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Fun Nurseries-Fox 8

I hope you caught my appearance on Fox 8 WGHP last Friday. My topic was “Fun Nurseries”.  I brought lots of fun  nursery accessories purchased at Babies R Us. www.myFox8.com  www.babiesrus.com

Cheryl Hucks on Fox 8 with Cindy Farmer

Cheryl Hucks on Fox 8 with Cindy Farmer

I wanted to show the viewers how gender neutral nurseries can still be fun. I chose  Yellow and Gray and Aqua and  Pear Green.

Cheryl Hucks on Fox 8 WGHP

Cheryl Hucks on Fox 8 WGHP

Before sonograms could tell you the sex of your baby, parents-to-be painted their nurseries yellow or green and used the Winnie the Pooh characters.  The yellow gender neutral nursery has been updated by using today’s new neutral, gray. Sheets with gray background and yellow -white modern patterns.  Stars are  prominent in the lamp, wall paper border and the Sweet Dreams wall art.  Felt covered hangers have made their way in nurseries.  They are no only for adults now!  Isn’t the yellow giraffe adorable!  Babies love the petite blankets with animal heads.  Happy Hippo!

Cheryl Hucks at Fox 8 WGHP

Cheryl Hucks at Fox 8 WGHP

Want more color for your little boy or girl?  Aqua and pear green are still neutral but with more color.  Bedding, wall plaques, and adorable mobiles will catch your little ones eyes and keep them entertained for a short time…while you do the laundry and dishes.

Cheryl Hucks on Fox 8 WGHP

Cheryl Hucks on Fox 8 WGHP

Lamps with eye catching animals and patterned lampshades are an affordable addition to your nursery.  The portable diaper changing storage has places for diapers, lotions, wipes and a change of clothes.  Tucked into a pouch is a matching diaper changing mat.  Must have if you live in a two story house with the nursery on the top floor and the kitchen and living on the first floor.  Stuffed animals are another way to coordinate the color and theme of your nursery.

I used Raggedy Ann and Andy for nursery  colors and theme.  Pale blue walls, blue and white checked drapes, white furniture and of course, several Ann’s and Andy’s.  My accent color was red from the red yarn hair on the dolls.  At the time it was the perfect nursery theme for both a boy and a girl. I know it is difficult to resist knowing the sex of your newborn, but it can be fun decorating for the unknown.  Another reason to not have a gender specific nursery  is if you plan to have your children close together in age.  You could make any of my two examples more for feminine or masculine by adding a few accessories or color that are associated with the sex of your newborn.

 

Cheryl Hucks at Fox 8 WGHP with ACC Macots

Cheryl Hucks at Fox 8 WGHP with ACC Macots

Guess who I met at Fox 8?  The ACC mascots!  They were there to announce the men’s and women’s ACC tournaments in Greensboro, NC.

Cheryl

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Timothy Corrigan, Interior Designer

During the Fall 2014 Furniture Market I had the pleasure of meeting Timothy Corrigan, who is one of the world’s most respected interior designers.  He has been named to the Architectural Digest  Top 100 Interior Designers and Architects in the World  for 8 years and Robb’s Report awarded him the title of Top 40 Interior Designers in the World. Get the idea?  His list of accomplishments and influence in the world of interior design goes on and on.

Timothy Corrigan Website

www.timothy-corrigan.com

Elle Decor states: “Timothy Corrigan creates comfortable spaces suffused with old-world elegance”.  No matter how beautifully a space is designed, it is not entirely successful unless it is also comfortable, practical and liveable. Mixing elements that are new and old and from all around the world, our work is classic but with a fresh, comfortable feeling. www/timothy-corrigan.com

 

Timothy Corrigan and Cheryl Hucks

Timothy Corrigan and Cheryl Hucks

After working on a design site for two weeks and  walking at the Furniture Market for 4 days my feet were screaming “no more walking!” I had marked “Comfortable Elegance  Tips for Creating Beautiful and Welcoming Spaces” by Timothy Corrigan as the number one seminar I wanted to attend during the furniture market.   Rather than walk around for another hour or go home, I decided to just put my feet up and read my emails while I waited for the seminar.  As soon as I walked into the seminar room Timothy walked up and introduced himself and invited me to come sit with him and his assistant, Elaine Maltzman.   I had an  amazing time  that I will  never forget.  Timothy has a contagious positive energy and love for interior design, his design projects and his clients.

Timothy Corrigan Website

www.Timothy-Corrigan.com

The term “Comfortable Elegance” which has been trademarked by Timothy,is my favorite design philosophy!  No matter what your design style you can create a home that is comfortable and elegant.  I love, love this comfortable and inviting kitchen/dining room/ sunroom.  Can you imagine entertaining  your family and friends in this happy house?  My design business for several years was “Casual Elegance by Cheryl”. After years of people asking me if I was an image consultant, jewelry or clothing designer or owned a store, I changed my business name to Cheryl Hucks Interior Designs.  Now, everyone knows exactly what I do and my name!

Timothy Corrigan website

www.timothy-corrigan.com

Timothy paints a beautiful coral and black picture!  See the mix of old and new?  Relaxing room for yourself or guests.

www.timothy-corrigan.com

www.timothy-corrigan.com

www.timothy-corrigan.com

www.timothy-corrigan.com

One of my favorite ways to add height, elegance and importance to a bed is a bed crown or corona.

Timothy Corrigan website

www.timothy-corrigan.com

A common question client’s ask is ” how far above bathroom faucets to hang mirrors?”   Here’s the answer!  If your mirror is tall  and does not have a frame that projects out so far that it hits the faucet, hang it low. If your bathroom vanity mirror is hung too high or too low, you will know immediately….you will have uneasy feeling that something is not quite right.  I also like that Timothy used a silver tray (that would probably  be stored in a china cabinet)  to organize the counter top and create an elegance.

www.timoth-corrigan.com

www.timothy-corrigan.com

Bold statements with the gold leaf wallpaper and mirrored chest! You should give it a try in your powder room.

www.timothy-corrigan.com

www.timothy-corrigan.com

Just the right amount of blue accents creates a comfortable living room.  Great place to listen to your children practice piano.

www.timothy-corrigan.com

www.timothy-corrigan.com

Paneled library / family room with a fabulous cheetah print ottoman/coffee table and brown fringed pillows invites you to snuggle down and put your feet up!

www.timothy-corrigan.com

www.timothy-corrigan.com

All white backyard get away!  Simple elegance with a crystal chandelier.  Is the dog real? To see more Timothy Corrigan designs go to:  http://www.timothy-corrigan.com/gallery.html

I invite you to check out Timothy’s interior designs, his products and press about Corrigan at his website www.timothy-corrigan.com/ With offices in Los Angles and Paris, Corrigan has an international clients, celebrities, royalty and corporate leaders.  He also has fabric and floor covering lines ,and furniture for Schumacher.

In 2003 Corrigan purchased a 45,000 square foot  neoclassical chateau in in Loire Valley, France and transformed it into an exquisite, livable home.  “An Invitation to Chateau du Grand-Luce , Decorating a Great French Country House” details the transformation with beautiful before and after photos. Century Furniture hosted a book signing during the  2014 Fall High Point Furniture Market. where I purchased the coffee table book.  I  have enjoying reading the book and seeing the chateau’s transformation through Timothy’s words and eyes.

http://www.architecturaldigest.com/decor/2013-10/timothy-corrigan-loire-valley-france-chateau-du-grand-luce-renovation-article

To follow this link to purchase Timothy’s book ” http://www.timothy-corrigan.com/tchome/items/tcb0001-an-invitation-to-chateau-du-grand-luce

www.timothy-corrigan.com

www.timothy-corrigan.com

Cheryl!

 

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Blackout Lining for Better Sleep

Cheryl Hucks, your DESIGN INTERPRETER with a couple of  questions: Are you getting a good night’s sleep?  Do you wake up several times a night?  Blackout Lining can be the answer to a more restful sleep.  Scientific studies have proven that too much light and certain color lights in your bedroom can effect your sleep.  I recommend to all my design clients to purchase ready made  or custom made drapery panels, roman shades, and roller shades with blackout lining. I think you can never make a bedroom too dark!  I cover all lights from DVRs, TVs, clocks, smoke detectors, computers, printers, phones, etc with black electrical tape.  I carry it with me when I travel. If I cannot cover the light with tape, I cover it with a black bath cloth.  Call me crazy, but I sleep all night without waking one time!  Your bedroom will be dark enough that bright sunshine will not wake you! I especially like blackout lining in nurseries and kids rooms.  When my grandchildren spend the night with me, they sleep later and usually say they have a better night’s sleep.  Rooms where you watch TV it can be a must.

Bed, Bath and Beyond

Bed, Bath and Beyond

Drapery panels can be purchased at most any store that sells bedding, pillows and draperies.  These charcoal  grommet panels are contemporary and sleek.

http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/1/1/190137-insola-darcy-blackout-window-curtain-panels.html

Bed, Bath and Beyond

Bed, Bath and Beyond

Did you think the drapery fabric had to dark? No way!  It is the blackout lining that makes it dark..not the outside drapery fabric color.

http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/1/1/298612-horizon-84-inch-insulated-blackout-grommet-top-window-curtain-panel-oyster.html

Cheryl Hucks Interior Designs

Cheryl Hucks Interior Designs

I had these gorgeous silk draperies with blackout lining made for clients whose bedroom windows faced  the morning sun  with it  reflecting on lake water.  You can see the lake out the window.  The traverse rod was mounted next to the crown molding.  Otherwise, the sunlight could have escaped out the top of the windows.

Cheryl Hucks Interior Designs

Cheryl Hucks Interior Designs

The only light that escapes is on the floor.   Beautiful custom made blackout lined draperies!  My client’s love their dark bedroom to get a great night’s sleep!

Cheryl Hucks Interior Designs

Cheryl Hucks Interior Designs

Cheryl Hucks Interior Designs

Cheryl Hucks Interior Designs

Another way to not allow the light to escape the top of the windows is to hang valances above the panels.  This panel was hung as close to the ceiling as possible.  The valance was stapled onto a 2 x4  piece of wood.  The drapery panels have blackout lining.

Cheryl Hucks Interior Designs

Cheryl Hucks Interior Designs

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

What if you already have window treatments you love and have invested a lot money?  You can purchase or have blackout liners made that can be hung on a separate rod behind your existing drapes.

http://www.potterybarn.com/products/4900247/?catalogId=86&sku=4900247&bnrid=3318529&cm_ven=Google_PLA&cm_cat=Rugs_&_Windows&cm_pla=Curtains_&_Drapes&cm_ite=Blackout_Drape_Liner%2C_46_x_80%22&srccode=cii_17588969&cpncode=34-235352479-2

If you want to make your own blackout lined draperies,here is a link that shows you step by step.

http://www.somuchbetterwithage.com/2013/06/diy-curtains-with-blackout-lining/

Reasons why you should have blackout lining:

http://www.dunelm-mill.com/info/what-is-blackout-lining 

With a wealth of qualities to improve your sleep, treating your bedroom to an elegant pair of blackout curtains or investing in a smart blackout blind could have a big impact when it comes to getting
your forty winks.

We tend to associate sleeping comfort with temperature, support and softness, but blackout products bring something unique to the table. Their key purpose is to provide an efficient and effective barrier to stop external light sources from disturbing your sleep, plus a range of other benefits.

Blackout products are naturally best suited for use in the bedroom where being able to control light and temperature levels is imperative for quality of sleep, but blackout fabrics are also great for the living room if street lights or vehicle headlamps persistently shine through your window.

Beyond blackout: what else do they offer?

Light control is the headline story when it comes to blackout, but what else can they do to create a sanctuary of sleep? The special coatings and linings of blackout collection have a triple benefit system, of which the light exclusion that gives them their name is just the first.

Temperature control & thermal insulation
Blackout products also have the ability to regulate room temperature thanks to the added thermal insulation they offer. Thermal insulation is something we usually associate with keeping warm, and while blackout does offer an effective defence to keep chills out and warmth in when the temperature drops, it also keeps your home from suffering the effects of sweltering summer sun.

Far from a seasonal addition to your home, the special layer of lining or coating used to create blackout curtains and blackout blinds helps to keep your room cool on hot days, making them a handy ally to escape the summer heat. Draw your blackout curtains or lower your blackout roller blind during the day and the coating will create a barrier to the sun’s rays to keep your room cool.

Noise reduction
If you’ve ever been kept awake by irritating little noises from the street below that pull you back from the edge of blissful sleep, you’ll appreciate the noise reduction abilities of our blackout drapes.

The extra thick lining of our readymade blackout curtains helps to dampen noises, contributing further to the peaceful sanctuary you need when you are drifting off to sleep.

…and they’re ideal for children’s bedrooms
Most of our children’s curtains come with a blackout lining because it’s so important for your little ones to get the sleep they need. Babies and children need more rest than adults because their bodies and minds are still developing.

Our blackout curtains are perfect for creating the ideal sleep environment for your kids, as well as avoiding those ‘but it’s still light outside’ arguments at bedtime in the summer months.

If you need a better night’s sleep or want to eliminate cold, heat or noise, blackout lining is the perfect solution. It will not cost you a  lot and it will be well worth the investment!

Cheryl

 

 

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Guests Rooms that Pamper your Guests

Cheryl Hucks ,the  DESIGN INTERPRER, with my latest blog post, “Guests Rooms that Pamper your Guests”. August 15th, I appeared on my local Fox station in High Point, NC –Fox 8, WGHP where I gave pampering tips that will give  your guests a spa experience. Most of the items I used for the Fox 8 interview are available at Dolce Dimora, a fine linen shop on Lawndale Drive in Greensboro, NC.  You will love Debbie Huffman’s store!!  http://www.dolcedimora.com/

Cheryl Hucks-Fox 8

Cheryl Hucks-Fox 8

www.myfox8.com

Cheryl Hucks-Fox 8

Cheryl Hucks-Fox 8

Luxurious  and absorbent bamboo towels will make your guests think they are staying in a five star hotel! Add a special bath soap your guests can take home.

Chery Hucks-Fox 8

Chery Hucks-Fox 8

Guests can relax in tub with bubble bath and surround themselves with scented candles.

Bed Bath and Beyond

Bed Bath and Beyond

Guests will probably not pack a make-up mirror.  I would love to find one of these my guest room.

www.bedbathandbeyond.com

Bed Bath and Beyond

Bed Bath and Beyond

Water carafe with glass topper. Leave a few snacks  too.

Hayneedle

Hayneedle

Wouldn’t a nice warm robe to nice!  One that is appropriate for either sex.

www.hayneedle.com

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

Naptime for your guests?  Provide a nice cozy throw.

www.potterybarn.com

transitional-desks

Hooker Furniture

Do your guests bring their laptop?  Need a place to work?  Maybe a make-up table?

www.hookerfurniture.com

Baker Furniture

Baker Furniture

Comfortable chair or chaise to relax and read a book.

www.bakerfurniture.com

Neiman Marcus-Eastern Accents

Neiman Marcus-Eastern Accents

High thread count cotton sheets are a must to pamper your guests!

http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Eastern-Accents-Ecru-Luca-Sheets-Sheets/prod171400003_cat46520817_cat47490756_/p.prod?isEditorial=false&index=9&cmCat=cat000000cat000553cat47490756cat46520817

 

Additional ways to pamper your guests:

suitcase stand or bench

padded hangers with closet space

magazines, books, videos

snacks

photo frames with pics of a fun time when you were together

games for kids

paper and pencil

additional sheets, pillows and blankets

clock radios

hair dryers and flat irons

travel size toiletries

shower cap

first aid needs

good reading lamp and an inexpensive pair of reading glasses

TV with instructions to use TV and list of TV stations

comfortable and supportive mattress

umbrellas

 

Pampering your guests can be fun and very rewarding!

Cheryl

 

 

 

 

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Eastern Accents Beach Inspired Bedding

Do you prefer happy colors and the beach?  Then you will not be able to resist this beach inspired bedding by Eastern Accents. This coral inspired bedding has an array of sea tones.  The darling turtle pillow reminds me of those tiny turtles making their dangerous journey to the ocean.  Wouldn’t this pillow be a great way to introduce your children to sea turtles and conservation?

Eastern Accents

Eastern Accents

http://www.easternaccents.com/  To see more gorgeous bedding ensembles follow the link to Eastern Accents

National Geographic

National Geographic

 

http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/reptiles/kemps-ridley-sea-turtle/?rptregcta=reg_free_np&rptregcampaign=20131016_rw_membership_n1p_us_se_w#finished

Hope you will be at your favorite beach soon!

Cheryl

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