February, 2010

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Balance in the Bedroom

Friday, February 26th, 2010

What do these various styles of  bedrooms all have in common?

      House Beautiful

                                              Susan Ferrier

blue bedroom       Image Source

If you guessed symmetry, you are correct!  We know that the focal point of the bedroom is usually the bed.  I have found the most pleasing look for a bedroom design is having symmetry on both sides of the bed.  You do not necessarily need to have the exact same side tables, but they do need to be of the same height. ( If I am designing a bedroom for a client, I strongly suggest using the same tables.)  The lamps are what I believe is the significant accessory that will give you that balanced, cohesive look.

Look at the pictures of the guest room below.

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It looks symmetrical, but something is just not right.  So, lets try another lamp.       

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 This new lamp on the left has more height and width, more presence.  Also, the new lamp has a beige lampshade which coordinates with the beige in the comforter and with the pictures. (Another future post- coordinating white with white, cream/beige with cream/beige).

07-06-10_BalsamDrive004 Kelly Bernier Designs


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Magic of Paint

Friday, February 19th, 2010


   See how paint magically transforms a room?



Same room, same furniture, same artwork.


Interior Style ReDesign

The starting point for selecting colors was the gorgeous artwork the client owned.

before living room

after littlefield

Interior Style ReDesign

The paint color chosen for this living room is Benjamin Moore Montpelier AF-555.  The hallway is Ben Moore Honeymoon AF- 345.

This is just another example of why I shout out over & over -

Paint Offers the Best Choice for a Makeover that’s
High on Style and Low on Cost!

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Beautiful White Kitchens

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Isn’t this kitchen beautiful? 

                                 Maine Home & Design Magazine

I am always talking about bringing color into your homes and seem to neglect the color white.  I do not mention white as often because white  is a complicated color to work with because of the different tints you see in white such as orange, green, gray and yellow.  One of my absolute favorite whites, (and I know HGTV talks about it all the time, but it really is a perfect white),  is Ben Moore Cloud White OC-130 in a semigloss finish. I also have worked with BM Chantilly Lace OC-65, BM Mayonnaise OC-85, BM White Dove OC-17 and Acadia White OC-38.  All beautiful whites.

Over the years I have looked at thousands of kitchens in decorating magazines and websites.   The photo above is my very favorite kitchen.  It is the all white look I love. So clean and classy.  I think the white/cream cabinets are so fresh, beautiful and timeless.  They will never go out of style.  I promise myself I will one day have an all white kitchen!  The problem is- my husband.  Why do men get so uptight about painting over the cabinets?  I am not changing the wood honey, just the color.

Doesn’t this space look happy?

                                              Ruthie Sommers Design


                                                   Suzanne Kasler

Not only do I love this white kitchen above , I love the farmers table.  I left mine behind when I moved out of a condo not relizing how much I loved it.  I still miss it to this day.

                                             Steven Laurin

Whether you’re looking to remodel and create an all-white kitchen or just want to make a few small adjustments, these designer kitchens are sure to provide you with the inspiration you need.  I am sending this to my husband first to show him just how beautiful our kitchen can be.  Comments?

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