Friday, October 13, 2017

4 Designer Styling Tips That Will Make Your Home Feel Like I’ve Been There

Many decorators and designers have their go-to tips that they use regularly to make homes look beautiful. Well, I am no different, so today I’d like to share my top 4 styling tips that I use time and again for quick results that get noticed. These foolproof ideas can solve many of your design dilemmas in almost any room. Try them, like them, keep them! You’re welcome!



Make the plant large and full and it will always look at home. Via Pinterest
1.    THE CORNER PLANT. Some designers will tell you putting a plant in an empty corner is a huge no-no, suggesting that an empty corner means the room wasn’t correctly arranged or planned out in the first place. But I often find that plants get forgotten when it comes to designing rooms. So I say, if you ever have a free space for a lively green plant, don’t be afraid to use one.
The trick to ensuring that your corner plant looks like an intentional design feature and not simply an accident is to go for something large and leafy enough to hold its own against your other furnishings. For best results, choose a simple but chunky container that’s at least 3 to 4 feet tall, so that the plant visually fills the floor space and wall space.

Books are wonderful for adding height, texture and interest. There is no such thing as too few books. Via Pinterest
 2.    STACK THE BOOKS. Besides being great brain candy, having attractive books on hand gives you the tools to correct endless little decor dilemmas.
Is a vase or sculpture looking too small and wimpy? Sit it on a book or two, and suddenly it’s a precious object on a pedestal. One bedside lamp shorter than the other? Use a few books to add height where needed and achieve a perfect symmetry. Wherever you have an empty shelf, or a ho-hum display that could use a little accessorizing, simply pull out a great oversize book or two, and you’ve got endless options for decorating like a true stylista.




When art is displayed off center or asymmetrically it adds a sense of drama and interest.
3.    HANG ART OFF CENTER. Is that favorite framed keepsake a little too small for the wall? Not when it’s off-center on purpose. Anyone can hang a perfectly sized piece centered over a sofa or bed, but if you have a must-display piece that doesn’t happen to be the right dimensions, try hanging it off to one side and a little low for a quirky asymmetrical look that feels artistic. The same strategy works on a shelf or mantel, or over a table. Just remember: “low and off to one side,” and let that otherwise wimpy piece become a stroke of decorating genius.



The perfect way to add a sense of casualness to a room, just throw one or two of these on the bed, sofa, chair or all three! Via Pinterest
4.    THE THROUGH BLANKET. A gorgeous throw blanket is the decor equivalent of the garnish on an exquisite meal, giving a room a sense of life, casual elegance and a dash of color or texture. I’m an avowed fan of classic white linens, but a throw blanket spread quickly over the foot of the bed in the morning lends an inviting air that you’ll appreciate when you come back at night. Don’t get too fussy with a throw blanket. After all, it’s called a “throw” for a reason. When everything else in the space carries clean lines, a casually tossed throw provides some needed softness. Invest in a high-quality, natural-fiber blanket with rich color and an enticing hand-feel, and you’ll be able to use it in different rooms for years of style.

These are just 4 of my favorites! I have so many more! If you tried them but still are not satisfied with the way your room looks, don’t fret! Contact me and we’ll schedule an appointment and I’ll bring so many more styling techniques that will make a huge difference in the comfort and esthetics of your home.  




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?

Photo Via Bloglovin.com
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.