Southeast Michigan Interior Designer

  • How to Creatively Decorate with Books

    Interior Design Tips Books – they’re not just for reading anymore. If you’re a bookworm or library enthusiast, they also make great home décor! They give your home a cozy look and project a sophisticated air.

    Read on to learn how to creatively decorate with books:

    Curate a coffee table stack

    Make your living room look inviting with a stack of well-chosen books in appealing colors. Guests will love having something to flip through when they sit down. Art and travel books work especially well for this idea.

    Color-code your shelves

    Turn your library into a rainbow when you organize your books by color.

    Install shelves in unexpected places

    Try putting set-in shelving under a stairway or over a doorway to maximize space and give your home a touch of the unexpected. Bonus: if your fireplace is unused, you can put books there, too!

    DIY furniture … made from books

    Old books (hint: check your local thrift store) can become part of totally unique furniture. Try using them as the legs of a coffee table, a faux-headboard or the base for a lamp.

    If you’re looking for some furniture to complement your book-themed décor, check out the wide selection we offer at Sherwood Studios. We have pieces in a broad spectrum of styles, from modern to classic, at a variety of price points. What’s more, we proudly offer full interior design services to homeowners in the Oakland County area. Call us today at 248-855-1600, so we can design the book-lined spaces of your dreams.

  • Popular Interior Design Styles and What They Mean

    Interior Design Styles Industrial, shabby chic, modern, eclectic—if you’re in the process of decorating your home, you’ve probably heard these terms before. However, you may not know exactly what they mean! Read on for a guide to some popular interior design styles and learn how you can use them as a guide to articulate your design vision and create the home of your dreams.

    Modern

    You’ve probably heard this one a lot. “Modern” design typically means clean lines, simple colors and materials like steel and glass. If you like a streamlined style without a lot of accessories, this one’s for you.

    Mid-century modern

    Popularized by the show “Mad Men,” this style refers to the design trends of the 1950s and 1960s. Functionality, organic shapes and simple fabrications are the hallmarks of this style.

    Industrial

    As the trend of renovating warehouses and lofts continues, this style remains popular, with elements like exposed brickwork and old timber.

    Shabby chic

    This cottage-inspired style includes plenty of painted, weathered furniture, muted florals and vintage accessories.

    Eclectic

    If you like pieces from a variety of different styles, this one could be for you. Rather than haphazardly throwing pieces together, eclectic interior design relies on color, palette, texture and composition to bring cohesion to a room.

    Now that you know more about popular interior design styles, check out the amazing selection of furniture at Sherwood Studios to find pieces that suit your style. If you’d rather let a pro make your vision a reality, we offer full interior design services to homeowners in the West Bloomfield area. Give us a call today at 248-855-1600, so we can help you design the interior of your dreams.

  • Interior Design Tips That Will Increase the Value of Your Home

    Interior Design Tips That Increase Home ValueIf your home is on the market, you probably already know that attractive interior design will increase its value. What you may not know is how to get started! Read on for a few handy tips for interior design that will appeal to potential buyers and encourage them to pay top dollar for your home.

    Focus on what’s important

    You might not have the resources to undertake a full interior redesign, and that’s okay. Focus on the important rooms that you – and potential buyers – use most often, like the bedroom, kitchen and living room.

    Rethink your space

    Many homeowners erroneously think they need to undertake expensive home expansions to attract buyers. However, this type of renovation rarely helps you recoup the money you spent. Instead of adding square footage, why not use interior design to rethink your home and maximize your use of space? With the right furniture and design, you could convert an attic to a welcoming bedroom, or a basement to a game room.

    Color coordinate

    Choose attractive, complementary colors, and invest in accent pieces like pillows, throws and rugs using that color palette to give your home a coordinated and well-thought-out look. Make sure your furniture matches the colors you chose, as well.

    Ready for some interior design inspiration? Check out the wide variety of furniture available at Sherwood Studios. If you’d rather have an expert take care of things, we offer full interior design services in the West Bloomfield area. Call us today at 248-855-1600 so we can get started on creating an interior design that will be sure to increase the value of your home!

  • Must Know Interior Design Trends for 2018

    Must Know Interior Design Trends for 2018 The new year is a perfect time to give your home an of-the-moment, stylish look. Whether you’re planning to sell your home in 2018 or just want to refresh your space, an interior design update is a great way to start off the year. Read on to learn more about some of the top interior design trends for 2018.

    Lavender accents

    Love it or hate it, 2017 was all about millennial pink. In 2018, shades of lavender and lilac will predominate, giving homes a calming, relaxed vibe. Try accent pillows or rugs in the on-trend shade.

    Maximalism

    After years of the less-is-more aesthetic, in 2018, more is more! Try mixing bold, contrasting patterns. Consider it the backlash to the pared-down look.

    Back to nature

    Natural materials will be huge in 2018. In a reflection of the locavore, farm-to-table trend in food, which shows no sign of disappearing any time soon, interior designers and architects are seeking materials that reflects an area’s geography and landscape. One example of this trend is using limestone walls in bathrooms, or using furniture made from locally sourced wood.

    Velvet

    You may have noticed velvet dresses, pants and accessories on the 2018 runways, and now the trend is coming to interior design. Velvet sofas and armchairs, whether vintage or newly upholstered, are having their moment.

    If you’ve decided to update your home for 2018, a professional interior designer can make sure your space is inviting, comfortable and stylish. If you’re in the West Bloomfield area, we look forward to creating a space you’ll look forward to living in every day! Contact Sherwood Studios today at 248-855-1600.

  • The Three Most Versatile Furniture Pieces for Your Home

    versatile furnitureWhether your live in a small apartment and need furniture items that can perform multiple jobs, or have just moved into a bigger house and have lots of extra space to fill, there are a few pieces that will give you the most versatility. Able to be incorporated into any interior design style, the following furniture pieces are ones that will used throughout your home for many years to come.

    Chest of Drawers

    The bedroom is just the most obvious location to place a chest of drawers. But this storage-friendly furniture item can also work wonders in your entryway and dining room. Instead of having your children’s outerwear clutter the floor, you can keep their hats, gloves and scarves organized within a chest of drawers. Not only will this solution add an extra layer of organization to the entrance of your home, but it will also ensure that no one leaves without grabbing the accessories needed to keep warm.

    Placed along the dining room wall, your chest of drawers is always the perfect spot to store tablecloths, placemats and extra silverware. Hosting a big dinner party? You can even arrange platters of hors d'oeuvres and desserts along the top.

    Ottoman

    A living room essential, your ottoman can be used in place of a traditional coffee table, as well as for extra seating when entertaining guests. Relaxing in front of the T.V. after a long day at work? Just pull the ottoman up to the couch and put your feet up.

    We recommend choosing a style with built-in storage so you can declutter your living room while making it more comfortable. The perfect place to keep extra throw pillows and blankets, it also works well for holding remotes and magazines when guests are visiting.

    Console Table

    A sleek and stylish addition to any furniture collection, a console table is the ideal size for a few hard-to-fill spots in the home. Need a little table to keep your keys and mail on in the entryway? Looking for a way to get a reading lamp behind your couch? A console table is the perfect option for jobs like these!

    According to Houzz, a good size for placing behind most sofas is between 33 and 35 inches tall.

    For furniture pieces that will be with you for years to come, we recommend choosing high-end options in a traditional style. Start your search for versatile furniture online with Sherwood Studios, or stop by our Southeast Michigan showroom to have a look around.

  • Designing a Kid-Friendly Living Room

    kid-friendly living roomWe all want to boast a beautiful living room. After all, it should be the one room in your home where you can relax with your family, enjoy your favorite television show after a busy workday, and entertain guests. It shouldn’t be the one room in your home that lacks style, organization or upkeep. And just because you have children, doesn’t mean your living room – or the rest of your home for that matter – has to lack style. There are plenty of ways to make your living room look elegant and clean, while also making it kid-friendly and safe.

    Here are some tips to help you maintain a clutter-free, organized and visually appealing living room, no matter how young your children may be.

    Find the Right Paint

    Fingerprints, markers, crayons and other imperfections can make your walls look dirty and unmaintained, which can take away from the overall beauty of your living space. Once the marks are on the wall, there’s no going back – unless you paint your walls with a washable paint sheen! Colors in eggshell, satin or semi-gloss are all great options for families with young children, as imperfections can be washed away easily with soap and water.

    Don’t feel limited to traditional paint options either. Chalkboard, magnetic, and dry erase paints are all wonderful accent wall options that take the cake for being parent and living room approved. In fact, you’ll want your kids to draw as much as they want on the walls coated in one of these fun and family-oriented options!

    Protect Your Furniture

    Kids are always jumping around on the furniture, and if they aren’t doing that, they’re either eating or drinking on them. To ensure your furniture investments are protected and maintain their like-new appearance for a long time, take advantage of couch and chair covers. These slip-covers are easy to take on and off, and they’re even washable. Use them to cover your furniture during play dates, and then whisk them off with ease before your dinner party.

    Another family-friendly furniture option is leather. Both durable and comfortable, leather furniture is less likely to reveal stains, spills and other imperfections than fabric is.

    Choose the Right Flooring

    When you have young children, spills, dirt, allergens and crumbs can easily accumulate and make your floors look downright dirty. Make sure you install floors that are easy to maintain and clean up should your son spill his glass of orange juice everywhere. Durable, stain resistant carpeting is also a wonderful way to cover your gorgeous hardwood floors until your kids are a bit older. Plush and warm, carpeting can also protect your kids from bumps and bruises should they fall.

    For families looking for fine furnishings and interior design assistance in the West Bloomfield, Michigan area, Sherwood Studios is here to help. Visit our showroom at 6644 Orchard Lane Road or give us a call at 248-855-1600 to get started on your living room upgrade!

    Source: http://www.homestoriesatoz.com/decorating/5-ways-to-create-a-kid-friendly-family-room.html

  • Greet Your Guests with a Welcoming Entryway

    home entrywayWhen it comes to decorating the home, most families focus their energy on rooms that see the most use (the living room, kitchen and dining room). But there is one easily forgotten space that can have the biggest impact on guests: The entryway.

    The first area in your home that friends and family see when they arrive, your entryway should present a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Give guests a hint of your home’s style while also offering plenty of room (and light) for them to take of coats and shoes.

    Here are just a few tips on how to imbue your entryway with hospitality and style.

    Incorporate Storage

    Regardless of if your children are age eight or 18, it is a given that they will drop their backpacks, coats and shoes at the door when they walk inside. Instead of looking on in frustration as all their stuff piles up, we recommend incorporating storage into your entryway. Hooks to hang coats and backpacks, a dresser to shore glove, hats and scarves, and a rack for shoes will make your space an organized and welcoming one.

    Take a Seat

    Give your guests a place to sit down and take of their shoes when they arrive by adding a set of chairs or a bench to your entryway. For smaller spaces, we recommend finding a bench with storage to perform double-duty in your space.

    Provide Plenty of Lighting

    The first area of your home that visitors step foot into, your entryway should be filled with warm lighting that welcomes them in from the outdoors. If possible, we recommend adding a couple different lighting options to your space. With a table lamp, wall scones and a hanging lantern or chandelier, you will be able to illuminate your space perfectly regardless of what time of day or night it is.

    Make it Your Own

    As you are choosing furnishings and decorative piece to fill your entryway, pay attention to how they match the rest of your home’s style. The first glimpse that guests get of your space, the entryway provides hints and clues to your interior design style.

    With the right furnishings included, this space can be a beautiful transitionary area from the outdoors to the inside of your one-of-a-kind home.

    Whether you are looking for fine furnishings to fill your entryway or an experienced interior designer to help you bring your vision to life, Sherwood Studios can help. To get started on your entryway redesign, visit our West Bloomfield, Michigan showroom or give us a call at 248-855-1600.

  • Finding the Right Rug for Any Room

    living room area rugWarm in color and complementary to any style, hardwood floors are absolutely beautiful. But regardless of how much you love yours there is nothing quite as comfortable beneath your feet as a plush rug. Obviously you don’t want to hide your rich hardwood under wall to wall carpeting, making an area rug the perfect compromise.

    Whether you are looking to create segmentation in an open floor plan or add an extra touch of coziness to your bedroom, the right area rug will work wonders.

    Size

    Finding the perfect area rug is all about dimensions. The size and shape of your rug needs to fit the room it is in. Pick a rug that is too big and it will overpower the furniture and décor, choose one that’s too small and it will not serve its purpose well.

    This article from Houzz provides great sizing advice for rooms of all sizes and shapes.

    Lifestyle & Location

    The style of rug you choose depends greatly on where in your home it is located. Spaces like the dining room and entryway will always require a durable rug to keep spills and muddy footprints from staining. And for families with young children or pets, durability should be considered throughout the entirety of their space.

    Color

    Once you have decided what dimensions and fabric you prefer for your area rug, there is also color to consider. This will depend greatly on your interior design style.

    Are you looking for a rug that makes a statement or one that serves as a backdrop for furniture and decorative items?

    There are endless colors and patterns to choose from, just remember that the piece you choose will be with you for years to come. For individuals that are constantly changing and updating their home décor, we recommend choose a neutral hued rug with a simple pattern that will blend with your home’s style no matter how often it changes.

    Located in West Bloomfield, Michigan, Sherwood Studios offers fine furniture and interior design services for families looking to add warmth and comfort to their home environment. Visit us online to learn more about the furniture we sell and services we offer, or give us a call at 248-855-1600.

  • Six Furniture Pieces for Your First Home

    living room furnitureWhether you just tied the knot or are moving in to your first apartment post-college, there are sure to be plenty of furniture items you need to purchase. For individuals looking to do away with mismatched dining chairs and the couch that’s cushions sink to the floor, you are probably wondering where it is best to save and where you deserve to splurge.

    We recommend spending a little extra on the pieces that will grow with you, moving to different areas of your home as your family – and floor space – increases in size.

    Chinese Garden Stool

    Called “The Most Helpful Furniture Piece You May Ever Own” by Houzz, the Chinese garden stool is a piece that can fill many roles, moving gracefully from the living room to the bedroom to your backyard patio.

    The perfect height to place a beverage, snack or book when sitting in a chair, the garden seat is small enough not to feel clumsy in your space, but large enough to hold all the essentials. Best of all, this little table’s sturdy ceramic design can stand up to years of use whether indoors or out. We have even seen them used in bathrooms to hold the essentials next to your tub and in the shower.

    Wooden Chest of Drawers

    Especially if your bedroom is on the smaller side, a wooden chest of drawers is the perfect spot to store your clothes. A classic piece that will always remain in style, this chest can be placed in your entryway, living room or dining room down the road. Filled with winter gear, placemats and extra serving ware or your collection of remotes, there is a purpose for this piece regardless of where you place it.

    Nesting Tables

    The perfect way to provide extra room for snacks and beverages during a get-together in your small starter-home, stacking tables can be put together neatly and stylishly for everyday use. As your family grows, each table of your set is sure to find its own space in the home, whether it’s as a space for your little one to color in their bedroom, a spot to rest your coffee in your home office or as a living room end table.

    Depending on the type of nesting tables you purchase, they can even be moved outdoors during summer afternoons.

    Café Table and Chairs

    Don’t have a dining room in your first home? A café table and set of chairs can be placed in a corner of your kitchen or living room, adding a touch of elegance and the perfect amount of space to enjoy your meals.

    As your home grows and your family expands, this table set can provide extra seating on your patio or a spot for your children to enjoy breakfast and after school snacks in your kitchen nook.

    Simple Love Seat

    A lovely option for a small living room, a simple love seat with a classic shape and neutral hue will always have a place in your home. Whether you pair it with a larger couch down the road or move it into a guest bedroom, office or study, this piece will see plenty of use.

    Add color with bold pillows or a patterned throw blanket, allowing your style to change according to the season and your mood.

    Comfy Footstool

    Regardless of how large or small your space is, there is nothing better than putting your feet up and relaxing after a  busy day at work. Your home will never lack the need for a footstool, so treat yourself to an attractive option that suits your design style.

    Whether you love the look of leather poofs or fabric footstools that open to provide storage space within, this piece provides a place to rest your feet, set books, remotes and trays of snacks while also providing extra seating when guests come to visit.

    For individuals in the West Bloomfield, Michigan area looking for fine furniture to accentuate their first home, Sherwood Studios offers a wide array of furniture options for every room of the home. Shop with us online or visit our showroom at 6644 Orchard Lake Road. We look forward to helping you bring your interior design style to life!

    Sources: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/7682783/list/13-versatile-furniture-pieces-that-grow-with-you

    http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/51529598/list/10-furniture-essentials-for-small-spaces

  • Choosing a Color Palette That Flows From Room to Room

    choosing color palette for homeEspecially in areas of the home that are open and connected – like the living room, kitchen, dining room and hallways – having a cohesive color palette ensures a polished look. Knowing how to properly blend colors, patterns and textures throughout your space takes time and practice, but for individuals looking for a little help in the department, Sherwood Studios has a few pointers you can employ.

    Decide on a Color Group

    The first thought to consider before you start painting your space is the color group that you prefer. Are you attracted to warm colors (beiges, reds and oranges) or do you like the look of cool hues (grays, greens and blues). The colors you use throughout your home should all be within the same color group for a cohesive look and feel.

    Of course, if you would like to add a bright wall color to your space, there are places that this will work as well. We recommend restricting the boldest of hues to enclosed spaces like bathrooms and bedrooms. This way, you can have a bit of fun with your home without interrupting its overall style and flow.

    Employ a Flow-Through Shade

    Instead of choosing a different color paint for every area of your home, connect key entertaining spaces with a flow-through color. Perfect for employing in the front foyer, mudroom and connecting hallways of your home, a flow-through color will be the glue that ties everything together.

    While many families choose a neutral hue for their flow-through areas, your options are endless as long as you pick a color that blends seamlessly with those used in your other spaces. For example, if your home is filled with blues and greens, an attractive flow-through color might be a pale blue-gray.

    Use Bold Hues to Accessorize

    Another great way to add pops of color into your space is to accessorize with bold colors. Chairs, throw pillows, artwork and other accent pieces offer plenty of opportunities for fun and are much easier to swap out than your wall color is should you desire a change.

    You also want to use accessories to help your accent colors flow from room to room. For example, if your living room has pops of rich burgundy and burnt orange, you will want to employ at least one of these hues in the next room for a complementary progression.

    Work with an Expert

    Not sure what colors best tie together the areas within your home? Hiring an expert is a wonderful way to create the attractive space you envisioned without having to handle all of the tiny details that will pull it together.

    Here at Sherwood Studios, our team of professional, experienced interior designers can help you transform the rooms of your home into one cohesive and stylish space. Learn more about our services online or contact us by phone at 248-855-1600 to schedule a consultation.

    Source: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/66922903/list/how-to-create-a-cohesive-color-flow-throughout-your-home

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