Monday, September 27, 2010

Love is in the Details

Geez. It's been forever since I've updated my blog, and I'm so sorry. I've been working on so many fun projects at work. Some I can share and some are top secret until our market launch in January.

Things I can tell you about are the 2011 HGTV Green Home located in Denver, CO. My team has been working with HGTV Designer, Linda Woodrum, and HGTV House Planner, Jack Thomasson, on selecting some of our brand new products for the home. I can hardly believe installation begins October 1st! I can't reveal the products quite yet but I will soon. Another fun project has been preperations for Shaw's fourth annual Consumer Media Tour. Next week, I will spend the week in New York hosting an event for editors at shelter pubs like Traditional Home, House Beautiful, Better Homes and Gardens and more. My PR team is hosting a designer panel event where three of the nation's leading interior designers (Alexa Hamton- Mark Hampton LLC, Linda Woodrum- HGTV, Victor Emroli- SCAD) will chat about design and flooring trends and, best of all, a cocktail party will follow the panel discussion. Cupcake bar, anyone? Yep, that one was my idea! Let me know if you'll be in New York and I'll add you to the invite list. And I'll be sure to share some of the tips I learn with you all.

My biggest project at home has been bookshelves. Since we've finishing the meat of our home renovations, I'm in full on detail mode. Our home will be in Dalton's Holiday Tour of Homes on December 7th. This is very nice and I'm honored, but I'm totally freaking out. So, one Saturday morning while Jason was peacefully sleeping, I got up and took everything out of the bookshelves and then removed the actual shelves. Poor Jason. I was at Sherwin Williams by the time they opened having some beautiful oil based paints shaken and stirred!

So, let's have a quick chat about bookshelves for your lesson of the day. First of all, most built-ins require oil based paint. A latex paint will peel and chip over existing oil based paint. Before you start painting, make sure you clean the surface and sand well. Next, tape very carefully. Oil based paint shows paint strokes so several coats might be required. Our living room and family room are Sherwin Williams Latte (a creamy khaki) and we painted the back only of the bookshelves Kaffee which is a dark, rich brown. And in my Stolen Kiss red dining room, we painted the back of the bookshelves a shocking Tiffany blue! Love, love, love. Love is in the details!

Before our Autumn Open Houses and Halloween soirees begin, I encourage all of us to exam the details in our homes. The book shelf project is a great weekend tackle. Speaking of tackle, you can handle this one while your husband watches football! Check out the above picture from the Southern Living Idea House 2009. One of my favorite designers, Mallory Mathison, did an amazing job with these builts ins. I love how she painted the back a contrasting blue. Also, notice her unqiue groupings-which is another post for another day! I provided the flooring for this project and it's one of my most favorites. Mallory is currently re-designing my mom's store, Bridals by Lori.

Happy Designing and more soon! xo