Monthly Archives: September 2009

Another Transformation

Here is the bed I mentioned in my last post.  I thought it might be fun to show you what can be done with a can of paint or two and a weekend. I got this bed for free, and thought it was great – just not girly enough for my little princess. So, I spruced it up with yellow-ivory tone, and painted on scolls in pink with apple green accents. Perfect for a big-girl bed! I just finished the restoration of an old vanity for the same little girl.  One tip: I always use oil-based paint to refinish furniture. It is more durable than latex, and it washes up well.

I love making the old new again – never underestimate the power of paint!

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Desk – Before and After

I love to take old, beat-up furniture and give them new life.  It’s easy on the budget, and so much fun to create something with some personality!  Last year, I got a beautiful wood bed for FREE at the curb, and painted it for my daughter’s first “Big Girl Bed”.  Later that summer, I found an old vanity and matching stool at a garage sale.  I have finally finished the re-do on this piece, and thought I would post some pics for your enjoyment.

If you have an old piece of furniture you would like to give a new lease on life, don’t hesitate to contact me.  I’m happy to give you a quote on your project, and offer my design expertise on how to make it your own!  I can only paint in the warm months, however, as I do not have a heated shop.  Leave a comment about what you think of this makeover.  Ayla is just tickled pink with her new desk!

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Trends – Are They For You?

In my line of work, clients and associates always like to find out what the latest color and home decor trends are.  This year, we are seeing a continued resurgance of blues and grays, with pops of bright colors such as lime green, fuschia and violet.  Global, tribal patterns are also going to be hot.  For more detail on the color and pattern trends for 2010, check out http://www.sherwinwilliams.com

I love to hear about new trends, too – it’s always fun to know what we will be seeing in the stores, and to see new things.  It’s like Christmas morning to a designer!  However, not all the trends need to end up in our homes.

My thought on design trends is this:  if you like them, bring them into your home.  If you don’t like them, leave them behind.  It’s that simple.  Just because something is trendy, doesn’t mean it fits your personal style.  If lime green makes your skin crawl, by all means, stick with sage green!  If violet really trips your trigger, incorporate it into your home in small amounts at first, unless you have the budget for a total room makeover.

Being trendy isn’t about redecorating your entire home.  It’s about bringing in one or two pieces in the latest colors or patterns – provided you actually LIKE them – and adding them to what you already have.  This is, of course, easiest to do if you keep your major pieces rather neutral and classic in both style and color.  A classic brown leather sofa can hold a number of patterned and colored pillows, and these can be changed out on a whim – even on a small budget.  Or, bring that new color in your room by painting one accent wall.  Paint can be easily changed next year, when you want to change your look again.

Design trends don’t need to rule our lives or our homes; use them as a starting point.  Just as most fashion seen on the runways of Paris doesn’t end up in our closets, not all home fashion trends need to end up in our homes.  But, with a little creativity, our homes can remain classic statements of our personal style, while incorporating just a little of the latest look.

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Flocked and Sanded

Flocked papers add style to any space!

Flocked papers add style to any space!

York Wallcoverings and Ron Redding Designs have some AMAZING new wallcoverings that you need to see!  Flocked papers are again all the rage, and when paired with fun color combos like lime green and gray, they offer a graphic and tactile pop to any room.  Other designs incorporate grains of sand or the glitter of recycled glass to the mix.  Check the flocked papers out here, and click on the links to see other patterns and textures.  Although these papers are not inexpensive, they also aren’t something you would want on every wall of a room (most of the time!).  One accent wall can be enough to transform a room very cost-effectively.  Leave your comments – I would love to know what you think of these new styles, or wallpaper in general!

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Did You Know…

interior designers are available to help you on your do-it-yourself project? We realize that not everyone needs full service interior design – where we coordinate the installation, product ordering and project management for you. Perhaps you just need a little help in knowing where to start. What paint colors should you choose? What about furniture arrangement? What about designing that new tile backsplash for your kitchen? Give us a call! A few hours of design time can save you lots of money and time in the end; having to repaint the entire basement because you hate the color is not going to make your husband a happy man. We can save you that aggravation; we can provide a simple consultation, or we can also provide product and/or installation services. Whatever portion of your project you need help with, we are happy to be there for you.  Have you ever used an interior designer and were so happy you did?  Or, did you regret NOT using a designer on your last project?  We would love to hear your design project stories – leave a comment here!   We hope to hear from you soon!

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Outdoor Decor

If you are anywhere near the St. Croix Valley area of MN or WI, check your local coffee shop, newsstand or hair salon for your FREE copy of Valley Women & Beyond magazine.  This magazine is brand new, and covers local events, women of distinction, fashion, food – anything of interest to women!  The Aug/Sept issue is out, and I have an article in the magazine on the topic of outdoor decorating.  Following is an excerpt – you’ll have to get your copy of the magazine to see the rest (aren’t I mean??).  Although it’s still under construction, you can also check out http://www.valleywomenandbeyond.com for more information on the magazine and drop locations.  And, by all means, stop back here to leave your comments about the article – I would love to hear your favorite outdoor decorating tip or your thoughts on the article!

“In our neck of the woods, we want to soak up every minute of our short summer season. The best way to enjoy summer at home is on your deck or patio. But, how do you make your patio feel as homey and comfortable as your living room? The market has been flooded with some amazing outdoor products in recent years to help you do just that. You are just a weekend project away from enjoying the outdoors in style.

These days, the trend in outdoor living is to create a living room, or even an entire kitchen, outside. Gone are the days of simple patio furniture and a folding lawn chair or two. Today, there are a vast variety of products that can make your outdoor room as comfy as your interior space.”

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