Inspiration for an Updated Living Room

My long weekend plans include painting more chair upholstery with chalk paint and hitting the swimming pool for the last big hurrah of the summer.  I thought I’d share with you an Inspiration Board I just sent out this morning to a sweet e-design client in California. 

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She needed help casting a vision for her living room, so I worked up this Inspiration Board along with a furniture floorplan and a Pinboard with resources and alternative options.  Do you like? Have a terrific holiday weekend, my friends!

 

Wave Bye-Bye to Your Builder Basic Kitchen

Having grown weary of her boring home, this sweet gal from Las Vegas contacted me about helping her wave bye-bye to her builder basic kitchen.  After this happy result of a living room eDesign and Color consultation with The Decorologist, my client in Las Vegas is ready to move on to Phase 2 of her home design project.

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Living Room After E-Design 

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All I Want for Christmas is Design Camp!

I’m not one to enter contests, truly.  But this caught my attention for a couple of reasons.  First, it’s sponsored by two of my favorites:  designer Tobi Fairley and Benjamin Moore Paints.  Second, it’s about 2013 Color Trends which I have blogged about more than a couple of times this fall.

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The Decorologist’s Contest Entry

 

The contest required creating a Mood Board that showcases your conception of 2013 Color Trends in a room design. My paint color choices included Benjamin Moore’s Prescott Green (on the walls) and Weston Flax (on the ceiling).   Did I mention the prize?  A few days at CAMP!

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Well, not really THAT kind of camp.  DESIGN CAMP!!!  Tobi Fairley holds weekend design camps several times a year in Little Rock, Arkansas.  If I were to be voted one of the top 4 Mood Boards in the Tobi Fairley – Benjamin Moore Color Trends 2012 contest, I would get a free ticket to her fabulous camp.

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Tobi Fairley’s Design Camp

 

You can help get me there. If you have an account on Olioboard, please vote for my moodboard called “Gilt-y Pleasures.”  All you have to do is go to this link and click on the heart beneath the picture.  You can vote every day for the next couple of weeks – I’ll probably bug you about it again later . . . If you don’t have an account on Olioboard, you may want to sign up for one (it’s free) so that you can make your own moodboards!

 

Also, you still have a chance to win a copy of Miss Mustard Seed’s Inspired You, so check out my post from Monday for details.  

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Miss Mustard Seed’s New Book

 

I’ll be announcing my three lucky winners next week!  You guys are the best – good luck and have a great weekend!

Arranging Your Furniture on the Diagonal

This week, I’ve been working on a design plan for a client with an oddly-shaped living room.  For me, space-planning is all about creating a furniture arrangement that is in harmony with the architecture.  That can be particularly challenging in a room like this one:

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Living Room with Diagonal Wall

 

The room has 5 walls, and the wall with the bank of windows runs on the diagonal.  The area opposite these window walls is almost a hallway from the front of the house (to the right of this room) to the dining room and kitchen (to the left of this room).  My client wants new seating and a rug for this room, as well as accessories to warm up this tiled space.   The first thing we needed to do was to establish how to arrange the furniture to address the unusual architecture of the room.  This is the floorplan I came up with:

 

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Rather than ignoring the architecture, we addressed it by using the bank of windows as our focal point for the living room.  Now you are facing a lovely view, but can also see the television when seated.  An art grouping will replace where the television was formerly, which is the first thing you see when you walk in from the entry (see arrow).  My client was having a difficult time visualizing the finished room, so I created an Inspiration Board to bring together the items I selected for the living room:

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Inspiration Board by The Decorologist

 

Do you have a room that stumps you when arranging your furniture?  What architectural feature gives you the most difficulty when arranging your room?

Child’s Play – A Virtual Design for Boy’s Room

As an interior decorator based in Nashville, you may think I only design for local clients.  Over the weekend, I worked on a Virtual Design for a 9-year-old boy living in Pennsylvania.   This is the current state of his room, and it is definitely time for a change!

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 Boy’s Room Before

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Building a Room Design Around An Inspiration Piece

Happy Friday, fellow Decor Junkies!  Today I’m sharing a Virtual Design I did for a client’s living room a few months back.  The inspiration for the entire room was the fabulously fun rug, plus the pair of art pieces you see below:

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Virtual Design by The Decorologist

 

My client had recently purchased the rug and also wanted to use her existing art in the new room.   I love the color combination of blue, purple, and teal!  When I create these kind of Virtual Designs for long distance clients, I provide a list of resources and prices of all the items included in the design.  That way they can simply order the items they love or find similar items on their own to achieve the look of the Inspiration Board.

Would love to hear what you think about this design and color combination!  Have a lovely weekend.

Are Matching Bedroom Suites Outdated?

Not everyone is able to start from scratch in their bedroom.  I have a client who is fortunate enough to be getting rid of her dated bedroom suite and bedding and starting anew.  While her tastes are still traditional, she wants a look that is current and takes her forward without being trendy.  She wants a peaceful, neutral bedroom that will appeal to both her husband and herself.  This is the Inspiration Board I recently created to cast a vision for her space.

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Bedroom Inspiration Board by The Decorologist

 

We decided to use an updated neutral on the walls and a grayed blue on the ceiling.  Notice that this is not a “matched set” bedroom.  If you are buying new bedroom furniture, please don’t buy a bedroom “suite” or matching set!   The creamy painted bedside tables and desk keep things light and current, but are anything but trendy.   Go for larger bedside tables than you are used to – maybe a pair of small dressers if you have room.  A bench at the end of the bed is the perfect place to take off your shoes or pile up your decorative pillows at night.  Finally, don’t forget to treat yourself to a really special hanging light fixture like the one pictured here.

Everything in this virtual design is not “made” to go together, but it all blends well.   I think it’s so much more interesting than a matchy-matchy bedroom suite.  Are you “over” traditional bedroom suites?

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