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Destination: Palm Springs
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There’s a reason why Palm Springs has been called the most instagrammable city in the world. We may be a little biased when it comes to our love for this place—our intern, Gionna, calls Palm Springs home, and Heloise just got back from a Palm Springs bachelorette party—but we are not exaggerating when we say this place is a designer’s dreamland.
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From the ACE to the Avalon to the Parker to the Saguaro to the Korakia, the list of boutique hotels goes on and on. Not to mention, the dining and spa selections aren’t bad either. Palm Springs embodies mid-century modern architecture as well as an old Hollywood glam, while completely maintaining its totally unique, one-of-a-kind feel.
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With inspiration from picture perfect Palm Springs (and because we’re so looking forward to sunny days outside) we’ve added lots of outdoor furniture to the site! From bold hues to patterns that pop, we've curated a list of some of our favorite Palm Springs-esqe products. Even if you can’t make it to SoCal this year, get that Palm Springs feel in your own home.
- Coffee Table: Your coffee table should be 2 to 4 inches below the height of your sofa seat and just about 18 inches of space should be left between the sofa and the table.
- Bedside Table: Each nightstand should be the same height as the bed or a little taller.
- Rug sizes: When measuring for a rug, the key elements to consider are furniture legs and where they will sit. The legs of each seating element (i.e. sofa, chair) should be either fully on the rug or at least placed with the front legs on the rug. The same goes for the dining room pieces. You want the entire dining set on the rug while also allowing for a couple feet on each end of the rug after the furniture is placed. This way no one will have half on/half off unstable chairs at the dinner table!
- Paint: Eggshell is always the best finish for walls (a bold statement, but we’re standing by it). It’s matte with a little sheen and reflects light well. BUT, it’s hard to clean. So, in bathrooms use satin. Satin wipes clean and reflects light well. (Maybe use in the kids’ rooms as well—make your life a little easier with the cleaning thing). We also prefer flat paint on ceilings. Cabinets are always done in a semi-gloss—durable and easy to clean.
- Hanging Art: The center of the piece should be around 58" from the ground.
Curtains: Hang curtains closer to the ceiling than the to the top of the window. This will draw the eye up and makes the ceiling seem taller.
Mantle: When hanging things above the mantle, as a general rule of thumb leave seven inches between the mantle and the bottom of what you are hanging.
- If you really need help, hire a professional! We offer E-Design packages and in person designer services to those in the DMV area! Click the link below to read more.
10. Simple Stylings | Summer Hogan
I met Summer this past year and was introduced to her blog. She does the best job writing about real life and uses that simple style to decorate a home for your family. I love all of her posts!
Organization makes people happy. It’s proven! We’re serious—there are actually health benefits to being organized. Feast your eyes on this clutter-free, pretty & practical organization inspo (and tips of the trade).
These can either be a cluttery eyesore or completely make a space.
- Color grouping: Try grouping books of similar shades together. You don’t need to go overboard here, group colors that complement each other or belong in the same color family.
- Bins & boxes: For storage, use some cute bins or boxes. We love this Agate Glass Box Set for cleanly displaying some of your pretties!
- Keep it simple: We’re getting organized, remember? Avoid placing too many knick-knacks or supplies throughout your shelving. That’s what the bins are for!
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Trays are great for organizing the things you have to have in an area, while still keeping the space neat and polished.
- In the coffee table tray you can store the remotes, candle, coasters, etc. Have a lot on your coffee table? Use a few!
2. In the bathroom, trays are great for perfumes, soaps, and extra toiletries.
3. By the door, place your keys in a tray and they’ll always have a home!
4. On your nightstand: books, lamp, candle--voila!
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They're everywhere. Bar carts are the perfect way to store and display all your spirits and glasses.
- Mix it up. Add some greenery, some of your favorite knick-knacks, cocktail napkins, etc.
- Have a plan. Maybe use trays to divide your cart into zones, so you have a place for the essentials,: glassware, bottles, etc. Organization, meet style.
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Who wants to work in a cluttered space? No one.
- Make sure your work area is well lit! You’ll get more done, and your eyes will thank you. Check out our lamps here.
- Hang up some inspiration boards. This way you can organize all those samples, articles, photos, etc. you’ve been hanging onto, and they can provide a fun backdrop to your work-space.
- Storage containers are your friend. File away all the paperwork that always ends up piled on your desk. Bonus—you’ll know where everything is!
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Certain things, they just don’t go out of style. Classic blue and white décor has stood the test of time, since Chinese porcelain used for decoration made its debut in the 14th century. (That’s 700 years, y’all). We’re giving tips on blue and white décor and how to add them into your home.
In the bedroom, powder room, living area—we’ve been spending lots of time swooning over blue and white wallpaper samples lately. Wallpaper makes such a statement and is a classy and elegant way to add color to your space. Sidenote: Our founder, Heloise, recently wallpapered her bathroom in classic blue and white, and we are low-key obsessed. Check out our Instagram for recent photos.
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- Ginger Jars
If you’ve spent any time on our site, you may have noticed our love for ginger jars. On bookshelves, on the floor—can’t stop, won’t stop. Group these eye-catching beauties on the floor or table or use them to as accent pieces. I think our favorite way is as a floral vase. Try some blue or white hydrangeas. *Swoon*.
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PS – We love this fun blue and white and animal print combo. Check out our favorite animal print pillow here.
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There’s nothing quite like a great blue and white rug. Find the perfect one, then keep the rest of the décor simple and classy. We love a blue and white rug paired with a gold coffee table. Can it get much more gorgeous?
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PS – Looking for a gorgeous coffee table to complement that new rug? We can help. This one is a favorite.
Shop our blue and white rugs here!
We love the way a lamp can add a bold pop of color. Try bold blues, classy whites, or blue and white patterns to bring style to your bedside or side table.
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Shop our fun blue and white lamps here.
Looking for simple and easy ways to refresh your bedroom? New bedding, please. This blue and white cool color combination will transform your bedroom into the sanctuary you’ve always dreamed of.
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Pillows—they’re kind of (totally) our thing. Add them to the couch, chairs, your bed. And, you’re in luck—we make them completely custom, utterly fit for your space. Design your own, here.
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My home really needed it! Earlier this month I got to do one of the things I have always dreamed of as a home owner. I wallpapered a room. Well just the bathroom, but still it was a major moment for me! Here are some images from that day.
We had to put it up on the wall to check it out first!
He had to take down the hardware, the mirror, even part of the toilet.
Finished Product! I am totally in love with it. It only took an hour to put it up. What room would you like to wallpaper?
So as many of you might have seen, WE FINALLY LAUCHED E-DESIGN! This is something I have been dreaming of since the start of Mintwood. Throughout Mintwood I have had plenty of smaller design clients, helped friends here and there, but haven’t had the capacity/time to offer design services. I finally feel that after two years of running the shop, we are in a good place and that this is the natural direction for us to go in as a company. Enough about how we got here, let’s get started!
To kick things off, I like to hold an initial consultation via telephone or Facetime to discuss your answers to the questionnaire and your design needs in greater depth. I will ask you to send photos of your space, as well as any links to design inspirations (i.e. Pinterest boards, Houzz, design photos, etc.) that you may have.
E-Design clients will receive a customized E-Design Board that draws from their personal tastes and design needs. This document will serve as a visual storyboard of my vision for your space, and will include recommendations for furniture, lighting, décor pieces & textiles based on our conversations. As requested, I will also create a floor plan representation of your custom design to help you envision how it will fit in the dimensions of your room.
You will receive a full product and shopping list, including clickable links to each item in your custom Design Board. You can order all of the items at once, or at your leisure, making E-Design an even more budget-friendly approach to interior decorating.
“Art is my way of escaping the craziness of life and getting zoned into my passion of painting.”
Holly has always had a lifelong passion for painting and interior design. As a self-taught artist, Holly draws inspiration from the natural environment and the love and support from her family and friends. Each layer of her designs portrays Holly’s optimistic outlook on life through the use of diverse textures, shapes, and colors. Her signature gold leaf and bold gold stripes on the side of each painting makes each piece original.