An Inviting Dining Room

21 Sep

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An inviting dining room makes your guests feel welcome.

For a while, many people weren’t interested in a formal dining room and even converted their dining rooms into diningroom2libraries, billiard rooms or offices. Today the dining room is back! Many homeowners want to create a beautiful setting for dining with their family and friends. A dining room’s function is key, of course, but the dining room is about so much more than just eating a meal. It’s about the experience and the ambiance people feel when they dine in your home.
Your table is the anchor of your room, and the chairs are key. These are long-term investments that you’ll have forever, if you purchase high quality. And don’t forget a sideboard or china cabinet to store dishes, silverware and linens close at hand. Here are some tips to optimize your dining room:

  • Think about whether you need a table with leaves, if you plan to entertain a crowd.diningroom3
  • Make sure the chairs are comfortable and the right height for the table.
  • Use mirrors to make the room seem larger.
  • Change the look of your table with linens and table settings, and the look of your chairs with slipcovers.
  • Add interest to your walls with wallpaper, an accent painted wall or wainscoting.
  • Plan for beautiful lighting, including a chandelier, and even wall sconces or buffet lamps.
  • Add window coverings that provide both beauty and function, especially when the late afternoon sun is streaming in.
  • And, of course, decorate your dining room for the holidays for added cheer.

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Update your dining room this season to get ready for the holidays and create a look that lasts all year long!

 

 

 

 

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Decorating With Indoor Plants

14 Sep

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Indoor plants add natural color to a room.

Living plants add freshness and natural color to a room, and there are many options that require very little care. If you don’t have a green thumb, you can select from a wide variety of artificial plants that are hard to distinguish from real ones.indoorplants1

Indoor plants range from large, lush trees to the smallest of African violets, and everything in between. Some of the most popular indoor plants include tropical orchids, cactuses, succulents, banana trees, dracaena plants, Philodendrons, ivy, and many varieties of ferns, ficus trees, and palms.

Place indoor plants on the floor, on a table, on a bench, on shelves — or you can even hang them on the wall! Have fun with the containers you use, too!

indoorplants2Just like plants themselves, containers come in many shapes, sizes, colors and glazes to complement any décor. And you can buy plant stands in a variety of styles that display plants at almost any height in your rooms.

If you opt for live plants, talk to your nursery about the light needs of various plants, and find out how quickly each plant will grow. Learn which plants are easy to grow, and how much water and maintenance indoorplants3each plant needs.

Keep in mind that plants don’t just come in shades of green. You can select plants with striking hues of red, orange, pink and yellow! Plus some indoor plants feature brilliant flowers in a variety of hues.

Make your home feel natural and green by adding indoor plants to your decorating plan. Also, for information on how plants can make your home healthier, check out our previous blog post on  5 Best Plants To Keep Your Indoor Air Clean

 

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Paisley-A Brief History

7 Sep

paisley1Paisley just may have been the original print. Way back in time, when someone first got the idea of printing on cloth (or cave wall!), the first “rubber stamp” to come to hand was the hand itself. Curled up in a fist, pressed pinkie side into the dye and applied to a plain ground, a hand leaves the familiar curved teardrop shape we know as Paisley. How many of you have done this on a steamy car window?

Paisley has not lost it’s popularity over time. I’t still as viable a choice in decorating as it was a fashion statement back in the day. Now we see it in wallpapers and fabrics for furniture and accent pillows.

The annals of Paisley history tell that Napoleon Bonaparte introduced this design to the west when he brought a paisley shawl home for his beloved Josephine around 1800. This shawl probably tookpaisley5 an artist in India five years to weave, and cost the equivalent of a middle-class home at the time! Thus, everyone coveted it. Before long, every lady in the French court had to have one, and the British were not to be outdone.

With such a market, more craftsmen entered into the manufacture of paisley shawls. One town in Scotland came to base its livelihood upon the production of these required fashion accessories. With widespread distribution and lower prices, almost every woman in England could own one of paisley3these shawls by 1860. Thus the name and and fame of that once obscure Sottish hamlet was spread-Paisley.

Unfortunately, when bustles hit the fashion scene in 1869, it spelled financial ruin and even famine paisley2among the residents of Paisley and India alike. The bustle disrupted the drape of a shawl, and just like that, the accessory was packed off for cold storage.

Yet the indelible image of Paisley has never quite been put away. It became a household ornament, decorating cotton fabrics manufactured for drapery and upholstery through the turn of the century and on up to the current day. 200 years after the arrival of Paisley in the west, the timing seems right for this versatile and important collection.

 

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History of Toile De Jouy

31 Aug

Toiles de Jouy are the most European of fabrics.

Toiles are still a popular fabric in some homes. We thought we’d share a bit of the interesting history of Toile de Joy (or Jouy).

Inspired by an Irishman, advanced by the British, and refined to an Toile1art form by two German brothers who moved from Switzerland to France, these printed designs capture the romance of 18th Century Europe and remain some of the finest fabrics ever made in the west.

They were originally printed with wood blocks or copper plates with designs that were often based on engravings by well-known artists of the day. These fabrics depict pastoral and genre scenes, neoclassical motifs, historical events, chinoiserie, birds and florals.

In 1760 two German brothers, Christopher-Philippe and Frederick Oberkampf Toile2emigrated from Switzerland and settled in the town of Joy-en-Josas outside of Paris, where they built a factory. Their name soon became synonymous with monochromatic copper-printed textiles and their standards of excellence are responsible for Toile de Jouy’s lasting appeal.

When printing first began for Toile, only wood blocks were available. Unbleached cotton was washed in the water of the river, beaten, dried and smoothed through a a rolling press. Printers applied mordants (substances to fix dyes) to the cloth. After mordants adhered to the fibers, the fabric was washed again and boiled in a toile3madder solutions, or dye bath, creating a chemical reaction between the various salts and mordants. Color appeared where the mordants had been applied. Rolls of the fabric were stretched out in the meadows and leached by the sum to eliminate background tinting, and then were subjected to more washing and soaking in chlorinated water. Details and highlights were painted directly on the fabric by hand.

After 1770, copper plates allowed finer detail, and the Joy factory began producing more complex compositions, many of which depicted people in a landscape. These toile4ranged from scenes of contemporary events (hot air ballooning, Napoleon’s victories) to those from literature, theater and mythology.  Marie Antoinette decorated every possible surface with toile de joy. Although it is these vignettes that are most identified with the Joy factory and are most coveted today, the factory always produced more florals than pictorals. Sales and profits at the factory were immense, and it heyday, 1,500 employees produced 5,000 meters of fabric a day! Now that’s a lot of fabric to produce in one day!

Today’s uses are still in fabric and also in wallpaper. It’s a classic that will never grow old.

 

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A beautiful bathroom helps you begin and end your days in luxury and comfort.

10 Aug

A beautiful bathroom helps you begin and end your days in luxury and comfort.

Make this important room into a personal retreat.

Most of us think about bathrooms in terms of function. And that’s the first need! In addition, consider your bathroom as a room of beauty and comfort! It’s not hard to change a drab bathroom into a luxurious cocoon.

For a calm, serene look and feel, use neutral colors, like white or off-white. If you’re looking for energy, select bold and bright colors, and consider coordinating an en-suite bathroom color scheme with the bedroom color.

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Some obvious places to start your bathroom plan are:

  • A paint color that makes you feel pamperedbathroom3
  • An elegant vanity, maybe even a vintage table that’s repurposed
  • New countertops, backsplashes and sinks
  • Updated hardware, including faucets, pulls and handles, available in a variety of styles and finishes
  • Beautiful framed mirrors, instead of frameless wall-to-wall mirrors
  • Layered lighting that’s beautiful AND functional, and maybe even a skylight to bring in natural light

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Redoing the shower or tub is a bigger project, but how much fun to create a luxurious bathing experience. This is a good place to spurge on finishes and hardware since you’ll enjoy them every day of the year.

Function is also key when updating a bathroom.

  • Use slip-resistant flooring.
  • Select finishes that are easy to clean and resistant to water, especially if you live in a humid environment.
  • Plan for as much storage as you need, so the bathroom never looks cluttered.
  • Include plenty of towel racks, so towels are easy to reach and have a chance to dry.  
  • If you have space, include a place to sit, whether it’s a built-in bench or a movable chair or stool.

Are you ready to have a luxurious new retreat in your home? Focus on remodeling your bathroom this season!

 

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Layering is not just for cakes or the newest outfit in your wardrobe.

3 Aug

Layering is not just for cakes or the newest outfit in your wardrobe.

Layering is a beautiful decorating strategy.

layers1We think of layering when we decide what to wear – putting on a shirt over a camisole, then adding a scarf and necklace. Layering for your home is similar; it adds richness and depth, and keeps your home warm in feeling and mood. There are so many surfaces you can layer in your home.

 

Add layers:

  • To your walls with wainscoting, stenciling, wall coverings and crown moldingslayers2
  • To your floors with rugs and carpets over hard wood, tile and stone flooring
  • To your window coverings by pairing soft window treatments with blinds and shades
  • To your bed with layers of sheets, blankets, duvets, comforters, throws, pillows and more
  • To your furniture with slip covers, embellished pillows and cuddly throws
  • To your lighting by combining functional task lighting with interesting lamps, chandeliers, wall sconces, spotlights and even candles
  • To your dining table with tablecloths, runners, placemats, chargers and dishware

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Layers can be achieved with color, by using multiple shades within the same color family or by using complementary colors, such as deep red accents in a sage green décor. Think of color layering during the holidays too, with accents in gold, silver, red and green, or blue and silver.

You can also layer with patterns, using several patterns in a decorating scheme or using the same pattern in slightly different colors or a different scale.

 

Just be careful with too many patterns, so you don’t create chaos!  Consider layering with textures too, combining soft rich fabrics with crisp, clean linen and even tweedy, rough wools.

 

Think multidimensional about your rooms this summer, and add a little layering for depth and engagement.

 

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Yellow is a mellow choice for summer decorating

27 Jul

Yellow is a mellow choice for summer decorating – and throughout the year.

yellow3 This versatile hue adds sunshine and brightness to a room.

Yellow is a positive and enthusiastic color. It awakens the spirit and evokes a positive attitude. That’s why using it in your interior decorating plan will brighten your home environment and add a cheerful touch.

In color psychology, yellow is correlated with joy, energy, happiness and warmth. And yellow comes in so many choices. Some variations are so light and airy they can actually become neutrals. Others are super-saturated, so they create a bold, warm feel.

 

Each yellow hue is more luscious and vibrant than the next, including:yellow2

  • Lemon yellow
  • Marigold
  • Canary
  • Mustard
  • Flax
  • Banana
  • Goldenrod
  • Butter yellow
  • Saffron

Think yellow tones for so many of your interior design elements:

  • Upholstery and drapery fabrics
  • Paint
  • Tile accents
  • Bedding and bath linens
  • Painted furniture
  • Wallpaper
  • Tableware
  • Even a bowl of tangy lemons or a vase of perky sunflowers

Yellow1Yellow goes with almost any style of décor and plays well with a variety of colors. Think of pairing yellow with a black and white decorating plan, with brown and cream, or with a soft gray palette. Yellow also looks beautiful with most any shade of green, and with reds and blues too!

Want to make your rooms more energetic and joyful? Add yellow to your home environment!

 

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Bright Colors to Energize Your Home

13 Jul

Bright colors will enliven your home and perk up your life.

Be brave and energize your interior design plan!
AdBright Colors1d bright color to your interior design plan to create excitement in your décor and express your personality!
Bright colors tend to make people feel energetic, so use them in moderation and in the rooms where you want to feel spirited and lively. Be cautious about using too much bright color; it can make a room chaotic, especially when the colors are in bold patterns.

 

You have so many choices for adding bright colors:Bright Colors2

  • The clean primary colors of red, blue and yellow
  • Shocking pink and orange
  • Multiple versions of green, including Kelly green and acid green
  • Passionate purples from dark violet to lighter periwinkle
  • Earthy bright colors like rust, mustard and burnished red tones
  • Splashy spring tones of pink, green and yellow
  • Many hues of brilliant blue including royal blue, French blue and turquoise blue

Adding bright colors is all about being courageous! Here are some ideas to help you get started:

  • Accent paint, such as one wall in a room, the cabinets of a kitchen island, or the back walls of a built-in shelving systemBright Colors3
  • The valance or top treatment of a window fashion or the tapes on a horizontal blind
  • Touches of bright color on a printed fabric used for upholstery or draperies
  • The backsplash in your kitchen or bath – or the border on a tile surface
  • One brightly painted accent table in the living room, great room or bedroom
  • Bed or table linens that can easily be changed when you tire of a specific bright hue

Add a touch of bright to your home this season. It will energize your living space.

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Benches Are a Great Decorating Choice

6 Jul

Benches are a beautiful, versatile and flexible decorating choice

You can use them for seating, storage, display and more!Benches1

Benches are just about the most flexible and functional pieces of furniture you can purchase! Just think of where you can use them:

  • At the bottom of a bed

  • Under a window in the living room or great room

  • In the entry hall or mud room

  • At the dining room table or kitchen table

  • In outdoor living space

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Textures Are A Nice Touch in Interior Design

29 Jun

Textures add the sense of touch to your decorating plans.

From rough to smooth, nubby to silky, textures invoke an emotional feeling.

Textures are a nice touch in an interior design scheme. They can caress your skin or stimulate the senses with a bit ofTextures2 roughness. Whether the textures you add are soft or hard, dense or airy, pliable or firm, they will add interest and engagement to your décor.

Consider these elements to add texture to your home:

  • In fabrics – velvet, chenille, linen, wool and tweed

  • In furniture – rattan, wicker and recycled wood

  • In flooring – grained wood, textured tile, contoured rugs and shag carpeting

  • In window fashions – smooth shutters and textured woven wood shades

  • In painted walls – faux finishes such as Venetian plaster, ragging, sponging and marbleizing

Texture is not just about how a home design element feels; texture also has a look. If you use a neutral color palette, Textures1texture is especially important. It helps you avoid a sterile or cold feeling.

Think faux fur, fabrics with ridges, textured paint treatments, tongue and groove ceilings, ceiling medallions, rough stone fireplace facades, cork and grass wall coverings, uneven hand-made terra cotta tiles, even burlap in the right setting!

Smooth, soft fabrics tend to be associated with traditional or elegant rooms, while modern rooms have rougher texture, but you can think outside the box on these stereotypes. Layering Textures3textures is a good strategy, such as soft rugs atop hard surface flooring or smooth throw pillows atop a rough upholstery fabric on chairs and sofas.

Add a tactile sense to your interior decorating plan by focusing on textures with your home element selections.

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