MINDFUL INTERIOR DESIGN:
I’m always looking for unusual table centerpieces for myself and my clients, If it’s something that nature gifts us with, so much the better.
The idea I’m sharing with you this week, comes from landscape designer, ROXANNE KIM-PEREZ. It utilizes simple things that are easily found and not difficult to put together—namely, driftwood, succulents, and tillandsias (air plants).
For those of us living in the Northwest, driftwood is found on beaches everywhere. It’s usually kicked aside like the sand it rests on as we walk along.
But if you really look at driftwood through your artist’s eye, you notice beautiful shapes, color, and texture. This simple  and seemingly common gift of nature becomes a piece of sculpture that time and tide creates and becomes a piece of sculpture—one that you can turn into your own piece of art to be enjoyed for a very long time and with little care.
Roxanne shows you step-by-step, everything you need to create your own “masterpiece” centerpiece. It does require a drill which if you’re uncomfortable using, someone can help you with this step.
Take a look and see how easy this project is to do. There’s nothing like the feeling you get when you create something that requires your heart, mind, and hands. You become the artist and how great is that?
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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“What colors should I choose? “How many pillows should I have?” “Which material would be best?”
These are just a few of the questions I’m asked when it comes to choosing decorative pillows. It can become confusing and frustrating because there are so many to choose from.
My first suggestion is to choose your pillows after all of the other elements are in place. This includes furniture, flooring material, paint colors, and artwork.
Here are some other tips that will make your choices easier:
PRICE

Accent pillows come in all price points. It’s one of area decorating where you can get a lot of zing without breaking the budget. However, you may find a pillow or two that you love and want to splurge on.

MATERIAL

This will depend on how much wear and tear your pillows will receive. If you have small children and/or pets, having an out-door fabric makes much more sense than choosing a silk fabric. Check, too, if the pillows can be machine washed or require dry-cleaning.

SIZE

Decorative square pillows are generally sized from 14 inches to 22 inches. Rectangular pillows     from 12 by 16 inches and 16 by 26 inches. Think in terms of 1 pillow for chairs and 3 to 5 for a sofa. It’s your choice as to how many pillows you choose.

COLOR

This will depend on what else you have in your room. For instance, you may want to pull colors from your artwork. Look at the colors you’ve chosen for the rest of the room. Are they warm, cool, or neutral hues? Looking at a color wheel, do you prefer warm or cool colors? Your own clothes closet is also another indication of the hues you love.Here’s another way of breaking down colors:

COOL PALETTE

Examples are blue, blue-gray, purple, blue purple,  gray and cool gray, green and blue green. Think of the sea.

WARM PALETTE

These are on the opposite side of the cools on the color wheel. Examples are shades of yellow, yellow-orange, orange, red-orange, red, and red-purple. Think of the sun.

NEUTRAL PALETTE

Examples are shades of white, creme, gray, greige (grey-beige), tan and taupe. When choosing neutrals, vary the pattern and texture and choose varying dark and light shades of your chosen neutral.

If you’re not sure when looking at pillows in the store, bring them home so you see them in the actual space. Your eye will tell you if they’re right or not. You may not know why, but something will feel off.
In the end, if you have difficulty in this area, it’s worth hiring expert help to feel sure of your choices.
As always, your home is your haven and everything you choose must feel perfect for you.
Until next time…
Blessings from my home to yours,
Nancy
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“What colors should I choose? “How many pillows should I have?” “Which material would be best?”
These are just a few of the questions I’m asked when it comes to choosing decorative pillows. It can become confusing and frustrating because there are so many to choose from.
My first suggestion is to choose your pillows after all of the other elements are in place. This includes furniture, flooring material, paint colors, and artwork.
Here are some other tips that will make your choices easier:
PRICE

Accent pillows come in all price points. It’s one of area decorating where you can get a lot of zing without breaking the budget. However, you may find a pillow or two that you love and want to splurge on.

MATERIAL

This will depend on how much wear and tear your pillows will receive. If you have small children and/or pets, having an out-door fabric makes much more sense than choosing a silk fabric. Check, too, if the pillows can be machine washed or require dry-cleaning.

SIZE

Decorative square pillows are generally sized from 14 inches to 22 inches. Rectangular pillows from 12 by 16 inches and 16 by 26 inches. Think in terms of 1 pillow for chairs and 3 to 5 for a sofa. It’s your choice as to how many pillows you choose.

COLOR

This will depend on what else you have in your room. For instance, you may want to pull colors from your artwork. Look at the colors you’ve chosen for the rest of the room. Are they warm, cool, or neutral hues? Looking at a color wheel, do you prefer warm or cool colors? Your own clothes closet is also another indication of the hues you love.Here’s another way of breaking down colors:

COOL PALETTE

Examples are blue, blue-gray, purple, blue purple, gray and cool gray, green and blue green. Think of the sea.

WARM PALETTE

These are on the opposite side of the cools on the color wheel. Examples are shades of yellow, yellow-orange, orange, red-orange, red, and red-purple. Think of the sun.

NEUTRAL PALETTE

Examples are shades of white, creme, gray, greige (grey-beige), tan and taupe. When choosing neutrals, vary the pattern and texture and choose varying dark and light shades of your chosen neutral.

If you’re not sure when looking at pillows in the store, bring them home so you see them in the actual space. Your eye will tell you if they’re right or not. You may not know why, but something will feel off.
In the end, if you have difficulty in this area, it’s worth hiring expert help to feel sure of your choices.
As always, your home is your haven and everything you choose must feel perfect for you.
Until next time…
Blessings from my home to yours,
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around
Photos via HOUZZ
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It’s the height of summer and that means vacation time.
Traveling to new or favorite places.
Visiting friends and family, or entertaining in our own homes.
And what is an important part of this?
Photographs—many, many photos.
And where do these captured for all time special moments live?
You guessed right if you said they hide in our smart phones. Hundreds of them that we forget about.
That’s why I’m strongly in favor of printed photos. This week’s article is from ELLEDECOR.COM and gives some great ideas on ways to share your treasured memories.
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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Your style of design is soft, soothing, and sophisticated. It’s not trendy. It lasts;you don’t tire of it.
But every once in a while do you look around a space and wonder if it could use some zing? Something that might amp up the energy?
Not every room in your home, but maybe just one space.
One way to do this is choosing a bold rug that is anything but “quiet.” Bold colors or geometric designs can be the perfect solution.
They work with any design style from country to contemporary and they don’t reduce the impact from the rest of your more subtle design elements.
Take a look at these photos for some examples. You’ll see everything from herringbone, diamond, Aztec, chevron, Greek key, honeycomb, and fret patterns. You may very well decide it could be your solution to giving a room a whole new feel and upping your energy quotient at the same time.
(Photos via HOUZZ)
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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Instead of hanging many small and medium- size portraits, have you considered using just one super- size piece?
You not only need less art, but the result is dramatic and powerful for sure. It can also be unique to you, especially when the photos are family members and pets.
Take a look at these photos for some examples. You just may want to try it yourself.
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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APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS

Flowers are one of nature’s greatest gifts. Just to look at their unique designs and colors and smell the essence of the blossoms is a feast for the senses. It’s no surprise they give us an emotional lift.
Quite simply, flowers make us smile and feel glad to be alive.
Vases house the flowers giving them structure while showcasing their beauty. Beautiful vases are sculptural, adding to but never taking attention away from the flowers themselves. They go together like salt and pepper or Jack and Jill; each enhancing the other.
Here are some examples of vases you may wish to add a few of to your collection.
Photos via ELLE Decor
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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Designers often use mirrors in interior design and for good reason.
They certainly reflect natural light and allow a space to feel brighter, but they can do so much more.
Mirrors can add style and a bit of glamour.They can also surprise, and open up rooms in ways that couldn’t be done otherwise.
Take a look at these ideas and see if you don’t find some examples that would work beautifully in your own home.
One caveat: Make sure mirrors are firmly attached to the wall I live in earthquake country so it’s imperative. Also important for children’s safety if you’re leaning a large mirror against a wall. Photos via HOUZZ:
PLACING A TALL MIRROR BETWEEN TWO WINDOWS gives the illusion of a third window and bounces even more natural light around the room.

WALL MIRROR BEHIND A CHEST. Again, a trick of the eye giving the impression that there’s more space than there actually is. This works especially well in a small room.

THE ICONIC SUNBURST MIRROR works well when used as part of a vignette. It brings life  and light to the entire arrangement.

SUNBURST MIRROR used above the bed always works and reflects, in this case, the art on the opposite wall and the ceiling light fixture. You always want a mirror to reflect something of beauty and/or interest.
PLACING MIRRORS BEHIND BEDSIDE TABLES is a wonderful way to enhance light because you get double the reflection of the bedside table lamps.
USING MIRRORS ON ADJACENT WALLS really steps up light enhancement on many levels. Don’t use this idea, however, if seeing too many images would bother you.

MIRRORED BACKSPLASH. I love this idea, especially for kitchens that don’t have  any natural light. Yes, you will have to clean it more often, but it’s worth it because you will  draw the light from any natural light source outside of the kitchen.

ROUND MIRROR IN A BOOKCASE. I love this idea, too, because it not only reflects light, but it breaks up the heaviness of the bookcase. By using a round mirror, it softens the linear lines that surround it.

EXTRA LARGE MIRROR ABOVE THE MANTEL. Instead of a small mirror above the mantel, why not go for broke and install a custom-size mirror the width of the mantel and all the way to the ceiling. There’s no greater way to gather natural light or enhance the size of the room.
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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Most women tend to stick with the tried and true when It comes to decorating their home and there’s nothing wrong with that.
But sometimes do you get an itch to try something that’s totally out-of-the-box?
Maybe, there lies within that secret part of yourself, an urge to break out a little and express another facet of your personality that you’ve hidden.
That’s the fun of decorating— giving yourself permission to dare to be different from the norm.
Always decorate with what YOU love. If a piece or design element is unexpected, so much the better. Because it represents who you are and that’s essential to making a home authentically your own.
Here are some examples of how to do that (from HOUZZ):

PLAY WITH SCALE

At first glance, you may be surprised by the size of the flower arrangement. But they become a focal point. You only want one thing in a room that is over-sized and that one thing could also be a lamp or a piece of art.

ASYMMETRY

If this shelving arrangement makes you feel off-balanced, don’t even try it. If, on the other hand it wouldn’t—why not?
3-D WALL DISPLAYS
In this photo, the owner wanted to display a collection of radios and in the following picture, an article of clothing that had special meaning is artfully hung on the wall.
Why not display something personal that might  otherwise be stuck in a closet or drawer. You then receive pleasure each time you look at it; It’s part of your unique story.

QUIRKY WALLPAPER

Why not if you love it. This paper shows Bond Girls, but it could be anything that speaks to you, even if it’s not considered the norm.
MIX UP DESIGN STYLE
For this traditionally designed room, the owner chose a funky piece of artwork to hang above the fireplace. Again the unexpected, which is what adds zest to a space because it’s unpredictable.

THE 6TH WALL

Instead of the usual white ceiling, why not treat it differently? In this photo, the owner used tin tiles. The white walls, flooring, and the window wall insures, the dark ceiling is not oppressive.
There you have it. Just a few ideas that may spark some out-of-the-box design concepts for your your home. In the end, the only person/persons you need to please is yourself and any others who share your spaces.
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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It’s hard to believe that it’s the 4th of July and this holiday defines mid-summer. I cry NOOO, it’s too soon!
Fortunately, we still have a lot of this wonderful season left to enjoy being outdoors.
You might find that you need a design item or two to see you through the rest of summer and you don’t want to spend a lot of money for them. And you don’t need to.
This week’s design post gives you 10 product ideas that won’t break your budget and yet still offer lots of design style.
Add an umbrella that has the same pattern as those striped swimsuits of the 1920s.
  • IKEA
    A must for those who wish they were lounging in the Riviera with the Fitzgeralds and other ‘Lost Generation’ personalities. RAMSÖ umbrella (in red or blue), $14.99, IKEA.
  • Candleholders turn discount pillars into lovely “mood lighting.”
    TJ Maxx
    Especially good for those of us who have too many candles hanging around their home, anyway. Candleholders, $9.99 each, from TJ Maxx stores.
  • A nice pillow makes that “vintage” aluminum deck chair look so much better.
    TJ Maxx
    Bring it inside and boom, instant sofa makeover. Floral pillow, $19.99, from TJ Maxx stores.
  • Upgrade your BBQ dinner with a nautical table runner.
    Marshalls
    Table runners are slightly heavier than tablecloths, so they’re less likely to billow in the breeze. Anchor Table Runner, $16.99, from Marshalls stores.
  • Ceramic pots make even the saddest container plant look…well, not sad.
    TJ Maxx
    You can also use planters to hold utensils or snacks (just line the pot first). Ceramic pots, $12.99-$29.99, from TJ Maxx stores.
  • Why bother with bulbs when you can light a walkway with FIRE?
    Lowe’s
    If there’s one advantage to being a homeowner, it’s the ability to add torches to your outdoor decor. Fire Sense 2-Pack Tivoli 77-inch Polished Aluminum Metal Fire Torch, $45, from Lowe’s.
  • Clear string lights really go with anything.
    Target
    The round glass shades also add a little more style than the traditional “Christmas”-style string lights. Room Essentials Clear Globe Lights, $14.99, from Target.
  • A mobile can add a little glimpse of color in a sun-bleached backyard.
    Kind of like having a chandelier in your porch, gazebo or tree. “Glass Raindrops” Kinetic Hanging Mobile, $31.99, from Target (online only).
  • This beverage tub combo is for those of us who always like a cold drink nearby.
    Home Depot
    Especially handy for those who entertain and are tired of answering the question “Where are the drinks?” Geranium Beverage Tub With Tray On Stand, $39, Home Depot (online only).
  • An outdoor rug will save your patio (and hide the weird stain left behind from last summer).
    Home Decorators Collection
    You can also use this indoors, particularly in high-traffic areas. Just hose it off and it’s clean. Kastoria Area Rug in Blue, $47 for a 4’x5’7″ rug, Home Decorators Collection.
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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