Thursday, October 31, 2019

The many uses of wallpaper!

The many uses of wallpaper!!




There are many uses for wallpaper besides putting it on the walls. Lets' expand our design palette to find other purposes for wallpaper. What do you do with leftover wallpaper? I'm always on the lookout for ideas. This one is a great and inexpensive idea. Keep in mind you can buy discounted wallpaper from any big box retailer as well.

1. Creative bookcase. Use it for lining a cabinet or hutch. It gives it a unique look and piazza without spending a lot.

2. Frame it. Love the wallpaper so much? Then frame it. You can create your art using wallpaper. Super easy to do.

3. Transform furniture. You can easily use it as a table topper.



4. Create a custom wainscot. Find a wallpaper you like, then coordinate the paint color. This will give you a very high-end look.


How about lining drawers? Wallpapering your cardboard boxes? Dressing up your clothes closet? The possibilities are endless. Just a little imagination, and who knows how far you can use wallpaper!!
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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Rules of Placement

Rules of Placements


Have you ever wanted to know the designers' secrets rules of placements? Ever wonder, "What is the correct placement of this______?" You can fill in the blanks with any scenario. It helps to know the guidelines. As a designer, there have been many times I have walked in a homeowner's home and notice the placement is wrong. Here are some guidelines to help you figure out the arrangements,


1. The perfect viewing height for art placements is 60" above the floor to the center of the art.

2. The perfect amount of space between wall art/mirror and top of the mantle is 7 inches.


3. The ideal height to hang your flat-screen TV is eye level when you're in viewing position. The perfect viewing position distance is 1 1/2 times the size of your flat-screen TV.


4. A bed should be 23" off the floor no higher.


5. A bench at the foot of the bed should be no less than 2" shorter than the mattress width.

6. Keep a minimum of 15" between the coffee table and sofa.

7. Don't use end tables lower than 30". The lamps will be positioned much better, and the proportion is better.


8. There should be a minimum of 36" of space around your dining table to allow better flow and use.

9. Light switches should be 36" above the floor and 1 1/2 to 2 " off the side. This way, they are out of the way of your door casing.


10. The optimal height for your coffee table is 18" to 20."


These are just guidelines. As you may know, many of them have been broken like the art over the mantle. Now they lean the artwork right on the mantle. And the bench at the foot of the bed, I have seen two ottomans that work nicely.

The rules are there to guide you. Some may be broken, others like the light switch placement, and dining room table placement is good to know. Use your eyes as your best source of judgment. 

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

N-Hance, Revolutionary wood renewal. You Decide!

N-Hance, Revolutionary Wood Renewal. You Decide!!




N-Hance is a revolutionary wood renewal product that is relatively new to the industry. What is it exactly? According to their advertising, "It renews your wood cabinets and floors without the dust, inconvenience and noxious fumes associated with traditional refinishing methods. In many cases, the process can be completed in just one day!"

As a Home Stager and Designer, I am always looking for options to pass along my clients that are cost-effective and not time-consuming. This could very well be it. Although I have not personally seen it, one of my current clients is in the process of getting it down. I have a strong feeling this will appeal to the general public.


It gives you the options of three solutions:

1. Basic renewal. No change of color. Has minimal wear on wood. Your old, cabinets will look new again.


2. Color Shift. It will slightly warm the tone of the wood., leaving the beauty of the wood grain intact. Great for sun-faded areas. This will take 2-3 days to complete.




3. Color change. This is a more dramatic effect. Usually will go from light to dark, such as oak to cherry. Or change the color completely!!


As you can see from these photos, very impressive. It's an option you can choose, especially if you are selling your home and don't want to invest too much getting it ready!!
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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Why is so difficult to choose paint color?

Why is it so difficult to choose paint colors???




Why is it so difficult to choose a paint colorMore enough then not, I hear my clients say,"I thought this was the perfect color until I saw it on the wall". So many times, the homeowners will choose a color they saw in a magazineThe problem with that, you don't have the same accessories or furniture as the magazine picture. It may not work. Other times they have a color in mind, but they picked the wrong undertone. That is probably the biggest mistake I see.

Here are some guidelines to help your process.

  • Every color has an undertone. Meaning all beiges started as a color, whether it's yellow, red, green, or orange. So pay attention.

Yellow undertones


Green undertones

  • Determine what undertones are in your room like your carpet, flooring, furniture, or accessories.


  • Keep all your neutral the same undertones. By doing this, you are assured of having a successful color palette.

  • Don't forget about lighting. All colors will look different in different lighting situtaions, morning sun, afternoon shade, and evening lighting. So make sure you test the colors in these situations.

  • Use large paint samples. Many companies, like Sherwin Williams, offer 8x11 samples that can be ordered online. This is great because you can truly see the color.




  • NEVER paint the color sample directly on the wall. The existing color will influence the color sample, and you not get an accurate read!!



These guidelines will help you when choosing your color palette . You can also decide to hire a Designer. This small investmentwill assure you that the colors you are choosing are the correct one. You are thereby eliminating any costly mistakes. So well worththe cost. 



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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Top color trend for 2020

Top Color trend 2020


Every year designers, architects, and big manufacturing plant come together to discuss colors trends for the coming year. Next year's color trends will be calm and neutrals for the most part.

Here are some of the trends:

1. French Vanilla. Soft yellow, adds warmth to any space.





2. Green. Mint green, sage green. Green is associated with nature.





3. Hazelnut. This color has a feeling of relaxation. It's ideal for background color.





4. Grey Green. As you can see, green seems to be the star for 2020.






5. Grey. It seems we are not entirely done with grey yet.

6. Red and Purple. These two-color can incite strong feelings.





As you can see, it's much different than last year. See anything you like?? Not sure. Then consider hiring an expert. This you know you're not making a mistake.

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

The Do's and Don't of a good room design

Designing a room can be a daunting task. Many of my clients don't know where to start. There are so many elements that need to be addressed. So I put together a list of what I consider to be necessary. The do's and don't of good design.


Lack of Cohesion:
 This room has way too many colors. It's not pulling the room together. The lack of an area rug gives it the feeling that this room is not anchored.



Overdone symmetry:
 Becomes redundant and uninteresting. You don't need to have two of everything. The only exception may be in the master bedroom.




The color went wrong: Understand the saturation of color. Saturation is the purest form of the color, the highest level. Don't mix cool and warm colors. The cool color will make the warm color seem "dirty" or "murky".



Harmony: The way the rooms flows together. Does it tell a story, or is it fragmented? What story does this room tell? Too much going on!!



Scale: The way things relate to the room. Example - is the lamp too large for the table? Is the table too small for the room? I think it's too large.




Balance: Have you achieved balance? Color? Texture? Metal? Vertically? Horizontally? This room is well-balanced; the color hits all three zones. Metals co-ordinate, and there are different textures displayed in the room.


Proportion: The way things relate to one another. Example - are the accessories the best ratio for the fireplace? How about the centerpiece? All the elements & accessories are the right proportion in this room design.




Style: Does it have flair and have you honored what it is you are trying to achieve? Does it pull al the elements together?  Round lamp, round table. Centerpiece right proportion for the table. Color in all three zones. The room has achieved all the design elements.





Color: Does it hit the three zones? Function Zone 0" - 36". Power Zone 36" - 78". Skyline Zone 78" to the ceiling. Color hits all three zones.

Making sure your space has all the essential elements will help you achieve a good design room. Use these tips as a guideline. And if you need help pulling the room together, consider hiring Abella Home Staging & Redesign. Hiring a professional will save you money in the long room by avoiding costly mistakes!!




Thursday, August 8, 2019

Butcher Block in the kitchen, is it a good idea??


Is a butcher block in the kitchen a good idea? A lot of people would be concerned that wood is high maintenance. Others would argue that wood brings warmth int the kitchen.

They would both be right. Yes, wood indeed does require maintenance, but you can seal it with oils. Just be aware that not all oils are food safe, so make sure you get one.


I'm not a fan of using butcher block on all my kitchen countertops, but I am a fan of using it on an island. That gives you the best of both worlds — the warmth of wood but in a smaller area where it's easier to maintain.



How about using a portion of the countertop as a butcher block? What a great idea.


And you should have no problems. If you do have a stubborn stain that won't come out, you can sand it down, bringing back the beauty of the wood. Use oils like tung oil or raw linseed oil to maintain it; They bring warmth and a rustic element to any kitchen. As far as maintenance goes, you can beautiful details to add to any kitchen butcher blocks are



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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Color has meaning and emotions!

Did you know that color has meaning and emotions? No? Well, they do!! Many companies will spend thousands of dollars on a color specialist to get the right color for their products or office/building. That's how important color is!



thought it would be fun to give you some insight behind each color.
  • Red. An intense color that can pump the adrenaline and increase your appetite. That's traditional red was commonly used in dining rooms. Brick reds are much more classic, warm, and have an earthier feel. Cherry red, think energy and romance! Whichever color red you choose, red commands attention. Did you know that the reason surgeons wear blue scrubs is to give their eyes rest while working on the inside of the human body?!!
     

  • Orange. Enthusiasm, creativity, and warmth! It's also the one color that is most often used in fast food advertising!!


  • Yellow. Sunny, bright, and welcoming. Yellow will lighten your mood and lifts the spirits. Although yellow is a happy color, intense yellow can be difficult on the eyes. It's that very reason that you should avoid using intense yellow in a young child's room. Soft yellow, howeveris easy to live with and can coordinate with every color.


  • Green. Think nature. Can also be restful, balancing, tranquil and invigorating. Most medical facilities will use green to comfort patients. In the entertaining world, many people will wait in a "green" room before a performance. Dark green has a more conservative, traditional feel, while light green has a more natural and soothing earth tone feel to them. Green will work well with almost every color.


  • Blue. Calm, meditative, and clear thinking (surgeon's scrubs). Blue also invokes clarity, honesty, and loyalty. Blue is the color most often used in bedrooms.


  • Purple. Luxury, wealth, romance, royalty, and sophistication. Purple is often associated with being magical and mysterious. Purple was heavily used during the Victorian age due to its quiet elegance and formal look. Lighter purples convey femininity, splendor, and even romance! Light purples are great in children's bedroom!!


  • White. Think purity and freshness.


  • Black. Elegance, power, and strength.


  • Brown. Comfort (earth), stability, and security!



As a designer, I have seen first hand what the wrong color can do to a room! If you choose the wrong color, then everything else that follows, will not work. Color is the building block of good design.  If you're not sure about the color, consider hiring a designer. This way, you're guaranteed your design will work.