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Part 2: Mudroom Renovation Design Phase

 

This week, we’re working on the design for Beth’s mudroom renovation.  This includes selecting tile for the floor and a finish for the cabinetry.

We will be back next week with the second part of the design phase – selecting all of the details!

Part 1: Mudroom Renovation

We’re tackling a renovation at Beth’s house, and we’re going to take you step-by-step through the process.  This first video from the series shows the thought process behind taking an idea and turning it into a drawing to show what is possible.

We will be back next week as we begin to create the design for the space!

Before and After Master Bedroom Retreat

This master bedroom was transformed from a stark, unfinished space to a luxurious retreat.  Watch our video below to learn more about this transformation.

All of the design elements from the paint and bedding to the warm wood finishes were inspired by the colors in the client’s beloved area rug.  This color scheme evokes feels of calm and serenity and to get that true serene feel in the room, we combined softer tones with subtle pops of color and made the room feel bright and airy.

We think a  master retreat should be just that — a place where you can go to retreat! Which is why we wanted this room’s aesthetic to feel relaxing.

To keep the room from feeling too monotonous, we layered various pops of  similar shades of blue and pink to bring interest to the center of the room and pop against the crisp, white bed linens.

We love this soft and elegant master bedroom! What do you think of this space?

The Final 10% That Makes 90% of a Difference

When we begin planning a new space, we think about the layout and the big pieces that will go into the room.  But often clients want to stop their project after those big items are delivered leaving the last 10%, as we often refer to accessorizing and styling, to be done later because they lack the vision for the complete room.

The problem with leaving off the styling is that those details are key in finishing a room and making the space feel thought out.

Styling, however, can really feel overwhelming.  Scouring the Internet or a local store for the right pieces in scale and color while not being too “matchy-matchy” can feel like an insurmountable task. We wanted to share some pointers, tips and things we think about when picking items for a room and planning the styled space.


Styling Shelves

Vary Heights and Sizes

When styling shelves, use a variety of heights and widths to create visual interest. You can do this with individual items or by grouping several smaller items together to take up a larger space.  Be sure to have heavier shelves and lighter shelves to break up the visual space. In general, you don’t want to overcrowd. Less is more when it comes to accessorizing.


Styling with Stacks of Books

When In Doubt, Stack Books

We love using books to add height to another accessory.  They provide a great foundation for smaller accessories, or can work well on their own.  Just be sure to keep in mind the colors of the binding and that you like having those particular titles on display. This is a great place to add your personality to the room, like putting out a book about your favorite breed of dogs or if you play tennis, a book about Wimbledon.


Add Greenery in Your Styling

We believe every room should have a pop of greenery in it.  There is something calming about bringing the outdoors into you space.  Whether that is a vase of fresh flowers, a beautiful leafy plant, some succulents or even a really good fake plant, finding a spot for something green will go a long way.


Styling with a Throws and Accessories

Utilize the Throw

A colorful throw is a great addition to any living or family room.  They help break up the upholstery fabric, add a pop of color and provide a softness to the space.  Don’t overthink laying the throw. The less you fuss with it, the better it looks!


Dont under size the art

When Styling, Don’t Undersize Your Art

Art should make a statement, and the size is important in allowing that impact.  Worry less about it “matching” your space and more about the feelings it illicit. This is a great place to really add your personality into the room.  If you are fun and whimsical, show it.  If are into boating, hang something nautical.  Just let your personality shine.


Styling with Accent Pillows

Use Fabrics to Add Pattern and Color

Accent pillows are important accessories in finishing a space.  They are another great to introduce pattern and color to help create a cohesive design.


Lighting as Art

Consider Your Lighting as Part of Your Accessories

Light fixtures can be a sculptural piece of art.  Don’t underestimate the impact the right overhead light or lamp can have on a room. And don’t be afraid to mix metals when it come to lighting and accessories.  There’s no reason you can’t have a gold lamp and an oil-rubbed bronze chandelier.


Styling with Window Treatments

Don’t Neglect the Windows.

Drapery and window treatments are an important part of finishing a room.  The fabric fills visual wall space and softens harsh edges helping to breakup wood trims.  It can also be another great place to introduce pattern and color.

Looking to take your home that last 10% but not sure where to start?  We can help! Ask us about our styling packages.

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Custom Home Office

An open landing is often underutilized space in a home.  Sometimes people add a rug and a chair to fill it, but often clients don’t take full advantage of its potential.

This empty space sits just outside a master bedroom and features a gorgeous window with a view.  It was the perfect place for a small home office.

Make an Impact

We warmed up the space with a rug, soft lamps, drapery, and a big piece of art. Floating the desk in the center of the room allows our client to look out the window while she works.  Because the desk chair will be seen from the stairwell, we made sure to pick something with a gorgeous back.

Overcoming Challenges

The angled ceiling in this home office made drapery a bit of a design challenge that we solved with these small posts rather than a straight rod.  Using this design highlights the ceiling height without unnecessarily blocking light from the window.

Keep It Functional

We like to design homes for real life meaning that they are more than just pretty! This writing desk is the perfect home to a laptop or a place to sit down with a notebook and pen keeping all of our client’s home-office things in one place.

No Detail Too Small

All of the details were thought through down to the colors of the books on display.  The final touches to a room (often art and accessories) really make a space feel thought out. In this home office, we chose simple and clean accessories.

See more of this space in our portfolio

Do you have a space in your home that you aren’t sure how to use?  We would love to help!

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Spring Highpoint Furniture Market

We’re back! Til October at least!

We just got back from High Point Market and figured it would be a great time to write a post about why we love going. High Point Market is the most significant event in home furnishings. Each spring and fall, more than 75,000 industry professionals head down to Market Week in High Point to experience all things form, function, and fashion for the home. We get to plug into the latest consumer trends, see tens of thousands of new product debuts, network with colleagues and peers, and find innovative ideas for moving forward.

High Point is a pivotal part of the Lisa Scheff design process, which is why we attend twice a year, every year. There are several reasons why we make it a point to visit High Point, but here are the top three.

We get to try before we buy and find the perfect piece:

High Point is full of all of our favorite vendors (and some new ones to add to our list). Twice a year, thousands of vendors set up their elaborate booths, some the sizes of homes. Each vendor location is filled all of their latest and most fabulous items.

We head down to High Point with our project lists in hand, ready to find and try items for our client spaces. We get to sit on the sofas, switch the lights on and off, see the paintings, stand on the rugs, and touch the fabrics. Sometimes we love things we see in catalogs, but in real life, they don’t fit the space. Luckily we are often able to find the perfect piece while we are there. High Point is where a lot of our projects come together.  

We stay ahead of the trends:

Companies come to High Point to showcase their newest products, many of which haven’t even been made public yet. The 12.2 million square feet is packed wall to wall, chock full with over 2,000 of the newest trends for us to sift through.

This is where new trends are born and brought to reality. It is where we get our first glimpse of the latest color trends, pattern trends, and whether wallpaper is in or not.  Attending the market twice a year is what keeps Lisa Scheff Designs ahead of the curve and stocked with an arsenal of great design pieces.

We get inspired and find new companies:

High Point Market is a source of endless inspiration. For days, we peruse the aisles full of different companies, fellow designers, and the latest trends. We rub elbows with people from all facets of the design world. We spend our time surrounded by the latest trends, the best companies, and industry designers. It is impossible not to be inspired by the surroundings at High Point.

Attending High Point keeps us informed on trends and the best quality products for your home. If you are looking to update a space in your home, give us a call!

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Favorite Tile Patterns

Last week we talked about the different kinds of tiles we love to use, and this week we will talk about our favorite ways to use them.

In the world of flooring, there are so many options to chose from. From the type of tiles, you chose to the pattern you use to lay them, tile is a versatile way to add to any design. At Lisa Scheff Designs, once we decide that we are going to use tile in a space, next is determining what kind and how. With so many options, this could become overwhelming to someone who considered designing a space on their own. After deciding what tile works best for the area (glass, porcelain, ceramic), we determine how best to lay it. In this blog, we will tell you some of our favorite ways!

Horizontal Straight Stack:

Classic and contemporary, the horizontal straight stack may be the most popular tile pattern around. We often use this pattern when the tiles boast a big design, or if dealing with subway tiles in bathrooms or kitchens.

Vertical Straight Stack:

Less popular than the horizontal stack, but a close second. Often referred to as “soldier stacks” this pattern stands firm and tall and creates a presence in any space. We like to use the vertical straight stack when we want to make a room look much taller. This is also a great option when using tile with a 3D design. These two patterns create a clean and fresh look.

These two patterns are used most often, but we aren’t going to stop there. Here are a few more that are definitely worth a mention!

1/2 Offset Brick Pattern:

The half offset brick look is one of the most traditional tile patterns, and you’ve likely seen it everywhere.  The simple modification of offsetting stacked tiles by

50% gives any design a more eye-catching appeal. It can also hide any imperfections in the installation of the tile. This pattern is ideal if you are looking to add flair without taking away from a focal point.

Bonus: We will occasionally even use a 1/3 offset, which we call “stair step” if the tiles are on the larger side.

Herringbone:

Herringbone is an excellent option for any space, but is definitely not the easiest to create. We love to use a herringbone pattern when we plan to incorporate different color tiles in the design. This iconic pattern is made by laying interlocking rectangular tiles set at a 45° angle to the wall.

Usually, the design is arranged length-ways along the longest wall to maximize the effect. Depending on the size and style of your tiles, the Herringbone tile pattern will be more visible. This pattern always results in an overall look that adds texture and interest to your floor or walls.

Grid:

The grid pattern is the easiest way to lay out tile. This timeless design is created by stacking square-shaped tiles in a grid pattern. It is the most common way of laying out a square or rectangular floor tiles, lining up the edge of the grid lines up to the walls. Depending on the size of your tiles and the room, this fits comfortably in any budget and is easy to apply a layout, as this design requires less need to cut tiles or have any waste.

The grid tile pattern is a go-to if we are looking to showcase a few painted cement tiles in space. It also allows an opportunity to add some color into an area by using contrasting grout to highlight the pattern or alternating tile colors to create a further layer of a pattern. These are both excellent options for adding excitement to a grid pattern.

The grid pattern is very versatile. It is perfect for showcasing painted tiles centered in the, but it is also perfect for those spaces where you don’t want to draw too much attention to the floor. However, this simple layout can also be eye-catching if you want.

If you are looking for some ideas or need some help with a room in your house, get in touch with us!

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