Velvet. Still relevant? Classic? Let's talk...

The above photo caught my eye from  Fall is on its way and all I can think of "warming" up my living room with more lush fabrics.  Velvet evokes a sense of luxury and richness for me.  Using this texture when designing a room, is definitely not passé....its very much alive.  We just have to use this great fabric in the right element.

Velvet is a fabric that is woven in a way that creates tiny, densely packed fibers that stand up from the back of the cloth.  Silk velvet is a great option for drapes since its softer and finish drapes well.

Great ways to utilize velvet include; accent chairs, drapes and pillows.  Incorporating this lush fabric with drapes definitely warm up any room.  As we discussed in our posts on our Facebook page and in this blog, adding floor-to-ceiling drapes is the way to go - especially with velvet drapes!  Velvet drapes are often thicker than cotton or linen and also keep out the drafts a window can give off.  Using a heavy drape in a dramatic color truly makes a statement as well as adding the element of sophistication.

Another idea is to use doorway velvet curtains in an entry with glass doors - this gives an inviting & layered look.  You can use this idea as well in a bathroom.  Using a velvet drape off to the side with hardware warms up a bathroom, as well as giving you the privacy you need.

Remember there are different weights of velvet, and when choosing your drapes, you need to take this into consideration.  In order for the drape to hang right, you need to consider the weight, location and type of velvet to make your room look the best it can!  Meeting with your interior designer - Piazza di Cappa - Francine and Jacqueline will discuss all your options for you with the many different styles and varieties to choose from!


Marble or not to Marble? That IS the question!

Noticing the new hot trend these days?  White white and more white for your kitchen.  Remember when all we wanted to do was add warmth and rich color and texture to our future remodeled kitchen?  Well thats over with.

However, marble countertops are gaining momentum in the remodeling of kitchens all over the country.  Especially on Long Island.  When you speak to people and vendors, its almost like either people really don't know the consequences of choosing marble countertops, and sometimes outright just shy you away from it.

Here's the deal.  I am really loving marble.  Carrara Marble is the more "grey" of the (2) marbles - the other is Calacatta Marble which is more "white".  Carrara I like better because it has softer "veins" and to my eye less bold in color.

Honed marble is more matte and polished marble, is just that - more polished.  More people lean toward getting honed marble for their kitchen because it absorbs more of the "etching" or scratching that typically takes place in a kitchen.  So naturally over time, your countertop will have scratches on it.  Marble is less expensive than granite and quartz!

The problem...or potential problems...while its the hottest trend and looks fabulous, you need (in my opinion) to be 1 of the 2 types of people that should choose marble.  Number 1, a neat, Type A, obsessive compulsive cleaner OR number 2, barely cook.

While staining takes a bit (its a process)-  just leaving a damp bar cloth that is any color other an white, can stain your countertop.  Lemons, red wine, sauce, even spices that get wet and you don't wipe up right away will stain your countertop!  So this is something to consider!

So I learned a lot about marble, and it really looks beautiful!  But you need to self-assess the type of person you are and whether or not you are prepared for the consequences!


Area Rug Placement - What are the "rules?" Here are some general tips!

I recently purchased an 8'x10' rug for my living room, and I was not sure if I should purchase a 5'x7' or an 8'x10'.  Well, it turns out the 8'x10' is just too big.  I should have reviewed Piazza di Cappa's tips BEFORE I purchased my fabulous rug!  Here are some general guidelines to live by!

  • We recommend using tape to place on the floor of your desired room to see where the rug would fall around your furniture placement.  I actually have used books to corner off each corner and used my imagination from there!
  • All Legs On - for a dining room/kitchen table buy an area rug that is large enough to cover when you get into your chair and you push your chair out to get up.
  • Some Legs On - your rug should be large enough to slide under the front two legs of your sofa/couch/chairs.  This ties your furniture with your rug and anchors a room.
  • No Legs On - your furniture placement for this style should be placed around the small rug (think sitting area, small living room).  The rug should be the focus and consider choosing a "statement" rug to pop the room.
  • Rugs for Bedroom Placement - If you have nightstands that flank your bed, use the same rule under "some legs on."  The front of the nightstands should be on the rug for placement.  Also, you should have about a foot to a foot and a half on either side of your bed to ensure an even look.

Hope this helps!!!  


Paint Color Selection: What's important? How do you choose?

Everyone knows that when creating and designing a blank slate space room, you ask yourself, "Should I paint? And what color do I use?"  I always lean toward a neutral palette, beiges, taupes, etc.  Because I always think its a rich, common theme, where I can use "my accents" to pop the room.  For example, I love the color Stonehouse by Benjamin Moore.  I pretty much ran it throughout my house.  But what I failed to see was that while I can still use a "neutral palette" when choosing my colors, I can go more bold!  Piazza di Cappa taught me some tips as to how to choose your paint color - here you go!

  • First, choose your furniture, piece of artwork, rug or accessory for that room.  Truly, the paint color should follow that specific piece you are adding to your room - this will be your "muse." 
  • What do you want the mood to be when you enter the room?  Is this paint selection for your dining room?  Maybe something more open and cheery would be best? Think about it.
  • Think about the lighting in the room.  Does it have a lot of windows, so there is an abundance of natural light?  If so, the room will show the truest of color, so in this case a bold color may be too overpowering.
  • Choosing a decorative finish adds depth and texture to any room and livens up any flat appearance of paint.
  • Paint Finish - we like to use an eggshell on wall and trims, while using a satin or semi-gloss on trim.

Just a few tips from Francine and Jacqueline! Hope this helps guide you in your kick off to creating your new fabulous space!

Till next time,