Saturday, March 31, 2012

 It was really hard to climb out of bed this morning and go watch my little buddy play soccer in the rain but I saw him score two awesome goals, the only two for the team!  We came home and cooked veggie omelets, country ham and hash browns after the game.  Everybody but me is chillin and unplugged which I am about to do!  Gotta figure out what I am wearing to the party tonight.  Gotta micromanage what the Hubs will wear a bit too.  (Don't tell him...I want him to think it was his idea!)  I have nothing in my closet I want to wear and still contemplating what I bought this week.  Nothing really hitting me yet. Really the only thing a girl needs is a great pair of I am off in hopes of finding a pair that makes my heart skip a beat, of course I will probably end up shopping in my own closet.  But that's ok, too.
That would make my hubby smile...

here's hoping you will unplug a little and live in the moment today!

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Whew, It's Finally Friday....

ahhhh....yes, it's finally here....




(all photos noted or courtesy of pinterest or tumblr)

 I don't know about you, but I am happy to see Friday.  My "little bug" was sick on Wednesday and out of school on Thursday & Friday for "conferences", so my work week was cut short this week.  So happy he is better!  What plans do you have for your weekend?  Ours is beginning to be filled with baseball and soccer.  The Hubs and I have a party this Saturday, so I did a little shopping today.  Found some fun new things...I'll take a pic and post on my pinterest board "My Style" to see some of the things I found.  Next week, I have a new design project starting on Monday and finishing up another...stay tuned...

 Here's wishing your weekend is full of fabulousness....

It's Friday, Be Happy!!!
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Thursday, March 29, 2012




Can you see the owl...

photos courtesy of pinterst or tumblr

this post started out about blue but somehow ended up green...i think i am drawn to mint this spring, are you?  soothing, soft, refeshing like aloe...i think i need to add some mint to my wardrobe or interior...

p.s. can you the owl in the print above...

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Ditch the Sofa for a Better Option?

In several of the projects I have designed over the past few years, I have opted to use four chairs instead of the expected "sofa & chair combo".  The result....better flow in the space, great arrangement for conversation and overall dynamic look.  Here are some rooms were this design was incorporated...

You don't have to use four of the exact same chairs to achieve this look.  Notice how there are four different chairs in the room below.  Just make sure the chairs you choose are balanced in weight, by being the same approximate size and color.  See how two of these chairs are beige and the other two are darker.  They balanced the look by putting the similar colored chairs across from one another.  The addition of a a side table, architectural elements, art, throws, pillows, fabrics, plants or lamps can also make up for the differences in visual weight.

Notice how the chairs by the fireplace are not skirted but the chairs in the foreground are.  This interestingly makes the chairs seem masculine and feminine.  I can picture two couple sitting in this room with the men by the fireplace and the women in the skirted chairs.  I also like the two floor lamps on either side of the fireplace giving some height and balance to the wall 
with the beautiful mantle.

The fabric of the chairs doesn't have to be solid as demonstrated in this photo.  
The stripe fabric on the chairs adds the right amount of pattern to this otherwise simple interior.

The four chairs used in this room are covered in a fabric which is the same color as the lampshades and color in the painting.  This arrangement does several things.  It creates balance and makes this room feel calm while also making the art the centerpiece of the room.  I like the unexpected green ottoman in the middle of the room with the beautiful orchid which introduces the 
right pop of color and nature.

By using neutral slipcovered chairs in this space, your eye is drawn to the real showstopper which is the great view!   Love all the natural elements added to reinforce this space is all about nature! 

The key to creating a pleasing look with four chairs is to chose a chair that has weight so it helps anchor the room.  Personally, I like to use a circular table or ottoman in the center which serves as a radius to group the chairs around.  You can see from the photos above that a square tables/ottomans work well for this design too. 
If you chose this arrangement,  it's nice to have smaller tables or stools  to use by the chair for drinks or books.

Here are a few chairs I used in projects, 

1. The Modern Wing Chair by Thomas Pheasants for Baker.  
This is the linen I used for one project which is Style # 44-242
I finished the chair with nail heads in French.  Baker offers many great fabrics or they also allow
 COM ( customer's own fabric)Gorgeous Chair!


2. Kingston Wing Chair by Bernhardt Furniture

 I have used this chair in a beautiful pale grey leather from Bernhardt.  The project was a media room that needed to also act like a living room when tv was not being viewed.  Originally, the owner wanted swivel chairs, but after much debate decided stationary would be better due to the age of the children and the temptation for the children to "play in the chairs".

3.  Slipcovered Swivel Chair by Lee Industries
Style C1011-01 

This slipcovered swivel chair is especially great if you want to
put the television in a spot that would require two of the chairs to swivel in order to view the tv.  

If budget is an issue, consider these two options from IKEA.

The Ektorp in its base fabric is only $249. and have many slipcover options.  Great with kids because you can pop the slipcovers in the wash for easy cleanup.  

The Ektorp Chair

 The Kivik chair

 This chair is only $199 for the base fabric.  Like the Ektorp it has many slipcover options. This chair is especially versatile since it is armless, you could position two or three of them side by side to make a love seat or sofa and still have a single chair if your needs changed and you wanted a different arrangement.



Have you ever thought of using four chairs instead of a sofa and chairs?

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