What Friends Say: Very warm and inviting. Open and airy with cheery colors that make you feel welcome. Biggest Embarrassment: A plaid family room sofa. This piece fit, but is a little country looking. I've tried to make it work with pillows and accessories. Proudest DIY: Living room and family room drapes. I used two complimentary fabrics in the living room to creat interest and in the family room I used a fabric that is neutral to the walls and carpet that would still frame the windows. Biggest Indulgence: Mini remodel of the kitchen by replacing the formica island counter with granite and adding a new stainless steel sink and faucet. We also put corbels under the breakfast bar area for some additional architectural interest and character. Best advice: Keeping all furniture pieces as neutral as possible to give the illusion of space and then accessorizing with pops of color. Dream source: I browse decorating magazines for ideas and then take those ideas and try to apply them to my own style.
Resources: Furniture: Thomasville and Ethan Allen are where most of the pieces came from. Other pieces are found at auction, thrift stores and consignment shops. Accessories: All of my accessories have been collected over time. They came from a variety of sources including major dept. stores, thrift stores and goodwill. When I find something that I love then I find a home for it. It's also fun to repurpose items. Lighting: Most of the lamps in my home came from Lamps Plus. Window Treatments: The home came with 2 inch wood blinds that I have kept to control light and privacy. I made all of the window treatments from fabrics that I purchased from a discount designer fabric store called Home Fabrics. Artwork: Collected over time from mainly local artists or auctions. Paint: This is a soft cocoa beige that is a tone of the carpet and tile to help create a cohesive neutral background. Flooring: Carpet is builder grade. Rugs and carpets:I am using two area rugs that I have had for years. One came from World of Rugs, the second came from a discount fabric and carpet house. Tiles and Stone:The builder had installed a creamy marble in the kitchen, breakfast area, baths and hallways. Other: Large mirror in Living room came from a designers showcase clearance sale. (Thanks, Marty!)
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