Showing posts with label home renovation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label home renovation. Show all posts

Monday, March 18, 2013

The Finished Masterpiece - Home Decoration

Le moulinsur la Couleuvre à Pontoise(1881) by Paul Cézanne
“It’s so fine and yet so terrible to stand in front of a blank canvas.” –Paul Cézanne

Like artists, homeowners often experience the terror of the blank canvas. What furniture is appropriate? What wallpaper should we hang? What tile should we install? There are so many choices—sometimes even the best of us freeze up. Instead of moving forward, we stop, as if waiting for divine revelation.

Or inspiration.

While it may not solve every design dilemma, I’ve always believed that having the right color palette in hand is the best first step. Once you’ve chosen your primary, secondary and tertiary colors, the rest of the battle (and yes, sometimes renovation feels like winning a war) is just so much easier. Surprisingly, these colors often coexist in one item—like they were best friends all along—and this item can provide inspiration throughout the rest of the project. Whether it’s a rug, a vase or a swatch of wallpaper, this one piece acts as a trustworthy guide, a la Lewis and Clark, as you venture forward through uncharted territory.

Fortunately, I think this is where the Victorian enthusiast draws more comfort than other homeowners. We have an abundance of reference material available, from period-inspired wallpapers to historically accurate paint palettes to professional color experts. There are historical societies and other experienced homeowners. There are a plethora of books and, if you live in the right neighborhood, a bounty of local turn-of-the-century homes that have already been lovingly restored.

And, of course, there is our magazine—Victorian Homes.

For the Victorian homeowner, a blank canvas doesn’t have to be feared. It can—and should—be the onset of an exciting adventure. Brushstroke after brushstroke should exhilarate and stimulate and motivate you on to the next.

Because the bottom line is, more than any other homeowner, color, paint and wallpaper truly are our friends.

By MerrieDestefano

Monday, December 3, 2012

Top 10 Ways to Add Flourish with Fabric

Decorating with fabric need not be designated to your bed and window treatments. Add some color and texture to your home easily by using fabric in these unexpected ways:

1. Wrap a present and finish it with ribbon.
2. Line a basket for baked goods, teas or those odds and ends too pretty for the junk drawer.
3. As a stylish wine tote you can reuse.
4. Frame colorful fabrics and arrange in a grid.
5. Tie a strip of fabric around a throw pillow to add color.
6. Create sachets filled with lavender or rose potpourri.
7. Cover a corkboard with a vintage pattern for a personalized way to post notes.
8. Knot fabric scraps around drinking glasses for a vintage touch to a brunch or lunch party.
9. Decoupage a lampshade.
10. Create a swag over a standard wall mirror for instant drama.

Photography by Jaimee Itagaki

Monday, October 22, 2012

How To Winterize Your Summer Cottage ?

Follow these helpful tips to make a summer getaway house cozy all year long.

Cottages And Bungalows
Cottages And Bungalows

  1. STORAGE: Focus on key needs like storage. When considering a remodel, look for opportunities to enlarge or increase your storage space. Taking the time in early stages to strategize where closets and shelving can be added will serve your needs better in the long run.
  2. INSULATION: Budget for insulation; it’s always money well spent. If you’re able to splurge in areas like new windows, prioritize investments that will add to the efficiency and the livability of your home over the decorative ones.
  3. FLOOR PLAN: Be open-minded toward the floor plan. If you’re seeking a balance between comfort and efficiency while still maintaining the original cottage feel, try to view every architectural plan or change to the layout through this lens.
  4. STAY TRUE TO YOUR HOME: Think about the things you truly love that drew you to the house in the first place and try to preserve them whenever possible. If it’s in the view, then make sure you don’t move a wall that will obstruct it.
  5. NATURAL COLORS: Fill your cottage with a nature-inspired color palette; deeper hues reflect autumn and the seasonal changes you’ll see from your windows, while light, creamy shades create an airy, open feel.