Three Designers Later, I’m Up To Bat

When this client first contacted me, I wasn’t sure I would be able to help her.  She told me that over the last few years, she had hired three different designers to help her pull her home together, and she was yet to be happy with the results.  

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In spite of all that help, her home was still in a bit of disarray.  The previous designers had her buy lots of furnishings, but didn’t appear to be able to pull it all together in a cohesive way.  Upon entering the front entry, this is the sitting room/office you see to the right.

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Before 

 

One wall of this room is built-in bookcases, and the room serves as a pass-through to the living room.  Here’s the view from the living room (the bookcase is on the wall to the right):

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Before

 

Clearly, there’s a lack of good space planning here.  The furniture was pretty much lined up around the room like a doctor’s reception room.  When she asked me what I thought she needed to purchase next to pull this space together, I told her NOTHING.  Instead, what needed to happen was to re-imagine and rearrange what she already owned – then and only then did we need to discuss what she may need to buy.  I began moving things around immediately.  One more before:

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Before

 

I think I may have hit a home run!   There’s nothing like a good “after”:  

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After

 

So much better!   We took this cluttered room and transformed it into an lovely, inviting space for sharing conversation.  In the three hours I was there, we redesigned this room, chose the “right” color for her entry, chose two updated hanging light fixtures, and tweaked the adjoining living room arrangement as well.

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After

 

I swear, y’all, the right furniture placement is KEY!  Oh, and what do you think about the new art arrangement?  Many of these pieces were not even being used and were stored in a back room.  My client is already wanting to schedule our next appointment so we can work on her other rooms.

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 New Furniture Arrangement and Art Placement

 

Sometimes you just may have all the right stuff (or most of it, anyway).   The hardest part can be pulling the look together to create a space that simply “feels right.”   I’m thinking about developing a Design Workshop that teaches homeowners how to arrange furnishings and accessories the RIGHT way.  Would you be interested in a class or an e-book like that?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

The One Piece of Furniture You Probably Need

Do you ever find yourself sounding like a broken record (do you young things even know what a broken record is)?  As a decorator, I find that one of the most versatile pieces of furniture is a long, narrow buffet table or sideboard.  Let me convince you.

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How to Make the Wood in Your Dining Room Come to Life

As a Nashville Interior Decorator and Color Consultant, I often am asked what can be done to “spruce up” a dining room.  The tricky thing about dining rooms is that they are often filled with wood, with little color or fabric going on.

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Typically, there are lots of wood furnishings and wood flooring – the main opportunities for color or pattern are chair fabric, window treatments, and wall color.   If the wall color is a neutral, the dining room can really lack personality.  Here’s the “before” state of a recent client’s dining room:

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My client has lots of lovely antiques that unfortunately don’t have a lot of presence with such a colorless backdrop.  A rich, moody color was prescribed by The Decorologist:

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 Dining Room After

 

Now her wood furnishings look rich and the room pulls you in.  Here’s another view from the entry of the room “before.”

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Dining Room Before

New color and furniture rearrangement made all the difference in this dining room.

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Dining Room After

We haven’t yet changed the fabric on the chair bottoms, but I’m thinking something like this to update the overall look:

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or maybe this:

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Don’t be afraid to inject a little color into your dining room.  It might be just the pick-me-up it needs!

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If you need help finding the perfect colors for your home, contact The Decorologist to schedule a Color Consultation today:  kristie@thedecorologist.com

The Decorologist is in the Houzz

I didn’t start this blog because I was a writer, or because I longed to write.  I started this blog because I was bursting with ideas and thoughts that I wanted to put down somewhere, to document them, to share with whoever might be willing to listen.

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Sometimes I’m surprised by the attention The Decorologist (the blog, not the person) gets – the contacts I make with people is kinda astounding, especially when it brings unexpected opportunities.  If you are addicted to design and decorating and/or read design blogs, you have probably heard of  Houzz.com.

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Houzz is the internet’s largest database of design and decorating ideas – it’s an amazing site full of inspirational rooms by over 60,000 top designers.   Way before Pinterest, Houzz gave us a way to collect images in ideabooks for reference when remodeling and decorating our homes.  They also provide awesome articles about how to make your home look fabulous.

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Houzz contacted this little ol’ Nashville decorator a couple of months ago about writing some of those awesome articles for their site, and today my first article debuts!  It’s the first in an eight-part series about how to create a specific mood or feeling in a room.  This series is going to be chocked full of my best tricks-of-the-trade, the first one focusing on how to make a small room feel larger.  I guarantee if you follow my advice, you can add visual square footage to any room! 

 

So here’s the link: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/2212033/list/Mood-Makers–Small-Rooms–Spacious-Feel

This is not the title that I came up with – I’m seeing that I’m going to have to give up a little control because of editing and all that jazz.  It would be great if you left a comment on the article or add any tips you have for making a space feel bigger.  Me, a paid writer?  Who knew!

Just Say No to the Brass Nipple! Alternatives to Builder-Grade Flush Mount Lighting

I get lots of requests from design clients and blog readers for recommendations for alternatives to those generic builder-grade flush mount light fixtures in their entries and hallways.  You know – the dreaded nipple lights:

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My decorating experience here in Nashville and with online clients has certainly forced me to find some good alternatives to the builder-grade fixture.   While the options are a bit limited in this price range, here are a few you can score at big box stores (either Lowes or Home Depot) for under $100:

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Nashville Decorator Reveals 3 Tricks to Making Your Bedroom Appear Larger

Many of you know I’ve been working with a Professional Organizer to get my home in shape.

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The Secret to Making Your House a Home – The Family Photo Wall

There’s nothing that makes a house a home like family photos.  But scattering them around on all available walls and table surfaces can junk up the place.  This week I spent a morning hanging a few things for one of my clients – her cute dog looked on as I worked:

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We had decided to create a family photo wall for her back stairwell – it’s in the entrance where most family and friends enter the house.  She pulled out tons of photos for me to arrange and hang.  Believe me, that can be a bit overwhelming!

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