Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Creating a Garden Room

Let's create a garden room!

First step, find a picture of a room that inspires you.

I found this one recently. Love the interesting ceiling finish, the color palette of the room and the chair fabric. Even though the room is a bit grand, I like the mood of the space.

Next, set out on a road trip to your favorite nursery or specialty gardening store.

Here's one of my favorite haunts. Have you ever been there?

I'm seeing miniature furniture pieces everywhere. They are great for accessorizing bookcases, shelves, or a secretary desk in a garden room.

Mirrors expand a space, and the verdi finish on this one adds to the gardening theme.

This faux stone lamp has just the right texture for our room. It would be perfect in a pair on a distressed wood table.

And how about this lovely daybed? A great place to snuggle up and read a book.

This metal secretary would be a unique touch to the room as well.

And of course you need a pretty little fabric!

Okay, you can take it from here! Let me know what else you find!

Until next time...

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Little White Farmhouses

Oh, how I LOVE white farmhouses!

Here's a few to fantasize about!

Okay, not all of them are white, and not all of them are little, but so what!

If you live in the Charlottesville area and want to own a farmhouse of your own, please look up my FAVORITE and personal real estate agent, David Ferrall, from Nest Realty

He's the BEST, and dear readers you know I want you to have the best!

Until next time... 

Creating a Mood Board

I've been working on a new project and started it by creating a mood board.

A mood board is a display of pictures or objects that depict a feeling or "mood" that a designer would like to incorporate into a room.

Often times the design of the room evolves from the mood board, but the board is generally the starting point for color palette, textures and style.

The designer or the client can create the board. I always ask clients when beginning a project to collect pictures, clippings, color and fabric swatches so that I have a clearer image of what the client's style preferences are.

Enjoy! Let me know what you think!



Until next time... 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Last Minute Prep For Design House Opening

Whew! What a busy week!

On Tuesday morning I cruised over to Creative Framing and The Art Box to pick up an easel that Amanda and Anne were kind enough to lend to me for the Design House. Without vendors such as this we could never pull off the Design House. So many thanks! They saved my day!

Creative Framing and The Art Box Crozet location. You can also visit them in Ivy or Lynchburg.

Next I was off to the Design House for one final prepping of my room, just as the photographer was making his way through the house photographing everyone's lovely spaces!

Later Tuesday evening I had a presentation at the Colonnades Independent Living retirement community to promote the Design House event. A lovely group of folks attended our chat!

This afternoon we presented at The Independence retirement community. What a thrill it is to meet folks in the community to discuss the work we've been doing at the Design House on behalf of the shelter.

On my way home this afternoon, I swung by Patina Antiques again to snap some pics of their new location. Here are some fun finds and several pictures of the architectural details of the interior. Tell me what you think!

Lovely chest of drawers

Large windows with wonderful views!

Pinecone Hill bedding and an upholstered headboard

Love the interior arched doorways!

Beautiful patina on the hardwood flooring and staircase

Here's that perky yellow door I promised to show you!

A highboy

A nifty little chair with rush seat

And thus ends my day! Tomorrow is the Design House Preview Night! Yippee!

Until next time...