Editor's Note: Today I am wearing Rebecca Taylor silk blouse, old but favorite Banana Republic black skirt, and Ann Taylor kitten heels.
I have many rules when it comes to decorating homes but today I thought I would share 10 important ones with you. There is a lot that goes into the finish product of every room and every house. I pride myself in all the behind the scenes actions that I do to make my finish product sparkle. Here are 10 of my rules of decorating. These are in no particular order of importance.
Rule #1: Dining Rooms should be an elegant room but also should be a room where people want to lingerie after dinner.
These Dining chairs are so comfy that you could watch TV in them.
Rule # 2: I always try to balance the seating in the room. TV's are a fact of life and the most comfortable seating must be the TV watching spot. There also needs to be adequate services for a glass of water, cup of coffee, or for me most importantly a surface for a glass of wine.
Rule # 3: Always use the most expensive fabric on one of the smallest pieces of furniture or pillows in the room.
The pillow on the bed is an example of this! I got my splash of color without using too much fabric!
Rule # 4: I pride myself in using the owners prides possession or collections as much as possible. This sofa in this living room belong to my client's grandmother. It was so sentimental to her and she thought there was no way to be used in today's setting. She was shocked how well it turned out when we reupholstered and redid the cushions!
This is another example of using my client's possessions in the room. This was a 10 year-old boys room that we converted from a Library. I used all of his baseball trophies, pennants, and hats to decorate this wall. When he say it he sat down with me and said Mrs Kay my room is perfect!
Rule #5: Make the formal Living Room a place where men would like to sit and visit.
This formal Living Room is not only elegant but the chairs and the sofas are absolutely divine to sit in!
Rule # 6: Always make a home reflect the owners taste and lifestyle. This study also used for out of the office board meetings. Some how I fit space for six men to visit comfortable in this elegant room. It is one of my client's favorite rooms in the house.
Rule # 7: Make sure the TV watching upholsters "Lounge Lizard" comfortable. Every piece of furniture is heavenly to sit in.
The roman shades let down for TV viewing without a glare.
More lounge lizard furniture in another family room! We reupholster this large scale sofa from the 90's in an updated linen to give the room a fresh look!
Another TV watching room with very comfortable upholstery! The sofa is actually a sleeper sofa but you would never know it because it is so comfortable! I have a thing about stools and benches in a room to prop your feet for TV watching. They had character and comfort to a room.
Rule # 8: Have at least one piece of attitude in a room--this could be a piece of furniture or art.
The custom headboard from Kerr Collection speaks volumes!
Rule # 9: Use the owners collection whenever possible. These cute little chairs I re-purposed at the foot of the bed along with part of her collection of herand. I love it when furniture and accessories have history!
Rule # 10: Make the whole experience fun! I always use the expression that I did not design the fabric or furniture nor did I make it. It needs to be a team effort to make the house fabulous and reflect the client's taste.
An example of me pulling fabric scenarios in a showroom. Here I am working on a commercial office. I love getting lost in fabrics!
I actually I love getting lost in my job. I love what I do!
Steel Magnolia Tip # 37: When times get tough Steel Magnolia gets stronger.
Don't think just keep pushing along.
Great quotes that I found this morning!
Dinner last night was leftover venison burgers served with an arugula salad with yummy blue cheese, Swiss cheese, and nuts. Delicious!
This song from Kenny Loggins always gets me going!