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After all the t’s are crossed and i’s dotted, you may ask yourself, now what? Adding your personal touch can be a daunting task after the long journey of house hunting and finally closing on a property. Some homeowners are ready to get started and have an exact vision, while others may encounter somewhat of a designer’s writer’s block.  Fear not, we are here to help!



New to the Shores, clients Jen and Adam were faced with this challenge after purchasing a fabulous 1940’s, 2 story Mimo inspired home in the heart of Miami Shores.  This home was full of character, warmth and most importantly, potential!  Wood floors, tray ceilings, fire place, this home has it all.  All that is missing are those final touches that makes you feel at home.  The living room was tackled first.  Homeowners Jen & Adam wanted this space to be versatile.  Anything from movie watching to hosting gatherings and all things in between.  What was once the formal living room of the home, now called for a lightened mood in order to create an elegant yet inviting and comfortable space.  Once we chose a soothing paint color, Benjamin Moore’s Pearl River,   and addressed the need for some much needed lighting, we were off to a great start.  One personal touch that is a quick and easy update and stamp of your own style is to make your own throw pillows.  Just about any dry cleaners will have a seamstress that can make pillow cases.  All you have to do is supply the fabric and inserts.  Choosing fabric can be a lot of fun!  There are no wrong answers.  For this particular client, we chose two classic neutral patterns with a feminine floral and rose color embellishment.  Just the right amount of softness for this living room that may host a guys night or two in the future.  Incorporating soft and neutral throw blankets like this one from West Elm really cozy’s up the space.


The most important thing to remember when faced with a design challenge is to not take it too seriously.  Allow your creativity and inspiration to take over.  Design is not an exact science, it is all trial and error.  Find what works for you and your lifestyle and have some fun!  The best ideas come from thinking outside the box and utilizing items that surround you.

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Luxurious white couch for a steal

Essential black bench

Stunning statement chandelier

Cozy family room blanket

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