Monday, March 20, 2017
Thursday, March 16, 2017
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:
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.
Sectional Wins When...
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
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.
Sunday, March 12, 2017
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.
*hope you are enjoying the weekend!
Thursday, March 2, 2017
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.