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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Screened in porch updates without the expense of remodeling, with before and after photos!

A porch can be an oasis, a place you love coming home to! People tend to get sidetracked and think it will require major remodeling. If that's not in the budget, perhaps some of these quick updates will help you love your porch!  

1) Consider FUNCTION! 
  • Do you have end tables for people to set down their drink or a book? 
  • Do you have a throw for cool fall evenings?
  • Can you add blinds or outdoor fabric drapes to diffuse the harsh setting sun?
2) Bring in TEXTURES! To avoid the "matching set"!

Below we added 
  • stone -  tile top tables
  • metals - see the large hurricane, aluminum box, and metal hanging sconce 
  • greenery -  the fig tree
  • sisal pillows


3) Consider punches of COLOR in small doses! 
  • Colorful flowers & plants
  • Colorful pillows can be less "busy" than cushions with a big print
When this client (below porch) googled Greensboro Interior Design, she found us. We showed them ways to save thousands! Instead of a limiting themselves to remodeling the kitchen only, we provided updates for 9 rooms! They are now thrilled that we were able to spread the budget over 9 interior rooms, and the porch too!

Below we recovered the sofa and chairs for an updated look! We also brought in all new tables & accessories.

 BEFORE we rearranged & recovered >>>


BEFORE we recovered her furniture  >>>>

For additional ways to update your porch consider these


  •  Paint the ceiling a fun color
  • Add a stained wood ceiling
  • Add a fun rug!
  • Add outdoor fabric drapes


A porch can be your favorite spot in the house, if you have ideas for updating a porch, we hope you'll click the word "comment" and share them with us. Or, for questions, be sure to email us instead.

Friday, August 5, 2016

A large TV over the mantle, 4 designer tricks to detract from the TV

For design tricks to detract from a large TV, here's a few fun options!

1) Remove some shelves in the built in cabinets, so you can use larger accessories.

The hurricane lantern (bottom left) is 34" tall, and the round tray is 32" in diameter. These accessories are much larger than most you see in stores, which keeps the TV from being the only large object on the wall. It keeps everything "to scale".

If you have 4 shelves or more, with lots of little nic nacs, the TV can seem overpowering. Notice that once we placed really large accessories on each side, the TV seems like the right scale.




2) Hide the TV with doors that recess into the wall. 

That is, if it really bothers you. They don't bother me at all, as long as they're surrounded by attractive items. And while you're at it, paint the background of the shelves a dark color! This too helps detract from a very large TV being the focal point.


 3) Add color or beautiful architectural items. 

In this room the amazing bookcases demand attention, so that the TV is no longer the only focal point, And to take it a step further, the intense cheerful fabric on the cocktail ottoman also draws your eye away from the TV.

A TV doesn't have to dominate the room. We'd love to hear your tips for rooms with a large TV. Just click the word "comment" below.

For hundreds more designer rooms, we hope you'll check out the TV's shown on our web site at Transformingrooms.com. Questions? Feel free to contact us today 336-29-3087 or email me at Deborah@transformingrooms.com





Friday, July 29, 2016

Combining silver with bronze or brass fixtures - 4 designer tips!

People often ask if they can mix bronze, silver, and brass in the same house. perhaps they don't want to invest in all new hinges and doorknobs? Or they aren't willing to replace every light fixture?   Here's 3 tips for mixing metals. 

1) Know that COLORS often demand more attention than metal finishes. 

See below, your eye goes straight to the white dining chairs, the gray drapes linen drapes, and the soothing blue green colors in the art. You don't notice whether the metals match!


AFTER Above, BEFORE Below


2) Think about what you will recoup during resale.

If you don't want to go to the expensive of hiring plumbers and replacing brass faucets etc in your bathroom, perhaps you can update the look in a less expensive and less time consuming way.

When a recent Greensboro NC homeowner searched Interior design firms in Greensboro NC,  they found some of them were very pushy about a bathroom remodel, most estimates being between $29,000 and $38,000. In my opinion, that was not good advice, because they were going to down size within 5 years! After all, for resale - you can't possibly predict whether the future buyer will want a large tub or a large shower, and whether you'd recoup the expensive remodel when you downsize and sell your home. Houzz statistics show that the majority of bathroom renovations go tremendously over budget. Perhaps you'd never recoup the $38,000 you're trying to add to the price of your home?

Our design firm recommended some inexpensive updates (below) which the homeowners were thrilled with! Clients often tell us, "I'm so glad you showed me an inexpensive fix, we made a much bigger profit on our home than we would've dreamed of getting"!

AFTER above, BEFORE below

3) You can always update some light fixtures, or do it in stages. 

If clients are on a limited budget, we'll replace those lights that are the most urgent such as the dining room and living room, while waiting to do hallways and a foyer later. A two story foyer light fixture does not demand a lot of attention, so if it has to wait, so be it!

For comments, please click the word "comment" below. To mix and match brass, silver, or bronze, look through designer blogs, web sites and Houzz for design ideas.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Custom drapes for a reasonable price? 4 clever ways to achieve just that!

There are 4 clever ways to get the luxurious look of custom window treatments, yet stay within a very reasonable budget:

1) Find a design firm whose Reviews mention they're reasonably priced. Then compare different firms, if you find one without a fancy showroom (aka high overhead), you'll probably find a more reasonable price for the same brand of fabric, and same quality workmanship.

2) Go with outside mount drapes, instead of a panel on each side. If you do tiny inverted pleats, the drapes can often still cover the entire window, when you close them at night.

 "AFTER" our linen drapes are outside mount only, 
to allow room for colorful artwork
BEFORE Below

3) If you fabric is a high end designer brand, which often equates to very expensive - consider using it for the contrast top, with a more reasonably priced fabric on the lower 70% (as per below): 


4) If you don't need functioning drapes, (if they're really just for looks), you can often get buy with one width per panel as long as you use a very thick lining, or don't pleat the drapes, or if you have very little wall space beside the window anyway. Often people love this "lighter" look, as opposed to the formal look of several widths of fabric. 

If you're in North Carolina, our seamstress workroom and designer fabrics are second to none. Contact us for a quote today!

Do you have ideas of your own for keeping custom drape prices reasonable? We'd love to hear your thoughts, just click the word "comment" below.



Sunday, July 17, 2016

What to put behind the sofa, 6 design solutions!

A room can look so inviting when a sofa is pulled out from the wall, when space allows, it's so much more interesting if you put something interesting behind the sofa.

Here we'll show 5 stunning ideas for the wall or space behind the sofa! These photos show that a sofa can look great in front of a window or pulled out into the room, so conversation is easier.

5 design tips for the behind the sofa:

1) A tree or floor lamp!

I love this look! When the sofas are in the center of the room, the tree helps to "settle" the space so the sofas don't look like they're floating in the room. Notice how cozy the greenery makes the room?



2) A console table behind the sofa!
  • Before bringing a sofa table home, make sure it's not a lot taller (or shorter) than the sofa. Your goal is that the console will be about the same height as the sofa. 
  • A sofa table provides a convenient place to set down a drink, or to have a lamp, plants, etc. 
  • If the console table will be between the wall and the sofa, you can purchase an inexpensive one, as it will be hidden. 
  • A sofa isn't attractive on the back (normally). A console table makes the back view appealing!



3) Luxurious drapes and a window!
Notice below the sofa is in front of the window. The drapes & pair of chairs help to balance the room and create a sense of symmetry!

4) A collage of photos or art behind the sofa!
  •  Your collage can be a combination of art, photographs, in black and white and colorful.
  •  Notice that although the art varies in height, it is not wider than the width of the sofa!


5) A long shelf behind a sofa!
  • A shelf works great on one condition - that it's not too deep so people hit their head on it!
  • The shelf will need to be long enough to hold it's own and not look too small. 


6) A walkway! 

Below there is a walkway behind the sofa, which leads to the french doors. This open floor plan works, the sofa helps to divide the long narrow room.  In this situation, it's best if the sofa is attractive on the back. For some tips:
  • Some reclining sofas are not very attractive on the back.
  • A sofa up on legs can feel less dense or intrusive than a skirted sofa. 
  • Make sure the sofa is not a lot taller than the chairs and other furnishings. 


If you're concerned with the view of the back of the sofa, or if you just want ideas for what to hang on the wall behind the sofa, we hope these designer photos were helpful.

Questions? Email or call us today! Comments? Click the word "comment" below....

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Professional lighting or do it yourself exterior lighting kits?

Thinking about  "do it yourself" exterior lighting? We tried to. After all, we did a landscape plan that people rave about. I love our shrubs and plants so much more than what the local landscape architect recommended. His plan was going to be very high maintenance, even though we requested shrubs that would not require constant pruning. We thought surely we could do our own outdoor lights too?


The above tree light was possible because they were willing
to do wiring under the sidewalk 
With our shrubs and flowers in place ...we were ready for outdoor lighting. We tried several sets.

  1. First we tried an inexpensive solar lighting set, which didn't put off enough light and never worked well.
  2. Next we tried a set from Home Depot. It only had 4 lights, which were not far enough apart to "balance" the entire front yard. Plus, we couldn't get the system under the driveway and under the sidewalk, so the placement of the lights felt wrong.
  3. Next we got quotes for professional lighting, and found that they varied. So did the willingness to light up the other side of the driveway, and willingness to go the under the sidewalk!


In the end we ended up hiring Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, here in the triad of NC.  Let me say, as an interior designer, I pride myself in providing excellent service, and paying attention to the details to make sure everything runs smoothly. I like to hire companies that have the same attention to detail. Well - that's my opinion of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, we are thrilled with the result!!

We have light to the far left (the other side of the driveway) and lights to the far right side of the yard (the river birch in the above photo). Mike with Outdoor Lighting Perscpectives showed us that it's all about  placement, quality, and LED. The LED lights are so reasonable, your won't feel the impact when you get your electric bill! With LED lights, we get the same generous amount of light, all with a reasonable electric bill.

I almost forgot to mention the best part, before we hired them, they provided a demo one evening - of how it would all look, by bringing battery operated lights! Yes, we're very happy with our exterior lighting! So I thought I'd share it with you!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Make your home feel like a beach home! 5 unique design tips that are timeless.

Would you like your home to have a "beach vacation" feeling without going overboard on a beach theme? Here we'll show you styles that are both timeless and very popular. A coastal type look is the reason Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn and others capitalize on distressed wood, light gray or whitewashed wood tones. Here's a few more ways interior designers use color to give homes a beach style. 

1) Add art in the colors of the ocean!

Notice below the room doesn't go overboard on a "beach theme". But when you look at the art below, it reminds me of being at the ocean! This is a soothing choice. 

2) Add bright beach type colors through fabrics!

If you don't want to replace it all, how about the shams and headboard only? For this Winston Salem, NC client, we replaced her dark brown headboard with a beautiful turquoise fabric, and made bright cheerful shams to go with the ready made comforter.

We made a turquoise upholstered headboard with nail head trim in Winston Salem, NC

3) Replace dark bedroom furniture with a light gray or distressed wood!

It's wise not to go overboard on this, (avoid a complete matching set). If you steer away from a "matching bedroom set" and only use a couple of light wood pieces you can achieve a fun unique look. Notice how the bright color lamp, cheerful art, and a live plant to add greenery really make an impact!
Light distressed woods, white walls, with pops of blue and green

4) Bring the outdoors in!

Nothing makes you feel like you're vacationing outdoors as much as live greenery and trees.
Any room looks better with a live plant, just like any room looks better with a puppy or a kitty cat!


If you want your home to have that cheerful "staying at the beach" feeling without going overboard and having to much of a beach theme. Don't forget to mix and match, after all, every piece doesn't have to be a beach theme. Notice in the photo above, there's a mix of blues, greens, yellows, leather, wood, and metal. It's the combination of materials that make you appreciate the color tones!

Make your home feel like a beach home! 5 unique design tips that are timeless.

Would you like your home to have a "beach vacation" feeling without going overboard on a beach theme? Here we'll show you styles that are both timeless and very popular. A coastal type look is the reason Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn and others capitalize on distressed wood, light gray or whitewashed wood tones. Here's a few more ways interior designers use color to give homes a beach style. 

1) Add art in the colors of the ocean!

Notice below the room doesn't go overboard on a "beach theme". But when you look at the art below, it reminds me of being at the ocean! This is a soothing choice. 

2) Add bright beach type colors through fabrics!

If you don't want to replace it all, how about the shams and headboard only? For this Winston Salem, NC client, we replaced her dark brown headboard with a beautiful turquoise fabric, and made bright cheerful shams to go with the ready made comforter.

We made a turquoise upholstered headboard with nail head trim in Winston Salem, NC

3) Replace dark bedroom furniture with a light gray or distressed wood!

It's wise not to go overboard on this, (avoid a complete matching set). If you steer away from a "matching bedroom set" and only use a couple of light wood pieces you can achieve a fun unique look. Notice how the bright color lamp, cheerful art, and a live plant to add greenery really make an impact!
Light distressed woods, white walls, with pops of blue and green

4) Bring the outdoors in!

Nothing makes you feel like you're vacationing outdoors as much as live greenery and trees.
Any room looks better with a live plant, just like any room looks better with a puppy or a kitty cat!


If you want your home to have that cheerful "staying at the beach" feeling without going overboard and having to much of a beach theme. Don't forget to mix and match, after all, every piece doesn't have to be a beach theme. Notice in the photo above, there's a mix of blues, greens, yellows, leather, wood, and metal. It's the combination of materials that make you appreciate the color tones!