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    The Many Myths of Decorating

    Thanks to a plethora of decorating shows and reality TV which sometimes oversimplify design tasks rather than present a real life picture due to lack of screen time etc., among the many myths of decorating tossed around these days, the following are a few of Tori’s favorites:

    Myth # 1 – Accessories Come Last When Budgeting for Your Home Decorating Project –

    WRONG:  Tori says – Accessories are essential in that they “finish” a room and spell the difference between blah….bam! Do not wait until the end of the decorating process to start buying accessories.

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    Keep your eyes open from the start. Attend flea markets and estate sales, where there’s a chance you might score a deal. Use your own treasures and collections to personalize your space. Include antiques, if you own any, even if you live in a contemporary space.

    Myth # 2 – Decorators Know How to Make Cheap Look Like a Million Bucks –

    WRONG: it’s all about balance and about observing the rules.  Decorators know how to mix and match cheap with a million bucks (manner of speaking) to dress up a room, but do not be fooled by tall claims.  Discount-store items will never look like designer furniture, neither will they be as well-built or last as long as the real deal. 

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    In decorating as in life, you get what you pay for.

    Myth # 3 – Save a Bundle by Hiring Cheap Labor or DIY With the Help of a Friend or Cousin –

    WRONG: Well, of the many myths of decorating, this one’s only partially right, because maybe you can save a bundle…but it shows…in the outcome. 

    Tori says, never scrimp on labor. Always use a licensed contractor, with good referrals who is able to deliver your project with in a timely manner without the added cost and hassle of having to “re-fix” mistakes. The talent and experience of the people that execute your project are what makes the difference.

    Myth # 4 – Spend Big and You Cant Go Wrong –

    WRONG: Don’t pick the most expensive fabric or furniture item. You can save money on fabric that functions well, is reasonable and durable. However, make sure, the only reason you buy a specific furnishing or furniture is not because it is “reasonable” because then it will look just that….. “reasonable” not chic!

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    When buying furniture I do advise buying the best you can afford, but nowadays, consumers have access to more furniture options at a range of prices, thanks to the Internet. However, buying before you have a color scheme planned out or have created a furniture layout or master room plan – buying “blind” as I call it – is tricky.  Try to find middle ground between low-end furniture (it’s cheap for a reason) and the stuff you see at designer showrooms.

    Myth # 5 – Saving Money Means Sacrificing Quality –

    WRONG: It doesn’t necessarily.  Not unless your idea of saving money means settling for a particleboard desk or cabinet.  Consider looking for a good quality used/re-purposed items at a thrift store, antiques shop or flea market.

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    More often than not, you always get more value in vintage  says Tori. The quality will be better, and you can paint it or refinish it yourself, or send it out for professional restoration.

    Myth # 6 – Splurge on Living Room & Dining Room and Scrimp on Bedroom & Family Room –

    WRONG: Don’t! If you’ve decorated the public spaces of your home, walking from these well designed areas of your home into the rest of the house with its underwhelming decor or cluttered and disorganized private spaces will bring you down. Don’t put off decorating these, unless you are planning to decorate those less public rooms at some point  in the future, sooner rather than later. 

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    The idea is to first, decorate the rooms that you spend more time in – those would be your bedrooms and family rooms, rather than the formal Living Room and Dining Room which you may only use once or twice a year. Nevertheless, the overall objective is to decorate the whole house. Otherwise, as you move about the house, the disparity of the different “class” of rooms will make you feel tired and anxious to “get started”.

    Myth # 7 –  Decorators Use Items That Will Only Work in Your Current Home –

    WRONG:  Sometimes, that is.  This one depends on how long you will be staying in your current home. have your designer work with you on that.  Statistics show Americans change houses more than they do furniture and furnishings.

    If you don’t plan to remain in the home for long, you would do well to find a decorator that will advise you on how best to invest in things like window coverings, wallpaper etc., or offer tricks and tips to purchasing items that will go with you when you move. Among the many myths of decorating is this one I hear from time to time – that designers are not adjustable to that fact. Wrong again!

    A designer that chooses unique yet normal-size furnishings that can work in a variety of settings — not items scaled to that particular home is the one to go with. Among the many myths of decorating it is generally accepted that TV shows will show us what the current trends are so that we may duplicate it to get a cool look for our home. Untrue! It is a mistake to go for what you see on TV without fully assessing what your house needs and what your requirements are. One example of what not to do – no matter what they show on TV – avoid buying oversize sectionals, corner cabinets or towering armoires just because they look good on TV. They might not fit in your next home — or make it through a doorway or elevators.

    Myth # 8 – Hire a Designer/Decorator and Nothing Will Go Wrong –

    WRONG: Even the best plans can go awry. With over a decade of working as a designer I myself have run into projects where there were a fair share of surprises. Of the many myths of decorating, I would like to dispel this one by asserting – the difference is hiring a designer and hiring the right one with training and experience. Above all, be a girl scout and follow the scout motto – be prepared! Also always include a little cushion in your budget whether you are working with or without a professional designer.

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    Image credits – pic of accessories courtesy amara.com | image of designer living room courtesy goodhousekeeping.com | image of blue bedroom courtesy renoguide.au.com | image of modern living room with vintage piano courtesy elledecor.com | pic of white kitchen courtesy sunset.com |

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    A Foyer With Flair

    Should we be invested in creating a foyer with flair, when decorating? The one-word answer to that question is – absolutely! Well, let’s explore why and how to create a foyer marrying visual appeal with high functionality.  

    The foyer has an important place in the hierarchy of rooms in a house – function-wise as well as design-wise. Oftentimes the smallest room however, this gives us a good excuse to use superior materials that are a bit more expensive, without breaking the budget. More importantly, it is a preview of what a guest first sees, and what kind of statement it makes about the kind of house and its owner. 

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    Is the foyer a room? 

    A well designed foyer creates a warm and welcoming first impression for a visitor to your home. What’s more, it is also the first room you enter when you come home after a hard day’s work. It should put a smile on your face. 

    Function with finesse

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    A foyer also performs an important function. However, if the entryway looks like a place to dump keys, backpacks, shoes, and the dog leash – in other words, if it is an eyesore, you have your work cut out. Upon entry, if it’s a reminder of all the things you need to get to before bedtime, it will make you anxious and irritated instead of welcomed. 

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    A home without a proper entryway is like a Christmas tree with no ornaments, and that’s just bad luck. That’s the why. Now for the how – how to dress up that room right behind the front door to your home. Foyers come in all shapes and sizes. Some homes come without a foyer per se. 

    A non-foyer and how to fix it. 

    Some houses have the living room start right at the front door with no foyer. The solution is to create one. First Trace the pattern of traffic in and out of the room, on paper. The rule of thumb is to have 3 ft of clearance around doors. Make sure there is a straight path leading to the front door as well as to the next room. Then plot out a furniture layout to scale to ensure everything you intend to buy will fit, allowing for traffic pathways and enough clearance. 

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    What goes here

    What kind of furniture should you buy for a front hallway? A foyer is not just about aesthetics. An important function of this space is to provide a place to pull on boots or shoes ready to step outside, put on a coat and grab the keys. A hall console table and a cabinet as storage for shoes are two major furniture items in an entryway. 

    Just add drama

    How do you deal with a blah entryway that while not lacking in space does lack in character – the large foyer with no focus? When you have too much space and nothing interesting going on, you create a wow factor. 

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    Look down.

    Start from the bottom and work your way up. If you see builders grade generic orange oak underfoot – it’s time to make a change. Think new flooring – in a material that’s resilient yet chic. If the budget allows – here us where you splurge. Coming home will mean something and make you happy. 

    Go for a handcrafted hardwood parquet floor. Or marble tiles in a herringbone pattern or a slate tiled floor. Then add layers – such as an antique Persian or a bold zebra print rug.

    Mirror the mood

    A foyer needs real furniture and furnishings that echo the style and mood of your home. If you are decorating a mountain cabin, add a soft plush rug and hall table finished in a warm wood tone to add warmth and coziness. If it’s a beach cottage bringing in a textured sisal rug and painted furniture will do the trick. Add a pair of wall sconces instead of table lamps and an oversized artwork instead of the usual wall mirror for added effect. 

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    Look upwards

    If you are lucky enough to have a sweeping circular staircase use it to advantage. Buy a round hall table to mirror the curved staircase. Place a tall vase on the table and fill it with long-stemmed flowers or dried branches thus drawing the eye upwards. Tuck in an armchair in the curve of the stairs. Make up a cozy nook to sit down and take off your high heels after a long day at work as well as a waiting area before heading out the door. 

    Cut a long story short 

    Some homes have a long and narrow hallway running the length of the house. This is a good problem to have. A long foyer can be a great blank canvas for creating a transition to the rest of the house. First divide the foyer into two parts. Make the first part a transition from the outdoor. The second part is a transition to the rest of the house. 

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    Look around

    Pull in what is in the adjoining spaces to create harmony. If the front hallway also has a set of stairs going up, spring for a fancy storage unit such as a tansu chaser against the wall opposite the stairs to draw the eye across the room and stretch the space visually. 

    Look inward 

    Some houses have a small foyer that does not have a window. An obvious solution for a tiny window-less foyer is – wall sconces. Let there be light! 

    A Foyer With Flair - Hallway with sconces

    A small front hall can also benefit from wallpaper. There are many options to choose from for example a geometric print or a mural. a subtle pattern or a bold oversized print. 

    A carefully chosen wallpaper can turn a cramped room into a jewel box of an entryway without spending a lot of time or resources. It can upgrade your style setting the tone for the rest of your house. 

    A Foyer With Flair - Modern Hallway with wallpaper

    Image credits – Entryway with pink carpeted stairs | Functional Foyer | Hallway with Marble floors – pics courtesy Verandah. Hallway with yellow walls | Entryway with black wall and painted furniture – pics courtesy Tori Black Homes. Foyer with Artwork | Long Narrow Hallway | Entryway with wall sconces | Bold Wallpaper Front Hall – pics courtesy House Beautiful.

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    How to Create a Design Budget

    Here is a step-by-step guide on how to create a design budget – whether you’re hiring a designer or DIY.

    What’s in a budget?

    Designing around a budget (regardless of its size and scope), is a fine art. At times we feel the impulse to splurge in what caught our eye in the designer furniture showroom. Then there are times when sticking to a bottom line comes with the cost of being dissatisfied because the finished project doesn’t quite look like the inspiration photos.

    In between these two extremes is a happy medium. It involves a bit of both of the two above scenarios. In reality, it is possible to shop with your heart and your brain. A designer may help because there isn’t an emotional attachment to your home or to the individual items they purchase on your behalf. They will also build in some flexibility spending-wise just in case you come across that “must-have” piece.

    While figuring out how to create a design budget start by asking yourself how are you going to use the purchased item. Is it a functional piece? Or is it an antique or an artwork? If it’s one of the latter two, is it something that fits style-wise as well as color and size into your master plan? Or is it that you just love the piece for itself and don’t quite know whether it might fit in the house? If it’s the latter, think again.

    FYI artwork is tricky. Anything that’s under $200,000 is not technically an “investment ” in the art world. However, there are art investment funds that you can get into with a minimum of $2000. Aside from that, just because you like the piece may not be a sound enough reason to bring it home. Not if you’re unsure whether it will work with the style, colors, and mood of your home. Art is subjective. Nevertheless, it’s worth getting the input of a trained interior designer about which pieces might work or otherwise.

    To splurge or not to splurge?

    When it comes to allocating your design dollars where should you let loose and where should you tighten? A rule of thumb is – movable vs permanent items. For example, it is a good idea to splurge on a really gorgeous flooring in your foyer. It’s a small space so you can keep the cost of materials and labor down. Create a customized pattern with dark wood and inlaid marble tile. Or lay light wood flooring in a Herringbone or Chevron pattern. Since it’s a small area you won’t break the bank when it comes to installation and it will make for a luxe entrance thus adding value to the home.

    Kitchens and bathrooms are also spaces you might want to put in the extras. Start with the flooring and work your way up to cabinets, countertops and backsplash. Use the same flooring materials that are in your foyer – for your kitchen and bathroom – it helps maintain continuity throughout the home and makes the space look well finished and opulent.

    Whether a trendsetter or a follower be?

    When decorating – with the help of a designer or without – the question is whether to follow what is trending or set a new trend of your own by following your gut. You could be just re-decorating with furniture and accessories. Or you could be planning a remodel by stripping down to the studs. The thing to remember is that trends are useful only as a guide. Also, all trends are not created equal.

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    Your designer should be helpful in advising which trends are worth the ROI (return on investment) and which ones are not. A good designer may – and should – open your eyes to fresh ideas, new styles, unusual patterns, interesting textures, colors, and materials that different and unique however at the end of the day, all of those must be distilled into creating a home that reflects a style that is you. Your travels, your personality, and your culture – your peeps – just in a new way that layers all of the above harmoniously.

    How to create an Interior design budget

    Now that you understand some of the basics of how to create a design budget you can get the help of a designer to help you to pull your style together, but be sure to hire someone you understands and believes that your space should reflect you – through a celebration of things, people, and moments that are valuable and meaningful – but a more put together, efficient, distinctive you!

    How to create an interior design budget

    Image credits – Artwork photo credit Neiman Marcus – Monopoly artwork image credit Etsy – White and Gold Modern Kitchen with Obsidian Phillip Jeffries Wallpaper – pic courtesy Verandah – Trends – Multi-functional space photo courtesy Lonny – Image of designer-created home courtesy Harper’s Bazaar

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    5 Best Indoor Fruit Trees

    Here is a list of 5 best indoor fruit trees and a step-by-step guide on how to grow them. For most people an indoor garden is about creating an edible container of herbs or micro greens in a corner of a room or on a window sill. However, for more adventurous souls, with some planning and helpful steps, it is possible to grow a larger fruit tree in your home and enjoy the double benefits of partaking of the sweet fruit as well as adding a beautiful lush green decor to your rooms.

    Indoor Lemon Tree

    Wealthy European estates as far back as the 17th century had orangeries, greenhouses used for overwintering citrus trees and other delicate plants. But you don’t need a fancy solarium or any special equipment to produce a respectable crop of citrus – just a sunny window and a little patience.

    Lemon trees planted outside, can reach over 20 ft in height. However, as Happy Home DIY rightly points out – a lemon tree may be grown to maturity in a container indoors. Just make sure, the lemon tree should be a dwarf variety.

    How To Buy A Dwarf Lemon Tree

    Purchasing a plant from a nursery is the easiest way to get a new lemon tree rather than growing them from seed since lemon plants growing from cuttings or seed can take many years to mature and bear fruit. Most plant nurseries sell dwarf varieties that are two or three years old.

    How To Select The Right Pot For A Lemon tree

    Fill a small pot with a fresh potting mix. Selecting the right pot is key. Good drainage is key. The pot should be clean and have plenty of drainage holes in the bottom. Adding a layer of crocks or small pebbles to the bottom of the pot helps to further improve drainage. It is a good idea to re-pot your plant soon after purchase. Nursery plants can be allowed to sit in nutrient poor soil or pots that are too small.

    Most young, nursery purchased plants start off in a pot about 12 inches in diameter. As the plant grows regularly repot, gradually increasing the size of the pot each time. Eventually the final pot will be twice the size, in both depth and width, of the original pot.

    How To Water the Lemon Tree

    Water well and apply a plant feed such as a plant starter. A fertilizer rich in vitamin B1 helps to reduce transplant shock while also introducing nutrients to the soil.

    How To Choose A Location for the Lemon Tree

    A large south facing window is the ideal spot for an indoor lemon tree. Alternatively place it in a sunroom. The plant should receive about 8 hours of sunlight every day. If you are unable to provide enough natural light, grow lights are a great source of artificial light.

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    Indoor Hops

    A list of the 5 best indoor fruit trees might not normally include growing hops indoors, since this is a large plant, and most often only grown in large, sprawling outdoor orchards. Nevertheless it is possible to grow this plant indoors if one is ready to follow specific instructions.

    With the popularity of home brewing and craft beers on the rise, an increasing number of home gardeners are interested in growing their own hops at home. Growing hops indoors should be considered more of an experiment and indoor gardening adventure than anything else.

    How To Select A Location And Container For Hops

    Hops plants take up a lot of room once it starts growing, so you need to select a location next to a window where it will get a lot of sunlight. The container should be at least 20 inches in diameter and have good drainage. Next, fill the container with planting mix. Then, insert stakes that are six- to eight-feet tall because hops is a climbing plant.

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    Hops grow over 20-feet tall — and can grow a foot per day at their peak. So your hops plants will outgrow your garden stakes. So once that happens, you can either train them to grow upwards and along the window frame. Alternatively, you could let them dangle back down to the floor once they have reached the top of the stake.

    Hops Rhizomes

    Technically it is possible to grow a hops plant from seed, but since there are both male and female hops plants – and since only the females produce flowers, growing from seed means you will only have a 50 percent chance that the plant will produce that critical ingredient for home-brewing. A better plan is to purchase female rhizomes from a nursery.

    How To Water and Feed Hops

    Hops tend to be hungry and thirsty, so be prepared to water and fertilize them regularly. Do not to overwater when the plants are young, as this can cause root rot. Also, if you are growing hops indoors, the limited size of the container means that they will eat up the nutrients faster. So in order to counter this, use a slow-release granular fertilizer. Water daily or whenever the soil becomes dry.

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    How To Use Hops

    The most popular use for hops cones is for the bitter flavor that it gives to beer. But this plant has a number of other uses that you might want to explore. Hops shoots may be eaten as a vegetable. The cones also may be brewed into a tea – a popular home remedy for insomnia.

    Harvesting Hops

    To know if your hops flowers are ready for harvesting, do the pinch test. The hops should have a somewhat papery feel to them and should be starting to turn slightly brown. You may use your hops right away or store them in the fridge or freezer. If you notice that your plant has additional unwanted shoots, you can cut these back and even eat them. Hops shoots are a delicacy in Europe. They can be enjoyed raw or sautéed with butter.

    Indoor Fig Trees

    There are many varieties, and most figs are simple to grow and care for. The most common indoor fig is the Negro Largo. It bears fruit, and is a decorative plant to enhance your home. What’s more, it adds a little exotic or tropical touch during the long months of winter

    How To Choose The Container For The Fig Tree

    Choose a planter with holes for drainage in the bottom. A variety of pots or containers can be used for the indoor fig. Wood, ceramic and clay pots may be used. The soil needs to be a light type, and not too rich.

    How To Select The Soil For The Fig

    A mix of compost, builder’s sand and vermiculite is good for drainage of your potted fig. Mulch can be added on top to help keep it moist. Add two inches of soil. Remove the fig tree from its small pot and place it in the new pot and fill with potting mix.

    How to Select The Location Of The Fig Plant

    Figs like sunlight and warmth, so the plant needs to be put in a warm, sunny place. It is not recommended to place the tree in direct sunlight,

    How to Grow The Indoor Fig Tree

    Water the fig plant until water comes out the draining holes. However, the fig plant should not be allowed to sit in extra water. You will need to water the fig tree at least once a week. Fertilize once a month in the spring and summer, and once every two months in the fall and winter.

    Indoor Oranges

    Some orange species can grow into a fairly large indoor orange tree, such as a dwarf species. According to Bob Villa the citrus species most suitable for indoor growing include the calamondin orange, which is the most common species grown indoors.

    How to Select The Pot For The Indoor Orange Tree

    The size and the growing conditions influence how large your indoor orange tree will grow. Dwarf varieties of oranges, will typically grow between 6 and 12 feet tall at maturity when outdoors, but they will be smaller in containers indoors. Be sure your container has drainage holes and it’s on a platform so the drainage holes are not blocked.

    The Soil for The Indoor Orange Tree

    Use well-draining soil such as a sandy loam. Position your tree beside a window with 8 to 12 hours of sunlight and good airflow. Water the tree regularly or as needed, but allow the soil to drain and dry between watering. Citrus trees hate standing water and become prone to diseases when soil remains soggy. Feed your tree with citrus-specific fertilizer that offers a balanced nutrient content and has a high amount of nitrogen.

    Harvesting Oranges

    Oranges are a favorite fruit throughout the world. You can eat oranges fresh or make a juice-drink from them. You can toss orange slices in a salad, or bake them in a cake. An orange tree Looks beautiful indoors and adds a citrusy aroma to your home.

    How To Grow A Dwarf Mulberry Tree Indoors

    Mulberries do not require much in the way of special care when growing them in pots. These are forgiving plants. Full sun exposure makes your mulberry happiest.

    How to Choose The Right Soil For A Mulberry Tree

    Mulberries are tolerant of a variety of soils but when potting them, it’s best to use a good quality potting medium amended with some nutrient rich compost. Allow the surface of the soil to dry between waterings and then saturate the soil.

    How To Feed The Mulberry Tree

    Feed the tree at regular intervals during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer, liquid seaweed or water with compost tea. Berries are formed on new growth. Mulberries have little to no issue with foliage or root diseases.

    Hope you find this list of the 5 best indoor fruit trees, informative and easy to follow. Happy gardening….!!

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    Image of fig tree credit – https://www.fast-growing-trees.com/products/little-miss-figgy?variant=13940847935540 – Image of Citrus plot in purple planter – https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/patiocitrus/containers.html – Potted hops plant image credit – https://www.etsy.com/listing/842108211/65-potted-hop-plant?gpla=1&gao=1&&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=shopping_us_c-home_and_living-home_decor-wreaths_and_door_hangers-other utm_custom1=k_EAIaIQobChMIwuXKg67P7wIV9AytBh2BuwIoEAQYASABEgI9cfD_BwE_k&utm_content=go_1843970815_73688732110_346398230815_pla-305572612766_c__842108211_112023325&utm_custom2=1843970815&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIwuXKg67P7wIV9AytBh2BuwIoEAQYASABEgI9cfD_BwE – Hops Plant in black planter – https://www.shopterrain.com/products/fresh-cascade-hops-plant?sku=59145177&cm_mmc=Google--SC%20Shopping%20Campaign--Home-Gifts-GiftsbyCategory-_-59145177&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIwuXKg67P7wIV9AytBh2BuwIoEAkYBCABEgL7MfD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds – Citrus plant in concrete pot – https://www.bhg.com/gardening/vegetable/fruit/grow-tropical-fruits-in-containers/ – Sunroom with orange tree image credit – https://thescoutguide.com/indoor-citrus-trees/ – Living Room with indoor fig plant in concrete planter – https://curatedinterior.com/indoor-house-trees/ – Orange Plant in tangerine ceramic planter – https://www.pinterest.com/pin/502995852124799199/ – Mulberry plant in pot – https://balconygardenweb.com/growing-mulberry-in-containers-how-to-grow-mulberry-tree-in-a-pot/

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    A Global Eclectic Home in 5 Easy Steps

    Join us as we break down how to create a well-traveled global eclectic home in 5 steps without having to leave the house. 

    One interior design trend which has been gaining in popularity in recent months and years is Eclectic or Global style. This is the home of a jet-setting world traveler. It is created with curated furnishings and accessories from around the world based on travels. It creates warm vibes via memories brought on by a personality-packed yet carefully chosen plethora of artifacts from places the homeowner has visited. This is a good feeling at a time when travel is restricted. 

    Eclectic Global Home Design

    However, you do not need to break the bank and buy an around the world ticket to achieve this style in your home. Don’t hop on a flight to Paris or Bali just yet. Even if you are not quite the globe trotter or don’t pursue a jet-set lifestyle you can still create an eclectic space with plenty of personality. 

    Eclectic Global Home Design

    Region – 

    First, pick a place on the globe that you are curious about then add a couple more places to your list. Don’t stick to one specific country.

    However, don’t create individual theme rooms based on specific regions for each space within your house. Be consistent in keeping each room eclectic. 

    Eclectic Global Home Design

    The most lively exciting rooms boast of assortment of pieces from multiple places that have an almost similar feel. Certain items from India, Morocco, the Middle East and Northern Africa as well as Mexico have similar colors and textures that can mix nicely together for a layered look. 

    Objects – 

    Choose items that look like souvenirs from travels around the world but stay away from cliches. For instance try to avoid prints of the Eiffel Tower above your sofa or wooden plaques with the word Paris carved on them, propped up on hall tables. Spend some time sourcing unique objects from specific regions of the world. Items that will bring a smile to your lips every time you enter the room and prompt lively discussions among dinner guests and visitors. 

    Global Chic

    Collections – 

    Next, loosely group items together that are visually similar. Keep it small. Don’t showcase your entire collection. One of the key elements to remember when creating an eclectic well-travelled home in 5 easy steps is to  edit carefully. The eclectic style is marked by a gathering of similar objects rather than a structured look. 

    This global inspired style is more cozy and invites friends and family to relax, reminisce and put their feet up. Nevertheless it takes some clever planning and editing so as to avoid having a busy room full of vacation tchotchkes. 

    Global Chic

    Mix it up. That’s pretty much the definition of eclectic. For instance a Viennese crystal pitcher looks good next to Japanese stoneware Sake set and an Irish pewter jug. A colorful miniature Piñata horse from Mexico and a stone crafted llama from Peru looks right at home next to a Dhokra metal folk bull sculpture from India. Arrange Chinese dragon masks on a wall with African ceremonial masks just like we did at the home of Ruth, a Tori Black Homes client. Gather items of different sizes small and large. Keep it to groups of two, three or five. Stagger pieces of varying heights in a collection. 

    Global Eclectic

    Textures and patterns –

    Combine fabrics with different and patterns. A plush Moroccan rug on the floor, next to an African straw basket filled with pillows in a French Provençal pattern or Balinese Ikat printed cushions, with a shiny Chinoiserie bamboo mirror on the wall above and Indian cotton or burlap curtains on the windows. All of these make for a well designed eclectic room. 

    Global Eclectic design

    Materials – 

    Mix materials such as wood, tile rugs etc., when designing a kitchen or bathroom. Combine different materials from different parts of the world which are nevertheless available to order from your local home improvement store. Do some research for local sources in your community but think global. Spanish slate or terra cotta tiled kitchen floors work well with black and white Moroccan tiles on the backsplash for a Tuscan inspired kitchen. Moreover, adding texture such as cement flooring in the bathroom looks stylish alongside patterned smooth glazed Encaustic tiles in bathrooms. Needless to say it adds interest and functionality as well as high style in an otherwise utilitarian space while creating movement,. 

    Eclectic Interior Design

    A patterned floor with a carefully chosen pattern will therefore draw the eye outward, making the space appear spacious. Moreover, the choice of pattern will add a design element while allowing it to flow seamlessly with the rest of the home as it may have wood floors or carpeting. 

    While creating a global eclectic home in 5 steps keep in mind it can be a minimalist monochromatic earth toned interior or on the other hand it can be a maximalist color-infused space with subtle drama, depending on your style and preference. Just remember to reflect your personality and to have fun. Happy decorating…! 

    Affordable Eclectic Interior Design

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    Region- pic of Eclectic global Room with an assortment of items image courtesy https://www.quercusliving.co.uk/knowledge/how-to-create-global-style-in-your-home – Pic of living room with Moorish design living room with global influence courtesy https://bellevivir.com/2019/07/global-chic-eclectic-style-sophisticated.html

    objects – Pic of sitting area with closet courtesy Elle decor – https://www.elledecor.com/design-decorate/interior-designers/g3368/worldy-eclectic-style/ – Image of living room with baskets courtesy Willow & Hall UK https://www.willowandhall.co.uk/blog/english-country-style-2/

    Collections- pic of tabletop collection image courtesy https://www.quercusliving.co.uk/knowledge/how-to-create-global-style-in-your-home – Pic of bedroom with curated art on wall courtesy https://bellevivir.com/2019/07/global-chic-eclectic-style-sophisticated.html

    Textures and patterns – pic of white living room with blue and black fabric throws courtesy Quercus Living UK https://www.quercusliving.co.uk/knowledge/how-to-create-global-style-in-your-home – Pic of Global Chic sitting room with rust walls courtesy Architectural Digest – https://bellevivir.com/2019/07/global-chic-eclectic-style-sophisticated.html

    Materials- pic of kitchen with slate floor pic courtesy Pinterest – https://pin.it/1gzHY6k – Pic of Bedroom with graphic patterned floors courtesy – http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ab8_Aq7ko5w/T2HLxizuzFI/AAAAAAAAOhQ/pTAi6NJQsqA/s1600/Screen+shot+2011-03-24+at+8.37.58+AM.png

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    What To Know Before Hiring An Interior Designer

    Here are 4 tips on what to know before hiring an Interior Designer or how to avoid costly mistakes when working as your own Designer. Tips to make the process super easy and get the best out of your design experience. 

    4 Things to know before you hire an Interior Designer

    As more and more people work remotely and spend large amounts of time inside their homes, certain things begin to take on more importance. Things such as the layout of their interior spaces, creating a balance and harmony through the proper and optimum use of color, patterns, textures, and lighting is becoming more important in everyday lives. To that end, the functionality of design elements is just as essential as aesthetics.

    Interior Architecture Vs Interior Design

     Interior design focuses on the hard and soft furnishings for the home – Fittings, Fixtures, and Equipment. Elements such as wall colors, flooring, tiles, cabinets, window treatments, furniture accessories are added by the homeowner and are easy to change – some more than others. 

    What To Know Before Hiring An Interior Designer

    Interior architecture, on the other hand, usually pertains to structural aspects of the home. It defines what each space is for and how the different spaces work together. Interior architecture may or may not be permanent. For an existing home, this tends to involve remodels or structural alterations, such as walls, door and window openings, electrical, and plumbing infrastructure, etc., etc. 

    Architecture and Interior Design are two disciplines that are complementary to each other. The best design projects result from the successful collaboration of Designer and Architect – each super-specialized in their own field.

    What To Know Before Hiring An Interior Designer

    TIP #1 – Floor Plans

    One of the key things to know before hiring an Interior Designer is that a set of Floor Plans are essential. Architectural plans and prints are what builders use as a roadmap on how to build. However, they are not always built 100% exact. Architectural prints are a conceptual drawing of a space. Most of the time, the dimensions on the print differ from physical job site measurements. 

    The prints are a great guide, but If they are the drawings that the GC (General Contractor) built off and not the revised plans of what was actually built there may be discrepancies from the plans vs what was built on site. There is no way of knowing if there are any discrepancies until the designer takes actual measurements of the room.

    As-built drawings, on the other hand, are actual measurements of the space. When designing a space, Designers prefer to be provided with as-builts, or take their own measurements. Otherwise it becomes difficult to design an accurate furniture layout or guarantee a fit with respect to the furniture and traffic pathways in a room. 

    What To Know Before Hiring An Interior Designer

    TIP #2 – When it comes to color 

    Wall color is the easiest and quickest fix when refreshing or redesigning a room. However, the thing to keep in mind is that wall paint usually ends up a shade or two darker on the wall than what you see on the paint chip when looking at the fan deck in your home improvement store. 

    What To Know Before Hiring An Interior Designer

    A good designer will choose the color you love – then go down the paint deck to the next shade lighter. That is your correct wall color. Wall colors have the ability to make us feel calm and relaxed OR anxious ad stressed out. Choosing a color that is easier to live with is a wiser decision than opting for a trendy “it” shade. 

    TIP #3 – When it comes to Lighting

    Lighting can make or break a room’s design. Walking in the room at different times of the day and noting where the light comes in will help you or your designer decide where the sofa – the largest design element in a living room – or the bed – the largest element in a bedroom – is placed.  

    For nighttime lighting – each room must have ambient, mood, and task lighting – scattered throughout the room. Rooms with inadequate lighting tend to be low on functionality. Poorly lit rooms are not suitable gathering places for family and friends. 

    TIP #4 – The trick to shopping for furniture

    Shopping for furniture online is tricky. Similar to shopping in a furniture showroom. Items look very different in a furniture store or designer showroom than they would look after bringing them home. The lighting in a furniture showroom is commercial-grade lighting. 

    What To Know Before Hiring An Interior Designer

    Similarly, photos of furniture and accessories, such as pillows throws and window treatments seen online are usually lit differently than they would be at home. Hence they tend to look different when they are delivered. 

    What to know before hiring an Interior Designer is that designers are great at visualizing an “after” look for your space. If you are working as your own designer, it helps to be able to visualize the particular shopping item in your home alongside your existing furniture and fittings. Does the piece work with the style of what you currently own?

    There are times when it is ok to mix different styles and periods but it is crucial to know the rules first, in order to break them. Next, visualize the level of light in the room. The furniture sales representative is there to help answer questions about the item and offer suggestions. However they do not know your choices or your room as well as you or your designer does, so order only when you are absolutely sure that you have made the right choice. 

    Designer as Guide

    Whether you decide to hire an Interior Designer or decide to go DIY – to transform your home to fit your and your family’s needs and preferences, whether you are a maximalist at heart or a minimalist, keep in mind your home is about you. 

    Let your designer guide you – because he/she is the professional with the training and experience. Having said that, your home is not about your designer’s favorite style. Neither is it about trends that are here today, gone tomorrow.  Insist on the best value for the time and resources that you spend. 

    Last but not least – make 2 crucial decisions before you pick up the phone to make that call to the designer –

    • Know your budget before hiring a Designer.
    • Set a timeline for your project.

    Happy decorating….!!

    Pics Credit – Art Deco Living Room pic courtesy Villa Tika Marrakesh -Orange and white wall color Image courtesy Elle Decor – Mood Lighting image courtesy Tori Black Homes and Home Designing – Modern Dining Room in Traditional home pic image courtesy Ikoab – Designer inspired Kitchen pic courtesy HGTV

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    6 Houseplants To Help You De-stress….!

    When your indoors are ready for a refresh, here are 6 houseplants to help you de-stress. Stuck at home during a pandemic, we all need less stress and anxiety in our lives these days!

    As a Designer, one could suggest a dozen different ways to achieve the same, but if you’re looking for something that doesn’t involve a lot of time and resources – two things that we’re all trying to preserve in these unnatural times – well then, turn to nature….! 

    Indoor plants not only add esthetics to a space, they also make your home feel more cozy and welcoming. Additionally, they’re good for our mental and physical health. According to a NASA study report houseplants can reduce indoor air pollutants such as benzene and formaldehyde. Some plants can remove high concentrations of indoor air pollutants such as cigarette smoke, organic solvents, and possibly radon. Moreover, recent research shows that plants have the ability to boost mood and creativity, as well as reduce stress. However, how to decide which houseplants are worth the care and investment and which to stay away from. Read on….!

    Gone are the times when having an indoor garden while living in a small apartment was not a possibility. We are all have been familiar with a room that was either too dark, or too damp, or an overly dry environment that is not exactly a suitable plant habitat. These days, a wide array of plant species are available that have been known to thrive in the care of apartment dwellers time and time again.

    However, before you rush out the door or off to your computer to start checking off your own list of top 6 houseplants to help you de-stress, sit down in the room where they are going to go and take some mental notes. Notice the way daylight enters the room. Indoor plants that prefer bright light generally need south-facing windows, where the most concentrated light is available. East or west-facing windows are also fine and here is where you put plants that don’t need a lot of direct sunlight. if you don’t have windows or sufficient natural light, nevertheless you can still own houseplants. Just get an LED grow light!

    Many different types of plant lights are available, including floor lights and lights you can clip to an end table or bookshelf. The good news is that plenty of plants tolerate low light conditions. Also, if your pets are nibblers, buy non-toxic plants.  So without further ado, here is my list of the top 6 houseplants to help you de-stress.

    Dragon Trees or Dracaenas

    These are very easy to grow tall indoor plants. If you are a plant newbie or a very busy person, this is the plant for you. These plants enjoy moderate to low light conditions. Do not place in full sun as it will burn the leaves. 

    Dracaenas are drought tolerant, so you don’t have to water them very often. Overwatering is one of the main causes of death for the plant. Depending on how much light this plant receives, you can water it every two to three weeks. 

    Dragon Trees are sensitive to fluoride – which as it turns out, happens to be a form of industrial waste product that humas are sensitive to, as well – so when it comes to your plants, it is always best to water them with distilled water if your tap water has high fluoride levels. This plant is an excellent air purifier helping remove formaldehyde, xylene and trichloroethylene from the air.

    Areca Palms

    These are different from palms such as the Parlor Palm, so try not to confuse the two because the level of care for each is quite different than the other.  Areca Palms thrive in well bright areas but with indirect sunlight. The leaves will turn yellow if exposed to too much direct sun. These plants don’t do well in low light rooms either.

    This is not your plant if you are a casual gardener with nary a green thumb because this one does do not do okay if neglected. It needs to be watered often enough to keep the soil moist in between waterings. Do not let its soil dry through.

    These palms look great as indoor tall plants adding a slightly exotic slightly tropical wow factor to your space at their full height of 6 to 7 feet. However, because of that, these can be expensive to buy but since they grow relatively fast – roughly 6″ to 10″ per year – you can probably purchase a table top plant and let it grow. 

    Birds of Paradise

    Aka Strelitzias are comparably easy to grow and maintain among all the indoor tall plants. They grow fast and is a gorgeous plant to display – with leaves that unfold as they grow.  It is a surprisingly adaptable plant that grows well in low light and direct bright light conditions.

    Bird of Paradise thrive in moist soil conditions but make sure the soil is not too soggy. It is okay to water once a week from spring to fall then let the top dry out just a tad in winter before you water it again. It is better not to soak it in too much water.

    Having said that, since this is a tropical plant, it will enjoy regular misting to increase the level of humidity required for this one to thrive.

    The African Milk Tree

    This is a low maintenance indoor tall plant. The only thing this one needs to survive is bright light. This is your plant if you have full time work or babies – or both!!

    Watering should be limited to once a month indoors but keep in mind this plant will die if watered too much.

    This is an ideal indoor tall plant for people who do not have green thumbs, or has a busy life with very little time to care for plants.

    Philodendron

    These trendy plants are not just favored because of their photogenic look but because they’re pretty easy to maintain. Expect to see a new leaf weekly in the warmer season. Moreover, you can propagate them – split off a leaf with a node and re-pot or gift to a friend to grow in their own home.

    Large-leafed philodendron plants, including the monstera – which is the most photographed one of them all – need water every one to two weeks, allowing for the soil to dry out between waterings. This is your plant if your place doesn’t get direct sunlight. This one just needs a spot that receives bright to medium indirect light.

    Monstera was among the most effective at reducing air pollutants, like benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde, in the Nasa study.

    The Fiddle Leaf Fig

    Last but not the least, of all the 6 houseplants to help you de-stress, this is my personal favorite and at Tori Black Homes we use it often in clients’ homes – either in groups with other plants or singly. They blend in subtly with most modern and/or traditional décor without making your living room look tropical or majestic. These may be sold as small plants or as tall indoor plants. 

    While the smaller size plants are widely available for purchase, the tall trees are a bit harder to find and perhaps because of it’s recent popularity, tend to be more expensive than Palms, Birds of Paradise or other tall plants.

    Fiddle Leaf Figs are easy to grow and care for but it works better if you find the perfect spot for it in your home and get the hang of the watering schedule. These plants need a lot of bright light so put it near a south-facing window and let it catch the morning light. Water it once a week.

    Place your plants in a cluster to highlight a corner of your living room room or place one graceful tall plant in a pot or basket strategically placed near a large window. Decorate with a raffia coffee table or an indoor swing if you are going for the Boho Chic look.  Alternately, furnish the room with a deep cushioned velvet sofa and camel leather armchair with hints of aged brass if you want a glam Hollywood Regency look. Or instead, add one single tall plant to a room with streamlined Scandinavian furniture, linen or burlap curtains and soft fluffy cotton pillows for a minimal Modern European look.

    If you would like to learn about growing edible plants such as salad greens, cherry tomatoes, and microgreens in your indoor kitchen and herb garden, see my tips on How to Create an Indoor Edible Winter Garden.

    6 Houseplants To Help You De-stress....!

    Happy decorating….and healthy eating!  

    Photo credits – Scandinavian sofa and plant image courtesy Toris Design Box – 7 Paths to Serenity in Your Home. Dragon Tree in window image courtesy – Trees.com. Bohemian bedroom with Palm image courtesy – My Domain. Blue dining room with pair of giant Birds of Paradise and African Milk Tree images courtesy – Balcony Garden Web. Living room with black & white striped rug and Fiddle Leaf Fig image courtesy – Decor Aid. Music Room with Eames chair photo credit Tori Black Homes.

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