Design Party Workshop

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"Design and Wine Parties"“Design and Wine Parties”

If you want to learn more about how to decorate or how to fix that problem room, you can hold a design party for yourself and and 3 to 6 friends. The Cost is $75.00 each person, I will bring the wine ~ cheese and work with each of you to review and come up with solutions for that problem room or talk about whatever topics you may want to know more about on decorating and design. You will receive all my handouts from class on decorating and design principles

Call now to book your party!

Essentials of Accessorizing

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Accessorizing BookshelvesWhy Accessorize??

  • It adds personality
  • Quickest way to update a room
  • Can change the mood of a room
  • Brings everything together to make a room feel finished and complete

Symmetry Arranging Art

  • Remember-shape, color, THEME and size
  • Should fill up the space about 2/3 or then it is too small
  • What size and shape to select is dictated by size of furniture or space
  • Follow the lines…is it vertical or horizontal?
  • Symmetrical placement when equal parts on each side is safe and traditiona
  • Layer items from front to back with smallest up front
  • Asymmetrical placement is unequal side of center and this is more contemporar
  • Layer art and move the color around shapes for better flow

Accessorizing BookshelvesAccessorizing Bookshelves

  • Shelves do not need to be filled to look pretty -actually it’s 1/2 to 2/3 full that looks best
  • Less is truly more in this case
  • Mix books, artifacts, art, mirrors, plates, photos
  • Let the shelves breathe a bit and bring items forward so you can see them
  • The weight of each piece is important
  • Your eye should not get stuck just in one spot, rather it should move throughout the shelves
  • Mix it up, move it around, with shape, sizes, textures and colors
  • I always try to color code the books and alternate placement -some vertical and some horizontal
  • Front the books by bringing them to the edge
  • Stack some books and place an artifact on top
  • Intersperse with accessories, photos, mirrors and art

Kelly Anne Sohigian of kellydesigns of CT Receives Best Of Houzz 2014 Award

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Annual Survey and Analysis of 16 Million Monthly Users Reveals Top-Rated Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals

kellydesigns of Fairfield, CT has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The design firm was started in 2006 and has grown ever since, specializing in helping clients create an environment that they love! kellydesigns was chosen by the more than 16 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2013. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 16 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 230 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site, iPad/iPhone app and Android app. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2014” badge on their profiles, showing the Houzz community their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

Kellydesigns is a refreshingly friendly and approachable creative firm specializing in the design and redesign of interior spaces and dwellings. With the addition of kdHOME in 2012 kellydesigns now offers home décor accessories like designer pillows, throws, window treatments and upholstery as well reupholstery.

“Houzz provides homeowners with the most comprehensive view of home building, remodeling and design professionals, empowering them to find and hire the right professional to execute their vision,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Kelly Anne Sohigian among our “Best Of” professionals for customer satisfaction as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals like Kelly Anne Sohigian, but also those whose work matches their own aspirations for their home. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and reviewing their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.

Feeling sick of winter? Got the winter blahs?

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Why not treat yourself for Valentine’s day?? RE-LOVE where you live… sometimes all it takes are few fresh accessories … a new paint color… or perhaps reupholstery of an existing piece or a brand new sofa …to make everything feel and look fresh and good again.

Re-love your home
In the photo above, the settee was a find at an antique sale that my client had stored in the attic, it was not in great shape but we reupholstered, painted it and fixed it and added some new accents to make this room come alive again!

It’s easier than think and less costly than you think too!

Call today and book a consultation. For every appointment booked before 2/28/14, I will give a you complimentary pair of designer decorative pillows to accent your furnishings (up to a $300 value).

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New Year…New Layout!! Get with the FLOW!

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Living Room Family Room

No matter the size of your house or room, furniture placement can be a daunting task. Once you find the right arrangement though, it will make that room more enjoyable.

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, coffee table or ottoman, 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. The key things to remember are:


If there are no architectural details or focal points then you can create one with art work, furnishings or window treatments.

Using 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.

Dining rooms that are small or square should have round tables. Round tables optimize conversation at the dinner table. They also make round tables that can open up to larger tables if need be they can be refractory tables or open to an oval shape. A rectangular room needs a rectangular table but do not use tables that are bigger than what you need. Remember form follows function! You 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.

In 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.

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Looking for something to do in December?

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Come visit me at the Pop Shop Market

Pop Shop Market

at the Brick Walk in Fairfield, CT
on December 15th
11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Great new items to help you decorate for the holidays
or to buy for a gift for a loved one!

Shop Great Items to Decorate Your Home
Shop Great Items to Decorate Your Home

I can custom make any garland, wreath, swag…

Holiday Decor Holiday garland Holiday Wreath

I can also come to your home and decorate for you whether it’s a Holiday party
or dinner or just to make your home festive!

Call now and book your Holiday Decorating Session.


As a Special Thank You I will give you 15% off
my Holiday Decorating Services!

Expires: 12/15/2013


What to do when redecorating your space

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One of the first steps in redecorating a room is to curate ideas of what you would like the aesthetic to be in each room. It’s nice to flip through magazine pages being inspired and noting all the beautiful furniture, fabrics, rugs and accessories that go with a particular room design. This can also be done on Pinterest and Houzz which makes the process so easy!

Measuring FurniturePlanning ahead is the most important part of gathering items for a newly redecorated space. One way to make sure furniture will fit is to measure out your room. Measuring is crucial and not only for the interior of the room, but also measuring the size of doorways that the furniture needs to fit through. All stairs, doorways,entry ways,ceiling heights need to be measured before ordering any furniture.

Creating a simple floor plan by drawing out the room and measuring all wall spaces, windows, fireplaces, heating elements and door openings will provide a map for furniture and sizes to purchase. Some of the furniture store websites even have a room planner on their sites to facilitate this process. or you can draw it on graph paper using a 1/4″ scale.

Planning your redecorating project ahead of time will eliminate any after-purchase headaches!!

 Visit Houzz to read more on 6 steps to plan a successful remodel.



Being Thankful

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Being ThanksfulThanksgiving is a time to gather with family and friends to remember all that we are thankful for. One new tradition I started with my family was a Thanksgiving tree. We all got to design our own ornament with a picture or text of what we were especially thankful for and then placed it on the tree. This year I found great ornaments to paint and write on for the tree. Then I get to keep it up until its time for Christmas!

Giving thanks is first and foremost on our Thanksgiving holiday. Remembering our blessings and showing appreciation for all we have is important. The majority of us rush through o

ur 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, you can also click on to my Pinterest and Houzz to see more ideas.

Join me… be thankful…

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