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I have a friend who loves to check out model homes. Over the last year we have seen several. When I reviewed my pictures I noticed all the bedrooms, master or guest, looked so much the same. I will highlight a few of my likes and dislikes. There is definitely one common characteristic-TOO Neutral!
This has a nice accent touch with the blue!
“Greige”-can’t decide whether it wants to be grey or beige. Have always liked the woven textured headboard.
I like the crisp contrast of the white headboard and duvet with the black pillow details. The simple banding accent on the wall really frames the headboard nicely.
I have never been a fan of a “winged” headboard. Wings belong on a chair (or not at all)!
The faux fur throw is so dated and way too heavy looking in the space.
I like the persimmon accents on the duvet and pillows. It adds some life to all the neutrals.
This is the only room that added more color to the bedding. I like the use of the print accent fabric on the headboard. Repeating that fabric would have enhanced the ensemble. The draperies feel a little “airy” for the other bedding fabrics.
Neutral bedding again but nice embroidered detail. I love the tete-tete bench at the end of the bed.
Finally, a bedroom with some color. The vibrant red-orange accent wall and coordinating fabrics breathe some life into the space.
So what have you learned not to do: Neutrals are nice and safe but oh so boring. Karate chopped pillows are way over done. Duvets, though practical, always look a little unkempt. The bed scarf is trending out. Any fur, faux or not, should be left in the zoo.
So here is what to do: Add some color wherever you can, in pillows, trims, paint, and seating fabrics. Stop beating on your pillows (no one really lives with these chopped pillows). Create high contrast like the white with black accents bedding. Mix up texture for added interest. Bedside tables do not always have to match. Lamps for reading are a must by each side of a bed. A comfortable bench at the end of the bed is always welcoming.
Maybe in the future as I explore other models with my friend I’ll have more exciting design options to show you.
Regardless of trends that come and go, make your bedroom your sanctuary where you come to end your day and rest well!
Until next time…
Working with you to create your lifestyle!
Mary Sherwood Lifestyles
Please accept my apologies for the “missed” Design Wednesday Wisdom. Technical difficulties just jumped in the way. So here is “Catch Up Thursday”!
I recently attended a textile fair and found lots of fabulous new fabrics that will be showing up in the next few months. But we stumbled onto something that has amazing possibilities far beyond simple nailhead trim for an upholstered chair.
Heico Fasteners could be equated to a “candy store” for a creative designer’s mind. Their exhibit had thousands and thousands of nailheads and adaptors with several ways to expand the use of the “sometimes” ordinary nailhead.
Five ways to use nailhead and doodads:
- Tufting buttons for headboard and cornices
- Embellishment for lamp shades
- Drawer pulls by adding an adaptor
- Napkin rings by adding an adaptor
- Add a few metal doodads to sandals and handbags
Here are a few pictures from their exhibit:
This is just a peek at the many uses of these fasteners, etc. When I get some parts and pieces I will show you how this all goes together.
Mary Sherwood Lake Living
How high do I hang the chandelier? How much paint do I need to cover an entire room? How large should my area rug be? What’s the best height to hang my artwork?
There are definitely questions that arise when decorating a space. And although there are few concrete rules in design, there are certainly recommended practices when it comes to interior design measurements.
- In general, one gallon of paint will cover approximately 350-400 square feet.
- Keep in mind that if the walls are unpainted drywall you will need slightly more since it will absorb more paint.
- The optimal height of the center for hanging artwork and mirrors is 60″ from the floor, which places it at eye level.
- The average distance between pictures on a gallery wall should be approximately 2″.
- When hanging artwork over a sofa, leave 4″ – 8″ between the top of the sofa and the bottom of the artwork.
- The bottom of the chandelier should hang between 30″ – 36″ above the surface of the table when there is an 8′ ceiling. For higher ceilings, you can hang the chandelier up to 3″ higher for each additional foot of ceiling.
- The ideal distance between recessed lighting in a kitchen is 36″. Measure from the center of one fixture to the center of the next.
- A good height for pendant lighting over a kitchen island is 30″ – 36″. It allows for optimal task lighting.
- To create the illusion of taller windows, mount your drapery hardware 4″ – 8″ above the window casing.
- Drapery panels should kiss the floor or slightly puddle.
- Draperies should be 2½ to 3 times the width of the window. So if you’re doing two panels, each should be 1¼ to 1½ times the window width. Buy a rod that’s 20 inches wider than your window so it extends 10 inches on either side. Your window will seem much wider than it really is and it will provide additional natural light.
- Area rugs under a dining room table should be at least 24″ wider and longer than the table, allowing the back legs of the chairs to stay on the rug even when the chairs are pushed out.
- An area rug under the bed should extend 18″ – 24″ beyond each side of the bed.
- Allow 12″ – 18″ of bare floor between the area rug and the wall.
Keep in mind that these are simply “rules of thumb” for you to follow when planning your space. Design is always subject to interpretation.
Mary Sherwood Lake Living – working with you to create your lifestyle!
Last night my husband said to me, “you have logged a lot of miles in the last few weeks”. It made me stop and think about how much had happened in three short weeks. Here is the timeline:
Dec 20 -28 Roundtrip-Lake Gaston to Santa Monica, CA 5580 miles
Jan 4-6 Roundtrip-Lake Gaston to Baltimore, MD 698 miles
Jan 9-13 Roundtrip-Lake Gaston to Atlanta, GA 902 miles
The first trip was our holiday trip to visit our son’s home in Santa Monica. What a wonderful place to spend Christmas. There is no worry of snow to interfere with travel (except occasionally at a connecting airport). My daughter-in-law, Elif and I traveled with the top down in her Mini Cooper, named Coco, every outing for groceries and shopping! I love the casual yet sophisticated lifestyle of Southern California. Here is a picture of some of the highlights of our holiday. Love, love, love California succulent gardens!
The next trip came oh so quickly after we returned from Cali. Our good friends, Brenda and Quinn moved into a brand new house just north of Baltimore right before Christmas. They are still trying to get settled. The workers are still in and out. We traveled with our trailer full of furniture, accessories and window treatments to help give it the “moved-in” look. Here are just a few pictures of the fun color pallet Brenda selected. The colorful Company C furniture fits right in!
We are still recovering from our annual January Atlanta market trip. The above mileage does not include the miles and miles of market space we walked. There are about 7 million square feet of showroom space! It’s no wonder our feet hurt and everything aches after four-12 hour market days! There are so many things we fell in love with that will be arriving in our store over the next four months. Here is a picture of just a few of my favorites.
We are off to a flying start in 2013. Jump on board and join us on Facebook, follow our blog and stay tuned for the latest at MSLL!
What would be your favorite adventure of the above three?
Mary Sherwood Lake Living…working with you to create your lifestyle!
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.
“Working with you to create your lifestyle at Lake Gaston and beyond.”
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!
“Working with you to create at yourlife at Lake Gaston and beyond!
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.