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Emerald City

My absolute favorite jewel tone that has been popping up all over the place this fall has got to be emerald green!

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Fair warning… this color is definitely for the bold decorators out there! Emerald is a rich and deep color that really adds a unique layer to any room. It looks great on cabinetry, casegoods, and can even be a unique pop of color for the back of a bookcase. For a real statement, use a velvet emerald fabric on your sofa with pops of gold around it. Emerald green is also a great choice for the bedroom. It can be the upholstery color for your headboard or can be layered into your bedding. If you are more of a cautious decorator, just add it in through some great pillows on your couch or in a couple of accessories and art pieces around your home. Whether it is just a few small touches or an entire wall in your favorite room, this yummy color is sure to be the statement of your next project. I’m already green with envy!

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My Favorite Designer Light

When I design I try to look at all aspects of a room. I especially try to design a room to have some visual interest by incorporating a three dimensional look or to add architectural interest. One way to achieve this is by adding my favorite light the library sconce.

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This light is a spin off of the traditional swing arm sconce which is found mainly in bedrooms. However, the library sconce has broken the mold and can be used in many different rooms of your house. My favorite place to install these lights are in the kitchen positioned over a sink or over some cabinetry. Many people love the look of these sconces over their bookshelves. Try repeating them several times to make a huge design statement which I personally love. They come in an array of finishes and are even now being produced with clear shades as well. Don't forget to take a look around your home and figure out a way to incorporate these into your space. I think you will be thrilled with the look.

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The Wet Bar is Open!

If you love to entertain then you may want to consider adding a wet bar to your home.

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Your wet bar can match the finishes of your kitchen or you can choose for it to have its own design if it is independent of the kitchen. Wet bars are a great place to display your glassware on amazing floating shelves or even cabinets with glass doors. You can also display your favorite liquor bottles and carafes on the counter. Don’t forget the key element… the sink! This is also a great spot for a wine cooler or a wine display rack. Cheers!

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Why You Should Always Go With Drawers

There are many reasons to pick drawers over cabinets for your kitchen but let's talk about why.

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First on the list would be accessibility. Since drawers are two feet deep, you can open them to full extension and reach anything in the back with ease. Efficiency is definitely an attractive feature. Fill up drawers with plates, pots or pans, multiple 9x13's, spices and the list goes on. Finally, if you are an organizer then drawers are perfect for you. You can trip them out with all types of dividers for all sorts of things. All of the kitchens I help design are always loaded with drawer stacks. Not only do I love the look of their symmetry but also they are just so practical to have in a kitchen.

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Back to School means Back to Decorating

Yes, it's that time of year where all the stores are filling up with school supplies but actually August is the perfect time for you to start working on your house projects and get back to Decorating...

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As summer starts winding down and kids are returning back to school, I have learned from experience that Fall seems to fly by and then the Holidays are upon us.  My point in writing this Blog is to give you advice from years of experience.  I have had many clients through the years want their projects completed by Thanksgiving because they were hosting their family gathering. In the Design and Furniture industries, lead times for furniture are 8-12 weeks for upholstered pieces, 4-6 for case goods and sewing for window treatments average around 6 weeks.  Painters, tile installers and many trades people all get very busy and their wait times get longer.  So if you want that new backsplash or crown moulding in one of your rooms, you better start working on it now.  If you need design advice, give Melissa and I a call... we book up as well.

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The OBX

The Outer Banks is the hidden gem of the Carolina beaches. This string of islands spans 200 miles along the coast and is the perfect getaway for your next vacation.

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There is so much to see and do here during your stay. There are many beautiful rental cottages along the beach shores or you can choose to stay on the Sound side. The beach is always popular with people paddle boarding, surfing, or just soaking in the suns rays. There are so many great restaurants all over the OBX. One of my personal favorite lunch spots is the Black Pelican Restaurant which was the site of the United States Lifesaving Station and was constructed in 1874. If you enjoy water sports, visit Nor’Banks Sailing to rent jet skis and sail boats. If you want a little exercise, you can walk up the 220 steps to get to the top of the Currituck Lighthouse. There are also many beautiful piers that you can fish off of. The Outer Banks has something for everyone and has been my families vacation spot since the 1940’s. Enjoy your stay in the OBX!

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Hide Style

If you enjoy checking out design styles, one design trend you might have noticed is decorating with cow hides. They are often used as a great layering rug and are beautiful when standing alone.

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Hides come in array of colors and price points and are available online. Sources to check out first are Overstock, World Market, and Wayfair. All these sites offer reasonable price points. So when you are looking for something fun for your space consider using a cow hide under your coffee table. I think you will love the way it looks.

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Cruising Norway

Last spring Holland America launched a new cruise ship out of the Netherlands called the Koningsdam. One of its most spectacular itineraries is leaving out of Amsterdam and cruising up to the Fjords of Norway.

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When someone asked me to describe my trip I simply said raw beauty. The fjords are deep and rocky with many waterfalls scattered throughout. My favorite town on the itinerary was Alesund. The views from up above were amazing. While in Bergen, Norway's second largest city, we hopped on a Segway tour that was a wonderful way to tour the hilly city. So when you are looking for an adventure consider a trip to see the fjords. You will not be disappointed.

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Beaming with Potential

Design is all in the details. Some of the most beautiful spaces have amazing visual features from bottom to top. One of my favorite architectural components that can be added to a space are some striking beams.

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There are a variety of styles, finishes, and looks that can be achieved using beams on your ceiling. Some of my favorite styles of beam ceilings include cathedral, coffered, and truss. You can use actual wooden beams, faux wood, metal, or you can just go for a painted look. There are many intricate designs that you can incorporate into your ceiling. Beams help to make a room feel larger and work well with high or vaulted ceilings. They add immediate texture and depth to any space. If your home needs that extra layer of excitement, why not consider adding some beams?

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Perhaps a Painted Ceiling

As interior design continues to evolve, one aspect of design that has become an important element is ceiling design. Not only should you pay attention to it, you should also take a look at these pictures below and see how just using paint has created an amazing impact.

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Beamed, planked, coffered... these are all just a few options in ceiling design. Honestly, have you just ever considered doing something bold and just using paint? It especially looks great on a smooth ceiling rather than applied to popcorn or knockdown. Paint is an inexpensive way to add drama or softness with just the right amount of color to a room that might be a little bland. So next time you are looking for a DIY project, consider purchasing a gallon of paint and painting your ceiling.

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