Images and quote via Drake Design Associates
From assistant art director Laura LaRue: “I love everything about this living room, but especially the exposed brick walls” (“An old renovated Spanish farmhouse” from The Style Files)
From marketing coordinator Megan Lindsey: “I absolutely love the rustic yet clean look of this space. I’m also a huge fan of using white and wood features, with a bright color that complements the look of the room. Love the yellow and the individual wooden tables instead of a coffee table! And the little yellow stools give it a modern and playful touch. What a great color scheme and look for any room of your home. Happy Friday everyone!” (“Interior inspiration, fabulous rooms & decor!” from ZsaZsa Bellagio)
From editor in chief Diane Carroll: “Isn’t this the ultimate happy house? I always love how pops of color look against a white backdrop, and this place does that so well. My new favorite kitchen…and living room…and dining area…” (“Mona Ross Berman” from House of Turquoise)
From associate editor/online editor Paulette Pearson: “This image of Jenna Lyons’ office reminds me that messy offices are creative offices! The more magazine tears, photos and books you have lying around the more likely you’ll spark a great idea.” (“Design Darling on Tumblr” from Design Darling)
From editor in chief Diane Carroll: “This room has all my favorites–books, lots and lots of books, a dose of pink, sculptural Saarinen chairs, and even peonies. I’m ready to be invited to dinner.” (“Style idol: Minnie Mortimer” from Elements of Style)
From assistant art director Laura LaRue: “If this doesn’t brighten your Friday, I don’t know what will! My gray door, which I love, is a bit jealous. 🙂 Might have to bring a little sunshine to my porch too!” (“Old yeller” from Young House Love)
From associate editor/online editor Paulette Pearson: “Pretty sure this space would alleviate my dread of getting ready (drying hair, makeup, etc.) in the morning. Been dreaming of creating a bathroom and dressing room I can enjoy. This one is beautiful.” (“Gray and glamorous” from Shelter)
From account executive Stevi Jackson: “I love a good bold wallpaper â great examples of how to incorporate a graphic element into any room!” (“Add depth and interest with a feature wall” from Shayla Copas Interiors)
From marketing coordinator Megan Lindsey: “I was browsing Pinterest for some fun weekend DIY projects and stumbled upon this one. Vintage monogrammed frames. Super simple, and a great way to jazz up a wall in your bedroom or office! Get creative this weekend! Happy Friday, everyone!” (“Custom made vintage frames with letters” from Etsy)
We’re counting the days until Cobblestone & Vine’s book signing and reception for interior designer Suzanne Kasler. (Eek!)
And to celebrate, we’re giving away one signed copy of Suzanne’s book, Inspired Interiors. PLUS, the lucky winner will be invited to join At Home’s editors at the book signing, where they’ll meet Suzanne in person!
TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:
* Simply leave a comment on this post, and be sure to include your email address so we can contact you if you’re chosen. One winner will be selected at random. Visit our Facebook page on September 19, when we’ll announce who won!
The book signing/reception takes place 2-6 p.m. on September 22 at Cobblestone & Vine’s Heights location in Little Rock. Visit Cobblestone’s Facebook page for more info.
Suzanne Kasler is one of America’s top designers. Her classic interiors have graced the pages of Architectural Digest, Elle DÃ©cor, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Veranda, and even our sister publication, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. Here’s a small sampling of her work:
Images via Cobblestone & Vine
Images via Suzanne Kasler
We’re excited to welcome Cara Wilkerson of the blog Live the Home Life, which we recently discovered and can’t stop reading. Not only does it offer lots of design advice, it also brims with practical tips like the one in this guest post on redesigning a space to sell. Here, Cara shares her insight on using color to warm up a house for potential buyers. Check it out, then head over to her blog for more!
Redesigned to Sell
Few will argue that this living room is lacking potential. However, when shopping for their next dream home, buyers may have a tough time envisioning themselves living in a space in need of a little warmth and character.
With a few simple tweaks, this room will have buyers bursting down the door.
On to the game plan…
First and foremost, letâs send the lonely ottoman and rocking chair to storage. We have a few other tricks up our sleeve.
1. Paint & polish:
When prepping a home to sell, most turn to the almighty âneutralsâ to lend a helping hand. While it is true that neutral colors tend to be more widely appealing to buyers, donât be afraid to add a few strategically placed pops of color. For this room, warming up the space with a light, neutral wall color and bringing in an area rug, coffee table and wall art above the sofa will work wonders.
2. Frame it up:
Framing the windows with light curtain panels allow natural light to flow while giving the space a finished feel.
3. Accentuate focal points:
By painting the niche above the fireplace a shade slightly darker than the new wall color and adding a decorative vase, a buyerâs eye cannot help but be drawn to this living roomâs centerpiece.
4. Show off your space:
The purpose of staging is to highlight a propertyâs best features and help buyers envision themselves living in a home. The area to the right of the fireplace is begging to be transformed into an inviting reading nook. Bringing in a cozy chair, side table, throw pillow and lamp will help a buyer visualize themselves relaxing with a good read.
Read our “New Year, New Style” issue, now online!!
This issue is about getting organized and refreshing your home decor for the New Year. Go inside a Little Rock home where classic style is redefined for comfortable family living. Tour a highly-functional kitchen that combines cooking, entertaining and work areas into one stylish space. Learn how to give everyday house old items clever new uses for organization. Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll find:
Photography by Rett Peek
Photography by Nancy Nolan
Now, get cracking! Read the issue here and enjoy!
A Patriotic Family’s Colorful Kitchen and Den:
This Independence Day, I kept thinking about one of the families I met when working on our Arkansas’ Best contest.Â The Coheas of Greenwood had much to celebrate this holiday, as two of their sons recently returned home from duties in Afghanistan.Â Mike and Robin Cohea designed their new home as a place where their family could reunite and always share meals and conversations together, and I bet this open family room and kitchen (just steps away from the backyard pool) was a popular place this last weekend.
While I don’t think a patriotic scheme was part of Robin’s overall design plan, the brick walls in the kitchen mixed with the red and white walls give the room lots of spirit. Throw in some red, white and blue pillows and it’s ready for a summer party. (photos by Rett Peek)
Looking for other spirited projects? In case you missed them:
We were all so in love with this living room featured on October’s Easy Elegance cover! The dramatic black moldings, dark floors and neutral furniture give it an old black-and-white movie feel with all the glamour of Hollywood Regency style. The living room itself required very little styling. Art director Mandy Keener moved the side chairs in and added an ottoman to create a conversational area. The addition of a silver side table allows a place to set drinks. Read the full story and see the rest of this beautiful home in the October issue, in stores and online today!
What do you think? Would you love to feel as though you were living in an old film every day?
P.S. Don’t forget to enter this week’s blog giveaway by clicking here.
From editor Diane Carroll: “The design community is eagerly awaiting the first issue of the online magazine Rue, and the founding editor published a sneak peek of her own house this week. It’s a beautifully simple and elegant room, and you can see how one touch of color (pink, in this case) changes the look. Imagine a dash of orange in summer, or cranberry in December–that’s the beauty of white.”
From art director Mandy Keener: “Marvelous! Digging the plate display.” (“Katrin Arens” from Mint)
From associate editor Paulette Pearson: “Be still my heart! Maybe it’s the serene colors, or maybe it’s the fact that I woke up so early today, but this bedroom (designed by Melanie Turner and featured in Veranda) couldn’t be more inviting to me. I could curl up on that sofa for hours!” (“Refreshing Perfection” from Delight by Design)
From account executive Kathy Condrey: “Such a cute idea for a rug! This would work perfect in our playroom.” (“Before & After: BelÃ©nâs Rug)
From advertising coordinator Laura LaRue: We have weddings on the brain at our office this month with our fall weddings issue going to press in a few weeks. These pics are just the perfect inspiration I’ll pass on to all my engaged friends. Beautiful! (“Everything Fabulous”)
In case you missed it:
Color inspiration! Pantone’s latest color report and rooms to match
From editor in chief Diane Carroll: “Our Gracious Living issue is getting ready to hit newsstands, and this room caught my eye as having the same elegant qualities as the homes we featured. Wouldnât that pretty yellow toile dining room look great decked out for fall dinners?” (“Say Au Revoir Summer” from French Quarters)
From associate editor Paulette Pearson: “I’m an avid reader of Jane Aldridge’s world-famous blog, Sea of Shoes. Her mom also has a blog, Atlantis Home, and featured this image of Jane’s revamped room. Love the oriental screen behind her bed, and how she stores her enviable shoe collection outside her closet–she literally lives with fashion!” (“Jane’s Room” from Atlantis Home)
Account executive Katie Rawlings found this post on how to live like a celebrity. Can you guess which celebrity lives here? (“Live Like a Celebrity” from Shayla Copas Interiors)
From account executive/marketing coordinator Lauren Strother: “In getting ready for our Fall Weddings issue to go to press I thought these little bouquet beauties were a must for my Friday favorite. Simply gorgeous!” (“Silk Bridal Bouquets from Emici Bridal” from Junebug Weddings)
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