Laurie Heffernon
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

New Lives For a TV Armoire and Wall Unit


All of the furniture in this finished basement has seen different lives in past homes for this client.  A bar area, a comfy place to watch movies, and general "spiffing up" of the large space were items on the budget-minded Christmas list for this family.

An old TV wall unit housed the small TV as well as components which were no longer used.  The display cabinets literally displayed hundreds of DVDs .
On the way to the basement I could not help but notice a large TV armoire which was overpowering the corner of the living room.  It had been purchased for a different home. Surely it could be retrofitted for pull-out drawer storage in the basement if it could be cut down in height significantly. 

Now for that wall unit!  What if it could be made into the back wall of a bar?  I quick search of the Jordan Furniture's site found a very affordable oak bar with all the right dimensions for the plan.  We pulled the wall unit's top bridge out of storage and took the top off the TV cabinet to make a counter.  Voila!  Now we have a bar area with real use of the display area  --- for the family's vacation mementos.

Add a larger TV and stand, a few rugs, a coat of black paint and new seats for the chairs, and lots of things important to the family on the walls, and they have a "new" room to enjoy without spending tons of money!


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Favorites -- 2013 Architectural Digest Home Design Show

Here is another inspiring design from the AD Home Design show this year.  It too was part of the "table viewing" sponsored by DIFFA’s DINING BY DESIGN.  Orange sure was popular at the show!

Isn't this amazing?  Look at the bright focal wall with all those colorful plates!  I can see decorating with this idea on a porch or a small dining room wall! 

The plates do not have to be expensive if you shop yard sales, Craigslist or eBay. Light can be washed over the wall by a few small uplight floor lamps or track lighting from the ceiling.

The round table can be painted, or even covered with a white floor length table cloth.  If you aren't using coordinating garden stools, try simple wooden or metal chairs that you spray with a glossy paint to match the wall color.  If you are renting, the wall can be papered with one of the new peel off wallpapers.

Look closely at the lighting.  That is not a chandelier!  It is a very tall glass tube with a huge barrel shade designed to be above the heads of the sitting diners.  It must be attached to the round disk at its base, and perhaps weighted in part by the flower pots.  This would be an impressive way to make up for a lack of a chandelier or electricity source in a ceiling.  Or if you can't find a lamp like that and aren't creative enough to construct one yourself, you can hang a shade light from a hook on the ceiling and have the cord go down a wall to an outlet.

Aren't the tulips wonderful!  They are in planted in glass pots or cylindrical vases. Lots of moss in the mix adds to the green and orange color scheme.  I can see myself using this idea in my home.

And finally admire the the place setting.  A simple "organic" charger topped by coordinating plates with lots of gold accents to work with the shimmery gold in the fun and fancy goblets.  A coordinating napkin peaks out between the plates.   I notice there are no utensils.  My choice would be to use the new gold colored utentils that are on the market.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Favorites -- 2013 Architectural Digest Home Design Show

Yesterday I made a trip to New York City with 3 of my designer friends to attend the 2013 Architectural Digest Home Design Show.  We had a great time and came home more inspired than ever. 

One of my favorite parts of the show was the "table viewing" sponsored by DIFFA’s DINING BY DESIGN All of the tablescapes were fabulous and I wish I could be invited to a party in each one of them!

This vignette was designed by HGTV's Vern Yip.  The brilliant colors and detail were stunning, and this photo does not do it justice.  Just look at the huge suspended drum shade and imagine the glow that would wash over the table if it was hanging from a porch or tent ceiling, or even suspended on wires over an open deck!
 I love the tablecloth.    Vern used several different oranges and trims in his room to add to the visual experience.  Look very closely and you can see that the napkins have a contrasting trim too.

The drum shade was spectacular and had it's own special trimming too!

If you are able to get there, I highly recommend attending the show this weekend.

Monday, February 13, 2012

10 Reasons Not to Stage Your Home

For all of you who are thinking of selling your home, or know people who are, this is an excellent article that cleverly reinforces the point that staging a home for sale is a no brainer.


Monday, February 6, 2012

Houzz - the Best Site/App For Decorating Ideas!

I just can't keep this secret any more! Ever since I got my iPad I have been hooked on the free app for decorating fanatics called Houzz! There are 250,000 high quality photographs that you can flip through. You can look just at the type of room you need ideas for. Once you have a login you save those that inspire you. If you don't have an iPad, you can access the pictures through

For DIYers it's great! But if all you do is collect the ideas you love and then discuss them with your interior decorator/designer, then you are still way ahead. It's a safe way to be able to decribe "your style".


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

How Paint Companies Decide on Paint Names

Have you ever wondered how paint companies come up with thousands of names for their colors? I know I laugh about it all the time when I choose a perfect color for a client and my client asks me what the name is. Does it really matter! Here is a link to a New York Times article that will finally give you all the answers you will ever need.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A Contemporary Look for Flat Hollow Doors

This photo came from House Beautiful. I was struck by two things: I loved the arrangement of the art (going very low) as well as the glossy black doors. In my area hollow flat doors were used often in 1960s construction of ranch houses. They were a low cost choice for inexpensive housing. Not too many of my clients love them.

What makes this decorating solution work? The doors are carefully painted a very glossy black. Both the walls and trim appear to be painted in a soft grey eggshell or matte, and the floor is a dark wood. The black is repeated in the metal of the lighting.