Thursday Spotlight: How to Customize Your Design Spaces with Retail Product

Thursday Spotlight: How to customize your design spaces with retail product – some take away nuggets when shopping catalogs but going for a high end look

Yesterday we had a fabulous Design Seminar entitled: My Catalog Life. This was one of those things (the Seminar) that morphed out of many conversations, lots of laughter and a talk about being a closet Home Goods Addict among a group of seriously fashionable women. Many of whom would ‘NAAAVA’ admit they actually go…well, outside of the studio that is ;)!

We will ATTEMPT to edit the video and get it COMPLETED by END of November. We will definitely need to consolidate some of the materials into a downloadable format and may have to re-film some of the segments where laughter drowned out logic…!…

Check out our Twitter Feed from yesterday. @couturechateau is the handle and #couturechateautip was our hash tag.

At the wrap up yesterday, someone suggested an e-book or work book in addition to the take-a-way binders that were part of the Seminar. I like that idea! Time to get to work Ann :)!!…and team….!…

Some of the bite size nuggets:

1) WHEN you design from catalogs, setting the color palate FIRST creates a natural envelope which makes editing furniture options EASIER. The big catalog and online retailers have already done the hard “color work” for you. Take advantage of it and don’t reinvent the wheel. Save your customization of color for the accents – but make the broad color choices for walls, ceilings & floors FIRST. Get them painted and be done. This is in contrast to how we typically approach a highly custom project where a paint color may need to coordinate with an antique rug coming from Turkey or a custom fabric from India.

Many of the big retailers have paint collections or partnerships with large paint companies like Benjamin Moore…don’t reinvent the wheel IF you are customizing your spaces from catalogs

I am ok with that. Designer Permission = Granted!

2) EDIT your retailer/catalog choices for the major pieces of furniture to no more than 4 for a single space. Be brutal. Match overall scale of furniture arms, seat heights & accent tables to within 10%-15%. You can play with accent pieces, but get the Foundation Seating pieces right and the layering will come more easily.

If you are customizing from catalogs – only use the most trusted and reliable retailers for your big pieces. Stick to 4 catalogs max when combining those foundation pieces. Any more and your room will look cluttered with too many disparate details

I am ok with that too! Designer Permission = Granted! (hint…we follow this percentage rule on custom jobs as well;)

3) MIXING is an art. We shared tools for practicing with Retail product – @Olioboard – @Pinterest – and encouraged TIME DEADLINES for “playing design” and EXECUTION START DATES for “actual project design”….meaning you don’t get to design the room on a piece of paper, pin it to the room’s door and wait for 5 years! Get off the stump, get started, plan, finish and get on with the custom living :)!!

Mixing is an art. Take cues from great retail displays. Note scale and texture mixes – subtle matches that “speak to each other” but don’t scream

I am WAY ok with that. Designer Permission = Granted!

Those are some of the bite size pieces from a fabulous day. I will keep you posted as this is a subject near and dear to me – I DO believe passionately that there is custom inside of just about anything…from the Tree Stump Table on our Pinterest Board (Follow this board from our Seminar – we keep adding!)

Arteriors Home. I love this table…but can you imagine it in a deep lacquer green?! I can…so fabulous…

– can you imagine that in a deep lacquer green?!- to the Red Acrylic Chairs from Target

Available at Target – how fun to put a decal cutout – custom of course and use these in a study room for teenagers!

I “see” a fabulous white decal on the back side as it sits in a desk area where teenagers work at computers…

Happy Thursday. Spotlight is now on YOU! Let us know what you think of this!! We had a great response but we were only 8!!…

Live a custom life. There is only one you.

xo Ann

Monday Matters: How to Custom Decorate my home when all I can afford is from a Catalog?

Monday Matters: How to Custom Decorate my home when all I can afford is from a Catalog?

Seminar is SOLD OUT but we will VIDEO it for an affordable download option broken into 5 Segments! So excited!!

We believe you are Custom

We believe making a Custom Space makes us live more intentional lives

A simple customization from Retail product…we took a planter from Home Goods that was table height and used it as a table base instead! The Lantern is from OSH Hardware, the Rope as well…we teach you how to combine with an eye towards the upper end but your wallet grounded in reality!

How do you bring Custom into your home when all you have access to or can afford is from a Catalog?

We know from this month’s House Beautiful that Hermes Orange and Tiffany Blue are all the rage, but how do we incorporate that when we cannot or choose not to spend $$$$ on Custom Decorating? In this Seminar we FOCUS and EDIT from the get go. We start by establishing a Color Palate for YOU. A Custom Color Palate for a singular space that will be your jumping off point. We “eat the elephant” one bite at a time!! And while we eat…we are constantly bringing it back to YOUR custom space.

This week we are hosting a Seminar called “My Catalog Life: How to Create a Custom Home from Retail”

Our Seminar is Sold Out – we only allow 8 people at a time so that all of our participants get hands on training & one on one followup



AFTER. This is a micro example of using Retail but customizing the space and thinking outside the box but INSIDE of reality and practicality. Everything functions, everything translates into another room, but it is custom for you and your lifestyle. This “mini project” we did as a bite size nugget for our actual Seminar which will focus on one of your “meal size” rooms-spaces, examples include: Family Room, Master, Guest Room, Living Room, Play Room.

 we are videoing it so we can SHARE it with those of you who’d like to participate on a more Budget Friendly Platform! It should be ready to purchase and download within a few weeks. We will edit it into the 5 Segments we are doing at the Seminar.

First:  How to Establish a Color Palate that is Custom but Realistic, Affordable & Achievable

We run you through simple tips to establish your Custom Color Palate for your Home that is consistent with some of the major Furniture Catalogs out there. We pull from places like Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel, CB2, West Elm, Grandinrod


We are SO excited about this Seminar. Can hardly wait!

If you aren’t already, please make sure to opt in on our Blog so you will receive updates as to when the download will be available.

Have a great week!

xo Ann