Chinoiserie -- a design style inspired by Asian culture that dates back to the 1700s. You can recognize this colorful style by several key motifs like dragons, pagoda, bamboo, and trellis. Weave in bright lacquered furniture and lighting for a Chinoiserie pop of color! Easily incorporate a little of the style with the always popular blue and white porcelain spice jars or colorful foo dogs.
With pure white and indigo hues, oriental floral designs, and graceful silhouettes, the Chinoiserie style is unmistakable yet adaptable to a variety of interior aesthetics. Above all it is whimsical, bold, and exotic!
Can't get enough of Chinoiserie style? Stop by the Big Sky Shop + Studio to see the many Asian-inspired fabrics and wallpapers we have to offer!
The old adage that you shouldn't mix metals is... well... old! We are in full support of mixing metal finishes and we're sharing our tips below on how to do so correctly!
Tip 1. Selecting Your Metals!
Curate 2 or 3 metals that work well together.
Identify the properties of your finishes. Nickel, brass, and gold have warm undertones, while chrome and silver are cooler. While sticking to the same tone makes an easy fit, you can combine warm with cool finishes! Black goes with everything!
Tip 2. Choose a Dominant and an Accent
Choose a prominent metal finish you love, then select one or two accent metals to complete the look.
Having a primary metal ensures your space a sense of unity, while accent metals will guide the eyes throughout the room.
Tip 3. Separate by Height
Keep all the metals on a similar plane in the same finish.
For example, use one metal for lighting fixtures and another for cabinet hardware and appliances, or one for mirrors and another for faucets.
Tip 4. Create Balance!
Spreading the dominant finish throughout the room gives mixing metals context.
Be sure to ground the space with natural textures and woods to ensure the space feels warm and inviting!
We are in love with the metallic grasscloth collection from Phillip Jeffries! It's even more beautiful in person. Stop by our Shop + Studio to see a sample for yourself.
It can also be the busiest time of the year with holiday parties almost every week! If you find yourself hosting this holiday season but overwhelmed by the thought of designing a festive holiday tablescape, we are here to help. Get ready to wow your guests and earn the title of "host with the most!"
Below we have listed our top 5 designer tips and tricks to help you tackle that table and transform it into all of it’s holiday glory.
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Tip #1: Fill it up!
The key to adding interest to any table is to include multiple elements that catch your guests' eyes! Think beyone your tableware and include interesting objects in between placesettings. House Beautiful has an entire gallery of inpiration for table accessories including natural fruits and flowers to ornaments and tree toppers!
Tip #2: If You Can't Go Out, Go Up.
Another way to layer it up is to make use of all planes. Going vertical with candlesticks or haning ornaments over the table is a great way to include more accessories without taking up too much room on the table. Last year, Big Sky Design's holiday table was featured in Wilmington Magazine where we used pillar candles and glass ornaments hanging from a light fixture to utilize all planes.
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Tip #3: Don't Be Afraid to Use Color
Usually people think of red and green when thinking about the holiday season. We are here to expand your horizons and help you think outside of the traditional color wheel when decorating your table scape. Maybe you go with a coastal color scheme, or add a touch of glitz and glam with non traditional metals - the options are limitless!
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Tip #4: Mix it Up
Gone are the days of meticulously matching each piece of your décor! Add a playful patterned dessert plate on a colorful dinner plate or use a bright napkin on a contrasting table cloth - just have fun with it. We know it can be scary when you first start mixing colors and patterns so we found some great inpiration as a jumping off point from Sarah Richardson Design.
Tip #5: Send Them Home With A Gift
Before you start thinking "presents for my guests are NOT in my budget!" hear us out. These boxes can hold something as simple as a thank you note for attending your soiree or a home made sweet treat for after dinner. Plus, they can double as placecards for larger gatherings. Your guest will love the personal and thoughtful touch!
The wallpaper trend is back and we couldn't be happier! We know what you're thinking... "Wallpaper? Really? You mean the faded floral border from the 1980s that I quickly painted over when I moved in?" But we're not talking about your grandma's wallpaper.
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The days of browsing dated books at Home Depot are over. Today there are thousands of wallpaper options in any pattern you could imagine. From delicate florals to bold graphics, elegant damasks to eccentric animal prints, even textured grasscloths - the opportunities are endless.
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With all of the wonderful patterns available, the creative new options of where to paste your wallpaper just keeps growing. Take a look at some of our favorite places to make a statement.
Talk about making an entrance! Your guests will start to swoon over your home before they even wipe their feet.
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Whether on the back of a bookcase or lining the kitchen cabinets, we LOVE this simple way to add interest to a space.
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We love a good accent wall. Why not kill two birds with one stone by making your accent wall double as a headboard?
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Our personal favorite place to make a statement is the powder room or bathroom. With uniform vanities and fixtures, often in white, it is the perfect place to go all out with wallpaper.
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Perhaps the most obvious room to have a little fun is the kids' bedroom. Let your imagination run wild with the possibilities for your little one's room.
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These are some of our favorite ways to spice up a room, but the list continues. Wallpaper can add a bold (or subtle) statement to any surface -- a kitchen backsplash, fireplace mantel, or even the ceiling!
The next time you visit a home design blog or flip through pages of a design magazine you are sure to spot wallpaper, or better yet, a blank canvas for your favorite pattern.
During the last week of July, we celebrated the reveal of the Mobile Boutique with a kickoff party at Satellite Bar & Lounge. Friends of Big Sky Design, clients, old and new, and everyone who had a hand in putting the Boutique together joined us.
Check out more photos from our Reveal Party on our Facebook page!
Here is a quick reminder of how the Shasta camper first looked.
It took a lot of hands, but we think she turned out beautifully!
Isn't she a beauty? Okay, we admit she was in desperate need of a makeover the day we drove her home to Wilmington, NC. But it was a project the BIG SKY Design team was excited to tackle!
Our designers approached the 1969 Shasta Camper just as they would any new design project. It began with a vision board. We pinned up our favorite fabric swatches, retro sconces we loved, and a tile backsplash we swooned over. We wanted to stay true to the camper's vintage feel, so we worked around some of the original features, keeping the adorable green stovetop.
Next we met with local folks at King Post Builders to develop a floor plan. Then we nervously sent our Bea off for demolition like young parents seeing their kid off to the first day of kindergarten. Though we knew she was in good hands. Occasionally we get photo updates of the building process...
So for now we wait... In the meantime we are planning the interior design, the exterior paint, and ordering merchandise to stock the Boutique when she's ready to roll out!
Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and our website to watch the design process and see Bea come to life. We will have more information on packages, pricing, and when you can book the Boutique coming soon. So start planning your party and send your invitations to Bea to attend!