Category Archives: Connecticut Interior Decorator

SEASONAL TOUCHES TO GIVE YOUR HOME A BOOST THIS FALL

Whether you are refreshing your home this fall to “wow” prospective buyers or holiday guests, embrace the new season with warm hues and beautiful textures that can create an inviting palette to your home decor.

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Start with the Front Door
Curb appeal makes the best first impression to create a welcoming touch that carries through into the rest of the home. A bountiful wreath, a graphic welcome mat, colorful potted plants and lanterns for the front porch will add instant warmth and seasonal style.

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The Heart of the Home
Everyone is attracted to the kitchen and dining area. Draw inspiration from nature with a linen or grass cloth runner for the dining table paired with a harvest bouquet centerpiece. Hang leaf wreaths and garlands and fill wooden bowls and baskets with a mix of apples, pears and nuts.

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Inviting & Chic Living Spaces
Give a neutral living area an inviting boost with accents such as plush pillows, cable knit throws, cozy rugs, floor to ceiling curtains and wall art – mix textures and fabrics in on-trend leather, velvet, suede and tiger prints. Create unique mantel or coffee table vignettes with glass hurricanes filled with gourds and acorns paired with metallic votives to add glimmers of warmth.

Photo Source: William Sonoma Home and Pottery Barn

Cozy Retreat
Switch out summer bedding for fresh linens and layer fluffy comforters or duvets with textured quilts, cozy throws and accent pillows in an array of rich colors and fabrics in velvet, suede and faux fur for pure seasonal comfort.

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Stylish Trends To Celebrate The Season

‘Tis the season to add festive cheer to your decor. No matter what holiday you are celebrating, we have some great tips for bringing that special glow into your homes. Happy decorating!

Shimmer & Sparkle
Silver and gold metallics will add chic style to any neutral room. We love the elegance of a mantle or dining table adorned with antique mercury glass candle holders and votives, classic white candles, touches of greenery and white amaryllis.

A Mix of Fabrics and Textures 
Mix and match cozy fabrics and materials such as faux fur blankets, chunky knit throws, quilted velvet stockings, leather poufs, burlap pillows and red plaid fabrics. It’s a perfect way to layer in warmth an luxury to any space.

Rustic Charm
Bring in elements from nature for a rustic look by using fresh evergreen and winterberry wreaths and trimmings paired with pinecones, twigs and fruit. Then pair with nostalgic touches such as embroidered pillows with wintry imagery and vintage designs, plaid dinnerware, ornaments and frames.

Creative Accents
Fill glass bowls and vases with colorful ornaments, candy, nuts, pinecones, pomegranates, kumquats or cranberries then top with a pillar candle for a unique accent. Try recycling wine bottles and use as candlesticks by replacing labels with metallic wrap or a bow. The possibilities are endless!

For more stylish ideas visit our Holiday Decor Trends Pinterest board here: www.pinterest.com/decortrends

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MAKE YOUR THANKSGIVING TABLE MEMORABLE

Holidays spent with friends and family is something we should all feel grateful for. So why not make your Thanksgiving guests feel extra special by setting an unforgettably welcoming table to gather around? Whether your style is casual or formal, we have some tips for setting the tone (and table) that’s right for you.

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1. Use Warm, Rich Autumn Hues
Mix and match neutral dinnerware and table linens with pops of whimsical colors of the season – oranges, reds, yellows and browns. For a more formal and cohesive look, try to limit patterns and colors to no more than two.

2. Mix and Match Styles 
For a modern twist, replace the traditional table cloth with natural woven placemats or chargers paired with more formal fine china and and glassware.

3. Use Elements With Different Textures 
Add depth to your centerpiece by layering natural, rustic elements such as pumpkins, gords, twigs and pinecones with a mix of shiny silver and gold metallic votives and candleholders.

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4. Be Creative For A Unique Look  
Have fun by using items from nature in unexpected ways — spray pumpkins with copper or gold metallic paint, place fall flowers in gourd vases, attach a simple name tag to  a colorful pear, use bark edged wood for chargers, ask guests to write what they are thankful for on small  cards and hang from a bouquet of branches, etc.

Click here to visit our Thanksgiving Tablescapes Pinterest board for more creative ideas!
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Function and Style – Two Key Elements in This Bathroom Makeover

We recently helped a young couple with a new baby remodel and decorate their dated bath/laundry area so that they could enjoy comfort, functionality and style for many years to come. If you are considering a bathroom remodel, we hope our before and after photos below provide inspiration for creating your dream bathroom – please contact us if you need our help!

Cordani Hall Bath Vanity & Light B&A

White vanities, quartz countertops and carrara marble continue to be on trend. We gave this dated bathroom a stylish update with faux carrara marble flooring (that wouldn’t break the budget), bright white paint for vanity, molding and trim, and a soft neutral gray wall color. The quartz countertop, polished chrome faucets and hardware, framed whited mirror and vanity lighting completed the design our client had envisioned.

Cordani Hall Bath Floor With Shower B&A

Finding the right shower design that would be perfect for bathing a baby was a small challenge. We started from scratch with a new porcelain tub, white subway tile and glass tile accent enclosure, shelf insert for storage, and a single handle chrome shower head and faucet. The frameless french glass shower doors not only adds style but allows great functionality when bathing a child.

Cordani Laundry Closet B&A verticle

This laundry closet transformation was top on our client’s list. She needed easier access, a place for storage and folding clothes, as well as a way to hang wet clothes with ease. We created a more functional space including new front load washer and dryer, new cabinets and hanging bar, a formica countertop, and new mission style closet doors. We also provided some extra space by moving the wall back.

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Top Bathroom Design Trends That Will Add To Your Resale Value

Like every other room in the house, homeowners and buyers today are interested in bathrooms that provide comfort, functionality and style. Whether you’re thinking of some basic upgrades or a full transformation for your outdated bathroom, we’re here to help! The following tips along with images we chose on Houzz.com feature some of the latest design trends that will provide pleasure now as well as increase value down the road when ready to sell.

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Seamless Walk-In Showers
This popular shower style provides a sleek, contemporary look and is a safe option for all ages as well as easy to clean. Integrating a frameless door with tile surround on walls and floor can also make a small space feel larger.

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Calm Colors

Permanent features such as tile, flooring and vanities in calm, neutral colors such as whites, grays or beiges are a perfect backdrop for modern, timeless appeal. Walls in soothing blue or green hues, brushed metal fixtures and splashes of bright accents will add a tranquil, spa-like ambience.

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Natural Elements 

Choose vanities and counter tops in a range of earthy materials such as wood, natural stone and river rock mixed with accessories such as natural woven baskets and rugs, plants and botanical artwork to add beautiful texture to your design. Geometric wallpaper prints (as shown above) are also hot now for adding a personal touch that can easily be removed later.

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Mixing Tile Patterns
Tile continues to be in the spotlight but the emphasis is on using creative patterns (such as herringbone in photo above) as well as incorporating a mix of contrasting sizes and materials to give visual depth and a sophisticated look.

High Efficiency Features
Since bathrooms use the most amount of water in most homes, this is the room that is increasingly designed with eco-friendly features in mind. Fixtures such as single-hole, motion-activated faucets, dual-flush toilets and water efficient shower-heads all reduce water usage and will appeal to any buyer looking for a green, cost-effective home.

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