Designing for the Opposite – When Couples Disagree on Design Styles

It’s always a challenge when designing your home, especially when there is another person who is on the other end of the design spectrum. Yes, opposites attract, but the key to its success is compromise. I have been married for fifteen years, lived in the same home for fifteen years, but my home does not reflect my design style or who my family has grown to be. When it comes to making any decisions regarding new furniture or renovating our home, we can never seem to agree. This is why it’s hard for couples to decorate together for a million reasons. He wants comfortable, she wants beautiful. He wants inexpensive, she wants realistic if not luxury. Ultimately, your space does need to reflect both of your styles in order for both of you to be happy. So here are some simple tips when designing with your partner.

Decide on a Budget
No matter how big or small your project is, decide on a budget that both you and your spouse can agree on. It is easy to get carried away with the project and before you know it, you are spending more than you anticipated. If you can’t come up with a budget on your own, ask your decorator to propose an estimated budget for your project.

Identify your Style
Identifying which of these categories each person’s personal style falls into. Nearly everyone’s design style falls into one of these categories:
• Traditional
• Contemporary
• Modern
• Global/Eclectic
After identifying each person’s style, the next step is narrowing it down a little further to fit your specific project.

Creating your Own
Allow each person to select a key piece of furniture that exemplifies their design style and defines them individually. By having each select a signature piece, this in turn will encourage couples to compromise and create a harmonious space that defines them as a couple.

VRA Interiors can help you find your design style and incorporate any or all of these design ideas that speak to you. For a full design consultation with Atlanta‘s premier interior design service, please call us at 877-284-5067 or visit our website We want to help bring a new look to your life that is fresh but completely you.

Posted by: Vanessa M.


A Classic Never Dies!

I have a confession to make. I am obsessed with and physically drawn to anything Houndstooth. With that being said, it is sad to say that I do not own one outfit, accessory or home accent that has this AMAZING print on it. If it were up to me, the toilet paper in my home would be in a Houndstooth print, but….I’m not sure how hubby would feel about that. So, instead of purchasing anything and everything that has a Houndstooth print on it, I’ll blog and post beautiful pictures of it instead. 😉

To give you a little history on this print, Houndstooth originated in the 1800s in Scotland and was originally worn as a woven wool outer garment by Scottish shepherds. This print evolved in the fashion world,  becoming a symbol of wealth in the 1900s. I am sure you’ve seen this print many times used by top designers such as Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton and Chanel.


An Interior Decorator from the 1930s, Dorothy Draper, wears a houndstooth-patterned suit with a matching hat.

And like everything else in the world, Houndstooth evolved throughout the years, changing in size, texture and color. Typically, it is still most popular in its original black and white colors, but modern day designers have strayed from this classic color way, using bold colors and unique size combinations.

Houndstooth in Fashion

Colorful Houndstooth Print

Of course, this fashion trend extended to designing interior spaces as well. Houndstooth has been a popular pattern seen in Interior Design used in  fabric and wallpaper prints, carpet patterns and incorporated in home accessories.

A classic black and white Houndstooth fabric is used on the dining chairs of this high end restaurant in Paris.


Restaurant 1 Place Vendôme from L’Hôtel de Vendôme in Paris,France

I’m in love with this pink Houndstooth window treatment. What little princess wouldn’t love these treatments in her bedroom?! I know my daughter would adore them!

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These Houndstooth pillows add color and pattern to a neutral sofa.


Too nervous to incorporate a Houndstooth pattern in the home? Why not try a neutral tone on tone pattern like the wallpaper in the below picture. Sophisticated and timeless!


Do you have a pattern fetish like I do? Let us know what it is and we can help you incorporate it in your space. Visit to contact us.

Posted by Reem T.

10 Going on 30

I’m not sure if this is normal, but when I was in college, I used to collect magazines and pages of rooms that I absolutely loved.  I of course, was going to have all the money in the world, and was going to make my future home exactly like the pictures in each of the magazines I had collected through the years.

I graduated, moved to Georgia, found my cute little townhouse, and immediately started shopping around for the pieces I had found in the magazine pages from over the years.  I know we’ve all heard the phrase “Champagne taste on a Beer budget”, but really, I couldn’t even afford the Beer option haha!  What most of us realize once we strike out on our own is that really those egg crates and hand-me-down furniture pieces are beautiful, and with all of the “DIY” tricks these days, those can make your home “cute” and you can get away with it for a while.

I’ve realized though, that I’m officially entering “Adulthood” as I’m getting ready to turn the big 3-0 (GASP!!) in March.  I was recently reading through Elle Decor and found a great article they had released stating the “10 Things You Must Have in Your Home by Age 30”.  So naturally, before reading I though, hm…game on!  After reading I realized I have a lot of catching up to do, but thought it would be fun to share some of the things Elle Decor feels are important for any 30-year-old to own.  How many do you have?!  Are there any not on this list that you think should be staple by the time we reach “Adulthood”?  Let us know!

10 Things You Must Have in Your Home by Age 30

1. Art You Love

This could be a special painting handed down through the generations, a painting from a hipster street artist, or even family photos.  Artwork is unique and special to each person.  Find something that strikes you.  Something that makes you feel and causes you to pause.


2. An Organized Bookshelf

I 100% agree with this one.  There is nothing that can make more of a statement than and organized or stylized bookcase.  I have them in my home, and love placing my favorite knickknacks or pretty books on display.  It’s a great way to add color and character to your home.


3. Matching Towels

This one I most definitely failed.  I have such a mish-mash of towels in my home.  I have some Whinney the Pooh, Donald Duck, Minney Mouse and a couple stripped beach towels in bright colors.  While usually I’m a fan of mixing colors and patterns, I’m not sure that works in this case!


4. A Plant

I’m offering an alternate to this one for those of us who do not have a green thumb, or like one of our designers (whose name will remain anonymous for her sake) who intentionally kills plants because they’re too much of a hassle.  I vote a plant OR fresh flowers.  Both are great ways to bring life into your home.  Adding color whether it’s green or bright red with a beautiful bouquet of fresh roses is always a win.


5. A Nice Mattress and Headboard

Reem actually wrote about some great options for headboards in her post “Why Don’t You Sleep On It?”.  If you are in need of checking this one off of your list, swing by her post and look at some of the easy and beautiful solutions for creating headboards.


6. A Collection

Does your shoe collection count??? Yes???  Check out these sweet bobble heads I found on Pinterest!


7. Bathroom Accessories (That Aren’t Plastic)

Well, sometimes the plastic ones are just as cool as the others, so I’ll offer an amendment to this one as well.  Once again, this is a great way to add texture or personality into your bathroom.  I’m going to go get this cool gold tooth toothbrush holder!!


8. A Favorite Candle (Or knowledge that You’re Not a Scent Person)

I’m SUCH a sucker for the candles at Anthropologie (WHO ISN’T??)  I also love candles like the one shown below that are visually beautiful, offering a no-scent option while still creating that “Homey” feeling you get.


9. Two Bedside Tables

Okay I am in LOVE with this rustic wood stump side table.  Your tables don’t have to be exact matches if that’s not your style.  Jazz it up and mix your colors and styles!


10. A Luxurious Throw

I am JUST recently able to check this one off of my list thanks to our Designer Vanessa and Christmas.  She bought me a beautiful throw that is “thrown” on my camel back sofa.  Luxurious can mean many different things.  Just find one that you can snuggle up in on a rainy day, but helps to add a punch to your room when not in use.



So there we are!  I think I scored a 3 out of 10, but hey, I still have a month!!  If you’re also entering into your 30’s and need help checking some of these great items off your list, go visit our website and we would LOVE to help!

Posted by: Amy B.

Black + White: 30 Most Beautiful Interiors

I am a huge fan of black and white interiors ,while my husband on the other hand, is a traditionalist when it comes to interiors…so this could never be done in my home.  I have pulled together a collection of interiors all dressed in black & white that will entice and inspire you. These spaces evoke a sense of sophistication, edge, elegance and glamour.

To successfully tie the space together, I suggest using a monochromatic color palette with a pop of color or by allowing the light to bounce around the walls by choosing a ultra-white wall paint to help the room feel more spacious and bright. Then you can introduce black in furniture, art and accessories. Another technique is choosing black as your trim and floor color with white and gray accents in furniture and accessories. Painting the walls black may feel daring but this can be achieved with white furniture and lots of bling! Let’s not forget pattern, this can be done with wallpaper, fabric, tile, or paint. Enjoy!




























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Why don’t you sleep on it?

So, my sister decided to move to NYC a couple of months ago. She called me up after her move with a major space issue. As you all know, apartments are super small in the city and she had to leave a majority of her furniture behind. Her biggest issue was her bedroom area: All she had room for was a mattress with the box spring and rails. She had no room for a headboard or night stand and was needing some ideas on how to spruce the room up a little and add some shelf space to substitute for the end tables.  So, being the great and amazing sister that I am 😉 , this post is for you sis! Some great solutions that will make your small space livable and fun without putting a big hole in your wallet.

My  favorite “do it yourself” headboard idea is putting some sort of screen in place of the headboard. It can be a free standing screen like the picture to the left or it can be actual window shutters that can be mounted on the wall as in the photo to the left. This adds an architectural element to the space and you can have fun with painting the screens to add some color to the space.


A popular headboard that is inexpensive and very easy to make yourself is the upholstered hanging headboard. You can have fun with different sized colored, patterned and textured fabrics to mount behind your bed.


Here is a link as to how to create the upholstered hanging headboard:

The idea below is very fun and unique. In this photo, the headboard is created by using the frame of an old window (windows were knocked out). In place of the windows, patterned fabrics were mounted on the back of the frame.


Reclaimed wood was used in the photos below. The wood really adds a lot of character and texture to the space. You can paint or design the wood however you like. In the first photo, the designer stenciled a pattern onto the wood.  Below that, the reclaimed wood is placed in a subway pattern and the colors of each plank are different, allowing it to be a unique, one of a kind piece.



The photos below show applications where a fabric is hung/draped over a curtain rod. Again, you can have fun with the fabric pattern or even design your own on a solid fabric as in the 2nd photo below.




How about keeping it really easy and having high pillows leaning on the back wall and some fun artwork above? you really can’t go wrong with this look!



Last but not least, some great ideas for shelving to act as a headboard as well as storage.


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So, remember to think outside of the box and just have fun with this. It can be fun weekend project that can really add character to your bedroom. And if you need help coming up with a design, give us a call and we can help out!

Written by Reem T.

It’s Fall Y’all!

Cool breezes, snuggly sweaters, apple cider, pumpkins and fall leaves.  Who doesn’t love Fall?  To me however, fall means the Pantone Fashion color Fall Report, Fall Fashion Week 2013 and the new ways that these styles, patterns and colors can be incorporated into a space.  Making your home cozy doesn’t just mean orange and pumpkin spice (although who wouldn’t agree that both of those items are yummy!).  Fall brings bold, beautiful jewel tones with deep rich colors and textures.  It might seem challenging to incorporate these items into your home or space.  I’ve taken some great pieces from Fall Fashion week, and have paired them with a few great additions to any home:





By using accessory pieces, accent furniture, paint, and accent rug or even wall coverings, Fall is a great time to mix it up and take those fall fashions straight from the Runway to your home.

If you want some help incorporating your favorite Fall fashions into your space, check out our Pinterest page for more ideas, or come by our website.

Written by Amy B.



School Daze

If you are a parent and have school age kids, you have been hustling to get your family organized, on schedule and hopefully, you have purchased all of your school supplies.  As for me, I like to think I am organized, but with twin boys that are four years old that keep me on my toes, I am always looking for cool, fun and creative ways to keep them excited about learning and school.  This year, I decided to engage the boys with some creative ideas/projects that would be useful throughout the school year.  For example, making pencil cups for their homework station or helping with teacher appreciation supply gifts. This way, you will make your children more enthusiastic about  their first days at school. So here are some very cute, fun and creative ways to get inspired.

Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas…


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How about a supply cake! I love this idea.


Homework stations – why not get your child involved and create the perfect study space!

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Family command center – how to stay organized and on schedule.

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So many ideas to share but if you are looking for more, here are a few sources to check out:

50+ Back to School Ideas-

Encourage Homework Diligence With an Inspiring Homework Station

14 Homework Stations That Get the Job Done

Countdown to class

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Posted by Vanessa M.

Garage – “to have and to hold”

Does the picture below look familiar to you?  Yes my friends-this is what you think it is: a messy garage that has been a victim of hoarding! I’m not going to lie to you, my own garage is looking to head in the same direction as the poor garage from the picture. But I am going to stop myself from this madness and put my garage to good use!

Messy Garage

A lot of times, garages are not only used for storing cars, but for storing your belongings (like in the frightening picture above). But there are many ways to organize all of your belongings so that they can be easily accessible in a clutter free environment as in the examples below.  As you see in all of these garages, a variety of techniques are used to maximize storage space without losing much floor space to park your car(s). Many of these options include slat walls, hooks, ceiling mounted storage rails and not so deep storage towers/shelves.  In the examples below, a number of storage methods are used depending on what is being stored and the space allowance of that specific garage. On a side note, I always urge everyone to verify dimensions prior to purchasing any storage units.

This ceiling mounted application in the example below is great for storing larger items that you may not need to have access to on a regular basis. Just verify that the ceiling can carry the weight of the items being stored.


Not only does the example below have shelving, built in cabinets and hooks, but there is also a really nice mobile trolly that you can move around when doing work in the garage or anywhere outside.

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The slat wall in the picture below is great for storing tools and lawn supplies.  Also, with the built in cabinets and countertop, you now have a small workspace. Screen shot 2013-08-15 at 1.50.05 PM

But say you don’t need to store your car or belongings in the garage and need a different use to the space. Have you thought of converting it to another room? I am seeing this more frequently where a garage is converted into a living space and I think its a great alternative to the traditional garage.

How cute are these playrooms? Not only do you get to move your children’s stuff out of the main living area, but the children can have their own “getaway” space!

Kids Playroom Garage


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The garages below were both converted to be part of the actual living area of the home. The  once garage doors are a beautiful architectural element that truly intensifies the character of the space.



And last but not least, my favorite! (Amy, I know you’re going to love this one too) Who said a dog shouldn’t be treated like royalty. This garage was converted into an amazing dog house with chandelier and all!

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So, if you are reading this post, you have definitely learned a lesson-Clean up that garage of yours and put it to good use. I have given you plenty of ideas to play with and if you still feel lost, give us a call and we will be more than happy to help you out.

Posted by Reem T.

Things are Lookin’ Up

Where are you sitting right now?  Look up at the ceiling.  What do you see?  I must confess, I’m sitting at home in my living room, and as I look up I see white, white and more flat white.  When most individuals think about the design of a space, they think about the furnishings, the walls, cabinetry, and accessories.  Really, the only time most people think about the ceiling is when they add some lighting, or are scraping the 1970’s popcorn off.  

I was inspired during our last meeting by our business partners Reem and Vanessa, when they were discussing how one of their professors in college used to challenge his designers to think about the ENTIRE space – including the ceiling.  They said that he used to tell his students to look at the ceiling and the bathroom whenever they go somewhere because if they haven’t been designed as well as the rest of the space, then it was a FAIL.  So, in an effort to gain a little inspiration, and remind myself to think about the entire space, here are some really beautiful ceilings.  It’s amazing how a pattern or the addition of one different material or some perfectly placed lighting can completely transform a room:
















So, next time you walk into a church, a new restaurant, or even your friend’s house, take a look up and see if it inspires you!

Looking for more inspiration?  Check out our Facebook and Pinterest page, or contact us on our website.

Post by Amy B.

Windsor Chair, Oh How I Love You…

I am sure you all are very familiar with the phrase “Imitation is the greatest form of flattery”, right? In the case of the Windsor Chair, one of my favorite furniture pieces, this couldn’t be more true. I am seeing replicas of this piece constantly and some are staying true to the original style of the chair while others take on a modern twist.  But one thing that remains constant in all of today’s Windsor Chairs are its main components: the solid wooden seat and the spindle back.

Below are some images of some more traditional Windsor Chairs. These traditional styles are seen constantly in homes today and remain a timeless classic.

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Windsor Chairs

More contemporary styles can be found at your local retailers at a reasonable price as well.

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Marlow Chair at Crate and Barrel

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Soren Chair at Room & Board

No one would ever guess that the Tom Dixon Fan Chair below was inspired by the Windsor Chair. Again, the two components I discussed earlier are still seen in this chair: the spindle back and the wood seat.

Tom Dixon Fan Chair

Tom Dixon Fan Chair

Another beautiful modern twist of the Windsor Chair by Richard Townsend.

Richard Townsend Chair

In love with the Windsor Chair and needing help incorporating it into your home?  You can contact us via our website at, or you can find us on Facebook, Linked-in and Pinterest.

Posted by Reem T.