1. Custom Decor: Bold one of a kind pieces are going to be big this year. From unique colorful flea market finds to bold custom furniture pieces–this years interior decor trends might have people asking, “Wow… where did you get that from?!”

Industrial Furniture Wood and Steel Bridges Bench
This wood and steel industrial styled bench is a one of a kind piece with a unique story. The bold color of the steel in contrast with the toasted reclaimed wood top gives this piece an exciting and stylish juxtaposition, making this piece ideal for any space needing modern rustic flair.

2. No more sandy, neutral colors. As mentioned in #1– 2014 interior decor style is going to be defined by color! Pair your wood furniture with bright pillows, lamps, vases, or other decor!

Cricket Radio Luxury Made in Vermont Linen
These Cricket Radio pillows are a perfect example of beautifully colored decor that adds a lovely pop of color to your space. A sampling of Cricket Radio linens are available in our showroom.

  3.  Minimalism. Avoid cluttered decor and go for a simplified, sleek look with most of the “drama” in the room coming from bold statement pieces and small colorful accents.

Modern Interior Decor Furniture
This room features modern wood furniture with clean lines, edges, and a unique blend of woods. The decor is uncluttered, bringing the attention to the artisan decor accessories and pops of color.

4.  Sustainability. Each year, sustainability becomes a more important aspect of interior design. In 2014, this is truer than ever. Furniture and decor made at giant factory warehouses overseas don’t bring in the positive, warm energy that you will get when purchasing furnishings and decor items from small businesses with locally sourced products.

Harvest Large Cherry Wood Bowl
This large Cherry Wood Bowl is a great example of decorating mindfully. A simple product made of sustainably sourced wood, it can be used in multiple ways and would fit perfectly in any room of the home.

 

5.  Outdoor spaces. While it might not not be the best weather right now (depending on where you are), outdoor decor for summer 2014 will place emphasis on well designed conversation spaces. Meaning that your outdoor decor should be arranged in a way that evokes conversation and bonding between those who enter your space!

Outdoor Furniture Trends 2014
This eco-friendly outdoor furniture set by Polywood comes in multiple colors and is ideal for warm nights with close friends and family. Optional: Add some yummy summery drinks and a BBQ dinner!

All of the interior design trends featured in this post can be mixed and transformed to suit your own personal decor aesthetic and taste. Whether you’re a modern decor lover or someone who is strictly traditional, keep your eyes peeled for these trends as they’ll be popping up all over the place in the next 12 months!

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Attention modern decor lovers! Christmas is almost here! Can you believe it? In a little more than a week, you’ll be gathered around with your closest friends and family enjoying those timeless Christmas tunes, freshly unwrapped gifts, and eachothers company of course! If you’re doing the hosting this year, is your holiday decor ready?

Holiday decor helps to make the day memorable and keeps your home feeling true to the season. For modern furniture lovers, finding the decorations to suit your style might be a tricky task as much of the Christmas decor available is very traditional. Don’t fret, friends! With this list, you’ll find plenty of decor inspiration to suit your contemporary taste!

1. Get colorful!

Holiday-Decor-Bright-Bazaar-Will-Taylor
Photos by Matt Cant for Rue Magazine (shared from design-milk.com)

If you’re tired of the traditional green and red Christmas decoration, or if you are just looking for an alternative to pine needle wreaths, try out this festive idea. Use Christmas ornaments to create a unique wreath arrangement. 

2. Chalkboard Decor.

Chalkboard Decor

Whether you buy a chalkboard, or go pickup some chalkboard paint and craft something yourself– chalkboard “art” is a cute and clever way to post holiday greetings around your home! They are subtle and can easily be changed to flow with the holiday or the season. Depending on the frame, this type of decor is suitable for practically any style home.

3.  Decorative Lighting. 

Amber Lights on Copper Wire

This particular lighting arrangement is made out of decorative string lights. Similar wire- lights can be found at your local hardware store. Find a glass vase or jar that you love, and add eclectic charm to your home. Florescent lighting can ruin the intimate holiday mood, so unique alternative lighting sources like this add warmth and romance to your holiday space.

4. Keep it clean

Modern Christmas Decorations

Clean and clutter free are words that define modern interior decor style, and this photo captures it well. The modest accents such as the red decorative pillows, Christmas themed wall art, and red cart/table highlight Christmas spirit while still keeping the home warm, livable, and modern. Notice the use of the mirror, reflecting the tree lights and adding an illusion of space to the room. Very cool!

5.  Decorative Dishware Decorative Christmas Plates

Dishware is not just for eating off of. Laura Zindel’s beautiful dishware is perfect for a holiday display, as it captures the spirit of the season and the smaller things that make winter what it is. These unique pieces are high-quality works of art that can be cherished for years for both their quality and style. You can find some of Laura Zindels work at our showroom, Stonehurst!

All in all, modern Christmas decorations come in many different forms. From bursts of color to unique displays of light, it is up to you to decide what elements would bring out the personality and style of your home. Hopefully with some of these interior design tips, you’ll have an easy time finding those last minute decor additions to make your home perfect for the holidays.

Feel free to post your Christmas decor photos on our Facebook page, or share your tips in the comments section. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Did you know that we recently painted the front doors of Stonehurst? We decided on a color that was bright, unique, and fitting to the beauty of the space. In the spirit of our newest renovation, this blog post explains some common symbolism behind several eclectic front door colors.

What is the symbolism of a red door?
Red… bold,  fierce!

1. Red: In Feng Shui, a red door means “welcome!” It’s full of powerful, warm energy. According to folklore, if a weary traveler stumbled upon a home with a red door, they would stop there and surely be welcomed with a good meal and a good nights sleep. A red door is great for people who have lots of guests visiting their home, and who aren’t afraid to make a statement.

What does a blue front door symbolize?
Blue…intention, creation, prosperity!

2. Blue:  As you can imagine, the color blue inspires a feeling of calm and peace to those who see it, and beyond that, a blue door welcomes abundance, growth,  and prosperity! Feng Shui suggests that when you walk through a blue door, you can more easily concentrate, focus on personal endeavors, and practice creativity!

What does a yellow door symbolize?
Yellow… clarity, intellect, happiness!

3. Yellow: Yellow can cheer you up, fill you with hope, and give you enhanced mental clarity. It also has a warm, nurturing tone. Use a yellow door if you want your home to always be a happy retreat from the outside world.

what does a green door say about you?
Green… Natural, Balanced, Transformative.

4. Green: Green is representative of earth, and brings in a feeling of the natural world. Green is associated with growth, balance, and total harmony. Use a green door if you always want to feel a little closer to mother earth!

What does a purple door symbolize?
Purple… relaxed, spiritual, inquisitive.

5. Purple: Purple is actually one of the most popular front door colors, surprisingly! Purple or violet hued doors are commonly associated with spiritual energy, and relaxed, meditative spaces. Sometimes purple doors are used in religious spaces like temples and churches! Purple would be an ideal color for you if you use your home as a low-energy place for quiet, spiritual contemplation, and meditation.

What does a white door mean in feng shui?
White…new, clean, fresh!

6. White: As you can probably imagine, a white door symbolizes purity, tradition, & freshness. It’s a color that represents things that are untouched and clean! Painting your door white is a good idea if you are someone who loves traditional style, or someone who wants to keep your home looking pristine. Some people say that if you are looking for a fresh start, or if you have just started a new phase in your life whether it be a marriage, a new baby, or a new job– to paint your door white to “start over” and reflect your new life!

 

Want to know which one of these colors we decided on for the front doors of Stonehurst? Keep your eye out for a new blog, coming early next week! :)

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Keeping your home neat and organized can be pretty hard, especially in rooms that might not have a ton of space, but don’t fret, there is hope! With a little research and visual inspiration, I’ve compiled a list of 5 great ways to maximize space in your home. Even if your space is on the smaller, cozier side–there’s something for you! :)

1. Baskets. Baskets are a great way to save space in your home. Whether you are hanging them, putting them on the stairs, inside of a bookcase or  hutch, or just keeping them on the floor– using baskets for storage is always a stylish and crafty solution to keep organized and utilize your space. What I love most about woven baskets is that they have a traditional country, rustic look that never goes out of “style” and is suitable for most home designs! Use baskets for kitchen organization (dishtowels, napkins, etc), for organization in the bedroom, or for any room in the home really!

Naturally Inspired Baskets
Vermont Made Baskets from Naturally Inspired. Click the photo to see their site!

2. Storage Beds. Storage beds are gaining a lot of popularity right now, and I get it. They are the perfect blend of form and function– sleek, efficient, and super helpful when it comes to storing those bedroom items that you might not have a clue where else to store! Store your socks in them, store your towels, bathing suits, old books, etc. Storage beds come in all sorts of different styles, and there is sure to be one to fit the aesthetic of any bedroom.

The Copeland Dominion Storage Bed at Vermont Woods Studios
Check out the size of the drawers, lots of extra bedroom space!

3. Use the wall. Rather than stuffing your cabinets full of pots and pans–hang them on the walls! Shakers would traditionally use the walls for most of their storage to create more space in the house, and it worked. Sometimes we overlook our walls as a place that can be used functionally as well as for decor. Whether you are hanging things with hooks (pans, big silverware, office supplies like scissors, etc) or using shelving, analyze your space from top to bottom when you are seeking extra space.

Storing Pots and Pans on the wall
Pots and Pans displayed on the wall. Click image to see source.

4. Trunks & Chests. Trunks and Chests are super versatile, as they can be used in practically any room of the home! From a bedside table, to a coffee table, to storage at the bottom of your bed… they are are an ideal storage solution for any space. Trunks are the vintage inspired older cousin of the traditional blanket chest, adding a shabby chic vibe to the home. The traditional solid wood chest is perfect for those with a more simple aesthetic taste, but still has the wonderful versatility of the trunk!

Old Vintage Trunks can be used for storage space
Trunks, Versatile and Stylish. Click photo for source.

5. Shaker Boxes. Already a fan of the Shaker Style? If so, then the shaker boxes are an ideal storage solution for you. Not only are they great for looks alone, but they can be stacked on top of eachother and used to keep smaller household items such as stamps, post it notes, paper clips, etc!

Shaker Boxes
A Display of Shaker Boxes. Photography by Hal Morgan, Click image for original source.

If you feel like any of these ideas have inspired you (or if you have any more suggestions to add), feel free to let us know on Facebook! We’d also like to remind you to be conscious of where your home furnishings and decor pieces come from when you shop. Make sure that the pieces you buy aren’t negatively impacting the environment! :) Until next time, thanks for reading and have a great day!

 

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Houzz website for interior design ideas
Houzz has become one of the top 2 social media websites for home design ideas. The other top website is Pinterest.

Websites for Interior Design Ideas

Yesterday, I acquainted you with the new trend of using social media websites for your interior design ideas. Click here to read my post about Pinterest. If you are new to the blog, here is a brief introduction on websites for interior design ideas.

2012 has been the year for finding home design ideas on the Internet. With social media sites like Pinterest and Houzz, it has become extremely easy to find interior design ideas, even if you’re not ready to refurnish your home. These websites have developed a way to virtually keep all of your home design ideas in one place, in an organized manner. The days of subscribing to home decor magazines, clipping out the pages, and scrapbooking what you like is over. These social media inspiration websites have paved the way for consumers and businesses to connect in an informal way. This opportunity allows businesses to share their work and knowledge to the consumers who are actively seeking their guidance. Not only can the consumers interact with home improvement professionals, but they can also share their home design ideas with their friends on the social media site. Pinterest and Houzz make it easy for home remodelers to share their ideas with their circle of friends, and get their feedback.

Yesterday, I discussed the virtual pinboard website, Pinterest. Today, I would like to introduce you to Houzz.

Houzz

Website For Interior Design Ideas

What is Houzz? Their website states, “Houzz is the leading online platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish- online or from a mobile device.” Houzz is similar to Pinterest in the way that you can save images you like to “Ideabooks.” Houzz makes it easy to search for specific interior design ideas and network with other design enthusiasts. Houzz is unique because it also allows you to geographically search for interior designers, architectures, and home furnishing businesses. These local professionals are sharing their “Projects” and “Ideabooks” to inspire you.

Houzz makes it easy to narrow your home design searches, by eliminating the need for a search engine like Google or Bing. The search function on Houzz brings you right to products that match your search. You will be connected right away with an image to match your design idea.

Vermont Woods Studios currently has a handful of Ideabooks on Houzz. We have organized the Ideabooks by room and style, so that you can easily save one of our images to your Ideabooks, too. Additionally, each of our images have image tags with a brief description of the piece of furniture you’re looking at, and a link of where to find it. This function helps separate and name every piece of furniture listed in the photo, and a direct way to find that piece of furniture in our online gallery.

 

Are you using inspiration boards yet?  Let us know what your favorite websites are for saving all of your home design ideas!

Follow us on Pinterest and on Houzz. Every Saturday we share our most popular pin of the week on our Facebook page.

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.