Sunday
Apr072013

Good Design Takes Planning

As with pretty much everything else in life the best results are achieved when there is a "big picture" goal and a plan to follow. Sometimes decorating can feel like a daunting task when you don't have all the pieces yet, or don't know what to do with the pieces you already have. You may know what kind of look you want but find it hard to achieve the desired result because of various limitations. These limitations can be anything from trying to find furniture you love in the right size, waiting for the budget to allow for such purchases, or waiting to inherit a piece promised from a friend or family. The list goes on and on and it can be so frustrating!

This room needs help! Picture from Houzz dilemmas

This room also needs help! Houzz dilemma


But don't give up! It will all come together in good time. Designing a home takes a lot of time and patience, and allowing for things to evolve over time. I just finished reading "The Business of Design" by Keith Granet and I pulled a quote from him that really resonated with me: "A house is a product, a home is a process."  Isn't that so true?


Traditional Living Room
by Toronto Interior Designer Jane Lockhart Interior Design


Contemporary Living Room
by Orlando Photographer Studio KW Photography

Sometimes all you need to get started is a good plan! The design plans I provide as part of my consultation help to define the "big picture" for the space AND help to prioritize each step of the process so you know when to buy things and in what order. It's your own personal check list! Having a design plan saves frustration, keeps you organized, and helps your budget stays on track.

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Saturday
Mar302013

Spring has sprung!!

It's finally warm and sunny around here! Just in time for some Easter feasting and other holiday celebrations. To celebrate the beautiful weather we are showing some inspirational pictures with pastels and spring colors!

One quick way to bring spring inside is by filling a vase with clippings of fresh spring blooms.

 

This blue ceiling really adds a pop of color to the room and is tied into the room with pastel blue chairs and blue artwork. 

 

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Friday
Mar222013

Curtains Part 1: Hello Ceiling

So spring is officially here - but where is the nice weather? We're still waiting! Anyway, I had a conversation the other day about curtains that someone had just hung in their freshly painted brand new house. They were concerned that the panels they bought were too short, but thought maybe they could still get away with them. My response was that yes they were not only too short, but they should have been hung higher! By hanging curtains high and wide it maximizes the amount of natural light that comes in and makes the room seem much bigger, as shown in the illustrations below.

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Here are some photos that illustrate the same idea.

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Saturday
Mar162013

Erin Go Bragh!

Happy St. Patrick's Day! When I hear this exclamation my first few thoughts are: shamrocks, parades, and beer (green optional!). When it comes to decorating though, there are many other ways to bring a bit of Ireland into your home. For me Ireland conjures up images of lush green pastures dotted with sheep, stone walls covered in lichen, and a hazy aqua mist.

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The best thing about decorating personal spaces is that every person has their own interpretation of what something means to them. We always try to incorporate meaningful funiture and accessories into our redesign because that's what makes each space truly unique. Below are some rooms we found that could have been different interpretations of Ireland based on the pictures above. What does Ireland mean to you?

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Friday
Mar082013

Quick Tips: Organizing the Kitchen

The kitchen always seems to be a vortex of circulating activity where things get thrown in all directions and are easily misplaced. And that can be especially frustrating in a small kitchen space! The more organization you can add to a kitchen the cleaner it will stay and the easier it will be to use it. While there are many beautiful custom cabinets with storage galore, here are a few tips that focus on small kitchens and ways to add organization without a renovation.

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Tuesday
Feb262013

How to Give Winter "The Boot"!

It's that time of year when winter just needs to leave, especially today when it is a sleeting/ rainy mess! March is only two days away and daylight savings is a week and a half... so we're slowly getting there. If you're feeling the urge to give winter the boot sooner than later here are a few ideas to begin your seasonal transition.

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Friday
Feb222013

A Decorating History: The White House

This week following the Presidents Day holiday we've looked at chandeliers and artwork that is decorating the White House.  In this post we'll take a look back through some decorating trends that had their moment in the White House. To think of the White House as a living "decorating history book" is kind of fun!

Some of the public rooms are more limited in what can change (such as the blue room, red room, green room), so we focused more on the residence part that showed strong evolution through the years. As the rooms evolved the unused furniture and decor was stored away for possible reuse again for another redesign. It's fascinating to take a look though how the rooms changed over the years, especially in the function. Some converted from living room to bedroom. This post just skims the surface, so you can click here, here, and here for more information.

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Wednesday
Feb202013

Artwork on Display @ 1600 Penn

Earlier this week we shared a picture on our facebook page showing a chandelier that is currently decorating the White House. Today we'd like to take a look at some of the art that has been on loan over the past few years. It was amazing to read about how much impact these artwork decisions could have on an artists life - such as in one case increasing the artwork's value up to 300%! Not too shabby.

Sometimes presidents are praised and/or criticized for their choices (naturally), especially if the art was chosen for any political implications. The Obamas preferences tend towards modern art and they, along with their selected designer Michael Smith (!) made a wish list of about 40 artists. From there the list was narrowed down and here are a few images of my personal favorites.  Check out these links for more information (wsj) (nytimes). And check out the Google Art Project for an interactive tour!!

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