Interior Design | Add a touch of romance using red Reply

Just a little Valentine’s Day inspiration to start your day. We love red. It is romantic, passionate, and exciting…adding pops of red will instantly energize any space. Amore!touch of romance

Interior Design| What’s Your Design Inspiration? Reply

Have you ever said, I know what I want the space to look like, but I can’t seem to make it happen? . . .Today we are introducing a new blog series, Interior Design Guide, your guide to understanding how great design comes to life. Learn from professional interior designers some of the key processes of interior design, and how those processes lead to creating beautiful spaces.

Where do you find your design inspiration?

One of the first things your designer will ask you to do prior to your initial design consultation, is to collect photos that inspire you the most; whole rooms, objects, colors, fabrics, architectural details, etc.  Think of design inspirations as all of your favorite things; flowers, family heirlooms, nature, colors, textures, patterns, comfy clothes, cool crisp fresh air, summer nights, cherished memories, and on and on.  Design inspirations can be anything!  Sharing your design inspirations is key to understanding your style.

Photo courtesy of Corinne Gail Interior Design

Photo courtesy of Corinne Gail Interior Design

Inspirations are everywhere so be sure to notice the simplest of details. Glass table scatter translates into beautiful rich jewel tones, interesting geometrical forms, and brilliant bling…is there ever enough bling?

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Photo courtesy of Corinne Gail Interior Design

We love visiting fabric stores for inspirations…sometimes patterns speak most, sometimes texture and color combinations speak the most. Take time to explore the world around you.

Photo courtesy of Corinne Gail Interior Design

Photo courtesy of Corinne Gail Interior Design

Don’t forget to stop and take in the scenery along the route.  This lovely backdrop of the waterfall, natural textures, and woodland colors resonates a sense of relaxed serenity.  Can’t you just feel the breeze from the falls and the sun on your shoulders?

Designer Tip: Take lots of photos everywhere you go because you never know what will inspire you the most!

Once you have collected your photos, you will want to organize them. Organizing is easy. Just cut & paste your favorite photos from magazines, Pin photos onto Pinterest boards, or if you are tech savvy, create a Photoshop collage similar to our weekly Saturday Sampler, Interior Design Collections to Inspire.

We enjoy using Pinterest to explore thousands of photos because it’s quick, easy to use, and doesn’t require sticky glue.  We can also control client privacy by creating a “Secret Board“.  Secret boards are perfect for sharing photos that only clients and staff can see and pin to.  Our clients love working with us through Pinterest since it’s a great way to communicate our design ideas!

Designer Tip: Make notes on each photo about your likes or dislikes to share with your designer. 

Websites for inspiration

If you are not the “photographerish” type, there are plenty of websites out there that you can visit to find inspirations . . . Houzz is a popular and resourceful website that allows you to collect and share inspirational photos.  Remember, inspirations can be found anywhere, so be sure to visit a variety website genres; science, fine art, history, photography, fashion, etc., but keep in mind the copyright laws and don’t overstep your boundaries. When in doubt, get permission to use other’s photos!

What inspires you most? Share your inspirational photos with us, we would love to see them!

Best,

Corinne Gail

Interior Design| Our 12 Favorite Christmas Cookie Designs and Holiday Treats 2014 2

Wishing everyone a beautiful holiday season, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from our home to yours!  This year we have included special yummy Holiday Treats to Our 12 Favorite Christmas Cookie Designs.  We hope you enjoy our selections for 2014.

Ho, Ho, Ho!

Corinne Gail

Nutter Butters on a stick. CUTE.

www.iheartnaptime.net Nutter Butter Reindeer Cookies

Haven't made these in years!  Have your kiddos help make these no-bake cookies by adding the red cinnamon candies and their favorite sprinkles!

www.bettycrocker.com No bake Christmas Wreaths

Mini Santa Hat Cheesecakes Recipe ~ An adorable addition to your holiday party!

www.bakedbyrachel.com Mini Santa Hat Cheesecakes

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www.thedomesticrebel.com Salted Carmel Butter Bars

Vanilla Bean Shortbread Cookies with a simple holly decoration. Perfect for a Christmas party when things are busy!

www.sweetlavenderbakeshoppe.com Vanilla Bean Shortbread Cookies with a simple holly decoration.

Eggnog Truffles, smooth eggnog and white chocolate centers, would be perfect as a Christmas/hostess gift!

www.shugarysweets.com Eggnog Truffles, smooth eggnog and white chocolate centers.

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies | Cooking Classy

www.cookingclassy.com Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

How to Make Olaf Cookies

www.suzdaily.com Disney Olaf Cookies

Peppermint Meltaways Recipe

www.therecipecritic.com Peppermint Meltaways

www.sugarbelle.com Christmas Tutorial ~ Easy Poinsettia Cookie Platter

Recipe: Snowy Chocolate Pinecones (made from nutella and cereal) - so cool!

www.handmadecharlotte Snowy Chocolate Pinecones made from nutella and cereal.

Interior Design| How to create a welcoming guest space at home 1

Seems like yesterday (2012) when we originally posted this blog on Home Hospitality makeover – how to create an at home hotel experience guest room.

Since we are in the height of the travel season, we thought it would be nice to re-share our thoughts on creating the perfect guest space for your visitors, as well as some great preparing for and hosting house guest tips from Houzz .

You too can create a welcoming hotel like atmosphere for your house guests just by adding a few hospitality touches to the space.  Here are a few tips you can borrow from reputable hotels that will help make your home more welcoming and comfortable for your guests.

There is just something about a freshly made bed of crisp white linens and billowy soft pillows that screams luxury.  When choosing bed linens for your guest space, a higher thread count doesn’t always matter.  I good rule of thumb to follow is to select sheets of a minimum 400 thread count out of Egyptian cotton or Pima cotton. These are affordable, soft and very luxurious to the touch.

Comfortable bed pillows will make or break a restful night’s sleep and your guests may be most comfortable with a medium firm pillow, but it’s always nice to give your guests options.  Place a few pillows of different firmness with varying fillers on the bed to let your guests decide which one is right for them.

Keep in mind that travel restrictions and luggage limitations makes it difficult for travelers to pack all the comforts of home, so consider providing the convenience of a bathrobe and slippers for your guest’s use while visiting.

To complete your home hospitality make-over, add a couple finishing touches to the space such as a local event magazine, water, and fresh towels for your guest’s comfort and enjoyment while visiting.

Want to create the perfect guest experience but don’t know where to start?  Just let us know we would love to help!

Have a safe and happy Labor Day!

Corinne Gail

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Kitchens and Baths | Quick Bathroom Makeovers You Can Do 1

Ah, January, the month devoted to stocking up on fresh new linens and getting organized! While you’re at it, take advantage of time spent indoors this winter and tackle a quick home refresher project.  To give you a jump start on January, here are a couple quick and inexpensive makeover ideas you can use to refresh your bathroom spaces.

The Family Bathroom

Bathroom #1 Before is a great space…plenty of room, but in need of a little pizzaz!

Bathroom #1 Before

Bathroom #1 Before

Paint is a simple and relatively easy quick change anyone can do.  We updated the wall colors in Bathroom #1 using Sherwin Williams #6148 Wool Skein for the main walls, and an accent wall color of SW #7059 Unusual Gray.  Two off the shelf fabric shower curtains bring in a little more pizzaz to the space, and were perfect for creating a tub/shower enclosure for when guests visit, cover a simple window cornice and sew box pleat embellishments onto the guest bath towels.

Bathroom #1 After

Bathroom #1 After

The simple window cornice was created using foam core (you can do this!).  Foam core is available at your local craft store or office supply.  We covered the foam core with a thin layer of batting and then attached the decorative fabric using straight pins.  Straight pins are great for quick changes…just unpin the old – repin the new fabric and you are good to go!

Bathroom #1 After Detail

Bathroom #1 After Detail

The Guest Bathroom – Powder Rooms

Powder rooms are one of my favorite spaces to refresh…Powder rooms are typically small and usually located close to a family room or living room.  This is a space that everyone will use, so why not make it functional and special?  Bathroom #2 has functionality, but is somewhat awkward and extremely BORING!

Bathroom #2 Powder Room

Bathroom #2 Powder Room

Here we changed up the color and added vertical stripes on two main walls to help give this tiny little space a sense of grandeur.  This technique is simple and easy to do.  Just apply Sherwin Williams latex glaze over the new wall color SW#7036 Accessible Beige!  The “lame-o” contractor grade pedestal sink was replaced with a new storage drawer vanity complete with black granite top and plenty of counter space to hold fine milled soaps and a fragrant candle. The colorful art piece adds interest and fits the space perfectly.

Bathroom #2 Powder Room After

Bathroom #2 Powder Room After

Why not start your January 2014 off with a quick and inexpensive makeover you can do to refresh your bathroom space?  Send us your makeover photos, we would love to see them!

Happy New Year 2014. . .

Corinne Gail

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Interior Design |Transform “Scratch and Dent” Finds Into One-of-a-Kind Treasures! Reply

How many times have you found that perfect piece of furniture, but it turned out to be NOT so perfect?  Don’t disregard it just because it’s imperfect!  Some of the best bargains are scratch and dent finds that you can transform into one-of-a-kind treasures.

We came across this console and noticed it was missing the bottom shelf and sported a few minor scratches.  The deep notches from where the bottom shelf used to be inserted presented a wee bit of a problem, but the overall structure was sound and sturdy.  Did I mention it was marked down 70%? Cha ching!  Need I say more?!

Scratch and Dent Find

Scratch and Dent Find

Our first thought on how to hide the notches was to wrap the legs with matching stained rope.  Stained rope would add interesting texture and give this piece somewhat of a nautical feel.  However, since we were designing a space using more traditional pieces, we decided to wrap tin strips around the notches and apply an antique finish to match the drawer pull.

Photo courtesy of Corinne Gail Interior Design

Photo courtesy of Corinne Gail Interior Design

We scored on finding embossed 2 1/2″ tin strips at our local craft store. . .marked down 50%!  Black acrylic paint was applied using a brush and then lightly dabbed with a soft cloth to create the antique finish. To conceal the minor finish scratches we used a dark brown permanent marker.  I suggest using a felt tip marking pen for very small blemishes only. . .if you have larger scratch repairs, experiment using a tinted furniture polish or oil.  Total cost to turn this scratch and dent find into a one-of-a-kind treasure, $4.00!

Photo courtesy of Corinne Gail Interior Design

Photo courtesy of Corinne Gail Interior Design

With a little imagination you too can transform scratch and dent finds into one-of-a-kind treasures!  Send us your trash to treasure photos, we would love to see them.  Be sure to visit our design boards on Pinterest for more creative design ideas!

Happy hunting!

Corinne Gail

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Design Soup | Impress Your Family with Napkin Folding 101 1

Last week you learned how to set the perfect Thanksgiving table.  This week it’s all about the details and how to impress your Thanksgiving guests with creative napkin folding 101! You can create the wonderful folds shown here using paper napkins as well, but for today we will focus on how to fold a formal cloth napkin for your holiday dinner guests.

First off let’s start with a little history. . .luv-a my history!  Did you know that cloth napkins first made their appearance sometime around the Renaissance?  Back then the napkin was more like the size of a table cloth that everyone used at the table while dining.  Over time the communal cloth (yuk! and not a pleasant visual I might add) was replaced with individual sized cloths we use today.  Who knew!?

With the evolution of the napkin also came etiquette rules and protocols, some you should be familiar with.

  • After you have been seated. Wait for your host to pick up and unfold the napkin before you do the same with yours.
  • Remove the napkin from your place setting, gently unfold it, you are not flagging cars in at the Daytona, and place it across your lap to protect your lap from spills.
  • If the napkin is larger than your lap, fold it so it just covers your lap.
  • Use the napkin to dab (a gentle touch or stroke) your mouth.
  • DO NOT blow your nose with your napkin! Gross, gross, gross! Who does that?! Please excuse yourself from the table to take care of your runny nose in private!!!
  • If you need to leave the table during the meal, place the napkin loosely folded on the table to the left of your plate, never on the seat for the simple reason if the napkin were soiled it could damage someone’s clothing or your host’s seat covering.
  • When you are done dining. . .again, place the loosely folded napkin to the left of your plate, never on the plate.

Now for the fun stuff . . .Napkin folding 101 from basic to complex.  I found this great website for step-by-step instructions on how to fold formal cloth napkins.  Check out www.napkinfoldingguide.com for more complete “how to” directions!

Basic Napkin Ring Stuffer by napkinfoldingguide.com

Basic Napkin Ring Stuffer

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The Fan Fold

Bishops Hat Fold by napkinfoldingguide.com

Bishops Hat Fold

If you are a little more ambitious, try one of our favorite napkin folds found at MarthaStewart.com the Turkey Centerpiece!

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Although this creation will involve 3 napkins, aluminum foil and some time…it is an adorable display for any Thanksgiving table!

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We also enjoyed reading the post by Buzzfeed.com showcasing some really fun napkin folds you can do in minutes. . .Check them out!

Next week we will be serving up “The Perfect Wine for Your Holiday Dinner”.  Our friend Adam Japko of WineZag will be sharing with us his favorite Thanksgiving dinner wine selections! (more about Adam)

Send us your creative Thanksgiving napkin photos, we would love to see them.  Be sure to follow us on Pinterest for more fun and creative ideas!

Have a design dilemma?  Email us your questions, we would love to help…

Go fold something!

Corinne Gail

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Design Soup | Set the Perfect Thanksgiving Table 2

Turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, homemade sweet rolls, relish tray, turkey gravy…my mouth is watering just thinking about our delicious Thanksgiving dinner!  The food will be fabulous and so will your table setting by following these tips on how to set the perfect Thanksgiving table.

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Are you planning a formal or casual Thanksgiving gathering for friends and family?  Creating the perfect place setting doesn’t have to be confusing. . .

1. Space dinner plates about 2′ o.c. (on center) to allow for comfortable elbow room between guests.  Place bread and salad plates to the left and include a butter knife.

2. All glasses are placed on the right side of the plate, as well as coffee cups.

3. Silverware is placed 1″ from the edge of the table. Silverware should be placed in the order of use from the outside in towards the plate, first course such as salad to main course entree.

4. Forks should be placed to the left of the plate, knives and spoons to the right. Knives should be placed with the cutting edge towards the plate. Be sure all the handles line up!

5. Napkins should be cloth and placed to the left…follow us next week as we explore the art of napkin folding!

6. Optional if you have space for dessert silverware during dinner: Silverware for delicious pumpkin pie should be placed above the plate with the fork handle to the left and the spoon or knife handle to the right.

Here’s a simple cheat sheet to help you set the perfect place setting for any occasion.

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Don’t miss next week’s blog…”Impress Your Family with Napkin Folding 101″.  We have some fun napkins you can learn to fold just in time for the holiday!

Send us your Thanksgiving table setting photos, we would love to see them.  Be sure to follow us on Pinterest for more fun and creative ideas!

Have a design dilemma?  Email us your questions, we would love to help…

Cheers,

Corinne Gail

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Interior Design | Design a Thanksgiving Table with Burlap 7

Hard to believe we are talking holidays already with Thanksgiving just around the corner!  We are seeing lots and lots of burlap used in home accents from table tops to pillows and more. . .Take a look at a few beautiful burlap Thanksgiving tablescapes to help inspire your own holiday creations.

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From simplistic charm to elegant dining…burlap sets the perfect Thanksgiving stage.

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Style your tablescape with burlap!

Burlap Table Runner with Fringe Edge

Burlap Table Runner with Fringe Edge

Design in Layers.  Layer your table with linens…Use a neutral table-cloth for the base.  This allows freedom to embellish the table top with many different textures, colors, and patterns.  Incorporate a burlap table runner to add a natural element and interesting texture to your tablescape.

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Accents are key. Select cloth napkins that add a festive pop of color and pattern.

Sur la table

Sur la table

Purchasing a set of themed salad plates to coordinate with your existing place settings is an inexpensive way to add holiday charm.

Sur la Table

Sur la table

We are loving these Fall themed set of spreaders!

Corinne Gail Interior Design

Corinne Gail Interior Design

Don’t be afraid to mix & match plate shapes, colors and styles!

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Finishing touches. The most beautiful tablescapes incorporate nature.  Include seasonal fruits, plants and flowers and a couple of candles into your table centerpiece!

InJoy designing with burlap.  Send us your photos, we would love to see them.  Be sure to follow us on Pinterest for more fun and creative ideas!

Have a design dilemma?  Email us your questions, we would love to help…

Cheers,

Corinne Gail

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Interior Design | Warm Up Your Home with Fall Decor 1

Nothing says cozy evenings by the fire more than the cool crisp air of Autumn. . .Here are some quick ideas to help warm up your home this Fall.

Fall Foliage in the Northwest

Fall Foliage in the Northwest-Photo courtesy of Corinne Gail Interior Design

Start by adding a Fall themed toss pillow to your favorite chair.  Accent pillows are an easy and inexpensive addition to any home decor.

Available through Pottery Barn

Available at Pottery Barn

Cozy blanket throws placed over the arm of a sofa, create an instant warmth to any space.

Cable Knit Throw from Pottery Barn

Available at Pottery Barn

Don’t forget to add a touch of ambiance from the warm glow of candle light.

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Robert Caponetto / Styling Buffy Hargett

Create a warm and inviting table for your dinner guests with a Fall themed tablescape design!

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CapersCatering.com

Send us your photos of Fall decor, we would love to see them!  Contact us with your design questions or inquiries about Healthy Living by Design . . .

InJoy the bounty of the season!

Corinne Gail

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