Recreate the Look - Southern Charm

How many times have we looked at beautiful homes on Pinterest, pinning rooms that we love, rooms that speak to us somehow. We’ve all done it! We want our rooms to look, or at least feel, just like that picture. Then comes the task of moving that room from the computer screen to your home. At Albarado’s, we have a knack for recreating rooms; bring us your inspiration and we can make it a reality.

Southern Charm Blog Inspiration
What is it about this room that we love? It has a fresh, traditional Southern charm. I can imagine that it overlooks a lake in one of the Gulf States. The wall of windows and doors opens to the patio, allowing a seamless transition from exterior to interior…without the mosquitos. So let’s pull apart the design elements, and bring this picture to life.

Ambella Home 99 inch dinning table
We’ll start with the largest pieces, because they have the most impact. Ambella Home offers a lovely 99” table with a dark driftwood finish. Even though it is large, it almost disappears into the floor because it is the same color and texture.

Design Master Button Tufted Chair
We use eight of Design Master’s button-tufted chairs. The rounded back gives a comfortable sit. It hugs your back ever so slightly. It is pictured in velvet, but we change that fabric to light, creamy linen. The linen brings another natural element that feels cool to the touch.

Antiqued Mirrored Server Lillian August
I found this antiqued mirrored server by Lillian August. The rustic driftwood finish has a slightly painted look, pulling together the light painted walls and the dark stained floor. The color mimics the stone façade of the exterior fireplace. Its vintage industrial details include antiqued metal top, weathered wood base, and aged mirror door panels. The X design references the kitchen cabinet glass detail, creating cohesion between the rooms.

Artistica Mirror
I couldn’t pass up this organic mirror. It’s an Artistica piece, with cross grain cut wood in its natural finish. The large scale anchors the room on one end and brings a rustic, natural outdoor feeling which balances the more formal elements of the room.

Now, for the details. A room isn’t complete without its jewelry! These John Richard candle holders will go on the credenza, with a large orchid from Tree Masters. The mercury glass bottles add height to the credenza and accent its antique metal top.

Visual Comfort Chandelier Hanging above the table is a simple, elegant crystal chandelier by Visual Comfort. It is called the George II Chandelier and I love the sparkle that the crystal and polished silver brings to the room, like a crown over the table!

John Richard has eye-catching accessories for the table. The silver plated bowl with hand-hammered texturing adds glow to the table. And the wavy glass and iron triple candleholder gives a soft glimmer of light.

Hand Carved Counter Stool
To complete our dining room, we have additional seating at the island. The contrast of woven rattan backs and neutral linen seats pairs beautifully with the soft dry-brushed gray finish of these solid oak, hand carved counter stools, adding a rustic element to this traditionally carved frame.

Comfort, style, food, and family are things we cherish here in the South. This room displays all of that. Seamless living spaces inside and out with both elegant and rustic features that say, “Welcome, you are home.”

Recreate a Look with Albarado's

The Inspiration.

Inspiration Photo for blog
Ask anyone who has remodeled or redecorated and they will agree with Thomas Edison that genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. But, that 1% is needed to keep a successful design from ending up way off base and way off budget.

Successful designers and homeowners often times turn to shelter magazines for this inspiration and then ask important questions about these pictures. What about it specifically do you like? Is it the feel? The colors? The style? The placement of objects?

So, in looking at my inspiration photo, I realized that I liked the clean, cool colors and patterns and how these are juxtaposed against the warm, dense woods and solids. Playing these elements against each other creates interest and in turn, keeps the room from being overwhelming or sterile. Additionally, I  liked the opposing scale of the arched window, the cathedral beams, and the arm chairs against the height of the roller shades, the back of the sofa, and the cocktail table. These elements keep the eye moving around the room in a 'W' motion.

The 1% is complete. It's time for the 99%.

Overview Inspiration blog

Going into the Resource Room at Albarado's, I pulled together fabrics and paint colors that would complete the inspiration (neutral but warm walls combined with a variety of patterns both grand and tight) and then turned my attention to the furniture.

Sofa Inspiration blog

This sofa from Sherrill has the right lines. It features English arms and a skirt for that traditional look. By adding a 100% polyester linen-look body fabric and graphic toss pillows, the sofa becomes less formal and more modern and relaxed.

arm chair inspiration blog

I carried over this combination to the high back arm chairs from Designmaster as well. To soften the heavy, wooden features, I added the soft organic flow of paisley in shades of ivory, taupe, and charcoal but maintained the dark, warm stain.

cocktail table

Clean modern lines of this cocktail table from CTH keeps the room from becoming too formal and stuffy. A round shape plays well against the straight lines of the sofa, arm chairs, and drapery panels.  It also creates a conversational area in which the main upholstery can encircle. The glass top allows the room to breath. The metal base of the branch end tables from Theodore Alexander brings whimsy and echoes the organic pattern of both the draperies and the armchair fabric.

drapery fabric and lamp inspiration blog

And, now for the finishing touches. I love this crewel floral patten for the draperies. It is a crisp linen which mimics the sofa fabric but is more refined. Butterfly pleats on rings on a tailored straight panel are a nice compliment to the warm, rugged woven grass Roman shades from the Manh Truc collection from Lafayette Venetian Blinds.
The urn style lamp with hard paperback shade from Visual Comfort completes our inspiration room. It provides angular architecture which balances the whimsy of the end tables.

Modern but classic. Warm and not sterile. Opposing patterns and scale. Our perspiration is done and I'd say this makeover is 100% beautiful.  

Spring Furniture Trends

Spring is finally here and we have returned from the April Furniture Market in High Point, NC!  It was a whirlwind of browsing through beautiful showrooms, eating, drinking, and of course, spending money on the most beautiful of finds!


At market this spring, there was lots of color!  The good ole’ whites and neutrals are here to stay, but this year we saw fabrics with blues, oranges, yellows, and even shades of purple.  We can’t wait to see these lively colors in homes around South Louisiana!

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Furniture designers also showed off their new painted and metallic finishes.  They’ve expanded on the notion that accent pieces liven up a room; even the beds and large cabinets are brushed in eye-catching color and textures.  One of our favorites is this upholstered four poster bed.  The posts look like branches, but they are metal!

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