Before starting any room remodeling project, you have to address the bones of the room. These are the foundational aspects of the room, including the floor, walls and ceiling. As with an art project, you need to get the background down first before you can lay down each layer, and, like a choir, your walls can be the strong soprano soloist or they can be the gentle chorus keeping tone of a room’s decor!
Designer trick — ask yourself the questions a designer would ask you:
Do I want traditional, contemporary or transitional decor?
Do I have interesting, prominent or oddly placed walls?
Once you’ve answered those questions you can begin to create wow walls. The first question primarily addresses color choice. Generally speaking, most traditional or transitional looks stick to a neutral color palette: beige, brown or gray tones. Question two asks you to address the structural qualities of your walls. Instead of trying to hide odd walls, do what designers do — accentuate them! Support posts, curved walls and high ceilings all create welcome challenges for a designer, and you can face these design problem, too.
Notice the transitional spaces above feature walls that are interesting and difficult to address. The curved stair wall is not only eye-catching, but it’s also tied into a large, hard-to-decorate-wall. How do you make this area visually appealing and interesting? Panel moulding is simple to install and creates smaller, useable spaces. It creates texture and interest on large and small walls alike. Moulding made of rubber makes wowing up rounded walls a cinch. An entire wall of bronze ribbon glass tiles, brightens and deepens a kitchen wall. Light reflects off the tile and creates a modern feel, yet the color brings it back to the traditional decor realm.
For a strong contemporary look, wall treatments have come a long way. Wall murals applied like wall paper have quickly become my favorite bang-for-your-buck solution. A statement wall in the middle of a high-rise condo becomes a fantastic theme feature in a living room. Tall ceilings are accentuated by a mural of vertical newspapers stacked wide on the headboard wall. No art necessary with these walls!
Don’t be afraid to create wow walls in your home. You can choose to make one wall a statement wall or go all out and decorate all of the walls in a room. The bold choices designers make are the one’s that “wow,” now it’s your turn!
So I took my own best organizational advice — go vertical and get hooked! Doing television home makeovers I have learned some important lessons. I try to use vertical space whenever available while using tools that will not damage homeowners’ walls, especially when working on designs that may not be permanent. The very best tool in my arsenal is the removable hook! Sold in many styles, finishes and strengths, you can hang almost anything easily and remove the hooks when you no longer need them. Especially the teen things that tend to get dropped on the floor! I chose a selection of hooks for my different items — big and small.Simply stick the adhesive tape on the back and hold the hook to the wall. My blood pressure was lowering with each hook I stuck to the wall!
TIP: Be sure you hold up each item you want to hang so you know exactly how much space you need in between each hook. Be mindful of what each hook will be holding and choose the hook size accordingly.
Once the hooks have set (meaning the adhesive has had time to stick) let the smiling begin! I was giddy with each item I hung up — organization feels good! Figure out what items need to be within reach in any room; the bathroom, the closets, the laundry room…and get hooked!
Off to sponsor, Sub Zero Wolf’s, gorgeous showroom in Seattle!
Looking Springy in Seattle – Design Camp Seattle sponsors Sub Zero Wolf show Kelli and Lori how they eat in the NorthWest – Fantastic Food!
Design Camp Seattle brought together over 120 of the top interior designers in North America.
First stop:Sub Zero Wolf Kicked off camp with a party on Wednesday night. We’re still getting rave reviews about the food!
Thursday:Camp is in session at the Seattle Design Center. Topics: Social Media strategies, trends, how to design a line and take it to market, getting your projects and a book published, lighting, Universal Design,and much more including book signings by celebrity interior designers and a soiree by Currey and Co filled the 9AM-9PM schedule.
Happy Campers with presenter Phil Pallen and Cassandra LaValle of Coco+Kelley blog at Design Camp Seattle!
Author Ronda Carman and editor Leslie Newsom Rascoe wowing the Campers at Design Camp Seattle!
Leslie Newsom Rascoe, Kelli Ellis, Bradley Clifford, Ronda Carman and Lori Dennis Mitra Morgan of Joss and Main and Jillian St. Charles of HGTV.com
Greats like business coach Kimberley Seldon, author Ronda Carman (All the Best and Designers at Home), top blogger Cassandra La Valle (Coco+Kelley), social media gurus Phil Phallen and Adam Japko (Design Bloggers Conference), leading editor Leslie Newsom Rascoe (Veranda), industry power house Jillian St. Charles (HGTV), Entrepreneur Mitra Morgan (Joss and Main Founder), Interior Design Sr. VP of Williams Sonoma, Katherine Rice and famous interior designer Nathan Turner shed some serious knowledge about how to succeed in the interior design biz, while being charitable and having a blast!
Adam Japko – of NCI Publications, Digital Sherpa, and Design Bloggers Convention Fame!
The list of top notch speakers went on and on and kept us engaged for 16 hours of invaluable content. Whether you were a seasoned interior designer like Bradley Clifford, Mike Ragan and Jennifer Convey , new to the business or somewhere in between, you learned and connected with A-list people and places of your brain that you forgot existed! There’s a reason we get the reviews we do about people lives being changed by Design Camp.
Reunited on the stage and still besties – Kelli Ellis, Nathan Turner and Lori Dennis at Design Camp Seattle!
If you haven’t made it to Design Camp yet, come see us in Philadelphia on October 9-11 or Orange County February 5-7, 2014 and see what all the fun is about! See you soon!!
As usual, High Point did not disappoint! To start our market we hosted “the Taste of Design Camp”, inspiring interior designers across the country with our Design Camps, we couldn’t pass up the chance to meet and greet at High Point Market. Camp Counselors Leslie Newsom Rascoe (Veranda Editor), Lisa Newsom (House of Veranda), Bill Indursky (VandM), Lisa Mende, Helene Hollub, Katy Garrett, Traci Mende, Kelli Ellis and Lori Dennis gathered on stage at the Antique and Design Center to share formulas for success and design know-how for the standing room only crowd.
We were joined by 400 of our closet friends for Taste of Design Camp Gourmet Hot Dogs and S’More party! Thank you Troy and Sons for coming out and bring your spirit and spirits!
I found so many gorgeous items that I had to have but found restraint after I satisfied my shopping hunger with this GORGEOUS lamp by Thumbprints.
And Market is never complete without tea at Halo and their divine wall art by our new friends Raoul and Danielle – Cheers to you!
Whether it’s the uber exclusive Hearst party (Veranda, Elle Decor, House Beautiful) on the first night of High Point Market, a glitterati dinner at Proximity’s Print Works Bistro or on stage at the theater, if you’re looking to spot America’s Best Interior Designers in one place, High Point’s Fall Market is it.