Quick Tip For Indoor Sparkle

January 17, 2016

Want to make your fireplace sparkle? Try using bottle glass accessories.

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Glass bottles are such pretty accessories by themselves anytime, but when the fire dances on the glass, it is a beautiful thing. (Unfortunately, every photo I took in the dark was blurry.) You just have to trust me on that dancing! :)

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It is nice being able to find glass bottles not just at Pottery Barn anymore at $99-199.00 a bottle. I found both of these bottles at Target and Home Goods for only $12.00- 15.00 each!

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What do you think? I tried this at my condo – I can’t wait until I get to NH and try this idea on the big fireplace! I love new accessory ideas, don’t you?

A Statement Mirror in Every Room

January 13, 2016

What is the one accessory I suggest using in every room as a great statement piece?

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A mirror! Mirrors are a decorator’s best friend, and with good reason — a well-placed mirror makes the most of a room’s natural light, enhances views, opens a small space and adds sparkle to décor.

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I recently read an article from Houzz that stated that one of the main design trends we will see in 2016 is Statement Mirrors in the Bathroom:

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Emphasis On Wood

January 10, 2016

A ‘trend’ I have been seeing everywhere is Wood. This is not a new trend of course, but at this year’s High Point Market that I attended here, Organix, (made from organic materials), was very much in evidence with many of the vendors:

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Since attending the market, I have seen products made from wood not only in lighting and carpeting, but emphasis on using wood and Nature in our interiors is also being seen in accessories, furniture and art:

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Isn’t that such a great piece above? So unique and original. It looks like part of a sliding door but I think on it’s own it would still be a beautiful focal point.

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I am really loving the Live edge or natural edge which is a style of furniture where the carpenter incorporates the natural edge of the wood into the design of the piece:

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Gorgeous! After visiting a local sawmill this past Fall, I have so much admiration for these beautiful, natural pieces of wood.

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It really hit me how popular this trend is becoming when I saw these accessories in Target yesterday:

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Have you brought any earthy textures or organic forms into your homes? Wood is interesting, natural, touchable and dramatic! Do not worry about mixing styles or materials either. Wood works with glass, metal, other woods, etc. It will distinctly bring character, shape, warmth and texture into your home. Don’t you agree it brings in personality?

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!

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.

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