Saturday, July 12, 2014

Infusing color-----how and where

We all become bored with our surroundings, whether at home or at work.  There comes a point we look around and decide something needs to change.  

 One of the easiest things to change in our own home would be the pillows.  We recently changed up our linen sofa with a variety of green pillows, which meant we had a good excuse to add green to the cocktail table.  However, if you look closely, the greens have some soft blues and aquas added in along with the clear glass that adds a sparkle to everything.


A shelf or mantle will need some color---and that's a great place for a large plate.  Something round mixed in with the usual squares and rectangles, or tall skinny candles holders makes a big statement.  By adding the gold elephant in front of the plate we have subtly added two colors to our table.  Semi-opaque glass can go dull if it is placed in front of a dark background, but you can also add larger pieces of color without it taking over.  The slight transparency can be good and bad.

So many barstools are brown or black---and that is because the big box stores know they will "go with" most of the cabinetry in our homes.  But what if your entire kitchen is white or brown, wouldn't a bright barstool change the look of an otherwise tired kitchen counter?  These swivel stools are available in MANY color combinations.  Ask us about them and we'll pull out the swatches for the metal finishes and cushion fabrics.



While we are on yellow, how about adding the bright color and a more unique shape to your entry table or coffee table?   If too much yellow isn't your cup-of-tea, a small dose of it might be all you need to cheer up an otherwise drab wooden table in your house.  Of course this platter is food safe so bring it onto the dining table with some sliced cheeses or some colorful olives!  We always tell people to use their "pretty plates" for decor when they aren't used for serving.

How will you be infusing color into your home this summer?  Don't wait for the Holidays to take advantage of changing something you live with everyday. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Is it time to update your home---before and after

We mentioned a few weeks ago that sheers are back.  With more variety to choose from, including embroidered sheers and the heavier casement style fabrics, it's easy to see why they are so popular.  A recent home took advantage of one of the embroidered styles and updated their living/dining room.

Before
After
 It's obvious we moved the furniture around--the beautiful buffet was hiding in the corner of the opposite wall and the loveseat and coffee table seemed to dominate the center of the room.  By moving the loveseat closer to the sofa and turning the coffee table to sit in front of the larger sofa we opened up the pathway to the dining room.  The new buffet lamps will help illuminate the lovely sheers and the whole room is now more tailored in appearance.  

A cost saving method of hanging pinch pleated sheers is on a small oval rod.  The drapery pins are placed lower on the panels and hooked over the rod so it is not visible.  This will not allow the sheers to open and close, but because of the type of fabric there is still plenty of light along with daytime privacy.

If you want to open and close your drapery panels, a decorative traverse rod or simple rod with rings can be used.   We have come to use the decorative traverse rods more and more for ease of operation----and now there are more to choose from!  


Is your home ready to be updated?  Make an appointment with Madison Lane and start making those changes........the Holidays will be here before you know it!!!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Another update: The family room before and after

 Our "before and after" photos are some of the most popular posts, according to Blogger's statistics.  I have to agree that it's hard to beat a good "before and after" when scanning any magazine or blog.  In fact, there are entire blogs devoted to it!

So here's one of our favorite family room updates.  I don't have good photos of the opposite walls, but there were tremendous changes to them as well.  A couple of  major changes in this shot is the track lighting changed to recessed lighting, the oak trim is painted a creamy white, and the dark murky colors are exchanged for a fresher palate.
 

While you study the before, you probably cannot see that these walls had a faux paint technique applied to them in the "before".  The color wasn't quite hitting the mark in this room---it was coming across as too chalky and a bit too taupe for the warm color in the tile.  Finding just the right paint color to unify the floor with the walls, and then accenting with the "right white" on the trim got the ball rolling in the right direction.  Adding the mix of fabrics and colors is much easier when the groundwork is done as a total game plan!

 

The fabric in these Norwalk sofas is actually a little more gold than the photograph is showing, and has more texture to it.  The green herringbone fabric on the ottoman/cocktail table adds a punch of color without being too dramatic.  It has more of a comfortable feel to it with the patterned  solid fabric and the aged brass nailheads around the sides.  This great piece of furniture, from Hickory Chair, also serves as extra seating when this large family gets together.  The green glass of the lamps is a nice bit of reflective material that adds a touch of sparkle to the room.  The shades are almost a burlap type of fabric, giving these lamps a more casual feel.
 The side tables, also from Hickory Chair, are a timeless style that will serve the owners through the next update-----and the next.......You get the idea.  If you're lucky enough to have the room, invest in side tables with a little more size to them than you might have had in the past.  They really fill in the corners so nicely in this room and help square up the other sofa to make a nice conversation area.

We'll discuss some of the other details in another post----and hopefully with some closeups of the window treatments and how they were hung.

If your family room isn't quite what you want it to be, come by and let us help you get started with your "before and after" story.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Sheers are back!

When we first started our business, 7 years ago, suggesting sheers for a customer would have been a rare thing.  Many people were using blinds for their sun control and privacy.  Their wide distribution through home improvement stores and ease of hanging made many other treatments go to the wayside.  

For the last 2-3 years, we have noticed the fabric companies have introduced so many beautiful sheer and semi-sheer fabrics that it's hard to resist them.  They're "not your grandma's sheers" has become a common phrase!  

One of our earlier installations of linen sheers was for a beautiful bedroom bay window:

Striped, linen semi-sheer panels, stainless steel rods and rings


 There was really more to meet the eye than you might imagine on first glance. Below is the proposed layout we gave to the clients so they would understand how the panels would operate.  The light weight drapes were easy to slide on the stainless rod.  However, if total privacy was desired and a heavier drapery panel was installed we would have suggested a decorative traverse rod.  


Rendering of the bedroom bay window and door



I almost hate to show the before, but I will!  Trying to do this as a DIY proved to be a much more difficult chore than they anticipated.  Some things are better left to the experts, and this window arrangement is truly one of those:

These heavy linen panels wouldn't open!

Not all projects are DIY!  See Madison Lane Interiors for your window coverings.  We'll make sure they are a perfect fit!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Advertising for Spring 2014

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If you haven't made it to our new location yet, you will get a good feel for the space from our latest commercial.  Thanks again to Ron for getting this together:  his direction and "just right" verbage to fit the 30 second spot.  

If you need to start your Mother's Day shopping we have just the gifts your mom will love.  We just picked up a new company called "Placetile Designs".  I'll give you a chance to see it in person before posting any photos. 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

How to make an inviting entry


The entry into a store needs to have an inviting presence, too!   Were you ready for a post on making your home's entry more welcoming?  That may be a good topic for another day, but at the moment we are being selfish and talking about our own entrance.  

Until the trees and shrubs burst out with their beautiful green leaves, and the threat of freezing temperatures is behind us, we'll have to embellish our building with a little bit of artistry.  The new metal table and chairs are real, and we are hoping to add an outdoor rug to brighten up the area.  With the windy weather we've had lately, any centerpiece for this table better have a brick hidden inside!

What makes you want to step into a retail store?  Does the outside of the building draw you into the inside?  Do you take time to read the words on the windows, or do you look past those into the actual store to make your decision?  Inquiring minds want to know......really.  

Feel free to leave a comment or better yet, come by the shop and tell us what factors make you want to come through the doors!

Monday, March 3, 2014

What is our best selling gift?


 

Confetti Sphere / Paperweight


Did you guess paperweights?  I would venture to say candles rung a close second, but consistently it's those beautiful pieces of glass you see in various places in our shop.  I'd even tell you they look even more "smashing" under all our halogen pendant lights.  It's more of a jewelry store look for some of our "shiny" pieces.

 Blue Mosaic Sphere / Paperweight

 It might sound simple, but isn't that the best gift?  Something you admire each time you look at it?  Something that can serve a purpose?  Something that doesn't take up a lot of space but is easily placed in a home----from the office desk to the cocktail table in a formal living room.

Teal Explosion Sphere / Paperweight

You might recognize some of the pictures in this blog post----we have had some of these in the past, and some are new to the store.  If you missed it the first time, you'll be glad to know the replacements are on their way, shipping out this week, in fact!

Yellow Flower Sphere / Paperweight 

If you need a specific color, chances are you can find that in the mix.  Besides the multi-colored paperweights, we do have solid colors, clear and some with just a hint of color.

Art Glass Mini Jellyfish set Assorted Colors Glow in the Dark 

The little glow-in-the-dark jellyfish paperweights are small but interesting---especially to the guys!



 

The clear bubble glass sphere paperweights might just add that little bit of "shine" to your tablescape.  Don't forget to get one for yourself!

We are always on the search for interesting "gift" items.  Keeping small decorative pieces helps make our store look like a home, not a warehouse!

In addition, we want our customers to feel free to come in for many reasons!  Keep checking in, we're adding new inventory to our NEW LARGER FLOORSPACE all the time. 

If you have a suggestion for our gift line, please leave a comment, message us on Facebook, or come by and talk to us about it.  We'd love to have your input.
 

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