Fall in 3D

by Kelly DuByne on September 8, 2014

textures of fall (2)Submitted by Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger

When I think of the seasons, none spring forth as being more texture-rich than fall.  Fall is full of such amazingly intricate tactile aspects that it is hard not to view it as a beautiful design pallet.

I love this quote by the American young-adult author Lauren DeStefano: “Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”

As the leaves on the trees turn from green to red, orange, and yellow we find solace and warmth in snuggly cable knit sweaters paired with tweed skirts and ribbed tights.  The bright shiny crimson apples on the trees are ready for harvest, the various-toned brown nuts are falling from their limbs, and the bright cheerful orange of the pumpkins are spotting the fields.  We are busy chopping wood and canning food preparing for the cooler weather.  Flannel sheets replace our cotton ones and afghans are flung over the arms of our sofas in anticipation of nippier evenings.

The summer’s aquas, royal blues, sunny yellows, neon oranges, and crisp whites are replaced with olive greens, burnt oranges, eggplant purples, rust browns, goldenrod yellows, cinnamon reds and winter creams.

Even the scents of the season are unique, bringing with it cinnamon, cloves, oranges, pumpkin, apple, pear and the smell of crisp leaves.  The morning air has a different smell–You know that moment you are awake, lying in bed and the air smells moist and cool?

I LOVE fall.

Each year I spend a little time changing out my décor to reflect all of these beautiful seasonal touches.  I fill the bowl on my coffee table with cinnamon sticks and pine cones.  I light a candle in the evening and replace the linen pillows on my couch with some cozy flannel ones.  I keep a metal three-tiered stand in my kitchen full of beautiful apples and pears from my trees.  Another small metal bowl holds Filbert nuts that my daughters and I foraged.

Consider this season a gift of inspiration.  Walk outside and there you will find a bevy of different design sparks.

We’d love to see how you pay homage to fall by bringing its textures into your home.

Enjoy the season!  It is breathtaking!



Welcome Home!

by Kelly DuByne on July 29, 2014

Submitted by Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger

I know we have talked before about the impact a foyer has on a person’s perception of whether they feel welcomed in a home, school, office or business, but equally important is the effect the exterior of the entry has on the same.

We’ve all heard of ‘curb appeal’ (the way a home is viewed from the curb—is it clean looking, well maintained, up kept, does the exterior paint colors coordinate, are the garden beds weeded, is the brick or siding in good shape, etc.), but a large part of this concept comes from the very thing our eyes are drawn to first: the front door.

Front doors should be welcoming portals from the outside world into your private domain.  They should say ‘Welcome!’, ‘Come on in!’, ‘We are so happy you are here!’

This can be achieved easily:

1.)    Door Color—Your door is the largest thing in the space so naturally it provides the greatest impact.  Paint your front door a color that will complement your home’s other colors yet stands out (we generally suggest three colors on your home: main body color, trim color and door color).  Great colors for front doors are: Yellows, oranges, reds, greens, purples and blues.

2.)    Décor—Yes, it may seem strange to add décor to the exterior of your home, but it draws people in.  You may want to add a wrought iron piece of wall décor alongside your door or perhaps a potted flowering plant (if you have a covered entry don’t forget to water itJ–been there, done that, got the pot of dead plants to prove it.)  A chair or bench is always a welcome addition.

3.)    Welcome mat—Get one!  A welcome mat serves two purposes.  One, it gives your guests a place to wipe their feet and keeps a lot of the dirt outside where it belongs and two, it adds a soft spot to an otherwise rigid environment.   If you already have one make sure it is in good shape (it does not say ‘welcome’ to anyone when half of the word ‘welcome’ is worn away).

4.)    Cleanliness—Once or twice a month sweep the inevitable cobwebs away and a couple times a year take your front porch light’s glass globe off and wash it (this alone will add huge impact to your entryway’s appearance).  Sweep off the steps and shake the dirt from the welcome mat

5.)    House numbers—If you haven’t done so lately update your house numbers.  This is a wonderful way to refresh your entryway’s look without a whole lot of cost (remember to touchup the paint after removing the old numbers and before putting the new ones up).

A friend of mine suggested to me a while ago that if you take a photo of the space you are looking to redecorate you get a pinpointed view and a clearer understanding of the challenges the space has and what could use a changeup.  I would suggest that you all take a photo of your front door.  Look at it as a guest.  What does the color say to you? Does it look clean? Does it look fresh and cared for?  If you’re not feeling it welcomes you then it probably isn’t welcoming others either.  I’m sure you’ll be able to increase your home’s ‘Welcome Power’ with just a few small changes.  Have fun with it.  Happy summer!

welcome home pic


Dust or Bust…

July 7, 2014

Submitted by Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger Have you ever walked into a wonderful hotel room and been blown away by the design only to notice some unidentifiable stain on the duvet cover and a clump of hair in the tub drain? Or stayed at a quaint bed and breakfast and you involuntarily cooed at the sweet layout […]

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Accent Wall or Art?

June 10, 2014

Submitted by Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger I’m done! I’m done! I’m done painting my daughters’ rooms.  Yippee! Completing the painting of these two rooms has been a yearlong project.  A project  that was delayed by the fact that changing the  paint color meant a need to purchase all new artwork, bedding, draperies, etc. I found inspiration for […]

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Coloring Outside the Box in Schools

May 13, 2014

Submitted by Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger Here at Distinctive Interior Designs we have been working on color consultations for a couple of local schools and LOVING IT! The entire process is very similar to a residential color consultation, but we are working for about 450 clients ranging in age 5-11 who have no idea we have been […]

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Decorating your Garden Spaces for Spring

April 23, 2014

Submitted by Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger There are signs of spring cropping up everywhere!  From the song birds flitting about in the rhododendrons to the blue bells and crocuses that are peeking out from the piles of leaves, it is futile to argue that it isn’t ‘that time of year’ again.  You know the time of year […]

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Elegant Change On A Dime

March 25, 2014

Submitted by Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger As I mentioned earlier this year one of my resolutions is to take care of the items haunting me from my ‘don’t-ignore-us-any-longer-to-do-list’.  I am happy to announce that I have checked off yet another one of these long-thought-of-but-never-acted-on projects. Ever since the day we moved in (eight short years ago) I […]

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Inspiration Found

March 4, 2014

Submitted by Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger “I just don’t have a clue where to begin.” “You’re so good at decorating.  I don’t know where you find your inspiration.”  “I just don’t have the (decorating) gene.” I hear it all the time from friends, family, acquaintances, delivery people, etc.  People who just can’t see the decorator in themselves […]

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Find Help Fostering Your Innate Style

February 3, 2014

Submitted by Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger My six-year-old asked me the other day if she may look through one of my design books (specifically a book dedicated to bedroom design).   I said, “Of course.  Help yourself.”   I was mainly just excited and a little impressed that she asked to look at a book as opposed to watching […]

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Treat Your Windows Right

January 6, 2014

Submitted by Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger Here it is January 2014 and along with my usual New Year resolutions –eat better, exercise more, lay off the sweets, etc.  I made a few extras including one to complete my unfinished project list. One such project began way back in June when I removed my dark brown Espresso colored […]

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