Selecting the Right Size|
Area rugs add softness, texture, color and pattern to a room. They can
help define furniture groupings and gently emphasize traffic flow through
a space. The perfect size and the positioning of the rug will ensure that
your choice supports the function and decorative needs of your room
A bedroom with hardwood floors benefits from a rug that is
large enough to create a proportional border around the bed. An 8' x 10'
would work well under a queen size bed; a 9' x 12' for a king.
a dining room, allow about 3' of rug around the table to determine the
correct size. This creates enough space for the chairs to remain on the
rug when pushed back from the table.
For other rooms, the size of
the rug depends on the furniture arrangement and the use of the room.
Furniture can be arranged completely on the rug, with just the front legs
on the rug or completely off of the rug. Let the proportions of the
furniture, the size of the rug and the scale of the patterns guide you in
creating a pleasing balance.
||ReDesign Idea of
the Month: ReStore Arm Chair|
This month's repurposing example is one of my favorites. The chair was
found while searching for potentials at ReStore for this month's display
room at the Capital Home Show (more about that later in the
The chair was quite worn; the upholstery was intact
but old and dusty. The frame was sturdy and had interesting lines. It
looked like a little bit of labor and some paint could take this from
dreary to desirable in very little time.
The upholstery was removed
and because the back had the interesting curved "X" detail, only the seat
was recovered. Two coats of matte black paint gave the chair an updated,
See the pair of redesigned chairs at the home show
September 24th-26th at the Expo Center in Chantilly. Read on for more
about the show.
ReStore at the Fall Capital Home Show|
Last month I was chosen as the lead designer for one of two
rooms that the IRIS National Capital Area Chapter is creating for
Habitat for Humanity's ReStore outlets. The 2010 Fall Capital Home
Show at the Expo Center in Chantilly will feature the two 12' x 20' rooms
to showcase the finds at the outlets and how how they can be repurposed.
I've designed a master bedroom suite that is inspired by the
British Colonial-West Indies style. It is known for its blend of
traditional furnishings with local motifs, accessories and materials. The
room will be a romanticized version of this fusion of styles and patterns.
At least 90% of the materials, furniture and accessories have come
from shopping the inventory of the Chantilly, Alexandria and Manassas
ReStore outlets. You have seen just one of the transformed pieces above.
Come out and be inspired by a room full of ideas!
called ReDesign with Restore, will run from September 24th through the
26th at the Capital Home Show at the Expo Center in Chantilly.
more information, please click on the link below. I look forward to seeing
* The plan above is a representation and doesn't reflect
the actual colors, fabrics or styles of some of the furniture pieces.
||Design Tip: Break
I have seen many different kinds of box or canister sets in the homes I
redesign and stage. They are nearly always displayed exactly the way they
were purchased. Try breaking up the set for a change. Use the pieces
individually or rearrange the pieces using other objects to create a
pleasing symmetry. Don't be afraid to mix it up a bit for fresh looks and
The set shown is no longer available but I have seen similar
styles in local department stores and Homegoods. I decided to include it
so you could see the great fall colors. One box could hold an arrangement
of sunflowers, the tray could be used as a base for a display or organize
desk supplies. The pieces can live independently of each other in your
home and give you many opportunities for
||Every Detail Can
Make a Difference|
What one thing distinguishes great design? Attention to details! No
matter how much or how little is spent on a room's furnishings, the
details can make or break the final look and feel of the
Without interesting details, the room can be rather one
dimensional. Using too many details can be overwhelming. The extremes can
be compared to wearing no jewelry or wearing all of your jewelry at once.
That visual will help when assessing your decor.
Being able to
choose just the right touches to highlight and enhance without over
embellishing requires a sense of balance and proportion. Consider how many
embellishments, textures and patterns a room may have and you'll see what
I mean. Patterned lamp shades with or without trim, trims on accent
pillows, trims on window treatments, frame and mat details on art work,
patterns and textures in fabrics, upholstery and floor coverings-all
contribute or detract from the over-all mix.
How do you distinguish
between too little detail and too much? It's a matter of taste and some
If attention to details is driving you to
distraction, call me at 703-689-9886 for a consultation or for information
on my decorating classes.
The votes have been counted!
Fortessa has notified me that my
entry shown was the winner of the Best Over-all Entry in the "100 Ways to
Use a Metal Tray" contest! A big Thank You! to everyone who took the time
to vote. I understand that for some people the process wasn't exactly
smooth-glitches with the contest program software- and some weren't able
to access the contest at all. I'm sorry for any frustration and appreciate
the fact that so many people did try to vote.
I'm including photos
below of my other entries so you can see them case you were not able to
access the contest. Thank you for trying.
Your interest and support
of my designs is so appreciated!
Non Food = Wine Accessories Organizer|
Contest-Fruit Kabob Server|
||Are You Ready for a
Have you been promising yourself that you are going to make decorating
changes in your home but Planning Paralysis has stopped you? Did you know
that even small redesign changes in your rooms can make an amazing
difference quickly, easily and affordably?
aren't always about re-doing entire rooms and they aren't major upheavals
in a household. Often during consultations I show how effective quick
changes can be. The result is easy to live with changes that can
jump-start your decorating projects.
Are you ready for a redesign?
Contact me and we can talk about your ideas and needs.
||October Classes for
Get Redesigned Month|
October is National Get Redesigned Month. Time to take stock of your
rooms and enough time to get them ready for the holidays.
brief break, my decorating classes begin again. One of the most popular
because it can be a problem for many people is, How to Coordinate
Fabrics.. You will learn how a room can have multiple fabric patterns
and still look peaceful and well coordinated. Using your your
personal color palette and the fabrics in your home, you'll see how
the balance of colors, textures, type and scale of the patterns can be
achieved and how they may be used throughout your rooms. The use of
trimming will also be discussed.
If you are stumped when it comes
to coordinating fabrics in your home I can help. I can show you how to
pull your room together, give it a fresh look, and give you the confidence
to pick patterns that are compatible with each other, your color palette
and your style.
you wish that holiday dinners could be as easy as they look in magazines?
The fantasy of the perfectly decorated holiday dinner table can be a
reality with the Perfect Party Plan created expressly for you. This class
teaches you how to take stock of what you need to create the look you want
within your budget. You'll learn tricks for repurposing items you have in
your home and how to find great bargains to make your dinner presentations
Individual consultations are available as well as
classes. Have fun while you are learning! Gather a group of your
neighbors, family and friends together and get customized solutions for
your decor. Take the mystery and drama out of decorating decisions. Let's
get started! For more information on classes, please contact me by
clicking on the link below or calling me at, 703-689-9886.
Class size is limited to allow optimal learning