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Ecofriendly Interior Design Tips

By making and designing an ecofriendly home, you can do so much more than help save the planet.  You can personalize and stylize these houses to be just as comfortable as any other home out there, according to a high profile environmentally friendly designer.   Think about what you’re buying and ask yourself questions. Do you know exactly what is in the product?  Where did it come from?  Am I going to be able to recycle, reuse, or even upcycle it?  Is the energy that I use every day renewable?  Is the manufacturer known to be eco-friendly and make their products cleanly?  And finally, if you have them, be sure to always ask yourself is it harmful to children?   Be on the lookout for green furniture. There are several places that have a vast array of environmentally friendly products at a very modest and reasonable price.  Companies that make these types of furniture remove chlorofluorocarbon gases from their factories, and use many other non-harmful ways to create them, such as water finishes and recycled materials.   Use plenty of window decorations. Not only do they help keep the full brightness of the sun out of the room, they ensure that your furniture doesn’t become worn out by the sun’s rays, maintain your privacy, and adds another element of personality to your home.  Try recycling materials you already have to make your very own, for example towels from the kitchen, sheets, or tablecloths all make stylish window treatment options.   If you already have furniture, try refurbishing them to your taste. There are several ways you can reuse your furniture, like using a different paint or color, using a cover, or discover a whole new purpose for them somewhere around the house.  A fun idea is to use things you don’t need as wallpaper, such as pages from comics, maps, or any other type of unorthodox paper that suits your personality. Decorate with what you already have. You can use kitchen utensils or tools from your garage to hang up onto the walls, or any other things that pop out at you that you can use to express yourself.  When you put your imagination to it, you’d be surprised what you can do with what’s around the home, you can decorate bed sheets to create canopies, use covers to make a lampshade, etc.   Try shopping at antique stores. Find one that sticks out to you and has a lot of things you like, and ask them for products you have in mind to see if they have something similar or even better.  If you befriend the owners, then they can be on the lookout for certain items you want and let you know when they arrive.   Used furniture is great but make sure its worth it. Some furniture mat crack when it is surrounded by a new climate so you want to make sure it wont arrive and it breaks on you. Especially with wood, do not buy it if it has been treated beforehand. A good hint for pillows is to check if they have zippers, if they don’t then there is no way to clean them so do not buy them if they are zipperless. If your furniture is like a puzzle and has a lot of pieces working together than it is a nice piece in your hands but if there is glue involved, run away.   Custom slipcovers instead of generic. Your sofa can look completely different with a cover. You can even save a lot of money by not having to replace your sofa every ten years. A good slipcover will make your sofa look upholstered. You want it to be a nightmare to get off so that the actual sofa wont get dirty. It should be tailored and fitted to every curve of the sofa. You do not want any sagging going on or else it would look mess


Learning About Color

Most of us get paralized when choosing colors for decorating our homes. So many options and combinations to choose from - it can get very confusing quickly! But here’s the thing: Understanding how colors work not only eliminates the overwhelm, it can be a tremendous asset you can use when picking the best color scheme for a room. Today’s episode is packed with everything you need to get a deeper understanding of color and how to combine them to have the greatest effect! Show highlights: - How to “read” the color wheel to avoid boring or chaotic color combinations. (02:10) - The way human brain reacts to color. (3:44) - What is analogous and complementary color harmony and how to use it for best effect. (4:13) - Why “color context” is important when picking out colors for your home. (4:50) - Deep dive into the meaning of Red, Blue, Green and Yellow… and the effect they have on you! (5:50) - The one color that reacts badly to Black, makes babies cry, and can cause diarrhoea! (12:01) And if you want even more inspiration for decorating your personal space… then go to  http://goodlivingbydesignshow.com  and download your free copy of 7 Decorating Tips To Love The Home You’re In. Are you ready to try and create the color scheme that’s perfect for your home? Put your headphones on and start listening now!


Ten Design Don’ts

Every home design project is unique and comes with their own challenges. This is when you might need a professional to help you get through these challenges. Unfortunately, homeowners tend to make the same common mistake which could prevent them from their dream room.   Here are the top 10 Don’ts for interior Design.   Your furniture doesn’t belong again the wall. You can have that space in your room you’ve always wanted if you just let your room breathe around all the pieces in your room. Let your furniture be able to float in your room away from walls. Stay away from small, cheap throw pillows with solid forms. You want to actually enjoy your pillows even if it is just for decoration. They should be overstuffed, formable, and generous. Buy soft, plush pillows that you can shape and not have a rigid look to them. To test the formability, you can do a quick karate chop to the top of the pillow and see if it will change the pillow’s blockiness. Get rid of all the pillows that came with the furniture, the ones that are the size of a postage stamp, and of course those horrid matchy-matchy ones. Don’t settle on paint color. The color of your room will either make or break the room. This is where you want to consult with a pro (not an employee at Home Depot/Lowes who works in the paint section), it take an experienced and trained eye to be able to correctly read the paint’s undertones. Don’t sacrifice your lighting for a cheaper. We see this too often where light fixtures are too small and do not fit the room correctly. Use correct scaled and relevant lighting. Lighting over everything gives your room style, so make sure to pick a piece that defines the type of tone you want to set your room. Think of it as picking a statement piece of jewelry for your little black dress. You want it to be your eye catching element in your room. Getting too small of a rug. Size matters in this department. The bigger the better. A rug groups all your furniture piecing’s together. Make sure to buy one large enough to lie under at least the front legs of each furniture pieces to group together. Never isolate rooms. You want to create a flow from room to room. You can do this by linking adjacent spaces visually. For example, you can repeat a pattern (like wallpaper or paint color) or carry and accent color (leg detail) from one room to another. Don’t go cheap on drapes. More is more in this department. Interior design professions use fabric yardage that’s 2 ½ - 3 times the width of the window for fully functional drapes. You can get away with fabric that is even twice as wide as the window! Don’t skimp. No Matching. PLEASE never match your textiles to your furniture to “relate them”. You want to create a collected look not Minnie’s house with white polka dots everywhere. Pick pieces with common similarities like color, history, material, mood, or style. Forgetting the piece’s special design. Details make the design. It is important to be able to train your eye so that you are able to notice the small details. You will be able to see that a customized made chair with beautiful leg carvings is very different that a mass produced chair at Ikea. Custom details are crucial in professional work. Details make the result special! Stopping before layering. Yes, this is very similar to layering in clothes. Pick something you love and then repeat the color or pattern in other pieces. However, the hard part is stopping before it looks to matchy-matchy. Subtly is key, you can throw something unexpected to limit being to matchy. In a bedroom, you can create layering pieces with drapery, wallpaper, paint, pillows, throws, bedding, accessories, the list is endless. You be the judge when enough is enough.


Seven qualities of a great designer

Interior design is like art and speak to each person differently. Great design means stepping out of your comfort zone, mixing paints, textures and fabrics in unique ways. It can also be great with simplicity, clean lines and modern furniture. However, a great designer achieves all the same basic eight qualities to make a room come to life! Regardless of your style, interior design should have their own personality. No room will look the same from client to client. Here are some tips to follow to create a brilliant designed spaces and see what qualities that make them so great! Sleek lines and exotic materials give a room a glamorous look. You can have your furniture pieces upholstered in a different plush fabric but make sure they sign the same song. To become a great designer, you want to be glamorous (at the least your room too). You want to create a symmetrical look in your rooms with something eye catching but also have something anchoring’s the space to create a symmetrical feel. This does not mean having everything on one side mirrored to the other. You can still have a centerpiece in your room but have pieces that accent the room while having contrast pieces that contrast the accent color NOT the center piece. Soft color tones and subtle styles can be more than welcoming in a guest bedroom. It is important that all your pieces go together. This does not mean matching your pieces but just to make sure the colors create the same type of mood. You can have two main colors in your room and bring them together with a rug to harmonize everything.  If you have a small room you are redesigning, you don’t want your room to become cramped but cozy. You can be cozy by having your bed at one end the rom and have all your main elements in that same end of the room while having some pieces floating on the walls from the door ways to create a spacious flow. This creates a welcoming place to come in and snuggle up. When creating a child’s room it is hard not to go over board with the colors. You do not need to have colors on the walls to feel fun and fabulous. You can create a very playful room with accessories in green, yellow, orange, and pink giving it a whimsical look without sacrificing the classical finishes. The shape of the mirrors can go a long way too, to give your room personality.  You want to go out of your comfort zone. By doing this, you can pick a bright bold color for a large piece and have the rest of the room accent and harmonizing with it. Do not be afraid to go bold. If you are redesigning a bathroom your shower curtain can be the bold pattern while having pieces accenting them. For example, imagine a bathroom with an orange patterned shower curtain. The bathroom is made out of white tile all around but you have gold accessories around the bathroom. You can have a gold lining of your bathroom mirror with a gold clock on the wall with gold pipes for the toilet. The possibilities are endless! This is where the real magic happens with bold colors!


Turn your Home Into a Relaxing Retreat for a Staycation

When was the last time you took a nice vacation? Are you due for one?The sad fact is, most Americans aren’t taking any vacations at all.We hoard up vacation days with all best intentions… but life gets in the way.We can’t get time off from work, we’re workaholics, or simply we can’t afford to go anywhere.Some of us don’t go on vacations because we can’t stand queue lines, flight delays, crowded and germ infested airports…But unplugging from work, even for just a day or two, can help you maintain a healthy perspective in life and boost your happiness levels.And here’s the thing:You don’t have to go anywhere to unplug and de-stress. You can simply stay at home and create your own relaxing “staycation”!Listen to this episode and discover ways to turn your home into a luxury hotel without luxury expenses and achieve a lavish lifestyle on a budget!Show highlights:- Simple ways to transform your bedroom into a luxurious space.- Quickly replicate a spa bathroom in your house without major remodelling.- An inexpensive way to “lux” up almost every room in your hose.- One simple addition to your entryway that can turn it into a 5-star hotel lobby.- Add a hint of glamour to your bedroom with this simple fix to your window dressings.- How to improve your lightning and create mood.Plus, to get ideas of all the best ways to cater for your staycation partner… go to http://goodlivingbydesignshow.com and download your free guide Key Decorating Tips For Happy Couples. Ready?Tune in, listen… and start planning!


Move or Remodel

How do you decide, when the time comes, if you should remodel your house or relocate? Maybe your kids moved out recently and you’re left with all this space you don’t need anymore…   Or...Perhaps your family evolved and your charming little house is suddenly too cramped and overcrowded.   What should you do: Relocate or remodel?Moving house can be exciting, but it also means stressful times ahead.And… if you’re anything like us, you’ve probably accumulated years and years worth of stuff. And the mere thought of going through all that gives you headache.On the other hand, remodelling when not planned properly can mean stress during and after the process. Plus, you risk ending up with a home you’re not happy with.The point is, you have a decision to make and you want it to be the best one for your situation.This episode will help you to plan your remodelling project properly. Or... if your heart is set on relocating, it will give you the best criteria to use when deciding where to move to. Because one thing is for sure: you can always fix your house, but you can’t fix your neighbourhood. Show highlights:- Things you must check before deciding to move into a new neighbourhood.- How to accurately calculate the cost of your remodelling project. (And avoid surprises you didn’t plan for.)- Not every house is suitable for remodelling. Find out if yours is.- Can remodelling be a good choice when you want to downsize?- How to avoid over-modelling your home and risk making it unsellable.- One simple and inexpensive home improvement project that can boost your home’s value more than anything else. (Adding a basement, updating your bathroom, or replacing your roof can’t even come close!)If you’re asking yourself, “remodel or relocate?”… listen to this episode and get help making the best decision for your situation.And once you know what your best decision is... hop over to http://goodlivingbydesignshow.com and get your free copy of Seven Decor Tips To Love The Home You’re In.Start listening now!


Form, Follow, Function

Have you ever been in a situation while shopping where...You spot a beautiful item, you pick it up, marvel at its beauty, and immediately start debating with yourself whether you should purchase it or return it to the shelf.As human beings, we are naturally drawn towards beautiful things… even if those things end up as yet more clutter in our homes.One thing you don’t want is to create spaces full of unimportant and useless items just because they are pretty.Interior designers have a rule: form should follow function. You should always plan your design with a purpose.Today’s episode will help you create a space that is equally functional and appealing.And as an example, you’ll hear ways to plan and decorate your home office. You’ll see that sometimes all it takes is just a few minor tweaks to have a space that functions, feels, and looks great!Show highlights:- What to do when you don’t have an extra room or basement you can use. (But you still want privacy and silence.)- How to turn your closet into a functional home office. (Perfect if you live in a tiny apartment!)- Simple ways to emphasise ergonomics correctly.- Fix your lightning to avoid eye strain and improve your mood.- How to turn your office storage into beautiful decor.And one more thing:Hop over to http://goodlivingbydesignshow.com and download your free report Designing For The Shape Of Your Space for more creative ideas!Ready? Start listening now!


How houseplants can change your life!

How houseplants can change your life Home accessories are not always just rugs and shiny things. Live plants are an essential to have in your home and can even become the key element in a room. If you have any unused corner or empty shelf in your home, think about putting a plant to fill up the space. Why? Let me tell you. 1. Plants are functional design elements: Many suburban homes have great spacious rooms. While some people love the idea of having a spacious room it could also be someone’s worst nightmare. It is difficult to know where one space ends and one begins. This is why indoor plants like a large shrub or a tree is the perfect answer. You can use them to divide your room up or to create a restricted area where you wouldn’t want guests going into. You are infusing life into the space and are not making the divider between your rooms heavy. For the adrenaline lovers, place a potted plant in the middle of room to create a soft divider. This ad a great deal to the interior of the room. Have you noticed that most plaza have trees or a fountain? It is to create this division element. 2. Plants create a soft element: You cannot recreate natural materials with aesthetic ones. There is no genuine substitute for nature. If you want to create your room to be warm and homey, think about putting a plant in a room where it is cold, like in an office. For example, a therapist’s office usually has a plant in the room because it brings warmth to the room where you will feel like it more comfortable to discuss your problems instead of a cold, hard, room. 3. You fill a room with life: Those corners in your home where it is not big enough or doesn’t seem right for furniture are perfect for a large plant to fill up the empty space. By having that plant behind your furniture, your room will feel more intimate without being over crowded. 4. Plants create a balance: The tricky part about plants is that there is a wrong and right place to place them in. if you put the right plant in the wrong place it will throw off your entire room. It could be that it is too small for a large space or having an overwhelming amount of design elements in one room. It is important to take height, width, and volume into consideration to fill out the space harmoniously. You want to balance the right about of weight of volume within your room. You do not want to have all tall and wide elements in the room or vice versa. 5. The pot is another opportunity to design: The pot that you use can create a statement in your room. For example, using a bright paint dipped pot makes a color statement and can be used an accent in a dark room. If you use a dull looking pot, it would disappear in the room. Most garden stores have well designed planters where you can create the perfect match for your room. Always consider your color palette or metal planters for a more industrial feel. Many planters not, thanks to technology even look like real stone! Happy designing!


No Need To Be Overwhelmed

In the last episode we talked about home shaming and what you can do right away to stop feeling bad. Today, you’ll hear how to deal with overwhelm that’s preventing you to get your decorating project started. No matter how big or small your project is, it can quickly become daunting if you’ve never done it before. We’ve all been there. But the good news is… once you know where to start, the overwhelm quickly disappears. Show highlights: - How to uncover your decorating style when you can’t even articulate what you like. - What is your “feel” word and how it can help you decorate your perfect space. - What to do when you can’t afford decorating the whole house… but you still want a home you can be proud of. - One surefire way to predict (and prevent!) problems before you even start. - How to easily and cheaply change your color scheme any time you want. - Get help from a professional decorator even if you’re on a tight budget. Here’s what to do next: Listen to this episode and write down the steps (mentioned inside) you need to follow so you start your project stress-free. Then, go to http://goodlivingbydesignshow.com and download your free report Decorating Tips From The Pros. It is packed full of great design ideas you can use to create a home you can be proud of without breaking the bank. And remember, you don’t need to start big… you just need to start.


Home Shaming

Welcome to the very first episode of our new podcast series: “Good Living By Design”.Let’s start the show by addressing something 61% of Americans experience but feel embarrassed to talk about:Home shaming.You’ve probably heard the term body shaming before. Home shaming means exactly the same - being ashamed of your own home.You feel embarrassed and “less than” when you compare it to the pictures of perfect homes you see on Pinterest, Instagram or on TV.Maybe you feel your house is too small or too cheap. Maybe you have outdated carpeting. Maybe you’ve started a DIY project that’s left incomplete for years…. mismatched furnishings, badly decorated rooms...There’s a lot of valid reasons why you might feel ashamed right now.But the truth is… it is all fixable.So let’s do that.Let’s figure out what you can do right now to move you towards a home you will love and be proud of.In this short episode you will discover three things you need to do right now to get things moving in the right direction.You’ll hear:- How to figure out what the real problem of your “home shame” is.- What to do when you don’t have time, money, or talent to start a new decorating project.- One simple way to avoid overwhelm when you don’t know where to start.Remember, you don’t need to start big... you just need to start.The first step? Go to http://goodlivingbydesignshow.com and download your free report on 15 ways to reinvent your home. Next, click on the play button below and start listening now!


DIY may not be the best option

Did you know you don’t have be a billionaire living in Beverly Hills to hire a designer? That you can actually SAVE money by working with right person? Not talking about all that time and stress you won’t have to deal with either! Trust us, DIY, is not a good idea and 97% lead to disasters. Real life is not like a Pinterest boards. Of course we can’t all afford that remodel that will be the front cover of Architecture Digest, but many great designers will work with people on affordable projects. Designers are all about creative collaboration. The best homes come from a great client-designer relationship- one you can have, too. Why collaborate with a designer? You have endlessly tried redoing your living room into one of the pictures you found online and just cannot do it. You may know what you want but don’t know how to get your home reflecting your vision. It does not come to picking the right sofa for your living room, but picking out the perfect rug that will pair with the sofa. Or you might have all the right pieces in all the right places but it is still lacking that personality and warmth you want to achieve. Maybe you what that really cute built in breakfast nook you saw once in a magazine but just don’t know who to call or how to get one. Do not be one of those embarrassed clients who have already spend hundreds of dollars trying over and over again but still can’t get their room they want it to look like. Again, not everyone is born a designer, just like you are not born a surgeon. You must go to school and learn to become a professional and make things match.   Designing a home is not a black and white field. There are many shades of grey in between because there are endless interpretation of objects and space and how they relate to one another. You need a fresh start. Unfortunately, by the time people call a designer, they have tried multiple times to create their dream home and someone in the house is at their breaking point. For example, a husband and wife are remodeling their home and the husband is very frustrated. He does not mind working with a designer but is upset that his wife has already spent a lot of money and does not what to buy new pieces for the home when they are just going to be boxed up by next year. That is why it is very important to let your designer know what pieces are important to you and want them to stay because not everything that has been purchased is going to stay. A designer is here to work for you so remember that it is your vision not theirs. You are ready to get what you want! At the end of the day a interior designer is a service oriented profession where your client’s satisfaction is the most important goal. Some tips to have a productive and positive experience: Have a general idea of a budget Know what you want to get rid of and want to keep. If you have partner make sure you are both in agreement with the changes. Ask about suggestions Respect each other Communicate all your feelings to your designer and do not be afraid to let them know how you feel. Happy designing!  


What your Interior Designer MUST ask you

You have finally decided to redecorate. You know you are not that great with colors, fabrics, and all of that decorating stuff. So, you have admitted to yourself you need help and have hired an interior designer. Are you worried that they are going to change your home into a big pink fluffy mess? Don’t just sit aside and let your interior designer make all the decisions. We are here to show you how to tell apart from a mediocre decorator from one that will fit your needs! Interior designers are like therapists. You have to tell them personal things about yourself and invite them to your favorite niches at home. Don’t worry though, you won’t end up laying on a couch answering “how does that make you feel” questions, but you will answer questions like, what are your personal needs, likes and dislikes, how do you move around in your home, etc. Our team has come up with 12 questions that ANY designer should always discuss with you. If you notice they are not trying to get to know your preferences, throw them out and move on to the next one on your list before a train wreck hits. However, if it is your neighbor’s friend from down the street who you decided to try out and can’t banish, then it is your responsibility to get this vital information out to them. However, you should interview a couple of interior designers before hiring one to get a feel which one would be the right fit for you. During this interview process, keep in mind to set the tone as “what can you do for me” and not the other way around, because remember you are the priority. Look for the questions they ask you and see If they match up with ours, to find a winner on your list! 1. What do you love about this room? In worse case scenarios, the stereotype holds true that a designer will walk into your home and shake their head and declares, “Everything must go!” If that happens, walk them to your door. Luckily, most designers do not have that attitude and begin with learning about what you want and not impose their tastes on you. For example, you are sitting in your living room sipping tea, and your designer asks the million-dollar question, you will say that you love the grand piano near your stairway. Awesome! This is a focal point and a great place to start. The rest of the room will compliment that one piece. This could be with black doors and a white sofa. 2. What do you hate about this room? It I important to let your designer know what you want to change about your room and what you are willing to get rid of. This will help knowing what to replace. This all comes to personal taste because one might say they hate the grand piano, so they will redecorate the entire room. It is your house, so your likes and dislikes are what matter. They should not try to change your mind either. 3. What colors do you love? For example, we are still in your living room sipping tea, and you want to be surrounded with walls of neutral colors and a touch of a bright color. 4. What colors do you hate? Do you want your living room walls to be a bright neon pink with glitter on them? Probably not, be sure to go through the rainbow and pick out colors you cannot stand. 5. Do you have something or want something to be your color inspiration? This question really gives direction to the design process. Your color inspiration could be furniture, fabric, dishes, vases, etc. 6. Do you have a look or style you want to create? Believe it or not but you can make your home your own spa and set a relaxation mood. This is perfect for someone who has a high stress job. It is also okay to not know what you want. If this is the case, make two piles of your do’s and don’ts. Look through photos online and pick rooms you would love for your home and ones you absolutely hate. Show these to your designers so they get a better understanding of what you are looking for. 7. How do you use this room? For example, let’s say we are now in your bedroom and you would obviously think this room is for sleeping. However, you also enjoy watching TV in bed. So, furniture placement, technology and free space all need to be considered. If you are redoing your living room, will it be used only during the holidays, entertain guests, or used daily for watching TV? Which brings us to our next question. 8. How important is your TV watching chair? This may seem odd to have in our top 12 but this has actually become very important in the design of a room. A majority of people are attached to their special chair in the living room and will not let it go. If this is not important to you, then it won’t be an issue. 9. Are there any special needs that should be considered? This can be for if an elderly person needs a firmer chair, or accommodating wheelchair accessibility, or even allergy issues. 10. Do you want to accomplish this all at once or in phases? This design process can be very expensive so you might want to do step-by-step phases so you do not pay for everything at once. Your designer will let you know what furniture pieces to get first and which ones are crucial to have in the beginning than to that one candle that could wait towards the end of the process. 11. What’s your budget? Don’t be shy and just tell your designer. This should be established in the beginning or you might be very upset at the end when your bill comes through. To avoid that, set your budget. This brings us to our very last question, where it is your turn to ask a question. 12. Is this a realistic budget to accomplish my vision? A good designer will be honest with you. You might be disappointed by what you hear but this is much better than ending up with a bank breaking surprise at the end. If your dreams and budget don’t match, often your designer will offer suggestions to get started on your project. An interior designer will help you get the result you are looking for, no matter how big or small the project may be. But make sure your designer is asking you the right questions, if they are then you have found a match!


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