September 8, 2014 •
One of my favorite clients. Warm, fun, open, we have great work flow.
Sue recently remodeled her kitchen which led us into a conversation about her (adjoining) living room. That scenario when you change one room and it makes the next room look less than? Husbands love this, lol.
We decided to take a low-maintenance restyle approach. The living room had an olive accent wall, floral couch recently replaced with a cute tan #, and some furniture she wasn’t crazy about. Sue loves a coastal-inspired design style, with a light, warm color palette.
We discussed a new plan that of course begins with paint. Not that I don’t love gray, I do, but it’s almost refreshing to hear a client say, NO GRAY. Not my thing… I like warm coffee shops :)
We chose Sherwin Williams totally tan. A warm tan with almost a coral undertone. We discussed adding a white floor lamp, white accents, new art, pillows, a desk, accents… Hovering in the tan, white, natural, beachy realm with pops of coral.
It seemed to come together somewhat effortlessly. New things, old things, editing, clapping.
One of our favorite parts is 2 large tan/white floral prints from Pier One placed behind the couch. Sue remarked that she never would have thought to repeat the same artwork twice. This is a great trick, especially when the artwork is somewhat abstract!
The “new” room has a welcoming ahhhhhh, fresh, transitional feel. Sue loves it :)
I do a lot of restyle collaboration with clients. Sometimes you can work well with old and new. Need help? Call me.
(Collage items: One King’s Lane, Pier One, Etsy Shop “Sweet Peony Press” (Gather print))
August 13, 2014 •
When I first laid eyes on this Mid-Century Modern exterior, I knew this was going to be an exciting & dramatic transformation! :)
The clients were torn between the hip, modern, slightly industrial look they really wanted to create and future resale appeal.
Resale appeal is an interesting debate here? My thoughts are, this home will attract a specific demographic who love this style. So we should avoid trying to minimize the features and instead, work the look in a big way.
Here is the plan in the works. A complete shift in colors with the addition of design elements like sculpture and large, modern house numbers.
We are very excited to see the changes come to life! What do you think?
Need help reinventing your exterior? Call me. Cheers readers!
August 2, 2014 •
If you can get past the name and the visual it brings…
A few weeks ago, I saw a commercial > went to the website > drove to the store. Something clicked when I saw the La-Z-Boy, Urban Attitudes collection.
Everyone is looking for great sofas. I think we’ve finally moved past the puffy, beige standard- yeah! But stores & solid design options can be limited, so we jump on “new” resources.
Speaking from a design perspective, I LOVE some of these pieces! Like the Dolce Sofa-
The Bijou Sofa.
The Bijou Sitting Chaise.
& the best recliner I’ve seen in some time? Who knew…
I went to the store to test comfort level for better or worse. Luckily y’all it was for better! Every piece I sat on was quite comfortable. Some of the sofas were on the firm side, but nothing extreme.
Another thing I noticed- the sales manager told me the models had been on the sales floor for up to a few years- and they showed little wear. Which is huge.
Reasonable pricing & seemingly unlimited fabric options for customization. We’ve got winners! And that photo styling is really working for me.
I’ve always believed the right sofa makes your living area. Bringing you the best ;) Cheers readers!
July 25, 2014 •
We have lived in this house for 30 years. When we were first able to decorate the living room, I went to Old Toll Road Village (no longer in biz) and decorated at their advice, and at significant expense. The room was formal with cherry, Queen Ann furnishings, including a formal secretary. It was a beautiful room per decorator standards, but I never really loved it.
Then, my daughter left for college and I felt a need to change things up and incorporate a red sofa. OK, seemed fine and soothed my separation anxiety :)
Today, I walked into my living room and said “Ahhhh”. The room is beautiful, tranquil and so me. Finally, after 30 years, I LOVE my living room. Thank you so much for leading me down this path. I take every chance I get to go into that room and say, “I LOVE IT!!!” Finally.
Thank you for your talent and for making my house a home I love.
♥ Letters like this inspire me forward. What a pleasure it is to do business together. Cheers readers!
July 21, 2014 •
Lately we’ve been doing LOTS of 2-D rendering for clients, realtors, and business owners.
We gather your photos and alter them accordingly in Photoshop.
Good thing I spent years in advertising, altering photos prior to Color Zen. Darn skills come in quite handy ;)
Why will you love this offering?
Because it takes the guesswork out of the design process! Here are a few examples of usage-
ART SELECTION. I snap a quick photo of your wall, then add different art options, so you can see what looks best before purchase. Works especially well for art above the fireplace (important focal point) or gallery wall creation.
FURNISHINGS. We can test different area rugs, sofas, light fixtures, curtain panels- you name it… Eliminates the sweaty, haul home options routine.
EXTERIOR DESIGN PLANS. You’ve heard me go on about this one :) Very difficult to pinpoint the best color and design selections for your exterior without seeing them on the surface. If you’re going to invest in 1 design service, I would say, this is it! Everyone sees your exterior.
STAGING. Virtual staging that is… Sometimes agents have empty rooms that look a little sad. Virtual staging allows the web viewer to imagine the possibilities.
I believe this type of rendering will continue to redefine the future of decorating and staging. It’s so convenient.
Need help? Call me anytime…