• Green is the New Black!

    The psychology of color and the feelings they evoke has always fascinated me. Fast food restaurants choose orange and yellow to evoke happiness and stimulate hunger. Social media accounts use blue to represent dependability and trustworthiness. White projects purity while black can be authoritative and powerful.
     
    When decorating or renovating your home, color can unintentionally affect your emotional state. For instance, a bright red wall would not be suitable for a bedroom since red stimulates energy and increases blood pressure, respiration, heartbeat, and pulse. Not very relaxing for a good night’s sleep!
    It should come as no surprise to any of our patrons that we love the color green! Our building, front door, store lampposts, mirrors, and many of our design projects have featured this luscious color.  
     
    Fun facts about the color green; it occupies more space in the spectrum visible to the human eye in most colors, and is second only to blue as a favorite color. Green is the pervasive color in the natural world, which makes it an ideal backdrop in interior design since we are so used to seeing it everywhere.
     Green symbolizes growth, freshness, serenity, and healing and also has a strong emotional correspondence to safety and balance. The effects of the color green can help alleviate depression, nervousness, and anxiety, making it an ideal shade for a soothing master bedroom retreat. It can offer a sense of renewal, self-control, and harmony, perfect for the family kitchen where most of your life takes place.
    When choosing to decorate with green, the possibilities are endless! From a pea-green kitchen to a bath in lime stripes, you can utilize this lively and refreshing color in any room of your house.
     I’ve curated a collection of our greenest spaces in the store and from our clients’ design projects, along with tips for how to incorporate this sprightly hue with your own decorating style!
    Come on in!  Inviting, fun, and a little funky, this bright emerald green is a great color choice for the front door. 
     
    Our front counter is adorned with a green accent wall, and our signature golden elephant! This helps to create a feel-good atmosphere in our store, perfect for selecting just the right thing for your home! 
    These adorable vintage chairs are a beautiful addition to this bright dining room. You can snag items like these chairs at your local antique mall or flea market. New chartreuse cushions make the room super cheerful, and give new life back to the chairs.
    A set of Barbara Cosgrove Foo Dog lamps with custom color shades looks incredible next to neutral bedding. Square Feathers pillows in the same hue make this bed calming and restful. Katie Ridder fabric in a custom made bolster complete the bed. All items available in the store! 
    Moss Studio's Plymouth sofa with a ruffled skirt in custom fabric make this one of the coziest and bright sofas I've ever seen! Decorated with coordinating hot pink pillows give it a cool edge, perfect for a little girl's room!
     
    This GORGEOUS chandelier from Cyan in a bright green is the perfect ornamental detail for this rustic farmhouse table. Bar stools in a matching hue elevate your dining experience to new heights! 
    Pops of color should be incorporated everywhere! These cherries in a citrine lacquer with a bright brass etched stem are great stand-alone sculptures on your dining table or kitchen island... or sitting on top of a stack of books on your coffee table.
    Custom drapes are a smart investment that can add serious drama to any room. Seen here in a plush velvet from Schumacher Fabrics, this amazing kelly green is such a stunner. We can help you with all of your drapery needs! 
    Creating a serene space is necessary for the bedroom. Pine Cone Hill's Fern Duvet cover and sheet set transport nature indoors! Lacefield pillows add a pop of neon.
     
    This beautiful and bright lake house wouldn't be complete without these Manuel Canavos custom drapes. The clients' chairs get a facelift with new ID Collections upholstery. 
    Even Maven's adorable little greeter is getting into it! Let the soothing shades of green help create stability and inspire possibility! 
    Have a great week, and don't forget to go green! 
    Posted by Rita Wasson
  • Maven in Motion

    It is hard to believe that another summer has come and gone, but what a crazy summer it has been for us here at Maven!
    We have been blessed with so many amazing projects this summer that made us forget the 100+ degree weather outside, except for the day the air conditioning went out in the workroom. It was a very sweaty day for interior design.
    One of my favorite projects we have been working on this summer has to be the office. We were tasked with furnishing and designing an entire floor of an office space, complete with a kitchenette and a common area. This has been in the works for a few months and it has been awesome to see it all come together. The planning and preparation for this project has been a challenge but such a fun process.
     It was a neat progression to see our plans come to life. Part of our design process is creating a mockup for our clients. People are generally visual, so it helps to create a two-dimensional depiction of what the spaces will look like.
     Below are some side-by-side pictures of our initial plans, and the actual outcome in the space!
      
    One of my favorite parts of the office has to be the six custom burl wood desks made for each individual office. They give the setting a Mad Men inspired feel, also adding functionality and cohesiveness to the entire floor.
     
    Colorful artwork and funky furniture pieces were key to making our clients feel less like corporate drudges in every other office and more like a group of people working together for the greater good, in a unique and stylish space!
    The kitchenette is fully functional with a dishwasher, refrigerator and storage space. We chose a white, modern, marble, round table from Minimal and Modern for dining, with contemporary black chairs that compliment our motif of black, white, and green.
     
    We are nearing completion, and I can’t wait to show you the finished product! Stay tuned for more updates on one of my favorite projects! 
     
    Posted by Rita Wasson