Tuesday, April 28, 2015

How to Set the Scene for a Derby


The Kentucky Derby is quickly approaching, so here are a few sweet and simple ideas to make your Derby viewing party a hit!

Lets begin with the bar set up. Mint Juleps are a must, if you want to feel as if you’re actually at the track watching the ponies. If your guests will be making their own drinks, keep the recipe in sight, just in case they need reminding. As far as the bar itself actually goes, if you can get your hands on some traditional silver cups, definitely scoop up as many as you can. Fresh flowers in pastel colors will dress up this area and add a touch of Southern flare.

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Another Derby must, is of course, big, over-the-top, hats. If you want, ask your guests to dress the part. Ladies in the biggest hats they can get their hands on, and gents in bow ties and sports coats.

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To continue to set the scene for your Derby themed gathering, subtle touches are sure to bring your guests to “oohhs” and “awws”. Incorporate winner’s ribbons, on the back of chairs, but add your own twist. Use burlap for a rustic flare, and some decorative ribbons and sparkles to punch it up. 

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

How to Decorate With Floral Patterns


What better way to bring the outside into your home this spring than by decorating with floral patterns? They are a great way to add freshness to a dull space. It can be a bit scary for some to branch out and go for a bold pattern but it can really pay off for your end result. 



 Upholstery

A good rule to go by with floral patterns is to try not to overdo it. Less is usually more with florals. For example, if you are talking about a couch, pillows, and chair for a living room, go with a solid for the couch and florals on the chairs and pillows. This will create emphasis and personality in small bursts without being too much. On the other hand, if you do want to go bold, using a floral on a large piece, like a sofa, can be beautiful.


Window Treatments 

Window treatments are another great place in your home to incorporate floral patterns. It can really add a light and airy element to your space by using them for your windows. One good option is to find a floral pattern that you love for your window treatments and base the rest of your room off of that. This way you can emphasize the pattern in the best way possible without feeling like you have any clashing elements. Try and pick out a color that is used least in the pattern and incorporate that into your furniture or rug
 
 
 

Rugs

Using a floral pattern on your area rug is a great way to add a ton of personality to your room without having to use the pattern in your furniture. This way the floral is concentrated to one area and you can just pull colors from the rug to pull together the rest of the space.

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Another thing about florals some may not realize is there are floral patterns to fit all different personalities. There are very organic floral patterns that look very realistic and then there are more stylized florals where you may not even be able to make out exactly what the images are. This is a good thing to keep in mind depending on the look you are going for.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

How to Arrange Your Porch and Entry for Spring


Spring is the perfect time of the year to take a fresh look at everything and liven up your home. Your porch and entry are great places to start doing so! They are the first places you see when entering a home so even making a few small changes can make your whole space feel different.

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Starting with the porch, try to change up the placement of your furniture if you have the space for it. Even if you just have one chair next to the door, try switching it to the other side just to create a different look. This will give you a jumping off point for the rest of the changes. Also, you can mix in some rustic elements like barrels as tables or outdoor lanterns for accessories.

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Purchase a few new accessories for your porch like a wreath that incorporates bright and fresh colors of the season. Getting new cushions for your outdoor furniture would also freshen up the whole area. Indoor/outdoor fabric, such as Sunbrella, works best for the cushions and pillows because they hold up to the weather well. If all new cushions are not in the budget, maybe a new bight throw pillow for your existing cushions would do the trick!

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Moving into the entry, you can use the same principles you did for the porch. Re-arrange the existing furniture for a fresh look. Then take a look at your existing accessories and see what few changes you could make to add to them and create a fresher space. Something as simple as picking up a faux orchid for you entry table can make all the difference by bringing the outside in. Some good go-to pieces for your entry are floor vases, entry mirrors above console tables to reflect light, and artwork that sets the mood for the rest of your home.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

How to add (Kentucky) Blue and White Into Your Decor


It’s the last day in March and what could be better than ending the month 38-0? Wildcat fans everywhere could not be more thrilled. With the next game being the final four I figured the most appropriate subject would be on how incorporate Kentucky blue and white into your home.

 
Quick and Easy
If you’re looking for a simple way to quickly add blue into your home, start small. Pick up some royal blue throw pillows and blankets for your couch, chairs, or bed.


Another easy task would be to add blue artwork and accessories. This could be a painting or a print you pick up, picture frames, jars, or any other little trinket to decorate your tabletops and shelves.


Something that is different and bound to become a conversation piece is taking pieces that are typically used for one purpose and using them for another. An example of this is, hanging china on the wall and making a very cool and elegant collage.


Not Quite as Quick but Still Easy
For those of you that are a little more daring at heart and don’t mind making a few permanent changes around the house, consider painting a room a bold and bright royal blue. White moldings will look crisp against this intriguing color. Or if painting an entire room still isn’t your cup of tea, try painting a piece of furniture, such as a console or side table, for splash of color. No matter how you add blue to your space, it will read fun and vibrant. 





Tuesday, March 24, 2015

It's Spring! 5 Ways to Welcome the Season

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1              Rearrange your accessories.  All winter your bookshelves and tabletops have looked the same.  It’s time to shake it up! Clear everything off and start again.  Rework the items you have grouped together and where you place them.   When you’re finished your space will have a fresh look. 


2              Dress your windows.  Fabric window treatments are the perfect way to complete the look of your space. I will often use floor to ceiling panels in a living room, dining room and bedroom, while using valances and cornices in kitchens and other casual spaces.  If you don’t want to have treatments custom made, there are great store-bought options available, just be sure they are lined so the sun doesn’t shine through the fabric. 



3              Update your throw blankets and pillows. I coach my clients to keep their upholstery fabric neutral and incorporate fun, colorful pillows that they can swap out as needed.  Some retailers offer pillow covers, so all you have to do is slip your existing pillow into the sleeve and zip it up.


4              Paint.  If your home hasn’t been painted in awhile and you feel your colors no longer reflect you then it is time to paint.  Spring is a great time for a project like this because you can open the windows to let fresh air in.  Extra tip: 72 degrees is the ideal drying temperature for paint.


5. Liven up your curb appeal.  The weather, everything from sunshine to snow and rain, can do a number on your front door.  Spring is the perfect time of year to give it a fresh coat of paint.  While you’re at it, why not pick a new color?  This is also a good time to update your welcome mat and door-hanging.  Remember, the entrance is the first impression guests have of your home…make it a good one! 

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

It's Spring! Hot Colors for the Season

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With the late winter we’ve had, I simply cannot wait for spring, I am so excited to discuss the on-trend colors for spring 2015! Warmer weather means less layers, and brighter colors.  And it seems pastels are in again this spring.

Aquamarine is the perfect transition for this spring. It is still icy enough that it pairs nicely with your winter wardrobe, but pastel enough that it really gets you excited for spring AND summer, both of which are right around the corner!




Tangerine is completely on the opposite side of the color wheel, so it goes so well with cooler tones such as navy and lavender. 


Lastly, there’s Custard. If you are looking for a color that will make a statement, this is it. Custard will stand out no matter what it is paired with, whether pinks or oranges. It is sure brighten any combination, and will be sure to serve as a conversation piece. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

How to Choose a Sofa




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Oh sofas, they get passed around from family members, to rooms, and finally at the end of their long-lived, and very much loved lives, they end up in our basements. Sofas are one of the biggest purchases you are likely to make. But before you have a heart attack, know that this process can be easy peasy if you keep in mind exactly what you’re looking for, so you don’t feel quite as overwhelmed.

First off…quality over everything. A solid base will ensure for the longest life possible for your sofa. Don’t be afraid to bounce around on your options to ensure stability. Actually being able to sit on your sofa before purchasing is very helpful, this way you can make sure the cushions are as firm or as soft as you want, you can make sure the depth of the cushions are appropriate for you as well.


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As far as style of sofa, that of course depends on your style. If you have a more traditional style, choose a sofa with rolled arms and tufted cushions. 
On the other hand, if you have a more contemporary style, choose a sofa with cleaner lines and understated upholstery. A good rule of thumb is, if there are other skirted pieces in the space, choose a sofa with exposed legs and vice versa. Since sofas are just a large investment, you of course want it to stay in style for as long as possible. Go with a neutral and switch out throw pillows for a trendier look.


A few other quick tips, if you’re short on space, look at sofas with low arms or no arms at all, it will help to make your room look bigger. Also, take into consideration the durability and finish of your fabric selection. If you have small children or pets, be sure to pick a fabric that is heavy duty and stain resistant for quick and easy clean ups!

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