Style Defined: Tropical by Kimberly Reuther

As we approach the heat of the summer months, I am inspired by the tropics where it is warm all year round.  The ocean is near, palm trees are in abundance and daily life is about staying cool.  The vacation-inspired vibe is envious and actually pretty accessible in your own home.  Here a few photos and tips to help you achieve your own oasis!

1.  Crisp white color palettes are always refreshing and fairly easy to achieve.  Using a semi-gloss paint on walls and floors is more reflective and easier to keep clean.  White linen slipcovers and gauzy drapery panels evoke the casual, relaxed atmosphere of the tropics.

2.  MIxing bold, bright colors and multiple patterns are easy ways to create the drama and intensity of the sun.  Saturate your walls or floors with an intense hue derived from the sea or refinish multiple picture frames for a quick colorful collage.

3.  Incorporating natural and organic elements into your design will create a sense of harmony.  Sisal or seagrass make perfect rugs in high traffic areas.  Palm trees and tropical flowers are increasingly popular indoors even as far inland as Missouri.  If nothing else, create your tropical retreat in an outdoor area which can be put away during winter months.

Previously written by Kimberly for St. Louis AT HOME’s website.  Read more of Kimberly’s work and view her portfolio at www.kimberlyreuther.com.

Spotted: Industrial Chic Barstools by Kimberly Reuther

We are seeking different.  We want to have a conversation starter when friends admire our homes.  We are seeking unexpected touches to add to the mix.

Enter industrial chic barstools!  They are popping up everywhere!

But how do you know which one is right for you?  They can be used in both modern and traditional settings and these images are great examples to help you decide!

barstool from West Elm

barstool from Wisteria

barstool from Restoration Hardware

barstools from Crate & Barrel

 

Previously written by Kimberly for St. Louis AT HOME’s website.  Read more of Kimberly’s work and view her portfolio at www.kimberlyreuther.com.

Style Defined: Modern Glamour by Kimberly Reuther

If you are like me, you’ve become accustomed to a certain amount of “bling” in your life.  From sparkly cocktail rings to sequined pumps, the dazzling effect gets us through the dreary winter days.  As is the cycle with fashion and design, this has spawned the return of a pre-depression era design trend.  Glamour and luxurious goods were mainstays of the post-war 20’s both in fashion and homes.  This time around, we are opting for glamour with a modern twist.  This is such a beautiful design style and done right can look timeless, not trendy.  I could talk for hours but I will entice you with a few photos instead!

1.  Texture: First and foremost to achieve modern glamour, you have to pay attention to textures.  Luxurious velvets, satin, silk, fur all play an important role in evoking the glamourous feeling.  However, be sure you are balancing these appropriately.  You wouldn’t go out dressed head to toe in satin and sequins…well maybe you would but only on New Year’s Eve!

 

Bedroom Inspiration

Notice the warmth of the floors compared to all the velvet, satin and gilded textures in this room from Traditional Home.

2.  Pattern & Contrast: Bold patterns can contrast off solid pieces to add interest.  You can also use intense color accents or the combination of black and white which is always pleasing and equally dramatic.

Bathroom Inspiration

Here is a bathroom from House Beautiful which demonstrates this contrast nicely; also note the metallic square pouf!

3.  Sparkle:  A lady needs plenty of mirrors to reflect her best self!  Glamour wouldn’t exist without reflective surfaces, shiny objects and shimmery fabrics.  Pick wisely, know when to say when.  It is often advised to eliminate one piece of jewelry before leaving the house.  Use this as a guide when adding “bling” in your home.

 

Dining Room Inspiration

This photo from a design blog is a great example of the appropriate amount of sparkle; keep your focus on one main element and you can’t go wrong.

4.  Balance:  Glamour begs for over the top tufting, ruffles, curves and modern prefers sleek lines, understated textures.  Keeping them in balance will ensure a timeless look to your space.

Living Room Inspiration

The different lines and textures complement each other in this photo from Horchow.

5.  Expect the unexpected: Make sure you are incorporating interesting elements throughout the space.  Use white patent leather on a traditional wing chair, add in a pop of bold color or show off your collections of diamond studded skulls.  Whatever makes you happy and defies convention is sure to be a conversation starter.

 

Living Room Inspiration

This image from Les Choses de Marie illustrates my point.

6.  Final touches:  Indulge in your fantasy of lounging in a beautiful robe while your husband mixes you the perfect dry martini.  Include a chaise lounge and/or a mobile bar to remind yourself to relax and enjoy life even as chaos surrounds you…maybe this is just my fantasy!

Chaise Lounge

This sleek yet comfortable chaise lounge from Williams Sonoma Home fits the bill perfectly!

Previously written by Kimberly for St. Louis AT HOME’s website.  View the post here. To see more of Kimberly’s work, visit her residential design website here.

Style Defined: Modern Cottage by Kimberly Reuther

Summer is winding down and you’ve bid your goodbyes to the weekend retreats until next year. What makes these sojourns so relaxing and refreshing? Partly, the absence of “real world” responsibility and maybe more noticeably, the crisp backdrop of furniture and finishes that allow you to breathe easier.

Here are a few examples of these types of places, that I like to define as “modern cottage.” They have a lot of cottage elements but are great at achieving the clean, balance of modern design. The scale and placement of the modern art, accessories, and lighting complement the casual, laid back furniture chosen.

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3 Tips for incorporating a touch of “modern coastal” inspiration into your home:

1. Add “pops” of color in the form of paint, pillows, accessories, or artwork.

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2. Add unexpected modern touches such as a stainless steel farmhouse sinks and chairs.

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3. Add pattern in the form of colorful stripes and whimsical abstract florals.

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These small changes are sure to keep you relaxing all the way until next summer!
Happy decorating!

Previously written by Kimberly for St. Louis AT HOME’s website.  Read more of Kimberly’s work and view her portfolio at www.kimberlyreuther.com

Which Roman Shade Are You? – Kimberly Reuther

Roman shades are basically the chameleon of window treatments.  They can conform to almost any decorating style, window size/shape, they have top down/bottom up features, blackout lining, cordless options for child safety, the list goes on and on.  So, how do you determine which one fits your style, home, and personality?

Here, I’ve broken down the basic five types of Roman shades to correspond with specific lifestyle and decorating tastes.  As I stated before, they are a chameleon breed so there is no hard and fast rule to follow.  Just trust your instincts and imagination to select the best choice for your home!

Classic Roman Shades – relaxed americana style, painted, weathered furniture, twill slipcovered upholstery, casual, whimsical accessories, kid-friendly spaces, crisp color palettes, cottage stripes, farmer’s market, coastal indulgences

Flat Roman Shades – sophisticated decor, understated elegance, clean lines, tailored furniture, rich wood finishes, neutral palettes, drum shades, contrast banding, semi-formal entertaining style, cocktail hour, natural light, low-pile wool carpets

Relaxed Roman Shades – shabby chic feel, subtle toile patterns, feminine lines, relaxed refinement, antiques, soft, natural linens, abundance of pillows, billowy fabrics, fresh flowers, fragrant candles, Parisian influences

Soft Fold Roman Shades – classic, traditional style, opulent silks, velvets, and damasks, leather sofas, warm wood paneling, nailhead details, turned legs, formal entertaining, masculine environments, architectural features

Solar Roman Shades – modern power couple, minimalist accessories, sleek furnishings, art displayed like galleries, linear forms, bold accent colors against neutral backdrops, lively dinner parties, open floor plans, cutting-edge technology

If you get stuck, consult with one of our talented team of designers!

Originally written by Kimberly for St. Louis AT HOME’s website.  View post here.  You can see more of Kimberly’s work here.

Style Defined: Modern vs. Contemporary by Kimberly Reuther

You see a cocktail table and fall in love. You wonder if it would work in your home. You try to describe your home to the salesperson. He/she asks “Is your style modern or contemporary?” Your mind scrambles. Am I modern or contemporary? How do I know? How do I define my style?

This scenario probably plays out in your head every time you head out furniture shopping or when you are browsing through magazines. When shown a photo, chances are you know if you like the design aesthetic right away. But if you are asked to describe it, you are stumped. I’m not a designer, you think…how would a designer describe my style?

Relax, design is very hard to define, especially in the context of your personal style. The beauty of style is just that, it’s all yours to define. That being said, there are some basic design principles to help differentiate the elements of each style.

Let’s start with two that are often used interchangeably but, I believe, are in fact very different: modern & contemporary.

Contemporary design gained popularity in the 80’s and is usually characterized by unusual color palettes, graphic patterns, slick surfaces, asymmetrical designs and rounded forms. Lots of stainless steel, lucite and polished marble details abound in this style. You also will be hard-pressed to find a straight line with a multitude of curves and irregular shapes dominating the scene.

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Modern design elements, on the other hand, have been around since the mid-century and go in and out of fashion as design trends evolve. Modern fundamentals are often represented by clean lines, grounded color palettes, warm wood tones, symmetry and balance in the space. Striped area rugs, linear patterns and natural elements contribute to an overall uncluttered aesthetic.

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Modern design has most recently become incorporated into the mainstream by way of the hospitality industry. Think crisp, clean “hotel” bedding and spa-like suites that leave you craving the same style in your own home. Who doesn’t want to feel like they are on vacation 24/7?

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As I mentioned before, the great thing about your style is that it is all yours to define. You can pull elements from both contemporary & modern design and have a cohesive home.

But we will leave that for a future discussion. Right now, I’m heading off to my “hotel” bed!

Previously written by Kimberly for St. Louis AT HOME’s website.  Read more of Kimberly’s work and view her portfolio at www.kimberlyreuther.com.

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