Tag: decorating

For My Friend Liz: Ideas & Inspiration For Simple Fall Decorating

September 17, 2017

Not sure where to start decorating your home for Fall? I thought I would share my progress so far this year and give you a few simple ideas and tips on how to begin:

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For every Season I decorate, I usually always start with a stress-free, easy to make centerpiece for my kitchen/dining room table:

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It is such a great place to make a statement because you walk by often. To begin, I go around my house and gather items that I own that remind me of Autumn:

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Brown and gold vases, acorns, pinecones, burlap, trays, faux flowers and wood bowls for example. Then I take everything off of the table where the centerpiece will be and start the arrangement with a large tray, vase or bowl. Then I fill with Fall items such as pine cones, little pumpkins, leaves, flowers, etc.

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After in home shopping, look around outside for interesting fall-like branches, flower stems and ornamental grasses are a few great items to use in your arrangement.

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Then it is time to go shopping! My first stop is a local farm for cool-looking gourds, bittersweet vines  and different sizes, colors and textured pumpkins. Then off to the grocery store for better priced flowers and small pots of chrysanthemums to add to the arrangement.

If you are just starting out, or want to update your existing Fall decorations, it is fun to shop at Pier 1, Michaels, Home Goods and Target to find fun Fall accessories and ideas. Then you keep everything and over the years you will have a box to pull out each Season of favorite Autumn accessories and memories.

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This year, I started my centerpiece using an OLD wood dough bowl I love that I have had for years. I added pine cones, some little fall-looking balls I found laying around, a pumpkin I bought at the grocery store and a couple little faux greens for color and texture:

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I then added a few other pieces to the table to make a lovely vignette of Fall items. I used faux floral stem in a gold vase I own.  Mr. Scarecrow was pulled out of his storage box. The chrysanthemums and hydrangea is from a local grocer. Feathers? Just for fun:

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Very easy to put together and so pretty! I walk by it every time with a smile.

I also love using one of my favorite vases as a centerpiece:

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For more ideas on Fall decorating, you can read here, here, here, here, and here! Lots of great ideas and inspiration for your creative decorating! Enjoy and have fun. I hope this post helps you also Liz! xo

What’s Hot in Home Décor This Fall 2018

September 2, 2017

Hard to believe it is the end of August. The days are getting shorter and there is a definite chill in the air in the evening.  Fall equinox begins on September 22 this year which is less than a month away! Are you ready to change Seasons? Here are a few highlights of the popular Autumn trends this year:

Number one is Texture,texture, texture.

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The use of natural wood in decorating is everywhere and makes the room feel complete with the balanced look of soft and durable:

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Favorite Online Curtain Resources

August 19, 2017

When doing online room consultations, one of my most requested services is finding the perfect window treatments. I have found curtain panels are the best way to create dimension and add softness to any room at the best inexpensive cost.  From luxury to the budget friendly, here are my favorite online drapery sources in no particular order:

Joss & Main

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Wayfair

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Overstock

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I have highlighted  and linked the company names to bring you straight to the window curtains category in case you wanted to save  this page as a quick resource to use at a later date.

The criteria I look for when shopping online, not only for window treatments:  REVIEWS, free shipping, availability, company return policy and cost.Read More

Trim- It’s All About the Size

June 20, 2017

I recently worked with a client who had questions regarding the trim in her home:

We are currently redoing the exterior of our house to have more craftsman look. So, now that we are at the point of putting trim around new windows and doors, we are starting to be forced to know what we will do with the interior. We currently love the wood floors and the style of the new front door, despite that it’s darker than we anticipated.

I’m hoping you are comfortable as one designer’s opinion of what would look best if we want to continue integrating craftsman style, yet contemporary mixed in, into the inside. Here is what we are debating:

1. White trim or stained trim (I think white will brighten and not make it so much brown as we currently have going on).

If we do wide white trim (craftsman look above doors), do we do white doors or attempt to re-stain our doors. Or, buy new doors – white or stained? “

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My first thought, before even considering the color of the new trim, was the size of the baseboard that currently exists. Looking at the photo, the molding looks a bit too small and out of proportion with the wall:Read More

Commissioning Custom Artwork

June 2, 2017

It seems as if I have been looking for years for that new piece of perfect artwork to hang over my living room fireplace:

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It is not easy finding that perfect piece! Perfect size, perfect colors and perfect price. Impossible! I researched a bit and decided to go to a local artist Sue Dion Art, to have a custom made, just-for-me, perfect piece of artwork commissioned. If you are wondering where to begin having a special piece of art custom made for you, I read an informative article on the Do’s and Don’t when hiring an artist for a commission called The “ Newbie’s” Guide to Commissioning Artwork.  Very helpful and thorough.

The basic questions the artist needed to know to begin, was the finished size I desired, what colors I wanted to be included in the color palette and the style and mood I wanted to convey, soft or bold. The perfect size was measured, (I decided on a canvas print because I needed a large piece and it will also cost much less expensive than a framed piece of art). For the perfect color palette in my living room, it would have to include blue and white:

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Community Center Project

May 27, 2017

Hey everyone! Hope you are enjoying this long welcome-to-summer weekend. I just finished a design project at my local,  newly built, local community center:

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I was asked by the Mt. Washington Chamber of Commerce if I could decorate one of the community rooms in North Conway, NH. I love this town and area and was very happy and excited to be asked. Here is a before of the room:Read More