Tuesday, March 24, 2015

It's Spring! 5 Ways to Welcome the Season

1              Rearrange your accessories.  All winter your bookshelves and tabletops have looked the same.  It’s time to shake it up! Clear everything off and start again.  Rework the items you have grouped together and where you place them.   When you’re finished your space will have a fresh look. 

2              Dress your windows.  Fabric window treatments are the perfect way to complete the look of your space. I will often use floor to ceiling panels in a living room, dining room and bedroom, while using valances and cornices in kitchens and other casual spaces.  If you don’t want to have treatments custom made, there are great store-bought options available, just be sure they are lined so the sun doesn’t shine through the fabric. 

3              Update your throw blankets and pillows. I coach my clients to keep their upholstery fabric neutral and incorporate fun, colorful pillows that they can swap out as needed.  Some retailers offer pillow covers, so all you have to do is slip your existing pillow into the sleeve and zip it up.

4              Paint.  If your home hasn’t been painted in awhile and you feel your colors no longer reflect you then it is time to paint.  Spring is a great time for a project like this because you can open the windows to let fresh air in.  Extra tip: 72 degrees is the ideal drying temperature for paint.

5. Liven up your curb appeal.  The weather, everything from sunshine to snow and rain, can do a number on your front door.  Spring is the perfect time of year to give it a fresh coat of paint.  While you’re at it, why not pick a new color?  This is also a good time to update your welcome mat and door-hanging.  Remember, the entrance is the first impression guests have of your home…make it a good one! 

 (photo credit: www.brightboldbeautiful.com)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

It's Spring! Hot Colors for the Season

With the late winter we’ve had, I simply cannot wait for spring, I am so excited to discuss the on-trend colors for spring 2015! Warmer weather means less layers, and brighter colors.  And it seems pastels are in again this spring.

Aquamarine is the perfect transition for this spring. It is still icy enough that it pairs nicely with your winter wardrobe, but pastel enough that it really gets you excited for spring AND summer, both of which are right around the corner!

Tangerine is completely on the opposite side of the color wheel, so it goes so well with cooler tones such as navy and lavender. 

Lastly, there’s Custard. If you are looking for a color that will make a statement, this is it. Custard will stand out no matter what it is paired with, whether pinks or oranges. It is sure brighten any combination, and will be sure to serve as a conversation piece. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

How to Choose a Sofa

Oh sofas, they get passed around from family members, to rooms, and finally at the end of their long-lived, and very much loved lives, they end up in our basements. Sofas are one of the biggest purchases you are likely to make. But before you have a heart attack, know that this process can be easy peasy if you keep in mind exactly what you’re looking for, so you don’t feel quite as overwhelmed.

First off…quality over everything. A solid base will ensure for the longest life possible for your sofa. Don’t be afraid to bounce around on your options to ensure stability. Actually being able to sit on your sofa before purchasing is very helpful, this way you can make sure the cushions are as firm or as soft as you want, you can make sure the depth of the cushions are appropriate for you as well.

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As far as style of sofa, that of course depends on your style. If you have a more traditional style, choose a sofa with rolled arms and tufted cushions. 
On the other hand, if you have a more contemporary style, choose a sofa with cleaner lines and understated upholstery. A good rule of thumb is, if there are other skirted pieces in the space, choose a sofa with exposed legs and vice versa. Since sofas are just a large investment, you of course want it to stay in style for as long as possible. Go with a neutral and switch out throw pillows for a trendier look.

A few other quick tips, if you’re short on space, look at sofas with low arms or no arms at all, it will help to make your room look bigger. Also, take into consideration the durability and finish of your fabric selection. If you have small children or pets, be sure to pick a fabric that is heavy duty and stain resistant for quick and easy clean ups!

Source for these lovely sofas, basset.com

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

How to Choose a Rug

The number one mistake I see clients making is the SIZE of rugs in their homes. All too often I see rugs that are too small to save a buck or two.  Size matters when it comes to the right rug. Rugs are anchors for the room and help to easily distinguish separate seating areas.  Spending a little extra money will make a huge difference and will be well worth it in the end.  So, how do you choose the correct size? 

In order for a rug to reach its full potential in a living room, it must be big enough that it allows all of the front legs of the furniture to rest on it, so the space will feel grounded.  If possible start with the rug and work from there with pulling colors and style for the rest of the space. 

For a dining room or eat in kitchen, a good rule of thumb is to use a rug that extends 2 ft out from the table on all sides.  This allows your chairs to be pulled out without the legs coming off the rug.  

If you are looking for an interesting option, consider layering 2 rugs to create the ideal size. You can purchase a larger solid rug and add a smaller patterned rug on top, if you are on a very strict budget (solid rugs are typically less expensive than bold patterned ones). 

There are so, so, so many options out there that you will be sure to find the right one!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Show Some Love to Your Living Room. Three Updates That Make a Difference.

I am always looking for new and exciting ways to update not only clients’ homes but also my own. Buying all new pieces for a space isn’t the only way to make an impact. Sometimes all you need is a little inspiration. 

1.     Staging your tables
In your living room, you may have console tables, side tables, coffee tables, and perhaps even built-ins. Don’t ignore these pieces, instead, gather picture frames with family photos, lamps, figurines given to you by your grandmother, trays, your favorite books, and anything else you think you might want to display. Begin with the bigger pieces, and begin layering and stacking trays and books. Grouping smaller items together will help to make a bigger impact than letting them stand-alone.

2.     Modernizing an old piece
Updating old pieces and giving them new life is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways give your room an update. Painting wood pieces such as tables and shelves will give them a much-needed face-lift. If you have a lamp base that you love but the shade is lacking, replace it, this will give you an opportunity to add more texture, color, or pattern. You can even paint accessories, little touches really can make a huge difference.

3.     Adding an accent chair
For a pop of color or to add pattern think of incorporating a new accent chair. More seating is never a bad thing and if its stylish and fun, even better.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Winter Blues? Quick tips to Brighten up your Home.

Here in Lexington it seems as if the cold winds and snow will never end. So I’ve decided to take matters in to my own hands and bring spring in, even if it does look like the arctic tundra out. I put together a list of my favorite tips that are always sure to brighten and bring life to any space.

Tip 1: Bring nature in.
Fresh flowers are a lovely way to add color to any space. Not to mention flowers are usually somewhat aromatic, perfect for a stuffy house and a great way to start off breaking out of the winter dullness.

Tip 2: Colorful throw pillows.
 Throw pillows give you the opportunity to bring in vibrant colors and mix them together. The more pillows the better, your home with remain cozy but with a punch of color.

Tip 3: Patterned area rug.
Rugs pull a room together by bringing all the colors throughout the space together, while adding interest with pattern and texture.

Tip 4: Take advantage of windows.
The easiest of these tips is to fully take advantage of all your natural light. Position a lounge chair next to any window to soak up some sunlight throughout the day.

Tip 5: Adding mirrors to reflect more light.
Mirrors will not only brighten your home but will make it appear larger as well. There are many options; if you have the space, lean a full length mirror against a bare wall or group a handful of unique pieces together and hang them on the blank wall.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

New Year, Love Your Space: A Snow-Day DIY Project

The snow has been coming down. Which means less going out and more staying in. And we all know we begin to pick our homes apart the longer we stay cooped up. One room that tends to be overlooked is the laundry room. In one day you can revamp this room with a few DIY projects.

The biggest impact will be color. Adding some spice into this seemingly dreaded area will transform it completely. So pick up a bucket of paint and get to it. This will take hardly any time out of your day and will be well worth the couple of hours.

Not only will organization make your life easier, it will make your laundry room appear more polished and put together. Matching baskets for clothing and supplies are a must along with matching jars for powders and loose change. Get everything off the floor, so shelving and cabinets are always nice if you have the space. Even mount the ironing board on the wall if you haven’t already.

Last but certainly not least personal touches. Put a patterned rug down, hang some pictures on the walls, and even name tags for each person. These little touches will make your laundry room more enjoyable.