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/ November 11, 2013
Thank you to everyone who submitted a photo to our Hearth & Home $1,000 photo contest. It was a difficult task, but our judges have narrowed the entries down to these ten finalists. Pick a favorite and cast your vote today and every day until 11/19!
To vote, log in to Facebook, visit our contest page here and follow these simple steps:
- If you haven't done it already, "like" us using the link in the upper right corner of the page.
- Click the "View Entries" tab.
- View the ten finalists and click on the entry you'd like to support.
- On the page that follows, click on the blue "VOTE" button to vote for the image. If you don’t click the blue button, we won't get your vote!
You'll also have the opportunity to "like" and share the image you're supporting. These are great ways to encourage your friends and family to vote, too! Just remember, "likes" and shares aren't votes, and won't be considered when we declare a winner.
Good luck to our finalists! Remember, you can vote once a day, every day until 11/19. The winner will be announced on Facebook on 11/21.
Posted in Homeowner resources
/ November 6, 2013
Touring model homes is a fun way to find design inspiration. Here, we've deconstructed a professionally decorated Harper dining room to help you recreate this designer look at home.
Designer dining room elements
- Choose a warm neutral color, like this Basket Beige paint from Sherwin-Williams, then add bursts of color through your furniture, drapes, rugs and other accessories.
- Highlight architectural features, like crown molding, with a lighter color such as Dover White to draw the eye upward.
- Coffered ceilings give any room an added sense of height and grandeur. Use a darker color, like Hopsack, in the coffer to accent this feature.
- The Harper floor plan offers graceful arches and stately columns for those looking for an added touch of elegance.
- Dark hardwood flooring provides a strong contrast to the room's light columns and trim. In this room, we’ve used a Deep Java hickory plank flooring from Armstrong’s Rural Living Hardwood collection.
- An area rug can not only protect your hardwood floors from the wear and tear of scooted chairs, but also provide a visual break between the dark floors and dark table. This one is a Champagne area rug by Surya.
- Textured curtains add interest to the room's wide windows. Be sure to use long curtain rods, so you can completely draw the drapes and let natural light flood in. These curtains were custom made from Fabricut Carousel Soapstone fabric.
- This bold Hudson Street buffet table by Stanley provides functional storage while anchoring the eye.
- A large Carolyn Kinder Leonzio mirror acts as a focal point, while balancing the weight of the buffet table.
- The fluid lines of this Progress Lighting Guildstreet chandelier complement the structured forms of the room's furnishings.
- Upholstered dining room chairs, like these from Universal Furniture’s Terrace collection, provide comfort without losing that formal feeling.
- Live or imitation, a plant can add a splash of life to any room.
Looking for more design inspiration? Tour a Richmond American model home near you. Our interior designers create timelessly elegant spaces that appeal to a wide range of tastes.