One serious design trend that I just cannot get enough of is mixing metals. Whether you do a rose gold with copper, or the good old silver and gold, mixing metals adds a fantastic touch to any space! (more…)
In almost every home, you will find in the family room, living room, kitchen and bathrooms, a television the size of a drive in movie screen, blaring out useless jargon for hours on end. In most cases, each room has different stations going at the same time, and no one is watching. (more…)
Window treatments can be the solution to a room with issues. If the windows are small or lower than normal there are ways to fool the eye. With a good design those small windows can appear much more grand. By raising the height of the hardware to the ceiling and using a beautiful, graceful fabric with fullness, the room will be transformed. Think of it as a ball gown for the window. Do you have windows on adjacent walls that are different heights? The look can be unified by a ceiling mount and extending the treatment around the corner using an elbow, then meeting the next treatment, giving the appearance of one seamless treatment. Window treatments can add privacy and block out bright sun that can fade upholstery and dry out wood finishes. They can even be programmed to open and close at different times of the day. Talk about high tech! Today’s Home is the perfect place to go to find your solutions. Window treatments are a great investment.
So you have made an investment in a beautiful bedroom set, a fabulous living room, or a gorgeous dining room…but does the room feel finished? Most likely not! Placement of the larger furniture pieces in a room is really only just the beginning. The best way to think about the process of redoing a room is to consider phases. With the help of an interior designer, prioritize what those phases are. A complete overhaul of a room, paint and carpet included requires planning. Ideally paint, carpet, rugs fabric and/or leather selection along with finishes should be done in conjunction with one another. While the furniture is on order the painting and carpeting can be done. Once the furniture comes in it is time to add additional accents such as end tables and coffee tables or any other additional secondary pieces, if this was not done in the first phase. Once this is complete on to the third phase, ACCESSORIZING! This is what makes a room look finished and put together. Lamps, artwork, clocks, greenery, bedding, pillows, throws, table top items can continue to communicate what your over all style is. But you can also have fun here and mix up some things. Your interior designer can help you achieve a magazine worthy look, that is all yours, right in your own home with steps at a time.
Small decisions, such as those regarding cushions, are often over-looked but can make a big impact. These decisions are guilt-free because there is no wrong answer; it is a matter of personal preference. The seat cushion cores often come in a variety of materials. A firmer material allows you to sit “on” the piece instead of “in” the piece. If you want a cozier feel, you may want to opt for a softer material. Be careful, however, if grandma is a frequent visitor! She might find it difficult to get out of a super plush sofa! Another option for seat cushions is having “t-cushions” versus “full-front” cushions by the arms. T-cushions are used when the arms are offset from the front of the sofa itself. A small part of the cushion extends around the front of the arm, creating a T. This creates a more traditional look. A slightly more transitional or contemporary look would be comprised of a “front” arm and “full-front” cushion. This means that the arms extend all the way to the front of the sofa, and the cushions are more true rectangles. We recommend frequent flipping and rotating of seat cushions to maintain shape and insure longevity. T-cushions do not offer as many rotating and flipping options because the ends can only be switched with each other. After you have decided on a seat cushion, there are a few decisions to be made regarding the back cushions. One option you have is the treatment of the seams. Would you like to have two seams along the edges to create a more structured back pillow or one seam around the edge to create a more comfortable look? Also, you can often choose whether or not to attach the back cushions to the frame. We typically suggest detached or “loose” back cushions to enable that rotation and flipping to keep shape and minimize wear. However, some people desire attached back cushions because they find their furry friends enjoy laying on the tops of their back cushions, and this keeps the cushions from sagging under the weight of their pets! Remember the decisions you make regarding your furniture affect everyone in the house!!
In todays “disposable” society the answer for wall and ceiling treatments has become paint. After a trend of a color pallet changes from one season to another it can often be financially possible to repaint and change the feel and look of a room. This type of decorating has several pit falls. As we continue to change so often we begin to see the additional cost in the financial, effort, time and waste. We are realizing that we would rather opt for a solution that we can do once, do to the best that our budget allows and still affords us extra time to spend doing things we love instead of repainting AGAIN. Wallpaper is the perfect answer! The green Movement has shown us that the trash created by doing repeated tasks to achieve the same solution, such as repainting is insane and is killing our planet. Even with the initial work involved in creating, producing, installing and maintaining wallpaper in the long run it is a far more superior product to paint. It is often made from natural products, it adds a timeless beauty that cant be achieved by other products, it far outperforms in durability and by selecting a product that is designed to last a lifetime, allows for many more “bucket-list” items to be done in place of painting again! As an Interior Designer I prefer to lead my clients to a classic style wallpaper that will allow for the trends to come and go while being a beautiful backdrop to their lives. If wallpapering is cost prohibitive for your budget, consider phasing it in one room at a time. Wallpapering one room at a time will quickly turn into a beautifully finished home. Remember that the finer and better a wallcovering the more the seams will show, this is not a defect or something to try to hide but rather a sign that you have selected a quality product and made a wise choice in your finishing of your home!
The home office is truly a space where form and function in design is a necessity.
Whether the office area is to be tucked into a kitchen corner, a section of the guest room or in a designated office room, consider usage and users in planning furniture and computer pieces. Be sure the area is equipped with lighting, electric outlets and a landline if needed. Sketch a plan that incorporates a desk top for work surface, a credenza for files and bookshelves for display space. Select furniture in similar style that will flow with your home. A nightstand or end table can be repurposed as a printer stand. To make the space as cozy as the rest of our home, bring in décor such as a silver vase and pottery to hold pens, paper clips, etc. instead of the typical utilitarian office supplies. A framed family photo and a small vase of fresh flowers are the perfect finishing touch.
House like a museum? I thought not. Preparing to threaten 2- and 4- legged housemates with exile to the laundry room should they approach the new upholstery bearing dirt and stain-causing stuff? I thought so. For the next upholstery purchase, consider a performance fabric like Crypton or Sunbrella. Becoming more mainstream since they look and feel great thanks to continued innovation, you can find these fabrics in many of the lines we carry. Choose them for stain, soil, water and abrasion resistance and long lasting durability. Sunbrella is known for its refusal to fade and Crypton for its anti- microbial and odor repelling properties. Ask us to show you examples from Century, Hancock & Moore, Rowe, Fairfield Chair, Jessica Charles, and others. Make your next sofa worry-free!
Did you know that rugs are directional!? Because handwoven rugs are made on a loom, they look different from different vantage points! The weaver makes horizontal rows of knots on a vertical loom which causes colors to be stronger from one direction and more muted from another. This unique characteristic allows you to tie one room to the next in a variety of ways. You may want to make a statement with bold colors as soon as you enter the house, but lighter tones may look better when standing on a rug in the home looking toward the door. The directional orientation of your handwoven rug allows both possibilities to be possible!