Monday, December 23, 2013

Have a very Merry Christmas!

Happy Holidays!   

Silent Night

Silent night holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin mother and child.
Holy infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace.
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent n
ight holy night
Shepherds quake at the sight,
Glories stream from heaven afar,
Heavenly hosts sing alleluia;
Christ the Savior, is born
Christ the Savior, is born
Silent night holy night
Son of God, love's pure light
Radiant beams from thy holy face,
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth.
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Beautiful Nautical Themed Living & Dining Room all ready for XMas!!!

Nautical Simplicity

I love this nautical inspired room.  From a size standpoint, this room was a bit challenging.  If you look closely a lot of multi-tasking is going on here.  Yet, instead of cluttered, the space is calm, warm and inviting.

Tip:  When trying to incorporate a theme into your decorating.

  Keep things simple

Choose only those items you absolutely love

Leave some space empty 

Happy Decorating!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Thanksgiving Table


Well Thanksgiving has come and gone!  Yes I know.  I am still going to share my table this year.

I like to use what I have around the house when setting the table.  This year I also took the time and handmade some lovely Linen, hem stitched napkins.  For a little special touch I have a chrysanthemum stem poking out.   

Hope you enjoy!!!!
and Happy Holiday Decorating
Make Your Home Your Favorite Destination

Have a project? or a question, I would love to hear from you.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Sarah Richardson - Combined Hand & Computer Rendering for Interior Design


I have been a big fan of Canadian Interior Designer/Decorator Sarah Richardson for ever.

Her work always inspires me.  I love her easy, casual style.  But don't let her casual approach fool you.  
In my opinion, Sarah's attention to detail is amazing!   

I found this room of hers that I really love.  The high, low quality in her design aesthetic really speaks to me.

I love how she pairs the Crystal Chandelier & Antique Gold Mirror with simple straight forward elements like that of the end tables and the floor rug.  

The rendering I did today is a combination of 3 parts hand rendering work, and a pinch of digital technology.  

I really love the way it turned out!  
Hope you enjoy.

Renderding by:  Cindy LeBlanc

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Thursday Hand Rendering - Lady with a Red Hat

Today I am putting this one out there with a bit of hesitation.  I have been trying out some new techniques and not sure I have it yet.

I love just about everything in this room!

I also wish I knew who designed this lovely room.  But alas I do not.  
I decided to just go ahead and post anyway.  This one has taken me longer than usual.  I have actually restarted the whole rendering about 3 times.  Crazy?  Maybe, but not to get myself off the hook here, this room was particularly challenging for me.  Some of the surfaces were really difficult for me to put down.  

After the fourth try, I decided to just say what the heck.  There was actually something in each try that I would end up really loving, and other elements, not so much.  

Knowing when to stop is good in theory, but actually stopping takes a lot of self control.   Which admittedly I do not always have .

So here is where I stopped!!!!

I hope you enjoy it.

Rendering by:  Cindy LeBlanc

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Building a color scheme from a favorite fabric


I thought it would be fun to go through the steps of building a color scheme starting with a favorite fabric!
Today I will be using a fabulous print from F Schumacher
Jaipur Tree 
Let's get started
Here is the color pallet


Step # 1
Choose a color from the fabric for the walls.
In my case, I chose the lighter of the blues. I really like the feel of this blue, and it is a good choice if adding color is the direction you wish to go in.  Any of the colors would work.  We will take a look at those later.

Step #2
Choose a color for the sofa, furnishings, and window treatments. In this example I will be using Schumacher print, Jaipur Tree, on the window treatments and chairs. I chose the celadon green for the sofa and the blue for an ottoman, doubling as a cocktail table.  I love how the blue and the green work together to create a serene color scheme, and the print adds just enough red to really give this room a lot of wow!

Step # 3
Selecting a finish for the wood furnishings
  I love the furnishings and finishes offered by Sommerset Bay Furniture.
I chose a beautiful cream color,
  Vanilla Bean finish, it has a traditional yet relaxed feel.  The lighter finish is going to work well with the light trim and give some breathing space to all of the color. 

Middleton End Table - Sommerset Bay Furniture
Step #4
I couldn't resist these amazing gourd lamps!  I love gourd lamps.  With so many shapes, sizes and colors.  I can always find one that fits just perfectly.
This one is from Curry & Co.
Soicher Marin
Rendering by:  Cindy LeBlanc
I hope you are inspired!

Happy Decorating

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Thibaut Cypress Collection- Hand Rendering

Today's rendering is inspired by
 Thibaut Design
Cypress Collection
I love rooms that have a neutral color scheme.  Using black and cream with just a punch of color is always a fresh approach and a winning combination!

Shalimar in Black and Cream

Hand Rendering:  Cindy LeBlanc
I hope you enjoy!  
Happy Decorating

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Hand Rendering of Charles Faudree Design

Well I have been working on this rendering for longer than usual! 
All of the little details were challenging as well as the specific colors of the blue & white china and fabric. Most daunting of all was the mere fact that this area was created by the amazingly talented designer Charles Faudree.   All of his rooms have such warmth, color, and life. 

I was working, happily, just enjoying the process of trying to interpret the photo onto paper.  Once finished, I went to scan and tweak as I usually do. The next step is to post. 
It was about the time that I finished the scanning and began to tweak, that a voice in my head reminded me that this was not a humble chair that I had been working on. 

I started to question my ability, or really my lack of expertise.  I started to recall all of the amazing art renderings of Charles Faudree rooms that I had seen and been in awe of, inspired by.

So it is with this spirit that I humbly submit this rendering.  I hope Mr. Faudree will not be displeased.    

Charles Faudree

 Rendering By:  Cindy LeBlanc

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Floral Chair Rendering - Jubilee from Thibaut

I love Thibaut wall coverings and fabrics.  This fabric and wall paper in this rendering are from the Jubilee collection.

I hope you like it!

 If you are interested in updating your home, I would love to talk with you.  
Beautiful Spaces is also a proud representative of Thibaut Design.   

Make Your Home Your Favorite Destination!
Beautiful Spaces

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Nautical Update and Robert Allen Fabrics

The love of everything Nautical and the color Blue!  This is where the inspiration started for a recent client.  Take a look at these amazing Robert Allen fabrics, these just arrived in our workroom today. 

I hope they inspire you as well!!!

Spears in Hydrangea

 Shipsway in Coastal
Happy Decorating!
Make Your Home Your Favorite Destination

Friday, January 11, 2013

Custom Window Treatments in the Baby's Room

Well I am finally finished with a lovely Cornice for Nina's window!  I will share that later.

Nina is 11, and this will be the third time restyling her room.  The first was her Nursery, the second, her Toddler room, and currently her Pre-teen room.

This will be the first time we are replacing the Window Treatment.

This started me thinking about the many changes that most children's rooms go through before they reach the teen years, and the expense of restyling the room as each change happens. 
The Nursery, Toddler, Pre-Teen, and Teen Rooms. Possibly four room updates.

Custom Window Treatments can be expensive.  I usually like to say that a well made window treatment should last for at least 8 years before they will need to be replaced.  This is not always the case, especially when it comes to a child's room.  As you know, your child will grow out of their crib and into a regular bed before you know it, and so it goes. 

 An estimated cost of a Custom Window Treatment, for a small to average size window for labor alone, can start at a min. of  $200.00.  Add to that, fabric, trim, lining, hardware and installation. The cost could easily reach $600.00.  These are just estimates, but take this example x 4.  $600 x 4= $2400.00.  Depending on your budget, changing the window treatment each time you do your child's  room may be out of the question. This is one reason, I like to think beyond the Nursery when choosing fabrics and wall coverings.  Making choices that will transition easily as your child grows, will help ease the cost of what will seam like the ever changing room design.  When they are ready to transition from crib into bed, all that will be needed is some new paint, the bed of course, additional bedding to coordinate with original window treatments and pillows, and updated accessories .

 Before I proceed forward, I thought it would be fun to share a bit of the past with you. 
I  have been looking up old pictures.  What fun it has been, so many memories!  It has been a  bit bittersweet too.  They really do grow up way too fast!

I did this room in 2001, long before I started Beautiful Spaces. Even then I was thinking ahead when I chose the fabrics and furnishings. My thought was, good planning would help to keep the cost down when the time came to transition into a more grown up room.  Good planning did pay off and I will share that with you next time.

Nursery in  P Kaufmann "Central Park Toile' "
 Laura Ashley  "Row Your Boat" Boarder Paper
Nina's Nursery 2001

Small Raspberry and Cream Check for Contrast Fabric
Velvet and Ribbon Flower Pillow  along with custom Toile' Bolster 
 Botanical Prints
The wall paper had cute little frogs in each boat
so a Frog Lamp was in order
If you are interested in talking with me about a Decorating or Window Treatment project you have in mind, I would love to hear from you.
Bringing a Baby into the world is such a wonderful, magical time.  Stressing about the Nursery?  No need to worry, we can take care of everything for you.  Relax and Enjoy this special time of your life.
Happy Decorating

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Bringing Home Baby

Bringing Home Baby

Winning Color Combination


Opposites Attract
For a winning color combination don't overlook one of my favorites,  Blue and Orange.
Blue and Orange you say?  Yes, these opposites really do attract.  Opposite on the Color Wheel, they form a  Complementary Color Scheme and are sure to have a bold impact.  Tone them down a bit, and they are calming and sumptuous.
This combination works in many design aesthetics, from Traditional to Modern. 
You can see this stunning color combination in
David Kiehm - Deaddrift Studios
 amazing interiors 
Miles Redd
Madelyn Wynrebb Rug
Thibaut Design
Miles Redd

 lovely fabrics by F Schumacher

San Carlo Mohair Velvet

Sunara Ikat

 I hope this Color Inspiration has Inspired you to look a little further into Complementary Color Schemes for your home.
"Make Your Home Your Favorite Destination"

Happy Decorating!