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Kitchen Window Ideas & Inspiration

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Moving on with our kitchen redesign, it was time to talk windows. As you can see in our kitchen nook:

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It is in need of some fabric love. But of course, things are not always easy. My husband does not want to cover any of the window molding and we do not want to cover up the view:

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Tall window panels will not work here because it is too small of an area. Plus all of the molding would be covered up. So my next thought was maybe interior roman shades:

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I was pretty excited about the roman shades until my appointment with my window expert. He explained using roman shades would bring fabric to the room but when folded up all the way open, the stack would hang so low (because of the thickness of material), it would cover a lot of the window:

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Our only option for now is to hang cellular shades like we did in the living room:

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Their purpose is keeping out the sun which it does very well, without the loss of view.

As I am working through my own window challenge, here are some beautiful kitchen window treatments for inspiration and ideas:

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All so pretty! I saw a couple ideas I might be able to try on my kitchen windows. Which are your favorites?

If you need help decorating your home, contact me today.

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Project Updates

Monday, August 11th, 2014

I have been extremely busy with online design plans the last couple of months.  One project I first shared with you here, is moving along very well. I am working with a gentleman wanting to update his kitchen:

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When I work with clients online, I give them several choices for each decorating decision so they are also part of the process. For instance, the first item on the kitchen agenda was selecting a paint color. I gave Jeff a few choices that would all work well and he chose Ben Moore Agave AF-420:

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We decided on a green and blue color scheme here. Next, I offered a couple different selections of rugs for him to choose from to bring color in the room:

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We are now looking at art to fill the back wall. Here was one suggestion I gave him I thought would work well in both color and size for the room:

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We are still looking for lighting, table and chairs and window treatments. It is a step by step process allowing you to pick a favorite from all of the perfect options I present you with. That is how we work together! I do not put a design plan together for you and hand it over to you. My skills combined with your personality = A Beautiful Room.

Another project I am working on is my kitchen redesign. Remember my stressing about changing my kitchen paint color here?

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Well here is a peek of the new color:

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We are so happy with the color! I do have to credit my husband who choose Chelsea Gray for the walls.

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So excited! I will absolutely post photos after we are finished painting. Hurray! Do you like the new color better? It just looks fresher to me. Are you working on any interesting projects?

If you need help decorating your home, contact me today.

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Quick Crown Molding Paint Question

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

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I recently received a letter from a reader questioning if she should paint her crown molding the same color as the ceiling paint color, the trim color or the wall color to make the ceiling look taller and NOT look lower.

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I did not have a picture of her room to base my advice on but gave her an answer that is the general rule for most circumstances:

A crown molding that is painted a different color than the walls may make the ceiling seem even lower because the highlighted molding draws the eyes to it. Also, if the molding is painted a different color than the walls, especially if the molding is painted the same as the ceiling color, it will make the ceiling look lower.

My advice to her was in this case, you might want to paint the crown molding and walls to match so the molding will be a continuation of the wall and the ceilings will not look shorter.

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See how the room looks taller in the above photo with the crown molding painted the same color as the wall?

I hope this helps. I love crown molding and believe the extra detail in a room looks stunning!

If you need help decorating your home, contact me today.

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Guest Bedroom Update

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

I recently finished an online design plan for a family guest bedroom:

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Mary Ellen wanted a new and fresh guest room for her parents who stays with her a few months out of the year. And she specified that she wanted the room to look pretty! Everything in the room was going except for the carpet and ceiling fan. It is hard to see in the photos, but the carpet has a yellow undertone.

I had suggested twin beds, which I think is a great option for guest rooms. She decided to go with a queen size bed. Here is her final headboard selection:

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I wanted to brighten the room as much as possible, so I suggested white bedding:

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With a beautiful, colorful duvet folded at the bottom of the bed:

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I also suggested placing the headboard centered against the window to balance out the room:

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She is going to look for a small dresser for the wall on the right above. One trick I use to save space in bedrooms, is to hang the tv up on a wall bracket and out of the way:

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There were several different ways we could have gone to select a paint color using the duvet cover:

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She decided she loved Benjamin Moore Lavender Wash CSP-515:

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Especially with the window treatments she chose:

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I wish I could fast forward and show you the after pictures! Mary Beth said she would share photos after she finished the room.

I think it looks marvelous! And so does Mary Beth which is what really matters. What do you think of the plan put together for the guest bedroom?

If you need help planning your room redesign, contact me today.

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