Front Door Ready!

Is your entrance warm and inviting, are you front door ready?

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It is that time of year when you will be welcoming guests for the holidays as well as mini ghosts and goblins looking for candy.

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There are many options for sprucing up your front door. Whether you are going for the most spook-tastic door on the block…

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Or just want to add a bit of color to your life…

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or maybe meet somewhere in the middle…

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Here are some colorful ideas. For an easy addition,  pick your favorite accent color and paint your front door. This is such an easy change, don't be afraid to go bold! 

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Planters with seasonal flowers are an easy change up throughout the year as well. These mums are perfect for fall and come in such a variety of colors.

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Planters add just a splash of style that you can change out regularly.

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Lighting is always key to an inviting space. The front porch is no different. Lantern lighting works with most homes. Here are a few I found on Pinterest that are simple and beautiful.

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A door mat is practical because it keeps your house clean, it also adds texture, and is an easy pop of color.

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'Tis the season to prepare your home for guests. This is not limited to your interior. You want your home to feel inviting from the moment someone walks up to your front door.

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What sprucing up will you do this month?

By |October 1st, 2013|Decorating, Design Elements, Exterior Spaces, Hannah, Holidays, Outdoor Spaces|Comments Off on Front Door Ready!|

Faux Sho-House: Outdoor Living!

One of the simplest pleasures many of us know is relaxing on our back porch or deck. Taking inspiration from the front façade of the Faux-Sho house, this covered back deck would be the perfect place to enjoy a morning coffee or to hold a gathering of family and friends. By giving just as much attention to our available outdoor spaces, we create natural, seamless transitions between interior and exterior spaces and maximize the opportunity to enjoy our entire house.

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 Nothing is more luxurious than a carpet underfoot when you are outside and this large, jute outdoor rug from Surya is perfect! It will encourage everyone to take off their shoes and curl up on the couch. The teak sectional from Ethimo could be mistaken for vintage mid-century modern but it is actually brand new. The sectional is made of modular pieces that can be configured into practically any arrangement you choose. As a designer with a big family and who likes to entertain, I like having the option to go large! Cushions can be custom made with any fabric; we chose Sunbrella Contract for Robert Allen, St Tropez fabric in Rain for the cushions and Sunbrella for Robert Allen, Palmwood fabric in Birch for the pillows3For a pop of color, I love these Fermob loungers. The classic burnt orange color pairs nicely with blues, greens, and all of the warmer tones. The understated teak side tables from Brookfarm General Store would look fantastic positioned between the lively chairs and flanking the couches. The side tables are subtle, but, like much subtle, well-constructed furniture, they are stunningly simple and elegant.

4Adding more coziness to the outdoor room, this modern, cutting-edge fire pit will become the center and soul of the space. I  love this piece for it’s clean lines and modern styling as much as for its versatility. Fire pits are sometimes impractical and the fact that this piece has the option to be converted into a coffee table with a simple, stainless steel, flush mount top seems like the perfect solution. It is sort of the best of both worlds.

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While we are outdoors, lighting is still key! This great chandelier, available through BHD, would look magnificent paired with the fire pit and would provide great illumination for the space. On the exterior walls of the house, I would use understated sconces like these simple two-way fixtures available through BHD. All the lights would be on dimmers for adjusting the levels throughout the night. Dimmable outdoor chandeliers and sconces – yes please!

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Last but not least, I would furnish the room with accessories. This being an outdoor space—I would be thrilled to decorate using these gorgeous planters, unexpected candle holders and glowing lanterns. The cube planters from VONDOM come in different sizes and would look great in clusters of threes, planted with herbs, lavender, or even native grasses. The lux hand blown, leather handled lantern from Casimidy would add just the right amount of polish to the otherwise minimalist space. Finally, the OXO Candela Luau would be the finishing touch needed to complete the space. How handy would it be to have glowing lanterns on hand when your struck with the sense of adventure to explore your yard as the sun begins to set?

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Hope this has captured your imagination and given you some ideas to transform your own outdoor space! Next week, we will give the final installment to our Faux-Sho house with Beth’s post on kid friendly family spaces!

By |September 4th, 2013|Accessories, Design Elements, Exterior Spaces, Faux-Sho House, Kate|Comments Off on Faux Sho-House: Outdoor Living!|

Faux Sho-House: Library/Home Office Edition!

A home office or library can mean a lot of different things to different people. For me it is an escape. A place where MY stuff belongs. No  kid toys, plenty of storage, a surface to draw, write, paint, or work on the computer, and a comfortable seating area are key for my home office. I am excited to showcase what my ideal office space would provide. Not shown in these images would be built-in floor to ceiling cabinetry across from this desk wall. Enjoy!

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Theo chair by Angela Adams is a cozy spot to snuggle up with a good book on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

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This round side table with tree legs is so great I NEED one! Available through BHD.

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I happen to love most things from Anthropologie. This Ettore bench with custom cushion (fabric: Robert Allen, Road Bump) would be a functional piece in almost any room you choose to place it in.

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On that Anthropologie note, both this beautiful rug and bookshelf are from  their exciting collection of  home goods. The rug is the Doily rug and the bookshelf is the Kansai bookshelf.

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All of the cubbies in this desk excite me! I know, I’m a dork, I just love organization! This desk is called the Dockery Work Table and is from Currey and Company. This sweet little desk chair is made by Zentique and is called the Louis Side Chair.

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Fun accessories make the space unique and feel like home.

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Aldo Vase, Yuma Vases, Marbled Vase, Cartwright Mirror, Ronan Hinged Box, all available through BHD

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Lighting is  usually forgotten until the end of a project, when your budget is shot. Good lighting will make a great space spectacular and have a major impact on the design. Bad lighting can ruin an entire design. Both of these amazing lighting elements are available through BHD.

9What is important to you in your home office? Stay tuned for more exciting spaces next week!

By |August 28th, 2013|Accessories, Bookcases, Decorating, Design Elements, Desks, Faux-Sho House, Hannah, Organization|Comments Off on Faux Sho-House: Library/Home Office Edition!|