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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

Interior Design, Interior Styling, Living Beautifully, Master Bedrooms

New Lake House – Serene Master Bedroom with a View

The homeowners and builder, MWG Custom Homes, made sure to take advantage of every opportunity to view the lake in this newly built home. The master bedroom was no exception.

The soft coastal color palette creates a relaxing vacation-home feeling that they enjoy each day.

The homeowners said they enjoy coffee in the morning and a glass of wine in the evening in the extremely comfortable chaise loungers, which during the winter are faced into the room… come spring, they face outward towards the beautiful sunset.

The wall of windows mirrors those in the dining area at the end of the kitchen – adding balance to the exterior of the house facing the lake.

It was my pleasure to work on this stunning home. Special thanks to MWG Custom Homes and the Vann’s for including me in this beautiful 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

 

Easy Entertaining, New at à la Maison, Tablescapes

Fall Tableware Finds… Costa Nova Pearl in Cocoa

I am in love with Costa Nova’s Pearl dinnerware collection! I’ve been searching for quite a while, trying to find a replacement for an older beaded dinnerware pattern that I favored but just couldn’t anything that truly compared.

Costa Nova’s Pearl is a winner… It’s raised beaded-rim design is substantial, much more detailed the most beaded pottery, bringing elegance and great texture to any tablescape.

Although the white is stunning, I’m equally intrigued with the Cocoa. It’s soft brown/taupe is a perfect option for so many occasions, including the fall and winter holiday season. Paired with other seasonal pottery; or just a simple organic touch of boxwood, fall leaves, a fresh rosemary spring or a bit of evergreen creates a simple, organic and elegant place setting.

This dinnerware is a welcome addition to our store and our home as well. I know I’ll reach for this versatile pattern often!

Before & Afters, Decorating, Redesign & Interior Style

Entryway and Staircase Redesign

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The entryway is the first impression of a home and a space that should be warm and welcoming.  This entryway and staircase were ready for an update and redesign.

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This stairs were looking a bit tired and dated with this worn carpet.

Removing the wall to wall carpet, adding a runner and fresh new color on the walls was the answer.

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Decorating, Floral arrangements and Interior Landscaping, Living Beautifully, Quick Tips

Quick Tip – Creative Use for an Ice Bucket

When was the last time you used your ice bucket? Is it hidden away until company comes?   It’s time to dig out your beautiful bucket and put it on display.  You’ll quick discover that it makes a lovely vessel for potted flowers and plants.

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Our Beatriz Ball metal ice buckets loves great with faux potted white agapanthus.

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This faux potted plant is so realistic – even the dirt look real.

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When company comes, just pop out your faux plant, give your ice bucket a quick wash and you are ready for guests!

 

Decorating, Floral arrangements and Interior Landscaping, Living Beautifully, Our Favorite Things...

Our Favorite Things… Permanent Succulents

Succulents are quite popular right now, and it’s no surprise as they are one of the most versatile plant options for decorating both inside and outside the home.

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Today’s permanent succulents are so close to the real thing that you truly cannot tell them apart. Although real succulents are one of the easier plants to care for, you cannot beat good quality faux succulents for a no fuss, no worry greenery option.

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They are  really easy to work with, and bring a fun, casual look to floral and plant designs.  We use them regularly both in the store and in custom arrangements for customers.   Whether you want something formal, casual, rustic or contemporary; the container you choose will set the stage.

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They also pair beautifully with other plants and flowers, including roses, hydrangea, ranunculus… endless beautiful options await!  I’ve been a fan of preserved roses with succulents lately, and used them for several arrangements for our most recent Parade of Homes decor for a local builder.

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succulent-and-roses-trioThese zinc planters are great in both rustic and contemporary spaces – adding dimension and natural beauty to a blank wall.

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Easy to arrange, just take your pointers from nature – arrange them as they naturally grow.   Many craft stores even have a good selection of succulents, so pick a few of your favorites, choose a pot, dish or planter… and have some fun!

Decorating, Gift Ideas, Living Beautifully, Uncategorized

Living Beautifully… Your Home’s Signature Scent

When decorating our homes, we always have our sense of sight and touch in mind.  We create a room that is visually beautiful, and fill it with a variety of textures in our furnishings, accessories and textiles.

One other important element to considering when designing your home is your home’s scent.  A beautiful room layered with the right home fragrance will create a welcoming environment for all who enter.  Your home’s fragrance will also leave a lasting impression as our sense of smell has a strong link to our memory.

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Scent can also set the mood for a special event.  Depending on the scent you choose, it has the power to relax, energize and uplift the mood of family and guests.

When choosing a home fragrance, whether using candles or a fragrance diffuser, natural is best.  Choose candles made of soy or beeswax with all-natural cotton wicks.

To find your home’s signature scent, let your home’s style & décor by your guide:

Farmhouse Chic:  Typically are homes featuring natural woods, light colors, organic & vinatge accents – look to scents that are herbal & green such as grasses, herbs and woods.

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Paddywax Thyme & Olive Leaf is one of our new favorites!

Modern Rustic & Industrial:  Think open floor plan, natural architectural elements, stone, wood, modern & eclectic furnishings.  Consider woody fragrances with notes of sandalwood, amber, bamboo or balsam.

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Transitional/Eclectic:  For homes that blend the warmth of traditional design with and the homeowner’s own style – there is lots of room for creativity.  Choose from an array scents that are earthy such as scents with herbs, sea salt, eucalyptus, fruits or bordeaux.

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Contemporary/Minimalist: For homes with open spaces, clean lines, light colors, simply designed furnishings & minimal décor.  Choose clean scents such as citrus, cotton & linen.

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French Country/Romantic/Floral: Homes filled with vintage and reclaimed furnishings, floral fabrics and layered décor.  Turn to home fragrance with floral and sweet notes of rose, lavender, gardenia and vanilla.

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Find your home’s signature scent and Paddywax candles at `a la Maison, Baldwinsville, New York.

Decorating, Living Beautifully

Easy and Natural Holiday Decor… Wreaths that keep it simple

I find that I’m favoring wreaths filled with simple greenery and natural accents this season.

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Angel vine and simple ribbon make a lovely accent on this wood slant tray.

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You can’t go wrong with evergreen, pine cones and magnolia leaves for relaxed, classic style.

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Silver ornaments and bits of hydrangea dress up an evergreen wreath.

Simple and beautiful!