3/30/17

MORE PLAYING WITH MIRRORS!!

I recorded the new HGTV design show that is to replace Fixer Upper now that the Gaines have had enough TV fame to launch them into their lucrative lines of furniture, paint, gift shops and etc. (I'm completely in love with the little 'giraffe' house they just featured! - the inside is adorable.)

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Home Town is promising - her style is very different though - not a Fixer Upper replacement...

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Did you see the new show?  What are your thoughts?


I'm still playing with mirrors at my house.  Two new ones for the master bath remodel, and a very old one I'm up-cycling for my office.

I also found an old round floral painted mirror and a country style pine mirror in the garage - not in love with the floral mirror, which explains why it was in the garage, but thinking I might try covering it with shells and creating a little coastal love.

The country style mirror needs a little repair and TLC, and a coat of paint.  I'm getting a lot more of my 'projects' done since I started a  'Hen Party' project night with my girlfriends.  Once a month we all bring whatever we item are working on and eat and talk and work on projects. If we don't have a current one, there's always something that we can pitch in and help.

Last post I talked about the mirrored tiles that are back big time from the 70's - but in exciting new ways... and I may just have to find a place to use them - but mirrors have always been put to good use in the design business.

They add light, drama, depth and dimension:

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They can be a focal point, a statement piece, or art.
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They create an illusion of space, mimic windows where there are none and add beauty.

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Mirrors, whether large or small, are important - so I am always interested in new ways to use them.
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Finally, make sure your mirror reflects good things.  Avoid duplicating clutter, unsightly or unpleasant areas of your home.  I mean, we all got them - but lets not draw attention to them, right?

Best wishes..


3/29/17

HOW TO PICK THE PERFECT WALL COLOR


As you know, on this blog I actively encourage people to contact me with a design question - 
which I answer for free.   
I have a few rules, though...

1. just one question

2. include photos if you really want a serious answer

3. I get to post it on my blog if I think it will be interesting for others

That's not asking a lot for a bit of free professional advice, right?  

More than one question gets us into the long distance decorating area of services 
and I have killer rates for that kind of help.  
It's also really, really fun!
You are the decorator - with my long distance help...
You hire the labor - or DIY it...
You go at your own pace...
You do a room at a time or get advice for your whole house - you are in charge of your budget.

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Out of the questions I receive from readers, I would have to say that 90% are about color.
I'm not surprised.

Take into consideration you are looking at a paint swatch smaller than the size of a business card, 
in fluorescent lighting in most stores, 
with hidden undertones
that will most likely change the minute it is painted on your walls,
because:

1) you have different lighting than the store; 

2)  color will intensify or change based on the size of your room and height of your ceiling, 

3) color will be affected by the light where you live, the direction your home faces and the geography around you. (I once had a client who complained all her paint had a green tone to it - and found she lived in a forest...)

So, it's no surprise at all that most of us have a difficult time finding the perfect color.

I understand your frustration and maybe I can get you started with a little advice:  

When choosing a wall color - neutrals are your friend.

Why, you ask?  
Because in most instances your wall color should become a background to a beautiful room.  
It should allow your lovely furnishings and beautiful fabrics to take center stage.  
It should never be the design hog - trying to grab attention by hitting you in the face.

No one should walk in to a room and say.... "that's a great wall color".  
They should walk in and say... "that's a beautiful room".   
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There are exceptions, of course.  
There are times when a dramatic color makes a room, 
or when a wall needs to be accented, 
or when the color is the design focal point - 
but that is rare in a family home.

Neutrals have the added benefit of flexibility.  
You have only to change your accent colors to transform or update your room.

It's a misconception that 'neutral' translates to boring color.  
This was true in the past, when neutral meant 'beige'.  
Today, nearly every color has a neutral representation.

  
Once a color has been 'grayed down' or neutralized, it can be used as a background or a wall color that will blend with many different accent colors and sit quietly, and beautifully, as the backdrop of a room.

Here are some examples of beautifully neutral walls in fabulous rooms.  

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QUESTIONS FROM READERS:

Hi Claudine,
I desperately need help picking paint colors to go with my very light gray shingled roof.  I was reading on one of your blogs that the roof should always be the darker color and I am stumped.  Other than white – there isn’t much lighter than my roof.  Is there every an exception to this rule? 
Below is a picture of my house.

Thanks for any input you may offer.
There are always exceptions.
When the house is nearly the same color as the roof, there isn't much interest to draw the eye.

So contrast is a big deal - see the difference between these two photos?

White can work with a lighter roof if there is a contrasting trim.

When you have a lighter colored roof, contrast is key.

3/28/17

PLAYING WITH MIRRORS

The hubs and I visited Restoration Hardware outlet this weekend in anticipation of our master bedroom and bath remodel coming up in a few months.  We were looking for mirrors for the dressing/sink area and he'd seen one he liked at RH a few months ago, but with RH's complete redesign of the store in the mall, we thought we might have better luck finding them at the outlet.  All the things that made their store remarkable seem to have vanished.
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As luck would have it, we found a pair of the brass framed mirrors - (yes, brass is back with a bang) and added them to our growing pile of purchases for the remodel.  I wasn't at all disappointed we paid a fraction of the retail price.

It started me thinking about mirrors and I jumped on the computer to check out something I'd seen recently about the 70's mirrored tiles making a comeback. The antique glass ones are very reminiscent of the 70's era.
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Seems all things fashion and decor come back to haunt us in the end - including the mirror tiles.  However, and most thankfully, not in exactly the same way.

The Antique version kind of looks amazing in the bathroom...
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(Not all mirrored tile works in the bathroom - make sure its safe for wet areas!)

Using it in the kitchen is a new concept - 
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But it completely makes sense as a backsplash.

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New shapes and sizes - like this subway style  - 
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or this herringbone mosaic - bring this look up to date.
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I love the texture this 1x1-inch mosaic tile 
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But there is nothing like a wall of mirrors to make a beautiful statement...

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If you have lived through the 70's, you may cringe at the idea of glass tiles, but I think you would have to agree, sometimes what's old is new again - and these 'new' uses of mirrored tile - are definitely something to think about!


Today's mirrored tiles add the advantages of a mirror a new way.  Check them out - it might be something you would like to add to your home.





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