Furniture Inspired Design Tips
Without a doubt, one of my favorite stores on St. Croix is the inspiring Sweet Lime Furnishings. For a textile designer, architect lover and a passion for interior design, Sweet Lime is a feast for my eyes. Filled with spectacular treasures, at every turn I´m oooohing and aaaahing. The moment you pull into the driveway, you know you up for a treat. Located on the property is a wonderfully restored Great House with historical charm in every corner. The store, itself, is brimming with natural light and beautiful details all around. Sweet Lime has done a fabulous job of staging the furniture so you can easily imagine how it would look in your home.
I do realize for many people, walking into a furniture store can both be exhilarating AND confusing. Even for myself, knowing that I would want one of everything, it would be difficult to figure out which piece to take home with me. With that in mind, I thought it would be helpful to share fun ideas of how some of the pieces can be incorporated into your home showing examples of similar products from stylish interiors. Of course the photos marked -A Sweet Lime Treasure- are items at the store. All other photographs are from various websites featuring home décor.
Let the shopping (err designing) begin!
Let’s start with my absolute favorite passion, the joy of accent pillows. I am so delighted that Sweet Lime Furnishings carries Debbie Sun decorative throw pillows. They look beautiful against the rich tone woods and colorful fabrics. A throw pillow is an easy way to make a change. It is a fun way to add a bit of color and show off your personality.
Decorative pillows is an ideal way to add a touch of style, elegance, fun, whatever matches your mood. You can easily pick your favorite with the wide array of my designs available at the store. Make a statement with an exquisite throw pillow. Find the one that best describes you!
Sweet Lime has unique end tables that can easily be used as a coffee table or an accent piece. Shape and texture is a quick way to add interest to any space. These, in particular, beautifully combine strong organic forms with soft natural tones lending itself to a style reflective of the Caribbean, the beach and coastal living. Every room should have at least one -conversation- piece!
It is no surprise that I included this next image of the geometric divider screen found at Sweet Lime Furnishings. For most of you who know my designs, you know that I am drawn to lines and shapes and of course, Gaudí inspired mosaics. With seven years in Barcelona, it is bound to happen. The moment I spotted this vignette, I was in love. I particularly like the nod to Japanese architecture in the framework of the screen. With my architectural background, I revel in beautiful items that also serve a purpose. A divider screen can be just that, to subtly divide a space in an unexpected way.
A screen divider can also be a beautiful backdrop adding interest and texture to accent a space. It can add volume to a corner. Placed behind a bed or a sofa, a divider is a stunning feature, an alternative to hanging a large painting on the wall.
Speaking of accents and function, a bench is a perfect marriage of the two. The human psyche is interesting. One can easily live without a bench,of course. However the moment a bench is strategically placed, it becomes indispensable. It often becomes the one item that you have contact with many times throughout the day. It may be located at the entrance, a perfect spot to put on your shoes or rest your purse. It can be at the foot of the bed, where the mound of pillows pile up as you get your bed ready for sleep. The bench can be the ideal addition to a corner, creating a cozy nook; a special retreat. In so many ways, a bench affects your day to day routine. Now here is where it gets even better…
Benches come in all shapes and sizes and Sweet Lime Furnishings have a wonderful array of styles to add that – WOW- factor. I love how my Seaside Bliss pillow is a beautiful tropical addition to this Indonesian style bench.
Below you will see how a bench creates a cozy corner or a welcoming entrance.
I am huge fan of the strong lines in the bench pictured below on the left. It is an ideal addition to the foot of a bed, as you can see in the photograph on the right. With the high ceilings, natural light, white walls, clean lines, the warm tone of the bench is a striking accent piece. The bench is what makes the room spectacular!
As a creative person, my mind is always in motion, night and day, awake and asleep. For this reason, it is important to carve out -ME- time. One of my favorite luxuries is curling up in a cozy nook with design magazines, a glass of wine or a cup of tea, the gentle wind blowing all around and being surrounded with spectacular nature and beautiful objects. This amazing canopy bed would be such a luxurious delight!
Indoors or out, it’s a fantastic way to create your very own retreat.
An outstanding wardrobe is a wonderful way to add height and presence to a room. Storing your clothes in a wardrobe is a delightful experience celebrating the grand gesture of getting dressed. Take a look at the photo on the left. Imagine yourself, walking up to this beautiful piece of furniture, opening its majestic doors, inhaling the soothing smell of rich wood and reaching for the perfect outfit to wear. A wardrobe is an experience! On the right, you will see an unconventional way of incorporating a wardrobe into your decor. I love how the entire wall becomes the highlight of the room. Wouldn’t you want to start your morning with such a delightful experience?
Last and surely not least, this next bit of design advice is simple. Add pops of color. Embrace color. Enjoy color. This fresh yellow instantly puts a smile on my face. That is how a room should make you feel. I talk about color in a previous post where I recommend looking at your natural surroundings to inspire your color choices. This one is a breath of fresh air and Caribbean sunshine!
Now you are equipped with designs tips, inspirational ideas and eye candy for home décor lovers. Treat yourself to a Sweet Lime experience! Remember to check out my pillows, too!