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September, 2012

  1. Living Room Decorating Tips

    September 28, 2012 by BlairStover

     Every person is constantly looking for decorating tips for the home, especially in the living room. Blair Stover has come up with some great ideas that will turn your living area into a personalized, comfortable space to entertain, live, and relax. Check out these helpful tips below.

    • Sofas, armchairs and chairs should be arranged so that all of them sit facing each other and form (more or less) a rectangle. In this classic arrangement, there are two sofas sitting opposite of each other.
    •  A graphic rug takes the classic look of white and throws in the use of some color accents. This can add a pop of color as well as interest to a color scheme.
    •  Think in groups: Candlesticks look beautiful when in three or more. The same goes for vases, tea lights and other decorative objects.
    •  Get an overview of the colors in your living room. What works best with the color walls or the color furniture? A color panel is composed of three to six shades. Look around your living room and try to figure out the most dominant colors. How many colors you use, ultimately, whether or not you put in a contrasting color, remains a matter of taste.
    •  Paintings are usually hung too high because they are hung up while in a standing position. Especially in the living room, it makes sense to hang the pictures so that they are sitting at eye level.
    •  Push all cables and power strips so they are well hidden.
    • Televisions are best sitting near the back or side of the window. The ideal distance is about five to six times the picture height, with HD devices about three to four times the image height. Ideally, the TV to the floor distance should be about one meter.

  2. Salary of an Interior Designer

    September 24, 2012 by BlairStover

    The salary of an interior designer can be very high provided the designer is working in the right position. Inside the interior design realm reside two major categories, and sub-categories are found from here. The main categories are commercial interior design and residential interior design. Read on as Blair Stover outlines the sectors of these categories.

    Residential interior design has become more confusing than it has ever been before. Rather than simply picking out colors and draperies, interior design is a trade. If this is the overall area in which you wish to dedicate yourself, you are in a very different profession than interior design; you are actually in the profession of interior decoration.

    The difference is that the trade of interior design the use of CAD, which encompasses the ability to site manage, technical knowledge about how things are constructed, meeting with contractors and architects, create tender drawings, handle budgeting. With all of this, the salary of a qualified interior designer can be quite high. An entry level position can begin around $27,536 with that of a lead designer earning as much as $80,950.

    The other main category of interior design is commercial interior design. In this field, specialists skills and knowledge are necessary, thus the compensation can be much higher. Many sectors are under the umbrella of commercial design.

    Once you direct your focus to one sector, it may be difficult to switch directions after a couple of years.  Overall, salaries are quite similar in each sector. One can expect to begin at $25,904, and the average salary of a creative director with fifteen years experience is $97,188.

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  3. The Use of Software in Interior Design

    September 21, 2012 by BlairStover

    A consistent part of the interior design profession is interior design software. With customers who are more design conscious nowadays, the expected standard has been raised. With things like budgets and contractors out of the designer’s control, this can create quite a challenge. Luckily, interior design software comes in differing categories to assist the designer in facing these challenges, as we explain in more detail here on Blair Stover.

    Visualization software helps bring your design to life. One example of design software is Google Sketchup. With such software, three dimensional forms of your design can be created in a short amount of time. Visualization software is easy to use with flexible plug-ins, styles, and is similar to sketching. A large number of different camera angels can be taken once the model is made. An exported two dimensional image of a three dimensional model in a line format can have textures and materials applied through Photoshop.

    CAD software is available in packages for production of two-dimensional floor plans, architectural plans, details of joinery items, construction drawings, sections, and even more. This software is useful in interior fit outs and producing build drawings.

    Graphic software can be expensive. Primarily used by graphic designers, some interior designers also use them.  Most interior designers, however, will not utilize the full capabilities of the software for their purposes. Layout tweaks and in-design presentation amends make this software quite useful.

    Additional useful interior designs include Skype, video, YouTube, and a quality smartphone. With these tools, you will be able to remain connected to media software, email software and stay in touch with clients.

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  4. Lighting Ideas for the Entry Way

    September 19, 2012 by BlairStover

    The foyer, often known as the gateway to your kingdom, is usually the first impression you give your visitors of how you live. It sets the tone of your whole home and it serves other functions as well. You throw your keys on the side table, your coats on the coat rack, you grab an umbrella from the stand and you may even touch up your blush or eye shadow in the mirror before heading out the door.

    The entryway serves multiple functions for everyone, which is why it needs to be lighted and styled properly. Take a look at these tips provided by Blair Stover to have a functional, well-lit entry way ready for you and your guests.

    1.     One of the most popular ways of arranging a foyer is having not one table lamp but two at opposite ends of a long but slim table. Anchor the table by putting a mirror in the middle of the table on the wall. The table can then be decorated with smaller accents like a small table bowl for keys or something to catch the mail.

    2.     If you are looking for a functional look, try a sleek lamp on top of a bookshelf which can be doubled as a console table. The shelves could be used to house baskets that can keep hats and gloves in the colder months and other things in the summer months.

    3.     Try hanging pendants around a shelf by using coat hooks. This creates a fun, illusion style look.

    4.     If you have a circular foyer, a chandelier is a fantastic idea with a circular table under it. Or consider a medallion on the floor, or even a circular rug to highlight the foyer’s character.

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  5. Tips on How to Design a Zen Bedroom

    September 16, 2012 by BlairStover

    If you are thinking about changing the way your bedroom looks, you can start by sitting down and deciding how things should flow. Blair Stover has all the details below.

    Determine what the flooring should look like, what color the walls should be and if any special décor should be placed within the room. You want to stay away from granite and marble because these items are cold and the bedroom should be anything but cold. Try carpeting or hardwood as these materials work the best.

    As far as coloring goes, the bright colors have no place in the bedroom. People usually have a bedroom for sleeping purposes and bright colors will make a person stay awake rather than put you to sleep. Go for the neutral colors like grays, white wines and beiges.

    Your bed should have comfortable linens on it. Use the highest quality linens possible, along with a comfortable blanket. You can add a silky throw at the end of the bed to give your bed an expensive look without having to actually spend a lot.

    If you want to go “green” with your bedroom, try woven shades. These are usually created from rattan and bamboo and they give off a beautiful look that goes with almost any style.

    Using decorative pillows can add a lot of color to your bedroom as well. It can give your bedroom that extra pop you desire and it won’t break the bank either. However, when it all comes down to it the choice is yours to make. You must be comfortable with the decision of changing your bedroom around and if you are into bright colors- then go with it. If you are the kind of person that loves the oriental side of things- go with that. The boundaries are limitless.

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  6. Simple Interior Design Tips to Classic French Décor

    September 11, 2012 by BlairStover

    The French are known for a lot of things and design is just another highlight. French interior designing can give your home or business the edge you have been looking for. The hand-made accessories, the valuable antiques and the well-made furniture is just the sophisticated look you are looking for but with a tad of “old world” beauty. Blair Stover has compiled a few tips to help you get started.

    1.  The Series. Your design palette will start off with natural ingredients. This can range from things like unfinished wood, tile countertops, stone walls or wooden beams. Walls are very rarely white- a creamy white or a classic antique finish is more appropriate. In fact, a cool gray or mustard yellow would be great colors for walls. Faux finishes, vintage fabrics and wallpaper, hand-painted borders and palette fading are all great ways to make your home stand out.
    2. Furniture and Textiles. You cannot get anymore “French” than with classic French furniture. Pieces are made of solid wood and they are lightly colored. You can often accent pieces with pillows, textiles, cushions and even pictures that breathe a “French” scene. Coffee tables, dining tables and sofas are perfect pieces to start with.
    3. Classic French Accessories. Hanging plants near a door or window could mean the difference in making your home seem dull or not. All you have to do is invest in a couple of pieces of hand-painted tiles along with some wild flowers in different jars or buckets. You wouldn’t believe the difference it makes.

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  7. The Chesterfield Sofa is the New Modern Trend

    September 7, 2012 by BlairStover

    The Chesterfield furniture hype is at an all-time high and it is an icon that deserves to be examined more closely. In recent years, Chesterfield furniture has experienced a renaissance- and rightly so! Blair Stover has all the details below.

    Most people go with the opinion of passionate interior bloggers and editors and expect that this trend will continue to intensify. In fact, Karen Walker, Alexander Wang and Mark Morrison are relevant Chesterfield fans.

    Typical of a Chesterfield sofa is the buttoning, through which the leather or other fabric, such as velvet, is placed perfectly in wrinkles. Genuine Chesterfield furniture is comfortable and comes from England. Unfortunately, some providers see things differently and will sell supposedly authentic Chesterfields from Asia or the Eastern Block. These copies unfortunately cannot keep up with the high technical quality of the English originals.

    Here is how you can recognize an original Chesterfield sofa from England.

    •  Ensure the selection is real. A good English factory manufactures many different Chesterfield sofas and chair models and process at least 20 shades of leather. An Asian furniture factory manufactures one, maybe two models each with three typical colors.
    •  The delivery time. When a piece of furniture comes from England, the transport takes maybe five weeks. When the goods come from Asia, you’re looking at least ten weeks.
    •  The details. English Chesterfield sofas have a frame of solid beech wood. The buttons are designed by skilled craftsmen and sewn several inches deep into the cushion.
    •  Forget the certificates. They are not worth the paper. Just pick the right dealer instead.

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  8. How to Work Pink into Your Whole House

    September 3, 2012 by BlairStover

    Pink is known as an all-around good color. In fact, you can associate it with things like babies, femininity, spring, good health and love. If you go for a hot pink look, you will signify passion, fun and energy with your décor. From the hottest magenta to its most pale blush, pink is a comforting, soothing and warm color to have in your home. Blair Stover breaks down the reasons to use this great color below.

    The basic pink look is a simple mix of white and red, however its bluer hues steer closer to the purple side of the color family. If you look at the yellow version of pink, beige is more the color you will see. And let’s not forget salmon pink, which is more of an orange pink.

    Pink is one of those colors that vary widely and there really isn’t a color that you can compare to it. Actually, you just can’t pair pink with any other color. It takes a special mix to make it work. Green and pink are a type of “heavenly” color and both are making a huge color comeback in the décor world. You can match orange and pink up to make a room sizzle and pink and gold would look awesome in any hue.

    Pink is a color that is making a comeback everywhere- Versailles to Sante Fe; India to Mexico; Manhattan lofts to little kids rooms. It is considered a versatile color, not a retreating color. It doesn’t matter how you use it, it will make itself known. There is just no reason not to use it.

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