Stacked stone fireplaces look great with organic materials such as a linen sofa. People often think they have to limit themselves to all brown leather with a stacked stone fireplace, but variety is much more interesting. Notice from the photos below the variety of colors - cream, taupe, camel, mocha etc....they actually make the warm tones in the rock fireplace make MORE of a statement!!
Here are 4 things to avoid:
1) People often put busy art on the mantle or busy fabrics on the sofa. This "competes with" the beauty of the stone fireplace. The fireplace is already "busy" due to the variety of colors, textures, and shapes of the stones, so keep in mind that you don't want to add too many busy prints.
2) You are not limited to everything being dark brown, nor all leather. Unless of course you are going for the masculine look, like a mountain lodge, keep in mind that you can go with the lighter tones in the rocks, like these photos indicate. We hear comments like "I want my room to feel lighter, I'm tired of all this dark leather everywhere". When we add a little variety it definitely allows the beautiful fireplace to make a statement!
A rock fireplace or stacked stone fireplace can be an amazing way to make a room cozy. It adds personality to a plain room. We'd love to hear from you - if you have questions send an email, or for comments, please send us one!
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Friday, September 13, 2013
To create a home office look in a room that's a basic box, you might need to add architectural appeal, such as bookshelves or woodwork. Even moldings and trim work can create that masculine Ralph Lauren feeling. Another option is to bring in leather, or some mens wear fabrics as shown below.
|Leather and rich dark colors can help create a library or home office setting.|
|Built in bookshelves help to create a library or home office look|
|If you're not after a men's wear look, you can use|
colors like the above. These built in desks are a very functional use of space.
A desk in front of a window gives you a nice view while working.
We were able to make this home office a lot more functional by adding
file drawers, a MUCH more comfortable desk chair, guest seating, & good lighting.
Friday, September 6, 2013
4 ways to update your kitchen, see these designer before & after kitchen updates that don't break the bank!
Add a valance! Green linen draws attention to the chandelier,
which makes the ceiling feel taller & the room feel larger
|BEFORE The bakers rack items detracted from the chandelier|
|The colors in the fabric compliment the|
stain color of the kitchen cabinets
The windows looked short,
(due to no transoms)
valances made them feel taller
2) Put colorful art or pottery on a stand to hide a boring backsplash
3) update your pendant lights or your chandelier
|New pendant lights in various sizes update this kitchen|
4) Add art, or retro kitchen chairs! Or, just recover the kitchen chair fabric!
Colorful art, a new drum light, and retro chairs
updated this kitchen dining area
To update your kitchen, remember that small changes can make a big impact. A total remodel would cost thousands, these updates can change the personality of your kitchen on a limited budget.
To see lots of before and after kitchen updates, including cabinetry, backsplash tiles, granite options, and other quick fixes, click here:
Send us your comments, we love hearing from you! Or, if you have a question,
the email address is above.