Bring the beach home this Christmas! It’s always fun to create a tabletop for your holiday meal with your existing accessories. In the midst of winter pull out all of your shells, candles and anything else that you may have to remind everyone of those warm days at the ocean.
Add Agapanthus in white, for a fresh Christmas floral arrangement by each table setting. Use a water bottle or whatever you have for the container. Think Beachy! As you can see, even the wine is Coastal appropriate!
Here I have pulled out my Martini Glasses to bring out the colors of the Ocean. It’s fun to use antique mismatched Silverware for a more casual vibe as well!
The Herons on the table make a great centerpiece with the low tray of shell balls and votives. Pull out all the accents that you are not using right now and you would be surprised what you can pull together.
I have used a 12″ runner down the center of the table in a teal mesh with glitter from the ribbon department, at the local craft store. I’ve even had it drop to the floor on each side for a more dramatic look!
Don’t forget to do a display on your sideboard! Here I have used those new battery operated flicker candles from Details, they look so real from a distance! I have reused some French Wire wide ribbon from last year and threaded it through a collection of Christmas balls and berry stems.
It is so satisfying when you have finished and you have used what you have on hand. The colors are refreshing and will be well received by your Guests this Holiday!
…and remember, if you don’t have anything to work with for this fabulous Christmas Dinner Display, come in and see Marie at Details of Design and show her what you do have and I’m sure she can turn your drab into fab!
Gina Fitzsimmons, ASID
As Autumn rolls into Annapolis and the trees begin to change their colors, our focus once again returns to our personal environments. Annapolis Design Firm, Fitzsimmons Design and their affiliated Design store “Details” begin to introduce the warm chocolate tones into their store displays. ” Chocolate is the new black!” says the brand new store manager, Marie O’Rourke! (Marie comes to the firm from Calico Corners, her experience there in window treatments will be invaluable as she expands her horizons by joining a full service design firm. Welcome aboard, Marie!)
The dark rich brown tones can be used to enrich a room or make it more dramatic. Here in the Fall vignette, the gorgeous chocolates that the designers selected for the entry display of the store are indeed dramatic. The stretched canvas is an impressionistic piece in browns and whites. The bay birds soaring over the Chesapeake make it relevant to our area. Large over scaled pieces like this can really finish off a room, they demand your attention!
Also, very noteworthy in the vignette are the metallic finishes. The driftwood finish on the round accent table has a silver leaf finish that adds a certain patina . The interplay of metallics when using darker colors like black , eggplant or chocolates is very important to the success of the project. The classically shaped lamp in the back left corner is a wonderful bronzey finish. The bronze tone is also on the trio of mirrors down the left hand wall. Keep in mind that the reflective quality of mirrors can add sparkle to any of your richer colored rooms.,
Details of Design is a great source to find the rug that you have been looking for. The rug in this display is a Transitional Scrolled Damask in white on Chocolate. The creator of this rug has used a very traditional pattern and over scaled it to be more contemporary. You can update a tired room with a new look, like this rug! Keep that in mind when you are designing the next space in your home.
Please come in and see our new Fall merchandise and say “Hello” to our new recruit, Marie. It’s time to get your “Details Fix”!]]>
What fun! Crab season is almost here! Megan and Corey have put together a great vignette for the beginning of Spring and it is not floral! The driftwood finish wicker chairs are just perfect for a grouping in your great room across from your sofa. Another place to use them would be as host and hostess chairs in your dining room. It would be nice to make the dining room a bit more casual, you know, the way you actually live!
These original Oil paintings are so perfect for a den or anywhere in your Chesapeake Home. They are nicely framed in wood frames and at $688.00 each, you can afford two of them!
Our boathouse red and white picture frame is perfect for that picture of your Dad out on the water in his yacht or the shot of your niece at the beach. We are “Coastal Ready” at Details!
If you need a wedding gift this Spring, keep in mind our silver and gold leaf platter for the lucky couple! It’s a nice size to display on a bookshelf with a plate stand.
If you need a lamp to shed some light on the subject, this lamp in the background is like a crusty old piling from the local dock. The shade is in a tan burlap with a very smart bright white piping around the bottom edge of the shade. Very reasonable in price, it is $323.00.
Our Starfish on Stand is a unique little accessory for a tabletop grouping or on a wall of books on your bookcase. The Starfish is a mere $37.00.
The large red Charger really adds that splash of color to our display. Take a look around your home and if you are suffering from the beige blahs…. come in and pick up some color!
It’s new, it’s hot, it’s what’s happening!
The casual finishes that are distressed and carefree like the Driftwood finish, pictured here in our Vignette this month, are gaining in popularity. Whether it be an upholstery company or casegoods manufacturer the new finish is Driftwood.
There are not many people that want to be a slave to protecting every surface anytime they have visitors. The distressed finishes already have the patina of a lifetime of living, so, what’s a few more dings?
In our area the driftwood finish fits in with our Comfortable Chesapeake Cozy way of life. The ambiance that it adds to a room encourages putting your feet up and relaxing.
See the close up on your right——
The arm of the chair has one of the new finishes as well as the skinny depth console in the background!
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This will enable all the people that wanted to visit the Show Home but have had trouble with Hurricane Sandy and other holiday issues to still be able to go and show support for the two great charities, The Chesapeake Hospice and The Make a Wish Foundation.
The admission price is $20.00 per person
We at Fitzsimmons Design have really had the best time designing the Living room and Kitchen area of the Show Home. We have met so many fun people that volunteer for these two charities. Also we want to say a few words about the builder, Mike Baldwin. He is one of the most dedicated people we have met. He turns out a beautiful home with top knotch quality with his easy going personality.]]>
It’s always easier to have a starting point, let’s start with a colorful piece of art. When you start with a large enough piece of art you can sometimes just skip painting the walls. That’s called instant gratification!
To highlight the new focal point for your Family Room let’s install a pair of rope wrapped candlestick lamps to shed some light on the subject. Going with this “Chesapeake Cozy” grouping we can throw in some pillows in signal flag motif in bright reds and blues. Now you can see where we are going with this. The nautical look is bright and gender neutral for the whole family to enjoy. We have utilized a great 36″ round coffee table that is a sort of inlaid compass rose detail in the driftwood finished top. Our new baracuda in a nickel finish can sit on a console or actually hang on the wall. Charlie the tuna has nothing on him!
To complete our vignette we have propped up a ship’s wheel in our shot that can hang on an adjoining wall.
The Annapolis Home has never looked so good! Stop in at our retail Store, “Details od Design” in Annapolis if you are going to attend the boat show and take home a souvenir that you can really use in your home.
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Robert Andrew’s kindly donated make-overs for the designers before they had their headshots taken by Jason Putsche for the brochure. “It really was a fun morning of being pampered” said Gina Fitzsimmons.
Kymberly Taylor and Robert Haywood from Annapolis Home magazine were interviewing the designers as well as Mary Ann Treger from Annapolis Lifestyle. All of the Designers had their concept boards on display in their rooms and were ready to give insight into their “green” spaces.
Above: The counter tops are very Green and are made of recycled materials and are called ECO by Consentino. The sample on the bottom is the counter top. Very natural colors as you can see.
We, at Fitzsimmons Design have stepped up to the plate and agreed to design and furnish the kitchen and eat-in area as well as the Living Room after a designer had dropped out of the Show House.
We met with Mike from Ferguson about the cabinetry they are providing and also stopped by their show room to select the door style. The counter tops are very Green and are made of recycled materials and are called ECO by Consentino.
In my last Blog I explained that in our Living Room we are planning another Chesa-Chic interior for the “Tidewater” style Home designed by Cathy Porple Cherry. The Living Room will have custom built-ins in recycled wood and a rug made up from a patchwork design of orientals redyed . The fireplace wall wil be encrusted with oyster shells and wall washed with recessed lights. The whole effect will be tailored and comfortable as are all of the designs that Fitzsimmons Design is known for.
I am glad to report that Terry, my husband and I have begun to eat the oysters necessary to cover the fireplace wall. We were at our favorite Oyster Bar, “Fins” on Rehoboth Ave. in Delaware and downed a couple dozen. I asked Phillipe, our Oyster Shucker to save some shells for me for the next time I came. We left there with a box full of shells. We are trying to figure out the best way to make sure they do not have any odor when we install them on the wall. So far, we are soaking the shells in bleach. We will probably put them in hosiery bags and run them through the dishwasher a few times. This is going to be a lot of work!!!! Recycling can be labor intensive sometimes but, well worth the effort. All of the waitstaff at Fins want to see a photo of the wall when we are finished.
Next Thursday is Press Day at the House. We are to have our headshots done for the brochure. Robert Andrews Salon in Gambrills has donated a free style and blow out for each designer. It’s nice to be pampered. I will report in next week!
Reporter on the Scene,
Gina Fitzsimmons, ASID