TIP OF THE WEEK……..HAVE A ROOM THAT NEEDS SOME LOVE!!!

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This year Sues's Interiors will be celebrating Valentine's Day with a contest!

 

Do you have a room that needs a little love?

 

 If you do….submit photos to my facebook page via the facebook icon on my website.  On Valentine's Day Sues's Interiors will share 3 designer tips on how to improve their room.  Three photos will be picked.

Blue-Christmas

THERE IS SOMETHING ABOUT THE COLOR BLUE DURING THE HOLIDAYS…..IT JUST SEEMS TO COMPLIMENT THE WHITE SNOW, GREEN JUNIPER OR PINE AND THE COOL TEMPERATURES. BUT….IF SNOW IS NOT YOUR THING IT ALSO COMPLIMENTS THE OCEAN, SAND AND PALM TREES.

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING NOT QUITE AS TRADITIONAL AS RED AND GREEN…..TRY TRANSITIONAL…..BLUES!

 

TRENDS of 2014……STRATA

mulitple strata

strata

How many strata pieces can you find????

Blog your answer in comment box at bottom. 

The Fast Forward presentation by Greg Dunlop, ASID, Global strategy Director of WGSN-Homebuildlife of London, England, focused on key trends forecasted for the interiors industry.  WGSN-Homebuildlife is the leading online trend forecasting agency dedicated to the home and interiors market sector and is the official Trend Partner for International Market Centers.  Their macro trends are influenced by consumer insights and creative intelligence (ex: street vendors of New York), fashion and consumer product markets.   Greg provided future views of 2014 to fast forward us into the coming years……and I'm here to pass it on to you.

The "Tip of the Week" for the next few weeks will be taken from this seminar….but today's tip is…. strata.

Strata can be found naturally in rock formations so I was not surprised to see strata in the forecast.  The last few years have had alot of focus on nature, so it was a "natural" avenue to travel.  Strata can be found in home decor, fashion and even hair.  But I will be focusing on decor….the chest of drawers below is an excellent example of strata with the ridged drawer fronts…..with intrepretation it could be a salt mine or a glacier in Alaska.  Also, the chevron pattern on the boxes is another example of strata with a contemporary flare not only in style but color too.  (Checkout the plum walls with the orange/pink accent color)

Strata Chest

Below is a 2fer…..last weeks tip was the "Designers Star Studded Tour" on what was "hot" at market.   The chandelier "within" an orb was one of the many new hot looks at the International Market and the window treatment is also a "trend forward" to 2014 with the strata look fabric…..so a 2fer bargain in one glance!

window treatments

window treatments

Strata can also be tone on tone for a more sublte look.  Intrepretation would be the waves on the ocean….think how to bring nature into your world without being literal.

If you give a "hoot"…….even accessories can be done in strata.  Think nature.

strata owls

 

The wood console with strata design adds interest and the varying sizes of starburst with "dark roots" and "golden tips" are both a great form of strata.  Nature….Strata.

strata console

Hope you enjoyed your "Tip of the Week"…..STRATA…..one of the "hot looks" for 2014 forecast.   Travel to the bottom of this blog (don't give up…..its a long way down to the comment box) and tell me how many stratas you found on the front page of "Tip of the Week".  I will reply to your blog with the answer.  Have fun exploring strata in your enviroment!  An idea taken from nature and incorporated into our homes.

 

Bloggers and designers not only have their finger on the pulse of what is hot today, they often influence consumer demand tomorrow.

I couldn't miss this tour for a first-hand look at what trend-setters think is "hot" at Market.   My star-studded tour leaders included stylists/bloggers from Rue magazine, Material Girls, Toby Fairley and Decorista.   It was a great opportunity to view the market through another designers eyes and their thoughts on what's new and innovative.

Rugs were the first stop and the "Star Studded Designers" pick ……. rugs that "looked" worn and old.  Rugs made of cowhide with metallic finishes blended together was also "hot".

Next …..the lighting area and EVERY pick was a chandelier within a chandelier and/or some kind of box or shade…… most were oversized.

Wallpaper was on the tour also….all were designer wallpapers and most included texture and/or metallic finishes with oversized patterns…..no small prints.

Here are a few highlights of the tour.

Julian Chichesters showroom is always my favorite…..and her showroom was a summary of the "Star Studded Design Tour".  Oversized wallpaper and chandeliers, turquoise aged rug, fabric covered chest and all the "hot" colors…..mauve, turquoise, gray and soft white.  Yes…..mauve!!!  I will address mauve next week….so check back.

Julian Chichester

 

Below are several pictures of chandeliers within another chandelier or shade….enjoy!

oversized drum chandelier

Oversized Chandelier

chandelier

Orb chandelier in iron box

Chandelier with fabric drum shade

Above picture displays the popular turquoise color, chandelier within a chandelier and mulitples for wall decor.

Hope you enjoyed the "Star Studded Designers Tour".  See you next week with "Trends of 2014".

 

Tip of the Week….."Rugs Galore" at the International High Point Market.

Cyan's marketing strategy to introduce rugs into their already expansive line of merchandise was creative and filled with imagination and enjoyed by all attending the High Point International Market in North Carolina.  

ALADDIN ON A MAGICAL RUG!!! 

After a week at "Market" there was one noticable difference this year…..rugs EVERYWHERE!!!!!

The choices are now endless…..transitional, medallion or the new geometric could be found at every turn.  Rugs can add the WOW factor….introducing color, style and personality to any decor.

area rug

rug

Want to anchor a room?  The above bold geometric style rug will do the trick.  Comes in several different sizes and colors.

contemporary rug

block rug

Above contemporary rug has a beautiful color blocking theme with an array of colors.  Available in several sizes.

rug

geometric rug

The above geometric pattern was very popular at market….almost any color combination and geometric style pattern to choose from.  This pattern is available in 5 different colors and many sizes.

rug

geometric style rug in orange and creme

Orange is still a strong color at Market.   This rug with a tribal geometric design was so popular at Market it is currently back ordered untill August.  Available in many sizes and 5 colors.

chippendale rug

orange rug

One of my favorites….a chippendale design (geometric) with several shades of orange proves to be a stand out.  Also available in 5 colors.  Limited sizes.  New Zealand wool.

rug

ikat design rug

Ikat multi-colored rugs are also very "hot" at market.  Several color combinations available.

 

gray

new zealand wool rug

Casual sophistication…..inspired by nature.  I have already seen this rug in numberous magazines and TV shows.  This nature inspired rug with a wood grain look and made of New Zealand wool adds texture and style with a beautiful timeless look.  Plus the hottest new neutral ….gray.

Next week an informational segment on the "Style Tour" I enjoyed while at the International Market.

 

 

TIP OF THE WEEK……."HO HO HO"

For more years than I want to mention.  I have had an annual Holiday Open House and have enjoyed the pleasure of decorating many homes for the Christmas Season.  But….I had no idea I would revisit these same homes every year and help spread the Christmas cheer….sometimes literally!!   

So enjoy the Christmas tour!

 

 

 

foyer arrangement for the holidays

outside holiday arrangment

 

 

holiday tree

 

bank of windows with red window panels and wreaths with red tree

 

 

 

 

 

Hoping you enjoyed the Holiday Tour and looking forward to 2013.

Will be attending the 2013 Atlanta Market in January and will give you the 2013 forecast when I return.

 

 

TOP 10 2012

 

Long, low tables have been found in Asian homes for centuries, they did not become living room essentials in the West until the early 20th century, when seating became more formalized and the sofa and two chairs formula became popular.  People realized that a surface for drinks, flowers, books and even casual dining was the final piece of the comfort puzzle.

The way a cocktail table looks, however, is just as important as its utility.  The correct cocktail table can make or break a room.  I have clients who want a simple style in a neutral color that will disappear in the decor.  Others go for a standout that will get noticed and make everything around it seem more special.

 

As a guideline the cocktail table should not be higher than the seat height of the furniture around it.

Now the countdown….starting with #10.

hammered bronze metal cocktail table

# 10 

The Jacqui cocktail table with a  hammered bronze metal finish adds a statement to your decor and kid friendly too.

Measures 35" x 15"

$1,399

 

wood and iron rustic meets contemporary cocktail table

#9

Juxtaposing warm patinas with rough and refined woods, the Henley cocktail table adds a sense of history to any space, though never appears dated.  The use of tone on tone wood ensures it will blend beautifully in any room.

Measurement  54" x 36" x 16"

$1,999

 

cocktail table with Hand carved wood base and teak inlaid top

 

#8

Hand carved wood base with a solid parquet top made from teak is set in a distinctive sunray design.  I adore this cocktail tables hand carving and contemporary design…a great asset to any decor.

Measures 42" x 19.5"

$1,999

 

#7

A unique design puts this cocktail table in the "Top 10" category.  Bronzed steel legs with a sleek toasted walnut finish adds the final touch.

Measures 55" x 24" x 16"

$799

iron and lacquer cocktail table

#6

Iron and lacquer take this cocktail table to another level…..not to mention the stud detailing.  Crafted of iron and steel featuring a raw black finish or antique nickel.  (Raw black finish shown)

Measures 60" x 24" x 16"

$ 899

#5

The lacquered antique nickel end table can also double as a cocktail table by the placement of  two end tables instead of one large cocktail table.  This design is best incorporated in a smaller room with an average to small sofa.  (also available in a raw black finish)

Measures 24" x 20" x 16"

$ 500 each

#4

If you need to anchor a room ….look no further….this cocktail table will do the job.  Featuring an antique nickel finish with bronze detailing it will compliment any decor.  Using a round cocktail table  helps soften the 90 degree angles found in most homes.

Measures 35" x 15.5"

$1,499

cocktail table

#3

Combining rustic charm and natural wood with a contemporary design define this cocktail table.  Using certified reclaimed and repurposed wood by the Forest Steward Council…an independent not-for-profit organization that promotes responsible management of the worlds forest…..makes this cocktail table extra special.

Measures 46" x 30" x 17.5"

$ 999

#2

Need I saw more!  Made of hard wood and a unique design makes this cocktail table # 2 and a very close #1.  Another selling point is the size.  Large cocktail tables are difficult to find.  Pairing it with a sleek sectional sofa definitely would make a great combination.  You won't want to leave home!

Measures 36" x 36" x 17.5"

$ 899

NOW FOR #1……DRUM ROLL PLEASE!!!!

 

#1

WOW…an astounding work of art for the price.  This piece will take center stage in any room.The clean and classic stainless-steel base with the hand carved stone top are a nice combination of craftsmanship and texture.  The almost organic look brings nature into your home while the clean lines of the base remain very modern.  All this cocktail table needs is a home!

Measures 47" x 34" x 17"

$ 999

HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE "TOP 10" COCKTAIL TABLES AND CHECK BACK NEXT WEEK FOR ANOTHER "TOP 10" OF 2012.

 

 

 

Finding the perfect chair can be overwhelming considering all the choices available.  The "Top 10" list for 2012 may help with the decision process when purchasing a chair.  Construction, comfort and compatibility with room decor are all important considerations; but don't overlook scale.  Goldilocks and the Three Bears says it all; if the chair is too big or too small it just doesn't work.

 

seat belt chair

Honorable Mention….  Seat Belt Dining Chair ….or occasional chair with a two tone finish of orange and black.  Available in one color of orange, black, red, white and kiwi too. 

$799

 

 

frushia and detailed back with espresso legs

Above

#10….Style, function and FUN!!!

Fuchsia fabric takes upholstery to an entirely new direction.  The unique shape of this chair adds an unexpected twist to any design plus functionality.

$ 599

 

eggplant plush velvet chair

#9  Contemporary chair design wrapped in traditional fabric adds interest.  Beautiful flared espresso legs further enhance this one of a kind chair.

$ 599

 

tone on tone black fabric with pecan finish legs

 

#8  Tone on tone midnight black velvet embossed swirl pattern adds interest to this contemporary wing chair with pecan finished legs and bronze studded trim.

$ 999

leather studded trim with velvet fabric seat and back

#7  WOW….This club chair has it all.  Natural weathered legs, distressed leather with nickel studding and warm velvet seat and back…not only makes this chair stylish but comfortable too.

$ 899

 

tone on tone geometric patterned club chair

#6   Contemporary club chair with a double row of nickel stud detailing, espresso legs and miles of style.  Available in 8 different fabrics ….making the possibilities endless.

$1,799

club chair espresso legs

 

#5  Why Not????  Contemporary club chair with nickel studding and espresso legs.  Available in 8 fabrics. 

$1,999

 

selt belt rocking chair

#4  Seat Belt Rocker…A contemporary rocking chair constructed from seat belts is not only inventive but super comfortable too.  Available in red, black, orange, kiwi, white.  Multi tones available with above color combinations. 

$ 999  

Ottoman available.

 

 

club chair white geometric design with nickel plated legs

#3  Embossed geometric design using high grade leather adds comfort and style too.  Nickel plated legs and detailing make this club chair irresistible.  Available in grey or white. 

$1,999

Ottoman available.

 

 

studded occassional chair with leather

#2  Weathered wood trim and legs, nickel studding and high grade leather complete this unique occasional chair.  Also works well as a dining chair….for a casual and leisure dining experience.

$450

armless club chair

#1  An armless occasional chair with tufted back and seat, gunmetal studding and espresso legs completes the "Top 10" chairs of 2012.  Available in 10 fabrics and a great price makes this chair without a doubt #1!!!  

$ 999

 

 

TIP of the WEEK….Open House Top 10

 

Sue's Interiors is at it again…..Sue is hosting another Holiday Open House & she would love for you to join us. 

What is it all about?  Sue will be show casing Christmas merchandise at 20% off & also available will be artwork, furniture and rugs along with a focus on designing for you & your needs.

 

Above…#10  Retro is Fun…Fun…Fun

Above…#9  Mix and Match

Above….#8  Granite top branch console holds hand carved deer gazing onto an upside down Christmas tree

 

Above…. #7   Just add a garland & "poof" Christmas

 

Above….#6  Add greens and sprinkle a deer or two and done!

Above….#5  Add sparkle to the black tower and check out the new Z side table….both a must for any decor!

 

Above….#4  Instead of a tree why not garland on an oversized mirror

christmas decor

Above….#3  Retro…fun…fun…fun

Signed santa

Above….#2  Primitive signed santa seated in front of a modern/rustic print ….love the combination.

#1…..Daily drawing for a Free In-Home   Consultation!!

Should have listed a Top 20….it was very hard to limit it to 10!

CHECK EVENTS FOR DATES AND TIMES.

Open through Dec. by appointment.

 

 

 

Tip of the Week….Top 10 Media Centers of 2012

buffet or media center

If you can thank modern life for popularizing one piece of furniture…..it's the media center. 

Beyond just a great piece of furniture the media center obviously provides needed storage for equipment and wiring, games, movies and remotes.  Entire floor plans are focused around this single piece of furniture.  Possibly making the media center one of the most important furniture purchases of the decade.

#1  Below…This media center is solid hand carved wood with hand forged iron frame and details.  There are two adjustable shelves behind each of the three doors.  Open slat system back allows easy access to component wiring.

Measures 71"W x 35"H x 25"D   $3,500

oversized media center

tree rounds for media center

#2  Above…..Eco-friendly materials meet high-end design.  Inspired by mid-century design masters, this cabinet focuses on how the creative use of renewable materials can achieve an aesthetically exciting presence by highlighting what was originally left-over waste from the construction of modular bamboo homes.

Measures  60"L x  32"H x 19"D   $5,500

 

 

#3  Below…This bold and contemporary media center adds storage and style to any family room.  Made of ash in a rich espresso (almost black) finish with over-sized brushed steel hardware.

Measures 75"L x 18"W x 34"D     $2,000Flat black media center

 

espresso finish media center

#4  Above….Solid marapolon wood with ribbon mahogany veneered doors with touch latches and fully concealed hinges.  Has one adjustable shelf and grommet openings for component wiring.

Measures  85.5"L x 34"H x 20.5"D     $8,500

 

 

#5  Below….Toasted walnut finish with iron legs wrapping the bottom of the media center creates a modern feel.

Measures 60"l x 28"H x 20"D   $1,600espresso finish media center

 

block media center

#6  Above….This media center is made of hardwood and zebra wood veneers (including fully veneered interiors and shelves).  The media center has touch latches on all four doors with an adjustable shelf behind each pair of doors. There's also two rear grommets for easy access to component wiring.

Measures  80"W x 32.5"H x 18"D  $3,200

 

 

#7  Below….Forged iron hardware and trim with distressed wood and two wood shutter doors with one hidden shelf.

Measures  48"L x 32"H x 24"D  $3,300

rustic media center

media center white

 

#8  Above….This cabinet is available as shown or separate pieces.   The bottom piece has a white lacquer finish with two mirrored doors and adjustable interior shelf, also available in a limed (soft white) oak veneer.

Measures 60"L x 33"H x 20"D   $2,500 (bottom only)

 

#9  Below….Function meets unique design.  Crafted of iron & steel that features a raw black finish or an antique nickel finish (shown).

Measures 60"L x 27"H x 16"D  $1,700mirrored media center

#10  Below…..Oak media center with vellum front, push-open doors and metal feet.  Vellum is a natural product.  Each piece is unique with a high degree of variation in color and texture.  Also available in a light limed oak and ivory vellum doors.

Measures 89"L x 30"H x 21.5D   $8,000

buffet or media center

HONORABLE MENTION

Rustic/Modern Media Center    $3,000

 

rustic modern media centerR

 

 

The media center will be the first of a series of "Top 10's" for the month of November.   Check back every  Wednesday for the newest "Tip of the Week".

 

 Tip of the Week….Trick or Treat

This week no tricks just ……TREATS!

Halloween……all those parties ….what do I wear ….. what do I take for snacks?  As a designer, my creativity kicks into high gear, the perfect costume must be fashion forward with a "spooky" twist and the snacks must taste great for sure but more importantly they must look yummy or should I say "mummy."

Below are a few recipes that I made last weekend for a party.

halloween mummy appetizer

1 mini loaf bread (I got mine at Walmart at the deli..heat 8 min. @ 375)

1 pkg. Kraft mozzarella string cheese (tear into smaller strips, layer on bread &    heat bread until cheese melts approx. 1-2 min.)

2 sliced black olives (place on mummy for eyes when bread is cool…on my second mummy I dug holes in bread and recessed the olives….looked much better)

I bought my spinach dip already prepared at the deli.  After bread has cooled slice open the mummies tummy, slightly dig out bread to make room for the spinach.  Add spinach to tummy.

Serve with wheat thins.

Below …LOOK IF YOU DARE…the remains of the "yummy mummy".

yummy mummy appetizer almost completely eaten

Below  Halloween Eye of Newt or as my family calls them Lizard Eyes or also known as deviled eggs.

 

Lizard deviled eggs eyes for halloween

12 Boiled eggs peeled and cut lengthwise

Remove yolks from the eggs and place them in a bowl.

Mix together:

1 Tbls. sweet pickle relish

2 Tbls. Mayonnaise

1 Pinch celery salt (I use celery seed also)

1 Tbls. prepared yellow mustard

6 drops of green food coloring (I found that blue food coloring was much better, my design knowledge of colors helped here….yellow egg yolk and blue food coloring make green.

Place an olive slice on each yolk to create the center of the eye.

For the blood shot eyes I used red cake gel.

I DON'T HAVE ANY AFTER PICTURES OF THE EYES …..THEY WERE ALL GONE!!!

Below …..Spooky …..yet beautiful.  The Halloween Hypnotist has everything…..liqueur with mystery…….just drink!

2oz  Hpnotiq liqueur

1oz  Super premium vodka

Splash of lemon juice

Pour into cocktail shaker filled with ice….shake well

Glow stick for garnish

Enjoy!

Below…..You might need another Halloween Hpnotist after this next recipe.  It looks great with the Halloween Hpnotist drink but takes alot of prep time.

Halloween appetizer with blue colored sugar and a witches broom

Enchanted Brooms

Stretch 5 gummy rings ( I used peach), one at a time, onto one end of a pretzel rod, keeping rings close together, so that the pretzel will stand up straight.

Unroll 3 fruit rolls (I used grape) into flat circles, leaving them attached to the plastic backing.  With a pizza wheel, cut each circle in half.  For each broom, peel half of the fruit circle off backing: line up the straight edge with bottom of peach ring stack and wrap around stack and pretzel, gently pressing fruit roll to adhere.  This is the broom base to which broom bristles will be attached.

Working with one broom at at time, unroll another fruit roll into a flat circle.  Lightly rub both sides of the fruit roll with cornstarch.  Using the pizza wheel, cut a 4 x 6 inch rectangle out of the circle.  With the long side facing you, cut several parallel narrow strips in the rectangle, to within 1/2in. of the opposite long side (like making a grass skirt).  Wrap the row of broom bristles around the broom base, pressing gently to adhere.

With rolling pin, flatten and roll out bite size banana or lime Tootise Fruit Rolls until very thin.  Cut 3 in long to 1/4 in wide bands; wrap around the broom base, cutting to fit.

Arrange on a large platter with blue colored sugar.  I used blue sugar to create a theme with the blue Halloween Hpnotist drinks but you could also use orange or purple.

Halloween isn't just for kids…is it?

 

BELOW….TIP OF THE WEEK….."DON'T BE AFRAID"

 

Is it "Too Late" to call a designer? 

"Don't be afraid" ……"Two Heads" are always better than one.

 

A busy kitchen needs a plan before attempting a remodel.  Assessing your storage needs, a functional work flow and designing the details before you start will benefit the finished project.

 

Busy kitchen 

 

"SCARED OF THE DARK"

In horror shows the actors are always running, stumbling and hiding in the dark.  Why don't they just "turn on the lights?"  I like to think it's because they lack a proper lighting plan and instead of "lurking" in the shadows they should have spent more time on their lighting design. Too often lighting is an after thought, or not a thought at all.  When lighting is properly implemented into your interior design it can create conversation areas without glare, add drama and interest to a space, enhance color, create ambiance and most importantly make you look good….not "ghoulish" with all those shadows.

Below "Scarily" underlit rooms

underlit room 

dark narrow foyer

dark outdated bathroom

no overhead lighting and no floor lighting

 

Below "Interiors that saw the light"

overhead lighting and floor lighting

lighting that highlights artwork

proper lighting plan over fireplace

Next week…..TRICK OR TREAT?

 

BELOW….TIP OF THE WEEK….MYSTIC

FANASTY FOREST TIP OF THE WEEK…..Mystic

 

FROM DOROTHY TO ONCE UPON A TIME…..we love the enchantment of the forest fantasy.  You can bring that magic home.

I'm not saying move into a hermit's hut.  However, I do love the texture of rough-hewn wooden chairs that look as if they have come from a woodcutter's cabin.  They'd be just as much at home around a well-worn farm table as in an urbane setting, perhaps contrasting with lacquered surfaces, or as a complement to some chalky plaster walls.

Take a look at The Wizard of Oz with Dorothy traveling through the forest or Avatar"s mystical forest theme…. or the TV show Once Upon a Time.  The forest clearly speaks to theatrical storytellers as a sublime setting.  The current trend of work on this theme has sparked my own fantastical whimsy and amusement….not literal decorating suggestions, although there are plenty….but designs that are inspired by this trend.

Nor do I think you have to turn your dining room into a Mad Hatter's haunt.  But why not set the table with a centerpiece of faux mushrooms and moss or maybe oversized vases filled with twigs.

tree vases with cocktail table BIRCH TREE STUMP VASES are available in 3 finishes….two of the finishes are shown above mixed …..also available in all white.  Pricing below with close up photo.

Don't be afraid of metallic accents.  They inevitably glimmer through the enchanted forest….there is always hidden treasure somewhere.  I love twiggy, leggy metal EVERYTHING!   Whether gilded gold or glittery silver, they might recall the light that shimmers through the trees or the proverbail….. pot of gold!  Either way, they are a MUST to jazz up a room.

THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS……here are a few examples of how to incorporate mystic into your decor.

cocktail drum HERE IS THE POT OF GOLD….a 48" hammered metal round cocktail table $1200.  Also available in antique silver with a 1/4" bronze inlay.

 

oversized wood flower mirror The oversized mirror (52") with curved flower petals (12" depth) and the mirrored center give a magical feel to any room….$600.

 

weeping willow tree                                                        "Willow tree" stand $100

owls WHAT A HOOT!  Large owl $50  and small owl $25.  Also available in aqua, orange and mustard.

rustic media center

        RUSTIC HEWN MEDIA CENTER with antique mirrored panels $3,000.

tree vases

AN ENCHANTED FOREST….of birch vases clustered together to create your own forest…small $40, med. $80, large $150.  The birch vases come in 3 finishes…brown/amber shown….brown/white….all white.

 

tree tables with granite tops WE'RE STUMPED the iron stump side table is perfect by chair or bedside…..small $250 and large $500.  Available in two finishes bronze shown or white.

 

Branch panel BRANCH OUT….add a few more branch panels to create a headboard or hallway drama, not to mention a great conversational piece over a sofa.  Branch panel $225.

 

Wall sconce with branches ILLUMINATING PRESENCE……hurricane sconce $125 gives off a soft translucent glow when lit.

 

iron branch console with granite topONCE UPON A TIME…..branch console with black granite top incorporates fun and function….$475.  Short on floor space….this console solves all your problems….meas. 8" deep with an open and airy body.

I love the fascination of nature and all its glory and have been since I was a child.  People enjoy a room that captures their imagination and transports them to a special memory ….even for a moment.

So the Tip of the Week……ALL BEAUTIES AND NOT BEASTS…..ADD A LITTLE MYSTERY TO YOUR DECOR!

 

TIP OF THE WEEK…..OPPOSITES ATTRACT

orange and turquoise are across from each other on the color wheel

OPPOSITES ATTRACT US LIKE NEVER BEFORE, exerting a magnetic pull on the spectrum.  Whether it is opposites in color, style or texture opposites do compliment each other.

Simple vs. complex…..mystery vs. certainty….light vs. dark…synthetic vs. natural.  Those are just a few of the opposing ideas currently competing for our attention.  We gravitate to our personal preferences, yet we can't help being shaped by the energies pulsing all around us.

With influences bombarding us at warp speed, how do you find your equilibrium?  How do you narrow the overwhelming number of choices you have in a world where you can access virtually anything and everything with a touch of your finger?

A designer will help guide you through the overwhelming choices from beginning to end.

 "Tip of the Week" ………..IT'S NO LONGER A PROCESS OF ELIMINATION.  IT'S A PROCESS OF COMBINATION.

moroccan feel patio

 

colorful outside patio

This weeks "Tip of the Week" is all about enjoying your backyard.  I'm an interior designer, true, but my skills transfer quite naturally into outdoor spaces as well.  I approach design projects in the same way I approach interior projects.  I discuss your vision and create a plan.  I develop a  concept……will you be dining, entertaining, reading or maybe just lounging.  Basically I use the same concepts except for outside.

I had fun updating this outdoor patio space.  The criteria was to have gathering spaces for small & larger groups to dine & have conversation spots for individuals to relax & this family loves activities or "games".  I went to work selecting a variety of seating types with a variety of materials.

     –  Outside furniture had to be heavy, with the Ohio winds it could easily end up

         at the bottom of the pool

     –  Outdoor fabric cushions for comfortable seating

     –  Loungers for relaxing after a dip or star gazing in the evening

     –  Smaller scale seating for mobility while playing games

     –  Bar area with lounge

     –  Mobile heat stations for fall activities

 

Add a couple of umbrellas & bright contrasting fabrics & the result is an inviting casual space that provides flexibility.

Having outdoor spaces that not only support  a party  but also offers quiet solitude on a summer afternoon.  Have you been to a recent party that left you with garden envy?  If you're wishing your outdoor spaces were improved, start planning now for next summer.  Having a plan in place & having time to consider your options will help you   execute your project in time to enjoy your summer.  Consider putting together a team….landscape architect, interior designer, and if out buildings are involved a contractor, they will help you design the destination of your dream …..right outside your door.

 

Here are some inspirational images from landscapes locally and architectural firms.  Whether you have a large or a small yard there are endless possibilities.

 

 

living wall of evergreensmanicured backyardtake your colors from nature

 

Above….This weeks  "Tip of the Week"  I'm focusing on color,  always abundant especially this time of year.   Sue's Interiors is always on the look out for great new "color combinations" to express my love of nature and color.

 

Below are a few "Color Combinations" & inspirations to help you "Spring into Summer" this season….

blue chairs & tortoise shell lamps

Nature & Color

I don't think there is anything that expresses Spring more than "blue"….the sky, water, robin eggs and my favorite spring plant, brunnera.  Also, the tortoise shell lamps give a feel of nature and embracing the "Spring into Summer" attitude.

apple green accents with neutral walls

Green as New Foliage

When thinking of Spring….I also think of the green grass & a trees budding leaves….the above family room has a neutral gray base with fresh green window treatments, cube seating and nesting tables….all create a refreshing nature inspired decor.  Bring the outside in with neutral gray & green tones that create a perfect "color combination" just like natures gray-brown tree trunks with new tender green leaves.

neutral walls and green and blue accents

Ocean meets Grass

Earthy wood cocktail and end tables along with a woven oversized orb, bring nature literally into the room.  The green pillows & chairs along with the blue accents and pillows create a soothing yet exhilarating decor.   Actually "blue & green" are one on my favorite "color combinations" most likely because of the long cold winters of Ohio….this "color combination" transports me to the ocean, sand and grasslands of the outer banks of North Carolina or maybe Cabo San Lucas, Mexico or even Hawaii…..without leaving my home!

pillow with spring colors and birds

What is Spring without Birds

The great "color combinations" in this pillow make an easy way to "Spring into Summer" and economical too.

red chair

Robin Red

Red you may ask???  What is the first bird we see in the Spring?  Of course, a red breasted Robin.

pink geese

Spring into Summer with WHITE

White always says "Spring and Summer" and this family room with white walls, rug and furniture; with pops of hot pink makes everything and everyone feel renewed and full of life!  Hint:  For fall (or now) add some tangerine pillows with the existing hot pink….this seasons hottest "color combination" tangerine and fushia.

Remember the Tip of the Week is "Color Combinations"…..so…. "Spring into Summer" with your favorite COLORS…..it can be colors from a favorite flower, outfit, restaurant or vacation destination!

CHECK BACK NEXT WEEK FOR THE ….."TIP OF THE WEEK" …every Wednesday.

 

Interpretation....Again!

The Tip of the Week……Interpretation……again!

This weeks interpretation is not about ballerina's from last weeks tip; instead it's about an avid outdoorsman.   I was blogged recently regarding a "deer head".  He would like to hang a deer head on the wall and his wife is not happy.  So I'm going to take a "shot" at trying to resolve this dilemma.

My suggestion …….Interpretation!

deer head

Instead of a deer head hung too high and in a corner that serves no purpose or functionality …make your space work for you….even a corner.

cozy corner with antlers

Space is valuable and this space now has a purpose….many people feel uncomfortable in a room with a once living thing…..mostly because of the eyes.  In this case the use of just the antlers gives that outdoorsman "feel" but also makes everyone else "feel" comfortable.

bambi hanging on a white wall

Bambi is cute in the movie with those big eyes but not as cute in your home decor 24/7….it can get alittle weird.   See below what you can do with white walls and antlers!

black canvas with white painted antlers

This is a great interpretation of how to incorporate an outdoorsman decor for both men and women.  Antlers…yes!  Once living head with antlers…no…no…no.

entire wall of taxidermy animals

When working with a collection I recommend giving space to each an every piece and organization or theme.  Below is my intrepretation of a stunning collection of nature.

beige walls and mango console with a collection of antlers

Space and symmetry gives the eye a chance to rest and organize the collection in your mind.  Creating this calming effect will enable you & your guest time to enjoy, reflect and study your love of nature.

brown bear rug

A once living thing…..those eyes….tongue…..all staring at you….can be uncomfortable.

brown lush faux fur throw blanket

Interpretation…..these soft furry throw blankets…..yummy!

 

black and white zebra taxidermy

Zebra

zebra desl

Intrepretation…….zebra desk incorporates great movement into any design.

 

mallord duck lamp

table lamp

The base of the lamp resembles a river bottom….what outdoorsman wouldn't want the look and feel of rocks, pebbles and stones.

So ……The Tip of the Week…….Unless you live in a log cabin…in a wooded area….and completely incorporate a lodge look throughout your entire home…..I suggest you stick to interpretations.

Check back next week for the ….Tip of the Week

 

ballerina dancers with oversized tutu

Tip of the Week…."Interpretation"

Interpretation of design and art has been around since the beginning of time.  This special talent doesn't come easy to all…..but when implemented correctly it will take your vision to a new level.

When recently working with a client, who loved dancing as a child and had taken many years of  lessons; even dreaming of becoming a professional ballerina when she grew up…… I couldn't resist!

After our initial meeting, I wanted to incorporate her childhood dream but with a very subtle, yet sophisticated decor.   Translated that means….taking a different spin on her vision…..an interpretation.

Below are a few of my design interpretations:

Instead of literally a ballerina print….use a graceful, elegant and dramatic print.

Purple Flower

Below……With her white tutu, vertical & graceful pose…….she lights up the stage.

Below…..The white drumshade (tutu) and the sleek chrome base (body) creates a

vertical and graceful silhouette to any decor.

Below…Striking tone on tone coloration & beautiful flowing movement are captivating.

Below….Cabinet with striking tone on tone finish and antique mirrored doors with oversized circles add movement & casual sophistication.

Below…..The gunmetal chandelier with iridescent prisms and flowing graceful arms also give a dreamy…..ballerina feeling.

Past clients have heard "interpretation" before…..on final walk through I'm often heard saying,  "THIS IS MY INTERPRETATION OF YOUR VISION."

While working on a design I find it fascinating to incorporate interpretations…..enjoy decorating this week and don't forget……interpretations are best!!!

 

Tip of the Week

NEUTRAL

Tip of the Week…..Neutral

Keeping your room neutral empowers you to use strong bold colors for accessories without overwhelming the room.    Also….it enables you to change the color of your room by simply changing a few accessories.  To sprinkle color through out the room….I like to use the triangle philosophy of using  3-5 oversized bold accessories.  When you are ready for a change …2 things to remember…..you will be spending less time & less money.  I like to call that a Win Win!

Enjoy the newest Tip of the Week  ……….90% Neutral and 10% Bold Colorful Accessories.

 

Recyled Chairs

Rustic Modern

Tip of the Week…."RECYCLE"

These unique and comfortable dining chairs are recycled seat belts.  The table, flooring & ceiling are also made from reclaimed wood and the wall art takes handmade to another level with natural textiles.

Go Green & Recycle….Tip for Every Day!

 

Cozy Corner

Tip of the Week…"ADD SPARKLE"

The quickest way to update or give your home a smile is lighting.  It can give a chic feel or "sparkle" to any room.  I'm an accessory queen regarding wardrobe and I also carry that same passion over into my design work; so I regard a light fixture as an important part of a design.  Think of lighting as a piece of jewelry to an outfit….the outfit is not complete until you add that "sparkle" or jewelry.  The above black crystal chandelier or "jewelry" adds drama & sparkle to an otherwise small space.

So……."The Tip of the Week"…..remember to "add sparkle" to your home and life!

 

Tip of the Week….."Plan B"

"Plan A" doesn't always work out, so be prepared and ready to implement  "Plan B" and sometimes even "Plan C".  When a " wrench" is thrown into your design…move on, and let the creative juices flow.  Sometimes "Plan A"  just doesn't work… no matter what.

So….The Tip of the Week ….don't beat yourself up…just "switch gears" & move on.

9 Responses

  1. marilu diller says:

     i understand you are one busy lady!   also quite talented, everything is just lovely, and so well placed. looking forward to your openhouse.  marilu diller

  2. Doug says:

    After reading your blog. I have a question.  I want to keep my deer head and my wife says it has to go.  What do you think?

    • sueadmin says:

      Great question….I’ll address that dilemma in this weeks…”Tip of the Week”…..now I have a direction for my new “Tip” this week. Thanks. Sue

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