0 2012 House Beautiful Kitchen of The Year

Hello my dear friends! I hope that you are enjoying the remainder of 2012 season and all of the good feelings that it brings despite some bad things this year has bring we have to count the blessing this year has giving us as well so friend instead of focusing on the bad I will like to focus on the good things and fun things we were able to experience this year. Now in case you haven’t notice this post is about 2012 house beautiful Kitchen of the year and I must say so myself my friends this kitchen is indeed gorgeous. House beautiful has once again raised the bar for kitchens of the year. I know I know the kitchen of the year has been out since July and it’s been all over the blog world for quite sometimes but I started a tradition. I'll show it as the year is going out and moving on to the next year as a result I hope you enjoy this moving on to 2013 beauty of a kitchen as I did so without further ado here is the House Beautiful Kitchen of the year.

Friends I hope you enjoyed every part of this kitchen as I did as we all know Kitchens are the room where families spend the most time together and this kitchen has all the things any family can ask for right from the beautiful island down to the induction gas cook-top that any chef wouldn’t mind cooking “I just love this 2012 Kitchen of the year” and I can’t forget the lovely courtyard isn’t it beautiful? Well friend if you would like more details on this kitchen House Beautiful can fill you in.
I wish you a beautiful and happy time of year and a wonderful 2013. I’ll see you soon
Shinay Key
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8 Friday's Runway Decorate- Designed by Shinay

Hello friends, its been a while since we've done a Friday's runway decorate and that is why I thought I would make this one a little special. This time I decided to do the decorate part myself. That's right, my very own runway decorate. Sometimes when you talk the talk you have to walk the walk. Walk the runway I mean. Check out this cool runway decorate e-design I did and let me know if I walked the walked.

I love this runway model she is wearing Donna Karan Fall 2011 RTW- Runway apparel and the look is amazing and elegant with loads of perfection. Check out her beautiful dress and the belt that raps her waist and what about that up to the elbow furry gloves they are to die for but we can’t just leave it there, don’t you just love that lovely purse she's wearing? Well check out this amazing room that is inspired by this beautiful runway model.

Check out this runway inspired living room done by none other than…….. Me yep you heard right this is a design I designed after this runway model. Let me tell you why I chose what I chose for this room. We all can agree this model is beautiful and her outfit is all the more amazing but more than that I'm quite a fan of the sexy style and look so it was only fitting to style a room that looks like this beautiful outfit. First we have the lovely wallpaper rose wallpaper a Vivienne Westwood, the stylish window covering framing the beautiful windows. Moving right down to the tufted Benny sofa from theZ Gallery and the fabulous Oly Studio Bruno Cocktail Table sitting between the two GavinChairs from Zinc Door. I don’t know about you but I love this runway room design.
The belt!
The purse!
The suede furry gloves!
The Room!!!
Work it Girl!!!

Runway decorate at its best!!
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Thanks so much my dear friends. I am so happy I was able to share this design with you. This week special edition of Friday's runway decorate was so fun for me because I love how it turned out but most of all its just fun to share my creativity with you guys. I hope this served as fun inspiration for you and when you decide to go shopping for your home you will think about what’s in your closet for insight.
Happy Friday 
Shinay Key

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10 How to: Decorate With High Ceilings?

High ceilings; I can’t think of anyone who dislike them including myself. I love high ceiling and the prestige and stature that come with them but many times I’m asked how you decorate a room with them?  How high should I hang a picture or how to make a room comfortable and relaxing without feeling swallowed up in a room with them? These are all valid questions and deserve good answers in turn.  

The key is to keep the scale and balance of the room. The “rule” is the design of the space will be more interesting by dividing the space into thirds vertically and /or horizontally.  

Using this design rule of thumb and applying it to a room with high ceilings is fairly simple. Once you have done this, important items within the space should be placed within the thirds. Think of the height of the wall in thirds and decorate the bottom third of the wall/space.


Take note:


1). Large chandeliers are recommended for living room with high ceilings.
2). Wall pictures can be hung at eye level to reduce the overwhelming architectural elements of the tall walls.
3). Curtains from ceiling to floor to keep the warmth and height of the room but still feel comfortable.
4). Paint the ceiling the same color of the wall if you have some type of architectural details like a beam of some sort to bring the height of the ceiling and the rest of the room together. Check out some examples below

This large ceiling room want's to bring attention to the height of the room by allowing the window covering to reach all the way to the floor will bring the focus of the eye downward rather than upward. Floor length elements force the eye gate downward. This room is beautifully done
This room does the same as the one above but also allows the chandeliers help bring focus to the height of the ceilings
I love this room another example of chandeliers making the height of the room stand out

Window covering and chandeliers
I love the blend of color of the ceiling and walls there both the same color but its OK because of the texture of the ceiling allow this to work, along with the chandelier make this room cozy and comfortable
Now this room is a perfect example of bringing the ceiling down. the the paneling and barn-board ceiling along with the two separate colors on the wall makes this room so right.
High ceilings, but picture  are at eye level which makes this room come together. I love the balance of this room. Check out how the designer hangs the picture. The picture aren't long-rangers but it has molding around them which give more depth and with to the art work
This room is perfect example of ceiling height. Long curtains and on the sofa wall is a large over scale art piece at eye level. This room strikes the perfect balance.

Rules to remember:

  • The worst thing you can do in a living room with high ceilings is to place your wall decorations too high on the wall. Always make sure you artwork is hung at eye level.
  •  Long curtains is your friend in rooms with high ceilings from top to bottom.
  •  Chandeliers can help bring the ceiling down while bringing elegance at the same time. 
  • Play up your high ceilings with interesting materials like reclaimed wood, paint or wallpaper murals.

I would love to hear back about any thoughts you have about high ceilings and how you may approach decorating a room with them. Please let me know your thoughts in your comments below.

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1 Renovation Crash Update-904 Williamson Basements

Basements~ In North Carolina they're not known for their  basements that is why the basement is so significant in this home because this will be one of the only homes in this region with one. In my neck of the woods if you don’t have a basement it can lower your market value but in North Carolina if you have one it can actually increase the value of a home. Friends are you excited yet! I hope so because its getting more and more exciting every time we give you updates on this renovation crash of the Williamson project and I can hardly hold in my excitement. I am so excited to share with you the conclusion of the basement work so without further ado check out how far along this
renovation crash is.  

Basement windows~
Nice size windows, I may add

This is close to wrapping up this phase of the foundation.

The house is happy to be back on the foundation.."Eric Cumming"

Wow this is great! I can’t tell you how cool it is to finally see the legs on this baby get stronger, can you say (she’s a brick)! This home is on its way as you can see but a whole lot more have to be done but do you remember what it looked like before? You see the body of the house is now sitting on top and looking a whole lot taller I’m told that the basement is going to be pretty tall and it’s going to make for lots of room on the lower level of the house.  But like I said earlier there is still lots to be done the frame of the addition still has to get done and before that the foundation for that will have to be built) but per Eric Cumming (Homeowner) By then, it WILL be cold outside and you know what that means!! (Heaters) but with all that being said the progress that has been made is definitely a big step in the right direction.

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Featured: Design Magazine of The Month

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ELLE DECOR January/February 2012



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