Posts Tagged ‘The Deco-Zone’

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.



A First Timer Deco-Zone Experience

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

IMG_0661I am not a high end design­er with years of expe­ri­ence and I stay pret­ty safe with­in the realm of neu­tral col­ors that I know can match.   San­dra Racz told me about The DECO-Zone, an event held dur­ing Atlanta’s Amer­i­c­as­Mart with speak­ers shar­ing infor­ma­tion on Trends, Drapes, Florals,…the list went on and on.  I thought this could be fun learn­ing from top design­ers, meet­ing new peo­ple and shop­ping the Mart.  It wasn’t great tim­ing with my family’s sum­mer sched­ule and I was ner­vous about my lev­el of exper­tise but I made the deci­sion to sign up.  The first day of The DECO-Zone, toss in the fact I got lost, I walked in fraz­zled but I sat with some awe­some Ladies ( all at dif­fer­ent lev­els of expe­ri­ence and fields of inter­est).  One of the first speak­ers, JoAnne Lenart-Weary was engag­ing and fun­ny before I real­ized it I was relaxed and learn­ing which col­ors I should add to my own home and the col­ors weren’t neu­tral.  Dur­ing breaks I min­gled with smart women who ran busi­ness­es and want­ed to gath­er as much knowl­edge I did. There were Ven­dors and prod­ucts I had nev­er heard of and a step-by-step guide to shop­ping the largest whole­sale mar­ket.   Let me tell you, Amer­i­c­as­Mart is three huge build­ings with 20+ floors and it can be over­whelm­ing.  The tips of how and where to shop made it eas­i­er.

I had a won­der­ful time and most of all, I learned, meet won­der­ful peo­ple and gained men­tors for life!  All the design ele­ments that I learned I brought back to my own home and made it pop. I would rec­om­mend The DECO-Zone to any­one no mat­ter your busi­ness type or skill lev­el.  Check out

- Kate Brac­k­een



Sandra Racz – Park City, UT – Phone: 435.901.1205