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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

How Candice Olsen & interior designers update a dining room without replacing all the furniture.

Famous designer Candice Olsen updates dining rooms with rugs, art, new color etc. Here are 6 must read interior design tips with before and after photos:

1) You can replace a "busy" or dark rug with a tone on tone neutral rug. If a rug has various textures or tones, it will still be interesting. yet soothing. Know that bamboo silk rugs with wool can be durable.
Candice Olsen Dining room
2) Consider fully upholstered dining chairs, to create variety (keeping your original wood dining table).
See photo below.

Comfortable fully upholstered dining chairs will make your guests feel right at home!

This dining room is an oasis after a hard day at work. Life is hectic, so it's nice when a room feels
 clutter free. Notice the white sheers on the bay window and the light soothing colors. 

3) Know that tone on tone fabrics, paints, or window treatments can create a soothing environment. 

AFTER  Dining drapes made the window feel larger

To make your window look larger, your room taller
Consider draperies 
4) Add fabric, it does wonders to break up all the wood in the room! These photos show the transformation. (below)
5) Add a few large colorful accessories, such as pottery. See photo below, our Greensboro NC client. 
To draw attention to a beautiful ceiling, or to make a short piece of furniture
seem taller, add colorful designer accessories that are large in scale

6) Consider removing the over sized hutch. By replacing it with art, the room will feel less crowded. If you're tired of your "complete dining set", perhaps this small change is all you need for a fresh update. 
Dining room After
We removed the top half of the massive dining hutch,
which made the room feel more open & spacious

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Have a great dining idea? We love your comments! Click on the top of the blog to link to the web site, or for questions, be sure to send us an email. 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Interior Design ideas for tone on tone rooms, 8 must read tips!

This blog has inspiration for tone on tone rooms, soothing colors with great interior design tips. It's a guest post from Mari from Arcadian Home, a wonderful place to find interior design inspiration including great decorating ideas for everything from fabulous modern pendant lighting to beautiful rugs for the living room. Today's photos show pattern in the living rooms, not bold colorful pattern, but subtle tone on tone textiles that create soothing spaces for relaxing. Please enjoy! ~ Mari
Living Room Pattern
This pretty living room has beautiful tone on tone subtle colors, with a lovely mix of solids. A pair of pale decorative pillows on the sofa and long draperies add just the right amount of soft pattern to the space. Isn't the traditional wrought iron chandelier turned modern pendant light just perfect for the room? Living Room Pattern
This tone on tone room in gray and taupe uses soft colors and subtle pattern on the drapes, it all 
comes together beautifully. The floor is fabulous. Living Room Pattern
Here, another light filled living room gets the pattern treatment with draperies and pillows, plus a great abstract tone on tone fabric on one of the armchairs. The furniture layout allows for ample seating. Living Room Pattern
  Decorative pillows and fringed throw add pattern to the seating in this modern room, while a washed silk rug brings a subtle design to the floor.
 Living Room Pattern
 A sedate blue animal print on the armchair and color-blocked fabric on the settee join a pale antique rug to bring soft pattern into this eclectic living room. The window treatments are stunning with the contrast band. 
Rather than using two contemporary floor lamps on either side of the settee, a tall blue glass lamp is brought into the space for great asymmetrical balance. I love the contrast banding on the drape panels!Living Room Pattern
 From the beautiful textured wallpaper to the classic design on the floor, this tone on tone space is filled with pattern, but the gorgeous colors are repeated at every turn to create a most appealing room. Living Room Pattern
 Just a few touches of pattern are all this beautiful living room needs. The palest of pale color on the walls and almost bold turquoise hues takes this space from pretty to pretty fabulous. 
Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 What do you think of these patterns? Leave us your comments and stop by our website for more living room inspirations, home decor, and pendant lighting!

Friday, December 6, 2013

How to make a traditional fireplace more contemporary, 7 unique ideas with stone, marble, and mantles!

To update a traditional fireplace, we've featured 7 amazing photographs for inspiration. 

1) It might be a simple upgrade, such as covering the brick with a lighter marble on the surround - as featured in this photo.

Photo of an updated fireplace with white marble surround and limestone mantle

Some people say they love the look of a stacked stone fireplace
One way to mimic this look is with a Faux finish in taupe & camel tones 

Some people like the clean look of a painted brick fireplace

For a contemporary fireplace,
remember that you can omit the mantle or hearth. See the flushed front as shown above 

Not interested in putting a TV in the big Niche the builder has in your fireplace?
Consider painting the interior black, and adding a large sculpture or artwork 

This stone is a nice update, with the beautiful earth tones

Do you have a fireplace idea you'd like to share? We'd love to hear your comments! Or if you have a question, be sure to email us instead.

Monday, December 2, 2013

How to decorate with brick walls or a brick fireplace. 4 Design tips if you don't want to paint your brick!

You want to keep your brick walls or fireplace, but you're not sure how to make it look good. Perhaps you've seen magazine photos where the brick walls or fireplace looked amazing, but you can't seem to make it feel compatible with the decorating in your own home?

Here are 4 helpful tips if you don't want to paint your brick.

1) Consider a color wash! 

This allows the natural variations in the brick to show, since it's not actual paint. Some bricks walls and fireplaces look good because the bricks are a beautiful taupe or camel tone, while other bricks are too orange or too pink to be compatible. If they're not the right color, enlist the help of a color specialist, perhaps all they need is a color wash over the brick. However, if it's not done right, the pink will still "peek through the color wash".

Brick walls add texture
2) Add steel or rustic wood to compliment the brick!

If there are exposed pipes, or big "loft" windows, or wood beams, the bricks will normally blend no matter what! It just seems to go with the territory. 

Brick walls help you keep the historic feeling
3) Choose a wall paint that compliments the brick color!

If you want to keep your bricks "as is", be sure to select a wall paint that doesn't make them seem more pink or a "fleshy tone"!!  For example a taupe paint that has a slight green or gold cast would make the bricks seem even MORE pink. You can try sample quarts next on the wall next to the brick. 

Good paint colors for next to a brick wall or fireplace
4) Know that faux treatments are fast!
If you are willing to cover the bricks or tiles on your fireplace surround, know that most Faux paint techniques are easier, faster, cleaner, and less expensive than starting all over again.

AFTER (above)
our custom finish made the client fall in love with their brick fireplace surround
Also notice the changes we made in the wall unit & shelves

BEFORE (below)

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