The Spring entertaining season continues with so many reasons and
opportunities to have a gathering of friends and family. May Day, Cinco de
Mayo, The Kentucky Derby, Mother's Day, Graduation Day and bridal showers
are just a few .
Since April showers bring May flowers, this month we'll take a look at
tablescapes that feature a floral theme.
For Cinco de Mayo, your
colors may tend to be more vivid and the flowers bolder. The more detailed
your dinnerware the more simple your floral arrangement should be. As with
all good design, balancing the colors, scale, pattens and textures is the
key to a pleasing tablescape.
For a Derby Day party, be inspired by "The Run for the Roses" and
incorporate the flowers in silver mint julep cups running down the center
of your table.
Roses are always appropriate for Mother's Day.
Combine the flower associated with your mother's birthday along with
various shades of roses to compliment the color. The arrangement could be
traditional or a more contemporary design depending on her tastes and/or
your dinnerware. A celebration for two or three generations of mothers
could include different sizes of long stemmed and miniature roses to
represent the generations. Do you have a silver baby cup and spoon? Create
a sentimental arrangement using miniature roses in the baby cup on a tray,
grouped with a slightly taller arrangement of long stemmed roses. Add a
ribbon around the vase and use the same ribbon on the handle of the baby
cup, choosing a color from your dinnerware or table linens.
Graduation parties open themselves up to a variety of looks and styles.
An an easy, contemporary look is to do a black and white arrangement to
tie in with the cap and gown theme. Bring in accents using the school
colors. Big fussy arrangements will look out of place here so less is
May Day, Mother's Day and showers bring to mind feminine table
settings. If you have dinnerware with a floral design, it isn't necessary
to use identical colors in your tablescape arrangements as long as the
colors are harmonious In fact, you may not want to use flowers at all.
Leaves, flowering branches, and botanical accessories may be the better
If you happen to have tableware like the setting pictured
above, a floral arrangement could be overwhelming. Ivy bowls tied with
ribbon, small potted ferns, and other smaller arrangements of greens could
be the perfect accompaniment. For information on the dinnerware shown,
please click on the link below. For more ideas on how to use your
dinnerware and accessories in fresh ways, contact me!
~ Pam Faulkner
||Organizing Trends: Master Closets
Spacious walk-in closets are becoming more and more popular for today's
homeowners. Minimalist furniture arrangements and the logistics of moving
large dressers and armoires have some people doing away with their
dressers and armoires. Clothing needs to go somewhere, and homeowners have
turned to master closets.
Like bathrooms and kitchens, spending on
closets is practical because they can improve your daily life.
Manufacturers are noticing the demand and have increased the shelving
products designed specifically for closets.
your closet with shelves, baskets, drawers and bars is one way to make
sure your clothes are stored neatly and so that you can find them quickly.
White melamine shelving is perhaps the most basic and popular closet
cabinetry, while many high-end homes are featuring wood grains like cherry
and cedar. There are a number of products that can be custom ordered to
install in your current closet. Fancier displays are built-in with wood
backing so the walls aren't visible. Other features may include crown
molding and drawers with clear fronts so you can see what's kept inside.
For closets with enough room, a center island is a must-have. Many feature
granite countertops that can be used for folding clothes. Underneath are
drawers and shelves which match the rest of the closet decor.
way to justify the space required for a large, walk- in closet is to turn
it into a multi-purpose laundry station. You can do this by including a
pullout ironing board or tilt-out hampers to separate darks and whites.
Here are some of the other handy gadgets showing up in master
· Valet rods
· Full-length mirrors
Slide-out pant, belt or tie racks
· Shoe cubes or slanted shoe
· Jewelry drawers
· Electrical outlets for plugging in irons, steamers, electric
valets, and electronics
Info courtesy of Lowes.com
||Accessory of the Month- The Garden Seat
Referred to as
Chinese garden stools, seats and tea tables, these versatile pieces have
been a staple in gardens for many years. The styles commonly seen are
barrel-shaped and are usually decorated in blue and white designs,
intricate florals or in solid colors, sometimes with a crackle
As their popularity has increased, so have the availability
of colors and shapes to go with nearly every decor. The styles shown are
just a few examples of the new looks.
Used as occasional seating,
side tables, display pedestals or just as an accent piece, they can be
found in a variety of sizes and a wide range of prices.
||Customized Party Beverage Cooler
PaintIdeas.com has an easy project idea for turning a planter into a customized
beverage cooler. This is a great alternative to ice chests. The planter
may be left fairly plain to coordinate with any party theme or painted to
fit the occasion like a rehearsal dinner, retirement celebration or
holiday parties like the 4th of July. Check out your local garden supply
store now for the best selection and allow yourself time to be inspired.
Your project will be ready in plenty of time for your entertaining
||Home Inventory Web Tools
If you've been
Spring Cleaning you may be thinking to yourself, "Why do I have all of
this STUFF?" The urge to purge may have hit you and you are doing a clean
sweep, eliminating the things that tend to accumulate in a home over the
years. Maybe you or someone you know is moving. Now is a good time to take
stock of what you own and do an inventory of your possessions, room by
Inventory books have been mentioned here before and there are several
excellent web tools for making a home inventory easier. One site is the
statefarm.com Learning Center. You'll find articles and online calculators
there as well.
Interior Redesign is all about using what you have. With an updated
home inventory you will know what you have!
||Circa Home and Garden-Presentation Review and Spring Sale
Thank you to those
who attended my Spring presentation at Circa on April 27th. The gloomy
weather was completely forgotten once inside the store which definitely
looks and feels like SPRING!
Thanks also goes to Betsy Rutkowski,
the owner of Circa, who opened her store on Sunday for our use, provided
scrumptious refreshments, and gave generous discounts in addition to sale
prices to those attending.
Circa's Spring Sale continues through
Saturday, May 3rd.
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,