It's in the Details...

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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 "It's in the details" is a phrase I use a lot in design.  This is a motto of mine, and I believe it 100%.  A room could have a great furniture set up, beautiful pieces and still can feel empty, or not be very inviting.  I feel the most important part of design is making sure to take the room all the way to the very last stage, which is putting the details together.
I saved a separate post for the detail photo shots of this room I just completed.  
I hope you enjoy it!
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Photo Credit: Jen Bacher of www.jenbacher.com

Client Reveal:Transitional Chic Formal Living Room

Saturday, January 25, 2014

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This room is a perfect example of why I LOVE designing as much as I do.  I pride myself in budget decorating, this room started with 1970's flesh colored paint, a sofa and a piano.  My client just moved in renovated a lot and wanted this room finished so the young family had a retreat while they renovated the rest.  They love it and loved the fact that I accomplished this entire room for under $2000!  Beautiful design on a dime, my favorite kind!!!
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 This is my FAVORITE view of the room.  I remember my clients eyes when I showed her the paint I wanted her to use.  Cityscape by Sherwin Williams.  It showed SO dark on the swatch, but I knew with the tall peaked ceiling this room, if any, could handle it and quite frankly, needed the drama.  So happy with how the chair rail turned out, and the gorgeous contrast the two colors create.  
By the way, how cute is this Bird on a wire artwork!?  Love how it gives a playful feel to this beautiful room.
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 Like I said, we started with this sofa and piano.  I bargain hunted like I never had before and couldn't believe the amazing pieces I found!  This mirror is a 47" mirror that was on clearance at Zgallerie for $115, that is over $300 off!  This marble table (that is heavier than all get out) was $40 on a local classified's site.  The bookcases (that we painted the inside a lighter gray) was just over $100 on target.com.  The fun chandeliers were $50 at Lowes.  So many amazing items at such fabulous prices!!!  
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 I love the drama these curtains create!  Both are zgallerie (its hard to tell, but there are sheer ones hanging on the inside of the charcoal ones).  I knew we wanted curtains that were dramatic, but at the same time didn't fight the drama of the wall color.  So we went one shade darker and had them accentuate the paint color. Love the way it turned out!
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 These chairs were $69 each at our local overstock outlet. If you are in the Salt Lake area be sure to check them out!!!  I have found so many amazing pieces there!
 I am telling you, just give it a minute and have a budget, and an item in mind and you should be able to find it.  Or better yet, hire me to do it for you! :)  I love design, and love the challenge of creating beautiful spaces on a budget.
*Photo cred: the lovely and talented Jen Bacher of www.jenbacher.com
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The Trick to the Perfect Floating Shelf Gallery

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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 I don't know about you, but I have always LOVED the look of a staggered frame look on a floating shelf.  I am super traditional when it comes to wanting to get my family pictures taken every year, and of course I love having them displayed.  This gallery wall is a perfect way to have a more artistic and modern take on the family picture display... Creating this was such a pleasure!   
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 We moved into our home last fall and this project has been in the works for that long.  I wanted it to be perfect AND affordable so I took a lot of time pricing out different framing places.  The winner you ask???  Frames By Mail via the internet was the cheapest way to do a custom frame job.  I highly recommend them. Their customer service was great and I like their online platform a lot.  The only problem I had was when they asked the size of the hole in the matte I gave the exact dimensions of the picture, they cut it out those exact dimensions, which they of course should have.  I just didn't think to adjust to make the center a few centimeters smaller.  So you can imagine it was tricky with my double sided tape getting the pictures to stay. (live and learn...)
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I picked the contrasting black and white for drama and a subtle back drop for the vibrant pictures.  I went with a 1/2" frame.  I wanted different heights in the pictures so I ordered the standard 5x7, 8x10, 11x14 & 16x20.  So they didn't look too odd all displayed together I made the mattes very similar to each other. 
- The two square looking ones are 4" top, and 3" sides.
-The 11x14 is 4" top & 4" side.
-The 16x20 is 5" top and 4" side.
I had to just eye ball and guess what would look good, but I love how it all turned out!
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 I found this gorgeous ottoman at Homegoods of all places.  Love its lines and curves and the contrasting black and white with the nailheads. 
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 A trick when grouping frames like this...
Always make sure the frames come out to an odd number.  "Always group in three's" is a rule of thumb with design, and grouping in odds is just as important.
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 I searched a lot of stores for the perfect floating shelf.  This ikea one with brackets couldn't have been more perfect!  I really love how the white give the frames the perfect display and doesn't take anything away from the focus, just the perfect compliment.  Because of the brackets setting the frames on it make a gap.  I used poster wall putty under the frames to even them out and also the top corners against the wall so that the pictures didn't slide or fall off the shelf.  It worked like a charm!
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 I didn't plan on these 2 smaller frames, but the collection needed them. Instead of ordering more family prints, I decided to frame a subtle black and white scrap book paper.  It give such a nice accent and doesn't take away from the pictures at all.
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 I had my photographer print the pictures in metallic finish.  I had never heard of it before, but I am so glad she suggested it!  The fall leaves look like they have an overlay of gold leaf.  The colors are so vibrant and the pictures pop so gorgeously!
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 Spray paint is my best friend.  I use it almost in every design I do.  The gold vase on the other side needed to be balanced.  So I bought this little white clock from Walmart for $2 and used the Rustoleum metallic gold paint and I am so please with how it turned out! I would have paid over $20 for the same clock!
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I of course wanted some decorative details on the ends.  I didn't want loud color since I have so much going on with the throw pillows.  Silver and Gold was the perfect choice and accent for the sofa and fall leaves.  I knew I need height on one end and that both sides needed color balance.

So there ya have it!  The tricks to the perfect shelf gallery wall!!!

Client Reveal: Master Bedroom

Monday, January 13, 2014


This was such a fun project, and was cut short due to my client getting a job transfer.  I had so much more planned for this room!  But, the important elements were taken care of, furniture and bedding. It hurt my heart to stop when I did. :)  However, I love how it came together!!!
Restoration Hardware NEVER disappoints!  I felt like a kid in a candy shop putting all of these colors, textures and textiles together.  Though this is a very muted combination, it gives enough contrast that it makes such a fabulous statement!
 The zinc collection by RH is SO beautiful in person!  
 These linens!!!!  Need I say more!?
Love the simplicity of this room!  And more importantly I love the countless compliments my client has given me on how much they love this room. 
DESIGNED BY ECLAIR DESIGNS