Easy Decorating Tips

shades of fallBecause summer in Maine is a short season, I hold on to it as long as possible.  The time has come to let go, however, as the trees are turning and the leaves are already falling giving hint of the raking and cleanup that is to follow.

Maine houseSometimes I don’t change slipcovers from summer to fall because we are only in Maine until early November.  

Today I had some free time and a burst of energy and set about changing things around to celebrate the first day of fall.  Off came the light slips to be replaced by these with rich colors reflective of the newly arrived season.  And just because, I moved furniture around, too.

I’ve  sworn not to buy anything new so much of the changing look came from shopping the house.  As I looked around, I noticed turquoise accents here and there so that became the “new”.

Throw pillows from another room are added to the mix of fabrics on the sofa.   The turquoise doesn’t seem to mind being thrown in with the reds and golds.

In the cabinet where there are so many candles I forget what they are, I found ones to carry out the color scheme.

 It’s amazing what shows up when you start looking!

Moving things from one place to another gives the table top a new look and a spray of flowers from a recent visit to Trader Joe’s provides the finishing touch.

Now that wasn’t too hard and the changes give the room a totally new look, warm and textured as befits fall.  So, if you are thinking about what to do for fall, my suggestion is use what you have differently.  You might be surprised what happens.

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A Peek Inside

From the minute you enter this home, you know that it’s going to be special.

The walls are neutral backdrops for a world of color gathered in Mexico, Cuba and New Mexico.

No piece appears by accident as I happen to know how much thought has been given to each one.

There are interesting collections throughout,

 all of which have their special place.  Thinking ahead about how to display eliminates the potential for clutter.

Color abounds lending its own energy to every space, 

but it is not used carelessly as the same colors repeat themselves in different ways throughout the house.

There is much to  catch the eye be it the accessories 

or the upholstery fabrics that blend effortlessly into their surroundings.

It goes without saying that the folks who live here are comfortable with color and texture and have used both to their best advantage.  There is something to be said about knowing your style and carrying it off successfully.

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Getting It Right

Not only was I bored spending most of my time in bed for 10 weeks, but I began obsessing on things wrong in the bedroom.   The hubby knew that was going to lead to some kind of overhaul, and, indeed, it did.

bedroomSeveral years ago, some walls in the bedroom and study were done with Venetian plaster  that blended more than one color.  The color chosen for the remaining walls was never right, but since I saw them in the dim light of morning and night I let it go.  Not possible after looking at it day after day.

So, the first thing was to choose a new color that would blend a little better.  After sampling several grays, the selection was Sherwin Williams Lazy Gray.  A new color meant new carpet, darker than the one that had shown every little bit of dirt. How much airier the space seemed with those changes!

The hubby thought that was enough, but no, I wasn’t finished.  Every picture was relocated.  I don’t know where the botanicals came from, but I found them in a closet.  What made them a great choice is the frame which picked up the tones in the piece over the bed.

Art that hung over the fireplace was pleasing, but the frames were mismatched. Again I shopped the house, gathering pieces that not only had matching frames but played off the colors dominating the room.  And, note those shelves.  All the clutter is gone and what’s there looks like it belongs.

Now on a roll, I gathered a few other odds and ends as accessories, and they, too, look like they were made for the space.

Though the hubby groaned  thinking the project was unnecessary, he admitted when all was done that the changes were quite an improvement.  That made it all worthwhile, but he’s hoping I don’t have opportunity to obsess over something else in the near future!

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How Many Is Too Many?

bedroomWhen he turns back the bed, the hubby’s question is always the same.  “Is it necessary to have all these ****** pillows?”  

bedroom“Some of these suckers weigh enough to qualify as weights,” he goes on.

img_8553I smile to myself pretending not to hear and envision the bed looking like this

img_8554or this.

Now those looks don’t work for me, but maybe the rest of you should chime in on how many pillows is too many.

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A Peek Inside

Maine homes are as diverse as the people who live in them, and I am enthralled by each one I’m lucky to experience.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHow could one not be comfortable here where casual is so inviting?

At every turn is a vignette which to my eye invites being captured on canvas.  Since I’m not adept at painting, using a camera will have to do.

The house is full of items collected here and there, and I’m betting there’s a story behind each,

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including how this guy came to find his place.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe kitchen with its organized clutter is so inviting

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand I can only guess at the stories that have been shared around this table about life in Maine.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYes, I love these peeks inside that give insight to people and suggest so many ways of living.  There’s more to come.

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Remaking a Carriage House

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA couple of weeks ago we visited one of the few historic neighborhoods in Houston and were privileged to have a peek inside a friend’s home.  Today join me in visiting the beautifully redone carriage house where the owners’ personalities really shine.  They love the country, ranch life and hunting, and that is reflected in every inch.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere is so much to like here it’s hard to know where to start.  This large open space is a terrific place to chill with family or friends.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe bar is so Texas with beautiful woodwork reminiscent of the stairwell in the main house.  

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy favorite feature here is the hammered copper sink.  It is touches like this that make the carriage house so special.

The second level is dreamy.  Either of these bedrooms would suit me fine,

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand this one is a young girl’s dream.

The faux fireplace is more than it seems.  Give it a little tap and the doors open to what would be a wonderful secret hiding place.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis cheerful space, part of a fully equipped kitchen, looks out to the pool and green space and is a great example of my friend’s attention to detail.   Note the floor of antique French tiles, the colors of which are repeated throughout the carriage house.

 

Another thing I learned about her is that she especially enjoys doing bathrooms which explains their unique features.

Last but not least is the hubby’s study, a true man cave filled with trophies from his hunting adventures.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere is nothing not to like in the carriage house the use of which is a far cry from the original.  I think I would be happy spending time here.  How about you?

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A Trip Back in Time

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYears ago I fell in love with a street in the heart of Houston that dates back to the early 1900’s and is one of the very few locations in this big city where historic homes have been preserved.  These elegant residences were designed by some of the foremost architects of the times…John Staub, Birdsall P. Briscoe, Alfred Finn to name a few…and became home to the then elite of Houston.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAToday, the street remains a gracious oasis, a trip back in time.    The houses, of course, have been updated to include conveniences suitable for today’s living, but the lovely architectural elements remain intact.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANo exception is my friend’s home which she is generously allowing me to share.  

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFrom the front door 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAto every nook and cranny, there are traces of the past.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe incredible stair rail is Victorian dating back to the 1800’s.  The home’s original owner had it disassembled from another of his locations for installation here.  Its beauty sets the tone for the entire house.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATall ceilings were characteristic of the era as is the beautiful marble fireplace surround.

Informal sunrooms were common, and this one is a cheerful and inviting space that exemplifies how tastefully color is used throughout the house.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhere neutrals keep tight areas from being too dark, there are surprising splashes of color in upholstery choices.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThough the spacious kitchen has been completely updated, it retains much of its original feel thanks to the style of the appliances and the cabinets.

Touches like the corner cabinet over the sink and the glass front cabinets do their part to add charm.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs in other of the houses on this street, the dining room was designed for entertaining. In this beautifully appointed room, it is easy to imagine elegantly clad men and women arriving by horse drawn carriage for an enchanting evening.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhat is wonderful about the home today is that it not only provides glimpses into another time, but it totally reflects the warm character of the people who now live here.  I give total kudos to my friend who has so lovingly decorated it, making every decision as to how it should look and feel.  For all the years I have known her, she has been collecting unique pieces that are now so at home in their space.  She must have known all along where they were waiting to go.

As wonderful as the house is, my favorite space is the carriage house, but that will have to wait for another day.  Do come back.

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