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Just in…Custom Asian inspired dining table and more- December 30, 2010

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The week before Christmas we installed a few custom items into my clients home. She was very pleased with the details of the completed pieces and is looking forward to receiving the rest of her furnishings the first part of this year. A touch of Asian, a touch of French, take a look at the first photos of the custom-built dining table. This Asian inspired table was designed to feel light in the space so we used a glass top and had the base post painted white to match the enameled woodwork in the home. The top was designed with the visually impaired in mind, therefore we needed to have the wooden edge around the glass. The Asian fretwork not only adds design interest to the piece but helps to support the top and hold it to the pedestal base. A very structurally sound and visually pleasing design.

Next we installed some custom window valances and bedding.

-In the living room we designed a flat valance with gathered ends which taper down to soften the window edges and add interest. This design was chosen so we could show off the Asian print fabric used. We finished the bottom edge with a solid banding of fabric similar to the wall color we selected. Two 20″ square pillows in the same fabric will be used on the new camel back sofa not yet installed. We repeated this fabric again on the front of a French chair that is being reupholstered.

-The bedroom valance has a softer feel to the design where we used a solid cream fabric to coordinate with the cream duvet cover. We finished the bottom edge with a decorative tape that pulls in the greens, golds, and pink colors used in the pillows and upholstery. I love the way the fabric swags, very feminine and perfect for a small bedroom window. The walls were painted a soft green found in the floral pillows, which will contrast wonderfully against the dark green headboard we are having made locally by my Upholsterer. The headboard is being upholstered in the same solid green fabric as the bedskirt. The golds in the floral shams will be reflected in the bedroom chair that will tuck in under the window. It’s important to have your colors balance throughout the room. A dark green pillow that has a gold and pink trellis pattern sits in front of the shams and pops with the hot-pink cording. This pillow helps pull the dark greens being used on the skirt and headboard to the center of the room.


Oh The Weather Outside Is Frightful… December 9, 2010

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But inside things are delightful!

It’s that time of year where I decide to tackle home improvement projects of my own. Yes, 2 years ago we added a plate rack above my kitchen sink along with a wood valance above my window and patio door spanning the width of my entire house. Last year we added a built-in “bookshelf” which holds a flat panel TV and replaced a tired iron banister that overlooked our split entry. Also, stripped wallpaper and painted the powder room. (Amazing how quickly things get done when you are expecting a baby!) This year I am having the basement wallpaper stripped, then painted, along with some new lighting to brighten up the place a bit. The big office re-do! And I do this along with the tree trimming, the treat making, the baking, and gift gathering. It’s a great way to complete the year and begin new I guess! Out with the old in with the new! Plus a wonderful gift my husband and I can share–no wrapping paper needed!

What are your interior projects? Do you have a New Years wish to get one started? Whatever the project, big or small, may you be blessed with those who can help you through it all! Many blessings to you this season…


Tis the season… December 7, 2010

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It’s that time of year again where we spend more time being thankful for all we have been blessed with. We are merrier and yet we are busier. And so I wanted to say thank you to all of my wonderful family and friends who support me throughout the year. This includes not only my children and husband, parents, in-laws, and siblings, but the people who help me daily in making my clients happy. Without my contractors, workrooms, and suppliers to make my creations come to life, my designs would only be visions. It is our combined knowledge and experience which creates the strong team that supports my work and the beautiful projects that my clients allow me to create for them. Thank you clients for trusting us with your home. I am truly blessed to have all of you! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!