A Conversation with Interior Designer Cristie Schlosser with Canvas Rebel, an Online Magazine.

I met with Canvas Rebel in April 2023 to discuss SDG and what makes our design service stand out from other interior design firms.  Read the article here.

2022 Design Trends That May Disappear in 2023

Looking back at the design trends over the past few years, it’s evident that certain elements will never go out of style. While some are ever-changing, it’s necessary to identify what our clients should plan for and invest in as the new evolution of homes and interiors emerge. Continue reading below to see our predictions for 2023 and what 2022 trends may disappear in the New Year!

1. So Long Traditional Floorplans

We’ve seen a significant shift in a home’s layout. Open floorplans have become a staple in most modern-day homes, allowing guests to mingle between spaces easily, which is why they will likely stick around for the foreseeable future. Not only are open floorplans practical, but they allow family members and friends to enjoy life together. You can easily create additional privacy by incorporating furniture pieces, dividers, or designated quiet nooks to relax and unwind.

2.  Not So Neutral Monochromatic Color Schemes

Monochromatic spaces were a massive hit in 2022, specifically with soothingly neutral colors like whites, beiges, browns, and greys. The all-white kitchen was and is a staple in most homes. However, in 2023, we will most likely see a dip in neutrals, shifting to moodier, more energetic, and more vibrant spaces, allowing homeowners to express their personalities through different patterns and textures.

3. Less Minimalism

When it comes to holistic design, less is more. But does that make a space feel dull and cold? Like the design trends mentioned above, minimalistic design has been a favorite throughout 2022. In 2023, it’s predicted that many homeowners will shift away from minimalism by adding more depth and dimension to their design style with artwork, greenery/florals, mementos, different textures, colors, and more.

4. Shy Away from Matte Black Hardware

Matte blacks will always be a timeless hardware piece. Still, we may see fewer blacks and more classic metallic hardware styles like bronze and stainless steel that are much easier to clean and still give off a beautiful, timeless contrast to any space.

5. No More Un-sustainable Spaces

If you are familiar with Schlosser Design Group, then you know that we love a beautifully functional, designed space with layers of sustainable elements. Un-sustainable design trends are fading while functional and sustainable design continues to rise. Many homeowners are shifting towards more eco-friendly options, such as recycled products, re-purposed furniture, energy-saving alternatives, and optimal storage, increasing the overall functionality and well-being of everyone in the home.

We hope you’ve found our forecast for 2023’s design trends insightful. Whether you follow new trends or not, a home, you love and feel comfortable in will always be in style.

4 Ways to Prep Your Kitchen for the Holidays

The kitchen is the heart of the home, and you’ll likely spend most of your time gathering around the kitchen island or in the dining room enjoying a delicious meal this holiday season. We are sharing four ways to prep your kitchen for the holidays so that you can enjoy a stress-free and memorable time with your friends and family.

1. Organize Your Custom Cabinets

Holiday gatherings typically entail more food than usual. It’s essential to make sure your custom cabinets, refrigerator, and countertops are stocked and organized for the many groceries to come. Consider removing old perishables a few days before heading to the grocery store for a stress-free restock. Cabinet organizers, as shown below, are also a great tool to utilize during this holiday season!

2. Stock Up

If you’re planning on cooking meals for your holiday guests, you’ll need a list of items to stock up on beforehand! I recommend having a set menu and gathering your list of things from there. Don’t forget some basics, like trash bags, aluminum foil, paper towels, and storage containers for leftovers! As mentioned above, having enough space to store all the items you’ll be utilizing will make for clutter-free and streamlined use.

3. Tidy Up Your Appliances

There’s nothing more soothing than entertaining and gathering in a spotless kitchen. Be sure to clean your kitchen appliances, such as your stovetop, oven, and cookware you’ll be utilizing, but don’t store everything away! Have everything out and accessible where you want it to be placed so that everything is set and ready to be used when you begin the holiday preparations and festivities.

4. Have The Table Set and Ready

Our latest blog reviewed the do’s and don’ts of decorating for the holidays, and one significant do we want to remind you of is to always get ahead on setting up your decorations! The day before your holiday gathering, ready your table settings and eating areas so you and your guests can effortlessly enjoy everything in its place the day of the festivities. This will help alleviate stress for all parties and help your guests feel right at home.

Happy holidays, everyone! We hope these practical and organizational tips help you better prepare to enjoy your time with friends, family, and loved ones.

4 Do’s and Don’ts When Decorating for the Holidays

It’s that time of year again, and the holidays are quickly approaching. This means it’s time to start prepping your home for the gatherings and guests with each celebration. To help keep your home functional and cozy during this time of year, we’re providing you with 4 Do’s and Don’ts when decorating this holiday season.

Do #1 – Get Ahead on Decorating

Whether you’re using existing decorations from previous years or purchasing new items, getting a head-start on your holiday decorating can help save you time, reduce stress, and improve your overall mood. Head to the stores before its prime time, and inventory gets sparse. Enjoy decorating with your loved ones while the weather remains pleasant, and you can take your time. Getting a head-start also allows you to plan out your vision so you can enjoy your interiors to their optimal ability.

Do #2 – Incorporate Energy-Efficient Options

Undoubtedly, with all the holiday decorating and gatherings, you may be looking for additional ways to conserve energy and save money during this busy time of year. LED lights are a great alternative to incandescent lights. They last longer overall – but they never need to be plugged in, resulting in significantly less energy use, less risk for hazards, and cost-effective alternatives. If you prefer to use other forms of lighting, timers are a great option so you can schedule the lights to turn on when it gets dark and off before bedtime!

Do #3 – Keep a Consistent Theme Throughout

Holidays are a great excuse to get extra festive, but if you don’t want to overdo your decorating, try sticking to the same color scheme throughout your home to help tell a story. It may be beneficial to play off one focal point to create different color combinations while adding patterns and textures to help tie your space together.

Do #4 – Create the Right First Impression

Our latest blog discussed the importance of creating the right first impression with home design. Avoid overcrowding your front door and entryway with decorations so you and your guests can seamlessly enter the home. Instead, consider implementing a holiday-inspired wreath, in-season florals, a well-lit entry, or some holiday-inspired candles to complete the festive feel.

Don’t #1 – Go Overboard with Decorations

Don’t forget that less is more, which also applies to your holiday décor. There’s holiday cheer, but there’s also holiday clutter. Strive to create a personal, simple, impactful space to help you feel at ease during the holiday season. Ultimately, if your home makes you and your guests happy, you’re doing it right.

Don’t #2 – Limit Your Holiday Décor to One Room

As mentioned above, you don’t want to go overboard with the holiday décor. However, create a consistent and cohesive feel by sprinkling decorative elements in serval rooms of your home to help make each space feel extra cozy and festive. Something as simple as holiday throw pillows, sheets in the bedroom or a cheerful shower liner in the bathroom can add that extra dose of holiday spirit.

Don’t #3 – Use Nails or Staples to Hang Up Your Indoor or Outdoor Holiday Décor

There are several options for hanging up your holiday décor, but staples and large nails shouldn’t be one of them! Avoid the risk of damaging your walls or roof by applying substitutes like command hooks, tacks, adhesive putty, or clips to hold up lights or artwork.

Don’t #4 – Overload Electrical Outlets

With the amount of technology available to us these days, and our constant need to be connected to everything all at once, electrical appliances and décor have become increasingly popular each holiday season. It’s crucial to recognize when your outlets are overloaded to avoid loss of electricity, circuit breaks, and electrical fires, not to mention the cluster of unsightly cords. Try strategically placing each design element where they don’t depend on the same outlet.

There you have it! We are genuinely grateful to gather and celebrate with one another this year. We hope these do’s and don’ts help inspire your decorating this holiday season, helping to bring back joyful memories for years to come.

Creating the Right First Impression with Home Design

It’s no secret that every homeowner wants to create a wow factor for each guest that steps through the door. Strong first impressions are made almost instantly – therefore, you want your guests to feel welcomed, comfortable, and of course, have them “ooh” and “ahh” at every stunning sight they see. There are several ways to create a great first impression when designing your home that will support a holistic form of living for you and your family and invite your guests to enjoy a one-of-a-kind, mindful environment.

1. Create Curb Appeal & Elevate the Entryway

As visitors approach your home, it’s evident that the first thing they’ll see is your exterior – which is often more overlooked than the interior when designing. The front of your home, especially the front door and landscaping, will always create the first initial impression. This introduction to your home can be enhanced by having a beautiful walkway leading up to the front of your residence for ease of use versus steps that would make the approach less inviting. Several elements like these can elevate your exterior, as well as a nicely painted front door, freshly mowed lawn, and potting plants or flowers.

As guests move on from the exterior, your home’s entryway will be the next stop. Believe it or not, entryways set the tone for the entire house. Therefore, it’s an incredibly essential space to spend that extra love and attention on.

Focus on having a functional and spacious entryway, including statement pieces such as benches, tables, patterned rugs, or mirrors that reflect natural light. Each of these can effortlessly elevate your entryway, mesmerizing those who enter through the door.

2. Have a Well-lit Home

Have you ever walked into a room that’s too dark or too bright? Lighting is critical when making an excellent first impression. We’re not talking windows or pendants all over (we don’t want to create a blinding space). However, incorporating a combination of natural and overhead light will create a bright and airy space that is refreshing for all. Even better, include a statement pendant or a chic floor lamp to help keep the area bright during the day or evening while creating a stunning focal point.

3. Incorporate Different Types of Materials

Show off your creative side! Blending different materials with an eclectic mix of elements can help bring personality and creativity to your home with the right amount of balance. Less is more with this approach, and we understand that layering details can be complex, with so many factors to consider. That is why yours truly is here to support you and your family. Read more on our previous blog, “What can a registered interior designer do for you,” to see how we can help. Incorporating different materials also has a way of telling your home’s story. Items like plants, florals, and wall art can help elevate any space and create a luxurious ambiance that nurtures and enhances the life of those who live within and interact with the space.

4. Mix Colors and Textures Throughout

To keep your home from looking plain and lifeless, we recommend using a mix of colors and textures to accentuate and enhance the surrounding design elements in your home. Keep a cohesive feel throughout, with details that complement each other well. Also, when selecting different design pieces, be aware of clashes that drastically lower the space’s overall aesthetic.

Ultimately, a home you love will be a home that your family and your guests will love. There are many ways to create an interior that will leave a long-lasting, positive impression on everyone, and we hope this helps you think of ways to enhance your home to make the right first impression.

SDG: Functional Design – Everything Serves a Purpose

Believe it or not, Interior design is more than just designing a beautiful space or home. It’s about creating a functional space to make the most of a room’s potential, both aesthetically and practically. A home should be able to accommodate any age or lifestyle, meaning we should prioritize how each design element will be used to the best of its ability. Let us guide you through the importance of functional design and how everything in your home can serve a significant purpose.

1. Sophisticated Space-Savers

It’s no secret that clutter can make your home look and feel congested, causing unnecessary stress to all parties involved. One of our favorite parts of functional design is utilizing storage in unique ways – resulting in a clutter-free home without taking up space from another room, cabinet, or empty corner. When it’s time for those blankets, games, books, or seasonal decorations to be put away, set them aside in your space savers to keep them dust-free and safe until upcoming use. Reminder: It’s okay to have free space!

2. Open Floor Plans & Surface Space

Notice how each element of this kitchen is placed. The cabinetry is easily accessible, and the appliances are evenly stationed. This free space allows enough flow for all to be in use simultaneously, regardless of whether you’re cooking, mingling, eating, or all the above! Whether you enjoy entertaining or have a hobby that requires daily countertop or table use, a functionally designed floor plan is necessary for the amount of traction the space gets.

3. Organization

Can’t find the one thing you need out of the drawer or cabinet you’ve been neglecting? Not only are these organized drawers aesthetically pleasing, but they are also incredibly functional and will help encourage you to put everything back in its place after use. Organize your home in a way that makes sense for you – by placing frequently used items in conveniently located spaces. For example, we recommend placing the spices near the stove for easy reach when cooking!

4. Multipurpose Items

Triple the use, triple the fun, are we right? This sofa provides durable upholstery, comfortable seating, and storage underneath – a perfect addition to those smaller spaces or multipurpose rooms, especially with little ones or furry friends running around. Functional and beautiful!

Functional design goes beyond what is beautiful, serving more of a purpose than we know. We hope to help you create a stress-free environment, adding to the longevity of your home and those who reside there.

How Paint Colors Can Affect Your Sleep

In our previous blog, Paint and Paint Finishes, we talked about how paint finishes can make a noticeable difference in your home and your mood, but did you know that the paint color in your bedroom can also affect your sleep? It’s true! According to the CDC, more than 35% of Americans struggle with getting enough sleep for their bodies. Certain colors can make the body respond to sleep better, while others inhibit sleep. If you feel you’ve been sleep deprived and have tried to find a solution, now may be the time that you consider your surroundings.

Examples of Muted Colors and Lighter Shades

When thinking of a color scheme for the bedrooms in your home, you will want to choose muted colors and lighter shades. Avoiding glossy, satin, or eggshell paint and vibrant colors can help improve your sleep pattern. Anything but a flat paint application can reflect light and stimulate your brain, keeping you awake or preventing you from entering a deep sleep or REM cycle. Faded pastel colors can also help reduce stress and anxiety, allowing you to fall asleep faster. Here are some examples of muted colors and lighter shades that can help you get some sleep.

1. Blue

Blue is one of the best colors to promote sleep. It evokes a state of tranquility and calmness and tends to be more muted than other loud colors like yellow or red.

2. Green

Green can be reminiscent of nature and can create a state of relaxation. You can also bring in plants and photos of nature to enhance a more natural environment.

3. White

White and shades of off-white emulate peacefulness and promote happy thoughts of a clean and fresh room.

4. Lavender

Darker shades of purple can stimulate your brain and inspire your creative side, while lighter lavender or lilac shades can help de-stimulate and calm your brain. Below are some examples of the slight differences in purple hues that can significantly impact your brain and its activity.

Spangle from Sherwin Williams is a shade purple with more red, while Potentially Purple and Wishful Blue have more blue undertones.

Other Design Aspects to Help You Sleep

  • Blackout Curtains (They Make More Stylish Ones Now)
  • Light Switch Dimmers to Lower the Lights as You Unwind
  • Keeping The Thermostat Low
  • Multiple Layers of Bedding (Sheet, Comforter, Blanket/Quilt)
  • Muted Color-Coordinating Designs
  • Décor to Complement the Paint Finishes
  • White Noise (Fans, Sound Machine, Apps)

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

If you struggle with sleep and think you’ve tried everything, maybe assess your sleep environment. Think about what is in your room right now. Does it align or go against what we’ve mentioned above? Sometimes it is the little things that can make a huge difference. If you need guidance on other ways to enhance the bedrooms in your home, we would love to help you so you can enjoy a good night’s sleep.

Paint and Paint Finishes – Here are Some of Our Go-To Paint Colors & Finishes

We all know how much your style is affected by your personality. Paint colors and finishes make a big difference in a home. Everyone is different, but what we may not think of is how paint colors can affect your mood. Our lives seemed more stressful for so long as 2020 dragged on, and now is the time to unwind at home with a design choice that makes you happy.

A bright yellow that you may have questioned before 100% completely acceptable and welcomed as a happy color to have in your home. Bright green can make you feel calm and relaxed, but a faded blue might make you feel energized. Room colors can help relieve stress, boost creativity, lower your blood pressure, and so much more!

Paint is More Functional than You Think

Wondering how to think of paint colors as a functional addition? One thing to keep in mind, other than your favorite colors, is what shades compliment you. As you would pick your outfits based on your hair and skin tone, the same can be said for paint colors in your home. You spend time in most of your rooms, you take photos with family and friends. You make memories at home. Ten years down the road, you don’t want to look at your photos and ask what you were thinking.

Choosing the Right Neutrals

More and more people are dropping the cool neutrals. Stark white is out, and different shades of white are used to create a calm and comforting feel. Keep in mind what neutral colors will complement the color you have chosen as the base for the room. The right color not only enhances the visual appeal of a room, but it can also highlight the design to create a living space that is personalized for your family.

Color Blocking with Natural Earthy Tones

If you love a nurturing environment, you may love the thought of well-paired earthy tones. SDG is here to help you achieve a holistic design. What is more holistic than shades like sage, lavender, dusty rose, burnt sienna, and terracotta. This is where you may want to bring in a warm neutral to pair with your bold color and create color blocks.

Bold Moody Colors

The trend of the year is making bold statements, and people are starting with their home design. From bringing black back to olive greens and muddled-jewel tones, we are seeing darker colors that have been considered distasteful in the past. We are seeing entire monochromatic themes with color drenching rooms entirely in darker shades to create a seamless look that is easier on the eye. Give your home a refreshing look and set the tone for your wildest color dreams.

Warming Up the Colors

With 2020 being the start of so many people working from home, we are looking now more than ever to create a warm and inviting space. One way to do so is be more mindful of warmer, velvety shades. Each color has warm shades and cool shades. Traditionally, there were cool colors and warm colors, but we have since evolved. Warmer shades can help make you feel safe and grounded in your sanctuary. SDG’s goal is to improve your quality of life every step of the way. Painting a space dedicated to helping you relax and feel rejuvenated is the first step.

Limewash and Other Textures

Your walls are a blank canvas waiting for a splash of color, but what about texture in 2022? Fully textured walls are harder to paint and may go in and out of style. That doesn’t mean you can’t create the look of texture with limewash and textural paints. This centuries old method is mineral-based, all natural, and environmentally-friendly. It is one of the original house paints from Belgium. Once applied it provides a chalky, nuanced texture that feels like suede. It can add depth and luminosity to any flat wall.

This year is all about balancing between warm, complementing neutrals, and bold, risky colors, with a sprinkling of earthy tones to escalate your home’s color palette.

Cabinet Construction and Why Constructing Custom Cabinetry is Beneficial for a Holistic Lifestyle

Custom cabinetry makes a big difference in a home, but the process of choosing and designing custom cabinets can be harder than it may seem. From selecting the right type of natural wood to choosing your stain or paint color, each decision in custom cabinetry is important. Custom cabinetry can be functional and fabulous. Alleviating your home of clutter will encourage productivity and increase energy to enhance the lives of all who dwell in the space. These types of design elements demand attention. Custom made products mean more, not just to the people who live in the home but also for those who visit – not to mention they also increase the overall value of your home. Having something made especially for you and your family’s needs is the kind of personalization everyone can appreciate and enjoy.

Refreshing your interiors and installing custom cabinetry will improve the way you interact with your surroundings. Stepping into a kitchen that is stylish and beautiful, and functionally sound will not only enhance its visual appeal but will highlight its overall custom design to create a living experience unique to you and your family.

Custom cabinets allow the greatest flexibility and typically offer the highest quality of construction. With custom cabinets, you can have anything you ever dreamed of with a perfect fit for your home. Custom cabinets get down to 1/32″ for a custom fit. Pre-manufactured cabinets are limited in width typically 36″ and increase in 3″ increments. That means when you opt for pre-manufactured cabinets in, installers have to add big fillers.

When it comes to custom cabinetry it is important to showcase what is essential in your life. For the kitchen cabinets, it could be your fine china or priceless glassware. With customized cabinetry, you can turn what you treasure into a statement piece to be admired.

Make your storage work for you. Bringing custom cabinetry into your home will provide the necessary storage to your kitchen, closets, and many more spaces. With these design elements’ versatility, you can convert any space into a functional and soothing retreat. Carve out the space you need and make it work to maximize your home’s square footage for relaxation and entertaining.

At SDG, we aspire to create spaces that improve your overall quality of life. We focus our efforts on protecting and nurturing an environment that fits your lifestyle with a balance of spiritual elements and tangible concepts like architecture, layout, and the mechanics of a space. Our holistic designs create a positive impact that relaxes and provides a serene escape for living. Holistic design is achieved with the blending of multiple disciplines. When you apply the principals from each domain into a design, you will be left with an environment that feels stimulating and rejuvenating.

Take a look at one of our home renovations that showcases different custom cabinetry options!

Textiles – How to Know What You Are Buying

There’s nothing as daunting as drowning in the world of fabric selections. From smooth silk to vibrant print, the combinations and possibilities are endless. Common interior fabrics include drapery, bedding and linens, soft furnishings, and upholstery. Allow us to help guide you in bringing the right style of fabric elements to your home with 4 helpful tips on how to know what you are buying.

1. Fiber Content

The type of textile is like the fingerprint for a piece. It can tell you all you need to know on its content and construction, processing, and future durability. When it comes to choosing your selection, it really depends on your primary goal. Common natural textiles include cotton, linen, hemp, wool, silk, and leather. Alternatively, some man-made options are polyester, polyurethane (vegan leather), rayon and viscose. If you are seeking comfort, softer textures will be ideal. For temperature sensitive selections for bedding, natural fibers like cotton, silk and linen are best. Natural fibers can keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter depending on the weave. For other uses like drapery, which offer both functionality and style, choose a look textile that will be the statement piece in the room for years to come.

2. Quality

Branching off material types, the quality of a fabric or textile is also a significant detail to consider and evaluate. Certain materials are better quality depending on the use that it is intended for and its functionality. For example, cotton is very popular for drapes because of its look and function. Another popular selection are polyesters. They have a good drape, are more affordable than silk or linen, and tend to retain color over time. Other items like a throw blanket or pillow have comfort in mind and therefore wool or acrylic is a popular selection here. Silks are best used for accents, especially pillows and drapery. Even though silk upholstery is strong, its costly maintenance is something to consider before purchasing.

3. Choosing the Right Quantity

As much as it would be nice to have a fixed price for fabric expenses, that is not always the case. Because fabric costs depend on the amount needed, it’s imperative to include this in your overall budget. Selecting the right fabric is the first step but determining how much you will need, by the yard, for your project is another significant layer to account for. You may be investing most of your budget in the fabric itself depending on the range of your project. For example, custom drapes need exact measurements and the right amount of material to be completed for perfection. Most other textile projects are based off square footage as well. The most wear or tear a fabric may receive is primarily within any upholstered item. Some examples include high traffic area furnishings, like living room sofas. Because pieces like these receive more consistent or strained impact, the durability of a fabric is just as important as the quantity needed.

4. Prints Vs. Solids

We certainly don’t shy away from vibrant detail, and neither should you! Fabrics are the easiest and best way to rejuvenate a space. With a pop of color or subtle pattern, a unique detail can be layered in to create an eye-grabbing design. When it comes to appearance, one option is to choose between prints and solids. Whether it’s a pattern on your armchair or the bright hues in your throw pillows, don’t underestimate what the right piece can do.

We’re confident you are walking away with a quick checklist on what to consider when making fabric and textile selections. While the possibilities may be endless, when you think about what use you are wanting to accomplish and understand the inherent benefits of the choices, the best option will stand out to you and fit perfectly in your home. Wanting more guidance on how to elevate your space? Make sure to spring over to our contact page to schedule a call today.