Thursday, April 10, 2014

Keep it Simple: Minimal Children's rooms

Many trends in decorating children's rooms come and go, but here is one to keep...minimalism. With the amount of toys, books and gear that inherently come with having kids, paring down your space may not always be easy to achieve. However, creating a calm, uncluttered space for your child to play and sleep in is really worth a bit of effort.


For new parents, creating a minimal and simplified nursery can feel modern and serene. Keeping a simple palette, uncluttered and open space can feel downright zen. A feeling that may help in the early, sleepless nights of parenthood. Here are some examples of minimal nurseries.

Kid's Rooms

As children get older, it still makes good sense to keep things simple and organized. Growing kids need a calm space for homework as well as sleep and play. Modern, minimal rooms can carry them from kindergarten to high school with ease. Here are some examples of great minimal kid's rooms.

As you can see from these examples, even though the rooms are minimal, there is still plenty of room for fun! Incorporating whimsical art work or accessories is a great way to keep your children's room lighthearted and youthful. After all, children need a space to let their imagination go wild.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Vintage Love: Incorporating Vintage Elements in a Modern Way

At Wise Design, we love vintage style. However, sometimes it can be challenging to work with some vintage elements that preexist in our homes. Sometimes unusual tile, quirky cabinetry, wood paneling or dated details can make it hard to bring your design visions to life. If you are in a position where you cannot remodel or change your vintage home (ie. renting, or on a budget) you may have to embrace the unique vintage elements of your home. Many times the real challenge is bringing these details up to date and giving them a fresh modern look. The best solution is to embrace the uniqueness of your vintage home and work with the space and not try to hide it or fight it. Here are some great examples of vintage put to great use in a modern way.



Living Rooms

As you can see, the best way to embrace your vintage home is by keeping a streamlined palette and working with the preexisting details even if turquoise or pink tile wouldn't have been your first choice. Changing out hardware and fixtures in your space will also do wonders to bring it up-to-date. With a fresh modern facelift, your funky vintage space can look modern and best of all, it will be unique!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Time for a Warm Up: Wood Stoves vs. Fireplaces

With winter in full swing, everyone is dreaming of warmer climates. You might want to consider cozying up to a fire instead. The wood stove vs. fireplace debate has plenty of arguements for either side, both have their merits and drawbacks. Let's discuss some pluses and minuses for the two and look at some inspirational photos!

Wood Stoves: Think Beyond Cabin in the Woods

A wood stove has the advantage of providing literal warmth to a room, but some worry that aesthetically they are at a disadvantage. However, it may be time to rethink the wood stove. Newer wood stoves are much more slick and can be bring style and design to a space. Here are some reinvented wood stoves for you to consider.

Fireplaces: Beyond traditional

Fireplaces have always been a very popular way to bring flames into a space. They may not heat your home as efficiently as a wood stove, but many enjoy the open and inviting look of a fireplace. One of the better selling points of a fireplace is the mantel. Mantels have always been a lovely place to display personal treasures. Interestingly enough, many modern fireplaces do not have mantels.

Best of Both Worlds

There are also some who prefer a mix of a wood stove and a fireplace. A wood stove with a mantel can provide the solution to the fireplace vs. wood stove debate. Here are some examples of a hybrid between the two sources of heat.