Why Architects Need Interior Designers

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I decided to write this blog post because I strongly believe that more Interior Designers need to work with Architects, and more Architects need to work with Interior Designers. 

This blog concept started when I began a new project of an existing penthouse suite and noticed that the Architecture in this unit was very abnormal. Once I began to place standard sized furniture into this floorplan, I noticed that the Architecture clearly had not been thought all the way through to the function of the space.    

1.  I circled this area because in a Master Bedroom such as this, you generally want the furniture centered on each wall. For instance in this room the King Bed is placed on the center of one wall, and the dresser, with a TV is mounted on the opposite wall. This wall seems like a load bearing wall, so it is structural and can not be moved, however, it should have been framed flush with the structural beam so that the wall was flat and the dresser could be place on center with the bed. After all, if you were watching TV in bed, you don't want your head to be turned the entire time, that would be uncomfortable.    2. This is a junction box which is where the dining room lighting was intended to be. But based on the shape of the room, and the location of the cable for the TV, the layout as you see it here is the only way this room will function with the furniture provided. So why is this junction box so far away from where the dining room table is placed? An Architect clearly should have at least asked a designer to place some furniture in the floor plan before building this unit so that these details would have been thought out more.   3. This is another structural column, and though there is not much you can do about this, if this client wanted drapery, there would not be enough space for the drapes to pass between the column and the windows, which would create a light gap, and no one wants that. The only solution here is to do a shade. And I would highly suggest a motorized shade so that the client doesn't have to reach around this column to control the shade.   4. Why so many doors? Why not just one door for the bathroom and one for the bedroom? And how ugly this must look from outside the building, to see a pocket door that doesn't line up with the mullions of the window. Who wants to see the edge of a door frame? No one. Unfortunately this is another example of this design not being thought all the way through from concept to functional completion.  5. This room is a secondary master (usually intended for vacation homes shared by more than 1 family or multi-generational families) and while this room is intended for two adults to stay in this space, the room is a little too small. As you can see the closet doors are running into the nightstand, making this door unusable. Although we could remove the nightstand all together, and the room might function better, it is best to have balance (and equality) in a room meant for two people. Most nightstands are 24"-30" wide, while these are only 20" wide, the space is already pretty tight. Nightstands are usually 24"-30" because they are designed to have a table lamp on top to provide task lighting (for those late nights with your laptop or book), and most table lamps have a base 8"-24" in diameter. Another solution could have been to move the bed to the opposite wall, however it is bad feng-shui to have to turn your head to see who is coming into the room. The cable is also on the wall where the dresser is currently located which would be costly to move the cable to the opposing wall. This is another example of a room that wasn't clearly thought out. It should have been a little larger to allow for all the needed furniture.  

1.  I circled this area because in a Master Bedroom such as this, you generally want the furniture centered on each wall. For instance in this room the King Bed is placed on the center of one wall, and the dresser, with a TV is mounted on the opposite wall. This wall seems like a load bearing wall, so it is structural and can not be moved, however, it should have been framed flush with the structural beam so that the wall was flat and the dresser could be place on center with the bed. After all, if you were watching TV in bed, you don't want your head to be turned the entire time, that would be uncomfortable.   

2. This is a junction box which is where the dining room lighting was intended to be. But based on the shape of the room, and the location of the cable for the TV, the layout as you see it here is the only way this room will function with the furniture provided. So why is this junction box so far away from where the dining room table is placed? An Architect clearly should have at least asked a designer to place some furniture in the floor plan before building this unit so that these details would have been thought out more.  

3. This is another structural column, and though there is not much you can do about this, if this client wanted drapery, there would not be enough space for the drapes to pass between the column and the windows, which would create a light gap, and no one wants that. The only solution here is to do a shade. And I would highly suggest a motorized shade so that the client doesn't have to reach around this column to control the shade.  

4. Why so many doors? Why not just one door for the bathroom and one for the bedroom? And how ugly this must look from outside the building, to see a pocket door that doesn't line up with the mullions of the window. Who wants to see the edge of a door frame? No one. Unfortunately this is another example of this design not being thought all the way through from concept to functional completion. 

5. This room is a secondary master (usually intended for vacation homes shared by more than 1 family or multi-generational families) and while this room is intended for two adults to stay in this space, the room is a little too small. As you can see the closet doors are running into the nightstand, making this door unusable. Although we could remove the nightstand all together, and the room might function better, it is best to have balance (and equality) in a room meant for two people. Most nightstands are 24"-30" wide, while these are only 20" wide, the space is already pretty tight. Nightstands are usually 24"-30" because they are designed to have a table lamp on top to provide task lighting (for those late nights with your laptop or book), and most table lamps have a base 8"-24" in diameter. Another solution could have been to move the bed to the opposite wall, however it is bad feng-shui to have to turn your head to see who is coming into the room. The cable is also on the wall where the dresser is currently located which would be costly to move the cable to the opposing wall. This is another example of a room that wasn't clearly thought out. It should have been a little larger to allow for all the needed furniture.  

It is because of errors like this that Interior Designers are so crucial when building new homes, or remodels. No one wants to be surprised when their furniture can not fit in the room. After all, most people live in their homes for about 10 years (on average) before moving to another location, and they usually bring their existing furniture with them into their new space. So to all those who are considering moving or buying a new home, measure your furniture and make sure it fits in your home prior to purchasing!    

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What does an Interior Designer do?

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I get asked this question; "What does an Interior Designer do?" more often than most, and the answer really will vary depending on the project, the scope of work agreed on, and the people involved in the project. I have broken down what each design phase looks like during a project in hopes that this will become more clear to my readers. 

Below is a synopsis of each phase which is intended to help you understand the design process.  

Phase one- Programming (Research & Job Site Visit)

  • Initial job-site visit to Measure and photograph the existing spaces (to prepare drawings as needed).

  • Fact Finding

  • Produce Estimated Project Schedule

  • Project Vision: Discuss the project’s specific needs and preferences with client.

  • Establish Design Intention/Direction

  • Property Usage Development

 

Phase two- Conceptual (Design Concept Development)

  • Prepare conceptual design based on project vision/clients needs and preferences.

  • Develop floor plan furniture layout.

  • Develop Distinct Design Concepts for client to choose from.

  • Conceptual Finish Board Selections (Flooring, Paint, Wall covering, All Window Treatments, Countertops, Cabinet Finishes)

  • Color Scheme Development

  • Initial Conceptual Design Presentation

 

Phase three- Schematic (Furniture)

The schematic design is developed and drawn from the approved preliminary concepts presented in Phase two in which documents ( initial space and furniture plans, lighting concepts, concepts for color, materials, finishes, and the selection of specific furnishings) are prepared for use in the schematic phase.

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  • Define Interior Concept Design

  • Refined/Detailed Furniture Floor Plans

  • Develop and Present Furniture Options in a Presentation

  • Identify Colors, Materials, and finishes for each area

  • Select Specific Furniture

  • Initial Budget Estimate for furniture

 

Phase four- Design Development (Soft Goods, Art, Accessories)

  • Formal Furniture Design Presentation

  • Develop and Present all Design Details Including Soft Goods (Pillows, Bedding, Rugs, Drapery), Art, Accessories, Household items (as needed).

  • Detailed Floorplans and Elevations

Phase five- Construction Documentation (Final Floor plans and Specifications Documents)

The Specification Documents shall describe in detail the following information to properly establish a budget for the areas within the Scope of Work.

  • Matrix of Material References

  • Final Finish, Fixture/Equipment and Furniture Floor Plan

  • Detailed Elevations

  • Finish Schedule

  • Final Budget Estimate

Note:  The drawings and documents prepared by the interior designer remain the property of the design firm and cannot be used by anyone else for any purpose other than the completion of the project by North of Boho, South of Chic.

Upon completion of construction documentation any additional changes will be performed on a time and expense basis in accordance with our standard hourly rate schedule listed below.  

This phase is an extension where all architectural documents and preliminary furniture specifications are prepared for approval and implementation.

The floor plans are not intended to be architectural permit plans which would be submitted to the building department. They are to be used by the client, contractor, and architect for design intent, non-structural layout, and fixture locations only.

 

Phase six- Purchasing

  • All materials and products will be purchased for installation according to schedule and within budget. This phase consists of:

* Issue Purchase Order

  • * Issue Vendor Checks

  • * Track Production Cycle

  • * Quality Control

  1. It is understood that all items specified will be purchased in accordance with this design agreement; by the client, through the contractor, or through North of Boho, South of Chic. If purchasing through North of Boho, South of Chic, a separate Purchasing Agreement will be presented before purchasing begins.

  2. North of Boho, South of Chic will purchase all approved FF&E for the project (unless otherwise specified) as agreed upon in the purchase agreement.

  3. Custom purchases:  Custom items are described as a manufacturer's standard design (including but not limited to size and shape) which can then be adjusted with made-to-order details (including but not limited to finish, fabric, color, size, etc.). All custom orders will require the client’s signed authorization as well as the total price for each item prior to placing the order. The client shall be responsible for the payment of sales tax, packing, shipping, receiving and any related charges on specified purchases of merchandise.

  4. Warranties and guarantees on all goods and services shall be only to the extent of those provided by the manufacturer, vendor or supplier. Not all merchandise has a warranty. Some warranties are offered at a separate and/or additional cost and can vary based on each manufacturer's policy. The client is solely responsible for filing all claims against warranties offered after installation.

  5. North of Boho, South of Chic will not be liable for any damage due to shipping, errors, mistakes or misrepresentations on the part of the vendor.

  6. Designer shall not be held liable for purchases made prior to physical inspection/measurements are taken at the project site as actual measurements.

  7. Client understands and agrees that the designer/North of Boho, South of Chic can not guarantee the outcome of any insurance claim for damaged items.

  8. All Sales are Final. No Returns or Exchanges are permitted after the purchasing agreement has been signed by the client.

  9. Client understands and agrees that Designer cannot guarantee the availability and the prices of any items in the Purchase Proposal be still obtainable at the time of Client’s written approval of the Purchase Proposal. If any item becomes unavailable, Designer will propose an alternative item that is compatible in design and pricing for Client’s review and approval.

  10. Cancellation of items in progress (if possible) may incur charges according to manufacturer's’ specifications. There will be an additional 10% charge levied by the Designer for paperwork, and follow-up on cancelled items.

 

Phase seven- Construction Administration

  • Site Visits

  • Respond to RFI’s (Request for Information)

  • Finish Approval (by Contractor, for Designer Review)

  • Shop Drawing Approval (by Contractor, for Designer Review)

  • Present Material Reselection (as Needed)

  • Revisions to Construction Documents as needed

  • Communication/Correspondence with other professionals on the project

Phase Eight- Installation

A. Designer shall coordinate the deliveries of the materials for the Interior Installation and the Merchandises including but not limited to shipping, handling, storage, insurance, and installation delivery coordination of third parties. Estimates for these services will be provided to the client prior to install, after all purchases have been made and delivery schedules can be established.

B. Designer may request Client or Client’s Representative to review and approve setup of the partial Interior Installations or Merchandise during the Project. Client agrees that Client or Client’s representative shall cooperate with Designer’s request in a timely manner. Without such review and approval by Client or Client’s representative, the Designer may suspend further services at Designer’s sole discretion.

C. The Designer shall oversee the installation of the Interior materials, furniture, fixtures and equipment by third party service providers at the Project Site. However, Designer has no obligation to remain or supervise any third party activities at the premises. Designer will not be held responsible for the means, methods or procedures of construction, fabrication, delivery, installation, or safety precautions in connection with the third party or their affiliates.

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How to make your Overnight Guests feel at Home

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You always want your home to look beautiful, and inviting, but especially when guest are staying over. Here are a few helpful hints to remember when preparing for guests:

  • Have a light on the nightstand next to the bed for those people who may be “night owls” or perhaps may need to get up during the night.

  • Lots of pillows and bedding (think 2 pillows per person and a flat sheet with a comforter/duvet and a throw blanket) 

  • Bathroom Needs- Make sure whatever bathroom your guests are using is well stocked with toiletries and easy for them to use and replace if needed. It’s also nice to have extra toothbrushes, hair ties, toothpaste, etc. for guests who might have forgotten these items. Also, be sure to have plenty of towels and washcloths.  

  • Provide a place for guests to unpack. Having an empty dresser is nice, but if that’s not possible or not something you want to encourage with your guests, be sure to leave some empty floor space or a resting place for your guests to easily open their luggage.

  • Provide privacy. This means doors, window treatments, etc. to help make the room more private.

  • Temperature controls- whether you provide a fan or heater (depending on where you live), be sure your guests are comfortable.

  • Kitchen utensils- including enough silverware for you and your family, but also enough for your guests too. Nothings worse than running around your kitchen trying to find your guest a clean fork.

  • Do your best to de-clutter the room so your guests feel comfortable moving around the space.  

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Inspirational Space: 1 Hotel


1 Hotel

South Beach, Miami, Florida


1 Hotel in South Beach, Miami, Florida is one of the most beautiful hotel's I have seen. It's got a light, fresh, relaxed atmosphere with the neutral colors and rustic elements.  

The Lobby

The Lobby

The Lobby

The Lobby

The Restaurant

The Restaurant

The Room

The Room

The Room

The Room

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Inspirational Space: ANdAZ Maui


Here is another inspirational space, this time from Wailea Maui, Hawaii! The ANdAZ hotel is a great modern design. It has a refined simple elegance to it with natural elements and neutral colors. 


This entry makes such a statements with these gemoetric beams framing the lobby space. 

This entry makes such a statements with these gemoetric beams framing the lobby space. 

A truly zen lobby space with a sand floor.

A truly zen lobby space with a sand floor.

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And what a beautiful ceiling detail!

And what a beautiful ceiling detail!

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Inspirational Space: Goodland Hotel


Goodland Hotel

Goleta, California


The Goodland Hotel in Goleta, California is one of my favorite Kimpton Hotels. It's got a modern but very relaxed and beach-y vibe. It feels like you were invited to a friends home rather than a hotel with the fun and funky furniture, fabrics, and colors they have chosen to use. Each element was clearly carfully chosen for the space, but they made it look effortless.    

The Lobby

The Lobby

The Bar

The Bar

The Room

The Room

The Patio. 

The Patio. 

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Inspirational Space: Delano Hotel


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Las Vegas, Nevada


One of my favorite hotel lobbies in Las Vegas is the Delano. The Delano has a sort of refined sexiness that seamlessly mixes feminine and masculine elements together. You can tell that each item chosen for this lobby space was carefully considered to keep this design intent clear. If Don Draper (from the TV series Mad Men) were a modern man, he is the kind of man that would stay at the Delano.      

From the minute you step out of your car, the Delano will give you an experience unlike any other hotel in Las Vegas. 

From the minute you step out of your car, the Delano will give you an experience unlike any other hotel in Las Vegas. 

The lobby is lined with structural columns that are hidden behind sheer drapery, making this space feel warm and cozy. These sheer drapes also give the space that little touch of sexiness, reminding you of bed sheets.   

The lobby is lined with structural columns that are hidden behind sheer drapery, making this space feel warm and cozy. These sheer drapes also give the space that little touch of sexiness, reminding you of bed sheets.   

The Franklin Bar in the Delano Lobby is very reminiscent of the 1960's with subtle details in the furniture. The cool colors really make this space feel sexy, but elegant, and simplified in a city where bigger is always better, the Delano takes this notion and flips it on its head in a very refined and subtle space.   

The Franklin Bar in the Delano Lobby is very reminiscent of the 1960's with subtle details in the furniture. The cool colors really make this space feel sexy, but elegant, and simplified in a city where bigger is always better, the Delano takes this notion and flips it on its head in a very refined and subtle space.   

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Inspirational Space: Scorpio Mykonos

Changes are coming! I have been focusing on educating for so long, I thought it was time to switch things up a bit and start sharing projects that I find inspirational. Being an interior designer, you must be creative, and to be creative, you must have inspiration. So for the next several weeks I am going to share spaces that I enjoy and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! 


SCORPIO MYKONOS HOTEL

Kikladhes, Greece 


I love the neutral rustic look of this outdoor dining and lounge space. It feels like a space where you could lounge all day, admiring the beuatiful views. 

I love the neutral rustic look of this outdoor dining and lounge space. It feels like a space where you could lounge all day, admiring the beuatiful views. 

I love everything about this space. The mixture of textures really make this space unique, warm and inviting. The large windows and rustic minimalism of the furniture make you focus more on what is happening in the space rather than the space itself.   

I love everything about this space. The mixture of textures really make this space unique, warm and inviting. The large windows and rustic minimalism of the furniture make you focus more on what is happening in the space rather than the space itself.   

I love the juxtaposition between the cement floors, plaster walls, and unique wood ceiling pattern in this room. And what beautiful doors!  

I love the juxtaposition between the cement floors, plaster walls, and unique wood ceiling pattern in this room. And what beautiful doors!  

I love how this patio space is built into its surroundings. This space doesn't scream "I'm new, look at me!" In fact, it is a very calm and serene space that seems to embrace the natural beauty of the landscape by not calling attention to itself with bright colors or flashy materials.  

I love how this patio space is built into its surroundings. This space doesn't scream "I'm new, look at me!" In fact, it is a very calm and serene space that seems to embrace the natural beauty of the landscape by not calling attention to itself with bright colors or flashy materials.  

These rustic canoes seem to blend in with this lounge space. I love how this place is able to look like it has been here for hundreds of years. This place really is timeless, and has such a unique charm to it, unlike any hotel I've ever seen before.  

These rustic canoes seem to blend in with this lounge space. I love how this place is able to look like it has been here for hundreds of years. This place really is timeless, and has such a unique charm to it, unlike any hotel I've ever seen before.  

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The Best Material For Your Kitchen Countertop

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There are many options when it comes to countertop material options including some of my favorites:

 

  • Granite

  • Marble

  • Travertine

  • Terrazzo

  • Quartzite

  • Limestone

  • Onyx

 

Most countertop materials are made of a natural stone, however there are some Quartz (composite materials) that are made to look like the real stone but hold up to wear and tear much better than a natural stone. For example:

  • ColorQuartz

  • Caesarstone

  • Cambria

  • Silestone

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The Best Dimensions for Your Kitchen

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

Countertops: 36" Height, 25" Depth

Drawers: 4+" Height, 22" Depth

Vanity Base: 32-34.5" Height, 18-21" Depth

Medicine Cabinet: 30" Height, 4" Depth

Lower Cabinets (kitchen): 34.5" Height, 24" Depth

Upper Cabinets: 30-42" Height, 12" Depth

Space Between Countertop and Upper Cabinets: 18"


You may have heard of the “perfect triangle” in a kitchen, where your appliances are located at each point of a triangle within your kitchen. For instance, look at the diagram on the right. Each space should be approximately 4-9 feet.

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Interior Trim Tips from a Professional Interior Designer

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  • The best baseboard size is usually 6” tall, but can range from 4”-8”.

  • Windows that have casing often frame a window nicely, especially if you don’t have window treatments. So if you have the option to trim your windows, I suggest that you do.

  • When picking your door casing I suggest to use the same casing as the window if possible so that you have consistency.

  • Adding crown moulding can make a room feel more elegant, but keep in mind if you are on a budget, it can be very costly.  

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How to Choose the Best Wood Flooring for Your Home

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There are many types of wood flooring options that come in many different sizes, shapes, and variations. Wood is durable, and can help absorb sound.

Hardwood comes in many different types of species, board widths, colors, textures, hardness, finish. Hardwood typically costs $3- $10 a square foot. The following are some of the most common wood floor species:

  • Ash

  • Beech

  • Birch

  • Cherry

  • Maple

  • Walnut

  • Teak

  • Oak

  • Pine

  • Cork

  • Bamboo (is actually a grass, not wood, but is often categorized as wood flooring).


You can paint wood floors using traditional oil-based enamel wood paint, or latex enamel wood paint. Try get a paint that contains polyurethane. This chemical adds strength and is great for slightly humid environments. If you can’t find one, you can always apply a coat of polyurethane afterwards so don’t worry about it. There are four levels of sheen for wood paint and each has a different reflective quality defined by the percentages below. Starting from the shiniest, they are glossy (75%), semi-gloss (55%), satin (40%) and matte (20%).

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The 10 Best Websites to Buy Art

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Some of my favorite places to buy art online are the following:

1. etsy.com. Etsy is one of my favorite websites for art, accessories, and even furniture! Its a great site that puts you in direct contact with small business owners. 

2. art.com has some of the biggest selection of artwork and at good prices. 

3. society6.com. Society 6 is a community of great artists who sell originals and prints, perfect for any home looking for unique pieces! 

4. minted.com is alot like art.com and society6.com where there is an artist community selling a wide variety of work.  

5. 20x200.com which has a wide variety of art at an affordable price.

6. EyesonWalls.com which hosts a great range of limited artworks.  

7. Artfullywalls.com has some great affordable pieces of artwork. 

8. Purephoto.com has some amazing photography. 

9. ugallery.com is great if you are in the market for a custom piece of artwork.

Bonus: One of my personal favorites to shop at is urbanoutfitters.com (and sister company anthropologie.com). Both Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie might be better know for their clothing, but they have developed a really great apartment home section and it has some really great and unique art finds there! As well as some of my favorite artists works. I also love Restoration Hardwares baby & child department for their adorable watercolors and animal artwork for nurseries.  

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The 5 Best Ways to Display Art In Your Home

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Below is a list of the 5 best ways to display art in your home.   

Art Wall Display’s are one of the easiest ways to display multiple artworks together on one wall. I suggest starting an art wall display on your largest wall. This could be in your living room or dining room. You could put it in your bedroom, but usually art walls are meant to be shown and are best in more public spaces. When you start to layout your art wall start with the largest piece that you have and place it in the center around your eye’s view (usually this is about 5’-5” above the floor) and layout your frames so the space between each frame is approximately the same distance. Try to keep the vertical and horizontal edges of these frames lined up as best you can.  

Art Wall Display’s are one of the easiest ways to display multiple artworks together on one wall. I suggest starting an art wall display on your largest wall. This could be in your living room or dining room. You could put it in your bedroom, but usually art walls are meant to be shown and are best in more public spaces.

When you start to layout your art wall start with the largest piece that you have and place it in the center around your eye’s view (usually this is about 5’-5” above the floor) and layout your frames so the space between each frame is approximately the same distance.

Try to keep the vertical and horizontal edges of these frames lined up as best you can.  

Displaying three large photos together, called a triptych, is a great way to create rhythm and repetition. It also can create a great focal point. This display often looks great above a sofa or bed, or even in a hallway or entry way.     Sometimes these three images are different images that relate to one another, or sometimes these three images are three sections of one larger image.

Displaying three large photos together, called a triptych, is a great way to create rhythm and repetition. It also can create a great focal point.

This display often looks great above a sofa or bed, or even in a hallway or entry way.    

Sometimes these three images are different images that relate to one another, or sometimes these three images are three sections of one larger image.

Art Wall Display’s are often used with staircases one of the easiest ways to display multiple artworks together on one wall. When you start to layout your art wall start with the largest piece that you have and place it in the center of your staircase (stand on this middle stair and place the artwork at eye sight on the wall) and continue to layout your frames as you walk up your stairs. Try to allow for equal space between each frame. Try to keep the vertical edges of these frames lined up as best you can.    

Art Wall Display’s are often used with staircases one of the easiest ways to display multiple artworks together on one wall.

When you start to layout your art wall start with the largest piece that you have and place it in the center of your staircase (stand on this middle stair and place the artwork at eye sight on the wall) and continue to layout your frames as you walk up your stairs.

Try to allow for equal space between each frame.

Try to keep the vertical edges of these frames lined up as best you can.    

Floating art shelves are also a great way to display multiple pieces of art together, This is one of my favorite displays since you can change out the art easily depending on the season. I suggest displaying 5 frames per shelf varying in size for the best balance. Your shelves also don’t have to be stacked, they could be offset, but make sure your shelves overlap by at least one third.  

Floating art shelves are also a great way to display multiple pieces of art together, This is one of my favorite displays since you can change out the art easily depending on the season. I suggest displaying 5 frames per shelf varying in size for the best balance.

Your shelves also don’t have to be stacked, they could be offset, but make sure your shelves overlap by at least one third.  

Displaying six art pieces of the same size on one wall is also a great way to cover a hall or an entry, or even behind a large sofa. These pictures could all be different, or perhaps they are all the same subject, color, medium, etc. this will create repetition and balance. I suggest that you purchase all the same picture frames from one location and if the frame comes with a matte as well, decide if you will use it.    

Displaying six art pieces of the same size on one wall is also a great way to cover a hall or an entry, or even behind a large sofa. These pictures could all be different, or perhaps they are all the same subject, color, medium, etc. this will create repetition and balance.

I suggest that you purchase all the same picture frames from one location and if the frame comes with a matte as well, decide if you will use it.    

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The Best Size Pillows for Your Home

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The best pillow arrangement for your Livingroom sofa will all depend on how large your sofa is.

If you have a settee try an 18x18 and a 12x20 pillow at one end of the sofa.

If you have a sectional try three pillows at the corner unit in a range of sizes: 22"x22", 20"x20", and 18"x18". At each end of the section try one 22"x22" and one 20"x20".

If you have a sofa try one 22"x22" and one 20"x20" at each end of your sofa.

If you have a club chair, try a 12"x20" lumbar pillow.    

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The Two Types of Shower Systems To Consider in Your Bathroom

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There are two types of Shower systems: Electric and Thermostatic Mixers.

Electric Showers take water from the main cold water line and heats the water. This option is best for households with families or where there is a limited hot water supply.

Thermostatic Mixer Showers require no pump and have a faster flow of water and provides the safest shower system.

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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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