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July 2017

IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK, they’d say Wallpaper is back!

If these walls could talk they’d say Wallpaper is back! Coming from Europe on the decorating scene in the past 2 years has been floral wallpapers and handmade “de Gournay” wallpapers panels.  And you know there are some very pretty florals that look updated and fresh. SO before you wrinkle your nose let me give you a few places to look for fresh floral wallpapers and how to use them.

Newburyport is known for its maritime look and feel but you can bring some eclectic wallpaper into your home, think of it as letting the garden come inside! Now if you have a finished 3rd floor or attic space that you have made into a guest room go all out like the English and use the wallpaper on the ceilings and walls. It’s okay! Choose English UK wallpapers- Colefax and Fowler or Designer’s Guild or just stay state-side and look at Schumacher wallpapers.

You still don’t believe that wallpaper is back?  Another idea a little more contemporary is to try oversized geometric wallpaper on 1 wall in your foyer, up one side of your stairway or even in your powder room. Many of the geometric wallpapers have pure color which enhances your furniture or bathroom vanity. If you use the wallpaper with a strong pattern in a controlled amount you will not get tired of it and you will find you can skip the artwork and highlight the space with the type and style of light fixture.

Think about your Northshore, Newburyport home just a little bit differently and use wallpaper in a pure color against a white backdrop. You will see how much you will love the change!  Your room becomes a new space in your home. Want a great fresh color look at Thibaut wallpapers or step it up a notch with Quadrille’s vast collection of unique style wallpapers!

Many of you are minimalists and would prefer no wallpapers; but I beg to differ on this with you because you may want to look at Phillip Jefferies absolutely Amazing collections of grasscloth wallpapers. They even have some with overlay geometrics, like the Greek key or oriental style design. Using one of PJ papers will warm the space and hanging paper on 1 wall can make a huge statement.  Cowtan and Tout and Kenneth James  have been experimenting with a marbleized or agate style wallpaper that I simply love for both traditional and contemporary spaces. The colors are warm greys, soft neutrals and even a neutral pink that can work with many shades of colors, like navy, charcoal, or rich browns.

Worthington will meet and work with you at your residence to identify where your “if these walls could talk, they’d say Wallpaper is back” in your home! We have so many wallpaper options to show you, whether wallpapering a simple wall, room or ceiling in your Newburyport or Northshore home Worthington will create just the right touch!      

                                                                                       “To Define is to Limit.” -                                                                                                                                Oscar Wilde

 

Have a Happy 4th of July and see you in August.

 

June 2017

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Easy ways to design Outside Living on your Patio, Porch or Deck

 

Easy ways to design outside living on your patio, porch or deck in Newburyport can be amazing with all the options for furniture, lighting and serve-ware!

If you have enough space for a great sectional sporting an indoor/outdoor easy-to-clean material look to Restoration Hardware’s Classic Kingston collection. 14 different fabrics, 2 seat depths to fitcompact residential footprints are great.

Want to get rid of your old picnic table?  Wait a minute, you can paint it and apply a cool French stripe runner to dress up your 1950’s style picnic table.

 If you can’t bring your precious pillows outside have Newburyport’s 2017 Best Interior Designer, Worthington Interior Design work with you to select hip Perennials fabrics to create what looks like it belongs on the inside; but can live on the outside!

Newburyport has such a beautiful coastal setting to decorate your table with an obvious ‘sea-worthy’ theme. And there are so many great melamine dishes in marine, coral and nautical patterns it’s hard to choose. Think about introducing a different design approach of geometrics. Mixing stripes, chevrons, windowpane, hounds tooth or dot patterns to create a unique outside space. All relate without committing to a particular design so you can add more accessories year after year.  Anchor your outside space with a chevron rug in polypropylene, easy AND breezy!

Arranging your outside space whether small or large so you have a view of your plantings and landscaping. Decorate the side of your house with all-weather artwork to resemble a room without doors and walls. Move your games and puzzles outside with comfy unique oversize to the trade cushions or poufs that Worthington Interior Design would be happy to acquire for you. 

Lighting with huge glass hurricanes and add a hanging a flea market chandelier from a tree with nautical rope you can find in Newburyport area marine supply stores creating a glow on your patio or deck. Just be sure candle - safety is in place. See our selection of French style Spring-Summer candles from Point a La Ligne/Bougies a la Francaise.

Also consider lighting with battery operated candles in all sizes to offer a worry-free outside! And the new LED colored sculpted sphere or globe lights with remotes will instantly set your mood to chill!

Summer is all about outside, entertaining and fun. Fun can either be at the local Newbury Plum Island beaches or just a set-up game of croquet, badminton, or French boules in your own backyard!

Define your own outside albeit poolside, patio, deck or porch style with bright colors or classic neutrals! Try mixing the unexpected- turquoise with navy, red with pinks, oranges with purples and highlight with flowers in a single color for an understated elegance.

With all the many ways to design living outside in New England’s beautiful coastal city of Newburyport, let us help you make the most of your patio, porch, and deck decor.

Happy Summer and see you next month.

May 2017

The Kentucky Derby, most exciting 3 minutes in sports and here are 3 exciting old flooring options

The 1st Saturday in May brings us the Kentucky Derby, most exciting 3 minutes in sports and here are 3 exciting old flooring options for your Kitchen, Mudroom and Laundry.

May in Kentucky is a beautiful time of year. The many horse farms have bluegrass brimming and mint juleps in play as the 143rd Run for the Roses takes place. Remembering a walk of the 1995 Derby winner Thunder Gulch’s stable and farm reminds me of the new meeting and viewing pavilion under construction at the time. The horse trailers would back up to a level ‘soft ‘ brick pavers walkway that lined the way to the stud pavilion. This is the place on this particular famous horse farm breeds their horses complete with padded walls and viewing gallery. 

So this brings us to 3 different and exciting flooring options for your rugged mudroom. Think Brick.  Brick is relatively inexpensive and can easily be installed with a herringbone or chevron pattern with radiant heat giving you a ‘no fuss’ mudroom with a hip look! You can carry this look into your laundry room as well. Brick is often thought of as an outdoor material but bringing it inside for a particular space is renewing its long lasting style. Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello used brick flooring and this is one of our country’s finest designed homes. Brick comes with the following Pros:

  •    Design Flexibility
  •    Sturdiness and Slip Resistant
  •    Affordability
  •    Sustainable
  •    Warm, cozy, appeal

For another flooring option consider Limestone. It comes in various size tiles and warm colors that can give your mudroom, laundry room and kitchen a timeless look different than wood. Limestone tile is resilient and warms a room instantly even though it’s a stone! Its irregularity gives it a natural look and feel. Europeans uses limestone inside the home in many kitchens, pantries and mudrooms for its beauty and endurance. Some Pros for using Limestone:

  • It is a very sophisticated flooring material that needs minimum maintenance and is exceptionally attractive.

  • It has longevity and is a flexible flooring material that has a temperature free  nature.
  • It is an ideal flooring material for homes that are inclined to a healthy environment as it is convenient to clean and helps to maintain a hygienic atmosphere.
  • It provides a comfortable feeling under the foot and is very safe and secure.

Terrazzo is another oldie but goodie ancient material. Terrazzo was created by Venetian construction workers as a low cost flooring material to surface the patios around their living quarters. Originally consisting of scrap marble chips set in clay and sealed with goat milk, production of terrazzo became much easier after the introduction of electric industrial grinders and other power equipment in the 1920s.

Today Thin-set Terrazzo, composed of marble, quartz, granite and glass, is the most widely used installation method. For a residential floor you may use epoxy or a resin binding method to create an elegant floor for either a modern or traditional residential application. Some of the pros of thin-set Terrazzo:

  • Can be installed over new or existing concrete or plywood subfloors
  • Highest color availability
  • Resistant to chemicals, mold and bacteria
  • Most crack-resistant installation
  • Easy to clean

As with any of these materials there are Pros and Cons, so before you proceed with any of these options it’s good to do more research and consult with your Interior Designer to make sure these options would work for your home.

Hope you pick the Derby winner, see you in June!

 

April 2017

5 Really Good Reasons to keep Existing Furniture

When renovating your home here are 5 really good reasons to keep existing furniture and rethink your home’s interiors.

1)    Because it’s old I should get rid of it.

Well that couldn’t be further from the truth, even if it’s not an antique you can make the table or chair work in another room or for another purpose. Often times you have only one way of thinking and using that particular piece(s); but we Interior Designers are trained to think outside the box for you! We keep you from making a costly mistakes and time by buying miscellaneous or wrong pieces. You may already have something existing we can use. We will help redirect you to spend wisely with intended priorities.

2)    It’s not my style now so I can’t use it.

Your tastes change over time and you may have loved this chair or sofa and now you cannot see how to incorporate it into your new look. We at Worthington Interior Design are masters at getting you to fall back in love with these pieces you already own. New upholstery and perhaps refinishing can make these pieces look fabulous to work with your new style. For instance, a client had some wing chairs and said “they’re old and I want to get rid of them,” but we found the perfect fabric and they were magically transformed!

3)    The color doesn’t work.

The color of your piece is the least of its problems. We have so many sources for fabrics and finishes that a new color fabric and trim, paint or stain and we can reinvent easily.

Often clients tell me these lamps I have are ugly and I need new. Well in fact this happened with a client while we were designing the interiors for her vacation home. So we took all her lamps and sourced new lampshades and brought them all back to her and she said, ‘those are not my lamps’, but in fact they were her lamps and we just tweaked them and they were like new!

4) My piece is an heirloom and comfortable buy I cannot see it working with my new renovation.

These are in fact 2 very good reasons to keep the piece! Again we can simply repair the sofa or chair, make the cushions like new and reupholster. Everything will be singing the same song in your new home. Many soft pieces like sofas and chairs need to have the springs retied and the wood connections re-glued but you must know that the older the piece the better it’s been made.

Sure the new furniture these days has a more modern appeal or just fresh and new but often it’s not made as well. Because nowadays pieces that are made as well are much more expensive! Kindel

5) I have this piece of furniture and I like it but I'm not sure how to use it.

Creating a new purpose for one of your existing pieces of furniture is part of what we do at Worthington Interior Design.  We take great pride when we can reintroduce you to your pieces and possession. Be it a lamp or a side table or a large armoire.  A Boston client purchased an Armoire for their home in Beacon Hill and she stored linens and towels. They moved to Back Bay and it became a European way to store her dishes. Then it made its way to another home and we repurposed for the flat screen TV.  And now she decided to make it the bar!

Spring is all about renewing. If you’re in a quandary about how to incorporate your existing furniture set up an appointment with Worthington Interior Design and we’d welcome the opportunity to work with you.

Happy Easter and see you in May.

March 2017

Green

Add some GREEN to your Home Interiors

Green is the color of the year, it signifies Spring is near, it means asparagus is peaking and English peas are ready! We all identify Green with the month of March for obvious reasons;  so let Worthington Interior Design add some green to your home interiors!

So how does one begin to include the correct shade of green into their existing home you ask? Take inventory of your artwork, dishes, lamps and patterned upholstery pieces to see if you have any shades of green, green-blues, or greenie-yellows among them. Then decide if you like this shade of green, if so let’s begin.

Now green accessories are an easy and affordable way to bring the new fresh color into your home. I like to start with actual plants and flowers as they always brighten up your home after a long winter.

Jewel toned green linen or velvet fabrics are lush. Schumacher always offers us many options to blend green into our color palates.

Green seems to be easy to live with because it falls between yellow and blue and where many people may not like blue or yellow they will find green is easy on the eyes. Throughout my design career many of my male clients are drawn to greens and oranges especially and then to the blues. Not sure why that is but in presenting color palettes and finishes this has been my experience. Also even though I love blue I feel greens endure and one doesn’t get tired of the color as quickly.

Green also means environmentally friendly and doing our part to save the planet for our children! Every little bit of being green in our life helps everyone.

We would love to help you to bring some fresh spring colors into your home now that the weather is changing and the sun is getting warmer.   Wallpaper is so cool now, Schumacher is doing it right this Spring, check out their patterns with green.

So how to be the envy of your friends this spring, call Worthington Interior Design so we can get you started on finding the chic and hip greens to mark the beginning of Spring!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day -- as my Dad used to say “see you at the courthouse.”

Today is St. Patrick’s Day, and for the first time in my life, I didn’t know who to call when I woke up.  My family has had a long-standing St. Patty’s Day joke for as long as I can remember. My Dad grew up in the south and had a big boisterous laugh and always a joke on hand.  When we were kids, he’d convinced us one St. Patrick’s Day that as the oldest male in the family, he was required to go down to the courthouse to get his bottom painted green.  This, of course, resulted in bouts of big belly laughs from my sisters, brother and me;   so he did what anyone does when you get a child to laugh like that…you keep the joke going.  Every year, we’d laugh as we asked Dad to make sure he got his butt painted green.  Let’s face it, anytime you can say the word “butt” as a kid, you find it hilarious. He’d include details about how long he had to wait, or how the judge ran out of paint and had to send the bailiff out to the hardware store to get more, or how he ran into his buddy while he was there.  Every year as an adult, I still called Dad on St. Patrick’s Day anyway to hear him laugh and embellish the story. We laughed each year like it was the first time we’d heard the story and he loved to share this silly little joke with us.”

February 2017

Sweetheart of a Deal for your home

As the snowflakes continue to fall in February we have a ‘sweet heart of a deal’ for your home!

Yes February has Valentine’s Day and we can have fresh flowers and candy to enjoy but what about enjoying a new fabric on one of your comfy chairs? Or new pillows? now that the ones you have were ruined as you were twisting them into pretzels watching the Patriots fight their way back to win the Super Bowl for a 5th time!

We offer many fabric lines: Les Indiennes, Thibaut, Cowtan & Tout, Anna French, Kravet,         Brunschwig & Fils, Colefax & Fowler, Pindler & Pindler, Fabricut, Duralee, Robert Allen and many others!

Worthington Interior Design will help you select the fabric so we can help you have the pillows made, window treatments or the upholstery completed.  Here’s where the sweetheart of a deal comes in- you purchase 2 or more yards of fabric from us and get 1 yard of your selected fabric at 50% of the regular per yard price( plus tax and freight). And 10% off our Design Meeting fee.

At your convenience we will schedule a Design Meeting at your home to meet and discuss what fabrics and what type of work you want to get completed. Many of our unique fabrics are sure to brighten up your homes.  You may have a dining room chair seat or a whole set of chairs and their seats to be reupholstered. It’s like getting 1 yard on a chair for 1/2 off.

Once we decide on your pillow style, furniture piece(s) you want reupholstered or windows needing roman shades or drapery we’ll write up work orders for the materials, any pillow inserts, trim, and labor, details for workroom, trim, tax, and freight and get the ball rolling.

This ‘sweetheart of a deal will be valid until March 7, 2017. The fabric will need to be ordered and paid for prior to March 7, 2017 to receive this offer. Worthington usually orders a CFA (cutting for approval) so we are 100% sure the fabric you selected is the correct dye-lot.

We will go over the next steps at our first Design Meeting. Remember our Design fee for our first meeting will be less 10% to sweeten the deal.

Call or email: 617-633-3005, daw@worthingtoninteriors.com

Your sweetened home will be officially ready for the next sporting event...

“Sweet Sixteen College Basketball Tournament in March!”  See you next month!

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January 2017

Hygge-pronounced ‘hew gah’

Hygge– cozy and comfort ways to bring small pleasures as we rang in the new  year and head into February. I first saw this word in a Scandinavian cookbook recipe for ‘That Banana Cake.’

Now I read in the New York Times we are obsessed with Hygge! My home has always been an important part of my life and little did I know that the Danish are all about cozy comfort!

So I thought I’d give you a few ideas to help you nestle your way through February.

This time of year candles can bring you soft warm scents and change the light in your home. Buy a new throw for watching The Crown or the Superbowl. Go Patriots!  

How about digging up a family recipe to bake so your home fills with wonderful smells of cinnamon, vanilla or lemon goodies.  Try baking bread from scratch, instant Hygge! All throughout January I’ve been baking bread and it warms the kitchen.

 What’s better than a good pot of tea and a sweet at this time of the year.  The English break at 4pm daily for their tea and crumpets.

Thought about moving around your furniture? If you have a fireplace, gather your seats closer to snuggle up close. Add a pouf or small ottoman to gather friends around.

 Change your lamp light bulbs to the low setting at dusk. Any lights that are in the glow position if you will give you an instant sense of warmth and intimacy. Hygge is of Danish origin and given the weather in this part of the world, if the Danes don’t know what makes your home and life no one does.

Taking your children ice-skating and bringing along a blanket and a thermos of hot cocoa is another way to bring about Hygge!  Now for the grown-ups try a wonderful cordial of Bailey’s Irish Cream and coffee or a great Kentucky Bourbon and chocolate cream cordial chased with coffee and voilà. Beautiful Johnston's Elgin from Scotland home products are just beauty in laying over a sofa or lounge chair.

“Enjoy the rest of January and cozy up in your home and with friends and family.”

or as the Danish say….

“Nyd resten af januar og hyggeligt op i dit hjem og med venner og familie.”  


Be sure to check out Worthington Interior Design’s  “2 for 1 Valentine February 2017 next month!” 

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November 2016

Gratitude and Giving Back to You

November truly marks a time in everyone’s life to embrace both gratitude and giving back as the holiday of Thanksgiving approaches. Reflecting on both of these topics we can do many things to give back contribute to a charity, volunteer time, donate or just do good.

We all know to practice gratefulness daily is a good habit, but sometimes it can escape us for various reasons. How does this relate to the field of Interior Design you may ask yourself?

Well my design philosophy is to listen to your needs and wants, formulate a workable design solution and execute in a timely fashion within budget for maximum results. Making your home environment the best it can be is my way to giving back so your home can be your safe sanctuary for your children and your partner!

Each time a new project begins at Worthington Interior Design, we are grateful and happy to work with clients that understand good design makes for easy living. Years of practice allow us to bring to you the best customer service and Interior design outcome for you.

Even when we take on commercial projects or hospitality (i.e. restaurant) we are students of design making the client/customer experience memorable and inviting.

So this November we would like to give back to you and show our gratitude by offering our design time to assist you with one aspect of your projects. For example, help with room layout, review some floor plans for your kitchen, choose a wallpaper selection, choose a color palette, accessorize a room with pieces you already own, recommend a lighting solution for a particular room or fixture, or as simple a request as help you to set a beautiful table…

This is how our GGB program will work: Please email us with your request, a good time to reach you and your phone number. We request that you reside on either the Northshore of Massachusetts, Portsmouth or Rye NH or Kittery, Maine areas. We will contact you to review your request and set up a convenient meeting time in order to complete the task.

Now as you know many of your requests may lead to other areas of your home or business so in order to give everyone an opportunity to be served we’ll need to limit ourselves to 1 hour. However, if you find we have chemistry and would like to continue to working with Worthington Interior Design we can discuss next steps. Our GGB program will be in effect until December 31, 2016.

Thank you and we look forward to meeting you.  We wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.

 

October 2016

Grab the Brass and Gold…Finishes

Well after a long hiatus, grab the brass and gold as these finishes are back on the merry-go-round of residential interiors. Brass detailing on furniture, other types of brass hardware are making a strong sparkling comeback. Now many of you may think brass or gold was never out of fashion. But looking back just about a dozen or so years, polished and satin chrome probably made their first entrée into our homes with the beginning of stainless appliances. Stainless refrigerators and dishwashers made way for more silver and chrome finishes than gold on all types of residential interior appointments.

Light fixtures, or even bathroom fittings in brass or gold give chandeliers, lamps, sconces, and kitchen or bathroom hardware a more updated and modern look to your home instantly. I love the silver and chrome finishes in many settings, but now I love using lots of  brass and gold. It’s the renewing of our love of antiques and a whole new sense of comfort as brass and gold come out and is dusted off.

It’s funny just as we start to think about our seasons changing from summer to fall and winter- cozy sweaters, meals and football, brass and gold can remind us of our mothers and grandmothers homes. But today we can embrace nostalgia yet create our own sense of style with its comeback.

Brass candlesticks are a great way to celebrate their rejuvenation into our home’s interior. New side tables, bookshelves and coffee tables are all offering brass or gold base finishes!

Accessorizing your home with these items can be fun and certainly makes you feel good about repurposing and recycling things you already may own.

Worthington Interior Design loves to work with clients making your home all about you. We make your vision come to life.

So if you think you may have an old brass piece or two hanging around and you want to know how to use it among your home interiors, we at Worthington Interior Design would love to help you.

Since Worthington’s is going into our 2nd autumn and winter here on the Northshore we look forward to hearing from you 978-255-3001 or 617-633-3005. Let’s bring in a new fresh look to your home for the season.

September 2016

Making Prepping for School Fun and Fresh

Wow the summer has flown by and now you can begin making prepping for school fun and fresh cause it’s almost here! While we enjoy the best days of summer in New England dipping our toes in the warm Atlantic ocean and still playing outside until dark. Kids have the time of their lives during the […]

August 2016

BLACK AND WHITE AND COOL FOREVER

Using the black and white in a small space can really be cool forever, you won’t get tired of this design scheme and it can look fresh season to season. You can add a hint of red- raspberry, coral-orange, easy- on- the eye greens or turquoise to change up your space. Try a stripe of black and […]

July 2016

Renovating Your Loo Working With Worthington, Expert Designer

Modernizing and renovating your Loo or powder room can be exciting when it comes to shopping and selecting dramatic tiles and finishes, fixtures and bathroom furniture; but before you begin here are a few important renovating items and questions we will discuss:       What are some current upgrades where you can make your […]

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