Window Treatments & Wall Colors ~ Client Reveal

Back in August, I received an email from Hanna: “Hi Cathy…My family and I recently moved to Glen Allen from Connecticut and I could use some design/decorating help with making our new house feel like home.”

Over the next few months, Hanna and I met several times to help her vision come to life.  Hanna has a good design eye, but wanted help pulling everything together in their new home.  She had already visited a few fabric stores and was willing to have fun with color choices.  Her main goals were to choose paint colors for the majority of the house and to add window treatments to the downstairs rooms.

We started in the Living Room and Dining Room.

dining room window treatments detailHanna found the brown floral silk and the tan silk at Williams & Sherrill.  With the expertise of Christine from Iron Gate Interiors, we designed complimentary window treatments for the adjoining rooms.

Dining Room

dining room window treatments

Living Room

living room window treatments

living room window treatments

As I mentioned before, Hanna was willing to have fun with color.  To complement the fabric, we chose three shades of blue to use on the walls.

All Benjamin Moore:

living and dining paint colors

Painting the tray ceiling in the Dining Room the lightest shade of blue gives the room added interest without being overbearing.  Here is an angle where you can see all three colors (dining room on the right, living room on the left):

dining room ceiling

The kitchen contains an eat-in area and also opens up into the family room.  For paint colors and window treatments, we were working with the existing granite in the kitchen and their current sofa.

In order to coordinate with all of the pieces in both rooms, we choose Benjamin Moore Gray Mirage 2142-50 – a nice blend of gray and beige with a hint of green.

BM Gray Mirage

Again, we enlisted Christine’s help and decided on neutral linen pleated window panels with a contrasting trim.  We repeated the same fabric and trim on all three windows in the space in order to keep the two rooms feeling connected.

Family room

family room window treatments

Kitchen & eat-in area (Notice the cute idea for hanging Christmas balls!)

kitchen bay window

bay window panelsFor the window over the kitchen sink, we decided to go with a Relaxed Roman Shade.

kitchen sink window

The red and green in the trim helped tie in the couch to the rest of the space.

kitchen sink window detailTrim detail:

green & red trim

I also helped Hanna and Peter choose a few other paint colors.  For their foyer, stairway, and upstairs hallway: Benjamin Moore Brandon Beige 977.  Brandon Beige is one of my favorite neutrals right now – sometimes it reads gray, sometimes it reads as a rich beige, and sometimes it picks up a hint of green.  It all depends on the light and the time of day!

BM Brandon Beige 977

In the downstairs bathroom we repeated the Rendezvous Bay 726.

BM Rendezvous Bay

For their Master Bedroom, we chose (Benjamin Moore):

master bedroom colors

And in the Master Bathroom (Benjamin Moore):

BM Prescott Green

I really enjoyed working with Hanna and Peter.  They were delightful and friendly, and helping them feel welcome in Richmond was truly a pleasure.

A big thank you to Hanna and Peter for giving me the opportunity to work with them, and for allowing me to share their pictures with you!

º Would any of these paint colors work in your house?

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The Chippenham Playroom

I am so excited to reveal the after pictures of the Chippenham Playroom! For the details of how the project started and the two original design ideas click here.

For before pictures, details on the Playroom dedication ceremony, and a list of all the wonderful people who contributed to the project click here.

A huge thank you to Bill and Kirsten Tanner and Lee Ailstock from A Small Comfort for including me in this project!

Chippenham pediatric playroom & A Small Comfort

And now, without further ado, the Chippenham Pediatric Playroom.

All photos by Beth Furgurson Photography

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Chippenham pediatric playroom

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Chippenham pediatric playroom garage

playroom playhouse wall

Chippenham pediatric playroom playhouse

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Thank you so much to everyone that supported me and A Small Comfort throughout the project.  I love how the room turned out!

º What’s your favorite part of the room?

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Blogoversary

Today marks the one year anniversary of the Cathy Green Interiors blog! birthday cake

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Over the past year, I have shared ideas, inspiration, crafts, DIY projects, and much more.  To celebrate the blogoversary, I wanted to recap my 10 favorite posts from the past year.

1.  My first post ~ Sweet Frog Mood Board

Dessert was the inspiration for my first blog post!  I created a mood board for a welcoming blue and yellow foyer.  With a giveaway to Sweet Frog, I hoped to bribe readers into following my blog ;)!

2.  Merry Mantel

I participated in my first link party with our red and silver mantel.  Leading up to this post, I also gave tutorials for the three wreaths (here, here, and here) and for the Pom Pom Christmas Tree.

3.  Cous Cous Inspired Bedroom

Another mood board and another giveaway!  I had so much fun searching for all of the Moroccan themed items for this bedroom.

cous cous inspired bedroom4.  Fabulous Side Chair Facelift

My sister, Beth, and I worked hard to reupholster her antique store find.  I have received numerous comments on this post asking me about her fabric and where to find it (we purchased at Williams & Sherrill); we must have made a good choice!

reupholstered chair

5. My First Guest Post ~ for Saffron Marigold

I was excited to write a guest post for another blog!  Saffron Marigold has so many beautiful hand printed linens, and their Chasing Butterflies bedspread was the jumping off point for this bohemian girl’s chic bedroom.

Bohemian Butteflies Bedroom mood board6.  Dining Room Reveal

Andrew and I spent about 12 hours stenciling our dining room.  Even though it was a lot of hard work, we love how it turned out!

Blue stenciled dining room7.  Style Trend ~ Neon

Neon isn’t just for the 1980s!  It is back in fashion and in home décor.  From pillows and lighting to artwork and accessories, there are so many ways to bring a fun pop of color into your home.

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8.  Filing Cabinet Makeover

I made organizing fun by turning a regular filing cabinet into an attractive accent piece of furniture.  This project was also featured on the blog Mod Podge Rocks!

Mod Podged filing cabinet

9.  Color Trend ~ Gray

Gray is the new beige, and it is a wonderfully versatile neutral.  It was fun to search for pictures of gray rooms paired with mint green, purple, coral, and yellow.

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10.  Chippenham Playroom Project ~ Voting & Dedication Ceremony

Working with A Small Comfort to redo the children’s playroom at Chippenham Medical Center was an honor.   There were so many dedicated people that helped make the room transform into a special place for the children and their families.

playroom art wall

Thank you to everyone who has read, and continues to read my blog.  My transition from teaching high school into the design world has been exciting and I am thankful for all of the support that I have received along the way.

Here’s to another great year!

º  Which was your favorite post? º  Any requests for year two of the blog?

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Chippenham Playroom ~ Dedication Ceremony & Sneak Peek

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This week A Small Comfort held a beautiful dedication ceremony to officially open the Chippenham Playroom! A Small Comfort is a wonderful organization that was founded by Bill and Kirsten Tanner to help families going through very difficult situations. This project was very close to their hearts, as they spent many hours in the playroom with their young daughter during her battle with cancer. donating plaque

from A Small Comfort: Lee Ailstock ~ Program Manager, and Bill & Kirsten Tanner 

I feel honored to have been a part of this exceptional project.  My first meeting with Lee was back in March.  While Lee was fundraising, I was designing, and we worked together for countless hours over the past seven months to create a fun playroom for the courageous children at the hospital.  It was amazing to see it all come together.  I was so pleased to hear from doctors and nurses at the hospital how much the children will enjoy this special place.

Becky accepting the plaque

 from CJW Medical Center: Becky Coviello ~ Director of Pediatrics & PICU

During the ceremony, I had the honor of cutting the ribbon and opening the room!

(Check out the door & window design!)

cutting the ribbon

opening the room

Bill and Kirsten waited to see the completed room until the day of the ceremony.  I had the pleasure of showing them the new playroom for the first time and seeing their reaction.

showing B&K the room

I have a few sneak peek photos to share today, but first, here are the ‘before’ images of the room:

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art wall before

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playhouse wall before

After:

playroom art wall

playroom playhouse wall

me in the playroom

All ‘after’ photos by Beth Furgurson Photography

There are so many wonderful people that contributed to the project.  I am so grateful for their hard work and commitment to helping my vision come to life!  A very special thanks to:

-Kirsten & Bill Tanner, and Lee Ailstock ~ A Small Comfort -Duane Wallace ~ contractor, Wallace and Sons -Chris Battle & Chris Sweat ~ woodworkers, Integrated Millwork -Christine Shepard ~ custom window treatments & bench cushion, Iron Gate Interiors -Cheyenne McQuilkin ~ graphic design ~ door and window image, EYE intuitive -Mark & Susan Collins ~ door and window graphic installation, Speedpro Imaging -Marisa Anne ~ animal prints, Creative Thursday -Beth Furgurson ~ photography, Beth Furgurson Photography -All of my friends and family that supported and helped me throughout the project!

There will be more ‘after’ photos coming soon, so stay tuned!

º Was this the room design you voted for (it was choice #1)?

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Kitchen Countertops

This week a client asked me about concrete countertops. - What are the options with concrete?  Were they right for her?  Are they expensive? concrete countertop

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There are many options available for countertops - from laminate to stainless steel - but today I will explore four options: concrete, granite, quartz, and wood.

Concrete

Concrete is fairly new product for countertops, but one that is gaining popularity for its versatility and durability.  Concrete can be tinted and stained to almost any color, and it can be mixed with items such as glass and seashells to give each slab a unique look.

concrete countertops

concrete samples by Artisan Concrete Décor

Aside from the wide variety of colors, another advantage of concrete is that it can be poured and molded into any shape.  Decorative edges, custom shapes, drain trays, and drink coolers are all available with concrete.  Whatever you and your designer can imagine can pretty much be created with concrete.

ACD concrete kitchen island

kitchen island by Artisan Concrete Décor

Concrete is easy to care for, with little maintenance, and when examining prices, concrete is comparable to granite.

modern concrete bar kitchen

custom countertop by KitchensETC

Granite

For years, granite has been the standard in countertop selections.  Many people love the luxurious look and feel of granite.

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kitchen by DesignLine Home Transformations

Granite is both heat resistant and stain resistant, making it a durable and versatile choice.  Because granite is a natural product, the colors and patterns found in the slabs are unique and beautiful.

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kitchen by DesignLine Home Transformations

Granite is a classic choice for many families, and adds a custom look to any kitchen.

DesignLine Kitchen

kitchen by DesignLine Home Transformations

Quartz

Quartz is also a new product on the countertop scene.  It is manufactured from natural quartz to create an extremely durable and versatile product.

Cambria Quartz countertop

Cambria Quartz

Quartz is available in a variety of colors and patterns – from dark to light, and from heavily patterned to mostly solid.  There are even quartz options that look like granite and marble. With such a wide variety of options - even red! - quartz can be used in any kitchen to coordinate with your taste and style.

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The price of quartz usually falls in line with that of a mid-range granite.  Quartz is a low-maintenance product and, unlike granite, it does not require wax or sealers.

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Wood

We often see wood butcher blocks, but it can also be used for kitchen islands, or even all of the countertops in a kitchen.

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Wood countertops add warmth to the space and would naturally fit into a country kitchen.  I can also see them used in a modern kitchen mixed with industrial pendant lights and stainless steel appliances.

While wood countertops are not as durable as the above options, they are a more economical choice for homeowners wanting a custom look at a lower cost.

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So, for my client whose question sparked this post, I advised her that concrete countertops were probably not the best selection for her traditional home.  While concrete countertops are beautiful, they felt a little too modern for her kitchen.  We are exploring several options, including granite and quartz, so we will see what she decides.

º Which of the four countertop options above would you use in your home?

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Project Updates

I shared our family room and dining room makeovers a few months ago.  We’ve slowly been making progress on a few of the items on the to-do list as we work to complete the rooms. In the family room, we added blue pillows to the couch.

family room pillows

The blue compliments the green pillows nicely and ties into the other pieces in the room - like the chair:

Family room chair, Tree of Life, peacock

the rug:

indoor / outdoor rug

and the lamps:

spray painted lamp

Piping the blue pillows in a blue and green zigzag fabric is a small detail, but one that really helps coordinate all of the pieces in the room.

family room pillows

I’ve also been working on the mantel in the family room.  I love to collect vases and pitchers, and I look for them whenever I’m in a consignment or antique store.  For now, I’ve arranged an assortment of them, along with a few other special items on the mantel.

family room mantel

Andrew’s family has two cottages on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.  Many of the glass vases I have collected are from our favorite shop on the Shore, The Blue Crow Antique Mall.  You know it has to be awesome when they are the “second largest antique mall in Virginia”!

family room mantel

I love the little stone owl :).  He was a Christmas present from my mom.  And, yes, I took this picture today – that is a fresh hydrangea bloom from our yard!

family room mantel

Our list for the family room:

- Change up and/or add artwork to the photos over the sofa - Replace our old pillows with blue pillows - Add crown molding - Bring in a few other accessories for the mantle and bookshelves - Find Remember to look for baskets for the console table

In the dining room, there is only one update, but it’s a big one: we added window treatments!

white valance

We really wanted to keep our plantation shutters – we have them in both the dining room and the family room – so I worked around them for the window treatments.  Because the stencil is so bold, I kept the window treatments simple with a white fabric that has a subtle texture to it.  I chose a scallop shape for the valance to reflect the pattern of the stencil.

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They add softness to the room and help to balance out the pattern that is on the walls.

Before:

blue stenciled dining room

After:

white valance

I also want to share a quick update on the Chippenham playroom project.  The room is being prepped and painted this week!

playroom progress

A big thank you to Duane Wallace of Wallace & Sons for donating his time to help work on the project this week!

playroom progress

I’ll continue to share progress photos of the room with you all.  I can’t wait to see this room come together!

º What projects have you been working on lately?

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Painted Ceilings

I met with a first time client earlier this week whose house has two rooms with beautiful tray ceilings.  Many people are not comfortable with painted ceilings, so I was excited when she said that they are willing to paint their ceilings.  We chose their paint colors, and I can’t wait to see how they turn out. Painting a ceiling is a way to add interest to a room, and whether you have a tray or not, there are many options to consider.  If you do have a tray, one possibility is to paint the inside of the tray a darker color than the rest of the room.  This is a good option if you have high ceilings and a large room.  The darker color helps to bring the ceiling down and makes the room feel cozy.

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Another option with a tray ceiling is to only paint the connecting walls.  This adds interest and detail to the room without committing to painting the whole ceiling.

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If you do not have a tray ceiling, try creating one with paint for a similar look.  Barden’s Decorating painted this fabulous ceiling for the 2012 Richmond Symphony Designer Show House.  The colors coordinate perfectly with the rest of the room, and I love the detail of the arched corners.

2010 RSOL Designer House - Master Bedroom

A popular color choice for any ceiling is light blue.  Reminiscent of the sky, even the subtlest hint of light blue can open a room and add an unexpected touch.  Lowering the crown molding a few inches and carrying the blue paint down onto the wall is an interesting architectural detail for this kitchen.  Painting a portion of the wall the same color as the ceiling is a good technique to use when trying to bring down high ceilings.

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For drama and impact in a room, use a bold color on the ceiling and repeat that same color throughout the space.  In this bedroom, the green from the ceiling is used on the bed and window treatments.  The white walls and wood headboard soften the space and keep it from feeling too overpowering.

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Another high impact option is to use a metallic finish or high gloss paint on the ceiling.  In this beautiful dining room, Melanie Palma created a custom finish for her clients that will actually evolve and change over time as the materials are exposed to the air.

melanie palma ceiling

A fun choice for a painted ceiling is to do it in a nursery or child’s room.  John and Sherry from Young House Love painted their daughter’s ceiling a soft turquoise to coordinate with the window treatments.

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If you are interested in a painted ceiling, but not quite ready to commit to it in a high-traffic room, try one of these three ideas.

1. A painted ceiling medallion adds definition and interest to any dining room chandelier.  Diane Williams painted this one for a client.  I love that it’s subtle, but also unique and personal.

diane williams ceiling2.  Choose a small space like a bathroom or closet to make a big impact with a painted ceiling.  Don’t be afraid to use a bold color or add a pattern.

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3. Paint the ceiling of a covered porch.  It would surely be an unexpected welcome for anyone coming to visit.

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The next time you are painting a room, consider painted the ceiling as well.  You might be surprised how much you like the look!

º In which room of your house are you most like likely to paint the ceiling?

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A Small Comfort ~ Chippenham Playroom Project

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I am excited to share with you a project that I have been working on for several months!

Vote here!

I’ve teamed up with a local non-profit ~ A Small Comfort ~ to renovate the children’s playroom at Chippenham Medical Center.  “A Small Comfort, Inc was founded in 2009 as an effort to support and comfort parents and their children in times of crisis.  In times of uncertainty and doubt A Small Comfort strives to provide "comfort” and normalcy to families with a child facing a chronic or life threatening illness."

I created two room designs for the playroom and now it’s up to the public to vote for their favorite design.

Design Option 1

Design Option 1 is based around the adorable animal prints by Creative Thursday.  Each print would be framed and matted to accentuate the art work.  The colors on the walls are blues and greens giving a ‘grass and sky’ feel to the room which relates to the jungle theme.  The children’s table is made to look like a tree stump, and the chairs continue with the blue and green theme.  There are wall play units and play tables throughout the room to engage the children.  There is also a ‘tree house’, a ‘garage’ for toy cars, and a storage shelf for movies.

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Design Option 2

Design Option 2 is based around the bright and geometric animal wall decals.  Color blocks of different paint colors highlight each animal.  The bold colors and fun shapes give a whimsical feel to the room, while still continuing the jungle theme of the floor.  The children’s table and chairs are a fun shape to echo the playfulness of the decals.  There are wall play units and play tables throughout the room to engage the children.  There is also a ‘tree house’, a ‘garage’ for toy cars, and a storage shelf for movies.

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Please take a minute to vote for your favorite design!

VOTE HERE!

Be sure to visit A Small Comfort’s website to learn more about what they do and their mission.  Also, be sure to ‘like’ their Facebook page.

I want to send a big thank you to several people who are helping to make the room come together:

-Lee Ailstock of A Small Comfort -Christine Shepard of Iron Gate Interiors ­­­­­-Cheyenne McQuilkin of Eye Intuitive -Mark Collins and Stacey Eanes of Speedpro Imaging

Working with A Small Comfort on the Chippenham playroom project has been an honor.  I cannot wait to see the space come together and give these amazing children a place to play and have fun!

º Did you vote yet?

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Why hire an Interior Decorator?

Recently, many people have been asking me: “What exactly do you do?”  “Can you help me with X or Y?” The short answer is that I’m an interior decorator for residential spaces.  What exactly does that mean?  I decided to let a few of my clients tell how I helped them create spaces they love.

“I have loved using Cathy as my very helpful interior consultant!  That is what I need is a consultant, and she has been great. I know what I like but I don't know how to put it together and that's where working with Cathy has been a dream and she has been great about using what I have or freshening up what I have for a more updated look. She makes it all seem so easy and effortless!!!”  ~ Connie, M., Tuckahoe, VA

Connie loves to use color in her rooms.  These are two paint colors (both from Sherwin Williams) we chose for two spare bedrooms in her home.

Sherwin Williams Vegan & Oleander

“I hired an interior decorator because, although I knew what types of things I liked in terms of furnishings, I wasn't sure how to bring it to fruition.  I needed someone who knew where to start and who could take my ideas and create a final product that reflected my taste.  Specifically, in my family room, we had a television cable box and DVD player sitting on top of a flimsy piece of wooden furniture that looked sloppy and not put together.  This area was also unsafe for my son.  So, I contacted Cathy Green and asked her to come up with some new ideas about how to store these items and create storage for my son's toys.  Cathy selected many bookshelf options and in the end we decided to get built in bookshelves for a clean permanent look.  I also had an area on my wall in the family room that housed a cheap painting.  That painting was never meant to be a permanent fixture, but it was more of a quick fix.  Cathy suggested a variety of photo arrangements and ultimately she created a design for us to display family pictures in a balanced arrangement.  If it hadn't been for Cathy, I would still have a hodge podge of mismatched items floating around in my family room.  Cathy helped create a complete look and style to our family room, which was originally missing.”  ~  Jackie O., Midlothian, VA

Picture gallery over sofa

“I had a small space to work with and the space had to serve several needs.  My spare bedroom had to become a nursery for my first grandchild and serve as a bedroom for overnight guests.  I am not a shopper, and was not confident selecting paint colors or fabrics and I couldn't visualize the arrangement of furniture. And working full time, I didn't know when I'd find the time for this task. But, most importantly, I couldn't afford to make a mistake. I truly didn't know how or where to begin.

So, an interior decorator was a must.  I quickly discovered that having no idea what I wanted made this a task for me and I was dreading it.  However,  with my interior designer's ideas upon ideas, she made what seemed to be an overwhelming task become an enjoyable experience. We started from scratch.  Other than a rocking chair, everything else for the room had to be purchased.  I got excited with every one of her phone calls, every link she sent me with items for the room, every photo with a suggested piece of furniture, and every visit with paint colors and fabrics.  Now, nine months later, every time I walk into the nursery/guest room, I smile remembering what fun it was watching the room come to life!”  ~ Nancy M., Richmond, VA

West End Guest Room & Nursery

“While we had many thoughts and ideas for what we could do to spruce up an odd shaped room, we really had no idea how to pull it all together.  We decided to hire an interior decorator to provide that special expertise to help us visually draw attention away from the long rectangular shape of the room while still tapping into our tastes and making the room feel comfortable.”  ~  Stacey L., Richmond, VA

Arhaus Gavin Swivel chair & Sonya Berry fabric

We chose the Gavin Swivel chair, in Sonya Berry fabric, from Arhaus in order to add extra seating and a pop of color to their room.

I love working with clients on projects big or small.  My ultimate goal is always to have the client love being in their home.  Here is a sampling of design services I offer:

Many people do not realize the benefits of hiring an interior decorator.  With the amount of time we all spend in our homes, being in a space that is warm, inviting, and refreshing is well worth the investment.  By utilizing a decorator’s knowledge and resources, you will save time and money, and wonder why you did not make the call sooner.  Stop staring at all of the projects you’ve been meaning to begin or complete, and start loving walking in your front door!

If you know someone who needs help jump starting their design project, please pass my name along and put me in touch with them.  Spouses who cannot agree on where to start, baby boomers wanting to refresh rooms after their children have moved out, spaces that need to serve multi-purposes, or new home owners wanting to make their new house feel like home ~ I can transform their design dilemmas into enviable spaces.

(Benjamin Moore paint colors)

For more information and details, please visit my About & Portfolio pages.

º What design dilemmas are you facing right now?

New Year, New Tile

I’ve been helping a client pick out new tile to surround their fireplace, so I headed to Mosaic Tile Company to search for options.  I loved being in the tile showroom and seeing all of their samples and displays.  There are so many things to do with tile and I left the showroom filled with ideas and inspiration. The tile we picked for their fireplace is a beautiful glass tile that picks up the colors and tones of their existing décor.  I can’t wait to see it installed!

Hirsch glass tile

One new product in tile is ‘Wood-Look’ tile.  Yes, tile that looks like wood!  Wood-look tile provides the look of hardwood, but the durability of tile.

I love how it was used in this kitchen, both on the floor and as part of the backsplash.

(All room photos from Mosaic Tile Company’s website.)

Wood-look tile kitchen

Wood-look tile, kitchen backsplash

Another unique option is Metal tile.  Metal tile adds shimmer to the space, while also creating a contemporary feel.

metal tile in a kitchen

The navy accent tile along the top of this backsplash adds a touch of warmth and interest to the design.

metal tile kitchen backsplash

Tile is also commonly used in bathrooms.  Have you ever thought of using a medallion to create a ‘rug’ out of tile?

bathroom tile medallion rug

I love glass tile in a bathroom!  There are so many beautiful colors choices, with the option of an iridescent shimmer.

glass tile stripes in a bathroom

If you prefer something more earthy, how about river rock tile to add texture to the space?

River Rock tile in a bathroom

Aside from kitchens and baths, tile can also be used in entryways to create a beautiful welcome into the home.  (Tuscan clay tile)

Tuscan Clay Tile Entry

Don’t forget about the exterior of the home.  Patios and exterior entryways can also be locations to showcase design and creativity with tile. (Efesus Travertine tile)

Travertine Stone Exterior patio

These examples only scratch the surface of tile options and ideas.  If you need more inspiration, visit a local showroom, like Mosaic Tile, or call me :)!

º Are you planning any tile projects for 2012?

(Disclaimer: I was not paid or perked by Mosaic Tile Company to write this post.  I was simply inspired by their showroom, and have enjoyed my experiences with their friendly and helpful staff.)