Sunday, July 13, 2014

Have you ever redesigned a room in your head?

Thats what I do when I have no clients.  I walk into a room and I imagine what I would do if I was redesigning this room.  Apparently, I am not the only interior designer/decorator who does this, according to a new post by Houzz.  They posed the question, “What do interior designers create when they have no client, only their own imagination?”  Thank you, Houzz for the article, “Luxurious Looks From the 2014 Hamptons Show House.”

This article highlights the 2014 Holiday Hamptons, where 16 of the top designers in the country have used their talents and imagination to decorate spaces in the historic 1881 Watchcase factory in Sag Harbor, New York.  The old factory is being converted into 64 condominiums.  Some of these lofts, townhouses and bungalows are being temporarily transformed into special rooms inspired by moments or special holidays in the lives of each designer.

I love the look and the feel of the rooms, with a nice yin and yang feel, combining both modern and traditional elements.  Each designer did a wonderful job converting the factory rooms into comfortable and beautiful living spaces.  They say its all in the eye of the designer.  I say it is in the imagination of the designer.

Here are a few photos of some of the rooms.

I especially love the last bedroom photo and the whimsical touch above the bed.  How clever!

Thank you Hamptons Cottages & Gardens magazine for sponsoring the show house which is open to the public through August 10 and using the proceeds to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  Thank you Houzz for this posting this great article.  Photos and article courtesy of Rikki Snyder, Houzz Contributor.

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Antique Flat Top Trunks

From around the 1870’s until around 1920 flat top trunks were used by many travelers.  The basic design consisted of a rectangular box covered with canvas or sheet metal with hardwood, metal trim and hardware on top.  Many trunks came with trays inside but most now are missing the trays since they were not as durable as the trunks themselves.

Flat top trunks have been around a long time, some even used on stagecoaches.  Some trunks were later changed to  rounded tops.  Some people say this came about so that baggage handlers would not stack them, but nobody knows for sure.  Up until the late 1800’s, the trunks were usually lined with paper when many of them started to be lined with cloth.

On most old flat top trunks the canvas became rotten so you will not see many with the original canvas.    When a trunk is refinished, most refinishers will remove the canvas and then sand and stain the wood.  This creates a beatiful look for the trunk.

Most people call these trunks steamer trunks but a true steamer trunk is about half the height of other flat top trunks.

Here is a steamer trunk.

Here is a flat top trunk.

I live in Sanford, Florida where there are antique shops with some nice flat top trunks.  If you live in this area or come anytime to visit, it would be well worth your time to take a day trip to Sanford and see them.  One good shop to visit is Antiques and Dustibles

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Florida Indoor Allergens in the Bedroom

Interior design and space planning your bedroom are important elements to consider when designing your home.  When you are designing your bedroom it is natural to just look at the aesthetics of the room.  After all, that is the fun part.  But I want to encourage you to look at the health benefits of minimizing indoor allergens in the bedroom as well.  All of our energy goes into creating a beautiful bedroom that is relaxing and comforting.  But, don’t lose sight of creating a healthy environment for you, your spouse and your children.  It is also important to design your space to minimize dust mites in the bedroom. 

Then there is ongoing maintenance to keep our bedrooms healthy and to discourage dust mites that may invade our comfort, health and immune system.  We spend 1/3 of our life in bed.  When was the last time you replaced your old pillows, bed coverings, etc. How often do you wash the outside bedding? What is the water temperature you wash your bed linens in?  Do you vacuum your  mattress to remove dust and dead skin?  Rotate your mattress?  We shed skin everyday that dust mites feed on.  Also, do you encase your mattress and pillows before putting on your sheets and pillow covers?  What about the box spring?   

Dust mites also form colonies in our mattresses, pillows and even our box springs.  According to a NY Times article, "Dust mites are microscopic creatures, about 0.4 millimeters in length, that feast on flakes of human skin. Their feces contains a very potent allergen." 

Summer time is coming here to Central Florida and indoor dust mites love the Florida hot humidity and high temperatures inside our homes.  So what can you do?  If you would like to learn more about tips and ideas to minimize indoor allergens in the bedroom, please click on the two links below I provided from the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology and from the New York Times.  If you found this article helpful please leave your thoughts in the comment section below.  Thank you and have a blessed day.