Hardware: The Jewelry of Any Room

One thing I can not stress enough to my clients is to pay attention to details, both big and small, when you are thinking about designing any space. Designing a home required a million decisions and half of those we don't even think about (or notice) unless they are poorly executed. For example: you don't notice a light switch.... unless it is smack in the middle of a wall. Right?

Some details are meant to be hidden and some are meant to shine. Hardware is one of those little pieces to the puzzle that should make a statement. I like to think of it as the jewelry of the room.

Sarah Catherine Design | Hardware
Sarah Catherine Design | Hardware

Hardware can be used to dress up a space or give it a more rugged feel. Small hardware can sort of disappear or chunkier hardware can be used to make more of a bold statement. It can be used to create a more traditional or a more modern feel.

Sarah Catherine Design | Hardware

Dresser source: Bungalow 5

One thing that I love about hardware is that it can totally change the look of a piece of furniture or built-ins.... but it is relatively inexpensive and easy to swap out. So if you find a dresser or chest that you love but it has terrible pulls, don't sweat it.

Sarah Catherine Design | Hardware
Sarah Catherine Design | Hardware

hardware resource: Lewis Dolin

Pay extra attention to rooms that are heavy in hardware... particularly kitchens and bathrooms. Most of us don't have the time or energy to pay attention to every single dresser in our house and think through the knobs/pulls etc. So make your efforts count by paying close attention to hardware in main rooms, hardware-heavy spaces, curtain rods, door knobs, etc.

Sarah Catherine Design | Hardware

Here are some of my favorite hardware resource:

Nest Studio // Rocky Mountain Hardware // Lewis Dolin // House of Antique Hardware // White Chapel // anthropologie

Kitchens In Black And White

This coming weekend I am having my first wedding shower! I am really excited! This shower is a kitchen shower. I cant wait to get all kinds of new things to fill out our future kitchen. I think for many homes the kitchen is one of (if not the most) important room in the house. I know my family spent a lot of time in the kitchen, cooking, talking, doing homework, or just hanging out. For those reasons, I think that designing your kitchen should be decorated in a way that is not only functional, but is also appropriate to the personality of your home and family.

I love this dining table. It just flows right in with the rest of the kitchen and it seems inviting for friends and family to take part in each meal.

This kitchen is nice and spacious with lots of storage. I love the retro tile backsplash that coordinates with the wood finish on the floor. Gorgeous. It gives the kitchen a touch of masculinity by using brown  with cream colors and the sharp lines in the tile and the island cabinetry.

I love how fun a quirky this kitchen is. The chalkboard would be perfect for drawing pictures, writing menus or grocery lists or even just leaving a sweet note for a family member.

This traditional kitchen gives off an italian vibe. Anyone up for a glass of wine and some pasta?

I love the contrast in this kitchen. Its masculine with the brick wall and rustic floor and light fixtures while staying feminine with white cabinets and lots of light.

This kitchen on the other hand... just screams of french country femininity... and I love it! I would love to just make some pastries in this kitchen al day long.

I think of all of the kitchens in this post... I might like this one the best. This dusty blue color is right up my ally. I want a combo of these blue cabinets with the layout of #1 and the masculine touch of #5. A girl can dream right?

Southern Living Showcase Home {part 2}

Yesterday I showed you the main floor of the Southern Living showcase home that just opened for tours here in Nashville. Now it is time for the upper level... are you ready? Time to head upstairs..

Here is a view of the floor plan:

Guest Bedroom: Accessible Beige, Sherwin Williams SW7036

The guest bedroom was probably my favorite in the house. Probably because it had the most similar design to what I like. The room was very soft and elegant, with touches of retro and antique. Its a little hard to tell from this angle but the artwork on the right wall are frames photos of Marilyn Monroe with each  in photo a different color. Also, the ceiling was painted pink to accent the pink colors used in the room. I am a big fan of painted or pattered ceilings.

Here is a better angle for the Marilyn photos

Here is a better angle of the painted ceiling. The color is Sherwin Williams, Gracious Rose SW7627. Also, don't you love that light fixture?

This is a photo of the guest bathroom. The mirror is made of distressed metal which adds a nice masculine touch to this rather feminine room.

Girl's Bedroom: Mellow Coral SW6324

I love the shabby chic style of the girls bedroom. Perfect for a preteen. This picture doesn't show it but there is a chandelier in the room which I think is perfect. It adds just enough girly whimsical-ness, but also some elegance for when she grows into a young adult.

Boy's Room: Industrial Whimsey SW6211

This room was given an "Around-the-wold-adventure" theme. On the far wall they incorporated some old suitcases and world map to incorporate the theme. This is a really great idea for a boy's room. I like how the designer kept the space true to what a young boy would like, but put a new angle on it rather than going straight for cars, trucks, or trains.

Here is a photo of the upstairs hall bathroom. I love the mirror... and it gives us a chance to continue our "Where's Sarah" game.

Media Room: Silverpoint SW7653

I loved the media room, it was spacious and very well designed. It had a built in sink, mini fridge and microwave area which I am sure will come in handy for watching movies and football games. The rug in this room was very interesting. It is an antique Egyptian rug that had been distressed so that it was faded to a more neutral color. This picture doesn't do it justice at all. I loves how you could still see the original pattern of the rug but being faded allowed it to blend with the room.

I was also a big fan of the curtains in this room:

The pull side of the curtains were embellished with a gross grain ribbon and large pearl buttons. It looked beautiful and I think it would be a really easy thing to do at home to give your own curtains a face lift.

Well that is the end of our tour, I hope you enjoyed it! What did you all think? I would love to hear your comments. If you live in Nashville you should go see the home, it will be touring for another week.