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Bohemian, Rustic or Modern Design Style

 

Cheryl Hucks with Cindy Farmer on Fox 8 WGHP

Cheryl Hucks with Cindy Farmer on Fox 8 WGHP

During my last appearance on Fox 8 WGHP on April 3, I gave examples of three design styles: Bohemian, Rustic and Modern.

Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch

Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch

Ritz Carlton Bachelo'sr Gulch

Ritz Carlton Bachelo’sr Gulch

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

Cheryl Hucks on Fox WGHP

Cheryl Hucks on Fox WGHP

Rustic Interior Designs style is beautifully unrefined and cozy.  If you like to for your home to be a “getaway” from your work and the rest of the world, this could be the perfect style for you.  Mountains and lake style  are the two most places for rustic design. Many of these lodge style homes have stone fireplaces, high beamed ceilings, and use lots of wood, stone, metal and leather.

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

Achitectural Digest

Architectural Heart Designs

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Architectural Heart Designs

Cheryl Hucks on Fox 8 WGHP

Cheryl Hucks on Fox 8 WGHP

After seeing my examples and interviewing me, Cindy Farmer decided her design style is Bohemian.  Many people who are always drawn to bright colors, furniture, art or accessories that make your heart sing, then like,  Cindy,  you do not know what to call your  interior design style. Bohemian style allows you to express your personality. It is full of life, culture and items from all over the world. There is lots of bright colors, especially jewel tones with mix of different patterns. Fringe, glass beads, burlap and second hand furniture contribute to this Mix and Match style.

Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch

Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch

Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch

Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

Cheryl Hucks on  Fox 8

Cheryl Hucks on Fox 8

Modern and contemporary designs are not exactly the same  but are usually grouped into the same style. If you prefer sleek, spacious and simple designs, then you should decorate your home in Modern- Contemporary Interior Design style.  Focus is on function. No clutter, neutral colors, chrome, glass, concrete and geometric fabrics are emphasized in modern and contemporary homes.  Accessories are considered more an art piece than just an attractive item sitting on a table or shelf.  All lines whether it be furniture, rugs, accessories are straight and geometric. Many times even table wear is straight lined.  Example: square plates.

Cheryl Hucks on Fox 8

Cheryl Hucks on Fox 8

Is one these design styles the one you love or would love to have in your home?  If not, maybe yours is Traditional, Cottage, Shabby Chic, Art Decor, Country, European, English, Oriental , etc

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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.

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New Home Decor Trends-Fox 8

I thoroughly enjoy my monthly appearances on my local Fox 8 WGHP in High Point, NC.  Cindy Farmer  and rest of the  news  staff  and all the Fox  8 employees are very friendly and make me feel very welcome and relaxed.  Speaking of Fox 8, I cannot wait for “24” and Jack Bauer to be back on Fox starting May 4th!  One of my all time favorite TV show!   Okay, back to home decor trends.

A few of the new trends are available in your local stores now and as the year progresses will be more exciting products to update your home for 2015.  If you already have a few of these items or colors in your home from years of  past decorating, bring them back out of storage.  Yesterday, I discussed Chinoiserie  or Chinese Decor which is an example of a style that has been around for centuries and  is making a strong comeback.

Large patterned florals (pillow), sapphire blue (vase), copper (photo frame), bone and horn (napkin rings), warm greens (pillow), pastels ( pink towel and sheer curtain), Chinoiserie (pagoda shaped lantern), sheer curtains (blue patterned sheers) and  shagreen or hides (faux crocodile tray) are the examples I discussed this morning on Fox 8 with Cindy Farmer.

Cheryl Hucks and Cindy Farmer on Fox 8

Cheryl Hucks and Cindy Farmer on Fox

Be sure to catch tomorrow’s blog for many more New Trends for 2015.

Cheryl

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Do you need “Aging in Place” Design in your home?

 Aging in Place is “the ability to live in one’s home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income or ability level.” Aging in Place Plan is not for “old people”. If you younger than 40 you probably think Aging in Place Design is something you do not need to think about! If you are over 40, you have probably already considered making a few changes to your home.

Follow this link to my appearance on Fox 8 in High Point, NC with Cindy Farmer.

http://myfox8.com/2014/03/26/aging-in-place-with-home-decor/

If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, you need to consider making changes in your home at your own pace:

  • Do you have an elderly parent, relative or friend who comes for dinner or a short visit or stays in your home overnight?
  • Do you know someone who has been in an accident or had a short term or long term illness that required assistance getting off and on toilets, in and out of showers, had to use crutches or a walker,  had limited eyesight?
  • Do you plan to sell your home now or in the future and do not want to limit resale to one type of buyer?
  • Are you planning to update your existing home, add square footage to your home, build a new home or  move to your “forever home” where you can age in place?

This sleek and updated  bathroom would suit the needs of someone in a wheelchair and still not have a “nursing home look”.

Delta-Bob Villa

Delta-Bob Villa

Universal Design was the front runner of Aging in Place Design. Now, more contractors are giving future buyers the options to make these changes during preconstruction. Many times when you are forced to accommodate these needs of a loved one, the cost is more and it will all need to be changed at one time.

90% of people over 65 want to stay in their homes for as long as possible but most older people live in homes that are more than 20 yrs old.  Doorways are too small to accommodate walkers and wheelchairs, showers are too small for a  shower seat or walkers and many have no bedroom and full bath on the first floor.

Universal and Aging In Place Design does not need to look like a nursing home.  See these beautiful examples are available in a variety of style and finishes.  All of these would look like “hardware jewelry” in your shower, next to a toilet or tub, or on a wall next to a step-up at a doorway.

GeezaNet

GeezaNet

Definitely hardware jewelry!

jewel-grab-barMoen corner grab bar with soap dish

Moen

Moen

Oiled Bronze Grab Bar

Moen

Moen

Bronze grab bar with tray for shampoo, soaps, sponges and more

Moen

Moen

Grab bar and toilet paper holder combo

Moen

Moen

Grab bar and towel bar combo

Moen

Moen

Would you  have thoughts these were grab bars?

Great Grabz-Wave

Great Grabz-Wave

Most bathroom hardware and faucet manufacturers now have grab bars that co-ordinate with faucets.

Philbin

Philbin

Even children can benefit by having grab bars in showers.

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This beautiful shower by Stanton Homes demonstrates how beautifully the grab bars and shower seat can be incorporated into your home bathroom design.

Stanton Homes

Stanton Homes

 This slim and compact fold out shower seat  by Healthcraft could be an alternative to a built in .

Healthcraft

Healthcraft

Easy slide toilet paper holders are much easier for people with painful joints and for children

dn8408chromeMoenMore contemporary easy slide toilet tissue holder.

Moen

Moen

Combination shower heads and had held are essential for someone sitting on a shower seat.

Hafele

Hafele

Single lever faucets are very stylish and easier to operate.

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Delta

Delta

 

Moen

Moen

Mirrors that tilt make drying hair and applying applying make easier for someone in a wheelchair.  Small adults and children will also appreciate these mirrors.

Gatco

Gatco

Dottingham

Dottingham

Comfort height toilets (16-17″ seat height)  with elongated seats are now the norm for most homes.  When replacing your lower and short seat toilets, consider comfort height for your aging guests. These toilets are the same heights as wheel chair seats.

Kohler

Kohler

KOHLER

KOHLER

Replaced door knobs with easier opening lever handles.

Kwikset

Kwikset

D shaped cabinet knobs are easier to grab.

Hafele

Hafele

Hafele

Hafele

Hafele

Hafele

Roll out shelves and swing out corner cabinets for kitchens and bathrooms.

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If you start making gradual changes in your existing home, the expense will not be as great when an emergency arises. Here are few more changes for you to consider:

  • Motion detector lights in foyers, hallways, stairwells and closets
  • Anti-scald faucets and motion detector faucets
  • Contrasting edges on countertops
  • Non-slip floors
  • Create at least one entry into your home with no steps
  • Install electric outlets and light switches 42” from the floor
  • Doorways should be 32-36” wide to accommodate walkers and wheel chairs
  • Hallways 42” wide for wheelchairs to make a turn
  • Multi-level countertops heights-30” ,36” and  42”
  • Lighting under upper cabinets
  • Include a full bath and bathroom on the main floor
  • Reinforce areas were grab bars would be installed to hold 250-300 lbs
  • Handrails on both sides of staircases

I hope you will consider making a few changes in your home that will make life easier for your loved ones, visitors and when you need to Age in Place!

Here are couple of links that can you started:

http://ageinplace.com/at-home/aging-in-place-home-ideas/

http://www.bobvila.com/articles/aging-in-place-design-tips/#.UzORdvldXnU

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