Happy New Resolutions


Have you taken a look around your home lately? Do you feel comfortable and content in it? If not, now is the perfect time to EDIT, DECLUTTER or PUNCTUATE your space.

EDIT: make the most use out of each room. You can also repurpose rooms, nooks or spaces to make them livable or more comfortable and spacious. In my home, we’re thinking of converting our family room into the dining room. It has a fireplace and is much larger and more conducive to relaxing at a larger table while enjoying a kindling fire which is centered in the room. Add a small bench or chair to create a reading area by adding a floor lamp under a staircase that has a niche below it. Add an office area or simply place a desk in a loft space.

DECLUTTER: It’s as simple as that; get rid of stuff. Storage ottomans and benches are ideal for storing blankets, remotes, magazines and such that you don’t want in sight and the perfect way to avoid clutter. Clear a counter area in your kitchen so that you’re able to use this for displaying ice buckets, wine glasses and decorative napkins before serving guests. For every day, you’ll be pleased to have the space free of stuff. Keep your entryway simple and void of letters, papers and keys that others see right when they enter your home.

PUNCTUATE: Is a certain room or area in your home noisy? You may want to add more texture; a soft throw on a sofa, an area rug, a fabric window treatment; drapes or an upholstered cornice. There’s a plethora of amazing accent pillows available to embellish a bed or sofa. Soft textures absorb sound. Add whimsy by juxtapositioning a chandelier in a room shared with distressed woods. Another more costly option is to install cork flooring, as it is extremely acoustical and great for media and children’s rooms. Add on where necessary, and of course, after you declutter the space.

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{photo courtesy Veranda magazine; Richard Hallberg Design}


Please note: I do not have any affiliation with Veranda magazine or Interior Design Pro. I just hapen to LOVE the above photos and wanted to share my enthusiasm with you. Please share your goals and accomplishments with me, I’d love to see them
Until next post, CHEERS!
Happy goal setting for 2014 ~ Stephanie

Treading Heavily on Trends

As cliché as it sounds, time flies when you’re busy! Business has been great but I have neglected my blogging…and with High Point Furniture Market just behind us, there are so many unbelievably cool trends going on right now, they’re just too hot not to share. You say you’re not sure of your “style” interior? No worries; combinations and juxtapositioning of styles is key today. No more “matchy matchy”, or choosing products right from a catalog or store’s display. Furnishings that speak to you are what’s important, sentimental treasures that you’ve accumulated on your travels, artwork that you adore…these are what should be integrated into your personal space. Trends can be incorporated into this mix.


Hooker Furniture states that a trend seen at market was the growing farm to table movement; promoting eating fresh local food while supporting local businesses. Casually comfortable, distressed finishes applied to tables, mixed with natural upholstery fabrics such as linen and hemp on chairs are right on trend, as well as being pet and kid-friendly.

Rustic glam exudes a sophisticated tone. Paired with crystal light sconces or glass pendant fixtures, just a great look.

Metallic leather upholstery can also be incorporated into this mix, thus infusing tasteful “glam”.

Metallic fabric gives depth to an otherwise flat or matte looking space. Mirrors also add depth to a room as well as glamorizing it if the frame has some embellishment to it.


Cool lamps (2) {Designer; Brenda Houston}

Natural stone rocks, literally. Designers are turning to mother nature for design inspiration and this is why. Furniture made of rocks or tones add umph! as well as exciting color and texture to a room.

Although not physically in 3D, stone looking wallpaper such as this malachite one adds visual interest as well as texture to a wall (Or ceiling if you dare). This one is eye catching.
{photo courtesy google images}


Sky Balls (2) {Aerin Lauder for Visual Comfort/Circa Lighting; “Mill Ceiling Light”}
Copper and brass warm up a space, even if added as accents. Copper is popping up in many places in the home; from farm sinks to faucets and lighting along with furniture accents. A new flooring made of copper pennies is actually being installed in some places. And, f.y.g.i. (for your green information), copper is recyclable; bonus! I love the brass accents shown on this World’s Away lacquered bar cabinet. The same cabinet is also available in navy or white and can be purchased through Stephanie Nickolson Design.

This stunning room, as seen in Veranda magazine, has many eye catching focal points but one is the nouveau brass candlesticks. So classic and add punctuation to the space.

Tall Candles (2)
{Photo courtesy Veranda Magazine}


I know that a lot of people have pattern phobia, including many of my clients. I will always try to ease people into pattern as opposed to adding a large patterned piece to their project. Patterns were seen in abundance at High Point Furniture Market. Adorning pillows, main furniture statement pieces, area rugs, etc., they definitely had a presence. A designer who offers a plethora of patterns in almost all of her furnishings is Madeline Weinrib. I simply adore all of her designs. Shown below are some examples of her patterned creations. {Photo courtesy vividhuehome.com}

According to trend-setting furniture company CR Laine, polka dots hit the spot and are hot! The dot can be spotted on the runways as well as in fabrics used as furniture upholstery. The point is, it’s popularly trendy and should stay around for a while. Here are some CR Laine sightings.
{Photo courtesy stylelwisetrendfoolish.com}