Renovations can be tough on pets. Here are a few tips for keeping your fur baby safe and calm during a remodel.
An interior designer can be a valuable resource when buying a home. We’re able to visualize what a house can look like and see beyond its current state. We sometimes also spot red flags. This way you can make an informed decision about your purchase and get ideas for turning it into your dream home.
Decorating your first adult apartment or home is so much fun and as interior designers, it's probably not surprising that it was one of our favorite parts about becoming grown-ups. You're able to develop your personal style and design a space that reflects your personality without having to answer to mom and dad or your resident advisor.
It's hard to believe another year is almost in the books. Yet, the future is looking bright when it comes to interiors. From going to trade shows, visiting vendors, reviewing new products, researching options for our clients and continuing education (yeah, we put in some serious work), we have a good idea of the interior design trends that will dominate 2018.
We know, we know, it's millennial this and millennial that but hear us out, we did give birth to a horde of millennials after all. Every generation has given rise to a few defining styles and we've been seeing a very distinct aesthetic favored by our clients in the under-35 crowd, our kids and the design world in general. We're coining it "Millennial Modern."
We love our kids and we'd do anything for them (as you'll see shortly) but they've gotten a little spoiled by having interior designers as mothers. Now that they're all either in college or living on their own, the free design services have reached new heights. Though, to be fair, the precedent was set a young age in both of our households.
Juice spills, sticky fingers, "masterpieces" drawn directly on the wall, upholstery scratched to oblivion, a permanent layer of fur on all surfaces...oh, the joys of having kids and pets. We can't tell you how many sad, frumpy sofas we've seen purchased on clearance from a big box store with the cushions flipped over to hide stains.
To be an Interior designer or architect, takes more than technical skills, knowledge, experience and training. Both professions also take creativity, vision, and talent to design buildings and interiors that not only serve a function, but also have the ability to positively impact our lives and evoke a range of powerful emotions, such as joy, happiness and a sense of awe, all while telling a story.
Sure, you want a room to be beautiful but if it doesn't work for your lifestyle, it will be useless and will seem more like a museum gallery than an actual lived-in, well-loved space. It's important to think about the types of activities you'll be doing in the room, how you want to use it and what your daily life is like.