This past Saturday I participated in decorating a kitchen, Great Room, and Mud Room for a FALL Holiday Home Tour. Although exhausting, it was a great experience and I learned so much about the whole process. This tour was challenging because as I wrote about here, the homes on the tour were all occupied by families who only vacated minutes before the tour started. Two valuable lessons I learned were:
#1. No matter how small the decorating job seems, it will take WAY LONGER than anticipated. It took over 7 hours to set up, even though I thought it would take only a couple of hours.
#2. Things will not go as planned. We assumed our occupied home would be empty the few hours before the tour started but when we arrived with fresh flowers and last minute details to do, the Mom was cooking breakfast, Dad was vacuming and 3 young kids were under foot asking all sorts of questions. I had also planed to take good quality “After” photos but there was absolutely no time so the photos that follow are quick snap shots from my point and shoot camera.
My color inspiration was a Lavender, Blue and Orange Pashmina used as a table runner. Three pieces of original art work by my friend Susan Siefer of MadPatter Art Design were hung above the table with the same colors.
Here are a few more views of the table.
I made the flowered pumpkins from a photo I had seen on Pinterest (it took 6 Mum plants to cover the two pumpkins). I found the bird’s nest in my back yard, and all the colorful vegetable dishes I own. (My challenge to myself was to spend under $100 on this project). Although you can’t really see in the photo, the “eggs” in the bird’s nest are tiny pumpkins. I also painted some pumpkins in the same colors as the art work and you can just see a peak of two of them on the window sill.
I also added a few natural elements to the chandelier.
The kitchen also had a bar area that needed a little something.
I added a pumpkin ice bucket…an idea I saw in Country Home and some more decorative plates and napkins.
The Great Room Before.
The home owners asked that I not touch the book shelves or candles on the mantel which are actually electric and wired in. I placed a wicker tray and a few gourds and books on the Ottoman and used more of Susan’s art work above the mantle and added a tall vase of fresh pumpkin flowers. I also added some sprigs of Red leaves in test tube vases under the TV.
During the tour there was a fire burning in the fireplace but of course I didn’t get a photo of that but the room really did feel cozy.
The 4 paintings by Susan are from her Change of View series. The paintings themselves peal right off the canvases and can be changed out with any number of different colors or designs. I think it is brilliant and you should check out her Etsy Store if you want to see more.
The tour visitors exited through the Mud Room and this was the room that took the most time and work. Susan and I have started a side business of hand painting furniture using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Our business is called Chalk It Up! and the mud room is where we displayed some of our pieces.
(We are in the process of setting up a Face Book Business page where we will be offering items for sale.)
Here is how the mud room looked before.
And this is how we styled it up for the tour.
Now that it is all over I have a whole new appreciation for how much work and time goes into organizing and participating in a show house. I would love to hear your comments and feed back.
If you would like help with choosing Color, Staging or Interior decorating, please give me a call.