Kitchen Design for the Efficient Home Chef

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Have you ever been frustrated by the limited space and less-than-optimal design of your kitchen? The struggle to finish Christmas dinner with a lack of counter space is an experience many have faced. Luckily, it’s possible to maximize the efficiency of your kitchen with a few design choices. Today, the team at Ellecor Interior Design will share a few ways to turn your cramped cooking area into a model of efficiency.

Designing for Efficiency

One of the first questions we ask our clients is how they use their existing kitchen space, and how would they like to use it? Are you hosting dinner parties? How do you serve your meals? Do you use a family style dinner table or do you spend most of your meals in front of the TV? These choices can have a major impact on the ideal kitchen design for you.

For instance, if you like to serve buffet style from your kitchen island, it would make a lot of sense to create storage room for your plates and silverware in the island rather than across the room.

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Remember the Golden Triangle

The age-old concept of the “Golden Triangle” of kitchen design is famous for a reason. Creating adjacent zones to maximize your space and avoid overlap is the ideal way to design a kitchen. For the uninitiated, the golden triangle, or working triangle, refers to a kitchen design goal that places the sink, oven, and fridge connected in a three-point triangle. This creates a corner of your kitchen in which you can prepare, cook and clean, all in a convenient space designed to make life in the kitchen easy. The more counter space you can fit within this area the better.

Create Zones Around Specific Areas

Designing work zones with specific jobs in mind will allow you to place the right tools and design goals in these areas to maximize efficiency. Consider the following zones when designing:

  • Prep Area – This is where your kitchen workflow starts. This area will be where you gather your cooking ingredients, prep your tools, and cut and measure your ingredients. This is usually best placed directly beside your cooking area/oven to avoid having to move too far when it’s time to cook.
  • Cook Area – The cooking zone is where your oven, stovetop, and microwave should be. Store your tools in this space, like spoons, spatulas, pots and pans. It is also a great idea to have a seasoning pantry here for ease of access.
  • Clean-Up – Your sink, dishwasher, and trash should be in this zone. Ideally, you want it near your cooking zone to make clean-up a cinch.
  • Storage – The storage zone is where you will put everything away. You want your refrigerator and pantry in this zone. Keep your Tupperware, plastics, and foils in this area.

Kitchen design with mindful use of storage, movement and workflow can transform your kitchen into the efficient heart of your home.

Contact Ellecor Interior Design Today

If you are looking to get the most out of your kitchen space with an efficient, stylish design — visit the experts at Ellecor Interior Design today. You can call our team directly at 417-720-2602 or come visit our storefront in Farmer’s Park on East Republic Road in Springfield.

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Common Bathroom Remodel Mistakes to Avoid

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Whether you’re updating an outdated bathroom style or you’re renovating your entire space, a bathroom remodel can turn into a nightmare without the proper planning and execution. Read on to learn about some of the more common mistakes to avoid during your next bathroom renovation.

Common Bathroom Remodel Mistakes

  • Lack of a solid plan – Perhaps the worst thing you can do is go into your remodel flying by the seat of your pants. Make a plan that accounts for the materials you will need, your potential costs, and your personal taste.
  • Not discussing major renovations with a professional – If you are planning on moving fixtures, plumbing, or any other major renovations, it is crucial that you discuss your plans with a professional. Everything from the location of your doors, windows, plumbing, and electric wiring can significantly impact your remodel. A professional designer can ensure that things run as smoothly as possible and save you thousands of dollars in work.
  • Failing to set aside reserve funds – No matter how thorough a plan you have, unexpected costs will always arise during a bathroom remodel. If you don’t reserve funds for emergencies, you may find yourself in a situation where you can’t finish your renovations. Set aside around 15% of your remodeling budget for emergencies. If you need it you’ll be glad you did, if you don’t you can treat yourself for a job well done!
  • Factor function into your material selection – When shopping for materials, the most important factor to keep in mind is if they can stand up to the stress of daily use. Many people don’t realize the stress we put on our bathroom. Moisture and temperature changes can be devastating to the wrong materials. Nothing is worse after a remodel than spending thousands on materials only to find your new vanity warping and your wallpaper peeling.
  • Ignoring small mistakes – Even the smallest mistakes in your bathroom remodel may result in serious annoyance down the line. During your remodel, be sure to address even small mistakes, otherwise, you’ll notice them every time you use the space.

Contact the Experts at Ellecor Interior Design Today

If you are contemplating a remodel of a room in your home, trust the experts at Ellecor Interior Design. Our team is dedicated to exceeding our customer’s design expectations. Call our team at (417) 720-2602 or come visit us today in Farmer’s Park in Springfield, Missouri.

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Curating An Interior Design Collection

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At Ellecor, we source the most unique items to help you achieve your design dreams. Curating a collection is time-consuming. It requires attention to detail, focus, and an understanding of aesthetic. How do we select the items that we offer? Keep reading to find out more. Our team has years of combined experience, and we are happy to share that experience with you!

Understanding Our Community

We understand the unique culture of Springfield, Missouri, and we are so glad that we chose this community. We appreciate the comforts of the Midwest and enjoy combining rustic elements like hardwoods and antique elements with sharp and innovative design elements that are reminiscent of the East and West Coast.

Keeping Design In Mind

We are constantly taking stock of new trends in the industry. We are adapting and developing our products daily in order to ensure that we are providing our customers with the best of furniture, design, and decor items. We ensure you that you will find something unique and interesting every time that you visit us. Every item in our store is hand-picked.

Providing Top Quality Products

We only choose to partner with companies that we believe in. If the quality of an item is sub-par, you won’t find it in our store. We specialize in providing reclaimed wood-home furnishings that add a rustic authenticity to any room. We also provide several modern pieces.

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Connect With Ellecor

We would love for you to stop in and shop our collection. Feel free to contact us online or call us at  (417)720-2602. We have taken significant time to prepare collections that will suit a wide array of tastes, and that are dynamic enough to help reshape your space. Our collections are always growing and changing, so feel free to stop in and shop with us today!

Interior Design With Bohemian Style Decor by Ellecor

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Your décor should always reflect your personality. So, for our more free-spirited readers, we’ve decided to write a blog about how to design the perfect bohemian master bedroom. If you’re a fan of bright color and interesting texture, this interior design trend will be right up your alley. Read on to discover our tips for creating a dream bohemian oasis!

Use String Lights

Soft light is a hallmark of the bohemian style. With all the bright, busy colors and texture of the style, you want to keep the lighting soft and relaxing. String lights add a feeling of romance and magic to any space. String them behind sheet curtains or hang them across your ceiling. Wherever you put them, they’ll most certainly enhance the space.

Include Lots of Patterns and Color

If you want to truly capture the spirit of a bohemian interior design project, then be bold with your color and pattern choices. Ignore all of the rules you previously learned about not using patterns that clash in the same room. A brightly colored rug mixed with an equally bright and patterned bedspread is a perfect place to start. Don’t shy away from wild patterns. Embrace them!

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Add Texture

Add depth and comfort to your bohemian room by layering lots of different textures in the space. Plush blankets, soft comforters and fuzzy rugs will cozy-up a brightly colored space. As with the colors, don’t shy away from mixing a multitude of textures in the space. Go wild!

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Mix and Match

If there’s one thing that a Bohemian bedroom shouldn’t be it’s super matchy. Embrace the free spirit within and stop trying to make everything perfectly match and coordinate. Bohemian style is about a multitude of seemingly conflicting patterns and colors coming together to create something fascinating. Throw caution to the wind and let your free spirit take over!

Let Ellecor Help!

If you need a little bit of help unleashing the Bohemian artist within, give Ellecor a call. We have a team of phenomenal interior design experts who would be thrilled to help you make your Boho dreams come true. Contact us today!

Ellecor & Interior Design Tips for Cozy Minimalism

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Cozy minimalism is a rising trend in the interior design world. This trend is essentially the halfway point between harsh minimalism and a busier interior design trend. You don’t want your house to be cluttered, but you also don’t want it to feel like an operating room. The idea behind cozy minimalism is to focus on both comfort and functionality. Read on to find out more about how to curate a cozy minimalist look in your own home!

Curate a Functional Base

Get the basics right! Invest in pieces of furniture that will fit the function of the room. Build your room around simple and sleek pieces. If you’re designing a living room, your couch (which is the piece of furniture that expresses the function of the room) should be the focal point. Everything else in the room should focus on enhancing that space and highlighting its function. Function is king in a minimalist design!

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Quality Over Quantity

Instead of spending money on lots of cheap décor that can end up making your home look cluttered, invest in high-quality pieces of décor that enhance the space without overwhelming it. Spend time curating your collection of décor so that you don’t end up with extraneous ornamentation.

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Add in Some Texture

A great way to make a minimalist design feel cozy is to add texture to your space. You can do this by adding a fuzzy area rug. Also, a few blankets draped over chairs and couches will give the space a soft, inviting feel.

Don’t Forget to Accessorize

Cozy minimalism doesn’t call for a rejection of all accessories. Rather, you should carefully choose your pieces so that each one adds something to the space. Choose minimal accessories so as not to make the space feel cluttered. Use things like throw pillows or wall art to add pops of color to your simple design. If you forgo accessories altogether the room will feel sterile, so choose a handful of pieces that speak to your sense of cozy style.

Let Ellecor Help!

If you feel lost with your attempts to implement a cozy minimalist interior design, let the incredible interior designers at Ellecor help! Come talk to one of our team members, and they’ll be able to help you draw up a design that you’ll fall in love with. Contact us today to set up an appointment!

Interior Design from Ellecor: How To Decorate For Fall

Interior Design Ideas for Fall Decor from Ellecor

Fall is just around the corner which means that the whole world will soon be colorful and crisp. It also means that it’s time to bring out your fall decor and make your house cozy for the season. Whether you prefer pillows, blankets, flowers or candles, the warm colors of autumn are perfect accents for your interior design. Your fireplace can finally come out of hibernation and add a calming glow to your living room aesthetic.

If you’re not sure where to start with making your home an adorable autumn retreat, read our Ellecor Interior Design blog to discover some fantastic tips and tricks. We’ll help you update your home for the season!

Decorate Your Door

When you’re transforming your home for fall, you should start with your front door! Adorn the entrance to your home with a fun fall wreath. Natural elements such as vibrant flowers and autumn leaves are a perfect way to add fall colors to your wreath. You might even consider painting your door a fun festive color for the season.

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Embrace the Colors of the Season

Autumn has such a rich palette of vibrant colors, which means you have so many colors to choose from when decorating your home. You don’t have to go with the traditional fall colors either. If cooler colors fit your style better, then go that route. There are decor options for every palette!

Bring Out The Pumpkins

Pumpkins are such a classic decorative piece for the fall season.  They make an excellent display for your front porch or as a centerpiece indoors. You can opt for real pumpkins for your outside decor and artificial pumpkins in your home. You can buy them in all sorts of fun fall colors!

Show Your Mantel Some Love

Your mantel is a focal point of your living room, so it deserves a little love this fall season. You can add some fun leafy garlands, some colorful little pumpkins, or several small potted flowers in the sunset colors of autumn. Whatever you prefer, make sure that your mantle really pops, because it will draw your design together and capture the eye of your guests.

Use Colorful Centerpieces

Centerpieces are a great way to add some color and festivity to any room. It could even be something as simple as pumpkins and a couple of fall scented candles on your coffee table. Or you could make an arrangement with brightly colored fall leaves. Either way, a centerpiece is an easy and fun way to spruce things up in your home!

Bring Fall to Your Walls

There will be no shortage of fall wall hangings during the fall season. So, take down some of your year-round wall hangings and spruce up your decor with some autumn themed wall decor. Feature those warm fall colors. Your home will feel so cozy!

Let Ellecor Interior Design Help You Decorate!

We have so much to offer at Ellecor Interior Design! Not only do we have an array of fun and unique decor, we also provide interior design services. If you find yourself in need of some help setting up your seasonal decor, or if you’re thinking about a complete interior design overhaul of your home, we’re here to help. Contact us today to learn more about our services or come shop in store for some inspiring decor!

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Interior Design Advice for the Perfect Home Office

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Home Office Interior Design Advice from Ellecor

Whether you work exclusively from home, you are studying for your degree, or you just have some days where you don’t get everything wrapped up at the office, it’s nice to have a space in your home where you can focus and get things done. It’s difficult to work out in the more public areas because they are so full of distractions. If you ever need to work at home, it is essential to create an office space that facilitates productivity.

To achieve this, you need to take the proper steps. Fortunately for you, we’ve prepared a blog outlining some of the interior design must-haves for a beautiful yet useful home office. Read on to discover our tips!

Let In Some Natural Light

It is so much more comfortable to work in natural light. If you have the option, choose to design your office space in a room that has a lot of windows. Position your desk near the window so that when the sun is out, it floods your desk with pleasing, natural light.

For dreary days and those time when you’re burning the midnight oil, make sure that you invest in quality interior lighting. Don’t use anything too harsh or fluorescent. Invest in both a more substantial floor lamp and a desk lamp. Choose dimmable light fixtures for the perfect light level when you are working. You don’t want to strain your eyes!

Comfort Is Key

While you want the office space to be functional, you don’t want it to be so rigid and stuffy that you hate spending time there. Invest in furniture that is comfortable. A chair that has excellent support for your back will ensure that you are able to sit and focus while you work.

Also, consider creating a comfortable reading space if your job requires a lot of reading. Buy a soft, cushioned armchair, an accent table, and a cozy rug. Make sure your reading space has a convenient lamp as well!

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Function Is More Important Than Form

Of course, you want your office to look incredible and be a space that inspires you. However, make sure that you don’t get so carried away with quirky design that your office ceases to be functional! Make sure that each piece of furniture is well-designed for whatever activity it is intended for. Interior design isn’t just about aesthetics, it is about creating a useful space that you can really enjoy living in!

Make Sure Your Space is Organized

This is of the utmost importance. A cluttered space makes for a cluttered mind. Set yourself up for success by installing furniture and decor pieces that facilitate storage and organization. Make sure that your office space has bookshelves. Bookshelves will add to the aesthetic value of the area and give you a place to store important folders, books, papers, etc. It is also a great place to display the distinctive decor of your choice.

Also, no office is complete without a file cabinet. Despite what you might think, a file cabinet doesn’t have to be a big, metal block. There are a lot of stylish and subtle decorative options to choose from.

If you’re having some trouble organizing your kitchen, check out another one of Ellecor’s helpful blogs: Maximizing Your Kitchen Space

Incorporate Some Greenery

Placing a few plants in your office space will improve the air quality as well as your mood. Do your research and find out which plants are meant to detoxify the air and make sure to place some of those around the room. You don’t have to make it a jungle, but a few carefully placed plant friends will help make your office experience more enjoyable!

Hire an Interior Designer Through Ellecor!

If you feel lost in this office design process, call Ellecor. Our interior design experts at Ellecor can help you design a space that will perfectly fit your needs. It is our job to come up with an interior design plan that will be a reflection of your personality and taste. With an Ellecor interior design plan, we are confident you’ll be thrilled with your new office space. Contact us today!

Interior Design Advice for a Perfect Guest Room

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Guest Room Interior Design Advice from Ellecor

When you’re designing your home, don’t forget to give a little time and attention to the guest room. Though it isn’t used as often as most of the other rooms in the house, it is essential to create a space where your guests will feel truly comfortable and welcome.

Paying attention to details shows your guests that you care. So we’d love to give you some interior design tips that will help you set up the perfect guest retreat. Read on to find out our helpful tips and tricks!

Use Plush Linens

There is nothing as restful and welcoming as a plush bed! This is the kind of bed you want to create for your guests in your guest room. Make sure that you buy a fluffy comforter, but don’t stop there. Try adding a blanket for extra comfort and some texture. Don’t be afraid to use accent pillows to create that extra sense of luxury.

Cover the Basics

Make sure that your guest has all of the essentials they need, like access to the wifi password. Consider putting the wifi password in a picture frame and displaying it on the bedside table. This is both decorative and functional. Your guests will definitely appreciate it!

Also, make sure there is a clock in the room, preferably one that has an alarm function. If your guests have plans for morning activities during their visit, they’ll be glad you provided a convenient alarm clock for them.

Let Them Eat Snacks

In case your guests get a little peckish during the night, consider leaving a small basket of healthy snacks somewhere in their room. They will surely appreciate having things on-hand instead of having to rummage through your kitchen or just go hungry.

Let There Be Light

Give your visitors the gift of good lighting so that they can comfortably read or work in their room. Having a good table lamp on the bedside table or maybe a floor lamp next to a plush chair will make a huge difference in the space and make it infinitely more welcoming.

Let Ellecor Design Your Guest Room

If you feel like you still need some help with your interior design project, consider hiring an interior designer. At Ellecor Interior Design we have a talented team of interior design experts. They are equipped to bring new life to your home and help bring together a living space that you and your guests will love! Contact us today to learn more about what our interior design experts can do for you!

Interior Designer: Creating the Perfect Entertainment Room

Interior Designer – Entertainment Room – Ellecor

Whether you’re a fan of hosting get-togethers with friends or you’re a big time movie buff, it’s a great idea to have space in your home dedicated to entertainment. This gives you the perfect space to kick back after a long day at work, as well as a place you can retreat to on the weekends. Turn your home into the go-to site for Superbowl parties and movie nights!

To help you navigate the interior design details, we’ve written a blog with tips from our professional interior designers on what to keep in mind when you’re designing your entertainment room. Read on to discover our suggestions!

Get the Right TV Screen

If you’re going to create an entertainment room, you are going to want a big screen for big entertainment. Where else would you watch epic movies and sports? It’s great to go big, but make sure that you choose a screen that fits your space. There are so many options out there that it can be hard to choose. So make sure to do your research and consider bringing in an interior design expert!

Feel cramped in your new entertainment room? Ellecor Interior Design might have a solution. Read another one of our blogs to find out: Interior Design Tips for Making an Area Look Bigger

Get the Right Decor

The right decor is entirely dependent upon the theme you’re going for. If this space is primarily for viewing classic cinema, you might consider classic movie posters or memorabilia on your walls. If you want this to be more of a sports-themed area, consider hanging signed jerseys or other sports-related decor on your walls. Just make sure that your room has a unified feel that fits your lifestyle.

Invest in Some Comfortable Furniture

If you’re going to be spending a lot of time in your entertainment space – and we’re quite confident you will – you want to make sure you have comfortable seating. Invest in comfy armchairs and a cozy couch. If you’re wanting the room to have more of a movie theater feel, then buy some quality reclining theater seats. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s comfortable!

If you can’t find that perfect piece of furniture, you can always look into custom furniture. Check out this blog to learn more: 4 Benefits of Custom Furniture

Build an Awesome Bar

A small bar is the last touch to a great entertainment room! You can wow your friends with your bartender skills when you bring out some fancy beverages for your next get together. It can be a small subtle bar off to the side, or you can make your bar the focal point of the space. Whatever your personal preference, we highly suggest having a space like this where you can make drinks and snacks for yourself and your guests.

Hire An Interior Designer from Ellecor!

If you don’t feel like you’re entirely sure of what to do with your space, hire an interior designer through Ellecor Interior Design. Interior designers are fully equipped to carry out interior design projects to perfection. We have a highly skilled team of interior designers who will be able to help bring your dream entertainment space to life. Contact us today to talk to our team about everything our interior designers can do for you!

Interior Decorating For Nurseries

Decorating a nursery is an exciting experience, but it can certainly feel overwhelming as well. With so many options for furniture, bedding, and paint, it’s easy to get lost in the details. Luckily, Ellecor Interior Design has worked with several new parents, using our interior decorating knowledge to create functional, beautiful spaces that they can enjoy with their little one. If you are expecting a newborn, follow these interior decorating tips for your nursery.

Keep it Simple

From changing diapers to late night feedings, you will spend a lot of time in your baby’s nursery. When you are decorating, remember the function of the room. Keep your interior decorating choices simple and create a space where you can see yourself taking care of your newborn. Most of all, avoid clutter. Tripping over a misplaced toy in the middle of the night is the last thing you want.

Consider Storage

Storage is incredibly important in a nursery. Not only will you have diapers, wipes, pacifiers, and bottles, but you will eventually accumulate clothes, books, and more toys than you can imagine. To avoid clutter, make sure you have a place to store it all away. When you purchase a crib and changing table, try to find something with plenty of drawers and cabinets.

Invest in Thick Curtains

Naptime is important for both babies and parents. If your nursery is too bright during the day, your newborn may not be able to fall asleep. To ensure naptime runs smoothly, invest in some thick curtains that block out plenty of light.

Remember: Safety First

Lost in the details of interior decorating, it’s easy to forget about safety. When it comes to nursery safety, the list goes on and on, but there are a few general rules to keep in mind.

First, keep your crib away from the window. If your baby is too close to the window, they may reach for the chord, which can be a strangulation hazard.

Second, baby-proof all electrical outlets and keep all cords out of your child’s reach.

Third, choose water-based paints with low levels of volatile chemicals. Paint well before your baby arrives to give the room plenty of time to ventilate. If you are using wallpaper, choose something that is paper-based or made from natural fibers. Once again, this will decrease the chances of your newborn breathing in harmful chemicals.

Have Fun with Your Interior Decorating

If you are feeling overwhelmed, remember that interior decorating is supposed to be a fun experience. This is your chance to create a home for your child, so let your imagination run wild. Choose a bright paint color and buy the cutesy lamp you saw at the home decor store. Remember that a nursery is only a temporary room that you will soon redecorate as your child grows older, so have some fun with it while you have the opportunity.

Contact Ellecor Interior Design

Ellecor Interior Design works side-by-side with our clients to create beautiful spaces that fit their lifestyle and needs. If you are planning an interior decorating project, contact us today!