Friday, April 23, 2010

A fun mix of gifts, spring decor, and a pretty chair---all under one roof!

It seems that the nice weather keeps people in their yards, rather than in our shop, but thanks to those of you who we got to see this week! It's great to see new faces, and we did enjoy visiting with old friends, too!

OK, what's fun at MLI? Have you seen our flour sack towels? Forget the funny card for your friend and give a laugh that won't go into the trash.

We've got a whole basket full to keep you laughing. They come in pairs and each set has a gingham ribbon to keep them together. They are actually the soft flour sack cloth you will want to put to use, and get a kick out them everytime.

Try adding some calla lilies to your spring decor. We have two sizes available.

Notice the smaller calla lilies in the white pitcher. Adding something white to your counter-top would look fresh for spring, whether it's a canister set or one of the matching serving platters.

A pretty Chair.

Justice Furniture has had this chair in their line for awhile, but not this fabric. We loved it and finally decided to order one for the shop. Try it out, you'll be surprised how comfortable a "pretty" chair can be. And guys, with a different fabric, this chair can also look very "handsome".

Friday, April 16, 2010

Here's your reading assignment for the day:

There's been a link to Julia's blog on our sidebar for sometime, but if you haven't visited in awhile, I encourage you to do so. One of our personal favorites is her review of "movie houses". She has so much great information about the movie as well as the house that you'll soon find yourself wanting to read about them all.

This seems like a good Friday to do some organizing around my own house, but as soon as that gets done, I'll show you some more new things around the shop.

P.S. If you're not on our mailing list, you need to stop in and sign up. You'll want to make sure you receive our next postcard! Hurry before they're in the mail!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Mission Hills Mansion Project: MSSU Alumni Center

Just a note to let you know if we've been slow in returning your calls, completing your quotes, or any other project we are working on, we are getting back on task! The above beautiful building is being remodeled to be used for the MSSU Alumni Center, and we are heavily involved in furnishing the interior. There's definitely more detailed information that we will be sharing with you in the near future, so this is just the start. We are over the "hump" for awhile, but when the shipments start arriving, we'll be a little crazy again.

Now, for a little "shop talk": If you haven't added the necessary bright colors to your home for Spring, stop in and take home some of our great little green candle wreaths. We have some small enough for your taper candle holders, and another size just right for pillar candles.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

A Tale of Two Fabrics and Covering Doors and Windows on One Wall

We see this scenerio quite often: french doors flanked by windows. It's a beautiful look, but if you need privacy or sun control you may become quickly overwhelmed with questions.

The client has a covered patio behind these doors, but the area is accessed from the french doors in the dining room, just around the corner. To allow for a better seating arrangement, the sofa is placed in front of the doors just as it would be if it were a regular window. There is room to walk behind, however, so the right window is easily accessible.

It didn't take long to find a great looking fabric for this home. It already had the fun, coastal style colors we just love---blues, greens, some aquas here and there and a little chocolate brown to anchor the light colors. The fabric book went home with the client and she double checked the colors and slept on it for a couple of nights.
In the meantime, we did a drawing with our Minutes Matter program, showing the client an idea with the fabric as roman shades for the side windows and drapes for the doors. The idea was great, but after returning the fabric books she decided that the strong pattern in the fabric might be too much of a good thing. As much as she liked it, she was afraid of becoming tired of it too soon. We had to agree that does happen sometimes with stronger patterns, and even with strong colors.
OK, off to find inspiration!

Courtesy Erin Paige Pitts Interiors

Being a blogger, I look through a number of other blogs. Although I didn't know about Erin Paige Pitts, this picture was posted through yet another blog (it does get complicated at times), and I had to show the client. As if proving a point to all of us, it gave the idea of using two fabrics on the wall in the living room. What would be wrong with using the pattern on the windows (as roman shades), and a solid to match the background in the patterned fabric, for the drapes. That was a little easier said than done, but thanks to our fabric company, Kasmir Fabrics, we requested that they find us a match. Within a couple of days they had a couple of matches, we chose our favorite and the order was completed by Kasmir's workroom.

Ah, the finished product! I will again mention our friends at Helser Brothers provided the hardware. Note the clean look of their French Pole. We have used it once before and were so happy to use it again.

Here's a closeup to show how the panels look on a French Pole. Because of the way the rod makes a rounded corner, there are no sharp edges to the drapery panels, and you can have a pleat on the side, which gives a nice full look. If Helser Brothers are looking, note the bracket isn't round anymore. Apparently I didn't understand the total width of the circle, and a 3" circle won't fit into a 2" gap. Thanks again to our installer, Jason, who was able to make it work. Whew, that was a close one!

If you have a window challenge stop by MLI and let's solve the problem.


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