The shop is buzzing with all sorts of exciting developments these days! A site redesign in the making, new Twitter and Facebook pages just for the shop, and a store wide 4th of July sale (ending today)… you see what I mean?! With all that excitement, I thought it would be best to keep things pretty and simple for today’s Weekend Window. How about benches? There fun indoors and out, can be playful or serious, traditional or modern, and usually offer a great opportunity for adding color to a space. These are a few my favorites from the shop this week. Enjoy!
1. Turquoise Linen Stool 2. Turquoise Indoor/Outdoor Bench 3. Blue/Brown Garden Stool 4. Green Indoor/Outdoor Bench 5. Clover Garden Stool 6. Tuscan Garden Stool 7. Faux Croc Silver Leafed Bench
On the rare occasion that the heat here isn’t stifling and a breeze is gently blowing, there’s nothing I love more than to sit on the porch with a cold drink in hand and my puppy dawgs beside me! The world just seems right when you take a moment to relax like that. Of course, part of the joy of being outside on the porch is the environment you create for yourself. Today’s Weekend Window is a collection of indoor/outdoor items from the shop that I think would make a lovely patio setting! I have taken on a few fabulous covered patio spaces in The Studio and love the way they become an extension of the client’s home.
If your like me, you find it frustrating to find outdoor pillows, rugs and lighting that aren’t scratchy and boring. I love spending time on our screened porch but since it is protected from the elements, I just scotch guard my pillows so I guess I cheat a bit. Adding pattern and color through trow pillows can completely change a space so I just decided to go for it. And yes, that rug can be used outdoors… isn’t it incredible how far outdoor furniture has come?!
1. Three Glass Vase Holder 2. Driftwood Chandelier 3. Outdoor Ratan Sofa 4. Lime La Fiorentina Pillows 5. Orange Zig Zag Pillows 6. Wangright Green Lacquer Table 7. Turquoise Garden Stool 8. Bird Branch Coat Hook 9. Florin Blue Rug
Your walls, flooring, and large furniture pieces in your home are like those classic basics in your wardrobe. They should be timeless, flexible, and easy to use. Your art, accessories, and accent pieces are like the jewelry. They bring life and energy to an outfit and can be oh-so-much fun to play with!! Accent seating falls in the later category. I think a quirky pattern, clever shape, or bright color on an accent chair can make all the difference in a room! Take these fun pieces that are in the shop, for instance. They can be used in any room, offer endless design possibilities, and can say so much about the style of the owner. Place a cheerful Louis XVI style chair into a dark corner of your living room and watch the space brighten immediately or drop a few colorful ceramic stools around your outdoor patio arrangement and instantly enjoy a livelier environment! You can really go bonkers with statement pieces, but when it comes to accent seating, a little goes a long way. Choose one piece that speaks to your unique taste and don’t be afraid to make it something special!
I have a wide selection of seating pieces
in the shop right now… stop by and have a look. What piece would you
choose to punch up your space?
During every project photo shoot, things get moved around numerous times until they are “just right”. Setting the scene and telling the story in a photograph is quite the challenge when capturing a room. Seeing a gorgeous room in a magazine is what inspires us to create the room of our dreams. But capturing that perfect scene for that perfect magazine shot can be time consuming. Having every detail perfect for that one shot takes patience, an open mind and a stack of options waiting on the side.
The chaise lounge in this living room was photographed using multiple accent tables and pillow configurations. Take a look at these test shots to see what I was thinking. Which one do you prefer?
#1: I’m always a fan of the garden stool, but something looks off….so I come in to make the adjustment.
#2: A bit blah for me…we need more color…maybe a different pattern?
#3: A new garden stool and mixing up the pillows…still not feeling it. The scale of the garden stool isn’t right? Let’s focus on getting the pillows because this graphic pillow overpowers the shot.
#4: Test Shot! Ok, I have mixed in a pop of yellow and now it looks unbalanced. Still not sure about this garden stool, I’m off to look for more options…..
#5: My last attempt at finding the right accent table. Looks like I found a pillow configuration that has caught my eye! I’m not sure I love the vertical shot, although you can now see the gorgeous drapes with greek key trim.
#6: I really like the horizontal shot because the pop of yellow on the sofa pillow is what I was looking for. I’m thinking that I need to make one last change. Photographing mirrored pieces can be frustrating, I don’t like seeing the pattern in the shot.
Lucky #7: I think I found my shot! This horizontal shot is my favorite and I think everything looks just right without a garden stool or accent table. The pillow configuration is soft and they bring in the perfect amount of pattern, color and texture!