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Designer Tips for Creating a Better Bedroom

In the dark about bedside lamps? Waffling over pillows at the store? Try these ideas for a more comfortable bedroom Full Story
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marvinone
jazzydenise - this ideabook might provide some guidance for you:
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janabanana
The bedroom tips are great- the examples are not. A number of them look like "before" shots. A couple of kitties poking their heads out from under the bed would add personality and LIFE to these stiff and boring rooms.
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Decorating 101: How to Shop for Furniture

Before you hit the stores, learn what furniture to get rid of, what to look for when buying, and how to avoid mistakes Full Story
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Katy Jordan
I always walk in any store and tell anyone who asks that I'm just looking - from clothes to furniture to cars. I do a lot of research before setting out and usually have a pretty solid idea of what I'm looking for. If I do need help or decide to buy, I will find the person who first approached me so that if it's a commission situation they get the credit. I don't really like shopping (except at home-improvement and book stores), so I don't want someone bothering me while I'm focused on my mission! If it's furniture, well... That's a big expense for me; I hit several stores before I buy so that I can test-drive a lot in store. If I buy a sofa, I'll have it for 10 years at least, so it needs to be The. Right. One. I've always bought in-store as well, except for items I've stumbled upon on Craigslist or our local yardsale website. Those are usually pieces I have in my head that I'd like to have but haven't actually shopped for - like the makeup vanity I just bought for $75. This thing is a gorgeous beast; solid wood with beautiful, feminine legs (much nicer than my own), with a fold-down mirror. It's exactly what I was looking for, right down to the fact that it needs to be stripped and repainted, which I am actually looking forward to doing. I've also gotten a glider with ottoman for our library and two end units to flank our fireplace for free. Again, all pieces I had a vague idea about wanting but had not shopped for, but when they show up on the free area of the web (and the end units are Ethan Allen), it's simple math.
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carrps
Well, I avoid crumbling antiques! The only ones I'll buy have to be solid and require little serious work. I'm not that handy, nor do I have extra money to pay craftspeople an arm and a leg for major restoration.

I only buy IKEA for a trendy little accent piece or things you just can't beat them on for the price -- like glassware, wooden hangers, that kind of thing.
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Finding the Perfect Home for a New House

Sun, soil, water, topography and more offer important cues to siting your house on the land Full Story
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eclecticedwardian
Industrialization and the automobile are actually the biggest factors in the last 100 years.
"The American Institute of Architects and the American Planning Association recommend against [suburban] sprawl and instead endorses smart, mixed-use development, including buildings in close proximity to one another that cut down on automobile use, save energy, and promote walkable, healthy, well-designed neighborhoods." (Wikipedia) In other words, the clustered housing scenario I mentioned above. Urban living while maintaining protected natural areas is a good thing as well; population density (relative to land use) in these scenarios is good not bad. That sort of development has to be driven by demand, and by developers sensitive to the issues. Demand will only come from education.
None of this is about criticizing, it is about ecological education, smart urban and suburban planning, local food, retention of farms, retention and restoration of habitat etc. and it is a dialog which is vital to have for all of us. I now live on a standard 1/4 acre lot--what I can do about that is remove the lawn and replace it with habitat. Nice site: http://content.yardmap.org/
"Over 40 million acres of non-native lawns cover the US. That's almost the size of Wisconsin." So the point is shifting the way we defined all this in the 1950s suburbs; it doesn't have to be that way; conditions have changed; we can come up with better plans at every level and every environment (rural, suburban, urban); good for us, good for the planet, good for our descendants.
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Ok you win.
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Know Your Sofa Options: Arms, Cushions, Backs and Bases

Get your sock arm straight from your track arm — along with everything else — to choose the sofa that’s right for you Full Story
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marjoriecaridi
As interesting as this was I would like to see an ideabook about the parts of the sofa you can't see. I don't need to know the style names of the arms, backs, etc to know whether or not I like the looks of it.
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4tanjan
hello...please email eyeseeok@aol.com if you know where we can purchase the ceiling lamp pictured above your grand piano photo thanks
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12 Questions Your Interior Designer Should Ask You

The best decorators aren’t dictators — and they’re not mind readers either. To understand your tastes, they need this essential info Full Story
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weatherwife
First of all.. Who on earth hires/pays/invites a decorator in to her home EXPECTING to be disappointed? That makes no sense to me. But having said that, I'm so sorry Jan Moyer that you have had to deal with such rude clients. I suppose that when you are working with the public, you must meet all kinds.
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Marina Klima Goldberg - Klima Design Group
I wanted to sit quietly, but could not.

Interior designers are professionals. Interior design is exact science, like math or chemistry. In fact, most of our professional exams are based on public safety issues mostly. In interior design schools we study a lot of building codes and construction as well as fire protection and control. We learn common human responses to certain environments.

I remember my first class. It was manual drafting (the one before AutoCad). So, the teacher addressed us and said that if there were any people in the room that thought that they were going to decorate with pillows, they should leave the room right there. She said that it was not about decorating or arranging furniture. She also said that in this profession, the average pay is between $35,000 to $50,000 a year depending on the area. Tough love, right? But it was real and truthful. Some people dropped after that.

Those that stayed learned all of the science and ONLY THEN ART.

So, interior design is SCIENCE and ART together. We have knowledge first and talent second. We are hired not only for our vision but also for our deep knowledge. We are required to take classes every year. Many classes. We go to conferences and trade shows a couple of times a year, at least. Some people do more and I admire them. We need to know about lighting, architectural construction, fire codes, fabric quality.

The pretty pictures of the projects do not show all the hard work that goes into the projects.

I work with contractors all the time. I always ask their opinion about the scope of work and respect every word they say. But they tell you what you ask them. When I work with an electrician, he is paid triple of what I am paid. But he will do what a designer asks him to do. So, a designer needs to specify and supervise. Most contractors are paid more than designers. Perhaps, because their work is more tangible. Changed the lamps. Installed LED lighting. Put the track up. The designer is the one to create the overall lighting plan and specify, then make ten calls and schedules.

Moreover, because we become so passionate about a project, it is quite often that we do miles and miles of work that is extra and keep quiet about it.
To add to the above discussion, I did not see many lawyers that travel to people's homes for consultations.

I do believe in a free consultation on the phone, via Skype and through mail. I think they are a MUST. Also, there are websites, referrals, etc. But if I am invited to someone's home, I want to give them all I've got, and so do most of designers I know. And, yes, I would want to be paid for it.
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How to Avoid Paying Too Much for a House

Use the power of comps to gauge a home’s affordability and submit the right bid Full Story
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allise
Yes satarehare. I bring my master builder friend. No Home Purchase without 'structural' inspection.
Realtors these days talk as if all home sales are "as is".

Well, it's an as-is purchase if you don't do your due diligence, so eyes wide open folks. You buy a lemon, you don't get lemon aide without a Ton of heartache, sweat, and money.
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goodewyfe
I sold my condo on my own and the escrow company made all the difference. It was many years ago and the paperwork was pretty simple. From what I know of the current requirements, I think it would be difficult to do it myelf now,.
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How to Choose the Right Sofa Cushion

Shopping for a sofa? Here’s what to know about the basic cushion options — and the all-important test you must do for yourself Full Story
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Katie Garman @ Pedersens Furniture
@eis1, the 3rd photograph in this article is a Stickley sofa from their Selectional's collection. It's a 200 series
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Katie Garman @ Pedersens Furniture
Stickley Selectional's 200 series (photo1) another example (photo 2 & 3) is their 500 series, where you can order your sofa by the inch!
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How to Get Your Furniture Arrangement Right

Learn basic layout rules to get a polished, pulled-together look in any room Full Story
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plumtreeblossom
When someone said they're waiting for wireless lighting, the image of an old-fashioned oil lamp jumped into my mind. I don't have one, but I do use candles for soft lighting in awkward-for-cords places. That's wireless technology for you!
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That was me. I can't use candles (have a really bushy tailed cat), it is very hard to find scentless candles, and I really like to sit where I want when reading. Candle power is not very good for reading but fabulous for dining. I have become used to electric lighting, just don't want all my furniture lined up against walls, or cords running everywhere, or going to the expense of drilling holes in the floors and tunneling wiring to the walls. If we can put a man on the moon, why can't we put all men on the moon ;)
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What Goes With Dark Wood Floors?

Avoid a too-heavy look or losing your furniture in a sea of darkness with these pairing ideas for flooring in deep tones Full Story
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vickimayes
I love my dark floors. I've mixed cherry wood with the dark floor. Lots of coral and white makes it pop!
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barbaranathalie
I've had my laminate floors for 10 years and they are as beautiful as when they were new, No pets, though.
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11 Things to Expect With Your Remodel

Prepare yourself. Knowing what lies ahead during renovations can save your nerves and smooth the process Full Story
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Katie Bloomfield
We are doing our own renovating. My advice would be to only attempt this if you have building experience & be prepared for it to take forever!!
July 14, 2014 at 8:56pm     
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Molly Gee
We're in the last days of one small reno which is the lead up to a larger one later in the year.
Will we use the same contractor - yes, he's easy enough to get along with and the work he does is alright. (plus everything is already ordered).
Would I recommend him to friends - no. Because he is rather disorganised and the work is alright.
I'm prepared to put up with him (after all, we're kinda disorganised too) but don't feel he's good enough to take the responsibility of recommending him to someone I know.
Some contractors I will sing their praises loud and clear, others just don't get me that excited.
July 14, 2014 at 8:58pm   
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Objects of Desire: Beautifully Individual Concrete Floors

Concrete comes in more colors and finishes than ever before. See if these 6 floors open your eyes to the possibilities Full Story
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Hi Broquet, also one of the advantages of our product; very easy to clean, non slippery even not in the shower
July 11, 2014 at 1:09pm   
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invitedink
We have radiant heated concrete floors with 2 dogs and a cat in California. We have now lived here over a year, with a string of really hot and really cold days. My Gpa has threatened to move into our place (they live in the big house on the property, we live in 480sq feet, but after days of 100 degree weather, it topped out at 72 inside with just a fan on). The only draw back I find is that I tend to wear my 'house slippers' because it can be cold (I don't like to waste electricity, our floor is set at 62 degrees) and hard in the winter, but I have not once regretted the decision that I made on the floors.
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Key Measurements to Help You Design Your Dream Bedroom

Learn the dimensions that will help your bed and more fit neatly and comfortably, so you can get a good night’s sleep Full Story
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alives
We live in an older home without A/C, so we leave our windows open at night to cool off. Since our bedroom has five! doors, furniture tends to be under the double hung windows, making them difficult to access to open and close. The room with the bed in the middle of the windows made me think of that.
July 17, 2014 at 11:21am     
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annfarr
I solved the small-bedroom problem in my 100-year-plus central-stair colonial by hunting down an antique 3/4 spool bed. Love it!
July 20, 2014 at 8:56pm     
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Can You Handle That Fixer-Upper?

Learn from homeowners who bought into major renovation projects to see if one is right for you Full Story
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ganguli6
Great article, but Houzzer's comments are invaluable! Thanks everybody!!!
July 8, 2014 at 7:46am     
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Sayra Adams
Wake up! Dreamers. $400 will not get you far. Paint is $28, and up per gallon. We rehabbed a 900 sq ft house recently, and it soaked up thousands. Be realistic!
July 9, 2014 at 8:51am     
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Design Practice: Start-up Costs for Architects and Designers

How much cash does it take to open a design company? When you use free tools and services, it’s less than you might think Full Story
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Bianca Balog-Dutton
Thank you for the article and everyone's advice, I am an accountant looking to change careers in Oct and go out on my own as a designer after study and although I'm in Oz, great things to think about as I have always seen too many red lights with doing this :) very encouraging
July 2, 2014 at 10:39pm     
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Jan, much of life is analogous. Thank you for the compliment. We have to wear our "shrink hat" for ourselves all the time to make sure we are not in a 'head game" and projecting our weakness and shortcomings onto our clients. During the dating period we are on our best behavior - once the knot is tied the gloves come off for some. You really get to know people once the emotions start flying in the for-real project. The shrink needs to stay calm and cool and a bit aloof to provide the needed service. Don't say (or write) anything you will regret later - I think of everything as evidence - it puts things perspective - how would this look if presented in court or related to someone else? Clients often do all my work for me in this respect because they are experienced. Some of the things they send me are not well thought out. The lessons are often brutal and unforgiving; hopefully you only need to learn them once and are open to growing and learning in any type relationship. Part of being a professional and providing a service is to be bigger than the client - if they act like a three year old you need to be the grown up. Many times you have to just let it slide by if the relationship is going to work - the best rebuttal for an (pointless) argument is often silence or switching to another, more productive topic. Everyone has bad days and makes poor decisions; don't try to put the fire out with gasoline - use a little water or just let it die out on its own. If there is scab let it heal for goodness sake.

Bianca - don't be in a huge hurry to completely dump the accounting gig - valuable asset and very often a part of what makes a project work (juggling numbers, funding sources, project delivery etc) . Nice to have a second revenue source for back up and a good lead in to projects. "I'm in Oz"? What does that mean? I grew up in Kansas and went to K-State and it doesn't click.
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How to Pick Out a Coffee Table

Assure a great fit for your room and your lifestyle by considering a coffee table’s size, features and aesthetics Full Story
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snydermk
Great points and examples about how to select this piece. When you're thinking about what you need your coffee table to do for you, if you can't decide between a hard surface or a cushion surface, consider this new combination design: http://tablemanfurniture.com/

It's a coffee table AND ottoman. The cushion side can be used for seating, too. Different styles are available.
July 21, 2014 at 9:57am     
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Snydermk, I'm really excited about the Tableman Flip-Top Table. I'm going to try to find this. Thanks for sharing. :)
July 22, 2014 at 4:12pm   
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