You’re getting dressed. You’ve got the perfect top, bottom, shoes, and makeup, but something is still missing. What’s that? Your jewelry. You pick out the perfect jewelry/accessories and voila, your look is now complete. When picking out the light fixtures for your house, you can look at it the same way; each room is an outfit and the light fixtures you choose are the jewelry or accessories. The jewelry you choose for an outfit can complement it and add flare, but sometimes (if chosen wrongly) can throw off the look you were going for. This is the same for choosing light fixtures. No worries though! We’re here to guide you through picking the perfect lighting.
If you’re looking for a statement lighting fixture, chandeliers are no brainer. However chandeliers are no longer just lavish, covered in crystal fixtures, (though those can still be perfect in the right design). Today, you can find chandeliers that fit all styles; traditional, modern, rustic, glamorous, boho, etc.
Perhaps you have a smaller space though and you feel a chandelier may be too large for your space, but you still want to have eye catching light fixtures. When grouped, pendant lights can do just that.
They can also be great in areas where you need direct lighting such as the kitchen.
Ceiling Mounts & Recessed Lighting
If you have a lot of other bold or eye catching pieces elsewhere in the room, maybe you’re looking for a simpler lighting option. Ceiling mount or recessed lights are good options when this is the case. Depending on the style of the room, ceiling mounts can sometimes offer you a little more design than recessed lights. However, if you’re room is a contemporary style, less is more and the clean lines the recessed lights leave along the ceiling can be just as big of a design element as a decorative ceiling mount fixture.
Sconces are beautiful accessories to a bathroom design.
There are so many different styles that they really add a unique element to the bathroom. They can also be great in other locations such as a hallway too. If you’ve got some tall people in your life and a small hallway, a ceiling mount can make the hall feel shorter and smaller. By adding a sconce on the wall as a replacement for the ceiling mount you keep the height and the space feels larger.
Floor & Table Lamps
Floor and table lamps are probably the most common types of lighting. They’re typically found in living rooms, bedrooms and offices. A great tip here is to mix it up a bit.
Don’t just buy all the same exact style when purchasing these. Mix up the heights or buy a combination of petite and bulky to add dimension to the room. Just make sure they still all tie together in order to not throw off the design of the room.
Inspired but still want some help picking out the right lighting fixtures for you house? We’re here for you. Contact us!
After a long day, nothing relieves stress quite like a soak in a beautiful bathtub with a candle burning and a glass of wine in hand. Bathtubs come in many shapes and sizes to fit any bathroom aesthetic. Here are a few of our favorites from recent projects for some bathtub inspiration.
Marble Bathroom with large Soaking Bathtub
This glamorous bathroom design features marble on marble and an expansive, deep soaking tub looking out over a beautiful view of rural Connecticut. This glamorous design is certainly bathroom goals.
Simple Bathtub with Soothing Color Palette
While that last bathtub inspiration was about the overstate, this room is about simple design, clean lines, and restful colors . We love this guest bathroom – especially the art over the toilet!
Black White Bathroom with Shallow White Bathtub
Black and white bathroom design with a pop of blue and orange makes for a modern yet retro feel, We love the simplicity of the subway tile, and the stark contrast of the black accent tile.
Navy and Cream Bathroom with Tile Tub Surround
Now here’s a room that screams “boy bathroom”! This navy and khaki scheme is gorgeous and the colorful bug prints are a fun touch for this growing family’s main bathroom.
Large Soaking Tub with Roman Shades and Crystal Pendant
What about this room doesn’t say, come and relax? From the beautiful top-down-bottom up Roman shades to the adorable crystal chandelier, this clawfoot tub is a dream.
Ready to tackle your bathroom renovation? We can help!
An accent wall, also referred to as a feature wall, is a wall that stands out and is different from the rest of the walls in the room. You can create an accent wall with the use of different paint colors or even a completely different material. There are decorative paint techniques or faux finishes, wallpaper, wall murals, decorative wood paneling, and stone or tile. Check out one of our kitchen renovations where we incorporated a wallpaper accent wall into the built-in eating area.
So what are some reasons you might be inclined to create an accent wall in your home? They can be used to break up a large room, highlight or emphasize a unique architectural piece, make a room appear larger to the eye, or even be used as an alternative to trying to fill the wall space with art or photos.
Now with any bold design choice there are always important things to know and be mindful of.
Choosing the Right Color
Warm colors tend to make a room appear smaller as they pull the eye towards the wall where as cool colors pull away. So say you have a smaller or narrower bedroom and you want an accent wall behind the head of the bed, you might consider choosing a cooler color (blue, green, purple) to widen or elongate the room.
While white walls on the side of your accent wall can be bold and beautiful, they can also go the route of being to stark bright or harsh on the eyes. Try to balance of the transition of colors/material by using neutral colors on the side such as grey, beige, greige.
Have a wall in your house you can see getting transformed into a unique accent wall? Struggling to decide what paint or material would be the best choice? We’d love to help. Call us today to book your in-home consultation.
Transitional Home Design
Everyone loves a good before and after transformation, and we’re no exception. This two-phase home renovation updated all but two rooms of the first floor of this house bringing the house from dated to a beautiful transitional design.
The Motivation to Renovate
Open-Concept Kitchen and Family Room
Master Bedroom Transformation
Master Bathroom Transformation
Powder Room Transformation
For more photos of this beautiful transformation, check out our portfolio page.
If you are looking for help panning your own renovation, we’d love to work with you.
One thing we believe at Lisa Scheff Design’s is that everyone’s home should be a perfect, comfortable and expressive retreat where they begin and end their days. It should be a reflection of you and your family, but also be functional which is why we believe everyone needs an interior designer.
With the existence of HGTV, Home Goods, Michaels, Pinterest and a little motivation, why would anyone need to hire a designer? Because a designer isn’t just there for inspiration (although they are certainly good for it) but they are there to provide the science behind the design and make sure that you are happy with every piece, the first time. Interior design is a skill that far outreaches that of just choosing color palettes and furniture.
Hiring a designer will save you time:
Interior designers are not only formally trained, but they also have years of working experience (which everyone knows is where you really learn). We have spent literally thousands of hours researching products, finding new solutions, and building beautiful spaces. We have the ability to find products in hours what would potentially take a client weeks.
You may be thinking “it’s just a great room, I can do it.”
- What kind of rug? How big should it be?
- Where should we hang lights? How do I avoid hot spots?
- What size art should I use?
- How tall should my cocktail table be? And my end tables?
Imagine going out and choosing a sofa that you believe will be a perfect fit for your space. Once you get it home, you realize that it is blocking your door, or a walkway or the color isn’t right and it clashes with the rest of your room. What would you do? Never use that door or walkway again? Repaint the room? With a designer, you are less likely to make an expensive mistake like this.
At Lisa Scheff Designs, we provide room drawings, floor plans and design boards for each room before deciding on anything to purchase for your home. We have conversations about your views, desires, and overall desired outcome. These conversations and documents not only save you a headache but also eliminates the potential for an expensive mistake.
In addition to saving you from a costly mistake, interior designers also have access to quality products and trade-only pieces. Often times, this connection gets you high quality, custom pieces at less than retail prices.
Design World Liasion-Stress Reliever:
We’ve worked with a lot of different installers, contractors, electricians, and painters, so you don’t have to go through the process of finding one yourself. We also speak their language and, if included early enough, we can work as a team to en
sure your space is completed just the way you dreamed and we planned it would be. Leave it to us-we know what we’re doing.
Finally, we have experience solving problems. Every project, big or small, presents its challenges. No worries- we are trained and have experience coming up with solutions that work. Leave the stress to us.
We get it. Hiring a designer can be intimidating. You could be concerned about the process, whether you will agree with their ideas, or even afraid of the price tag. Don’t be afraid, reach out to us and we can explain our process and pricing.
Ready to hire a designer to tackle a project at your house – we would love to talk with you.
Something we are well versed in is pet-friendly design ideas. A lot of our clients, past and present, are pet lovers. So it is often that we are asked whether the sofa, the chair or the rug we chose for a room will stand up to the homeowner’s dogs, cats or even bunnies! Luckily, we have quite a few options when it comes to protecting against pets, or hiding any pet imperfections on furniture.
First and foremost, we always suggest a performance fabric for all upholstered items that a pet and/or young children will be spending a lot of time on. Luckily, quite a few of our fabric lines carry a variety of beautiful pet-friendly performance fabrics which can be used to create a fabulous and functional upholstered item.
Most performance fabrics are stain, moisture, and odor resistant (trifecta)! This means that they won’t smell like Rover or stain from muddy paws. They are also incredibly easy to clean, saving you time and stress. Check out the video below to see how easy it is to clean these pet-friendly fabrics.
Textured/Shabby Chic Decor
Do you have animals who shed a lot? Or cats who like to scratch? One suggestion is to design your house in the shabby chic trend! Shabby chic is a design style that uses both aged furniture and newer items to create a cohesive look within the home. Marrying trends from the past with trends that are current, you can create a very unique, shabby chic interior. The benefit to this trend is often most of the items are distressed, therefore disguising any fur, scratches or imperfections caused by loved pets.
Along with the shabby chic trend, we have suggested pet owners purchase a rug that matches with their pets fur color. Or purchase a sofa with a fabric that will easily camouflage any fur your pet leaves behind. This way you don’t have to vacuum as often.
Cordless Window Treatments
Cords on window treatments aren’t just a threat to children, but they can also be a safety hazard to pets as well. Not only are they a safety hazard, but dogs have also been known to chew and tug on the cords. We always suggest it is best to avoid a cord completely. Nowadays there are many pet-friendly cordless window blind options, which completely eliminate any hazard to your pets and children. These blinds remain fashionable, functional and pet safe.
Want to spoil your pet just a little bit? A few of our go-to vendors make dog and cat beds fit for a king (or queen)! If you don’t want your pets on your new sofa, just buy them their own!
If you would like some help pet-proofing your home, give us a call! We have all the right pet-friendly products and just the right coworkers to test them all out.
Today’s drop in temperature really confirmed it – autumn is here! It is the time of year when New England really shows its true colors. Oranges, reds, and yellows come together in perfect harmony. The colors change on the trees and it becomes time for pumpkin spice everything, bonfires, hot apple cider, and sweaters. We, at Lisa Scheff Designs, really love fall decor and a lot of the design trends we are seeing this fall. As we head into Highpoint Market in the coming weeks, we are trying to do our research on what we may see there in trends.
Dark Green & Blush
We mentioned it in a previous blog post, but it is worth mentioning again- dark green is so in right now. Making a comeback from the 80-90s, dark green was all over High Point Market in the spring and it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere anytime soon. It is a perfect statement color, when you are looking to make a bold statement, simply. It is dark, it is moody and it gives a feeling of royalty.
Another color we are keeping an eye on is blush. We see it everywhere but are wary. Pink is a color that comes and goes as often and as quickly as the seasons change. We love using this color as an accessory or a pillow because these can be easily replaced next time blush goes by the wayside. We are not entirely sold on painting a wall, cabinets or tiling a bathroom in this color.
Now, we’ve always loved velvet. Velvet is popular right now in both fashion and interiors (wake us up when Juicy Couture suits are back in style). Velvet is a great way to make a bold statement with both color and texture. It can be used in many different ways around a room.You could go big with a velvet couch drenched in luxurious color, or you could go small and incorporate a velvet poof in the center of your room. Velvet drapery is also an interesting way to add subtle excitement to any room. Let’s be honest, velvet is also a great way to instantly add a luxurious vibe to your interior. It looks great and its oh-so-soft. Who wouldn’t love snuggling up with a velvet pillow and their pumpkin spice latte.
Using nailheads on upholstered furniture is nothing new and we do it often at Lisa Scheff. Nailheads are a great way to add an extra design element to your upholstered furniture. Often we will outline the interesting shapes of a chair with a nailhead, but you can take it one step further and add a design to a piece that doesn’t already exist. We have also put nailheads on mirrors, tables, an ottoman, even a desk!
Have we piqued your interested? If you need help incorporating any of these trends into your home, give us a call! We are here to help with all of your design and inspiration needs.