Creating a Suite Retreat…

We talk often about creating the whole package when designing your home…you’ve got to pull all aspects together for a peaceful and harmonious balance in your life.  So what better way than keeping this philosophy in mind as you go about designing and decorating your Master Bedroom.  It often is the last place in your home that you tend to…it’s understandable that you want your public living areas to be finished first as this is where your guests gather.  But it is so important to have a restful, peaceful area to go to at the end of a busy work day!  So don’t cut yourself short…whether you are living in a tiny apartment, or enjoy the luxury of a large estate home, be sure to pay some attention to your Master Suite…a sweet retreat!

Photo Courtesy of Design Connection, Inc.

In choosing your color palette, as always, choose colors that envelope you with a peaceful feeling.  So popular now are the pale aquas and silvery greens, or a shade of champagne…what could be more relaxing (and romantic!) than champagne…whatever your choice, choose colors that you love.  Layer on shades of similar color choices in your bedding and accessories  for a serene look.  Different textures of materials will add interest, but keeping the same colors sends a relaxing message of not being too busy and crazy—the last thing you want at the end of a nutty day!

Photo Courtesy of Beyond Drapery

In choosing materials to finish and furnish your bedroom, check out the ever increasing range of allergen-free products.  If you’re prone to allergies, you are better to eliminate carpet out of your plan, and go with a hardwood surface.  If hardwood isn’t in your budget, check out the many great alternatives…there are some vinyl products that mimic hardwood that are fantastic.  Blackstock Leather is a fabulous eco-friendly product that I am considering using my own Master Bedroom.  It can be applied as flooring, or onto walls (yes, walls!!)  How about that for a feature wall behind your bed—even as a headboard it looks just great!  I am NOT in love with my current shag carpeting that was existing in our recently purchased home, and think this might be a great replacement option.

 Photo Courtesy of Candice Olsen

As a long time fan of Candice Olsen, the above Master Bedroom Suite is a perfect inspiration for a restful, luxurious retreat.  Layers  of patterns and textures in shades of blues.  Carrying the draperies right to ceiling height add height to this already grand room and highlight the architecture of the ceiling.  It is always nice if you can incorporate a chair into your bedroom if you are lucky enough to have the space.  Can’t you just picture having morning coffee here?

Photo Courtesy of Style North

Don’t have enough in your re-decorating budget for all new furnishings?  Consider spraying your current furnishings to coordinate the look.  Many people have collections of mis-matched nightstands, dressers, and such.  Choose which pieces you really love that will fit in with your new design plans, fitting your storage requirements, and furniture layouts.  Have your pieces all painted in one color coordinating with your room.  By keeping the color consistent, you maintain a cohesive look, and you have done a great thing for both the environment and your pocket-book!

Wishing you Sweet Dreams!

Stacey…

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Adding some Spring to your Step…and your Home!

It is that time of year when visions of green keep popping into our head!  Spring is just around the corner,  and now is the time to start planning those spring time projects for your home, both inside and out.  Having a new yard to begin landscaping has me designing various layouts for upcoming flower and shrub beds, including moving plants that have become too large for their space and filling up a corner of my yard that is difficult to mow and really is a dead space calling out for a special feature–maybe a water fountain surrounded by some beautiful perennials.

But until the snow is gone…let’s focus still on interiors.

 

Photo Courtesy of Child Mode.com

As clients are excited about updating and freshening their spaces for Spring, various shades of green keep popping into our plans.  Whether planning a modern twist on a traditional nursery, as above, or re-creating your main living area, I love the various shades and combinations of green.  Easily incorporated into a variety of styles, we continue to see greens ranging from sages and olives to the crisp apple and acid greens.  Espresso and black tones of furnishings partner well in a traditional home.

 

Photo Courtesy of House and Home

I love these rustic end tables mixed with the crisp traditionally upholsetered side chair.  If contemporary is more your style, pair apple and acid toned greens with Chrome, brushed stainless, white and translucent furnishings.

Photo Courtesy of Stanley Furnishings

The above photo highlights a shade of green we are currently using in a project.  Benjamin Moore Grasslands CC-590 is a perfect shade to partner with medium toned rustic wood flooring.  Our trim color choice is Navajo White OC-95.  It is the perfect combination to brighten up a dull, dated interior.

Be sure to highlight a gorgeous view to the outside if your scenery allows.  As below, if you are surrounded by greenery and lush surroundings, create a vista inside your home that compliments the view to the exterior.  This beautiful island home features the armoire flanked on either side by windows with a great view to the greenery outside.  Layering the décor accessories in varying heights on top of the armoire creates height and interest. Along with keeping all colors in the room neutral with a  shot of gorgeous wood tones in the armoire makes this piece a real stand-out.

 

Photo Courtesy of Decoist.com

Whatever way you choose to incorporate green into your home, whether on the interior or exterior, it won’t be long before we are enjoying the outdoors.  So hurry and get organized with planning what’s on your Outside To-Do list…and maybe think about adding some spring shades of green to your interior space.

Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

Stacey…

Family Photo Gallery…Display your Loved Ones with Style

Nothing makes a house feel like your home until you surround yourself with the photos of your children and family.  I recently finished two family homes by assisting them with their family art collections.

In one instance we created a Family Gallery Wall.  This is a great way to showcase your family through the various stages of their lives, and the great memories you have from activities or vacations you have travelled on together.  It’s unique just to you, and it creates a sense of family pride amongst your children to see their photos showcased in such a special way.

The Gallery Wall you create doesn’t need to have all matching frames.  Though if you like the look of the consistency of all black contemporary, or the crispness of an all white-framed gallery against your walls, by all means start collecting those types of frames.  Some crafting stores sell entire packages of a selection of various sizes of frames with a template to follow…if you are concerned about your placement abilities, this is definitely the way to go!

I think it is fine to have an assortment of different frames for your Gallery Wall.  Keeping within the same color family will keep your collection maintain a flow when you have different styles of frames being placed together.  A variety of sizes of frames will add interest.  Varying the layout to have large, medium and small can be tricky.  I suggest beginning with the largest piece in a place of high-light, and build your layers from that.

Spacing is important also as you begin to lay-out your photos.  I suggest sorting your portraits first as to kids’ collections, photos of generations past, frames that don’t have any relationship to the style of gallery you are trying to create.  With a variety of frame sizes being hung on the wall, keep the spacing in-between consistent.  2 -3 inches is what I prefer as it ensures a cohesive look without being too crowded.

As you create an off-set placement of your large to small frames, you allow yourself to add to your gallery as the years pass.  As in the Wall we created for our client most recently, some of the frames needed to be up-dated or changed out to fit the style selection of the majority of their family portraits, which consisted most of ornately embellished frames in dark wood tones.  Some had gold or metallic highlights which gave them an eclectic feel with which they can add and change frames as they desire.

By grouping your Family Photos together, you are celebrating your family and your home.  You are giving your photos importance by grouping them together as a feature to all that visit your home.

Stacey…

Gallery Wall Courtesy of Pottery Barn

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