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Visiting Open Houses

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

open house

Do you ever stop and visit a new construction Open House, just to see what it looks like inside? I love to tour new houses and look for different decorating ideas and inspiration. Last week I visited a couple homes in Sarasota, FL.:

Blue Wall

This room is pretty but there is one big color faux pas. Can you see what is not working in the room? I DO like the navy blue wall with the white molding. That is something that can be duplicated in your own home. Very nice!

I thought this was a clever idea to use when staging a closet:

staging

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You can really use your imagination using colorful bags with contrasting tissue paper to stage different areas in the home. (Although the shirts were distracting to me. What do you think?)

I did notice quite a few of the new construction homes are painted in a grayish beige, greige. This looks like Benjamin Moore Cedar Key.:

show house

Here it was painted in another home:

show house2

Which surprised me actually. I visualized Florida homes with all soft blue walls such as Ben Moore Quiet Moments 1563 or Sherwin Williams Sea Salt SW6204.

I am trying not to be too picky here, but I would not suggest using this color of window treatments in the room above with greige walls, (and ok- they are also too thin!).

I did like the wall art with the two sunbursts together:

starburst

At our hotel, I thought this artwork display was really great:

bottle art

Creative idea for a large wall!

bottle art2

I think it is fun visiting Open Houses to peek inside for decorating ideas! How about you?

 

 

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Secret to Online Accessory Shopping

Monday, January 5th, 2015

One of my favorite activities is going accessory shopping! I love the hunt of finding the perfect piece in shops, big stores, barn sales and auctions. Art and accessories are the personality of a room:

Kelly Bernier 5 14 vignette 7

Today, it is even easier to shop for special items online. If you have a tabletop or console you are looking to style, there are many online sites where ordering is quick and easy. A few of my favorites are Overstock, Pottery Barn, West Elm, Lamps Plus, Pier1, Ballard Design Joss & Main and Craig’s List.

If you are shopping online for accessories, the secret is to plan ahead what items you will need. Plan it out on paper or in your head what will go on this side of the table, what will be on the other side? Should I use a lamp or maybe two? What size is best to hang a picture or mirror behind? What material and size of bowl will look best?

Kelly Bernier 5 14 vignette 5

I recently helped a client shop online for her mantel. She wanted a whole new look. I first sent her ideas to shop(look) around her home to see what we could use. Then instead of her running all around picking up items, I made a plan on paper and then sent her ideas and photos online and product information. Look how nice it came out:

marsha

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marsha mantel

I am now working with someone helping find a centerpiece for his kitchen table:

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First thing I thought would look nice is a small tray in the center of the table holding a couple items:

tray

Another idea could be a few pretty glass pieces:

Kelly Bernier 5 14 detail 5

Also, planning what you actually can fit and use in the space is important in online shopping so you do not have the hassle of returns.

Hope this helps next time you are looking to dress up your tables!

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Beautiful Kitchen Transformation

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Happy New Year everyone! I wish you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2015!

I wanted to share with you an online kitchen redesign I have been working on. I have been working with Jeff for a few months. He sent me photos and asked for ideas to update and refresh his kitchen without taking out the existing oak cabinets.

Since his oak cabinets are so bossy, we had to address them first and find the right paint color. I gave Jeff a few wall color options that would work well and he decided on Benjamin Moore Agave AF-420. This paint color works beautifully with oak cabinets:

agave

Jeff’s Kitchen Before:

jeff before kitchen

After Painting:

jeff agave

jeff

I love how Agave looks with the white trim also:

agave

After we selected the paint color, I helped him choose his new countertops and backsplash:

jeff backsplasha

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I love the artwork he choose for the room and it gave us our beautiful green and blue color palette:

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I sent him ideas with photos and links to products I knew would work well. He would choose the items he liked best that fit his budget and style.

We picked out lighting, rugs and window treatments and other accessories. Here is the design board I put together for him:

Jeff's Design Board

Kitchen Before:

jeff kitchen before 2

After:

jeff after

Before:

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And After:

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Doesn’t it look great? (He is changing the rug to a larger size.)

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He loves it! I think it came out beautifully. So happy. We are still working on little details which I will share another day.

Happy New Year My Friends!

If you need help selecting paint colors for your home, contact me today.

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Sneak Peek Of Kitchen Redesign

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

Hi everyone! I love to look at before and after photos, don’t you? I was thrilled to receive these after photos from an online client I have been working with:

Before Kitchen:

jeff before kitchen

After Kitchen:

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Before:

jeff kitchen before 2

And After:

jeff after

Amazing transformation. He is so pleased with the results which makes me happy. I will share more before and after photos and details later this week. The magic of paint!

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