The Kentucky Derby is much more than a race. It has become a celebration of Southern culture and tradition. In this week’s blog, we tip our hats, elegant Derby hats that is, to one of the most stylish sporting events in the world.

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Our equestrian art is perfectly appropriate with  “America’s Greatest Race” happening this Saturday. Our large horse framed print is chic and can add a dramatic statement to a space. In most cultures, horses symbolize strength, nobility, and beauty. This print gracefully encompasses each one of these qualities.  The print, named “Trapper”, is 43 W x 63 H and sells for $1,079.99.

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For even more inspiration, one of our favorite projects features a framed photograph of a horse (shown above). The placement of the art on the fireplace makes the piece a focal point and ties the “Rough Luxe” lobby together. Plus, just like “Trapper” it adds a touch of tradition and grace to an otherwise transitional space.

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Our art was also featured in Austin Monthly’s May issue (shown above) since equestrian themed decor is a popular home trend. Whether you are watching the races in Louisville, or plan on sipping a mint julep while enjoying the spectacle from home, remember that we have a collection of horse-related art and accessories to choose from. Email our team at info@heatherscotthome.com for more information!

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The Heather Scott Home & Design team was excited to finally see our episode for “House Hunters Renovations” air a couple of weeks ago on HGTV.

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In case you missed it, it is scheduled re-air Saturday, May 28th at 10pm EST/9 pm CST , but check this link for confirmation of dates and air times.

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Everyone loves a good ‘before & after’ and this house was no exception.  She wanted rustic farmhouse and he wanted traditional.  Both husband and wife were willing to compromise and sacrifice to give the other what they wanted, which is always a great way for a couple to manage a remodel!

BEFORE:

This is it: tiny, cramped, just plain old and dark kitchen which was not conducive to today’s lifestyle.

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The biggest challenges were the layout and ceiling height (including lighting and venting).  Our clients had a specified budget they wanted to spend, but they also wanted to blow out the back wall and take the kitchen into the hallway/hall closet to give them more space.  Unfortunately, when you start moving walls, things get expensive fast. The homeowners ended up having to increase their budget to get the space they wanted.

We also had some major issues with the duct work and lighting.  We all wanted to raise the ceiling, but did not have a place to put the AC ducts.  We ended up going with exposed ducts in order to get a higher ceiling in this room. The homeowners did not mind the industrial look and the added ceiling height made a huge difference in making the kitchen feel more spacious.

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Beyond the ‘behind the walls’ improvements, where a large chunk of the budget went, we were also able to develop and implement a plan for new surface materials throughout the kitchen.

You can see below the cabinets suggested.  I recommended an off-white shaker style with a glaze on the side cabinets and a beautiful alternative cabinet style, in a color called ‘ocean’, for the back wall.  The homeowners were nervous to commit to the ocean color on the whole back wall, but were willing to step out of their comfort zone and use it for a small portion by the ovens.  I loved that they were willing to try something bolder even though it was not something they would traditionally choose.

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We used a taupe colored quartz material on the counter tops and incorporated just a small portion of a mosaic herringbone tile for above the cook-top.

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The homeowner was also keen on a collected furniture look for the kitchen, as opposed to being surrounded by cabinets on all three sides of the room.  I suggested exposed shelves above a furniture piece in one area and kept the wall above the sink open for shiplap and a custom art piece from Brayden & Brooks.  They were so sweet to actually customize the piece for the family.

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The trickiest part was probably the island.  The kitchen was very narrow and we did not have room for a standard island, or if we had done one, it would have looked like an odd block in the room.  Luckily, the couple was opened to the concept of a furniture piece here, also.  We were able to find an awesome piece with a tin top and wood base. The folding edges give the family the option to expand the top for buffet serving or for the kids to do homework close to mom.

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Kitchen renovations are a big undertaking.  This family of five lived in the house during the 8 week renovation.  It was messy, inconvenient, and as usual, went over budget.  The one bright point is that I have never had anyone say, once it is done, that it was not worth it.  Everyone always ends up wondering why they waited so long to make the change.  This house was just the same. This family is growing up on acreage, exploring nature, enjoying a farmhouse lifestyle and celebrating togetherness in this new home and a kitchen space that will bring years of fond memories. And what is more important than cherishing time with loved ones?

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Since its launch in the early 1990s, Kate Spade New York has blossomed from a small accessories fashion label to a true lifestyle brand. The brand has found success with stationary and tableware, but now the brand is making an even bolder move into the home furnishings industry. Kate Spade has partnered with some industry powerhouses such as Visual Comfort and Jaipur to create a Home collection that is “playful yet timeless.”

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We currently have a selection of pillows and throws from the Kate Spade Home collection. The patterns, prints and colors are all quintessential Kate Spade. Each accent “channels the femininity, the whimsy, and the wit the brand is known for” according to the company’s president and creative director Deborah Lloyd. We couldn’t agree more! The embroidered dot pillows (featured above) are playful and chic. They come in three different colors Vibrant Green, Gold and Caviar (black). They are 18 x 18 and sell for $109.99 each. The gold dot pillow sells for $139.99.

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Each piece offers a punchy pop of color or playful decorative detail. The Kate Spade line includes an offering of striped pillows, sequin embellishments, polka dots and over-sized tassel fringe. Not to miss the opportunity to add another fun detail, even the color names selected reflect the brand’s cheerful aesthetic. The collection’s punchy color palette includes: Shocking Pink (pink), Whisper White (white), Caviar (black), Picnic Green (green), and Navy Eclipse (navy).

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Our striped Kate Spade pillows (shown above) add a classic pattern to a space. Each side of the pillow has a different striped print so that you can switch between the two sides. Some of the striped pillows also feature an over-sized tassel and lattice detail (shown below). These 20 x 20 pillows sell for $109.99 each.

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The tassel pillows also come in Picnic Green and Navy Eclipse. They are also 20 x 20 and sell for $109.99.

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The sequin pillows from the Kate Spade Home collection are definitely a statement. We have a neutral leopard print and caviar black pillows to choose from. They are 16 x 16 and sell for $139.99 each.

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The throws from the collection come in a variety of punchy colors each with bold tassel detail and lattice work. They each sell for $115.

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The colors we have available are Shocking Pink, Fanfare (teal), Caviar (black), Picnic Green, Navy Eclipse (navy).

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The vision for the brand’s home collection perfectly executed. Many of the styles and prints were inspired by style icons such as Iris Apfel and Audrey Hepburn. We encourage you to visit the store and pick out the perfect Kate Spade pillow or throw that reflects your very own personality! Shop the styles online as well!

 

A simple white room doesn’t have to be all that plain. An all-white room can be the perfect blank canvas to showcase your personality through accents colors.

In our latest segment on NBC’s KXAN Studio 512, Heather shared her tips on how to bring in pops of color in a predominately white space.

 

 

You can watch the whole segment here, or read her favorite tips below:

3 ways to incorporate color:

  1. Display color and personality through art. Art is an easy way to showcase your personality and add that touch of color to liven up your space. Finding the perfect piece of art can act as an inspiration or a great starting point of what colors you will bring into your home.

2. Incorporate color through pillows, throws, and drapes. Decorative pillows and throws that have vibrant colors can make a great statement against any white background. They are easy to change out and play around with for seasons or style change.
Also, vibrant drapes can add a finishing touch and act as a lovely frame to any window.

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3. Accessorizing with color through greenery, and natural geodes or agate slices can bring in a subtle and elegant warmth to a room. You can also add character with Lighting. It is yet another way to bring in your own personality.

Don’t be afraid to throw in some pops of color when decorating a predominately white space. Need help finding the perfect accessories? Visit our retail store and we would love to help you!

 

The craft and art of bone inlay is an age old technique that has graced the homes of many of the world’s elite. From jewelry boxes to tables, bone inlay still remains a popular element in home interiors. Our new bone inlay dining table can become the statement of any room with its fresh and modern take on this classic style.

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The bone inlay detail of this table offers an illusion of depth. The intricate detailing of the geometric pattern is stunning. The black and ivory finish of the piece allows the geometric design to pop. The bone inlay top sits on a solid wood base with an ebonized finish. Below is another close-up of the table.

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The dimensions of the table are 60 Diam x 30 H.  It sells for $3,669.99.

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Visit our store see more of our unique and classic pieces!

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Happy Friday everyone! Last Friday, was a sunny and beautiful day to celebrate one of very own, Emily and her now husband, Trey’s wedding. It was such a spectacular event full of charm and whimsy that we just had to share it with you.

The evening ceremony was attended by the couple’s closest friends, family and coworkers at the Stonehouse Villa in Driftwood, TX. Every detail of the wedding was truly indicative of the couple’s tastes. From the décor, food served, drink menu, and music played all painted the story of Emily and Trey. All of the personal touches the couple included in their wedding is what really made the event so memorable and special.

 

Below is a picture of the whole Heather Scott team with the newlywed couple.

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Anyone that knows Emily knows that she has an eye for detail and a love for crafting/DIY projects. Her wedding was the perfect example of how the smallest details can have a major impact. The couple’s decor showcased their personality and to the already perfectly picturesque venue.

Emily selected an array of flowers that includes white, pale blush and succulents to be included in her bouquet as well as the centerpieces for the tables. In true DIY fashion, the couple collected jars and glasses over the past year and painted them white with milk paint. Then, the morning of the wedding with help of her bridesmaids she made custom centerpieces for each table and to line the aisle she would walk down. Here are some of the  ‘DIYs’ that made the entire wedding look like a dream.

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Each table at the reception was adorned with painted jars of all shapes and sizes. Each name tag was hand-stamped and handwritten for the wedding guests.

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Emily also made to sure to include hand-written signs throughout the venue. Each sign was hand-written by another one of our talented team members, Sarah Kirsch. She hand wrote the Save-the-Dates, Invitations, Seating Board, and all the Menus. All of the wood plank boards were stained by Emily and Trey to match the rustic charm of the venue.

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Guest Check-In

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Not only were most of the decor items hand-made by some of Emily and her close friends, she also utilized Etsy shops for other signage, table markers, and her cake topper.

Bride and Groom Chairs by ‘When Beauty Met Truth’ Etsy Shop

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As you can tell by the photos alone, the evening was the perfect night for a deserving couple. Everything was simply stunning and delicious! Great style isn’t just for a home. We encourage you to incorporate your style into events and parties as well!

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 Thank you to Emily and Trey for letting us share their special day. Also, another special thank you to One 29 Photography for letting us share all of the wedding day photos.

We hope our post inspires your own DIY creativity.  We wish the newlywed couple, Trey and Emily Ward, a lifetime of happiness. Cheers!

 

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Over the past few weeks we have been sharing some of the different collections from our new private label of upholstery. This week we will be sharing our La Jolla and Monterey Collection with you.

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The names of our collections are not only inspired by the California coast, but so is the design and the overall aesthetic of our pieces. Our La Jolla and Monterey collection offer an effortless and cool sophistication to a space. The chairs are upholstered in a charcoal linen fabric paired and paired with a gray wash finish on the wood base of each chair. Like our entire collection, these frame styles feature premiere construction and are proudly made in the USA.

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The La Jolla chair (below on the right) pairs nicely with the Monterey swivel chair (on the left). The arms of the La Jolla chair include a slight slope detail when compared to the straight arms of the Monterey chair. The dimensions also vary slightly. The La Jolla chair is 33 W x 36 D x 29 H. It sells for $1,849.99 as shown. The starting price for this chair is $1,629.99.

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The Monterey swivel chair is equally sleek and tailored. The swivel feature is optional, but is always recommended for a room with multiple focal points. Plus, who doesn’t love a nice, comfy swivel chair? This chair is deeper and wider than the La Jolla chair. The dimensions are 34 W x 43 D x 27 H. The price of swivel chair as shown is $2,099.99. The starting price for this chair without the swivel is $1,499.99.

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Come visit our store and learn about the story behind our private label today!

 

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Grab some popcorn and find a comfy seat because we are happy to announce that our anticipated episode from HGTV’s House Hunters Renovation, “A Reno For The Whole Family,” is airing this Saturday, April 9th at 9PM Central!

Heather and design clients, Audrey (shown below) and husband, John, will be tackling purchasing and renovating a home during the one hour episode.

 

HGTV’s description below perfectly sums up what you can expect from this Saturday’s episode. Also visit HGTV for more airing dates in case you happen to miss Saturday’s episode!


“Mortgage broker John and his wife Audrey, a real estate agent, have been raising their three young kids, Tyler, Callie, and Courtney, in Austin, Texas. But with the kids getting older, they are now on the hunt for a larger home, one with lots of space inside and even more land on the outside. Audrey wants a farmhouse in a bright feminine palette, but John has his heart set on a Texas style ranch with a grand fireplace and lots of rustic wood. But once they find a place they both adore, their problems are far from over as they realize their big ideas for remodeling might be far outside the reach of their modest budget. With patience, compromise, and help from their designer Heather Harkovich and contractor Brian Moore, the struggle will all be worth it, and John and Audrey will finally settle in to a beautiful new family home.”

It is so hard not to share with you the ‘reveal’ pictures, but we promise it will be worth the wait. We hope you tune in this coming Saturday night and we hope you enjoy!

 

April is here and we are excited to share more of our new private label of upholstery. Today we will be showing some frame styles from our Newport Collection. We currently have a slipcovered sofa and matching slipcovered ottoman available in our store.

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The Newport collection offers a laid-back and cozy look. The slipcover is meant to be slightly wrinkled to offer that California casual aesthetic. The Newport sofa also offers extra deep seating (45″ D). The deep seating paired with the scatterback style is really something you can sink into and lounge in! The overall dimensions of the slipcovered sofa is 104 W x 45 D x 26 H. The price as shown below is $4,999.99 and prices start at $3,699.99. The price includes our extra plush cushion fill.

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We have paired this sofa with a custom 40 W x 40 D x 16 H ottoman. The standard ottoman size is 45 W x 45 D x 16 H. It can be moved to either side of the sofa since it is sold separately. It sells for $1,229.99. Keep in mind all of the Newport collection is also available in an upholstered styles if you like a more tailored look.

We were excited to have one of our projects featured on the House of Turquoise’s blog.  Pop on over and check it out if you have not already!

Also, this Friday (April 8th) our design offices and retail store will close early at 2 PM. We will be closed so that we can celebrate and attend Emily’s (our Design Operations Manager) wedding.  Congratulations Emily & Trey- we wish you both all the best!

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A recent client contacted us to help design several rooms in her home.  She had spent a lot of money purchasing new furniture from a ‘catalog’, got everything in place, then realized everything felt boring and bland.

A busy, working mom, the only thing she knew was that her house, while furnished, did not feel like it belonged to her.

We brought in art, colorful pillows, window treatments, bold light fixtures and some textured wallpaper to add pizzazz to this person’s abode.

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Our “Before & After” photos will give you some insight into the ‘bland’ starting point and where we ended.  We have a lot of projects that are ‘neutral’ or no ‘color’ (i.e. grey, white, beige).  This is a beautiful look.  But, if you have a punchy personality that craves walking into ‘wow’, neutral is not the approach for you.

We were happy to make this fun-loving mom feel like her home reflects her personality and now provides the feelings she wants to feel when she is at home!

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