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Thanks to everyone who’s submitted a question of the Design Chat series.  Keep them coming.

In today’s installment of Design Chat I’m addressing a question from Sheila related to her sectional sofa.  Here’s what Sheila asked…

We have a Large sectional sofa. It has been in the same position for 11 years. I like to rearrange things, this is the first time I have not rearranged!! So I divided it… Much to my husband disapproval . I have one complete couch four seats with arms, and the other part is three seats with a corner. I have them facing each other. I love how it looks! Makes our large living room look cozy, and don’t feel the need to shout to have a conversation. If I could I would attach a picture…. But not sure how on this new device!
What are your thoughts? Thank you in advance.”
Sheila

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Well, based on Sheila’s question and some of the other questions I’ve received, finding the right decorating solution involving a sofa is a big challenge.  And when you have a sectional, the challenge can be even greater.

Before I answer Sheila’s question, let me address the pros and cons of a sectional sofa.  

PRO:  Sectional sofas can be really functional in large rooms when lots of seating is needed, especially for TV viewing.  And you can find or order just about any configuration in a sectional that you need so creating a custom layout to fit your space is easy to do.

PRO:  Becasue sectional sofas are made up of different sections, it’s easy to move the pieces apart to accommodate guest or a party set-up.

PRO:  Sectional sofas are good for small rooms since they can be pushed up against a wall and into corners while keeping the center of the room open.

PRO:  Sectional sofas can be less expensive than buying a sofa and multiple chairs to fill a room.

CON:  Sectional sofas don’t give you a ton of re-arranging options.  If you like to rearrange your furniture often, know that you probably won’t be able to do so with a sectional. It will probably only work ONE WAY due to TV viewing, door openings etc.

CON:  If you ever want to re-upholster your sectional it will be considerably more expensive to re-cover vs a traditional sofa.

CON:  Picking the right color of fabric for your sectional is key because there is so much fabric making an impact in your room so picking the wrong color could become a major eye-sore.

Sectional Sofa via Crate and Barrel

via Crate and Barrel

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So now to answer Sheila’s question…I think separating your sectional is a great idea!  Not only does it create a more intimate seating and conversation area but splitting up the sectional will give your room a less boxy feel and make it feel larger like you noted.   Also, splitting up your sectional could allow you to bring in additional side tables which would actually make the area more functional for guest. A few other things to keep in mind…

♦  To maintain the lounge feel that the sectional had when it was all one piece, consider adding an ottoman or footstool so your husband can prop his legs up.

♦  If you have the two sectional pieces flanking a TV or fireplace wall, it will actually create a much more dynamic focal point within the room.

♦  Make sure you have the right size rug under the furniture to anchor the seating area and the room.

♦  You can get creative with the pillows on the two sectional pieces as long as you have a few common pillows on each side.

So Sheila, separating your sectional sofa gets my vote.

Here are a few inspirational photos is case the hubby needs more convincing.

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via Basset Furniture 

Sectional Sofa with ottoman

via Wayfair

Facing Sofa via Domaine Home

via Domaine Home

Facing Sofas via DecorPad

Munger Interiors via DecorPad

 

For more tips on styling your sectional, you can view my sectional design guide post here:

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If you have a design question you’d like to me give input on, you can email me at shelly.confettistyle@gmail.com.

Shelly

 

 

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Good Morning everyone (or should I say afternoon)!  I hope you all had a great weekend.

Today I wanted to share a little bit about the design workshop I conducted on Saturday. I’ve been partnering with a local retail store called Smith’s for several years now and have conducted seasonal design workshops for their customers.  Smith’s is located in Duluth, GA on Main Street which has lots gift and decor stores, restaurants and art galleries.

Over the years my workshop topic centered around home decor since that was the primary product focus of the store.  However, Smith’s recently made a change to their product mix and in addition to carrying decorative accessories and gifts, they now sell clothing, accessories and footwear.  They have also co-branded their store as Smith’s and BoCo Girl which is the fashion side of the business.

  So, what’s a designing girl like me to do when it’s time to come up with a workshop theme and it has to include fashion? Well, I tapped into my fashion experience and created a workshop that focused on how your fashion style can influence and define your home decor style.

I thought you’d enjoy the presentation here on the blog so here’s my cliff note version of the fashion and design tips I shared with the group.

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♥  Fashion and home decor and directly related since many of the trends you see in home decor as spun from the colors, patterns, textures and materials you see in clothing.

♥  A great way to define your design style is to look in the closet and identify the colors and patterns you wear most.  Use what you love in fashion to help build a design theme for your home.

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♥  Sometime fashion only inspires and design trend and in some cases home decor patterns and colors are a direct interpretation of a fashion statement.

♥  Understanding your clothing style (loose and layered or streamline and structured) can relate to how you’d like to style your home and how each room needs to function for you.

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♥   Fun patterns in clothing can add personality to your wardrobe just like patterns in your decor can help define the personality of your home.

♥  Your fashion style should play up your best physical assets and the way you decorate your home should highlight the best features of your home (tall ceilings, windows, trim etc)

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♥  A favorite wardrobe piece like a classic denim jacket can be the inspiration for the decor in your home.

♥  And if you have a signature look when it comes to fashion like Diane Keaton, use that to determine your design formula.

Denim Decor via Style At Home

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Diane Keaton's Bedroom via Domaine

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♥  The style of jewelry and accessories you wear can inspire the types of items and the way your accessorize around your house.

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necklace available from Smith’s

Coffee Table Decor via Theteacherdiva

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shoes available from Smith’s

♥  Because fashion is such a personal statement that ties into our emotions, it’s very likely that the elements you like in fashion are also elements you’ll like as decor in your home.

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♥  Create a style identity that reflected in your wardrobe and in your home.

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Ralph Lauren via Macy’s

Living room via From The Right Bank

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♥  Fashion and decor are so inter-connected, it’s a great idea to use use fashion accessories to decorate your home.

Via Cocokelley

Bracelets as napkin rings via cocokelley

So you see, #fashion and #design really are one in the same.  You should dress in clothing that makes you feel good and the best version of yourself and the way you decorate your home should bring  you that same joy.

Style Yourself, Style Your Home!

Shelly

 

 

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Cheers to the weekend and hello August!

 Hard to image that 7 months of the year have flown by and that Christmas is just 4 months away!

I’m excited to welcome August in a new way.  A few days ago on Instagram, I shared my plans to create an Inspiration Notebook.  My goal for the notebook is to have it serve as a visual diary of things that I’m admiring,  projects I’m working on and ideas that have inspired me.

My notebook was inspired by the editor’s page in House Beautiful where Newell Turner, editor-in-chief creates a vision board and shares a personal note about what’s inspiring him along with highlights from the current issue of the magazine.

So as fall approaches and the last bits of summer are enjoyed, I hope you have big plans for August and I hope you enjoy my Inspiration Notebook!

August 2015 Inspriaton Notebook (2) copy

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Every time I go over to my brother’s place I have to watch my step so I don’t trip over the kink in his rug.

Just when I was about ready to tell my big bro to throw the rug out, I got an email from Rug Pad USA wanting to know if I’d like to review one of their rug pads.  Hello, Rug Pad USA…could you hear my screams for help?

 After checking out their website and discovering they had the perfect solution for the kink in the rug, I jumped at the opportunity to try one of their pads.

The kink in the area rug is a result of it being placed on top of wall to wall carpeting.  Often times when you place a rug on top of another one the top rug will creep and crease.  This is not a good look and it creates a tripping hazard when you are trying to walk around the coffee table.

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After looking through the website, I choose the Premium Lock Felt + Rubber Pad which is designed for area rugs because it has a superior “grip”, which helps prevent the rug from shifting.   It worked like a gem!

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The 5′ x 7′ rug pad came rolled up and all we had to do was unroll it and position it in place.  When going on top of a rug, you place the felt side down leaving the rubber side facing up to grip the back of the area rug.

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Once we put the rug on top of the pad we walked over it a few times to make sure the two surfaces made a connection and that the rug was flat.

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Hallelujah…the kink vanished and the rug laid smoothly over the carpeting which made for one happy brother and one super happy sister.

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Rug Pad USA carries pads for all types of #rugs and the pads are available in a range of sizes, shapes and different thicknesses to fit your comfort needs. In addition to offering traditional rug sizes, you can request a custom size if you have an irregular rug. And every pad they sell is odor-free and does not emit any toxic air emissions, like some of the cheaper latex or synthetic counterparts.  Go here to check out their full line of rug pads.

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 You’ll receive this flyer with your pad which tells you everything you need to know about your Rug Pad USA pad.

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 I highly recommend Rug Pad USA if you’re in the market for a rug pad.  And if you want to learn more about rugs and rug pads, check out their blog.

Shelly

*Rug Pad USA provided me with the rug pad to review for this post, but all content, thoughts and opinions are my own!

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I have had lots of fun sharing these Product + Inspiration post with you and I hope they’ve inspired you to look at products in a new way.
Today I’m sharing one of the most versatile products you can buy and decorate with.  It doesn’t involve going to Goodwill or shopping at Ikea, but can be found in the paint aisle at your local hardware store or online from any craft supply shop.  

Today I’m sharing decorating inspiration using butcher paper.  

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You always know when the holiday season is  nearing because the stores start stocking their shelves with new dinnerware and tabletop accessories.

Here’s a round-up of some of my favorite pieces, all of which I think will sell out pretty fast so get ready to shop!

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blue and white bowls /   Cabana Platter /  Gudari Salad Servers /  Gudari Dinnerware / Tortoise Tumblers 

Shelly

Washi Tape Gift Wrap by ConfettiStyle5

Over the weekend I shared a photo on Instagram of items I’m sending in a care package to a good friend.  As I do with all the gifts I give, I wanted to created a special wrap for the gift.

I looked through my wrapping paper stash but didn’t see anything I wanted to use so out came the washi tape and in no time flat I had my box wrapped.

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I’ve professed my love of washi tape on the blog before but I have to tell you again, it is one of the best crafting supplies you can own.

The beauty of washi tape is that it can be used in so many different ways and it’s perfect for gift wrapping.  To keep things simple, I used the tape instead of ribbon and layered different patterns together to fancy up the box a bit.

Washi Tape Gift Wrap by ConfettiStyle

I also made a cute gift tag accented with washi tape.  I folded lengths of washi tape together to create flags and then angle cut the ends.  Using double-sided tape, I attached the washi flags to the gift tap and finished it off with a silk flower.

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Happy wrapping!

Shelly

p.s.  the white gift box was part of a box set I purchased from Michael’s.  I love that the lids and bottom are separate and that the boxes are thick and sturdy.  There are 4 different size boxes in the set and they are on clearance right now at 70% off, so the set only cost me $2.99, less a 20% coupon I had.

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Hello friends and happy Friday!

I’m popping in late to share what I was up to today.  One of my good friends has recently started a boutique catering business and she asked to me create a couple floral arrangements that will be used in her marketing materials for fall and holiday.

I love flowers and creating flower arrangements is something I love to do so I jumped at the opportunity.

The day started with a trip to the wholesale flower market where I was overwhelmed with all the beautiful stems.  If the cooler wasn’t so darn cold I could have stayed and played with flowers all day but I had to get busy arranging flowers.

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I had a general color theme in mind before I went to the wholesaler so I narrowed in on the stems that would work best for the idea I had in mind.

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In addition to flowers and greenery I also had succulents and apples to work with.

The trick to really dynamic flower arrangments is the mix of flowers, the texture, an unexpected pop of color and unique elements like fruit, pinecones, berries etc.

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I took me about an hour to make two arrangements and here they are:

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The first arrangement is in a vintage brass bowl and really played up the texture within each stem.  I snipped the hydrangea at the last minute from a bush to add volume to the arrangement and is you look closely you can see a succulent tucked amongst the flowers.  Red and green apples are also part of the mix.

The other flowers used include Ranunculus, Dianthus, Bra Viburnum Berries, Veronica and Dusty Miller.

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I love Ranunculus and their fluffy petal added a lot of softness and elegance within the flower mix.

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The second arrangement was built on a 3-tiered galvanized metal stand.  This type of arrangement would be perfect for a buffet setting or larger banquet table.

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What really makes this arrangement special is the succulents.  Succulents add so much dimension and to flower arrangments because of their colors and texture.

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I tucked a few larger leaves around the edge of the stand and let some of the berries and Veronica drape over the edge.

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The red and green apples really add substance and visual impact and the Dianthus (spiky green flower below) adds a touch of whimsy.

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My friend Ande and I will be creating more flower arrangments as the holidays near and I’ll be sure to share it all with you here.

I also recommend that you follow Ande’s catering business on Instagram @YumCulinaryGifts to see all of the amazing food, style and graphic images she shares.  And if you live in Atlanta and are looking for a caterer for your next event, give Yum Boutique Catering a call.

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Have a great weekend!

Shelly