vol. 1 no. 1
at home in stuart
distinctive home furnishings & interior design
elcome to our new perch! Our 3,000 square foot showroom will inspire you to feather your nest with style! Petite Surprise offers an extensive ever changing selection of handpicked fine furniture, lighting, decorative home accessories and unusual gifts. We are an eclectic home boutique, a destination for homeowners who want what traditional furniture stores do not offer. Our uncommon focal point home furnishings are often one of a kind. At the same time, we recognize that a room starts with staple pieces and we sell only the best quality custom upholstered and slipcovered furniture.
218 sw federal highway, stuart www.petitesurprise.com
772.287.8030 â€˘ monday - friday 10 am to 5 pm, saturday 10 - 4 pm
the look for less
Loree Weeks, Cecilia Anspach and Carmen Quintero. all me old-fashioned, but I still love a color printed home design magazine that I can put in my bag, that doesn’t require charging or wireless service, that I can look at years later and still find something new and interesting that I may not have noticed the first time. In our first quarterly petite publication of the Nest at Home in Stuart we hope to introduce our customers to what we do and share with them design tips that will inspire them to create their own stylish interiors. Our features will include before and after spreads, tidbits, the look for less, furnishings follow fashion, trending now, and just hatched – what’s new at Petite Surprise. We hope you enjoy and visit the store often to pick up your complimentary copy of the latest edition. If there are any topics you would like to see addressed, kindly submit them through our website under Contact Us.
Cecilia Anspach Editor and Publisher
Kristen Buckingham Laurent Étagère Teak, Bleached Finish
93.5” H x 78” W x 22” D
Lake Front Display Shelf Mahogany, choice of 24 finishes 90” H x 60” W x 15” D
Available in our store now in Sage Grey
Our Project Board: Stuartâ€™s Finest
ur client wanted her Gathering Room to reflect her personality but also be functional when she and her husband entertained. Streamline uniformity, a pop of color, and comfort were the three objectives. The room adjoins the casual dining area where we added an Arteriors chandelier by designer Laura Kirar. Two floor-to-ceiling built-in bookcases were specified, drafted then built and painted white. These create a focal point to the space and accommodate collected aqua blue accessories. Positioning the custom sofa in the center backed by a console table maximized the flow of the narrow room. The crisp wide-striped slipcovered swivel gliders allow for conversation or television watching. The pillows were all specified and custom-made using fabrics from China Seas, Duralee, and Highland Court. The circular, recycled elm and metal table provides movement in the center of the room, while the chunky loop natural jute rug lends a casual, relaxed feeling in the bright and cheerful Gathering Room. Enjoy Life!
LOREE W EEKS
Allied ASID Interior Designer
ARTERIORS CHAN DELIER
RECYCLED! CUSTOM-MADE PILLOWS
NATU RAL J UTE RUG
Interior Designer Versus Do-It-Yourself
ith all of the available information found on the Internet, HGTV, and in design magazines, a homeowner might think, “I can do that!” Why incur the cost of a design professional? Well, let’s talk about scale and proportion. These very basic design elements are hard to achieve for the novice decorator. In design school, the professional eye begins training in basic art lines and shadowing, followed by color and texture and then form. After four years of schooling, the eye sees things in a different manner. A very small percentage of individuals can visualize in three dimensions. These are where costly mistakes are made. We are inspired and motivated to create our living spaces to relate to our tastes and lifestyles but can easily lose
the critical basic element – the “whole” picture. Here is a design test. When you look at an appealing room in a magazine, what do you see first? Color? Style of the décor? Individual furniture pieces? A designer sees first the proportion of the room – the walls, windows, natural light, entrances, exits, floor material, and the heights of all the elements in that room – ceiling, architectural elements, doors and furnishings. The designer then sees print versus solid, texture versus smooth, and field color versus accent color. It is a work of art to reach the perfect scale and proportion and create a space that adds substance to your home not just a space with furniture in it.
LOREE W EEKS
Allied ASID Interior Designer
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