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.

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

Scandinavian Interior Design

The Cozy Minimalist Style

Photo: https://www.maxpixel.net/Home-Nordic-Household-2394831

Photo: https://www.maxpixel.net/Home-Nordic-Household-2394831

Like a light summer breeze, the Scandinavian interior design style is airy and soothing. The blank spaces are as intentional as the décor itself. Brought about by years of tradition, this style pulls off timeless and modern in the same breath.

This style originated in the Nordic region, which is notorious for long, dark winters. The goal of these interiors is to keep things bright and open, but cozy at the same time. This is no easy feat.

Originating in an environment where natural light is in short supply, the way light is used in these spaces is very important. Lots of windows with sheer coverings are popular.

Photo: https://pixabay.com/photos/stay-scandinavian-style-white-room-2132344/

Photo: https://pixabay.com/photos/stay-scandinavian-style-white-room-2132344/

Other minimalist styles are typically cold and uninviting. The Scandinavian style uses lots of textures — like blankets, rugs and throws — to soften the stark white that is a trademark of this style. Stark contrast, like black and white, is one aspect this style uses.

Another big difference between Scandinavian design and other modern styles is the use of color. While neutrals are an essential component, bursts of other colors are used as well. These colors are typically softer, like pastels.

The style is tidy and doesn’t have a lot of ornate detail. The details, however, are intentional. A well placed piece of artwork or pop of texture prevents the clean style from looking too cold.

Photo: https://www.pexels.com/photo/round-black-framed-mirror-on-the-wall-905198/

Photo: https://www.pexels.com/photo/round-black-framed-mirror-on-the-wall-905198/

Minimalist furniture is often used, such as Mid-century modern pieces. These pieces are slim and light, rather than bulky.

You won’t find wall-to-wall carpet in these interiors. Wood floors with plenty of rugs are the norm. Wood is typically light — like beech, ash and pine.

Nature themes are also common. You’ll find botanical artwork, plants and tree branches throughout Scandinavian spaces.

Like a refreshing summer breeze in the middle of winter, the Scandinavian style is a sure way to bring a refreshing yet cozy touch to your space.

Michaela Satterfield

James Décor Writer

Sources:

https://www.mydomaine.com/scandinavian-interior-design-ideas

http://www.contemporist.com/10-common-features-of-scandinavian-interior-design/

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

The Memo Library

Custom Design Options

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It only takes a few seconds in our memo library to get a taste of the limitless options in interior design.

This is why hiring a designer if often critical to narrow things down. You’ll find endless swatches of fabrics, flooring samples, drapery samples and everything in between. Most are arranged by brand, and then arranged by color within the brands. We carry a wide range of brands to cater to every budget and taste.

Fabric memo racks

Fabric memo racks

For a designer, there’s nothing more rewarding than searching through countless racks and piles of every color and pattern imaginable. It often takes a whole team, but the light bulb moment of finding the perfect one is worth it all.

Cord samples

Cord samples

If you can’t find what you need in our library, you can typically provide your own material to cover whatever piece of furniture you want to cover. This is referred to as customer’s own material, or COM.

Tile samples

Tile samples

Some of our many brands are John-Richard, Thibaut, Kravet, RM COCO and Duralee. There are countless others. The sky’s the limit when it comes to custom options.

Leather memos

Leather memos

For endless inspiration, come take a look around our memo library. If you can dream it, we can design it.


Michaela Satterfield

James Décor Writer

Photos: Michaela Satterfield

The Heart of the Home

Kitchen Design Principles

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Photo: https://pixabay.com/photos/kitchen-interior-design-room-home-1940174/

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

Sources:

https://inspectapedia.com/BestPractices/Kitchen_Design_Principles.php

https://sebringdesignbuild.com/learn-how-to-match-your-countertop-with-the-cabinets-and-floor/

Bohemian Interior Design

How to Pull Off This Eclectic Style

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Photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wicker-furniture/8295078800

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:

Pattern

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.

Photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/carpetbeggers/9521482628

Photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/carpetbeggers/9521482628

Accessories

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.

Texture

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.

Color

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

Sources:

https://www.decoraid.com/blog/interior-design-style/bohemian-style-interior-design

Spring Fever

Spring Inspiration from our Showroom

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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.

Vendors

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

Market

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.

COM

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.

Luminaire

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.

Sofa

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

Accessories

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: https://www.417homemag.com/

  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: https://www.interiordesign.net/

  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: https://www.architecturaldigest.com/

  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: https://www.kansascity.com/spaces/

  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: https://www.coastalliving.com/

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