10.30.2014

Making it Prettier. What's Your Opinion?

Aren't these orderly books pretty and colorful?
 This is an after photo...I suggested my client remove the shiny book jackets and order by size and/or color.  An easy tip.  I like "air" on my bookshelves but my client likes a library look (I really like both ways).  I also suggested putting the paper back books someplace else.


I recommended placing art on the other side of the television for symmetry...and a few small things, like lighting but mostly my client did this herself...great job!   The chair is from Pottery Barn and the ottoman is from Ethan Allan.
The real reason she called me was for her master bedroom.   She has two celadon green club chairs so we are going with creams, greens and teal.  It's mostly ordered but it will take a while...stay tuned.

Another client in Walnut Creek, California wants a window treatment to finish off her new kitchen.  Does anyone know a good window treatment fabricator in the East Bay???  It would be easier if it didn't have to be shipped but we may go that route.

I gave her these two ideas. Which do you like? And my stack of blue fabrics for her to peruse is growing.  Here are some...


Kravet Kamala Mist my sample has a whiter background.

Which do you like?

 The weather is glorious here in San Francisco.  


But I'm packing for slightly cooler weather...my husband, sister and I are off to England.  I will be checking in from there. 
Meanwhile, our little Chief (on the left) is vacationing in San Diego with his brother (same litter), Judge.  My mom's white Bichon, Ginger, runs a tight ship.  Can you tell by Chief's body language?

39 comments:

  1. I like them mounted above - it looks fuller and cleaner. The Robert Allen United Vines and the Schumacher Vallier Vine are my faves.

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  2. Mary Ann I just have always loved the Roman shade, that is my pick and great fabrics by the way!!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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  3. Such great ideas for book case styling and the before and afters really tell the tale. I used to have a Hollingsworth Green dining room. I love that color and everyone who came into the dining room commented on how pretty it was!

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  4. What a difference to that bookshelf. Definitely an idea to try! Love the doggies. Xx Sharon

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  5. I like what you did with the mantel and bookcase; it definitely is more visually appealing. But as a book person, I have a mixed reaction to arranging the books by color; it just does not seem right! That is not their purpose. Still, it looks good.

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  6. oh how I love that you're off to England. I only wish I was going with ;) safe travels. the Schumacher mendhi is my fav of the bunch but I know any of those that you picked will be divine. I definitely recommend lynn chalk to do the windows...she mailed my roman shade with no problems, even included the wall anchors and hardware needed. she carries high end fabrics and gives a nice discount plus the workmanship is superb :)

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  7. So pretty! I like the inside mount in the Schumacher Mehndi linen. The inside mount feels more current to me for some reason! I think it's b/c of the soffit above the the bay window area and since you can't go all the way up, I'm thinking inside is best - feels less cramped. Enjoy your trip! M.

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  8. Inside mount. It looks less cluttered plus shows of the attractive window elements! Good work as usual.
    Tell Lisa hello!

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  9. I like the inside mount and roman shades, but I would say it depends on whether she needs/wants to be able to lower the shades. Is direct sun an issue? Or privacy? But the molding is pretty, so it seems a shame to hide it all with the valance.
    Oh that Chief: love the body language! Hurry home Mom, he's saying. Have a wonderful trip.

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  10. Looking good and busy! Sounds like a trip to England is coming at a great time..lucky lady.

    I love the inside mount though both are pretty, and my favorite fabrics are Mehndi Linen, Kamala mist and Vallier vine...can't wait to see.

    Safe travels, have a ball!

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  11. Hi Mary Ann,
    I'm torn over the books being arranged by color. I like it because it looks neater, it's different and since color blocking is popular now...it works. But I didn't mind it before. And yes, the paperbacks have to go to another hiding place! Can't wait to see her bedroom reveal, it's going to be beautiful. I vote for inside mount for the shades. Looks lighter and I like to see the pretty window mouldings and fabric fav is Vallier Vine and second Mehndi. What a lucky girl you are...off to England. Have a wonderful time and take lots of pic to share with your followers. Safe travels. xo Gail

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  12. My husband and I have "argued" for years over book jackets! Have lots of areas for books in our home. I don't have a library look, more or less "styled" shelving with other items. I have tried to keep my books together by subject......design, novels, cooking and the like.
    I love the way your room looks. So balanced!!! I like the inside l window treatment if it's practical.
    Looking forward to the bedroom reveal.

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  13. Hi MaryAnn! I love the living room refresh ... looks prettier and cleaner now. As far as window treatment I love a large outside mount roman shade hung above the window in a kitchen but since it looks like a bay angled window you may have to go with inside mount roman shades. I totally love the Robert allen fabric I have that in my stash and am waiting to use it on someone with that being said the Schumacher one looks fab too!! Enjoy your vacation to England!!

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  14. Thanks for everyone's "weigh in"...we shall see...I really like both window treatments. Seems like we'd get to see more of the fabric with the outside mount. But I have always loved Roman shades. I'm all packed!

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  15. Great styling, Mary Ann! I love the inside mount in Mehndi Linen. Have a wonderful time!

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  16. Mary Ann,
    I love the after pics of the bookcase and mantle. What a positive difference.
    I like the above mounted window treatment with the Schumacher Vallier fabric.
    I'm jealous, England is my favorite place to visit in the world. Have fun.
    Karen

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  17. Lucky client! I love the changes to the mantel - it made such a difference. And for the window treatment, Pam took the words right out of my mouth. I like the Roman shade in the Mehndi Linen. Hope you have a great time in England - will be following you on IG!

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  18. Ha, ha. Chief is going to miss you something fierce! Bon Voyage. Looking forward to hearing about your travels.

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  19. Huge difference! I am going to go to my book shelves now... Thanks!

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  20. Am going to work on my book shelves too! :) Love Roman shades! I can tell that Chief is going to miss you! Have a great trip!

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  21. You have been busy...cant wait to see the master bedroom and everything else...have a good time in England.

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  22. I can highly recommend Laurie Eaton in Pleasanton for window treatments and other soft furnishings
    http://eatonsinteriors.com/home/

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  23. Hi Maryann,
    I love your peaceful master bedroom design. May I ask for the source on the dresser? Buon Viaggio!

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  24. I always take off the book jackets. it just looks so much better!!!! can't wait to see that green bedroom, it looks gorgeous!!!!!!!!!

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  25. The bookshelf looks so much neater. Love the fabrics! The first Schumacher and the Kravet are my favorites!
    Happy Halloween!
    Shelley

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  26. I love the bookshelf after it was restyled, so much more pleasing to the eyes. The design board looks great, can't wait to see the finished room. Beautiful fabrics, the second and third options are my favorites!

    Enjoy your trip!

    P/S: Love your dog's expression! :)

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  27. LOVE your comment about your sister's dog! So cute! And love the books without the shiny dust covers and arranged by color....it draws your eye, but in a good way. Looks so organized, but real!

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  28. How I would love to be off to England right now! Have a great time. Poor chief. Third wheel came to mind lol! Your taste is so lovely, it really doesn't matter what she picks. I like the softness of the roman bottom but the height of the valance, so I would combine them and do a softer bottom on the valance. Like you needed another opinion ;-)

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  29. Hi, I love the Robert Allen Bottle Garden fabric! Enuoy your trip. Love your posts.
    Claudia

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  30. I also like taking off book covers. They look so much nicer without! And, adding a bit of pink in the room added so much. These fabrics are all beautiful!! I hope you're enjoying a fantastic trip, Mary Ann!

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  31. I am a big fan of taking off the book covers too. Little things like that can make such a great difference. Have a great time on your trip!

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  32. Haha, I don't think Chief is very happy not being the boss. :) I love what you did to the shelving unit, it's funny how such simple things make a huge impact. That corner looks organized right now and not so "all over the place". Have a good time in England. I am looking forward to reading your updates from there.

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  33. You know I always tell you that you are the master at bookcase styling and this one is no exception. Can't wait to see the beautiful room you are creating - enjoy your trip!!

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  34. Great idea to put covers to the books and order them by colours! It look ways much better than before.

    Steam carpet cleaning Chelsea

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  35. I do not know why people keep paperbacks! So many times I have argued with them about that! The LR looks better already and I know the master bedroom will be awesome....Have fun in England and poor Chief....I always hate leaving my boo.

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  36. Your place looks lovely! The dogs are very cute too
    Bethany, BuildinLondon

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  37. The Roman shades get my vote placed inside to also enjoy the moulding. The Robert Allan vine choices would be my favorites.

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  38. I just want to have enough money for the repairwork after the flooding

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