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Crabby Apple

“Crabby Apple” by Sherwin Williams (#7592)

I could have an entire fandeck of reds and never have exactly the one I was thinking of, but this one gets pretty close to the barn red I often describe to clients looking to add bold richness to their homes.

Be careful with red, though.  Red tends to excite hunger and keep people from feeling a sense of fullness.  Avoid it in the kitchen if you’re trying to drop a few pounds for New Years!

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Master Bedroom and Bath Lighting

Think about the last really great candlelight dinner you hosted.  Don’t you remember thinking that everyone you’d invited looked absolutely fabulous?!  Why was that?
The most most flattering light for people to look their best is soft, glows a slight pink, and lights them from beneath their chins. 

Let’s face it.  Master bedrooms and baths see a lot of skin.  If that’s the case, you want to make sure the light is as flattering as candlelight.  How do you mimic this in these private spaces?

Switching out your yellow incandescant bulbs for pink can make all the difference in the world.  These are just as easily found as their traditional yellow counterparts, just slightly more expensive, and the difference is well worth the extra attention to detail. 
Have your electrician switch your existing devices to be on dimmers so you can adjust the lighting easily.
Select low wattage bulbs and maximize the number of accent lights you have rather than utilizing overhead lighting.  I’ve never been one to create hard and fast rules for design, but a nice guideline is that every room should have at least three lamps.  Keep your bulbs between 40-60 watts and you’ll be pleased at the soft glow your rooms take on.
If you do have overhead fixtures, select things that are really fabulous.  Don’t settle for the ordinary or the overdone gaudy chandelier.  I’m doing a master bath right now that has spectacular vaulted ceilings.  It’s a rustic spa feel, so I’m putting this great light on a dimmer in addition to all of the very functional recessed lights over the shower and vanity. 
Who wouldn’t want to take a bubble bath with this on?!

I love using reflective surfaces in the bedroom to move light through the space.  Using glass lamps, antiqued mirrors or bedside furniture accomplishes this in a stunning way that only gets better with soft lighting.

Finally, color can make all the difference in the way light is perceived in your space.  I used to design healthcare spaces, and I always avoided yellows and golds because they changed the palor of skin to look sallow and sickly–not exactly the look you’re going for in your master bedroom!  Instead, select a neutral for your bedroom ceiling that errs slightly pink or peach.  This will make skin appear dewey and blush.

Posted in Baths, Bedroom, Lighting

Cardboard

“Cardboard” by Sherwin Williams (#6124)

Admitedly, I mostly love this one for it’s name.  It couldn’t be more suitable for this lovely warm brown.

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What We Love Now!!!

Larger Than Life
Eclectic:
·      Selecting or choosing from various sources
·      Made up of what is selected from different sources
Our Larger Than Life vignette is a group that mixes different wood species & shades, feminine accessories, & a masculine bed with a very simple yet striking comforter set. Pulling from different inspirations, when paired together defines a magical place.
Two tips inspired by the Larger Than Life bedroom group:
1.     Mix & Match Woods!  When done right will result in a space all your own without being boxed into a cookie cutter “set”
2.     HEADBOARDS, HEADBOARDS, HEADBOARDS!!!  Please do not be a victim of what I would describe as a fashion disaster.  Unless you have a space relevant to a minimalist commitment, do not miss having such a defining focal point of your bedroom.  Today there are so many interesting types to choose from:
       Upholstered
       Raw Wood
       Exotic Wood
       Traditional Silhouettes
       Metals
       Gloss Veneer…
        The list goes on and on …

   
Larger Than Life is a White Hot Ironwood bed with Moroccan inspired carved detailing.
 
Flower Power
Against the heavy Ironwood headboard (Ironwood – the wood that will not float) this accent lamp softens the edges.
Hi-Ho-Cheerio
Be playful… an accent piece makes your design space unique and all your own.
Fe, Fi, Faux,
            An understated beauty
The Long & The Short of It …
Naturally casual, this piece is Ash, another example of combining different wood tones.
How easily you can freshen up or change the style image of this pallet!  Choose a print scattered with images and color.  An area rug can grasp and project the genre you are presenting.
 
Posted in Furniture

What wE Love Now!!!

Larger Than Life
Eclectic:
·      Selecting or choosing from various sources
·      Made up of what is selected from different sources
Our Larger Than Life vignette is a group that mixes different wood species & shades; feminine accessories; a masculine bed with a very simple yet striking comforter set. Pulling from different inspirations, when paired together defines a magical place.
Two tips inspired by the Larger Than Life bedroom group:
1.     Mix & Match Woods!  When done right will result in a space all your own without being boxed into a cookie cutter “set”
2.     HEADBOARDS, HEADBOARDS, HEADBOARDS!!!  Please do not be a victim of what I would describe as a fashion disaster.  Unless you have a style design space relevant to a minimalist commitment, do not miss having such a defining focal point of your bedroom.  Today there are so many interesting types to choose from:
       Upholstered
       Raw Wood
       Exotic Wood
       Traditional Silhouettes
       Metals
       Gloss Veneer…
        The list goes on and on …

Larger Than Life is a White Hot ironwood bed with Moroccan inspired carved geometry & detailing.

Flower Power
Against the heavy ironwood headboard (ironwood – the wood that will not float) this accent lamp softens the edges.

Hi-Ho-Cheerio
Be playful… an accent piece makes your design space unique and all your own.
Fe, Fi, Faux,
            An understated beauty

The Long & The Short of It …
Naturally casual, this piece is Ash, another example of combining different wood tones.

 

 

 

How easily you can freshen up or change the image of this pallet!  Choose a print scattered with images and color.  An area rug can grasp and project the genre you are presenting.

 

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