Decorating Den Interiors in Fort Walton Beach FL
If driving around from store to store trying to decorate your own home is not your thing, then Decorating Den Interiors is the answer to your dreams. Niceville, Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Crestview residents can choose a reputable and experienced interior decorator by calling 850-200-0794 and making an appointment with Carol Stearns, owner of the local Decorating Den Interiors. Carol Stearns is an accomplished and award-winning interior decorator serving all of Okaloosa County. When you call Decorating Den Interiors, you can work with just one company for all of your interior design needs!
Specializing in space planning and pulling it all together, Carol Stearns will meet with you at your convenience in your home to discuss your vision for the look, function, and feel of your home. Carol will help you choose window treatments, floor coverings, fine furniture pieces, and lighting to make your vision a reality, and to create an atmosphere that fits your personality, taste and lifestyle.
If you want to work with an interior decorator that can bring your dreams to reality, then Carol is that person. Carol will take the possessions you currently hold dear, add new things, and pull everything together to create a new and beautiful environment. All appointments are held in the comfort of your own home. You do not have to drive from store to store, bringing home swatches and tiny samples only to be disappointed when they don't work. Carol brings the store to you with samples and catalogs and lots of ideas to pull your interior design together.
Carol's many clients live in all areas of Okaloosa and Walton Counties and even nearby states. Carol has even done draperies for clients in Switzerland, converting metric to feet and inches! Since 1984, Carol has been designing dream rooms in Okaloosa County and beyond.
Call 850-200-0794 soon for a complimentary appointment. You'll be glad you did!
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Consider your lighting!
Is your family one that does Thanksgiving in a big way? Then you may want to consider making some changes to traditional accent lamps with white or cream colored shades. Perhaps a lampshade style in one of today’s rich harvest hues would be the perfect “new” accent. Rich gold shades, for instance, will cast a beautiful warm glow throughout any room. On the other hand, if you enjoy going all out for Christmas, you might want to exchange your current lampshades for ones with red or green shades. This kind of lighting design can be particularly appropriate in a room already decked out in a red and green color scheme.
Today, fresh is in! So why not consider decorating your holiday table with a beautiful fresh flower arrangement? Even floating a few carefully chosen flowers in a beautiful ceramic or fine art glass bowl would definitely help your tabletop take center stage.
At Thanksgiving time, a beautifully designed bowl might be carefully filled with nature’s bounty of squash, gourds, and miniature pumpkins. Or you could even take a more decorative approach and fill your centerpiece bowl with seed studded balls in a variety of colors. And at Christmas time, this same bowl could then be filled with glass balls mixed with gold and silver leafed fruit, and even foods that reflect the shades of the season, like artichokes and pomegranates.
To complete your table settings, take a cue from the objects you’ve used to fill your decorative bowl to designate each place setting. If, for instance, miniature pumpkins are a part of your thanksgiving mix, give each guest his or her own. Carve out the centers and use them as mini-vases for appropriately scaled flowers. Or make openings large enough to accommodate votive candles. The same concept works equally well with artichokes for Christmas settings. You might even feature seasonally-themed stationery as place cards, finishing each one with a keepsake stickpin.
If one pair of candlesticks on your fireplace mantle is good, then a collection is even better. If you collect crystal, for example, pull together a grouping in all shapes and sizes, old and new. Add candles of varying heights and you’re ready to set a romantic holiday mood in any room. And as the seasons change, simply change the color of your candles! Don’t be afraid to mix and match the style of your candlesticks either. An eclectic collection invariably says something about your personal style – something that’s sure to make any holiday decorating scheme more memorable!
There is still time to order new draperies and accessories to update your home for the holidays! We can pull it together! Until next time, have a happy decorating day!
A lamp next to a sofa should be approximately 30” tall. You can solve the problem of a shorter lamp by placing it on a stack of leather bound books to get it up to the height you need. Remember back in the 60’s, tables were really short and lamps were really tall? That’s because you needed to get that lamp tall enough so the light would be reflected onto the book as you were reading. Lamps on either side of a sofa don’t necessarily have to be the same! They should be similar and approximately the same height, thus the stack of books.
Table lamps and floor lamps don’t have to be exactly the same either. In fact, 2 table lamps and a matching floor lamp in the same room can be kind of boring. However, they should be of a similar finish. Don’t put a chrome floor lamp next to a bronze and wood table lamp. That just won’t work very well.
Tablescaping is another important feature to consider when selecting a lamp. I was working with a client recently who had a new picture that was hung above a chest on a nail that was already in a concrete wall. Rather than lower the picture, I placed her existing lamp on 2 books and lined several more books up next to them, using the lamp as a book end. On the other side of the chest, I placed 3 colorful bottles of varying heights. These items filled the space between the picture and the chest and created a cohesive look! She loved it and everything I used was something she had already!
Repeating a motif in a room is important as well and you can often find a lamp that matches the clients other accessories. For instance, pineapples are popular with many traditional clients as it is the sign of welcome in any home. I recently placed a beautiful pineapple lamp in a clients’ home as the feature accessory on a table in between the sofa and loveseat. She had other pineapple accessories in other parts of the room so repeating it made sense.
Most of my clients prefer 3 way lights and I noticed recently, that the newer lamps in my catalogs were only on/off. When I asked about this, I was told that the newer spiral and energy efficient light bulbs did not come with the 3 way option, thus there isn’t a need for the 3 way switch. My advice to you is to stock up on 3 way light bulbs while you can still get them! In the state of California, lamp buyers have a surcharge placed on their orders to accommodate their energy efficient laws!
Until next time have a happy decorating day! And call me if you need a lamp!
This month I’d like to give you some tips of places to go and things to do to improve your home and surroundings.
First off, Dixie Cleaners on Racetrack Road and Wright Plaza has a special where you can have your bedspread cleaned for $29! That is quite a bargain and I know there are many bulky and oversized bedspreads out there that won’t fit into a washer. I know I’ve taken a large bedspread to be washed at a Laundromat and after about $150 worth of quarters, you finally get to take it home. Save the time and effort and take it to Dixie!
Do you just hate having repairs made to your home because of the time it takes and mess involved? You can have a brand new kitchen in about 2-3 weeks complete with granite countertops when you call Nicky C with Rock Solid Productions. His # is 259-8924 and he has done new windows in my own home and some other things. I’ve referred him to several clients and his team of workers is in and out of there! And you’ll be pleased with the results.
If you want a new look for your home and don’t have a big budget, call me! I’ve been working with a client to update her living room and we never left it. I’ve got some great suppliers for a wide range of accessories at good prices. I’ve also got sources for unusual things that you can’t find elsewhere, like faux wood arch top blinds for those hard to cover Palladian Windows. They come in adjustable sizes to fit your needs!
Do you have old mirrors in your bathroom with scuffed and worn edges? I have an assortment of frame options that can be ordered to cover those edges and give you a new look! Go to www.mirrormate.com to check them out.
There’s nothing worse than a skimpy dust ruffle on your bed. Does yours even touch the floor? This is a splurge but let me have a new dust ruffle made for you that is split in the corners, has plenty of fabric and skims the floor. It will make a huge difference! And you can coordinate pillows or draperies to tie things together. And speaking of bedding, I’ve got sources for custom bedding where the quality is good and the prices are very reasonable! You won’t get the same selection at a department store and we can customize parts of the package to fit odd mattresses.
Are you having trouble finding artwork to suit your taste? Is there nothing out there big enough to hang on your wall? I can help you in this department as well!
You don’t have to be unhappy with your home for another minute! Give me a call and I’m on my way! Until next time, have a great 4th of July and a happy decorating day!
I’m so tired of hearing those 3 words, “in this economy”, that I am going to delete them from my vocabulary. We have decided to move forward with much needed renovations to our 30 year old home and I’ll tell you why! Interest rates have never been lower and if you aren’t buying a new home, it is definitely time for you to look into refinancing your old home and making the improvements you need to make! Our first thought was that we only had 7 more years to pay off our home and did we really want to take on more debt? BUT and a big BUT, with windows and doors needing to be replaced, bathrooms updated, a tattered hurricane weary fence and other improvements crying out, we decided to look into refinancing to see what the possibilities were. My goodness, the interest rate we locked in is practically free! We take out enough money to make improvements which adds to the ultimate value of the home, our payments stay the same and it only adds 3 more years onto the life of the loan! Our home was appraised higher than we anticipated and we didn’t have to wait weeks to get all this accomplished! We are also helping the local economy and small business owners by doing this. And the best part is that I get to design and install all new window treatments and redecorate!!! WHOO HOO!!! I can’t wait to get started! Now maybe refinancing your home isn’t what you need to do. But if you are tired of the news media touting gloom and doom, look around to see what you can do to improve your own home. A fresh coat of paint can do wonders, a new chair, rearrange the furniture, anything. I have often said that if you don’t do something to improve your home each year, it gets overwhelming and becomes very costly. And don’t be afraid to call in a professional for help! It’s a lot of fun! This year is more than half over and we are coming into the fall season of football and holiday shopping. If you have family coming for the holiday season and you want to do some improvements or redecorating, now is the time. Fall has always been a busy time of year for me. Things have changed so much in the world of design, I can’t predict the coming months anymore. I can suggest that if you intend to get started with a redecorating project soon, don’t wait. There has never been a better time to do it! Let’s put a new lease on life or a new drapery on the window! Until next time have a happy decorating day!
FABRIC TO FABRIC!
I just love fabrics! I covet them and hate to discard my samples but I know I must. I've found outlets for my discontinued samples through the local quilt groups at the Lutheran Churches and other charitable groups. But last year, I took a class on quilting and now I'm a little more picky about what I donate! I want to keep all of the pretty cottons for myself in hopes of making a quilt or handbag or some other crafty project. I even purchased a new Viking sewing machine and find myself gravitating towards my sewing room at night and on the weekends. It is so soothing to sew pieces together!
Cotton is the traditional quilting fabric as it comes in so many pretty colors and patterns and washes well! So where is this leading me in this story? On the back of my fabric samples there is a paper listing the fabric pattern name and color, the fiber content of the fabric (100% cotton, polyester, rayon, acrylic, etc.), the size of the pattern repeat, country of origin, and the suitability of the fabric for upholstery, drapery, commercial or residential. I always pay very close attention to this information in making a selection for my clients! If we are making chair cushions at a dining room set, you want to be able to wipe the crumbs off the seat! Silk won't do unless you don't use the cushion.
There is a drapery look that is called stria where you use 2 or 3 different fabrics to make up the drapery panel. A recent design for one of my clients is: top third floral, middle third green, and bottom third, navy. I showed the client many fabrics but when it came to marrying the fabrics together into one panel, I used all linen content. When I delivered the fabric to the workroom, my drapery lady told me that I was the only one she knew that made certain that the fabrics to be combined in a drapery were complementary to each other in fiber content! Hey, I guess all of these years of experience and training in textiles in college have paid off!
The price of cotton has skyrocketed over the last year. I have sticker shock sometimes myself but I realize you get what you pay for. I am becoming more aware of where a fabric comes from and I look for labels that are made in the USA. If more of us would purchase American Made Products, maybe we can help this economy to recover! When I think of it, custom drapery products are ALL American Made! And mostly made locally right here in Okaloosa County! Support your local vendors and buy locally! We appreciate it! Until next time, have a happy decorating day! Carol