Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Shopping Local

One of my favorite shops in town is West Virginia Glass.
This is a great place to get gifts for family and friends for any occasion.

West Virginia Glass
148 North Queen Street
Martinsburg, WV  25401
(304) 263-1224

I love that everything is handmade or vintage
PLUS it is made here in West Virginia!
So many wonderful colors, shapes & sizes. 

Such a beautiful place!
Visit West Virginia Glass for your next gift purchase 
or take visitors to show off  a cool place in your home town:)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Reupholstering - Before & After

Our client brought us this ottoman to reupholster. 
She had recently reupholstered her couch and wanted this to match.



Thursday, July 12, 2012

A Good Cause

As a breast cancer survivor I am always eager to support and participate in
fundraising events promoting breast cancer awareness.
So I must take this opportunity to introduce you to a local event
that is not only immensely fun but now has a charitable element to it
that is so dear to my heart.

In just a few short weeks on Friday, August 10 the Annual Identity Crisis event
will be held in Shepherdstown, WV at various local restaurants and pubs.
A portion of ticket sales will support
Direct donations can be made at the Picstacheo Photo Booth 
which will be set up at Tony's Pizza from 8pm to midnight.  
Other contributions can be made through the donation based covers
of the participating restaurants & bars.
If you have any questions about the event,
feel free to contact us and we will get you the information you seek!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Shopping Local

I am a HUGE fan of supporting local businesses
so I am going to start an ongoing series
highlighting local business which carry design treasures.

Today I stopped off at the Patriot Antique Center.
615 West King Street
Martinsburg, WV  25401
(304) 263-1134

Bob Shores the Proprietor was kind enough to let me snaps some pics.
I adore the treasures I found and would have taken a bunch more photos had my camera not run out of batteries!  Note to self:  next time charge camera battery before heading out on a photo shoot . . .

Gorgeous miniature wooden greenhouse to keep & highlight your indoor plants
PLUS give them a warm, moist environment to thrive!

Every home needs a globe!  and an old underwear box;)
I love the splash of color the globe brings into a space
and the box is an unexpectly funny way to store clutter.

I am kukoo for bentwood rockers and I adore this faded paint. 
I might have to go back and get this for myself!!

Framing can be sooo expensive so I love recycling old frames,
especially when they are this big and beautiful.
PLUS this one comes with a lamp to highlight the artwork.
If you don't like the color of the frame, spraypaint it.
I see a gorgeous printed fabric stretched inside this frame and being a pop of color in your space:)

These trunks are wonderful for extra seating AND storage.
(By the way, I love the colors they have been painted.)
For about $100 bucks or less we can whip up a custom cushion for you to turn these trunks into a charming window seat or ottoman.

Great paint by numbers landscape that coincidentally matches the trunks shown above.
Pick up all of these and group together in an unused corner of your home.
I bet it will quickly become your new favorite reading corner:)

This glass fronted Lawyer's Bookcase is a great find.
Excellent condition and affordable price. 
My husband would love this one:)

Maybe add this brilliant red Hurricane Lamp to the top of the bookcase.
I love the pop of color this will add to a room as well as the celebration of a bygone era.

Speaking of red, this enamal hutch is awesome!!
Wonderful condition and I love the detailing on the windowed doors.
This piece is intended for kitchen use but I would love to see it used as a desk.

If kitchens are your favorite room in the house,
you must check out the great collection of glasses & dinnerware here. 
These Fiesta ware bowls are so bright and beautiful they make you smile:)

This is a fun collection of decorative items. 
Keep the tiny drawered cabinet by your front door to store keys, remotes, change, etc.
The US Navy blanket is just cool!  and probably really warm:)
The birdcage is very whimsical and comes with a stand which is a rarity, convenient and beautiful.
Store a brilliant plant inside or maybe you could actually get a bird!!
The rocker with all it's cury-que details would look lovely on a front porch painted a vibrant color.

I saved the most interesting and unique item for last.
Who doesn't need a copper cauldron?! 
I kid:)  This is a stunning way to display plants inside or out
OR fill it with ice and beverages at your next social function.

Patriot Antique Center has a ton of fabulous finds waiting to be discovered.
The inventory tends to turn over pretty frequently,
 so if you see something here that you like,
you better run and get it soon! 

I hope you enjoyed the treasures I've shared with you today
and are encouraged to shop locally:) 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Finishing Touches

To me window treatments are the finishing touches to a room. 
Icing on the cake, if you will! 
Window treatments are my speciality, so if you have bare windows that need dressing give me a call!

Check out this article on the Better Homes & Gardens website for ideas.

bedroom window treatments

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Backyard ART

If you happen to have a lot of trees in your backyard or maybe a friend who does,
you might like these design ideas for creating inexpensive and interesting art from wood.
Instructrions for creating the above "antlers" are courtesy
of my long-lost favorite magazine, Budget Living.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Another Tuesday Tip!

If you live in an older home, space and storage can be a big problem.
I love this idea of painting 2x4's and nailing them to the wall in a grid formation.
This adds wonderful depth to the room & wall PLUS provides some storage for smaller items.

This is also really useful if your walls are made of plaster.  Notice how the mirror is attached to part of the wooden wall grid?  (If you don't know what I'm talking about, plaster crumbles the moment you try to drill a hole or hang a nail making it impossible to hang ANYTHING on your wall.) 

I have also seen this idea used as a headboard.
The grid is built kind of in an arch shape so that the sides become the nightstands and the top of the arch becomes the headboard.  Books, artwork, clocks, etc. can decorate the space or just let the paint and grid design be the wall art! 

A simple, inexpensive idea that can be whipped up in an afternoon:)

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!

Spring time makes us want to open the windows and air out the house!  
Which inevitably leads to cleaning to get the musty winter smells out of everything.
I don't know about you but when Spring comes around,
and I start to clean out the house, I notice how much junk I have!!  
This season, tackle Spring Cleaning room by room.
Take this opportunity to Reduce, Reuse & Recycle.

1.  Start by taking out as much of the extras in the room as possible.  
Knick knacks or whatever you have lying around.  
2.  Take out furniture that you don't LOVE.  
Why are you hanging onto something you don't really like?  Take it out!  
3.  Now, clean up the room and maybe rearrange some furniture in the process.  
This will allow you to clean the hard to reach spots PLUS give your room a little face lift.  
4.  Once the big pieces in the room are clean and where you want them, start bringing back the extras you took out.  Don't feel like you need to bring them all back into the room.  Only what you love and/or need.
5.  Whatever you didn't put back can either find a new home in another room or can be donated to a local charity.  

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tuesday Tip!

Save some space in your cabinets by displaying any fine china you have in the house.  
Even everyday plates can add a splash of color to the walls.
This is a great way to decorate your home AND enjoy beautiful possessions!
(Scroll to the bottom for a How-to)

Plate hangers are available at local stores like Michaels, Home Depot or look online at Amazon.
They are only a few dollars apiece and come in various sizes to hold any size plate.  
(If you are super thrifty, click here for a tutorial on how to make your own!)
If placement seems daunting to you, lay the plates on paper, trace the edges & cut out.  
You can arrange the cut outs on the wall and move them around until you get just the arrangement you want.
Hammer the nail right into the paper then tear off to hang the plates!!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Universal Ideas

There are all kinds of designers.
Landscape, advertising, architectural, fabric . . . you get the idea;)
While each designer has a very specific skill set that categorizes them as an expert in their field,
all of us follow a very simple and similar set of rules. 

Let's consider print advertising for a moment.
Here is an ad I got in the mail the other day.

There is balance with the images. 
Different sizing of the fonts to create emphasis.
The text is spaced appropriately for the space.
There is simplicity in the message.
The images are coordinating colors and the purple text is different to accent the message.
These were my thoughts but I thought I would look to an expert to confirm my ideas.
Peter J. Patsula, author of the Entrepreneur's Guidebook Series, has written a summary
of Basic Design Strategies which can be used for creating promotional materials.

Let's apply these rules to a beautiful room.

Here is the Presidential Master Bedroom of Jackie & John F. Kennedy.
We can find each design principle in this room.
Simplicity:  This room isn't too crowded with furniture or decoration.
Unity:  All of the colors used are similar and the pieces of furniture are complimentary.
Balance:  All of the furniture is evenly distributed on either side of the bed.
Contrast:  To keep the room from looking too uniform, the furniture on each side of the bed is different.  Additionally, the carpet to the left contrasts the wall-to-wall carpet to create a space within a space.
Proportion:  Since the ceilings in this room are so high, the headboard and the vanity mirror are very tall to keep the rest of the room in proportion.
Consistency:  This ties in with the Unity principle.  The colors and patterned fabric are used throughout the room creating a theme.
Proximity:  Furniture placement is placed appropriately to the size of the room and it's function.  The bed is prominently placed in the center as well as the seating area to the left (which happens to be in front of the fireplace.)  This makes the main functions of the room central and paths of movement to the outskirts. 

The simple rules outlined above can be applied to any type of creative endeavor.
Creative is the keyword here.  While the rules are simple sometimes the creativity is hard to find:)
Exercise your creative juices and try applying these design principles to your home!
If you end up with something you like, send me a picture:)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Not just for walking on!

Don't limit artwork to just the walls of your home. 
Think outside the box and add some inlay to your hardwood floors. 
Our friend Lee Henson created this beautiful design.

Wouldn't this be amazing on your foyer floor?!

If this isn't your cup of tea . .

Consider adding some interest to your floors by painting them.
Here are some ideas that I love:)