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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!

Do you have comments you'd like to share? Click the word Comment below. Or, for questions, be sure to email us instead.

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.

For comments, click the word "comment" below. For questions - be sure to email us instead.

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!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Ideas for rustic reclaimed wood beams at entrance ways, mantles, or columns.

If you have rustic wood beams, they can be used in a variety of ways to accent your home. One thing for sure, they can blend with just about any style design, from industrial modern.... to country french... to Scandinavian... to an eclectic style. The wood from beams adds a wonderful texture that homeowners love, which can make a home feel inviting!  

To ensure rustic beams blend well with your furnishings, consider 3 factors:

1) Color tones of the wood beams.

Does the wood color work well next to your hardwood floors, your rugs and furniture?  Notice the before below, the rug had a busy print, we replaced it with a natural fiber sisal rug. We moved the table & chairs to the kitchen, (and brought the kitchen set to the dining room). The homeowner had always wanted to do so, but felt the set was too small. By adding a contrast host & hostess chair, this dining set was finally large enough to be in the dining room. 

These beautiful wood beams are from the early 1900's.    This homeowner used them in a beautiful way, as a frame around an entrance way. We love their choice for including them in their new home!

AFTER  (Before Below)

Before >>>>>

2) Styles and personality 

Ask yourself what style you want your home to convey. Do you like a mountain lodge look? A beach style? Or modern with an industrial flare (think reclaimed wood and brick walls). Or, do you prefer more eclectic, colorful and fun? In the above home, the homeowner wanted colorful local art, and unique accessories. The abstract art, large round mirror and fun accent pieces help achieve the look they desired. We brought options to view in the home, which made the homeowner's selection process easy. Often interior designers have access to wonderful options, due to "to the trade" showrooms.

3) Size and Scale 

Notice in the "after" photo the black stained buffet. This is a nice look next to the rustic wood beams. It's smaller than the buffet that was there before, which we moved into a much larger space (the great room with taller ceilings).

Rustic wood beams can make a home feel so warm and welcoming! You aren't limited to using them as columns or as a fireplace mantle, they can be used anywhere your imagination takes you. For more ideas:
  • Perhaps as a shelf in a mini bar (see photo below)
  • In a wasted corner of a kitchen  (see photo below)
In the home shown at right, the rustic beams add a nice industrial flare. By pairing them with stainless steel and brick, the texture of the beams makes quite a statement!

Do you have ideas you'd like to share? Click the word comment below. Or, for questions, be sure to email us instead.

Rustic or reclaimed wood in brown tones will give a completely different effect than wood with a light white wash over it. A whitewash stain instills more of a beach or coastal mood. When you add another texture such as iron, steel or brick to the mix, reclaimed wood is even more appealing!



Thursday, December 29, 2016

White fabrics with dark leather - 3 designer ideas!

Brown leather can look rich and elegant, but too much of it - well that can just feel dark and dreary! Here are tips for making a room feel lighter and brighter if it's full of dark leather. 

1) Ask yourself if you can move some of the pieces to another room. Perhaps the dark leather chair can stay, but the dark leather sofa could be move to another room? Just because it was purchased as a set, doesn't mean it has to all be in the same room together! 

In the room below, the dark leather chair gets a fresh light look with white linen drapes and bright white paint on the trim, moldings, and built in desk. 

The leather chair below has an unexpected addition of a bright white chair, 
which works due to the addition of white in the art and white sailboat. 

See below - notice how the dark brown leather blends well with a white sofa and light gray rug due to the white painted trim. 

2) Ask yourself where you could add a nice unexpected touch of leather?
Mixing fabric with leather can be a great way to compromise, if one spouse likes fabric, but the other prefers leather.
  • Perhaps a leather cocktail ottoman?
  • Perhaps a leather chair with white light wood trim?
  • Perhaps a leather hide rug?  


The sofa looks nice due to a punch of color in the cinnamon and blue pillows. Notice the tone on tone gray and white rug doesn't limit you for adding any color pillows you prefer! 


In this room, only the dining seats are leather, while the backs of the dining chairs are a light color. Once again, the cinnamon and blue accessorize help with this mix and match approach. The accessories  keep a light fresh look that works well with the white walls. 
3) Perhaps two tone is possible? This cocktail ottoman has both fabric and leather!
In this Greensboro NC Lake Jeanette home, we only covered the round ottoman in brown leather, 
so we could add white linen pillows and light linen drapes.


And to answer the question - Which is more durable- leather versus fabric?
See the pros and cons of each at  here: