Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Whimsical Decorating Ideas

Our customers not only appreciate the items in our store, they usually let us know how much they love the way everything here is displayed. Pam Thomas, the owner of our Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey based home d├ęcor business has an instinctive touch with her stylings, but we think that with a few pointers from her, your home could feel a bit of the TessHome touch.

The stock here in the shop is constantly rotated- just when we get a display pulled together, wouldn’t you know it, some one comes along and buys something! Happily for you, each visit to our shop offers a new visual experience. We gain a lot of experience rotating our accessories and re-assembling them differently.

Since the key to giving your home a fresh look is to be open to change and keeping things fluid, we would like to encourage you to try to re arrange the accessories on one piece of furniture in your home. Be aware that this will lead to an avalanche of re-arrangement-so try to be brave.

Ok here we go-take everything off the top of your dresser- don’t leave the lamp, the business card, the post-its or the hand lotion- strip it down to it’s naked self, give it a good polish and wipe down the mirror. (You might even yank it away from the wall and give the back of the dresser and the floor a vacuum- the not-so-fun-part of our experiment.)

Start with a new lamp. Here Pam starts with a sparkly cut glass bowl lamp.

Now we add a textile. Open your drawers and dig a little- we’re sure there’s a scarf hiding in there somewhere. Pam selected a neutral color…but there is obviously room for a dab of color here.

Is there a bit of sculpture on a corner table or bookcase that needs to be brought in to the light a bit? Using a small sculptural bird vase gives us the added option of reinforcing our color story with a fresh bud…or three. Notice the way it is placed-just to the outside of the lamp, anchoring the scarf.

Adding some books in a stack centered on the mirror gives a touch of texture, and a height variety.

A small colored glass dish is always useful, gives us a bit more color reinforcement and… finito, finished, walk away designers- it’ done.

A few details- a cohesive color story is essential. Even the books were chosen carefully to complement the pink in the flowers and dish.

Follow the rule of grouping by numbers-try to select an odd number of objects. There is a group of five items (not counting the individual books)

There is a variety of textures, but a unity of mood in this case. All the items are feminine in feel, and are a bit dressy.

A variety of heights is also essential. Try to create a pleasing skyline.

Notice the negative space…don’t spread the items across the dresser. Instead group them on one third of the dresser, and leave the rest bare. It gives you room to work, and a more interesting arrangement.

That’s the way we do a dresser here at TessHome. It won’t stay that way very long…some one is sure to come along and want to take an item home, but we’ll deal. We love our stuff, and we love to play with it!


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Tess Home is back...and so is Summer!

After a slight Spring hiatus, Tess Home is back and we bring Summer with us!

Still going strong with our vingtagey-chic and eclectic home furnishings, we are finding ourselves adoring the industrialism and feminity with every piece we re-touch and create. From vintage hardware organizers and desks, to delicate and detailed vanities and cupboards, Tess Home loves the masculine and feminine fusion among each and every find!

We are more than estatic and antsy with anticipation to share a few of our new peices with you, our readers and followers, so that you may get the feel of our ever-growing inventory and styled hard work that we are so proud of and pleased to show.

"Industrial and Salvaged Finds"

The photo featured above, is the perfect example of industrial/salvaged and feminine pieces contrasting beautifully. Note the perfectly-conditioned hardware organizer be-twixt the spindles and plinth blocks; perfect for creating photograph hangers and decorative wall art. We absolutely love the pumpkin rust color of the organizer, which really pops surrounded by all of the white!
                                                       "Rustic and Primative"

This two-piece gray cupboard is the perfect piece for any "Shabby-Chic" home. It has such a tamed rustic feel to it and it compliments the perfect Summer Shore home!

Tess Home would also love to introduce two gorgeous pieces that are staples for any home looking for that classic touch; whether it be to incorporate a timeless piece in a modern room or to add another ideal piece to an already growing vintage inspired atmosphere, this furniture is perfect for both!

"Pretty in Pink"

This pink dresser with matching mirror is simply amazing! It will bring softness & simplistic beauty to any bed room that needs that little "girly-ness" without being too strong of a color! (One of my favorite pieces!)

"The Cabinet of All Cabinet's"

This fabulous find, which was built during the turn of the century, has a total of 24 drawers. With it's steller re-touched work and original handles, this cabinet is as perfect as the perfect beach day!

We hope that you've loved all of our featured pieces just as much as we do, if not more! Keep visiting Tess Home's blog for more whimsical home furnishings! Until then...