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October, 2012

  1. Organizing Tips for Small Spaces

    October 30, 2012 by BlairStover

    We all need space in and outside the home: discover all the places you never have considered before. There is a right place for each of them- it is just a matter of finding it. Blair Stover explains it all below.

    The space under the stairs to the alcove in the bedroom, from the covered porch to the small laundry room on the ground floor, the stairs to the small corridor: intelligent, practical and functional spaces that can be used with containers, cabinets and shelves. Organizing is an excellent solution when you want to stow things without necessarily having to hide them. If you look carefully, you will notice that your home or office actually has room for everything: so enjoy being organized!

    Do you have a lot more clothes than space available? Then it’s time to begin organizing your wardrobe with bins and drawers to set up to exploit the depth and width of your cabinets perfectly. Containers in different sizes, small enough for your accessories (belts, necklaces, socks…) and those great enough for all bedding and bath textiles (bed linen, towels, blankets) are available: an extensive range of modular and complementary colored and transparent products, with or without wheels will barely make a dent in your pocket.

    From coats, sweaters and scarves, you will have everything cleared away in a few minutes. You only need a few containers; something good will come of all this and it starts with a sense of organization: a free path for T-shirts, sleeveless shirts and thong sandals.

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  2. Interior Design Ideas for the Bathroom

    October 26, 2012 by BlairStover

    Redoing the bathroom? It’s hard to find original ideas out there to be inspired by. There are a few things that stay the same, however, when planning a bathroom make over.

    ·      Bathrooms need good light and air circulation. This isn’t just for safety, but also for hygiene’s sake.

    ·      Speaking of hygiene, decoration takes a back seat to cleanliness. If the tile can’t be cleaned or is not water proof, then it can’t be considered hygienic enough to be in the bathroom.

    ·      Minimalism is best when it comes to appliances and colors as they create sleek lines and don’t detract from other features you may decide to put up (such as accents or stone countertops).

    ·      Glass is used often in bathrooms because it is classy yet doesn’t detract from other things. Adding glamour and elegance, note that glass can also be a hazard as it breaks easily.

    ·      Neutral colors, for the same reason as minimalism and glass, are often used in bathrooms. They add a soft, muted feel that is easy to relax in and that can be paired with anything. Try brown, white, or grey for maximum benefits.

    ·    Décor should be easy to clean, solely because if it isn’t easy to wipe down or clean off there is a high chance it can harbor bacteria or germs. Be wise in your décor choices.

    While Blair Stover Interior Design always encourages do-it-yourself projects, sometimes handling a redesign with a contractor is better. Especially if major appliances are involved. Know your limits and decide not only how you’re going to redecorate but how comfortable you are doing so yourself.

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  3. Decisions to be Made Prior to Remodeling Your Kitchen

    October 21, 2012 by BlairStover

    Remodeling the kitchen? It can be very exciting, yet at the same time stressful. Everything from budget to what your theme is going to be can cause anxiety, especially if you haven’t planned. With some thought, however, and preparation your remodel can go smoothly. Make sure you settle these items before moving on with your remodel:

    •  Want vs. Need: We all have things we want, but often they may be out of our budget. Ask yourself which accessories you want and which you actually need, especially if you’re going over budget.
    • Settle the Design: Find a design you like and stick to it. Changing the design during remodel can cost you big which is why it’s so important to stick with the original plan. Consult with a contractor if you’re not skilled in making the design plans yourself.
    • Determine Your Involvement: Decide what you’re going to do yourself and what you’re going to contract out. If you’re not sure, talk to a professional who knows the work and at least get quotes. You don’t want to get in over your head and have to hire someone to fix the mistakes.
    • Set a Budget: You’re likely to overspend if you don’t set a price point. Having a budget may mean some things can’t be done now, but remodels don’t have to happen completely over night. Do what you can afford to do, then build up.
    • Determine a Temporary Kitchen: During the remodel your regular kitchen is likely going to be unusable. Be sure you have a space set up where you can cook meals without getting in the way of the work being done.
    • Choose a Good Contractor: How you find a good contractor may vary, but be sure you get references and read reviews before committing. The good contractors should be able to point you to happy clients, should have a good rating with any business associations they’re part of, and should be licensed and insured.

    Remember that you get what you pay for when it comes to remodeling. If you want your kitchen to last, you’re going to need to invest seriously in it. With these tips compiled by Blair Stover Interior Designs, your kitchen will be done with as little stress as possible. Good luck!

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  4. Choosing the Perfect Design for Your Bathroom

    October 17, 2012 by BlairStover

    Bathroom refurbishments can be a big project to take on. When you redesign, you will want to be sure you get it right the first time around. Getting the perfect redesign for your bathroom can be done if you ask yourself these questions before starting, as laid out by Blair Stover Interior Designs.

     What is your budget?

    This is probably the most important question you can ask. Have a set budget before you start the remodel. If you don’t lay out a guideline for how much you can and cannot spend, you are likely to spend way more than you intended to.

     What look do you want?

    Realize that bathroom refurbishments don’t happen often. Most people replace their bathroom once every seven to ten years. Others wait and remodel once every fifteen years. You’re going to want to make sure that what you plan is what you want for the next several years at least.

     Do you plan to move soon?

    Remodeling bathrooms can add value to a home you’re trying to sell. If you’re looking to sell, see what you can do to add value for as little as possible.  You’ll want to stick with neutrals and inoffensive pieces, ones that are easy for everyone to like. Avoid bright colors, as these typically don’t go over well with buyers.

    Are your measurements right?

    Before starting, double check your measurements. One mismeasurement can undo a lot of work, and it happens all the time.

     What kind of tile?

    Tile can be a deal breaker in the bathroom for buyers, as well as a health point for owners. Some tiles are hygienic, others are not, and waterproof is a must. Tiling also makes a bathroom, adding character and design. Be sure you purchase 10% more tile than you need, that way you have spares.

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  5. Tips to Help You Choose a Paint Color for Your Home

    October 13, 2012 by BlairStover

    Who doesn’t love choosing paint? Blanks walls are canvases that hold an infinite amount of possibilities. With numerous color combinations and choices at your disposal, however, sometimes the choices can be overwhelming. How do you choose the right paint for the right room?

    Wall color can greatly influence how a room feels and looks. So here are the top tips for choosing paint color that we’ve compiled here on Blair Stover Interior Designs.

    • Color Coordinate: Be sure you know what the color scheme is going to be by looking at window treatments, furniture, rugs, carpet, and prominent accessories.
    • Paint Chips: Ask the paint merchant for paint chips, or collect chips of the colors you’re most interested in.
    • Check Colors: Then see if the colors work with the colors you already have. Be sure you check out the chips during the day and night, as colors can look different depending on the time of day. Also, note that some colors appear darker when painted on a large surface. You can try choosing the same color a shade or two lighter to counteract this.
    •   Room Size: Want a small room to look larger? Neutral colors such as ivory or white can open a space up. For a small space to look larger, try using warm and strong colors, such as red. To get a ceiling to appear higher, paint the ceiling with light colors. Medium and dark shades on the ceiling will give you a cozy appearance instead.
    • Over Wood: Painting over wood is doable, but will take a bit of extra thought. Oil based paints will be needed to paint over the surface, as only oil paints will penetrate the wood. If you know you’re dealing with bulk works, latex and water paints will dry faster and can be cleaned with soap or water.
    • Cover Up: Trying to cover up unattractive art on the walls? Chances are you’re going to have to paint over everything in one color. This can cause a monochromatic look to the room, so be sure you have something to help break it up. You can try sponging, color washing, or rolling on lighter or muted colors over the new color to help add a new element to the wall.
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  6. 5 Interior Wall Decoration Ideas

    October 9, 2012 by BlairStover

    Wanting to update your interior without spending a lot or doing a complete overhaul? There are several things you can do to spruce up a room without needing an intensive overhaul, all involving your walls. Here are the top five interior decorating designs we recommend here at Blair Stover Interior Designs.

    1.     Paint: Whether an accent wall, brightened up walls, or a painted design, paint can add color or tone down existing colors with the right application. A little bit of paint can be applied not just on the walls, however. If you have old furniture, painting it a new color can add that fresh of breath air you’re looking for. Or try adding a painting or two to create interest.

    2.     Lighting: Mood lighting can evoke any number of emotions. Try toning down the lights for a more intimate environment, or adding more light to brighten a place up. Also experiment with light fixtures. Vintage lamps can add character and class, while modern fixtures can give your room a sleek feel.

    3.     Mirrors: Mirrors are unusual in wall décor, especially when used in nontraditional ways. Try arranging your own mirrors into a unique pattern, or finding unique fixtures that can be accented with mirrors. In many ways, mirrors are useful as well, giving you and guests a chance to make sure you look great before headed out.

    4.     Shelving: Bookshelves, cabinets, and shelving can provide extra space as well as break up loud accent walls. You can also coordinate décor on the shelves to match or contrast the rest of the theme of your room.

    5.     Wall Décor: An oldie but a goodie, adorning the walls with unique décor can be fun and add several elements of interest to your rooms. Metal blocks can be fun and unique, and can add an element that not many would have thought of. Clocks can also come in unique shapes and act as décor as well. If you’re looking for a bit more traditional, pictures and paintings are also good options.

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  7. Blues are ‘in’ for Fall 2012

    October 5, 2012 by BlairStover

    You will find blue as one of the colors that will be “in” this fall. One of the season’s top hues is Olympian Blue, as found on the Greek flag, as reported by Pantone which is a company that maintains and develops color management systems utilized by designers. In addition to Olympian Blue, bloggers in the fashion world have reported from the runways that they are finding teals and peacock blues, which are watery deep blues with a hint of green in them.

    The majority of homeowners, however, do not wish to alter the interior of their home with each passing trend. Thus, Blair Stover will show you how to make some small changes for a big effect that you can use to incorporate these new “it” colors into your home décor.

    Begin by choosing just one of the blues listed here: Carribean Blue Water 2055-30 (Benjamin Moore); Peacock Blue GLB01 (Glidden), Tidal Teal 5006-8B (Valspar); or Hyper Blue SW 6965 (Sherwin-Williams). By simply painting one accent wall in your bedroom teal, you can pair it with a curtain of spicy yellows and oranges for a look of distant places.

    With a look this bold, you would want to have the floor remain a lighter, neutral color and keep artwork and accessories minimal. Choose just a handful of pieces to refrain from a look that becomes too busy. A great amount of intense color in a room can overwhelm a space.

    But, you can be bold in wall color of an entire room and still have a soothing feel to the room if you keep the rest of the décor neutral, simple and light. For example, if painting a whole room Peacock Blue, keep the sofa a simple white with neutral accent pillows.

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  8. Attend Interior Design Festivals to Get New Ideas

    October 2, 2012 by BlairStover

     Sometimes people just run out of ideas. It isn’t a bad thing, it just means that you like to switch things up a lot or you just need an extra spark to get that interior design mentality going again. Did you know that attending interior design festivals could actually help you?

    Seeing others being creative can stimulate creativity in you. One way to get a good dose of creativity and like-minded ideas is to attend an interior design festival. If festivals aren’t for you, check out some other options we’ve listed here on Blair Stover Interior Designs below:

    1. Try attending seminars that focus on interior decorations. Not all seminars are going to suit you so don’t stop after the first one. In fact, it would be smart to exchange some ideas with some of the members there. By doing this, you will pick up some fantastic tips and make some new friends.
    1. Some design festivals will only focus on certain niches. If you plan on focusing on a certain point in your home, make sure you pay close attention to these festivals. As an interior decorator, make sure you pay attention to things that you can use to improve every section of your home.
    2. Maintaining networks can expand businesses. If you own your own business, attending one of these festivals can actually improve your network. Increasing your clients may be easy but keeping them isn’t.
    3. The aim of an interior designer is to bring styles, designs and ideas to the table. It is all about what you can offer, whether it is to your home or someone else. It isn’t all about reading magazines and flying by the seat of your pants though. Attending these seminars will actually help.
    4. Since interior designing is improving, possibilities are coming out of the woodwork. Becoming an expert is your endgame. After all, the field is always changing, and so should you.
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