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HAPPY AUTIUMN 2016

 

 

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We loved this from AD and thought our viewers would too - great advise!

Step one: Treat the tiny space as a fun creative challenge

A living room is often the hub of a house, but when it’s cramped and narrow, choosing and arranging furniture can feel like an impossible math problem. It’s a conundrum that New York interior designer Christina Murphy encounters all too often in her work with city-dwelling clients. As with any space, though, she approaches a small living room strategically: “Assessing the room’s assets and making those the focal point as much as possible is the best way to make the room appealing,” she says. If it’s got great light, play that up with lighter colors to create a sense of expansiveness; if it has a stunning fireplace, draw attention to it. From there, she offers these pro tips for maximizing your space.

Scale down
In a narrow living room, every piece of furniture matters. Choose leaner tables and wall sconces to save much-needed floor space. For seating, tight-back sofas and club chairs are your friends, says Murphy: “They can be a lot less deep than loose-back options while still being just as comfortable.” The small scale of these yellow chairs, for example, allows for extra seating flanking the fireplace.

Get creative
Limited space challenges you to think beyond seating conventions. “I love built-in banquettes since they’re efficient, maximizing space and conversation areas,” says Murphy. If the room is narrow but also long, she recommends placing sofas back to back to allow for two seating areas.

Trick the eyes
“Having several different lighting sources at different heights will draw your eye to different areas of the room, making it feel bigger and more interesting,” says Murphy. She also recommends adding a larger attention-getter to balance scale, such as a piece of art or built-in bookshelves, like those shown here.

 

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For 20 years, New York–based floral designer Ariella Chezar has crafted remarkable flower arrangements for the White House, the pages of shelter magazines, countless parties, and the popular Flower School New York. Now, she’s sharing her secrets in the new book The Flower Workshop (Ten Speed Press, $25). “I want people to come away with a solid understanding of my approach to combining colors,” says Chezar. “Building on tones is a very practical and, dare I say, easy way to ensure that the flowers you choose will work together.” Growing up in the country gave Chezar a deep appreciation for nature, and she lets her creations of flowers, branches, and fruits go just a little bit wild as a result. The book offers step-by-step guides to more than 45 seasonal displays, from simple single-flower bouquets to a curtain of vividly orange marigolds. “The process of making a flower arrangement involves many of the same principles that go into making fine art,” writes Chezar. She takes on the roles of both painter and florist, keeping color, texture, focal points, and the flower varieties themselves in mind as she builds her enviable arrangements. With the help of Chezar’s lessons, you can make them too, whether you need a Monday pick-me-up or a centerpiece for your next party.

Here, stems of vibrant blue delphiniums fade from deep cobalt to pale robin’s egg.

A mix of dramatic parrot tulips and the larger French variety in peaches, yellows, and corals will always be a crowd-pleaser.

Autumnal euonymus branches, with leaves tinged red and orange, are complemented by dahlias in shades of pink. “The beauty of a branch lies in its architecture,” writes Chezar.

When a special occasion calls for a more elaborate display, Chezar’s arrangement inspired by Dutch paintings fits the bill. It features a plethora of spring flowers, including tulips, ranunculus, and chrysanthemums.

 

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Trunks can be a great way to add a special look to many areas of your home. At the foot of the bed is a great way to add to the bedroom’s theme. The right size trunk is the best alternative option to a coffee table and could add all the charm. If you’re lucky to have a trunk that’s not only interesting to look at, but tall enough to act as a buffet-style table, then you must use it in your home’s decor! Whether in the foyer, hallway or in the living room, a trunk brings the nooks and crannies of your house to life. Think creative when you find a trunk you love.

Shop Trunks

18th century Italian antique storage trunk made of wood and chinghiale fur (wild boar of Tuscany). Very primitive looking, rustic and unique, it was originally used for traveling.

Large Early American Trunk

Large Italian Country Trunk

Large French Steamer Trunk

Antique Woven Rattan & Leather Travel Trunk

 

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Gail Smith-Peterson

Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson

Simple Autumn Delights
Each new season holds anticipation of experiences we want to have. Keeping that in mind is helpful and certainly take some planning. Though it’s the simple delights of the season that we can enjoy all season long any day of the week. I hope you have fun and this year make time to do them all!

Visiting farmers markets, preparing meals, baking and gathering with family and friends,

My design tip: Use what’s in season for cooking, keep it casual and most of all savor the time with those you love to be with.

xo,
Gail
TEAM & Lifestyle Vintage Contributor
Visit Casual Loves Elegance at OMERO home.
Photo source: All photos Pinterest

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Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson

Barber Shops
Have you recently noticed the cool gentlemen’s barber - shaving shops popping up? It’s a reflection of the past that I hope really takes off again.  A cool way for our guys to sit in the barber chair and have a connection to their Pops!  Showcasing vintage barber pieces can be a artful statement in a gentlemen's bath.

This old vintage Barber Pole light is found at Omero Home

My design tip: Framing your Grandfathers shaving tools in a shadow box or old cabinet would be artful.

Enjoy this lovely weekend.

xo,
Gail
Team & Lifestyle Vintage Contributor
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OMERO home. Photo source: All photos Pinterest

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Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson
Game Time and Tailgating
A fun tradition that everyone can participate in. Maybe you already have an “A” game tailgate ceremony that you can’t wait to roll out. You’ve got the lucky thermoses, your famous game chili, secret spiced popcorn and your touchdown cookies. All you need is the perfect backdrop and accoutrements to add the winning touch.

Tailgating has been a beloved fan tradition for many years.

My design tip: Have fun looking for vintage banners of your team, hang them with vintage clothes pins.

A beautiful weekend to you,

xo,
Gail
Team & Lifestyle Vintage Contributor
Visit Casual Loves Elegance at Omero Home.
Photo source: All photos Pinterest

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Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson
Autumn Walk
Set out on a trail this Autumn, lace up those walking shoes, find a cool sturdy branch for a walking stick & pack a delicious picnic to take along. Explore a little or a lot, let’s appreciate nature’s beauty as it’s changing right before us. Embrace this new season together. Covet a few twigs or pretty leaves & bring them home with you to savor the season.

Natural wonders to explore around the world.

My design tip: Natures gifts remind us that were surround by beauty, a simple acorn or leaf is a symbol of the season. Take the time to gather a few for your home.
1. Central Park, NY
2. Tollymore Forest, Ireland
3 .Ramsau near Bavarian Alps
4. Yosemite Valley, California
5. Great Smokey Mountains, Tennessee
6. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
7. Zion National Park, Utah
8. Nicolet bay, Wisconsin

A gorgeous first weekend of September to you, Happy Labor Day

xo, Gail
Team & Lifestyle Vintage Contributor
Visit Casual Loves Elegance at OMERO Home
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Farewell August ~ Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson

Let’s enjoy this last weekend of Summer making sandcastles, finding seashells, lounging around, eating frozen pops, backing a rustic homemade cake and garnishing it beautifully with fresh fruit from the garden.  With the extra fruit you can make some infused to water to sip all day, tastes like summer!


It’s fun to imagine dreamy summer cottages too!

No matter where and how you spend your weekend, I hope it’s over the top.

 

My design tip: Celebrate each season with a beginning and a end, but cherish the in between.
 

xo,

Gail
Team & Lifestyle Vintage Contributor
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All photos: Pinterest

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Saturday’s “Designing with Vintage” with Gail Smith-Peterson
Palest Pinks
Summers longest days are here, it’s coming to the close of August my favorite month of the year. It holds special memories and it’s the month we’re celebrating my anniversary and birthday. In my home I try to keep my favorite pale pink color minimal. Flowers from the garden and mostly a few vintage accessories, my boys and husband appreciate that I’m sure…Today I’m sharing a few photographs I’ve taken to give you an idea how I use those touches of pale pink in and around my home. I hope this inspires that you too can do. This is useful for any color that you love, but not desire to saturate your space with.


A garden bench, a campaign bed up in the garden house with vintage fabrics.

 

Pale pink heirloom roses from my garden have a delicious lemony fragrance.

 


In the kitchen tea towels and a sucre tin planted with mint. A pink metal stool, a vintage find I love.

 


This pretty variety of hydrangea on my table with a one hundred wishes.


The palest of pink, was what I was dreaming of when designing my wedding gown, it came true!

My design tip: If your favorite color is a bit much for your decor, bring it in for your favorite occasion.  Bring each family members favorite color in on their special occasion, they will love you for it.
xo,
Gail
TEAM & Lifestyle Vintage Contributor
Visit Casual Loves Elegance at Omero Home
Photo source: All photos by Gail Smith-Peterson

 

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