Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The quest for the dining room server

I found the perfect dining table and chairs for one of my design clients this summer. They are building a beautiful home, like things to be a little rustic-dressy and are great fun to work with- my kind of client!        We didn't purchase the matching console table because:
1) Mrs client wanted a place to hide store things and 2) I didn't want it to get too "matchy". Here's a picture of the table and chairs. It's from Schnaidig- the Coast to Canyon group One of my projects on my recent trip to High Point Market was to find a server for them. I found several possibilities- all good choices.........                                                                                                                                                                              Guess which one she picked?        NO SCROLLING AHEAD!!!!!!

I love the branch design on the back of the chairs!
I loved the design on the doors on this piece- beautiful wood finish too.....

This one had beautiful wood and the finish was just right. Maybe the drawers would be a little impractical though?

I was crazy about the design on the doors and the finish on this piece!

Squirrels in the mountains- this one would be great!

This could work too.....

The branches were great on this beauty!

I loved The semi circle detail on this piece...... AND THE WINNER IS......................................................

This beauty from John Richards!!!!!!! I can't wait to see it in the room!!!!!!!!

Friday, October 28, 2011

More Highpoint Market findings!

I had a great time wandering around the market! I love seeing all the trends, colors and design ideas that are overflowing from each company's space. As promised, here are some more things that caught my eye.

I LOVED this piece from Port Elliott. They make beautiful case goods and I always visit their space at market!

We LOVED this color combination of plum and gray!

Reclaimed is still hot- loved this mirror from the Crestview collection!

More reclaimed love!

This beauty caught my eye at Guildmaster

Pool anyone? This is a coffee table! great in a family/ game room

Honeysuckle- a BRIGHT fuchsia was EVERYWHERE!

Reclaimed WITH Fuchsia accent - talk about trending....doesn't get any better than that!

 MORE LATER- can't give up all my good stuff in one post!!!!!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Image of the Day!

I LOVED this showroom at High point Market!!!! 
In face- I loved it so much I found his website. You can check it out Here!
Have a wonderful day!!!!!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Highpoint Bound!

I'm headed to Highpoint for the fall furniture market tomorrow and I can't wait to see all the new trends!
I love to go to market to see all the latest and greatest even though I know most things won't be available for several months. Most of my clients want their homes finished sooner than that so while I do some research for client jobs, I also just spend some time wandering through those gorgeous showrooms getting inspired and recharged!
This year the market is doing a really cool project- Teaming up with pinterest.com, they've enlisted "style spotters" - well known designers in the industry to wander the market and take photos of the trends as they see them- then post them on special boards on pinterest! Don't you know with all that design talent walking the market they'll come up with some great finds! I'll be repinning like crazy!!!!

Here is the link- http://pinterest.com/highpointmarket/ Of course I've already signed up to follow their boards!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

NEW fabrics on ETSY!!!!!!

We're back up and running on The Appointed Home on ETSY- we've gots several new therapy bags along with some new ideas we are creating! We've got plans for a line of baby blankets, ready made curtain panels, dust skirts and shams. Keep checking back to see all the new listings!!!!
Here's a sneak peek of a few of the new fabrics!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Decorating with trophy big game mounts

Question of the week: What do you think of decorating with big game mounts?
 Several of my clients are avid hunters and have asked me to incorporate the fruits of their passion into their vacation home decor. I've designed around moose, deer, rams, kudu, fowl, bear skin rugs and even a leopard!
The key to incorporating these trophys into your decor is scale and keeping your fabrics and furniture rustic and large. Leather is a great upholstery element as is chenille and textural fabrics Rustic wood tables etc. look great with the coloring of the animal.I also love to incorporate animal print fabrics into the design!

 One client I had went all the way to Russia to get a Moose- If I remember, the antler span was 6' across! Luckily, he had a HUGE fireplace!
This client not only had kudzu's on the fireplace, he also had a grand slam of rams on the opposite wall!

This client had several trophies in the master bedroom. SHE had shot the leopard! They used animal skin rugs on the floor, upholstered a chair in zebra and  had several mounts above the bed. We used a leather sofa and a huge rustic wooden bed to balance the scale of the animals.

 I've balanced out large mounts by surrounding them with antler mounts. I especially love the carved Black Forest type mounts.

For those of you that think the animal thing is a bit much you can always go Faux........

Made with recycled book pages- go figure!

This one even has a night light built in!

Cardboard art!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

DIY Tableskirt

After my article yesterday I wanted to share this article on how to make your own tableskirt. Easy!
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"The Newlywed Diaries" blog 

Day 766: No-Sew Skirted Table

After we made the skirted tables for my sister's wedding, I knew that we needed one to use as a desk for the office. It took a little convincing to get Wes on board -- I think he was hung up on the word "skirt," which clearly wasn't fit for his man room/office. I eventually wore him down by e-mailing him inspirational photos every other day and threatening to never make him pancakes again.

Not only did he change his mind, but he upped the anty and really improved on the original project by building a super-sturdy desk that fits our needs perfectly (and it looks pretty darn good, too). He's so handy.

You'll have to ask him if you want to know more about the measurements, but the desk is basically two boxes made by 2-by-4s and 2-by-3s and connected in the middle, with a piece of 3-quarter-inch plywood on top. He researched ready-made desk sizes to come up with the measurements for height and depth.

And he used the sizes of the two plastic drawers we bought to decide on the width. He was worried about storage, but with these babies (which we picked up at Target, for under $30 for both), we have more storage than in the old desk.

The rest of the project was basically free since we used lumber left over from other projects, and the cotton-duck fabric from the previously-mentioned wedding tables. We did have the plywood cut to size at Lowe's. Since the desk is so much shorter, it wasn't a problem that I had cut my yardage into pieces. By the way, I used about five yards of a very wide fabric (the bolt was probably more than 54 inches) to make this skirt.

I didn't take any photos of the beginning of skirting the desk, so refer back to the post on the tables for that. Basically, I stapled the top of the fabric around the edge of the plywood, creating a crease in the middle where two pieces of fabric meet.

If I had a sewing machine/knew how to sew, I would have hemmed the bottom first. Instead, I'll use my fabric glue to hem the bottom, using the floor to help me keep a straight line.

To make a pleat at the sides, I wrapped the fabric around and stapled at the corner, and then again about two inches from the corner.

Then, I folded the fabric back and brought the folded edge to the corner and stapled it down. I made sure that my fold wasn't too deep that the rest of the fabric wouldn't make it to the end of the side.

When stapling the skirt to the top, it's not necessary to staple to the very edge of the desk, or to staple super close together. I put about one staple every two-to-three inches.

To cover the top, I hung the fabric face-down on the front of the desk, and stapled as close to the edge as possible, as often as possible.

Then I folded the fabric back toward the back of the desk and secured along the back with a couple of staples.

To make the sides neat, I trimmed the fabric so there was about three-quarters of an inch on each side, then folded it under and secured it with fabric glue.

And there you have it! All that's left is the finish the bottom (which could be interesting) and have a piece of glass cut for the top to make a better work surface, and to protect the fabric. I'm thinking about putting a trim tape along the bottom of the skirt -- maybe Greek key?