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!



Time for Redesigning your Home…and your Life!

Make this year the year to get yourself on track.  Set some goals, do some good, make it happen.  Enjoy life more.  Learn lots.  As we enter 2012, let’s think about what we can do with “this” year. Some things in our life happen by chance, and some things happen by design.  So make this year the year that everything counts…it’s the year to “re-design” your life.

Always forefront in my mind is to create a home.  Really.  Be proud and grateful for your home, everyday…and make it a great place to be.  Tackle your rooms, one by one, and address the problems presented to you.  Choose soothing paint colors that you love!  A good scrub-down and a fresh coat of paint is great to lift your spirits.  If that room is a dumping ground for old furniture, kid’s outgrown clothes, and paper piles–guess what??  It’s time to de-clutter.  Set up a system to remove the stuff you don’t need.  Love your recycling program.  I am so happy every Thursday when my guys come to pick up all that junk that just clutters up my garage…and my life.

Challenge yourself to re-use articles in your home in a new and fun way.  Up-cycle some photo frames, a night stand, or even a lamp with a few coats of paint.  Need new decor??  Check out vintage and second hand stores for some steals.  On a recent stroll through a store filled with vintage stuff, I found two designer frames and a small woven tapestry.  Sooo exciting!!  With a plan to decoupage beautiful paper into the picture frames, I am assured to create items that are unique and gorgeous…all for $15.00!

When we talk of creating peace and harmony in your home, its important to work on that for yourself, too.  There are many great life coaches and sevices to help you with creating personal happiness.  Take time each day to sit quietly.  Make a concious effort to have some quiet time. There is a very real problem with being tuned in all the time to all the electronics and technology available to us…so it is imperative for your health and the health of your children to make time for quiet.  Try something new…take a yoga class or maybe that photography course you’ve been thinking about for so long.  Reach out to a friend or neighbor that may need your support.  Volunteer some time to help others.

Realize that all of these steps are the building blocks to building your happy, peaceful life.  You get back what you put out.

Make 2012 fabulous!!


“Cheers to a New Year, and another chance for us to get it right!” –Oprah

Amazed…be really amazed!!

This is a crazy life–we all know that!  Family, careers, after-school activities, meals to make, social functions, tv, computers, social media—to be really honest with you, it is nice just to have a break from all of it! 

As part of my mission statement in my company to bring peace and harmony to your home…I am always looking to learn more about how to not only create the most beautiful space you can be in…no matter the size or location of your home…but also how to feel content and happy within not only your space…but your life. 

My Creative Art Director (and confidante, I might add!) and I were discussing this morning how we really should be amazed.  Even at the little things in our lives.  As told in The Book of Awesome, by Neil Pasricha, there are so many things we should see as awesome, and should be totally amazed at.  And so, I had to tell her about my baby robins.  I have been watching them on and off for 2 weeks in utter amazement.  The last one finally “flew the coop” having survived running into my fence, the threat of a couple of large dogs always present during their practise runs, and not to mention–hiding in disguise in my large flower pot by the front door (which, I don’t know who was more scared–my 6’2″ son coming home from work one afternoon, or baby zooming out as he walked up the step!).  

And guess what??  Batch number 2 is on the way!!  Mama is very busy again…I can see her nest, hidden from view, from my office window.  And so…I am amazed.  And happy.

In designing and decorating your homes, it is a false belief that your home should look like a showhome.  Really!!  You don’t want your house to be filled with things that have no meaning to you.  You have to surround yourself with the items that have meaning and memories connected to them.  Lately, you will see a trend towards furnishings and accessories that have a bit more of a shabby-chic turned upscale…organic wooden table tops with shiny chrome legs, aged or antique accessories mixed with up-cycled glossy armoires.  Some of my favorite magazines are those that showcase the work of a variety of designers and also a vast product resource for you to be inspired by.  Take what inspiration you find in those magazines, rip out the pages of a room you have fallen in love with, and work towards creating that room.  And then realize, that you will be striving to reach that “dream room.”  It doesn’t have to be perfect right away.  Choose your paint colors, and decor items not by what is necessarily all the rage.  Be guided by that…but choose the shade that makes you happy, makes you feel comfortable…makes you feel like you!!  If you are working with a designer or decorator, be sure they see your style and take your needs into account.  Spend your hard earned money on quality, neutral pieces for the big stuff…sofas, tables, even drapery.  They’ll last long past the fads and you can switch up the colors of your accessories as your style changes and evolves.  

I have found the perfect shade of paint color for my bedroom.  It matches exactly to my bedding.  But more importantly, it is the soft, quiet shade of blue green that is going to create peace and calm.  I am super excited about it!!  But I am not going to start painting quite yet!  Summer is coming.  My deck (and its fabulous area carpet design!!) and staining is still not done…thanks to the torrential rains we have been having.  And I know that my summer with my family and friends and children are precious…and that’s where my priority lies. 

And I am very, very aware to be constantly amazed…