Friday, October 29, 2010
Top 3 Spooky Interior Design Faux-Pas
1. Leaving color out of your design. Ok, so you are the 'white space' or 'minimalist' style. And monochrome, done right - is very hip. But EVERYBODY needs a pop of real color. You can't live in the 'presence of all light' or the 'absence of all light' (technical terms for white & black) forever. Gotta have SOME sort of splash of color. Somewhere. Buy a plant. Get a pillow or a rug. Bring the spectrum of light into your life. And do it FAST!
2. A Scale-Challenged Space. You think you're pretty good at 'eyeballing' things to fit into your spaces, do you? Just pop into the furniture store and buy something because it's a 'must-have'? Have you ever ended up with a space that is dominated by furniture with only or less than 1 foot of walking space in a room? Get out the tape measure and plan for several feet of walking space, and try to buy pieces that are practical, efficient and timeless.
3. Overboard Accessories. I sure hope we're not talking about you. Because if we are - Neicy Nash and her team at Clean House or the guys and gals at A&E's Hoarders will be in touch soon. HOW MANY KNICK-NACKS does a person need? You don't need figurines and snowglobes all over your house to make it 'home'. Instead - choose classy and timeless pieces that double as accent pieces - such as a decorative lamp, or an ornate side table. These things add an element of accessorizing while still being highly functional. Now, if you have a snow globe that doubles as a fully-functional crystal ball - (with fortune telling capability) - that might just be acceptable.
Of course - you might just need the help of a professional. J. Douglas Design is here for you. Just call us, and Douglas will pay you a visit and get your home sorted out chop chop.
And don't forget - we're still celebrating our 21st anniversary for our Dallas interior design business - helping our clients by creating stunning designs now for over 20 years! We're celebrating with a SUPER SALE - 20% off EVERYTHING in our Dallas furniture showroom. (including special orders!)
But hurry - this sale ends at the end of October!
Here's wishing everyone a safe and happy Halloween!
Sunday, October 24, 2010
What impresses us most about The Platt Collections, besides being family owned for 60 years - is their generosity and heart for wanting to make a difference in the world!
This year, The Platt Collections introduced The Alyce Collection which incorporates the breast cancer awareness ribbon into its design. The creative idea is the brainchild of furniture designer Glenn Midnet, whose mother, Alyce, died from breast cancer in 1974 when he was very young.
The Alyse chair incorporates the signature pink cancer awareness symbol and is constructed from sturdy plantation mahogany and covered with silk with brushed nickel feet. It’s both beautiful and comfortable!
The Platt Collection’s Alyce vanity desk and mirror incorporates the breast cancer awareness ribbon as well and is also constructed of plantation mahogany with brushed nickel accents and an onyx marble inset. The mahogany mirror is trimmed in a broken silver leaf finish.
Since ten percent of the proceeds from the sale of Alyce collection pieces will go to benefit cancer research, it’s a great feeling to be able to offer our clients a stylish way to help fight breast cancer.
So this month - in honor of breast cancer awareness month - our hats are off to The Platt Collection, for their creative and heartfelt contribution to the cause.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
We especially appreciate the variety of styles Marge Carson offers with 14 different collections - Borghese, Chateau Chaumont, Design Folio, Hampton, Les Marches, Marquesa, Rue Royale, Samba, Segovia, Umbria, Verona, Villa Argenta, Vouvray, and Yorkshire Manor.
And with their customization programs, we’re able to purchase furniture for every room of the house including unique pieces such as banquettes and pet sofas. If a design project calls for accents such as bow and tassel ties, buttons, or nailhead trims we often turn to Marge Carson. Their eye-catching designs are enhanced with 55 rich finishes, and more than 600 plush fabrics, trims and leathers.
Christine Rendino, Director of Fashion & Merchandising, stays on top of the latest home furnishing design trends and incorporates those into every new piece created at Marge Carson. One strategy they use is to look to the fashion runways to decide on their trends and color direction. This lends credibility to their brand and gives us confidence that their upholstery and case goods are always on the cutting-edge.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
October officially marks twenty-one years of Dallas interior design excellence for Dallas interior designer, J. Douglas Bradford. Now over 20 years after opening the exclusive Dallas furniture showroom, J. Douglas Design, Inc. continues to incorporate the perfect pieces, the finest fabrics, timeless treatments and ageless accessories - with the end result being a simply elegant space.
Whatever your likes or styles - the super high-end furnishings and accessories from well-known furniture designers like Marge Carson, Maitland-Smith, Christopher Guy, Swaim and Theodore Alexander are sure to complete any design; but also prove to be a treasure that will endure the tests of time - and in superb style, no less.
Douglas has always been very passionate about the brands he carries, as well as the interior spaces he works with. Douglas is well-known for (and very proud of) hand selecting EVERY piece in his showroom. He only selects pieces he would have in his own home, and that are built with great care and quality.
It's more than just great design, it's about putting something together using only the best pieces - made of the highest quality materials - that will be timeless and tasteful for years to come.
Been looking to redesign a space in your home? Have you wanted to replace some furniture or accessorize your living spaces? Now is the time: To celebrate 21 years - J. Douglas Design is offering 20% OFF THE ENTIRE SHOWROOM AND ALL SPECIAL ORDERS through the end of October! Call 214-522-8100 for more details.