June 29, 2012
Q. My new remodeling project feels overwhelming. Where and how does a professional designer start?
A. A design concept is key to being in control of your remodel. Before putting pencil to drafting paper, interior designers learn how a space can better suit a homeowner’s lifestyle. This is done with careful inventory of wants, needs, dreams, and desires. With this information, a concept is developed to serve as framework for the entire project. Keep in mind that a concept can be based on more than just an image of an interior. Love gardening? Surfing? Let the essence of these lifestyle activities be the catalyst for your interior space and a reflection of you.
—Lisa Peck, ASID
June 21, 2012
Dear Expert: Why should I “buy up” in my furniture pieces?
A. When you don’t “buy up” on your furniture pieces, you end up replacing them sooner than if you had invested right the first time. Take your time and buy fewer, better-quality pieces for the various rooms in your home. It’s definitely worth it to purchase a well-made sofa with good lines; a sofa that feels so comfortable you can’t wait to plunk down and put your feet up after work. A quality piece will be able to withstand the wear-and-tear of your 2-year-old jumping up and down on it, or your dog basking in the sun everyday in his favorite spot. Whether you’re furnishing a new home or refreshing your existing home, invest in... Read more »