Monday, September 4, 2017

Decorating Tips: Bathrooms, Small On Space, Big On Style


If you have a home with a large, luxurious bathroom, read no further; skip on ahead to the next post. But if you don't and you'd like your little bathroom to appear larger without adding any more square footage, you've come to the right place.

The Small But Big Bathroom
Here are a few decorating techniques to help you push back the walls and make your bathroom not only look and feel larger, but also make it more attractive even if it stays exactly the same size.


Add a frosted window or tile window in the shower area. It need not open or close, it's just to add needed light!
  • Pick soft pale cool colors. They tend to give the illusion of more space and the feeling of serenity and luxury.
  • Open up the space with more light fixtures. Recessed "can" lighting can be installed into the ceiling. Wall sconces flanking the sink can add mood lighting. Skylights, larger windows or Solatubes also can bring in more light.
The gray tile in the bathtub surround and counter tops add a bit of luxury to this simple bathroom design.
  • Vanity cabinets take up too much floor space in a small bath. Replace it with a pedestal or wall-mounted sink. These sinks not only open up the floor space but actually add a sense of style.
  • Remove wall shelves, hanging racks, or decorative accessories on the walls that cut into the room's space and make it look smaller. Even the smallest piece of furniture or accessory that sticks out into the room can stop where your eyes go and make your room "shrink." This one piece of advice can enlarge the room by providing the illusion of expanding your small space without adding a single square foot.
  • Install a larger mirror in front of the bathroom sink. The mirror will reflect all the light in the room, and pick up the color and pattern. Or consider a collection of mirrors arranged artistically in the place of one large mirror.
  • As with the walls, the floor will appear to open up if it's done in a light color. Or place one large light-colored rug over your existing flooring to reflect light upward.
  • Nothing's like clutter to make a small space feel even smaller. Pare down on the towels. Select one piece of art instead of lots of small pieces. Use one decorative accessory instead of lots of small ones. Store whatever else you really need out of sight even if it means putting it in a hall linen closet.
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  • Trade a frosted-glass bath or shower door for a clear glass one. Or eliminate the door altogether and install a shower curtain that can be pushed back to one side when not in use.
  • Add depth by painting a mural on the largest open wall. Or hang a large framed picture of a garden or landscape. This helps to expand the look of your space by visually enlarging the feeling of the room.
Need help chosing your tile, fixtures, lighting and cabinetry for your next bathroom re-style? Don't leave these important choices up to the contractors. Make their job go infinietly faster by seleciting everything in advance with a designer/decorator and save yourself the trouble and the expense of having to re-do after the wrong choices have been installed.


Friday, August 4, 2017

Designer Tips That make Up a Well Styled Bed

With summer nearing an end, the children and grandchildren have gone off to school or back to their homes and you are about to feel a quiet calm in your home that perhaps had not been there these last couple of months. Peace and quiet!  What a nice time to give your master bedroom a quick re-styling! There is no better place to make the biggest impact than the bed! So here are some of my best tips on how to make it look absolutely gorgeous!

THE ANTOINETTE HEADBOARD by Eastern Accents Luxury Bedding  available through designers only

The Headboard Is Essential
A headboard doesn't only add an aesthetic appeal to your nocturnal retreat, but also adds structure and a certain sturdiness to your bed. They also act as a back rest for when you've got that novel you just can't put down, or the reality TV show that you just can't enough of!

THE VIONETTE BEDDING by Eastern Accents  available through designers only
A Euro Sham Is Significant
Euro shams might seem like a waste of money to some of you, but fear not, it's truly an important element to your bed design if you want your bed to look like the ones in the magazines. Euro shams help add layers to your bed, which can hide your favorite pillow to sleep with as well as adding depth to your bed.

Quick Tip: Generally you'd use 3 european shams for a king bed, 2 for a full or queen bed, and one for a Twin.


CUSTOM PILLOWS Beacon Hill Fabrics available through designers only 
The Decorative Pillows Or Shams Are Vital
Similar to euro shams, decorative pillows or shams also add depth and a certain luxurious appeal to your bed, but they also add texture and pattern. Decorative pillows can help tie together other elements in your bedroom for a cohesive design and can vary is patterns and colors.

Quick Tip: You can stack decorative pillows for more of a contemporary feel, or prop them upright for more of a traditional feel. They are not for sleeping on and are typically pain points for anyone with no understanding of design. 

Cornice Lunetta Collection Di Medici Collection by Eastern Accents Luxury Bedding available through designers only
The Flat Sheets Are Important
Sheets are important and not a place to cut your budget, because you curl up and sleep between them for hours of your life. I personally love the heavy linen monogrammed sheets I inherited from my Italian grandmother! High end sheets of cotton or linen very important for tying your entire magazine worthy bedroom together.

Quick Tip: Staying neutral is the way to go for those that like bold colors, because you can infuse textures and patterns in the pillows and duvet covers. If you like your neutrals, feel free to add some pattern to your sheets as they only peep into your overall bed design.

CUSTOM BEACON HILL EMBROIDERED FABRICS FOR BEDDING
Why Duvet Covers Are Imperative
I can't remember how long ago or who it was that told me this tip, but having a duvet cover spares you from having to replace or ruin your actual comforter. From the day I heard this I purchased a duvet cover to spare me from having to replace my comforter or bedspread! A duvet cover (even if you don’t insert a duvet in it) is also a great way to add color and pattern to your space.

Quick Tip: Tuck your duvet cover under the mattress so you can bring a clean, modern hotel feel to your room.
CUSTOM TUFTED BED FRAME

The Bed Frame Is Central
Similar to the headboard, a bed frame adds aesthetic, elegance and a structure to your bed. It also helps make it the centerpiece in your bedroom! If you have a bed with side rails please let them show! They too add a dimension to the room’s style.

And Throws Are Important
Throws add a comforting and welcome appeal to your bedroom. They also act as yet another way to add a layer to your bed design, but tend to be cozy and soft. It's also a secret weapon to invite you to just relax on the bed for a spell. We make custom bed throws in fabrics that coordinate with the other bedding….Perfect also if you have a furry friend that likes the bed!


Interested in working with us to having the bed in your room made a new? Call or email now for an appointment! toni@marieantoinetteinteriors.com

Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Skirted Table or Console....All Dressed Up



All dressed up and no where to go but right there in your home!

I have always love fabric and if at all possible I will use fabric creatively to drive color, texture and the much needed style factor called "WOW" into many of my designed and decorated rooms! Here's four of my favorite skirted table or consoles...as applied to four different rooms!


THE BEDROOM DRESSED VANITY (Pinterest)
I'll bet this little dressing table/vanity is the jewel in the room! Think Kate Spade!  Wearing a beautiful smart 2 1/2" black applied banding trim at the hem line she's looking pretty smart! The glass surface top keeps dust and makeup from staining the fabric and the side kick pleats give it a real flare!

THE LIVING ROOM ENTERTAINMENT CENTER! (Pinterest)
This is genius if you ask me!  This handsome fellow is backed up to black enameled passageway doors, creating no visual distinction of the TV monitor! The linen skirt has a black band that ties into the black doors, TV, lamp shade and picture frames seen on the left. They even added a beverage tray, I'll take a Martini please!


THE DINING ROOM BUFFET AT REST (Pinterest)
Skirted consoles or tables are always made more interesting by using the design element of trim at the bottom. This trim has two purposes, it ties the color and pattern into the space and most importantly, it adds a stiffness to the body of the skirt making the inverted kick pleats stand away and flare just enough to say, "hey I'm tailored"!

THE FAMILY ROOM STORAGE DILEMMA (Pinterest)

This is one of my favs! If your space it limited, this skirt acts as a storage spot for all those little items that need to be hidden away! This one is made with tent like flaps that open easily by just pulling them to the side. The banding trim tape is smaller but used in a more casual way making it perfect for the family room, child's room or any room really!

Our exquisitely made custom console table skirts are always designed with your room in mind! Give us a call to book your in home decorating session today!

With lot's of decorating love,