Tag: decorating

How Much Would You Pay for the Perfect Accessory?

October 6, 2018

If you found the perfect accessory for your home, could not find anything better because it was so perfect for what you needed, would you pay anything for it?  I thought I was in the ‘Absolutely’ group until I found an item I really want to buy is above my ‘reasonable’ price range and I can not justify the purchase.

This is my story: I found THE perfect window treatments for the windows in my spare room project here.

I keep looking at them:

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Perigold

Aren’t they so beautiful? So me.  They are perfect. Perfect color, perfect print, perfect everything. The problem is that they are  $793.00 per panel! Yes, you read that right. That is only for one. Is that unbelievable? No wonder I do not shop Perigold often, only when I have a high end client where money isn’t an issue. That client is not me unfortunately. I love them but I have to be reasonable. (But I want them!) So now that I found exactly what I want, I thought I would look around online to find similar, ( but not as expensive!):

I looked on Etsy and found these which are nice and colorful:

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Etsy

The price for a pair of these are £318.82, which I had to look up in American dollars and the total would be $415.06 in today’s exchange rate. That is for a pair. They are a good width at 50”. Since I am using them only as decoration, there are blinds already installed, 50” is a good width to lightly bunch and hang on each side of the window for color and softness.

I found these window treatments at Overstock:

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overstock

I was considering this set, but they remind me of Spring too much. And I don’t like the peach in them at all. The price for two pairs, to hang two panels per side for fullness, is a total of $78.20.  It figures the ones I like least are the least expensive.

I do love these from Birch Lane:

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You know I love navy blue and navy would work well in the room. This weekend they are only $58.00 for the pair with free shipping.  Excellent price with great reviews. Decisions, decisions…..

If you were not aware, a lot of accessories and home décor at most stores are having big sales for the Columbus Day weekend!

I looked at Pottery Barn for my windows-  Good place to search if looking for solids- not patterns.

Wayfair has a large selection as does Joss and Main, but did not find anything I was looking for.

Pier One had nothing of interest.

Macy’s has a lot of different choices, but none that came near the original I was looking for.

Bed, Bath & Beyond also has a large selection, but nothing near my original Perigold look.

Do you drive yourself crazy like this when shopping online for yourself? I usually start searching at the bottom price items and work my way up to the most expensive. Oh, why did I have to see those first window panels from Perigold? haha Unfortunately, they have to be taken off the list. The Overstock pair is also off the list, just not crazy about them. I did order a sample of the Etsy curtains and I will see if they work well with the carpet. I will keep you updated.

Are you looking for new window treatments? I try to use panels in a room if possible for color and to soften the hardness of the walls and window. I hope I have given you a few online places to search. Remember this weekend is a good time to buy because of all the sales going on.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Kelly xo

Details in Decorating: Rustic Wooden Stools

October 2, 2018

These little stools add such a nice touch to any room:

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I like to style them a bit, but always keep room available for a cup or glass:

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Don’t they look great? Perfect for for any stylish setting.  I love using small stools as bed side tables in the bedroom:

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Did You Know?

August 25, 2018

Thinking of decorating lately? Me neither. It is just that time of year when you can become overwhelmed with September right on our heels.  September means back to school, working becomes a priority again, summer starts to wind down, weeknights out are not so easy to plan, etc. etc. So, I am not giving you much to think about today. Since the great response on my last ‘Did You Know’ series, I thought I would again share with you  more hints and tips on a variety of subjects you may or may not know.

Did you know??

*  This is the time of year when sunflowers are in bloom and abundant.  Why don’t you make a beautiful table centerpiece with them?  I think they are especially gorgeous when mixed with blue flowers:

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Here are a couple arrangements I made from the flowers in my garden:Read More

Steps When Planning a Kitchen Renovation 101

July 28, 2018

This summer I have been working with a local couple on their complete vacation home makeover. They decided to start with the kitchen and wanted me to discuss the right steps to follow when planning a complete redo of their kitchen. My first suggestion to them was to find a contractor to work with. That is not easy I know! The contractor will be able to hire the sub-contractors needed for demolition, electrical work, plumbing, permits, etc. Meanwhile, you will have to chose the components that are going into the new space and if you want to avoid stress later, these steps will help guide you in the overall process.

They are redesigning the kitchen area top to bottom. Here is a before photo:

Sharon before

Step One for the Kitchen:

As I tell all of my clients, their first big decision should be the countertop. (the most expensive item in the room and least amount of selections.) Right now both quartz and granite are still the most popular choices. My biggest tip when buying a new countertop is to GO to where the stone is whole. You can look at the little samples and online to get an idea of what you like, but you must go to stone yard to choose your large piece for counters to see exactly which piece you are getting because every piece is unique:

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Home Office Bookshelves Complete & How to Find Stuff for Styling Bookshelves

June 30, 2018

The original plans were that our new office would be finished by the end of May. What is the date today? July 1. Has this ever happened to you? Of course it has.

But it  is coming out beautifully. My husband Mike has put a lot of time and work into designing and building these shelves. I thought before the final show of the room, I would give you a few ideas on how to find items to display to make your bookshelves beautiful!:

new shelvesBefore I can even start to decorate; BIG TIP: When you hire electricians for a job, make sure you tell them exactly where the plugs will be. I assumed, wrong, that they would put the plugs close to bottom of shelf or anywhere else besides where they put them in the middle of the wall. Duh. So before I do anything, I have to cover the plugs:

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Better. My first place to look for items to style the shelves is shopping my own home. In closets, basement and cupboards. I have tons of stuff from over the years! I knew that the very top shelf of the bookcase would look best with one simple accessory that one, looks good and two, takes up room. That can be a tray or I like to use a basket:Read More

Did You Know??

June 16, 2018

Thought I would entertain you this weekend with a few fun decorating facts that you will enjoy!

Did you know??

*   For all of the paint choices available, 80% of the time we use only 20% of all colors?

*   One pair of pillows on a sofa always looks skimpy. Better to use two pairs, in contrasting colors, patterns and textures to bring your sofa to the next level.

*   You can easily and inexpensively lighten up any room by bringing in a straw/jute area rug for the warmer weather.

*   Why blue, green and violet are the # 1 bedroom paint color choice? These colors are considered cool and restful and tend to recede and contract. On the other side of the color wheel,  red, yellow and orange are warm and active colors. They tend to advance and expand your walls. Dark colors advance and light colors recede.Read More