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Monday, July 2, 2012

DETAILS That Will Help Take Your Room UP A Notch!


(Notice how each picture frame is outlined with molding to give an interesting look to this gallery wall.)


"It is all in the details," is a statement that we have all heard before.

Until I started to work as a designer I am not sure I realized how important the details were. Once the room has a good foundation it becomes imperative to add just the right details as the finishing touch.

(Simple pieces of molding make an interesting striped treatment on the wall in this dining room. By hanging the egg prints ceiling to floor they make a more impressive statement in this simple dining room.)

When I look at a beautifully designed room I study all the details. I try not to miss any of the special nuances the room has to offer.

It can sometimes be a tricky balancing act when it comes to adding details. Too many will make a room  feel busy, or contrived. Too few, can make for a boring, mundane room without any feeling.

I love to find special touches to add to a room. You know, the just right touch that speaks volumes of the homeowner’s personality.

Today I would like to show you a few details that have caught my eye. Maybe you will find some that you can add to your home to give it that special something.

By using a mural with words this simple dining room becomes unique. The simple black barrel shades make a wonderful statement. 

I think this room is a perfect example that good design does not have to be expensive. It just has to be done with a restrained hand ,and in good taste.

I love this detail!! This is a great way to add wall sconces without having to hard-wire them into the wall. This would would work wonderfully for a rental. It not only add character, but a little extra lighting.

Bored with your plain white cabinet doors? Add some color and nail-heads and you have an unusual detail that will take your room up a notch.

I will leave you with an image of a footstool, and a lampshade that I have in my own home. Simple details took items from Target, and Big Lots to a  higher level.

Simple black trim added to my lampshade gave it just the right fininshing touch.

 The footstool with the Greek Key motif was upholstered in a not–very-attractive brown micro suede when I purchased it. I knew it would look amazing in a black and white awning stripe.

By adding just the right details to a piece of furniture, lampshade, or a room, your home will become uniquely YOURS!!!

To See More Details I have found to be interesting check out my Pinterest Board HERE

"Enjoy the Process," Of:

Adding your very own special details to your home!



Wendi @ Classic Chic Home said...

Great design truly is in the details, Kathysue. Wonderful examples! I love your lampshade and stool.
Have a happy Monday!
~ Wendi ~

Unknown said...

Lovely post. I just want to say I am sorry for your loss, and pray that your family bounces back soon.

Karen said...

I always love visiting our local parade of homes and scouting for such details, you're so right, they make the room special.

Bring Pretty Back said...

How I love the mural with words!!!! Yes , details matter!!
Hve a pretty day!

Stacy CUrran said...

Oh I LOVE the artwork inside the molding frames and panels -- what a fantastic idea!!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh you are the master at details. I always learn so much. Hugs, Marty

The Buzz Blog said...

You're so right, Kathysue, details really do make a room and they're what stays with you after you leave. I still remember all the OH initials at the Ocean House hotel in Rhode Island - they had them up the stairs and in the light fixtures. Hope you have a wonderful week!


You are right...the details take a room to WOW status :)
Hope you are felling better after your loss. I have been thinking about you....

The enchanted home said...

Love adding details..its what makes a room go from pretty to extraordinary!! Love all these examples (especially the first picture) and the gorgeous black trim on your shade...stunning!
Happy July 4th!

michele said...

i never miss the details either, kathysue. i love the ones you have shared today!



Teresa Hatfield ~ Splendid Sass said...

Love this post, Kathysue! I am going to add sconces to doors. This is genius for a bedroom or a living area.
I love the moulding so much. Just gorgeous.
It is the special touches the make a home, and you have shared so great ideas. I always find inspiration here.
Happy 4th!

vignette design said...

All about details here! Glad to see you back Kathysue!
Have a great 4th!

helen tilston said...

Hello Kathysue

So nice to have you back posting again.
I always love what you do and your stool with the awning cover is beautiful

Helen xx

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Love your black and white, Kathysue! The shutter sconces are genius! Hope you had a happy 4th!...hugs...Debbie