Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Saturday, October 20, 2012
The ceiling is the fifth wall and many decorators and designers feel that keeping the ceiling white is like “throwing a sheet over the room” (Christopher Lowell said that years ago). But there are a few conditions to consider before painting the ceiling anything other than white:
1) Is your ceiling heavily textured? In many old houses, the ceiling is patterned (and God forbid, “popcorned”) and therefore very difficult to paint well. Also, painting it anything other than white will call attention to it and maybe that’s not what you want. One solution is to have your ceilings replastered to match your walls and painted, but if that’s out of the question, I would stick with white.
2) Is your ceiling a smooth plaster? If so, you should definitely paint it. How lucky you are! >
2A) Is your ceiling really high? If so, you can paint it virtually any color that goes with the rest of the room. If you’d like to bring the ceiling down visually, consider a color darker than your wall color or a warm color (both will advance and appear to bring the ceiling down to a level that’s more in scale with your room). Also consider adding crown moulding if it’s not already there. The moulding will also bring the ceiling down by calling your eye’s attention to it. And it really finishes the room.
2B) Is your ceiling low or average height? Consider painting it a tint of the wall color. If your walls are a medium blue, then your ceiling would be the very lightest blue on the color swatch or even lighter (white with a dash of blue). This will help to round out the room and make the ceiling part of the overall decor — not just that white sheet over the top.
3) Does your room have enough light? Bright white ceilings do help bounce light back into the room so if your room is already dark, pay special attention to the ceiling color. White can be used effectively, but light tints on the ceiling will also reflect light. Just avoid a ceiling color that is going to absorb all the light and leave the room dark.
4) Are you painting a guest bath? I like to paint the wall color right up over the ceiling in a guest bathroom. Doing that makes the room feel larger by blending the walls and ceiling together and avoiding sharp lines and corners.
5) Are you painting a bedroom? In what other room do we lie around and stare at the ceiling? Why not paint it something interesting. In a bedroom, the sky’s the limit (literally) — from puffy blue clouds on a backdrop of sky blue to a quilt of squares in different colors. And in kids’ rooms, the ceiling is just one more space to use your creativity.
Monday, October 15, 2012
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012
An ornate gilded mirror frame against a rich gray wall color certainly adds a lot of drama to this dining room. The sparkling chandelier offers a welcome bit of brightness to the room.
Intricate etchings and elaborate detailing on this lovely bathroom mirror adds beautiful detail to this simple room. The multifaceted mirror makes a great focal point.
The dramatic black mirror frame in this chic vanity contrasts beautifully with the shimmering wall tiles. A petite chandelier hangs before the mirror, adding an extra bit of elegance.
The collection of gorgeous mirrors in this room creates quite a stunning focal point. The colorful bedding creates a vibrant energy for the otherwise all-white room.
The modern pendant light could easily add enough drama for this trendy living room, but the mirror frame and traditional fireplace create a truly unique environment. A piece of driftwood on the mantle provides a natural touch.
The symmetrical wall of mirrors helps create a very modern feel in this bedroom. A pair of rustic nightstands add some beautiful natural texture to the room.
The dramatic size of the mirrors, set side-by-side, tower over the seating in this cool living room. The mirrors help make the room feel even more spacious, as well.wall sconce for your home!
Friday, June 1, 2012
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Adding a pattern to one of the walls in a room is an easy and effective way to create a focal wall. You can use stencils or tape to paint a pattern on your wall, but doing so can be time consuming and difficult to get the spacing right. While wallpaper takes time to hang, there are a great deal of design possibilities, and you don't have to worry about painting the pattern yourself. To find the right pattern, consider the style of the rest of the room. A floral pattern is an attractive option for a soft, romantic bedroom, while a bold, striped pattern may be the ideal choice for a modern living room. Visit a home inprovement store to see what wallpaper patterns are available, and see what calls out to you.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
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Friday, May 18, 2012
- If your house is too small to meet all your needs, gear spaces for double duty. A daybed anchors this living room by mimicking the look of a trendy, extra-deep designer sofa -- and scores space for guests to sleep. Look for a daybed with a solid back for all-day lounging support. Cap off the ends with a pair of bolster pillows to imitate the rolled arms of a sofa. Two small tables work together as a larger coffee table but move aside easily to give guests more space.
- Small spaces are quickly overwhelmed by large or overstuffed furnishings. Choose neatly upholstered pieces with compact frames and slimmed-down, leggy pieces without skirted bottoms that allow you to see through them to the walls and floors. In this living room, a pair of low-profile chairs eliminates heavy arms that take up visual space and interrupt movement through the conversation area. The open area under the lightweight side table gives the illusion of space. And petite upholstered stools maintain the small scale.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
When you are dealing with furniture, the whole collection must take priority over individual pieces. It is easy to fall under the enchantment of an antique piece of furniture, but you have to consider how it will fit in with everything else. Plus, you have to ask whether it meets your needs. Everybody loves to buy new things, but before you bring in new furniture you must figure out whether to take advantage of what you already have.
You may want to restore or renovate the external appearance of furniture if it is shabby or drab. Decorating is not merely throwing out the old and bringing in the new objects. New furniture is certainly attractive, not to mention pricey, if you were to search second-hand market and antique stores, you would probably come across some surprising pieces of furniture that add a touch of distinction to your home. Remember, that some old furniture has more personality than new designs and can be a source of inspiration as you seek to create your own decorating scheme.
The general rule is that if you have one unique piece of antique furniture, the other, more reserved pieces, should stay out of the limelight. In bigger rooms you can place two or three pieces of antique furniture without overdoing it. Decorating a home is a lifelong process that changes as you adjust. It’s an unfolding experience that lets you express yourself. Enjoy the time you spend doing it.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Monday, May 14, 2012
Here is Phase 2 of the Home Office:
Friday, May 11, 2012
Thursday, May 10, 2012
After my kids got a little older, I found myself with more time. I through myself into decorating our new @nd home from top to bottom. Everything from paint, to floors, furniture, bedding, window treatments, and accessories. It all came together beautful. I then would have friend's say how beautiful this room was and how they can never envision what I've done. I would b e asked to assist friend's with their own homes and actually do personnel shopping for them. From there, it just snow balled into a little business.
When I am decorating, I am 100% focused. It's alomst like I have tunnel vision. I see the vision, and it's my job to see it through.
Well, that's me in a nutshell. Hope you enjoyed reading my blog and hopefully it gives you the inspiration to do what you love to do......