Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Feather Your Bedroom Nest

I am so excited to be working with a fun couple in Lone Tree with the most adorable 1 year old daughter :).  Having my own toddlers at home, I know how important and deserved, any amount of sleep is (even if it's just a couple hours nightly)!  Making the most out of that precious little time is EVERYTHING, which is why a luxurious, retreat style setting, with high end hotel-like bedding is a top priority.  This is just what Jason and Lisa are getting in their redesigned master suite we're working on.  Below is the vision board I put together as the jumping off point for the room's aesthetic.

 The color scheme is espresso brown, bright white, with chrome/silver accents.  The look will be timeless, contemporary chic, with some focus on textures.  One priority in this project is the bedding.  This couple will be dreaming in all down...feathers that is.  With a new feather bed, high thread count sateen sheets, and the most marshmellowy like duvet we can get, nothing could be more inviting at the end of a day!  Not to mention the clean and crisp look it will be one they won't grown tired of any time soon, and keeping it looking brand new/clean is super easy..just bleach it when washing! Picking out down products (pillows, featherbeds, or duvets), isn't as simple as it seems, and since they vary so widely in price, it makes it all the more confusing.  Well, I'm about the make the process so much simpler and help you sleep better at night! The truth is, quality of down products is as much varied as the prices are online...the price does not always determine the quality level (this is true with just about everything your shopping for), but it does have some reflection of what's packed inside and how it was packed.  Here are the 3 things I've narrowed it down to in order to make the best purchase:

  I've learned more than I ever thought I needed to know when it comes to this fabulous type of bedding.  What I was most surprised about was that in the less/least expensive down comforters and feather beds, at best they have what is phrased as 'down top' and other variations on the same idea.  Sure this seems nice, I mean you're looking for a down feather bed to top our mattress or a duvet to top you..right?  That is the plan, but a down top means that just a thin (probably fairly sparse) layer of the feathers are actually down feathers, what lies beneath that is..well..water foul feathers..which to mean seems just..uh..foul!  It's not just that water foul feathers are the bottom barrel feathers (or should I say, bottom of the coop),  but they usually (pretty much always), have sharp quills, which undoubtably will poke through the duvet, feather, bed, or pillow, and is pretty much the opposite feel of comfort you were shopping for in the first place.  This brings me to another 'must have', which is 300 thread count cover.  Anything less than this will cause feathers, quills, what-have-you to sneak out and end up all over your room.  Before you know it, you'll be left with some cheap sheeting with a few foul feathers inside!  Lastly, baffled sewn through detailing is imperative since it creates cushy little boxes of feather filling that will stay there and keep the overall shape of the bedding. A lot of products will say that it's baffled, but it won't say that it's sewn through, which means it's not.  The feathers will shift all over the place and will quickly turn what once seemed 'luxe' to 'lumpy'.  Same goes with 'chaneled' sewn..no go on that style either.
I really LOVE a good deal, but know that a good deal isn't always the cheapest one.  If your down products contain ALL of the above three specifications,  you are getting a great deal in that it will be bedding you own and absolutely love for years and years, instead of weeks or months.  Replacing the purchase several times over always adds to be much more expensive, than the better quality item(s) were in the first place.  So shop and shop (probably best online) for down bedding to find the best price on items with all three qualifications.  Comparing cost of the same item on this will be a win/win..and you will be sleeping pretty!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Sittn' Pretty

I wrote a short while back about a wonderful couple I have the pleasure of working with in their new home, where we've been working with one of my favorite aesthetics..French Provincial.   Here's a flashback of the original mood board:

The design planning has been unfolding in their living and dining room, which are fairly open areas in the front of the home that you walk into from the entry.  Along with some of the furniture in the living room (coffee and side tables, sofa, corner accent chair), the dining table and chairs have been completed.  In the next few days I will post pics of that dining room..I know, I know, teasers are lame!  It's all about wanting to see it right now...At least that's how I feel :)  But I won't leave you hanging without some great preview shots of 2 of the chairs I finished last week, which I now have a personal obsession with!  It was hard parting with them, but they look even better in Erin and Jason's dining room than they do in the pictures I took of them below which is in a room in my home

These chairs had GREAT 'bones' to them and the cushioning was in incredible condition.  My guess is they were once in a dining room that was rarely used and were probably not ever owned by anyone other than the original people who bought them.  I rarely see chairs this old with upholstry/cushioning that well kept!  However with that being said, they were horribly outdated and had much better things in store for them!  Here is their humble begining 'before' shot:

This was like a Cinderalla story of chairs!  I just love a happy ending...which will be their place at a beautiful table setting with other like-styled seating, in a well designed setting :)  More to come.... 

*ALL NEW* the {Channing} !!!

We are so excited to introduce the 'Channing' since it features our original LDV distress finish, a cross hatch/woven linen look.  The added texture and understanted appeal is truly unique and exudes our professional artisan quality.  I personally love the visual texture it kind of looks like it has, while maintaining that warm, natural looking age-worn/old world look we're known for.  But the Channing dosn't stop there..the charm continues through the silver leaf detailing on the intricuitly carved band around the center.  The leafing was perfected for this piece by the aged pewter finish we gave it, which coordinates effortlessly with the drawer pulls.  All this for only $280!  Seriously, you'd think we've gone crazy with the prices, but we've just perfected the business for the sole purpose of retailing our pieces for a wholesale cost. 

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