We are thrilled to announce our collaboration with the Design District in St. Louis Park! The Design District St. Louis Park is a locally-owned boutique shopping alternative to big box home stores. Our smaller, individually owned stores strive to provide a more personalized customer experience, as well as establish closer relationships with our customers. We love our community, so much so, we live and work near our stores, allowing us to know the latest trends in the area.
Please, join us Thursday, February 9 from 4-7 PM for the Design District open house(s) and to celebrate local creativity! Stop into all five of the Design District shops – mingle, shop and enjoy light refreshments. Turn your punch card in for a chance to win $1000 to use in the Design District. For more information, visit the Design District’s Facebook page.
We’ll see you Thursday!
Traditions Dinner Club — Mo. 3
It’s Greek To Me…
Pick number three for our Dinner Club came from our Logistics Manager, Sharon. We’ve shared a laugh and glass of wine over French cuisine, classic Italian, and now…Greek! The atmosphere of the restaurant was very lively; the dim lights and candles warmed the chilly evening right up.
We started our meal with two appetizers—warm pita bread accompanied both the Htipiti, a spicy hot feta cheese spread, and the Tzatziki dip. Both starters were devoured before we even got around to ordering our main course! For the mains, we each ordered something different but equally as yummy-sounding.
Our selection ranged from the nightly pasta special and grilled salmon to the more traditional chicken kebabs and gyros.
The salmon was grilled perfectly and was accompanied by delicious oven-roasted potatoes and spinach. The chicken, both kebab and gyro, was spectacular! The warm pita with a piece of chicken and a little tzatziki complemented one another nicely. The shrimp was in an unique sauce that made you want to lick the plate. We didn’t though—don’t worry 😉 We had no leftovers to enjoy the next day; everything was fresh and light…exactly how you imagine Greek food to be.
Rhonda is in queue to pick next month’s locale. Stay tuned to see where we go next!
This time of year can be chaotic for many. It’s nice to be reminded about our favorite things during the most stressful times.
Suzanne is loving her newlywed son and daughter in law. Spending the holidays with them has been so much fun!!
Kersten loves enjoying sunsets on the beach with her family. Though she and her husband live in Naples, they don’t make it down to the beach nearly as much as they would like. When family comes to town this time of year, it provides the perfect reason to catch the final moments of light in the day.
Mary enjoys the tradition of making her mom’s wild rice soup on Christmas Eve. It’s a quiet, cozy evening spent with family and a night she looks forward to each year.
Carolynn loves spending time with her friends, family and Durham, the newest four-legged addition to her family.
Lauren’s new favorite thing this year is the restaurant ie Italian Eatery. The food is spectacular and the atmosphere convivial.
Kathy’s favorite thing is ordering a complete lasagna dinner from Broder’s Cucina Italiana, on Christmas Eve, so she doesn’t have to cook (which she never does) and having all that extra time to just enjoy her family.
Mary DJ loves going home after a long day and enjoying her decorations and the falling snow outside while sitting by the fire with a glass of wine and reading Christmas cards.
Rhonda loves her four young grandchildren at Christmas time. The joy on their faces when they open a present from grandma is enough to keep a smile on Rhonda’s face for months to come.
Nancy enjoys the thought of Christmas in Colorado with loved ones. Snow and family are all she needs during the holidays.
Lucy’s favorite thing is the Christmas lights all around town. Houses, trees, store fronts, you name it, Lucy loves it.
Traditions Dinner Club — Mo. 2
ie Italian Eatery
Our second dinner was a huge success. Italian Eatery, ie, is truly one of a kind. They have thought of everything and even offer an assortment of blankets for those who may be chilly while sitting outside on the patio. The decor was trendy, industrial and conducive to long conversation and intimate dining. While the restaurant was packed with diners, we were all able to hear one another and never felt as if the background noise was too overwhelming.
We each ordered something different and passed forks around the table, savoring every single bite. All pastas are made in house and each dish is served al dente.
To start, we shared the Pan Fried Yam Ravioli. The crispy exterior, perfectly whipped yams, saffron threads and white truffle oil were an unexpected, yet delicious, combination of ingredients.
The Rustic Gemelli was divine. The pesto, crispy pancetta and toasted pine nuts perfectly complemented the whey & goat milk ricotta.
The Mushroom Cappelletti was a table favorite. The mushrooms, thyme, crème fraiche and whiskey barrel-aged shoyu (soy sauce) offered a sense of umami and a unique blend of flavors.
If you are wanting true comfort food, order the Baked Garganelli. The wild boar meatballs pair perfectly with both the fontina and taleggio cheeses.
For all the non-pasta eaters, the Dry Rubbed Beef Short Rib is the way to go. The meat was so tender a knife was not needed. Each bite was better than the last.
The bucatini offered a traditional Italian pasta that with more than meets the eye. The noodles were hollow in the middle like a straw. The house made fennel sausage was a pleasant surprise.
To end our spectacular meal, we all ordered a shot of limoncello as the perfect palate cleanser. Another month of culinary exploration in the books, and already looking forward to the next.
Stay tuned to see where we go!!
Fall 2016 High Point Market — Recap
Were we right in our predictions? Fall High Point Market 2016 was a smashing hit! We definitely noticed quite a few anticipated trends, but also saw an equal number of unexpected!
Texture was everywhere—and we mean everywhere: Rugs, pillows, throw blankets, ottomans, sofas and even new, fun fabrics. Magnolia Home, a brand made popular via Joanna Gaines on HGTV’s Fixer Upper, expanded their line to include rugs and pillows with different knots, plushness and textures.
The Pantone color of the year, blush, made a soft appearance. The more feminine touch provided a stark contrast to the other, more industrial trends.
The lighting was spectacular and made an impressive statement. The unique fixtures added a touch of elegance, while others added the perfect touch of whimsy.
We noticed a new use of the classic-traditional style in some of the showrooms. Rich, chocolatey leather paired perfectly with accessorized bookshelves this market. The warm colors and traditional fixtures provided a sense of comfort, yet in a more clean and tailored way.
High Performance Fabrics (or lack thereof):
One trend we were hoping to see was use of high performance and outdoor fabrics in different applications, but we did not. In fact, these fabrics were noticeably absent in each showroom. The standard Cryptons and Sunbrellas were shown, but there weren’t nearly as many new introductions as we expected.
One of our absolute favorite parts of Market is soaking in the gorgeous florals that the vendors bring in to perfectly stage their showrooms. We are suckers for fresh blooms and we certainly got our fill this time around.
We are so excited to share all of our market buys with you as they arrive at our showrooms. Stay up to date with us by stopping in and from home via our social media!
Sneak Peek of Fall 2016 Market
At Traditions, we are constantly drawn to items with a unique and updated spin on what was once deemed classic traditional. As we get closer to the Fall High Point Market, we are excited to see how the latest trends translate into the furniture world and what the latest inspiration is!
What’s Trending Now:
1. Earthy pastel hues with an organic flair are all the rage as they incorporate the Pantone color of the year. We foresee more of this look, as it provides a tailored, clean aesthetic appealing to all!Image: Courtesy of Marie Flanigan
2. Mixed metals are another trend that is super prevalent. We anticipate a mix of brass, gold, polished nickel and silver, freshened up with white plaster.
4. Fool-proof fabrics have been a favorite, but are quickly becoming our absolute go-to. Crypton and Sunbrella fabrics now come in fun patterns, but only a few vendors currently offer them. We hope to see many vendors jump on this popular bandwagon we are sure (and wishing) is here to stay!
5. Updated florals are also something to note. Notable decor leaders believe we are transitioning into a cleaner, more modern floral to update our classic traditional so florals can be transitional and appeal to a wider array of customers. We are all for a more modern take on traditional!
Showrooms we’re excited to see in High Point:
- Four Hands
- Lee Industries
- Currey & Co.
- Taylor King
Stay tuned to see what new treasures we found and what surprises totally won us over at the High Point Market in the coming weeks!
Traditions’ Dinner of the Month Club — Mo. 1
“A Parisian-inspired buvette in the heart of the Lynnhurst neighborhood. Champagne: all day, everyday.” – St.Genevieve website description.
It’s always fun to get together and try a new restaurant. We have started our very own Dinner of the Month Club with all the members of Traditions staff. Each month we will all get together to try a new restaurant, a favorite restaurant or even a hidden hole in the wall. Our first choice was St. Genevieve in the Lynnhurst neighborhood of Minneapolis. France, especially Paris, is always on our minds so we thought a new, groovy French restaurant was the perfect choice. St. Genevieve, a buvette – pub or tavern with champagne any time of the day, was a fantastic find! The table favorite was tartine madame and pommes frites with béarnaise mayonnaise. The simple pleasure of a croque with french fries and a good glass of wine is not lost on the ladies of Traditions.
Market is always fun and such a whirlwind of new frames, fabrics and old friends. It’s our chance to test out and order new and sometimes unique pieces for each of our 3 sales floors to showcase the latest and greatest to our customers. Each vendor showroom offers something different and offers a new spin on the tried and true pieces, as well as the new.
Trends to note from the 2016 High Point Furniture Market–the vibrant, bold colors. Also, the new take on Mid-Century Modern furniture. The rooms definitely inspired us to refresh our stores. We were so thrilled with the new introductions from our favorite lines. Check out a few of our favorites below. Our new goodies will be arriving in our stores daily, so stop in to see our finds!
A VIEW OF OUR CUSTOMER’S HOME…
It’s always fun to see the end results of projects we have spent months pulling together. Whether the project is an entire house facelift or accessorizing a bookshelf, we have learned to tailor each project to suit the client’s wants and needs.
We recently wrapped up an ongoing project for a Minnesota client. They were gracious enough to invite us into their home and to share pictures with you. We think the beauty of this home reflects the beauty of the couple who own it.
Below is the dining room off the foyer. The dining table and chairs are from Hooker Furniture, the beautiful buffet from Stanley Furniture. Take note of the gorgeous Currey & Co. chandelier above the table. The subtle elegance of this room mirrors that of the homeowner.
The organic lines of the Hooker Furniture chest grab your attention as you enter the house, while the Uttermost mirror definitely makes a statement by playing off the gold details in the Currey & Co. lamp. We love the personal touches and the simplicity of the accessories.
The living room is nice and cozy. The Vanguard Furniture wedge sofa is open and inviting, flanked by the Lillian August Paris chair—a store favorite—and the Wesley Hall leather chair with a rolled arm. No need to look for a ton of accessories, as Lucy is hands down the best accessory!
Even the smaller spaces need some attention—we think this Lexington bar makes the little alcove by the stairs pop.
The Hooker bed in the master bedroom makes quite the statement. The linen fabric with the tufting adds a touch of glamour, while the lamps on the bedside tables—another store go-to—add a unique touch with their geometric base.
The home is stunning and each room flows seamlessly into the next, offering an inviting and warm atmosphere. Happy clients make for happy business, and that we are so thankful for!
STAY IN THE KNOW WITH TRADITIONS
- We are currently in the midst of our Bedroom Sale. Enjoy up to 35% off
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- We will have an Open House in the beginning of March. Partnering
with both Stacy Sullivan of The New Old House Co. and LEE Industries, this remodeled house will help show our range of decorating abilities!!
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This time of year can be hectic with holiday shopping, parties and functions. We thought we would take a moment to slow down, catch our breath and share a few of our favorite things that help us find joy in the craziest of moments.
Kathy, our movie and TV aficionado, loves her critically acclaimed Netflix series’. Whether it be historical fiction, thriller or romantic drama, this time of year, she loves to curl up by the fire and flip on her tv.
Gail loves getting together with family and friends this time of year. With the recent addition of her grandson and the added joy he brings, the holidays have never been so fun!
Kersten loves pine tree scented candles, like the Nest candle we have in the stores. They are great for the holidays and homes without live trees! With a blend of white pine, fir balsam and birchwood with hints of musk and amber, these candles treat your nose (and guests) to a sensory trip through a majestic winter forest!
Mary’s favorite thing about this time of year is celebrating all of her families’ traditions——family and friend gatherings, Christmas Eve Mass, chicken and wild rice soup, wearing our pajamas while driving around looking at holiday lights, “hiking” to collect our tree and most importantly taking time to give thanks for our blessings.
Nancy loves the festive vessels with an antler motif from Zodax. The whimsical touches and holiday feel make this the perfect accessory to decorate the home.
Mary DJ loves celebrating with her coworkers when 5 o’clock rolls around. It is a great time to reflect on the day’s work and to appreciate our work family this time of year.
Carolynn’s favorite thing to do during the holiday season is figuring out the holiday tablescape! Knowing Carolynn, we are sure her attention to detail and great vision creates an eye-catching display.
Rhonda’s new favorite thing is the Fitzgerald cocktail served at the Commodore Lounge in St Paul. We’re hoping she recreates them for the office holiday party!
Lauren’s favorite thing is the large silver bowl with antlers for handles also from Zodax. The bowl can be filled with anything from bottles of champagne and ice to fun decorative accessories!
David loves buying presents for his nephew, Ace! An avid shoe collector himself, David couldn’t have been happier when Ace requested a pair of original Chuck Taylor’s!
While it is so easy to get caught up in the chaos of wish lists, elves and shelves, and holiday plans, remembering to live in the moment and appreciate what we already have can be quite a task! This holiday season, make it a goal to slow down to enjoy the blessings and the little things around us that make us happy!
With summer fast approaching and the desire to spend more time outdoors, philanthropy is easily forgotten. Supporting local charities is as easy as supporting local businesses.
One of our favorite upholstery manufacturers, LEE Industries, has a goal of bringing attention to and shining a positive light on local businesses. Through two outlets, LEE Loves Local and REstyleSOURCE, LEE hopes to inspire a movement to bring back brick & mortar stores. This July, they are calling all retailers to action, encouraging them to pick a local charity and give back! Having done work in the past with Habitat for Humanity, we at Traditions, couldn’t think of a better local charity to support! For the month of July we will be donating a portion of all Lee Industries special-order sales to Habitat for Humanity of Collier County in Florida and the Twin Cities chapter in Minnesota.
So what does that mean for you, our customers? It means you too have an opportunity to make a difference! By shopping Lee Industries locally this July, at any of our three locations, we can help our communities together! Stop in to any of our locations to find out more!
Have just celebrated Valentine’s Day, the steamy release of ’50 Shades of Grey,’ and our current bedroom sale, we have that area behind closed doors on our mind! While bedrooms are one of the most personal spaces in a home, they can also be one of the hardest rooms for furnish! Bedrooms are all about revealing your personal side, your own sense of style, not just what is trendy. With that in mind, we would love to share a few of our suggestions on how to make your personal retreat your new favorite room in the house!
- Don’t be afraid to have a little fun by combining! Use various sizes of patterns through out the space to add a little funk. Use a large print on the bed linens and utilize some smaller accent pieces in bright colors for an added pop! Think of it as a little spice, without an all out commitment!
- Add layers through tones and textures! Being such a personal space, your bedroom should speak to your story and your many dimensions. (That doesn’t mean clutter and randomness, just a nice sense of variety). Mix and match end tables in the same tone, even out lamp heights with some great books or magazines, throw your favorite quilt over the headboard for a change, and add some fun pillows in the same color family on the bed or bedside chair.
- Use soft lighting! While a higher wattage blub is needed in a dressing area or vanity, use a lower watt bulb for your bedside lamps. The soft lighting will be enough to read but dim enough to allow your mind to relax.
After a long day of work (or play), retreating to your personal space should be comfortable and relaxing. Follow your guy instinct and do what works for you!
Some of us may recognize Marsala as a great cooking wine or even as a tasty chicken entrée, but this year, it’s time to get comfortable with using it in your home furnishings! Marsala embodies both earthy richness and sophistication with its red-brown base. Used is a matte application, Marsala feels more organic and warm. Finished with a sheen, it exudes total luxury, glamor and sexiness. Used as an accent piece, like a great pop of color on a cheek, it can flatter almost any tone. Still a little nervous, try these color pairings:
For an organic look: go natural with varying shades of earthy greens and olives
For a complimentary look: Opt for lilacs and other shades of purple that will allow the eye to travel fluidly across the pallete.
Want to go bold: Mix it with strong blues that will emphasize Marsala’s darker earthy undertones and set the stage for the more vibrant hue.
Nicole Curtis amazed viewers again last evening on the latest episode of Rehab Addict, that aired at 9/8c. Curtis, whose mission is to restore potential demolitions to their original beauty, staged the Summit Hill mansion’s living room, donning Traditions’ furniture. With a sophisticated eye and a passion for upholding the turn-of-the-century character, Nicole successfully blended updated furnishings with the home’s traditional nature. You too can achieve the same success in your space:
1. Stanford Furniture Morgan Mid Sofa. Measuring 75” in width, this mid-size sofa with welted box cushions and pillows has strong lines and exposed wood legs, making it a perfect anchor for a living room vignette.
2. Lee Industries Occasional Chair. A comfortable winged occasional chair option that can go as contemporary or as traditional as you would like. Upholster it in fabric or leather, its versatility is what makes it so great.
3. John Richard Brass Floor Lamp. Looking for a floor lamp with a classical silhouette? This 73” high brass option with ribbon-like flourishes exudes style and class.
4. John Richard Branch Cocktail Table with Marble Top. Designed in the style of Giacometti, this marble-top table features a finely detailed metal frame and an antique gold finish. With such beautiful branch detailing, this cocktail table doesn’t require many finishing accessories.
5. Theodore Alexander Eglomise Side Table. 29” high, this side table is packed with style and function: Flame mahogany and green opalescent verre églomisé panels, central leather inset sliding surface, two end drawers, a brass bound top and undertier, and handsome octagonal legs. Makes for a great place to hide those pesky remotes!
6. Woodbridge Furniture Madeline Drinks Table. Forged steel and a beveled glass top come together to make this a great alternative to traditional wooded side tables. With an antiqued gold leafing patina, this table has an airy, yet sturdy feel to it.
7. Theodore Alexander Hyde Park Bench. A hand-carved, caned-seat triple chair back settee with curved toprails and ‘X’ splats. Scroll arms flank the single silk cushion. A very traditional piece that looks great in an entry, can be pulled into any room for extra seating. Also available as a double chair back.
Check out Rehab Addict once again on 10/30 to see more ideas on styling Traditions’ furniture and the continuous transformation of the stunning St. Paul home.
If you flipped on HGTV last evening around 9:30/8:30c, chances are good you saw some of our very own furniture featured on the newest season of Rehab Addict with Nicole Curtis! With a keen eye for style and sophistication, Nicole staged the Summit Hill mansion’s sunroom and dining room using only Traditions’ furniture. Although Nicole was reviving a turn-of-the-century historical home in Saint Paul, you too can achieve the same look in your home:
1. Lillian August Wyatt Sofa. This petite sofa, measuring 70” in width, showcases a single bench cushion and tufted back. Just perfect for a smaller room while still exuding plenty of style.
2. Vanguard Chronos Side Chair from the Compendium Collection. This chair provides a webbed seat and is made from Rubberwood offering a comfortable chair with classic lines that will compliment various table styles.
3. Visual Comfort Thomas O’Brien Task Table Lamp. With a height of only 13”, this lamp is great for a small desk or work space. Available in various finishes, this lamp adds just enough light and personality to finish off a space.
4. Vanguard Julia Desk Vanity. Featuring a drop front writing surface and interior mirror, the Julia desk doubles as both a vanity and a desk. For a smaller-scale office or sitting room, this piece is just perfect at a little over 38” wide.
5. John Richard Chateau Dining Table with leaves. The chateau table measures 126 inches wide with the two 18 inch leaves. The size and style of this table makes it ideal for a formal and functional dining space.
6. Stanford Cumberland Dining Arm Chair. The Cumberland chair offers a upholstered waterfall skirt providing a sophisticated casual feel. Done in a neutral fabric, this chair can work with a multitude of table styles.
7. Theodore Alexander Brooksby Arm Chair. This particular chair is reminiscent of French Provincial furniture, circa 1820. The recognizable “X” back, carved sabre legs and upholstered seat allow for the traditional nature of the piece to take center stage. The classic lines of the chair allow for it to be paired with various styles of host and hostess chairs.
Tune in to HGTV again on 10/16 and 10/30 to see more Traditions furniture and to see the progress on the beautifully restored home!
The Fall colors and temperatures make us want to stay warm and cozy. When we think of Fall, we think of soft fabrics, deep, rich colors and the scent of a spiced candle burning. As the days get shorter and the nights colder, warm bedding is a must.
There are so many great options to enhance the look of your Fall decor. Bold plaids and a sublte mix of textures, leathers and fabrics create a retreat from the cold. Rich colors of gold and red are reminiscent of the foliage and hues outside. A quote from L.M. Montgomery in Anne of Green Gables captures our sentiments about Fall, “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” If your Octobers and subsequent winter months don’t dip below freezing, try a more rich, neutral color palette.
An exuberant amount of pillows and layering lend to the cozy feeling we often seek this time of year. With many duvet options to decorate your comforters for the season, updating your bedding to suit the change in season is a breeze.
All images courtesy of Eastern Accent Bedding.
As we have seen in the last few seasons, bright colors are making a comeback. This fall, expect to see them again, tenfold! Go ahead and throw the rule book out the window this Fall, and embrace the eclectic! Mixing bright, fresh, fun and funky patterns and color is the thing to do. It’s all about mixing and matching to achieve multiple layers, both in materials and textures; The “collected” look as some may say! The key to successfully pulling it off is to make it look like it all flows. How do you do this? Start by choosing larger pieces that have staying power and accessorize with the more bold and playful ones. Add a little at a time. Step back and look at the bigger picture. Try to avoid having one piece draw too much attention! Finally a trend we can have fun with!
(photo credits clockwise from top: homeadore.com, House Beautiful, Eclectically Vintage, Four Generations One Roof)
Fourth of July celebrations usually include a picturesque day filled with picnics, friends, fireworks, and Americana decor! Who said you can’t do all that in style?
Start your morning off right with this quick and easy french toast casserole and a dollop of whipped cream. Pick up a chic cooler bag that can double as not only a purse, but a tote for your festive drink ingredients too! Our recommendations: a layered tequila-based cocktail from Guy Fieri. If the day is sweltering, toss a frozen washcloth in there to too add some extra chill and act as a refreshing neck wipe when you get too hot. Sit back, relax and enjoy the fireworks on your striped cotton throw from John Robshaw or a comfortable Lee Industries Beachcomber sling chair and you’ll be the talk of the town for weeks to come.
Memorial Day is the kickoff to outdoor party season- think evening BBQ’s, cooking s’mores outside, and plenty of summer cocktails. We’ve found a few of the right pieces for entertaining outdoors and for making your backyard feel like a stylish haven.
// Comfortable outdoor furniture is a must. This rocker from Lane Venture is a gorgeous and functional piece perfect for spending an evening outside.
// A stylish drinks table. Clearly, you’ll need a spot to put your mojito.
// A tray for serving your guests or arranging condiments for BBQ.
// A whimsical planter- gorgeous as a centerpiece.
// A lush throw for cozying up as temperatures drop in the evening.
Let the parties begin!
We’ve had nearly a week of rain here in Minnesota and with rain comes… cute rain boots. I mean, when else do you have an excuse to wear bright colored rubber on your feet? These chartreuse wellies are perfect for a gray day, and paired with a bold stripe and fresh flowers it is the perfect rainy day outfit. We took inspiration from this outfit and translated it into interiors. A bold striped rug with chartreuse accent chairs make for the perfect color and pattern combination. It is chic and stylish yet functional and the pop of chartreuse make all the difference.
Here’s to more rainy days and darling wellies.
Most people don’t think of much apart from margaritas on Cinco de Mayo, and while we love ourselves a good margarita (or two), we can’t help but be inspired by the bright colors and patterns typically seen in south of the border-inspired design (and drinks). There is usually an eclectic, collected feel to these homes and the open space, clean walls, and exposed beams makes for an inviting energy. This conversationally-centered living room (note 3 sofas) makes us want to curl up with our margaritas in hand and talk the night away. In looking at the design, it is comprised of neutral sofas, colorful pillows, and patterned barstools. And don’t underestimate the power of an area rug- in this room it makes all the difference. Again, we can’t emphasize enough the power of accessories and how they can truly transform the feel of a space.
On a more serious note, how delicious do these sangria swirled frozen margaritas look? Is it 5 o’clock yet?
We tweeted out this friendly guide for picking a chandelier size which is a great resource for people looking for chandeliers. Lighting is a small detail that can make a huge impact in a room, and should be carefully considered when re-designing or updating a space.
Chandeliers aren’t just for formal dining rooms anymore- we are seeing an increasing number of homeowners and builders installing them in kitchens, bedrooms, and even bathrooms. Chandeliers add an element of elegance to any space and can be incorporated into almost any design style- from traditional to contemporary.
We love the monochromatic glamour of this room designed by Michael Abrams Limited. The dark walls, neutral furniture, and pop of orange make for an effective and inviting small space. This room goes to show that sometimes less is more. Allowing the space to speak for itself in the form of architectural elements (that ceiling!) and intentional use of contrasting colors calls for more neutral furniture and smaller elements of color. We also love how he added color to the dark bookshelves, creating eye-catching vignettes and a more playful feel.
This room goes to show that neutral colors are anything but boring.
The desk often seems to act as the catch-all in a home- holding everything from office supplies, to papers and bills, to kitchy trinkets that seem to find their home on the desk. If you are anything like us, it is difficult to work in a cluttered space, and nothing gets us more in the working groove than pretty desk accessories and an organized tabletop.
Here are some tips for de-cluttering that space and making for a more enjoyable work environment.
// Throw things away. I know it sounds intuitive- but many of us hold on to announcements, receipts, ads, and old bills thinking- “maybe I”ll need this”. The truth? You rarely need it. And if you do- there is this wonderful thing called the world wide internet that most likely has the information you need. Go through your papers once a month and get rid of things that aren’t urgent- that will dramatically decrease the clutter.
//Buy pretty office supplies. Nothing is more irritating than the site of stacks of manila envelopes. March down to your local office supply store and invest in cute supplies. Yes, they may cost a bit more- but they are well worth it. Reverse psychology shows us that pretty things elicit a desire to have a cleaner, prettier space. You’ll be less likely to leave a big pile of folders on your desk if they are pretty.
// Invest in closed storage. Not all desks have space to store unsightly odds-and-ends, so invest in stylish boxes or storage units to hide the clutter. Stack a few colorful or patterned boxes on top of your desk to store the likes of pens and paperclips and you’ll dramatically reduce the table-top clutter and mess.
**Images via Pinterest
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