A: Hi Judy!
Thank you for your question. Your home in AZ is beautiful!
1.Pendants and chandeliers only need to compliment each other in shape, finish or style. It doesn't have to be all three. I suggest a chandelier that is a mix of clear glass and polished nickel. If you can find a finish similar to the mercury glass / antique glass in your pendants even better, but I know that may be difficult.
2 +3. I can't answer these questions together for you. Drapes don't have to close together, but they should frame the window. Two panels on either side of the window will give it a cozy, comfortable feel. Drapes in the adjoining room should match if they are a solid panel. If you choose a print in one of the rooms, the other should be a coordinating solid. So for example, if your printed drapes have neutrals and blue in them, select either one of the neutral colors or a blue solid drape for the adjoining room.
Q: Stacy W
My name is Stacy Worton and I recently started following you on Instagram. I love your style. It's so clean and fresh with so many fabulous pieces of furniture and accessories. Your work is beautiful and I always look forward to your posts.
We recently renovated our house in Wayne, PA. Our new house is a modern farmhouse. Our project has taken well over a year and we are exhausted. We kept the existing footprint of our home, but renovated every room in the house with the exception of a small bath on the 2nd floor. Typically, I love doing these projects (this is probably our 6th project), but this project has really taken a toll on me. We came in way over budget and it took entirely too long. I feel like I need a break, but there is still so much to do. We need to furnish the living room, we need a runner for our stairs, a new front door, furniture for an outside pea gravel garden and fire pit area, some wallpaper for our dining room, new dining furniture, curtains, some furniture for our family room and some tweaks to my mudroom. I also need some help with my foyer as well as some changes to my bookcases. The list seems endless.
Since we have done this before, I realize you can't get everything done at once and I am typically good at waiting and doing one room at a time. Waiting would be fine, but we were recently asked if we would put our house on a tour organized by the Philadelphia Orchestra. I said yes and now I am so nervous and don't know which room to focus on! They are expecting 300 people and the tour will be in November.
I am writing to see if you have suggestions for me? Where to start? What will make the biggest impact? Furniture shopping on a budget? Any help would be great. Thanks!
A: Hi Stacy!
Thank you for following my instagram page! I appreciate the kind words!
Wow it sounds like you are becoming a pro at this renovation thing! I would normally advise you to tackle this differently, but because your house is going to be on a tour, my advice will differ slightly. How exciting, by the way!
- Here is how I would tackle this. Start with the front door. it's the first thing people will see when they walk up to your home so this impression will draw them in. Next tackle the furnishing in the rooms. Instead of overwhelming yourself with purchasing all new furniture quickly and having regrets down the road, select a few timeless pieces you love now and mix them into with your existing furniture. For example if you can work with your existing dining table but really need new chairs, focus on the chairs, add a new rug or chandelier and a fresh coat of paint to wow. The attention will be drawn away from those furniture pieces you may not love so much. The great thing with doing this is you may love some of these piece in their new light better than you had before.
- Grab those outdoor furniture pieces now for a steal while the summer stuff is on clearance! August and September are great times to score amazing deals on beautiful pieces so get those chairs for the firepit and your pea gravel garden!
- Next tweak the mudroom, even if it's just refreshing the hooks you have or the baskets. Add a throw pillow here or there and drape a blanket. Leave a nice pair of shoes as if you casually took them off your feet- this is especially true for the day of the tour!
- For the curtains, keep them simple. You want all the natural light to come through during the tour so light, airy fabrics like linen work great.
- My advice is not to rush on wallpaper unless you have one selected already. This is a statement and the wrong statement made in a rush will cost you. Instead repaint the room and add an accent wall with paint a nice piece of art and tackle the wallpaper when you aren't rushed.
- Last is the stair runner. They aren't necessary and like many of my other comments, choosing the wrong pattern in a rush is a costly mistake.
Best of luck and please keep me updated on how the orchestra tour goes!
Q: Laura W.
I love following you on Instagram and have been a recent subscriber to your blog. I am so thankful to have found you in the world of social media. My question is how do I incorporate color into my home? I know it's good to add pops of color into a space but I have tried almost every color and don't feel like any look good. How can I add interest to my space?
A: Hi Laura!
Thank you very much! I love that you asked this question as it is one that many people struggle with. First off, there is no rule or handbook on decor/design that says you have to add color into a space for interest. It's not true. If you look at my work you will notice most of my designs are a neutral base with subtle or bold pops. When I am designing for myself and our home, you'll see it's all neutrals! Does that make it "boring"? No! The trick is to layer texture, especially into monochromatic settings. Whether your home / room is all white, black or pink, you can always layer different fabrics and finishes into the space to provide interest! Do you have metallics in your room such as brass, nickel, chrome, bronze or iron? If so, guess what? That's your accent! Metallics are great ways to add a pop into an otherwise neutral space. Another great add in is greenery with plants or twigs.