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Heather Scott Home & Design

High Point market was a blast this year.  Scott, Emily, Eli and I left Austin at 5am on Saturday and went straight to the market, and one of our favorite showrooms, Vanguard Furniture, the minute we arrived.  Here we are on Vanguard’s roof top deck:

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We were honored to be selected to participate in the Home Accents Today magazine retailer breakfast.  It was great to hear from all the other participating retailers about the opportunities and challenges in today’s retail environment.

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High Point is the place to go to catch all the latest innovations in the furniture and design industry.  All the design leaders are there, especially if they have product to share, such as the new Kelly Wearstler lighting collection from Visual Comfort.

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One of our team’s highlights was a tour through the new Hickory Chair showroom, where we got to meet design doyennes Suzanne Kasler, Alexa Hampton and Mariette Himes Gomez (thank you, Tommy!).

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Hickory Chair moved into a new building this year and as such, had to change all their layouts and set ups.  The building they moved into (Market Square) is one of Scott and my favorites. It has creaky old wood floors and ceilings, brick walls and big windows with black metal frames.  It has a lot of character.

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But, sometimes that character can be a distraction to the furniture, especially when you need the fabric colors to look good.

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We really enjoyed speaking with Suzanne Kasler who told us about how the ‘orange’ in the wood and the contrasting brick color presented a design challenge to the furniture pieces she wanted to present. 

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You can see what she meant here in this photo:

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In one area, she ended up upholstering all the furniture in a basic ticking stripe.  She said it was the first time she had ever done just one fabric on everything like that, but as market got close, she started to panic, so she added some solid white chairs at both ends.

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You can barely tell all these pieces are done in a black and white ticking stripe!

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Do you know how great it was to hear Suzanne said she ‘panicked’ near the end?  I think all designers have those wake up in the middle of night worries.  But, I would like to think at some point, maybe after being published in Veranda like Suzanne, I wouldn’t panic anymore, but it was reassuring to hear it happens to all designers!

Well, no need to panic.  The furniture looked amazing!  The ticking stripe was barely noticeable and read as a solid from a distance.  And, up close it looked wonderful- comfortable, casual, approachable and still elegant.  In other areas, Suzanne used only linen, velvet and leather.

The leather she used (shown below on the side chair and bed) are pale blue/grays.  I don’t usually use leather because it often looks heavy, but here, with the white wood and light surroundings, it looks really ‘fresh’

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Here are some of the areas with the linens.  She used white lacquer (without a high sheen) and a birch toned wood throughout.  Propped up by seagrass rugs and airy lamps and chandeliers, the whole space was a treat!

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Essentially, you can see from the length of this blog that we really enjoy High Point market and the inspiration gleaned from it is second to none.  Therefore, we have a lot of new product on order and will enjoy working it into our projects and retail vignettes as it trickles in over the next four to five months (that is a whole other blog topic in and of its own)!     

 

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There are only a few days left to purchase and use the American Cancer Society Holiday Shopping Card! The card can be used at our store until November 1st (we are closed on Sundays).  With a $50 minimum donation to the American Cancer Society, this card will give you the opportunity to receive a 20% discount towards special order & in-store products, exceptions include previously marked down items and any services. Take advantage of this card since this is the only time each year to receive any discount toward special orders!

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Your donations help make a difference to the lives of cancer patients and their families. It also funds research to find a cure. Shop. Save Money. Save Lives. We appreciate your support and hope to see you soon!

We just installed a lovely living room for a lovely client up in Sun City, TX.  She recently downsized from her house in the city to this quaint home near picturesque Georgetown, TX.  Her existing furnishings were showing some age and the new home had been painted one shade of beige through-out.  It just didn’t feel like her home, yet.

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The only existing item we had to work with were her 3 barstools in a very chic persimmon velvet.  Otherwise, she told us, she loved animal print, browns and creams, and clean lines. 

Before: Living Room

Family room before

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After: Living Room

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One of our designers, Raquel Skrobarczyk, took the lead on this project, creating a space which was not only true to our mantra: ‘classic, chic & serene’, but also reflected the client’s desires: clean lines, creams and browns with pops of orange, and a hint of animal print.

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The room had some interesting architectural detail in the tray ceiling, but it got lost when all painted one color.  We used two tones, brown and orange, to highlight the trays and molding.

We had pillows made for the sofa in a brown and cream zebra and piped them in orange velvet.

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The wing chair accent pillows are in the same velvet as the barstools, but with  a band of trim on the face of the pillows.

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Drapery panels made the space feel more complete.  We had custom panels made with a tone on tone print and added a few inches of chocolate brown velvet with an overlay of trim.

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We also added some decorative panels to the dining space while we were on the project.  I love this Mary McDonald print!

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Custom ceramic lamps were created to match her color scheme.  I do not think this classic double gourd look will ever go out of style.

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We did keep the ‘orange’ color as an accent only.  It can easily be toned down or swapped out at minimal expense should our client decide she would prefer a different accent color in a few years.

I truly believe you can spend once, wisely, for a design scheme and have it grow with you over the years.  Keep your main pieces classic and neutral and sprinkle in a few ‘current’ accents or colors and you can live with a look for a long time!  If you need us to help you implement this design approach in your home, feel free to contact us here: info@heatherscotthome.com , for more details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We are excited to be participating in the American Cancer Society Holiday Shopping Card Event starting tomorrow, October 23rd through Saturday, November 1st (and just a reminder, we are closed Sundays). With a $50 minimum donation to the American Cancer Society, this card will give you the opportunity to receive a 20% discount towards special order & in-store products, exceptions include previously marked down items and any services. Take advantage of this card since this is the only time each year to receive any discount toward special orders!

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Below is one of the beautiful vignettes you can find in our store. 

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Your donations help make a difference to the lives of cancer patients and their families. It also funds research to find a cure. We appreciate your support and hope to see you soon!

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It has been another busy week for us at Heather Scott Home & Design.  We installed a client’s family room and office out in the Hill Country, put the finishing touches on a new Austin retail boutique, Found, and logged many design hours on a new pilot TV show for HGTV that is filming here in town. 

We are keeping busy with new projects, but I wanted to share some photos from a project we finished a few months ago.  A client purchased a home that needed some significant remodeling.  Upstairs, the “kids area”, also needed a few touches to update the space and make it usable for their family.

The room before was basic beige.  We selected a bold paint color and added a new rug, window treatments, wall art/lamps and play table/chairs.  The color scheme is blue and UT orange (we are in Austin, after all!).

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Playroom after, lounge area

I personally really like the roman shades with trim.  They have blackout lining for movie watching/video game playing.

For a kids space sometimes you can get away with a big cost save by using fresh paint in a dramatic color and a really large area rug to cover the floor.

We continued the color flow into the son’s room, which is done in light blue, dark blue and accents of red/orange.  Just right for a NY Yankees fan!

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The roman shades in here were done in a masculine, but youthful, graphic fabric from Serena & Lily.  Don’t forget little boys deserve a great room as much as little girls do.

I hope these photos have given you some design inspiration for updating kids spaces.  It is the details, like the paint, wall decor and window shades, that can really bring character to the rooms.

Tonight Raquel, Jacob (her husband), Scott & I will be headed off to the Grand Opening party for Found.  We will be sharing some photos and a story in our upcoming e-newsletter.  If you are not subscribed to that, head over here and get on the list!

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Decorative throw pillows are a classic way to introduce color, texture, and pattern to your space. They are also a quick and easy way to spruce up your current décor. Our new velvet appliqué pillows are the perfect accents to add to a sofa or chair.

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Our tone-on-tone accent pillows feature a smoky gray fabric and delicate pattern that is simply luxurious. In our store, we currently have this pillow available in two different sizes. We have two 17 x 12 lumbar pillows that sell for $199.99 each and four 21 x 13 pillows that sell for $225.00 each.

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Through our retail store, you can also order custom throw pillows. You can select any fabric and pillow style for your own accent pillow.  Visit our store, peruse our fabrics, and inquire how we can help you design your own custom throw pillows!

We just made our bi-annual trip to the Round Top market and one of my favorite venues, Marburger Farms.  

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If you haven’t been before it is an experience.  Here is a photo of the ‘farm’ before it opens (hence the caution tape).  It is hard to keep out all those folks ready to spend some money!

It is a great place to people watch, and you usually see a lot of well known individuals from the home design world.  We happened upon the HGTV crew filming the “Fixer Upper” family searching out treasures in the fields.

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I usually do a blog post on the “Top 3 trends” I see at Round Top.  This is the first time I have to say I don’t plan on incorporating these ‘take-aways’ into my design plans anytime soon.  You’ll see why as you read along!

Trend #1: Animal Print

There was a definite ‘animal’ theme to the upholstery shown this year.  In the past few years it was beige linen, white linen and gray linen and grey velvet.  This year a lot of upholstery was done in various animal prints. 

Just a few examples….

 

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“Fragment” lamps have been popular over the last several years, but this year they were all over the place, and a bit more rustic.  In the past, the lamps have seemed, to me, more like works of art.  With acrylic bases they take on more of a ‘piece of art’ appearance.  This year, the lamps seemed to be more in the ‘found object’ range with really rough paint and solid metal bases

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You can laugh with me, but I could not believe how much taxidermy was on display this year!  Scott pointed it out early on in the day.  I said ‘No, that is not a trend.’ But darn if it wasn’t every where we went!

And, it wasn’t just like the mounted antlers (those are everywhere, especially the small ones on the shields).  I think I have 8 pictures for you and no animals are the same.  To top it off, I completely ignored this for the first half of the day until I just couldn’t over look it anymore.

I hope I don’t offend any animal lovers!  As I said, I’m not planning on incorporating any taxidermy in my projects, but this is a post about trends, so here is a look at the variety of options out there!

This little guy had a ‘sold’ tag on him, so he was going to someone’s home.  His colors are pretty.

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I’ve seen a lot of high end designers use Peacocks on pedestals, so that is a design option out there.

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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, maybe your house needs some stuffed pheasants?

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Zebras are beautiful animals.  I like the cowhides made to look like zebras, and those look great on chairs and stools.

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Some wooly texture for your walls?

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Well, by this time, things were starting to get a bit silly.  Maybe if I were a man I would better understand the use of this little one.

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There were a lot of animals I was not sure what they all were.

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This vignette was just a bit over the top for me!  I don’t know about the cat with its kill in its mouth. 

 

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Well, there is a reason wise ones tell you that you shouldn’t follow the trends, but stick with classic design! 

We had a wonderful time at Round Top as usual, but I’m glad to be back to focus on designing classic, chic and serene design schemes with nary a taxidermy animal in sight!  Hopefully at the April event I’ll be able to rave about all the classic and chic designs on point.  I’ll let you know.  Either way, High Point market is only 2 weeks away and we always have a lot of lovely ideas to share from there.  Can’t wait!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our new sky blue nickel lamps offer great scale and decorative details. The lamps resemble bamboo while featuring sky blue porcelain and nickel accents. They are slender, but substantial enough to make a statement in your home.

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The lamps are 32″H x 16″D. The polyester drum shade is 15″ x 16″ x 11″SH. The lamps can be special ordered in 5 different colors depending on which pop of color you want to introduce to your space. Each lamp sells for $375.00. Come by our store to see all of our new furnishings and décor that we receive weekly!

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Although most of my blog posts are focused on interiors, there are times when I blog about gardens, exterior accents and exterior living spaces in general.   I love a beautiful exterior and garden, but have a ‘black thumb’, so in our house, Scott is in charge of the exterior. 

So, last week when we received an urgent call from one of our favorite clients to ‘decorate’ her front porch and back patio for an event, it didn’t take but a minute for me to ask Scott, Emily and Sarah if they’d like to assist with the project. As you would imagine, they jumped at a chance for a day in the sun (which, unfortunately still means 90 degrees for us here in Texas).

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We don’t normally do ‘exterior’ projects beyond working with architects or builders on the material and color selections for homes. However, this client has very similar tastes to my own, making the design inspiration choices very manageable. Once I had the inspiration idea, I sent the team into the field to select the raw materials and manage the installation.

The before of the front entry of the home:

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Understanding the style of the homes’ exterior and neutral background provided us a nearly limitless opportunity for pots and plantings. The entry area is very large, so we also decided it needed a bench, some outdoor pillows and a tall tree.

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Once the colorful bench was selected we sourced colorful pots to complement the space and provide a subtle yet welcoming way to introduce color onto the mostly neutral backdrop of the home itself.

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Seeing the finished space makes you appreciate how a piece of appropriately sized furniture and the proper foliage can transform a space without breaking the budget or forcing too much into an area and presenting a cluttered appearance.

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We also assisted sprucing up the back yard outdoor living space to finish the design flow through the entire landscape. Starting at the front door, moving through the home and finishing at the pool is important to tying the entire living and design experience together. The images below will show how a little more complimentary color in planters and foliage can subtly but confidently carry a consistent and holistic design through your entire property!

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So, for Scott’s sake (ha-ha), don’t forget to ensure your home incorporates that cohesive flow from your front door to your back patio!  And, a special thank you to Scott, Emily & Sarah for literally digging in and getting their hands dirty on this project! They personally selected and installed the plantings for every pot.  You guys are the best!

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Our chic new selenite crystal fire logs are the perfect home accent as we look forward to the coming fall and winter months. The crystal fire logs feature a unique shape since they are made from natural hand cut North African selenite. They offer a stylish and unique homage to the classic wood fire log.

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Our selenite fire logs feature an elegant pearly opaque finish that sparkles and reflect light. Selenite is derived from the Greek words that mean brightness, “selas” and moon, “selene.” The set of three fire logs can be arranged vertically as crystalline columns or horizontally as a centerpiece for a table or ottoman.

 

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The icy crystalline logs can also be used to stage a fireplace since they are purely decorative. They are not meant to be burnt or placed in a fire. They are sold as a set of three and vary in size.  Each set sells for $279.99. Come into the store to see these fabulous chic crystal accessories.

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