Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Style Booster - Powder Room Potential

One of the smallest rooms in your house 
the one with the greatest potential!

Because of it's small size, it offers a unique opportunity to break out of the box
and express your style in a way you may not want to do in other areas of your home.
It's a chance to do something a little more daring and dramatic...
Design by Joan Waddell
Pink in your family room?  Probably not, 
but how elegant it is in this powder room!
You can afford to ramp it up in a small space.
In this case, my client loved "girly glamour" but had to consider her three boys in the equation.
Our solution was to segregate the glitz to the powder room 
where it becomes a real STYLE STATEMENT!
Look at the details in here. Fabulous, shimmery wallpaper anchors the space
while the crystal chandelier and faux painted ceiling creates a glowing canopy.
The Venetian mirror is a natural complement to the look.
And the wood etegere adds dimension to the space, not to mention handy storage.
The framed art pieces are simple architectural drawings
that don't compete with the patterned paper.
The finishing touch is the set of monogrammed linen hand towels -
 which always make a guest feel special!

Ok, you say.
 How do I make my powder room into a personal STYLE STATEMENT?
It's pretty easy if you let your imagination flow.
Think about the things you love and exaggerate them.
Remember that you have more creative license because it's a small space
tap into that inner voice and let it shine!

We'll be dissecting the FOYER next time so
come back for more inspiration...


Friday, January 25, 2013

FRIDAYfinds! - Monograms

Courtesy of  Southern Accents
As I say on one of my Pinterest boards
Monograms are just one of those fabulous details I return to again and again
with good reason!
They can be used in so many ways.
Always a classic on a chair back, they're equally enchanting on a throw pillow

I'm always inventing new ways to update a monogram.
like this one that I designed for a client's sofa.
The geometric "C" looks great with the crisp white frame around it.

Courtesy of Southern Accents
But it's hard to beat the timeless look of a hand-embroidered monogram on linen.

It's no coincidence that I shared these with you today,
After all, what better way to 



Thursday, January 24, 2013

Style Booster - Does your family room work for you?

I'm hoping you've done your homework
from my last STYLE post
and discovered the "Style Diva" within you!

Have you found the common thread that defines your style preferences?
Are you beginning to notice how you gravitate towards certain colors and shapes?
Are you a pattern fan or craving soft neutrals?
What does the artwork on your walls say about you?

Find the spark that lights you up and you'll be on your way 
to a brand new YOU!
And a brand new HOME, too!

As promised, I'm moving through your house with you
room by room
to help give you inspiration and some simple tips
for implementing your new-found style

Which brings us to the most used and abused room in the house...
The Family Room
Design by Joan Waddell
The couple I designed this for are empty nesters, but not very often...
It's a busy place when their kids come with the grand kids,
(not to mention the large extended family)
Like you, they are in here constantly, throughout the day and night
so I designed it to be durable, yet comfortable and inviting.

Multifunctional is the key word!

With an open kitchen on one end and the family room on the other,
this space is used for everything from breakfast to informal dinners with friends.
How do they do it?
For one thing, we chose pieces that work double duty.
Do you see the trestle table on the left?
This folds out to accommodate 6 for dinner
or holds a full buffet for a bigger crowd.

Design by Joan Waddell
From here, you can see the antique trunk that doubles as a great coffee table
and toy chest for the grand kids toys!

How do you use YOUR family room?
Are you really maximizing the space you have?
Maybe it's time to rethink the furniture so that it
serves your purposes better.

 Hooker Chic Coterie Collection decorative lateral file
There are many pieces available today
that are multi-functional.
This chest from Hooker's new Chic Coterie Collection
is a favorite of mine.
Great storage, yes, but did you know it's also a file cabinet?
Instant office in the middle of your family room!

On to the powder room next...
See you then :-)


Friday, January 18, 2013

FRIDAYfinds! - The Power of Yellow

I don't know about you but
right about now.  Winter blahs have set in and I need a boost.
My guess is that you're in the same boat so I'm sending some your way...
Just looking at this photo energizes me
and makes me think about 
the power of YELLOW in our homes.

Joan Waddell's living room
I can certainly attest to its affect.  
My own living room is a strong golden shade of yellow 
that lifts me up even on the most dreary days.

And yellow daffodils can be an instant mood changer.

Global Views Sunburst Light Fixture
 Want a more permanent solution?
Install this fantastic "Sunburst" fixture and bring-on -the-sun with the flip of a switch!

We'll all get through this together...
Spring officially starts March 20th

keep the faith and watch for this little guy to pop his head through the snow.


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Style Booster - Kitchen pick-me-ups

With the new year,
I've been talking about defining your style in your home.
(See my last post:  Style - What's Your Thread? for some tips)
Because once you know your style, you can make the best decisions
when it comes to furnishing your home.

There will be a sense of order and harmony from room to room
that truly speaks to who you are, 
instead of a mismatched collection of mistakes.

No more buyer's remorse!
Just  the confidence to move forward and create the home you've always envisioned.

So let's do it!
Take some time to think about the rooms that need the most TLC
and prioritize.
I'm going to start in the kitchen and give you some quick
that will hopefully motivate and encourage :-)

via Pinterest
For starters, I'm lovin' this cute little mini herbal garden.
Keeps something "green" in your kitchen all through the dreary days of Winter.
And it will spice up your favorite recipes, too.

 via Pinterest
Do you have a potential collection hiding in your pantry?
Maybe it starts with just one special platter that was handed down to you.
Start acquiring more and give them center stage in your kitchen.
It's a guaranteed personal "Style" statement!

 House Beautiful via Pinterest
Find a place to paint a fresh splash of color.  It can be
the interior of your cabinets
or an accent wall.
 This is particularly effective in an all-white kitchen
and adds an unexpected touch that says
"I like to have fun!"

Are you energized yet?


Monday, January 14, 2013

STYLE - What is your thread?

 Joan Waddell's foyer
We all want our homes to tell a personal story...
about who we are, our families, our journeys
and our hopes and dreams.

sometimes its hard to see this story with all the clutter and confusing "stuff"
that is scattered about.

How can we ever define our home "Style" 
with all these things getting in the way?

My answer comes from the title of a wonderful little book I read as a teenager

That title has stuck in my memory bank for all these years
because it perfectly describes a basic design principle of
that is so integral to good design.

It's also a terrific way to define your personal style.
There is a "thread" that runs through the choices you have made
in your home.
From the colors that appeal to you
to the kind of art you hang on the wall.

Take a walk around your house - room by room
and look for clues to your  "thread".
Try to dig beneath the clutter to uncover similarities between spaces.

Do you consistently gravitate towards a certain color or combination of colors?
 What about pattern?
Are you layering different patterns together with pillows or upholstery fabrics?
design by Mario Buatta
is everything more subdued and monochromatic?
design by Joan Waddell

Check out the accessories you've chosen through the years.
There will be a "thread" here, as well.
Whether in the family room or master bedroom,
you will start to notice that certain types of accessories are repeated again and again.

Maybe it's an abundance of books or cluster of tabletop photo frames.
Regardless of your preferences, they each provide clues to your personality.

Once you've taken an inventory of your key style indicators
take a break and read the list back.
You'll be surprised at all the common denominators!

These become the building blocks to create a unique style in your home
that truly tells your "story".
Have fun in your discoveries 


Friday, January 11, 2013

FRIDAYfinds! - God's Designs, Inc.

Leave it to one of my wonderful clients to keep me informed
of the great volunteer work being done right here in our city!

I was so touched with her email that I wanted to get the word out ASAP.
FRIDAYfinds! is the perfect way to let all of my blog friends know about this
outstanding effort to create comfortable shelter for those in need.

Here she is - the 82 year old founder of 

Look at that smile on her face!  
The description I received in my client's email said it all.

"I wanted to let you know about a new organization I've become involved with.
It is God's Designs, a charity captained by an 82-year-old dynamo,
who provides furniture, accessories, even kitchen utensils, to deserving local residents.
With a volunteer crew, she turns a near empty residence 
into a warm and inviting home."

So I am asking for your help.
Open your hearts...and your closets!
Let's clean up, edit down, and help make a difference, one home at a time.

Imagine the delight of this lucky little boy when he sees his
"New Room" 

Call to Action!
You can call/email me to coordinate the pick-up
or contact God's Designs, Inc. directly.

Here's to sweet dreams!


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Jackie Kennedy - The First Lady of Style

Jackie Kennedy - Courtesy of John F. Kennedy Library
In defining style, I could think of no better example than
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy.

She epitomized style in everything she did
but for me, 
the way she restored the White House as a living museum 
is her greatest style contribution, by far!

When she visited the White House before her husband's inauguration,
she referred to it as 
"that dreary Maison Blanche"
Her vision was to make the White House
"the most perfect house in the United States"
She believed that it should be furnished with antiques
that reflected the lives of past presidents who lived there.

Courtesy of the John F. Kennedy Library
An unattainable wish for most, 
Jackie Kennedy made it happen by enlisting the most notable authorities in the
fields of interior design and American antiques.
Just weeks after she moved in to the White House, she met with the famed decorator,
Sister Parish 
and asked for her assistance in the restoration effort.
Her other lieutenant was none other than 
Henry du Pont, 
considered the most qualified expert on the subject of American historical decoration at the time.

Courtesy of the John F. Kennedy Library
When the renovation was complete,
she capitalized on the media fervor by inviting CBS to televise her personal tour of the 
beautifully restored rooms.
Viewed by more than 80 million people, 
it captured the hearts and imaginations of the whole nation. 

 Courtesy of the John F. Kennedy Library
Her style was legendary.
Through her sense of confidence, she became a true visionary 
who used her talents and position to create the "People's House".
In her words...
"The White House was not only a place for the president to work and live, 
but also as a destination for every American who visited Washington, D.C.,
a showcase for art and culture, and a place of national pride.

I can testify to that!
When I toured the White House in December, I was in awe.
And to think it all started with Jackie!

"Embrace the joys of good design!"

Define YOUR style in 2013

The butler said it best...

Downton Abbey Wait Staff
Season Three premier of
Downton Abbey 
on Sunday night captured 7.9 MILLION viewers!

All of us who are big fans watch the show for a host of reasons.
 I'm facinated by the intertwined plots
I'm also intrigued by the physical surroundings and mannerisms of those who
live in this caverness, forboding "house"

When I heard MR. CARSON, the head butler, express his opinion on style,
it hit a cord with me.

He is so right!
and it should be reflected in all aspects of our lives.
Whether in the clothing we wear or
the way we decorate our homes,
"style" is the unique stamp we put on every choice we make.
But the best part?
It's empowering.
With a sense of style comes a certain confidence in knowing who you are,
which, in turn, creates the energy to branch out and explore new things.
And THAT'S the secret to staying young!

I'm challenging all of YOU to
Design by Joan Waddell/J. Waddell Interiors

I'll be sharing fresh new ways to create STYLE in your home
in upcoming posts so keep in touch and


Friday, January 4, 2013

FRIDAYfinds! - Color of the Year

is the Pantone Color of the Year for 2013!

This selection is the result of extensive research conducted by the Pantone Color Institute,
who has been considered the world's color authority for nearly 50 years.
Their team combs the world looking for color influences which can include 
every thing from the entertainment industry to art collections and popular travel destinations.

And their reach extends into multiple industries where color plays an important role
such as fashion, interior design, architecture, product packaging and graphic design.
Pantone describes their pick,
"Lively. Radiant. Lush...
a color of elegance and beauty 
enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony"

I'm excited about the potential of this vibrant color.
Whether it's a bold statement like a stair runner
in smaller doses...
Surya AR-114
like this fabulous pillow from Surya,
there a lots of ways to energize your home with EMERALD!

After all, this should be quite a familiar color to those of us who followed
Dorothy, the Tin Man, and the crew to Emerald City.


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Year, New Home, New YOU!

For me, the new year brings opportunity.
Opportunity to rethink
Opportunity to change
the opportunity to GROW!

This applies to so many areas of my life
but as a designer,
it particularly holds true for how I assess the physical environment that I live in every day -
my home, my office, and even my car.

It's a chance to take a fresh look at the rooms I spend time in
and make positive changes that will create a more functional...and pleasing environment.

This is never more apparent than when the Christmas decorations come down
and I'm staring at the bare bones of a room.

Interior design by Joan Waddell of J. Waddell Interiors
So as I take a hard look at my own home, I'm sending a special
New Year's wish
to all of my blog friends
who are
frustrated, undecided or generally "stuck"
about what to do with the rooms in your homes,


We all go through life stages
and our homes should reflect those changes in a way that makes our environment more
functional and enjoyable.

Now more than ever,