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Happy Easter!

Cheryl Hucks Interior Designs

Cheryl Hucks Interior Designs

Happy Easter to your house from mine!  I love decorating my dining table for Easter.  Many of my decorations on this table and in other areas in my home are gifts from  mother, grandmother and friends.  Two bunnies and chicks were my mother’s and my grandmother’s. I bought the beautiful egg plates at Pier One.  Love their Easter and Spring decor.

When my two and half year old granddaughter, Payton, helped me Easter decorate a few weeks ago, I gave her a few Easter decorations so that she can pass them down to her children. Dyeing Easter eggs and adding stickers was a fun grandmother and granddaughter  afternoon.  Her excitement  for  each egg she found during the egg hunt was contagious!

Cheryl Hucks Interior Design

Cheryl Hucks Interior Design

Cheryl Hucks Interior Designs

Cheryl Hucks Interior Designs

This year I purchased silk flowers for the  ceramic Easter planter. The wooden eggs on the right are place card holders.

Hope you have a great Easter with your family and friends!

Cheryl

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Masculine Home Tips

I am always on the prowl for masculine furniture and accessories that are not the typical “man cave” style: huge black sofas or sectionals, enormous black flat screen TVs,bear skin rugs and car or sports posters. Most of my single men design clients want comfort, style and quality.

Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma

I create rooms for my clients that look like they have been acquired over time. When everything matches a room lacks character and can be boring.  Even if you spend a ton of money, it can look less expensive.  Mixing styles and elements from different design eras gives your room a sense of quality and the feeling that each piece was carefully selected for your individual design taste. This design theory is also true for mascline design.

Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma

Recently, I very  excited when one of my single male clients wanted to include his grandfather’s cigar table in his family room design. It adds character and makes his room feel more comfortable.  Inherited pieces of furniture, accessories and art are also what designers call a “conversation piece”.  Pieces that are worn and weathered  and still being used show that they are  well made. If you do not have inherited pieces, flea markets and consignments shops are great places to acquire a few antiques or vintage pieces

Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma

Adding several textures will make a room feel more masculine. The all time favorite for most men is leather, leather, leather!!!  Wooden tables that are  heavy enough add another element of warmth.  Men also like metal and iron….tables with metal or iron legs give that industrial chic look.  Something a man could kick back and rest his feet on. I have not yet found a man who did not like the idea of an upholstered ottoman with storage. Products that will last are important to men.

Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma

Straight lines are more masculine  than curved lines. Not only in furniture but in lamps, artwork, lighting and fabrics.  Men prefer simple, uncluttered design.  If they live alone, dusting accessories and  needing to move accessories to dust is not on their “to do list”.

Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma

Almost all men love neutral colors–black, gray, tan, taupe, brown, cream, white, navy, and gold. Men love blue!  Almost any shade of blue.  I include my favorite, turquoise.   Add pops of color with accessories,rugs, artwork and if they will agree, throw pillows. Earth and  jewel tones will make a make an all neutral room more inviting, and interesting.

Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma

Here is my list of more masculine elements :1- hardwood and tile floors, 2- blinds, shades or plain window panels  for window coverings, 3- stainless steel kitchen appliances, 4-electronically controlled gas logs, ceiling fans, window shades 5-Black and white prints and black or dark wood frames,6-green design ( good for the environment), 7- repurpose furniture, accessories

Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma offers rooms that are both masculine and feminine.   www.williams-sonomahome.com

My next blog will be about the exciting design destination for men. TRNK. It has fabulous accessories,furniture and more for masculine tastes.  Below in their own words is the creators of TRNK. “We’re Tariq & Nick, two design enthusiasts who want to redefine how men think about and shop for the home. We created TRNK as a destination for masculine design, and to celebrate evolved notions of male domesticity.” https://www.trnk-nyc.com/shop/

 

Cheryl

 

 

 

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Sterling Silver Valentine Jewelry

I had planned to write my Valentine Day blog a few days earlier, but my two year old granddaughter has been sick with double pneumonia.  Scary few days but she is slowly getting better. Out family is very grateful!!

My Fox 8 appearance last Friday, February 6th was about Romantic Table Settings, which is what I blogged about last year. I am bringing  you several of my favorite Valentine Jewelry that can be purchased on the internet or in stores.  Heart jewelry can be worn anytime of the year.

The Jewelry Girls on Esty

The Jewelry Girls Place on Esty

Love, love this clean lined sterling silver pendant  by The Jewelry Girls Place.   When I shop on Etsy I always find several items that I love. It is hard to resist not buying everything I bookmasrk.  This would look fabulous with jeans or a simple black cocktail dress.

The Jewelry Girls Place -Etsy

The Jewelry Girls Place -Esty

Gorgeous sterling silver monogrammed ring by The Jewelry Girls Place.  Monogramming would make this a special gift from your special guy.  Or special gift to yourself!

JCLD on Etsy

JCLD on Esty

Elegant and simple ring by JCLD would be sexy on someone with long fingers.

Expressions Dream Bracelet by Things Remembered

Expressions Dream Bracelet by Things Remember

Today, chunky bracelets with charms are on very popular with all ages.  Monogramming always makes it appear more unique and expensive.

Island Cowgirl on Esty

Island Cowgirl on Esty

Are you more cowboy boots and jeans type?  Then this twisted heart on rope bracelet would fit your lifestyle.

The Bling Store on Esty

The Bling Store on Esty

The Bling Store delivers these exquisite side view hearts with lever backs.  I always buy loop type earrings with a lever back.  They hold the earrings still and will not allow them to tilt forward.

Things Remembered

Things Remembered

Make your gift of jewelry more special with a lovely engraved sterling silver heart gift box.

 

Sterling Silver Jewelry is an chic  alternative to real gold. Still has style without the expense of gold.

Have a fabulous Valentine Day!

Cheryl 

 

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https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheBlingBling

https://www.etsy.com/shop/islandcowgirl

 http://www.thingsremembered.com/

 

 

 

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Tips for a Cozy Winter Home

Hi Everyone!  Cheryl Hucks, your DESIGN INTERPRETER, with TIPS FOR A COZY WINTER HOME, my topic for Fox 8 WGHP last Friday, January 9. 2014.  Every time I appear on Fox 8, I set my DVR to tape it but guess what? It will not tape!  I wish I knew why…my DVR can have not other programs saved and it still will not record it.  Any ideas as to why?

Think Ski Lodges for a cozy winter home. You can use the same elements in your home too.

Elle Decor

Elle Decor

Gray wooden walls are the backdrop for warm red and orange accents.  White fuzzy area rugs provide warm.

www.elledecor.com

SKI Magazine

SKI Magazine

I would love to stay in a ski lodge with this warm, inviting and gorgeous room!  Might be difficult to leave this cozy place to the freezing slopes! Most of the warm colors are in the accessories and drapes. It would not be too expensive to make these  few changes to your own bedroom.  www.skimagazine.com

HGTV

HGTV

Wow!! Orange, yellow and green!  Perfect place to watch it snow, drink hot chocolate and cozy up to the fire.  Take your clues from skir lodge furniture arrangement:  furniture closer to a fire and creating intimate conversation areas. www.hgtv.com

 Cuddletown


Cuddletown

Curl up the sofa for a nap with one of these soft, luxurious Faux fur throws! www.cuddletown.com

 Safavieh shag rug -Overstock


Safavieh shag rug -Overstock

Lots of textures and warm colors will make you feel toasty.  www.safavieh.com

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

Textural woven throws, pillows and blankets www.restorationhardware.com

The Company Store--blackout and insulated draperies

The Company Store–blackout and insulated draperies

Blackout lined draperies will insulate your rooms from the cold outside as well as darkened your bedroom for better sleep and lower the noise level.  Designer Tip:  White or light colored draperies will be just as room darkening as dark fabric if both are lined in the same blackout lining. www.the companystore.com

Pier One

Pier One Imports

Trade out your metal candle holders for a warmer wooden natural holders. www.pieroneimports.com

Pier One Imports

Pier One Imports

Love this carved wooden tray by Pier One. Perfect for a gigantic bowl of popcorn and drinks.

Z Gallerie

Z Gallerie

Z Gallerie’s textured pillar candles. www.zgallerie.com

Pottery Barn

Ballards

Can you use too many of these sexy Tortoise shell votives by Ballards? www.ballards.com

Ballards

Ballards

Ballards

Ballards

Etsy

Etsy

Pair pottery mugs with hot chocolate or coffee. www.etsy.com

Ruby Lane

Ruby Lane

Love this woodland pottery mug!  Bring on the cafe lattes!  www.rubylane.com

Pier One Imports

Pier One Imports

Energize your table with Pier On’s poppy red dishes.

Pier One Imports

Pier One Imports

Z Gallerie

Z Gallerie

One of my favorites are these amber colored candles from Z Gallerie.

Walmart

Walmart

Pine cone bookends from Walmart.  www.walmart.com

Walmart

Walmart

Pine cone wreath is sprayed with gold metallic.

Pier One Imports

Pier One Imports

Wood chip wreath

Z Gallerie

Z Gallerie

Faux wooden placemats by Z Gallerie will warm up a table setting

Z Gallerie

Z Gallerie

Beaded placemats add pzazz and texture to any winter table setting.

Soma

Soma

I want one!!!  A cashmere robe by Soma. Light but warm!  www.soma.com

Soma

Soma

Do not forget your feet!  Soma

Gharardelli Chocolate

Ghirardelli Chocolate

My favorite hot chocolate mixed with hot water. www.ghirardelli.com

Sometimes timing can be perfect…last week when I was on Fox 8, the temperature was 12 degrees!!! We all needed a COZY WINTER HOME!!

 

Cheryl

 

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