Floral Prints | Timeless & Classic

With Fall just around the corner, we’re getting ready for the arrival of all things floral and leaf printed! Coming into the cold winter months, the best way to bring new life and energy into your life is with the addition of some fresh and fun prints. Floral prints bring the light and vitality from the outdoors into your home and truly refresh your overall interior ambiance. If the thought of prints makes you fearful of mismatching or overcrowding your space, fear not, because we’ve got the perfect advice as to ensure tasteful and classy print match ups. Every room in your house can truly benefit from the bold colors and patterns of a botanical prints. Whether you want to dress up a contemporary or traditional color scheme, there’s always a fun floral print to liven up your space.

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Looking for a way to brighten rooms in more ways than one? A floral printed lamp adds light while also livening up your interior with prints that add fun, whimsy, and interest.

Another option for statement pieces that bring the flowers indoors is a floral patterned piece of decor. Small intricate pieces will add vibrancy to all interiors. Revive a bland shelf or table with a fresh floral urn. If your wall space is looking particularly bland, a fresh painting or floral wallpaper will do the trick! Add a fun floral rug or start small with floral printed pillows, and a new floral addition is the perfect way to bring your home into the cozy fall season.

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image source: anthropologie online

Get Cozy this Fall!

Can you believe it’s fall? Neither can we. Seattle had a very mild summer! As it starts to get dark earlier, the weather takes on a certain chill, and we start to nest, it’s always nice to make our living space a little more cozy to prepare for the winter months ahead. Here are some ways in which you can make your space feel warmer, more inviting, and just plain comfortable.

It seems like an obvious solution to the colder weather, but it’s definitely time to bring out those extra throw blankets and place them throughout your space. There are so many gorgeous options out there now- we are loving the blankets with a lot of warmth and texture.

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Add some sparkle to your interior with small lights and candles. This is one of the simplest, most impactful way to make your space feel warmer, more welcoming, and just downright cozy. For extra oomph, use a wax warmer with your favorite fall scent to complete the vibe.

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Low lighting can do wonders for a space. Invest in fun, dim lamps and put them throughout your space. It is common for most people to forget to use their accent lighting as opposed to their overhead lighting. However, studies have shown that the use of ambient lighting can decrease stress levels and increase seratonin levels.

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The Perfect Entertaining Kitchen Space

My client’s custom built a stunning contemporary home on the beautiful coast of the Puget Sound in West Seattle after living in the area for over the past two decades.  They both always wanted to live on the water and finally moved into their two building compound after a two a half year construction. The architect design4r the home to take advantage of the water views and the home has over forty windows so to experience every aspect of each day.

They love to entertain so the main floor has a large kitchen and living room area with access out to a water front balcony.  I wanted to keep the coloring of all the furnishings in the spaces neutral yet with some interest and to not detract from the beautiful scenery.  My clients travel a great deal and their artwork and sculptures also were part of the overall design of the spaces.  The custom bar stools by Trica and dining table and chairs by Old Biscayne Designs provide enough sitting for all of their gatherings. 

KITCHEN BEFORE

Designing the Perfect Guest Retreat

Your guest bedroom should be as inviting and comfortable as the other bedrooms in your home! There are so many details that you can add to ensure that your guests have a wonderful stay, such as plush furniture, boutique bedding and luxurious small touches.

Everything from wallpaper, draperies, and other soft details will make the room feel cozy and warm. 

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It's in the small things when it comes to creating an environment your guests are sure to remember. These include placing a table lamp next to the bed with a glass for water. Fresh flowers are always a nice touch. Give your guest some fun reads about things that are local (local books and magazines are always a hit).  Always provide your guest with extra blankets. Many people sleep cooler than others and oftentimes guests will not want to as you for another blanket. Give them the option to cozy if if needed.

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Having a side chair or a place to put their luggage is key. Guests shouldn't have to live out of their suitcase while on the floor. Make it easy for them to access their belongings. Providing your guests with a mirror is an added bonus. Since sometimes you may have a full house, it is key to have a place for them to get ready without having to go to the bathroom area.

I like to place a bottle of local wine and some snacks in my guest bedroom when I have visitors. It gives a nice touch and provides your guests with something to nosh on in the later hours. 

 

 

Master Bath Retreat

The original master bathroom was narrow and simply needed to be updated.  There was a small bedroom next to the bathroom which my clients wanted to make into a main floor laundry room so we extended the new master bathroom a few feet into the bedroom.  The double vanity is now on the opposite wall of the new laundry room and a corner shower allows for easy access.  The toilet room was moved to the front of the bath and is now a separate space.  The Terrazzo floor tile by Pental is a current design element that also ties to the period of the house.  The Strasser cabinets and new lighting provide an up to date feel for this modern bathroom.  I created a custom paint color for the walls and Champagne on Ice was used on all the ceilings and trim throughout the house.

Contemporary Living Room

My client’s custom built a stunning contemporary home on the beautiful coast of the Puget Sound in West Seattle after living in the area for over the past two decades.  They both always wanted to live on the water and finally moved into their two building compound after a two a half year construction. The architect designed the home to take advantage of the water views and the home has over forty windows so to experience every aspect of each day.

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They love to entertain so the main floor has a large kitchen and living room area with access out to a water front balcony.  I wanted to keep the coloring of all the furnishings in the spaces neutral yet with some interest and to not detract from the beautiful scenery.  My clients travel a great deal and their artwork and sculptures also were part of the overall design of the spaces.  The custom bar stools by Trica and dining table and chairs by Old Biscayne Designs provide enough sitting for all of their gatherings. 

The main focal point of the living room is the black slate fireplace which is directly opposite the dining and kitchen areas.  The custom Vanguard sofa with a tweed Pindler fabric has a sweeping view of the Puget Sound while the two Charleston Forge sitting chairs are centered off the fireplace.  A custom day bed was design for both sitting and lounging while viewing all of the daily sea life.  All of the wool custom area rugs are by Antrim.

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The entry of the home is dramatic with the steel staircase and wood slat walls that were designed on all three levels of the house.

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BEFORE

Living Room Before

Living Room Before

Kitchen Before

Kitchen Before

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Entry Before

Workout Room Meets Craft Room

One of the biggest transformations in the home was the creation of two separate rooms that was once a large laundry and storage room.  My clients wanted a separate workout room and a craft room large enough for additional storage and my clients stain glass supplies. The custom cabinets are by Organized Spaces and both new rooms are used daily and add a lot of valve to the home.  The wall color is Greystone and the ceiling is Champagne on Ice.


BEFORES & AFTERS

Living Room with Stunning Views

The original living room was stark and all white and my clients wanted a warm and inviting feel from the front door that looks directly into the living room.  The fireplace surround and hearth was retiled with a warm natural stone and a new custom mantel now provides the space for decorative items. New window coverings add to the warmth of the space and provide coverage for all the new furnishings during hot summer days.  The new large sectional, cocktail table, area rug and sitting chair provide ample space for my clients to entertain and enjoy the beautiful view. I created a custom paint wall color and used Champagne on Ice for the ceiling and trim.


Sparkling Clean Laundry Room

On the main floor adjacent to the master bathroom was a small bedroom.  My clients, who are both in their sixties, wanted to have a main floor laundry instead of going to the basement to do laundry.  The small bedroom was created into the new laundry room. The custom cabinets are by Organized Spaces and the wall paint color is a custom color I created called Powder Green Light and the ceiling is Champagne on Ice.


Zen Guest Bath

The original main floor guest bathroom had a door leading into the adjacent bedroom which took up a lot of valuable space in the small bathroom.  The door was removed so that a full vanity could take up the entire window wall. The shower was enlarged by removing a hallway closet and the pink shower tile was updated with 12” x 24” size tiles in a neutral off white color and installed vertically to create a larger feel.  The wall paint color is Glacier and the ceiling is Champagne on Ice.  The guest bedroom now has modern en-suite bathroom.  

BEFORES & AFTERS



Basement Bathroom Refresh!

The basement guest bathroom is just off the guest bedroom and the original space was dark and cold. We kept the plumbing in the same locations and simply updated the tile, Strasser cabinetry and lighting to create a warm and inviting bathroom. Floor plank tiles were used on the floor to create a rustic feel. The wall paint color is Dove Grey and the ceiling is Champagne on Ice.

Bright and Airy Kitchen Remodel

The original kitchen had blue painted cabinets and simply needed a refresh.  New cabinets and appliances were installed and a wider peninsula island was created for the cooktop placed and to have ample room for bar stools across from it.  The back splash mosaic tile, a new center island and new lighting make this a modern kitchen. Adjacent to the cook area is now a built in desk space and extra storage.  The custom window seats were made to fit in the corner dining area and now this comfortable space is where the family starts the day. I created a custom paint color for the walls and Champagne on Ice was used on all the ceilings and trim throughout the house.

BEFORES & AFTERS



The Perfect Family Room

This family loves to be together while watching TV and the custom J. Redmond sectional was designed to sit all their friends and family and the Maxwell upholstery fabric was selected for its clean ability and durability for any accidental spills and stains.  The custom upholstered ottoman with a wood center top is the perfect solution for the center of the sectional. And the custom TV cabinet by Old Biscayne anchors the wall and has amble storage below. The one of a kind shell lamp by Currey & Co. sets the tone for all the movie watching evenings.

Dining in Elegance- A Before & After

This home was completed in spring of 2018 and my client’s family decided it was their dream home so to create long term memories and it was in the perfect location since their 10 year old son didn’t have to change schools nor friends and they all love the clean modern aesthetic.  The couple has stressful careers and wanted a sanctuary to retreat to after a long day. They love to entertain and the eight and a half foot long custom Old Biscayne dining table can sit several friends and family comfortably. The Pindler modern chenille upholstery fabric is the star of the room and the wood Antrim custom area rug sets off the entire table and chairs!

Living Room- From Staged to Sophisticated

The goal of the living room was to have a more formal looking room and with a comfortable feel to each of the furniture pieces.  The custom Interior Crafts sofa with side wood panels upholstered with a warm taupe chenille Pindler upholstery fabric sets the tone of the space.  The two custom sitting chairs are by Hickory Chair and Vanguard and adorned with Pindler and Kravet upholstery fabrics and they are placed on a custom Antrim wool area rug.  The case good are by Vanguard and Charleston Forge and bring in elements of wood and metal to add interest. The rich blue glass table lamps are by Currey & Co. And the round kitchen table is conducive for family dinners!

Zen Bathroom Remodel by Kathy Banak

My clients two teenage son’s bathroom went through a transformation with the addition of a walk in shower and vanity cabinet instead of a pedestal sink.  The Stasser vanity in a light grey color has plenty of storage for both boy’s with the addition of a medicine mirror and ample lighting with the Quoizel light bar. The Authentic Home Greystone Light paint color definitely enhances the lightness and brings a modern touch to this small bathroom!

Beautiful Spa Like Bath Remodel by Kathy!

My client wanted a tranquil bathroom and her master bath went thru a huge transformation just with the change of the paint color from a vibrant red to the Authentic Home Dove Grey.  The layout wasn’t functional for my client to bathe every night so I change the location of the toilet so that the shower and tub was the focal point upon entering the very small bathroom. The custom Furniture Guild vanity and crystal vanity light bar make this a unique and elegant small bathroom!



Kathy's Recent Project- Kitchen Before & After!

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My client purchased this 100 year old Craftsman style home when she was raising her family and was excited to update and personalize it to reflect her personal style.

The initial undertaking was the flooring since it was original to the home and has some holes in it that couldn’t be repaired.  DuChateau luxury vinyl tile, LVT, was the final flooring choice since my client was considering renting out the house once her youngest was out of high school and LVT is very durable and waterproof.  The light grey color tones of the LVT works well with the Authentic Home Dove Grey paint color that is throughout the main floor, both bedrooms and bathrooms. The kitchen cabinet doors were resurfaced and quartz Grey Savoie countertops and backsplash and new Top Knobs hardware bring the space much needed lightness while adding a bit of a feminine touch. A new side counter top was added during the remodel for additional storage and to have the flexibility of sitting on bar stools.  The clean white modern table and clear acrylic chairs finish the space with a light and airy feel suitable for any gathering. And the new range and hood along with the farm house white porcelain sink make this a wonderful kitchen to create meals and entertain in.




Fresh Color Palettes for Spring!

Fresh Color Palettes for Spring

There are no more vibrant, saturated colors than the ones created in nature. With the amazing paint technology today, you can replicate the color of an old growth oak tree’s moss in your backyard. You can bring in the vibrance of those daffodils you planted in the spring. You can well, pretty much paint your home in any of the  colors you see everyday. This brought us to thinking, what are our favorite natural color palettes?

Fresh Color Palettes- Bringing the Outdoors In

1.Spring is in the Air. This gorgeous, feminine palette is so calming and rich. It would work beautifully in a sunroom overlooking a garden, a little girl’s bedroom, or even a dining or living room. When you put soft color palettes into your space, you create harmony that reduces stress from the every day. And, this color palette is Pantone’s pick for 2016! Authentic Home’s Playful Palette has the perfect selection to achieve this look!

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2. Organic Bliss.  Keeping a clean, bright and nature-inspired palette will truly give your space a freshness like no other palette. This beautiful neutral palette works beautifully in large, airy spaces as it allows the architecture to stand out. Typically seen in the Northwest, a paint palette like this works best in cloudier climates as its warmth balances out the wet dreary weather. You may find Authentic Home’s Fresh Palette perfect if you’re going for this look!

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3. Southbeach Charm. This bold, bright, and cheery palette is perfect for smaller spaces, preferably in brighter, warmer climates. These cheerful citrus tones stand out in sunlight while blending in with organic colors found in outdoor surroundings. We love this palette for a powder room or a dining nook-reminiscent of sunny spring mornings.

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4.  Zen Garden. The perfect combination of cool tones meet warm. Soft and airy, this palette brings forth a sense of calmness into your space. The gorgeous lavender and green tones would work beautifully as an accent color- an arm chair or throw pillows would really “pop” against the remaining colors in the palette.  The more neutral colors are perfect for wall paint and larger accessories such as furniture. See Authentic Home’s Elegant Palette if this is the look you desire.

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5. Bright and Cheery. So rich and delightful, this palette is perfect for someone looking to bring a little cheer into their home. These tertiary colors are close friends on the color wheel and can be applied to any space, working beautifully in harmony. If you are seeking a bright, saturated palette like this one, we recommend allowing the brightest colors to “pop” as accessories, and setting the more neutral colors to stand as a backdrop. If you like bright and cheery, you will love Authentic Home’s Playful Palette.

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Love color, but can’t decide? Contact Kathy Banak for a consultation!

 

Metallics: Reflections of Refinement

There is something so rich and sophisticated about mixing and matching metallics in your Interior. Beautiful metallic decor has been making its debuts at High Point Market- it’s not only trending, but it truly is a timeless way to bring beauty and sparkle into your space.

Metallic Decor- Our Favorite Designs


1. Gold Accents.  Mixing and matching various gold accent pieces can really give a sense of cohesivity and eclectic vibes to your space. Creating a photo collage with unique frames, all in gold hues give a rich, smart feel to the wall space. To really emphasize the metallic theme in your decor, implement a metallic pouf, or throw pillows to make the smaller accents really “pop.”

Image Source:  Ohbintang, Online

Image Source: Ohbintang, Online



2. Rustic Meets Organic. Combining natural elements with rustic pieces brings forth a level of nostalgia and eclecticism like no other. Scour your local flea market or antique mall for original, one-of-a-kind rustic metal decor, and pair it with unfinished woods and other organic elements.

Image Source:  Maison Decor, Online

Image Source: Maison Decor, Online




3. Reflective Surfaces and Finishes. There is no such thing as too many metallics in a space. Well, maybe– but we have yet to see it. Beautiful mirrored furniture pieces paired with gold and bronze accents will surely bring glamour and sophistication to any space. Geometric patterned metallic throw pillows, and simple metallic poufs can really bring forth a level of beauty to a space.





Interested in a design consultation? Contact Kathy Banak today!