||Entertaining-April in Paris Party
Create an April in Paris Party for this month for a special occasion or
just for fun. The theme is perfect for a brunch, luncheon, tea or
You may choose to create a Bohemian Bistro, a quiet Cafe, a
Salon du The with sweets from a patisserie or go all out with haute or
nouvelle cuisine served on your finest china and linens at Chez Moi, your
Guide Michelin 3-star rated restaurant. Consult cookbooks or go online to
get recipes and/or menu ideas. You may choose to prepare everything
yourself, supplement your cooking skills with prepared dishes from your
local gourmet shop or take-out from your favorite French
This theme party could be a group effort with everyone
contributing a different course. Your guests' culinary skills may be
helped along by a trip to the gourmet shop. You may want to prepare the
main dish and one course that would be difficult to transport, and have
your guests bring hors d'oeuvres, additional courses, bread, wine and
dessert to complete the menu. Provide easy recipes to save time and let
guests choose what they would like to bring.
Decor and props will
depend on the venue. For a French bistro feel, set card tables with plain
white tablecloths, napkins, dinnerware and serving pieces. Water pitchers
and/or wine carafes, bread baskets, menu cards and bud vases are all that
is needed for each table. The tables don't have to be identical, just
similarly arranged. The focus is on the cuisine and the conversation.
(Candles are only necessary in the evening,)
French street scenes
or advertising posters and classic French music or smooth instrumental
jazz create a backdrop to the cuisine.
Plan activities for after
dinner such as a blind wine tasting. Think Marcel Marceau and start a game
of Charades. Play a Paris Tour game and have guests list Ten Top Tourist
Attractions in Paris in 5 minutes. Give prizes to the winners. Offer
coffee and dessert after the games.
Would you love to entertain
more often? I'm here to help! Call me for a consultation and we can create
a party planning strategy that fits your needs and lifestyle.
Faulkner, Faulkner House Interior Redesign
Most of you have either just finished up your taxes or are knee deep in
paperwork getting ready to file your taxes, so this is the perfect time to
organize your paperwork/filing for this year.
Set aside a
drawer or standing file storage box to use for all of your personal
papers. Buy some hanging file folders, manila folders, a labeler or
markers, some storage boxes and a paper shredder.
everything you no longer need. Many people either don't keep the necessary
paperwork, or they keep way too much. Go through all of your paperwork and
toss unnecessary papers and be sure to shred anything that has your
personal information to avoid identity theft. For a list of what to keep
and what to purge check out the chart at Bankrate.com by clicking on the
Next, sort what's left into categories and put into
labeled hanging file folders: Checking, Savings, Loans, Taxes, Credit
Cards, Insurance, Utilities, Important and Miscellaneous. Add more
categories as needed. Manila folders can be used to separate information
into more specific categories within the hanging folders. For instance;
under utilities you could have a folder for electricity, gas, phone, etc.
Do this for each category that applies to your specific
Remember, whenever you have information that can be used to
file your taxes for next year, i.e. real estate taxes, donations, etc.,
place this paperwork in a file labeled "taxes" so when you're ready to
file next year everything is in one place and ready to go.
year's worth of paperwork in this file. After you file your taxes next
year, take all of this paperwork and put it into a storage box and mark
accordingly. Then you will have an empty file ready for all of your new
paperwork.~ Lori Brasseur, LB Designs, MA
||Accessory of the Month-Planters
the effect of plants in a room like jewelry completes clothing. A simply
appointed room may need a touch of color or pattern . The right
combination of plant and planter can accomplish this.
selection will stretch your decorating budget if you consider other areas
where the plant may be used. An all-weather planter or one that may be
used in a sheltered area during the warmer months will allow you to dress
your deck, patio or gazebo, making it feel more cozy and
The planter shown is made of a composition material that
mimics concrete or terra cotta depending on the finish. Notice how the
plants complement the planter's color and style. Make the container
functional as well as decorative by planting an assortment of miniature
and standard salad greens and herbs. At the end of the summer, spent
plants may be replaced with real or artificial greenery to fit the season.
And by the way, a clean, empty planter like this one can make an excellent
beverage cooler when filled with ice. See the next month's article for
more on this.
Planters and containers are long lasting, versatile
and are available in style and at prices that can fit everyone's taste and
budget. The planter shown is currently on sale at Horchow.com. For more
information on it please click on the link below.
||Bathroom Staging Makeover
needed a rescue, so whitewashed cabinets were updated with richly hued
enamel paint, and embellished with new hardware that sparkles and updates
the formerly dated bathroom. The beautiful blue paint, called Pensive Sky,
(BEHR) gives a relaxing luxurious background to the fresh white linens.
Don't let dated bathrooms turn prospective buyers off. Bathrooms
are important selling features to homebuyers, let them show with a shine
and go from "old" to "SOLD"!~ Julianna Hind, Roomspinners, WA
||April Fool Trick
Here's an April
Fool trick courtesy of the Internet that few will resist trying. Unlike
most April Fool tricks, no one is a target and everyone can get into the
act and have fun.
HOW SMART IS YOUR RIGHT FOOT?
This will boggle your mind
and you will keep you trying over and over again to see if you can
outsmart your foot, but, it is difficult to impossible to do. Your
reaction is pre-programmed in your brain!
1. While sitting, lift
your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles.
2. Now, while
doing this, draw the number "6" in the air with your right hand. Your foot
will change direction.
There's little you can do about it. Before the
day is done you are going to try it again, if you've not already done
(Please note that this can be infectious and may result in
decreased work productivity and contagious laughing if tried at work.)
||Pack Away Winter
means saying good-bye to winter clothes, shoes, and equipment. Pull
everything out of the closet and sort. Be honest when it comes to sorting.
If you haven't worn something in a year or two there is a reason. Maybe it
doesn't fit, needs repair, isn't your color or it is just wrong for
you on too many levels. If it's in good condition, donate it. If not
,throw it away. You only need one set of clothes for painting, gardening
or washing the dog. The same goes for shoes. If they are worn, have them
repaired if possible AND you love, love, love them, or out they go.
Having a closet stuffed with nothing to wear is a time and
satisfaction stealer. Clear out your wardrobe and clear out your
conscience. If you had buyer's remorse because of a rash purchase you will
be reminded of it again and again until you finally get rid of it. Keeping
something because you might use it someday is not a valid excuse after a
couple of years. It's mental and physical baggage. Time to move
Make a list of what you have and what you need, even what you
don't need if that will help. Clean and store last season's things in the
appropriate containers or space saving bags. Now, isn't that better? (
Imagine applause sounds here!)
For packing and storing tips and
click on the link below.
I am writing this
on a beautiful sunny day. It is 63 degrees outside but feels warmer in the
sun. Picnic weather approaches!
How long has it been since you have
been on a picnic? A real, no fast food, outdoor blanket on the ground,
tailgate, or picnic table dining? That long? Then it's time to remedy
The food can be simple. It just needs to be portable.
PB&J sandwiches to fried chicken, your favorites bundled into a
traditional picnic basket accompanied by side dishes and drinks- you have
the makings of a great outing. For the easiest portability, make it all
finger foods and pack plenty of napkins and paper plates.
your first picnic of the season a simple affair. Consider it a trial run
or a dress rehearsal for (hopefully!) many more. Make notes for future
picnics on things to pack and do, but in general, keep it uncomplicated.
For picnic basket ideas and supplies check out the website below, Picnic Baskets Direct.
||"Green" Design and Decorating
Spring is the
perfect time to look at what we are doing for the environment, our homes
and families. Interior Redesign could be thought of as Green Design. It
is all about re-using, recycling, renewing, re-grouping, re-utilizing and
remixing what you already own. Our services focus on affordable
rearrangements using your existing furnishings to create beautiful and
functional living spaces.
- Go through your home what furniture, artwork and accessories-what do
you really like and need?
- Rethink those furnishings. Can they serve another function in in the
current room or maybe another room?
- Worn furnishings may just need a new coat of paint or refinishing.
Small touch ups may use a scratch cover or Howard Restor-A-Finish, found
at Home Depot. Cleaning and polishing may be an alternative to
refinishing your furniture. If you aren't sure how to proceed, check
with a company that specializes in furniture care and repair.
- Donate gently used furnishings to charities, sell through Craig's
list, ebay, consignment shops or tag sales.
- Before you discard a worn or damage piece, determine if there are
parts that may be salvageable. Freecycle is an excellent way to recycle
- No matter what avenue you take, think first about how to renew
before buying something new.
Springtime is an excellent time for Renewal or Redesign. Interior
Redesigners can spot the gems in your home that may have gone unnoticed or
unappreciated. Our room makeovers save you time, money, and resources- now that is Green!
~Irene Woodworth, One Day Redesigns, Inc. and The
Color And Redesign Institute
||Spring Presentation at Circa Home and
Circa Home and
Garden in Fairfax will be hosting my presentation, "Revitalize Your
Indoor and Outdoor Spaces for Spring" on Sunday, April, 27th at 3PM. We'll
be welcoming in the season with ways to bring the freshness of Spring into
Learn the secrets to brightening your spaces both
indoors and out. Find out what every beautifully decorated and functional
space must have. See what's Hot and What's Not for Spring and Summer and
how to incorporate new trends and ideas into your spaces quickly and
easily. Discover ways to use and repurpose decorative accessories that say
The program will
begin at 3 PM on Sunday, April 27th. Circa will open its doors at
2:30 PM. Refreshments and preferred shopping hours will follow the
presentation. Advance reservations are necessary. Seating is limited.
Please call Circa at 703-385- 1995 or email CircaGifts@aol.com now to
reserve your place!
||Redesign Party Schedules
scheduling your Spring Redesign Party are closing in fast. The end of
April and the first week in May still have openings, so if you or your
group are interested in hosting any of the theme parties or a customized
event for your interests, please call or email now.
Redesigner's Notebook is devoted to tips and articles relating to
interior redesign, decorating, entertaining, organizing and related
subjects, and will include contributions from members of the Interior
Redesign Industry Specialists association, I.R.I.S., listed below.
If you have an interest or question that you would like to see
addressed, or a community event that you would like to see included that
relates to our subjects of decorating, real estate staging, entertaining
and organizing please contact me. Your comments and suggestions are always
~ Pam Faulkner, Faulkner House Interior
Pam Faulkner, Faulkner House, Oak Hill,
Interior Redesign Industry
Barbi Ford, Roomspinners, Covington,
Juliana Hind, Roomspinners, Maple Valley,
Lori Brasseur, L B Designs,Salisbury,
Irene Woodworth, One Day Redesigns,