Monday, August 13, 2012

The Ottoman Empire

I've been following the antics of local bloggers Christopher and Craig for a few months now(before and afters galore!!), and I decided to do a little investigating and find out what exactly they are up to. To see for yourself check them out here:
The Ottoman cuties at home. Photo cred to Nancy  Thomas

1.What the heck is  The Ottoman Empire? And what the heck do you do?

GAWD! The pressure... The Ottoman Empire is the name we chose that represents our dreams of building an empire based on ottomans, or more importantly, interior design. We do interior designing and decorating, project management, staging, personal shopping/sourcing and public speaking engagements. I am sure there are other things we can do but we've not yet been asked, so ask away!

2. Would you rather be subjected to ugly surroundings and a delicious meal, or an average meal served in amazing surroundings?

Average meal with amazing surroundings. The surroundings will also help feed us. 

3. Herring bone or glen check?

Herring bone.

4. Wood - paint it or leave it?

Both. If it is an heirloom or legacy piece you should leave it, but if not, grab the paint and go! 

5. When decorating a room, what is the biggest mistake people make? 

We think there are 2 big mistakes that people make:
1. Being afraid to make a mistake - so often people are unable to make any changes to their current surroundings because they are afraid to make a mistake.  They're literally paralyzed by second-guessing their every move, and end up just living with things the way they are because they're not confident in their decisions.  Just jump in people.  If you don't like it, then don't be afraid to change it.
2. Not making it personal - People are often afraid to incorporate personal elements and instead go for a "look". However, people often dislike their spaces so making them more personal makes them more enjoyable and helps them last.  

6. When assessing a home for Ottoman Empire-ability what do you look for? 

Balance. What does this home have and what can we bring to it? The balance of those two questions has to be right or it isn't right home for us.  
The Church!  Yeah, they own a church! Photo cred goes once again to Nancy Thomas.

7. How do you feel about trends in home decorating? Does staying current add value to day to day living?  If I like my stencilled heart wall shouldn't I keep my stencilled hearts?  

Trends are fun and interesting to look at, but not always realistic. Staying current can mean having the latest throw pillow that cost $75 and that we can support. However, what happens if you purchase a new couch for 3k and if looks obviously out of fashion within a year? There are ways of staying current without breaking the bank.  You should only keep your stenciled hearts if they tie in with the rest of the room and are balanced with well chosen accessories and furniture. 

8 .What if my hearts number in the hundreds and are Pepto-Bismal pink?
Are you trying to convince yourself of something? 

9. You have a tendency toward restoration.  To what point? In your opinion should a home built in the 1940's be restored to a 1940's style? What about a home from the 80's?

Once again, it goes back to balance. We believe you can restore a house and have modern elements in it but the mix has to be just right. Being a purist, so restoring something exclusively to a particularly period, isn't really our style and in the end would be a bit stifling. You can be true to an era without recreating it. As for the 80s, not sure enough time has yet passed for us to think there is anything fabulous about that time frame except Samantha Fox and Video Hits. 
You can learn WAY more about Christopher and Craig and what they do by checking out their blog, and as I mentioned earlier, Before and Afters Galore(scroll down, waaaaay down. They make you work for the pay off)!!  And you can follow them on Twitter , where if  you are anything like me you will feel immense envy as you follow their adventures antiquing around the Maritimes. 

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