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Fresh Red Head http://freshredhead.com An Irreverant look at Design, Art and whatever else catches my eye... Blue Daze Designs, Interior Design Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:47:34 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.2 Valentine’s Boudoir & Bathroom Makeover http://freshredhead.com/2013/02/valentines-boudoir-bathroom-makeover/ http://freshredhead.com/2013/02/valentines-boudoir-bathroom-makeover/#comments Wed, 13 Feb 2013 02:45:49 +0000 CatherineSands http://freshredhead.com/?p=1465 February is the month for love, so let’s talk about how to makeover your bathroom and boudoir to create a beautiful and luxurious space for relaxation and rejuvenation, shall we? Even small changes can create a new ambiance in the space you spend at least a third of your life.
One designer said, “The boudoir is the place where the man is the invited guest. It should make the spouse or significant other look beautiful and feel pampered.” Could your space use a “refresh?”

When you think of interior design for this important suite of rooms, it is natural to think of function and form, but the elements of texture, lighting and color can create dramatic transformations without a major renovation.

before pic

(This is the Before Picture of my example makeover. Continue to see the After Photo!)

Let’s start with color. If your goal is to create a space that exudes calmness and serenity, here is an example of how to make an instant change to a room that does not need structural changes. “Cool” colors like blues, greens and shades or tints of white can be used effectively to evoke a sense of softness and visual texture to your room.

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BM –Elephant Gray BM – Glass Slipper

You can see the results in this master bedroom. Add luxurious fabrics and textures to create the sensual element of touch to your visual palette. Using a contrasting “hand” (feel) with smooth and nubby fabrics adds interest without distracting from your ultimate intent.

glam bedroom

Since subtlety is our goal for your lair, lighting that is dimmable is a must. If you like a formal feel, here is a favorite chandelier to add a touch of sparkle to your space.

hive light
Sconces can also be used as a decorative element to give you different lighting levels within the room, and of course using a dimmer switch is recommended.

lens sconce

Wall to wall carpeting has been traditional for many years, but using hardwood floors with a rug made of wool and silk creates a counterpoint of textures that you feel underfoot. And is much more practical in our Florida climate.

rug

Now let’s move to the master bathroom. If you’ve lived in your home for many years and have had the traditional built-in cabinets with a slab countertop and drop in sinks, it may be time to do a facelift with vessel sinks.

sue's kitchen 080

 

Tile is another important element of your bathroom, and texture can be seen and felt with some of the new options available.

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Here is the result of one of our recent master bathroom remodels. As you can see, what was a “ho hum space” is now sleek and elegant. You deserve to have this for yourself.

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(After Photo!!)

When you’re ready to create your boudoir and master suite transformation, contact me at info@bluedazedesigns.com or 407.895.5112 o or 407.719.4590 c, by March 1st to receive a “Idea Down-Load” (This includes up to a 90 minute consultation with tons of ideas to get you started on your own design mini makeover for $250). If you are ready for a full-service, let’s get started on my project consultation, your initial consultation is free!

We always appreciate your generous referrals.

Happy Valentine’s Day!
Cathy Sands
Blue Daze Designs
info@bluedazedesigns.com
407.895.5112 o
407.719.4590 c

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How to WOW Your Holiday Guests http://freshredhead.com/2012/12/how-to-wow-your-holiday-guests/ http://freshredhead.com/2012/12/how-to-wow-your-holiday-guests/#comments Tue, 11 Dec 2012 03:58:42 +0000 CatherineSands http://freshredhead.com/?p=1450 Since you are likely to entertain at least once during December, you are probably thinking about how to make your home feel and look its best without spending the money you’d prefer to spend on presents. When you focus on the “experience” you create for your guests and family, your home will always present its best face.

Top tips for the holidays include doing the extra little things, and here are a few of my favorites:

  • Swag bag with a $10 Amazon card and a $10 Starbucks card with a two-pack of homemade cookies wrapped in cellophane and tied with a beautiful ribbon for dinner guests.
  • For overnight guests, find out their favorite music and download some music to an iPod and have a docking station set up with the music in their room.
  • Include a carafe and glass on both sides of the bed

dwell esque pitcher

www.dwellstudio.com Aren’t these fun!

  • Find out your guests favorite flowers and have at least one vase in their rooms.
  • Get two luggage racks for the closet for easy unpacking and packing (and to preserve your bed covers).
  • Include candles and a lighter in the room.

oslo c&b candleholder

www.crateandbarrel.com Crate and Barrel has such a great selection of candles to mix and match.

  • Have comfy bathrobes and slippers in the closet.
  • Include a little basket with snacks like granola bars and fruits in the room.
  • Have a hairdryer, extra toothbrushes, and a basket of toiletries in the bathroom including Q-tips, cotton balls and Band-Aids.
  • Include a journal for your guests to share their favorite memories.

b& noble journal

www.barnesandnoble.com

  • You can get a small flat screen TV for hundreds of dollars, and even include two pairs of headphones so they can listen without disturbing the rest of the house.
  • If you know their favorite actors, rent a movie, or add a few of those movies to your Netflix queue.
  • Write a handwritten note to let your guests know how important they are to you.
  • Include a map of the area, and even local magazines and a local guide book if your city/town has one.

zagat orlando
Enjoy the time with your friends and family. They will cherish the memories of how you made them feel. I know I am looking forward to seeing lots of our friends at our Christmas party and can’t wait to see all the relatives over the holidays.

Then, once the decorations are packed up for the next year, make a checklist of what you’d like to enhance in your home for next year. Let me know if you’d like a complimentary “My Interior Design Dream Book” planning guide as my gift to you when you book a consultation for January.

Don’t forget to share this newsletter with your friends and neighbors. We always appreciate your generous referrals.

From all of us at Blue Daze Designs, Happy Holidays!

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Let’s Build a Fire! http://freshredhead.com/2012/11/lets-build-a-fire/ http://freshredhead.com/2012/11/lets-build-a-fire/#comments Fri, 16 Nov 2012 13:08:31 +0000 CatherineSands http://freshredhead.com/?p=1432 Cool weather is even sneaking into Central Florida and my thoughts turn wistfully to a fireplace. I have a little fire pit outside but I long for a beautiful indoor version or an upgraded fire pit. Here are some to dream about……what is your flavor? Indoor or out? Or both?

 

round fireplace
www.swithcmodern.com

 

ecosmartfire

www.ecosmartfire.com

 

outside patio

www.houzz.com

 

decorpad fireplace

www.decorpad.com

 

firepit fremodelista

www.remodelista.com

 

fireplace with window houzz

www.houzz.com

hot tub and fireplace

Tell us which is your favorite!

 

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New Stuff for Fall http://freshredhead.com/2012/11/new-stuff-for-fall/ http://freshredhead.com/2012/11/new-stuff-for-fall/#comments Tue, 06 Nov 2012 02:40:26 +0000 CatherineSands http://freshredhead.com/?p=1414 Love it when new stuff comes across my radar. Check it out.

annable side tbl hor

Snazzy table would make a great nightstand or a funky end table. From Horchow.

ballard marconi console

Very clean and modern from a surprising source – Ballard Designs.

 

marimekko table cloth crtbrl

 

Ready for your Thanksgiving table?! This would be a nice start to your design plan – Crate and Barrel.

 

netzwerk moma

 

For yourself or if you want to get a head start on your holiday shopping – from MOMAstore.

 

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Decorate your door for Fall! http://freshredhead.com/2012/10/decorate-your-door-for-fall/ http://freshredhead.com/2012/10/decorate-your-door-for-fall/#comments Wed, 24 Oct 2012 10:21:32 +0000 CatherineSands http://freshredhead.com/?p=1393 Fall is a great time for a new look for your home. It is time to decorate your front door! Enjoy these inspiring fall doors.

hgtv

www.hgtv.com

Fun and I love the front door color too!

 

green apple tobifairley

www.tobifairley.com

Classic green apples and feather really pop here.

 

black w pump blogs

www.blogs.babble.com

Classic!

 

littl pumpk freshnist

www.freshnist.com

Love the tiny pumpkins and the berries!

 

pump wrth poolandpatio

www.poolandpatio.about.com

Fun!

 

wht pump columninedesigninc

www.columninedesigninc.com

Love the trend with the white pumpkins.

 

 

 

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Quick Updates for your home http://freshredhead.com/2012/10/quick-updates-for-your-home/ http://freshredhead.com/2012/10/quick-updates-for-your-home/#comments Wed, 03 Oct 2012 12:00:19 +0000 CatherineSands http://freshredhead.com/?p=1384 Quick, simple way to update your home is to paint or paper the back of your bookcase. Have fun!

 

blue bookcase

www.pinreach.com

 

pattern bookcase

yellow bookcase

www.porterhousedesigns.com

 

grey pattern bookcase

www.houzz.com

 

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Local icon moves and creates a fabulous new space! http://freshredhead.com/2012/09/local-icon-moves-and-creates-fabulous-new-space/ http://freshredhead.com/2012/09/local-icon-moves-and-creates-fabulous-new-space/#comments Wed, 26 Sep 2012 23:41:17 +0000 CatherineSands http://freshredhead.com/?p=1374 One of my favorite vendors has pulled up stakes and moved to a new location and I love it! Can’t wait to see what he pulls together next. Check out Elephant Walk at 835B Bennett Rd and enjoy these pictures from my visit.

Glass Jar

As always, Ender is very talented at mixing old and new.

Unique Chairs

Surprisingly comfortable and unique chairs.

Large Ceramic Vase
Cool huh!

End Tables

Very organic and modern. Great for end tables or bunched for a coffee table effect.

Shelving Unit
Love this shelving unit – maybe for my new office digs…..

Rustic Table & Couch

Rustic table and updated traditional couch – great combo.

Peacock Blue Chair
Love the peacock blue updated chair.

So be sure to stop by and see their new digs – never know what you will find.

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Stripes abound!! http://freshredhead.com/2012/08/stripes-abound/ http://freshredhead.com/2012/08/stripes-abound/#comments Thu, 30 Aug 2012 01:53:21 +0000 CatherineSands http://freshredhead.com/?p=1362 I love stripes – I must have at least a dozen items in my closet with various stripes sizes and colors so I was very happy to see them in abundance when out shopping for a new outfit.

Blommies Stiped Dress

 

Great dress from Blommies…. Might have to pick this one up.

 

Dwell Bedding

 

Dwell bedding – classy.

Pillow Design Public

 

Pillow from Design Public

Rug from CB2

 

Love this rug from CB2. Organic stripes.

Elle Decor Stripes

 

More stripe options from Elle Décor.

Striped Walls

 

Love stripe walls and these are so cheery from www.goodifeofdesign.blogspot.com

Striped Lamp

 

Pauo hand-painted lamp from www.mayebaker.com

So are you ready to add some stripes into your life? I think I need a few more items just to round out my collection.

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Beach and Design – Divine!! http://freshredhead.com/2012/08/beach-and-design-divine/ http://freshredhead.com/2012/08/beach-and-design-divine/#comments Tue, 14 Aug 2012 12:31:07 +0000 CatherineSands http://freshredhead.com/?p=1347  

Just spent a few days at The Post Card Inn in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida.  I was very impressed with their creative and cost conscious design details.

 

bookcase

Love this bookcase – I may steal this idea…..

floral chair

What a great way to update vintage chairs.

torquouise chair

More fabulous “re-do” chairs!

stamped concrete floors

Finished concrete floor with meandering stamped pattern – love it!

Ceiling

Suspension “bridge” of stained wood houses lighting – low cost and creative solution. Also love the industrial fan.

Hidden Poles

Hiding those pesky pipes in plain sight.

Sunset

And last but not least…. Why we’re here in the first place!

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Feminine Office… What would you pick? http://freshredhead.com/2012/07/feminine-office-what-would-you-pick/ http://freshredhead.com/2012/07/feminine-office-what-would-you-pick/#comments Thu, 12 Jul 2012 12:20:13 +0000 CatherineSands http://freshredhead.com/?p=1325 I am working on an office for a young, successful real estate agent. Below are some of the choices I have made so far for her. I am thinking eclectic and feminine but strong, sophisticated but welcoming. What do you think? (pics)

My favorite desk, feminine but clean modern lines.

Image

Traditional but classic bookshelf.

80 +H+Neoclassic+Etagere

 

A place for everything and room for all her files.

ergocredenzawayfair

Tables for her guests/clients.

table 2

Or for a different take.

jon adler table

 

Chair options:

ghost chair

 

Or snazzy but a little more traditional.

chair 2

 

Colors:

taos taupe

Should we go with rich, sophisticated Taos Taupe or

Jamaican Aqua

Fun and fresh Jamaican Blue?

And here are some lighting options to pop in this gorgous space.

acid lamps

orange table lamp

neon lamp

 

And finally a really cool rug.

rug

Alright so what do you think? Which pieces would you put together for this dynamic, young professional?

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