entryway_ideas_021One way to welcome guests into your home is to create a welcoming entryway. This entrance displays your style and sometimes creativity. It is the meeting ground where you say “hello” and offer a warm welcome into our home.

Here are some tips to create your Entry:

  1. In an enclosed space that is small you can add punch by painting the walls a color that compliments your home’s interior
  2. Also in this small space a bold patterned wallpaper can create a statement
  3. Don’t forget that a great use of color is a piece of furniture that is a bold color, ie: red
  4. Use a console or entry table that is about 30-38” high. Taller is better but if you are recycling a piece of furniture that is a good place to start
  5. If the space is small or in a narrow walkway find a piece that is not too deep, about 12-18”
  6. If you are short on storage this is a great place to put a chest that has drawers
  7. Once you have the piece of furniture selected and the proper placement move on to the surroundings
  8. I would start by adding a large mirror or picture over the furniture. Make sure it is big!Always remember that a mirror reflects, so make sure you want to see what it is going to reflect
  9. On occasion you can do a grouping of 4 but start with the center piece
  10. Next place some accessories- a vase, flowers (artificial), an orchid, a unique box, a stack of attractive books, candlesticks, a grouping of pottery or blue/white jars, another picture on a stand, and more. Make sure that the height and scale of the pieces make an impact. If there is an open shelf below the top then accessorize it with some larger pieces.
  11. The accessories can marry the tone and color used in the adjacent room
  12. If the room is dark then add a lamp to the table top, or for symmetry 2 lamps
  13. Don’t forget the floors. A painted floor or pattered area rug can also add warmth and color
  14.  Lighting is also important in the entry, either a lamp or overhead ceiling light or chandelier can be used


Carving out this entry way is the perfect greeting area for guests and can be the beginning of your color palette and style for the adjoining rooms. Go search for fun finds at local stores like HomeGoods, Pier One, WorldMarket, Marshall’s, Ross, TJ Maxx and retails stores with fine furniture. Antique malls are good to find unique and “weathered” items. If you have some “treasures” use them to tell your story.

If you need guidance call for a consultation, Patty at #425-793-6380.

What’s Your Style?

What’s Your Style?

  • 101694126.jpg.rendition.largest[1] 101694145.jpg.rendition.largest[1]102043205.jpg.rendition.largest[1]         What’s your design personality? Tobi Fairley’s views on style were simplified. She divided style selections into 4 groups, each group containing several more. By defining which style group you are in it will make it easier for you to purchase furnishings for your home. Often we enjoy several styles but it might be best to stick to 1 or 2 styles. Yes, you can do all four together but it takes a little more talent to achieve a finished look that is cohesive and not distracting. Try using these ideas in your own homes. What style personality are you?

A. Classic Traditionalist: can be formal or casual. Enjoys classic furniture shapes- sofa and chairs have skirts. Heritage pieces- such as china, knick-knack’s,  room can tell a story. Layering of fabrics. Darker wood tones. This can include: Farmhouse, Shaker, Cottage, Shabby Chic, French Country, English and more.

B. Cool Urban: modern, sleek in scale, shape and form. Streamlined without ornamentation; urban or cosmopolitan, current/trendy; materials are metal, glass; medium toned woods. This includes: Mid-Century modern, Scandinavian, Graphic, Organic forms, Edgy styles.

C. Artistic Traveler: A collected look, BoHo, Trend but not Trendy, Global, Layered, Exotic, Textured & rich, layered, patterned textiles, overdyed rugs, strong pigments. This includes items from travels, different cultures, any sort of style. Can be eclectic but is more global.

D. Sophisticated Stylista: Luxe, drama, fashionable, chic, glamorous, Gold finishes, mirrors, bone inlay, tufting, animal print, lacquer, Lucite, crystals. This style embraces scale- such as an overscale headboard and trends- such as quatrefoil architecture. This includes: Art Deco, Hollywood styles.

Mixing: Usually we tend to like 2 styles or more. When you mix have a point of reference such as color. Think of how the room should flow and function. Pick pieces that inspire you and if they are unique not too chaotic. Make some decisions about the style you want to interpret and decide when even though you like a piece “it just isn’t going to work” in this setting. (It’s like shopping for clothes- not everything we like goes together.)

Try this by deconstructing a room and then replacing items with your new choice in the style that fits you! Are you an A/B, a B/C, a D/A or an C/B? As always, call if you need help. Have fun!

Hanging Artwork

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I consider art some of the jewelry of your home. Just like the other accessories and keepsakes it displays your sense of style and personality. Don’t keep your walls empty make a commitment to display art to add color and warmth to your home.

I look for art everywhere and it doesn’t have to cost a lot plus it is easy to change it out if you get tired of an image. Here are some locations to look locally for artwork: Pier One, Cost Plus, Homegoods, Marshalls, furniture stores, IKEA and more just keep your eyes open. There are several art internet sites to choose from such as art.com. There are art galleries for original art and local shows support our new talent and local artists. I also have access to some wholesale showrooms if you need a custom fit or type of art.

Here are a few tips for hanging your artwork. If you are hanging a single piece of art make sure the scale is large enough for the space. Most people choose artwork that is too small and then it looks like its floating. Try using painters tape and place it on the wall to measure the size you need, then step back and see if it feels balanced with what else is in the room. Now you can measure the taped area and you have an approximate size of what you will need, write it down and take it with you to the store. Kraft paper can be cut to the size for more visual effect. You don’t have to get a special size just use it as a guide for standard size pieces.

Most people hang their artwork too high. A good guide is to keep the center of the image at eye level or hang the piece about 60-66” high. If it is above a sofa then I use about a distance of a hands height above the sofa so heads don’t bump into the art.

If you have several pieces of art and you want to display a grouping there are 2 interesting styles. A simple focal point is to use symmetry by imaging a center line on the wall and place the largest or visually heaviest piece in the center, then mirror either side with the other pieces. It is nice to have frame colors or matting in either the same color tones or just 2-3 for continuity. You can add more pieces above but stay within the rectangular box the lower pieces made.

The other style is a gallery grouping where you add interest by using different types of frames or dimension by adding plates and small shelves. Place the most prominent piece in the center and work out, giving some breathing room to pieces that are different. With both styles pay attention to the scale of what you are creating; you don’t want it to feel cluttered.

Visually you always want the heaviest piece at the bottom or the center for visual balance.

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Going up a staircase is similar to a grouping, just start with the large pieces then allow some room and fill in with the smaller items. Groupings are a great way to use family photos or vacation photos as they are usually too small. I also like to use small pieces in a vertical row or stacking a double row of 3. These rows of 3 to 6 are good for small spaces like walls between windows and doors. Sitting artwork on shelves or display stands works well too.

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Plan your layout first to prevent putting holes in your walls. One way is to lay out your pieces on the floor until you are happy with the pattern. Then cut kraft paper for each sized piece, label what the art is and the direction it goes, now place on the intended wall and tape with painter’s tape (the blue or green tape- it won’t damage your walls). Next measure where the hanger would be and hammer a nail through the paper where it would hang, now you have the correct placement. I measure string wires by hanging the measuring tape on the wire and checking the top of the frame, then deduct that distance for the correct nail hole. Have all your tools and a level handy before you start. I like the nails that screw into the holders, check your hardware store, check for weights, these cause less wall damage.

Artwork is a great way to add interest to a room and freshen up a space. Good luck with your project and if you need help call for both shopping for artwork and displaying it. I have had people dig out all their artwork and gone around a room and placed it for them to hang later.