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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.
A number of fabrics were selected and the then narrowed down to the samples above.
Here are the seating styles (not shown with the selected fabrics).
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?
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.)
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 Sherwood Lifestyles!
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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.
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.
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.
Here are close ups of these stunning wallcoverings. The pictures really do not capture the depth, sheen, texture and detail of these wallcoverings.
That is all for now. So much more to come.
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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?
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?
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.
Large art and animal images continue to be shown, coming forward from 2014.
Greenery in the form of succulents and tropicals are the latest in permanent botanical trends.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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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:
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!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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.
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.
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.
Green is easy on the eyes. For example, guests waiting to appear on television programs often wait in “the green room” to relax.
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:
Will you jump on the green color wheel?
If you love green have fun with it!
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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.
Bright new color combinations and graphic patterns were predominant in the apparel category.
Leather, grommets, and attention to details led the design trend for shoes and handbags.
Metallics, classic leathers, and beaded details inspired the direction of jewelry designers.
Large scale canvases and printed metals saturated the wall art category, while colorful, ceramic and meticulously beaded frames were seen in numerous showrooms.
Furniture design and decorator pillows were inspired by bold graphics, contemporary color palettes, textured fabrics, and bright new florals.
Self-watering wine bottles, rustic painted ceramic planters, and custom terrariums were highlights of the garden product lines.
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!
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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.
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.
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Mary Sherwood Lake Living
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.
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.
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!
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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.
Porch bed swings are one of my favorite new trends. I am “dreaming” of where I may use one of these!
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:
Here are some helpful links for more different swing bed style and a DIY video about constructing your own outdoor bed!
Happy swinging and outdoor “Lake Living”!
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.
Do you have a need for extra sleeping space? Where would you like to incorporate a Murphy bed?
Let’ hear your comments!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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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.)
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!
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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!
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.