Sunday, February 4, 2018

Living Room Design Challenge, Just Her Style

"Let me show you this great piece of original art that I purchased for the living room", she said! And so the challenge began!
THE ROOMS INSPIRATION FROM THE BEGINNING
The painting was interesting in a "Peter Max" kind of way! A busy city, New York maybe... It was so very different than the traditional art and design that we created in the family room but I liked it, the client loved it and to be honest the more I looked at it, the more I fell in love with it! OK, I got this I said!

A "design concept board" is created to view the possible options in creating a lovely room using the art she loved!
The first step was to assess the rooms challenges and there were many.  Below is the BEFORE shot of the room with the art in place over the mantel. 30 year old furnishings needed replacing but the tables were keepers great quality and still beautiful! Flanking windows too small and low for such a large room. Accessories were plentiful but needed to be edited and displayed differently.
BEFORE...oh my goodness!
Here's the same room AFTER with new sofas, chairs and beautiful window treatments. Custom made for these windows. New custom pillows in colors that pulled exclusively from the art piece were used to give this room the amount of "pop" needed. 

AFTER...
 Below was the biggest challenge! This 6 unit eyebrow arched window just screamed, "come dress me" and so we did!

BEFORE...
I designed a custom iron rod  from which to hang the simple yet elegant drapery panels. The side windows that flank the fireplace have a valance that I designed in the shape to match the larger window, repeating and keeping a common theme respecting the architectural arch.

AFTER...
Another challenge  was the built in wood cabinetry.  This client is a "quilter" and she displays her treasured quilts in this cabinet. She is also a world traveler and so the side shelves show off her collections from her travels. If you look closely inside the arch is a painting of a arched window pane! The client and I both were not fond of it but neither of us could come up with a possible solution to change it! I thought to paint it in the same color as the wood so not to bring attention to it but my client thought otherwise and she was "right"!

BEFORE....
To my surprise and delight...she, being the quilting artist that she is, replaced it with strips of colorful fabrics (taking the colors from the painting) sewn together vertically. The fabrics were remenents from her hundreds of quilts she created.

AFTER...

This was a project after my own heart! I believe we all have an artist of sorts just aching to come out! This client believed in herself, and in her abilities to create a space in her home that felt so uniquely her and no one else. Not one design element in this room was casually chosen; from the art to the throw pillows the room is completely designed with her in mind!

Do you have a room you want to make your own? Give me call or email to schedule your free 30 minute conversation about your space.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Decorating the Children's Room?

A fun area rug can not only protect the floor or carpet under it but will also give the room some added interest or states the theme. Here it's Giraffes! Find rugs like this one at Wayfair.com
I admit...children's rooms are the most fun to decorate! From my own two children to the children of others, I have found that if you include their ideas and creativity  from the very beginning you get a better outcome!

Custom Bedding is my specialty. So if you can't find just what you want email me for a consult!
The d├ęcor possibilities are as endless as the child's own imagination, so why not let them be the "designer" from the get to!
This sophisticated pink and gold room is perfect for that grownup teen!
And when two children share the same room they can both create their own space within the larger space by using different bedding and other decor elements.
 
Color Consultations are worth the investment! We not only know the right color choices but we also know where or what surface to apply that color. We specialize in Benjamin Moore Paint colors!

To carry the furniture through years of use chose the best you can afford because children are notoriously hard on furniture! In fact, in some families, it's very likely that more than one child will use the same furniture so chose neutral furnishes instead of trendy colored ones.
The best part of making a room special to a child is to include them in the process and they will love it as much as you will for having provided it!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

2018 Trend Watch and Decorating Tips to Apply Them to Your Home



Decorating Tip: Don’t paint it white, let it be natural. Many reproductions of vintage rattan are creeping up everywhere. Use a rattan chair and ottoman in a traditional living room and watch the entire room become less serious! Add a large rattan chair at the head of the table and wow your guests, who will get to be queen for the evening? YOU!


It was certainly on trend last year in drapery fabrics and this year it’s expanded into upholstery goods as well. Decorating Tip: Use it as the main primary fabric in a room instead of the accent fabric. In keeping with the black, white and gray theme, by using it on a large sofa or arm chair the accent fabrics can be bold and bright to make a statement.
 

No color on the color wheel has more positive physiological benefits than blue! In velvet or suede it means business, in cotton or linen it means casual elegance and in menswear wool it means smart! Decorator Tip: An indigo blue element accent within a room gives it a sparkle. So if your room is drab and lacking luster give it a bit of Indigo as a lamp base, a large bowl on the table or a throw rug!
Use this old stand-by to update any surface. Not all of us can just trade out our tile kitchens with beautiful slabs of Italian Marble! But we can get the “look” by installing large marble tiles on the backsplashes. Decorator Tip: Marble wallpaper can be impressively realistic, install it in a small powder room for a luxurious look! You can also purchase small accent tables with marble bases and tops to add as a bedside table instead of the big chunky wood one! It’s a sure solution to updating any space!
Final Decorating Tip: Call a decorator to update your space if you don’t have the time or energy to do so! We watch trends, we know our business, and we know instinctively how to “re-style” a space without breaking the bank!