A SHOUT OUT TO A HOME TOWN GIRL: CONNECTICUT MAGAZINE

A SHOUT OUT TO A HOME TOWN  GIRL: CONNECTICUT MAGAZINE

 

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HOME TOWN GIRL CONNECTICUT MAGAZINE

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THE WEEKEND WARRIOR & THE POWER OF THE HOME DEPOT

WEEKEND WARRIOR & THE POWER OF THE HOME DEPOT
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 WEEKEND WARRIORS
DECORATE EARLY
I am not your typical weekend warrior. I love my weekday job. Quick plug, http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com.  The idea that I would escape it on the weekend and go bat shit crazy doesn’t fit. When you love what you do, days and weekends have no bounds. I am always creating and working at the same time. The weekend warrior decorates early.
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 POWER AT THE HOME DEPOT
The inspiration came from out trip to Home Depot, in temperatur conditions liberally called freezing.  Incidentally, the SEC rates Home Depot above its largest competition Lowe’s. It opened in 1978. The popular slogan “More Savings, More Doing” came in March, 2009.
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LAYER SEASONAL LOOKS

Here’s the stuff. I like a good mixture when I seasonally decorate. I try to layer month to month, so if there is something that I bought last month for the fall season, I wan to look for ways to incorporate in the design plan moving forward. That is layering. That is the talent. It is the same as being 5-years-old and stacking the most blocks or books.

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I am not an expert and there are a number of floral arrangements and designers, I am awestruck by. My approach is consistent with the way I decorate. I am all about sharing my experience and expertise. I wear a lot of hats. One includes HGTV.

TIGER LILY’S TIP #1

1. Work with opposites. They attract.

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TIP #1
COLORS
LOVE THEIR OPPOSITES

Marc Chagall said, “All colors are the friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites.”  Stating the obvious he was a jewish modernist, beyond which his art moves generations and carries hidden messages inside.

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TIP #2 
SHOW CASE ANIMALS
CIRCUS HORSE, 1964
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2. Animals improve the show.
That is putting it mildly. Chagall did the study on Circus Horse. As a decorator, I want to incorporate animals always. It puts the human race in perspective and asks us to celebrate other DNA.

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OPEN YOUR MIND & FREE YOUR WINGS

We are all caged in somehow from Chagall’s circus ring to the plant fighting through the wire in the holiday setting I set out to create. The cage birds, says Maya  Angelou sings.  “Life is going to give you just what you put in it. Put your whole heart in everything you do, and pray, then you can wait.”

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3. Believe in the process

That’s huge. That is how is you decorate. Go to Home Depot, get inspired, but design in your cart. Bring it home, take a deep breath of the chill heavy air… That’s it now close your eyes and see you best holiday spirit every. Open your eyes. That is your legacy.

BEFORE & AFTER: BREAK BAD, IF YOU WANT TO

BREAK BAD IF YOU WANT TO.

Break Bad if you want to. In the end, it doesn’t change a single thing. You are still on the path you were put on.  Walter White was going to die any which way you slice it, drug king pin or chemistry teacher. The guy had terminal cancer.  Vince Gilligan describes “Breaking Bad,” like this. It is an American Southeast colloquialism that means raise hell, push the boundaries you feel safe and capable of.  Define it for your self as the difference between night and day.

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LIGHT BREAKING THE TREES

To Break Bad you have to see the light differently from one day to the next. I captured a true moment on my Babcock Trail walk this Saturday.  Walt’s transformation is arguably not for everyone but it is the most extreme of examples that helps us think and relate back to our own lives.

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SELFIE
BABCOCK TRAIL

I shot this selfie. I was glad to take a break from work and the rest of the elements that spin my life and got right smack in front of the light.  Inspiration on the trails was everywhere. There are chemical reactions in nature everywhere, just as many in all probability as reactions in controlled environments.  When the chemistry of this fallen tree limb changed, it opened a path for new organisms to grow.  Walter White says, “Chemistry is, well technically, chemistry is the study of matter. But I prefer to see it as the study of change.”

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ORGANISM UNDER A LENS

BEFORE:

So everything and everyone is changing all the time. That is fact, use that information to your advantage. I used the inspirations from the colors on the tree to create my inspiration for a Renovation. The inspiration is nature, pattern, change and the color green.

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RENO INSPIRATION PAGE

HOUSE HUNTER’S RENO
PROJECT PROPOSAL

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I am excited for the renovation. It will represent everything that http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com has to stand for with some Breaking Bad chemistry. I am going for new and vintage moments, a bit of commercial and natural, and designed to function cabinetry.

IMG_7747It doesn’t hurt to look at your inspiration twice.  I still am breathless when I look at all the color the universe in nature was able to create. Nature is the ultimate creation and as a designer I feel compelled to repeat and celebrate how good it can be. Break Bad if you want to, that’s what I say. Everyday look to do something just a little bit different that is outside your comfort zone. In the end the story is written so you might as well fill in some pages in between. And no half measures folks, make it count. Do it well and do it for yourself. When it ends That’s all you really have.

“I did it for me. I liked it. I was good at it. And, I was really…I was alive” Walter White

SAMANTHA KNAPP: THE HOMEMAKER: HOUSE HUNTER RENO

“The homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only – and that is to support the ultimate career. ”
― C.S. Lewis

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Let me reintroduce myself, Samantha Knapp: The Homemaker. I like the title, it means all that and a bag of chips.  !I met my house hunters reno family today. They are young. They are in love. Frankly what more is there to say. This is their first house together. This is the home where they will welcome home their first kid. That is what I love about homes. They build history and have history. The world circles, it all goes around and around. The reno is a new take on an old space.

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I can’t share the details. In television they call that cheating. All I have is the picture of me. I decided to rock out my outfit. It is a celebration afterall of home and family. A mix of Rebecca Taylor & Tory Burch.

 

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BEFORE & AFTER: AS SEEN ON… “I BRAKE FOR YARD SALES”

BEFORE & AFTER: AS SEEN ON… “I BRAKE FOR YARD SALES” 

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A BENCH WITH A STORY TO TELL

It’s called I Brake for Yard Sales but we are really all about the repairs. With Lara Spencer at the lead of the design team we are always looking for old pieces that can become new again.  Tiger Lily’s and our custom workroom @ http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com is the perfect partner for the “I Brake” team.

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BEFORE:
FOUND OLD & UNSTUFFED

We found this bench at an antique center in Black Rock, CT. The attraction is all in the legs. This girl’s got legs and knows how to use them! I loved the carving of the ball & claw legs. Anytime you can find a piece with carved legs and an existing paint finish, you know that you have a great launching point to create a distressed finish.

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SHE HAD THE GREATEST LEGS
THEY NEEDED TO BE GLUED!

The first step in working on the legs of this little guy was to glue the base. The age is evident everywhere with this old guy.

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OLD FILL
HORSE HAIR SHOWS AGE

Beneath layers of fabric, old batting and horse hair fill, the frame while weak was in tact.

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EXISTING WOOD FRAME ADDS VALUE

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NEW FOAM & BATTING RECREATES ORIGINAL SHAPE

We were able to strip down to the bones, add new webbing and foam to recreate the original shape of the frame.

When it comes to selecting fabric for SMALL pieces, my tip is always to go BIG. I favor prints and patterns that can make the piece look bigger in a space, while not measuring near the commitment of a sofa or a club chair.

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UPHOLSTERED IN WHIMSY TOILE

Here we used a vintage whimsical toile that featured a kitten motif. It is playful, crisp and has a story to tell.

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LOOK FOR SMALL PIECES TO MAKE BIG IMPACT

The finished piece was welted with a red solid to compliment the hues in the pattern. It transformed into the perfect piece for the Riverside family with three young girls, that we hope will share memories with their three young girls sitting right on this bench.

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AFTER:
I BRAKE FOR YARD SALES TRANSFORMATION

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I BRAKE FOR YARD SALES: SEASON PREMIERE OCT 4 @9PM HGTV

 

 

 

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An exciting shout out to friends, readers and HGTV fans, I am thrilled to share the season debut of HGTV’s I Brake For Yard Sales. It airs this Friday, October 4th @ 9PM on HGTV. So proud of the team I worked with especially Lara Spencer, a true friend and creative spirit. With Lara in the lead we transform some amazing rooms. You have to watch it to see what can be done, when you Break For Yard Sales or think a little more about a piece of furniture that is headed out your door!

THE FIVE FABRIC RULE

 

THE FIVE FABRIC RULE
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SHOOT: I BREAK FOR YARD SALES
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It goes without saying that I stand for the personal touch in interior design, the use of decorator fabrics to complete the transition from the “Before” to the “After” when it comes to reupholstery, custom drapery, custom furniture, custom bedding and pillows at Tiger Lilys (www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com)

I am excited to be sharing my tips of the trade when it comes to how to use designer fabrics with my amazing friend and design collaborator Lara Spencer. The author of her own best selling book, “I Break For Yard Sales,” Lara is bring the show to HGTV for the fall season.  We shot the pilot a while back. 

 

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I am thrilled to be helping her along the way as an an expert and friend thrilled to be sharing my passion and tips. Above is a shot of us filiming and discussing fabric at our 154 Prospect Street interior design studio & custom workroom.

THE FIVE FABRIC RULE:

(You can create a room with Five Fabrics)

  1. Start With A Solid
  2. Bold Print
  3. Small Print
  4. Take In Texture
  5. Suprise Factor

Each point to the rules has an explanation, that I fully intend to share.

 

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There is more to the rule. I promise to share it in my own book! That’s the root of my Rockethub campaign. I am trying to raise money to fund my own book. Log onto the above icon and it will bring you through to my Sam on the Scene link (http://www.rockethub.com/projects/22909-sam-on-the-scene). I need all my friends, family and strangers to log on and donate $10.00 bucks. I’ve got to raise $1,000.00 this week. 

 

Help sister out and in return I will do the same.

 

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