Friday, January 20, 2017

Watch Shosh Explain Her Top 4 Home Interior Design Trends On TV

TGIF friends!  If you have time this weekend please view this quick video of Eve Russo of WFMZ TV and myself talking about headline making trends I am spotting for 2017 in home interior design.  Sorry for not making this available sooner (its been busy between work and my daughters after school activities this week).  I had so much fun showing viewers rooms that showcase the trends; especially for kitchens!

If you want more info after viewing the short clip CLICK HERE for it all including paint colors!

Have a wonderful relaxing weekend!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Top Four Defining 2017 Interior Design Trends

Forecasters are taking to the internet and sharing their opinions on What's Hot and What's Not in 2017 home interior design trends.   Reading up on opinions from various designers, architects and style bloggers was so interesting!  I am listing the top four trends I think make headline news and are noteworthy! (WATCH THIS SHORT NEWS CLIP OF EVE RUSSO AND MYSELF WALK YOU THRU THE TRENDS YOU SEE BELOW).

1. Designing Spaces Using A Mix of Styles, Time Periods, and Cultures.  Now more than ever this idea is catching on and, isn't it more interesting and fun to have layers of old and new elements side by side.  A sense of worldliness!  Like working in Georgian and Victorian era pieces, along with tailored lines that are more contemporary.  Such an interesting aesthetic!  

I get requests all the time from clients to incorporate some prized possessions into a new design plan.  This recently completed family room project you see above was curated using a ton of my clients treasured pieces.  We paired beautifully ornate gold framed art pieces with a modern armless settee, recovered two wingback chairs based on the Danish modern movement and then reupholstered in a more updated fabric.  A new custom media console blends well keeping the warm peaceful feel so you get a wonderful sense of the homeowners. 

2. Bring on the GREEN!  Pantone named Greenery as 2017 Color of the Year.  Its a cheerful nod to new beginnings.  I am so excited about this color trend because green, for me, is not trendy, its timeless.  

I love the way Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, described why they chose the color. "Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the reassurance we yearn for amid a tumultuous social and political environment. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose."

Green can be added through paint.  Here are some happy shades to try:
Sherwin William Tansy Green (SW 6424)
Benjamin Moore Fernwood Green (2145-40)

OR thru your furnishings Use a neutral paint color on the walls and incorporate furniture and accents in varying shades, from vibrant to deep and bold.  Imagine a mixed salad with different types of lettuce.  Beautiful and bountiful with all its different shades. But my philosophy is 'less is more' with any accent color (don't over due it or you will quickly get tired of the room).  

Add a green sofa or chair in a velvety or textured material (see the first photo in this post for a beautiful celadon velvet look).

I am currently working on a Library project and just installed two comfy upholstered green chairs (there is a ton of woodwork in the space).  I can't wait to share the room with you!  

3. Kitchens are Charming and Full of Character. This kitchen is the epitome of kitchen trends.  Kitchens are less utilitarian and moving toward a homier feel. Here are some on trend ideas:

+White painted cabinetry as well as varying shades of gray and mushroom tones.  Island colors will continue to be a different color or stain and look handcrafted, more like furniture.

+Subway tiles are a classic staple for a backsplash.  NOW there are longer and narrower options used by designers.  Go for this look but keep it in the creamy or bone white finish to stay current and timeless.   

+Open shelving like the wood ledges you see in this photo.  It brings in warmth and another layer of texture.

+Gold.  Golden tones in a matte or satin finish for hardware and lighting are seen everywhere in beautifully designed kitchens.  But what about the faucet and the appliances?  Gold may be fun but it is a trend, and investing in a faucet that is gold may be pricey for a look you may not like in a year or two.  As you can see from this photo, silver may still be a great option.  It is OK to mix metals!
+Quartz is still growing in popularity.  Manufacturers are making great strides in the look of this man made material that is very practical.    

4. We Are Compartmentalizing....Sort Of.  We have worked so hard to figure out how to design and decorate open floor plans that include a kitchen as part of the great room.  But now home builders are getting requests from customers to have the option of closing off the kitchen.  So during your dinner party your cooking area can stay messy during prep time.   Love these gray sliding doors used in the photo above! Pocket doors are also really great at closing up, and opening up spaces.  

Monday, January 16, 2017

Wednesday Shosh Shares 4 Headline Making Home Design Trends

Happy Monday!  I am so excited to share four headline making home design trends for 2017 this Wednesday at 8:50 am on WFMZ TV 69 News At Sunrise.  

Is gold still in style?  What is the color interior designers are adding to their projects?  And what is in style for kitchens in this coming year?  Tune in and find out! ;)

Come back to this blog after the TV segment airs and get the details talked about on the show.

Have a decadent day!!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Slipcover Chair Project Without Sewing

Happy Friday! I posted this DIY project a number of years ago and it has become one of my most popular posts so I thought I would share it again.  

Its a good weekend project.  And no sewing involved.

There is no right way to do this if you try it, and its not costly.  If you read the comments for the post you will see that people give great ideas and advice when they took this project on.  CLICK HERE to for step by step instructions.

If you try it, please leave a comment on the blog post!  I love seeing what people are doing.  So fun!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Holiday Hostess Gift Guide Video

Shosh and Eve Russo at WFMZ TV 69 Studio

We just wrapped up the short TV segment all about Ideas For Hostess Gifts for any holiday parties and get togethers you might be going to this season.  These ideas work all year round too!  Also included what NOT to bring as a gift.  Its a short clip.  Happy Holidays!!

You can also read a rundown of what was shown on TV (along with photos and links to see where we purchased everything). SEE IT HERE !!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Perfect Hostess Gift For Those Holiday Parties

This is the biggest season of the year to host and be invited to parties. So much fun to be had!

If you have been invited to a holiday party, whether small and casual or big and grand, you should bring a thoughtful thank you gift.  Choose something that is functional and memorable.  The hostess is sure to love it and you will definitely get an invite next year!


Important 'DOs' when picking out a hostess gift:

Include a kind note.  
Never give a gift without letting the hostess know who it is from.  Add a good one liner like "thank you for inviting me to such a lovely party" or other sweet thank you words.  Chances are your gift will not be opened until after the party and you want to make sure the hostess knows the gift is from you..... even if its a bottle of wine!

Put time into packaging your gift. 
Be thoughtful in how you present your gift to the hostess.   Show how much you care by making an effort.  If buying store bought cookies, take them out of the store packaging and repackage them on lovely platter.  Even a bottle of wine can be presented with a nice velvet bow!  


Important 'DON'Ts' when picking out a hostess gift:

Don't ask your hostess to open your gift at the party.  This is a good rule of thumb to follow especially if it is a large get together.  The hostess will need to spend time circulating the party and will truly enjoy your gift when she/he has time after.

Don't bring cut flowers.  Your hostess may have put a lot of work into the style of the decor and your flowers may not go with that.  ALSO if your bouquet needs a vase, the hostess will have to hunt for one during the party.

Don't bring food that you expect to be displayed and eaten at the party unless asked by the hostess.  The menu may be set and carefully curated.  But food the hostess can enjoy after the party is a treat!

Don't insist that your wine, if you brought it as a hostess gift, to be opened during the party.  I address this in more detail below under 'Wine Gift'.  She/he may have chosen a wine that works with the flavors of the food being served.  Instead choose a wine you know the hostess enjoys so it can be opened at a later date. 


Try Making These Hostess Gift Baskets That Were Seen On TV Today

*Please note that any of the looks or ingredients below can be changed out according to your budget, accessibility, and preference. Its the thought that counts the most!

Wine Gift.  "Dress it up!"

A bottle of wine is probably the most popular gift to bring to a party.  If you can find out the hostess favorite kind, that is best.  Do not get emotionally attached to the wine you bring.  It may not be opened at the party.  By purchasing a bottle the host likes, you are sure to make them happy when they do pop that cork!

Present your wine to the hostess in a gift bag,  or even just a big bow.  The host will appreciate the gesture.  Add a wine stopper as shown above.  Monogrammed pieces are always nice to give as gifts.  

And make sure you add a gift tag so they know who it is from.  

Ingredients to the hostess gift shown above:
Pier 1 Faux Fur Wine Bag (link)
Pier 1 Monogram Initial Bottle Stoppers (link)
*Make the gift tag out of gold glitter paper from craft store

Breakfast Basket.  

"So thoughtful"

How thoughtful of you to think about the morning meal for the hostess after the party! He and/or she will truly enjoy some simple edibles that you so cleverly gave them.  Simply buy a basket, add two cloth napkins and fill the basket with a few morning goodies!

Ingredients to the hostess gift shown above:
Pier 1 Farmhouse White Wire Basket (link)
Target Pie Server (link)
Target cloth napkins (link)
Box of tea (grocery store)
Assortment of jellies (grocery store)
Honey Spoons (grocery store)
Lemon (grocery store)
Babka (grocery store)

Basket For A ‘Foodie’.  

If the hostess enjoys cooking, give a gift they will truly enjoy.  Fill a colander with a fun dish towel and load it up with vinegars, cooking oils and spices!  Also include a cooking utensil you like.  In the note to the hostess you can write 'I know you love to cook so please enjoy some fresh necessities, as well as this kitchen utensil I find very handy!'  Most of the ingredients for this basket are from the grocery store!  And the colander and dish towel was very affordable!  They will think of you each time they use it. 

I was inspired to create this basket by my good friend Melinda who recently gifted me a rosemary herb plant.  The tag said it represented our friendship.  I thought 'what a fantastic gift!'  It smells so good and I have been adding fresh rosemary to meals for the last week!  

Ingredients to the hostess gift shown above:
Target Colander (link)
Target Radish Kitchen Dish towel (link)
Target Herb Sheers (link)
Vinegar, kosher salt, mint leaf plant (grocery store)

Game Night Basket. 

If you are headed to someones home for an overnight or weekend trip try bringing a game (dice or cards are easy to pack and travel any where).  I love this basket because you can get so creative.  Also because if there are kids they can drop the electronics and get back to some old fashioned fun!

Ingredients to the hostess gift shown above:
Crate&Barrel Popcorn Bowl (link)
Target Uno, playing cards, Mad Libs
Target Store disposable popcorn holders

Popcorn packs (grocery store)

How to make the sign: Cut thick white paper and write on it.  Tape the back to two red and white paper straws (flatten the end of one of the straws to push it into the other so it is longer.

Mixologist Mini Bar Basket.  

A few key items like sample liquors, glass coasters (from Pier 1) and a gold tone cocktail shaker make a fun gift for the hostess who likes to be a mixologist!

Edible gift to be eaten at the party.  

If the host knows you are contributing something edible like baked goods, cheese and hors d'oeuvres that can be served at the party, include a serving tray like a cutting board or platter; also a cheese knife or cake cutter if appropriate.   This will be helpful for your host to display your food right away without hunting for utensils and something to display it on.  Also the hostess will be able to use your serving dish or tray at future get togethers!  

Ingredients to the host gift shown above:
Pier 1 Marble Cheese Board (link)
Pier 1 White Marble Cheese Knife Set (link)

GREAT IDEA: Look for hand made recycled pieces to use as hostess gifts.  It shows you are good to the planet and it will make him or her smile :)

These one of a kind platters are recycled from wine bottles by a local artisan Just beautiful!  Here is the info:
Glass Art by Joe Stained Glass Studio LLC

Check out the facebook page for more info. 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Try Square Back Cushions For Kitchen Built In Benches

Its Hip To Be Square


I had to share this recent project with you because you may have a similar issue.  My client has an adorable built in bench under a long window in her kitchen.  She has custom plantation wood shutters that complete the look!  Problem is, when you sit back on the bench you tend to hit the shutters and they break.  She has three adorable kids and its frustrating.  

This is not a simple cutesy nook but a functioning place to sit at for all meals in the kitchen.  We needed a solution that worked!

After much evaluation we decided to use square back and side cushions.  We measured carefully.  We also left room for adding side arm rests because of course the shutters wrap around the sides as well! 




Now it works like a sofa!  Three bottom cushions and three back cushions, and two arm rests!  They stacked neatly right under the shutter allowing your back to relax against the cushion and not the shutter itself.  The square look also allows you to comfortably place your elbow on it!  

*In case you are wondering, we used vinyl in a faux ostrich pattern in popin' lime green color.  Vinyl works great in seating for the kitchen; easy to wipe up spills!


Sharing Holiday Hostess Gift Ideas Tomorrow On TV

Fun Hostess Gift For The Foodie Lover

If you are headed to a holiday party and want to make a creative impact on the hostess, or know what type of gifts to stay away from, I will have a few 'Dos and Don'ts' along with sample gifts you can re-create on WFMZ TV 69 News At Sunrise Wednesday at 8:50 am.  Hope you can tune in tomorrow; Its going to be so much FUN!

All the details seen on the show will be on this blog after! :)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Quick Inexpensive Ways To Decorate Your Home For Fall

Decorating your home for the Fall season does not have to take up a lot of time, money or energy.  And once you do it, the decorations can last thru December!  

Use these quick tricks for last minute entertaining, or if you, like me, are a hardworking person who can't seem to find time to add Fall decorating to your list :)


Grocery shop for food and fall decor at the same time.

You can find bags of gourds and pumpkins at super markets.  Grab a bunch before checking out of the store.  See the centerpiece ideas below of how you can display them using items you already own!

THREE ways to display fall decor using items you have!
Create centerpieces using kitchen ware.

Platters, cake plates, mixing bowls, trays, and wood cutting boards, make great containment holders for your fall decor.  Vintage, natural tones, vibrant colors, or glassware can give that Fall presentation to table tops and shelves.  See sample looks above!

Use good ol' mother nature for fall decorating.

Bring in fallen branches, leaves, pine cones, acorns and even, pieces of trees you had removed.  Make sure you brush off any dirt or outdoor critters first.  You can make center pieces with them.  The real stuff gives the most authentic look for fall decorating!  Place them in vases or lanterns.  See the tablescape below and how I used part of a tree I had cut down!

Buy some fake pumpkins and gourds and re-use them year after year.  

I have a number of faux pumpkins I use along with my real pumpkins.  No one is the wiser and not only do I save money doing this, but I can spray paint my 'fakies' any color I want each year.  See how I used them above!
Buy fake pumpkins and spray paint them (I like the chalky finish) to get a pop of color in your Fall decorating!

Create fall artwork on your walls.

Switch out a framed photo with a fallen leaf (or group of leaves) from your backyard.  Simply tape it to a white heavy stock piece of paper and place back in the frame.

Also a large basket, throw blanket and burlap looking pillow (love velvets, faux fur and cotton) add to the cozy feel!

Quick Fall look for small console table.

Give your foyer table or any hallway table top into an instant cozy fall feel! Stack worn books and place a group of pumpkins on top.  Books are great props to create height!

Bookcase Decorating.

Add fall decor like pumpkins, corn and gourds, AS WELL AS wood signs.  You can pick up cute worded signs at craft stores, or make your own!

close up

 Tablescape In A Pinch!

A group of pumpkins and gourds in various sizes make a wonderful tablescape when placed down the center of the table.  Roll out a burlap runner to add a natural touch (pick one up from any craft store).  Use battery operated candles so no need to worry about a dangerous flame! 

For the center piece, I added a part of a tree we had removed this summer (the pieces are still on the side of my house).  A battery operated candle sits on top of it.  Lastly a few branches laid down the length of the table gives a vintage naturalistic look.  Change up what I used with whatever you find outdoors.  Thats the fun of a fall tablescape. Anything natural gives a warm cozy feel!

Have fun with Fall decorating!