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Incorporating Your Design Style in Your House
Host: Today, we wrapped up our three-part series Find Design Style. We’ve talked about how to find your own style. We’ve shown you what that style looks like but your current home décor might not match up with your ideal style so short of a complete design over all. How can you work in the look that you want. Angela Ingo designer and founder of Imagine Cozy is here to share some ideas. You might imagine some viewers out there -- are they -- as in talk about this style the last couple of days, they’re saying, “I want to incorporate more about particular style into my home, don’t have the budget to completely redo.”
Angela: So -- what is so good about this is there are little things around your house that you tend to be attracted to. So, you go to your house, pull put a few things. If you want a transitional style, transitional is a combination of traditional and contemporary. It makes things more simple, more clean-lined. A simple orchid flower would work great with some clear glass. There are so nice lines with circles or elbows. So, this works really well.
Host: The geometric shape.
Angela: Not really geometric but more of like just clean lines with some round curves.
Angela: So, you’ve got -- this has got a great texture, it’s round and it’s got this nice clean lined tray.
Host: So, in the case of transitional, you may have to remove items.
Host: Pretty, I mean I don’t want to say very low, it very much looks warm and inviting but it’s more simple by design.
Angela: Traditional is simple and it’s -- I mean transitional is more tear down. You want to be less ornate, less bold.
Host: Okay. So, clean up your space, go for those clean lines and these -- I'm guessing these accent balls to be a great addition.
Angela: Texture is very good because this kind of style is more -- and browns and white and you want to add texture so you can add texture embossed. You can add texture in blanket, channel blanket or corduroy.
Host: Our next style, mountain traditional, what do we have here if you want to incorporate more about it into your home.
Angela: Mountain, you want it traditional if it’s about really feeling cozy. It’s about bringing in quilt, pillows and things that still kind of mountainy. I've got a nice pottery, piece of pottery here, sticks from the backyard.
Angela: A few wooden things you may have collected along the way, things that are carved, books always work really good that are kind of emit reds and browns and --
Host: Okay, great! Next, I’ll look at I Love the Coastal style. How do we incorporate this into our -- before?
Angela: Yes. Coastal styles are very fresh. You want to put colors that have to do with Louisiana coast, blues and white and often somewhat distressed or chipped pink. You can do that in frames. You can do that in a little pin like this. Of course, sea shells always give you that feel.
Host: That’s an easy at 99 cents at the craft store, you’ll have a bag of seashells.
Angela: And, glass -- clear glass or the blue glass really pulls in that feeling of kind of a coastal cottage.
Host: Or even visit the kitchen?
Host: If you need to.
Angela: There’s a little trick. Also, they loved to have natural fibers like bamboos and -- . So, those kind of things pull in to create -- so yeah, pull things together.
Host: Very easy to do, very simple. The bamboo mat there adds a nice touch and of course, that simple clean glass as much and you could have hide in your kitchen cover. All right, next, I’ll look at from what scares and intimidates me and I think maybe there are other people out there, the contemporary style.
Angela: I have to tell you I have a dear friend who is the only one in my whole neighborhood that is contemporary so I knew I could go to her house and she would have the ideal item.
Host: She’d be able to help you out.
Angela: So, contemporary is very -- it’s rather bold and it -- very clean lines. They have very geometric shapes, very simple, shiny -- these little rocks are perfect because they’re kind of a crony feel. They give you a very just -- a very clean and just not cluttered, very clean. Contemporary’s a lot more about the space -- seeing the space rather than the things in the space.
Host: So, even for that clean spaces in some situations you might even get cleared off if you want to incorporate more of the contemporary style.
Angela: Absolutely. Things are very clean and just not -- there’s not much to them.
Host: Does it always have to be bold colors?
Angela: Well, they really like blacks and whites or dark browns. A lot of times a splash of another color in there.
Host: Okay, so colory.
Angela: So, yeah it’s very just sleek.
Host: Okay, our final style European. What do we need to embrace if we want to put more of that style into our home?
Angela: Okay. This is something that is a very decorative, very -- somewhat elaborate but classy so frames -- anytime you have a frame, ornate kind of a gold or a silver quilt to it, that is very much in that style.
Angela: Also fabrics -- fabrics that have tassels and fabrics that have -- and fabrics that are more tapestry type. It’s always great to have a little bit of iron that you can hang on the wall so I kind of see a lot of that lately.
Angela: So, you can hang those around that brings that feel if you want to see a lot of ornate --
Angela: There you go.
Host: Great tips! Thank you so much. It is possible to embrace a little bit of that style into your distinct décor?
Angela: Absolutely. You just pull things that you find around the house that you can put into a certain space and create that. I just did the certain things that you just -- I’d -- somebody thinks all around my house and I realize that you know what? You’re attracted to certain things and you can pull that into a style.
Host: Perfect! Thank you so much. For tomorrow’s great ideas, you can visit Angela’s blog Imaginecozy.com and be sure to join us tomorrow our Find your Design Style series, kind of comes full circle relationship coach Matt Comfin. We’ll be here and don’t panic. He’s not talking about the style, maybe not necessarily his area of expertise. He’s going to be sharing a few tips on what to do if your spouse does not like your style. This should be an interesting --. Designers are coming back to weigh in as well so be sure to join us then but for now, here’s Derin.