Friday, February 8, 2013


Photo courtesy of Town and Country and Hunter Douglas
When the marketing team over at Town and Country Magazine asked me to participate in a collaboration with Hunter Douglas, I jumped at the chance.  I created a Mood Board for the March issue, where I chose their new tailored Vignette Roman shades to play up a room's natural light. From there, I built a room around 5 key elements I think are essential to making a room great.
I share some tips on how to get started with the design process:
- Consider your lifestyle and how you will use the room
- Chart the scale and proportion of furniture so it fits the space
- Determine which colors you like, and then use them in pillows, rugs, and lamp shades
I had a lot of fun including traditional pieces with staying power and those that best reflect what is most exciting about design today. Considering room use, scale, proportion, functionality, pattern, color, texture, surface finishes and the way you live are just the beginning!
To get more ideas, check out  The new Art of Window Dressing ipad app at Hunter Douglas or iTunes and follow me on Pinterest. Thank you T and C!

Photo courtesy of Hunter Douglas
Hunter Douglas Vignette® Modern Roman Shades lend a tailored sophistication.
I chose to start with Hunter Douglas Vignette Modern Roman Shades because of their clean lines.

Photo courtesy of Century Furniture
Tip Stylebeat Suggests: Think in terms of the space you have to work with, then aim to create harmony with scale and proportion.
When thinking about the right furniture for a space, consider the function of the room. A sofa is a major decision as well as purchase, so choose wisely. I chose Century Furniture's Carter Skirted Sofa for it's traditional lines, comfortable seat cushions and tailored arm.

Photo courtesy of Lee Jofa
Tip Stylebeat Suggests Determine which colors you like, and then use them in pillows, rugs, and lamp shades to tie it together.
Blue is one of the best loved hues. It reminds us of the water and the sky, so that might be why. Lee Jofa's Groundworks Bengal Bazaar by Kelly Wearstler in teal has a varied contrasting pattern like those you might find in an antique document fabric, giving it some soul.

 Photo courtesy of Lee Jofa
Tip Stylebeat Suggests: Test colors by daylight and lamp- light to ensure you like how they look throughout the day. This can ensure you are liking the overall effect.
Coordinating fabrics work if they have texture and pattern and can relate to one another. Lee Jofa's Groundworks Fuji Moderne in teal with a zigzag texture keeps things interesting.

Photo courtesy of Stark Carpet 
Stark Carpet's cotton Dhurrie with a soft blue ground and loose geometric diamond pattern added a soft textural element with color and visual interest. Every surface deserves consideration and attention.

Photo courtesy of Baker
I love this cocktail table's strong silhouette, dramatic ebony color and total functionality. Designed by Jacques Garcia for Baker the Saint - Tropez Cocktail Table is modern and cool but mixes with any style.

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Adler
Tip Stylebeat Suggests: Reflective surfaces maximize the glamour quotient. 
I can't get enough brass these days. Jonathan Adler's Ulu Convex Table with highly detailed brass looks vintage. It's substantial and delicate looking and adds pattern and lightness beside a sofa. 

Photo courtesy of Visual Comfort
Tip Stylebeat Suggests: A strategic mix of reading and ambient light sacrifices neither form nor function.
Proper lighting is so important. It changes the mood of a room in an instant. Visual Comfort's functional Paolo Swing Arm Lamp by Thomas O'Brien at Circa Lighting moves for from side to side providing targeted light where needed. The brass finish provides a warm glow.

If you want to partner on something, let me know!

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