6 Summer Outdoor Design Ideas

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Outdoor design ideas can make your backyard, patio, veranda or terrace experience more enjoyable. This time of year, summer in the Boston area is truly beautiful. The weather is warm, though the breeze from our backyards and waterfronts provide some cool relief while we spend long evenings outdoors. It’s this time of the year our hard work pays off by creating comfortable outdoor spaces to enjoy the fruits of our labor.

Outdoor designs are a love of labor for MDK Design Associates – devising plans and drawings that help our clients find their outdoor oasis. That’s why we’re sharing these ideas with you now, so you can do the same.

Here are 6 Summer Outdoor Design Ideas to Enhance Your Experience

1. Create a reading area that’s only yours

Reading is a stress relief – in fact, it was found in a 2009 study that reading can reduce stress by up to 68%. Amazing! We believe that reading in a space that’s yours, that provides an oasis for you can be a great way to utilize your outdoor space. Whether it’s a small nook on your back patio or a dedicated green space, an outdoor reading area simply needs a chair or two, a great outdoor foot rest or weather-proof table and a blanket. Candles and lighting are optional.

2. Take advantage of the popularity of string lighting

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Rope and string lights are so popular, and they don’t seem to be going away. It’s a trend that we’ve seen for a couple years now, as it’s a great way to make your outdoor space feel cozy, giving it a vintage flair with a minimal investment.

3. Go all-in with an outdoor television

Have you considered an outdoor television for your back patio? If you have a covered space (preferably surrounded by outdoor lounge furniture) it can be a great way to extend summer parties and barbeques. An outdoor television is quickly becoming a great trend, as it gives guests extra entertainment outdoors. Who wouldn’t want to watch the Boston Red Sox on an outdoor patio in the Summer?

4. Bring out that outdoor fire pit for a family barbeque

We highlighted how much we love outdoor fire pits in our Spring blog, and it certainly hasn’t gone away for the summer. As warm as it can get here in Boston during the summer, fire pits are a great way to bring everyone around the circle as the night is extended and a chill arrives in the air. You can also consider a stone pizza oven to maximize your experience for family and friends.

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Melanie Kokoros, Owner of MDK Design Associates making a fig and prosciutto pizza

5. Don’t forget the florals

We’re big fans of outdoor florals here at MDK Design Associates, especially florals that don’t require a great deal of maintenance. Lavender and Salvia be planted this time of year to prevent mosquitoes and attract butterflies. Lavender gives off a lovely fragrance and adds a pop of purple color amongst your greenery.

6. Add some personality

Above all, creating an outdoor space that is truly yours is so important – this means adding your own personal touch to your outdoor sanctuary. Don’t be afraid to add little mementos on tables to reflect your family life or past travel explorations, include scented candles that remind you of past memories, or your own twist and personality to your space.

When thinking about outdoor design ideas for your space, the priority should be on comfort. Create a space that makes you feel relaxed and excited to spend time in at the end of a very long day. Contact MDK Design Associates to discuss your outdoor design ideas. 

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8 Decorating Tips for the July 4th Holiday

 

8 decorating tips for the July 4th holiday

MDK Design Associates shares 8 decorating tips for the July 4th holiday to help get your homes ready for a week filled with celebration, decoration and outdoor activities. The 4th of July – Independence Day – commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. This is the day that the thirteen American colonies formed as a new nation, which became the United States of America, no longer part of the British Empire. In our present day, the 4th of July is a significant holiday celebration, with 219 million Americans expected to celebrate, spending a whopping $7.1 billion on barbeque goods, decor and more. Wow!

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If you are one of the 219 million Americans who are taking part in 4th of July celebrations, we have the decorating resources you need to ensure your Holiday decor is the talk of the block.

8 Decorating Tips for the July 4th Holiday

 

1. Brighten up your beverages

We love everything about swizzle sticks, which are stir sticks with a twist. These glittering star-topped sticks from Crate & Barrel are especially great – or you can make your own. Simply grab small wooden sticks from your local craft store and glue on a cute top, like these gold and silver stars, or little US flags. Place them on your dinner tables or bar tops to let your guests add a little decor to their beverages.

 

2. Florals, everywhere!

You can’t skip out on 4th of July florals, right? A patriotic bundle of flowers as your guests enter your home can set the stage for what is to come. Find florals like anemones, alliums (deep blue, of course) and phlox. They’re great in the heat and they are simply beautiful.

 

3. Fence flags for outdoor barbeques

8 decorating tips for the Huly 4th holiday summer 2018

So simple, so affordable – and available on Amazon!

We found this flag banner string than can be added to your outdoor fence in a flash, and it’s under $15.00.  This is so cute and so easy that can be placed everywhere, from the aforementioned fence to the dinner table.

 

4. Get the crafts ready for the kids

If you have kids joining you for your outdoor barbeque or indoor dinner, it’s important to get crafts ready for the little ones. One of our favorite crafts for the kids is to make place cards for dinner time. Grab some red, white and blue stationary from the craft store, some themed stickers and washable felts. Assign your kids with the task of finding a spot at the dinner table for each and every guest, and thoughtfully write out their name for each place card. It’s a great way to get the little ones engaged during dinner time.

Place setting ideas for 4th of July

5. Bring out the table runner.

Patriotic table runners don’t have to come in the form of red, white and blue; instead, we love a table runner like this that can act as a foundation to build your table. Build from this to include red dinner napkins, the glittering star-topped sticks (see tip #1), silver cutlery, and complete with some red, white and blue sparkle to place across the table runner.

 

6. DIY flower pots

We love this stars and stripes patriotic flower pot from Lolly Jane.  All you need to do is grab a 10” flower pot, foam brushes, red, white and blue outdoor paint, and (optional) vinyl lettering stars. Paint the entire flower pot white, let dry, then add two red stripes. On the top of the pod, paint this blue and add your stars. So easy!

 

7. Lantern jars for the evening time

If you’re having an outdoor barbeque, lantern jars are sure to make your outdoor space feel cozy. Grab the most simple, clear lantern jars you can find (they can even be mismatched!) and fill the bottom with sand. Place a faux candle inside and you’re ready for the night to begin.

 

8. Head home with a patriotic goodie bag.

Your guests will love to head home with a patriotic goodie bag, one that they can enjoy well into the week. From sugar cookies tied with blue and red ribbon, to red and blue lollipops, or even a personal note from you, the host.

With the holiday right around the corner, these 8 decorating tips for the July 4th holiday are sure to help create the party of the Summer in your very own backyard. Need more than 8 decorating tips for the July 4th holiday? Contact MDK Design Associates for more decorating ideas. From MDK Designs to you and yours, Happy 4th of July!

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2018 Spring Outdoor Design Ideas

2018 Spring Outdoor Design Ideas

2018 Spring outdoor design ideas can elevate your mood and outdoor space this season. It might not feel like Summer (yet) though the warm weather is quickly approaching, and we couldn’t be more excited to spend Summer evenings on the patio with a glass of our favorite beverage, sitting beside the fire and enjoying memorable moments with friends. The Summer months also bring plenty of outdoor design opportunities through decorative additions that can make a big difference as the seasons change. It’s one of our most favorite times of the year! 

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Five 2018 Spring outdoor design ideas that can help you spring into Summer

 

1. It’s all about the outdoor spaces

Winter in Boston can be brutal for the outdoors. Snow, sleet and freezing temperatures can do a number on our outdoor patios and gardens. We’ve grown accustomed to the Spring and Summer clean-up, though the Summer months are truly all about the outdoor spaces.

First things first, spend time in the next couple of weeks focusing on such spaces. Prepare the foundation for what is to come. Whether it’s pressure washing your deck, removing less-than-impressive plants in the gardens or clearing out older patio furniture, outdoor spaces will be your focus in the coming months.

2. All hail the fire pits!

A beautiful patio fire pit can do wonders when it comes to outdoor design. You’ll be amazed at how much time will be spent around the fire as the sun fades away, and your guests wrap themselves in blankets around this focal point of your deck.

Fire pits can be found online or in nearly any outdoor furniture or goods store. They have certainly made a come back in the market over the last few years.

3. You’ve cleaned your garden and planters, now is the time to revive with fresh year-round plants

In step one we advised that you prepare the foundation for what is to come – that is, clean your outdoor space and lay fresh ground.

Now is the time to revive your garden and planters with fresh patio plants and florals that can withstand the warmth in the Summer, yet hold strong in the Winter. Boxwood hedges are beautiful additions to a patio, as are Calla Lilies.  Select the best patio planter for your lifestyle, and have some fun at a local farmer’s market or nursery to find exactly what you want!

4. Enjoy searching for outdoor furniture

Outdoor furniture can be so much fun to shop for. Not only do incredible, local companies make some impressive outdoor furniture options, such furniture can also add so much life to your outdoor space. Personally, we love large furniture that takes into account enough space for parties and socializing around the outdoor firepits. Be sure to take into account the space needed outdoors for guests and family alike.

5. Don’t forget the lighting

Being outdoors in the Summer, late into the evening, means that you can’t forget the lighting. There are plenty of outdoor lighting options that will add character to your space, such as patios with strings upon strings of unique lighting.

We love the addition of string lighting to a backyard patio, as it adds an urban twist to any space. Uplighting can also be used strategically with flat spaces, such as uplighting on your outdoor fence. Visualize your space and use lighting in a thoughtful, unique way to truly impress.

2018 Spring Outdoor Design Ideas

Start off your Summer with some 2018 Spring outdoor design ideas. It’s what we love to do here at MDK Designs. It’s a time of the year when the days are longer, the evenings are extended and fresh air is plenty. Consider taking a risk this Summer and explore an area of your patio, backyard or outdoor space that you might not have ventured into before. Some new 2018 Spring outdoor design ideas may help you enjoy the entire summer season. Contact Melanie Kokoros at MDK Design Associates to discuss some ideas for your outdoor space this Spring. 

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6 Interior Design Ideas To Enhance Your Home – Without A Renovation!

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Sometimes we all need a little inspiration when it comes to interior design ideas. Working with my clients on interior design projects each and every day brings about grand ideas, especially during renovation projects. While many projects we work with are large in scope, often taking weeks – if not months – to complete, it can intimidate some homeowners from time to time. Budgets, time spent away from your home, and plenty of planning can be a great deal of work for some of us. Though you want to make changes to your home, giving it fresh life as you enter a new season or embark on a new journey in your life, rest assured that it does not always need to come in the form of a massive renovation. You can enhance your home with some small and simple interior design ideas.

What are these changes, you might ask? That’s exactly why we’ve written this blog to help you re-style your home for an upcoming season – with no down-time needed.

Here are 6 ways you can enhance your home with small interior design ideas.

 

1. New area rugs and plump cushions

It truly is remarkable how much you can enhance a room with select items, such as a new area rug and a few cushions.

This small change can work very well in a living area, for example. You might have an area rug that is dated, or perhaps your floor is currently bare. Whatever the case might be, finding a beautiful area rug and eclectic throw pillows can turn a room around completely.

2. Window treatments are everything

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You know those old blinds you simply can’t stand? It’s time for a change!

There are plenty of fabulous window treatments and blind ideas on the market, for apartments to large homes. Curtain panels, roman shades, solar shades, sliding panels and more can all create very different feelings when it comes to any room in your home.

3. Fresh florals make all the difference

Who doesn’t love coming home to fresh florals? After a long day in the office, the scent and aesthetic of bright flowers will illuminate your room. Choose your blooms, bunch stems together and place in a beautiful vase. Your home will thank you.

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4. A floor-to-ceiling mirror in your hallway can extend your home

At MDK Designs, you know how much we love our mirrors. Not only is a floor-to-ceiling mirror just a must-have for any closet, it can be extended to the entrance hallway, too. Especially for smaller spaces, such a mirror can help the room feel truly larger than life with an addition of a simple, full-length mirror.

5. Switch up your coffee table

We’ll be the first to admit that a coffee table can be a fixture in our homes that simply collect books, paperwork, remote controls and more. Re-styling your coffee table can bring about change into any home. Grab your favorite hard copy books, that fresh vase of flowers (as above) candles, or personal trinkets that are of value to you. Arrange in such a way that showcases your personality.

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6. Arrange scented candles based on the season

There are many reasons to love such fragrant accessories for your home. They make for an excellent welcome into any room, making it feel inviting and appealing. In addition, candles can make for great accessories on your living room’s coffee table, in your hallway or a guest bathroom. Be sure to arrange based on the season; for example, citrus in the Summer and pine in the Winter.

Making changes to your home doesn’t need to come with a hefty check or a full renovation. Simple updates, such as our 6 interior design ideas above can create small, yet impactful change. What will you start with this Spring?

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5 Spring Interior Design Tips To Get Your Home Ready

5 Spring Interior Design Tips

Sharing 5 Spring Interior Design Tips this time of year is one of my favorite things to do. The weather is still chilly here in Boston, though that doesn’t mean we can’t dream about brighter days and the season of Spring that lies ahead. This is one the best times of the year (aside the Fall, when I can bring out my beautiful trench coats once again, of course).

It is in the Spring when we can organize our homes, decorate for the months that are upon us, and explore new trends for 2018 – and believe me, there are plenty! Interior Design in the Spring is upon us and there is no better time to share 5 Spring Interior Design Tips to get your home ready for the new season.

5 Spring Interior Design Tips

To get yourself prepared for this season, here are 5 Spring Interior Design Tips you need to know.

1. Organize ahead of the Season

We’ve talked about it in our resolutions, though it’s worth another mention; Spring is all about organization and decluttering.

From your master bedroom closets to your kitchen cabinets, look for anything that you have worn, used or even touched for 12 months. Is that down Winter jacket really doing service to your closet when you haven’t worn it since 2015? What about the side table that you’ve been dreaming of donating, but haven’t had a moment to remove from your living room?

Organize, declutter and free your home of wasteful pieces. It an essential step to take if you want a fresh Spring feeling.

2. Gelato, anyone?

Yes! Gelato – think pinks, blues and yellows! These colors are expected to be a huge trend for interior design in the Spring. You can even mix and match these colors in a room, such as your daughter’s bedroom or a playful entrance hallway that you consider to be your “Van Gogh” wall to play with each and every season. Be sure to have fun with this trend – integrate your favorite colors of gelato within your home through single walls, one (or two) dining chairs, accessories and more.

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3. Foliage is everywhere

A simple houseplant no more! Foliage inside the home is increasingly becoming a must-have for our homes. Hanging plants compliment lush pieces, such as a beautiful green armchair or a unique rug. One of my favorite inspirations for lush, green foliage in the home is Kimberly Wynn, who I found on Instagram. She loves to incorporate green in her home!

4. Standing the test of time, navy and grey is back

Although I love taking chances, especially with trends like gelato colors and green foliage, I do love when I can create a room that stands the test of time. The combination of navy and grey is a trend I’m very excited about in 2018. Picture grey walls that make navy accessories or furniture simply pop. Glittery gold metallics that ooze decadence over a navy or grey area rug. Picture frames, mirrors and sideboards that can remain in your home for years to come. As much as I love including trend-worthy pieces throughout my work as the Spring draws near, I do love timeless pieces, too.

5. Stay organized as the Season draws to a close

We started with organization and we’re ending with organization because I’m so passionate about keeping a home ready for the season ahead. There is truly nothing worse than a mishap of trends colliding in once space. Starting with your living room, let’s say, take a moment now to look around and identify what screams “pre-2017”. Is it the metallics that are alongside the pastels? Or the unique vase that hasn’t been moved (or dusted) in six months? Or perhaps your side table is bursting with old Holiday cards, burned candles or coasters that have been sitting inside for quite some time. Whatever the case might be, it is important to organize before a season approaches, as one draws to a close. Thinking ahead and staying ready for the change of weather and trends will make your home truly sing with joy.

We are so excited for interior design in the Spring here at MDK Designs and we can’t wait to share our vision with you. We hope you take some time to tackle at least a few of these 5 Spring Interior Design tips. For great design ideas, check out our portfolio here.

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2018 Interior Design Trends

2018 Interior Design Trends

Image: Living room design from norsu.com.au. Picture: Supplied

 

 

MDK shares 2018 Interior Design Trends when it comes to color, color combinations and palettes to elevate the look of your space. A few years ago, gold and rose were everywhere and everything – from jewelry such as watches and earrings, to your home’s interior like lighting and furniture finishes. These beautiful metallics were a premium, and we loved incorporating gold and rose everywhere we could (tastefully, of course). Yet, the trend seemed to go away for a few years, disappearing just slightly, and opting instead for more earthy tones of metallics, unique pastels and more. Fast-forward to present day, 2018 interior design trends have once again incorporated gold and rose, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. It’s back! And it has been revitalized for what is sure to be an impressive re-introduction.

 

These colors are making their mark during this calendar year – here’s why gold and rose have returned within 2018 interior design trends.

Because they can be used anywhere.

These metallics can be used for lamps, desks, tables wall decal and more. It’s so versatile, and can even be mixed and matched between palettes. Choosing such a palette that has two finishes, such as gold and silver, or rose and copper, can bring a unique element and combination to any room that is truly yours. Try experimenting in your kitchen, living area, hallway or bathroom areas this year.

Because a little goes a long, long way.

It’s important to ensure that gold and rose aren’t overkill in your home. A little goes a long way, so be sure to use select pieces and integrations instead of placing in too many places or within too many rooms. Gold and rose should be an added element to your home or select rooms, not the focal point of every turn and corner that your guests make.

Because we love how these colors and mixed metals can transform a kitchen, especially.

One of our favorite areas to use gold and rose is in the kitchen. Kitchens can be very unique spaces; renovations can be expensive, and a great deal of work. Yet, by adding color to areas such as your overhead lamps within your kitchen, or as simple as your cupboard handles, you can really revamp your space.

We love the “pop” that these mixed metals make in modern or urban chic kitchens. Take a look at your kitchen now and consider how you could make small, yet impactful transformations.

Our suggestion – try combining gold and rose with bright colors in 2018.

2018 Interior Design Trends

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In previous years, the trend for these colors were to use them as a stand-alone focus within rooms. 2018 interior design trends are all about combination. Mix these metals tastefully with bright colors, such as blues or purples, but be sure to not mix with color palettes such as pastels.  Combinations are key, though tasteful combinations are essential.

Will you use gold and rose within your home this year? We’re excited about how these beautiful metals will find their place in your home. To learn more about how you can transform your home with ease this year, contact MDK Design here.

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2018 Interior Design Resolutions For Your Home

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You may be considering a New Year’s resolution for yourself but how about 2018 interior design resolutions for your home? Whether it’s a goal to lose a few pounds, or perhaps a target move in your career, dream boards and inspirations await. Yet, 2018 interior design resolutions for your home are just as important! As we find ourselves in the month of January, the Holiday Season is behind us and we are preparing for the year that lies ahead. If your home is in need of some attention this Winter and Spring, read on.

Here Are Five 2018 Interior Design Resolutions for Your Home

1. Declutter, declutter, declutter.

You’ve accumulated plenty throughout the month of December. From gift wrap and new toys for your kids, to Black Friday deals that have been yet to be opened, there is likely a storage room just waiting to be tended to.

It can be intimidating to declutter, which is why we recommend going room by room. Start with the kitchen and give yourself a few days to go through each and every cupboard, drawer and storage areas. You’ll be surprised at how much you can get rid of. This will make way for a new vision for your kitchen – can you be a minimalist for the remainder of the Winter?

2. Pick one room and make it your own.

If you sit and think about your home – really think about it – you probably have that one room that serves little purpose. Perhaps it’s a den that has turned into storage, or a guest bathroom that is rarely used.

In 2018, it’s time to pick one room and make it your own. Maybe it’s a repaint, or it could be a complete remodel. If it’s the later, consider some of the trends that lie ahead for 2018 – brass accents, moodier palettes and natural elements.

3. Take a risk.

While neutral tones are safe (and have been a wonderful trend for years), 2018 is the time to take a risk. From velvet infusion in your living room to bold patterns in your bedroom, we are so ready to help our clients take risks in the coming months.

One of the more exciting trends that we can’t wait for is the resurgence of bold patterns. Geometric shapes using wallpaper is a perfect way to infuse risk in your home.

4. Vintage is new again (give it a try).

Through light fixtures, like lanterns or chandeliers, vintage is really making a comeback. We could spend hours and hours looking for such fixtures on sites like Etsy, which make the perfect addition to a kitchen, for example. Vintage light fixtures combined with ultra modern rooms are perfect for the craft DIY home owners.

2018 Interior Design Resolutions5. Bring back some drama.

We love neutral as much as the next person, though 2018 is a year to bring back some drama. Neutral tones and straight lines have been great throughout this past year, but we’re ready for more. Introduce curves into your home. Mismatch photo frames. Get yourself a feature painting that you feel bold and confident about. Make a splash.

After a Holiday Season filled with celebration and appreciation for the year that was, we couldn’t be more excited for these next twelve months. From taking risks and integrating drama into our projects, to bringing back the love for vintage, 2018 is a year about small changes making a big difference. From MDK Designs, we wish you a splendid year ahead!

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Holiday Gift Guide Ideas for 2017

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Looking for Holiday Gift Guide Ideas for 2017? If you’re a designer like myself, you look for creativity anywhere – from clean, sophisticated lines in the homes of my clients, to the way in which gifts are wrapped and given over the Holiday Season (yes, we look for detail and inspiration everywhere!) Yet, sometimes we all need a bit of inspiration ourselves, especially with a holiday gift  – which is exactly why I’ve put this Holiday Gift Guide Ideas blog together ahead of the Holiday Season. Coming from myself, an individual who loves to create DIY projects of all kinds, these are quick, easy gifts that you can prepare within just a few hours.

Below is my 2017 Holiday Gift Guide Ideas – gifts for the interior designer in your life.

  1. Mason Jar Cookie Exchange

I love this idea with a group of friends, or perhaps those of us who have kids. Gather 4-5 of your friends or family and bake a few dozen cookies. Place your cookies in simple mason jars (or your children can have some fun and design the jar!), with enough to give one jar to each of your friends or family. After your Holiday dinner, it’s time for the exchange. You’ll walk home with a plethora of cookies, made from love from your friends and family.

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  1. DIY Peppermint Bath Bombs

Who doesn’t love bath bombs? When it’s done DIY, they’re made even better. Home Talk has a great recipe to create your very own Peppermint Bath Bombs here – all you need is baking soda, citric acid, grapeseed oil, peppermint essential oil and a spray bottle of water.

 

  1. Unique Craft Kits

For the crafter in your life, they can never have enough materials for sewing. Head to your local craft store and grab a small box. Collect your favorite threads, a small pair of scissors, some pins and other materials that your little crafter would love. Write a note of “thanks” to place within the craft kit.

 

  1. Coffee for the Teacher

Don’t forget your children’s teacher during the Holiday Season! We know how much teachers love caffeine, and this time of the year is no different. Grab a travel mug at the store – just a simple mug. Then, grab a wool sock from your craft store or closest clothing store. Slip the sock over the mug and cut off the bottom, so the cup can lay flat. Tie a ribbon of yarn around the cup and voila! A cute gift for your favorite teacher. Don’t forget to include the coffee beans.

 

  1. The Gift for Families With Young Children

We all love growth charts, right? It’s so wonderful to look back when your kids are in their late teenagers years, or as a young adult, when you reminisce on the past. That’s why I love the idea of a growth chart. Find a 6’ board, grab yourself a black marker and painters tape. Measure and mark in 1 foot increments, then measure and mark within inch increments. Make a stencil for each of the foot numbers and indicate 1 through 6. Add a coat or two of stain (after the marker has dried, of course!) This is a wonderful gift and one that is certainly memorable.

 

  1. For the Organizer In Your Life…

We all have that one friend who is hyper organized, so why not help them as part of the process? Grab a chalkboard that can be framed (or already comes framed) that will suit their home. Purchase a few colors of chalk and tie with a big red ribbon. This is perfect for the urban organizer’s modern home.

2018 is quickly coming to a close, and we’re putting the finishing touches on Holiday gift ideas for our loved ones. These Holiday Gift Guide ideas should be a great aid as you prepare your final task list for the Holidays. From MDK Designs, Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones!

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Thanksgiving Interior Design Tips

Thanksgiving Interior Design TipsThanksgiving is quickly approaching, and we are more than excited to share Thanksgiving interior design tips with you. It’s a wonderful time to celebrate with family and friends over a beautiful feast of warm, hearty food. If you are hosting Thanksgiving Dinner this year, preparing a turkey likely isn’t the only thing on your mind – decorating the dinner table is also high on your priority list. That’s why we have put together our favorite Thanksgiving interior design tips and personal touches to make your holiday dinner table one to remember.

Here are 10 Thanksgiving interior design tips for your dinner table.

1. Mix and match vases

Vases filled with beautiful, Fall foliage will be an excellent compliment to your dinner table this year. Mixing and matching vases on your table will provide an eye-catching allure that will bring personality to dinner.

2. Bring in an accent color

…and deter from the ordinary! Instead of integrating the traditional oranges, yellows and browns into your home, consider a different accent color that can be brought to your table and other areas of your home. Bright, spring red, aqua greens and greys can be used thoughtfully with accents to create a unique dinner experience.

3. Layer your table with different textures

This can be done through fabrics, such as tablecloths, chargers and napkins. Different textures provide depth to your dinner table, and are a great compliment with varying accent colors.

4. Incorporate candles on your table

There are a plethora of candle options on the market, and we love supporting local merchants and small businesses during times like Thanksgiving. With the candles we purchase, it’s often fun to use them in different ways, such as tall candle sticks placed along the table, or placing candles in vases.

Thanksgiving Interior Design Tips

5. Add unique floral arrangements

This is the year of new and different, can’t you tell? Thanksgiving interior design tips for 2017 are truly one of a kind, which is why we suggest adding unique floral arrangements to your table this year. Consider adding fruits to your arrangements, such as oranges, cranberries or other gourds. These are fruits that simply make you think about the Holiday Season, but are an interesting feature to your table.

6. Ensure your table encourages conversations

Tall, thin candles are great, of course; however, it’s important to keep your centerpieces low. Tall centerpieces will hinder conversations, whereas low arrangements of florals and candles will encourage your guests to converse with one another. If some of your guests are meeting for the first time, consider having name tags or seating cards.

7. DIY centerpieces can be fun!

To encourage collaboration, a great idea is to have a few of your guests bring DIY centerpieces. Don’t set a theme, simply invite them to be creative. They won’t match, and so what! It’s a fabulous way to bring your guests together.

Thanksgiving Interior Design Tips

8. Place old family photos along the table

If you are hosting dinner for your family exclusively, consider going through old photo albums and find ten of your most favorite family photos. Pull them from across decades, as this will give everyone at your table a chance to tell old stories and share memories with others.

9. Have an arts and crafts table for the kids

If you have children coming to your Thanksgiving Dinner, consider having a separate table for them – complete with arts and crafts. Perhaps they can put together wreaths, or grab a few Thanksgiving coloring books at your local store.

10. Send your guests home with leftovers – thoughtfully

Leftovers can be done simply and thoughtfully, so why not send your guests home with a meal for the next day? Head to your local arts and crafts store, and grab some small cardboard boxes. If you have children in your family, encourage them to find their favorite markers in the store, along with some glitz and glitter. Your children can create a cardboard box for each guest, complete with their name along the side. This is a unique and thoughtful way of sending your guests home with a warm meal for the following day.

From MDK Designs, we wish you and your family a fabulous Thanksgiving Dinner. It is truly a time to be thankful for what we have, and dream for what our future holds.

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Fall Interior Design Tips To Warm Up Your Home

Fall Interior Design TipsLooking for fall interior design tips to warm up your home? We’ve had unusually warm weather in Boston, but before we know it, the cooler weather will be here. Changing leaves, a breeze from the waterfront and Fall coats will emerge from our closets once again. The change of season is a great time to share fall interior design tips to warm up your home. We’re not talking about changing your home thermostat to that of a warmer temperature; instead, we’re focused on fall interior design tips and tricks that you can use to prepare your home for the Fall months.

Here are 5 fall interior design tips you can use now to help warm your home.

 

  1. Plush throws are everything.

 

We love plush throws, but they’re not always appropriate for year-round additions. After all, you’re likely not curling up on the couch and warming yourself with blankets if the weather is unbearably hot, right?

 

Yet, plush throws are so warm and inviting for the Fall months. Opt for plush throws that are neutral in color – think browns, greys and warm blues.

 

  1. Place candles throughout select rooms.

 

From your kitchen to your living area, and your guest bedroom in between, candles add ambiance that is difficult to match. Simple tea light candles in a clear glass holder adds sleek sophistication, while stand-up wax candles can also create a beautiful mood in your home. Think about candle lighting inside and outside your home. 

Fall Interior Design Tips

 

  1. Dress up your fireplace.

 

As the focal point in a living area, your fireplace has likely yet to be started for months. Whether it’s time to collect wood for a natural burning fireplace, or perhaps you have a gas fireplace that offers a quick start, dressing up this area in your home draws great attention. Consider using fall leaves or perhaps add those candles above on the fireplace mantle. It’s also the perfect time to start thinking about mini pumpkins ahead of Halloween and Thanksgiving.

 

  1. Warm up your bedroom.

 

It’s time to change out your bedding with coverlets and layers of blankets. The weather will soon get cooler, and light Summer bedding is no longer appropriate. Instead, consider the warmth that layers provide, and the inviting addition it can have in your bedroom. Perhaps you can find similar coverlets for your Master bedroom and guest suites.

 

  1. Create an inviting front door.

 

Your front door welcomes your guests, whether family or friends. With the beautiful trees changing color and the pine cones falling, it’s time to swoop those up and add Fall foliage to your front door. You could display the Fall foliage along your front porch, or you could create a beautiful wreath and hang on your entrance- way.

Fall Interior Design Tips

 

We love the Fall months here at MDK Designs, and we can’t wait to see all of the beautiful ways you are warming up your home for the Fall. For more great ideas, visit HGTV and Elle Decor.

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