Wednesday, July 23, 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

Wednesday, July 16, 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!