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Upholstery and Fabric at The Kellogg Collection

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A comfy sofa and a beautifully upholstered ottoman – what more does one need to relax comfortably in a home? Upholstery is furniture that is padded and covered with fabric. With unlimited fabric combinations, it’s a very easy to customize a piece for your home, and we have a few pointers to provide in the decision making process.
The first thing to think about is the actual piece you want. You can browse a small selection of our upholstery offerings right on this website; click through for our chairs, ottomans, sofas and loveseats, and a few pieces in our beds & headboards category. Some of these pieces have variable dimensions to fit your space, for example, a shorter loveseat or a longer sofa.
Once you have a vision in mind for your piece, the fun begins: selecting a fabric.

The Kellogg Collection has thousands of fabrics by designers from all over the world.

The Kellogg Collection has thousands of fabrics by designers from all over the world.

If you plan to keep your upholstered piece in a room for many years, you may want to play it safe with a solid fabric in an agreeable, neutral color. That doesn’t mean you have to use a fabric that is plain or boring. Make up for a neutral color with an interesting texture, or select a fabric with subtle pops of a second or third color:

Mackie sits on a neutral chair that’s made more interesting with a herringbone texture and nailhead trim


Thanks to the subtle neutral plaid striping, these red chairs are easier to decorate with.

The pop of coral trim on this cream chair makes it a more interesting piece.

The pop of coral trim on this cream chair makes it a more interesting piece.

Green and white chairs flank a sold green sofa.

Green and white chairs flank a sold green sofa. Look by our interior designer Amelia Perez.

Spunky polka dots on twin headboards in a children's room – white and/or blue bedding will always match well. Look by our interior designer Polly McKenna.

Spunky polka dots on twin headboards in a children’s room – white and/or blue bedding will always match well. Look by our interior designer Polly McKenna.

If you’re feeling more daring, cover a piece (or two, or three) with a bold pattern to add personality to a room.

Patterns, patterns: two plaid chairs and a cheetah print ottoman.

Patterns, patterns: two plaid chairs and a cheetah print ottoman.

A bold gray and white armchair with a hot pink and white pillow. Look decorated by Diane Litz.

A bold gray and white armchair with a hot pink and white pillow. Look by our interior designer Diane Litz.

A pink-and-green plaid upholstered bed. Look by our interior designer Debbie Blair.

A pink-and-green plaid upholstered bed. Look by our interior designer Debbie Blair.

The best thing about upholstered furniture: If you fall out of love with a fabric, give it a new look by re-upholstering it with a fresh new fabric! Come in to one of our four locations in D.C., Baltimore, McLean or Richmond for a free consultation on your next piece of upholstered furniture.
All images (c) The Kellogg Collection.

How To Bring Warm Autumn Colors Into Your Home

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Today is the first official day of fall, and the chill up and down the East Coast confirms it. It’s about that time to swap swimsuits for leather boots, and lemonade for pumpkin spice coffees. It’s also time to think about phasing out the whites and brights in your home for warmer tones like the browns, reds and corals we’ll soon see on the trees.
You don’t have to throw out your whole living room each season; after all, homes don’t need to be flipped as quickly as our closets. There are a few things you can do to warm the look of your home for autumn (and you’re always welcome to hire one of our interior designers for $250/room if you desire a professional touch!).


Though leathers look great year-round, they especially look good in a home during the warmer months. Now is the time to add a high-quality leather chair to your home so that you can get maximum enjoyment out of it (and take advantage of our semi-annual sale, which ends on September 29, 2014!).
The Eaton chair, above, has a beautiful distressed look to it and looks great in almost any setting, from living rooms and sitting rooms to bedrooms and home offices.

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Really up the ante on your fall redecorating by adding a statement piece to your room. The Astor chair, above, may be custom upholstered to your liking. This eye-catching pattern in autumn flavors makes for a great, high-quality statement piece.



Or, you can begin with a smaller piece, like one of our many pillows. These pillows have a wonderful variety of warm fall colors and can add a lot of personality to a vignette.


Once you have a statement piece, move around the room to swap in accessories to complement it. Match a red table lamp to a shade on the fabric, add a wire turreen or a brown hurricane to a table, add a terra cotta throw to a couch, or even stack a few leather-bound books nearby.

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Woods, golds, and deep greens also complement a fall room look.
Some of the things you’ll probably want to put into storage are summery motifs like seashells and starfish. It’s also generally a good idea to move out colors that will overwhelm the autumn palette (like pastels, neons, and summer whites) – though there are exceptions to this tip. Replace these bright, summer colors with warmer tones in eye-catching fall patterns like paisleys, plaids, leathers and chenniles.
Images via The Kellogg Collection/Public Domain

There’s No ‘Right’ Way To Decorate With Pillows

Polly McKenna

Polly McKenna, The Kellogg Collection

What’s one way to redecorate a living room without throwing out the sofa? Add some new home accessories – specifically, pillows! We talked to Polly McKenna, the manager and in-house interior designer at our Richmond location, about how the right pillows can change the look of a room.

“The truth is, there is no ‘right’ way to do it!” she said, and then she showed us what she meant, first with a vignette light on pillows:

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Though no pillows on a couch is a perfectly lovely look, it’s missing something. Pillows added to the look lends personality and balance:Kellogg Collection


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McKenna likes to mix old and new styles (Greek fretwork pillows with a striped pillow, or iKat pillows with muted striped pillows). A room can be quickly updated with pillows decorated with modern patterns. McKenna likes for pillows to have colors that complement other elements in the room. In this case, she used pillows with cream, pink and coral tones.

Moving on to a vignette with a blue and white scheme, one can see how her color choices really begin to contrast and pop, first from a vignette that is light on pillows…:

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Pillows can also help change the mood of a room. In our Baltimore store, we swapped in a summer scape piece of art and light blue and white pillows to brighten up this vignette for the warmer season:

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With cooler months ahead, it may be time to move to a wintry palette of navy blues and browns – and a cozy blanket, too.

Browse some of our pillows here, and come in to our stores to see even more combinations for your home.

Spotted on House of Cards: The Kellogg Collection!


If you love the style of Claire and Frank Underwood’s home in House of Cards, you may want to start shopping for furniture and accessories at The Kellogg Collection! As many fans of the Netflix show know, it was filmed in Baltimore, and the homes and offices on House of Cards have a very traditional aesthetic. The manager of our Baltimore store, Ashley Dickinson, is a fan of the show and couldn’t help but notice the many Kellogg Collection items in the shots.


Here is a look at some of the things on House of Cards which you can buy from The Kellogg Collection. No matter how you may feel about the ambitious couple’s politics, there’s no denying that the Underwoods’ decorator has great taste!

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In Claire’s office: bamboo cherry coffee table

The Patrick cane chair and the slate lamp with rectangular shade

The Patrick cane chair and the slate lamp with rectangular shade

In Frank's hotel room: gold two-tier end table and a blue and green cut velvet pillow

In Frank’s hotel room: gold two-tier end table and a blue and green cut velvet pillow

In a hotel sitting room: aqua cut velvet pillows with a coral pattern and gilt floor lamps

In a hotel sitting room: aqua cut velvet pillows with a coral pattern and gilt floor lamps

In the Underwoods' living room: three-tier Swedish end tables

In the Underwoods’ living room: three-tier Swedish end tables

In the Underwoods' bedroom: chest of drawers with inlay (and the black bamboo tole tray)

In the Underwoods’ bedroom: chest of drawers with inlay (and the black bamboo tole tray)

In the Underwoods' bedroom: glazed four-door bookcase

In the Underwoods’ bedroom: glazed four-door bookcase

In a hotel lobby: gilt mosaic hurricanes

In a hotel lobby: gilt mosaic hurricanes

In Frank's office: brass buffet lamp

In Frank’s office: brass buffet lamp

There are other items on the show that you’ll find at The Kellogg Collection’s four locations, as well as hundreds of other items that fit that House of Cards look. Come in soon to talk to a member of our talented staff about how you can add that classic House of Cards aesthetic to your home.


Netflix and House of Cards are unaffiliated with The Kellogg Collection, and this article is not meant to imply any sort of endorsement or sponsorship.

What Is A Garden Stool, Anyway?

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Garden stools: They come in so many colors, they look great in a room, yet it might be tough to figure out exactly how to decorate with these unique pieces of furniture once you buy one. It turns out these ceramic (and sometimes metal or wooden) stools are actually quite functional and versatile and can serve a variety of decorative uses in a home.

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Thanks to the waterproof finish on garden stools, these pieces do well functioning as their namesake: a stool in a garden. Leave it on a deck, in a garden, or out on a porch with little worry about water damage. Should you buy a metal or a wooden stool, double check with a Kellogg employee that it will do well outdoors.

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Garden stools can also serve as a seat in a bathroom, and it can add a punch of color in the process.

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Bring several together with a glass or wooden top for a colorful and interesting table indoors or out. If you’re expecting extra guests, simply remove the top and voila! You have extra seats for the soirée.

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The stools can function as decorative side tables ready to hold books, drinks and other knick knacks.

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Or, just keep a few stools nearby to use as extra seating when company comes over.
Come in to the Kellogg Collection’s stores in Richmond, McLean, Baltimore or Washington, D.C., to see the many different stools we have and see what looks good in, and outside of, your home. You may also browse some of our garden stools here.
Images via Houzz and the Kellogg Collection

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!


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:

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

It’s ‘Hurricane’ Season!

Not only does June bring warmer weather and the early days of summer, but it also marks the beginning of hurricane season. While I am referring to the weather, it is also most definitely time for hurricane lamp season. Perfect for outdoor entertaining, adding that extra touch you need for your table at a garden party, there are many different shapes and styles of hurricane lamps and lanterns.

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Typically, a hurricane lamp contains a tall, cylindrical barrel-shaped glass, which is sometimes topped with a dome. This shape served the original purpose of blocking high winds so the flame inside would not go out. In current times, however, these lamps serve to be more decorative than functional.

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Shown above are a variety of styles of hurricane lamps available through the Kellogg Collection. These lamps can stand alone, or as a pair or even as a collection.

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A great feature in adding these decorative gems to your home is that they look spectacular displayed both in and outdoors. Place hurricanes on a fireplace mantle, an end table, a coffee table, or as a centerpiece on your dining room table. The options are endless!

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Not all hurricanes are built alike; some are made from wood. Some designs are inspired by the arts and crafts movement, while others have Asian pagoda flair.

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Be sure to stop in The Kellogg Collection, pick up your favorite styles, and get yourself ready for a great entertaining season! Don’t forget your batteries and emergency supplies for those other hurricanes!
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Kellogg’s Occasional Tables For Any Occasion


Inlay Compass Rose Table: $849

Inlay Compass Rose Table: $849

Occasional tables are those tables you add as a final touch to a room. They’re often on the small side – smaller than an end table or a nightstand – and have special elements that make it stand out without overpowering a room. These accents not only add a polished touch to a room, but can add functionality as well. Some are specifically used to hold magazines, and some are made to hold a cocktail or two. Whatever your occasion, The Kellogg Collection has several occasional tables that will fit what you’re looking for.




Here are three tables that are very different from each other, and you can see how each one would add its own dramatic flair to a room. The table on the left is our cherry martini table, which has a drawer, a nook at the bottom to hold magazines and books, and of course, a surface on top to hold a martini! The middle table is the cherry gothic tambour table. It has a heavier look and feel to it, but it has a simple silhouette, which makes it a lovely addition to a room that might already have busy patterns and textures. On the right, you’ll see the cigar occasional table. This table has a antiqued mirror top and has a delicate-looking silhouette which can brighten any room. Or, buy two and place them on either side of a loveseat.


This is just a small sampling of the occasional tables you’ll find at Kellogg’s four locations (we’re in DC, McLean, Richmond and Baltimore). Browse a selection of our occasional tables online, or come in one of our stores to find that “je ne sais quoi” that’s missing from your room!

Local Profile: Barry Remley, Owner of Salvations Architectural Furnishings


Barry Remley, owner and designer of the Maryland-based company Salvations Architectural Furnishings, is an extremely talented woman whose company has been in business for over 25 years. She creates very sleek, simple and classic looking furniture, and many pieces are made out of recycled and salvaged materials. She has given me the pleasure of learning about some of her inspirations, motivations and interesting projects.


Remley started her business in 1985 when her husband was seeking furniture for his office that didn’t look like typical office furniture. Inspired by her findings at friend Donetta George’s shop The Brass Knob, Remley and former business partner Jo Coveny set out on their project to design furniture for the office. From there, the two decided to start a business together.


The company got its name, “Salvations,” from the concept of giving new life to found pieces that were no longer able to serve their original functions. Remley said of this, “It was a time when antique architecturals were not as valued as they are today. We loved the historic interest and beautiful craftsmanship found in the old antique grates and random pieces we found, and wanted to make furniture out of them.” One of the company’s very first coffee tables was made from an old grille found in an alley behind Remley’s DC home!


For over ten years, the company was run out of a basement studio in Remley’s house. After about a year into the business, Remley’s partner, Jo Coveny, left to be a designer at The Kellogg Collection. Upon Coveny’s departure, Remley took steps to learn the process of design, including taking drawing classes at Mount Vernon College. From early on, everything she did for her company was by trial and error. In the beginning it was about putting one foot in front of the other and staying in business until the next coffee table was finished.


Eventually running a growing business out of her house became too much, and just when she was ready to move into a larger space the right one came along. Taking this step has helped her grow the company – and thanks to a combination of luck and hard work, she has been in business for almost 30 years. And now with her son working with her, she is hoping to be in business for many, many more.





Remley, having grown up in a family of creative people, has found inspiration all around her. From nature to travel and architecture, she seeks inspiration in all forms. A lover of rocks and stones, she says that many of the paint finishes in her designs have been inspired by color in rocks that she has collected and brought home from different parts of the world.


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Antiques – namely, antique furnishings – are also an inspiration in her work. Remley has always appreciated the simplicity of clean lines, wanting her designs to “feel rooted in the past” and “timeless.”  Her designs are just that. What makes her product so special is that her designs look beautiful in a wide spectrum of interiors, from the very traditional to the contemporary. In working with the same blacksmiths for most of her years in business, Remley claims that the team spirit and shared love of what they do shows in every piece they produce.


One of Remley’s favorite accomplishments is that Salvations tables and accessories are featured in American embassy residences in over 70 worldwide locations. In fact, some of her table names, such as Budapest, Lima and Nepal, were chosen because they were designed for the American embassies in those locations.





One of the greatest parts of Remley’s line is that every piece is made locally. She finds that many of her buyers are interested in supporting local artisans; in that, it is much easier to customize tables as opposed to manufacturing her products overseas.


Remley has had a hand in every step of the production process. She works day and night and there is no doubt that she is talented at what she does: “I think in some way I sort of followed an unconscious path for a while. I was having fun and still am. I absolutely love what I do; I love the creative process, I love talking to the clients. I am grateful to work with so many creative designers. And loving what I do every day keeps me going.”


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For over 25 years, The Kellogg Collection has maintained a fabulous working relationship with Barry Remley and the staff at Salvations.  The Kellogg Collection is the only retailer that stocks many of her coffee tables that are ready for immediate delivery. Stop in to one of our four locations today and let us help you pick out the perfect Salvations table for you!

The Monogrammed Bed: Make it Your Own


“They really make things your own, elevating even the simplest item into something unique and distinct in our highly technical and impersonal world” – Cynthia Brumback, author of The Art of the Monogram.


When you enter your bedroom you should feel an extreme sense of comfort and warmth. It is one of the most important places in your home that exudes exactly who you are and what you like. In many bedrooms the actual bed is a very central point of focus, and a great technique for adorning your bed is to use a monogram style bedding. In fact, what could possibly make a room more “you” than to have your initials on display? (If you are unfamiliar with monogram etiquette, take a quick lesson here). Most monogram styles are heavily neutral allowing you endless possibilities to tie in amazing colors, textures and patterns throughout the rest of your sacred space.


In her book, Cynthia Brumback relates the concept of the monogram with tradition. The presence of the monogram has been shown throughout time in fashion, on jewelry, and in the home.
The photo above shows a master bedroom designed by local interior designer, Kelly Proxmire which features a script monogram on a white bed spread. The turquoise color of the actual monogram is featured in the details throughout the remainder of the bedroom. The multitude of textures along with the monogram bring this gorgeous room to life.


Like any perfect outfit, a bedroom needs accessorizing, and the best way to doll up your room to make it “you” is to use decorative items; such as throw pillows and blankets, an interesting head board or bed frame, color coordinating lamps on your night stand etc. Just as a necklace might be the perfect addition to your favorite spring dress, the details are what tie all of these rooms together.


The three photos above all show different styles of monogramming. In a shared master bedroom the monogram might be of a couples names, their shared last initial being in the center and the groom’s first initial on the left, and the bride’s first initial on the right. There are many options to chose from when it comes to font, whether your style be more classic, or whimsical, etc.

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Just as everyone wants their bedrooms to be warm, inviting, and comfortable that too is a major priority when we host guests. A guest room should feel accommodating, clean, and neutral. The guest bedroom should flow accordingly with the décor in one’s home. Using monogrammed bedding for our guests is a way of inviting them into the traditions of our families, similar to bringing out our finest dishes for a dinner party.


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These pops of pink and orange are amazing for a feminine interior showing a different twist on the monogrammed bed. The first photo uses a monogram solely on the pillow cases, the quiet in an otherwise busy room, and the second with a much smaller scale, not only on the pillow cases but on a folded over sheet as well.  Both of these styles are a very subtle way to add monogramming into your space without being too serious.



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In a more masculine setting, subdued color is the way to go. Needless to say, neutrals are perfect for when you want a bit of calm in your space. They transition very well if you want to change the color of the walls or floors, or any of your room’s smaller decorative items. Rooms like the two shown above use a very toned down color palette allowing the monogram on each bed to really stand out. It allows it to be a central focus.


In master bedrooms and guest rooms alike, the most common and practical ways to incorporate your monogram is to keep to a neutral bedspread. Allow the color of the monogram to be your pop, and to accent the walls and other decorative items in your space. When you are looking to design your perfect bed be sure to stop into The Kellogg Collection, and choose from one of the amazing brands they carry such as Peacock AlleySferraLegacyJane Wilner, Matouk and in addition to their many private label collections.

An Ode to Blue & White



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.



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.


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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



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.




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)


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


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


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.



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


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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



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.


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.


Form Meets Function with Case Goods


Having spent the past week with a personal organizer who helped wittle down the ever-accumulating amount of wares a house aqcuires, the need for storage in our lives remains of the utmost importances. You should never have to sacrafice design or a pleasing aesthetic sensibility, when it comes to adding function to the home. In comes the case for case goods (pun inteneded!). Above, a stunning example of appointing a gorgeous chest, the work of the iconic Frank Randolph.


Case goods are pieces of furniture that are essentially built like a box, such as cabinets, a chest of drawers or a breakfront. These pieces are generally meant for storage, and so their construction often incorporates drawers, doors and shelves. In recent years, the category has extended itself somewhat to occasional tables that you might put in a hallway or foyer. The point is, in the home, having a surface to place things either for display or function, is often overlooked but most imporantant.

Above, an example of form meeting function is aptly exemplified in the image from Ann West Interior’s living room: on the surface, two lamps and an array of perfecly placed object d’art. Underneath, she stores her china, wares and serving platters.


We’re always a bit partial to the Swedish, Scandinavian look. It’s clean, light and airy, sure to brighten the heaviness of any room.


Let There Be Light



One of the things most overlooked when it comes to the well appointed space is lighting. Often times, the focus on placing furniture in the right place, the flow of the room or hanging pictures correctly, dominates the conversation. And yes, placing furniture and accessories cohesively is an accomplishment.
The best way to highlight this accomplishment is with the correct lighting for both atmosphere and function. For all your efforts, nothing will sabotage your hard work faster than a lighting program that hasn’t been well planned!


On Lamplight

Technically, there are different lamp lighting: task lighting and overall lighting. The former assists us in accomplishing specific tasks that require congtrolled illumination like reading or writing, cooking, etc. The latter, overall lighting, is the absolute opposite. It’s all about creating atmosphere and adding visual weight to a tablescape. There’s tremendous opportunity for decorative touch, in the base you choose.
“For many of us, the most agreeable way to light a room is with table lamps,” Mark Hampton


Above are some examples of using one lamp to create a dramatic statement and illuminate a scene in a room.


Of course, there is nothing more striking than a pair of significant lamps greeting a visitor in an entry way of someone’s home. Mark Hampton famously said in his book On Decoration:

“It seems to me that the act of leaving a lamp lighted on the hall tabe for those who have not yet returned for the night is rather like the ancients leaving lamps on the altars of their favoritie deities. It is a warm, loving gesture and a welcoming sight to the one who is returning. Somehow, leaving a recessed ceiling ligh on doesn’t quite evoke the same cozy feeling.”

Well-Read: 3 New Decorating Books on Design Legends


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.



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.



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.



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!




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


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.


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.


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.


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!


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


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.

Interiors of Tom Scheerer for Book

“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


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.


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.


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.


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]


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


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


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!


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!



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

The Kellogg Collection’s Ten Favorite Cocktail Tables…


Cocktail tables are an easy way to update the look of any room that is asking for a lift. Adding a table with a contemporary twist can breathe life into any tired living space. From glass to mirrored tops, wood to painted finishes, The Kellogg Collection has a wide selection at any price point, low to high, and any size, small to large.

Henzler Cocktail Table


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Ella Round Cocktail Table


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Parisian Cocktail Table


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Weathered Medallion Cocktail Table

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Somrig Cocktail Table


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Umber Finish Two-Tier Cocktail Table


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Mirrored Cocktail Table in Antique Black with Gold Accent


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Jonathan Cocktail Table with Dark Shell Top


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Bagatel Cocktail Table


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Kellogg Oval Cocktail Table


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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.


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.



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.

The Samuel Sofa – Our New Chesterfield

The New Samuel Sofa has arrived and is just in time for the holiday season. The DC store received the beautiful Chesterfield sofa yesterday and immediately put it into a window display.


Because we chose to cover it with a rich herringbone red we flanked it with leather chairs and an oval glass and metal coffee table.  Here are the overall dimensions of the sofa.

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Overall: W69 D34 H33

Inside: W60 D24 H16

Seat Height: 18

Arm Height: 33

Back Rail Height: 33

Please come on by the Wisconsin Ave store, enjoy our holiday decorations and try out the new Samuel Sofa. Don’t forget that it is available in custom fabrics and a larger size too!

New Additions to The Kellogg Collection

 (Drumroll please)
It is my pleasure to introduce two of the newest additions to The Kellogg Collection:
The Eglomise & Iron Side Table and Demilune Console.

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This dynamic duo has just arrived in our stores from our most recent buying trip. Each has a distressed gilded finish with hand painted gold borders on a unique eglomise glass top.
We chose to add these pieces to our Collection because they fit seamlessly into any traditional home without being redundant but are also perfect for anyone hoping to update his or her look.
If you are excited as we are about these additions make sure you stop by one of our stores and see them in person – they won’t disappoint!

How to Paint a Room and Get a New Look

  Paint a Room – Get a New Look
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:


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.


 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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:


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.


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.