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2023, What a Year!

A year in Review. Let’s begin in January.

January was somewhat quiet until the end of the month when I attended the Kitchen and Bath show in Las Vegas.  the flight was long and drawn out because of flight delays.  I was trying to get in early enough to attend an evening Soiree.  My flight was six hours delayed.  I was flying SWA with a connection in almost every city between Arkansas and Las Vegas.  But, arrived late that evening but Kitchen and Bath did not disappoint.  Especially, seeing so many of my designer friends and learning about new product technology, color, and design trends.

2023 was a year of many first both my grand babies turned one.  Annmarie in February and Hayden in March. Cole my grandson turned six as will in March. 

Spring and Easter designs for my clients that celebrate each holiday with their families.

April brought High Point Market and everything beautiful for your home.  High Point is the largest furniture market that covers miles and encompasses the entire city of High Point.  The city shuts down to accommodate the thousands of people who come from all over the world to get a glimpse of the new home trends for the upcoming year.

 

High Point Market also allows time with my designer friends, showrooms, and rep friends.  A great place to inspire designers for the upcoming year of interior design.

Spring slid into summer busy times with the grands, window treatments, and remodels.

June brought the Dallas market and Middleby culinary cooking experience again a wonderful experience where I made new interior design friends who teach me so much about the trade.  I love getting into round table discussions about their design strategy for their home designs and remodels. 

August I was New York City bound for the Interior Design Society’s annual conference.  The hotel overlooks Times Square, design friends, great food and my daughters joined me for this fabulous weekend getaway.  I especially enjoyed the tours offered by IDS.  Tour of the NYC Design Center and architectural tour by boat to see all the sights of New York.

My daughters and I celebrated a nice brunch at Bergdorf Goodman tea room. Shopped downtown, went to the Met, Ground Zero, and Little Italy, and attended a Broadway show “Six”

Nothing is quite as fun as celebrating with your daughters in NYC.

Fall began decorating for the season, For my mother’s 90 birthday we celebrated with a Barbie theme.  It is the year for BarbieCore Trends.  Everything pink, she loved all the attention of family and friends.

In October the hubs and I took a drive out west to Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Monument, and all the western adventures of South Dakota returning through Nebraska and Kansas City. 

October also began my Christmas decorating of trees.  October, November, and half of December were holiday decorating.  Check out my blog about “ De-cluttering your home to get ready for the holidays”. 

Thanksgiving to mid-December was the Hay Barn renovation into a reception hall.  Check out the blog “From Rustic Barn to Enchanting Festive Haven.

As I reflect it has been a wonderful year.  A year of a lot of firsts for me, new adventures, and my love for decorating homes for not only the seasons but all the remodels and new builds.  I must say I love what I do!

I look forward to working with existing clients and meeting new ones in 2024.  Thank you to everyone who has entrusted me with your design dilemmas and brought me into your homes and lives. 

Happy 2024 to you and yours.

Your happy designer,

Lori

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From Rustic Barn to Enchanting Festive Haven: A Transformation Story

In the spirit of the season, we’re thrilled to share a tale of a remarkable transformation that turned a humble hay barn into a magnificent holiday haven brimming with warmth and festive cheer.

The journey began with an empty hay barn, a canvas filled with potential. Once the core of a hay business, it was ready to be reborn into a reception hall. The transformational process was an intricate dance of design and construction. Every step was a testament to craftsmanship and dedication, from insulating the walls to adding essential plumbing for bathrooms and a kitchen.

Concrete floors laid the foundation for this new space while the electrician weaved magic, bringing life and light to every corner. The extensive checklist demanded attention to every detail—from bathroom walls to installing heat, air, and sound systems and the meticulous selection of paint, doors, hardware, cabinets, sinks, and countertops. The challenge was vast, but the timeline was brief. Yet, with Thanksgiving as our starting point, the barn began its metamorphosis.

Although the kitchen remained a work in progress, the space was already transforming into something spectacular. Tall ceilings painted in black imbued a sense of intimacy, while the Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige on the walls radiated warmth. The choice of black hardware and a rich blackish/brown stain for bathroom cabinets added sophistication. Quartz countertops in Fantasy Brown added a touch of elegance.

With meticulous planning, the space was readied for the impending holiday party—a true spectacle in the making. A flurry of decorating ensued within a two-day window. Faux cedar greenery garlands adorned each table, accompanied by oversized ornaments and ribbons, infusing charm and character. Icicle lights delicately adorned the building, casting an enchanting glow. The front door, unfinished, found elegance with white sheer fabric and oversized red-bowed ornaments.

The pièce de résistance was the mesmerizing wall behind the food service—a magnificent tree adorned in red, capturing the season’s essence. Lighted trees created magical corners, offering guests a photo-worthy experience. A big black sled adorned with an angel and a Merry Christmas sign greeted visitors in one corner, adding extra festive joy.

To enhance the experience, a conversational seating area was curated with swivel chairs, an inviting rug, and arcade games for added entertainment—a space designed for celebration, laughter, and connection.

This transformation was a labor of love by skilled artisans, a project I’ve had the privilege to participate in for many years.  

Lori Carpenter

Interior Designer, Crafting Dream Spaces for Over 25 Years

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A Warm and Welcoming Home: The Heart of Thanksgiving

As the leaves turn brilliant shades of red and gold and a crisp chill fills the air, it’s that time of the year when our thoughts turn to Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is more than just a holiday; it’s a time to come together, express gratitude, and celebrate the warmth of family and friends. At the heart of this beautiful holiday is the notion of a warm and welcoming home where people gather to share in the joys of the season. This blog will explore the significance of a warm and inviting home in celebrating Thanksgiving.

The Power of Gratitude

Thanksgiving has always been a time to reflect on the things we’re grateful for. Amid our bustling lives, it’s easy to forget the importance of gratitude. However, when we enter a home that exudes warmth and hospitality, it reminds us of our many blessings. A cozy and welcoming home can inspire us to appreciate the love and abundance in our lives, and Thanksgiving provides the perfect occasion to express that gratitude.

Creating a Welcoming Ambiance

A warm and welcoming home is not just about decorations or fancy settings; it’s about creating an atmosphere that envelops everyone in comfort and acceptance. Here are some ideas to make your home inviting for Thanksgiving:

  1. A Welcoming Entryway: Greet your guests with a beautifully decorated entryway. Place a fall-themed wreath on the front door, arrange seasonal flowers, and add a cozy doormat.
  2. Warm Colors: Incorporate warm, earthy colors into your dé Consider using rich shades of orange, red, and brown in your table settings and decorations. These colors create a sense of warmth and comfort.
  3. Lighting: Soft, warm lighting can transform the atmosphere of your home. Use candles, fairy lights, and lamps with soft, amber bulbs to create a cozy and intimate ambiance.
  4. Comfortable Seating: Ensure there’s enough comfortable seating for everyone. Add throw pillows and blankets to your seating areas to encourage relaxation and conversation.
  5. Personal Touches: Personalize your home with family photos, mementos, and cherished heirlooms. These items can evoke nostalgia and create a welcoming environment.

The Heart of Thanksgiving: Sharing a Meal

The Thanksgiving meal is the centerpiece of the celebration, and it’s a time when a warm and inviting home truly shines. Here’s how you can make your Thanksgiving meal extra special:

  1. Table Decor: Set a beautifully adorned Thanksgiving table with seasonal centerpieces, elegant tableware, and cloth napkins. Place name cards at each setting to make your guests feel appreciated.
  2. Delicious Aromas: The aroma of a Thanksgiving meal cooking in the kitchen is an integral part of the experience. Let the scent of roasting turkey, pumpkin pie, and other delectable dishes fill your home, making everyone’s mouths water in anticipation.
  3. Potluck Style: Encourage guests to contribute their favorite dishes to the meal. This not only lightens the host’s workload but also brings a sense of togetherness as everyone shares in the preparation.
  4. Thanksgiving Traditions: Incorporate meaningful traditions into your celebration, such as sharing what you’re thankful for or playing family games. These activities enhance the sense of togetherness and appreciation.

Thanksgiving is when we open our homes and hearts to loved ones. The essence of this holiday lies in creating a warm and welcoming environment that fosters gratitude, connection, and togetherness. As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, remember that it’s not about having the most extravagant decorations or the grandest feast but the love and hospitality we extend to those we care about. In a warm and inviting home, the true spirit of Thanksgiving can thrive, making the holiday a cherished and memorable experience for all.

Enjoy,

LORI

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7 Steps to Declutter and Get Your House Ready for the Upcoming Holidays

The holiday season is just around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to get your house in order.
Decluttering and organizing your living space makes your home more welcoming and
comfortable for guests and reduces the stress that can come with holiday preparations. To help
you get started, here are seven steps to declutter and prepare your home for the upcoming
holidays.

Set Clear Goals:
Begin by setting clear goals for your decluttering project. Make a checklist of the areas you want
to tackle, such as the living room, kitchen, dining room, and guest bedrooms. Having a plan will
help you stay organized and motivated throughout the process.

Start Small:
Decluttering your entire home can be overwhelming, so starting small is best. Begin with one
room or even just one area within a room. Once you’ve completed a section, move on to the next.
This approach makes the process more manageable and less intimidating.

Declutter Room by Room:
Focus on one room at a time. Within each room, work through the following steps:

a. Clear the clutter: Go through your belongings and decide what to keep, donate, or discard. Be
ruthless about getting rid of items you no longer need or use.

b. Organize: Once you’ve decluttered, organize the remaining items. Storage solutions like
baskets, shelves, and containers can be used to keep things tidy.

c. Clean: Give the room a thorough cleaning, including dusting, vacuuming, and washing any
curtains or linens.

Decorate Thoughtfully:
As you declutter and clean, consider your holiday decorations. Ensure your existing decor
complements your holiday theme, and remove or replace any items that clash. Also, consider
investing in storage containers for your holiday decorations to keep them organized and
protected for future use.

Simplify Your Kitchen:
The kitchen is the heart of holiday gatherings. Declutter your kitchen by:

A. Clearing out expired or rarely used pantry items.

b. Sort your cookware and utensils, donating any duplicates or items you no longer use.

c. Deep cleaning appliances, including the oven, microwave, and refrigerator.

Prepare Guest Spaces:
If you’re expecting overnight guests, prepare guest bedrooms and bathrooms. Ensure they are
clean, well-stocked with essentials, and have a welcoming touch, like fresh flowers or a small
holiday decoration.

Plan Ahead:
Finally, plan for the holidays. Create a schedule for grocery shopping, meal preparation, and
table setting. Consider designating specific areas for coats and bags to keep your entrance tidy
when guests arrive.

In conclusion, decluttering and preparing your home for the holidays is a great way to reduce
stress and make your home more inviting for family and friends. These seven steps will create a
warm and welcoming environment to help you and your loved ones make cherished holiday
memories. Start early, take it one step at a time, and enjoy the process of transforming your home
for the holiday season.

Happy Decorating,

Lori

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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. 

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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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