Have your guests talking!

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We all love when our house guests tell us how much they like our homes. Sometimes it’s what keeps us going!

I’ll be the first to admit that I love to create dramatic powder rooms for our clients; I want your guests to go back whispering to the party: “You must see the powder room!” That is a small signature as a designer in many houses!

But what can you add to your home to make it stand out from the rest? Is a bold paint color really enough to get people talking? I’ve found that most conversations in my own home start when people come across things they have never seen before. It’s a fun way to get people to chat about things other than work or yesterday’s weather.

My first recommendation will be: “If you want drama start in a public space”..…. I mean create “design drama” in an area that your guests will experience; kitchen, powder room, front door, etc.

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As architects we love to create “the experience of surprise in a building”, at this waterfront house the main door reveals the amazing view of the water through a columned pool terrace. If it does not create conversation… it will at least leave you speechless!

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One of our clients asked for a chef’s kitchen we added an illuminated onyx table, it is the must see piece of the house! Lighting is also a great way to make your house more interesting and fun! Try cool pendants, designer’s floor lamps!

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Do you have a great view from one side? Multiply it with mirrors. In this pied-à-terre with an amazing view of the Acropolis in Athens we added a mirror as the kitchen back-splash, when you walk in the open floor living dinning, you get amazing views from all sides and it makes the room feels bigger.

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                     picture Ted Davis, D&D Studio

A very simple way to add some “design drama” has always been paint! We will add a small tool, use stencils, we were able to brimg this bedroom to life with the use of one image in different shades of blues!  So easy it will give a new personality to any room.

What fun or creative things have you added to your own house?



How to Create a Welcoming Guest Bedroom

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If you’re like me, you love to have house guests! There is something special about creating a warm and inviting living space for your guests — it shows how much you care.

When you start to plan your guest room, think about what you’d expect to find in a hotel and try to make your room measure up to that standard. Your budget may not have enough in it to let you create a getaway oasis, but you can clear the decks, arrange what’s necessary, and provide a quiet place to relax.

Most important:

– Provide a comfortable place to sleep. Replace the kids’ old bunks with a queen-size bed (at minimum). If you can’t buy a new bed, make sure the mattress is well-made.
– Stock the closet with extra pillows, cases, blankets and quilts, and padded hangers.
– Play with color. In my opinion, a guest room should be fun and colorful with something a little unexpected
– Give space: Guests need a place to sit besides the bed. A bench is perfect, since it can also hold luggage for unpacking and repacking.
– Make sure the dresser and nightstand aren’t cluttered with your own collectibles, so your guests have space for their own things. And if you use the guest-room drawers for storage, don’t forget to empty a couple when company is coming.
– Where is the light?! Include enough lighting to give the room a cozy glow – a lone ceiling fixture won’t do. Place a lamp on each side of the bed, and one on the dresser. A small lamp on the bathroom counter can serve as a pretty nightlight.

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– Floral arrangements add color! For fragrance, reed diffusers are a better choice than candles. You might add a bottle of scented linen spray, too.
– Place a pitcher of filtered water and two glasses on a pretty tray. Even better: Stock a small refrigerator with beverages.
– Stack towels in a tray on the bathroom counter, along with fresh soaps and a couple of glasses.

Thank goodness for wall-mounted flat-screen TV’s! They are perfect for space-challenged guest rooms, and our specially designed wall cabinets are a great way to camouflage them. And always… have in mind who is coming! Every guest is different- different needs!