Happy holidays from our kitchen to yours! Who doesn’t love a delicious plate of fresh baked cookies or muffins from the oven? Whether you are baking for Santa, your family or friends, or for a seasonal cookie swap we bet you have some favorites.
Garland, trees, twinkling lights, stockings, candles, and poinsettias. All of these things (and more) make homes festive and inviting during the holiday season. And you might guess that as decorators, we really get into prepping our homes for the season.
It’s that time again when color experts are announcing their top color selections for the coming year. Earlier this Fall, we reported Sherwin William’s pick of Poised Taupe a combination of earthy brown and conservative gray. Recently we learned that Benjamin Moore and PPG Pittsburg Paints both chose shades of purple for their Color of the Year, Shadow and Violet Verbena respectively. The two are very different, though both firms noted their decision was based on their hue’s ability to evoke a sense of nostalgia.
Some of the most exciting decorating projects begin with a home that’s a blank slate. In this particular instance, our client was moving from London to DC into a historic row house; he wasn’t bringing any of his existing furnishings and he was hoping to have the whole house furnished in just a few months. We told him we’d love to help!
'Twas the Months Before Christmas
Twas the night before Christmas and what a relief;
The house looked just gorgeous -- beyond all belief!
For at the beginning of September, in a moment inspired
They decided the gift that they mostly desired
Would not be more clothes or a vacation in Rome
But rather the joy of a refurbished home.
Most Northern Virginia homeowners have a few treasured family heirlooms they can’t bear to part with whether it’s a chair, piece of art, or an accessory. Would you be surprised to know that it is possible to incorporate them into a new decorating plan without compromising style? It has to be done creatively and carefully, but it can be done and it can look absolutely fabulous.
Here are our tips on how to work your existing furnishings and art into your decorating plan
Creating a beautiful layered light plan is really an art form. When done correctly, lighting will evoke a certain mood in a space. Think of your favorite Northern Virginia restaurant or spa and how you feel when you visit. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to create spaces like that in your own home? It can be done with a layered lighting plan.