Monday, August 27, 2012

Chick Cave

I was looking at this blog and the writer talked about how men have their man cave and women should have their own "cave"

Below are some pictures to inspire you if you want to make your own chick cave!

FNI - BLOG Inspiring Colour lilac

Friday, August 24, 2012

Thursday, August 23, 2012

CHAIRish the Children 2012 - "The Some-Times Picayune"

CHAIRish the Children is having it's 14th annual gala this Saturday where they feature designer chairs and other exciting entertainment. They asked Chet Pourciau Design to come up with our own one-of-a-kind chair to auction off during the gala.

"The Some-Times Picayune" chair is of course themed after our beloved Times Picayune newspaper that has recently moved to printing only three times a week. All articles featured on the chair focus on New Orleans events in the recent past. We hope you enjoy!

How do you think we did?

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Accessorizing Your Coffee Table

Keep it personal

Make sure what you have on display shows off your personality and design taste.

 Display you favorite books or items. Do you like elephants? Display one!


Consider scale and height. Use books, bowls and natural items that are different sizes to give interest and flow
One trick is to arrange accessories in groups or multiples of three

Ground the items

Small items are better displayed on a tray so that they do not look cluttered

You can also place items on stacked books to give height and ground. 

Go with a theme

Different colors and shapes can work together if there is a common theme

Go with a color

If items have the same coloring, even unusual finds can work with each other.

Consider organic items like flowers, succulents or even fruit.

Add some bling

A bit of bling (silver or gold) can draw the eye in and make your coffee table pop

Do not overcrowd

Even if you have some beautiful antiques, try not to clutter
Sometimes a single item is enough of a statement

Monday, August 20, 2012

iCAN Foundation Fundraiser with Pierre Thomas

The iCAN Foundation had a fabulous fundraiser at the Balouq in Lee Circle on August 18th. Many Saints players were in attendance. The iCAN Foundation was founded by Pierre Thomas, New Orelans Saints' RB, in response to the ongoing issue with childhood obesity. Check out their website at this LINK

Jen Hale and Chet created their own Build a Bear to raise money of the non-profit.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Creative Interior Design

There are plenty of good interior design ideas out there. I thought I would post some pictures I thought were quite brilliant. Enjoy!

Creative Interior Design Ideas
If you have a dog who loves to sleep under your feet, this is the perfect solution for not tripping over them. Create a spot just for pets. I guess kids could have fun in this nook too.

Do you have a smaller bathroom? This innovative idea helps that bathroom look more spacious because the visual space is not taken up.

Do you need a room divider but you do not want to build a wall? Hang glass bubbles (even ornaments) to create a creative solution. 

Cool Underground Garage Design
I know this is for the outdoors and extremely $$$, but what an amazing idea! Saves driveway space for others and hides your pricey car at the same time.

Love this "tree" house. If you have tall ceilings and some extra cash, why not? All I know is that these are some lucky kids!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Kitchen Backsplash Ideas

Stainless Steel Backsplashes can make a huge impact in a space. It is also easy to clean and durable.

Top 5 Kitchen Backsplash Pictures

Glass has become a very popular option in the past few years. Glass backspashes give off a clean look.

Stainless Steel Kitchen Backsplash on Kitchen Cabinets With Beachy Blue Glass Tile Backsplash  Stainless

Glass Tile Backsplash Pictures for Ideas of Beauty, Stunning and Elegant Kitchen

Stone backsplashes are durable and warm feeling. 
kitchen stove backsplash

Friday, August 10, 2012

Chet Pourciau on FOX 8 - Interview Miguel Calvo

Accent Wall

Seems to me that people can't get enough of the "accent wall." Below are some guidelines to help you achieve the right look.

black fireplace accent wall via decorpad Please Do It Right, or Dont Do It At All   The Accent Wall
Think to yourself, why do you want an accent wall? Will it improve your room in any way? I'm certainly not against accent walls, I just think they have to be done right. Above is a beautiful example of how a homeowner chose a daring color (black) and it payed off. So DO BE BOLD!

Now another important question to ask yourself is - What wall should I accent? Also, why? The whole point of an accent wall is to draw attention to that wall, make sure your design makes sense! The photo above is a wonderful example of how a homeowner used natural materials to create a chevron pattern on their entertainment wall. This accent wall creates a warm feeling in an otherwise sparse/modern setting. DO USE NATURAL MATERIALS FOR WARMTH. 

Most times the reason homeowners paint an accent wall is because they want to bring in a pop of color into a space. The photo above is an excellent example of showing off a home's architecture. The contrast of the bright orange/red with the white walls work perfectly with the exposed  staircase from the second floor. DO SHOW OFF YOUR ROOM"S ARCHITECTURE.

If you have some extra time on your hands, think about stenciling. Stenciling can be time consuming, but it is inexpensive and can make a huge impact. Click on this LINK for some stenciling advise. The trellis stencil design above gives an otherwise bare room some pattern. DO ADD PATTERN AND TEXTURE.

If you want to splurge, think about using wallpaper (wall covering.) Wallpaper can be a little pricey at times, but if you are only covering an accent wall, you might want to consider it. The photo above shows a metallic paper, here the accent wall is anchored by a bed. There is a reason to have it, it makes sense. DO USE METALLIC WALLPAPER TO BRING IN SOME BLING.

Do you have any other dos or don'ts when making an accent wall? Post a comment below!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Creating the Perfect Entrance

Your home's entrance is an important first impression to your space. Its is vital to plan properly for functionality and beauty. Follow the tips below to create your own perfect foyer.

Think about lighting. Extra lighting always gives the space more depth.

Seating is important is an entry way. Choose functional and beautiful seating, guests will appreciate that they will have a place to put on their shoes.

You do not have to overcrowd the space. If you have a smaller foyer, think about using acrylic furniture. Acrylic and glass pieces will not take up visual space.

Bring in accessories to make the space POP. Try an over sized flower bouquet and a bowl for keys and loose change.

Think about incorporating a coat rack where family members can neatly hang up their belongings.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

DIY Calendar from an Old Picture Frame and Paint Chips

This is a fun project for anyone, especially for the back-to-school kids and college students. Follow the instructions below to make your own dry erase creation.

What you will need:

  • Paint chips or any other colorful paper you have around the house.
  • Scissors
  • An old frame (or new one) with a glass front.
  • A roll of cork for the background (you can use fabric or poster board as well)
  • Elmer's glue
  • Tape
  • Pen/pencil
  • Ruler

Measure your frame to see what size to cut your paint chips at. You will need a total of 42 chips (7 across for the days of the week and 6 down)

Always test out your glue on scrap pieces to make sure it will not bleed out or show through. 

While waiting for your test glue to set, trace the back of the frame onto the cork and cut out. You can now arrange your paint chips to see the distance you will need to glue them in place.

Glue all the paint chips down and place the mirror over them

Slide the back of the frame under the cork so that nothing moves when you put it in the frame.

Secure the back.

Now it's time to decorate!