Category: Interior Decorating

A Few Project Updates

February 15, 2020

Hey everyone! I seem to be really busy lately, but I’m not sure with what exactly. I have a few different projects going on at my house, like setting up cozy little corners and pretty vignettes:

cozy corner

bedroom corner

dining room corner

dining room centerpiece

I am thinking of this wallpaper for an accent wall in the living room:

all modern Tia Peony Floral and Botanical Matte Peel and Stick Wallpaper Tile

What do you think? So pretty. The living room needs something interesting and I think this will bring some color and personality to the room. I really am into pink lately!

I choose SW6244  Naval over BM Navy Blue HC-154 for my dining room ceiling:

naval

They both would work, but I liked the blue in the Naval better with my area rug. There are several nice blues that could work on these color strips!

I have been working on an eDesign living room project for a client:

Revere Pewter Concept Board

Ben Moore Revere Pewter Concept Board

She already had a similar sofa and I just helped her fill in the blanks in the room. She is very happy with it! Yay.

Here are a few before and after shots from an online color consultation I did:

BEFORE:

Tom kitchen before

Everything in the room was staying as is for right now, so I choose a paint color that would work with the cabinets, green countertops and flooring.

AFTER:

Tom kitchen after2

Such a big difference, don’t you agree?:

BEFORE:

Tom kitchen before 2

AFTER:

Tom Kitchen After

The magic of paint!

Are you working on any indoor projects? I can not WAIT for the warmer weather to be outside doing projects. My husband and I are supposed to paint dining room ceiling this weekend. 

Have a great weekend everyone!

Kelly xo

Tips and Tricks Using Fake Flowers

January 18, 2020

One of my reader friends, Hi Robyn!, asked where I buy all of my flowers I use for decorating. I think flowers, real or faux, bring a touch of happiness to a room.  They put a smile on my face when I see in a room. I of course would love my home filled with real flowers, but in the dead of winter like now, I will use faux with no problem because some look so real!

tulips

Faux flowers have come a long way! I remember when just starting out in business, it was very expensive to buy floral stems and arrangements that looked real. They all had a waxy, fake look about them. Remember that? And there was no online shopping  so you could only find them in a few select stores.

So where do I find my fake florals?

 

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I start looking in Amazon for everyday flowers because of variety, price and reviews. Wayfair also has a good selection:

floral Hydrangea and Rose Floral Arrangement in Glass Vase

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Pier1 is still one of my favorite stores for branches and floral stems:

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Joss and Main is another great store for accessories:

Faux Hydrangea Centerpiece in Vase

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Ballard Designs greens and topiaries are beautiful also!:

olive branches

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olive

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Here are a few decorating tips when using faux flowers:

Tip: When shopping online, do a bit of research and always read the reviews!

Tip: The faux flowers made out of silk are the ones that look most genuine.

Tip:  Allow a few petals to drop. Real flowers shed, so let your fake flowers shed a few blossoms or buds on the table.

Tip: When using a clear vase with faux flowers, I think the ones that have water on the bottom look best.

Tip: Decorate with flowers that are all one color and type. Find one fake flower in the color you like and fill the vase or container with them.

Tip: Use a clear vase unconventionally with a single bud:

floral jar

floral in jar

TIP: Bend the stems.  A real flower does not stand perfectly straight on it’s stem. Bend the wire stems a bit so they will droop more like a real flower.

Tip: When filling a vase, too many flowers are better than not having enough.When there are not enough flowers used, it tends to make them look chintzy and cheap.

Tip: It’s the little details in a room such as pops of flowers that make the whole room look put together.

Tip: Flowers, including faux flowers, are one of a stylist’s best friend.

Tip: Using flowers helps tie a collection of items together. It’s all in the little details.  greens

There may be affiliate links in this post. At no extra cost to you, I may make a small commission and I thank you! I only add products I love and think you will too.

Tip: A good idea when making a large faux floral arrangement, is that the main flower you are using is in season. For example, you wouldn’t want to use poinsettias in your summer tablescape, nor would you want to put gerber daisy blooms in a vase in January.

Tip: Not a fan of planting fake flowers outdoors. Because of the natural elements around them, they really stand out and not look real. There may be afflite links in this post.

Tip: Keep it simple. 

fushia

 

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Have a great weekend!

Kelly xoxo

Best of 2019 Posts

December 28, 2019

Here is a list in no particular order of reader favorite posts from this past year:

Top Home Trends I’m Loving for Spring 2019 (and a few I’m not!)

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The Only Five Trim Whites Paints You Need to Know

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Exterior Color Palettes with Dark Trim

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Did You Know? Informative and Useful Decorating Facts

November 16, 2019

Welcome to another post about random decorating hint and tips I have found along the way and thought you would enjoy!

Did you know animal print is HUGE this Fall in the design world? Everything from print pillows and throws, area rugs and poufs:

animal print pillows

Ballard Designs

Animal faux fur is also super popular right now:

animal fur

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Great way to update your space without spending a lot! Animal print is a classic design and will never go out of style. And how cozy does that throw look?

Speaking of cozy, I have seen some great ideas decorating for Fall.  I just love this idea Decorating with Leaves in Cloches:Read More

Top 10 Favorite Online Shopping Sources

October 26, 2019

I do a lot of online shopping for clients and have a list of go-tos when looking for furniture and accessories. What does it take to make the list of my favorite shopping places? In no special order:

1) Free shipping

2) Customer Reviews

3) Price

4) Sales

4) Individuality of Products

5) Good Customer Service

Ballard Designs:

ballard mirror

Thomas Round Mirror

Although I still love to look through their mailed catalog page by page for great inspiration and ideas, I usually buy online.  I have had my eye on this Thomas mirror, (just purchased for a client), and am going to find a spot somewhere in my new home for this beauty.

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Ananda Console Table

Anthropologie:

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Woodland Vases

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Mixing Traditional With Modern Farmhouse Style, Plus I’m Quoted in Apartment Therapy This Month!

October 19, 2019

If you could start from scratch with your interior, what style would you be? Since I am fortunate enough to be moving into a new home that has all white trim and clean interior lines which I love,  I really love the way the dark woods of older traditional furniture are used in the bright and airy interiors of the modern farmhouse styles:

wood kitchen

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I like the clean, modern look but layering in a statement furniture piece brings in a beautiful accent to the white trim and furnishings of the modern look:

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It’s stylized approach to comfort and beautiful, simple design, evokes a spirit that’s warm and inviting, and the contrast brings a unexpected modern mix:Read More