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Add Color with Slipcovers

Hello and Happy New Year Everyone!  Cheryl Hucks, your Design Interpreter  with fabulous news for my family–I now have two new grandchildren!  Boy and girl twins were welcomed into my family two weeks ago!  I stayed 11 days over Christmas with my family to help take care of the precious angels.  With not a minute to spare, I stayed off social media and did not have time to write my blog.  I am very blessed with 4 grandsons and 2 granddaughters.  

Back to work now!  Today’s blog is Adding Color with Slipcovers.  If you  get bored with the same home decor color, then slipcovers is one way you can change out your room’s color scheme as often as you like.  It much easier to make or have slipcovers made if your furniture has straight lines.  I prefer slipcovers and furniture in general that do not have skirts.  Allow your sofa and chairs to be “sexy” and show a  little leg! Plus, it is easier to vacuum under with no skirts and spiders are less likely to make your furniture their home.  

Veranda Magazine

Veranda Magazine

I love this bright periwinkle color on this Veranda Magazine cover!!! It makes me happy and want to spend time in this room.  The sofa and stool are a neutral color that can be used with any color.  The slip covered chairs are straight lined.  Most everyone knows pillows  provide great pops of color.  Good quality made slipcovers will cost about the same as having a chair or sofa recovered.  My favorite slipcover fabric is Sunbrella or other “all-weather fade resistant ” fabric.  These fabrics resist stains, can be spot washed or laundered in your washing machine. Hang to dry!!!!  No dryers!!

Veranda Magazine

Veranda Magazine

Wouldn’t lavender or periwinkle linens, china and candles energize this gorgeous dining room?

Have a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2015! 

Cheryl

www.verandamagazine.com

www.sunbrella.com

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2015 Home Decor Trends: Part 2-Laundry Rooms

Hello Everyone!  Cheryl Hucks, the DESIGN INTERPRETER, with part 2 of my series on 2015 Home Decor Trends: LAUNDRY ROOMS.  With my appearance this week on Fox WGHP about Laundry Rooms, I wanted to blog  about this room where most women and men (yes, there are lots of men who do laundry) hate to spend time.  The trend in laundry rooms is to make them fun, funky and  bright but at the same time functional for your family’s needs.

Fox 8-WGHP

Fox 8-WGHP

I love appearing on Fox 8!  I am usually interviewed by Cindi Farmer and Julie Grant who are two of the nicest ladies!  They make it very easy to appear on live TV.  All of the laundry rooms ideas were purchased at Hobby Lobby.

Fox 8-Cheryl Hucks

Fox 8-Cheryl Hucks

Everyone has Lost Socks!  One of my friends has two huge boxes of socks–one whites and one darks! What a great idea to hang your extra socks in plain sight.  The easiest  and cheapest way to add color to your laundry room is with paint.  Pick a color you love and makes you happy.  Laundry rooms are one of the few rooms in your home I say go wild and do not worry about  continuing your color palette. Sherwin Williams  Sassy Green and Quiet Coral are two fun bright color that will definitely brighten a drab day of  laundry!  Are you not bold enough for bright walls?  Try a neutral gray and add bright accessories.  I like Benjamin Moore’s Marine Gray, a true gray that goes with any accent color.

Fox 8-Cheryl Hucks

Fox 8-Cheryl Hucks

Large fabric boxes and laundry totes can be found in many stores-Target, Walmart, Home Depot and more.  Doesn’t this black and white chevron create a happy, snappy feeling?  Plastic laundry baskets are sooooo old fashioned!  See those black wooden letters in the chevron box? Spell out special words to your family and hang them on the wall.  Family, Love, Fun and  Hope are a few of my favorites.

Fox 8-Cheryl Hucks

Fox 8-Cheryl Hucks

Humorous laundry roon signs will give you a chuckle!  Organize laundry products in glass jars and add black chalkboard labels.  I purchased the aqua planter in the Hobby Lobby  floral department.  The chalkboard label was included.  I love trays of any kind!  If you lack cabinet space or like  your laundry supplies sitting on the counter or on top of the dryer, purchase a snappy tray or DIY and paint one.

Fox 8-Cheryl Hucks

Fox 8-Cheryl Hucks

Need reminders of upcoming family events? Hang a chalkboard in your laundry room.  Your kids will have no excuses to miss football practices, dinner with Grandmother or a dreaded doctors appointment.  Add decal stripes, scrolls,phrases to your walls.  You will need an extra set of hands for installation.

Chic Chateau Laundry Room Designed by Cheryl Hucks

Chic Chateau Laundry Room Designed by Cheryl Hucks

This past September I designed the Laundry Room and Drop Zone  for Chic Chateau Charity Designer Showcase House that benefited ARC of Greensboro, NC. We were given a color palette that all rooms had to use.  I was lucky enough the builder agreed to paint the laundry room walls Quiet Coral by Sherwin Williams. Quiet Coral is not very quiet!  Busy families need organization and laundry rooms and drop zones (walk through from garage to kitchen) are the logical places to organize your family.This was inexpensive and easy to install.  Coat hooks for book bags, file folder holders for homework and dry erase boards for reminders for each child.  I added a dry erase calendar for family events to be in one central location. The bulletin board can hold birthday invitations and more.

Chic Chateau Laundry Room designed by Cheryl Hucks

Chic Chateau Laundry Room designed by Cheryl Hucks

To conceal the ugly gray circuit breaker box I custom made this sexy wall hang.  Easy! Easy! I made a “pillow case “, turned it right side out, added chevron for trim and spelled out my sexy saying with thin wooden letters that I had painted green.  I used E6000 glue to apply letters. Be sure to add a pocket for the drapery rod in the top.  When you need to open the circuit box door , simply remove the wall hang.

Chic Chateau Laundry Room designed by Cheryl Hucks

Chic Chateau Laundry Room designed by Cheryl Hucks

Love this fun chandelier that was donated by Debbie Huffman, owner of  Dolce Domira, a fine linen shop in Greensboro, NC.  I hand painted it in our  color palette and added black and white striped shades. This would also look fab in a nursery or little girl’s bedroom.

 

Chic Chateau Laundry Room designed by Cheryl Hucks

Chic Chateau Laundry Room designed by Cheryl Hucks

The showcase house did not include a washer and dryer during the two weekend event.  Mid-Century Modern was our design style.  I was lucky to find this vintage mid century modern credenza that I painted black and added zebra stripe cabinet knobs. Love the zebra stripe rug!  Think I am crazy to put a rug in a laundry room?  Think again!  The new outdoor rugs are inexpensive and great for a wet area. See the cute black and white accessories?

Chic Chateau Laundry Room designed by Cheryl Hucks

Chic Chateau Laundry Room designed by Cheryl Hucks

Don’t you love the original artwork by the ARC children? The colors are bold and bright.  Hey! You could use your own children’s art.  They would love it! I also added a wipe off laminated apron in my accessory black and white.  Convenient when adding clorox to to your washer. Need to organize more?  Label fabric boxes and display on open shelves, in cabinets or what I did, a purchased organizer.

Chic Chateau Drop Zone designed by Cheryl Hucks

Chic Chateau Drop Zone designed by Cheryl Hucks

Janelle Robinson is a very talented local artist, who is an expert at working with barn doors.  Her work is amazing!!  She made the sign “The dirt stops here” for the drop zone.  I also love this fun, contemporary pillow fabric.  Doesn’t make this drop zone fun, inviting and more comfortable for your growing kids with short legs?  The darling sunflowers were made by ARC kids in workshops. Give you any ideas for your kids art?  How about a shelf to display their artist side.

I hope my appearance on Fox 8 and my fun laundry room and drop zone I designed for Chic Chateau Charity Designer Showcase House has inspired you to make a dreary laundry room fun!  It does no require a lot of money, just your imagination!

Part 3 of my series on  2015 Home Decor Trends is Bathrooms

Cheryl

www.sherwinwilliams.com

www.benjaminmoore.com

 

 

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ZGallerie’s take on Blue

Cheryl Hucks, your DESIGN INTERPRETER,here with my latest Designer Tip! When in Las Vegas ten years was the first time I discovered ZGallerie.  I immediately fell in love with their drop-dead gorgeous products and the “feast for the eyes” store!!!  It is one of the most beautifully merchandised stores I have ever seen.  It reminded me of an accessory showroom at the High Point Furniture Market. Their artfully designed dining tables pulled items from every aspect of the store to create a mesmerizing table setting!

The most prominent color for 2015 is blue!  Teal, robin’s egg, turquoise (my personal favorite), peacock blue, slate blue, Federal blue, hydgrangea, Wedgewood blue, royal blue, sapphire,blue denim, dark blue, indigo,navy and French blue are only a few shades of blue. Can you think of a color that does not look good with blue?   ZGallerie has head-turning  blue accessories, rugs, lamps and accessorie.  Treat your eyes to these pics by ZGallerie.

Zgallerie

Zgallerie

Touch of Glam bedroom with white leather upholstered bed and white bed chest with a  double key detail, crystal chandelier,soft gold lamp and accessories and distinctive turquoise and gold morroccan patterned wallpaper. Notice the  similar shaped design in the draperies and bedding.

Zgallerie

Zgallerie

Glam is not your style?  How about this Shabby Chic dining room?  Weathered pedestal table, natural fiber rug and aged candlesticks paired with a tufted chair with nail heads and over the top ornate mirror make for a relaxing spot to for your next  meal.

Zgallerie

Zgallerie

Love this electic living room that has the perfect balance of vintage  ( clock- busts-vintage column table)  with the more contemporary shaped chairs and coffee table and polished nickel orb chandelier.  The artwork is a mix of both styles.

This week I will share more beautiful ZGallerie rooms. http://www.zgallerie.com/c-253-Inspiration.aspx

Cheryl

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Shabby Chic Decorating Tips

My topic for this month’s appearance on my local Fox 8 was Shabby Chic Decorating Tips.  Cottage Chic, Beach Cottage Chic, French Country and Gustavian (Swedish) are the most common forms of Shabby Chic.  My personal favorite is French Country.

The definition  Shabby chic (pronounced: “sheek”) is a form of interior design where furniture and furnishings are either chosen for their appearance of age and signs of wear and tear or where new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique. At the same time, a soft, opulent, yet cottage-style decor, often with an affected feel is emphasized to differentiate it from genuine period decor.

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

Shabby Chic is influenced  by European design, especially French.  Probably one reason Parisien Flea Markets are very popular with Americans.  These vintage pieces can be a mix of styles.  If you cannot travel to Paris or find or afford a vintage piece, there are several paint brands that will give new furniture and accessories that distressed or weathered look.  Annie Sloan Chalk Paint  http://www.anniesloanunfolded.com/products/chalk-paint has tutorials with step by step instructions.  Farmhouse Paint, a French Style Furniture Coatings is a paint that I first saw at the April 2014 Furniture Market in High Point, NC https://www.facebook.com/pages/Farmhouse-Paint/389457877834290.   Another one is Van Gogh Chalk Paint   http://www.vangoghfurniturepaintology.com/    You can use just the paint or add distressing that will give your furniture piece an aged or weathered look.  Most retail stores that sell these paints offer classes.  There are many youtube videos that will walk through the steps to a beautiful aged Shabby Chic piece.

One of my favorite magazines, Verands, usually has at least Shabby Chic room in each publication. Beautiful walls!

Veranda

Veranda

I have included photos of the props I used for my Fox 8 Interview.  Burlap definitely says relaxed decorating!

Cheryl Hucks

Cheryl Hucks

If you saw me on Fox 8 you know the origin of the wooden box.  A sewing machine drawer!  I love the carving and handle.  This was my grandmothers  It is lovely with tiny potted ferns or flowers  How would you use it?  I purchased the blue metal lantern at Hobby Lobby but you could make your own with a little chalk paint.  Dry brush or sand off paint here and there for a vintage look. Neat how the new photo frame on a stand has a faux antique pin glued to the top.  You get the idea?  Replace furniture knobs with antique crystal or metal knobs.

Cheryl Hucks

Cheryl Hucks

Pink, sage green, pale blue and aqua are the most popular Shabby Chic palettes.  Hydrangeas are probably the flower most often associated with Shabby Chic. You can grow hydrangeas and dry them.  Do you see the French influence in the antique brass candlestick?  My mother bought this one years ago in an antique shop.  I wonder about its age.  Statues and especially angels appear in Shabby Chic decor.

Cheryl Hucks

Cheryl Hucks

Vintage china, crystal and silver  can be easily located in antique shops, flea markets, and as in my case, my mother-in-law’s china cabinet.  Nell was very pleased her china and crystal would be seen on Fox 8. The lovely eyelet dollie is from my grandmother, Rosa.Cheryl Hucks

Cheryl Hucks

Sweet magnetic message board from Ballards.  Family message board or a “to do” board in a home office.

Ballards

Ballards

I love this grande  distressed mirror from Ballards.  I have the perfect spot in my home!  Where would you use it?

Ballards

Ballards

Extend your Shabby Chic decor to your patio, deck or porch. Reminds me of my grandmother’s galvanized wash basin.

Ballards

Ballards

While we are outside, lets not forget wall decor.  Aged metal fleur de lis on a vine  trellised wall certainly says Shabby Chic!

Ballards

Ballards

Ballards is known for its Shabby Chic or French decor. ww.ballarddesigns.com

Ballards

Ballards

Ballard’s Florentina Collection of Italian influenced designs and finishes.

Ballards Florentine Collection

Ballards Florentina Collection

Slipcovers, antique silver, china and crystal, tapestries,wicker, sheers, and lace are few more item you might want to include in your Shabby Chic decor.  It is budget friendly in that you can paint most furniture style to create that eclectic charm.  Collections of antique plates, photo frames, lace or antique architectural pieces can be an interesting focal point.  As with most all decorating styles, avoid a cluttered look.

Hope to see you at the Paris flea market!

Cheryl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Farmhouse Paint-no wax paint!

Do you love Shabby Chic? Are you a DIY type of person? I have not tried Farmhouse Paint, but if the paint really needs no prep, wax or topcoat, count me in!! I have used other chalk paints that require minimal prep but lots of waxing…the part that I admit is not fun.  Miitzi Beach, a Stylespotters at the Spring High Point Furniture Market 2014 , posted Farmhouse Paint, as one of new styles. It sounds like something my design clients and blog readers would love!
https://www.facebook.com/389457877834290/photos/a.500882956691781.1073741834.389457877834290/505752542871489/?type=1&theater

Farmhouse Paint -Mitzi Beach, Style Spotter High Point Furniture

Farmhouse Paint -Mitzi Beach, Style Spotter High Point Furniture

Farmhouse Paint

Farmhouse Paint

Farmhouse Paint

Farmhouse Paint

Farmhouse Paint

Farmhouse Paint

Farmhouse Paint

Farmhouse Paint

Farmhouse Paint

Farmhouse Paint

Farmhouse Paint

Farmhouse Paint

 

I love to paint and transform furniture and accessories. Give it a try because if you do not like your results, you can always paint over it.  I would love to see photos of your work!

Cheryl

 

 

 

 

 

 

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