joy of nesting

joy of nesting
Shiree Hanson Segerstrom Design and Wellness for Women with Arthritis and Other Chronic Pain.

“Designer’s Top Ten Small Projects to Improve Your Life at Home”

Spring has an energy of its own. We all love a fresh start, and that’s what this time of year is about. I’ve compiled a top ten list of home projects to improve your life at home and hopefully give you a little impetus to get things started right before gardening season is in full swing. I make a living going into people’s homes and I know for certain the items below will make a big difference in the appearance of yours.




On a large piece of lined white paper write down all the things around your home that drain you, from a broken tile, to a rip in the draperies, to your spouse’s broken down recliner. There will probably be twenty to forty items on your list. You don’t have to act on all the things at once but do prioritize them. Anything that’s not solvable immediately will be your last priorities. They will stay on the list until a later date, and you will keep that list in a central location.



The things that you are capable of solving (changing batteries, light bulbs, and sewing holes) address one by one. Check them off your list as you go. I call these lists "Clean Sweeps" and I've done them successfully since 2001 in various aspects of my life from personal fitness, to home maintenance, to professional advancement and it’s amazing the amount of energy you gain by getting your life in order and by retaining that order as best you can. There will always be those things you can’t resolve immediately and that’s okay. But taking care of the little things is achievable and cumulative. Keep the list on the inside of a cabinet you use at least once a week, such as the cabinet where you keep the laundry detergent. Don’t place in a spot you visit numerous times a day. That’s too distracting. You will also get considerable relief just by writing them down and prioritizing them.
 Number one is "make a home related list of to do's".

One of my pet peeves about older homes is “golden oak”. I know some people are reluctant to paint wood but golden oak immediately dates a home. When sanding, staining or replacement isn’t an option, fresh white paint is a huge improvement on any golden oak surfaces from kitchen cabinets to closet doors. With this project, it’s best to hire a professional painter, preferably one who has a sprayer. Brush strokes aren’t desirable on doors.

So number two is "update kitchen cabinets and drawers".
Along a similar vein, stained casings on windows and doors and baseboards that don’t match other wood work in the home create a disparate, “patchwork quilt” look in rooms and hallways. Go for a clean appearance by keeping trim colors consistent.

Number three is "paint or stain trims, windows and doors a consistent color throughout your home".
I’ve noticed light fixtures look quite dated in homes fifteen years and older. It could be because they weren’t well chosen to begin with. A wonderful place to upgrade your home is with lighting. One caveat, don’t just update one or two rooms. Replace fixtures uniformly throughout the home.

Number four is "update your lighting".






Dirty traffic marks on carpet are very noticeable. Having carpets cleaned once or twice a year is a terrific investment. I have my dining room and bedroom carpets done right before Mother’s Day and right before Thanksgiving. That way my carpets are fresh when family arrives for the holidays.

Number five "have your carpets professionally cleaned".

Dust is a nemesis of every homeowner. It settles on light fixtures, furniture, glass surfaces, window sills, draperies and wooden blinds. Even with a housekeeper it’s hard to notice all the incipient places dust settles. Make it an annual, or better yet, bi-annual event to do extensive dusting and polishing. Your home will thank you and so will your allergies. And open your windows and to allow fresh air to circulate as often as possible. It makes the home feel unbelievably wonderful.

Number six is do a "deep clean dusting".

Dusty, dirty windows aren’t immediately noticeable when you’ve been looking at them for years. But trust me, if you get used to them being clean, you’ll notice when they’re dirty.

Number seven is "clean the windows".




Aluminum mini-blinds are dreadful. There, I said it. Here’s a little insider trick. At IKEA, you can get perfectly fine sheer panels for $10 each. I spent a recent holiday at my brother’s home in San Francisco and he had them in his living and dining room and I was smitten with them. There’s no excuse for mini-blinds.

Number eight is "upgrade your window coverings" with inexpensive, unlined sheers. Or better yet, call me and we can fit your windows with custom curtains.



Energy efficiency is extremely important now and will be increasingly so in the future. While florescent light bulbs lend a slightly off color cast to humans and their furnishings, I’ve replaced most of the light bulbs in my home with them. You’ll love the savings on your electric bill. The bulbs last longer too. It’s well worth it.

Number nine, "replace all incandescent bulbs with energy efficient florescent ones".
Clutter begets clutter. I’ve preached this one for years. In the same way graffiti multiplies in urban areas, clutter collects in your home. If you want a tidy home, tidy it and keep it that way. When someone leaves something out of place, it will be immediately noticeable. If you want your family to be more organized, provide easily maintained storage for everything in the home.

Number ten, is "tidy and organize".
Happy Spring, almost.



Interior Design Style and Trend Predictions for 2015

Styles come and go both in fashion and interior design. There are some trends we love, and some we don’t but despite what you think of modern retro sixties style chairs or rustic Tuscan inspired paint finishes, you can be sure in ten years from now, designers and manufacturers will be onto the next big thing.
Victorian, Italian, shabby chic, French country: these are styles that have enjoyed their popularity over the years. And once a popular style has worn out its welcome it looks plain dated.







via THE GIFTS OF LIFE tumblr
2015 will see gray paint and bleached woods gradually decline. They’ve had a tremendous surge over the past five years and are at the height of their popularity. That means they have about another three years and then will gradually wane.

Bold Kelly Green, Tangerine, Citrine Yellow and Turquoise are saturated colors that make big statements. They’ve been going strong for several years. We will be seeing more of them but eventually they will be on smaller surfaces like lamps and pillows rather than whole sofas or sideboards.


Pattern in fabrics and wallpaper continues to be very popular. Well-designed patterned textiles (generally in a price range of $75-$130 yd.) like grids, quatrefoils, and floral and animal prints stand the test of time.




Painted furniture has been quite popular, but wood finishes less so. Once current espresso stains are beginning to look dated while timeless mahogany still appears fresh.


We will be seeing less oversized and more “right sized” furnishings. Antiques are not thought of today as stylish with the thirty and forty something’s but over fifty consumers still feel a strong connection with them. Antiques in general never really go out of style as they are often considered investment pieces, but some are more aesthetically pleasing than others. And mixing antiques with current fabrics and pieces infers an updated appearance.

Mixing styles like Aero Saarinen pedestal tables with wingback chairs or other traditional seating will continue to gain popularity once style conscious consumers get tired of replacing their décor all at once.
Sectional sofas, while often cumbersome and overused in design will continue to be in demand. Modern table and floor lamps are still going strong, while cheap Italian imitations are thankfully on their way out. Media rooms, wine cellar/tasting rooms and smart phone home systems are now common place.
Color is the most obvious of all design trends. Colors themselves like red, blue, yellow or green don’t really date. It’s the variation of the color that comes and goes.
Here are some color and style evolutions you might recognize.
Out: mauve. In: magenta.
Out: Dijon. In: Citrus yellow.
Out: terra cotta. In: Tangerine.
Out: Verdigris. In: Kelly Green.
Out: Sage green. In: Aqua.
Out: Taupe. In: White.
Out: Mediterranean. In: modern French.
Out: Theme related décor. In: Personal mixes.
Out: Country. In: Transitional.
Out: ornate. In: clean lines.
Out: sterile or sparse décor.
In: comfortable, evolved, interesting, well-furnished homes.
Come to think of it, aren’t the latter always in vogue? I’ve noticed as people age, they are less concerned with what’s in or out of style. There is a certain amount of self confidence in ignoring fashion. Your home can be “fashionable” or current without being a slave to the design industry.
via NUMBER NINETEEN blogspot
Other trends, more pertaining to the economy rather than aesthetics will be multi-generational residences, high end luxury rentals, and flexible/multi-use furniture. These trends are gaining momentum because even with four year college degrees, many graduates are not able to purchase homes. This is one of the largest non-home owning generations we’ve ever seen.

Some things never seem to go out of style. Navy, black, white. Glass, mirror. Wool, cotton, cashmere. Wingbacks, settees. Mahogany. Books. Original art. Persian rugs. Rather than emulating any one style, try to develop your own “look” from a variety of styles with a strong common denominator like color or fabric to pull it together.

As the oft quoted Diana Vreeland once said, “People who have style share one thing in common. Originality”.   

via THE AESTATE tumblr



Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...