Get Comfortable With Luxury Pillows

Decorating for the holidays is so much fun, but when the month of December ends, how do we get back to classic luxury style without going too overboard? Pillows. All types of pillows in different shapes, sizes colors and fabrics are so much fun to choose and incorporate in your luxury home. Whatever your design style may be, La Maison has the perfect set of pillows to ring in the New Year!

FullSizeRenderPerhaps it’s time to replace your pillows, but where do you even begin? First, think about the purpose of the pillows, and who will be using them. We use the family room the most to spend time together, and your pillows should reflect those types of activities. Ensure they are comfortable to lean on or rest your head for a quick nap. The fabric should be soft, touchable and easy to clean. Also take into account the size of your furniture. Large throw pillows are better for the bedroom, while medium sized pillows are best for the family room, den or even an office chair. Small decorative pillows with embellishments are best in a space that does not get a lot of use. If you have a sitting room or great room that is mostly for show or special occasions then choose pillows that showcase beadwork or use an expensive fabric. If your space is mostly neutral colors add a pillow with a bold pattern or a bright color for an eye-catching accessory.

FullSizeRender 2Think about the shape of your pillows! There are so many to choose from it may be hard to know which one is best suited for your each space in your home. The most common pillow sizes are standard squares for sofas that measure about 16 inches. Bolster pillows are great for bedrooms as they are unique in their cylinder shape and look great with different fabric options. Lumbar support pillows are usually 14×36 inches and offer back support for watching television or even reading in your office or sitting room. Smaller pillows appear more decorative rather than functional so it’s best to place smaller ‘boudoir’ pillows for show rather than use.

Pillows appeal to comfort. Have you ever noticed most people will migrate to the end of a couch or the corner of an armchair to sit comfortably? Think  about where your guests will likely sit after entering a space. Don’t overpopulate your sofa with pillows because your guests might feel sitting down is not an option. Make sure pillows are arranged casually for an inviting seating area and overall atmosphere. When designing a guest room, do not include too many throw pillows on the bed. We suggest arranging pillows in 2’s or 4’s on the bed. Most people move throw pillows to the floor so make sure you do not care about potential wear and tear in the guest room. In the master bedroom choose throw pillows that can double as extra support while watching television or reading a book. Include a pillow for your personal reading chair in the bedroom for added comfort and style.  Choose soft and touchable fabrics for pillows meant for relaxation.

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When it comes to pillows, personalization is very popular! Give your master bedroom some personality with monogrammed pillows of you and your spouse’s initials or a pillow with an inspirational quote for your daughter. It acts as a sweet reminder, and offers a touch of luxury to any space. Beading and embellishments are certainly beautiful and with so many different options available at La Maison, we’ll help you find the perfect fabric to use. If your home is more modern go for geometric patterns in monochromatic color schemes. One color always works as an accent against a strong bold pattern or print as well. Choose soft and comfortable fabrics throughout your home. We love classic velour for the family room as it adds a touch of luxury and really makes the space feel warm and inviting. Some of the newer trends in pillows include handmade or vintage patterns and embellishments that give a little something extra.

No matter your design style, we can help you find the perfect pillows for any space in your home. From a vast selection in our showroom to fabulous fabrics, tassels and suggestions from our team of interior designers for custom pillows, we’ll help you find the perfect pillows for your home. Visit La Maison today and start redecorating your home with gorgeous pillows in even more fabulous fabrics!

Is Your Home the Holiday Hotel?

Relaxation, tranquility and comfort are the most important factors to creating the perfect luxury guest room! Think about your experiences staying with family and what items or luxuries you missed the most. Catering to your guests individual needs can be difficult, especially if your in-laws are visiting for the holiday season! Knowing exactly what they need is what La Maison Interiors is here for! We will help you decorate and design a beautiful and luxurious guest room perfect for any friend or family member.

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Have you ever walked into a luxurious hotel room and touched the softest sheets and comfiest pillows with a folded down comforter just waiting for you to slip inside and take a nap? Give your guests a similar experience to staying in a high-end hotel when creating a guest room. Our collections of traditional, cotemporary and even old world style luxury furniture will impress your guests, and look great! First, assess the size of the extra room you will use, and make a list of furniture items you want to use. The most crucial items for a restful and convenient stay are a nightstand, dresser, bedside light and of course beautiful bedding coupled with a luxurious headboard. 

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Create a soft and inviting ambiance in your guestroom. Choose light fixtures that add soft lighting rather than harsh or fluorescent lighting. Candles are always a nice touch in the bedroom and bathroom giving off a little extra heat, and an enjoyable scent. Keeping extra towels within reach is important too. Guests like to feel as if they can manage their needs without having to ask for too much from the host. Keep fresh towels, extra toiletries and other items guests often neglect to bring on trips within immediate reach; maybe create a basket of travel goodies for your guest to make them feel at home! Some of the best experiences in hotels stem from the level of service and accommodation provided, along with gorgeous design and comfortable bedding. You can make this happen all at La Maison Interiors in Scottsdale. 

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At La Maison, we specialize in gorgeous luxury furniture for all rooms in your home, but when it comes to the bedroom our pieces are outstanding and absolutely beautiful. Some of our nightstands have built in reading lights for night owls who enjoy cozying up to their favorite book at the end of the day. Our headboards are luxurious, and come in so many different styles. If the guestroom can fit a sofa or a slipper chair you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how luxurious the space can be. This also gives your guest a place to put on their shoes or relax and read a book. Pincushion headboards are always a best seller and exude a feeling of royalty and indulgence. Make sure to have a mirror either in the bedroom or on the door so your guests don’t have to travel to the bathroom every time they need a mirror. Give your guests the gift of luxury this holiday season with beautiful bedding, plush pillows and linens all from La Maison Interiors! Elegance is key when creating a relaxing environment.  A fluffy comforter coupled with a duvet gives your guests an option for nighttime comfort, as some people prefer heavier bedding while others do not. Another option is adding a desk in your guest room. This can double as a makeup station for women or a place to put electronics such as a laptop if your guests need to access email or Internet

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Incorporating a dresser in the guestroom offers extra storage, and a space to keep personal items. Our dressers come in various styles and colors to fit your personal taste. There are so many options to choose from at La Maison when it comes to extra storage! If a dresser is simply not going to fit in your guest room opt for a smaller set of drawers or a set of baskets that appear elegant and inviting. Giving guests extra space to store clothing, shoes, dresses or a suit is crucial during the holidays. Make sure extra hangers are readily available, and if need be place a set of drawers in the closet if there is limited space in the bedroom. Stay ahead of your guests and keep them organized with a suitcase stand in the room. If they are only staying for a few nights this is a perfect solution as they can easily access personal items without bending over or sitting on the ground.

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The Finishing Touches
The details make all the difference in guest rooms! Make amenities available to your guest either in the bathroom or create a basket of travel goodies! We love this idea for the holidays, as you can leave some lovely smelling soap, candles, cookies and even a coffee mug! The guest room should comfortable and convenient; leave a wicker laundry basket for added elegance. Make it easy for guests to connect to the Wi-Fi by providing the password before they arrive. Include an extra phone charger, a coffee maker station, a personal mirror, and a set of hangers (and not the plastic kind) to make it easy for them to feel comfortable and at home. An alarm clock, television, recent magazines or a couple books for leisurely reading and viewing of favorite shows or movies is always a thoughtful touch for your guests.

Creating a luxury guestroom is really easy when you have La Maison Interiors by your side. Our collection of luxury furniture is perfect for the guest room no matter what interior design style you love! It’s all about the ambiance in a guestroom; take note from your experiences at hotels or relatives home’s and think about what crucial item was missing. Opt for convenience and comfort, and your guests will think they’re staying in a five star hotel. Visit La Maison Interiors in Scottsdale and speak with one of our interior designers for great ideas on designing a gorgeous guestroom

Make Your Space Look Bigger Instantly

We all have one room in our home that is smaller than the rest lacking the ideal atmosphere for interior design. Get optimal solutions that will make any space in your home look larger with a simple change in paint color, lighter fabric options or the addition of a mirror for a more open and spacious feeling. Simple and easy changes can drastically change the way you feel when you enter into your space for a more inviting atmosphere everyone will love. La Maison Interiors will show you how to do it, and why it will be a fun project!

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One of the easiest ways to make a room appear larger is through the proper placement of draperies. This is often overlooked and causes a serious kink in the overall design of a space. Avoid hanging drapes that are right above the window casement, as this dwarfs any space, big or small. Instead, hang drapes where the wall and ceiling meet or a few inches above the casement if you have a little bit of wiggle room regarding ceiling height. Another easy solution is to coordinate the color of your fabric with wall color. This will make your space appear larger without a doubt! Another idea that works extraordinarily well in bedrooms, nurseries or even a laundry room is to opt for sheer drapes. Avoiding heavy fabrics and dark colors offers a more spacious feeling. Let in as much natural light as possible to open up the space even more. A good tip to incorporate modern design in a small space is to paint the walls and window casements the same color. This technique works the same way as sheer or similar colored drapes; it makes the space look and feel larger.

2013-09-26 05.04.44Picking The Right Pieces
Choosing luxury furniture that fits a small space can be challenging, but with a few easy guidelines picking the right pieces will be easier than ever. Choose luxury furniture that is raised off the ground instead of slouchy, large furniture that takes up visual space. Some of our newest arrivals will be a perfect fit for a small space. Choose luxury furniture that has clean lines. Do not choose a piece that is slouchy or very wide. Your goal is to choose pieces that offer a light, open and inviting atmosphere no matter what space you are redesigning. Also, multifunctional furniture such as a sofa that doubles as a bed or an ottoman repurposed as a coffee table or extra seating is both useful and fashionable. Although you don’t want to choose furniture that’s oversized, a large piece of furniture such as a corner desk in an office or a winged armchair in the family room will often make it look larger. A floor to ceiling bookshelf will add height to the space also. Organization is a critical factor in small spaces, so keep the clutter to a minimum and be choosy about which accessories to include. Mirrors offer a great solution to small spaces since the reflection widens the visual space and offers an open, airy feeling. La Maison has a great collection of luxury mirrors that are perfect for your home.

Choosing The Right Colors
Patterns:Textures2When it comes to creating a color palette to make your space appear larger paint the trim, walls and any detailing in one color but similar shades. If you have off white trim and grey walls, choose another shade of white to paint the walls and your space will instantly feel bigger! A unified color palette will make the room appear much larger too. Painting your ceiling a bold and bright color is a risky move, but for anyone who has an eclectic taste this is your golden ticket. It draws your eyes upward making the room appear taller. Group similarly colored accessories together like books, trinkets or even modern art pieces that can be color-coded for an organized appearance. Open up your space with similarly colored luxury furniture to cut down on contrast. Instead of a solid wood coffee or end table opt for a glass table; you might be surprised as to how the transparency of glass tricks the eye into thinking there’s more space in the room.

Interior Design Colors for Spring 2013Placement Is Key
Setting up a small space is a crucial part to the redecorating process. Even if you are not purchasing new furniture, repainting the walls or buying new fabrics rearranging your space could dramatically change the look and feel. By angling furniture rather than placing it against the wall it offers a dramatic effect and uses negative space to your advantage. Large paintings on the wall stand alone vases or any other dramatic accessory should not be left to the wayside as one big piece makes a space feel bigger too.  Avoid clutter at all costs in small space! Place your items carefully and make sure to leave some empty wall space because the more items you try to pack into one space the smaller it will feel. Minimalistic design tendencies work best in small spaces, especially when it comes to placement and style. Although designing a small space in traditional style is just as doable as modern and minimalistic be particular about what items stay and which items have to go. At La Maison, our team of interior designers is more than happy to help you design your space! We have tons of ideas, products and options for a small space. Visit our showroom today and find that piece of luxury furniture you’ve been searching for!

Why A Desk Changes Everything at Home

In this day and age, Americans work on average 50 or more hours a week hypnotized in front of computer screens, running around meeting clients or on phone calls from morning to night. Daytime hours roll into the evening often preventing most people from leaving work before 6 p.m. Using interior design to improve the quality of our lives is so much more relevant now, as the lines between home and work blur.  An at home work station complete with the perfect desk is a must have in the modern home.

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Make It Work At Home 
Most people dread bringing work home, mostly because they know the only place to actually do work is on the sofa, at the kitchen table or maybe in bed. Most of time, people work from their laptop or iPad and forget about the importance of sitting at a desk to stay productive and organized out of the office. Keeping work out of the bedroom and the dining room is important to living a balanced lifestyle.  Setting up a space dedicated to work is a significant improvement from working in front of the television while also trying to spend time with family, and will significantly improve the way you work at home.

In terms of interior design, a desk is still a relevant piece of furniture, and despite our best efforts not to blur the line between home and work it’s important to dedicate a space just for work. Modernized desks provide homeowners with high-tech solutions and at home comfort. Drawers to hold office supplies are no longer needed, as desks are sleek and modern in both design and functionality. Luxury desks come in a variety of styles, made of a myriad of materials and perfect for any interior design style. At La Maison, we have an extensive collection of desks that will look fabulous in your luxury Scottsdale home! From minimalist and modern to traditional rustic and old world style we have what you’re looking for.

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Where to place it and why?
Finding the perfect location for a desk in your home can be the toughest part of the entire process.  The most common place to put a desk is an office or study, allowing for the most creative freedom. Another common area is near the kitchen, as this allows for interaction with family and most importantly dinnertime. Consider placing a desk in your bedroom if the master is large enough. Decide what you will use the desk for, and if you need more or less privacy. If you plan on using the desk for family scheduling carve out a space off the kitchen. This works wonderfully in open concept floor plans, as everyone can easily access what they need. Consider putting a desk towards the front of the house for added privacy, or if you have a dedicated office/study area that does not have a purpose in your home yet, take advantage!

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There are so many different styles to choose from, where do you start? Take a look at the existing design elements in your home first, and build off of it for a cohesive look and feel. Modern desks have straight lines, likely no hardware or drawers and offer built in technology solutions. You don’t get to choose your desk at work, but at home it’s all about personal preference. Your desk at home should embody personal style, fit your storage needs and provide a large enough workspace to where you can be efficient and stay organized. Modern design isn’t your only option as La Maison Interiors has traditional pieces you will love! Our traditional style desks are timeless and luxurious, and some of our newest arrivals for winter are desks made of exotic wood with hand carving that adds such character.  If you adore rustic old world styles we have gorgeous one of a kind pieces on our showroom floor.

The Fit
There are a few essential points to remember when looking for a desk. Think about the size of the space first, and if you need a small or large desk. Next, consider the height of the desk. If you plan on sitting down at your desk most of the time, be sure to select the appropriate comfortable chair.  Do you have enough legroom? Can you comfortably hover over the desk or is it too high? Also consider the technology you will be using at your desk. Will you spend most of your time working between two computer screens or will you be sketching, drawing or writing? Make sure the desk is large enough to support your work needs as well as fit your personal style.

Shopping for a desk might seem like a second thought, but even if you don’t bring work home staying organized and on top of daily tasks either for you or an entire family is much easier when everything is centralized in a general area. Desks provide a beautiful addition to any room of your home, as they are multi-functional, but designed beautifully. Just because a piece of furniture is functional does not mean it lacks beauty and elegance. At La Maison, our collection of contemporary, traditional and modern furniture is waiting for you. We have the perfect desk for your home!

 

 

Classic Design Never Goes Out of Style

When we think of classic interior design gorgeous woodwork, original flooring, huge windows and doors with high ceilings come to mind. We think of stained glass lamps and rich colors with decorative luxury furniture and simple yet elegant color schemes. Classical style stems from design focused on grandeur based upon order and balance to create perfect symmetry. What characterizes a classically designed space is the architectural focal point like a staircase or a coffered ceiling that offers character without the accompaniment of too much décor. When we think of classic design we think of a space that is always in, and never out.

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Color, fabric and style are a big part of classic design. There are a myriad of styles that fall into classic design as we’re seeing a blend of past centuries influence in contemporary classical design. Furniture acts as the “art” in classic interior design rather than blending into the space’s architecture, as it seems to do in modern minimalist design.  In terms of color earthy colors like blue, brown, yellow, green and monochromatic color palettes offer a soft and inviting atmosphere without feeling too relaxed. Fabric should be elegant yet understated; use linen, cotton and other durable materials to exude a classic “no fuss” look and feel. We have a wide variety of fabric selections at La Maison, and our designers are happy to guide you in the right direction when it comes to patterns and prints. Infuse a touch of luxury into your space with velvet, silk or taffeta accents for a softer more feminine aesthetic. Patterned fabrics should be kept understated just like fabric type and color like a large striped motif or a leaf plant motif that echoes classical style. Introducing texture to your space keeps it versatile and engaging to the eye, but the subtle changes make a world of a difference.

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Choose furniture that is sophisticated and timeless, and avoid anything “trendy” or over the top. Classic design is all about understated elegance, and when it comes to decorating your color palette should be toned down with soft and functional fabrics. Refined beauty is characterized by pieces that conceal the decorative details until you are up close and personal. It’s also important to stay focused on tying the room together with complimentary elements. Furniture that has natural curves ultimately feels more inviting and elegant. In the family room, choose armchairs with rolled arms or tufted details. These are the tiny refinements that take your space from modern to classic. It’s all in the details, especially when it comes to furniture. Look for fluted or scrolled furniture legs that add character without appearing too over the top. Another great way to incorporate classic design in your space is to include something antique and original, as you want to echo the great classical decades of the 20th century.

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The architecture in your home is just as important as the furniture in your home. If you want to include classic elements but are not sure how to achieve that molding, baseboards and framing solutions infuse a traditional look and feel to your home. Crown moldings are gorgeous and should be celebrated so to emphasize them choose a pure white paint versus off-white. Wainscoting elements are not found in every home, but if you have it use it your advantage. We love the idea of adding rope molding to the wainscoting for an extra detail too! Framing a doorway, fireplace or even your kitchen cabinets makes a world of difference and adds the subtle elegance characterized by classical design elements.

Classic design is glamorous when executed correctly, and at La Maison, our team of interior designers is more than happy to help you create an elegant space with a feeling of grandeur. By focusing on symmetry in your space, you can achieve a classic design. We have contemporary and traditional luxury furniture styles waiting for you at La Maison Interiors in Scottsdale!

Local Latin American Artisans Design Luxury Furniture

carved bedWhen you’re looking for a truly unique piece of furniture, nothing surpasses a handcrafted piece directly from the artisan’s hands. La Maison Interiors supports the many local artisans in Latin America who produce truly special pieces with a deep connection to their culture. The numerous countries that make up Latin America support a very active shopping culture for tourists. Take one step into Mexico City and you will find large modernized shopping malls but the hidden gems are located in outlying villages and cities in Central and South America. Artisans who are 3rd and 4th generation craft elaborate handmade furnishings with intricate carvings and an impeccable attention to detail available to tourists and in La Maison Interiors in Scottsdale! The lasting impression of Spanish and French settlers characterizes the mixture between various furniture styles we see in Mexico and South American countries today.

Lamaison chestThe spirit of ancient civilizations carries on in Mexican culture and in the hearts of its citizens despite being overthrown by Spanish settlers, their allegiance is impressive. As they fight poverty and overpopulation, Mexico is a mix between wide expanses of desert, mountain ranges and gorgeous white sand beaches met by crystal clear water. Natives to Mexico, and South America all have a special connection to the land and its natural materials. In making every piece, artisans take the time to create unique items embodying their personal style. One of the reasons we love authentic artisan furniture are the imperfections in the appearance, texture size or finish, as it varies from one piece to another. Each artisan has a unique talent or style seen in the numerous pieces we have on our showroom floor all decorated with intricately hand carved details.

photo (34)Hand-made artisan pieces embody an old world and rustic aesthetic; crafted using walnut, cherry and pine, all of which have warm tones that are inviting and appealing. Artisan furniture design is almost always left with its natural wood imperfections intact, and are built to last, another factor you should consider when shopping around for your next luxury furniture purchase. Artisans use 100% wood with no laminates or veneers to disrupt the natural appearance of the wood. We love the value of handcrafted furnishings, as you will find there is a story behind nearly every piece. Every piece echoes the organic forms found in nature or serve another purpose such as a comment on an environmental issue such as the disappearing forests in Nicaragua. Sustainability is a running theme among Central and South American artisans whose connection to their culture and country runs very deep.

Living in the Southwest region of the United States leaves its residents in direct connection with a culture heavily influenced by Central and South America. Spanish style colonial houses populate most of Tucson and Phoenix and its outlying cities; terra cotta flooring, red roofs stand out against white stucco walls with colorful tile accents painted in bold blues, greens, yellows and reds characterizing the remarkable and unique southwest style. The intricate carvings and details found in artisan furniture is one of a kind, altering the look and feel of any space in your home. if you’ve already began decorating your home in southwest style paint colors, fabrics and accessories visit La Maison Interiors and see what we have to offer! We have a wide collection of handcrafted pieces directly from Central and South America embodying true styles of southwest luxury furniture.

Winter Luxury Furniture New Arrivals!

LMI New Arrivals chair Oct. 2014It’s that time of year again at La Maison when we receive all new arrivals for winter, and our showroom floor is full of brand new luxury furniture we know you will absolutely adore! As warm summer weather starts to fade into fabulous fall temperatures we invite you to check out all new arrivals at La Maison Interiors in Scottsdale. All of the new luxury furniture features new design trends in a range of styles from traditional and transitional to modern and so much more!

LMI New arrivals Ikat chair Oct. 2014Featured in new arrivals this month are fresh, sleek and modern armchairs featuring popular geometric patterns and modern black and white fabrics you will love! These new armchair arrivals are a perfect addition to your luxury Scottsdale home. Try a casual armchair for a more relaxed look and feel in your family room in a gorgeous white fabric with an off-white diamond pattern fit for a contemporary interior design style. Another beautifully designed armchair features dark wood accents with an abstract black and white design. Come into our showroom today, and check out the latest arrivals so you can take one home today

The latest in fabric choices are available at La Maison Interiors! We love neutrals like grey, off white and all shades of beige, easy to accessorize with a pop of color in a throw pillow or cozy blanket for the fall.  Check out new dining room chairs upholstered in neutral fabrics and cherry wood accents; these chairs are easily dressed up, but also double as contemporary everyday dining room chairs for your home.

LMI New Arrivals sofa Oct. 2014Keep your contemporary living room up to date with a sectional that just arrived in our showroom. The fabric is luxurious and the sofa is spacious, perfect for the family room to accommodate a large family or many guests. We’re featuring the sectional with satin throw pillows in modern patterns.  This sectional is more than a simple sofa, it will completely change the way your family room appears.  With rounded arms and simple pleated detail it exudes a classic contemporary look and feel. Accessorize your family room with beautiful table pieces ranging from organic natural pieces to sculpted glass in colorful patterns and schemes!LMI New Arrivals Phillips Collections organic table

We also have very special tables we are dying to share with all of you! Exotic wood side tables and sofa tables have arrived! The intricacy of their design appears curated but the way they look accompanied by contemporary pieces make for a beautiful setting. We can’t wait to show you all of the fabulous furnishings we have in store for you! Visit us in Scottsdale and give your home a fresh update today!

 

Create A Luxury Guestroom For The Holidays

There are so many different ways to create a relaxing and inviting guestroom, especially with La Maison Interiors by your side our collection of modern furniture is fit to impress the in-laws, friends and family with a brand new look and feel.You might be wondering where to start, or if you have to completely remodel the space, but with these tips you can create a gorgeous space with updates to fabric, furniture and accessories.

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Start with an evaluation of your current space. What will it be used for the most, and do you have the right elements present already? Most of the time, guestrooms serve as a space for sleeping; with small touches of elegance you instantly change your guest’s experience. Focus on keeping fresh and simple elements at the forefront of your design choices. Cater to the ambiance with flowers, candles, fresh towels and travel essentials available for a comfortable stay. We love the idea of creating a flower arrangement because it brings the outdoors inside and adds a pop of color no matter what type of design style you choose.  Also, small items like shampoo and conditioner, luxury soaps and room freshening scents make your guests feel at home.

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Comfort is a priority. Choose plush fabrics, pillows that are both firm and soft to fit your guest’s needs and easy to access items such as extra towels, wall outlets and storage. Think about what your ideal needs are when you travel to achieve a perfectly designed guest room at home. The more comfortable a guest room is the happier they will be during their stay. Most families are lucky enough to have extra space in luxury Scottsdale homes to house in-laws, friends and family, but providing added convenience is a win for both you and your guests. La Maison has fabulous mattresses and luxurious bedding in various fabric choices, colors and patterns. Choose a set of luxury sheets and pair it with a fluffy comforter; this emulates a posh resort or spa adding to the idea of a getaway guest room. Duvet covers are also a great alternative! Putting the small touches in place is key. Take a hint from five-star hotels and resorts that provide glasses for water, teacups and an assortment of flavors or coffee for early risers. Stocking the room with essentials is not only a really nice gesture, but it can save your guests a trip to the supermarket.

50d3b7b7844248e825d82bd0854fda36Setting up the guest room for accessibility and comfort is going to give your guests a one of a kind experience. Providing the right items calls for going the extra mile, but in turn you provide a blissful holiday stay. Leave current magazines or a brand new bestseller to read at night; extra towels, and serene smelling candles makes for a relaxing atmosphere. It might seem like an afterthought, but including a small clock somewhere in the room gives your guests a sense of time without having to track down their cell phone constantly. Include a laundry basket in the closet for used towels and clothes to make them feel at home; this also keeps your guests organized, always a plus when staying at a relative’s house. Depending on who will be using your guest room, a jewelry dish or tray on the dresser or nightstand for personal items is a nice touch, as are extra drawers and hangers in the closet. Create a guest room a place that feels like home with easy changes.

Glam1Include the perfect luxury furniture! At La Maison Interiors we have a myriad of pieces perfect for outfitting a guestroom. We will also help you find fabric that is soft, plush and luxurious! Our team of designers will guide you in choosing the right thread count, color palettes and furniture such as a mirror, dresser and nightstand to complete the space.  Lighting is an important component to any guest room, as you want to give guests the option to stay up late; also, ensure one light switch connects to a light source for added convenience. We have a fantastic selection of lamps at our showroom. Choosing the right lampshade to fit the aesthetic of your space will pull it together nicely. If the room lends toward a minimalist look and feel choose brass or gold hardware with a simple and elegant shade. If the space is more rustic, country or eclectic a lampshade with a pop of color or pattern is your go-to choice. Control the amount of morning light that spills into the room by including shades that block out the sunlight. On vacation, it’s nice to have the option of a completely dark room if your guest enjoys sleeping in. Smart shades are available with a remote control to pull blinds down and raise them up in the evening with the push of a button.

The key to a perfectly designed guest room is all about personal touches. Hanging a mirror near an outlet makes it easier for your sister, mother or maybe your mother-in-law to get ready in the morning.  If your guests love an early morning coffee leave a mug in their room and make the coffee the night before. Do your best to impose convenience within the space, and you’ve got a successfully designed guest room, perfect for the holidays or over night guests!

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!​