Thursday, July 24, 2014

Curtain Tiebacks

Curtain tiebacks are making a comeback! Not only do they add a nice finishing detail to a space, they also have the practical function of holding sheers and drapes away from a window. Typically most people think of curtain tiebacks (or holdbacks) as a more traditional home decor element (for example, those tassel tiebacks that your Grandmother had in her formal living room), but recently they have made quite a name for themselves in contemporary, eclectic, and transitional interiors. Materials such as leather, acrylic, polished chrome, and even bone make the curtain tiebacks below perfect accents for non-traditional interiors.

Photo: Anthropologie
Photo: The Curtain Rod Shop
Photo: Urban Outfitters
Photo: Urban Outfitters
Photo: Anthropologie

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Mixing Throw Pillows

Incorporating differnt colors and patterns of throw pillows is a great way to add some fun to your decor. Start with an overall pallette or direction such as pastels, florals, neons, or full on rainbow, and then begin building your throw pillow collection based on that. Once you've determined your overall look you can shop around for throw pillows that will help you to achieve it. Try places like Home Goods, Pier 1, Target, Etsy, and my very own Carly Ahlman Design. Just grab styles that you love as you see them, then you're guaranteed to acquire a well thought out collection of throw pillows that you truly love.

I'm continually working on my two-of-a-kind offering of throw pillows, and my website is a great place to start your collection ( All styles are 16" x 16", not too large for side chairs, not too small for sofas.

Take a look at the inspiring interiors below and get started on your mixed throw pillow collection!

Photo: Blocnow
Photo: Homedit
Photo: Jangrue
Photo: Roomology
Photo: Sonehed
Photo: Tastemaker
Photo: The Interioz

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Living Room Scheme

Although I am an Interior Designer and work on other people's homes on a daily basis, I find it difficult to make any decisions when it comes to my own home. I love so many different styles of furniture, fabric patterns, and color schemes, how can I possibly narrow it down?! A great way to try out a design scheme is to create an inspiration board. That way you're able to see all of the pieces of furniture, fabrics, and colors in one place. It's a great way to view different "looks" before making any big purchases or changes. My online based design firm, Good Style Design, provides customized inspiration boards and floor plans to make the interior design process much easier.

Currently I am working on completing the design of our living room. We already have a dark green sectional from Ashley Furniture, throw pillows that I made using a  Kravet fabric, and three red side tables by Umbra from Bed, Bath & Beyond. I like the idea of brightening the space up with two small white coffee tables from IKEA with baskets underneath for extra storage (also from IKEA). Then the white locker-inspired piece from IKEA would be used as our TV stand.

As I said, it's hard for me to make a decision, so I may have to put together a few more inspiration boards before settling on a final design. Stay tuned for the final look!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Maxi Dress Styles

Maxi dresses are probably one of the most comfortable and easy-to-wear items of Summer clothing. With all different styles available, they're perfect for any occasion (work, BBQ's, or a night out on the town). I love dresses of all kinds because they are an entire outfit in one piece, and what could be easier then that?! Maxi dresses are especially great because you never have to worry about the appropriateness of the length; they're as long as a dress gets! The most popular styles that I've seen around are strapless, criss-cross straps, and with or without sleeves (cap sleeves, short sleeves, and three-quarter sleeves).

Check out a few of my favorite picks below.

Maxi Dresses

Maxi dress

Blue maxi dress

H M sleeve maxi dress
$19 -

Striped maxi dress

Forever New blue maxi dress
$61 -

NIC ZOE blue maxi dress

Vince striped maxi dress

Free People print dress
$155 -

Ralph Lauren cream dress

H M long racerback dress
$19 -

Cool Change striped top

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Favorite Patterns: Dots

Dot patterns have been around for a very long time, and show no signs of going anywhere. Recently they seem to be popping up everywhere from wallpapers to bedding, and more. Dots are a whimsical pattern that can add a fun, relaxed element to any space. Try incorporating this pattern into your home by wallpapering an accent wall or reupholstering an existing piece of furniture. Below are some of my favorite dot patterned home decor items including an area rug, wallpapers, bedding, a room divider, and even a shower curtain!

Photo: Design Public
Photo: Etsy / River Oak Studio
Photo: Garnet Hill Kids
Photo: Home Decorators
Photo: IKEA
Photo: Lowes
Photo: Lumens
Photo: PB Teen

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Zippered Pouches

I have always had a love of fabrics. One of the great perks about being an Interior Designer is that I am around beautiful fabrics everyday -- it is definitely my favorite part. Ever since I got a sewing machine a few years ago, I have been eager to turn all of these colorful, textured, and patterned fabrics into beautiful things.

First, I created a growing collection of two-of-a-kind throw pillows available through my website and Etsy, and I am now getting ready to offer a collection of one-of-a-kind zippered pouches. If you see something you like, don't wait too long because once it's sold, that's it! Below is one of the first pouches that is going to be available. It's the perfect size for a makeup bag, a place to keep receipts (I'm a big receipt-hoarder), or to organize any other little items that need organizing.

Keep an eye out for many more styles to come!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Turquoise Home Decor

Turquoise furniture and home decor items seem to be popping up everywhere. It's the perfect color to add to almost any space. I love it because it reminds of the clear, bright blue water in the Caribbean. Add this color to your home through pieces of furniture, light fixtures, or small accessories like vases or an ottoman. Brighten up your decor just in time for summer!

Turquoise Home Decor

Ceramic garden stool

Glass vase

Glass bottle

Swivel chair

3 drawer dresser

Surya ottoman