Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Don't let wallpaper scare you!

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

3 of these mirrors over upholstered bed

This mirror will look beautiful as a set of 3 hung over upholstered bed.  It will soften up the rectangle of the headboard and give it symetrey.  I can't wait for these porthole mirrors to come in for my client.

Howard Elliott Soho 21" Convex Decorative Round Wall Mirror |

Friday, May 18, 2012

Small Space Solutions for Every Room

Design Small Rooms to Multitask
    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.
Choose Small-Scale Furnishings
    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

Combining styles in any room......

A well decorated home is one unified whole with rooms that blend and relate to each other like members of a family.
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

Office Project BEFORE photos

This was the office BEFORE. Did not like the green on walls, so I lightened it up with a buttery cream that you can see in my AFTER photos. It made the room look 2x as large. Bookcase arrived today so I will be posting pics of it soon.

New Project

I just started on a new project for a loft space.  It's a combined living space of a dining room, living room and kitchen.  She also wants me to design her master bedroom.  I just purchased the chandelier below for her foyer.  It's a small foyer so I didn't want anything too over-the-top.  My client's style is modern, streamline with a color palette of corals, grey blues, and creams.  I will be keeping a journal of progression of the project.  Stay tuned......

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

From Little Girl room to Big Girl room

From Little Girl room to Big Girl room

How quickly children grow.  Just like that, my 9 year old wanted her room to look more "sophisticated" then babyish.  I was hesitant, only because that meant to me that she is getting older.  i wanted to hold onto that little girl image a little longer because before you know it, she'll be a teenagerand then a young adult. 

I did sit down with her to see what her vision was for her room and she gave me her color palette which was blues, browns and creams.  I eliminated a lot of her stuffed animals, knick-nacks, any type of clutter to give her a clean look.  What we both came up with was a modern yet shabby chic style which we both agreed on.  It all came together nicely and hopefully, this bedroom will grow with her into her teenage years.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Home office project

Office space AFTER pictures.  This is phase 2.  Painting has been already completed. The desk has been delivered.  I bought a few accessories, but the major things to get are window treatments and flooring.  You really don't need an absorbent amount of time when decorating or designing a room in your home.  A lot of people get intimated when thinking of putting a room together.  As long as you have a vision which you can get from reading design magazines or checking out pictures online. 

Here is Phase 2 of the Home Office:

Office is coming together. Next up, window treatments.
Home office

Friday, May 11, 2012

Parisian take on a little girl's bedroom

My Daughter's Bedroom

This is my newly designed bedroom for my daughter Emma.  All she wanted was a pink room.  I incorporayted black and white to add a little sophistication.  She is now 7, but I want this room to grow with her.  I can always change up the accessories to give it an teen vibe once she gets older.  The most important thing was, she was very happy with it which ultimately is all that matters. 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Doing what I love.....

Just like a lot of women or men these days, I love decorating my home.  Always did, even back when I got my own bedroom as a little girl.  I wanted to put my own touches into it.  As I got older, and got my own house with my husband and kids, my love for decoration soared.  I always found myself buying all the Design magazines in supermarkets, driving around looking at other people's homes. eyeing my friends furnishings, and of course, the fun part, shopping!  I am always in and out of furniture stores, flea markets, Homegoods, where ever I can find items for the home. 

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......