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Our Best and Most Luxurious Designing Secrets

81551_196rs_hiresLa Maison and it’s designers love to focus on many luxurious interior design styles ranging from contemporary to modern to rustic and chic, romantic and airy. Though these are stylistic trends we set in our showroom, we also pride ourselves on offering furniture, artwork and statement pieces to cater to anyone’s particular design aesthetic. So in being a luxury style interior design showroom, La Maison has hundreds of styles and ideas to help you put together your dream home. Design is what we do. Its what we know and why not fill you in on all the buzz? Well at least our best buzz! Here are four of the best designing secrets we want you to know, so keep it hush hush.

11_112_pw13_hiresIts okay to skip the sofa. Its a common assumption that a sofa is necessary to make a living room, well, a living room. However, a secret many designers will tell you is that the perfect sofa can bring together your vision, it doesn’t have to be the center of attention. By bringing together a mix of armchairs of the same color, fabric or style, you have a unique sitting area for get-togethers, or a peaceful Sunday afternoon. Arranging them in a circular fashion around a coffee table or ottoman. By selecting six similarly styled chairs you can arrange them parallel from each other to get the illusion of a sofa shape in your space: luxurious and unique

You can use statement pieces for that element of surprise. A designers secret used to make a room really stand out is incorporating a stand out statement piece. This is not only to delight but surprise. For a lot of reasons, a statement piece is perfect to bring your style aesthetic together. For keeping your space from being boring, serving to bring cohesion to the different elements while standing out and also to dramatically change the look of the room. Statement pieces are individual things that make a huge visual impact by itself. However a collection of objects, if presented in the right ways, is an alternative to just having one item. To maximize a collection’s impact, consider displaying it uniformly, with similar spacing between objects, so you create a fun, textured and luxurious look.FullSizeRender (10)

The secret of all secrets is left for last: you can break almost all other rules. Most decorators will tell you that rules are meant to be broken. Its much more important that the decor in your home reflects your living and personal style more than any conventional rule you may try to follow to make your home look a certain way. That being said, it’s important to find balance so that the home doesn’t become boring or too busy. As you may have read in La Maison’s previous blogs, we embrace our readers and shoppers desire to create their own personal aesthetic in their home and incorporate modern, contemporary, luxurious and chic styles. By using your own personal touch however you can create something far more extraordinary.
Come to our showroom this weekend to find luxurious furniture to and more tips offer our designers. We always look forward to having you and telling you all our fun secrets. Happy designing!

Fall Design Trends Transitioning from Summer

Seasons change and therefore, so should our styles right? Just as we change out our wardrobes to match seasonal changes, we should do the same for our homes. As we transition from summer, fall design trends adapt to holiday festivities and aesthetics of the season. Rich jewel tones, warm accents and lush fabrics are always found in La Maison’s showroom, but as the fall season comes closer, transitioning those styles throughout your home will create a luxurious fall atmosphere. The change needn’t be complicated or dramatic; the smallest changes can make all the difference.

75dd92171540e0408369e79e28f3afcaWhen decorating for the summer months, you want cool and refreshing tones in your home. Of course you always want to have a refreshing and comfortable feel in your home, but as we transition into fall, we see a lot more warm wood pieces, modern metallic pieces for texture and layering happening. Autumnal colors present your home in a cozier way during the cooler days of fall. A popular style trend for fall is versatility and layering, and you don’t have to completely renovate your home to succeed in this look! For layering and texturing, think lush blankets with throw pillows for gorgeous color combinations. Beds are perhaps the easiest thing in the home to change for the seasons- blankets and faux fur throw to really welcome the season. Mixing up metallic and warm wood pieces in your space adds visual interest and a hint of luxury. Don’t shy away from mixing materials together in fear you will have a room of random pieces that blend different styles. Combinations of metals, wood, and fabrics that don’t overpower one another keep a consistent sophisticated and luxurious design element.
1627ce8a4e164728b5530907c8d243aeA romantic component to the fall season that is different than summer is the shortness in daylight; the sun sets earlier and so the use of candles becomes more amorous. Lighting is essential in creating a lush and luxurious atmosphere: candles are the perfect accessory for any home aesthetic. Aside from candles throughout your home, changing up your lighting features is an easy way to curate a soft and relaxed ambiance. One rule of thumb we want to note is measuring your space for the right size fixture. A chandelier is a timeless piece, and a beautiful focal point for your dining room. Speaking of dining rooms, there is no better space to represent the seasonal changes; holiday parties anyone?! Bringing natural elements into your home is a beautiful and easy way to incorporate fall decor. La Maison has luxurious tabletop accessories that will continue the trend of layering and texturing throughout your home. Warm colors are key. Think burnt orange, golden yellow, jewel toned blues and greens, and maroons for luxury. These present a lovely holiday palette as well as everyday comfort colors to feel cozy all the time.

8265f6856a9794f2022a3b38b4525902No matter your favorite style trend, whether it matches the fall or summer season, adding a few touches of the luxurious fall season decor in your home will make the season all the more exciting. La Maison loves to incorporate trends from various sessions and design aesthetics, so we are always excited to help your home become luxurious. Visit our designers this week to find more inspiration for this fall season and do some interior shopping!

Not Your Everyday Headboard

When decorating for your master bedroom, it’s easy to find yourself having a case of the bedroom blahs. The bedroom is one of the rooms you can have the most fun decorating. It’s the room where you spend a lot of your time, so it should have a lot of time put into making it luxurious and comfortable . A favorite bedroom piece of ours is the headboard. A headboard not only ties the aesthetic together, but it creates visual interest in the room. The purpose of this blog is to ignite some inspiration for you, so that you may take your bedroom to the highest level of luxury.FullSizeRender (17)

A headboard takes a chic and stylish bedroom and makes it sophisticated no matter the style you aim to present. Like any piece of furniture, your headboard can be done in many ways. Rather than using a traditional headboard, consider options to make your bedroom really pop with a creative and chic headboard. Unique statement headboards are fantastic because they draw the eye to an exciting focal point in the room. As always, artwork is a ‘yes’ for any room in a home. It ups the luxurious aesthetic and is a beautiful way to express your personal style. Hanging a large piece of art above a bed isn’t a headboard, but it is a stylish option. To cover more surface area, gather your favorite works of art and assemble them in a collage to create the look of a headboard. The headboards that we offer in our showroom fulfill creative styles; mirrored headboards, organic wood and gorgeous upholstered ones. Mirrors make a room appear larger and create more dimension. A mirrored headboard contrasted with warm, romantic colored pillows is unique as well as luxurious.

IMG_2114If you aim for a natural and simple style in your bedroom, but also aim to have luxury and modish ambiance, we recommend organic wood features. It has the potential to give your bedroom a unique look that is also chic and brings a new element of luxury into your home. A headboard also doesn’t have to be one you buy or create. Windows as functional backdrops can be a gorgeous area to place your bed. If presented with the opportunity to utilize a window in your bedroom, flank the window with curtains, place matching table lamps with similar color scheme and you have a stylish alternative to a headboard.

FullSizeRender (16)Regardless of appearance or material your headboard should accentuate your style to further highlight the concept of the room. Headboards are known to be an omnipresent feature in a bedroom, and a certain one theme can be overdone and boring. An unexpected headboard could be what your bedroom needs. At La Maison, we not only focus on having luxurious furniture for you to showcase in your home but also provide ideas and ignite inspiration for your home to become something of daydreams.

A Well Lit Home Is a Luxurious Home

Lighting is both an art and a science- but you knew that. What many of you may not know however is what the right lighting can do in your home. Besides mood setting, lighting–the right lighting–can give your home a whole new design component. Our homes thrive on the right mix of elements, and that includes the right lighting. Knowing how create a well lit home is a tricky task. How to find the best blend of luxury, style and practicality is something that you have to play with. Luckily La Maison is keen to designing tricks, tips and of course style. Let this blog be a short guide for you design lovers on how to make sure you have the best lighting for your luxury homes.FullSizeRender (13)

Whether its for reading, cooking or a romantic evening on the patio, understanding the moods in each room of your house and how they can blend together to create the aesthetic as a whole is an important part in decorating. As art pieces themselves, lighting fixtures bring new elements to the room and can up the luxury and chic styles. Floor lamps create interest at eye level and can be a focal point if desired. They allow flexibility in use, cast light up down and out simultaneously which produces even lighting in a room; they are perfect options anywhere. Recessed lighting, or canned lighting is fantastic to illuminate vanity areas in a bedroom or bathroom. Great recessed lighting should go unnoticed and blend with the ceiling to present a romantic and refined look. This lighting is based on the concept of lighting layers. Layers of lighting are placed to bounce illumination throughout a room and eliminate shadows in corners. We recommend layering your lighting in kitchens or offices, where a lot of lighting is prefered. Layering lighting also adds a luxurious element, allowing you to play with the fixtures and wattage.Wattage you say? Yes, aside from the gorgeous fixture designs and lush materials you can choose from, it is so important to know the appropriate wattage for the rooms in your home. We’ll share a handy formula we found and one you may find very helpful. If you multiply the length of the room by its width, you will find the total area. Multiply that number by 1.5 and you will get the total wattage you need to light the room. Voila!

Now don’t forget to utilize the best kind of lighting offered- daylight! Optimizing daylight will create soft lighting effects, as well as bold lighting in your home. Accompanied with other lighting fixtures, they have the potential to compliment each other well. With better color rendering than even the best halogen bulbs out there, natural lighting is ideal in complimenting electric lighting schemes.

FullSizeRender (14)Well made lighting fixtures not only look better but last longer, give clearer light and is worth the investment you make. Be sure to inspect the construction of your investment, ask questions and dont be afraid to seek advice to find inspiration. La Maison Interiors take pride on having luxury designs for every style as well as quality-made pieces. As always, stop by our showroom this weekend and say hi. You might run into the perfect lighting fixture and it could change your life- well it could brighten your day at least. Happy designing!

 

Luxurious Designing with Blue this Summer

FullSizeRender (7)The color blue is having a big moment in the world of interior design. From deep shades of indigo to pale icy blues, this is a color for the summer season! Being a color of such versatile shades and effects, blue is the perfect color to exude any feel in your home, whether you’re looking for calm and cozy or romantic and luxurious. We’re here to tell you how easy it is to incorporate any shade of this season’s favored color into any space. Like a glass of fine wine, blue can be full bodied and it works for masculine as well as feminine aesthetics to create luxurious designs in your home.

Calming as well electric, but always stylish, shades of blue mix well together and as a statement color in a room; it blends splendidly. Using blue as your base wall color, there are definitely things you should know to achieve your perfect look. The beauty of using this color is that it can create different effects in rooms depending both on the hue and the complimenting pieces. It works well with other warm and cool colors; burgundies, browns, warm yellows or cool greens. Darker hues of blue such as indigo and midnight blues come toward you, so they help make the room feel cozier and perhaps much more luxurious.Use warmer colors in a dining room or master bedroom; midnight blue reflects and absorbs light very well. To exude a truly luxurious and seductive experience, bathe your master bedroom, dining room or living room with candlelight. Cooler tones of blue are commonly seen in bathrooms or offices. Turquoise, cobalt and ice blue exude calmness as well, but in a different way that presents a focused feel, which is why it is so commonly used in offices. These hues have yellow tones in them so they back away making a space appear bigger. For a bathroom, where a crisp clean aesthetic is often desired and so these shades of blue are perfect to work with.

FullSizeRender (6)Wall paint isn’t the only way to bring color into your room, as you may already have guessed being a design lover. Using blue accent pieces are just as effective in creating a luxurious aesthetic for your home. Blue works of art, blue painted desks or end tables, pale blue curtains and loads of blue hydrangeas are a few gorgeous ideas that we love. Art is always a wonderful way to incorporate a theme into your home. Using abstract blue works of art above a television or as a headboard is a funky yet sophisticated way to use this color and artwork. Using ranges of blue in the same room with your furniture and walls should not be shied away from! Using the same color is not overwhelming unless you let it be. By adding hints of green to break up the shades of blue, you can add a warm note to your palette of restful blues.FullSizeRender (8)

La Maison is a lover of all colors, but we were especially excited to talk about this beloved color this month because it is so fun to use! We have a range of warm and cool colors including blue that will help you create your dream home and transform any room from drab to fab. Come by our showroom to see more luxury designs as well as ideas on how to utilize this gorgeous color.

The Age Old Question- Modern vs. Contemporary Design

If you have visited the La Maison showroom at all, you may notice our common themes of modern and contemporary luxury furniture. You have probably heard these terms used often to describe furniture, architecture and overall home and room design that you probably have wondered if there is a notable difference between these two styles, and there absolutely is. So what is the difference between modern and contemporary interior design really? This is a question for the ages. La Maison wanted to clarify once and for all. Modern and contemporary design are not one in the same, as many people may think. However they both have influences in fusion styles that may incorporate characteristics from each other.

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Modern design is static and refers to a period in time. It breaks with the past, specifically traditional styles for example pre-Industrial Revolution; in other words the style is associated with the age of mechanician. You may recognize this style by its characteristic ‘clean lines’ and modest interiors. The furniture is known to be very open and raised off the floor; this allows you to add an airy feeling to your room. The use of natural materials are quite prevalent as well, giving the style a unique and timeless look. Wood, leather, teak and linen are materials that you will often see to achieve this natural look. Neutral colors are favored when pulling the look together; white walls add to the expansive feeling that modern design encapsulates. Going with a complete modern design is fun because you design with the goal of achieving the look of a ‘retro’ era. Many modern interiors today are glamours because they exude an ageless elegance in its simplicity.

FullSizeRender (4) Contemporary is architecture produced of the moment; it is literally what is being created right now. This style is fun to work with in it’s own way because it’s not limited to a single stylistic thread. Many designers describe this look to be forward thinking and dynamic. Whatever is popular in interior design at the moment is what is used in contemporary design. Described as eclectic, this look brings in styles and pieces from various eras. You will probably recognize this look by the in-ornate furniture and its use of also recognizable ‘clean lines’. Unique and eccentric shapes of art go well with this style and add a sophistication to its specific glamour. You may be wondering why contemporary design is copying the look of modern design. Being that contemporary style focuses on what is created in the now, a lot of mid-century modern design is being incorporated into the contemporary stylings you see today. In 10 years, there will be a different way to embody a contemporary look in your home.

Mile Baughman chairThrough time and the innovation of designers, these styles have variation in them to adapt to each home and individual style. Though these characteristics define what modern and contemporary design is doesn’t mean you can’t infuse your own luxury or chic aesthetic to them. That is why design is so much fun! With the right knowledge and the right furniture, you can transform your interior into something gorgeous. Whether you aim for a modern or contemporary style home, we hope this clarification between these popular styles helps you come up with a fabulous space. Visit our showroom this week for more inspiration and advice from our designers. Happy styling!

Compliment Luxury Furniture with Artwork

Blue flower artBringing artwork into the home is a great way to express inner creativity. Artwork adds visual interest and texture to walls or acts as a focal point. Utilizing colors and textures will give your room more dimension, thus creating a much more personal feel. No matter which design aesthetic you have in your home- modern minimalist, romantic or chic, artwork of any style is a perfect way to incorporate patterns and create a mood for your space as well as your luxury furniture.

Different styles of artwork exude particular moods, just as any feature in your home would. Based on the mood you wish to create, look for artwork that complements your space and tie it all together. Chose big, bold and vibrant looks for a contemporary style. Go with softer hues for a more romantic aesthetic. Nobody says your artwork needs to completely match; the beauty of art is that it does not need be justified in your home. Think about hanging a painting with abstract shapes and primary colors for a contemporary look and feel or opt for a watercolor landscape for a picturesque aesthetic.

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Unexpected placement of art could be what works for your home as well. Create a stunning focal point with art-deco panels behind a flat screen television. Strategically divert the gaze of party goers and house guests to artwork instead of technology. Incorporate artwork in the high traffic areas of your home for an unexpected visual treat, even for you! Naturestills or beautifully captured portraits work wonders as accent pieces in a kitchen or window frame.

Art is not only defined by framed pieces of paper on a wall, it also includes sculptures. La Maison offers a variety of gorgeous pieces to accent the luxury furniture in your home. Sculptures and table accessories are perfect for filling negative space. Corners are notoriously difficult to fill; take this opportunity to add an eye catching piece to fill an otherwise ignored space. If you want to stay on the safe side of design, opt for photographs with a unified color scheme. Try blue hues for a cooling effect or warmer tones for a cozy look and feel.

blue circle art (1)A modern living room aesthetic calls for monochromatic artwork or photographs. Primary colors and geometric shapes are also a go-to choice; think simplified sophistication. Artwork with bold and bright pops of color will appear calm and cool in a space with similar colors and equally loud furniture. Take a look at your home’s luxury furniture, and decide if you could add a little more of yourself through artwork. Visit La Maison Interiors Design showroom in Scottsdale for more inspiration of luxurious modern and contemporary art pieces to create your ideal home.

Hot Arrivals in Luxury Furniture

Something is steaming up as July comes and it isn’t just this Arizona heat. With so many unique items coming into our showroom throughout the year, we love telling you about a select few that really embody our uniquely gorgeous interior designs. There is an extra touch of excitement this month, as these pieces truly are works of art in their own right. July is bringing you a lot of timeless pieces that are both modern and chic. The furniture we are excited to talk about will work for any space in your home.female sculptures

Female bodice sculptures ensue a particular sophistication that many sculptures of its similarity can lack. Use these uniquely designed art pieces to bring to life a bohemian bedroom or as a focal point in your living room. These really are one of kind in our showroom, and should be in your home as well! Their modern bohemian style can still be very luxurious and elegant. We like them with neutral colored sofas and lounge chairs along with eccentric art pieces and a simple but modish chandelier. Any way you choose to decorate your space, these accessory items will be the talk of your party.

linen modern chairA linen lounge chair really gives you the best of both worlds- comfort and style. For comfort, this chair is perfect for any time of the day. And with that factor, it can also add style to your dining room for a unique experience. At La Maison our designers don’t want to limit the possibilities of what you can use your furniture selections for. Go beyond your traditional style comfort zones and the result could be fantastic!

IMG_2560We are psyched about our new martini tables this month! Not only are these beauties elegant and luxurious, but the clean lines and minimalist design are perfect for any trendsetter. These pieces of luxury furniture are great as a pair but just as stylish separated in different rooms. Perfect for a Friday girl’s night in or for a summer cocktail party with your colleagues.
True to the reputation, La Maison brings luxurious yet modern styles to you everyday at our showroom. We always love helping to update your style to add that special charm to your Arizona home. Stop by for inspiration and look for these gorgeous pieces in our showroom this weekend!

Define Your Interior Design Style

Defining an interior design style that fits your personality, love of design and for your home is a gradual process. It might be difficult at first if it’s your first home decoration or you seem to love a myriad of styles. A good rule of thumb is to think about style as an umbrella term. Your interior design style should encompass many things in your lifestyle; what music do you listen to? What are your favorite places to travel to? What books inspire you?

2013-10-09 05.28.01However you choose to design your home, we suggest looking to the style that fits your personality. Go beyond the limitations of your lifestyle to infuse a fresh creativity into your space. We know what you’re thinking: there are so many ways to define your style, how is it possible to choose one way to express it? Consider some words that describe your style as a whole. Why choose a few words? This makes it easier to incorporate a variety of creative outlets; fresh, current, hip, modern, shabby chic, rustic country. At La Maison, our style is anchored by luxury and glamour, however we have collection that will really catch your eye. Combining two design styles together, for example, you have a gorgeous vintage chandelier and a few art displays and photographs. Instead of using a high-end dining set and glamorous chairs, go for a worn rustic wood table and modern chairs that could be easily reupholstered to change up the look when you want.

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Go through what you have- what is your favorite piece of furniture? What is the best color theme of your area rugs? What is the missing piece to your style puzzle? The best advice we could possibly give to these question is to not just throw anything and everything together. Designing your style shouldn’t be overthought, but it also shouldn’t be a game of tetris- go with what works for you and your space! La Maison has many gorgeous styles of luxury furniture from modern to transitional to contemporary to old world vintage. Let us help you finish your interior design style puzzle and stop at our showroom this weekend.

Room Layout 101

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The furniture you use and where you put it in a room instantly sets the mood. Depending on the style you aim for, this is very important when placing your furniture in your home. With so many designs to choose from and so many room layouts you may have to work with, it can be a challenge to figure out a layout that complements your personal style and the structure of your home. As we’ve advised in the past, pay attention to your space and work with what you have; if you work with your home, your home will work with you- pay attention to what it offers you! Here are a few secrets that our designers keep in mind when designing the pieces of our collection.

Mix furnishings of various sizes to add a visual interest. When you incorporate a variety of furniture that have different characteristics, it adds volume to a room. This will definitely add a level of charm and sophistication if done right. If you have a larger sofa that may take up a chunk of the room, don’t be afraid to add pieces in fear you’ll create a cluttered space. Add smaller armchairs and side tables and you will have created energy in the space with the various volume.ff47df3ecfb4226e46716d5ede741807

If you have a room that is meant for relaxation and recovery, don’t challenge the space; use pieces of the same volume together. When using things of the same scale, this creates balance. This is a gorgeous look, as a perfect balance of similar scale creates a harmonious atmosphere. Artwork is never a bad idea. Use textural and colorful pieces to visually fill a room.

In interior design, there is a term we refer to when working with room layout: gestalt. Think totality or form if this word is new to you. When you have a large room, a rectangular room for example, it can be dealt with by dividing the space. By doing this you are giving that divided space its own zone of function. This will not only give your space an interesting dimension but also make it easier to decorate; one half for that great sofa you have to make a lounging space, and the other for your luxurious dining set to have a space for dining and conversation.blue circle art

Now the secret for square spaces, or smaller rooms, is to not have the furniture pushed up against the walls. This will leave you with furniture too far away from each other, forcing interaction and conversation to feel awkward and cold. By adding a console table behind your sofa or a cocktail table in the center of the room you will have more surface space and anchors for the room.

Whether you aim for a luxurious transitional look, a sleek modern feel or a curvy and warm look for your Scottsdale home, La Maison’s showroom has an abundance of choices to fulfill your style and your space. Give our designers a visit this week to find some inspiration this summer.