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UNO de 50 trunk show at showhouse

Today we are set up at the Alzheimer’s of Tennessee home and garden tour show house for a trunk show with our jewelry Unode50.

We are showcasing new jewelry design, new styles and other designers from Knoxville are featuring accessories from their stores.

The Show house has been a big success so far, raising money for this amazing organization and a cause that touches so many lifes.

This year we designed the Great room for our homeowners Scott and Hope Davis with furniture from Taylor King, Our House design, Currey and company, Surya rugs, visual comfort, and many more. The custom window treatments were fabricated in our own workroom and are made of embroidered linen fabric in an off white color. The drapery hardware is wrought iron matching some other elements in the house.  The showhouse is open Tuesday through Saturday  11- 5 pm, Sunday from noon to 4 pm. Wednesday and Friday late night 6-8 pm.

 

 

Alzheimer’s show house in Knoxville

 

It is almost time to open the doors for the show house benefiting the Alzheimer’s Tennessee foundation. We are designing the great room and chose beautiful furniture from Taylor King, Our House Design, Surya rug company, Currey and Company, just to name a few. After our initial meeting with the Homeowners a color pallet of off whites, grays, light blues and blush tones was decided on which creates a theme throughout the house.
A beautiful hand crafted sofa from Taylor King and swivel leather chairs with nail heads provide ample seating and the rug adds splashes of color. The theme of the large Currey & Co  chandelier with twigs and branches repeats in the drapery fabric design. The linen draperies are non-functional, however add texture and design to the room. The iron base coffee table with custom painted wood top and drawer as well as two column side tables finish the design of the Great Room.

Kitchen design trends in new construction

I am currently helping 3 customers with the interior design of their new home which are under construction and at different stages during the building process. I love  helping our clients with creating furniture floor plans, lighting selections, flooring and tile selections, furniture and window treatments selection, etc., but when it comes to creating functional interior spaces, I find the most joy in designing kitchens and master bathrooms. Our  interior spaces constantly change and evolve over time with new building materials, new design styles, design trends and so forth, but kitchens in particular have changed and are changing more than any other area in our house to make it more user friendly, functional and spacious.

Technology has entered the kitchen in full force with gadgets, appliances and integrated technology which you can find from faucets  (sensory and hands free) to the fridge ( alerting you when groceries are running low) to the lighting.  Designs, materials and textures  are getting more streamlined in the overall aesthetic, more simplistic, brighter and cleaner and they are fun to work with, with so many choices available. Shelves and  The drawers are structured to leave a lot less waste of space. One of the foundations to a functional kitchen is kitchen storage. You would be left with endless frustrations and challenges with inadequate or ineffective storage. I remodeled my own kitchen three years ago and put a lot of thought into how I  use my kitchen (I love to cook) how I like to entertain (which we do a lot) and how it will make our kitchen the most functional it can be. Appliance choices of course are a huge investment and take up a nice chunk of your kitchen budget. […]

Why and when to hire an interior designer, decorator

I recently came across a great article why it makes sense to hire an interior designer or decorator. As many larger cities, Knoxville has an abundance of furniture stores and design companies, however not all are created equal. All of us offer different services, fees, specializing in new construction and remodeling, custom window coverings and draperies, gifts and accessories, lighting, rugs, etc.

Some of the most interesting facts are that you actually safe money when hiring an interior designer. It can help you avoid making costly mistakes that will not only help you safe money but can increase the value of your home. Especially when selling your home – interior design is essential when listing your home. It can help boost buyer appeal and set your home above the competition.

Another great point is that an interior designer or decorator  can give you a professional assessment of your situation, that will lead to a solid plan of action. Order of things in a design plan a ski in determining what can be repurposed or should be edited. This will not only affect the budget but help you to spend it more efficiently. An interior designer offers an extra set of eyes but these eyes are trained to see and noticed things that you may not.

 

Also  a designer can keep you on budget and save you time and effort.  In particular this will save you endless amounts of time researching products, brands and prices. I decided will have this readily on hand.  Also the designer will be able to build a stronger bridge between you and your architect or contractor early on and can head off design  misses in your overall plan-  again this is crucial in managing […]

Living room design

 

Here is a living room design which we recently completed. The homeowners  old living room furniture was in a darker color scheme, more traditional patterns, as well as lots of brown wood tones.  The design goal was to update, brighten up the room, make it more transitional, non functional window coverings, and seating for approximately 6 people. We were able to reuse the old drapery hardware, we hired our friends from The Painted Room here in Knoxville, TN who always does an outstanding job for us. Not only were we able to get exactly the color scheme that we were looking for, but we were also able to save some money and put it towards new furniture. Our sofas and side chairs are from Taylor King ( we are a local dealer in Knoxville for Taylor King), the rug is from Surya and our new casegoods are from Universal Furniture.  We especially liked the lighter color scheme on our TV console and the matching coffee table. We also  fabricated pillows in our own custom workroom with the same fabric as the draperies, and a floor lamp from Visual Comfort was placed next to one of the accent chairs for additional lighting.

Window coverings and motorized drapes

I have been making custom window treatments, window coverings, custom bedding and draperies for about 20 years with my own company here in Knoxville.  I thought I have done it all, I thought I have seen it all, and  I always feel that there is no job too small or too big for us to handle in our workroom. Well, the job that we are currently working on might prove me wrong. The custom window treatments are  approximately 200 inches tall and on a motorized rod which is also around 200 inches in width. The draperies are pinch pleated with a decorative banding on the leading edge. We are fabricating 4 panels for a custom home and the necessary amount of widths to make this window treatment functional is 10 widths. Due to the amount of fabric (determined by the width and length) our draperies are quite heavy and we are getting quite the workout to complete these functional window coverings. The panels will be operated two ways. Either with a remote control or by wall switches which have been installed as well.

 

Furniture market finds

Recently we went to yet another furniture and design market (also known as a gift market) in Atlanta. We try to educate ourselves 4 times every year on latest design and decorating trends, new product information on existing and new lighting, furniture and accessory lines we carry. All in order to incorporate new design looks and customize our work to each specific client.

One item I really enjoyed finding, was an oval side table which is perfect for lots of applications because of its size and wood finish.

For a little more modern interior design (transitional to be exact) we found a slick bedside table/nightstand with antique brass legs and inserts. One great feature which we always look for in quality furniture are soft close drawers which are incorporated in this beautiful piece.

Our next market will be in Highpoint, NC which is the international furniture market with vendors from all over the world as well as buyers from all over the world.

 

By |August 22nd, 2017|Design|0 Comments

Freshening up

This time of the year I personally get the itch to freshen up my interiors, especially after putting away all the glorious Christmas decorations. Now spaces feel empty, somewhat missing color and pizzazz. This is the perfect time to  Bring in a new lamp, a new floral arrangement, maybe a new rug, or just the occasional accent piece or artwork.

The trend of grays, taupe colors, off whites, cream and other neutral colors in furniture and  custom draperies has been going on for quite a few years now,  and I am personally longing for a little bit more color in my designs and interior spaces.

A lot of our customers are asking us “What is the trend in interior design? What is the trend and style with custom draperies and bedding? And to me this is an interesting and fascinating question, because yes, we have seen this trend of neutrals at market for many years, however we also see all of our vendors bringing back more color. Also my suggestion is to always just go with what is pleasing to you and your eye and your personal style, instead of going with a trend.  But also our lifestyles change and sometimes this is reflected in more cleaner lines, cleaner designs, and more transitional styles.

We invite you to come into our beautiful store, browse a bit, and we are happy to help  you with your furniture selection, fabric selections,  etc.  We offer many of the same furniture lines that you can find with other vendors across town, but find out for yourself that the difference lies in our customer service and pricing which can not be beat!

By |January 17th, 2017|Design|0 Comments

Commercial and residential interior design and decorating in Knoxille and surrounding areas

No matter what size design or decorating job, not matter if it’s a commercial or residential project, and no matter which part of the country – Diane and I take our job very seriously and strive to give our customers nothing but the best at most competitive prices, or even better pricing than our competitors – and YES, we honor internet pricing if it can be found cheaper online.  And when Diane get’s her marching orders, then she literally goes to town, as you can see in the attached picture, where she is working on a commercial job – pulling all sorts of options and different color schemes for our client. Our designs go from traditional designs to very clean – line, transitional designs – in this case we were working on a a more relaxed/traditional design for a country club, pulling options for window treatments, sofas and chairs, lighting as well as carpet and other occasional pieces like side tables, consoles, etc.

Lighting makes such a huge difference in any room design and always needs to be carefully selected.  Not just for the style and finish, but also to supply the interior space with direct and indirect lighting, functional as well as mood lighting. Not only does it help to give a room depth, but it also is able to give it more dimension and character. Our two favorite lighting lines by far are Visual Comfort lighting and Currey & Company. Both companies have most unique and timeless styles and absolutely gorgous finishes.

Another big aspect for all of our designs are custom window treatments which again can range from simple linen panels to more elaborate draperies – all depending on the needs of our customer and the design […]

By |September 21st, 2015|Commercial, Design|0 Comments

Personal kitchen remodel and kitchen design

I am currently working on my personal kitchen remodel and design and it’s been quite an interesting journey! As an interior designer one might think that it’s a quick and easy process for me but its quite the opposite to make final decisions and to pull the trigger. But I am making progress have made the majority of cabinet selections and layouts, flooring, tile, lighting and furniture selections. I decided to pull up the current flooring and restore the original hardwood flooring. Twill also help for all the rooms to flow on both levels. I also designed the tile backsplash and some of the walls will have flooring to ceiling white subway tile. Accent tile will be above the cooktop in a very light and subtle blue color which will also be my ceiling color. Custom bar stools from Lords are also on order and vinyl rugs and vinyl runners will protect my hardwood flooring in areas where the bar stools will be and in front of the sink and cooktop. Custom window treatments and draperies will get fabricated and cover Hunter Douglas silhouettes with white sheer fabrics. What’s left? Well – countertop selection and this has been the hardest thing for this picky interior designer. I love the look of marble, but it’s not practical. So it’ll probably be granite, however I haven’t found the perfect match yet. Luckily I have no deadline with my own kitchen and I enjoy the slower process of making design decisions. More to come soon! 

By |September 10th, 2015|Design, Kitchen design and remodel, Uncategorized|0 Comments