Feature Wall Design Ideas – When and how to do a feature wall

Feature Wall Design Ideas – When and how to do a feature wall

Feature wall design ideas are a great way to create a focal point, highlight a feature, or define an area of a room (like a dining area) in an open plan. But when and how should you create a feature wall, and when is it NOT a good idea to break up the space with a different color or style? And, what else besides paint makes a good feature wall? Read on…   When and why to use feature wall design ideas: Accent or feature walls work well when there’s an actual reason for highlighting that area. If you’re going to be drawing attention you may want to use it as a beautiful backdrop for special piece of artwork, highlight a piece of furniture, or define the space by how it is used. So, feature walls can do a great job of: Defining an area within a room that serves a particular function, like a play area, a dining area, or a living area. Creating a focal point with wallpaper, artwork on a beautifully colored wall, or a wall in back of a sofa. Highlighting a feature, like a fireplace. All of the above as long as there are clear starting and stopping points and no weird shapes created due to ceiling drops or other elements. When NOT to use feature wall design ideas: Painting various walls different colors will break up the unity of the space. I don’t suggest doing a feature wall if: You have a small room – it will make it feel smaller. There are lots of ‘ins and outs’ to your walls and you...
Pinter-inspiration vs. Perspiration – How to get your home interior design ideas from  your board into your room

Pinter-inspiration vs. Perspiration – How to get your home interior design ideas from your board into your room

You know I LOVE Pinterest, right? As a designer, I use it all the time and it’s a fantastic tool (along with Houzz) for getting home interior design ideas and inspiration, and sometimes finding a perfect piece of furniture. But…have you ever clicked on a link for something you were interested in on Pinterest and the link didn’t go to the place where you could buy it? Maybe it went to the right website, but the piece was no longer available, or maybe it took you to an Italian website, or a blog, or somewhere else completely. That’s where it can be a bit frustrating. You find home interior design ideas you love, but then you can’t SOURCE them so you can’t actually use them in your room makeover or renovation. I recently sent a board to some clients with several ideas for bathrooms on it (it’s below). Now, the difference between this board and what you see sometimes on Pinterest, is that ALL these items can be sourced. Right now. Today. In the United States. They are not just home interior design ideas that I liked the look of – they are items that can be ordered, purchased and installed.     Here is how to put together this kind of board once you’ve found what you like on Pinterest. I call it creating a ‘real-life’ board. Rather than using Pinterest, I suggest using Word, Power Point, Google Slides, Pages, or any program you feel comfortable with. For everything you found that is accessible and can be purchased put it on your board. Did you lose a few things that you really liked? Here is...
Spring Cleaning – The best ways to sell or donate furniture NYC style

Spring Cleaning – The best ways to sell or donate furniture NYC style

  It’s that time of year again – Spring Cleaning! Let’s say you did the hard work already and you decided what stays and what goes, you disposed of what can’t be salvaged, and now it’s time to sell or donate what’s left. Did you say you already did the hard work? Surprise! Now you are finding it’s not so easy to even GIVE things away in Brooklyn or NYC (the same may be true where you live). The good news is thanks to new apps and sites that operate locally, you have some alternatives to Craigslist. Note that local selling apps are not available in all areas, so check to see which of these will work for you.   These first few are specifically geared toward furniture and décor: 1. Krrb I’ve used this one and – full disclosure – am an occasional guest contributor on their blog Pros: They have a good search engine and focus on home furnishings; there’s a wide user base with lots of listings in Brooklyn. Cons: Their fee structure can be a bit hard to follow. They include ‘corner shops’ from actual retailers who promote and thus receive favorable positioning in the listing areas, so you are not always looking at ‘your neighbors’ stuff’. 2. Aptdeco Pros: The purchase is made online and they will arrange delivery for a fee with a 3rd party delivery service.  They specialize in furniture and decor, so you may be more likely to attract a buyer. Best for high ticket items because of the commission and delivery fees. Cons: They take a 19% commission on the sale, and you have to pay for...
Thinking about Renovating this Summer? Sanity-Saving Tips from a Home Designer

Thinking about Renovating this Summer? Sanity-Saving Tips from a Home Designer

    Are you thinking about renovating this summer? You’re not the only one…so the time to start is now. A lot of contractors have already started booking up their summer, so to make sure you can get on the roster you should get your design ideas in order and start reaching out to find the right person. What You Need to Know about Renovating Before You Find a Contractor Before you speak to a contractor, it’s best to have a scope of work organized and on paper. Here are a few things to keep in mind: If you have work needing to be done scattered throughout the house, organize those items by trade. For example, change light fixtures in two bedrooms, install a dimmer in kitchen, and add an outlet in your living room would go under the electrician Remember, it’s more economical to take care of as much as you can at one time, rather than break the project up to be done at different times. Just loading in tools and supplies (not to mention you clearing out all your stuff) is a big part of the job. If you are planning a kitchen, bath or making other types of upgrades be prepared with key questions during your first meeting. Take a look at the list below to help you know what to ask! What You Need to Know About Renovating Kitchens Redesigning your kitchen can be overwhelming. If you’re not sure what you’d like to do or need help narrowing down your choices consider the following options: Set up an appointment with a kitchen design center (just keep in mind that their...
Entryway Design Ideas – Finding Solutions for all that Clutter

Entryway Design Ideas – Finding Solutions for all that Clutter

I’ve been struggling with pulling together my entry for a while now. Well, maybe struggling is not the right word –  I actually bought hooks but didn’t put them up, and I designed a bench but just haven’t gotten around to building it yet – a classic case of the cobbler’s kids having no shoes. And speaking of shoes, if you take off shoes at the door ((yes I’m talking about you all of Brooklyn) the messiness just escalates. Here are some entryway design ideas that might work for you. If you do a search for ‘shoe storage’, or ‘shoe bench’, the results are pretty limited and not particularly attractive. To find something a bit more interesting, you have to expand your search to other items. For closed cabinets that do the best job of hiding things, looking for ‘media consoles’, ‘sideboards’, or ‘buffets’ can do the trick nicely and actually add a design element instead of a compromise. After years of using an Eames Hang It All hooks ) I noticed that things tended to pile on top of each other. So, in my own entryway I opted for the hooks below: The hooks slide to accommodate different sized pieces and have a ‘double hook’ (top and bottom) which helps a lot. These ceramic cleats come in beautiful colors and look fantastic – saving this one for my future beach house.   I love the small key shelf above this well-designed rack by Scout Regalia. These look like a wall sculpture when they are not being used! And this one has an industrial look that seems like it should cost a lot...
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