Friday, August 24, 2012

How to Create a Luxurious Guest Room

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How to Use Photography in Your Home

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   Beachy Living Room with Photograhy for Art

Monday, August 20, 2012

Bathroom Inspiration Images

Monday Morning Design Inspiration.... 
These are via Domino Magazine Online.  Enjoy!!!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

How to Make Your Own Chalkboard Paint

Chalkboard paint is popular thanks to its blend of sentiment, whimsy and practicality. Whether it's painted on walls, furniture or appliances, chalkboard paint has certainly come a long way from the basic green or slate gray boards used in schools.

I love the use of chalkboard paint in unexpected ways — like on the back of a kitchen island or in place of a headboard — but I'm also a classic girl at heart and a fan of the simple chalkboard. The recent transformation of my son's nursery to big kid room had me painting stripes, and I couldn't resist throwing a chalkboard into the mix.
by Meg Padgett

Chalkboard paint is available in varying shades of color through manufacturers like Hudson Paint, but at $25 per quart, it can get expensive. Save your pennies and have complete control over the color by making your own in three steps.
  • Non-sanded grout
  • Latex paint in any color
  • Mixing cup or bucket
  • Brush or roller
  • Paint mixer drill attachment
1. Mix the latex paint with the non-sanded grout in a cup or bucket. A good ratio to use is 1 part grout to 8 parts paint. So, if you're mixing a small amount, mix 1 tablespoon grout with a ½-cup paint. For a larger amount — like I used — mix 1 cup of grout with a ½ gallon of paint.

Ensure that all the grout is mixed in — otherwise, the granules may be visible on the chalkboard. I have found that a paint mixer drill attachment and a 5 gallon bucket is the simplest and most efficient way to blend a larger amount of paint.

Note: Grout is typically only available in large quantities — 10 pound boxes for around $12 — so plan accordingly. I knew I would be regrouting the shower and bought the Polyblend Non-Sanded grout to match. Don't have any tiling plans in your future? You may have a friend who recently tiled an entry or bathroom, so ask to use some of theirs.

To cut the sheen in the high-gloss black "oops" paint I picked up at a discount and achieve the classic charcoal color I wanted, I mixed a ½ gallon of the black paint with 2 cups of white ceiling paint, then added the grout.
2. Paint the surface with the chalkboard paint. Prep the surface as you would for any paint job. I painted two coats for even coverage.

While I've used a classic charcoal gray, the color options are endless. Make chalkboard paint out of your leftover wall paint for a seamless and fun addition to a room or go bold with a bright, contrasting color.
3. Condition the chalkboard. Get your chalkboard ready for drawing by rubbing the board with chalk, then wiping it off with a dry towel in circular strokes. With that final step, it's ready to be put to good use.
In my son's room, I've gone big by painting an entire wall with chalkboard paint and framing it to create a place that can be used for both play and educational activities.

More: Grown-Up Ideas For Chalkboard Paint
From by Meg Padgett

How to Use Wallpaper in Flexible, Inexpensive, Low Commitment, and Powerful Ways- Wallpaper as an Accent

    If you rent your home, have a tight budget, or simply have a hard time committing to permanent wallpaper, then try this!  Create panels that slip into the back of your bookshelf.  Cover them with wallpaper (using a staple gun works perfectly) and slide them in to create a high impact statement in your home that is both budget friendly and temporary.  


                          Domino Challenge Announcement: Wallpaper Wednesday

Sunday, August 12, 2012

How to Work with and Hire an Interior Designer

When most people think about hiring an interior designer, they zero in on aesthetics: wall colors, window treatments, pillow patterns. But that's just scratching the surface of what a designer can add to a home. These pros go beyond cosmetic concerns to ensure that a space feels harmonious through and through, from its floor plan and architectural envelope to the last nailhead, tassel and tuft. Many states have a certification process for interior designers.

 Not sure what your style is?  Check out these descriptions of interior design styles  and how to achieve the look in your house. 

What an interior designer does: A designer envisions, plans and outfits spaces in a way that makes them both beautiful and functional. He or she balances aesthetic considerations with structural planning to reflect the clients' lifestyle, set the desired mood, complement the home's architectural features, and ensure that less glamorous details (like electrical outlets and air vents) fit into the scheme. An interior designer also cultivates relationships with trusted artisans, vendors and others who execute the design.

When to hire one: You may have a clear vision for your home, but an interior designer can help you bring it to life while making sure it satisfies nitty-gritty considerations such as space planning. A trained eye and a creative mind-set allow for devising solutions that you might never have imagined, and attention to the tiniest details will transform your space into a haven that looks polished and pulled together. 
What it will cost: Interior designers have various fee structures. They might charge an hourly rate (anywhere from $50 to $500); a flat fee, which could be as low as several thousand dollars and as high as five figures; or a percentage of total project costs. You may also be asked to pay a retainer before work begins.

Some designers take an approach known as cost-plus — they purchase materials, furnishings and more at a discount, then charge you the retail price, keeping the difference as their fee. If yours uses this method, be sure the cost discrepancies are transparent so that you'll know exactly what you're paying for services.

If you're on a tight budget, don't assume that hiring a designer is beyond reach. Many will be happy to arrange a few hours of consulting or will help you source furnishings and decorative accents.
Where to find one: The directory of interior designers on Houzz is a good starting place, where you can find designers in your area and beyond and view their portfolios. Your local chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is also a good source.

If you spot a room you love when browsing Houzz photos and ideabooks, take note of the designer's name. (You'll see a link to professionals' profiles in the lower-right corner of their photos.) Some designers will work with clients who are based in other cities, though travel time and expenses can add up.

Friends with fabulous houses are another likely source. You can also visit show houses and home tours to see which spaces strike your fancy. 
Be sure the designer is a good match for your style. No two clients are alike, and good interior designers are nimble enough to hop from urban pied-à-terre to rustic farmhouse to beachside getaway without missing a beat. However, almost all of them have a fundamental aesthetic that remains consistent throughout their work. For example, if you want pure whites and pale neutrals, don't choose a designer whose signature is bold color palettes. When interviewing designers, look for parallels between their previous work and the design you want.

Collect samples. Even if you have trouble articulating your desired look, pictures of rooms you love can instantly give the designer a sense of what you crave. He or she will ask you about specific points of the design that resonate with you and use those as guidelines. Fabric swatches, paint chips, furniture catalogs and your own Houzz ideabooks are other good sources for showing items you like. On the flip side, pull examples of colors, motifs and furniture styles that turn you off, which can be equally helpful. 
Decide in advance which pieces must stay. Not willing to get rid of your Biedermeier sideboard or your majolica collection? The process will go more smoothly if you share that information with your designer during the initial site visit and consultation. That way, he or she can plan around the items that you don't want to give up.

Involve the designer as early as possible in the building process. If you're remodeling or building from scratch, include the designer in the planning stages with your architect and contractor. This way, the pros involved will all be on the same page and can iron out any potential discrepancies — particularly those that involve the bones of a home, such as doorways, ceiling beams or interior columns. It's one thing to reorient a window on paper; it's another entirely to move it after installation.
Try to have all household members present at the outset. Having everyone's input from the get-go helps to avoid potential conflicts down the road. If a spouse or loved one objects to a certain color or reveals that he or she just can't part with Granny's antique dining table, it's easiest to work out those issues right away.

Ask the designer to clarify billing procedures. Find out at the beginning when you'll be charged and what for. In addition to the design itself, you may be billed for travel time, site visits, shopping, phone conversations and more. Also, ask whether you'll be getting furnishings, accents, materials or other items at a discounted rate. This way, you'll be able to anticipate fairly closely what and when to pay. 
Keep an open mind. It's a rare client who loves 100 percent of a designer's suggestions right off the bat. Your designer might recommend a piece of furniture or a wallpaper pattern that you're iffy about, but don't say no without giving the idea some time to sink in. Chances are that when you ask your designer why he or she chose it, and when you take a little time to live with it, you'll appreciate the reason it works.

Look toward refreshing down the road. Even the best design doesn't stay current forever. Ask your designer if tune-up visits in the future are an option, whether they involve simply swapping out a few accessories, reupholstering furniture or choosing new paint colors.  
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