I've been enjoying myself in Manhattan (Howard is working and I am not :). Annie from Most Lovely Things and I had a petit déjeuner at Bel Ami (we connected as bloggers when she lived in Orange County and now she has a cool house in Connecticut).
Then we strolled through the exquisite Ralph Lauren showrooms on the Upper East Side.
Recently, I completed two custom family room e-designs for families in Pennsylvania and Texas. Here's what you can use for your decorating plan:
- Do a floor plan on grid paper to see how your furniture will fit. Have about 36" for walkways and about 18" to your coffee table.
- Start with an inspiration piece like artwork or a rug or fabric (in these two family rooms the first one used a rug the homeowner wanted to buy and the second used an existing rug)
- Place the furniture in a conversational grouping and mix it up so that it's not all matching.
- Declutter all your accessories and place in one area. Then shop from what you own. When it looks just right, stop and store or giveaway the rest.
- Fill in with something fresh like plants, flowers or a tree.
- Choose colors or neutrals that you like (check out your closet)
- Create a focal point from where you stand when you enter the room.
- I always like to throw in a luxurious cashmere throw...a gift to yourself. And remember the importance of pretty new pillows!
Here is the floor plan for the mood board above. Denise has a two story stone fireplace.
Her sofas and chairs were existing.
This Eva rug from Pottery Barn is a good deal on sale right now--and Denise needed a 10' x 14'!
In this design, Rose Ann has a local carpenter who will build her media center. She bought ivory linen curtains with a navy border and wanted to introduce more color. Again, her colorful rug was the starting point.
We can all use a reminder to be
kinder in everyday situations...
Nancy's post did just that for me
(be prepared to get teary-eyed).
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
to inquire about making your home a fresh reflection of you.
Thanks for visiting!