Friday, February 26, 2010

Originally this couch and the one you see in the background were a sectional --- I got so carried away with changing things up that I forgot to take the before photo while they were still attached! 

Anyway here are the answers to what we did that made this room work.

BEFORE  (The piano was originally under the painting)

We had to balance out the room so that is was weighted more evenly.  With the bookcase in the corner and (imagine) the piano under the painting... it created a lot of weight on that side of the room.

1. We moved the bookcase to the center of the wall.  It felt more balanced and made a very nice focal point.  Taking the sectional apart and bringing in a chair and ottoman made the room feel much more inviting.  Previously the sectional closed off the space and you had to walk all the way around it to sit down.  The red throw blanket nicely covers up the arm where the sectional attached so you would never know that it was part of a bigger piece.

2. The rug anchors the furniture together and adds to the welcoming feeling of the room.

3. We added natural elements with the big pot of twigs behind the couch, and a few plants around the room.

4. The mirror on one side of the couch and the pot on the other help to create a balanced feel to that wall.

5. Having a chair or two in a space can allow for many different possibilites.  Consider using chairs with your sofa!

6. On the table we have a lamp, a plant and a wooden plaque. And they are different heights.  When you are decorating an accessory table: add a lamp, a natural element and something of personal nature and you will have it done!

Having the piano on this side of the room helped to balance the room.

7. We moved the painting and created a unit with a small quilt rack and a pot of twigs.  It gave a bit more substance to that space rather than just hanging the art.

8.  I love to hang art vertically.  The three framed photos work very nicely on this smaller space of wall.  Notice how the top one is quite high and the bottom one is quite low--- but it works.  You will see this in magazines all the time.  Be brave and give it a try!

9. Notice all of the little touches of red.  Red gives a pop of life to any room.

Remember... all of this Interior Redesign was done with what was in the home already! 
Isn't that inspiring.

What an inviting Living Room to come home too! 

I will show you what we did to the little room off the the left
next time.

I am joining the blog party over at the Inspired Room go and see what has inspired others this week.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Here is a Living Room that we redesigned ---
Look at the BEFORE and AFTERS and tell me what made the difference.

I will give you the answers  in my next post.

I do have to tell you --- I got started moving everything before I took the before photo, I am just so excited to get going and forget!! Originally there was a sectional where the piano is and then straight down the center of the photo toward you.





Let me know what you think!

I am joining Met Monday---for some great before and afters go and take a look.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Here are a few photos of lighting that I have taken at my new home.

I often get asked what to do first, if I want a change in my room? If you have just a little time and want to make your home feel more comfortable. My 1st simple interior decorating tip--- is to turn on a lamp! Most of us have lamps but rarely turn them on. Just turn on the lamp and it will automatically feel better.

So... what if you do not have a lamp in the room you want to work on. This is where an interior RE-design comes in. We want to use items that you have in your home already, so start shopping the house! This really is fun --- go from room to room looking for a lamp. Look in the den, office or a bedroom, it can even be one from your little boy’s room. Bring what lamps you could round up into the room you are working on. If you only have one, start with one. If you found more, place them around the room at different heights. It is ideal if you have three different lamps positioned in a triangle pattern throughout the room. As you turn them on instantly you will feel a warmer more inviting feeling.

Now you know what it feels like to have a lamp in that room. Everyone always asks me, “well what about my little boy’s room.” This is where you can decide if you want to leave the lamp here or return it to the bedroom with the idea that when you are ready, you know that you are looking for a lamp. You can go out on a homework assignment and look for a lamp. This way you are not overwhelmed in the home decorating store --- you know right what you 're looking for. You know what it feels like and how it looks to have a lamp in that space.

So, if you are short on time but want to make a difference, add a lamp or two–(be sure and turn them on)! You will be pleasantly surprised at how much more time you and your family will want to spend in that room.

You can take little steps like this and be your own interior designer or decorator---and all you have to spend ---is a little time!

I am participating in Strut Your Stuff at Somewhat Simple.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Okay --- I am still working on putting things together at my new home, I promise to get you pictures soon. For now here are a few ideas for above your kitchen cabinets---

Here are a few ideas for above the kitchen cabinets or on shelves in the kitchen.

We used fresh GREEN and WHITE --- which is a nice way to give you a lift in the middle of winter!
These were just regular plates out of her kitchen cabinet, we just propped them up as part of the display.

Notice the odd numbers and the different heights. We also added a couple of natural elements
---the ball with little green berries and the small twig ball.

This was on a shelf in the same kitchen. The clock has similar decorative iron, and a little greenery softens it up.

This grouping is in 3's and the green artichoke follows the theme color.

More white plates out of the kitchen cupboard with a little green grass and a green candle.

Above the cabinets, a large platter works because of the high ceiling.

We made a grouping of 3 ---added some greenery
and the ornamental iron ties in with the other pieces in the kitchen.

We did all of this using what the homeowner had in her home already.

Try a few plates from your cupboard with a little greenery and see what you can come up with!

I am participating in a blog party over at Metamorphisis Monday

Go and take a look at some fun posts.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Well--- Moving is a BIG job!
I am finally beginning to crawl out of the boxes.
I will be posting pictures of my new place soon, but for now here are a few more photos from a client who downsized and moved to a new place.

When you move it does not start to feel like home until you can get a few things on the wall. It is so common to have pictures and art propped against the wall for months.

Your walls can be beautifully painted but feel blank.
Like this BEFORE shot.

Even if you take one or two pieces and hang them up ---

it will feel better!

See... it really does make a difference. And this is just the hallway!

I am joining in
Met Monday over at Between Naps on the Porch.
Go and have a look.