The Minimalist Look | How to Accomplish It

For many, clutter is stressful.  It's stuff to dust, re-arrange, store, display, move, get rid of, etc.  It's just more work.  Because of that. the minimalist movement has really made headway and people are looking to simplify and downsize.  The time of have lots of stuff is no more.  But how do you accomplish the minimalist look?  It seems simple because it's streamlined but it's actually a little more involved than clearing off your shelves.

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Aside from de-cluttering, the color palette you use in your home affects a minimalist look.  Going with muted, subtle colors is one of the first major steps to accomplishing a minimalist look.  White is a go-to color choice but it's not the only one that works with the minimalist style.  Beige, grey, even creamy tones will all blend with this style.  While pops of color are coming back and becoming more and more popular after years of white on white on white, those pops aren't something you'll want to incorporate in a minimalist home.

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When selecting wall decor and art, always go with less pieces in a larger size.  Clutter on counters and shelves is the same thing as clutter on the walls which is what a lot of small pieces can look like (unless it's put into a well-designed gallery wall).

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Window treatments are nice and we definitely think that are a big part of making a room look finished, however, these can also get heavy looking.  If your windows have shutters or are trimmed out nicely, you may be able to get away without putting drapes up which is the most minimalist look.  If you definitely need window treatments, just keep them simple and streamlined so as not to add any cluttering to the space.

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Finally, focus on your architectural details.  If you can highlight molding and trim or any beams or fireplaces in your home, make this the focal point instead of artwork and furniture and it will help steer your home in the minimalist direction.  Overall, the minimalist look and style will help declutter your life and head which will help eliminate stress!

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How To | Dining Table Chandelier Selecting

We love lighting.  Like LOVE lighting.  It's a huge part of how we design.  Lighting and art are big things to us and really, they're both types of art....so I guess, technically, art is a big thing to us. :)  No, but seriously.  We see decorative light fixtures as art.  It's a sculptural decorative element that just happens to be functional to.  But, because of this, we know that selecting the right light for the space isn't always easy.  Lights can absolutely make or break a space.  So today we're going to break down the dining room and how to make the right lighting selection for that room.  Because, even though the dining room is not used the most frequently, it is often one of the rooms closest to the front of the house and is meant to be a showpiece space, so the light for that area matters!  Here are some things to consider when picking your dining light...

One of the first things we take into consideration when we're picking the dining room chandelier is the shape of the table.  It is SO important for the shape of the table and the shape of the light to coordinate.  They don't always have to have the same orientation, but they shouldn't fight each other.  Usually, if your dining table is rectangular, it's best to have some sort of elongated light to follow the length of the table.  This could be a linear light or some sort of oval/elongated fixture that is spread out.  For round tables, go with a rounded or tiered fixture or even a multi-level cluster of pendants. And for oval, you have the option of either, or really. Be sure to select a shape that compliments your table.

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If you're set on a smaller fixture or using a round light over a rectangular table, consider hanging two instead of one.  This will help balance the space out visually and offer enough lighting for guests at both ends of the table.

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Consider the visual weight balance of the light versus the table.  If you have a glass table, don't pick something overly heavy that looks to bulky of the airy-looking glass.  And if you have something wooden and early that has more substance, try to mix it up a little by incorporating a different finish to break-up the wood.

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Make sure the light fixture has enough bulbs to give off the amount of light you need.  There are lots of great larger or oversized pendants that would be the good size (diameter-wise) for a dining table, but they only have one light bulb in them.  Unless you have lots of can lights over your dining table too, at least 4-6 bulbs is probably necessary for guests to have enough lighting at a meal.

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For ambiance sake, always put your dining light on a dimmer.  You want to be able to set the tone of a meal with your light fixture.  Sometimes this requires as much lighting as possible, while other times, you don't need quite so much.  A dimmer lets you control the lighting in your dining room which ultimately makes the space more versatile.

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Ultimately, be sure the light you pick is something you love and flows with the rest of your home.  It should be a representation of your style while also creating a balance and flow in the space.

TMID | Recent Happenings

It's been busy for us lately.  Lots of installs and of course, the typical hustle and bustle of the holidays.  We haven't been in the office much but we've been accomplishing a lot.  That's for certain!

A couple of weeks ago we had a huge 20 bedroom, 2 house install in Kissimmee for Park Square Homes.  These two vacation homes took hours and hours of time to complete but we are pretty proud of the way they turned out.  Since they were vacation homes, we kept with the sunny Florida theme and did a water theme and a citrus theme.  Both were a little modern with some coastal touches but still in-keeping with TMID style of neutral base with pops of color.  There are lots of pictures that still need to be taken but here is a snippet of the finished product!

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After lots of long hours and late nights, we needed something to rejuvenate our creative juices so we took a team-building day and got messy at Board & Brush.  It's a wood and paint studio where you pick from one of their designs and re-create a customized wood sign.  They provide all of the tools and materials (even wine and beer!) and you just have to let your creative juices flow!  They'll help where you need help or let you take over  where you want to.  If you haven't been there, we highly recommend it!  It's great for a small or large group and you leave with a great showpiece you can display proudly in your home.  Here are some photos of our time and the finished product!

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We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  We've all sure got a lot to be thankful for!

Thanksgiving | Simplify Your Day

I am hosting Thanksgiving this year and the irony of it is that, while we're so busy at work trying to get everyone's home decorated before the holiday, my home is 100% not ready....and I'm an interior designer!  I moved over the summer and we've done a good amount of settling-in but there is still so much undecorated and unfinished.  But you know, that's just how it has to be for me this Thanksgiving.  I'm too busy decorating everyone else's home to do my own!  Oh well.  While a beautifully decorated home is wonderful, I understand that the holidays are about family and time-spent together not necessarily about a perfectly decorated home.

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All that to say, I've been trying to figure out the best way to prepare for the day little-by-little instead of stressing myself to the max the week of and waiting until the last minute to do everything.  I feel like I may not be in this boat along because this article showed up in my inbox this week...as if maybe others are trying to avoid stressing themselves out too! Ha!  So, today, with Thanksgiving quickly approaching, I thought I'd share some of the useful tips that were so graciously bestowed upon me this week in the hopes that it might help you have a happier, less stressful Thanksgiving day yourself!

Of course, at the top of the list for Kitchen/Food Prep is pre-make as many dishes as possible.  But one other thing that I thought was wise was advice to clear off your kitchen counters of unnecessary items before the big day.  This, while seemingly obvious, was a great reminder for me!  So often, we want our homes to look perfect that we leave out all of the decorations but really, when guests arrive and food is put out, the pretty stuff gets shoved to the side.  So why not save yourself the stress and pre-move all of the items that might get shoved in the corner last minute.  That way the food (which, let's be honest, is the most important part) has a designated home as soon as it arrives!

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Tip #2. Make room for the food in the fridge!  On thanksgiving day, it always happens the same way.  Guests all arrive at the same time and everyone asks you where they should put their food.  If you haven't cleared out your fridge, you're scrambling to move and shift items while the chaos grows.  So plan ahead.  Throw out the small tupperware containers of leftovers that probably won't get eaten anyway, bring in a cooler or some other container for drinks, and leave lots of shelf space for the food.

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As a secondary side-note to tip #2, clean out the dishwasher too!  That way, once the meal is over, there's a quick place to stash all the dirty dishes without feeling like your kitchen is overflowing with mess.

Tip #3.  Hire someone to clean your house. For the past events I've hosted, I've always cleaned my own home.  I kindof like to wait until the last minute so it can be as clean as possible when guests see it.  However, that's just not a realistic expectation this year.  My husband (genius that he is), actually suggested hiring a service to clean our house this year before Thanksgiving.  He knows how busy I am with your homes and knew cleaning would be hard to do along with all of the other prep so he told me to get someone else to clean my house (maybe he wrote this article and made it look like it came from another publication....lol!)...so that's what I'm doing.  One more item marked off my list, one more step towards enjoying Thanksgiving day!

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Tip #4.  Appetizers.  We all know Thanksgiving dinner is a feast.  There's too much food and you can only eat a spoonful of each item (even though Aunt Ellen spent 2 hours preparing her dish), but it's sort of part of the enjoyment of the day.  Appetizers do not have to be complicated.  Appetizers need to be just enough to hold guests off until the main event.  Maybe take it one step up from chips and salsa, but not too far.  If you do, everyone will be full of the delicious appetizers before Thanksgiving dinner is even served.  So keep appetizers simple.  Have enough for guests to munch on but by all means, don't stress yourself out with a complicated dish.

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Tip #5.  Don't cook the entire meal.  I learned a long time ago that the meal is more enjoyable for everyone if you're not cooking it all.  While you might want to look like superwoman by making all the food, the truth is, you'll end up stressed and frazzled on a day that's supposed to be enjoyable.  If guests offer to help with a dish, let them!  They don't want to spend the day around a host that's stressed and they can put all of their energy into making their 1 or 2 dishes super yummy!

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Enjoy this day.  Thanksgiving comes only once a year, the food is delicious and it's a day off work!  Make it a day to remember and don't sweat the small stuff.  Life is too short (and there's too much good food to eat!)

From one Thanksgiving hostess to another. :)

Jenna

Recent Install | Lake Sylvan Oaks Model

This week, we're tooting our own horn a little bit.  We've been busy, busy, busy designing this year and it seems that a lot of our installations are happening all at once...at the end of the year.  But we do have something to show for all of our hard work so far.

This summer, we installed a beautiful model for WJ Homes.  It is a semi-custom home in the Lake Sylvan Oaks development of Sanford.  Close to 3000 square feet of marble, glass stair rail, custom trim molding detail, and lots and lots of natural light.  We went very modern on this design--mostly white with pops of blues in the main living areas, hints of pale pinks white touches of chrome and gold accents in the secondary bedrooms, and warm wood and leather elements scattered throughout.  Instead of the traditional white kitchen, we actually did charcoal cabinets with a white countertop, keeping it clean and modern.  We scattered in some geometric tile and some great wallpaper and kept the walls white with art as the focal point.  It was a long time coming but turned out beautifully!  Check out all of the photos taken by the fabulous Stephen Allen and the full post on our Houzz page here.

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