Tuesday, October 6, 2009

HUEmor me: decorating with green

There's a lot of talk about green home products and green decorating.

This post, however, is about the color green -- an always fresh color that ranges from pale sage greens to vibrant, lime green.
Look around outside and you'll see every shade of green imaginable. The combination possibilities are unlimited and that's good because I'd hate to see you limit yourself!

The yellow green on the walls of this living room are balanced by the white wood work and furnishings and the beautiful wood floors and rug. Notice that they varied the value (lightness and darkness) of the green in the room by adding darker plants. The pops of orange keep the space interesting. Lovely! (Tuck the rug under the sofa and the room is complete.)

You don't have to paint your walls to bring color into your room. The lamp and accessories on this table are a great way to introduce a little bit of a color. Grouping the green items together provides a greater impact. Yellow, orange and brown pair nicely with the green.

This photo is from a spread from the June '09 issue of
Living magazine (it was also the cover image). It's been sitting on my desk for months just waiting for this green post! I pieced it together on the scanner, hence the seam down the middle. Why the love? The mix of greens against the wood paneled walls and white furnishings is striking. The green on the skateboard and the green view from outside complete the space. Notice the pillows on the sofa? Varying values of green! Large-scaled patterns on the pillows and a smaller-scale pattern on the rug help create a great mix all around—all without paint.

If this soft green kitchen doesn't make you want to cook, what would? The light hued cabinets, the herbs and plants and the green cafe curtains all bring peace and calm to this space. Green doesn't have to be bold to be inviting!

This bold, green bed frame is balanced nicely by the brown bed linens, lamp and rolled towels. The striped bench compliments the green and the bedding pattern. The soft green walls provide high contrast to the room, which adds visual interest. There are two things I would change in this room. I would hang larger art or more smaller art over the bed and add fabric window panels to the windows. These would complete this traditional room with a green twist!

Here's a room you won't soon forget! Like the room or not, the color values are right on and the pop of orange with the green and violet creates a lovely triad color combination. The walls and other details could use some finessing, but we'll focus on the color.

Are you seeing a pattern yet? Green with orange, brown and white/cream are popular with me! This room adds color through paint, but without painting the entire room. The paneling on the lower portion of the walls add architectural interest to the room. The varying wood textures are great and the art is a nice size. My only wish is that they painted the ceiling one shade lighter than the walls. A girl can dream, right?

A few of my favorite green color pairings
(aside from what's shown here)

Green & yellow * Light green & light blue * Green, white & black * Green & red (they are complimentary colors, keep the values similar and it'll look great) * Green & pink and brown

Ballard Designs' Devon lamp
Shiny, happy & green lamp with textured lamp shade

Are you green with envy? Don't be! Add some green to your rooms in a small way (a grouping of accessories, art or a lamp) or, in a big way (paint all walls & ceiling) and sit back and enjoy the view!

What are you favorite green pairings? Leave a comment. It'll make me happy!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Let Me Entertain You

In honor of Labor Day weekend, we did a lot of entertaining with friends, which is always a labor of love! Here are some creative ways to entertain and serve your guests inside or out.

This spread was created with clearance sale items and thrift store finds in typical fashion. I am thrilled to announce that I was just named a Contributing Writer on the website, so please check it out. It was created by , author, designer and frequent guest of the Today Show. The site is amazing and full of cream of the crop artists and designers. Prepare to be inspired! I am so giddy that I get to be a part of it. It challenges me to be creative, and get my "A Game" on. I love that. Again, consider yourself warned, you could spend a lot of time on this site because it is truly inspiring. But, it is truly a great resource for stagers and redesigners when we need to "use what we have" and work some magic. You will get so many creative ideas. I can promise you that!

This whole vignette was created around one of my recent fabulous finds. Don't you love this round, white, chippy table? And, don't hate me, it was only $5. A vision in white, wouldn't you say?

A handy tin makes for a great napkin and plate holder. I got it at Michael's on clearance.
The pie is displayed on a rummage sale find. Check out the vase used for bread sticks and flower pot for the pretzel bread.

I have collected a bunch of cigar boxes over the years. I have turned a lot of them into purses, but on this day I decided to serve my flat bread in it. A little different, right?

I also have a thing for metal and wire, which is kind of ironic. Growing up, I had braces TWICE! So the whole metal mouth just didn't jive with me. Well, at least I have straight choppers now! I digress. I used a metal basket to store some funky lemonade bottles. I loved the splash of yellow color. A good tip is to keep the packaging in mind when making your drink selections, every little splash of color helps to enhance your display.

I hope you all had a great holiday weekend. I sure did. There is nothing better than celebrating with friends.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Bedroom Ideas from a Hardware Store?

Sometimes we find inspiration in the least likely places.  I just picked up my latest sample copy of Lowe's home improvement store's magazine Lowe's Creative Ideas for Home and Garden (Sept/Oct 09) and loved their article entitled "".

Almost like the infamous "white room" challenge on  , Lowe's offers inexpensive and creative solutions starting with a plain white bedroom and bed and giving it several different personalities and pizazz.  Three different makeovers, Traditional, Contemporary and Casual give a whole new look to the space.

I got a kick out of the bamboo flooring headboard idea .  Might just have found a use for that leftover box down in the basement after all!  And don't miss the article "" on page 18 of the same issue with the creative use of over-sized, burgundy colored, ceramic planters and round wooden tops for side tables.  Love it!

Click on the links to read the articles and see all the pictures.  Sometimes inspiration comes when and from where you least expected it!

**Happy Decorating**

Jeffery Rice
Decor Designs, Inc.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Decorating by Attraction

I'm just so tired of all the negativity....from political bickering to new pandemics to financial woes.... it just gets to be too much sometimes. So, I've all but quit reading the newspaper or watching the news. Instead, I'm trying to focus on breaking this cycle of negativity by reading books that inspire me to reach beyond my current circumstances and to control my own destiny by attracting better things. Two such inspiring books that I wanted to share are:

by Esther & Jerry Hicks.
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And, by Lynn Grabhorn.

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I know there are tons of books out there like these. These are just a couple that have recently come to and inspired me. And I know you're asking how the heck does this relate to decorating? Ironically enough.. lots of ways!

If you really stop and think about it, without a strong desire for change, everything (even your decor) stays the same. No one ever completed a home improvement or beautification project if they didn't dare to Dream it and Want it badly enough. The simple acts of Dreaming and Wanting are mentioned repeatedly in both books as cornerstones for the Universal Law of Attraction... that you attract and manifest those things on which you are most focused.

So back to Decorating by Attraction... it stands to reason that if you're ready for, let's say, a new look in your kitchen, all you have to do is dream it, want it and focus on having it to put the Law of Attraction to work for you. It doesn't matter if you don't know anything about kitchen remodels, that you don't have a contractor yet or that you don't even have the money. What does matter, is that you stay focused on the feelings you associate with your beautiful, modern, wonderful new kitchen and the Universe will take care of the rest. In a nutshell, it's not up to you to determine the Hows...but simply to focus on the end result and the joyful feelings you associate with it.

I have seen this in my own life so many times... and the fact that I can talk to you about it here on a "decorating" blog enjoyed by so many talented decorators is proof it works. I'd love for you to think back on the things you feel were "attracted" to you because you were able to dream them and believe in them enough to manifest them, no matter what. And I want to hear your stories.

And as yet another wonderful motivational author and speaker says, "Thoughts become things... choose the good ones!"

Jeffery Rice
Decor Designs, Inc.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Decorating Outside the Box

Here is a quick decorating trick for my Hot Tip Tuesday post. Instead of traditional towel racks, think outside the box a little. Or maybe not so far outside the box in this case. This is a tin planter box that I found and loved. The smokey grey color was perfect for the color palette in this powder room.

I often use decorative planters to store and display my towels in my bathrooms. I always like to add an element of surprise to my decorating and I think this does just that. It falls into the realm of what I call "Conversation Piece Decorating". And, the beauty of it is that you don't need a green thumb to do it! Works for me!

What do you think??

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

What's your 20?

There are so many things to take into consideration when choosing the decor for your home. Two of many important elements are the architectural style and your geographic location. So, what's your 20? Where do you live? What is the local culture? Use this as your guide when decorating.

I grew up in a small New England town. I love the style and culture and more importantly how New Englanders embrace the charm and history of the area. I had the pleasure of vacationing in Cape Cod this summer and experienced this first hand.

This is just a simple example of how one resident showcased the coastal beauty by adding sea shells to their landscaping. I took this photo because I loved how the shells are partnered with the amazing hydrangeas. Just beautiful, isn't it? Kudos to the homeowner who created such great curb appeal!

So, embrace your "20" and use it to enhance your own decor!

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Alternative Decor

A recent listing I staged was in need of artwork. I needed a piece for the living room. Canvases are great stock pieces for my staging and seasonal decor business. I have used this piece on multiple occasions. Here, I covered it with a shower curtain I found at Dollar General for $10. I used my staple gun to attach it to the canvas...Voila! Instant artwork!

The same canvas was used over a client's mantle as artwork for her seasonal decor. I used coordinating wrapping paper that was also used on her "faux" presents. It made for a great focal wall! I know it's early to be thinking about seasonal decor, but my Hobby Lobby has Christmas stuff out! What are some ways you've improvised with your artwork? I would love to hear about your creative ideas!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Home Decorating Ideas for Summer

Tidbits and ideas found in unusual places

I was working out in my worshop when I walked by some old wooden shutters, they gave me the idea to bring them in my home for a "Summer" mantle display.

I also love watching the birds in my yard and was feeling "Tropical". I started gathering items around my house that gave me the feeling of the South Seas.

As I was "shopping" my house I walked through our kitchen and their on the counter was my "focal point" for the design.......a beautiful Pineapple!

I love seeing the reflection of candles in the very old and distorted mirror above the mantle.

As you can see Bird Seed acts as a great stabilizer for Tapered candles. I used clear glass holders so you could see the bird seed. It ties in the bird print.

To add elevation changes I used my Bird books. The Pineapple is resting on a Stemded glass upsidedown.

I know that a mirror over a mantle is a decorating no-no unless of course you can see a masterpiece painted on the ceiling. This mirror is original to our home and is a circle and I didn't want to remove it. I also added an old empty wooden picture frame to help camoflage the mirror. I used fishing line and suspended the bird print from the frame to give the appearance of "floating".

I did remove the freash pineapple after a few days and we thoroughly enjoyed it at dinner. Not only was is wonderful to eat but it was wonderful to see! I have been inspired by many items in my home and enjoy changing, playing, with my mantle.

Inspired by my Silver Tea pot collection:

I also enjoy Accessorising my chandeleir for the season's. Here I added butterflies.

Show us your summer ideas for home.

From my home today to yours~~

My best,
Design By DesAnn of Ohio
The Certified Home Staging Academy

Friday, June 5, 2009

Let it flow, let it flow, let it flow

More decorating inspiration...

The mind is a beautiful thing. I feel we are only limited by our own creativity. I am so inspired when people think outside the box to come up with something so unique and different.

Check out this water faucet. I just love a dual purpose product because I like to get the most bang for my buck! This vase and faucet combo were designed by David Vercelli for , an Italian company.

I can just imagine turning on the water, washing my hands, all to the smell of fresh cut flowers. Kind of interesting, right? This is just a very clever way to bring nature into your decor. Since I need to come back to reality and will not be changing my faucet anytime soon. (Or at least not until I sell my house and move into a new one). I plan to use this as inspiration and mimic the look with just a simple large, clear vase and fresh florals. Easy peasy.

Happy Decorating,
~Marybeth Barrett

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Where Fashion and Decorating Meet

Fashion and Interior Design often coincide, whether it is color or in current trends. Well, here is an example of how I made fashion and decorating collide! In honor of the Interior Redesign theory and using what you have... I created some very unique fashion accessories by using a variety of colors, textures and styles of wallpaper remnants. Who says wallpaper was made just for walls?

They are actually even pretty enough to be used as decorative accessories. I have them displayed up on my shelf in my office when they are not in use. I just love a dual purpose, don't you?

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Home Decorating Easy Makeovers

Often I want a "quick" fix for my creative addiction. Here are two examples of quick & easy makeovers.

I was on my way to put this old Ficus tree on the curb to be picked up by our cities crew. While I was in the garage I was thinking about adding some Palms to my space. The day before I had seen some at my Michaels store. They are pretty pricey though.

As I was gathering up some other "trash" I made the decision to Re-design the old tree. I could always pitch it if it turned out bad.

I have always re-designed with ABANDON! Why not....who is going to come and get you? The Decorating police?!

I purchased for under $20 some long Palm fronds. I gathered some brown paper lunch bags, Elmers glue, my bag of leftover Raffia and of course my trusty old Glue Gun.

You will need to tear the bags in long jagged strips about 3-4 inches wide. I NEVER could draw but I can work with my hands and I would have to say that my abandon and bravery are some of my best assets. Anyway....Strip your tree of it's leaves. Use florist wire and glue to secure
your purchased fronds to trunk. Next start at the bottom and crunch your strips of brown paper and start one-at-a-time to wrap around your trunk. Make a special effort to overlap your layers and leave each jagged edge at top rolled out. If you look closely at a Palm Tree the trunk grows in large circles with each new circle looking jagged. Use the Elmers to secure bags to trunk. I then added randomly tied pieces of Raffia.

This Ottoman was purchased at a Garage sale for $5. I was looking through my piles of treasure fabrics when I came across some Table Runners I purchased after Christmas for $1. I heldout the runner and wondered if it would go around the Ottoman. Well it did, actually a perfict fit! I went right for some of my Zebra remnants and grabbed some Black fringe. I thought that the fringe of the runner actually resembled a Zebra tail. With a few shots of the Staple Gun and my glue gun to secure the Black fringe one of my FAVORITE pieces was born.

Go with ABANDON who is going to get you if it is wrong? Yes, not all works out but the vast majority does and I like to have been brave and at least TRY!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

I Never Would have Thought of That-Picture on Picture

I have been creating beautiful spaces professionally for over 30 years. Every home I walk into fills me with excitement as I anticipate the challenges and most of all, the opportunity to be creative. Looking at things in new ways, and finding a solution to a problem that looks unique and individual is one of my driving forces when I am working with a client. Also, from a stanpoint of building a business, it has always been the "I never would have thought of that" ideas that create buzz and built my business. This project was part of a class last week in Tulsa, OK with Jennifer Keener and Candi Peaster. We were immersing ourselves in Color with No Regrets, Interior Redesign, and decorating while working in 3 homes. Our first house was sparse with a budget to match. The key to decorating on a tight budget, is to make sure it doesn't look like it was done on a budget. Creativity is always the key and I love the challenge. After we completed the redesign, we went shopping for the final touches. Interior Redesign is touted as "use what you have" and that is certainly the beginning but almost every home can benefit by a little extra frosting on the cake.

Let me share one of many projects we undertook for the space. The room was in desperate need of a large piece of art for one wall. I found a great poster for $20 and then was overjoyed to discover the perfect frames, 1/2 price at Hobby Lobby. But now, what could we do, that would take our new piece of art to a new level. We began with one poster, 1 oversize frame, 1 medium frame, Liquid Nails, and patience. (note to self-buy more liquid nails) Jennifer Keener set to work to take frames apart and then cut the poster to exact size to fit into the frame. After placing the poster in the oversize frame, it looked good, but predictable. After all, anyone can hang a new piece of art on the walls, time for a bit of creativity. We decided to add another frame glued on the top of the glass of the first picture. Deciding what area of the picture to highlight took a bit of doing, but once it was decided, I added liquid nails to the back of the frame and placed it on the picture so we had a picture on picture. The most difficult part was deciding which area of the picture I wanted to highlight. The end result was an unusual piece of art for about $50. And of course, we accomplished our mission, a beautiful room on a budget, that definitely didn't look like a budget room. The clients were deighted, another happy customer. Their first words? " Oh my Gosh, I never would have thought of this." Sweetest words in the world. (next to Grandma) Tomorrow's house is full of stuff, so I wonder what creative ideas we will have next.

Happy Decorating!