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Dwell designers are Woman’s Club guests

By DAWN HANKINS - dhankins@t-g.com
Posted 9/17/22

“Making your house your home” was the theme of this month’s Shelbyville Woman’s Club meeting. Presenting the program at River Bend Country Club was Tanya Coffey, designer and …

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Dwell designers are Woman’s Club guests


“Making your house your home” was the theme of this month’s Shelbyville Woman’s Club meeting. Presenting the program at River Bend Country Club was Tanya Coffey, designer and owner of Dwell Fine Interiors and Design on the public square.  

Joining Coffey was Kassie Montross, formerly of California, now one of the Dwell designers. Coffey shared with SWC members that she has over 30 years experience in interior design. She and husband, David, bought the former Carolyn’s Clothing Store on the public square about 5 years ago.  

“This now allows us to help our clients to finish out their homes with anything they may need moving in.”

Coffey said, “It’s with extreme gratitude . . . thank you for your business, your support and friendship over these past 4 years. You’ve made a dream come true . . . feel we’re a new, great business asset to the Shelbyville business community.”  

What’s new in the kitchen?  

Key trends include light paint colors throughout the home, black accents, gold metals and oak hardwoods. “The woods can be anywhere from cabinets to floors to ceiling. We’re going to see the oak everywhere, now.”  

She said there’s no right or wrong with cabinetry. “You can mix paint, wood, stain, anything.” Choose white cabinets those which are fashionable with gold hardware and open shelves.  

“The open shelves in the kitchen is a huge new trend . . . we’re not doing upper cabinets. We’re leaving those open to display collectibles and your dishware collection.”  

Coffey said there’s also a lot of accent lighting currently trending such as sconces over sink and oven areas. This also adds extra interest to the kitchen walls.  

Speaking of gray and white . . . it’s on the way out, the designer reported. “We’re back to natural colors . . . whites and a lot of, as I mentioned, oak, light-colored cabinets.  

“We’re seeing numerous kitchens moving toward the European-influenced oven,” advised Coffey. “The French and Italian ovens have become the most popular selling appliance, lately. You can find them in white and black. Or if you’re brave, you can even get red, green or orange. But they are a statement piece . . . almost like a piece of furniture in your kitchen. Along with being functional, they’re a beautiful addition.”  

Bedroom dream designs  

“We are seeing more and more of pattern draperies coming back,” said Coffey.  

She said most common in custom drapes is the European pleat, which they are designing for homeowners on a one inch metal rod or the new acrylic rod with gold finals and gold brackets. 

The designer advised the SWC members that drapery black out linings are a must.  

In addition to light control, she said it also helps keep drapes from fading. As for the current look in home bedding, Coffey said it’s simply textures and layers, layers and more layers.  

“We start with a high quality sheet . . . even sustainable bamboo which is a great choice now.” The designer advised that a quilt is then added as a base layer. She suggested to then add a down duvet or a heavy, chunky blanket and fold it at the end of the bed.  

And who doesn’t love lots of pillows, right?  

“Then we get to the head of the bed. This is the part that your husband just cannot and will not ever understand . . . ‘Why do we have to have so many pillows on our bed?’ The good news is, there’s now a product called a Dutch Euro . . . .” 

She discussed how to position white/black plaid pillows as the base or anchor. She explained on a king-size bed, a homeowner only has to use two of the Dutch Euro pillows, which are designed to be 36-inches wide by 30 inches tall. This eliminates the four regular Euro pillows used in the past.  

Next, there’s the standard king sham and in front, Coffey suggests a long, decorative lumbar which is 36 to 42-inches long. Coffey said that gives within the design three layers of pillows and three layers of bedding.  

“It lets your bed feel luxurious and welcoming and with all the different layers, it allows you to do different patterns . . . colors.”  

Coffey told the SWC members that if so much layering is not doable, there are other options. She suggested the opposite trend, which is a minimalistic bed design-one she called contemporary and streamlined.  

“We just use the basic sleeping pillow lying flat and with two accent pillows in front of it in a different color and texture.” 

See Tuesday’s Times-Gazette for part II of this article. The Dwell Fine Interior designers share about today’s farmhouse look.