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Monday
Apr012013

A new twist on a classic: Brunschwig & Fils

Photo from Le Jardin Chinois Collection from Brunschwig & Fils

Whenever Michelle Snyder from Kravet pops into the Estero showroom at Miromar Design Center, I know she will have something new that I will want to share with my southwest Florida clients.

And on this visit she delivered again.

This time it was the Le Jardin Chinois Collection from Brunschwig & Fils. Some of the older designs were included and many have been refreshed to reflect a newer version. The enduring style of this collection reflects the inspiration and historical references for many of the patterns that bring life to this new collection.

The result: beautiful.

From grand rooms in the White House and the Palace of Versailles to romantic country retreats in cottages and seaside homes, Brunschwig & Fils fabrics, wall coverings and furnishings have appeared for more than a century in the world’s most beautiful and iconic interiors.

Photo from Le Jardin Chinois Collection from Brunschwig & Fils

And the tradition continues with bamboo trelis patterns, fresh colors and a new twist on old classics.

Photo from Le Jardin Chinois Collection from Brunschwig & Fils

Photos courtesy of Brunschwig & Fils.

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Monday
Apr012013

Selecting the right white

It seems simple enough. Selecting a beautiful white for a kitchen or bathroom. Until you are standing in front of a zillion white swatches in the paint store.

Believe it or not, white can be the most difficult color to select. As a Fort Myers interior decorator, I promise that if you are not careful you will end up with pink, blue or yellow undertones. Not a pretty look if you are hoping for a true white. Or if you are looking for soft and creamy. Or crisp and sharp. Or cool white. Or soft white. Oh, my!

Photo of white living room

                                                            Pottery Barn

White is one of the most essential paint colors in any decorator’s palette of go-to colors. And while white can be incorrectly considered boring or plain, this color is anything but with its vast nuances and subtle tints. Done correctly, white gives a look that is soothing, sophisticated, and classic.

Photo: Benjamin Moore.Favorite Benjamin Moore whites:
• True white: Decorator’s White, Super White, Snow White
• Ivory white: Atrium White, Navajo White
• Grey white: Dune White
• Grey-Green: White Wisp

Follow these tips to make sure you select the right white for the room:
• When you are selecting swatches, hold them against a sheet of white printer paper to help see undertones.
• Before painting: test on a board.
• Move the board around the room at different times of day to see how it changes in the light.
• Live with the color for a few days before making a final decision.

 

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Sunday
Mar032013

These houses are for the birds!

Photo of artist's creative birdhouseLong before I was an interior decorator I loved houses.
 
It was always so interesting to me to see how they were decorated, how the furniture was arranged and how the owner lived. I have collected small houses for years and have them displayed on a antique post office where I can study them with all of their little details.
 
And I have been collecting birdhouses for the past few years.  I find them to be very sweet and the perfect accessory for almost any style home or outdoor space. I find them at flea markets and I even journeyed to North Carolina where I found a birdhouse builder with acres and acres of these miniature homes.  I returned home with a car full.
 
But as a believer in using what you have whenever possible, and in repurposing when it makes sense, I especially love birdhouses that use local materials that mean something. And as a southwest Florida interior decorator, I am surrounded by beautiful driftwood, shells, treasures that wash up on the beaches and  more.

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Saturday
Mar022013

Downsize and live well with less

If you are thinking about downsizing or just want to live a simplier life, check out these tips in today's Home Inspirations column.

Wrenda Goodwyn • Home Inspirations Fort Myers News-Press • March 2, 2013

Downsizing.

Whether it is to your dream vacation home, a condo, an apartment or maybe staying in your current home but living with less, many homeowners are freeing themselves of huge homes and possessions to live a life with less. Many find it liberating. Goodbye McMansions. There will be time to travel. Relax and not have to think about maintenance issues. Less for some, means more. But it can be overwhelming and emotional.

Unless you plan ahead.

Photo of seagrass sofa from Pottery BarnSeagrass five-piece sectional is from Pottery Barn's small spaces line.

Transform smaller spaces with a thoughtful plan

So you have decided to sell your home and have found a smaller space and want to turn it into a jewel box with everything you have always desired but could not afford in a large home.

Don't show up at your new and smaller home with all of your furniture and other possessions from your large home assuming that you can squeeze them into the smaller space. It will not work and you will be very unhappy!

It takes a lot of thoughtful consideration way before moving day.

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