Austin Best of the City 2013, Best of Houzz 2013, 24th Annual Arts Awards Winner
Heather Scott Home & Design

With today’s lifestyle requiring fabrics that can live ‘with’ us, comes the ever increasing question of durability and livability.  Our new custom chairs will add a classy touch to your home’s décor. The chairs feature a durable light gray Sunbrella fabric, graceful curves, and a dressmaker skirt with a custom contrast velvet band.

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Sunbrella fabric gained notoriety with their high-performance fabric for outdoor furniture in the early 80s. Since 2002, the company has translated their success in the outdoor fabric market to designing durable fabrics that match the look and feel of fine interior fabrics. Sunbrella fabric is a great option if you are concerned about durability and preserving the life of your fine upholstered furniture. Sunbrella fabrics last at least twice as long as other fabrics, allowing you to enjoy your furniture much longer.

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Below is a close up image of the light gray Sunbrella fabric and the velvet contrast band on the skirt of the chair.

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The dimensions of each chair are 31W x 33.5D x 36H and the inside depth of the chairs are 21.75D. We currently have two chairs in the store that sell for $2,489 each. We also have a sofa from the same collection that sells for $4,339. Come by the store to learn more about Sunbrella fabric and our new furniture arrivals!

This past Tuesday I had the opportunity to appear on the local NBC station’s program “Studio 512”.  This is a local lifestyle program focusing on food, fashion and fun topics around town.

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The staff was nice enough to snap a photo of Nikki and I playing ‘News Anchor’ before we started.

Host Amanda Tatom wanted to talk about how to display children’s art now that the kids are back at school and parents are loaded up with art made in class.

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The big idea was how to banish the clutter from the refrigerator doors or tack boards and elevate the art to something special.

I presented three ideas for displaying children’s art:

1) A Blurb Book

Create an annual catalog of your children’s art via a soft or hard back book you self publish through a company like Blurb.  These are so easy.  Simply upload your pictures and drag them onto a page. 

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You can even print extra copies for grandparents for minimal expense.  Starting investment: about $15.

 

2) Wexel Art Frames

The team at Austin based Wexel Art created a concept for frames that you “hang once” for art you “change often”.

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They have two styles: one style has four screws at the corners holding two plates of acrylic together with the art sandwiched between.  These are beautiful frames that look wonderful with abstract art, and finger painting! 

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For art you truly plan on swapping in and out, Wexel offers a frame that holds the art behind the acrylic with super strong magnets.  These are a breeze to slide on and off and swap up the look.

 

Starting investment: about $45

3) Basic large white mats with simple, white frames

Consistency and symmetry is the key to avoiding a cluttered look.  In this scenario you can purchase inexpensive frames with a large mat and simple white or black frame. 

RIBBA Frame IKEA 8x10" photo fits if used with the mat. The mat enhances the picture and makes framing easy.

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Alternatively, you can have a custom frame and mat made for minimal investment if you keep the mat and frame simple.  This will really elevate your art and make it look fabulous!

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Starting investment: Store bought frames- about $10, custom frame and mat: about $100.

Within this same concept, I have seen several examples where a large body of artwork has been scaled down from its original size into smaller images and included within one mat and frame. 

Here are few photos:

scan in kids artwork and print it smaller...one per year!

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If you’d like to watch the segment shown on TV, you can view it here:

http://kxan.com/2014/09/09/gallery-style-for-kiddie-art/

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Don’t be afraid to create a sophisticated display of your child’s mini-masterpieces in your home!

 

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Our new velvet tufted chairs from the Michael Weiss collection incorporate classic style with a modern flair. The chairs feature his signature style of clean lines and architectural simplicity. Aesthetically, velvet tufted chairs have a more “feminine” look, but these Michael Weiss chairs suggest masculinity. They are perfectly suited for a study, office, or grouped for conversational seating.

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The velvet tufted chairs are upholstered in a rich, dark grey velvet that is accented with polished nickel ferrules on the espresso finished wooden legs. Below is a close up of the polished nickel ferrules.

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The chairs are eight-way hand tied and made in Hickory, North Carolina. They also feature a “feather lux cushion,” which is made from high-density urethane foam wrapped with a blend of 50% combed fibers and 50% blend of duck feathers and down. The cushion combines soft down comfort with resilient spring-like support.

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The dimensions of the chairs are 28 ½ W x 36 D x 36H. The inside depth of the chair is 22”. We have two velvet tufted Michael Weiss chairs that sell for $2,135. Come into our store to learn more about the chairs and to see all of our new items just in time for Fall!

It is time for the annual Austin Monthly’s “Best of the City Reader’s Choice Poll”.  Last year Heather Scott Home & Design won “Best Interior Designer” and I’d love to do it again!

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They’ve mixed it up this year a bit and have weekly voting categories.  This week is “Business & City Life” and it includes an Interior Designer category.  If you would, please take a few minutes to click on the link select ‘Heather Scott Home & Design’ for the Interior Design category.  You do have to log in and can only vote once.  Voting ends tomorrow, Sunday, the 7th at 11:59 pm.

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In other news… on Tuesday mid-morning I will be appearing on a new KXAN talk show, Studio 512, hosted by Amanda Tatom.  Now that the kiddos are back in school, we are going to be discussing what you can do with your children’s’ artwork in terms of ‘artistic displays’.  Hope you can tune in!

We really appreciate your support!

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We just installed a fun model apartment in San Antonio.  My goal in sharing this on today’s post is to show you the impact you can make in a small space by only changing the furnishings in a room. 

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There are some phases in life when we don’t have the luxury of painting the walls or adding architectural character to a room.   An apartment is a prime example. 

In this model apartment the paint and floor were very neutral which gave us an easy envelope to work with.  One of the keys in decorating a model is for the prospective tenant to remember your property above the others.  This is made easier on the tenant if they are able to say ”That property is the one that….”.  We want our concept to stand out above the others.

To that goal we made some bold color and graphic pattern selections that should be quite memorable.  Our color scheme is black, white and bold green with a lot of graphic patterns that pop.

Living Room Before:

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Living Room After:

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Breakfast Nook Before:

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Breakfast Nook After:

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Bedroom  Before:

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Bedroom After:

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So, some fun choices for the young, and young at heart, looking for apartment living.   I would say the key lesson is that if you are not in a place to invest in defining the architectural character of your space don’t give up!  Focus, instead, on how to create impact with a cohesive color scheme and style to make the greatest design impact. 

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

 

 

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Swivel chairs are perfect for rooms with multiple focal points. They are great options for rooms with views, a fireplace, a TV, or in a conversation grouping. Our latest arrival of upholstered swivel chairs are just as practical as they are posh. The chairs are upholstered in Crypton fabric, which features a patented barrier that ensures that stains and spills will easily wipe away if the proper cleaning instructions are followed.

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Crypton fabrics are soft, breathable, stain resistant, and nearly indestructible. It is a great fabric option for those concerned with upkeep and is especially popular for people with children and pets.

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Our chairs feature Tilton Ivory (Crypton) fabric with a dark grey velvet contrast skirt band.  The contrast trim adds a polished and tailored look to the chairs.  The chairs are made in the USA, in North Carolina, and are eight-way hand tied.

We have two chairs in the store. The dimensions of each chair is 28 ½ W x 35 D x 37 ½ H. The inside depth of the chair is 21 inches. Each swivel chair sells for $2,583.00. Come into our store to see these chairs and to learn more about Crypton fabric! You can also visit www.cryptonfabric.com for more information.

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!

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