GETTING GUEST ROOM READY WITH SARAH RICHARDSON

Reposted from Kravet

RICHARDSON SHARES HER MUST-HAVES FOR A COZY GUEST RETREAT THAT WILL MAKE YOUR OVERNIGHT VISITORS FEEL EXTRA SPECIAL.

Nothing says “welcome to your home-away-from-home” quite like a comfortable, stylish and well-equipped guest room. I chose unique pieces that are both relaxed and stylish so that family and friends are guaranteed to have a memorable stay this holiday season.

Tips from Sarah Richardson:

  1. The Perfect Table Lamp – The large-scale look of the McCool Table Lamp offers maximum impact and lights the whole room. Set between two twin beds for example, the light effortlessly provides ample illumination for both guests.
  2. Pillows Aplenty – I’m fussy about pillows and assume my guests are the same, so I make every bed with one polyester pillow and one soft down (or down alternative) pillow so guests can pile up on as many or as few pillows as they like.
  3. Storage Space – A bedside table with a drawer, a large-top surface and a cubby or shelf for storage will help guests spread out and unpack a bit. Try to limit personal accessories and keep clutter to a minimum so the room feels finished but not too busy.
  4. Soft Carpet Underfoot – A carpet that’s soft underfoot and big enough that bare feet will land on the rug when they wake up is a must-have. Adding a rug also helps to stifle sound and floor creaks in older houses, so guests can walk without tiptoeing.
  5. Consistent Color Scheme – Your guest room doesn’t needs to resemble the presidential suite, but it shouldn’t look like the land of castoffs either. Try to make everything cohesive so it’s inviting to spend time in and your guests feel you’re happy they’ve arrived.
  6. Comfy Chair – If space permits, I always add a chair or two to bedrooms. Some guests like to have a bit of quiet time.  A comfortable chair gives them the perfect spot to sit and read or get some work done, if they so please.

100% Cotton Sheets – A freshly made bed (especially by someone else, no less) is always a treat!  It’s easy to make your guests feel like they’ve just checked into a hotel by putting a bit of thought and care into the amenities.

Layers On The Bed – We all run on different temperatures, so layer up the bed with an extra quilt or blanket for options.  If you don’t put it on the bed as a decorative layer, make sure you tell your guests where to find additional bedding in case it’s needed in the night.  I can’t sleep if I’m cold and always want to help my guests get some good zzz’s!

Take A Test Drive – My number one rule for every guest room is that you need to have tried it out and feel confident that it is actually well-equipped and comfortable.  I learned this the hard way.  In my guest room at the farm, I didn’t realize that the board supporting the mattress wasn’t attached to the frame of the bed until we had a visitor and heard a big crash late one night when the plywood slipped off the frame after being nudged every time the bed was made. Trying to reassemble a bed in your PJ’s is not what good hosting is all about…talk about a wake-up call!


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Get to Know Vern Yip

Earlier this year, Marketplace Events interviewed one of our favorite designers, Vern Yip. Here is a reply of the interview:

Iconic reality television star, architect, interior designer and author are just a few of the occupations Vern Yip has acquired through the years. Now, he’s taking over the Living IN KC Stage by IN Kansas City Magazine to show Kansas residents a trick or two about designing beautiful, functional and comfortable homes. If you want to know more about his time on TLC’s Trading Spaces or HGTV Design Star this is the perfect opportunity to see the legendary interior designer.

Q. What’s one thing we wouldn’t guess about you? 

A. I am a huge tennis fan. I love watching the sport, playing the sport…really anything that involves the sport piques my interest. I once spent the year going to all the grand slam events around the world – it was remarkable!

Oh, and I also have a big passion for fine art photography. I know everything that is happening in that world! 

Q. What’s are two common mistakes homeowners make when they take on a home improvement project themselves? 
A. First of all, homeowners often don’t take the time to plan out their project. From measuring their space to calculating their budget, I find that many homeowners tackle a project before they have done their research and due diligence. I understand and respect that it’s more fun to be impulsive or take advantage of a big sale, but if you don’t plan correctly, that sale really isn’t worth it. More times than not, I find that homeowners end up asking themselves if they really saved any money in the long run when the project wasn’t prepped accordingly.

Secondly, I often see homeowners tackling installation projects that require a great deal of knowledge and expertise. My advice to my clients is to have a realistic understanding of their skills and tools before setting out to fix a problem. The last thing you want to do is put yourself further behind on a project by making the issue worse.

Q. What’s a must-have at any party you’re throwing?
A. I love filling a giant tub of ice with wine, beer, champagne, etc. and letting those drinks chill throughout the party. This is an easy way for your guests to serve themselves and the presentation is decorative yet sophisticated.

On that note, it is so important to have multiple party elements that allow your guests to relax and have fun while also making your life easier. When the host is scrambling and not having a good time, everyone can sense it and the vibe of the party could possibly be tainted. So, when hosting your next party, make sure to include elements that allow you to be both prepared and relaxed.

Q. What’s one thing you wish every homeowner knew?
A. It’s ok to be yourself! So many people feel that they need to live up to someone else’s standards or that their home needs to reflect the latest trends in the market. That is simply not the case. In my opinion, the best designed homes reflect the homeowner’s nuances, quirks, passions and differences.

In order to make your space unique to your personality, budget and family dynamic, you must allow yourself the complete freedom to feel secure about the space in which you are living. 

Q. What are your best small space living hacks?

A. My answer is two-fold:

1. From an aesthetic standpoint, buy the largest mirror you can possibly fit on the wall opposite your window wall. It makes a singular statement with double the view. The mirror adds space, makes the room feel bigger and takes all that natural light and bounces it back into the room.

2. From a functional perspective, find furniture that is multi-purpose. Open book shelves and end tables with long legs do not suit small spaces. Instead, look for drawers and doors. Small spaces can’t handle visual clutter, so it’s best to find furniture with tasteful, built-in storage.


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Candice Olson fabrics are now at DrapeStyle!

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DrapeStyle is pleased to introduce the addition of Candice Olson fabrics. World renowned interior designer, TV star, and author, has made her way to DrapeStyle and we couldn’t be happier!

candice-portraitCandice Olson, a leading designer in the United States and Canada, began her career in commercial and residential design after graduating from the School of Interior Design at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.  Candice received accolades and media attention for her distinctive and exceptional work before moving her design career to television.  In fact, earlier in her career, The New York Times identified her as “one to watch”. Candice’s foray into television began when a Canadian station profiled one of her award-winning design projects. Her unique approach to residential design and her engaging personality led to a weekly stint as a design contributor to the show.

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Today, Candice can be seen as the host and designer on HGTV’s Candice Tells All, Devine Design and as a judge on Design Star. She has been featured on the Today show, LIVE! with Regis and Kelly, The View and The Oprah Winfrey Show. In addition, Candice writes a syndicated biweekly newspaper column that runs in more than 400 U.S. newspapers. “The collections I have created embody my signature fusion of traditional form, scale and proportion with the simplistic beauty and crispness of modern design. The marriage of contrasts; old and new, minimal and adorned, sleek and lustrous, delivers a look that is current yet timeless, fresh yet familiar. In 2005, Candice launched “The Candice Olson Collection” a successful brand of home decor products, including upholstered furniture, fabrics, wallpaper, lighting, bedding and more.  

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“I have the best job in the world. After many years building my reputation as a professional designer, I find it’s important to show the serious side of design and inspire others to create engaging homes. But another important lesson learned is to have a good laugh. It is my team of talented, hardworking people that manage to keep me-and each other-laughing.”

We invite you to view our new fabric collection and order samples for yourself.  Since 2002, quality fabrics, quality craftsmanship, excellent customer service.  Let us help you create your dream drapes!

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