Thursday, June 25, 2009

Make Decisions that Work with Your Lifestyle

Sometimes you have to translate the beautiful images that you see if magazines into real solutions that work for you! This gorgeous dining room that was featured in Traditional Home magazine demonstrates the warm, beautiful, textural quality of seagrass wallcoverings.

BUT, putting seagrass into your home can be expensive, more expensive than paint, and some of my clients with kids, worry that with pint-sized handprints, marker accidents, and worse, what is the point!! Luckily there is a solution, and great design need not be sacrificed!!

This image is from a clients home where we used vinyl seagrass in her entry. It look fantastic and the best part is that those grubby handprints, etc. can be washed off with a cleaning agent as strong as bleach without damaging the wallcovering in the slightest! Look at the difference from the "before" image below.

Another great trick is to add very select "faux" arrangements. We particularly love using faux succulents in places like the entry or anywhere that you could permantly use a little something pretty. Can you even believe this arrangment is not real!

Another practical design decision that might work for you is incorporating outdoor fabric into your indoors! These durable fabrics used by hotels and restaurants can make a lot of sense for you too. And the options just keep getting cuter as more and more designers get in the outdoor game like these outdoor fabrics designed by Trina Turk:

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