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Monday, November 30, 2015

What size and layout for a collage of family photos? 7 tips for a photo gallery!

Trying to decide the sizes and layout for hanging a collage of photos? Here's 6 tips, to help capture memories & showcase a gallery of family photos. These tips also work for showcasing your work in an office or waiting room too! 

1) Bigger is Better! 
Nice large photos work best, especially consider the size and scale of the room. Example - Rather than 12 small photos, it creates more impact if you use your favorite 4 or 5 in a large size.

2) Use computer programs! 

There are photo gallery programs available, such as:
  • Gallery Designer by Fundy Software which has an easy-to-use interface on a PC/Mac
  • Preveal, an iPad app with a huge library of templates as well as the ability to design your own templates. With some programs you can place the photos in your own room so you'll know how they look! As shown below. 
Photo gallery in hallway 
3) Insert a nature scene! Perhaps a photo of your favorite place? It's nice to add color & variety.  
Collage of favorite places and family photos
Our interior design service in this Greensboro, NC office space allowed the 
photographer to showcase his work.
Photo grouping with nature scene & gallery of family photos

4) Adjust colors!

Perhaps the colors aren't your favorite. This can be adjusted by a professional.
See left & below.

The vertical shape is better than the original horizontal art (before below)
5) Vertical beats horizontal! 
A vertical collage will make your ceilings feel taller. 

Photos groupings are a great way to showcase work in an office or waiting room! A photo gallery in a dentist office or spa waiting room is like a glimpse of your portfolio! It sets the mood - once you see these photos -  it's hard not to stop in for a hot stone massage!

6) Be creative with unique shapes!
Play with your templates and matting! This grouping of family photos in a hallway is a good example. These framed photos make an artistic statement!


7) Use tone on tone fabrics! 
Subtle or tone on tone fabrics won't back you into a corner regarding the colors in the photos. They also don't "compete with" the photos. People tell us they love tone on tone fabrics because they're timeless & soothing!

A photo gallery or collage is a great way to display your favorite family photos.

The client's feedback: The meeting space in my studio used to scream, "leftover eclectic" and now is both stylish and comfortable. Deborah has worked tirelessly to provide options, listen well to my likes and dislikes, push me a little on style and always deliver a great look. 

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

How to furnish and paint a room with slanted ceiling or dormer walls?

A low slanted ceiling or dormer area can look amazing with a few designer tricks. Here we'll provide tips for painting and furnishing a room with slanted ceilings and dormers, so they'll be architecturally appealing.

If the slanted area is the same color as the walls (instead of ceiling white) it often flows better. Notice how this makes the ceiling feel taller!

Below, we furnished this unused space by adding a curved window valance, (to soften the angles) and added a pair of chairs so it was symmetrical. Next step - add a ping pong table or fooseball table!

A floor lamp, game table & chairs made this area under the slanted ceiling a functional space. Notice the tripod floor lamp, and how it makes this dark corner more appealing. Our client said this room was "wasted space" until we furnished it with a sectional, a large TV, and a game table so they could play scrabble or a board game.

If you're remodeling, curved windows will compliment your slanted ceilings. Or, if the room is already finished, an arch shaped mirror...or a round mirror will accomplish the same thing. Notice how the desk makes this room functional, even with the low slanted ceilings!

Window treatments make this area under a slanted ceiling feel taller. Also, when possible, paint the angled ceilings the same color as the walls, this will make the slanted ceilings less obtrusive.

Slanted ceilings look great with built in shelving surrounding the window. And if it's storage you need, you can add file cabinets or doors at the bottom.

Make good use of a dormer area or slanted ceiling by adding built in storage, a window seat, or
a built in bed. Notice the pull out bed allows the ability to sleep extra people...what a great use of a dormer space!

Low ceilings, slanted ceilings, dormers, and finished attics can be furnished and decorated so they're functional and beautiful. Do you have a solution for angled ceilings of your own? 
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For more window seat photos and dormer solutions - check out these photos!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

What type cabinet or furniture is best under a TV?

Are you ready for a new updated TV cabinet? Do you want to hide your wires and components? If you're ready to find a TV console or furniture for under your Television, know that today you no longer have to get a bulky piece with glass doors! As a matter of fact,  it's no longer necessary to have wires, cable boxes and receivers on the same wall as your TV. With today's wireless systems, the components can be across the room, completely hidden behind doors!

A TV looks better with some type of furniture underneath it, or with a wall unit built around the TV. Here we'll show you three ideas to replace your dated TV cabinet!

1) A console table! 

Notice the amazing transformation for this television once the wires, cable box and receiver are hidden! It's easier than you think to hide them, and it allows you to have unlimited options for what type furniture you put under your TV.

The below transformation was accomplished in a couple of hours! Photographer Andrew Bowen can now display his photos without the distraction of lots of wires!

AFTER TV with hidden wires and components
BEFORE Television with wires, cable box, router, and receiver all visible

2) Add a built in wall system for your TV 

This is a great way to help your TV be less obtrusive, for a clean contemporary or modern look. Notice the lighted shelves allow photos to be on display, and the large stone tiles create architectural appeal.
 Notice the wall unit below has a fireplace too!

3) Build a floating shelf for under your TV!

In the photo below, the floating shelf is nice since the room is small. It makes the TV blend into the space better. 

For more before and after photos and ideas for TV's, including built in wall system, mantles, and more, see this link:

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Friday, November 20, 2015

How to achieve privacy quickly? 4 must read tips!

Landscape After Photo, Greensboro, NC

At 2 1/2 years trees are now 16' tall

Want privacy but don't want shrubs or trees that take forever to grow? Before and after photos are below, along with a time line. See this Greensboro NC photo. We desired a privacy wall, without the major expense a landscape company would charge. So, we planted these green giants ourselves and it all worked out fine!
September 2014 Green Giant Trees first planted 
 Green Giant trees After 18 months
The first year mainly the ROOTS form, rather than tree growth 
For do it yourself types like us:

1) Create a berm 
We brought in dirt, because our land sloped downward and green giants do not do well if they sit in standing water for long periods. This also created instant height, (it made the little trees a foot taller!), this berm allowed a space for new tree roots to thrive.

2) You do not need a landscape company!
When digging the holes, we followed the directions. Everything is listed on the label regarding root size etc. We aren't gardeners, but it really was simple!

3) This is the MOST important tip - Wait for the best planting season. Patience will save you lots of time and $$$ in the long run!!
April or September (either one) are prime seasons to plant. If you plant in the hot summer you greatly increase the risk your trees will die. After all, the first year is when they are facing the trauma of being moved. Many trees die after 15 to 16 months (notice that is AFTER the 1 year warranty period from the Nursery). You can save many thousands of dollars by hiring insured handy men to plant them for you.

4) Sunshine is a must!
Make sure they get at least 3 hours of direct sunlight per day! The ones that don't get direct sunlight won't grow very well. We noticed one tree had a Charlie Brown Christmas kind of look, so we trimmed some tree limbs that were blocking sun, and it caught up with the other trees!

Above are the Before and After photos at 18 months. When first planted I looked down at the top of each tree, now they are 10' tall. I don't profess to be a gardener or tree expert, so you'd need to ask your local professionals if these Green Giants will do well in your zone!

Want ideas about home decorating? Check out our other blogs!!

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

5 pros and cons for a a headboard only, instead of the complete bed with foot board.

Thinking about switching to a headboard only instead of a complete bed? 5 pros and cons may help with the decision process.

Here are Five Advantages of a headboard only

  1. Your room will look larger with a headboard only, there's nothing to "cut the room off". 
  2. A headboard only is comfortable for a tall man...just ask one!
  3. It's easier to make a bed with a headboard only... no comforters to tuck in at the foot.
  4. A new headboard gives you options - to add height, add color, or texture...see close up below, it's amazing how it transformed the room. 
  5. If you go with an upholstered headboard - it's more comfortable to lean on than a wood bed. 

                                      AFTER above, BEFORE below (with complete bed)

  1. The disadvantage of a headboard only instead of a complete bed: You'll need either a dust skirt with a metal frame (about $45, on line) --- OR--- a wooden bed frame, see blog link below for details and styles. 

Want to see more before and after, including upholstered headboard styles we make here in Greensboro, NC?  Check out this blog link:

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Prefinished versus wood stained beadboard for a porch ceiling, 5 pros and cons!

This homeowner told us they wanted a "Maintenance Free porch ceiling", but they were concerned the porch ceiling wouldn't look as nice if they used a Prefinished beadboard instead of stained wood.
We showed them porch ceiling photos, since visuals can be helpful. In the end, they compromised, and went with wood stained support beams, and a maintenance free ceiling!


1) Notice when the room is empty the ceiling feels like it's of utmost importance. Once it's furnished, you don't notice the ceiling nearly as much. Is one product less expensive than the other? If you stay within budget for the ceiling, this allows a larger budget for furnishing the room with quality outdoor furniture!

2) Is the natural look also important to you? If so, you could always compromise - consider cedar beam columns - notice we used those for this project, to get that natural wood feeling the husband craved. They're at eye level, so they demand a lot of attention.

3) How important is "maintenance free" to you? That's what it really boils down to. Imagine emptying the porch and re-painting or re-staining the ceiling. Would this occasional upkeep bother you?

4) Check out colors - make sure the pre-finished color samples have a color tone you're happy with. Small samples can be misleading, perhaps you can view the finished product.

5) How long will you live in the home? If you're only going to live there 5 years, it's best to not overprice the neighborhood. If the houses in the neighborhood have less expensive selections, that could affect your decision. If on the other hand you intent to be there a long time, perhaps you want to go with what you love!

For this ceiling, paint allowed the homeowner to match the beautiful gray in their stone exterior

For this porch ceiling, wood allowed the rustic natural feeling the homeowner desired 

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A Utube video for beadboard porch ceilings:

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

5 quick fix tips to make a living room more comfortable and welcoming!

Want a more welcoming living room? If your living room is like the ones from prior generations, which conveys 'no one is allowed to sit in there!'  Here are 5 quick fix ways to make it more inviting and comfortable!

1) Create a cocktail ottoman!

Propping up your feet makes the room more comfortable. A leather cushion for this cocktail table makes it easily convert to a cocktail ottoman! Best of all, the cushion slides underneath the sofa when it's not in use! See Before (right) & after (below)

                        LEFT Notice it's the same cocktail table as above with a leather cushion for comfort!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

2) Replace those stiff furniture store pillows! 

Use soft "cushy" pillows, like feather and down! People often settle for using the pillows that came with the sofa. It's more fun to mix and match pillows so the room will convey your own taste and style. See below, what a great impact the colorful soft pillows made!
Add comfortable pillows and a chenille throw 
3) Move the furniture closer together! 

By "floating the furniture" people will be able to carry on a conversation easier. As a general rule of thumb: the distance from the chairs to the sofa should be 10' maximum. If you think "floating" your furniture doesn't look right, consider putting a long sofa table behind the sofa, like in the photo below.

4) Add a comfortable throw!

Nothing says "Come in! Relax!" like a soft chenille throw! Especially in the winter.

5) Add drapes to makes the room feel cozy!

This also helps with sound absorbing sound. Some people think they don't like drapes, until we show them room photos with simple linen drapes. Normally what they meant was they don't want fancy drapes or patterns that are too formal or busy. ---OR --- Perhaps they don't like drapes that block precious sunlight & the view.

Hang drapes OUTSIDE the window, by not blocking any sunlight the room will feel more open!
The drapes can still be closed when you desire.

For more ways to update rooms without replacing furniture, check out the BEFORE & AFTER room photos on this blog:

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Should I attach my upholstered headboard to the wall or to a metal bed frame? 3 pros and cons.

There are 3 main advantages to hanging a headboard on the wall. We'll list the pros and cons, versus attaching the headboard to a metal bed frame. 

We hang all our beds on the wall, because they're substantial in size. Our clients tell us they love it! 

1) If you attach a tall headboard to the wall it won't wobble, and will be more secure. 

2) If you attach it to the wall, you can slide it left or right as adjustments are needed. If you add new furniture you can make adjustments for size. 

3) Attaching a headboard to the wall makes it easier to change the mattress or the dust skirt. 

And for the one disadvantage we can think of: You'll have holes in the wall from the screws.

French Cleats allow you to hang a headboard on the wall. 

For before and after bedrooms with tips on bedding, bed styles, and designer tips, see this link:

A licensed professional should be hired to install your bed properly. There is always a chance that when drilling into a wall you could run into a main water line, or other hazard. Check your builder's floor plan or consult a professional before drilling. 

A headboard on the wall has so many advantages, we go that route every time. You opinion?
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