I don’t know about you, but I love the prospect of new spaces. Whether it’s just a little nook, a whole room or an entire building, a world of exciting possibilities awaits. There’s just something irresistible about a blank decorating slate that gets my creative heart pumping.
Rather than approach such change with fear and trepidation, I embrace it. It empowers me to push my talents to the limits, to suffuse my surroundings with so much inspiration that I can’t help but be anything other than inspired.
That’s the situation I’m finding myself in right now … and not just once but twice … as Charmean Neithart Interiors finds a new home both on the web and in its day to day operations. And I couldn’t be more thrilled about this double transformation transpiring around me.
We have just launched a totally new web redesign (http://www.charmean-neithart-interiors.com/) that incorporates a little piece of my decorating heart into each one of its beautiful pages. To go along with our new online presence, we’re also just moved into a new physical office space.
Change can be scary but it can also be invigorating. Both of these sensations are important motivators. They encourage us to step out of our comfort zones and become everything—and more—we ever dreamed we could be. I’d love to help you design your own new inspiring place as I settle into my own.
Contact Charmean at (626) 441-4288 to create a new space that opens up a world of inspiring new possibilities.
Screens, walls and dividers offer just the right privacy level for your loo.
I’d like to think I have a close family: husband, three kids, one dog — and we are always together. However, there is one thing I’d rather not share … yup, the bathroom.
I know it’s TMI (too much information), but can we please talk about toilet time? I want to be left alone when I’m in the bathroom, and for some reason that is easier said than done. Yes, apparently this room too must be shared.
Bathrooms – the most popular room in the house or hideout?
Have you ever noticed that your family suddenly needs you when you’re in the bathroom? My husband has some cosmic ability to always call my cell phone as soon as I close the door. (I know, it’s my fault for having my cell phone with me.)
It’s common for one of my kids to walk in to ask if I have seen a missing shoe. Even my dog is very curious about what I’m doing when I shut the door. He waits right outside trying to nudge it open with his nose. He then stares at me when I come out, as if to say, “What was that all about?”
Remember, you can always use that lock on the door.
See Houzz.com designers figured out how to make bathrooms more private for toilet time.
Contact Charmean, (626) 441-4288 to design a private and functional bathroom the whole family can use.
When I’m shopping for special pieces for a project, I always keep my eyes open for marquetry furniture. This veneer-surfaced furniture with inlaid patterns creates a deeply elegant look.
Marquetry is the art of applied veneer, usually wood, in a pattern or picture. The art form of marquetry is similar, but not the same as parquetry, which is wood inlaid in a geometric pattern, most commonly seen in floors. I love using marquetry pieces for their textural qualities, which include a multitude of colors and wood grains.
There are so many options that the level of artistry is up to you, making this furniture a good fit for a traditional, art deco or contemporary home.
Marquetry furniture favorites
My favorite pieces are French and Italian, which typically show flowers, instruments and sometimes even landscape scenes, all made from wood veneer.
The materials include mahogany, walnut or maple, as well as more unusual materials, like ebony, ivory and mother of pearl.
Marquetry is a beautiful art form that requires hours of precise cutting and application. The outcome is usually an heirloom-worthy piece that adds a touch of distinction to a traditional or eclectic room.
See Houzz.com with nine photos of marquetry furniture in minimalist modern and layered luxurious rooms.
Contact Charmean, (626) 441-4288 to marquetry furniture for your elegant room.
These flexible furniture pieces win points for adaptability and style.
Don’t you just love those two-for-one deals at the grocery store? I sure do. I’ll always make room in my pantry for that extra box of mac and cheese. And who can’t use more paper towels? There are furniture equivalents to the two-fer at the grocery store. Some pieces just pack a bit more versatility, having multiple uses or the ability to be easily switched around.
“Two for one” furniture pieces
I’ve developed a list of favorites over the years. Whenever I am designing a floor plan, I always try to throw in one or two of these pieces to give the homeowner options with their space.When I am shopping for someone and see a great-looking two-fer piece, I’ll buy it even if I’m not sure where it’s going. I know it will work somewhere. They are versatile after all.
The versatile ottoman
The ottoman was brought to Europe from Turkey in the late 18th century. You’ll often hear it called footstool, tuffet, hassock or pouffe. Even it’s name is flexible.The ottoman was first designed to wrap around three walls of the room. It then evolved into fitting into a corner of the room. Eventually, a smaller, stand-alone piece became the norm.Pull up your favorite footstool and take a look at how this ottoman takes center stage in this Cape Code style home in La Canada, California. Photo by jamesthomas Interiors
Another versatile piece that can act as a nightstand. The rounded shape ensures no hip bumps if you get up during the night. Also, demilune tables make great hallway pieces due to their narrow profile. If you have a pair of demilunes, you can put them together for a round table.
See Houzz.com for more two-for-one pieces and let me know which one is your favorite.
Contact Charmean, (626) 441-4288 to find versatile furniture pieces that stand up to your daily and one-off needs.
Exquisite hand-painted wallpaper painted in glorious detail turns blank walls into expressive art
I remember the first time I saw hand-painted wallpaper in a house. I was so taken by the pattern and watery color that I didn’t even realize it was paper. The room looked like one gigantic piece of art. Since that day I’ve become a huge fan of this elegant, layered look for walls and suggest it whenever architecture and budget permit.
There are a few companies that specialize in this product: Gracie Studio, de Gournay, and Griffin & Wong, to name a few. Patterns are typically botanical in nature, with vines, birds and flowers all painted with masterfully mixed colors.
If you’re considering hand-painted wallpaper the process starts with room measurements, whether you are looking to wallpaper an entire room or an area within a room. Once the area has been determined, samples of color and renderings of proposed layout of pattern are produced. Fabrication of the panels begins upon approval of renderings and color. This is truly a custom process, and the results are stunning.
Hand-painted wallpaper from the Charmean Neithart Interiors gallery
We recently had the opportunity to use hand-painted wallpaper for a project. Due to the high-end nature of the process and results, the opportunity doesn’t come along as often as I’d like. The project was a delight, using such an elegant look. Check it out and see for yourself.
See Houzz.com for a world of hand-painted wallpaper styles and color palettes.
Contact Charmean, (626) 441-4288 to create an elegant backdrop with hand-painted wallpaper for your room.
Photo by Elizabeth Dinkel