Thursday, September 1, 2016

Windows That Wow!

Many clients put a great deal of thought in to the type of furniture they want, how they want their home to feel, personal style and color preference. But the potential of window treatments is often limited to the practical features of light control and privacy.  Window treatments are functional and do work to control the amount of light that comes into a room. They also provide privacy especially at night when light from inside makes everything and everyone clearly visible from the street. But decorative window treatments are as important to the finished look and feel of a room as any furniture, art or accessories.
 Dining Room Window Treatment

Dining rooms can provide a unique challenge because unlike a living room which has upholstered furniture, dining rooms are largely comprised of mostly wood furniture with little opportunity to add the color, pattern and softness fabrics add to a room. The upholstered seats of the dining chairs are small and hidden under the table. This makes dining room window treatments doubly important. To balance the large quantity of wood, to quiet acoustics and to add color and interest to the dining room above, Celeste Jackson Interiors designed a multi layered window treatment. The soft folds of fabric brake up the rectilinear lines of walls, table and china cabinet. Combining fabrics adds visual interests, pattern and color completing the room and giving it a distinct style.
Living Room Window Treatment
Custom window treatments turn an ordinary room into an extraordinary room because they're tailor made for you to fit your windows perfectly. With access to thousands of fabrics, Celeste Jackson Interiors, Ltd. selects fabrics that are the perfect style and color match to the room they're in. We know which fabrics are best suited to the style; how a fabric will hang, fold and pleat. 

trimsJust like choosing the right jewelry to compliment a favorite outfit, embellishments will enhance a window treatment. Adding just the right amount of tassels, beading or trim will give you the kind of window treatments that "WOW" a room.

Large Scale Faux Iron InstallationWindow treatments can also change the appearance of the window. They can add height and width to add grandeur to the room. In the room above, look how the window treatments elongate the windows and frame the fireplace changing the focal point from the fireplace alone in the center of the wall to widening  the focus to make the entire wall the focal point of the room. The curves of the cornices and the gentle lines of the drapery panels pulled back, soften the straight lines of the window panes and frames. The combination of complimentary fabrics add extra layers color and interest.
Powder Room Window Treatment

Cultivating Individuality in Your Unique Home
Celeste Jackson

Monday, August 1, 2016

The Baby Boomers: Still Booming with Style & Elegance

Your best ideas, those eureka moments that turn the world upside down, seldom come when you're juggling emails, rushing to meet the 
5 p.m. deadline or straining to make your voice heard in a high-stressing meeting. 
They come when you're walking the dog, 
soaking in the bath or swinging in a hammock."

Carl Honore, Canadian Journalist

master bathroom

Last  month I spoke about how the Millennial Generation is gaining in size and retail influence to the Baby Boomer Generation (who currently holds this title) but let's face it, they may be shaking things up a bit, but it's we "Boomers" who've learned how to really live. 

Take a look at what this Baby Boomer couple did to improve their lives . . .

  A Master Bathroom to Inspire and Indulge             


Reflective wallcovering
Beautifully crowned vanity with backlit frosted glass

Elegant wall-mounted faucet

Porcelain tiles, the look of wood without worry of water

Luxuriously deep soaking tub

Beauty with LOTS of storage!

Open and airy glass shower with bench

   With a freestanding bathtub, full length drapery panels are not a problem

With His & Hers vanities the morning routine has never been easier. There's room for you both!
Don't live your life in the house you bought, 
live your life in the home you created!
Cultivating Individuality in Your Unique Home.
Celeste Jackson

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The Millennials: Designing for the Next Generation

"The technology keeps moving forward, 
which makes it easier for the artists to tell their stories 
and paint the pictures they want. "
- George Lucas -

Harmonizing Classic and Contemporary Design with Technology

Ashley and Dan in their livingroom.
When Ashley and Dan (aka my daughter and son-in-law) moved into their new condo in May 2013 I was delighted to help them with their interior design.  It was as much fun for me as it was for them. Characteristic of Millennials, they weren't committed to a single style. Instead they wanted to blend together an eclectic collection of objects, art and furniture from different periods and styles to create an elegant yet comfortable home for entertaining friends which reflects this couples diverse interests and tastes. Because Millennials are essentially always interacting with technology, integrating it into their home was an equally important factor. Working with some existing items, I added furniture and accessories from a variety of sources; familiar retailers, on-line sources and even antiques like the two mid-century modern chairs featured above. Having had them reupholstered, they are among Ashley and Dan's top favorite pieces. Needless to say, they were both very pleased with the results. 

 In April, Ashley and Dan were interviewed for a blog on living in their Ravenswood neighborhood. As part of the article, their home was photographed extensively. You may recognize the unusually long hall from a previous newsletter...To see more photos of their unique home, please click here...Read More....     
                                                 Celeste Jackson Cultivating Individuality in Your Unique Home

Monday, June 6, 2016

Making a Great First Impression!

Curb appeal is a term often used by realtors when selling a home but in reality it applies to all homes. This term, curb appeal, simply describes how visually attractive a home is when viewed from the street. There are a number of details that contribute to creating great curb appeal. A well maintained home with attractive landscaping, containers of flowers on the porch and a pretty wreath on the door all add color and say "Welcome" but since it can be seen from a distance, it's your home's paint color that gets noticed first. Have you ever driven past a home and wondered if the color it was painted was truly the home owner's desired end result? Maybe they wanted a warm sunny yellow but got safety vest reflective yellow instead. Choosing paint colors can be challenging.  Trying to visualize a one inch square paint chip spread over the expanse of an entire house can make it seem virtually impossible. 

Celeste Jackson Interiors, Ltd. has a unique computer program to illustrate how the interiors of your home will look before any work begins; but did you also know, this same program can be applied to the outside of your home! Look below at what Celeste Jackson Interiors, Ltd. has done for others just like you, then, give us a call to see a fresh face on your home! 

Home Exterior - Before
Home Exterior - Computer Rendering
Home Exterior - After

Cultivating Individuality in Your Unique Home!
Celeste Jackson

Monday, May 2, 2016

Add a Splash of Color, Splash Away!

"Sunset is still my favorite color, and rainbow is second."Mattie Stepanek - American Poet, 1990 - 2004

 With the first colorful buds of spring, I find myself longing for something fresh and new! We would never consider going out in a shirt with frayed cuffs and permanent stains down the front, yet how closely do we look at the walls and trim in our homes. Is your trim scuffed and chipped? Are the walls soiled with little tiny hand or paw prints? Perhaps it's time for an infusion of color.  Like the clean feeling of a freshly scrubbed face, a freshly painted room can make your entire home feel fresh and bright, clean and new again! 

It can be overwhelming when you open a fan deck with it's 1500 or more paint colors. In our experience, Celeste Jackson Interiors, Ltd. attributes this to why many people simply default to white when selecting paint for their homes. Yet color is the element that can take a room from ordinary to extraordinary and enrich your daily life. 
The first step is to understand how important color is and how it affects us.  In general, the warm yellow, orange and red colors stimulate our energy levels, while the cool blue, green and violet colors calm and sooth us. Considering the function of a room and the type of activity in a space can help direct color selections. The kitchen, family room, play room or office may crave the warmth and stimulation provided a warmer color palette while bedrooms and bathrooms require the soothing tranquility of the cooler colors.

The second step in the selection process is to identify an inspiration piece that contains colors you are drawn to personally. Artwork, area rugs, furniture or fabrics are an excellent place to start. Whatever it is, it should be something that makes you feel good. Utilize your inspiration piece to start selecting colors. The more colors an item contains, the more colors you will have to work with.

The third step is to tape two or three large paint samples of each color on different walls. Watch how the color changes as the light changes throughout the day. Compare how the color looks at night under lamp light with how it looks during the day in natural light. This step will help you to confidently narrow down your selections. Everyone who walks into the room will have an opinion but remember, color affects everyone differently and this is your inspiration!

Several years ago, I was working with a couple who wanted to redecorate the main level of their home. In the living room was a beautiful piece of art they had purchased prior to my being hired. Working from this inspiration piece, I selected a rich eggplant color for the living room walls. On the day the room was being painted, I telephoned to find out how things were progressing. The husband, who worked from home, answered and asked me if I could come over. When I asked him if he was unhappy with the color I had chosen, he informed me the painter thought the color was too dark and had suggested a brighter shade of purple. Since his wife was at work, the husband had approved the suggested brighter purple. I asked him what he thought of the color, to which he replied, "It looks like it belongs in a teenage girl's room. What should I do?" My advice was that he call the painter to come back the next morning and repaint the room in the color I had originally selected then, start cooking his wife a very nice dinner. When the room was finished, it was stunning!

When your room is being painted do not start second guessing your selection. Once everything is back in place, your focus will be on the room as a whole and not just on the walls. If you have taken all the proper steps, you will be pleased with the results.
Cultivating Individuality in Your Unique Home
Celeste Jackson 

Friday, April 1, 2016

From Traditional to Contemporary "Transitional" Bridges the Gap

Transitional - relating to or characteristic of a process or period of transition: "a transitional government was appointed"

Synonymschangeover · interim · changing · fluid

Just as spring is the seasonal transition from the chill of winter to the sizzle of summer, the transitional style of interior design is the perfect blending of the soft traditional lines with minimal adornment and a clean contemporary look. Below is a recently completed project by Celeste Jackson Interiors which exemplifies this poplar trend in home design.

Master Bedroom and Bath, 

The originally traditional style of this master bedroom and bath was derived from the shapes of the furniture, the fabric patterns and the window treatment design. 

The homeowner wanted to freshen and update the space yet keep much of the furniture she loved.

As with the bedroom, the master bath had a number of traditional elements. The challenge was to create a fresh new look without a complete renovation.

The combination of  new neutral colors, elegant fabrics for bedding and window treatments, fresh light fixtures and accessories create the "WOW" in this luxurious new space!

Master Bedroom and Bath, 

The combination of  new neutral colors, elegant fabrics on bedding and window treatments and shiny new light fixtures and accessories create the "WOW" in this luxurious new space!

Sheen and texture with a geometric accent pattern add a contemporary twist to the traditional bed and nightstands.

In the sitting area, by replacing the sofa, chair and large ottoman with a two chaise sectional and one smaller round ottoman all in one fabric creates a spacious, uncluttered feeling while providing the same amount of seating.

There are two great features of the master bath; the vaulted ceiling and the enticing soaking bathtub. Installing a glamorous chandelier draws the eye up and highlights the high ceiling. Longer mirrors installed behind the light fixtures above the sinks and mounting the stylish window treatment at the ceiling create a window and vanities proportionate to the scale of the bathtub.

Notice how the chandelier is simultaneously traditional and contemporary; the traditional shape and shades are matched with polished metal. The mirrors are framed with a stone tile to coordinate with and update the existing stone on the vanities, tub surround and floor. 

The transitional style is the most flexible and versatile design solution. It can be formal or casual, combine the old with the new and continue to transition as your own personal style and tastes change. 
Cultivating Individuality in Your Unique Home
Celeste Jackson