7 Spring Interior Designs Trends You Need to Watch For Now

With Spring upon us and the weather starting to turn for the better, what better way to celebrate sunshine than with a quick Spring Interior Design refresh in the home? Now is the ideal time to clear out anything you’re no longer in love with (or even really like) and give your interior decor a refresh. To help start this process, we’ve gathered the latest home trends that you should be prepared for in the Spring. Below are the 7 Spring trends you need to watch for now.

1. Black and white decor black-white-decor

Minimalism is totally in for Interior Design Trends in Spring 2016, and so is black and white decor. Although color palettes were all the rage last Spring – especially palettes with pastel features – this has been replaced with black and white. In fact, black and white decor has increased 40 percent since last year on Pinterest.

2. Minimalism is in

Minimalism is here, and it’s here to stay for 2016 Spring Interior Design Trends. From kitchen decor to living room furniture, and even master bathrooms, opt for minimalist, yet functional.

3. Marble accents

We haven’t seen marble for a long, long time, but it’s back for the 2016 Interior Design Spring trends. It was huge at the NY NOW showcase, but don’t worry – it won’t break the bank. This Spring trend is all about the small touches of marble, such as clocks, coasters, additions for your side table and even candleholders. Think minimalistic, remember?

4. Light, fresh flooring

Though dark, fresh hardwood was in for 2015, light and fresh flooring just screams 2016 Interior  Design’Spring’ trend. We’re seeing plenty of sophisticated gray hardwood flooring – and don’t be afraid to pair this with wooden wall art or even an accompanying wood dining table.

5. Black stainless steel appliances

black-stainless-steelTo accompany the light and fresh flooring, we’re loving the Interior Design trend of black stainless steel appliances. Houzz even predicts that this is the Interior Design trend of the future, and we’re excited to see it kick off in Spring.

6. Statement bathroom mirrors

Although a plain, rectangular mirror will absolutely get the job done (it’s functional, we get it), we believe this will be the year of the statement mirrors, especially in bathrooms. Look for unique mirrors with vintage frames, or even smart mirrors with LED lighting.

7. Country kitchens

While 2015 was the year of vintage, Spring of 2016 will be the season of the country kitchen. Modern and rustic farmhouse kitchens are all the rage, especially on Pinterest.


 

From black and white decor to country kitchens, from statement mirrors to light and fresh flooring, there will be plenty of 2016 Spring Interior Design trends that any home will love.

Have questions about these trends? Contact us here.

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​7 Ways to Prepare Your Home for the Super Bowl

Super Bowl 50 is right around the corner. With the Panthers and Broncos set to battle in San Francisco, and last year’s average audience drawing 114.4 million viewers, there are sure to be parties on just about every block in your town.

If you’re hosting this year’s Super Bowl 50, is your home prepared for kickoff? From beverage tags to table decor, there are so many ways your home can become festive in no time.

We’ve put together ​7 Ways to Prepare Your Home for the Super Bowl. Read on.

1. Creative Coasters

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We love the idea of bringing the turf inside your home. Head to your local hardware store and pick-up a small amount of turf or faux grass. Cut your turf into small circles (it’s easier than you think) and place them on various side tables. It’s a unique, creative touch.

2. Create a French Fry Bar (Yum)

When you’re not in a bar, you can bring your favorite sports bar snack home. For a DIY project, wash and cut potatoes into wedges or small french fry strips. Sprinkle some oil and place them in the oven, so you can create your very own, home made french fries. For an additional kick, you can also pick-up sweet potatoes or yams and create sweet potato french fries. To truly re-create the bar feel, serve them with a variety of toppings like spicy aioli or home made ketchup. Voila.

3. Food Wraps

Making an easy, eat-with-your-hands Super Bowl meal? Bring your meal planning to the next level with downloadable wraps. We love this downloadable PDF here. All you need to do is print and place around your sandwiches or wraps. It’s easy.

4. Create Your Own Concession Stand

You can turn an ordinary food table into a “Concession Stand” in as easy as 1, 2, 3. Use  artificial grass as a table cover, and add an easy DIY printable banner. Create treat bags filled with your favorite stadium food – like popcorn, pretzels and mini-donuts.

5. Decorative Beverage Tags

Need inspiration for beverage tags?

Everyone needs beverage tags; to ensure your beverages aren’t placed in the wrong hands, it’s important to leave markers and tags around your home. For this event, head to your local craft store and pick-up ribbon, green, white and brown paper products. Cut small circles and one oval. See our photo to the left for inspiration.

6. Party Games, Anyone?

If your guests haven’t participated in a football pool this year, have each guest predict the winner’s final score. Playing is simple – write each guess on a tag and tie it to his or her beer stein or glass (remember the tags we created above?) Whoever ends up closest to the correct score wins.

7. Half-Time Entertainment

If you’re not a fan of the half-time show (or simply don’t want to sit through commercials) create your very own half-time entertainment. Grab a Polaroid and some fun props – like footballs, pom poms and even a megaphone. Encourage your guests to take their photos home and even share on social media.

Whether you are hosting 5 close friends, or perhaps your home is filled to the brim with neighbors, we are sure this Super Bowl 50 will be outstanding. Turn your home into a festive party to remember!

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5 Last-Minute Holiday Gift Ideas for your Host

Can you believe it? The Holidays are nearly here, and – if you’re like the majority of shoppers – you’re scrambling to put together last-minute Holiday gift ideas.

If you’re lucky enough to be hosted by friends or family for your Holiday dinner, you might also be scrambling to find last-minute gift ideas for the Host in your life.

Why not show your Host just how appreciative you are of their efforts with a thoughtful, personalized gift? Even if you’re shopping last-minute, there are so many options to choose from. We’ve even pulled together our favorite last minute gift ideas below.

1. Personal Cutting Boards

It’s true – you can purchase cutting boards from nearly ever home and interior design storefront you walk into, but why not find something personal for your host? We love these cutting boards from AHeirloom, but you can find some simple additions at your local craft store, too.

(If you’re thinking ahead next time, you can get these AHeirloom cutting boards personalized with a monogram, date, or short phrase. How about a New Year gift?)

2. Guest Towels

Everyone loves new guest towels – and the best part is that you can always find colors and accents to match. Even if you’ve never stepped food into your Host’s home, select your towels from a neutral color palette. Guest towels can add glitz and glamour to even the smallest and darkest spots, like the bathroom.

3. Unique Candles

Everyone loves candles, right? Unique and quirky candles are popping up everywhere. Take Coal and Canary, for example. A small business out of Winnipeg, Canada, they were featured and included in the GRAMMY Award Gift Bags for 2015. If they’re good enough for celebrities, quirky candles will be just perfect for your Host. Grab a few unique candles from your local craft store, or order online before your Holiday dinner.

4. Creative Coasters

A sophisticated set of coasters will be the perfect accompaniment with your presence at your Holiday dinner. There are some fabulous options that you can purchase both online and at your local stores. This set from Etsy is to die for;  made from unique and sturdy materials, this option would look sleek, classy and modern on any table. You can find alternatives (and similar options) at a local Anthropologie or interior decor brick and mortar location for last-minute pick-up.

5. Wine Decanters

You can never have enough decanters, right? When it comes to wine decanters, the more unique – the better. We love wine decanters that can help tell a story, or even begin a conversation. Having an item that can sit on your table with a lively, off-kilter attitude is the perfect addition to any dinner party – and a Host gift that will always be remembered.

Happy Holidays!

From our family to yours, we wish you the happiest of Holidays this year! Whether you are celebrating with friends or enjoying quality time with family, we hope you enjoy the time ahead.

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10 Decorating Tips for the Holiday Season

We’re well into the month of December, and it’s time to switch focus on decorating for the Holiday Season. You’ve successfully hosted your family and friends for Thanksgiving (high five!) and your loved ones are now looking to you for advice on your decorating tips for December.

Are you ready to give them answers? 

Thankfully, we’ve put together our top 10 decorating tips for the Holiday Season, so you can prepare your home with everything it needs to celebrate December. We’ve selected DIY, easy-to-create decor ideas so you can prepare your home in a flash.

1. Fill your own ornament.

Head to your local craft store and pick-up a few glass ornaments. These ornaments are ready to be filled with just about anything you
can think of – feathers, confetti, tiny pine cones, tree needles, and glitter work well. If you’re feeling more ambitious and have some time to prepare, create a miniature piece of paper-cut art using a template (and some careful work with a craft knife) and pop it inside for a beautiful winter effect.

2. Wood slice place cards

If you’re hosting a large dinner for the Holidays, you might want to use place cards to identify all of your guests – especially if not everyone is familiar with one another. We love the idea of wood place cards. Creating these are easy. Head to your local decor store to grab the number of wooden blocks for place settings you’ll need – or, if you have access to a fallen large branch in your back yard and can chop the branch into small pieces, you can create your own wood chips. Next spray paint your chips in gold, silver or white. Once dried, use a black marker to write the names of your guests on the wood chip. Voila!

3. Give your home some front door flair

It’s easy! Let visitors jingle all the way into your home. Find some big silver bells and festive ribbon at your local decor store and tie them together. The more ribbon, the better. Attach this to 3 or 4 doors in your home.

4. Traditional wreath – with a twist.

We love traditional wreaths, but we love them even more when they feature a modern twist. With a bit of spray paint, you can transform a wreath into something befitting a winter wonderland. Grab a can of spray paint from your local decor store in frosted white, silver or gold, and spray away.

5. DIY Advent Calendar

Advent Calendars are oh so popular with children, but why can’t you use them for the adults in your family, too? Count down the days until December 25 with little paper envelopes, ideally sized to hold all sorts of surprises: from candy and tickets to tiny toys and little notes. We love the idea of using rubber stamps to ink the dates on the envelopes. You can also embellish these by adding tags, string and clip art. Then, simply pin the envelopes on a pretty corkboard to complete the look.

6. Pinecone ornaments

The easiest DIY, but one of the most appealing, are pinecone ornaments. If you have access to a backyard or park with pinecones that have dropped over the last week, grab a 5-10 and bring them home. Ensure they’ve dried, and spray-paint white, silver or cold on the pinecones. They really pop against evergreen boughs.

7. Festive centerpiece

We love the idea of festive centerpieces, and this one is easy. If you have access to an extra long tree limb in your backyard or park (make sure it’s already fallen!) bring this into your home. It’s entirely up to you if you spray paint the limb – we think the centerpiece looks great either way. Next, knot lengths of twine around the branch and hang it from a row of a number of hooks. You’ve immediately made your table feel more quaint and intimate.

9. Festive flair on your stems

Can you tell we love ribbon? For this DIY, use leftover ribbon to tie around the stems of your Champagne flutes or wineglasses before dinner and during cocktail hour for an extra bit of festivity. The best part about this DIY project is that  by choosing a different color for every glass, you will help guests keep track of their drinks. It’s a win/win.

10. Wood Slice Ornaments

Still have some wood slices left from your place cards? Consider using these as ornaments. All you need to do is paint a simple design (a tree or star) or word (noel or joy) on the wood with white craft paint, and drill a hole for hanging. This addition gives your tree a rustic, yet sophisticated look.

With these 10 DIY decor ideas, we’re certain you’ll be ready for the Holiday Season. After spending time with family and friends, and partaking in a meal to celebrate the Holidays, your home will shine with such beautiful, festive decor.

Images: CountryLiving.com, Houzz and RealSimple.com
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4 Decor Ideas for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, and we’re getting so excited about all of the potential your home has to offer for decor and DIY opportunities for the Holidays. From table settings to floral arrangements, we encourage you and your family to work together and prepare your home for celebration during this joyous time of the year.

To prepare for Thanksgiving, below are 4 decor ideas you can work on now as a family to prepare your home.

Create a message board

Consider this unique idea as your guests arrive. Image source: www.midwestliving.com

This is one of our favorite additions to a home during Thanksgiving. As family or guests arrive for your delicious dinner, have them write what they are thankful for on a paper leaf or note and pin it to a board or frame you have constructed. Get creative and cut paper leaves from old books or scrapbooks. We encourage you to find a safe place in your home and store this away for the year, and re-visit your notes the following year. Have your words of thanks changed, or have they remained the same?

DIY Centerpieces

Get creative with your centerpieces. We love using dried floral and pine cones to bring the outdoors, inside. For accompanying table additions, use re-purposed candle-holders and display small pumpkins. You can find such candle-holders at the antique store or thrift store, and spray paint with an acrylic color to align with your table items and achieve a unified look.

Rustic Candles

We love rustic candles. For an easy, handmade candle holder, we love the look of hot-glued ears of dried Indian corn around a candle, with wrapped twine around the base. You can display this candle on your dining room table, side table or kitchen counter. Exchange the Indian corn for pine cones, if this is an easier addition.

Fall Leaf Wreathes

There is no better welcome than that of a gorgeous, fall-inspired wreath on your door. Welcome guests with an easy-to-make leaf wreath by using items you can find in your very backyard. Using small scissors (be safe!), cut slits in the centers of fresh leaves or pliable dried ones from a crafts store. String the leaves onto a wire wreath form until it is full.

From our family to yours, we wish you a very happy Thanksgiving with your family and friends!

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6 Easy Ways to Enhance Any Room

With the Fall nearly in full swing, we’re already dreaming of what’s ahead for 2016. Although there are plenty of trends to bring into your home now, sometimes you simply don’t have the time for an entire home makeover.

That’s why we’ve compiled 6 easy ways you can enhance any room as we enter the new year.

Are you ready to implement these tips and tricks in your home?

1. Think accessories (bookshelves are our favorite).

Reading is an essential part of the lives of many of our clients, so we often recommend this feature for small, but meaningful home improvements. Think about accessories, such as bookshelves, that can be added to any room. If you’re updating your living room, consider placing a comfortable reading chair to accompany this area. Not only will your room showcase your fascination, it is also a great conversation starter.

2. Fresh coats of paint.

If you have a handy arm, updating feature walls – or even your entire room – can be done with simply your time and energy. We love fresh coats of paint to go along with the seasons, as long as you’re sticking with similar palettes. For example, if your room currently features a grey or blue tone, stay in the same color palette. Your furniture and accessories will thank you.

3. Pops of style and trend.

We like to think of living areas as wardrobes. You can fill it with new colors and accessories each and every season (within reason). For this upcoming season, identify a few patterns of colors that make your room look inviting and exuberant. For example, consider integrating some animal prints in your pillows or throws, or add a metallic side table in place of your current, traditional feature.

4. Wall quotes that have meaning.

Depending on the room, we love wall quotes. Especially in a home office, wall quotes truly showcase your personality. Keep yourself and your guests inspired when they walk into your home.

5. Add a piece of art.

In a perfect world, your home should look as spacious as possible – but we’re not all blessed with large foyers and high ceilings. To help make a small room feel large, you’ll want to include something that draws the eyes upward. That’s where art comes in. The placement of a unique piece of art can create a dynamic look that balances your room and scale. Remember – it doesn’t have to be large. It simply needs to pull your colors, textures and patterns together.

6. Shop for a new rug.

For a room with hardwood throughout, adding a new rug can work wonders to update a room. Just like we recommend with paint colors, remember that your rug should stay within similar color palettes as this will help avoid adding any other changes to your room. Consider shopping for a vintage rug at your local antique shop.

Remember – updating your home for the New Year doesn’t need to be costly. With simple tips and tricks for small changes you can make now, your home can feel fresh and new for 2016.

 

 

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10 Trends for Interior Design in 2016

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With 2016 nearly upon us (can you believe it?) we’re starting to look ahead at design trends for the New Year. From color palettes to accent decor, 2016 promises to be a greater, more eclectic year in Interior Design.

Are you ready? 

Below are 10 trends we’re excited to see in 2016.

1. Sustainable Design

Sustainable design will be an everlasting trend for urban home owners. As consumers and designers explore different materials with greener, more sustainable solutions, we will truly begin to see this in all areas of the home. Think recycled plastics, wood and more.

2. Mixing Metals

We’ve referenced this in our Fall trends, and we’ll see the trend continue to 2016. The matching of metals and colors are so gone this season. Instead, think differently. Metals can be used in any room of your home, from accessories in your living area to lamp stands in your master bedroom.

3. Create Nostalgia

The color palette for 2016 will be all about creating nostalgia. With tranquility in mind, think about industrial, minimalistic colors such as grey, silvers and blues. Combined with soft textures and rich palettes, create nostalgia using stimulating colors this year.

4. Animal Accents

Either on print, pillows or rugs, dream about animal accents. Zebra print, leopard print and more will make your accents filled with personality.

5. Combining Designs

Much like mixing of metals, combining designs will be all the rage in 2016. Think about mixing modern and rustic designs, such as a rustic bathroom vanity with modern tile.

6. Freestanding or Vintage Tubs

We love the urban, chic look and feel, and this couldn’t be more true than in freestanding or vintage tubs. Should you have the room in your master bathroom, these tubs create the look and feel that any character home desires.

7. Natural Floors

If you’re thinking about updating your flooring this year, think about natural flooring. Driftwood, pine, or planks with traditional knots. Combine with elegant furnishings and home accessories.

8. Oversized Furniture

The Great Room will be of great focus in 2016. We’re dreaming of oversized sectionals, furnishings and lighting. As we enter the cold winter months of 2016, cozy and oversized furnishings will have all the focus.

9. Appliances

Much like sustainability, kitchens are all about the latest and greatest appliances. From fridges to stovetops, we’re focused on the most cutting edge appliances and accessories for the year.

10. Quartz Stone

Quartz stone and countertops are still the highlight of 2016. Why? Because there’s little to no maintenance. These surfaces bring true elegance to your dream kitchen or bathroom, and we see little sign of this trend slowing down.

We are so excited about the trends ahead for 2016 and we’d love to tell you more. Are you looking for home renovations or updates in the New Year? Let’s talk.

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Fall Into These Decorating Trends for 2015


As the Summer draws to a close and the weather becomes cooler, our evenings are spent more and more frequently indoors instead of on our back patios. Although we’re certainly going to miss the long Summer nights, we’re excited about Fall and the interior design possibilities that are ahead.

After all, with new seasons come new trends – and we’ve identified our top 5 favorite trends for Fall 2015.

1. Mixed Metals

In the Fall, you’ll see the mixing of warm metals (think coppers, golds) with cool metals (think silvers). Matching of metals and colors are so gone this season. Instead, dream big. Mixing of metals can be used in any room of your home, from accessories in your living area to lamp stands in your master bedroom.

2. Graphic Tiles

Much like taking risks with your mixed metals, graphic tiles will be seen in everything from commercial to home spaces. Combine graphic design with interior design to give you the perfect balance of urban chic and sophistication that your home needs.

3. Neutral Wall Colors

Although there will be plenty of risk with metals and tiles, wall colors will be moving back to neutral for the Fall. Consider playing with the palette of your home office and select a color that will be the perfect backdrop for your furnishings. Fresh shades of light gray color tones, beige, black and white will be on-trend for the remainder of 2015.

4. Let’s Go Retro

We said take risks, right? Going retro will combine the perfect rustic, yet modern style that is comfortable and oozes class. Dream about black and white geometrical prints, chalk boards and contemporary prints.

5. Vintage Romantic

Much like neutral wall colors, we’re loving the vintage romantic trends in interior design right now – and this will come full force in the Fall. Integrate soft pink and hues in your linens, candle holders, throws and pillows.

With these five key trends ahead for the Fall, we’re excited about interior design updates and changes. Remember: you don’t need to have a large budget to update your home this season. Contact us for more great, inspiring ideas.

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5 Tips to Decorate Dorms and College Apartments

With the Summer drawing to a close and September getting closer, it’s time to start thinking about dorms and college apartments. 

The best part? It’s time to start thinking about decorating for dorms and college apartments.

Whether you are going back to school or your children are moving out of the home, below are 5 tips to decorate for the school season.

1. Determine where to shop (and when!)

Where to shop (and when) can make all the difference. Will you be designing a modern dorm room with functional furnishings, or will you opt for a vintage chic look and feel?

And what about the ‘when’? 

Shopping one week before school begins will be a recipe for disaster. Think ahead and plan an entire day with your child – just make sure your shopping is done in August.

2. Have a set budget.

This is perhaps the most important. To avoid going over budget and into the red, ensure you have a set budget before you begin shopping.

We recommend having a budget for furnishings and a budget for school supplies, and breaking each one down with must-haves and nice-to-haves, so you can add and remove items as necessary.

3. Be aware of your space.

Dorm rooms can be small (remember college life?)

Ensure you have your square footage on-hand as you shop, so you purchase appropriately-sized furnishings.

Apartment-style furniture is often the best. Think small couches and side tables.

4. Have a plan for what you will do with your child’s room once they leave

We know – this one can be difficult. Once your child leaves, you can experience a sort of empty-nest syndrome (especially if the new college-dweller is your last child to leave your family home). To avoid emotional decision-making, have a plan developed now.

For example, you can choose to turn your child’s room into a new office or second bedroom, or you can keep it as-is for when your son or daughter returns home for the Summer.

Whatever the case, make sure you have a plan before your young one leaves your home doors.

5. Flying or driving?

Keep this in mind as you purchase your furnishings – will you be flying or will you be driving?

If you will be flying, keep in mind of that budget as your travel costs will be sure to increase. If you will be driving, ensure your recently purchased items will fit in your vehicle for transportation.

As you embark on your purchases for dorms and college apartments, remember the moment and the experience you have with your child. This is a whole new adventure in your life, and one that we encourage you to embrace.

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Top 5 Decor Trends for 2015

Now that we are in the second half of 2015, it’s time to look at the top decor trends of this year. With palettes and materials, lighting fixtures and furniture settings, this year has truly given us much to choose from so far. Interior design trends 2015

What are the top 5 favorite decor trends for 2015 here at MDK Designs? Find out below.

1. The Artisan Look

This has weaved itself into many areas of your home. The Artisan look, such as antique side tables, cracked outdoor furnishings and gold frames, has started to become a fixture within homes. We predict that this will replace your urban chic furnishings. Think of your black mirror frame being replaced by a smoked, textured feel.

2. Personal Embellishments

Personal touches to your home will be more important than ever in the next half of 2015. With small embellishments on furniture, such as stripes and french knots, or highlighting your room with metallics such as silvers and gold, the details will be key. With any piece of furniture, in particular, be sure to think about various ways you can truly make it your own.

3. Prepare for Fall Colors

F672CBDC0FWe know, we know – we’re all enjoying this warm, Summer weather and cannot even begin to imagine the crisp air coming our way, but it is never too early to start thinking about the Fall. Our prediction for Fall colors? Greys and blues – and lots of them. We are thinking nantucket and pewter grey with indigo navy and cobalt blue. Blues and greys  are strong foundation colors and can be mixed with many other colors like yellows, ambers and reds that will be beautiful accents and highlights. Grey and blue will be very prevalent in everything from wall colors to accent furnishings.

4. Low-Maintenance Materials

This is music to every home owner’s ears. Low-maintenance materials will be front and center in the Fall and Winter of 2015. Think synthetic stone, such as cambria, or flooring in porcelain and bamboo. Easy to maintain and beautiful in all seasons, these materials will be seen everywhere.

5. Geometric Linear Shapes

You will see geometric patterns in your backsplash, throw pillows, drapery and rugs. Geometric and  linear shapes are great in design because the add depth and an abstract element. It is a very easy way to incorporate artistry and patterns in your decor. Don’t be afraid to use these in different areas of your home – walls, floors bedding and much more.

As the second half of 2015 of upon us, we are truly excited at the interior design trends of the next two seasons. How will you update your home for Fall and Winter 2015 trends?
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