OTTOMANS: The Accessory You Didn’t Know You Needed

Greetings Everyone!!! It’s been way too long…..

OTTOMAN (noun) – ot·to·man (ädəmən/)

DEFINITION: a low upholstered seat, or footstool, with or without a back or arms that typically serves also as a storage box, with the seat hinged to form a lid.

Ottomans are great! They come in so many various colors, styles, fabrics, and sizes. You just can’t go wrong with having an ottoman. And the best thing is, they can fit anywhere in your house, even in your resting space!!! Check out these ottomans and be inspired!!!

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Chocolate Ottoman with Shelf from Pier 1

Chocolate Ottoman from Pier 1

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Tufted Ottoman with Bed Skirt – Fancy! From Ethan Allen

Tufted Ottoman with Skirt

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Lush Midnight with Nail Heads – Can’t Go Wrong With This Combo from Wayfair!

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Zebra Anyone – HOT!!!

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Plum Stool with Silver Nail Heads from Savafieh

AUTUMN IS ALMOST UPON US!!!

Hot summer temperatures are FINALLY cooling down. Lush greenery is now morphing into gorgeous varieties of red, orange, and yellow. I have even spotted a few pumpkin spiced lattes here and there, all hinting to one thing: the autumn season we call “fall” is almost upon us. This third season of the year officially begins Thursday, September 22, 2016. Memories of our beach vacations and summer concerts are fading into the distance, as we prepare for cardigan, boots, and the like. With this in mind, I have compiled a few ideas to get you into the “fall spirit”. Read on and BE INSPIRED!!! “Happy Fall!”

This GORGEOUS tablescape was personally created by my dear friend, Ms. Pamela Hildebrand. You can find her on Instagram at @hildebrandpamela. She makes beautiful spaces. 

This perfectly executed tablescape is by my dear friend Pamela Hildebrand. You can follow her for great home decor ideas at @hildebrandpamela.
This perfectly executed tablescape is by my dear friend Pamela Hildebrand. You can follow her on Instagram for more great home decor ideas at @hildebrandpamela.

 

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Photo by Kurtz Homes Naples – Is this powder room fabulous or what? 

 

Lovely orange accents warm up this fireplace just right.
Lovely orange accents warm up this fireplace just right.
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Pier 1 wows us with this warm, relaxing sitting area – great place to catch up on your favorite book.
Living Room Inspiration From Pier 1
More Living Room Inspiration From Pier 1

 

What an exquisite sun-room, perfect for your fall get-togethers

What an exquisite sun-room, perfect for your fall get-togethers

 

Can't you just feel the warm, welcoming ambiance of this stunning living room?
Can’t you just feel the warm, welcoming ambiance of this stunning living room? 

SUMMERTIME IS ALMOST HERE – IS YOUR PATIO READY???

Summertime is almost here (officially June 20, 2016)!!!! For most people, that means vacations, barbecues, beaches, and outdoor festivals.

It also means spending more time on your patio or balcony. Are you ready? Check out these six photos for inspiration!!!  

 

(All images are sourced.)

Check out this multipurpose coffee table!
Check out this multipurpose coffee table!
Lively apartment patio or balcony
Lively apartment patio or balcony

 

Another cute and colorful patio idea, great for lots of guests!
Another cute and colorful patio idea, great for lots of guests!

 

Ah yes, the coveted fireplace
Ah yes, the coveted fireplace

 

Urban glam patio anyone?
Urban glam patio anyone?

 

A Matthew Leverone Masterpiece - Less is more here.
A Matthew Leverone Masterpiece – Less is more here.

LOVELY LOFT LIVING – BE INSPIRED!!!

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TODAY’S BLOG POST: ALL ABOUT LOFTS!!!

Born and raised in Staten Island, New York, one of my goals was to move to “the city” and live in an authentic brick loft. Now, I am in Atlanta, the “city of the south”, and 23 years later, these classic residential spaces still make me swoon. Take a look and be inspired!

DEFINITION: A large, open floor space over a factory, warehouse, or other commercial or industrial space; such a floor converted into an apartment or artist’s studio; an open space under a roof; an attic or garret.

ORIGINS / HISTORY

Lofts are classic urban living spaces that many times have provocative features – exposed brick, piping, wood, concrete, large glass windows, granite and steel. Lofts are usually built from former industrial buildings. When industrial developments are developed into condominiums instead of apartments, they may be called loft condominiums. Originally popular with artists, they are now highly sought-after by others. Hard” Lofts

HARD LOFTS

What we consider to be a real loft (hard loft) in it’s truest form, which most regard as the only kind of loft, is typically a conversion of an old warehouse or factory industrial building. The term “hard” is derived from the fact that the interior of such space having a harder, more rugged material such as that of concrete construction, exposed brick, heating ducts and, in some cases plumbing pipes as well as original wood posts, beams and floors. Authentic details and atmosphere is everything for a hard loft.

Ceilings are at least ten feet high but are typically higher. Ah, but high ceilings does not a hard loft make. Ceiling height is becoming increasingly more important for loft purchasers, and therefore developers are now building condos with slightly higher ceilings than in the past. The ceiling height is what helps give a hard loft the feeling of having an open concept and spacious living space. Large windows and open floor plans also help to achieve this desired effect.

 

SOFT LOFTS

These newer, modern residential spaces some of the characteristics of a hard loft such as high ceilings, big windows and open concept floor plans, but what makes them “soft” is the absence of visible drywall, lack of exposed ducts and plumbing, carpet in some areas and upscale kitchens or baths. Soft lofts have more in common with traditional condominiums than a true hard loft.

FOR THE LOVE OF LEOPARD – BE INSPIRED!

I LOVE LEOPARD – Leopard clothes, accessories, shoes, etc. But one of my favorite places to spot leopard print (pun intended) is in the home. There is something about leopard that is chic and timeless. Here are a few pics for your viewing pleasure. Sources are included with the images. Be inspired! Feel free to share these posts on any of your social media pages. BE INSPIRED!

DINING IN STYLE

LIVING IN LEOPARD LUXURY
LEOPARD BATHROOM
LEOPARD & OLIVE
LEOPARD X-BENCH ACCENT PIECE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE TIMELESS BEAUTY OF BLACK & WHITE – LIVING SPACES

I personally love bright and bold colors, noticeable prints, patterns, etc. BUT there is something special about the striking contrast of black and white. It is timeless, classic, and just plain beautiful. So, for those who prefer less color, but still want to make an impact, here are a few inspirational pics (with sources) just for you. BE INSPIRED!

A Hint of Green – VT Interiors
Linda McDougald Designs
The Carpet Speaks In This Room
Classic Zebra Accent – Young Sophisticates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Decorista
Home Decor Trends

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALL ABOUT THE RESTING SPACE (BEDROOMS)

GREETINGS EVERYONE! My motto for Chic Homescapes is “Beautifying your living, resting, and cleansing spaces”. So today, I am focusing on one of the most important spaces in your sanctuary: the bedroom, which I call the “resting space”. After a day’s work, there is nothing better than coming home to a relaxing atmosphere. Here are seven pics for inspiration. Be inspired!

CLASSIC NAVY & WHITE
MINIMALIST BEDROOM
YELLOW & GRAY
SHABBY CHIC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

URBAN GLAM – RSVP DESIGNS
FRESH WHITES – CUCKOO4DESIGN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RUSTIC, EARTHY BEDROOM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Power of the Powder Room – Be Inspired

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A “powder room”, also known as a guest bathroom, or half bath, is a small bathroom that contains only a toilet and a sink. There is no shower or tub. You usually find the powder room on the main floor, near the living or family room. This allows guests bathroom access, without full access to the remainder of your home. Originating sometime before or during the 18th century, its purpose was for people to apply extra powder to their wigs prior to going before a member of a royal court or court of law. Hence the term “powder room”. In modern times, some women still refer to the half bath as the powder room, where they go to “powder their nose”. (I learn something new every day!)

Joy Tribout Interiors // Holly Bender Interiors // Domaine Home // Brett V. Design

Just Say “NO” to the Drab Home Office!!!

I am in the process of redesigning my work space at home. Here are just a few inspirational images that I found (credits listed below). There are so many options, from traditional to shabby chic. Ideally, your work space at home should be a source of creativity and productivity. Take a look, and get inspired!

Image Sources:

  1. Leopard Love
  2. Ralph Lauren Home Office
  3. Phillip Silver Design
  4. Coveted Cowhide
  5. Silver Glamour
  6. Simple & Clean

DON’T FORGET THE DESK ACCESSORIES!!!! HERE ARE A FEW IDEAS!!!!!

Leopard Desk Accessories

Leopard Desk Accessories

Gold Desk Accessories

Golden Grabs (This link provides the source for each individual item.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Designer Words of Wisdom

I found this insightful article, while searching for “designer advice”. These veteran designers offer timeless wisdom for long-term success. Read & grow……

CLICK HERE FOR TIMELESS SOUND DESIGN ADVICE!!