windsor smith

It's all about the base.

 
Starting with a basic piece and customizing it to fit a room/client's taste is really the most fun part of my job. 
 
 It's also what takes a room from looking generic to looking fabulous!
 
Here's a couple of recent pieces that I have customized for clients. (if you follow me on instagram you've already seen)


Here is the base piece I started with
similar here

Customized
 
Windsor Smith fabric
Nanotex with dura-block (trade)


Base x-bench


similar here



Customized 
 
 
 
You can see a few other pieces I have transformed here, here and here.
 
Look around your home is there a tired old ottoman or other small upholstered piece that could potentially become the star of your room?
 
 
Speaking of a base piece...every room needs a good base.
 
I found this awesome article on the
 
blog.
 
 
 
 
You can read it here!
 
And last but certainly not least... you have to see this bathroom redo from Sherry Hart at Design Indulgence.
 
 She took a basic bathroom and turned it into a funky, fun bath!
 
 
Check out the before here!
 
Thanks for reading!! xoxo
 


Back from the beach with design bits and pieces

It's been about a month since I last posted:) Glad to be back and share some project updates.
 
This morning we installed the final element in a family room I have been working on.
 
White linen Robert Allen
Greek Key trim Pindler & Pindler
trade only
 
Wall color is Chelsea gray by Benjamin Moore
 
These roman shades are simple clean and crisp. White linen with a medium gray greek key trim. The pictures do not do this room justice. The treatments TOTALLY made the room!
 
 
Also notice how adding light pillows to the dark leather couch brightens up the whole space!
 
Just down the hallway we installed this treatment in the powder room.
 
 
So fun... don't ya think?
 
In other news...
 
I had a chance to check out Windsor Smith's new collection for Century Furniture for a client's living room and it's fabulous!!
 
Classic with a modern spin. You can check it out here.
 
Here are a few of my favorite pieces
 
 
 
 
 
 
So pretty:)
That's it for now. Thanks for reading!! xoxo

Kitchen before and after and how to make a cool chandelier out of flowers!!


So we have blue and white client kitchen progress...woot woot!!

This kitchen is the second phase of a dining room makeover which I revealed in Calling it Home's One Room Challenge.... you can see that before and after here.
 
Still needs the window seat cushion, accessories, rugs and the range hood but we've come along way baby!
 

blue and white fabric on windows Windsor Smith for Kravet, blue and white bistro chairs from Serena and Lilly





Pillows on bench from C Wonder and Serena and Lilly


Cache pot from Domocile, Wayne PA



Let's recall the before, shall we?
 
 
 
Now one last looksie
 -- LOVE ---this family and I hope they enjoy every second in their new kitch!
 
 
 
 Don't worry I'll share more when it's finally complete!!

Check this beauty out...
 


Cool huh? Especially if you will be hosting Thanksgiving.
Breathtaking if hanging over your table:)



Wanna impress the fam? Here's how to make it here!
 
And you don't have to use brown and orange Thanksgiving colors -- use fun fresh fab colors and shake it up!!

Like what you see? Hover over the image and pin it
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Thanks for reading!! xoxo

Who Lives Here?

Praying for our friends in Boston. Please keep everyone safe today.

Take a gander at my curated collection of  
There-is-no-way-children-or-dogs-live-here rooms





all images via pinteerst

Am I white or am I right?

I would love to have an all white house with painted wood floors. Doesn't it look so relaxing and serene? sighhhhhh ... someday.
I would need a full time staff just to keep up with the mud and grime that would plague me, and honestly, ... aint nobody got time for that.

But I do want to let you in on a little secret about these spaces ... in reality, most of these rooms don't even look like these rooms.

It's kind of like celebrities before and after a makeup artist gets a hold of them. Most of the beautiful rooms we see in magazines are photographed and styled by serious professionals (see some below).

Scott and Emily have worked at Martha Stewart Living and countless other place on styling photo shoots -- not sure who the other guy is???

Before a magazine shoot, stylists and decorators come in and remove clutter, change out rugs, add accessories, side tables etc. And the photographers -- well they can transform any room into a work of art with lighting and their mad photography skillz. It's basically like airbrusing for your home!

Feel better? No?

Do you know there is an entire website dedicated to poking fun at the way stylists arrange a room for catalog/magazine photo shoots?

It's called Catalog Living ... a glimpse into the exciting world of  the people living in your catalogs. Check it out here. Total silliness.

Stuff I'm loving

This Flooring

Could my love affair with dark hardwood floors be over?



source?



dcasa.it

I don't know these are looking mighty good to me. Pretty french oak flooring ... possibly in a distressed grayish finish? I've been seeing it all over the shelter magazines.

MUCH easier to  maintain ... would hide the dirt ... the dog could do 360's and I think it would actually make the floor look better??? What do you think?

This outdoor fabric
Windsor Smith for Kravet







Lisa Mende Design

Kravet

But I could be biased...

My chairs
This Throw

But this is always on my list so you can just ignore it.


This necklace


jcrew
These Plates



here
This Book
here

This Hair

 

Gwyenth

Speaking of hair, I have a confession to make I have frizzy, curly uncontrollable locks. I love them but every once in awhile I feel the need to get my hair straightened.

I go to Salon Ziza in Ardmore to get a process called Lazzio (not sure of spelling) so that my hair is summer-ready. Gone are the days of waiting three days to wash your hair to get that sleek smooth straight hair -- its only 24 hours now.

They do an amazing job -- also, wait -- are you sitting down? Salon Ziza offers a rewards program where you can get a shampoo, express conditioner and an amazing blow dry for $20! Yep - doesn't get any better than that my friends. Now there are specific rules that apply in order to receive this discounted price but call them and they will explain. BEST DEAL IN TOWN!

Ok, bye for now -- next time we are going to discuss outdoor rooms-- so fun!!


It's official -- I've gone Mad in March!

Crazy stuff happening here during March Madness!

And it has nothing to do with basketball.

Or this absurd snow storm.

My favorite Etsy seller Elegant Touch is offering the readers of my blog 10% off all pillow covers!

You need to share this deal with friends, family, frenemies  and whoever will listen.

What a great way to freshen your house for spring!!







The price of these pillow covers? between $40 and $90. Uh-huh, that's right. GREAT prices for Schumacher, Trina Turk and Lee Jofa to name a few.

Here are some of my favorite selections:

Orange you glad I didn't say banana:
CELERIE KEMBLE Betwixt


SCHUMACHER
When skies are gray...

SCHUMACHER
WINDSOR SMITH for Kravet


SCHUMACHER


How about this combo?

TRINA TURK
WINDSOR SMITH for Kravet
Some others:
QUADRILLE ALAN CAMPBELL
JOHNATHON ADLER for KRAVET

DAVID HICKS for  LEE JOFA


There are many more on the site. You can buy them here. Please enter the code DISCOUNT10 to get the discounted price.You must sign up for an account with Etsy first -- you can  do that here.

Which is your favorite? I'd love to hear from you.

Random Thoughts


Have you ever wondered how to get that fresh from the hair salon blow dry?

Well, the wait is over people. I found a great how-to on the fabulous Camille Styles website. Check it out here.


Two things I've had learned in pursuit of a good blow-dry:
1. Be patient and take your time
2.  Separate your hair into small easily workable sections 
Hope you enjoy your day!

Need help selecting new pillows or fabric for your home for spring? Contact me at kraussteph@yahoo.com