Friday, May 2, 2014

Could I Be An Interior Designer?

A few weeks ago, the Mid-Atlantic Home and Garden Show was held in Virginia Beach and one of the events they had was a "Dreaming of Design" competition. I didn't find out about it in time and couldn't compete, but I can still put a fantasy room together here though.

I just got the most recent Grandin Road catalog in the mail (I love their Halloween decorations). Using that catalog, I'm going to design a covered porch that's about 10'x14' with two full walls. On my fantasy porch, the siding will be painted in Behr Horizon Haze (540B-4). The porch and accent colors will be regular white (no particular shade, but a matte shade of white).

The room title is Ocean Waves. The inspiration for the room is the paint color, because it was in so many of the items I chose, by sheer coincidence. It's a comfortable cool color that's also very inviting and relaxing, perfect for a southern covered porch.

The room will be tied together with the Vera Flame rug (upper left), in 8' x 10' ($499). This will be slightly off center in the room.

On one wall, I'd have the Beaded Two Tier Chandelier Wall Decor (upper center) for $99. Dark bronze powder coated steel is embellished with gracefully draping, clear acrylic beads (31" x 1" x 26"). I'd have this flanked by two of the Graceful Garden Window Outdoor Art pieces in cream (lower center) for $149 each. The metalwork is surrounded by something that looks like wood (I don't know what it is). These windows measure 24" x 1.25" x 35.75".

On the other wall, I'd have the "Tuscan" All Weather Art (upper right) for $199. The high tech UV coating ensures the vibrant colors will last season after season (30" x 40").

Off to one side, where the porch would be open, I'd have the Fulton Copper Firepit and Tray (lower left) for $599. Sturdy, wrought iron firepit stand includes a fire grate, a dome screen and a poker. After it cools, it can be converted into a coffee table.

I'd have two of the Seashell Outdoor Planters as well, one small ($59) and one large ($99) with a variety of succulents as photographed. I'd have these sitting on the floor of the porch.
I'd need some fun hook pillows on my furniture, so I'd have one with a lobster and one with a grab (upper left), $39 each.

On my fantasy porch, there's two windows to the house on it. For those, I'd dress them up with 4' white Nantucket window planters (upper right), at $149 each. I'd fill them with low light greens and brightly colored annuals.  I'd also have two matching white tapered Nantucket planters (lower left) to flank the steps coming up to the porch, at $99 each. They'd have matching flowers in them.

For the furniture, I'd have 2 Santino ottomans ($149 each) and 4 Santino Wing Chairs ($299 each). These are actually meant for indoor use only, but I'm using them on my covered porch. Naturally durable seagrass and rattan are handwoven, in a beautiful herringbone pattern, over sturdy wood frames. The 22" seat is made extra comfortable with a removable 4" ecru cushion (lower center).

Last but not least, I'd have two of the Genvieve Urns (lower right) as small side tables. I'd turn them upside down and have glass cut and beveled to be used as round tops. The urns are  $149 each. They are 16.25" x 26.5" and are handcrafted from crushed stone and fiberglass with an aged charcoal finish.

One of these days, I want to sit down with my catalog again and design an interior room.

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