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You may remember when we did a post a while back about using Google Sketchup for design and construction concepts.  Well, today I wanted to share something VERY exciting with you.  One of the rooms that we put in Sketchup to help our client visualize the space and make decisions on finishes is now on its way to completion.  I received a photo of it the other day, and I was floored at how amazingly similar it looked to our Sketchup rendering.  Take a look below!

This is the original image as it was built in Sketchup- we used the program to build this room from the plans to help choose finishes, furniture and accessories.

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This is a photorealistic rendering that we did of the original image to make it more realistic and help our client visualize how it was really going to look:

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Our client approved the finishes, wood, etc, and the building and installing began.  This is a photo of the progress of the room so far:

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Isn’t that amazing?  Remember, in the first and second images, the room in the third photo was not in existence!  The first two images are 100% computer generated.  This really goes to show how far technology and design have come, and the possibilities of how far we can go with tools like this are endless!  Just thought I would share!

Can you believe that it’s already Thanksgiving-eve?  Where has 2013 gone?  Even though it seems like the time has flown, we have so much to be thankful for this year.

We are thankful for our our clients, we have the best clients in the world!

We are thankful for each other.  Working with people who care about each other and what they do makes for a joyful job!

We are thankful for our design projects.  They keep us busy all the time and bring us to new and interesting places.

We are thankful to be able to live and work in a place as beautiful as Steamboat!

We are thankful for everyone who supports Home on the Range online and locally, you guys keep us going!  Thank you!

 

We have been busy bees this year with projects and events all over the country, and are ready to settle into the holidays!  If you, like us, have been running around like mad lately, you may be looking for some last minute decor ideas to add that extra little something to your Turkey Day celebration.  Look no further!  Today we have compiled a collection of ideas that will truly make yours a thankful table.

 

The Place Setting: Whether you plan on hosting 30 people or 4 people this Thanksgiving, it’s the presentation that makes all the difference.  The smallest details can leave a lasting impression.  Here are some great ideas for place settings, menus, and seating cards that are elegant, simple and perfectly seasonal!

Thanksgiving Decorations | Home on the Range

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Thanksgiving Decorations | Home on the Range

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Thanksgiving Decorations | Home on the Range

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Thanksgiving Decorations | Home on the Range

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Thanksgiving Decorations | Home on the Range

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The Sideboard:  Chances are, you will be employing a sideboard, buffet, or table of some kind to house your delicious feast.  Make it beautiful!  Adding color, height, and layers will really make it stand out and become a focal piece of the celebration, rather than just a stand to hold your food.

Thanksgiving Decorations | Home on the Range

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Thanksgiving Decorations | Home on the Range

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The Table:  Finally, let’s talk table!  Once again, it’s the little things that count here.  Hunt for natural items to include in your centerpiece.  Use placemats or chargers to add color or texture.  Incorporate candles and candle holders of all different shapes and sizes.  Bring out your best china.  It’s time to eat!

Thanksgiving Decorations | Home on the Range

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Thanksgiving Decorations | Home on the Range

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Thanksgiving Decorations | Home on the Range

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Thanksgiving Decorations | Home on the Range

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For more holiday decorating ideas, visit us on Pinterest!  You can also like us on Facebook to have beauty and inspiration delivered straight to your wall.  If you live in (or happen to be visiting) the Steamboat area, come see us at the showroom!  We have all sorts of creative items that will help your holiday home look its best.  Have a happy holiday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Because we all need a few bright ideas from time to time, here are 7 brilliant home decor hacks that will make your life just a little bit easier!

 

1.  Use jute rope or rawhide to hang curtains!

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4.  Use cornstarch and water to apply fabric to the wall “renter’s wallpaper” that will come right off and not damage the walls!

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For more great ideas, follow us on Pinterest, or like us on Facebook!

 

 

Last Thursday night, we were lucky enough to attend the ASID Color Theory seminar at the Denver Design Center.  The seminar was hosted by Decorative Materials, and the speaker was Feras Irikat, the Director of Design and Marketing for Stone and Pewter Accents.  It is safe to say we had our minds blown!  Feras was an incredible speaker who kept us interested and laughing the whole time, while also imparting invaluable knowledge about the psychology of color, and how we see and understand color in the world around us.  We learned SO many things, but today I just wanted to share a few of the very most interesting facts that Feras shared.

1.  No two people in the whole entire world see color in the same way.  The way each person views color is based off of a very specific mixture of the way their eyes see and their brains work, and also their individual life experiences.
Example: Nobody is born with a particular love or hate for a certain color.  Think about a color that you particularly dislike.  At first, you may think that it is just and ugly color,  but if you really think about WHY you don’t like that color, and consider where in your life you have seen that color and experiences you have had that would lead you to associate it with something negative, you might begin to understand why you have such strong feelings towards that color in particular.
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2.  Each color is made up of a certain number of “ingredients”.  The more ingredients that a color has, the more difficult it is to pinpoint, and the more it can change in different lights.
Example: In the seminar, we talked about the color Khaki.  Khaki has a lot of different ingredients, so when you look at inside under artificial lighting, it may just look beige.  Then, when you take it outside into a different light, it can look green, or yellow or any other number of things.  This is why with more neutral colors, you might think something is a perfect match for another color, then get it home and take it out and think “what in the world was I thinking? This looks terrible!!!” This is one reason that lighting is so important in design.
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3.  Colors have a huge impact on peoples’ emotions, and this is mostly due to how the brain sees them.
Example: The color red exudes a sense of power.  The color blue exudes a sense of trust and honesty.  Feras suggested that wearing one of these two colors to a job interview would trigger subconscious emotions in your future employer that would sway their opinion in a favorable way.
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4.  The way we see color changes with age.
Example: Over time, our corneas begin to yellow.  This makes things that younger people see as blue instead take on a green hue.  This can be why different people may disagree on coordinating colors.
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5.  Color names have a huge impact on the way people respond to the color itself.
Example: In the seminar, Feras used the example of Vera Wang’s line of professional apparel for women.  One season, she presented a line with a beautiful and unique color called “lilac”.  It didn’t sell.  At all.  A couple of seasons later, the exact same color was presented in a new line, this time with name “monster”.  Everyone had to have it.  Isn’t it funny how that works?

 

6.  Our subconscious is more alert and aware of our surroundings than we think it is.
Example: Here is a REALLY interesting video on how our subconscious works in ways that we would never even know.  It’s a few minutes long, but so interesting and definitely worth a watch!
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Altogether, we learned some really incredible things from the Color Theory seminar.  We would like to thank ASID, Decorative Materials, and also Feras Irikat from Stone and Pewter Accents for making this event possible!  You can find all of them on Facebook, and if you would like to see more about color and why we love it, visit us on Pinterest!
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