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A Greenhouse turns Glamourous!

What a wonderful surprise to discover this beautiful greenhouse featured by Country Living. It is so pretty and creative that I absolutely wanted to share it with you.

As a wedding gift, Heather Cameron's husband, Kevin, took apart a neglected potting shed on their property and rebuilt it into a greenhouse with a tempered-glass roof.

In this tiny retreat behind Heather Cameron's house, the flowers are mostly on fabrics and the sun sparkles off crystal chandeliers but it is a perfect venue to curl up with a book or invite friends for tea time!

Heather furnished her newly fashioned getaway with vintage-floral pillows, white-painted furniture, and collections of mint green jadeite and milk glass vases. How fresh and feminine!

A tin bucket turns into a sink when hung from a spigot. I think I haven't such a sink anywhere else but at  my great grandmother's home! We could really have fun with one of those and chase up our cousins in the garden with each our mini water bucket...

I always loved vintage luggage and here they are stacked up to create the prefect end table.

Instead of planting in her greenhouse, Heather brings the garden inside with tubs of hydrangeas, fresh-picked peaches, and window boxes filled with begonias and dahlias. An old ladder becomes an inspired display for cups and vases filled with blooms from her garden.

And the fabulous crystal chandeliers are just for show — no wiring — but what a dazzling effect! The perfect touch of Glam!

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Country Interior Design Style

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"Country interior design style is very welcoming and comfortable."

Country interior design is all about lived-in comfort. The emphasis is on natural materials, handcrafted features and time-worn charm. I find it very cozy.

Your color palette can vary widely, but country decorating gets inspiration from the surrounding landscape. That's why you often will see color schemes centered on greens, reds, blues, beige and white to name a few.

The materials and textures you use are key to anchoring this style. Tactile surfaces of wood, wicker weaving, wrought iron, stone, pottery, tin and other natural or earthy materials work well and provide great visual texture as well.

Floral or checked fabric made of simple materials, like cotton and linen, compliment a casual, country style. You can go with more sophisticated silk and damask if you are creating a more refined, "cottage" variation of this style.

While there is a sense of history and age with country decorating, it doesn’t have to always be overly rough-hewn and woodsy. The country style can also be presented in a softly sophisticated way as is the case with French Country style. Speaking of French Country...Toile De Jouy is great fabric to incorporate into this look because it has a decidedly rural, European feel.

Consider soft, fresh colors for your country inspired home. The overall look should bring to mind the long traditions of living in the countryside. Whatever variation of country interior design you choose to create, always remember the end result should look soft and built up over time.

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Style Tips:

- Mix floral patterns with checks and stripes for upholstery and fabrics. Don't try to make everything match precisely.

- Use curtains to enhance and soften the windows.

- Incorporate antique furniture or hand-crafted decorative accessories throughout the scheme.

- Natural floors (like wood) work best. Area rugs can be used, but leave some parts of the floor exposed. Wall to wall carpet is not ideal because it doesn’t have that built up, layered look.

- Bead board can be used to create a strong country feel in a space. Consider using it on the walls, ceiling or perhaps just the wall area below a chair rail.

For more information about Interior Design and Feng Shui email Marie Burgos at marie@marieburgosdesign.com and visit our site on www.marieburgosdesign.com

Have you decorated your home in Country style? Do you think that you are likely to use Country style for your home in the near future? If so please let me know about it by leaving a comment!

Swedish Interior Design Style

"Gustavian inspired, Swedish interior design is light and sophisticated."

A bit of history....

Sweedish Interior Design style is characterized by a look that is light,airy and elegant. Whether classic in emphasis, country or contemporary in direction, this style underscores an elegant and refreshing atmosphere.

Despite originating centuries ago, the Swedish Gustavian style is a look that is still popular today. It usually features white painted, neo-classical furnishings – often displaying the patina of age – set against a very light, interior background.

Gustavian style is named for King Gustav III who ruled Sweden in the late 18th century. He had a passion for the neo-classical styles prominent at that time in continental Europe – such as the Louis XVI style in France, for example. Gustav combined elements of these styles in his own royal palaces in Sweden. (I must say the man had good taste.)

Over time, the Gustavian interpretation of a neo-classical interior spread throughout the broader Swedish society and has been recognized as a distinct interior style in its own right.

Gustavian style is versatile enough to feature classical and contemporary elements together and still look great! With that said, there are some style fundamentals to follow.

Creating the look ....

If you are going for the Swedish interior look I have one word for you – white! Okay, maybe not literally everything white – that might get pretty boring. But keeping the supporting hues light is really important. Very soft blues, grays and greens are typical of this style, but the overall finished look should be very light and airy.

For a Gustavian inspired interior, choose white painted furniture that features a classic silhouette. Time worn or distressed edges will further emphasize the look and is a very desirable attribute. Wall moldings and furniture with raised detail will add greater visual interest in this largely white environment.

A touch of gold gilding is important as an accent. Hints of it can be brought in through the raised details of furnishings and by your choice of lighting elements, picture and mirror framing, for example.

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Your walls and trim should be painted white (or a very soft gray, blue or green). Alternately, you might choose a wallpaper pattern. If you go with wallpaper, consider a neo-classic style with a very open and subdued pattern in soft colors on a white background. A common Swedish design motif is floral swags with ribbons and bows.

When it comes to floors, wood looks best with a Swedish interior design style. Consider layering your wood floor with woven rugs or runners to enhance the Swedish aura.

Now let’s talk windows. If you have attractive window moldings you might not want to use draperies at all but perhaps opt for simple sheers or fabric blinds like inside-mounted roman shades. If you choose draperies instead, try something that doesn't not contrast too sharply with the light colored walls. Your window treatment should complement the subtle yet sophisticated overall effect.

Consider natural fabrics for your Swedish interior design style. Linen, cotton and silk are some possibilities.

Finally, add a bit of bling to your look in the form of crystal lighting. This could be a classic, crystal chandelier (it’s been said that every Gustavian interior has one) or similar wall sconces, for example. The crystals will reflect the light in the airy space and be the crown jewel of your inspired Swedish interior design.

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Style Tips:

- Soft blue and white is a common Swedish color scheme. Consider accenting your interior with classic, blue and white porcelain pieces. Also, pastels mixed with white  create a very Gustavian look.

- For a distinctive Swedish look in your bedroom of royal repose, install a half-moon shaped corona with an attached, sheer canopy over the head of the bed. It’s classic Gustavian!

- Round out your look with that distinctive piece of Swedish furniture – a painted, curvaceous, floor clock.

For more information about Interior Design and Feng Shui email Marie Burgos at marie@marieburgosdesign.com and visit our site on www.marieburgosdesign.com