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HOW TO DECORATE YOUR MASTER BEDROOM
From the Editor
HELLO DEAR READER! Regina Correa - Designer/Editor
Welcome to the third issue of The Mag! I hope this finds you and your loved ones healthy and in good spirits. Summer is finally here. How is it going so far? Do you have any plans? I had planned on traveling to Lisbon and Morocco for a couple of weeks but clearly that is not going to happen. So, we are going camping instead. Yes, camping. Glamping, mentioned previously, won't happen because my beloved doesn't comprehend the concept. He feels it takes away from the experience that is camping. Still, I might bring a few tricks up my sleeve. We shall see. So far, Okatoma Creek and Brushy Creek are great contenders. Do you have a favorite place I should consider? If so, please let me know. Â
Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy what's inside. Till next issue,
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How to Decorate your Master Bedroom What to look for when making selections for your bedroom.
BeautifulÂ Bedrooms to inspire you.
Details Make a Difference When more means better!
Â Q+A with Regina at a local blog.
To Travel is a Gift 2 | Riche Home and Lifestyle
Getty Museum - so much more than a Museum.
How to Decorate Your Master Bedroom
thoughtfully decorated bedroom gives you the comfort and coziness needed at the end of a long or stressful day; it defines this space as a place to relax and renew. Being a place for relaxation, surrounding the space with soothing tones will put you at ease. Let’s explore this a little deeper.
The bed being the focal point of the room, is where you should focus your attention. Tall with upholstered headboards are my favorite; it‘s height will be the first thing you see when you walk in. Stature will make a beautiful statement, enhanced by the selection of luxurious beddings that you can layer up or down according to the seasons. Use the bedding to create your color palette and work around it; blues and greens are colors easy to coordinate and they complement each other. For a different take, you can select neutral tones and add pops of colors with draperies, throw pillows, blankets, art and accessories. See the examples in the next pages, for inspiration. Select nightstands that match for 3-Dimensional Rendering by Studio Riche Designs symmetry, which equals harmony. Look for details that will make them unique and appealing. Often times, a unique hardware, geometric carving or detailing will set them apart from the everyday. If you’d like to keep it plain and simple, focus on clean lines and color. Try avoiding buying an entire bedroom set; they are designers' pet-peeve. A pair of lamps, also matching to keep the symmetry, should go on the nightstands. There are hundreds of styles and design to consider: metal, glass, wood, crystal, acrylic etc... Some have sculptural bases, which is a great way to add interest in a room. Keep in mind how you will use them; is it for reading, ambient lighting, or both? For overhead lighting a fan is a big design no-no. If you require a fan then by all means include it BUT your space will exude style an demeanor if you select a large chandelier or fixture to add to the charm and uniqueness of the space. It does not have to match the same finish or material of the lamps. 3 | Riche Home and Lifestyle
How to Decorate Your Master Bedroom continued
Select a rug (at least an 8x10 for a queen size bed) that will complement the bedding; a tone on tone with a geometric pattern or interesting design is a great option. Otherwise, go for texture! A shag rug is soft on the feet and adds visual interest through texture. Window treatments! We could talk all day about various window treatment ideas but begin by selecting drapery panels. See our Design Tidbits Section for the mechanics of drapery panel placement. Selecting one shade off of the bedding will help and keep the harmony in the design. Here you can introduce patterns for contrast and interest or use tone on tone. When making these selections, it is a good idea to bring a pillow sham off the bedding to ensure your selection works.
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For the walls, deeper tones of blue, green or gray are excellent options. A metallic finish or wallpaper will add texture, depth and complexity to your space. If you prefer a neutral tone, again select one color shade off the bedding. If you’re going that route, remember to bring the sham with you to the paint store to help you select the right shade.
Finish by adding art on the walls and accessories around the room. Place a piece of art, a decorative mirror, or a wall art above the bed. You may add large art or framed family photos to other walls but you don’t need to add to every wall; remember sometimes less is more. Creating a gallery of photos in one wall is enough. Anything more risks looking busy and moving away from symmetry and harmony. Accessorize with pieces in metal, wood, glass or ceramic as well as books, decorative boxes, flowers or plants. Don’t forget that the details make a difference: throw pillows for the bed and the sitting/reading area and a fluffy blanket to keep you cozy while reading a book on the chair. These items can be used to add pops of color. Most importantly, select items that have meaning to you; it will complete the room beautifully, giving it personality and the perfect finished look.
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Ideas to Inspire Bedrooms for Them
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Ideas to Inspire Bedrooms For Her Feminine Elegant Gracious Cozy
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Ideas to Inspire Bedrooms For Him Polished Inviting Stylish Comfortable
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Details, details, details! Details are the elements that transform the ordinary into extraordinary. A quirky light fixture, a mirror with an unusual geometric shape or finish, details on draperies, a lamp with gemstone or sculptural base, carving on wood, accessories with alluring finishes or shapes, a special detail on a piece of furniture, a stunning wallpaper to accent a wall or trans form a room, etc...
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Our Feature Our Designer was featured at Bon Vivant - a fantastic local blog led by @MelaneyWarnerSpencer at MyNewOrleans.com. We were thrilled and grateful for the opportunity. For those who aren't following us on social media, read on!
Follow Friday: 6 Questions with New Orleans Designer Regina Correa of Studio Riche Designs by Kathy Bradshaw
Regina Correa was lured to New Orleans by friends she met in her hometown of São Paulo, Brazil. When she came to town for what was meant to be a short visit to new friends, she loved New Orleans so much that she stayed for good. Over 20 years later, Correa now has an associate degree in interior design, a bachelor’s degree in art history, and a busy local design business. She uses color and inspirations from her travels to influence her style and esthetic, loves a challenge, and describes her design technique as “fearless.” This piece originally published on New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles magazines' Bon Vivant blog at myneworleans.com
Bon Vivant: How are you navigating the COVID-19 crisis (in business or personally)? Regina Correa: The best way I can. Not stressing out is really vital for my mental and physical health. It also helps keep my immune system high, which is essential. Also, meditation has been very helpful. Business has slowed down a bit, and that is giving me plenty of time to organize my processes and services, as well as to work on the business. Personally, the break has been welcomed. Also, I’ve been catching up on some overdue reading. Lastly, my daily check-in calls with my friend and designer Dana Perkins have been great. We check [in on] and encourage each other. BV: What creative methods are you discovering in order to continue to serve clients? Correa: May I say, thank goodness for the internet? Since we are in this together, people already know that the best, safest way is virtually. Also, being able to serve a few clients electronically is great. Interestingly, there are those still moving forward with their design projects. I’m able to either do a presentation via Zoom or record and send it for them to review whenever possible. It has somewhat depersonalized the process, but it’s all we’ve got at the moment.
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BV: Who or what is inspiring you right now and why? Correa: The whole community rallying to sew masks for healthcare workers fills my heart with hope. I’m proud to say that the interior design community is showing up by mobilizing sewing rooms or part of their upholstery productions to sew masks for them. I love this!
BV: What is the most helpful piece of career or life advice you’ve ever received, where did it come from and why was it so impactful for you? Correa: Growing up, my mother used to tell us, ‘First work, then play.’ That resonates with me [to] this day. I didn’t like it then, but I realized its importance when I became an adult. BV: Guilty pleasure? Correa: Traveling! Getting to know other places, culinary [traditions] and cultures is part of my being. Europe has been my sweet spot for the past seven years. And I regret not getting there sooner. BV: If readers did only one thing to enhance their interior, what would you suggest? Correa:Large budget: Hire a designer. Medium budget: Have a designer do an eDesign plan for you (she/he will make selections with clickable links for you to purchase). Small budget: Consult with a designer (she/he will tell you what to do, and you can implement it). Shoestring budget: Paint walls or accessorize. No budget at all: Rearrange the furniture layout. 10 | Riche Home and Lifestyle
Window Treatment Placement
Drapery panels are the most commonly used window treatments. The illustration below should help you visually understand what is more aesthetically pleasing when hanging your panel. A good rule of thumb is always slightly touching the floor and never too close to the top of the window trim. Also, about 8 inches past the side of the window frame.
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Riche Art Gallery These are original acrylics painted by Regina Correa. The paint on the large artwork wraps around its sides, while the ones on the wood boards does not. Local delivery only. Prices do not include shipping. Click on the image for purchasing.
"Swooshes" Acrylic on Wood Board $115 10" x 10" x 2"
"Parade Day" Acrylic on Wood Board 10" x 10" x 2" $115
"Sunset Seascape" Acrylic on Wood Board 10" x 10" x 2" $115
"Green Horizon" Acrylic on Canvas 24" x 18" x 1.75" The upper part of this artwork is a brighter/lighter green than displayed here.
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"Passing Through" Acrylic on Wood Board 10" x 10" x 2" $115
Mindful Thoughts I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou The free bird leaps on the back of the wind and floats downstream till the current ends and dips his wings in the orange sun rays and dares to claim the sky. But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage can seldom see through his bars of rage his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing. The caged bird sings with fearful trill of the things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom. The free bird thinks of another breeze an the trade winds soft through the sighing trees and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn and he names the sky his own. But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing The caged bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom. 13 | Riche Home and Lifestyle
To Travel is a Gift
Getty Museum Located in Los Angeles, California, sitting atop a mountain, the Getty is one of the poshest museums Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever been to. The landscape was impeccable with plenty of outdoor living: bars, coffee shops and restaurants in different levels. For more info click here.
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*About the Designer/Editor: Born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Regina Correa came to visit New Orleans in 1999 and never left. She holds degrees in Interior Design and Art History, loves red wine, traveling the world, architecture, museums, music and walking around our beloved City Park.
Ask the Designer Should you have a design dilemma, don't hesitate to us ask at regina@studiorichedesignsÂ Type Design Dilemma in the subject.
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