Thursday, November 20, 2014

Master Bedroom Reveal

Introducing the master bedroom of our "Project Townhouse" client:

The bedding is layered and luxurious, and we are in love with the custom fully upholstered bed.  After experiencing the beauty and quality of this bed with fully padded side and foot rails, we are never just getting headboards again! Everyone deserves a fully upholstered bed in their lifetime and I need one! 

Many thanks to our great clients for giving us artistic license to create for them.   
Thank you Jen Dowell, photographer, for the beautiful photos. Also special thanks to my uber creative daughter-partner Bethany, and my son Michael, our installer,for making  Powell Brower Interiors a dream come true.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Easy Stair Runner

We installed a stair runner for our "Project Townhouse" client this week.  The Genevieve indoor-outdoor runner from Ballard Designs was a stylish, affordable and quick fix and matched her decor and pet-friendly requirements.  Deciding last week that she wanted it done before Thanksgiving, we were able to pull it off within a week, thank you Ballard Designs for quick shipping!

This made a huge impact for the price! 

One of the features that makes this polypropylene runner look more upscale is the addition of 1/2" padding supplied by our local carpet installer.  Each step onto a tread feels padded and comfortable.
We were able to schedule the carpet installer within a day or two so we decided to pay the $250 for it to be done professionally.  We would have tried it ourselves in our own homes, but would rather not experiment on one of our best clients!
I love that professionals always have the cool tools!

The next step was to cut pads for the treads with about an inch clearance from the edge and back of the tread.  These were stapled down with minimal stapling.  Carpet tack strips couldn't be used, as the carpet wasn't thick enough and the tacks would have poked through the carpet...ouch!

Then the installer started with the finished edge on the bottom riser and stapled the carpet onto the riser, using the "crane" to push the carpet under the lip of the tread for a crisp edge, and then stapled it down.

The "crane" tool and the kicker for stretching the carpet taught were the key to a crisp tight fit.  Starting a new piece of runner at the back of a tread made it look more seamless.
Being careful to measure side to side so each stair had the same border measurement of wood on either side of the carpet made for a straight ascent to the top.
The whole job took the professionals one and a half hours and cost $250.  The cost of each ( 1'11" x 7'6") runner was $55 and we ordered 3.  This entire job was $420 (not including 2 day shipping). 

The best part is that her dog "Star" now has some traction going up and down the stairs and is no longer afraid of them....extra bonus!

I am totally confident in trying this on my own stairs now and hope this helps you all, too!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Design for thought

The simplest of images, shapes or designs make a huge impact in numbers!

 Hope you have a great week!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Hot architectural details

A beautiful addition to any home is the application of millwork  trim and moulding panels on walls, ceilings and framing built-ins and kitchens.

Our friend Christine Dovey of Bijou and Boheme is masterful at designing spaces with this premier touch. I sure could use her carpenter for a day, week or year! The next three images are her designs and is pretty much becoming her signature look.

I 've often dreamt of hand painting this look on a wall, but I  came across a great wallpaper alternative to this look from (the always fantastic) Anthropologie:



There's no substitution for a high end look with real millwork, but this is an idea you might ponder.
Even small touches like this trim on closet doors makes a huge impact like in this bedroom makeover by our dear friend Pam, from Simple Details.

Have a great weekend, and stay warm!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Falling for fur

Love these colors, love the mix of textures and love fur. 
 We are sworn animal lovers here and I don't mind saying that we love real fur, in all forms.  

"Ancient Chinese Feng Shui of house design and interior decorating is based on the philosophy that all living things are connected and balance the world." 2

The use of fur and hides in decorating gives a feeling of warmth, earthiness and for us, it reiterates our need to be surrounded by animals.

We sneak it into every project and most rooms in our own homes.  Can you have too much?  Certainly- as with anything use in moderation in decor, but have as many four legged versions as your heart can hold!