Saturday, April 28, 2012

Decorating Tips & Ideas

Looking for some ideas & tips for decorating? Here are a few designer secrets to follow!

Pillows in pairs: one pillow is just too skimpy, try out two pairs of pillows in contrasting colors.

Leave cabinets open! Probably not what you thought, and typically people want to conceal what's in their cabinets especially when it comes to storage. But displaying your wares aesthetically is much more visually interesting.

Be dramatic, go dark! Dark walls actually do the opposite of what you think they do - they can actually make a very small room look bigger.

A fun fix for blah closet doors: wallpaper them!

Tuck in your throws: to keep them tidy drape them over the back of the sofa and tuck into the back seat cushions. Much easier than strategically placing on the edge of an arm or chaise!

Gold is back! A few gold accents bring warmth to a room...and it's okay to mix metals, too.

Have an awkard corner and not sure what to do with it? Super easy fix - add a plant! Plants help cheer up a lonely corner.

Hands down a favorite: mix up dining room seating. Whether a banqueette and chairs, chairs and a bench...or all three, much more interesting to mix it up. Even mixing up vintage chairs or adding in ottomans or stools creats a very cool vibe, nevermind flxible seating.

Last but not least, closet lighting: almost more of a necessity and often times there is never enough decent lighting. For the most pracitacla lighting, add recessed lighting but if there's room for decorative fixtures such as a flush mount or chandelier - by all means, add those touches of flair!

All images via House Beautiful.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Curating High Point Market

{The official High Point Market Spring 2012 poster}

I've just returned from a fabulous trip to High Point Market Spring 2012! Hardly made a dent in all that there is to see - but here's a highlight of some of the things that did catch my eye!

Seeing a lot of the natural and organic, this rope chandelier at Regina Andrew really caught my attention!

And these little side tables too, also from Regina Andrew.

Noir Furniture had a ton of great accessories, furniture, and lighting - Katie of Matchbook Magazine was eyeing some of the accessories!

Oomph was fresh and vibrant - lots of colorful items in their collections!

Pretty sure this is the prettiest backgammon table I've ever seen!

All the little side tables from Oomph are fun in their assortment of colors and patterned tops!

Dransfield & Ross had some very pretty bedding, bathroom accessoires, and pillows in their space at High Point. I loved some of the soft muted colors in their bedding collections.

All of these bathroom accessories from Dransfield & Ross are gorgeous!

This nautical pillow in their collection has been a long time favorite of mine, perhaps stemming from my year's of being around boats.

The Halo showroom is always where it's happening...gotta love that edgy industrial chic vibe with a British edge by Timothy Oultan.

The fab lighting at the Halo Styles showroom.

"Kids in the window" - at the Oly showroom with Christian of Maison21, Ashlina of The Decorista, Crystal of Rue Magazine, Mandy, & Cassandra of Coco + Kelley.

So fresh and pretty and Spring-like at Oly!

There were some very pretty upholstered pieces, like this headboard from Thomasville.

And this side chair too, from Thomasville.

Loved this headboard at Drexel Heritage!

This console table from Drexel Heritage with the tie dye effect fabric and nail-head trim really caught my eye - and so did the whole vignette, love the Arabesque mirrors too!

Over at Hickory Chair, these "painterly" textiles from Hable Construction were a favorite of all of us.

The painted effect seems to be popular, as also seen on this chest at Hickory Chair.

More vibrant colors on the fabric in this Hickory Chair.

As one of the featured designer collections at Hickory Chair, Suzanne Kasler's girl's room vignette was oh so pretty!

As always, the Currey & Co showroom space was magnificent, filled with all their amazing lighting (& furnishing) pieces!

I spotted these fun and colorful pendants at Currey & Co from across the room!

Loved this elegant table lamp from Currey & Co named "Cassandra" after our own Cassandra from Coco + Kelley!

We had the most fun and fantastic tour of CR Laine given to us by Holly. All of us enjoyed visiting the showroom - we even got to pick out fabrics for pillows that are being made for us! Can't wait to share that! This is the entry to the showroom space. Again, seeing lots of pretty colors and a fresh, Spring like look!

Cassandra of Coco + Kelley and Ashlina of The Decorista fit right into the CR Laine showroom!

Global Views was filled with so many great accessories & furnishings - it was like being a kid in a candy store! And lots & lots of color!

Thought this tall headboard at Global Views was very chic.

In awe of this credenza from Global Views, too - love the detailing and hardware.

The ever so cool Four Hands showroom had a lot of great things going on (& not just because they throw the best party in town during High Point Market!) - loved these cluster of pendants and the round dining table.

These colorful Moroccan lanterns were seen all through out the Four Hands showroom.

And if you are looking to catch a breath of fresh air, step out onto the balcony at Four Hands which is filled with beautiful outdoor furniture and overlooks the buildings of High Point!

All photos by Jill Seidner Interior Design.

Stay tuned for more blog posts about High Point and my tours of Thomasville, Drexel Heritage, and Hickory Chair!