Top Two Design Mistakes

I’ve posted before here and here about these two mistakes, but I wanted to share them with you again because I see this all the time in people’s houses.

1) Placing all the furniture in a room against the walls. Now I know sometimes this is inevitable if you live in cramped quarters, but if you have the room try out a few different arrangements.

I love the living room in father of the bride.  The couches are smack dab in the middle of the living room… I love this arrangement (and this movie).  I think the whole house is timeless.

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2)  Artwork/ Pictures that are too small for the wall. I often see in people’s houses teeny tiny frames on huge white walls.  Think big!

Love this mirror (all following images lustfully stolen from Pottery Barn).

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Grouping smaller items together is a great idea!

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Coco Chanel Yet Again

Can you tell I am on a Coco Chanel kick?

“Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.”

-Coco Chanel

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I couldn’t agree with her more.  I don’t understand why people spend thousands on designing their homes and the result is often cold, stuffy or not their style.  You can have a luxurious home, just make sure it is your style and that you can relax in it.

Design Mistake: Rugs on top of Carpets

9 times out of 10, it is not a good idea to put an area rug on top of carpet.  It makes a room seem smaller and cluttered.  Big no-no in my book.

Area rugs on top of carpet = no

Area rugs on top of hardwood = yes, especially if you are using the rug to define a seating area

Can I also just mention now how much I dislike carpet?  I feel like I’ll vacuum it, then 2 days later it needs to be vacuumed again… it always seems so dirty…ick.

-Julie

Design Mistake: Furniture Placement

A mistake often made: shoving all the furniture in a room up against the walls.  Chances are you really don’t need all that floor space, unless you are an avid dancer or have a busy 2 year old.  So pull that furniture away from the walls, create a seating area (an area rug can help to define a seating area), throm in a coffee table and some lighting, and you’ve got a new living space.

-Julie

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