Apr 09

Give Your Apartment A Spring Makeover With These Budget-Friendly Tips

Hi ya!

I’m pleased to announce that I recently started a new gig as an interior design contributor over at the Washington Post Apartment Showcase. I’ll be blogging about home decor and sharing decorating tips for apartment living and small spaces. Here’s a snippet of my first article. Enjoy!

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Outdoors it may appear that spring has officially sprung, but what about inside your home? Spring is a celebration of newness. This time of year typically puts people in the mindset of cleaning, purging, organizing and decorating. But if your apartment is still crying the winter blues, it may be time for a spring makeover.

Small inexpensive projects can easily liven up a space and create a fresh new look. Whether you want to cheer up your bedroom with fresh bedding, tackle your bare walls, or create ambiance in your bathroom, you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to give your apartment a high-end designer look. Breathe new life into your living space with these six budget-friendly spring makeover ideas.

  1. Dress up the walls. One of the simplest ways to transform a room is by adding color on the walls. There are a gazillion paint color options available that fit any mood that you want to achieve. If you’re a color shy individual opt for a bold accent wall in navy or replace the builder’s beige paint with crisp white walls.
  2. Paint the furniture. If apartment living prevents you from painting the walls in your favorite color, you can infuse color into a space by painting furniture. Select a piece of furniture and turn that into a nifty DIY project. You can also score an inexpensive piece of furniture on Craigslist or at a yard sale that can painted in a yummy hue. Headboards, side tables, lamps, and chairs are a few options to consider, the possibilities are endless. (continue reading)

 

Mar 28

You Want To Hire An Affordable Interior Designer (Washington, DC)

Hire an affordable interior designer in Washington, DC. 

 

You recently purchased a new home and you couldn’t be more excited.

Now that you’ve moved in, you want to make your home look awesome.

You have an idea of how you want it to look but you’re feeling overwhelmed with all the options.

You’re beginning to wonder why in the heck are there so many different shades of gray? It’s just a freaking color.

You have an old sofa that’s in pretty good condition, or so you think, but can’t decide if you should keep it or purchase a new one.

You tried to tackle your design dilemmas all on your own. Hey, they make it look so easy on HGTV, right?

But the funny thing is, it’s not as simple as it seems.

Despair and frustration sets in. Your dog just chewed up the rug. Your house lacks character. The walls are bare and the spare bedroom is empty. You need help.

Simply pick up the phone and call the design whisperer.

I’m Danielle A. Gray, a Washington, DC based interior designer. I can make your home just as fabulous as you are. My design studio offers affordable service options that are intended to fit any size budget. I specialize in residential interiors for busy professionals on the go, small spaces, condos, and townhomes.  Hire me to handle all those pesky design details so that you can spend time doing the things you love.

What are you waiting for? Contact me today.

Direct all service inquires to: hello@graylivin.com 

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p.s.

Not in the DC metro area? No worries. I offer e-design services that will turn your home from drab to fab from any location in the world.

 

Mar 17

Design Envy: Green Inspired Interiors For Luck!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Are you feeling lucky today? In honor of this green themed holiday, I’m sharing my favorite green interiors that will leave you feeling design envy.

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What do you have planned today? Are you eating green pancakes or hanging out at an Irish Pub?

{Sources: Desire to Inspire, Design Travelled, Ideas for Interior, New Grids, Yellow Trace}

Mar 07

DecoAccents: Macrame Mania is Here!

Happy Friday!

Are you looking for a fun arts and crafts project to tackle over the weekend? Try creating macrame for your walls. Macrame, a textile technique using knots instead of weaving, is making a huge comeback in home interiors. Some naysayers may think the 70s trend is a little cheesy. But the right pattern and colors can add a nice layer of texture to a room; not to mention the creative possibilities are endless. Macrame is a great alternative to wall art. You can also use it as a curtain or room divider or hang it above a bed as a headboard. Here are a few of my favorite macrame installations and patterns.

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Okay, are you ready to get your macrame on? Check out this tutorial!

You can also purchase macrame wall hangings from Wrap & Weft on Etsy. (website)

Enjoy your weekend!

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{Sources: Apartment Therapy, Houzz, Interiors by Studio, Broeder Designs, Remodelista}

 

Mar 04

Celebrity Livin’: Singer Kelis Gives Us A Peek Inside Her Bossy Closet

Kelis-closetWho knew Kelis had such a dope closet? The singer/chef gave Coveteur a first-hand look inside the attic of her guest house that she converted into a massive display closet full of all things girly. The Bossy singer adorns the space with a gold bathtub, old church doors, a top of the line stove, and high-end clothing from various designers that she’s collected over the years. The inside resembles a museum for vintage clothing and I’m totally here for it. Ladies, if you’ve been looking for design ideas for your dream closet, you’re in for a treat. Take a look!

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Gasp! How adorable does she look in this hot pink tutu? Remember, before there was Rihanna, Kelis was a fashion icon known for her eye-catching over the top style. Pay homage.

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I’m diggin’ this gold and black bathtub and mosaic tile on the wall.

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I’ve always been a fan of Kelis’ eclectic style, so it’s no surprise that her closet is just as fab. I can’t wait to listen to her new album and taste these sauces that everyone has been raving about. Kudos to her for making boss moves. Check out more pictures and read the full interview on the Coveteur website.

{Source: Coveteur}

Mar 03

Mood Board Monday: The Tale Of Two Design Concepts

Happy Monday!

I have the pleasure of working with a client who recently purchased a new townhouse in Maryland. We’re starting with a clean slate, which is every designer’s dream. The client, a southern belle who hails from Mississippi, wants to add gleaming hardwood floors throughout, plush carpet in the bedrooms, and crisp white plantation shutters in the living room. During our initial consultation, I learned that her style is transitional with vintage accents. She wants a stylish and sophisticated look that is comfortable and inviting.

The design will be implemented in phases, with phase one focusing on the living room, dining room, and master bedroom. Today, I wanted to give you a sneak peek of the living room design concept. Initially, I presented her with Mood Board A. Although she LOVED the concept she was a little hesitant to paint the walls blue. Not realizing that I had such a color shy client, we decided to scale back a bit and opt for neutral walls, as shown in Mood Board B. Overall, the theme remained the same; instead of painting the walls blue we’re planning to ease into it gently by adding color to the side chairs. Take a look!

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Which mood board is your favorite?

p.s.

Stay tuned next week for when I reveal the dining room mood board.

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Feb 18

All Gray Everythin’: Creative Gray Interiors

Hi guys, Did you miss me? I know it’s been a minute since my last post. I’ve been doing that thing again that I do when I neglect my poor little blog. I’m happy to report that all is well on my end. I’m working on a few exciting projects that I can’t wait to share with you. Today’s Gray Tuesday post touches on several ideas for incorporating gray into your space. Whether you like gray walls, ceilings, floors, or furniture these spaces will definitely get your creative juices flowing. Be sure to follow the #graytuesday hashtag on Twitter and Instragram (@graylivin) for more design inspiration.

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{Sources: Apartment Therapy, Anadono Hue Interiors, SF Girl By Bay, Japanese Trash, Loboheme}

Jan 15

About That Room: A Radiant Orchid Kids Room

How about a little Radiant Orchid in a kids room? Of my response is: sure, why not? Purple can come off as a “grown-up” color. But the designer of this bedroom managed to give the space a youthful appearance, making it a winner in my book.

What do you think about that room?

Jan 13

Gray’s Favs: Ed Fairburn Map Art

Ed Fairburn is a European artist who combines hand drawn geographical maps with facial features. The end result is possibly the most innovative portraits that I’ve seen in a long time. He created map art of several countries and U.S. states. Ed even threw in illustrations of the Milky Way. Here are a few of my favs from his growing collection.

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Prints of Ed Fairburn’s work can be purchased online at Not On The High Street (click here) and are available as limited prints or original works of art.  Prices start at $88 and up.

What do you think?

 

Jan 08

DecoAccents: Growing My House Plant Family

I’m typically not a house plant kind of girl. In the past, I’d buy a plant only to watch it die weeks later. I’m not sure if it’s not getting enough light or water, either way they all end up in plant heaven. Then one day I lucked up and purchased a new plant (a Dumb Cane to be exact) that has been holding its own for the past year. Yes, one whole year. Finally, the plant gods have anointed my green thumb. *cues singing angels* Now that I’m moving in a couple of weeks, I’m planning to give Mr. Plant a few brothers and sisters—because plants that grow together, stay together! Here are some examples of house plants that I’m diggin’ and ideas for incorporating them into your decor.

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Since Mr. Plant plans to stick around for a while I have to come up with a better name. Any suggestions? Are you a plant person? What’s your favorite go-to plant?

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(Images: A Beautiful Mess, Interiors Intern, Inspiration Deco, Vtwonen)

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