Making a home light, bright and inviting!

I wrote about part of this project recently, so now let's look at the whole thing.  It's quite a change:


Above is the Before of one corner of the Family Room...


...and here's the After!  The room was always attractive, but it was time to lighten things up.  


I showed you this entertainment center in this previous post, but I can't get over the difference between then....


...and how that same wall looks now.   Are you loving that accent rug?  Me too.  Meeee-yow!


Here's another camera angle of the room.  Since these photos were taken, the coffee table has been replaced.  No pretty objects have been placed on it yet, but I want to include it:


Pretty fandabulous!  The metallic finish on the top makes my heart beat faster!


We took down the sheers on the back windows and replaced them with my favorite roller shades that go up and down with the touch of a finger.  When rolled completely up, they just disappear.


Such nice nailhead detail on the Sherrill sofas!  Custom accent pillows, window treatments and that fab rug add color and pattern to an otherwise neutral room.


The Family Room is open to the adjoining Kitchen.  Above is a Before that gives you an idea of how it looked.  I need to find a pic that shows the old light fixture....

Found it!



Here's the After:


Morning coffee in here will really put you in the right mood to start the day!  


We used french returns on the metal rods for the custom cafe curtains.  Tres bien!

Then we tackled the formal dining room.  The Before will show that it was already a gracious, traditional space with lively colors, custom window treatments and a gorgeous table.  These clients were just ready for a change.  A general updating with a calm vibe was the goal.

Here's the Before:


And here's what we did:


The heavy top treatments came off the windows, a new custom rug was designed and the dining chairs were reupholstered.  This room is still formal, but in a lighter, brighter and more modern way.


I always try to use 2 upholstery fabrics on dining chairs.  It's a subtle touch.  When you're in the room, I want you to find little design surprises slowly but surely.

This entire project was a treat to work on.  We were able to make big and small changes that added up to a refresh that flows from room to room and really reflects the personalities and lifestyle of the clients. 

Life is good!



How To Decorate With Pets -3 Great Tips


So many clients ask me how to decorate with pets in mind.  They love those furry family members, but not saggy sofas,  picked apart rugs or stains on their upholstery fabrics.  Let me share 3 tips that make it work:


How To Decorate With Pets, Tip #1

Polyester is a synthetic fiber and your new best friend when it comes to upholstery fabrics.  Steer clear of cotton fibers.  Cotton loves to absorb, and that includes cotton blends and linen.  Does the word "absorb" sound like a good thing in this case?  No, it does not.  Rayon has cotton qualities, so add that to the no can do list.  "All weather" fabrics are almost always great choices (notice I said "almost" - I'm saving that for another blog post).  Choose synthetic fabrics that feel good, don't snag easily and have some color, pattern or texture to them.  Know that white/cream/beige/almond choices are going to show pet wear and tear--I don't care what the fabric is made of.

Side note on seating:  large dogs should never sit on sofas or chairs.  Their weight wears down the inner construction.  If you insist that they do, subtract several years from the life expectancy of the seating.


How To Decorate With Pets, Tip #2

Notice those zippers on cushion covers.  That means you can unzip, take the insert out and wash that cover right in your washing machine.  I do it all the time. Pay attention when drying - don't run it on high and check it's progress every 15 minutes or so.  If you have a messy pet,  buy the stain protection plan the store offers OR hire an outside company to provide that service for you.

Side note on stain service providers: DO NOT buy that service if you're not going to call them when a stain happens.  You wouldn't believe how many people do that!


How To Decorate With Pets, Tip #3

Use accent rugs.  Yes, that's right where they're going to have an accident, but pets don't like to walk on slick floors all the time and rugs add so much to any room.  Avoid hooked rugs--the ones with all those little loops.  Pet nails get stuck in them and it's much harder to clean up those accidents when they're on hooked rugs.  I favor wool rugs, but if you can find an indoor/outdoor carpet that really feels nice, go for it. Again, I warn you to steer clear of cotton content.  Jute or sisal may be tres chic in the shelter mags, but it's just gross with pets. I've got a lovely wool Kilim rug in the Living Room and it's been barfed on many times (TMI?  Sorry.) and still looks great. Wool is a wonder, and a busy pattern doesn't hurt either!

Side note on stained rugs: if you own a pet, own a carpet cleaner.  You will love both.


Here's our girl, Raven, standing on the much-barfed on rug.  I place a high priority on the safety and comfort of family pets, but you can have beautiful furnishings as well.

Would you like some help creating a beautiful home that you and your pets can enjoy together?  It's not hard.  Call me today and let's get it done!