MINDFUL INTERIOR DESIGN:
 
Christmas is approaching faster than snowflakes in a blizzard, so this week I want to share some holiday decorating tips from one of my design mentors, Kelly Hoppen, London-based interior designer (kellyhoppen.com). 
 
She’s known for her sophisticated, soothing, and Zen-like design. Kelly also offers an online shopping store so check out her offerings; they’re beautiful and top quality.
 

Christmas Decorating Tips by Celebrity Interior Designer Kelly Hoppen – From decorating the Christmas tree to how to lay the table for your festive feast, interior designer Kelly Hoppen shares her top festive decorating tips.

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“Do not be afraid to have fun and mix textures and colours around your home. I personally like to display decorations with colours matching my tree (my personal favourites being silver and white).

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Fairy lights are a great way to add a beautiful magical ambience and are not just for the tree! Decorate pieces of furniture or use within your table to add a glittering look.

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With the nights drawing in and numerous guests to entertain, I like to keep an inviting home. Burning a fire is a sure way to enhance the atmosphere, and draw guests in with warmth.

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I love making use of my fireplace, not only for function but because they can be decorated gorgeously to become a focal point in the living room. Try placing christmassy trinkets, garlands or ‘home jewellery’ on the mantelpiece to really adorn the space.

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I tend to mix up cushions and throws in various materials such as wool and velvet. Using a combination of soft, sumptuous textures such as these really adds a touch of luxury and provides that extra comfort for a cosy, festive feel. Some other fabrics I like to use are cashmere and faux fur.”

 
Until next time…
 
Blessings from my home to yours,
 
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
Have you ever received a gift that was so beautifully and personally wrapped you didn’t want to open it?
 
It was like being given two presents in one.
 
It’s truly giving from the heart; a joyous feeling for both the giver and the receiver.
 
Here are four ways that illustrate how you can wrap your gifts this holiday season to show how much you really care. Best of all, they’re simple, creative, and inexpensive.
 
NOTE: You’ll notice that in these photos, either inexpensive Butcher paper or white wrapping paper has been used. They serve as the perfect background. What makes them personal is how you wrap them.
 
INITIALS
Your computer can print letters in any size, color, or font. In these photos, matching colored ribbon or metallic gold thread was used for the wrapping. Further embellishment comes from small Christmas ornaments like the red ball or bells.
 
THE EXTRA GIFT
Add something that the person can use after the unwrapping.
 
The first photo is for someone who loves to bake. The cookie cutters will be used by the recipient long after they’ve opened the actual gift.
 
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This is the perfect bonus gift for someone who loves to write and send letters via snail mail (no emails)! The monogrammed wax seal and wax sticks become part of the present wrapping.
 
PHOTOS
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No need to have a gift tag when you do this. The photo quickly tells who the gift is for.
 
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The photo can also be a place that is meaningful to the recipient and evokes happy memories.
 
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In this photo, the giver used part of a road map placed on a Christmas tree-shaped tag that depicts a place that the giver and receiver visited together. More wonderful memories.
 

PERSONAL INTERESTS AND HOBBIES

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For a musician or music lover, wrapping a present with vintage sheet music will surely evoke a warm smile. You get the idea. It can be anything that is of special interest to the recipient. It shows how much you care  and that you took the time to think of them and who they are as a person. Any gift given is so much sweeter and meaningful.
 
TELL ME: Do you make an effort to personalize your gift wrapping? Please share your ideas in the Comments section below.
 
Until next time…
 
Blessings from my home to yours,
 
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
 
Via HOUZZ
To experience a bad day is to be a human.
 
No matter how well we plan, things can go off the rails. 
 
One bad thing leads to another and like dominoes, everything crashes and we wonder why we even bothered to get out of bed.
 
We all live such busy lives, especially now as we rapidly approach the holiday season and demands on our time and talents increase.
 
Fortunately, there are things we can do to restore and set us to rights again.
 
Best of all, the place to regain our balance is home sweet home.
 
Following are a list of suggestions from JANET DUNN, Houzz Australia Contributor.
 
I rely on several of these stress busters to keep my sanity on trying days and guarantee they work every time.
 
Remember to take time for yourself. Life is so much richer when you do.
 
 
Until next time…
 
Blessings from my home to yours,
 
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
How did you feel late last Tues. night or on Wed.?
 
If you’re in the camp that isn’t happy,
 
If, as I am along with millions of others, you’re feeling depressed, anxious, unsure, and worried about your future, I want to share something that will make you feel better.
 
I received this email from a mentor, Pamela Bruner, makeyoursuccessreal.com.
 
It lifted my spirits and I hope it will be of comfort to you, too.
 
Here it is in its entirety. Be sure to click the link; the song is only a few minutes long.

Whatever you’re feeling about the election results, there are many people out there hurting, and hating today.

I wrote this song the year after 9/11, when it seemed that all I heard around me were messages of hate and upset. I thought it might be time to share it again.

I hope it brings you hope, and peace. LISTEN

 
Until next time…
 
Blessings from my home to yours,
 
Nancy,
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
As each day becomes shorter, we find ourselves wanting to be inside our cozy home.
Much better to be looking out at falling leaves, chilly, windy, and rainy weather than to be outside in the midst of it.
Just snuggling into a comfy chair with a good book and a cup of hot cocoa holds great appeal.
Along with inclement weather, however, there are certain colors that remind us of fall’s beauty.
Think of hot mulled-wine or cinnamon cookies for color hints that you may want to invite into your home decor.
It could just be an unforgettable fall season.
Until next time…
Blessings from my home to yours,
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
Infographic from HUFFPOST
Very soon now (too soon!) daylight savings time reverts to standard time and it will be darker earlier by one hour. Add to that the days are becoming shorter and lighting our interior spaces becomes something we have to do.
As human beings, our bodies need light to function well physically. We also need illumination to perform needed functions, and soft pools of light to feel good psychologically in our spaces.
We layer lighting like we do our clothing and it changes from room-to-room depending on function and the atmosphere we wish to create.
No matter how beautifully your rooms are designed, without the right lighting, the overall feel and function will fall short every time; your home will never be as fabulous as it could and should be.
As the iconic decorator Billy Baldwin said, “Decorate a room with light.”
Take a look at this infographic OKA designed and you’ll get the lighting right every time in your own home.
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Until next time…
Blessings from my home to yours,
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
This week’s article is a guest post from Amy Spagnola for Luxe Decor.
It’s all about the entryway. Enjoy!

Nothing sets the tone of the home more than the front entryway. A first greeting to guests, the foyer is an important part of a home’s vitality. A cluttered and confusing entryway represents some type of energetic dysfunction.

If you’re seeking to recharge your home’s vestibule, there are plenty of ideas for increasing peaceful and serene vibes. Here are a few design ideas to give your home’s entryway a touch of tranquility:

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A symmetrical minded entryway is full of character. Matching lamps, picture frames and tables creates a sense of harmony. Neutral colors and simple gold frames add even more delicate and down-to-earth energy to the front of the home.

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A farmhouse-focused entryway is filled with trinkets and treasures. Not distracting or disorganized, this layered entry space is country chic. A little bit of plant life, a few baskets and a bit of artwork signals a home with cozy comforts and traditional style.

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Light, bright and modern, this sleek entryway is inviting and appealing. A central table with a few books and flowers offers a spot for guests to set valuables or homeowners to place keys and handbags. A large orange corner chair indicates the start of a restful and colorful space.

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The mood of this home entryway is relaxed and carefree. Filled with calming neturals, multiple seating stations and a bit of friendly décor, this space is easy and effortless. A vintage bench, high-back chair and a couple candleholders, make this space feel charming without being overpowering.

Guest Post by Amy Spagnola for LuxeDecor

 

Until next time…
Blessings from my home to yours,
Nancy Meadows,
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
As a lover of beauty in all of its many forms, I don’t find myself delving into the political world often.
In fact, I stay out of it as much as possible.
However, this year it’s impossible to ignore.
The rancor and divisive political rhetoric has made it so—more than any other presidential campaign in my lifetime and maybe ever.
It has created a malaise and underlying, ongoing anxiety that is shared by millions of Americans.
At the same time, I’m reminded even more of how the warmth and comfort of our home can sustain us in troubled times.
Our safe place where we surround ourselves with friends, family, and all of what makes a house into a home.
This week, I’ve decided to add a little levity to my article and invite you to take a quiz from Houzz.
It’s quick and FUN.
And you may discover another aspect of your design style that you weren’t aware of and might want to add into your home!
P.S. As I write this, there are 26 days until election night. Praise the Lord!!
Until next time…
Blessings from my home to yours,
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
If you look at a white color chip, you’ll most likely describe the color as white. Easy.
Now look at a collection of white colors and it’s a different story. None of them will look exactly the same. You’ll see subtle differences.
The fact is there are hundreds of different white hues all having slightly different undertones.
So how on earth do you choose the right one for you in your home?
Take a look at these photos and the paint colors used in each room. The pros choose them because they always work and they will for you, too.
SIMPLY WHITE-BENJAMIN MOORE
A modern, clean white. Works well with grays as chosen here for the trim color.

WHITE WISP- Benjamin Moore

Rustic Dining Room by Urbanology Designs
Has a slight gray undertone that keeps it from feeling too cold.
POINTING- FARROW & BALL
Traditional Living Room by Lisa Tharp Design
A warm white, yet it won’t appear too yellow.
DECORATOR’S WHITE- BENJAMIN MOORE
Aptly named, this white has long been a designer favorite because it’s a true bright white that works well with any color it’s paired with.
PURE WHITE- SHERWIN-WILLIAMS
A bright, warm white. Works especially well for those of us who experience the often gray days of the Pacific Northwest.
CHANTILLY LACE- BENJAMIN MOORE
A cool, crisp white that won’t appear too yellowy.
SWISS COFFEE- BENJAMIN MOORE
Don’t you just love the name of this color? A true warm white that will also never come come off as too yellow.
TIPS FOR SUCCESS:
  • Always paint a large area of color on the wall. A little paint chip is just too small to get a true idea of the hue.
  • Always check the color in natural light, across from a window if possible, in order to see the true color.
  • Always choose high quality paint. It will pay you back many times over— both in how the end results look and how much longer it stays looking fresh.
  • Always test your paint choice in the room where it will be used. A space that receives northern exposure, for example, will look very different than one facing south.
Until next time…
Blessings from my home to yours,
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
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Area rugs offer a functional and a visual layer of design.
They anchor the seating group they’re under and add to a room’s design appeal.
In a neutral space, this decor element can even be a focal point. Or just add to the overall warmth of a space.
The trick is determining the scale of area rugs. You don’t want it to be too small or too large. Usually I find clients choosing a rug that is smaller than it should be for the area it’s anchoring.
MODERN-RUGS.CO.UK (an online rug company) has a wonderful infographic that takes all the guesswork out of this design dilemma. It will make all the difference in the overall look and feel of your rooms.
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Until next time…
Blessings from my home to yours,
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
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