We Love This Advice!

When we say this recent blog post by ADE Professional member Linda Green of Reinventing Spaces by Linda is perfect for the new year, we mean it! Check out Linda’s advice!

Five Easy Decorating Changes for the New Year

Let’s Get Comfy


I can’t help it, but sectional sofas remind me of parties with Hugh and perky leotards with bunny tails; days when their soul purpose was to fill the corners of an impossibly large living room, and cradle the tired faces of several someones who had enjoyed a very long liquid lunch.

Sadly, I never wore a bunny tail, but now I find myself wishing I had, and wondering if it is still too late? I have never seen it listed on a bucket list, but it seems like a very good contender for mine, and probably more attainable than climbing Mt. Everest or lining up the colors on a Rubix cube.

So, with thoughts of parties and bunny tails, it didn’t come as a complete surprise that I have also been thinking about buying a sectional sofa; I finally see the appeal of having a sofa that invites us to put our feet up and get comfy.

You see, it has always been difficult for me to sit with my feet on the ground, and I worry that I am not being very lady-like in the way that I cross my legs, so why not have something that almost encourages my potential bad manners. (Mind you, it could also be the amount of chocolate that I ate over Christmas that is sweetening my sudden love affair with outstretched, fabric-inclined laziness).

When I think past my lazy thoughts, I also like that there are options, but not like going to a diner options; these are simple and not-too-over-whelming options. Do you want the lounging bit on the left or the right, what fabric do you like, and how big do you want it to be? There are more questions I am sure, but it isn’t hard to navigate, and isn’t likely to make you run away or just give up and order the grilled cheese.

And, did you know they can fit more people? Even the smallest one will seat three or four, without unsettling your host or making you feel that you are teetering on the edge of someone else’s personal space. In fact, they might possibly be my new favorite piece of furniture.

But then I talked to someone who said that they didn’t like sectionals at all. She said she didn’t know how to sit on them properly, the thought made her uncomfortable, and that they looked like a bed in the middle of the living room. She preferred to sit up, and at a distance, rather than lounging awkwardly close to her friend’s bare feet.

As we talked, I understood what she meant, but I also hoped that if she visited someone it was because she liked them, and that they would be okay with her asking how on earth she was supposed to sit on their comfy (but confusing) furniture configuration. Because at the end of the day, it is all about comfort, and if she isn’t comfortable I am sure that her friend would happily take off her bunny tail, open a packet of chocolate biscuits, and invite her to sit down at the kitchen table instead.

Wendy E. Wrzos http://wendyandthebluegiraffe.blogspot.com/

Photograph from Pinterest

Happy New Year!

From all of us at Association of Design Education, we wish you the happiest of New Year’s! We’ll see you in January!

Table Setting

If you’re still shopping, consider stopping by a consignment shop to find unique gifts for just about anyone. Use platters and soup tureens to hold delicious homemade cookies, store-bought scones from  your favorite bakery, or wrap up a collection of your favorite jams.
A couple of weeks ago, I did some holiday shopping at one of my favorite stores here in town. Twin Elm Farm is a group shop that is filled with all kinds of goodies including antiques, vintage-inspired items, handmade items, and gifts of every size, color, and price tag. I had my eye on a beautiful black chest of drawers, a cloth purse, several glass blown ornaments, and a few other last minute stocking stuffers I can’t post about (Shhh). I walked out with the ornaments and stocking stuffers. We’ll see what Santa leaves me under the tree.

What I love most about this store is the ever changing displays.The mix of old and new is always a pleasing way to embellish various items. Throw in a few organic (whether real or faux) materials, and it all comes to life. Some consigners come and go, while my favorites keep stocking their shelves with interesting and unique finds. Not all rooms are alike, and just like in conventional retail stores, it really does make a difference in how you display merchandise. I was itching to get my hands on some of the displays just to spruce them up a bit.

Here are some of my favorites to inspire your holiday décor.

Containers of every kind make great holiday gifts. They can be used as vases for flowers, to hold candy canes, or even candles. And ornaments always make a great gift. Pillows and throws in mad about you plaid will look lovely in anyone’s winter home. Holiday decorations themselves make a great gift. A beautiful wreath, a small tree, even berry branches (real or faux) can be used all winter long. And don’t forget the container (like the boxes below and the silver pieces above, as mentioned) are gifts all on their own. Fill them with small goodies and tie them all up in ribbon-tied jingle bells.

With a class or workshop from one of our ADE-approved Trainers! We teach all over the country, so check out our schedule to see what may be happening in your area! And start the new year out right!

Area rugs aren’t really supposed to be laid on the floor willy nilly. Besides adding beauty, rugs delineate space and/or frame the architecture. However, sometimes design rules are meant to be broken.

Layering rugs is always okay. Whether you decide to place one on top of wall-to-wall carpet, or in this case, over one another to draw the eye. These Turkish runners were intentionally placed to draw your eye to the reading nook. And because this area of this home has only one purpose, you’re not creating any visual chaos usually associated with random rug placement.

Pay close attention to color when you choose to do this in your own home. Clearly, these rugs are two different patterns, but they work well together because each pattern complements the other and the colors are from the same color family.

Photo: HB – Betsy Burnham Designs

Change in LinkedIn

While today is a sad day, tomorrow will be better. Today is Christine Spitale’s last day managing our group page on LinkedIn. Christine has done a wonderful job for us over the years . . . her business and her life are taking a bit of a different direction and we wish her the very best! Tomorrow we welcome Amy Parker as our new manager. We are delighted Amy has accepted the challenge! While she has big shoes to fill, we are sure she will do a wonderful job. Stop by to say goodbye to Christine and hello to Amy! Association of Design Education on LinkedIn.


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