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I am Nancy Wildermuth, Owner and Founder of Intentional Designs, Inc. Whatever your requirements are, Intentional Designs remains committed to exceeding your design vision with professional and courteous care. Located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, I have over a decade of experience, offering Innovative Interior Design/Decoration coupled with full product lines for every space and point of view. Intentional Designs may be new to you; however, have confidence that ID carefully designs each project based upon individual needs, selecting vendors with the highest degree of integrity, quality, style and reputation. ID offers Interior Design Services and products for Residential use. As an Allied ASID Member or the Philadelphia East Chapter, I am currently the Chairperson for the Interior Design Awards, to be held in May 2013. Prior to that I volunteered with the IDA 2011 committee.

Dog Friendly Decorating Ideas

Dog Friendly Decorating Ideas
My Niece’s puppy Hurley … just chillin on a Friday.
Hi everyone it’s Friday, you’ve made it!! Hope you had a good week.

Do you have a favorite 4 legged friend living with you?? Even if you don’t check out these dog friendly decorating ideas guaranteed to bring you a smile just in time to kick off your holiday weekend!

Dog Friendly Decorating Photo's
Dog Friendly Decorating Photo’s

    We used to have a Golden retriever she was the perfect dog for us, happy-go-lucky, funny, brave, friendly, full of personality and curiosity about the outside world. Our home was decorated in as I called it Golden Retriever beige anything to help hide the constant hair. When she wasn’t outside which was most of the time she loved to lay against the walls to keep cool, she was on constant lookout from select windows and would sleep on the stair landing to keep watch at night. She wasn’t a dog bed type of dog or fussy by any means so my decorating revolved around keeping her hair to a minimum.

That’s me + Ruby, she is such a great dog!

Dog Friendly Decorating Ideas
Me + Ruby

Decorating with a pet as part of your family takes a little adjusting and thought …
My top 2 considerations …
pet friendly fabrics such as microfiber for upholstered pieces + versatile flooring such as Carpet tiles.

Carpet Tiles from provides a pet friendly alternative to area rugs.
There are many great things about carpet tiles from; style, colors, ease of installation but the best for me is the ability to get the size you need for your space and if a tile needs to be replaced you can do that without investing in an entirely new area rug.

Pet Friendly Decorating Photo's
From and
From and

Thanks for sharing your week with me!
And as always have a wonderful weekend ~ nancy
be happy + be comfortable in your home

Your guide to choosing paint colors …

Choosing paint colors is a daunting task for most and as a designer, believe me it still is a daunting task. One gallon of paint contains the ability to awaken your senses by triggering and evoking emotions determining the overall vibe of your space … no pressure there!

For me choosing a paint color is very complex, it’s personal … like opening that new box of crayons; having a world of color in your hands, where do you start and what a responsibility it is!

Choosing Paint Colors
From the website

Guide for Choosing Paint Colors:

No. 1
Keep stress level down you’ll find the right color. Keep this in you back pocket ~ If the color is not what you envisioned a little primer and you can start over.

    I once painted my kitchen a bright in my opinion horrible blue then repainted as soon as I was able with a primer.
    I learned that day about the wonders of a good primer.

No. 2
Think of the overall vibe of your space.
Each space connects to the next creating a flow in most “public” spaces of homes, the result is that one decision affects the next. Bedrooms can get a pass especially if you have children because these private spaces are separate from your “public” spaces.

    Paint colors are connected to the light in your space, fabric choices for furniture, windows and pillows and also to accessories such as area rugs and artwork.
    So here is where “just” choosing a paint color becomes even more complex and thoughtful.

No. 3
Find your inspiration.

Inspirations can come from anywhere; a painting, a favorite vacation spot, colors from nature or your favorite artist.

No. 4
Keep an open mind with all your options on the table until final decisions are made and above all don’t rush it, no good decision happens when it’s rushed.

No. 5
Know what you like and know that it’s ok that your friend doesn’t like it.

    I have been on consultations where my client has her friend over to help her choose paint colors and with all good intentions of both people the choice becomes even more difficult.
    All of us have an idea of what we like but it’s how to translate it through design that is the challenge especially with limited time.

The process

Choosing a foyer paint color this past month, my husband and I both like gray so I was on the hunt for the perfect gray for our foyer.


    But what shade of gray, deep charcoal or light and chalky? Should it skew to brown, purple or blue? What paint finish works for the space matte, flat semi-gloss? Warm or cool tone? What shade/hue??

To help answer these questions here are a few of my tips~

No. 1
Head out to the paint store …
Choose a few colors you gravitate towards at the paint store bring the color strips home look at them in your space.

No. 2
Examine the Color Strip

    The color strip will tell you all the subtle nuances.
    In the gray paint example above I had narrowed it down to two paint colors. By examining the color strip of one I could easily see that one paint color skewed towards brown. However, the other color was not part of a color strip so I looked up the information on line and was able to determine that the other was a pure pale gray.

Sherwin-Williams Agreeable Gray SW 7029, Gray paint colors
Sherwin-Williams Agreeable Gray SW 7029

No. 3
Sample the paint on your wall …

    Once you’ve narrowed down your color choices buy samples and try them on the wall in the space where you will be painting. My recommendation is 2 coats in several locations next to each other to see how the light and what you have in your home works with the colors.

No. 4
Final decision time … buy a quart.

    So now I’m down to 2 choices and I’m at a stalemate.
    Because paint samples are generally available only in a satin finish it’s time to spend the extra money to buy a quart of the exact finish and paint type you will be using to see the true color. Use a roller and paint a good size section of each color. Wait till they dry, look at them the next day with a fresh eye and live with them for a bit.

Have you made your final decision???

Before and After Buffet/Server

If you’re looking for inspirations, check out this amazing before and after buffet/server inspired by a piece from Home Goods.

Home Goods is a favorite store of mine to browse through its that thrill of the hunt feeling. Everyone seems to be eagerly wandering through the store searching for that hidden treasure.

A very talented friend of mine and her husband recently had us over for dinner in their newly designed home; which they did themselves! On the deck stood an amazing buffet/server stocked with outdoor dishes and whatever else they needed for serving. The Buffet/Server is made of heavy sturdy wood (no mdf) with plenty of storage and a perfect size for their outdoor use.

    However the finish was not quite right for their space and they were not sure if the top would hold up to the outdoor weather. So all it took was their vision and a little sweat equity to make this piece a functional show stopper for their outdoor dining area.

Here are their before and after photo’s ~

Before from the Home Goods store:

Before and After: Home Goods hack Buffet/Server
Before: Buffet/Server from Home Goods
Before: Home Goods hack, Buffet/Server from Home Goods
Before: Buffet/Server from Home Goods

Here are the after photo’s on their deck.

After: Buffet/Server from Home Goods
After: Buffet/Server from Home Goods

After: Buffet/Server from Home Goods
After: Buffet/Server from Home Goods
After: Buffet/Server from Home Goods
After: Buffet/Server from Home Goods

Here’s what they did …
- They sanded the original finish off to get it ready to stain the colors that worked with their decor, they chose the deck wood stain and a red stain as an accent.
- The original top piece did not hold up to the weather so it had to be removed along with the molding piece underneath to make way for a stone top made to fit.
- The top was sealed with stone sealer.
- A thinner molding was stained and added.

    I love how they transformed this piece the stone top is so beautiful and the stain colors are perfect for their space.
    Thanks for letting me share your work its truly inspiring!

Hope everyone has a great Monday ~ nancy

Be Inspired … 2015 Paint Colors

Happy Saturday!!! Enjoy your weekend ~ nancy

Be Inspired by 2015 Paint Colors, 2015 Colormix Paint Collections by Sherwin Williams.

The summer isn’t even over yet but summer sales are everywhere, college students are going back to school and the smell of erasers are in the air at Target with the flurry of kids + Mom’s on the hunt for just the right backpack.

With the end of Summer begins Fall preparation for Holiday gatherings. A little paint goes a long way in freshening up a space, from a quick redo to a complete palette change.

The 2015 Colormix Collection:
4 Inspired Collections … which is your favorite???

    Buoyant takes its cues from Nature as far-reaching as the rainforest to nearby urban green spaces. A “happy” combination of beautiful green shades with pops of bright color accents.

2015 Paint Colors From Sherwin Williams, Buoyant
2015 Paint Colors From Sherwin Williams, Buoyant
2015 Paint Colors From Sherwin Williams, Buoyant Palette
2015 Paint Colors From Sherwin Williams, Buoyant Palette
    A soothing palette inspired by “earth and sky” Chrysalis provides inspiration from our need for a little “oasis” in our lives.

2015 Paint Colors From Sherwin Williams, Chrysalis
2015 Paint Colors From Sherwin Williams, Chrysalis

2015 Paint Colors From Sherwin Williams, Chrysalis Palette Image
2015 Paint Colors From Sherwin Williams, Chrysalis Palette Image

    Voyage expands our imagination to the “supernatural and magical” with a deep rich palette.

2015 Paint From Sherwin Williams Voyage
2015 Paint Colors From Sherwin Williams Voyage
2015 Paint From Sherwin Williams Voyage Palette Image
2015 Paint Colors From Sherwin Williams Voyage Palette Image
    Unrestrained “celebrates” a bold palette inspired from artisans around the world.

2015 Paint Colors From Sherwin Williams Unrestrained
2015 Paint From Sherwin Williams Unrestrained
2015 Paint Colors From Sherwin Williams Unrestrained Palette Image
2015 Paint From Sherwin Williams Unrestrained Palette Image
    Thanks for sharing your week with me,
    Have a wonderful weekend ~ nancy
    Be Happy + Be Comfortable in your Home

Decorating Ideas from hotel lobbies …

Happy Monday!!!

Hi, I hope everyone had a great weekend!
I love finding decorating ideas from hotel lobbies while I’m traveling. This summer the weather in the Northeast could not be more beautiful; the water is warm the sky so blue the sound of the crickets and fireflies at night … you can just feel your stress level go down a few notches.

Accessory Ideas from the Sanderling Resort, Duck NC
Sanderling Resort, Duck NC

If you are looking to add a few accessories or change your furniture arrangements, take a cue from the pros and incorporate decorating ideas from hotel lobbies into your home.

From paint colors, color palette combinations, furniture arrangements, accessory placement, molding options … the list goes on and on with ideas to inspire you from public spaces.

We visited The Sanderling Resort in Duck NC this summer. I would highly recommend staying at The Sanderling Resort it was just perfect in every way. I was inspired by the design and decoration, they were able to capture a carefree, no fuss, welcoming style that made you feel at ease.

a couple of clever accessory ideas for hard to decorate spaces from The Sanderling Resort that I really liked
a fireplace mantel

Accessory Ideas from the Sanderling Resort, Duck NC
Accessory Ideas from the Sanderling Resort, Duck NC

Under the staircase

Accessory Ideas
Accessory Ideas from the Sanderling Resort, Duck NC

I found these Garden Lanterns at Pottery Barn …

Garden Lanterns from Pottery Barn
Garden Lanterns from Pottery Barn

comfortable functional furniture arrangements …

a cozy area with built in bookcases and tufted chairs to read a book or play a game while overlooking the ocean…

Furniture arrangement Ideas from the Sanderling Resort, Duck NC
Furniture arrangement Ideas from the Sanderling Resort, Duck NC

small scale comfortable chairs perfect for a late night chat …

Furniture arrangement Ideas from the Sanderling Resort, Duck NC
Furniture arrangement Ideas from the Sanderling Resort, Duck NC

Tufted Chairs are readily accessible now, these are from Pottery Barn.||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_–_-

Cardiff Tufted Upholstered Arm Chair from Pottery Barn
Cardiff Tufted Upholstered Arm Chair from Pottery Barn

Enjoy your day …
be happy + be comfortable in your home ~ nancy

summer floral arrangement ideas

creating a summer floral arrangement is easy this time of year but if you’re looking for inspiration

    while your on vacation, shopping or out to dinner make sure to check out summer displays designed for their properties by professional creative teams.

while i was at dwell on design in june, we stayed at the JW Marriott in LA Live, below is a summer floral arrangement that sat behind the registration desk.

i love getting great diy ideas from hotels or retail stores and paring them down to use in the home. this one is so simple all you need is …

    1. a great glass container
    2. colored sand or glass
    3. flowers of your choice. if your prefer real flowers just hide a little container full of water in the sand.
summer floral arrangement
JW Marriott at LA Live

this time of year the flowers are blooming in full force, just clipping flowers from the garden for simple arrangements to use inside and outside the house is so easy ~ no professional design skills needed!

sometimes it’s about the container

    my new favorite thing is to combine a vase and a bowl, it gives the vase more presence and makes sense of an empty beautiful bowl. below i’ve just added some clippings from the garden “never dies” i love the bright green color before they bloom in the late summer.

summer floral arrangement ideas

where i live, we have a terrible problem with deer eating just about everything, so my days of lush gardens have streamlined to a minimum. when we had our golden retriever, she kept the deer at bay, but now we can hardly grow anything that flowers.

i do have a lot of hydrangea’s, good thing they’re my personal favorite and are supposedly deer resistant … i’m happy to report for the most part the deer do steer clear of them.

below i’ve added a few zinnia’s from the local farmers market to a base of hydrangea’s from my garden…

summer floral arrangement ideas
summer floral arrangement ideas

my tips for garden floral arrangements ~

    1. add to what you have from the local farmer’s market, grocery store or nearby stand.
    2. be creative use greens from your yard if you don’t have a lot of flowers. greens make an interesting arrangement or backdrop.
    3. have fun with the containers ~ combine a vase with a bowl or a rattan container for visual weight.

sunny yellow home accent pieces

happy ~ happy ~ happy ~ friday everyone!! hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!! ~ nancy

    sunny yellow home accent pieces are just the thing to perk up your space this summer. add accessories that you can change out when the fall comes around.

i love a pop of sunny yellow it just perks up a space. yellow is generally thought of as a happy positive color full of energy.

that’s me at the day’s inn newly renovated lobby. my jacket coordinates with the decor lol!…

yellow home accent pieces
thats me at the days inn lobby.
photo credit dreams come true productions

days inn before …

Days Inn Before: Lobby
Days Inn Before: Lobby

days inn after … sunny yellow window treatments …

days inn after window treatments
days inn after window treatments

adding a couple of yellow stools to this beautiful kitchen gives the room great energy …

yellow home accent pieces
from traditional home

yellow can be overpowering too so be cautious when choosing yellow paint. below i’ve used benjamin moore soleil AF-330.

guest room, benjamin moore solei
guest room, benjamin moore soleil AF-330

for my before and afters of the room above visit my earlier post

what’s your favorite yellow accent piece? sometimes mine is just a simple container full of seasonal plants …

yellow home accents
from better homes and gardens

thanks for sharing your week with me ~
and as always have a wonderful weekend …
be happy + be comfortable in your home ~ nancy