Tips from an Interior Designer

Five Ways To Make Your Nursery Comfortable For Your New Baby

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Five Ways To Make Your Nursery Comfortable For Your New Baby

Are you expecting your first baby? Setting up a nursery is one of the most important things you will do as you wait for your baby’s arrival. Here are five things you will want to do to make that nursery as comfortable as possible for your new child.  1. Choose your window treatment wisely. Babies sleep a lot so you want something that will block the light, but not make it too dark. You want your infant to still know that it is daytime or it will be harder for them to get their sleep schedules right. Plantation shutters are a great choice for a nursery because they: block heat and cold, keeping the room the perfect temperature open and close easily are safer than traditional blinds since they don’t have dangerous strings hanging  block the perfect amount of light You can choose half shutters, as well, if you want to hang a cute valence up top. This will block even more light at the top, while still leaving the bottom easy to open and free of strings.  2. Buy a cool mist humidifier. Hot ones can be dangerous for young children so avoid those. Babies have dry, sensitive skin when they are born (and their lungs are used to being in water), so adding some humidity to a room will help them be more comfortable.  3. Get a white noise machine. Wombs are noisy places and your baby is used to sleeping with a little bit of white noise. It will also block any of the loud noises from the street or inside the house, which can startle your baby. 4. Purchase a small heater. Since it is dangerous for young babies to sleep with blankets (they can wrap around the baby’s face), you will want the nursery to be a little warmer than the rest of the house. Place it up high and remove it once your child is mobile. You can turn it on and warm up the room before the baby goes to bed if you don’t want to leave it running all night. If the room is small, it might get too hot if it runs too many hours. 5. Buy an essential oil diffuser. Babies can’t have cold medicine so when your baby gets sick, you will want to diffuse some essential oils in the air. Peppermint, eucalyptus, lavender, and rosemary are all great oils to diffuse because they will help open your baby’s airways. You can also diffuse Roman chamomile, lavender, orange, and vetiver to help your baby...

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Remodeling Your Bathroom On A Tight Budget: Tips For Homeowners

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Remodeling Your Bathroom On A Tight Budget: Tips For Homeowners

An outdated bathroom can greatly detract from your home’s resale value. Not to mention, how are you supposed to enjoy the spa-like retreat you deserve in an old, outdated bathroom space? Of course, you might be understandably wary about the idea of updating your bathroom, as a full remodel can be quite pricey. Still, there are some simple projects you can take on in the meantime to update your bathroom on a very small budget. Update Your Existing Vanity Replacing your existing vanity with a brand new one can be very expensive, especially when it comes to having it installed, as this requires plumbing work that you may not be able to do on your own. However, you don’t need to completely replace your bathroom vanity to update the space. Consider taking simple steps, such as re-painting or staining the vanity cabinets and installing new vanity hardware. You may also consider updating the faucet to something a little more modern, such as a brushed nickel or stainless steel faucet. All of this can be done at a fraction of the cost of replacing the entire vanity. Refinish Your Shower or Tub Tired of that outdated shower or tub? Think your only option is to completely replace it? Think again. For a small price, most tubs and showers can be easily resurfaced or retrofitted to create the appearance of a new fixture. This is a great option for getting rid of unsightly colored tubs or shower enclosures that may have been popular a few decades ago, but have no place in a modern, updated home. Research shower and tub resurfacing/refinishing experts in your area to have this done correctly and for a fair price. Re-Paint (Or Use Wallpaper) You’d be amazed at just how much of a difference a fresh coat of paint can make in your bathroom space. Create the illusion of more space in a smaller bathroom with a lighter color, but feel free to go bold with an accent wall that incorporates darker colors or even a patterned wallpaper. Just be sure to set aside a fair amount of time for your painting project; even though bathrooms tend to be smaller spaces, they can still take awhile to paint because you’ll have to work carefully around shower enclosures, tubs, tile, sinks, and plumbing fixtures. Having plenty of painter’s tape on hand here will be a lifesaver for a painting project. You don’t need to do a full-scale remodeling project to update your bathroom. Try these simple bathroom remodeling ideas...

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To Frame Or Not To Frame? Display Options For Canvas Paintings

Posted by on Apr 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Canvas paintings don’t have to be framed to be hung on the wall. As long as a painting has finished sides (the industry term indicating the sides have been painted), you can get away with leaving a canvas painting unframed. To a certain extent, the decision to frame a painting is a matter of preference. Some people prefer their paintings to be framed, others can happily do without. However, there are some circumstances wherein framing a canvas painting is a matter of decorum. This is the art world equivalent of knowing when not to wear white after Labor Day. Since framing is an important decorating decision, it’s helpful to know when a painting should be framed and when you can leave the frame off.  When to Frame Frames have an air of professionalism and formality that transfers to the painting itself. By framing the painting, you indicate that the painting is important, expensive, of good quality or just plain worth looking at. That in mind, framing your paintings is a good idea under these circumstances: You’re hanging it in your office. Unframed paintings have a cavalier quality, like something that would hang in an artist’s studio or a converted warehouse apartment. For formal spaces like offices and waiting rooms, frame the painting to match the space where it’s hanging.  It’s a gift. If you’re giving a painting to someone as a gift, framing it will complete the package, and prevent the person receiving the gift from having to spend the money framing it themselves.  You’re going to enter it into a show. If you made the painting and you’re entering it into an art show, framing it will help it stand apart from the other pieces in the show.  It’s been painted on thin canvas stretchers. A painting with a thin profile can look cheap and of poor quality. To fix this problem, frame the painting with a thick, weighty frame that helps it stand out from the wall.  When to Leave a Frame Off There are times when you can leave a painting unframed. It’s okay to leave a painting unframed if it’s hanging in a personal, intimate space, like a bedroom or a family room. You might also leave the frame off the painting if you’ll be hanging it in a space that has an informal quality, like a classroom. If you’re not sure whether or not your painting can benefit from being framed, seek expert advice from a framing professional at a company like Washington Framers’...

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Three Ways To Be Eco-Friendly When You’re Planning A Flooring Project

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Ways To Be Eco-Friendly When You’re Planning A Flooring Project

Are you striving to be eco-friendly and hoping to put in new flooring? If so, you’ll be happy to know that there are three ways to do it that won’t hurt the planet, but will make your home look amazing. This guide will explain these three options and how you can implement them in your flooring project. Sustainable Sustainability is the idea of using something new, like parts of a tree, but quickly replacing it so the earth isn’t harmed. Many sustainable plants exist that take very little time to grow, so they’re a good option if you want to use a new material. Bamboo is one material that’s highly sustainable, because it grows extremely fast. Some species of bamboo can actually grow up to 35 inches within just 24 hours! By choosing flooring made out of bamboo, you’ll know that for each bamboo plant that was used to create your floors, another new shoot was put in its place. By the time your floor is installed, that shoot may be fully grown. Bamboo is also sturdy, yet flexible, so it may be less susceptible to warping than some other materials, especially when exposed to moisture. Recycle If you’ve heard the term reclaimed before but don’t know what it means, it’s basically another term for recycling. Reclaimed materials are taken from old homes, businesses, and construction projects and reused. Sometimes these materials require re-processing in order to create a new shape or size, but oftentimes they’re ready to go as-is.  Reclaimed materials are especially cool because you can use materials that would otherwise not be eco-friendly. For example, redwood flooring isn’t a great eco-friendly material because redwood trees take hundreds or even thousands of years to reach their towering heights. By using reclaimed redwood, however, you’re preventing the material from ending up in a landfill, and you can have all the beauty of redwood without sacrificing a new tree. Waste Not The best way to be eco-friendly while putting in new flooring is to not use or waste a thing in the first place. While reclaimed and sustainable materials are cool, waste-free materials prevent the death of a plant completely, and use parts that otherwise would be thrown away. Cork is a waste-free material that can be turned into beautiful flooring. Unlike bamboo and other types of plants, cork trees actually don’t require the tree to be cut down to harvest the cork. The tree can keep growing after the cork is harvested, and eventually what was taken will grow back. No harm done! Another material you might not expect to be waste-free is linoleum. Linoleum is often made of bits and pieces of other construction projects that would otherwise be wasted, like cork dust, tree resin, oils, and ground stone and wood. There are lots of options available to the eco-minded homeowner who wants to put in a beautiful floor without hurting the planet. With these three ideas, you can have minimal to no negative impact on the ecosystem and feel good about your home. Check out a flooring service at a site like to learn about their environmentally friendly...

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