Count Down To High Point.

It has been a couple of years since I visited High Point Furniture Market in High Point North Carolina, and I am super excited that I have the opportunity to attend this Spring.

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Via Highpointmarket.org

If you are in the design world, attending Market at least once a year (either Spring or Fall), is the perfect way to stay on top of current styles and trends.

The High Point Market is the world’s largest furnishings industry trade show, bringing more than 75,000 people to High Point every six months. Serious retail home furnishings buyers can be found in High Point twice a year because if you can’t find it in High Point…it probably doesn’t exist.

It really is that kind of environment. Serious designer eye candy! On my first visit, I was totally awe struck and I know this time around will be even better. Spring Market runs from April 18th to 23rd.

I am so looking forward to visiting some of my favorite showrooms, attending fun cocktail parties and attending workshops, seminars and educational events. I will be taking a lot of photos and reporting some of the excitement here on the blog as much as I can while I am there. I am counting down the days until I land in North Carolina.

Here’s some of what I am looking forward to seeing

 Image Via Ambella

Via Artistica

Via Century Furniture

Image Via Hickory White

Via Theodore Alexander

Via Taracea

So the count down to High Point begins – less than a month to go! Yay!

And…………

In case you were wondering what carpet pattern I ended up picking for my stairs…..wonder no more. Click here to see the post if you missed it

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 I chose C! That was my favorite from the very beginning, and I was happy to see a lot of you liked that one too! Carpet install is scheduled for this Saturday! Watch for the upcoming post with the finished look :-)

Wishing You Beauty and Inspiration!

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Veronica Solomon
Owner/Lead Designer
Casa Vilora Interiors

My New Morning Room

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a marvelous weekend and ready for an amazing week!

I have been up to a lot over the weekend. I did some antique shopping and then brought home my treasures and spray painted (and painted) like crazy. My fingers are numb, and I am probably just a bit high right now :-) Just Kidding. Always wear a mask! I will be sharing some of these projects here on the blog very soon, so be sure to subscribe so you never miss a post.

Today I am so excited to share one space that is somewhat finished and I am enjoying the heck out of it

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Ok, in case you are wondering what a morning room is, allow me to explain. You see, ever since I moved to my new smaller home over a year ago, I missed having an outdoor living space like I did in the old house. I have been dreaming about an enclosed all seasons sunroom, but that’s definitely not in the budget right now. So an interior space will have to stand-in for my sunroom for now. This space is now dubbed the morning room.

Our breakfast room, right off the kitchen was furnished with a beautiful Restoration Hardware dining room table and chairs, but hardly ever got used because my kids would rather eat where they hang out – in the game room. I eventually moved the furniture to the large living room, combining both spaces. The table and chairs were a smidge too big for the breakfast room anyway.

This left the breakfast area empty, and I actually thought about adding a small café table and chairs in there just to fulfill the function the builder intended. But then I realized that this is my house and I will use it the way we actually live.

Since I don’t have to be in my office until10:00am everyday, this leaves me with some quality time alone after the kids leave for school by 6:30. Sometimes I head back to bed to make up sleep (I stay up late almost every night working) or I’ll head to the kitchen and make my green juice for the day, and read my Bible and devotional to start my day right.

That’s when it hit me, why not create a “morning room” where the breakfast room used to be? Perfect! And that’s what I did!

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I already owned the pair of wing back chairs that I purchased a couple of years ago. They are so comfortable.The round table is new and actually adjusts from a coffee table to dining room height. I added a small 5×7 area rug and the ottoman is a clearance item from Target. I really wanted two, but they had just one left. For $40, it was quite the steal.

The small table was from Hobby Lobby, and the lamp from Ross. This makes it easy to sit and read in the early morning hours.

The black and white storage bag (that is hardly visible) contains lots of decorating magazines for reading, and a throw to cozy up with.

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The custom drapery was done by my workroom. I fell in love with this amazing toile fabric and I had to use it somewhere in my home. I love all things toile and chinoiserie.

I couldn’t resist these “dapper animal” plates and this was the perfect place to display them. They were on clearance, and I missed the opportunity to get the other animals from the series because they are no longer available :-( Aren’t they just adorable?

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All the other accessories and pillows I had on hand. You will notice my white ceramic piggies. I love decorating with cute animals, and pigs are my favorite. The little vases of faux florals are actually votive holders. They make great bud vases, and I have them sprinkled throughout my home.

The coral color accents are so refreshing to me. It is very much a trend now, but the coral and blue combination reminds me of home in Jamaica. So I will still love that combo even when the trend is passé.

So this small space off my kitchen has quickly become my favorite little hangout. I feel like a decorating rebel; defying the rules of new construction and decorating :-)

I would strongly encourage busy moms (and dads) to carve out a small space in their home to act as a little get-away for a quiet moment from the kiddos.

I know the breakfast room is the main thoroughfare in most households, so this may not be ideal for everyone, but it can be anywhere in your home. My kids are older: 17 and 13, and as hard as I try to get them to eat downstairs, they would rather do it in the game room where they hang out. That room will be a future project and I will have a dining area with a mini fridge put in just for them (well for one kid since the other goes off to college in the Fall :-(  :-) )

So tell me, is there a space in your home that could become a little getaway? I would love to hear how you would use it.

Wishing You Beauty and Inspiration!

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Veronica Solomon
Owner/Lead Designer
Casa Vilora Interiors

 

 

 

Help Me Decide What Carpet Pattern To Get

Hello My Dears!

I have been really busy getting some decorating projects completed around my home within the past few weeks. Some really big things are coming up for Casa Vilora Interiors soon (which involves my home). I will hopefully be able to fill you in on details sometime soon :-)

One of the projects that I am working on is my staircase. It is a really blah, boring, builder basic space with beige carpeted steps. I had my home built a little under 2 years ago, and I knew the stairs was one of the things I was going to redo soon. I am accustomed to a wide open staircase from my previous home, and the new home just doesn’t have that – which is ok.

My first thought was to add stained wood treads and painted wood risers, or at least laminate wood like my previous home (shown below- This was my uber traditional phase. Lol :-) ).

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My old house, during my traditional phase. Most of the furniture was chosen by me and my late husband

 

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My old house, during my traditional phase. Most of the furniture was chosen by me and my late husband

 

But I fell in love with the idea of doing a patterned carpet – an animal print to be exact. I really wanted the classic version of a leopard or cheetah print, and nothing gaudy. It is a fine line between tasteful and gaudy leopard print, and I am treading that line carefully.

What I have done so far is painted large 8″ horizontal stripes in the stair walls  to add a bit of interest. The colors used were Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter and Chelsea Gray. Here’s what it looks like now

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And just to put things into context, the bar area is just across the hall from the staircase. In this bar niche, I also did the horizontal stripes but smaller 2″ using the same paint colors

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Next I will be adding a Sputnik chandelier that will hopefully give off a lot more lighting in the dark staircase. Right now, there is just one recessed light in there

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So these are the carpets I am considering, and I need your help deciding. There isn’t a ton of difference between the looks and the prices, but I need to pick the perfect one! Will you help me? :-)

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This is the first option A. I think it might be too dark. Dark may be a good thing with my kids around though :-)

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This is option B (sorry the picture is a bit blurry). The gray color matches the paint color very well, but the pattern may be just a bit too cliché?

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Here are options C and D. C is a bit dark as well, which may be a good thing with teenagers in the house, and D is the perfect color match to the paint color but may be too light.

I am so excited to get the ugly carpet ripped out and the new sexy carpet installed. I need to order in the next day or two, so I am curious to know what you guys think.

I am pretty good with making decisions – especially for my clients, but sometimes when it comes to a Designer’s own home, we overthink stuff. Haha. I definitely have a favorite, so let’s see if we all agree :-)

So what say you? Is it option A,B,C or D? Leave me a comment with your two cents :-)

Wishing You Beauty and Inspiration!

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Veronica Solomon
Owner/Lead Designer
Casa Vilora Interiors

My DIY Juju Hat

Hello my Lovelies!

Today I have a fun DIY project for you. I have been meaning to share this project here on the blog for a few months now since I completed it in the Fall for The One Room Challenge, but never really got around to it. As usual, I had the help of my sidekick – my son Joshua.

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I have been admiring the décor craze that swept the nation a couple of years ago: The Cameroon Juju hats have become synonymous with chic interiors. They are known as Bamileke feather headdress in the Cameroon grasslands. The headdress is made of dyed chicken feathers hand stitched into a raffia basket, and ingeniously folds into itself for easy transportation from ceremony to ceremony. Click here and here for more information about the juju hats

Here is an example from Etsy seller AfricaPearls

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Via AfricaPearl

 

Juju hats start around $250, which is really not bad considering that they are usually intricately hand-made. They can go up to over $500/$600. It seemed simple enough to try  to make one for less.

So here is what you will need for this DIY project

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  • Coque Tail Feathers. I got mine at Moonlight Feathers. I used 12 packs of 2.5″ and one 1/2 yard piece. In the end, I felt I could have used a couple more packs of shorter ones for the center for more fullness. It is much easier to use feathers that are already stitched together
  • A hot glue gun and a couple of long glue sticks
  • A round plate – I used a 12″ plate. The finished juju hat will be approximately 24″
  • A piece of mesh rug pad.
  • A piece of felt (or something pliable but still firm). I used an old grocery bag I had laying around
  • A marker
  • A pair of scissors
  • Foil paper or butcher paper to cover your work surface incase the glue sticks. I used a towel and that was a mistake.

The process

Start by laying out the rug pad with the round plate turned upside down and trace around it with your marker

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Next you cut out the shape. This is the base on which you will stick the feathers

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Next you place the felt underneath the base and it is time to start attaching your feathers. Don’t worry about getting the shape of the felt exactly right. You can cut off the excess later

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Start at the edge and carefully glue the feathers on following the circle.

For each row, I alternated the direction of the feathers since they have a slight curve on the ends. This will give your juju hat a fuller look. I somehow forgot to snap a picture of this step. But keep gluing the feathers until you get to the center. You will have to glue individual pieces to cover the center

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Here’s what it looks like with all the feathers glued on. As you can see, I wished I had just another pack for the center to make it just a bit fuller. But I am still happy with the way it turned out.

Leave overnight for the glue to set and cure. Trim the excess felt from the back and use your scissors to cut a small hole that you can hang your juju hat from on the wall. It is very light weight, so all you need is a small nail in the wall.

Here is what my DIY juju hat looks like hung

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I placed it in my library/sitting room above my bombe chest that holds special sentimental value to me. It was one of the first pieces that my late husband and I purchased together. I had enough art in the room, and wanted to add something with a lot of texture and interest, and something trendy but had some timelessness to work with the traditional bombe chest.

I kept this vignette simple with a lamp, some books and my cute little foo dog.

The entire project cost me around $170, all spent on the feathers. Everything else I had on hand. You can see that it wasn’t exactly an inexpensive project, but I have the satisfaction of completing it myself for less. I am super happy with the way my DIY juju hat project turned out.

So tell me, would you tackle a project like this? Thoughts on the juju hat trend?

Wishing You Beauty and Inspiration!

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Veronica Solomon
Owner/Lead Designer
Casa Vilora Interiors

 

 

 

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