Look at something, someone or a situation in your life from another angle. Perspective is everything! By distancing yourself and looking at things with fresh eyes, you will see things differently. Photographers are masters of perspective.
When I am working, I am looking at design from my client’s point of view. I want to be mindful that my ideas reflect them and not me.
Today I have been looking at tiles; there are a lot of different choices, and I am drawn to many of them. If I am not careful to always keep my concept and client’s in mind, I might influence the outcome with personal preferences.
The tiles I looked at today are the new hot trend…Zellige.
This tile is not new; it was widely used before Subway tile!
This is what I learned authentic Zellige is Moroccan; no two tiles are the same, imperfection is expected, and the finish and color vary a lot.
I think it is beautiful, and one of my clients is interested in using it. I just wanted to get educated, so I took the day to study it.
If you are interested in learning more about Zellige, this article is excellent!!
Hunting for treasure…Interior Designer style. Casual-Vintage-Chic is my favorite style at the moment. The quickest way to add character to a home, is to add some instant history, consider old beams as part of your ceiling design, or reclaimed flooring, or even old trim.
On Monday, I went to one of my favorite spots. Maine has lots of these places if you are in Portland, ME check out Architectural Salvage. I am working on an exciting new project, in which we are adding interest to a new addition with old doors and windows.
Here are some of my treasures.
1. A wonderful mantel that we are going to restore. It is hard to see in the photo but it has a serpentine/wave in it and it is just lovely!
2. This fabulous pair of exterior doors, perhaps from a town house? Will be the new master bedroom doors, they will be incredible when they have been restored. We are going to add a mail slot back to the door!
3. These columns are perhaps our best find. We are using them in both the kitchen island and a built-in bookcase. They are just stunning.
4. Lastly we got this cabinet that we are going to build into the kitchen for storage. Note: The molding with the eye is not ours….it does not go with my vision.
We start this project in January, so we needed these items to be added to the plan for the builder. Wait until you see the finished product these treasures will shine!
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Thank you for stopping by, I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season.
Wow, there certainly are a lot of talented people doing wonderful decorating for Thanksgiving!
I have been trying to come up with a tablescape for the holiday that I can do this week. I have 23 of my favorite in-laws arriving, some of whom will be house guests. I would like to have the table set this week so I have more time to enjoy my family!
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love to cook, entertain and decorate and this holiday allows my to create wonderful food and decor.
This is a fun idea and so easy!
I like to think of my holiday decorating as the backdrop to wonderful memories.
This is a pretty and simple holiday display.
Some of these ideas are so easy and beautiful. If you do not want to buy pears, collect pinecones, acorns and bark.
I went to Pottery Barn for pepperberry and pear branches and put them in a wonderful bark covered vase. This arrangement is going in the center of my kitchen island and I can use it year after year!
Here is a great idea that does not cost a lot of money. You can go on a hike in the woods and find the pinecones and just add ribbon! Even if you buy the pinecones they are very inexpensive and readily available at craft stores.
I hope you enjoy your holiday and time with family.
As a designer, I cannot stress enough, that little touches finish a space. Without the pieces of your personality, a home looks unwelcoming and unfinished. Here are a few spaces I designed, look at how we add the books, vases, clocks, pictures, statues etc. We want to bring our clients interests, personal history and even quirks into their space.
I feel homes should reflect the home owners not their designers!
Tip: Vintage items add instant history to a space
This indoor herb garden adds the finishing touch to this room. Photo: Liz Donnelly
I hope you will let me know what you do to finish your space. What personal touches do you feel are important in making you house a home?
I really do love answering your questions please keep your comments and questions coming!!!!!
Although I like a lot of different styles I think I might call my own style transitional-eclectic. I appreciate good design, but in summer I am drawn to casual, rustic and cottage objects. I was asked to help design the 2012 furniture line for Maine Woodworks a cottage style furniture company, Made in Maine! I also did the photo styling for the shoot, I am very proud of the results. Liz Donnelly is the talent behind the photos.
I chose a neutral palette for this year’s line here are a few of the colors that are shown in the photos below: Benjamin Moore- Skipping Stones (CSP 155), Plaster of Paris (CSP 185), and Birds Egg (2051-60-fabulous blue). These are just the new neutrals Maine Woodworks is offering but you can get any color you want! Tangerine is the new hot color, maybe you want to spruce up your office with a tangerine file cabinet? Be creative…and go for colors that inspire you.
Why does your office need to be dark to be professional? Why not pick colors inspire you? What colors make you feel calm? How can you incorporate your favorite colors into your workspace?
I really am pleased with the way this office furniture looks and it is available now at a retailer near you. If you cannot find a retailer in your area let me know, and I will help.
Creative WorkSystems (Parent Company of Maine Woodworks) is a nonprofit organization staffed by talented and devoted individuals, Susan Percy, Executive Director, Janet Dutson, Marketing, Communications & Development Director, and Dave Gallati, of Maine Woodworks are just a few I have the pleasure to know.
Susan is an amazing person, she is so intelligent, caring and devoted, I feel so lucky to have her in my life. Janet makes a tri-athlete look lazy, her professionalism and dedication is unmatched and I am so pleased to be working with her. Dave is my go to man, he hates to see me coming with all my new ideas, but he makes them come to fruition and should be proud of his fine work! I am impressed at how all of these individuals wear so many hats and juggle so many projects while putting the needs of people with disabilities first!
This project on the coast of Maine was so much fun! The homeowners became good friends through the construction process. We started with a subpar colonial and finished a superb coastal retreat. One of the most interesting parts of this project was the fact that these homeowners wanted to be involved in all of the stages of the project, in fact they did the trim and the fireplace!
This is one of the before pictures of the kitchen. The kitchen was cherry and had black appliances, many home owners would be happy with the before, but thankfully these home owners knew that the house needed to be lightened up. We not only took out the kitchen but we removed walls and set the beams up into the ceiling, the effect was amazing!
Look at this light and airy after shot of the kitchen! The appliances are all stainless steel, the cabinets are off white and the counters are so unusual, gray and gorgeous.
The difference is in the details! These lights rock, and the homeowner found them…on sale…online!
Did I tell you the view is fabulous? You can see the ocean from the stove, sink and fridge who wouldn’t want to cook here?
Here is the before shot of the eat-in area of the kitchen. Look at the fireplace…you won’t recognize it.
In the next after shot below you see how we continued the light feeling removing the bookcases, and refinishing the fireplace…the homeowner did it himself!!!!
Photos by the talented Liz Donnelly
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Art is very important in good design. You can show your style and taste through the art you choose. Art can be an investment or can just be a painting, drawing or sculpture you connect with. Trust your gut and you will build an art collection that reflects you and your family. Art is interesting because it tells a story that each person interprets in their own way.
I am high-lighting three very unique and talented artists; they all price their work very reasonably…start your own collection and let me know how it is coming.
This first photo is of a dressing room with a collection of small scale art and jewelry. Here we hung art in a gallery style.
I love this painting by Andrew Faulkner from a Marin Magazine contest. This pleasing scene could work in any home. Check out other works by Andrew www.afstudio.com/painting
Deb Hides did this mural of chickadees. I love seeing art directly on walls it can be a very clever way to dress a space. In this case up at tree level! To see more work by Deb Hides go to her blog www.debhides.tumblr.com
This last piece is from a very talented Maine artist Rhonda Pearle she owns Bridge Gallery in Portland, Maine other works by her and her husband Gary can be seen at www.bridgegalleryportland.com
I know how intimidating art purchases can be, but get to know artists that you like by going to art shows or even through images online you will feel good buying from someone you connect with.
The High Point Show has confirmed that the distressed French country look is still a strong home trend this season. Here are some of the best options from Blue Ocean Traders, Four Hands, and Zentique.
The first three photos are from Four Hands they have been ahead of home trends for over 15 years! I love Four Hands.
The next three photos are from Zentique; this company is the go to place for the French country look. They understand good design, and have reproduced many French designs adapting them for today’s life style. I love these cabinets, they are simply beautiful. The French candle cage is just lovey too!
The last three photos are from Blue Ocean Traders; this is a very reasonably priced company with a good sense of design. They combine one of kind antique pieces with good reproductions. I especially love the Antique side car…great art piece for the right home!
If you are following home trends but do not want something that will go out of style, this may be the trend for you. These are timeless pieces that could work for traditional and transitional homes. This look also works in coastal homes as the wood has a bleached or drift wood look.