Changes to the Blog

Hi friends!  Hope you’re having a happy summer!  It’s getting extremely hot here in Oklahoma.  So we are swimming a lot and generally having a great time with friends and family.

Change is a part of life, right?  Well, without being aware of it, this blog has changed.  In a good way, I hope!  I’m pretty much finished with the major remodel projects around my house.  I’m still working clients’ homes (which is my love).  The more I work on other projects, the more I come to understand all of the nuances of design. A few years back, I was a teacher.  I come from a family of teachers, so naturally I want to teach and explain why I design the way I do.  I even like to explain other great designers rooms.  I like to dissect rooms to understand why it makes you feel a certain way.  Design, is feeling and function to me.  Every little detail contributes to the overall look of a room.

This blog has been a blessing in my life. I wouldn’t have a design business without it.  I think it makes people feel comfortable with me.  They know what to expect when they ask me to help them in their homes.  In future posts, I will keep doing what I’ve been doing lately: posting pictures and explaining what makes each room is so special.  I might also throw my opinion in about certain styles.  There’s not really a style of design that I don’t like.  Just as every personality is different, so should every home be different.  Your home is a refection of you!

So I will leave you with something that inspires me today. I’m obsessed with wallpaper. You have to have a bold personality for many wallpapers.  This is one I’ve been dreaming about for months.  I love this because it could go so many directions: bohemian, formal, or even nursery.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

 

To Faux or not to Faux?

T0 Faux or not to Faux?  That is the question.  At least around these parts.  I would say for the last 10 years the Old World style has been very popular in Oklahoma.  Things are changing a bit lately.  Things are becoming a bit brighter and cleaner.

I have a philosophy when it comes to this style.  I really like it if it’s done right.  Some people tend to go way over the top (as in anything in life, right?).  The key to successfully decorating in this style is moderation.  Too much fringe.  Too much gold.  Too much velvet.  Too many faux painted walls.  This has such a heavy feeling to me.  However, I think Old World can be done with out going to the extreme!

My Old World Rules:

Rule #1- Never faux finish or crackle paint an entire kitchen or bathroom.  Instead, do just one piece of furniture.  I think this makes it look more authentic.  People wonder: Is that really old?  But if the entire kitchen is done that way, it’s pretty obvious it’s not really antique.

Here are some examples of this I really like.

Now this Swedish armoire is probably really old, but you get the idea.  The patina of the piece also goes with the rest of the rustic furniture.
This living room is bright and beautiful.  The antiqued mirror adds character to the room.
Design by Lisa Luby Ryan.  Notice the chest, mirror and settee all have a patina.  These few pieces add that Old World charm without being over the top!
Rule #2- Never faux finish the walls of an entire room.  Of course, there are exceptions to this rule.  If you have a professional that knows how to create a beautiful patina to woodwork, it can be extremely beautiful!  I’m really talking about what they used to do here in Oklahoma about 5 to 10 years ago.  They would paint the walls then take a rag and rub a stain or another paint over the top.  I think the goal was to create a cool finish.  Some did look okay, but a lot of the finishes just made the walls look dirty.  I think you can still achieve the old look without this effect.
Another design by Lisa Luby Ryan.  This room still has an old French/Belgian feel because of the furniture, art and lighting.  Nothing needs to be done to the walls to give this effect.
This home is by Loren Interiors in Houston.  It has a distinctly European feel because of the rock, wide plank floors, furniture and lighting.
Decor de Provence.  Notice old-looking floors, old fireplace, art and beams.
I think this room is so homey and beautiful.  The beams add richness and I love the painted bookcases.  They might even have a patina finish on them that would be a great little touch.  The smooth cream walls keep it so soft.
This has a more rich look without being over the top.  It’s still livable.
Rule #3- Keep fabric and trims to a minimum.  I would say the majority of us do not live in a palace like Versailles, so why do we try so hard to make our homes look like a castle?  Everyone has their own taste.  I understand that.  For me, I like to keep the opulent finishes to a minimum.  I love a very formal look, but I’m talking about embellishments.
Reece Witherspoons ranch in California.  It is very Old World Spanish without fringe and red velvet.
The iron staircase and luxurious rug add the richness to this space.
Room by Patricia Healing and Daniel Barsanti.  It’s Old World in architecture, but the furniture is simple with luxurious upholstery.
These homes are really Mediterranean in origin.  And who doesn’t love the Mediterranean? It’s glamorous and rich looking. I think that’s why people around here want to try to copy that European look.  In moderation with a few great pieces, it can be extremely lovely and luxurious.

 

A Little Rustic

I love where some designers are going with the rustic look these days.  Sometimes I think rustic can be kitschy and dark.  While I don’t mind an animal head mount every now and then (I have a few in my own home, thanks to the hubby), this look can look very manly and rough. But I feel there is a new wave of rustic. Many of the designs have beautiful exposed beams and lighter walls.  The neutral grays and tans are really lovely.  Here are some pictures that I find soften the look.  It looks more livable and bright than ever before.

The cream walls make this space so much brighter.  The light floors help as well.

The light wood makes it so warm despite all of the rock.

Eclectic Island Style Cream kitchen, oak cabinets, $100,000 and over, Linda McDougald Design/ Postcard From Paris, Charleston
Designed By: Linda McDougald Design/ Postcard From Paris
Photographer: Rachael Boling Photography
The grays in this mountain kitchen give it that modern feeling.
Wow!  So much to talk about here!  Color, texture, shine…  The white cabinetry and backsplash keep this room from looking heavy and dark.  Beautiful!
beams in living room and open kitchen by kelli

Same with this open kitchen and living area.  If these cabinets had been stained, it would be way to brown.
beams
I love the color of these beams.  The creamy walls brighten up the space.  It feels light and airy despite the heavy beams.
Mediterranean Living Room Design, Pictures, Remodel, Decor and Ideas
Of course, I love this Mediterranean, rustic look.  The stucco walls make this room so soft.
Hope you all have a Merry Christmas!

 

 

Different Dining Rooms

I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a while.  It’s been so busy with kids and work, not to mention I’m having some health issues.  Hopefully, that can be resolved soon!

Anyway, there hasn’t been much that has caught my eye lately as I’ve been looking through pictures, except for several dining rooms.  They are all different, and I really like each one.  Which is your favorite?

Design by Dee Dee Taylor Eustace.  Check out the entire house HERE.  It is awesome!

Lovely

I love this room. I just wish all the chairs were green.  So pretty.  It’s like a tropical drink. SOURCE 

More blue!  I love everything about this room as it is seen in this picture. I’m not crazy about the curtains that you can’t see.  It looks so colorful and sophisticated here.  It’s by designer Fawn Galli.  SOURCE

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Again with the blue!  I think these slipcovers are so soft and pretty.

 

Such an extraordinary mix of color, pattern and texture!  Beautiful!  Designed by Ashley Whitaker.

Ashley Whitaker again.  Beautiful design.  There are so many details that make this space custom and luxurious.

Hope you have a good weekend!  I can hear the baby talking upstairs, so I better run!

Curtains and Shades

I’ll use the term window treatments to include: curtains, shades and panels.  Window treatments can make all the difference in a room.  I can’t think of too many rooms where I wouldn’t want some sort of window treatment.  They finish the room.  Shades and curtains are meant to be used.  They are supposed to open and close and go up and down.

I know this might offend (sorry), but in most cases blinds are not the best option.  Blinds do NOTHING for your space.  Everyone needs privacy and also to block out the sun, so why not make that function beautiful?

The fabric used in your window treatment can add texture, color, shine and softness to your room.  It’s a HUGE deal in the overall scheme of your room.

I will not lie.  Window treatments are expensive.  Most of the time they have to be custom made for your particular window.  Or if you buy off the shelf, you might have to have them hemmed to the right length.  Save up your money because it’s worth it!

Let’s talk shades first:

roman shade designs

I won’t go into all the details of these shades, but each and everyone is different.  They can totally make or change the look of your room.

Here are some examples of shades:

love

I love this combination of curtains and pleated butterfly balloon shades.

 

 

Shades

Example of plain roman shade with ribbon trim.  This shade adds a crispness to this room.  So clean looking!

trim on Romans

Love these!  Custom detail work at the bottom of a roman shade.  This makes the room look so expensive and thought out.

love the shades

I love a beautiful pattern on a simple roman shade.  The simpler the shade, the more crazy your pattern can be!

Ways to hang your shades:

Roman on door

Inside the window casing.

Chandelier & window treatments + red accent color

Inside the window casing.

shade...

Outside the window casing.

Love the small grey outline on this roman shade

Outside the window casing.

I like both ways. If you don’t have any wood casing around your windows, I suggest taking the shade all the way to the ceiling, right under the crown molding.  This will make the window look a lot bigger!  Good tip!

Curtains:

decorative side panels and floor drape samples

Some of these different pleats, I’ve never heard of.  It seems like everybody calls it something different.  Anyway, this is great example of the different types of curtains you can do.  Just know, if you do any type of pleat, you’re looking AT LEAST two widths of yardage.  That’s where it get’s expensive!

Great illustration - the difference is amazing.

I love this drawing.  There are always exceptions to this rule, but I would say this is how curtains should be hung 75% of the time.  This is what’s in style, and it makes the window look bigger.

pink curtains + blue walls

Cute pleated striped curtains.  Notice: they went up as high as they could above the window.  This is to make the window appear bigger.

Gray & Green

I can’t tell if these are just panels or if they have pleats.  And that’s my point.  Sometimes it’s not worth the money to have the fancy pleated curtains made.  You can pull back panels and pleat them.  This can save you a ton of money.  Typically, you’ll only need one width of yardage for this.  This is great option for something you’re not going to use a lot or they are going to stay open all the time.

pink in the hallway

Don’t be afraid of color or shine!  This curtains are beautiful.  They make this room.  The silk adds shine and the color adds fun and richness.

peach curtains

Again color and shine.  Everything else is neutral.  If you get tired of them in a few years all you have to do is replace the curtains and do nothing to the walls or floors.

crazy for these yellow curtains

More color and softness!  Lovely full pleated yellow silk curtains!

yes to the curtains

I love how these stripes lengthen the windows and add pattern.  Notice they are installed directly under crown molding.

GEORGICA POND: The pull of pretty

This rod is probably custom made for this bay window.  I had to have one made for my bay window.  Look how the blue green fabric frames each window.  Beautiful!!

ribbon trim

Instead of adding softness to this room, these curtains add structure!  Love it!

I hope this helped!  I have so many blog post ideas swimming in my head right now.  It’s just finding the time to post…  Please let me know if you have any questions or thoughts.

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Luncheon

Yesterday, I had some friends over for lunch.  It was a small, casual affair so we ate a yummy lunch of soup and salad at the kitchen table.  I decided not to go with your typical fall colors of orange, yellow and brown.  My new etsy pillows are grey and blue, and I already had a blue and brown table cloth from Anthropologie.  One of the reasons I do this blog is to give all of you out there new ideas or good resources.  So, today, I thought I would go through my table setting and share where I got everything.  I think it goes to show that you don’t have to spend a fortune to set a beautiful table.

 

 

Tablecloth on sale from Anthropologie about three years ago.  The pumpkin came from Whole Foods.  The candles and hurricanes are from Pier 1.  Always remember, never put scented candles on a table while your eating.

I love these bowls!  I got them for Christmas last year.  They are the perfect size for soups, chili, and pasta.  You have no idea how long I looked for bowls just this size.  They are from Anthropologie, and they had them yesterday!  Just checked the site, and they are gone 😦  Here is another option for you.  My mom bought the Flame Leaf Bowls, and they are very cute too!

I have some beautiful crystal goblets that go with my Vera Wang china.  When I put everything together, they were just too fancy for this event.  My everyday glass were just not looking up to par, so I started to look for some new tea/water glasses.  I found several options on Anthropologie, but, alas, the Anthro of OKC is not quite finished.  And I didn’t really want to make the trek to the mall with the toddler.  So I did some brainstorming…

Here is what I wanted:

Here is what I found, at Dollar General!

Isn’t it cute!?  They are really nice, heavy glasses.

My everyday white plates from Crate and Barrel are very nice, but they didn’t really look great with the blue and white Anthro bowls.  Again Dollar General had just what I was looking for.

I think these are the perfect size for luncheons and showers.  I’m planning on going back to buy about 30 more.  I love using real plates at showers instead of paper.  I think it makes things so much elegant and special.  I had some cloth napkins from Ikea, but they were not looking so great.  These napkins came from Tuesday Morning.  The napkin rings are from Bed, Bath and Beyond.

I’m loving my new pillows.  I’ve been very happy with the quality.

The two turquoise and burlap flag pillows are from Wisteria a couple of years ago.  They grey and white stripe are from the etsy store Modern Marvelous Home.  The ikat pillow is from the etsy store Martha and Ash.

Every party should have fresh flowers.  I don’t like spending a lot of money on arrangements, so most of the time I do them myself.  One of my favorite places to get flowers is the Homeland by my house.

I hope you are having a wonderful fall season.  I would love to hear some of your favorite table or party decorating tips!

 

 

The Sisal Look

So I wanted to put down a sisal rug in my living room.  Everyone in my family snarled their noses.  “Not soft, too uncomfortable to walk on,” they said.  I gave that idea up and tried to find something else.  Nothing achieved the look I wanted.

 

So when we made a stop in Dallas a couple of weeks ago, I stopped at the Stark Carpet showroom in Dallas.   They were so helpful and came up with several options of tightly woven wool carpets to give me that sisal look, but it has a soft feel.
Intermode color: white
Dante Stria color: truffle
Hartsdale
Dyer color: Muslin
I really think all of these would look wonderful in the living room.  They have great texture and feel soft on your feet!  Also, they are very durable and easy to clean.  They are great for that neutral, natural look.