Although we have a deep-rooted passion for couture elements throughout our designs, ultimately interior decorating and design should be beautiful, affordable and unique! Hopefully we will inspire you through our blog and website to create a beautiful space that you will love for years to come. Please visit our website for more inspiration!

Friday, January 25, 2013

4/19/2013 –The Great Imagination Heist: Inspiration from the 2012 Design Competition Award Winners– 11:00-12:15 Have you ever wanted to know what an award winning treatment is comprised of? We will use selected WF Vision 2012 Envision Design and Ingenuity Workroom Competition award winners as our inspiration in this class. Attendees will learn how to dissect and analyze these award winning treatments/rooms and how to further use these methods to create design masterpieces all their own. We will also discuss the various WF Envision categories that treatments can be entered into, what judges look for (with interviews from past judges) and the entry process. This class is certain to contain the next award winner! Attendees will receive a PDF PowerPoint of this class after completion. 4/20/2013 –Window Design Portmanteau: Flaunting Your Talent – 9:00-10:15 Would you invest $25,000 for a new car without seeing it and test driving it first? Probably not. Our clients spend a great deal of money decorating their home and put a great deal of trust in us, their interior designers. It has been proven the best way to sell a product or your services has always been to show samples. During this class we will discuss comprehensive methods in which to create and showcase your talents and to sell more soft furnishings to your clients with a brand new version of the retail appointment trunk show. We will cover essential components, important space-saving methods and numerous creative ways to embellish your beautiful work. We will cover all of the basic and slightly complex window treatments you should have including panels, top treatments, cornices, awnings, headboards, bedding, pillows, and cushions. Please bring your camera along to take detailed pictures of all of the examples that we will be showing in class. Attendees will receive a PDF PowerPoint of this class after completion with all pictures shown in class. 4/20/2013 –The Unconventional Window: Using Unique Materials to Create Functional and Artistic Solutions for Windows– 11:00-12:15 Become inspired by some of the most innovative, gifted interior designers and window treatments specialists of our time. You will learn ways to incorporate some of these ideas into unique treatments all your own. You are also invited to bring your camera to take photographs of some of the methods we will be showing during class; some uniquely created and others replicas of some of the interior design greats. Attendees will receive a PDF PowerPoint of this class after completion with all pictures shown in class.

Fresh New Start!

The New Year is already upon us and many have tackled the daunting task of creating New Years Resolutions. The New Year always comes with a sense of hope; and unfortunately a whole bunch of pressure. Hope that things can be better than last year and the pressure to make it so.

Yes, it is a good idea to make a list of things you want to change or focus on, but don't let this list overwhelm you. The New Year should bring you hope and excitement. Despite our best intentions, keeping on-track of one's resolutions is just plain hard. Which is why it is so important to take a little bit of your time each day and relax, renew, and refresh. Maybe you can't get away to the gym or take take a well deserved trip to the spa, but try to take 5 minutes each day for yourself. Let's face it, if we don't make the time, no one else is going to make it happen.

Here are some simple ideas:

1. If you want to increase your physical activity for 2013 and you just can't get out for a walk because of the blustery weather – try a little yoga, do a couple lunges, or some stretching in your living room.

2. Take 5 minutes and try to get some peace and quiet. Those with children might find this a little tough! Find a quiet space – your bedroom, laundry room, or even the bathroom and enjoy the quiet.

3. Instead of trying to solve all of the worlds problems right away, make a list and tackle a few things each day.

4. Try to sit and relax while you drink your morning tea or coffee instead of gulping in down on your way out the door.

If you must make a new years resolution list, make sure you include things you can achieve and be realistic. And make it a daily goal to focus on yourself – the decompression time can be incredibly restorative. Here's to a great new year!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Granite versus Quartz

One of the most costly per square foot home renovations occur in the kitchen. Since this is one of the largest investments that you will probably make in your home it is important to educate yourself on solid surfaces for your countertops. Solid surfaces are certainly not a budget-friendly alternative by any means. However, many homeowners have been swayed in recent years into choosing granite by the misrepresentation that it is maintenance-free, this is false. Granite can chip, crack and stain if not taken care of properly. One solution I suggest to those homeowners that are interested in solid surfaces is to consider quartz, an engineered solid surface. View the pros and cons of quartz countertops here.