Monday, March 26, 2018

My Final Choices For PINK SPRING Pillows!!


I have gone through my process of choosing fabrics and pillows for my SPRING PINK changes.

Let me give you a little background on my journey towards PINK in my home.

I know you all remember the slate blue and mauve movement. Well, I just could not get on board with mauve. It was way too muddy for me so I began an search for the right pink family for my own home. I found I liked a clearer version of pink, something between raspberry and a watermelon pink.

After several years, yes you heard that right, YEARS! I found the perfect plaid fabric on a trip to Sturbridge Village Massachusetts. You can say one thing about me, I am patient and persistent.

Since then I have tried two other times to add some pink to my home to no avail.

Here are several of my different attempts to add pink to my existing great room...

As the saying goes, "CLOSE only counts in horseshoes!" These all came very close but in my heart of hearts I knew they were just not QUITE right!!

One the pink was too pale, two the pink came off too coral! I am beginning to sound like the Goldilocks of PINK.

I am not Goldilocks but I am very particular and a detailed person. I also try hard to go with my instincts and to stay true to myself. 

Several years have gone by and PINK has been in the back of my mind every Spring.

After I used pink and red at Christmas I KNEW I HAD to find the right pink. I never tired of it and I was actually a little sad when the Christmas decorations came down.

My search began.....

First I put out all my possibilities and play with them for a couple of days in order to narrow them down. 

Next I make collages with the fabric choices that I have narrowed it down to and still do some eliminating.

 Tried adding a little more blue to the mix.

 I have to give a shout out to my talented DIL who suggested adding a monogram because she knows me soooo well, and I love a good monogram.

My beautiful and talented DIL Amy!!

 As much as I loved the idea of a monogram in actual theory it would not quite look right on the pink striped pillow, however I am keeping it in mind for a possible blue one in the future. She also had a great idea of adding some navy tassels to the pillow I use in the black and white chair. I am keeping that idea to try once the pillows arrive.

The other process I use is the, "Morning Test!" I look at my choices very first thing before my mind gets bogged down with other details and I am going on purely a gut instinct of what pleases my eye. 

If it doesn't pass the morning test and I seem to be talking myself into it, then I eliminate it. I have found this test to be full proof through the years for myself and my clients.

After going through this process and eliminating the fabrics that felt not quite right I came up with three fabrics that pleased my eye.

The three fabrics on the back of the chair are my final choices. 

The two fabrics and pillows are being made by Linda at West End Accents on Etsy. I have used Linda's workroom before, and  I am always pleased with the results. I also have to mention the fabulous selection of high end designer fabrics that she always seems to carry. She seems to stay up on the trends and has a fabulous offering. You can find her shop HERE!!  If you stop by or place an order with her, tell her Kathysue sent you!!

This fabric will be made into a 32in X 15in. lumbar pillow and I ordered it from Tonic Living. This is my first order with them.

  Here is the configuration of pillows that I am happy with and have already placed my order....

So there you have it!! Pink for my Great room! Now the waiting begins. Linda's lead time is 2-3 weeks so if I can wait several years for PINK to come into my home I guess 2-3 weeks of waiting isn't too bad!!!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

It's SPRING and I'm In The PINK!!


I am at it again!! It is that time of year for me to look at how I can brighten up my great room for Spring. Fabric samples have arrived and I am definitely going to be making some final decisions soon.

Of course sometimes there are snags in our plans and there was in mine when I found out the fabric I wanted to combine all the colors is no longer available ANYWHERE!! Sigh, ugh. Now onto plan B!

Here are some of the samples I am looking at getting, excluding the upper left from Studio McGee, "no longer available!"

In the past I have tried to add pink but it just was not working for me. I found that I need a brighter pink in my room for it to look like ME!! It's important to always stay true yourself when decorating your home.

I actually have two of these fabrics in other colors ways so I know I love the patterns.

Here are last years Spring pillows, the blue Chinoiserie pattern and the green feather looking pattern are the same patterns I have for my new selections but only in pink.

My next step is to find the right combinations to put in my great room. Yes, I take lots of time to plan it all out, but that is what designing is, making a workable plan for the homeowners home/room and making it come to fruition. Without planning expensive mistakes can happen. Why settle on something just because you can get it NOW. Take your time and.......


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Steps To Take When Making Changes To A Room

   "Spring Is Right Around The Corner"

It's that time of year again when we all start looking at our lives and thinking about making some changes.

When it comes to your home's rooms, have you ever said,

" I wish I could start all over!"? 

If we are being honest we probably have all said that at some point, but the reality of the matter is most of us do not have the budget to do that.

So what CAN we do?

Actually there are a lot of things we can do, but first we need to have a plan so we spend our time, energy and money wisely.

I am talking about a plan that will help you  work with what you already have with a few new additions.


Remove all elements except your main furniture pieces from the room.

Now step back and ask yourself a few questions:

1. Is there a good flow in my room?

2. Do I need all the pieces in the room? If the answer is no, remove the unnecessary piece right now.

3. Arrange furniture pieces for the best flow, and use in the room. Don't be afraid to take pieces from other parts of your home. Shop what you already own.

4. Be creative, think outside the box. 


Look around to see if you have enough lighting in the room. Here is a formula for you to figure out just how much you need...

1. Now that you know how much lighting you need place necessary lighting around the room. Keeping in mind to use floor lamps, table lamps, sconces and over head lighting.

2. This is a good time to make a new purchase if you need to brighten up your space, and update the style. Try getting something that is a bit more modern in shape and a lighter color or a reflective metal.

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Look at your walls do you need a fresh coat of paint? Where do you need to add mirrors or paintings?

1. Mirrors are wonderful to reflect more light in a room and they can also enlarge a space.

2. Keep in mind the shape, color, style and size of the mirror you are using. Your mirror can introduce style, texture and color if chosen carefully. Don't be afraid to add a floor mirror, it is like adding an extra window.

3. It is very important to remember that not every wall needs something on it. If you want someone to stop and look at the wall then put something on it, otherwise leave it empty. 

Many homeowners make the mistake of adding something to every little sliver of wall that they have. It is not necessary!

4. All rooms need a place for the eye to rest so having an area without something placed there is a good idea to keep the eye flowing around the room.

5. When selecting a color for your walls, be sure to bring home the color chips and then decide on which three you want to get a sample pint. Get some poster board and paint a large sampling on the poster board using at least 2 coats so you get the full pigmentation of the color.

6. Place your sample board in the lightest area and the darkest corner to see how it looks before making a decision. 



Every room needs something that is alive, plants or flowers will fall into this category.

1. Choose 2-3 areas where you might add a plant or a floral arrangement. Use real whenever possible. Nothing can look as tired as a dusty artificial arrangement of unrealistic flowers or plants. I like to add a live plant in corners to bring life to an otherwise dead spot in the room.

2. It is nice to have a certain area that you always have fresh flowers. Remember you can add greenery to a vase from you yard and it can look beautiful. Fresh flowers are so inexpensive at your grocery store just about anyone can have them in their homes.


Time for accessorizing. Decide if you are a less is more person or a more is more person. Look around to see where you need color or texture.

1. Only bring back the elements that you absolutely love. Sometimes it is time to retire certain elements in our home. Remember you can always rotate them in and out of your room.

2. Vary the textures in your accessories, mix up rough, shiny, dull and smooth textures. By varying textures you will have an interesting room.

3. Freshen up the fabrics on your pillows this can be done seasonally as well. It is fun to bring in new pillows to change out a rooms look.





If new purchases need to be made I always like to choose the least available pieces first. This would be area rugs and main furniture pieces.  Once you have those pieces then you are ready to choose the others.

Sometimes all we need to do is make a few purchases to freshen things up. 

One mistake some homeowners make is they just keep adding the new with the old  without editing the room first. That can be a big mistake and you just might end up with a hot mess of a room if you do that.

Before making a purchase first you have to be attracted to it, and then ask yourself where you will use it. Place it there in your minds eye. If you think it will work go for it!

Instead of thinking about what you can't do now, think about what you CAN DO!!

Enjoy The Process of:

Making your room look like a new room!!