modern khaki sofa with colorful pillows

What Kind of Sofa or Chair Should I Buy?

If you like to sit up and read, or entertain more formally, choose tight-back furniture. Dressed-up guests don’t want to be flopping back into a sloppy pile of pillows, and if you really need back support, Scatter-Back down pillows are wrong for you. A tight back sofa is one with springs in the back, rather than loose cushions. Most common are Camelback style sofas, although nowadays there are many other classic tight-back styles being reproduced.

Slipcover Chic Living Room Makeover

The beautiful rug was to become the center piece. First, we chose a neutral paint color that’s a much cooler, oyster shade to eliminate the gold and lighten the space. The client decided that tailored slipcovers would add a comfortable linen look that would still be formal enough. The Bergere would be treated to new upholstery with ticking stripe trim and cotton fringe to add a bit of French country charm.

canvas slipcovered sofa and pillows

What Kind of Fabric Is It?

Knowing your fabrics can be very helpful when shopping for your interior decorating project. If you’re familiar with styles and qualities of fabrics, you’ll know what to ask for or how to describe what you’re looking for at the fabric showroom. Here’s a helpful list of the most common types of decorating fabrics:

Two Different Interpretations of French Country Design

By now, the style known as French Country has transcended trends and become a classic source of inspiration for interior decorators. In fact, the style has actually diversified from its origins and come to stand for a variety of looks. However, they all share a few themes: French Country style is about cosmopolitan luxury meeting comfortable rusticity. It’s a combination of the design principles learned from the aristocratic history of gilded, decadent craftsmanship, and the peasant’s pleasure in well-worn fabrics and chipped but charming woodwork. It’s timeless, soft, and widely [...]

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Designer Showhouse at the Stewart Parker House

The 221-year old Stewart Parker House in Georgetown was transformed by twelve designers into an exciting showcase of interior design. We chose to decorate an upstairs bedroom, which has four large windows with a beautiful view of the harbor. We arrived to white walls, some peeling paint, and heavy shutters on the windows. We designed our room around the theme “Summer in the South, with a Hint of Chinoiserie”. We imagined a summer home for a modern, globe-trotting family, with updated colors and some of the treasures they brought home. [...]

Holiday Decorating Ideas, inspired by Pinterest!

I have a love hate relationship with technology, but since social media has become mainstream, the outlets for creative, art and craft junkies, such as Pinterest, Olioboard, Houzz and various Blogs are endless.  It is so easy to lose track of time repining great home design ideas, recipes, kid’s stuff, inspiring quotes and fabulous fashion!  Who has the time to actually create or do any of these cool things?   I’m hoping some of my Pinterest pins will inspire you to do something new this holiday season with your home.  Here [...]

The Stewart Parker Designer Showhouse

The Stewart Parker Designer Showhouse in Georgetown is under way, and it's a whirlwind of activity at Posh as we pull together the elements of our room. We're decorating the Bride's Room,  an upstairs bedroom that serves as the dressing area for the bridal party when weddings are held at the house.  The room has large windows and a corner fireplace. None of the furniture in the room worked for our concept, so we started from scratch. New furnishings, bedding, window treatments and lighting all had to be either found [...]

Blues Are Back!

  This year we saw navy hit fashion magazines in a big way. Lots of Chanel inspired sailor striped shirts and dresses were everywhere. The clothes were mixed with brightly colored accessories in shades of aqua, coral reds and yellows. Now we are seeing blues come back with a vengeance in interiors. There is no doubt that navy and other shades of blue are here to stay. I love decorating with navy because it can act as a neutral. It looks sharp when accented with greens, yellows, coral reds, oranges [...]

French Shabby Chic Master Bedroom Makeover

The bedroom had to be practical and comfy, but also beautiful – they were ready for a romantic retreat. They already had a beautiful wool carpet with a trellis of ivy in shades of taupe, and a slipcovered loveseat in khaki cotton I had done for them years ago. One of the problem areas was a bank of large windows, wonderful for letting in light but also a problem with summer heat.

What is LEED?

Unless you are in the design or construction industry, you probably have no idea what LEED certification of a building means or why you would want to certify a building.  You hear a lot of talk about eco-friendly and green products like flooring, furniture, clothes and cleaning products these days, but LEED is still growing roots in the consumer sector.  In the simplest terms, the LEED certification process focuses on the design and construction of Green buildings. What do the terms Green and Sustainability mean in regards to buildings?  Building [...]

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The Tree of Life Fabric Story

The various colors typically displayed in tree of life patterns allow for flexibility in color directions, as well as layering of colors and pattern types. This pattern is appropriate for traditional, transitional and modern design styles. It's wonderful for creating Chinoiserie, Rococo, and English Cottage designed rooms.

Outdoor Designer Challenge!

Please help us win a local outdoor design contest by voting for Layla Altman on Facebook. Go to Greg Sisson Real Estate FB page, like his page and then post that you vote for Layla's outdoor design! Voting ends this Sat, May 5th at noon. See our design presentation at www.gregsisson.blogspot.com.   We appreciate your support!

Sofa and Chair Shopping – The Quality Is Under The Cover

When you shop for upholstered furniture, what are you really getting? If we listen to manufacturers and sales clerks, all of the sofas are wonderful and they’ll last forever. So many of us have had the experience of buying a new sofa only to be disappointed a few years later by flattened cushions, sagging springs and a torn cover. It’s difficult to tell how well a piece of furniture is made by inspecting it from the outside. To find a good sofa or chair, you need an interior designer, and [...]

Easy Ways to Go Green in your Living Room!

Why Go Green in your home? The reasons for building an eco-friendly house, manufacturing an organic sofa, wearing an organic cotton shirt and even using products like Burt’s Bees for taking care of your skin are basically the same as utilizing green methods in your home.  Using green products creates a healthier space for you, a more energy efficient space and uses environmentally friendly manufacturing methods which protect resources for future generations.  Every “green” purchase has quite the impact on numerous important things like your health, the environment and energy [...]

What Kind of Rug Is It?

Most Americans refer to any wool area rug with geometric designs and flowers, as an “Oriental Rug” or “Persian Rug”.  At one time the ancient Persian Empire extended from North Africa to India, and included Turkey and Armenia. The world of rugs and carpets includes over 10,000 different types, identified by the patterns of the villages in which they were woven.  There are thousands of unique peoples and languages in this part of the world, with a history of weaving dating back at least 7,000 years.  Most of the rugs [...]

Five Easy Tips for your Kitchen Mini Makeover!

With Spring just around the corner, it’s time to get ready for another round of entertaining.  I call it the Spring Itch!  A favorite room of mine is the kitchen when it comes to room makeovers because so much of our time is spent in it with family and friends, cooking great meals.  Nowadays, the kitchen does so much more than just cook.  Here are my five Mini makeover ideas for the kitchen:   1)      Paint Paint is my favorite medium because it is the least expensive and quickest way [...]