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Monday, November 21, 2016

What shape art should I hang over a bed?

Have you tried various pieces of art over the bed and nothing looked quite right?

Here are 4 photos to give you ideas for what to hang over a bed:  

1)  Nothing at all!

Which is totally fine, if you love your bed and don't want to detract from it. Notice the headboard below, with nail head trim and a beautiful gray textured fabric, it can stand alone. The wall can still be the focal point, and this can make the room look bigger if you do it right!

The below master bedroom is very large, with art on several walls, therefore, the client loves the nice clean look of nothing over the bed. The below is "in progress" we have a beautiful fabric print being made into a large custom pillow for the center of the bed.

                    BEFORE >>>  

Notice the tall bedside lamps in the AFTER photo. Our nightstand lamps are normally 10" taller than those found in stores, which is important if your bedroom is large. Interior designers often have access to more options than what you'll find in local stores, due to To the trade shows in Chicago, Atlanta, Vegas, California and High Point. You can even get some designers to show you options in your home, this "on site viewing" is the easiest way to make informed decisions!

2) A mirror or architectural piece in a unique shape. 

If your bed or headboard is plain, you can add an interesting shape above the bed.

3) A grouping of art! 

This can be helpful if you have a king bed, and haven't found any horizontal art you like. Notice how the grouping below completes the blank space above the bed.

If you like a clean simple look, you might want to go with matting and framing that is similar.

This grouping of art over the bed is beautiful, it's simple  and doesn't detract from the beautiful fabrics on the bed and upholstered headboard.

4) Hang mirrors above the nightstands!

If you don't think art looks good above your bed, perhaps you can hang art or mirrors over the nightstands? Mirrors can mimic the look of windows, to make a room feel larger.  

Hopefully these photo get your creative juices flowing, and provide ideas for options of what to hang on the headboard or bed. Do you have ideas of you own you'd like to share? We love hearing your feedback! Or, for questions, feel free to email us today! 

The main focal point wall of the bedroom can look amazing if everything is the right size and scale for the room. And if it's a big wall, it's all about finding the right size and scale. It will require a large bed, or lamps, or art! 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

What are the pros & cons of buying furniture & rugs on line?

So you need furniture and rugs, you're trying to decide the best way to purchase it? We'll list the pros and cons for buying furniture, rugs, and light fixtures on line. This is the feedback we hear often. And....we'll offer a THIRD option, besides buying from a furniture store or on line.

1) You may not get what you expected. 
When you see something online, you don't know how it will look when it's actually in your home. When you shop at local stores, you get to touch the product, see the sheen of the finish, open the doors, sit on the sofa, and purchase it only after you're an informed shopper. A computer or phone screen does not allow you to do that.

a) Size and scale issues: People often tell us they didn't have a good grasp for the size and scale of furniture when they bought on line! How will the new pieces look next to your current furniture? How will the new furniture look in your size room? Often people buy things that overpower a room, or their existing items.

b) Not being able to visualize. Let's face it, it's hard enough imagining what it will be like in your home once you've seen it in person in an actual room setting at a furniture store.

2) Misleading Reviews 
You read reviews that the quality is excellent, so you  place an order. Once it's delivered, you find the quality is not up to par. That's the thing with reviews. You have to trust the taste of other users which may not match your standards. If there are only 4 or 5 reviews, perhaps that can't be trusted, if on the other hand there are a 50+, well you're probably good to go!
3) Waiting on the Delivery 
It's like that long day when you waited for the cable TV repair man!  A recent client told us this about her on line delivery: " I was told they'd deliver between Noon and 5:30PM, so I took off work, and waited, but then I got a call that it was going to be shipped at a later date. And as if that's not bad enough, they did the same thing to me on the second delivery date!"  

4) Delivery is not full service. Be sure to ask if it's white glove delivery?
a) Will the delivery men uncarton it? Will they carry it in your room or up your steps?
b) Are you left with the task of removing the crates, boxes, & those star foam bubbles that blow through the neighborhood?
Unlike those "do it yourself crafty photos" on Pinterest, I never know what to do with left over wooden crates.

5) Delivery Fees 
Is the online order from a distant source? If so, there might be added shipping costs. Or, if you don't like it, who is responsible for the return delivery fee? For packing it well for the return? Who is responsible if it gets damaged when it's in transit? These are good questions to ask. 
Now for pros (advantages) of buying furniture on line:
1) You have a wide variety of options - or then again, does that just create too many many choices, so little time, how does one decide?

2) You don't have to go to a store. You can shop from the convenience of your home! That is... unless you're the type that needs help visualizing.

.... sorry, I can't think of anymore pros, but perhaps you can? If so, will you share them in the comments?

Now that we've gone over the pros and cons (or more specifically the feedback we hear from clients) of buying furniture online, we'd love to hear your thoughts. Do you have a good or bad experience you'd like to share? Email us or click "contact" below.

For a third option: Ask an  Interior Designer if they provide in home viewing. 

Some designers provide the in home viewing of rugs, furniture and lighting. A qualified designer will consider all criteria:  size, scale, quality, price point, color, texture,  finish, & comfort, and style based on your personality and your home!

You get to chose from the best options,  in the convenience of your home! Ask what their fee is to provide you with options, it may just be more reasonable than you'd imagine! 
Good Luck buying new furniture, accessories and lighting for your home! We hope these pros and cons will be helpful, Happy Shopping! 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

How to make a small bedroom look larger?

With a few simple tricks to the eye, you can make a small bedroom feel larger! 

Here we'll show you 4 ways we updated this bedroom, and in the end, the bedroom looked as if we actually added square feet! Perhaps you want to keep your queen bed, or even add a lounge chair, but aren't sure if your bedroom will look too crowded? 

1) Large artwork! 

Vertical art is best.  A large piece of art will actually make a small bedroom appear larger. 

2) Hang tall drapes high, close to the ceiling!

This will make the ceilings feel taller, and the room feel larger. 

3) Paint all the walls the same color.   

In the "before" below, there was an accent wall with dark paint. Accent walls are best in a large space, or a space which has great architecture that you want to accentuate. See our blog which show several examples of great spaces to paint an accent wall. Now, with the bedroom painted the same color, the room feels larger. 

4) A tall headboard instead of a short headboard. 
A tall headboard actually makes a small room feel larger. It draws the eye up, to make the ceilings feel taller and the room feel larger. It never ceases to amaze our clients what a change the custom headboards make. This Greensboro NC homeowner loves how the drapes and headboard and art changed her room. 


A small bedroom can feel larger with the above 4 design tricks, for a nice welcoming guest room try any combination of these today. Comments? Click the word comment below. We love hearing your ideas and what worked for you!

How to make a bedroom feel more luxurious, 4 creative tips!