Entries in manchester nh interior designer (7)

Friday
Jan082016

seeking CLARITY in the new year........

ACRYLIC~

acrylic pieces add a touch of modern, clean simplicity, and a hip factor (like being in with the cool kids,...) not to mention functionality (easy care)!

but what i like most about acrylic pieces is the statement-making see-thru-ness that allows the other furniture pieces to have their moment. ohhh,.... and it's perfect for small spaces--light and airy, no congestion! ohhh,... there's more-- it doesn't vie with your color scheme........ 


 has your mail box been stuffed with all the shiny new home catalogues yet? mine has, and acrylic pieces abound for the 2016,... even though the origin lies back to the past (1930)-- so that makes it a classic!

some affordable and accessible pieces from the mainstay design catalogues (hover over picts for links),..........

ballard design.........

...not at all competing with that-beauty-of-a-rug, yet still a wow piece in its own right!

 

pottery barn (branchin' out a bit, kind of a new look for them),........

...this drinks table is anchored with a gutsy black iron base, if you can't do the all-acrylic-thing, this is perfect! 

...too fun, love the citrusy, preppy pops of color! perfect at the end of a bed, or--

...a simple clean waterfall-edge side table 

west elm....

...this pendant is perfect if you don't want to obstruct your sight line & bonus points for the pretty reflection on your ceilings when lit at nite!

...for that new year organized and uncluttered feel in your home office, i strive!

trays trays trays, can't have enough on hand, ever!

...an interesting shelf

cb2........... 

...love his console for a narrow entry, esp if you have abeautiful wall papered wall that you just don't want to hide (btw: saw the same console at HG just this week!)

...another interesting shelf, a ledge actually, lean your art work or photos on for maximum wow.

...for those sunday morning breakfasts in bed prepared by your loving partner (think valentine's day coming soon!)

wisteria (a unique home decor catalogue)....

...love love LOVE these ghost columns (and columns in general), great for showcasing a special object-- these would be super in front of & centered on a window!

...a functional storage trunk, stuff pretty pillows or throws inside or..., could also be used as a side table showcasing a few fab finds...rope handles add an organic touch to the modernity!

...these acrylic stools are just perfect in this narrow kitchen space and add to the somewhat contemporary feel!
seeking CLARITY is easy,..... WHY NOT RING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH it?
Friday
Dec052014

the stockings were hung by the chimney with care AND,..........

fresh greens, candles, fairy lights, mirrors, xmas balls, banners and on, & on & on,..............

ps. just don't ask me to make a bow,... i'm a colossal failure!!!! you will see no bows anywhere in my xmas decorating,... unless mom makes them for me (thnx mom)!

..................................................i aspire!


#1-- vintage to modern......

  

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#2-- rustic to glam........

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#3-- traditional to non-traditional elegance.......... 

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#4-- minimal to maximal,.................

 

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#5-- ok, ok, okay------ what if we don't have a mantle to decorate? here ya' go,....

a fireplace, just no mantle......

no fireplace, no mantle,.....

sky's the limit........

now,... i'm off to decorate our mantles (yes, we have two fireplaces in our house-- lucky me) & filled with inspiration,........ CAN'T WAIT~

...this one just Jazzes me in every way,... & the sleeping dog may have something to do with it~

~have fun andHappy decorating~

Friday
Nov212014

BLACK.

a color i live by,...

--my closet: a sea of black, my daily uniform............

--my home: black moments scattered throughout............

--my design mantra: add touches of black to give rooms substance, grounding, sophistication-- that exclamation mark in a room................

YET, black painted walls? hmmmm,...i have not-- neither on the home front nor in any client's homes, as YET! (have done black accent walls, black interior doors, black wallpaper).......

a quick share, my back-in-day black room experience: a friends' older brother (a total hippie & a charles manson look-alike) lived in his black bedroom w/crazy black-light velvet posters tacked to the walls (& of course, all the accoutrements: a beaded curtain door, musky incense wafting,..)-- it was just plain old creeepy to me! NEVER, i said...........

 

...really, these were plastered all over even on his ceiling!

and just yesterday, cool goth was trending,...

on-point & happening now: black rooms,... take a look, let me know what you think: yes, no, maybe?

#1-- bedrooms: a logical spot; dark rooms are sleep-inducing.........

...i spy mustard yellows~

...there's NOT one uncool piece to this room: a gilded framed-chalkboard as headboard & love the mistletoe hanging,... a sexy idea~

a girl's room

a boys...

...a bob dylan poster & framed, a yes,~

& without getting all rosemary's-baby on you-- a nursery,...

...sweet & simple wall art~

 #2-- dining rooms & kitchens are a close second, no-brainer.........

...ebony floors, blk lattice print wallpaper, lots of bling & reflective sparkle~

...instead of one large centered chande-- three blk pendants in a similar size & design is unique~

...black with some rusticity warms things up, not-to-mention a roaring fire~

...an astute mix of vintage & modern, yesssssss~

...that prouve wall lite is to die for-- it doesn't always have to be a chandelier~

...clever use of blk chalkboard paint gives off a suede-like, matte finish & comes in extremely handy~

#3-- the bath........

...a mix of metals (a shout out to brass, esp), those herringbone bones floors & the claw foot~

...uniquely shaped brass framed mirrors add warmth~

..that white marble double floating sink, 'nuf said~

#4-- the living room.......

...a suspended rope swing espouses casual & a come-hangout vibe~

...touches of pink pop~

...elegant mustard yellow panels flanking the windows~

...the ultimate by windsor smith-- a ping pong table, a fireplace & round side table for drinks & apps because WE LIVE IN LIVING ROOMS~~~

#5-- the office, the entry.........

...think about adding natural greens to a black painted spot for a touch of friendliness~

 

...i'm just a sucker for old frames,... & my collection is taking up much needed real estate in our attic~

 

..chalkboard paint once again & that gallery wall tells a story of the people who live there~

..this is one small off space yet feels larger than it is thnx to white trim & ceiling~

...natural wood accents & no-brainer chalkboard paint~

...quite luxe-- glittery chande, leopard, brass, velvet~

...a really creative use of hangers & loving this office nook!

if this post has you running to the paint store for a gallon of black paint, here are my go-to's (fyi: black, like white, has many complex shades):

quiet home's vintage tux, farrow&ball's pitch black, benjamin moore's jet black, & sherwinn william's tricorn black.........

~try a ittle BLaCK MaGIC-- it is ONLY paint

 

IT'S coming soon-- i'm already listening to christmas music!

~HAPPY almost BLACK FRIDAY~

 

 

Friday
Sep122014

guest room inspiration........

how 1 stray dogs chandelier inspired an entire guest room,............ &&&& then some!

so this is how i roll-- pick a turquoise any turquoise!

 #1-- my client's guest room pre-redo. they wanted to keep the black sleigh bed & night stands...

#2-- the guest room en-suite bath-- the cabs, granite, hot tub, & flooring stayed put. to do-- have the cabs painted & glazed, new wall color, window treatments, new lighting (AB-SO-LUTE-LY), new mirrors, new faucetry....... where to start???

 

#3-- right here, is where: a stunning wallpaper by schumacher called chenonceau in charcoal (one of my fave colors). instead of over-kill by papering all 4 walls, i decided to paper a focal wall only...

i love all the stylized flora & fauna,...

wall color on the other 3 walls is a lighter charcoal by benjamin moore paints called revere pewter ( a warm gray).....

last but not least, the 5th wall: a beauty of a tray ceiling! on the tray itself i pulled out the turquoise in the chande's glass ball using BM spectra blue (a dreamy turquoise) and below the tray, i had the molding bordered out in BM pale avocado (a yummy yellow green) inspired from the palm fringe on the lite fixture....

note: the ceiling was glazed-out with a warm white creating an impressionistic, subtle cloud-like effect (painted by the talented, lisa teague)...

#4-- and tah dah,........ the reveal!

throw in some fun pillows, a silver tray carrying goodies & a simple flower (peony season),.......

note: check out the table lamp base... i couldn't have planned that one-! double peacocks mirroring the wallpaper birds (well, i think they are peacocks?)! at first thought: hmmm,... too matchy-matchy & hokey.... no! find black drum lamp shades, trim them out in turquoise grosgrain ribbon... & true LOVE!

#5-- the guest bath followed suit...

note: cabs painted by lisa teague in a cremey white w/a walnut glazed, new hardware from anthroplogie (turquoise melon knobs), new bronze faucetry, large homegoods aged silver-framed mirrors (all 3 mirrors were a diff style, yet all silver-framed), funky black shaded wall sconces, & my fave- a custom valance (3 diff fabrics & black beaded trim) then-- wall art that reflects a personal touch (yup, they are horse lovers, riders,.... anything equestrian).

#5--  who wouldn't want to stay for a night, or two, or three or.........?

design moral: every space has an inspiration starting point, the theme as well as supporting roles-- you just gotta look! and,... that's the end of this design story!

~thnxxxxx for reading,

until next week, deb~

Friday
May232014

happy official unofficial start of summer 2014,..........

memorial day week-end is here!

 

(click on pict to view their fun beachy video-- it's very brief!)

so, the oh-so-hip hilfiger clan is vacationing in malibu,... where are you this weekend? 

(me? i'm on soccer-beach alllll weekend!)

#1-- lots of orangey-reds

#2-- & blues from denim-to-cobalt-to-dusty-to-faded

#3-- some florals thrown in for good measure

#4-- pops of yellow

&

why i really am a fan of TF (aside from the laid-back prepster vibe)

#5-- S-t-r-i-p-e-s

just a sneak peek of what's happening on next week's fab friday (sorry folks, i'm taking a much needed break this week) stay tuned for next friday's complete follow up: "the tommy" influence................

& i can't resist their basset hound mascots

 

~find your beach, this memorial day weekend~