The right area cover can lay the groundwork for an entire room. You can draw inspiration for the entire room through the area rug. Add a layer of interest with color tones, and different textures. Here are some tips for finding the right area rug:
1- Size - It is standard to leave about two the three feet around the rooms perimeter. For a rug under a dining room table it is important to make sure that the chairs will remain on the rug even when they are pulled out. For an area rug that is focused in one specific area of the room it is important to just make sure that it is proportionate to the furniture that is around it.
2- Pad - Be sure to use a rug pad that is designed for your flooring. Having a pad helps to prevent slipping and protect both the floor and the rug.
3- Cleaning - I recommend have the rug professionally cleaned once a year. Wool and synthetic fiber rugs should be vacuumed regularly and spot cleaned as needed. Indoor/Outdoor rugs can be shaken outside or even washed off with a hose.
4- Turn the rug - To avoid uneven wear I suggest rotating the area rug depending on the traffic in the area.
I have area rugs in all shapes, sizes, colors and textures and adding an area rug can really change the look and feel of a space. Leave a comment and let me know what you think about adding and area rug to your space.
Okay. So you long for your own private media room. And the room that you envision is filled with deep, cushy, comfortable leather recliners, complete with drink holders. Your surrounded with upholstered leather walls and ceiling all soundproof, of course. Your room screams comfort, relaxation, and casual drama! Let’s talk about a few of the practical aspects of creating such a dramatic hideaway – as well as some additional “creature comforts”.
PLASMA TELEVISIONS – ALL THE RAGE!
That’s right! No well appointed media room would be without one! But, if by chance, your media room has to double as a family/recreation room, then you might be interested in considering some clever options for displaying your new TV. Today’s furniture manufacturers are truly jumping to the task of displaying – and more importantly – hiding these sets when not in use. Beautiful entertainment centers, in a wide variety of design styles and wood tones, have been created with clever disappearing television shelve units – all operated by remote control. Now you see it – now you don’t! And another BIG TV option is to consider installing it above your fireplace unit – especially if you have the option to include this feature in a newly constructed home. By placing your plasma TV above your fireplace area and including cantilevered doors – once again – you have the option of “now you see it – now you don’t”!
A DECK OF CARDS, POPCORN – AND A SOFT DRINK OR TWO!
Today’s media rooms can be expanded to include a variety of additional design options. How about including a game table! Did you know that many of the game tables available today can actually expand – or flip over! One side for poker and when it’s flipped over the other side features a backgammon board.
And, a must for any nearby media room is a swivel or corner bar unit. Again, many are now being designed to actually disguise their real purpose. Most look like beautiful accent furniture pieces, until you turn them around, or swivel them to see a well appointed bar.
Whatever your pleasure, it’s important to take stock of all the activities you wish to incorporate in your new room, and do some careful planning to ensure your completed design is absolutely perfect!
Try leaving your walls and flooring neutral to make it easier for you to switch up your artwork and accessories. It's fun to do pops of color with accent pieces rather than relying on the walls to carry all of the color. Keeping the main pieces neutral makes it really easy to change your color pallet in a room, or swap things out with the season. So many people think that neutral mean boring but it doesn't have to. Take a look at the chairs in this photo. They are slipcovered so they can be changed out seasonal and could dramatically change the look of the room. Leave a comment and let me know what pop of color you would like to incorporate into your design.
Create layers using bright colors to liven up a neutral space. One way to bring color into a room without feeling like you are living in a crayon box is to bring in a wood piece to add another texture and earthy element to the room. By adding a wood piece such a cocktail table you tone down the color pallet allowing you a little extra room for those bright shades that you love. Leave a comment about what color that you love but scares you just a bit. We can work color into any space.
Did you watch the Oscars last night? Did a certain stars attire catch your eye? What was it about the outfit that sparked your interest? You can build inspiration from a room from anywhere. Maybe it a certain color, or texture, or maybe you just liked the lines of a particular dress. The designers at the Oscars are amazing. They are trying to create a dynamic wow statement! Isn't that what you are trying to do in your home? Don't you want to stand out?
Maybe you want to showcase a certain color like Jennifer Aniston's bright red dress. Maybe you want a soft classic feel like Jennifer Lawrence? Or just maybe you want classic with a pop of style like the beautiful Zoe Saldana.
The point is that inspiration can come from anywhere. Please leave your comments about where you would like to draw inspiration from.
Is your bathroom boring or minuscule? Don't despair-colors and patterns can give a lift and fool the eye into seeing a larger space. Remember, it's not the amount of space, but what you do with it that counts.
The first step in decorating your bathroom is selecting the theme or mood you want to portray. Once you've decided, then the creativity begins.
If you want to "open up" your bathroom, select a color scheme that is light – pale colors tend to recede and will visually expand the room. To achieve a sense of the dramatic, you may want to select rich, vibrant colors instead. Deeper colors appear to advance and the room will appear cozier.
Window treatments for bathrooms generally are required to supply function and beauty – privacy is a must! Pleated shades, vertical, cellular shades, silhouettes would all fit the privacy ticket. All are resistant to moisture and can supply complete privacy. There are many fabric treatments to enhance your bath's décor. Everything from a short, shirred curtain to pouf valances, balloons, tab curtains - and even throw swags. Coordinating fabric may be used for sink skirts and shower curtains to complete the look.
So, what are you waiting for? If your bathroom is ho hum, wake it up with color and fabric – and who knows – maybe it will help you wake up in the morning too!!
What would like you to try in your bathroom? Leave a comment!
If you are expecting the stork to pay a visit to your family in the near future, chances are you are thinking of the perfect nursery for your new baby.
Perhaps you are looking for something unique - something that isn’t found in every baby store. When you use your imagination, the creative possibilities are endless. From custom quilts to hand-painted wall murals, you can dream up some fun and exciting possibilities for your little one’s room that can last well beyond infancy.
First, you’ll want to come up with a theme. If you know it’s a boy and your family loves boating, that’s a great theme. For a girl whose family loves animals, try a puppy, kitten, or jungle motif. What do you do if you are waiting to be surprised by your bundle of joy’s gender? How about a circus theme- a big- top tent on the ceiling with circus characters on the walls.
You will be amazed at the designer fabrics available for customizing your baby’s room. It’s important to know that there are hundreds of fabrics that interior decorators offer which you won’t see in retail stores.
If you are hoping to achieve unique walls, but don’t wish to contract an artist for an elaborate wall mural, you may find just what you’re looking for among the designer wall coverings. From hot air balloons to teddy bears, crayons, to cats and dogs, the options are endless. And the new wall adhesives are great ideas, too. These wonderful pieces of children’s art stick to the wall without damaging the paint or wall-covering surface, so they peel up neatly years later.
When selecting colors for the nursery, it’s so easy to be tempted by those dreamy, gentle pastels. Remember, however, that babies love black and white, as well as bright primary colors. Of course, you will be spending many hours around the clock in that nursery, so be certain that you, as well as the baby, enjoy the outcome of the room.
No matter what themes or colors you choose in the nursery, you will spend some precious moments in there with your little one. These are memories that you’ll treasure for the rest of your life so, above all, put a lot of love into decorating it, and you will have created the perfect lullaby land for your baby.
I was inspired to write this blog post because of a particular appointment that I went on yesterday. I know that flooring is not always the most glamorous part of changing a room but if you sit back and think about the amount of space in a room that flooring
is the second largest and broadest expanse of color in a room—the first being walls. They are also the most permanent feature, replaced less easily and less often than wall treatments or even upholstered furniture. Purchase and installation costs are substantial, so it’s important to select floors with an eye to the future.
For many reasons, it’s best to consider investing in the best quality possible for your budget. That doesn’t necessarily mean buying the most expensive flooring. In estimating what you are willing to invest, consider the life span of your floor covering. This will help give you a truer picture of cost and what is truly the most economical for you, your budget, and your lifestyle. And by all means, consider using the services of a professional interior decorator to assist you in this important buying decision.
Take a look at the photo with this post and think about how differently the room would feel if there was not so much interest and pattern in the floor.
Modern technology has made flooring more attractive, varied and practical. Such natural materials as wood, marble, stone, slate, clay tile and wool are still high in initial cost, but may not be in the long run because of their durability. Man-made flooring materials such as vinyl and carpets of synthetic fibers come in price ranges able to fit almost any reasonable budget.
Leave a comment and let me know what type of flooring you have a preference and why.
The new Silhouette shade – part blind/part shade/part sheer drapery-is a wonderful window treatment because it combines the very best qualities of all these treatments into one beautiful design. Silhouette's are created from two pieces of sheer, lightweight fabric. Inside, there are colored vanes (slats), that can be opened or closed, allowing as much light to filter into your room.
Silhouettes come in a choice of many vane colors and operate like a shade. When pulled up, it's hidden by a color-coordinated headrail. The vanes actually appear muted through the sheer fabric, giving this treatment a perfect, soft look for any room. Silhouettes are mildew-resistant, don't show dust, and can be cleaned with soapy water.
I would love to hear your comments on what you think of the new silhouette design?