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.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Top 10 Decorating Mistakes

Everyone makes mistakes, and it is never more evident when it comes to home decorating. Trends come and go, and each brings with it a new set of decorating mistakes.

I have asked a few interior design professional for their opinion of the worst decorating mistakes they see.  Here's a list of the top 10.

1. Too Many Pillows. A little comfort is good but when it is impossible to sit on a sofa because there are too many pillows in the way or if you have to spend a lot of time removing and storing pillow in order to get into bed---you know you have too much of a good thing.

2. Headless Beds. The only thing to say about this is that nothing, repeat nothing, is worse than a bed without a headboard.

3. Furniture That's Out Of Proportion. That gorgeous sofa, love seat and chair looked so good in the large furniture store, but very crowded in your home or apartment. Make sure to take the measurements of your room sizes with you when you are furniture shopping.

4. Too Many Pictures. A grouping of pictures makes an interesting collection, but too many look like clutter.

5. Toilet Surrounding Rug. U-shaped rugs to surround your toilet are out. A much better choice is a small area rug in front of the toilet.

6. Floating Area Rugs. An area rug set in the middle of a room makes the furniture look off-balance, and the rug looks like it lost the furniture that should be sitting on top of it.

7. Keeping Dated Décor You Dislike. If you have a choice between purchasing a new piece of furniture or removing a furnishing that is obviously dated, worn and one you dislike---such as old shag carpeting---remove the out-of-date element.

8. Exposed Cables. Our electronic age has brought with it the problem of many cables and wires in our décor. Cables left out in the open can really destroy the style of a room.  Whenever possible try to hide them with covers or under the baseboards.

9. Overdone Theme And Pattern. Too much is too much. A theme and pattern taken to the extreme makes a room feel like a stage set and not inviting to relax in.

10. Clutter. Always get rid of clutter. It makes a room feel as though you are entering a closet.

The best thing to do in order to avoid interior decorating mistakes is to look at the rooms in home decorating magazines and see how the furnishings are put together. If you need help and have the extra budget, you will find it beneficial to hire a professional interior designer to assist you in creating your beautiful rooms. Most interior designers will work with you on an hourly basis and come in to review your current décor and make suggestion for future purchases. This can give you the most bang for your budget.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Six Elements of Design

I wanted to start out this presentation to anyone who lives in an interior---single-family home, apartment, condo, hotel or tiny home---and wants to feel at home in their space.

There are six elements that comprise a successfully decorated interior that will make you feel great to live in and look at.  These six elements are:

FUNCTION:  what goes on in that room or space? do you need special items to be included in the design?

STYLE:  do you like modern or traditional? a combination/eclectic or ethic design?

COLOR:  color is the first thing that someone sees in a room and what do you like to surround yourself with?

TEXTURE:  do you like slick and shiny? or matte and knubby textures? are there special conditions like children playing or older adults?

LIGHTING:  very important considerations for dramatic mood, task lighting for work or reading, bathroom lighting for shaving and makeup application

ACCESSORIES/EQUIPMENT:  artwork and sculpture? hobby collection display? computers? televisions?