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Heather Scott Home & Design

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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!).

Playroom after

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!

Boys room after

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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back patio planter

back deck plantings

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.

I have been collecting magazine articles with gorgeous homes designed by Bobby McAlpine & Susan Ferrier for years.  Before I was ‘in design’, I would tear out pages of homes I liked, only years later to discover the majority were from the same architect and designer, McAlpine & Ferrier.

This was one of my early favorites from Veranda magazine:

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And this:

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Having admired all these homes in magazines, I never thought about actually being able to visit one of these residences to see their work myself.  You can visit a museum to see an artist’s work or visit a public structure by someone like Frank Gehry, but for a team that does predominately residential work, the majority of us who appreciate their ‘art’ never get the opportunity to see it in person.

Now, if you are in Austin (or planning a trip?), you can actually experience a space created by Bobby McAlpine, David Baker and Susan Ferrier.  It is LaV restaurant.

The interiors are the epitome of what you would expect from this team- large, gridded windows; smoky, atmospheric interiors of wood planks, antiqued mirror, velvet and hide; floor to ceiling drapery panels and a lot of rich materials.  It is fabulous!

If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit for yourself, here are some photos from LaV’s website (nice, professional ones) and some other detailed photos which I took when I was there for brunch.  Be sure to pause and really look at all the detail in the rooms.

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There are several dining environments in the restaurant.  Beginning with the Wine Bar area….

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Flowing into the lounge…

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Then, the main dining area with signature grid windows, tufted banquettes, dramatic light fixtures and impactful drapery panels.

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laV dining seating

And finally, the private dining room.

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And, a few more glimpses not found on the website:

Exterior Dining

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Restaurant Entry

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Waiting Bench

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Wine Bar/Lounge seating

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Hair on hide barstools/swivel stools, still in bright white condition!

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Stainless steel bar top-

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Pastry cart with signature Susan Ferrier antiqued mirror and iron lighting.  And, similar vignette at the opposite end of the bar.

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And of course, it doesn’t matter how great it looks if the food isn’t any good.  No worries there.  The brioche doughnuts are so yummy!  I can’t wait to go back and try out dinner!

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LaV Austin is definitely worth stopping into for drinks or dinner.  It is such a lovely space to spend time with others. 

This stop has really inspired me to get out to more ‘boutique’ restaurants to observe the design details.   Paying attention to the small details is what makes the space feel so intimate and welcoming.  I’m going to take notes on this team’s approach to creating intimacy as a personal challenge for creating a similar atmosphere for my projects, where appropriate.  

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If you have been keeping up with our weekly blog, it is hard to miss all of the fabulous new upholstered pieces we have received lately! Our cotton upholstered swivel chairs with antique nickel nailheads are no exception. The chairs are great for anyone looking for furniture with a modern look without having to sacrifice comfort.

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The swivel chairs feature a chic ivory cotton fabric that is perfectly accented by the antique nickel nailheads along the arms of the chairs. The chairs also feature a large frame and a plush, box-edge back cushion that allows the chairs to be just as comfortable as they are sleek. Below is a close up of the nailhead detail.

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The chair’s dimensions are 33 W x 36 D x 32 H. The seat depth is 23.5 inches. Each chair sells for $1,645.00. Come into the store to see if these stylish swivel chairs pass your “sit test.”

As a designer we have to constantly challenge ourselves to find new sources and options for our clients.  One area that has ‘limited’ options, are countertops.  There is a definite trend away from granite and now into other materials, such as marble, quartz and quartzite. 

The ‘holy grail’ of countertops is a design option that looks just like marble, preferably Calacatta Gold or Bianco Carrara, without staining and etching.  As of today, the look of real marble just can’t be duplicated.  But, I will show you a couple of options you might not have thought of.

A recent trip to the Aria Stone Gallery in the Dallas Design Center opened my eyes to some new countertop options that work wonderfully with today’s white and grey color palettes. 

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Aria approaches countertops more like pieces of art and does a lot of slab matching (the ‘butterfly’ effect look) which is great for shower walls and large areas.  Their options are more expensive and aren’t going to be something you find at Home Depot.  But, if you are investing in a custom home, the countertop is a major visual factor and worth really thinking about spending more on the right look.

Here are a few countertops they had on display that peaked my interest:

1) Colorado Gold

We actually just specified this countertop for a client’s Spanish Revival style home.  They wanted the all white kitchen look, but the usual grey undertones of bianco carrara and calacatta just weren’t working with the warm undertones in the house.  This marble is out of Colorado and has minimal gray.  It is like calacatta gold, without the grey veining.

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2) Valley Gold Veined Marble

This product has a lovely grey and gold mix of veining, but is a bit softer in the veining than some other slabs.

Valley Gold Marble

3) White Macaubas Marble

This marble is shown honed, so it looks more matte in the photo.  Some people do not care for the random veining in a lot of marble, or the speckles in granite.  If you want a more symmetrical look, the lines of this marble may appeal more to your eye.

White macaubas marble

4) Striato Olympico Marble

Speaking of stripes…  I think this look is really cool for a masculine space, like a man’s bar, media room, closet or private bath.  But, I could also see it in a kitchen that was really modern and sleek.

striato olympico marble

5) Calcatta Quartzite

We’ve personally used several Caesarstone & Silestone quartz products (London Gray, Pulsar, etc) that look like marble.  Our client’s love them!  Here is a quartzite that is called ‘Calacatta‘.  Now, being honest, it does have a pinkish undertone and doesn’t look just like Calcutta, but if you prefer a ‘natural’ material but don’t want to commit to marble, this might be the way to go.

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6) Soapstone

Speaking of alternative options.  If you are looking for a darker countertop, Soapstone is always a special option.  Now, the oiling concept does take some getting used to, but if you are going for a rustic look, I think this product is a fabulous option!

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7) Grigio Italia Marble

I mentioned before about Aria’s commitment to book match the slabs.  Here is a special example.  This product actually looks like it forms a chevron. 

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Here is a close up.  A lot of dark grey, light grey and a bit of white.

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8) Pietra Grey Marble

If you are in the market for a darker countertop, here is another lovely option.  If you do not want marble, Caesarstone makes a similar option in quartz (Piatra Grey).  This marble really makes me think of Italy and its classic buildings.  Yes, it will wear over time, but it will look lovely while it does it!

Pietra Gray marble brushed

So, 8 new options to consider for countertops that you may not have thought of before.  Personally, I don’t think Bianca Carrara or Calacatta Gold will ever go out of style.  And our goal is to design with products that are classic, chic and serene. But, if you want to think outside the box, I hope you’ll take a look at these products, some of which might be more on the ‘chic’ angle, and consider them as options for your home!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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