Posts Tagged ‘dining room’

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I just love the new article that Benjamin Moore posted on the “Color Chats” page about grey paint!  “Fifty Shades of Gray” by Michelle Zakko shows ONLY a select 50 examples of their 232 shades of grey paint colors.  I love the photos and the refrences are a helpful tool for visualizing color options.

dior gray 2133-40

Amherst Gray HC-167

edgecomb gray

Read the article here and see all the 50 pictures here: http://www.colorchats.com/2012/06/fifty-shades-of-gray-paint/

rockport gray HC-105

What is your favorite shade of grey?

Gray Owl 2137-60

If you need help selecting the perfect shade of grey (or any other color) for your own project, feel free to contact me!


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One of the pieces to the room puzzle that usually gets very little attention is the ceiling!  Okay, so we are very particular about the type of lighting that goes up there, but what about the actual finish, treatment, or texture of it?  Having a color or pattern on the ceiling can also give the illusion of elongating the walls and making the room feel larger by drawing the eye upwards. There are so many unexpected ways to treat your ceiling so it isn’t just boring white.


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Source: vogue.com, Kelly Wearstler

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 Paints and Lacquers:

Source: Designer Steven Gambrel

Source: Benjamin Moore, province blue 2135-40

Source: Benjamin Moore, golden honey 297

Source: Benjamin Moore, branchport brown HC-72

Wooden textures and patterns:

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Source: Designer David Netto

Source: Designer Bunny Williams

Source: Designer Pedra Liquida. Casa do Conto, Spain

Source: Designer Pedra Liquida. Casa do Conto, Spain

If you need help creating this look or with any other design challenge, feel free to contact me!

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Brilliant colors like Ruby, Amethyst, Citrine, and Sapphire to make your room sparkle, how could you not fall in love?  Jewel tones are one of my favorite color palettes to work, they are so rich and inviting, and maybe even a little risky.

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Below is the fabolous chandelier for the dining room above.

Source: Horchow- Retro Glamour Chandelier

Not ready to commit to Emerald Green walls just yet?  Using these colors in accents is definitely a way to add a punch to any room…

Sources: rug-Heal’s, table- CB2, pillow- Home Goods, Pendant-Ylighting, Coverlettes- Horchow

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Check out the fabric on the chair, so subtle but so colorful!

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I love this peacock painting I found at Home Goods, I wish it would look good in my home.

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Source: Hebi Arts

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So how would you use jewel tones in your home?

DC Sunset

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Many of my clients love the look of hanging artwork in a gallery style but find it a daunting task to organize.  Here are a few simple tips that need to be followed if you want to create a cohesive gallery of artwork in your home.

Source: Elle Decor

First pull together all the pieces that you want in the gallery, and they definitely do not all have to be photographs.  You can include mirrors, mementos, pressed flowers, children’s artwork, paintings, sculptures, clothing, etc.

Source: Pottery Barn

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It is easy to get carried away with tons of your favorite pictures and end up with a wall full of clutter.  There must be one commonality amongst every piece of art whether it is the color of the photo, color of the frame, color of the mat, or size.  For example, if the frames are all different shapes, sizes, and colors, the photos should all be black and white.

Source: Pottery Barn

Now, there are two ways to display the art: in a random pattern or an organized manner.  I find that when all of the pieces are the same size (maybe from the same series) and are hung in a grid, the effect can be very dramatic.  A more random pattern can have a more personal and casual feel.  The trick to laying out an asymmetrical arrangement is to have a common axis which the pieces are lined up on, this give a feeling of order to the chaos.

Source: Apartment Therapy

Source: Traditional Home

Source: Ethan Allen

Regardless if the gallery is randomly arranged or not, the pieces should all be the same distance apart from the next, I usually like between 2 ½ inches to 5 inches all around, give or take depending on how large the wall and the art is.

Design by Lauren Racowsky

Above is a gallery I designed for one of my clients in MD.

Follow these easy tips and you are on the way to creating a successful gallery in your own home!

If you need help achieving this look or tackling any other design challenge, feel free to contact me!

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The Chevron is a very bold pattern that can make a really strong impact on a room.  A Chevron (also spelt Cheveron) is an inverted “V” shaped pattern typically seen in repetition.

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This pattern can sometimes be difficult to work with and isn’t for everyone, but it’s certainly one to try to play around with!

Source: West Elm Bedding

If you don’t want to commit to incorporating it into your design completely, you can always bring the pattern in by using accents like pillows, blankets, rugs, and other smaller pieces that are easy to change out.

Source: Etsy

Source: Etsy

Source: chair-Z Gallerie, pillows-Clayton Gray Home, lamp-Jill Rosenwald, room-Houzz.com, pottery-Jill Rosenwald

One of my favorite (and most subtle) ways  to use the Chevron is in a tile backsplash or a wood flooring.  Remember that the lighter the pattern, the less intense it will be as well.

Source: Southern Accents

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Source: Hernderson Wood Floors

Okay, Okay, just a few more that I love…

Source: Shades of Light

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Source: West Elm

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So I have a complete obsession with Ikat (it’s really pronounced Ecot!).  The print is so bold and looks amazing in any color way, its also so easy to mix with other bold prints so don’t be afraid!  It makes me feel like summer is just around the corner, everywhere I go I see it!  I have also learned that its one of those things that people either love or hate though… I LOVE it!

Source: Madeline Weinrib

I just love these bright colors with the black contrast, so yummy.

Source: HGTV Dream Home 2012

The blue and silver Ikat on these dining chairs bring up the formality of this very casual country Dining Room.

Source: HGTV Dream Home 2012

Even in fashion!  I want one…

Source: J.Crew

I recently designed these two custom kidney pillows in a bright Ikat to sit on these custom chairs in a wine color crocodile embossed leather for a client of mine, turned out gorgeous.

Cook project, Design byLauren Racowsky

Cook project, Design by Lauren Racowsky

I love how the Ikat pillows on the chairs tie in the oranges, purples, and creams of the custom pillows we did on her sofa.

So whats your take?  Do you love or leave it?

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