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Category: Room Design

Tips on Accessorizing Your Home

Accessorizing your home can be a daunting task. We have seen people build entire homes and have clear opinions of what they want when it comes to their space plans, overall style, kitchen design, bathrooms and furniture.  Yet that same person sometimes does not have a clue what to do with their shelves and surfaces when it comes to accessorizing. So how does one approach the task of accessorizing your home?  First take an inventory of what you have and
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Designing with Rugs

Do you know the difference between a rug and a carpet? Carpet is broadloom, usually woven at twelve feet wide by any length and on a long roll. Carpet is meant to be installed wall-to-wall, although it can be cut into a rug. Rugs are woven to a specific size and can be bordered or bound and are not installed wall-to-wall but allow the underlying floor to be shown. Commonly referred to as “Oriental” rugs because they come from the
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The Art of Arranging Furniture

One of the many tasks Interior Designers are called upon to do is layout furniture within a space. Designers study and practice space planning furniture within a room and they develop these skills to a point that upon entering a room they can usually instinctually see two or three arrangements in their head. It is a talent and a well-honed skill, but if you haven’t been doing it for thirty years what tips can you learn to figure out your
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Bathroom Design Trends

What is going on in the bathroom these days that hasn’t been going on for centuries?   The answer: a lot!! We have been seeing some definite trends over the past few years that are continuing to gain momentum. Here are our top picks. • Showers are Getting Larger The shower is becoming a Zen like spa with more space, places to sit, body sprays and many sources of water from overhead and the side walls. These big open spaces sometimes don’t
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Kitchen Design Basics

Where does one begin to plan a new kitchen? Clearly a space plan is needed and we recommend starting with appliances. Where are they? How far apart are they? How many are there? Which ones? And what sizes? These are all key questions that will need to be answered. Designers used to think in terms of work triangles to layout the three basic functions of a kitchen: cooking, washing and refrigeration. However with today’s kitchens getting larger the work triangle
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Interior Designers and their Obsession with Details

Last week we talked about custom versus off-the-rack. As a continuation of that discussion, one thing to consider when doing custom work is the many number of details one can incorporate into your design. They say “God is in the Details” or “the Devil is in the Details”. In the interior design profession it’s definitely godly when the details are right and the devil’s work when the details go wrong. So what do we mean by details? Well any object
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What the difference between a sofa and a couch?

Did you know that a sofa is not a couch and a couch is not a sofa? Most people use the term couch to describe a sofa but technically that’s not correct. A sofa usually has two arms and a back, although a sofa can be armless. However a couch has one or no arms and may have a back on the short end. You may have heard of the term chaise, from chaise longue, meaning long chair in French.
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What is happening to the bathtub?

Have you noticed lately that bathtubs are getting very stylish and very sexy? What is changing with this centuries old plumbing fixture? Remember those aircraft carrier sized tub decks that surrounded tubs and made them difficult to get into? Remember all the extra cost involved in building and finishing that tub deck? Well the bathtub is evolving, or more accurately, going back to its roots. The bathing vessel has been around for thousands of years and in the 18th &
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Feeling Blue?

Blue is not a color we use often in our design practice, at least not for interiors. It features predominantly in some of our closets but it is not a color we gravitate too frequently as the basis of a color scheme. It is not that we have anything against blue, we love blue, but humans tend to feel more comfortable surrounded by warm colors as opposed to cool colors. So blue tends to be relegated to the part of
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Bar Cabinets & Carts

How do you set up your bar or drinks counter when entertaining in your home? We find a lot of people use the kitchen because they associate the bar with requiring plumbing. But we also constantly hear the complaint that “everyone always gathers in the kitchen”. One way to get the party out of the kitchen and into the living room or family room is via a bar cabinet or bar cart. There are many cabinets and carts on the
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The Banquette is Back

The banquette is one of those pieces of furniture that is very under-rated but highly functional. Defined as “an upholstered bench along a wall, especially in a restaurant or bar” the French word describes a variety of shapes and styled upholstered seating usually used for dining seating. If space is limited this wall hugging piece of furniture eliminates the need for circulation around a dining table and pushes the seating group against a wall, allowing for more seating in a
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Changing the Look and Feel of a Room

When it comes to changing the look and feel of a room, nothing is more cost effective and immediately satisfying than painting it a different color.  But many people are tentative and insecure about color, and will revert to the safety of a neutral (like beige) that can leave a room lifeless, even boring, and lacking any “personality.”  And one of the biggest mistakes people make when selecting color is trying to brighten a dark room with light colored walls
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Designing with Rugs

Do you know the difference between a rug and a carpet? Carpet is broadloom, usually woven at twelve feet wide by any length and on

Read More »

Bathroom Design Trends

What is going on in the bathroom these days that hasn’t been going on for centuries?   The answer: a lot!! We have been seeing some definite

Read More »

Kitchen Design Basics

Where does one begin to plan a new kitchen? Clearly a space plan is needed and we recommend starting with appliances. Where are they? How

Read More »

Feeling Blue?

Blue is not a color we use often in our design practice, at least not for interiors. It features predominantly in some of our closets

Read More »

Bar Cabinets & Carts

How do you set up your bar or drinks counter when entertaining in your home? We find a lot of people use the kitchen because

Read More »

The Banquette is Back

The banquette is one of those pieces of furniture that is very under-rated but highly functional. Defined as “an upholstered bench along a wall, especially

Read More »

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