Friday, May 28, 2010

Define Your Design : Transitional Eclectic

Hey guys,

Here is my segment from this morning, the lovely Dawn Brown assisted me again in the final part of my Define Your Design series. This segment is on Transitional pieces and I used pieces from Scandinavia Furniture on Edwards Ave in New Orleans, as well as Perch which is on Magazine St. Check it out below.



Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Decorating With Not-So-Subtle Neutrals

Whether you want to soften a room or accentuate bolder pieces, consider playing with a neutral color palette. Creating a neutral space doesn’t mean the end result will be a boring room- -neutral rooms can have just as much flair as their colorful competitors! Below are some ideas for decorating a neutral room full of personality.

Know when less is more. You don’t want overstated color or patterns to take away from dramatic architecture or a stunning view. Use these gems to your advantage like we see in this room shown here.

Little details can make a huge difference. Whether you want to showcase a vintage collector item, bold light fixture, or dramatic artwork, remember that a neutral palette will provide the perfect backdrop.

Create your own theme. If you want to give your room an antique feel, pair a weathered coffee table with an upholstered Victorian chair. If you’re feeling more nautical, opt for wicker furniture or throw pillows with bold stripes. And keep in mind that neutral doesn’t just limit you to white and beige- -subtle shades of navy, yellow, or red can also give your room an elegant feel.
Play with texture and shape. When using neutrals, you have plenty of freedom to experiment. Notice the bold geometrics and different textures in the room shown here. The cylindrical lighting and angular coffee table seamlessly complement the weathered mantle and upholstered chair.

Go green! Plants and flowers always add an extra touch to any room, and they can provide the perfect accent.

Some neutral paint color ideas.

Check out more tips for decorating with brown.


Friday, May 21, 2010

Traditional Design Style

Hey Guys,

Here is my segment from Fox8 this morning, Dawn Brown assists me again in going over lots of great accessories for your home to give it a more traditional feel.
The two stores I mentioned today were, Ms. Smarty Pants, which is located at 5523 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. The other was Hazlenut which is also located on Magazine at 5515 Magazine St. Remember to shop local and check them out.


- Chet

Thursday, May 20, 2010

How to Create a New Kitchen Backsplash

You can give your kitchen an entirely new look by simply re-creating your backsplash. Beverley Leigh Binns, a Toronto-based kitchen design specialist at Binns Kitchen and Bath Design, gives us tips to creating new backsplashes that will make your kitchen stand out.

1. Determine your kitchen’s theme- traditional, country, contemporary, or transitional.

2. Look at a large variety of materials before deciding. Your choices include glass, ceramics, laminates, metal, and solid surface materials.

3. Don’t limit yourself to one material. You can define specific work spaces by using different materials. For example, you can use stainless steel behind the sinks and cook tops and tile behind the other areas.

Also, a new trend is to continue using material on your counter up the wall and as the backsplash material. This helps to give your kitchen a more uniform design and to serve as a base when deciding other materials to use.

4. Use color and patterns to contrast a neutral color palette.

5. Add personality to your backsplash by creating a mural or by including items and materials you’ve collected from traveling.

Also, when planning and designing your backsplash, keep in mind that many people plan the backsplash last when they are renovating or redecorating their kitchen. However, the backsplash is at eye-level and should be given as much attention as counter material choices and cabinetry.

Click here for other creative backsplash ideas
Looking to redecorate a bathroom? Check out these bathroom backsplash ideas


- Chet

Friday, May 14, 2010

Modern and Contemporary Design Style

Hey Guys,

My segment that aired this Friday, on FOX 8, is now available to view!! I  discuss with Dawn Brown  ‘Modern and Contemporary Design Style'.  I list off a few of my favorite designers, such as Charles and Ray Eames and Philippe Starck. The items shown in this segment came from a great store on Magazine St. called Design Within Reach, stop in and check them out some time. 

Check out he new segment below!!



Friday, May 7, 2010

7 Easy Steps to Defining Your Design Style Segment Now Available!

Hey Guys,

My segment that aired this Friday, on FOX 8, is now available to view!! I will be discuss ‘7 Easy Steps to Defining Your Design Style!' Check it out below!!



Wednesday, May 5, 2010

7 Easy Steps to Defining Your Design Style on FOX

This Friday on Fox (5/7) I will be discussing my ‘7 Easy Steps to Defining Your Design Style!'

While I have worked with many high profile clients helping to transform their homes, I also like to emphasize to everyone that redecorating or designing your house does not always have to be a daunting and expensive task. Home design can be done easily on your own; all you need is some good advice and I would love to be the one to help you along!

I will be discussing My 7 Simple DIY Tips - starting in your closet and ending with your new, beautiful home. I want to help you define your personal design style to ensure when embarking on home renovations you will be happy with your decorating choices. Check it out live Friday morning at 8:15! If you miss it though don’t worry, I will be posting the segment right here after it airs. Let me be a part of your morning routine every other Friday on Fox8 at 8:15 and I promise you won't regret it !