Stopping the Snowball

Depending on your wants and needs for the remodel are, it may be possible to design the space in phases. We usually see this done when people are wanting to change the style of more than one room or even an entire home, and there are simple ways to break down where to spend the money and when. The first and foremost, sadly, is going to be the structural stuff - you want to make sure you live in a safe and healthy house.

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Pattern: The Fiber of our Lives

 

It is under our feet.  It is on our walls.  It sits on our shelves and dresses our furnishings.  The influence of world culture in home design is inarguable and nothing new.  For centuries, countries have had incorporated design of foreign lands into their interiors as a display of wealth and well-breeding. European palaces draped in silks from the Far East and hand made Persian rugs were a calling card of culture and refinement of the upper class. While I believe that rugs and fabrics, rare stones and furs from exotic places were strong status symbols in society, I also believe that these same people equally coveted the beauty in them and the beauty in the design of such articles.

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Where to Put the T.V. - The Final Answer

Congratulations on your new home! The one with the TV connections above the beautiful fireplace where you can see it from every corner in the great room. Awesome! And you braved all the long Christmas shopper lines at the super electronics store to finally upgrade your TV to the latest and greatest high definition, huge, flat screen TV. How neat!

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SEVEN Trends that should finally Go Away

I do get the thinking behind having a large screen sitting just above your fireplace.  The logic being that it is nice to sit in front of a fire and watch your favorite TV series, movie or football game.  Believe me though, nothing, absolutely nothing, serves as a permanent conversation stopper than this. That apart you will probably develop neck pain from sitting and watching a screen that is too high.  TV’s like paintings should be at eye level. And, I read somewhere electronics should not be hung, near smoke. 
 

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What's the Difference Between an Interior Designer and an Interior Decorator?

(Seattle Interior Designer/Seattle Interior Designer: Part 1 of our 2 part perspective)
It seems that people tend to use these words interchangeably, but let’s entirely dismiss the myth that these two are the same thing. I can’t tell you how much it makes my blood boil when someone calls me a “Decorator” when I have spent most of my life studying and training to be a Designer, but I digress. So, in the interest of my own personal health being spared, please allow me to show you the differences between the two.

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WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN INTERIOR DESIGNER AND AN INTERIOR DECORATOR?

(Seattle Interior Designer/Seattle Interior Designer: Part 1 of our 2 part perspective)

Like most of you, for years I have loved decorating and redecorating my home.  I would switch furniture around and sometimes completely out, I would switch out throw cushions and/or sometimes just the covers, move around pieces of ornament and shift standing and table lights… and thereby, create a whole new space.  It is great.  I loved the nearly new look each time, making it an infectious past time.  It also works great in terms of “spring cleaning” because some of those little corners your broom or vacuum will not reach gets a thorough dusting, each time you swing furniture around.

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How to Make Your House Instagram Worthy

It's no mystery that social media platforms like Instagram and Pinterest have generated a unique blogging experience centered around pretty pictures and cute puppies. They have centered the blogging experience to be so much more visually focused, capturing memories with mere snapshots and DIY projects lined with step by step pictures. And I can't tell you how many times I've had clients approach me and show me their Instagram likes or their Pinterest boards. It's clear these mediums have helped us (home owners and designers alike) find creative solutions and inspiration for some of our home nightmares. But the question remains - how can you make your house something people will drool over?!

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Seattle Kitchen Renovation – The first $30,000

It’s just about time for you to take on a Kitchen Renovation, but you want to stick to a strict budget. Maybe it feels like it’s not enough to get the kitchen of your dreams, but let’s face it, it’s not the end of the world if you know where to put your money. For argument’s sake, in this article, we’ll be sticking with where should the first $30,000 of your kitchen renovation budget go, and where is it going to affect you the most.


 

Not to shatter any dreams here, but most kitchens these days are going to cost us more than $30K for a semi-custom to custom look. You could potentially get away with a cheaper kitchen if you stick to pre-made box cabinets, cheaper appliances, and a cheaper countertop material. But even then, you’re choosing to sacrifice quality for a better price point. If this isn’t your dream home, then maybe this is the route for you; however, if this is your forever home (and let’s face it, many Seattle kitchen remodel projects are for the long-term), I’d highly recommend that you put your design budget toward a quality kitchen that won’t need to be replaced after 5-10 years, one that can stand the test of time and add more value to your home. Let me show you where to put your money!

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Confronting a Major Renovation

Seattle interior design and remodeling - facing your kitchen and bath remodel

 

You have just visited a friends home for dinner in Ballard that you haven't seen for sometime and they were anxious to show you their new kitchen remodel or maybe a master bath. You get home look around at your dated kitchen after seeing such marvels as a recycle station, pull out pantries, an integral refrigerator or a speed oven in and think, it's time for a new kitchen. Or maybe you envied their rain shower and separate soaking tub. But where do you start.

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