Decorating Ideas

Console Style

Written on June 30, 2013 at 6:00 pm , by

No piece of furniture is better suited for the entry than the console table. Designed to be narrow enough to fit in a skinny space like a foyer, yet wide enough to be practical for setting down keys and a phone, the console table is the perfect perch for those little things you hold in your hand as you exit or enter throughout the day.

A console table isn’t just for practicality, it’s also the first impression in an entry. You’re free to choose anything to hang above, from hooks to photographs to abstract art, and a mirror is always a no fail partnership.

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Console tables are that first introduction to the style and personality in your home. Cottage versions are often painted in bright hues or whitewashed to reveal the beauty of the wood underneath.

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A warm metallic like gold leaf or brass will guarantee a dose of elegance in the entry. 

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Acrylic and Lucite surfaces have risen in popularity in the last ten years, and are appealing when used in contrast with traditional architectural elements.

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Industrial style continues to be a desirable design choice, especially when partnered with rustic, weathered, or worn wood.

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Old World or European inspired console tables constructed of iron in combination with marble or wood showcase filigree and decorative metal in their bases.

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An antique console table is one of several ways to style an entry and possesses unique and vintage appeal.

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Looking for a fab console for your entry?  Here are eight style picks!

From top left:  Tiffany console, Horchow; Arden Console, Jayson Home; Studded Gold Leaf, Zinc Door; Keys Console, Home Decorators; Rusted Iron, Ethan Allen;  Toscane Console, Willams-Sonoma Home; Brent Console, Clayton Gray Home; Cayman Console, Z Gallerie.

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10 Stylish Ways to Dress Your Windows

Written on June 28, 2013 at 1:13 pm , by

Window treatments are necessary in every home for light control and privacy, but they’re also that perfect opportunity to introduce pattern, softness, and texture too! Fabric versions soften the harder edges of a space and pull color and pattern into a room to complement the other decorative choices. Here’s a peek at the variety of styles available and the advantage each provides.

Roman Shades are an elegant choice constructed of fabric and a pulley mechanism – they fold up to bring in light and down to add privacy and can be mounted inside or outside the window frame.  Flat fold options offer clean lines whereas balloon or swag Roman shades introduce curved lines. 

 

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Did you know you can make your own roman shades ? 

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Follow these tips to introduce a beautiful fabric to your window without a sewing machine.

 

Valances.  These are smaller fabric treatments, fixed above a window and mounted outside the frame with L shaped brackets. Other blind options can be added beneath it for privacy if necessary.  A valance can be styled in several ways, pleated, ruffled, scalloped, or swag.

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Bold & Bright

Written on June 22, 2013 at 11:00 am , by

You want to know what makes a room very happy?  Colorful accent furniture! One of the things that struck me about the series of images below is just how cheerful these spaces are simply by introducing a bold and colorful piece of furniture.

Just about anything you already own can be painted any color you choose. If you’ve been considering painting an existing piece and introducing a fun color into the home, follow this step by step guide on how to paint furniture or these tips for using spray paint

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Brightly colored ottomans punctuate a sitting area and steal the show with their friendly color placed front and center.

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Another easy way to add a modern bold accent is with a brightly painted stools or end tables, they’re versatile pieces that work as a perch for setting down a book or glass, and often as extra seating. Play off the colors that exist in a rug or introduce a fun new shade to your space.

 

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When it comes to periods or styles, color never discriminates. Bright hues are right at home in many settings, from contemporary to cottage.  

 

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Neutral kitchens are another place to add a cheerful pop of color – choose brightly painted counter or bar stools to create a happy snack zone.

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I rounded up some bold and bright accent furniture for the home, many of these pieces are available in other colorful shades. 

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From top left:  Honeycomb chairs; Overstock; Crocheted Apple Pouf; Crate + Barrel; Peacock Club Chair, Overstock; Pagoda Stool, World Market; Oomph side table; Zinc Door; Carlisle Stools, Target; Casbah Chair, Pier One; Slim Console, Room + Board; Chartreuse stool, Zinc Door; Bombe Chest, Kirklands; Pink Pouf, Jonathan Adler; Linon Curve Stool, Kohls; Orange Desk, CB2; Slim Cocktail Table; Room + Board

 

Have you decorated any space in your home with a brightly painted piece?  What color did you choose?

 

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Summer Mantel Style

Written on June 18, 2013 at 12:00 pm , by

I was swapping out a few accessories on the mantel over the weekend, and got to thinking about all the different ways there are to style a mantel in the summer when the fireplace is not in use.

When we’re not using it in summertime for its warming purpose, it’s still fun to accessorize the fireplace mantel to fit the style of your home. Here are a few ideas from the galleries sure to inspire your summer decorating!

Mirror Mirror on the Wall.  Mirrors continue to be one of the most popular choices for above the mantel, they play along well with the focal point philosophy and bounce light around the room. Partner them with candlesticks, and vases or urns filled with summer blooms.

 

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Be Artistic.  A large scale piece of art, be it an abstract or landscape, sets the tone for a space. Play off the color cues with accessories layered around the room (think vases, throw blankets, or shapely ceramics.)

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Dining Room Rug Rules

Written on June 15, 2013 at 4:00 pm , by

The hunt for a dining room rug is a task most people face at some point – area rugs come in all shapes and sizes and are made of many different kinds of materials, from wool to polypropylene.  Area rugs are available at a wide variety of price points but thankfully there are modern choices to fit every budget.

An area rug is important to a dining space because it adds both comfort and style, frames the table, and can also define the room itself, especially in open floor plans. There are no rules about what style to choose, that is a personal choice, but there is a general rule when it comes to the proper size. 

 

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What size your rug should be? Here’s a handy formula: measure the width and length of your table and add 18-24” to each of the four sides to allow extra room for the chairs. (Be sure to include your table leaf in your calculation.) For most spaces, that means a 5 × 8’ rug is too small and you should invest in a rug that measures somewhere between 6 x9’ and 9 x 12’. 

Those necessary extra inches are important because they allow guests to slide chairs out from under the table without falling off the edge of the rug. If the rug is too small, chairs can still scratch the floor or get tripped up on the edge of a rug when trying to slide them back in. 

It’s also important to purchase a rug that is not too big – it’s best that your area rug does not trespass into the space where a sideboard or buffet sits, and so there is a visible border of flooring as well.

 

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An exception would be a cowhide rug, the nature of it means some legs will be on, some will be off, so just go with it!

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An area rug can be a jumping off point for your dining room’s design style and palette – play off the color cues with complementary fabric and accessories. 

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The style of your dining rug can vary according to your lifestyle, budget, and personal tastes. A geometric motif is a popular modern approach – botanical patterns and stripes are also classic choices.

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A neutral sisal rug is a sure bet – it adds subtle organic texture and won’t compete with any of your other design choices.

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A round or oval table does not necessarily mean that the shape of the rug must also have round edges. Mimic the circular shape for consistency or choose a basic rectangle, either look works well. 

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But remember, there is no rule that commands a dining space must have an area rug so feel free to go without. If you’ve got beautiful or interesting floors, whether they’re painted or hardwood, ceramic tile or brick, or if you simply prefer your space without an area rug, then eliminate it entirely. It’s that simple! 

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Do you have an area rug in your dining space?  How did you choose yours?

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Alfresco Dining Picks

Written on June 12, 2013 at 4:00 pm , by

Oh there’s nothing quite like dining alfresco is there?  Those longer summer nights beckon us outdoors where the air is pleasant and the barbeque is ready for dinner!  Eating outdoors is a break from the ordinary, and a chance to watch the garden grow while you linger with friends and family over delicious seasonal preparations.

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Alfresco dining gives you the opportunity to set a table outdoors among the botanicals and nearby vegetable garden. Make it formal with glassware and dishes brought out from your china hutch, or keep it casual with melamine dishes and a few linen napkins.

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I went virtual shopping over at BH&G shop for melamine plates and pretty napkins and gathered some new ideas for setting an outdoor table this summer, here are a few favorite pairings sure to brighten your summer table too!

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From top left: Red Vine, Kohls; Red & Orange Chevron Napkin, Target; Foulard Napkin, Anthropologie; La Med Plate, Williams Sonoma; Venice Napkin, World Market; Kiwi Plates, Bed, Bath & Beyond; Watercolor Floral Napkin, Target; Bright Shapes Plate, West Elm; Pine Cone Hill Napkins, Wayfair; Zig Zag set, Hayneedle; Floral Napkin, World Market; Magenta Melamine, Casa.

 

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