LOVE THE SPACE YOU’RE IN ® ... MAKING YOUR DECOR DREAMS A REALITY
See a Colorado home that’s sustainable and stunning
Color of the season! Teal is this year’s top trend
What goes with that Little Black Dress? Accents and accessories for entertaining at home
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31 INSIDE the issue 04/ ASK
Deck out your dining room on a $500 budget
08/ ARTISAN Guest Artisan: Author Mary Gilliatt
Delight your guests every time
Make your guest feel welcome
Wild Pointe Ranch community inspires us all to be green and sexy
Terrific teal is the color of the season
Get inspired: accents and accessories for guest-ready tables
EDITOR’S WELCOME Publisher and Founder KAREN POWELL Editorial Director LINDA GOTTLIEB
Creative Director DIANNE SANNELLA
Managing Editors CHRISSY WEAVER HEATHER GRUENDIG PALMER Contributing Editor MARY GILLIATT
Decor Stylist Contributors JEAN VONGLIS
Editorial and Advertisement Tel: 203-405-2111 Fax: 203-264-3516 900 Main Street South, Bldg #2 Southbury, CT 06488 Copyright © 2013-2104 Decor&You®. Reproduction in any format in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Decor&You® is a registered trademark of Powell Investors Group. All rights reserved. Vol. 1. No. 1. 2014 Winter Edition. Published six times a year. Decor&You® provides information on home décor and lifestyles. Decor&You® and its affiliates, employees, contributors, writers editors, accept no responsibility for inaccuracies, errors or omissions with information and or advertisement contained herein. Dates, information and prices quoted are believed to be correct at the time of release but are subject to change, and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. The publisher has not investigated nor endorsed the companies and/or products that advertise within the publication or that are mentioned editorially. The publisher assumes no responsibility for claims made by the advertiser or the benefits of their respective products or services advertised or promoted in Decor&You®. Publisher assumes no liability for any damage whatsoever that may be suffered by any products or services mentioned editorially herein. The publisher makes no responsibilities or warranties of any kind, expressed or implied, as to the information, services, contents, trademarks, patents, materials, or products included in the magazine. Neither the editor nor the publisher accepts responsibility for any material submitted whether photographic or otherwise. All images reproduced in the Decor&You® publication have been accepted by the publisher on the condition that such images are reproduced with the knowledge and prior consent of photographer.
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LINDA GOTTLIEB, Editor
ello, Hugs and Hues for the Season As a decorating and design devotee, I have experimented with color ever since I busted open my first box of Crayola® crayons. Remember those? I learned primary and secondary color science early, but found that particular knowledge exceedingly boring and Oh! So remarkably restricting- only 64 Crayola® colors? No way! So at the age of six I snazzed up my snoozy blue bedroom walls with my own unique form of rainbow graffiti. Much better. As a child of an extended family of upholsterers, seamstresses and textile pros, I established a strong color sense and, most importantly, the bravery to step out and be visible- yep, I wore fuschia when everyone was wearing grey. In my life, and maybe yours, everything flows from color. So, now I find myself the editor of this design publication at a time of year when color is exploding all around - golden, glammy accessories and adventurous color themes (like …. could it really be….Teal?) serving up delectable visual pleasure and tactile festivity. There’s certainly a place for sophisticated neutrals- hey! I do own my share of LBD’s but I think of them as a wonderful playground to showcase colorful scarves, stunning jewels (mine aren’t real) or a single strand of vintage pearls during a season of fun and frivolity. In this, our inaugural issue of Decor&You® magazine, you will find a collaboration of design devotion, passion and variety selected to tickle your creative funny bone and provide a scintillating peek into the world of décor inspiration, sometimes chi chi, sometimes campy. I hope you love it as much as I do. And, were you as happy as I was when Crayola® renamed “Flesh” to “Peach?”
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“In my life, and maybe yours, everything flows from color ” 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.
How can I deck out my dining room on a $500 budget? Whether a dining room is formal, casual, or somewhere in between, it doesn’t take a lot to spruce it up to the next level. Adding accessories to your space can bring in color, display a unique style that becomes a conversation piece and make a room feel pulled together. Art on the walls brings color into the room and brightens up a neutral palette. Don’t be afraid to mix it up! The style of prints does not have to match to look beautiful. Chair cushions or slipcovers for your seating bring in comfort and a touch of style. A shiny
tray to hold drink supplies is functional and adds pop. If the table is where you want all eyes to go, linens and a unique centerpiece is the way to complete the vision. You can use a linen table cloth and napkins to notch up the elegance, or a table runner and a unique centerpiece for a more casual feel. So pull up the comfy seating, lay out the beautiful table linens and display art on your walls to complete your decked-out dining room.
Slipcover from Kincaid Chair-Homecoming Vintage Pine series. Madeira table runner from Easternaccents.com. Candlesticks from Uttermost-Rohini (set of 2). Dipali Tray made of gold leaf metal with a mirror base from Uttermost. Framed prints 30X36 by Artist: Sylvia Angeli From Surya Art
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“Artisans contribute more to the accommodation of life than the profound scholar”
Samuel Johnson, compiler of the first English dictionary
Guest Artisan: Mary Gilliatt Pushing boundaries since 1955 In 1979 and 1991-92, Mary had the first television home series on decorating in the United Kingdom (for ITV) and the United States (for PBS), and was a pioneer of the decorating genre on television. Mary Gilliatt is the best-selling author of more than 43 books on decoration and design, including Mary Gilliatt’s Interior Design Course, Mary Gilliatt’s Complete Room-by-Room Decorating Guide, Mary Gilliatt’s Great Renovations and Restorations and Mary Gilliatt’s Home Comforts With Style: A Decorating Guide for Today’s Living. An acclaimed international interior designer, Mary has consulted for individuals worldwide. She divides her time among France, England and the United States.
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GUEST ARTISAN INTERVIEW What are your two biggest epiphanies in your design career so far? MARY First. Having the chance at 21 to work on House&Garden magazine and being sent to interview and write about the world's most interesting designers at that time. Second. Once having become fascinated by interior design, being given the chance to work with and learn from the late Billy McCarty, a brilliant designer of so much of the late David Hicks's merchandise, not to mention his own work, as well as being trained by the late Louis Kahn, one of the finest architects of the 20th century, considered by many as second only to Frank Lloyd Wright.
You’re often quoted saying, “What is old is now new” - can you explain? MARY When I was researching for my Dictionary of Architecture and Interior Design, it was proved to me so forcibly that there was hardly anything totally new and that almost every new movement, style or idea was cyclical and based on an earlier design - basically you could trace almost every new design back to the original. Thought many centuries earlier. I used to particularly like giving a talk in which I showed slides of furniture from three different centuries and asked the audience which was the most modern. Most people invariably chose a 17th century piece with very severe lines.
What was the best item you ever bought for your home? MARY I think it has to be a large abstract painting by the Washington DC painter born in 1928, Elaine Kurtz. It is all in different shades of pale blue with the odd smudge of rose and looks quite different in different lights. It took me months to pay for it, but when I first saw it in an exhibition in DC, I felt I simply had to have it and it has graced every living room I have had ever since.
What’s on your living room table? MARY On top I always have a simple jug of lilies, nothing else. My table is a 19th century oval which belonged to my great grandmother. It stands just in front of the Elaine Kurtz painting covered by a greeneryblue cloth which gently contrasts with the blues of the painting.
End this sentence…. I love what I do because: MARY It is so satisfying to achieve, or help others to achieve, a comfortable, comforting personal space. WINTER 2014 — DECOR&YOU® I 09
Your entryway embraces you and your guests with beauty, happiness and comfort.
Open Your Door and Delight Your Guests Every Time The entry to your home can either reflect your sense of style and success or portray a disorganized lack of care. Take a minute to step outside yourself and reenter your home with different eyes. Judge the space; what do you see? What kind of person would you say lives there? Does the entrance emanate beauty? Here are a few tips to get you started so you can arrive home to comfort, ease and beauty. • Make a statement on the walls with beautifully patterned wallpaper or a bold paint color. Carry that pattern or color as an accent throughout the next few rooms. • Place a console table in the foyer as a stylish place to hold keys, mail, phones, etc. for the evening. • Make it personal. Create a feeling of warmth by personalizing the space with framed photos or a variety of artwork. • Add a curio cabinet to display favorite art, photos and décor pieces. Change the theme according to the season for an interesting conversation piece. • Make the space feel inviting with a few chairs or a bench; add an area rug for a warm welcome. • A custom, unique or boldly colored front door makes a great first impression.
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• And don’t forget about overhead lighting, such as a chandelier, lanterns or pendants to brighten up the foyer in the evenings.
Fresh Inspirations from Decor Stylist Janine Smith
my top 8 wallpaper choices for foyers Here are a few wallpaper suggestions for your entry to make that polished first impression:
SIX WALLPAPER TIPS: 1. Wallpaper is a great option over paint as it adds depth to a space, with many colors, textures and styles to choose from.
Brand: Seabrook Designs
Brand: Antonina Vella
2. Wallpaper is a durable option. When installed properly, it can last 10 years or longer with minimal upkeep needed. Paint generally needs retouching every few years. 3. Wallpaper is a “green” option in wall décor. Many types of wallpaper are now being made with water-based ink, and no heavy metals are used, so they are a low-VOC product.
Name: Classic Elegance-Export Brand: Seabrook Designs
Name: Salerno-Export Brand: Seabrook Designs
Name: Carl Robinson 2 Brand: Carl Robinson All images courtesy of Seabrook Wallcoverings
Name: Richmond Heights Brand: Sandpiper
Name: Arabesque-ExportPlatinum Brand: Seabrook Designs
4. Custom designs are available upon request… If you can dream it, they can probably make it! 5. Make sure to prep your walls before papering. Patch any holes, spackle any dings or unlevel areas. Get the walls as smooth as possible. Imperfections can show through paper once it is adhered to the walls.
6. Walls should also be primed before papering. Priming promotes adhesion making it possible to hang on difficultto-stick-to surfaces like glossy painted walls. Priming also ensures that there Name: Casa Blanca are sheetrock or latex-painted walls Brand: Collins and Company when it comes time to remove the paper. It's the welcoming ENJOY! WINTER 2014 — DECOR&YOU® I 11 committee for the rest of our
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Guest Quarters Inspirations from Decor Stylist Chrissy Weaver
want to make your guest feel welcome?
INITIAL IMPRESSIONS Spend a night in your guest room; this is a great way to see what is wanting. Does it leave you feeling blah? Is it memorable (in a positive way)?
Here are nine must haves to get your space
Let them choose. The bed can’t just be beautiful, give your guest options. Provide an assortment of pillows (down, synthetic filler, over stuffed, under stuffed) and blankets (light & heavy). REMINDER! Experimenting with bed covering is a great way to show your style. Have fun! But make sure the sheets are not full of dyes that can irritate you guest’s skin.
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Don’t make them bow to the floor. Add a bench to place their bags.
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3> Have a desk cleared off and ready for their digital gear. Be sure to place a lamp here and have as many power outlets available as you can.
Give them some space. A wellappointed night stand: (include a clock, bottle of water, bowl or dish for earrings/ watches, lamp) but be sure to give them some room. Don’t over-fill table tops, your guests may have their own belongings they would like to set out.
<4 Give your guests something to do. During “quiet times”, have books, an iPad (with games and books installed), a TV with a DVD player (include a few of your favorite movies to talk about later) and puzzles at the ready. REMINDER: Don’t forget to share your password to the home’s WiFi. WINTER 2014 — DECOR&YOU® I 15
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Make it cozy with tabletop, 3-way soft lighting and keep it cool at night; sleep scientists all agree turning down the thermostat at night is best for sleep.
Get them smiling with pictures. Adding pictures your guests are familiar with will give a sense of comfort.
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Nothing says, “glad you’re here” more than a welcome basket. Fill them with big fluffy towels, an oversized robe and slipper socks. Surprise them with your thoughtfulness, and add a flashlight just in case they need one, along with a few of your favorite extra toiletries. TIP: If you have an active home, include ear plugs and eye shades.
Make room and add lots of hooks & hangers – give your guests places to hang the things they use frequently.
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Robin Wilson Some personal faves... Food: Calamari Book: The Great Gatsby Concert: Tina Turner 2000 Memory: Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef and seeing pristine ocean at 40 feet C
“Design today should be about saving the Earth, ﬁnding beauty and being organic in inspiration.”
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GREEN & SEXY A Colorado home that’s sustainable & stunning
Set amid the picturesque vistas and trails of Elbert County, Colorado, against an exquisite backdrop of breathtaking open space, this beautiful home in the Wild Pointe Ranch community will inspire us all to be green and sexy! WINTER 2014 — DECOR&YOU® I 19
You can feel nature’s handprint throughout this Colorado home’s decor
The eco-elegance of this stunning Colorado living room shows that style and sustainable design work beautifully together Custom wooden built-ins add to the soothing warm atmosphere, and the striking characteristics of the plantation-grown hardwood lounge chairs add just the right touch to
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DESIGN DIARY The dining room’s natural color selection was inspired by Colorado’s beautiful changing vistas
Stylish Yet Sustainable. A fantastic example of how you can live the eco-friendly lifestyle without sacrificing ease, luxury and beauty inside your home. Wonderful details embellish this ultimate dining lounge with colors that change with the day’s natural light from dawn to dusk. Sustainable wood pieces bring the organic landscape into the room, and texture is added through pendant lighting that
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It's a win-win for style & our planet.
LEFT: This home’s hotel-style master bedroom suite soothes the conscience. The mixture of textures, including wood, metallic and ceramic surfaces, creates a warm and elegant space infused with natural elements including the bed’s organic bedding; providing both warmth and supreme comfort - promising a restful night’s sleep. 24 I DECOR&YOU® — WINTER 2014
“Whether your style is modern, retro, country, eclectic or minimalist, this sustainable Colorado home shows anyone can incorporate eco-friendly elements into their space in a way that still reflects their personal style.”
- LINNORE GONZALES, HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO
MIDDLE: This tween boy’s bedroom is all about clean lines. The platform bed floats atop a wooden pedestal with lustrous wood surfaces that showcase the gorgeous grain, while the branch-shaped shelving above brings a sculptural element to the space, giving this room an airy, modern feel. RIGHT: This little girl’s room is refined and sweet and made 100% in the USA. Eco bedding with regal stripes and coral bold blooms make for a print that is unique and timeless. WINTER 2014 — DECOR&YOU® I 25
Bring eco-elegance into your own home with the following earthfriendly decorating solutions
The entire home’s hardwood flooring is made of renewable eucalyptus Paints used on walls and trim in the house are finished with Benjamin Moore low- VOC paints All lighting throughout home uses CFL bulbs
LIVING ROOM pages 20 & 21
DINING ROOM page 22 & 23
Loveseat was made in the USA from by the “Sustainable by Design” manufacturer, Kincaid.
Genuine solid wood dining table. Made in the USA by the “Sustainable by Design” manufacturer, Kincaid.
Lounge chairs are plantation-grown hardwood frame with woven rattan matting on back panel inside and out.
Solid wood china base and deck, featuring lighting, wood-framed glass doors, adjustable glass shelves and levelers. Made in USA by “Sustainable by Design” manufacturer, Kincaid.
Antique brass conductor table. Made of recycled aluminum, features a forward style with a vintageinspired personality. Wool area rug. Hand knotted in premium New Zealand made of non-toxic wool. Glasstop coffee table with a sleek-line “X” base made of acacia wood. High-efficiency gas fireplace. 26 I DECOR&YOU® — WINTER 2014
Banquette manufactured by a local upholsterer using solid wood frames and legs and eco-friendly batting, decking and fabric. Dining chairs manufactured by a local upholsterer using solid wood frames and eco-friendly batting, decking and fabric. Energy-efficient Hunter Douglas woven woods. Eco-friendly fabric decorative panels.
MASTER SUITE page 24 Upholstered bed made in the USA with eco-friendly foam made from soybean oil. Genuine solid wood dresser made in the USA by “Sustainable by Design” manufacturer, Kincaid. Round accessory table, granite top and metal base. Made in the USA by “Sustainable by Design” manufacturer, Kincaid. 100% Wool area rug Organix by Delos. Eco-friendly bamboo bedding and sheets. Energy-efficient window coverings by Hunter Douglas Silhouettes. Wallpaper installed with eco-safe, non-toxic glues.
BOY’s ROOM page 24 & 25 Platform bed handcrafted from exotic demolition hardwood as well as white oak and black walnut. Woven grass cloth wallpaper with eco-safe, non-toxic glues. Branch wall artwork created locally finished with low-VOC and non-toxic stain. Eco-friendly bamboo bedding and sheets. Table lamp with natural vine body, made with hardwood base topped with natural raffia shade and banana bark finial. Energy-efficient window coverings by Hunter Douglas topdown bottom-up Duettes and eco-friendly decorative panels. Flooring carpet made of 25% recycled glass. LEAD DECOR STYLIST FOR ELBERT COUNTY, COLORADO
Linnore Gonzales, CID
GIRL’s ROOM page 25 100% Made in the USA white bedroom suite set. Bedding made with eco-friendly fabrics. Energy-efficient window coverings by Hunter Douglas top-down bottom-up Duettes and eco-friendly decorative panels. Flooring carpet made of 25% recycled glass. 28 I DECOR&YOU® — WINTER 2014
Linnore Gonzales leads a team of Decor Designers who are all committed to creating beautiful interiors. Her team takes pride in their ability to truly listen to their clients and give them design options that meet their needs, wants and investment. Linnore’s studio is located in Highlands Ranch (a suburb of Denver, Colorado). Her team of very talented and creative Decor Designers and assistants serve the Southeast Metro Denver area, including the Highlands Ranch, areas of Castle Rock, Castle Pines Village, Castle Pines North, Sedalia, Lone Tree and Southeast Aurora. 303-346-2593
Odds of a child being diagnosed with autism: 1 in 88
Odds of a child becoming a top fashion designer: 1 in 7,000 Odds of a child being diagnosed with autism: 1 in 88
Some signs to look for:
No big smiles or other joyful expressions by 6 months.
No babbling by 12 months.
No words by 16 months.
To learn more of the signs of autism, visit autismspeaks.org ÂŠ 2012 Autism Speaks Inc. "Autism Speaks" and "It's Time To Listen" & design are trademarks owned by Autism Speaks Inc. All rights reserved.
Image Copyright Monkey Business Images, 2013. Used under license from Shutterstock.com.
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Known as the “Color of Life”, a tertiary color, it reflects a subtle combination of the natural harmony of green with the tranquility of blue. It’s being described in several ways as a color that reflects the times we live in, and represents change and opportunities. A more refined version of turquoise, teal has been used to signify both honesty and strength. Studies have shown it can enhance the ability to focus and concentrate and help restore depleted energies (and who couldn’t use a little of that at the end of the day?).
So we asked seven decorators to tell us what they love about teal and how they like to use it.
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“Most couples won’t always see eye-to-eye on every color decision... so when compromise is key ... 9 out of 10 times, a teal tone brings back harmony.” - DEBBIE TITUS, CHERRY HILL, NJ 32 I DECOR&YOU® — WINTER 2014
Venus & Mars agree Today’s teal is versatile and gentle. It has a subdued richness in all of its many tones and shades. A sophisticated hue, this tertiary color symbolizes balance appealing to both genders. In fact, teal is the least gender-specific color, having equal appeal to both men and women.
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“Teal makes the most familiar and comfortable decor seem new when it is used to emphasize their classic shapes.”
- LIANE RIGANO, WESTCHESTER, NY
“I love to use teal against crisp white and grey surfaces. It’s a bold, positive, assertive, highly visible color that’s always elegant.” - JOANNE LARICCIA, LITTLE FALLS, NJ
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Teal tones are classic. They work with nearly any style, from modern to traditional, and can be both loud or muted but always sophisticated.
Why not add a little spark to todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s muted, neutral-styled rooms. Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teal has an endless capacity to change the look and feel without overwhelming the space. A teal sofa with coral accents is both striking and yet calm when combined with neutrals and shades of wood tones in this family room.
“Teal is the color cure for all things ordinary” - CARLEEN DESISTO, WEST GREENWICH, RI
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tranquility “I never miss an opportunity to use precious crystals, silvers and golds to reflect teal’s unique shades. I love how they catch teal tones throughout the day’s shifting light. It’s like glimpses of the ocean sky inside, filling any space with renewed energy.” - DANA PETRIE NORTHBRIDGE, MA
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Teal is loved for its versatility and works well in different color combinations. The inherent harmony of green with the tranquility of blue makes this hue the most freeing of colors... There are innumerable amounts of shades and tones . The richer, inky shades have more black, and the smokier tones have grey added. Looking for a toneon-tone effect? Just combine different tones of teal. Absolutely gorgeous!
Searching for a cool, dynamic and welcoming feel? Layer shades with denim, navy and white.
Want a fresh new natural space? Combine tones with mint, duck egg or emerald greens.
Is neutral your style? Choose colors with natural wood tones and just a few dark teal accents for contrast.
Want a modern pop? Teal works beautifully with delicate pinkish tones and warm ochre yellow.
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“There’s nothing that awakens my inner Gypsy as the rich and inky color of teal... combined with deep purple or olive green, it’s just amazing!” - THERESE BUSH-HILGAR , WHITE HOUSE STATION, NJ
“Teal invites us to extend our imagination and ignore the rules. “ - JEAN VONGLIS, AVON, NY
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WHAT GOES WITH THAT LITTLE BLACK DRESS
accents and accessories for guest-ready tables OPPOSITE: Looking for some major “wow”? Try using sparkle plate chargers with glittery white ornaments (it’s a great surprise gift for your guests)! Keep the decor simple and place settings white-onwhite to avoid overwhelming your decor. An etched goblet will also add whimsy and height. UPPER CENTER & FAR RIGHT: We especially love the use of textures here. Bring a warmth to those chilly winter nights with elements of the outdoors with pieces made from natural fibers, such as the place mats and burlap- wrapped potted cactuses. Simple details like white smooth cotton napkins made special with personalized napkin rings, will make your guests feel warm and fuzzy inside. Here’s a great way to use your hurricane candle holders as a centerpiece when it’s still early in the day and too bright for candlelight: Turn your holders upside down over a candle with pearly sea shells on the inside OPPOSITE & CENTER: Give your elegant table linens some drama by introducing glassware in varying heights. Break apart from tradition and combine a little glam with a sparkly bauble as a napkin ring. This classic tablescape is perfect for a colorful centerpiece of roses and crystal votive candles. LOWER FAR RIGHT: The eco-friendly look is always fresh and naturally beautiful. We like this idea of using tiny simple vases with ribbons to hold soy candles at different heights. Hazelnuts and pinecones gathered at the base, combined with burlap fabric placemats, adds to the organic decor. Thick natural fiber napkins with leather rings, partnered with mismatched china, will take your table from boring to brilliant. 42 I DECOR&YOU® — WINTER 2014
Inspirations from Decor Stylists Chrissy Weaver & Kelly Murphy
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WHAT GOES WITH THAT LITTLE BLACK DRESS
Get inspired... You can’t have a party without food, right? Atmosphere and aesthetics affect our dining experience... So don’t forget to showcase your treats! Here are a few techniques to make your table look beautiful and create a distinctive dining experience for your guests. • Avoid overcrowding . The food shouldn’t fill the entire plate. Make sure you are able to see your serving plate around the food. • Stack. Food looks more dramatic when it builds height on a plate. Turn fresh strawberry and ricotta tarts into a showpiece when grouped on a white pedestal
• Don’t forget to add color. You always need some contrasting color on a plate. Rely on your vegetables, greens or fruit for needed color. • Plate in odd numbers. Why? Odd numbers are esthetically pleasing. • Plate your guests’ food for them. It’ adds a gracious touch.
When less is more. A simple white stone cheese platter allows all to view every sweet ingredient of this beautiful raspberry cheesecake dessert
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So sweet & simple! Fresh bing cherries in etched dessert glasses will always delight.
Give your event the WOW factor! Presenting desserts in unconventional ways will make your spread more visually stimulating. Check out how these fruitcakes with apricot centers look when stacked on a silver plater.
No one likes to be stood up for dinner, but these little melon and prosciutto skewers do! Instead of the traditional tray try turning those appetizers topsyturvy in a glass bowl! WINTER 2014 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; DECOR&YOUÂŽ I 45
A letter from the publisher
elcome to the inaugural issue of Decor&You. We are excited to be launching, since our philosophy is all about you loving the space you’re in! It is really all about you! We will attempt to de-mystify the process of decorating and make it fun and friendly. To do this, we’ll address the three key aspects of a ... WOW! Decorating Design:
The look; The feel; The function. Without all three, you end up with “It’s OK” decor. But that is not our goal. Our goal is for you to love the space you are in! The first consideration is the function. The space MUST function as you want and need it to— otherwise you’ll avoid it, and it simply becomes a high-cost area; one that is not utilized. Every
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the look. the feel. the function.
inch of space in your home must be functional. The second part is to create a look that is appealing to you, your family and guests of the room/home. We want to keep in mind what brings a twinkle to your eye with a twist of surprise and delight. And, finally, your space must feeeeeeel goooood! It has to be inviting—a place that you don’t want to leave. This means that the decorating design options you have in your home must fulfill all of your senses, not just visual. A WOW! Decorating Design incorporates smell, auditory, touch, and taste along with the visual that delivers a unique decor experience and has you craving more. One more thing. . . We love pets and think you might, too. Our pets are our family and we aim to please. Truly, your environment supports all that use the space, it reflects who you are and what you do –easily and beautifully. Otherwise, it is
just another pretty room or existing space. Along the way, we’ll introduce you to a larger community as we try to give back. 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. This is our vision of interior spaces. And that is how we approach WOW! Decorating Design. We hope you agree! We look forward to providing you with new ways to look at your space and love to answer your questions “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
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