• What sets Kerry F. Décor apart from other Stagers & Designers?

    At Kerry F. Decor we go above and beyond transforming Spaces. 

    Tuscan trauma?  Mid Century-NOT modern?  Bad Plaid?  Not down with all that brown?  80’s nightmare-Oak Cabinetry, brass light fixtures and ceiling fans all covered in dust?   Yuck.

    Want to know why the neighbors got top dollar for their house?  They totally remodeled all their kitchens & baths and did a bunch of upgrades!!  Does it feel daunting or overwhelming just thinking about all the projects that lie before you?

    That’s where Kerry F. Décor comes in.  Allow me to assist.  For all those dated, tired or really ‘unique’ homes, I just may be able to solve a problem or two for you (or five, or seven-depending on your budget). 

    And I can work with most budgets, using the many tricks I’ve learned over the years, doing everything in my two story home from floor to ceiling, literally.  I even created my own counter tops!!  Let me share my tips and suggestions on how to get the most 'Bang for your buck'!!  

    A picture is worth a thousand words.  Please visit www.KerryFDecor/Portfolio to see many photos of the work I’ve done at different levels, from minor upgrades to full gut remodels.  And link to my socials @KerryFDecor.

    Don’t beat your head against the wall.  Open the door to Kerry F. Décor!! 

    Staging to Sell?  Styling to Stay?  Call me today!!  Kerryfdecor@gmail.com  702-882-4518

                                                                                                                                                        


  • 2 AIR BnB Or Not 2 AIR BnB?

    This is a question I’ve seen posed many times in several chat rooms.  As an owner and host there are definite pros & cons.  Here are 3 different perspectives to this dilemma that I can think of:

    1. The Guest. 

    Have you stayed in an Air BnB?  I have.  They all were very nice, well managed, creative and cozy.   Take our Rental in South Beach.  I think it was something like 246 square feet!  (It was nicely appointed, making the best use of space with a mini kitchen, queen bed and a 4 piece bathroom.)  Conversely, I have heard horror stories and about scams such as there being no actual place to stay once you’ve landed at your destination.  Or winding up staying in someone’s garage and having a bucket for a toilet!  Yikes.  Which brings us to # 2.  (No pun intended).

    1. The Host.

    There is an art to owning and operating an Air BnB.  Facebook has a private group for Air BnB hosts where you can share comments and concerns.  Note that it is a small business.  Will you be running it?   Or hiring a management company?  First check the codes in your municipality.  In Las Vegas the rules have tightened to where short term rentals are mostly banned (legally), especially in high rises, or the red tape to run one lawfully is beyond ridiculous.  It’s not just hotels striking out against the competition but unit owners who don’t want to feel like they’re living in a hotel.  Or neighbors who resent the noise and people coming and going.  I have a unit in downtown Las Vegas.  The City was fining us hosts $500 per night if we had a guest staying less than a month!  That’s your caveat – 31 day minimal rental. 

    So…how to go about setting up your space to make it hospitable for future guests and profitable as a host?  Continue to #3.

    1. The Design. 

    Decorating an Air BnB for yourself or someone else?  How does it differ from other design?   Here are some tried and true ideas, speaking from my experience and others, having operated a successful short term rental.

    Entry.

    You will want a door handle and lock with a code you can change in between guests.  Make sure to have extra batteries & a small screwdriver on hand.  The host won’t have to remember any codes, they will have a key.

    Basic Necessities.

    You are competing with hotel/motels and will want to offer comparable amenities with the exception of housekeeping and room service.   You will need to supply cleaning items like vacuums, mops and cleaners (I would go eco-friendly and easy on the chemicals).  If the unit has a washer/dryer you should also get a small bottle of detergent and fabric softener.  Same thing with a dishwasher, you’ll want to have the appropriate soap or pods.  Don’t forget a blow dryer, iron and a table top ironing board.  They can be super light and hung up on the back of a door.  You’ll also want a couple of fire extinguishers and a first aid kit.

    No free snuggles or turn down service.  Maybe chocolates on the pillows if it’s a holiday weekend and your guests are paying top dollar.  I don’t offer to entertain my visitors yet I can provide books, games, and at least 1 TV depending on the size of the space.  Along with ‘House Rules’ I like to leave links to local transportation and things to do relevant to the area, like my favorite places to dine and drink, entertainment etc.

    Dishes, Linens, Furniture, Décor etc.

    Glass is not your friend.  Think like a Stager.  At the back of Ashley Home Stores, they have sale items!  A lot of these are melamine dishes and plastic glasses including goblets.  (I would double check to make sure they are microwave safe.)  You can usually pick up colored placemats for $10-20 too.  It’s a great spot to find marked down decorative pillow cases, lighting and small décor at a fraction of the price.  And there is always the Dollar Store for all your other kitchen needs.

    White is not good for high turnover.  You don’t want too light or too dark, especially carpets. You may only have time to vacuum in between guests.

    Go with an inexpensive mattress & get a foam topper with a zipper cover.  A comfortable bed is everything after a long day of travel.  This is where you might want to spend $$ on quality sheets.  Remember NOT WHITE.  It’s a lot quicker to wash a duvet cover than a whole bed spread.  Time is of a premium between stays.  Bed, Bath and Beyond and Ikea are great places to find discount soft goods.  Note also 2 twin beds can be pushed together to make a king bed.  This is my in-laws favorite trick.  It offers you different options for different guests.  Unless local codes say otherwise, RESA member Debbie Boggs says more ‘heads in beds’ equals more profitability! 

    You won't want to buy expensive furniture or anything breakable.  Even for a luxury property. Basically you want a high end look without the price tag.  Better quality second hand can work well.  Places to shop might be Corte Furniture and Hotel liquidators.  If you’ve ever been in a luxury suite at a hotel you’ll be surprised at how inexpensive the furniture is.  Not only is it susceptible to lots of traffic but can be easily damaged and need to be replaced.  SAVE & KEEP ALL RECEIPTS for this very reason.  If you’re purchasing items and billing a client, make them a nice bill of sale in case they have to file a claim with Air BnB.  (Yes it happens.  I’ve had my place trashed a couple of times by people with 5 Star reviews.  Air BnB did take care of me financially and a receipt makes it so much easier.)

    Maybe you’re going for that homey cottage look.  The best way to prepare is to think of what you would want if you were staying there. (Minus a back rub.)  Upcycling garage sale items can work well here.  (You’ll have to make your own receipts.)  And a little creativity goes along way- think cottage core and granny chic!

    As previously mentioned, owning and operating a short term rental is like managing a side business. It can be quite profitable depending on where you live.  I have chosen a long term tenant now who is awesome and reliable.  As I’m busy with design projects, I appreciate  the low maintenance and steady income.  I have completely parted ways with Air BnB both as a guest and a host for several reasons.  One is they're too lax.  Their background checks are questionable and the whole “Give a review in private so you can tell your guest what they can do better”, leaves potential clients out there with 5 Star reviews that don’t deserve them and can beat up your space.  Everyone is so afraid of getting a bad review that I found owners are afraid to speak up.  I think by being truthful you’re helping other hosts and building a better community.

    I've stayed in some great Air BnBs.  It was a good way to gather ideas and get a host's perspective.  I would love some suggestions or recommendations on other short term vacation rental companies? 

    If you have a property in the Las Vegas area and are thinking about turning it into a short tern rental, feel free to reach out.  Especially contact me if you would like assistance with Styling it!

    Staging to Sell?  Styling to Stay? Contact me today ~ 702-882-4518, KerryFDecor@gmail.com


  • EXISTING ECOSTENTIALLY

    EXISTING ECOSTENTIALLY

    To quote Kermit the Frog~ “It’s not easy being green.”  Living a healthy lifestyle can be a challenge.  I try to eat whatever I want in moderation.  At parties I will indulge in things I never buy for home and I’ve become a very big label reader.  I find a lot of things deemed ‘healthy’ are not even close.  Isn’t there some FDA rule about how much a product has to contain to be labeled ‘natural’ or organic?  (the most OVER USED WORD in the English language btw).  My vegan friends have tried to turn me onto ‘Forks Over Knives’ but my idea of a vegetable is French fries.  I do like a nice salad --loaded with fried onions, croutons, cheese and a healthy dose of avocado!  My grandfather- who lived to be 86 - said everything on earth is either animal, mineral or vegetable which would include beer as a vegetable.  (He was a Pisces).  I like his philosophy.  As I get older I find my body very much responds to and appreciates what I put in it.  I not only consciously try to eat better and do better, I subconsciously have made healthier choices like giving up red meat.  Very rarely I’ll have a burger or steak and I have replaced chopped meat in my recipes with ground turkey.  It works just fine with the exception of turkey meatloaf which landed in the garbage after just one bite.  C’est la vie.

    As I’m more conscious of what goes inside my body, I’m becoming more aware of what I put on the outside.  2 years ago I found a wonderful all natural sunscreen made locally called With Love.  When I put it on I look like a mime and it is not inexpensive.  But then what price to you put on your health?  I’ve tried vegan shampoo and it seems to be missing a main ingredient- like soap?  I have a ton of hair and just can’t seem to get it to lather?  I’m also sticking with my crepey skin cream until they come up with a vegan version!

    As I physically, mentally & spiritually try to be my best self I absolutely make decisions based on my own convictions.  I in no way feel the need to conform to public pressure or do what everyone else is doing – ever the reason not to – and I apply this to my design aesthetic as well.  With that said, I do appreciate the collective effect we all have on our environment, especially as designers.  I am a big fan of renew, recycle and repurpose whenever possible, terms that have long been a hot topic.  With everything from food to clothing to beauty products being touted as sustainably sourced, eco friendly, and ORGANIC, it’s not a big leap to see those buzz words surface in interior design.  What we procure for our projects has a huge impact on the planet in more ways than we think.

    A couple months back I was introduced to Deborah DiMare’s book Vegan Interiors.  This is her passion and subject matter which she encourages others to share.  Her research has brought forward some cruel truths that make one take a hard look at the interior design industry.  She doesn’t just point out the obvious effects of deforestation and pollution to our soil and ocean from textile factories, she also calls out the horrific human exploitation and animal cruelty that go into creating products that we take for granted like wool, silk, down, fur and leather.  Ouch!  How many hides or alligator skins does it take to make a headboard?  1 skin equals 1 animal.  According to Deborah and her researchers, approximately 1 billion animals are killed each year for these ‘luxuries’.  Ducks and geese are supposedly live plucked and if they don’t die from shock are plucked 3 times a year.  Pretty thought provoking. I live in a community filled with both and I see how family oriented they are and devoted to their young.  I never use feather pillows as I and so many others are allergic to them.  Here is her list approximating how many animals are used to create luxury goods.

    The upside of DiMare’s work is her spot light on BIOFABRICATION, a technology that uses cells, proteins, and other materials found in nature to create products.  While the value of Hemp and natural dyes are well known this is a whole other level of imagination ~ everything from Mangoes to Mushrooms are being used to create textiles!  And no they are not edible.  Carpets and rugs are made from Eucalyptus trees and recycled water bottles.  How cool is that?  Here is her list of Vegan fabrics.  I prefer natural products to synthetics anyway because of their breathability.  It is nice to have options and be reminded of alternatives. 

    Veganism on any level gives one a lot to think about, not only how we nurture ourselves and our environment, but where things come from and how their made.  I’m not sure I am ready to give up all animal products just yet.  My parents ran a hobby farm on Vancouver Island for years and although things were done humanely – which probably sounds like an oxymoron – it did give me pause.  I don’t think it’s anybody’s right to tell others how they should live or maintain a lifestyle.  I do, though, think it is good to be aware and know how our choices might have rippling affects throughout the planet.  I also believe it’s beneficial to do our own research when faced with new ideas.  I would be interested to know your thoughts in the comments below. 

    Here is just a sample link to some earth friendly décor items as featured in my main image.  (Yes I profit from purchases, however, these should be the lowest prices you can find on the internet).  I had to pass on a few sofas, because although the wood was sustainably sourced they were still using down in their cushions.  If I’ve missed the mark on any of these please let me know. 

    https://app.onsidedoor.com/c/qZoau/sustainably-sourced

    Food for thought ~ sometimes what is not good for the body can be good for the soul.  And in the end that’s all you’re taking with you ~ Namaste. 

    Staging to Sell?  Styling to Stay?  Contact me today ~ KerryFDecor@gmail.com,  702-882-4518


  • BACK TO NATURE!!

    BACK TO NATURE

    All sorts of Design Trends are moving forward in this new decade.  A common thread we’re noticing is a return to nature and its elements.  Being locked down for so long Gray became less stylish and more confining.  Although well liked, it’s sort of run its course as a trend.  As styles swing like a pendulum, Beige seems to be making a comeback, however we’re certainly not calling it that – think ‘summer white’ or ‘warm gray’!  Sherwin Williams Whites are really popular and we’re seeing some moodier hues too.  I just visited the LV Market Tradeshow and things were pretty neutral.  Drama was created using black and white with gold or silver accents.  ZUO Modern was the exception.  One color that stood out was green, mostly emerald but also moss and other shades.   We’re definitely back to nature!

    Not surprising then, is the use of wood, rattan and greenery, whether it’s actual plants or foliage motifs, showing up in interior design.  Earth tones and elements are getting a lot of play.  Imagine bringing the outdoors in!  Las Vegas has always supported the indoor/outdoor lifestyle.  Summers are hot and winters can be cool.  If you have a pool, covered patio and/or a fire pit, your yard can become an extension of your home.  Implementing and updating an outdoor living space can be a wonderful asset. 

    Last year my husband and I were tasked with fixing and upgrading our 30 year old pool.  Knowing that pools have mixed re-sale value, we agonized about whether to put in a ‘wet deck’ or ‘sun bench’.  Our pool was long enough to incorporate an 8 foot shelf, with 9 inches of water, so we decided to go for it and WOW!  Did it ever elevate our pool and make it more usable.  We also added solar heating with the latest Pentair system.  For us the extra spend was worth it because we basically live outside from April to October.   

    Again, Las Vegas provides an optimal opportunity to enjoy the indoor/outdoor lifestyle.  Wondering how to spend your income tax or stimulus check?  Creating or updating a professionally designed outdoor space - that works year round - can add valuable square footage to your home!  Let nature come back to you.

    Staging to Sell?  Styling to Stay?  Call me today!


  • WELCOME SPRING 2021 Series Part IV: Wabi Sabi & Japandi ~ SUSHI ANYONE?

    A NEW DECADE MEANS NEW STYLES and TRENDS!!  What’s HOT and Why NOT!?

    If I asked my husband how he felt about Wabi Sabi or Japandi his mostly likely response would be “You know I’m not a big sushi fan.  Is it on the Happy Hour menu?”  Meaning if it’s under $5.00 he’ll try it.  And if I responded “They’re not food, they’re Design Trends!”  He would likely say “Why are you even having this conversation with me?”

    Sigh….

    It’s no surprise that nature themes and elements keep showing up in all varieties of design.   Being locked down in the ‘gray-zone’ (y’all know how I feel about gray) a lot of people probably felt imprisoned.  Light and white spaces are taking over and there is a huge design demand for outdoor living areas.  Greenery, foliage motifs, rattan and wood furniture are popular because if you live in a seasonal climate you’ll want to bring the  outdoors in.  One trend buyers are attracted to that incorporates all of these elements is Japandi, a mixture of Japanese influence with the simplicity of Scandinavian style.

    Let’s go back to Wabi Sabi.   A traditional Japanese aesthetic, Wabi Sabi embraces beauty in imperfection, a connection to earth and simplicity in lifestyle – sound familiar?  Think living your best Zen existence, immersed in nature without any permanent attachment.  Sound like a stoner ex?  I might adopt this as my covid “look” ~ pajamas recycled as lounge wear, an extra 5 pounds that’s clinging to me for dear life and dare I say more gray hair.  I’ll just tell people I’m Wabi Sabi.  My beauty is in my imperfection.   As an Empath and Astrologer people accept me as different anyway. 

    Now Japandi, best as I understand it, is born out of this aesthetic.  Think rustic Japanese.  The idea of both is to eschew extravagance.  It’s simplicity in its simplest form.  What makes Japandi unique is it works so well with Scandinavian design- which was hugely popular in the mid twentieth century.  Nowadays we tend to think of IKEA, which is true of its straightforward style.  The biggest Scandinavian principles are actually form, function and craftsmanship, inaddition to sourcing local, raw materials to create quality and timeless pieces.  There’s a hard lean toward monochromatic, light wood schemes where as Japanese style infuses moodier tones and bolder forms.  It’s a marriage in minimalism really.  Both embrace clean, understated design, a neutral color palette, and using available resources.  Bare walls are also common or choosing statement pieces that reflect the above concepts. 

    Another common denominator of both styles is their complete immersion in nature.  Picture large, possibly 2 story windows that make you feel at one with your environment.  This works well at you’re A-frame in the Adirondacks or in your bungalow on the Maldives.  (Not so much in your inner city apartment with a view of a brick wall or a homeless guy peeing in the alley.)

    Japandi is an ideal fusion of two complimentary intentions.   And as always open to interpretation.  If you search Japandi on Pinterest, you’ll see a lot of images that favor the Scandinavian flavor.  However, a broader look over the internet reveals a wider range of visions.  Here are mine, sourced mostly from Four Hands which actually gives them more of a rustic, industrial vibe and one could argue they aren’t really Japandi at all.  In any case they are Very Kerry.   I always do my own thing.  They both represent natural materials, clean, bold lines, and neutral colors. I’ve included links in case you would like to purchase any of the items and yes I do profit.  There are a lot more pieces in each design than shown here.  You can only put so much on a Mood Board.     

                                                                       

                                                       

     

     

     

     

     

     

    https://app.onsidedoor.com/c/8Sqth/japandi-au-naturel 

       

             https://app.onsidedoor.com/c/RzwUS/japandi-coastal

    I just opened up Shop The Look.  If you’re coviphobic, live out of state, or uncomfortable with a Designer in your space (I don’t judge), feel free to reach out so we can schedule a virtual consult and put together a Design plan for you!  Don’t be shy if you’re unsure what your Style is.  We’ll explore it together and I can help you refine/define it.  It’s alright to mix complimentary styles –after all that’s exactly how Japandi was born!  It’s also ok to mix metals and other key components as long as they sync together.  That’s where a professional Designer comes in!                                                                   

    Staging to Sell?  Styling to Stay?  Contact me today ~ KerryFDecor@gmail.com,  702-882-4518


  • WELCOME SPRING 2021 Series: Part III~GRANNY'S GOT GAME!

    A NEW DECADE MEANS NEW STYLES and TRENDS!!  What’s HOT and Why NOT!?

    So what is Styling in the 2020’s?  Where are Interior Design Trends going in this new decade?  Two new Styles, gaining a lot of traction are Cottage Core and Granny Chic .  What’s the difference you ask?  At first I was confused too.  “Aren’t they the same thing?”  In essence yes, everything Granny is super hot right now.  However, upon further research I’ve come to conclude they are two very different styles ~ sisters maybe but not twins.  Again, everything in Art, Design & Fashion is subjective so feel free to comment below on your take.  One could say they’re just a new twist on old Trends.

    Cottage Core speaks to me of recycled Shabby Chic sans the fuss and frills.  With technology at the forefront of everyday life, this trend harkens back to nature and “simpler times”- think Grandma 100 years ago.  Crafting, quilting, and needle point are part of the overall aesthetic, as are wicker baskets, wood furniture and accessories, fresh flowers – you get the feel.  The lifestyle embodies leaving behind electronics, creating your own garden, baking your own bread, and learning to live by one’s own means  Good luck with that!  I don’t even know anybody my age who can live without their cell phone for more than a day.  Never mind giving up indoor plumbing and hot running water.  I can get down with the look, which I have done inadvertently in my beach room, yet camping was never my thing.  (As mentioned in my last blog, sometimes I’m on trend without even knowing).  If you want to channel your inner Amish, give this a try.  Or just raid Granny’s attic, basement or garage before scoping out Home Goods. 

    Here’s a cool link I came across that really speaks to this trend.     https://www.salon.com/2021/03/18/all-about-pie-birds-the-whimsical-victorian-era-baking-tool_partner/ 

    Hot Granny tip! ~ From my Great Grandma Ruth ~ when rolling out your pastry it should be thin enough to read a newspaper through.  Move over Marie Callendar.  Our family pie crust recipe goes back at least 4 generations.    

                                                    https://app.onsidedoor.com/c/LXee8/granny-glam 

    Now for my take on Granny Chic, often referred to as Grand Millennial, which ideally should be named Grand Boomer!  This Style could be described as Modern Farmhouse meets acid rock.  Your younger, hipper Granny, she’s also down with nature – think Woodstock and naked hippies frolicking in the mud.  This Grandma’s been making her own organic spaghetti sauce for years and she’s taken Vintage to a whole other level!!  Good bye wood tones and hello color!  Or maybe she mixes the two in a way only she can pull off.  Where Cottage Core leans into minimalism, Granny Chic embraces maximalism from lavish wall treatments to bright homemade bed spreads, and wonderful antiques.  A great embodiment of this look and overall lifestyle is Jo Wood, Britsh celebrity and ex-wife of Rolling Stone Ron Wood, also formerly of the Faces (2 of my favorite bands)!  They may have even named this style after her??  I really enjoy following her on IG @jowoodofficial.

    Both these respective Trends represent a nostalgic appreciation of different times past.  They work especially well if you’re young and poor, yet ironically look better when curated over time.  As with fashion it takes a certain je ne sais quoi to source and put together vintage looks. 

    I love the homey feel of family photos ~ curated correctly ~ and unique pieces, not found in stores, mixed in with modern elements.  I notice even when I purchase new items I lean towards retro designs.  I'm grateful to have accumulated many treasures throughout the years, inheriting quilts and such from my own Grandmothers and my Mom.  (My maternal Grandmother is 103!  She resides in a nursing home on Vancouver Island.)  Living in Las Vegas I am especially partial to the Rat Pack era! 

    Have you embraced either Cottage Core or Granny Chic, possibly by accident?  Do your children or grandchildren love these styles?  I believe vintage looks will always be on Trend in one style or another.  I found a few items for a client that I call Granny Glam.  See above.  (I profit from sales).  Blend these in with some great antiques and vintage finds and you can put together your own special Granny Style! 

    Do you need to Stage a historic home ~ for sale or a small event~ and want to honor it's origins?  Let's talk about a Vintage Vegas Stage!  I specialize in Unique properties.  And I'm running  a special on all Consultations through April 7th.

    Staging to Sell?  Styling to Stay?  Contact me today!  KerryFDecor@gmail.com , 702-882-4518

    I am dedicating this blog to Marge Swazzo who passed while I was writing this.  I am the proud owner of one of her hand knitted afghans!  She was a loving mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, wife and friend.  She will be missed.

     

     


  • WELCOME SPRING 2021 Series: Part II

    FADS VS TRENDS??

    A NEW DECADE MEANS NEW INTERIOR DESIGN STYLES and TRENDS!!  What’s HOT & Why NOT!? 
    Since we are exploring new Styles and Trends for the 2020s, let’s take a time out and clarify the difference between a Trend and a Fad.  And just as a disclaimer, what I write about comes from information gathered from other Interior Design Professionals and my own research on the internet.  Like everything in Interior Design (and Fashion) we have ‘rules’ - which creatives will always break - and a lot of it is
    subjective.  Feel free to leave a comment below if you would like to offer your own opinion.  I stand by mine.  We can agree or agree to disagree.

    The basic difference between a Fad and a Trend is shelf life.  An Interior Design Fad lasts about 2 years tops where as Trends tend to arc in a 7 year cycle.  (If you follow Astrology, like I do, you will note that 7 years is part of the Saturn Cycle:  Endings for New Beginnings, Fate.)  This is also where you see the separation between professional Designers and D.I.Y.ers.  Designers are the first to know when something is emerging because of their private access to the Trade Only Design Showrooms and events like Las Vegas Market and High Point.  A good Designer will have their pulse on what is about to breakout and will have exclusive access to it.  Thus it will be more costly.  When you start to see it on Pintrest, Houzz and HGTV you know it’s hitting its peak.  (Take notice when you watch those Design shows.  A lot of times they will have the Air date at the end of the credits and the show will be several years old! - when a Trend was beginning or peaking.)  Then you start to see everyone using it and it’s available everywhere.  And thus marks the end of a Trend.  Once something becomes really popular and you can pick it up at Ross or Home Depot, consider it done.  That’s not to say it’s losing all popularity.  You’ll see it morph into other designs and trends. 

    This can be beneficial when Staging your home for resale.  If a dissolving Trend is readily available, inexpensive and still has appeal, then it can work to attract a large number of buyers - more so than an emerging Trend which hasn’t caught on yet!

    A good example of a Trend was Modern Farmhouse which lasted the better part of a decade.  I think it’s safe to say that Shiplap has had its day and you can buy ‘barn’ doors at Lowes now.  With that said, the overall look has retained its popularity, transitioning into new Styles like Cottage Core, Granny Chic, Rustic Glam and a return to what I always believed was its origins, Shabby Chic.  Thoughts?  I will explore these more in another Blog. 

    A new Fad I’ve observed in the last couple of years, particularly in model homes, is Millwork done on the diagonal.  Always a classic Interior Design feature, millwork can be a relatively inexpensive way to add high end design.  However, these designs completely break with tradition and are edgy and modern.  Because it takes time and talent to really execute properly, I just don’t see this catching on with the masses.  I see it as a potential DIY disaster waiting to happen.  The last set of Model homes I toured in February had this sort of design in every room!  Which means to me it’s already played out. 

                            

    Sometimes ‘Fads’ surprise us and become Trends.  When brass hardware resurfaced in the last decade it was thought to be a short term comeback.  A lot of people, like my husband,  have bad brass flash backs from the 80s and 90s.  Any time you visit an open house that still has old school brass on door hinges, handles and light fixtures, it really makes you want to run!  However, this ‘Fad’ just doesn’t seem to be going away.  A brushed brass or bronze is a lot more subdued than the glaring ones from days of yore.  And it pairs really well with the new warm paint colors and natural wood tones that are shaping the 2020's. 

    So what are you gravitating to?  OR, pulling back from?  I told you in my last blog with the exception of charcoal, I am totally over gray.  I was doing it 8 years ago.  I still like it in the room I did - mostly because it's charcoal & the design fits my personal aesthetic.  Like my wardrobe, sometimes I'm totally on Trend while other times... I am just me.  If you mix Trends with classic elements and don’t overdo it, you can fall in love with your space over and over again.  If a Fad comes along that you really dig, you can add elements of it into your design.  Then change it out as you see fit.  I believe good Interior Design never really goes out of style.  Especially if it reflects your personal taste! 

    So what is our take away?  Fads can be good or bad.  Like I always say, moderation is key!  Trends, bend into them.  BUT ONLY IF IT SPEAKS TO YOU!!  Don’t do something because everyone else is talking about it.  If they are already doing it then it is time to look elsewhere and consult with a professional Interior Designer, like yours truly.  This way you can be ahead of the curve on the next big thing!

    Staging to Sell?  Styling to Stay?  Contact me today ~ KerryFDecor@gmail.com,  702-882-4518

    Credits: Donna Hoffman, ID Advocate, Audra Slinkey

     


  • WELCOME SPRING 2021 SERIES~ NEW STYLES and TRENDS!! What’s HOT and Why NOT!?

    Part I:  Colors Of the Year for 2021!
    A NEW DECADE MEANS NEW STYLES and TRENDS!! What’s HOT and Why NOT!?

    So what are buyers looking for these days?  Well you can say good-bye to gray, it's passé… unless you’re looking at Pantone's Ultimate Gray & Illuminating, 2 of the ugliest colors to ever make this prestigious category.  Usually Pantone nails it with something fresh and inspirational.  Since we’ve been on lockdown for almost a year, other brands have seized the moment by offering colors described as ‘cozy’ ‘soothing’, and  ‘balanced’.  These two hideous shades suggest more of being imprisoned with a new twist on an orange jumpsuit!   

    If the yellow intrigues you please don’t put it on a wall.  Embrace it with table top accessories and possibly curtains, definitely not furniture.  And use the grey as a back drop.  I personally am over gray although I’ll always have a place for charcoal.

    On that note let’s look at Sherwin Williams C.O.Y. Urbane Bronze! Not quite gray, not quite brown or black, this color has been getting a lot of play as we switch from light & bright spaces to moodier ones.  Buyers now crave a little corner to call their own.  While I wouldn’t do a whole room with it, a feature wall or a loft ceiling would look amazing!  It’s a perfect match to the still trending industrial vibe and new looks like Rustic Glam.  How about as an accent color on cabinets and doors? 

    Warm and Nature inspired designs are super hot right now and you will see a lot of environmental colors like Behr’s C.O.Y. Canyon Dusk.  A smoky mix of blush & tan this color could play well in many settings.  And you could do a whole room in this comfy shade. 

    Do not fear, the Blues are still here – in design anyway.  Do they ever really leave?  There is a color Blue for everyone as it can be masculine or feminine, bold or calming, yin or yang.  Benjamin Moore offers up Aegean Teal as its C.O.Y.  Perfect in large or small doses, this color is a buyer magnet!  Another light blue in a different hue is Dunn-Edwards C.O.Y. Wild Blue Yonder.  If doing a whole room that doesn’t belong to a baby boy, I would suggest it in smaller spaces like the laundry room or a spa like bathroom!  Either Blue would look good on a front door or accent pieces. 

    Lastly there’s Valspar’s COLORS of the year, a palette of muted tones that embrace nature from land to sea.  And they’ve included a couple shades of gray in case you’re just not ready to let go!

    Each to their own.  I believe moderation is the key when trying something new.  My paint rep from Sherwin Williams says it’s important to look at which product you’re using when deciding what finish to go with, ie: Eggshell/Satin, Matte etc.  They also have large swatches now where you can see the actual undertone of the color.  You will need to know if it’s a cool based tint or a warm based hue that will match your other design elements such as flooring.  A professional Designer, like myself, can guide you through the different processes that go into painting, and help you avoid pitfalls along the way.

    Are you ready for a Spring Refresh?  Do you want to try something new and maybe venture out of your comfort zone?  Please don’t go it alone.  The road to hell is paved with good intentions.  Save time and money by hiring a professional.  That’s what I’m here for! 

    Staging to Sell?  Or Styling to Stay?  Call me today: 702-882-4518, KerryFDecor@gmail.com



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