Saving Cocktail Hour: Taming the Colorado Sun

If you live here you know that the sun in Colorado is strong, strong enough to heat up your house, strong enough to fade your furniture, and strong enough to degrade the alcohol in your home bar.  If you store your liquor in a glass cabinet, or on an open shelf in a sunny corner, the Colorado sun is not your friend.  Design Studio’s interior designers use window treatments to manage the sun.  Whether you prefer elegant draperies or modern, motorized shades, let Design Studio tame that sunshine in your home.  Design Studio’s interior designers can help you find the perfect solution for your taste and your lifestyle. 

Recently, in a client’s living room with a wall of south-facing windows, Design Studio’s interior designers noticed that the hot afternoon sun was shining directly onto the client’s glass front bar cabinet.  Filled with a rare and costly whiskey collection, this cabinet had to be protected, and fast.  Fortunately, our team of interior designers had installed motorized, programmable shades for living room.  The shades were programmed to descend as the sun came across the bar, protecting their whiskey collection and taming the Colorado sun.

Top 6 Tips for Your Kitchen Remodel

We all fantasize about updating our kitchens to the perfect space to cook and entertain…

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Great Remodeling Choices 101: How to Weather Living in a Construction Zone

Being able to enjoy your home while the remodel is in progress can be a scary idea.

This article is the second of a four-part series about making smart decisions before embarking on your home remodel project.

Part one of this series covered the initial questions to ask when you’re looking for a general contractor. Part two goes deeper into once you have found a contractor you like, ensuring it’s a great match and that your dream remodel or rebuild is a success. The third part of this series dives into tips if you are planning to live in your space while the sub-contractors are working too.

The contractor you’ve chosen is beginning your remodel job. It’s so exciting—until demo is over and the work looks like it’s slowing down. The subs are smoking outside while you’re drinking your coffee—and you have noticed they are using your bathroom. Now what? If you are planning to live in your space while the subs are at work, here are tips to stay sane:

Read the tips in Colorado Homes & Lifestyles here.

Great Remodeling Choices 101: What Your Contractor Should Know

Feeling confident that you have an excellent contractor is an essential component of the success of your project.

This article is the second of a four-part series about making smart decisions before embarking on your home remodel project.

Part one of this series covered the initial questions to ask when you’re looking for a general contractor. This installment goes a step further, addressing how to delve deeper once you have found a contractor you like—to ensure it’s a great match and that your dream remodel or rebuild is a success.

The process of remodeling can be frustrating, scary, and emotionally draining. Nonetheless, your project can be managed so that it is exciting and delivered on time and on budget.

Here’s the inside scoop: Your general contractor should come to the table with the following knowledge and resources from which you, the homeowner, benefit. Be sure to cover the following topics with your general contractor:

Read the six tips in Colorado Homes & Lifestyles here.

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Great Remodeling Choices 101: How to Choose a Contractor

Become a more empowered homeowner with these five expert tips on hiring a professional and qualified contractor.

This article is the first of a four-part series about making smart decisions before embarking on your home remodel project.

So, you want to remodel your home in some capacity. How do you know how to find highly qualified professionals to make your desired changes? How do you find someone to actually help you articulate your vision and then help you take the necessary steps to make it come to life? 

This has always been a complex process, with decisions at every turn. Home remodeling has become even more complicated by the pressure and unrealistic expectations perpetrated by the myriad of home remodeling shows on television, in which projects occur quickly and for an unrealistic price tag. These shows are enticing with their shiny and swiftly completed projects, but the reality is much more nuanced.

Building codes, materials, product specification differentiation, what makes something builder-grade versus box-store, the ability to assess the quality of the electricians, plumbers, framers, installers, site managers, contractors, architects, electrical/mechanical and structural engineers, designers, and kitchen and bath designers that you will inevitably need to work with… the home improvement industry can be overwhelmingly technical, difficult to understand, and more often than not, not totally transparent. How will you know that the “experts” you hire are qualified, connected to the community, loyal to the local codes, and familiar with the inspectors or at least capable of communicating well on your behalf?

Read the five tips in Colorado Homes & Lifestyles here.

Warming Up The Inside

Break out your boots, stock up on tea and spruce up your home. As we head into Boulder’s coldest time of year, it’s time to embrace all things cozy.

Unlike winterizing your garden or closet, winterizing your home doesn’t warrant a complete overhaul. This month: Our designers offer four simple and subtle ways to warm up the inside without touching the thermostat.

We added a hide rug to warm up this dining room‘s wood floors.

Tactile Textures

When prepping your home for winter months, seek out plush textures that beg to be touched: knotty knits, soft leather, fluffy sheepskin, luxurious velvet. The more your home feels like your favorite sweater, the more you will enjoy your winter environment.


Layer your bed with knit blankets and wool throw pillows

Pull in warm-toned natural accents: brass, copper, wood, leather

If you’re feeling extra ambitious, wrap your headboard in luxe velvet or soft tweed

A wintry-blue throw blanket and a collection of cream pillows add extra comfort to this master bed. View our portfolio to see more of this design. 

Soft Materials

The trick to crafting cozy environments is peppering them with cozy materials. It’s likely not practical to swap out your furniture each season, so consider draping blankets, scattering pillows and layering rugs. Even wicker can be easily warmed up with the right addition of texture.


Drape wood seating with a sheepskin throw

Create a nest of pillows on couch and bed

Use thick rugs to create walkways and nooks throughout the space

From the runner to the cabinets to the books on the shelf, we added splashes of deep red to this kitchen to add warmth throughout.

Cozy Colors

The quickest way to cue winter home is to shift the color palette used inside. When thinking about the soft materials and tactile textures to be sprinkled throughout, choose colors that are similarly inviting.


Use art, accessories, paint and finishes to pull in new colors

Go dark: rich jewel tones, earthy reds and oranges, sophisticated greens

OR, go light. If your basic palette leans towards neutral, adding light grey, pastel pink, oatmeal or winter blue can create a fresh, airy quality.

Durable Stout drapes look stylish and trap heat inside the home. Visit our showroom to browse more of their window coverings. Photo courtesy Stout. 

Change Your View

Windows not only provide a visual connection to cooler environments, but also (in many cases) invite cool air into your home. To warm up your view and boost efficiency, amplify your window treatments.


Swap sheer, flowy fabrics for thick drapes that can be closed at night to retain the heat

Look for thermal shades and/or curtains with detachable thermal panels

Layer, layer, layer. Winter is the perfect time to embrace dual curtain arrangements.


Looking for more design ideas? Contact us.

4 Interior Design Resolutions for 2019

What’s on your New Year’s resolution list? Chances are it includes a few goals that will lead to a happier, more productive, healthier and better you—splurging on a pilates studio membership, training for your first half marathon, creating a ‘no phones in bed’ policy, practicing meditation for 10 minutes each day, tackling your financial budget.

But what about making a resolution to better your home? After all, it is the place you sleep, relax, eat, bathe, entertain and prepare yourself for whatever the day holds. At Design Studio Interior Solutions, we believe that comfort, function and inspiration within a home ignites the same qualities in other areas of life too.

So whether it’s your year to finally update your master bathroom, reupholster your heirloom sofa, or overhaul your kitchen, our team of skilled designers can help elevate your home—no matter the size or scope of the project.

Follow this list of our Interior Design Resolutions to make your home more distinctive, stylish and cozy in 2019.


1. Get Organized

Organization is key to sanity within a home. When we design a space, one of the most important aspects is creating practical storage spaces that combine function with beauty. We custom design built-in shelving, cabinetry and closets in order to keep clutter at bay and maximize square footage.

“If you’re planning a remodel, really consider what your storage needs are,” advises DSIS Designer Alyssa Wagner. “From a better closet layout to kitchen drawers that keep all of your utensils in place, we can help!”

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2. Resurrect Your Dated Furniture

It’s time to revive the old paisley sofa that’s collecting dust in your garage. With our reupholstering services, you can breathe life into your well-worn pieces with a fresh new fabric from our extensive collection. 

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3. Buy for the Long Haul

Great design is worth the investment because it withstands the test of time. If you’re looking for new furniture this year, consider Design Studio Interior Solution’s Private Label collection. Our line of completely customizable sofas, recliners, and chaises are made with care in the U.S. using high-quality manufacturing techniques that will outlast wear and tear.

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4. Hit Refresh

Swapping out details such as throw pillows, blankets and rugs is a quick and easy way to re-energize your space. Stop by our 10,000-square-foot showroom in Boulder for a wide range of carefully selected fabrics, flooring, carpet, window coverings, tile and accessories from top vendors around the world. 

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Ready to refresh your home? Contact us today to learn more about our design process and services. We can turn your resolutions into reality.

New Year, New Hues: 2019 Color Trend Report

Color is paramount to interior design. The right shades enhance a home’s tone and ambiance, accentuate architectural elements, and add vibrance and playfulness to a space; while the wrong shades can make an entire room feel off or unsettling.


Our design team stays tuned in to trend forecasts from industry-leading color creators so that we can accurately source the shades that provide comfort and personality our clients’ homes. With a new year right around the corner, we’re focusing on the 2019 Colors of the Year from Pantone and top paint suppliers. From deep slate blue to soothing gray to punchy peach, each color pick is drastically different, but could work beautifully with the right application.


Which colors would you choose for your home?

Behr: Blueprint S470-5

“Warmer than denim and softer than navy,” this mid-tone takes its inspiration from ocean waves and foggy cityscapes. Its timeless nature allows it to be paired with a variety of palettes—from earth and jewel tones to pastels. We think it would be a good fit for an accent wall in a bedroom or for cabinetry in an otherwise all-white kitchen.


Pantone: Living Coral

Pantone is known internationally as the world-renowned authority on color, so their Color of the Year is always highly anticipated. 2019’s chosen color is a coral hue with a golden undertone that’s engaging, spirited and optimistic. Too overpowering to cover an entire wall, we see it as the perfect fit for accessories, throw pillows and within textile patterns balanced by a more grounded shade.


Sherwin Williams: Cavern Clay SW7701

This earthy terracotta shade nods to 1970s style and the American Southwest. Its bohemian flair most obviously pairs well with Navajo-inspired prints, leather, rattan and desert plants, but it could also be used to warm up the sleek white-and-gray palettes that have been popular in recent years.


Benjamin Moore: Metropolitan AF-690

The most neutral hue of the bunch, Metropolitan is a sophisticated gray meant to evoke a sense of calm. It’s a great alternative to the all-white-everything trend, as it works well as an all-over paint color but does so with warmth and understated elegance. We love this as a relaxing bedroom shade, paired with navy blues, emerald greens or blush pinks.


Looking to add more color to your home? Contact us to help perfect your palette.

Your Boulder Guide to the Perfect Holiday Table

The dining table is the main stage of a holiday production, where family and friends gather to imbibe, feast, share stories and make memories. So whether you’re hosting two or 20, we know how important it is to have a table dressed for the occasion.

For holiday parties, even your dream dining room will need some additional design details for extra personality and festive style. We broke the perfect holiday table down into three key design elements (flowers, tabletop decor, and the star of the show—delicious food), as well as our favorite places in Boulder to find each piece. And in case you aren’t on the party-planning committee this year, we’ve also provided a few local shops where you can find a hostess gift that wows.



Photo Courtesy of Fawns Leap

A beautiful bouquet never goes out of style. Flower arrangements are one of the easiest ways to instantly add life, earthiness and elegance to any table. Large centerpieces may get in the way of conversation and passing entrees during the holidays, so opt for a group of short, mini bouquets or a sprinkling of petals or festive garland instead.

Our favorite Boulder florists:

Boulder Blooms for artistic and eclectic seasonal arrangements

Fawns Leap for modern centerpieces in stylish vessels

Fiori Flowers for custom designs and daily delivery


Tabletop Decor

From tablecloth and runner to napkins and silverware, tabletop accessories allow you to customize your holiday spread to match your theme or inspiration. We suggest sticking to three colors—one neutral, one bold, one accent—and search for coordinating pieces in within that spectrum. Keep in mind that sometimes simple designs are the most stunning, especially to calm the chaos of a big crowd.

Stop by our showroom to browse our wide selection of antique silverplate and tabletop accessories, or peruse some of our favorite home decor shops in the neighborhood:

Cedar & Hyde Mercantile for organic ceramic dishware and bohemian tablecloths

Voss Art & Home for art-inspired serving plates and chargers

Bliss Boulder for unique homewares with extra spunk

Cloth & Gold for those who want their Martha Stewart moment without the hassle or cost. This company offers a selection of rentable tablescapes, and they even do the clean up for you.

Peppercorn for classic dinnerware and kitchen tools


Delicious Bites

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While the main course will most likely be homemade, we suggest store-bought starters and sides to save time and stress. Luckily, Boulder is home to many culinary shops serving artisanal spreads that not only taste amazing, they also double as artistic centerpieces.

Our Boulder favorites:

Cured for premade charcuterie boards featuring fine meats and cheeses sourced all over the globe

Moxie Bread Co. for rustic breads and pastries, as well as fresh, ingredient-driven salads


Hostess Gifts

Photo Courtesy of Alpine Modern

A bottle of wine is a great go-to dinner party gift, but if you’re on the hunt for something that will impress a design-savvy host, look no further than these local shops specializing in thoughtful gifts and accessories.

Haven for a curated mix of beauty products, pantry goods and gift boxes

Alpine Modern for stylish essentials and modern home accessories

Two Hands Paperie for artful journals, stationery and thank you cards


Three Types of Kitchen Lighting Every Home Needs

Whether you are a skilled chef or haven’t quite mastered the art of the grilled cheese, no cook’s kitchen is complete without proper lighting. Of course, lighting is key to the functionality and design of any room in a home, but in a space that’s as technical as a kitchen—where activities include chopping, recipe-reading, plating, serving, pouring, conversing and digging in—it’s especially important.

So how do you design a well-lit and efficient kitchen worthy of the title “heart of the home”? It might be more complicated than you think.

When designing a client’s home, Design Studio implements three types of kitchen lighting: overhead, task and accent. Each of these sources serves a different yet equally important purpose, and we don’t consider a kitchen complete without the entire trifecta.

Here are three types of kitchen lighting you need to consider:



The bones of kitchen lighting, overhead lighting illuminates the bulk of the space, and is typically the first switch you reach for when entering your kitchen. This is often a series of bulbs recessed into the ceiling for a clean, no-frills look, or a grouping of simple flush-mount fixtures.



It might not be the sexiest type of kitchen lighting, but task lighting is essential to a functional kitchen. Typically hidden from the naked eye, task lighting is installed under cabinets and range hoods or even within pantries and cupboards so you can easily spotlight the small area you’re working in or quickly access ingredients and cooking tools. LED lights, the newest trend in kitchen lighting, work perfectly as under-cabinet task lights. LED bulbs are long-lasting, energy-efficient and give off almost no heat, making them a go-to product for reducing fire risk in the kitchen.



We like to refer to this type of lighting as the “jewelry” of the kitchen. Accent lighting can take the form of sconces, chandeliers, or our personal favorite—pendants suspended over prep islands or kitchen tables. Whether you go for glitzed-out or classic-chic, accent lighting allows your personal style to shine and creates a focal point for the room.


Ready to get cooking? We have a team of highly skilled interior designers are here to help you help properly illuminate your kitchen or tackle a full design or remodel. Stop by our Boulder Design Center today to meet with a design professional or browse our sourcing room with details on hundreds of light fixtures in an array of styles. Bon appétit!