Design with a Plan

Happy Friday!!!
I spent the better part of yesterday updating my website making sure it was mobile responsive … and now it is!
I hope you’ll enjoy reading my blog on any of your devices now :)

Just like my website that needs to function, so does your home.
My tip ~ Design with a plan for your space.
Don’t worry if it’s a long-term goal you’ll be working towards it … and in the end your vision will come to life.

So whether or not you are beginning with a blank space or have pieces you want to use – or you have a tiny budget or deep pockets – or if you’re tackling a whole room or just a window treatment …

Start with a floor plan or an elevation like the drawing below from Intentional Designs.

Design with a Plan. Intentional Designs Line Drawing
Intentional Designs Elevation Drawing “Window Treatment Vignette”

No. 1 Consideration
How do you want the space to function?
This will determine how you furnish your space.

Upholstery pieces.
Back into this by how many people would you ideally like to seat?
you may not get all the seating you were hoping for but that’s ok, think about borrowing chairs from an adjoining room or get creative with adding ottomans or floor pillows.

Case good pieces.
Tables; end tables, cocktail table(s), desk, built-ins etc.

Functional Design. Intentional Designs Floor Plan, Living Room + Dining Room.
Design with a Plan. Intentional Designs Floor Plan, Living Room + Dining Room.

Lighting.
task lighting for reading, low lighting for relaxing, lighting to showcase artwork.

Accessories.
Window treatments, accent pillows, area rugs, artwork etc.

Fabrics + Finishes.
From top to bottom; paint color(s), flooring, fabrics for window treatments and upholstered pieces, finishes for case goods, mirrors etc.

Design with a Plan
Intentional Designs Elevation Drawing “Blue Bedroom”.

Adding your paint colors and fabrics to a drawing can enhance your visualization even further!

For more information on the fabrics and paint colors used in the drawings …

Fabrics in the top photo “Double Duty Design”
by Nate Berkus for Fabricut Fabrics.

Fabrics in the Second Photo “Window Treatment Vignette”
by Vern Yip for Trend Fabrics.

Fabrics in the third photo “Blue Bedroom”
by Dana Gibson for Stroheim Fabrics.

Paint used in the drawings
Benjamin Moore Williamsburg Collection.

http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-us/for-your-home/williamsburg-color-collection

One thing to keep in mind … is that each decision affects the next.
So even though I’ve listed the elements that go into a floor plan they all work together at the same time…

Have a great weekend, and as always thanks for sharing your week with me! ~ Nancy
be happy + be comfortable in your home

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Paint Colors

I just love when HGTV designs their new homes!
Last night 11:00pm EST HGTV unveiled its 2015 Smart Home located in Austin Texas..

The photo above features the HGTV Smart Home 2015 Living Room showcasing Sherwin-Williams Snowbound SW7004 paint color.

Visit HGTV Smart Home 2015 for more information.
http://www.hgtv.com/remodel/building-hgtv-smart-home-2015/hgtv-smart-home-2015-floor-plan-pictures

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Paint Colors. Dining Room. Paint SW 7004 Snowboun
HGTV Smart Home 2015 Paint Colors. Dining Room. Paint SW 7004 Snowbound.

There are so many great design elements in the HGTV Smart Home 2015 but for today I’m focused on the Color Palette.

Sherwin-Williams Liveable Luxe Collection again took the center stage for paint colors with ….
Snowbound SW7004 being the no. 1 choice for the home, both inside and out.

Sherwin-Williams Liveable Luxe Color Palette
Sherwin-Williams Liveable Luxe Color Palette

Snowbound SW7004 unifies the home in varying degrees throughout the following spaces ~
Outside
Dining Room
Guest Bedroom
Kids Bathroom
Kitchen
Living Room
Master Bath
Master Bedroom

The color scheme blends …
Shades of White with Gray + pops of color in Green, Blue + Orange.

HGTV Smart Home 2015 Paint Colors. Kids Room. Paint SW 7733 Bamboo Shoot.
HGTV Smart Home 2015 Paint Colors. Kids Room. Paint SW 7733 Bamboo Shoot.

Other Paint Colors from the Liveable Luxe Collection used in the home are ~
Outside: Snowbound SW7004, Gateway Gray SW7644, Tricorn Black 6258
Guest Bedroom: Snowbound SW7004, Dovetail SW7018
Hallway: White Duck SW710
Kids Bathroom: Snowbound SW7004, Koi Pond SW7727
Kids Bedroom: Bamboo Shoot SW7733
Kitchen: Snowbound SW7004, Pure White SW7005, Dovetail SW7018
Loft: White Duck SW7010
Master Bath: Snowbound SW7004, Distance SW6243
Master Bedroom: Snowbound SW7004, Distance SW6243

Sherwin-Williams Liveable Luxe Color Palette
Sherwin-Williams Liveable Luxe Color Palette

Visit Sherwin-Williams for more information.
http://www.sherwin-williams.com/homeowners/hgtv-home-by-sherwin-williams/homes/smart-home/

Enjoy your day!! ~ Nancy
be happy + be comfortable in your home

My Top 5 Closet Decluttering Tips …

My Top 5 Closet Decluttering Tips

Photo Credit above:
Nate Berkus Chicago Apartment. Elle Decor. Photographer: Pieter Estersohn. Master Closet.
http://www.elledecor.com/home-remodeling/honor-guard#slide-13

In Feng Shui I have heard it said that clutter has a way of keeping you trapped unable to move forward.
I agree, this motivates me and also has a way of making me reflect why I haven’t taken the time to clear things out.

Yesterday I spent hours going through old clothes to donate to my Church’s annual rummage sale. Having a deadline motivates me to get it done and it helps me to let go knowing that the proceeds go to a good cause.

When it comes to decluttering your closet, which camp are you in
“ugh :( ” or “yay! :-) ”?

I’m definitely in the “ugh :( ” camp. I don’t like to spend time clearing out stuff … but I love to be organized so once it’s done I love it!

My transformation to a “yay :-) ” person happens knowing that my clothes can be donated and enjoyed by someone else.

And … Closets are a fun room to decorate and organize

brown color scheme
from hgtv smart home 2014, master closet

Here are my Top 5 Closet Decluttering Tips that work well for me ~
I hope you will find them helpful for you too!

My first tip ~
Make sure to have some great music on!

My second tip ~ start slow with 4 piles
1. Keep
2. Donate
3. Toss out
4. Maybe(love the maybe pile!)

The “maybe” pile is key in speeding up the process.
With a “maybe” pile you don’t need to hem and haw over everything, just put it in the “maybe” pile.
Revisit the “maybe” pile when your done, if you can’t move the items into any of the other piles, keep it. If you don’t reach for the “maybe” box during the year, it’s a quick donate pile for next year!

My third tip ~
For each season keep a shopping bag in your closet.
When you put something on and don’t like how you feel in it instead of hanging it back up, put it in the shopping bag right away.
When the bag gets full simply donate it.

My Fourth Tip
Have a deadline …
A local rummage sale …
A neighborhood garage sale …
anything that gives you an end point really helps to get the clutter cleaned out.

My Fifth Tip
What’s your end game???
Do you need to update your clothing?
Are you moving??
Do you want to redecorate your closet??
Or do you just want to be able to find what you need when your looking for it?
Whatever your end game is … use it as your motivation.

Happy Monday!! ~ Nancy
be happy + be comfortable in your home

Trend Watch Metallic Fabrics

Our trend watch this month … we’re focused on Metallic Fabrics
everything from itty bitty shiny threads weaving throughout fabrics to subtle hints of barely there shine to full on glitz and glamour.

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We began seeing the metallic trend a while back in clothing and shoes …
I just purchased a pair of espadrilles in a metallic bronze color they go with everything … love that!
The Flexx Rapid Flat from Nordstroms http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/the-flexx-rapid-flat/3532368?origin=PredictiveSearchProducts

True to form home fashion follows runway fashion …
we are now seeing metallic fabrics enter the home in pillows, drapery fabrics and even upholstery fabrics.

Callisto Home Pillows
Callisto Home Pillows

I for one love a little metallic in the textile mix. Try a full drapery panel in a metallic/linen blend like the ones below from Trend Fabrics for an updated fresh feel.

The fun thing about metallic fabrics for the home is that they are available in an array of colors from the standard bronze, silver and gold to pale blues and yellows.

The upholstery fabric below from Kravet Fabrics has the slightest bit of metallic thread running through it, just adding a bit of brightness.

Details, Sofa + Pillows
Details, Sofa + Pillows

My tip ~
I treat metallic fabrics like animal prints … a little goes a long way.
Choose one item in a metallic or metallic blended fabric
~ a few pillows, window treatments or an upholstered piece.
When you choose one item it makes a statement and doesn’t overwhelm the space.

Have a great weekend!!
and as always, thanks for sharing your week with me! ~ Nancy
be happy + be comfortable in your home

Visit Intentional Designs’s profile on Pinterest.

How to Decorate with yellow

Decorate with yellow?? Absolutely!! by adding an upholstered headboard, a simple vase of flowers, fabrics, paint or design your room around a spectacular wallcovering.

Trend Watch Yellow
http://intentionaldesigns.com/?p=1939

Psychology of color – Yellow
Yellow is perceived as warm and welcoming. It is a color that has energy, spontaneity, creativity, lightness, newness; its modern, innovative, full of surprise with a hint of caution. In Feng Shui, Yellow is an Earth Element (grounding and support).

Our Blog header photo is from Stout Brothers Textiles.
Visit Stout’s website to view their full line of fabrics.

Yellow upholstered furniture …

Below is a photo from Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick’s bedroom “The Comfort Factor” from www.elledecor.com.
The yellow headboard below adds a pop of color to a bedroom without overpowering the space with its energizing vibe.

Celebrity Home Design
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick “The Comfort Factor” from www.elledecor.com by Stacie Stukin Photography by William Waldron.

Sunny Yellow Accent Pieces
http://intentionaldesigns.com/?p=6619

“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.” ~ nancy

Keep it simple with flowers …

A neutral space provides a stunning backdrop for color, a bouquet of yellow flowers comes to life atop a white end table.

From Williams-Sonoma Home: Hudson Side Table
From Williams-Sonoma Home: Hudson Side Table

For some great ideas on floral arrangements – check out the link below from www.veranda.com
http://www.veranda.com/outdoor-garden/a810/design-ideas-from-instagram-tulips-house-beautiful/

Use fabric as your jumping off point …
then select paint to bring your space together …

Stout Brothers Textiles Fabrics. How to Decorate with Yellow.
Fabrics from Stout Brothers Textiles
Decorate with Yellow
Benjamin Moore Hawthorn Yellow HC-4

Or design a room around this amazing wallcovering from Dana Gibson for Stroheim.

How to Decorate with yellow
Dana Gibson Wallcovering: Trot – Maize. Drapery Fabric: Nouveau Palazzo – Grey.

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

how to make an entrance … foyer design

Foyers design can be a daunting task to design … for some great ideas, check out this amazing foyer design from Kate Moss’s home.

from Elle Decor | designer Jonathan Rachman | Photography by Patricia Chang

awesome,right?
I just love this entryway it exudes personality, comfort and warmth; it’s understated yet grand all with a welcoming feel.

This may be a little lofty for most of us but the great thing is we can adapt elements from the design into our own homes.

http://www.elledecor.com/home-remodeling/design-solutions/kate-moss-home-entryway?src=spr_FBPAGE&spr_id=1452_55502275

foyer design
From Elle Decor, Kate Moss Entryway by designer Jonathan Rachman, Photography by Patricia Chang

my take away(s) ~

The color palette
Using two colors in the entryway, the rich taupe on the first floor and white going up the steps.

    -This technique could be easily adapted or flip it … in many foyers the second floor hallway is visible if there is plenty of light consider painting the second floor a shade or two deeper then the first floor.

The artwork
The artwork going up the stairs is so magnificent. the choice of color tones in the artwork marry the first floor as they subtly carry you right up stairs.

    -Artwork is fun to find and display, it adds color and energy to a space.

Accessories + Accent furniture
All so unexpected and yet perfect for the space, full of personality combining bling and warmth.

    -Add your personality to your foyer make it a space that speaks to your lifestyle.

My practical thinking tips ~

Keep in mind your front door color … you may need to change it, because when the door is open the door becomes a big dose of color in your foyer.

Things to consider before embarking on a foyer transformation …
Do you have a 2-story foyer or do you have low ceilings, does your foyer open up to multiple rooms, what kind of light do you get in there, what is the size of your foyer, how does you foyer function, does your life require pet + kid friendly decorating, do you want your foyer to be for show,
The list goes on and on …..

As always, thanks for sharing your week with me! have a wonderful weekend ~ nancy
be happy + be comfortable in your home

Inspiring ideas for white rooms


Enjoy these beautiful inspiring ideas for white rooms from Traditional Home featuring Bill and Giuliana Rancic’s Los Angeles home.
Photography Credit: Michael Garland.

Notice the elements that create a flow throughout the home providing a serene palette …
subtle and not so subtle touches of blue
natural elements such as rich wood toned flooring, sisal rugs + wood furnishings
white painted walls + moldings
white furnishings

Foyer
http://www.traditionalhome.com/design/beautiful-homes/home-bill-and-giuliana-rancic?page=3

From Traditional Home. At Home with Bill and Giuliana Rancic Tour Bill and Giuliana Rancic's newly built Los Angeles home.  White room ideas, decorating with white
From Traditional Home.
At Home with Bill and Giuliana Rancic
Tour Bill and Giuliana Rancic’s newly built Los Angeles home
Written and produced by Krissa Rossbund

Kitchen
http://www.traditionalhome.com/design/beautiful-homes/home-bill-and-giuliana-rancic?page=13

Inspiring white room ideas
At Home with Bill and Giuliana Rancic
Tour Bill and Giuliana Rancic’s newly built Los Angeles home
Written and produced by Krissa Rossbund

Family Room
http://www.traditionalhome.com/design/beautiful-homes/home-bill-and-giuliana-rancic?page=14

Inspiring white room design ideas
From Traditional Home.
Family Room.
At Home with Bill and Giuliana Rancic
Tour Bill and Giuliana Rancic’s newly built Los Angeles home
Written and produced by Krissa Rossbund

Continuing the use of beautiful white moldings in the master bedroom and bath.

http://www.traditionalhome.com/design/beautiful-homes/home-bill-and-giuliana-rancic?page=17

Inspiring white room design ideas
From Traditional Home. At Home with Bill and Giuliana Rancic
Tour Bill and Giuliana Rancic’s newly built Los Angeles home
Written and produced by Krissa Rossbund

inspiring white room design ideas
At Home with Bill and Giuliana Rancic
Tour Bill and Giuliana Rancic’s newly built Los Angeles home
Written and produced by Krissa Rossbund


Have a great week ~ nancy
be happy + be comfortable in your home