New Arrivals to the Showroom Saturday, Apr 29 2017 

As some of you know we have both the online store and the showroom in Tampa. I am constantly changing and updating what is available to our local clients. Although, everything can also be shipped anywhere! Here are some of the newest pieces that arrived in the past two weeks.

Unique tables that are perfect for accent areas or next to your favorite chair. Combine the triangular tables for an amazing and creative cocktail table.

Beautiful and glam planters that will make you want to run to your nearest flower shop.

Candle holders that have you wishing for a romatic evening.

Not your Grandma’s jugs and jars. These are beautiful in their own right, with the right combination they are spectacular.

And a small sampling of the unique and fun vases that are perfect for every occasion. Have a need for a hostess give? We got you covered. 

And I saved my favorite for last……..

These amazing geometic pieces are pieces of art!

Can’t wait to see you in Tampa!

Designing You Saturday, Jan 28 2017 

I am very excited to say that the book is done and now available through Amazon! It has been a project of love and an amazing experience. I had always thought about writing a book but never really thought it was something that I would do. It is done and I thought I would go into a bit more depth as to what the book is about and what is in the book.

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Designing You is about my philosophy on design, what it is like to work with me, and a self evaluation on your personal design style. To me interior design is all about the client. For many years and through much of my early training I heard all about how the client doesn’t know what they want. That is is the designers job to tell them what they should do. That it is the designer and only the designer that has the style and vision to see what should be done. I have always felt that this was not correct. Yes, we as designers much have a vision for what the space is going to be. But we much get that vision from somewhere. And it must come from the client.

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Throughout the book you will learn about how working from a client driven space creates designs that our clients love for many years, because they are all about them.

I also want all of my readers to be able to get to know themselves more. So in the book I have included a color/design quiz that will help each reader to better understand their own personal style. I have dropped the traditional hard to understand design terms and created it in everyday language. Good design is for everyone.

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I will take you on a journey of what it is like to work on clients designs, what Furniture Fashion Week is all about, and why I do what I do. Creating great design, is creating a place that you can soar from. The process includes every emotion out there. When I design I have to get into the heads of my clients. So when I am shopping for them I have to see everything as they would see it. Go through all the options and then present to them only what is best for them.

And of course there are some great pictures of completed spaces. I have included some of my favorite projects in the book to show what it is like when a space is completed. The styles range all over the place, from beach living to traditional to contemporary. And as I designer I feel that I should always be able to pop back and forth between styles because each client is different and deserves to have a design specific to them.

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So please enjoy, check it out. Pick up the paper copy so that you can write in it and mark things that you love. But most of all find out more about who you are and your personal style.

Book Preview Saturday, Jan 21 2017 

As may of you know, or maybe I haven’t shared it enough, I have written a book and it will be out this spring. So I thought I would give everyone here a preview of the book. I would love to hear your feedback and of course your reviews! So, here is the front and back cover of the book.

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And here is an except from the beginning of the book:

The word home brings so many things to mind for most people. For some it is a goal of something to achieve, for others it is a state of mind, and for others it is a continual search. For me the word home represents all of those things. It is a place to be safe, a place where you can thrive and achieve anything that you want. Home is more than just a house, apartment, condo, mansion or any other term we use for a place to rest. Home is about creating a place that is more than just to rest or eat and sleep. Home is the combination of both location and state of mind. And for me the only way to create a home is to listen and understand my clients, to know their wants, needs and lifestyle so that I can create a place for them to thrive.

Interior design is about creating spaces from our client’s hopes, dreams, and needs with artistic strokes of balance and vision. It is art that is functional and envelopes the users. There has been for a longtime the thought that designers know more about what the client should want or like for their spaces. For all the years that I have been designing I have disagreed with this philosophy. I have always felt that my job as a designer was to listen to my clients about what they want, like, and dream about; to create a design based on those things while educating the client on how to incorporate their ideas with balance and vision. Design is not about the client being told what should go in their home or workspace. Design is about using our knowledge and education about principles and materials to create the space of their dreams.

Are you excited? Do you want to read more? Do you want to be a part of my review team and get an early digital copy? If you are selected to participate you will get an early preview and will be asked to post reviews of the book. If this sounds like something you want to participate in, email me your information and why you think you will be a great team member. sara_chiarilli@artfulconceptions.net

My Favorite Lighting for 2017 Friday, Jan 20 2017 

The right lighting makes such a difference in any space. Lighting is an item that is both functional and beautiful. It influences how we use the space and defines they style. It can be hanging, on tables, or standing on the floor. Every room needs three sources of lighting, one completely functional, one for ambiance and one that is both. Here are my favorite hanging lights that I see being very popular in 2017.

Lamps are extremely important for adding function and ambiance. They can be clean and simple, whimsical, functional, and elegant. Here are some of my favorite new releases.

Sconces are a fantastic place to add light and design to any space. They are all about ambiance and elevate any room. Check out some of the newest sconce designs.

Check out your lighting, is it solely functional? If so, see how you can incorporate some of the above items into your room design. Don’t know where to get them? Give us a call so we can ship them directly to you!

Let’s Talk Color Wednesday, Jan 18 2017 

Color is the one topic that everyone always wants to know more about. Color changes the look and feel of any space, instantly. Color can make a space feel warm and inviting, soft and elegant, soothing and relaxing or energizing. Each year there is a new Pantone color of the year. This year each of the paint companies have also come up with their own colors of the year. This year they are not in alignment with Pantone. So I thought I would post some of my favorite colors and the direction I see my clients currently going when it comes to color.

Neutrals – every design needs some neutral tones. Here are some great starting points for the base of designs. These neutrals give a balance to colors and allow for quick easy changes such as pillows, accessories and artwork.

Notice the tones are on the warmers side. The super cold gray is going away and warmer tones are being added, warming up the cold gray.

Blue is always going to have a place in design. It is a primary color and has a warm place in almost everyone’s hearts.

Green is the color from Pantone this year so lets look at some great greens.

Yellow is a love it or hate it color with a lot of people. Those who love it fine it cheerful. I feel that if you are going to go yellow, go with true yellows.

Purples and reds these are colors that are either in or out. If you have been following me on my design philosophy you know that I feel design is about the client not all about trends. So if you love these tones we can always make them in style.

Now lets talk combinations with these great colors.

I love the stone color mixed with the deep blue, light blue and white. This combination give depth and character to the space.

Complimentary colors come together to create POP and WOW with a balancing from some great neutral tones.

Historic greens mixed with neutral tones give a classic look.

As you think about color and your space think about using color to give depth and influence to the space. Not sure how to combine your favorite colors for your home, reach out for a consultation.

Designing for Abundance Thursday, Jan 12 2017 

I thought that I would continue about designing with feng shui in mind. As we continue into 2017 I am going to take an area that can be improved through design using principles of feng shui. Abundance is an area that many are wanting to increase. Abundance can mean money or wealth but it can also be abundance of love, family, clients, happiness, or anything in your life that you want to increase. As I shared in the last post you have a wealth or abundance area in your home or office, if you are standing at the front of the space looking in, it is the back left corner. This is using the more modern version of the bagua. If this area in your space is not designed properly or there are flow issues there are some easy ways to get it in order. First, make sure that it is not a neglected space. This could mean that you have not put anything on the walls, or that it has become a catch-all. If that is the case first thing you want to do is clean out the space so that it can be a functioning part of your home.

Now to bring in abundance there are some great items that can go in that space. One of the main cures for a space is a water feature. Water is a symbol of abundance and can quickly change the energy to the space. I love a fountain and there are specific feng shui fountains. I do not feel that you have to go to that extent but having a fountain in the north-west corner will definitely increase the abundance in your home or office. They do not have to be large fountains, it can be as simple as a table top or desk top fountain. Here are some great fountains that I love.

If the area will not fit or work with a water feature look for a painting or image that features water. This could be a landscape with a waterfall or of the ocean. This will also bring in the water element to increase the chi.

You can also bring in other feng shui cures to the space to increase abundance. A vase with lucky bamboo or a healing tree. I make healing trees for my clients an incorporate what they need in the tree. These are made from gems. Each gem has an area that they influence and bring an energy to the space. Some are for protection, abundance, hope, energy, clarity, communication and so on. Placing a healing tree in your abundance region of your home will help to increase whatever area of your life that you want to increase. Here are some that I have made.

When creating these I use raw gems, which include emeralds, rubies, quartz, sapphires, aquamarine amethyst and other gemstones.

If your abundance area is in a challenging space in the house you will need to make sure to be especially diligent on maintaining that area. You will also want to use more than one cure. This could mean that if it is in the bathroom that you have both a painting with a water element and a fountain or healing tree. You can also add lighting that has crystals. There are some great light fixtures that incorporate crystal into them. Just make sure they are actual crystal not just look like crystals. Check these out.

Incorporating feng shui into your home does not mean that it has to be unconventional items. Everyday items in the right placement can completely change the energy in the space.

Balance and Harmony for the New Year Monday, Jan 9 2017 

As 2017 begins it is time to see if our lives are truly in balance with what we want. For interior design that means asking the question is your home or office in alignment for your goals and do you feel a big hug when you walk through your front door? If not then it might be time to do some energy work with your design by employing some Feng Shui principals. Let’s first talk about what Feng Shui is. The words Feng Shui mean wind and water. Which makes sense as it is about using the elements, colors and shapes to create a space that is in balance with the natural world. Feng Shui has a traditional implementation and there is now a more modern implementation. It is this more modern implementation that I use with my clients and what I feel is easier to understand and implement into our everyday lives. Either style, the main purpose is to have your Chi, or energy flow, to stay gently flowing through your space as opposed to flowing straight out or becoming stuck or blocked. Each element must be in balance to create the proper flow of chi.

So let’s talk about what the elements are and how they are represented. The five elements are fire, water, earth, metal, and wood. Each of these elements have shapes, colors and attributes.

Fire – triangle, red, orange, purple, passions, emotion

Earth – square, brown, yellow, grounding, stability

Metal – circle, white, metallic, strength, independence

Water – curvy, blue, black, relaxation, inspiration

Wood – rectangle, green, teal, growth, expansion

In traditional Feng Shui it is about the placement of the Bagua an octagon shaped chart that each section represents areas of your life. It is used to place items in accordance with the elements within your home or office to affect the chi of the space. In a modern approach to Feng Shui a vertical or horizontal chart is used and is based on the shape of your home or office. This new chart is also based on nine areas of your life.

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When working with this modern approach each item that goes into a space still has impact and is used for specific reasons.

Color is used to represent and balance the elements.

Sound such as music is used to connect to the environment. This can be used to remove stress from a space.

Lighting is used to bring more chi into a space.

Art enhances chi. The placement of the artwork will increase the chi to the area it is placed.

Growing things such as plants connect you to the natural world. if the light is poor in an area that needs a better connection silk plants can be used.

Water features increase the flow of chi throughout your space. These can be fountains or aquariums.

Wind features attract chi into your space. This can be wind chimes, weather vanes, banners, flags and mobiles.

Mirrors and crystals are used to unblock structural elements that cannot be changed.

So how do you incorporate this into your home or office? Start small, if your entry is to a wall add a mirror to remove the blockage that is created with the stop. Make sure that each of your spaces has each of the elements represented. Focus on the one area that you want to increase and make sure that your house is aligned with that focus. As you affect and change your first focused area move on to the next. Remember it is a living space and the energy or chi will always be changing. We want to make sure that you are bringing in the energy you want and keeping it flowing through your space. But it is also understood that as our lives continue to progress we must adapt and incorporate new technologies and how they effect our environments.

Make 2017 your best year yet, start by creating balance and harmony in your home and office. Once this is created you will be able to achieve anything you decide to create.

Amazing Things are Happening! Thursday, Aug 4 2016 

First, I have to apologize for how long it has been since I have written a post. We have been very blessed at Artful Conceptions with many great projects and opportunities. So I thought I would share with everyone what has been going on. We have been working on a large remodel project out at the beach, I know very lucky to have the most beautiful places as my office. This has been a year-long project which has included adding a new master suite, a complete redesign of the kitchen, changing a study into a spa like master bath and updating the exterior to include a fireplace. It has been a fun project with wonderful clients. So here are some pictures from the job. We are still not totally complete so please also stay tuned for the final pictures.

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We have also been working on a British Colonial inspired man cave. This has been a fun project that has been to incorporate a clients hunting trophies into the design plan. We are coming close to the finish on this project so here is a sneak peek of where we are at right now with it.

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We have also been working on some updating and some redoing of some existing homes. Here are a few pictures of one of these jobs.

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And to top it all off Sara Chiarilli the owner of Artful Conceptions has been spending time at the iHeart Radio station as she is now an expert contributor on the Consumer Quarterback show and will be appearing in the new Consumer Quarterback book that will be coming out soon. So make sure you are following us on social media to know the days and times that you can hear Sara give design tips and advice. You can also see the live stream from the studio at http://realestateradiotampa.com/. Here are some pictures from the studio.

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Don’t forget to check out the online store to see the new items that we are always adding so that you can “love the space you’re in!” And if we can help you with your design needs anywhere in the United States let us know, we look forward to working on your next project!

College Dorm Must Haves Friday, Aug 14 2015 

It is that time of year. Kids are heading off to college, whether for the first time or the fourth time it is an emotional experience. So let’s talk about great ways to customize that plain white dorm room and make it a personal space.

Go for great seating. Dorm rooms and college apartments are small but they still need to be comfortable. You can have fun with small scale seating and pops of color.

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Make sure you have ways to organize paper and display photos.

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If you can provide your own bed go for something with storage.

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Don’t forget desks and lighting.

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And lastly go for great bedding.

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This will be a home away from home. Make sure to make it your own and have fun.  How are you going to customize that college dorm?

Global Inspiration Friday, Jul 3 2015 

One of the biggest trends right now is the globally inspired space. This has come about with the letting go of traditional ideas that interior design must stay within styles and periods. Personally I have been preaching against this strict idea of what good design is for years. Good design is about the client who lives in or works in the space not what rules say needs to go in the space. So I love the fact that the design community is coming around this idea. So I thought I would give you pictures of some of my favorite products that can be added to just about and space to give a globally inspired look.

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Are you inspired? Just one of these items adds such a fun feeling and changes the room completely. So have fun, add unexpected pieces and be inspired!

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