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You Can Have Whatever You Want…!

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Art and Accessories, Color, Furnishings, Recent, Space |

There’s a commercial on TV these days, for the VistaPrint Company.  This company helps people without graphic design or marketing experience create business cards and other advertising materials for their own companies.  One of the “actual users” in the commercial praises VistaPrint for being able to provide him with “anything he wants,” relative to his business materials. This commercial and others like it seem disingenuous to me.  They tout being able to...

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Paint Issues

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Color, Recent |

“Pretty Color” Syndrome •    You may look at a paint chip and think the color is pretty. •    It may be pretty, but does it work with what’s in your room? •    “Prettiness” really doesn’t matter! •    Coordination with contents of room (and adjacent rooms) matters. •    Some rooms are painted with colors that are downright UGLY by themselves, but are perfect with the other things in the room. SELECT PAINT COLOR LAST!!! •    Paint color selection is INFINITE! •    Everything else that goes in a...

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Furniture Planning

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Furnishings, Recent |

Sofa/Loveseat/Chair-with-Ottoman:  BORING!  IMPRACTICAL! •    Retailers sell that combo because it’s EASY. •    Few rooms can handle that combination comfortably. •    Few families NEED those pieces in that combination! •    Review how room will be used (and by how many) to determine which upholstered pieces are needed. DON’T ‘MATCH’—COORDINATE!!!  MIXING PATTERNS IS OK!!! •    Same fabric on all upholstered pieces is BORING. •    Mix patterns and scales of fabric. •    As long as colors...

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Same Foyer Different Styles

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Before and After, Recent |

Same Foyer Different Styles

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Custom Furniture

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Furnishings, Recent |

All kinds of furniture can be custom-designed. From beds, to case pieces (dressers, nightstands, hutches, bookcases), to seating (sofas, chairs, ottomans), any product can be designed to meet your particular needs and wants. Here are two examples: John & Mary Smith* had a sleigh bed in their Master Bedroom. They wanted nightstands to coordinate with it. Mary searched unsuccessfully for 10 years, looking for just the right pieces. She tried furniture retailers all over Chicagoland, but...

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