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More of Everything is Always Better….Especially More Interior Design!


As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about……..sharing more inspiring Interior Design! I’m always so excited to write about all that’s happening in the design world from coordinating fabrics and paint colors to designing beautiful window treatments and vignettes. I actually love that in recent years we are placing more focus on creating beautiful homes as a haven to nurture our families and make more memories.

With so many amazing resources, tackling your design projects can be a daunting task. The volume of options can be absolutely overwhelming and the potential for costly mistakes intimidating, which is why working with an Interior Designer can be a great asset.

I thought I’d take you behind the scenes at my favorite showroom; Chicago Design Team at the Arlington Design Center. As an Interior Designer, designing custom window treatments is one of my specialties and CDT has the most beautiful selection of fabrics and trims; Robert Allen, Beacon Hill, Highland Court, Duralee, Fabricut, Vervain, Stroheim, Houles and Brimar. Of course they are also my go to resource for furniture for every room in the house, as well as gorgeous artwork, accessories and lighting.

I’m really excited to show you around……  

 

My mantra is more of everything is always better, especially great design.

At Vanessa Nunley Designs, I embrace the Art of Making a Home; creating spaces that are gracious, elegant, beautifully appointed and comfortable. It is important to me to learn about your greatest dreams and desires for your home, allowing me to help you develop and interpret a personal style that reflects the way you live. Drawing on twelve years of Interior Design experience, together we will transform a concept and vision into a stunning reality.

I hope you have a moment to visit me at my new website http://vanessanunleydesigns.com

More beautiful homes, more making memories, more glorious interior designs….

To schedule an Interior Design appointment, a Life Style consultation or a speaking engagement, please email me at moreismoremom@aol.com

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Run With It…..


As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about…….more carpet runners! This week I was working on an Interior Design project for one of my clients, which brought me to my absolute favorite place for carpet, Superb Carpet in Wheaton, IL. I was looking for a runner and I had come to the right place. What makes Superb, superb, is the beautiful selection of flooring enhanced by the knowledge and personal attention from owners Mike and Jean Loewe.

 

The Foyer is an all too often overlooked space. While the function of the entryway may be particular to every family, aesthetically it should always be a reflection of the people that live there. After curb appeal, it’s the very first impression your guests have of your home.

 

This is the entryway to my home. I absolutely love the tiger print runner on the stairs. It's fabulously neutral with a great big pop of personality!

Though typically a small space, furnishing your foyer can pose decorating dilemmas. The foyer serves as a bridge to many other rooms in your home, and as such needs to compliment a variety of personalities. Whether neutral or bathed in color, the walls needn’t be ignored. An entryway is a great place to display artwork that resonates with the homeowner, expressing their personality.

 

A small space doesn’t offer much room for a myriad of furnishings, though carving out a nook for a chair or bench provides a place for your guests to rest while adjusting their footwear. A chest of drawers is another useful little item for more storage (and as the More is More Mom®, I’m always looking for more places to stash my treasures). The top of the chest is the perfect place to perch a table lamp and favorite decorative items.

 

One of the best opportunities for offering BIG impact is through an amazing runner that sets the tone for the rest of the home. Why settle for boring beige when you can add personality and interest through color or pattern or both? There are so many fantastic options:

 

A classic oriental is an interesting pattern that is extremely forgiving regarding wear and tear. As a total bonus, the variety of colors in the pattern will provide inspiration for a gorgeous color palette.

 

While some patterns may be symmetrical, they can still be very interesting. For instance, a smartly placed medallion works beautifully in a more traditional setting. On the other hand, a trellis pattern is stunning in a less formal home.  

 

I’m always a fan of a scroll pattern. I really appreciate the interest in the movement as it makes its way up the stairs. Customarily you’ll find this pattern with either a solid background (which can tend to show lint) or a strie effect (which has more depth and is significantly more forgiving of family life).

 

Of course, my personal favorite is a touch of animal; tiger, zebra, leopard, cheetah. These patterns are really rather neutral and add a great big pop of style. If you really want to go wowie-zowie, consider and animal print in a great color such as green or red. Now that’s daring!

 

The fun of Interior Design is taking chances and exploring and experimenting as you create the home of your dreams.

 

More welcoming entryways, more beautifully appointed rooms, more expressing your personality…..

 

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Homegating; Popcorn, Peanuts, Cracker Jack’s and DiGiorno!


As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about……..more Home-gating! Why head to the stadium to tailgate with the kids piled in the car, packed with everything but the kitchen sink, when you can enjoy the big game in the comfort of your very own home? My mantra is more of everything is always better, especially time spent with family and friends. What better way to re-connect than nibbling and noshing over a tasty buffet while cheering on your favorite team……

I absolutely love entertaining and Homegating provided the perfect party inspiration! As an Interior Designer, I crave authenticity, which is why I was crazy about all of the little details that went into making our Homegating party a huge success.

 

Homegating Dinner Buffet

Popcorn, peanut's and Cracker Jack's

Charming decorations strike the perfect tone; a blue plaid stadium blanket, blue and gold rooter poms, home-made felt pennants and an apothecary jar filled with gumballs in our team colors graced the buffet and bar. A picnic basket, brimming with popcorn, peanuts and Cracker Jacks made for an inexpensive and delightful centerpiece.

 

Cold Beverages; soda, wine and Miller Lite....

To get the party rolling, I set up a little bar so our guests could help themselves to cold sodas, wine and long neck bottles of Miller Lite.

 

Wrigley, 92lbs of fun!

For a pre-game warm up, the teenagers amused themselves by playing running bases and Bago’s, while keeping the ball away from our 92lb Chocolate Lab, Wrigley, was the real challenge. To make the day a little more festive, we brought my homemade Wrigley Field replica scoreboard out to the yard so the kids could manually score the game.

 

 

With the concession stand serving as such great inspiration, the menu was easy….

 

Homegating Party Menu

Popcorn, Peanuts and Cracker Jack’s

DiGiorno Pizza

Homemade Nachos

Hot Dog Bar; Chicago Style, BLT and Philly Cheese Dogs

Ooey-Gooey Chewy Bars

 

It’s not delivery, it’s DiGiorno!

DiGiorno Pizza....

DiGiorno has so many great toppings to choose from, but my people are total meat lovers. They were so crazy for the sausage and pepperoni pizza that there wasn’t a slice left on the tray!

While nachos at the ball park are fine, nothing beats those that I make at home (and for a fraction of the price!). The beauty is that everything can be prepped in advance and tossed in the oven 10 minutes before you’re ready to serve. Ole!

Nachos:

Pre-heat oven to 400°

2 lbs of ground beef, browned.

2 packets of Taco seasoning, combined with the browned beef according to the package directions.

Refrigerate until ready to use. Warm up in the microwave for 2 minutes when it’s nachos time.

1 large bag of your favorite tortilla chips

1 – 8 cup bag of shredded cheddar cheese

Your favorite toppings, such as;

Diced tomatoes

Diced onions

Sliced olives

Coat a 13×9 baking dish with non-stick spray

Place a layer of tortilla chips in the baking dish

Smother with cheese

Pop into the oven for 3-4 minutes, until the cheese starts to melt

Add another layer of chips

Cover with browned beef and more cheese

Generously sprinkle with tomatoes and onions

Cover with more cheese

Top with sliced olives

Cook for another 5-7 minutes, or until cheese melts

Hot Dog Bar;

Grill hot dogs, slide into a hot dog bun or brat roll, and place on a serving tray

Offer a variety of condiments to build your favorite hot dogs

Chicago Style Dog;

Yellow mustard ~Dill pickle spears ~Diced tomatoes ~ Diced onions ~ Sweet pickle relish ~ Celery salt

BLT Dog;

Mayonnaise ~ Bacon Strips ~ Shredded lettuce ~ Diced tomato

Philly Cheese Dog;

Cheese sauce ~ Bell pepper and onion strips (sautéed in olive oil until tender, about 10-15 minutes) ~ Dash of hot sauce

 

And for dessert…….

Ooey-Gooey Chewy Bars (with Nestlé’s chips)

Pre-heat the oven to 350°

In a large bowl, mix together;

3 cans of sweetened condensed milk

1 box of graham cracker crumbs

Add;

1 bag Nestlé’s milk chocolate chips

1 bag Nestlé’s butterscotch chips

Blend well

Line a 13×9 baking dish with parchment paper and coat with non-stick spray

Spread mixture into the dish

Cook for 30 minutes, or until a light golden brown

Cool until easy to handle

Lift parchment paper out of dish, place on a cutting board and remove the parchment paper (no stick! No mess!).

Cut into bars (I prefer to remove the edges so the bars are nice and even)

Place on a serving dish and enjoy…….   

 

The only thing that beats a visit to your favorite stadium is enjoying a Homegating party with your closest family a friends! Let’s play ball…….

To schedule and Interior Design appointment, a Life Style Consultation or a speaking engagement, please contact me at moreismoremom@aol.com

I’m excited to have been asked to be a part of this campaign for Collective Bias and DiGiorno; a Homegating Game Time Party! Hosting family and friends, enjoying our buffet and playing games as we cheered on the home team was a blast!

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Slip Into Something Comfortable…..


As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about…..more slipcovers! With so many fun and fabulous fabrics, why limit yourself to choosing just one? While working with my Interior Design clients, I’m frequently asked my opinion about recovering furniture. Of course, there are no hard and fast rules, just some conventional wisdom; if your piece is nothing special, then dollar per dollar, it may not be worth re-upholstering. However, if you have a beautiful piece, which is perfect in scale, proportion and style, or holds sentimental value, then it’s very likely worth the investment.

Giving your furniture a little “face-lift” is a great way to transform a room. Slipcovers are another opportunity for creating drama and personality through detail and thoughtful design. Because more of everything is always better, make simple slipcovers sensational by using luxurious fabrics and fine finishing touches.

To add some pizzazz to a clean lined skirt, apply grosgrain ribbon, or even a band of complimentary fabric, to the edge of a skirt. The accent color should absolutely tie in to another decorative element in the room, such as a colorful lampshade or a whimsical pillow.

A luscious fabric deserves elegant trim. Bullion fringe would an amazing detail applied to the skirt, as would a brush fringe or coordinating cording applied at the seams. This sort of slipcover would be completely out of place in a modern, contemporary room, though it would be huge fun paired with something a little shabby chic or really rich and traditional.

One of my all time, absolute favorites are dressmaker details; fussy pleats, shirred skirts and fancy buttons. They offer such a thoughtful, tailored and custom look which would be perfect in a Bedroom or Living Room, and certainly on Dining Room chairs.

The most important thing to remember about Interior Design is that it should be fun! Your home should be a reflection of you, your taste and the way you live.

Please feel free to email me your Interior Design dilemma’s, or schedule a consultation moreismoremom@aol.com

More fun with fabric, more slipcovers, more beautiful homes……

 To schedule and Interior Design appointment, a Life Style consultation or a speaking engagement, please email me at moreismoremom@aol.com

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Inspiring Colors of Summer…..


As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about…….more colors of summer! While I absolutely love, love, love my lip-stick red’s, chocolate brown’s and gingerbread’s, the prospect of warmer weather inspires bright and cheerful happy tones. Summertime should be about outdoor living, enjoying time with our families and reconnecting with friends. What better way to do that than by surrounding ourselves with the colors of the season?

Recently, I was out and about and was so excited by these gorgeous and intense hues. They’re all so vibrant and invigorating. Why not incorporate a little bit of this whimsy into your everyday life? Whether you brighten your sofa with a few fun new pillows, bring some great accent pieces to your outdoor living space, or whip out your paint brush to paint a wall, a light fixture or a charming little chair, these colors will make each summer day a little bit brighter.

As an Interior Designer, I am a total Benjamin Moore gal. Some people may favor a flat paint, but one of my professional design tips is to paint most walls in an Egg-shell finish. I find it adds a little sheen and glamour! Besides, wiping up fingerprints is a snap!

 

Why not cool off with some shade provided by a fashionable market umbrella? Turn your patio, deck or balcony into a sanctuary with the help of comfy seat cushions and fun throw pillows. Paint is always a great and inexpensive way to transform a room or treasured object.  Try a hot yellow like Broadway Lights #298 and an intense blue such as Bayberry Blue #790.

 

I saw this darling green and cream floral motif chair with a pleated skirt and thought it would be charming tucked into the corner of a bedroom or sun room. Benjamin Moore’s Vienna Green # 538 would be a fabulous back drop for curling up with a great summer read.

 

These mosaic tables are totally hot! Nestle one next to a lounge chair on your deck, perch a cold glass of lemonade on a table in your family room, or place a luscious plant on one near a window in your kitchen. The array of colors are spectacular. If you like green, you’ll love Feel the Energy #417. Orange is one of my all time favorites. How about Pan for Gold #181? For a jolt of poppy, why not consider Picante #006 (so close to 007, but no cigar!). Summer is the perfect back drop for turquoise.  I happen to really like Lake Tahoe #783.

 

 

 

 

 

Nothing screams summer like botanicals. They are lovely in any nook or cranny; in the powder room, a bedroom, the foyer or even your kitchen. I’m a complete sucker for pink flowers, inspired by shades such as Cactus Flower #135, Romance #1333 and Pink Ladies #1347. However, for me, yellow flowers are a close runner up. Laguna Yellow #291 is a fantastic representation.

 

 

 Make each day beautiful by surrounding yourself with colors that make you happy!

More color, more summer, more happiness, more celebrating life….

To schedule an Interior Design appointment, a Life Style consultation or a Speaking Engagement, please email me at moreismoremom@aol.com

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