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Well organized book shelves

When accessorizing bookshelves, remember to organize books by shape, color and type.  Vary vertical and horizontal placement and leave “white space” for accessory items such as decorative boxes, family photos or small paintings. Your shelves will add to your decor and avoid the tendency to appear cluttered.

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— Amy W.

Interior Decorating Portfolio

Amy & Shawn’s Baby’s Room

Challenge: New mom-to-be, Amy, wanted her baby’s room color palette and design focus to be gender-neutral. She sought a contemporary look, but one that incorporated traditional furniture styles and fabrics.  Most importantly, Amy wanted the room to be as far away from “baby theme-y” as possible. The room originally served as a home office so the look and feel needed to be completely transformed.

Solution: Inspired by the balloon toy Amy had when she was a child, as well as the muted textures / colors of her mobile and Ferris wheel toys, we created a concept using decorative paper we found that features a stylized version of a hot air balloon. This became the jumping off point for the colors and fabrics in the space: peaches, yellows, oranges and a hint of celery green. We combined modern furniture pieces (a polished, white end table and parsons-style shelving) with traditional elements (cherry carved crib and changing table). 

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Zita & Bill’s Loft

Challenge: Zita & Bill’s loft had become a combination space — the grandkids’ guestroom, Zita’s sewing area and a miscellaneous storage room for exercise equipment, books, linens and extra decorative accessories. As Zita described it, the loft, as it was, did not feel finished or inviting.

Solution: To improve the flow of the space, we rearranged the furniture into zones by function. This made the room more inviting and welcoming. To make the room feel less cluttered, we improved storage and organization and re-accessorized.

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Shirley’s Color Connection Project

Challenge: Shirley has lived in her beach-area home for the past twenty years and has decorated it with paintings, furniture and collectibles she loves. The furnishings and accessories in her open floor plan, first floor space are full of warmth, texture and color. What Shirley felt was missing was a way to highlight and connect all the colors and items she loves from room to room.

Solution: Since Shirley wanted to keep the walls white, we came up with another way to help draw the eye to color throughout the space: with window treatments, new mattes and frames for existing wall art, toss pillows, a slipcover and a strategically-placed area rug in the front entryway.   As inspiration for the dining room and living room window covering design, we pulled the color and flowing style from a figure’s dress in a much-loved dining room painting.

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Madeline & Larry’s Basement Refinish

Challenge: Madeline and Larry recently updated the TV in their basement family room to a large, flat-screen TV. Their goal was to make the room more conducive for family gatherings – from watching movies, playing games and reading to a kids' play area, etc. With the dark 1970’s wall paneling and limited lighting in the space, the new TV put the exclamation point on the idea that it was time to update the room, too.

Solution: We recommended Madeline and Larry remove the 70’s paneling and drop ceiling, add drywall, paint, remove the molding around the window (for more light) and add recessed general and accent lighting to the ceiling. For the color palette, based on Madeline’s love of gardening and her desire to lighten, brighten and make the space less “cave-like,” we chose a sea salt color for the walls reminiscent of sky with a hint of garden green. We designed the lighting plan based on the furniture layout and room function needs – to light reading and TV-watching areas adequately, as well as provide accent and ambience with a dimmer.

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