Designer Tips: Add Texture to your Space

Happy Tuesday to all! I love Tuesdays, the second day of the week and the chance to set your week off on the right foot… just incase Monday wasn’t so fantastic!

I also love Tuesdays because I get to share some Designer Tips with you! Today’s tips are all about texture. What is a space without some texture? For me, texture is an opportunity to add warmth to a room and a chance to add more. More is more!

If you are a reader of the newsletter or have recently signed up, you will know all about my 5 tried and true ways to add texture to your home and feel the need to (x) out of this post… please don’t, I have something for you too! Today, I am adding 3 more tips to that list because there truly are so many ways to add a little “oomph” with texture. And for those of you who haven’t signed up – 8 ways is better than 3! 🙂

Lighting: In addition to the general lighting add mood lighting. Add a small lamp or two to bring in a different shade of light and cozy up the space. Let’s call this layered lighting.

Andrea Wachs Interior Design / Formations Lighting

Formations USA / Interior Design: Amy Morris

2. Wall decor: Whether you hang one piece of art, or 5, you are adding dimension with contrasting colors from the art and a contrast of materials with a frame.

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Interior Design: John De Bastiani

 

3. Textiles: This can be a bold, or subtle print fabric as window treatments, or a woven throw to add an extra layer to a sofa or chair.

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Luxe Magazine / Interior Design: Brant McFarlain, R Brant Design / Photography: Nick Johnson

 

Trends: From the Sky

There are so many fun (and daring) trends swirling around this year but there is one in particular that has really got me seeing stars (pun so intended!) – celestial inspired everything, from stars and constellations to galaxies and orbs. Some trends are expected, but this one came out of nowhere and I’m loving it.

What do you think about this dreamy trend? Hot or not? I’m completely on board with hot and speaking of boards… Here are my discoveries.

Untitled-41. Sunbeam Wallpaper by JAB / 2. As Collective, Sun print from One Kings Lane / 3. Vintage Brass Wall Sculpture by Curtis Jere on 1st Dibs / 4. Bronze Sculpture of Nike, Goddess of Victory from 1st Dibs / 5. Wool/Jute Blend rug from One Kings Lane / 6. Constellation Matches from Jayson Home / 7. Star Map on One Kings Lane / 8. Moon and Star bracelet by Hermes / 9. Universe Dome Paper Weight from Jayson Home / 10. Wallpaper by Stark / 11. Three Drawer Cabinet by Global Views / 12. Halo Steel and Acrylic Chandelier by Paul Loebach

xoA

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Entertain: Be the best hostess

It’s almost Easter, and another lovely opportunity to host a few of your most special guests. Playing hostess is such a treat for me, though it can bring on some minor anxieties – What will the menu be? What time? What drinks? What to wear…seriously, am I asking myself this question? Ultimately, I know when it comes down to the end of the evening there is going to be a delightful buzz in my home with full bellies, refilled drinks and laughing guests. I know when the sink is full of dishes, my heart is going to be full of joy, because… playing hostess is such a treat for me!

Drinks, dinner and decor… here’s what I’m loving…

First things first, quench the taste buds with a delicious cocktail. My suggestion is the popular and well-loved cocktail from Mexico, The Paloma. A refreshing alternative to the margarita.

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Reef Highball Glass – Crate&Barrel / S/4 Cocktail Napkins – One Kings Lane

 

The Eats? I love Jenni Kayne’s guide…

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Kiss Dinner Napkins – Kelly Wearstler / Granada Agate Serving Board & Acropolis Platter – Z Gallerie

 

The tablescape? Say no more, Filigree Suppers by Elise Metzger & Brita Olsen have taken the cake with their decor! Oh. My. Goodness.

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Filigree Suppers / Photographer – Carolina Mariana Rodriguez

Are you planning on hosting? Have you planned your menu? What’s on your bar cart? And what are you going to wear!? From one hostess to another, do tell!

xo A

Andrea’s Highlights: Meeting Joyce

Last week I attended the bi-annual Desert Design Days in Scottsdale. This wonderful event is hosted by some of the greatest design trade showrooms in the area, it’s pretty much an out of this world field day for designers. I was so excited to don my sundress (because, it’s always sunny in Arizona!) and join in on this fun day. I socialized, soaked up all the latest trends and gained as much inspo as my head could handle, and major highlight of the day… I was so lucky to meet Joyce Romanoff of Maya Romanoff – only one of the best wall covering manufacturers around! She is such a fabulous and inspiring lady. It was such a treat learning about their handmade wall coverings and amazing journey.

Oh, and let me not forget, I won a pillow from their new collection! (*insert fist pump!)

Andrea Wachs and Joyce Romanoff

Refresh Your Kitchen

The Kitchen: It’s a place we spend so much of our time standing in, cooking in, entertaining in, and sometimes just quietly drinking a glass of wine in (alone). If you’re anything like me you need a little change here and there, whether it be moving a table or adding an accessory, a little something to update the everyday scene. A refresh. Let me be clear here – a REFRESH, not  renovate! This post does not require knocking down any walls.

Here are a few small ideas that may help you feel like a brand new you in a brand new kitchen.

A fresh coat of paint – For some, this may be considered a renovation, but it really is worth the day (or two) sacrifice. It is truly one of the most noticeable ways to freshen up a space. The bold, yet subtle, choice of a new ceiling color is always an interesting.

Andrea Wachs Interior Design, Benjamin Moore Kitchen Paint

Benjamin Moore / Cabinets: Grasshopper AF-415 / Ceiling: Iced Green 673

Change out cabinetry hardware – This requires one trip to the hardware store and depending on your decisiveness, 15 mins – 1hr choosing the new look. I suggest some research before you dash out the door – consider your overall design, color scheme and don’t forget to take into account those already drilled holes! And, one last thing… keep in mind that the choices are endless! Love these selections from House Beautiful

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Plants – There is nothing like a living plant to freshen up a space. Yes, I said living. Raise your hand if green thumb is not in your vocabulary. Well, here’s your solution raised hands – succulents. They are low maintenance and come in so many different shapes and sizes – whether it be placed in a pot or terrarium, it will suit any place it occupies.

Better Homes & Garden

xo A

 

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Walking into the weekend like…

 

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Megan Hess / London Fashion Week 3 Print

Feeling fantastic going into this weekend. Confidence through the roof! It was such  a great week, there are few things better than feeling like you’ve earned some time off. When you’ve worked your booty off all week and you are left with a great sense of accomplishment by the end of day on Friday… that’s when you know you’ve earned it. So, clock out and get to doing some you time.

And, let me not forget to share my latest love – Megan Hess‘s fashion forward illustrations. Her designs are so playful, yet glamorous at the same time. Add some confidence to your office space or dressing room vanity with one of her prints.

 

New York-Lost in Dior & New York-Sipping in Celine

xo A

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The Wachs Mix: In Bloom Edition

THE WACHS MIX: IN BLOOM EDITION

As we breeze into April, I really feel like it’s time to stop and smell the flowers. No, I’m not referring to a sudden desire to get my green thumb on… I’m talking about taking my time for the small things. I feel a pretty wonderful month coming on and I want to savor every minute. Therefore, taking time to stop and smell the flowers.

We are in the midst of Spring and all this flower smelling has me feeling inspired by blooms! They are not just everywhere in nature during this time of year, they are also showing up in the glossies – home and fashion. So, April’s Wachs Mix is blooming pretty!

Shopping local for bouquets in brown paper wrapping. A burst of light. The only time when walking on flowers is a must. Delicate glass cacti – I’ll take all three! Inspiring reading – a must have subscription. Up close and personal on a bronze stand… so handsome. Tropical inspired fabric, I’ll take many yards please! A sweet bone inlay accent table, just begging for a chair to sit with. And last but not least, these elegant botanical prints – need or want?

 

1. A beautiful bouquet from Camelback Flowershop/ 2. Small Copper Pendant Light Fixture by Cyan on Candelabra  / 3. Hand-knotted Tibetan Rug by Knots Rugs on 1st Dibs / 4. Bone Inlay Accent Table by Made Goods/ 5. The inspiring Flower Magazine / 6. 1960’s Magnifying Glass on Brass Stand on One Kings Lane / 7. Decorative Barrel Cactus from Formations/ 8. Tropical Fantasy Fabric by Thibaut/ 9. Elegantly Rustic Urn from Formations/ 10. Framed Botanical Art by Formations

For my those who haven’t heard, The Wachs Mix is a feature in our monthly newsletter, if you have yet to join the list of fabulous readers… here’s your chance. And because I already love you I’m sharing some sweet tips on texturing.

xo A

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Designer Tips: Andrea’s Tricks to Selecting Art

Art is the perfect outlet to express your personality in your home, furniture and accessories are part of your home decor story telling, but art is an expression of you. There is a reason one piece stands out to you more than another – so, what do you do once that to die for piece speaks to you? Buy it on the spot and hang it wherever you can as soon as you walk through your front door? Well, Mr or Ms go getter, it may not be quite so easy. When you are going to make an investment in a work of art (no pun intended), you may want to consider a few things before you commit. I would like to share a few tips and tricks with you so when you unexpectedly fall in love with a beautiful painting on your way to the grocery store, you will have been prepared for that moment.

 

1.  Scale. Envision where that piece will go, is it the right size for the space? As a general rule, you don’t want artwork to overpower the piece of furniture it is hanging above and you certainly do not want it to be too small. If you have a large empty wall don’t be shy to use the whole space for one piece, and on the other hand, if you do not have a large piece to fill that space, then consider a grouping of small pieces.

 

MILIEU Magazine / Interior Design: Richard Hallberg / Photography: Max Kimm-Bee

 

2. No rule. There is no rule of thumb that art should blend in with its’ surroundings, but you may hear the advice that your artwork should balance your interior and remain consistent. Once again, there is no rule of thumb! In fact, I’m going to let Canadian artist, Zoe Pawlak‘s words talk us through number 2.

“While your home decor can obey certain rules, such as investing in neutral couches or flooring, I urge people to use their walls for irrational or eclectic choices. Art is a place for expression through color content, and texture. Choose art at a heart level…”

 

Alfonso Marina (foot note: THAT CABINET!)

 

3. Compliments. Number three is a carry-over from number two. There is no rule that art should match your furniture, however, consider complimenting. Pick a color or two from your piece of art and coordinate that color with an element in your room – whether it is an accent chair or throw pillow. Let your artwork have one or two things in common with the room, this, in fact, will increase your art’s statement in the space that it is hung.

 

Laura U Interior Design

 

4. Framing. Not all art should be framed but when you have a piece that requires a frame, take a moment to consider your choice. Does your selection compliment the furniture or features of your room? Choose a frame to match your flooring, or on a more subtle level, if you have a pair of silver lamps consider a silver frame. Even if you are choosing a frame to add contrast to the style of your room, like a contemporary piece to a traditional room, just like we said in Number Three, a little compliment will effortlessly tie it together.

 

Laura U Interior Design

5. Hanging. Position your artwork at eye level. If your room has high ceilings you may be tempted to hang the piece higher, but consider an art gallery’s standard – the center of your artwork should be about 60 inches from the floor. If you are hanging a grouping or collection, to find the center, treat them as if they were one piece.

 

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 How would you hang you art? Comment below, I would love to share your ideas!

xo A

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BEHIND THE SCENES: Photoshoot

Photoshoot days are always so exciting – nonstop, on the go, and exhausted at the finish line – but so darn exciting! I like to be on site bright and early to begin the process of staging. I arrive bright and early, with a Venti cup in hand and a car filled to the brim with delightful trinkets and items of decor, ready to pull up my sleeves and get to work. You see, there are a lot of behind the scenes blood, sweat, and tears that go into these glossy shoots. “Wait a minute! Take it back a step or two. Blood?” you may be asking. Yes! Sometimes you can’t resist that most beautiful, oversized crystal on a pedestal telling you that it will look so fabulous sitting on that built in shelf next to the fireplace. I mean, c’mon, we’re talking an oversized, heavier than a sack of many potatoes, crystal on a pedestal here. Who could walk away from that? Point being, sometimes more than two people aren’t enough to carry such an item and before you know it, limbs are being crushed.

Anyway! Despite the dashing about I always find my happy place – chopping accent pillows on beautiful beds, filling vases with fresh flowers, and creating tablescapes for guests that will never arrive, among many others.

I’ll say it again, Photoshoot days are always so exciting. They are the days I get to dwell, for a moment, in the spaces I spent so many working hours in and a chance to share what I love with all of you.

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Let no detail go untouched

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My wonderful, talented, fabulous, amazing photographer (can you tell I’m a fan?), Velen (VWC Studio), captured every space with such patience and care, and put her 100% all into each scene. I couldn’t be more grateful to have such a talent on my team.

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Decisions, decisions!

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Tell me that crystal wasn’t worth it!

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The table is set and ready for its 5 minutes of fame!

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The Master Bathroom was a treat and a retreat.

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Horses… of course!

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What a backdrop! And what a way to call it a wrap!

To enjoy the final shots, visit my portfolio at andreawachs.com

#stonecanyon

xo A

 

 

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