Christmas ornaments are not just for your tree! Look how beautiful they look over a dining room table.
If you are lucky enough to live in Chicago or New York, you’ll find a CB2 store. Otherwise order your catalog today!
Photo courtesy of Katherine Bish photography in St. Louis, Missouri
And here is a budget-saving tip: the frames you see in Ursalon’s home were bought at the Habitat for Humanity Restore (on Forest Park Parkway in St. Louis Missouri). All three wood 11 X 14 frames with mats and glass were bought for just $5 each (see above photo). Gina Adolphson, interior designer and my partner for the project, painted the frames with a black gloss spray paint to give them a contemporary look.
Consider catching your family on film just being a family. What spirit and fun can these photos bring to your walls? What conversations might result from looking at fun family photos?
Show us your family on the wall!
Stools are highly versatile: they don’t take up much space and they can act as a place to put your seat or your drink!
And for under $40, the Wal-Mart stool is a steal compared to the Eames walnut stool that has a similar look, but definitely not a similar price at $779 as offered by Design Within Reach (pictured below)Not only is the Wal-Mart stool smartly priced, but it is good for the environment too. Rubberwood is considered the most ecologically friendly wood used in the furniture industry.
See how before (above photo) the crown molding almost disappeared, providing little contrast or interest.
See (above photo) the difference beefed-up molding and paint can make! It really complements the other details in this older home, like the arch entries and niches.
You can also beef-up your baseboards this way. Many older homes have the typical 3 inch colonial baseboards. You can add about 2 to 3 inches up from the baseboard a 1 inch trim molding of your choosing, then paint the wall between the baseboard and molding to match.
Voila! You have instant beefed-up moldings that didn’t cost you an arm and a leg and are simple enough to qualify for a weekend DIY project.What can you do with decorative molding?
Graphic designed by Angela Robinson (http://www.angelwingsdesign.com/) for Dana's Design Studio
I am launching yet another series: Color Confidence.
Nine out of ten calls for my services the person asks, “Can you help me select paint color for my walls?”
Color is the single most important design tool. Yet, most people lack the confidence to use it.
The Color Confidence series will draw upon my popular class by the same name. My hope is that the principles and hints and tips I share will make you brave enough to dip that brush into a can of paint and on to your white walls.
Color Confidence - defined - is knowing what colors you love and how to harmonize them.
Gaining Color Confidence is a lot like learning to ride a bike. You just have to experience it, fall a few times and get up again. Before you know it, selecting color will become intuitive.
To help you on your way, I will give you principles, hints and tips you can lean on - just as a person learning to ride a bike leans on someone to help balance until they gain confidence to ride on their own.
But once you are off and riding I want you to gain confidence to break the rules and experiment to find your own way.
This leads to the first principle:
1) Using Color is personal – it’s not a science.
It’s not what your neighbor likes, it’s what you like.
It’s not something you apply a formula to…it’s subjective, it’s creative, it’s art.
A woman in my class last week asked, “I heard a rule that every room should have a little red in it…is that true?”
Again, there is NO formula for choosing a color palette that appeals to YOU!
And here is my belief, or core value, that drives my thinking: We are creative beings capable of developing our own relationships to color and how it works in our lives.
Will we fall down in the process of building our relationship with color? Most likely.
I create a color palette for a room with a large degree of confidence. But I have developed that confidence after much experimentation – on my OWN home and art projects, thankfully for my clients! And each time I work with color I learn something new. I don’t think I will ever stop learning about color.
You can learn too. Lean on me as we develop your Color Confidence!
I offer my class - Color Confidence - to groups and organizations. Call me for more details: 314-652-1759
Photo courtesy of Katherine Bish Photography
Look at the difference now (pictured below) with the shelf removed and the ceiling and woodwork painted a crisp white and the walls painted a rich terracotta.
Photo courtesy of Katherine Bish photography
Stay tuned to watch the transformation of Katherine's kitchen.
This begins a series of finds from the Big Box.
Starting with tassels I found for under $8 at Wal-mart. You can find them in the same department as you find curtain rods. That is a great price for these approximately 8 inch tassels. I find similar ones other places starting at $10.
What can you do with tassels? They complement a traditional or transitional (contemporary furnishings that lean traditional) decor. You can: put them over your door knobs; use them for tie-backs for window treatments; put on Christmas wreaths instead of bows; or hang from chandeliers...the possibilities are endless.
This tassel (pictured below) is used to tie a towel to make a sling to hold another towel. What an easy and unpredictable way to dress-up a guest bath.
While you are at Wal-mart looking for tassels, you can also pick up the Little Book of Tassels, by Danielle Chiel, to inspire your tassel creations.
What have you found at the Big Box lately?