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Heather Scott Home & Design

I was flipping through my latest “Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles” magazine the other night and the regular column “Around Town with Naomi Von Habersham” caught my attention.  I have to admit I usually delve straight to all the gorgeous photos, but I took a few minutes to read this column and it stayed with me, so much so that I’ve decided to write today’s blog post on about it.

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The article begins by quoting the legendary fashion editor, style icon and tastemaker Diana Vreeland who “Once said of style:’It helps you get up in the morning’.”  Inferring  we have a better outlook on a day when dressed stylishly than when throw on our yoga pants and sweat shirts.

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Von Habersham’s article goes on to say that style means different things to different people, but, “No matter how you define ‘style,’ you should not confuse it with its cousin, ‘trendy.’ Having true style does not mean following trends, but rather having the temerity to express your unique point of view- even if its not what’s hot at the moment…Style is not being different for the sake of being different, but having the confidence to live as you wish to live.”

Trendy is the last stage before tacky. ~Karl Lagerfeld.

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As I celebrate another birthday, I’ve come to realize with time that what others tell me I should like (in fashion or décor) means less to me than what I discover I like for myself.  I wish I had better understood this principle when I was younger.  That would have given me more time to cultivate the style I call my own today.

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Von Habersham finishes by saying, “My notions of style may not be to your taste, and that’s exactly as it should be.  Style means having the freedom to define it anyway you wish.”

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On that note, I challenge you to start cultivating your eye to define your style.  As a designer, I have my own style, but if I am working on someone’s home, my first goal for a successful project is to understand my client’s style.  I want to bring my taste and skill to translate my client’s style into a design scheme for their home.

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Carolina Herrera - love that this is such a throwback to the look Grace Kelly made popular decades ago. Classic, sophisticated.

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In my experience, for a successful design collaboration, you chose one of two approaches:

1)The client does not have a defined ‘style’, but is willing to give free reign to a designer’s vision for what the client’s space can be

2) The client has a defined style and can clearly demonstrate that to their designer, who can then interpret your look into an amazing vision for your home

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The most challenging collaboration is with the client who doesn’t know what they want, but ‘will know it when they see it’.  Start gathering your style files now. 

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This can include fashion, home, flowers, art; such as I’ve shown here.  Anything that gives you inspiration.  Inspiration is what encourages us to dream, and when we dream we can achieve amazing things!

 

 

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Our new shagreen dresser features great design and incredible accents! This dresser has a bowed front and eight functional drawers. With a cerused walnut frame and faux shagreen wrapped top drawers, it is a fashion-forward piece that will add an element of sophistication to your home.

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The smallest details on this dresser are enough to make you swoon. The custom hardware on the top drawers are inset with a pearl detail with complimentary brushed nickel pulls on the bottom drawers. This quatrefoil shape is a nice unexpected detail to help make this piece unique.

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The dresser dimensions are 66W x 19D x 39H. It sells for $3,839.99. Come in to see all of our new arrivals we’ve received in the past week!

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We will be closed on Monday, September 1st for the Labor Day Holiday. We will reopen Tuesday, September 2nd at 10 AM. Have a fun and enjoyable Labor Day weekend!

Heather Scott Home & Design is so excited about the newest issue of “Austin Home” magazine, not only does it have a fabulous new graphic design, masthead, etc., they also wrote a lovely article about the show home we designed for the Austin HBA Parade of Homes!

 

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Special thanks to Gene Menez, Editor, for choosing to feature the home and to Jenny Peterson for writing such a complimentary article.  If you don’t live in Austin and can’t pick up a copy, you can read the full article on our press page, here.

You might also be interested to know that since the article was written the home has sold to a couple from Houston who will be making it their new home base.  Lucky them!

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Animal print is a classic way to incorporate a bold pattern into your home’s decor. Our new custom upholstered ‘zebra style’ print chairs are fabulous statement pieces that can add a fun contrast to a neutral room with muted colors.

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The chairs feature a graphic print fabric and contrast cording in orange velvet. The orange velvet cording gives a chic, polished look to the chairs as it borders the wood frame of the chairs and the box cushion of the chairs.

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The chairs are 8-way hand tied and made in the USA. The dimensions of the chairs are 31”W x 36 1/2″D x 34 1/2″H. Each chair sells for $2,865.00.

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Come into the store to see our custom designed chairs and all of our new furnishings and accessories!

Summer is winding down as the kids get ready to go to school over the next two weeks.  While everyone is always sad to see the summer come to an end, in Texas, ‘back to school’ means relief from the heat is just around the corner.

After several days of particularly hot and humid weather, I’ve been dreaming of what it might be like to have a lovely, little pool in the backyard. 

Here are a few ‘pretty pools’ from Pinterest that have caught my eye…

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Pool and pool house

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Looks inviting doesn’t it?  There is something to be said about summertime and pools!  Maybe I’ll have one in the future, but for now it sure is nice to dream!

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Add a little flair to your work space with our new black and ivory bone inlay desk. It features an intricate pattern and sleek lines that can add a great statement to your space.

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The stylish desk is functional with three drawers and a sleek stainless steel base. It is a simple storage solution for hiding away any unwanted clutter.

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The dimensions of the desk are 48 W x 22 D x 30 H. It sells for $1,265.00. Below is a close-up of the exquisite bone inlay pattern detail on the top of the desk. This statement piece is oh so lovely!

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Come into the store to see all of the timeless furnishings and accessories we received this week. From accessories to tables, we have unique pieces that will make your home beautiful!

One of my favorite home magazines is Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. 

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I used to subscribe when I lived in Atlanta many years ago and became a fan then.  Over the past few years, the editor of the magazine was Clinton Smith, recently promoted to Editor in Chief of “Veranda”, at the pinnacle of design publications.

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I imagine many of you are familiar with Veranda magazine, but I thought a significantly smaller group might be aware of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles.  This magazine has a fabulous showcase of some of my favorite designers often seen in national publications.  For example, Suzanne Kasler, Amy Morris, Melanie Turner, Beth Webb, and McAlpine, Booth & Ferrier.  All top notch design talent. 

Many of the articles are accessible online, so I am going to show you a few examples of projects from their archives, but would like to encourage to subscribe to the magazine in order to help them continue to bring such fabulous design projects to our attention.

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As you can see, a small but rich sampling of fabulous design work.  If you have some time this weekend, check out the archives.  I promise it will be worth your time!

 

 

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Lighten up your space with our new ivory and gold wooden table lamps! The table lamps feature a classic ivory finish with gold detailing and cream linen drum shades. We currently have two different styles available that are equally charming.

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Our first pair of wooden lamps feature a grand scale that is a great fit for a buffet or console. The style and design of the lamps offer a casual elegance that can dress up your space.

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The dimensions of the lamp are 8″ W x 35″ H. The linen drum shade is 18” W.

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If the first pair of lamps are too large for your space, we also have a second pair that are slightly smaller and just as sophisticated! Our second pair of lamps offer the same ivory finish. They feature a  petite base and an overall smaller scale.

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The dimensions of the lamp are 7″ W X 31″ H. The linen drum shade is 16” W. All of the lamps are made from solid hardwood and each sell for $399.99. Come into the store to see our new lamps and the new stylish furnishings we receive weekly!

We have had the wonderful opportunity to spend a large portion of this year working on the remodel of a home that is truly a ‘castle’ in every sense of the word.  At over 20,000 sq. ft. and made of stone, arches and tiny windows, this place is impressive.

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However, you know how it is when you purchase someone else’s home, you want to make in yours.  In particular, this home was incredibly dark.  Tiny windows, heavy woodwork, imposing beams and a general overall feeling that was not very welcoming.

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Our homeowner wanted to make this home less castle and more “Modern French Chateau”.  We have some amazing furniture pieces on order and waiting to be installed, but in the meantime, I thought I would share with you some of the key updates to the kitchen, library and master bath. 

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This kitchen was completely gutted and was given all new cabinets, appliances, countertops and tile work.

This is my first project with La Cornue products and I am really excited, especially about the very unique blue shade my client decided on!  I can’t wait to see the range under all that cardboard!

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There are two awesome light fixtures going in the great room (you can see the gothic ones in the photo above).  They are beautiful crystal.  We never appreciate the time it takes to assemble the beautiful light fixtures we see, but these guys will be spending a long time putting these lights together!

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The parquet floor was taken out of the ‘family’ room and replaced with these wide plank white oak floors.

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This is a photo of the library when my clients purchased the home.   They want to use the space as an adult lounge area with a pair of sofas.

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The woodwork was painted white to brighten the space, the Venetian Plaster changed to a cool blue and modern lighting was added.  

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In addition, we also added wallpaper to the backs of the bookcases.  The house is getting a lot of other very stylish wallpaper throughout!

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I think one of the biggest changes is in the master bath.  There were several elements in the home that physically that didn’t work and needed to be replaced (plumbing, shower heads, fireplace) and then some others that functionally needed to be addressed.  For example, “his” side of the bath just had a pedestal sink.  Not very user friendly!

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We opened the space up and gave “him” a full sized cabinet opposite hers (sorry I forgot to photograph it!).   There is still a long way to go, but you can see this will be a very chic bathroom. 

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This is a close up view of the tile work.  It is Thassos marble with mother of pearl inlay…simply exquisite!

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The floors are Carrera on a herringbone, carried into the shower.  The shower has a great mosaic pattern on the focal wall.  You can see it in better detail in the shampoo box photo below.

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As you can see, we’ve been busy on this ‘large’ home!  Only about 3 more weeks until the drapery and furniture installation.  This project has been a real treat with amazing clients that have been a ton of fun to work with.  I can’t wait to show you more once we get it finished!

 

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Our new signature candle will make a wonderful addition to your home and makes it easy to find the perfect gift for friends and family! This custom candle features an all-natural soy wax blend with a Velvet Moss & Jasmine fragrance. The candle gives off a lovely woodsy scent with notes of bergamot, jasmine and oak moss. Its unique soy wax formula allows for the candle’s fine fragrance to fill your space for twice as long as other candles.

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Our signature candle is hand poured in the USA, from a factory in Mississippi. Both the glass vessel and steel lid are made with sustainable and recycled materials. Additionally, once your candle has been burned through, the glass vessel can be repurposed for household use as a storage container, vase, or as a luminary for a tea light or votive. The 17 oz. candle sells for $27.50. Visit our store and treat yourself to our new signature candle!

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