SPRING & EARLY SUMMER 2014
DECOR & YOU
LOVE THE SPACE YOU’RE IN®... MAKING YOUR DECOR DREAMS A REALITY
Take it outside!
create your escape White-it-out
DECOR & YOU
INSIDE this issue 06/ ASK
How can I transform a room on a budget
OPEN THE DOORS
It’s time to take it outside
18/ ARTISAN Guest Artisan: Henry J Rozewski
29/ LIGHTEN-UP Decorator’s Guide to Lighting
Fresh Vintage is Not an Oxymoron
A designer shares her insights on how to make a home functional and inviting at the same time
Spring’s Royal Color Purple
Easy DIY Inspirations
EDITOR’S WELCOME Publisher and Founder KAREN POWELL Editorial Director LINDA GOTTLIEB
Creative Director DIANNE SANNELLA
Managing Editor HEATHER GRUENDIG PALMER Contributing Editor MARY GILLIATT
Decor Stylist Contributors JEAN VONGLIS
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LINDA GOTTLIEB, Editor
Your Light Shine
Did you ever notice how the type of light and the way it reflects affects everything around you? Whether it’s an unnoticed shadow in a photo, the squinty illumination of the mid-day sun or the blush of the sunrise, light changes everything we see, which in turn affects the way we feel. Referred to as “the prime animator of space”, lighting is beginning to be understood for the magnificent power it holds, radiating from the sun, a single candle or your mini desk pendant. Appropriate lighting can enhance your focus, create or deflate your attitude and certainly affect the way you are visually seen by others. I prefer candle-lit dinners over fluorescent food fests, how about you? Research into hotel lighting has established that there is a positive relationship between pleasure and preferencejust in the selection of fixtures that emanate the right range and color of light! It’s a subtle science that can help properties earn return visitors and high online ratings. Coming into the spring season, extended days are a welcome respite from a challenging winter season. Doors and windows are flung open in anticipation of letting the light shine in on ourselves, our homes and our families. Good quality lighting products and carefully thought out lighting plans are paramount to bathing your home with rays that inspire, caress or calm. Who knew lighting was so important? Read on; in this issue we’ll help you realize why.
DECOR & YOU
“Letting the light shine
in on ourselves, our homes and our families
LINDA GOTTLIEB, Author & Editor of Decor&You®
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ASK THE EXPERTS
DECORATOR Jean, a Decor Designer, has designed homes in climates and cultures of the Upstate New York area. She has brought a whole new level of services to her customers by creating custom interiors designed to capture each client’s own sense of style and passions.
Collection Name: Acanthe from Seabrook Wallcoverings
Collection Name: Jazz from Seabrook Wallcoverings
help wanted Do you have a favorite way to transform a room on a budget? Wallpaper! I love how wallpaper can infuse new life into any space by adding just a bit of drama! It’s a well known practice in decorating that if you use the “right wallpaper”, it will draw your attention away from some things you cannot change or dislike in most spaces. You can use wallpaper throughout the room or as an accent wall, especially when the room is missing an architectural feature such as a fireplace. Technology has helped many wallpaper skeptics see the rewards without the risks. I use apps that can quickly show my clients the exact wallpaper in a virtual replica of their room. This allows them to see how adding wallpaper transform their space for minimal cost.
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AT FIRST I WAS EMBARRASSED. ME, A CAT, LIVING WITH A SINGLE GUY. BUT WHEN I WATCH HIM PICK SOMETHING UP WITH HIS HANDS AND EAT IT, I CAN’T HELP BUT LOVE HIM. — MARU adopted 01-10-10
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Well, the days are getting longer, the nights are getting warmer . . . The time to take it outside has definitely arrived
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Open your doors and take a step outside
Outdoor spaces are a great way to experiment with styles like this Thai inspired oasis
Escape & Re-Energize...
Take a moment to get lost in your own private outdoor retreat...
Style your outdoor retreat as you would any other area of your home
BUY QUALITY New or Used!
Chose items that can withstand outdoor elements
We all need a retreat to escape to. Keep comfort key, and your outdoor space will become the most popular room. Avoid small cramped furnishings that are unsubstantial. Opt for oversized furniture made from material that will age gracefully and grow more beautiful in time. Classic wood options like teak, redwood, cypress and cedar offer durability and, if cared for properly, will resist outdoor elements. TIP: Stick with pillows and cushions covered in outdoor fabric that are thick, chubby, made with polyester filler and feel light when you pick them up. Remember lightweight, springy fillers will dry faster after getting wet. SPRING & EARLY SUMMER 2014 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; DECOR&YOUÂŽ I 11
To turn your backyard into an oasis you will need to include these three essentials: Plants, Water and Fire
Plants: for color and as natural barriers that carve out your spaces
Water: for soothing sounds and movement
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Your retreat should appeal to all your senses!
Fire: for ambiance,
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Don’t be afraid of color... Here are a few ways to add color and keep your curb appeal at the same time!
1. Add a bit of flair to your seating. Deliver a bold color statement with just a pop of color, into your outdoor living space with vibrant-colored throw pillows! Transform a plain bench into a inviting oasis, and take a moment to enjoy the fresh air!
ADD SHADE What Is The Best Umbrella Size For My Table? Table size
Umbrella size (diameter)
Your outdoor living space may not have four walls, but you can add area rugs to separate spaces. Adding color and patterns will provide contrast to the decking or stone below. Here are just a few examples we love. 14 I DECOR&YOU® — SPRING & EARLY SUMMER 2014
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Name: Rain RAI-1140 lime from Surya
2. Look Up. Now is a great time to think about color! Just keep your curb appeal in mind â&#x20AC;&#x201D; when selecting an umbrella look at what colors are around your outdoor space and use the umbrella to pull it all together.
3. Get creative! Accessorize your retreat. Use colorful planters for your patio plants ... Add freshly cut flowers. Change the mood with lighting: string outdoor lights inside a few of your heartier plants. Then sit back and enjoy your creation!
Choosing the best-sized table umbrella will insure it is not too small for all to be protected from the sunâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rays, or too large for your table and tip over. 30-36 inches
11 & Up feet
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Name: Rain RAI-1137 teal from Surya
As the sun sets, a soft, intimate glow in your yard makes your retreat feel magical and inviting... And it is simpler than you think. Illuminate your space by placing accent lighting at every level, from the ground to your tabletops to overhead.
Here are some simple DIY ideas: 1. Make your own outdoor chandelier! The options are endless with a simple grapevine wreath and lanterns. Here we used bunches of grapes, vines and berries as embellishments. The key is to make sure the three lanterns are equally spaced for balance to keep your chandelier steady. 2. This beacon is a show stopper. Guaranteed to set the mood for an enchanting evening. Gather and secure different heights of shepherd hooks together. Arrange them so all polls are touching, but hooks are facing outward. Then just add your lanterns. 3. We adore this whimsical vintage look. Suspended glass jars create a brilliant light show even during daylight hours when theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not lit. Mix it up! Hang them at different heights and hang as many jars as you want. 4. Sweet and simple. Flowers and lanterns are nothing new; but, together, they create a perfect romantic evening. 5. Create a festive mood any time of day or night. Line up brightly colored painted lanterns on your railing. 6. Light up your table. Your guest, will love these mini individual lanterns. Best to stick to nonscented tealights for these little charmers. Always put safety first when using candles. Lanterns are designed to protect flames from the wind and stop flames from going beyond their glass walls, but they should never be left unattended.
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Guest Artisan: Henry J Rozewski Henry Rozewski is a highly regarded lighting design professional known for his in-depth understanding of lighting principals, creative design solutions and his technical expertise of finish materials. Henry’s diverse background of using light to make any space unfold has been his hallmark for over 26 years. From residential to commercial, his commitment to creating the look and feel, plus the desired function for his client’s spaces, is known throughout the industry.
“If executed expertly, it (lighting) becomes functional art”
Breaking through boundaries
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GUEST ARTISAN INTERVIEW
Guest Artisan: Henry J Rozewski Pushing boundaries for 26 years in lighting design You’ve been in the lighting industry for over 26 years. What stands out when you think back on your career? HENRY: You know, its my enthusiasm... it continues to build, even after a quarter of a century! I attribute that to my clients ...It’s the satisfaction I get when their lighting becomes a reality they love. During planning, it's always difficult to know just exactly how someone interprets the illumination of their space especially when color, textures and materials change the mood of lighting. I am proud to say my clients think I do this well. What’s one tip everyone can follow when adding artificial lighting to a room? HENRY: Use layers of light in rooms when doing a design. Once you have an understanding on how those spaces will be used, use general, indirect, task and accent lighting. It's important to use lighting controls in those spaces, too! Only together will they set the mood for any event you're performing. You can create a dim mood for dining in the evening or at a maximum lighting level for cleaning the space.
“Artisans contribute more to the accommodation of life than the profound scholar” Samuel Johnson Compiler of the first English dictionary
What is your one rule for lighting you see that most do not follow? HENRY: Invest a bit more in lighting in the key spaces you spend the most time in by adding some extra recessed lighting to create focal points and accents. I have had customers cut back from their plan choices only to later have regrets. During construction is the best opportunity to add some additional lighting locations with ease and to create impact in the space you live in. How have the new LED restrictions changed lighting design HENRY: LED is the future, but it's still not there yet in terms of producing quality of true color. If you're looking to save energy, it’s a great lamp to use; but if you're looking to show true color of an art piece, focal point or a display, I still recommend incandescent lamps until the LED lamp designs get enhanced. End this sentence…. I love what I do because: HENRY: I help create atmosphere in the places families live. SPRING & EARLY SUMMER 2014 — DECOR&YOU® I 19
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It’s time to Lighten-Up! Many of us refresh our homes when the days start to get longer, and lighting is a great place to start. Why? Lighting controlled correctly has the power to radically transform any space and how we live in it. Have you started to browse for lighting already? You may have seen that there are tons of choices! It’s overwhelming! Especially if you are not sure which one, what type or where to begin when buying lighting for your home. Like most of us you have already found that relying just on what we liked in the showrooms may not always work out at home. So we asked a few of our DecorDesigners® to help guide us through a few of today’s most popular lighting selections.
Joanne LaRiccia, Little Falls, NJ
Chandeliers! The right chandelier selection will provide a stunning show-stopper for many years to come. Their popularity means there are plenty of options to fit any style for almost any room. No longer are they tucked away in foyers and dining rooms... You can find them in bathrooms, bedrooms and even master closets. Here’s a decorator’s secret: Have a small room? Add a chandelier that sends light to the ceiling. Why? Lighting upwards will add space to any room.
TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND. Knowing the size is a great place to start when shopping for a chandelier. Best Diameter: Add the room’s dimensions together and change the total from feet to inches. For example, if your room is 12’x14’, add 12+14 = 26. The diameter size would be 26 inches. Ceiling to floor: Keep the bottom of the chandelier no lower than 7 feet above the floor. Ceiling to tabletop: The bottom of the chandelier should measure 32 to 36 inches above the table top. SPRING & EARLY SUMMER 2014 — DECOR&YOU® I 21
Jenny Velasquez, Weston, FL
Pendants are incredibly versatile and can be used throughout your home to provide task, ambient and even decorative lighting. Their popularity may have a lot to do with how they reduce clutter and free up space on many surfaces.
TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND. Keep the diameter of your pendant ten inches smaller than the width of your surface area, and you won’t have to worry about any head collisions.
Grouping multiple pendants? Incorrectly spaced will look odd. Avoid this costly mistake by keeping the bulb-to-bulb spacing approximately 30 inches apart. Downward-lighting pendants create a focused source of light from above, which can be used to light up dark areas of your home; However, the darker your surfaces (i.e., counter tops, tables, etc.), the more lighting you’ll need since darker surfaces absorb more of the penadant’s light rather than reflecting light over to other surfaces of the room. 22 I DECOR&YOU® — SPRING & EARLY SUMMER 2014
Jen Linder, Highlands Ranch, CO
Billiard/ Island Lighting !
The kitchen island/billiard lighting goal is to illuminate the full island suface or table area. Most are designed to follow “The Rule of Three,” that calls for three identical fixtures for rhythm and balance. Why? Oddly numbered elements are more pleasing to the eye.
TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND. Billiard-styled lighting should be about 1/2 the length of the table and the bottom of the shades should measure 36”-42” above the table. Kitchen island-styled lighting should be about 2/3 length of the island, and the bottom of the shades should measure 28” from the counter surface.
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Katie McGovern, Herndon, VA
Table & Floor Lamps Table and floor lamps are the jewelry of any room. Even though they typically fall under the task lighting category, these jewels will be key to setting the right tone in every room.
TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND. If you have too much symmetry, it can quickly go from balanced to boring. Adding nonmatching table and floor lamps will help mix it up. Want to know a decorator’s secret? Keep your pairs to three or four per room. This will keep your room from being too symmetrical. Keep in mind that shades, while decorative, have a functional purpose: to filter light. Use the lighter-colored shades if you need light to perform tasks, such as reading, and keep darker or opaque shades for low-light areas, like your foyer, to provide a welcoming tone.
Table & Floor Lamps
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Kelly Murphy, Brookline, NH
Track Llighting! Track lighting has come of age. Once a newcomer used mainly in galleries and museums, this multipurpose lighting has now become a popular choice for many. Today’s variety of options will add excitement and a fresh aesthetic touch to any room.
Bonnie Peet, Herndon, VA
Recessed lighting is a great way to focus light throughout open-floor interiors. This key source of lighting can be aimed exactly where you most need it. Consider placing above seating, tables and around any type of action areas in the room.
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It may be said, “There is nothing new under the sun; ” but it all can be renewed when classic shapes are paired with shades of white
A country retreat is renewed through white-painted surfaces, accented with 19th century furnishings, and deliberately rationed bits of vivacious color — all seeming simplistic, emphasize the airy lightness of this fresh vintage (not an oxymoron after all) styled home.
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Awakening The spaces throughout these pages all have one thing in common. It’s not that they are light, airy and fresh and, yes, contemporary-looking - which they all are - but all of the rooms are composed of vintage furniture and accessories, many of them from the 19th century design, with cupboards, mirrors and decorative shelves used rather like functional sculptures. This “old are new again” inviting fresh look has all been achieved by using the no-fail approach. When decorating with vintage elements, keep it simple by layering all rooms in white and offwhite paint finishes. Then, go through and create beautiful, impactful vignettes with natural textures and splashes of color to create a light, airy feel.
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The past has been brought to the presentday through layers of white and, of course, imagination It’s not just color, so to speak, which enlivens a white room. It’s really the textures. Here the carpet, as much as the gentle battered French gray dresser contrasting with the stairs and the gilded 19th century over mantel mirrors, that are providing interest. Against these strong parallel lines, the old long-case clock provides a sturdy focal point.
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Varying textures add to the subtly layered look of any room
Old armoires of all sizes are absolutely timeless when painted white. 30 I DECOR&YOU® — SPRING & EARLY SUMMER 2014
Add a bit of the unexpected! Pops of color provide a burst of energy! Line each shelf with contrasting shelving paper.
Pump up the drama with color & texture in any white room by showcasing sculptured shapes
This gilded 19th century mirror looks great over the white-on-white sofa decked out with pillows.
This retired rocking horse, placed dramatically in front of a bay window, becomes a showstopper. Once a child’s toy; now a focal point that brings smiles to all. SPRING & EARLY SUMMER 2014 — DECOR&YOU® I 31
The delicacy of the cerulean blues arranged amongst the clear and mirrored glass drops of this graceful vintage chandelier would be lost if not for the gentle, crisp, clean cool tones of this light and airy bedroom.
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Awakening Restful and intimate shades of soft white celebrates light, evoking a neutral sense of serenity in this thoroughly feminine bedroom. Soothing soft accents of grey teal beckons all to come in effortlessly. Off-white painted panelled walls, a capacious mirrored French armoire, converted gas chandelier and a decorative gilt-framed painting might all be objects from the past; but place these elements together in this room, and they look nothing but contemporary. SPRING & EARLY SUMMER 2014 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; DECOR&YOUÂŽ I 33
This bathroom’s new fittings based on old designs, looks like an early telephone is more interesting and fresh than old-fashioned.
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Awakening This playfully accented sanctuary has a sense of grandeur. The beautiful, freestanding claw tub may take center stage, but what sets the tone of this room is the ornate mirror, painted gray. It provides the perfect amount of contrast to the almost all-white vintage-styled bathroom. Frosted windows provide privacy and allow diffused light to flood the room and reflect off of surfaces for a clean, light feel. SPRING & EARLY SUMMER 2014 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; DECOR&YOUÂŽ I 35
Awakening 'There is nothing new under the sun' it says in the Bible (Ecclesiastes 1:19). Almost everything in the way of architecture, furnishings and decorative accessories turn out to be a variation of looks and ideas that have been used often centuries before but with new twists. For someone who grew up in a time when 'On with the New' was the cry of the day, this was quite a shock to my received wisdom, so to speak. There are certainly new ways of doing things, to be sure: new materials, new ways of construction, variations on a theme, even just new colors for that matter or a new finish. But, basically, the old will become new, over and over again. Check out Mary Gilliatt’s Dictionary of Architecture and Interior Design now available as an e-book through Momentum.
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I’VE NEVER UNDERSTOOD WHY MY HUMAN WON’T LEAVE THE HOUSE WITHOUT HER LEASH. I THINK SHE’S AFRAlD OF GETTING LOST. BUT IT’S OK, I KIND OF LIKE SHOWING HER AROUND. — HARPER adopted 08-18-09
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Janet Aurora, a ten-year decorating professional in the Virginia area shares, some practical lessons on how to create a home that is not only beautiful, but also a functional yet inviting space for families.
BUSINESS & PLEASURE
I never fail to get excited about combining different fabrics, furniture styles, paint colors and accessories to transform a space into something unique and personal.
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DESIGN DIARY What’s the best advice you can share about home entryways or foyers? “Too often, foyer walls are overlooked. In this space, the colorful oversized art is a great way to bring life to an otherwise ho-hum wall. By simply switching the builder-grade light fixtures to sparkling crystal chandeliers, bling was added to the entryway”.
What was your favorite update so far?
“The foyer! By updating the foyer, I felt like I had an entire new room in my home.”
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Wallpaper creates the look. A small wall becomes a focal point with glitter-accented wallpapering, providing a decorative effect that you can’t possibly achieve with paint. The carefully placed mirror reflects a geometric view of the staircase.
How can a homeowner alter the design of their space? It’s a common request. Here, the sofa introduces a transitional style to the previously traditional living room; adding nailheads creates a personality all its own. The distinctive lamps provide not only lighting, but also sculptural elements in the room. SPRING & EARLY SUMMER 2014 — DECOR&YOU® I 43
It's a win-win for style & function.
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The kitchen is often the hub of the home how can this space be expanded? A window seat is not only a beautiful architectural feature in a kitchen, it also provides additional seating for dining in much less space — making room for a larger table in a smaller area. Plus, it adds a bonus built-in storage area for easy access to placemats, linens and decorative accessories just when you need them, and that makes it easy to store it all away when you don’t.
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Janet’s Last Word “ I love doing a little bit of the unexpected in a room! In my living room, that was done with an animal print fabric on a traditional-style chair. It gave a refreshing and updated look to this piece” “I also gave more pizazz to dining room chairs by using two different fabrics on the chair. The inner back was done in a beautiful black and white damask, while the back and seat were done in a solid. This is also a great way to save some money by using the more expensive fabric in limited doses.” “Thanks for visiting! I encourage you to make each room in your home a comfortable place that you love and use on a regular basis. For example, if you just walk by that formal living room, transform it into an area you will use. I once assisted a client in converting a rarely used formal dining room into a billiards game space enjoyed by all!”
Janet Aurora, of Oak Hill, Virginia, is a professional Decor&You® interior decorator and designer. For more than 10 years, she has served clients located in Herndon, Reston, McLean, Alexandria, Vienna and the surrounding areas of Virginia. She is a national design-award winner in categories such as best overall room design, best theme room and best accessorizing. Her interior designs have also been shown in the Washington Post and the Washington Times. 46 I DECOR&YOU® — SPRING & EARLY SUMMER 2014
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We asked a few decorators to tell us what words come to mind when they think of purple:
THE ROYAL COLOR OF
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use purple for that needed punch of color You will find endless ways to balance this rich royal color to any style. It can excite, calm or warm... That flexibility has earned fans from every part of the world.
DEBBIE TITUS, CHERRY HILL, NJ
Panache without any fuss
Purple has a certain charm other colors just don’t have. Even though, strategically, it is a“neutral color”, its eye-catching hues demand to be seen. 50 I DECOR&YOU® — SPRING & EARLY SUMMER 2014
Love the warmth and comfort of a country look, but cute decor is not your style? Mix in smokey shades of purple with country’s warm colors and textures and you are on the style path to casual elegance.
use purple as the room’s neutral
Instantly personal. Effortlessly chic. CARLEEN DESISTO, WEST GREENWICH, RI
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use purple to create drama Tradition with a twist. Use purple to ground your room; the result: a style that is warm, classic and modern all at the same time. This color allows you to incorporate both cool and warm color palettes, combine casual and formal elements with unexpected textures, without overwhelming the space... keeping it light and airy.
Understated Glamour LIANE RIGANO, WESTCHESTER, NY 52 I DECOR&YOU® — SPRING & EARLY SUMMER 2014
Relaxed Elegance... regal but never stuffy DANA PETRIE NORTHBRIDGE, IL SPRING & EARLY SUMMER 2014 — DECOR&YOU® I 53
EASY DIY INSPIRATIONS
Creating an atmosphere that is all your own... Can be its own kind of paradise it’s time for creative play: This is a no fuss “just for today”moment!
First go through your home and gather together items you love and that appeal to your senses. Choose items that will serve a purpose for your alfresco moment... don’t worry if they will work together - if you love them and they speak to you, it just can’t go wrong! — Don’t forget your drinks and treats. Next: pick a private spot that will shelter you from the sun and any unwelcome noises. Now arrange your items any way you want, grab a book or invite a favorite someone or family to join you... or just enjoy being relaxed and savor it all: the sunshine; the summer breezes and the atmosphere you created. 54 I DECOR&YOU® — SPRING & EARLY SUMMER 2014
If you never did, you should These things are fun and fun is good
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EASY DIY INSPIRATIONS
Create your own cup of joy... Need a perfect pick-me-up in the morning? Switch your morning cup of joe for a cup of flowers (OK we won’t go that far). But Harvard Medical School Professor, Nancy Etcoff, would... Her recent research into the question of happiness proved that just looking at flowers each morning in our own home does make us happier and provides a boost of energy that lasts throughout the day. Ranunculus flowers in pink look splendid in any cup
Why not give it a try? Here are a few windowsill-worthy, no fuss, simple DIY inspirations.
A single pink rose surrounded by white lilacs and baby’s breath will look elegant in an antique teacup and saucer
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Azalea flowers “the royalty of the garden” will stand tall in your vintage mugs
The most intoxicating, fragrant pink cloves will look stunning in a simple white cup and saucer
A simple bunch of grape hyacinths with a vintage cup pair very well
Flowers chase away anxieties, worries and the blues at home
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A letter from the publisher
elcome to our second issue of Decor&You®. We are excited that we received such a fabulous response to our first issue!!! That tells me you love our philosophy: love the space you’re in! It is all about you! In this issue, we focus on items that impact the WOW! Decorating Design: The look; The feel; The function. Without all three, you end up with OK decor. But that is not our goal! Our goal is for you to: Love the space you’re in! First your space MUST function as you want and need it to—otherwise you will avoid it, and it becomes a high-cost area of your home; one that is not utilized. Every inch of space in your home must be functional.
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the look. the feel. the function.
The second part for any element of design is to utilize it to create a look that is appealing to you and the other inhabitants of the room/home. We want to keep in mind what brings a twinkle to your eye, with a twist of surprise and delight. Lighting plays an important role here—albeit a supporting role. And, finally, your space must feeeeeeel goooood! It is to be inviting—a place that draws you in and does not want to let you go! Places that are not well lit are often scary, under-utilized or ignored. You will find that we will refer back to these themes in all of our issues of D&Y. These are the pillars of our Styleprint™ Design System, our methodology for how we create a personalized WOW! Decorating Design for you and your environment. Finally, through this publication, you will be learning about some projects/charities that are favorites of ours. We feel it is important to
build this into our daily plan and not have it be something that we hope to get around to. It is part of the fabric of who we are. This is our vision of space. And that is how we approach WOW Decorating Design! We look forward to providing you with new ways to look at your space and invite you to challenge us with requests for “How do I . . .?” It will be fun and entertaining! I look forward to getting to know you as you get to know us. Are you ready for some new thoughts?
Karen Powell Publisher
DECOR & YOU
L OV E T H E SPAC E YOU’RE IN
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DECOR & YOU
LOVE THE SPACE YOU’RE IN ® ... MAKING YOUR DECOR DREAMS A REALITY