Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Carpet Selection Made Easier

Carpeting is one of those home furnishing items that has more permanence. When you move from your home you leave the carpeting. When you put your home on the market, carpeting might be one of your main concerns for showing to prospective home buyers. And it's one of the more expensive furnishing purchases you make for your home.

In today's market there are many fibers developed to appeal visually, be resilient, stay cleaner longer and be low maintenance. Looking for a certain color is just the beginning. The majority of carpet produced in the United States contains one of six pile fibers: nylon, polypropylene (olefin), acrylic, polyester, wool or cotton. Synthetic fibers make up more than 99 percent of the fiber used in the U.S. market. I have compiled an overview of carpet fibers and their properties to help you make your choice.

WOOL: excellent resiliency, soil and stain resistance, poor resistance to sunlight, poor resistance to mildew, flammability level burns slowly, good abrasion resistance, builds up static in low humidity, hand is warm and soft.

NYLON: excellent resiliency, excellent abrasion resistance, good soil and stain resistance, good resistance to sunlight, builds up static in low humidity, flammability level burns slowly, hand varies from warm and soft to cold and coarse.

POLYPROPYLENE/OLEFIN: excellent resiliency, excellent abrasion resistance, good soil and stain resistance only if treated promptly, poor resistance to sunlight, hand is waxy and soft, excellent resistance to mildew, melts at low temperatuares.

ACRYLIC MODACRYLIC: fair resiliency, fair abrasion resistance, good soil and stain resistance, excellent resistance to sunlight, builds up static in low humidity, hand is warm and soft, excellent resistance to mildew, Acrylic burns readily, Modacrylics are difficult to ignite.

POLYESTER:  good resiliency, good abrasion resistance, good soil and stain resistance only if stains are promptly treated, good resistance to sunlight, builds up static in low humidity, hand varies and finer deniers are soft and silky, excellent resistance to mildew, burns slowly/melts.

COTTON:  poor resiliency and tricky carpet cleaning requirements, extremely beautiful colorations.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Why You Hire An Interior Designer

When it comes to working with an interior designer, there are varied schools of thought. Either you hired an interior designer already, or you are thinking you may like to work with an interior designer or you never want an interior designer in your life. Regardless, if you ever decorated your home, room or apartment, the idea and choice has come up. To make the most of the decision, here are a few things professional interior designers have shared and think you should know.

Designers are not out to take control of you and your home. This is your project and your home. We are here to guide you and to help create your vision. The trick is that you don't always know your vision or what you think you need may not actually be what you really need. But by listening carefully and going through our design process, we can create your ultimate vision. It may be a little different than what you originally thought. This leads to the next part...

Trust us. You hired us because you like our work. And because we know what we're doing. We've got years of experience and education behind us, and we've done several projects like yours. You're going to get the best result when you can let go a little and trust us to do what we've been doing for years. There's a reason you like our work and remember that.

We can save you time, money and stress, if you let us. We are your representative. Our job is to work with you and develop the plan you want, and then to implement it. This means we will communicate with all parties involved, and we will provide the information needed to make it all happen. While we understand that you're excited about the project and you want to be involved, please remember you don't need to take on the stress of it all. Turn that part over to us and let us deal with it. It's what we do. You can just sit back and enjoy the ride.

One interior designer recently received an email form a client that said, "We are sitting here relaxing and loving the new space. It turned out beautiful. I can finally envision it!" The designer explained this was a bit of an inside joke because at the beginning of the project the designer proposed a very unique element to the kitchen layout. Because it was so different, the clients expressed they were having a hard time envisioning it, but they trusted the designer. And, in the end, the clients understood exactly why the designer proposed it and they love it.