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The Case For Glass Tables

19 Sep

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It’s clear – a glass table will add interest to a room, whether it’s a dining table, coffee GlassTables2table, console table or occasional table. Glass is a crystal clear choice for a table because it almost disappears. Because there’s no opaque surface breaking sight lines, a glass table makes a room seem larger and it emphasizes:

  • The texture and weave of your rugs
  • The beauty of your hardwood or tile floors
  • The craftsmanship of table legs or pedestals
  • The personality of collectibles you display on the tabletop
  • Even how adorable your dogs or cats look sitting under the table!GlassTables3

Glass tables come in all shapes, sizes and styles – even ones that complement traditional interior design styles. Instead of a typical square or rectangular table, think round, oval, hexagonal or freeform. And glass doesn’t have to be crystal clear; it can be colored in so many shades. Also consider a two-level glass table. It’s a beautiful way to display collectibles on the bottom level, yet still have space on top for beverages, snacks and a flower arrangement or two.

Make sure you work with a professional to select a glass top table. Tempered glass should GlassTables4be thick enough for your table’s function, and should be beveled or curved on the edges. Also make sure the glass has no nicks or chips. In terms of practicality, glass tables are easy to clean; however, they do show fingerprints and dust. Open up your interior living space with a glass table. It’s clearly an excellent choice!

 

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Colored glass can light up your home!

13 Apr

This beautiful design element attracts more attention than clear glass and can change the mood in a room.Clear Glass3

When most of us think of glass objects, whether they’re for interior design or not, we think of clear materials. And most of us think of glass as an invisible part of our décor.

Colored glass can add light, reflection and sparkle to your home plan, all because of how sunlight or your own interior lighting interacts with the surfaces.

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Stained glass windows are an obvious choice. They’ve been popular for many centuries, bringing brightly colored light into ancient castles, homes and religious buildings. Stained glass can add vintage style to your home or create a touch that’s modern to the max. And stained glass can be custom designed for the exact size and shape of your windows to provide a truly unique design element.

If you’re not up for stained glass, consider using window glass with a soft violet, golden or green hue to soften the quality of light coming in, especially in rooms that get a lot of sun or in powder rooms, entries and hallways.
Think outside the window! Colored glass can be used for so much more than just windows, including:

  • Coffee tables and dining tablesClear Glass2
  • Chandeliers
  • Lamps
  • A display of glass vases, bowls, bottles or figurines
  • Colored glass crystals on the floor of your fireplace
  • Tile and floor accents
  • Even wind chimes, garden sculpture and tile in the garden

 

 

Colored glass is the clear choice for a design update this year. It adds touches of light and sparkle to your interior décor!

Powering up your powder room will make a good first impression with guests.

9 Sep

Go big in this small room to make it the jewel box of your home.

Who doesn’t comment on a spectacular powder room when they visit friends or family? This is the bathroom to go

Glass Bathroom Vanity

Glass Bathroom Vanity

lavish on because it’s small. Plus it doesn’t have to be practical for everyday showering, storage and hanging of damp bath towels. It doesn’t get used much, and it’s the room that almost all your guests eventually see. So why not make it dramatic and bold?

Walls. Paint them in bold colors and use attention-getting finishes, such as shiny lacquer or faux marble. Or use beautiful wallpaper. 

Sinks and faucets. Use a sink that’s unusual either because of its shape or its material, such as glass, marble, granite or metal. And consider sinks that are elevated above the vanity rather that set in.

The vanity. Use a piece of furniture as the vanity, maybe even an antique dressing table or bureau. Or don’t use a vanity at all. Instead go with a pedestal sink – since you don’t need storage space in the powder room!

Modern Bowl Basin

Modern Bowl Basin

Countertops. For countertops, think unique surfaces such as glass, marble, metal, concrete or select unique tile that will grab your visitors’ attention.

Speaking of tile. Don’t just tile the floor or countertops. Think about tiling the walls half way up or even all the way to the ceiling. Because most powder rooms are small, you can afford to go expensive on the materials you select, and sometimes you can pick up remnants for a fraction of their original cost.

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Mirrors and lighting. No plain unframed, rectangular mirrors for a dazzling powder room. Think elaborate frames, interesting shapes and unusual sizes. And for the lighting, select something special too. 

Be bold when you plan your powder room look. Redecorate it to become a room with “wow” potential!

Today’s earth tones are a thoroughly up-to-date decorating palette

26 Aug

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Today’s earth tones are a thoroughly up-to-date decorating palette.

Forget the avocado green shag carpet and harvest gold kitchen appliances you remember from your mother’s or grandmother’s house.
Soft and warm, earth tone interior design elements take the chill out of a cool, autumn evening. These gentle colors make rooms feel cozy and relaxing, never harsh and cold. And since the hues mimic the colors of nature, the blending between indoors and outdoors is seamless, especially if you have large windows.
Earth tone interior design elements and hues blend well together, so they’re not as tricky to combine as other color palettes. In fact, decorating with earth tones makes it easy to coordinate your whole house, without colors clashing between rooms, even if the exact hues in each room are not identical.
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            For earth tone interior design,
            think beiges and browns, tans and taupes,
            even sage greens, soft rust tones and muted golds the                                                                       colors of wheat, straw, sand, rocks, trees and soil.

 

An earth tone palette can be smooth and sophisticated, rough and rustic, or dainty and feminine – it all depends EarthTones3on the tones you select and the style of your furnishings.
You can add white to brighten an earth tone palette, or introduce black to add drama. Then incorporate patterns and textures for added nuance and beauty. Obvious earth tone choices are in upholstered furniture, drapery fabrics, paint and accessories, but you can also use earth tone hues in flooring – wood, stone and carpeting – and in mantles and countertops.

 

Come down to earth with your decor this fall. Add earth tones for a natural and balanced look.

 

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The Perfect Lamp Will Light Up Your Rooms.

4 Mar

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Adding an Asian Touch Will Energize Your Decor.

18 Feb

Adding an Asian Touch Will Energize Your Decor.
Asian design can be neutral and calm – or ornate and colorful.
AsianPhoto2Many people think of Asian home design elements as simply Chinese rugs and Japanese screens. But there’s so much more. The continent also includes the countries and cultures of Southeast Asia, including Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam, and South Asia, primarily India.
These countries have both an ancient design aesthetic and a growing 21st century vibe. Today’s Asian design elements range from simple, monochromatic pieces to wildly patterned and colored designs.
bonsai-tree-3previewYou can start small with an ornamental bonsai tree, beautiful celadon dishware, painted lacquer ware or ceramic vases in many shapes and sizes. Or go bigger with a folding screen that acts as a divider between rooms, an accent piece sitting in the corner of a room, or a piece of wall art.

Japanese and Chinese ceramic stools are readily available, both in new versions and antiques, and add a beautiful Asian touch in your home or garden – to provide extra seating or a place to set a drink or snack.
Asian wall art offers so many possibilities, including ornately carved wood panels, landscape murals painted on silk, and wall hangings painted with calligraphy. And on the floor, there’s the possibility of oriental rugs, tatami mats and bamboo flooring.AsianPhoto1
Antique Asian furniture from almost all of the continent is fascinating, often with a blend of Asian design and European colonial influence. And in many countries, artisans are making new furniture out of recycled wood that originally adorned temples and houses.
Introduce a unique and beautiful element to your home décor this season by adding an Asian element – or two!

 

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Mustard Is Not Just For Sandwiches!

28 Jan

Mustard is not just for sandwiches.mustardColor2
It’s a warm, rich interior design color that adds tang to your home environment.
Mustard as an interior design color has a very similar role as mustard on a sandwich. Just a dollop adds a lot of flavor and pizazz, but too much can spoil the sandwich! If you don’t like the mental image of a sandwich condiment in your home décor, you can also call this vibrant hue goldenrod or egg yolk.
Mustard is a rich and warm color – and just a little bit daring! It goes well with black and white or with brown and white; and is very sophisticated when used with a gray and white color palette. Other accent colors that play well with mustard include deep reds, navy blue and lighter blue tones.
MustardColor1Because mustard is bold and dramatic, it’s best to use it in small quantities as an accent and not as a primary design color. It’s especially effective to use mustard in the kitchen to add brightness or in a powder room to add drama. Consider these design elements to get your mustard fix:
 A piece of painted furniture or the fabric on an upholstered piece of furniture
 A picture frame or artwork featuring mustardmustardColor3
 Rugs and throw pillows
 An accent wall
 Window fashions and wall coverings
 Linens on the dining room table, atop the bed or in the powder room
 Lamps
 Flowers and plants with mustard blooms
 Even your front door!
Think outside the refrigerator this season and use mustard to space up your decor!

 

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Displaying Your Favorite Things Can Warm Up a Room and Provide a Conversation Starter.

22 Dec

Displaying Your Favorite Things Can Warm Up a Room and Provide a Conversation Starter.
Arranging them effectively is key to their positive appeal.
What have you collected that you like to display? Clocks, tea cups, seashells, antique dishware, DisplayFavs3spoons, model cars, dolls, hats, books? The choices are almost unlimited, and some of us own very unusual collections, such as shot glasses or snow globes.
The holidays are a good time to think about how we display our treasures since many of us display so many holiday decorations this time of year. But displaying your beloved objects is also an important part of your interior design scheme all year long.
A thoughtfully organized collection can become the DisplayFav2focal point of a room and a conversational magnet for your guests, while a disorganized jumble of items will just make a room look chaotic and cluttered. The key to effective displays is organization, organization, organization. Even when a display looks informal and artful, chances are the reason it looks so good is because a lot of thought went into its arrangement!

    • Group similar items together rather than scattered through the house, so the theme of your collection isn’t lost.
    • Group items in odd numbers – three, five, seven, and don’t arrange them symmetrically.
    • Have small items professionally framed in cases designed by experts.
    • Think about a glass topped coffee table that has a sliding compartment underneath to display items.
    • DisplayFavs1 Display your favorite things on bookcases, mantels, built-in shelving, breakfronts and cupboards.
    • Use a contrasting shelving color to make your collection pop. For example, place a white collection on a dark colored background.
    • Organize by color or vintage or size – or mix the sizes to look artful.
    • Display some of your beloved treasures to personalize your home environment.

Your collection will give you joy and engage your visitors.

 

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Coffee Tables Add Interest and Focal Points

21 Nov

Thinking Outside the Box When You Select a Coffee Table Will Add Drama to Your Rooms.coffee table1

An unusual coffee table creates interest and a focal point.
Coffee tables are often an afterthought in interior design, yet they provide an important anchor in most rooms. The coffee table is often the first object people “see” when they enter a room, so it’s an opportunity to make a statement. And it’s important that your coffee table is in scale with your sofas or sectional – and the size of the room itself.

Add personality when you select a coffee table.
Think outside the typical square or rectangular shape made out of wood or metal. Consider a circular or oval table – or even a hexagonal or kidney-shape.
Take a lookcoffee table2 at alternative materials such as mirrored surfaces, glass, fabric or stone.
You can even use a beautiful old trunk or an ottoman with a tray on top as your coffee table.

Before you select a coffee table, consider how you want it to function.
If you want to display a collection of your favorite objects or books, make sure your coffee table is large enough to accommodate these items.

If you want flexibility to move the table on occasion, don’t select a heavy marble or glass table. Think about using two or three smaller tables that are lightweight.

coffee table3If you want your room to appear larger, think about a mirrored surface. Or select a glass table that won’t hide a beautiful rug or floor.

If you want to serve food or drinks on the table, select a durable surface that can’t be easily damaged. If you have children or seniors living with you or visiting often, avoid sharp corners.

Using Crystal and Glass In Your Home

18 Nov

 It’s clear that glass and crystal will make your home environment sparkle.

Your house will shine with just a touch of glass. Glass is a clean, fresh look that adds interest, without too much bling or glitter. Glass

The interesting thing about glass is that it almost disappears into a room to make the room seem more spacious and open, while it adds a beautiful design element that people do notice. Because light shines through most glass interior elements or light reflects back from light fixtures and the sun, glass home furnishings appear almost invisible and don’t seem to take up space. You can see your other interior design elements even more clearly; just think about a glass table sitting atop a beautiful rug. You can see the beauty of the rug much more clearly!

Chic and modern or traditional and elegant, glass works well in almost any space. And even though we think of glass as a clear element, lots of glass home fashions come in beautiful colors too.

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In addition to popular glass-topped coffee tables or dining tables, think glass for:

  • Mosaic tiles in the guest bathroom or as a backsplash in the kitchen
  • Crystal chandeliers and glass lamps
  • Stained glass windows
  • Hurricane lanterns
  • Sea glass sculptures
  • Large glass jars or bottles to display treasures such as sea shells, pine cones, stones or fragrant potpourri
  • Glass countertops in the kitchen or bath – or a beautiful glass sink in the guest bathroom

Add a smattering of glass to your interior décor to make your house sparkle and appear larger. It’s a crystal clear choice.

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