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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Mar 23

Mirror Mirror…

Posted In Art, Decorating, Move-in's, Redesign, staging, Styling, Uncategorized

What does your mirror reflect? It’s so much more interesting when you can see the reflection of something pretty inside the frame, like here, where mirrors show off the attractive rooms they live in:

 

The view in the mirror can also be of the view… out of a window on the opposite or adjacent wall.  This reflection will bring ALOT more bright light into the “mirrored” corner of the room… great for dark spaces!

Be sure your mirrors are doing double duty in your rooms, looking great where they are hanging AND reflecting something attractive.  If you see a not-so-nice view, of the ceiling, a bathroom cabinet, the TV, or a messy corner of the room, maybe it’s time to move the mirror to a new location.  OR, try tilting the mirror slightly… down, with the frame away from the wall a bit, or up with the frame lined up flat up against the wall. You’ll be surprised at how differently the mirror reflects with this tiny shift!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jan 26

Old Furniture, New Look

Posted In Redesign, staging, Styling

She said her furniture was old and not very stylish, but she liked it anyway.  It’d been with her for many many years.

She said she wanted to treat herself to a makeover… a birthday gift to herself.  A new look for the home she spends so much time in.  We asked her to leave for several hours while we pushed and shoved, angled and repositioned, hung and styled.

She had been on pins and needles while we worked, and could hardly wait to come home and celebrate a birthday that started with an “8.”  Let the party begin!  It’s NEVER ever too late to make your life more beautiful.

 

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