January 30, 2009
I used this one in a guest room to hang towels.
This ladder was placed in a bathroom on top of existing shelves. Starfish were added to make it fun and "spa like". Leaning an old frame against the wall is a great way to add height, texture and interest to big space too.
January 29, 2009
January 28, 2009
A couple weeks after purchasing the rug, I was in a thrift store and purchased the following for $5.00 YES.... can you believe it. It still had the price tag on it labeled $350. It's a base to what looks like use to be a glass coffee table. It had not top on it, just the base but I KNEW it had potential. The bamboo is sold and has what I think looks like an animal print on it. I love "all natural" things like this.
My upholsterer loves when I come in his shop because he knows that he's going to get an interesting combination. He did look at me kinda weird this time though and said, I trust you. This is the outcome of the two thrifty" finds. It now rests in my bedroom in-between my two chairs.
EMBROIDERY TO PILLOW
My sister-in-law gave me this embroidery for my birthday. She handed it to me and said "you are either going to love this or hate it".
January 24, 2009
Thought you would like to see the latest project I tackled in my house. I hated my laundry room cabinets and wanted them to have more character. I know....it's just my laundry room but...hey, as a mom, I spend a LOT of time in there!! I took a hammer to them and my family all came in there wondering if I had totally lost my mind. My husband is very use to me doing crazy things but he said this topped them all. He is so good to me and just said "I trust you" move forward. I continued with my hammering to give the cabinets a great distressed look. I then stained them with a rag technique and I'm very happy with them. I wanted them to look rustic/western. I'm going to get some fun hardware for the doors and my laundry room will now be a fun place to be.
This transformation took me about an hour and brought me much pleasure. Remember, sometimes it's the small things you change that can make a HUGE difference. Little by little you can transform your home, it just takes a bit of hard work and creativity. I'll warn you, this job is one where you MUST wear gloves. However, the stain eats the rubber so change them often. I learned the hard way and now need a manicure desperately!
January 22, 2009
Asking to have a design concept that is not appropriate for the architecture of the space and their lifestyle. — John Barman
Not being honest about how much they want to spend; not telling the designer the true amount. — Carleton Varney
Scale, scale, scale...and asking their mother-in-law or friends. [They] aren’t your best friends after all because they don’t think about what is best for you, but they know what they would like and chances are you will not like their choices! — Mario Buatta
A scattergun approach to a project. There is nothing more depressing than having a sheaf of cuttings presented to you which are in no way related to each other or appropriate to the project in hand. — Graham Viney
Clients who want to build a Tuscan villa on a Cape Cod landscape. Also, clients who want everything done overnight. They would be better served living with the essentials and letting the space evolve. — Karin Blake
Trust is key to the successful outcome of any design project. A designer should be hired only if the rapport between client and designer is a good one. Choosing a designer based solely on a fee schedule is a big mistake. — Scott Snyder
Having a lack of or poor communication with the designer. [Also] having an unrealistic budget. — Charles Allem
Not trusting themselves to know what they don’t like. Nobody should ever be talked into something that they find distasteful. — Alexa Hampton
Trying to second-guess themselves. If you like something, go with your gut. — Mark Boone
Going for what is safe instead of taking risks. Sometimes the most remarkable interiors are the ones that have been created totally from the imagination. Great leaps of faith are required and the rewards can be very exciting. This is why creating interiors for a client that I have worked with before is usually the most satisfying. The element of trust increases between client and designer with each project. — Thomas Pheasant
As you can see from this article, hiring the right decorator/designer is very important. You want someone that is very in tune to your needs and someone who wants to make your home what YOU want. Your decorator can guide you along the process helping you make wise decisions during your remodeling/updating project. It will be the best money spent!
January 21, 2009
January 15, 2009
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The Nocturnal Habitat trend is inspired by the desire to simplify our lives. With a fast paced lifestyle, virtually and digitally, these colors feel soothing yet infuse a wide array of color. We are searching for a restful environment that conveys our ecological values respecting the balance between earth and its people. All living creatures want to feel secure in their surroundings.
Global Oneness celebrates individuality in each of us. It is combined with international influences that shape our world in a vivid exciting palette. Yet stepping out of this global circle we need our own identity. The dramatic colors announce LOOK AT ME!