Category Archives: Decorating Tips

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas at The Kellogg Collection

 
 
December is here, which means that little voice inside your head telling you to get decorated for the holidays is growing louder and louder. If you’re looking for new things to add to your festive decor, look no further than your nearest Kellogg Collection shop!
 
Vintage-style pillows, $312 each
 
These festive pillows are new for the 2016 season for The Kellogg Collection. Throw one of these onto your sofa, like we did below, to bring in some nostalgic Christmas vibes.
 
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Vintage style pillows $312 each
 
Louis-Sherry Chocolates, $25/box

 
Give the gift of incredible chocolates by the legendary NYC confectioner Louis-Sherry, packaged in a beautiful gold and red box.
 
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Botanical Arrangements
 
Buy our arrangements as-is, or buy pieces by the sprig and build your own. We also have gorgeous wreaths ready for you to take home. Psst – you can go out of town and not worry about watering these faux plants!
 
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Cheese Straws and Lemon Straws, $22
 
It’s not quite Christmas without a bowl of cheese or lemon straws out on a table 24/7. Don’t be surprised if Santa eats all of them while you’re sleeping.
 
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Virginia Cocktail Peanuts
 
These are so yummy! We have the dark chocolate and sea salt flavors available. You should probably get both of them!
 
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Liberty Puzzles
 
We carry these puzzles year-round, but this time of year, we have festive puzzles! These wooden puzzle pieces feel nice to handle and will give the whole family something to do together.
 
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Assorted Ornaments
 
From feathered and animal print globe ornaments to clip-in birds that look like they’re real, you’ll love the ornaments at The Kellogg Collection ready to put on your tree. Just look around our shops and you’ll find little Natalie Silitch angels, snow globes, tiny stuffed dogs, sparkly stars, bells and more to complete your tree décor. Almost all of our ornaments fall in the $6-30 range.
 
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Holiday Home Accessories
 
Tabletop Santas, golden reindeer, miniature trees and candles – we have that je ne sais quoi that’s missing from your holiday tablescape and mantel.
 
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Throw the best Christmas dinner party
 
Placemats, candles, cookies, cocktail napkins, party crackers and more will add an extra festive flair to your gathering.
 
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The scent of the holidays
 
Which will it be: Smell of Christmas potpourri or Frasier Fir candles?
 
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Decorative Ribbon
 
Treat yourself to several spools of gorgeous ribbon to use on gifts, garlands and more!
 
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Stocking Stuffers
 
Adorable phone booth fireplace matches, guest towels, wine baggies, notes, games, books and other little knickknacks will put a smile on any recipient’s face.
 
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Going Wild for Animal Prints

For millions of years, humans have relied on animals to stay fed and warm. After some time, not any animal pellet would do, and the skins of the most dangerous and exotic animals quickly became prized material for the world’s most powerful people. Our priorities have shifted today as it’s extremely illegal to sell leopard and cheetah furs, but their prints are still in style both in fashion and in home decor.
 
Just like any other bold pattern, animal print can add a huge punch of personality to a room. Because the color of most animal prints are natural and neutral, new animal print is usually easy to mix into an existing room. In short, animal print is an easy way to really spice things up.

Statement animal print ottoman in a home office.

Statement animal print ottoman in a home office.

Zebra print rug in a bedroom.

Zebra print rug in a bedroom.

Animal print bedding.

Cheetah print bedding.

Some of the animal print ottomans available at The Kellogg Collection.

Some of the animal print ottomans and benches available at The Kellogg Collection.

Cheetah print staircase.

Cheetah print staircase.

Pretty zebra print bench/ottoman seen in our DC shop

Pretty zebra print bench/ottoman seen in our DC shop

Leather and animal print go together like cake and ice cream!

Leather and animal print go together like cake and ice cream!

While our upholstery sale is going on (ends this Saturday, October 29!), consider adding an item upholstered in animal print to your home. During our sale, you can enjoy 20-30% off all upholstery at The Kellogg Collection.

A sample of animal print pillows available at The Kellogg Collection.

A sample of animal print pillows available at The Kellogg Collection.

If there is a specific animal print or color you’re looking for, be sure to ask us about custom upholstery next time you’re at The Kellogg Collection. We’ll be happy to help you find your “wild side!”

The Benefits of Beautiful Botanicals

The first day of spring isn’t until March 20, and it’s going to be pretty chilly until then. You can’t rush mother nature to bring beautiful florals and greenery into your home, so what can you do?
 
Here’s our secret: For flowers that look beautiful year-round, cheat a little with our faux botanicals! Buy your favorite flowers, like orchids or hydrangeas, then set them in a fetching vase or pot and never worry about it again. Botanicals don’t need water or sunlight, so they’ll “thrive” in any corner of your home. They don’t attract pests, and won’t affect anyone in your home with pollen allergies. Our artificial botanicals are the most beautiful and lifelike plants you can buy, so don’t be surprised if your house sitter waters them for you when you leave town!
 
There are two basic styles of botanicals we carry. One is in a potted plant style, such as our orchids, which we recommend you display as-is. The other style is done in sprigs so you can arrange several stems of leaves and flowers to achieve a look as voluminous as your heart desires. Either will give your home a healthier, more lush feel for guests and pets alike.
 
This is not meant to mean that we don’t love a real plant, too. Real plants aid in room humidity and can add a small boost of oxygen. So those of you blessed with green thumbs – our pots and vases are ideal for your real plants, too!
 
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Kellogg Collection faux artifical botanicals
 
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January Lighting Specials at The Kellogg Collection

 
January is the darkest month of the year, so let there be light and get new lighting for your home from The Kellogg Collection! We’re hosting a lamp sale through January 30, and today we are highlighting some of the specials you can look forward to.
 
First, we must highlight our unique vase and jar table lamps. We wired these beautiful pieces and added sturdy bases to transform them into lamps you can’t find anywhere else! These are truly special lamps as the vases and jars come to us from all over the world.

Chinese blue and white ceramic lamp with acrylic base and white paper shade.

Chinese blue and white ceramic lamp with acrylic base. Was $370, now $296 during sale. Shown with paper shade sold separately; was $51, now $40.80 during sale.

White Foo dog jar lamp with acrylic base. Was $490, now only $392 during sale. Shown with white paper shade sold separately.

White Foo dog jar lamp with acrylic base. Was $490, now only $392 during sale. Shown with white paper shade sold separately; was $58, now $46.40 during sale.

Long neck latte vase with off-white linen shade and wood base.

Long neck latte vase with off-white linen shade and wood base. Was $310, now $248 during sale.

Grey crackle ball vase with acrylic base. Were $450 each, now only $360 each during sale. Italian parchment shade sold separately.

Grey crackle ball vase with acrylic base. Were $450 each, now only $360 each during sale. Italian parchment shades sold separately; were $51, now $40.80 each during sale.

Red ceramic hobnail vase with wood base and Italian parchment shade. Was $395, now $316 during sale.

Red ceramic hobnail vase with wood base and Italian parchment shade. Was $395, now $316 during sale.

Light blue crackle vase with white linen shade.

Light blue crackle vase with white linen shade. Was $325, now $260 during sale.

Jyun Jyun blue ceramic ball vase with off-white linen shade. Was $376, now only $300.80 during sale.

Jyun blue ceramic ball vase with off-white linen shade. Was $376, now only $300.80 during sale.

Looking for just a new lamp shade?  Bring your lamp in or show us a picture and we will help you outfit it with a fabulous new shade.  In addition to our gorgeous lamps, we also have a variety of hand sewn silk shades and Italian paper shades which could add a fresh touch of elegance to your home.
 
We carry other table lamps besides our one-of-a-kind jar and vase lamps, too:

Ring table lamp in antique-burnished brass with natural paper shade. Was $700, now only $560 during sale.

Ring table lamp in antique-burnished brass with natural paper shade. Was $700, now only $560 during sale.

Metal banded lamp in gilded iron with natural paper shade. Was $475, now only $380 during sale.

Metal banded lamp in gilded iron with natural paper shade. Was $475, now only $380 during sale.

Fluted spire table lamp in gilded iron with natural paper shade. Was $475, now only $380 during sale.

Fluted spire table lamp in gilded iron with natural paper shade. Was $475, now only $380 during sale.

Natural rust table lamp  with natural paper shade. Was $450, now only $360 during sale.

Natural rust table lamp with natural paper shade. Was $450, now only $360 during sale.

Fancy a new floor lamp or a wall sconce? Add light and flair to a corner of a room, or slide it up behind your favorite chair or next to your bed without sacrificing table space.

Quatrefoil floor lamp in gilded iron with linen shade. Was $750, now only $600 during sale.

Quatrefoil floor lamp in gilded iron with linen shade. Was $750, now only $600 during sale.

Single arm sconce in polished nickel with natural paper shade. Was $375, now only $300 during sale.

Single arm sconce in polished nickel with natural paper shade. Was $375, now only $300 during sale.

Swing arm wall lamp in polished nickel with silk shade. Was $475, now only $380 during sale.

Swing arm wall lamp in polished nickel with silk shade. Was $475, now only $380 during sale.

All of our chandeliers are included in the sale, too! The perfect chandelier for your foyer or dining room just might be at The Kellogg Collection.

Large country French wood and metal chandelier in a chalky white finish.  31" tall x 41" dia. Was $625, now only $521.60 during sale.

Large country French wood and metal chandelier in a chalky white finish. 31″ tall x 41″ dia. Was $625, now only $521.60 during sale.

Traditional style antique burnished brass chandelier.  29" tall x 27.5" dia. Was $1375, now only $1,100 during sale.

Traditional style antique burnished brass chandelier. 29″ tall x 27.5″ dia. Was $1375, now only $1,100 during sale.

Distressed white and glass French style chandelier with natural parchment shades.  44" tall x 33.75" dia. Was $1375, now only $1,100 during sale.

Distressed white and glass French style chandelier with natural parchment shades. 44″ tall x 33.75″ dia. Was $1375, now only $1,100 during sale.

Remember that what you see online is a small selection of what we have in-stock, and we can also custom order something just for you. We hope to see you in one of our locations in DC, McLean, Baltimore or Richmond so we can help you brighten up your home.

Custom Design Services – Meet Our Designers!

 
Sometimes it takes more than buying furniture and home accessories from our shops to achieve “the Kellogg look” in your home, and that’s when our very talented design professionals step in with our custom design services – which is the best deal in town at just $250/room! This service offers the opportunity to have a beautiful home created especially for you by a designer who has an intimate understanding of The Kellogg Collection special appeal and classic aesthetic: fresh, uplifting colors, balanced design, and luxurious comfort are essential elements of our interiors. To us, there is no such thing as a project that’s too big or too small. And, thanks to our flat fee, you know you won’t be on the hook for percentage billing and hourly fees typically seen in the industry.
 
Using merchandise from our own collection, custom furniture and upholstery, designer fabrics and wallpapers, and an extensive selection of lighting, area rugs, carpeting and accessories, our designers create rooms that reflect not only our design philosophy but, more importantly, the personality and taste of our clients. From custom window treatments and cut-to-fit carpets to paint color and fabrics, our designers enjoy pulling every element of a room together. We simplify the design process because we have so many items in stock, ready for immediate delivery.
 
Meet our four design professionals and get to know their styles:
 
Debbie Blair
 
DebbieDebbie Blair is one of two Kellogg design professionals based out of our Washington, D.C. location. Her style is often very balanced, with beautiful designer fabrics, wallpapers, statement pieces and more.
 
“I love beautiful fabrics, plush upholstery and a range of white painted walls. I am inspired by rooms that have warmth, friendliness and understated elegance. Helping my clients create a space that is about their lifestyle, their loved ones and their vision is my goal.”
 

Living room by Debbie Blair, The Kellogg Collection.

Living room by Debbie Blair, The Kellogg Collection.


View Blair’s look book here.
 
Diane Litz
 
DianeDiane Litz is our design professional that works out of our Baltimore location. She has worked with The Kellogg Collection for 18 years, and has a tremendous fabric swatch collection in the shop to prove it!
 
“I strive to surround my clients with special things, especially a gorgeous fabric, as it can be the centerpiece for a great room. My goal is to meet the needs of my clients by transforming a room into a space that harmonizes balance and color. I find great fulfillment when a room comes together, combining the old and the new, and my client is fully satisfied.”
 
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Living room by Diane Litz, The Kellogg Collection.


View Litz’s look book here.
 
Polly McKenna
 
pollyPolly McKenna does double-duty for Kellogg as she not only provides custom design services in homes in Richmond, but she manages our Richmond location, too. If you’ve ever walked into our Richmond store and fallen in love with the gorgeous vignettes, then you’ll probably enjoy her personal touch to your home!
 
“I try to create beautifully balanced rooms for our customers merging the lovely furnishings from our shops with their own pieces. My goal is to bring out the integrity of each item in the room. Negative space is just as important as space that is filled and allows the rooms to be beautiful and functional at the same time.”
 
Room by Polly McKenna, The Kellogg Collection.

Room by Polly McKenna, The Kellogg Collection.


View McKenna’s look book here.
 
Amelia Perez
 
AmeliaAmelia Perez is our talented designer who also works out of our Washington, D.C. location. Her bright, light-filled and sophisticated designs capture the Kellogg look beautifully.
 
“I enjoy mixing warm colors and fabrics with new upholstery beside inherited pieces. My inspiration is reflected in my love of architecture, art and the sheer joy of creating the perfect mix of comfort and sophistication.”
 
Sunroom/sitting area by Amelia Perez, The Kellogg Collection.

Sunroom/sitting area by Amelia Perez, The Kellogg Collection.


View Perez’s look book here.
 
Our designers are neither affiliated nor certified with ASID.

The Classic Quatrefoil Motif at The Kellogg Collection

The quatrefoil motif is one that appears on several pieces at The Kellogg Collection. Perhaps you think it is a lovely symbol, and perhaps you wondered if there was any symbolism or history behind it. It turns out there is quite a bit.

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First of all, there isn’t a right way to do a quatrefoil. This symbol may appear with more overlap – which looks like a classic four leaf clover – or with less overlap. It may also appear “barbed” with inverted points. These are all considered to be quatrefoils.
 
The roots of this symbol extend to Christianity, though some say it may have Islamic roots. Today, its religious ties have lost importance as people of all denominations enjoy this pretty symbol in their homes, jewelry, and clothing today.

Quatrefoil detail in the Washington National Cathedral. Images via Facebook.

Quatrefoil detail in the windows of the Washington National Cathedral. Images via Facebook.

Cartier quatrefoil bracelet.  Image via Cartier.

Cartier quatrefoil bracelet. Image via Cartier.

Van Cleef and Arpels quatrefoil pieces. Screenshot via vancleefarpels.com.

Van Cleef and Arpels quatrefoil pieces. Screenshot via vancleefarpels.com.

We stock a lot of pieces at our shops with this beautiful and classic shape. It looks great in spaces that are traditional, as well as in spaces that are modern. Be sure to stop into one of our four shops to see these and other quatrefoil lamps, tables, mirrors and more you can bring into your home décor.

Quatrefoil Mirror

Quatrefoil Mirror

 

White Quatrefoil Mirrored Nightstand

White Quatrefoil Mirrored Nightstand

Round Quatrefoil Mirror

Round Quatrefoil Mirror

Quatrefoil Table Lamp

Quatrefoil Table Lamp

White Barbed Quatrefoil Mirror

White Barbed Quatrefoil Mirror

A quatrefoil vignette, as seen in the Richmond shop.

A quatrefoil vignette, as seen in the Richmond shop.

And of course, should you buy anything from The Kellogg Collection that can fit in a bag, you’ll be taking it home in our bag – which is covered in pretty green quatrefoils!

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Shades of Gray at The Kellogg Collection

All puns about a certain book-to-movie aside, gray’s many shades make it a wonderful “color” to decorate a home. It’s a neutral shade, which means it goes well with any other colors going on in a room. It’s also a contemporary color trending now in the design world.
 
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Gray can make a strong anchor color for a room. If you select a gray fabric for your main living room upholstery and a gray rug, you won’t have too much trouble matching pillows, rugs, lamps, throws and other pieces of furniture to this “blank canvas” – you could even add more grays, like left’s pillow with its bold pattern. Should you feel the desire to add more color, simply swap a few pieces out for the new color you’re in the mood for. This swapping is harder to do when anchoring upholstery, a main rug or wall color in royal blue or bright yellow, for example.
 
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A big upside to gray is it is easy to find, and almost all of its shades naturally match well together. Dark grays and light grays go well with other shades, including metallic silvers, mirrors, white and black. In the above photo, you can see how nicely the gray chairs and darker gray-and-white pillows look lovely with clear vases, white flowers, and a mirrored table with black trim.
 
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Instead of mix-and-matching colors in your pillows, play with different shades and textures of grays. Above, a central pillow pulls together the cooler and warmer grays in its flanking pillows. The soft texture of the medium-gray throw, chunky white fringe and light gray sofa add more gray texture layers to the sofa vignette.
 
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Gray and metals can add an interesting element to a room that would otherwise just be white. A metal storage bin, a gray-and-white throw and a darker gray pillow tie make this office vignette more eye-catching.
 
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Pantone Grays
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Pro tip: Not all grays are created equally. As we said earlier, there are warm grays and cool grays, which have yellow, blue, purple or green undertones. This may not matter when mixing gray home accessories, but gray’s warm and cool tones should be considered when picking rugs, wall color and upholstery.
 
All images (c) The Kellogg Collection unless otherwise stated

Holidays at The Kellogg Collection: Gifts, Décor and More

 
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‘Tis the season to swap pumpkins for evergreens, and wall art with wreaths. There’s nothing quite like taking that box of ornaments out and reliving each of those memories, and then throwing a few red and green pillows on a bed or a sofa. At The Kellogg Collection, we also love this time of year, and take special care to stock each of our four shops with seasonal gifts and goodies.

Holiday entertaining

Add holiday flair to your entertaining with trays, cocktail napkins, crackers, soaps, decorative centerpieces, dishes, silverware and more. Many of our cocktail napkins have traditional colors and scenes on them, but you’ll find a few with whimsical phrases like, “may your glass be full and your gifts exchangeable!”
 
In addition to our wooden Liberty puzzles (which we stock year-round), you can make family time more fun with the Downton Abbey board game. Select a footman or lady’s maid piece and wind your way through your duties, collecting bell tokens to win.

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Seasonal snacks like spicy cheddar twists, flavored popcorn, and peppermint bark are ready to become your perfect host gift or stocking stuffer.

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There are even dog biscuits in pretty, decorative tins for the canine lover on your list.

Holiday candles

Fill your home with the aroma of cedars and fir with candles that not only smell delicious, but look beautiful, too.

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Punctuate your home with motifs like angels, Santas, evergreens, stockings, botanicals and more.

Ornaments

Ornaments

We also have a variety of beautiful ornaments for tree trimming. Maybe – just maybe – when you bring those ornaments back out again next year, you’ll think back on what a great time you had shopping at The Kellogg Collection!

Decorating with the Greek Key pattern

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The Greek Key is most commonly used as a decorative border. Its appearance in architecture and landscape dates back to ancient history. The design itself is constructed of various lines shaped into a repeated motif, which resembles a key. The design is also commonly referred to as a “meander” which is conjunct with the curves of the Meander River in Turkey, Greek’s neighbor.

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The ancient Greeks used this motif mainly in architecture, pottery, and sculpture. While the Greek Key above is shown carved into marble frieze atop this column, in modern day we use the design in our homes in many other ways.

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In ancient times we may have had to look upward in architecture to see a Greek key pattern, but the pictures above show that now the key is used on both tile and wood floors. A more subtle and simple way to incorporate the Greek key into your home is on the border of your carpet, shown above in the stair runner.

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In ancient times we may have had to look upward in architecture to see a Greek key pattern, but  now the key is used on both tile and wood floors. A more subtle and simple way to incorporate the Greek key into your home is on the border of your carpet, shown above in the stair runner.

 

The use of the Greek Key in your interior space doesn’t have to stop there however; plenty of decorative items in your home can be adorned with this border.

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Greek Key home accessories

Whether you are going for the look of the repeated design along the edge of your curtains or shades with bright color combinations or prefer the option of a single gold key design on your light fixture there are plenty of different decorative items, which can display this pattern.
 
You can also take this design outdoors!

Greek Key outdoors

Greek Key can be seen in pool tiles, and almost resemble a maze in garden shrubbery. The above outdoor sculpture probably speaks the most to ancient times but definitely transcends into a modern look for your outdoor space.
 
Another very simple accessory not yet mentioned to display a Greek Key design is on a pillow, which gives you endless color combination, shape, and detail options, based on whatever your personal interior style is. Whether centralized, used on a border, or used throughout the entire design of the pillow the Greek Key can add a nod to ancient history within your home.
 
The presence of the Greek Key has become a very popular within the home as it symbolizes infinity and an eternal flow. This makes accessories designed with the Greek Key excellent marriage gifts.

Greek Key bedding ideas

When thinking about the next marriage gift you plan to give, or update to your own home, be sure to stop into the Kellogg Collection to have a your Greek Key piece custom created for you!
 
Come in to one of our four Kellogg Collection locations (in D.C., Baltimore, McLean and Richmond) for ideas and inspiration on how to incorporate this timeless motif into your home.

Bookcases – They’re Not Just For Books

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Who doesn’t love a bookcase loaded up with wonderful old leather-bound books? Many homes, new and old, have built-in bookcases ready for display. Unless you are lucky enough to own lots of books to fill them up, you might need some help getting them looking styled and fabulous!

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Did you know that The Kellogg Collection can assist you with in-home design and accessorizing on large or small projects? We have thousands of items in-stock and ready for immediate delivery. Bring by photos of your project or stop in and talk to us about our in-home consultations.

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Architectural fragments, ceramic accessories, framed photos and baskets can help fill up the space in addition to pretty books. Not every shelf has to line up with each other; try staggering the shelves to create visual interest.
 
Framed artwork may be hung on the face of the bookcases to give a layered effect. Try painting the back of the bookcase with a complementary paint color to dramatically set off what is being displayed or paint the entire fixture itself. The contrast of the brass wall sconces against the blue bookcases are a handsome feature, not mention the additional lighting that they bring to the space:

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Collections massed together in groups always makes a well styled shelf. Integrate stacks of books into your collection to create varying heights in the display. Assemble memorabilia from different parts of the world as mementos of where you have traveled.

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Color is a another way to add continuity to bookcase displays. Group things by similar colors, materials and tones to create visually appealing shelves. Don’t forget – the spines of books add color, too:

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No detail is too small. Some of the best displays are groups of un-like objects. Your display could simply be a grouping of some of your favorite things. Tortoise boxes, sea coral and Chinese blue and white porcelain are artfully arranged to perfection in this bookcase:

Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 8.39.04 PMShown below are several “before” photos from a historic row house project that included a large built-in unit. The homeowner had an extensive collection of sheet music and some wonderful family treasures that they wanted to include.

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And after:

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What a difference a few hours can make. The Kellogg Collection team transformed this client’s home by organizing what the customer already owned and by adding some carefully selected items from the shop.
 
No matter what your decorative needs are – whether you need new things to enhance your shelves, or a total home makeover – come in to one of The Kellogg Collection’s four stores for advice from our talented staff.
 
Images via House Beautiful and Pinterest

An Ode to Blue & White

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Timeless, classic and always pretty, blue and white might be our favorite seminal color combination. A staple in traditional decor, it seems as if almost anything pairs nicely with blue and white. And it’s one of the most livable color schemes, evoking a peaceful, elegant aesthetic that is hard to tire of.

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The versatility of blue and white is one of it’s strongest attributes. The two hues go well in any room. For example, its lovely in a bedroom evoking harmonious vibes, as seen in the slightly feminine bedroom top right. Conversely, the use of blue and white stripes works perfectly in the breezway pictured top left. The horizontal striped fabric used on the outdoor curtains is light, airy and almost whimsical.

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A master and long time fan of blue and white color schemes, American designer Charlotte Moss uses the combo all the time.

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Charlotte scrapbooks often and gathers her inspiration, making elaborate collages, all of which are on display in her recently published book Charlotte Moss: A Visual Life. Her ability to pair traditional blue and white toile patterns or chintz prints with more modern pieces creates the updated, English look she is known for. In the above bedroom, she not only does the bold thing of putting the bed smack dab in the middle, but also uses three different blue and white patterns including wallpaper and two different fabric prints. To finish it off, a blue velvet ottoman placed next to the bed, which has nice pops of pink.

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Of course, one of the most common instances of this color combination can be seen in porcelain and china wares. Collecting ginger jars has risen in popularity, we see them all over the decorating magazines. If you’re interested, you can read a full history of where these jars originate here, the short version being that the real antiques date back to the Tang dynasty and were made to hold ginger, the most valued spice. Hand painted in blue and white patterns, they come in all shapes and sizes, adding a touch of historical charm to any space they occupy.

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There’s nothing like pairing blue and white with creamy yellows. It’s just a pretty, happy color scheme. At home this works well, seen in the yellow, blue and white dining room above.
 
Like this pleasing look? Here’s how you can add some blue and white via The Kellogg Collection:

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Decorating Essentials: How to Hang Art

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Most decorators agree that a room does not come alive until art is hung. The character, style, and soul of a space absolutely depends on what goes on the wall. (Not to mention what is left off!) That said, art is always a tricky thing to hang. Where to place it can be figured out much more readily when you remember one important thing: Art is meant to be seen.
 
Above, the grouping of drawings is organically hung above a cream antique sofa. Via Tom Scheerer.

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When it comes to bold art, especially in terms of abstract paintings, hanging them in a prominent place with nothing else on the wall conflicting the eye is usually the most successful choice. Bunny Williams does this brilliantly in this golden yellow living room pictured above. Art that hangs over a piece of furniture should be close enough so that it feels apart of a single configuration.

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This look of including abstract paintings within the context of a more traditionally appointed room was mastered by the great American master of decoration, Billy Baldwin. For more on this approach, read this interesting history lesson via Jeffery McCullough’s blog.

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To a certain extent, there is an intuitive aspect to picture hanging. Don’t let it hang way, way up by the ceiling, and don’t let it hug the floor. And in terms of whether or not to go with an asymmetrical, salon style grouping (as shown above with Miles Redd’s bohemian, quite eclectic grouping of work) or a more traditional, symmetrical grid depends upon the nature of the room, not to mention the style you are trying to cultivate.

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Is there anything better than groupings of botanicals hung in a grid-like style?

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There’s an inherent visually pleasing quality that comes with symmetry. Above is a version of that with tulip prints sold at Kellogg, arranged in a grid. The result: a pleasant, almost serene aesthetic that is very livable.

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Sometimes grouping art based on a similar quality or color palette works, making sure to hang them in a visually pleasing way that is specifically not a grid. The common mistake in this type of grouping happens when you hang art so that the tops align. Instead, arrange artwork so it shares a center line.
 
(image credits: Shown first is native Washingtonian Lucy Jenkin’s dining room with gold leaf framed botanicals surrounding an oil portrait of a family member)

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Then, there is of course the art we display in a workspace, that is all about simply what inspires us. It’s hard not to be struck by this unique grouping that decorator Tom Scheerer has put together in his Manhattan office. Much of it are paintings he himself has made.
 
Bottom line: hang art in a way that will best allow you to enjoy it. And if your walls are bare, come to The Kellogg Collection to see what they offer.

Warmer Days Ahead

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Nothing says that Spring is coming quite like the first sight of a brightly colored bird against a cold grey landscape.  The contrast of this Goldfinch’s bright yellows against the greys of winter is such a welcome sight!

“Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.” -Victor Hugo

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A creative way to bring some warmth back into your home after a long cold winter is with the color yellow.  Yellow in many ways signifies sun, warmth, energy and happiness.  Cut forsythia in a rustic hanging basket makes a welcoming entrance for your guests.

 

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What better way to liven up an all white kitchen but with fresh forsythia, bowls of lemons and yellow tulips.

“How wonderful yellow is. It stands for the sun.” – Vincent Van Gogh

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The color yellow can be subtle and pretty like these painted beadboard walls and geometric dining room rug as shown in Traditional Home.  This cottage look is sure to make you wish for summer days at the shore.

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Accents of bright yellow bring energy into a room’s color scheme with accessories, lamps and throws.  Cheerful bouquets of fresh flowers add an invigorating touch.  That pop of color turns a traditional blue and white scheme into something young and chic.

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Legendary designer, Mario Buatta brought into his traditional design a splash of bold yellow with this whimsical canopy bed draped with a blue and white Ikat fabric. The yellow canopy lining gives this bedroom a wonderful glow.

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Local designer Mary Douglas Drysdale is famous for her crisp and classically designed rooms.  The yellow and white decor instantly translates to pure sunshine. Nobody does yellow as good as she does!

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Stop by The Kellogg Collection for a dose of sunshine to get you through these last few weeks of winter!  Our Astor chair shown above in a cheery geometric fabric will liven up any space!

Photos without credits are courtesy of House Beautiful.

Escape Winter with Seaside Decor

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In the dead of this dreadful winter we’ve all been enduring, let us reflect upon Seaside style. It could be that many readers might be lucky enough to escape to their second home in a warmer climate. Just looking and thinking about the coastal style is bound to wipe the winter blues right away. Avoid the cheesy traps often seen when it comes to appointing a beach house. Here are some elements we love, that will safely provide sophisticated seaside decor appropriate for any interior space.

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1. Nautical Maps – There’s something obvious about, say, sailboat wheels or anchor motifs. But the subtlety of nautical maps is a sophisticated way to pay homage to the ocean. Homeowners Harriet Maxwell MacDonald and Andrew Corrie framed a local map of Shelter Island in their modern scandinavian beach house a nice way to incorporate a sense of location within their space.

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Or you can pair a modern table with a technical chart for a light and airy aesthetic.

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2. Palm Fronds – Your locale doesn’t have to be in the Caribbean in order to utilize palm plants or cut palm fronds. For a dramatic look, do what India Hicks did in her Harbour Island residence and put large cut palm fronds in over sized vases.

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We love the example of adding tropical flare to your space by grouping an over sized bunch in a vase on your mantel.

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3. Coral – It’s a trend that’s still going strong in the design world. Adding touches of natural curiosities to your tablescapes bring an organic, uniquely seaside aesthetic. And coral is slightly less blatant then shell collections, which can verge into tacky territory. Joan, from the blog For the Love of a House, intentionally adds fan coral to her mantel in the summertime.

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If displaying coral on the mantel feels too overt, casually incorporate it into your coffee table display.

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4. Straw Hats – Chances are you own a few straw hats that you only really wear at the beach or in the garden. Why not put them on display? Either stagger a few choice hats on the wall or pile a bunch of them together in an artful grouping.

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5. Seascapes– There is nothing like an actually well painted oil of a seascape. Especially the more subtle depictions of serene beach or lake scenes. Hang them in groupings, or on their own.

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Well-Read: 3 New Decorating Books on Design Legends

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It’s a good time for books on design and decorating. Every publishing company seems to be putting out an increased amount of tomes devoted to interior design and home matters. Bloggers are routinely now getting book deals, and long time interior designers who have yet to publish a book of their work, have all picked 2013 to be the year they finally do it!
 
We’ve already talked about Tommy Scheerer’s buzz worthy title that debuted last month, a book long overdue. This month there are a few more books to look forward to, covering similarly iconic designers: Thomas Pheasant, Stephen Stills, and Suzanne Kasler.

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Filled with Thomas Pheasant’s soothing schemes, Simply Serene is a textbook for modern classicism. The two images shown above depict Pheasant’s restrained, clean aesthetic that the design world has admired for years. Gorgeous photography coupled with straightforward copy, this book reflects the pragmatic style Pheasant loves.

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The first compendium of renowned designer Stephen Sill’s solo work explores hushed, refined spaces in which every element – from chalky plasterwork to assiduously selected furniture to museum-quality art – adds up to a supremely elegant brand of chic. For the lover of dramatic interiors and artistic, eclectic flare, Stephen Sills Decoration is sure to please.

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In Suzanne Kasler’s new book Timeless Style she showcases new projects that exhibit her fun “traditional with a twist” look that is ever-so-chic. This book is very in-depth, chronicling 8 different houses, and each project is given 30+ pages. It’s as if she is taking you on a personal tour throughout her portfolio!

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What is impressive about Kasler and about this book is the vast range of aesthetics she creates for her clients. From traditional Southern to scandinavian modern, she can do it all. You’ll be inspired and learn from this book, which is especially good at showing the power of non-generic decorating and authentic creativity.
 
Come into Kellogg and see which book is right for you (and which you should give during the holiday season).

Neutral Territory

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Living with color does not mean simply painting the walls red or green. Carefully orchestrated colors in the hands of a skilled designer can speak volumes to you. The trick with color is to select a shade that won’t become tired. This is why so often designers pick a neutral palette. From linens and browns to silver and gray, a monochromatic scheme can give a sense of tranquility that is stylish.

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Afterall bolder color, when tempered by a layering of varied textures and balance of organic and architectural design, creates a timeless expression of refined taste. This is personified in the cream and beige living room above, that boast pops of aqua.

The variations in color options here can be daunting. Not all whites are created equal! Using beiges, greys, whites and cremes that compliment each other is vital.

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In an all-white room, collected wares take center stage. It shifts the focus to the silhouettes rather than a play of colors, and the depth of dark wood antiques or the texture of materials are given room to breath.

Above, the living room of Frank Randolph’s Georgetown townhouse is a study in whites, with slipcovered upholstery, Jeffersonian antiques mixed with contemporary art, combine to create a visually stunning feast for the eyes. A Frank Randolph dining room is pictured below, and has a similar artistry.

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Some tips on neutral pallettes from Frank Randolph via Tone on Tone:

1) Start with a neutral color, and build from there.

2) Pick an accent color that inspires you.

3) Don’t be afraid to mix classical antiques with contemporary art.

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Truth be told, whenever we create a neutral scheme, it is always popular. Above is an example of such a vignette at The Kellogg Collection and the mix of browns, beiges, and cream all go together so nicely. The pop of green from the topiaries is dramatic because it’s the only bold color!

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Sticking with neutrals is always chic and sophisticated. But more than that, it’s livable. (Above, a cream tablescape via Ann West Interiors).

Tom Scheerer Decorates

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Interior designer Tom Scheerer is having a moment. Which, after 20 years as a staple tastemaker in the design world, is due time. His new book Tom Scheerer Decorates debuted last month and everyone is raving about it’s perfect mix of practical advice, dry humor and inspiring visuals of his timeless interiors.
 
Although this native New Yorker has a degree in architecture, he prefers the term “decorator.” How refreshing is that? He puts it this way, “We’ve lost confidence in the power of decorating, which is the part of design I like the best.”

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Scheerer’s style is hard to pinpoint because it rests so firmly outside of “trendy” decorating. He says in his book that he likes to think of his rooms as “cheerful” with a reference to his great influences trying to achieve the same thing.

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His rooms tend to be tailored, textured, and tonal rather than heavily embellished, although his “relaxed modernism” often embraces what one might call more old fashioned antique pieces. Think a bentwood chair, or series of mallard prints hung in a grouping. Somehow he makes incorporating it into his mix look chic!
 
Above, he’s had this chest handpainted to match the chintz on the chairs, for an overall pretty look that seems completely appropriate for a bedroom.

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“In keeping with Scheerer’s personal style, the book is unpretentious, straightforward, contains a smattering of his pet peeves and exhibits just a touch of dry humor. The reader learns about his background (which so clearly informs his aesthetic) and then is skillfully led by Mimi Read through a broad range of projects from Maine to Paris, with frequent stops down in the islands too.”—Style Court

Inspired Design: Office Upgrade

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Once school starts, there’s an overriding sense that it’s time to get organized, no matter what you’re age. For many, this means not only restoring order to your desk, but also upgrading your entire office. Regardless of your profession, everyone needs a place at home to write a letter, keep papers, and display the things that inspire you most.

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It’s important to think outside the box when it comes to your office and desk. Above, a simple fold up table with a linen cloth draped over it serves as a perfect surface to work on. Bookshelves provide storage for the things that would normally go in drawers.

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It’s always nice to mix and match styles. The painted black desk creates a nice juxtaposition when paired with this leather chair.

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An eclectic look for sure! The bulletin board that has been made out of an oversized frame and fabric piece of chintz fabric is the perfect place to intentionally collect pictures of sentiment.

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Here are some ways you can spruce up your office via The Kellogg Collection:

1. ARMILLARY GLOBE; fun table top accessories for a masculine touch.

2. RIVER WASH STACK BACK; Stack back open bookcase in a river wash finish.

3. HARPER TABLE LAMP; Gilded iron table lamp with rosette detail and natural paper shade.

4. A pair of prints provide a handsome touch. The art collection is always rotating, come by the shop to see what prints are currently available.

5. ALEX ARM chair; we like the idea of using a painted chair with a stained wooden desk.

6. The Victorian desk; walnut veneer desk with faded green leather top, turned legs with brass banding and casters.

7. A fun STRAW BOX to keep surperfluous items hidden.

Trending Now: Ikat [ee-kaht]

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Ikat is everywhere now a days.  Whether you are flipping through your favorite magazine, selecting a new china pattern or just visiting your local watering hole, you have probably seen Ikat something. But what is it? Is it here to stay or just a current trend that will fizzle out?
 
The term “Ikat” can be used many different ways but it is most recently found to describe a specific pattern.  Ikat is likely one of the oldest forms of textile decoration, dating back to at least the pre-Columbian civilization and was believed to be practiced – in some form – in many regions around that same time. Its dying technique is similar to that of tie-dying (which most of us did as children). The biggest difference between tie-dying and Ikat, and the easiest way to describe the process, is that in an Ikat textile the fibers are dyed BEFORE construction rather than after.
 
The Kellogg Collection has thoroughly enjoyed watching Ikat pop up in the most unexpected of places.

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And we hope it stays around in the fashion industry….especially when it takes the form of these YUMMY Manolo Blahnik’s!

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But, without a doubt, at the Kellogg Collection, we prefer our Ikat on our favorite upholstery frames.

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Beige Ikat on our Margate Chair. See this chair today in our Washington DC Store!

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And here on our Keswick!
 
Haven’t gotten enough eye-candy yet?? Here is another photo of a vignette that is currently on the floor of our Baltimore Store!

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And now for the million- dollar question. Will Ikat fizzle out like so many other trends? Yes, sooner or later I believe it will lose its traction in the fashion industry and I don’t think girls will be donning it on their nails in 10 years.
 
But in terms of Ikat in the interior design world – it’s here to stay.  It has been around for literally centuries and will always be stylish. The Kellogg Collection has been showing it since the early 90’s and will continue to do so for years to come!

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Chair sold at Kellogg Collection in 1993 – Still relevant today!

Hosting For The Holidays

  Time flies between Halloween and The New Year and if you are anything like me, you recently hauled that last box of Halloween decorations back to the garage just before you watched your hubby and kids polish off the Thanksgiving leftovers.
 
You’re exhausted. But, you still have one more month of party going, gift giving and hosting before you are out of the woods.  Be strong, I know you can do it!
 
Our new blog series, “Hosting for the Holidays” will help you navigate the next month.
 
Today, I wanted to talk about having a houseguest.  Hosting someone, no matter how dear they are to you, can be tricky. No one wants to impose and as a host your goal is to graciously open your home.
 
There are many ways a host can help make a guest comfortable and relaxed in your home. Here are a few:
 
The Guest Bedroom: This is your guest’s space for the time they will spend in your home. Making sure this area has everything they will need is important. A beautiful set of bed linens and an unwrapped bar of soap with a fresh set (or two) of towels will help convey to your guest that you thought about their needs. Go the extra mile and place a bottle of water with a welcome note on the nightstand.

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The Bathroom: A bathroom is a very private and personal place. Your guests will be appreciative if they have ample toilet paper, soap hand towels.

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The Living Room: If you spend much time in this room, it is always nice to keep an extra throw around for those chilly nights.

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The Kitchen: Before your guest arrives make sure to inquire about food allergies and shop with them in mind. Place fresh fruit and snacks on a table in plain sight so your guest feels free to get a treat without having to rummage through cabinets.
 
So if you are writing a list of supplies you need to prepare for an upcoming houseguest, remember The Kellogg Collection. We have a great selection of bed linens, towels, soaps and throws all of which are sure to make any guest feel comfortable.

How to Paint a Room and Get a New Look

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Whether you have moved into a new home and want to make it your own or want to refresh and/or update a current room all it takes is a little time.  Painting a room is the fastest and least expensive way to rejuvinate a room yourself.  There are an infinite number of colors and painting is the most versatile and easiest thing to change in a room.  So, if you are changing many things in a room (rug, upholstery, artwork) choose the paint color last.
 
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Painting isn’t hard but it will take a little patience.
 
Step 1 – Choosing a Color

First you should decide whether you want the color to be a background to the other elements in your room or whether you want the color to make a statement in and of itself.  According to Barbara Jacobs of HGTV.COM “the effects of color are subtle and significant; physical and psychological.”  Keep in mind that neutrals and soft colors are soothing while darker colors are more powerful and dramatic.   Use your local paint store or home improvement store to do research on colors.  Use the internet too.  There are thousands of articles on paint color and how color makes you feel.
 
The best advice I have heard (and taken advantage of) is to buy a pint of the color you like (usually around $10) and paint a piece of poster board or a section of your wall.  Try a few colors or shades within that color.  Remember to view the color in different types of light, evening with lights, strong natural sunlight and even on rainy days.  The light will affect and change the color you choose.
 
Finally consider what finish you need or want for your walls.  Flat and eggshell are great for hiding imperfections while semi and high gloss add drama and reflect light.
 
Step 2 – Preparing the Room
 
This is where patience comes in.

  • Remove all window treatments, artwork and mirrors then either remove or move rugs and furniture to the center of the room and cover them with a tarp.
  • If you have wall mounted light fixtures remove those and wall faceplates.  The safest way to do this is to turn the electricity off in the room prior to removal.
  • Use spackle to fill in nail holes, cracks and any other dents.  When the spackle dries use a fine grade sandpaper to smooth the spots on the wall.  And sand the woodwork.
  • Vacuum the floor, the walls, the woodwork and the ceiling – starting at the top and working your way down.
  • Use a damp cloth and soapy water to remove any remaining dust or grime.  If you are painting a kitchen or bathroom you may need to add a little elbow grease or stronger cleaning solution.  Be sure to rinse thoroughly if you use a stronger solution.
  • Most DIY painters need to tape the windows and ceiling.  Because the wall is painted last you don’t really need to tape when doing the ceiling.  When painting the walls reverse this and tape the ceiling (wait until the paint is dry).  When painting woodwork tape the wall that abuts the woodwork.

 
Step 3 – Painting the Room

  • When painting an entire room, like cleaning, start at the top with the ceiling, tackle the trim and finish with the walls.
  • Typically a ceiling is painted a shade of white.  Cut in with an angled brush about 3 inches from the wall in.  Cut in all around the room. Then using a roller with an extension and starting at the furthest corner from the exit (don’t want to paint yourself into a corner).

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  • The window trim, base boards and doors are next.  Using an angled brush begin with the windows and doors, ending with the baseboards.  Remember to tape the floors so you don’t drip.  Again don’t worry about taping the walls unless you are painting the walls a neutral color and the trim a stronger color.
  • Finally it is time for painting the walls.  When the ceiling paint and trim are dry you can tape them to avoid the wall color seeping.

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  • Before you roll the color onto the walls, cut in with an angled brush.  You should cut in around the ceiling and around all the baseboards, windows and doors.
  • After you have cut in you can use your roller and extension to paint the walls.  Start at the top and work your way down, one wall at a time.
  • Once the wall paint dries you can remove the tape.

 
Final Tips

  • Make sure you have all your supplies ready before you start.
  • Make sure you have enough paint.  If you run out mid-room you will be able to get the “same” color but it may be slightly different because it was mixed at different times.
  • You will probably need two coats on the wall and if you are painting over a strong color you should start the walls with a primer.
  • Have a roll of paper towels ready for spills and drips.
  • If you take a break mid painting clean your brushes, latex paint dries quickly.
  • When you have finished clean all your tools and mark the paint can with the date and the room in which the paint was used.

 
It may seem like a lot of work but if you plan ahead you can have a new look in a weekend.
 
If you need help choosing a paint color or trying to coordinate your room please stop by The Kellogg Collection, our associates are always here to help.  You can also try many of the apps available for coloration – Benjamin Moore’s ColorCapture or Sherwin Williams ColorSnap are easy to use.
 
Good Luck!

Choosing An Interior Designer

Choosing an interior designer can be a difficult process.  In order to help you navigate the landscape we have come up with a list of questions to ask yourself which will lead you in the right direction:

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1. Do I really need a designer?

Think about the scope of your project.  Do you want to redo a whole room or even an entire house?  Or are you looking for guidance on what the next piece you need is or what color scheme you should pick?  If you’re just looking for a little bit of guidance it is very possible that you can get it for free.  Many furniture and home furnishings stores will do home visits or in-store consultations for free.  Interior designers can be expensive and sometimes will not take on very small projects.

 

2. What do I like?

When meeting a designer it is good to have some idea in mind of what you like.  While it will be the job of the designer to ultimately come up with a plan, it is helpful if you can at least provide some pictures of things you like.  The internet has become the number one resource for interior design research.  Reading blogs and following designers on Pinterest are both great ways to find pictures of things and ideas that you didn’t even know existed!  Magazines, such as House Beautiful and Architechtural Digest are other places where you might find inspiration.  If you have a good idea of things you generally like it will save you a lot of time in the long-run.

 

3. How much is this going to cost?

There are various payment structures used in the interior design world and it is important to find a designer who uses the one that best suits you.

  • Hourly Charges – Many designers charge by the hour.  If you are looking for general guidance or are not planning on purchasing anything soon this may be your best bet.
  • Furniture Mark up – Some designers do not charge by the hour but instead put a mark up on each piece of furniture you buy.  If this is the case, be sure to find out what that mark up is before you agree to work with them.
  • Flat fee – The third type of payment structure is a flat fee for design services.  Many times furniture stores will have designers on staff who will fulfill all your design needs for a flat fee under the pretense that you buy the furniture through them.  This is generally a good way to go as you usually get the most bang for your buck.

 

4. What is my timeline?

It is important to have expectations regarding a completion date.  Are you more concerned with the absolute perfect room or do you need to get something installed fast?  In the furniture industry today it can take up to 6 months before anything arrives.  Do you need something sooner?  Ask your potential designer how long it will take to get a room complete.  Do they anticipate buying things from a store or company that has a lot of stock or will you be waiting for something to be shipped by boat from Vietnam?  There are still stores that keep high levels of stock and maybe this is the place for you to go to for help.

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The Kellogg Collection offers assistance at any level.  For smaller projects when you don’t feel the need for a designer, our sales associates are more than happy to help.  And for those times when its all just a little too overwhelming we also offer full Design Services. Schedule a free in-store consultation with our sales associates today or call our stores for more information on the design services that are off.

Choose the Right Lamp for Any Room

Time for the Lamps

 

You have chosen the paint and rug, you have placed the upholstery and found the perfect end tables – you are almost done.  But don’t forget one of the key ingredients of any room – lighting.  Between your windows and overhead lighting or chandeliers you may feel like you have enough light in a room but every room needs lamps.  Why?  While overhead lights may be great for cooking and cleaning, table lamps offer task lighting for activities like reading and add considerable warmth to every room.

 

What style lamp do I need and should they match l?  How tall should my lamp be?  What kind of shade should I buy?

 

Reflect the décor of the room

Living room lamps might be more formal, made of porcelain, glass or an old vase.

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Family room lamps are more casual.  They may be made of pottery, wood, metal or glass.  Because this room gets more use the lamps should match the furniture – which is likely to be larger, more comfortable and sturdier than living room furniture.

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Like other rooms, your bedroom lamps should follow the design style of that particular room.

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Typically lamps in a dining room are placed on a sideboard.  Tall thinner lamps with smaller shades work best on sideboards.  If you have artwork or a mirror over your sideboard you don’t want to interfere with the sight line of those.  And, you want to leave plenty of room in the middle for Thanksgiving turkey and all the trimmings.

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 Lamp Size

The correct height of a table lamp depends on the room, the size of the table and the use of the light. You have to balance the size of a lamp with the furnishings around it.

 

Most living rooms can handle a lamp that’s 26 to 34 inches tall. “But you don’t want to be looking up into the hardware,” says Jamie Young, a Los Angeles lighting designer.  The correct height of the table lamp is typically determined by the seating piece and the height of the table beside it. The table lamp should be tall enough for the bottom of the lampshade to come to the eye level of the person seated beside it. This will provide the best light without glare from the bulb.

 

Bedside lamps should be in proportion to the bedside table and typically 19 to 21 inches from the top of the mattress.  The same rule applies in the bedroom – you don’t want to look up into the bulb.

 

On the sideboard in your dining room you can probably manage anything up to 34″ to 36″ inches.

 

Five Tips for Buying a Lamp

  1. Buy a lamp that matches the tone of your room.
  2. The lampshade should be at eye level when you are seated.
  3. Try to keep all lamps in the same room about the same height.
  4. If you love a lamp and it is too tall – put it on a smaller table.  If the lamp is too short – add a few books under the lamp.
  5. You don’t have to match lamps on either side of a sofa – just make sure they are similar in height.

Lampshades

There are so many lampshade shapes and sizes out there that if you need to replace an old shade or find one for a new lamp be sure to bring your lamp with you on the search.

 

Lamp shades are made in a variety of materials too – silk, parchment, linen, synthetic materials, today almost anything goes.

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Five Tips For Buying a Lampshade

  1. The width of the shade should be at least as wide as the widest part of the lamp and can be up to 2x the width.
  2. The shade should be 40% to 60% of the height of your lamp.  For example a 30″ lamp might have a 13″ shade.
  3. If you buy a lamp without a shade, it typically comes with a harp, measure the harp and add an inch or so for the minimum height for your shade.
  4. Be sure to leave 2 to 3 inches of space between your bulb and the shade.
  5. Match your shade to the mood of the base.

 

Guest Post: 15 Stylish Interiors: How to Decorate with Needlepoint Rugs and Red

 

This week we are lucky to have a guest blog post from Abid Ilahi from Asmara Inc. which manufactures many of the beautiful needlepoint rugs you can find in our own stores.

 

After reading all the great posts by Abid on his own blog I thought it would be a treat to have him share some of his knowledge.  So without further ado:

It is an honor to be invited to write a guest post for the Kellogg Collection, a company whose excellence and integrity in providing the stylish home decors and interior design services I have admired for the 23+ years they have been an Asmara dealer.

With the view to the fall which will soon be here, I have chosen 14 fabulous interiors and decorating schemes with red, pink, coral and pomegranate needlepoint rugs with a variety of different decorating styles. There are many talented interior designers at your favorite Kellogg Collection showroom who are highly qualified to offer you personalized decorating assistance. The interiors and design schemes below are offered as a travelogue through the decorating styles of other parts of the country. They may not be your decorating style, but I hope they will stimulate your own ideas on:

 

  • How to create beautiful traditional or contemporary living rooms with needlepoint rugs that contain red, coral, pink or pomegranate.
  • How to derive the room’s color palette from a needlepoint rug
  • How to create several different color palettes and looks from the same needlepoint rug
  • How to create two fabulous adjoining spaces with two needlepoint rugs of the same design
  • How to create a dazzling living room with reds by choosing a needlepoint rug with no reds.
  • How to accentuate the rooms architecture with the right needlepoint rug.

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1. Interior designer Eric Guenther of Whim Home in chose the Bergamo Needlepoint Rug in pomegranate red and cream for a contemporary seating area in his Southern California showroom. Image (c) Asmara, Inc.

The pattern and color is provided by the needlepoint rug, the screen and the painting while the sofa and chair are in neutrals. The dark wood floor accentuates the drama in this seating area. There is an interesting interplay between the geometric pattern on the screen and the organic pattern of the needlepoint rug.

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2. Eric Guenther shows how to freshen the look of the above room while keeping the same Bergamo needlepoint rug and just changing the fabrics on one chair.

Eric believes that by using a high fashion or strongly patterned fabrics on one or two chairs and pillows you can easily update the look of a living room while upholstering the sofa in safe neutral colors.

The picture shows several fabrics choices for chairs. Eric is comfortable with the idea of mixing strongly patterned fabrics with patterned needlepoint rugs. The blue fabric are designed to create pop against the red colors of the needlepoint rug.

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3. The Bergamo needlepoint was chosen for this traditional living room designed by Washington DC interior designer Susan Nelson. The pomegranate red in the needlepoint rug inspired the color of the Venetian plastered wall. Susan created pop with blues in the ottoman, the William Morris fabric on the wing chairs and the client’s  blue and white porcelain collection. Image courtesy Susan Nelson.

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4. Susan Nelson chose fabrics with yellows, golds and warm reds to create a warm ambiance in this bedroom with the same pomegranate red and cream Bergamo needlepoint rug. The head board and the sofa in the seating area are upholstered in cool blues to create pop and to balance the warm colors in the needlepoint rug and the fabrics on the bed and pillows. Image courtesy Susan Nelson.

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5. Sea Island, Georgia interior designer Lisa Torbett painted the walls and ceiling white to dramatize the red and gold geometric Agra needlepoint rug in this living room on Sea Island. The red colors in the upholstery and drapery fabric move the eye towards the brilliant blue of the Atlantic visible through the arched portico. Their is a wonderful resonance between the geometric pattern of the needlepoint rug and the architecture of the portico.Image courtesy Lisa Torbett Interiors.

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6. Southern California interior designer Eric Guenther literally slided in the Canterbury Bessarabian pile rug in his own living room without changing any of the fabrics, furnishings or wall covering. Eric was demonstrating his approach to creating an authentic European look right out of the pages of London’s The World of Interiors. TheCanterbury needlepoint rug offers the same color and pattern in a needlepoint rug texture. Image (c) Asmara, Inc. 

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7. Eric did an instant refresh of his southern California dining room by just adding the Hermitage Needlepoint Rug to the existing furnishings in his dining room. Eric marveled at how the black and gold Greek-key border in the needlepoint rug resonates with the carved pattern in the leg of the dining table. He points out that the high contrast of red and black against a cream and beige background of the needlepoint rug brought a lively energy to the previously somber dining room.  Image (c) Asmara, Inc.

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8. Eric demonstrates how he could create a different look in his dining room with the Hermitage needlepoint rug by selecting a different fabric for the dining room chairs. Image (c) Asmara, Inc.

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9. New York design icon Bunny Williams anchored this timeless English living room on a fabulous antique Bessarabian rug. The Bessarabian rug’s complex balance of cool and warm colors- reds, yellow, gold, green, blue, and brown create just the right tension and resonance with the colors of the floral fabrics, wall, porcelain and impressionist paintings. Image courtesy Bunny Williams.

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10. Alexis McDermott Asmara’s Marketing and Design Manager created this bedroom design scheme on the Modlova needlepoint rug which has a design similar to the Bessarabian rug in Bunny Williams living room above. Alexis wanted to show how you can create a modern bedroom with a traditional needlepoint rug with a multitude of vibrant colors- reds, yellows, purple, blue, black and green if you chose contemporary furniture with large expanse of neutrals from the needlepoint rug- in this case white and black. She shows how to create pop with accessories by restricting their colors to no more than two from the needlepoint rug-in this case red and yellow. Image (c) Asmara, Inc.

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11. Maryland interior designer Justine Sancho defined two adjoining spaces with two Mid Summer Nightneedlepoint rugs. Notice how Justine created two distinct color palettes for the two rooms from the same needlepoint rug- demonstrating how multiple color schemes can be derived from a well colored needlepoint rug. The dining area pulls out the red accents from the needlepoint rug and the seating are fabrics harmonize with the golds and yellows in the needlepoint rug. Image courtesy Justine Sancho.

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12. Natural light filters through the garden into the sunroom seating area anchored on on the secondMidsummer Night needlepoint rug. The tree and branches pattern of the needlepoint rug and the trellis leaf pattern of the drapery fabric continue the garden theme. Image courtesy Justine Sancho.

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13. Interior designer Bill Barr moved to Cape Cod, Massachusetts from San Francisco. Bill says decorating flexibility has become more important for clients when chosing needlepoint rugs and other major pieces for a living room. A well chosen needlepoint rug will allow you to create new color schemes and decorating styles should your life style and tastes change. Image (c) Asmara, Inc.

 

“I guess the surprise came for me when I started pulling images for the World Traveler collage” (pictured above), wrote Bill in the Designer Rug Blog. “It amazed me that the Summer rug which is a traditional floral and vine motif rug, looks so good with South East Asian, Middle Eastern and British Colonial furnishings.

 

Bill created two more living room design schemes for the Summer needlepoint rug:

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14. “Of course the Summer rug is right at home in the traditional vernacular” wrote Bill Barr, “but keep in mind the sofa for instance, could have been red, yellow, beige, green, pink, brown, tan or off white, now that is flexibility”! Image (c) Asmara, Inc.

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15. “I love the way this rug softens the sharp lines of the French Deco inspired scheme I pulled together above. It is unexpected too, a truly Art Deco rug would have felt predictable and uncreative” wrote Bill Barr. Image (c) Asmara, Inc.

 

The above images show just a few of the many different patterns and colorations in needlepoint rugs at The Kellogg Collection. The best way to see the exciting possibilities of decorating with geometric patterns or other colorations in needlepoint rugs is to view the rugs in person at The Kellogg Collection.

Update Your Bedroom With A New Bed

 

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Something our customers may not realize when shopping at The Kellogg Collection is that we carry an assortment of beds and bed linens. Wood, painted, and upholstered beds and headboards are in-stock for the customer in need of immediate gratification, or for the customer with more specific needs, there are many options available for special order.

 

Before selecting the style of your frame, first consider what the appropriate size mattress is for the size of your bedroom and your personal needs. Typical mattress sizes are as follows:

 

Single (Twin): 39” x 75”

 

Double (Full): 54” x 75”

 

Queen: 60” x 80”

 

King: 76” x 80”

 

California King: 72” x 84”

 

Often the depth of the mattress you choose will vary anywhere from about nine inches to over fifteen inches deep depending on whether it is a standard or pillow-top mattress. With the addition of a box spring, the total depth will increase even more, and is definitely something to keep in mind when purchasing bed linens.

 

There are an infinite number of options to pick from as far as style goes. Popular styles include sleigh beds, four-poster beds, or wrought iron frames, but for our purposes, the styles we typically order are featured below. These include upholstered headboards, the Swedish style and a more romantic, antique frame.

 

Upholstered headboards offer variety in the actual shape of the headboard, the fabric, and other details. For example, choosing a square shape in a plaid wool with nailhead trim creates a masculine look while a gently curving shape in a light-colored linen and tufting is softer and more feminine. Decorative details such as a contrasting trim, tufting or piping further contribute to the look you are trying to create, as well as emphasizing the shape of the actual headboard.

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Because of its uncomplicated profile, the Swedish style headboard is the perfect backdrop to a make a statement with patterned linens. With decorative details restricted to the edging of the headboards and footboards, this type of bed can be quiet anchor in a master bedroom. Something to consider…a white, antiqued paint finish gives a more casual and delicate look, while a rich caramel stained finish gives a more formal and masculine impression.

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The shabby-chic antique reproduction bed shown creates a softer, romantic look in the bedroom. Available in an upholstered linen option or caning, the beauty of this style is in the delicate carving placed around the edges of the bed frame. Similar in look to the Swedish bed, this would be a great option for someone who is looking for something a little more ornate in the bedroom.

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Don’t forget, once you’ve chosen your bed, we have a selection of bed linens, including shams, duvet covers, coverlets, and bed skirts, available in a variety of fabrics to finish the look. If what you’re looking for isn’t in-stock, we are happy to special order or customize the order to your needs. While not all of our locations have beds and bedding on display, any of our associates have the resources available to answer your questions.

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In-Stock Furniture? Why You Can’t Always Get What You Want

 

When you’re redecorating a home it can be a large task to take on. You may opt to work with a designer or take on the process alone. You may be working to complete your new home design by a certain deadline. When you have a time frame in mind you do not want to wait for your couch to arrive. It can be frustrating but some stores no longer carry in-stock furniture. How does this affect your design and why are stores choosing to take this course of action?

 

In an article from November 2011 from Furniture Today it was discussed that many companies are outsourcing their furniture. Companies are turning to Bangladesh and Cambodia for their production. The outsourcing is due to lower cost for labor wages. When a company can save money in the future they may choose to build a new plant, hire new workers and train them instead of sourcing from the states.

 

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Many companies have stopped carrying in-stock furniture as they are downsizing their warehouses. Frames for couches and loveseats are being built but the fabric is not attached until the order is placed. This allows the companies to have smaller showrooms and less overhead. However, it also eliminates the instant gratification of taking home a new couch the day you buy it.

 

There are many reasons that you may want your couch in less than six to ten weeks that some retailers take to make it such as:

 

• A family reunion is coming up
• There will be a wedding at your home
• A child is graduating and you’re hosting a party
• Thanksgiving dinner was moved to your home
• Holiday parties are coming up
• You are moving to a new home
• You are redecorating
• An accident ruined your current couch

 

When this happens who do you turn to? There are a few internet retailers who have large warehouses but no stores. If you shop from them you may get your couch in less time than say West Elm whose Dunham Sofa can take from one to ten weeks to arrive depending on your fabric choice. The benefit of going to West Elm, however is that you can sit on the couch, touch the fabric and see how it feels when you and your spouse are seated on it.

 

The time frame gets even wider when you look to purchase a custom designed couch. Williams Sonoma is the parent company of West Elm. They offer a similar design esthetic with a higher quality line. The Williams Sonoma Home Presidio Loveseat isn’t available in any fabric for rush delivery. There is a minimum of a four week wait time for this piece. When you are planning for Thanksgiving that means you must have picked out your couch before Halloween.

 

Does this mean that when you want a unique, high quality piece you are completely out of luck?  No. The Kellogg Collection has thousands of pieces to choose from that are in their warehouse and ready for immediate delivery. You could decide you like the Ford 66 sofa which has a tight seat, tufted back, rolled arms and classic turned wood legs on casters. You may not have decided to get a new sofa until the weekend before Thanksgiving. That’s ok. By the time you get the turkey home from the grocery store for the big Thursday meal you will have your couch.

 

Many companies do not have in-stock furniture anymore. However, when you want what you want when you want it you still have some options.  The Kellogg Collection keeps items in-stock both online and in its stores.

Three Things You Should Know Before You Buy A Sofa

 

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Like a car, buying a sofa is an investment and both purchases should last for years.  And like a car you want comfort, good mileage (durability) and maybe a splash of color.

 

When you buy a sofa the most important question to ask yourself is “where is the sofa going to go”?  Of course you know what room it will go in but in answering the “where” question think about who will use it, how often and for what purpose.

 

Will your toddlers be bouncing around, will your teenager be napping or will you use it for holidays only?  In other words do you want to sit on the sofa or in the sofa?

 

Once you answer those questions you should start thinking of the style of sofa you want to buy.
Style – use the internet or magazines to help identify your preferences.

  • Tight back or loose cushion back – Tight backs provide firmer support and tend to look a little more tailored or formal.  While loose backs tend to be cozier and inviting.
  • How many seat cushions – One cushion looks more modern while two or three looks more traditional.
  • Arm size and style – An english arm is smaller and very traditional but very trendy right now.  A rolled Lawson arm is larger and might be best for napping.  Finally a straight arm has clean lines and is more modern.
  • Skirt or no skirt – Sofas with legs (non-skirted) are very popular these days.  Some of the most traditional sofas have legs, and so do some of the most contemporary.  Skirts add softness and warmth to a room.

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Construction — the key to comfort and longevity.

  • Frame – The best and most durable are constructed of kiln-dried hardwoods.  The joints should be double wooden dowled (as opposed to glue, nails or staples).  The base of the sofa should be made of heavy-gauge steel springs supported by steel bands and 8-way hand tied.
  • Cushion – Depending on the firmness desired, cushions can contain springs, foam, synthetic fiber, down/feathers or any combination.  The illustration below, curtesy of Lee Industries, shows cushion cores.  The top cushions are the firmest and the bottom the softest.

Fabric — possibilities are endless.

  • Match fabric and lifestyle. Leather is long-lasting and great for a specific look.  Cottons and linens are durable and can be treated for stain resistance.  Wool is also very durable.  Silk is lovely for little used rooms.  A textured fabric will be more resilient than a flat fabric.
  • Color is a big consideration.  Choose a color you can live with (remember buying a sofa is a long term committment).  If you are starting a room over, find a rug first.  Then buy the sofa (and other upholstered pieces).  Paint should be last.  It is the easiest and least expensive element in the room.
  • How about neutrals?  Neutrals are a great choice for almost everyone.  A great textured neutral is very forgiving.  While colors come and go your neutral sofa will stay in style.  And if you love lots of color splash your sofa with pillows and a throw.

 

Don’t forget to take a test drive – always try a sofa before you buy it, it’s the only way you will know if it is comfortable, for you.

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Buying a sofa can be a little overwhelming.  But just like any other large purchase you make the more research you do up front, the easier and more fun the purchase will be for you

Private Label Tables

 

This year is the 10th anniversary of our partnership with artisans in Western Maryland who create a line of small, elegant tables exclusively for The Kellogg Collection. They are distressed and finished in our signature cherry. Some are of our original design, and some are inspired by antiques.

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The three-tier rectangular end table, one of our most popular designs. The tables are ideal for smaller, more traditional spaces that are common to so many older homes in our region. We found that many manufacturers produce furniture that is oversized, which is a reason we decided to create this exclusive line.

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Our nesting tables are another top seller.

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This hall chest is just one foot deep, ideal for small Georgetown foyers, for example, or one of the Cleveland Park Victorians that have been converted to smaller condos.

 

We have offered many designs over the past decade, and have developed a well-edited collection of our best sellers — the timeless shapes that will never look dated in your space.

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The Martini table is a multi-tasking beauty: there is room for your cocktails on top, but also includes a small drawer for a book and a magazine holder on the bottom.

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This end table is inspired by French antiques, with its delicate cabriole legs and top drawer for small necessities.

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Our tea caddy is not only highly functional; its seductively carved box makes for an excellent conversation piece.

 

We also offer versions of the tray table, in classic sizes and detailing, but not too precious for an active home.

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The Bamboo Tray Table

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The entire collection of tables in our exclusive, private-label line range between $500 and $2,000, impressive price points for handmade, local craftsman ship.

3 Easy Ways to Accessorize a Bookcase

 

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Whatever the dimensions, there is one thing that all bookcases have in common: an abundance of display area. Even the most experienced decorators can have moments of doubt when arranging accessories, but the following tips can serve as the building blocks for any design scheme.

 

A couple of weeks ago, a customer visited the store with a photo of bare bookshelves and an expression of outright frustration. Not sure how to proceed in styling a bookcase she recently purchased from us, we were able to provide her with three easy suggestions that would effectively guide her in her mission to accessorize the piece.

 

1) Display a COLLECTION…

 

Most people have some sort of collection they have gathered throughout the years; a bookcase is the perfect place to put these items of value on display. For example, with an assortment of blue and white Canton ware or Imari ware, the possible combinations are endless because there are so many shapes and sizes available. Create small groupings, layering a platter behind a smaller plate or a large vase in between two medium-sized vessels. While these pieces have a common theme, because there is so much variation, they will certainly add visual interest in a room.

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2) Use COLOR…

 

This closely relates to displaying a collection. By choosing objects from the same color family, the idea is that you’ll create a unified palette to anchor your room. With a collection of white porcelain, the simplicity of that material would go nicely with muted cream vellum covered books interspersed between shell boxes and some pieces of driftwood or coral. Many different textures have been included, but the objects maintain a connection through repetition and coloring.

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3) Be CREATIVE…

 

In general, a bookcase is an area in the room where you can have some fun. If books are primarily what you’ve placed within, try stacking them horizontally instead of placing them vertically. Instead of using bookends to hold a series in place, try an antique box or a small doorstop. Shelves are also great places to display small pieces of art or unusual objects you don’t necessarily have a place for otherwise. Use these to fill in empty spaces! The most important thing is to maintain a sense of balance. A large stack of heavy coffee table books on the top shelf of a bookcase would probably overwhelm a smaller collection of delicate figurines placed below. Mix the two between the shelves, and add another set of smaller-sized books to accommodate the differences in size between the two collections. A sense of balance is restored.

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Remember, it may take some time to completely style your bookcase, but The Kellogg Collection has the perfect accessories to jumpstart the process. Stop by and see us!

Interior Design Made Simple: Update Your Room with One Accent Piece

 

You’d like to update one of the rooms in your home, but you only have the space for one purchase on your wishlist. How do you choose? Although it may seem daunting, there are ways to achieve a completely new look with buying only one new piece of furniture. This chosen piece of yours should have the ability to refine the room effortlessly, but at the same time, don’t overthink it; the smallest alteration can spark the biggest transformation! Regardless, we’re here to help with our list of 5 ways to transform your living room with one accent piece!

 

5 Ways to Change Your Living Room with One Accent Piece

 

1. Sofas, Stools, and Settees, Oh My!

A new sofa is the biggest change you could make to your living room, as it sets the room’s tone for both comfort and style. Rather than worrying about finding a couch that matches exactly with its surrounding pieces, draw your focus to what it is about a certain style that pleases you. Keep your eye open for details you like: an intricate style of carving on the leg, a type of stitch or tuft that makes your heart swell, an interesting fabric that plays the roles of being both striking and functional–or even something as simple as the unit’s size.

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Photo Credit: A La Mode

Looking to add edge to a mundane dining room? Replace some chairs with a dining bench; these benches are manufactured to be as luxurious as a posh chaise, or as rustic as a country workbench. For the living room, consider the flexibility of a couple upholstered stools or an ottoman; they not only serve as additional seating, but can also be used as a surface.

 
2. Lovely Lighting

Lamps and other lighting accessories can be the perfect (and budget-friendly) way to completely transform any room in your home. Floor and desk lamps provide indirect lighting that is both flattering and easily changeable. Also, with the wide spectrum of different lamp bases and shades, you can add a whole new pop of color or design nuance to a room! If you’re a person who loves the natural lighting, go for lighter-colored draperies against your windows for a sense of understated sophistication.

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3. Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall…

Well, the rumors are true; a mirror can really make the smallest room look gigantic. Try this: place a mirror in between two windows to expand the look of your room. Looking to elongate and widen your narrow hallway? A few large-sized horizontal and vertical mirrors will do the trick. Also, don’t forget about the bathroom! Hanging an oversized mirror over your bathroom sink will be an instant fix–turning the dullest space into a true vision of glamor.

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Photo Credit: Apartment Therapy

 
4. Plethoras of Pretty Pillows

Various pillows can add a spectrum of color and texture to a room, but be sure to keep the number between 5 and 9. By being selective with your pillow display, you won’t risk overdoing it: like all accessories, a little can go a long way. The great thing about having a rather large inventory of different pillows is that can be rearranged and recycled throughout the year.

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5. From Rugs to Riches

Following closely behind the sofa, a rug is the second most important home accessory; as a room’s foundation, a rug can make or break an entire design concept. If your living room has hardwood floors, try adding a couple bold area rugs to liven up the space. By toying with a variety of sizes and colors, you may just find that aesthetic boost the room needs.

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The Kellogg Collection is here to help with all your furniture decisions. Let us help you find the perfect accent piece by requesting an in-store consultation today!