Thursday, February 23, 2017

Downsizing Design Is In

The latest trend in interior design is downsizing. People of all ages and demographics find that a change in lifestyle to smaller living spaces is the answer to their present needs. Couples are finding themselves in large homes where they raised their family and now have too many bedrooms and rec room spaces. Many people who retire find they would rather have a smaller living space to keep up, so they will be free to travel more on vacation and visit family and friends. Suddenly, single men and women are moving to smaller spaces that feel cozy for one.

But the change to downsizing can be unsettling. Many people believe the process is too challenging and are hesitant to move ahead. If you want to be excited about your move from a large residence to a smaller home, condo or apartment---you may need help. A professional interior designer can help you to alleviate your concerns and cross the barrier with new enthusiasm and confidence.

I have worked with many clients who are downsizing for many reasons. Here are just a few of the services that I can provide to you:
 - review of present furnishings
 - analysis of your lifestyle and budget
 - study of the floor plan of your new space to determine fit of current furniture
 - proposal outline for design of your new home
 - accompany you to retail or wholesale suppliers to select new furnishings
 - recommendations for estate sales, movers and remodelers

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Do You Reupholster Or Replace Your Furniture?

When redecorating a home, often the question comes up to either reupholster a sofa and chairs or buy new. Begin by answering the following questions.

Does the size compliment your furniture plan and accommodate your seating needs? Is it structurally sound? Is it comfortable? Does it support your back? If you answer "yes" to these questions, your furniture is salvageable.

If you plan to reupholster yourself, a DIY project will save you a lot of money versus buying new. If you need your sofa professionally reupholstered the price difference will not be as great. However there are other considerations.

If your sofa or chairs were built at least 10 years ago you will find the quality of the structure is better than most newer furniture. For instance, older furniture was made with hardwood frames free of knots, glued and dowelled joints, eight-way hand-tied coil springs, heavy gauge sinuous springs spaced close together, cotton or horsehair padding, or superior high-density foam.

Newer furniture is typically made with inferior knotty woods, plywood or particle board, joints stapled and sometimes fast-drying epoxy is used, light-weight sinuous springs and less of them per seat, low density foam which looks nice at first but breaks down after little use.

In my experience a new sofa covered in an average fabric costs about the same as a professionally reupholstered sofa covered in a superior quality fabric. Reupholstering is a great way to own a sofa in a luxurious, high-end fabric, you'd love to live with.

In selecting a professional reupholsterer, always use a source whose work you have seen or recommendation. You can visit the upholstery shop to see work in progress and completed.  I have recommended Vito Upholstery of Chicago to my clients for over 25 years, with excellent results and customer satisfaction.
Vito Upholstery, 7425 W. Addison, Chicago, IL 60634, telephone 773.637.7012.