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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 getting outdoor lights from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, here in the Triad of NC, we are thrilled with their product and service! 

  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 we so happy with the end result!! The project ran smoothly, and they did everything in the time period they quoted.

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!

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!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

How many inches between bookcase shelves?

How many inches apart should bookshelves be? 
How about letting the following determine the height or distance between your shelves:

1) The height of your books
2) The quantity of books you want to display
3) The height of your favorite art or accessories
4) Whether you prefer a clean uncluttered look, or prefer lots of storage.

The built in bookshelves below look good due to symmetry, and the beautiful baby grand piano and gray and white living room. 


Notice above the bookcase shelves are mainly for books. Below, the homeowner preferred to display their favorite collectibles, which meant the bookcase needed very few shelves.

How many inches apart should bookshelves be? 
How about letting the following determine the height or distance between your shelves:

1) The height of your books
2) The quantity of books you want to display
3) The height of your favorite art or accessoires
4) Whether you prefer a clean uncluttered look, or prefer lots of storage.

See below, in this Greensboro NC Irving Park home, we gave the client the clean uncluttered look they requested. 



AFTER Above, 

BEFORE Below

Bookcases can look amazing, or they can be filled with lots of "stuff" that requires dusting. It all depends on what you want to display. One thing for sure, a large room or one with tall ceilings will look much better with larger accessories and taller bookcases.

Questions? We hope you'll email us today! Have fun finding the perfect items to display in your built in shelving area!