Monday, March 20, 2017

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Furniture Help! Sectional Or Sofa

I am constantly wavering back and forth over this issue - sectional or sofa?  Whether I am working on a clients home project or my own home, its a big decision!  The sectional offers plenty of appeal including lots of seating for cuddling, and that coveted corner seat everyone fights over.  But a sofa is less cumbersome, looking lighter in a room, and is not such a commitment as a sectional with its permanent configuration.  

When I mention 'sectional' to some of my clients I get a reaction like "Is that still in style?" or "Don't those belong in the basement?"  Truth is, sectionals have become more modern and chic looking.  The upholstery options are extensive and the arms are less bulky.   They can also be the perfect answer to seating in some rooms due to the layout of the space.  

Many sectionals are customizable.  You choose the length on either end (the right or left side can be longer than the other), the look of the arm, the style of the cushion and the corner seat can be a square corner or rounded corner. 

Sectionals come in L shaped, U shaped, and with one chaise (or two if you choose one on either end like I did in my own home because my husband wanted us both to have our feet up while watching a movie).  

Tip: Balance a sectional with something weighty on the diagonal end or across from it like a floor basket or chair.  

Reasons To Choose A Sectional or Sofa  

Consider the layout of the room! If you are lucky enough to have a large open area with plenty of square footage, the sofa vs sectional decision is more personal.  BUT if you have constrictions due to lack of space in a room or entry ways that you don't want blocked, you may be forced to use either a sofa or sectional.  Its important to measure your room carefully.  Plan it out on graph paper if you can.  Include doorways (you don't want to block any entry way with furniture).  You can also tape out the possible furniture layout you are considering on the ground using painters tape.  If you have furniture in the room now, move it around in different configurations to get a feel for what works best.  Here are some examples of rooms that work best with either a sectional or sofa: 

Sofa Wins When...

This room is tricky to get a good amount of seating in due to the long narrow space with an entry door at one end of the room and the only entrance into the room at the other end.  A sectional would block either the doorway or the entrance point so a sofa would be a good option as seen below.  No one will be tripping over furniture to get through the room.

Sectional Wins When...

Here is another long narrow room that has a different issue; the fireplace and television are on two different walls.  The sectional allows seating to see both and keeps a nice wide entrance point in and out of the room.  The use of two sofas would have narrowed the entrance point making it difficult to walk through the room.

The Cousins

Sectional Wins When...

This room is super big and the sectional floating in the center grounds the space creating a cozier seating arrangement.  I use sectionals often in large great rooms.  They bring the space down to size so you don't feel like the person across from you is so far away.

Margaret Donaldson Interiors

Sofa Wins When...

Separate sofas and chairs for really well for multiple seating for guests when you entertain (friends don't typically like to snuggle up to person to their left or right; it can be uncomfortable).  It also allows you to change up the arrangement of the furniture.  And its great for allowing conversation and traffic flow.  

I hope this is helpful to you.  Best of luck with your own furniture project!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

My Pink 1970s Bathroom Gets Renovated

BEFORE                                                       AFTER 

So long 1970s pepto pink! We finally completed our master bathroom renovation! Jumping for joy because no longer sharing my daughters bathroom.  Its a small space but really works hard for us.  

BEFORE                                                       AFTER 
Its been a bit of a process from demo to tile install, but we are done!  Party time!


Demo and new dry wall.

Added radiant heat to floor then began tile work.  I worked hand in hand with the tiler to make sure the tiles were forming nicely in a herringbone pattern on the floor, and the key is to use tiles next to each other that don't have a similar pattern/veining (good tip when using machine made tiles).

Floor is done!

Walls are done!
The bathroom is small so we used the same tile throughout to keep it bright and expansive looking. BUT we did 'shake it up' in varying lengths and patterns of that tile.  The floor and wall tile above chair rail are long narrow pieces (herringbone pattern on floor and random on wall).  The tile used below the chair rail, and walls of shower are larger pieces.

I wanted to use calacatta marble for the entire project but the price tag was beyond my budget, so I only used it for the chair rail, floor of the shower and pattern on the back shower wall.  After a lot of research, I found a man made tile I liked that looked similar, and I am happy with it.

Good bye shell sink......

Vanity is in!

We needed a 60 inch double vanity.  I found this one and liked how the marble looked that came with it.  Also looks like a piece of furniture with its tall legs, that gives the room a more open feel because it is a small space.  HERE IS THE LINK.  We changed out the knobs to crystal because every room needs a little bling!

Bling bling!!

AFTER (new knobs)

We have array of lighting options now.  The chrome wall sconces with fabric shades for ambiance lighting, two recessed lights above the vanity for more direct light (I preferred this vs using wall sconces above the vanity because I have under 8 foot ceiling and would have felt squatty).  Also a light in the shower and fan light.

We used satin nickel for the faucets and shower plumbing.  I like mixing chrome and nickel.  I don't prefer chrome everywhere because of the shininess, but used together, looks nice.

To get the mirror size right, I found a few options then taped them out on the wall using painters tape.  This is a good tip for visualizing the size before purchasing!


 BEFORE                                                       AFTER 

Good bye sunken square tub!

New work begins!

I instantly fell for this marble mosaic tile.  I wanted to keep the shower clean and light but give it one powerful POP!  And our dog Carmella approved!

Definitely had to have wall niches.  I chose two to maximize function.  The taller one is perfect for our shampoo and conditioner and body wash.  And the lower shelf holds soap and razors neatly.

I used the basket weave marble mosaic tile for the back of the niches.  This is the tile I used on the shower floor also.  For the sides of the niche, I used calacatta marble that had a lot of gray veining.

One more look at the shower.

Thats it! We still want to use a wallpaper on the walls but decided to paint it now and get back around to the paper later.  We finished the space off with crown molding.  

Next project is our basement (my daughters bathroom will be in 2018; she has a baby blue 1970s look right now)
(you need bell bottom jeans in this room)

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Talking Sectional Vs Sofa On TV Thursday

I am constantly teetering back and forth on using sectionals in client projects.  I had one in my home years ago, and said I would not use one again.  Fast forward three years later, and I just purchased two for myself!  This Thursday at 8:50 am on WFMZ TV 69 News at Sunrise I will share the good reasons to use sectionals!

Check back here later that day to read my short post on it along with photos of rooms I am discussing.  

Decadently yours,

*hope you are enjoying the weekend!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Excited to See An Article We Wrote On Decorating Published

Thank you Hakol for letting us be a part of your important publication, and allowing us to write an article for you for your March 2017 issue! What an honor! What a fantastic newspaper!  

To see the article CLICK HERE.  I hope you get to check it out!

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Watch Shosh Explain Her Top 4 Home Interior Design Trends On TV

TGIF friends!  If you have time this weekend please view this quick video of Eve Russo of WFMZ TV and myself talking about headline making trends I am spotting for 2017 in home interior design.  Sorry for not making this available sooner (its been busy between work and my daughters after school activities this week).  I had so much fun showing viewers rooms that showcase the trends; especially for kitchens!

If you want more info after viewing the short clip CLICK HERE for it all including paint colors!

Have a wonderful relaxing weekend!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Top Four Defining 2017 Interior Design Trends

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."

Green can be added through paint.  Here are some happy shades to try:
Sherwin William Tansy Green (SW 6424)
Benjamin Moore Fernwood Green (2145-40)

OR thru your furnishings Use a neutral paint color on the walls and incorporate furniture and accents in varying shades, from vibrant to deep and bold.  Imagine a mixed salad with different types of lettuce.  Beautiful and bountiful with all its different shades. But my philosophy is 'less is more' with any accent color (don't over due it or you will quickly get tired of the room).  

Add a green sofa or chair in a velvety or textured material (see the first photo in this post for a beautiful celadon velvet look).

I am currently working on a Library project and just installed two comfy upholstered green chairs (there is a ton of woodwork in the space).  I can't wait to share the room with you!  

3. Kitchens are Charming and Full of Character. This kitchen is the epitome of kitchen trends.  Kitchens are less utilitarian and moving toward a homier feel. Here are some on trend ideas:

+White painted cabinetry as well as varying shades of gray and mushroom tones.  Island colors will continue to be a different color or stain and look handcrafted, more like furniture.

+Subway tiles are a classic staple for a backsplash.  NOW there are longer and narrower options used by designers.  Go for this look but keep it in the creamy or bone white finish to stay current and timeless.   

+Open shelving like the wood ledges you see in this photo.  It brings in warmth and another layer of texture.

+Gold.  Golden tones in a matte or satin finish for hardware and lighting are seen everywhere in beautifully designed kitchens.  But what about the faucet and the appliances?  Gold may be fun but it is a trend, and investing in a faucet that is gold may be pricey for a look you may not like in a year or two.  As you can see from this photo, silver may still be a great option.  It is OK to mix metals!
+Quartz is still growing in popularity.  Manufacturers are making great strides in the look of this man made material that is very practical.    

4. We Are Compartmentalizing....Sort Of.  We have worked so hard to figure out how to design and decorate open floor plans that include a kitchen as part of the great room.  But now home builders are getting requests from customers to have the option of closing off the kitchen.  So during your dinner party your cooking area can stay messy during prep time.   Love these gray sliding doors used in the photo above! Pocket doors are also really great at closing up, and opening up spaces.  

Monday, January 16, 2017

Wednesday Shosh Shares 4 Headline Making Home Design Trends

Happy Monday!  I am so excited to share four headline making home design trends for 2017 this Wednesday at 8:50 am on WFMZ TV 69 News At Sunrise.  

Is gold still in style?  What is the color interior designers are adding to their projects?  And what is in style for kitchens in this coming year?  Tune in and find out! ;)

Come back to this blog after the TV segment airs and get the details talked about on the show.

Have a decadent day!!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Slipcover Chair Project Without Sewing

Happy Friday! I posted this DIY project a number of years ago and it has become one of my most popular posts so I thought I would share it again.  

Its a good weekend project.  And no sewing involved.

There is no right way to do this if you try it, and its not costly.  If you read the comments for the post you will see that people give great ideas and advice when they took this project on.  CLICK HERE to for step by step instructions.

If you try it, please leave a comment on the blog post!  I love seeing what people are doing.  So fun!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Holiday Hostess Gift Guide Video

Shosh and Eve Russo at WFMZ TV 69 Studio

We just wrapped up the short TV segment all about Ideas For Hostess Gifts for any holiday parties and get togethers you might be going to this season.  These ideas work all year round too!  Also included what NOT to bring as a gift.  Its a short clip.  Happy Holidays!!

You can also read a rundown of what was shown on TV (along with photos and links to see where we purchased everything). SEE IT HERE !!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Perfect Hostess Gift For Those Holiday Parties

This is the biggest season of the year to host and be invited to parties. So much fun to be had!

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.  
Never give a gift without letting the hostess know who it is from.  Add a good one liner like "thank you for inviting me to such a lovely party" or other sweet thank you words.  Chances are your gift will not be opened until after the party and you want to make sure the hostess knows the gift is from you..... even if its a bottle of wine!

Put time into packaging your gift. 
Be thoughtful in how you present your gift to the hostess.   Show how much you care by making an effort.  If buying store bought cookies, take them out of the store packaging and repackage them on lovely platter.  Even a bottle of wine can be presented with a nice velvet bow!  


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. 


Try Making These Hostess Gift Baskets That Were Seen On TV Today

*Please note that any of the looks or ingredients below can be changed out according to your budget, accessibility, and preference. Its the thought that counts the most!

Wine Gift.  "Dress it up!"

A bottle of wine is probably the most popular gift to bring to a party.  If you can find out the hostess favorite kind, that is best.  Do not get emotionally attached to the wine you bring.  It may not be opened at the party.  By purchasing a bottle the host likes, you are sure to make them happy when they do pop that cork!

Present your wine to the hostess in a gift bag,  or even just a big bow.  The host will appreciate the gesture.  Add a wine stopper as shown above.  Monogrammed pieces are always nice to give as gifts.  

And make sure you add a gift tag so they know who it is from.  

Ingredients to the hostess gift shown above:
Pier 1 Faux Fur Wine Bag (link)
Pier 1 Monogram Initial Bottle Stoppers (link)
*Make the gift tag out of gold glitter paper from craft store

Breakfast Basket.  

"So thoughtful"

How thoughtful of you to think about the morning meal for the hostess after the party! He and/or she will truly enjoy some simple edibles that you so cleverly gave them.  Simply buy a basket, add two cloth napkins and fill the basket with a few morning goodies!

Ingredients to the hostess gift shown above:
Pier 1 Farmhouse White Wire Basket (link)
Target Pie Server (link)
Target cloth napkins (link)
Box of tea (grocery store)
Assortment of jellies (grocery store)
Honey Spoons (grocery store)
Lemon (grocery store)
Babka (grocery store)

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. 

I was inspired to create this basket by my good friend Melinda who recently gifted me a rosemary herb plant.  The tag said it represented our friendship.  I thought 'what a fantastic gift!'  It smells so good and I have been adding fresh rosemary to meals for the last week!  

Ingredients to the hostess gift shown above:
Target Colander (link)
Target Radish Kitchen Dish towel (link)
Target Herb Sheers (link)
Vinegar, kosher salt, mint leaf plant (grocery store)

Game Night Basket. 

If you are headed to someones home for an overnight or weekend trip try bringing a game (dice or cards are easy to pack and travel any where).  I love this basket because you can get so creative.  Also because if there are kids they can drop the electronics and get back to some old fashioned fun!

Ingredients to the hostess gift shown above:
Crate&Barrel Popcorn Bowl (link)
Target Uno, playing cards, Mad Libs
Target Store disposable popcorn holders

Popcorn packs (grocery store)

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.  

A few key items like sample liquors, glass coasters (from Pier 1) and a gold tone cocktail shaker make a fun gift for the hostess who likes to be a mixologist!

Edible gift to be eaten at the party.  

If the host knows you are contributing something edible like baked goods, cheese and hors d'oeuvres that can be served at the party, include a serving tray like a cutting board or platter; also a cheese knife or cake cutter if appropriate.   This will be helpful for your host to display your food right away without hunting for utensils and something to display it on.  Also the hostess will be able to use your serving dish or tray at future get togethers!  

Ingredients to the host gift shown above:
Pier 1 Marble Cheese Board (link)
Pier 1 White Marble Cheese Knife Set (link)

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 :)

These one of a kind platters are recycled from wine bottles by a local artisan Just beautiful!  Here is the info:
Glass Art by Joe Stained Glass Studio LLC

Check out the facebook page for more info.