Top Ten Decorating Tips

Decorating by Numbers!

Getting your measurements right the first time will make everyone happy!   How many times do we do something and then say,  “That doesn’t look good!”   or it needs to higher, or lower?  I know I have done it more than once.  I came across this Decorate by Numbers! – Get your measurements right in the House Beautiful magazine and wanted to share it with my readers,  Thank you House Beautiful – you are an awesome magazine and great decorating tips and articles.

36 inch wide rectangular table

1.  Know your tables:  A 36 inch wide rectangular table is perfect for conversation.  A Round table with a diameter of 48 inches seats six;  a 60 inch round will handle eight standard dinning chairs or 10 ballroom chairs.

48 Inch Round Table

 

2.  How big should an overhead light fixture be?  Just add the length and width of the room in feet, and whatever number you come up with is, in inches, your guide for the fixture’s diameter.  So a 15-by-20 foot room would need a 35 inch wide chandelier.

3.  One gallon of paint will cover about 400 square feet of wall.

Mount Curtains as high as possible to add height to any room.

 

4.   Mount curtains as high as possible to give the room more height, and let them break 1 1/2 inches on the floor.

5.  Kitchen island should be about 38 inches high – a little taller than the counter tops to be comfortable for food preparation.

6.  Curtains should be  2 1/2  to 3 times the width of the window.  So if you’re doing two panels, each should be 1 1/4  to 1 1/2 times the window width.

Curtans - perfect Height and Width.

Purchase a curtain rod that is 20 inches wider than your window so it extends 10 inches on either side.  Your window will seem much wider than it really it.

Dining Room Chandelier 36 inches above the table

7.  The bottom of a dining-room chandelier should hand 36 inches above the table.   This is actually my  home and I checked my chandelier and I was 35 7/8″ – got lucky on that one!

8.  Install light switches 36 inches above the floor and 1 1/2 to 2 inches to the side of the door trim.

9.  For a standard 84″ inch sofa with exposed legs and a tight back, you’ll need 14 yards of plain 54 inch wide fabric.  Add two yards for skirt.

10.   From Classical times to today, the golden ratio has always been the perfect proportion:  1 to 1.62.   At least since the Renaissance, many artists and architects have proportioned their works to approximate the golden ratio—especially in the form of the golden rectangle, in which the ratio of the longer side to the shorter is the golden ratio—believing this proportion to be aesthetically pleasing.

Hope you learned something new about decorating, I know I did when I read it.

Would love to hear your thoughts on this blog, what did you take away from it and did it inspire you to make any changes in your home?

Thank You and come visit us also at The Trendy Bed,  and remember to make your home:

 

Cathy Campbell

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The Facts on Cotton Bedding…

Is it really all about Thread Count?

THREAD COUNT: Simply put, this is the number of threads per square inch. both vertical and horizontal, in a one-inch square of fabric. Hold the sheet up to the light, if you can see through the fabric and make out the actual weave, you’ve got a low thread count on your hands. The higher the thread count (or tc), the softer and more lustrous the fabric, and the more durable and less prone to shrinkage.

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PERCALE: A smooth, flat, closely woven and combed fabric that comes in 100% cotton or 50/50 cotton/poly blends.  Finer than muslin, expect TC’s here to range from 180-250.

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PIMA or SUPIMA: A high quality cotton whose long fiber staple is somewhat similar to that of Egyptian cotton. The differences are geographical only. Pima is grown in the southwestern part of the U.S. and Egyptian is grown along the Nile River. Supima is made from extra-long staple Pima. The soft hand feel of Pima and Supima make them very desirable in bedding. Expect to find TC’s here from 200-300.

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EGYPTIAN COTTON:  This is the cotton queen of the Nile.  Grown alongside the river, this quintessential cotton owes its superior durability, luster, and silky hand feel to its extra long fiber staple. TC counts range from 200-1000.

Egyptian Cotton at it's Best!

SATEEN: a weave construction that has more yarn surface on the face of the cloth than other basic weaves giving a softer hand and more lustrous look.

I hope we all got a little more information on The Facts of Cotton and thread count.

Come visit us at The Trendy Bed and remember to make your home:

 Cathy C

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Celebrity Lighting…

Let’s share some Lighting with the Celebrities…

Please welcome another guest blogger to The Trendy Home,  Emily Chadwick from Arcadian Lighting.

Celebrities often provide fodder for the style pages of Vogue, Marie Claire and Esquire, but some of them maintain such chicness and style in their homes as well.  In the pages of Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, etc. our favorite celebrities proudly display their beautiful collections of light fixtures, modern furniture and impeccably cared-for antiques. Here is a collection of our favorite celebrity rooms:

Celebrity Rooms

Keri Russell via Elle Décor

When Keri Russell’s Brooklyn abode was featured in the April 2011 issue of Elle Décor, it caused quite a bit of fanfare among shelter bloggers. Why? Because it is a chic, feminine yet modern space that looked so cozy and welcoming. This living room, for instance, featured an Ochre pendant light, linen-upholstered armchairs and gorgeous sheer mauve curtains.

Celebrity Rooms

Betsey Johnson via Elle Decor UK

An apartment this pink and peppy couldn’t belong to anyone else other than the peppy, cartwheeling fashion designer, Betsey Johnson.  Pink may not be for everyone, but if you can get past that initially shocking bright color, you’ll see a truly gorgeous apartment with a lot of great mid-century modern pieces.  Johnson is shown seated in a William Platner Arm Chair.  In her bedroom is an Arco Floor Lamp and a Saarinen Womb Chair. Truly great pieces that show impeccable taste.

Celebrity Rooms

Erin Fetherson via Vogue

Count Erin Fetherson is yet another fashion designer with a chic, feminine home.  Here she is jumping on her extra large custom-made bed, which is flanked by chinoiserie lamps and vintage nightstands.

Celebrity Rooms

Sheryl Crow via Architectural Digest

Sheryl Crow’s Hollywood home was featured in Architectural Digest earlier this year and it’s another beautifully decorated space.  Shown here, is the singer’s living room which mixes modern and vintage pieces quite well.  For instance, the sofa is modern, while the Italian pendant lights are vintage pieces.

 

Celebrity Rooms

Michael Feinstein via Architectural Digest

In the office of singer, songwriter and composer Michael Feinstein, is a wall decorated with memorabilia. The salon-style hangings of personally-important photos, articles and autographs is a testament to a successful career. Not only that, but it’s a great way to create an accent wall in any home; just pair it with a couple of arm chairs and side table to complete the look.

It’s always interesting to see celebrity homes — when they’re featured in shelter magazines — how they incorporate their own careers and personalities into their home’s décor and design. It’s a lesson for non-celebs, too, that your home should be filled with the things you love and express who you are.

Content provided by Arcadian Lighting, a site that specializes in top quality lighting fixtures at extremely affordable prices. Come visit us today!

Thank you Emily for your blog on Celebrity rooms and their lighting decor, as we can see they all have their own personality, just like the Celebrity them self.

See you soon at The Trendy Bed and remember to make your home:

Love,

Cathy Campbell

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XOXO

 

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