Give Those Windows a Double-Take

 

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Forget what your mother told you about staring.

Get interiors that you can’t take your eyes off of.  Designs that are drop-dead gorgeous.  From furniture and accessories, wall coverings to window treatments.  Laura Buhrer Interiors can help you create rooms that promise a double-take. (Jill Bagby)

 

                                                     

 

Best Laid Plans or Did I Over-Decorate?

I need some sage advice.  I shop, pretty much every day, goes with the job.  My current obsessions are Home Goods and World Market.  No don’t get me wrong, I have no qualms about spending substantial money on a leather sectional that will last through the years but I believe in balance.  And to be perfectly honest, Home Goods has great stuff, terrific prices, and fairly decent displays.

 

One of my current client’s, whose previous home interior design choice was French Country (via Charles Faudree).  Lots of patterns, prints, flouncy draperies, an overwhelming amount of accessories; it actually looked quite fabulous.  Now dated, Cherie and her husband decided they are at a point where its time to redo, repurpose, reorganize, or basically spend a great deal of the green stuff.  He wants mid-century modern, she desires a contemporary farmhouse style.  Even with tear sheets and a rather lengthy Pinterest page, does little to relinquish my confusion.  I’m thinking Coachella meets Laura Petrie from the Dick Van Dyke show (see look how giddy that complete stranger feels in her living room).

For some 25 years, Cherie and I have maintained an almost spousal relationship (non-sexual).  We trust one another as long as she understands that my opinion remains sacrosanct.  After much thought, Kathryn Ireland’s no hold bars designs came to mind.  Problem solved.

 But my question, the one that requires help, is as John Steinbeck once pondered, “Do you only want advice if it agrees with what you wanted to do anyway?

Flirting at Nebraska Furniture Mart

When shopping for an funky table that will tie together your Boho, English Country, Fixer Upper, Americana dream; your goal should never ever be to meet a guy unless he’s wearing a store name tag.  Unless, and this is a big unless, he’s got that unmistakable Clooney look (about 10 years ago during all those silly Ocean movies and pre Amal), immediately check the left hand.  And speaking of the left hand, what is it with all these hideous hunks of black titanium.  Hell, I had to spell check the bloody thing.  But off on one of my usual tangents.  Back to shopping for that fabulous coffee table (insert photo)  Yes that may be the one!  A little wooden number with mismatch chairs (all the range I heard), seems a bit off with the wall coverings, and it almost but not quite centers the chandelier.  If you find yourself staring for more than ten seconds without an acknowledgement, its time to find a new love interest (furniture, bad Ask Burt, Bart, Brandon, whoever, to show you something a little contemporary, a table with a little edge (don’t wink).  Now this is just the right look.  Can hold a scarf, a throw, a duvet, food, red wine, red rose, a night’s rest after too many cocktails at the local hot spot.  Hey and it’s looking good of you’re expecting Moroccan food and a belly dancer.  Okay, I love Kathryn Ireland BUT

 

Ask Burt, Bart, or Brandon to see if the table can support both your weights (you never know…)  At this point don’t use the resting bitch face, smile, showing those teeth you whiten every night, as you suggest hunting down one more piece.  Call it a challenge as you flip your hair.  Ask for something that no one else has ever bought.  Show your individuality, your wild side, your version of Paris on a bridge as you watch young lovers glide by…

WELL OBVIOUSLY BURT, BART, OR BRANDON HAS EXCELLENT TASTE IN FURNISHINGS BUT ALAS THAT LONG TERM RELATIONSHIP GOING ON IN YOUR HEAD. EVEN WITH THOSE SOULFUL BROWN EYES THAT FINALLY LOOKED AT YOU, READY TO WRITE UP THAT TICKET, DIDN’T SEDUCE YOU ENOUGH TO CHARGE $3,500  ON THAT VISA.

 

 

 

Dirty Laundry or Bubbles of Perfection

A little piece of PERFECTION

I Would Gladly Wash My Kids Dirty Underwear if I Had This Rinsing Area!

Not only a creative use of baskets but an incredible system of both decorative and utility shelving.  The area rug adds not only a hint of color but makes slippage more difficult.  Inexpensive accessories lends to the room a farmhouse feel.  The use of shiplap (thank you Joanna Gaines) creates natural yet warm walls  Detergents hidden in lovely jars, rollers for drying those difficult whites make the ideal compliments to this cottage abode.  Yes, if I had this charming space, I might concede to gather the piles of clothing off my children’s floor, used now for hiding juice stains, and pop in a few loads.  Why not let those bubbles flow…