New Introductions I love Thursday, Aug 16 2018 

As many of you know I shop High Point Market but that does not mean that there aren’t other markets that happen in other cities and states. What that also means is that there are new releases to product lines at times of the year other than October and April. While High Point is still the major release time for most furniture and accessory lines we love to see these in between introductions. So here are some of my favorite things that have recently been added to some of my vendors.

I am in love with these pieces as they can work in so many different styles. I love adding a touch of contemporary to a traditional home or adding just the right traditional piece into a contemporary home. Adding some contemporary touches to the traditional home keeps the design from feeling stale and out of touch. And when a touch of traditional is added to the contemporary style it adds a warmth that can be easily missing when everything is too modern.

Don’t forget to mix materials, textures and colors to create a beautiful living design. These pieces can flow and be your accent pieces or they can be the starting point for a great design. Each design should always be about the end user and it is our job to guide our clients with great design that is functional and current.

Getting Ready for High Point Market Thursday, Jul 19 2018 

I know it may seem a little early but I am getting ready for High Point Market that is happening in the middle of October (10/13-10/17) As I get ready I look back at last fall market and see what was released at my favorite showrooms. There was the big release from Barclay Butera at Lexington. We saw lots of beautiful clean coastal and contemporary pieces. This was a great addition to Lexington giving the company a whole new look.

We saw some great updates at Stanley Furniture including additions to the Havana Collection. We learned about their plans for future pieces and learned that they are planning their biggest release ever this coming fall market.

We worked on clients projects. This is probably one of the best places to be able to find great new pieces for our clients. And sometimes new means antique or vintage. This can be like a treasure hunt and when we find just the right piece everything comes together for the perfect design.

High Point Market is one of the biggest keys to our success as a design firm. It allows me to know what is coming, where the market is going and to touch and feel the pieces that I will be putting in my client’s homes. If you want to join me at market and see how I make it work for my business please check out the Insider’s Tour that I will be giving this fall market. Here is where you can apply to attend the tour:

http://highpointmarket.org/insiders-tour

The tour is free to buyers, it will be on Saturday the 13th (8:30am – 6:30pm) and you must register by September 10th. Not sure how to make arrangements High Point Market will provide a concierge to help you make those arrangements. I look forward to seeing you o the tour!

Insider’s Tour!!! Tuesday, Jul 10 2018 

I first have to say how excited and humbled I am to have been selected to give an insider’s tour of High Point Market. It is so awe inspiring to have been recognized in the design field as a design influencer. So with that being said I want to tell you all about this amazing opportunity and what I am going to be doing at High Point Market.

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As many have heard me speak about High Point Market before you know that it is big and everything you could ever want for design and furnishings is there. It is has amazing educational events to help designers, retailers, builders and manufacturers grow their businesses. All of this can be a little intimidating. So for all of our first time market goers (or if you haven’t been in 4 markets)  you will have the opportunity to join me on a tour of the market. We will be going to my favorite showrooms to see the newest and hottest trends that you need to be incorporating into your designs, stores and businesses. We will be experiencing all that market has to offer but as insider’s. I have some amazing showrooms lined up and some of them even have gifts for our tour attendees!

So how do you get on this tour? It’s super easy! You are going to check out this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8376HLB where you can be walked through the whole process of how to sign up. You want to start early. As registration opens today! You will want to reserve your place on the tour but you also want to get working on your travel arrangements! And even better a concierge will contact you to help you make those travel arrangements once you have registered for the insider’s tour.

You can check out some more information about High Point Market and the Insider’s Tour at http://highpointmarket.org/insiders-tour

To give you and idea of some of the amazing things that you will see at High Point Market, here are some pictures from past trips that I have done.

So whether you have specific projects you are working on or if you are looking to stock your showroom with the best pieces I look forward to showing you my version of High Point Market! Don’t forget those model homes! Make sure your models have the newest trends and designs before they are released to the public!

Register today to get on the tour, the Insider’s Tour!

All About the Hex Friday, Jul 6 2018 

I have been working on designing custom homes like crazy recently and I have found that I am in love with one specific shape, the hexagon. There are so many ways to incorporate the shape into design that it would amaze you. You can find it in everything from tile to lighting, fabrics, furniture and wallpaper. It can be traditional or contemporary all depends on how you use it. So I thought I would show you all some of the amazing hex shaped pieces that you may see in some of our upcoming designs.

Are you falling in love with the hexagon as well? Don’t be afraid of it, use the unique shape to bring a special touch to your space.

One Day Redesign Wednesday, Jun 13 2018 

So you have all the right main pieces in your home but yet you want some updating. So here are my thoughts on items that will give you that quick update and get done in one day.

First, how organized is your home? If your closets are not organized or you don’t have places to put your mail and other paper items you may be feeling stressed. So get those closets organized. Make sure you have places for your shoes. Add places for your belts and ties. Make sure you have a system for bags. Remember when organizing a closet you want to be able to see and easily grab items.

Map it out and plan your closets before you start. Don’t know where to start, consult a designer or organizer. Start making notes of how much hanging you need, how many pairs of shoes you have, what you want to spend on the project. These will direct you as to what is the best solution for your lifestyle.

The right entry or mud room storage can help you feel so much more organized. I personally hate paper. So if it were up to me I would through all mail away. But reality is we can’t do that but we can make sure that things are organized properly. Here are some of my favorite entry or mud room pieces that will make you feel so much more pulled together. No more hot mess express!

Don’t forget to refresh your bookshelves, family rooms and living rooms. To give a quick refresh regroup items on your bookshelves using great bookends. Remember to add decorative items in between the books to give some optical differences. Pick up some great boxes and magazine holders. Group items on pretty trays for decorative and functional looks. These are simple items but they add organization and a refresh to your home quickly. Here are some of my favorites.

 

So are you ready to give your home a one day refresh? Or if you just want the update without the work give us a call we would be so happy to help you to love the space you are in!

All the Little Details! Thursday, May 17 2018 

If you are involved in the housing market at all you know there is low inventory and lots of buying going on. That also means there are tons of new builds and remodels happening right now. We have been having an amazing time working with our clients to take care of every little detail so that they can absolutely love their final project.

These are pictures of custom tables and bookcases we are doing. Check out the amazing custom handles that will go on the walnut and glass doors! And that amazing live edge slab!!!! To die for!

Making sure that the paint colors and bricks are perfect for our clients custom home!

So many amazing combinations for our client’s homes! From stone to concrete to porcelain and wood the options are endless. Mixing and matching to capture our client’s needs and wants.

The builders we are working with are amazing, our clients are fantastic and we are having the best day of our lives every day! So let me see all the details and keep track of them so you can “love the space you’re in!”

Are you Ready to Sell? Sunday, Mar 4 2018 

The real estate market is in full swing and the traditional wisdom is to get your house on the market in the spring. Well we are there here in Florida and will be there soon in northern locations. So are you ready to sell? Have you made your updates that your home needs to bring in the right buyers? Buyers are checking out your kitchen, bathrooms and master suite. But they are also looking to see how spacious the house is. Can they fit all of their items into the home? Will they have a better life in your home? So here are some tips and links to articles that we have been helping out with at Realtor.com

Declutter!!!! Go through your closet and remove about half of what you have in there. It’s coming on spring so get the heavy coats and winter boots out of the closet. A potential buyer needs to see that there will be enough room for their items. If you have it packed full it will seem like there is no room for their things.

Update!!!! Do you still have formica counter tops? Change them asap! Go with a neutral granite and undermount sinks to give a higher end feel with lots of counter space. This does not have to be an expensive upgrade as lots of fabricators have remnants that cna be used for your bathrooms. Buyers want stone counters and if they don’t see them it will be an upgrade they will feel needs to go in and that means a deduction in what they want to pay you for your house.

Backsplash!!! Do you have backsplash in the kitchen, and not just the 4″ standard splash on top of your counter. I’m talking splash that goes from the counter to under the cabinets. If you have it make sure it is clean and anywhere that needs re-grouting you get touched up. If you don’t there are lots of great options everything from 12″x 12″ tin panels to peel and stick and amazing decorative tiles. Here is some of our advice on peel and stick tiles https://www.realtor.com/advice/home-improvement/peel-and-stick-tile/

Staging!!!! This is vitally important and is one of the hardest things for homeowners to do to their own house. Staging is not about designing the home for you to live in, it is about staging the space to feel as large as possible and on trend for the potential buyer to see themselves in the space. It is about depersonalizing the space. This can be super hard on the seller because you have your home the way that you like it, however the new buyer is going to have a hard time seeing past the red walls, or the kids character rooms, or the toy baskets in every room and the personal pictures. Staging is about creating an image. Here are some pictures from a home we recently staged.

And here is a great link to get some more information about the difference between staging and designing. https://www.realtor.com/advice/sell/home-staging-vs-interior-design-difference/

Paint!!! If you just painted recently great, make sure to touch up everywhere so the potential buyer isn’t seeing scuff marks. If you haven’t painted in awhile it is time to paint. Think neutral. Stay away from overly bright and potential turn off colors. Light grays, taupes and whites are your best bets for selling quickly. They will make everything feel brand new and will make the home feel larger.

Have more questions? Give us a shout and we will be happy to help you get your home ready for sale.

Design Tips – Realtor.com Wednesday, Feb 28 2018 

I am very excited to be working with Realtor.com to give tips for all of your design questions from big to small. Everything from what is going on with the white kitchen, quick updates you can do to your home for sell, how to select the right gray paint and many more. Here are some of the recent articles that have come out.

https://www.realtor.com/advice/home-improvement/kitchen-items-designers-wish-you-wouldnt-buy/

https://www.realtor.com/advice/home-improvement/bathroom-decor-ideas-designers-hate/

These are some tips from myself and other designers around the country on remodeling especially kitchens and bathrooms.

How about how to pick the right gray paint for your home?

https://www.realtor.com/advice/home-improvement/choosing-gray-paint/

I love being able to help people all over by working with Realtor.com to give these tips and thoughts. I am in no way moving away from my point of view that at the end of the day the home needs to be all about the end user. You still need to design your home on your personal style but these can be great starting points when looking into redesigning or starting a new home.

Keep checking out Realtor.com for more articles with our tips. We will be posting more of the links. And we are always available to help you directly and love to travel to where you are to create intriguing designs with the highest integrity so you can love the space you’re in!

Staging – Designing for Buyers Monday, Feb 12 2018 

Over the years I have had to explain the difference between staging and interior design many times. And although I think it is really simple and the differences are clear I know that the average person does not find it clear and simple. Here is the easiest way for me to describe the difference:

Interior Design is creating a plan and design that is in the best interest of the end user of the space. It must incorporate function and beauty to be successful.

Staging is designing a space in a way to appeal to the widest group of people so that they can see themselves in the space and are moved to purchase the building.

Do you see the differences? Design is all about the client, staging is all about selling.  Things are set up very differently for someone who is using the space daily verse the home that is only set to show the buyer what could be. Function of the end user is not taken into consideration in staging. Function of the end user is huge when designing for a client.

Interior Designers make great stagers. Stagers are not designers. This is huge. This is also where a lot of confusion comes in because there is the line of thought that if you can stage a space you can be a designer. This is not the case most of the time. Because what usually gets involved is the stagers personal style and what they like to see. There really is no place for that in great interior design. Although designers who are used to being able to separate their personal style from their client’s do make a great stagers because they are keeping up on what the newest trends are and know how to incorporate them into a plan that everyone can get behind.

So I thought I would share some pictures of a home that I staged recently to show how we keep things very “vanilla” and appealing to as many people as possible.

When staging a home we look to show how big it is, what life the buyer could have, and how amazing the features are in the property.

Are you looking to sell your home? Are you needing to redo an existing home? Or maybe you need some help with a home you just purchased. Find an interior designer that can help you with all of that. We would love to be the firm that you select but if not make sure that the firm you go with has the right mindset and can truly help you with all of your needs.

Modern Traditional Saturday, Feb 3 2018 

I can’t believe that it is February already! We have been super busy at Artful Conceptions getting homes ready for the new year. As many of you know the normal turnaround for a full home design is about 12 weeks if everything goes as planned. Well part of our super busy beginning of the year was to complete that task in 4 weeks. In fact this week we took a home from nothing Wednesday morning to completely furnished with all artwork and accessories by Friday afternoon. So here are some pictures of the project. (Some pictures are prior to finishing to keep the client identity confidential)

 

The home is a very traditional style and the client is not super traditional. So we created a modern traditional look with of course an amazing man cave. By combining antiques and modern pieces we were able to create a comfortable yet elegant design. The mixing of wood tones and textures adds depth to the space. Distressed and refined finishes can be great combinations. I love to mix shell inlays with painted distressed pieces. And yes go for the mixing of gold, silver, and bronze finishes. Life is not all in one color your home shouldn’t be either! Mix leather and fabric and don’t forget the pops of color. I know there has been so many images of the monochromatic farmhouse look but life is in color. Your home needs color as well! Don’t let the trend sway you as to what your personal style is. Keep your soul in your home!

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