Month: May 2014

Before and After: Finishing a Family Room

Sometimes a room is just hard to finish. You’ve got paint on the walls, treatments on the windows, the important pieces of furniture in place, but you’re just not quite there yet.  You run out of the time, ideas and energy needed for taking things from just “fine” to “fantastic”. This is a predicament many of our clients face. It was the case for a super sweet and very busy family we worked with recently.  They had a wonderful space for a family room.  Great cathedral ceilings, wood floors, a fireplace, nice blinds on the windows and the perfect leather sofa.  But the room needed “finishing” and we were so happy to be able to help.   Here’s a look at the room before: They were close – 75% of the way there.  This room just needed life on the walls, accessories and a few small pieces of furniture to look pulled together and live up to it’s real potential.   Here’s the finished family room. Hello fantastic! The rug and coffee table were updated with fresh, …

Springtime love for your fireplace

Spring is really and truly finally here!  Open the windows, air out the house, let the spring cleaning begin.  And while you’re opening, airing and cleaning, don’t overlook your fireplace.  I don’t know about yours, but mine worked a lot of overtime this winter. It looks something like this at the moment. It is dirty, tired and smelly. This is not very nice to come home to.  And since many of us have fireplaces in the rooms we spend the most time in, why not make them pretty for spring and summer? First, start with a really good cleaning.  There are some instruction to get you going here. This is not a fun job, but you will be so very happy that you did and you will no longer be greeted by that sooty smell. Now that it’s clean,  let’s turn that black hole into something a little more appealing. The first thing that comes to mind is a beautiful green plant. Ferns are always pretty and will bring a wonderful, spring-like feeling into any space.   Other …