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Musings of a Designer

October 24, 2017

As a designer, I always have clients and friends who think I must have the most fabulously decorated home, detailed to perfection.  The truth is, in my own home I probably under-decorate. I like things understated, to look as though a lot of thought went into it, (kind of like my wardrobe)vases when essentially, its simple and pleasing to the eye. Items in my home have meaning to me, such as the various hurricane vases that hold memories of trips such as collected sand dollars and beach glass, wine corks from fun times with family and friends, or a collection of cards I’ve received from happy clients. I want my home to be comfortable, welcoming, livable colorful, but not museum-like where you can’t sit on the furniture or go into a room.

I know verredy well that furniture gets dinged, clawed at and ripped. Depending on what it is, I will purchase very good quality long term items such as a dining table or couch, and other times I bring in consignment or thrift finds, suwhitedrawersch as my red metal storage cabinet that once graced someone’s garage, or this adorable cabinet pictured to the right, abandoned near the lake, and lovingly restored.

My family can attest that I am an extremely picky buyer of all that comes into the house (the dreaded “ask mom if she’ll allow it!”). If I’m looking to replace something such as an entryway rug, a couch or to fill a recently vacant space, I will leave it be until I find the prefect piece for it.

To me, less is more. I so love working working with clients on a daily basis shopping for the perfect tile, rug, couch or cabinet, but for our home, it can be a painstaking process for me.

couchThis couch is a recent purchase. I’d been looking for a long time, and this literally jumped out at me as I was walking through Pottery Barn. We do let our animals enjoy the furniture too!

I encourage you to bring into your home pieces you love that have meaning, memories or that make you happy. You never know when that perfect piece will come into your life. We found the dresser pictured below many years ago in a junk shop, and it was on it’s last legs. We had it lovingly restored and have loved it every since.

Here’s to loving our homes!

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By Kelly DuByne

Every year, those of us in the design world love to think about what the color of the year for the upcoming year could be. Plenty of companies release their own color of the year, from paint companies like Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams to clothing companies and even paper companies.

poised-taupeSherwin Williams’ Color of the Year for 2017 is Poised Taupe, a beautiful, warm neutral. 

Benjamin Moore’s is Shadow, a deep, saturated purple.  Personally, I tend toward these deep colors and love when a client tends towards that direction. We recently redesigned a home in these deep colors. Watch for the photos soon on our Projects page!shadow

The Color of the Year that everyone talks about is revealed by the color authority Pantone.  Leaders across all industries integrate the color of the year into their designs: home products, appliances, automobile, fashion and more.

I love to try my hand at predicting the color of the year in November before it is announced in December! I’ve studied the Pantone Fashion Color Report for Spring 2017, reviewed paint companies’ colors of the year, poured over the current fall color and home trends, studied the fall runway fashion shows and am always perusing color trends in retail stores and magazines. All of these factors help me make my prediction. The two colors that I predict and also hope to be color of the year are: Pantone Niagara as my first choice and Pantone Kale as my second choice.

Pantone describes Niagara as “comfortable and dependable”. Blues tend to be timeless, think denim jean jackets, the sea and sky. Does blue ever go out of style?

Photo: decorablog.com

Pantone Kale is my second choice.  A warm green that feels close to nature, and reminds us of a healthy lifestyle so many of us work towards. Green is a wonderful neutral too!

Photo: due-home.com

Whatever Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2017 is, I always wait for the announcement in early December with giddy anticipation like a kid going through their Halloween candy!

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A Step in the Right Direction: Shoe Storage Solutions for Any Space

May 17, 2016

By Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger Cinderella wasn’t the only woman to ever have problems keeping track of her shoes. In fact most of us have a frustration over our shoe collection and our inability to keep them neatly organized. If you are like me, you probably have the original shoebox your pumps came in, and you try […]

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Doors: Opening Design Possibilities

April 26, 2016

By Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger Windows and floors and doors, oh my! Windows and floors and doors, oh my! We all remember a similar rhyme from childhood (lions and tigers and bears, oh my!), but now that we are adults, this revised version is probably a more accurate depiction of what scares us. Of these three design […]

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Hiring a Designer Will Save You Money

February 16, 2016

By Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger When homeowners are faced with the need to decorate, design, build or remodel homes, the first thing they decide is if they can afford to do so. Once they factor in the cost to hire professional contractors, permitting, materials, etc. their budget may be tighter than expected and hiring a professional interior […]

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Not One, but Two to Color Your Year!

January 19, 2016

By Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger Wrong again!  We’ve been wrong about the Color of the Year before, but this year, we not only guessed the color wrong, but also the number of colors that would be named. In November each year, Kelly DuByne and I like to take a shot at guessing which color Pantone will name […]

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Centering in on the Holiday Décor

December 15, 2015

By Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger I LOVE to check things off of lists!  I appreciate the finality of the act and my holiday decorating is no exception.  Whether actually on paper, or just a mental list, I have definitive areas of my home I want to decorate and, when they are completed, I CHECK, CHECK, CHECK them […]

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Our 2016 Color of the Year Predictions

November 17, 2015

By Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger Marsala, Radiant Orchid, Emerald, Tangerine Tango, Honeysuckle–Sounds like a wonderful garden party, doesn’t it?  Well these are much more than aspects of some well-planned soiree.  These are just some of the Pantone Color of the Year ‘queens’ of the past. Each year, around this time, the designers of the world sit on […]

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The Ups and Downs of Stairs

October 20, 2015

By Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger There are few things that add impact to a person’s perception of a home’s value like stairs do. Whether it’s the stairs leading up to the front door or interior stairs from one floor to the next, they speak volumes about the care and maintenance of the residence. Think about the last […]

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Cabinets—Where to Begin?

September 15, 2015

By Marlie Bilbruck-Boerger Everything, including the kids’ snacks, the everyday dinnerware, grandma’s gravy boat, the laundry detergent, bath towels, blow-dryers, and on and on and on, need a place to be housed. That’s right! We as consumers have a huge amount of ‘stuff’ to be stored. Walk into any home’s kitchen, laundry room, bathroom, etc. […]

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