Category: Before & After Pictures

Weekend Project

February 7, 2016

Right now I am in the middle of changing up my master bedroom:

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I knew the time was coming because my husband, Mike, has not stopped complaining about the white bedding since I first put it on the bed:

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He has never liked it. One day I was able to drag him into Home Goods where he found a comforter he liked, (and of course the blue and white also got my approval!) You know what that means- new comforter- new accessories! I have always wanted a rug in my bedroom:

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Color Selection Made Easy

January 31, 2016

 

Today we are flooded with so much information on how to choose the perfect paint color for our homes. Blogs, magazines, Pinterest, Houzz, Facebook, HGTV and many other sources. We read all the different info and then find ourselves questioning if the color we chose is still in style, if the undertones are working,  do the colors flow correctly, etc. If you are like me, too much information on any subject just makes me more confused and stressed!

When it comes to choosing paint colors, I believe that if you go back to basics, the process will be much easier for you. Here are a few tips and advice on Paint Selection 101 to use next time you feel overwhelmed selecting a paint color:

*Remember that the goal of the wall color is to find a color that works with everything you own and love. It works as the background scene. The walls are not supposed to be the ‘star’ of the room.

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Time For New Lamps?

January 20, 2016

I would like you to take a minute and go take a peek at your living and bedroom table lamps. Are they still pretty? Are they more than 6 years old? Do you still like them??

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Lamps, believe or not, is one of the most dated items I find in homes when performing home design consultations. I think many people just don’t notice their lamps. They are just one of those accessories that has been laying around for years.  I want to tell you that one of the quickest and easiest ways to update a room immediately, is banishing your old lamps and finding new pretty lamps. They are not so expensive anymore! I found these at Home Goods for only $ 60.00 each!:

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Target has great lamp selections and also Overstock, Lamps Plus and Wayfair  to just to name a few. And shipping is free with most companies today when ordering online. They really do make the room perk up and give the room instant interest and personality!

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If you are keeping your lamps out of love, I would keep them and be proud to show them off. But if you are not attached to your table lamps and have not noticed them in awhile – except for dusting around- maybe it is time to buy yourself a new pair of pretty lamps!

How do you like the look of my new website?  I would love to hear your thoughts!

Thanks everyone!

Two More Color Options for Oak Cabinets

January 4, 2016

Yes, I do still suggest looking at green paint colors for your kitchen walls when you are working with oak cabinets, such as here. BUT, I thought I would share a couple other paint color options that also work well:

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The paint color above is Benjamin Moore Firenze AF-225. Doesn’t it work well with the cabinets? A perfect compliment with oak or maple kitchen cabinets. I had chosen Firenze for our kitchen when we first moved in 8 years ago:

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I was still happy with the color, but when we put in new granite counters and backsplash last year, I decided to also change the wall color for a whole new look:

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I sampled many colors, (just like you!) before I finally decided to paint with Ben Moore Chelsea Gray:

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I love it! The dark gray works well with my cabinets, backsplash and countertops. So if you are looking for other possibilities to work with your oak/maple cabinets, take a look at Firenze AF-225 or Chelsea Gray HC-168. Always good to have other options!

A little project I finally finished last week in the kitchen was covering a couple stools:

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It really was not as difficult as I thought. I just took the screws out of the bottom of seat:

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Then I laid out and cut the fabric, (fabric is same as window treatments):

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I pulled the fabric tight and stapled. For the corners, I just folded like a present and stapled tight:

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What a wonderful difference:

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I love when those little details work out so pretty, don’t you? Thanks for stopping by everyone!

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!

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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