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Starting Fresh: Find the Perfect Decor for Your New Home

Finding the perfect decor

Finding the perfect decor

A new year is a great time for a fresh start– and January is just around the corner. Perhaps, you’re getting ready to move into your dream home. Maybe you’ve finished a home remodeling project and your home feels brand new again. Or you just want to update the look and feel of your living space.

There’s no time like the present to start fresh and find the perfect decor for your brand new home, remodeled home, or the space you’ve been living in for years. What does it take to make your space feel new again?

Keep reading to find out my tips for how you can start the new year off right by finding the perfect new decor for your home.

Is it Time For a Big Change?

Finding the Perfect Style

When you’re moving into a new home, you’re presented with a great opportunity: an empty space that’s a blank canvas for you to work with.

Before moving in all of your old furniture and decorations, it might be time to ask yourself, “is it time for a big change?” Maybe your style has changed since you last redecorated, or maybe your family has grown and your furniture needs have changed, too.

Now’s the time to try something new.

Start by paring down your furnishings and decor. Keep pieces that will work well with your new space and build from there. Do you have a great sofa you love? A mid-century sideboard that will never go out of style? Use that statement piece to guide the rest of your purchases.

Once you have one piece in place, it’s easier to find complementary pieces and decorations to fill out the room. It’s kind of like a jigsaw puzzle, getting those first few pieces together can be tricky, but once you get started, it just gets easier and easier (and more fun!).

Focus on Color & Texture



You’d be amazed at how big an effect color and texture can have on how a home feels. If you’re not starting from scratch, you can make your home feel new again, by bringing in new colors  and textures, whether they’re in accent pieces, decorations, or in the color of painted walls.

For those of you who might be moving into a brand new home, there’s no better time than right now to bring in your favorite colors and textures. It’s so much easier to paint, replace tiles, and change out carpeting before you move in.

Respect Your Home’s Style

When you’re working to redecorate, add new furniture, or decide on new decor, remember to respect your home’s style. Don’t fill a historic home with overly modern designs and vice versa.

That said, sometimes rules are made to be bent (and sometimes broken). A single modern piece can help bring out the vintage charm in an older home. Just don’t overdo it!

Find Inspiration Online

Remodeled Basement

Basement Remodel by Mosaik Design and Fig Studio

Once you’ve got an idea of where to start, the style you want your new home to reflect, and perhaps a few pieces of furniture to guide you, start looking online for inspiration.

I encourage everyone I work with to take a close look at my portfolios to see what inspires them. If you’re working with an interior designer, bookmark a few of your favorite images, or create a board on Pinterest.
Speaking of Pinterest, it’s an amazing place to find great design and decor ideas. Just start searching and you’ll be amazed at what you’ll find.

I also love Houzz. You can search by style, a specific room (like a living room, kitchen, or bathroom), and even by budget!

Then there’s Instagram, an underrated source of decorating and design inspiration. I especially like the hashtags #InteriorDesign, #ClassicDesign, and #Furniture. It can be hard to find the source for many pictures on Instagram, so I use it for basic inspiration, not finding specific pieces.

Look & Shop Locally!


It’s fun to shop online and browse through catalogs, but there’s nothing quite so satisfying as seeing a piece of furniture in person and falling in love with it. And shopping in person gives you a better sense of a piece’s materials, quality, and craftsmanship than you can get from any website or catalog.

Luckily, those of us in the Portland area have so many great options to choose from! Some of my favorite places include:

  • Fischels – Great selection of contemporary furniture with an amazing and huge showroom!
  • Perch – Searching for a custom sofa, couch, settee, or chair? You can’t go wrong with Perch. Amazing craftsmanship and quality!
  • Grand Marketplace – I can get lost in the Grand Marketplace for hours! There are so many great antique, vintage, and  industrial-inspired one-of-a-kind pieces here. I always find something that inspires me!
  • Rejuvenation – What a great place to start your search when you’re picking out new decor for your home! I love how you can find the latest in energy-efficient LED lighting in the same place as you’ll discover refinished antique pieces.

If you live outside the Portland area, there are sure to be some great local options for you to check out, too. Even if you don’t find exactly what you’re looking for, a trip to a brick-and-mortar store can be a great way to get inspired and come up with fresh ideas for your space.

One Piece & One Room at a Time

Remember that your new home should be one that you’ll be living in, and loving, for years to come. You don’t need to rush the decorating process! It should be fun!

And the best way to enjoy finding the perfect decor for your home is to take things slow and avoid stressing yourself out. Don’t try to do everything at once.

Start with the rooms you spend the most time in. For most families and most homes, that’ll be your living room, kitchen, bedrooms, and home office. From there move on to the bathrooms, den, and guest rooms.

If you like a little more flexibility, consider working in stages. First find the main pieces of furniture for each room, then come back and add in decorations and accent pieces.

The key is finding a system that works for you. Every home and every family is different and you know what you need. Trust yourself, and do your best. By taking your time, carefully choosing pieces you love, and sticking to a design philosophy and style you adore, you’ll end up with the perfect decor in your new home.

Contact Me

Are you thinking about remodeling your home? Do you have questions about the design process or how to find the inspiration to start a new project?

I’d love to hear from you! Call me at (503) 726-2222 or send me an email. I’d love to get to know you better and help your dream home to life.

And if you have any other suggestions for where to find design inspiration online or locally, let me know in the comments below!

Houzz Interior Design Tips: Making Your First Ideabook

Last month I wrote about how you can use Pinterest to develop an interior design style. I hope your boards have been helpful in guiding collaboration with an interior designer. This month, I want to talk about how you can use Houzz to refine your design process. This post will help you turn your inspirational Pinterest images into a manageable interior design project.

Like Pinterest, the goal is to get a clear sense of what you like. Houzz interior design lets us be more granular with budget, room size, room style and other design factors. The website allows to be more specific and realistic than you were on Pinterest.

Feel free to use the platforms in tandem – as we’ll advise here – or separately, depending on your affinity for one site or the other. It’s up to you.

The important is making the collaboration process easier for you and your design and remodeling professional. And to have fun.

Here’s how to get started.

Say you’ve found this image on Pinterest:


First of all, it’s a fabulous bathroom. You have great taste.

Unfortunately, you notice, it’s unlikely that you’d be able to apply this design in your home. It doesn’t look like it would work with the shape of your master bathroom. What can you do? Do you move forward anyway, paying thousands of extra dollars to bend your bathtub to your will?

I suggest breaking your inspiration image into components, like you did when you created Boards on Pinterest. You can then take these components and search for them on Houzz. Using the Houzz search tools you can narrow down your choices even further to get results relevant to your specific needs.

So, if I were to break this image into different components, I might list:

  • Black and white tile with contrasting grout
  • Exposed brick tub
  • Glass partial divider

That’s when it’s time to log into Houzz and see what you can find.

A search for “exposed brick tub” in Houzz returns the following results:

houzz results

You’ll notice on the left that you can sort by room, style, location, budget and size. Being as true to your project specifications with help you when you bring in an interior designer.

Let’s say out of the results for “exposed brick tub” and “exposed stone tub” you like these three images.

Image One: A chic industrial shower with a claw foot tub and exposed brick accent wall.

Image Two: Tub lined with stone. Moss rock dry stacked on back wall.

Image Three: Stock trough tub in a bathroom with hardwood floors and exposed brick back wall.

What do you do now?

Next, you’ll want to add your images to an Ideabook. Ideabooks are like Pinterest Boards. Creating and adding to them is just as intuitive once you know where to look. This tutorial on Houzz takes you through the steps of creating your first Ideabook. It’s called Inside Houzz: How to Create and Use Ideabooks.

You may choose to create several Ideabooks for the same room. It can be helpful for an interior designer to look at a single Ideabook on layout, another on colors, etc.

Pinterest and Houzz are similar in a lot of ways. However, some people find the learning curve on Houzz to be steeper than Pinterest or other social media platforms. In many ways, it’s less intuitive. There’s a lot more going on. This makes it a powerful tool, but also a little intimidating.

Don’t be afraid to dig into Houzz’s wide array of tools.

In addition to boasting a massive collection of interior design images, Houzz also offers a user base of 2 million+ professionals who are eager to answer your questions. If you find something you like but aren’t sure what it’s called, where to find it, or how much it costs to install, just ask.

My personal favorite area of Houzz are its long form Ideabook articles. There’s an excellent collection of Ideabooks called Working with Pros. These posts discuss the ins-and-outs about working with interior designers, architects, builders, decorators and other professionals. It can be helpful to read posts about the type of professional you’ll be hiring before you begin a project. They’ll appreciate how knowledgeable you are about their profession, and you’ll be able to fluently talk shop, avoiding misunderstandings. Both of these things lead to an easier, more productive project for all involved.

Whether you decide to use Pinterest, Houzz, or just your personal design intuition to guide an interior design project, you deserve the best in service and results. The process should be one of exciting self-exploration that leads to beautiful results in your home. The tips from these blog posts can help guide you from point A to point B.

Do you prefer to use Houzz or Pinterest to curate an interior design look? Let us know in the comments.

We’ve Won the Best of Houzz 2014 Award in Design and Satisfation

We are truly honored to be voted Best of Houzz again this year.  Houzz is an indispensable tool that allows us to communicate design ideas and collaborate with our clients using beautiful photos.

industrial chic basement remodel

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2013.

We received a Best Of Houzz 2014 badge on our profile, showing the Houzz community our commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“Houzz provides homeowners with the most comprehensive view of home building, remodeling and design professionals, empowering them to find and hire the right professional to execute their vision,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Mosaik Design and Remodeling among our Best Of professionals for both customer satisfaction and design as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

Follow us on Houzz here: http://www.houzz.com/pro/erindavis/mosaik-design-remodeling