Posts Tagged ‘Park City Utah Interior Design’

Accent Walls Series #1

Monday, November 9th, 2015

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Accent walls, really? I admit, I felt accent walls were overused in the mid 2000s but now I am enjoying them again. Selecting the best wall to accent is key! There are several reasons to accent your walls.

First, it’s a quick and easy way to update any room. Who doesn’t like instant gratification? With one wall you can totally transform an entire space. You can also add accent walls to any room not just a bedroom or living room, but a kitchen, bathroom or entry way to boot!

Second, accent walls are budget friendly due to the fact that you are only addressing one wall instead of an entire room. And don’t think you’re limited to just paint color, accent walls can include many different materials, shapes and forms.


They also allow you to showcase key elements of the space, such as architectural interests. Extending the stone surrounding your fireplace up to the ceiling will direct your eye and make a statement.

So be bold and don’t be afraid to create an amazing accent wall! They can be easy to install, provide storage space, brighten up a room and can be added to any space. Look out for our next #AccentWallsSeries post in the coming weeks to get a more in depth look at the different types of accent walls that are trending NOW!


Is Your Mantel Crying for a Seasonal Update?

Monday, June 15th, 2015

Finally the weather is changing and my overall attitude is better. You creative ones know what this means…it’s time for a redesign! I enjoyed the white elements my mantel had during the winter; it reflected the snow outside my window. Now, my mantel is crying for something fresh and vibrant. As interior re-designers, we approach a small project just like we approach a larger space.



The Process:

1.) Remove all items from the mantel: No cheating, even the heavy items have to come down.

2.) Group all your options by color, texture and type of item. (Candles, antlers, etc)

3.) Create the focal point or the largest piece was placed first. Keep in mind, you need to fill 2/3 of the space of the mantel or it will be wimpy and we can’t have wimpy. (Try an asymmetrical arrangement by placing the item off-center.)

4.) Follow your color story. In this case, the colors in the artwork told the color story. Balance your color on each side. Even in asymmetrical arrangements there needs to be color balance.

5.) Give a variety of textures. Wood, glass, greenery, horns, shine, metals and bark are all examples of ways to add interest to the design.

6.) Force your eye to move. How are you going to do that? With the elements you have used throughout the arrangement. Not even sure why thats important? When your eye moves around the mantel or the room it creates, space, depth and interest. By placing items high, low, forward and set back you demand attention and interest.

7.) Stand back and elevate the design as you go along.

8.) Shop for missing elements. Don’t have the right item for the next layer? Go shop your home, your yard and even your closet. I have used belts, scarfs and jewelry to alter the color, texture or to and interest.

9.) Snap a photo. Inspire yourself. I keep an album with ideas just for my mantel.

Secrets from a Decorator: Finials add the Finishing Touch

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Rotated-3What is a finial?  It’s the decorative topper of a lamp with the purpose of holding the lamp shade to the lamp harp with the harp connecting to the base.  That’s the function of the finial but the creative part of the finial is totally in your control.  Most lamps are purchased with its coordinating basic finial. Let’s take it up a notch.

Let’s face it.  We place the lamp, we plug it in and then we forget it. As long as we can see to read or find our pathways we don’t revisit or update our lamps.  This last week I needed a lamp finial for a client so the search began.  Online to specialty lamp stores and then I just happened to check out the lighting section in Pier One…Bingo.  The finials ranged in price from the on sale $3.50 – $19.00.  I purchase the perfect one for my client Rotated-1and then of course I added one for me.  I admit I had lost a finial in our recent move and completely forgot about it.  It’s the extra attention to detail that will set your room apart.  I went right back to Pier One and bought a few more just to update and increase the value of a few more of my lamps and to have on hand for my clients.

What can be more economical than $3.50?  Attach an object of interest (rock, beach glass, pine cone, antique jewelry or any unique object) to the basic finial that came with the lamp.  This small element can take an ordinary lamp to the unique, “Where did you get that?” level.

It’s quick, economical and dramatic.



Follow the Staging Rules

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Staging guidelines really do Matter.  Home stagers are not usually present during showings therefore they only get feedback from agents if they make the effort.  We feel confident our guidelines, tips and tricks work to sell a home but we don’t often see them tested.

One of the guidelines: Create perfect traffic patterns and flow throughout the home.  Home stagers are influenced by decorating elements and they influence the presentation of the home.  Utilizing “on-trend” décor and placement gives value to the home.  Knowing the difference in “Decorating to Dwell” or for the homeowner and “Decorating to Sell” to potential buyers is critical to successful staging. This week Daniela Dowie and I were wrapping up a staging when we had a surprise showing.  Seven potential buyers were there to view and connect with the space, that’s right seven.  Watching seven adults maneuver through the condo emphasized the importance of wide pathways and my decision to redesign the entryway for space.
Secret:  In Home Staging open your traffic patterns up to 36” eliminating furniture if needed.  You are not selling furniture.  Follow the Rules and Never Sacrifice Style!


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Sandra Racz – Park City, UT – Phone: 435.901.1205