Tag: remodeling

Designer? Nope. I Can Do It!

Designer?  Nope.  I Can Do It!
Why You Don’t Need a Professional Interior Designer: 1. You already know what you like! OK, but if you go and shop for what you already like, you are likely to miss a lot of what a Professional Designer can show you. REAL Designers have access to “trade only” sources that will be more “forward”.... Read more »

On Planning a Summer Project

On Planning a Summer Project
Summer seems to be a time that many of us (me too) decide to Get Something Done.  If course, I say this at other times during the year, but summer projects seem less stressful because we are outside so much more and don’t have to live within the upheaval (if there is any) indoors. This... Read more »

Designer Tips for FREE!!

Designer Tips for FREE!!
Before my list:  There are so many options and so many details and so many sources that I know of and have access to that you probably don’t know, but that’s why I have a job.  Remember that mistakes can be costly, so be fair to yourself and don’t go too far out. Here are some... Read more »
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Choosing Design/Construction Project Professionals

Choosing Design/Construction Project Professionals
This entry is at the behest of my co-workers, those professionals and contractors that I work with day.  It’s always in my mind and, yes, this is not the first time  in my blogging life that I have chosen this specific topic. When you decide to embark on a design/construction project, you have the ability to... Read more »

A Design Project: Where & How to Start

A Design Project:  Where & How to Start
WHAT OK!  You’ve pretty much decided that you need to fix up your house, or redecorate or repaint, but think that perhaps you can’t properly do this alone.  WHAT now? Get referrals – hopefully based on experience.  If you are looking for a single product type (shades or some other non-drapery window covering) or a couple... Read more »

Happy New Paint Colors for 2016!

 Happy New Paint Colors for 2016!
No, they’re not really new! Pantone has declared 2 pastel colors as their Colors of the Year.  Pantone has influence on advertising, the garment industry, furnishings and, also paint collections.  But, for the past couple of years, Benjamin-Moore, the paint giant, has named their own colors – unrelated to Pantone.  And, this year, Sherwin-Williams, another... Read more »
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DIY: Questions to Ask -- Yourself

DIY:  Questions to Ask -- Yourself
What?  You’re going to save money by doing it yourself?  All those professional Designer ideas and specialized resources aren’t really very important and you can get better prices on your own.  NOT.  Can you find good prices on your own?  Certainly.  If budget is the only or markedly major concern you have for remodeling, completing... Read more »

Interior Design and $$ in 2015

Interior Design and $$ in 2015
The cost of an Interior Designer is the #1 topic my readers search.  Here’s the 2015 version which has taken a while to put together.  The industry has changed a LOT since I started blogging 5 years ago, and I want to be informed as well as helpful! If you are considering working with any... Read more »

2015 Colors of the Year -- Yes, Again!

2015 Colors of the Year -- Yes, Again!
The Color of the Year for 2015 is, apparently, an array of choices depending on whose lead you choose to follow!  Since I have been blogging, I have written about Pantone’s choices (not predictions, they’re chosen by Pantone).  And, though 2015 is less than a month away, Pantone hasn’t presented or announced anything, yet. Paint... Read more »
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Your Own Project: Get It Started!

Your Own Project:  Get It Started!
At some time, everyone needs to redo.  You can call it “refresh”, “modernize”, but it’s actually more like “maintain”.  A project to maintain the quality of the appearance of your home can be intimidating…or maybe Not. First, make an assessment of what you WANT to do.  I specifically said “want” previously because that might be... Read more »