Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Inspired by Gelato

My fist thought with this series of photos is "accessorize"!
Someone put a lot of thought into the finishing touches on displaying this gelato. The details are incredible: a lemon is sliced and carved with a ric-rac pattern, the berries are sliced, mixed and set in striped pattern with the colors alternating nicely. The details and accessories in your home need the same attention. The colors, textures, shapes, proportions and placement are what really takes a room from "oh" to "wow"!

This picture shows a range of color that I would classify as neutral. When you combine them you get a smooth and clean palette in nature's most basic colors.
The textures range from velvety cinnamon, hard nuts, soft bananas and smooth gelato. The textures bring it all to life!

Here is a great way to update a little girls room as she enters the tween years...remember when she insisted on pink? Now she wants eliminate it from her life!
Add red, accent with a bit of green. Use textures so it doesn't look like Christmas. Do your shopping at Target or Home Goods because she is going to change her mind again soon!

Coffee, chocolate and gelato. I love the tones and textures.
Paint the walls a creamy beige, cover the sofa in a chocolate brown chenille and add a coffee table in a dark espresso brown. I would like to place this on a shaggy rug in a light caramel color!

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Orange is a Classic

I took these pictures at Stephanie's on Newbury in Boston.
I loved the orange painted in the back of this classic built in sideboard. What a great way to update an antique! The color has allowed the rest of the decor in the room to head in a more contemporary direction.

The melon color is really just an accent to brighten things up when combined with the deeper tones in the lamp, carpet and seating.

This partition between tables is great looking in this traditional setting. It lets in the natural light from outside yet gives a bit of privacy to the tables.

The food was just as good as the decor! If you find yourself shopping on Newbury Street in Boston be sure to visit Stephanie's! It is right across the street from Nike Town!

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

I recently visited Rappahannock Masonry Supply with a client to select stone veneer for her fireplace. I was inspired by their clever and creative ideas!

The picture at left is a close up showing a piece of stone cut in the shape of a fish! What a great idea for a sport fisherman's home! It is subtle yet quirky!

A talented stone cutter/setter can make all of the difference in a room. Rappahannock Masonry Supply came up with a great way to conceal the fireplace's on-off switch.
The look we want is this:
What we get is this:

How did they do it?
A piece of stone was cut to fill in the area and conceal the switch!

Rappahannock Masonry Supply is located in White Marsh, Virginia on the George Washington Memorial Highway. You can contact them at 804.693.3606.
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