House Moves 101: Quick Tips To Prepare Your New Home For Interior Decorating

House moving can be one of the best things someone could do – after all, this allows them to call a new house their new home, and they’d be able to make things look exactly the way they want them to. However, if you have a knack for design or itching to decorate your new home, moving can be quite the hassle. After all, not only do you have to move all your things into your new home – you might have to move everything again just to make sure it fits your interior design motif. 

Thing is, there’s also the problem of making sure you have all your decoration plans sorted out even before you make the move happen. These two things happening at once can be extremely overwhelming, and it can make the entire idea of moving houses a bit more complicated than they seem. However, you might actually be able to pull off successful interior decorating alongside your house move.

Here are some tips: 

Secure your interior design layout as soon as possible.

  • If you want to secure a smooth-sailing house move and interior decorating process, you might want to consider getting yourself your interior design layout ready before you even begin the house move. That way, you’ll already have an idea what sort of theme you want your house to have, what items you generally need, what improvements you might want to have accomplished (be it minor or major renovations), or even the layout of your home in general. Doing this allows you to have a more precise overview of the outcome you want your decoration process to have, and will allow you to direct packing and moving services to where items need to be placed according to the plan. 

Sort your inventory to identify what you need for your design.

  • Once you have a general idea of how you want your decorated house to look or “feel” like, now’s the time to check if you have the resources to achieve the look you’re going for. One of the best ways to do this is to sort your inventory – create a spreadsheet of things you own and relevant notes regarding their quantity, measurements, prices, or even images. That way, you know which items you want to keep, sell, or throw away. Likewise, you can make a list of items you need for decoration based on this inventory. After all, why settle for a new sofa set when your home’s new sofa can fit right in with your design?

Avoid the hassle by online shopping.

  • Another tip you can do to avoid the hassle of worrying about your interior decorating needs is to rely on the wonder that is online shopping. Thanks to online shopping platforms, brands of furniture and other decorative stores may likely be open for online store purchases and even deliver your items at a specified date. This allows you to focus on your move should you have any need to travel, and only travel for your interior decoration needs when absolutely necessary. 

Integrate your interior decorating schedule into your moving timeline.

  • Chances are, you’ve already ensured that your moving timeline won’t interfere with things such as work or even other obligations. You may have done this by integrating your moving timeline into your work calendar, so you only do your moving tasks during your free time or days off. Thing is, you may be able to do the same thing with your interior decorating plans. If you have moving tasks that would take you to places where you can do some of your interior decorating plans, then you should try doing them within the same day. For instance, why settle for just buying packing materials in the hardware store when you can also check the latest deals on furniture in the nearby emporium? 

Hire professionals to assist with the heavy-lifting.

  • If you’re having a hard time managing your house move while you worry about your interior decorating needs, then perhaps a team such as a moving company NYC may be able to help you out. Thanks to their manpower, skillset, and training, you’ll be able to have a reliable team to help you when it comes to packing your things, moving them to your new home, and helping you settle. Likewise, if you’re having trouble thinking about what new trends to apply to your new home when you move, then an interior designer should be able to help you out. Thanks to the expertise of these teams in their respective fields, you can sort your obligations while they handle the logistical concerns of your house move and interior decorating. 

Moving And Decorating: Make It Possible For You

With the above tips in mind, it’s important to remember that interior decorating is always possible during your move – in fact, decorating your new home might be much easier if your decoration plans are incorporated within the moving process. Thanks to the above tips, you may be able to formulate an efficient and effective plan towards transforming your empty new house into a brand new home – and you won’t even have to move all of your things again after you’ve settled! 

 

What Door Styles to Try When Giving Your Home a Modern Look

Interior design is experiencing a golden age with more of us than ever before taking pride in the way our home looks. Social media is playing a huge part in this thanks to the prevalence of accounts sharing beautiful homes and even hints and tips on how to achieve the same look and trends. It also allows more users than ever before to share what they have done to their homes.

Thanks to this, having a modern and stylish home is desirable and a little more accessible today. So, the chances are at some point, you might consider how to update the look of your home. There are many areas to consider from how to decorate, what furniture to have, your choice in soft furnishings and also the accessories you have around. But one thing that might be overlooked is the internal doors you have.

Despite these featuring all throughout a house, it is an area which isn’t given the same level of interest as others but can make a huge difference in the overall appearance. So, if you haven’t considered your doors when modernising your home, now is the time! Take a look at our top styles from Internal Doors UK to try when giving your home a modern look. Continue reading

Interior Design Tips for a Beautiful Kitchen in 2021

While we’ve already discussed how you can spruce up your living room in How to Revamp Your Living Room for a Modern Look, there’s still a couple more improvements that you should consider for your home in 2021. That’s why today, we’ll be discussing tips to make your kitchen beautiful. The tips range from cabinet design to the colour scheme of your kitchen, so there’s bound to be something that piques your interest!

Read on to discover our interior design tips for a stunning kitchen:

Open Shelving

While words such as “minimalist” and “decluttering” were all the rage in 2021 due to the massive success of Marie Kondo, it’s important to remember that there are always two sides to a coin. This is where our first tip comes in. Open shelving bares all of your kitchen’s hidden bits and exposes them for the world to see. Doing this will put your crockery and ingredients at the forefront – a pretty clever means to add design accents to your kitchen.

But what do you need to take into consideration when installing open shelving in your kitchen? Well, one of the most important things to think about is the type of screws you use. The Guardian highlights how important the choice of screws is when installing shelving, as the wrong type could spell disaster for the shelf and the items on it. You might also want to calculate the exact weight you can put on the shelf with hardware professionals to avoid any accidents or mishaps in the kitchen.

Experiment With Colours

Revamping the colour of your kitchen will go a long way into improving its look. You can change the colour of your cabinets, which will add a nice accent. You can also add some texture to the design of your kitchen by experimenting with the wallpaper. A change in upholstery can also complement the overall design of your kitchen, giving you an easy and effective way of adding some style to the space.

One thing to take note of if you’re going the wallpapering route is to be extra careful when wallpapering around corners. You’ll need to measure the distance from the edge of the last wallpaper strip to the corner of the wall, from both the top and the bottom of the strip. Make sure to add 1/2 inch to the wider of the two measurements and cut the next strip of wallpaper in a vertical manner to match these measurements. Laura Rudd’s post on HomeServe about how to wallpaper around corners emphasizes how crucial it is to get the right measurements for the perfect fit. What’s more, having a seam roller is of the utmost importance, as it’ll let you smooth out the part where two rolls of wallpaper overlap.

Use Wood

While most modern kitchens are sleek, you can choose to add an element of nature by using wood in your kitchen set-up. This could mean using wooden panels on the walls or switching to wooden counter tops, giving your kitchen that rustic element that’s been on the rise as of late. Not only will wood look great in your kitchen, but it is also, by far, one of the most sustainable options assuming that the wood was sourced properly.

One drawback that comes with using wood is its tendency to wear out quickly. However, all it takes to combat this is proper maintenance. Using oil wood with high-quality mineral oil once a month is the easiest and most effective way to preserve your wooden pieces.

The Must-Have Interior Décor of 2020

It’s a new year, a new decade, and a new chance for you to spice up your style and revamp the interior of your home. As you head into the 2020’s, why not opt for some interesting new interior decorations that truly express the spirit of the decade? While luxury travel is always something we celebrate here at Hamptons Living, it’s also important that when you arrive back at home after a long journey, you have a cozy and restful place to land. Check out these absolute must-have interior decorations for your house or apartment, and step into the 2020s in a chic and exciting way!

Mid-century furniture

Wait – didn’t we just say that it’s time to update your interiors to fit the spirit of the decade? Why would mid-century furniture be the way to do that? Well, as the old saying goes, what goes around comes around, and what was once old news is now a hip trend. Herman Miller, the purveyor of chic and timeless office and home interiors, is seeing a resurgence with its classic Eames Chair, a lounge luxury staple that sets the mood of a whole room.

The best part about mid-century accents on your interior is that it can build from the minimalism that had all but totally taken over contemporary design in the 2020s. The minimal backdrop really allows the style of a midcentury piece to stand out, and if you’re looking to add more visual character to your interiors, midcentury accents can certainly do the job. If you’re curious about updating your living space with some of the fine furniture stylings of this classic brand, you can find a Herman Miller retailer with their handy online tool.

Personalized farmhouse touches

While minimalism may have been all the rage of the 2010’s design world, trends are shifting somewhat, and the austere lines and raw materials of the last decade are giving way to more homey touches and personalized flair. One way that you can benefit from this turn in style is by opting for a farmhouse aesthetic for your living space.

This style, which harkens back to simpler, more rural days in America, is ideal for a family home. The common themes of a farmhouse interior include plenty of white-painted walls, often made from wood boards called shiplap, along with white-painted brick interior features like chimneys. Honey-stained wood furniture pieces accent the white interiors for a folksy, charming, and inviting vibe.

An excellent addition to any farmhouse style family home is custom canvases, mugs, or plagues! They capture the fun of family time and adorn your walls with interesting conversation-starters for when guests stop in. CanvasPeople, a well-known customized crafts shop, has particularly striking options that customers seem to love. Just a quick glance at CanvasPeople reviews shows many who purchase these decorations are thrilled with the products. Don’t be afraid to be bold and authentic in your celebration of family and friends.

Plants on plants on plants

Striding into 2020 in style means decking your home with as many houseplants as possible. The urban jungle aesthetic has reached a fever pitch, and those with an eye for design can’t help but stuff their homes with plants. Having a few tall standing house palms, paired with smaller luscious philodendrons on bookshelves, and tons of succulents on desks and tables is a great way to make your interior leafy, inviting, and design savvy.

For those with busy schedules, there are great ways to fill your home with leafy greens even if you can’t make it out to the nursery after a long and hectic day at work. House Plant Shop has a great online store where you can subscribe to receive a houseplant every month, with plans starting at as little as $12. And don’t worry if you’ve got a bit of a brown thumb. The Plant Blog by House Plant Shop offers helpful tips, tricks, and advice for keeping your leafy pets happy and healthy, no matter your plant care skill level.

Whether you choose to go for a savvy and slick mid-century aesthetic for your bachelor or bachelorette pad, or a warm and welcoming farmhouse interior to host large family events, plants make a great option. Spruce up your living space, and welcome the 2020s with bold new style choices that are sure to impress!

Looking To Buy A Second Home: Take These 5 Steps First

Buying a second home is basically the American Dream, isn’t it? You’ll always have another place to go when you want to slip away from your city—and bad winter weather—and you won’t have to worry about paying for a hotel. You’ll nearly double your wealth, and you can make a passive income by renting out one of your homes to tenants or vacationers.

But buying a second home can be a major challenge, especially if you haven’t already paid off your first mortgage. Before you buy, take the following 5 steps to prepare yourself financially. Continue reading

7 New Bedroom Design Trends Hitting the Hamptons This Winter

Winter in the Hamptons means it’s time to pack up the beach bags, enjoy the calm-after-the-summer storm, and most importantly, swap out your beachy decor for some more seasonally-suitable options. If you’re looking for some winter decorating inspiration this season, check out these 7 new design trends hitting the Hamptons this year.

1) High-end bedding

Before we can discuss any bedroom accents, we have to start with the main event: the bedding. In the Hamptons, life is all about relaxing, recharging, and looking your best. So, having bedroom furniture that promotes your best rest is essential! Here are some of the hottest trends you can expect this season.

  • Mattresses designed for athletes can help ease soreness, aches, and pains, allowing you to recover more quickly and get back to your active lifestyle.
  • Copper memory foam pillows help regulate your temperature even as the heat’s blaring during the cold New York winter.
  • Weighted blankets are great for stress and anxiety relief for those who have trouble getting to sleep after tossing and turning throughout the night.

2) Warm winter accents

Just because the winter’s crisp and cool doesn’t mean your home has to reflect the exterior. Bringing in some cozy design accents can make your abode feel like a holiday haven, whether it’s your full-time residence or just a vacation home. Here are a few ways you can brighten up your household this winter season.

  • Ambient lighting: Adding some warm lighting is a simple way to bring warmth and light into your home, even during the coldest months of winter. Switch out some of the lightbulbs in your house with soft white bulbs for instant, festive ambiance. Top it off with a natural light alarm clock to bring some natural-like light into your bedroom during those dark winter mornings.
  • Seasonal candles: Bringing in natural winter scents from the outdoors is another easy way you can create a relaxed, festive feel in your bedroom. Vanilla, cinnamon, and pine candles are all wonderful scents to choose from.
  • Colorful textiles: When it comes to finding accent pieces for your bedroom, you’ll be seeing a lot of handmade colored textiles in the Hamptons this year. For winter, think warm colors like maroon, oranges, and contrasting greys. Add a knitted throw into the mix for a cozy finishing touch to your winter bedroom.

3) Seasonal florals and plants

Many people associate plants and floral designs with the summer, but there are plenty of plants that thrive in the winter, too. Not only do these small details add interest and beauty to your home decor, but certain plant varieties also cleanse the air and can even boost your mood! Some popular winter plants and flowers include:

  • Snake plant
  • Bromeliads
  • Peace lily
  • Spider plant
  • Zebra plant

4) Elegant wallpaper

If you’re really looking to switch your design up this year, wallpaper is a fun (and temporary) way to redesign your room. For winter, you’ll want to go for either neutral or darker designs that incorporate seasonal flowers, trees, or perhaps even a festive winter scene would set the mood for the season.

5) Mid-century boho themes

The mid-century theme has been around for awhile, and in the Hamptons, it’s here to stay! Wood and acrylic furniture are both great choices to help you achieve the mid-century look and colorful accents like persian rugs help bring the whole look together with warm colors and organic patterns.

 

6) Faux fur

From social wear to holiday decor in the Hamptons, faux fur is definitely a staple. In your bedroom design, you can incorporate faux fur with rugs, bedding, accent furniture, and more. Whether you’re going for a comfy cabin vibe or an elegant winter estate, faux fur fits in with just about every winter style.

7) Natural accents

Speaking of cabin style, adding natural elements like wood, rustic metals, and faux taxidermy into your bedroom decor can create a perfect balance between Hamptons beach house and a Berkshire mountain hideaway.

Wrapping Up

As you phase out your fall wardrobe and summer decor, use these tips to help you create the ideal winter wonderland you’ve been waiting for all year long!

How to Prepare Your Home for the Fall Holidays

There are plenty of holidays to celebrate this fall. Halloween, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving— you name it. All these special occasions, colorful leaves, and hayrides mean you need your home to look the part. Each new season means new beginnings. As summer begins to wind down and the crisp fall breeze rolls in, it’s time to reinvent your home and prepare for the busy holiday season ahead. From decluttering each room to decorating your home and yard, we’ll go over the best way to prepare your house for the fall holidays.

Out with the Old, In with the New

The first step to preparing your home for the fall holidays is decluttering. Now that the days are becoming shorter, it’s time to swap out your beach umbrellas and pool floats for scarecrows and pumpkins. This means going through every room of your home and putting away beach towels, bathing suits, pool toys, and other poolside essentials away in the back of your closets, in the garage, or stored in your basement. This also means you should sort through all of your junk mail and papers, as well as other items that piled up throughout the summer. Once your summer items are stored away, you can bring out your fall decorations, Halloween t-shirts, and Thanksgiving dinner plates.

Aside from decluttering the inside of your home, it’s time to clean up the outside of your home as well. Do you have summer plants that are fading away and dying? Remove them and replace them with fall plants such as mums, or cool-season vegetables like lettuce and brussel sprouts. Additionally, remove any summer lawn decor and replace it with fall-inspired decorations such as hay bales, corn stalks, pumpkins, and homemade scarecrows.

Get Festive

Now that your home is sparkling clean and decluttered, it’s time to get into the fall spirit and begin decorating. Decorating is the fun part because you’re able to express your creativity and turn your home into a seasonal wonder that your neighbors and guests will adore. 

To prepare the inside of your home, consider the following ideas:

  • Place fall-scented candles around your home 
  • Fill vases with fall flower bouquets filled with pansies, chrysanthemums, celosias, and black-eyed Susans
  • Place gourds and pumpkins on your mantle, desk, countertops, and in baskets around your home
  • Place a fall-inspired tablecloth on your dining room table

To prepare the outside of your home, consider these following ideas:

  • Build a homemade scarecrow with your kids using old jeans and an old flannel and fill it with leaves raked from your yard
  • Hang a fall wreath on your front door
  • Fill a classic red wagon with mums, pumpkins, and gourds
  • Decorate your yard with Halloween decorations like spiderwebs, jack-o-lanterns, and spooky monsters

Get the Party Started

Once your decorations are placed throughout your home and yard, it’s time to get the party started! Throwing festive fall holiday parties is a great way to bring everyone together for a good time. If you’re throwing a Halloween party, turn your home into a haunted house by installing black lights throughout your home, turning on a fog machine, and playing eerie music. Then, towards the end of the night, have a costume contest and have your guests vote for their favorite costume.

Once Thanksgiving comes, take it up a notch and turn your home into a fancy homestead that will make your attendees feel cozy and welcomed. Serve fall drinks such as hot chocolate, warm coffee, and apple cider. Then, bake some mouth-watering apple-cider donuts, pumpkin pie, and your famous turkey. There’s no better way saying “Happy Thanksgiving” than with a delicious meal that will make everyone thankful for all they have.

Ready, Set, Go!

With your kids back in school and the dog days of summer coming to a close, preparing your home for the fall holidays will serve as a therapeutic outlet to keep you busy. Before you know it, you’ll be ready for winter holiday decor shopping! As you begin to get your home prepared for the fall season, keep these tips in mind. By decluttering first, you’ll have a blank canvas to start anew and turn your home into a picture-perfect fall home. From there, all you need to do is decorate the inside and outside of your home with autumn-inspired decor pieces and treat your guests to fall favorite dishes, and you’ll be good to go.

The Latest Hamptons Home Office Design Trends

New York’s premiere summer vacation destination has long been associated with class, elegance, and above all—style. The Hamptons are home to some of the most elaborate and trendy homes of the rich and famous. But the most fascinating part about the area is that the style sensibilities don’t stop at dining room elegance.

One place that Hamptons business men and women seem to spend a lot of time and money decorating are their home office spaces. If you’re in search of a home office upgrade, look no further. These Hampton office design trends are just the inspiration you need to revamp your work-space. Continue reading

The Future of Luxury: Master Bedroom Renovations

The master bedroom is the place where dreams come alive, magic happens, and you can completely relax. You spend about ⅓ of your life fast asleep in your bed, so you might as well make the space as luxurious and serene as possible. Whether you’ve just moved into a new home or you’ve simply grown tired of your current bedroom aesthetic, a modern and extravagant remodel is the perfect way to personalize your master bedroom.

We’ve broken your master bedroom down into three key spaces: the bedroom, the bathroom, and or course, the closet. We’ll walk you through the many ways in which you can begin your master bedroom remodel with opulence and comfort in mind. Continue reading

An Interview with Interior Designer Cara Woodhouse- Holiday House Hamptons

Cara Woodhouse, Founder of Cara Woodhouse Interiors is one of two special guests at the 2nd Annual Hamptons Interactive Influencer Brunch on Saturday, July 20th at The Maidstone in East Hampton. This summer, Cara is featured as one of the lead designers at the summer 2019 Holiday House Hamptons presented by Hamptons Cottages & Gardens from June 23rd-August 4th.

Below, Cara Woodhouse dishes on her recent collaboration and design approach with Holiday House Hamptons and what she always look forward to most when coming out to the Hamptons during the summer months.

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