We are so pleased to have won the Distinguished Style Awards for both Interior Vacant Home Staging and Interior Occupied Home Staging from the Decorating & Staging Academy. It was such a blast attending the DECO-Zone at Americas Mart. The DECO-Zone is an information packed two-day conference for decorating and staging professionals. Held at AmericasMart in downtown Atlanta, attendees learn from the DSA training team and take part in workshops and networking activities. Workshops were run by leaders in our industry including: Chip Wade from Ellen's Design Challenge, Curb Appeal, Feng Shui with Margaret Innis, Color Backdrop with Sherwin Williams and Laurie Smith from HGTV to name a few. Awards were given to winners in 5 categories: Interior Redesigning/One Day Decorating, Home Staging Occupied, Home Staging Vacant, Color Transformation and Most Creative Idea. We are so pleased to be among the other winners in their respective categories. To learn more about the Decorating & Staging Academy visit their website here: The Decorating & Staging Academy.Post by: Kristine C.
Did you know that colors can effect your mood?
Cool toned colors such as blues and greens make you feel calm and relaxed while warm tones such as red, orange, and yellow will make you feel more energized both physically and emotionally.
Using lighter tones of any color can make a room feel more spacious and airy. Darker tones often make a room feel smaller and can make you claustrophobic.
When decorating a room, think about how you want that room to make you feel.
Do you want your bedroom to feel more relaxed? – Stick to a cool or neutral color palette.
Do you want to feel awake and energized in the morning? – Try using accents of yellow or red.
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Is it just me or does anyone else get completely bored with the furniture and décor they already have? If you are like me - then here are 5 great cost effective ways to revamp your items. Spray Paint- Let it become your new best friend. Spray painting a piece of furniture or even décor items can make a huge difference. It is super fast and easy to do and will leave you with completely transformed pieces.
Change up your Pillows Maybe you want to give a room a new look, but you don’t have the time for a DIY. As simple as changing your pillows on your couch or bed can give you a whole new look. If you really want to save money, make sure the pillows you are buying have changeable covers. That way you can easily switch out pillows for different colors and patterns, without spending a lot of money and saving a lot of storage space. Add a Throw Blanket This is one of my favorite things to do. I have an entire shelf of just throw blankets because they are so versatile. They instantly make a room cozier. Slouch it over the back of your couch or lay flat at the foot of your bed.
Rearrange It’s as simple as that. Rearranging furniture or décor can be one of the easiest tasks to help revamp your space. Change around your seating area, switch up the layout of a room. Play around with the space you are working with, it is surprising the difference furniture arrangement can make. Get Crafty! Change up the art of your walls. Try rearranging it to create a gallery wall. If you are feeling really crafty, make your own art! Create abstract or modern art easily with paint. Post By: Allison Blankenship Photos: Design2Sell
Design2Sell Intern Program has offered Marketing and Interior Design positions over the years to both foreign and domestic candidates. We have been fortunate enough to have students come from as far away as Germany, France and Sweden and have interns from Canada and the United States as well. Design2Sell has recently added a new Staging/Interior Design intern to our team. We are so pleased to welcome Keia Grant to our team. Here is a brief intro to get to know her better..
My name is Keia Grant. I am from Atlanta, Georgia and currently reside South of Atlanta.I first attended Gordon College where I studied Art for 2 years and from there I attended Valdosta State University for 3 and a half years where I proudly received my BFA in Interior Design.I am above and beyond ecstatic to be blessed with the opportunity to work with Design2Sell for the next 6 months and eager to practice the wisdom that I have been given and use it in the best way possible. I am farther more eager to learn and grow during this new job experience by bettering my craft and knowledge. Hands on and shadowing participation is what I strive for as a designer in the real world and it all starts here with Design2Sell!” - Keia Grant
Welcome Keia!!Post by: K. Cupid
Each year Pantone chooses a color of the year, as well as what will be popular during the seasons. Not only are these color trends popular for fashion, but they are also implemented in interior design. The idea behind this spring 2016 color trend is vivid and bright colors that transcend gender norms and were inspired by urban vegetation. Typically Design2Sell's designs consist of a neutral palette with pops of color. We have been loving navy and mustard yellow which happens to be in almost every home décor store right now because they are on trend! In this bedroom (Designed by Lisa Uihlein) we used the mustard yellow in the art as well as the pillows from West Elm as a pop of color in the overall very masculine room. A media room (Designed by Lisa Uihlein) also uses the mustard yellow and navy color as a pop of interest. Post by: Allison Blankenship Photos: Design2Sell
Design2Sell had so much fun assisting Home Aid Atlanta in dressing a home for a family in the Phoenix Pass housing community on Conyers, GA. Home Aid Atlanta, an organization that builds new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach, has partnered with Rainbow Village to help homeless families with children find refuge, recover and learn to rebuild their lives with the love and support of a community-based family surrounding them. Our Property Stylists Lisa Uihlein and Lisa Sisom pulled inventory from our warehouse along with making purchases to fully furnish one of eight Phoenix Pass unit apartments for a family in need. The Phoenix Pass complex will eventually accommodate up to 90 people at any given time, providing housing for up to two years along with case management, a mentorship program, life skills classes and aftercare programs. After participating in the Rainbow Village in stall last year, we were more than ecstatic to partner with Home Aid again this year. The touching stories we heard last year on how the program helps and continues to change families lives is the main reason why we love to donate to this program. It was such an honor taking part this summer and can't wait to help again next year. Here are some highlights from the installation..
Design2Sell headed to High Point, North Carolina for Fall Market again this year to get a crash course in all things furniture, fabrics and design. Thousands of vendors exhibit the latest products and trends and there a ton of seminars and discussions to attend to inspire. It definitely is a must see event! We saw plenty of the predicted trends for this fall being reds, natural and organic materials, bold rich color and details, details, details! We visited many vendors including Bassett Mirror, Moe’s Home Collection and Loloi rugs just to name a few. We also were fortunate enough to meet Donny Osmand where we got an exclusive look at his Donny Osmond Home Collection which will be rolled out by Coaster Fine Furniture. Here’s a look at the highlights from our trip this season…
Design2Sell has been so pleased with all the interns that have worked with the company over the years. Having both foreign and domestic interns has really added to our team and has been a great experience for both parties involved. We recently had two Interior Design interns join our team and stay with us for a months time. Miriam had joined us from Austria and Isabelle is from Georgia and a soon to be SCAD student. They were both very hands on with projects by helping the design team with preparation and installs, creating lovely artworks that could be used in future projects and working alongside our other long-term intern Tisha with keeping the warehouse looking good. We are so grateful for all their help this last month and are sad to see them leave, but we can't wait to see what the future has in store for them. Here are two short goodbye blurbs from them and some example of their marvelous work...
"Hi everybody! My name is Miriam and I have been working with Design2Sell for the past four weeks. This internship has been a great addition to my studies of interior architecture. Although the time passed so quickly, I gained a lot of hands-on experience. For example I had the pleasure of helping with design projects and research tasks, assisting designers at home stagings and creating vignettes and artwork. By accompanying Barbara, I experienced her way of interacting with clients in a dedicated and perceptive way. She also let me gain insight into Design2Sell´s working process. Most of all I enjoyed the conversations with the designers, who were so willingly sharing their knowledge with me. And since my home country is Austria, the internship abroad has confronted me with different perspectives and lifestyles. This will definitely benefit me in the future. I want to thank Barbara for helping me to pursue my passion for design. You taught me to do everything with a smile and a positive approach. Also, I would also like to say special thanks to the Design2Sell team for welcoming, involving and teaching me. I am deeply impressed by how motivated and cheerful you are. It has been a pleasure to get to know you all! I really hope to stay in touch with you" - Miriam
"I had a lot of fun at Design2Sell and had some amazing opportunities. In the three weeks I was here, I got to participate in 5 stagings and even had some more responsibilities at my second to last one. These 5 stagings taught me to look at rooms in a completely different way, and the knowledge I’ve gained will be a huge asset to me as I begin studying interior design. I also loved getting to work on artwork with the other interns and knowing that what I painted may actually be used by the designers on projects. The fact that, even though I was just an intern, the projects I did including stagings, art, and research projects, actually helped out in small and large ways was one of the amazing things about this internship. All the designers were really welcoming and in just a couple of days I felt right at home. I hope to see you all again soon" - Isabelle
Design2Sell’s Mid-century Modern Design continues with Patterns & Textures. This trend really embraces clean lines, geometric shapes, graphics and vivid colors such as the primary colors -red, yellow and blue combined with white or black. Graphics were also including in patterns giving the pattern a unique feel. The textures where usually heavier in weight like burlap or wool knits which had included a textural value to the fabric and also displayed good quality. Today we are seeing a lot of chevron, poke-a-dots and stripe patterns. Below are a few patterns and textures we enjoy that can be used in today’s décor.
What’s your favorite pattern or texture?
Design2Sell has put together a Father’s Day Gift Guide for those who need a little inspiration or are on the last minute gift hunt. From the perfect man crate to great father’s day activity ideas. Take a look at 7 great gift ideas for our favorite dad's…
- Man Crate – you can find the perfect gift for any dad with a Man Crate. They have crates geared for an array of interests and hobbies.
- Father daughter/son quality time : Camping The movies – gift card for two Fishing, Cook out, Swimming , hiking