Interior Design, Pet

A Dog’s Life

Hold Everything!

Plush toys…tennis balls…frisbees…rubber Kongs.  In my home, dog toys of all varieties are very often strewn around the house.  For this reason, I am obsessed with decorative containers – fabric, woven, wire – you name it…I have one. Plain and simple, that is how I keep the dog toy collection at bay. Decorative containers can range in price from $10 to $100 depending on what they are made from. Typically, the more natural the material, the more expensive they are.  And if you dog is a chewer, I advise that you don’t buy the expensive basket made from seagrass…Target is the way to go.  Here are few container options that work well in most décors:

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  1. White & Grey Large Round Woven Plastic Storage Basket Room Essentials™, http://www.target.com
  2. Heavy Metal Large Basket, http://www.cb2.com
  3. Bins in Blue, http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com
  4. Nantucket Woven Seagrass Rectangular Bin on Wheels, http://www.williams-sonoma.com
  5. Gray & White Round Fabric Bin Pillowfort™, http://www.target.com
  6. Harvest Wire Storage Baskets with Handles, http://www.containerstore.com

 

Interior Design

Arts & Crafts

Bluebellgray

If you love watercolors, florals and abstract patterns created in shade of blues, turquoises and pink then you will love Bluebellgray.  Fiona Douglas started the company on her kitchen table back in 2009 and has expanded to a full range of homeware including bedding, fabric, wallpaper, rugs and tableware.  Everything is originally created in the studio in Scotland.  Staying true to the original vision – Fiona still paints all the signature designs that have become synonymous with the brand. The watercolor paintings are digitized and printed onto fabric.  For more information go to www.bluebellgray.com.  The line is available in the U.S. at Macy’s and Bloomingdales.

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Interior Design

Trends from the Nest

Embrace the Curves

Say goodbye to boxy, straight lines and hello to curves.  One of the top design trends for 2018 is curved lines and we are seeing it show up in furnishing, accessories and archways.  With a nod to the 1970’s, curved furnishing create a look of luxury, softness and comfort.  These natural and organic shapes really bring out the glamour in your home.  Designers see it as a replacement for the minimalist Mid-Century Modern and Industrial Reclaimed looks that have dominated the scene in the past couple of years.

There are many ways to add this look to home whether it’s a complete curved design or just accent pieces.  Either way it is the perfect way to glam up your home.

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  1. Scoop Stool, http://www.wisteria.com
  2. Luther Swivel Chair, http://www.westelm.com
  3. Cedar & Moss Globe, http://www.rejuvenation.com
  4. Robey Snow Curved Sofa, http://www.cb2.com
  5. Nicholas Marble Round Coffee Table, http://www.restorationhardware.com
  6. Layne Round Wall Mirror, http://www.pottery barn.com
  7. Fine Fixture Pedestal Sink, http://www.wayfair.com

Grayson Chair, http://www.crateandbarrel.co

Interior Design

My Favorite Spark

Decorative Tile

Ever since I returned from my trip to Portugal, I have been obsessed with decorative tile.  There are so many amazing options that range in budget – prices run from $3 to $10 per square foot.  They can be used in a big way – like an entire floor or for smaller areas like a back-splash or a portion of a back-splash to make a statement.  They can also be used to highlight a single wall or create a small floor pattern.  If you live in a humid area, then tile is a great mildew resistant option, which is another reason that it is  perfect for high moisture areas such as kitchens and bathrooms.

Below are centuries old tiles that I photographed during my trip to Portugal:

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For inspiration, here are some samples of decorative tile patterns from http://www.ziatile.com:

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From left to right:

Geometric: Cordoba, Jacinto, Sevilla

Traditional: Saigon, Churchill, Toledo

Modern: Orbital, Nova, Volta

 

Interior Design

Design 101

Utilizing Space

Let’s review…the eight elements of design are:

  1. Line
  2. Form
  3. Color
  4. Value
  5. Texture
  6. Pattern
  7. Light
  8. Space

In today’s blog we are going to focus on space.  Space refers to an enclosed area, but in terms of design, it refers to a room.  Space is defined by length, width and height but when deciding on furnishings you need to also consider depth.  Once you have your furniture arranged leaving enough room for flow of traffic you will find empty spaces that can be used for lamps, plants and other items that help to balance the room.  See the example below and note how the furniture uses the space to allow for conversation. The lamp to the right, overhead lighting and fireplace on left “finish” the room so it appears complete and well-designed but not crowded.

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Interior Design

Spark of Color

Olive Green

While I am in a fall state of mind, I turn my attention to one of this year’s trend colors – Olive Green.  Nothing speaks to tranquility like this shade of green and yet it also lends a sophistication that could work well with traditional décor, a cottage-style bathroom or a more contemporary design – all pictured below:

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Here are some other ways to add olive green to your home décor:

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  1. Branch with leaves art print, http://www.etsy.com
  2. Feizy Nizhoni collection olive green area rug, crownjeweldesign.com
  3. Orla Kiely print collection two color stem curtain fabric, www36curtains.com
  4. Coach small green olive tote, http://www.tradesy.com
  5. Block print stripe wallpaper, http://www.wallpaperdirect.com
  6. Hand blown solid color glass vase, http://www.houzz.com

 

Interior Design

A Dog’s Life

Pup Portraits

Knowing how much I love my fur babies, it became that people starting to give me art prints of dogs as gifts.  This then prompting me to start collecting them myself.  Whenever I was on vacation in a new place I would look for an interesting print to add to my collection.  It got to a point where I had enough to create a wall gallery.  That wall gallery started in my home office in Lambertville, N.J. and eventually made its way to my office in Louisville, Colorado.  Now that I live in a small historic home in McKinney, Texas; I have yet to find a wall big enough to house my collection.  I always referred to this collection as my happy place.  But, of course, the faces of my Molly and Gracie provide a happy place that stays with me wherever I go. If you need a happy place, maybe for a kid’s room, home office or she shed…these are some of my favorite artists, here to inspire you.

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  1. Judy Henn: Lambertville, N.J.; judyhenn.com
  2. HM Design Studios, Haylee McFarland: McKinney, TX; hmdesignstudios.com
  3. Stephen Huneck: St. Johnsbury, VT.; http://www.dogmt.com
  4. Leslee Ortega: McKinney, TX; etsy.com/shop/LesleeOrtegaArt
  5. Marc Tetro, Atlanta, GA; marctetro.com
  6. Ed Hofer: Western North Carolina; http://www.hofer-studios.com