Thursday, March 13, 2014

What You Need To Know About Interior Design

Your Home Decorating Outline


Creating a cohesive interior design for you home isn’t that hard if you know some of the basics. In fact, decorating your home so that all the various elements combine to create the look you’ve always wanted can be a lot of fun.

The following are some proven tips to help you turn your house into the model home that your friends, family, and neighbors crave:

Taking The First Step

Assuming you are a novice, we'll take it from the top.  Chances are good that your home is filled with a diverse medley of furnishings, art, accents and accessories that have been collected over time.

To create the perfect designer look, you want to first consider the purpose for each room.  Deciding how you want it to look, meaning your personal tastes and perference; while keeping in mind the features that can and can’t be changed, and finally, the budget you have available.

Start With The Key Elements

The success of a room’s design lies in the balance you create. The basics of good design are proportion, balance, contrast, rhythm, pattern/texture and harmony.  Knowing how these elements work together will help you design your space so that it’s not only beautiful, but comfortable and functional as well.


Proportion

Scale is one of the most important things to consider when creating the look of a room. A room that is proportioned correctly will feel welcoming while an incorrectly portioned room will just feel crowded and unfriendly. The trick is to match pieces in terms of their scale.


A large overstuffed sofa needs an equally large end table or coffee table; otherwise, these accents simply disappear as the sofa dwarfs them proportionally. When considering scale, look to the other rooms in your home for furniture that may be a better fit with the focal pieces you have in your room.


Balance

When creating balance, there’s two ways to go here. The first is symmetrical design, where everything is perfectly balanced. With symmetrical design, there’s roughly two of everything or items are mirrored in the room. For instance, one chair is placed exactly opposite another one just like it.
While this creates balance, it can also make a room look static and lacking any visual interest or energy. Experienced designers use asymmetry to create this interest.


Objects balance well because they are judged by their visual weight, not pairings. For instance, you may have a large sofa on one side of the room that is balanced by two large overstuffed chairs with an accent table in the middle and floor lamp behind. These pieces balance the sofa visually, even though they aren’t equal in size or shape. The design works because there is balance in the asymmetrical layout of the furniture.


Contrast

Imagine walking into a white room with white carpet and white furniture. Pretty boring, huh? Contrast helps draw the eye around a room through the intelligent use of color. Bold use of colors creates energy while the use of muted shades in complementary tones creates calm.


The more contrast you create, the easier it is for the human eye to follow the intended design of the room, moving visually from one space to another, guided by the use of color and contrast.


Rhythm

While creating contrast with the use of light and dark tones can be effective, it can also create boredom. To keep the room connected, you want to use rhythm. This means reusing specific colors, patterns, textures or themes throughout the room.


Pick a couple main colors and repeat them in different ways in your paint scheme, fabrics and accents.

Pattern & Texture

As the eye moves about a room, it picks up specific patterns. These are grouped together, so a blue wall is combined with a striped piece of fabric that has the same blue in it.

 

Patterns that don’t fit create conflict in the mind, compromising the appearance of the space. Again, you want to pick one or two primary patterns or textures and vary them within the color palette you’ve already created for the room. Right alongside the elements of contrast and rhythm in home decorating is pattern/texture.


Harmony

If you’ve ever heard three singers sing different parts that sound amazing together, then you already know what harmony is. The same is true for the harmony in your home. Different colors, different designs and different proportions combine to create a new look that was never there before, just as new notes are created by singers singing three different parts.


The room is suddenly complete. It has a look that if you remove just one element, won’t have that harmonic feel to it any longer. When you’ve achieved harmony, you’ve achieved your design goals.

Summary:
Things to notice when decorating your home like how to combine the different elements in a home in terms of(proportion, balance, contrast, rhythm, pattern etc)

If you enjoyed this article and would like to incorporate a combination of two or more or all of these decorating tips though the use of fabrics in drapery, window treatments, and/or upholstery contact Beautifully Done Custom Drapery at beautifullydonedrapery@gmail.com or 281-820-0139.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

American Girl Julie Doll Bed Dream Makeover

American Girl Julie Doll Bed Dream Makeover

Julie is likely one of American Girl Doll's most popular, award winning and sought after dolls and your American Girl Doll collection is likely to be consider incomplete without her.

Julie is one of American Girl's period dolls.  She is representative of the 1970's when women's independence and recognition in the work place and the political scene begin to take rise.  More on her story can be found in the American Girl "Meet Julie Book" Volumes 1 Thur 6.

Many women during this time period began seeking entrepreneurship; starting businesses and career paths.  Julie's story is in part the inspiration for our Dream Doll Bed Makeover.  We encourage you to take each and every opportunity to allow your little decorator to develop her skills.  Below we have the beautiful and well constructed doll bed from American Girl.




The bedding, linens, pillows, and canopy are bright and colorful.   The colors are vibrant, varied, and consistent.  It's all a magnificent job that fits Julie and her time period. 

However, we wanted to allow our very own little decorator to have fun with the original bed to make changes, suggestions, and let her imagination soar.  Our little decorator is already a huge fan of American Girl Dolls so this project was easy, fun, and educational all at the same time.  Below is the outcome of the already well constructed American Girl Doll Bed. 





The transformation began with changing out the orange canopy for some of  our little decorator's favorite colors, pink and white.  She thought it would be best to keep the same shape and design of the original doll bed canopy and only limit the change to the fabric texture and colors.


 


Our little decorator then decided on a textured fabric containing rose buds for the bed spread and pillow shams.   For the bed spread and pillow sham she chose a beautiful and soft bright pink and for the neck roll she decided on another one of favorite colors fuchsia in which she had Julie to present in the picture.  Our little decorator also wanted to maintain some of the doll bed's original pillows and accessories.  As a result the orange pillow and the multi colored beads remain.





If you would like to order custom bedding and linens for your little decorator's dream doll bed makeover and the matching twin or full size custom bedding; you may contact us at beautifullydone@sbcglobal.net or 281-820-0139.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Fun In The Sun - Spring Festivals & Summer Events

COOL SHOWERS BRING BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS

Out with the Cold and in with the Cool.  Spring time brings out the best of all things as the temperatures rise from cold and bomby to cool and calming.  The birds return, the flowers are blooming and the butterflies float majestically through the gardens all the while spring cleaning is in full swing, out with the old and in with the new plants, flowers, and blooms! 


Ready or not spring is rapidly approaching and we are glad to our part to revitalize your outdoor patio pillows and cushions.  Whether your desire is to change them up all together or just recover and freshen up what you have.



We understand that it is a priority to get started now in order to make the most of this season's largest holiday party events, not to mention the kids spring break, proms, graduations, barbeque's, and pool parties.




Once school ends, the pace really begins to accelerate with Cinco De Mayo, Mother's Day, Memorial Day, and Father's Day!




So don't hesitate or procrastinate and get caught off guard or unprepared.  We are ready and waiting standing by for your call.  It is always our goal to deliver you the most beautifully done custom draperies that are crafted for elegance!  To schedule your personal in home consultation contact us at beautifullydone@sbcglobal.net or 281-820-0139.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Hitting The Trail

Although, ranching has changed over the years where as trains have taken to the plains, and wagons have been traded in for pick up trucks, and in some cases horses have been replaced by all terrain vehicles resulting in the annual trail ride becoming more of a tradition which is alive and well.

 

The trail rides of today are vastly diverse, encompassing just about every walk of life. Trail Riders of today range from bankers, children, and fire fighters to the actual modern day cowboys and girls.
The trail rides are exciting, and entertaining. The trail riders enjoy the opportunity to interact with family and friends and experience the outdoors much like the days of yesterday year with the exception of a few modern electronic gadgets and devices.



Many of the changes are not limited only to the trail ride and riders, but also include some changes to many of the ranches themselves. While the ranches are still rich in tradition, many of them have implemented modern devices such as irrigation systems, electric generating windmills, and phone service.

 
 
 
While most of the ranches hold true to character, many have added some modern touches including furnishing and Beautifully Done Custom Drapery. We at Beautifully Done Custom Drapery salute all the men, women, and children taking to the trail during rodeo month and as always please feel free to contact us when it comes to your window covering needs at 281-820-0139 or send us an email at beautifullydone@sbcglobal.net

 
  HAPPY TRAIL RIDING!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Irresistible Begins In The Master Bath

No matter, if it is a night out on the town, dinner at an A listed restaurant, or the opening of this year’s most notable stage play. You want to look your best.


Once the dry cleaning has been collected, the shoes have been selected and the arrangements for the sitter have been made, the transformation from the constant juggling do it all super woman into the evening most irresistible infatuation begins.

The transformation usually begins in the vanity of the master bath with the thorough process of examining and embellishing every article and detail from hair to toes.




 

A glamorous master bath adds excitement and ambiance which energizes the process much like you would expect to see in the home of your favorite television diva.

However, you don’t have to be a celebrity to enjoy the benefits of an outstanding master bathroom with an adorable vanity.

The foundation for most master baths have been laid by builder of the home.



 
As a result the heavy lifting in most cases is complete and the only thing that would be require of yourself to move from basic and boring to glamorous and adoring is a simple as adding color rich soft and flowing fabrics to soften the obscured view of block glass or the rigid edges of windows framed by drywall and sheetrock.

Utilizing Beautifully Done Custom Drapery can give your master bath room a rich and luxurious feel that will undoubtedly match your inner diva aspirations.

To find out more and schedule your very own in home consultation to transform your master bath contact us at 281-820-0139  or beautifullydone@sbcglobal.net.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Elegant Decorated Holiday Doorways

             Recognizing The Top Decorated Holiday Doorways


 
 
 

 
 

 


 

 

 
 

 
 

 
 
These are some of the most inviting doorways for the holidays.  Can you smell the snickerdoddles baking.  This holiday season would love to see your door way.  Send us picture and we'll post it to our blog.   Remember first impressions make lasting impressions.  So get outside and dress up your front door and contact us to dress up your windows inside.  Happy Holidays To All!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Labor Day Holiday Weekend!

Labor Day Holiday Weekend Marking The End Of Summer!

So long to the hot, sometimes humid and sometimes muggy weather.  While some of us complained and hid from the sun; others enjoyed and took in some of the rays and little Vitamin D. 


However, likely all of us are somewhat sadden to see it come to an end.  So hopefully you will send this summer out with a bang.  Whether it be a poolside backyard cook out along with your favorite flavorful fruity refreshing drinks or out on the lake, beach, or park.



Fall is rapidly approaching and it will be soon time to adjust your clocks and watches again or let them stand if you did not bother to do so in the spring. Football season is in full force with many great Labor Day game openers.  Pre season and scrimmage games are behind us and our favorite teams a narrowing down to their final roosters.


The autumn colors will soon begin revealing themselves in the upcoming weeks and months.  Pumpkins and Christmas displays will no doubt begin to fill the shelves and the weather permit us to open the windows and enjoy the cool breezes before winter arrives.



The kids are back in school and the traffic is little slower in the morning and evening rush.  The house will more of sanctuary again and the decorating can resume.  Formal table settings, front door wreaths, rugs, and window treatments.



Time to prepare for the winter by utilizing window coverings to keep the cold out and warm the room all at the same time.  This fall's collection should be the best ever; sure to offer amazing style, colors, patterns, and texture to drive your senses wild as vintage and hides will highly sought out this year.




Just about anything exotic will be proper but little more than challenge and you will have some difficultly obtaining it in the higher range products.  Prints and replicas on the lower end are likely to be more plentiful and will be sufficient with a proper balanced approach.




Using the most Beautifully Done Custom Drapery will as always anchor a room keep your project from drifting into the lost to see where your decorating scheme is headed. 

To arrange for your personal in home consultation you may contact us at 281-820-0139 or beautifullydone@sbcglobal.net.