Thursday, September 8, 2016

Stylish Shelves!

Arranging a bookcase can be a challenge. It can be a true piece of art once completed and while you can enlist the help of your interior designer, here are a few tips to guide you if you are staging it solo.

Take everything off the shelves to begin and remember to focus on the following: color, texture, size, balance and layering.

Color: Try selecting an accent color for the back of your bookcases. If the bookcases are a wood tone, try painting the back of the cases white, this will make your objects stand out. If your bookcases are white try adding a bold color or even a wallpaper to add punch and interest to your room.

Texture: Use a variety of textures. Along with books, try to incorporate glass, ceramic, photos, artwork and objects of assorted sizes.

Size: Size does matter, too many small items will get lost on your shelves. Add some larger objects and display smaller objects on top of books stacked horizontally.

Balance: It is important to balance the display on your shelves, if you have added a lot of height to one side, be sure to balance it with another object with some height on the other side. You can group your books by color, or for a more mono-chromatic look cover your books in paper or display the page side of your books!

Layering: Try propping an item in the back of the shelf and add books, etc. in front. Layering can add a lot of interest. Also don't forget to alternate your books on the shelves in horizontal and vertical groupings.

Utilizing the above suggestion should help you achieve a beautifully arranged bookcase.  If you need some inspiration in the process here are a few examples of some stylish shelves.


Photo credits: 

House Beautiful, Centsational Girl, Pintrest & Decorpad

Monday, July 4, 2016

Liz Carroll

Happy 4th of July!!!  

Here is a take on a red, white and (light) blue room designed by Liz Carroll for a Wrightsville Beach, NC home. I love the Trina Turk fabric covered headboards against the Katie Ridder wallpaper! Looks like the perfect combination of red, white & blue to me!  Who wouldn't love staying in this beach house guest room? To see more photos of the house, click here!   

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Coral & Blue

Now this is a cheerful bedroom!  I was perusing a few websites and came across this great space and had to share.  I am loving the mix of graphic patterns used throughout the room. Tobi Fairley has a knack for mixing patterns to create fun and vibrate spaces.  The room is nicely balanced with pops of coral and blue against a quiet wall color.  And I love the simple window treatments hung at different heights too!  To see more of Tobi's work, click here.

I am not sure what paint color Tobi used, but for a similar look try

Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan HC-81

Awesome bathroom too!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

House of Jade Interiors

I love the look of this master bedroom by the duo designers @ House of Jade Interiors (photographed by Kate Osborne).  Kirsten Krason and Erin Morgan's choices were spot on in creating a calming retreat.  The bed, simply dressed in white linens with a few pillows makes a statement without being too fussy.  And the calming color palette is sheer perfection!  I love the grass cloth wallpaper and the pops of gold and orange.  To see the rest of this home, which is definitely worth a peek, click here!

Monday, January 25, 2016

HGTV Dream Home 2016

I am excited to share the HGTV 2016 Dream Home with you!  The house located in Merritt Island, Florida was designed by Brian Patrick Flynn and luxuriously furnished by Ethan Allen.  This year marks the 10th year Ethan Allen has furnished the Dream Home and it is filled with some of my Ethan Allen favorites!  HGTV Dream Home workshops are going on now at Ethan Allen design centers, so be sure to check out your local store for details.  And after you peruse the pictures below, head over here daily for your chance to win this gorgeous home!  

Love the Abington sofas and Baldwin slipper chairs!

Love Brian's use of three Bowen chest in the kitchen.  

The glamorous Giselle chair never disappoints!

The media room is overflowing with comfort, from the shag rug to the ultra comfortable Lynn sofas.  And I love the combination of turquoise and pink! 

You have to love the Adelaide chest paired with our Scalloped Mirror! 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Pops of Color

Tobi Farley's work has been featured in Traditional Home, House Beautiful, Veranda and host of other shelter magazine.  Her designs are always fresh and fun.  I like how she takes traditional pieces and interjects pops of color for an elegant and modern twist.  Take a look at the rooms below.  I love the mix of turquoise and red in the family room.  The colors flow effortlessly into the dining room and breakfast nook with pops of red as well. To see additional photos, check out Tobi's portfolio and to see the before pictures of the space below, be sure to click over to Tobi's blog