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We have available, great Halloween décor items like pillows, doormats, figurines, guest towels, kitchen towels and more.

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Have fun decorating for Halloween!

In the meantime here are a few Halloween mantels that are sure to inspire.

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Wishing you beauty and inspiration!

Katy Interior designer/ Katy Interior Decorator

Veronica Solomon
Owner/Lead Designer
Casa Vilora Interiors
www.VeronicaSolomon.com

Brass Is Beautiful

Brass has made a huge comeback in last couple of years. It wasn’t too long ago that Designers and homeowners alike were doing their best to rip out and replace the brass remnants of hardware and fixtures left over from the 80’s.

These days, brass is a wonderful accent to a beautifully finished interior. There is a certain warmth and sophistication that it exudes. Whether it is a traditional or modern space, the golden hue of brass provides a subtle, elegant glow in any room.

I am not surprised by how popular brass has become in the last few years. It mixes well with other metals, and its wonderful patina only gets better with age.

I have put together a Polyvore board with some of my favorite brass objects. You can see, these pieces are modern with the classic touch of brass.

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Here are some spaces where brass is making a great statement.
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Via House Beautiful

Notice that the brass is just a subtle touch in the living room above, but really adds warmth.

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Via Architectural Digest

I love the look of the brass in this bathroom. Such a wonderful glow and a romantic feel.

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Via Workstead

This modern brass faucet is so gorgeous paired with the rustic wood counter tops.

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Via Decorpad.com

How scrumptuous is this powder room?

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Via Kelly deck Designs

This vent is amazing and unexpected, but oh so gorgeous!

Tips For Using Brass In Your Home

  • You can add your very own touch of brass in your home by simply spray painting an accent piece. Check out this article with how-to instructions for spray painting an accent piece. Click here.
  • It is best to use brass sparingly and on certain key pieces. Overusing it can become gaudy and dated.
  • Brass works well with lots of different colors. Choose a color based on the look and feel you are trying to achieve. Brass with black or purple for example, is a more dramatic look and feel. Brass with white is a more monochromatic and warm feel.
  • If you change your mind frequently with your decor, just add accents of brass on pieces like a mirror, photo frames, candlesticks and other small pieces.

What are your thoughts on using brass in your decor? Do you agree or disagree that brass is beautiful?

Wishing you Beauty and Inspiration!

Katy Interior designer/ Katy Interior Decorator

Veronica Solomon
Owner/Lead Designer
Casa Vilora Interiors
www.VeronicaSolomon.com

How You Can Confidently Choose The Finishes For Your New Construction Home

Are you in the process of building a new home, remodeling, or adding on to your home? Do you get overwhelmed by all the choices the builder’s design center has to offer?

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Via DMHDesign.com

Understandably, it can be a very overwhelming and emotional experience deciding on the finishes you want in your new home. Imagine picking out every surface of an entire home – from exterior selections to flooring, cabinetry, paint, appliances, countertops, lighting etc all in 4-6 hours. And to add to the overwhelm, doing it from small swatches and within a certain budget.

Most homebuilders offer standard finishes for your home and then options that you can select as upgrades. These upgrades are usually priced a bit higher than what the homeowner can get them for if they were to shop around. These upgrades are priced higher because the homebuilder has made it more convenient to have these items installed in your home during construction. But is it worth paying extra for?

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Via Villagehomes.com

There are ways you can confidently choose the finishes for your new construction home, without losing your sanity.

  • There are great resources out there that can help you to determine the look you want in your home. Websites like Houzz and Pinterest offer great photographs of finished spaces that are sure to inspire you. Create inspiration boards that you can refer to during your design center appointment or share with your design consultant.
  • Take advantage of  “previews” offered by homebuilders. Some homebuilders will allow you to go to their design center prior to your actual design appointment to browse and get an idea of what you want. It is usually unassisted, and you won’t get pricing at that point, but at least you get to see what’s available
  • Visit the homebuilder’s model homes in your area. Not just one, but as many as you can. Homebuilders usually add a lot of upgrades to model homes and they base it on the demographics of that particular market. Visiting all these areas will allow you to see the range of upgrades in actual spaces.
  • Check out spec homes or inventory homes under construction as well. They are full of options that the builder chose that they feel would appeal to most buyers. The finishes are usually not as elaborate as the model homes, so they give you a truer picture of what is reasonable.
  • For exterior selections, it helps to drive the neighborhood and look at completed homes for inspiration. If it is within a subdivision, your sales person will have record of the exterior finishes for each home (even if it is another builder’s home). There is usually an Architectural Review Committee that keeps track of this information and shares it with each builder.
  • Consider hiring an Interior Designer to accompany you to your design center appointment. For just a small investment, you will be confident that the selections you are making will work well in your home. An Interior Designer has a trained eye and the experience with working with small samples of these materials and can guide you in the process. They are knowledgeable about the value of the finishes in relation to the value of your home. This is one of the many services we offer here at Casa Vilora Interiors. With years of experience working with custom home builders and production builders, we have the experience to make the design center experience go smoothly and efficiently. For just a small investment of $95 an hour you can leave your design center with the confidence of knowing that your home will turn out beautifully. Ripping out tile and granite is no fun after the fact…..you don’t want to make a mistake with that.
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Via www.TileShop.com

We provide design service to production, custom home builders and remodelers in the Katy and surrounding areas by assisting their buyers with selections for their new homes.

  • Wood, tile and stone flooring
  • Granite and stone countertops
  • Bathroom and kitchen wall tiles
  • Carpet, carpet pads and rugs
  • Cabinetry
  • Light fixtures
  • Plumbing fixtures
  • Stair parts
  • Doors and trim
  • Paint colors
  • Exterior selections – brick, stone, siding, shutters
  • Window Treatments – shutters, blinds
  • Architectural detailing

Our new construction and remodeling clients enjoy the benefit of bringing us in from the very beginning or the construction phase. If you are a homeowner in the Houston area going through the building or remodeling process, or a homebuilder looking for design services for your customers, please feel free to contact us. It starts with a consultation in your current home to discuss your needs, what you love about your current home and want you don’t.

Wishing you beauty and inspiration!

Katy Interior designer/ Katy Interior Decorator

Veronica Solomon
Owner/Lead Designer
Casa Vilora Interiors
www.VeronicaSolomon.com

Check Out Our New Online Gift Shop

If you have checked out the new Casa Vilora Interiors website within the last few weeks, you probably have noticed the launch of our online gift shop.  In addition to our home décor shop, we are now offering products such as jewelry, clothing, eyewear, footwear, doggie styles, gadgets, cosmetic, fragrances, toys and more. There is an awesome selection of quality designer name brand products.

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Just in time for the upcoming shopping season, you can take care of most of your gift shopping from the comfort of your own home. All products are drop-shipped directly to your front door. How easy and convenient is that!?

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Head over to the our website to take a look at what we have to offer. You will find some of the cutest and great quality products that you will love! There is something great for every style and budget.

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We will also be adding a seasonal shop within the next two weeks, so please check back to see great Halloween décor and Christmas décor. We are also in talks with a popular Chalk paint company to sell their chalk paint line through our local design studio as well as our online store. Stay tuned for details about that in the next few weeks.

We at Casa Vilora Interiors not only want to give you tips, ideas and inspiration to make your homes beautiful , comfortable and functional, but we want to provide a full lifestyle experience all in one place. We are excited by all the opportunities to bring affordable luxury to your home and your lifestyle.

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Happy Friday!

Wishing you Beauty and Inspiration!

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Veronica Solomon
Owner/Lead Designer
Casa Vilora Interiors
www.VeronicaSolomon.com

Because Apartment Dwellers Need Design Love Too

I remember my very first apartment like it was yesterday, even though it was 17 years ago. It was a cute one bedroom located in a great area in North Lauderdale, FL. I remember the excitement of having a space of my own to decorate. I wasn’t even an Interior Designer yet, but I knew exactly how I wanted it to look. I watched a lot of HGTV back then. Shows like Room by Room, Decorating Cents, Design on a Dime that really taught you how to decorate on a budget. It was fun and colorful, and one of the things that inspired my career move.

I also remember the many restrictions by the apartment management company, and I am sure those are familiar to every apartment dweller reading this post right now. You’re not allowed to paint, not allowed to put holes in the wall, not really allowed to personalize your own home in any way! Bummer!

As an Interior Designer, I believe that a home should reflect the style and lifestyle of the people who live there, whether it is an apartment or not. So how do you overcome those decorating obstacles? How do you avoid feeling like you are not quite settled and still in transition? How do you make it feel like home as it should be? I decided to write this post to offer a few tips, because apartment dwellers need design love too.

Tip #1 – Have a conversation with your landlord

It is worth talking to your landlord about your desire to paint and hang art on the walls. They may just say yes it is ok, or it is ok if you are prepared to fill the holes and repaint to the original wall color when you are moving out. Maybe they’ll say no, but it is worth a shot.

Tip #2 – Cover your walls with fabric

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Via Elaine Williamson Designs

You heard me right, so please don’t freak out on me, but this tip leaves no damage to your walls. Even an accent wall in an interesting fabric would be a nice break from apartment beige. Choose a lightweight fabric and keep in mind that you need extra fabric to match any pattern repeats. You use starch to attach the fabric to the walls. Click here to see step by step instructions from AboutHome.com

Tip #3 – Use Velcro to hang art

Use industrial strength Velcro to hang your favorite piece of art. There will be little to no damage to the walls. One piece attaches to the back of the art and the second piece  attaches to the wall. Then stick them together. You can also use Command adhesive strips to hang art.

Tip #4 – Use a wire hanging system

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Via Apartment Therapy

You can even create a gallery wall with family photographs or art by stringing a long strand of wire across the wall and attaching your art to the wires using hooks. make sure that the wire is pretty rigid so that it doesn’t sag.

Tip #5 – Use floor screens in place of art

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Floor screens are not just great as room dividers, but they make great accent pieces against a wall in place of art. If your landlord insists on no holes in the wall, floor screens are a great way to add some much needed color in your apartment. Use sparingly and not do this to every single wall.

Tip #6 Layer area rugs over  wall to wall carpet

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Via Typepad

I usually am not big on area rugs over carpet, but this is a great way to add a bold pop  of color or texture if you are not able to paint or hang art. Make sure the area rug does not blend into the carpet too much. A bold geometric or faux zebra are great options.

Tip# 7 Use lots of pillows and throws

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Via RSH Catalog

Pillows are a favorite way to add color, texture and depth to a room. If you can’t bring color onto the walls then adding pillows and throws will help add some interest.

Tip #8 Use Command Hooks to hang draperies

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Via Marissa Waddell Interiors

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Via Marissa Waddell Interiors

This is the biggest challenge that apartment dwellers face, but yes, you can have curtains in your apartment without leaving holes. Command Adhesive Hooks to the rescue! Keep the fabric lightweight and make sure that the curtains are not meant to open and close all the time. They are best left alone once they are hung, especially if you live with children and pets.

Tip# 9 – Decorate with plants and fresh flowers

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Via Gardenista.com

Adding greenery and fresh flowers is a great way to add some life and even color to a boring color scheme. Use tall plants like a fiddle leaf fig against a tall wall where no art work exists.

Tip #10 – Create a wall of bookcases and even add wallpaper

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Adding an entire wall of free-standing bookcases that are beautifully styled is a great way to add some visual interest and create a focal point in an apartment. It will definitely take away from the fact that walls aren’t painted. You can even take it a step further by adding peel and stick wallpaper to the inner backs of the bookshelves.

 

There you have my top 10 tips for decorating your apartment even with major restrictions. Apartment living does not have to mean blah white walls and no color. With just a little bit of creativity and allowing your personal style to shine through, you can still enjoy a beautiful home that reflects how you truly want to live. Happy decorating!

 

Wishing you Beauty and Inspiration!

Katy Interior designer/ Katy Interior Decorator

Veronica Solomon
Owner/Lead Designer
Casa Vilora Interiors
www.VeronicaSolomon.com

Join Us On Facebook For Your Daily Dose Of Design

My goals for The Naked Decorator and my Casa Vilora Interiors Facebook page have always been the same as when I started them 4 or 5 years ago:

  • Engage with my clients and fans.
  • Get to know what their needs and desires are, not just for their homes, but for their lifestyle and family life
  • Provide valuable, actionable tips and information about interior design
  • Encourage and inspire
  •  Showcase my work
  • Network and get to know other small business owners within and outside of my niche

So I have been on a mission lately to grow my audience and reach more folks with the wonderful world of interior design.

One of the things I will be doing is providing my Facebook fans with their “Daily Dose of Design”. This is a great way to give my audience something to look forward to daily. Daily Dose of Design is a quick design tip of the day, or a design term with the definition explained.

Kinda like these :-)

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I have been using an app called Word Swag to make my Daily Dose of Design graphics and it’s been a lot of fun!

My hope is that even just one person will have learned something new, or gotten some inspiration or idea from these daily posts.

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If you would like to receive your Daily Dose of Design, plus more design tips and inspiration, please like us on Facebook by clicking the icon below.

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Have a Marvelous Monday!

Wishing You Beauty and Inspiration!

Katy Interior designer/ Katy Interior Decorator

Veronica Solomon
Owner/Lead Designer
Casa Vilora Interiors
www.VeronicaSolomon.com

Casa Vilora Interiors Teams Up With Houston Furniture Bank DIVAS For A Great Cause – Donations Welcomed

I have shared many personal stories here on The Naked Decorator blog over the past four years, but one that you may not know about me is where I grew up.

From a tourism perspective, Montego Bay Jamaica is a beautiful, friendly city, but the communities surrounding it tell a different story.

I remember having a great childhood; a hard-working father, a mom who was always available and took very good care of us and the home, and 10 siblings to play with. There was never a dull moment in our home. Although we were as poor as a church mouse, we had no idea we were. We had strong family ties, and strong ties to our community church. In those simpler times, we made the most of what we were blessed with. That sometimes meant hardly any money for groceries or utilities, but I cannot remember ever going to bed hungry. My parents somehow kept it all together.

The thing I remember most about growing up is our home. As humble as it was, my mother took pride in it, and it was always comfortable and cozy. There were always people over. Even though we didn’t have much, my mother would feed the whole neighborhood from her own resources. She would even take in other people’s kids for months sometimes and treated them like she did her own kids.

The meaning of HOME really stuck with me from an early age. And although Interior Design was a foreign concept to me back then, it is no surprise that I ended up in this profession.

The last few years running my business, I had become restless in my heart. I believed that God blessed me with this talent to create beautiful comfortable homes and enhancing the lives of the families I get to work with. I knew deep down inside that there was a deeper purpose than just making homes look pretty. I started looking into organizations that I could volunteer with. I found a few that I volunteered with, but I was looking for one that I could really partner with. I got side-tracked with my own plans and dreams, but that hole in my heart got bigger and bigger, and it needed to be filled somehow.

About Houston Furniture Bank D.I.V.A.S.

It was by an off chance of being in the right place at the right time that I learned about Houston Furniture Bank D.I.V.A.S. – a non-pofit organization providing free decorating services to families referred by non-profit assistance agencies throughout the city.

“Decorating Interiors – Volunteers At your Service” (D.I.V.A.S.) led by Ann Cummins joined forces with the Houston Furniture Bank back in 2003 and their mission as volunteers is “making empty houses homes” for families in need who have been nominated by their caseworkers. These caring volunteers create home-makeovers from house-hold furnishings which have been donated to Houston Furniture Bank.

The DIVAS have completed many projects throughout Houston within the last 12 years.

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Photo Source: Houston Furniture Bank DIVAS Facebook Page

About The Haven of Hope House of Houston

The very first project that I am so honored to be a part of working alongside these wonderful DIVAS is The Haven of Hope House of Houston. The Haven of Hope House of Houston, Inc. is a transitional facility for homeless female veterans and their children. Their mission is to provide homeless female veterans with services that will fulfill their spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical needs in order to become healthy, productive and stable. This incudes teaching these women life-skills training, job-skills training, money management, housing opportunities and medical services to address mental, physical and emotional challenges.

The Haven of Hope House of Houston, Inc. facilities consist of 4 buildings plus the administrative offices building where they hold classes. It has twenty-five beds for homeless female veterans with additional beds for veterans with children. The veterans will have twelve to eighteen months to transition back to a productive and stable lifestyle.

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Photo Source: Houston Furniture Bank Divas Facebook Page

The DIVAS goal for The Haven of Hope House project

With around 10-12  design volunteers signed up so far for this project plus another 8-10 who will assist on the day of installation, we are hoping to fully furnish and decorate the living spaces in the 4 buildings where the women and children reside. We want to make it comfortable, warm and homey. These buildings are all unfurnished except for beds in each bedroom. We rely on donations of furniture from the Houston Furniture Bank and donations from the community.

How you can help

  • Cash donations
  • Gently used furniture like sofas, occasional tables, dining tables and chairs, occasional chairs
  • Gently used rugs, lamps, shower curtains, curtains, pillows, and bath mats
  • Gently used wall art and accents
  • Gently used toys and games for kids up to 11 years old
  • Television sets

If you are local in the Katy/Houston area, I will be happy to pick up items from you, or you can deliver to my studio at 5602 Franz Rd Katy 77493. Please call first before dropping items off (281-751-7552)

Or you can donate items to the Houston Furniture Bank located at 2100 Hussion St, Houston, TX 77003.

You can donate in cash by clicking the Paypal button below.


Our date to install at the Haven of Hope House is Saturday September 20th, 2014. We really want to make the living spaces feel like home for these wonderful women who have served our country.

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Photo Source: Houston Furniture Bank DIVAS Facebook Page

Houston Furniture Bank DIVAS

Photo Source: Houston Furniture Bank DIVAS Facebook Page

If you know of female veterans seeking housing or medical services in Houston please contact The Haven of Hope House at 713.633.1915

We can all be part of something great by giving to others in need. There is no greater feeling.

You can learn more about the Haven of Hope House by checking out and liking their Facebook page

You can learn more about Furniture Bank Houston DIVAS by checking out and liking their Facebook page

Here is a BEFORE picture of one of the spaces we will be working on. My team of 3 will be responsible for the planning and furnishing of the 2 living room areas and a dining room area. I will be sharing AFTER pictures after our big install later this month!

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BEFORE of a Living Space at Haven of Hope House of Houston

I am so excited about working with the DIVAS! Stay tuned for more projects in the future.

Please support this worthy cause.




 

Wishing you Beauty and Inspiration!

Katy Interior designer/ Katy Interior Decorator

Veronica Solomon
Owner/Lead Designer
Casa Vilora Interiors
www.VeronicaSolomon.com


My Big, Exciting Announcement

Before I make my big, exciting announcement, let me ask you a question: What is the one thing that keeps you from pursuing that home improvement or decorating project? Is it lack of time, is it the disruption to routines, is it the cost?

Hiring a design professional will streamline the process for you. We take care of the planning, project management and implementation, which usually has little impact on your time and routines. Even major remodeling projects like kitchens, bathrooms, and room additions can be a lot easier with the help of a Designer.

The biggest objection that I come across however is the cost. People automatically assume that hiring a Design professional is an expensive prospect. I mean it can be if it is not properly planned and budgeted. But that’s what Designers do – manage every aspect of your project including your budget. That is why it is important to establish a reasonable budget and expectations with each project.

A kitchen like this may cost you less with the help of an Interior Designer.

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Here at Casa Vilora Interiors, we offer several design services to make it affordable for everyone who desires a beautiful, comfortable and functional home. Services like our HappyNest One Day Makeover, Mail Order Decorator (eDesign) and hourly consultations make the cost of hiring a Designer within reach for most budgets.

This brings me to my big, exciting announcement!

Installment Payment Options

Our newest offering to the products and services offered by Casa Vilora Interiors is our interest free Installment Payment Options through Paypal

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I decided to add the interest free Installment Payment options to help clients interested in completing a project now and paying for it over a longer time frame (up to 12 weeks). Now you can afford that design project that you have been putting off.

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Here’s how it works 

  • Go to our home page and click on the Installment Plan button at the bottom of the screen
  • Once you are on the options page, choose the option that best suits the design project you have in mind and your budget.
  • You have the option to finance (interest free) $2500, $5000, $10,000, $15,000 or $20,000
  • You make 4 payments over 12 weeks
  • At checkout you are required to pay 50% of the amount you are financing (payment #1) and the balance is billed in three equal payments at week 4, week 8 and week 12

Benefits of Installment Plan

  • Interest free financing.
  • You have  the flexibility to buy now and pay later
  • Now you can perhaps splurge on that special piece that you have been dreaming about
  • Several options for the amount you would like to finance
  • All done through Paypal which is a trusted source for paying online
  • You don’t need to sign up for Paypal to take advantage of this service
  • Easy and convenient.

Things to note

  • Your project amount can be any amount above the amount you are financing. You are required to pay the difference in full through our traditional payment methods.
  • Only one finance option allowed at a time per client. You can add another after the first is paid in full.

I am super excited about adding this service to our already impressive line up of design products and services. My goal is to make interior design affordable for all who desires a beautiful, functional and comfortable home. Please contact me if you have any questions about our Installment Plan.

Wishing you Beauty and Inspiration!

Katy Interior designer/ Katy Interior Decorator

Veronica Solomon
Owner/Lead Designer
Casa Vilora Interiors
www.VeronicaSolomon.com

 

 

3 Tips For Your Labor Day Bash

How will you spending Labor Day? Maybe a Labor Day Bash? For me, I honestly will finally kick my feet up today and not lift a finger……well except for typing away on my laptop :-)

My kids and I did not have much of a summer vacation this year because of how busy my business has been, but this weekend is our LAZY weekend, where we do nothing. Ahhhhhhh, bliss :-)

But just incase you are planning a Labor Day Bash, here are three clever tips I picked up from my good friend Martha Stewart (OK, she has no idea who I am, but doesn’t she just make you feel like you live right next door to her? :-) )  Oh, Just me? Haha

Tip #1 Planter Centerpiece

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Via Martha Stewart.com

I just love this clever idea, because it is inexpensive and stylish. Fill a metal planter with ice and add some colorful bottles of your favorite beverage. It will make for a bright, colorful, and unexpected beverage cooler. You can even add some wildflowers tucked into empty bottles among the cold drinks.

Tip #2 Seersucker Napkins

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Via Martha Stewart.com

Nothing says relaxed summer style like the seersucker fabric. Seersucker is very low maintenance and inexpensive. It is available at most fabric stores in various colors, so it is a great way to mix and match. Because of the natural puckering of this classic fabric, no ironing is required, which makes it perfect for this project. Here are instructions from Martha Stewart.com on how to make your seersucker napkins.

Tip #3 Dip-Dyed Bamboo Place mats

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Via Martha Stewart.com

Bamboo place mats are widely available at most import and home decor stores. They are usually quite inexpensive (usually under $2 a piece), which makes them perfect for this project. Summer parties are meant to be fun and low maintenance, and with these dyed place mats you won’t have to worry about spills. Here are instructions from Martha Stewart.com on how to dye your bamboo place mats.

Visit Martha Stewart.com for more clever ideas for your Labor Day Bash!

Well I am off to resume my day of laziness :-)

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Wishing you Beauty and Inspiration!

Katy Interior designer/ Katy Interior Decorator

Veronica Solomon
Owner/Lead Designer
Casa Vilora Interiors
www.VeronicaSolomon.com

 

Throw Back Thursday: Rub-A-Dub-Dub, Three In A Tub

It is amazing what kids will remember. The good times and the bad all get burned into their memories forever. They will always remember the little things that as busy parents we tend to forget, or just sweep to the back of our brains.

Recently my 12 year old son, Josh and I were just driving along, and out of the blue he started talking about his dad. Josh was only 2 years old when his dad passed away from cancer. He doesn’t remember a lot about him, but it is not uncommon for us to have long conversations about him.

Over the years I have tried to preserve his memory for Josh, through the old photos we have and just talking about what he was like, and how much fun he was. He always has a lot of questions, and it is quite obvious that he enjoys talking about him.

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Photo of Sacky Solomon

A certain photograph we took about 11 years or so became the topic of discussion on this drive with Josh. He asked if I remembered the time when he, his sister and I got into the bath tub and his dad took a picture of us. Of course I couldn’t remember which photo he was talking about – since number one, it had been so long ago, and two, they were always taking baths. To this day, he loves filling up the bath tub and taking long, messy baths.

When we got home that day, we looked through our old photos trying to find this picture. Finally there it was! :-)

Photo of Veronica, Joshua and Courtney. Taken about 11 years ago (2003)

Photo of Veronica, Joshua and Courtney. Taken about 11 years ago (2003)

Of course we had a good laugh! I had completely forgotten about this photo. Josh couldn’t have been more than two when it was taken. I am still amazed that he remembered it so well. This particular picture never made it into the family photo albums (you can see why :-) ) so I am sure he hadn’t seen it for many years.

It seems like a silly photo. After all, we were being silly that day. I just decided to get in and splash around with them after they begged me to get in with them.

The memories all flooded back after the first glance of the photo. That rubber ducky that you can barely see in the background between the kids was a recent purchase that my husband had made for them. He knew how much they loved their baths, and he brought it home one day. I remember how hard he was laughing while he was taking the picture. I remember the kids begging him to get in as well (there was just no more room in that small tub :-) ). I remember how excited the kids were that we were all just hanging around together. They loved that! They were the center of our world – they still are. This is supposed to be a happy post, so why I am I tearing up? I am glad Josh reminded me of this photo. Being so busy these days, I hadn’t gone through those old photos in over 8 years.

We spent the rest of the afternoon, looking through the old photos and giggling and telling stories. I could see it in Josh’s eyes, the fact that his dad never got to see him grow into the wonderful young man that he has become. Although he only got two years with his dad, he spoke about him like he was here today. He will have stories to tell his children.

Joshua. Photo taken in 2013

Joshua. Photo taken in 2013

Yes, he is the self proclaimed “Gamer To The World” :-)

Here is a picture of Josh and Courtney together (taken around 3 or 4 years ago)

Courtney and Josh (2001-ish) at Cheesecake Factory

Courtney and Josh (2001-ish) at Cheesecake Factory

Here’s a more recent one.

Courtney and Josh (2013) at Zoe's Kitchen

Courtney and Josh (2013) at Zoe’s Kitchen

My husband’s birthday is coming up soon on September 12th. He would have been 43 years old. We miss him dearly, but our wonderful memories are always in our hearts and minds.

Treasure your loved ones, enjoy those silly, fun times – and of course, take lots of photos :-)

Have an awesome Throwback Thursday!

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