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This blog post isn’t going to be like my typical post where I share design tips and tricks, instead this blog post is going to be a shameless plug for me and my business! I wanted to share with you the first magazine article written about me and my business. Be sure to check it out, and learn more about me, what I do, and how I got here by clicking HERE


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Are vacation rentals dead?

I hear this question a lot, and I think it is due to the new laws that are being passed almost daily in different counties, cities, states, and even on a federal level trying to limit or ban short term vacation rentals from their area.

While there are some people who oppose the expansion of vacation rentals for various personal reasons, ( I’ve heard everything from “my rental rates will increase” to “I don’t want someone running a business out of a home next to mine” — shocking, I know) there is no rational reason to oppose short term vacation rentals, and there’s no end in sight. This industry is BOOMING and will only continue to grow further as more and more people list their homes on OTA websites like Airbnb, VRBO,, etc. while they travel.

Gone are the days of time shares, with limited dates and high rates, we have moved into the 21st century. Since a majority of short term vacation rental travelers are millennials or young families, their travel habits have changed dramatically from supporting old business models like time shares and hotels, and have moved into a more communal and shared way of traveling through short term vacation rentals, which you can also see this trend with industries like Taxis, Uber, Lyft and other ride share options. 

Popular sites like Airbnb are paving new ways to travel, and large hotel corporations are being threatened. Instead of supporting the few, popularity has shifted to supporting the many by putting small amounts of cash into homeowners pockets rather than large hotel corporations. This industry has grown so much that Airbnb has completed an acquisition of HotelTonight!

Here are some interesting global stats for you from around the World:

Vacasa, a vacation rental firm, has opened a real estate brokerage in Oregon. Vacasa Real Estate will help buyers and sellers of vacation rental properties find homes along the Oregon coast and other popular vacation rental markets throughout the state.

VRBO has announced a partnership with US mortgage lending firm Quicken Loans to allow confirmed revenue earned through the platform to qualify for mortgage refinancing through reviewing the property owner’s income. Property categories eligible for the scheme include both primary residences and vacation properties.

Now, as bigger companies begin to move into the short term vacation rental arena, they will not slow down now. This may have once been a hobby, or after thought of turning part (or your entire) home into a “temporary hotel” where guests paid you much smaller fees than the large hotels in your area to simply sleep for a night, has turned into an entire business model for some people. Many people who started as vacation rental owners have now moved into managing other vacation rentals. Not only creating a new job for themselves, but also helping spur on the economy by bringing in new tourists daily to support the city they are in. 

As history has already shown here, short term vacation rentals are here to stay, and this industry is only going to grow larger.  


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Why you should work with a Professional Photographer for your Vacation Rental

You've probably heard the saying “A picture is worth a thousand words”, and that couldn’t be more true when it comes to vacation rentals! Often times people who are booking your home rarely even read the description before looking at the photos. So why would you upload amateur photos with bad lighting, terrible composition, or even rubbish in the photo? Photos are designed to appeal to you potential booking, not deter them. Working with a professional photographer can help increase the chances of someone booking your home versus another home in the same area, putting cash in your wallet. 

I had the pleasure of working with Tori McPherson of VVR Marketing, based out of San Diego, CA who photographed my home. She was professional, quick, and has a great eye for detail and amazing composition of each photo, making the entire experience feel fun and relaxed.


 Here is what Tori had to say about her experience: “On our first project Krystin went above and beyond to make sure the space had enough variety to provide the photographers dream interior design shoot. She is well studied at interior design, very professional to work with, and she can make the California style come to life in any space. She is very sweet, genuine, and creative. Definitely my first choice for interior designers in San Diego!”


Here are some more photos from our photo shoot: 



This photo is one of my personal favorites that Tori took. The composition of this photo is created by using a rule in photography called golden section of symmetry which draws your attention into the photo. It is also well lit and makes this room feel warm and inviting. 


Tori was able to get the entire living room seating area in one shot, turning my rather drab grey sofa into a lively looking component of this room. 


in my living room, I was going for a fun but relaxed Californian vibe with linen pillows, palm photos, and accessories which Tori captures perfectly. 


it’s always fun to be able to mix up bedding, pillows, art and accessories to create an entirely new and unique space. We kept the headboard, and some of the basic bedding, but made it a slightly more feminine room with dusty pink colors and gold accessories.


This is my living room wall with a built-in bookshelf and our music station with a record player and a rather extensive collection of records stored under the player on this console table.  


These statues are one of favorite accessories because they have a personal connection for me. My great grandmother made these. I also have a set of zebras that my grandmother made. I love their unique shapes and their antiqued ceramic surfaces. 


And that’s me!

I hate having my photo taken, it makes me nervous (I get sweaty palms and all!) but Tori did a great job of not only capturing the room I was sitting in, but also capturing my personality in this smile (she always makes me laugh!). I am so thankful to have such a wonderful photographer who is able to bring my home to life in these professionally curated photos. Check out the tab “portfolio” to see more photos! 


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Introducing my YouTube channel!

Hello Friends! I am excited to introduce to you my new YouTube channel! I am going to discuss what to do, and what not to do in your home.

In case you haven’t already seen it, here is my first video where I share with you why I chose to focus my interior design services on vacation rentals:


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Is your Vacation Rental Hotel Quality?

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As you may (or may not) know, there are several known classifications for hotels. You may be thinking, “So?” Well if you own a vacation rental, you are competing with the hotels in your area. Though the motivation for someone to book a vacation rental is very different from those who book hotel rooms, none the less, they will most likely be looking at all their options before booking. So, with this in mind, you should consider what category your vacation rental falls under. For example Smith Travel Research (STR) has a “chain scale” where they break down hotel brands into several different tiers, based on their Average Daily Rate (ADR).

  • Economy

  • Midscale

  • Upper Midscale

  • Upscale

  • Upper Upscale

  • Luxury

Specifically, they state

Brands/Chains are slotted by Chain Scale based on the previous year’s annual system wide (global) Average Daily Rate. Rate ranges defining each Chain Scale are determined by STR. The STR Chain Scales – North America and Caribbean is a subsetof the larger Global Chain Scale list. Brand Chain Scale pairings are consistent with each list. Brands listed above are located in U.S., Mexico, Caribbean and Canada. If you have any questions about the Chain Scales, please email Copyright 2016. STR, Inc. Publishing or reproducing this information is strictly prohibited. +1 (615) 824 8664. Last updated May 2016.

Luxury –

Luxury lodging has the following features:

  • Very high reputation and quality

  • Prime locations

  • Distinguished architecture, artwork and design (sometimes they are historic structures)

  • Superior service and staff

  • Numerous and luxurious facilities and amenities

  • Fine dining and 24–hour room service

  • Spacious, beautifully furnished rooms

  • Superior linens, finishes and materials

Upper Upscale –

Upper Upscale lodging has the following features:

  • Well–known, high–quality brands

  • Very convenient, often strategic locations

  • Attractive architecture, artwork, and sometimes dramatic design

  • Very professional service and staff

  • Many amenities and facilities

  • Quality dining

  • Large, comfortable rooms with top of the line furnishings

  • High–quality linens, finishes and materials

Upscale –

Clients can expect the following from Upscale lodging:

  • Very good quality and value

  • Convenient locations

  • Pleasant, often homelike or stylish architecture

  • Friendly and attentive staff

  • Good range of amenities and facilities

  • Pleasant dining in and/or near the hotel

  • Standard–sized, comfortable rooms

  • Quality linens and materials

Upper Midscale –

Upper Midscale lodging has the following features:

  • Simple, pleasant accomodations

  • Very good value

  • Convenient, often roadside or suburban locations

  • Simple, nice appearance, frequently with similar look and design for most properties

  • Helpful staff

  • Limited range of amenities and facilities

  • Dining usually limited, but often convenient to family dining and fast food

  • Standard–sized, nice rooms; but all–suite lodging in this category is spacious

  • Good linens and materials

Midscale –

The features of Midscale lodging are:

  • Simple, low–priced

  • Basic, sometimes older properties; often two– or three–story buildings

  • Adequately staffed

  • Few amenities, facilities and extras

  • Limited dining, perhaps simple breakfast included; family dining and fast food nearby

  • Adequate–sized rooms, with modest materials and furnishings, and average–quality linens

Economy –

Here’s what clients can expect from Economy lodging:

  • Simple, clean, no–frill, low–priced

  • Limited staff and hours

  • Basic amenities and facilities

  • Rarely have on–site dining; some nearby

  • Very modest–sized rooms, with basic materials and linens

Comparing brands and chains

Here are a few examples of some of the hotel chains you may know, and what category they fall under.

Best Western: 

  • Upscale – Best Western Premier

  • Upper Midscale – Best Western Plus

  • Midscale – Best Western


  • Upscale – Ascend, Cambria Suites

  • Upper Midscale – Clarion, Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites

  • Midscale – Mainstay Suites, Quality Inn, Sleep Inn

  • Economy – Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn, Suburban Extended Stay

Club Carlson: 

  • Upper Upscale -Radisson Blu (don’t ask me though)

  • Upscale – Radisson

  • Upper Midscale – Park Inn, Country Inn and Suites


  • Luxury – Conrad, Waldorf Astoria

  • Upper Upscale – Curio, Hilton, Embassy Suites

  • Upscale – Doubletree, Homewood Suites

  • Upper Midscale – Hampton Inn



  • Luxury – Intercontinental

  • Upper Upscale – Kimpton,

  • Upscale – Staybridge Suites, Hotel Indigo, EVEN, Crowne Plaza

  • Upper Midscale – Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express

  • Midscale – Candlewood Suites


  • Luxury – Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott

  • Upper Upscale – Marriott, Delta

  • Upscale – AC Hotels, Springhill Suites, Residence Inn, Courtyard by Marriott

  • Upper Midscale – Fairfield Inn, TownePlace Suites


  • Luxury – W Hotel, Luxury Collection, St. Regis,

  • Upper Upscale – Le Meridien, Sheraton, Westin, Tribute Portfolio

  • Upscale – Aloft, Four Points, element


  • Upper Upscale – Wyndham, Dolce

  • Upper Midscale – Wyndham Garden, Tryp by Wyndham

  • Midscale – Wingate by Wyndham, Hawthorn Suites, Ramada, Baymont Inn and Suites

  • Economy – Microtel, Days Inn, Super 8, Howard Johnson, Travelodge, Knights Inn

For a couple of non-chain hotel brands, La Quinta is listed as Midscale while Drury Inn and Suites is listed as Upper Midscale.


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The 5 Step Process To Working With An Interior Designer

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It can be very confusing to work with a designer, especially if this is your first time. So let me break down what we do into a 5 step process:

  1. Initial Client Contact: You hop online or ask a friend for a designer in town that they worked with or know of. You call or email that designer to ask about their services. Maybe you chat a little bit about what styles you like, what the scope of your project is, your budget, etc.

  2. Set up an in-person Meeting on Site: You meet the designer at your home so they can take measurements, you can chat more in depth about what kind of services are needed, maybe they even make some suggestions for you. Sometimes Designers will charge for this meeting, as it does take their time away from other projects, but often times Designers will credit back a client the initial design fee once the contract is signed (I do!). You will have to discuss these details with your designer, as everyone runs their business’ a little differently.

  3. The Designer will take all of their notes and measurements, turn these into a “project scope” which will be outlined in their contract agreement. If you agree to their prices and the scope of work they are suggesting, then you can move into the next step:

  4. The Designer gets to work on your project! They will usually start with a floorplan, drafting your space and figuring out what size furniture will fit best in the room. Then the designer will access their vendor lists and select furniture that is the right size and scale for your space. Often times designers have access to vendors that clients do not (I certainly have a great list of vendors!). Designers will use these furniture selections to create a few options for you and your space (I usually provide 3 options for clients in the “first run”). Of these three options, clients can pick what they love, don’t love, want to see more options of, etc. There are NO HARD FEELINGS if you don’t love what a designer came up with. Really! Don’t feel bad if the selections they picked for you aren’t perfect for you and your home. It is your home, you are going to live there, surrounded by these things- your Designer is not. Be PIcky! Designers are trained to “read between the lines” so they more specific you can get about what you love, don’t love, and why, the better! This is where I think most clients are concerned; “What if my designer takes control and I don’t have a say?” Well, unless you are on TV and the entire design is a surprise to you, the process should be a type of partnership. You should work TOGETHER with your designer. REMEMBER: You came to them because you liked their aesthetic (or you liked what your friend or family member’s house).

  5. After you and the designer have selected all the furniture, art, accessories, drapes, etc. in your home, the Designer will come up with a budget (or this may be discussed along the way during your “revisions” in Step 4. Once the total budget has been determined, the Designer will (or should) present you with what we call “cutsheets” which are sheets of paper with each item and all the details about that product written down. For example, if it is a custom sofa, it will have the fabric color, leg color, type of cushion, type of leg, length/width/depth, etc. to make sure what you and the designer discussed are the same, and that you both came to the agreement of all the details on their piece of furniture. Each vendor will require different “down-payments”, sometimes it is half the total cost, sometimes more or less. Your designer and you can discuss how payments will be made. Then your designer and their team will start purchasing and coordinating shipments and deliveries. You can either have the “grand reveal” like the TV shows, or you can have items shipped directly to your house as they are ready. I usually suggest the “grand reveal” because it allows for the Designer to correct any errors prior to delivery, and if items are delivered, they may not have the right space to be stored. For example, if you order a table lamp, but don’t have the table the lamp is supposed to sit on yet, where will you safely store this lamp?

  6. Installation: (This isn’t really a step in working with a designer, but it is good to know what happens on the day of installation). Designers will coordinate with all professionals needed for times and dates that work with everyone’s schedule. Once the installation is complete, the final reveal happens! You get to see your whole “new” space for the first time. You and the designer should walk around the room, making sure everything is working, there are no broken or damaged pieces (if there are, the designer will work directly with the vendor to handle this usually), then you can sign the final bill, and write that final check. Now, you get to enjoy your space! Have a party, invite friends, family, and neighbors over! Show off your professionally designed space!


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New services are now available! I have been taking a break from client based services for several months so that I could focus on developing my education for my students, but I have completed the curriculum and have now opened the doors to new services! I am introducing two new services: Online Design and Decorating- so you can live anywhere in the U.S. and still get that "Krystin Krebs Interiors" signature style. I am also introducing "Design Advice" with me! You can shoot me an email and ask me all your burning questions about design, your space, colors, etc. and I will personally respond to you with all the knowledge, sources, and information that I have available.   


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What are you paying a designer to do?

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What are you paying an interior designer to do?


Use their knowledge to design a room that functions at its best by Space planning

Make sure you furniture proportions are best for your space

Track shipments

Install and assemble furniture

Hire other professionals

Project management- they should have all the answers or know where to go to get them for you

Translator between you (the client) and the contractor or trades person.

Design your space to your liking by sourcing furniture that you like

Purchasing furniture while staying under budget


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What is feng shui


According to Google “Feng Shui is a system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy (qi), and whose favorable or unfavorable effects are taken into account when siting and designing buildings.”

Feng shui is one of the basics of design which most designers learn about while in school, which studies the pshycology of human behavior within a room. This helps designers be able to identify the elements of feng shui that all create an atmosphere within a room. 

Feng shui can sometimes include crystals and other elements that may seem a little “out-there”, but the important part of feng shui is not the elements added to a space, but how you feel within the space. In my personal opinion, I think adding crystals to a room can be a little “out-there”, but it all comes down to pschycology. If you believe that adding a crystal to your room will make you feel less stressed/have more money/have better health, etc. then you are giving the crystals more “power”, and it may work for you. 


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What does an Interior Designer do?

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I get asked this question; "What does an Interior Designer do?" more often than most, and the answer really will vary depending on the project, the scope of work agreed on, and the people involved in the project. I have broken down what each design phase looks like during a project in hopes that this will become more clear to my readers. 

Below is a synopsis of each phase which is intended to help you understand the design process.  

Phase one- Programming (Research & Job Site Visit)

  • Initial job-site visit to Measure and photograph the existing spaces (to prepare drawings as needed).

  • Fact Finding

  • Produce Estimated Project Schedule

  • Project Vision: Discuss the project’s specific needs and preferences with client.

  • Establish Design Intention/Direction

  • Property Usage Development


Phase two- Conceptual (Design Concept Development)

  • Prepare conceptual design based on project vision/clients needs and preferences.

  • Develop floor plan furniture layout.

  • Develop Distinct Design Concepts for client to choose from.

  • Conceptual Finish Board Selections (Flooring, Paint, Wall covering, All Window Treatments, Countertops, Cabinet Finishes)

  • Color Scheme Development

  • Initial Conceptual Design Presentation


Phase three- Schematic (Furniture)

The schematic design is developed and drawn from the approved preliminary concepts presented in Phase two in which documents ( initial space and furniture plans, lighting concepts, concepts for color, materials, finishes, and the selection of specific furnishings) are prepared for use in the schematic phase.

  • Define Interior Concept Design

  • Refined/Detailed Furniture Floor Plans

  • Develop and Present Furniture Options in a Presentation

  • Identify Colors, Materials, and finishes for each area

  • Select Specific Furniture

  • Initial Budget Estimate for furniture


Phase four- Design Development (Soft Goods, Art, Accessories)

  • Formal Furniture Design Presentation

  • Develop and Present all Design Details Including Soft Goods (Pillows, Bedding, Rugs, Drapery), Art, Accessories, Household items (as needed).

  • Detailed Floorplans and Elevations

Phase five- Construction Documentation (Final Floor plans and Specifications Documents)

The Specification Documents shall describe in detail the following information to properly establish a budget for the areas within the Scope of Work.

  • Matrix of Material References

  • Final Finish, Fixture/Equipment and Furniture Floor Plan

  • Detailed Elevations

  • Finish Schedule

  • Final Budget Estimate

Note:  The drawings and documents prepared by the interior designer remain the property of the design firm and cannot be used by anyone else for any purpose other than the completion of the project by North of Boho, South of Chic.

Upon completion of construction documentation any additional changes will be performed on a time and expense basis in accordance with our standard hourly rate schedule listed below.  

This phase is an extension where all architectural documents and preliminary furniture specifications are prepared for approval and implementation.

The floor plans are not intended to be architectural permit plans which would be submitted to the building department. They are to be used by the client, contractor, and architect for design intent, non-structural layout, and fixture locations only.


Phase six- Purchasing

  • All materials and products will be purchased for installation according to schedule and within budget. This phase consists of:

* Issue Purchase Order

  • * Issue Vendor Checks

  • * Track Production Cycle

  • * Quality Control

  1. It is understood that all items specified will be purchased in accordance with this design agreement; by the client, through the contractor, or through North of Boho, South of Chic. If purchasing through North of Boho, South of Chic, a separate Purchasing Agreement will be presented before purchasing begins.

  2. North of Boho, South of Chic will purchase all approved FF&E for the project (unless otherwise specified) as agreed upon in the purchase agreement.

  3. Custom purchases:  Custom items are described as a manufacturer's standard design (including but not limited to size and shape) which can then be adjusted with made-to-order details (including but not limited to finish, fabric, color, size, etc.). All custom orders will require the client’s signed authorization as well as the total price for each item prior to placing the order. The client shall be responsible for the payment of sales tax, packing, shipping, receiving and any related charges on specified purchases of merchandise.

  4. Warranties and guarantees on all goods and services shall be only to the extent of those provided by the manufacturer, vendor or supplier. Not all merchandise has a warranty. Some warranties are offered at a separate and/or additional cost and can vary based on each manufacturer's policy. The client is solely responsible for filing all claims against warranties offered after installation.

  5. North of Boho, South of Chic will not be liable for any damage due to shipping, errors, mistakes or misrepresentations on the part of the vendor.

  6. Designer shall not be held liable for purchases made prior to physical inspection/measurements are taken at the project site as actual measurements.

  7. Client understands and agrees that the designer/North of Boho, South of Chic can not guarantee the outcome of any insurance claim for damaged items.

  8. All Sales are Final. No Returns or Exchanges are permitted after the purchasing agreement has been signed by the client.

  9. Client understands and agrees that Designer cannot guarantee the availability and the prices of any items in the Purchase Proposal be still obtainable at the time of Client’s written approval of the Purchase Proposal. If any item becomes unavailable, Designer will propose an alternative item that is compatible in design and pricing for Client’s review and approval.

  10. Cancellation of items in progress (if possible) may incur charges according to manufacturer's’ specifications. There will be an additional 10% charge levied by the Designer for paperwork, and follow-up on cancelled items.


Phase seven- Construction Administration

  • Site Visits

  • Respond to RFI’s (Request for Information)

  • Finish Approval (by Contractor, for Designer Review)

  • Shop Drawing Approval (by Contractor, for Designer Review)

  • Present Material Reselection (as Needed)

  • Revisions to Construction Documents as needed

  • Communication/Correspondence with other professionals on the project

Phase Eight- Installation

A. Designer shall coordinate the deliveries of the materials for the Interior Installation and the Merchandises including but not limited to shipping, handling, storage, insurance, and installation delivery coordination of third parties. Estimates for these services will be provided to the client prior to install, after all purchases have been made and delivery schedules can be established.

B. Designer may request Client or Client’s Representative to review and approve setup of the partial Interior Installations or Merchandise during the Project. Client agrees that Client or Client’s representative shall cooperate with Designer’s request in a timely manner. Without such review and approval by Client or Client’s representative, the Designer may suspend further services at Designer’s sole discretion.

C. The Designer shall oversee the installation of the Interior materials, furniture, fixtures and equipment by third party service providers at the Project Site. However, Designer has no obligation to remain or supervise any third party activities at the premises. Designer will not be held responsible for the means, methods or procedures of construction, fabrication, delivery, installation, or safety precautions in connection with the third party or their affiliates.


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Find Out What Interior Design Style is Best For You!

There are so many different types of Interior Design styles, it hard to keep up. So I have outlined some of the most common (and some of my favorite) styles to help you narrow down your favorite style! 


The mid-1900s produced some of the most iconic pieces in modern design. Often referred to as Mid-Century Modern because it derives its influences from the modern art movement that preceded modern design, it is characterized by refined lines, minimalist silhouettes, and natural shapes. Woods, plastics, glossy metals including stainless steel and glass are common materials found in Mid-Century Furniture.

Tip: I would recommend mixing in elements from other design styles to keep your home looking fresh.



Industrial design is popular for decorating lofts and old buildings converted into living spaces, although it can be used for traditional apartments and houses too. What you need for this style is to create an illusion of rough surfaces and materials that suggest an industrial past. The simplest way to show roughness is to leave some walls or surfaces unfinished. Exposed bricks, steel beams or columns, exposed concrete, unfinished wood, and stainless steel work well for this style. In addition to some rough metal elements that will create an industrial atmosphere, you are looking for old industrial-looking objects that are made from steel, metal or wood. These items are preferably worn down or have been salvaged and recycled. Your color palette should steer clear of bright, bold colors; instead you should look for warm, neutral tones to fill your space. Shades and tones of gray work well when mixed with white to add a crisp, clean look.

Tip: Industrial decor ranges from modern rustic with cleaner lines to rugged vintage with elaborate ornamentations. Depending on your tastes, you can opt for a lighter, chic look or a darker, antique design.



Natural Coastal

Not sure what natural coastal looks like? Think New England beach house and you would be on the right track; unfinished or light color woods, white furnishings, soft linen fabrics, woven-wicker decor. Accents often include found objects from the beach like seashells, glass, jute rope, sailboats, navigational maps, and even rowing oars. This interior design style is based on white or sand colored foundation, with a range of blues as the accent colors.

Tip: Don’t go overboard with any theme. Pick a few keys pieces for each room and let those pieces nod to your style. Your room doesn’t need to scream “Under the Sea!” when you walk in, otherwise it will feel like you are at a theme park.  




Traditional Design covers anything from 1700’s-1900’s and includes many different styles like French Victorian and Baroque, Greek/Roman, Italian Tuscan, American Colonial- all of which reflect classic European decor. Trademarks of this style generally include deep wood tones, architectural details, and elegant furnishings. One of the most important facets of traditional interior design is the silhouettes, also called the lines, of the furnishings. Wing-backed chairs, claw footed tables, and curved furniture pieces are examples of this. Common models for such traditional furniture are pieces attributed to the Queen Anne or Chippendale styles. Antiques are also often integrated into this design style, but many companies sell new pieces that mimic the lines of the old. Dark woods like cherry, maple, and mahogany are typically used in furniture pieces of this style. These are often carved and lacquered to give them a luxurious, elegant feel. Wood floors are also considered a standard for this decor, although tile and carpet are often used as well. Architectural embellishments are widely used in this type of interior design. These can include elaborate moldings, beveled wood paneling, and intricate tile and wood floor patterns. Arches, columns, and built-in cabinetry are also frequent features of this type of design.


Tip: Traditional Design is all about creating a sense of charm and history through old eclectic pieces. By adding antiques, collectibles, flea market finds, and estate sale items you can develop a vintage atmosphere.

Already have traditional furniture, but want to give it an update? Simply change the fabric to a more modern print or solid, or paint the frame a color- perhaps bright green, or maybe just white, you pick!




An off-shoot of the mid-century movement, Scandinavian design was introduced in the 1930’s. Although most people associate it with IKEA, there are a variety of subset looks within Scandinavian design itself. there are two interior design styles that are Scandinavian design: Scandinavian Modern interior design is centered around warm functionality, clean lines, flawless craftsmanship and understated elegance. Whereas Scandinavian Country interior design (Sometimes referred to as Belgian Interior Design to differentiate it from the Modern Scandinavian style) is a mixture gentle contours, playful accent colors, and a balance of engineered and organic materials. Many Scandinavian-styled homes are characterized by the use of earthy muted tones, natural materials and minimal ornamentation.

there are two interior design styles that are Scandinavian design:


Tip: To stay truly Scandinavian stick with light colored woods, minimal metals, strong lines, and neutral colors.   




Bohemian decor captures the free spirited, adventurous collector’s lifestyle. It features rich patterns, vibrant colors, and layers of textiles (tapestry, pillows, throws, rugs). The furniture is often handmade or vintage and has a history or story which makes it uniquely personal to whomever possesses it. Often these types of furnishings are ethnic or tribal inspired like Moroccan, Southwestern, or Indian.   

Tip: Look for color-rich textiles, a variety of wood tones, animal hides, and warm metallic accents like gold, copper, or brass.



Rustic Shabby Chic Farmhouse

This style is known as several styles: Rustic, Shabby Chic, and Farmhouse. It is mainly cabin-inspired, with some traditional French Provence elements mixed in. The furniture is characterized by family heirlooms, flea market finds, DIY projects, folk art, collections, found items and vintage pieces. Often the wood furniture is distressed wood or covered in sanded milk paint to show signs of wear and tear. The fabrics are often neutral color linens and cottons.

Tip: Get some dried lavender bunches and other greeneries and place them in vintage vases to add a little charm and great scent to your home. The rustic shabby chic farmhouse look often features wooden beams and columns as well as hardwood or stone flooring. If you don’t have these elements in your home, it is possible to put up faux beams or columns to achieve the look.


One of the most important elements in modern interior design is form. Modern design uses geometric shapes, including rigid squares and rectangles along with smooth curves (“clean lines”). Perfect circles and ovals are also common in modern interior design. Walls are minimal and often empty, and colors are usually very neutral with a few pops of color. Art is also usually very large in scale and minimal. The less furniture the better! Think of which furniture can be eliminated without sacrificing comfort and livability. Floors can generally be anything (hardwood, concrete, etc.), but should be completely clean with one rug to add color and create a focal point for the room. Modern Design is all about spare and streamlined while still being inviting, so the less clutter to wade through and mentally process, the more beauty of each piece of furniture really starts to stand out.

Tip: Choose a general muted color to be the default of your space, and an accent color or two to highlight furniture and other accessories. Keep your space very minimal, keep only the essentials and store everything out of sight. This means you will most likely need to get creative with storage. When you are out shopping think of all the “hidden” places you could put storage containers – under the sink, under the bed, under the sofa, etc. Keep all surfaces clear and free of clutter.





Ethnic Design refers to anything with strong tribal patterns including Native American, Mexican, Indian, Moroccan, and many more. All of these ethnic styles have a common use of rich colors, dynamic contrasts, traditional patterns, and the unique decorations and accessories. Exotic plants, tiles and textured walls all tie the experience and “ethnic” atmosphere together. These styles can often be found blended together in Bohemian Interior Design.  

Tip: The quickest way to incorporate ethnic interior design is by using bright and colorful wool rugs, kilims or thin large rugs with traditional geometric patterns. Stick to deep, burnt shades rather than bright, bold colors for a warm look. Also use fabrics that integrate pattern and textured into your space.


Hollywood Regency

This style is mainly associated with the World War I to World War II time periods, this style embodies the essence of the Roaring 20’s, exuding bold and flashy elegance. The most defining aspects are polished and shiny chrome or brass fixtures, geometric shapes, angular patterns, and bold curves. The furniture was often dark lacquered wood, and glossy paint combine for a slick and gleaming effect, sometimes with mirrored pieces attached to the surfaces. Fabrics were usually a mix of vinyl, silk and sati.

Tip: Choose rugs, carpets and upholstery with geometric, rhythmic motifs.



A Mixture of all the following styles: Traditional, Mid-Century, Transitional, Bohemian, Hollywood Regency, Modern, Industrial, Rustic Shabby Chic Farmhouse, Natural Coastal, Contemporary, and Scandinavian. 



This is the most popular style in America. It is the type of furniture that you find most commonly at Pottery Barn and Ethan Allen. It is a refined take on traditional shapes with round, soft curved lines.  



Contemporary Interior Design consists of straight lines, sharp corners, wide curves, sphere shapes, bold monochromatic solid colors, high contrast, minimal walls, and mixed metals. It has refined the shape of traditional furniture so much that it borders on Modern design with its simplified shapes. This style is the second most popular style, next to transitional, since these furnishings can go with just about any design.       


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