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Showplace Market has a lot going for it these days. Locally owned/operated, great location (about 2 blocks east of I-35/19th St exit), over 100 unique vendors and an expansion coming April 1st. As you all know Designing Diva loves to decorate clients’ homes with products found right here in our own backyard and lucky me, there are plenty of new treasures blooming all over the 9,000 sf meca! Below are some of my favorites for the home.
It seems like everyone has a list these days; The Hottest Couples of Hollywood, Most Coveted Hairstyles of 2010, Worst Red Carpet Wardrobes, etc. How about a practical list for once?
I have compiled my Top 10 list of must-have’s for the home this winter. Read on and stock up!
10. Himalaya Cashmere Cable Knit Throw, $164.99 at www.overstock.com
Looks as beautiful as it is warm! When it isn’t keeping your tootsies cozy it dresses up the footboard of your bed or any chair! Double duty, I love it. And cashmere… I REALLY love it!
9. Chloe Velvet Metro Living Sofa, $699.00, Macy’s.
Any velvet sofa gets my heart racing, really, but this one is not only an incredible price but the color and tufting is oh just so right! Nothing says “cozy retreat” like velvet.
8. Rustic Glass Pendant, $99.00, Pottery Barn.
Its classic, its practical, it looks like it belongs in a Vermont cottage and Vermont cottages make me think of winter so it makes the list!
7. Gold Laquered Tray, $18.95, Pier 1 Imports.
As with the sofa, just about any tray will do. So versatile and affordable, I use one in just about every room! In the office a tray on your desk keeps time sensitive paperwork at arm’s reach. In the powder room, use one to display pretty parfum bottles and guest napkins. In the living room, display magazines in style and in the dining room, serve your drinks on a tray for easy clean up.
6. Amber Beamline Dinnerware, $3.75-$4.50, Pier 1 Imports.
A favorite of mine because it so easily mixes in with other patterns. Since I love to use our grandmothers’ china year-round this style and color fits in no matter what else is on the table! And you can’t beat that price.
5. Live Garland, $1.50 sf, Showplace Market in Moore, OK
Swag across mantles, over chandeliers and shelves (and of course the staircase!)
Stay tuned tomorrow when the rest of the list is revealed!
I love to see how other people dress up their homes for the holidays; the little touches of style infused with classic fall or winter favorites say so much about the people who gather round the feast! Last week I asked readers to submit photos of their Thanksgiving dinner tables. Amy U. of Edmond, Oklahoma sent in her traditionally styled but low-maintenance dining room:
With a table like that greeting you when you walked in the door its impossible to feel anything less than completely welcome…and hungry! Thanks for your submission, Amy!
To get a similar look for your own Thanksgiving spread, take a cue from nature like Amy did and bring the outdoors in with leaves or branches mixed into your centerpieces. A color palette of jewel tones will never betray you and is virtually guaranteed to compliment all dishware!
Most of us love the fragrance that a fresh bouquet gives a room. We can all appreciate how they add color and romance to any space from the small powder bath to the family dinner table on Thanksgiving. But keeping fresh stems in the house on a regular basis can drain the checkbook- fast. Kelly Kegans and Jessica Thomas shared their ideas for inexpensive arrangements with Better Homes and Gardens Magazine in the September 2010 issue. Read on, get inspired and spruce up your space today for about $10!
–Cut the stems really short and arrange them in a low, medium-wide vase.
–Group flowers of the same color into clusters, rather than evenly distributing all the different varieties, to create little focal points where the eye can rest.
A supermarket bouquet you bought for the colors, not the arrangement, can be salvaged at home.
–Take it apart, separating the medium- and large-size flowers from the smaller fillers and greenery.
–Bunch the larger flowers in your hand until you have a grouping you like.
–Gauge the proper height of the flowers by standing them next to the container and trim appropriately.
–Begin tucking in the small and thin flowers and greenery to fill in any gaps left by the larger flower heads.
–Place in a fun container, such as the bright bucket shown here.
–Gather the blooms of one color in your hand to form a pleasing mound; add a single contrasting color bloom to the center.
–Secure with a rubber band and place in a vase.
–Feed in blooms of another color to form an outer ring and fill the vase.
–Place a bit of greenery, such as bleeding heart foliage, around the outer edge for added contrast.
Another tip from BHG: Add a touch of autumn to your arrangement by tucking fresh apples into a bouquet of red dahlias. Poke twigs into the bottoms of different size apples, then insert twigs into floral foam inside the container.
By now you have had time to recount the last few winters and you get tired just thinking back to the trips to the store for ornaments, a second trip to the store when Fluffy broke your ornaments, decorating the tree at midnight (because when else were you supposed to do it?), getting the house sparkling clean, preparing the meals, entertaining the guests— WHEW!
WANT TO ENJOY YOUR HOLIDAY SEASON AGAIN?
So you’ve wisely decided to hire Designing Diva Interiors, LLC to take care of the decorating for you this year but you’re not sure what to do next.
Schedule your consultation! But please be forewarned that you may not get scheduled in the same week you call. As this is the busiest time of the year for DDI we do our very best to meet the client’s needs as quickly as possible but may be booked several days out so plan ahead! A consultation is $85 and includes 1-2 hours with the Jennifer Hicks, owner and an experienced Certified Interior Decorator (C.I.D.). During this time the following points will be discussed (see below) and a plan of action/design will be laid out. Holiday decorating jobs are priced by the size of the job. The following are topics that you will need to think about prior to your consultation.
a) Time frame. If you intend to have the home decorated in time for a party, open house, home tour, etc, please give your designer ample time to complete the project so that every last detail can be perfect!
b. Budget. If new accessories/garland/ornaments, etc are required how much would you like to spend on these items? This may or may not be a realistic budget given your design preferences but your designer will be able to estimate costs for you before the decorating begins.
c. Style. Do you like your mantle overflowing with things that sparkle in the night or do you prefer a more natural, simplistic look? A custom holiday design is indeed very custom– no two centerpieces from DDI will ever be the same, no two Christmas trees donning the same ornament collection, no duplicated floral arrangements, guaranteed.
d. Inventory. Before your consultation it is important to go through your current decorations and determine what’s broken and needs to be replaced and what you would like to use again this year. Once your expert knows what you have to work with an appropriate budget and shopping list can be determined.
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