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Get to Know Curtain and Upholstery Fabrics

When it comes to buying any curtain and upholstery fabrics, you want to know you are buying quality. Luxurious designer fabrics have become exceptionally popular and in order to make a difference and stand out, enhancing your room design with confidence, having some idea on these fabrics, knowing what they are made of and what will blend in with your design, will ensure you make good design choices now and moving forward.

You will find when you start looking around online that the curtain and upholstery fabrics offered come in a wide selection, which can leave you feeling overwhelmed and unsure which is the right choice for you moving forward. Of course if you are going to spend money now and buy a top quality fabric, you expect it to last. But it is also worth knowing what makes each of the fabrics so special and which will be the most durable and stylish choice based on your particular project.

Start with wool. Wool has been used around the world for years. It is used for clothing and upholstery fabrics, though it is very important you understand this product and what it means to use it as part of your room design. Wool does not mean you are choosing a woolly jumper, it is a very resistant and absorbent material, but at the same time it can cause headaches when it comes to cleaning and maintenance. Wool often shrinks and can change shape easily, which means cleaning needs to be done with care following the strict instructions from the manufacturer.

Cotton is a very popular material, but when it comes to curtain and upholstery design, there are some factors to take into consideration regarding this particular fabric. Cotton is breathable and is very high quality. It is able to withstand heat, which makes it ideal for window coverings. Another reason to consider cotton is that it is easy to maintain and clean. Of course there are downsides and when choosing which fabric is the right match for your design and lifestyle, it is important you know and understand both sides of the coin. Cotton tend to wrinkle, which can be rather frustrating, especially when using the material for furniture. It also offers to shrink, which means while cleaning is easy, you need to take care.

When it comes to curtain and upholstery fabrics you often find that polyester is included. Polyester is a very strong and resistant material which is often used as a blend, so you will find it blended with the wood or blended with the cotton. A cotton and polyester blend provides you with all the benefits you find with cotton, but the polyester helps to reduce the wrinkling and gives the material even more strength. Again, polyester is very easy to maintain which makes it a very popular choice when it comes to room design and finishing touches.

Next is silk. When looking at silk for curtain and upholstery fabrics then you are looking at sheer luxury. Silk ooz luxury and comfort and is an absorbent fabric which is used for garments, curtains and more. It is important to note that while silk may give you a luxurious finish, it is not ideal if you want darker and thicker curtains to block out the sun. Further, you will note that this material usually needs to be dry cleaned.

The final material to focus on when it comes to curtain and upholstery fabric is velvet. Velvet another luxurious material that provides texture and spectacular finishes to your room design. Velvet is strong and long lasting and may be that luxurious finishing touch you are looking for.

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Six Important Points to Consider When Buying an Oriental Rug

As the owner of an Oriental Rug gallery for many years, I have purchased thousands of handmade rugs. In the beginning, the process was a bit daunting and I was somewhat overwhelmed but as time passed, I learned from experience and study and now would like to share some of my insight with you today.

Important points when looking at a potential purchase of an Oriental rug.

Number 1

Colors! Do you find the colors of the rug to be aesthetically pleasing? Do the colors in the rug give you a pleasant feeling of joy and happiness? If yes, this is a great start.

Number 2

Quality of the materials. If the rug is wool, as most hand-woven rugs are, is the wool good quality? Good quality wool will not be dry or scratchy to the touch and should be quite resilient. If you push on it, does it spring back? Hand-spun wool from healthy sheep is durable and will last for many years. If the rug is silk, it should glisten like the sun and will be cold to the touch. If a “fake silk” often called “art silk” it will be much less expensive and not very tightly knotted. Beware of these “art silk” rugs as they are mercerized cotton and there is no silk in the rug.

Number 3

Do you like the drawing? The drawing is the design layout of the rug. It can be geometric based or floral or anything in between. Is it too busy? Too flowery? If you love the colors but do not like the design, my advice is to pass on the rug. Do not purchase it. You must like both. Always honor your taste!

Number 4

Will the size work for your needs? A little bigger or a little smaller should not stop you from making a purchase but if the rug in question is a total wrong size, time to let it go.

Number 5

Are you able to try the rug “on an approval basis” which means, you can take the rug home and ensure it looks wonderful in the spot you have in mind. All dealers of repute will allow you to do this and some dealers, such as myself, will even ship rugs, on an approval basis.

Number 6

Do you love it? The more you look at the right rug, the prettier it becomes. Good quality hand-woven rugs with beautiful colors and interesting designs never stop giving. They will never become boring and as time moves forward, you will enjoy them every day of your life.

My last words of advice: Be, very, very careful if you start obsessing on all things rugs. This art form can be very addicting and then you may have to become a rug dealer so can do this all the time!

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Modern Architecture Trends

The United States is seeing a huge building boom that is changing many city landscapes very quickly. The new style of architecture that mixes modern and contemporary styles seems to be winning. The evidence is easy to see in how long it takes a new home to sell. Today's buyers want the modern look, and they are paying up for the modern and contemporary style. Here are 4 home renovation ideas that can help achieve that look.

  1. Open Concept Living Spaces
  2. Eat-In Kitchens
  3. Metals and Wood Stairs
  4. Industrial Accent Materials

Nothing says modern like open concept living spaces. One of the best ways to change a home's feel is to open up the living, dining and kitchen into one large living space. Not only is this style in demand, but it also is very functional. The idea of ​​open concept living areas gives the home a social environment.

Eat-in kitchens are a must, as it works directly with the open concept living space. It is a functional design that allows social interaction between the kitchen and the table. It is perfect for entertaining and if you have children it lets you keep an eye on them while you cook, watch the game, or clean up.

Metal and wood staircases not only give a very modern look but they are also highly functional. They are much safer than wood stairs and they allow for a variety of accent materials such as wood, glass or stone stair treads. Modern styles work well with high end accents and they give the home an elegant feel. Metal stairs can be used indoors and outdoors. One signature look of the modern home is the clean lines of metal handrails that are used on balances and stars.

The most defining feature of modern style home is the simple use of industrial materials such as stone, concrete, steel and glass. Many modern architects like to use new materials that are strong and last long. Using clean simple lines with different materials give this style it's clean look. Some accent features that are common in many home renovations are using stone tile for walls, thick glass for doors / balcony handrails, and even reclaimed materials such as wood from old barns and buildings. Even industrial style barn doors on a open track are used.

In the end, you can get that modern look by simply dressing up a few key items in your home.

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Must Have Decor Items For Your First House

Getting into your first house is an exciting chance to try out your décor ideas in your own living space. It is your chance to experiment with different ideas until you get the right mix. You will probably not have the right budget to go riot in the stores as you would like, but there are some must have décor items.

You can check out any place that sells shabby chic home décor for many tasteful items. If you intend for your house to have an aesthetic appeal essential dcor items to have are;

Personal statement of color

Nothing pronounces your personality louder than the colors you like. Feel free to experiment with different hues and tones. If you are not sure, go for blue and cream which blend, complement and contrast well with many colors

Wall adornments

The simplest way to go about this is by wall hangings and art. You can get a few tasteful shabby chic wall hangings for your living room to start with. Alternately, you can go with DIY art which shows your creativity better.


As much as they offer privacy, your curtains should reflect taste. Paper or plastic curtains are simply not acceptable anymore. Choose fabric curtains that have the right color that will blend with what is on the wall.


Where duffel bags were adequate in your dorm room, you will have to get space for your newly found acquisitions. This calls for creativity as the space available will most likely be less than your possessions. Experimentation with colors also works here.

Floor art

Get a few floor rugs to cover the little ground available. You do not have to install Isfahan Persian to announce your fine tastes. In fact, a hand-woven DIY rug will do just fine. Creativity with patterns, colors and texture will make the space feel more lived in.

Statement item

Have an item that is personally identified with you. This is usually a memento from college, home or a gift from a special person. Antique pieces are ideal for this. DIY items are even better as they have an intimate attachment. A tasty chandelier is also very attractive.


Tastefully done lighting and shade in attractive colors make the rooms very cozy. Let every room have lighting that suits its purpose. Colored lighting is ideal for the bedroom and bathroom while clear white light is better for your reading table.

When it comes to your first house try to go with simple ideas which work very well in a small space and the décor that makes you happy. You have to be pleased with all the things listed above, the way they blend together so when you walk in your door the view you see will make you smile.

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Interior Design Seminars, Webinars And Teleseminars – Setting You Up for Success the Right Way

My interior design seminars, webinars, and teleseminars are wonderful ways to learn about the fundamental principles of interior design and decorating that will enable you to be successful in your endeavors.

You may not be able to afford the full-blown services I offer as an interior designer, yet you need expert, knowledgeable guidance and instruction so that you do not waste your money. Ideally, it's about investing it properly. If you do not have lots of money lying around, then it behooves you to get it right, once, the first time. When you do not have a plan to get you from point A to point B, you will not get it right the first time. As you begin to adjust and correct various complications, you'll realize it's costing you even more of your time, effort, and money. It also means that as time passes, you're needing to wait for money to become available. All of these restrictions limit you, and produce serious unnecessary disappointments.

Everybody's looking to save money, and that's one part of the equation. The other part of the equation is getting what you need. There's no sense in saving money but not getting what you need! So let's not focus solely on the money, but also think about what you extremely want as your end result. Once the interior design and decorating work is complete, you do not focus on or even see your savings. You look around and cherish the beauty … assuming it's done right!

The vast majority of people do not understand what it takes to develop a brilliant design. They learn tips, tricks, and pointers from other people … but this will not get it. Most of the time the small tidbits of information just get people deeper in trouble! Then they're even more confused about how to get out of it.

You can not do well with anything unless you understand it. Take golf, for example. You can not do well at golf unless you know how to grip the club, stand and address the ball, and then follow through correctly. If you do not do these very basic things right, you'll become awfully frustrated. You'll be hooking and slicing, and you'll end up as a lost ball in tall weeds! Last time I checked, the fun was in the fairway, not in the weeds or in a bunker.

This is exactly the scenario that happens when people do not understand the principles and practices of interior design and decoration. And yet, they want a beautiful room or environment. How can this happen? Well, it can not !

These types of “catastrophes” happen all over the world. People may think they have a great looking room … maybe that's so. But where's the ambiance? Where's the feeling? It lacks richness, sophistication, and most notably, distinction. It really is not great looking. “Catastrophes” occurred because the creator lacks experience and knowledge.

Much of this damage has been done by HGTV. Granted, there are some good shows on that channel. But many are very amateur-ish and do not or can not show the real side of what undeniably great interior design is all about. Interior design is NOT ABOUT anyone coming in, not asking you very many questions, then asking or telling you to go away for week, and then … when you do come back, you're surprised at what they (or somebody else) has decided for you!

I've met two women from HGTV, and I was not impressed with either one of their portfolios. And yet they are on TV, along with dozens of others that are average and mediocre. Do not be fooled. Just because someone is on TV does not qualify him or her to be a real professional. I asked one of them, “How did you get to be on HGTV, and in front of the camera?” She answered, “It's because I was behind the camera.” I thought to myself, “Wow, that sure is a real set of credentials!” That's like me asking someone, “How did you become a doctor?” Then they answer me, “I watched every show of Dr. Markus Welby, and Gray's Anatomy, and now I'm qualified to be a doctor!”

You need to learn from someone who really knows what they're doing! My twins, webinars, and teleseminars are inexpensive yet valuable ways for you to get the right information that will help you create a very successful and pleasant interior design. You've got to learn the trade from someone who truly knows their stuff. One who has “hit the bulls-eye” each and every time, and has for years. With me, you'll learn from someone who can not only deliver the right “Look,” but the right “Ambiance” as well. It's in your best interest to choose the interior designer that is appropriate for you , your lifestyle, and your environment.

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Interior Design Mini-Seminar – The Power of Proper Accessories!

The power of proper “Accessories” is undeniable. Here is the big category where little things mean a lot! What woman would disagree with the comment that little things mean a lot?

Even though furniture planning, furniture selection, architectural work, floor coverings, draperies and such mean a lot, it's the follow-through in the accessorizing phase that makes all the difference. Many people, who can not seem to handle the foregoing, seem to think they can handle the accessorizing of the space just fine. Well my thought is as they could handle the first part, what makes them think that they can handle the second part? The real deal is that the accessorizing phase is a mini-version of all the big stuff that came before it.

The types of things selected, the colors, the textures; all contribute to the personalization of the space which is the main goal, from the beginning despite wade through to the end.

The positioning and placement of objects in regards to each other is of vital importance, because it affects what they communicate and how severely they communicate it. Accessories should be a little like the Three Musketeers … “All for one and one for all,” in order to make a big impact. They also were kind of like people. If they are close enough, you can facilitate communication. If they're too far away from each other, communication is not facilitated. Moreover, if you put them too close together, you may have some problems.

The backgrounds for accessories, is also very important. Against these backgrounds, you are going to be seeing your accessories for better or worse, depending on how you handle the contrast levels. These backdrops could be a cocktail table, wall color, wallpaper, or a host of other backdrops that come into view as you move about a room.

For instance, when you look at a space, there's a lot of furniture that you're seeing, such as sofa, chairs, and case goods. The wall and the floor is a backdrop for them, in your line of sight and vision. Therefore, it's important that the color and the texture of the walls and floor coverings, enhance the fabric on the sofa, as well as the shape and form of the sofa.

Remember, it's not only important how you start, but how you finish as well. This mini-seminar series has touched on 12 of the major aspects that are important too obtaining a great result regarding your interior design and decorating projects. Obviously, there is much more involved than what I can cover in a four-article mini-design seminar format.

Interior design is very much analogous to the human body. “Tying” together every element in the final stages of the interior design project, so it not only looks great, but functions great as well, is the goal of all interior design and decorating. One part can not function entirely without the other part. One part or element can not say the other, “I do not need you.” All interior design and decorating needs to be holistic and operating in concert, and performing very much like a musical symphony.

In the end, the whole design needs to “sing,” and get a “standing ovation!”

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The History of Egyptian Rugs

Looking for an Egyptian Rug?

Finding an authentic Egyptian rug can be a more complicated task than many consumers expect when rug shopping. In the current market, a majority of Egyptian rugs resembble Persian rugs, and very few designs actually depict the recognizable “Egyptian look” that consumers hope to find.

Each year there are only a few rugs and carpets that make it over to the American Oriental rug market featuring the traditional Egyptian style. For this reason, Egypt is unfortunately not described as a rug and carpet producer.

Despite the low quantity of rugs produced, they are viewed as some of the most intricately designed and highest quality rugs on the market.

Why are Traditional They so Rare?

Ancient Egypt artifact recovery digs have found hand looms that date back to 2400 BC However, contemporary Egypt weaving styles stem from a much more recent design era.

The most recent style of Cairo rug weaving actually dates back to the 16th century. The rugs woven in Cairo provide beautiful, entrancing color palette in addition to their unique, ancient design motifs. However, by the middle of the 17th century, Egyptian carpet production seemed to cease all together, and it was nearly impossible to find traditional them anywhere on the market.

Current Markets

Then, post WWII, authentic rug production started up again in Egypt in 1952 as several companies refocused on creating authentic Egypt styled carpets. These companies currently employ thousands of weavers who want to learn the beautiful art of Egyptian rug and carpet weaving.

Still, only a small percentage of the rugs and carpets produced by them actually make it to America.

The Beauty of Egyptian Rugs

Typically, Egyptian or Merino wool or silk is used in authentic weaving patterns. This material is then dyed using synthetic dyes and machine-spun pile. Although the styles include Persian knot-tying and weaving techniques, the graphic design and layout associated with these styles differs from other Oriental rug styles on the market.

Typically, Egyptian designs and motifs feature geometric patterns and intractable floral designs. These designs are very complex and feature a wide variety of colors that can complement any living space.

Are they Worth It?

Egyptian carpets are difficult to find, and they can be rather expensive. However, a rug of this quality and beauty is a great asset to any living space. Although Egypt is not typically well-known for its rugs, the rugs are beautifully well-crafted and depict the best qualities of rug weaving that every carpet producing country has to offer.

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5 Steps to Get the Right Blind of Your Choice

Windows are the face of home and any interior is incomplete without dressing them. We have multiple options for the purpose. Curtains, drapes, shades or blinds everyone plays their own role and holds their value. When we plan to purchase blinds for the windows there are multiple options that back our decision. Other than understanding the style of window, interior here are the factors that are to be looked upon for deciding the right choice.


Window blinds are offered in various materials. Fabric, metal, wood or vinyl, the options are vast and we have to choose the right material depending upon the location of the window, purpose of the blind, type of window and so on. Like the vinyl material are best for wash rooms while the fabric material is the best for living or bedrooms. Similarly, the bay windows can have fabric material while the wood can take place in the study or outhouse.

Level of privacy and light:

It depends on you what privacy level you are looking for. The blinds are offered in sheer, room darkening to blackout range. At times, you may prefer complete blackout may be in the bedroom or TV room or you may opt for some light in the living room or study room. If you have a panoramic view from the window you may prefer to have controlled light option with a complete view from the window. For this purpose, you may prefer energy efficient window blinds. You may also choose sheer or solar blinds to have a glow of light but protect your furnishings from the harmful rays.

Energy saving:

Well, this is the added advantage that window blinds offer. The cellular or honeycomb blinds helps to control the temperature of the room helping in minimizing the use of heaters or AC while solar blinds or energy efficient blinds helped to save the energy wasted on turning on lights during the day. These are capable of holding the glare outside while allowing the light to flow in.

Motorized option:

This is also the option available with window blinds. At times, it is cumbersome to roll the blinds if the windows are high or are more in number. Or if you wish to have some ease or safety of your kids and pets from getting stranded with the cords then this option is the right choice. These are also preferred to give an elegant look to the interiors. And of course, you would not like to move your guests to roll the blinds for this the motorized options perfect option.


The window blinds are designed in various styles. Roman, roller, open roman, apex, cellular, collinear, wood, panel, vertical, zebra and so on. Depending on your preference you can explore the right style. For both light and privacy, you can choose zebra or open roman blinds. These are most preferred in an office or home office windows. While you can have the panel and vertical blinds for your big windows, roman, roller and apex are preferred in other rooms. Roller blinds are most preferred in wash rooms and kitchen along with living and bedrooms.

You just have to explore the options available depending on your needs and preferences and then move over to the desired style and design. The you have to measure the right size of the window to get the blinds customized so that they fits in there perfectly. Now you just have to explore your preferences and creativity and dress your room to reflect your taste.

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Give Relief to Your Soul And Mind With The Mandala Tapestries

This is common in every office going personal living in this world. Even if the person goes on holidays with his friends or family then also he or she has to keep his or her office contacts on in order to complete the works. People have different solutions with them in order to decrease the stress which they face in their lives because of the hectic office works or the responsibilities they have. Some go out with their nearby friends in order to have some drinks and spend some quality time with them, some try to go out for vacations with their family members or alone. But These two solutions are not great ones because they are both and in between them people need to have their office contacts on as they can not neglect a call from the boss or office. There is one more solution to this which is not too costly, but also helps in decreasing the stress level of people.

Best And The Most Effective Stress Decreasing Solution

Many of us who are a bit in historical news or have information about the things which were used in our past know about the mandala tapestry . These are used today for decorating purposes a lot in many homes and offices, but these tapestries are too effective in decreasing the stress level of humans. They complete their purpose of decreasing the stress level by easing the mind or soul of peoples which get disturbed by the excess amount of works and hectic schedule of their daily lives. There are many companies present in internet which helping people to get these tapestries from them. They sell this at wonderful prices and also deliver them to the doorstep of their customers in no time. The costs of these are generally between fifteen to twenty dollars which is very much affordable by normal middle class man.

Historic Recognition Of These Tapestries

Many people who do not have the knowledge of history think that these tapestries are new inventions by science and technology but it is not. It has been used in our culture from our past for providing people with stress free lives so that they can do their best in their works and provide their countries with wonderful results in their fields. These are generally kept at home, because of their beauty they are also used as aesthetic materials for decorating homes. So, if you want to have a product which can decorate your house or office and also helps to decrease down the stress level then going for these tapestries in a better option because they are the best in solving these issues from human life at wonderful and affordable price.

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Colour Therapy for Your Dream Homes

The power of colors not only changes one's mood but also has the therapeutic powers. It is believed by many Feng Shui practitioners that if colors are used in a proper fashion, they will have the ability to bring positive vibes into your home. Let's take a look at some basic guidelines on Colors for you to start implementing in your home which will affect your mood and behavior and in turn majorly impact your happiness, health and well-being.

Let's start with some basic facts on how different colors influence our lives. Colors can be divided into two groups – warm colors (red, orange, yellow) and cool colors (blue, green, violet). General factors that characterize each group are those warm colors are warming by nature and add coziness and warmth to a room, generally stimulating the mind and emotions. Cool colors are known to indicate a peaceful atmosphere with a sense of spaciousness and openness. Energising colors such as red, orange and yellow flowers in warmth to a room, and blues and purples will evoke a sense of calm. Now let's take a closer look at some of the major colors and their effect on the mind, emotions, and body.


In Feng Shui, the color red denotes the fire element. One can use red color as a feature wall of the living room, dining room, kitchen, etc. It is advisable not to use this color as the dominant shade in the bedroom as it is a very powerful color. Add red to a room if you are tired or feeling low because it is a color of passion and high energy. Reds are to be used in balance with calm colors.


Orange is an optimistic color which also denotes the fire element. Use of this color enhances productivity, keenness, and enjoyment. The color keeps you lively and playful, so it is always a good choice to use this color in your living room or the children's room. According to Feng Shui, orange opportunities vivid conversations and good times in your home. It's a mixture of red and yellow, so it imbibes the qualities of both, the energy of red and the cheerfulness of yellow.


Yellow belonging to the fire element is also used to uplift one's mood. The color yellow & its shades belong to the earth element. In Feng Shui, yellow is the ultimate source of positive energy. One can use this color in any room as it has the power of adaptability, flexibility, clarity, etc. Moreover, it is uplifting, optimistic, and gives one the sense of sunlight indoors.


Blue is the most calming and peaceful color to use in your home. Blue has different shades and most of them are all used to relax the mind, promote deep breathing and slow down the body.
Being a trust-me color, Blue allows one to focus on the task in hand, bringing in peace and serenity and gives us the confidence to communicate. It is a color of sincerity, truth and loyalty.


Green reflects a natural environment and is a relaxing and balancing color. Being the most neutral color on the color wheel, Green is easy on our eyes and can work in any room to convey a natural, pleasant environment. The color Green is known to heal heads and reduce anxiety. It helps in concentration and aids in restful times when stressed. You will notice that the color green is extensively used in hospitals as it aides in healing the mind, body and spirit.

Violet / Purple

Violet / purple is known as a color of transformation. Also known as a cool color which has a calming effect on us. It is proven by research that the color Violet / Purple stimulates the brain's problem solving areas, and it encourages creativity, intuition and artistic ability. So we suggest that one can paint the walls of the meditation room with this color as it creates the perfect atmosphere for some quiet introspection. Want to color your walls in purple, we suggest you go for light tones such as lavender or light violet. You can also use purple or violet shades in your bedroom for a soothing and restful sleep.

Other than the warm and the cool colors there are some other colors which can be used in your home with care. Some of the other color facts are –

Pink, Gray, White & Silver

According to Feng Shui, Pink creates a calm environment, so one can paint the walls of your bedroom in a light shade of pink for better sleep. Pink rings strong positive energy into your environment. Gray, white, and silver colors belong to the metal element. Gray is a color associated with security, reliability, intelligence & solidity. Sometimes the color is also used to describe a gloomy, sad and conservative mood. We suggest you avoid the use of too much gray on your walls as this could lead to a dip in your mood & energy levels. White is associated with purity. If you want to go employ white as the principal color, you can comfortably do so as white is also known for cleanliness & it also opens up a room and makes it look bigger. Silver is a color that transforms interiors into glamorous, graceful & sleek homes.

Once you are aware about these small but important details about different colors, we are sure you will now go ahead & paint your walls accordingly and bring happiness, positive energy and luck into your abode.

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Which Should I Choose, A Decorator Or An Interior Designer?

Whether you hire a decorator or acquire an interior designer will depend on the type of project you have, and the scope of your project. Maybe what you're doing in your room is not really a big deal, or it's something that is not going to have a huge impact on the space. It could be that you do not see your project developing much more than, say, a coat of paint, or maybe it just needs freshening up. In these circumstances, I would advise you to select a decorator.

In the past, painters were called decorators. They were the ones that actually did the physical labor. After that, decorators were known as those who could help you furnish or decorate a room. Over time, things became increasingly more sophisticated, especially in businesses and then in homes. Now, top exclusive designers are on the scene brimming with significant educational backgrounds in the technical and architectural realms, and have strong concerns for the health, safety, and welfare of the public. If you have more interest in this, you can do further research to discover the development of the interior decorating and design profession.

Currently, interior decorating and design is a very easily infiltrated field. Anybody with a flair for color or pattern can get into this profession … and even call themselves a professional !! Many have just enough knowledge to make themselves dangerous to a client or potential client.

When I graduated from design school, I garnered my first job with a very high-end furniture store. My passion was for design first, and then selling the furniture and furnishings to bring out the design concept as well as the personality of the client. Part of their salespeople had some level of skill in decorating. This store also employed salespeople that came from very diverse careers and backgrounds outside of design. I found out fairly quickly that furniture stores, including very high-end furniture stores, do not really care about design or what you as a customer will get in terms of design. As furniture stores, whether or not they employ decorators or designers, their number one concern is selling you furniture . Period . I do not care what they tell you otherwise. Their profit comes from selling you furniture.

Independent decorators and interior designers generally are not beholden to any one particular furniture store or line of furniture. Some work through furniture stores, even though they are on their own. Others prefer showrooms.

When comparing decorators and designers, there is an overwhelmingly large range of talents and skills. Unfortunately for the uninformed client, you definately can not rely on the title they assigned to themselves to be able to distinguish which is which, either! Some independent decorators and interior designers only work in their own preferred personal style and look. They are quite comfortable because they limit themselves to their one favorite specific genre. Others are only comfortable working with the types of furniture and styles that they personally like and are comfortable with. If for some reason you choose to work with them, you are basically buying what they like. So, in essence, you are buying their look or brand. Coincidentally, everyone else that uses them gets their look or brand, too! So the interior of your house may very well look very similar to someone else's house. Where is the individuality and uniqueness in that? Therefore, your personality and the look and ambiance that you want or need is partly or wholly submerged by the look the decorator or designer would prefer to imposes on you based on the personality and aesthetic preferences of the decorator or designer! So, whose house is it, anyway? Who pays the house payment? I think you get my point here.

When it comes to selecting an interior decorator or designer, you must be careful. Realize that you can rank interior decorators and designers in categories from kindergarten level, all the way up to Masters, Ph.D., and Doctorate. Or if you prefer, you can rank them from 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest. To judge properly, you have to know what you're looking for and what constituents top-level interior design schemes. If you need a level 8 to 10 interior, do not mistakenly hire a level 7 designer. This reminds me of a quote from one of Clint Eastwoods' movies, “A man's (or woman's) got to know his (her) limitations.” If you as a client do not know the decorator or designers limitations, relative to what you need, then the next line from one of Clint Eastwoods' movies is appropriate for you. “Are you feeling lucky?” Well, you're going to need a lot a luck if your interior decorator or designer is underpowered and lacking in talent and ability!

Choosing an interior designer is like purchasing a good sports car. You're buying the two-seater for the excitement and pleasure of driving it, and looking at it. Some of you would not even mind being informed while you're driving it! You always want the one with more horsepower and speed than what you'll really use every day. It's important. Picture this with me. You're in the driver's seat of your recently purchased high-powered machine, enjoying the fast lane of the highway. Uh oh! You're becoming trapped! The space quickly narrows between the guard rail on your left side, and the truck encroaching into your lane on your right. Intense fear and panic strikes. Wait a minute! You've already invested in peace of mind ahead of time … so you're able to out-maneuver this pest. Your pre-planning has paid off! What would have been a dangerous, traumatic, no-win situation is now being downgraded to a nuisance and agitation. Unbearable grief has turned into relief. Let's face it … getting squished would be a bad day! Spending more money up front significantly increases your level of happiness and satisfaction!

Many people have pondered, “Do I really need to get an interior designer?” This can be compared to deciding whether or not to get health insurance or life insurance. It's better to have it and not need it, instead of needing it and not having it. Both analogies, the sports car and the insurances, point to the fact that it's better to have more than less. This is also important for your peace-of-mind and your safety. I know the famous minimalist design saying of “Less is more.” However, in most categories of life, it is much better to have more than less, as well as having more than you need. This applies to oxygen, money, health, and food, etc. It's also knowing “There's safety in numbers.”

A lot of the automated commercials claim their product to be “Best in its class.” With every interior decorator or designer that you consider for hire, you must question “What class are you in?” or “What class are you in, which you are the best in?” You also need to find out what their design philosophy is, what level of talent and skill they can actually do in design , how they do it, how they think, and how they set you up for success.

Getting the right designer for you and your project is critical for your success! In truth, it is very much like a mini-marriage. Therefore, you had better get it right! You do not want to end up in design divorce court. There's too much at stake. Your time and money need to be invested wisely for design, as well as the furniture and furnishings. As they say, “You get what to pay for.”

I agree with these thoughts from John Ruskin, “It's unwisely to pay too much, but it's worse than pay too little. , because the thing you bought was not able to do the thing it was intended to do. The common law of business balance prohibited paying a little and getting a lot. is well to add something for the risk you run. And if you do, you will have enough to pay for something better. ”

Finally, I'll end up with a great quote from Red Adair that is so appropriate to hiring the right designer for you. “If you think it's expensive to hire a professional to do the job … wait until you hire an amateur.”

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Decorating Your Sunrooms

Sunrooms have many different names, but they all mean the same. It is a room that is a good place to start and end your day. Some of the different names include sun lounge, patio room, or sun parlor. It is a room that offers you a place to sit and relax and will allow you to enjoy the beauty around your home no matter what the season is. It can also be a reading room or an area for a small gathering. A person decorates their home so it just makes sense to decorate their sunrooms.

If you decide to paint the glass window frame, the walls, or rods make sure that you stay with off-white or light colors. Avoid using dark tones if you want to create a calming effect. In some sunrooms, a unique color scheme to use would be black and white but you have to make sure that you keep the black to a minimum or else it could start to look too dark and not be a calming place. You could also decide to do a white and brown scheme and have the furniture in different shades of brown.

When choosing blinds and curtains for sunrooms a great idea would be to use vertical blinds for the windows. There is also bamboo or matchstick roll up blinds. Curtains should match the rest of your furnishings like the rugs and couch cushion covers. The curtains that work best for this room would be floor to ceiling curtains. You can open them and hold them open with rope tiebacks. Choose light shades because over time the darker shades fade due to exposure to the sunlight. You can also get curtains that have linings to help prevent fading.

Many sunrooms that you see in magazines use many plants for decorating because they are a convenient and simple option. Plants will help to keep the room cool along with creating your desired atmosphere. You can hang baskets with ferns or other plants in the corners of the sunroom. If you have corner tables small plants or flowers would look good there. Sunrooms can become very hot during the summer so make sure that you choose plants that thrive in the heat. If you do not want to mess with real plants you could get artificial plants.

Furniture should be comfortable to sit on and should fit your overall color scheme. You can choose wicker furniture, beanbags, large throw pillows, etc. Just do not crowd the room with bulky furniture. In most sunrooms, they use small corner and side tables.

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Count Your Heart Beats With Arabescato Carrara Marble

Some people might find it a problem to choose among the infinite variety of tile patterns that flood the market. Probably the first tendency is to go for the exotic glass-stone-metal blends that can be truly mesmerizing. The choice of colors and patterns can take you on mighty flights of imagination too. Visualizing the property and the surroundings would be possible, based on images online so that a realistic appraisal could have reached on what effects you hope to achieve.

Marble truly is one of the remarkable natural gifts bestowed upon humanity. It is hard to imagine how natural processes through infinite time created such wonders that have transformed our lives. Appreciate the standing monuments of palaces and museums across the world that present living proof of durable marble that will last for all time.

Natural stone tiles like the classic arabescato carrara marble are highly recommended for many utilitarian and aesthetic reasons. The quality of ambiance possible with natural stone is a fabulous world of infinite gentle hues of color and immunity variety of ethereal patterns. You synchronize with history because people built their homes with natural stone during earlier centuries when building materials were limited in availability and design. Let us vibe with nature in our mid.

If you love mosaics and the majority does, go for the most cost-effective, popular arabescato carrara marble. The stunning whites and grains deliver the Italian magic within the home or office. Witness the home come to life in dramatic, sizzling gentle hues. You have to live with them day and night and almost perpetually since they will not crack or fade. If you are aware of the technical aspects of finishing, honed, polished, tumbled etc., they refer to the pattern of the edges or the surface being designed to present perfection and smoothness, a grainy texture or naturally chipped.

Some striking samples among many would be the carrara white honed and statuary white polished tiles. Arabescato carrara leaning polished blend, arabescato carrara polished and arabescato carrara waterflow polished represent some superb creations that are guaranteed to enlighten building interiors and exteriors too, since they weather all elements well, whether the immensity of heat or the frigidity of extreme cold. Beside, consider the reasonable costs with all the above fabulous tiles varying between $ 8 and $ 10 per square foot.

Make the decision of a lifetime to install a range of arabescato carrara marble tiles of unlimited designs and magnanimous appeal at the most cost-effective prices. Trust in the tradition of centuries and use the strongest natural materials to carve out a living or work space for an eternity.

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The Extraordinary Dark Fantasy Commences With China Black Marble!

Black has come to mean so much in our present day lives with most electronics products having such a dark surface. Beside, dark substances like chocolate and coffee are believed to possess special health properties. Celebrities are often seen in royal black. Why not usher china black marble into the home or office with its luminous white streaks!

It should not be so simple, though with all the blends of materials and finishing processes nowdays available. Earlier generations had the natural stone, but not the present day technology. Maybe you would love china black steel blended mosaic or china black dual interlocking mosaic. China black with vein polished and henley hexagon multi finish mosaic are other unique creations. One or two of them are bound to appeal to the most fastidious! Prices are quite within reach of the most stringent budget, most of them varying between $ 10 and $ 12 per square foot, though cheaper and versions that are more expensive do exist.

Beside, we would not recommend the surrounding surrounding taking on a single shade or design. The best policy is to highlight certain areas like the facade, the entrance, accent walls or particular corners to contribute a special significance. Like a foundation stone that stands out on the wall, create hotspots that would communicate deep messages relating to mission and vision, logos and significance of brand names or even family surroundings.

Besides the ideas of interior designers and construction specialists, homeowners would also have their vision of the surroundings they wish to create. Get them approved for feasibility by one of the experts.

The numerous advantages of natural stone tiles like china black marble are obvious, certainly preferred to fancy blends that may not be half as durable. Easy to maintain and clean, as durable as rock, the marble will benefit in every way. Being cost-effective too, no pinch on the pocket is coming your way. The classic effect of marble lasts forever.

The immense popularity and price effectiveness ensure that you will experience sustained happiness. A range of products like mosaics, tiles, pencils and rails ensures that you get what you want. Also, know as negro marquina, choose among black and gray mosaics. Create an everlasting beauty of walls and floors with the ultimate decoration material.

China black marble would satisfy esthetical desires and leave you quite satisfied after you have accomplished the task of arranging the walls and floors with a variety of mosaics and accent areas. Unique majestic ambiences are hard to create and marble makes it stunningly possible!

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Interior Design Mini-Seminar – The Budget, Master Plan, Backgrounds, and Space Planning

An item that everyone is interested in is, “The Budget!” This is your stake. Without a doubt, you're very interested in the amount of money you are willing to invest in any interior design project. The idea is that we do not want to spend your money. We want to invest your money with a view towards a real return on your investment. Your return on investment can happen in many different ways, such as being intellectually stimulating, emotionally satisfying, and visually pleasing. This will create a sense of completeness, so that you are satisfied with the result.

We want to make sure that we're being very honest about the budget. There's no sense in designing a room for $ 100,000 when you only have a budget for $ 15,000. Sometimes with a lower budget, one has to be much more creative in order to get the essence and feel of a job that would cost much more.

Tying back into the “Dream” and the “Discovery Process” spoken of in another article, we then focus on the essence of the proposed design. If we do this, then we know exactly where to compromise if we have to due to any current or future budget constraints. In addition, we can compromise temporarily and then add it in later, as the money becomes available. This will help the creative process immensely, and set you on a path towards the ultimate realization of your dream.

The “Master Plan” is important from this standpoint; not everyone can do a design project all at once. Many people have to take two, three, five, ten, fifteen, or twenty years to fully develop the concept and complete a major project. Therefore, it is very important have a concept! A clear picture of a fuzzy concept just is not going to work! You would agree, would not you?

A master plan is your guiding light and guiding principle. It forms the trajectory from point A to point B. We do not want to deviate from our trajectory, and that is why all the prior steps are so important, to defining the target, so we can hit it right in the bull's-eye .

Properly choosing your “Backgrounds” will make you look better! This is about how to become a “gem” in your own “setting.” You may ask, “What does that mean?” Well, let's just take a diamond ring for an example. You are the “diamond!” How that diamond is set in a surrounding of gold, silver, or platinum, coupled with the design of the appropriate setting, will determine, to a degree the color, the clarity, and the “fire” of that diamond. Now, every diamond has these particular characteristics. However, the setting helps to bring these elements out in a more pronounced way. On the other hand, if it's the wrong setting, it can subdue those characteristics and attributes.

There are lots of backgrounds and backdrops in various colors and textures, which measure what you've seen against in your environment. If chosen correctly, they will bring out the best in you. If chosen poorly, they will not. So which would you prefer? We should all know that certain people look better in certain colors. However, they will look good, or not so good, by what is surrounding them.

You look at things and your environment from your eyes outward . Other people are looking at you in the context of your environment and the backdrops or background surrounding you. It's important not only what you see, but also how others see you in your environment and that which surrounds you.

“Space Planning” is a crucial key to having your interiors looking great and functioning well. This is going to revolve around a few concepts such as form and flow. Space planning is very important especially when you're dealing with a new house; one that you are just starting, or one that is in the planning stages from an architectural perspective. In other cases, you may have an existing building or home that has a layout that you may not be able to change. Moving or alternately removing walls may increase the effectiveness of the space, but check with your architect first. Therefore, reconfiguring a space may be a viable option, so that the floor plan is more workable, suitable, and appropriate.

Take a floor plan, from a condominium for instance. We have two condominiums that have the very same footprint, and look the same. They could have mirror images of each other. The configuration in each scenario is going to make one of those condominiums a “winner” for you, and the other one, not a “winner” for you at all.

It is very important that all the doors, windows, and openings are located properly, because it determines how well that space will mesh with your furniture and your lifestyle. In addition, it affects how well the traffic flows through the space.

In my design seminars, I take two rooms exactly the same size and change-up all the door and window positions, as this illustrates that I can drastically change the traffic patterns in a space so is to make a large space virtually impossible. Therefore, even though you may be paying the same price per square foot, one scenario is delivering a much better return on your investment than the other one!

Configuring a room properly regarding the location of doors and windows, and a fireplace, will determine how traffic flows in and out of the space, and from one point of interest to another. Depending on how well that is done, will determine a traffic pattern that will either open up space for larger groups or it can cut into small pieces so that it's worth hardly anything. Then sometimes, you have to reconfigure and redirect the traffic flow with your furniture placement.

Remember, everything happens within the confines and context of architecture. Designing a rooms or home correctly, with the proper placement of doors and windows, will provide a great foundation for space planning and furniture arrangement. Therefore, we can not overlook the importance of good strong architecture that is appropriate to the lifestyles of the inhabitants and fully supports all the activities in an unencumbered fashion.

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