget should be realistic, so that you can actually achieve your goals.

After that, have some fun! Create a mood board or look on Pinterest for some ideas. This will also help with figuring out exactly what you are wanting from your design.

Her final tip is to only buy things you absolutely love. Don’t settle. It’s worth it to save a few extra dollars for that piece you really want. Otherwise, you might end up regretting it.

Hopefully, these tips will help you make some decisions for your home.  

If you’re still having trouble, that’s where interior designers come in. When in doubt, let your designer take care of it all for you. They’re in the business to help you figure out exactly what your space needs and make it a reality.

Choose a designer, and the rest of the decisions will take care of themselves.


Michaela Satterfield

James Décor Writer


Make Your Dream Home a Reality

5 Apps to Make it Happen



When working with an interior designer to design your home, it can be difficult to communicate exactly what you want. Designers love to take what you envision and use their expertise to make it a reality. They show you how to make your ideas functional, as well as beautiful. But what if you can’t express to them exactly what you’re visualizing?

Never fear! There’s an app for that.

There are plenty of online resources right at your fingertips to help you capture your ideas and present them to your interior designer.

It just takes a quick visit to the app store.

5 apps to download right now:

1. Magicplan

Magicplan is a super easy way to create floor plans. Use it to brainstorm and plan out your dream house. You can even add furniture and make 3D models. It also features a handy material estimator to see how much it’ll all cost.

Find out more:

2. Morpholio Board



The Board app, by Morpholio, is a great way to brainstorm color schemes and ideas for a room. You can add pictures, furniture pieces and color swatches to a collage to get a good idea of the look or feel you are going for.

Find out more:

3. Homestyler

Homestyler is another great app to easily design floor plans. You can make 3D visualizations to better show how you would like a room designed. This app is user-friendly and makes designing a breeze.

Find out more:

4. Color Capture



The Color Capture app, by Benjamin Moore, is a super helpful tool. Is the color of that sweater you just found exactly the color you’ve been envisioning to paint your walls? Take a picture of it, and the app will match it with a paint color. Make the color scheme you’ve been dreaming of a design reality.

Find out more:

5. Paper

Paper, by Fifty Three, is a sketching app that makes capturing your ideas while on the go easy. Scribble a design concept, or fully illustrate an elevation. The app also has tools for making presentations. Never let another idea slip your mind—get it on paper quickly with the Paper app.

Find out more:


With these handy tools, your dream home is just a few taps away.


Michaela Satterfield

James Décor Writer

Valentine's Day Gifts

5 Unique Ideas


A box of chocolate? Tasty, but traditional. Flowers? Nice, but expected. A card? A teddy bear?

It’s easy to stress about what to get someone for Valentine’s Day. You don’t want to be too cliché, but that can be hard to avoid. This year, think outside the box.

Whether it’s for your significant other or the gals for Galentine’s Day, show your loved ones you care with a unique gift.

5 Unique Gifts:

1. Niven Morgan Hand Soap

This luxurious hand soap would make a great gift. Made with high-quality ingredients like aloe vera and pure glycerin, the foaming soap won’t dry your hands out. You’ll have a hard time picking a favorite scent. Try Lavender Mint, Blue, or Green Tea & Peony.

2. Branché Geisha Robe

This silk robe is certain to make you feel like royalty. The soft, smooth material is 100% silk. The Geisha robe pictured is blue and toffee, but it comes in a variety of colors. Give the gift of luxury.  


3. Roma Moulding Photo Frames

If you want a more personalized gift, consider putting a photo of you and your loved one in one of our high-quality frames from Roma Moulding. You could even write a note on the back. These frames, handmade in Italy, come in a variety of sizes and designs for every style.


4. Branché Charmeuse Pillowcase

This silk pillowcase from Branché is just what your hair and skin needs. The glossy silk helps prevent hair breakage and wrinkles. Choose from colors like crème, blush or toffee.

5. Branché Kiki Slides

These slippers would also make a great Valentine’s Day gift. They combine comfort and style—the best of both worlds. Choose from several colors of fur.

Valentine’s Day is less than a week away. Now that you have some ideas for what to look for, stop by our store to pick something up.

We’d love to help you find the perfect gift.

Michaela Satterfield

James Décor Writer

Photos: Michaela Satterfield