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Charming Beach Décor

Sep-14-2011 By carpeteria_admin

This living room is in a Chatham, MA beach home designed by Anne Selke.  The entire house is a study in elegant beach chic style. Filled with colorful palettes, each room is a uniquely stylish space yet there is a cohesive style throughout the house.  The living room demonstrates how classic beach elements can be transformed into an elegant space.  The sea inspired blue and green colorway is paired with driftwood pale wood tables and accents.

 

Large cream sofas, with slipcovers, give relaxed but tailored feeling to the room.  The pair of sofas provides ample seating for a large group or a place for afternoon naps.  Rolled arm armchairs in deep blue fill the space below the windows and create another seating area for conversation.  Large and low wood tables with glass tops are the perfect place for drinks, snacks and games.  The pale color of the wood recalls driftwood, another seaside staple.

 

Fabrics mix it up with patterns and stripes cohabiting in the space. A striped rug captures the colors of the room.  Deeper curtains stand out against pale, ice blue walls. The curtains relate nicely to the deeper blue of the armchairs while also incorporating the greens and whites of the palette.  Vintage table lamps in aqua and green fit in this relaxed space. Throw pillows in blue and white pull the chair color onto the sofas. A striped throw casually thrown over the arm of the sofa adds color and encourages naps.

 

This is a very charming beach inspired living room filled with style and classic seaside colors.

Create Long-ago Mood

Aug-31-2011 By carpeteria_admin

If you’re drawn to this exotic antique shop in Yangon, Myanmar, you can create a comparable mood in your own home by making the right design choices.

To start, notice that the colors in the space stay in the cream and honey brown range. These softer tones allow the rich colors of these antiques to really shine. Pure white walls actually don’t let the color of wood and other finishes show at their best.

This floor is old hand-planked parquet. While recreating this floor would be challenging and impractical, today’s choices of wood flooring can provide the same sense of age through distressing, dark lines between the planks, and variety in plank widths. This warm brown tone can be matched almost exactly thanks to the rich selection of finishes available.

The large Oriental rug in the center of the store sets both tone and color for the space, with red reflected in corners to carry that rich color beyond the rug itself. Antique Oriental rugs are available, but you can also find carpets that recreate this feeling and style from today’s manufacturers in less expensive price points and easy-care materials.

A number of retail operations and online companies specialize in Asian antiques, and the broad choice ensures that you can select some furniture; accessories and artwork that will make your home décor reflect this style and mood. Once again, many interesting elements may be found in contemporary reproductions at a more reasonable price.

Do you love the feeling when you walk into a certain store? Like this choice, you can make design decisions that will allow you to recreate a similar mood in your own home.


 

Two-level Countertop

Feb-26-2011 By carpeteria_admin

Are you considering a kitchen redesign? While you’re planning, be sure to take a look at the choices you have for countertop designs.

Of course you will want to choose a material that works well for your style and taste. But an important part of the process is the actual layout of your counter. For example, the two-level option here provides several advantages.

To start, the raised border hides the worst of a messy kitchen. This is particularly handy when entertaining. This border will camouflage dirty dishes while still maintaining the open feeling of the room. Even everyday counter items such as the soap container here are below the normal view from the living area, maintaining a sleeker look for the room.

This higher counter is rather narrow, possibly reflecting a lack of extra space. However, many raised counters can be wide enough to accommodate seating on the side opposite the kitchen. This multi-use option can support quick breakfasts before school as well as appetizers for dinner guests while you’re finishing the meal. It also can serve as an additional conversation area at parties.

Today’s wealth of solid-surface counter choices gives you more options. Their beauty works well as a design addition to any space. As you make your selections, find a countertop that complements your cabinets as well as the style and colors of the rest of your living space. With the right choice, your countertop can provide an effective transition from one functional space to another.

Sharing your Heritage

Jan-30-2011 By creatingyourspace

Have you seen any of the shows on television that encourage families to part with family heirlooms or collections only to spend the money on some desired purchase such as a hot tub? It seems strange to discard your heritage in exchange for a temporary luxury item.

On the other hand, having your heirlooms packed away in boxes isn’t much better. Would you like to bring your family’s past into your present? You can do it by building a vignette that tells a story about one or more of your ancestors.

This family decided to celebrate a great grandfather who studied butterflies. Some of his reference books and personal notebooks provide the background to the left on this table, topped with the magnifying glass he used in the field. One of his loveliest specimen boxes leans against a panel and his microscope is in the focal position on the table. Add a few photographs and some of his sketches and you have more than a display of older items; you have a story of part of your family’s past.

Maybe for you, a favorite story may involve some recipes and old kitchen tools from Great Aunt Violet, known as the baker in the family, complete with photos of her around the picnic table behind her house. Or a collection of old tools may be displayed in Uncle Michael’s toolbox, joined with a shot of him working, sitting on one of the bookshelves he made that you inherited.

Why not make your family’s past an integral part of your present, by taking a little time to create a vignette that represents a favorite relative or two from your past and sharing the heritage they gave you with yourself and others.

Simple Tips To Improve Your Interior

Dec-18-2010 By creatingyourspace

Does your interior need a lift? Not sure how to improve areas? There are simple tips that can uplift any room. Read along and experiment on your most problematic room or space. You will be surprised how tweaking one thing can lead to incredible results.

Fabrics and upholstery have the power to give the “just re-decorated” look without having to actually redecorate. Buy brightly colored accent pillows, or recover the ones you have. Fresh, plump accent pillows act as a face-lift for any worn sofa or chair. Fabrics also have the power to create warmth, drama, elegance and variety to any room.

Window treatments allow you to control light, give privacy and improve insulation. They can also help alter appearances of a room. Wish you had a higher ceiling? Install full-length panels higher above the top of a window. If you don’t want wall showing in between, you can add a valance that only hangs down an inch or so past the top of a window. Panels and valance combined make a window look higher than it actually is. Treatments made of dressy fabric add elegance. Casual fabric gives a room a comfortable feel. Different types of blinds also have the power to create the mood of your choice. Bamboo shades lend an exotic feel to a space. White plantation shutters add a classic look to any window.

Try out one or all of the tips above! You have the ability to uplift any space!

Simple Tips To Improve Your Interior

Dec-18-2010 By carpeteria_admin

Does your interior need a lift? Not sure how to improve areas? There are simple tips that can uplift any room. Read along and experiment on your most problematic room or space. You will be surprised how tweaking one thing can lead to incredible results.

Fabrics and upholstery have the power to give the “just re-decorated” look without having to actually redecorate. Buy brightly colored accent pillows, or recover the ones you have. Fresh, plump accent pillows act as a face-lift for any worn sofa or chair. Fabrics also have the power to create warmth, drama, elegance and variety to any room.

Window treatments allow you to control light, give privacy and improve insulation. They can also help alter appearances of a room. Wish you had a higher ceiling? Install full-length panels higher above the top of a window. If you don’t want wall showing in between, you can add a valance that only hangs down an inch or so past the top of a window. Panels and valance combined make a window look higher than it actually is. Treatments made of dressy fabric add elegance. Casual fabric gives a room a comfortable feel. Different types of blinds also have the power to create the mood of your choice. Bamboo shades lend an exotic feel to a space. White plantation shutters add a classic look to any window.

Try out one or all of the tips above! You have the ability to uplift any space!

The Italian Impressions Style

Apr-27-2010 By carpeteria_admin

Is the past your passion? Is your television stuck on the History Channel?

Do you crave objects aged and worn, rooms of heavy woods and wrought iron? Is your ideal home more civilized than homogenized, more European than New World?

If so, your lifestyle is Italian Impressions Style.

It was born in countries on the Mediterranean Sea such as Italy, France and Spain. Countries where sun and soil, culture and custom, inspired charming homes and carefree lifestyles – the sweet life.

The Italian Impressions Style exhibits a European sense of history and casual elegance. It’s all about heritage and ancient rituals: socializing in the plaza, shopping at the market.

An Italian Impressions Style home, your home, reflects sophisticated living that’s elaborate and gracious. This is a residence of detail and ornamentation.

Collected treasures from the past are proudly on display; furniture is of heavy fabric, thickly cushioned and ornate in style.

One variation of this style, European Country, showcases mismatched furniture, heavy brocade details, French antiques and tapestries.

Tuscan inspired materials, distressed furniture, and natural, old country elements are also its characteristics. Another interpretation of Italian Impressions Style is Mediterranean.

Its ornate ceilings and woodwork, period windows, columns and arches create rooms for elegant living and inspired entertaining.

Wherever you choose to live in Italian Impressions Style, there are classic “musts”. These include tumbled travertine marble, distressed woods and metals and Patina finishes such as copper and oil rubbed bronze.

Your home’s color palette shows greens, golden hues, chocolate browns and wine reds.

In your Italian Impressions Style kitchen, family and friends experience cherry cabinetry with chocolate glaze and oil rubbed bronze hardware.

Natural stones like Granite countertops are a given.

Your tile is in the tumbled travertine family featuring mosaic borders mixed with metal decorative tiles.

This is the Italian Impressions Style lifestyle. Your way of living.

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