Thursday, December 28, 2017

Winter's Colors

Winter's Colors at Details of Design in Annapolis

As we are in the midst of the Ho Ho Ho, Happy Holiday Season, I just love the “Snowflake” subtleties that inspired the designers, Megan, SeDell and Leeann, this month on the Vignette.
The carved whitewashed wooden panels set the winters theme with their geometric nod to the snowflake. The whole color scheme is from a winter’s day when the first dusting of fresh fallen snow just coats the trees and ground. The taupe, charcoal, creams and whites are very soothing and make for a very relaxing space. Keep these colors in mind for your living spaces, you’ll never grow tired of them.

I can envision the start of a great family room from the suggestions in this vignette. The plaid rug comes in larger sizes, and is very easy care since it is a low level wool weave. In fact, it is very affordable as well, in an 8X10 it is only $1,060. A sectional in a solid taupe texture would be nice with 2 of the accent chairs that could be pulled up into a larger grouping at a moments notice. The chairs are very easy to move about. Maybe add a large upholstered chair facing the TV in a charcoal colored leather. Then just fill in with the Mercury Glass Lamps at $240 each. The sparkle that they add to a room is a very special accent. For your Cocktail Table, Console and end tables take it from the designers and use a mix of Driftwood, lighter wood tones and metal for a more interesting effect. The whole vignette is a winning combination! 

We have a lot of winter to go as we are just coming up to the Winter’s Solstice. It’s a good time of year to take a look around and take inventory of the furnishings in your home that have to be replaced. Please think of us at “Details of Design” to aid in your search for the perfect piece or pieces to complete your projects. Just drop in the store anytime and bring a few photos to show SeDell what you are up to and she can definitely help you with the perfect new rug, sofa, or accessories for the mantle. We have many regular clients come back over and over, that we have been helping for many years. In fact, this February we will have been in business for 26 years! Time flies when you are having fun!

Keep in touch, and Happy Holidays!

Gina Fitzsimmons

Saturday, July 29, 2017

The Coastal Design Balance in Annapolis

Coastal Design Balance in Annapolis

I haven't blogged in a while. We have, luckily, been very busy with our design projects.

But, when Megan, SeDell and Leeann put together this beautiful vignette in the store, I was inspired to take to the internet and dissect and interpret their creative results with our new furniture arrivals. Three great designers, in their own right, they worked so well together as they brainstormed, arranged and set up the perfect example of what we all strive for in our own homes, " Balance".

I love the "Easy Breezy" , relaxed look of this compilation. It has a "Coastal Flair" without the port holes and anchors! The vignette has the calming color scheme of gray, cream and navy, which is a very soothing palette. It has mixed media, worn driftwood finish, nubby  textured pillows, natural wood, metal finishes, geometric patterned rug, pottery and ceramic textured surfaces, and whimsical art of pesky sea gulls to tie it all together. By mixing all of these elements, the texture against the smooth, the light against the dark, and the hard against the soft, one has the "Balance" that I have been talking about. It has the effortless look, as if it had been put together over a period of time, not just one day. It looks like it evolved with favorite touches of pottery, lamps and accessory pieces that have been purchased over the years and moved about from room to room.

Instant gratification seems to be the desire of a lot of people lately, however, we don't want our inner sanctums to look as if it was just dumped off a furniture store truck. That type of interior design is only ever published in the newspaper sales flyers not Architectural Digest.

I want to commend the trio for their natural abilities and talents.  I stood in front of this display in our store for quite a bit of time when I first saw it.  I was just taking it all in. The vignette looks as if it could be the start of a family room by adding a creamy colored sectional to the grouping or even a guest bedroom by adding a queen size bed to the mix. I hope the three have inspired you to pay a visit to our store. We love our jobs and really appreciate our audience and clients.

Please follow along with our blogs, as we create one space at a
 time, looking for the perfect Coastal Balance to our lives. 
We are all so  lucky to live on the Chesapeake Bay!

Well done, ladies!

Gina Fitzsimmons, ASID

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Annapolis Design Store Keeps it Cool!

Annapolis Design Store Keeps it Cool!

Keep it cool and keep it relevant!

The design world is all about keeping your home fresh with accents that can mix in with your existing pieces. Just by adding one accent piece, one piece of art or a splash of color, you can bring your spaces into this century and give the room a new lease on life.

Just look around the room.... OK, that's enough time. What is the one thing that dates your room the most when you look with an objective eye? Is it that art over the sofa that you have had in that place for the last 20 years? Is it the Queen Anne console table against the wall? Or, is it the shiny brass Floor Lamp next to your chair?

REFRESH! It is time to refresh! Let go of these things! They do not have to stay in the same place, just because they have always been there! Go to Details over on Bay Ridge Rd. in Annapolis and bring us a photo of your room. LeeAnn our newest Designer will meet with you and take a look at your photo and make some good practical suggestions that don't cost an arm and a leg.Once you get results, you will start to look at your entire home with a new eye. Which room will be next?

LeeAnn did this wonderful display above and the colors, balance and style are spot on! It is a great look for the end of summer, in very cooling colors. This traditional chair, in a teal finish puts a whole different spin on it. It is a more current piece and adds style her vignette.

The Artwork is a print of a watercolor, very
 serene and washy in the blue, grey and green tones.

See how she added the vases on the counter top in front of the art. She purposely pulled the colors out of the art to make more of an impact.
Then balance-wise she reinforced the vertical nature of the trees by using the candlesticks and vases in the elongated shapes.

 This concept can be used on your fireplace mantle.

                                                                                Our featured rustic cabinet is just plain fun!
With three doors that are not the same size, color or finish, you can store a lot behind them. I've not met a person yet that says that they have all of the storage that they need.

Remember that Queen Anne Console you had? Let's loosen up the room and go for a more Coastal Look. You do live in the Mid-Atlantic States, you know.

Here is more storage! These are great boxes in     all types of finishes to maybe use on your coffee table to keep all of your clickers and TV remotes in. Storage boxes like these come in hand to hide all of the small bitty things on your table or
shelving that add to the cluttered look.

Come in and see LeeAnn even if you just need to pick up a Hostess Gift for your friend. These rose bud votive holders come in a variety of colors and are a very useful gift that your friend will cherish. We also have fun , polka dot candles, and as always, the best picture frame selection in town.

Don't forget our annual tent sale is coming up ... September 10th at 9:00 AM. In the top right hand corner, enter your email address and we will keep you posted about our big Annual Tent Sale.

This is a big one! It is our 25th Year in Business!

See you there!    Gina

Friday, May 6, 2016

The Best Seat in the House!

Spring has come on so fast!

When you write a blog, one often makes comments like this because of how often it comes time to write another blog! It has been so busy, I've been neglecting our blog.

We have certainly gotten our share of spring rain.

So, this blog is very appropriate for a spring afternoon. We are concentrating on "The Chaise" . It is the most stylish place in the house to take a nap. In fact that is what my husband is doing right now! I better take a picture or you won't believe it!

There! I told you so.

In interior design, most interior designers have shunned the recliner and opted for using "the chaise" in their designs. It has always evoked a much more romantic feeling and can seat one with their feet up or two sitting sideways in case of a party or a more populated gathering. I just love a chaise with one arm because of this reason. I often use a chaise in my clients projects. Sometimes clients ask me to take it out and just use a loveseat, because they are uncomfortable with the concept. But, once they have a chaise they never go back! It ends up being the preferred seat in front of any TV.

Here in our front platform display this month we have a good looking chaise with great lines. This beautiful seating option is for sale for the mere price of $2038.00   

The composition of our vignette this month is using the Greys, neutrals and yellows. These vases are favorites of mine because I like how they layer together and provide some asymmetry to a design.They go for $93.00 and $145.00.

When accessorizing your spaces, remember to use a bit of metallic finish to add the sparkle to the room. These candlesticks are functional and do just the trick. Keep your accessorizing interesting by playing textures, colors, sizes and finishes against each other to create the tension in the room. Keep it exciting!

Be sure and get your monthly visit in to our retail store, Details of Design and view this vignette in person. You can stand in front of it and study the design to really understand the interplay of all of the components.

Bring in a picture of your trouble spot in your home and our in store designer, SeDell can help you bring a fresh new look to your space for Spring!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

November Passes Quickly!

November Passed so quickly this year. We are already in the full swing of the Holiday Christmas Market. The stores are urging everyone to get there as soon as possible and the radio is playing nothing but Christmas Music! I can't stand it!
Let's slow this train down!!!! Let's remember that just one day ago, it was Thanksgiving. Some of the trees haven't even dropped the rest of their leaves. Some home owners haven't even picked up the leaves that fill their yards! Can we take this more slowly???? Winter doesn't start till Dec. 21st!
                                     Fall Tones with Rich Leather Chairs and Beautiful Fall Water Scene

The girls have put together a wonderful Vignette as you enter Details of Design on the right. It is full of rich fall tones, from the handsome greens and blues to the russet saddle leather chairs.

The Original Oil Painting makes a beautiful focal point for the grouping. The old row boat in the picture has been abandoned at the end of summer and the foliage in the artwork indicates it is in the fall. It's a little sad, in a way....

The Driftwood bowl that this all natural arrangement is in makes a statement. Can you picture this on your coffee table or the center of your dining table? It's price is $338.00



The Bicycle Book-ends are just precious! They would make a great gift for the cyclist on your list this year at $83.00 for the pair!


Here are  a trio of Candle Holders in a Rust Finish with our Patchoulli Candles. Our Candles are Custom Made for us and are not available anywhere else! They are made from the scent of the Patchoulli Root. It is a very pleasant , natural scent.

The Candle holders are $18.00, $28.00, and $36.00.

And last but, not least, we have the cozy, soft throw to go with everyone's d├ęcor. The rich thick Chenille Yarns really keep you warm when you are all snuggled up on the sofa, watching TV. This one is $75.00 in tan and camel.
Have a cozy winter and just take one day at a time and you will end up at the other end of this Holiday Season unscathed! Drop in to see us or call for a consultation in your own home.
We hope to see more of you! Soon!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Slightly Nautical

                                Slightly Nautical, What Do You Mean??????

Well, it means that even though we live in Annapolis and are "all over" that Coastal look, we can be a bit more subtle. Not everything is Port Holes and Anchors!

Our new intern Anna just unpacked these fabulous
Navy Blue Sisal Mirrors and she set right to work
on redoing the front display platform on your right as you enter the store. Anna is an emerging professional with three years under her belt at Radford University. Stop by and welcome her to our team!

The bold graphic rug that she chose to use is an Indoor/Outdoor rug!
It measures 42" x 66" and is only $163.00.
It is available in larger sizes for those porch areas where you need a bit of pattern.
I love how she used this Scrubbed Oak Bookcase.
The bookcase is $788.00 and measures 53" high.
 Look at how it repeats the shape of the square motif of the Mirrors on the wall.
 Now, I happen to think that, she knows what she is doing! Good Job, Anna!
The Desk in our grouping is made from Canvas covered wood, Gemelina ( the dark wood) and top of the desk is faux painted to look like Parchment. The stretcher bars under the desk, that give the piece stability are iron and the hardware is solid brass. It is a sleek desk that is a work of Art!
Not to change the subject, but, here's a nice Father's Day Gift! Our Hand Painted Teak Frame would be perfect with a great photo of you in it. The Picture Frame retails for $44.00 each.
 Good idea, Right?

I will leave you with that thought! Don't wait to the last minute to get your Dad a gift!

Also, Come in and See Anna, soon!
 She can help you with any small project that you have from accessorizing your Fire Place Mantle to selecting a new chair to go with your sofa in the Living Room. The girl is a natural!

Gina Fitzsimmons, ASID


Friday, June 19, 2015

Annapolis Designer does Baltimore Show House Library!

The Baltimore Show House this year at Oak Acres
was a huge success! The rooms from top to bottom
were really well done and brought the house back to it's Former Glory!

The House had loads of Charm and Detail! Talking with the Public was so enjoyable. Year after Year we see a lot of the same Supporters. After awhile, you start to recognize each other!

Take a look at the Photos below and enjoy the tour!


 I was speaking with the owner of the property and she said that she didn't think that she would be able to part with the house because of the flood of memories every time she enters the house. She said, " Men have Man Caves, Why can't women have a Woman House?" Now there is a concept!
 I know exactly what she means, I would love to buy my Grandparents house in Massachusetts and totally refurbish it to a 60's look. Just being in the space feels almost like connecting to the past and it fills you with a special bond to your departed loved ones.
Well, on to the finished Library! The fireplace use to be painted the exact same grayish green shade as the walls and moldings. Below I have loaded the before and after shots of the fireplace wall. The architectural detail, to the 100 year old mantle just popped, when we lightened up the mantle and painted it like the contrasting trim of the room
Just look at the Before Shot above and the After Shot below!
Look at the beautiful detail in the Mantle!
Upon entering the room we had a Library Table set up with two very comfortable Chairs. With this age of laptops and Ipads it really isn't necessary to have a full blown desk anymore.
We have injected a contemporary cocktail table with great lines to complete our Style of Traditional.
Keep it fresh! Keep it current! Keep it relevant!
 To "Beef Up the existing Crown molding we added a Panel Molding on the Ceiling and painted the outside of the panel a bit deeper shade of paint to add dimension and give the effect of a tray ceiling to the room.
We did a small Bar just inside the doorway from the Dining Room. The Library is a perfect place for an After Dinner Drink in front of the fire when you have company for Dinner!
Our Upholstered Cornices got a lot of attention! We upholstered the crown molding at the top of the Cornice as well! A great idea shared with the public! 

We brought all of the Accents, Artwork and Accessories from our Retail Store, Details of Design in Annapolis. If you need a few pieces and can not make it to the store, please look online at
What a great experience the whole project was! The Designers all pitched together with the Symphony Members and manned the rooms, while buses and buses full of people arrived one after the other to view all of our hard work.
Gina Fitzsimmons, ASID