All Things Parisian…defining today’s decor!

October 31, 2010

It's so apropos to write about Paris in regards to design, since it's truly the mecca of where great artists trained and refined (and also defined) their craft.  École des Beaux-Arts, an influential design school in Paris, focused on classical arts and architecture from Greek and Roman culture, thus creating the Beaux Arts Movement in the early 20th century.  It's amazing to think that from this very influential movement, developed the American contemporary design....a style that we all are so familiar with today.  Furniture and accessories that are in many of our homes, are … [Read more...]

New SAS Sponsor: Industrial Mfg. Co. featuring innovative, hand-crafted furniture

October 29, 2010

I'd like to give a shout-out to one of our many new Sponsors of SAS Interiors, Industry Mfg. Co.  They are located in Jackson, Michigan and offer hand-crafted furniture and accents for your home, made of various metal types like steel, iron, brass, copper, as well as various species of wood like walnut, oak, and maple. Industry Mfg. Co. has a mission to provide collectors, retailers, and trade professionals with furniture and home goods of the highest quality. Their passion and dedication to service others, allows them to exceed their customers expectations!*Special Offer available … [Read more...]

Willow House in My House

October 28, 2010

Along with my Interior Design Consulting company, SAS Interiors, I am also a Design Consultant with Willow House.  When I signed on to be a representative of their company, I truly believed in the product and wanted to convey that by spreading the word to others!  I have integrated many of the beautiful WILLOW HOUSE pieces into MY HOUSE, and would  like to share them with you!  Enjoy...When I first saw this kidney-shaped pillow in the catalog, I knew I had to have it!  It looked like it would coordinate perfectly amongst my deep orange and warm colors....it lives up to … [Read more...]

Our Family Treasure Hunt

October 27, 2010

One thing I ♥, but don't often get to do, is travel.  With young kids and the busyness of everyday life, our travel days have come few and far between.  When my hubby and I were first married we traveled to many places and somehow we started collecting spoons from each destination.  It started off as a quirky, funny exploration, but since, it's become our family treasure hunt.  I love that along with our photographs, I can reminisce about our amazing memories through my spoon collection.  My continually growing collection is displayed in my foyer, in a beautiful … [Read more...]

Design Quote

October 26, 2010

Design is the search for a magical balance between business and art; art and craft; intuition and reason; concept and detail; playfulness and formality; client and designer; designer and printer; and printer and public. — Valerie Pettis … [Read more...]

Halloween Decorating with Style

October 24, 2010

This week is all about Halloween, so let's spook up your home in style! My favorite time of year is Fall and I'm so thankful to live in the best part of the country ~ the Adirondacks in upstate NY ~ to experience the beautiful candy-corn colors of the changing trees. Once the first leaves start falling outside, I remove the summer decor and replace it with pumpkin-colored candles, warm comfy blankets, and Fall florals....and then right around the corner is Halloween. I usually don't decorate specifically for the holiday, except with a few pumpkins amongst my Fall decor. But I was inspired … [Read more...]

New Life for Old Furniture

October 21, 2010

When all else fails and you don't want to spend more money on new furniture (or cover your sofa in plastic like grandma)...buy a slipcover.  So many styles, So many choices.  Slipcovers have actually been around since the 17th century ~ who knew?!?  They started out as a muslin fabric, but have made a complete 180...the selection of slipcovers today is incredible! And it's a great idea for a FAMILY-FRIENDLY SPACE. via A light, solid fabric for the slipcover in this beach cottage, keeps the room fresh and airy A neutral fabric on a slipcover offers a clean palette for lots of fun … [Read more...]

I found IT…an Oval Ottoman !

October 20, 2010

So after some more research because SO MANY of you LOVED the oval look...I found a coffee table in an oval shape with ottomans below.  I have to say, I REALLY like it too!  Would go in any interior decor.  Check it out at Dwell. … [Read more...]

Functional Coffee Tables for your Decor

October 20, 2010

The other day when blogging about kid-friendly decorating, one of our followers loved the coffee table with ottomans that is shown in the picture below. Unfortunately, I don't know who makes this specific ottoman, but it was my inspiration to find other coffee tables with pull-out ottomans.Inspiration PictureMark ScottHere are a few of my favorites...Contemporary 40" diameter glass coffee table with 4 ottomans; dark cherry finishBernhardt Jackson 38" Square Cocktail Table with Two Ottomans; Solid hardwood construction with quartered ash veneersContemporary Dark Mahogany Finish Coffee 42" … [Read more...]

BOOK SUGGESTION: Real Simple 799 New Uses for Old Things

October 19, 2010

A friend of mine, who has a blog called One Creative Mom, was in the bookstore last week and told me about a must-have book...actually let me reword that and instead say, RESOURCE, instead of book. Real Simple magazine recently released this magazine/book called 799 New Uses for Old Things: An encyclopedia of innovative ideas for everyday items. How awesome! It's more like a book than a magazine, but it can be found in the magazine aisle, along with other home decor books. What creative ways to YOU reuse items around your house? … [Read more...]