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I Gotta Praise & I Gotta Let It Out: New Job Alert!

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I Gotta Praise & I Gotta Let It Out: New Job Alert!

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I came up because God came through 🙌🏽

I’ve been in the home building, design & decor industries since I arrived in ATL six years ago. I went from being one of the best paid, first-year teachers in New Orleans to a 3-month UNPAID internship where I hustled for the only paid contractor position. I was promoted and later transitioned to my first salaried PR position in the industry. I later jumped into tech PR and drowned. I never knew a failure so tough to swallow. I continued freelancing until I decided to try in-house PR for the first time at a home accessories company - back to my bread and butter.

Well, two years later, God brought me to the top company of my industry. I’ve applied to THD at least 5 times in my 6 years in Atlanta. As a 5 year old girl, I would tell my parents I worked at the lumber yard on Rt 301 in Maryland😅. I used to help my mom decorate our house as well as friends’ and family members’ homes. I redesigned my bedroom - paint, decor and all - for fun lol. God is funny in how He brings things full circle.

This journey has been amazing and He is so so good. I made the mistake of positioning my job as my source, when it is just a REsource. God is my source! When I got that order correct, the peace He brought over me and the ways I SAW and felt Him work became amazingly clear. We can talk in detail offline 😁 Just know, He’s working modern day miracles alluhduhtime! I’m a witness and testimony! 🙌🏽

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Closet Addict...Not That Kind!

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Closet Addict...Not That Kind!

Have you ever been in a really nice clothing store's dressing room and thought, "This is niiice!" Well, you can bring that look home in small, inexpensive ways! 

Find Your Style

Remember last week's article on design styles? Yeah! Continue your design style from your bedroom and bathroom into your closet decor by choosing complimentary colors in paint, art and accessories. Maintaining a flow with style will allow a seamless transition between spaces and create a connected feeling from room to room. If your bedroom has contemporary finishes, keep your closet's decor in the same design family.

Light It Up

Task lighting is essential in closets, but that doesn't mean it can't be decorative. Hang sconces, pendants or track lighting to illuminate your walk-in or add baseboard lights to display shoes and boots on the floor. Use light bulbs that emulate natural daylight to see clothing and shoes in their truest colors. Hang mirrors to reflect light and to add an open concept feeling.

Paint!

Honestly, this is probably the easiest paint job for your home. Think about it, it is probably the smallest room in your entire place…and lucky you if it’s not! You can paint your closet any color you feel. Go dark for a high-class, luxury look. Stay light and airy with a pastel or bright, refreshing white. Either way, don’t overlook the closet for a paint job, just because it’s the smallest space...don’t be afraid of wallpaper either!

Use Your Clothes as Decoration!

Unless you have enclosed cabinetry (which would be the easy, chic route), there will be no hiding your clothes in your closet. Therefore, the way they are displayed is crucial to the overall look of the space. I suggest either of these two options: 1) organize by color or 2) organize by item.  If your closet’s paint color of choice is white (or that's the color your apartment stuck you with and your aren’t changing it ;), then I suggest the color coordination. It makes the space seem more thoughtfully planned. If you are down for a colored closet, then you may go either route, but organizing by item may keep your closet from looking like there is “too much going on.” Be sure there is a place for everything and everything is in its place.

What are your concerns or questions about decorating your closet? Let's solve them so you can get to work! :)

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Color Theory Part II: The 60-30-10 Rule

Last week, I broke down how to use the color wheel when selecting colors for a space. This week, I’ll share how much of each color to use in order to achieve a harmonic, stylish balance. This is the 60-30-10 rule.

Following this rule will allow your eyes to seamlessly flow from one focal point to the next without startling obstructions. Sixty percent of the room should be a dominant color, 30 percent of the room should be a secondary color and 10 percent should be the accent color! Simple right? I know! :)

An easy way to apply this rule is to focus the 60 percent portion on your wall color, the 30 percent for your furniture or upholstery, and the 10 percent for accents like throw pillows, floral arrangements or other small decorative accessories.

Here are some examples in the slideshow! Stay tuned for my article about my own living room “redeco” job, where I put my own advice into action!

TTYL, “HOME-ies”!!

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Color Theory Part I: The Color Wheel

I’m sure you’ve heard of colors having influence over senses and emotions. These claims come from the popular studies of color theory, which in short is the “practical guidance to color mixing and the visual effects of a specific color combination.” I will breakdown how to use the color wheel when redecorating a space.

Let’s think of the color wheel as a pie chart. It holds all the color combinations made by red, yellow and blue. These colors can be divided in half and labeled as warm and cool. When someone asks, “How does this room feel?”, warm and cool can refer to more than just the temperature. Warm colors can make a room look vibrant, happy and energetic, while cool colors can reflect freshness, tranquility and cheerfulness.

 

First, we have the monochromatic colors (longest name, easiest definition). These hues are all the same color, but vary in intensity from light to dark. This is when you hear the term “ombre” in the design world. It is very “safe”, simple and elegant.

 

 

 

Second, we have analogous colors.  When you hear this, think “love your neighbors”. These consist of three colors that are right next to each other on the color wheel.  Still safe and clean with a little more dimension and variety.

 

 

 

Third, we have complimentary colors, which are simply opposite of each other on the color wheel. This is when we get a bit more daring…contrasting colors. Ever notice those colors that always seem to look good together? Blue and yellow, pink and green, red and green? This is why!






The last color theory collection is triadic colors. This combination is bold, yet balanced. (This is why it’s important to use a color wheel!) It is created by three colors that form a triangle on the wheel.




The next time you go to Home Depot or Lowe’s and are perusing the paint section, go ahead and test out these tips. When you start your next (or first) reno / ”redeco” project, pull up a color wheel and this article to plan a colorfully coordinated space.

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Three Tips for Small Space Design

So you are just starting life on your own. Whether living in a college dorm or your first apartment with more roommates than you truly desire, creating a space of your own will help you unwind after a long day of classes or steadily (but surely) climbing the corporate ladder. Let’s us know you thoughts in comments!

Photo Credit: Thomas Loof

Rule #1: No clutter!

You literally do not have space for it. Utilize clever storage that keeps items hidden from sight or invest in multifunctional furniture that can double as storage. Organization is key!




Photo Credit: HGTV

Rule #2: Bring on the color!

A common misconception in small space design is that you cannot use bold colors. Well, I would not advise you to splash your favorite neon colors everywhere, however, I absolutely adore colors. As for small spaces, you will want to use them in moderation, especially if you want to incorporate a plethora of color combinations. Try an accent wall or one bold piece of large furniture if you want a dramatic effect or bring in the colors subtly in textiles, fixtures and décor accessories. BUT remember rule #1 – no clutter!

Photo Credit: Freshome

Rule #3: Let in the natural light.

Natural light will be your best friend in small space living. The light will illuminate to give an illusion of more square footage. If your home has limited natural light, you want light enhancing curtains to block sight lines through your window, but not the sunshine. Also, another trick is to mount mirrors opposite the windows to reflect the light and to provide the semblance of more open space.

These few tips, when applied thoughtfully, will enhance your small domain into your comfortable palace.

 

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