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Design Tips from the Trade August 7, 2016

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Decorating can be made so much easier if you know some key tips designers have been using for decades. When working as a designer you learn tips and tricks over time. Read on for helpful advice that can be utilized for years to come!

Treat the ceiling! This is the easiest way to give your room a designer look. People assume no one looks up. The truth is, drawing the eye up to a beautifully treated ceiling will make a huge impact on the space. Paint can work wonders for adding a dramatic effect. No treatment will go un-noticed. Put in the effort and you will be glad you did.

Hang large pieces of art. Statement pieces of art will defy the room and fewer pieces will be needed. This is a great way to take the design style of a room into the direction it needs to go. There will be an immediate impact and less decorating will be needed to complete the room’s look.

Leave ample room around each furniture piece. This is rule if particularly good for seating. Leave at least 30”-36” space between each piece of furniture. This rule is excluded for accent or end tables. Accent tables can be placed within an inch or two of the seating piece.

Wider walkways are needed to make the room and house flow properly. Building codes for residences state that 30” is adequate width for a residential walkway or hall. However 36” wide walkways are much more comfortable and open. If you have the room, plan your furniture around this rule. The home will feel comfortable and a positive flow will be achieved.

Hang draperies high. This rule excludes vaulted ceilings and is meant for standard flat ceilings. Hang draperies close to the ceiling and let them hang right above the floor. Puddled draperies are becoming outdated. They can become a hazard as well as requiring many more routine cleanings. A simple pleated panel will create a sophisticated and classic look that only requires cleaning about once a year. Never launder draperies yourself. For custom drapery that was made and installed professionally it is important to have the draperies dry-cleaned. 

Bedroom Decorating for Couples August 2, 2016

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A bedroom for a couple should be their sanctuary. A place where they get alone time and enjoy one another’s company, away from the kids. Find out what necessities are needed in this space. It is all about individual comfort, as well as creating a relaxing space where a couple will want to spend time together.

The center of the bedroom is the mattress, and this should be the best possible.  One third of our lives are spent asleep, so it is an important purchase.  Making the quality of your bed a priority will ensure that you look forward to your sleep each night.

Quality bedding is a must! Dress your bed in quality sheets and comfortable pillows. A light comforter is best in the summer months, since body heat doubles in a bed for two. Good quality pillows are also important. Each person should select their pillow of choice. Typically a man and a woman like different types of pillows. Then add some matching pillows to place over sleeping pillows, to balance out the appearance of any unevenness between pillows.

Mood lighting can really set the tone. Place a table lamp on each side of the bed. This way each person has a lamp they can read by, if they choose. Each person should have their own night stand, where they can keep their own things.

Install a TV on the wall or place one on a dresser. Smart TV’s are a good choice because you can stream movies or turn on a music app. Spring for a nice TV that the two of you will enjoy watching movies or listening to music. You may even want to get an app that offers screen savers, like a crackling fire or nature sounds.

Enhance the look of the space by painting the walls with a serene color choice that you both can agree on. This will only further enhance the relaxing mood of the room. Hang photos of the memories that you have shared together. This is a nice daily reminder that the space you share for motivates you to stay connected to one another.

Enjoy Your Day! July 4, 2016

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We wish you a very happy Fourth of July!  Please stay safe during this wonderful holiday and celebrate your freedom.

Important Bedroom Measurements June 8, 2016

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When decorating a bedroom there are some measurements that should be used to make the most out of this space. Find out what these measurements are and why you should be using them.

The most important dimension in a bedroom is the height of the bed. This is because a bed that is too high or too low is difficult to get in and out of. The proper bed height is between 24”-27” from the floor to the top of the mattress. 24” is a better height for shorter people and children. 25”-26” is a good height for elderly people. They do not have to stoop down to get into bed and they can easily stand up out of bed from these heights. Taller people need a bed height around 27” to easily get in and out of bed.

Night stand width should be proportionate to the size of the bed. A king size bed should have a night stand at least 36” wide. Otherwise the night stand looks too small for the size of the bed. A queen size bed should have a night stand around 24”-30” wide to look proportionate. A double bed can use night stands that anywhere from 18”-24” wide. There should also be at least 6” of space from the edge of the night stand to the wall.

Headboard heights typically vary from 42” to 52” high. If you want to conceal most of your headboard, select a height from 42”-48” high. If you want to showcase the headboard, choose closer to 52” high. When the height of the bed is around 24”-27” off the floor, pillow height can range from 18”-24” high. These two measurements added together will give you a total of around 42”- 48” high. A headboard should never be more than 60” from the floor to the highest point of the headboard. Only use taller headboards like this if the ceiling height is very high (meaning 12 foot or higher). Headboard heights need to be in proportion with the ceiling height.

We hope this helps in decorating your bedroom!  If you have any questions about this information, feel free to stop by or ask us!  

Happy Mother’s Day! May 8, 2016

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We would like to send special wishes to all mothers — thank you for all you do!

Spinach Egg Cups April 28, 2016

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Are you constantly looking for ways to feed your family healthier meals?  An easy way to accomplish this is to hide healthy veggies in your meals. These spinach egg cups were a little something we came up with while meal planning. Breakfast meals that can be heated up quickly and taken on the go is a great place to start. These egg cups do just that!

Ingredients:

2.5oz of fresh spinach

4 Eggs

½ Cup of Whole Milk

1 can of biscuit dough

*Recipe requires a muffin pan

 

Instructions:

Finely chop the fresh spinach.  

In a large mixing bowl, crack 4 eggs. Add chopped spinach and milk. Either whisk by hand or use a hand held mixer.

Cut each biscuit into 6 little triangle shapes. Fill the muffin cup half way with the egg mixture. The biscuits and eggs will expand. Add 3 biscuit dough triangles to each egg cup.

Cook at 400 degrees for 8 minutes. Then add aluminum foil to the top of the muffin tray, (so the cups won’t burn) and cook for another 6 minutes. Use a tooth pick to check to see if they are done in the middle. Allow at least 10 minutes for cups to cool before removing them from the muffin tray.

Keep cups in a plastic container in the refrigerator. Heat up by microwaving for 15-30 seconds depending on your microwave. 

 

Add Big Style to a Small Bathroom March 31, 2016

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Small guest baths and powder rooms don’t have to be plain. They should pack a punch of style! Read below to find out tips on how to create a wow factor.

Add interesting lighting. Beautiful chandeliers look awesome and give a small bathroom a sparkle. Wall sconces on either side of the vanity mirror add extra lighting and extra style any small bathroom.

Add a small rug to the bathroom floor for added warmth, comfort and design appeal. Small rugs in a small bathroom create a comfortable place where guests can get themselves together.

Don’t skimp on hardware. The hardware in a small bathroom can add the extra glam factor that a small space needs. Don’t go the safe route, select hardware that stands out and contrasts with the fixtures.

Wallpaper is an excellent way to add excitement to a small space. Make sure you keep in mind the proportion of the pattern should stay in proportion of the room size. However that doesn’t mean you can’t use a statement wallpaper. If you prefer select an interesting paint color instead of wallpaper. The point is to create interest on the walls in a small bathroom or powder room.

Hang artwork that is proportionate to the room size on the walls. If there is natural light in the small bathroom, and a houseplant for a touch of life. If there’s a lack of natural light add a vase of fresh flowers, especially before guests come over. A vase of fresh flowers can easily be changed out from week to week.

If the space on the wall allows, install an interesting magazine rack, and load the shelves with picture books, magazines and other bathroom reading material. If wall space is limited but floor space permits, add a small stylish stool where you can keep interesting reads.

If you have any questions on your small bathroom, feel free to contact us!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! March 17, 2016

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Rainbow Fruit Skewers for St. Patrick’s Day March 16, 2016

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Rainbow fruit skewers are the perfect healthy appetizer or snack! Think about the fact that you are creating the rainbow using fruit from nature. The rainbow has specific colors in a certain order, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet. The rainbow gave us the inspiration to come up with this themed idea.

What You Will Need:

Wooden Skewers

Raspberries or Watermelon (to serve as the Red in the rainbow)

Cantaloupe or Orange slices (Orange)

Pineapple (Yellow)

Kiwi fruit or green grapes (Green)

Blueberries (Blue)

Blackberries (Indigo)

Dark purple grapes (Violet)

Directions:

Cut the fruit into chunks. Leave the grapes, blueberries and blackberries whole. Stack each fruit in the same order as above the rainbow that leads to the pot of gold has been created! Serve with whip cream and chocolate gold coins. A beautiful serving suggestion is to layout the skewers creating the appearance of an arch (creating the rainbow), then serve a bowl of whip cream at each end of the rainbow and the coins nearby. This makes a great garnish and cloud visual for the rainbow skewers. 

Which Room Would You Choose? March 11, 2016

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Which room would you choose?  Why?  Let us know in the comments below!