It’s always a special treat when a client appreciates your designs enough to ring you a second time during their home decorating journey. I recently got the chance to work again with one of my favorite clients, who loves getting the most fashionable window treatments without having to deal with power tools.
Many homeowners are faced with a few challenges when they have a specialty-shaped window, but the aesthetic beauty that shows in both the interior and exterior of the home can hardly be outmatched.
Generally speaking, the geometry of graceful arches adds quite a bit of charm and character within a room, but they tend to falter in the form of privacy.
So, how do you deal with six arches in one room? My client had just that predicament, and not only did she have arches a-plenty, but the windows themselves were an extra-large height of 160 inches!
I recently talked about the PANTONE® 2014 color of the year, Radiant Orchid, but you know what color I can’t get enough of? Orange!
Orange has remained a popular accent color since Pantone named Tangerine Tango its color of the year in 2012, and we’re a little bit obsessed. Can’t get past the color of the fruit? Think of a sunset! There are many hues to choose from. Orange in the correct shade can pair with any color. Not only does orange look great with neutrals like gray, brown, or beige, it also pairs well with other accent colors such as mint, turquoise or navy blue. It can be a sweet pastel like an orange Creamsicle®, earthy like autumn in a shade of pumpkin, or it can be striking in a bright, modern hue! The versatility of orange may surprise you.
This Valentine’s Day, it’s time to treat yourself. Break out the fine china and create an in-home spa sanctuary. Change your chargers to red, add some extra candles to your mantle, embrace more of what you love, and let go of what you don’t!
Most of us have fond memories of elementary school exchanges of heart-shaped cookies on white doilies, precious homemade cards, and those fortune-telling conversation heart candies. Valentine’s Day is about accepting and showing affection in a variety of creative ways. It’s about declaring your love for whomever, or whatever, you desire.
We as designers are lucky that home décor accents come in every shade of the rainbow, every pattern and print, and all kinds of interesting shapes and textures. But we understand that for most, deciding what colors and textures to use - and how - can be a daunting task!
When it comes to decorating a new home, finding the right colors for accents can be tough. Once you have the color or scheme in mind, finding the right ways to use the colors in your décor can be even more tricky. Luckily, we have a quick, often overlooked resolution!
Picture the perfect room – inviting, warm, clean, and light and just makes you say…ahhhh. While we are not back to the mustard yellow and earth greens, everything old is new again. White kitchens are HUGE; they keep the room open, light and make even the smallest spaces appear bigger. Gray is another popular neutral color because it is muted, serene, simple and clean. This makes for a perfect backdrop for the many bold color palettes and patterns that are exploding into home décor. We are now adding more florals, geometric patterns, bright color, and layered texture to our design. Th
With modern décor – where color, lines, and texture are so greatly emphasized – natural light must be appreciated and salvaged without compromising the style of the space. In my client’s newly remodeled split level basement-turned-game room, we wanted to be sure that privacy was being considered, without making the space too dark. Think cool den, not dark cave.
First things first; white is not a color to be afraid of. Yes, you may need to keep some extra paint handy for quick blemish touch-ups, but it is by no means restrictive. You can use white just as you would with any other color: on your walls, in accents like chair rails and accessories, and as a means to highlight pops of color throughout your home. But the options don’t end there! White is bold and beautiful, and comes in so many shades that a subtle hint of a blue undertone versus a red undertone can change a space in an instant. Not all whites match, but several shades can be melded together in different pieces, or layered with various textures to create a warm, cozy utopia.
In Colorado, just minutes from the East Inlet of the Rocky Mountain National Park, was a client with challenging window treatment obstacles looking for solutions. In their condominium were two doors of varying heights that not only needed matching window treatments, but also required a unique kind of “balancing.”
My client runs Kimberly’s Day Spa in Latham, New York and she was trying to put together a waiting room that didn't feel at all like an ordinary waiting room. Instead, she wanted her guests to feel as if they were relaxing in a beautiful living room while they waited for their appointments. The room already contained a rich leather sofa and a fireplace accented by marble and mahogany, but I felt the true focal point of the room should be the large arched window.
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