How To Stay Organized Without Compromising Your Interior Design

Staying organized in your home can be one of life’s greatest challenges.  Staying organized while keeping your aesthetic and design on point?  Feels nearly impossible. We get it!

We’ve teamed up with professional organizer Bethany Jewah from Next Step Home Organizing to give us a few tips on how to stay organized without compromising your interior design in your home.  Let’s dive in.

Maximize Storage Space

“I think that the aesthetic and overall look is very important when it comes to organizing a space,” Bethany said. “First, I start by measuring the area that I’m working in, whether it be shelves, a closet, or even a garage.  You want to get product that fits your space, first and foremost – That’s the most important part. If your bins are too big for a shelf it’s kind of pointless to use them. If they’re too small you’re missing out on valuable storage space. So be sure to get bins and containers that maximize the space!”  Utilizing all the space in a uniformed way can keep your space feeling organized and clean.

Interior Design Organizing

Type of Storage Containers

Choose the right containers!  Using things like baskets or bins that match the interior design aesthetic you’re going for will help you feel like you’re not compromising your design or look to stay organized.

“Next, I look at the general design and decor of where I’m working to choose containers that go with the decor and feel of the space,” Bethany said. “There are so many options to choose from that are both functional and beautiful.”

She also has a tip that can help keep things looking uniform.  “When picking product to use, choosing bins or containers that all match or go together makes a huge difference and is much easier on the eye!”  Avoid mismatched bins or containers to stop that cluttered feel.

Stay Organized Without Compromising Your Interior Design


So, you’ve got bins, containers and more housing many different items.  How do you remember what is stored in each space without ruining the look?  Try getting creative with your labeling!  “Labeling is easily adjusted to match the aesthetic of the space and the bins you’ve chosen. You can change colors, fonts, sizes, bin clips, etc to go with the style,” Bethany advises.

Labeling is not only productive and helpful to keep things together, it’s imperative in finding things you need to use on the day to day – and to be able to return them to the right home. This is one of our favorite ways to stay organized without compromising your Interior Design.

Stay Organized Without Compromising Your Interior Design

We’ve got a variety of furniture and storage options available in our Santa Rosa Beach shop at Bontemps Interiors.  The next time you feel yourself getting overwhelmed while designing AND organizing, remember the tips above or call Bethany with Next Step Home Organizing to help!

How To Choose Cabinetry | Marquis Fine Cabinetry

Have you ever had to choose cabinets for a new build, or a kitchen remodel, but didn’t know where to start? We reached out to our friends at Marquis Fine Cabinetry to get the scoop on what goes into choosing the best cabinets for your home.

“Our project managers (designers) ask a lot of questions to fully understand the use, function and lifestyle of the homeowners”, says Paris Wilson, a representative for Marquis Fine Cabinetry. “Since we are a fully custom cabinetry manufacturer, the options are unlimited so it really helps to understand the client’s wants and needs are.”

Let’s rundown the list of questions a MFC rep will go over with you.

Use: Full Time Residence or Vacation Rental?
a. Vacation Rental – What’s important here is durability. “It is very likely that the cabinetry will get damaged a lot quicker than they would in a residential home, just due to the amount of traffic going in and out,” Wilson said. The Milano Collection is recommended here, due to the durability. The material is a lot more resistant to scuffs and  scratches, and is very desirable for rentals. This collection is also water-resistant, which is great when we live 10 minutes from the beach. It comes in several different finishes so the design options are unlimited. You can go ultra-modern or still have a very chic coastal beach house.   
b. Full Time Residence – Another great choice is Marquis’ Classico Collection. Classico is the traditional shaker-style cabinetry line. This is great for those who want a very classic look that is also custom to their design direction. This line is ultra-customizable too as several profiles are available.  

Function: What do they need out of their kitchen cabinetry?
a. Storage – There are unlimited options when it comes to storage and making the most out of your cabinet space. If it’s a remodel, MFC’s project manager, Erik Kobielnik, has a trained eye on how to reorganize a kitchen to make the most sense. By rearranging appliances and adding in custom pullout and inserts, Kobielnik was able to increase storage for this remodel. If you have a new construction project you’re working on, Sean Moore is a talented project manager that will design a beautiful custom kitchen for that space that is one-of-a-kind. Moore was able to suggest using Pecky Cypress as a finish for this beautiful new home as the homeowner wanted to showcase her family heirloom, chest cupboard. Since this homeowner didn’t want an island, Moore took advantage of the butler’s pantry and designed the whole space with pantry pullouts for easy  and accessible storage.
b. Countertop Space – The majority of complaints during remodels are that they wish they had more countertop space. In order to do this, often times plumbing and electricity will have to be moved. Kobielnik has created more countertop space is several remodels by rearranging the flow of the kitchen so that is makes more sense, which in turn also creates more countertop space. A great example is shown here, which features the before and after photos.

This is so important to understand as it goes hand-in-hand with the functionality of the kitchen space too. If the client entertains a lot, that’ll change compared to a homeowner who loves to cook all the time. It is important to work with a company and a project manager who understands these differences and can suggest different design concepts based on the lifestyle of the homeowner. We have noticed the increase of kitchen designs with large islands. The reason? People really want more seating space to cook with their loved ones and have their kids be able to join in. Due to COVID, many families were quarantined inside and had  to be creative. If that wasn’t the case, at-home entertaining became more popular while restaurants were closed. Since most people gather in the kitchen, a larger island allows for more countertop space allowing  extra space between entertaining and where the food was being prepared.

It’s also important to note that you’re not limited on colors or profiles with Marquis Fine Cabinetry. They can match any pantone color of your liking to create the perfect blend for your kitchen. From there, it is then mixed at our plant with a hard, custom, UV varnish in order to increase the lifespan of your cabinetry.

We hope that helps understand the thought process behind how to choose cabinetry, and how it ties into the rest of the design that an Interior Designer like Bontemps Interiors in Santa Rosa Beach will choose.

Four Ways to Declutter Your Home While Still Keeping It Cozy

You might have heard this saying before, but a messy space equals a messy mind. Clutter is a major problem in many people’s homes and with more people spending time and working from home, it can cause higher stress levels, less focus, and lower motivation. Decluttering your home can help raise productivity, environment energy, and overall attitude. Here are four ways to declutter your home, while still keeping it cozy.

Use More Wall Space

Most people leave their walls pretty blank, but they have so much potential! Having items stored on your walls helps to keep things looking less cluttered and more whimsical. If you don’t have a coat closet, try a set of hooks to hang your bags, scarves, and hats. Floating bookshelves instead of your bookcase can keep your floor cleared up. Using your walls to free up your floor space so things don’t look as visually cluttered is step one in our list of four.

Four Ways to Declutter Your Home

Storage Savvy Furniture

Furniture pieces that have built-in storage is another great way to help keep your home tidy and clutter-free.  Look for furniture such as trunks or chests to act as coffee tables, benches with additional storage underneath, footrests that open up, units with doors that close for a cleaner look, or office desks that have plenty of drawers to hide your pens and paper. These pieces are functional and provide extra storage space in your home, which is great if you are already limited on storage options! 

Having Functional Items

One of the biggest forms of clutter are the knick-knacks and trinkets that people have in their homes. These don’t have much of a function, other than being collectibles that gain dust and fill up space. Keeping more functional items over decorative ones can help significantly reduce the clutter in your home. Something to ask yourself with each and every item is ‘What is its function/purpose?’. If you can’t think of a practical answer, then it is best to donate that item and save the space in your home.

Four Ways to Declutter Your Home

Using Decorative Baskets

Baskets are one piece of decoration that not only looks nice, but functions as a great solution for keeping your space tidy. Using baskets to organize your items, from office supplies to electrical cords can help to keep these items together in one spot, hidden from view. Plus there are so many looks for baskets, you can find one to match any décor style! 

With all of these helpful tips, you can still create a cozy feel to your home without the stress and frustration that clutter brings.  If you enjoyed our four ways to declutter your home, leave us a comment below or visit our website to learn more about Bontemps Interiors and what we offer!

Four Design Tips to Creating a Successful Home Office

Within the past year, more and more people are working from home, which means many are re-evaluating their home workspace. Finding new space, redoing our offices, transforming corners of bedrooms – whatever the case, we are now adjusting how our homes can accommodate these new working situations.

Want to make your work from home time for efficient?  Here are four design tips that will help you in creating a successful home office.

Create Separate Dedicated Space

If you are still thinking that your kitchen table functions as your home office, think again. Not only is it a hassle to take up and take down your workspace every day, but it also is very distracting. Having your own space that is your office – whether a converted guest bedroom, a corner of the living room, or a closet space – is important to help you function better while working.

Declutter your Space

A messy space equals a messy mind. Studies have shown that a tidy home can reduce your stress while increasing your productivity levels. Make sure your home office is tidy and free of clutter, by removing piles of scrap paper from your desk, keeping your pens in a cup or holder, and try not to use it for storage. Try to use other organization tasks, such as using boxes, labels, and filing systems. Since messes can accumulate overtime, make sure to keep a regular routine of tidying up your home office for maximum productivity.

Make it Comfortable

One of the modifications that have been made in the corporate office world within the past 10 years is the focus on making the workspace comfortable. Since companies understand that this is important for their employees, why not translate this into the home office for yourself? Find new furniture that will make working from home a comfier experience, such as a nice chair, sit-to-stand desk, and dual monitors. Bontemps Interiors can help transform your space and make it function-able at the same time. These comforts can make the long work day more manageable and relaxing.

Find Extra Storage

Another way to keep things organized is by having lots of storage options. Make sure everything has a home by getting boxes, bins, containers or drawers to keep things together. Get filing systems, bookcases, and storage cabinets to ensure that your home office is neat and tidy.

With the majority of us working from home, adding these design tips into your home office space will ensure that you are set up for success. If you need help creating a space you love, call our Santa Rosa Beach office today and set up a consult.

4 Benefits of Staging your Home to Sell

If you are looking to put your home on the market in the Santa Rosa Beach, Florida area, then wondering whether or not you should stage the space has probably crossed your mind. There are so many questions – is it worth the investment? Will I see a return? How do I know if I should?  The truth is, there are so many ways your home can benefit from staging, especially if the space is empty awaiting a sale. Read on to find our top 4 benefits of staging your home to sell!

Higher Resale Value

Who doesn’t want more money when selling your home? It is estimated that staging your home before listing it brings in an average of 17% more cash than if your home was blank and bare. An extra 17% can be a big difference for your wallet, and this is an easier way to get more money than doing something more major such as a kitchen or bathroom remodel.

Helps Potential Buyers Envision the Home

Believe it or not, a lot of people have a difficult time visualizing spaces. So when touring a house with empty rooms and blank walls, people can find it challenging to imagine what potential the space can have. All they see is what is in front of them, which is just an empty room. By adding some furniture and wall art, you are showing them the possibilities of a space and helping potential buyers understand how each room can be used. This logically helps in problem solving for buyers who often times will have these questions come up AFTER viewing. With staging a space, you are helping to resolve these questions before a viewer even thinks of them.

Helps to Highlight Special Features in your Home

Does your home have some stellar features such as a row of built-in bookcases or a stunning fireplace? Staging your home can help to highlight some of these special characteristics and turn them into selling points! As staging your home can showcase architectural features, it can also mask some less attractive spaces. From awkward nooks to odd shaped spaces, staging your home can provide ideas to new homeowners on how to utilize those areas.  

Shorter Time on the Market

This nifty benefit has to do with the psychology of spaces. When prospective buyers can imagine themselves in the home, it fuels the desire and likelihood that they will make an offer. This is both caused by the emotional and logical reasoning that buyers get when they see a space that is well-designed. Either they can picture themselves on that sofa snuggling up watching a movie, or love how the dining room is large enough to fit a table of eight. 

4 Benefits of Staging your Home to Sell

Those are 4 benefits of staging your home to sell, with everything from higher resale value to shorter market time – Bottom line is that it’s a great investment for you and your future buyers. Having a professional assist you in your staging needs is a great way to make sure your home is destined to sell. Our team at Bontemps Interiors in Santa Rosa Beach can help you in all your staging needs.

6 Ways To Bring The Beach Into Your Home

What is the best part about summer? Sun, sand, and water of course! While you are sipping a margarita with your toes in our white sandy beaches, there is definitely a sense of tranquility and peace so satisfiable that it gets difficult when it’s the time to leave. Year round, we all wait for warm weather to arrive so that we can hit the beach to relax. But instead of waiting, why not bring the beach into your home? We at Bontemps Interiors, a Destin Florida Interior Design firm, are detailing out 6 ways to bring the beach into your home.

6 Ways To Bring The Beach Into Your Home

Whether you live away from the beach – somewhere in the middle of a city or you reside nearby and want to feel the beach vibes inside, these décor tips and ideas will help you bring back those sandy vibes and turquoise-tinged character to your homes. So, are you ready to ditch your present design style for this perfect coastal feel? Let’s have a look!

1.    Display Seashells

We all have collected seashells on a vacation at one point or another in our lifetime. Whether to just decorate with them or store them as a souvenir – seashells are the most authentic looking beach décor. Display them on your coffee table, console, dining room center piece or on a floating shelf to create a simple yet beachy feel in your space.

2.    Creative Wall Art

The colors and artwork on your walls really set the tone for the room. Using local artwork, either a blown up photograph of a beach scene you love or a painting, there is no easier way to decorate your walls while keeping a coastal theme. If you take a family vacation to the beach, a family photo session with canvas prints are another great way to incorporate the beach feel.

3.    Play with Colors

What are the first colors that pop in your head when I say, ‘coastal’, ‘beach’, and ‘ocean’? More than likely you’re thinking emerald blues, greens, and whites (hello, Emerald Coast!) To bring the beach into your home, colors are a major place to start. There are a variety of options – Like beachy artwork on white walls, turquoise/blue solid and patterned throw pillows on a white couch, or an accent wall with beachy colors. Revolving your color palette around these hues will definitely give a coastal charm to your home.

4.    Coastal Decor

Another way to bring the beach into your home is with coastal furniture and decor pieces. Pieces that incorporate ropes, shells or reclaimed wood will add to your coastal vibe. We also love to use lamps or lighting that brings the beach feel. What about some bohemian-styled knitted baskets? Place them underneath your consoles and tables, in the entryway or the hallway to round out your design. But remember not to hide them – they should definitely be on display in your homes.

6 Ways To Bring The Beach Into Your Home

5.    Beach Signs from Reclaimed Wood

Placing beach signage in your homes, such as wall hangings with beach names or vacation destinations, are another easy way to bring the beach into your home. Find ones made from reclaimed wood, as they feel more authentic – giving the illusion of actually being at the beach.

6.    Furniture Choices

Furniture is a major choice in a home, one that stands out and catches attention from your guests. The first rule is to skip bold furniture, and instead look for light, airy, and bright furniture that matches your paint colors and wall decor. The second thing to keep in mind when looking for furniture is that it should be as relaxing as the beach – So look for things like daybeds, armchairs, hammocks and lounge chairs to mimic the beach feel. You can also use your patio and balcony and transform them into a “Cabana-like” experience!

6 Ways To Bring The Beach Into Your Home

Now that we discussed our 6 ways to bring the beach to your home, let’s find all the necessary items to get you started. Our show room located in Santa Rosa Beach is full of furniture, accessories and artwork to help you get inspired by our coastal style. Our team of interior designers can also work with you to transform any space while bringing your design dreams to life.

Using Accent Walls In Your Home

Ever wanted to go bold and bring some color into your home, but aren’t sure where to start?

We know the feeling.  Choosing all new furniture or décor can be a long and tedious process – but one fun, affordable and easy way to bring the color in is using accent walls in your home.  A gallon of paint and some supplies is all it takes to bring that dream to life.

What is an accent wall?  It is an exterior or interior wall that has a different color, shade, design or material from the other walls around it, causing it to stand out.

Outside of being bold and bringing color, an accent wall has other pros like:

  1. Adding Depth | Painting just one accent wall, door, or even your ceiling can add depth to your space.
  2. Feel Larger | In small spaces, a darker accent wall paired with 3 lighter walls can make the room feel more spacious.
  3. Adding a Focal Point | An accent wall can create a focal point in the room, drawing your eyes in and highlighting that area of the space.

An accent wall can be more than just paint too.  Think patterns, stone, tile, wood, or colors like metallics to really bring a new dimension to your space.  It also works if you’re keeping your room neutral – A dark brown wall in a neutral space can be just as effective as a bright room with a dark, bold color like black, blue or red.

Accent Wall in Destin Florida

How to choose which wall?  It’s best to choose one that is NOT the first wall you see when entering a room.  It also works best to find a solid wall, one that doesn’t have windows on it. If the room already has a focal point, it’s easier to work with the focal point when choosing the accent wall vs creating a new focal point.

When choosing your paint color, look around at what items/furniture will be on or near the wall (pillows, wall décor, headboard) and find one that fits well.  The accent color should complement those colors and create enough of a contrast without the risk of that color clashing.

Beginners should start with one dark wall alongside 3 lighter colored walls.  Those with more design experience can try one light accent wall with 3 dark walls, but that takes a bit more expertise and an eye for design for that to work in a space.

That’s all it takes when using accent walls in your home!  Follow the simple rules above and you’ll be bringing bold colors into your home in no time.

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