Bathroom Design, Decorating, Interior Design, Kitchen Design

The Secret Benefit to Copper Sinks… Anti-Bacteria Properties

You have probably seen the beautiful copper farm sinks that are featured in many french country style kitchens, but did you know that there is much more to them than good looks?

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Hammered copper farmhouse sink.

Copper in the kitchen is a favorite to chefs and home cooks for it’s great looks and even conduction of heat, making it a great choice in cookware.  However, this gorgeous metal has a secret characteristic – it’s natural resistance to bacteria and viruses.  Making it a smart choice for kitchen and bathroom design.

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Copper vessel sink finished in black nickel.

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Copper vessel sink adds sculptural element to this powder room.

It’s true that a copper sink can be an investment but its beauty and anti-bacteria benefits are an added value that might be worth the splurge.  You can find a variety of stylish and unique options available through Etsy, local artisans and even your local bath retailer.

 

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Shop Like a Retailer… Park Hill Collection Opens Entire Product Collection to our Customers

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As we all maneuver through the challenges of Social Distancing and Staying Home, a little retail therapy may be a welcome diversion…

Many of my customer’s comment how fun it must be for me to shop for my store and design projects… Now’s your chance! There’s still time to take advantage of a great opportunity to shop where we shop for the store!

Park Hill Collection, one of my favorite wholesale vendors, is stepping in to help small businesses and our customers.  Park Hill has opened up their entire site for a la Maison Home & Lifestyle customers to shop. Park Hill Collection carries a huge selection of furniture, architectural details, home decor, lighting, tableware and much more.  For anyone loving the modern farmhouse, rustic farmhouse, cottage or french country design styles – you’ll find all kinds of treasures!

You are unable to place your order directly through their website, but orders can be placed directly with us.  Just shop the link below and call us at 315-440-6637 with your order.  We can finalize your order and payment right over the phone.  We will deliver local Onondaga County deliveries right to your doorstep.  Appropriate shipping charges to out of town orders would be applied.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call 315-440-6637.

Shop Park Hill Collection:

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Stay safe and healthy!

Michele

Before & Afters, Decorating, Events, Interior Design, Living Beautifully, Redesign & Interior Style

Photo Shoot Day for this Lovely MWG Custom Homes Lake House

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I had the pleasure of working with Heidi Ferguson of Simply Heidi Photography on the photo shoot of this gorgeous new custom built Cross Lake home.   I’ve watched this MWG Custom Homes house develop from studs to completion and had the pleasure of working with both the builder and homeowners through the process.

It’s always exciting to see a finished design project – even better through the eyes of an artist!

Cross Lake House I brought in additional accessories and decor to style the spaces, working with what the homeowners already had in place – making adjustments as needed to prep for the photographer… then Heidi did the magic with her camera – bringing out the best in every room.

All and all it was a fun and productive day… Stay tuned for photos soon!

 

 

 

 

 

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Parade of Homes 2019

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I was thrilled to have the opportunity to work MWG Custom Homes on the design and interior styling of their beautiful “Tiffany”.  This 4,200 square foot home is packed with stunning details that were uniquely designed for the buyers.

This year’s Parade of Homes runs through Sunday, October 29th and is located in the new Wildflower development on Hollyshire Way in Clay, New York.  I hope you have an opportunity to view this and the other beautiful model homes open for display – your sure to find inspiration for building your dream home… or your next design project!

 

Decorating, Floral arrangements and Interior Landscaping, Living Beautifully

White Peony Hoop Wreath – For your garden gate… or the bride?

I love the look of a beautiful hoop wreath adorned with fresh flowers – great for summer special event decor, but their life is short lived in the summer heat.

I decided to work on creating the same look with high quality faux greenery and flowers. The challenge is creating the same airy look and movement of fresh greens – artificial greens often can appear stiff.

I settled on white peonies with soft greens and white accent flowers.

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Because this wreath would be out in the summer heat.  Hot glue was not an option so I used floral wire to wind the greenery around the 14″ wooden hoop.

Peony hoop wreath 1Then, used floral tape to create clusters of white peonies and peony leaves together before wiring them on the bottom of the hoop.  The final step – adding a bit of willow green organza ribbon at the top.

peony hoop wreath 3The completed piece truly looks like the real thing… minus the wilting worries. This is a great summer garden accent – perfect for the front door, garden gate or porch.

It would also make a lovely decorative addition to a garden wedding, or even a unique and contemporary alternative to a traditional bridal bouquet.

Happy Summer, all!

Michele

 

Before & Afters, Decorating, Living Beautifully, Redesign & Interior Style

Kitchen Redesign – Correcting Dated & Dangerous Design

Moccasin Path - Kitchen 4 beforeThis kitchen at first glance was pretty nice – quality wood cabinets and already updated with granite countertops.  You almost don’t notice that the cabinets go straight across the gas stove – only 18″ inches above the open flame burners.  Definitely not a safe distance for cooking – nor built to code.

With the recent addition of two spacious pantries on the right wall of the kitchen, storage wasn’t an issue, so the cabinets over the stove had to go.

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An added bonus was the opportunity to also update the dated tile backsplash that was used throughout the kitchen.  We made quick work of removing that as well.

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An off-white distressed subway tile with a dark taupe/gray grout was selected to coordinate with the existing granite.

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We decided to take the tile all the way up to the ceiling on both walls, which created height and really brightened up the room.

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I always think of installing the grout as the easy part of the job, but it is really a workout for your arms when you’re grouting this much tile all at once!

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With the messy grout job complete, it was time to install a new stainless steel hood vent, and reclaimed wood floating shelves on the new tile wall.  The existing wood cabinets got a good cleaning and new matte black pulls for an updated look.

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Then the fun stuff begins – styling!  Wired bottles, cookbooks and cooking essentials are both practical and pretty – bringing a touch of updated farmhouse to this kitchen.

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The overall feel is spacious and bright.  Pair that with the tons of storage, ample work surface and multiple seating areas, I’d say this is a pretty great kitchen for both cooking and entertaining.  A win win!

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Our Favorite Things… Spring Stems and Greenery

This polar vortex is really grabbing a good portion of the country. Here is Central New York, we woke up to below zero temperatures with a wind chill factor of -24 degrees!

However, I’m focusing on what’s going on inside – a new shipment of beautiful spring stems and succulents!

Nothing chases the cold away like a room full of flowers and greenery. There’s no time like the present to bring the look into your house – whether fresh or faux. Plants and flowers bring warm and happy thoughts of spring and summer.

Here are a couple of my favorites:

Floral branches in white and green. I love a brimming vase of all white and green flowers. It’s so organic, elegant and feminine. Fill a vase and see what it does for a room – just lovely!

Creamy cabbage roses.
White peonies arranged in a rustic green metal can.
Faux Queen Anne’s Lace with ferns.
White and green floral stems ready and waiting for an afternoon of flower arranging.
A mantel decked out for spring with white and green.

Succulents and ferns. Both succulents and ferns are typically easy care options for fresh indoor plants. However, if you are really busy, faux is the way to go. Today’s faux greenery is gorgeous and hard to spot.

Faux succulent and boxwood spheres in various sizes and styles.

Faux succulents arrangements work perfectly on a interior stone wall. No watering required!
Potted ferns are always ready to go at the store. Tuck them in anywhere for a quick pop of green.

Greenery adds a pop of color to this black and white tablescape.

Options abound, so don’t let winter get you down… just bring in the green!

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Our Favorite Things… Pottery Inspired by Nature

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It’s January in Central New York and I’m already dreaming about spring… Sunshine, fresh green foliage and flowers – I can’t wait!

In the meantime, there are so many ways to bring the outdoors in – including freshening up your tablescape.  Fresh flowers, centerpieces and seasonal linens are always an option to bring in natural elements, but how about your dinnerware?

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This gorgeous Riviera pottery is designed by the famous French floral designer, Christian Tortu. The detailed design on these Hydrangea leaf salad plates are amazing.

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Whether used in your tablescape, as appetizer plates for your spring gathering, or adorning a sidetable or night stand – they are sure to add a refreshing touch of nature.

pottery - white beaded platter bowl with laurel leaf plate

These petite Laurel Leaf plates are a perfect little dish for olives, condiments… plus how pretty would it be on a bedside tables and a little jewelry tray for rings and such?

pottery - hydrangea leaf salad plate

Simply to pretty to hide away – consider using them as art when not in use – hang them with plate hangers or display them on your mantel or buffet with an table top easel.  Stunning!

Before & Afters, Decorating, Furniture & Accessories, Living Beautifully, Redesign & Interior Style

70’s Colonial Redesign – Dining Room

So excited to get to work on this 70’s colonial.  This house has great bones, a huge kitchen and a fantastic backyard… just needs a bit of updating to make it feel like home.

Since the first thing you see when you walk in the door is the dining room, so that was the first project to tackle.

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For instant gratification, a fresh paint job (walls in taupe-greige and ceiling in a soft gray-blue), a new area rug and window treatments were the answer.

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To keep costs down, we elected to work with furniture that we already  owned with the exception of two new distressed leather upholstered chairs and a new chandelier.

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I love the rustic feel of this chandelier – almost looks barbed wire – with subtle lightly brushed gold accents.

I’ve been obsessed with these distressed leather-covered dining chairs since I got them in my store, and knew they would be a perfect replacement for the arm chairs at the head of the dining room table.

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This room was starting to remind me our of trips to California wine country and Sedona, AZ.

Luckily the dining room is huge, so I was able to include a special family heirloom – my grandparents piano, along with a couple of favorite Stickley pieces and a great accent chair.

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All and all the room feels like home.  It’s warm and inviting and ready for guests, which is a good thing since our first family gathering is tonight!

 

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New Life for Tired Flowers

One of the easiest ways to breath a little life into a fresh cut flower arrangement that’s starting to fade is a fresh water and a snip of the stems.
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Look over the flowers and discard any that are truly past their prime (limp or browning petals, etc). Working with the flowers that have potential, remove them from the vase so you can thoroughly rinse out the vase and add fresh water.

Because you’ll probably working with less flowers/greenery, now is the perfect time to get creative and re-arrange the stems to create a totally new arrangement. Many times, I’ll opt for a trio of smaller vases to create a little floral vignette for a new centerpiece or accent to a tray.

Select the vases or vessels you’ll be working with and clip the stems at an angle to the appropriate high for the vase and style of arrangement you wish to create.

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If desired, add fresh greenery (I’ve just mixed in a bit of lilac greenery that I slipped from the yard) and embellish with ribbon if desired.

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Quick and easy updates that will prolong the life of your flowers!