Kelsie Hornby, ASID, Elegant Designs, Inc.

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professional's photo "c. Morgan Howarth".
I received my degree from Radford University and have been practicing interior design for 25 years, founding Elegant Designs, Inc. in 2004. I love to do all styles of residential interior design and small commercial projects. I am a member of the American Society of Interior Designers.
Williamsburg, VA US 
4001 Elizabeth Killebrew
Williamsburg, VA 23188 
(757) 220-9002 
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Bathroom Workbook: The Right Height for Your Sinks, Mirrors and More

Making some bathroom upgrades? Here’s how to place all your main features for the most comfortable, personalized fit Full Story
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I really appreciate the practicality of this ideabook.
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Seattle Custom Cabinets
In order to receive a building permit the architect should be required to demonstrate they can get all the way from an automobile into a shower or bathtub with a wheelchair or walker. It's pretty stupid to end up prematurely in an assisted living situation merely because you can't take a bath.

Showers should have really solid grab rails for safety and/or recreation.

Showers should have a place to sit down to wash your feet or shave your legs.

Two shower heads are a must, especially if you shower by yourself.
Once you shower with two heads every other shower you take will be lacking in quality.
Five heads are better than two. Showers are one of the best parts of the day.
You should treat yourself.
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6 Cost-Effective Ways to Go Custom Made

Get a look that’s totally you — and possibly for a lower cost than you might think Full Story
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our sofa with real benarashi silk
September 10, 2014 at 7:44AM     
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Sherrie Swanson
I am 5'9" and have to constantly bend over my bathroom sink. I am going to have a custom made base tall enough so I won't have to bend over the sink and wide enough that everyone can spit and splash into the sink and not hit the floor! lol!
September 10, 2014 at 9:48AM     
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Was ist eigentlich… Art déco?

Wohnen wie der große Gatsby: Das Art déco ist der mondäne Stil der zwanziger Jahre – und Ausdruck einer entfesselten Gesellschaft Full Story
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It's so amazing!
September 3, 2014 at 2:48AM   
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Art Deco Elements Create a Contemporary Flap

The rich colors and angled forms of this retro style are still jazzing up interior designs in all manner of homes today Full Story
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Ariel Snow
I just read the articles on Arts and Crafts, Deco Art, and Art Nouveau. Thank you for the great information and the equally educational discussion following this article. I recently bought the chairs pictured below and am using their style to inspire the rest of my room. Crate and Barrel categorizes them as French Art Deco, so I have explored that period. I love the fantastic wood veneer waterfalls and sunbursts of Deco Art (but not all the black lacquer, chrome, and tassels). In contrast, love the natural colors and materials of the Arts and Craft period, but I haven't known how to tastefully merge this with Art Deco. After reading about Art Nouveau, I wonder if this is really the period I want to create in my living /dining space. Any suggestions are welcome.
June 29, 2013 at 11:20PM   
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I agree with Paul D'Amico that Art Deco can get very silly very fast, but the key, according to rocker Bob Seeger, is "what to leave in, what to leave out." Art Deco was a language with a great many dialects, but I'm most fascinated by Greco Deco, which was almost never applied to homes but extensively used for the great public buildings such as libraries and post offices before 1950.

August 6, 2014 at 9:00AM   
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Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts: What’s the Difference?

If the zigzag and swirly designs of the past leave your head spinning, these descriptions will straighten you right out Full Story
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Terry Bostwick Studio Furniture
Ah, ruffled feathers. Apologies first, eclecticedwardian, your academic offering was, and is appreciated from the beginning, as I stated early on. And I don’t question your veracity nor passions. But forgive our muddling, it is difficult to not be human. There is much for all of us to learn, that is what makes my creative 40 year professional life interesting, I have always been a sucker for my personal and professional enlightenment. That is why I chose to commit myself to course work in both architecture and interior design - not to become one of those, nor a doctor or lawyer, but to further my ability to bring beautiful objects to those who wish to live in a beautiful home, or office, too. (including many who prowl the halls of Too bad this conversation isn’t sitting around a coffee table over a glass of wine, we might understand each other better, and smile.

But I might add, the conversation led to other thoughts about the impact those early architects and designers had on all of us today - the mash up I spoke of (not what you might find at a Dead concert, thanks). Much of my part in this conversation concerns my own selfish interest in furniture (and other objects too) design throughout history. Many of the people we refer to during those incredible design times were not architects but still had a tremendous impact on western design and contributed to that mash up. And bumbling was hardly my thought, rather, once again, it is more about the discovery we are all impacted by on a daily basis if we are open to learn, by what we see others doing….even Wright and Sullivan must have had open minds and eyes or they never would have grown into their incredible offering.

My own history also has taught me about a myopic malaise with many architects, designers, furniture makers, manufacturers, and on and on, today, who only respond and duplicate work to the current trend - with no regard for what our antecedents chose to commit their lives to, creativity and exploration. It is more about money to be had than passions to explore. Many home owners/consumers aren’t aware of what they could have, and rely solely on what Ethan Allen has on their showroom floor, and don’t have the time to be passionate as you seemed to be about historical and scholarly study. So they love to read these articles Houzz provides, hoping to enhance there homes. I enjoy the articles myself.

To be clear, I study and listen to remain engaged as a designer and maker. Unfortunately most of my young and “old” furniture maker peers (and architects and interior designers, too), don’t think they needed no stinkin’ art history either, sad - all I heard from the architecture and interior design students was complaints about why they had to take those courses you taught, and how hard they were. And have seen one too many furniture maker with glazed eyes hoping soon t be done with my thoughts. Also sad. As for some of my professors in those courses I took, I seriously appreciated their passions (and what they were teaching me), as they appreciated mine while having me teach workshops not only for the students, but for their own edification on what makes a good piece of furniture - something they had little knowledge of, beyond Knoll. Both structurally and proportionally - what is the difference between a mass produced object and one that is thoughtfully created as uniquely suited to the client, and will last a hundred years? And I can’t count the number of architecture grads who have come to me for a minimum wage job to learn what I do.

So, we learn, and we grow from the mash up that time and discussion lays on our plate if we are open. But thanks for the clarification. Oh, and thanks for enjoying my furniture (that always feels good even after all these years taking chances), I’m grateful for having had the opportunity follow my passions and to spend my life doing what my surgeon father always wanted to do. Now I’m going to go take care of my fea
September 4, 2014 at 8:17AM   
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I love Art Nouveau. I have decorated my home around some wonderful art nouveau antiques. I found two iron panels and had a front door custom made to incorporate them.
September 6, 2014 at 5:48AM     
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Kelsie Hornby is an exceptional interior designer with impeccable taste. She has helped us with a total remodel and furnishing of our home. Kelsie carefully l...
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Kelsie has done several projects in our home over the past few years, not just in 2013, but several years. Window treatments, carpet, furniture, etc. She is a...
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We learned about Kelsie Hornby, Elegant Designs, Inc. via referral from our builder, and we have sought her help on four different occasions: with interior pain...
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I met Kelsie through the design/build company who built our house in 2011. Three hours of her services were included in the price. She helped me choose the li...
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Kelsie listened to my requests and brought back several choices for me to look over. She focused on quality & cost. She is personable, responsible, and thorou...
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