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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.
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Color Forecast 2011: “Gentle Medley” Color Scheme

Taking it’s inspiration from a day spent at the antique store and the whimsical palette that reminds us of easier times, this color scheme, designed by Sherwin Williams, incorporates a series of innocent and flirty colors that are thoroughly modern.  Elements of this color scheme include vintage florals, dragonfly, butterfly, and leaf motifs, mismatched flea-market finds, hand tinted photos and maps.

Our showroom’s modestly sized convenience kitchen has been transformed to the Gentle Medley color scheme.  We have all the finishes laid out in the showroom.  Come check it out this week!

Fixtures, Finishes, and Fabrics Featuring: Ceramic Colormix 1 x 1 mosaic, Tiffany Gray by Hanstone solid surface, Austen Large Oval Pull by Atlas Homewares in Brushed Nickel (shown in oil rubbed bronze), Armstrong Virginia Vintage Maple in Oyster, Couristan Meshed Mocha rug, Parq faucet by Kohler in brushed nickel, Desert Bloom by Massoud draperies, Marley Willow by Massoud chair upholstery.

Furniture and Accessories Featuring: 1622 Wing Chair by Sherrill Furniture; Long Cove Fall River Round Dining Table in Moss (shown in white) by Lexington Furniture; Hall Table by Paula Deen for Universal Furniture; Bellamy Lantern by Currey and Company; Marine Magnolia Ceramic Lighting by Lazy Susan (shown in white); Blue Bird Vase by Global Views.

Lemon Verbena

“Lemon Verbena” by Sherwin Williams (#7726)
This is such a fresh green, but unique in that it doesn’t commit you to a season.  Rather than selecting a bygone hunter or sage, select something with freshness that is appropriate all year ’round.
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Rock Your Babe in Your Crib!

If you have been wondering how to impress the babe of your dreams this blog series is for you!
Have you ever thought about the environment you live in being a key factor in finding that gal of your dreams?
Your living environment really says a lot about you.  It speaks volumes without you ever saying a word.  It may say, “Wow this guy is really a mess!”  or, it may say “He has great taste, is very organized, he is fun, adventurous and is living the kind of life I want to be part of!”  Which one of these impressions would make your space work for you as an extension of your personality? Why not have your living environment working on your behalf as a “Babe” magnet?  Not just any kind of babe magnet, but specifically your type of Babe!
Over the next few weeks we are going to be exploring the best way’s to Rock Your Babe In Your Crib,  featuring great ideas to help you create a space to woo her.  Get ready for some hints, looks, pictures and exercises to do to make your space sizzle and your life more fun!
Let’s start with the basics:
Step 1: The very first step is to get organized and only keep around you books, accessories, clothes, sports memorabilia, furniture, etc., which really reflect who you are today and who you want your babe to perceive you as.  Get rid of last year, 10 years ago and all high school or college items, unless you are in high school or college.   If you need an objective perspective, ask a sister or a good friend to help you clear out the old stuff!  There is no need to make space for items no longer needed.  Set a date to actually go thru this process and get it done.
Step 2: As you are cleaning and organizing to see what you will keep, make notes in a notebook or leather bound journal of ideas that come to your mind.  These should be things you want to do with your environment that support your personality, lifestyle, style, colors, sleeping habits, cooking habits, sports habits, entertainment habits, travel interests, music interests, outdoor living environments, etc.  Ideas you have seen and said “I really like that, I would like to have or do that” are the ones you want to use.  Let the sky be the limit!  You never know how some of these ideas may be able to be applied by a designer with a broad range of abilities on your behalf.  Nothing is impossible!
These first two steps should keep you busy until Thursday while we get ready to start the make over process of your living environment!

Peppercorn

“Peppercorn” by Sherwin Williams (#7674)
This rich hue strays just slightly from a pure black, hinting at a steely blue.  This color takes the edge off of black, feeling “designed” instead of “settled.”  I’m painting one of my client’s mantles this color.  How’s that for unexpected?  What are you doing with color that is out of the ordinary?
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