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The IT List: The 10 hottest new design trends for 2010! Part 2

Here’s Part 2 of the hottest new design trends for 2010!

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Giselle Mirrored Side Table
Giselle Mirrored Side Table $375

6.  Mirror: Not just for walls anymore, mirror is showing up on every surface you can imagine!  Tables, lamps, sculptures, and even kitchen backsplashes are showing their reflective side.  The look is both glamorous and functional:  mirror can help bounce light into dark corners or long hallways, cleanup is a breeze, and let’s face it, you can never have too many opportunities to check your hair and makeup before you answer the door!  For a moody, elegant look try black or smoked mirror, and for an antique or rustic look use mirror that has been chemically distressed with natural-looking striations and tonal variations.

shutterstock_30680701[1]7.  The White House: Ever since the 1920s, when designer Syrie Maugham (wife of writer W. Somerset Maugham) first popularized the all-white interior, this timeless look has never gone out of style.  Lending itself to both traditional and contemporary looks, an all-white palette radiates cool elegance and simple sophistication.  Start by choosing the right shade of white for large furniture pieces and paint, then coordinate your accessories accordingly.  Keep an extra can of white paint handy to revamp tired accessories, flea market finds, and found objects.

Interior view of Diningroom8.  Entertaining at home: From children’s birthday bashes to wedding receptions, 2010 is the year of the house party!  Old-school social protocols like hand-written invitations, planned seating arrangements, and co-ordinated cocktail menus (an all-clear beverage list is both chic and practical in an all-white room) have replaced the casual get-together of years past.  Make sure to do all the food prep in advance (or even better, hire a great caterer!) so you can spend your time working the room instead of working the stove.  Potlucks are a great way to share the cost and to introduce a range of different flavors to the mix.  Invest in a large set of plain white stoneware and serving dishes, inexpensive wine glasses, and utensils (box sets are available at many discount retailers), or fun and funky colored plastic dishes for kids’ parties, to present a perfectly planned look.  And gifting each guest with a goody bag of imported chocolates, antique trinkets, silly toys, or home baking will ensure your place at the top of the social calendar for years to come!

Radius Sculpture
Radius Sculpture $135

9.  Gold: Just when it seemed like the entire world had switched to stainless steel hardware and accents, gold is once again going platinum!  Get ready for a return to the gilded age on everything from mirrors and sculptures to door handles and faucets.  Unlike the brassy tones that were popular in the 1980s and early 90s, the new gold has a richer, darker undertone and a slightly distressed old-world patina.  Try adding a few smaller pieces, like antique gold picture frames and curio boxes in great rooms and bedrooms, or decorative gold chargers in your table settings for dinner parties, for a hint of glitz that isn’t overwhelming.

Hammer210.  DIY: From a simple paint job to a full on stripped-to-the-studs renovation, the Do-It-Yourself trend is bigger than ever!  With a multitude of new products, online resources, and tips on everything from laying tiles to building additions, ambitious DIYers have a myriad of options to keep them busy well into 2011.  A decorateITonline portfolio is a great way to get started, with a space plan, recommended colors and materials, a shopping list, and handy tips to make your project a snap!  Check out our Services page for more info!

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The IT List: The 10 hottest new design trends for 2010! Part 1

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As another year (and another decade!) draws to a close, it’s time to get inspired again with a fresh new look!  We’re super-excited about all the hot new design trends for ’10!  And for help bringing your room into the ’10s check out our range of professional decorating options on the SERVICES page!

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Root Balls  $95-$195
Root Balls $95-$195

1.  Nature: The beauty of our natural surroundings is perhaps the biggest design inspiration for 2010.  The obsession with all things natural extends to everything from textiles to decorative objects.  Bamboo upholstery fabrics, sisal and seagrass area rugs, and an abundance of greenery (real or almost-real) add an organic touch.  Decorative accessories made from twigs, vines, and roots are a great way to incorporate nature in an elegant, refined way, and add visual texture to a flat room.

Lemon Meringue
Benjamin Moore's Lemon Meringue

2.  Color: Turquoise, the official color of 2010 (according to the world’s leading color authority, Pantone LLC), is just one of the many gorgeous hues that will dominate the design world in 2010.  Yellow, in shades ranging from soft butter to neon lemon, will be making its biggest comeback in decades on everything from upholstery to kitchen cabinets (we love Benjamin Moore’s Lemon Meringue, Sunburst, Creme Brulee, and Pale Straw).  Green, in olives, limes, and chartreuses, will continue as the accent color of choice, while brown will continue to be the dominant neutral for flooring and wooden furniture.  Orange will also continue to pop up in more dramatic interiors, but in a brighter 70’s hue, rather than the muddy terra cotta and pumpkin shades of the past few years.

shutterstock_30447505[1]3.  The “Decorated” look: Gone are the days of “anything goes” and “low maintenance” chic.  With the economy on the mend and a whole new decade dawning, the hot new look is one that is planned, color-coordinated, and flawlessly executed.  The great news is that achieving this look doesn’t have to break the bank.  An inexpensive online consultation from decorateITonline can give you the blue-print to achieve a professional look within any budget!

Kelly Chair  $675
Kelly Chair $675

4.  Prints: Boring, staid solids are so 2009!  Get set for a bold infusion of pattern on everything from upholstery to walls as vibrant, invigorating prints weave their way back into the limelight.  Plaids, florals, stripes, and geometrics are marching off the runways and onto sofas, wallpapers, accessories, and faux finishes.  Mix it up with several different patterns, all in the same color,  or go matchy-matchy by using the same pattern on everything.  The look is bold, edgy, and anything but drab!

Nailhead5.  Crisp tailoring: Gone are the days of slipcovers and rumply, overstuffed pillows.  Whether the look is modern, traditional, or somewhere in between, the latest new furniture pieces feature tight lines, button tufting, welted edges, shiny decorative nailhead, and perfect seams.  Like a finely crafted suit, the new style is sophisticated, elegant, and timeless.

Stay tuned for more in tomorrow’s blog….

Turquoise: the IT color for 2010!

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Pantone LLC, the world’s leading authority on color trends, recently unveiled its Color of the Year for 2010:  Turquoise!  From teal to seafoam to aqua, this lively color inspires feelings of mirth, optimism, and well-being!

The last time turquoise made such a splash was in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when it appeared on everything from laminate countertops to automobiles (just yesterday I passed a 1991 Chevrolet Lumina van in a sparkling shade of metallic teal with pink and purple “sport” accents).  The new turquoise is slightly softer, with a more natural undertone.  Think 1950s prom dresses, the Florida Keys, and vintage Fiestaware teacups.

Pair it with grey, brown, and tan for a sophisticated formal look, or with yellow and fuchsia for a playful, casual feel.  And for the commitment-phobic, try adding a few accents in the form of toss cushions, vases, or artwork, rather than painting an entire wall.  For  a simple, modern update, paint large pieces of cardstock (available at art and craft stores) in your favorite color and mount them in off-the-rack frames with white matting.

Shades we love:

Aruba Blue
Aruba Blue

Aruba Blue (Benjamin Moore 2048-30)

This highly-saturated teal adds a vibrant punch of color.  Use it in smaller areas like powder rooms and entryways, or as an accent color on a feature wall.

Teal Blast
Teal Blast

Teal Blast (Benjamin Moore 2039-40)

This greenish teal makes a fresh and fabulous accent color in a kitchen, breakfast room, kids room, or playroom.

Tropicana Cabana
Tropicana Cabana

Tropicana Cabana (Benjamin Moore 2048-50)

Like a cool Caribbean breeze, this soothing shade is lovely in a sitting room, bathroom, bedroom, or craft room.

Jamaican Aqua
Jamaican Aqua

Jamaican Aqua (Benjamin Moore 2048-60)

This airy pastel is versatile enough to use in an open great room, foyer, hallway, or master suite.  Pair it with crisp white trim for maximum effect.

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Happy Holidays!

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‘Twas the night before Christmas at decorateITonline,

Not a creature was stirring, but the house sure looked fine!

The stockings were hung by the stylish new chairs,

In hopes that new toss cushions soon would be theirs.

The decorators were nestled in gorgeous new beds,

While visions of wallpapers danced in their heads;

And Sasha in her divan and I in my chaise,

Had just settled down in a nog-induced haze;

When out on the lawn there arose such a noise,

I sprang from my chaise; it must be new toys!

Away to the window I flew without binds,

Tore open the shutters and the lovely new blinds;

The moon on the tips of the new potted fir,

Gave the lustre of mid-day to the snow-swirled blur;

When, what to my wondering eyes should arise,

But a miniature truck, and eight delivery guys!

With a little old driver, so lively and tough,

I knew in a moment he must have new stuff!

More rapid than eagles his helpers unloaded,

And he whistled, and shouted the items they toted;

Now Dion!  Now Greta!  Now Arthur and Harold,

On Douglas!  On Linda!  On Lotus and Gerald!

To the top of the porch!  To the top of the gable!

Now dash away!  Dash away!  Mind the new table!

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,

When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;

So up to the house-top they scurried like elves,

With the truck full of lamps, and some handsome new shelves;

And then, in a twinkling, I heard from their banter,

The helpers unloading a nifty new planter!

As I drew in my head, it all became clearer,

Down the chimney the old driver came with a mirror;

He was dressed all in fur; it was thankfully faux,

And his clothes were all wrapped in a new chenille throw;

A bundle of twigs he held tight in his clutch,

And he looked like a peddler with the shiny new hutch.

His eyes, how they twinkled!  His dimples like pleats,

His cheeks were like roses, they matched the new sheets.

His droll little mouth was drawn up like a pouch,

And the beard of his chin was as white as the couch!

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his mug,

And the smoke, it encircled the charming new rug.

He had a broad face and two little round paws,

That shook when he brought in the stunning new vase;

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old saint,

And I laughed when I noticed he matched with the paint;

A wink of his eye and a twist of his wrench,

Soon gave me to know I would love the new bench;

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his trade,

And filled all the stockings, then changed the lamp shade.

And laying his finger aside of his head,

Away to the elegant chimney he fled.

He sprang to his truck, his boots were like wings,

And away they all flew to deliver more things;

But I heard him exclaim, his voice one of nine,

Happy Christmas to all, from decorateITonline!

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All of us at decorateITonline would like to wish you and your family a happy, safe, and stylish Holiday season!  And check out our SERVICES page to ring in the New Year right with a fresh new look for your home from our team of talented professionals!

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The IT List: 10 hot guest room tips!

With these handy tips to pamper your guests, you may have trouble getting them to leave!

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  1. Bathrobe-on-Bed1Place a bottle of sparkling imported mineral water (Perrier, Gerolsteiner, San Pellegrino, etc.) and a glass tumbler on a silver charger on each night stand to quench nighttime thirst.
  2. Provide a plush white terry-cloth robe and slippers for each guest.
  3. Place gold-wrapped Belgian chocolate mints on each pillow.
  4. Create a mini reading library with books on local attractions and history, humorous anthologies, and classic novels.
  5. Lavender scented sachets in each dresser drawer adds a luxurious touch for longer-term guests.
  6. Fresh-cut flowers in a large decorative vase make a lovely personal touch .  Use your guest’s favorite flower if you know it, otherwise simple Calla lilies, gerberas, tulips, or roses work beautifully.
  7. A compact stereo unit lets your guests enjoy their favourite music while they unwind.
  8. Small bottles of shampoo, body wash, lotion, mouthwash, toothpaste, and soap are handy conveniences for last minute guests.
  9. If space allows, include a small writing desk with simple stationery, a wired or wireless internet connection, and a phone.
  10. Use a classic steamer trunk or a contemporary storage bench for extra blankets, quilts, and pillows to ensure your guests stay cozy and warm.

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