Friday, February 22, 2013

Fall In Love With Your Home: Kid’s Rooms

We often spend a lot of time thinking about our living, dining and other main family rooms, but what about bedroom design for kids? Choosing a space that’s organized and makes your child happy can be tough, but with two kids of my own, it’s one of my favorite challenges.

My favorite inspiration for children is Pottery Barn Kids and Teen—these kids know how to have fun with their rooms. For practical bedding, Traditions by Pamela Kline is my go-to, and for fun bedding I like Davenport Home.

Whether you child’s style is fun or sophisticated and whether they are young or a tween, I’ve got tons of ways to make their room reflect their style and remain clean. Custom window treatments with a special touch is usually my suggestion for a long-term investment, because when done correctly, it can last you from toddler to teen. Bedding, area rugs, lighting and accents can be the bargain priced “trendy” items that you can swap out as your child’s tastes change.



This boy's room valence features varsity stripes in fun colors. It's a look a boy can grow up with. 



For girls, I like a white or ivory valence with a color accent.  White goes with anything and the pop of color will adapt to the changing tastes and wall colors of growing girls.  In this pic, make sure not to miss the Paris flea market chandelier—what a fun touch for a girl!



This is another example from a girl's room. The pop of green is fun and can be incorporated into a variety of color schemes.






 This Manakin Sabot bedroom for a preteen has bright colors and a whimsical window treatment with perching birds—again that it's white with a color accent.



Want to design yourself with a little extra help? This month I'm introducing my Children’s Bedroom Design Starter kit at DeCOR. For $545 you get color suggestions, a floor plan and one or two concept elevations. You also get a cd with links to products you can purchase separately to put the room together.


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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Endless Search: Fun and Exotic Fabrics


Who will be bold enough to step out and spice up their decor?
In my constant search for fabrics I often come across prints or textures that are wild, ridiculous, amazing, creative or clever. However, I hardly ever have an end use for them. They make great accents to a more traditional decor and add plenty of personality, yet people are often scared to take a walk on the creative side. 

Two of my favorite companies for unusual fabrics are Donghia and JAB—check them out and let your imagination run wild. In general, I generally prefer using these innovative fabrics in window treatments. Here are some more of my favorite ways I've used out-of-the-ordinary fabrics:



At first glance these appear to be traditional drapes, but look a bit closer and you'll notice that the edges are trimmed with feathers. It's unexpected and outrageous, but it also blends nicely with the rest of the decor.


Here, bright orange dots were tacked to sheer fabric to create light and movement in the drapes.


Here's a closer look at the drape fabric.


In this room, eggplant and silvery sage alternating bold stripes turned horizontally create a great backdrop for a transitional look.



This window treatment was inspired by a client’s outfit—she was wearing a loose, knit sweater over a sequin a top. I love the shadowed, shimmer effect we achieved.  



This fabric is over the top! Patent vinyl strips are stitched on a basic sheer. I think this fabric is just mesmerizing —who wants me to help them find a use for this?

The "Fun" section of my portfolio shows even more places where I've successfully used exotic fabrics and trends.

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