|Posted by Suzanne on July 27, 2012 at 11:00 AM||comments (0)|
Let's face it. Shutters are in. Whether you use old charactered shutters, or pick up new ones from the hardware store, the ideas are endless when it comes to using shutters as a design element in your space. Here are some ideas on how you can incorporate shutters into your decor.
Create an accent wall. By using a variety of sizes and colors, this wall becomes a remarkable focal point in the room. Place the shutters like a puzzle along the wall. Select a handful of col...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Suzanne on July 3, 2012 at 10:30 AM||comments (0)|
The international tile and stone exposition, Coverings, just finished. This is the show where the geniuses behind the tile and stone industry gather annually to unveil innovative textures, patterns and mediums. Trends in tile and stone, just like textiles and clothing, continually change.
I've collected the best of the best upcoming trends to share with you.
Exquisite patterns. This magnificent mosaic, featuring a black glass field, is compris...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Suzanne on June 14, 2012 at 8:45 AM||comments (0)|
Charcoal gray may be a neutral, but it's also a statement. It's bolder than its lighter brethren; more modern than its neutral cousins, the beiges; and less dramatic than black.
True gray (or achromatic gray) is a mixture of black and white. It has equal values of red, green and blue (RGB), and thus no hue. Off-grays — what we most often use in decorating — have very subtle but important differences in the values of red, green and blue. Cool g...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Suzanne on May 4, 2012 at 10:45 AM||comments (0)|
"Psst! Look up here!" declares your ceiling. "What about me?" Give your ceiling the attention it deserves.
If you're getting ready to paint the walls, don't forget about the often overlooked ceiling. The ceiling should be treated as the 5th wall in your room. Often times, it has the largest visible surface area in the room because it doesn't have windows, furniture, doors, or artwork to break it up. It's large and continuous. They are often forgotten and neglected, even...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Suzanne on April 19, 2012 at 8:45 AM||comments (0)|
As I get ready to leave on a beach vacation, I'm reminded of just how much I love coastal decor. The soothing tones, the nautical remiders, and the soft feel all calm my spirit. This got me pondering the idea of bringing the beach home. Even if you live in snow country, you can infuse coastal elements into your home to add calm. Here's how:
1. IN THE KITCHEN.
A light-blue shade on the cabinets and island complements the sea-inspir...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Suzanne on March 29, 2012 at 9:55 AM||comments (0)|
Doors. Let’s face it, we all go through them day in and day out. Whether it's the front door, the back door, the office door, the closet door, or even the revolving door (for good or bad), a door is like saying “hello." It is the first impression. Why not make the right impression?
We all know the impact an a painted door can create on the exterior of a home....Read Full Post »
|Posted by Suzanne on February 20, 2012 at 10:35 AM||comments (0)|
Just as I always recommend against buying a whole bedroom or living room set, I also recommend against using the same finish on all of your kitchen cabinets. Mixing up the colors or finishes adds a bit of the unexpected, and let's face it, the unexpected results in visual interest.
But don't the cabinets need to match each other and doesn't the kitchen table need to match the cabinets? Negative, Houston. In fact, the opposite is true. Every room becomes more attractive with...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Suzanne on January 10, 2012 at 12:25 PM||comments (0)|
Furnishing and organizing your home in the most appropriate way is challenging, but the reward is that it can be a great expression of yourself. Some people don't think interior design and architecture are such a big deal, until they see for themselves the impact that successful room decor, furnishings, and layouts can have on a house.
Serene and clean but not too sparse.
When it com...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Suzanne on January 2, 2012 at 12:40 PM||comments (0)|
As we look back on the past year we ponder the year to come. Stepping over the time line into a new year is cleansing. New hopes and dreams carry us into 2012 as we say farewell to 2011; hopes for a better economy and future, good health, dreams for the perfect job, home, and family.
As we say so long to the past and welcome the future we get a surge of excitement in anticipation of discovering new trends. It is necessary to look at the world around us when predicting the tr...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Suzanne on December 9, 2011 at 10:30 AM||comments (0)|
Every so often I come across a product that I immediately categorize as essential inventory in my future fantasy house—the one my hubby and I will create once money is no object. Of course, in the real world of limited finances we might choose one of artist Tracy Glover’s lovely pendants as the one and only fantasy acquisition.
If you’ve seen (and felt) glass blowing up close, you...Read Full Post »