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Mother’s Day Make-Over Contest Winner by decordreamhome
May 7, 2010, 2:03 pm
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Congratulations Stephanie!!


DecorDreamHome Contest Winner

Stephanie is the Grand Prize Winner in our Mother’s Day Make-Over Contest. She wins a $500 Gift Certificate on http://www.DecorDreamHome.com and consultation with a Decor&You decorating professional.

We can’t wait to see the results, Stephanie.

Also winners are Hazel and Deb who each win $150 Gift Certificates to http://www.DecorDreamHome.com!

Thank You everyone for participating and casting your votes. You are winners too – Our Facebook fans get 10% OFF their orders when they use promo code FB10 when purchasing.

Happy Mother’s Day!



Thank You for Voting by decordreamhome
May 7, 2010, 11:17 am
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Voting is now closed for the Mother’s Day Bedroom make-over Contest!

All your votes will be tallied and the winner will be announced shortly!



DDH Mother’s Day Contest Finalists – VOTE NOW! by decordreamhome
May 5, 2010, 11:36 am
Filed under: Contest, Interior Design

OK, so we know this was a quick contest to pull together and we didn’t get the submissions we were hoping for but I think you’ll agree that all of these contenders are worthy of the Grand Prize – but it’s you who gets to vote for who will win the Grand Prize – $500 DecorDreamHome.com Gift Certificate and design consultation!

Our first Finalist is Stephanie. This is what her daughter wrote about her mom:

My mom deserves a bedroom makeover that lets her wake up each morning with a fresh start to her day and a comforting space to relax in. Both my parents, especially my mom, have fought through what life has thrown at us. Our family has been through a lot of up and downs and she keeps looking towards the future. She is extremely supportive and giving. When I moved out into the world on my own she gave a lot that she had to me, so that I could live comfortably. She has always extended her hand to others never taking care of herself first. I believe if you can sleep and wake up in a comfortable space it sets the tone for the rest of your day, and will give my mom the energy to keep striving and hoping for the best. Everything that my mom has been through, I try to be there for her every day. I always feel the burden of what they are going through and feel like there is nothing I can do to ease the pain. I wish I could take all the weight off her shoulders, and take care of her for once, as she took such good care of me. So if this can be even just a little way to help I am certainly going to try. My mom deserves to know how much her children appreciate everything she has done for us, and how much we love her. Thank you.

Here is Stephanie’s bedroom:


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Our next contestant is Hazel:

I’d like to nominate… MYSELF! We recently moved into our DREAM home out in the country. We love it here but it is a really old house in need of a lot of work. The needs come before the wants at the moment.
With all the stress of running my own business and trying to make the house livable, I would love to retreat to a cozy spot at the end of the day! Thanks so much for offering such a wonderful gift! Good Luck to all the entries! Sincerely, Hazel

Editor’s Note: Had to share this wonderful comment someone wrote about Hazel:

Dear Voters~ I just want to share why i voted for Hazel. I know her, and she is a nice woman. She works like a dog from home and rarely has time for herself let alone her house. She has young kids too and is often focused on them as well. A few months back, she gave me some side work through her business which helped me out. Most; recently, my own property flooded in Richmond, KY and Hazel came to our rescue and offered to watch my little boys while we cleaned up mud. I would have not gotten as much done as fast without help like that from a real caring friend.

About her house: well, this place is an old beauty. It deserved to be loved by a new owner like Hazel. The last person in it really ran it down and damaged it. Hazel fits in there perfectly with her eclectic visions.

I hope she wins to create the space she needs, because she is well deserving, and I would be more than happy to go there to help her pull it all together.

Good Luck Hazel

I'd like to nominate... MYSELF! We recently moved into our DREAM home out in the country. We love it here but it is a really old house in need of a lot of work. The needs come before the wants at the moment.  With all the stress of running my own business and trying to make the house livable, I would love to retreat to a cozy spot at the end of the day! Thanks so much for offering such a wonderful gift! Good Luck to all the entries! Sincerely, Hazel
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Finally, we have Deb:

I am a married mother of 2 beautiful, busy children, 1 dog, and 3 cats and while I am grateful for all I have, I would love to have a room that is a retreat to come home to.  As you can see from the pictures, my room is A MESS!  I NEED help!!  I’m not one to ask for help but after viewing your website and seeing such beautiful, inviting rooms, I’d be foolish to miss out on such a contest.  So please pick me, I’d be so grateful!!


OK, so use this poll below to vote – you have until Friday at 2pm EST to vote!



Mother’s Day Contest by decordreamhome
April 30, 2010, 11:00 am
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DDH Mother's Day Contest

Does your mom’s bedroom need a make-over? We can help!

DecorDreamHome.com has partnered with one of America’s leading decorating companies, Decor&You to help celebrate the two things you love most- mom and decorating!

To Enter:

  • You must be a DecorDreamHome Facebook Fan
  • Email us (DDH@decorandyou.com) at least 3 photos of your mom’s bedroom (you can nominate yourself) and tell us why you think your mom deserves to win this contest (500 words and under). Please include your name, phone, and address in your email.
  • ALL ENTRIES DUE BY TUESDAY, MAY 4th

We will narrow down the contestants down to 5 finalists based on the rooms we feel could use the most help and/or the stories about your mom.

Contestants will be announced on Wednesday May 5th at 12PM EST. Then it’s up to you, DecorDreamHome Facebook fans to determine who the winner is. A poll will be placed on our Fan page for you to vote.

VOTING ENDS 11:59PM EST ON THURSDAY, MAY 6th

The Winners are announced at 12PM EST Friday, May 7th.

Contest Rules


Combining Texture and Pattern by marygilliatt
Mary Gilliatt Using Patter

Photo Courtesy: Mary Gilliatt's Great Renovations and Restorations

Colors are so radically changed by differences in texture and pattern that a monochromatic or one-color room can be as lively and memorable through its subtlety as a more vividly contrasting space.  Therefore, textures and pattern need to be considered as seriously and, at least in the case of textures, as evocatively, as the process of color-building.

Take textures first.  The name of a known texture immediately conjures up an almost tangible surface.  Just as thinking about one color in depth can evoke many images and variations, so too, different textures engender their own imagery.

Consider for example the following:
Brick, Denim, Linen, Satin, Burlap, Felt, Louvers, Silk, Basketwork, Glass, Matchboard, Steel, Cane, Lace, Plaster, Stone, Cashmere, Lacquer,  Plexiglass, Tapestry, Ceramic, Leather, Quilting, Tweed, Coir, Limestone, Rope, Velvet

Mary Gilliatt on Texture in Decorating

Photo Courtesy: Mary Gilliatt's Great Renovations and Restorations

Pick out some of them and imagine how they would look distributed among floors, walls ceiling, soft furnishings, and furniture.  Obviously some textures are more in keeping with each other than others.  Rough contrasts with smooth and matte with gloss.  But brick or stone or rough plaster walls look generally better contrasted with natural linen or burlap or cotton than with silk or satin.  But there are no real rules, only sensibilities.

Mary Gilliatt on Pattern in Decorating

Photo Courtesy: Mary Gilliatt's Great Renovations and Restorations

As for patterns, it used to be a convention never to mix them, as much to create harmony as to make things easier.  One good way to become more confident about mixing pattern and texture with ease is to realize the pattern in a room is formed as much by possessions as by fabrics and floor coverings. Books with their various jacket designs; the way art is arranged on walls; the placement of objects; the slats of shutters; the play of light and shade; the shapes of different pieces of furniture; the leaves and flowers of plants… All these disparate things from patterns in their own right.  When this fact is considered, one fabric, carpet or rug pattern more or less can hardly make much difference as the scale, tone and proportion are right. These last are obviously important. Large patterns that look interesting and diverting in fabric stores or furnishing departments are often more sensible for public rather than private settings, or at least large spaces unless one possesses a sure sense of scale, although it is a fact that large scale patterns and furniture used with confidence can generally make a small space seem much bigger.  Similarly, one should remember that many small patterns often meld into one color when actually used for window treatments as opposed to hanging up show lengths.

Mary Gilliatt on Pattern in Decorating

Photo Courtesy: Mary Gilliatt's Great Renovations and Restorations

A play of pattern however, can be very effective, varying as it does the whole balance of color.

  • The same design in two different colors can look interesting-in a good way. So can the same design reversed – say blue on white predominating with white on blue predominating.
  • Very similar patterns in the same colors can be used together with effect, as in window treatments and carpet, with plain painted or plain textured walls.
  • Patterns with the same feeling if not design can also be used together effectively.  Vivid striped North African or other ethnic fabrics with heavily patterned oriental rugs.  Florals of all sorts with stripes or checks.
  • Use a large pattern with a smaller pattern in the same color way.
  • Do not forget the subtle effect of sheers printed with the same pattern as the curtains, or used with an allied or more simplified design, or in toned-down versions of the same main colors.
Mary Gilliatt on Pattern in Decorating

Photo Courtesy: Mary Gilliatt's Great Renovations and Restorations

Lastly to mix patterns and textures together successfully, assemble as many samples of each as you can.  Juggle them around.  Think of them, as I said, in the context of existing surfaces, furniture, window treatments, upholstery, accents.  Look at them in different lights.  Then pick out two or three schemes for a final choice.  This is the most effective way to learn.

Cheers,
Mary

International Designer Mary Gilliatt



Re-Thinking Light by marygilliatt
April 7, 2010, 4:20 pm
Filed under: Lighting, Mary Gilliatt | Tags: , , , ,
Mary Gilliatt - Lighting Your Room

Imaginatively placed light is just as much a flexible decorational tool as paint and color. (Img. Mary Gilliatt's Interior Design Course)

The art of lighting – and it really is an art – is one of the most important and subtle elements in decorating. It can dramatize or minimize space, heighten or lower ceilings, warm up colors and atmospheres or cool them down, create illusions or mystery and make rooms much more comfortable and practical to live, work and read in. It is also the most misunderstood of the decorative arts and, on the whole, the least-practiced.

Many specialists, books and articles giving lighting advice tend to confuse listeners with science and complicated technological terms. To my mind, light, like color, requires an essentially emotional response. I think people should think of using light as if they were painting a room with it. Imaginatively placed light is just as much a flexible decorational tool as paint and color. Think of using light in a room as subtly as you use spices and herbs in cooking to titivate and heighten tastes.

Another factor that can lead to confusion or frustration when selecting lighting, is that lighting showrooms, stores or departments tend to be so overly lit that it is generally impossible to see what various lighting fixtures and bulbs actually do as well as what they look like. (I always contend that a good lighting place should have a dark room in which lights should be tested out properly – just as many music showrooms have a quiet space for better listening purposes).

Mary Gilliatt Lighting Your Room

The best artificial light is meant to emulate the many moods of daylight. (Img. Mary Gilliatt's Interior Design Course)

In addition, so many developers and contractors automatically wire a room for central lighting which cannot help but make any space seem bland. I always try to counteract this by pointing out that the best artificial light is meant to emulate the many moods of daylight, and that since the sun does not stand still in the middle of the sky nor blazes continually down from overhead, then neither should the artificial variety. It would be far better if contractors installed double light and power outlets in each corner of a room and in the middle of walls for maximum flexibility, and put in dimmer switches as a matter of course. The dimmer switch with its ability to vary any given amount of light is to lighting what the zip is to clothes!

The bad news is that major lighting schemes MUST be planned, and any re-wiring or extra outlets installed, long before any decoration is undertaken so that both the installation and the necessary wires can be neatly concealed. (The same planning applies to extra wiring for stereo systems, computers, printers, televisions, telephones, alarm systems and so on).  This means that you need to figure out exactly what lights and appliances you want to use and where from the very beginning.  It is much too late to plan your lighting once the decoration work has begun.


Mary Gilliatt and Lighting

Think of using light in a room as subtly as you use spices and herbs in cooking to titivate and heighten tastes. (Img. Mary Gilliatt's Interior Design Course)

Of course, it is often impossible to plan radical lighting schemes anyway, either because you have a rental which will not allow structural changes, or you have pretty well impenetrable concrete ceilings and floors, or you simply do not have enough money. The good news here is that you can still plan good flexible schemes cosmetically as it were with the judicious use of uplights, downlights, table lamps with three way switches, portable spots and, again not least, the ever valuable dimmer switches which are easy to install.

Cheers,
Mary

International Designer Mary Gilliatt



Ah, the Softness of Spring by decordreamhome
April 5, 2010, 2:41 pm
Filed under: Product Round-Up | Tags: , , , , , ,

Inspired by the pastels of Easter, here’s a collection of some of our favorite new accessories that are a little softer of a color palette. What do you think?

DDH Decor Dream Home Home Accessories in pastel

Featured here is:

I feel calm already. How about you?