Creating Good Flow

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Creating Good FlowNo matter the size of your house or room, furniture placement can sometimes be problematic. Once you find the right arrangement though it should make that room not only functional but enjoyable too! Below are a few tips on creating good flow in your home.

Often in living areas, people will have the sofas and chairs line the walls. While in some cases that may be a necessity, it is more comfortable arranging seating so that there are conversation areas and access to whatever is the dominant architectural feature of that room. Have the seating areas facing each other to allow for ease of conversation. Anchor these seating areas with a rug having the furniture sit on the rug at least partially. Add a coffee table or ottoman and have side tables next to chairs. They should be about 14-16″ away from your seating areas, so that when seated you have some place to rest a glass. Always leave room for entry and walk through in a room, you will need about 30-36″.

FlowUsing wireless controls for TV and stereo help make things easier as there is no longer any need for big media cabinets. TV viewing should be about 8-12′ and not more than a 30 degree angle for viewing. Make sure your access is always behind the viewing path.

The key things to remember are:

  • FLOW
  • FUNCTION
  • FOCAL POINT

If there are no architectural details or focal points then you can create one with art work, furnishings , wall techniques like ship lap or wallpaper or  even window treatments.

Creating Good Flow
Dining RoomIn a dining room that is small or square, a round table can make a huge difference. Round tables optimize conversation at the dinner table. There are companies that make round tables that can open to larger tables (refractory tables) or that open to an oblong table. This allows you the availability for additional seating when needed.
A rectangular room needs a rectangular table but do not use tables that are bigger than what you need. Remember form follows function!
TableYou need to allow 36″ for push back on your chairs, so that your chair is not falling off the rug or banging into other pieces. When trying to decide on how many chairs you need, typical chair widths are from 21″-24″ and you need to leave about 6′ in between for comfort

BedroomIn a bedroom the size of the bed and how much storage you need are the key elements to consider. If you do not need too much storage then a larger bed may work. If the room is on the smaller side the type of headboard is important as it will add to the weight of the furniture in the space. Good Feng shui will have the bed facing the door in the room. If that is not possible then opt to have the bed facing a focal point or window. Allow 2′ on either side of the bed and the bed must be at least 3′ from the door. Adding nightstands or a garden stool on each side of the bed as well as a chair for reading if the size of the room allows is best. You can also add a small bench or settee at the foot of the bed as long as it does not occupy too much space and there is adequate room to move around the room.

In a mudroom you want to allow for storage and organization thinking of the sizes of the people using it so hooks and cubbies are accessible . Many times the mudroom is in view from a hallway so making it appealing and having it flow with the rest of the house is a good idea.

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Come Visit Us at the Pop Shop Holiday Market on Dec. 7th

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Pop ShopShop + Taste
A carefully curated selection of vendors selling everything you need for the holidays, from cozy home decor to toasty outerwear and lots of goodies in between for everyone on your shopping list.

Connecticut’s Hottest Food Trucks & Live Music.
Sunday, December 7 from 10am to 3pm

Fairfield Theatre Company, 70 Sanford Street, Fairfield, CT

How to add some sparkle to your Holiday decorating

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To add a bit of Glitz and Glam to your holiday décor take a mercury glass vase or urn, line the bottom with tin foil and put a string of white lights inside and hide the cord in the back. Add you favorite fresh greens: pine, magnolia leaves, evergreens, juniper, boxwood and some holly berry branches. This can be particularly festive lit up at night on a mantle, side board, console or end table.

 When putting your garlands on the mantle or banister add some fresh greens: magnolia leaves, boxwood, pine, holly and wire around garland to give it a real full look. It will look and smell just like Christmas! Do not forget to add the lights! Restoration Hardware has battery operated lights that are wonderful and easy to use!

The Act of Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and friends to remember all that we are thankful for. The act of thanksgiving is an expression of thanks and

love. This year find little ways to make your holiday dinners and family time special. Try finding old photos of family members to use as place cards. Create little”isms” on paper scrolls , they should be expressions that members of your family would use. Every one gets a turn to try and guess who the “ism” belongs to from the scroll they chose.

Remembering our blessings and showing appreciation for all we have is key especially at this time of year. The majority of us rush through our days, which is why we need to slow down and enjoy time spent with loved ones on Thanksgiving. Sitting down to a delicious family dinner allows us to reconnect with our family and friends. Setting a beautiful and serene table helps us to realize the importance of this holiday. Below are a few Thankful tablescapes to inspire you, a recipe for roasted veggies, and you can also click on to my Pinterest and Houzz to see more ideas on holiday decorating.

Join me… be GRATEFUL…pass it on…

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Trending… in home decor

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chandelierlampLighting…
the fact is …Gold is back! Yes in styles that are glam or others that are more architectural looking, either way it works and looks fresh.

Shawn Capiz Drum is elegant without being fussy. The shine of the light through the shells creates a warm, soft glow.

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upholstery Upholstery…
upholstery Cream, grey and blues are always my favorite…serene and soft….adding pops of green keeps it casual.
Large pops of strong colors having being showing up in family rooms, living rooms, kitchens and yes…bedrooms…

Contrast banding on the skirts of chairs and sofas is trending and giving skirted items a new look. Fabrics that run a stripe in the center for a color blocking effect have been making a splash in the market.

 

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Looking for something new?

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Want to increase your business?
Fairfield Chamber of Commerce
Networking Group
OPEN HOUSE

Tuesday Sept 23 at 6:30

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Artisan Restaurant and Bar
at the Delamar Hotel In Southport

We cordially invite you to join our open house after business hours

Come to network and make new friends!
We are looking to expand our group and would enjoy the opportunity
to meet anyone who is interested in getting in on the ground floor of our new leads group.
We invite you to bring any friends who might be looking to expand their business
and be more involved in the community

Sign Up for Fall Decorating Classes

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Custom navy sofa with white welting and white custom roman shades.DECORATING AND DESIGN KNOW HOW  HOM237
Join Fairfield Interior Designer, Kelly Anne Sohigian, owner of kellydesigns of CT for 2 nights of learning decorating and design basics that will take your home environment from drab to amazing. You will learn valuable tips about color, scale, proportion, lighting and the all-important accessorizing in your home. Please bring a “before” picture of a room you’d like to improve so you can receive specific tips. This is like having your own personal interior decorator. Bring all your questions and be ready to gain confidence and design know how and transform your home. Handouts will be provided. You will learn about choosing colors, scale and furniture layouts. We will work with scale models and layouts. You will also learn about proper lighting and how to accessorize your room. We will draw your “problem” room to scale. In additioneveryone will bring a photo of the “problem” room and the scale drawing of that room and we will work on layouts for that room and discuss any other decorating or design details needed to complete project.

Schedule : Weekly – Tue 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM; 2 sessions; starting 10/14/2014, ending 10/21/2014
Tuition: $59.00
Location : LUDLOWE MIDDLE SCHOOL (RLMS)
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MantelHOW TO DECORATE A BOOKSHELF OR MANTLE (NEW) HOM239
Join Fairfield Interior Designer Kelly Anne Sohigian, who will show you how to achieve a professional, pleasing-to-the-eye look for your bookshelf or mantle. She will teach you how to make compositions that flow and look beautiful. You will work many different ways to get a dynamic look and make the bookshelf or mantle the focal point of your room. Once you have the basics, you will be able to change out items for different seasons easily. Your friends and family will think you hired an interior decorator!
 
Schedule : Weekly – Tue 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM; starting 10/28/2014, ending 10/28/2014
Tuition: $35.00
Location : LUDLOWE MIDDLE SCHOOL (RLMS)
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How to switch your decor from summer to fall

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Warm it UpWarm it up…
You can take the cool whites and light colors and exchange them for warmer shades. Trade in the cotton and linen for textures of wool and velvet. Add a nice glass of red wine and cozy up to the fireplace.

Add Some LayersAdd Some Layers
Fall’s crisp weather calls for layering up your wardrobe – put the same idea to work in your home and toss cozy wool, cotton, chenille or even luxurious cashmere throws over furniture in rooms where your family or guests gather.

Add Fresh FlowersAdd Fresh Flowers
Nothing brightens up your home for the season like vases filled with fall flowers. Sunflowers and alstromeria are great choices because they’ll remain beautiful for up to a week. or longer. Trader Joe’s has bunches that will do the job. The trick to keeping blooms fresh is to remove all leaves below the water line and change out the water every few days. Or a tall vase filled with scarlet maple branches can create a show-stopping fall arrangement.

Choosing the Just Right Color for Your Home

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Choosing the right colors for your home

First I would recommend looking at your Pinterest boards or Houzz ideabooks to see if certain colors keep popping up in almost every photo. Usually you can start to pull together the colors you gravitate towards when you look at the photos you have saved. You can use an inspiration photo to model your project after or use something like a piece of art, fabric or rug as a place to begin to draw inspiration for colors that you might like to use.

  • If you’re not feeling entirely color confident on the first try, don’t give up! Try these tricks:
  • Select and use only one color from your inspiration piece on the walls. Pick a second color for major accents.
  • Figure out three groups of color in your object- light/safe, medium/adventurous, and intense/daring. Now figure out what kind of environment you want- safe, adventurous, or daring? Well, there you go,give that old roller a whirl and see where the magic of color can lead you.
  • If you’ve got a curtain fabric or carpet that you’re starting with, look for the least pronounced color in it and use it on the walls. If there’s lavender in the background,for example, or a coral color in a small detail, pull it out and put it front and center using paint. This trick always leads me to a surprising balance and gets people asking about the inspiration for an interesting palette.

Choosing Colors…how to get ideas
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