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
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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

Universal Design | Our 100th Blog Post | Happy New Year 2015 2

It’s a wrap 2014. . .welcome to our 100th blog post!  Wow, it seems like yesterday that we sat down and began clicking the keyboard to post our first blog…time truly flies.  We are deeply grateful to our readers, fans, and followers, YOU!  We have enjoyed sharing our thoughts and design ideas over the last 99 blog posts, and look forward to sharing many more in 2015.  Happy New Year!

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Before we pop open the bubbly tonight to celebrate the beginning of the New Year,  we wanted to take time to look back on 2014 and also share what lies ahead for us in 2015.

2014 was truly exciting and fun! Living the jet-set life for a few months (so it seemed anyway), we were very thankful for the opportunities to attend the Architectural Digest Home Show held in New York last Spring, the Las Vegas Market held in the heat of July, and a return visit to New York in August!  Some of our travel highlights included reconnecting with our dear friends, meeting new friends and colleagues, and starting new design connections. . .Not to mention hugging on Donny Osmond, attending a fantabulous pajama party with other designers from around the country, champagne lunches, and sharing lots of laughs!

Aside from our marvelous travels, we were very excited to achieve over 3000 Twitter followers and look forward to 3000 more!  Our thanks continue with the most important thanks of all, we are very, very thankful for our dedicated clients and new clients we were blessed with during the past year!  Cheers to a great 2014…

With fond memories of 2014, we look ahead to 2015 and the many positive changes coming our way.  Yes, travel is still on the horizon…look out New York, Las Vegas, California, and hmmm ???  Over the next couple of months we will be launching a new and promising website that is uplifting and fresh full of new projects and design ideas.  Our blog will be taking on a new look as well. Look for our featured “Interior Design Guide” for inspirations, how to’s, and designer tips and design guidance. We are excited about these changes and can’t wait to share them with you.  Change is good!

More good changes coming our way with the addition of NAHB’s (National Association of Home Builder’s) CAPS certification.  CAPS (certified aging-in-place specialist) certification will open up a new avenue for our design business, and will lead the way to helping others to be able to live in their homes no matter what ages or physical challenges they may face.  Designing for all ages is near and dear to our hearts and we are honored to be able to offer this new service on our design menu.  Stay tuned!

Well, it’s been great sharing our look back and what lies ahead with you. We hope you enjoyed reminiscing with us and learning about our new exciting services.  Thank you again for your continued support.  Here’s to a very Happy New Year . . . welcome 2015!

Best,

Corinne Gail

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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Interior Design | Stylish & Chic Dining| Banquette Seating Reply

Bye, bye vinyl seating…Potsy and Ralph don’t dine here anymore!Banquette Beauty

Remember your favorite hometown diner; greasy burgers, milkshakes and sticky vinyl banquette seating?  Did you ever regret wearing shorts there and were fearful of having to get up? Ouch!

Reminiscent of it’s diner brother, banquette seating made its way into our homes for the simple convenience of saving space and it’s ability to seat many hungry campers at one time.

I remember my mother’s excitement when our u-shaped banquette was installed. . . dreamy 1970’s tufted blue vinyl. It was the perfect solution to seat a large family of 7 in a small space all at the same time.  Although our comfy banquette seating did not solve the age-old problem of teenage bickering, it did bring us all together!

Today’s stylish kitchens and dining banquette spaces say goodbye to sticky vinyl and are going chic with beautifully upholstered pieces.

You too can have this look in your home. . . Easy peasy!

  1. Replace multiple dining chairs with a comfortable settee. You may be surprised at how affordable this option truly is.
  2. Be sure to measure your table length before shopping, you don’t want the settee too small or too big for your table space!
  3. If space is limited, armless settees take up less space by fitting closer to the table.
  4. Choose a fabric that is durable and practical for your family.
  5. Add a toss pillow or two for added lower back comfort!

Tip:  Fabric and food don’t always get along.  We suggest applying a healthy/safe fabric protector to help keep your chic banquette seating looking fresh and new.

Want more ideas on banquette seating for your dining pleasure?  Have questions and need guidance?  Give us a nudge. . . we will be happy to help!

Happy days are here again!

Corinne Gail

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Interior Design | Small Business Design – Body Dynamix Reply

Recently we were hired to help brand, refresh and update a very active Pilates studio near our home office. Our client was in desperate need of a space makeover, help with organization, and creating a strong professional brand experience for her clients.

Studio entrance

Our major design dilemma was to bring color and brand recognition to the space without adding paint to the walls.

Before Photos Inside Workout Studio

What we love about small commercial office projects like these, is we have the freedom to be artistic and express our ideas using unlimited creative resources. . .Please join us on a tour of the new space!

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Shopping for this project was a designer’s dream…we scored some of the best pricing and products to help us stay way below our client’s budget!  It’s amazing how a little color and texture can be such a big impact. . .

AEntry2logoA little space planning here and space planning there. . .small adjustments to the furniture plan helped make an inviting, comfortable waiting area for clients. . .Oops!  You got a sneak peak inside the studio!

AEntry3logoWelcome to the NEW Body Dynamix Pilates Studio!  Please step inside  . . .

murallogoThis large custom (7′ x 4′) removable wall mural of the company logo by Murals Your Way fit the project perfect, we were able to achieve color and professional branding using a beautiful logo banner! Don’t you just love how this mural adds a professional touch to the studio?!  Applying the logo banner was easy, just peel and stick!  We centered it to the 8′ reformer to help balance the space and bring color to the wall.

newbedwlogoThis is the reformer workout side of the studio. . .it is not a torture device, even though some workouts may feel like torture, only kidding!!  If you haven’t tried Pilates, I highly recommend it for a total body, mind and soul experience!

equiplogoKeeping the tools of the trade organized is a must. . .conveniently located for easy access during training sessions.

ChairslogoHere the opposite side of the studio space is reserved for mat work on the floor. . .a nice soothing and relaxing area for clients to stretch and strengthen.  Love, love, love the Ombré fabric sheers flanking the double windows!

chairstwologoThis sitting area is perfect for client consultations . . .

chairsleftwlogoOne of our favorite features in the space are the custom pillow fabrics we created using Spoonflower design your own fabric, wallpaper, decals and gift wrap!

chairsrightwlogoHave furniture stains or an unsightly table top? Try covering the blemished area with an inexpensive replaceable placemat!

thankUflowersOur client loves her new Uplifting | Fresh | Healthy space and small business branding makeover!  Aren’t these the most gorgeous flowers!?  A heartfelt appreciation from our client. . .tears of joy, and another successful design by Corinne Gail Interior Design!

Got an office space that needs a little TLC and professional guidance? We are here to help. . .Contact us today for your private consultation!

 

Life is GOOD!

Corinne Gail

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Interior Design | Our Top Fabric Picks for Spring 2014 Reply

Congrats to Pantone for forecasting yet another beautiful color of the year, Radiant Orchid 2014!  I’m seeing Radiant Orchid saturating the market from nail polish to wallpaper and everything in between. Did you know that in addition to the latest Color of the Year, Pantone creates a Spring color collection too?

Pantone Spring 2014

Pantone Spring 2014

“A SEASON OF COLORFUL EQUILIBRIUM Designers take a modern twist on the traditional for spring 2014 by pairing soft pastels with vivid brights to create a colorful equilibrium. Inspired by a mixture of blooming flowers, travels abroad, and strong, confident women, designers use color to refresh, revive and defy conventional wisdom.”  Pantone.com

With Spring just around the corner it’s never too early to plan your room updates, and as I always say, color is the easiest way to refresh any space!  Want to add a trendy color to your home but don’t want to paint?  Incorporate this year’s designer colors thru fabrics.  Add an assortment of toss pillows, a new window treatment, or change up the upholstery on your favorite chair, the possibilities are endless. Here are our top 10 fabric picks for Spring 2014.

Stroheim Southampton

Stroheim Southampton

Kravet Jaipur

Kravet Jaipur

Duralee Fontana Print Collection

Duralee Fontana Print Collection

Stacy Garcia Whirlwind Night Flurry

Stacy Garcia Whirlwind Night Flurry

Fabricut Woodland Friends

Fabricut Woodland Friends

Duralee Overton Prints

Duralee Overton Prints

Duralee Overton Prints purple sage

Duralee Overton Prints

Eaton Square Circles Bermuda

Eaton Square Circles Bermuda

Eaton Square Wave Rider Bermuda

Eaton Square Wave Rider Bermuda

Go ahead, add a trendy 2014 color to your home using fabrics!  The possibilities are endless, what will you do?  Send us your photos, we would love to see them.

Best,

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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Buzzfeed.com

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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