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If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times, Design is in the Details.  And that’s one of the things I love about design.  The fact that you can take a basic ordinary architectural element, accessory, furniture piece or decorative element and use it to create something unique and beautiful for your home.  I’m working on a project that is requiring me to think about details and how they can be used to transform a space and save money at the same time.  With details on my mind I thought I’d share 11 of my favorite ideas, ideas you can use in your own home.

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Happy Friday!

Besides splurging on cute paper napkins for dining and fun wood pencils for my desk, I also have a thing for beautiful bath towels.  One of my favorite sources for luxury towels in Peacock Alley.  Not only are their towels lush and soft but their textured towels are some of the prettiest you’ll ever see.

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Park Avenue Towels

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Astoria Towels

I recently purchased a few of these beauties below.

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Uptown Towels

Investing in luxury bath towels is wise because you’ll enjoy them more, they will last longer than thinner, value priced towels and they are great way to add UpStyle to your bathroom.

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And if you love luxurious bed linens, Peacock Alley has those too.  Check our their full collection of product and do some shopping here.  My shopping list includes this and this!

Here’s wishing you a luxurious weekend!

Shelly

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Design Details in Unexpected Places

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I feel that many times homeowners don’t put that extra effort into decorating their master bathrooms, so I love it when I come across a bathroom design that is expertly detailed with the same level of design attention that goes into main living spaces.

Design Tip:  Curtains are a simple way to add an elegant design statement to a bathroom. Simple rods in a metallic finish and  soft fabrics will add that feeling of relaxation and comfort bathrooms call for.

Shelly

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Whenever I’m working on a design project that involves a bathroom, one of the first questions the home owners have is always about what type of window treatment is best on the windows.  The answer to this just is not always clear-cut, but there are some looks that I prefer over others and definitely some design considerations you have to keep in mind when it come the window décor in the bathroom.

The first and foremost question is what type of privacy do you need?  Naturally if you live in the country and are surrounded by open fields you can probably get away with a little less coverage than someone living in the city.

Next, think about the style of your bathroom.  Not every bathroom will look good with fabric window treatments and others may not be suited for blinds or shutters.  The style of your space will definitely impact your window treatment choice.

Third, think about use!  Do you have to open/close them daily?  Can you access the windows easily?  In our first house in Seattle, I hung curtain panels on the window over the soaking tub.  Every day when I had to open and close the panels I had to step into the large tub to reach them.  In hindsight, blinds or shutters would have been a more functional option for me.

Keeping these three things in mind, here are some images of bathroom window treatments that work and why!

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The roman shades in this bathroom are fabulous. As designers always recommend, they are hung up high, making the space feel grander and the top valance detail adds the visual weight to balance them against the large tub.  Because the windows can be easily accessed opening and closing these would not be a problem.

(image this space with wood plantation shutters–too heavy and bulky for these large windows.  They would dominate the look of this bathroom)

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For this small window I love that the lower half of the window was frosted to provide privacy while the upper half was left clear to let light stream in.  The simple roman shade (hung inside the window frame) adds just the right amount of detail and design this space needs.

(curtain panels in this space would be overwhelming and blinds would be to lack-luster)

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Here’s an example of curtain panels hung over a soaking tub.  What I like about this is that the panels are the same color as the tile, so they visually just float away.  They are also lightweight which would make opening and closing easy.

( patterned curtain panels and shutters would have been too much for this space and would have fought with the tile pattern)

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In this space I think the floor to ceiling curtain panels work.  the pattern draws your eye to the window and serves as a nice frame to the window.  The sides of the tub can be accessed, again making opening and closing these curtain easy.

( shutters would have made the window feel even more like a big box and would not have added any softness to the space)

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The top and bottom curtain treatment in this bathroom works perfectly for the style of the space.  The flooring and the window treatments both have somewhat of a causal, country vibe.  Light can easily flow in through the expose windows while the lover panels provide privacy.

(because of the corner windows, this option was really smart.  Shutters or blind would have felt to heavy and lopsided)

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Shutters on the lower half of a bathroom window can be a great option in a sleek and classic bathroom.  The shutters provide privacy and provide visual balance with the wall cabinet and adjacent.

(curtain panels on this off-set window would have drawn attention to that face and would have made the window appear smaller)

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Frosted bathroom windows are often the choice many builders but into a new home.  I like the simple diamond pattern on this window which helps to keep the space feel modern.  The swagged valance add softness and frames the window perfectly.

(curtain panels could have worked in this bathroom although they would have given the entire tub area a more boxed in feel)

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This is probably my favorite bathroom window treatment option, Top-Down, Bottom-Up shades.  These window treatments allow you to raise and lower the panel as you wish to expose or close off as much of the window as you want. The look is clean and simple which is ideal in many of todays bathroom styles.

If you’ve looked at your bathroom windows and are wondering what the best approach is, I hope this helps point you in the right direction.

Happy Decorating!

Shelly

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I hope you had a great weekend.  I was able to get a little thrift shopping in but was slowed down by the pinched nerve in my neck with is causing numbness in my right (writing, do-everything) hand!  I start physical therapy this week so I’m hoping that will solve the issue!  Wish me luck!

One of the other things I did this weekend was catch up on some magazine reading and while flipping through the latest issue of House Beautiful,  a PBTeen lampshade caught my eye.  It intrigued me enough that I immediately headed over the PBTeen website to see what other things they had to offer.

After spending some time on their site, I was amazed at how many cool things they had that were not only appropriate for a teenager, but also great for someone like me who is about to celebrate her 21st wedding anniversary this week! 

Here’s what caught my attention:

Wood And Wire Wall Multi Basket

Wood and Wire Wall Basket–Great for storing magazines or paperwork in the office.  I love the industrial feel it has and the numbers give it some added style.  $99.00

Scroll Border Mirror

Scroll Border Mirror–This would look great as part of wall gallery wall display.  I love the slightly distressed finish and the beautiful teal color!  $98.99 On Sale.

Bone Frames

Bone Frames–So great looking.  The ethnic patterns and color combinations are so on trend right now.  What a great way to add a splash of pattern and color to a tabletop vignette.  $24.99 to $28.99 On Sale.

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Braided Lampshade–This is a super chic lampshade for a teen store.  I love the rope trim detail!  $38.99 On Sale.  I just might have to pick one of these up!

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Crystal Teardrop Chandelier–Stunning!  A great piece over a bathtub, vanity or in your home office.  $109.00 On Sale!

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Shower Curtains–Loving their collection of stylish shower curtains.  $38.99 to 69.50

 

Kaleidoscope Kilim Rug–Love, Love, Love the colors, pattern and texture.  $169.00 to $699.00

 

Furlicious Desk Chair–Ok, I just lost it when I saw this chair.  So fabulous and a great buy at only $299.00.  This baby may end up on my Christmas List!

The Ooh La La Swivel Chair was my other favorite. How great would this look in a girly office or craft space.  $238.99 (for lime green) $349.00 for other colors!

 

So I know I’ve got you ready to hop in your car and head to the closet PB Teen store. 

First one there wins! 

Happy Shopping!

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 While it’s fun to decorate the main living areas of someones home, I really enjoy decorating those often neglected areas such as bathrooms.   I love challenging  my creativity to add style and function to a bathroom and most of all I love turning a bathroom into a space with style!

When it comes to decorating a bathroom I use many of the same design techniques as I do with decorating a living room or home office.  I use color as the foundation of the space; I accessorize with items that will add personality to the space; I use texture and pattern to add visual interest and I make sure the space has a point of view and design theme.

If you’re challenged with what to do with your bathroom,  follow my design tips to get your bathroom looking great!

  •  Think of your Vanity as a tabletop surface.

When it comes to decorating a bathroom vanity, think of it in the same way you would the top of a console table or side table.

Decorate with glass jars and decorative containers that will allow you to keep daily use items close at hand and then arrange them in a stylish way.  A beautiful tray in silver or glass is ideal for holding glass jar, perfume or pill boxes.

Use jars in different heights to add visual interest and add a plant or small floral arrangement for softness.

Also,  make sure to use hand soap that comes in a pretty bottle or transfer it to a decorative dispenser which you can find at HomeGoods, TJMaxx or Marshals.

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  • Pay Attention to the Details

Little things like decorative soaps, a crystal chandelier, flowers or hand towels are all a great way to add style to your bathroom.

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  •   Add Shelving that adds Style and Storage

A majority of bathrooms lack adequate storage space.  Look around your bathroom and see where you can add open shelving that allows you to display pretties and functional items.

Paint the shelves to add a little color and use decorative brackets for added style.

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I love using baskets for storage in the bathroom, both wire and wicker.

This image is a great example of how storage and accessories can be added to a bathroom.    The space over the toilet is often left empty and is ideal for open shelving.

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Use your open shelving to display artwork in addition to bathroom essentials.

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  •  Accessorize the Unexpected Areas

Nine times out of ten, the back of the commode is left unattended.  Adding a decorative touch to this area goes a long way in adding style to your bathroom.

Use a tray to hold toiletries, extra tissue rolls or room spray and make sure to add rubber bumpers to the bottom of the tray so it won’t slide around.

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  •  Dress up your Tub

Decorative shower curtains are a quick and easy way to style your bathroom.

I love this look where two panels are used instead of a single, creating a frame for the tub.

If you can’t find a shower curtain you love, use drapery panels instead.

  A clear liner can be added behind the panels to keep them dry and just like curtains in your home, hang your shower curtain as high as possible to give the bathroom visual height.

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Here’s a great tutorial from SAS Interiors on turning a curtain panel into a shower curtain.

Don’t forget the tub surround.

The ledge of the tub is a great place to display decorative elements that will enhance your bathing experience and add ambience to your bathroom.

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  •  Think of Paint as an Accessory

Paint is always the easiest and cheapest way to change the look and feel of a space, even bathrooms.

Add color to your walls….

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or be bold and add color to your floors!

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  • Use Rugs to add Style below the Eye

Rugs are necessary in a bathroom so why not use one that is decorative and exciting.

Opt for one larger rug if possible instead of a bunch of smaller rugs scattered around the room.

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  •  Furniture is Fabulous in a bathroom

If space allows, go bold and add a piece of furniture to your bathroom space.  Painted furniture will hold up fine in most bathrooms but if your bathroom doesn’t have a great exhaust system, use outdoor paint which will hold up to in humidity and moisture.

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  • Be Creative with the Lighting

Nothing drowns out the style of a bathroom more than a standard grade bathroom fixture.  Opt for a crystal chandelier or something with color and whimsy to bring your bathroom to life.

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  •  Be Creative with Your Storage

Bathrooms are a great place to be a bit adventurous.

Use hooks in a creative way, up cycle vintage pieces and make your storage a central part of your bathroom decor.

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I love this application of baskets hung on metal towel rods!

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When decorating your home, don’t leave your bathroom on the to-do.  With just a few decorative touches you can turn your bathroom into a space that really stands out.

Shelly

all images via Pinterest

Have a design challenge you’d like help tackling?  Check out my in-home design service, my Door-to-Door e-design service or email me for a quote!

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Years ago hardwood flooring became the #1 flooring choice over carpeting, but the look of hardwood can be elevated to a new level when laid in a chevron pattern. 

I adore chevron pattern hardwoods for so many reasons:

*  they add visual interest to a room

*  they can make a room seem wider and longer

*  they add “pattern” that easily replaces what you’d get from an area rug

*  they’re beautiful

*  they’re a work of art

*  And, beyond wood, a chevron pattern floor can be created in all types of materials like brick, tile, marble and of course paint.

Here’s a round-up of Chevron Flooring to inspire and delight you!  And, while you’re checking out these images, take note of the decor in the rooms shown.  There are some beautiful details…furniture pieces, accessorizing, wall colors and lighting that I’m sure will be an inspiration to you too!

Enjoy!

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If you have your choice of a classic wood floor layout or chevron, which would you choose???

 

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Have you noticed how cool bathroom designs are these days?  No longer is it just the floor tile, the vanity mirror or the shower curtain that give a bathroom style.  Sinks, and really cool ones, are becoming the shining stars of bathroom design.  If you need a little inspiration for a bathroom remodel, check out these fabulous bathroom sinks!

 

Photo source:  Southern Living, Circa Interiors, Vitruvit, Cooking Light

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