Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Design Show Advice

I love design Tuesdays on TV. Tonight I watched "Candice Tells All" and "Sarah 101". I love that designers are giving out their secrets to great design. The funny thing is that not everyone has an eye for design and even with their advice many go astray.

I like what Nate says about design. It should reflect who you are. Your friends and neighbours are the wrong ones to give you design advice. The space shouldn't reflect their taste, it should feel right to you. That is why I keep a decor binder and folder on my desktop. When I see rooms that I love I always file them away and make sure to make note of why I love them. I've found that sometimes I go back and realize that what I saw the first time isn't what I love anymore. Sometimes this can work against me, just ask K.

I love the use of the wood tiles in this room. Candice found them here. They are amazing & pricey I'm sure.

Sarah worked on two rooms tonight for 3 little girls. I've been logging images for Olivia's room and have a few tips from Sarah that I will be sure to use.

1. Use 10-12 fabrics in a room. They add depth and interest to a space. Olivia's room will have a wide variety of fabrics for the window seat cushions, the drapes, pillows, linens, area rug and whatever else I can fit in the room.

2. Furniture with good lines and structure can be painted any colour under the sun to work in the space. She used two beautiful side tables sprayed and accent with some shinny knobs.

3. Kids furniture should be multi functional. A window seat should also be storage. A bed should accommodate more than just one kid.

Tips from episode:
- Inspiration can come from anything. Sarah used tea towels as the inspiration for the rooms
- Fabrics & paint don't have to match exactly. A toned down paint colour in same shade/hue
- Use broadloom carpet or rugs as another design element
- Save by using vintage furniture. Use your savings to splurge on accents like handles/knobs
- consider unconventional configuration for furniture, like two twin beds.


Just Beachy said...

That bed was clever and cute but it covered the register , that's not good in our climate ...I wish they would have addressed that issue...

Keep On S'myelin! said...

I love how Sarah can pick so many different fabrics with a variety of patterns and yet they all go together so well!