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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

How to decorate a room without changing the furniture or the wall paint?

If you're looking for an immediate update to a room, know that it doesn't always require time consuming or expensive changes! Adding new pillows, art, or accessories you can make a room feel more interesting and cozy overnight!

In this pro football player's home, our client requested that we not change the wall color nor their furniture, so we updated the room by providing these 4 same day delivery updates!
                         AFTER above                                                     BEFORE Below, 4 quick changes



We made 4 quick fix changes:

1) We recovered the cushions.
We made new pillow covers in ultra suede so they're machine washable - a great update for a large family!

2) We removed 2 shelves to allow large accessories. Larger accessories were a good size and scale for the tall ceilings & big flat screen TV (not shown).

3) Local original North Carolina Art 
Our large artwork helped balance the large bookcases.

4) A wool sisal rug
This rug is very durable and family friendly! It added a cozy texture to the room.

And in the adjacent kitchen and back stairway....
AFTER Above  Before Below
This back stairway & kitchen table area did not "flow" with the adjacent room. One room was very colorful, the other had no color. To make the areas flow, we made custom linen drapes and brought local North Carolina colorful paintings.

AFTER Above, Before below
In the above master bedroom, the client wanted to keep their bed and current furniture. 

We added drapes which made a big impact! 
Drapes made their bay window a focal point, and made the windows look taller and the room feel larger.

It's easier for the client to get a good night sleep.
Sleep professionals stress that room darkening is an important requirement for a good nights sleep, since bright lights disrupt melatonin levels.

We brought a bedroom chair, floor lamp, and a unique end table. 
By adding a sitting area in a master bedroom the client now has a place to read a book or watch TV! The chenille chair is soft and comfy, the nailheads add a nice touch.

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If you don't want to paint your walls or change your furniture, you can still make a big impact with new fabrics, art, or accessories! Often these updates are even more impactful (for less money) than starting over with all new furniture.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

4 stunning ways to add a glamorous touch to your gray bedroom!

If you love gray and silver, and want your bedroom to look fresh and updated, consider these ideas:

1) A unique mirror rather than the one that comes in a "matching set".

In this Summerfield home, our gray lounge chair, custom linen drapes, gray wash dresser, silver mirror and pewter and mercury glass accessories made a huge impact on the space.

BEFORE BELOW  - We replaced the armoire with a dresser & silver mirror 

2) Silver drapery hardware!
The above hardware really pops next to the gray walls. You know the saying - it's all in the details!

3) Stainless, pewter, mercury glass, all the shimmers!
 Whether it be in picture frames or a bench, or mirrors. The shimmer of silver really pops!
See before and after below.
In progress below

4) Candles! Today's battery operated candles even come with timers! 

5) Luxurious textures through throws and pillows! 
Fur? Soft Chenille? Lamb's wool? Whatever your preference.....these textures create a huge impact, and are a quick easy change!

A bedroom can change drastically with a few quick updates! Even if you can't replace all your furniture, know that textures, shimmer and sheen are very impactful to make your bedroom more glamorous! See hundreds more before and after photos on our prior blogs. Happy decorating!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Can light color fabrics work well with a dark stone fireplace?

With daylight savings time here, we can finally enjoy light color fabrics such as the white linen drapes and light gray and ivory fabrics below! 

Often people want a pop of color mixed in, which can easily be achieved through pillows, art, or even a chair like the paprika chair below. 

In the "before" photo, the client's true red chair was a bit too intense for her, so we recovered it and moved it to the master suite. This new chair was a warmer tone, by avoiding any pink cast it looks great with the gray, taupe and camel tones in the fireplace stone. 

For this Greensboro NC home, we made custom drapes to help draw attention to their beautiful windows and view! A little interior design assistance can go a long way because designers have access to amazing fabrics, art, rugs, lamps, and accessories. 

BEFORE Below

The new rug has a nice subtle print, which the client loves. Notice we recovered her wing chairs in a lovely light fabric, and used a contrast mocha color welt.

Here's a close up of the men's wear Plaid and cinnamon pillows. This added the nice masculine touch without changing the feeling of the room. Pillows can be easily changed, they're a great way to instantly update a room!
Also see our blog where we blend dark leather with light colored furniture, a great mix!

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Today's light color fabrics come in Sunbrella and other durable fabric combinations that can easily be used even if you have pets and children. The sprays that are offered actually come with 5 year guarantees!  Notice how the light color fabrics allow the beauty of the fireplace stone to stand out, unlike the busy prints from before. Fabrics and wall paints are a quick way to update a room!


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Should I replace my wood bed with an upholstered bed? See inspiring before & after photos!

 An upholstered headboard with white linen & drapes is a fresh change from a dark wood bed! Clients show us their "dream room" inspiration photos, and we make it happen! 

Before and After bedroom below, 
A bedroom should be a soothing oasis where you love to spend time! A Large upholstered headboard can be dramatic, and comfortable to lean on! And -- a new headboard can be a quick fix way to update your bedroom if you don't want to replace all the furniture in the room. It can help you avoid that "matching set" look, which you've owned for perhaps many years, and are now ready for a change!
BEFORE - below

A four poster bed is often something people consider replacing. Here we'll provide four tips for updating a room or replacing your four post bed. 

 IN PROGRESS Above (while waiting on the decorative pillow shams & chandelier)


See more before and after on this Houzz link:
https://www.houzz.com/projects/1886139/oakridge-home

If you've been avoiding a bedroom makeover because you don't know where to start, know that the bed is a great place to start!  It doesn't have to be an all or nothing make over. You can transform your master bedroom in stages, one step at a time!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

3 ways to make a bedroom feel like a master suite!

Perhaps you want your bedroom to feel more spacious like a master suite? Or perhaps you want to add a sitting area but fear the room will seem too crowded? Often it's not the square foot size that's the problem, but rather, it can be due to the furniture being too overpowering!

1) Replace a sleigh bed or 4 poster bed with a lower profile footboard. 

In this Summerfield NC home, we replaced the sleigh bed with our custom upholstered bed. The room instantly felt larger, because the tall footboard "cut off" the space.

Notice in the after photo, we added a large comfortable chair in the corner. Often by changing an overpowering bed we're able to add a long bench or a sitting area in a bedroom that would normally have seemed too crowded to be able to accommodate more furniture.



2) Use solid or subtle fabrics instead of large prints. 

Whenever we replace a client's busy print fabrics with our subtle tone on tone fabrics or solid linens, they instantly comment that the room feels less "busy", cleaner, and more inviting. Prints can still be a nice addition, on the bed shams, or with decorative pillows, or through the art! 

3) Remove a large armoire. (see below)

This Raleigh NC client was tired of her large armoire, we replaced it with a lovely gray chenille bench and carving. 

BEFORE above

The large armoire was overpowering.
After adding closet organization, the
client did not need this large piece.
Notice in the after - white linen
drapes are a nice update to the busy

 print. Our chenille chair is a 
comfortable addition!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Most popular window treatment styles for 2017!

Window treatments in 2017 are clean and simple, less formal, and best of all, they're hung outside the window so they do not block ANY daylight!

Heavy formal drapes have been replaced with light fresh styles (like light colored linen fabric shown below). Below are some before and after photos to help you visualize the impact that beautiful drapes can make in a room! Whether you like transitional, contemporary, traditional, or rustic modern, these linen custom drapery panels fit in any decor.


In the modern room below, there's a linear fireplace, no mantle, and a contemporary chandelier.... even in this contemporary setting, the room looks best with drapes for three reasons:
1) They frame the window, and draw attention to the view!
2) They make the room feel cozy, and help with sound absorption
3) Best of all, they're functional! For privacy and light control.


In the Summerfield, NC below, we made a huge impact by adding Sherwin Williams Sea Salt paint, a comfortable chenille chair, a mercury glass end table & floor lamp. The room didn't feel complete until we added our custom linen drapes.

These drapes made the room feel more complete for three reasons
1) They draw the eye up, so you appreciate the coffer ceiling.
2) They draw attention to the bay window area.
3) And best of all, they allow room darkening so our client can sleep late!

     Linen drapes, a new chair and mercury glass end table, with new wall paint make a big impact!
                                                               BEFORE BELOW

Also popular - functioning roman shades that raise and lower, geometric prints, and silver hardware!





Click here to view other before and after window treatment photos.

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Window treatments of 2017 have several things in common, they're a fresh clean look, the fabrics are more durable, and the styles are simple - which means timeless!



Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Interior Design ideas for small foyers, 4 creative ideas for your entrance!

A foyer or entrance way is the first impression your guests have of your style. It sets the mood for the entire home. Here are 4 interior design ideas that have a big impact:

1) Consider all your options! 
There are other options besides the standard console table. If you room is small, consider other options, such as.....
  • A great piece of abstract art (see below)
  • A long bench to put on shoes (below)
  • Borrow the host and hostess chair from the dining room!


2)  Consider Larger Art!   
Large vertical art will make your space feel much bigger! Try it, it's a great optical illusion, it really does trick the eye to make a space feel larger, or taller. Once you trade a small piece of art for a larger piece, the room instantly feels bigger!

3) Add color & personality!
First impressions with beautiful art, wall paint colors, or anything that reflects the feeling you want your home to convey.

AFTER 

BEFORE (right) >>>

















4) Update lighting. 
Perhaps a new chandelier? Or sconces? Or a new lamp? See examples below!








A Foyer can set the mood for the entire home, sometimes a few simple updates can make it feel fresh and new without a huge expense. Your foyer should be a reflection of your personality! Do you have ideas you'd like to share? Click "comment" below. Or, for questions, be sure to email us instead. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Best window treatments for bathroom privacy?

In this bathroom, the clients have a breathtaking view. We like their choice of blinds for privacy in this bathroom, when they're raised, they do not block ANY of the view, they collapse to only 1/2" tall, versus 2" wood blinds which still would block about 9" of the view when fully raised.

Notice below, we hung the valance in front of the sheetrock area (not the glass) for several reasons - so the ceilings feel taller, (and the room feels larger), so we didn't block daylight or the view.

1) Blinds offer the option of opening the blinds completely, so guests can enjoy the view during social gatherings.

2) These blinds allow the option of "top down, bottom up" blinds, for privacy. You can still enjoy the beautiful sunshine, while maintaining privacy!


Before Below - we replaced the valances & painted cabinets 
We like the honeycomb blinds, so we kept them. They can be raised to be completely hidden behind the valance!

If you aren't willing to sacrifice a beautiful view, know that you don't have to settle for 2" wood blinds! The option above is one more alternative, with other options being:

1) Roman shades that raise and lower

2) Drapes on hold back brackets

3) A window Film that makes it impossible to see inside the bathroom from the exterior.

Bathroom windows have numerous privacy solutions, we hope you'll share your thoughts below, by clicking the word "comment". Or, for questions, be sure to email instead!