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Padua DK Designs - The World of Dolores Kroop

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Decorative objects and art define a room’s character with beauty and warmth. They can transform a well designed space into a reflection of the home owner’s interests and character. Don’t quite know how to kick up the character of your home? Don’t worry; the Padua team has your bases covered. Well before the designers meet with a client, the interior design motif of the home has been completed. This includes their chosen color palette, the painting of walls, and the selection of flooring, rugs and fabrics. The furniture is placed, the draperies are hung, and lighting has been installed. When all these items are in place, it’s time to meet with the client and explore what decorative accents he or she would like to display. Items with personal meaning may include mementos, souvenirs, art, and family photographs. Personal collections can include books, boxes, shells, embroideries, religious pieces and childhood toys. Each client is unique and there is no “one plan fits all” design. Together, the designers and client decide which items will work with the decor of each room and how they will be displayed. The harder task is often deciding which items, though they may be sentimental, should be retired from display and put into storage. Kroop assures us that the Padua team has just as much expertise and finesse in helping guide clients (with a gentle hand) with what doesn’t work, as they do creating their original designs.

So what’s the secret to hosting that perfect summer evening soiree? Kroop let us in on one big (actually smaller) idea: auxiliary seating and small tables that can be moved around in the main entertaining rooms. These pieces accent the decor of a room and inevitably make entertaining easier. As Kroop explains, each seating arrangement should have table tops or other flat surfaces within reach, where guests can place a drink without having to stand up or overreach. Accessory chairs and tables should be fun! If children live in the house or visit regularly, add an antique or needlepoint child’s chair. If you have a pet, add a designer pet bed using Sunbrella fabric to provide for quick clean-ups when needed. A small, unique inlaid French chair, a modernist stool, a stack of floor pillows, or an ottoman upholstered in a fun print or ethnic textile adds some eye-catching flare to the room, while enabling a guest to move the seating around to provide groupings that enhance and promote more intimate conversations. These small accents will keep your guests talking both during and after the party is over!

Okay, so now we have a plan for those more loquacious guests. But what about the introverted spectators who prefer to take in the scene? Padua has you set; they’ll actually design your whole wall space! Kroop and her crew will take your fine art paintings, lithographs, textiles, photographs or even children’s artwork and make them pop! If you are placing art in a seating area, Kroop suggests grouping pictures at the sitter’s eye level, in an interesting arrangement for more visual impact, so those seated can fully enjoy it. Group photos together on a side table or console or in similar metal frames. Limit the number of photos used, as too many photos can give a room a cluttered look. Instead, place extra photos in a leather album that can be left on a table for guests or family to peruse.

Accessorizing can be the most creative (and fun!) aspect of decorating and certainly one of the most important. Make sure your summer guests remember their comfort as much as the company and conversation. And if you’re away this season, dare I say it; it’s never too early to get ready for those fall and winter holiday house guests! Let Dolores and the designers at Padua-DK help prepare and enrich your surroundings to make them stylish, sophisticated and sensational.

Dolores Kroop • Padua-DK Designs • 626-796-0629



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