Friday, March 29, 2013

Focusing the View

Creating dynamic focal points in your interiors is an important aspect of design success and it doesn't have to be a stressful exercise!  Simply consider the key features that make each space special and then use furniture placement, color, texture, lighting or another design element to highlight that feature.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so take a look at some of the images below and take note of the strategies used to draw the eye to the key elements.


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Texture, feel the difference!

Texture is all around us.  When used well it can make a space come to life.  Combinations of a variety of textures arouse visual interest.  Whether it is a manmade texture like this beautiful wall board or a natural texture found in a beautiful stone path, texture invites us to "feel" the space either visually or literally.   Don't be afraid to experiment with combining and adding texture to your world.  The outcome can be like your favorite nubby sweater that makes you feel cozy and loved!
Texture can be found in modern or traditional environments.  Varying the scale and material  is what makes it work here.
This glass adds so much to the room.
The linear wood slats in this bathroom give it such a  sophisticated and organized appeal.
I love this modern rustic look, the colors are so inviting and warm.  The softness of the pillows and cowhide rug make me want to snuggle up in front of the fire.
It amazing to me what they are doing with tile these days.  This is a leather tile applied to the front of the bar.
What is your favorite way to add texture to a space?

By the way, Happy Birthday Mom! I love you, Sarah

Monday, March 18, 2013

Color Trends: Turquoise, Green and Royal Blue

In celebration of St. Patricks Day we thought it would be fun to look at combinations of Green and blue, a favorite combination of mine!

Fabulous hues of green and blue are known for their refreshing effect on the human psychie!  That is one of the reasons you see them being used so often in spa environments.  You just can't go wrong in combining these colors!

If you like Turquoise and live in the Gainesville area, be sure to come by and check out my Spring Parade home next month.  The builder is the fabulous Cyndi Russell of Emerald Homes and the home is located in Fletchers Park.  We'll keep you posted on the dates!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Nature Inspired

Living in Florida means that we can enjoy nature virtually year round.  We seem to live outside at least 10 out of 12 months of the year.  Regardless of where you live you can find many ways to bring nature inside and create your own "temperature controlled" nature retreat.  Here are a few ideas to consider when looking for ways to incorporate nature into your decor.
Talk about a tree house!  The wood clad walls and ceiling really give it character.  I would probably take it one step further and hang a swing from one of the branches.  Notice the varying shades of wood,  breaks it up and keeps it from feeling too similar.
This tree image is simply applied to the wall like wallpaper.  I love how the rug plays up the idea of the fallen leaves.

Products made from natural products like this woven seagrass rug and mirror bring great depth and texture to any space.  The natural shape of the beams in this image are also amazing.
Talk about a living wall, I'm not sure that I could keep this one green but it's an interesting idea.
Wood, brick, glass, steel, leather...this room has it all!
You can't see the view from this resort space but it looks like the islands to me.
The easiest way to introduce nature into your home and often the most dramatic way is to simply add a wall of unobstructed glass and let nature take care of the rest.
So simple, why not frame a pattern you love.  These colors are fun and modern.
This is my new favorite potted plant, please someone tell me what it is?  

We'd love to see how you are incorporating nature into your home.