Holiday Decorating Wednesday, Nov 22 2017 

I have found over the years that people either love to decorate their house, love to have it decorated but don’t want to do it or don’t do anything. Sometimes I think that the don’t do anything is because they just don’t know where to start. So I thought I would walk everyone through the process that we go through when decorating a client’s home for the holidays.

We first start by going through all that they have from previous years. Determine what still looks good, what they still like and what has meaning to them. Once we know what we have to start with we talk about what type of tree they would like if they don’t already have a tree. Many of my clients like to have a real tree. So we talk about how big the tree can be and how bushy do we want, and if there is a specific tree that they like. Fraser firs are very popular and tend to be the first choice. My father always liked blue spruces so every other year when growing up we got a blue spruce. We will get the tree for the client and put it up the day before we will be decorating so that it will fall out. This is really important, as you do not want to decorate the tree when all of the branches are still pointing upwards from being bundled up.

But before we even get to decorating the tree we need to finish getting all the the additional items for our clients, if this is the first time that we are decorating for them. This will include wall art, accessories for the tops of cabinets and tables, floral arrangements for counter tops and dining tables, and other holiday decor. I prefer to use great pieces that can be adjusted based on the season. For instance I love floor candle holders, these are great elements to any room and you can change the way that the feel in the room by changing the candles that are on top. I also love blanket ladders, as these are also a great piece that adds texture and comfort to a space that can be changed to fit with the season.

Once we have everything that we need it is time to get to decorating. For me it all starts with the tree. Make sure you have enough lights, in fact you can almost always use the rule of thumb that you can add one more strand of lights than you think you need. Add different elements to your tree like flowers and glitter streamers and tree picks. They will add so much to the look. I usually custom make all of the floral arrangements for my clients. I love to add candles to the dining table arrangements and some scents as well. So think either scented candles or the scent sticks that can make the silk floral arrangements feel real.

Here is a house that we did recently.

It is so important to have touches everywhere but not too much. We don’t want to see Santa and Frosty everywhere, but we do want to feel like everything is complete.

And since it is just the start of the season there is still time to get your house ready. We still have some available spots to get you ready for the holidays. Book your appointment today. It will be like magic.

 

Design Undefined Monday, Sep 4 2017 

We are so happy to announce that today was the first short segment of Design Undefined.

 The is a TV series we are doing with ABC’s Morning Blend Tampa Bay. It is airing every Monday and Tuesday at 10am. If you are in Florida and on the West coast you can watch it at 10am. Not in Florida we will be posting the segments after they air here and on our website and social media. 

This morning we talked about how to incorporate a fall feeling to your home in simple elegant ways. We started with tips on fall floral arrangements. 

Tune in tomorrow to see more fall tips!

Let’s Talk Outdoor Furniture Wednesday, Jun 28 2017 

Since it is summer time and we all want to be living outside, in amazing weather I thought we would talk outdoor furniture. So what are the major things that everyone wants outside, a place to sit and enjoy company of just a great evening/day with the family. So here are some of my favorite pieces for outdoor summer living. And if you live in Florida like I do these pieces get to be used all year round.

Notice it is all about the spa like style. It is about relaxing and enjoying the space comfortably. It doesn’t mean it has to be boring but serene is a wonderful thing. Don’t for get to add some fire or water features. These great fire pits and fountains are a great way to add elements to your back yard.

Don’t forget about dining, lighting and accessories. Outside is just as much a space to be designing as inside.

And Rugs are absolutely essential to creating that space that is going to give you a hug.

It’s time to be living outdoors. Not sure how to make it work in your home? Let us help you to create a space that you will love all year round whether you live in Florida or anywhere else in the world. And don’t forget to have fun!

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.

Decorating with the Kids Sunday, Nov 16 2014 

As the holidays get closer the kids start to really get into the spirit. Which means they love to start doing things around the house to bring the season into the home. So today we worked together to create a few arrangements to place around the house. I try to do little bits at a time so that it is not overwhelming and doesn’t take all of the weekend. Here are our projects from today.

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Eucalyptus mixed with cinnamon scented pinecones and candles on a copper tray.

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Evergreen branches in a hurricane vase with scented pinecones, glass beads and glitter branches.

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Glitter branches, eucalyptus, seeded branches and glass beads in a vase.

All simple pieces that will work for the entire holiday season and that make the house smell amazing. Holidays are about family so have fun and enjoy the time spent together.

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