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Fall Decor Ideas for Every Corner of Your Home.

 

As the leaves change and the air turns crisp, it’s time to welcome the cozy and enchanting fall season into your home. With its warm hues, rustic charm, and a touch of nature’s elegance, Fall provides the perfect inspiration for decorating your living space. Whether you want to create a welcoming atmosphere for guests or enjoy the season’s magic alone, here are some creative fall decor ideas for your dining tables, buffets, fireplace, front door, and entry gate.

  1. Dining Tables: A Feast for the Senses

    Your dining table is the heart of your home during Fall, as it brings family and friends together for hearty meals and memorable conversations. Here are some ideas to adorn your dining table with the essence of autumn:

  • Rustic Centerpiece: Start with a natural, wooden table runner or placemats. Arrange a mix of faux pumpkins, gourds, and pinecones in a decorative bowl or on a tray. Add some pillar candles in earthy tones for a warm and inviting glow.
  • Seasonal Tableware: Invest in autumn-themed plates, napkins, and tableware. Deep burgundy, forest green, burnt orange, and rich browns complement the fall color palette.
  1. Buffets: A Display of Abundance

Buffets and sideboards offer the perfect canvas to showcase your fall decor creativity. Here’s how to turn these functional pieces into eye-catching displays:

  • Pumpkin Lantern with ceramic turkey and faux greenery will make an unexpected element to a buffet. 
  • Tray with a mix of Fall fruits, a combination of faux garland, or real leaves to a one-time display. 
  1. Fireplace: The Heart of Warmth

Your fireplace is the focal point of your living room, and it’s a beautiful place to infuse some autumn magic:

  • Mantel Decor: Adorn your fireplace mantel with garlands of fall leaves, pinecones, and acorns. Add a large mirror or a framed autumn-themed artwork above the mantel for a striking effect.
  • Side-tables and coffee decor:  A simple tray with foliage and pumpkins makes an eye-catching centerpiece. Or just a simple single pumpkin makes the whole house feel decorated. 

Seasonal Throws and Pillows:

Place cozy throws and decorative pillows in rich fall colors on your couch and chairs. They not only add warmth but also provide a touch of luxury.

  1. Front Door: A Grand Entrance

Welcome your guests with an inviting fall-themed front door display:

  • Wreaths: On your front door, hang a vibrant fall wreath featuring elements like dried leaves, twigs, and faux berries.
  • Potted Mums: Place potted chrysanthemums on either side of your door, and your preserved pumpkins offer an inviting touch to welcome your guests.
  • Doormat: Swap out your regular doormat for one that features a fall design or message, such as “Welcome Fall” or “Harvest Blessings.”
  1. Entry Gate: Setting the Tone

If you have an entry gate or fence, extend your fall decor theme to the outdoors:

  • Garland and Twinkling Lights: Drape fall garlands along your entry gate and add twinkling string lights to create an enchanting entryway.
  • Scarecrows and Pumpkins: Position scarecrows, hay bales, and clusters of pumpkins and gourds near your entry gate for a whimsical touch.
  • Lanterns or Pathway Lights: Illuminate the pathway to your entry gate with lanterns with faux flickering candles or pathway solar lights.

Let your home embrace the season’s warmth, beauty, and enchantment this Fall. With these creative decor ideas for your dining tables, buffets, fireplace, front door, and entry gate, you can transform your living space into a cozy autumn haven that welcomes family and nature’s splendor. 

Happy Decorating!

Lori

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Elevate Your Space with Thibaut Wallpaper: From Walls to the 5th Wall (Ceiling)

Wallpapers have the power to transform a space, adding personality and charm that paint alone cannot achieve. Thibaut is a beacon of creativity and quality among the many wallpaper options. They offer an array of designs for accent walls and encourage you to think beyond the conventional by considering the “5th wall” – the ceiling. In this blog, I’ll explore using Thibaut wallpaper on accent walls and ceilings to create breathtaking interiors.

 

  1. Making a Statement with Accent Walls: Accent walls are an excellent way to inject character into a room without overwhelming the entire space. Thibaut’s wallpaper collection boasts an assortment of patterns, colors, and textures that cater to various design aesthetics. Whether aiming for a contemporary look with geometric patterns or a classic ambiance with floral motifs, Thibaut offers an extensive range to suit your preferences.
  1. Choosing the Perfect Wallpaper:When selecting a Thibaut wallpaper for your accent wall, consider the existing color palette, furniture, and lighting in the room. The wallpaper should harmonize with these elements while standing out as a focal point. A subtle balance can be struck by opting for a wallpaper that complements the room’s theme rather than overpowering it.
  1. Adding Dimension and Depth:Thibaut’s wallpapers are more than just visual elements; they add depth and dimension to your space. Textured wallpapers, such as those featuring embossed patterns or faux finishes, bring a tactile quality that can elevate the overall feel of a room. Whether a cozy bedroom or a vibrant living area, textured wallpapers create a multisensory experience that plain paint can’t replicate.

4. Beyond Walls: Embracing the 5th Ceiling: While accent walls are popular for showcasing Thibaut’s wallpapers, the brand encourages homeowners to explore the often overlooked 5th wall: the ceiling. Adorning your ceiling with a captivating wallpaper design introduces an unexpected element of surprise and elegance to the room. Whether you choose a subtle pattern or an intricate design, the ceiling becomes a canvas for artistic expression.

  1. Tips for Ceiling Wallpaper Application:Applying wallpaper to the ceiling requires a slightly different approach than wall application. Here are some tips to ensure a smooth and successful process:
  • Preparation is Key: Ensure the ceiling is prepped correctly, clean, and smooth before applying the wallpaper. Any imperfections can show through the paper.
  • Use the Right Adhesive: Thibaut recommends adhesives suitable for their wallpapers. Make sure to follow these guidelines for the best results.
  • Consider Lighting: Take into account the room’s lighting. A well-lit room will accentuate the beauty of the ceiling wallpaper.

Conclusion: Elevate Your Space with Thibaut Wallpaper: Thibaut’s wallpapers offer design possibilities, from accent walls that make a statement to ceilings that inspire awe. By incorporating Thibaut’s designs into your interior decor, you add style and infuse your space with luxury. Whether you’re drawn to modern, traditional, or eclectic aesthetics, Thibaut has a wallpaper that can turn your design dreams into reality. So, why limit yourself to four walls when you can elevate your space by embracing the 5th ceiling?

Home is everything! Are you a busy homeowner that loves a beautiful home but lacks the time or desire to do it yourself? With my 25 years of interior design experience, let me help you create a home you will love entertaining family and friends but, more importantly, a home to come to after a long hard day. 

Call me, and let’s get started!

Lori

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A Culinary Journey Unveiled

A Culinary Journey Unveiled: My Middleby Cooking School Adventure

Greetings, fellow food enthusiasts and cherished readers!

I’m thrilled to whisk you away on an unforgettable culinary escapade through my recent experience at the Middleby Cooking School.  Prepare to tantalize your taste buds, ignite your creativity, and gain an exclusive peek into the artistry that goes into crafting the world’s most exquisite kitchen appliances.

Embarking on a Journey of Flavor and Innovation

Picture this: Two days immersed in the heart of culinary innovation, where design meets functionality and flavor takes center stage.  Middleby Residential, located in vibrant Dallas, opened its doors to a select few, myself included, for an exclusive Viking appliance workshop.  As we dove deep into the world of kitchen artistry, the magic began to unfold.

A Symphony of Premier Brands: Middleby Residential

Middleby Residential, a collective of premier international consumer brands, is dedicated to shaping the kitchens of our dreams.  From the time-honored elegance of the La Cornue French-inspired range to the versatile AGA range, the sizzle of Lynx outdoor grills, and the sophistication of U-Line and Marvel refrigeration, Middleby’s collection is a testament to luxury and precision.

But that’s not all – let’s talk about the EVO flat-top grill.  It’s not just an appliance; it’s an experience.  Imagine a gathering where family and friends come together, each contributing their culinary flair to a feast prepared before their eyes.  With options for custom outdoor kitchens, portable tabletop use, and even a three-wheeled cart version, the EVO grill is designed to bring people closer to the joy of cooking.

Crafting Connections and Enriching Knowledge

Beyond the appliances, the Middleby Cooking School experience facilitated a meeting of minds and tastes as a passionate homeowner and kitchen designer.   I had the honor of connecting with talented kitchen designers from all corners of the country.  We explored the showroom together, sharing insights and ideas and forging connections beyond the cooking school’s doors.  The promise of reuniting at upcoming Kitchen and Bath shows is a prospect that has me eagerly counting down the days.

Join Me in Elevating the Culinary Experience

As I reflect on the sights, aromas, and friendships that blossomed at the Middleby Cooking School, I can’t help but be inspired to share this journey with all of you.  Whether you’re a seasoned cook or just beginning to explore the world of gastronomy, Middleby’s dedication to merging design and function will undoubtedly captivate you.

Not only did I learn all about the appliances, but I was also able to experience cooking a Tomahawk Rib-Eye steak on the Series Seven Viking Range using the flat skillet first and finishing the steak in the oven.  With the Chef’s help, I cooked the steak to perfection, It was delicious, and the presentation was even better.  I also watched the Chef prepare some meals using the EVO flat griddle.  The first was Korean BBQ and the traditional breakfast sandwich.  All was amazing to watch, but the food was fabulous.  I still have not lost that weight!

The Viking Company’s Irresistible Offer

Are you ready to embark on your culinary revolution?  The Viking Company has an offer that’s too tempting to resist.  For those seeking to elevate their kitchen game, their buy-one-get-one deal on Series Five and above appliances is the ultimate invitation to transform your cooking space into a haven of luxury and innovation.

Are you considering new appliances, whether for a new build or remodel?

Call me to help you find what would work best for your lifestyle. 

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P.S.  Be sure to watch my video each Tuesday Noon via Facebook and Instagram for tips to keep your house from looking cheap!

I hope these tips help you, but if you need help, call me at 870-847-0286. My showroom at 717 Ash Flat Drive, Ash Flat, AR, is open only by appointment, but it houses thousands of fabrics just waiting to become the pillow of your dreams.

XOXO,
Lori

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From Shabby To Chic

TRANSFORMING AN OLD BATH TO A LUXURIOUS SPA RETREAT!

Prepare to be inspired by the remarkable journey of a homeowner who turned their primary bathroom from a source of frustration into a space of utmost fulfillment.  Amidst the challenging backdrop of the Covid pandemic, these resilient homeowners purchased a house burdened with a practically unworkable bathroom.  They sought my guidance to find a solution while staying within budget.

AFTER-Transforming frustration into fulfillment while working with a tight budget.

BEFORE!  As you can see this outdated and very low vanity was in dire need of an update.

BEFORE -This shower was almost a non-functional shower with a dangerous tub for getting in and out.

AFTER:  The homeowner can enjoy luxurious shower experiences with our low-threshold shower featuring bench seating.  Designed for both seated and standing showering, it includes a convenient handheld shower for flexible use and a refreshing rainhead shower.

With the expertise of my skilled craftsmen, we set out to make their dreams a reality.  The first step was clear: a complete removal and demolition, leaving only the closet intact to contain costs.  Despite the limitations, we revitalized the space without relocating any plumbing.

Together, we carefully curated a design encompassing a prefabricated cabinet featuring two elegant sinks complemented by cultured marble countertops.  A shower base with walls adorned with a bench replaced the outdated hazardous bathtub.  Underneath the obsolete carpet, a surprise awaited—an impeccable base for installing luxurious vinyl plank flooring.

Bid farewell to the old and usher in the new—the vanity and shower received a magnificent upgrade with gleaming Delta faucets, replacing their outdated counterparts.  Recessed LED lighting was tastefully integrated into the ceiling to elevate the ambiance, accompanied by sophisticated light fixtures gracing the newly installed medicine cabinets.  The worn-out wallpaper was swiftly removed, making way for serene turquoise blue walls painted in Sherwin Williams’ SW 6218 Tradewind, infusing a sense of tranquility.

The transformation unfolded before their eyes, bestowing the homeowners with a spa-like sanctuary that surpassed their wildest expectations.  Not just a mere bathroom but a space designed to accommodate the graceful aging of its occupants.

Are you in need of a bathroom update?  Afraid a designer will waste your money?

Updating your bathroom doesn’t have to break the bank.  

Working with a designer can provide with valuable insights, cost-effective solutions and a strategic approach to design.  Buy leveraging my expertise, you can make informed decisions, avoid costly mistakes and ultimately achieve the best return on your investment.

Give me a Call!

P.S.  Be sure to watch my video each Tuesday Noon via Facebook and Instagram for tips to keep your house from looking cheap!


I hope these tips help you, but if you need help, call me at 870-847-0286. My showroom at 717 Ash Flat Drive, Ash Flat, AR, is open only by appointment, but it houses thousands of fabrics just waiting to become the pillow of your dreams.


XOXO,
Lori

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Pillow Talk for Your Sofa

Bright, Bold, and Beautiful, let’s talk pillows for your sofa.
Bright, Bold, and Beautiful ~custom pillows make a vibrant personalized statement in any space. So, let’s talk pillows for your sofa.   
As I consulted with a client this week about how to customize her living room, our design conversation turned to pillows. She had purchased pillows in several shapes and styles from big box stores that were ok but did not offer the “pizazz” she wanted. My client was surprised to learn that she could design customized pillows of her very own by selecting the fill material, pillow sizes, fabric, colors, patterns, and trims she desired. You may have also wondered how this works. Well, let me explain.
Filling the Perfect Pillow: A soft, full pillow is a happy pillow. Most sofas come with matching pillows, usually 18″ x 18″, filled with a cheap poly-fill that gets stiff and boring after about a week. You can create soft and fluffy pillows that fit your lifestyle by customizing the fill. Adding a combination of down and feathers to the filling will make your pillows softer and more relaxed. Quality pillow inserts such as these offer a variety of firmness based on the ratio of down to feathers.

A ratio of 25% goose down to 75% goose feather will give you a softer, more luxurious pillow. While a 10% down to 90% feather fill will provide a comfy cushion that is still soft enough to “karate chop.”

However, if you have allergies, softer poly-fill choices will also give you a softer look and feel. These high-quality 100% polyester cluster fill inserts also have the look and feel of being down, full, and fluffy.  

Find Your Pillow Pizazz!  

Size and Shape Pillow size and shape both extend the comfort and style of your furniture. For example, I prefer using a sofa pillow at least 24″ x 24″, no smaller than 20″ x 20″, to create a luxurious feel. All pillow sizes are the measurements taken from the pillow casing before stuffing. Pillow sizes will vary after filling, so insert at least one size larger for an extra-full look. I often like to add a rectangular pillow to the middle of the sofa and accent chairs to add character and comfort. You will also be spotting round disk-shaped pillows making a come-back.
This rich sequined fabric makes a bold style statement on a solid-colored sofa or chair.

Combine different fabrics to add interest and texture to pillows. Trims and cording are always a good idea.

Embellishments and Passementeries is a word that refers to decorative trimmings.  Added to your pillows, create a more ornamental pillow for a formal design
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Monograms are one of my favorite ways to add texture. Monograms can be fancy, formal, or casual, allowing you to brand your rooms with style. The monogram can be either your first and last name initial or a passementerie design stitched on the fabric. Tone-on-tone monograms are subtle and elegant. Mixing patterns using the same colorway will unite the pillows for added interest and balance.

I like pulling in colors from the sofa to create pillows, but it is unnecessary. Think about what color you want to bring into the room. Inspiration comes from everywhere, but nature is one of my best inspirations. Look around as you drive, walk, or shop for things that make you stop and take a second look.

Magazines are another great source of inspiration for those pillows you are creating. Find five to ten designer magazines, look at the pillows on the sofas in the magazines, and tear out pages that speak to you. It may only be one element or object in the photo but tear it out and start your personal style folio. Using a few of these tips will help train your eye to make you stop and consider why you like a specific look, style, or color. Lay out these photos and see what they have in common and how they are different, and then figure out the color and design you want to bring into your home.
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Fabrics galore await as you begin designing your perfect pillow. The texture of the pillow fabrics you choose is crucial in creating comfort and style. Mixing textures is a fabulous way to give a room a laid-back, effortless feel. Just using two different fabrics can add texture and interest to your pillows. Consider the same fabrics in different colors or reverse some materials for a unique style. Be bold! Create texture by choosing some of the new sequined fabrics in various colors.

I hope these tips help you, but if you need help, call me at 870-847-0286. My showroom at 717 Ash Flat Drive, Ash Flat, AR, is open only by appointment, but it houses thousands of fabrics just waiting to become the pillow of your dreams.

XOXO, Lori
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7 Design Mistakes that Cheapen Your Home!

Measure… Measure!
The first thing is to measure your space carefully. The scale of your home is essential when deciding on furniture and furniture layout. Don’t forget the door openings as well! As been said, measure twice and buy once.
It is buying furniture that does not fit the space, especially oversize furniture. Measuring your room to ensure the piece you purchase will save you time and money. Oversized furniture in a small room can make a room feel cramped and cluttered. Always keep in mind the flow of your room and how it functions daily with your family and lifestyle. The same goes for small furniture in a large room. The room’s scale is essential to determine the space’s furniture size, wise investments in the correct scale of furniture will create a cozy, comfortable, and inviting home.
Incorrectly hanging artwork or mirrors too high on the wall. Mirrors should reflect something beautiful or exciting. If you have small pictures, place them together to create an interesting gallery wall. Large walls require large art. Nothing screams cheap like a small piece of art on a tall, big wall.
Slamming all your furniture against the wall. Give your room more depth, and wall space should be used for seating, artwork, and bookshelves, with the furniture placed a few inches away from the wall. Additionally, it can help create an inviting atmosphere. Floating your sofa with a correct-size rug and chairs for an accessible conversation area.
Rushing through room decoration. Take your time when decorating a room; planning helps keep a consistent flow throughout the house. Plan to add the things you love that can tell a story. A well-designed home should tell a story about you.
Lighting is another place where you can cheapen your home: lamps that are too small or the placement. Scale is significant here as well. I prefer taller lamps; small lamps can work on bookshelves or under cabinets but not by the sofa or bed.
Rug size in a room. The furniture should sit on the rug to cozy the conversation area. Under a table, the chair should always be on the rug when seated. Purchasing a too-small rug is a waste of money—measuring your room and furniture and keeping everything in scale. Rugs that all match can leave the house looking boring. Coordinating the colorway and using different patterns keeps your home attractive.
Pillow investment. Choosing the correct size pillow for your sofa and chairs will welcome your guest to sit awhile. Changing out your pillows for the seasons will make you enjoy each season without breaking the bank. 18 x 18″ pillows would be the smallest for a sofa; I prefer 20 x 20 down-filled to create a karate chop effect. A few changes in the above mistakes can make your home cozy, comfortable and inviting. If you’re a busy homeowner that loves a beautiful but doesn’t have the time to make it everything you wished it could be? I feel you’re overwhelmed; I have helped 1000’s of busy homeowners like yourself create homes; they love entertaining family and friends, but more importantly, they love coming home to a house that soothes their soul after a long work day. Give me a call today to schedule your home updates.

XOXO,
Lori

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Take A Seat!

Take a seat, take any seat but don’t settle for any plain old chair.
While attending the High Point Market in North Carolina, the mecca for the furniture industry, I found legions of chairs with bright, bold print fabrics. I was like a kid in a candy store, snapping photos left and right. All the beautiful fabrics on these chairs were inspirational to this designer.
These two swivel chairs covered in this fabulous deep rich print would look wonderful in any room. This is a perfect example of up and coming trend colors. @wesleyhall Photo: Lori Carpenter
Chinoiserie fabrics as well as wallpaper were prevalent through out the market. Chinoiserie reflects Chinese motifs derives from the French. The English and Italian designers sought to imitate the fanciful, decorative style of the Chinese arts. You can see the design matches the European taste rather than respecting the Chinese originals. To learn more about Chinoiserie check out Dragons & Pagodas: A celebration Chinoiserie by Aldo’s Bertram. @wesleyhall
Modern designs by Nathan Anthony has the best designs and the quality is second to none. I love the yellow chair especially the legs. The dining chair with the rounded back was unbelievably comfortable.
Natural materials will always be in vogue. It goes well with the Chinoiserie design style. But, coordinates well with many design styles.
My first impression of the chair in the TOV showroom was WOW someone the needs to entertain the cat would love this chair. And you know the cat would love it. Stunning!
My personal favorite find was the dining chairs that swivel and roll. The fabric in dusty apricot gives a nod to colors of the year 2023. Benjamin Moore 2008-30 Raspberry Blush and Sherwin 
Williams 9081 Redend Point. Both a nice earth tone color.
I was crushing on all of these chairs for many reasons. Style, design and their unique functions were the main reasons I fell in love. Fabrics can be reproduce on your furniture. I have a wonderful upholster and 1000’s of fabrics that can transform your existing chairs to beautiful seating in your home. Give me a call today to get you taking the perfect seat.

XOXO,
Lori

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What’s Your Dream Bathroom?

I’m working on some exciting bathroom remodels;
some are minor updates and some are total guts.
As we know the world has changed in the past two years.
Homeowners are realizing the importance that their bathrooms need to be personalized to their individual needs.
Would you be willing to share what you would want most in your bathroom?
Your perspective will help me share some behind the scenes of a bathroom remodel. The problems and how to best solve the issue.
Share with me your dream bathroom.
Lori
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When Life Gives You Lemons, Decorate With Them!

Have you bought flowers at the store and got a little packet of plant food to keep your flowers blooming longer. Did you know you can make that for your fresh-cut flowers?
You will need the following:
2-tablespoons of lemon juice
1-tablespoon of sugar
1/4 teaspoon of bleach
and fill the container with distilled water.
The above recipe will help your fresh-cut flowers out of your yard or garden last longer.
If you want to use the slices to decorate the vase, use two vases, one larger than the other.
Place the lemons, limes, or oranges between the two vases, which will make a beautiful fresh flower arrangement for your home.
Lori
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Before and After-Primary Bathroom Renovation

Like all couples' bathroom renovation, each one has different requests they most desire. This bathroom was no other. Each had additional requirements. The wife wanted a low threshold shower, the husband desired heated floors, and both loved the color blue.
The bedroom and bath had been a new addition a few years earlier, but the budget was tight, and the homeowner felt they had to settle for lesser expensive finishes in the bath. They are now empty-nesters and want a luxurious bath as they age. The bathroom configuration worked great for this couple; therefore, expensive plumbing changes were unnecessary. I was leaving room for all things pretty.
We replacing the existing tub shower with a tile shower, seating, and low threshold for easy entering and exiting the shower. The white tile is a crayon-shaped ceramic tile running horizontal, and the shower niche is a smaller navy blue crayon tile running vertically to add visual interest.

As we mature, lighting is essential to a primary bath. This bathroom needed extra attention. One easy way to help with this issue is to add a mirror from the ceiling to the top of the vanity and then add wall sconce lighting to reflect off the mirror giving extra light. Additional LED can light was positioned over the two sink vanities and the shower. The bathroom also had a flush mount ceiling light that I changed to a chandelier.

The faucets, hardware, and beautifully designed grab bars are in a champagne gold finish. The bath had a closet that got an update as well; we designed a cabinet with pull-out drawers in a natural white oak finish. The open shelving over the toilet nods to the same natural white oak finish closet. The client chose SW 9179 Anchors Aweigh for the new two-sink vanity, a deep navy blue with Cambria countertop in Portrush.

Porcelain arabesque tile covered the heated floor in shades of white, blue, and deep brown. This rich flooring pulled these beautiful bathroom colors together for a luxury finish. This couple will enjoy this timeless-designed bathroom for years to come.

XOXO,
Lori