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Heather Scott Home & Design

One of my favorite artists, Mallory Page, is now being represented by the Wally Workman Gallery in Austin.  They are having a special exhibition of her latest work and I highly recommend stopping by to see it!

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If you aren’t lucky enough to be in town during the event, the gallery actually has a ‘virtual tour’ you can take on their website.

You can enjoy it here: Wally Workman Gallery

 

I have two Mallory Page pieces, one at home and one in my office.  This is the view from my desk at work; I get to look at Mallory’s lovely art everyday!

 

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Scott and I stopped by the show opening on Saturday and got to see some really dramatic pieces.

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I love my two pieces, but they are both about 2’x3’.  There is something totally different about seeing art that is on such a grand scale, probably around 5’-7’.  What a statement!  I just need a bigger house, and a bigger budget!

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The collection of new pieces at the gallery are all done in either pinks or chartreuse.  I asked Mallory about why she had chosen that color scheme.  She said she had planned to have 3 colors, but really liked the way the two worked together.  One of her pieces I have is pink, so I wasn’t surprised to see those, but the chartreuse really stood out. 

 

mallory page chartreuseI think she said it was a color she had seen on a friend’s scarf and it wouldn’t leave her mind.  She described it as literally caught in her throat and it just had to come out.  Really interesting when you learn an artist’s motivations.

We will be showing at least one of Mallory’s pieces at the Parade of Homes, which opens next weekend, the 26th, can you believe it?  We will be installing the home on Monday and Tuesday and can’t wait to share some sneak peeks with you!

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Our latest sofa arrival is the epitome of luxury! The taupe velvet fabric that covers the sofa is as soft and plush as it is elegant.

Velvet Tufted Sofa

The two-cushion sofa features a Spring-Down cushion, sleek low profile, and wide flat arms and back. The tufting pattern and antique nickel nail head trim adds a chic, polished look to the sofa.

Tufted Sofa with two cushions

The tufted velvet sofa also features a dark walnut finish and two 24-inch 100% goose feather throw pillows. 

antique nickel nail head trim on velvet sofa

The overall dimensions of the sofa are 89 W x 39 D x 31.5 H. The inner dimensions are 67W x 23.5D x 11 H. The seat height is 20.5 H and the arm height is 31.5 H. The generously scaled sofa sells for $3,949.99. Add a touch of vintage glamour to your home today!

Well, it is that time of year again.  Yes, High Point, but also Round Top!  I decided to take the shorter travel route this time and go to Round Top, Texas.

It is always a fun time to see what is happening and selling at the various vendor booths.  This year I noticed 3 key trends.  I will say I was so distracted I forgot to take a lot of pictures, but I did snag a few photos of the 3 biggest trends I noticed.

 

1) ACRYLIC

Acrylic furniture and décor was everywhere… tables, lamps, etc.  Really popular.  Some were more modern and mid-century, others more art deco.  All kinds of looks.

Here are a pair of cocktail tables.

Acrylic Cocktail tables

You can see a peak of an acrylic bunching table here on the bottom.

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I really like how acrylic can lighten up a space.  It is especially beneficial in a small room where you don’t want to feel overly crowded.

 

2) UPHOLSTERY COLOR

For the past several years just about every single piece of upholstered furniture at Round Top has been recovered in beige linen.  It goes with everything, looks clean and provides an updated look.  However, I barely saw any linen, much less beige, on upholstery this year.

I didn’t take many pictures, but there was a lot more color on upholstery.  Here are just a couple:

Blue velvet…

blue velvet chairs

Dark gray velvet…

Fabric covered chairs

Black velvet…

black velvet ottomans

I’m on a velvet kick right now, myself.   We are using quite a bit of velvet in the Parade of Homes, and a lot in current design projects.

 

3) FORTUNY FABRIC

We all love and appreciate classic Fortuny fabric.  The price point is certainly not ‘accessible’, but a scrap used on a pillow or detail can really go a long way!  There were a lot of Fortuny pillows for sale at this year’s Round Top.

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IMG_5813I’m not sure this chair is actually covered in Fortuny fabric, but it sure looks like it and they were ‘advertising’ the book. 

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It is very pretty, especially on pillows.  I really like the ones that have the band in the middle with the linen on the edges and back. 

There is always lots of great inspiration to be had at Round Top.  Hope this gives you some insight into what is happening in the design area influenced by Dallas, Houston and Austin.  We are looking forward to sharing with you some of the products we have in the store which align with these trends in our upcoming newsletter.  If you haven’t signed up for it, email us at info@heatherscotthome.com to get on the list!

 

 

 

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Stir up a great conversation with our new round cocktail table! The mix of detailing and patterns on the piece are tasteful and elegant. It can certainly add a touch of glamour to your home.

cocktail table with silver pattern

The top of the table features a beautiful veneered rosewood top with a graphic silver pattern. The table is also bordered with a slightly darker zebrawood. It makes for a great contrast.

cocktail table with silver pattern

The legs of the table also add a great element to the overall design of the table. The legs are  nearly black and capped with metal ferrules, which incorporates the detailing of the table’s top. The cocktail table’s dimensions are 46” Dia x 19 H” and sells for $1,578.00.

round cocktail table with rosewood top and black legs

In need of a stylish table lamp? We love our new porcelain lamps with a black silk drum shade. They are so chic and stylish!

lamp with black silk shade

The lamps feature a sleek ribbed line detail, a Lucite square base, nickel hardware, and pretty bluish-grey undertones. The black silk drum shade features a contrasting silver lining. All of these elements are complimentary and add to the stylish look of the lamp.

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The porcelain lamp’s dimensions are 27 H x 16.5 Dia and each lamp sells for $454.99.

You might remember several months ago I did a post covering some basics on carpet gleaned from a book I read called “All About Carpets: Everything You Need To Know A Consumer Guide” by Glenn Revere. 

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I am certainly not an expert, so I was pretty excited when Glenn offered to share his ‘expert’ advice on residential carpeting with us, via an article he produced for Home & Design Magazine, content supplied here with his permission.  I hope this will add another layer to your understanding of carpet, materials, and its qualities to make informed decisions for your home.

Carpet Talk by Glenn Revere

As everyone knows, there is a lot to talk about when it comes to carpeting: usage, fibers, styles, patterns, etc.

Carpeting is used everywhere we live and work. You’ll find it in most homes, from the most basic cottage to glamorous homes regularly used to entertain many guests. You also see carpet throughout high-rise office buildings, convention centers, airports, and other large commercial installations. This article will focus on residential carpeting. Commercial applications are a separate story.

Carpeting brings quiet and warmth to any setting. Because it is an absorptive fabric, carpet reduces sound levels and makes a noisy room more quiet. Carpet also acts as insulation. It helps keep rooms warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. So carpeted floors are good in any climate.

Many people like carpet throughout their homes. Others want carpet just in certain rooms like bedrooms or a study. It is simply a matter choice. There are no right or wrong answers when it comes to deciding where to install carpeting.

Once you decide it’s time for new carpet, the first thing I suggest you do is set a budget. You should realize that carpeting is advertised like any other merchandise. The prices you see in the ads are generally for the least expensive, lowest quality carpet. It might be good for a guest bedroom, but it certainly won’t hold up in a family room.

Many carpets are made in good- better- best qualities. One style might be sold in different weights or qualities. This way, you can install the same color and pattern in different weights throughout your home, depending on the amount of traffic each area receives. Overall, you’ll save money. You can put the heaviest quality (best) on the stairs and in the family room. The medium quality (better) might go in the hallways, living and dining rooms. And you could put the lightest quality (good) in the bedrooms. It all looks the same to one’s eye, but each area in your home gets the “right” carpet.

So take your time. Get familiar with how your local flooring retailers advertise their goods. Ask your friends if they have any experience with one retailer or another. You’ll also discover that prices are probably best during the spring and fall months.

The second thing most people decide on is the general color scheme of the carpet. Green? Blue? Beige? Color is important when you consider that what’s on your floor will influence the other color choices for that room or your entire home.. It’s like selecting the right dress when you go out. The accessories follow- they are the accent pieces that draw attention to your gown.

The next thing to consider is the fiber. You’ll find that everyone has an opinion about which fiber is the “best”, including me. Every salesperson or designer will tell you something different. It can get very confusing.

Carpet is made using four main types of fiber: wool, nylon, polyester, and a new variation of polyester called Triexa (branded as SmartStrand by Mohawk Industries). (Sisal is a vegetable fiber mostly used in decorative rugs or specialty carpeting. It is not a “general use” fiber and is a topic for another article.) Each has advantages and disadvantages. Choosing the right color is a personal decision- there is no right or wrong. Choosing the right fiber type for your home and lifestyle will determine the performance you receive from your new carpet.

WOOL

Wool, used in rugs for centuries, is the only natural fiber used in wall to wall carpeting today. The sheep whose wool is used for carpet fiber are special breeds. The characteristics of their wool are different than wool used in clothing. Wool is scarce and therefore expensive. Many retailers don’t show wool carpet samples because it is beyond the budget for many people. It is common to see wool blended with other fibers, such as nylon or acrylic. This way, you still get the characteristics of a wool carpet but the cost is lower.

Wool is soft and luxurious. It wears and cleans well. Its fiber structure hides dirt. It comes in a wide variety of styles and colors. It is hypo-allergenic. It is the fiber to which all the others are compared.

But, in addition to its cost, wool stains easily. Also, it must be made in heavier weights as compared to the synthetic fibers to wear equally as well.

NYLON

Chemists have formulated synthetic carpet fibers from petroleum for decades. Some of these synthetics did not work well. Nylon was the first commercially successful synthetic carpet fiber. It wore extremely well.

But earlier generations of nylon fiber also stained badly. Chemists spent years figuring out how to make nylon fiber more stain resistant. Stainmaster brand nylon hit the market in the late ’80’s and changed the carpet industry. Suddenly you could put light colors of carpet in heavily used rooms and maintain it much more easily.

Today, virtually all synthetic fibers are stain resistant. (Note: none of these fibers claims to be stain proof). The trend is towards ultra soft fibers.

Besides stain resistance, there are other reasons why nylon fiber has the largest market share of the man-made fibers. Nylon carpet comes in a wide variety of colors and styles. It is very resilient. This means that when you walk on it, the fibers “bounce back”. Nylon is tough- it wears well. Besides resisting stains, it cleans easily. It has low static levels. You can use it in any type of home and anywhere in the home– low traffic rooms, high traffic areas, budget homes, fancy homes.

POLYESTER

Polyester (PET) has a great “green” story. Most of the polyester used in carpets is made from recycled bottles. In fact, billions of bottles each year are diverted from landfills, melted, and turned into carpet fiber!

Polyester fiber is dyed while still in a melted state. Called solution dyeing, this process puts the color in the molecular structure of the fiber. Solution dyed fibers are extremely colorfast even in strong sunlight. This fiber is very stain resistant to almost all household spills. It also cleans well. Static is non-existent. Generally, polyester carpet costs less than nylon carpet.

Polyester carpet fiber has a few drawbacks. It does not have the same resilience as nylon. Once badly crushed, it will not “bounce back” like nylon. Furniture marks are much more difficult to remove. Polyester carpets must be made in heavier weights to perform as well as nylon carpet. While water based spills come right out, oil based spills are more difficult to remove. Oily spills tend to reappear and could take several re-cleanings to completely remove the spill.

TRIEXA

This fiber took almost twenty years to develop specifically as a carpet fiber. While related to polyester, the Federal Trade Commission recognized it as a unique fiber in 2009. Mohawk markets Triexa fiber under their SmartStrand brand.

Triexa fiber has become very popular in the last few years. It is very stain and fade resistant. It cleans well. It is available in a huge range of colors and styles. And it is as resilient as nylon fiber while generally lower priced. It does have an affinity for oily spills. These spills tend to wick and re-appear if they are not carefully cleaned.

All of these fibers have warranties against wear and stains. But it is up to you to read- and understand- the fine print. You must understand what is covered and what is excluded. Each type of fiber and each brand of carpet has differing warranties. Don’t assume that your new carpet warranty is all inclusive. Otherwise, when a problem arises, you could get a nasty surprise.

One other thing to consider: installation. This is a separate topic. But it is important to realize that a bad installation can make the best carpet unusable. Get detailed information about your carpet installation BEFORE you pay for your carpet. Don’t let the installation become an afterthought.

Once you do your homework, make a final selection, and have the carpet installed, sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor!

Glenn Revere has been a carpet expert since 1973. He’s a certified flooring inspector and the author of All About Carpets, the only book written to protect and inform you about your carpet choices, from carpet buying and carpet warranties to carpet care and maintenance. You can find him on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

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We have been working this year on the interior design of a women’s retail clothing store.  It is a locally owned, one of a kind and it is going to be awesome!  I am really excited about how cool it is going to be.

For example, our lighting is going to look like this:

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Wallpaper like this:

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Mirrors like this:

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Millwork like this:

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Cash Wrap like this:

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Maybe you can start to get the picture.  I can’t wait for it all to go in.  But, you know what put the biggest smile on my face to date?  This:

bible verse on framing

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians)

bible verse on supports

This one is a little harder to read ”In all toil there is profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty” (Proverbs).  The woodwork is filled with Bible verses to inspire.  I first heard about this concept when I read Leah Richardson’s book: Interior Wisdom.

interior wisdom by leah richardson

She talks about writing Bible verses on the interiors of her client’s homes before the sheet rock goes up.  I thought it was a really neat idea, but then it slipped my mind.  How cool that my client thought to do that as well.  Establishing a firm foundation for your business is always a great idea.  And, I know she has strong faith, because this is what the house/future retail boutique looked like the first time I saw it:

exterior 7This was the interior, seriously.  Talk about vision on our client’s part!

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So, great progress is being made and the plan is for a grand opening in July.  The original architecture of the home is being maintained.

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The interiors pretty much had to be gutted, but the exterior footprint stays the same.

interior updates

We will be sure to share final photos once the store is open for business.  I can tell you, I am going to be one of the first customers in line to support this local business.  I’ll be sure to share the details so you can be, too!

 

 

 

 

 

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Selecting the perfect piece of art for your home can add a distinct level of style and elegance to your décor. Our new art pieces incorporate our love for classic neutrals, but also feature vibrant pops of color.

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The first piece of artwork features a beautiful chartreuse base with pale blue accents. The dark frame adds a polished look to the art. The dimensions of the framed artwork are 40 x 50 and it sells for $449.99.

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Our two new canvas only artwork features teal, emerald green, and warm orange hues that will add interest to your décor. The dimensions are 50 x 50 and both sell for $479.99.

50 x 50 hand painted canvas art orange and teal

All of our new artwork is hand painted on the canvas by artists in California and can brighten up a room at a great price point. Let us help you find the perfect piece of art for your home!

Raquel & I were out in Spicewood last week for a new design project.  I took a wrong turn out of the subdivision and literally ended up on the road the Parade Home is on.  So, of course we had to make a quick detour to see the latest updates!

Austin parade of homes exterior

The exterior is coming along and looking great.  But, I am 100% an interiors girl, so we went straight on inside.  I was so excited to see the cabinets installed and painted!  The house is really starting to take shape. 

This was our first view inside:

great room and kitchen

You can’t help but say ‘wow’ when you walk in the front doors.  The kitchen looks amazing with the high ceiling.  And look at all the cabinetry from the other side:

 kitchen side view

I love a white kitchen, but it is also fun to mix things up, so in the laundry room we went with “Blue Spruce” by Benjamin Moore on the cabinets.

Prep kitchen

Do you remember my shade fabric for in here?

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It is going to be a fun room!

One other area I am really excited about is the doors.  I wanted to do something different this time around, so I asked if we could paint the interior doors black… and they look so good!

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These doors are on the upstairs guest bedroom closet.  Look at the inside of that closet- when is the last time you saw a builder put that kind of shelving in a guest bedroom?  Silverton Custom Homes really builds an excellent home.

inside of closet

Here are a few more doors just waiting to be put in place….

black door

Another fun area of cabinetry is the master bath.

Of course ‘she’ gets this amazing cabinet with lots of room for all the ‘product’ we ladies need…

master bathroom cabinets

Silverton also built in this fabulous little linen cabinet between the entry and the shower.  Great use of space!

master bathroom linen closetAll the master cabinets get mirror glass installed behind the diamonds.

 

Just a quick look at a couple of other areas:

The media room beverage area

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And the dining room ceiling

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Finally, look hard and you can see the most recent addition, a new infinity pool off the back patio!  Hello, can I live here?

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Still, I will be most excited when the furniture goes in, the art and drapes are hung and the house starts to look like a home.  Less than 6 weeks to go!  We still have a lot to get done, so I better get back to it!

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The intricate nailhead detailing and linen covering of this chest make it a true statement piece! The antique nickel nailhead detailing on the chest’s front drawers compliment the creamy tones of the linen fabric.

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The linen chest is not only visually stunning, but is also a great piece for storage. It features 3-drawers and clear lay-on glass with eased edges on the top of chest. It is one of our favorite new pieces!

nailhead chest

The dimensions of the chest are 38 W x 20 D x 33 H. It sells for $1,949.99. Come into the store to see this piece and all of our other stylish art, accessories, and furniture! 

nailhead chest with antique nickel nailhead

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