Furnishings

What works best for you may not be how the furniture is “packaged” at the store. Many furniture stores want to sell you groupings that make it easy for them to sell, but may not be the pieces you need, or that will fit in your room. Contents and layout are particular to each family. There is no “one size fits all” in Interior Design!

Take The Guesswork Out Of Choosing Paint Colors

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Color, Furnishings | Comments Off

Take The Guesswork Out Of Choosing Paint Colors

When working with a design client, one of the first questions they ask is related to paint color or wall-coverings. With an empty room to decorate, one thinks selecting the wall color is the first thing you should do. Actually, it is the LAST! And here is why: Paint is infinite. It can be mixed in an endless number of colors. Fabric, on the other hand, is relatively limited. Therefore, it is much easier to coordinate paint to the furnishings in the room, than the furnishings to the paint. After purchasing your furniture and waiting for it to...

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Good Design Takes TIME!

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

Good Design Takes TIME!

It’s Summertime—Is Your Home Ready for Thanksgiving? Yes, that sounds like a strange question.  The kids just got out of school, there are vacations to take and barbecues to attend.  Probably the last things you want to think about are the winter holidays.  And, if your home is already furnished and decorated the way you want it to be for indoor entertaining, then you don’t have to think about them now. However, if you are dissatisfied with the way your home looks and/or functions, and would like to freshen or redo or update it for the...

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Treat Yourself to Quality Interior Design

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

Treat Yourself to Quality Interior Design

Here’s how it works: I interview you in your home.  The questions I ask will help me figure out what your wants and/or needs are for the project at hand.  We tour the space in question and discuss possibilities.  We discuss the order in which different elements of the project might be completed.  We discuss whether you can fund the entire project at once or in stages. Interior Inspiration is an independent design firm.  I have no obligations to particular products or brands; no minimum amount I have to spend with a vendor to maintain my...

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You Can Have Whatever You Want…!

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

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 “get whatever you want” as a great benefit....

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Custom Furniture

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Furnishings | Comments Off

Custom Furniture

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 couldn’t find what she was looking for. Her...

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Furniture Planning

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

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 coordinate with each other, mixing is GREAT. •  ...

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Cabinet Hardware Makes a Difference

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Art and Accessories, Furnishings | Comments Off

Cabinet Hardware Makes a Difference

Cabinet Hardware can make such a difference! About 15 years ago, when I was in my “Country/Traditional” mode, I purchased a used breakfront/hutch from a friend-of-a-friend who was moving to California and wanted to change her style.  It’s solid Oak, and fit what was my taste at the time. Now I’m redoing my Dining Room (finally!).  My taste has changed a LOT over the years.  I’m much more contemporary now.  However, the breakfront is in great shape, and I really can’t afford to replace it.  What’s a girl to do? I changed the hardware!  The...

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Design Trends

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Color, Furnishings, Space | Comments Off

I get asked about design trends fairly regularly.  People seem curious about them, and there are color trend seminars every year (often sponsored by paint companies). Personally, I don’t pay much attention to the trends.  Unless you have a completely empty house to fill, you probably shouldn’t either (unless it’s just intellectual curiosity, which I’d NEVER want to stifle!)  Chances are that even if you want to do some design work in your home (with or without the assistance of an interior designer) you will be using one, some or many pieces...

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Furniture Combinations

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Furnishings | Comments Off

Many retail furniture stores want to sell you a sofa, loveseat, and chair-with-ottoman all upholstered in the same fabric.  It’s easier for them, less expensive, and the consumer doesn’t have to think about it.  Sounds like a win-win, right?  WRONG!!! There are so many places this concept can go astray, but let’s discuss a few: 1)    The furniture may be too big for the room; 2)    The pieces may not fit in the room in a visually pleasing grouping; 3)    The furniture may not fit in the door! 4)    The customer’s needs may not be met by that...

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Custom Furniture

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

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 couldn’t find what she was looking for. Her...

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