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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!