Is The Armoire Still A Meaningful Piece of Luxury Furniture?

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The armoire is a traditional piece often overlooked as old and tired with the onset of modern interior design. There are so many different uses for an armoire we can’t knock it out of the running just yet. If you’re running low on storage space in the bedroom or dining room an armoire is a perfect solution. Repurposing is one way to incorporate it, but another way is to showcase personal items such as fine China. If you’re more apt to spending time outside then use an armoire as a gardening center. The armoire is a meaningful piece in the modern home because it adds visual interest to a space while acting as a functional piece of luxury furniture. Repurposing an armoire for a bedroom is a great way to breathe new life into a space. Not only does this piece add extra storage for linens and towels, but also it adds height to the space. If you don’t want display a television an armoire serves as a place to store it. Another popular use for armoires is extra closet space. Our personal favorite option is to repurpose the armoire as a shoe closet to stay organized all the time. Revert an armoire to fit your needs at home! Create a gardening shed outside if you want to keep tools and supplies in one place. In the kitchen, it’s vital to have ample space for food storage. If your kitchen lacks a dedicated pantry space an armoire is a fantastic solution.

armoire4What about design? Do you already love the armoire in your dining room but feel it does not coincide with the existing color palette? Depending on what color wood finish, wall color and fabrics are used in the dining room will dictate your design choices. At La Maison, we have beautiful armoires fit for any interior design style. When you’re searching for a new armoire think about the size of your space. This piece can vary in shape and size. Smaller armoires should be utilized in the bathroom while one that is taller would be best in the dining room. Choose an armoire with glass paneling for the dining room to showcase fine China or meaningful personal items. We have gorgeous sculpture, vases and ceramic pieces that will add visual interest to your space  for a modern look and feel.

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When space is at a premium treat an armoire as a mini room! If you need extra office space, a section to house arts and crafts or a sewing area is a perfect way to reinvent an unused armoire. The best type of armoire to use in this instance is one with two panel doors and no bottom drawer. You want to give yourself enough space to sit comfortably. Creating a space where you can escape, relax and feel productive without having to sit a desk is really quite enjoyable. When you’re shopping for an armoire decide what its purpose will be before deciding on a style. Showcasing items you love and are proud of calls for glass panel doors or open shelving while storing linens, sheets or extra clothing needs wood doors to hide your extra items.

Visit La Maison Interiors in Scottsdale and let one of our interior designers help you find the perfect armoire for your home. We will show you luxury furniture that speaks to your style and aesthetics in your home. Find a piece fit for any space whether its your bedroom, family room or dining room! We will give you suggestions as to a good size, the functionality of the armoire for your purposes and any other questions you may have!

Make A Statement In The Dining Room With The Credenza

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The dining room is often an underused space, but we believe every room in your home should be original and beautifully designed. When trying to find the perfect piece for a dining room we suggest looking for a credenza. Made popular during the latter half of the 19th century, a credenza acts a sideboard or cupboard used for storage. Found in various styles, wood finishes and decorative designs the credenza is a stunning piece of luxury furniture that makes a statement in the dining or family room.

Find a credenza that reflects your personal style! Whether you want to highlight the traditional design of 19th century woodwork or go mid century modern, La Maison has a piece for you! We love gorgeous architectural details such as nail studs for a contemporary look or a finish in warm wood for a traditional appeal. The credenza should match the existing wood finish in your space. If you have dark oak it’s best to find a piece that matches for a cohesive look and feel. Place beloved items atop the credenza to add a personal touch to the piece, and if you feel the modern approach is better suited for your space leave it completely empty. Numerous styles have emerged from 19th century design to modern stainless steel. There are various avenues to walk down and experiment with until you find a style that fits your personal preferences and existing elements in your space.

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Why incorporate a credenza? If you love to entertain, this piece is perfect for serving large dinners without crowding the dining room table. Incorporating an antique credenza can bring a lot of character to the space as the intricate detail of woodcarvings, decorative designs brings a special look and feel to the space. The newer versions exemplify clean-lined elongated interpretations of classic credenza style architecture. What type of style should you choose? This year, mixing materials like stainless steel and warm wood is very popular. A credenza that touches on both modern and classic design will change your space instantly. We also love unique credenzas that utilize unique types of wood that give a totally different appeal than traditional credenzas.

midcenturymoderncredenzaConsider the size and function of the piece as well. Open shelving is modern and allows for displaying items. This has become very popular in the kitchen, and made its way into other luxury furniture pieces in 2015. Height is also something to consider. If you plan to use this piece for entertainment make sure you can comfortably stand next to it without having to bend over to touch the top. If you love to display your collection of literature or coffee table books on intriguing subjects open shelves allow for showcasing these items. Just like coffee tables, dining room tables or sofas, credenzas touch on all decades now. Bright colored cabinets echo the 1960’s, stainless steel touches on the modern era and all wood feels traditional and classic.

Lamaison chestFlat cabinet doors are also very popular and seem to surpass the intricate woodwork on doors we’ve seen in the past. With so many different styles emerging homeowners are not glued to one single drawer arrangement. The variations between door styles add visual interest to the piece and also allows for more storage. Think about doorknob hardware. Most often credenzas have feet and mixing metals can be a fun way to add a contemporary touch to your space. Even sliding doors, echoing mid century modern design adds a funky yet elegant touch to the dining or family room. Treat the credenza as a piece for showcasing, or a piece for entertaining. Display beautiful plates, artwork, personal items or a gorgeous lamp for added light. If the wall behind it feels barren hang a mirror above it. Not only do mirrors make a room feel larger, this is an easy way to fill the space.

Whatever your style, favorite color or embellishment, La Maison has the perfect credenza for your home. Our collections range from traditional to modern and contemporary. We have wonderful handcrafted Artisan pieces available if you are searching for a unique piece exemplifying intricate details. Our team of interior designers is rapidly growing and we’re gaining more talented individuals that will help you sort through your ideas, and give you options to what pieces fit your style the best.

Tone It Down With Marsala This Spring

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It’s our favorite time of year! Pantone recently introduced the Color of The Year, and with mixed reviews from the public and interior design professionals we’re here to show you how easy it is to incorporate Marsala into your home, wardrobe and daily life. Pantone describes Marsala as a “naturally robust and earthy wine red” that is both elegant and strong. Just like a good glass of fine wine, it’s full bodied and works for both masculine and feminine aesthetics. It’s a strong accent color that can be incorporated through a multitude of avenues you might not have considered. Marsala has warm undertones that feel seductive yet approachable like a warm cup of coffee. It feels natural, not too vibrant yet powerful enough to make a statement whether its in your home or wardrobe. Whether you’re looking to change up the kitchen, bathroom or family room you’ve come to the right place for some inspiration. Marsala is full of red, brown and copper tones making this color easy to implement in any space of your home. Completely change the look and feel of the kitchen by painting an accent wall, likely the largest wall in the space is best suited to make an impact. The space will instantly feel bold and powerful. It’s easy to make a statement with Marsala, especially if you get creative with it! We love the idea of a backsplash with deep red tones or light fixtures that exude a seductiveness last year’s Radiant Orchid simply did not. This year, it’s all about “enriching the mind, body and soul” while last year was more focused on “creativity and innovation” Marsala is a bold color that leans towards a more masculine look and feel.

75dd92171540e0408369e79e28f3afcaThe bathroom is another great space to incorporate a strong color like Marsala. Small spaces actually do well with bold color choices since you have one chance to make an impression. Using this color in a small space instantly adds drama without it overwhelming the space. If you want to start small, replace the bath rugs, shower curtain and accessories for an accent color. For a modern twist blue, teal and turquoise juxtapose the earthy tones of Marsala nicely. For a cohesive look and feel match Marsala with neutrals such as amber, golden yellows, warm taupe and gray. Make a big change to your family room with a sofa or armchair in leather; it feels more modern and less traditional than fabrics. Despite it’s earthy undertones a change in texture drastically alters how the color feels to the human eye. Use this color to your advantage and pepper it throughout your home or choose one statement piece for some drama. Luxury furniture adds an entirely new look and feel to a space, and if you want to make a statement in 2015 incorporate this color in bold ways.

FullSizeRender 3Accessories are a great way to incorporate Marsala such as bowls, plates, paintings or even a cooktop hood! Incorporating this color must be strategic, and tasteful like any other accent color, use it wisely and it will make a statement in your home. Pillows in the family room add soft tones and mesh really well with neutral tones. If your home is more modern and Marsala simply feels too rustic wherever you seem to put it start small with a bowl on the coffee table or a beautiful vase on the fireplace mantle. What’s great about this color is how versatile it can be. Fabric is another easy way to incorporate this color in your home. Modern prints and color blocking will detract from the earthiness when paired with white and taupe, while prints and patterns lend to a traditional aesthetic.

Unlike Radiant Orchid, The Color of The Year for 2014, Marsala is versatile and works for everyone! Adding it to your wardrobe could work on many levels. Maybe it’s not your favorite tone of red, but its flattering on all skin tones, an important fact for beauty manufactures and fashion designers. It’s sophisticated and adds a seductive edge to any outfit. Color block Marsala with similar reds and browns or contrast it with camel and navy. When it comes to beauty products, go for a lip shade in Marsala. Accessories should not be forgotten as an all black outfit with a bold necklace in red tones is simple and elegant.

However you choose to incorporate Marsala in your home, wardrobe or beauty collection go bold! La Maison Interiors has beautiful fabrics to choose from as well as luxury furniture you will love! Visit us today!

Modern Meets Classic Design in Luxury Kitchens

This year kitchen design trends are focused on fusing modern with traditional elements to curate a simple and elegant style that is comfortable yet contemporary. We’re taking a look at the emerging design trends of 2015 to help you reinvent your kitchen. The move from ultra sleek and modern to comfortable and cozy means warmer metals like gold and brush nickel, bold wallpaper, and smart cabinetry options promote a more functional home with a more personalized touch. We’ll help you find a happy medium between modern and traditional elements to create the perfect luxury kitchen.
8a16e267d3b9b34a7c87c9bb3be96277It’s important to find a balance between trends and the classic design elements that never go out of style. Designing a home that feels luxurious yet homey and comfortable is a lot of fun as reinventing spaces with a fresh look and feel has become an industry all its own. Interior design is all about combining the trends with staying power and peppering your home with current design ideas that are interchangeable. In the kitchen, it’s all about function. If a kitchen is functional then it’s the best room in a home and serves the entire family as a place to spend time together and cook delicious meals. The kitchen has become the central hub in American homes and creating the perfect design for your tastes is key to loving your kitchen as much as the food you prepare in it. One easy way to create a beautiful kitchen is to completely remove kitchen cabinets and opt for open shelving. This is a really simple way to make your kitchen more functional especially if you spend a lot of time cooking, preparing or experimenting with new recipes. Keeping necessary items close and within arms reach makes it easier to move around your kitchen faster. It’s practical, personalized and adds a modern touch.  If you absolutely adore the kitchenware and want to show it off, this is a perfect solution for you.

Timber-applications-niche-640x960Make small changes and start with the details. Instead of harsh chrome and stainless steel or glass opt for warmer metals like gold, bronze or brush nickel. Replace drawer handles, the faucet, curtain rods or countertop accessories in warmer tones. Wood paneling has become extremely popular especially for its attention to detail. Mixing materials such as wood and marble for the center island is contemporary and exudes a classic yet cozy look we love! It’s all about creating visual interest in small ways to bring together the design in a big way. The use of different textures adds a personal touch; tile backsplash in the kitchen is a fun way to show off your personality especially if you want to incorporate some color in the kitchen. Look to the darker side of the spectrum this year for some inspiration. Black is becoming an increasingly popular choice if you want to redesign kitchen cabinets, install a new countertop, purchase new cookware or even incorporate a tile backsplash. Black makes a statement with its strong and masculine appearance it doesn’t have to try to be elegant. Choose colors that are moodier for a softer less vibrant look and feel in the kitchen.

8f912bf1f8af56de1f9f871a55c17115This year, steer away from primary colors and opt for dusty, muted colors that speak to mid century modern trends. Opt for a mustard yellow or rusty red instead of bright yellow and candy apple red. These colors compliment warmer metals like gold, bronze and brush nickel beautifully for an instant warming effect in the kitchen. Another option to try is wallpaper; cover one surface in the kitchen to add some serious visual interest! Don’t be afraid to go bold with your choice, and make a statement! Less is definitely more this year, and that goes for anything! If you want to incorporate color be choosy about where and when since the added contrast is visual engaging and appears curated. Your design choices should be careful and calculated when trying to merge modern and traditional design. The resurgence of traditional features such as crown moldings, intricate woodwork, cabinet paneling or all wood countertops mixed with gorgeous granite is an attempt at surrounding ourselves with cozier elements while still keeping one eye on the high tech functional qualities of the 21st century kitchen.

No matter what your style might be, start redesigning your kitchen today with help from La Maison Interiors in Scottsdale. Our team of interior designers will guide you in the right direction when it comes to designing spaces to make a statement. Finding a happy medium between the modern clean lines and traditional features is a challenge at times, and with a push pull between each element it’s important to keep a steady balance in the kitchen. Visit La Maison today and begin your redecorating adventure with us!

Luxury Fireplace and Mantle Designs

Now that you’re taking down the garland, stockings, and Christmas decorations off the mantle, consider re-accessorizing your mantle for the New Year! There are numerous types of fireplace designs, materials to consider and of course accessories such as mirrors and paintings acting as a focal point in the space. A fireplace is both elegant and functional, adding to the ambiance even in warm climates. There’s nothing better than lighting a fire during the cooler winter months in Arizona to get into the holiday spirit!

bb2aa5f9813cde3c25ce087b0c051bc7One of the most elegant and beautiful architectural additions for the home is a fireplace, and the accessories upon the mantle that make a statement. Many modern homes have high tech fireplaces lit by shards of fiberglass for a modern and sophisticated appeal. Classic fireplaces made of marble or fine granite appeal to a grandeur look and feel. Consider a floor to ceiling wood encasement to make a statement in your family or great room. We have some great design ideas fit for your home no matter which interior design style speaks to you.

Decorating the mantle is fun and the individual pieces you choose should be interchangeable. Accessorize the mantle for all seasons at La Maison! After Christmas and New Years passes think about placing a gorgeous mirror above the mantle. In a smaller space, a mirror instantly makes the space feel larger. The fireplace acts as a focal point, and should be treated as one. Place tall candle sticks on the mantle to add height and a touch of ambiance. Mix and match metals for an eclectic look and feel that is sophisticated and youthful.

1627ce8a4e164728b5530907c8d243aeThink about the scale of each accessory on your mantle. If you want to fill your mantle with smaller items, stay within the same size. With any tabletop, group your items together. If you have four candles choose three. We suggest grouping items in odd numbers for balance. Symmetry comes into play here, as you can choose to create an asymmetrical design with an item on each side and two in between. Go big with accessories and create a modern centerpiece arrangement to draw attention. You want to draw the eyes upward away from the seemingly dark and dusty fireplace itself. Of course, personal items, photographs, gifts from your kids or special someone deserve a spot on your mantle .

What if you don’t have a working fireplace? A faux fireplace provides more opportunity for personal touches, and more accessories. We love the idea of blocking off the fireplace with a reflective material and placing items in front. Add warmth to the fireplace with faux logs attached to a screen! We love this idea and it gives the illusion of stacked logs without the mess of real wood in your luxury home. Since the fireplace traditionally provides warmth with burning logs, candles act as a perfect substitute. Purchase all different sizes of candles, candlesticks and vases to host large candles for a very elegant look and feel. You can change out the candles for each season as well! Color is your friend and candles are so much fun to shop for!

However you want to decorate your fireplace, we have so many accessories to create the right ambiance and add a pop of color to your space. Go elegant and modern or rustic with a Southwest vibe! We love helping our customers find the perfect piece for their home!

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.

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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!