5 Easy Decorating Tips to Make Your Home Fashionable & Functional!

When assisting clients with decorating and styling their homes, sometimes all I have to do is simple fine-tuning to make a big design impact.  The issues I tweak seemed to be common mistakes or challenges faced by many.  Since correcting the mistake is the first step to achieving a well-designed home, I wanted to reveal 5 common mistakes & challenges which are crucial to fix in order to build the foundation for good decorating.  The solutions below to these common mistakes will help make your home more fashionable & functional. These tips are meant to inspire you and enhance your lifestyle!

 

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Mistake #1 Rug is too small

When a rug is too small, it fragments a room and creates visual clutter.

A rug looks best when it anchors a seating arrangement.  Generally in a living room, the rug should cover all the furniture and extend about 6″ beyond the width of sofa on each side.  Below are two options, to obtain large rugs without breaking the bank.

  • Find a carpet with interesting print or texture and have the carpet store cut-to-size and custom-finish the edges. I have done that many times, and the right pattern or texture can make for a beautiful area rug.  The leopard print rug in the third photo below is made that way.
  • If you love a beautiful oriental or other expensive rug, you could go with a smaller piece and place a simple cut-to-size wool carpet underneath it, like the tan rug under blue oriental rug in the room above.

 

Mistake #2 Curtain is too short

A curtain that is too short, i.e. does not touch the floor, is akin to a person wearing pants that are too short (not the trendy kind!).  It looks awkward and takes away from the beauty of the person, or in this case, the room.

  • Opting for curtains that just touch the floor (as seen above), or adding an extra ½”-1” length like in the photo below is a great way to cheat the common uneven floor.

 

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Mistake # 3 Art hung too high

When hung too high, art  can look off-balanced on a wall and may inhibit your ability to enjoy viewing it without craning your neck.

  • A rule of thumb is to hang a piece 60” from the floor to the center of art.
  • For multiple artworks, the 60” mark will be from the floor to the center of tallest part of the arrangement. In the photo below, you would consider that height to be the distance from top of the large round mirror to bottom of frame underneath it, including the space between them.  I like to lay this type of collage on the floor first to work out the arrangement and determine the overall height.
  • If artwork is behind a sofa and the 60” mark will overlap with the sofa, placing the piece so that the bottom is 6”-8” above sofa top is a good rule of thumb.

 

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Mistake #4 Thinking stylish furniture cannot be comfortable

I find that sometimes there is a misconception that stylish furniture cannot be comfortable.  That is not true!  Sure, there are many stylish uncomfortable ones available but you do not have to compromise function for fashion in order to create a fashion forward room. I believe fashion must meet function in order to enhance your life at home, and there are many options out there.

Tips to choosing stylish & comfortable furniture, particularly large investment items like sofas:

  • Assess your lifestyle, what type of room is the furniture being placed in? List all the activities that will happen in the room and determine how you want to enjoy life there. For example, the extra wide and deep sectional above is in a family room for a couple who wanted the coziest & deepest sofa to curl up on and enjoy movies, or for the over 6-foot husband to stretch out and nap while the wife reads on the chaise end.
  • Always test the furniture to determine if you will enjoy it for the lifestyle you envision. Besides firmness, also check whether the size and shape feels comfortable for your body.

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Mistake #5 Wrong size chandelier over dining table

I have discovered that selecting the right sized chandelier and hanging it at the right height can be challenging for many, since it becomes a focal point in addition to being functional.

  • When opting for a round chandelier, go for a diameter that is at least three-quarters the width of the dining table. I usually like to go slightly bigger for added drama.
  • If it is an extra-long table like the 10-foot table above, I like an elongated style, like the piece above, which is about half the length and width of the table. Another option is to get two ( round) matching pieces like those in the photo below.
  • For chandelier placement, the lowest portion should be about 30”-36” from the top of dining table.

 

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I hope these tips will be helpful if you also encounter some of these common decorating challenges.  Have fun making your home fashionable & functional!

 

xox Seyie

 

 

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Excited to share Design 360, a comprehensive creative collaboration with SheBrand, to provide overall brand positioning, creative direction and compelling consumer experiences for lifestyle, hospitality, retail and real estate brands.  It covers every touch-point to create a brand identity that is engaging, meaningful and cohesive throughout physical and digital platforms.

 

Scope of Services Include:

BRAND IDENTITY AND DEVELOPMENT – Identify brand message, mission, personality and image, and develop a custom brand handbook to serve as the anchor for all creative branding actions

CREATIVE DIRECTION – Create a unified, consistent look and voice across all forms of print and digital media

INTERIOR BRANDING – Communicate the essence of a company’s brand identity through the design of its physical environment

DIGITAL – Design and develop a brand’s website and social media platforms

GRAPHICS & PACKAGING – Design collateral materials, packaging and non-paper products

SPECIAL CONSUMER EXPERIENCE – Create educational and entertaining experiences to engage and delight consumers

BRAND TOUCH POINTS ON-SITE – Curate and finely tune all sensory experiences, including: visual, olfactory, tactile, auditory and gustatory

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A bathroom inspired by luxury Parisian hotel!

For this master bathroom remodel, the inspiration was a luxury Parisian hotel! The vibe that we strived for was glamour and streamlined opulence, which was achieved through the use of the marble slabs, opulent bathroom fixtures and the metallic leopard-print wallpaper (in the water closet). Ooh la, la!

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Stylish Bar

To create a stylish bar that would be perfect for entertaining guests impressively, we custom designed this built-in cabinet with slate blue lacquer finish and stripe mamara marble countertop.

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Below are additional tips on how to get the look.

Cabinet design:

  • A mirrored back and floating glass shelves give a sense of lightness in the design.
  • Decorative pulls add a nice design accent to the function of doors.
  • Cabinet lighting (though not lit here) makes the display feel more special.

 

Styling tips:

  • Arrange stemware and wine bottles like a retail display (I cluster similar items as groups and leave some breathing space between them).
  • Pretty bowls to hold nuts and chocolates.

Beach Style!

Revealing a recently completed beach house! The result of 1½ years of designing and planning this extensive remodel and decorating project. Thrilled to have Joe Schmelzer, who shot my VogueIndia feature a few years ago, photograph it.9.18-IG 5

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A Luxury Optometrist Office & Retail Boutique

Here’s a sneak peak into a recently completed project, Eyes on the Bloc, a luxury optometrist office and retail boutique at The BLOC in Downtown Los Angeles.

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A clean, minimalist design was created, punctuated by artwork with optical references as a nod to the practice’s commitment of investing in the latest technology in optometry and the principal’s passion for art. The neutral color palette creates a welcoming shopping experience, while the placement of optical artwork adds just the right amount of drama and color. The striking eye mosaic panel curated by Ikonlogy Studios.

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Every corner of the store was thoughtfully designed around the experience of the customer, including the bright, back wall, which was fitted with back-lit displays. This wall display transforms an often ordinary and common design piece seen in most optometrist offices into a striking focal piece for the space, highlighting the products, while giving customers the highest level of ease and efficiency while shopping.

If you’re in Downtown Los Angeles make sure to stop by Eyes on the Bloc, which offers full-service eye care and a fabulous selection of designer eyewear,

Please join us at ICSC Southern California Idea Exchange!

Please join us at ICSC Southern California Idea Exchange on February 1st! We are excited to host a Deal Making Table- how to create a compelling environment for your boutique or shopping center. We look forward to seeing you!

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Creating a Glamorous & Peaceful Master Bedroom!

For a master bedroom in a Newport Coast mansion, we gave it a glamorous and peaceful vibe by layering in shades of grey, taupe and luxurious textures. The crisp white against the tonal colors and the different finishes and textures are important in making this an inviting and stylish room.

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Shimmering taupe wallpaper in a color coordinating with the ultrasuede tufted headboard creates a rich visual depth.   While a pair of large large silky shag rugs make the bedroom enticing and cozy.

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At the window niche overlooking a garden, we felt a custom daybed (designed by Seyie Design) fitting the window niche perfectly would be the best way to enjoy this space. Using a combination of silk and velvet fabrics in different shades of grey created plush seating to enjoy a book or snuggle.

Genlux Jetsetters Feature Summer Issue 2016

I am so thrilled to be featured in the Summer 2016 issue of Genlux Magazine, a fabulous luxury fashion, beauty & philanthropy magazine from Los Angeles!

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Insiders Fashionable Guide of Tokyo

Getting the insider’s fashionable and gourmet food experience of Tokyo with Rina Bovrisse!

tokNicolai Bergmann florist shop & cafe in Omotesando

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Cat Street, Omortesando

Cat Street, Omotesando

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Little side street in Omotesando – love all the random spots for vending machines.
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Harajuku
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Tsutaya bookstore (lounge area) in Daikanyama. The coolest and most amazing bookstore.
I miss bookstores!!!

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Ivy Place restaurant

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Desserts displayed like jewelry at Food Hall at Isetan department store.

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Yes, they are fresh fruit! Only in Japan (?)

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At Joël Robuchon patisserie. Daily indulgence on this trip.

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