Wednesday, January 21, 2015

FREE Interior Design Classes at Down to Earth

On your next trip to Gardner Village, make sure you make the full rounds, as there is a special surprise in the back of the Village. Standing tall and beautiful is a red barn. Inside this barn is a home decor dream come true—a dream called Down to Earth. 

This shop has been described as Anthro-meets-affordable, as it has high-end style at very reasonable prices. But that’s not the only reason to pay Down to Earth a visit. They also have experts on hand to help you with your home decor dilemmas. 

My big question: Can I do gray and white furnishings and accents without having to first paint my light brown walls? 

The answer: Yes! And they even had a room set up that illustrated the look I was after. It was just what I needed. 

Take this a step further, and join them in February for one of their FREE Interior Design Classes, taught by the very knowledgable Michael Roberts. Michael’s resume includes work for The Parade of Homes and designing model homes for builders. In other words, this guy knows his stuff. 

Each class is about an hour long and will seat 35-40 people. Simply call the store ahead of time to reserve your spot. You’ll want to place that call soon at 801.984.4105, as space is already limited.

The class will cover five main topics: 1. Basic Design Principles; 2. Design Inspiration; 3. Space Planning; 4. Color Concepts; and 5. Accessorizing. 

Each class will include demonstrations, a Q&A session at the end (so come with your questions), and the store open for you to shop following the class. Oh, and did I mention the discount?

Receive 25% off an accessory purchase on the day/night of your class. AND receive $50 off of a $500+ purchase! See, it pays to come in and have some fun at our free classes! 

To give you an idea of what’s in store for you, here are just a few of the awesome tidbits I picked up in visiting with Michael and walking through Down to Earth. 

Tip #1: Blend Texture with Neutrals
The “Newspaper Look,” is what Down to Earth is using to describe the current popularity of decorating using neutrals. In this space, the interest comes not from color but from the blending of textures. So, if you find color matching intimidating, avoid it all together and go with a warm, neutral palette that brings in a variety of inviting textures.

Tip #2: Add One Accent Piece to Direct Your Space
Look at adding one accent piece of furniture, such as this attractive ottoman, to bring a splash of color to an otherwise neutral space. With this ottoman leading the way, it was easy to then choose throw pillows in coordinating colors for additional hints of hue. 

Fun Tidbit: Michael actually owns this sofa. I asked him if it was scary having such a light sofa in a home with children. Being the mother of a two-year-old, this is the first place my brain goes. He assured me that it’s actually quite easy to keep clean, as it has gray woven in to the fabric, which disguises dirt. He also said that the store has an excellent care policy you can add to your furniture purchase for that added insurance should anything happen. *gasp*

Tip #3: Create a Relaxing Space Using Cape Cod Styling
This inviting space was put together using white furniture that with clean lines, known as Cape Cod styling. The crisp, clean white is then paired with a beach-y tone—in this case a sandy beige wall—to create a relaxing atmosphere. Added texture was then incorporated with the wall of mirrors. You’ve heard of a gallery wall created with framed photos? Well, this reflective approach takes that concept to a new and exciting level. 

Tip #4: Make it Masculine
Down to Earth is working to bring in more masculine design options for you in the coming weeks. They’ve been told this is an area of design that can be challenging to tackle, and they want to provide the answer. This space is a brilliant illustration of just how easy it can be to give an older boy a fresh design in his space. This styling would also work well in a neutral space, such as a guest room. Or you can even play it up to be feminine, just by swapping out some accents. These are tricks you’ll discover in class.

Down to Earth gets new things in each week, which means you can visit frequently and always find something new to inspire you. All of the spaces shown here plus many more are designed to give you ideas and offer you a springboard to the design of your home. There are even dining room spaces to check out in this two-story store. 

For a meager fee of $50, you can schedule a Down to Earth expert to come to your home and offer you a complete design consultation. I don’t know about you, but that’s now on my to-do. Seriously, this store is going to take all of the guesswork out of turning your house into a home, whether you visit to shop, come for a class, or call for a consultation. 

Happy decorating!
Megan Hoeppner

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