Thursday, March 29, 2018

4 Lessons in Color Theory Design to Apply to Your Home

Design expert, Sharon Grech, breaks down the theory behind choosing colour for your space and how it can be affected by surrounding light (or lack thereof).

Monday, March 26, 2018

Foyer Lighting - Don't Make This Mistake!

A well-placed chandelier in a two-story foyer doesn't just light up the entryway, but also adds character and ambiance.

One of the biggest mistakes that I see in client homes is that they have not thought about how the chandelier is going to look from the second story.

Let me give you an example. From below this chandelier looks fine. However when you head up the stairs and are on the second story looking down – now what do you see… raw bulbs and harsh lighting. It’s not a good look.

Here’s the tip: When selecting a chandelier for a two story foyer think about how it is going to look from below and from above when you are on the second story.

Take a look at this new foyer light. From below it looks good and now when I head up the stairs to the second floor it looks just as good. I am not looking into a bunch of bulbs and harsh lighting.

Keep this in mind if you have a two story dining room or family room that you can look down into.

These little details can make a big difference. Follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to a Smart Interior.

Friday, March 23, 2018

How to Anchor Furniture to Avoid Tip-Overs | Consumer Reports

On average, one child is killed every 10 days by furniture or a TV tipping over onto them, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. You can avoid a tragedy in your home by anchoring your furniture to a wall using the proper tools.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Genius Floor Plan for Your Tiny Bathroom

If you're thinking of renovating your bathroom, designer, Shai Deluca-Tamasi, dishes on how to create more space in your tiny condo or basement bathroom.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Furniture-Buying Tips for Apartment Dwellers - HGTV

House Counselor Laurie March tells you where to splurge and where to save when you're buying furniture for your first apartment.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

How To Choose the Right Size Rug For Under Your Dining Room Table

In this video you will learn two sure fire ways to select the right size rug to go under your dining room table.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Editor's Advice: How To Style Your Living Room Like A Designer

H&H‘s Joel Bray and Jennifer Koper share expert living room styling tips. Discover their secrets to creating a standout space.

Joel and Jennifer start by decorating the non-functioning fireplace. By adding three mod vases and dressing up the mantel with brass candlesticks and a teal bowl for a pop of color, they’re able to create a gorgeous focal point in the middle of the room. Next, the design editors style the coffee table with contemporary pieces to play off its red lacquered insert. Watch how they experiment with art on walls that have moulding, and see how they bring life to the room with indoor plants. Plus, get their tips on how to brighten your space with layers of lighting.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Monday, March 5, 2018

4 Design Principles to Create the Ultimate Wabi-Sabi Bedroom

Etsy's trend expert, Dayna Isom Johnson, introduces one of the hottest design trends of 2018—Wabi-Sabi. It's all about embracing imperfection, featuring sentimental pieces and exhaling.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Tips on Purchasing a New Dining Table for a Growing Family

A dining table that is too small makes meal times cluttered, disorderly, and uncomfortable. A dining table that is too large may strain conversations and make people feel awkward or alienated. If the table is way too large for the floor space, everyone might end up with their chairs against the wall, which makes going to and from their seats a struggle every meal time.

For sure, you want mealtimes to be a relaxed and comfortable time where everyone on the table enjoys great food and good company. For this to happen, you have to invest time and effort in finding a dining table that's just the right size and form.
What are your needs now and in the near future?
The key to a successful purchase lies in the accurate estimation of your needs. Before you shop for a new dining table, evaluate the current situation at home. How many people dine there regularly? Do you receive guests often? Do you entertain frequently so that guests figure importantly in the estimation? To determine the number of places, include every person who eats at the house regularly and then add two more places. These are for guests who arrive unbidden and accept your impromptu invitation to dine. To avoid overcrowding, it is advisable to allot extra space for other people.
What are the important measurements to take?
To avoid bumping elbows with the next person, everyone must have a comfortable "personal space" on the table, which is at least 24 inches in width. This space allows you to add a place or two when company arrives and stays in for dinner and you can be confident there won't be overcrowding. If you don't want chairs to bump against the wall every time somebody stands up and sits back down, there ought to be a 32-inch space between the walls of the room and the dining table.
What is the ideal table shape for a small dining area?
While you may have a certain preference in terms of the shape of the table, you must base the final decision on other considerations, such as the number of seats, and the dimensions of the room. For instance, if the space is rather limited, it is best to avoid shapes with sharp corners. That rules out square and rectangular tables. Round tables allow for more people to sit down to dinner if the floor space is already confining. To promote the illusion of space and airiness, choose a table with a light color and fine lines. The chairs must not be bulky as well. Curves are also more inviting, so much so that round tables give the dining area a sense of informality that immediately puts people at ease.
You can always go for the classic rectangular table, especially if the room you have is narrow and long. This is the preferred choice for large families that require more than five seats. The most important thing to remember is to choose based on your needs instead of trends and styles that other people are choosing for their own families.

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