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Pet Friendly Design | MA Interior Designer

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.

Performance Fabrics

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.

Pepper and Zoe

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.

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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.

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Autumn Design Trends | MA Interior Design

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.

Blush and Green Trend

Velvet

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.

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Nailhead

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.

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Take it Outside – Outdoor Living Trends

As New Englanders, by the time June rolls around we are more than ready to spend all of our time outside. We roll our car windows down, our favorite restaurants dust off their patios, and pool covers are peeled back. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and life is good.

This time of year, nothing is better than outdoor living. A perfect patio inspires you to spend time outside the house and gives you a beautiful place to wring every last minute out of your day. On the flip side, if your outdoor space isn’t just right, it may persuade you to stay inside despite the beautiful weather. Here are a few tips to help make your outdoor living space a wonderful spot to host family and friends, or just relax with a glass of wine after a long day.

Inside Out:Outdoor Living Spaces

This is a trend we are seeing a lot of lately, and don’t expect it to go anywhere anytime soon. Picture this: it is a beautiful summer day and you and your family are sitting around the dining room table-staring longingly into the back yard. Watching nice weather from indoors can cause a feeling of guilt- especially here in New England where it is only here for a few months. Creating an outdoor living space that mimics the comforts of your home provides a comfy, inviting space to enjoy the outdoors. Consider it an extension of your home. You can even add an outdoor fireplace and a TV!

Outdoor Kitchens:

With the popularity of open air dining growing, why not create your own outdoor kitchen and dining area. You’ve probably already got the grill, but let’s take it one step further. We love outdoor kitchens that include pizza ovens, wet bars and even refrigerators. By creating a kitchen outdoors, it allows you to cut down on your trips inside when hosting an event. With an outdoor kitchen, the sky is the limit (literally)!

Outdoor Living Spaces

Bright Colors:

Add bright pillows, vibrant rugs and mosaic tables to your outdoor space for a pop of summer color. When it comes to outdoor spaces, be fearless with your color combinations. When we think summer, two things come to mind. Coastal colors and bright colors. We love blues and greens but also love the way a bright color can lift a mood and is the perfect symbol of the summertime.

Bonus Tip-Add Some Tech:

Bring your indoor surround sound system outdoors with the placement of just a few speakers. Perfect for entertaining or just lounging.

Are you interested in creating a perfect outdoor living space at your home? Let us help! Call us for a consultation before the summer slips away!

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Glamorous Bedroom Design

Purple and Gold Master BedroomA glamorous bedroom design starts with bold colors and finishes with metallic details.  Deep purple walls ground this space providing contrast to the soft cream carpeting.  

Before and After Master Bedroom

The skinny windows behind the bed did not scream “glamorous,” which is why we employed an optical illusion. We trick the eye by hanging drapery wider than the window, and only covering the window frame to create the illusion that the windows are large and fill the wall.

The showstopper in this room is the gold leaf flower wall art.  A photo doesn’t do this piece justice – gold foiled sculpture mounted on lined boards and placed in acrylic shadow boxes.  Yes please!  Plus the plush and comfy swivel chairs provide a place to sit and enjoy this one of a kind piece.

Gold Leaf Flower Design

No detail was overlooked  in this space.  Using French natural nailheads, a Greek Key pattern adorns the side of the upholstered headboard. We like to think of nailhead as the jewelry of a room.

Greek Key headboard detail

That Greek Key pattern is mimicked in the benches at the foot of the bed.  The gold base of the benches add to the glamorous bedroom design. These benches serve as a functional foot-board where you can sit to put on shoes or your favorite pup can curl up on at night.

Purple and Gold Master Bedroom design

A lighted nightstand highlights the gold decor pieces, and a beautiful gold bedside lamp amps up the glamour. Short drapery rods allowed us to dress the windows without distracting from the upholstered headboard with a rod that spanned the length of the room.

Lighted Nighstand with Gold Accents

Rich fabrics used for the duvet and pillows bring the glamour home.  Gold and grey play beautifully off the deep purple walls.

Pillows

Would you like to call a room like this home?  Call us today to book a consultation and we will help you bring glamour into your bedroom!

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White Kitchen Renovation in Longmeadow

White Kitchen project with White cabinets and white granite counter tops in expansive kitchen

This island was designed so the whole family could sit and eat breakfast or lunch together.

Ten years ago when this Longmeadow family moved into their home, the kitchen had a dated style that they always hoped to update. Later having three young boys and two large dogs, their kitchen and dining space became not only outdated in style but also lacked the function needed for their growing family. The kitchen had very little counter space and a confined cooking area that was disjointed from the dining room. Because the dining room was removed from the kitchen, the family naturally gathered around the smaller eat-in table which further crowded the kitchen. Lisa Scheff Designs was brought onto the project with the goal of designing a more functional and modern white kitchen within the existing footprint of the home.

The Dining Room is Now Open to the Kitchen

We opened up the wall between the kitchen and dining room, and moved it into the dining room just a bit to allow for the expansive kitchen island.

Lisa first widened the opening by removing most of the wall between the dining room and the kitchen, making an immediate impact on both the feel and the function of the space. The dining room no longer felt disconnected from the kitchen and both the line of sight and the flow of traffic in these areas improved dramatically, causing the space to feel much larger than it had previously.

Round Island Where the Family Can Gather

This round island is the perfect place to gather for meals, but we also made sure to light the space well so that the boys could also gather there to do their homework.

An over-sized island acted as a beautiful statement piece in the center of the kitchen. The island combined a rectangular counter height area for food preparation along with an attached circular island at bar height which serves as a central gathering place to dine in the kitchen. An island of this size is typically impossible to top with one continuous slab of stone. However, using these two connected pieces provided the desired length without any visible seams in the granite. Additionally, the raised circular design of the seating area creates a more intimate gathering space for family and guests.

Now This Space is Much More Open

The open flow of this room with numerous work surfaces allows the family to be together in one space while working on a variety of activities.

“The round eat-in island is perfect for our family,” comments the homeowner. “Instead of all facing the same direction, we are actually able to face each other when we are sitting around the island. And, when I’m drinking my morning coffee at the island, I can now see directly into the living room and dining room and can keep an eye on everything happening in house.”

Plenty of Storage in This Custom Island

Notice the additional breakfast bar overlooking the family room designed specifically so the kids would stop bringing snacks onto the sofa.

To maximize the family’s comfort and efficiency in this space, tile flooring was installed over radiant floor heating. The tile flooring will not only be durable enough to withstand heavy traffic from their family and two dogs, but also will conduct and radiate the heat most efficiently. Lisa Scheff Designs unified the space with a tranquil color palette and natural materials. Neutral colors and classic finishes ensure that this kitchen will be in style regardless of the current trends. As the finishing touch, red accessories and custom bar stools were used to bring in a fun pop of color that reflected the family’s lively personality.

This Kitchen Is Full of Function and Personality

Even the family dogs have something to love about this new space with heated floors below this beautiful wood-look plank tile creating a cozy place to lounge.

“This white kitchen was made for OUR family from top to bottom,” comments the homeowner. “That’s how I know that we will love it for years to come!”

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Crypton Washable and Stain-Resistant Fabrics

WLA1e love a white a sofa.  It’s a clean, inviting look, and with shows like HGTV’s Fixer Upper featuring white sofas nearly every week, it has really become a trend.  But practically, who can own a white sofa, at least not ones that they use? White is not a forgiving color for stains, especially chocolate finger prints, wine spills, or a coffee splash.

But we found a solution so you can have it all: a white sofa and a clean sofa.

Technology has come a long way in the fabric industry, and stain resistance and washable fabrics are a prime example.  Enter Crypton washable and stain-resistant fabrics.  Take a look at this Crypton fabric we tested by pouring red wine.  The fabric resists the stain, allowing us to wipe away the wine before it stains the sample.

We are currently working on a project where our client wants a white or linen color sofa, but has a young son (read: we’re afraid of it getting stained).  We sent her three fabrics samples in the right colorways, and asked her to do her worst – try to stain them and then try to wash them.  She did, and she was amazed by the durability of these washable fabrics.

Crypton Stain resistant fabricsHere is what she wrote after testing the Crypton washable and stain-resistant fabrics and washable Subrella fabric:

“I have tested all of the couch fabrics.  I started with Cranberry juice, then rubbed chocolate bar onto them, then scribbled all over with red felt tip pen and then rubbed it with this morning’s coffee.  Here’s how they stood up:

Sunbrella (middle fabric)- beaded up beautifully with the cranberry juice, but still has a stain on it from the chocolate, so it was a fast out.

Crypton washable and stain-resistant fabrics: (1st and 3rd fabric)   They both did well with all of the stains.  However, when I used the method that Crypton suggested- using a brush to gently take out the stains- the Wisdom Creme (3rd fabric) pulled really easily.  The fabric just couldn’t handle any scratching at all.  Plus, the coffee isn’t 100% out.  The Intuition Sand (1st fabric), however, handled the brushing much better- very little sign of pulling.  And, there is no staining at all!”

If you would like to learn more about Crypton washable and stain-resistant fabrics, give us a call.  We would love to show you this amazing technology.

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Grey and Cream Guest Bathroom

We know that gray is the new beige, that trend is nothing new, but grey doesn’t have to be used in a completely modern space.  We love this guest bathroom where modern meets traditional style.  Our vision was high end hotel feel with a simple clean look.

 guest bathroom

Here is a closer looks at the vanity wall vignette.  We chose a dark stain for the cabinetry to complement the white stone-top.  The square shades on the vanity sconces add to the modern appeal, while the dark wood on the vanity provides a bit of traditional style.  A pop of greenery by the sink provides an organic, fresh vibe that we love in any space.  Our favorite piece is the watercolor of a proud schnauzer.  We love to see the client’s personality come through in the accessories, and this family is a dog family. Plus, the warm colors in the painting complement our color palette.
guest bathroom

We didn’t ignore any details in this guest bathroom space.  The pebble tiles that we chose for the shower floor add to the organic feel, and are so interesting to look at.  Because this tile is busy, we limited its use to the shower floor, using a much more subdued large rectangular tile for the shower walls.

006_ScheffDesigns-2-2016Just because we limited the pebble tile to the shower floor doesn’t mean we limited the unique design elements to the shower floor.  While we kept the shower walls and ceiling monochromatic, we broke up the large rectangles with small square tiles made of the same material. We divided those tiles with a pencil molding to define the change.  Not pictured at this angle is the niche to house shampoo, soap, razors, etc.  Because we chose a glass shower door, we made sure to locate the niche in a somewhat hidden spot, to keep the room feeling clean.
guest bathroom

Would you like to have a guest bathroom like this in your home?  Call us today to schedule a design consultation to make your remodel dreams a reality.

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Color of the year 2015 – Marsala

IColor of the Yeart’s official: The Pantone Color of the Year of 2015 is… Marsala. “This earthy red has wine and a very warm brown underneath, which gives the feeling of groundedness, strength, and confidence,” says Leatrice Eisman, Executive Director of Pantone Color Institute.

This creamy wine hue is quite a bit different than last year’s Radiant Orchid, but it seems more versatile. Not as dramatic as oxblood or even burgundy, but a gorgeous terracotta red shade. While the Color of the Year can be applied to just about anything – from makeup to fashion – we focus our attention on where this color shows up in interior design. 

Color of the Year 2015 “It has a richness that lends sophistication. When you wear it, it is a self-fulfilling prophecy—you’ll find you get positive reactions form others and it builds up your confidence.” Eisman explains that we’ve seen glimpses of marsala in the late ‘60s into the ‘70s and a touch in the ‘80s, but it’s a very modern hue that totally suits the times.You may not have heard of Pantone, but the color authorities have been used as an industry resource for decades. After announcing the color of the millennium in 1999 there was so much public interest that Pantone decided to name a color every year based on their extensive research.

Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability. Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth.  Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.

 The Versatility of Marsala

  • interiors-in-tones-of-marsala Equally appealing to men and women, Marsala is a stirring and flavorful shade for apparel and accessories, one that encourages color creativity and experimentation
  • Flattering against many skin tones, sultry and subtle Marsala is a great go-to color for beauty, providing enormous highlight for the cheek, and a captivating pop of color for nails, shadows lips and hair.
  • Dramatic and at the same time grounding, the rich and full-bodied red-brown Marsala brings color warmth into home interiors
  • An earthy shade with a bit of sophistication, texture is the story in print and packaging. A matte finish highlights Marsala’s organic nature while adding a sheen conveys a completely different message of glamour and luxury

Because of the brown undertones in marsala, it can be used both as a pop of color in a room or as the grounding “neutral.”

Generally, we suggest with the color of the year that you keep it to inexpensive pieces that are easy to change, but the neutral feel to this color will allow it last longer in a space than radiant orchard or emerald did.  This color can work well on upholstery, in rugs, as paint or in your accessories, but make sure to choose classic patterns and silhouettes to pair it with.

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Can you mix metals in the same room?

Design myth: you can’t mix metals.

Once upon a time, mixing metals in home decor was viewed a bad practice and a decision usually had to be made between silver and gold, or chrome and brass.

mixing metals in home decorWe get asked about this supposed faux-pas all the time.  Clients either ask, “can I mix metals in the same room?” or they say, “Oh I can’t use that silver table I already have gold in the room. Isn’t that bad?”

But we would like to bust this myth.  Yes, you can mix metals! In fact, mixing metallics in a space adds dimension to a room.

Over last few years, mixing metals in jewelry has been a growing trend, and we love it in interior design as well.

Now I’m not telling you to layer ever metal finish you can find in the same room, and I’m also not saying just because you can mix metals that you should.  There are ways to mix metals well and ways that make it look haphazard.

mixing metals in home decor

Mixing Metals in Home Decor – How to mix metals well:

1) Don’t go over board with the finishes. Two metallic finishes (silver with gold or nickel with oil rubbed bronze) is enough.  However, within that color scheme, mix a variety of textures and colors (meaning dark and light golds, weathered silver finished with polished).  IMG_0517

2) Make sure to have a variety of pieces: don’t have a single piece in a different finish.  If you incorporate a gold lamp, make sure to have gold accents elsewhere in the room.  This makes the look purposeful rather than haphazard.

3) Incorporate the mixing of metals into fabrics used in the room as well.  This contributes to the cohesive look of the room and warms up the feel.

How do you mix metals in your spaces?

Gray is the new beige

Gray is the new beigeGray is the new beige, and we love this trend.

Trends in upholstery fashions and interior design continue to change and shift every year. The changes are often very subtle from year to year,  but add up over time to create a different look and feel.

Neutrals continue to play a very important role and color is used in patterns on accent pillows, in lighting and accessories to add a punch or pop in a room.

Maybe the most popular color to emerge recently has been gray. It continues to be popular in indoor as well as outdoor furniture. It has dominated the market in upholstery and the shades range from light smoky grays to deep slates and dark charcoal.

Gray’s popularity can be attributed to the fact that it serves as an anchor to play up brighter colors.

The nice thing about grey is that while it is trendy now, it is simply a neutral, so you don’ have to worry about it going out of style quickly.

 

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