Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Why Hire a Professional Design Consultant?

Why Hire a Professional Designer?

  • Are you overwhelmed by all of the choices that are available to you?
  • Between work, kids, spouses, sports scheduling, volunteering and chores are you just too busy to try and tackle one more thing?

  • Have you started to decorate a room/ your home and left it half finished?
  • You know you want your room to look like the picture you pulled from the magazine but you don’t know where to begin?
  • Is your home an older home that you want to decorate in a manner that reflects it’s history?

  • Have you been busy “collecting” pieces over the years and now you don’t know how to pull it all together?

  • Is it time to renovate? Do you want to add a room?
  • Are you finding yourself at an impasse on design style with your spouse or significant other?
  • Do you think the choices you have made so far are boring? Do you need help just to jazz up what you have already?

  • Have you toured one too many Model homes and yet still can’t find that right look?
  • Are you interested in items that are labeled “To The Trade Only”?
  • Are you tired of the hassle of trying to pull it all together yourself?
  • Do you want something unique? Something that reflects your personal style?

  • Are all of your local retailers all showing the same things and none of them reflect your tastes?
  • Do you want to see some beautiful faux painting throughout your home? Custom Murals?

  • Are you tired of living in chaos and tired of being unorganized in your home?

    If you have decided that any of the questions listed above are followed by you saying “Yes” then you need to hire a Professional Design Consultant. You can decide in what capacity you need to utilize their skills. If all you need is someone to come in and consult with you on items you already own, then call and ask what it would be for a 2 or 3 hour Consultation. If you need someone who will simply take over your home project for you, call now. Run don’t walk to the phone. Relieve yourself of the pressure you have placed on yourself. You will be grateful to yourself for having made the decision to trust a Professional Design Consultant.

the furniture featured is from Stanley Furniture to check out Taylor Haskins' up and coming web site.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Bedding on a Budget

This post is courtesy of an article I found at Better Homes and Gardens . Loved it's simplicity I hope you do too...

Budget Bed
Turn a basic bedroom into a dream with three simple projects that cost so little you can give your room a facelift without depleting your savings.

Make a covered headboard (ours is medium-density fiberboard) with batting and fabric; pick a fabric with spandex fiber for extra stretch.
Yardage: Fabric at least 3 inches wider all around than headboard frame
Time: 3 hours
1.Drill two 1/4-inch holes where you want to add covered buttons.

2.Wrap two layers of batting around the frame; staple on the back.
3.Lay the frame facedown on the wrong side of the fabric.

4.Pull the fabric to the back at the center top and bottom; staple.

5.Repeat on both sides.

6.Stretch and staple the fabric to fit smoothly around the board.

7.To further secure fabric to the headboard, push a needle and thread from the back through the hole drilled in the board, through the button loop, then to the back of the board.

8.Pull ends of thread tight and twist around a brad nailed to the board back.
This step lets the button dimple the fabric.

Yardage: 2 inches larger all around than comforterTime: 2 hours

1.Measure the comforter, adding 1 inch on three sides and 2 inches along top edge.
2.Turn top edges of fabric under 2 inches and hem.
3.Stitch hook-and-loop tape to inside of top edges.

4.Lay top and bottom right sides together; stitch around three edges.

5.Add loops at inside corners; turn right side out. Add loops at comforter's corners to hold comforter in place.

The trick to making this fun, fringy pillow is to buy coarsely woven fabric that makes it easy to pull thick, loose threads off the cut ends.
Yardage: 1/2 yard for a 16-inch pillowTime: 1 hour
1.To start, cut two pieces of fabric 2 inches wider all around than the pillow form.

2.With wrong sides together, stitch the pieces together 2 inches from the edges, leaving a 6-inch opening.

3.Slip a pillow form through the opening and machine-stitch the opening shut.

4.Unravel the edges of the pillow by pulling the loose threads down to the machine-stitched line.