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Tuesday, 30 August 2016 15:39

Solving Your Design Dilemmas

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Welcome back to our Room Redesign series! Where our designers solve your biggest design challenges and show you how to make the most of your space. Our most recent design challenge comes from a customer that is struggling with her kitchen. Her biggest issues are lack of color and what to do with the windows. Let’s take a look at the space. 

kitchen redesign

kitchen interior

While this is a darling kitchen we believe our reader would be much happier by making a few changes that will add color and pattern while making the space feel finished and a little cozier. First, we’ll take a look at three basic ways to make the most of this space then we’ll go into more detail about how to make it happen. 

Design Plan

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  1. Add window treatments and a rug that incorporates color and pattern.
  2. Replace the etagere with a small accent piece that will serve as a sideboard.
  3. Incorporate more texture.

redesign kitchen ideas

The easiest way to add some color to this space is by hanging panels over the window. Floor length panels in a geometric print will also add some interest but keeping the bamboo shades will help add privacy. Plus it’s a great combination of textures!

We can also add more function to the space by incorporating a fun accent piece that will serve as a sideboard. Not only would it add to the design element of this space but it would provide more storage while filling out the wall, making the room feel more balanced.

This means we would remove the etagere. However we would definitely keep the eclectic artwork! 

kitchen redesign ideas

For the window over the sink we would hang a custom cornice board or roman shade in the same fabric as the window panels. This will add softness and color but still allow light to flow throughout the space. In order to tie in the color of the window treatments we would place a rug underneath the dining table. This will also ground the space and add some warmth. 

If space allows we would add more texture with a woven seagrass chair on each end of the table. Mix and match dining chairs are such a great way to add personality to an eat-in kitchen and it provides more seating for entertaining.

Finally, we would replace the centerpiece on the table with something bigger to add visual height and add color to the counters with some pretty but simple jars or vases. 


redesign accent pieces

panels / chair / vases / cabinet / floral / rug

Do you have a space in your home you’re struggling with? Let us know! We want to help you with your design challenges. Visit us in the store to make an in-home appointment or visit us online to submit your photos to be a part of our online Room Redesign series.  


Monday, 20 June 2016 17:47

Solving Your Design Dilemmas

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Welcome to our new design series! We want to help you solve your decorating problems and design dilemmas. All you have to do is send us a few photos of the room in question and tell us about the problems you’re having with the space. Then we’ll guide you on how to make the most of the room and offer our best design advice.

Our first design dilemma comes from a reader that is having trouble with furniture arrangement. This is an issue that many people struggle with. In this case, it’s a living room so we know this is a space where people are gathering and watching television. Which of course, means there should be comfortable seating and plenty of it.

When arranging furniture doors, windows and walkways typically dictate the layout. However you should also consider how the space will function and of course the size of the room. 

living room makeover
living room makeover
living room makeover

First of all, we have to say job well done on a pretty and classic space. It has a great mix of texture and architectural elements. However, there are a couple of issues that instantly stand out.

  1. The scale of the pieces. The arrangement works but too many small chairs are throwing the room off balance.
  2. Lack of color. Artwork and a couple of large scale accessories will make the room feel more finished.

We can see two great options for this space. Both would provide plenty of seating and balance the space while keeping walkways and entry points clear.

Option One

Remove the two small chairs on the right side of the room. Replace the rocking chair that’s next to the sofa with a club chair that’s more proportionate to the sofa. Place a more substantial accent chair to the left of the console and move the rocking chair to the right of the console. We know there is a bedroom door to the right of the stairs. The rocking chair should be small enough to allow the door to open yet big enough to work with the scale of the other pieces. 

living room accent pieces

Option Two

If our reader wanted to make an even bigger change she could start by moving the television. Hanging it over the fireplace would eliminate the need for the console which would be removed, along with all three chairs. The sofa could then be replaced with a small sectional and some plush pillows. An accent chair could be placed on the right side of the room, angled just in front of the built-in bookcase. 

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Finally, we would also exchange the cocktail ottoman for something a little bigger. A round table would create a nice flow, especially with a sectional, and add softness to a room with a lot of angles. The iron candleholder would look great on the cocktail table by adding a rustic element. Then we would hang a large clock over the sofa and a pair of paintings on the opposite wall. These will add both color and interest.

If the television stays where it is then it could be flanked by the abstract paintings. If the television is moved to hang over the fireplace the prints could be hung together but staggered.

We hope this helps our reader get the most of her space and inspires her to make the changes that will solve her design dilemma. We want to help you too! Just submit your design challenges here and your home could be featured on our blog. Don’t forget, our design staff will also meet with you in your home to ensure you get personalized advice that caters to your style and your family’s needs. Just call or visit our showroom to make an appointment today.