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Darling Dorm Decor

Going to college can be an overwhelming task. There are many emotions involved for the student and the parents. The best way to handle the endeavor is to make lists. I remember when I was going into my freshmen year. I turned to AOL chats to meet people in my school and ask for advise as to what to bring and meet some people before I got to my school. I didn’t know anyone from my high school graduating year that was going to my university and I was the oldest child and first grandchild going to college! Holy smokes, the pressure! What do I bring? What do I wear? How do I act?

Moodboard created at Olioboard.com

You probably received a checklist from your school or you can find many online. I found a useful one at www.pbteen.com, click http://www.pbteen.com/shop/pbdorm/college-checklist/?cm_type=lnav to see the items that they recommend.How do you decorate your dorm room? Mostly likely your room at home has the decor you’ve had for a while, so take this opportunity to start fresh and go for a more grown up look but with all the colors you love. Make your space personal but remember not to bring things that are very valuable. Most, likely you will be eating, drinking and studying on your bed, so the best option is to purchase a durable and ultra washable duvet cover and removable blanket over your duvet. I would opt for several layers, because you may not have room for a sofa in your dorm room so when all your friends come over, they’ll be sitting on your bed. Also, several layers are smart for not only your clothing as temperatures change from your 8AM class to your 8PM group project meeting, but also in layering your decor on your bed. Remember you most likely have to share a space with someone that doesn’t care for the same room temperature, so you can either kick off layers of blankets or if your roomate is an eskimo, you can add layers.

The best advice I got from an older student at my college was to bring a mattress cover and an egg crate foam mattress topper. My suggestion is to spend the extra money on one that is ultra durable, thick and now they have memory foam options. Most of the time you will be running on little sleep as you will be either partying or studying to the wee hours of the morning. You need to make sure your sleep is ultra restful. Sleep is for breaks and long weekends at home!

The main decor items that will make your room really stand out on the dorm floor are your area rug, your bedding, your lighting and storage items. Storage items sound really boring but are key since there is limited space in your dorm room. You most likely will have less room then at home; sometimes half the space because you’ll mostly likely have a roomate. You want to do your storage ”homework” by going to the Container Store, Target or Walmart. My favorite storage item for dorm rooms is the plastic drawers that you can stack. You can fit all your toiletries in one and your dry food items in the other. Also, you’ll most likely get limited closet space so make sure you buy those thin hangers so you can maximize your closet hanging space.

Check out this helpful infographic from mint.com on how to decorate your dorm room:

 The most frustrating thing if you love color is that you can’t paint your cinder block walls. They are cold and instutional looking. My recommendation is to buy some cool wall decals as shown in my Olioboard above! Also, select really fun and bright bedding! You can design your own bedding at http://www.pbteen.com/shop/pbdorm/featured-dorm-design-bed/?cm_re=12SumD2Dorm-_-Featured-_-BeddingTool. Even if you don’t buy all your bedding from Pottery Barn Teen, you can play around with mixing different colors and patterns to get inspiration for your room.

Another really important factor is to consider lighting! You may not get a ton of natural light in your room because your view maybe staring at another dorm building. This can make your feel drab and not able to stay awake all hours of the night when you have to pull an all nighter study session during mid-terms and finals. Buy some table lamps and even a hookable, overhead plug-in chandelier to add some elegance and flair to your dorm room! You can buy removable 3M hooks to hang pictures and clothing (hats, robes and jackets) on your walls.

Remember: 1) Include your favorite colors 2) Lighting, lighting, lighting 3) Washable and durable bedding 4) Splurge on a padded mattress cover and 5) Lots of multifunctioning storage containers!

For other great blogs on dorm room decor, please check my friends’ blog posts at:

Charisse of http://cmcdesignstudio.com/blog/

Kate of http://dabbleinchic.blogspot.com

Michelle of http://fashionhouseinteriors.net/blog/

Colette of http://frugal-finds.net/blog/

Julie of http://gosimplysavvy.com/blog/

Matthew of http://hlminteriordesign.com

Joanne of http://homestyling101.blogspot.ca/

Lynda of http://nyclq-focalpoint.blogspot.com

Antoinette of http://pushinteriors.blogspot.ca

Ana of http://whitelineninteriors.net/blog/

For more interior design ideas from me, check out my website at selmahammer.com, my twitter account @DesignerSelma and my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Selma-Hammer-Designs/167088703347770. Thanks so much for stopping by!


What Moms Need! #OlioHop 3

What Moms Need!

What do woman want? We want to feel beautiful, loved, cherished, strong and confident. We want to surround ourselves with positive people and things. We love beautiful things and enjoy conversations about the things we love in life. We all strive to meet that person we can share these things with. We strive to find a career where we feel successful, passionate, help others and have a sense of pride and accomplishment.

In that journey to find the things we love and to do what we truly love, we need time to reflect. We need a space to find solace, peace, and serenity. A place that envelopes us, has elements of our favorite things, colors and includes the beauty we seek in life.

To me, life is about these things. Making sure I have the right support system of people that I love and love me back. Also, it’s important for me to learn every day. Learn something new about the world, my children, my career or how to help others. In order to do these things, I’ve learned that I have to look inward and find my inner peace. All mothers have the toughest job, raising children who are good people. The pressure is overwhelming at times. It’s stressful and hectic as we try to juggle taking care of them, our significant others, our career and the few minutes we have to take of ourselves. We all need a Mom Retreat within our homes. A space we can run away too or a place to reflect, to read, to learn and be the best person we can be.

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OlioHop with Selma! Tween Boy Bedroom

How can you express your design wishes with little to no experience? How can you create that dream children’s room? Have you heard about Olioboard? Don’t miss out!

I’m really overjoyed at the opportunity to create a children’s room via the #OlioHop blog event! One of my favorite rooms to design that is near and dear to my heart is a child’s room. I love creating rooms that are eclectic and have unexpected elements. A seriously great design always includes taking risks and trying something you normally wouldn’t have!

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Kick out Chaos!

Do you walk in your door and you don’t know where to kick your shoes off? Where do I put my jacket? Do I just dump it on the rest of the pile of crap on the bench? Bahhh! Help! With kids, your mud room/mud hall quickly fills up with shoes, back packs, jackets, school projects, workout bags, keys, etc… There is no comfort in this chaos! I’m in midst of designing a space that is not only organized, but also functional and nice to look at. You can see my mudroom from my kitchen so it can’t look like a locker room or a pile of junk! Here are some ideas that I’m considering and I wanted to share with anyone else having the same problem!

“Human life itself may be almost pure chaos, but the work of the artist is to take these handfuls of confusion and disparate things, things that seem to be irreconcilable, and put them together in a frame to give them some kind of shape and meaning.”- Katherine Anne Porter

Especially now with the changing of seasons, we have winter coats, spring coats, rain boats, rain jackets, backpacks, a bench, a mirror and a pile of a mess! I walk in the door and feel overwhelmed instantly as I try to carry five bags and get the kids to remove their jackets and shoes. I don’t even know where to put my purse!

Image via: http://www.bhg.com/decorating/storage/mudroom/mudroom-decorating/#page=13

So ideally, we’d like to build these custom locker spaces for each one of us to hang our jackets, display our shoes and hide our scarfs and mittens! This above solution is perfect. What if we don’t have to money to accomplish this right now? Here are some other solutions…

What are your needs: make a list or checklist.

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Four Looks- Which Do You Like Best?

One of the first questions I ask clients is what is definitely staying in the space. A lot of times there is a couple things that need to stay for varying reasons. Sometimes it’s for sentimental, budgetary or just practical reasons. The mood board (created on olioboard.com) shown below shows a blue sofa (http://bit.ly/wdbGwN) that needs to stay in the space and a beautiful rug (Home Decorator’s Collection). My client just purchased both and loves them and doesn’t know what else to buy to make their space beautiful, functional and coordinate. They are in a loss at to which paint colors to select and what fabrics would look best. This point is when I come into the equation and assist my client put the rest of the room together so everything flows well, is functional and beautiful. They have natural looking hardwoods in the living room and surrounding areas as well, which is the main reason they selected an area rug.

Please don’t feel that when you hire an interior designer that I’m going to come in and tell you to rent a dumpster and chuck everything out the door! Don’t get me wrong, there are times when everything is so outdated or worn out that the solution includes starting fresh. In most cases, I work my magic around something that needs to stay. Most times the solution includes considering the spaces that surround the room at hand. I have to tie in the overall space. It is important to consider coordinating the adjacent paint colors and furniture so everything is cohesive.

Many of my clients opt for having a couple choices and that way they are part of the decision making. I like doing this because they can be a part of the design selections so they feel proud that they helped choose things. Also, there are clients that have no desire to be a part of the selection process and just go with what I select due to their time restraints and hectic schedule. I have no problem making all the selections but it’s usually after really getting to know my clients, their lifestyles and home functionality. This reason is why I will ask you a lot of questions!

I will explain how you can obtain four different looks by switching around accent seating pieces, artwork, lighting and fabrics. There are many details and selections considered when designing your space. I try to gauge what design aesthetic your home encapsulates or what you would like your home to eventually look like after we complete you redesign projects.

In Look 1, I choose a cheery palette. I added bright colors and based the look on the fabric that incorporated all the colors. Since the sofa is a solid overall color, I selected a print side chair.  The aesthetic speaks to me as more earthly and natural. I chose a chandelier that mimics the feel of bird cages since tropical birds tend to have many of the vibrant colors in the space. In all my looks, I incorporated artwork based in nature and used Spirit of Sports (http://bit.ly/wzda4V) as the vendor. The artwork in Look 1, is called Fly Fishing by Steve Kuzman.

In look2, there is more of a transitional yet sophisticated feel because it incorporates some traditional, modern and French country aspects. Overall the feel of the room is very calming and comfortable. There is a lot of visual interest and texture. The artwork featured in this room is Fly Fishing by Ken Auster http://bit.ly/xWp2Aw).

Look 3 has several different elements. Overall it feels very natural with the use of linen. There are some decorative damask patterns that tie in the rug with the space. I tried to incorporate some masculine elements to balance the damask and floral in the rug. I used brown velvet chairs and leather ottomans which emulate a more masculine look. This aspect is important to my clients who have a dilemma of battle of the colors and styles with trying to satiate the wife’s and husband’s wishes. The art piece featured here is called Fishing Hole by Ralph Spitzmiller (http://bit.ly/xvhz1g).

Lastly, Look 4 is has a modern and elegant feel to it. There are more grays to neutralize the vibrant teals used. The fabrics are both feminine and masculine. By using a hounds tooth and a gray fabric, the man of the house will be pleased. The wife will be happy to see the slight floral in the toile and teal and white print. The chandelier is feminine it that it has some soft draping to it but masculine in the fact that it is pewter and made out of iron. The artwork featured is The 9th Hole, The Royal County Down by Linda Hartough (http://bit.ly/zlJg8L).

Each of these looks is unique and works but which one would you pick? Which one emulates your style and would work in your home? It’s very interesting how the same room with the same sofa and rug can look very different by selecting different fabrics, window treatments and side chairs. Please keep this in mind when selecting things before consulting a designer. The sooner you contact us, the better in our perspective so we can help you fully obtain the look you are hoping for. If you are not sure what look or colors you want, we can help your discern that as well. Please contact me at selmahammer.com for more information of the spaces and if you are interested in a consultation.

Adult Kid, Kid & Pet Friendly Man Cave

So most American families have 2.5 children. Is that you? 2 Kids and an animal? Well, most pet lovers consider their dogs/cats, etc… as their babies! It’s so important to really listen to your client to see how they use their space. Not just talking to the paying client but listening and watching how their family and pets interact in the space. Honestly, if you were to walk into my house right now, what you’d see is a Lightning McQueen Power Wheel parked next to my great, new Stickley Sofa (from my son’s 2nd birthday), LOL! Hey, as designers we have to be realistic. We can make the house pretty and posh but can we design the space to really accommodate the homeowner’s needs. That is the big challenge that all great designers consider and can base their execution on.

Okay, so when you hear Man Cave, you think of chest bumping macho man sitting around drinking beers and yelling at the TV, right? Maybe not everyone…but “man cave” refers to the Cave Man Era where the men carried around their spears and weapons. Survival of the fittest, right? Well, in design, survival of the fittest applies. The good designers that listen to their clients and really get to know the family, the children’s names, ages, pets, relatives, live-in family members (in my house, Aunt Sufi), parents, etc… It’s always great to carry around some dog biscuits in your car for that giant beast that wants to tackle you. 

One of my clients has a baby, 4 cats, a large Rottweiler and a mini dog. Their primary requirement is having materials that are easy to clean. One of their cats tends to sneeze all the time and leaves it’s snots on the windows and fabric. Poor kitty! We chose fabrics such a sunbrella and outdoor/indoor rugs for their home.

I try to relate to everyone. I learned this talent from my mom, who tends to take on people’s accents as she is talking to them. It’s funny to hear it but she has this magical ability to relate to people and is very down to earth. I got it from my mommy!

As seen above, I have a lot of comfortable surfaces for children and adult children to hang out and relax. There are 3 huge football bean bags to snuggle into. I’m seeing a trend back to bean bags in my clients’ homes due to the advancement in fabrics, textures and options available. One of my clients told me she ordered some from beanbag.com. There are even bean bags with backrests now too. Amazing how manufacturers are really listening to the needs of the consumers.

Starting the inspiration for the Giants Man Cave, I was thinking about adding some Astro Turf like material so you feel like you are right in the stadium. I found an awesome Giants football field rug to accomplish that feel. I always say that there is a fine line between gaudy and fabulous, so be careful not to overdo it with the collectors’ items and sports paraphernalia. Pick your favorites, whether it is for sentimental value or for the priceless factor. Many Man Caves display autographed framed jerseys or tickets to an attended playoff game.

I grew up with really huge sports fans in my family so I was lucky enough to watch the Super Bowl on a projection TV like the one in my moodboard. The players are giant (pun intended) and you can see all the details. Typically, you can spot who is at the bottom of the fumble pile! 

Every Man Cave needs some sort of bar! This man cave offers some yummy chocolate covered strawberries that look like little footballs, which are a kid favorite. The bar stocks plenty of beer and glasses for the party. A good storage piece of furniture and this one is pretty to look at. It serves as extra seating and a surface to place food.

The Man Cave of today is family friendly. It’s not realistic to ban the rest of the family out of the space. A lot of them have video game consoles for Wii, XBox 360, Kinect, PS3 etc… A fun thing to add is something that everyone in the family enjoys, whether it’s arcade games, dart boards or a pool table as chosen in this Man Cave. So, how do you place all these games, chairs, tables and bar so it doesn’t look like a confusing mess. If you are sitting a lot of people, you want to have ample seating. A great versatile item to add into living spaces, such as media rooms, living rooms, and family rooms are movable cube ottomans. If you can’t spot it in the room, it’s placed in the corner with a Giants garden gnome on it. As you can tell, I like to add a little fun into all my designs. It’s a good talking piece and it would be a good debate on whether it’s creepy, cute, acceptable or just plain weird. 

There are a lot of different kinds of ottomans and cubes. I prefer those that have the option of being on casters. Then, you can easily move the extra seating to anywhere you need it. Other upholstered ottomans, such as the leather one above are versatile. You can place a tray on it and serve food or you can seat an extra person.

You want people to know where they are supposed to sit and where there are supposed to eat and where they are supposed to play. You can guide people with the flow of you rooms by a floor plan. You can have sitting, bar, and game areas. I love using swivel chairs in large open spaces that are versatile because you can swing around and join a different conversation if your heart desires. Kids love swivel chairs too. My kids like to play in the one at the pediatrician’s office which I am so thankful that they have something to keep them occupied.

So what if 5 or 10 extra people show up at your house. Make sure you have enough throw pillows around. I have placed numerous throw pillows around the room. You can always use one to lean back on the side of an occupied chair (if you like the person who is sitting in it and they don’t have smelly feet). Also, people can sit on the soft rug, using a pillow or not. Kids love sitting on pillows. I think it’s because at any moment they can pick it up and start a pillow fight! They are also much more flexible and don’t have those aching, sore backs yet!

The one thing to make your Super Bowl Party or any party stand out is by giving out a prize, whether it’s some money by having a pool or by giving away some team NFL wear. I placed some foam fingers in the room to poke the person who is routing for the wrong team and for the kids to think it’s awesome to have a finger the size of their body. Also, there are some Giants hats in some of the seats for the person who didn’t spill anything, like beer!


I hope I gave you a couple laughs and good advice to make sure you keep your space kid, adult kid and pet-friendly to entertain!

Please visit selmahammer.com to see more of my work and follow me on Twiiter @DesignerSelma. GO GIANTS! What!?! I’m live in Upstate NY and grew up in Jersey!

Get in the Mood to Cre8! Using Olioboard.com- 2D & 3D Moodboard Guide

Ok, so what’s this site that all the buzz is around, especially in the design community? It’s Olioboard.com and if you haven’t heard about it, you are missing out my friends!! I discovered it a couple weeks ago, when I was sick and stuck at home for week with bronchitis. I was on twitter and kept seeing mentions of Pinterest and Olioboard. I saw something about Olioboard being a moodboard tool to create design boards, so automatically a light bulb went off. It can be time consuming coming up with hand made design boards and I do everything on my computer, hence why I’ll be getting carpal tunnel surgery in a couple months!

Okay so what is Olioboard- it’s a tool where you have a blank sheet to add background, products from tons of different vendors, such as Layla Grace, Spirit of Sports, West Elm, Arteriors, Worlds Away, Dwell, Home Decorators, PoshTots etc…

Step One (you’ll have so much fun!): First you need a concept and a plan. Are you going to do a board strictly to compete in the many fun contests the Olioboard community suggests or one sponsored by Olioboard’s affliates, such as PoshTots Nursery contest (ended on 1/30/12) or the “Man Cave” Spirit of Sports contest, starting on 2/1/12? What parameters does the contest have; do you need to feature some of the sponsor’s products? For the majority, you are not competing in a contest. You are probably looking to see how you can put a room together and how all the pieces of the puzzle all come together, such as wall & window treatments, flooring and various products. For designer’s you can use Olioboard to present to your client’s with or without your pricing. For consumer’s, it’s like a fun game! Do you like to craft, scrapbook, stamp, and/or collage, well Olioboard is for YOU!

Step Two (there is so much you can do): You need a background. You can select flooring, wallpaper, windows to enter in the space. The key is enlarging or shrinking items to the size you desire. You drag it from the menu of items to your board after you have chosen to “+create board.” When you click on the specific item it will show a white circle. You can click the solid circle and pull it to the left or right to spin the item so a vertical mirror can be changed to be horizontal such as the one pictured on my board.

Step Three (let out your glee): If you want a 3D board you can google 3D room backgrounds and have some options through sites such as shutterstock. Also, Olioboard has a hand full of backgrounds (more to come according to the company) by clicking on the tab All Sets then scrolling to Rooms. You drag the room picture you want and slide it over your empty board. Tip: Make your board smaller by zooming in on the bottom left hand corner and clicking the minus button or sliding it down so you can see how much room on the board you have to work with  (so you can see that you are covering all the ground you need). You want your background image to cover as much of the board, so you have more room to play.

Step Four (products galore): Tip: Adding large items to your board first will save you lots of tweaking time. If you are going to add window treatments, flooring, wall paper, fireplace, etc.. DO THAT FIRST. Crop the items, if you need to flip them, which flips the item horizontally. If you flop it makes the item upside down. You can make a item bigger by clicking the solid circle and pulling up or down with your mouse (I have a laptop and I use my fingers to open and close like an iPad or iPhone). So if you are placing items on the board on the background and they disappear but you see a dotted circle your item is behind the background. You have to click front on the tool bar and it places the item to the front of all items at the time in your olioboard. Tip: This tool is incredibly important when you are layering items, such as pillows onto a sofa on top of wall paper on top of a background.

Step Five (Hope you are still alive?): The neat thing is you can put any product from the internet on your board. If you can right click on an image from the internet and save as. Then you can upload the .jpeg into My Images (tip: images have to be smaller than 1MB). You then click on My Images, click on upload then add images, upload items. Then name your product, give it tags, put the source, where to purchase (which could be you with your designer pricing), price it and the best part is you can either make this information available to the public or click private. I’ve used both options.

At first, I didn’t realize the thousands of great products already uploaded into Olioboard’s categories and products, which you can easily search for. I would pull them in laboriously one by one from Arteriors, etc… In the olioboard shown here, I used browsed by keyword on olioboard items such as “orange,” “pendants,” “blue rug,” “orange sofa”, etc..

My first moodboard took most of a day, which is not the case if you know what you are doing, which I’m hoping to help you with. Tip: Be careful of objects that have busy backgrounds that you only need the main object from, i.e. if there is a gorgeous vase you would like to use an image of, but it has other vases around it or it is placed on an ugly background that background will show when you upload it to Olioboard. You can use photoshop or try to pick items directly from manufacturer sites, they typically don’t stage their products with tons of objects around it. Another tool is to use cropping to get rid of unwanted bordering items in a picture.

Step Six (get to the mix -ing of textures): How do I create a 3D look? You have to choose items that are angled in the photo to drag over to place on angled side walls. Not all products are on an angle. If they are on an angle you can flip them to be angled differently to place on the opposing wall. Tip: If you need more than one of the same item, first size the original item to the finished size then click duplicate. The duplicate will be on top of the first item so you just click on it and drag to where you need to place it. I use this tool for items such as pillows, pendants, bar stools, etc..

Step Seven (in design heaven?): How do you get that 3D effect in your board with the products you use? So in reality, if you are to stand at the end of a room, the objects that are closest to you are larger and when you are standing far away from things they appear smaller. Use this rule of thumb when placing items on the back wall, you make them smaller. On objects that are at the bottom of the board, the items that are closest to you, you enlarge them. This takes some playing around to get the item to the size you need.

Step Eight (you are doing GREAT!): Don’t forget to save you work along the way. The worst is if you get distracted from your computer or your battery dies and you lose all your work! When done publish your board!! You can tweet it out, facebook like it and download a .jpeg to share with a client, via email, blog post it or pinterest it. Tip: You can download items from Pinterest, in the sample olioboard shown; I downloaded some fun shoes that go with the style and color scheme of the room! How fun! You can really personalize and go crazy to have a fun time. I can hide myself in a room and create Olioboards all day if allowed!!

I hope I have given you enough tips, tools and advice to get you started on making your dream rooms, whether it’s a cute nursery, sophisticated master bedroom or a macho “man cave.” Thanks for reading my blog at blog.selmahammer.com

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For all your shopaholics out there, this satiates my need to spend because I put beautiful rooms together without spending a dime!! That is, until my client approves of the board!! Good times! I have already created one specifically for a client for a master bedroom that was approved! Woot, woot!

Jazz Up Your Master Bath on a Budget

Do you have a builder’s grade wall of mirrors behind your sinks? If you don’t have a good handy man to take them down to hang a framed mirror and patch up the wall. Purchase a delicate Venetian mirror to go over the existing mirror. You’ll need special adhesive http://www.liquidnails.com to apply the new mirror on top of the existing mirror. 

Picture provided by www.uma.ubud.com.bz/stay/terrace-rooms.com

http://www.naturalhandyman.com/qa/qaglue.html If you have two sinks, get two matching mirrors to go over each sink. Another product to consider is mirror mate or salvaged trim, you can install it to frame in your existing mirror http://www.mirrormate.com/

Picture found on http://www.mirrormate.com/pages/makeovers-3.html by Lynch Design Group

Is your laminate countertop just tired and beat up? Go to Home Depot and get a quote on changing out your counter to granite. They have regular sales on granite and your can get it as low at $39 sq ft. http://www.homedepot.com/

Picture found at hgtv.com

Adding a pretty and simple window treatment to your existing window can add visual interest and texture. Make sure it’s fabric, such as Sunbrella, that can withhold getting moisture on it if your don’t have a good vent fan.


Something every bathroom needs is a vent fan if you don’t have one. Do you have mold on your ceiling over the shower or around your windows, it’s because mold thrives on moisture and if you are not opening your window for some ventilation, the mold is having a party.

Now this is something that you definitely want to hire a reputable contractor for http://www.angieslist.com/ or http://www.servicemagic.com/. Installing a vent fan is very essential in your bathroom and you want to make sure it is actually exhausting out of your space and going outdoors. You do not want it to exhaust into your attic space. http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/how-to/intro/0„689843,00.html

Keep posted for more tips! http://www.selmahammer.com/

Reply with some other cool bathroom projects or examples of what I’m talking about!

HighPoint Home Furnishings Market April 2-5, 2011

As some of you may know, I attended HighPoint Market a couple weeks ago. It was really fabulous! Great new trends. As with any trend, it’s typically everywhere!! The big “in” thing right now is the “Paris Flea Market” look. Lots of mercury glass in light fixtures, candelabras and accessories. Lots of whitewash and reclaimed wood. A lot of rustic furniture and Paris this and that EVERYWHERE! The good thing is I LOVE PARIS and hope to visit there some day soon (in my dreams).

My favorite, favorite showrooms were Luna Bella, Arteriors and Regina Andrews. Makes me want to take all the stuff in my house, rent a dumpster and start chucking things out the window! Gorgeous stuff all over the place. Everything is new, artistic and fresh. Just like fashion, the new shirt on the rack seems sooo very enticing. I did shop for clients and I’m dying to show them all the great finds that would be exactly what they would have picked if they had been there with me. As always, I pick things that are an expression of your style and personality.

By the way, I had the pleasure of meeting Ty Pennington, the host of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. He was just like he is on TV, really nice, random and hilarious! He gave a presentation on how he got to where he did today and what he enjoys to do in the industry of home renovations, designing furniture and being a workaholic. As many of you, I first started being a big fan in the days of Trading Spaces! He said those days started the DIY fever for viewers all over the country. The funny part is that the designers on the show were not doing things for good design and functionality as a priority but for creativity and wackiness….remember the wall of old records that Frank did?