2014 Home Decorating Ideas

Ready for a refresh in your home this year? From painting to new fabric ideas and adding new pieces of decor, have fun decorating your home. I have you covered with the 2014 home decorating ideas that you can easily incorporate and get that fresh new look you have been looking for. There are lots of unique elements this season and when it comes to 2014 home decorating, start thinking outside the box. Here is some inspiration to get you started.

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Teal & Turquoise
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Copper & Metals
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Honey Wood Tones
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Art and Water Colors
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Planter Ideas

Can it possibly be that we do not have snow in the forecast for a whole entire week, followed by temperatures that is actually above freezing??!! Dare I say it out loud? Spring is here! I hope I did not just jinx us. Everyone I talk to is ready to spend some time outdoors and is more than ready to get back to some outdoor living. Now I know the inclination is tackle it all at once and create a wonderful outdoor oasis both for your enjoyment and to entertain in. My advice is start small and make a list of outdoor areas to tackle. Begin with curb appeal and your front porch and move your way around back. An excellent place to start is with some new spring planters and fresh flowers. Here are some planter ideas to get you started.

Keep it simple and make a statement outdoors. Layer pots planted with single plants in various hues and textures.
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Ferns, hydrangea and sweet potato vines. Gorgeous and welcoming.
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planters 2Small trees and fruit trees are always a great choice.
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planter ideas 3A monogrammed planter that can double as a centerpiece when you need it.
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planter ideas 4Baskets look beautiful, especially in a New England home.
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Converted Garage Ideas

Adding more living space is always a good idea. If done wisely {hire me :)} you are bound to get a nice return on your investment. In today’s market buyers expect more and more living space is something every buyer looks for. A great solution is converting a garage into extra space for guests, entertaining and for more office space. Just imagine being able to host that annual family party, have a quiet retreat and a space for guests to enjoy while they stay with you. The possibilities for a converted garage are endless and there are lots of options depending on your budget. From one to two floors, bathrooms, or no bathrooms, kitchenettes, small patios, there are lots of decisions to be made but the end result is well worth it. Here are some converted garage ideas and as you will see, you will quickly be wanting to add one of these havens to your existing home plans.

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Coffee Table Styling

Coffee tables have always been a source of discussion for design. Today more than ever there is so much you can do with coffee table styling. From fresh flowers, your favorite coffee table books, to beautiful home accent pieces, the options are endless. Especially these days when it seems mother nature and winter are competing in the winter Olympics because we have yet another storm coming tomorrow. So when stuck at home and growing tired of looking at the cold snow, do a little re-arranging at home and styling your coffee table is a perfect place to begin. Bring in fresh flowers to remind you that winter will come to end and add some color to cheer up a space and get you through the last weeks of winter. Here is some inspiration.

Add some pretty books, flowers and candles to create the perfect ambiance.
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A shallow tray can hold books, candles, flowers and decorative objects all while keeping everything contained on the coffee table.
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You can always have fresh flowers and it really does make a room feel bright and inviting.
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coffee table styling 3This list is a great guide to all the items for styling a coffee table.
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coffee table styling 4Use two small side tables and add all your favorite items, then move around when company comes.
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Cape Style Home Remodel by DGR Interior Designs

My clients wanted to open up the 1st floor of a small Cape style home and create an open flow while bringing in as much light as possible.

One of my clients likes bright, cheery colors (favorite color is orange!!) the other client likes neutral tones. The Casamance drapery fabric from France was our inspiration point. It is a mesh of both neutral and bright tones and the leaf pattern if typical of mid century modern design which is a style they both loved.

Moving the dark kitchen from the back of the house to the front allowed the kitchen to be larger and we were then able to add a slider in the new dining room which brought in lots of natural light. Removing the partial wall to the living room gave it a wall of windows effect.

The “hallway to nowhere” was wasted space so we opened it up and then added a much needed 1st floor closet.  The bathroom tub was replaced with a steam shower with tiles covering  all the walls and ceiling.

The living was long with an empty corner near the slider, making the seating a challenge. The custom half round sectional was made to utilize the corner space and still have views of the fireplace and TV. We added a built in bookcase on the small wall across from the fireplace to house the TV and display some of the clients collectibles. This balanced the weight of the fireplace wall and the effect made the room feel much larger.

I am very excited to have this cape style home remodel being featured in the New Haven Living magazine. Here are the before and after images.

Here is the Kitchen before
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 The full view of the kitchen is bright and cheery with the white and orange color scheme

Cape Style Home Remodel by DGR Interior Designs 1The large opening to the dining room brings light from the slider through to the kitchenCape Style Home Remodel by DGR Interior Designs 2We opened up the entrance wall to the foyerCape Style Home Remodel by DGR Interior Designs 3The cafe curtains in a Boussac fabric from Italy gives privacy & allows light, the valance over sink creates a canopy effect,  the light fixture is an Iconic “Eames” era hourglass profile fixture, the Saarinen table with tulip chairs is typical of the 50′s Mid Century Modern styleCape Style Home Remodel by DGR Interior Designs 4The new dining room is open to the new kitchen and hallway creating an open flow.
The crystal and capiz shell chandelier reflects in the antiqued edged mirror.Cape Style Home Remodel by DGR Interior Designs 5Eliminating the walls to the living room and adding a slider to bring in more light and created a wall of windows.
The contemporary yet classic custom Kravet mahogany table and Upholstered chairs sit on a round Surya rug.Cape Style Home Remodel by DGR Interior Designs 6

Here is the hallway and bathroom before
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 A perfect spot to display the client’s favorite piece of artwork.
We eliminated the window at the end of the hallway and added a large closet.Cape Style Home Remodel by DGR Interior Designs 7We added a small sleek pedestal sink and a towel warmer that sits on the large rectangle shaped
textured tiled walls hung vertically for a contemporary look.Cape Style Home Remodel by DGR Interior Designs 8We removed the tub and added a steam shower with a teak bench.
The back wall is done in a neutral gray and tan toned mosaic tile and continues onto the ceiling (glass doors still need to be installed)

Cape Style Home Remodel by DGR Interior Designs 9The Mahogany console wall shelf between the living and dining room lends itself as a drink server.Cape Style Home Remodel by DGR Interior Designs 10

Here is the living room before
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The Living Room After

Small wall of built ins created a grand effect in the Living roomCape Style Home Remodel by DGR Interior Designs 11 There is plenty of seating with the Custom Kravet chairs. The chartreuse was a great accent color with the grays and orange tones.Cape Style Home Remodel by DGR Interior Designs 12Full view of the living room. You can see how the built in bookcase balances the fireplace across the room.Cape Style Home Remodel by DGR Interior Designs 13The grand armless sectional by Vanguard  anchored the room and the placement was perfect for the large
empty corner being comfortable to view the TV or Fireplace.Cape Style Home Remodel by DGR Interior Designs 14The brick fireplace was covered with stone for a sleek contemporary look.
The Fabrica rug was custom dyed to match with the drapery fabric.Cape Style Home Remodel by DGR Interior Designs 15This view shows the open effect and the flow of all the roomsCape Style Home Remodel by DGR Interior Designs 16 Design is all in the detailsCape Style Home Remodel by DGR Interior Designs 17