Embrace The Winter Season with These Interior Design Tips

With the festivities of the holidays behind us and February right around the corner, it can sometimes feel bleak and dreary during the winter months.  If it were not for our Philadelphia Eagles, and Valentines Day, what would we do to keep our spirits up?

Now is a great time to spice up your home with a spark of winter wonderland and embrace the winter months with a cozy space.  Here are a few tried and true interior design tips from Carole Lee, that will not require an entire renovated space, but still help you embrace the winter season.

Increase Warmth

Begin with adding warmth using your built-in fireplace to instantly increase the coziness factor.  If your home lacks a built-in fireplace, you can try a traditional fireplace stove, an electric fireplace insert, or electric fireplace log inserts.  For a more custom look turn to a wall mounted fireplace, a mantle and fireplace combination or even an electric fireplace TV stand.

Include Area Rugs

Cozy up any room by styling your rooms with an area rug. The right rug can breathe life into your decor, especially in an open area. But before you start shopping, consider working with an interior designer to help you narrow down both the right size rug and how to place your rug to ground your room or create a seating area and arrange a runner with style.

Use Softer Lighting

Softer lighting creates a warm environment to relax.  Try installing scones above a bed, around a bathroom mirror, or over a mantle to cast a pleasant glow. Instead of using a single light source, scatter multiple lower wattage fixtures around the room. Also consider recessed lighting and under cabinet lighting.

Add Texture

In an interior design context, texture refers to the use of furniture, textiles, objects, and finishes in a range of materials that add visual interest and tactile variation to a room design. Add a touch of winter-specific elements that include deep velvets or luxurious jacquard fabrics. Switch out your regular accent pillows, window treatments, and other upholstery with winter-specific elements to give existing decor a lift by building on the textures that are already there and adding more layers.

Carole Lee Interiors is a full-service Interior Design & Build firm that offers an expansive selection of high-quality furnishings, lighting, accessories, and curated art for a complete renovation, or simply updating one area or element in your home. Stay warm!

Freshen Up for Spring

Following a long and lingering winter, the first few weeks of spring breathe fresh air into our outdoor surroundings. Concurrently, the beginning of spring is an ideal time for homeowners to step outside and attend to the exterior surfaces of their homes, outdoor living spaces, and gardens. Outdoor “spring cleaning” projects can unfold in various forms: essential home maintenance efforts, design updates and improvements, and garden makeovers.

Essential home maintenance tasks ensure that the exterior surfaces of your home remain safe, preserved, and functional. A spring checklist of items includes: examining the roof for missing or damaged shingles, cleaning the gutters, servicing the air-conditioning unit, cleaning the windows and their screens, and power washing the deck and patio surfaces. Exterior design updates, such as a fresh coat of facade paint, will also enliven your home’s curb appeal. This season, a few trending façade paint combinations include: slate grey/white/deep turquoise, and white putty/taupe/olive green. In addition, installing new rail planters, and lush greenery like ferns and vine covers will accentuate your garden.

Pre-Lit Christmas Trees Add Enduring Sparkle To Holiday Decorating

This season, you can brighten your holiday with all the beauty of a real tree, but without the work and hassle of stringing the Christmas lights. Enjoy the timeless look of blue fir, spruce, or pine in your home with our premium, pre-lit Christmas trees.

Pre-lit replica Christmas trees are the first choice for holiday decorating at charity events all across the nation and the choice of celebrities – like Ellen DeGeneres, Leona Lewis, and Kirstie Allen – for their homes.

Easy to put up and decorate, the artificial trees are masterfully crafted for longevity with the finest, highest quality material for a stunningly realistic appearance.

The clear, commercial grade lights are professionally hand-strung on each branch to minimize the appearance of wires. If one bulb fizzles, the rest remain brilliant and lit.

No matter what height you require and whether you like your tree narrow, slim, full, flat back, or potted, we have the value and selection you desire!

Safe, energy-efficient, and worry-free, the ultra-lifelike branches and outstanding realism will fool guests and impress skeptics. The dense foliage even feels real!

A pre-lit Christmas tree is sure to illuminate your family’s long-lasting holiday tradition and become a brilliant centerpiece in your home. Call Carole Lee Interiors at (610) 459-4383 to order your pre-lit Christmas tree in time for the holiday!


Fall Decor Re-Design Ideas

A seasonal transition provides a fantastic excuse for updating your home decor with new furniture, fresh hues, interesting patterns, and comfy accessories! As the weather cools off, you’ll be spending increasingly more time indoors and will want your space to be as cozy as can be!

Throws & Pillows
Dress up sofas, chairs and bedrooms with plush throw pillows of all different shapes, sizes, and patterns for a warm and inviting presence. Throw blankets add texture and a subtle homey feel.

Layer Area Rugs
Layering area rugs adds color, texture, and interest to your room and keeps you warm during the chilly months.

Fireplace Focal Point
Your fireplace will be in good use during cool evenings, so invest in a mesmerizing or personally pleasing piece of art as a focal point or beautiful pieces for your mantle.

Window Coverings
Summer months call for bamboo shades or breezy curtains but the blustery days of winter require insulation. Consider heavier draperies with colors or patterns that add vibrancy to the space.

It’s time to dig out that heavy-duty down comforter and those thermal blankets if you want to save money on your heating bill! Investing in a new duvet is a quick, easy, and affordable way to change the look of your room.

Table Dressings
Add seasonal warmth to tables for fall appeal. Think outside the box – a vintage quilt, linen curtain panel, or other materials that can be utilized as one-of-a-kind tablecloths.

Arrangements & Wreaths

Make a beautiful fall focal point for your home using fiery red maple leaves, feathery foliage, and berries.

Outdoor Fireplace
Add an all-season outdoor living area complete with fireplace or fire pit. Include plenty of plush seating and a mantel for decorating.

Fall Furniture
Swap out a chair or re-upholster furniture for a fresh face with trendy patterns. This season, metallic leather treatment is a new trend in classic shapes and styles, as well as pleats in upholstery that lend a tailored, detailed look.

Light It Up
An easy way to change the ambiance of a room from light and airy to warm and cozy is by swapping out lighting. Select new table or floor lamps, add sconces, chandeliers, track lighting, and so on.

Statement Pieces
Unique and interesting furniture makes a bold statement about your individual style, tastes, and personality. We’re seeing dining rooms as a forum for large statement tables this season.

Carole Lee Interiors can design a new look for your home this season and custom order the furniture for a complete turnkey design experience. Order your custom furnishings now in time for the holiday!