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Nov
08

Project details…so, so many!

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Recently at the High Point Furniture Market I selected a lot options for furnishings and accessories for a guest house project.  I started with the upholstery pieces and fabrics.  The rest of the accessories, rugs, and bedding followed suit.  Here is where we started.

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A number of fabrics were selected and the then narrowed down to the samples above.

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Here are the seating styles (not shown with the selected fabrics).

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Many accents tables, lamps and accessories were selected to compliment the color scheme of the fabrics.  I think the items in the two photos above are keepers!  Can you see how the accent fabric in the first picture at the very top coordinates with the table and trays?

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The guest bedroom is tied in with the first floor furnishings with grey and golden hues in the bedding and area rugs.  (Note: the MBR rug is not in the guest house.  A different palette was selected for that space.)

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When complete the “HAPPY” sign will hang in this guest space to make you smile and be happy!

The wealth of products at the High Point market always amazes me.  Can you see how shopping this market can really make a project come together?

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts about these project selections.

All the best!

Mary

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May
25

Cottage Style with Pops of Red

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Finally a small peek at the little cottage project we started last Fall!

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The most dramatic change in this little house was the removal of the wall separating the living space and the kitchen.  This house is only 1000 sf.  We needed to give it as much open space as possible.

We did several posts about this project while in process.  Here is a link for a look at the original kitchen (before)!  Here is the after:

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The kitchen renovation in such a small space turned out great!  Very functional and easy to clean with painted white cabinets, marble-like quartz countertops and porcelain wood-look tile throughout.  The red Viking range is really brighter than shown and sets this white kitchen apart from all the others.  (Sorry the photos in this post are not the best)

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“Touches of red” accents are used throughout the space to give it the pop.

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This red framed Monopoly board fit perfect on the dining nook wall.  It was created by the owner’s father who recently past away.  It was nice to incorporate this special, sentimental piece.

To see a few more back scene shots during construction go to the Cottage Re-do post.

The house is small but great for a couple or as a weekend get-a-way!  Comfy furnishings with deep sea blue and red accents complete the living space.

 

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I think I could live here!  How about you?

We are so busy here with work and play!  Stay tuned for more to come!

Mary

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May
18

An Anniversary and the New Chapter

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Today’s blog is not about design trends, gardening or travel.  It is about how wonderful it feels to celebrate the first year of our new personal journey.

On May 15, 2015 Charlotte Webb Smith purchased Mary Sherwood Lake Living.  That business was our heart and soul for 28 years.  It was difficult to let it go.  It was exciting at the same time to be given the opportunity to create a new chapter(s) in our lives.  Thank you Charlotte and all our loyal friends for such a wonderful experience at Lake Gaston. There is not another place I would have rather been.  Working and living at Lake Gaston was a gift!

In our new Tucson location there was a lot to write about in our first chapter.   Scroll back through the blogs on our web site to catch up with some interest reading of our new adventures and experiences.

Here is the beginning of Chapter 2.  Paul and I are becoming engaged with life outside of owning and operating a business.  He continues to explore the backroads of AZ and the surrounding areas on his motorcycle.  He is volunteering with the Aquaponics Project at the University of AZ’s Biosphere 2.   His computer skills has enabled him to help set up a new network system for our community computer club.biosphere2_aquaponics-gardening

I have found there is a life outside of MSLL.  For so many years my world revolved around that business.  Today I have a nice mix.  Number one, I am exercising more and enjoying every minute.  I am learning all about how to grow and nurture plants in the desert.  I have found a new artistic outlet creating fused glass art. I take on interior design projects that keep me professionally engaged and excited about design.  I enjoy blogging to keep connected with all my loyal followers and friends.  Reading your comments makes me feel the attachment with my NC family and our new found friends.design_kitchen_remodel_

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I think a big part of the up-coming chapter is an opportunity Paul and I have to help mentor a young female physician open a new practice in the Tucson area.  Pooling our skills of healthcare, small business and design along with a few other very smart business friends we hope to guide and enable this young woman to be all she can be in her profession.  She is enthusiastic about being a primary care physician and seeking a better way to have more interaction with her patients.  We applaud her efforts.  Here is a recent article about Direct Primary Care Medicine to give you more information about this type of health care practice.

We hope to have her ready to launch her new practice in the next few months. Brainstorming about the location, the business management, the build-out of the office site and the marketing is exciting!  I will keep you updated as the plans progress.

So as you can see there is never a dull moment.  We are so grateful to each and everyone of you who helped us grow in our business and personal life.  Now hopefully we can do the same for this young professional woman.

New exotic granite finds or the medical office design or a whole house renovation are topics all rolling around in my head for next week’s blog.

Any preference of what you would like to hear about next?

In business and in life every day is a new adventure.  Don’t let it pass you by!

Love you all!

Mary

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Apr
26

High Point “Style Spots”

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I am back after a very productive and enjoyable trip to North Carolina.  The final days of my trip were spent at the semi-annual High Point Furniture Market.  I have been going to this market since 1988 (too many times to count).  I am always amazed each season by the creative, new introductions.

Several years ago the market center starting selecting interior designer “style spotters” to pick their favorite market finds and trends.  I am not one of those “elite” but I pick my own recurrent trends I see as I travel by foot the unbelievable many miles of market.  (I rack up a lot of steps :).

There are so many things I want to share but will only include the following three categories for this post.

Licensed fabrics (category 1) by well known designers are products the designer and the furniture/fabric companies partner together to create a “designer line”.  It is really big right now!  Here are three market introductions.

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This is a display as you enter the Suites of Market Square building.  I love the juxtaposed chairs on top of the Kravet lettering introducing their partnered fabric by well know fashion designer Kate Spade.  The fabrics on these chairs represent just few of her new Kravet fabrics.

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The above picture shows a new fabric line for Duralee Fabrics and Fine Furnishings by designer John Robshaw.  After traveling and studying in the exotic countries of Indonesia he has created a real “Moroccan” feel to his new fabrics.  You may also find his name on many bedding and accessory lines.

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This is a furniture group at C.R. Laine, a North Carolina upholstery manufacturer.  This season they once again partnered with interior designer Tobi Fairley to introduce new seating using Duralee fabrics.  This is an exciting collaboration for the designer, furniture and fabric companies.  Each bring their reputation and name to help market this new line.

Lighter wood finishes (category 2) where shown in several showrooms.

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Stacked chest shown by Noir.

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Staggered chest by CFD.

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Live edge tables have been available for many markets but this is a lighter finish combined to incorporate the natural look with a light touch by Taracea.

Industrial hardware (category 3) was much more prominent this season. Many furniture lines incorporated barn door style hardware.high_point_barn_door_hardware_small_wine_chest_homeaccenys

Barn door adapted hardware on a small wine chest with a lighter finish.

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Barn door hardware with a moroccan twist on a rustic sideboard.

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Oversized industrial hardware on a server.

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Love the placement of this heavy hardware side by side on drawers creating the appearance of a large piece of hardware.

No matter what your personal style I hope you enjoyed seeing a few of my market style spots!  More to come later!

It is good to be getting back to the blog posts and more of my daily routine.

BTW: Just had a visit by my friend, Brenda Blackburn Morrison from the Baltimore area.  She is an avid exerciser and just about killed me.  With walked, swam and did aerobics as well a some lounging in the sun!  Thanks, Brenda for a great visit!

Until next week…keep creating you lifestyle!

Mary

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Jan
12

Eye Candy for Your Home

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While visiting Santa Monica I took a walk to the downtown mall and promenade.  I asked Paul to join me and we ended up on a very long walk with shopping mixed in, much to his dismay. (Sorry, Paul) 🙂  I took a quick look in the Jonathan Adler showroom and couldn’t help but smile.  His mix of color and somewhat “quirky” pop-art accessories are dynamic.  I do not usually follow designers and their backgrounds but after my visit to his Santa Monica store I did a little research. Jonathan Adler has been making pottery since his teen years and has gone on to develop his own style of trendy accessories, furnishings and design.  I love his mission statement:  “We are a design company. Our philosophy:  Build a timelessly chic foundation, then accessorize with abandon.”  Here is a link to find out more about Jonathan Adler.

The Jonathan Adler storefront in downtown Santa Monica stands out in the crowd with the brass, navy and orange color scheme.

The Jonathan Adler storefront in downtown Santa Monica stands out in the crowd with the brass, navy and orange color scheme.

My favorite things:

Malachite wallpaper sets the stage for the white console and gold accents.

Malachite wallpaper sets the stage for the white console and gold accents.

White, gold and black are stunning in the table setting with 1948* Dinnerware

White, gold and black are stunning in the table setting with 1948* Dinnerware

 

Very chic sofa with clean lines and tufted seat and back. Always love the turquoise!

Very chic mid-century style sofa with clean lines and tufted seat and back. Always love the turquoise!

 

Love the c Jere' Raindrop Large Mirror

Love the C Jere’ Raindrop Large Mirror! I am always attracted to large round mirrors!

 

Bedding group with lots of mixed textures. My favorite accessories are the Mr & Mrs needlepoint pillows.

Bedding group with lots of mixed textures. My favorite accessories are the Mr & Mrs needlepoint pillows.

 

Neutral black and grey palette with a pop of purple in the giant Lucite Foot!

Neutral black and grey palette with a pop of purple in the giant Lucite Foot!

I hope this very limited peek into Jonathan Adler’s world has put a smile on your face, even if this is not your personal style.  There are are thirty store in many major cities where you can take a closer look.

Remember his philosophy:  “Accessorize with abandon!”

I totally agree-love your style and love your surroundings.  Whatever makes you smile!

Is there anything here in these pictures that make you smile?  Let me hear from you!

Regards!

Mary

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Nov
11

Tale of the Tubac Table

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Another very busy week! WHEW!  As we continue to get grounded in our new location the days are full and the skies are most often clear blue.  This past week I tried my hand at fused glass art.  Some practice pieces are out of the kiln but nothing to brag about yet.  We made our final furniture delivery to the Dove Mountain project.  The photography is scheduled for next week. On Saturday I found the ONLY wholesale florist in Tucson so I could throw together two flower arrangements for a friend’s 90th birthday. The true highlight of the week was the arrival of our custom-made dining table.  So here is the tale…

While visiting last July, prior to our relocation to Tucson, Paul and I decided to take a ride to a much talked about small village 50 miles south, Tubac Village.  (Go here for more information on Tubac Village)

Art and history are the backbones of the small village in southern Arizona. Truly a place to visit and stroll through the streets, visit the shops and eat at a side walk cafe.

Needless to say we were fairly naive about traveling further south into the desert in the middle of summer. Once we arrived at the village we realized the “error in our ways”.  Because of the extreme heat of the summer afternoons many of the shops close for the summer.  (Lesson learned)  None the less we found plenty to do with many interesting and unique shops and galleries open.  Here is where the story begins…

At the time we visited Tubac I was in the process of the final sorting of what to move from our Lake Gaston home.  We had a very contemporary Scandinavian dining table with a hidden leaf which I loved.  To bring or not to bring to Tucson was the question?  Many of the furnishings for the Southwest are heavy and dark and do not suit me at all.  Bridging the gap between my transitional/contemporary taste to a more regional look was a real challenge.  We browsed at many galleries and shops just exploring.  We found this console table in Tubac Territory Furniture and the concept of blending styles began to develop. Because both of us fell in love with the unique wood craftsmanship of the Dennis Kaufman furniture pieces we placed an order for a hand-made table like this console from Juniper wood, finished natural.  Rarely are we that impulsive but this seems to be all part of the new adventure.

Hand-crafted console Table at Tubac Territory Furniture. This was the inspiration for the dining table.

Hand-crafted console table by Dennis Kaufman at Tubac Territory Furniture. This was the inspiration for the dining table.

I was concerned after we placed the order that it was too far a departure from the furniture we were accustom to.  Would it be too bulky or look too heavy???  Because this piece is custom and the wood and finish need time to cure it took about 12 weeks to be completed.  I was a little impatient around the six weeks point but finally resolved myself to the wait.  Now I know how my clients feel when I inform them of a long lead time. 🙁

Last Friday the table was delivered and it far exceeded my expectation.  It fit the space perfectly!  The wood, the workmanship and style really work.   I had ordered the two china hutches and woven chairs last August at the Las Vegas market and they are perfect compliments.  I love it when a design plan comes together!

Here is our new table in its new home! What a beauty!

Here is our new table in its new home! What a beauty!

 

A close up of the interesting base with lots of knurls and twists without being too heavy.

A close up of the interesting base with lots of knurls and twists without being too heavy.

 

Live edge Juniper table top with book-matched joinery. I don’t ever want to cover it with placemats!

With the arrival of the table we are just about finished up with the interior design of our new home.  It is extremely different but certainly “all me” with lots of color, texture and eclecticism.  We used almost all the art from the lake house so it really is starting to feel like home.  I will give you a virtual tour when I finish a few more touches.

How do you feel about the table?  Do you think I went too overboard with this one?

More and more of you are sending comments about the blogs.  It is so exciting to read your comments.  Keep them coming!

Mary

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There is never a dull moment as we create our new lifestyle. We have been busy exploring new things, trying different food and working up our stamina for our upcoming hike in Glacier National Park the first part of September.  Our newly found favorite hiking spot is Catalina State Park just about 5 miles from our home.  5 AM sunrise hikes help us beat the heat.  Here is a recent picture of one of our favorite areas in the park.Catalina_State_Park_stream-sunrise_hiking_beautiful_Catalina_mountains_tucson-AZ

Although we have found time to play and enjoy our new surroundings, project work must go on.  Several months ago we told you about our project here in Tucson at Dove Mountain.  If you missed that post or want to read it again here it is:   http://marysherwoodlifestyles.com/design-inspired-by-the-mountains-of-the-southwest/.  We are still working on additional furnishings and finishing touches.  Here is a sneak peek of a few of the areas as they are coming together.  (Please remember they are not finished and the photography if from my phone).

The living room fireplace wall is expansive with 20′ ceilings and great built-ins around the fireplace.  The client wanted to bring in more light and color.  The bookcases did not have lighting. The dark wood shelves and rich mocha brown walls did not work in the scheme of lightening things up.  First the walls were painted with Benjamin Moore Monroe Bisque.  I thought the back off the bookcases needed some oomph!  I found this beautiful Candice Olsen wallcovering by York to add just the right amount of light, texture and sheen.  Next came the installation of LED ribbon light strips on the underside of each shelf.  WOW-what an impact.  We are still working on the accessories. We used many of the owner’s glass art pieces.  The placement and assortment will be tweaked and added to as we proceed.  I will elaborate more on the fabrics, rug, etc. in a future post when I have better photography and the shelves are FINISHED.LR_large_bookcase_led_lighting_metallic_wallcovering_accessories_DoveMtn

Here is a small area which we bumped up a notch or two with another Candice Olsen wallcovering by York.  This pale “aqua/teal” textured wallcovering set the tone for the rest of the bedroom fabrics, accessories and rug.  We were lucky to find the accessories we used here in the owner’s stash.  The only thing new in the niche is the wallcovering.  Just goes to show what an impact wallcovering can have.  MBR_niche_Wallcovering_textured_lighting_DoveMtn_accessories_owners

Here  are close ups of these stunning wallcoverings.  The pictures really do not capture the depth, sheen, texture and detail of these wallcoverings.

LR Wallcovering with metalic accents.

LR Wallcovering with metallic accents.

MBR Niche Wallcovering with raised texture.

MBR Niche Wallcovering with raised texture.

That is all for now.  So much more to come.

Thanks for joining me here this week.  Love the recent comments!  Keep them coming!

Mary

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Jun
24

Master Bedroom Makeover-Before and After

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Today I felt like Libby Langdon and her NBC TV show Daykeover.  In about three hours we transformed this master bedroom from blah to beautiful!  Just like on TV, this does not completely happen in a day.  It takes several months of planning to pull this all together.

The client built this wonderful new lake house about a year ago.  All the walls were painted white.  She consulted us to pick all the interior paint colors.  It turned out to be an amazing color palette of blues, taupe and grey.

Benjamin Moore Soft Chinchilla, 2135-50 was selected for the master bedroom.  There was no need for custom bedding because the owner’s two black labs often share the bedroom.  With the paint color in hand we set out to find complimentary bedding, furnishings and accessories at the spring High Point market.  After several months it all was ready for the install!

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Benjamin Moore Paint Soft Chinchilla 2135-50

Here is the before of the room with the walls painted.  The goal was to incorporate the white headboard.

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MBR BEFORE

Here is the MBR after the three hour makeover!

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What do you think?  It seems the last bedroom I showed you was also done in a “blue” palette.  Even with trends constantly evolving our lake clients continue to enjoy the peaceful feeling of blues.

Sweet serenity!

Mary

 

Mar
11

Beach Dreaming for the Beach House

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After all the wintry weather followed by a few warm days we all start a little “beach dreaming”.

Working on a beach house project has certainly put us in the mood to think ahead to “warm sunny days, white sands and a cold drink in our hands” as the song says!

Once again a brand new Company C rug was our inspiration.

Inspiration came from this Company C "To-Bay-Go" area rug!

Inspiration came from this Company C “To-Bay-Go” area rug!

Fabrics and accessories were quick to follow.

Fabrics for slipcovered seating by Four Seasons make for easy care.

Fabrics for slipcovered seating by Four Seasons make for easy care.

Fun sea creature art to be hung on coral walls.

Fun sea creature art to be hung on coral walls.

Coral sculpture lamp works well with the fabrics and rug.

Coral sculpture lamp works well with the fabrics and rug.

Painted, distressed chests to use as night stands or end tables with storage.

Painted, distressed chests to use as night stands or end tables with storage.

20" x 24" woven lobster wall art makes a statement!

20″ x 24″ woven lobster wall art makes a statement!

And to sum it all up…

Wooden whale art expresses it all!

Wooden whale art expresses it all!

We hope to incorporate some of these dreamy beach house accessories as we get this house ready for summer fun.

Tell us which one of these beach dreaming items is your favorite!

Thinking of beach days to come!

Mary

Jan
28

Trend Spotting Going Into 2015

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I always get excited about exploring future trends. Based on High Point photos from October here are a few trends I see going forward in 2015.  Some of the highlights of the following pictures include textures, colors. natural elements, and multi-tasking furniture.

These furniture pieces have several of the elements above-color, texture and multi-tasking.  I love to use chests of all sizes and styles because they are so versatile. A chests can be used as a night stand, entry console, and table linen storage, just to name a few.  These chests have texture, color, style and so much more.  Chest A, from Couture, is made with a mother-of-pear veneer in a leafy tropical design.  Chest B, from Couture, has an egg shell blue melange inset which has amazing visual and tactile texture, color and pattern.  Chest C, from Palu, with it’s ribbed vertical texture, is available in several custom color choices. How would you incorporate a chest into your design scheme?

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Trendy, preppy, traditional styles with throw backs to the 60’s and 70’s are evident in these two bedding collections from Thibaut and Eastern Accents.  The Asian elements, fretwork, topical motifs and colors of pink and green are cropping up in many areas of home fashion.  Are you ready to go back in time with this new version of pink and green?

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The application of vertical trims and contrasting fabrics in upholstery is just beginning.  Look for more ways to mix it up with this and other upholstery details.

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Large art and animal images continue to be shown, coming forward from 2014.

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Greenery in the form of succulents and tropicals are the latest in permanent botanical trends.

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Looking back and looking forward shows an unending movement of the trends. What do you see as some of the upcoming design trends to watch?

Happy spotting!

Mary

 

 

Oct
15

Easy Ways to Cozy Up Your Home for Fall

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Fall is here! It’s that time of year again to stow away our favorite summer fashion and accessories and bring out our warm fuzzy Fall and winter attire for the transition from Summer to Fall. Why not do the same in your home? Welcome in the cool weather months by transforming your home with these simple interior decorating ideas.

Warm Up your Living Room with Plush Throws 

There’s nothing cozier than a warm blanket while hanging out on the couch watching TV with the family. It’s always a good idea to have more than one on hand to ensure guests have their own to keep them warm and comfortable during their stay. Cozy throws are also a great opportunity to bring color into the room, the more contrast the better!

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Ambiance with Candlelight

We all know the days get shorter in the cooler months and there is less daylight to enjoy after a long day’s work. However, try to embrace the early nightfall and light a few candles.  Candlelight brings an instant warmth to any room and the ambiance can help relieve stress and anxiety.

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There are some great battery powered options to ensure safety. Try a candle with a Fall scent.  I love the current candle I am using, sweet cinnamon pumpkin. Yum! 

 

Try an Area Rug

There’s nothing I hate more than my feet being cold, especially when my feet hit the cold bare floor in the mornings. Yikes! Try adding any area rug to your more traveled areas to ensure your toes are nice and cozy. Layering area rugs for an even more cozy look.

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Hang Heavier Draperies 

Another idea to warm up your living area is to switch out your lighter draperies and hang heavier drapes. This will help keep out drafts and add warmth to the room. Try using a heavier weight material or letting them pool an inch or so on the floor.

Switch out Bedding

Some of you may already have seasonal bedding, Bravo!  It’s a great idea to switch over your bedding to prepare for the cooler nights to come. Layer with warm throws and additional pillows with decorative patterns or seasonal colors. It’s an instant way to transform any bedroom without the full overhaul.

 Dress your Table

Don’t forget your dinning room! While bare tables are ideal in the summer months it’s not exactly the right look for Fall. Add heavy tablecloths, runners, or even a scarf will do the trick.  It’s a great time to bring out the formal wear. It’s fun to dress up your table with seasonal decor. Add a charger under the dinner plates, use more elaborate centerpieces and heavier napkins with festive napkin rings.

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 Cozy Up the Patio

Everyone’s favorite outdoor spot here at Lake Gaston is the patio! Let’s transition this space to be used on the cool evenings with warm blankets at each seat as well as comfy pillows.  Outdoors heaters are great for these spaces and a toasty fire pit if space is allowed.  Watching the sunset can be even more enjoyable under your warm fuzzy blanket taking in mother nature’s beauty.

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With layers of throws, heavy draperies in warm tones, candlelight, fuzzy rugs, and comfy pillows your home is on it’s way to being the coziest spot on Lake Gaston. We ARE interior designers so don’t forget to enjoy the indoors just as much as we enjoy the great outdoors! We hope you have a warm and cozy Fall! Enjoy!

-Dixie K

Mary Sherwood Lake Living

 

Apr
30

Trends for 2014, 2015, & 2016 Continued!

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We learned so much about the upcoming design trends at the “With It”  breakfast  during High Point market a couple of weeks ago that one Design Wisdom Wednesday just didn’t suit.  Mary took notice of the unique hardware displayed all over market last week and Autumn highlighted the major Asian trend that is currently moving into the design forefront last week.  But, there are still trends left to be covered, keep in mind we are dishing out trends for the next three years!

Here are some other trends worth highlighting.

Punk is on the rise! Look for home accessories with an edge. Home accessories were accented with metal and metallic finished along with studs, spikes, and zippers.

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Jungle Fever: Lush greens, tropical birds, and animal prints are still on trend now. I had to take this picture of this parrot lamp.  This really hits the nail on the head with this trend.

Design Trends with Jungle influences, banana leaves, animal prints, and tropical birds

Baroque Influence: dramatic, opulent, and luxurious, intricately designed furniture, gilded and ornamental accessories, and high-end textiles. As you can see some of our upcoming trends hold overlapping characteristics. Luster and large scale elements could all be found in more evident baroque pieces.

Baroque, Large Mirrors, Luxurious, Heavy, Ornate

Earthy:  Biggest Story for 2015! The younger generation is more aware of the need to take care of our planet. This has lead to this “earthy” trend in design. You will begin to see more of a country blend, modern mixed with urban, as well as warmer greens and yellows, and of course terracotta.

Design Trends: Earthy, Modern mixed with urban, country blend

Imperfection: Organic forms, aged wood, worn patterns, watercolor and faded ombre designs are all trends that show wear and life.  Furniture and accessories show evidence of a human touch.

Imperfection: Aged wood, ombre effect, drifting color, organic forms

By now you are on your way to becoming a trend expert! You already know the trends before they hit the press for the next three years! Exciting, isn’t it!? Just remember these are trends not fads. Trends have a tendency to last longer than a fad and have more influence on future markets. So staying up with the current trends is a valued piece of information!

Have you seen any of our trends we have highlighted? 

-Dixie K

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

Apr
22

Statement Furniture Hardware

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Over the last few Design Wisdom Wednesday blogs we have been discussing trends from the High Point Market.  I would like to continue this trend spot discussion.

While in the Hooker Furniture showroom I was drawn to all the amazing hardware applied to the chests and credenzas.  This was not any ordinary hardware. Many were super-sized and elaborately designed.  Looking at the furniture and the enlarged hardware will give you an idea of scale of these pieces.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Black credenza with rectangular dark pewter hardware pulls. Crackle mother of pearl veneer and over sized hardware embellish this chest.

Serpentine credenza with burnished gold hardware Leather covered credenza with gold door knocker hardware. Classic black three drawer chest with intricate and large pewter hardware. Small ocassional chest, painted pewter finish and hardware. Chest with black embossed leather, pewter nail head trim and buckle pulls. Turquoise painted chest w brushed pewter hardware

All the furniture pieces shown above are available as photographed.  We are trying to source out options for purchasing individual hardware pieces.  Hooker Furniture is kindly researching their availability. Many of the pulls are specially tooled for them.

Which is your favorite?  Are you as excited as I am about this new hardware trend?  Let us hear from you!

Mary

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

 

Sep
11

Table to Ottoman Transformation

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Ottomans are great accent pieces in almost any design.  But sometimes finding just the right style and size is challenging.  Here’s how you can transform a table into an ottoman for a completely custom look.

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Before: Kidney shaped table to be transformed into an ottoman

We were on the search for a specific sized ottoman for a living space with little to no luck.  Then we took a look around our own showroom and found this great shaped table that was the perfect size!  With a little work and creativity, this would fit just right.

 

 

 

Table to ottoman foam template

Create a Template of the table top approximately 1/2″ bigger on all sides for the foam.

1) Create a template of the table top approximately 1/2″ bigger on all sides.  This is for the foam.  You want the foam cut larger than the top so that as you pull it tight, it will actually cover the hard edge of the table.  Cutting thick foam can be difficult.  For good results, you can actually use an electric carving knife like you’d use for your Thanksgiving turkey.  Instead, I asked our upholsterer to cut it for me.  You will also use the template for the top fabric.  The 1/2″ will go towards the seam allowance.

Ottoman Tufting Instructions

Tufting Layout – Drill through template

2) Tufting Prep (optional)  If you’d like buttons for a tufted look, map out where you’d like them on your template, tape the template to the top, and drill completely through the paper and the table top.

For the last step after you’ve completed the ottoman, use several layers of thick thread through a button that will hide on the bottom (I used black to hide under the table).  Use a long, thick needle loaded with your thread, insert it up through the hole you drilled, and bring it up through the foam and fabric.  Then just thread it through your decorative button on the top and tie tight.  Note: It helps to have an assistant (thank you to my hubby, Ryan) push down on the top so you have room to tie the button around the loft of the foam.

Covering Table Ottoman Top

Table covered with Ottoman Top – Foam and Fabric

Step 3: To make the fabric top, use the template you already created to cut the top fabric.  I made a contrast welt, which is optional, but helps to give a tailored look.  For the sides, you want to make them much larger then the end product to give you something to grab onto.  I used 3″ thick foam and the table top was approx. 3/4″ thick, plus you need to remember your 1/2″ seam allowance.  I made my side bands 10″ wide – better too big than not big enough!

Step 4:  Put the foam inside the fabric first before putting it on the table top.  You’ll find it’s very tight because the foam is cut larger than the top.  Just keep adjusting it until it’s just right.  I find it’s best to work from the middle out to get it even on all sides.  The fabric will then hold the foam in place when you put it on top.

Ottoman construction

Ottoman Construction – Pull tight and smooth, staple, cut off excess, and cover rough edge with gimp

Step 5:  Staple – Now is the part where it actually starts to take shape.  Starting in the middle, pull the fabric tight in approx. 4″ sections and staple.  As you move around, make sure you compare what you’ve done so that it has uniform tightness and no bulges.  You may need to use a tack hammer to drive the staples in all the way depending on the density of the wood.  The excess fabric also helps to protect the legs in case you slip with the stapler or hammer.

Step 6: Trim off excess fabric within 1/4″ of the staples.  Cover rough edge and staples with gimp (a flat decorative trim)

Now is the time you would add the buttons for tufting if you’d like.

Table Ottoman Transformation

After: Completed Table-Ottoman Transformation

Here’s the finished piece in the client’s home.  It has the soft ottoman top, storage space below, and a unique soft shape that is comfortable to move around in the room.

How could you use these tips to solve a design challenge?  Or how can we help?  Let us know in the comments below.

Mary Sherwood Lake Living – working with you to create your lifestyle on Lake Gaston and Beyond!

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May
01

From Rustic to Shiny…2013 Market Trends

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Once again, we ventured to High Point, North Carolina to get a taste of the newest trends in home decor. With sensible shoes in tow, we trekked through showroom after showroom eyeing innovative designs with fresh spins on tried and true styles.

We noticed quite a few trends became apparent throughout our three-day journey:

Details, Details, Details – Whether it was contrasting welts, decorative trims, tufting, or nailhead features, designers paid close attention to the details.

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Grey-0logy – By now, we’ve all heard of the fifty shades of grey, but market illustrated the many shades of grey mixed with pops of color!

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Flower Power – Although the weather didn’t quite hold up its end of the bargain, Spring had definitely sprung at market.  Their were florals to be seen on bedding, chairs, rugs, and in artwork.

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Lacquer is Back – The presence of lacquer was evident in numerous showrooms this year!  It’s amazing how a coat of high gloss paint can reinvent a piece of furniture.

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Old World Rustic – We saw color and shine in many corners of market, but it seemed one of the most predominant trends this Spring was Old World Rustic.  There were muted wood tones on traditional frames combined with neutral linens.

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So whether your taste is traditional, contemporary, or even a tad eclectic, do not fear!  There is definitely something in the marketplace to appeal to you!  We can show you what’s new at Mary Sherwood Lake Living!

Michelle

Mary Sherwood Lake Livingworking with you to create your lifestyle!

Feb
24

Are You Green with Envy?

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Will you be green with envy for all the new products being introduced in the color green?  The answer is certainly YES!  Why green?

Green represents nature, growth, renewal, regeneration, and unity. Consequently, Emerald Green, the Color of the Year for 2013, was selected by Pantone color specialists as appropriate for this point in history. Green also represents good luck and money.

Succulents, green, blue green, lime green

Succulent garden

Green is often used in decorating for its calming effect. Green is thought to help relieve stress and help with healing. Those who work in an environment that is green often report less stomach distress.

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Frames, platters and plates of green.

Green is everywhere we turn from the many hues of nature to the multi-facets of precious stones. The eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum.

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The multi-facets of green

Green is easy on the eyes. For example, guests waiting to appear on television programs often wait in “the green room” to relax.

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The Malachite Green Room at CR Laine Showroom

Green pairs well with just about any color.  Try using Emerald green and royal blue, kiwi green with tangerine, or Peridot green with carnation pink to make your friends green!

Here are a few other ways to be green with envy, compliments of Home Accents Today magazine:

Home Accents Today Green Color Wheel

Home Accents Today Green Color Wheel

Will you jump on the green color wheel?

If you love green have fun with it!

Mary

 

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

 

 

 

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Feb
01

To Market, To Market, To Buy…..

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So the nursery rhyme reads “to market, to market, to buy a fat pig, home again, home again, jiggety-jig”.  Well, we went to market and we’re home again, but there was no fat pig.  There were, however, a multitude of new products in every possible category.

We perused, navigated, and maneuvered as much of the four buildings and seven million square feet of Atlanta Gift Market as we were humanly able.  We were tired, but invigorated at the same time by the many new innovative gift lines, housewares, furniture, and apparel available.  Now we can’t show you everything new that we have coming because that would spoil the surprise,  but we thought a sneak peek would hopefully wet your appetites.

 

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Bright new color combinations and graphic patterns were predominant in the apparel category.

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Leather, grommets, and attention to details led the design trend for shoes and handbags.

 

jewelry, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, silver, beads

Metallics, classic leathers, and beaded details inspired the direction of jewelry designers.

 

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Large scale canvases and printed metals saturated the wall art category, while colorful, ceramic and meticulously beaded frames were seen in numerous showrooms.

 

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Furniture design and decorator pillows were inspired by bold graphics, contemporary color palettes, textured fabrics, and bright new florals.

 

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Self-watering wine bottles, rustic painted ceramic planters, and custom terrariums were highlights of the garden product lines.

 

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Fun, whimsical, overscaled decorations helped us make our buying decisions for the holidays!

Since market, we are now renewed, refreshed, and reenergized after a busy holiday season.  We are looking forward to enjoying a successful 2013 with our valued and much loved customers.

Come see what’s new at Mary Sherwood Lake Living!  We’re waiting for you!

Mary

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

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Dec
07

Will we become Emerald City?

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As you all know I love color!  Just open your eyes and take in all the colors of nature, fashion, interiors, cars and even appliances.  Even if you prefer the sedate neutrals or soft, soothing pastels, a pop of color is the “spice of life”.

I look forward to the December announcement of the color for the coming year.  Yesterday was the “big reveal”!  The color of the year for 2013 is Pantone 17-5641 Emerald.

 

I am really a fan of the bright lime greens that have been prevalent for the last several years. They have always paired well with so many other colors.  But I have to admit this bluer, softer form of green has caught my eye in recent market trips.

Although this color is supposed to be “top secret” until it is announced here are a few photos going back to April, 2011 where we have spotted this coming trend.

 

 High Point Market, Design Legacy, emerald green, signs

 Atlanta Market, Americasmart, K & K Interior, emerald green

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High Point Market,Color of the Year 2013, Braxton Culler, Libby Langdon, furniture, emerald green, upholstered headboard

 

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Our display wall in our front room will soon be turned into “Emerald City”!

Do you like the Color of the Year for 2013?  How would you like to use it?

Let us hear your thoughts.

 

“Working with you to create your lifestyle!”

Mary Sherwood Lake Living

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Sep
22

Company C Launch Party!

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Mary Sherwood Lake Living is excited about our upcoming Company C Furniture Launch Party on Saturday, September 29th from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.  Started in a garage by Chris and Walter Chapin in 1994, Company C is now a premier design studio and leading producer of exceptional home furnishings.  Company C has established itself as a top manufacturer of distinctive rugs, bedding, furniture, decorative accessories and fabrics.

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Company C products are well-recognized by their bold color palettes and lyrical patterns and we are pleased to introduce their great new furniture line that coordinates with the colorful Company C rugs.  The line includes custom headboards, bedding, chairs, sofas, and ottomans.

Company C, bedding, headboard, comforter

The launch party will include a visit from our area Company C sales representative, a raffle for a Company C 2’6″ x 8″ runner, and light refreshments.  In addition, we are offering a 15% discount on products from the furniture line through Oct 6.

Please come join the fun and experience the bright, colorful, and unique style of furnishings that Company C and Mary Sherwood Lake Living have to offer!

 Mary

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

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May
15

Swing into Summer…

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Love the fabrics and the ropes! Photo from This Old House

Just imagine. It’s a quiet, lazy afternoon at Lake Gaston. You are worn out from a busy work week and it’s time to relax. Grab your book and head to the porch or covered deck, climb into your porch swing bed and your week’s demands just fade away. Get the picture?

Remembering my grandmother’s front porch swing makes this new swing version so appealing to me. There are many different varieties and styles. I love the idea of mixing outdoor fabrics, colors and patterns to create your own outdoor look. Here are a few of my favorites.

Show your patriotic colors. Photo by PB

Double Swing Bed Duty Photo from Coastal Living

Modern Porch Swing

Porch bed swings are one of my favorite new trends. I am “dreaming” of where I may use one of these!
If you do not have the space or budget for the swing bed there are other options to help you relax in motion. The “front porch” swing styles have evolved with many choices of wood, wicker, metal or poly-wood. Add your cushions for comfort and color and you have created your own outdoor oasis.

Comfy swing chair for the garden by Magnolia Casuals

A smaller and comfortable swing option is the fabric swing chair.  It is available in a wide variety of colorful outdoor fabrics.

Once you have selected your way of “swinging into summer” here are a few tips to get a longer life out of your outdoor swing cushions or any outdoor fabric products:

  1. Use outdoor fabrics made of 100% acrylic or 100% spun polyester fiber. There are several types of outdoor fabrics with Sunbrella solution dyed acrylic being the industry leader. Please note that outdoor fabrics are water repellant not water proof.
  2. Never leave your outdoor cushions out when expecting excessive rain. Although outdoor fabrics are meant to stand up to all weather conditions, saturating the fabric with water will make the cushions harder to dry.
  3. Outdoor cushions can be made with fast-draining marine foam if they will remain outside for long periods to decrease drying time and help prolong their life.
  4. Most outdoor fabrics are mildew resistant; however, mildew will grow on dirt and oil. Keep your fabrics clean by using a solution of liquid dish detergent and warm water to clean away dirt and dust.
  5. For stubborn stains on Sunbrella fabrics, add bleach to the soap and water solution, or use a fabric spot remover. Sunbrella acrylic fabrics are not damaged by bleach.
  6. Stains on printed acrylic fabric can usually be removed with a mild soap-and-water solution. Do not use bleach on printed acrylic fabrics, as it will fade the printed pattern.
  7. Keep suntan oil off the fabric. Suntan oil can stain outdoor fabrics. If stained with suntan oil, remove by using a commercial spot remover for grease stains. Follow the instructions on the bottle.
  8. Try to put your patio cushion away when not in use. Storing your outdoor cushions will increase the time your fabric stays new and vibrant. Take your cushions in for winter, then let them back out again for summer.

Here are some helpful links for more different swing bed style and a DIY video about constructing your own outdoor bed!

http://www.livinglocurto.com/2009/07/hanging-porch-beds/

http://www.houzz.com/Porch-Swing-Bed

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIbrgLQY48g

 

Happy swinging and outdoor “Lake Living”!

 

Apr
18

Now you see it, now you don’t!

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Summer at Lake Gaston is quickly approaching. With summer come visits from lots of family and friends.  That’s what lake living is all about.

 Where, oh where do you bed down all these visitors?

 With the use of a Murphy convertible bed you can create a multifunctional space that helps to ease the sleeping predicament.  

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Now you see it...instant guest sleeping space!

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Now you don't...sleeping space hidden behind closed doors!

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Now you see it! Hidden bed all ready for guests!

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Now you don't...no one would ever know that behind these decorative shelves lies a bed in waiting!

Do you have a need for extra sleeping space?  Where would you like to incorporate a Murphy bed?

Let’ hear your comments!

 

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Moving on to Install Day 2 we concentrated on the guest bedroom/home office in the MBR wing of the house.  Our previous post told you a little about our client and the house.  If you missed the first day’s events check out our blog:  “This is What the Lake Gaston Girls Do in Dallas.”   With the master bedroom basically complete  we focused on to the guest bedroom/home office. This space is to function both as the small, comfortable private retreat/computer space for the owners and transform into a well- appointed guest room when needed.

GUEST BEDROOM/HOME OFFICE BEFORE

In this space we dealt with the window that grew (mentioned in our last post)! Autumn, very skillfully, stretched the window treatment by adding a panel to the rear to make it 5″ wider. The treatment is a “faux” (or fixed) roman shade. We embellished the bottom with trim and hand-made buttons by  NC potter, Courtney Tomchik.

GUEST BEDROOM/HOME OFFICE ALTERED WINDOW TREATMENT WITH POTTERY BUTTONS AND TRIM

WINDOW TREATMENT DETAILS

With the use of a Murphy bed this space can switch easily into a place for guests. This was the room I stayed in during our visit.   I actually slept with Mr. Murphy…the bed that is! 🙂 It is amazing how easily it converts!  What a great solution for a multi-use space.  Below are pictures in this order: the closed Murphy bed with four sets of bookcases, the Murphy bed frame behind the two center bookcases, and the Murphy bed ready to bed down guests. The bookshelves in this Murphy unit are crying for accessories.  That will have to happen on our next visit!

MURPHY BED IS CONCEALED BY THE TWO CENTER BOOKCASES. THE TWO CENTER SECTIONS SWING OPEN TO EACH SIDE TO REVEAL THE BED FRAME. DRAWERS IN THE OUTSIDE SECTIONS STORE BED LINENS AND GUEST SUPPLIES.

MURPHY BED FRAME BEHIND THE CENTER BOOKCASES

MURPHY BED OPEN AND READY FOR GUESTS WITH "SURPRISE" ART EXPOSED WHEN BED IS OPENED!

To complete the space we added two very comfy Four Season swivel-glider slipcovered chairs!  The slipcovers make the seating very pet friendly for the two dogs, Q-ee and Lew-ee!  A small, mobile laptop desk, flat screen TV and small shelf for the receiver complete the owner’s retreat.

Guest Bedroom/ Home Office-Owner's Retreat

PORTABLE LAPTOP DESK, WALL MOUNTED TV AND RECEIVER SHELF

The owner’s comment:  “I love this space!  I’m not sure I want to share it with guests!

Hope you like this space!  Tell us what you think!

More areas of the Dallas project to be revealed in our next post.

Mary

“Working with you to create your lifestyle at Lake Gaston and beyond.”

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This job is so much fun!  Autumn and I recently traveled to Dallas, TX. completing the first phase of a third project for this client.  Overall, everything went very well.  For our client the most important part of this first phase was the master bedroom and guest bedroom/home office.  This new home was precipitated by the decision to move the owner’s mother and special needs sister under one roof.  It was selected because it was all on one level and could accommodate the extended family in a separate wing. As a model, used by the builder for a sales office, the before pictures reflect that usage.

The house is a wonderful structure filled with many windows, high ceilings and interesting arches.  Our job was to blend and re-purpose existing accessories and furniture, add window treatments to allow view and privacy and create a comfortable and safe environment for all. Here are pictures of the master bedroom suite. (Please excuse the photography the very high ceilings and wonderful windows challenged this amateur photographer.)

INTERIOR DESIGN, INSTALLATION, DRAPERIES, FURNITURE, SEATING, RE-PURPOSED, RE-UPHOLSTER, CUSTOM WINDOW TREATMENTS, CUSTOM HEADBOARD, CUSTOM PILLOWS, PET FRIENDLY, DALLAS, LAKE GASTON

BOXES AND MORE BOXES...WHERE TO BEGIN

INTERIOR DESIGN, INSTALLATION, DRAPERIES, FURNITURE, SEATING, RE-PURPOSED, RE-UPHOLSTER, CUSTOM WINDOW TREATMENTS, CUSTOM HEADBOARD, CUSTOM PILLOWS, PET FRIENDLY, DALLAS, LAKE GASTON

MASTER BEDROOM IN PROCESS

INTERIOR DESIGN, INSTALLATION, DRAPERIES, FURNITURE, SEATING, RE-PURPOSED, RE-UPHOLSTER, CUSTOM WINDOW TREATMENTS, CUSTOM HEADBOARD, CUSTOM PILLOWS, PET FRIENDLY, DALLAS, LAKE GASTON

MASTER BEDDING IN PROCESS...WILL IT ALL COME TOGETHER?

INTERIOR DESIGN, INSTALLATION, DRAPERIES, FURNITURE, SEATING, RE-PURPOSED, RE-UPHOLSTER, CUSTOM WINDOW TREATMENTS, CUSTOM HEADBOARD, CUSTOM PILLOWS, PET FRIENDLY, DALLAS, LAKE GASTON

MASTER BEDDING COMPLETE WITH CUSTOM DESIGNED CANVAS HEADBOARD, DECORATIVE PILLOWS, AND A COMFY THROW FOR Q-EE, THE ROYAL PUPPY

INTERIOR DESIGN, INSTALLATION, DRAPERIES, FURNITURE, SEATING, RE-PURPOSED, RE-UPHOLSTER, CUSTOM WINDOW TREATMENTS, CUSTOM HEADBOARD, CUSTOM PILLOWS, PET FRIENDLY, DALLAS, LAKE GASTON

CARVED WOOD CHEST FORMERLY USED IN THE DINING ROOM. RE-PURPOSED FOR THE MASTER BEDROOM TV CONSOLE AND CLOTHES STORAGE

INTERIOR DESIGN, INSTALLATION, DRAPERIES, FURNITURE, SEATING, RE-PURPOSED, RE-UPHOLSTER, CUSTOM WINDOW TREATMENTS, CUSTOM HEADBOARD, CUSTOM PILLOWS, PET FRIENDLY, DALLAS, LAKE GASTON

MASTER BEDROOM SITTING AREA WITH SWIVEL CHAIRS FOR VIEWING THE POOL AND PAVILLION

INTERIOR DESIGN, INSTALLATION, DRAPERIES, FURNITURE, SEATING, RE-PURPOSED, RE-UPHOLSTER, CUSTOM WINDOW TREATMENTS, CUSTOM HEADBOARD, CUSTOM PILLOWS, PET FRIENDLY, DALLAS, LAKE GASTON

THE "BEFORE" ASYMMETRICAL SEATING FOR THE MASTER BEDROOM

INTERIOR DESIGN, INSTALLATION, DRAPERIES, FURNITURE, SEATING, RE-PURPOSED, RE-UPHOLSTER, CUSTOM WINDOW TREATMENTS, CUSTOM HEADBOARD, CUSTOM PILLOWS, PET FRIENDLY, DALLAS, LAKE GASTON

THE "AFTER" RE-UPHOLSTERED ASYMMETRICAL SEATING

The logistics of such a project are a real challenge. They involve a lot of planning and even more communicating to make sure everything arrives on time and in good shape.  (We actually contracted with two different delivery services to make it all happen.)  There were a few snags.  The drapery hardware, shipped direct to the client, was incorrect and incomplete.  A local drapery installer we hired (thanks Larry, great job!), was able to find parts but those parts meant a trip into Dallas (about 35 miles).  The second obstacle was a window in the Guest Bedroom/Home Office that had grown by 5” in width because of a framed interior shutter installed by the contractor — after we had measured.  With Autumn’s creative talent and the use of the client’s sewing machine the window treatment was modified to work.

The only other limitation was the lack time.  We worked non-stop for 2 ½ days and completed most of this phase of the project.

The client is thrilled!

Our next post in this series will show the Guest Bedroom/Home Office area.

Please comment and let us know what you think!

Thanks!

Mary

“Working with you to create at yourlife at Lake Gaston and beyond!

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Sep
22

How are Lake Gaston and Dallas connected?

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Many years ago a client walked into our showroom at Lake Gaston and ordered several decorative pillows for a child’s guest room.  They were red, black, yellow and white to go with a Mickey Mouse theme.  This one little job has turned into many!  Now several houses later, Autumn and I leave on another adventure.  We are off to Dallas to help this client and her husband, (now good friends) prepare a new home to accommodate the recent re-location of their extended family.  The new property looks fabulous in photos and we are very excited to have the opportunity to make it into a comfortable and safe environment for four adults and three dogs!

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Some ask:  “How do you approach a long distance project like this?  In jest, my answer is:  “With a good tape measure, very accurate notes and lots and lots of pictures.”    It’s a little too far away to go back to check a measurement!

We have done many long distance projects with no major problems and only a couple of minor ones.  There will always be small obstacles like drilling into steel re-enforced concrete to install draperies at a hurricane-proof Gulf coast project or curtain rods that arrive from the factory incorrectly configured.  There have been many broken drill bits and, of course, the closest home improvement store has sometimes been 30 miles away.   Because our customers are so loyal and so much fun, the only real challenge is overcoming the stumbling blocks, adjusting to the  unexpected and having a “can do” attitude.

Our “very” big bag is packed, just coming in under the weight limit. Whew!  It is chock full of fabric samples and pillows to help set the stage for this new project.

Look for future posts about the “Mary and Autumn Do Dallas” project.   While we are away come meet our newest part of the team, Traci Watson. Hope she has what it takes to keep Paul in line!  Don’t forget to ask Paul for his “custom gift wrap”.

Enjoy this beautiful fall weather at Lake Gaston and beyond.

Mary

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