Holiday Time Decorating Tree Ideas – Home Decor, Fairfax, VA

It is the time of year for trimming the home with sparkle and lights – welcoming visitors and family for holiday cheer and sharing the festivities.

Topiary trees with garland and lights, Fairfax, VA

Home entry Topiary Trees with simple lighted Garland trim

We just finished decorating this modern home with 2 new white Christmas trees that coordinate with their home decor, adding character and charm for the parties to follow.

Holiday Decorating, Christmas Trees, Fairfax, VA

White Christmas Tree with blue, silver and white decorations

This Patriotic Red, White and Blue Tree enhances this Foyer and greets visitors immediately upon entering the home.

Red, white and Blue Christmas Tree, Fairfax, VA

White Christmas Tree with red, white and blue decorations

Have fun with decorations and providing a festive home. More than one tree will add to the festivities. In addition to the two white trees on the main level this home has a third family tree, a new green tree we provided, on the loft level above the Family Room with all the ornaments from past years and family memorabilia. We decorated the loft railing with lighted garland and boughs adding drama to the Family Room from all levels.

Happy Decorating – Happy Holidays!

Lighting Ideas, LED Lamps and Decorative Chandeliers

Contemporary Chandelier

Stunning Contemporary Chandelier from Hummbardton Forge

This week we attended a Lamping Seminar at Annapolis Lighting in Rockville, MD.  We were able to see the new lamp selections for Compact Fluorescents and LED lamps and fixtures.  Both lamps have seen tremendous improvements in color Rendering Index (CRI) with most lamps rating above 85 and some as much as 95.  The CRI rating scale is based on 100 being true color rendition.  The color temperature or “Kelvin range” is a description of the warmth or coolness of the light source.  A Kelvin range closest to 2700 is the closest equivalent to an incandescent A lamp bulb.  Most homeowners will be happiest with a Kelvin range between 2700 and 3000.  The price tags for these new bulbs that will screw into any normal incandescent A lamp location is significantly higher than the typical A lamp yet offer reduced wattage and energy savings.  The new LED was quoted at $ 28-32.00 per bulb!  Compact Fluorescents are more reasonable.

Colorful Chandeliers

Dramatic colors and drum shapes add drama for dining rooms and foyers

Contemporary chandelier from George Kovacs

Playful twist using a round glass bowl shape set inside of an oval metal frame from George Kovacs

LED lighting fixture styles

New LED lighting styles and shapes from Sonneman add beautiful light quality, great for Bathroom vanity areas

Water display, feng shui

Accent water and light display adds peaceful calm with water running down the decorative glass panel and hitting rocks in base of unit

New Accent Color Emerging – Fuchsia

New Accent Color Emerging - Fuchsia

Small amounts of accent colors add drama and excitement, look at how lively this white sofa is with the stunning fuchsia accent pillows and leather cocktail table. Introduction from M|T Company furniture manufacturer for the October 2013 High Point Fall Market

Interior Design, Accent Furniture, and Custom Window Treatments

Small scaled Accent Furniture pieces can create a transform a room and upbeat a tired and dated look.  Elegant Cocktail Tables, End Tables, Tea Tables, Bookcase, Table Lamps, Mirrors and Traditional English Accent Furniture Accessories.  Custom window treatments scaled to frame the view and windows add drama for any interior space.

English Sofa, Fireplace Chairs, Antique Gold and Glass Coffee Table, Custom Area Rug

English Sofa, Fireplace Chairs, Antique Gold and Glass Coffee Table, Custom Area Rug

Sheer Draperies with accent fringe

Welcome Home – Elegant Foyer

Formal English Living Room, Mahogany Cocktail Table, Wing Chair, Great Falls, VA
Formal English Living Room, Mahogany Cocktail Table, Wing Chair, Great Falls, VA

Small scaled Accent Furniture ie: Tea Tables, Cocktail Tables, End Tables and small Bookcases add elegance and charm to welcome visitors.  Traditional English Fine Furnishings and the Regency Antique Gold and Glass Cocktail Table define these rooms.  Passed down from Grandma or purchased at Garage Sales, Antique Shops, etc. these pieces can combine to create harmony and English Country Charm.  Accessories as in the Crystal and Alabaster Table Lamp, potted greens and floral arrangements say Welcome Home . . .  for your Comfort and Lifestyle, Your Ideas, Our Inspirations, providing Unique Solutions for Daily Living, Comfort and Work Places . . . Endless Possibilities with Custom Creativity.

Interior Design, Accent Furniture, and Custom Window Treatments

Small scaled Accent Furniture pieces can create a transform a room and upbeat a tired and dated look.  Elegant Cocktail Tables, End Tables, Tea Tables, Bookcase, Table Lamps, Mirrors and Traditional English Accent Furniture Accessories.  Custom window treatments scaled to frame the view and windows add drama for any interior space.

English Sofa, Fireplace Chairs, Antique Gold and Glass Coffee Table, Custom Area Rug

English Sofa, Fireplace Chairs, Antique Gold and Glass Coffee Table, Custom Area Rug

Sheer Draperies with accent fringe

Welcome Home – Elegant Foyer

Formal English Living Room, Mahogany Cocktail Table, Wing Chair, Great Falls, VA
Formal English Living Room, Mahogany Cocktail Table, Wing Chair, Great Falls, VA

Small scaled Accent Furniture ie: Tea Tables, Cocktail Tables, End Tables and small Bookcases add elegance and charm to welcome visitors.  Traditional English Fine Furnishings and the Regency Antique Gold and Glass Cocktail Table define these rooms.  Passed down from Grandma or purchased at Garage Sales, Antique Shops, etc. these pieces can combine to create harmony and English Country Charm.  Accessories as in the Crystal and Alabaster Table Lamp, potted greens and floral arrangements say Welcome Home . . .  for your Comfort and Lifestyle, Your Ideas, Our Inspirations, providing Unique Solutions for Daily Living, Comfort and Work Places . . . Endless Possibilities with Custom Creativity.

Custom Sized Area Carpets or Rugs for the today’s Larger Rooms

Wood floors are the flooring of choice for today’s larger homes and open town homes as they are easy to keep clean, look great for years and define a classic, handsome character for the home.  Custom sized area carpets scaled to fit the rooms provide protection, acoustical softness, warmth and comfort underfoot and enhance the spaces that flow together dramatically.  Matching area rugs or carpets used throughout today’s open floor plans tie the spaces together allowing the eye to flow comfortably from area to area, and when selected to complement existing furnishings enhance the overall ambiance of the home.  At the start of any room/home design we begin with the floor coverings first as selections are limited and the floor

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covering encompasses the entire space.  Beginning with carpet selections first allows for easier coordination of fabrics, paints and finishes.  One can always fall in love with the fabric of their dreams and use the fabric as the basis of which carpet style would coordinate best with the fabric.

Custom area carpets are sized perfectly for each space and provide more design options.  There are many styles, patterns, color and design options to choose from as you now open up this important design decision to all broadloom carpet selections.  Traditional, transitional or modern selections are available when you choose to design custom area carpets, including very durable commercial carpet options.  Solid color plush, textured or patterned broadloom carpets make beautiful area rugs when bordered or edge bound with or without fringe detailing for modern designs.  Traditional and transitional patterned broadloom selections add design character as well as hide dirt better than solid colors.  They may be used on their own or bordered with solid colors and/or fabric insets providing a finished look.  In the photos you will see we generally use a small inside piping border with the main accent color and then a neutral solid color outside border to transition nicely with the wood floors.  Many manufacturers have broadloom selections available with coordinating borders for use to create carpets sized to your exact dimensions and provide the look of a hand-made Persian, Oriental or English traditional designs.

Custom carpets are sized to the inch fitting the room perfectly providing balance and harmony of the spaces in a way no other design material can.  Enhancements include cut off corners, asymmetrical shapes, matching patterned or coordinating solid color borders.  Custom staircase runners and matching Foyer area carpets with added fringe detail add a distinct, rich coordinated look to complement any color and design scheme.

Whether designing a new home or renovating your home the most important design decision begins with the floorcoverings.  Looking for something unique to fit your design sense and personality we can provide many options not available on the retail market including both residential and commercial carpets selections which work well with pets.  We have designed carpets as large as 14′-6″ x 15′-6″ for a Library with matching staircase runners and 18′-6″ x 11′-6″ for a luxury townhome Family Room.  Beginning the design process for larger rooms in today’s homes is easily accomplished with custom carpets designed to fit the spaces and furniture arrangements that enhance your existing furnishings allowing you to develop color concepts and pizazz with the rest of the furnishings and accessories.

Home Appliance Updates

Steam Dryers for the longer life of your clothes

We just learned from one of our local vendors that Dryers are now available with STEAM
Steam in dryers can provide a softer laundry, wrinkle free and no need of ironing. Worn an article once and would like it nice and fresh – toss in steam dryer for 20 mins. and the dryer will produce warm steam to remove odors and wrinkles. Love the idea – definitely worth considering for your next Dryer purchase.

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