Sunday, September 24, 2017

Are your dining chairs ready for your Holiday Hosting?

If the answer is "no" then I have you covered! Literally!

Let's talk honestly for a minute shall we!
Remember last year after the Holidays when you promised yourself you'd do something about the dining chairs around your dining table. I mean after all, you set a beautiful table for the Thanksgiving, all your lovely china, silver and crystal came out of hiding. The display was stunning, BUT those chairs!
Then Christmas rolls around, and again the table was to die for, BUT those chairs? Not so much, right? Check out some of my favorite ideas on reupholstering your dining chairs to make them new "to you" again and new to your Holiday guests
To break up the monotony of too many chairs do the backs in a contrasting but fun and unexpected fabric. See how these polka dots bring a youthful casualness  to this formal dining room.  by Susan Anthony
And it's not like you only have a couple of those chairs, my goodness you've got 6 or 8 of them. So this year let me help you keep your promise to yourself BEFORE the Holidays may I? Reupholster them, they are worth it because shopping for new dining chairs takes time, time you simply don't have. And you'd be amazed at how beautiful we could make them! Changing the fabric on dining chairs can make the entire dining room look completely new, just take a look at these possibilities! 


Photo Via Pinterest
Party in the back! Don't you just love these chairs (above) , right on trend, navy and canary yellow with silver nail heads, just so very smart looking?

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And if you have several chairs (above) that are not part of a set we can make them so by treating them all in the same fabrics. Here a wide "awning stripe" gives them unity!
 

Photo Via Casa De Valentina on Pinterest
Aha, she went "Boho" Style here! Not only using several fabrics but by using different style chairs all around. Notice the end chairs are not even dining chairs, they are arm chairs upholstered in a large print "Susanna" fabric. What a whimsical look right? But it took planning to  pull it off as a cohesive look! That's when using a decorator to do the re-upholstering is a great idea! 


Photo Via D├ęcor Pad on Pinterest
The French Country Style will never go out of style because it's a classic! Here a "document print script" was used on the arm chairs and a black velveteen on the side chairs to anchor down the black and white theme that goes so nicely with the farm table. 
 
FYI.....yes, we do upholstery!
I know what your thinking! Do I have to do this now? The answer is yes, get going because the Holidays will be here before we know it and I want you to keep last years promise to yourself about re-upholstering your dining chairs!
Imagine how good you'll feel knowing the dining room is ready, now all that's left is the shopping,  cooking, planning, putting up the decorations, wrapping the gifts, shopping for new holiday clothing, party going...etc. etc. etc......
 
We have great design ideas and wonderful upholstering services suitable to any budget. We also pick up and drop off your pieces at no additional charge. So give us a call to set up your appointment today and get leg up on your dinging chairs, we got you covered, literally.
 

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Decorating Tips: Bathrooms, Small On Space, Big On Style


If you have a home with a large, luxurious bathroom, read no further; skip on ahead to the next post. But if you don't and you'd like your little bathroom to appear larger without adding any more square footage, you've come to the right place.

The Small But Big Bathroom
Here are a few decorating techniques to help you push back the walls and make your bathroom not only look and feel larger, but also make it more attractive even if it stays exactly the same size.


Add a frosted window or tile window in the shower area. It need not open or close, it's just to add needed light!
  • Pick soft pale cool colors. They tend to give the illusion of more space and the feeling of serenity and luxury.
  • Open up the space with more light fixtures. Recessed "can" lighting can be installed into the ceiling. Wall sconces flanking the sink can add mood lighting. Skylights, larger windows or Solatubes also can bring in more light.
The gray tile in the bathtub surround and counter tops add a bit of luxury to this simple bathroom design.
  • Vanity cabinets take up too much floor space in a small bath. Replace it with a pedestal or wall-mounted sink. These sinks not only open up the floor space but actually add a sense of style.
  • Remove wall shelves, hanging racks, or decorative accessories on the walls that cut into the room's space and make it look smaller. Even the smallest piece of furniture or accessory that sticks out into the room can stop where your eyes go and make your room "shrink." This one piece of advice can enlarge the room by providing the illusion of expanding your small space without adding a single square foot.
  • Install a larger mirror in front of the bathroom sink. The mirror will reflect all the light in the room, and pick up the color and pattern. Or consider a collection of mirrors arranged artistically in the place of one large mirror.
  • As with the walls, the floor will appear to open up if it's done in a light color. Or place one large light-colored rug over your existing flooring to reflect light upward.
  • Nothing's like clutter to make a small space feel even smaller. Pare down on the towels. Select one piece of art instead of lots of small pieces. Use one decorative accessory instead of lots of small ones. Store whatever else you really need out of sight even if it means putting it in a hall linen closet.
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  • Trade a frosted-glass bath or shower door for a clear glass one. Or eliminate the door altogether and install a shower curtain that can be pushed back to one side when not in use.
  • Add depth by painting a mural on the largest open wall. Or hang a large framed picture of a garden or landscape. This helps to expand the look of your space by visually enlarging the feeling of the room.
Need help chosing your tile, fixtures, lighting and cabinetry for your next bathroom re-style? Don't leave these important choices up to the contractors. Make their job go infinietly faster by seleciting everything in advance with a designer/decorator and save yourself the trouble and the expense of having to re-do after the wrong choices have been installed.


Friday, August 4, 2017

Designer Tips That make Up a Well Styled Bed

With summer nearing an end, the children and grandchildren have gone off to school or back to their homes and you are about to feel a quiet calm in your home that perhaps had not been there these last couple of months. Peace and quiet!  What a nice time to give your master bedroom a quick re-styling! There is no better place to make the biggest impact than the bed! So here are some of my best tips on how to make it look absolutely gorgeous!

THE ANTOINETTE HEADBOARD by Eastern Accents Luxury Bedding  available through designers only

The Headboard Is Essential
A headboard doesn't only add an aesthetic appeal to your nocturnal retreat, but also adds structure and a certain sturdiness to your bed. They also act as a back rest for when you've got that novel you just can't put down, or the reality TV show that you just can't enough of!

THE VIONETTE BEDDING by Eastern Accents  available through designers only
A Euro Sham Is Significant
Euro shams might seem like a waste of money to some of you, but fear not, it's truly an important element to your bed design if you want your bed to look like the ones in the magazines. Euro shams help add layers to your bed, which can hide your favorite pillow to sleep with as well as adding depth to your bed.

Quick Tip: Generally you'd use 3 european shams for a king bed, 2 for a full or queen bed, and one for a Twin.


CUSTOM PILLOWS Beacon Hill Fabrics available through designers only 
The Decorative Pillows Or Shams Are Vital
Similar to euro shams, decorative pillows or shams also add depth and a certain luxurious appeal to your bed, but they also add texture and pattern. Decorative pillows can help tie together other elements in your bedroom for a cohesive design and can vary is patterns and colors.

Quick Tip: You can stack decorative pillows for more of a contemporary feel, or prop them upright for more of a traditional feel. They are not for sleeping on and are typically pain points for anyone with no understanding of design. 

Cornice Lunetta Collection Di Medici Collection by Eastern Accents Luxury Bedding available through designers only
The Flat Sheets Are Important
Sheets are important and not a place to cut your budget, because you curl up and sleep between them for hours of your life. I personally love the heavy linen monogrammed sheets I inherited from my Italian grandmother! High end sheets of cotton or linen very important for tying your entire magazine worthy bedroom together.

Quick Tip: Staying neutral is the way to go for those that like bold colors, because you can infuse textures and patterns in the pillows and duvet covers. If you like your neutrals, feel free to add some pattern to your sheets as they only peep into your overall bed design.

CUSTOM BEACON HILL EMBROIDERED FABRICS FOR BEDDING
Why Duvet Covers Are Imperative
I can't remember how long ago or who it was that told me this tip, but having a duvet cover spares you from having to replace or ruin your actual comforter. From the day I heard this I purchased a duvet cover to spare me from having to replace my comforter or bedspread! A duvet cover (even if you don’t insert a duvet in it) is also a great way to add color and pattern to your space.

Quick Tip: Tuck your duvet cover under the mattress so you can bring a clean, modern hotel feel to your room.
CUSTOM TUFTED BED FRAME

The Bed Frame Is Central
Similar to the headboard, a bed frame adds aesthetic, elegance and a structure to your bed. It also helps make it the centerpiece in your bedroom! If you have a bed with side rails please let them show! They too add a dimension to the room’s style.

And Throws Are Important
Throws add a comforting and welcome appeal to your bedroom. They also act as yet another way to add a layer to your bed design, but tend to be cozy and soft. It's also a secret weapon to invite you to just relax on the bed for a spell. We make custom bed throws in fabrics that coordinate with the other bedding….Perfect also if you have a furry friend that likes the bed!


Interested in working with us to having the bed in your room made a new? Call or email now for an appointment! toni@marieantoinetteinteriors.com