Better Homes & Gardens Christmas Ideas Magazine

  

Hello friends!  Some of you may remember last year when I was frantically trying to decorate my home for Christmas and it was still October!!  Better Homes & Gardens came to shoot my home for the holidays and the long awaited magazine in finally out!  And although it is not even Halloween , I still wanted to share a few sneak peeks of the magazine with you.

For the rest of the story and for more holiday ideas, get  your Christmas Ideas magazine, on sale through 12/08/14 wherever magazines are sold or for a digital copy online at Zinio.com

 

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Fabulous Fall Finds | Home Decor

  

While it still may be in the 90′s in my neck of the woods, but Fall is here.  And with it comes the urge to warm up your space.  I’ve curated some of my favorites that are sure to make your home feel a little more cozy.

 

Cozy up for Fall

Pillow | Tigers Eye Box | Dried Hydrangea Wreath | Gold Napkin Rings

Gold Leopard Plates | Block Print Napkins | Mohair Throw 

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Coffee With … Julie Couch

  

Coffee With Julie Couch

 

Hello friends! Today’s Coffee With is with the gorgeous Julie from Julie Couch Interiors. I first came across Julie’s work on Instagram and was smitten, along with her gorgeous red hair! (I am slightly jealous of true red-heads).  Julie and her team create beautiful, livable spaces with a sophisticated edge.

 

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ACI:  When did you know that Interior Design was your passion?

JC:  IN 11TH GRADE WE WERE ASKED TO WRITE A SHORT ESSAY ON OUR FUTURE CAREER.  I DIDN’T EVEN HAVE TO THINK! AND IT TOOK ME NO TIME TO COMPOSE A PAPER ABOUT BECOMING AN INTERIOR DESIGNER.  I CAN’T REMEMBER EVER WANTING TO DO ANYTHING ELSE.

 

ACI:  Where do you find your inspiration?

JC:  I LOVE GOING FOR LONG WALKS WITH MY LITTLE BOY, GUS, AND TAKING CUES FROM THE ARCHITECTURE THAT SURROUNDS US. ALSO, I NEVER TIRE OF VISITING ART GALLERIES.  SEEING OTHER ARTISTS’ CREATIONS CONTINUALLY KEEPS ME INSPIRED.

 

ACI:  What is your favorite book/magazine on design?

JC:  I HAVE A SHELTER MAGAZINE ADDICTION, SO I CAN’T NAME JUST ONE.  I HAVE A HARD TIME EVEN THROWING A SINGLE ISSUE AWAY!

 

ACI:  How about your favorite site?

JC:  STYLEBLUEPRINT.COM

 

ACI:  What is the most frustrating aspect of your job as a designer?

JC:  LEAD TIMES AND DAMAGES!

 

ACI:   And the most rewarding one?

JC:  WHEN A CLIENT CALLS OR TEXTS AFTER INSTALL DAY AND TELLS ME HOW MUCH THEY LOVE THEIR HOME.  SOMETIMES THEY EVEN TELL ME THEY WERE SO HAPPY THEY CRIED WHEN THEY WALKED IN.  THOSE DAYS ARE THE BEST. IT ABSOLUTELY NEVER GETS OLD.

 

ACI:  What decorating techniques/ideas/projects would you recommend to a homeowner who wants a quick update to their space?

 JC:  SWITCH TO SIMPLE WHITE BEDDING, GRAB A PAINT BRUSH AND GIVE WALLS A COUPLE COATS OF A VERY LIGHT OR WHITE PAINT, BANISH ANY FAKE FLOWER OR TREE, AND REMOVE (OR AT LEAST CORRAL) THE CLUTTER!

 

ACI:  What’s something you should never skimp on when decorating your home?

 JC:  LIGHTING! IT’S THE JEWELRY IN EACH ROOM, AND SINCE IT’S NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO DAMAGE, IT WILL LAST FOR YEARS.

 

ACI:  What’s your favorite color combination lately?

JC:  BLACK AND WHITE

 

ACI:  What is your most cherished possession?

JC:  MY DAUGHTER, GEORGIA’S, HAND AND FOOTPRINTS FROM THE DAY SHE WAS BORN.

 

ACI:  What would your dream project be?

JC:  A BOUTIQUE HOTEL…ON A BEACH…WITH FULL CREATIVE CONTROL…AND A VERY KIND CLIENT!

To see more of Julie’s work visit her website and make sure you are following her on Instagram to see sneak peeks of her current projects!  Or if you are local in the Nashville area you can visit her showroom at 12 south neighborhood at 1205 Linden Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee 37212.

 

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Coffee With … Kriste Michelini

  

 

Coffee With Kriste Michelini

 

Today I am excited to share Coffee With Kriste Michelini.  Kriste was just recently named one of 2014′s top ten “New Trads” by Traditional Home!   You can bet you will be seeing more of her work in the glossy magazines!  Kriste’s designs are traditional and sophisticated with a modern edge.

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I am sure you have seen this photo all over Pinterest, it was from the 2012 Marin Decorators Showcase House.

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ACI:  When did you know that Interior Design was your passion?

KM: I have always known that I loved houses when I was a young girl. My parents would buy a house, fix it, decorate it and then we would move to the next one. They loved it. I think it definitely had an influence on me. When I started remodeling my own homes it was at that point that I thought to myself that I should really pursue this as a career. It is all consuming and I love the process even though it can be quite stressful.

 

ACI: Where do you find your inspiration?

KM:  I really find inspiration every day. It can be in my own backyard, a color combination that I see in an outfit, gardening and of course when I travel.

 

ACI: What is your favorite book/magazine on design? How about your favorite site?

KM:  Some of my favorites books are David Hicks, Slim Aarons, Peter Beard, Vicente Wolfe, and Marlene Birger. Magazines would be Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Veranda, C Magazine and Domino. I enjoy online magazines such as Rue, Lonny and Matchbook. In terms of blogs I love Remodelista. It aligns with my aesthetic and it is well curated.

 

ACI:  What is the most frustrating aspect of your job as a designer? And the most rewarding one?

KM:  Because of HGTV, there is a misconception with consumers on how fast a room can be built and put together. It takes a village to build a room and typically 4-6 months once the design is approved because of the lead times. I think our clients are often surprised by this information.

I love installation days, they are like Christmas morning to us. There is nothing better than when our clients walk into their completed rooms and watching their reaction. It is very emotional. We treasure these days because they are so rewarding. It is seeing the design come to fruition and then our client is ready to create memories in these rooms.

 

ACI:  What decorating techniques/ideas/projects would you recommend to a homeowner who wants a quick update to their space?

KM:  I would definitely say painting a space can have the biggest impact. Make sure the space plan of the room has the best furniture layout so the room functions effortlessly. Updating lighting. Lighting is the jewelry of a room and it can make a huge impact. Lastly invest in great art. It can elevate a room from ordinary to extraordinary.
ACI:  What’s something you should never skimp on when decorating your home?

KM:  Invest in hard finishes. What I mean by that is invest in quality hardwood floors, cabinetry, hardware, molding, tile, countertops, doors and windows. You need to get the shell of your house correct and cleaned up and then it makes the decorative phase that much easier to execute when you have architectural integrity to your home.

 

ACI:  What’s your favorite color combination lately?

KM:  I would say grey with purple or grey with citron. We have recently completed two living rooms, one in each of those color combinations and they were sophisticated, fresh and modern.

 

ACI:  What is your most cherished possession?

KM:  My family, of course.

 

ACI:  What would your dream project be?

KM:  I would love to design a hotel/spa. I think that would be great fun.

 

Thank you Kriste for joining us today, and I could not agree more that installation days feel like Christmas!  Best part of the job!

Make sure you keep up to date on Kriste and all her projects, you can follow her on Facebook , Instagram or her blog .

Have a great weekend everyone!!

 

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Design Inspiration | Animal Print & Yellow

  

Yellow Animal Print

 

 

Today’s Design Inspiration is all about animal print paired with yellow.  Animal print, whether it be leopard, ocelot, zebra, or cheetah it all reads as a neutral in a space.  Animal print pairs well with vibrant colors like emerald green , cobalt blue, red, fuchsia or in this case yellow.

 

I love this dining space with these cheetah print chairs and mustard yellow drapery from designer Melissa Miles Rufty.

 

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These  leopard print chairs flank a  gorgeous chest, and the bright yellow mirror pops against the chocolate lacquered walls.

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 Design is always in the details and this yellow piping around these ocelot pillows is a perfect example.

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 There is a right and wrong way to incorporate animal print into your home decor, a little goes a long way.  You definitely want to stay away from turning your room into a safari.  In this space designed by Sally Wheat a leopard pillow adds just the right touch to the yellow sofa.

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Sally Wheat

 

I love wearing any type of animal print as well.  Again, a little goes a long way.  And hello I need these leopard pants STAT!  This is a perfect look for Fall.

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Or how about a little leopard cardigan paired with a bright yellow skirt?

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Or if wearing it feels a little too “wild” for you, how about lounging in this amazing wingback wearing a silky yellow dress?

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So how about you? Would you or do you wear a little animal print?  How do you feel about having it in your home?

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Coffee With…. Dana Wolter

  

 

 

Coffee With Dana Wolter

Hello friends!  We are so excited to get back to our “Coffee With” series.  I have some amazing  interior designers lined up for you this Fall and can not wait for you to meet them!  We our kicking off our series with the very dear, sweet, and crazy talented designer- Dana Wolter.  If you are not familiar with Dana- just you wait- you will be hearing and seeing more of her and her work as she was just named by Traditional Home, as a New Trad up and coming designer for 2014!  I had the pleasure of meeting Dana last year at the Design Blogger Conference, and her Alabama charm had me hooked!  If you live in Alabama you can catch Dana on the local stations NBC 13 Daytime Alabama and ABC33/40 Talk of Alabama.

 

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And here is a little sneak peek at of a current project Dana is working on- such amazing details!!

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ACI: When did you know that Interior Design was your passion?

DW: I have always had a calm feeling come over me anytime I was creating. Even as a child, I can remember this feeling when decorating or moving things around in my own room.  It wasn’t until I found myself making large notebooks of torn out magazine features from years back that it occurred to me that I really loved design. I would study them so much that I could visualize a certain picture when faced with a similar situation.

 

ACI:  Where do you find your inspiration?

DW:  I find inspiration in everyday living. I find it in nature, in fashion, in books, in color combinations…

 

ACI:What is your favorite book/magazine on design? How about your favorite site?

DW:  I am a huge Pinterest fan as it is a great way to collect and organize ideas. It’s taken the place of my old binders filled with ideas. I have also started using it as a tool with clients to swap ideas back and forth.

 

ACI: What is the most frustrating aspect of your job as a designer? And the most rewarding one?

DW:  The most frustrating aspect is when a client won’t take a risk. At some point you have to trust your architect and/or designer, especially if you cannot visualize something on your own.  The most rewarding one is when a client takes a leap of faith to step out of their comfort zone. These always turn out to be the best projects, because, after all, if you cannot trust your designer, you shouldn’t have hired them in the first place.

 

ACI:  What decorating techniques/ideas/projects would you recommend to a homeowner who wants a quick update to their space?

DW:  Begin with a plan. Assess the space with a fresh set of eyes.   What bothers you about the space?   What do you love about it? What is the focal point in the room? Do you like it? If not, how can you make it better?

 

ACI:  What’s something you should never skimp on when decorating your home?

DW:  Quality upholstery- buy the best your budget allows.

 

ACI:  What’s your favorite color combination lately?

DW:  Lavender, bone, and slate gray

 

ACI: What is your most cherished possession?

DW:  I don’t really have one as I am not terribly attached to “stuff,” but if my house burned down, I would grab the built-in drawers in my foyer filled with family photos.

 

ACI:  What would your dream project be?

DW:  A beach-front home in Malibu. My clients would have great taste and would appreciate the fine things in life in a refined, subtle way.

 

Thank you so much Dana for joining us today for “Coffee With”!  If you would like to keep up with Dana and all her fabulous work you can follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

 

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It’s All In The Details: Window Treatments

  

Today we are focusing on window treatment details. Its taking the ordinary to extra-ordinary.

Its All in the Details

* Detail: Treatment of or attention to items or particulars.  Not allowing anything to slip by unnoticed,the minutest detail is given full attention.

 *excerpt from Ask.com & Websters Dictionary

Details … I love them!  You’ve probably heard the saying before “design is in the details,” well I firmly believe that to hold true.  When designing a client’s space I pay special attention to the details.  One example could be a simple square decorative tray echoing the square brass drawer pulls on a cabinet.  You eye may also stop on the intricate wood inlay pattern on a table or the decorative handblown glass finial of a lamp.  Details are the things that tend to escape a quick glance but the longer you are in a room the more it rewards you for lingering.

Designers Nancy Evars & Dimitra Anderson of EvarsAnderson added beaded trim to these drapery panels, but what took them over the top was lining the panels with this vibrant tangerine fabric.

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I love the single-step extension to the bottom of these roman shades by designer Laura Tutun.

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A bold stripe down the center of this shade works in concert with bed pillows and artfully placed accessories.  Design by SB Long Interiors.

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SB Long Interiors

Another great example of adding contrasting bands of color to create visual impact. Design by Muse Interiors.

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Beautiful gray blue ruffled trim.

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This entire space makes me giddy!  But the key fret on the cornice board (or “pelmet” as we designers like to say)  is what makes this space.

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The nailhead trim and step-straight edge of this pelmet is a show stopper!

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How about the fabulous scalloped edge of a panel from Ivanka Trump’s apartment with the contrasting fabric and trim.

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Usually you see a contrasting trim or banded trim along the leading edge of the panel, this one has it at the top.

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Image via: Draperies By Walter 

I absolutely love the dressmaker details of this panel with the covered buttons.

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How about you, what details would you love to see in the window treatments in your home?

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Parisian Glamour

  

What’s not to love about Parisian interiors?  The luxurious flats and penthouses with views of the Eiffel Tower.  The history of old buildings and detailed architecture.  And I absolutely love the juxtaposition of modern design while preserving the historic attributes of these spaces.

Such as this fabulous space designed by Kelli Wilde and Laurent Champeau.  The detailed millwork and expansive ceilings create the perfect backdrop for the glamorous furnishings.

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Champeau & Wilde via Elle Decor

This space by London designer Jessica Vedel is more subtle with its furnishings.  And that herringbone wood floor just makes my heart go pitter-patter.

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Jessica Vedel

THIS space deserves its own post (more to come).  The Parisian apartment of fashion designer Elie Saab, designed by architect Chakib Richani.  The perfect melding of modern glamour & Parisian history.

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Chakib Richani

Understated glamour by Joseph Dirand.  The furnishings and its surroundings seem to become one in this space.

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Joseph Dirand

So now that you are inspired, I have curated some pieces that I feel would reflect Parisian Glamour.  All you need to add is some fabulous historical architecture and voila!

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A: Walker Zanger wood-look tile//B:Currey & Co chandelier//C: Aerin Lauder floor lamp

D: Gilt Mirror-1st Dibs//E: Emporium Home Stool//F: Velvet sofa//G: Jonathan Adler Tables

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Weekend Words of Wisdom

  

 

I love this quote by Mark Twain - “The secret to success is getting started.”  There are many days I need to remind myself to just get moving.   Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

 

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Designer Insights

  

 

Hi friends!

Today I am over in the UK (ok maybe not physically there) sharing some Designer Insights. You can read the full article here.

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While I’m not actually visiting the UK, I am however, taking a little break with my family.  I plan to “unplug” as much as possible this week.  I may pop in on Instagram from time to time,  you know to show pictures of my sandy toes or something like that.

Chat soon!

Cheers!

 

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