Jun 16

Design Envy: Home Office Inspiration + Monday Motivational Moment

Happy Monday!

I’m diggin’ the simplicity and clean lines of this home office. I think simple is the way to go because having too much stimulation can be distracting (I have a short attention span, LOL). The blue desk lamp adds a subtle pop of color. What are your thoughts?

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interior-design-home-office-inspiration

 

As we settle into our weekly routine, I wanted to take a moment to remind you to focus on what’s important. Oftentimes we get caught up in the idea that being busy is a good thing. Busy is defined as “actively doing something”. Our society glorifies the word busy because it makes us feel important, valuable, or cool. How many times have we put off spending time with friends, not calling a loved one, or taking up a new hobby because we were so-called busy? A life well lived is a life that is actually LIVED! Being busy all the time is overrated. I encourage you to clear your calender this week so that you can live a little. Step away from your home office. Trust me the business ideas, emails, and social media accounts will all be there waiting for you when you return.

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Have a successful week.

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{source: Sobeson Home}

Jun 09

Mood Board Monday: Key Essentials For Creating A Fab Outdoor Space

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Happy Monday! Today’s mood board inspiration comes from a Moroccan theme outdoor space that was created for one of my clients. We wanted the space to be colorful, modern and ideal for entertaining guests. I combined their love of Moroccan culture (they recently took a trip there) with existing furniture pieces and a ton of greenery. If you’re planning to liven up your outdoor space this summer, check out my latest post on the Washington Post Apartment Showcase blog, Four Key Essentials Every Outdoor Space Needs. I share useful design tips for apartment patios, small balconies, and rooftops.

 

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May 20

Modern Interiors With Whitewashed Floors

Have you ever considered changing the look of your hardwood floors by whitewashing (sometimes referred to as pickling) them? Whitewash strips the floors of its natural wood color leaving a lightened grayish white cast. The finish can be achieved using a number of different techniques–applying wood bleach or mixing white paint with water to the surface. Whitewash, which is very popular is Swedish homes, has been around for ages. The look is versatile enough to be used in both modern and traditional settings. You can also apply the same finish on cabinet doors, chairs, and practically anything made of wood. Here are a few of my favorite interiors with whitewashed floors.

 

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whitewashed-floors

 

How do you feel about whitewashed floors? Yay or nay? Here is a DIY technique. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

 

{Sources: Scandinavian Design, We Recommend)

 

 

May 13

Designer Stella Jean Introduces African Inspired Home Decor at Sephora Event

Last month Haitian-Italian designer Stella Jean teamed up with Sephora to give us a sneak peak at her African inspired home decor collection during the Salone del Mobile showcase. Sephora hosted the event at its new Techno Experience Beauty store in Milan. The 2015 Home – Stella Jean preview collection consists of six armchairs that are heavily influenced by the designer’s Caribbean-Italian heritage. The mix of wax print fabrics, vintage style and European design bear a striking resemblance to Stella Jean’s signature fashion designs. After a quick search on the designer’s website, there are no details available as to when the home decor line will officially be ready for buyers. But I’m sure once it hits stores, retailers will have difficulty keeping up with demand.

African inspired home decor

African Inspired Home Decor

African Inspired Home Decor

African Inspired Home Decor

{Source: L’Officiel Italia}

May 12

DecoAccents: Battle of the Blue Side Chairs

Happy Monday!

It’s been awhile since I’ve played This or That on the blog. When I saw found images of these equally beautiful spaces, I couldn’t wait to share them with you. Today’s look features a pair of very stylish blue side chairs in two very distinct living room settings. Gray, blue and bronze accents pop in the first image while the second room is adorned in a simple white and blue palette.  Take a look and let me know if you prefer This or That design!

 

THIS!

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OR

THAT!

blue side chairs

 

BONUS: Here’s a slight variation from looks above. Who knew matching blue side chairs were so popular?

blue side chairs

 

Check out similar blue side options like the Pennie chair from Crate & Barrel.

 

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May 07

Five Spring Inspired Interiors

Finally, it’s spring again! This winter has been brutally harsh. Old man winter came through and slapped us all upside the head. I know I’m not the only person who’s happy that spring has officially sprung. Bye bye, winter blues. Hello, fresh flowers and chirping birds. If your home is in need of a makeover, get inspired with these five spring inspired interiors. Indulge in a new color palette, play around with decorative accessories, bring the outside in, or switch up your furniture layout.

spring inspired interiors

spring inspired interiors

spring inspired interiors

spring inspired interiors

spring inspired interiors

 

If you need new spring decorating tips check out this Be Color Confident This Spring post.  Happy decorating!

{Souces: via GrayLivin Tumblr and Pinterest}

 

May 05

Smart Tips For Brightening Up A Dark Room

I’m blogging over at Apartment Showcase today! If you could use some simple tips for brightening up a dark room or apartment, click on the link before to continue reading.

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That was just a snippet from my post on the Apartment Showcase Blog (Read more)

{Images: Source: Flickr Creative Commons}

Apr 09

Give Your Apartment A Spring Makeover With These Budget-Friendly Tips

Hi ya!

I’m pleased to announce that I recently started a new gig as an interior design contributor over at the Washington Post Apartment Showcase. I’ll be blogging about home decor and sharing decorating tips for apartment living and small spaces. I gave some easy cost effective solutions for organizing your apartment. (continue reading). Click on the link to read the full article.

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Mar 28

You Want To Hire An Affordable Interior Designer (Washington, DC)

Hire an affordable interior designer in Washington, DC. 

 

You recently purchased a new home and you couldn’t be more excited.

Now that you’ve moved in, you want to make your home look awesome.

You have an idea of how you want it to look but you’re feeling overwhelmed with all the options.

You’re beginning to wonder why in the heck are there so many different shades of gray? It’s just a freaking color.

You have an old sofa that’s in pretty good condition, or so you think, but can’t decide if you should keep it or purchase a new one.

You tried to tackle your design dilemmas all on your own. Hey, they make it look so easy on HGTV, right?

But the funny thing is, it’s not as simple as it seems.

Despair and frustration sets in. Your dog just chewed up the rug. Your house lacks character. The walls are bare and the spare bedroom is empty. You need help.

Simply pick up the phone and call the design whisperer.

I’m Danielle A. Gray, a Washington, DC based interior designer. I can make your home just as fabulous as you are. My design studio offers affordable service options that are intended to fit any size budget. I specialize in residential interiors for busy professionals on the go, small spaces, condos, and townhomes.  Hire me to handle all those pesky design details so that you can spend time doing the things you love.

What are you waiting for? Contact me today.

Direct all service inquires to: hello@graylivin.com 

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p.s.

Not in the DC metro area? No worries. I offer e-design services that will turn your home from drab to fab from any location in the world.

 

Mar 17

Design Envy: Green Inspired Interiors For Luck!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Are you feeling lucky today? In honor of this green themed holiday, I’m sharing my favorite green interiors that will leave you feeling design envy.

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green interiors

green interiors

green interiors

green interiors

green interiors

green interiors

green interiors

green interiors

What do you have planned today? Are you eating green pancakes or hanging out at an Irish Pub?

{Sources: Desire to Inspire, Design Travelled, Ideas for Interior, New Grids, Yellow Trace}

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