Thursday, August 30, 2012

Graphic Pattern Love

Graphic patterns are very popular right now and I absolutely love the bold look! Whether they are used for bedding, decorative pillows, window treatments or wallpaper, they add SO MUCH to the look and design of a room.   Scroll down for a few inspiring graphic looks!



Eclectic Dining Room design by Calgary Interior Designer Decorating Den Interiors - "Decorate with Kate"

I hope these graphic looks provided you with some decorating inspiration!  Feel free to leave a comment below, share this post with your friends or contact me via my website if you need design assistance!  Have a colorful day! Nanette

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Back to School -- The Kitchen Table Homework Nightmare

Does your kitchen table look like this during the school year?  Mine does, and it's a constant unsightly battle to keep it clear.   If there's one thing I hate about the school year, it's the homework on the kitchen table.  My kids aren't the only contributors to that mess, my stuff is on there too!  How are we supposed to eat dinner?  I can't possibly be the only one with this problem, am I?   My kids both have desks in their rooms, but do any kids ever do homework in their rooms?  I doubt it.  If I could live in my most perfect do-it-over world, ... (see below)

my house would be designed by the Houston architectural firm of Parker Stuckey and I would have the most perfect and absolutely gorgeous all-in-one Laundry Room - Backpack/Mudroom - Homework Space.  I think this is the most awesome and functional space ever!  In the Parker Stuckey Residential design, the space is directly off the kitchen and has a full-sized stacked washer/dryer, generous storage space, cubbies and hooks, a slate floor, and work areas for the kids (and the mom)!  It makes complete sense to me that the homework area should be where the backpacks are neatly stored and NOT on the kitchen dining table!  Wish this was my house.  Have a colorful day (and a neat and productive school year!).  Nanette

Friday, August 17, 2012

Home Goods or a Museum -- No Brainer

I had a great time at Home Goods today!  Sounds funny right?   It's literally a form of entertainment for me.  (I even enjoyed driving over there and listening to my Barry Manilow CD repeating Somewhere In The Night over and over again -- I'm guilty of that.)  But really, I love going there. There were SO many great new things in stock today!  I don't know about you, but if someone said to me "Would you like to browse through a museum, or Home Goods?"  I'd choose Home Goods.  Hey, I like art just as much as the next person -- maybe even more than some, but when I go to a museum, I get what I call "museum syndrome" and I just want to take a big nap right away.  But at Home Goods things are exciting and fun.  You can browse around from one nice colorful area to another -- and find rugs, lamps and art, or comforters, picture frames and dinnerware, or my personal unexplainable favorite addiction -- colorful shiny boxes!  There's no end to all the good stuff you can find there, it's always changing, and you can be in and out in 45 minutes or less!  Totally fun.   Go there -- you don't even have to buy anything to have fun, but if you do find something you like, it's probably affordable.  Have a colorful day!  Nanette

Monday, August 13, 2012

Sisters, Showrooms and Love

Recently my sister and I enjoyed a super fabulous day touring and shopping at some of the beautiful interior design showrooms in New York City.  My sister Susie lives out of town in Providence, Rhode Island, and I live on Long Island in New York.  I had wanted to take her on a showroom tour for a very long time but busy lives and long distances made it difficult.  The day finally came together though with a very last minute decision (the night before) to meet at 9:00 a.m. at Penn Station.  But, where to meet in Penn Station?  “Meet me at the imaginary round information booth that used to be there.”  “Okay.”  Susie got on a train at 5:30 a.m. and headed for New York (what an awesome sister)!  At exactly 9:00 a.m. we were face to face and hugging it out, while swarms of commuters were racing to their jobs around us.  First things first though – some coffee talk and then a quick subway ride to Union Square to Judy Ross Textiles to see her gorgeous line of embroidered pillows.  We loved every beautiful color combination and design.  Judy was actually a classmate of mine during our textile design days at F.I.T.  Susie and I enjoyed hearing Judy’s story of her textile career success.  I couldn’t leave without purchasing her decorative Acrobat and Fauna pillows for my own home.  (Yay!).  Pictured below.
Acrobat in cream/lime/oyster
Fauna in cream/lime/oyster

Next, a quick cab ride over to the New York Design Center (NYDC) at Lexington and 33rd Street, but first some Chinese Food for lunch and more talk.  Then, for the next three hours at the NYDC we enjoyed one beautiful showroom after another, just to name a few – Baker Knapp & Tubbs, ArteriorsApropos, Global Views, Hickory Chair, Niermann WeeksCouture, Kravet Fabrics, Henredon, and some delicious chocolate chip cookies at Korts & Knight's gorgeous and aromatic kitchen showroom, and then some refreshing drinks and hospitality courtesy of Walter Van Der Wahl at The Bright Group.  It is SO easy, convenient and fun to be able to go from one magnificent design showroom to another with just the touch of a button on the elevator.  This is definitely my kind of fun.  After showing Susie around most of the NYDC we had dinner at a lovely Italian restaurant and of course more talk.  A brisk walk across town brought us back to Penn Station where we said our good-byes and hugged it out again before we both rode our respective 7:45 p.m. trains back to our homes (she had a longer ride than I did).  What a day!  We made it happen, and we will always remember our special day of Sisters, Showrooms and Love.  I have the best sister in the entire world, love her (except for your own sister, of course).  Have a colorful day!  Nanette

Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Color of Nature

I have been subscribing to HGTV Magazine since it first came out a few months ago.  If you like HGTV, you'll like the magazine; it's a fun read.  In the most recent September edition, I was happy to see what they call the "no-fail" colors on Page 134 --  Blues, Grays, Yellows and Greens. At the top of the list of no-fail Greens is LIBERTY PARK by Benjamin Moore, which happens to be the color of MY home office (pictured below).  I call this green "The Color of Nature."  It truly brings the outdoors in.  I absolutely love this color!!! (it looks a lot richer in person though).

Photo Credit:  Johanna Sophia Photography

The other no-fail colors mentioned in the magazine are:  Blues:  Salt Water by Martha Stewart Living, Honest Blue by Sherwin-Williams, Provence by Olympic; Grays:  Mindful Gray by HGTV Home Sherwin-Williams, Light Pewter by Benjamin Moore, Forde Abbey by Ralph Lauren; Yellows:  Demeter by Pittsburgh Paints, Jersey Cream by HGTV Home Sherwin-Williams, Butter Cookie by Valspar; Greens:  Liberty Park by Benjamin Moore (above), Frosted Green Grape by Glidden, Rejuvenate by Behr.  Have a colorful day!  Nanette

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Fun With Color: Sherwin-Williams Chip It!

When I was a student in the Textile Design program at the Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.), one of our assignments was to create a design using the colors from a page in a magazine or a photograph.  I remember enjoying this assignment very much, and the project I created came out great -- it was an airbrushed plaid with very vivid colors from nature.  Now Sherwin-Williams has a feature on their website which will enable you to turn any image from the web or your own uploaded photo into an inspirational color palette.  It's totally fun to use; give it a try.  Click the link below to get started!  Have a colorful day!  Nanette

Friday, August 3, 2012

To Blog or Not to Blog -- That Is The Question

I have been resisting and resenting the pressure to start a blog for the past two years.  Blogs are meant to help consumers get to know a business or business owner better and gain trust.  There’s nothing wrong with that, but let’s face it, they’re really designed to increase the bottom line of the business.  Ok, I’ve got that out of the way.  What bothers me is that it used to be enough just to have a good, creative business.  Then technology and the World started changing and every business had to have a website (did that).  Now, every business has to have a Website, a Blog, a Facebook page, a Twitter account, a You Tube channel, a LinkedIn account, a Newsletter with at least 8,439 subscribers, and the list goes on.  I am not a Techie.  I was not on the AV Squad when I was in High School.  I don’t work for the Geek Squad now.  I am not employed in the Silicon Valley, although I wouldn’t mind designing there.  I don’t know HTML Code.  I don’t know about Keywords, AdSense, AdWords or SEO.  I am just an interior designer who wants to help you create beautiful, functional, comfortable spaces with gorgeous fabrics, colors and materials!!!  But as it turns out, after all of that, now they say – get out from behind your computer, because the best way to increase business is through good old fashioned word of mouth.  So if you know me, please tell your friends about me!  Have a colorful day.  Nanette

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Interior Design 101 -- Space Planning

If you are going to design a new space, the very first thing you need to think about is space planning.  It's amazing how often I see people place the wrong size furniture in a room, or in the wrong spot.  All you need to do is get yourself a tape measure and some graph paper to make sure you don't make this mistake.  It's so simple.  You can have the prettiest colors, fabrics and accessories, but if your furniture is the wrong size for the space, as Tim Gunn would say, it won't "work."  I always carry a small tape measure in my pocketbook.  You never know when you are going to come across something you might like/love for your home!  Make sure you've got your measurements right and you'll be on the right track to a successful project.  Have a colorful day!  Nanette

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

My First Post

Hello out there in cyber space.  My blog is brand new and I have no idea what I'm doing technology-wise, but I am going to learn.  Technology makes me super nervous, so we will have to be patient and kind.  What I do know is that I am all about COLOR and have been ever since I was a very little kid and started playing with my older teenage cousin's makeup and eye shadow.  (I still love the makeup counter).  For the most part my blog will be about interior design and color advice, mixed with a bit of Nanette, and/or whatever else happens to be on my mind at any particular time.  Have a colorful day!  I guess this is my first post!  Nanette