Book & Wine Giveaway Raffle Winner

April 4, 2018

Drumroll please! The winner of the book and wine giveaway raffle is Monica Salter! Thank you to all who entered. I wish I could get you all a copy and bottle of wine! Thank you so much Kristy for allowing us to help you celebrate your new book release! I loved the sequel and know many will agree. Congratulations again Monica! I will send you an email for your address for your gifts.

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I am so pleased to be able to share with you a special Book & Wine giveaway! My friend and fellow blogger, Kristy Woodson Harvey, who writes a beautiful blog with her mom, (how cool is that?) My Design Chic. Kristy is getting ready to launch her new book sequel to her last bestselling book, Slightly South of Simple: A Novel (The Peachtree Bluff Series) .
Her new book in the series is The Secret to Southern Charm ( The Peachtree Bluff Series).

The Secret to Southern Charm” is a compelling, beautifully drawn tale of love, hope, and small town secrets. The richly detailed backdrop of a charming coastal town and the struggles and joys of four generations of women solidifies Kristy Woodson Harvey’s spot as a rising star of Southern fiction.”

(Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author of Beach House for Rent.)
Kristy’s book launch is scheduled for April 4 and has invited us to help celebrate with a chance to win a copy of her autographed book along with a bottle of wine! She had sent me an early edition to read and I loved it as much, if not more, than the first book in the series. Both books are wonderful reads for you to enjoy or give as a special gift.

If you would like a chance to win an autographed copy of The Secret to Southern Charm ( The Peachtree Bluff Series), send me a quick email with your name and email address here- [email protected]and I will enter you into the drawing. The drawing and winner will be announced April 3. Good luck everyone!

Gallery Wall Grid Style

March 31, 2018

Do you love the idea of a gallery wall but struggle to tie random pieces together successfully?  How about hanging your artwork in a grid style gallery?:

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Hanging a grid of photos or artwork is a great way to make a big statement . It will visually read as a single piece of art rather than a collection of pieces. This is good look for people like me that love symmetry.

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Setting the Table for Easter

March 24, 2018

Do you experiment/play with your table setting before the company arrives? I love to put different place settings together until I find one I love. Here are a few I played with this week getting ready for guests coming for Easter dinner:

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Because I like to use my colorful placemats and napkins, I usually end up using my plain white dinnerware:

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Decorating With Clocks

March 17, 2018

Do you use clocks in your decorating? From wall clocks to desk clocks, they make a great statement piece and most importantly, they help fill up that empty wall space!

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Clocks are accessories that will never goes out of style. I love them and have clocks all over my home!:

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Five Common Bedroom Decorating Mistakes and How to Fix Them

March 10, 2018

Do you feel as if your bedroom is off somehow but not quite sure what the problem is? Here are five common decorating mistakes and ideas on how you can fix them.

Lighting

The feeling that your bedroom is too bright or too dark is a shared problem for a lot of people.  The main problem is that there are many bedrooms with only overhead lighting in the room. They are often blinding and not very functional. Overhead lights does not even give you the correct light to let you read a book.

Instead, try layer lighting throughout the room. In a bedroom, just as in any other space, you need ambient (general, ceiling-mounted) lighting to illuminate the entire room; task lighting (on bedside tables and vanities) to provide focused light for reading and other activities; and accent lighting, (in the form of wall sconces for example) to add drama, wash the room in soft illumination and lend a cozy, welcoming vibe. Lights at different levels and in different areas create a mood that’s warm and inviting.   Dimmers allow you to adjust wattage depending on the time of day and the mood you want.

 

Trying to Match Bed Linens with Wall Color

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It is a good idea to stay in the same color palette, just be sure to mix in different patterns and prints for a more interesting and attractive look:

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So pretty together and a lot less boring!

Too Small Window Treatments

I know that you hear this often, but it is a very important detail. Your curtains need to touch the floor. That means the pole should hang between top of window frame and ceiling. If ready made curtains are too short for this height, then buy the longer set and have them hemmed. I also see the ‘skimpy’ width panels that look, well, look skimpy! An easy rule of thumb to remember is that your width of your curtains should be the double width of the window. For example, if your window frame width across is 50”, then 100” is what your curtain width should be. For ready made curtains, I usually find ordering two sets and sewing two panels together works perfectly. Also, extend your poles as far out as possible which will allow you to open fully.

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All of these tips will make your windows shine!

Wrong Size Artwork Over Bed

This is a common decorating mistake that can easily be fixed.  My grievance is the issue of artwork being too small over the bed that makes it looks as if it is floating in space. Too small of a piece of artwork looks lost and sad.

How to figure out the right size that will look perfect over your bed? The best starting point is to keep your finished piece, (the edges of the canvas or frame) between 60-80% the width of the headboard. I prefer the 80% because it looks most pleasing. For example, for a standard 76 inch wide king bed you should consider art that is between 40”×50”  or 48”×60” for a little larger size.

Or if you want to hang a pair of images or a gallery wall, treat the whole thing as one piece that’s between 45 and 60 inches wide. This is just a starting point for you to try. Experiment with taping paper above your bed until you get the look you love!

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To see more examples of artwork behind the bed, read Five Inspiring Ideas for that Wall Over Your Bed.

Room Looks Off Balance

For a bedroom to look cohesive and organized, I am a true believer in symmetry. Matching nightstands and matching lamps on each side of the bed visually balances the room.

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If done right, balance brings order and calm to a room. To see more photos about bedroom symmetry, read Tobi Knows Symmetry.

If you would like to see more of my posts on bedroom decorating, read here and here.

Let me know if you have any questions! I hope I have helped you solve a bedroom decorating mistake.  Have a great weekend everyone!

Kelly  xo

Be Sure To Include Designer in ALL Design Decisions in New Home Build

February 25, 2018

I have recently began a new home design project under construction in Jackson, NH. The home is right down the street from me which is great:

 

The homeowners are requesting a rustic look with a bit of elegance. When I was contacted, I was ask to provide all design services in making the homeowners a ready-to-move-in home. From the plans:

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To making all of the inside design decisions. So, my issue with including the designer in ALL design decisions is this: I found out today from the builder that the home owner decided to stop at a local kitchen and bath store and chose cabinets and countertops for the bathrooms:

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The black bottom cabinet is the style door they chose. The cabinets will be made from knotty alder, the small, lighter wood piece above, in a natural finish. The vanity top is a Tempest Gold quartz.

All of the bathroom choices will be used in ALL of the baths throughout home except master bath.

The kitchen choices they selected are also knotty alder with a cappuccino burnt sienna glaze and highlight:

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I really like the kitchen cabinets and they do work well for this area. Would these have been my suggestions for all the cabinets and countertops? Maybe, maybe not.  I would have liked to work on the project with the homeowners selecting all items for the home.  They could have seen my vision, my ideas. Why I would chose this, and why not that. Maybe they dreamed of a gray/blue bathroom walls. Now, that color choice is out because of the bossy quartz. I would have liked to give them other options. But this is already decided. My job now is to find colors that will work with the countertops and cabinets. I also need to select tile for bath floors, tile for showers and also paint colors using the decisions they selected.

So working with the kitchen:

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Nice open floor plan. The island is 11 feet long!

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Selecting paint colors for the walls, here is my choice I think will work best with coordinating with the kitchen cabinets and countertops, plus work in open concept rooms, up and down the stairs and also the upstairs hallway:

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Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter. The rooms are sunny and bright and I think it will work really well throughout. I took my large sample board over to the home and it looks like a soft neutral gray throughout.

For the bathroom, there were not a lot of colors that will work with well both the counter and cabinets. This gold paint color :

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Ben Moore Tumeric AF-350 really looks nice with the granite. But I do not think they would like gold painted walls in all of their bathrooms. I tried several colors until I found the best neutral I think will work best with the cabinets and counters:

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Ben Moore Muslin CC-110. A very soft neutral color with slight undertone of orange. Great color to use with yellow or orange based cabinets. Thinking of gold fixtures which are popular and will bring out the gold in the countertops. I will go over the paint color selections with the homeowners and let you know what happens!

It is going to be a beautiful new home. Plus, it is located right on a ski slope:

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Image how fun it would be to sit and watch the skiers ski by!

A lot of design decisions coming up and will share with you as the process continues! Have a great weekend everyone!

Kelly xo