Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A little warm paint can have a calm and soothing effect. 
 In this post I have a few photos from a client, before she painted and after she painted.
See if you can see the subtle difference.

BEFORE --- The walls were plain white.

AFTER --- Notice the white plate against the wall and the teacups, they really stand out now.






The paint color is very neutral but it gives an overall warm feel to the room.

I love paint!  You can create so many different effects just with a gallon of paint.

You should try this!

Friday, February 18, 2011

This Living Room just needed a few little tweeks
and it really created a more inviting space.


By adding the chairs and the table with the lamp, we created a very nice little conversation area.
One chair came from the office and the other chair and table from the bedroom.

BEFORE  This view is to the left of the previous shot.

See how we moved the sofas closer together and on an angle.
The ottoman works so much nicer between the two sofas.

We have now created another conversation area.

The table and the TV seem like two very different objects with nothing tying them together.

 After adding some height to the table, it now creates a grouping and is much more comfortable to look at.
The natural element and the odd numbers also really add to the cozy feeling on the table.

Having a bookcase in the room makes it very nice to accessorize and add some of your own personality to the space.

Notice how it is just a few books as well as a few items of interest. 
This makes the bookcase much more pleasing to look at.

Just a different view. 
Remember we are doing this redesign using only items that the homeowner already has.  Usually this means that everything is not just right.  But the homeowner now has an idea of what she needs and some homework for when she is ready to shop!

It would be ideal to have a few blue or green patterned toss pillows for the sofa as well as the chairs.

I would also love a couple of pillows on the other sofa as well. 
A tray would be nice on the ottoman.  The lamp really does warm up the room.

But overall don't you think this space is very inviting!

Now go and try alittle rearrange at your house---and I would love to see the before and afters.
Feel free to send me some photos!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

This is the Family Room that we used for the quiz in my last post.
I want to share with you today what a difference a few accessories can make to a the feeling of a room.

The homeowner wanted this family room to feel more comfortable.

We added a rug from the office, a curtain topper and a few colorful pillows.

Notice that we did not change the furniture around.  The cozy feel comes from the accessories that we brought into the space.


See how the "unit" we made with the two little tables and the photos,
created such a great focal point in the space. 
She had these photos all ready in the colored mats and was looking for frames.   We hung them up so she could see what it would feel like in that group and how to rehang them all when she  had the frames.

Notice the colorful artwork! 
It makes such a statement in the room. 
This creative homeowner had her children paint this art! 
 Isn't that fantastic! 
So with the teal blue in the art as well a mat on one of the photos and the teal pillow and blanket on the couch it really ties the room together.


We created another "unit" on this wall. 
 Each little drawer in this shelf holds shoes since this is right near the door to outside. 
See how the artwork along with the shelf and the basket of reeds makes a nice grouping.

The flower motif in the curtain, the rug, and the artwork in the previous photo
 also tie the feel of the room together because of the
similar pattern.

The teal color adds some real LIFE to the space.

Of course having a lamp warms up the space as well. 
 Even if you only have ONE.


So by adding a few
 simple accessories
you can really cozy up a room!

I am participating in Transformation Thursday  there are so many ideas on things transformed!
Go and take a look.