The Best Height to Hang Window Drapes in Your Home

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You want to mount your drapery rod as high on the wall as you can, but under neath any crown moulding. If your ceilings are taller than 10 feet, you will most likely need custom drapery since most sizes available only reach up to 10 feet in length. You want the bottom of your drapes to gently graze your flooring, so if you are going to change your flooring, be sure to do this before installing your drapery.   

Designer Tip: My personal go-to style is a full tab back panel linen or sheer drapery depending on how much privacy is needed. 

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9 Interior Carpentry Ideas to Consider for Your Home

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A fun (and cheap) way to dress up your walls is to treat them with a carpentry finish.

There are a lot of carpentry wall treatment options including the following:

  • Shiplap

  • Tongue and Groove

  • Rustic Channel

  • Rustic Vee

  • Board and Battan (pictured)

  • Plywood

  • Bevel

  • Dolly Varden

  • Clapboard

 

And there are a variety of ways you can use these treatments in your home. One of the most common ways to use this treatment is to create a wainscot around the room, which means that the carpentry is applied to the walls usually around eye sight height (roughly 4 ½ -5 ½ feet) from the floor.  

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How to Choose the Best Type of Rug for Your Home

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Excluding natural materials, nylon, polyester, and olefin are the mostly widely used fibers in carpet manufacturing, and each offers qualities useful in specific applications. Even though nylon is the most expensive type of fiber, it is also soft and resilient, which makes it great for any room in your home. Polyester is less durable than nylon, but quite cost efficient – offering a high level of resistance to stains, which makes it an ideal choice for areas such as dining rooms. Olefin is solution dyed, which results in a highly resistant stain carpet that can be cleaned easily without color loss. Unlike many other fibers, olefin is fade and mould resistant, which results in a carpet that works well both indoors or out. Often times carpet requires pads for added cushion that go under your carpet as well.

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What Thread Count Really Means

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When it comes to buying bedding there are mainly two types of weaves when it comes to bedding.

The way in which fabric is woven also has a major effect on its feel. Percale is woven in a basic criss cross weave (one-over, one-under) and has a thread count higher than 200. It tends to be more crisp and cool, like a classic button down shirt. Cotton Satin fabric is made using a satin weave structure (four over and one under), which gives the fabric a sheen and silkier feel. But that doesn’t mean satin is better than percale, they each provide their own unique experience.

Though most consumers think thread count is the way to choose quality bed linens, the truth is, it is the quality of the cotton and where and how it is woven, that matters most.

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Everything You Need to Know About Bathroom Tile

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There are so many options when it comes to choosing the right material for your bathroom including the following:

 

Ceramic Tile: made of clay

Glass Tile: made of glass and often made in a mosaic (small tiles) which are usually sold on a sheet

Stone Tile: Natural material quarried from the earth

Porcelain Tile: Porcelain is a manufactured material made of a composite of natural stones

 

Average Pricing:

Flooring: $9.25/sf

Wall Tile: $5.90/sf

 

There are so many options when it comes to tile layouts, here are just a few common ones:

  • Offset (½ or in ⅓’s)

  • Straight set (aka: stacked or grid pattern)

  • Herringbone

  • Chevron

  • Basket Weave

  • Soldier Course

Designer Tip: I highly suggest hiring a professional tile installer! You would not believe how many times I have seen homeowners in tears because they spent a fortune on their tile, only to have to rip it all out and start over because they tried to install the tile themselves without knowing what was best for their home. If you plan on installing the tile yourself make sure you use the correct thinset or mastic so that the tile doesn’t “slip” down the wall, and talk to a professional about your installation options.  

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Types of Window Shades to Consider for Your Home

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There are many types of window treatments available ranging from drapery to shades and shutters.

Below is a list of style options for shades:

  • Roman

  • Venetian & Mini-Venetian

  • Matchstick or Slat

  • Roller

  • Tie-up

Shutters are usually come in a standard “plantation style”. Vinyl shutters are great for wet areas like around the kitchen sink and bathroom.  

When it comes to the fabrication of drapery there are many different options, however many styles are outdated.

My personal go-to style is a matchstick shade.  

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How to Pick the Best Paint Color For your Home

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What colors do you feel comfortable surrounding yourself with?

You might really like colorful accent walls in other people's houses but you wouldn't feel comfortable living with that. Or you might love the look of all white walls but you might need color to feel cozy. Think about what colors you might enjoy seeing everyday. When it comes to paint I suggest sticking to three colors throughout your house. One finish for your trim; , one color for the majority of your walls in dry areas, and color on walls that you want to draw attention to (wall at the end of a hall or your fireplace, etc).

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How to Choose the Best Tile Flooring for Your Home

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Tile comes in many different sizes, shapes, variation, grout, and accents and it it durable, scratch resistant, and water resistant- perfect for wet areas.

Ceramic Tile. Crafted from a mix of clays. Because the material is porous, it is finished with a protective glaze. Ceramic tile is slightly more prone to wear, cracking, and chipping than porcelain tile.

Porcelain Tile. Made by firing finely ground clays and minerals at extremely high temperatures, is harder and denser than ceramic. Porcelain is better at resisting water and stains and is often used outdoors as it won't crack in cold temperatures. However, it is harder to install than ceramic tile.

Natural Stone Tile. Usually made from travertine, limestone, marble, granite, or slate. Stone is the most durable, improves with ages and lasts a lifetime. However, it is the most expensive option.

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The Best Yardage Guide for Reupholstering your Furniture

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The Best Size Furniture in Your Home

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The most common sizes of furniture are the following:

  • Sofa (3 seater): 78-90” W x 34-38” D x 30”H (with an 18” Seat Height)

  • Love Seat (2 seater): 56-68” W x 34-38” D x 30”H (with an 18” Seat Height)

  • Chaise Lounge Chair: 72-90” W x 30-36” D x 30” H (with an 18” Seat Height)

  • Club Chair: 30-36” W x 30-36” D x 30” H (with an 18” Seat Height)

  • Dining Chair (with arms): 22-24” W x 16-24” D x 30” H (with an 18” Seat Height)

  • Dining Chair (without arms): 18-22” W x 16-24” D x 30” H (with an 18” Seat Height)

  • Coffee Table (square): 24-48” W x 24-48” D x 18” H

  • Coffee Table (rectangle): 24-48” W x 16-28” D x 18” H

  • Cocktail Table (Round Coffee Table): 18-32” D x 18” H
  • Ottoman: 22-46” W x 22-46” D x 18” H

  • End Table: 14-24” W x 14-24” D x 24-30” H

  • Rectangular Dining Table: 36-48” W x 36-48” D x 30” H

  • Round Dining Table: 36-60” D x 30” H

  • Drop Leaf Table: 36-72”W x 31-63” (with leaves) x 30” H

  • Console Table: 48-72” W x 15-20” D x 30”H

  • Desk: 28-48” W x 24-30” D x 30”H

  • Buffet: 48-72” W x 16-26” D x 24-30” H

  • Armoire: 36-60” W x 30-30”D x 48-60”H

  • Dresser: 30-74” W x 20-24” D x 30”H

  • Nightstand: 14-24” W x 14-24” D x 24-30”H

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The Best Dimensions for Your Bathroom

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To ensure your bath  is functional, comfortable, and safe, use the following dimensions - all of which are suggested minimums unless otherwise noted.

Doorway: 32" Wide

Walkways: at least 36" Wide

Shower: 34"x34" Wide (36"x36" is better)

Tub Controls: 30-34" above the bottom of the tub

Shower Controls: 77-81" from the shower floor

Height of Shower Seat: 17”-19”

Depth of Shower Seat: 15”

Height of Grab Bars (in a shower): 33”-36”

Robe Hook: 60" Height

Vanity Sconces: 60”-72” Height

Distance between sconces (for optimal lighting): 36"-40" Wide

Vanity Height: 30-32" is average , but if you a tall person 34-42" might be better suited for you needs.

Sinks: 15-18" from the center of the sink to the side wall, 36" is best (center to center) from one sink to another sink, and 8" from the edge of a sink and the end of the counter for landing space.

Backsplash: Allow 8" or more from the top of the countertop and the bottom of the medicine cabinet or mirror.

Pedestal Sink: 32-36" Height

Toilet Paper Holder: 26” Height

Distance from Toilet to TP Holder: 8” - 12”from edge to edge

Toilet: 16" from the center of the toilet to an obstruction (cabinet/fixture, etc). Toilet seats are usually 17"-19” above the floor.

Towel Bar: 36" Wide Space, 48" above the floor.

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Types of Light Bulbs to Consider using in Your Home

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Bulb Shapes:

Silver Bowl: Metallic finish on the top half of the bulb softens the light. A great solution for overheads with exposed bulbs especially if there isn't a dimmer.

Soft Pink: Emits a gorgeous rosy glow, perfect for mood lighting since its coloring looks great on your skin.

Round Chandelier: These bulbs look great in an open chandelier.

Edison Bulb: Visible Filament bulbs give a soft warm glow since they are low wattage and look great hung on their own.

 

Bulb Types:

Incandescent: White Light, Low Voltage (12-24), and they require transformers.

Fluorescent: (CFL's) greater energy and longer life than incandescent. These also come in rope lighting and cove lighting which are great for under the cabinet lighting.

Halogen: Offer bright white light which is good for task or accent lighting. These are usually low voltage, but do put off some heat.

 

Best Wattage for each situation:

40-50W: Reading

50-70W: Staring at a Computer

70-80W: Putting on Makeup

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How to Choose the Best Type of Wallpaper for Your Home

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Wallpaper

If you want to use wallpaper, make sure to prep your wall surface. Your walls should be smooth coat (I suggest using level 5) so there are no bubbles or funny marks. I highly recommend hiring a professional for your wallpaper installation. If you haven’t installed wallpaper before, talk to a professional, watch how-to videos on youtube, and consult with the staff at home good stores before starting because it can be a lot more complicated than you might think. Wallpaper can be expensive and we wouldn’t want you to make any costly mistakes.

 

Vinyl Wallpaper

Vinyl is great for any wet area or if you have kids or dogs and want to use wallpaper but are afraid of the maintenance. Vinyl is very durable and usually cleanable with soap and a sponge when needed.  


 

To Remove Wallpaper

If you have ever removed wallpaper before, you may know that there are generally three parts to the removal process.  Top layer, Under layer, and glue remnants which can be removed with a specialized steamer, scraping and peeling.

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How to Choose the Best Size Rug For Your Home

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Below is a page taken from my e-course "Everything you Need to know About Interior Design, for the Do It Yourself Homeowner", available for $97

42" Round Table = 96" Round Rug

48" Round Table = 96" Rouns Rug

60" Round Table = 108" Square Rug

60'x 42" Oval Table = 96" x 120" Oval Rug

97" x 49" Oval Table = 60" x 42" Oval Rug

70"x 36" Rectangular Table = 96" x 120" Rectangular Rug

76" x 32" Rectangular Table = 96" x 120" Rectangular Rug

84" x 36" Rectangular Table = 96" x 120" Rectangular Rug

90" x 39" Rectangular Table = 96" x 144" Rectangular Rug

108" x 41" Rectangular Table = 96" x 144" Rectangular Rug

120" x 30" Rectangular Table = 120" x 168" Rectangular Rug 

 

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How to Choose the Best Fabrics for Your Home

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My Favorite Brass Hardware

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What to expect when purchasing furniture

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Furniture can range a lot in pricing but it all comes down to quality. In most cases you get what you pay for with furniture, but there is that rare occasion when you can find quality furniture for a discounted price (usually around major holidays).

Below is a list of general mid-range prices to consider when purchasing furniture:

  • 36”x 84” Sofa: $2300-$4000

  • 30” x 60” Lounge Chair: $925-$1050

  • 30”x 60” Coffee Table: $500-$800

  • Bed Frame: $600-$1700

  • 24” x 30” Side Table/ Nightstand: $200-$400

  • 24” x 48” Writing Table: $750

  • 24” x 72” Dresser: $1700

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Moodboard Monday: Livingroom 3

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My Favorite Black Paint Colors

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Things to Consider when Remodeling Your Bathroom

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Bathrooms are the one room in the house that have the highest injury rate because, when wet, they can be a very dangerous space. But there are many preventions you can make by assessing your Bathrooms Safety with this checklist:

 

🔳 Slip Resistant Flooring

🔳 Eliminate any steps

🔳 Shatterproof Glass

🔳 Pressure-balanced, temperature control valves

🔳 Bench inside the shower (not necessary but helpful)

🔳 Emergency Shut off for Whirlpool Tubs

🔳 Ground Fault Circuit interrupters on electrical outlets (usually a small red label GFC)

🔳 Cabinet Locks (if desired or necessary)

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