Friday, January 20, 2017
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Forecasters are taking to the internet and sharing their opinions on What's Hot and What's Not in 2017 home interior design trends. Reading up on opinions from various designers, architects and style bloggers was so interesting! I am listing the top four trends I think make headline news and are noteworthy! (WATCH THIS SHORT NEWS CLIP OF EVE RUSSO AND MYSELF WALK YOU THRU THE TRENDS YOU SEE BELOW).
1. Designing Spaces Using A Mix of Styles, Time Periods, and Cultures. Now more than ever this idea is catching on and, isn't it more interesting and fun to have layers of old and new elements side by side. A sense of worldliness! Like working in Georgian and Victorian era pieces, along with tailored lines that are more contemporary. Such an interesting aesthetic!
I get requests all the time from clients to incorporate some prized possessions into a new design plan. This recently completed family room project you see above was curated using a ton of my clients treasured pieces. We paired beautifully ornate gold framed art pieces with a modern armless settee, recovered two wingback chairs based on the Danish modern movement and then reupholstered in a more updated fabric. A new custom media console blends well keeping the warm peaceful feel so you get a wonderful sense of the homeowners.
2. Bring on the GREEN! Pantone named Greenery as 2017 Color of the Year. Its a cheerful nod to new beginnings. I am so excited about this color trend because green, for me, is not trendy, its timeless.
I love the way Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute,described why they chose the color. "Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the reassurance we yearn for amid a tumultuous social and political environment. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose."
Monday, January 16, 2017
Friday, January 6, 2017
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
If you have been invited to a holiday party, whether small and casual or big and grand, you should bring a thoughtful thank you gift. Choose something that is functional and memorable. The hostess is sure to love it and you will definitely get an invite next year!
Important 'DOs' when picking out a hostess gift:
Include a kind note.
Put time into packaging your gift.
Important 'DON'Ts' when picking out a hostess gift:
Don't ask your hostess to open your gift at the party. This is a good rule of thumb to follow especially if it is a large get together. The hostess will need to spend time circulating the party and will truly enjoy your gift when she/he has time after.
Don't bring cut flowers. Your hostess may have put a lot of work into the style of the decor and your flowers may not go with that. ALSO if your bouquet needs a vase, the hostess will have to hunt for one during the party.
Don't bring food that you expect to be displayed and eaten at the party unless asked by the hostess. The menu may be set and carefully curated. But food the hostess can enjoy after the party is a treat!
Don't insist that your wine, if you brought it as a hostess gift, to be opened during the party. I address this in more detail below under 'Wine Gift'. She/he may have chosen a wine that works with the flavors of the food being served. Instead choose a wine you know the hostess enjoys so it can be opened at a later date.
Wine Gift. "Dress it up!"
Basket For A ‘Foodie’.
If the hostess enjoys cooking, give a gift they will truly enjoy. Fill a colander with a fun dish towel and load it up with vinegars, cooking oils and spices! Also include a cooking utensil you like. In the note to the hostess you can write 'I know you love to cook so please enjoy some fresh necessities, as well as this kitchen utensil I find very handy!' Most of the ingredients for this basket are from the grocery store! And the colander and dish towel was very affordable! They will think of you each time they use it.
How to make the sign: Cut thick white paper and write on it. Tape the back to two red and white paper straws (flatten the end of one of the straws to push it into the other so it is longer.
Mixologist Mini Bar Basket.
Edible gift to be eaten at the party.
GREAT IDEA: Look for hand made recycled pieces to use as hostess gifts. It shows you are good to the planet and it will make him or her smile :)
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
I had to share this recent project with you because you may have a similar issue. My client has an adorable built in bench under a long window in her kitchen. She has custom plantation wood shutters that complete the look! Problem is, when you sit back on the bench you tend to hit the shutters and they break. She has three adorable kids and its frustrating.
This is not a simple cutesy nook but a functioning place to sit at for all meals in the kitchen. We needed a solution that worked!
After much evaluation we decided to use square back and side cushions. We measured carefully. We also left room for adding side arm rests because of course the shutters wrap around the sides as well!
*In case you are wondering, we used vinyl in a faux ostrich pattern in popin' lime green color. Vinyl works great in seating for the kitchen; easy to wipe up spills!
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Decorating your home for the Fall season does not have to take up a lot of time, money or energy. And once you do it, the decorations can last thru December!
Use these quick tricks for last minute entertaining, or if you, like me, are a hardworking person who can't seem to find time to add Fall decorating to your list :)
You can find bags of gourds and pumpkins at super markets. Grab a bunch before checking out of the store. See the centerpiece ideas below of how you can display them using items you already own!
Platters, cake plates, mixing bowls, trays, and wood cutting boards, make great containment holders for your fall decor. Vintage, natural tones, vibrant colors, or glassware can give that Fall presentation to table tops and shelves. See sample looks above!
Bring in fallen branches, leaves, pine cones, acorns and even, pieces of trees you had removed. Make sure you brush off any dirt or outdoor critters first. You can make center pieces with them. The real stuff gives the most authentic look for fall decorating! Place them in vases or lanterns. See the tablescape below and how I used part of a tree I had cut down!
I have a number of faux pumpkins I use along with my real pumpkins. No one is the wiser and not only do I save money doing this, but I can spray paint my 'fakies' any color I want each year. See how I used them above!
Switch out a framed photo with a fallen leaf (or group of leaves) from your backyard. Simply tape it to a white heavy stock piece of paper and place back in the frame.
Also a large basket, throw blanket and burlap looking pillow (love velvets, faux fur and cotton) add to the cozy feel!
Give your foyer table or any hallway table top into an instant cozy fall feel! Stack worn books and place a group of pumpkins on top. Books are great props to create height!
Add fall decor like pumpkins, corn and gourds, AS WELL AS wood signs. You can pick up cute worded signs at craft stores, or make your own!
A group of pumpkins and gourds in various sizes make a wonderful tablescape when placed down the center of the table. Roll out a burlap runner to add a natural touch (pick one up from any craft store). Use battery operated candles so no need to worry about a dangerous flame!
For the center piece, I added a part of a tree we had removed this summer (the pieces are still on the side of my house). A battery operated candle sits on top of it. Lastly a few branches laid down the length of the table gives a vintage naturalistic look. Change up what I used with whatever you find outdoors. Thats the fun of a fall tablescape. Anything natural gives a warm cozy feel!
Have fun with Fall decorating!