Saturday, January 30, 2016

Hall Closet Makeover

 Just a few weeks ago I helped a client turn an unorganized unused hall closet into a family friendly mud room.   Thought I would share where we are with it :)

Demo the space!
We cleaned the closet out.

The contractor took careful measurements.
Starting from the bottom up, he knocked this closet remodel out of the park!

Client now has a long bench to put the shoes on, and storage underneath to store them all!  

Its a deep closet so we took advantage of the depth and created basically bookcases on either side, with each shelf measuring 10" deep by 10" wide by 12" high.  My client should never run out of space for gloves, sunglasses, keys, and a hundred other miscellaneous items!

Hooks purchased in two sizes allows for a high row of hooks to hold heavy coats, and a lower level of hooks to hold things like purses, the dogs leash and kids coats.

The hooks were attached to wood and NOT directly to the wall to secure them better.
We are creating a bench cushion now and since this photo was taken, have added a dozen bins that fit very well on the shelves!

Here is the wall opposite the closet.  It is now a much more fun place to walk in to and get organized.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

2016 Decorating Trends For The Home


Use Pink In A Grown Up Way That Says WOW

One of the two Pantone Colors of Year is Rose Quartz.  One might look at this color and think how do I use it in a space other than a nursery?  Well its easy and you can actually get a pretty great outcome when pulled in with a deep color like a hot hue we can't seem to get enough of - navy blue!

*Refer to my post Pantone Announces Two Colors Of The Year to get the skinny on the other chosen color, why two colors were chosen, and what they represent.
I like this very soft shade of pink that has a hint of coral to it.  The color is called Pink Fairy by Benjamin Moore (2006-70).  

I would then add lovely shades of navy blue through upholstered furniture, window treatments, and decor.

I cannot stop thinking about this Robert Allen Fenway Garden in Navy Blazer fabric!  It has the navy blue and pink color combinations we are seeing and loving!  And the bright green pulls the floral motif so the design pops with joy.  

I want to use it on drapes and pillows!  I may even frame it and hang it on a has a large repeat.

Get a luxurious look by adding to your room this West Elm Rochester sofa in velvet blue, ink upholstery.

Finally use texture on your sofa by adding these Target pink Threshold Faux Mongolia pillow.

Metallics Are Everywhere

Wallpaper with a sheen....

If its the year of the gold may I suggest this beautiful York Waverly Centro wallpaper.  I recently had it installed in my own bedroom!

Metallics are in all decor including pillows.  Just look at your local home decor store!
Its metallic and has scallop shapes on it.  So fun! Its the Natural Leather Hide pillow.

Bling out your office in gold with these rich looking fun finds!  These are from Target and this store has much more

Natural Stones Make BIG Impact

Lots of decor can get in on this trend.  
This Swirled Geode Knob from Anthropologie is rockin'!  It fits right in with the natural pulled right from the earth trend for 2016.
Each knob measures between 2.25" to 4" so they will turn simple looking furniture into a piece worth talking about!

Textures of Natural Finishes Feels Cozy On Pillows

Vintage Lighting Is Charming

For the last few years vintage inspired lighting has been the trend.  More options are available ranging in finishes, sizes and looks.  Seeded glass is also popular and used with the Edison bulb for an old time feel.  Many restaurants are big on this look, along with wood on the walls, and industrial elements.  This Kichler Braelyn chandelier is a very hip light.  I've used it for projects and love the look.  

Botanical Inspirations 

Home decor is headed back to nature.  We are seeing more off white colors, walnut, golds and copper finishes.  Designers are infusing botanicals into spaces of the home.  We can see it in pillows, decor, and artwork.  

This Crate&Barrel Tressa Pillow has so many beautiful colors in it!

These artworks are fun and can be purchased in different sizes and frame finishes.

Pottery Barn Summer Meadow Framed Print By Cindy Taylor

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Getting Ready For TV Segment Next Week

Hi friends!

Happy new year!  Hope this new year brings you much happiness and success.  

I am working on props I will be using this Wednesday at 8:50 am to show viewers of WFMZ 69 News at Sunrise how to use the top 2016 home decor trends.   I'm excited and as usual, nervous.
I love my job because I am able to work with the freshest ideas inspired by designers, artists, and DIY lovers I get to check out online.  I wish I was able to post more on my own DIY blog but Instagram seems to be the only place I can get a quick pic in to show something I am working on, and projects at my own studio and home (and quirky personal photos).  

You can check out my Instagram account HERE and I hope you are having a fabulous weekend!

- Shosh

Sunday, December 27, 2015

LYR Wishes You Joy This Season

Happy holidays to you all and may 2016 be amazing!

....of course this chair is a DIY project just completed ;)

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Pantone Announces Two Colors of The Year for 2016 - YES TWO

Pantone has unveiled its Color of 2016!  They delivered us twins, introducing, not one, but two colors!

Designers that set the tone for the beauty, fashion and interior design world chose these colors to represent a sense of balance and peace.  Also noting that the colors were chosen according to "societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity."

Please give a soft and comforting welcome to


Pantone 13-1520 & Pantone 15-3919

Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure.

Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.

Here is what Pantone said of why they chose these colors:
"A softer take on color for 2016: For the first time, the blending of two shades – Rose Quartz and Serenity are chosen as the PANTONE Color of the Year.
As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.
The prevalent combination of Rose Quartz and Serenity also challenges traditional perceptions of color association.
In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design. This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer's increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage."

I can't wait to see how people incorporates these colors in 2016!  I can easily see them in nurseries and kids spaces.  I can also see the Rose Quartz in a Ladies Lounge or other grown up room you want to add a little pink to!  Why not?  Men wear pink ties and pink shirts so its not just a girly color you know! :)

The 2016 colors are much softer than what Pantone has chosen in prior years-

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Wingback Chair Reupholstered

My new happy place!

I believe in surrounding ourselves with stuff that makes us happy.  So as I slowly renovate my 'newish' home (moved into a 1970's home 1 1/2 years ago), I am adding happy furnishings as I can afford them.  I always wanted a hot pink wingback chair but could not budget in the quality piece I wanted.  Finally my dream came true!

This past summer I picked up this wingback chair at a garage sale.

Its a really well made chair but needs a new cushion.  Great deal!

I took the chair to the upholstery shop.    

They stripped the chair and let me come back before doing the upholstering so I could sand down the legs, then spray them with silver spray paint.

Use quality fabric that is specifically for furniture use-
This is the fabric I used to reupholster the chair.  Its from Maxwell and is extremely soft and yummy!  I mean its called 'Delicious' for a reason! 

I just received the finished chair today!
When reupholstering a piece of furniture, remember that this is your opportunity to add nail heads, tufting, and any trim!  I chose chrome nail heads and decided not to do tufting to keep it modern.  


Saturday, December 5, 2015

How To Fix A Short Drape

Has this happened to you? 

I am in the middle of a client project and we are working with a tight budget.  We installed store bought drapes but they are too short.  

This became our opportunity for a DIY fix!

This project does not require sewing or anything that is costly and stressful so its right up my alley!

Materials you will need:
-Stitch Witchery
-Velcro dots

First we measured the bottom of the drape to the floor.  We are 6 inches short.  
Then at a craft store I found a fabric that coordinated with the drape; I chose a smaller pattern with the same color hue but in a lighter shade.

I cut the fabric to the same width as the drape (54 inches) PLUS 2 inches (for a total of 56 inches) because I will be finishing each side.  Also made sure it was the same length of 6 inches needed PLUS another inch (7 inches total) because I will be finishing one end.
Using the stitch witchery and an iron, I finished one long end and both sides.  Simply fold in the fabric an inch and iron down with stitch witchery. No need to have a finished end on the other long side since it won't be seen.
When done, flip the fabric so the front side is facing upward.  Add velcro dots along the unfinished edge as shown above.  
Take the other half of the velcro dots and place them along the back hem edge of the drape high enough so the added material will just about touch the floor.
Lastly, velcro them together as shown above.

Since this project is still in progress, I don't have better quality photos.  I will share them soon though!  I'm almost finished.