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Building Your Nest Part 3: First Impressions

You don't get a second chance to create a good first impression. Planning how you dress your Front Entry sets the mood for your entire home, giving guests a glimpse of the delights that await them as they enter.

  • Scale - be sure to select a piece that is hefty enough for the space. So often entry consoles are too small for the area.
  • Once you have the perfect piece, top it with a charming lamp to warm the space. I do love an impressive chandelier but lamps are needed as well to brighten and warm the space.
  • Next to the lamp build a beautiful tabletop. It can be a seasonal theme, a custom floral, or a group of three accessories.
  • Hang a beautiful mirror to reflect light and accent the accessories on the console.






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Designer Wedding

Wedding bells are ringing, the gifts are pouring in and the bride and groom are anxiously anticipating happily ever after. However now more than ever, as more couples wait to enter into their first marriage and remarriages become more common, the homes takes center stage. With two independent individuals entering the union, more household issues enter into the mix. After moving in together creating your first home can be a challenge. Both of you bring your old stuff, and maybe these have totally different style, and eccletic designs can be beautiful and comfortable, but only if you understand the principles that unify different styles. His ugly leather recliner, your grandma's Victorian hutch, that massive entertainment center that trumps all style and clashes with the woodwork!Firstly, don’t forget that emotions are heightened when referring to a favorite piece of furniture. While this may hold no meaning for you at all, it may have a sentimental value to your partner. If you are determined to get rid of it, be gentle when you tell your partner that it has to go. A good way is to ask her/him about that particular item and find out if it really has a history.

It’s better if you don't buy anything until you are fully moved in and have decided who's going to keep what. Have a plan what to buy, where and for how much! Another style in the already eclectic home can be a waste of money and energy. Buy gradually as your budget allows you. And don’t forget to prioritize, because you may end up having a beautiful set of dishes but no table…

One solution to unify different styles and colors is to add elements that can bridge the gap. A mismatched sofa and chair can become one when you add accent cushions that match both. Recovered in the same fabric, these can become harmonious. You also have the option to add a third piece, if you have for example a different chair and couch: a carpet. Be sure that it matches both colors and will serve as a gap filler!

If a couple has the means, hiring an interior designer to tackle the project may save a great deal of stress, money and hurt feelings. An interior designer, like myself, is skilled in knowing how to create a home where the couple's style comes together and produces a loving comfortable environment where love will grow.

If your wedding bells are ringing or someone close to you is preparing to take the leap...consider hiring an interior designer to help make your love nest a home.

A Personal Note from Robin...

A personal note from Robin…

Hello Everyone,

I just wanted to thank you so much for coming to my special sale in August. We had a great time!      I am glad that you came across great buys that will enhance your home.

I will be attending High Point Market in North Carolina in October looking for what’s new and fabulous in furniture, lamps and accessories.

As Fall approaches we tend to spend more time in our homes and we think about what needs to be updated or purchased before the Holidays. I would love to help you update a master bedroom, find a perfect piece for your family room or change out a window treatment to make things look new and refreshed in your home. Don’t forget I can help you with your Christmas Decorating, but you need to book your time soon.

I hope you enjoy the articles and the glimpses of design elements I bring you. Please feel free to email me with suggestions about what you would like to know about in the design industry.

Next month, I will be starting a section on “My Design Element Pick”. I will showcase an item or two that you could order to add to your décor. Thanks so much for being my client – I do appreciate you!!       ~ Robin

What's Hot for Fall!

Are you ready to transition to fall? My insider exclusive will shed light on Fall 10’s hottest trends!

Style - If you like Baroque or Regency style decorating you're in luck. I'm seeing a lot of rich and bold patterns, curvy furniture and accessories and lots of fabrics piled on everything. Brass and mirrored furniture and accessories continue to be hot. It seems to be a response to the clean, spare looks we've been seeing over the past few years. Fall 2010 will be bold, indulgent and sophisticated!

Fabrics and Wallpaper - Big, bold prints in rich, saturated colors. Examples include the Amy Butler collection for Graham & Brown and the Oscar de la Renta for Lee Jofa collection (it's technically a summer collection but I think it'll carry over).

Interiors - It looks like dark walls are the way to go. Sophisticated grays, indigos, pomegranates and dark figs are all over the place. I think the thing to remember with this trend is to go for chalky shades that have an air of sophistication rather than just dark colors.

He Said, She Said... A Robin Rogers Exclusive Report

 What do men and women want in their dream kitchen?

Shattering a common stereotype many people cling to about the sexes, men and women are more alike than different. At least this is true among men and women in the über-attractive upscale consumer segment. But there are a few critical differences between the sexes.

Researchers at RICKI, the Research Institute for Cooking & Kitchen Intelligence, dug deeper into data from their recent study titled, “Top of the Line: Insights into Upscale Consumers & their Kitchens.” The analysis focused on 700 upscale consumers or those in households with incomes of $100,000 plus (251 men and 449 women).


When men and women were asked to select words they associate with their dream kitchens out of a list of nearly two dozen options, the top two picks of upscale men and women were reversed. Upscale men tended to select as their first choice “well-equipped,” referring mostly to appliances, whereas upscale women picked “organized.” It’s interesting that out of a list of 23 words they could pick from to describe their dream kitchen, men are significantly more likely than women to pick only one word—the word “modern”—whereas women focus on more nesting-oriented words like “family” in the top five and, on down the list, words like ‘warm’ and ‘social.

Furthermore, when presented with a list of 25 distinct products found in today’s up market kitchens—from pizza ovens to wall-mounted pot fillers to cabinets made from exotic woods—a number of meaningful differences among the sexes emerged. Upscale women are really looking for ways to make their kitchens work better for them and men are focused on function somewhat as well, but guys really want more power. Men, for example, want bigger dishwashers, commercial-grade or at least commercial-looking appliances and ventilation that make a statement.”


Nevertheless, when study respondents were shown a dozen statements dealing with attitudes about design, brands and the home, responses from men and women were surprisingly similar when saying which described them “completely.” There were few differences between the sexes on statements about liking to cook, trying new recipes and wanting their kitchens to say something about them. Statistically meaningful differences emerged for only three of the 12 statements:

• My kitchen is my favorite part of my home. (24% of upscale women “completely agree” with this statement vs. 18% of men)

• I like to coordinate all of my metal finishes in a room such as the appliances, lighting, door and cabinet hardware and faucets. (39% of upscale women “completely agree” with this statement vs. 28% of upscale men).

• If I have to choose between brand name and features, I will chose features. (30% of upscale women “completely agree” with this statement vs. 24% of upscale men).

The research indicates that upscale men are more brand-conscious than women. “Yet the majority of both upscale men and women say they are willing to pay more for products that reflect their personal style.”


When survey respondents were asked what would most likely motivate them to remodel their kitchens, the top response for both upscale men (41%) and women (33%) was that they were thinking about staying in their homes for a long time.

“One of the findings that stands out for me is that around three in 10 upscale consumers overall are more inclined this year than they were a year ago to remodel a kitchen or bath.”

Invest in yourself and don’t hesitate – call Robin Rogers Interior Design to get your remodel going today: 369-3800.

Luxury Master Bath Gains Attention in 2010 Parade of Homes and TulsaPeople

Glen Rogers of Rogers and Associates and I recently teamed to create a magnificent home featured in the 2010 Parade of Homes. I was pleased to have the opportunity to share my work with the Tulsa community through the Parade and TulsaPeople Magazine. Among my favorite rooms was the luxury master bath.  The bath has an important role: pampering you from the time the day begins to when the day ends.

In the article Bathing Beauty, TulsaPeople did a marvelous job  capturing the scope of a luxury bath project, specifically highlighting our parade home master bath project.  The following excerpts are from Bathing Beauty an article published in the August 2010 issue of TulsaPeople.

What does luxury mean when it comes to bathrooms? Simple pleasures? High-tech gadgetry? Some local designers say it is a mixture of both.

One requisite for any bathroom is a tub. Robin Rogers of Robin Rogers Interior Design recently designed a master bath in a $1 million home newly constructed by Glen Rogers of Rogers and Associates….

Outdoor Living: Nature and Luxury Collide

Imagine… mouthwatering steaks, decadent desserts, and the company of good friends beneath the stars of your personal outdoor oasis.  Today’s luxury homes incorporate strong elements of nesting and family.  New designs channel warm feelings of contentment, calm, and comfort. People want to spend more time outside and need a peaceful sanctuary to unwind. Outdoor living spaces naturally transition the interior to the exterior - instantly expanding your living space.

Growing in popularity are wood-burning fireplaces, casual seating areas, hot tubs and outdoor kitchens - all of which add to the "vacation home" atmosphere - and it's all in your back yard.

The 2010 Parade Home designed by Robin Rogers featured an unforgettable lanai overlooking a lovely natural landscape.  The lanai was truly an extension of the grand home.

You too can live this dream.  Outdoor living spaces are designed to meet the needs of you and your family.  Robin Rogers is currently taking on new outdoor living projects.  Call today to schedule a consultation for your home.

One last thing before you install that countertop...

Do you have your mind set on a certain surface?  There is one more thing you should consider: Will the surface make your family sick? Though it is unlikely that any surface remains completely sanitary, there are certain materials that are more likely to harbor dangerous germs than others.  E Coli is one of the most common kitchen germs brought in by uncooked food and improper food preparation.  Unfortunately, E Coli can lead to serious illness.  Consider the surfaces ability to be thoroughly cleaned and defend against germs.

The following materials have been ranked from worst to best in germ control.

  • ·Laminate (worst)
  • ·Wood
  • ·Tile
  • ·Concrete
  • ·Stainless steel
  • ·Granite (best)

Considering new countertops. A lesson in surfaces.

Granite, concrete, butcher block, tile, stainless steel--- just a few of the surface options for today's kitchens.  There are many things to consider when choosing surfaces for your kitchen.  Appearance, expense, repairability, and vulnerability to temperature and impact are all common considerations. The following article explores the pros and cons of popular surfaces.  Read and educate yourself before choosing the material for your kitchen remodel.

1. Granite Counters

Granite is the countertop material of choice when there are no other things to think about - like money. It defines elegance in a kitchen. As the use of granite becomes more widespread, the price comes down. The beauty of the stone contributes to the beauty of even the most modest kitchen.  The price runs anywhere between $50 and $100 per square foot.  Granite is sleek and extremely handsome, and gives a very high-end look to your kitchen. Pros: holds up to heat; comes in a range of almost 3000 colors; looks permanent and substantial; will last a lifetime; new sealers are almost maintenance-free; 2nd highest hardness rating after diamonds; has a high value to home buyers. Cons: expensive, but becoming more affordable; requires some maintenance; some stones absorbs stains if not sealed; knives can become dull if you cut on it; can crack if stressed or improperly installed.

2. Engineered Stone

Engineered stone is composed of 93% quartz particles. It is available in a larger range of colors than granite and has a nonporous surface that resists scratches. It's easy to maintain, without the annual sealing required by natural stone. Some brands on the market include DuPont Zodiaq®, LG Viatera®, Cambria Quartz, and Silestone®. Pros: Resistant to stain and acid; easy care. Cons: Expensive.

3. Solid Surface

Because solid surface counters are just what they're called, solid, any scratches can be sanded out. The countertops are custom-made to your specifications by companies such as Avonite, Corian, and Swanstone. Pros: comes in a rainbow of colors and patterns; seamless; stain resistant. Cons vulnerable to hot pans and stains which can damage the surface; can be moderately expensive.

4. Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile is durable and easy to clean. Add to that inexpensive and you've got a really good choice for countertops for the average home. Because it's installed a section at a time, it can be done by most resourceful homeowners. Pros: takes hot pans; easy to clean; wide range of price, color, texture and design.   Cost. Even cheaper than laminate, ceramic tile is about as cheap as you want to make it. You're looking at a countertop that could be as cheap as $10 per square foot. Cons: counter surface is uneven; tiles can easily chip or crack; grout lines become stained; custom-designed tiles are very expensive.

5. Laminates

Laminate counters bear trademarks such as Formica, Nevamar, and Wilsonart. They're made of plastic-coated synthetics with a smooth surface that's easy to clean. The pieces are cut to size and finished on the ends.  Cost. Laminate is one of the cheapest countertop options, with installed laminate countertops as low-priced as $35-$45 per square foot. Pros: you can buy laminates in lots of colors; easy to maintain; durable; inexpensive. Cons: scratches and chips are almost impossible to repair; seams show; end finishing and front edge choices can be pricey.

6. Wood or Butcher Block

Wood countertops offer a beautiful warm look and are available in a wide range of colors and finishes. Hardwoods such as maple and oak are most often used as countertop woods. Pros: easy to clean; smooth; can be sanded and resealed as needed. Cons: can be damaged by water and stains over time; scratches must be oiled or sealed according to manufacturer's instructions.

7. Stainless Steel Counters

For a really contemporary and industrial look for your kitchen, stainless steel is a good choice. They are heat resistant and durable. Because they're constructed to your specifications, you can have a seamless countertop. Pros: takes hot pans; easy to clean. Cons: Expensive; noisy; may dent; fabrication is expensive; you can't cut on it.

8. Soapstone Counters

Soapstone is generally dark gray in color and has a smooth feel. It is often seen in historic homes but is also used in modern homes as both a countertop and sink material. Pros: rich, deep color; smooth feel; somewhat stain resistant. Cons: requires regular maintenance with applications of mineral oil; may crack and darken over time.

9. Marble

Because of it's extremely high price tag, marble is not often seen on the countertops of whole kitchens. To get the luxurious look, use it on an island or inset at a baking center. Marble requires constant maintenance, as it easily stains. Some new sealers retard staining. Pros: waterproof; heatproof; beautiful. Cons: expensive; porous; stains easily unless professionally sealed; can scratch; may need resealing periodically as per manufacturer.

10. Concrete Counters

If you have countertops in unusual shapes, concrete may be a good choice, as they're often cast right in your kitchen. The high price tag may be beyond most people's budget. Pros: heat and scratch resistant; can be color-tinted; looks exotic and unusual; new treatments eliminate cracking; additives reduce porosity; new finishes are more decorative. Cons: mid to high range on cost due to custom work; cracking is possible; can look somewhat industrial; porous but can be sealed.

Robin Rogers Interior Design - Interior Design To Reflect Your LIfestyle

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