Saturday, February 9, 2013

New Year 2013

Happy New Year!
This year will mark the 20th year since i began Carol Carr Interiors!  I am so excited to begin another year and new projects.  Last year was a great year full of challenges and accomplishments.  I joined with some amazing new clients last year and a few of my favorite clients with ongoing remodeling of their homes!  Every year I have been blessed as my business grows and I continue to expand into different areas of design.  I have been so fortunate to have the best clients!!

I am going to start out the new year with "a few tips from the trade". 
This is always such a good time of the year to dig in. Get things done before the weather gets nice again and we spend less time inside.  REFRESH!
   ~Clear the clutter...edit, edit, edit!  Start out by rotating all the accessories,  move to other areas of your home or remove some of them all together. It is an inexpensive and easy way to refresh your home before spring. 
   ~Put dimmers on all lighting.  A dimmed space evokes warmth and sophistication and can totally change the ambiance of a room. (Tho I must say, I am not a fan of the new light bulbs. I think they turn everything green!)
   ~ New window treatments...Window treatments should almost always be hung from the highest point above a window,just below the crown molding.  If a large gap results between the curtain line and the top of the windows, use a roman shade between the space. It can be a stationary shade that gives the effect of a total treatment. There is nothing like a beautiful pair of panels to finish a room.
   ~Freshen up your space be replacing throw pillows and carpet.  In the warmer months consider rolling up the heavier rugs and replace them with sisal or just leave the floors bare. 
    Fresh flowers and candles are the most inexpensive & powerful way to bring color and softness to your home.  They are also the 2 most effective accessories to use for holiday decorating. (Besides, doesn't everyone look better in candle light!)

I am seeing the return of wallpaper.  I have always been a fan of "grasscloth"  or textured paper.   There are so many great geometric papers to choose from now. If committing to wallpaper makes you nervous, you can feel safe with papering a smaller space that you don't spend much time in.  I love a papered ceiling!
We are doing allot of painting right now.  What a great way to make a room feel fresh and clean.  Pick a new color, something you have not done before.  Don't be afraid of color on your walls. :)
Some new fabric on an "old favorite" will breathe life into a piece of furniture instead of buying "new".   Recycle!
I love the resale stores, so many bargains and treasures to reuse! I make a point to check them out every week.  See my latest find!!
Carol

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

It's the Details That Matter!

As an interior designer, I understand the significance of creating relationships with not only the client, but also the builders that take part in remodeling the home. My direct relationship with the builders allows me to be apart of every process and detail that goes into building and remodeling. From choosing the granite and stain color on the cabinets, to designing the backsplash and perfecting the kitchen hardware, there is no small detail that I miss. In the following pictures, all the important details including the wall color, lighting, furniture and cabinet design were not forgotten about.  My work with the client and the builder allowed me to perfect every aspect of the space!

Updating the "Heart of the Home"

Kitchen Space Before 1

Kitchen Space Before 2
Kitchen Space After 1
Kitchen Space After 2
Kitchen Space After 3
A key aspect to interior decorating is understanding how to update a space and work within a given footprint. The photos above indicate the much needed transformation of an inefficient and outdated kitchen into a more modern and practical space. The kitchen in any home is often known as the "heart of the home" because it is the most used and most visited; therefore, it is especially important that this space well lit, well organized and gives a welcoming appeal to all that enter and utilize the space.