Should I Hire an Interior Decorator?

This is a great question and one that you should consider BEFORE moving forward on any home improvement project.  There was a time when hiring an Interior Decorator was only for the “rich and famous” – but times have changed … Continue reading

Kitchen Organization Ideas

The kitchen is the hub of the home.  Keeping it functional, organized and clean can be a daily challenge.  As my mother used to always say, “make a place for everything and put everything in its place”.  That is a simple rule that, if followed, will provide you peace of mind and a guarantee that when you need the scotch tape, it will be in the drawer right next to the scissors. Here are a some inspiration photos to help you see what is possible in your very own kitchen.

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Extend your counter space by adding a 1/2 table which you can easily pick up at a consignment or thrift store….instant breakfast bar.

 

 

Small spaces and unused corners can be turned into a functional desk space or homework station in a weekend. You can pick up scrap materials at surplus and warehouse stores, as well as, looking at the clearance and scratch-and-dent sections of home improvement centers if you are on a tight budget.

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An often unused area to consider when keeping your kitchen organized is the interior cabinet doors.  You can install a white board, chalk board or cork board to pin notes and bills, keep shopping lists or to write notes to your family.  You can also hang decorative envelopes to keep bills, recipes, homework, etc. organized and off the counters.

Let’s not forget the side of the refrigerator.  That is the perfect spot for a command center.

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If you live in an apartment or have little to no excess counter space, there are still solutions for you.  How about an office organizer or a pretty basket to keep everything in a central location and readily available to you.

For all chefs, bakers, and coffee lovers…you too can use a decorative basket or service tray to keep your tools organized and available for you to use at any moment.

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One last suggestion.  If you are upgrading your kitchen and no longer have a use or desire for a desk area, consider turning that space into a coffee or wine bar.

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You can find many more ideas searching the wonder-filled world of PINTEREST.

 

Choosing the RIGHT WHITE color

Choosing the “RIGHT” color for any project can be tricky. Color, in general, is a very complicated science and paint manufacturers spend thousands of dollars providing expert advice and color matching options.

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What they can’t determine, however, is how that color is going to present in your home.  Both natural and artificial lighting affect the final results.  To avoid costly mistakes, you should take the time to purchase a small sample of your favorite paint colors.  Paint a sample board (poster or white boards from the $ store work well) so that you can move the color around the room to see how it will present in the day and in the night. This extra step will help narrow down your options and bring you to a decision.

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Now…let’s talk WHITES.  If you think color is a challenge?  Selecting the proper WHITE is in a league of its own.  I recently had to pull several “whites” for a client.  I needed a white to pare well with warm gray tones and one to coordinate with an excessive amount of honey oak trim.  Although I am not a color specialist, I do know that I could not use the same white for both areas.  Before making my final selections, I took a few minutes to search online for some advice.  I was so grateful to come across an article that made the process so much easier (and I wish I had bookmarked the author so that I could give them the credit). The suggestion was to look at the color ONLINE rather than in person because the UNDERTONE colors will be more evident. Here is a screenshot of the Sherwin Williams White Collection.

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Isn’t that AMAZING!!!  These are all WHITES but you would never think that given the obvious colored pigments within the white.

This affective tool has helped me make the proper choice when selecting the proper WHITE for my clients and I trust that it will help you as well.

HAPPY PAINTING!!!

 

The AMISH Window

A fellow decorator and personal friend of mine is collaborating with an area photographer, Jim Fisher, to produce a gallery of canvas prints that capture a beautiful section of our country.  Jim lives in Pennsylvania near an Amish community.  He … Continue reading

Creative Storage Solutions for 2016

The start of a New Year comes with a fresh look at our surroundings.  When the Christmas decorations come down and get stored away for another year, our eyes have a short window to see our space objectively.  This is … Continue reading

10 Easy Ways to Create Christmas Art

Looking for a little something new to refresh your traditional holiday decorations?  I don’t know about you, but I feel like I just took down the Christmas tree from last year and it is time to put it all back … Continue reading

INTERESTING ALTERNATIVE ART

In my recent blog readings, I came across a post that I just had to share with you.  Jamie from Southern Revivals shows how you can take your personal photographs and turn them into watercolor prints.


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[PHOTOGRAPH]                                                          [WATERCOLOR PRINT]

The idea of turning the memories of your family vacation to NYC or your romantic get-a-way to Italy into a piece of art is just plain EXCITING!!!

Visit Jamie’s blog for instructions on using the Waterlogue app to make your personal photographs into works of art.

MAD about PLAID

As the seasons change so do the fashion trends….which affect both our personal style choices and those inside our homes.  TARGET has launched their “MAD FOR PLAID” campaign featuring hallmark plaids in everything from Listerine bottles to overnight bags. PLAID … Continue reading