Our Velvet Obsession

February 15, 2017

We here at Vavaroom love velvet. I mean LOVE it… especially in the winter. Nope. Never mind. We just love it year round. No other material has such depth of color and texture. It can make even the most budget friendly of rooms feel instantly expensive. This luxe fabric is sumptuous as draperies and makes for the most comfortable sofa or chair you have ever had the pleasure of sitting in. Not ready to commit to using it on a larger piece of furniture? Try velvet throw pillows to add just a touch of it to your cozy abode. Do you love velvet as much as we do but aren’t sure how to use it in your décor? The online interior design pros at Vavaroom are here to help. We’ll choose the perfect furniture, accessories, artwork, rugs, paint colors, and window treatments to make your dream room come true.  ... Read More

Is Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year Right for Your Home?

February 13, 2017

This year the color experts at Pantone have declared that the world needs refreshment. Considering the social climate lately, we couldn’t agree more. They’ve named “Greenery” their color of the year for 2017. This color is bright, bold, fresh, and loud. While this color may not seem right for the faint of heart at first glance, when used sparingly and tastefully with more subdued tones and neutrals it can add just the right amount of zing to your décor. Will this color be just the cure to freshen up your home? The online interior design pros at Vavaroom can help you decide and put together your dream room in your style and within your budget. Get started today by taking the Vavaroom style quiz!     [caption id="attachment_2082" align="alignnone" width="768"] Greenery can be fresh and perfect on accent pieces such as lamps or chairs. The designers at Vavaroom will choose... Read More

Ahoy Matey – Shiplap In Interior Design

September 28, 2016

We’ve all seen them: Horizontal planks, one on top of the next, running the length of the walls and usually whitewashed. Shiplap is everywhere in the interior design world. There’s no denying the depth and architectural interest that it lends a house. It gives any room character and can work with various styles. It can read as coastal, cottagey, or even modern if you play it right. Though it is being seen more and more in newly built custom homes, you can find original shiplap (if you’re lucky) in homes built in the early 1900s or earlier. It is usually found in more modest homes from the time as plaster was more expensive and time consuming. Once upon a time in the not so distant past, people renovating old homes would cover shiplap up with dry wall or worse yet, take it down and add dry wall. Thank goodness an appreciation for character and... Read More

Will Beni Ourain Rugs Work With My Design Style?

September 20, 2016

So you know those rugs that you’ve been seeing everywhere over the last couple of years? The white, shaggy rugs with the uncomplicated, primitive geometric patterns. Yeah, those. Ever wonder what the story is there? Me too. I feel that these rugs have become so widely distributed and copied that it is important to know and appreciate their history and artistry. These rugs are woven by women of the Beni Ourain tribes of the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. The tribal people of this region have been weaving rugs for literally thousands of years and patterns and symbols in the weaves are passed down from one generation to the next.  It’s remarkable to know that such a culture still exists in our ever modernizing world.  I mean, can you actually believe that there are still people out there that aren’t attached to phones? I know. Craziness. Morocco, a land of desert,... Read More

Wallpaper? Really?

August 19, 2016

The reaction that designers get when we propose wallpaper is usually, “Ick”. The term wallpaper conjures up images of bad mid to late 20th century design or your grandmother’s house. But the wallpaper being produced nowadays is so different from what was once so prevalent. From classic grass cloth to bold and modern patterns, the wall coverings of today are amazing and so versatile. Wallpaper can add so much interest to a bathroom, elegance to a dining room, texture to a bedroom, or some fun to a living room. Adding pattern or texture to your walls can make furniture that is on the simple side really stand out. So, here’s our attempt to change your mind about wallpaper.   [caption id="attachment_1466" align="alignnone" width="520"] This fun pattern is so modern and cool![/caption]   [caption id="attachment_1467" align="alignnone" width="520"] Elephant Ears Design - In a tone on tone bathroom, the subtle, winding pattern... Read More

Why So Much Aqua?

August 11, 2016

A somewhat frequent topic of conversation between one of my best friends (also a designer) and me is what we get the most requests for. The color that pops up again and again for us both is aqua. Why is it that this color is asked for on the regular? Obviously one factor for us is that we live along the coast of southeastern North Carolina, but there has to be more to it than geography. To many it is a very calming and soothing color that creates a restful retreat as it can be unobtrusive and quite demure and to others it is bright and joyful and reminds them of a day at the beach. There are countless variations on the color itself. Some tints are more silvery and quiet, while others are bold, spunky shades that border on turquoise. I’ve found that aqua can really work as a... Read More

Coastal Design For Every Location

July 18, 2016

I am fortunate. I get to live in a town where others vacation. Living near the beautiful waters of the southeastern coast is a dream come true. Due to my locale, I absolutely love coastal style. There is something so breezy and effortless about it while remaining inherently chic. Coastal design can mean different things to different people depending on where “your coast” is. With many different coastal styles, some things remain constant. Furniture in a coastal interior should always be low maintenance and cleanable. Living rooms should be laid back areas meant for friendly gatherings. Bedrooms should put the rest of the world far away to create a completely stress free retreat. The focal point of any room with a coastal feel should be nature. Working in natural elements and colors creates a design that is in harmony with it's surroundings. From the traditional, soft low country interiors of... Read More

Modern Minimalism – Clean and Simple Design

July 7, 2016

Sometimes you just want to clear your mind… to take away the clutter of life and just relax. Minimalism is the interior design equivalent to this concept. We humans love our “stuff”, so naturally our homes tend to collect said “stuff”. A minimalist space keeps clutter at bay and simplifies everything. Clean lines, few (if any) accessories, and no busy patterns or excessive color. Furniture and architectural elements are pared down and spare. It is design stripped down to only its most essential elements. Modern materials such as concrete and metal feel at home in the stark beauty of a minimalist interior. From living rooms and bedrooms to kitchens and baths the style translates to every room in the house. Minimalist interiors are avant-garde and feel supremely sophisticated.  While this style does fit seamlessly in a metropolitan setting, it can also work perfectly in other locations. With its stark lines... Read More
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