Our friends at Four Hands Home contributed this fantastic set of tips to make your home design top notch. Read the full article in our fall edition of LOCALE Austin.

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Love the eclectic look? From objects that reflect your passions to colors and textures that soothe your mood, the art of mixing and matching can bring warmth, depth, and variety to any space.

So where to begin? Start with five quick tips that will help you pull it all together as you get in touch with your inner mixologist.

1. Just Say No to Matchy-Matchy.

Steer clear of sets. You don’t have to use all the same styles, colors, tones or finishes to create a room that feels confident, cohesive, and comfortable. Just balance the scale of your pieces and create a few focal points to direct attention in the room.

2. Find Your Inspiration.

Select one or two anchor elements — such as exposed beams, an ornate fireplace, or a chair or rug that inspires you — and work from those strengths to create both continuity and contrast. Layering in hues, textures, and shapes informed by your anchors.

3. Love It or Leave It.

Our most powerful design instincts are just that — instinctive. As you look at furnishings, keep a read on your emotional reaction. If you love it, snag it. If you aren’t sure, give it a few days and go for it if it keeps coming back to mind. If your gut instinct says no, listen.

4. Use It Your Way.

Don’t be bound by the stated purpose of a beautiful piece. A nightstand may be the perfect accent for you’ve been wanting for your living room. If you fall for an ornate cabinet, who says it can’t display your art supplies … or your shoe collection?

5. Just Move It.

If you are tired of a piece in your living room, just shift your thinking. Try a bedroom chair with your sofa, instead — take a lazy Sunday afternoon and just experiment! Moving things around your own home can inspire fresh thinking or create room for a special piece you’ve been dreaming about.

Whatever you do, give yourself permission to evolve your décor over time. Anything from an exotic trip to a special hand me down or a fantastic flea-market find provides new opportunities to express your style. In creating your own personal, eclectic look, the magic comes from the details you curate as you experience life.

If you need help styling your home, visit Four Hands Home to gather ideas. From contemporary to modern and rustic to industrial, Four Hands Home can help you transform your space with timeless, hand-crafted furniture.

Four Hands Home is located one mile east of South Congress, tucked away just off 290 at 2090 Woodward Street. Open 10am-6pm Monday-Saturday and 12pm-5pm on Sunday. Mention this article and receive a free in-store consultation and 20% off your purchase! (valid for one time use, expires 12/31/2014)


About The Shannon Schmitz Group at Austin Portfolio Real Estate:

The Shannon Schmitz Group is known for the signature service they provide to their clients, customizing every detail to their specific needs. These professional, hard-working Realtors® and their dedicated, technologically-savvy marketing team work together to provide the utmost in service to their clients for buying or selling real estate all over Austin. This includes the surrounding Texas Hill Country Area, including Spanish OaksBee CaveLakewayLake TravisWest Lake Hills, and the famous Austin zip codes of 78703 and 78704.


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