Archive for October, 2010

I need your advice…

Posted on October 28, 2010. Filed under: decorating |

That title looks so strange. I am usually the one giving advice.

I am expanding my collection of decorating and interior design books. My question is this; What books do you have in your design library? What are some of your favorites? What books should every design library have?

There are so many choices so I want to make a wish list so my family knows what to get me for several future gift-giving occasions.

I like to use these books as inspiration as well as to help me when discussing design ideas with clients. I find that images are much more effective than words alone.

“Til next time,

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Annual Decorator’s Showhouse in Ellicott City

Posted on October 4, 2010. Filed under: decorating |

I love, love, love decorator showhouses! I find they are creative and inspiring. I always leave with some new ideas to try in my home or for clients. This year is the 26th showhouse organized by Historic Ellicott City. The house is called “The Witching Hour Farm”.

They don’t allow interior pictures but if you go to their web site, they have an extensive photo gallery.

I had a chance to visit the showhouse with my mom. We both enjoyed the bucolic setting. It’s hard to believe we are so close to Baltimore. The house featured a lot of artistic murals that were elegant (in the dining room) and whimsical (in the Tree House Fantasy room) and most rooms had been traeted with the special touch of deorative painting by various artists. The inspiration That I took away was to not forget the ceiling. Most oft he rooms incorprated specific decorative efforts overhead that went beyond painting the ceiling a non-white color.

What I liked best about this house is that the decorators all chose to make this a livable, elegant and approachable home. It is not some fantasy space that you can’t imagine living in. It might be this way becasue the house is currently on the market and this is an excellent way to market a unique property.

In addition to the house, there are antiques vendors and a catering vendor. This makes a great outing for friends or time with your mother or daughter. We had a great time and look forward to next year’s showhouse.

Dash & Albert rugs

Shoemaker Country had a great display of Dash & Albert rugs that they carry in teir store in Ellicott City.

Decorative finials

I love these decorative finials from PJ's Antiques in Ellicott City!

If you are interested in adding Showhouse touches to your home, please e-mail me for rates and more information or go to www.interiordesignsolutionsmaryland.com I am available for on-site and virtual consultations.

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Finally, My Home Gets Some Curb Appeal

Posted on October 4, 2010. Filed under: decorating |

We have been working on our house since the day we bought it 8 years ago. Most oft he work has taken place inside. We painted, finished the basement, and added an extension to our kitchen and master bathroom. We re-built our deck after the extnesion, er-built our front steps and completed a blue stone path from the side yard to the deck. And now…finally we are doing something with or very large, very neglected front yard.

This is the wall of the house you see as you approach the front door. It's very imposing and cold now that the ugly evergreens are gone.

This is the wall of the house you see as you approach the front door. It's very imposing and cold now that the ugly evergreens are gone.

Neglected planting bed at front of driveway

This planting bed is at the front of the driveway. The first thing you see. It's very neglected and we have big (but simple) plans to make this more welcoming.

We hired the professionals at Sun Nurseries to do a landscape design. The person we worked with (Donna Lee) has been wonderful. I was afraid we would get a plan that was too expensive, too high maitenance, too….just wrong. Donna Lee’s plan is perfect. It is practical, low-maintenance, complements the house and the setting and we can afford it!

We are saving some money on removing some old plants and ground cover and we are counting down the days until October 12th when they come install all of the new plants.

I can’t wait to show you the after pictures. I will also show you the front door area comparing this fall with last fall. It’s nice to finally get the outside of the house to match the inside.

Do you struggle with matching your curb appeal to your interior decorating?

If you are interested in a home staging or decorating consultation, please e-mail me for rates and more information or go to www.interiordesignsolutionsmaryland.com I am available for on-site and virtual consultations.

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