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.

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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!

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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.

 


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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.

 

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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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