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.
Round and organic were very prevalent in this market.
Note: The round table with round barrel chairs from the Gabby Showroom.
The perfect mix of black and gold metal flowerets around the chandelier. Simply Stunning!
Tips for your perfect little soiree for date nite, family and friends or just for you!
This past week, I was one of about 50 designers in the US and Canada chosen by Designhounds AT HOME and Signature Kitchen Suites to participate in a chef-inspired appetizer paired with the perfect wine from Gentleman’s Farmer for summer date night via Zoom. My husband was not interested, but my daughters were in town for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, so they set in on this sampling zoom soiree and enjoyed it immensely and now want Signature Kitchen Suite luxury appliances for their homes. Each designer was given all the fresh and organic ingredients from Napa Valley, wine from Napa, and tips for food styling from a professional food photographer and stylist. I want to share some of their information for you to have an inspiring evening in the home.
The first thing is to get all your ingredients ready in bowls first; Chef Nick taught us that at the beginning because everything is cooked quickly over high heat. After making up each recipe, put them in plastic containers in the refrigerator for later use.
After all the appetizers have been prepared and stored, look around your house for small dishes and linens with contrasting colors like white, black, or navy. Small trays, small serving knives and spoons, and of course, glass wine glasses are an acceptable way to make this extra special. Using beautiful dishes makes you look like the hostess with the most!
Placing the appetizers on small plates gives it visual interest, as you can see in the photo. The stylist Susan Brinson explains to swirl the dips leaving indentions. If you notice food photos, they all have a textural design to feed the eyes first and makes the food look heroic.
When serving appetizers, choose light wines like Rose, Pinot Grigio, and Chardonnay makes the perfect paring and something most people enjoy with appetizers.
In the above photo the floral arrangement is flowers and weeds from my yard. Remember my last blog post about bouquets for your home. Having various plants to clip from makes easy DIY bouquet for any events or just for a weekly arrangement.
Enjoy yourself as well as your guests, whether family or friends. Now you have all it takes to make the perfect girl’s night in!
P.S. Attached recipes below.
Easy to grow, low maintenance flowers, shrubs and trees.
Greenery used in the photo shoot for a new kitchen remodel were from my yard.
March is a month that can be beautiful and warm one day and cold breezy the next here in Arkansas. We always say, “if you don’t like the weather today, tomorrow will be different.” A few weeks ago it was -6 degrees. Currently the weather is warmer and things are beginning to green-up and early spring flowers are making appearance. Times like this makes you ambitious to plant, but it’s still to early for most plants.
I do not claim to be a green thumb gardener, I’m a fair weather gardener. I love to plant when it’s cool and have been know to go a little overboard. I don’t sweat well. So, in dog days of August I’m sweating tryin to get everything watered. That being said, I plant mainly low maintenance for flowers and shrubs for bouquets for my home.
I have made list of plants that work great for fresh bouquets for your home. Have a nice variety for all the seasons is my goal.
I currently have boxwoods, variegated shrubs, curly willow (personal favorite), having several of these very easy to grow trees comes in handy for filler in any arrangement. Various ornamental grasses, peonies, lilac, zinnia, forsythia, hydrangeas, roses, and especially herbs. Another great tree for their branches is Birch trees. Most of these are two-three season bouquets.
This year I plan to add the following:
Southern Magnolia (Christmas arrangements)
Various Pine Trees (Christmas arrangements)
Dogwood Trees (Spring)
Lemon and lime trees in pots (beautiful bowls of fruit)
Bittersweet Vines (Fall)
Pumpkins and Gourds, I have grown these in the past for my decor. I love watching them grow and take on various shapes. Easy to grow, very little maintenance.
I’m getting excited for Spring and the new buds and green grass. It all makes your soul sing.
Your too can start now planning for easy DIY bouquets for your home.
Roses are an all time favorite!
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A. What is the outcome you want to receive from this renovation?
B. What are your must haves? Double ovens, pot filler for your stove/cooktop, farmhouse sink, microwave drawers?
C. Appliances and their placements.
D. How do you working in your kitchen? And how many others will be working at the same time?
E. Make sure your have a good kitchen triangle for less steps when cooking from refrigerator, stove and sink.
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The color of Harmony and Health.
The color of harmony and health. Green is a generous, relaxing color that revitalizes our body and mind. It balances our emotions and leaves us feeling safe and secure. It also gives us hope, with promises of growth and prosperity, and it provides a little bit of luck to help us along the way.
Suggest that people possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature.
Even before the Covid19 was a household word this past year, I saw the trend while attending High Point Market; everything felt green and organic. I’m buying plants and incorporating them in my home to help clean the air, and I’m planting a little garden for fresh vegetables. I see green in all aspects of design like emerald green wallpaper, walls paint, and fabric uses like in the photo above. How are you incorporating live plants in your home or the paint color Green? Great way to connect with nature.