Splash of Glass!

Want to make the ultimate splash to your Wonderland kitchen backsplash? Consider using glass!

For the past few years, white subway tiles have been all the rage in kitchens.  While I still love the all-white look and absolutely adore subway tiles, the newest trend for kitchens is glass! Designers and homeowners are taking the leap in using more exotic backsplash finishes as they are becoming bolder in expressing themselves in their kitchen design. Some are even starting to use stainless steel and brick!

To help you achieve the exact look you want, the glass tiles come in endless shapes and colors.  Even if you do not want to bring in a vibrant color into your kitchen you can choose a neutral glass palate.  Remember, using a decorative backsplash is a safer choice than painting kitchen cabinets a bold color. If you are looking for a non-risky way to update your kitchen I would recommend a glass backsplash as it will instantly modernize your Wonderland.


I would love to hear about your favorite kitchen designs!  Leave me a comment below or send me a photo!

Keep Dreaming, Designing & Dwelling!

Cheers!

Cortney

Dress Your Sofa with an Accent!

When it comes to dressing your sofa keep in mind that your accent pillows are like jewelry, they can stay the same all year round or they can be switched out for the various seasons.  Accent pillows will add depth, character and color to your space.  They really are ideal when designing your wonderland!  One thing I see people do is buy a new sofa and keep all the accent pillows that came with the sofa on it. I’ve actually heard someone in a store say, “I can’t buy that white sofa because the two accent pillows don’t match my current color palette.”  I honestly had to hold myself back from saying, “You can toss them and believe me you should!”  Please, don’t be afraid to toss the plain accent pillows aside and buy new ones!  New accent pillows are an inexpensive way to add spice and glamor to your sofa and any space.  Below are my do’s and don’ts to sofa accent pillows.

Let’s start with the DON’Ts: The two sofas below are shown with their original accent pillows. This look does not show depth or character.



Moving on to the Do’s!!!  All three sofas below have had their old accent pillows removed and have been replaced with accent pillows that add character, texture and depth!

When it comes to sofas never be afraid to change them up with gorgeous accent pillows.  Trust me they will add the interesting factor to your wonderland! Try mixing and matching various textures, patterns and colors until you have designed the exact look you want for your wonderland!

I would love to hear how you use your accent pillows!  Leave me a comment below or send me a photo!

Keep Dreaming, Designing and Dwelling.

Cheers!

Cortney



Pop – of – Paint!

Who loves COLOR?  I do, I do!!! Did you know that color can affect your mood, your friends’ mood and members of your family’s mood as well? How fascinating is that!?! (I will address this subject more-in- depth on another blog.) Therefore, it is very important when choosing the correct color of paint for your home, your wonderland, to make sure it affects you and your loved ones in a positive way.  Here are four tips to remember when choosing your pop-of-paint:


1. What type of environment or “Wonderland” do you want to create? Are you painting a small nook for your own “me” time or are you painting your dinning room or maybe a cheerful place for your kids to play?


2. If you already have invested in furniture and fabric, does the paint you want to use compliment them? Paint is much easier to change than buying new fabric and furniture.

3. Are you planning on painting an entire room or just an accent wall?  Consider this: a Hot Pink accent wall is easier on the eye and mood than an entire room painted Hot Pink! Sometimes painting just one wall is more of a statement than painting an entire room.

4. How will the paint you choose look as the light changes throughout the day?  I would highly recommend either painting large, think one foot by one foot, swatches of color on your walls or poster board and determine if you like the color in the morning verse the afternoon verses the evening light. Remember the tiny swatch on a paint color stick looks very different on a LARGE wall and the color will change as the light hits it.

All-in-all your choice of paint should reflect a piece of you.  There is no wrong choice when it comes to paint; that is why paint stores are filled with thousands of endless options.  Just make sure you take the time to dream of what environment you ultimately want to design because that time is much better spent than repainting a wall over-and-over!

Take time to Dream, Design and Dwell.

Cheers!

Cortney