How to design your home by seasons

Kristina

The changing seasons are a great time to redesign and refresh your home while keeping it sophisticated. Keep reading if you want to learn how to design your home according to seasons. Changing décor pieces or getting a new rug for your living room can make a difference.

Overall guidelines for decorating by season

First, find a few places where you can switch out décors, such as the dining room and living room or small areas. Switching out decor is a crucial element; it gives the space a refreshing look. Remember: The smallest detail makes the most significant difference.

Another tip is to buy multiples of the same items or small pieces in the same color palette and place them throughout the home, creating a more put-together home and pulling everything together.

Winter

When winter rolls around, it is all about feeling cozy and warm. This is the perfect time to start working with textiles, and since you are most likely spending time indoors, it’s a good idea to design rooms that will be most in use, like the living room, kitchen, or bedrooms. But most décor this time of year will be the living room, it is a shared space, and you can spend time with your family and friends.

Incorporate some shag accents, a few thought-out places to add fuzzy accents pieces can make an enormous difference in how cozy your home will also feel. Throw some pillows and blankets can also do the trick.

Add some seasonal scents in your space like soothing lavender, spicy cinnamon, sweet vanilla, and many more this will give a lovely winter vibe.

Finally, add some décor outside of your home, whether it be baskets, lights, or a stack of wood to create a cozy feel inside and outside.

Spring

Spring is all about rebirth and renewal in the outdoors. While those dark colors felt right in the winter, it is time to swap them for bold and bright colors.

One of the easiest ways to update your home is by adding greenery such as a bouquet of fresh flowers or a small tree. This will give your space a fresh feel. Another way to brighten up your home is by using lighter fabrics. Put away the cable knit blanket and the heavy comforter and switch it with more delicate fabrics like cotton and linen. Use neutral colors whites, pale pink, and tan to give you the right amount of color.

Summer

As we get longer evenings and warming days, why not incorporate outdoor living space with the indoor to make it to in one. Here are some tips; first, know your site; whether you live in an apartment or a house, you can still make a beautiful outdoor place. Another piece of information is to start small; you do not need to get rid of everything to make your space feel different. Start by adding some lights outside, switching out old throw pillows with new ones, or just moving furniture around. Ideas here are endless!

Fall

We love the fresh vibe of fall and all the beautifully bright and rich colors that typically go along with it. As the day gets shorter and cooler, we start to spend more time in our home. Here are some ways to turn your home into a fall paradise.

Buy some local pumpkins. Adding pumpkins throughout your home is a simple way to add an autumnal touch. Whether or not you decided to carve them, place a few pumpkins outside, near the front door, in your kitchen, or your dining room. Switch up the color scheme by adding warmer hues. This will give your home an instant touch of fall. Toss in a few maroon, burnt orange, or brown pillows and blankets to your living room.

Ways to create a backyard getaway

Kristina

Summer is in full swing! The time has come for you to spend your time outdoors and relax. If you’re like us and hate spending your summer surrounded by dirt and plain grass in your garden, a patio area is an excellent solution for you. Planned and arranged outdoor space that isn’t just about aesthetics. It’s about creating that unique atmosphere that provides irreplaceable moments of comfort and pure joy. These are some of the latest trends and ideas on how to make your outdoor design space a backyard getaway

Prioritize shade in your patio design

A big part of creating a remarkable outdoor space is knowing the climate and weather. Either way, one of the biggest mistakes we see made is failing to prioritize shade in your patio design.

During the warm spring and summer months, shade is a necessity. If you and your guests have nowhere to go when the weather heats up, it can render your patio completely unusable.

Make sure to add adequate umbrellas, rooftops, or outdoor curtains. Utilize angles and plan to block the sun at specific times. You won’t regret it.

Using fine crafts to add some flare to your outdoor space

The easiest thing someone can do is to buy some mass-produced decoration and put it on display. Although practical, this will surely make your patio look effortless and ordinary.

Solution? Handcrafted items can do wonders for your outdoor space. The possibilities are endless, and you can experiment with a variety of items. Use them as focal points or just as accents to emphasize your personality.

Use the greenery

One of the quickest ways to add life in your patio is by using hedges, plants, flowers, and grass to add color and attractiveness to your outdoor space and have fun with it.

A fire pit for you and your friends to enjoy

The demand for fire pits has risen quite high in recent years. During spring and summer, these can double as work surfaces to aid you in food preparation or even serve as coffee tables. When colder months set in, the firepit will provide you with warmth and light, creating a cozy atmosphere. After all, there is nothing more romantic than sitting by the fire and watching the stars with your loved one.

Outdoor dining spaces for a luxurious experience

This has become a highly sought after practice in the last few years. Any outdoor design space that is worth visiting has an outdoor kitchen installed. Convert your patio into a captivating outdoor kitchen where you can hang out with loved ones surrounded by nature, making the most out of the glorious weather.

Don’t be afraid to experiment! Try new timber flooring or add some concrete seats in the garden. Get some cobblestone, and create a beautiful garden path. You can even repurpose some used objects as containers. With so many options available, it would be a shame not to play with it until you create that perfect space that perfectly reflects you.

 

 

We are offering eDESIGN

Kristina
Do you hear the term eDesign and wonder what that even means? Well, it’s Online Interior Design. This is a new service we are offering to our new clients. It’s a perfect solution for residential, boutique office & commercial clients who, regardless of their location, are looking for a more cost-effective service.
Now you’re probably wondering how an Interior Designer can renovate your space without physically seeing your area in person? Well, Virtual Interior Design allows you to work one-on-one with an interior designer remotely to decorate your home or office professionally. It is the magic combination of professional design guidance, affordable prices, plus an easy and quick process that is attractive to people everywhere.

Who is eDesign right for?

The beauty of this process is that you get to decide your level of comfort and the scope of your abilities to determine which tasks you can do yourself and which you might need some help with. So, if you love interior design and DIY projects, this is a service for you. It’s a true collaboration between designer and client.

How eDesign works?

We are doing all of the communication by phone, email, or video calls, allowing you to have more flexibility in your schedule. Moodboards, floorplans, renderings, shopping lists, and other project documents are digitally delivered to your inbox. Since this service is DIY-friendly, it requires you (or someone else) to assemble furniture, move things in place, and hang artwork and your window treatments.

Benefits of eDesign

COST is the most dazzling benefit. Traditional full-service Interior Designers have a minimum budget requirement, which is not the case here. With eDesign, you set the budget because eDesign projects require less time investment, but that doesn’t mean you’re getting a lesser quality design. It merely means that you’re not paying for all of the busywork.

LOCATION is another one. E-Designers can work with clients who live anywhere! High-speed internet is the only condition. The best benefit of this feature is that you are getting a designer who isn’t just dedicated to the regional decor. How fantastic is that?
Our role is to develop a game plan, and your role is to execute it! Contact us to schedule your consultation.

 

Why is the Open-Style Hot Right Now?

Kristina

 

Open style rooms have been in the fashion industry for quite some time now. We’ve seen designers use this style in kitchens and living room spaces throughout many beautiful homes. But recently, this open style has started showing up in bathrooms and has burst onto the interior designs scene. So why is the open-style bathroom so popular?

The most significant benefit of getting out of the open-style bathroom is the fact that it allows more natural light into the room due to the large windows. It gives it an accessible feel to it and helps keep you feeling positive and bright. The open-style allows for more depth perception. Therefore it makes us find it more appealing. This new style is modern and contemporary with a relaxing feel to it.

One of the main goals when creating and designing a beautiful, functional bathroom space is to create a relaxing almost spa-like feel. This idea is important. Not only do we want the bathroom to be a functional space, but also a relaxing area. In today’s world, we have other priorities such as families, careers, and many more. An open bathroom concept can help you to relax and unwind after a long stressful day.

Disadvantages of the Open-Style

The open-style space is naturally less private. Due to the style, there are less enclosed designated spaces to define each area. which is what makes these bathrooms much different than the others. But when it comes to designing the bathroom to fit your lifestyle the task may be overwhelming. The bathroom also might not be a space you want open, and if you are sharing it with someone else.

If you want to enjoy the latest and greatest styles by interior designers, the open concept could be just what you are looking for.

So the question remains, are you “open” to try it out?

 

Getting back to our normal routine after COVID-19

Kristina

 

 

As a nation starting to open up and life slowly is getting back to its rhythm, this can be an exciting time and, at the same time, challenging.

While we slowly begin to go back to our daily routine, change is still overwhelming. Routines are disrupted, and new planning for a future can finally start to take shape. Although it’s hard to prioritize something like taking a bath when you have so many other items on your to-do list, self-care is an important aspect of this transition.

You’re always addressing the needs for the future, but how about yourself? By taking the time to tune in to what you need or are feeling, you can better choose how to care for yourself and help keep your head cool while planning the next phase of your life.

 

 

If you believe you can do something, whatever it is, give yourself the chance to achieve it!

Invest in yourself. Maybe this is a good time to start planning about how to improve the areas of your home that have been frustrating for you and spaces that don’t make sense with your current lifestyle.

Fortunately, these home improvements can be addressed by professionals so you can truly focus on yourself. Here are some tips on self-care.

 

Develop Your Self-Care Plan

 

  • Create a routine. Most people do better with a structure that involves getting up, getting dressed, and doing something every day that feels productive. Find activities that bring you joy or develop a skill.

 

  • Getting some of the daily, weekly, and monthly work of your life into an automated system can help simplify life and relieve stress in two ways: You don’t have to take time to do the work, and you don’t have to clutter your mind by remembering to do the work. Making little changes like setting up automatic timers to water your plants or turn off your lights, setting up automated banking, or getting your groceries delivered can be an easy way to simplify life.

 

  • With such busy work and personal schedules, it can be hard to make time to do what truly lights you up and makes you happy. It’s time to schedule yourself in just like you would someone who’s important to you! Make a habit of treating yourself to some guilty pleasures.

 

From Ariana Designs were wishing you and your loved ones enjoyable moments in the days to come.

Truly yours,

Ariana Designs Team

 

 

Adjusting to a New Norm: Home as a New Office

Kristina

 

The current pandemic is challenging all spheres of life. It’s changing the way we work, shop, work out, and spend time with our families. There are drastic changes in businesses all over the world, and the fear and uncertainty continue to rise, as we try to adapt to our new realities.

During these days of social distancing, shelter-in-place, and travel bans, office workers are swapping blazers for pajamas, uncomfortable desk chairs for their own couch, and there will undoubtedly be those who will not want to return to the office. Therefore, it will definitely be given more attention to the arrangement of the workplace at home.

The space to work at home no longer will be a desk with a parody on an office chair somewhere in the corner of the living room or under the stairs. Now it will be a dedicated space to work with comfortable furniture. So, let’s see how to accomplish that.

 

How to Design Inspiring Home Workspace?

If you decide to work from home, you should pick a spot that you don’t need to use for anything else, and ideally, it should be a separate room.

In the first place, choose different materials, find some interesting pieces of furniture. Office space should have a free and dynamic spirit to improve your inspiration. Take advantage of natural light by opening curtains and blinds. Small plants or flowers, as well as wall art, can significantly change the mood of the space. Pay special attention to the organization of your desk. Add colorful accessories and supplies.

Create a simple but significant workspace that inspires you to be the best version of yourself.

Have You Found Your Working Corner?

It’s not always possible to have a separate room for your home office. Scan your home for any underutilized corner and use some creativity and a draft design and make it your working corner.

You just need to keep things simple and eliminate as much as you can so that you are only working with just the basic furniture and tools to stay productive. No matter how small your little working corner is, find your space to work will help you with the creativity and production flow.

Lack of Space

Do you live in a small space, like an apartment or condo? Make the most of what you have by adding multi-purpose furniture and decorating minimally. In the first place, identify a space. Create a multi-purpose home office by using a space-saving desk. Maximize your vertical space. Get organized.

No Windows

Have a room with no windows? Don’t you fear! Here are some ways to decorate the space so you can be your most productive. Find the right lighting and paint the walls a neutral color. Add a houseplant or two, and definitely use mirrors. Install curtains.

Balcony Office

The small balcony offers great opportunities for creating space-saving, unique, and bright small home offices. Take advantage of your lovely balcony view by turning it into a productive space.

Take the minimal approach and style it with only the essentials. Add an office chair, some light fixtures, few artworks, and voila—you’ve got yourself a beautiful office space with a view.

Color is Important

Color influences productivity, creativity, and mood at work. But first, keep this in mind: it’s not just the color that makes an impact; the intensity of each is also important. So, regardless of the hue, you opt for in your office design, remember that high intensity will stimulate, while low intensity will soothe.

How to Design a Man Cave

Ariana Designs

Ever wondered how to design a man cave? That’s no surprise! We continue to have clients ask for help in designing a man cave so we are writing this blog post to give you guys some ideas for what you need to include.

The best part of this design project is the amount of creativity and personalization that it requires. You can make the room something that tells a story about you, or matches your own needs and interests. However, designing the perfect man cave needs to include a few specific items.

Here are three things that a man cave must-have.

Choose Your Screens

It doesn’t matter whether you want one 4K flatscreen or five of them, an HD TV is a must in any stylish and functional mancave. Most of these rooms are centered around sports, so if you plan on watching TV you are going to want a good option.

Some of the best designs we’ve seen feature multiple screens for the viewer. We’ve also seen some pretty incredible home-theater setups that just have one massive monitor. Either way, the screen is extremely important to your mancave and it’s a great place to start.

Don’t Forget Seating!

Your man cave should be a place that you can invite all of your friends and hang out while you watch the big game. If you don’t have enough seating, the number that you can invite is going to be limited.

Comfort is also an important factor to weigh, so be sure to include some couches and recliners for a more comfortable option. Bar stools and gaming chairs are also popular seating arrangements you can go with.

You can always move chairs in if you need to, but providing enough comfortable seating can make your guests ready to come back next time. This tip is often overlooked, but it can turn a good man cave into a great one, simply by adding functionality.

Wall Decorations

Decorations help you design a great man cave. The first thing you are going to want to do is to figure out what teams you want to represent on the walls of your room.

Next, you are going to want to acquire some vintage pieces of sports art for the decorations. You can get cards, jerseys, helmets, newspaper articles, or even bobbleheads that show off your favorite team. Amazon and eBay are both great places to shop for this type of item.

You can mount your decorations on the wall and put the finishing touch on an elaborately stylish man cave.

Finishing Your Cave

Those are the three most important items that you will need to include if you are going to build an awesome man cave. There are many other things you can add to build up the atmosphere. If you have other ideas that you think are great make sure to leave us a comment below, and share your thoughts. We would love to hear from you!

7 Common Design Mistakes in Interiors

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There are many common design mistakes that totally ruin a project that has taken so much time planning and creating. They can reduce the value of your project, and also destroy the popularity of the place. The problem with design problems is that you might not know the mistakes that you are making.

Since so many of these errors tend to slip under the radar, we’ve compiled a list of seven different mistakes that you will want to watch out for, and a little information that will help you avoid these blunders in your future projects.

All The Way Up There?

How high you hang art is extremely important to the overall aesthetic of your design. The recommendation we make is taken from popular designers Jay Sacher and Suzanne LuGasa. Since the sightline for the average human is about 57 inches from the floor, it makes the perfect place to put your art in a space.

Hand-Me-Down Furniture

Seriously, who thought it was a good idea to pass down the family couch. It’s time you took full control of your design and purchased some furniture that corresponds with your interior. Having Auntie’s old recliner in the corner doesn’t look good. It looks tacky.

Buying Something You Like

Absolutely not. Never purchase something for your home that you aren’t in love with. At home, you will see your design constantly, and it will forever remind you that you just “like it.” But if you buy something you love, you will never tire of seeing it in your space.

Measure Twice Cut Once

I’m not sure where that phrase originated but it’s very very true. So often people make mistakes because they aren’t focused enough to slow down and end up rushing the important planning steps. Slow down and just breathe!

What Size Rug do We Need?

Rugs need to be placed in a very specific way to look good. They need to match or contrast the design of the room and most importantly, they need to be big enough! A rug that’s too small is noticeable. It’s not carpet either, so it shouldn’t cover the whole floor. Stop mistreating rugs people!

Where Are The Lights?

One light source does not get the job done. Ever. You are going to need a few different options so that you can adequately light the space in a multitude of different ways. This fix isn’t too hard, you can add lamps or install new light fixtures.

What About Green?

For some reason, people hate using plants as scenery and color accessories in their design projects. It’s one of the biggest common design mistakes we see in the business. But listen, a good plant or greenery item can make a drab place feel alive and stylish. Plants are great, stop overlooking them.

 

That’s all we have for this post, but we hope to bring light to these seven different mistakes that designers make. Maybe it will even help you with your next design project. If you ask your interior design team, they can provide you with even more info on other mistakes you might have missed. Happy designing! Contact us at Ariana Designs for even more help with your interior!

Designing a Personal Gym: Expert Tips

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Designing a personal gym might seem like a tough project. But it’s not as bad as driving to a gym and paying for a membership every month. Let’s just design a fitness center that you can use in the comfort of your own home?

Whether it’s going to be a remodeling project or a design in a new home that you are building from scratch, a private gym is a great way to personalize your home and let it speak about who you are as a person.

Now that we know why a personal gym is a good idea, we just need to design it! Here are a few tips for designing a personal gym.

What’s On The Floor?

The flooring in a fitness space is extremely important. It needs to be durable so that it can withstand the wear and tear of equipment and all the sweat and perspiration that comes when you’re really killing your workout that day.

It also needs to have some support and cushion in-case you fall or are doing floor exercises. Situps and pushups are not fun on concrete.

While you might think that the flooring is relatively unimportant when you are designing, it is a significant aspect of your style. Make sure to give it the proper time in your planning.

How Much Space?

One of the toughest things about designing a personal gym is the space it requires. If you are struggling with the floor planning in a gym area it might be a good idea to talk to your contractor and interior design team.

Powerful airflow might come in handy and lighting is also important to have in a workout room. These are all different things to consider when you are putting in a fitness center.

Plan for more space than you think you will need. Workouts involve moving around constantly, and you’re going to want to have adequate space to accommodate various different exercises.

Personalize the Equipment too

Remember, this is your space, not anybody else’s. You can put whatever you want into the room as far as equipment goes.

Obviously, you can go with a standard set of weights and a treadmill. If you want to get even more specific, hop online and purchase specific workout machines that you prefer. You can have these sent to your home and either install them yourself or hire someone to do it for you.

Finishing the Space

You can truly make it showcase who you are in this design. It is your personal gym design, so feel free to do more research and make changes where you want to. Grab things from other gyms that you like and add them all together to build a space that fits you perfectly.

With this design, just like your workout, the sky really is the limit!

Design in Small Spaces: 3 Creative Tips

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We are all creators in our lives. Whether that be what we do or say, we as humans create reputations and perceptions that shape our lives. In design, we use our creative inspirations to design elegant spaces that all come together in a common theme. One of the best ways to make your design stand out is by focusing on the small areas.

These tiny crevices such as small nooks, shelves, or even the space below the stairs are all viable options that we often neglect. If we take an extra second and thoughtfully plan these spaces, we can add an element of completeness to our already stellar design.

Here are a few ideas for those small tight spaces.

Who Looks Under The Stairs?

“No one” is what you might be thinking, but that might not be the case, especially in a home with an open stairway that wastes a little bit of space. Notable designers have put shelving units and small tables under various stairs.

I’ve even heard of a space that was designed with a mini-bar style table under the stairway. It was accessible, stylish, and added to the functionality of the hallway. Just a little thing like this will significantly improve your design in a small space.

Mirrors on the Wall

One of the biggest problems you might be running into in your design is how to fill space on a wall. It might not even be ample space, but you can’t seem to find the right combination of items to fit into the area.

Mirrors fit into many tiny spaces and add a sleek look to your design. A mirror is an excellent tool because it goes with almost any colorway, and can instantly add light to the room. A mirror can make a place feel deeper and add elegance at the same time.

If you’re having trouble filling a small space, be sure to try out a mirror. You might be surprised how much of a difference a mirror can make.

Light it Up

Small spaces often lack creativity because they lack sufficient lighting. A closet or small shelving space doesn’t have enough light to grab the attention of a viewer, so you need to add a bit of sparkle to spice up the design.

There are all sorts of lights that we could recommend, and it depends on your design and what you decide to use. It could be something as simple as a candle or opening the drapes a specific way. It’s a small space, so it doesn’t have to be a significant change. A little addition or subtraction of light will help your tiny area stand out in your design.

Conclusion: Design in Small Spaces

Adding some shelves or lighting can be one of the best ways to add to your small space. Great designs are great because they maximize every single square inch of area in their design. Remember that more isn’t always better, you want to make sure your little room matches your overall design. Just be careful, next time you have friends over, you’re going to have to explain why the under the stairs looks so great.
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