Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Take a Seat

This post is dedicated to my client, Ann, who shared a humorous story with me about a friend asking if Ann sat down to get dressed.

At age 25 I would have laughed at this suggestion. At 50, I say, "Who doesn't sit down to get dressed? How many times do you have to fall on your face in the morning just putting on your pants?"

I know, a tad personal, but what other designer would admit this to you? Right, that's why you have me.

So yesterday, I very cleverly moved a beautiful antique chair into my walk-in closet. Why had this simple solution never occurred to me before? I had the chair in my bedroom where it appeared lost in the vastness and prior to that in the bathroom where it was always in the way. Finally, in my not-too-large closet it was like Goldilocks's porridge, just right.

While sitting on my chair, I can now reach my sock drawer, my shoes lined up on the floor, and my trousers hanging from the rod. Life just works out beautifully sometimes, doesn't it?

Have a look at some nifty chairs to add beauty and convenience to your life...

A nice, straight back Regency chair to get you started...

Here's a chair similar to mine...


Very sweet and will fit in a tight space...

Here's one with an Asian influence
(you can find this type at the Oyster House Antiques store
in Charlottesville on the downtown mall)...


A little farmhouse chair...

A seat with some curve to it...

Another perfectly good small scale chair...

You get the idea. We're not talking big, expensive upholstered chairs. Just a simple place to perch while attending to one's daily needs. You can pick up any of these chairs at an antique mall or used furniture store. If the slip-seat needs a fresh fabric, it's an inexpensive fix you can do yourself.

Let me know what you think! Until next time...
Sheilah

Monday, December 8, 2014

Pantone's Color of the Year 2015

Every year forecasters in color industries predict what is known as "the color of the year." Pantone, a global authority on color for interior design, fashion, and beauty, has just announced it's trendsetting color for 2015...


 Pantone's Marsala Color of the Year 2015

Marsala is very dramatic in velvety fabrics...

The jewel tone is the star in this lovely floral arrangements
 and complements a brunette's coloring...

The cream colored trim and ceiling 
tones down the richness of the red hue...

So what say you, yay or nay to Marsala for color of the year?
 Can you see yourself using the color in your home this year? Let me know!

Until next time...
Sheilah

Studio Choo Book


As some of my readers might recall from a previous Blog post, Studio Choo of San Francisco is one of my favorite floral design studios. Althea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo from Choo have out a new book titled The Wreath Recipe Book. You might also be interested in The Flower Recipe Book also by the Studio Choo gals. Both books contain instructions for crafting lovely natural arrangements. 

Have a look at their talented work... 

Here's the cover of the book...

I love the asymmetrical organic look of Studio Choo wreaths.

Very pretty for Spring...

Perfect for Spring or Summer...

Loaded with Fall color and easy to make..

A woodsy, wintry wreath...

You can pick up your own copy of The Wreath Recipe Book
for $24.95 at your local bookseller.
Enjoy! Until next time...
              Sheilah

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Blissful Baths

My dear friend Jennie's birthday is coming up in a few days and I've decided to surprise her with a few updates for her condo bathroom. Of course she won't be totally surprised since she reads my blog, but hopefully she'll have received my gifts by then! (Fingers crossed xx!)

So in honor of Jennie, I wanted to share some design pics of blissful baths. Of late many folks are opting to include only a shower in their masterbath and foregoing the plethora of interesting tubs available. Personally, I'm a bathtub gal and find it hard to narrow my choice down to just one tub idea.

Keep in mind during any design project that even with a small budget, you can always include some aspect from your dream design photos, such as cabinet finish or wood, window treatments, tile, lighting or plumbing fixtures, accesories (such as chair with a stack of towels) or even the feel of the space (Asian, rustic, mid-century, etc.).

Let's have a look!

Love the window treatments and the little vanity skirt...

Cozy!


Handsome features such as the wood window panes 
and wood tub surround create an Asian influence...

The carved wood panels and stained glass window add a zen feel to the space...

Barn-like lighting fixtures, raw wood cabinetry, and the concrete counter 
create a contemporary farmhouse feel...

Rustic, yet modern...

I love that the amber hue in the tile coordinates with the wood cabinetry...

The concrete counter and abundance of metal in the lighting 
fixtures and cabinetry hardware create an industrial look...

Hope you feel inspired to at least run out and purchase some soft 
microfiber bathmats such as the ones above! 
Until next time...
Sheilah

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Through the Garden Gate

Garden gates possess a magical quality leading you to a world just beyond...

The crunch of gravel... the sound of the latch lifting...

Just a turn of the handle...the creaking hinges...

The smell of pine...the secret garden on the other side...

A tiny glimpse...

The crunch of leaves on a slate walk...


The clang of the iron knocker...

A touch of lavender, rosemary or thyme...

Explore!

Until next time...
Sheilah

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Art of Accessorizing

In interior design, a beautiful space is made complete only when the proper accessories are in place. Think of accessories as the icing on a cake. Never scrimp when it comes to buying artwork or finishing touches as these items add the "WOW" factor to a room in addition to allowing your individual personality to shine through.

The landscape artwork, buddha statuary, & orchids, compliment the Asian
influenced chest and create a vignette with a zen feel.

The globe collection and artwork fill the "negative"
 space above the desk and create a feeling of worldliness.

The ceramic spears fill the negative void behind the sofa and add texture & color.
The painting hung on the bookcase adds an additional layer
 of interest & dimension.

The blue & white porcelain plates above the fire place add a dash of color
as well as provide a soft touch to the rustic space.

Books are rich in texture and color. Combined with pottery or statuary,
books on wood shelving become a work of art themselves. 
Don't forget about accessorizing the bathroom! A simple wood shelf around a bathtub adds so much character! The white walls and porcelain tub act as a canvas for the colorful painting, vase of wildflowers, and casually draped towel. 

The rich patina of the wood table, plus the texture of the baskets, light and stool compliment each other. The pears & wildflowers are in the same color palette, while the white ceramic bowls & table linens contrast with the deeper tones of the other objects.

The symmetrical chairs and artwork create dual vignettes of simple elegance.
Accessories can be found everywhere! Look for objects that appeal to you with interesting colors, textures, and shapes. I recently found an old carpenter's wooden ruler for $6.00 at an antique store and two volumes of Shakespeare with lovely red bookcovers for $11.00 at an antique mall. These inexpensive items added interest and layers to my growing collections. Happy hunting!


Until next time... 
Sheilah

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Green with Envy

One of the many perks of living in the Charlottesville area is being blessed with an abundance of historical architecture. So, on July 4th I hightailed it up to James Madison's Montpelier. What better way to spend Independence Day then at this former president's home?!

The last time I had been to Montpelier was in 2006 during the extensive renovation. The first thing my eyes touched on this time were the colorful green shutters. They are the color of trees! I loved them! I know this isn't a very good picture, but I wanted to give you an idea of the whole house in relation to the shutters. Love those ocher doors, too!


This is the view from the front lawn of Montpelier looking out at the gorgeous 
Blue Ridge Mountains.  I parked my lawn chair there and soaked up the view.
What a treat!

I was inspired by the view to seek out other examples of nature's lovely palette.

Green shutters on white clapboard siding...

Green shutters as a lovely contrast to whitewashed shakes.

Stone walls and green shutters...very rustic

Quaint green garage doors...

Yellow stucco and green shutters, very Tuscan...

I hope you're inspired to use this gardeny green somewhere, such as a bench, 
a front door, a garden shed, or better yet, a garden gate!

Until next time...
Sheilah