After not having a meeting last week due to inclement weather our first speaker today was Joan Brown of JB Decorating – a residential and commercial interior designer. Joan talked today about What’s Hot and What’s Not, drawing on a book by Elaine Griffin called “Design Rules”. Things to keep in mind when redecorating your out of date rooms. Now out are draped throws – now extra blankets and linens should be folded in neat verticals and placed across the back of your couch, chair and the end of your bed. Out is the rolled towel fad – they should be fold into neat squares and stacked. Out are those boring floral and timid patterns – in are bold geometric patterns – especially the herringbone, ikats (large geometric weavings from India and South-East Asia) and bargello (a geometric needle point style started in Florence). Joan pointed out the another out is shabby and shaggy, including those drapes that puddle on the floor and unstructured swags – the new in – is tailoring – one inch pinch pleats and clearing the floor. Another out is the dark woods the wenge and espresso finishes and in is the honey browne walnut and American midtone (blond wood). Out – is the solid colored sisal rugs (unless it is a beach house or the South) – In – is the new patterned sisal rugs with the geometric designs. The other rug that is out is the shag (we all knew that right?) and in its place is the flat woven or dhurrie rugs from Asia. The last out that Joan from JB Decorating gave us was – stuff that looks new – the in for this refurbished heirlooms. Joan went on to say that wallpaper is making a big comeback with some very attractive designs – everything from very elegant to geometric patterns. She passed around a few sample books that showed off the damask patterns and some of the classic designs. A new thing in wall paper this year is wall paper squares – were you can put the pattern together the way you like. The out for wall paper is the infamous wallpaper borders! Look to Joan Brown of JB Decorating for all you interior design needs – she can provide you with a fresh eye on your space!!

Joan Brown * JB Decorating * * 303.399.6208

Our second speaker today was Leailia Bartleson of Mrs. B’s Baskets, she started her business in 1997 doing only custom work for a limited clients and in doing that she also started a personal concierge service as well. Leailia also offers services that include – personal shopping, gift wrapping, grocery shopping and silent hostessing. Doing things that we sometimes don’t have time to take care of yourself. Leailia’s gift wrapping service is very popular with the male clients. Mrs. B’s Silent Hostess service allows you to enjoy your party, Leailia will come in set up, serve and clean up leaving you to mingle and enjoy your guests! She also offers a Couple’s Package in which she will come and set up a romantic dinner – with rose petals and candles, and leave before your and your special some one arrive. Mrs. B’s Baskets also offer some special touches to any of her specially designed baskets, she will do personalized labels for your wine or sparkling cider- including a variety of patterns from her stock file or she can custom design a label from your scanned photo. This labeling is also available for candy or snacks to include that special touch for your gift basket. Mrs. B’s Baskets also offer a variety of pricing options from 10.00 to 35.00 for hostess or corporate gifts. Her baskets are unique and beautiful-the baskets can be anything from a wire bathtub to a stylish plastic lunch pail, you make the choice and order early for the Holiday Season!!!!

Leailia Bartleson * Mrs. B’s Baskets * * 303.278.8324