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Do you remember when I told you about these fantastic books we came across at High Point back in October? Well, our books finally arrived. We also ordered a large variety of traditional ‘old books’ with aged spines in solid colors such as blue, red and beige. They are great to use in decorating book shelves and side tables.
However, for something unique, I thought these books were really fun. They are sold as a set of 5 for $165. I think they are fantastic! A few sets just might have to make their way into my own home!
We hope everyone is enjoying their holiday time! We are opened our regular hours this week, but will close a little early on Saturday, December 31st and will be closed on January 1st. We look forward to seeing you in 2012!
Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
It has been a couple of crazy months at Heather Scott Home & Design. Scott and I have been enjoying the festivities since we decorated the store November 1st! We are so glad Christmas is finally here!
As if we didn’t have enough to do already, Allison and I spent Wednesday night decorating a gingerbread house (or should I say ‘fantasyland beach cottage’) as part of my friend’s, Stacy Naquin, gingerbread decorating contest.
If you ‘like’ the house, you can go to her facebook page and ‘like’ it there. The contest has two judges who will be the final deciders, but their vote is influenced by the number of ‘likes’. The winner gets some cool audio equipment for the home.
Here is her website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stacy-Naquin-Interiors/160797013945101
And let me just say, as a first time gingerbread house decorator, there is a lot more that goes into putting together a gingerbread house than I ever imagined. 4 hours of ‘set’ time? Really?
Now, onto some practical tips about lighting. Make sure you file this info away for future reference. I use these numbers all the time and regularly get questions about light fixture placement.
I know, a lot of decorating ‘rules’ are meant to be broken, but you can’t break them if you don’t even know what they are. So, here goes for some key lighting ‘rules’:
Chandeliers – often used in a dining room or entry hall
- Tip #1- How high to hang the chandelier
The bottom of a chandelier should be about 6ft9” to 7’3” from floor and 30”-36” above the surface of the table (30” with 8ft ceiling, 33” for 9ft, 36” for 10ft). There should be at least 18 to 24 inches of clearance between the bottom of a fixture and the height of a taller person
- Tip #2- How to determine the right size chandelier
To determine the correct size of chandelier, a good starting point is to add the length and width of a room and then use that number as the diameter of the fixture. For example, a 12’ by 12’ room becomes 12+12= 24, so 24” is the rough starting point for the size of the hanging fixture. I think light fixtures are the jewelry of a room and always go by the ‘bigger is better’ mantra. Skimpy looking light fixtures are not for me.
- Tip #3- How big should the chandelier be over a dining table
Start with tip #2 to get your basic dimension, then figure fixture should be 12” -24” narrower than the width of the table it hangs over. Again, if in doubt, go bigger.
Pendants – often used over a kitchen island or bar area
- Tip #4- How high to hang pendants
Hang pendants 30”-35” above counter height or 72” above the floor.
- Tip # 5- How many pendants do you need
The pendants should be 12” smaller than the width of the table (ex., 2 lights for 3ft counter). This ‘rule’ is a hard one because so many factors come into play.
Wall Sconces: often used in bathrooms, in hallways or beside mantels
- Tip #6: What type of sconce should I use
In bathrooms, a single light fixture on either side of a mirror (as shown above) is much better than 1 overhead with 3 lights on it.
- Tip #7: Where should sconces be placed
In the bathroom: 5’6” above the finished floor (AFF- meaning once your floor is installed).
In a hallway or stairwell: 5’6” above nearest tread at stairwell
On either side of a mantel: 15-18” above the mantel
- Tip #8: What size lamp you need to read by (i.e., functional lighting)
You generally want your lamps to be about 56-60” AFF. Usually lamps are 27-30” H on tables that are 29-30” H
- Tip #9: What size floor lamp you need to read by (i.e., functional lighting)
Floor lamps are 60-66”H, but if used next to an armchair, try a 54”
- Tip #10 What type light bulb you should use
Since this is a blog about making things look good, I’m going to side step the environmental issue and say hands down designers prefer a GE Reveal light bulb (yes, incandescent light). You can have a beautiful room, but if the lighting is bad it can bring the whole feeling down. Do yourself (and your guests) a favor and invest a little bit more in some good light bulbs.
I hope this post helps you when it comes to selecting new light fixtures for your home. If you are looking for new light fixtures of any shape, size or form, swing by to check out the catalogs for some of our favorite vendors. We would love to help you out!
A lot of designers are big fans of the line Bungalow 5. If you aren’t familiar with them, you can see their website here:
Just to give you a taste of their look:
We have carried several of their furniture pieces and have some fun ones in stock now. We also just received these lamps:
The lamps are turquoise ceramic, 30.5”hx 17”d. At $585 each they are not inexpensive, however, when you look at them you can tell they are quality. We have a pair in stock now. When you come by ask us to show you some of the other Bungalow 5 pieces we have in stock. See you soon!
When I signed up for my ‘mastermind’ group with Tobi Fairley, I was excited to learn there would be 2 members in my session from Texas, one from Dallas and one from Houston. We’ve just had our 3rd session and I am going to share with you some of the wonderful work by Denise McGaha, from Denise McGaha Interiors in Dallas, TX.
Denise is an amazing business woman and designer. No matter what is going on, she is always chic and put together. Here is a photo of our group last week in Little Rock:
I am second on the left looking slightly exhausted, while there is Denise in the middle with her stylish pose.
Denise started her firm over 10 years ago, after working for Neiman Marcus and helping to launch their online division. She has a natural sense of what is stylish and has a certain level of taste which comes from working with luxury goods.
You can see her website here:
Denise just did an amazing space in Dallas at the “Home of Tomorrow Designs” in the state fair. Her home was the “renovated home”, if you happened to attend.
I just love this room! The wood wall adds so much character to the space. The wood is reclaimed barn wood from Ohio.
The light fixtures really make the room, as does the art and accessories. Much of the lighting is from one of our favorite manufacturers, Currey & Co. Look closely and see if you can pick up on a theme in the space (hint, hint: shapes).
Many of the furnishings came from Hickory Chair, a lovely high end upholstery and case goods line.
During this time frame, Hickory Chair launched a partnership with Hable Construction and she was lucky enough to work with Katherine Hable in selecting various fabrics for the furniture, pillows and draperies.
You can barely see this orange popping up on the sofa in the form of pillows.
This dot pattern is used on the window treatments and additional pillows.
Here are a few other photos from the event:
Notice the interesting wall décor here. Denise was on a budget for the space, so she made an interesting display out of shears she picked up and basic white frames. A fun and unique way to fill some open wall space affordably.
Off the living room was the kitchen and it will make you say ‘wow’:
My first thought when I saw this was Missoni- and it turns out Denise was inspired by their use of chevrons, color and pattern. The bright, yellow stove is an Italian Bertazonni which was painted in Ferrari yellow from the Ferrari factory!
Here is another interesting trick- Denise used fabric as a backsplash and protected it with glass. Talk about low commitment. If you are afraid to put a backsplash tile up you think my be trendy, here is a very creative way around that problem. For those of you thinking that ‘backsplash’ looks familiar, here it is:
If you like pattern and color, you may recognize this as one of Trina Turk’s prints. Here is another view of the kitchen, I love the appliances. You can see the detail of the chevron floor tile better here.
The master bathroom uses reclaimed wood on the countertops and mirror frames.
Here is another creative aspect- look at the horizontal bands of paint which morph into tile once reaching the glass enclosure. Great way to allow your eye to continue throughout the space and make the area appear larger!
You can read a little more about the showhome here: http://www.candysdirt.com/2011/10/05/state-fairs-house-future-ready-today/
I feel like the showhome was a little more rustic than Denise’s typical work, which you can see from these photos:
However, I think this just shows Denise’s talent as she is able to easily transition from one style into another realm and still have the rooms look fabulous and maintain ‘couture’ level of detail. I encourage you to check out Denise’s website and blog to learn more about her practice, particularly if you live in the Dallas area.
I found researching Denise’s approach to using materials creatively a great inspiration to challenge myself to think outside of the box for my design projects!
Scott and I found some fabulous wood lamps when we were at High Point and they have already arrived. These lamps are really rich. Heavy, turned and painted wood. I am convinced lamps are the jewelry of the room and if there is one place to splurge, this is it!
These lamps start at $400 and go up to about $875 for the floor lamps. See them in person and you will know they are worth it!
One more reminder- tomorrow (Thursday) is our Holiday Soiree- hope we get to see you there!
I hope you enjoyed last week’s post about Lilly Pulitzer fabrics. This week we wanted to share some exciting news- Heather Scott Home & Design is going to be the retailer in Austin, TX to carry the exciting, new Lilly Pulitzer furniture line!
I showed you a client’s project last week which includes Lilly fabric, and it also has several Lilly furniture pieces:
Some of these pieces are from the new Lilly Home line:
You can look at their website here: http://www.lillypulitzerhome.com/
These are a couple of the custom upholstered pieces we will be using:
This is a new venture and the company has a number of great products for your living room, dining room and bedroom. Tobi Fairley wrote a blog post recently about this new line and showed some great photos from the Highpoint market. You should check it out here:
This line is not your predictable furnishing source. They have some really fun and unique pieces, such as these:
Jewelry Armoire in white or pink:
Shoe pouf ottomans- this ottoman opens and has built-in storage compartments around the edges to store shoes. Next year it will be available in other colors. It could fit easily in a closet or bedroom.
There are several fabulous banquettes and settees which can really add interest to your home:
Scott and I are really excited for our order to begin arriving. We are already planning an event in the new year when the furniture and fabrics arrive. If you are a Lilly fan, be sure to sign up for our enewsletter to be notified of the event when it happens:
In the meantime, visit the Lilly Pulitzer Home website to learn more about all her fun pieces and let us know if you need any additional information about the products!
Also, don’t forget our Holiday Soiree this week with Austin Home Magazine! It is Thursday night the 8th between 5pm and 8pm. Be sure to RSVP: email@example.com. See you there!