Wednesday, July 20, 2016

See Todays TV Video Segment About Refreshing Your Front Entry

Today I visited the WFMZ 69 News At Sunrise Studio and shared ideas for Refreshing Your Outdoor Front Entry with the beautiful and talented Eve Tannery.  Time flew by and we did not get through all of what I wanted to show viewers but had a lot of fun as usual.  See the short VIDEO HERE.

The WFMZ 69 News at Sunrise News Team.  Do I fit in? :)

Then check out my blog post HERE to find out where to find the items I discussed.








Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Refresh Your Front Entryway

I recently refreshed my front entryway and I finally feel that happy curb appeal everyone talks about.  


Now it has my personality, its clean, and has enough room for all my seasonal decor and flowers I will add (what color do I use?)!



Are YOU ready to refresh YOUR outdoor front entryway?  It might be the perfect time!  Your front door is seen from the street every single day, and its the first thing that friends and family walk up to when they visit.  Keep it stylish and clean to be most welcoming!  

So where do you begin and what do you concentrate on?  Outdoor plants come and go, but the manufactured items you invest in for your front entry way are here to stay so get them in good shape!  These items include:
  • Front door
  • Outdoor lighting
  • Door mat
  • Planters
  • House numbers  

When you have the items listed above in good shape you can have fun adding seasonal and holiday accents!  And plenty of plants and flowers!

Lets Break Down What I Changed and Why:



Don't forget to paint the trim around the door!  It made a huge difference for mine.



More Ideas To Refresh Your Front Door Entry 

1.

DOOR COLORS THAT WILL ADD INSTANT LIFE



REDS

Red painted doors should NOT be pigeon holed into one style category.  As seen by this photo, it can be used in more modern and rustic looks; not just traditional!  Love it!


BLUES

Choose from bright teals to beautiful shades of indigo!
 



GRAYS

Grays are popular, not just inside the house, but on the exterior!

Home Talk has a list of grays that are popular for exterior paints from Benjamin Moore (see below).  I have used the Kendall Charcoal and love it although it is a little lighter than you would expect.  ALWAYS SAMPLE YOUR PAINT IN AN AREA WHERE YOU WANT IT BEFORE PUTTING ALL THE WORK INTO IT IN CASE THE COLOR IS NOT WHAT YOU EXPECT.



2.
DOOR HARDWARE

Invest in new door hardware.  Make sure the finish coordinates with your outdoor lighting and house numbers/letters.   Add a door knocker with character for a unique twist that says 'I have humor' to guests that arrive.


I love Anthropologie door knockers!  They are just the cutest assortment of animals.  

3.
FRONT DOOR MAT

Outdoor front door mats do not need to be boring.  This little detail can add great curb appeal!  I love mats that coordinate with the front door.  It shows the home owner put thought into it.  


Check out how adorable this DIY door mat looks!  Get the step by step directions to make it HERE!


This colorful rug is perfect for a covered porch, and so in tune with the coral trend!  I just stopped by my local Lehigh Valley Pottery Barn store and saw this in person....its so fresh!

4.
LIGHTING

Bring in a charming lantern style outdoor lighting with seeded glass.  Keep the size large in scale to illuminate the front entry. 


This light from Lowes is a great value.  It has a lot of character.

5.
PLANTERS

Use of planters are key to any front entry.  Regardless of your style, pots can add warmth, color, texture and bring nature right up to your front door!  


Consider mixing pots with lanterns to adorn your front entryway. Use outdoor battery operated candles and set them to turn on at sunset!  Pottery Barn has some great options even though it is late in the season (yeah PB!)

If your entry is not proportional, add a cute substantial light and multiple pots in varying heights on one side.  This will balance the empty space next to the door.  Coordinate the pot colors with the door color!

Doesn't this entry make you want to step inside!  The planters are nice and tall and the stairway is clear of clutter!

6.
HOUSE NUMBERS

You should be able to see your house numbers/letters from the street.  They should be large and in a spot that is easy to spot.  How many times did you roll your eyes when you could not find someones house because the font of the house numbers were too small to read from your car.  

I visited Lowes today and snapped a photo of their various styles of house numbers.  As you can see, I found quite a few!

Please share any ideas and photos of your own front entryway!  




Shosh Shares Ways To Freshen Up Your Front Door Entryway Tomorrow On TV

Hi summer friends!

This season is a great time to barbecue, head to the pool, AND of course to refresh your front door entryway.  Tomorrow on WFMZ 69 News at Sunrise at 8:50 am I will share easy ways to update your doorway and get some curb appeal!  Here's a sneak peek:



    

Come back here tomorrow afternoon to get the details of everything I covered on the news!



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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Little Girls Nursery Near Completion

Hi friends.  I have not blogged in a while.  I am posting on Instagram often so please follow me HERE.  

Meanwhile I thought I would dust off my fingers and add some cute photos of a little girls nursery I am finishing up in Bethlehem Pennsylvania.  I have more projects I will post soon.  A lot happened this past week (gotta work fast because the baby is coming!):


My client did not want a 'themed' babys bedroom.  She requested a bedroom that her soon-to-be born baby could grow in.  We added coral and navy blue, along with bits of brushed gold.  We just installed the curtains this week and will bring in a luscious navy blue upholstered headboard and blue glider/rocking chair soon.  See our progress here:

BEFORE

AFTER


BEFORE

AFTER

All The Details

Whimsical wallpaper!

Black out lined custom drapes and a bench cushion!

Hanging drapes from rings allow you to easily open and close them with one hand (the other arm is used to hold baby!).

Bright and soft bedding!

Wall shelves to hold precious moments and trinkets!

I love using wall shelves because they allow you to change up what you place on them! Options baby!

Wall hooks to show off her cutest outfits!

Stay tuned for more photos as we finish this bedroom!






Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Turn Your Backyard Into A Permanent Outdoor Living Space Oasis

 The backyard, whether its large or small, can be a fun place to hang out during the summer months.  Its a great space to personalize and reinvent each year!

If you invest in the right essentials for your backyard it will be money well spent and years of joy during those summer months.  Here are items I would include: 



Invest in a few quality furniture pieces that you enough seating for those impromptu get-togethers with neighbors and friends.  You want comfortable sofas and chairs.  I would treat your space like  a living room or family room and use the area footage appropriately.  If you have a large space try a sectional!  Its all about the cushions.  You want to feel relaxed so you need soft upholstery.  Thanks to new outdoor fabric options made from acrylic fibers that are fade resistant and waterproof, there are a ton of choices!  You can change out pillows and reupholster cushions as often as like!

*TIP: buy an outdoor storage bin to hold your cushions so you do not need to find space in your home for them.



Gather pots and planters of different looks and heights (throw in a few colorful ones with weathered terra cotta for a unique look), and fill them with different plants and flowers.  Do this in hard square corners, entry ways and along back walls.  This will soften the area and create a sensual garden feel.  I love how the designer used plants to soften the harsh look of the outdoor kitchen in the photo above.



Evenings are great times to enjoy your backyard.  Through mood lighting you can create a soft glow that is relaxing.  I'm talking about adding outdoor lanterns, candles, string lights and of course, a fire pit!

Try buying a bulk of lanterns in different sizes and placing them along pathways, on table tops, and within your seating area.  The soft light will be calming and beautiful!   Pier 1 has LED candles that are not only made for outdoors but has a remote that can control all of them!  

Fire pits are fun to have, romantic to look at, and can give off a little heat.  I like the idea of a self contained fire pit that has a lip around it to set food on.  Its a fire pit and coffee table in one!  Frontgate offers some nice options.  

Water features produce a sense of relaxation like being on vacation.  The sound is soothing.  You can choose from hundreds of options!  They can be large focal points or portable self contained fountains that are plugged into an outlet.

Best of luck with your backyard project.  I had fun putting this post together! :)



Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Home Office Gets Bright Makeover


My client, who works from home full time in Allentown Pennsylvania, asked us to give her an office space that functions well for a hard working accountant, AND would also be a retreat for her during off work hours.   


AFTER

Our Solution: Split the room down the middle; half office and half lounge area.  

We tied the spaces together through color (her obsession with teal and pink). A soft gray on the walls allows the pops of color to shine without being overwhelming.  

We refaced the fireplace and added a built in bookcase to house her love of books.  We hung the television on the wall.  Then outfitted the lounge area with soft and bright furnishings for a happy look!


AFTER 

For the office area we included a very capable L shaped desk that keeps my client organized.  It hides the miscellaneous but necessary office needs. Poppin was our 'go-to' place for the bold pink and teal bins and magazine/folder holders. 

We also gave her a creative way to display her kids artwork and medals from her triathlon competitions using chicken wire frames and clothes pins.  They allow her to add and remove items on a whim!

                         MORE PHOTOS



New wall sconces, comfortable furniture, and lots of fun accents bring juicy color in, even on the dreariest of days.  What a bright lovely office with lots of storage!

ADDED LENGTH TO SHORT DRAPES

We used drapes purchased from a store but they ended up a little too short.  To fix that we added length!  Heres How To Fix a Short Drape.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Shosh Talks About Creating a Backyard Oasis This Wednesday on TV



Its that time of year that the weather warms up and our local stores fill up with outdoor furnishings for your home! This Wednesday (4/20) at 8:50am on WFMZ 69 News At Sunrise I will share with viewers how to create an outdoor oasis out of their backyard regardless of its size!  Its those key essential pieces to look for!  

After the show airs I will have all my tips and photos on this blog.  I hope you can watch!

Decadently yours,
Shosh

Monday, April 11, 2016

LYR Project Gets The Cover Of Indulge Magazine



EXCITING NEWS! Indulge Magazine has featured an LYR interior design project on the cover of their April/May issue!  And inside as well!  Check it out along with all the hot home decorating trends for 2016 featured in the magazine.  Thank you Linda Doell (awesome Editor)!



After a long day out in the rain this was a wonderful surprise!