How to Create the Perfect Reading Nook

We are happy to welcome our first guest post of the year: Warren Twisleton, designer of contemporary beanbag furniture at Lujo. Sit back and relax as we learn how to create the perfect reading nook in your own home.

Here, we share ideas for creating a Reading Corner at your place. With just a few ‘ingredients’ and a little inspiration, you can quickly turn an unused or uninviting corner of your home into a cozy quiet-time haven. A little nook, just for you and your book!

Bean Bag Chair Reading Corner

There are no rules for a Reading Corner – just create something you love!
The only real must-have is somewhere comfortable to sit. For sink-into-it comfort, you can’t go past a beanbag chair. And there’s also something about sitting low on the floor that’s instantly relaxing – helping you to disconnect from the normal world for a few moments.

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Cocoon yourself in a blanket or throw, to make your ‘me time’ cozy and warm. Choosing a blanket or throw with a beautiful pattern or texture means it will also gorgeous slung over your chair whilst not in use.

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Choose a corner of your home that gets a lot of natural light. Of course, if it can bathe in sunshine like this lovely spot, all the better!

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If you like to read blogs and surf the net, a footstool or ottoman to help prop your feet up can be helpful.

Kids Reading Nook

The littlest members of your family also deserve a special spot for story time. A comfy beanbag chair or a giant cushion will have them drifting off to nap-land before you can say ‘The End’. Keep favorite books in easy reach, and make the nook  cozy with cushions, a blanket and a favorite cuddly toy.

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As these two images both show, positioning something on the wall above a chair helps to define your Reading Corner as a special space within the room. Art prints, a wall light, or even a shelf will anchor the space. And to add a pop of personality and color in an easy and affordable way, choose a couple of cushions.

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This Reading Corner is just divine. The addition of a plant softens the space.
We can just imagine this nook of an evening, bathed in a soft glow from that floor lamp. The ottoman lets you put your weary feet up, but is sturdy enough to be used as a table.

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This Guest Post was created by Warren Twisleton, designer of contemporary beanbag furniture at Lujo.

New Year, New Home: Thinking Outside the Box

With 2014 fast approaching, we begin to wonder what we have accomplished this year, and even more importantly what great goals we have for the next year.  This year has been a fruitful one for interior design, and with so much inspiration readily at our disposal things are starting to look a little cookie cutter. A new year is a great time to embrace a great change and why not start with our homes. Check out these 6 ways to think outside the box in 2014, and create one awe inspiring home that is far from ordinary.

Floors, we all have them, but we rarely do anything to them. This wood pattern really makes this room really stand out.

You want an old world charm in your living room? Don’t worry this isn’t actual plaster, its just a very awesome, simple to adhere, wallpaper.

If you don’t already 2014 is the year to embrace color, be bold and mix pinks with yellows and oranges.

Sometimes in order to think outside the box we need to create a box. In this case bare wall can turn  into a  beautiful closet space, no furniture needed.

That old dresser you have laying around, use it! There are so many easy DIY videos to guide you through sanding and staining your old furniture, the time is now.

One last outside the box idea that is absolutely simple is painting your door, whether its a fun color like this pink door, or even a black one with white details.

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From Russia With Love: Korneev Design Workshop

This stylish one bedroom apartment in Moscow was designed by renowned Russian Interior Designers Korneev Design Group. Keeping in mind that the client had a smaller budget and a small space, Korneev Design sought to create a fun colorful environment, as well as keeping some of the organic elements already in place. Join us as we take a small tour.

If you have one large space, divide the space into smaller areas using console tables and varying  lighting.

This faux fireplace is a great option for apartments that don’t have one, just add candles!

Fun and quirky lighting is a fantastic way of showcasing the client’s personality.

Ingenious extra storage closets are made to look like stunning double doors.

The beautiful blue walls look great paired with soft whites and stained wood side tables.

A lovely pop of red is never a bad idea!

Reclaimed wood and a Victorian style mirror make this small bathroom one of a kind.

Want to see more? Click here to see Korneev Workshop Studios portfolio.

Spring 2014 Pantone Color Report

Pantone recently released their 2014 Fashion color report, alongside the Pantone Color of 2014 Radiant Orchid. It still might not be time to say bye to all your black yet, but there is a burst of brights coming this Spring.  According to Leatrice Eisemann, spokeswoman for Pantone, this spring is all about color equilibrium. The equilibrium happens due to the perfect mix of  big bright colors with softer pastels and let’s not forget some necessary neutrals.

Radiant Orchid Pantone Color of the Year 2014

RADIANT ORCHID: Pantone’s Color of the Year 2014

Celosia Orange Pantone

CELOSIA ORANGE:  There is no bolder statement than a bright orange!

Freesia Pantone

FREESIA: If  going all out withyellow isn’t your cup of tea, use yellow accents with gray and white walls and furniture.

Dazzling Blue Pantone

DAZZLING BLUE: Adding varying hues of blue to create a stunning space.

Cayenne Pantone

CAYENNE: Spicy and bold, this color is perfect for vibrant rooms. It also looks great juxtaposed with white.

Hemlock Pantone

HEMLOCK: A fun way of adding a pastel color statement.

Which color is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

Work at Home Offices

Who hasn’t fantasized about working from home at some point in their careers? For those who do work from home, run a business from home, or occasionally do work from home, a gorgeous home office is a must.  Here are some of our current favorites, they should give you some terrific interior design ideas for your own home office.

A large L-shaped desk provides work space for two or room to spread out in this home office. Organized shelves and storage keep everything in its place.

Use furniture you already own to create your dream home office. That dining table you have stored could become your desk and that Victorian chair lying in a random corner somewhere could become your desk chair. The possibilities are endless.

Want a “real” pinterest board? Use clipboards and arrange them like a gallery wall, that way you will be able to add and take off inspiration easily.

A wonderful thing about working from a home office is being about to create a unique space, surrounding yourself with objects you love.  A mix of furnishings, a collection of art, unique lighting all work to create a personalized home office.

 Not facing a cubicle wall is a great perk of working from a home office.  If you have a great view or even a large window, face your desk towards it and use the decorating ideas from this office to inspire you.

A home office is never complete without a touch of nature, if you are a big fan of flowers they are a great way of adding a stroke of color. If you aren’t keen on remembering to water your plants you can also opt for terrariums or succulents that require less care.

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Transitional Elegance by Rinfret LTD

Cindy Rinfret established Rinfret LTD when she moved to Greenwich Connecticut, where she also has a retail shop. Cindy is widely known for her classic Greenwich style and extreme attention to detail. Her designs have been featured in such magazines as Traditional Home, and the New York times. Cindy’s describes her style as: “Your home should be like your favorite outfit – comfortable, yet luxurious, like the perfect cashmere sweater with your most comfortable and understated, yet elegant, jeans.” The following home shows off that effortless, classic, and comfortable style that Cindy and Rinfret LTD is known for. Enjoy!

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A warm blend of browns and blues creates a traditionally elegant living room.

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The perfect dining area is decorated with  fresh flowers, an extraordinary pendant light. and floor to ceiling windows.

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Crisp white cabinets and windows look great juxtaposed with a stunning tile back splash and wooden infused kitchen island.

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The muted color palette of this sitting area creates a soothing and relaxing experience, while the silhouettes and prints are an ode to a more traditional time.

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This ample master bathroom contains many feminine details including intricate mirrored drawers, and an elegant vanity.

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Stools are extremely versatile and can be used as extra seating, or side tables to rest your morning coffee in.

Like what you see? Check out more of Rinfret LTD on Design Shuffle!

A Thanksgiving Setting

Family gatherings can be a wonderful time filled with love and laughter. In order to keep underlying stress out of the equation we are sharing some spectacular decor, tips, and tricks. The key to enjoying this season is giving thanks, just as the banner below would suggest. We hope these help make your thanksgiving dinner one to remember!

Have a large console table that isn’t being used? Turn it into your very own serving area, with cake stands, and decorative accents like the acorns above. Tip:  Print out your menu, or a quote with a nice typeface and  put it into a pretty frame.

Tip: Candles are the easiest and possibly most affordable way to create a festive mood.

Tip: For a nice decorative touch use mini pumpkins as place card holders. Simply use decorative tape and wrap it around the stem until the two sides of the tape have joined, then write your guests names.

Fall leaves are pretty spectacular, so if you are lucky enough to have them nearby why not use them as centerpieces, or place holders, the opportunities are endless.

If you want to take the party outside, choose warm rich colors to contrast the greenery. Stick to natural materials like bamboo or jute.

Want to be the hostess with the mostess? Offer them this Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate, and you’ll be the talk of the family for years to come.

If you want something completely unique this thanksgiving check out this step by step tutorial of an ice cream cone bouquet like the one shown above!

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Vibrant Los Feliz Hillside Home by C.K. Nyman Interiors

Los Feliz, California is a booming Los Angeles area extremely attractive to young couples. C.K. Nyman Interiors, or CKNID for short,  has been designing for this area for quite some time now and has perfected the art of creating youthful and vibrant homes time and time again. Based in Los Angeles, CKNID helps in every step of the way, even at times designing and manufacturing case goods and sough after upholstery.

This home is owned by a young modern family that wanted their home to speak to them and their needs. CKNID did a great job at creating an inviting environment that still showcases their clients fun personalities. Come take a look!

Fun vibrant artwork is artfully paired with rick dark woods and stunning tall table lamps to add some height.

An eclectic array of prints and materials including chevron, a mirrored table, and velvet furniture, works seamlessly together.

Lucite Chairs or “ghost chairs” create a weightless dining experience, and look great paired with white!

The transition to the dining room is effortless, keeping  the same decor story throughout with velvet, rich woods, and eclectic artwork.

Custom designed upholstery, window treatments & case goods throughout were designed and manufactured by CKNID.

A bar cart is essential for a young contemporary couple. Decorate with a fun table lamp and a fun hat and voila.

Marble countertops, fun art, and the essential kitchen island are a few details that make this kitchen pretty exceptional.

Wider view of the kitchen reveals a very useful breakfast bar and a strategically placed TV to keep you entertained.

Like what you see, check out CKNID’s portfolio here.

How to Style your Bar Cart

As avid Interior Design pinners, we couldn’t help but notice the abundance of bar carts on the web. Not only are they adorable pieces of furniture to fit into smaller spaces, they also house all of those amazing bottles of wine you just had stashed in the back of your cupboard, or what about those beautiful cups no one ever gets to see.  Whether it’s for a party, or a permanent fixture of your home, here are five easy ways of styling your bar cart.

1. A bar cart doesn’t need to include only beverages, style it with one of your favorite bowls and add lemons, or use that trinket box you just can’t seem to find a use for.

2. Bar carts with wheels are a must, they are great for positioning  just about anywhere during  a party. Feel free to add a flower vase, vintage style decanters , and festive straws.

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3. Bar Carts are also a great option for outdoor events. You can even create and print a small menu for a more personalized touch.

With plenty of storage baskets and a set of wheels, this bar cart is a perfect option for any outdoor event.

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4. A bar cart can be a great addition to that awkward corner you just don’t know what to do with. Add a statement piece of art and voila you have your own little stocked bar.

This three tiered bar cart is perfect for a small party, or a stationary storage option for some of your favorite barware.

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5. Finally, don’t be afraid to over accessorize your bar cart

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Mid Century Modern Brentwood Home by Jamie Bush & Co.

Los Angeles based Jamie Bush & Co. is very well known for his intuitive understanding of both architecture and interior design.  Jamie Bush & Co. has been able to create and execute an overall vision for a home that goes beyond it’s interiors.  Coming from a family of artists in New York City, Jamie was already inclined to pursue a career in the arts and began to study architecture and design in both New Orleans and Italy. His designs have been featured everywhere form Architectural Digest, Interior Design, to  Casa Vogue and Dwell. Join us as we take a small tour of this exquisite Mid Century Modern home.

Jamie Bush & Co. Mid century Modern Living Room

“The focus was on having variations of the theme of a bright pop of color in each room grounded by a more natural palette of materials.” – Jamie Bush

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The vibrant colors in place are even more evident juxtaposed by the rich wood details and abundance of natural light.

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Innovative shapes abound in this home making floor lamps and even chairs a visual interest.

Jamie Bush & Co. Mid century Modern Kitchen

With a clear view of the pool, this kitchen is the perfect spot for a quick breakfast and coffee.

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“They have three young children and wanted something playful but also adult enough to grow into as they mature.”  – Jamie Bush

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“The owners of this home had a taste for mid century pieces some with pops of colors and some more on the natural side.”  – Jamie Bush

Jamie Bush & Co. Mid century Modern Bathroom

From owls to yellow poufs the accessories in this bathroom make a fun statement.

Jamie Bush & Co. Mid century Modern ArchitectureA wonderful patio area is adorned by a great outdoor rug and beautiful outdoor furniture.

Like what you see? Check out Jamie Bush & Co’s portfolio here.