One of my favorite pleasures in life is to curl up with a great book and enjoy a respite from daily life. With comfy cushions and dreamy views, window seats and nooks are a wonderful way to build  mini-retreats right into your home.

Looking to create a “cozy space”?  Join me on a photo journey through some peaceful-inspiring nooks…

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The color and fabric selections in this window nook enhance its soothing appeal.

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A window seat in a living room provides extra seating for guests.

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Double window seat and storage surround provides not only an aesthetic appeal, but a super-functional space

 

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I love the functional drapes of this window seat/bed. One could truly hide away from the world behind them!

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Adding a window seat to a stair landing turns a space into a place to linger and enjoy.

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Window seats provide great views, but even without a view a nook is a wonderful way to kick back and relax.

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This beautiful eastern-inspired nook shows how you can play around with colors, textures, and lighting to create a peaceful and inviting atmosphere.

 

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What an efficient use for an otherwise wasted space under these stairs!

 

 

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Yes, even our pets can benefit from a nook! Go ahead and provide them with a space of their own to indulge in.

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Jackson, NJ —  January 19, 2013 – Rose Abby Design of Jackson, NJ has been awarded  “Best Of Houzz” 2013 by Houzz, the leading online platform for residential remodeling and design.  The 3-year old interior design firm was chosen by the more than 11 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.

The Houzz “Best Of Houzz” award for 2013 is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction award winners are based on homeowner members who rated their experience working with remodeling professionals in 12 categories ranging from architects, and interior designers to contractors and other residential remodeling professionalsDesign award winners’ work was the most popular among the community of 11 million monthly users, also known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 124 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site, iPad/iPhone app and Android app.

“At Rose Abby Design we consider design a work of art; it is subjective and meaningful, and transcends emotion and provides an outlet for self-expression”

“Houzz provides homeowners with an in-depth, 360-degree view of building, remodeling and design professionals through images of their work, reviews and an opportunity to interact with them directly in the Houzz community,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community. “We’re delighted to recognize Rose Abby Design among our “Best Of” professionals for exceptional design and customer service as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals like Rose Abby Design, but also those whose work matches their own aspirations for their home. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and evaluating their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.

About ROSE ABBY DESIGN

Rose Abby Design specializes in residential and commercial properties, offering custom-tailored designs for all aspects of a project. Our process delivers end-to-end services that spans design concept to design execution.

About Houzz

Houzz (www.houzz.com) is a leading online platform for home remodeling, providing inspiration, information, ‘advice and support for homeowners and home improvement professionals through its website and mobile applications. Houzz features the largest residential design database in the world, articles written by design experts, product recommendations, a vibrant community powered by social tools, and information on more than 1.5 million remodeling and design professionals worldwide who can help turn ideas into reality. @houzz_inc

Mirrors have been used in interior design for centuries.  They are a unique blend of furniture and wall art that give instant polish to any room with little effort.  One of the many benefits of using mirrors in design is the way they bring light and depth into a space by reflecting and emphasizing views and colors from not only artwork, but adjacent focal walls.  A major bonus of using mirrors to decorate your home is their ability to make a room look larger, making them the perfect design element for small spaces, so don’t be afraid to go big.

Strategically placing mirrors is a great way to reflect beloved artwork and/or focal walls.

In this photo a sunburst mirror is used to reflect the beautiful curves of the staircase and chandelier

Oversized mirrors are hung above sofa to create the illusion of more space in this small manhattan apartment.

A venetian mirror is used in this entry to create a focal point, as well as brighten the space by reflecting light.

  1. Don’t shy away from using color.   Choose colors you love and use them in the accessories, which don’t cost a lot to change out.
  2.  White is a great backdrop to display pops of color and to keep a fresh, clean appearance.
  3.  Make sure to sample colors before committing.  Paint the colors on different walls in your room so that you can see how the colors change in different light depending on the time of day.
  4.  Choose artwork you love, and then look to the artwork for inspiration in creating layers in your space. Vary the shades in different throw pillows, accessories, etc…
  5.  Keep accent color in a single family for a cohesive result

Accents of pink pop against a white backdrop.

Pulling color from artwork is a wonderful way to use color and make the space cohesive.

Keeping accent color  in the same family allows for a more unified, sophisticated look.

Your bedroom should always be your sanctuary from the world, and what better way to enjoy your escape than on a plush upholstered bed.

“Sanctuary, on a personal level, is where we perform the job of taking care of the soul.”

                                                     ~Christopher Forrest McDowell

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Hickory White upholstered queen bed has a classic wing shape design that can be used in both traditional or contemporary decor.


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Equestrian Glam… nail head headboard adds extra flair.

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The Sullivan bed by Restoration Hardware makes a minimalistic statement in any setting with its clean lines and low profile.

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An upholstered daybed in a kid’s space is a perfect way to maximize space without compromising style.

ImageUpholstering a headboard in a kid’s space is a great way to play around with colors and patterns, making for a visually stimulating setting.


ImageCount on Restoration Hardware to beautify even a bunk bed.  Modeled after the Chesterfield sofa with its deep tufting, this bed is sure to  transform a child’s bed into a luxuriously cozy spot for both sleeping and lounging.