Friday
Nov222013

It's Movember!!

Have you all heard of Movember? Perhaps you are reading this and thinking that not only have you heard of it, but you are participating too? If so, please send a picture because who doesn't love a good moustache? If you haven't heard of it, Movember was created to bring awareness to men's health issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health. Men are encouraged to join the movement by growing their own stashe for the full 30 days of November! There are other ways to bring awareness and opportunities fundraise for charity by registering on Movember.com. You can read more about it here!

Thank you Ron Swanson, er I mean Nick Offerman for setting such a good example!
(source)

And here is a MUST WATCH video about the effort (more where that came from!)

 

Ok, now that you are aware of Movember you are beginning to wonder if this is still a decorating website where where you can find exciting home decor and related ideas? Well, yes it is! So let me begin the round up then shall I? Some of the most furry, hairy, "movember-ish" pieces of furniture I could find! Beginning with this one I saw at the ICFF this past May! It was quite eye-catching and I've been saving this one until now :)

Designed by Sentient, Brooklyn NY 

Look at the back of that! It even looks like a stash :)

Not only is this piece of furniture appropriate for Movember, it is also right on trend. There have been lots of write ups of using animal prints, hides, and especially hair on hide like this. The furrier the better. If you are in the market I recommend you start looking for vintage sources, which is obviously better for the animal. There are also plenty of faux options coming out that you can start with there.  For other great products on the market here are some examples. 

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Wednesday
Nov202013

Decorating Presentation at the Habitat Restore!

Thursday December 5th I will be making my first decorating presentation at the Habitat Restore in Randolph NJ. The topic will be the 10 Most Common Decorating Mistakes, and the focus will be on furniture arrangements to get your rooms ready for holiday entertaining! After the presentation I'll do a demonstration with furniture at the Restore. If you're interested in coming please sign up with the form below!

Looking forward to seeing you then!

Thursday December 5th
Habitat Restore
274 South Salem Street, Randolph NJ
(At the corner of Route 10 West and Salem Street)
973.366.3358 

http://www.morrishabitat.org/restore/

 

Thursday
Nov142013

America Recycles Day

This Friday November 15th, is America Recycles Day so I thought it is a good time to talk about recycling and home decor!

(source EcoHomeResource) 

Recycling can mean a few things when we talk about home decor. For one it could mean taking the item and physically breaking down the parts and reusing the raw materials to create a totally different object. One example of this is recycling plastic PET bottles into new carpeting! This fascinating video from HGTV shows how they actually break down the material and spin into carpet fibers. 

Recycling home decor most definitely also means repurposing old items in new and fresh ways.  This is a sustainable and affordable option for home decor that reduces the amount of furniture that goes into the landfill. As a redecorator I was trained on the basis of "Use What You Have" and specialize in coming up with ways to repurpose your furniture!

If you have some old furniture laying around and aren't sure what to do with it, look no further than Pinterest!  

 
Painted cane back chairs are a great makeover idea. Very simple to do and makes a HUGE impact.  


And I've seen lots of variations on this idea below

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Friday
Nov082013

Broken Kitchen (Sets)

Kitchens are such a fascinating anthropological study of our social habits, and design trends are just the tip of the iceberg! Over time kitchens have radically evolved depending how families socially interact with each other. Kitchens of today are a very neutral space where everyone can participate in creating a delicious meal. In addition people are seeking an open floor plan where rooms flow into each other and they want kitchens to be part of that. 

 

I think one way that kitchens are achieving this open concept is by breaking up the sets. Just like so many other areas of the home matchy matchy is falling out of favor and the kitchen transition is following suit.  We are starting to see mixed cabinetry, perhaps the kitchen island is a different color than the cabinets so it looks more like furniture.

Via BeautifulHomes&Designs

Via becomegorgeous.com

Or sometimes the upper and lower cabinet finishes are mixed

 

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Thursday
Oct312013

Design Details

So a quick update about last week's project: I got the cabinets! Two 96inch cabinets are laying in our storage room waiting to be installed. First a few small things need to be done, such as moving electrical outlets and switches out of the way. But after that and some prep work we should be ready! So excited!

Barn doors + Cabinets = Something like below 

 
Sometimes it just takes some creative thinking to solve a custom problem. If you have an older house then I'd bet there are plenty of opportunities to create a unique feature in your home. And if you have a new home, sometimes you need to add custom features to make it feel more like home and less "builder grade." In either case I thought I'd show a few ideas of how to to add some finishing touches to really bring a room together!

Fireplaces

Fireplaces are the focal point of a room so it's natural to want to build around them. TV over the fireplace, next to the fireplace, and shelving all around - just look at the details of these built-ins. If you want them to feel like built-ins paint them a nice glossy white to match the trim. If you want them to feel like furniture, leave them natural wood or a darker contrast.

  

 

 

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Friday
Oct252013

Disappearing Doors

Well I am so excited because this post is inspired by my very own DIY project that struck me like lightning last night. I've been wanting to get a quote for custom cabinetry in our home for awhile but things have been so busy I haven't gotten around to it. It's a HUGE item on my teuxdeux list as we need storage in that room badly. I was at the Habitat ReStore last night for my weekly volunteering and I stumbled up on the perfect storage solution! I've walked past it for months but all of a sudden it clicked. But more on that later - this post isn't even about the cabinetry! In order to achieve the clean architectural look I'm going for I would like to change the existing doors from bi-fold into pocket doors. YES! That's exciting! And with my new DIY idea I might even be able to use a wall mounted pocket door, aka barn style door. AND I am planning to reuse existing doors so what better way to "Use what I have" AND use what was donated?

Below are some drool-worthy pocket doors.

   
 

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Friday
Oct182013

Oktoberfest and a nod to German Design

Technically speaking... Oktoberfest in Germany is a 16-18 day festival that begins late September and continues into the first weekend of October. It's (one of?) the worlds largest festivals and the roundup from this years event says 6.4 million visitors attended and consumed 114 oxen, 58 calves and 6.7 million liters of beer. The music was a tough competition in the beer tents but the most popular was "Applaus, Applaus" by Sportfreude Stiller and "Rock mi" by Voxxclub. Among the lost and found waiting to be picked up are 1056 passports, 520 wallets, 320 mobile phones, a Segway, and "the unavoidable, annual artificial set of false teeth." Sounds like a blast! (research from the official website here.)

Beer tent gallery

Bavarian costume parade

Here in America we extend the Oktoberfest celebrations throughout the entire month of October and enjoy beer festivals and beer gardens. There is a fantastic German restaurant down the street from us and I am still hoping we can get down there in time for some celebrations! Here is a list I found of OktoberfestNYC events and highlights in other cities.

So in theme with Oktoberfest and celebrating all things German I'd like to give a nod to some of my favorite German designs and designers.

Susanne Kaiser

(source)

Dünenpalais Seebad Ahlbeck,, No.15

Dünenpalais-Ahlbeck-Nr.17

The COOLEST hotel check in counter ever - a tufted room key organizer!!

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Friday
Oct112013

Top 5 Tips for Styling Vignettes

Last week was a really fun week for design and business! I attended a design conference and met other members of theInterior Redecorators Network that I am part of. I learned so many good business tips and even more decorating ideas. One day of the conference we went to the New York Design Centerand after an information session we toured the beautiful showrooms. There was so much to see I'm already making plans to go back again! There were too many favorites to name but one of the showrooms that really stood out to me was Global Views. They carry a lot of home accessories and had beautiful vignettes set up by color. It was a really impactful way to organize the showroom and each vignette was beautiful on its own.

(Photo I took at Global Views - stunning vignette of black, white, and gold)

I think vignettes like this one above are a really nice way to add some interest to your home decor too. If you have collections you'd like to display or personal mementos that you'd like to share this is a great way to showcase those. Not to mention how well these work with holiday decor! So I thought I'd share a few tips for creating vignettes in your home.

1- Define a Collection


A collection begins with a grouping of 3 or more items. Edit the collection to showcase the best and most meaningful so they don't become clutter. Each vignette should tell a story about the items, afterall the word vignette means "a short scene in a movie or play."

(From Scandinavia with Love)

 

 

 

2- Think Scale

This is something that kept coming up in conversation at the conference too, it's easy to get consumed by lots of "little" things. Don't forget to vary the scale and think BIG to add some height and interest to bring your eye around the room!

 

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