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Parade of Homes-Tartan Ridge

Just a few more days to catch the central Ohio Parade of Home in Columbus, Ohio.  But even if you don’t have time to slip into a few of these fabulous new homes….I’ve got a few of my favorites and ideas to share.  From a designer’s perspective it’s always fun to take the time to see someone elses approach to designing an empty house.  We’re always looking for new ways to display,store, or embellish a home even if we don’t have a customer asking us to do that.  Guess it’s in the genetics and that’s probably why I subscribe to probably too many magazines….for cultivating ideas.  So this is what I encourage you to do, where ever you live.  Just get out there and take a look  at your local parade of homes, or decorator showhouse.  Leave your mind open to new ideas, colors,textures, fabrics and ways of arranging both outdoor and indoor living spaces.  Check out the colorschemes and undoubtedly you’ll walk away with something to apply to your own habitat! I’m sure most of you have realized by now, new or old, your house projects are never completely done.  There’s always the next little redo to take care of in some corner of the house.  Take a look at some the highlights for me.

K.Knight home/upper level garden

K.Knight home/upper level garden

Kevin Knight & Company Entry
Kevin Knight & Company Entry
K. Knight home/entry lighting

K. Knight home/entry lighting

 

Kevin Knight’s home is hard to top!  Very crisp and slightly contemporary  furnishings with kudos to Pamela Stavroff Designs for the interior furnishings. Next on my list of favs is the Duffy Home by Michael Edwards, Interiors by Pam Yost.  Of course I’d fall in love with the slightest hint of “Frenchness” but ooolala…you will too! I’m so proud of Columbus to put out such sophisticated and wonderful products!

Duffy Homes Entry

Duffy Homes Entry

Is this Versaille????

Is this Versaille????

Lemondade anyone?
Lemonade anyone?

 

Love it!

Love it!

Sometimes Parade homes feel like the unattainable ”dream” homes….but there’s always something to take away and put in the ‘ole memory bank for your own personal projects.  Most parade homes pass out lots of literature on their product sources and suppliers,host free raffles and offer discounts, so this is always a wonderful way to get connected in your own community.  With the crowds we saw this summer I was greatly encouraged that people must be optimistic for the future.  What could be better news than that?!

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July 22 2009 | Design Inspirations and Favorite shopping spots and Flooring and Interior Design and Paint Selection and Uncategorized and Window Treatment | No Comments »

Fresh starters of all ages…here’s some cost cutting tips

Holiday weekend…a nice long one with time enough to take a road trip to visit family or just  get reaquainted with your own little ‘burb. It’s the commencement of summer officially and all that goes with it.  The end of May means the start of June…the favored wedding month.  So you may be just filling up your first apartment or even if you started house keeping ages ago there’s always something new to find and smart to shop for.  Here’s a few ideas for those of you who may be young…old…or inbetween and just want value in a purchase.

Discount Area Rugs and Carpet:  Whether shopping for an area rug or wall to wall check out the discounter first.  Many times they carry roll -ends that might fit your size requirement .  You can save a ton of $$ as these stores will greatly reduce the per yard or per square foot price. If you need any area rug…think cut and bound carpet.  Many times a smaller piece  can be bound and cut to fit your space at a wonderful price.  Binding  the carpet edges is very in expensive. Don’t be afraid to speak up and ask even if your favorite retailer doesn’t have this type of merchandise on display.  Most of you are close to a  Lumber Liquidator.  Here’s their web site:  www.lumberliquidator.com .  Log on to the website and rquest a catalog for at home shopping.  They sell nationally and carry all types of flooring materials.  Carpetings hometown, USA is in Dalton, Georgia.  This is just north of Atlanta,Georgia.  Try out one of the outlets there, as many will ship around the country.  Here’s one I have had personal experience with:  www.GeorgiaCarpet.com   They will ship around the country, send you samples, and there is no sales tax with shipping outside Georgia.

Antique China and Silver:  This is something I love to tell newly- weds and young people just setting up housekeeping.  Don’t overlook shopping in your local antique malls and shops for fabulous pricing on whole sets of china and serving pieces.  You won’t always need a set for 12 , or a complete set of dishes and servers to match.  You can’t compare the value and excellent pricing to new pieces and it’s a great way to mix it up in the dining room.  You may even discover a new collection of something you love!  Often you’ll find in a display case….small serving pieces of silver…like a pickle fork or sugar tongs…for a very affordable price.  If you find something like this on your next vacation it can be a pleasant reminder of that adventure each time you set the table.  Here are my favorite websites for these items….Replacements, LTD. www.replacements.com and www.silversuperstore.com  Shopping on line can give you a good idea of what accurate pricing should be but I find that bargaining with a local dealer gives you the best price advantage.  Most dealers expect you to do a little bargaining and have set their price tags accordingly.  And for those of you scaling down…talk to your local antique dealers about taking any of your old china and silver to sell for you.  They may be interested in furniture items.Guess that leads me to consignment shopping…but that will have to be another blog!  So have a great holiday…..Decoration Day…and make it Memorable too!  Til next time….

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May 22 2009 | Antiques and Carpeting and China and Flooring | No Comments »