Thursday, May 5, 2016

Courtney Jeffcott-Design

 In the fashion world you have the ever continuing “fads”. Whats in today may not be tomorrow. As women of modern times we have learned how to juggle these new trends with what works for us personally (our body profile, skin type, personal preference, ect..)but when it comes to our home we tend to forget that not everything looks great on everybody. Just like not every home design trend can work in your home. Skinny jeans may be a great trend now and look fabulous on the 6′ model stomping down the runway but that doesn’t mean you should run out and buy a pair. Think about your home like your body. What compliments its architecture, what sizes scale correctly in each room, what colors are the most flattering. Just because you like it does not mean you need it.
Courtney Jeffcott 

Courtney Jeffcott-Evolution of Taste

We all as individuals grow. Not only physically but also mentally. Our wisdom broadens and our tastes evolve. In our youth, we have many dislikes. From food, activities, certain colors and so on.... But as we age often we find ourselves enjoying things we once had not. This makes me ponder if design tatse is much the same and evolves as we age....... All styles for the most part have proven themselves to always have a second wind. Does this imply that if you were born during a certain era your excluded to ever evolve to that style again?

Some clients prove this theory to be some what true. Many of the contemporary to modern pieces on the market do have a nod to the unique retro lines of the 40′s-60′s. Because design is influenced by the past many of those who lived during those times feel like the new trends are really not new at all but dated. I often hear from clients, "that looks like something my mother would have had!" I can agree to a certain point that some designs are tired and are too close of a representation of the inspiration. Then there are those designers who took the core of a design and gave it a fresh and updated feel. For example: more organic wood tones on the market that are effortlessly being used in very clean and art deco pieces. It’s a classic trend with a very fresh update.

Taking the design trends from your youth do you still have a place for them in your home? Or have you come to evolve to something different?

Courtney Jeffcott Following Fashion

Following fashion in your home decor:
I found in a recent shopping trip that a lot of what was on display in the home decor could closely reflect what was trending the current fashion runway. Flowy whites and lace translated into very detailed vases and bedding ensembles while bright Moroccan reds and turquoises graced decorative boxes and accent chest. It made me question if when your fashion taste evolves does your design taste evolve as well? It seems to be lately that I am drawn to soft whites and subtle designs with bolder accessories in my everyday wear and  in my home I have been drawn to almost the same look. The blue lamp with gold accents in my living room almost mirrors the new round Bali inspired earrings now dangling in my jewelry box; while the muted tones of the window treatments closely resembles the three new tops I couldn't resist. But it makes me question if everyone can say the same for their own fashion? Is your clothing a reflection of your home?
Courtney Jeffcott

Spicy Style

So we have come to the conclusion that color can be like spicy food. Well done creates a perfectly balanced meal just as well placed color creates a well-balanced space. To balance color it is all about repetition and the use of complimentary hues. For those whose palette may not be quite as broad try your color in accessories only. Accessories are the garnish of the room and will be the determining factor in the finished look. Using neutrals on the largest items of the room will give you the blank canvas to start using more vivacious tones in the art, table tops and area rugs.

-Courtney Jeffcott

Courtney Jeffcott- Trending Neon?! Flash back to the 80's

NEON! Hear that one word and soooo many images race through your mind. I used to think 80's and early 90's. Sideways caps, high cut shorts and really bad perms. But what do I think today? I see great pops of high viz yellow against soft white leather completed with chrome accents. I picture stunning runway jewelry against solid bold cut sheer tops and tailored pants.
Slowly but surely this trend is making it's way into today's home decor. Yellow is not the only neon making its appearance in the showrooms...... Crisp neon orange is a great accent against mink browns and classic acrue. A more refined setting can be played up using neon pinks in its pillows and art work.
People are bold and daring with their everyday accessories so take a risk and bring that avant-garde style into your living space.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Courtney Jeffcott

Spicy Style

So we have come to the conclusion that color can be like spicy food. Well done creates a perfectly balanced meal just as well placed color creates a well-balanced space. To balance color it is all about repetition and the use of complimentary hues. For those whose palette may not be quite as broad try your color in accessories only. Accessories are the garnish of the room and will be the determining factor in the finished look. Using neutrals on the largest items of the room will give you the blank canvas to start using more vivacious tones in the art, table tops and area rugs.

-Courtney Jeffcott

Monday, October 17, 2011

Outsourced out of a job "Made in America"-Courtney Jeffcott

This is a very different topic than my usual design advice and furniture quandaries. I feel it is necessary to touch upon this subject because of how deeply it effects myself and many of the talented people I work with. Today many households number one worries is money. Yep, money, it is what shelters us, puts food in our mouths and sometimes allows us the little luxuries we desire. The furniture industry began saving money and in turn began saving buyers money about 7 years ago. They did so by outsourcing much of the labor it requires to create furniture. There has always been concerns about American made furniture vs Asian manufactured furniture. Sadly this will often effect the outcome of a purchase. When a client asks is it made in America, my heart sinks. "What is made in America anymore?" Truly, not a lot. Many of the companies are still American owned and ran but with labors laws in America the price of furniture began to get to high for the average consumer. So the industry took action to lower the price that a buyer pays. This resulted in outsourced labor. On a daily basis I am faced with clients asking for a lower price on the item or items they want. I want all future buyers to understand that if the furniture they were considering was made in America the price would be considerable higher. You want to keep our jobs in America? Then pay the price it takes to pay our workers. You can not take without a little give.