Is Your Furniture Arranged The Right Way?

​There’s no right or wrong way to arrange furniture in your home, but we believe setting up a space where all the pieces fit together like a completed puzzle makes for a more successful room. Whether you’re starting with a blank canvas or you already have furniture set up in place, there’s always room for improvements. La Maison’s interior designers suggest thinking about your space in a way that allows for good traffic flow, and also contrast between furniture styles. Adding visual interest to a space through luxury furniture styles that do not match is one way to achieve a harmonious look and feel. Most importantly, prioritizing your choices will make the process a lot easier. By understanding the best placement for the gorgeous mirror you picked up or an oversized vase you just can’t seem to place will give you peace of mind and pull any space together nicely.

awesome-round-swivel-chairs-for-living-room-with-unique-rattan-coffee-table-giant-pillows-and-top-ceiling-curtainFirst, consider function. This always comes before form in design, and is the most important facet of rearranging furniture; especially in spaces you use often. The family room is a perfect example of this, as you want to figure out how many people are using it at one time. If you have a large family, consider angling armchairs or adding a bench for more seating.  Mixing and match furniture styles too! This can be a really great way to give the space more breathing room. Round furniture is a great option if you want to create a space completely focused on conversation, where as luxury furniture that is primarily linear goes well with a round coffee table to offset hard lines. This allows for versatility while still leaving room to navigate between each piece. Try your best to push the furniture together so everyone can sit close and talk comfortably. Think about the focal point of the space too. Is it the custom fireplace in your luxury home or a collection of fine art on the wall? Most interior designers will tell you to avoid placing a television as the focal point in your family room as it detracts from social interactions, but in this day in age its hard to avoid it when you have a family of young children or even if you live with roommates.

ba3163fc2a438dfea37f240b44453e85Think about draperies and if they are doing a disservice to your space currently. Do they make the room appear taller? Do your windows appear dwarfed because of under utilization of space? If your home has a lot of windows then this tip is very important to remember! The sky’s the limit! Even if you do not have floor to ceiling windows give the allusion that you do. By hanging curtain rods where the wall and ceiling meet, the room appears taller. Don’t make draperies an afterthought; even choosing a white sheer fabric that seems to blend with your walls will stand out if you hang them the right way. They are just as important as any other accessory in your home and will make more a statement if hung correctly. Make sure to hang curtains 1 to 2 feet beyond the end of the casement to give the illusion of wider windows also. Give any space in your home a serious update with draperies that give your existing luxury furniture extra oomph. If you really love neutral colors try adding a patterned valance atop your windows. This look is very sophisticated and the interior designers at La Maison Interiors can help you decide what fabric will work best!

tallwindowtreatmentsAnother way to think about arranging items in your home is by size. The largest furniture should be placed first so to surround it with the other smaller items. In the living room, chairs and sofas should be no more than 8 feet apart; a good way to understand if you’re following this rule is to measure the two pieces farthest away from each other to see if your arrangement could be better. Pair a leather couch with a textured fabric ottoman instead of a coffee table for added texture in your space. We love the way textures can easily pair together to add versatility and a pop of color. Of course, symmetry comes into play when trying to create a harmonious vibe in your home. The more symmetrical a room is the more formal it feels while asymmetrical set ups feel slightly more casual and eclectic. This is totally up to you! Also, think about how many people are traveling through the room. The family room gets a lot of traffic, and arranging the seating area so the pathway is on the outside rather than through the middle is the best solution to achieve harmonious arrangement.

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La Maison Interiors in Scottsdale has a large collection of luxury furniture in so many different styles you won’t be hard pressed to find pieces that contrast each other. Modern furniture with linear lines goes perfectly with a round side table. This gives the space a softer look and feel while also allowing for added walking space since you will be able to move around those two pieces easily. Place end tables within comfortable reach of each seat or sofa. A good rule of thumb is to place a coffee table no more than 18 inches from the sofa for ease of use. Also, placing furniture too far apart will leave the space feeling disconnected. Even if your personal style is to put different pieces together for an eclectic look and feel, having a cohesive furniture arrangement is important. We suggest working with an interior designer at La Maison to help you plan how to re arrange your space. Give yourself a break before moving pieces around and create a plan on paper with scaled down examples of your furniture. This is a great way to see how to use your space the right way. If you’re starting from scratch our team of amazing designers will help you figure out what pieces will fit the best in your home from the many collections of luxury furniture at our showroom in Scottsdale. Visit us today to see what we in store for your luxury home!

Create A Tropical Oasis With Luxury Furniture and Fabrics

We love living in Scottsdale because, let’s face it the weather is impeccable 9 months out of the year with constant sunshine, all we need is a beach. Since we can’t necessarily move the ocean any closer, we have great ideas to create a tropical paradise in your backyard. With the weather slowly cooling off, we did our research on some of the most tropical places in the world to give you great tips on transforming desert landscape into a tropical oasis this fall.

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Comfort is crucial in a tropical oasis. No world-renowned spa or beach resort would be caught dead without luxury furniture. Our advice, don’t skimp on this portion of the project! Choose outdoor fabrics that are water-repellent and mildew resistant to maintain breathability no matter the weather. The newest in outdoor fabric technology gives you peace of mind for easy maintenance allowing moisture to escape reducing the chance of unwanted odors with unbeatable durability. In Scottsdale, it can be dusty and the easier cushions and pillows are to maintain the happier you will be. At La Maison Interiors our collection of luxury furniture and outdoor fabrics will wow you! Find the perfect set for your outdoor oasis in our Scottsdale showroom.

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Tropical Sound Effects

Water is key when designing a tropical getaway in your backyard. Leaving a space for an elaborate water feature, or even installing a waterfall that leads into the pool offers a dramatic effect to the eye, and a soothing sound to the ears. Focus on what your backyard already has, such as a pool or pond, and build from there. If you do not have anything of the sort starting from scratch is still a lot of fun. We love the idea of building a water feature that spans around your backyard with a pathway alongside and a small seating area tucked away for a private and tranquil space to read and relax. Imagine your last trip to the beach, and how peaceful it felt to be near the coastline; well you can easily achieve this in your backyard with a little bit of planning and a lot of fun!

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It’s All in The Details

Architectural details are a must! With a myriad of options you can get really creative with this. We love the idea of a footbridge that takes you from one area of the backyard to another. This can give the space a sense of purpose for leisure activities such as relaxing in a hammock, taking a much needed soak in an outdoor spa or a tree house getaway for the kids so you can relax while they play. We love the way stone walkways feel beneath bare feet over brick or concrete, and there’s no upkeep needed as more wear and tear produces a more authentic look. Surround a pathway with greenery for added privacy to achieve a truly tropical look and feel. During chilly winter nights keep warm with a fire pit area, a perfect solution for extra light and a place to spend time with family and friends. 

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Cater to Ambiance

Avoid harsh lighting in your backyard, especially on a breezy fall night you want to design a space that adds a touch of romance. We love candles cleverly hidden from view that offer extra light and add to the space’s relaxed atmosphere. Candles add a certain twinkle and shine we absolutely love, and this is a good tip for any space in your home to change up the ambiance. Invest in battery-operated candles for an authentic look and feel that won’t melt in the warm Arizona sun. Include lamps and lighting in your backyard for a tropical ambiance! There are countless designs to choose from for another great way to accessorize the space. Include a rug with durable fabric and an eye-popping print or pattern to frame a sitting area. This is a great way to add warmth too, as you can enjoy a soft surface beneath your feet. It’s also important to create a space that feels private to combat road noise, neighbors and children. We love the idea of framing a seating area with shrubs or a bamboo fence for a secluded and relaxed atmosphere.

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Planting trees, shrubs and flowers is almost as fun as picking them out at your local nursery, and since most Scottsdale homes already have palm trees, creating a tropical getaway is even easier. Don’t be afraid to have too much green as it has a calming effect on the eyes and generates cool airflow and more oxygen. The key here is varying shades of green for a versatile landscape that appears natural and gorgeous. While choosing what you want, think about how much time you want to spend tending this potential forest because there are multiple trees and shrubs that require almost no attention at all. The next step is adding color to your garden, and this is where the real fun begins as once you inject color into the backyard the green will pop! Think lots of flowers, even cacti that bloom in the spring will add a special Southwestern touch to the landscape.

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You thought we forgot the most satisfying part of going on vacation? Think again. We love the idea of outdoor kitchens with high-tech appliances, fancy grills that will excite even the worst cook and the perfect wine cooler. Design and set up is your priority here, as you want to create a space that has enough seating for friends and family and counter space for serving. Adding an umbrella offers shade from the hot Arizona sun and a pop of color to keep with the tropical oasis theme. Steer clear of cheesy tropical/Hawaiian prints, as you want your space to be sophisticated and luxurious.

Our team of designers is here to guide you in luxury furniture choices, and décor for your outdoor tropical oasis. Stop in at La Maison Interiors in Scottsdale today to see amazing options you will absolutely love!​

Fall Color Schemes We Adore!

Finding the perfect color scheme is a tough job. We search for colors that demonstrate our mood, and how we feel about our homes. We often pull inspiration from what offers us solace when the going gets tough. An orange that exudes the softness of a sweet potato or a yellow that has a touch of golden hues for added warmth or a blue that feels like we’re digging our toes into a sandy beach against the water give us the confidence we need to use color the right way. The biggest trend right now is neutrals—maybe you think this palette is boring but there’s so much versatility when you start with a base like taupe, buff or sand. Choose to go warm with your accent colors for a truly fall weather look and feel or the opposite with cool colors that still feel bold and bright. We’ve got gorgeous color schemes you will love!

0341a2bc6854519e2a13cbe29e0c8dd0Starting with a neutral base automatically gives you the versatility you need in any space. Try a cool off white tone combined with a soft pale yellow hue and a gorgeous coppery orange. This color combination will introduce the perfect fall tones that are easy to curate with a little paint and new fabric. You will absolutely love the way copper orange compliments the pale yellow; it feels modern and sophisticated with the right amount of warmth for the holiday season. We suggest using the coppery orange for the walls if you want to go bold and accent with the lighter tones in pillows, blankets and modern furniture. If you already have off white walls then use the coppery orange and pale yellow accents such as fabric, window treatments or table accessories. We always tell our clients, when in doubt accessorize. La Maison Interiors has great pieces that will bring out the personality in your luxury home for fall!

55b993cf55ef5fda3156b6ba6c7a4b8eDo you love green and simply cannot live without it in your home? Try this color combination in the kitchen! Start with a neutral base that has a pink undertone instead of grey to bring a sense of warmth to the space, and pair it with a sage green you might imagine finding while on a hike. Use a golden yellow that has a warm brown undertone to bring that earthy inviting atmosphere to your space. This color combination speaks to both masculine and feminine sensibilities and really works for the kitchen as it’s really up to how you want to use each color. The green is great for elaborate kitchen cabinets, a popular trend for 2014 kitchen upgrades, and the warm yellow speaks to traditional fall décor we all know and love. This color scheme is a bit more rustic than modern so you can easily incorporate a southwest vibe in your home.

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Gray is a very popular color choice for homeowners in 2014 as it’s versatile, more engaging than your basic beige tones and allows for décor change throughout the seasons. If you love neutrals this color scheme is right up your alley. Off-white green induces balance and energy when paired with a yellow-tinged green that enhances the bold charcoal gray for a sophisticated neutral color scheme. We love this combination for a den or family room. Use the gray for the walls, and don’t hesitate just because it’s a bit darker than your usual color choice! Going dark is a bold move but you can easily brighten the space up with off white green accents.

240ffcd11e56a6c7237ff4385e2adda6The never fail color combination of blue and brown feels fresh and fun with an injection of pure white. This gives a sense of light and balance to a space especially if you’re trying to meet in the middle with someone on design tastes. A darker pebble brown mixed with a blue-gray-green tone feels classic while the inclusion of pure white adds just a touch of modern elegance. This color palette is perfect for the master bedroom or bathroom since you will you have so much fun looking for complimentary accessories and luxury furniture.

However you want to update your home for the fall, our team of interior designers is always willing to shed light on the latest trends. Visit our showroom in Scottsdale for more inspiration and guidance from the experts at La Maison Interiors.

 

Treat Your Windows To a Luxury Makeover

When you design a room in your home, your window treatments are just as important as the paint color on the walls. When you leave the windows bare you take away the focal point of the space, and instantly detract from the overall look and feel of a room. Deciding how you would like window treatments to function in your space is the first order of business. Will they be more functional rather than decorative? Will you choose the smart tech option for automatic blinds and a minimalist look? No matter what your design preferences our interior designers at La Maison have great ideas to outfit any room in your home with window treatments fit for 2014.

bambooshadesThe easy way out is to install simple shades that block the sunlight and keep a space cool from the warm Arizona sunshine during the day. This doesn’t call for much creativity, but it’s the most functional and quick solution if you simply want to cool down your space. Choose shades that let in diffused light so you can easily see what’s going on outside of your home with some added privacy. There are so many different types of shade materials to choose from, but the most popular choice this year has been bamboo for its eco-friendly renewable qualities. Usually shades are simply a background to window treatments, as you want to choose fabric that is eye-catching yet coincides with your preferences. If you already have shades then there’s no need to take them down as layering window treatments is in this year! 

sheercurtains Neutral colors are always a go-to choice since you can easily outfit the space with eye-popping fabrics in throw pillows and upholstery. Whites and off whites always offer a clean and crisp look to any space in your home; whether its an indoor-outdoor space or your bedroom. The best part about accessorizing windows is you won’t have to worry about wear and tear, as you don’t use curtains or drapes like we do sofas and chairs. Just like an off white wing chair, neutral window treatments are timeless and come in so many different styles that you might have a hard time choosing once you arrive at the fabric store. Let your interior designer know the feeling you want to achieve. By pinpointing how you want a space to feel your designer can easily curate it for you.

Just like bamboo shades are all the rage this year, so are naturally woven fabrics for your windows! Think lots of texture and character to create a  “down to earth” ambiance. If the natural style isn’t your cup of tea choose a fabric that has a touch of glamour yet exudes a simple aesthetic. Since eco-friendly materials are really making a comeback in interior design this is a perfect opportunity to try it out. Some fabrics we really enjoy are trendy woven styles that come in multiple colors. Outfit your luxury Scottsdale home with naturally woven silk for truly elegant appearance. This doesn’t exactly scream recyclable, but it definitely appears extravagant and airy. This idea is perfect for the family room if you’re going for a natural aesthetic.

valancedraperyThis year, less is more. Go for a fabric that let in lots of light! The issue here in Arizona is we need protection from the heat for more than 6 months out of the year. Outfit your windows with shutters for a classic plantation style that adds elegance while keeping with the functionality you need. If neutrals aren’t your favorite, then go bold with lots of color! Elegance does not mean lack of color by any means, especially in the dining room where dark colors such as claret, navy blue and forest green exude a bold and beautiful look. Always remember, window treatments act as a focal point for any space. No matter the type of fabric, color or size of the window itself draw attention to your windows and the room will instantly feel different.

At La Maison Interiors, we have so many different fabrics, styles and a myriad of shade options in our showroom for your luxury home. Our team of talented interior designers will guide you to the right fabric choice, answer your questions and find the best fit for you! Come and see us today for more ideas on window treatments you will absolutely love! 

Why Live Without Luxury In The Kitchen?

Remodeling the kitchen is a fun project, but it’s a tough endeavor to tackle if you don’t know where to begin. There are a multitude of trends, but the kitchen is one room in the home that doesn’t call for trends of the moment. Designing a kitchen that fits your taste is easier than you think with La Maison Interiors by your side. Our collection of modern and luxury furniture will give you inspiration to decide what design direction you want to take and our experienced designer will guide you through the entire process.

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One trend we do love, that can be applied to nearly any kitchen, is open concept shelving. This is a really unique and modern take on cabinetry, as you essentially remove the need for hardware all together. Wouldn’t you like to show off your beautiful cookware instead of hiding it behind cabinet doors? If you’re too attached to the cabinetry in your kitchen then a back splash can refresh the space. Tiled back splash is a great way to transform your kitchen and add a pop of color or visual interest to the space. There are so many different choices too! Luxury back splash tiles come in all shapes, sizes, textures and colors to fit your personal tastes.

09847dc4ac8e1c4e0b3d45cc817b7c0cWhether you have a family of four, or you live on your own high-end appliances can drastically change the look and feel of the kitchen. Standard refrigerators are often distracting and jut out from the wall leaving less space in the kitchen. Built-in refrigerators are a wonderful option, and if you really enjoy your cabinets then this solution is perfect for you. Another wonderful addition is an induction cook top with precise temperature control, smart technology that automatically turns off when you remove a pan or pot from the stove top and two separate cooking zones so you can prepare meals faster and with less effort. Install a super quiet dishwasher with energy saving capability so you won’t spend so much on electricity every time you start a cycle. It’s also a great option if you use the dishwasher often and hate the wish-wash sound it produces.

marbleislandNoting key components to consider before choosing a counter top for the kitchen is very important. Choose the material you like the most; the color scheme you’re working with will help you decide what direction to take. The most common choice in counter top material is granite. Available in numerous options, the best part is no two pieces are identical. If you and your partner both love black granite rest assured the small details will stand out. Depending on your preferences, granite is sold in two finishes—polished for a shiny look and honing for a soft and matte finish. If you’re willing to wait for one of a kind granite imported from another country your kitchen will instantly have a luxurious and expensive counter top. If granite is a little too extravagant for you, or you prefer a more modern and minimalist aesthetic natural stone like marble, limestone or soapstone will fit the bill. The only difference is the care and maintenance that comes along with natural materials. Stone requires more upkeep but for its natural look and feel it’s well worth the extra work. A lot of homeowners are searching for something more original and rare—we suggest concrete counter tops as you can completely customize it with pigments to add extra flair. Just like granite, concrete comes in different finishes too! One popular trend we’re seeing is exotic wooden counter tops. Usually, wood is reserved for cabinets and cutting boards but more and more homeowners love this luxury trend as it brings a sense of warmth and coziness to the kitchen.

bamboofloorsFlooring is also a fun way to totally transform your kitchen! Although this is a more daring endeavor, as you won’t be able to use the kitchen for a period of time, the results will be dazzling. We love the idea of using eco-friendly materials like bamboo, available in multiple finishes, to fit even the most rare requests. If you love Mediterranean style then Saltillo tile is a perfect choice for your kitchen. It looks rustic and warm for a truly inviting appearance. For the men who really want something bold and daring we suggest black leather—despite its usual use for furniture it’s a perfect alternative to standard wood or tile as its cushy yet durable like laminate. We also love porcelain and travertine, as it has a subtle sense of luxury, but it’s easy upkeep and maintenance. Both materials generate that modern aesthetic you could be searching for! The ultimate in luxury flooring is marble, as it exudes a timeless feeling of extravagance and old world beauty—it’s also complimentary with other materials.

Whether you want to do a small-scale renovation and expose what’s inside of your cabinets or completely overhaul the space La Maison Interiors has wonderful ideas to get you started. The kitchen is not only a place for appliances and gorgeous flooring either. Visit us in Scottsdale and shop for luxury furniture such as bar stools and chests for storage and seating. Not sure where to begin?  Consult with a designer.  Our collections range from modern to traditional, and we’re positive you will find the perfect luxury furniture piece for your home at La Maison Interiors in Scottsdale.

Design The Ultimate Man Cave

Creating a space that’s solely your own is likely the most rewarding redecoration project, but where do you start? Coming home from work everyday without a comfortable chair to fall into is certainly a disappointment. As husbands and fathers you deserve a space that is purely your own. La Maison Interiors is here to give you ideas on how to curate the perfect ‘man cave’ that you’ll never want to leave.

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What are you most passionate about? Knowing what you love to do is the most important factor when creating a man cave, as you want to choose a space that fits your passions. Do you love to work on cars or carpentry projects on your days off? The garage is your sanctuary. If you prefer entertaining with your friends and family, watching sports and cooking on the weekends then consider an indoor-outdoor space. This is a perfect solution for Scottsdale luxury homes since we are blessed with great weather year round. Another possibility is redesigning your office or basement as a larger secondary entertainment space with added privacy. Picking the right space is crucial to get the most out of your ideas.

grp-8Choose a focal point. It could be a flat screen television, a display of collector’s items, a bar and grill, a personalized exercise space, your workbench or a trophy case to show off your proudest moments. Whatever it is, you want to emphasize your passions. Once you’ve decided the purpose of the space you can move onto the logistics such as the amount of square footage you’re working with so you can properly allocate for all the amenities you want! There are so many options when it comes to curating a perfect man cave—here are some ideas we love!

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The fun part about redecorating or simply creating a space from scratch is letting the ideas flow! A man cave is all about your personal preferences and letting your passions show. A good place to start is with a theme or a color palette that exudes your personal tastes. Working with a theme is a lot of fun and allows you to decorate with memorabilia you might have collected over the years. Making a space your own starts with what you love! Do not forget to include the necessary items you cannot live without. This might be a flat screen television surrounded my smaller screens –create an at home sports bar if you’d like! This idea is perfect for a basement as you can install a full service bar, perfect for entertaining your friends on game day. Another great option is to completely renovate your garage! This is often a go-to solution, with easy upkeep and maintenance. There are countless organization and storage options for your tools and also flooring options that give a sense of luxury to the garage. You don’t have to say goodbye to state of the art technology, as you can easily install a full-fledged entertainment area! Transform your garage into a sanctuary with all the added comforts of your family room, and be happy you took the plunge.

db8966d0384f15849b0ef1e5ffc43fabWhat about added extras that really make the space your own? Choose furniture that is the pinnacle of comfort and convenience such as a movie theater seats or recliners with customized cup holders of your favorite sports team or brand. Seating should be comfortable yet functional! Display your most used tools out in the garage on a magnetized panel for easy access and organization, and include a Craftsman tool box that will keep your smaller nails, bolts and screws organized. Some really unique ideas that require a bit of creativity are foster a level of comfort and luxury all at once. Install a wall mounted beer bottle opener, a coffee table with a built in cooler so you don’t have to keep getting up for your next drink or a Smart TV that supports voice recognition when the remote goes missing. If you live with a girlfriend or a wife then you can designate the space your own with a customized sign or funny message to let her know she’s entering your space. Equip your indoor-outdoor space with a state of the art grill, refrigerator and wine cooler to keep drinks chilled on hot days in Scottsdale.

The best part of designing a space to call your own is you have the freedom to design it! Include all of your must haves and leave add-ons to end to include everything you absolutely want! Keep comfort and convenience in mind, as you will want to spend your free time doing what you love most. If you are outfitting the garage make sure there’s a comfortable chair you can relax in after a few hours of building or working on your car. Designing an entertainment space? Think about seating and access to food and drink to make it easy on your guests to help themselves. However you decide to design your man cave keep your favorites in mind to get the most out of your space. At La Maison Interiors, our designers are experts in curating spaces specific to individual preference and taste. We’re positive you will find the perfect luxury furniture to include in your space!

Why Does Wallpaper Make Such A Statement?

​When your interior designer brings wallpaper into the conversation your mind immediately jumps to outdated prints and colors that just don’t quite fit with your vision of a luxury home in Scottsdale. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Wallpaper is making a comeback this year with new emerging technology generating prints and patterns ranging from timeless and traditional to bold and graphic. Wallpaper can define a room’s style and transform the atmosphere by simply adding color, texture or pattern to your walls. Don’t write off wallpaper just yet, as interior designers love the new age of wallpaper.

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​Wallpaper does something paint cannot. It brings texture to one-dimensional walls generating a sense of luxury and visual interest. Prints or patterns can significantly change the look and feel of a room even if you decide on a monochromatic color scheme your walls will instantly jump out at you, rather than reside in the background. You may be looking for that ”wow” factor paint simply cannot produce. Take a look at any room of your home that just doesn’t speak to the level of luxury you’re looking for; you can’t add more fabric and you’ve already chosen the right furniture–what’s left? Wallpaper will bring you the “wow” factor you’re looking for! It’s produced in countless styles, patterns and prints to outfit nearly any style! Wallpaper gives your space the boost it needs without drowning out existing elements of your space.

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Wallpaper changes the size of a space by either elongating low ceilings or shrinking a very large space for added coziness. Most overlook this and skip straight to paint color. Maybe your foyer has vaulted ceilings with a crown molding that slices the space in half horizontally. This might seem like a big problem to tackle, but consider wallpaper that directs the visual interest to the bottom half of the room so your eyes are drawn to it. This will give the space a more dramatic appearance without detracting from existing architectural elements, to achieve a homey look and feel.

What if you have the opposite problem and the space is simply too small? If you cannot renovate it to create more square footage, wallpaper can make a huge difference! Since your eyes will follow the flow of a print or pattern try vertical striped wallpaper to significantly lengthen low ceilings, and create the illusion of height. Opt for lighter colors though to avoid making the room feel even smaller.

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Bold & Daring Wins!
Have you ever seen wallpaper and thought–I could never have that in my home! Have you ever followed that question up with why not? As wallpaper makes a striking comeback in 2014 we’re seeing elaborate prints and dramatic color schemes that completely alter a room’s look and feel. Although this may be a step away from your comfort zone you will be pleasantly surprised to see what lively and playful prints can do in your home! Bold wallpaper dramatically changes a space by adding just the right amount of visual interest. Where’s the best place to go bold? The powder room or even a laundry room is the perfect space to try out daring wallpaper prints. Make a statement with wallpaper but understand what kind of statement you want to make. Soft lines add a soothing and elegant touch, while geometrics lend to a more modern look and feel. Whether you want to achieve high energy or subtle elegance wallpaper will change the way your space feels instantly.

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Technology Makes it Easy
The newest advancements in technology jump-started the wallpaper comeback, as it’s easier than ever to digitally print various patterns, prints and textures with the click of a button. Previously popular floral and vertical stripes dominated most manufacturer inventories, but now designers are finding inspiration to create fresh updated prints and patterns every single day. You may be hesitant to give wallpaper a try because it’s stigma falls in the outdated, overused category, but there’s nothing better than seeing a print or pattern on the city street corner and bringing it to your interior designer to create a one of a kind wallpaper print. Hand drawn wallpaper prints are very popular right now and align with a sense of luxury and originality homeowners search for.

 

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the print you adore over a trend because you want to fall in love with your walls every day. You can never go wrong with traditional, classic choices such as vertical stripes or a modern floral print. There are so many textures and patterns to choose from, but that’s half the fun! Are you wondering how to go about choosing the right wallpaper for your home? Here are 3 easy ways to decide where to look first! Decide on your design concept first–modern or traditional? Eclectic or classic? Once you’ve narrowed that down decide on what the room needs; is it too small or too large? Do you want to notice the walls or let them work the magic as the background? Then, decide if you want to work off existing elements in your space or start fresh! If you simply want to update the walls, work off of the furniture and fabrics you have already; if not, begin with the wallpaper of your choice and choose secondary pieces like furniture and fabric to complete the space.

Before jumping straight to paint chips, think about the different ways a room can stand out with another medium. Wallpaper was very popular before the modern design takeover, and has seemingly lost its luster among homeowners. Despite its previous uses, wallpaper has made a comeback as interior designers look to surprise clients with fresh ideas to add that extra touch of interest. La Maison Interiors should be your first stop when picking out the right luxury furniture for your home to give your new wallpaper a touch of elegance and grandeur. Visit our showroom in Scottsdale for more interior design ideas you’re bound to fall in love with this season!

Fall Trends You Will Love!

Despite the warm summer temperatures in Scottsdale your can still incorporate your favorite fall trends for the final months of 2014! We’ll help you find the right tabletop accessories, maybe a warm wood coffee table to add warmth to your family room or modern metallic pieces for some texture and interest atop the mantle piece in the family room. Whatever your favorite fall trend may be, La Maison Interiors will help you find the right luxury furniture to match fabulous fall décor!

4651e95d1309856f8801b4193c84aeabOne of the most popular design trends this fall is versatility, texture and layering. You won’t have to completely renovate a space to achieve this look either! Think throw pillows in gorgeous fabrics, a blanket that gives the illusion we’re experiencing cold weather, adding warmth to the sofa or your favorite leather chair. Mix it up with metallic pieces in your foyer for added visual interest and a touch of glamour. Your holiday guests are guaranteed to adore the combination of different textures, as it appears eclectic yet sophisticated. Don’t be afraid to pair different metals together, but make sure one does not overpower the other. When in doubt about mixing and matching metallic pieces, simply side with the same style to keep with a consistent design element.

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The resurgence of traditional design has officially taken over for Fall 2014! Modern and eclectic décor has seen its time for the past few years, but as homeowners are looking for a cozier more approachable look and feel, traditional design has gained popularity. Incorporate a chandelier in the dining room for a timeless look that has just the right amount of glamour mixed in. One rule of thumb to measure for the right size chandelier is to double the width of your dining room in feet, and convert it to inches to find the minimum diameter you will need. This trick is well suited for those of us who fear the dreaded dinky chandelier. Wallpaper might seem outdated and frankly difficult to deal with, but you might be surprised at the countless options your interior design can offer you. Adding wallpaper to your family room, or even in the kitchen as a backsplash, whether it’s in the cabinets or not, a patterns and color does a room wonders!

e6a425095853c4782da20fdd1824f27bRenovating the kitchen is a big project to take on, but if you take it one step at a time you can easily change the entire look and feel over time. Start with your cabinets! Elaborate cabinetry is taking the design world by storm, as we’re seeing all types of colors and unique materials being used to take ordinary kitchen cabinets from boring to beautiful! Creating a glamorous kitchen is a lot of fun! You have tons of choices in terms of hardware, color and countertop material to choose from. Go bold and paint your cabinets a deep jewel tone with a metallic backsplash and matching hardware to create a traditional yet original look and feel. Intricate cabinetry details also make a difference if you want to keep with neutral tones in the kitchen. You can incorporate texture into the kitchen using natural elements such as stone to create a more organic atmosphere. Including elements of nature in the kitchen will give it a fresh update while keeping with traditional elements we all know and love.

8265f6856a9794f2022a3b38b4525902Bringing those natural elements into your home is a really fun and easy way to incorporate fall décor wherever you want. La Maison has the perfect tabletop accessories so you can start mixing and matching as the holiday season approaches. Warm colors work best! Think burnt orange and golden yellow; like the color of fallen leaves and crimson red to bring forth a traditional holiday color palette. Mix metallic pieces into the mix for texture and even a fall themed arrangement as a centerpiece for your dining room table. Lighting is crucial in creating a cozy atmosphere; candles are the easiest way to curate the soft relaxed ambiance you’re looking for! You can change the mood of any space if you incorporate candles, whether it be on the coffee table or neatly tucked away on the kitchen counter candles work anywhere in the home!

No matter what your favorite fall trend is incorporating warm colors, the right lighting and festive decor will change the look and feel of your home. Try these ideas in your home this fall for a fresh update from summertime and purchase the perfect accessories at La Maison Interiors where traditional luxury lives!

5 Ways To Turn Your Bathroom Into A Spa

bathroom5We all need a relaxing space to spend a few minutes and unwind every single day. Outfitting your bathroom to become a luxury spa starts with a serene color palette, and a peaceful ambiance to escape the stress of the day. Your bathroom should be a place of complete and total serenity—from the scent of your candles to the window treatments. La Maison is here to help you create a beautiful bathroom to indulge all your senses.

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Choose lighting wisely. Pay attention to the wattage when purchasing light bulbs, as lower wattage can make a big difference in the bathroom. Fluorescent lighting is never recommended in the bathroom because of the harsh light –the softer the lighting the more you can create a mood. A great option is to install dimmer lights with various levels of brightness. If you share your bathroom with a spouse or significant other, installing the right vanity for the two of you can make a world of a difference in the morning and at night. Couples ideally share a bathroom space, but that doesn’t mean you have to compromise your space! Install a double vanity and experience the wonders of separate space!Make sure your vanity has the right lighting to put on makeup; light dimmers are also a good option here too.

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You Have the Right to Accessorize

Have fun with accessorizing in your bathroom! This is the time and place to pick your favorite pieces, whether it’s wall art or candles to create the right ambiance or functional items that make your bathroom more convenient. Candles are a great way to create a relaxing and serene atmosphere. Create a candle arrangement for your Jacuzzi area with different heights to give some visual interest to your space. A jewelry dish on your vanity is a great way to keep track of your jewelry and prevent losing your favorite pieces to the drain. We suggest luxury furniture pieces such as a stool or poof for your vanity so you can comfortably sit and get ready in the morning.

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Most interior designers will tell you the softer the color the more applicable it is to a smaller space. Choose whichever color you like, but keep in mind color creates mood and ambiance. If you’re going for a completely feminine bathroom, warm colors work best while cool blues and greens lend to both male and female sensibilities. Create a themed bathroom and with color as well. Sandy beige paired with teal blue and cool cucumber make for a perfect beach themed bathroom. Go completely modern and masculine with dark wood cabinets, white countertops and sleek chrome faucets. We love modern interior design and so will you!

 

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The Good Stuff:

What do we mean by the good stuff? All things luxurious! Think plush bathmats, expensive towels with you and your man’s monogram on it, and all the necessary bathtub accessories for the most relaxing hour you’ll spend all day. Creating a bathroom that feels like a spa is all about the experience. From the moment you walk in until you turn the light off every aspect of your bathroom should be luxurious. We love the idea of a steam shower with a built in bench lined with gorgeous tile or real rocks if you want a more organic look and feel. Install a deep soaker bathtub, recessed in the floor for an extremely relaxing bubble bath.

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All Things Tech

Some of the newest technology will help you achieve a bit more luxury too! Heated toilet seats with LED lights will guide you late at night, and take away the need for harsh lighting. Choose from endless types of showerheads and faucets ranging from traditional design to absolutely modern and high tech. Imagine the last time you visited a spa, and every towel was warmed to the perfect temperature; a heated towel rack can give you this little slice of luxury at home. For at truly luxurious glass shower, install glass that turns opaque with the switch of a lock for total privacy. Explore high tech options like this and visit our Smart Home blog for more ideas!

Balance Beauty and Functionality In Your Family Room

Curating the perfect space for your family requires know-how in harmony and balance. You want to create a family room that feels comfortable with communal spaces to spend time together while adhering to your personal taste.

2013-10-02_04.37.25__1_Balance is key, no matter what room it is. Keep in mind three types of symmetry when choosing your modern furniture, color and accessories for the family room. Symmetrical spaces appear harmonious and inviting, while still functional and spacious. By choosing like pieces you will achieve a mirrored effect for visual interest. Repetition is key in this scenario. This type of symmetry feels orderly, as all the major pieces in your family room will work off a central axis. Pinpoint the focal point in your family room; this could be the fireplace mantle, television or piece of art, and design in accordance with it to achieve a truly symmetrical space.

 

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Asymmetrical spaces feel more relaxed, yet still inviting and functional. The key to achieving asymmetry is to pay attention to your eye’s natural sense of balance, the weight of objects and furniture in the family room. The focal point of the room is primarily important, but you have more freedom with arrangement as you can play with height and weight to balance each other. Repetition comes into play, but avoid identical pieces. Often asymmetrical family rooms appear more eclectic yet still luxurious as theres more visual interest at every turn of the eye.

radialBe bold with your home and experiment with radial symmetry; less commonly used and rarely executed properly, but if done correctly the result is truly stunning. Think of one focal point that all the other elements of the space work off of. Think round tables, light fixtures and avoid straight clean lines. The more natural curvature found in your space the more successful the design becomes. For instance, place a round coffee table in your family room and carefully arrange a sofa, chair, end table and accessories around the table. Play around with circular shapes, but also think about the arrangement. Your home may have a foyer with a winding staircase that appears off or unbalanced with strict straight lines, but a round table will compliment the staircase curvature. The functionality of a space is very important for balance. Do not dedicate traffic flow areas to one space; creating walkways throughout the space helps guests and your family to move comfortably in and out of the family room. Crowding all of the seating too close together will appear too busy, while too large of a walkway will cause the space to look empty and useless. Color also functions the same way. Too many colors in a symmetrical space will throw off the balance, while an asymmetrical space allows for more choices in color.

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The perfect modern furniture for your family room is ultimately up to you, but keep with the rule of repetition to achieve a mirrored effect to keep with symmetrical design rules. If the fireplace is your focal point, choose two accessories that add height such as vases for either side of the mantle. The same goes for end table lamps. You will want two of a kind to achieve a mirrored effect. Asymmetry allows for more freedom in your choice of décor and color choice, while radial design is mainly concerned with form. However you choose to keep balance in your family room is up to you, but designing with a set of rules in place will make it easier to pick and choose the right modern furniture for your family room. At La Maison we want to help you create the perfect family room for your home with luxury pieces no matter what your design taste may be. Visit us at our showroom in Scottsdale for more ideas and inspiration to start curating your dream family room today!