Wednesday, November 8, 2017

What does it mean to "UPDATE"??

BEFORE

This summer we worked on "updating" a beautiful home.  Of course we all have first impressions when we walk into a home for the first time, and our impression was "what a lovely home".  We could immediately tell this customer had custom made drapery and loved traditionally styled furniture.

BEFORE
The formal living room (piano room) has some beautiful antique pieces, which are always a plus if you like a timeless, traditional interior.  Nothing was "wrong" with this house, but if the request was to "update", then that's the look we needed to concentrate on.

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BEFORE



The foyer was papered in a more solid, navy wallpaper.  Nothing wrong but not too exciting as far as the client was concerned.  

Her first task was to find new light fixtures, our first task was to find wallpaper and fabric we liked.  The second thing we all needed to decide on was the drapery hardware.  You notice I said SECOND.  Drapery hardware is ordered as a custom finish, so we were just waiting to see what we needed to match---that seemed to be the easier direction to go.



 Peacock Garden

The choice for wallpaper was Thibaut's Peacock Garden.  Our goal was to add more blues, but the addition of the tan color in the design was a great way to introduce a slightly darker color to the dining room and living room. A fresh coat of Antique White paint was the answer for those rooms, and that was just enough color to make the crown molding stand out and make the rooms seem just a little warmer.



RM CoCo Dorset/Porcelain

Unfortunately, the photo of the drapery fabric doesn't show off the textured embroidery that made it so interesting in the first place.  The clean, geometric fabric was the first thing we found that said "UPDATED".  The floral drapery and covered rods just seemed to date the room more than the anything else, and the fresh, more simple design of the "Dorset" fabric was going to be easy to work around.

After

After

The foyer light fixture actually had gold and a bit of dark bronze to it, and the dining room fixture had a goldish-silver tone, sometimes called "Champagne".  We loved the mix, it didn't feel so contrived and the two designs were very compatible.  Now that we all were swooning over the new lights, we needed to find just the right hardware choice to look elegant, but not overpower these beauties.



We knew to go to our friends at Helser Brothers Hardware.  We have ordered our custom iron hardware from them for years, and their great selection of colors provided us with our two-toned hardware decision.  The "goldish" color of the rod and the silver rings were the combo we chose to pull in the new colors of the light fixtures.  


If you notice how nice the patterned worked out on the panels, that's because it was intentional.  Pleating can be done randomly on geometric patterns, but it can cause the final look to be busy.  We specify that they are pleated-to-the-pattern.  You should be given that option when ordering custom window treatments.



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As with many projects, we are still looking for a small print fabric to cover the little chairs.  We have found it difficult to find the right "red" without looking too Americana.  We are hoping to find one with a deeper coral color, and that has been a tall order!


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Another part of updating window treatments includes the height of the rod.  We did raise the hardware to open up the space, and although they could go higher, we like to keep in mind that going too tall can make a "disconnect" between the window treatment and the window.  That is our thoughts, and our suggestion to our clients.  Finding that happy medium can be the difference in making something look too trendy.  We want this UPDATED dining room and living room to last another 15-20 years!


Thursday, March 30, 2017

The next Chapter is......

2217 South Main Street, Joplin, MO

If you follow us on Facebook, stop in regularly, or heard from the news from your friends, you probably know we are moving to the middle of town.  This move will be official by April 3rd, however, with the phone transfer not going so quickly, don't give up if you try to call!

Why are we leaving our large location?

Many people have immediately asked "where are you going" when they hear we are relocating.  If we've seemed hesitant to blurt out the address it's because we don't want to mislead people into thinking the new location will operate like a retail establishment.  A big part of moving to the 32nd street location was to carry more inventory.  However, you need a lot of traffic to move a lot of inventory, and sadly, the customer base hasn't increased enough to validate the larger overhead.


What will you have at the new location?

All of our fabric samples, furniture lines, wallpaper companies, window covering vendors, or any custom orders will be making the move with us.  Also, for those of you who love Trapp Candles and Beatriz Ball metal ware, you'll still be able to stop in and purchase those items along with a few decorative pieces you see in the windows!!  If you see the "OPEN" sign, come on it.  If you don't, please give us a call and we'll let you know when we will be there!  


Why not just keep regular hours?

This is the biggest advantage to our clients---making appointments easier for you!  By not posting "hours" we will not have the worry of standing behind a counter all day, but instead be more available to make appointments to meet in our client's homes or at the shop.  We love the one-on-one working relationships we have with our customers, and whether it's choosing wallpaper, paint colors, drapery, blinds, shutters, sofa or chairs, being more accessible has become even more important over the past 10 years.  We think our service counts for a lot---especially in these times of so much "internet buying".  Sometimes you just need some expert advice and fresh ideas!  That's basically been our tagline since we started business.


Won't you miss your big store?

                 Madison Lane Interiors

Yes and no.......

We always felt a great deal of pride in making our shop (either large or small) look great for every season and after every market buying trip.  The work and time involved in doing this can at times be overwhelming, and very time consuming.   We will also miss seeing the variety of people who came by and gave us an insight into their lives, some of you are so inspiring!  Our hope is you'll find us at 2217 S. Main Street with our "OPEN" sign turned out, or call to say "hey, I'm coming by tomorrow afternoon, will you be there?".  We sure don't want to lose touch, then we would be sad!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Designer showcase home 2016

Something new for us during the past year was the chance to be involved in a designer showcase home.  The house was used to benefit McCune Brooks Healthcare Foundation's mammogram program.  The entire home was decorated by several area designers and then open for viewing.  It will soon be sold to a new owner!

If you are from the Joplin or Carthage, Missouri area, you have surely driven past this stately home located at 903 S. Main Street, in Carthage.  The master bedroom was our choice, and is located on the upper left side if you are viewing the house from the front.


The bedroom, and the majority of the house, was papered with what I was told was Brunschwig and Fils grasscloth.  Some rooms left it intact, as was the upstairs landing.  It was repaired and painted, and came off looking very rich.  A pale grey paint was chosen which gave a new look to the previous red grasscloth, which had faded from many years of morning sunlight.

Our gold masterbedroom's wallpaper had darken behind some furniture and in need of repair as well.  Luckily, the foundation was willing to have it stripped off and only a small amount of the wall underneath needed some patching----whew!

This photo shows the landing color through the doorway.  Notice the transom over the door was covered in the gold grasscloth!  This wall seemed to be in good shape, but the color scheme was not what we were envisioning for this beautiful room.

This wall provided the inspiration of natural sunlight and a great view of the huge Ginkgo tree (one of 3 on the property!).  The fireplace mantle was not original to the home, and we did not know when it was added.  The tile was a mustard/brown/black color, and definitely not part of a color scheme we wanted to work around.  Fortunately, the master bathroom was being totally redone and we scored some of the Carthage marble that was being removed to make room for a glass shower!

Notice the mauve carpet in the photo above---it was also removed by the people working for the Foundation and the wooden floor was refinished with a beautiful walnut color stain.  It made a striking contrast with our light, airy color scheme:



With the help of some awesome reps and giving vendors, we were able to use Thibaut wallpaper and fabric, Norwalk furniture, Lili Allessandra bedding, Global Views accents, Angela Rose Distributing for hardware, and Wendover Art for our renovation!

See what I mean about the bright sunlight being a great inspiration.  Just look at the way it shines across the seating area!

Besides the orange accents in the pillow, lamps and artwork,we had the little closet papered with a fun orange geometric wallpaper from Thibaut, as well, which added the little kick of something unexpected to the room.  We also changed out the handles and knobs with glass and silver hardware to match the original glass doorknobs on the doors.  The large built-in you see was added a few years ago to house a TV and provide extra storage.  There was originally a doorway to the nursery from that area.

This angle shows the doorway to the master bathroom.  We love the decorative chest from Global Views---it has classic detailing, but is also somewhat contemporary in appearance.  The ceilings were tall in this house, but it was also finely detailed, so any furniture pieces that are too bulky looked out of place.  The Norwalk chairs have a low back so they didn't hide the fireplace.

Notice that we had the fireplace painted a pale grey, which blended very nicely with the marble from the bathroom.  It also tied in with the rest of the house, as the landing was very close to the same color and it was repeated in several other rooms.  We used a lot of polished silver accents, but kept the gold/brass around the fireplace opening, keeping it from looking too cold.

Our final accents of glass spheres on the fireplace with the colorful watercolor and orange and green florals were recipients of the morning sunlight.

It was a bit of a sad day when the furniture and decor was removed and brought back to the shop.  We left the drapery in hopes that the new owner will love them as much as we did.....and possibly would want some of the items brought back :)

Friday, September 30, 2016

Yes, you can have a cream sofa!

Norwalk's Copley Sofa  
Norwalk Furniture has added more performance fabrics to their line.  And even better news is that it is not one of the higher priced fabrics----in fact, it's one of the lesser priced ones!  That is hard to believe, I know, but besides having a nice texture to them, and good colors, they didn't out-price themselves.  We love being able to brag about durable and washable fabrics, but it's tough when it makes the furniture cost prohibitive.  With their new "Revolution" fabrics, Norwalk's furniture prices won't give you sticker shock!

A little more about Revolution, in case you didn't already go to the website: 

Woven with Olefin yarn, the fabrics are virtually unstainable, easy to clean, and extremely durable; yet beautiful and soft while also resistant to fading from the sun. Revolution Performance Fabrics® are made with upcycled fibers and have no chemical treatments making them easy on the environment.

 

 

 The sofa in the photo above, is from Norwalk, and is their best seller.  We think it will fit in great with a wide variety of home decors.  The rounded arms are not oversized, but the cushions are comfortable, and can be ordered in several grades of firmness.  The legs have a few options,  and although you can't see them in the photo, we are partial to the style we have on this one.  But if a skirted sofa is what you need, this one can be ordered with the skirt, too!

There's a lot of options in furniture, and we have several in stock, but if you can wait 30 days, Norwalk is also a custom order and can be made to your exact needs.

No more waiting until the "kids are gone", you can own a cleanable, durable sofa---NOW!


 

 

 




 

Monday, August 1, 2016

Designer Showcase Home



We are so excited to be part of a local designer showcase home.   It's not something that happens very often in our area, and it will help raise funds for the Mammogram Program for the area, as well.  Those are just two great reasons to be involved.

The upstairs Master Bedroom will be our room to redo.  Luckily, we aren't the ones having to pull the old grass cloth off, repaint the trim, or redo the hardwood floors.  Our job is the fun part of choosing colors, fabrics and bedding, finding furniture, and generally putting icing on the cake!!  But that's what we do for our clients. 



Here's a panoramic view of the room from last week.  Most of the paper is gone, carpet will be taken up, trim will be painted, then we'll get to work.

Keep watching for more updates on the Showcase home as we take you give you a peak into our choices for wallpaper and fabrics. 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Are my colors out of style??

If we are asked that question, we will reply based on what we see trending at Market.  We do believe most people are not willing to sacrifice their favorite pieces of furniture for the sake of a trend.
The recent photo of the red chairs prompted a lot of customers to ask: " is red back?"  We didn't know if left!  However, how it is displayed in your home is probably the part of the equation that caused it look dated.  These particular chairs are a custom order for a remodel, and were chosen based on the client's love of the color.  BUT, they will be on a fresh backdrop of pale walls, brightly patterned area rug, even lighter color drapes, and a khaki tan sofa.  The pillows we chose for the sofa will have some of the familiar jewel tones, but the overall look is still a fresher look than the dark golds and muddy browns of a few years ago.

Oh no, you still have the brown chair/sofa and you are tiring of the drab, dark den you loved just a few years ago.  Those pieces aren't out of style, but the feel of the room needs lightened up.  Such an easy fix with a few lighter colors in pillows and/or throws placed around makes a quick change to that! 

So you really are ready to change up a few things, but not sure how to add your other colors of accessories that you still love.  The grey tones you are seeing around really do work with color!  Can you count how many different colors are teamed up with our grey sofa/chaise?  Any and all of those look great with this neutral color, so go ahead, bring on the new color!

We are happy to work with your favorite colors and help you add in the new pieces without having to start over again!  Don't forget, if it's a fresh coat of paint you need, we are available to help you choose that, too.  Come by and we'll talk about how we can help.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Yes, there really are fabrics that are "kid friendly"



If you've visited our store you know we carry several lines of upholstered furniture.  Norwalk Furniture, made in Norwalk, Ohio, has added even more "cleanable and scrubable" fabrics to their line.  They were one of the first companies to offer Sunbrella fabrics, but now they are also able to offer a very similar fabric, BUT AT A BETTER PRICE!

You'll be thoroughly impressed with the feel of these new fabrics, and it's hard to believe you can even clean with bleach if you should need to.  These Olefin fibers DO NOT have a chemical treatment, so no worries about your family and pets being exposed to dangerous chemicals.


                       


Now you can  buy that furniture while your kids are young:  not only is a well made sofa going to hold up to heavy use, but now the fabric will not be at risk from your pets and/or kids!

Enjoy the video of the workmanship that goes into each piece of furniture at Norwalk.

Monday, March 21, 2016

The price of decorating

Most people have a budget when it comes to decorating their home.  However, that shouldn't mean you cannot find those extra items that make your home reflect your personality.  We work hard to find something from all price ranges.   Here are some actual examples of our current shop inventory:

 Something as simple as this scented flower diffuser is a great decorative piece and doubles as a room freshner......$22.00!


 If you have a chair or sofa that needs a change, everyone knows pillows are the quickest and easiest thing to add.  These monochromatic pillows all have embroidery or some special feature, but their prices range from $42 (for down filled) all the way up to $242!  Wow, how can they be so different?  All we can say is look for yourself, you might not be able to guess, or you might know immediately.  It's a good example of our varied price ranges.


You might already have a vase that just needs a touch of spring, so adding a $5.00 stem might take care of that.  Or adding a bright yellow smaller piece, like the one on the right, might be all your coffee table needs to look brighter....$15.00.

These vases range from $14 to $125 each.  If you just need a little added color or you need a special piece for your antique china cabinet, you are likely to find it at MLI.  One of our more popular items are our paperweights, with many of them at $12 each and we often are able to carry some for only $6 (of course they sell out the fastest!).

Don't let looks be deceiving when it comes to prices, come by and see for yourself!

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