Saturday, August 29, 2015

Decorating with Leopard Animal Prints

Recently I learned about a design contest that offered the best fashion or home set entry a monetary prize.  Money is always a motivator, so  I decided to create a home set that would showcase Yonni's Wacky Workshop's collection; black and gold leopard animal print home accessories
You would think that this set would be easy for me to do, right?  Wrong I thought about how I would create this living room or modern man cave for ten days. My desire was to appeal to the taste of the artist and hopefully if he liked my contest entry that I would win. (wishful thinking).  Of course his tastes and mine differ greatly.  I decided to give it a go, and create a chic living room or man cave. home set for my contest entry. 


Here is the home set that I created for the contest. 

Before I decorated the space:

1178 Harvard Ave E STE 1, Seattle, WA 98102

After I decorated the space:  

Decisions Decisions…
I decided to stay with the black and gold color theme for the space, but instead of having a feature wall with jungle print  or black or gold damask wallpaper I kept the white walls.  Thought they would provide a nice backdrop and that the home accessories would pop.  

So the plan was to add a gold and black room divider behind the raised cabinet.  Add a feature  leopard print poster above the fireplace.  Then I needed to decide on the style of black furniture for this space. I searched for masculine black leather sofa, modern tables and other accessories.  
When I knew what furniture I would use to create this home set, and how it would be arranged in the space then all I needed to do is decorate it with the gold and black animal print home accessories.
The sofa was accented with a variety of pillows and I added a plain black pillow for contrast. A table lamp and coffee table accents were also added to create this modern man cave. The big cat gave the room a wild, untamed appeal. From there I added silk palm trees to add a jungle appeal.
The work on this set took me less than six hours, in that time I clipped the products needed for this digital design, arrange them in the space as a collage and balanced the home set so that it was eye appealing.
When the contest entry was completed I shared on social media, and the designer of Yonni's Wacky Workshop said; “I could live in this room” For me that is the greatest compliment.
Know that if you are thinking about creating a leopard print space in your home, that it is best to choose your colors, then decide on your focal areas before you decorate the room. Balance of color is the key to every successful room theme.

Here are a few of the home products that I used when creating this set.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Decorating Ideas for Autumn in Florida

This morning I was talking to a friend of mine in Florida and she was saying that she loves the autumn season but because she lives in Florida does not decorate for the season. She seems to think that one must live in the northern states, where the trees turn and leaves fall to the ground in order to decorate.

I asked her if the hobby stores sold autumn decorations in Florida and she said yes, but assumed those decorations were for Thanksgiving only. Seems that Floridians decorate for Thanksgiving but not the autumn season.

Personally I think that the location of your home does not matter and that you can decorate for autumn if you want to. You do not have to go overboard but you can make some changes to your décor that would be the colors of the season and make your space more cozy with a few decorations.

I made a few suggestions; Add autumn theme throw pillows and a lightweight sofa throw blanket. Drape this throw over the backside or arm off your sofa. Change out your drapes to an autumn color; copper, gold or pumpkin, I saw some inexpensive brown and tan panels at that would add warmth and coziness to your seasonal space.

Another décor idea would be to add a wreath or swag of autumn maple leaves and for your dining table buy an autumn theme table cloth and coordinating plates. These autumn decoration ideas are timeless and can be packed at the end of season for storage and used the following year.

View autumn living room and dining room home sets that I designed bellow:

Fall Home Decorations

Fall Home Decorations by sgolis featuring amish furniture

Autumn Leaves Tablecloth

Autumn Leaves Tablecloth by sgolis featuring a silver clock

Here is an outdoor living space that features a cozy autumn seating area in the garden with golf course in the background.  A Florida tropical setting with autumn colors and a variety of decorations.  Click on the photo to view my design at polyvore website.