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Why You’ll Love Signs by Danthonia Designs

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Does your Bed and Breakfast need a sign? Today Danthonia Design’s 40 plus designers, artists and artisans use office and work areas of over 60,000 sq/ft to create signage of all sizes for clients across Australia and internationally. Many of their beautiful hand-carved signs belong to bed and breakfast owners.

In addition to their Aussie market – they ship between 100-200 signs per month to the USA. The Aussie dollar is lower than the US dollar and Australia / United States have a free trade agreement – this means that US clients get a good value for their money.

Handcrafted hotel signs, B&B signs and restaurant signs are easily recognizable and impress each guest upon arrival. Any successful hospitality business needs to make that good first impression. Danthonia creates award winning signs for the hospitality industry. Effective inn and restaurant signage convert passers-by into regular patrons. Hand carved bed and breakfast signs can become local landmarks.

Their on-line sign-designer tools allow bed and breakfast owners to customize your own sign. Try out different colors, change the artwork or font, and order when it looks just right for you! Although each Danthonia sign is individually handcrafted, they have developed a team approach that allows a 21 day delivery for most US orders. For a rush fee they can deliver in 15 days.

Over the last years articles by or about Danthonia, their hand crafting techniques, their people and their award-winning sign designs have appeared in the following publications:

  • SignCraft Magazine – USA
  • Sign Business Magazine – USA
  • Signs of the Times – USA
  • Sign Gallery Series – USA
  • US Sign Council Calendar – USA
  • Visual Impact – Australia
  • Image Magazine – Australia
  • Outback Magazine – Australia

Bed and Breakfast Blogging thinks that Danthonia Designs is a great place to go for high-quality, durable, gorgeous hand-crafted signs for your bed and breakfast inns. They are sure to impress your guests who drive by and those who see your sign on your website.

 

How To Add Bed and Breakfast Pillows That Impress

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Bed and breakfast pillows can enhance your inn’s decor and impress your guests.  It is possible to completely change the look and feel of a room just by adding or changing its pillows. What was once drab and ho-hum can now become colorful and inviting.

 

 

Of course, there are no official rules for displaying pillows.  If decorating is challenging, find a friend who is great at adding style and have him or her take a tour of the rooms your inn. Then ask for personalized advice and talk pillows! For more inspiration, look in the following places.

 

Look at Home Decorating Magazines:

  • Architectural Digest
  • Better Homes and Gardens
  • Country Home
  • Country Living
  • Elle Decor
  • House Beautiful
  • Metropolitan Home
  • Real Simple
  • Romantic Homes
  • This Old House
  • Traditional Home
  • Veranda

Watch Home Decorating TV Channels:

  • Fine Living Network
  • Style Network
  • The Learning Channel

 

Visit Bed and Breakfast Websites Listing Award Winners:

  • Bedandbreakfast.com Awards
  • BnBFinder.com Guest Favorite Awards
  • TripAdvisor.com Traveler’s Choice Awards Top 25 B&Bs and Inns

 

Pillows have all different looks, such as:

  • abstract
  • casual
  • classic
  • delicate
  • earthy
  • eye-catching
  • fashionable
  • hand-woven
  • luxurious
  • original
  • playful
  • soft
  • textural
  • traditional
  • ultra-modern
  • whimsical

 

Pillows can be made from a variety of materials, including:

  • chenille
  • corduroy
  • cotton
  • faux fur
  • linen
  • outdoor fabric
  • silk
  • suede
  • tapestry
  • velvet
  • wool

 

Details can be added to pillows, like:

  • applique pillows
  • beads
  • embroidered pillows
  • fabric on fabric pillows
  • flocked pillows
  • hand-painted pillows
  • flange pillows
  • fringe trim pillows
  • piping and cording
  • ruffles

 

Pillow Pointers:

  • Use an odd number of pillows on beds, couches, and other furniture
  • Decorate with a variety of shapes and colors of pillows to add more interest
  • Make pillows for your bed out of the same material as a chair in the room
  • Contrast differed textured pillows such as silk and linen
  • Relate pillows (in the same room) to each other by the same palette or style
  • Feel free to add seasonal or holiday pillows depending upon the time of the year

 

One additional place is to look for decorative bed and breakfast pillows is on Pinterest.  I will give you the link to my Bed and Breakfast Blogging Pinterest board called B&B Pillows. Some of the Pinterest pins even show how to DIY pillows.  Happy bed and breakfast pillow decorating!

 

Image by Marcus Berg of Unique Angles Photography

Bed and Breakfasts Named After Colors

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Since colors can be quite attractive, it is not surprising that so many bed and breakfasts are named colors. We take a look at bed and breakfasts across the United States that have a color in their name.

 

 

This is a small sampling of colorful inns listed in alphabetical order by name:

 

Amber House Bed and Breakfast: Sacramento, California (their logo has grain in it like the “God Bless America” song lyric “amber waves of grain”)

 

Black Forest B&B Lodge and Cabins: Colorado Springs, Colorado (built in the majestic Black Forest, the highest point east of the Rocky Mountains)

 

Blue Mountain Bed and Breakfast: Missoula, Montana (the sky is so blue in this gorgeous mountain setting)

 

Brownstone Colonial Inn: Reinholds, Pennsylvania (a beautifully restored 18th century Georgian sandstone farmhouse)

 

Green Palm Inn: Savannah, Georgia (there are a lot of green palm trees in Savannah)

 

Indigo Inn: Charleston, South Carolina (in the year 1850, this property used built to serve as an indigo warehouse now it has been transformed into a lovely inn)

 

Orange Blossom Hacienda: Queen Creek, Arizona (of course they have orange blossoms for guests to enjoy)

 

Purple Mountain Lodge B&B and Spa: Crested Butte, Colorado (the lodge is a pretty shade of purple)

 

Red Gate Inn: McKinney, Texas (appropriately, they have a red gate and a red front door)

 

Silver Fountain Inn: Dover, New Hampshire (their silver fountain has lights so you can even see it at night)

 

The Golden Leaf Inn: Estes Park, Colorado (located on a scenic mountain with plenty of trees including golden leaves)

 

The Yellow House: Waynesville, North Carolina (there’s no surprise that the house is yellow in color)

 

Tickle Pink Inn: Carmel, California (sits on the original home site of State Senator Edward and Mrs. Bess Tickle, who loved flowers–especially pink flowers)

 

Violet Hill Bed and Breakfast: Middletown, New York (originally operated as a dairy farm in 1926, they now grow beautiful flowers for market)

 

White Porch Inn: Provincetown, Massachusetts (in keeping with their name, the whole inn, including the porch, is the color white)

 

If you stayed at (or own) a bed and breakfast with a color in its name, feel free to comment below with the name and its website address.  Bed and breakfast inns display lots of lovely colors.

 

Want to attract more guests to your inn?  Contact Kristi Dement of Bed and Breakfast Blogging to help you with your online marketing needs.

 

Image by Marcus Berg of Unique Angles Photography

Helpful Furniture Buying Tips

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Whether you are just starting your bed and breakfast and need to buy a whole houseful of furniture, or if you just want to add a few pieces of furniture, check out these helpful furniture buying tips!

  • Bring swatches or color samples of furniture, drapes, fabrics, paint or wallpaper that you will need to color match. If swatches aren’t available, take good color pictures & bring them with you.
  • If you are buying furniture for a whole room or your entire bed and breakfast, bring a floor plan of each room (include window, door & ceiling measurements) to help you select furniture with the correct dimensions. Measure other pieces of furniture in the room to ensure that your new furniture will be compatible in scale.
  • If necessary, take hall measurements, door measurements and ceiling measurements. If you are buying furniture that will go upstairs in a two or three story bed and breakfast, bring measurements of the hall and stairway so that you can make sure any furniture that you buy can be carried up your stairway.
  • Decide on the furniture style that you like. You can bring pictures of furniture that you like from your favorite home furnishings magazines.
  • With today’s eclectic styles of decorating, many people use different types and finishes of wood in the same room. Select interesting pieces of furniture that complement each other and reflect your taste.
  • If you have oriental and/or decorative rugs that you will be using, make certain that the fabric that you choose for upholstery will complement the colors and design of your rug.
  • To make small rooms look bigger, select furniture and accessories with colors that closely match the walls and floors. Also, reduce the number of pieces of furniture in the room and add reflective surfaces such as mirrors and glass-top table tops.
  • To make a large room look smaller and more intimate, position furniture away from the wall and use taller pieces such as an entertainment center, armoire or screen. Use rugs, patterned upholstery fabrics and printed wallpaper to give the area a warm and more comfortable feeling.
  • When shopping for upholstered furniture, try to get the facts about the basic construction: springs, frames, padding, cushions and fabric.
  • Always test furniture that will be used for seating by doing just that: sit on it! Consider how well the chair fits your particular body build. The height of the arms, the pitch of the back and the support under your knees should feel right for your body.

Remember these furniture buying tips and have fun shopping. Keep track of your receipts so you can write off the expenses for your bed and breakfast. 

Image by Marcus Berg of Unique Angles Photography