Tuesday, March 20, 2018

It’s Almost Spring - Here’s how to Begin Transitioning your Decor

Heavy Fabrics and Textures Out, Light and Airy In


When those cold months roll around we tend to bring in lots of layers, heavy fabrics and a lot of texture. With Spring time knocking at the door its time to start thinking about removing some of these layers and heavier fabrics. Go back in with lighter weight fabrics to create a more airy feel to your space. 


 Bring in More Color

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One other easy way to begin transitioning your decor from Winter to Spring is by adding in fun punches of color. This is easiest to do in places like your throw pillows, blankets, and small accessories. That way you are not having to invest a lot in constantly switching ALL of your decor for every season, just small touches here and there.

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Bring the Outdoors Inside

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One of the first signs of Spring is when you begin to see green popping up outside. Fresh grass and new buds are everywhere you look, so why not bring that fresh green into your home? There are so many types of indoor plants that are extremely easy to care for like succulents for example. Not comfortable with caring for a real plant? Go faux!  Things like orchids and succulents can look very realistic in their faux versions!

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Our Weekend at The Greenbrier

We had the chance to take the “Dorothy Draper School of Decorating” course at the gorgeous, historic Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. The whole experience was certainly one for the books. This blog will take you through some of the major highlights and takeaways from visiting the resort and taking the fantastic course. 

The Resort

The Greenbrier is an absolutely stunning, expansive resort that truly has something for everyone to enjoy. As soon as you step into the doors you feel like you are stepping back in time. Everywhere you look there are details you won’t see at any hotel these days. Just one small example of this is the old-fashioned mail shoot they have.  The collection box is placed just as you are walking on to the main elevator and every floor has access to a mail slot. They have kept this feature not just as an interesting showpiece of another time, but as a fully functioning mail system!

Walking into The Greenbrier it is truly sensory overload. There are bold colors and patterns as far as the eye can see. You go from an aqua blue room, into a deep burgundy space, and then mint green beyond that. These just simply are not things you see anymore. There is something so magical about the feeling of visiting The Greenbrier that is so hard to put into words. 

The room we stayed in had bright, over-the-top wallpaper with blue and white vases holding coral and yellow tulips. The bright daylight poured in through the windows and bounced beautifully off of all the bright colors in the space. As you step into the bathroom, yet another bold wallpaper, this time pink flowers, along with a hand-painted flower on the shower tile. This just gives you a small snapshot of what it was like to stay at this amazing property.

The Dorothy Draper School of Decorating

The main event of the weekend and our number one reason for going was to take the “Dorothy Draper School of Decorating” course that is offered on site. This course was taught by the legendary Carleton Varney who has been the President of Dororthy Draper Co. for 50 years now. He mentored under Dorothy who was America’s first Interior Decorator. Yes you read that right, she was the first to professionalize interior decorating, how cool?

The course itself was a mix of walking through the thought process behind the “Dororthy Draper style” of decorating which dismisses all that is drab and neutral and welcomes everything that is bright, bold and most importantly comfortable. One of our favorite Dorothy quotes they shared with us is “If it looks right, it is right”. What a simple yet powerful statement? It is so easy to fall into the trap of thinking interior decorating is a science that can be broken down into a bunch of rules to follow. While this can be true, it is so important to know when and where to abandon the rules when need be. Your home should be a place that you love where you are surrounded by colors and items that make you happy, it’s as simple as that! 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Countertops - What’s Trending

When it comes to countertops, there are quite a few different directions you can go with them. These are the top three we are seeing everywhere and gravitate to as recommendations for our clients. 


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Granite is without a doubt what we recommend the most out of these countertop options. One of the best things about granite is the amazing variation you get from stone to stone. This creates beautiful character and interest in any space. On a practical side of things, it is very durable and is resistant to things like heat, cuts, and scratches. One small downside to granite is you do have to re-seal it every so often, but that is a small sacrifice for a huge reward!

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Next up we have marble. Marble is undeniably beautiful, elegant and classic. It is without a doubt thought of as a higher end material so you will be raising the value of any space with the addition of this material. A few downsides to this choice are its higher price, its likelihood to stain and chip more easily than other materials like granite or quartz. This is where style and practicality butt heads, although that is not to say when properly cared for it is not an excellent choice! 




Finally we have quartz. This is an interesting option because it gives you the best of both worlds. It mimics the look of natural stone like marble, with the durability of a manmade product. They have come so far with the pattern and variation you can achieve with quartz. It also requires much less maintenance which is a huge plus. It is a great choice, especially in kitchens that will get a ton of use!


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Paint Colors - What’s Trending?

The new year brought us all new “Colors of the Year” by all of the different paint companies. Read on to see the top 3 and our take on each!

In The Moment - Behr

This color is a gorgeous muted blue green that could truly work in almost any room of the home! This is a color that will bring freshness to any space. It is a great choice if you are looking for a clean and airy feel. 

Oceanside - Sherwin Williams 

This choice by Sherwin Williams was inspired by travel, the deep blue-green hue will add elegance to any space. It falls under the jewel tone family of colors which have become popular again in recent years. This show stopping color will surely make a gorgeous statement!

Black Flame - PPG
Finally, PPG has named Black Flame as their 2018 color of the year. They call it a “statement making black with deep tones of indigo”. This is certainly a bold choice, especially with colors of the year in the recent past being among the lighter family. We picture this color making a beautiful front door or even a living room or office for those bold enough to try it!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Flooring - Whats Hot?

Luxury Vinyl Tile

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LVT or LVP (luxury vinyl tile/plank) is huge right now. It is a product that looks like wood or tile depending on the style you choose, and it has all the benefits of high quality vinyl. These benefits include being extremely durable, water resistant and easy to fix and swap out if there are any problems. Another great thing about this product is its warmth. It does not have the hard hollow sound you get with other options like laminate, or the cold feel of tile. 

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Wood Look Tile

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If you are looking for tile but your not interested in the look of stone, try wood look tile. These photos show great examples of wood look tile. As you can see it looks just like real hardwood but you don't have to worry about the upkeep that goes along with refinishing. Wood look tile is very popular for bathrooms especially.


Reclaimed Hardwood


With the farmhouse look that Chip and Jojo have made so popular in recent years, all things reclaimed wood have swept the home decor scene. This is also true for reclaimed hardwood flooring. The amazing thing about this option is that no two spaces will look the same due to its uniqueness and character!


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Oil Rubbed Bronze, Brass, Brushed Nickel - What’s Hot in Finishes?

Oil Rubbed Bronze


When it comes to finishes, oil rubbed bronze will always be a classic and timeless choice. Its dark tones can make for a gorgeous contrast against light cabinets and countertops. This is also a great choice if you are looking for something easy to keep clean and looking nice. It wont show nearly as many spots and stains as something like polished chrome would for example.


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Brass is a highly debated option these days. Many still associate brass with being outdated because they are picturing it on door hinges and things like that. We agree, keep the brass off of your door hardware, but try it in other areas like your chandelier, or faucet for a fun statement! These photos show examples of how to use brass in beautiful updated ways!


Brushed Nickel

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Finally a fantastic go to finish is brushed nickel. This finish gives a crisp and clean feel to whatever space it is in. Its updated and fresh while also being muted and simple so it does not steal the show away from other features you want people to notice. Brushed nickel is without a doubt what we recommend the most out of these three for its classic and transitional style!

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Bathroom Refresh - Quick Tips for an Update

Update your Shower Curtain

Bathrooms are one of the easiest places in your home to update and make a big impact with small changes. Your shower curtain is a place where you can get a large impact with just one item so it is a great way to refresh your space. You may even consider having 2 or 3 shower curtains that you can keep on rotation every few months. This way you can give yourself a change every once in a while without having to always go out and buy new ones. 

Change out your Bath Mats


Bath mats can really take a beating over time and become dingy and even change color. This may be something you don't immediately think about updating when it comes to your bathroom but swapping your old mats out for fresh can work wonders for the whole space. If you choose to have a backup shower curtain or 2, consider having coordinating mats for each curtain. This certainly does not mean they all have to match, you just want to make sure everything coordinates nicely. 


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Lastly one if the biggest impacts you can make in a small space like your bathroom is to update the paint color or wallpaper. Wallpaper can make a gorgeous statement in your bathroom or powder room, and with it being the star of the show, your other items can remain simple and neutral {can’t get easier than that!}. When it comes to painting your bathroom, there are so many different directions you can go. Keep it clean and simple with a soft blue green or cream, or go all out and have fun with a color you wouldn't want to commit to in a larger room.

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