Conversation pieces, objets d’art, knickknacks – whatever you call them, it’s clear that show-and-tell never really went away, it just moved from the classroom to the coffee table.
From Ethiopian silver Coptic crosses to driftwood sculptures sourced from Louisiana swamps, objects at the new Peluche Decor boutique in Uptown Park are designed grab attention and tell unique stories. Owner Deanna Breaux Gathe, a Louisiana native, spent time as an interior designer in Atlanta, decorating the homes of famous athletes as well as restaurants by P. Diddy and Gladys Knight. She also was the interior decorator responsible for home makeovers on TBS’s “Movie and a Makeover” series. After five years in Houston, she was inspired by her travels and the treasures she picked up around the world when putting together her store.
Q: Dear Debbie,
I’m looking for some ideas to fix up a plain (boring) city concrete patio. The concrete is old and cracked but I am renting, so not able to resurface. I’m not much of a gardener, and the area is very shady so I can’t grow much in colourful blooms. Thanks for any suggestions.
A: Dear Rita,
You can infuse this space with colour in many ways that will elevate its character from plain to punchy. Paint some second-hand wood garden furniture in bright white or a hot pastel shade. Why not two chairs in funky colours and a tabletop with a bold daisy face? Painting furniture is easy to do, and you can make up any design you like from crazy bold stripes to circles that overlap. For a more traditional look, you could use a weathered paint effect on the wood and some cushions covered in a brilliant variety of weatherproof fabrics.
“The sun has finally been shining this week, sparking a dash for the patio and barbecue.
And if you’re lucky enough to have outdoor space, it deserves as much attention as your indoor rooms.
A survey by Lloyds TSB Insurance has found that over the last year Britons spent £14 billion turning their gardens into luxury havens. Our holiday budgets may still be tight, which is all the more reason to make the most of the summer at home.
The survey found that furniture, hot tubs and summerhouses are increasing in popularity while sales of plants declined.”
“Whether you’re a diva, a country girl or a beach bum, it’s important to make your personality shine through in your living space.
But let’s be honest: Achieving your ideal look isn’t as easy as it appears on some television design shows. Those hosts are professional decorators. But regular people? We make mistakes.
Part of the problem is that many of us start the decorating process without mapping out a strategy.
“”If you don’t have a plan, your style can go off in another direction or you’ll buy things that don’t fit the room,”” says interior designer Taniya Nayak of HGTV’s Billion Dollar Block and Food Network’s Restaurant: Impossible. “”You go all mish-mash and spend a lot more money than you need to.”””