Lessons in Color: Neutrals

Roman Shades on windows add a dramatic flair
Neutral greige tone on a wall

j. ellen Design, LLC is putting together some great infographics with tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your design. Today we’re going to talk about neutral tones and neutral colors, what they are and how they work.

You’ve heard the term “neutral” tone, or “neutral” color, but what is a neutral color? Why is it so useful and versatile? Neutral means that the color or tone is lacking in a specific hue or saturation. Neutral tones tend to be without preference to a certain color.

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Roller Shade

Rolling Shades versus Roman Shades: Which is best?

Roller Shade
Standard Roller Shade

Ah, it’s an epic battle of taste! Whether you’re renovating your current space or moving into a new one, you may be wondering, which should I choose? With so many design options available for your window furnishings and coverings, it can be a tough decision for anyone. The patterns, fabrics, and colors alone can be endless – but choosing the base style can help you narrow down your options. While I can certainly help you to decide what will best work for your space, needs, and wants, here are some things to consider.

You may be familiar with roller blinds, also known as roller shades. They are the typical rolling shade that pulls down and springs back up. They come in a variety of colors, shades, shapes, and styles. They can be light blocking, heat blocking, and more. They are the basic type of shade or blind that you think of when adding a privacy element to your windows. They are generally low-cost and low maintenance. Roller blinds are great because they look good even extended, without any seams, lines, and generally fairly dust free.

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How to hang artwork

How should I hang artwork on my wall?

One of the biggest problems you may face with decorating your home is… How do you hang your artwork on your wall in a cohesive but visually arresting manner? While there are multiple ways you can hang artwork on walls, some ways may be better for others, especially when it comes to where you’re hanging your artwork.

We’ve prepared an infographic for you below to help you with some ideas on how to hang artwork on your walls.

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What height should I mount my flatscreen?

One of the questions I often get is how to know where and how high to mount artwork and other items on the wall such as flatscreen televisions. Because of this, I’m going to be publishing some interior design tips in the form of infographics to help you! These infographics will have easy-to-use DIY tips and tricks for answering your questions and making your space look great. Have a question about something (or you want to see an infographic about something)? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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j. ellen Design makes NH Home Magazine

NH Home Magazine Cover September-October 2017

We were thrilled to see one of our projects gracing the cover of NH Home Magazine for September-October 2017. (Of course Heather, the Boston Terrier totally steals the show!!) We had a wonderful time working with the Bossi family to design their beautiful new home in Bedford, New Hampshire. Be sure to pick up a copy on your local newsstand and see some of the highlights in this beautiful custom kitchen featuring cabinetry by Young Furniture Mfg., Inc.

June Trisciani, of j. ellen Design in Manchester, forged a strong working relationship with Susan and Don Bossi not long after they hired her to design the interiors of their Bedford home. The journey started with a trip to Connecticut, where the Bossis lived at the time, to spend a day with the couple. “I wanted to know more about how they lived and what they loved about their home,” Trisciani says. “I also wanted to know what they wanted to do differently when building their new home.”

You can check out this issue right on the NH Home Magazine website.

Check out more of this wonderful project:

j ellen Design LLC Beautiful Kitchen

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How to survive your kitchen renovation

Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen renovations are tough! Think about it, you have removed the heart of your home and while it is going to come back and be better than ever, you have to get through the recovery/healing process of gutting your old kitchen to replace it with new. There will be dust, disruption and a period of no sink or appliances. What is one to do? Here are a few recommendations to help you through this process.

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Changes and Flowers…

As everyone knows, change happens. That being said, I will remind you all that change is good! We all know the saying… ‘when one door closes, another opens…’ At j. ellen Design, we have made major changes for 2017 to shake up the studio. In addition to updating and introducing product lines, we have redesigned the studio and are thrilled to announce that Guylaine Ostrander, the owner and creative genius behind All Silk Designs has joined our design team.

Silk Flower Arrangement

Let’s face it, not all of us (me included) are good with keeping plants alive and trying to maintain beautiful flowers can be costly and time consuming. Wouldn’t it be nice if flowers would just appear, always look fresh and your plants were always green and beautiful?? All Silk Designs offers the most realistic silk floral arrangements and plants we have ever seen! The most amazing part of this is you can purchase arrangements right from one of our displays or schedule an appointment with Guylaine to talk about creating something special just for you.

Red Silk Flower ArrangementNot sure you want the same arrangement day after day? Don’t have space to store arrangements? Explore the All Silk Designs rental programs. Whether you are looking to freshen up your home or office on a monthly or quarterly basis, the rental program is a great way to keep everything fresh and new by swapping out your arrangements for the holiday or season.

Have you ever wanted to learn the art of floral arranging? Part of our renovation was undertaken to create more open spaces for Guylaine to share her knowledge and offer a series of floral arranging classes. This is great way to add your own touch to an arrangement while meeting new friends and enjoying a glass of wine!

At j. ellen Design, we pride ourselves in creating a one-stop shopping experience for all of our clients. Adding this new element brings us another step closer to helping you add all of the finishing touches to make your space a home.

With j. ellen Design, B Burton Custom Décor and All Silk Designs, we’ve got you covered! Call today to schedule an appointment to learn about all of our offerings… and stay tuned for news on our upcoming spring open house to share what we have been up to!

All Silk Designs Floral Arrangement

Timeless Design versus Trends

Trend /trend/ (v.) emerge as a popular trend; be currently popular

Site IconThis is the textbook definition of trend. In the world of interior design and fashion, we are constantly barraged with trends. What style of furniture is ‘in’? What is the color of the year?

In marketing (on-line and social media), trend is defined as ‘a subject that has many posts in a short period of time.’ This creates a short burst of excitement or talk that tends to fade out shortly thereafter.

The common denominator of a trend is the fact that it may be and generally is short lived and will tend to look dated after a short period of time… If you are a child of the 80s or 90s, you can simply look back at your old photos to find examples. Ummm… shoulder pads anyone?

As a designer, trends can be an interesting dilemma. They are splashed everywhere for us to see… home design television shows, magazine articles, and social media. How do we create a space that will not be passé in a year or two? Timeless design is the art of balancing the classics with a few splashes of a trend to remain current. Think of the classic black dress. Every woman has one and while it may be a simple design that works for your body type, the accessories chosen create a different look each and every time it is worn. The dress, however, remains beautiful and timeless.

When working with our clients to design a space in their home, we want to create that classic black dress by selecting cornerstone pieces that are classic and timeless while infusing a splash of the trend to always keep your home current. At j. ellen Design, we find that this formula creates a functional, beautiful space that will endure the test of time. We want to help you create a long-lasting space to enjoy for years to come — not months. Contact us today to get started.

12th Annual Kitchen Tour

j ellen Design LLC Beautiful KitchenThe key to successful design is working collaboratively with clients to create beautiful spaces that meet their needs while matching their personal style and budget. We are pleased to announce that two of our clients have been selected to share their homes on the 2016 Palace Theatre Kitchen Tour.

Our first home on the tour is a charming Manchester North End colonial, built in 1904. When the client decided to add an addition, j. ellen Design was brought in to assist with designing the kitchen, pantry and mudroom. We worked collaboratively with the homeowner to create a family-friendly space that combined traditional elements with a strong sense of color and a bit of whimsy. The family wanted the space to be welcoming and functional for their young family of five, but also sophisticated and “party ready” for entertaining. One of the showstoppers in the space is the 110-inch island in a ‘Union Jack’ blue topped with a striking slab of Super White Granite. The addition of the pass-through butler’s pantry provides plenty of storage, a prep area for entertaining, and the family’s favorite ice maker! The entire space is anchored with a beautiful herringbone patterned tile floor.

Our second home on the tour is a spacious, yet cozy new construction in Bedford. Upon entering the home, you will be greeted in the stunning foyer, boasting a beautiful turned staircase and warm walnut floors. After taking a few more steps, you will find yourself in the kitchen–the heart of this open concept home. This French Country inspired kitchen was designed to incorporate the beautiful curved custom range hood and a large kitchen island with built-in bench seating and countertop seating! This kitchen also incorporates additional elements including a hand painted tile backsplash, Phillip Jeffries woven wall covering to add a subtle texture and the burnt orange valances bring color while framing the beautiful landscape. Don’t forget to peek into the butler’s pantry to see the stunning walnut countertop and hammered copper sink.

No matter what your style, the team at j. ellen Design will work closely with you to deliver results that are functional, beautiful and within your budget.

We invite you to see our work on this year’s Palace Theatre Kitchen tour on June 5, 2016. Tickets are on sale now and all proceeds benefit programs at the historic Palace Theatre in Manchester, New Hampshire. For more information and to purchase tickets, please go to: http://www.palacetheatre.org/event-detail/2016-06-05/the-12th-annual-kitchen-tour/65080/