Monday, June 17, 2013

SHOWHOUSE - Problem Child #1

The Problem Child....everybody has one!  This "mudroom" has several.  Problem child #1 is a very prominent corner of the space.  It's the first area you see before you even enter the room.  But you know what they say - "You never have a second chance to make a first impression!"  (We'll see about that!!)

So what's your first impression??  Here's mine.......................................................!  Didn't your mother always tell you "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." ??  I always listen to my mother.  (Well, most of the time....)

The dark green that continued into the bench just elongates the corner and throws it out of proportion to the rest of the room.  The red toile stenciling under the bench is too delicate for the green.  And what is up with that baseboard control sticking out into the room??

As with all problems, there are solutions!!

Solution #1....What is it?  Something my wonderful husband built that will add height.

Solution #2 - Fabric from one of my favorite manufacturers - DURALEE! This is a great linen and rayon stylized paisley fabric that will be added to "Problem Corner" to take your eye away from the issues and add a POP to the space.

 My favorite place to shop for Duralee fabrics?  The Duralee Showroom at the Boston Design Center.  Elena Pine and Gary Fisher  are my go-to people!  If a fabric is hard to come by, Elena will go out of her way to make sure you get it!  Gary is wonderful with Duralee's furniture line. Both are extremely knowledgeable about their products and always help you with whatever questions you have.   All of Duralee's products are top quality, and you get a lot of bang for your buck!  You can see some of their wonderful selection at (And then call your favorite interior designer (ahem...) to turn that fabric into a fabulous item for your home!

Progress is being made!  Painting finished - check!  Rug installed - check!  Chandelier hung - check.  Hopefully the electrician will be there tomorrow.  Only two more weeks to finish!

Stay tuned!

"Don't be pushed by your problems.  Be led by your dreams." - Unknown

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