Friday’s Photo: Sleeping with the family

One of my favorite things about going to High Point Market and visiting the different show rooms is seeing how the rooms are styled. The designers are so creative and I always see something unexpected and unique. Continuing last Friday’s Photo theme of wall murals I spotted this idea at Universal Furniture.

wallpaper family portraits

portrait wallpaper at Universal Furniture

I know it’s not for everyone but I thought it was a cute idea for a child’s room. It would be hard to feel lonely when the family is watching over while you sleep. Having the actual wallpaper made would be a huge commitment but another idea would be to cover the wall with either cork board or foam core. Then using adhesive spray (for the foam core) or pins (for the cork board) attach the images. When the fun had run it’s course just remove the foam core or cork board and the walls are back to the origional state.

Have a good weekend!

It took 11 years but I finally have a decorated dining room

As is true with many designers, our own home often takes a back seat when it comes to decorating. Between client projects, blogging, family obligations and an overall busy life it’s a wonder anything gets done at all. Case in point, my family room was filled with junky/yard sale furniture for over two years after we gave almost all the origional furniture to my son for his apartment. It took the public pressure of the One Room Challenge to finally kick my butt into gear to getting it decorated. (the six week deadline almost did me in but at least it got finished)

I also have a few other unfinished spaces in my house and the dining room was one of them. You see, I never got around to buying a carpet. It’s not that I didn’t look, it’s just that every carpet I liked was either the wrong size, too high of a pile or over budget.

Last January a perfect solution presented itself when Karastan Carpet, one of our Modenus Blogtour sponsors for KBIS, explained to us that any of their wall to wall carpets could be cut and bound to just about any size. Eureka! Wall to wall carpet is often a more affordable option than a large area rug and the fact that I could have it cut to a specific size was even better.

Due to allergies and a dog that sheds like crazy, I wanted a 100% wool low pile carpet. Karastan has so many great choices but in the end I chose the Woolston Plaid in Domino. It arrived last week cut and bound to my exact size specifications and I am thrilled! It’s a black and white grid pattern and here is what it looked like as soon as we laid it down. (The edges have since relaxed and it lays flat)

dining room before

Karastan Woolston Plaid carpet in Domino

I am now happy to say I have one more completely finished room in my house.

dining room with black plaid rug

Linda Holt Photo

My new gallery wall from Fracture is on the adjacent wall and if you want to read my blog about the process of mounting images on glass you can read it HERE.

Gallery wall

Linda Holt Interiors

Now I just have the the master bedroom and guest room left to tackle. Oh well, one room at a time….unless of course we move which is a continuing topic of conversation.

How about you? Do you have any unfinished rooms in your home?

Friday’s Photo: Look how wealthy I am!

What material possessions do you think of when you imagine great wealth? Luxury cars? Second (or third) homes? Designer clothing and jewelry? Fabulous art? I bet the one thing that doesn’t come to mind is a dining room sideboard.

Back in the 1850’s the dining room sideboard was the ultimate trophy to show off one’s wealth. The more intricate and lavish the carvings the more impressed your dinner guests would be. It was the 1850’s way of showing the world, “look how wealthy I am”!

1850's oak sideboard

1850’s Pennsylvania sideboard Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Intricately carved fruit, birds and animal heads added to the wow factor and expense of the piece. The sterling silver urns and tea sets completed the look. Today, we have moved on and replaced side boards and silver tea sets with other possessions as a way of showing off our wealth. It is fun though to look back on history and see how trends have changed. I wonder what prized possession of today will be passe in the next hundred years?

Have a great weekend everyone!

Adding coastal flair to wardrobe and decor

Recently I spent a night at the Attwater Inn in Newport Rhode Island with my friend Susan Kanoff, along with photographer friend Emily O’Brien. The Inn was designed by Boston’s own Rachel Reider and she did an amazing job. The Inn is fresh, colorful and full of unexpected ocean inspired decor.  I was there to photograph the interior with my iPhone while Emily was photographing both the interior and fashion for Susan’s blog, The Midlife Fashionista. Susan is a fabulous wardrobe stylist who specializes in styling the more mature woman (hence the name of her blog). We often discus how fashion and interiors are so closely related. Susan’s outfits were reflective of our coastal location so I thought it would be fun to do a coastal fashion and decor match up.

“A coastal vacation calls for a comfortable and laid-back look—nothing fussy or stuffy.  Think crisp white with pops of vibrant color…bright and fun! Stripes always fit into the nautical theme and a flowy maxi dress with a poncho or wrap is a stylish and comfortable night-time look.” Susan Kanoff

Based on what Susan was wearing here are three different ways to add some coastal flair to your wardrobe or home.

1.Stripes: what says coastal more than stripes? Incorporate stripes into your interior with paint, pillows, fabric and accessories. Choosing a nautical blue color like in the powder room below adds even more of a coastal feel to the room.  Speaking of stripes, I thought it was funny that we both showed up wearing almost the exact same outfit. Sunglasses, white jeans and a black and white striped top. Hey, you don’t hang with your stylist friend without some of her teachings rubbing off on you!

OB-stripes

2. Fringe: Fun, relaxed and casual, fringe is trending in both fashion and interiors and adds a Summery coastal vibe.  Susan added a fringe open cardigan over her striped top for the breezy Summer evening. Denim drapes are given a boarder of fringe for a casual coastal vibe in a beach house.

OB-Fringe inspiration

3. Colorful beach inspired accessoriesShells, sea glass balls, and a sea horse lamp bring lots of coastal flair into the sitting room below. Susan added a vintage inspired straw beach bag and hat to her bright orange dress and denim jacket for her Summery look. Summer is the perfect time to have fun and go “beachy” with accessories.

OB-coastal accessories

See how fashion translates directly to interiors? The same trends and colors are popular and many designers get inspiration from the runway. I hope you enjoyed our match up!

For more style inspiration follow Susan on Instagram and if you are interested in having her help you with your style, you can contact her here.

ORC week 5: The final sprint

AHHHHHH! It is week five of The One Room Challenge, hosted by Linda of Calling it Home. Now it’s serious crunch time, pedal to the metal and no time for indecision, or last minute second guessing. My photographer comes on Monday so I have just 3 days to completely finish my family room makeover. The good news is that things are arriving and the room is slowly falling into place. My new Kravet sofa and reupholstered chairs are now in the room. I don’t want to give too much away until the reveal but here is a little sneak peak.

I just LOVE the new sofa. It is the Pelham sofa from Kravet covered with a very durable Kravet fabric. I decided on a bench cushion simply for practical reasons. Saturday night is often movie night for my husband and I, along with wine, cheese and crackers. I am tired of continually cleaning out stray crumbs (and dog hair) from between the seat cushions so the single cushion will take care of that.

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Kravet Pelham sofa

upholstred chairsI am very happy with how my Indonesian chairs chairs turned out, as well as this super comfy 40 year old club chair that belonged to my mom. For this I chose a J.F. Fabric.upholstered chair2Tomorrow I pick up the drapery and pillows and hopefully my custom drapery hardware will be ready on Friday. The coffee table is scheduled to be delivered tomorrow so what is left is installing the window treatments, accessorizing, hanging art work and styling for Monday’s photo shoot.

Speaking of hanging art work. My prints have not yet arrived for my gallery wall and I knew I was cutting it close when I placed the order. Once they do arrive though I am ready to hang. I made a template for all the frames and plates and after tweaking the placement dozens of times I think I am finally set on this arrangement. I have my fingers crossed you won’t see blank paper taped to the wall next Thursday at my room reveal.

wall art planning

My decorating style is that I prefer a well edited room. I can’t stand random clutter and I believe we should only live with those things that bring us joy, are beautiful or serve a function. When it comes to accessorizing my family room here are a few items that are very special to me as well as beautiful that will also be going into the room.

Pamela Copeman

Pamela Copeman

This painting by Boston designer and artist Pamela Copeman.  Even though Pamela and I are both from the Boston area, we didn’t meet and become friends until we went on BlogTour Vegas with Veronika Miller and Modenus. The subject matter of this painting is the interior of a French Hotel and has a very special meaning to me. I was so touched when she gifted this to me.

A second painting from artist Laurie leavitt. Laurie is one of my oldest and best friends as we lived across the street from one another growing up. I was so thrilled when she offered me this painting of birch trees to use in my room. Not only do the colors work beautifully but the birch tree is my favorite tree.

Laurie Leavitt

Laurie Leavitt

This gorgeous hand made trivet given to me by my good friend Susan Siefer (ironically also an artist). She brought this back for me from her recent trip to Morocco. She so thoughtfully chose the color after she saw a sneak peak of my blue lacquered campaign chest that will be in the room.

Trivet from Morocco

Trivet from Morocco

The talented design duo of Lance Jackson and David Ecton (AKA Parker Kennedy) or as I lovingly call them the PK Boys, surprised me with this spectacular antique canton ware covered dish. They too saw a sneak peak of the campaign chest and also my collection of blue and white china. Spectacular yes? How lucky am I to have such special items that are so beautiful and special. Each item will bring me joy everyday I look at them.

PK boys gift

So, be sure to check back next Thursday and see where I place everything and for the full reveal.

Side note: Now that this challenge is close to the end, I have moments when I feel completely in control and then other moments of anxiety when I think about all that is still left to do. Why I chose to take on this challenge right in the middle of treatment for breast cancer is beyond me. I think I was looking for a diversion from all that my body is going through and If nothing else, worrying about the room getting finished is a lot better than worrying about chemo and radiation…right??

You can catch up on the past four weeks of my six week challenge here:

Week One

Week Two

Week Three

Week Four

Also,  follow along with the progress of the other link up participants Here.

 

 

 

ORC week 4: All about the art

Well here it is week four of the One Room Challenge  hosted by Linda of Calling it Home. What had been a ticking clock has now become a booming drum constantly beating in my head. I have less than two weeks to complete my large family room before the photographer arrives on the 9th.

I did make some progress this week as those of you who follow me on Instagram saw. I am super excited about my newly lacquered campaign chest. I purchased it for a song at the Habitat Restore and then had my cabinet maker lacquer it in Sherwin Williams Indigo. It came out spectacular!

Lacquered Campaign chest

Lacquered Campaign chest

I was blown away by how good the refurbished hardware came out. If you saw the hardware “before” in last weeks post you know it was in pretty sad shape.

My cut and bound sea grass rug was also installed this week. I needed something that would wear like iron and handle the wear and tear from our dog.

seagreass rug

As you can see I had it cut out around the fireplace so that it wouldn’t look like a landing strip pad running down the middle of the room. Having a rug that fills the whole room has made such a difference in making the room feel more cohesive as well as cozy. BTW, it’s only curling up on the edge there because I took this photo right after the installer left. It will lay flat within a few days.

Still waiting on my furniture which will arrive hopefully the end of this week into the middle of next week.

So now my thoughts are on to the art for the room. I already own a fabulous oil painting that will be going directly above the campaign chest.

art piece

So the dilemma that had been keeping me up at night was what to do for art on the huge expansive wall above the sofa. It is almost 7′ of wall space! My budget is more than blown so it had to be something very affordable.  I do not like big box store art or what I call “staging art” because I only want to bring things into my home that have meaning or speak to me in some way. I needed to get creative.

My solution? I decided to create a gallery wall that could be ever changing as I find just the right pieces going forward. Since I don’t have the luxury of time, I decided to simply enlarge some of my photography and display some glass trays and blue and white plates that I love.

Here is my initial planning.

Preliminary gallery wall planning

Preliminary gallery wall planning

I purchased about a dozen white frames from Michael’s during a 40% off frame sale and played around with different frame sizes and arrangements on the floor until I found something I liked. I didn’t have much time to decide which images to enlarged as I looked at the lead time for delivery and realized I had about had about ten minutes to make a decision in order for them to arrive on time. I choose some photos from our favorite vacation spot and a few more abstract ones. Just like with the frames I ordered way more images than I need because I want to play around with placement once they arrive.

So all in all, if everything arrives on schedule, I am in fairly good shape. I still have a lot to do but now that I have decided on the art I feel a lot better.

I would love to hear from you. What do you think of my affordable wall art solution?

It has been eye opening following all the other ORC participants as some are doing great, and others have huge challenges to deal with. I feel very fortunate in that I have two friends, Meredith Bohn, and Kelly Rogers also participating in the challenge. When we need a word of encouragement or get stressed we have one another to lean on. This has made such a big difference in my stress level.

Be sure to check out everyone participating here.

 

 

ORC Family Room Makeover Week 3

Well week 3 of the One Room Challenge rolled in way too fast and the reality (panic) of this tight timeline is starting to set in. This is what my room looks like as I write this post.

ORC emptyThe room is painted and my husband installed the new ceiling light from Crystorama. I am thrilled that my Jonathan Adler gold bamboo floor lamp (in the right corner) was quick shipped and arrived in 5 days.

The furniture is “expected” to be delivered before the reveal but honestly, it will be very tight. I’ve booked the photographer for the afternoon of the 9th which was his only available date and the coffee table is scheduled to be delivered on the 9th (fingers crossed it’s in the morning).

I am also trying everything to entice the the dog to use to his new Dash and Albert dog bed before the new sofa arrives. He wants no part of it though and keeps wandering around looking for his big dog bed that used to be against the wall where all sat and watched TV. He has now defaulted to his plan B which seems to be our bed.

I am happy you all like my vintage campaign dresser I found at the Habitat Restore. I have big plans for it…hint, lacquer and color! Now my next action item is trying to figure out how to bring these babies back to some kind of glory.

Campaign chest hardware

Campaign chest hardware

They are solid brass and I thought I could clean and polish them myself but no such deal. I spent an entire afternoon researching brass restorers and spoke to multiple companies. Either their price is crazy (as in over a grand to replate them) or their lead time is not going to work (8-10 weeks). I did finally find someone local so fingers crossed they turn out as I envision.

So many of you also said you liked my “plan B” fabric even better than my origional choice and I honestly have to agree. I hadn’t seen this colorway the first time so the back order really was for the best. Here is the fabric for all my upholstered pieces. I know it looks a little boring for someone who LOVES color like myself but I wanted this room to be calming and restful. Fear not though color lovers as I still plan some saturated pops of color in there!

ORC fabrics1

Bottom left: sofa. Top left: small club chair, Middle top: window treatments, Right: Indonesian chairs

So for the time being it is sit and wait for the furniture, window treatments, rug, pillows and my newly upholstered chairs. I also have to decide on and purchase art work, find an ottoman, order drapery hardware and think about accessories. I basically have about two weeks…yikes!!! My room reveal will either be a total win or a complete bust. Let’s hope it’s the former.

To see the progress of all the other link up participants from Calling it Home ORC challenge click here. Also, don’t miss the twenty main bloggers who post on Wednesday’s.

Also, If you want to catch up with the past two weeks the links are below.

ORC week one

ORC week two

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