I just returned from the Interior
Redesign Industry Specialists national conference in Denver, Colorado. It
was a whirlwind of seminars and I came back with a brain full of ideas!
I'm excited and honored to tell you that on the last day of the
conference, it was announced that I was the winner of the national IRIS 5
Star Promise Award.
Candidates were judged on how they are living
the IRIS commitment to excellence, demonstrated by how they commit to high
levels of excellence in their work, what it means to adhere to impeccable
standards for the profession, how they may have supported another member
in growing their business, and what being an IRIS member has meant as a
I'm proud to be a member of an organization that
inspires and encourages its members to set industry standards in their
commitment to excellence in service to their clients and to the community.
||Repurposing: Wine Rack
When I recently decorated for a Wine and
Cheese Tasting Party, I had a need for a small wine rack. While shopping,
I overheard a couple talking about how impractical these were but I saw
lots of possibilities other than for a few bottles of wine.
no doubt seen them used to hold rolled towels, so what else can they hold?
How about the larger bottles of water, skeins of yarn, magazines and
newspapers? Racks that have closed sections can hold craft equipment or
silk flowers separated by colors. Office equipment that can clutter the
desk top- staplers, scissors, measuring tapes/rulers, felt tip markers,
bottles of glue and more can be neatly stored with easy access. Racks come
in sizes that can fit into cabinets or sit compactly on a counter or
Do you have an "impractical" wine rack stored away
somewhere just looking for a new purpose? Try one of these ideas or some
of your own. For more on the style pictured please click below.
Fall color is gradually making its way
through my garden and along the edges of the woods. It's easy to
incorporate the feel of fall no matter what your decor may be if you stay
with simple compositions.
Pumpkins may seem over-used but look at
the forms and colors and try them in a different way. Pumpkins don't have
to be orange. They can be peach with a mottled white frost effect, silver
with silver highlighted leaves, matte or shiny black with silver leaves,
copper with gold and silver leaves and many more combinations that can be
realistic to fantastic. Give an artificial pumpkin from a craft store a
customized look to go with your decor.
Look at your
accessories and containers for color inspiration and mix them with a
bundle of dried herbs, artificial berries and flowers tied with a ribbon
or raffia to compliment.
Fill a large brandy snifter, trifle bowl
or a similarly sized footed container with mini gourds or pumpkins, and
decorative dried seed heads and pods. Display as is or place on a plate,
platter, tray or charger that will compliment but not compete with the
colors. The photo shown come from Sunset where stylist Berte Walter has
used square glass vases as a centerpiece edged with reed stalks. Pull out
your seasonal decorations and try new combinations this year. Unleash your
creativity! A touch of paint, different containers or a new combination
will give you a no or very low cost fresh new look.
||Fall Picnic and Tailgate Party Find
Gathering your picnic needs and
pre-packing them can make it a snap to take advantage of Fall weather
picnicking. Put your totes, baskets and coolers to work or make it easy by
picking up a pre-assembled picnic basket or tote. The one pictured is a
bargain-check it out at Tuesday Morning online by clicking
||Holiday House Diet
Does your house need to lose weight
before the holidays? Too many goodies like books and magazines,
accessories, and accent pillows can make a room look and feel stuffed and
uncomfortable. Before it's time to bring out the seasonal decorations, put
your house on a diet and get it in shape!
I can help your home lose
that weight and keep it off even after the holidays with proven methods
for cutting back on the daily intake of things that can fatten a room.
As your home's personal trainer, I can help it loose weight and
gain inches of space in plenty of time for the holidays, but as they say
on TV, you have to act quickly before time slips by.
Call or email
me to set up a consultation and see how fast your house can go from
stuffed to streamlined.
||That Hollow Feeling
Have you ever walked into a room that
left you with a hollow feeling? Or maybe you have seen one in a magazine
that was certainly stylish but felt cold?
The trend in today's
living is toward a more streamlined, pared down way of living. Less is
more has never been more true. But taken to the extreme, it can give rooms
a sterile, uninhabitable feel.
Sleek doesn't have to be stark.
Easy care doesn't have to mean empty.
I've been to homes that have
been staged and they have been nearly stripped of furnishings in an
attempt to make them seem large and roomy. The effect is often the
opposite. A nearly empty room can't give the potential buyer a feel for
how much space there is. It looks like the seller is trying to make the
room look bigger with only a little in it. It can also give the effect of
a distressed sale-not a good atmosphere for getting the best price for
Certainly clearing the clutter and making the most of
the space you have is the goal, but there is a point where less is just
less. Before you clear away furnishings, call a professional for a
consultation. You can save yourself time, regret and money by getting a
personalized plan from an experience redesigner and stager.
more on my staging services, please call or email me at 703-689-9886 or
||Eye Catching Task Clips
Quick, visual cues can keep you focused
and organized. The bright colors and labels on these clips easily provide
those cues. Organize.com has two other sets so check them out by
clicking on the link below. They could be a fun decoration for a present
too-clipped onto a big bow or arranged randomly on a ribbon-wrapped
Whether you are addicted to HGTV and
decorating shows or you feel decorating challenged, attending my Redesign Parties, will clue you into design secrets, tips and
techniques that will jumpstart your redesign projects. The fun and
informative parties are offered in real homes like yours. You will learn
how easily a room can be transformed from OK to Oh, WOW! using traditional design principles and innovative techniques.
How can you get "in the know"? Call or
email me now for information about attending or about the benefits of
hosting a Redesign Party at 703-689-9886 , FaulknerRedesign@aol.com or email@example.com