Tuesday, December 30, 2008

New Year's Resolutions


I love this week between Christmas and New Year's. I feel like I am finally breathing again! It has been a crazy couple of weeks with getting all my Christmas stuff done and getting everything done for my clients in time for their holidays. I feel like I did not take a breath of air for the past month.
The first 2 days after Christmas I think I was comatosed My husband was getting worried that I was not talking a mile a minute (oh -I love caffeine in the morning) when he finally woke up ( 2-hours after me ...Yes I am a crazy morning person). I was just kind of sitting there watching my son play with all his new toys. (not that, that is bad- just unlike me). I think I stayed in my pajama's the majorityof the day. I did not feel human till I went for a run later in the afternoon. New Year's Resolution #1 start preparing for Christmas season in July.

On top of being comatose computer crashed the day after Christmas. That was a very weird sensation of not being connected. I think it took me a full 2 days to get used to it. I actually kind of liked it after I got used to it.I really seemed to have more time for other things. New Year's resolution #2 stop being on the computer so much.

I am back and feeling good and rested I finally started going through my home office and organizing all the items that I kept stacking for the past couple of months. I think I am starting a bit earlier then the New Year's to Organize. The Tree is down. The Christmas decorations put away till next year. Boy do I feel refreshed with that done! I can't wait till 2009! New Year's resolution #3 try to stay more organized.

For 2009 I have lots of things that I am working on in my head. I am excited to start implementing them. I heard on the radio that Martha Stewart said that she expects this next year to be her best year ever. She claims that people will staying home more and looking for things to do and projects to work on. I looked on-line and could not find this statement from her to back up what I heard, but I share her thoughts. I think 2009 will be great -I believe that people will be working on their homes. I think people have slowed there spending but this is good. You spend more time on figuring out what you really need and what is important. It is so easy to do small things that have a big impact. I will follow up more on this with other blogs. New Year's resolution #4 Blog more.

I hope that everyone has a wonderful and relaxing New Year's

Monday, December 15, 2008

All things that sparkle and are bright

It once again has been a bit since my last post. I have been a little elf decorating everywhere for Christmas.

I usually start at Thanksgiving time and do all the decorations at the Genesee Grande Hotel. At the hotel I usually do 2 huge trees on in the lobby and one in the ballroom. In addition I do 2 med trees, lots of garland and bows, small vignettes here and there. Then it is off the the Parkview hotel to do a few things to get in the festive mood.

Tree in main Lobby Gensee Grande Hotel

Main Lobby
Bar Vignette

Then it is off to another house to decorate which I will take pictures of and post and somewhere in the mix I get to do my house. I was putting garland on the outside at 8:30 at night the other night I think my neighbors think I am crazy.

The tree actually was naked in my house for 5 days till I had a chance to decorate it. It drove my husband crazy since I was such a pest to get the tree.

This is how I addressed my mantel on our salvaged fireplace mantel the photo does not do the tree in the middle justice.

In my trees I always love putting in items that you find in nature I love using birds and silk flowers and glittering branches. Off course you have to use beautiful ribbon as well. I find the best deals on ribbon at Sam's club of all places. Another great place I have found ornaments especially the birds is Martha Stewart at Kmart they usually sell out early.

I am brewing up new ideas for next years trees at the hotel and at my house. This year coming I am convinced I will be more organized and order everything in the summer. Ha -but who wants to think of Christmas in August.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Ava Living

Check out avaliving.com during Nov 30th- Dec 6th. They have choosen my lake house project to be featured in Ava's Choice.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Local Newspaper Article

Elan Interiors received a nice write up in the local newspaper- Skaneateles Press this week

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Is it a skirt or sink skirt?

I think this sink skirt turned out so cute! I can see skirt made very similar-hmmm maybe I will make one.
I find that there are not a lot of choices in design for sink skirts and that is why I think this looks so cool.
The 3 sides are flat and the corners are gathered.
The walls are glazed and a stencil was applied the same peacock color as the skirt.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Backsplash Designs

I can't believe how terrible I have been about Posting! I have been so busy that I just feel like I can never catch up. Well I am starting to see the light and will post more regularly.

I thought I would share some design sketches and ideas on a stove back splash I have been working on. As you will see it is a design process and does not necessarily happen 1st try.

This kitchen will be amazing when it is done. The mantel for the stove hood shown in the picture is made out of Antique Chestnut.
We have gone through alot of ideas for the design but I think we are coming full circle to where we began originally with the design.-Not Shown the inspiration picture.

The tile is cream and pale yellow with a cool stone looking molding-- Sorry terrible picThis is the 1st draft -Ick looks like something is missing.

Closer but --NoAlmostThis is it!!

It is amazing till I put it on paper I thought this was going to be too busy-- But I love it.

This back splash was a challenge. Most stoves are flanked with upper cabinets and you have a start and end point for the tile. I think that coming up with a interesting design is also a challenge because you don't want it too busy but you are also making a focal point.

I will post a finish picture soon as it is done unfortunately we have a bit of a wait to get the tile in.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Salmon with Stawberries

This is an amazing dinner my husband made last night. I had bought earlier in the day Pacific Coho Salmon that we were looking forward to and the best California Organic Strawberries- not intended using them together. He came up with this recipe after having a brain storm.

1 cup Strawberries
2 cloves Garlic
1/4 cup Tomatoes
4 tbsp of Seasoned Rice Vinegar
4 tsp Soy Sauce
1/4 tsp Oregano
1/2 tsp Basil
1/2 tsp Chili Flakes
1/4 tsp Black Pepper

Crush Strawberries - put in a mortar and pestle
Mix all ingredients together except garlic.
Saute Garlic in oil then add all ingredients in pan and simmer till it thickens.
We baked our salmon be careful not to over cook then put strawberry sauce over the Salmon.


Fun Books

I just received a few books that I just love and wanted to share:
The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections by Amanda Blake Soule


It is filled with fun ideas and projects. I think I am getting ahead of myself with my little boy he is a little too young. I can't wait till he is old enough to start getting him involved with art and craft projects.

I am going to be trying the birthday crown and birthday garland this weekend. We have a birthday right around the corner.

Along with it I also bought:
The Family at Home: Love. Life. Style. by Anita Kaushal


This book has really great photographs it shows you how you can have great interior spaces that work for grown ups but give little ones a wonderful, comfortable, and nurturing home.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Fall is in the air

I noticed yesterday that the air is definitely smelling like fall. I have been so busy with birthday party planning, work and getting all the things done around the house before the snow starts to fly that I have not had a lot of time to blog.

This is my favorite time of year where the temperature is perfect- warm day and cool nights. Apples, pumpkins and mums are all about. We went to pick up Mums yesterday and started putting away outdoor furniture. We are hoping today to go for a family bike ride it looks like the weather is going to be perfect for it. We will as usual be tackling the huge list of things that need to be done on the house.

Things I am working on for our house:
Antique fireplace mantel for the house. It needs a major cleaning, sanding, and repairing.
Window treatments and a rug for the living room-getting there slowly
And we are still working on finishing the stairs, laundry room, and sun porch.
It is frustrating sometime for having to wait to do all the pretty thing.
It seems like money and energy just goes into the items you do not see or are not the pretty things- Barn siding, insulation, window and door replacements, drywall and the list goes on.

Our house is getting there slowly there never seems to have enough time in the week to finish all our projects. Unfortunately I want everything to be done at once, I am not a patient person. I sometimes have to stop and look back at all the things that have been accomplished since we bought our house a year ago.

I will update soon with some picture my camera battery died so I have to wait to take some pictures. I hope to be better with my posts in the up coming weeks

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Dash and Albert Rugs are in

I just un-packed my first shipment of samples of Dash and Albert rugs. Yay! It is just like Christmas.

These cotton rugs are great there are so many colors to choose from. These would be great in a a lake house or beach house.

I am debating to put this in my Living Room it is so much better in person.

Fun Squares

Gypsy Rose (below photo) is such a cool rug it is cotton loops! I really want to use this in the Play Room---- hmmm too many choices.

Take a look at there website http://dashandalbert.com

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Working with a Interior Designer

Many people feel intimidated to work with an interior designer and that designers are only for the rich and famous. This is not true-most designers will work with a variety of different budgets. Designers, because of there training and expertise and experienced will help you solve problems and avoid costly mistakes. Designers also help you optimize your funds. Saves money and time by purchasing products for you.

What happens when you decide to work with a designer:

  • They will make an appointment for the initial consultation. Some designers do not charge for this but many will charge you an hourly rate.The designers will come out to the space and talk to you to get an idea of what you are looking for.

  • Take pictures and measure existing spaces and pieces of furniture and anything else that will help them.

  • Go back to the studio and put together a presentation. This may take a couple of weeks depending on the size of the project.

  • The designer will present a presentation with samples, drawings, and idea of budget numbers.

  • If everything is OK they go ahead with your consent and implement what was presented.

  • Expect anything that needs to be custom made or special ordered at least 6-8 weeks for delivery.

Ways designer charge for there services:

  • An hourly rate

  • Hourly rate, plus commission

  • Flat fee

  • Flat fee, plus commission

  • Straight commission

  • Price per square foot

  • Net cost, plus fee

  • Retainer

  • Or a combination of the above

Some other tips:

  • Go through magazines and tare out pictures of things you like and don’t like this will help the designer find out what direction to go.

  • Think about what type of budget you have and talk to the designer about it. Many people don’t want to talk about money but this helps the designer with what to show you. Even if your budget is small and you need to do things piece by piece be up front with the designer they will be more then happy to work with you.

  • Time frame issues -be up front with the designer, design work takes time. Designer are not magician they for the most part can not make things happen over night like the reality TV shows like you to think.

  • Keep an open mind, communicate-If the designer is going a way you do not like tell them

  • Look around your home is there something that you just love show it to the designer it may be the starting point of the room.

Late Summer Tomatoes

I love this time of year you can feel change in the air. Summer is winding down, nights are cooler, and kids are getting ready to go back to school. BUT I love it also because of fresh Tomatoes -there is nothing better. I am having a bummer crop this year I can barley keep up with them! Last weekend I made fresh tomato sauce it was more time consuming then expected but the end result so Yummy.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Lake House Cottage Hideaway

This is such a cute little hideaway. This cottage is on the second floor over a garage, up in the trees looking out over the water. We just finished the window treatments which I think are too cute!

This daybed sofa is an old Stickley antique I think maybe from the 1920's. My upholsterer did an outstanding job on this piece all the cushions are new. The back cushions have a great little loop over each of the knobs. The coral Chair is from CR Laine. The bedroom has such a nostalgic bed. We just put up the Roman shade that really helps adding warmth to the room. Most of the furniture we found at Pottery Barn. We are still working on this room we need to add rugs and artwork.

I must say I think this is my favorite window treatment that I have done. What fun.....

Sunday, August 17, 2008

8-8-08 Party

I have finally recovered from the party last weekend. I thought I would post some pictures I hope someone took some pictures of the desserts because they were just too beautiful. It was a blast planning it and doing with all sorts of fun details that I love to do.
Here are some shots:
These invitation were very cool

Wrapped Silverware

Favors inside were sugar cookie 8's

Amazing floral arrangements

Bar with citrus center piece and custom tablecloth that I designed

The day really started off terribly with the skies just opening up and gushing water! We scrambled at last minute to find a tent (what were we thinking not having one to begin with) but the evening turned out beautiful.

Everyone pitched in scrambling at last minute to set up the bar under the tent. It was amazing they sent over such a cute tent with the yellow stripes it matched the citrus arrangement perfectly.

Few Shots from the party

Bella Notte Bedding

I am so excited, I have just added Bella Notte Bedding to our ever growing list of sources. http://www.bellanottelinens.com/bedding/ .I LOVE Bella Notte's bedding. I have been wanting to added it for sometime.

Check it out:

The great thing about this company is the ease of it. All of the product is washer/dryer friendly which is a huge thing for me The fabric choices are endless and everything is died to order. They use a low-impact dyeing process that is unique to Bella Notte. This process is kinder to the environment .You really can create an amazing oasis for any bedroom with this bedding.