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Jan
07

The Perfect Bookcase Arrangement

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We recently completed a wonderful renovation of a Lake Gaston home.  It began with a kitchen update.  The project then expanded to include most of the first floor.  All the contents of this floor were stored while the pine floors were refinished.  Moving back-in required a lot of organization so we tackled the large expanse of bookcases first.  Here is the ‘’before’’ picture which we used as a reference to source out additional accessories and to incorporate with the owner’s objects.

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Before-The dark painted background, standard book placement and accessories needed updating and organizing.

First, we updated the pine cabinetry by lightening the back of the bookcases with a natural color grasscloth wallcovering. I love the added texture and interest of grasscloth.bookcase-grasscloth-stager-height-books-bookends

We began with the placement of the owner’s books.  We added appeal by placing the books vertically and horizontally and staggering the heights.  Books placed horizontally can also act as risers to vary the height in a collection of items. Interesting bookends completed the look.

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Stagger the height of books and add interesting bookends!

Mixing metals, patterns, textures and colors are a must!  We kept the displays meaningful by including several of the owners’ black and white photographs, family photos, career memorabilia and awards.  One of my favorite items in the owners’ collection was the vintage children’s books of the States.

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In the lower right hand corner is the collection of vintage children’s books of the States.

Last but not least is lighting the bookcases. If your bookcases do not have built-in lighting, the addition of some type of lighting is a “must”.  Include small bookshelf lamps where a power source in available. Remote control battery operated candles make it easy to place candlesticks throughout the shelves.

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Fill that vacant space above a bookcase with large objects and art. Add lighting with bookshelf lamps and remote battery powered candles!

Here it is-the “after” bookcases!  Layering various elements, staggering heights, and keeping items in odd number groups creates a pleasing array. 

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After-Bookcase accessorized with assorted photos, candles and collectibles.

So stand back, a take a look at your bookcases.  Shake it up a bit by using the above tips to create you own perfect bookcase arrangement.

Show us your bookcase projects!

Happy arranging!

Mary

Jul
16

Finding fun and finds in Atlanta!

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We just returned from our semi-annual market trip to Atlanta.  Boy did we pack a lot into this trip!

We were pleased to be invited to a Retailers Round Table Breakfast sponsored by Home Accents Today Magazine at the Capital City Club.  This was a small group of retailers ranging from one of the largest online home fashions companies (Wayfair) to independent interior designers.  We shared insights about consumer buying trends, the use of social media and other business issues.  It was a great to take part in this forum and express our ideas amongst our national peers.

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Later the same day we were invited to the largest awards event in the gift and home industry, The Icon Awards.  Thanks to Home Accents Today magazine, we were guests at their table to hear the presentations of the awards to so many deserving companies.  Most of the award winners have built very successful, large companies that are very involved in local, national and international causes.  It makes one feel very fortunate to be involved in this industry. Entertainment for the evening was a performance by the band Heart.  Do you remember their most popular song in the 70’s?  Here is a short clip of part of their performance.    http://youtu.be/81h0yD78ns

Now for the finds.  Here are a few of the interesting displays and items we found.

Solaria 26″ Globe Chandelier was amazing.  They just introduced this fixture in multiple colors.

Solaria chandelier 26 diameter painted gold or silver finish stunning

Contemporary large art was everywhere.  Here is a pair of prints from Paragon.

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This window display at Mud Pie was still showing the chalk board theme for the holidays.  Santa, Mrs. Claus and the reindeer have their places marked on this chalk board runner.  We are not over this trend just yet.

Set your holiday table with a chalkboard motif

This cute display of stuffed animals on inner-tubes and slides was quite eye-catching. Great merchandising…we bought some of these cute Knitzie animals.

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Dixie was into head-gear as evidenced by her many poses in various hats and headbands.

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The girls and I did manage to have some fun with an afternoon glass of champagne with floating Wild Hibiscus Flowers…soon to be available at MSLL.

Girls having fun in Atlanta at Americasmart Kehe booth hibiscus flower champagne cocktail

One more shot of our late evening play-a ride on the Atlanta ferris wheel at Olympic Park, adjacent to our hotel!

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So-these girls do know how to have fun mixed with a lots of work!

You can look forward to lots of new items starting to arrive any day!

Mary

Mary Sherwood Lake Living -Working with you to create your lifestyle!

Mar
19

What’s Going On Your Gallery Wall?

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Art in a home is a personal element and a reflection of the homeowners.  Rather than using one specific statement piece, why not highlight a multitude of items that reflect your style using a gallery wall?

The possibilities for a gallery wall are endless.  You can use a variety of frames, sizes, and mat colors unified with a central theme to create one large focal point like these framed maps.

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If you’re not quite this eclectic, you can use matching frame colors, styles, and mats in a random pattern to create unity between varied themes.  This gives the eye a place to rest between images.

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If you’re a little OCD like myself, you can also use varied imagery placed in a linear pattern to make the gallery appear more symmetrical.

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If you’re a fan of color, remember that painting the wall behind your gallery with a great color or even highlighting one specific piece of art within your arrangement can make a huge impact.

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And if you’re noncommittal and can’t decide what to put in your gallery, using picture ledges is the perfect option.  It allows you to easily display your current faves, while giving you the flexibility to move them around or replace them on the spur of the moment.

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No matter your design style, a gallery wall is an ideal solution to show off who you are and what makes you smile!

What’s going on your gallery wall?

Michelle

Mary Sherwood Lake Living working with you to create your lifestyle!

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Oct
21

Paul strikes again…

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Heart ArtThe Fall is a very busy season for all of us.  There are lots of festivals, football games, tailgating parties and community events.  As we are in the countdown days of the local Fall for the Arts event my wonderful husband, Paul, strikes again but not in a way you may imagine.

Read here for his latest “heart felt” blog post.

Paul writes:

“Tonight is a night for celebration.  Mary and I ate dinner together!

I guess that bears a little explaining.

Today I had a need… (Don’t go there!).  Mary and I have been working really hard, thanks to all of you (come on!  That was a genuine “Thank you”!).  Recently, I’ve been catching up on taxes (Oct 15th).  To do so I had to go into the office about 6 AM each morning for several days.  Once that was done there was a delivery to be made in Maryland.  Before I could get home from that trip Mary and Autumn left for market and were gone for 4 days.  In addition, we’re ramping up to Fall for the Arts this weekend at Lake Gaston.  As Chairman I’ve had a lot going on.  Then, there is still Mary Sherwood Lake Living requiring time and attention.  So there sometimes isn’t enough time for Paul and Mary.

So, it’s been about 2 weeks since Mary and I have even had the privilege of having breakfast together!

If you’ve been around me at all you know I love to kid about how it’s necessary for the guy to keep his head down or how that information may be above the guy’s pay-grade!  Most of my buddies agree:  things would be a lot simpler and easier if we didn’t have to translate woman-speak into man-speak.

All of which is pointing up the differences between Mary’s and my approach to things in general.

I don’t know how it is for each of you, but it appears that, none the less, I do miss my wife when I don’t see her for a while. And I have to say, I needed some time where Mary and I just enjoyed being together.  And that’s what we did at the dinner table last night.  The conversation was all work-related, but we both just enjoyed being able to share something we both love.”

Thanks, Paul! How I do love this man!

Now that we have totally become sentimental for a brief moment in time I have to remind you there is still time to purchase tickets for the 3rd Annual Fall for the Arts sponsored by O’Sail.  It is this Saturday, October 23, 10 AM – 5 PM.  Purchase tickets from our store or at the site(s) the day of the event.

I’ll be roaming the sites and hope to see a lot of MSLL friends.

It is going to be a beautiful Fall weekend at Lake Gaston for the art tour!

Enjoy!

Mary

BTW… Coming soon-our picture blog of Hot Trends from High Point!

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