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:

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Animal faux fur is also super popular right now:

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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

Attention All Paint Testers! Before & After Photos

November 2, 2019

For those of you who are not testing your paint colors the correct way, you are just making an already stressful project into an even more difficult decision.  I know it is easier, I get that. But, when you test the new color samples by painting right over the existing painted walls:paint testing

You are not seeing the new color in it’s true hue. This is exactly what happened recently to a client who wanted to paint her beautiful, large, open concept new home:

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She knew exactly what look she was going for, but could not find THE color and was going crazy. She stated that she did not like the peach walls from the previous owner and had tested a few favorite paint samples she thought might work:

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So she hired me to help her find a perfect color. I gave her a couple suggestions of paint colors but I also told her, “Maybe one reason you are having a hard time selecting a color is how you tested the color. When you paint samples right on wall, the existing color of wall affects the color and will not be the same. The best way to sample is too paint a poster board, two coats like you will for walls, and move all around day and night to different spots. You should use a white plain piece of paper between sample and existing wall color so all you see is the actual sample color. More work I know, but pretty accurate. Be sure to put white paper between new color sample and existing wall color. That peach will really throw you off!

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After a few days she wrote:

Hi,

After you suggested the paint card it changed everything Lol

I went with Repose gray. I’m glad I did that!:

 

Before:

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After:

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Before:

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After:

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What a beautiful transformation! The magic of paint! I know I repeat myself over and over about testing the correct way, but it is that important. Please take the extra time and extra steps and you will be a color expert also! Let me know if you have any questions about correctly testing paint samples in your home.

I also wanted to share a new eDesign mood board I am working on in Photo Shop:

PS Mood Board

 

Hard to learn but I am having so much fun with it. Have a great weekend everyone!

Kelly  xoxo

 

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:

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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

Embracing a New Chapter

October 12, 2019

Hey everyone. I thought this week I would catch you up on what is going on in my little corner of life. I told you about Mike and I building our new forever home. here, here, here and here.

Well, it seems destiny had different plans for us. We have been running into many issues, including waiting five months now for a septic permit. We have not even cut down one tree and here comes winter right around the corner. We are so tired of still living out of boxes in our current rental home. We have moved 7 times in the past 12 years and just want to be settled.

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Do you believe in fate? Well, we were on a drive last Sunday and we found a pretty house for sale, by owner. The neighborhood is beautiful so we decided to take a look inside:

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It is almost the same as the house we were going to build.  Just about the same layout. We love the yard, the one floor living, a laundry room, (happy dance!), a large master bedroom and a beautiful screened in porch.

So… we have decided to buy and move into this house and make it our forever home. We are not going to wait to build anymore. I really believe fate stepped in and made us wait because we were supposed to find this home and make it ours. All new rooms to decorate! I will have fun sharing how I am designing each room in our new forever home.

Such as finding new wallpaper for the laundry room:

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How exciting it will be!

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Source for above quotes found here. Have a great weekend everyone!

Kelly xo

Color Crush: Metropolitan AF-690

September 21, 2019

Looking for a fresh neutral that will work well with your grays, beige and browns?:

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No, it is not a greige or white.

Hello Ben Moore Metropolitan AF-690:

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Does the name sound familiar? It was Ben Moore’s color of the year 2019!Read More