Monday, December 2, 2013
Do you decorate for the seasons? If not, you should. Switching out pillows, accessories and art every few months will keep your home feeling stylish. Plus, you won't get tired of your large scale neutral pieces and other decor. It's almost time to transition from Fall to Winter, so here's a quick guide to getting a fresh new style for each of the four seasons...
"When the leaves change from green to red and gold, so should your home’s interior. Warmer colors like reds and oranges, as well as earth tones, are great to create a cozy feeling on the coldest of nights. When the weather starts to heat up outside, switch back to the bright greens and blues that match the clear skies and new summer foliage."
"Texture is a design change that affords you advantages in both aesthetics and function. Heavier textures in drapes, blankets, pillows and rugs are more conducive to winter styles. But they also perform well when it’s colder outside. Heavy curtains can help insulate around windows while thick blankets and rugs can keep the cold floor off your warm feet."
"A simple picture can make all the difference when bringing together a larger design plan. Seeing a wintry landscape in the summer is contradicting and will cause the emotion of your interior space feel disjointed. Match the colors and seasons of your artwork to the rest of your room and your design will be a complete picture."
"Smell is one of the most powerful senses, especially when it comes to recognizing seasons. The scent of allspice, clove and cinnamon makes nearly everyone think of the holidays and winter weather while lemon, lavender, and fresh cotton are just a few of the scents associated with the bright days of summer. Oil diffusers work well in the summer while incense and candles are great for the cold season." (via)
Friday, November 29, 2013
In honor of Black Friday we've created a new roundup of our favorite Black spaces. Black paint makes any room feel more intimate and cozy. Whether you decorate with brights to open the space, neutrals to craft a calming environment, or patterns to create movement, black is a showstopping backdrop. As you'll see, the deep hue adds drama in a sleek and simplistic manner.
Photos via Pinterest
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
One of our customers’ favorite things about I.O. Metro is our Free Design Service. Whether you are starting with an empty home, need just a slight style touchup, or a complete design overhaul, our designers are just a call away. Since the beginning, our goal has been to find and hire the most well-rounded, skilled and versatile designers out there.
Chad McNeer is just one of our longtime designers. He has been with I.O. Metro since 2008 and has tackled almost every type of space you can think of.
And just about every other kind of space you could think of. He combines traditional styling that he gets from his southern roots with cutting edge designs of today. At some point in time, Chad has specialized in small spaces, renovations, window treatments, and high-end residential and commercial design. Basically - he does it all.
Chad is just one of our many talented designers, each of our stores has more than qualified design-geniuses, so if you aren't near Chad's store (Jackson MS), come in to any of our other stores to get started on your dream design!
A little bit more about Mr. Chad McNeer:
He was born and raised in North Carrollton, Mississippi, giving him his southern roots that become apparent in some of his traditional designs. He says his creativity began when he started taking art lessons and drawing in elementary school.
He has a BFA in Interior Design with a minor in ceramics and textiles from Delta State University in Mississippi. After sticking around Mississippi and working with various Furniture and Design companies for a while, he made his way to Orange Beach, Alabama where he specialized in design of small spaces and renovations. After Hurricanes Ivan & Katrina, he moved back to Mississippi and just a few years later joined the I.O. Metro team, in October 2008. He has become a great asset to our Jackson, Mississippi location – both customers and fellow employees love working with him.
Monday, November 25, 2013
House Beautiful and REAL SIMPLE magazines are two of the best places to get great decorating tips. They're always providing readers with the real DIY details that are needed for anything from hanging art, to selecting an appropriate sized nightstand. Here are a few classic examples of why we love these magazines...