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Friday, July 26, 2013

How to find a good interior designer, 5 must read tips of what a good designer will do for you.

Finding a good interior designer is like finding a good hairdresser, or a good doctor. They'll want to make the process run smoothly, and they'll try to help you keep expenses down so you can spread the budget out. There are designers who don't have enough experience, or let's be honest, they just don't have "a gift" for color, scale, communication, and budgeting. If they've been assisting with new construction & decorating help for 15 to 20 years they've gained some wisdom they can pass along, and if they have excellent references, (lots of them), they can help the process run smoothly and help you avoid costly mistakes.

Your home can and should be the home of your dreams!! To work with an interior designer, help the process run smoothly, and to keep the design costs reasonable, here are 5 things tell tale signs you've have found a good designer:

1) They encourage you to provide specific feedback. For example: they bring you amazing options, which look great in the room, they want you to be very specific - for example "I love it but my husband will say it's too contemporary" or "I like this one best, the other is too similiar to what I had in my last house".
A good designer will ask the right questions: For some examples: Do you prefer symmetrical?
Do you prefer subtle or bold colors? Do you need storage? 

A good interior designer knows how to work on a budget, see above 

A good designer can think of unique solutions to problem areas 

2) A good designer will want to hear details about what you own. For example: "we need to use that piece somewhere, it's a family heirloom" or "I realize that piece isn't right, but for budget reasons, I'd like to wait to upgrade it".

3) A good designer will need to meet with both you and your spouse. Often people say "My husband doesn't need to be home for the appointment, he doesn't really care what we do". So, the designer loads and transports beautiful & functional options to your home, place them, discuss details, & prices, you say you want to proceed, but your husband is not "on board" because he wasn't present to understand the vision! Then -  you have to do it all over again!

A good designer will ask how durable your fabrics should be,
and if you need your drapes to function for privacy, or just for looks! 
4) A good designer will try their best to help you think logically (Not emotionally) when it comes to the order in which things should be replaced. For example, a client might be dead set on replacing all the floors, when in reality you just need the right paint tones to make the floor color more appealing. A good designer will show you how to make the MOST IMPACT for the lowest amount of money.
5) A good designer will want you to be happy with your home!  -  the artistic side of them loves it when the room turns out amazing as well as functional. A good designer will not impose their own taste, they'll get inside your head and learn your taste.

It's true, they are few and far between, but a good designer can actually save you time and money, and these 5 tips can help you find a good one! Happy decorating! We'd love to hear from you, if you have a question, send us an email, or type a search word in the search box above (top left corner), for example:
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Saturday, July 20, 2013

How to update my foyer? 6 must read interior designers tips & photos for foyers!

To update your foyer to a welcoming environment consider the paint, the seating, the art, and the lighting. These can all have a huge impact on the look of your foyer. Notice the addition of upholstered chairs flanking the console table below, and the large updated art work in fresh clean colors. 
Here are six tips Interior Designers use for updating a foyer: 
1) Think variety - notice the combination of white painted woodwork with the dark stained front door in this foyer. Notice the abstract contemporary art in this very traditional home. 

Foyer seating area
This stained wood front door looks great next to the white trim
2) Create a seating area in your foyer. 
It shouldn't be a wasted room, it should be a room where you can "borrow" seating in the den or living room when needed. Whether it be a bench, a settee, or a pair of matching chairs. It's inviting to create somewhere you can sit down to take off your shoes. See above & below.
This foyer looks inviting due to the nice blue settee , the lamp, & the cheerful colors.
3) Don't be afraid to use color! 
The settee above is in a bright intense blue, and the pillows and plants add a fresh green color.
4) Update the foyer woodwork, molding or door.

This foyer console is a unique finish, and the arm less chairs are a nice touch. 
5) Add various wood tones, not everything has to be dark walnut or can do a light wood or a painted piece for a more casual feeling like the the console above.

This foyer has a fresh updated look due to the chandelier, the sconces,
he black console table, and a pair of chairs.

6) Update the foyer lighting

People always express that they think it's important to replace the foyer floors, or upgrade the stair railing & banisters and even the front door. Often a less expensive upgrade is all that's needed to make a huge impact. See above - the huge impact the foyer chandelier and sconces made. 

Once you update your foyer, your entire house will have a different feeling. Have fun with it! Think unique, and remember that you can always start with the less expensive upgrades first - you may just achieve the look you want for a lot less time and money. We'd love to hear from you if you have some areas of interest! 
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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

How do I pick a yellow wall paint? 4 must read Interior designer tips for decorating with yellow.

Are you ready to choose a yellow wall paint? Interior designer yellow rooms often look amazing, but you'll hear people say that choosing the right yellow is tricky, if you're not careful the walls can turn out too "child like" as if you're painting a 5 year old's room, or in some cases too intense, where you feel they're just too bright.

Here are 4 tips for selecting the right yellow:

1) People tell us they love rooms in which the yellow tones are soft and subtle. Cheerful or bright yellow should be in small doses, such as pillows or chairs or art. With that said -----

Keep in mind that a paint chip is only 1", so when you multiply it by thousands, 
it will seem a lot more INTENSE once it's on the walls!! 

Yellow walls look great next to dark walnut and  mahogany

This yellow fabric proves that a little yellow goes a long way!

3) Remember that a little yellow goes a long way!

4) Select FABRIC FIRST, then your wall paint, it will guide you to the right tone. You might just get the degree of cheerful yellow you want from a few accessories or fabrics.
Use yellow in a totally unexpected place, like on these seats 

Yellow looks amazing with gray 

Butter Yellow is beautiful with caramel & brown

The use of yellow accentuates the great lines of this sofa.

For more color ideas .....
Should I paint an accent wall?
How to add color without painting the walls?
Should I pick a fabric first, or the paint?
What color to paint my front door?  

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Increase rental income on a beach condo, 4 tips to get more rentals than the competition!

To make your beach condo more desireable than the competition, decorate it in a way that people can't wait to book it, and return to the same rental again and again! These interior designer beach homes remind us that it's supposed to be about fun and a pleasing environment!  (as well as function of course).

Some good questions to ask yourself - Will you need to sleep a lot of people?  Does it feel like a soothing oasis where you can escape? Read these tips, and feel free to email us with your ideas as well!

A beach home or vacation home looks great with art that sets a MOOD,
serenity and soothing, fun and cheerful, just be careful not to go crazy with a strong "theme"
You can use hotel hangers for your art (which protect against theft) if you're concerned about that sort of thing

Think about using every nook and cranny for sleeping
people, this can help you get more renters for your beach rental property

It's helpful if Beach condos have drapes that can be closed
when you're not there, to block the harsh sun to avoid fading

Use light & fresh colors that make you feel like you're at the BEACH!
Your rug must be made of durable materials, and
Fabrics that are sunbrella or micro fiber will be durable for a beach home
which, after all, will get some hard use!

Don't forget the balcony or patio of your beach home. It can feel like
"an extension of your living room" if the colors coordinate. 

Be daring with color! Your beach condo or home can be bright and cheerful.
It should be a fun place to decorate in ways that
you are not able to in your existing home.
Limit your colors, tone on tone can feel fresh and clean.

Do you have success renting a beach condo? We'd love to hear your comments!