MODEL PERFECT: DESIGN IS IN THE DETAILS!

 

For those of us who love to go wandering through model homes just for fun it’s always fun to see the special attention to detail.  Isn’t it?  Then daydreaming about how much fun it would be do the same thing in our own homes…..getting ideas we intend to implement somewhere, somehow, someway! 

So when I was designing a model home recently in San Antonio with my friend and partner, Kristy, we made sure to make details a priority.   Because, well, we know that design really is in the details.

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One of the fun details we implemented was this barrel ceiling in the entry tiled with linear glass copper tiles.  The picture doesn’t do it justice, but I can promise you it is stunning to walk through the front door and see this overhead.

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Just below the barrel ceiling is this gorgeous slate floor in a fun herringbone pattern.

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Have you ever wondered if it’s “too much” to have several different floors in full view of each other?  Many times one type of flooring material offers a consistency that provides a smooth, cohesive flow which is a great look.  But, here we decided to do something different to create interest and a bit of drama.  We have four of the same materials repeated in different patterns:  Slate in the entry, marble with slate insets and a wood band in the dining room, wood in the family room, and marble and wood in the kitchen. 

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So you can see how the materials are repeated in each space, but with an entirely different look.  The result is dramatic and unique and still maintains a proper flow from one room to the next.

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We went for drama again in the master bath combining porcelain tiles with glass mosaics.  Again – the result was rich, warm and stunning.

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Porcelain and pebbles in one of the guest baths…..

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Linear glass tiles were installed in a vertical pattern for the game room bath….

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Stone on the kitchen wall, back splash and pass through bar (somewhat of a signature for this builder)….

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And, an apron front sink…..

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Paint with tea stain glaze in the master….

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Fun combination of accessories…..

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So remember – don’t overlook the importance of the details so your home will have the polished, professionally designed look you see in model homes.

Hey, and check back in a couple days for Part 2 to see the model  finished out with furnishings!

Happy Decorating!

Décor That Dazzles The Domain!

 

Don’t forget that just like adding accessories to your outfit can change your look – dressing it up or down, for glitz or for fun – so do the accessories you choose for your home.  And, just like creating our own unique style of dress tells a lot about who we are and what kind of personality we have, we need to create our own unique style of décor for our homes for the same reason.  And, my motto is never be ordinary.  Whenever possible always lean to décor that is unique and makes a statement.  Like this wall art below:

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Cool, huh?

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Love the drama and attitude this brings to a space.

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These pieces make much more of a statement than an ordinary print or something along those lines.  Make a statement in your space.  Loud and clear!

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Screens are a great way to incorporate color and interest.  Tuck one into a corner, behind a bed for a headboard, use as a space divider.

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How’s this for a unique coffee table?

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Or this?  I put this in a clients living room and it looks amazing.  She was a little nervous at first, because it’s so unusual, but that’s what she loves about it now.  Be unique!

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Great lamps.

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Love this accent table.

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I put these in the same clients house on the black coffee table above.  They look spectacular.

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So fun!

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Time to dazzle your domain with cool décor, too.  Like I’ve said before don’t be ordinary….be extraordinary. Let your personality shine through and find unusual accessories to display throughout your home.  Make a statement with your space!

Happy Decorating!

 

Before And After: A Dentist Office Goes From Drab To Fab

 

 I have worked with Terry and Stacie off and on for years now – known them since their children were itty bitty.  Now they’re so big!  And one is driving!     I’ve helped with the decorating on two of their homes as well as Stacie’s dental office.  So when Terry called to see if I could help snazz up his office (yes, they are both dentists, but in two different locations) I was happy to help.

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Before Pictures:

PB160702The bones were there.  Great flooring and great walls.  But the decor was lacking and it just needed some serious TLDC  (that’s Tender Love and Designer Care!) to take it to that next level. 

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 Not a lot of personality in the furnishings.  Kind of like wearing that perfect little black dress with all the wrong accessories…..it just ruins the whole affect!

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No accessories on the ledges.

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After Pictures:

P1071304Rich, interesting furnishings and accessories fill the waiting area with personality. 

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Great rug at the entrance.

Terry-a Large, comfortable seating in leather and paisley fabric.

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Terry-bCozy touches help deflect a sterile, dentist feel. 

 

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Iron étagère replaced the original less interesting shelving.  It helps to bring some character to the niche.

P1071307Fun accessories help bring in color, texture and warmth.

Artwork helps dress up the hallway and make it more welcoming.

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All most spaces need is a little TLC or rather TLDC.  The right touches make all the difference as it did in this dentist office.  The richness and warmth of texture, texture and more texture do wonders for creating “atmosphere” — even in a dentist office.

And if you’re having fun looking at all the beautiful, cozy decor, maybe it’ll take your mind off what they’re about to do to your teeth!

Happy Decorating!

 

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