For all the DIY enthusiasts out there, we have your back. Whether installing cabinetry for a new kitchen or searching for styling advice to kickstart your latest project, consider Emily’s Interiors a resource for all your design endeavors. With packages and materials to supplement all stages of the project, there’s an offer for everyone. 

DIY Beginners

If you’re just staring out in the world of DIY or simply testing the waters to gauge if its right for you, our E-design package is the perfect fit. This package offers a detailed room design that allows you to put the physical pieces in place. Great for taking control of your time and your budget, our E-design package gets your design gears rolling and ready for the road ahead.

Intermediate and Expert DIY Designers

At one point or another, we all hit an artists or designers block. Here’s where our Inspiration package comes in handy. We have full faith at this level you’ve fashioned a list of places to find designer steals. We just help with the big picture, including mood board creation and key color concepts. With your experience and our inspiration, consider your design block averted.

Kitchen and Bath Projects

Our favorite part of helping DIY designers is bringing their vision to life. Maybe you’ve completed living room or bedroom projects in the past, possibly even built decor yourself. As for kitchen and bath renovations, the task can sometimes be intimidating. Good news is we have an array of cabinetry and bath silhouettes waiting to be customized for your very own design. We even deliver your selections across the U.S. wherever your project may be.

Flooring and More

Want to see what your design will look like after demolition? What about that custom piece you’re building? Not only do we provide all the services and materials listed above, but we also offer 3D renderings, flooring, and hardware to complete the design of your dreams. 

Maybe you’ve never come across a designers block, eliminating the need for a DIY package, but introducing a fresh, new perspective can spark a whole new design movement within you. When that movement arises, we’ll be here as a partner and supporter for all your DIY design needs.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram to see our designers complete tons of DIY projects!   

Time for some shopping with Emily’s Interiors! There are so many places to shop and options to choose from when looking for furniture for your home. We’ve decided to start with sharing our favorite end tables.  Our top 10 end tables are broken out in either “Under $200” and “Over $200” categories.  At the end of this article, we have helpful advice as to what size your tables should be based on your couch or chair.  We hope you enjoy!

Under $200

A simple 3 leg walnut end table is the perfect complement to a Mid Century Modern Living Room. It also comes in a version with a Carrera marble top with walnut or white oak legs.

Source: Article.com

Price: $199

Industrial Farmhouse more your style? This wood and metal table from Laurel Foundry Modern Farmhouse Collection available on Wayfair.com will surely fit the bill. With over 3k reviews and 4 ½ stars, I’d say this is a popular option!

Source: Wayfair.com

Price: $178.99 (on sale)

Another highly reviewed Industrial Farmhouse table available on Wayfair is from Greyleigh Shop. Having almost 5k reviews and average 4.6 stars, I think you can purchase this one with little worry.  There are several options for wood finishes including, but not limited to, Barnwood, Driftwood and Dark Walnut. The best part, the price is for TWO, yes TWO end tables. That’s a pretty dang good deal if you ask me!

Source: Wayfair.com

Price Point: $132.75 for set (on sale)

It’s not often you can find an end table for less than $100 but look no further than the Hollier End Table available on Birch Lane made of metal and weather fir. At only $97 and 4.4 stars (732 reviews) you won’t be disappointed in this score. Perfect for a screened in porch!

Source: Birch Lane

Price Point: $97

You thought we’d only have one table less than $100, well, guess again! This cute gold and glass table is from Target and only $75.99 and that isn’t even the sale price!

Source: Target.com

Price: $75.99

Over $200

While the next 5 are over $200, we didn’t go crazy because who has a thousand dollars to spend on end tables?

The Tana Stool from Article is made from Teak and can work as either a table or stool…even outside! This would work perfectly in a boho and California cool vibe. If used outside, the “Tana’s teak will develop a beautiful silver patina over time, and small cracks will appear in line with the wood’s natural grain. These cracks are perfectly normal and bring a delicate wabi-sabi to the Tana’s strong design.” Ok so I am not going to lie, I had to look up “wabi-sabi” and here is what the internet said “In traditional Japanese aesthetics, wabi-sabi is a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.” I love that.

Source: Article.com

Price Point: $279

I am totally digging the Ephratah 2 Piece Nesting Tables from Brayden studio available on Wayfair.com.  These nesting tables are made from reclaimed Elmwood in a lovely pattern with metal legs. Nesting tables are a great option if you are tight on space. Keep them together on a day to day basis and pull out the bottom table when guests come over for additional surface for drinks and apps.

Source: Wayfair

Price Point: On sale for $266.99 for TWO

The next table comes from a local small shop close to Emily’s Interiors but they have a website so anyone can order this adorable side table! Those turned legs and that beautiful distressed finish would work great in a Farmhouse or Cottage home.

Source: LaurelGroveShop.com

Price Point: $239

Want to bring in a sense of nature? How about the Natural Tree Stump Side Table from West Elm? Made from naturally fallen cypress trees, each solid-wood table is one of a kind.

Source: West Elm

Price Point: $239 (on sale)

A sleek option from West Elm is the Streamline Side Table made of solid mango wood in a Dark Walnut finish. Best part? The mango wood used is sustainably sourced from trees that no longer produce fruit! That’s a win win! Also comes with dark legs.

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Source: West Elm

Price Point: $223 (on sale)

We hope this list of end tables has been helpful! There a plenty of great options for under a $200 price point and even more in the $200-$300 range.

Before buying your end table, ensure it is the right dimensions for your couch or chair.  Wayfair actually offers a helpful guide and I’ve included their guidance below:

Height

End tables should be within two inches of a sofa’s arm height. For example, if the sofa’s arm is 22″ tall, a proper end table can be anywhere from 20″ – 24″ tall. Can’t find the right end table height for your room? Go shorter rather than taller for a more comfortable experience.

Width

The average width of an end table is between 16″ – 22″. When deciding on a side table, be sure yours has a surface wide enough to hold any desired items, like books, plants, or lamps. Additionally, leave a few inches between the end table and sofa.

Depth

The ideal depth of an end table is equal to the depth of the sofa or chair it’s placed next to. It should not exceed the sofa’s depth.

Tip

The bottom of a lampshade shouldn’t fall higher than eye level when you’re seated on the sofa or chair that’s placed next to the lamp

Need help shopping for furniture and décor? One of Emily’s Interiors’ Designers can shop with you anywhere you’d like (if you are local) or put together a shopping list for folks outside of the area. Check out our services at https://www.emilysinteriorsinc.com/interior-design-services/

Just because you have a small living room, doesn’t mean you need to skimp on style. Homeowners often don’t know where to start when choosing furniture and end up buying pieces individually, which often don’t work well together.  This post includes 8 tips to help you put together your dream living room!

Step 1: Consider how you plan to use this room

Is it for the family to gather around the TV? Is it for Mom to relax with a coffee and read a book? Will the kids be playing games with friends? Knowing how you plan to use the space will dictate how much seating you need and the ideal layout. 

Step 2: Start with one big item

Start with either your sofa or a rug, and have all other items coordinate. It may seem weird to start with a rug, but your rug can completely dictate the overall vibe of the room.  If you don’t have a rug you love, a sofa is a great place to start.  If you choose a neutral sofa (my fav being the Hamilton in Burnt Sienna from West Elm shown below), then that’s pretty much a blank slate for the rest of the items you choose. The beauty of a neutral couch is you can change up the pillows to keep things fresh.

Design by Natasha Young, @VintageThreshold

Step 3: Create a mood board

In order to see how each piece will contribute to your overall desired aesthetic, a “mood board” can help. Simply put, a mood board is a collection of images used to test how the various items work together. It doesn’t need to be anything fancy, just put images in Word, Powerpoint or simply print them out. Once you have a mix that works, this serves as a buying guide. You can buy it all at once or purchase over time once you save up money. Your mood board will help keep you on track when you hit stores like HomeGoods and Target.

Design by Natasha Young, @VintageThreshold

In the design board above, my star is a gorgeous, rich, jewel-toned, velvet sofa from Article (the Sven). I have been obsessing over this sofa for years and I want (no…NEED) it in several different colors.  Since the sofa is such a showstopper with its color and texture, and since it comes with 2 bolster pillows, I didn’t feel the need to add any toss pillows. I kept the furniture minimal with only a pouf that can be used as an ottoman, plop a tray on top for a coffee table or pulled to side for seating.

Step 4: Scale

Since we are talking about small living rooms, scale is very important. Pay attention to dimensions before you purchase to ensure they will fit in the room and still allow for flow of foot traffic. Sometimes I even put blue painter’s tape on the floor to get a sense of how much room it will take up. Most likely you should choose a loveseat over a full-sized sofa but also consider alternative seating such as ottomans, stools, floor pillows or benches, which often can include storage to hide extra blankets, magazines or games and keep your small space tidy.

Step 5: Amp up the Cozy

If cozy is what you are looking for, and who isn’t, then you must work in texture with pillows, blankets, ottomans, stools and/or rugs. Try to find a mix of textures such as cable knit, woven wool and faux fur.

Design by Natasha Young, @VintageThreshold

The above and below designs feature the Sven from Article in Birch Ivory, described on their site as “like a sweater that a fancy lady wears on a coastal vacation.” Don’t you just love that? In the above design, I added a touch of color via the mustard yellow pillow but in the below design, blue is my accent color.

Design by Natasha Young, @VintageThreshold

Step 6: Light Up My Life

Lighting is so important and not all of us have natural light. Ceiling lights, wall sconces, table lamps and floor lamps all serve a purpose. Consider how each corner of the room will be lit. Lighting is like the jewelry for an outfit. A white T and jeans are nothing special but add a layered gold necklace and fun earrings and now we are talking! There are so many lighting options to really dial your room up a notch.

Step 7: Green Thumb?

Any room can be improved by adding greenery IMHO. Consider adding a plant or 2 (or 5 in my case!) to add a lovely pop of green and infuse life into a room. Scientists have proven that having living plants in your home improves your mood and your physical body.  According to WebMD, “Students in classrooms with three potted plants performed better on math, spelling, reading, and science tests than kids in classrooms without any greens.”  That is a powerful statement, so head out to your local nursery!

Step 8: Sense of Smell

Last but certainly not least, you need yummy smelling candles in comforting flavors like Vanilla, Sugar Cookie or Pumpkin Spice. In the summer, think lavender, lilac and clean laundry smells! Our sense of smell can completely transport us to another time and place so don’t forget to light those candles, put on some chill tunes, grab a coffee or wine and enjoy your home like you should!

Wrap-up

I hope this step by step guide helps you choose the right furniture and décor for your living room. Having a plan before you purchase can make all the difference. Remember, make sure your furniture is the right scale, add cozy elements through texture and add some greenery to give the room life. There’s no reason you can’t have a living room that the whole neighborhood wants to hang out in!

[Need help creating a mood board? Emily’s Interiors can help! Our designers can put together mood boards and shopping lists so you can buy the pieces on your own time. And be sure to follow Emily’s Interiors and Vintage Threshold on Instagram for more Living Room Mood Boards]   

In honor of Emily’s Interiors Designers announcing their winners for the “Ugly Kitchen Contest,” (winners received a FREE 3D Design of their dream kitchens), we thought we would discuss timeless kitchen trends! These kitchen trends will be sure to withstand the ever-changing styles each year. No matter your design aesthetic, customizing these ticket items can guarantee a kitchen you’ll love time and again.

Classic White Kitchen

There’s a reason white kitchens are everywhere, but that doesn’t mean each one is the same. Depending how you dress it up, your white kitchen can look different than your neighbors. The main takeaway is that this style isn’t going anywhere!

Timeless Subway Tile

After many decades, subway tile is still here to stay. Subway tile works with any color, any kitchen, and any budget. You can even style it in any pattern. The way it is placed introduces personality that other more decorative tiles may automatically elicit, but subway tile is subtle and a survivor to temporary contenders.

Shaker Style Cabinets

Sometimes simplicity is key, especially when it comes to cabinetry. Shaker style cabinets are the staple for farmhouse kitchens, but when paired with your choice of hardware, they can seamlessly blend with any aesthetic. 

Whether or not shaker is the style for you, being sure to customize your cabinetry guarantees a cleaner counter top and an easier lifestyle. Encasing appliances as built-ins or creating pantry storage will be a kitchen trend that never ceases to fade. 

A Well-Lit Island

We spend a lot of time in our kitchens simply preparing food or entertaining guests. Since the function of the kitchen will always remain the same, the need for space will also stay in high demand. When it comes to incorporating a kitchen island, dividing ample room for additional workspace and barstool seating makes for a stunning multi-purpose item that’s only missing its spotlight. 

Pendant lighting paired with an island is a popular way to dress up your kitchen across the decades. As for what style to initially choose, that’s up to you. Better yet, lighting can be easily installed and replaced, so when you find a style you want to swap in, there’s nothing standing in the way of your perfect pendant.

Ways To Accessorize 

Building your kitchen to reflect who you are and what you like can feel like an impossible task, especially when trying to achieve a timeless design. A kitchen design, and design as a whole, is more than choosing a style of cabinets and items to fill a space. The best way to personalize your kitchen and still have it never go out of style is to accessorize with color and/or metals. 

To save on budget, an option for accessorizing is to match appliances seamlessly when foregoing built-ins. Stainless steel can compliment any aesthetic and hardware your heart desires. As for adding color, look to your towels, plates, and plants for a subtle but harmonious effect.

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