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  • Design Always Changes & So Are We

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    Over the years, bit by bit, we grew as company and expanded by adding more team members and services. Now after ten years of being Seattle Staged To Sell, time has come for us to add “& Design” to our name.

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    I invite you to read Our Story and learn more about our journey, from start to now, and meet our dedicated team.Read more

  • Large Windows & Reclaimed Wood Defined This Wedgwood House

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    Have you heard the saying that eyes are the doors to the soul? For me windows, like eyes, do the same for houses. The large windows combined with all the natural reclaimed wood products gave this Wedgwood house a soul and voice of it’s own.

    Windows like this bring the outside in with this relationship they create a balance. This balance is what promotes a sense of peace and tranquility, the reasons why we are drawn to these types of spaces.Read more

  • Tips On Designing Open Floor Plan Spaces

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    Spaces with open floor plans come with many challenges.
    More and more families want to buy and live in homes with open floor spaces. Our modern livestyle has become busy and chaotic, so much so, that when we are at home we all want to be with our families as much as possible. This demand has made the open floor plan popular.Read more

  • Voted One Of The 15 Best Interior Design Firms In Seattle

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    We were honored to be mentioned and nominated as one of the Seattle Best Interior Design firms by BuildDirect.    bd_logo_new

    If you’re looking for a city that is flush with the green of trees and grass, with an ocean view to boot, Seattle is the perfect city. Beyond that, the citizens have always been trend-setters and forward-thinkers. This applies to interior design as well. From Benaroya Hall to the acoustically perfect CenturyLink Field, architecture and design have always been a marvel of inspiration for the Emerald City.Read more

  • Marsala – 2015 Pantone Color Of The Year

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    Pantone Color Institute has selected Marsala, an earthy brick red-brown hue, as the 2015 color of the year.

    Leatrice Eiseman, Exe. Director of Pantone Color Institute described MARSALA PANTONE 18-1438 the best:

    “Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability. Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth.”

    I wholeheartedly agree with Ms. Eiseman and something must have been in the air since right before the Pantone’s announcement, I purchased a Marsala colored pair of shoes, handbag, a cashmere sweater and yes that rich Marsala colored lipstick.Read more

  • Emerald – 2013 Pantone Color of the Year is About Harmony & Prosperity

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    Emerald color is a color of prosperity, harmony, and generosity

    2012 Pantone color of the year, Tango-Tangerine, was all about  intense and firry energy . In 2013 as we say good bye to this bold color, we are saying hello to the new Pantone color – Emerald 17-5641.

    Emerald 17-5641 is a rich, bright, and uplifting color symbolizing growth, prosperity, rebirth and harmony. Green is associated with positive energy in which it gives us the ability to nurture ourselves as well as others. Perhaps this is why there is an abundance of GREEN in nature. Green is a mixture of blue and yellow colors. Therefore, Green has the clarity and optimism of the color of yellow and the emotional calmness of the color blue.

     

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    Soon, different shades of green will find their way into your home decor and wardrobe.

    Wishing you all a green, prosperous, and harmonious 2013.

  • Tips On Choosing The Right Chandelier For Your Home

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    The most common mistake people make when they are purchasing their chandeliers is not choosing the appropriate sized fixtures. I’ve seen fixtures that are either too large and overpower the space, or too small, which not only don’t provide adequate lighting, but also appear misplaced. 

     Before choosing and buying a chandelier you need to find out:

    • The height of the ceiling, since higher ceilings require larger fixtures.
    • The size of the room, since the chandeliers should be proportionate to the rooms. Sometimes if the room is very large, additional light fixtures may be required.
    • If the fixture is for the dining table or above an island, the shape and size of the tables and islands are important factors to keep in mind. The ideal fixture will compliment these and not fight against them.

    A general rule and/or formula to help you to choose the right chandelier for your rooms is this:

    Add the dimensions of the rooms and that would be diameter of the fixture. Therefore, if your room is 14 x 18, then the chandelier’s diameter should be 32 (14+18=32) inches.

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    Tips:

    Entry/Foyer

    • Determine the diameter of your fixture by following the above formula.
    • If you choose or are choosing a multi-tiered chandelier, remember that the bottom of the fixture needs to be AT LEAST 7′ above the floor.
    • For multi-level entries where there is a window, you should center the fixture on the window to create symmetry from the inside and the outside of the window.
    • Again, if your foyer is very large, you might have to use either additional wall scones or up-lighters to achieve the right amount of illumination.
    Dining Room
    • Assuming that your dining table is correctly proportioned to the room and the height of your ceiling is 8′, then the chandelier diameter should be 50% of the width of the table and the bottom should be hung 30″-32″ above the dining table. You can add an additional 3″ to the diameter of the fixture if your ceiling is 9′, and for any dining room with a higher ceiling than 9′, it’s best to use multi-tiered chandelier to fill the space between the ceiling and the dining table.
    • Please note that the chandelier should be hung to the center of the dining table and NOT to the center of the room. First determine where your dining table is going to be placed and then hang the chandelier centered on the table. 
     
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    Smaller scaled chandeliers or mini chandeliers are becoming more and more popular. This allows home owners to use these fixtures for more intimate settings as well. For example, having two hanging mini chandeliers on either side of a bed vs. the traditional bedside lamps provides more glamour, interest, and an element of design for master bedrooms. According to the ALA (American Lighting Association), chandeliers are now becoming more and more popular in bathrooms and kitchens.
     
    TipThink of your chandelier as the central lighting source of your room, then add the needed wall scones, pendant lights, flush mounts, or up-lighters to create a balanced, well lit, and spacious space in your home. 

    Let there be light… and that is a good thing for ALL homes!  

     

     

  • Is an Eclectic Style Home for You?


    ost people are familiar with the Eclectic style since it is one of the most popular. However, there are some misconceptions about this decorating style since the word eclectic means different things to different people. 

    An Eclectic style:

    • Consists of mixed elements, but it is not the same thing as a mix-matched look
    • Is a free and easy going style, but has its own set of rules and it is one of the hardest styles to pull together
    • Is all about a thoughtful AND well-edited collection of treasures and not displaying all of your finds here and there
    • Is a mix of styles from different eras
    An Eclectic style is for you if you:
    • Like an element of surprise
    • Are confident about yourself and your style
    • Are not a brand/label snob
    • Can find common elements in mix-matched pieces
    • Love different elements from different eras equally and can’t decide
    • Like vibrant and high energy spaces
    • Like a casual and groovy feel in your home
    • Like to collect pieces from your travels
    • When you find a piece, you often find yourself saying, “why not?”
    • You hate clutter and are a disciplined editor and purger 
    • Like a funky and hipster style – quirky is a good thing 
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    What makes this living room an elegant eclectic one? The well balanced pieces like the Moroccan screen against the neutral walls, wood floors, sofa pattern, zebra rug, and pop of color like the orange vase. In addition this reupholstered antique chair has a modern feel to it because of the contrast of black and white. The quirky reversible cushion makes this an ideal piece for an eclectic home.                                        photo source: BHG

     

     

    Eclectic style rules:

    • The mixing of the collections should be creative and thoughtful. It is very easy for your pieces to clash and this is one of the reasons why this style can be a difficult one to achieve. But this challenge is what makes it fun although you may have to experiment with it. It all goes back to you being confident and daring. Editing and discipline are a MUST. 
    • Remember, contrast is beautiful, but clash is NOT!
    • Since an eclectic style tends to look busier, a simple background like white walls not only helps create balance in the rooms, but also will showcase your pieces beautifully. 
    • Repeating different elements, such as shapes or colors, is what gives an Eclectic style home a pulled together appearance. Thoughtfully choose the elements that you want to repeat. And experiment.
    • Scale and proportion are important in any well designed home but this is especially true in an eclectic home since so much is going on.
    • With an Eclectic style, you have more freedom to choose different colors. If there is a piece in your room that you love, you can carry that color to one wall and create an accent wall. 
    • Remember that an unexpected piece or an unexpected placement is essential in an Eclectic home. They key is to keep the area around unexpected pieces simple so they can stand out.
    • You can have lots of fun mixing different types of textiles in an eclectic home. Again, just find an element that pulls them together. 
    Experiment and push the boundaries while following some simple rules. And this is when the fun begins!
     
     You might also enjoy reading Is Your Decorating Style Transitional?.
  • Is Your Decorating Style Transitional?

    What is a Transitional decorating style? Basically, a transitional style is the “New Traditional” where the classic style has been updated. Most likely, you have come across it if you have stepped into a Restoration Hardware or Pottery Barn store. Or perhaps you’ve seen it if you have thumbed through a Ballard Design catalogue or glanced at a Traditional Home magazine. 

    A Transitional Home:

    • Has a neutral and muted color palate, but it feels warm
    • It is simple and streamlined, but there is enough detail to make the design sophisticated 
    • Has furniture pieces that are classic, but the overall feel of the home is casual and friendly
    • Can beautifully showcase global like Asian accent pieces, but it is not about having a theme
    • Is often mistaken as an eclectic one, but they are NOT the same
    A well balanced mixture of the old charm and contemporary makes Transitional Style homes warm, inviting, elegant, and peaceful – a comfortable and beautiful sanctuary. 
     
    A Transitional Style is for you if:
    • You want a modern kitchen, but you have to have an old farm table as your kitchen table
    • You like to purchase one investment piece and mix it with other finds from flea markets or even pieces from Ikea
    • You are not only comfortable, but you’re proud to showcase your children’s art in the main rooms of your house and mix it with your other art pieces
    • You like to serve meals on china, but your china set is a mixture of different pieces
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    • You like elegance, but you don’t want a home that feels like a museum
    • You don’t compromise on the element of comfort 
    • You think beige is an exciting color 
    If your decorating style is Transitional, then following with these tips, you can create this look for your own home.
    • Warm neutrals are the cornerstone of the Transitional Style. This palate can consist of khaki, gray, cream, taupe, soft whites, and deep browns. The key is to mix different values of the same color throughout the house.  You can always use a hint, again, just a hint, of color here and there with your choices of accessories, art work or accent pieces. The key is to repeat these accent colors throughout your house to create a flow. Monochromatic spaces, when done right, are elegant and interesting.
    • Transitional style is not about pattern and/or floral. If you want to have a bit of pattern on your pillows or carpet, choose subtle and quiet stripes or geometric designs. They should not steal the show. 
    • When you are looking for your Transitional furniture pieces, remember that these pieces have some characteristics of traditional furniture like curves, but the updated curves are gentle & the entire pieces are tighter and more streamlined. 
    • Since the color palate of a Transitional home is muted and neutral, it is important to take the element of FUN a notch up by using different mixtures of textures. For example, if your bedding is in satin fabric, you can add velvet and wool pillows and/or a cashmere throw. 
    • When it comes to your flooring, a cohesive floor throughout your house (maybe with the exception of your bathrooms and kitchen) is another element of a Transitional home. It’s all about the flow. 
    • For accessories, remember that in a Transitional home, less is more indeed. Select a few substantial and key pieces and let them shine. You want to strike a balance between having enough details and interest without overwhelming your home. 
    • The window treatment of a Transitional home is simple and elegant. Tassels & ruffles are a big NO! NO! Simple plain sheers, neutral roman blinds and of course, any organic material like bamboo and grass, feels right in a Transitional home.
    • Velvet, corduroy, linen, chenille, leather, and suede are some of the typical fabric that is used in a transitional style home. 
    Remember, by experimenting, YOU will learn and find the right balance for YOUR own home. 
     
     
    Please call us at 206-334-0266 when you are ready to decorate your home or transform that room that you have been dreaming about for awhile. We would love to hear from you and help you with all of your interior design needs. 
  • Tips On Living In Small Places

    Just because you may live in a small place, that doesn’t mean you have to live with miniature furniture pieces or plain decor.  Nor do you need to forgo luxury. Follow these steps and live large in your small spaces:

    • The first rule of living in small spaces is selecting furniture with in right scale. Scale, scale, scale.
    • Small spaces look bigger when the scale fits the space. 
    • Always measure your entry and available space to ensure that your choice of comfortable sofa is realistic for the designated  space and that it can actually fit through the doorway. Some entries are curved or have angles that make it very challenging to get the furniture in.  If you are in doubt as to whether the sofa fits in your space, just tape the floors with the dimensions of the sofa. Getting a visual tape view before committing to a certain sofa can save lots of time, money and frustration.
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      It's all about scale, scale, scale!
    • Use multi-funtional pieces. For example, a side table could also be a desk. A storage ottoman can also make a great coffee table. Be creative. Multi-functional pieces are cool in small places as well as in larger ones.
    • Let there be LIGHT! Add light to your space and make your home feel brighter, warmer, cozier and more inviting. Use uplighter behind the plants or in any dark corner. You can purchase up-lighters in any home improvement store.
    • Use your vertical space. If you own your home, the floor to ceiling built-ins are a great way to claim more space. Floating shelves are another great option. They are visually more open, thus creating a more spacious feel while providing space for storage.
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    Multifunctional furniture pieces for small spaces
    • Small spaces usually feel boxy and very square. Using curvy items like a round dining table, mirror and pillows will help to soften the harsh boxy look and feel of the rooms.
    • Use a lighter shade of carpet to brighten up your space.  Since your space is small, you might even be able to find a remnant carpet piece that works perfectly for your place.
    • If your space comes with dark wall-to-wall carpet or dark stained wood floors, cover the floor with a lighter color carpet.
    • A bed is usually the biggest piece of furniture in a small space. Add luxury and depth by layering the linen and fabric. An elegant color palate and a mixture of  pattern and prints adds interest and makes the space feel arier. Luxury is  the best small-space strategy. However, if your bedroom is very small, a Murphy’s Bed will be your friend.
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    A Murphy Bed is an ideal solution for small spaces.

     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    • Forget about tradition. Always think about what is best for your needs — after all, this is YOUR home. Some people prefer a full bed vs. a fold up bed. Some need a desk more than a dining table. Again, double functioning furniture pieces can be a great option for solving small space problems. However, if this is not an option for you, just prioritize your needs. Having functional and practical spaces are essential elements of having a beautiful and luxurious home.