Thursday, September 14, 2017

Expert Tips For Hanging Artwork

Now that you purchased the perfect piece of artwork or mirror, you'll want to place it to the best advantage visually and safely.  Deciding where to hang artwork is a two-person job---one to hold the artwork and another to ponder it.
Here are some tips from art hanging experts.
1. The center of the picture should be at eye level, approximately 60" from the floor.
2. Leave a least a 3" to 6" gap between the top of a sofa and the bottom of the picture frame, and 4" to 8" from a tabletop.
 3. A grouping of pictures should be treated as a single composition. Hint: make paper templates of each piece and tape the templates to the wall using painter's tape. Rearrange until you get it right for your eye.
4. Center the picture or grouping across the wall or over a piece of furniture.

Measuring and making your mark.
1. While holding the picture in place where you want it on the wall, put a strip of painter's tape on the wall, making the bottom edge of the tape even with the top of the frame. Mark each end of the frame on the tape. Then remove the picture from the wall.
2. If the picture will use only one wall hanger, you want to place that hanger at center-of-frame. Measure the width of the frame and divide by two.. Then measure this distance in from the marks on the painter's tape.  Now turn the picture over and measure from the top of the frame to the point the picture will hang. If the picture has hanging wire, hook the metal end of a tape measure under the center of the wire. Pull up until the wire is taut and measure up to the top of the frame. If the picture has D-rings or sawtooth hangers, hook the tape over the top of the frame and measure down to the ring or hanger. Then transfer that number onto a hanging location on the wall by measuring down from the bottom edge of the painter's tape at the center point. Use a level to make sure your new mark is plumb with the mark on the painter's tape.

Choosing Hardware
1. For most jobs, use a simple hanging kit (includes a J-hook and nail). The wire on the back of the picture will hang from it. Hanging kits are generally sold according to the weight of the artwork. To find that weight, weigh yourself on a bathroom scale while holding the picture and then subtract your weight from it.
2. Consider using adhesive picture hanging strips for normal-size pictures. They leave no holes in the wall and are easy to remove without damage to walls.
3. If the picture weighs 25 pounds or more and a stud is not present, use a wall anchor on drywall or plaster walls. Anchors that spread out behind the wall, such as toggle or molly bolts, provide the most holding power and help keep plaster from cracking.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

10 Tips For A Luxury Bathroom

Do you want your bathroom to make you feel pampered, the way you feel in luxury bathrooms you enjoy at hotels when traveling? You deserve to feel that wonderful way everyday in your own bathroom. Here are 10 tips to help you to create a luxury bathroom of your own.

1.  Install a heated floor under your tile.
2.  Replace your standard towel bars with an electrical towel warmer.
3.  Proper sizing.  Before you purchase a bathtub or install your shower---try it out dry.
4.  Put a steam unit in your shower.
5.  Toilet with bidet unit attachment.
6.  Make sure you have enough electrical outlets for your daily equipment use.
7.  Install both fixed shower head and a hand-held to double for easier cleaning.
8.  Good lighting is essential for shaving and putting on makeup.
9.  Your vanity should be able to hold all the accessories you need.
10. Before you remodel your bathroom, decide on materials, finishes and color.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Right Sizes Decorating Is Right For Today

An important trend in interior decorating is referred to as "downsizing" however I like to refer to it as "right sizing".  Designers today report that people of all age groups are moving into more right sized arrangements that reflect their current lifestyle and space needs.

The various reasons for home right sizing are:
 - You live in a home that no longer fits your needs.
 - Your home is now an empty nest.
 - You are retired or getting ready to retire.
 - You want to tap into the home equity you have built.
 - You are interested in minimizing stress with less responsibility.
 - You desire a smaller workload.
 - You are interested in an increased cash flow.
 - You want greater lifestyle flexibility.

Right sizing and relocation is a transition and can incur emotional and physical aspects along with the d├ęcor changes. To help you with this transition, a designer and/or organize can assist by providing a comprehensive and personalized approach. The process can begin with space planning and organization to coordination of the move through to post move support and decorating. A great plus a designer provides is experience which results in timeliness and getting the most bang for your budget.

Right sizing is uniquely ;personal and does require planning. Hear is a good outline for organizing:
1. Start by assessing your original home versus the layout of your new space.
2. Go through room by room to sort items into the following categories: what to keep, sell, donate or discard.
3. Coordinate moving from your original home to your new location.
4. Pack and label your boxes for ease of moving your belongings into your new location.
5. Prepare for move-in day by having enough assistance to locate belongings into the right rooms.

One of the keys to a successful right sizing with less stress is to start planning early. You will be prepared for any last minute glitches.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

White Or Stainless Appliances With White Kitchen Cabinets?

The number one color for kitchen cabinets is white, according to the Kitchen and Bath Design Association.  Stainless steel has been the most popular finish for appliances, but is white a better option?

I recently visited this question with my own kitchen redecorating project.  I went about the decision-making process the same way I recommend to my clients.  I made a list of pros and cons for each option.

White appliances:  blend in color-wise with the white cabinets seemingly making the kitchen appear larger, white appliances cost less than stainless steel finish, easier to keep clean, timeless classic color.

Stainless steel appliances:  harder to keep clean as they show every fingerprint and smudge, more costly than white appliances, visually stand-out against the white cabinetry, give a more commercial equipment look.

However, I think the bottom line is that white appliances are less expensive and can look cheaper than stainless steel appliances.  Stainless appliances give more of a luxury-look to your kitchen.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Custom Furniture by Vince Chiavetta

What do you do when you need a cabinet, table or chair in a special size, style or finish? You can have it custom made by Vince Chiavetta of Vito's Upholstery.

His work includes custom built-in library walls, kitchens, bathroom vanities, custom office suites and display units for retail stores and restaurants.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Reclining Chairs, Not Like Your Father's

Did you ever think that you would want to include a reclining chair as part of your home decorating scheme? Recalling old-school type recliners, I did not think I would ever recommend that my clients include recliners in their interiors.

Most of us know that guys have always enjoyed looking forward to relaxing in a reclining chair after a long day, or to spending a day relaxing in their recliner while watching TV or reading. But those old, bulky recliners never seemed to fit the image of an elegantly appointed room.  Current furniture manufacturers have come a long way in the type of reclining chairs on the market. Now recliners come in many styles, limitless fabric choices, various sleek designs, size options and a selection of operating mechanisms.

Today's recliners are great-looking and feel so good. Go to a local furniture store and try some of the new recliners. The only problem you may have is to find the room for two recliners:  one of your partner and one for you!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Design For Lifestyle Trends

Rightsizing Design: Interior design trend to move from a larger residence to a smaller home, condominium or apartment. Design services including:
 - Review of present furnishings
 - Evaluation of current lifestyle and budget
 - Design furnishings plan for new space
 - Recommendations for estate sales, remodelers and movers

Home Styling: Redesigning a room using what you already own.  It's redecorating by arranging and editing your current furniture and accessories in a new way.

Home Staging: Preparing a home for sale. The three D's of home staging are:
 - Decluttering.  A home with a lot of clutter looks like it is too small.
                          A prospective buyer will think their items will not fit in.
 - Depersonalizing. Remove items that relate to the current owner. 
                                This allows the home buyer to envision their items in the space.
 - Deep cleaning.  A clean home is appealing and looks like a well cared-for home.
                             A prospective buyer will picture just moving in.