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Home Away From Home: First Impressions

20 Oct

Amanda contacted me for help with her newly updated entry and was ready for a major change.  After replacing the worn out carpet with espresso stained maple hardwoods, adding crown moulding and updating the paint she had no idea what to do next. She said the “boxy” entry felt cold and she was ready to add pieces that would make a “wow” first impression. She was ready to bring in statement pieces and go chic!

Since Amanda send me pieces from Shop Ten 25 as inspiration and requested our “home away from home” online design service, she will receive a discount on any purchase she makes from the shop!

So, here is what I have come up with! A space that is classy, chic and full of statement pieces! I’m in love…

Here are a few of the requests that Amanda gave me for the space and the breakdown of the pieces:

* “I’m open to a console table, but really have my heart set on a large piece that can also be used as storage.”

This espresso lacquer and mirrored buffet piece is from World’s Away. It brings in the sophistication and chic feel that Amanda was wanting. We have also resolved the storage concern that she has. This AVA buffet will be the perfect place for anything that Amanda needs to tuck away.

* ” I am open to bringing in art as long as it’s something bright and abstract. I’m really not a landscape / floral type of girl”

Silver Lining from artist Chris Judy is simply stunning and the colors will give us plenty of options when selecting the accessories!  With four sizes to select from, Amanda can work with the scale that fits best in the entry. I  have suggested the 36″x54″ on canvas and if framing the print is not a priority, it will be gorgeous just stretched.

* “As for the walls in the entry, I really really really want to bring in a wallpaper. Something with a pattern but simple, I don’t want to spend money on something that won’t look good if I change things up down the road.”

Simple, classic and something that works with everything……can you say Kelly Wearstler Imperial Trellis in Alabaster?! This classic pattern is perfect for Amanda’s entry! The warm alabaster color will compliment the new hardwoods and create movement without overpowering the room.

” I know I’ve asked you to help me with the entry but the dining room is just off of this space. Would you be able to suggest a basic dining chair that will blend with my entry? I plan to place the extra dining chairs by the entry console piece, it’s a look that I have been wanting for a while now.”

Amanda did include pictures of her dining room to help me with the selection of the dining chairs. These ivory leather Marilyn chairs work perfectly with the the pieces in the entry and finding a dining table to compliment these beauties will be easy!

I also love these Trina Turk Shanghai pillows in black and ivory too! They bring in a little pattern without creating a graphic over kill!

* “I must have a starburst mirror! I love them and really want to bring one into the space.”

Check!  How about two of them in a warm iron finish to frame out that stunning piece of art?!  I love the way they look over the dining chairs too, very chic!

*”As for accessories, I am really open to anything. I must say, I have been obsessing over the two ceramic parrots at Shop Ten 25…hint hint!”

Now we need a little bit of color to tie in with the painting, I love these Paulette lamps from Arteriors Home!

The finishing touch, the two white ceramic parrots!

Know what you want but not quite sure how to pull it all together? Let our home away from home online design services inspire you to finish your room!  We are adding our home away from home services to Shop Ten 25 very soon! Any online design services will receive a private discount code to use on all purchase from Shop Ten 25!!

Mirror Mirror….on way more than the wall

28 Apr

Baaa Linnngg! Put your sunglasses on because it’s about to get blingy around here! It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of anything mirrored, chrome, crystal and just plain sparkly. As a matter of fact, I always manage to have at least one of them placed in a project, just ask my clients! So, as I complete a few of my residential and commercial projects, I thought I would share a few of the pieces that have inspired me….and a few that have stolen my hard earned american dollar!
Keep your eye on the blog and website for more project updates in the gallery! I will be setting up the commercial project gallery as soon as I can snag a moment of Melanie’s time (my amazingly talented friend and project paparazzi).

Now being a fan of the bling comes with the HUGE task of keeping it under control and knowing when to use it in small doses. I say you can never have enough bling. Nothing makes my heart pitter patter more than a mirrored buffet with a stunning set of mirrored lamps! All this a bit much for you? Maybe you love the look but just aren’t sure how to make it work in your space. Try adding a unique mirror over your fireplace or over an entry table. It will reflect any natural light in the space and add a touch of safistacation to any casual room.


I love how this cabinet glams up the living area.

Bedroom heavy with dark furniture? Try adding mirrored night stands or if you can live without a fan, install a light fixture with a touch of crystal or chrome for an updated and cozy feel!

Here are a few Chrome, Crystal and Mirrored Chandeliers sure to make any room shine.

Let’s start with my absolute favorite go to retailer for bling….Zgallerie
You can’t get much better than Zgallerie for well priced accessories, frames, lamps and furnture!
This darling coffee table graces our living room.

Other favs that get and “A” in the bling department…. Horchow, Worlds Away and let’s not forget Tar Gee‘!
We recently used the Espresso finish for a dining room in a contemporary Louisiana home. What a stunner and it makes the room… Look for pics soon!! And also in white! Both from Worlds Away

I love this idea!! If we didn’t have windows on either side of of bed these would be a done deal. O Well..maybe in our next place.


Even Donald Trump knows that it’s all about bling…His Park Avenue line of mirrored night stands are FABULOUS!!!

Now get to blingin!