Energy Efficient Window Shades

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You don’t have to sacrifice beauty to save energy. Hunter Douglas Silhouette shades can integrate themselves into most decorating styles and rooms and there are many fabrics and colors to choose from.
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The insulating air pockets in Silhouette shades keeps the heat out and the cool in while letting in a soft light the makes the entire room glow.
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There are also several operating systems available with this product – from cordless to motorized – Ask us how to operate them from your iPhone!
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Buy them once and enjoy the comfort of knowing that your window treatments are covered by Hunter Douglas’ lifetime warranty.
Stop by our stores to discuss how Silhouette shades can keep you cool this summer.
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A Connecticut Beach House Sunroom

This time of year we all think of the fresh ocean breeze and sunshine sparkling on the water. Those of us who have beach houses have long, lazy summer days to look forward to. Those of us who don’t can still enjoy the feeling of the beach through our decorating style.

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This Connecticut beach house that we decorated features a light-filled sunroom that really makes you want to linger. The machine washable slipcovers can handle pretty much anything the grandchildren can dish out. The distressed trunk coffee table holds blankets for the pull-out sofa bed so the owners are always ready for guests.

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Starfish, coral and floral pillows keep the beachy feel here all year long. A sea-foam braided chenille rug adds a lively splash of cool color to complement the sunshine-yellow chairs. Budgie, the Boston Terrier enjoys napping in this room after taking a good run on the beach. He thinks we decorated the room just for him.

 

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Sophisticated Lodge Style Home Office

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We just installed this home office bookcase yesterday and we are so excited by how good this looks. The client wanted a lodge look in his home office but since the room is right off the entry foyer, we wanted the room to have an elegance and grandeur as well. This bookcase fit the bill perfectly.

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Custom sized to fit the scale of the room – it has real bark panels in the cabinet doors.

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The far end of the room is anchored by a cozy pair of club chairs in a warm sage green chenille fabric that compliments the rug and wall colors beautifully.

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We also added a file cabinet with the same bark panels. How cool is this?

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We love designing custom rooms that really express the owner’s personality. Let us know how we can do this for you! Visit our website for more information.

 

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Equestrian Style Buffet

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Here’s a little peak at an equestrian-themed dining room we decorated last year. The Three-Door Tuscany Buffet is a generous 84″ wide and 44″ tall, so it is as practical as it is beautiful. Hand-planed hardwood surfaces give this piece old-world charm. The hand-painted horse art is available and in stock at our shops.

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Creating Balance

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There are may factors to consider in creating a room design. Function, style, and color are the basic elements of the design. Placement is also very important. For a calm, orderly mood in a space, nothing works better than a creatively balanced design.

Often we find rooms have long walls with nothing significant on them and it is a challenge to fill that space while still respecting the function and balance of the room. Here is the wall before – you can see that there are many divergent elements that, while individually interesting, do not pull together into a unified design.

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In this living room we made the unused end of the room into a little library with the addition of a pair of bookcases flanking a single window. To add coziness and a some extra seating we added a custom bench with a couple of fresh, sea-themed pillows. The result is a balanced space that is very appealing.

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As a bonus the design provides four extra seats for parties.

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Visit our website for more information on our interior design services.

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A French Cottage Living Room

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We were thrilled to be invited into Mary’s home to help her pull her living room together. She had been relocated from the Midwest and just couldn’t get the new house looking the way she envisioned it. Mary said she loves French Country style and gave us a good idea of her color preferences.

When we looked around the house, we noticed that her TV was in a back guest room and there was no TV in the living room. The house has no family room and Mary had been told that a TV does not belong in a living room.

We suggested that since her guestroom is small and did not have a sofa, that she place the TV in her redesigned living room. We assured her that with the proper design, the TV would not be the focal point, rather an elegant accessory integrated with a consistent overall design. Take a look at the before and after pictures here… This is how the living room looked when we arrived.

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As you can see, there wasn’t much to work with…and those ruffly drapes left by the previous homeowner had to go! …So we had a clean palette to start with.

We tried a couple of different floor plans. This is the one we settled on:

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The sofa is on the wall to the left and, on the right, two narrow bookcases flank a TV console. Two club chairs frame the picture window and a bergere chair adds a French accent beside one of the bookcases. Here is a rendering of our plan that we generated on our CAD software:

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Here’s how the room turned out:

AfterAs you can see, the TV plays a subordinate role to the architecural interest of the surrounding furniture. For privacy and light control we used Hunter Douglas Duette® with LiteRise® (their cordless lift option) and topped them with stationary drapery panels to give a traditional look and to complete the space.

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Needless to say, Mary was thrilled.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Stockbridge & Berry Featured in the Woodbury Women’s Club House Tour

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We are excited to be featured in the Woodbury Women’s Club’s Holiday House Tour this Saturday. The designer showcase is in the charming parsonage of the Woodbury Methodist Church on Church Street. We have decorated the living room and provided furnishings to the designers of the dining room.

The tour takes place Saturday, December 8th from 10 am through 4 pm. Information is available through the Women’s Club website:
http://womansclubofwoodbury.org/Holiday_House_Tour.php

We  sincerely hope you can make it. It is so much fun to express ourselves through this design and to show off some of the latest styles and ideas, and we’d love to share this with you while supporting a great cause.

 

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