Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Faux Fur Frenzy

Winter is quickly approaching.  Cold nights and our first frost has arrived.  Warming days in the sun can be deceiving.  What better way to warm up your interior living space than with warm and fuzzy accessories.  A fun little find of a furry throw, a floor rug or even a seat cover.  Here are some light and easy ways to use faux fur.  Obviously we all love the feel of the real deal, but without being cruel and unkind, faux fur can give the same appearance.

Some great finds for inexpensive pricing can be found at Walmart, Target and Pottery Barn.

Work at home in bare feet? Welcome fur under the desk

Cozy up by the fireplace with a furry transformed chair

Welcoming and warm on the bed fur for chilly nights

Accent pillow in faux fur white

Make your own foot stool

Faux Fur plain and simple in white

Bedside fluffy throw rug

Cover a hard seating bench with fur

Place on a wire chair for comfy fur seating

Anthropologie Faux Fur Lux Chair
Anthropologie also has a line of Faux Fur chairs, benches and stools for your accessorizing and WOW factor pleasure.  Embrace the cold with faux fur.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A Shabby Chic Bedroom With Vintage Style

I was recently asked to stage a boudoir setting for Pizzuti Wedding Photography.  As anyone who knows me, I was in heaven.  Just saying the words vintage and shabby chic in the same sentence, I was all over it.  I wanted to share how easy it is to create a room of this style all on your own through my photos in  collaboration with Ashley Pizzuti.  It was a fun project and an easy style to recreate.  Here are some ideas for items to add to any shabby chic design.

Turquoise Painted Shutter 

Home Decorating Books

Vintage Hand Mirror 

Crystal Vases for Fresh Flowers

Antique Props

Creating the Masterpiece

Detailed Bevel Mirror Painted White

Antique Crystal Lighting

Vintage Bottle Props

Shabby Chic Bedroom Creation

Prepping to Stage our Bedroom

Fresh Cut Flowers from the Garden

Flea Market Find!

Props - Vintage Hand Bag and Bottles

Dressing Table with Crystal Drawer Pulls

Ashley's Antique Mirror

Antique Vanity Brush & Mirror Set

Tufted Upholstered Comfy Chair

Vintage Suitcases

All of these items were raw finds discovered on  back roads and seacoast picking trips or vintage family heirlooms. Be passionate about your style and let it shine in your design.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Interior Design...Making A Career From What You Love

Interior Design & Staging students at Debbe Daley Designs

Last week's interior design and home staging course was one of the best I've had the pleasure of teaching. Realizing my hobby as a little girl has not only turned into a business but also a passionate career of helping others.  I especially enjoy watching women achieve their dreams working in a field they would learn to love.

The course was packed with many field trips and hands-on training experiences jammed into a 5 day extravaganza.  From playing with fabrics and furnishings in our own classroom studio to learning all about rugs from our friends at Persian Rug Gallery.  A trip to Harmon's Paint and Wallpaper in our own lovely historic city of downtown Lowell, MA was such a treat.  With the trending return of wallpaper and with my background in the field, it was fun and exciting to share with the students the different styles and patterns available for residential as well as commercial applications.  We also staged a home in Lowell for the Sears family which goes on the market today.  What a pleasure!  It was the perfect house to stage.
Manual & Classroom Time 

Learning about rugs from Sy Mahfuz at Persian Rug Nashua, NH
Learning about rental furniture for the home staging industry was also an experience with Jessica Miller of Churchill Furniture.  Jessica is most knowledgeable about the process of renting furnishings for vacant homes.  She is always so gracious in taking the time to spend with our students walking them through the process.
Jessica Miller of Churchill Furniture with Students

Churchill Furniture Showroom

Churchill Furniture Showroom

Our grand hurrah was when the students were involved in an all day custom client installation in Andover, MA.  One of my most pleasant clients allowed us to spend the day from 8:00 in the morning to 4:30 in the afternoon.  Students experienced the process of a custom furniture installation, custom window treatment installation and physically assisting our installers through the completion of the design.

Furniture Installation

Window Treatment Installation

Students Take a Break in Client's Media Room

Thank you to all our business associates, vendors and colleagues for participating and sharing your invaluable knowledge. All in all it was one of the best design courses of the year thus far offering hands-on design and staging experience to the max!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

What To Do About Father's Day

Lets face it, it's much easier to figure out moms than dads.  What do you do for Father's Day?  Yes, the Mother's Day Picnic was a big smash! How do you top that for dad?  Well my dad loves to have his family all around and he loves to stay at home and appreciate what he has in a family.  Yes, we are doing the Father's Day Cookout at mom and dad's.

Just like the Mother's Day Picnic, dad will have his day in his back yard with the family cookout.  However, the plan will be to build him an outdoor shower where he can refresh after a long day of working in his garden and cutting the grass.  This is an easy project that takes only a garden hose.  Adding hot water is easy with a propane outdoor water heater.  The outdoor shower is not just for the oceanside beach house.  This is my and my siblings personal plan for dad.  In turn, here are some other easy Father's Day gifts and DIY ideas that you can create on your own.

Dad's Cookout Bucket
If dad loves the grill, create a bucket with all his favorite grilling utensils and accessories.  Don't forget to fill it with spicy marinades and rubs for his grilling pleasure.

Photo in a Bottle

Family photo in a bottle. This is a fun DIY project for children as well as adults.  Create a theme oriented bottle.  Beach, golf or fishing.  Capture the moment in a bottle filled with sand, shells, fishing lures or golf tees.  Add a photo that captures dads favorite pastime moment.  He'll treasure this one forever.

Generation Photo
This is one of my favorites.  If you're lucky enough to have four generations around to grace you with their presence or not, create a generational photo.  This gift will be an heirloom creation to be passed on.

I find Father's Day to become harder every year when it comes to gift giving, especially for the dad who needs nothing.  Going back to your roots and giving a gift from the heart is what really matters.  Happy Father's Day to all fathers, dads, step-dads and every man who sincerely plays the part from their heart.