Monday, July 21, 2014

New Project

One of our current projects is a master bedroom for a current client whose living room we completed in February.  We call her our #bestclientever since she makes up her mind quickly, gives us artistic license to do what we think looks best and loves whatever we do! Did we mention how much we LOVE our job?

We repurposed an old dresser of hers and turned it into a media center.  You can see the dresser makeover here.  It is her favorite piece in the room!

She is starting from scratch in her master bedroom.  We offered her two looks:

She chose Natural Glam but with the upholstered bed from the 2nd plan.  Can't wait to pull it altogether and make their Master Bedroom their dream room!

Have a great week friends!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Artful Friday

Some beautiful art for this Friday's inspiration..enjoy!

             Regard XIV by Benedicte Gele

             L’aquarium by Georges Braque

 At the Beach by Martha Walker

     Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida En la yola (Zarauz), 1910

              Four Boys on a Beach by Winslow Homer

  by Jeremy Lipking

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

DIY leather and wood shelf

This project isn't brain surgery but I continue to have fun with projects in our design business.  Putting my 'hand stamp' on things in a room makes it feel more special, plus I'm a 'hands on' kind of girl and my brain is always conjuring up and testing new ideas.  This one is unbelievably simple.

1. Find some matching leather belts ( I got mine at a thrift store for 1.50@) and cut off the buckle. Make the 2 straps the same length and 'square' the ends.

2.  Cut your scrap of wood the length you need. I made mine 24" x 8" long so it would span the 16" wall studs.

3. Figure out the placement of the shelf on your walls and mark the studs.  Nail right through the leather into the wall studs.

4.  Place the shelf between the leather straps.  No real need to adhere the straps to the wood; it's not going anywhere!

I don't know of an easier way to make and hang a shelf!  Hope you can use this idea! 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Toxic rug pads? No more!

One of our decorating obsessions at Powell Brower Interiors is RUGS--timeless, classic, antique, turkish, oriental and uniquely designed rugs. We have not been obsessed with rug pads, until now...

Did you know some rug pads can be TOXIC? yikes

"Roughly 90% of all rug pads come from overseas.   They are chemically rich and toxic breeding grounds for odor causing bacteria and VOC emissions.   In addition, the petrochemical oils in pvc pads can often dissipate into the floor, permanently marring and discoloring your floor finishes over time,"  according to W.McDonald at

Admittedly I did not know alot about rug pads and have been guided by cost in the past, like most consumers. I have used the cheap plastic( synthetic latex) open grid type ...until now.

I have found that same grid mark impressed onto my hardwood floors and it is not easy to remove. Little did I know this type of rug pad is most often toxic, disintegrates and doesn't last.

Enter RUGPADUSA's Premium Lock felt rug pad.  These kind folks were generous enough to ship us a felt rug pad for review, and man, are the blinder's off and I'm getting educated about rug pads!

This is their top recommended rug pad for orientals, natural fibers, and flat weaves on hardwood floors.
It is  USA made with 100% felt on top and natural rubber on the bottom. The layer is heat pressed together with no added glue or chemicals (low VOC's).  Use as shown on hardwoods, tile, concrete, etc. or flip it over with rubber on top for application of an area rug on top of wall-to-wall carpeting.

They have a 20 year warranty, no odor, free shipping, free custom cutting, and free returns!  No that's customer service! Plus they have a Trade account program for designer's.

Be smart in choosing rug pads that are eco-friendly, made in the USA and the right choice to protect your rug and floor investment.  Please consider RugpadsUSA as your rug pad source!

Have a great week!


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Sconces Part Deux

Load up on 'em, you've weighed in and they are definitely stepping up their game.  This round of draft pick sconces are not only functional but also glammy!