Tag Archives: Design Tips

  • Back to School

    Back to School: Create a Fun Learning Space Just for the Kiddos!

    Summer is ending and the school bells are ringing! This month, kids all over the country are gearing up for another school year! Although you might be happy the kids will be heading back to a regular routine, most kids dread the beginning of school. The good news is that you can boost excitement in your home  by creating a fun learning space that is just for kids. Designing a designated area that invites your children to read, be creative and learn is not only exciting for kids but it is important to their development.

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    Design With Kid-Size Furniture

    When putting together a designated learning, creative space for your children be sure to include kid-size furniture in your design plans. According to Kaplan Early Learning Company:

    "Being around furniture that is best suited for adults can cause children to be too dependent on adults to help them learn, explore, and move around. Incorporating child-sized furniture into your learning environment (a concept first introduced by Maria Montessori) will give children more access to learning materials and more opportunities to explore their environment."

    Using child-size furniture will also help children build self-confidence and become more independent, which is important for their overall growth and development

    Consider using a kids-sized rocking chair or a kids table and chair set in your learning space.

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    Design With Strategic Colors

    We all know that color is important to the learning development of children, however, did you know that there is a psychology in selecting strategic color palettes to boost learning levels? A strategic color palette can enhance the absorption of information and facilitate the thinking processPreschool and elementary school-kids react best to environments designed in warmer tones: oranges, yellows and reds. However, it is important to note that warmer tones can overstimulate so it is best to counterbalance these tones with calmer ones like blue. Or shoot for a multi-tasking color like green that provides the calm of blue with the creativity enhancing yellow.

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    Texture Variation

    Using various textures in your learning space increases stimulation as kids are seeking constant change. Balance out your hard pieces like tables and chairs by introducing soft textiles such as rugs, blankets, pillows, cushions and curtains. A space that is diverse in textures will create a safe and comfortable learning environment that children will flourish in.

    Functionality Is Key

    Above all, make sure that the space is functional for your child. Consider adding organizational furnishings like cubby holes for them to store their creative materials as well as a designated completed homework folder or tray.

    Get the Kids Involved

    If you are thinking about designing a fun learning space for your kids, remember to get them involved. Allowing them to select their furnishings or pick out paint colors will foster a sense of ownership and responsibility that will serve them well throughout the school year and beyond.

    Have fun creating your learning space and we hope that this school year is the best one yet!

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     Don’t miss our Back to School Sale on children’s furniture and table/chair sets, Aug. 25 to Sept. 1.

    Use coupon code: BACKTOSCHOOL20 at checkout to receive 20% off children’s furniture.           

  • Get Your Red, White and Blue On!

    Memorial Day weekend is coming up, so we put together some design inspiration to help you get your red, white and blue on! Fire-up those grills and bust out the cold brews ---- this Memorial Day BBQ just got real!

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    Cranberry is the New Red

    Looking to incorporate some patriotic hues into your Memorial Day decor? Try using a cranberry finish as your ruby red tone versus the traditional reds. This classic wood finish has a beautiful deep red undertone that says “red” without being literal. This fresh twist on the classic will have your party guests singing your praises as a clever decorator. Introducing cranberry as your red alternative gives you the functionality to use your furniture year-round instead of putting it out just a few times per year for special holidays. Add a blue and white throw pillow or cushion to really pull together that celebratory look.

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    A Bunting We Will Go

    Banners and bunting make for adorable backdrops. For a more versatile decor option, use patriotic paper-placemats to create your bunting. Simply fold a circular placemat in-half, place over a strand of twine and secure in place with wooden clothespins -- no gluing or cutting necessary!  Use extra placemats for tabletop decor.

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    Patriotic Plants

    Pull in plants with red, white and blue petals to take your Memorial Day decorating to the next level. Adding plants to any party brings in life and warmth to the event space. Plus, when the party is over, you will be left with plants to enjoy all summer long!
    Use plants for additional decor

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    Enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend!

    Shop our Memorial Day Sale: Friday May 27 through Tuesday May 31 - Save 20% site-wide.

     

    Photography: Laura Sumrak

    Styling: Studio Cultivate 

    Furniture: Dixie Seating Company

  • Style Your Porch Like a Pro

    The weather is warming up and the sunshine is out! It’s the time of year to spruce up your outdoor seating areas, preparing an inviting space to welcome your family and friends. If you have ever imagined of creating your dream gathering space but just didn’t know how to pull it off then you have come to the right place. A few weeks ago, Dixie Seating Company partnered with professional stylist Kathryn Godwin of Studio Cultivate to put together a styled shoot to bring you tips and design advice so you can style your porch like a pro.

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    Seating Accommodations

    Start by taking a good look at your gathering place and thinking about the needs you have for seating. Measuring the space to see what furniture and seating pieces you can accommodate is a must. You will want to measure the depth and width of your porch or seating area and then can work on a layout to imagine where each seating piece will fit.

    Multi-Functional Pieces

    It is ideal to utilize pieces of furniture that have multiple functionality. For example, footstools that can function as seating and benches that double as tables. Pulling in multi-functional pieces will create a more utilitarian gathering space making it more practical for everyday use and more operational for when you have larger groups of guests.

    Footstools can be used for seating. Footstools can be used for seating.
    Use benches as tables! Use benches as tables!

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    Color

    When looking to introduce color to your space, look to adding cushions and tie in the color through an outdoor rug and even flowering plants. If you have red cushions, find a rug that has a hint of red in the weaving, a couple red pots, and add red geraniums potted and gathered around your seating area. Carrying a color through all elements on a porch helps to pull it together and create an inviting, cozy space.

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    Porch Swing Color Play!

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    Style

    Decide the style of vibe you want your porch to have. Do you want a touch of rustic? Then look for lanterns that have rope handles, add a woven rug and straw baskets. Add wildflowers and softer green plants like lavender, daisies, and trailing vines Feeling a little more modern? Find contemporary lanterns with clean lines and minimal decor elements, chose and outdoor rug that has a geometric pattern. Perhaps look to plants that can be trimmed clean and have a different vibe- boxwoods, mondo grass, add white gravel stones to pots or surrounding the patio area, or go with succulents if you're in the right climate!

    Sticking to these professional style-guides and design tips will help guide you as you begin to work or update your outdoor space. Still feeling stuck? Godwin suggests making your porch or patio area feel like an extension of your interior home.

    As Spring turns to Summer, this is the best time to prep your outdoor space for entertaining or even al fresco dining just as couple for a simple little romantic evening. Simple ways you can make your space feeling cozier and want to be outdoors more are by adding textiles and soft elements- consider adding cushions to your seating. Find a complimentary outdoor rug. Neutral throws always make a great addition for evenings when the temperature dips. Add candles or string lights for a glimmering warm glow as it gets dark. If various insects are a concern, think of adding some plants that are natural insect repellants like lavender, marigolds, peppermint, and chrysanthemum.“

    Style Like a Pro! Style Like a Pro!

    Happy Styling!

     

    Photography by: Laura Sumrak

    Styling by: Studio Cultivate 

    Furniture: Dixie Seating Company

    Plants: Oakdale Greenhouses

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