LUXURY IS IN THE DETAILS

When it comes to design I sometimes always obsess over each and every detail. It’s a fatal flaw of mine but I want to make sure I get things “just right”. Selecting fabrics for a particular project in our seaside ranch home is only half the battle. The other half is finding the perfect trim. When I came across these pictures in Milieu Magazine I was captivated by the fanciful decorator sketches accompanying trim from some of the finest companies around. Luxury is, indeed, in the details and can really transform an ordinary project into something truly special. Wouldn’t you agree?

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Fringe trim from Houles.

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Braid trim from Dedar.

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Left: Tape and brush fringe from Schumacher. – Right: Tape and ball fringe from Jim Thompson

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Tieback from Houles.

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Left: pom-pom fringe from Samuel & Sons. – Right: beaded fringe from Houles.

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Tape border and jute trim from Samuel & Sons.

 

DECORATING DETAILS: CAFE CURTAINS

I have a window in my bathroom that provides nice natural light and has a view of the large mature trees behind our property. I particularly enjoy watching the trees sway in the breeze each morning as I get ready. But in addition to the trees, I also have a view of my neighbors house so privacy is a concern. I have cafe curtains on the window now and they solve my problem perfectly by providing privacy without completely blocking the views I enjoy. However, when I am back to feeling 100% one of my projects will be to replace the store bought, off the shelf curtains (that were supposed to be temporary) with something custom made for the space. I am thinking something in a soft ivory linen with a polished chrome cafe rod. If you have a similar type of situation you might consider something short and sweet like a set of cafe curtains as an alternative to traditional blinds or shutters.

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DESIGN DETAIL: WINDOW SEATS

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While driving from Point A to Point B recently, Mr. B and I drove by a house we once considered buying before actually making an offer on our seaside ranch home. One of the many features I really liked about the house was a lovely window seat in the master bedroom overlooking the garden. I was already picturing myself lounging on the window seat and reading a book while enjoying the landscape just beyond the window. The thought of having a window seat is such a romantic notion but chances are that it would really just become the perfect spot to dump my purse after a long day. Nevertheless, a window seat really is such a charming feature to have in a home and such a quaint area to decorate. Anything I can toss a few throw pillows on gets a thumbs up from me. I still love them…
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Yes, please. So pretty and elegant.

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I love this curved window seat. It’s such a luxury in a dressing room. It’s also the perfect little spot to sit and put on your favorite pair of shoes.

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This looks like a new build and I thought it was an interesting choice to line a total of four window seats along the window wall. The view must be spectacular and this picture keeps me wanting to see more.

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Although not a built-in window seat, I would venture to guess that this piece of furniture was custom made to fit this spot perfectly. I wanted to include this picture in the roundup to give you an example of how to achieve a similar look and feel of a built-in with a piece of furniture.

window-seats-via-revivngcharm_com-7This is such a sweet space and I like the exposed baskets instead of drawers or doors because they provide natural texture to the room. Plus, toys are within easy reach for children so this design is very functional.

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The overall room is very pretty. It actually reminds me a little of the house we almost purchased.

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Small but sweet. Drawers provide great storage for things you want hidden from sight. What you don’t see is that the window seat is actually flanked by twin beds.

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I like this space but was originally uncertain on whether to include it in this post. The dog sold me. With that adorable face, I had to throw this picture into the mix.

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Of all spaces highlighted in this post, this looks the most comfortable for reading a book or dozing off for an afternoon nap. It’s a very pretty space that is also very functional.

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I didn’t realize until I was uploading the photos for this post that the pictures above and below are the same space. I had to include both pictures to show you just how different a space could look by switching out the pillows. Personally, I prefer the pillows below because they add a bit of pattern. The architecture is beyond amazing….

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Which window seat do you prefer? Do you have one in your own home? If not, would you want one? What are your thoughts on window seats? Let’s discuss….

DECORATING DETAIL: FEDERAL STYLE MIRRORS

One of the things you do while studying interior design is learn about the many different design styles that have evolved throughout the decades. Through my studies many moons ago I developed a great deal of respect for a variety of different decorating styles. My own style has evolved over the years but I’ve learned that I am a traditionalist by nature and always gravitate toward traditional details when it comes to decor. Since those early days in design school I created a mental list of decorating accessories that I have always wanted to  purchase and call my own. I am happy to report that I can cross one item off my “want” list: a Federal style mirror. If you read yesterday’s post then you already know that I recently purchased one while on vacation. What a great souvenir!

Let’s take a look a closer look at the Federal style mirror and see how it has been incorporated into a variety of spaces.

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Another decorating detail that I am particularly fond of is how mirrors (or artwork) is hung on a bookshelf, as seen in the pictures above and below. federal style convex eagle mirror by reviving charmfederal style convex mirror reviving charmfederal style mirror 3 via reviving charmfederal style mirror 1 via reviving charmfederal style convex eagle mirror by reviving charmfederal style mirror 4 via reviving charm

Images from my Pinterest board.