May 01

The Space Beneath

Posted In Art, Decorating, Organization, Plants, Redesign, staging, Uncategorized

Decorating a room in your home? Don’t forget…. the job isn’t finished until the accessorizing has been done.

One area that is often neglected when accessorizing: the space beneath… beneath coffee tables, side tables, sofa tables, etc etc…  Put together a fun little combination of pieces to go beneath your tables and you’ll have something much more interesting to look at than the blank floor and wall behind it.  Leggy tables are especially perfect for a little extra accessorizing.

Decorating beneath the furniture makes your room look more interesting… at every level.

And from every angle.

And sometimes, these spaces beneath provide the perfect place for storage… for those things we don’t need everyday like books, toys or an extra seat or ottoman.

Remember to finish off those decorating projects.. and fill in those crazy little spaces beneath.

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Apr 13

Building a Focal Point

Posted In Art, Budget, Decorating, Green Design, Move-in's, Plants, Recycle/Reuse, Redesign, Styling, Uncategorized

With no fireplace in this living room, it was in desperate need of some kind of focal point . Shelves would have worked well, as would a hutch or armoire, or even a very large piece of art.  But for this project our job was to use what was already in the house… nothing new.  None of the pieces alone would be big enough for this very tall wall, but in combination, they will work beautifully.

To start… a bamboo sofa table, the perfect base and grounding piece for the arrangement we are building above it.  The art and mirror go high on the wall, leaving room for other pieces to sit on the table.

Next, we kept layering art, leaning some of it on the table and against the wall. Accessories were added, providing color, texture and height.

One last layer under the table… 2 ottomans, ready to pull out and use for extra seating.

The final product… this wall has now become a beautiful focal point for the room!

The secret… layering.  Lots and lots of it, from high to low, front to back, and left to right… and all with items found around the house and in the garage. It’s always surprising, and rewarding, to see how great a room can look…. without spending a dime on new things!  Give it a try!!

 

 

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Apr 06

Candlestick-Style Lamps

Posted In Art, Decorating, Redesign, staging, Styling, Uncategorized

Most of us would think to place matching candlestick style lamps at the opposite ends of the mantle, sofa table or buffet they sit on.  But sometimes, especially in a casual or eclectic-style home, they look SO MUCH better sitting on the same side, right next to one another.

Here, two lamps were placed side by side, with one propped up a little higher on a stack of books.  I love this non-traditional and less stuffy look.  Do you?

 

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