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Choosing beautiful fabrics can make a material change in your decor.

6 Apr

Fabric1Wise fabric choices can inspire your entire decorating plan.

Fabrics are used on so many surfaces in most homes. In fact, fabric is one of the most important elements as you make your interior design plans. Fabrics even set the mood for a room and influence the way you feel.
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The sheer number of fabric choices can be intimidating; that’s why it’s helpful to work with a professional.

Natural fabrics include cotton, leather, linen, silk, suede and wool, while synthetics include acetate, acrylic, microfiber, nylon, olefin, polyester, rayon and vinyl. Synthetics tend to be more durable than natural fibers, but not always. A lot depends on the finish applied to a fabric or the weave that’s used, as much as the inherent fabric itself.

The most obvious initial decisions are:

  • Fabric color family
  • Whether fabric is solid color or has a pattern
  • Fabric texture and weave
  • Whether fabric is woven, crocheted, knit or pressed

Select fabric first for beauty since the look of your home is paramount, but also consider how your fabric will be usedFabric3 so you’ll be happy with your decision over the long term. For example, fabrics that are optimal for a heavily-used great room sofa will be quite different than those for a seldom-used decorative chair in your entry. Always think about durability and stain resistance if you have pets or children. Also consider how much damaging sunlight enters a room.

Your fabric choices create the underpinning of your interior design plan and are critical to the beauty of your rooms. Consider fabrics carefully and get professional advice before you buy.

Chocolate is more than a delicious, sweet treat.

30 Mar

It’s a bold and luscious interior design choice.Chocolate1

Just like the chocolate we love to eat, the color chocolate used in interior décor is dark, luscious and rich.
Chocolate is a bold color that can be used in a similar way as black, but with more interest and a bit of softness. This beautiful color can communicate high-style or it can be very warm and inviting, depending how you use it.

  • Together with pastels, such as baby blue, light pink or butter yellowChocolate2
  • Layered with several lighter neutrals, such as cream, taupe, gray and beige
  • Paired with snowy white
  • Integrated with earth tones, like gold, apricot and sage green
  • Combined with bold colors, such as tangerine, acid green or tomato red

Like most dark colors, chocolate works best as an accent rather than as the predominant color in a room. And it’s important to surround large areas of chocolate with light colors to ensure a room doesn’t appear dark and closed.Consider these design elements for a touch of chocolate in your house:Chocolate3

  • A painted accent wall
  • Rugs and carpeting
  • Fabrics for upholstery, draperies and headboards
  • Table, bed and bath linens
  • Lacquer surfaces, such as table tops and furniture
  • Tile, backsplashes and countertops in kitchen and bath

Ready for an interior design color that reminds you of one of your favorite treats? Think chocolate for decorating this year.

 

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Think Taupe For a More Sophisticated Shade of Neutral.

27 Jan

Think taupe for a more sophisticated shade of neutral.

Taupe is an unusual color that’s hard to describe.Taupe1
The color taupe is a soft, sensuous shade, but what exactly is it? It’s almost easier to say what it’s not.

It’s not cream. It’s not beige. It’s not white, and it’s not gray. It’s a neutral with tints somewhere between brown and gray, and it’s usually a little bit darker than other neutrals. Some people compare it to the color of a delicious mushroom bisque. And like different batches of mushroom soup, taupe can come in darker and lighter hues.
Taupe is a chic, sophisticated neutral that goes with almost any style of interior design.
Most all shades of taupe go well with:Taupe2

  • Greens, such as khaki and olive
  • Black
  • Other neutrals, such as white and cream
  • Chocolate brown
  • Gold

Some taupes have a pink or lavender undertone, and these shades go well with dark pinks and violets, such as burgundy and raspberry. Other versions of taupe have a cooler tone; and these go well with dark blues, aquas and taupe3teals. It’s smart to compare your taupe design elements with proposed purchases before you buy to make sure the colors complement each other.
Think taupe for wall paint or an accent wall, window coverings, upholstery fabric, flooring, bed linens and more.
Consider the neutral taupe for a terrific addition to your interior look.

 

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Soft Green Is A Sage Design Choice.

16 Sep

Using this subtle, natural color will add tranquility to your decor.

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Going green in your interior décor can be a peaceful, gentle prospect, especially if you select a soft green shade. Sage green creates a serene, calm atmosphere. And this hue works equally well as a soft accent color or a versatile neutral.

Sage green is actually a range of hues. Some versions include a lot of soft grey, creating an almost silvery grey cast, while others are pumped up with a touch of yellow, creating an early-spring effect. 

Sage green plays well with lots of other colors. As a neutral, pair it with accents of brick red, aqua, French blue, brown, violet or lilac. As an accent shade, pair sage with crisp white to make the color pop or pair it with soft grey, cream or ivory to keep the look subtle and tranquil. Many design elements also use sage green as part of a pattern, such as latticework, paisley, stripes and botanical prints.

Naturally, you have lots of possibilities to add sage green to your decor:SoftSage2

  • Painted walls and paint stenciling

  • Wallpaper 

  • Upholstery and drapery fabric

  • Bedding

  • Painted wood furniture and kitchen cabinets

  • Rugs and carpeting

  • Lamps and light fixtures

  • Accessories such as throw pillows, vases, flowers and table linens

  • Tile countertops and backsplashes

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Add beautiful sage to your decorating plans this year. When your friends see the results, they’ll be green with envy!

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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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Not Your Granny’s Draperies!

15 Apr

DraperyDesign1Draperies are a design element that has so many looks and so many functions!

The versatility of draperies means that they can enhance the openness of your rooms to make them appear larger – or make your living spaces more intimate and private with a cozy feel.

DraperyDesign2• Tailored, formal panels with clean lines
• Soft and feminine sheers
• Luscious draperies with tassels and fringe
• Side or top treatments that are totally ornamental

The possibilities of decorating with draperies are almost unlimited! You can make draperies the star of a room, adding color and drama – or consider them as a beautiful background to quietly blend with your other home furnishings elements.
Draperies are used primarily to enhance your decor; but they can be functional too, providing privacy and preventing fading. Best of all, add draperies as a decorative accent over shades, blinds or shutters that provide the function you need at the window – improving energy efficiency, preventing fading and keeping a room dark even during the brightest sunny day.
Often draperies don’t just cover the window and window frame, but are sized to optimally fit the wall they hang on and complement your decorating plan. Even a small window can have draperies covering an entire wall from side to side and floor to ceiling!
When purchasing draperies, there are important decisions about the fabric fullness, type of lining, where the DraperyDesign3draperies should draw, what kind of pleats work best, whether you should consider motorization, and more. That’s why getting advice from an expert is best when you order custom draperies!

Add a little softness to your decor with the magic of draperies!

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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Don’t Cut Corners When Decorating

21 Apr

Capitalizing on the corners
of your rooms will fill in your decorating plans.Corners

Corners can be a challenge, but they’re not wasted space. Decorate them thoughtfully to add interest and function to a room.

Just about whenever you have four walls, a corner is created. Corners are seldom the heart and soul of a room. Sometimes they’re charming and engage us to decorate them beautifully. More often they create an awkward space, especially when the corner doesn’t include 90-degree angles. And often they fall totally “under the radar” of decorating plans. But an empty corner can make a room look unfinished and unbalanced.

Corners2Don’t think of your corners as wasted space; embellish them to add flair to your home environment and even add function to a room! Most important of all, don’t let corners become spots for clutter to accumulate.
Here are some ideas:

  • An interesting small table can be topped with a unique art object, striking lamp or beautiful vase.
  • A large houseplant or tree can sit on the floor, adding nature and beauty, and even refreshing the indoor air quality.
  • An extra-tall vase filled with tall branches or grasses can sit on the floor.
  • A small desk can provide an additional work area or computer space.
  • An easy chair and good lighting can create a cozy reading space.
  • Small wall art on one or both walls of the corner can provide a point of interest to engage visitors.
  • Display shelves can hold family photos or treasures collected on adventures around the world.

 

Don’t cut corners in your home decorating! Make it a point to focus on enhancing these challenging spaces in your house.

 

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Ten Things To Consider Before You Schedule A Designer

3 Mar

If you are considering working with a designer or decorator for window treatments,  think about what you would like to achieve with your new window treatments.  We like to be helpful in getting just the right treatment for the right situation and have found it helps to eliminate confusion from all the options and possibilities that exist.

Here are some questions to get you started:

  • Have you noticed sun damage on your furniture, carpeting, rugs or flooring?
  • Would you like to cut down on the ultraviolet rays from the sun, but yet see out of your windows?
  • Does the sun create too much heat in one or more of your rooms?
  • Do you need to cut the glare from the sun on your television or computer screen?
  • Is privacy a concern for you?
  • Do you loose heat through your windows?
  • Would you like to soften the lines of your windows with draperies or valances?
  • Have you considered what style and color of drapery or valance you would like? If not, we are happy to help you with pictures and sketches.
  • Have you thought of incorporating decorative hardware?
  • Do you have a budget, and are you willing to share it with your designer?

These are answers that will help your designer narrow choices to what is best suited for your and your needs. Sharing your budget is so important because it helps your designer find the right product from the beginning of the project. It’s good to know if you need a treatment for privacy, or just to help with energy efficiency.

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How To Treat Tall Windows

13 Jan

Tall Windows Can Present A Challenge Or An Opportunity To Use Imagination

If you have very tall windows, they may have you stumped as to how to dress them for best results. There are many options to choose from, and depending on whether you need privacy, or just want some style, we’ll share a few ideas with you. For windows that don’t really need privacy there are so many ways you can go. A sheer pulled back look helps to open up the room, or you can paint the trim and leave them totally bare. tall windows paint-frames
McGuire Tall Window


If you feel like you need more privacy, you can use a hidden track with a ripple-fold drapery. It can make a nice flow to your room, and works especially well if you have a beautiful view that you want to take advantage of. tall ripplefold windows

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And, lastly, your window treatments can add warmth, style and personality to your tall windows!

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