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  1. 5 Reasons to Have a Granite Kitchen Counter

    December 3, 2012 by BlairStover

    In recent years, the use of granite in the production of built-in sinks and kitchen tops has become increasingly popular. Granite is a coarse crystalline rock of igneous origin. It is used because of the high strength and low wear, and in polished form it is great for the use as a sturdy, cool to the touch top for counters, dressers, and even floors.

    Granite is, in most cases, coarse to medium-grained and the distribution of minerals in the rock is very even. The included minerals that are largely responsible for the wavy appearance of granite slabs range from a few millimeters to several centimeters in diameter. Each piece is, thus, unique.

    Due to the hardness, strength and weather resistance, granites are widely used in certain trades and construction. The advantage of granite in the kitchen is that it is very durable, easy to clean and does not absorb odors. Because each piece of granite is unique as well, granite adds a bit of personalization to a kitchen or dresser and can often be elegant, classic, as well as fun depending on the color and design of the slab chosen.

    The five most common reasons for choosing a granite counter top upgrade include:

    1.     Timeless beauty

    2.     Uniqueness

    3.     Adds Value

    4.     Sanitary

    5.     Durability

    Homes with granite show well and tend to impress. What do you think, though? Are you ready to upgrade to granite or will you be keeping what you have? Share your thoughts here with us at Blair Stover Interior Design.

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  2. How to Select the Right Kitchen Table

    November 26, 2012 by BlairStover

    Think about the place everyone always seems to gather in your home. For most, it is the kitchen table. From board games, to projects, and family meals, this piece of furniture is definitely a multi-tasking piece. As so much time is spent at this one piece of furniture, choosing just the right kitchen table is essential.

    It is important to select a table that meets both your needs and your style. If you have shopped the choices, you know the sizes and aesthetics seem endless. Blair Stover can guide you in selecting the right kitchen table for your home.

    Begin by measuring the size of your breakfast nook or kitchen. It is ideal to have a three-foot range around the table and the surrounding walls or cabinets. Otherwise, pushing the chair out while sitting in it could get awkward.

    The shape you choose can assist your design purpose. If your purpose is to separate a living area from the kitchen, then a rectangle shaped table is best. If you have a larger kitchen and wish to break up the space, placing the table in the center, a round table would be best.

    Finally, think about the sort of activities that occur at your kitchen table. If you have children who typically use the kitchen table for crafts, homework or games, you will want a tabletop that is very durable. Consider a tabletop of tile, marble, or polyurethane coated woods. These tops will be protected against spills and marks. A plastic or metal table could even fit your style, if your home is contemporary. The bottom line is to decide upon a table that can stand up to what your family will dish out.

  3. Choosing the Right Table for Your Dining Room

    November 13, 2012 by BlairStover

    In a dining room, the table is the centerpiece. How you choose that table will set the value you put in your style décor for your whole kitchen. As Blair Stover discusses below, your dining room table is going to set the tone for your entire kitchen lifestyle so make sure you get it right.

    The dining room table selection process should be part of several criteria: budget, number of guests you will have scheduled on occasion, the maximum capacity of guests you receive, the space you have and the style of your dining room. The shape of the table depends on your taste, of course, but it also has endless possibilities to work with. The table can be round and warm and friendly as everyone can speak easily. It may have extensions that transform into an oval when you have guests.

    The table can be square which is very easy to fit in any area and can have multiple uses: office space, drawing table, dressing in the room… The rectangular table is more formal but it can meet the needs of families. Against a wall with a bench, you may receive hungry people in the kitchen with breakfast and snacks and friends of your children.

    Consoles can be transformed into tables, the tables pull into compact pieces and unpack at your leisure, zippers unfold to lay flat into end tables. If you receive lots or your space is limited, think about it! Some tables can disappear in the blink of an eye. This is extremely useful in small spaces.

  4. Thanksgiving Dinner Decorating Tips

    November 6, 2012 by BlairStover

     Thanksgiving is celebrated on the last Thursday of November in the United States. This is an opportunity to spend an evening with friends and it is an original day for eating certain foods that people are not necessarily used to enjoying year round!

    Thanksgiving is the symbolic origin for the Day of Thanksgiving founded in 1620, from the settlers from England, who landed in Plymouth Bay. They founded a colony, but were quickly confronted with a disease known as scurvy which is caused by a lack of food. They are then helped by Indians who taught them to fish, hunt and grow corn. In gratitude, during the fall of 1621, the settlers organized the first “Thanksgiving”, inviting the Indians to share their meals where wild turkeys were offered.

    What does one eat at the Thanksgiving meal?  The main dish is usually stuffed turkey, filled with chestnuts, sausage, apples, all served with a side of cranberry sauce. Vegetables like mashed sweet potatoes, mashed rutabagas, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn on the cob, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, and apple cider are also perennial favorites.

    Thanksgiving is a big affair, and many people will decorate the table special for it. Here are some decorating tips provided by Blair Stover that you might want to follow this Thanksgiving to make your holiday a smooth one as well as a memorable one:

    1.     Know the table size along with the number of chairs you will need. Knowing how many guests you will have coming to your Thanksgiving party is very important.

    2.     Table linens. Try to use tablecloths that will go with the holiday and stay away from neutral colors.

    3.     Try candles. Candles can be a very decorative piece but don’t let it go overboard.

    4.     Lighting. Make sure your lighting is not bright but it is just good enough for a dinner party.

    5.     Music. Set the tone with some music.

    6.     Fragrance. Nothing says Thanksgiving like some scented candles.

  5. How to Care for Wooden Floors

    November 2, 2012 by BlairStover

     A beautiful wood can be compared to a fine wine: it gains character and charm with age. But it still must be taken care of! Trampled, stained, scratched- it doesn’t matter. To maintain and make them last, you need to be sure they are regularly kept up but nothing really extravagant. Just take into account a simple criterion: the finish must be applied (varnish, oil or wax) and regular maintenance must be completed. Blair Stover has more tips below.

    Cleaning the floor – nothing could be easier! To do this, just dust on average once a week using a vacuum cleaner with a brush or a slightly damp mop. Never wash your wood floor with water.

    Clean is one thing, maintaining it is another. Again, no need to be a homemaker to fulfill this mission, but you must adopt the right thing and get the right products.

    Polished floors are increasingly rare because they are complicated to maintain and particularly fragile. They certainly provide an attractive surface, but they are slippery and have a nasty habit of staining when they come in contact with water.

    To ensure your polished floor stays clean and attractive, be sure to follow these tips:

    –   To extend the life of your floors and limit the damage, do not hesitate to store carpets everywhere and place pads under your furniture, particularly in those areas that you use to move tables, chairs.

    –       Always have the reflex to use only cleaning products adapted to your flooring. Detergent is too aggressive and will weaken your wood floors rather than give it a facelift.

    –       Never clean your floors with a lot of water! Although your floors are glazed or oiled strong enough, they cannot tolerate high humidity.

    –       To clean a stain on your recent further polished floor, it is recommended using a damp sponge.

  6. 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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  7. 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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