Southeast Michigan Interior Designer

  • Three Tips for Decorating a Rental Apartment

    Interior Decorating Tips Just because you rent your place doesn’t mean you can’t express your unique style and personality.

    Here are three tips for decorating a rental apartment:

    Look for wallpaper alternatives

    We know that bold wallpaper is a top trend right now, but it can be a sticky mess to remove when you move out. If you want to give your walls some flair, go for decals or stencils, or try out some of the new peel-away wallpaper that comes off like a sticker.

    Choose versatile pieces

    When you’re renting, you may move to several different places within a span of a few years. There’s nothing worse than buying a perfect sofa only to find that it won’t fit in your next place. Choose pieces that can work in a variety of spaces, like gateleg tables or modular sofas that can be either right- or left-handed.

    Pick attractive storage pieces

    Many rental apartments don’t have much storage space, so choose pieces that let you add your own. Go for an elegant bed with storage underneath, get a coffee table with storage shelves and grab a cute wicker basket to store magazines or pet toys. The possibilities are endless!

    Do you prefer to have a pro decorate your rental apartment? Call Sherwood Studios today! Not only do we have a broad selection of furniture available for purchase, we also offer full interior design services to renters and homeowners. Contact us so we can make your interior design vision a reality!

  • Interior Design Trends For 2019

    Interior Design 2019 is right around the corner, and there’s no better time to give your home a makeover than the new year. If you’re planning to sell your home, updating your interior décor is a great way to get maximum market value for your space. Even if you’re not planning to sell anytime soon, on-trend interior design will make your home feel fresh and exciting.

    Here are some of the top interior design trends for 2019:

    Natural and sustainable fabrics

    Home design will go green in 2019, with upholstery and accessories in natural textiles. This trend can work with a variety of overall styles, from French countryside to Scandinavian to boho.

    Curved furniture

    Choose an unexpected piece to contrast with the straight lines we’ve all come to expect, like a ‘60s-inspired curved sofa in a fun fabric.

    Unexpected finishes

    Think of tables and fixtures in marble, terrazzo and blown glass.

    Bar carts

    The ultimate 2019 touch for your living room? A glamorous mid-century or Art Deco bar cart. Go for elegant metallic finishes to get the look.

    If you’re ready to give your home a 2019 makeover, browse the fantastic selection of furniture at Sherwood Studios. You’ll find stylish pieces for every room in your house, for any style and at every budget. If you’d rather let a qualified professional make the decisions, we offer full interior design services as well. Contact us today so we can give your home a brand new look for 2019!

  • 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.

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