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Trend Alert: The Very Latest in Countertops

Pure countertop

PURE countertop at Z-Tile, Santa Rosa Beach, FL

The new sushi restaurant in Rosemary Beach, Florida, sports “PURE” glass counters.

image via Facebook

image via Facebook

The PURE countertop type is so new that it isn’t to be found anywhere on Google.

And, the only fabricating company that I know of installing this product is

in northwest Florida.

A quick check to the staff at Aqua Sushi confirmed that they all “love it.”

It just looks so fresh and clean.  

I am going to say this new product is a keeper.

(A similar product that I have been keeping an eye on is called Nano,

but I am hearing that PURE is a better product).

Bossy granite is what I try to steer clients away from.

Bossy granite = lots of color and/or movement.

“Bossy” elements dictate every other design decision.

Even though granite was all the rage for the last 15 years (after the Corian trend played out),

More and more people are asking, “what can I use besides granite?”

Suzy, the owner of Z-Tile, where I first saw PURE, is Green-Certified. She says that PURE is

considered a very environmentally-friendly product.

I predict we’ll be seeing a lot more of PURE.


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Simple Perfection


Chinoiserie bedroom makeover for a young twenty-something

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Design by Ellen Rhett

My young collegiate was anxious for an update to the room that had last been decorated when she was thirteen.

A college co-ed desires a sophisticated space to return to when she’s home.

Chic chinoiserie details pleased and surprised.

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Pink dogwood linen fabric unifies the hot-pink wallpaper with the neutrals.

And repeats the Chinoiserie theme.

Existing strié wallpaper was kept.

Foo dog lamps add a youthful vibe and continue the Chinoiserie theme.

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They also repeat the white in the dogwood fabric and bedding.

Remember, white is never a neutral in décor, even though it always is in fashion.

It must be repeated at least three times in a room.

White peonies, a favorite, are a natural in this room.

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Design by Ellen Rhett

Custom padded headboard with expertly hand-applied nailheads (by my wonderful upholsterer)
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Fun and funky and ultra-feminine light fixture, below, with plenty of sparkle and a dark finish.

Repeating the shape, movement, darkness, of the branches on the drapery and neckroll fabric.

Repeating the color of  the  lampshades as well.

And, a gorgeous on-trend sunburst accent mirror, handmade and all-wood. 

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Design by Ellen Rhett

Both sourced online for a song.

If I told you from where, you wouldn’t believe it anyway.

But, I know you, reader.

I know what you really want.

You want the before.

I’ll show you the before.

Get ready.

A little embarrassing so I’ll make this quick. 

Here you are:

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Before

And,  one more time, the AFTER:

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Fabric Sources

Neckroll: Clark and Clark “Dogwood” (trade only)
Draperies: same as above. 
Headboard fabric: Clark and Clark “Chinese Square” (trade only)
Bedspread, shams, comforter: Macy’s

Keeping it Simple in the Master Bath

Color harmony.  A simple concept.

Made easier with an understanding of undertones.

Now, I don’t mean plain or too matching.

And I certainly don’t mean boring.

As a color specialist, it means selecting the right color.

For example, today, with my large samples, I selected a gorgeous white paint color

for a friend’s Carrara marble bath.

If you have been reading this blog, you know about my large samples, right? 

Here are my inspiration photos.

Source: cotedetexas.blogspot.com via Ellen on Pinterest

Source: countryliving.com via Ellen on Pinterest

Source: pinkpreppylillylover.blogspot.com via Buffi on Pinterest

Sometimes the right color is white.

So, when you have Carrara marble, for instance,

don’t be afraid to go with white walls.

There are several whites that really sing with Carrara.

An all white bath.

A very simple concept, which will always be timeless.

Beautiful. Not boring.

I am humming to myself just thinking about this project.

If she agrees to photos, I’ll post before and afters.


What’s the best color for a workout room?

Contemporary Home Gym design by Vancouver Design-build Capstone Dwellings, Design-Build

I am often asked, What is the best color for my ______ room? What do I say?

So what is the best color for a workout room?

Here is a hint: NOT BORING BEIGE!

Think about it: you are stimulating your heart, and your other muscles when

you work out. Why not give yourself something pleasing to stimulate the eye as

well. I like to recommend that we start with your favorite color, and go from

there.

Anything that pleases your eye will help encourage you to go in and really use your work-out room.

Many work-out rooms (home gyms) are in low-natural-light areas, such as a

basement, anyway.

Beige is probably the worst possible color for a low-light area.

Contrary to anything you may have been told about keeping low-light areas light

in color, “A light color will never come to life in a dark room.” (wise words from Maria Killam).

Beige just looks dingy when there is little or no natural light.
So, which room would you rather exercise in, one that looks like these two, below:

Contemporary Home Gym design by Seattle Interior DesignerShannon Diana Lynn, Klang NorthWest
Or this one, (to me, about as interesting as watching paint dry!):

HERE are some dedicated home exercise rooms in a variety of colors to give you some inspiration.

Cool gray walls and persimmon flooring.

Muted green walls with bright blue accents.

Gray walls AND ceilings with silver accents.

Happy yellow walls with an accent rug in charcoal gray.

Green.
Contemporary Home Gym design by Seattle Interior DesignerShannon Diana Lynn, Klang NorthWest

Acid green.

A more Spa-like green.

Blue with pale-pink oak flooring.
Wider shot of same room above.
Butterscotch with black accents.

A cleaner yellow combined with greens and taupes, bamboo flooring.

Red.

Source: google.com via Katie on Pinterest

Aonther bold, fun choice, terracotta red (tip: don’t ever paint out a ceiling like this).

Mustard with walnut flooring.

And another look at my favorite,  Yankee blue with zippy striped carpet.

So, don’t settle for boring beige. The workout room should be anything but boring-looking. Paint it a color (or a color family) that you absolutely love! 

Nothing says summer like blue and white

This is Benjamin Moore Maritime White


My Top Ten Rules for Gorgeous Powder Rooms

I love to decorate Powder Rooms.  Here are my Top Ten rules for a beautiful powder room:

#1

DECIDE WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT

Select the design element that you want to have stand out. Then low-key most of the other elements so that the end result is pleasing.

So, if you are using a killer tile, scale back on the other accents, and don’t go with a too-busy-anything-else.

If you have a mirror that is extremely decorative, don’t kill it with everything else being extremely decorative.

If you like wallpaper, this is the place for that wonderful statement wallpaper. High-end designer wallpaper that would be too-too much in a regular sized room can be perfect in a powder room.

Decide what is going to become  your most important design element, so you don’t get carried away with too many other  decorative finishes.

A good residential stylist can keep you on track if you are prone to going over the top.

ABOVE, both photos:  This gorgeous chinoiserie wallpaper is the most dramatic element in each of the above powder rooms, with proper restraint used everywhere else. 

#2

Don’t mix your metals/finishes in a Powder Room.

Try to keep the same finishes in the tiny space for a more harmonious look, below.

ABOVE: The color white is repeated several times. The nickel hardware is repeated several times. The airy mirror almost goes away and lets other elements take center stage.

BELOW: The Pewter color is repeated even in the wallpaper, and the all-pewter gives the powder room a harmonious look.

#3

Don’t use dinky mirrors

ABOVE: Even a very tall person can see his reflection in this nicely-sized mirror.

#4

Use sconces in addition to overhead lighting.

Over-mirror lighting can throw odd shadows and is to be avoided.

#5

VESSEL SINKS WILL BECOME  DATED

If you must use a vessel sink, be sure that it has enough depth to minimize

splashing.  However, I try to avoid them altogether.

#6

Use Chinoiserie for Color and Drama

#7

Keep your undertones similar.

ABOVE: The gray undertones of the marble work stunningly with the swoop of gray in the wallpaper. The green
accents pick up the main color of the wallpaper. Just enough drama without going over the top.

BELOW:  Undertone Perfection.

#8

Use antique, repurposed, or vintage pieces if doing a furniture-look built-in.

Otherwise, use nice built-in cabinetry. A brand-new piece of furniture for your sink almost never works .

#9

Use creamy whites with brown, and whiter whites with black.

#10

Quality over quantity. Don’t over-accessorize, and do use the nicest soaps and linens you can possibly afford.

What do you think? Do you agree with my Ten Rules for Beautiful Powder Rooms?