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Buffalo Show House - Part 2

As I mentioned on a previous post, I am working on the Junior League of Buffalo Decorators' Show House

As a selected decorator, I am responsible for all aspects of the room. This includes everything from painting to supplying  furniture and accessories.

I don't want to give too much away but here is a sneak peek at a awesome piece of furniture I found for the room. It is a old church pew bench. It even has rare bend wood construction. My favorite member of my design team (aka my hubs) is working on to make sure it is ready to go. (the pew just needs bit of TLC)

Pew bench moving for Buffalo Show House

 

 

BTW: getting this up three flights of stairs and into the room is going to be fun!

Stay tuned for more posts about the progress on the Show House room.

 

 

 

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Buffalo Show House - Part 1

This is my favorite time of the year. No  - not spring....Show House!

Every other year in the spring the Junior League of Buffalo organizes a fabulous Decorators' Show House.

I am fortunate to again be selected to participate. This is my fifth house!    (woot woot!!)

This is my "before" room:

Buffalo Show House Before Photo

 

Yes, there is wallpaper on all walls and even on the ceiling!

Here is a photo of the team taking the wallpaper off:

Buffalo Show House - wallpaper removal

 

Stay tuned for more updates as I make progress on this cool room!

More information: Junior League of Buffalo Decorators' Show House 

My previous rooms: See my portfolio

 

 

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Small Bedrooms with a Big Impact

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There are times that people have to squeeze their bedroom into a small space. They don’t want to because they don’t think all their things will fit. There are other times they have to use a space smaller than they want as their spare bedroom. They don’t want their guests to feel cramped or unwanted. While it’s true that small bedrooms aren’t ideal, there are some wonderful ways to add a bit of pizzazz and beauty to the room.

There are many reasons people have small bedrooms. In some homes, there is a small room that doesn’t have any use aside from as a spare bedroom. Other homes are built small and don’t allow owners to enjoy a huge room that has become the norm. While the reasons are different, the result is the same, a small bedroom that has to be tastefully decorated.

Big Taste in Small Rooms

When people have the task of decorating a small bedroom, they can’t use traditional furniture in the way it was designed to. They have to think outside the box.

1. Decorative Mirrors- The use of decorative mirrors is a wonderful way to light the room up and create a bit of depth. By hanging a beautifully crafted set of mirrors decorators are creating the illusion of additional light with more “mirrors.” The room will seem bigger and deeper. The mirrors picked should be visually appealing to mask the real purpose.

2. Hidden Storage- One of the biggest reasons people are afraid to have a small guest bedroom is because they don’t know what to do about storage. They don’t see a space for a chest of drawers or a bureau so they don’t always see storage potential. For those that have a high bed in the room, a few baskets would be perfect to slide under the bed for hidden storage. Homeowners that want to surprise a few people can actually cut a space in a wall and insert a dresser or chest into the space. With only the drawers visible, guests will think they are storing their things in a wall.

3. Colors Matter- When space is limited, it’s important to limit the number of colors used to decorate the room. The colors should have a common theme and be used throughout the room. When colors are used like this, it creates a light and roomy feeling.

4. Think Up- Real estate in a small room is very valuable. Instead of allowing the walls to go blank, use them. Many people have found that floating book shelves are perfect for decorating and giving people a place to put their things.

When decorating a small room, people should remember that it’s not the size of the space that will make anyone complain. It’s the decorations that bring attention to a small space that will bring the complaints. Great décor will make any room look beautiful and inviting. For those that want help decorating a small room, call Julie at The Home Stylist!

 

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Bedrooms are Meant for Relaxing

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People have forgotten what bedrooms are for. Many people think of their bedrooms as another office or communications center. This is not the room for checking emails, making business calls and playing mobile games. Bedrooms are meant to be a place of rest and relaxation and with the right decorations, it can become the perfect place to lie down and dream sweet dreams again.

As people go through life, they find they have picked up more responsibilities in life than they thought they would. Many people viewed their bedroom as a way to relax and sleep in the beginning. As time has gone by, the original function of the room has been lost. While some think it’s hard to get back to that original purpose, it isn’t. All it takes is a bit of expert decorative advice and a bit of work and the purpose of the room will be back. Here are two no fail ways to make your bedroom relaxing:

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Versatile Rugs – for all seasons and seasons of life

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If you have been around me for any time frame, you know I LOVE rugs!

Rugs can make a dramatic change to a room. I have some client’s that I have designed a  “summer/spring”  look for their room with one light bright rug. When the  “fall/winter”  season comes we switch it out for a rug with more  depth and earthy colors. Simply add the coordinated accessories and you are good to go.

Some clients – especially those with toddlers or 4 legged family members, I will recommend FLOR tiles.  They are colorful and washable!



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Check out FLOR carpet tiles. They are awesome!

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How to Decorate Small Spaces with Big Impact

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When it’s time to decorate small spaces, most people are afraid. They don’t know what to do with these spaces because they don’t think they are functional. Some don’t think people will notice the space anyway so they don’t think it’s smart to decorate little hidden nooks and crannies. These little places don’t have to be used as storage to be useful. With a purpose and the right décor, small places can have a big impact.

The Purpose Defines the Décor

When decorating small spaces, people tend to forget to create a function for the space first. Every room and nook in a home should have a purpose. Kitchens are traditionally used to cook and store food. Living rooms are used to entertain and give homeowners and their families a place to be. Bedrooms are created for sleeping and privacy. Small spaces need a purpose too. Many small spaces are used for:

  • Reading nooks
  • Herbal gardens
  • Meditation spaces
  • Trophy spaces

It doesn’t matter the purpose, the small space just has to have one.

Once the purpose of the small space has been defined, it’s time to imagine what it

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Make a Statement: Wall of Pictures

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Everyone wants their home to make a statement. Many don’t know what their statement is going to be but others want to make a bold but friendly one. In the past, some have used paint to create their statement. Others have used their décor. One of the most popular things to do is create a statement wall with frames. Creating a wall filled with various frames works for as a statement piece for many reasons.

The statement piece of a home or room often sets the tone for the entire home or it tells the purpose of that room. There are some that use their statement piece as a way to leave a bit of themselves in a room. Pictures have long been used as a way to make a statement and personalize a room. Now people are combining their need to make a statement with their love of pictures to create bold statement walls in different areas of their homes.

The Statement Wall

Pictures have almost always been hung in an order that wasn’t always noticed right away. These pictures seemed innocent and choreographed. Many people used those pictures because they didn’t want to show their most intimate selves and personal pictures of their family and friends in a way that may have been deemed unseemly. It’s a habit that was passed on from the elders. In today’s decorating world, that tradition is coming to a bold end.

The best pictures to use to make a statement are the ones that bring a smile to one’s face. Many people have taken pictures that are spur of the moment but convey a lot of emotion. Those are the pictures that are often used to make a statement. If a set of family photos or official photos have a lot of meaning, people use those too. It really doesn’t matter the photo, it’s the emotion the photos capture that’s important.

The Frames and Arrangements

Once the different pictures have been selected, it’s time to look at the room and think about frames. There are a lot of things that can be repurposed as frames. There are also a great number of frames available to purchase in traditional box stores. Instead of picking a frame based on the way the frame looks, it’s important for decorators to pick a frame that fits the room and the picture. A photo that’s finished in sepia may look good in a black frame or in a thick wooden frame, stained to look antique. The frames will draw the eye to the picture and help create the mood of the home.

With the frames and pictures in mind, decorators should also think of the wall they want to use. The wall selected is very important because it’s going to turn into the focal point of the room. Everyone will wander over to it just to see what has been captured there. It’s important that the wall is visible and able to contain the pictures that are chosen. This can be the hardest part of the project. It takes time to find the right wall but it will happen. Once it happens, the room will take on the life of the pictures that are hung.

Creating a statement wall is something everyone should consider. It’s a wonderful way to set an intimate tone for different rooms or a home. Instead of going at it alone, reach out to the experts at Style in a Snap via email, phone or Skype.

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Decluttering is transformative to a room

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Do you wanted to freshen the look of a room? Do you want to feel peaceful? The easiest and most cost effective is to decluttered the room…and I mean really remove clutter. Take this kitchen for example.

Removing items from the top of the cabinets, on the counters and refrigerator made all the difference.

Take a look at your kitchen. Could it use a little less “stuff”?

The key to a starting a decorating plan is bring it all the way back to bare and start over. A clean slate helps to clear the mind and your creativity can come roaring back!

 

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Selling and Staging your house in the winter

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Selling your house in the winter definitely is possible. There may be fewer buyers but the ones truly looking really want (or even need) to buy right now.

This infographic by Veterans United has some valid tips and suggestions. As a professional home stager, I get asked about winter selling all the time.  Yes, warm, cozy and bright is important. Remember it is dark early. Sometimes a buyer wants to see your house after work. Make sure your front porch light is on  and that the rooms have all their lights on.

 

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Country Chic: 4 Ways to Decorate with Mason Jars

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Country chic can’t be done without a Mason jar or two. Any room with a country chic décor has something that has been repurposed or looks like it has been repurposed. This style is filled with colors, patterns and a lot of personal touches that make a room feel cozy. Decorating a room with real country chic intentions can be a little hard because there aren’t a lot of things that can be bought commercially to personalize a room. That is why Mason jars are perfect to decorate with.

Mason jars are perfect for anyone that wants to decorate their home with country chic accents and details. These jars can be used in many different ways and with the right tools, they can be customized to do more than one job. The beauty of a room lies in the details and Mason jar décor creates individual personality into any country chic room.

 Chic Mason Jar Decorations

When it comes to Mason jars, they are useful and decorative. With the right touches, these jars can add more to a room than a little pizzazz.

 Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

A Mason jar soap dispenser can be used in the bathroom or kitchen. They are easy to make and

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