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The Look: Summer Chic

We have another article in Your Home Magazine! This link takes you to the online version of the magazine where you can peruse at your leisure. For the July issue we were asked to talk about summer style. Here in southwest Florida we embrace “summer chic” year round. Read the article below to find out how to pull this style together and prevent an overly “beachy” look. We aim to give our clients a cohesive look rather than matchy-matchy. If you need help with a summer chic look in your home give us a call!

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Paint Quality From the Pros

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Sherwin-Williams recently published an article in their Stir magazine titled “The Secrets to Quality Paint”. As a leader in the industry, Sherwin-Williams carries some clout when they speak about quality. Let’s be honest, painting is an investment. It takes time, money and labor and, as always, we want to invest in quality products.

Obviously better ingredients lend itself to better performance as well as longevity and this article really broke down what goes into each can of SW paint. Paint is made up of four ingredients: pigment, binders, liquids, and additives. Good paint contains more prime pigments, offering better hide and color retention. Binders provide adhesion and helps to resist cracking, blistering and peeling. Binders affect everything from stain resistance to gloss and adhesion. Latex paints contain acrylic binders, while oil paints contain linseed oil, soya oil or alkyds. The liquid is the “carrier” to help get the paint from the can to the wall. Lower quality paint is going to be “watered down”. Additives are those extra ingredients that help with specific functions. With the right additives you can have better flow, leveling, dry time and extended storage. You can even help reduce odors already present in a room.

Whether you are painting a front door or a wall, when shopping for paint, you want to really take each ingredient into consideration and know that what you put on your wall is going to do its job and last! We love Sherwin-Williams colors and our painters love using it! When helping clients with a paint consult it is one of the main decks we use. Color is our passion! Give us a call if you need help choosing quality paint color in your home!

Trend Spotter: The Garden Stool

Stool - styled  What’s not to love about the garden stool? Practical and eye catching at the same time, this little piece is a hot item! It comes in every color imaginable and so, so many styles. Garden stools are an extremely affordable way to add a bit of whimsy, that pop of color, a bit of charm…really, just about any style you are aiming for can be found in a garden stool! Here are some that we love (notice our obsession with metallics lives on)!

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Are you looking for just the right garden stool and needing help to pull together a style that works for you? Give us a call!

Worry Free Living

TY_Email_May2014_09We love cake, and now you don’t need to worry about keeping that sugary confection away from your upholstery! Stain resistant, low maintenance fabrics with Sunbrella & Crypton technology offer kid-friendly, pet-friendly and all around worry free living. With so many fabric designs and options, spill proof has never looked so good.

Living in Southwest Florida we know the benefits of using Sunbrella fabrics outside to protect from sun fading and humidity induced mold. Moving this fabulous fabric inside makes sense and now that the design options are nearly endless, there is no reason why upholstered items (ottomans, sofas, dining chairs, etc.) shouldn’t be protected from the elements inside as well as out!

Need help finding the perfect fabric? Give us a call.

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A Quick Way to Update a Bathroom!

Frame your mirrors. It’s so simple but it packs a punch! This is one of our favorite ways to jazz up bathroom mirrors. Whether you are renovating a bathroom or just looking to add a bit of elegance this is the product of your dreams! It gives new life to cracked edges and aging mirrors as well as transforms a blah space to something stylish. With so many styles and colors you will be sure to find something to your liking. Not only is this a quick fix but it is oh, so affordable. Rather than replacing an old mirror which can carry a hefty price tag, not to mention the very real possibility of requiring some major wall repair once it is ripped out, adding a frame makes a dramatic statement and is easy on the wallet! If your bathroom needs a quick and affordable update, call us for this fabulous product!

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Lunch with Libby Langdon!

Being an interior decorator can look very glamorous from a cursory glance. We get to see the latest and greatest trends, we play with fabric all day and watch amazing bland to glam transformations of our clients home. But what you don’t see are the hours of tedious design work, the items that come in with the wrong wood stain or the fabric that shows up flawed, the truck that somehow disappears for days with a large order that is scheduled to be delivered to a client. These pull-out-your-hair, bite-your-nails, develop-an-ulcer moments are a big part of the job so when a truly glamorous moment (such as meeting a TV celeb) comes around we get really excited!

Yesterday we had the opportunity to attend a lunch with Libby Langdon as the speaker. Her humor and understanding of the industry were endearing to say the least. She shared before and after photos from her show, Small Space, Big Style as well as from her private client homes. Her charisma and “can do” attitude were inspiring and made for such a wonderful event!


She never stops smiling!


The audience was captivated and engaged.


Photo op with Libby!


Go grab her new book, Libby Langdon’s Small Space Solutions



Assistant Sarah jumped in a photo too!

Holiday Hospitality: Mood Lighting

Life is a whirl-wind right now and our little office is so busy! We had good intentions with this series of hospitality helps but the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is rapidly disappearing. Sometimes even among the buzz of holidays and crowds a small change, a flick of the switch even, can make all of the difference. Today we want to talk lighting.

Planning a party involves so many things; the menu, the guest list, the right mix of music, in all of the bustle don’t forget to make a plan for your lighting! Lighting can make the biggest difference at your party and there are a few things to think through. When you stop and consider your lighting, think through how you want people to feel as well as how your party will function. Different types of lighting have different purposes and should be considered in your overall lighting plan. You have indirect/overhead lighting (think chandeliers and ceiling lights), task lighting (this would be pendant lighting over counters and bar areas) and accent lighting (decorative lamps and wall sconces) to work with. Having your lights on dimmers can be quite helpful but if that is not the case you can still play with what you have to find the right mix for your shin-dig.

Below are some fun and festive lighting fixtures that show examples of each type of lighting.

Overhead Indirect Lighting:

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Task Lighting:

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Accent Lighting:

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As always, if you are ready for a fresh look and need a hand, give us a call!

Ready for the Holidays: The Bar Cart

Tis the season for all things holiday hosting related! Whether you play host to family or friends (not that these groups are mutually exclusive), in-town or out of town guests, a house full of kids or an evening full of cocktails, hospitality is the name of the game. For the next few weeks we will provide you with helpful hostess tips so you can pull off the perfect party and maintain your sanity. To start off we present the bar cart!

The bar cart is making a come back! It is a great way to gather drinks in one area and (literally) cart them to an area where your guests can help themselves. Keeping it well stocked ensures a carefree party so that you can concentrate on other things, like you guests! With the variety of carts available, there is certainly one out there to fit your style and party needs. Between parties the cart can stay stocked for the random holiday cocktail visit or decorated with family photos and cozy memorabilia. Here are some of our favs!


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 Butler Bar Cart 1bar cart - gold bar cart - sea foam green

Do you need help finding just the right bar cart? Give us a call!

A blast of color!

Color can transform a space from “Eh” to “Wow”! We have been pinning lots of fun color schemes lately. Here are some color blasts that we are crushing on.

Amazing how funky, bold wallpaper transforms the classic kitchen to something unique!


Painting the back of these bookshelves blue distinguishes the accessories and adds so much to this office.

Grouping like colored things also adds some interest to a space. (Fun note: This is book wallpaper)

This traditional looking navy blue is lightened up with white stripes (or is the crisp white toned down by the navy?)















Follow us on Pinterest to see what else we love. Whether your color style is bold or subdued, if you need help with color in your home call us for a free consultation.



Fall Trends

Labor Day weekend has arrived! Here in Southwest Florida we don’t exactly smell Fall in the air. Nothing is crisp or cool in anyway but we know Fall is coming by the exciting trends flying around the internet and popping up in our catalogs! Here are some things we see trending.

Brass is back. Like most trends this works great in accessories, even the unexpected like a pillow! Using brass pieces in several areas around your home can help tie this look together.


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Bold colors are sticking around. Pantone named Emerald the color of 2013 and boy are we seeing it everywhere! Paired with beige neutrals this is a trend that continues to hold its own. Add color to your home in small doses. With so much to choose from in lighting fixtures, pillows, artwork, and accessories, there are plenty of ways to make this trend work for you.

Serena Wall Sconce

Our final notable Fall trend is embellished walls. Grasscloth, textured wallpapers, big patterns, and whimsy repeats are getting lots of attention. Used properly this trend will stand the test of time and give your plain walls a nice little interest boost.

Beaded Butterflies in Navy

These Fall trends are our way to metaphorically feel the changing of the seasons. Give us a call so we can help incorporate these decorating ideas into your own home!

Decorating Den

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Claudia Leah, IDS
Decorating Den Interiors
6062 Taylor Road, Unit 501
Naples, FL 34109



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