Month: December 2015

Furniture Arranging 101

December 31, 2015

Furniture arranging can be so hard, especially in your own home. Here are a few hints and tips for living rooms that have worked well for me.

*  Like all of my projects, my first suggestion is to take everything out of the room except for your largest piece of furniture, usually the sofa. That includes everything- area rugs, pillows, tables and accessories. (And not just to the opposite side of the room- all the way out!)

* The focal point is chosen by what you will be using the room for. If the living room is for watching TV, that is the way to face the furniture. If you have a beautiful fireplace you want to share with friends and family, the furniture arrangement should be facing or perpendicular to the fireplace. In the example below, the sofa is placed perpendicular to the fireplace.

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* Instead of thinking ‘furniture arrangement’, I like to call it a seating area, or where can people sit?  I start with the sofa and then bring in more ‘seats’. Two of the same or similar chairs is my favorite combination to use. You can place them next to the sofa, across from, or many other combinations:

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* After the seating arrangement is set, next I would bring in a cocktail table or ottoman to place in the middle of the seating area to tie the area together.

* I suggest using an area rug whenever possible. This will help define your area and anchor the area. I wrote here about using an area rug over carpet and how well it works. An area rug is also a perfect way to bring color into the room.

* Go large with your area rugs. A too small rug will make your room appear smaller and look awkward. Here is a chart that is a good rule of thumb for the correct size rug with furniture placement:

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I know that not everyone has the luxury of a large space. If you can not pull all of the furniture away from the wall, try putting the sofa against the wall and floating your chairs, tables and rug in front of it:

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* If you do have a large space, try not to line the furniture up against the wall. I pull out at least 12” which will make the room look more inviting and cozier instead of having a large empty space in the middle of the room.

* If your room is overlarge, (over 20 x 28 ft.) treat it by designing several small ‘seating areas’ in the room. A seating area can be made up of a sofa and chairs, two sofas, four chairs or two chairs. An ottoman or bench also works great as a seating piece. Or even just one chair. I love using a single chair to make a cozy corner which I wrote about here:

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* If you have a long and narrow room, I have found if you place a seating area at the far end, facing into the room, it is visually inviting and appealing.

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* What to do when you have more than one focal point in the room? First try to make two separate seating areas around each, ( for example TV and fireplace). If that is not possible because of space, then one focal point will have to be chosen.

* Once all of your seating is positioned, check that every seat has a table/stool to put down a beverage.

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Everyone’s space is different and what works for you is best. Do not compare your room to the fashion magazines because those rooms are styled for looks only, not to actually be used. There is no right or wrong way to arrange seating as long as you pay attention to the focal point.

I hope this has helped you. If you have questions, please comment in the section below and I will be sure to answer.

Thanks everyone!

Just So You Know

December 30, 2015

Just so you know, the January issue of my newsletter ‘Roominations’ will be published tomorrow, January 1st, 2016. This issue is packed with great content!

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* The reader’s question of the month is all about ideas and suggestions on how to arrange furniture. This month’s ‘secret’ post is for you!

* Sharing some of my great finds recently in Favorite Accessories on sale now!

* The ‘secret’ post this month is Furniture Arranging 101.

Be sure to sign up for my newsletter today to be sure you get the password for tomorrow’s secret post. Thank you!

The Best of 2015

December 27, 2015

What a wonderful year 2015 was both professionally and personally! Not only was I fortunate enough to visit High Point Market but I also was able to explore different parts of the world I have never been. And thanks to all of you, I had the best year ever blogging! Here are a few favorites I thought you might enjoy reading again:

What Candice Says About Color

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Kitchen Window Treatments

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This was one of my favorite online design consults:

Nina’s Before & After Living Room

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Turquoise & Beige Color Combination

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Finishing Touches On Bath Update

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A couple of popular hints and tips in 2015:

Helpful Tip For Orchids

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Valuable Tip When Selecting Exterior Colors

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Color Swap, Part Two

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The BEST Kitchen Wall Color For Oak Cabinets

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One of my favorites was guest posting:

Guest Posting At Color Me Happy!

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A big thank you to all of you! Here’s to another great year of traveling and adventure! As most of you know, I had a wonderful time in Costa Rica this year:

Natural Beauty

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Creatures, Creatures, Creatures

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Now I have the traveling bug… for 2016 I already have Ireland and Nashville booked. Here’s to  another fun year of decorating and color! Have an amazing 2016 my friends!

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Christmas Wishes

December 22, 2015

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The blessing of peace,

the beauty of hope,

the spirit of love, the comfort of faith

May this be your gifts this Christmas season.

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year filled with overflowing blessings!

  Kelly  xo

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Time To Relax

December 20, 2015

Wow! Can you believe it is the first day of Winter tomorrow with Christmas just a few days away? How are you doing with your Holiday preparations?

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My son Kyle has flown home for Christmas! I am so happy we will all be together. Most of my work is done and it is time to relax and enjoy. So sit back and relax with me a few minutes to look at some beautiful Christmas images I have come across this Holiday Season:

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So simple and beautiful:

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Aren’t they all beautiful? Thanks for visiting with me, I hope you have enjoyed. Much love and gratitude to you all! Happy almost Christmas Day everyone!!

Great Site For Area Rugs

December 16, 2015

If you are ever looking for a great place online to find good quality and reasonably priced rugs, check out Wayfair:

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I think I found a new favorite place online. I was looking for rugs for a client and somehow ended up on the Wayfair website. They have best quality names, in stock!, such as Safavieh and Surya. Those are two of my top names in area rugs. There is a good selection of sizes and free shipping! And I love that they have reviews from others. I always suggest reading the reviews, such as here.

Here are a few pretty rugs I found that will work perfect in her bedroom:

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All have great prices and wonderful reviews. Has anyone else found good deals at Wayfair? Have you been happy with the quality of products and the service? Would be good to know. I don’t know why I have hesitated looking at their site before. I thought it was not good quality?? Love to hear your thoughts. Thank you!