Thursday, March 31, 2011

Furniture University ...a very educational evenning at Faded Elegance

A special thank you to Kelly Dubyne of Distinctive Interior Designs, Kelly shared her extensive knowledge of interior design as well as everything you ever wanted to know about furniture. Everyone received a special goodie bag with a paint color deck, 10% off life preferred customer card from Miller Paint Co. and Tokyo Milk Soap.
Kelly discussed what to look for in the construction of a quality piece of furniture. She also shared great decorating tips on furniture placement.
There was lots of note taking during the seminar!

I shared the 5 key steps to consider when shopping for Vintage and Antique furniture. I also shared some of my quick fixes for those pieces that need some TLC.

Thank you everyone that attended our 2nd annual Design Seminar, I had so much fun! Happy decorating~Kimberly

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Tips From A Pro...

Kelly DuByne of Distinctive Interior Designs is sharing her tricks of the trade and shopping tips in her guest blog. So without further ado...I would like to introduce Kelly DuByne!

Distinctive Interior Designs

I'm Kelly BuByne, speaker, designer and consultant with Distinctive Interior Designs located in Lake Stevens, WA. I have owned my interior design business for 16 years and my passion is transforming your space through color, design and decor! I'm really excited to be conducting a seminar again at Faded Elegance with Kimberly, on March 25th from 6-9 pm. We'll be learning all about furniture through my seminar entitled Furniture University.
Here are a few tips on furniture shopping;

Consider your budget: Purchasing furniture is usually a large investment, so be sure you're spending your money wisely. I recommend that you buy the best quality you can afford.

Size and scale and where the furniture will be used: Think about the size of the room and the scale of the furniture. For instance, for your dinning room if you don't have enough room for a large rectangular table, you can save space by bringing in a round table, thus eliminating the square edges and saving space!

What Style are you? Take this great quiz at to find out if you lean more towards traditional, contemporary, coastal, modern or an entire myriad of styles. After taking the quiz myself it confirmed my furniture tastes fit into the casual, traditional style.

How is the furniture built? Knowing how the furniture is constructed can help you to purchase a better, longer wearing piece of furniture.

The Frame should be made of kiln-dried wood. This process helps to remove the moisture in wood, insuring the frame will not change shape over time.
The Seating Support. Eight way hand tied is the best support. Craftsman hand tie each coil - this strengths the support.
Cushion: Down and feathers create the softest seating, but it is also the most expensive. Some other alternatives are; blend down- a mixture of down, feathers and polyester fabrics. Polyurethane foam is the most common cushion filler today.
Fabric: natural fibers such as cotton, linen, silk and rayon are comfortable for upholstery but often require more maintenance. Synthetic Fibers such as polyester, olefin and nylon are other options. One of my favorite types to use is pile fabrics such as chenille and velvet.

Thank you, Kelly!
This is just a tiny sneak peek at what will be covered during our Design Seminar Friday, March 25th from 6-9pm RSVP Today! 360-568-5333
Kelly has donated great goodies for our gift bags, everyone will receive a designers color deck and a Miller Paint Co. Customer Card for 10% off Paint for LIFE!!!
Enter to win one of three great drawings: In Home Design/Color Consultation by Distinctive Interior Designs, A Free Gallon of Devine Paint and $50.00 Faded Elegance Shopping Spree

Monday, March 14, 2011

Design Seminar March 25th 6-9pm

Join us for our 2nd Annual Design Seminar with our special guest Kelly DeByne of Distinctive Interior Designs. Kelly, a designer and consultant of 16 years will be teaching her tricks of the trade when it comes to furniture and color through her seminar entitled "Furniture University." Have a design dilemma? Bring a picture of your problem area and Kelly will help solve your design dilemma. I will share what qualities to look for when purchasing Vintage and Antique furniture. I also will share some easy tips on simple repairs and answer any questions you may have.
Faded Elegance Design Seminar March 25th 6-9pm
RSVP seating is limited 360-568-5333
Drawing for a In Home Color Consultation
& $50.00 Faded Elegance Gift Certificate
Design Consultation- just bring a picture of your problem area and Kelly will help solve your design dilemma.
15% OFF entire store during event
In true Faded Elegance style we will have Sips and Nibbles

Last year our Design Seminar Add Harmony and Tranquility to Your Life with Accessories and Color with Kelly Debyne was inspirational and educational. Kelly shared how to obtain the latest design trends through accessories and color, and on a budget!
Kelly sharing her tricks of the trade.
Kelly giving one-on-one design consultation. Don't forget to bring your picture Friday.
Keep posted Kelly will be guest posting on Faded Elegance's Blog a few great design tips.