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Who said “Size doesn’t matter?”

Size Matters! Rug Size that is.

We see it often in client’s homes.  They bought a rug for a room, but the rug size is off making the room feel small and the furniture feel disconnected.

Its hard to visualize what a rug will look like in your home while you’re at a store.  The rug you thought was huge hanging on the rack is actually two sizes too small when you get it home.  This is why we draw every space before we purchase items for it so that we know the best rug size for the space and the furniture.  We want to know what scale is best for the room.

Here are some general pointers when shopping for the right rug for your home.

Bigger is Better

The difference between a 5’x7′ and an 8x’10’ might be the difference between a cohesive look and a chopped up room. In general, bigger is better when it comes to area rugs.  Our goal is make the room feel as large as possible, and the scale of the rug is a big influence on that. 

Be sure to take cues from your room for both the rug size and its orientation. The rug should be proportional to the space (large rooms = large rugs) and placed to echo its dimensions (long room = orient lengthwise).

Rug Sizing by Room

In each room there are some guiding principals to consider when selecting the right size area rug. 

Living Room

In the living room, your have two options in selecting a rug: all furniture legs on the rug or only the front legs on the rug.

All Legs on the Rug

This layout, which does require the largest rug, is the best choice for anchoring a living room, especially within an open-concept space or for any furniture grouping that floats (has no furniture against a wall). Placing all furniture entirely on the rug will unify the pieces and create a defined seating area.

Front Legs on the Rug

This versatile option works especially well when one edge of the furniture grouping is against a wall. (You don’t need to pay for a rug to cover a spot no one sees!) Consistency is key for a cohesive look, so the rug should be sized to allow for front-legs only across all pieces. 

Dining Room

Both the shape of your room and dining table should make the rug choice clear—whether it’s rectangular or round.

Our only advice is to put all legs on the rug for this room.  It should extend 36 inches beyond all sides of the table (no less than 24), so chairs can sit on a flat surface, even when pushed back. Don’t forget to account for extendable leaves, if your table has them.


As the focal point of the room, your bed should also be the base for rug placement. Not only will this further define space, but will also give your feet a soft spot to land each morning.

All Legs on the Rug

This all-inclusive layout extends beyond the bed to its accompanying furniture, like nightstands or a bench—but does not include bedroom pieces along other walls, like dressers.  This will require the largest size rug. 

The bedroom is one of the spaces we see the most undersized rugs.  Make sure that you aren’t hiding your whole rug under your bed without showing off any of it in the room. This will make your bed feel oversized for the room, and the whole room feel out of scale.

Need some help looking for the right size rug?  A designer drawing can help you determine the best size and shape for the room.

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It all started with a piece of art.

Bold teal abstract artOur client had a sofa, a chair and a newly renovated living room, but two piece of furniture does not make for a beautiful living room.   This design started with a piece of art.  The bold teal, and subtle cream and gold inspired the color palette for this grey living room.

Abstract Art

How lovely is this abstract piece? We love that it has an ocean feel with “waves” and a sort of “current” running through it.  Very tranquil for a room designed to relax in.

a living room inspired by abstract art


The teal front he art was reintroduced in the accessories.  This ceramic vase was the perfect pop of color on the other side of the room to balance out the space.

color palette inspired by abstract teal art

We continued the teal in the pillows and throw picking up on the many shades of teal in the piece of art.  There is also a subtle hint of teal and gold in the fabric on the custom Roman shades.  How pretty is that “Moroccan tile” pattern in the fabric?  We love the new twist on an old classic!

abstract teal art over a sofa

The white washed grey table provides beautiful contrast against the dark grey sofa. We love this piece because its is functional, but also has great style.  We styled the table with a few great accessories that pick up on the subtle tones from the art.

lamp an throw

The lamp tables highlight the white wash finish from the cocktail table, and the ceramic lamps pick up a subtle shade of blue to carry on the color palette from the art. We love the proportions of this vignette.  Nothing makes a room feel smaller than the wrong proportion of furniture!

tv console

Directly across from the piece of art is a gorgeous TV console in a warm washed wood.  This finish picks up on the tones in the sofa.  We accessorized it with a pop of color in the ceramic vase and a bit of greenery.  The remaining items pick up on the “driftwood” look of the washed pieces of furniture and the dark metal base of the lamp tables.  Plus, we always love a few stacks of books in our accessories.

All in all, we love this room.  We’re always happy to work with clients existing  pieces to help make them work in a room while finishing the design.

For more photos of this space, check out our portfolio.

Taking a Room to the Finish

You buy a sofa and paint your walls, but your room just doesn’t feel finished. As a design firm, we love to come into a space that the client just can’t get to feel done and take the room to the finish.  There is definitely a difference between a complete room and a styled room, and that is just what we did in this purple and grey living room.

Our client already owned a sofa, chair, and tv console.  She had recently opened up walls and painted the room a soothing grey, but it just didn’t feel done.

We started by grounding the room with an area rug.  The cream in the rug brightened up the room and provided nice contrast against the grey furniture. We also selected a gorgeous piece of abstract art that provided a pop of color and tied into the color palette of the dining room which is open to this space through the kitchen.

Near the front door, we created a sort of “mudroom” by adding a coat rack and small bench since this is where you enter the home.  We also added a doormat that both added a pop of color and allowed a place to wipe off shoes before stepping onto the cream and grey rug.

A leather ottoman,  drink table and floor lamp were added to create this cozy vignette along with a second door mat to be placed in front of the slider.

The last piece of the puzzle was to accessorize the space.  These beautiful vases and urns pick up the blue from the art and balance the mantle well.

Check out more photos of this room in our portfolio.

Colorful Great Room

The Colorful Design

Large open rooms with high ceilings are certainly the trend in home building, but they often lead to spaces not feeling cozy.  In this colorful great room, we broke the space up into two smaller “rooms:” a TV watching area and an area for conversation taking advantage of all of the windows.

In the TV watching area, the major design change was moving the television to over the fireplace.  This took some creative masonry and wire hiding, but it was important to have a single focal point rather than two. 

The TV Sitting Area

Here you can see our design board for the TV area.  We work to create a mock up of the feeling the room will have – but the fabrics are shown to the client in person. (You will have to wait to see them later in the post!)  We wanted the two sections of the room to flow, but we grounded each with their own area rug.

The “Sunroom”

The “sun room” features a tailored sofa, and comfy chair perfect for conversation or reading. We love the bold introduction of color from the large floral rug.

Before and After

We love seeing the side-by-side transformation.  You can really tell how painting the ceiling and moving the TV transformed the space. Plus the staging by a design team really makes the room a wow.

The After!

This colorful great room features many shades of red and orange orange with a pop of teal. The deep cherry of the built-in bookcases mirror that color palette.  The warm taupe walls help to ground the spaces high ceilings.  Notice how we even painted the ceiling to help make the grand room feel cozier.

In the TV area, we introduced a cocktail table ottoman to provide a pop of color and a place to put your feet, but also a tray to provide a place to put things down like beverages or food.

The sun room features a pop of red on the window seat and in the stripe on the chair.  We love the view out this window, and can imagine the family spending a lot of time sitting on the sofa enjoying the backyard.

The glass cocktail table works well in not blocking the beautiful rug and allowing the area to stay bright and open.

Check out more photos of this room in our portfolio

Grey Dining Room with a Pop Purple

There’s nothing we don’t like about this grey dining room project. From the coffered ceiling to the gorgeous table base, this room screams style and class.

When we entered this space, this was an empty room, but the grey color palette had been set.  Our client had recent removed the wall between the dining room and kitchen to create and open concept, but needed help creating a defined dining space in the new open concept.

We achieved that delineation by anchoring the room with an area rug and light fixture.  The drapery panels provide ceiling height, but also because they treat the dining room window differently than the kitchen windows help to mark the dining room separate from the rest of the house.  

While our client’s home featured a beautiful grey and white palette, which was carried into this grey dining room, she wanted help introducing a bit of color.  The dining room boasts a subtle pop of purple that was inspired by the piece of abstract art hanging over the buffet. The purple is picked up again in the welt on the chairs, the lamps, subtly in the area rug and then again in all of the accessories where we also introduced teal that is carried over from the living room.

We kept the dining table simple with only a small vase in the center as not to distract from the beautiful finish of the table and the chandelier above.  The place setting are simple for the same reason.

The buffet is dressed with a few small accessories, but the focal point is the art and lamps. This vignette provides a lot of color in this otherwise grey dining room.

Check out more photos of this space in our portfolio

Nursery Design

You know we love our jobs! It is so fun to spend all day being creative and making beautiful things.  One of our favorite parts of the job is transforming client’s homes and having them so happy with the end results, but once in a while, we get to be the client and that’s a ton of fun too!

Lisa Scheff Designs’ Interior designer, Eliza just brought home her newest addition, Alexandra. We are all so excited to meet her and watch her grown, but a big part of our excitement was getting to design the baby’s room.  You know Eliza is going to have a Pinterest-worthy nursery design!

Nursery Floor PlanLike any project, Eliza’s nursery design started with a floor plan. A nursery has pretty standard pieces of furniture: a crib, a dresser, a changing table, a rocking chair, and some book and toy storage.

One of the decisions Eliza needed to make was if this room is going to stay the nursery for the next baby or if it would be converting into a toddler bedroom.  She opted to keep it a nursery which means she didn’t really need to make room for a future twin bed, though there is plenty of room for that down the road should things change.

Once the floor plan was decided, it was time to start thinking color palette.  Because this room could eventually be the nursery for a little boy, Eliza didn’t want to choose overly girly items for the hard-to-change pieces like paint, carpet, and the rocking chair.  Enter a gender-neutral grey and teal color palette.  

Next, to layer on some girly pieces because how could we resist some pink!

The flower decals on the wall add a major focal point behind the beautiful crib, but the great thing is that they are easily removed down the road should the next baby be a boy and Eliza wants to change the pink for say navy truck prints or a sports theme (not that you can’t do a sports things for a girl’s nursery!). They are also a great option over the crib because there is absolutely no chance of them falling off the wall and hurting a sleeping infant the way a haphazardly hung piece of art could.

The animal prints over the changing table have little flower crowns that mirror the flowers on the walls.  These prints are perfect for the nursery’s theme and are also easily changeable for a future design or can be moved the big girl room down the hall!

Every nursery needs a rocking chair, and this glider will be comfortable for hours of baby soothing.  It  is a small scale chair and was selected specifically for Eliza’s height. The bookshelf wall is perfectly staged down to the books selected to add a pop of a color.  Did you expect anything less?

The final detail added to the room are custom drapery panels that fill the window wall and add a pop of the blue-green.  This pattern is gender neutral and can stay in the next design no matter if baby two is a boy or a girl.

We’re so in love with this nursery design, and the new baby who will be calling this room home. Such a sweet space for a sweet little girl.

Check out more photos in our portfolio

Open Concept Design

Open Concept Homes

As design has evolved over the last few decades, we’ve watched open concept home design become the desired feeling.  Great for traffic flow and entertaining, open concept homes often feel larger and more spacious than homes divided by walls.

We love an open concept design, but before you begin knocking down walls, there are a few things to consider as you create that open concept dream plan. 

1. Everything is Connected

When your whole first floors is open concept, it needs to be treated as one room is the sense of color palette and finish selections.  This means your dark cabinetry in the kitchen may dictate the wood finishes for your whole first floor, or your gold fireplace screen may affect the finishes you choose for your kitchen island pendants.

In this open concept home, we placed special consideration in how the light fixtures would flow from kitchen to dining room to family room.

2. A Large Space May Not Feel Cozy

Having an open concept in a large space, can make the already large space feel too large and somewhat cold. It’s much harder to create a warm and cozy space with no walls. This feeling can be exaggerated if you have tall ceilings. Using furniture creatively to create smaller spaces within the large open concept can help to achieve that warm and intimate feeling while still enjoying the benefits of open concept.

The L-shaped layout of this room allows for a very distinct living room space without adding walls for definition. 

3. There’s No Hiding a Mess

In an open concept home, you don’t have doors to close when one room is a mess and guests are coming over.  The kitchen is usually the worst offender in this sense.  In hosting an event, the kitchen often becomes quite messy – pots and pans spread throughout – but there isn’t a door to close after dinner is served in the dining room to hide the mess while you eat.

In this open concept, we build the island at bar height.  This height in the middle of the room acts as a small barrier to the stove and sink to help minimize sight lines into what can be a messy part of the kitchen.

4. Lack of Privacy

One of the benefits to open concept design is that everyone is together. Whoever is cooking in the kitchen, is still part of the family unit hanging out in the living room, and so on.  But on the flip side, the open-concept design has little room for privacy when you want it.  If your kids are noisy when they’re playing (congrats if yours aren’t!); if you need some solitude to get work done; if your partner is bingeing a tv show that you haven’t caught up on — too bad. Open-concept homes don’t provide the privacy that is needed to accommodate any of those situations. Being together all the time means being together ALL the time. It’s a big factor you need to consider.

Think About Your Pros and Cons as you Plan

Take the time to really consider why you want an open-concept home beyond the trend before you start knocking down walls. If you really are “entertainers” and not just holiday-only hosts, it could be for you. If your family craves togetherness now and as it grows at the expense of privacy, or if you have a second family room in another part of the house when you can go to escape or send the kids when they’re being loud, maybe you want open concept. But don’t overlook other design options that can still give you the feeling of a larger home with good flow when entertaining. Just because something is a trend, doesn’t mean its the right choice for your home.

Need help creating the right flow in your home? We can help! Give us a call to book a design consultation.  We will take measurements and draw your home to show you how you can maximize the space you have.

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An Empty Room Transformation

Before - empty roomAn Empty Room

It’s one of our favorite types of project – an empty room to fill with a complete room transformation.

When we entered this space, we knew it had enormous potential.  Look at that peaked ceiling, beautiful fireplace, and floor to ceiling windows!

The  plan was to keep it bright, but to add depth and dimension with fabric and a new showstopping chandelier. 

Design Board

The Design

The pieces selected for this room were transitional in their design with a push towards modern.  We love the blue, cream and teal color palette.  It says, “come relax and enjoy your family room!”  The goal was to mix patterns and textures within the blue color family.

Fabric Options

The Transformation

Installation day was a full day for this room transformation complete with furniture delivery, art installation and accessory staging.  Accessories curated by a design team really finish a space and give it that something special. Check out the process in the short video above.

Before and After

Before and After Family Room

Before furniture was introduced, a few more “structural” things needed to be addressed.  First and foremost the dated crystal chandelier was replaced with a beautiful modern orb pendant that really makes a statement.

We also added beautiful Hunter Douglas Silhouette window shadings.  They provide great light control and privacy while also softening the window casings.

Finally, we added a gorgeous custom wood mantle that cleverly hides the wires from the mounted television.  

Family Room Before and After

We introduced a large and incredibly comfortable sectional with beautiful navy pillows.  The bergere chairs were recovered in a lovely “Moroccan Til” strip fabric.

The boat print over the sectional is a bright pop of color and the scale works well for the large ceilings.

Family Room Before and After

For a complete look at this room transformation, check out our portfolio.

Western Massachusetts Family Room Transformation

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10 Reasons Why You Should Hire an Interior Designer

10 Reasons You should Hire an Interior Designer

At Lisa Scheff Designs, we believe that everyone deserves to live in a space that make them happy and reflects their unique style.  We think that your space should not only look amazing, but that it should be a reflection of your personality and style, and it should function in a way that works with how you live your life. Hiring and interior designer can help those who already know their style and are looking to execute that look in their home, and can also help those who need to discover what they like and the style that makes them happy.

Hiring An Interior Designer

We all want a house we’re proud of and enjoy being in, but sometimes achieving that look and flow is easier said than done. If you haven’t already done so, hiring an interior designer is something to think about when trying to achieve your ideal style in your home.

Hiring an interior designer is the right choice if you’ve invested a good bit of money into your home and want to be able to showcase it to look its best or if you’ve found your forever home, but need help making it “yours!”  Whether you have no idea where or how to begin to furnish and decorate your home; whether you have an idea but need help tying pieces together; or whether you simply haven’t the time to execute your style and desires due to your busy life, an interior design firm can help you.

Here are our top ten reasons why hiring an interior designer is the right choice.

1. Save Money.

The idea that interior designers are only for the rich and famous or those with so much money that they don’t know what to do with it all is not the case at all. In reality working with a good designer will save you a great deal of time and money and headache medicine! It might sound strange that hiring someone to decorate your home would save you money since you have the additional fee of the designer, however hiring a designer can help you to avoid costly mistakes. Ever bought a piece of furniture that looked so good in the store, but was a too big once you got it home? Ever painted three or four times trying to find the right color palette? It may seem like like an oxymoron because you’re going to have to pay the additional designer’s fee, but the truth is that hiring a designer can help you avoid costly mistakes and help you make design decisions that will increase the value of your home. And if you’re on a tight budget, a designer is going to know how to get the best value out of what you can spend. An experienced designer is used to working on a line item budget and will help you understand where every penny is going.

Before and After Family Room

2. Save Time

We’d figure to start off with the two things most people wish they could have more of: time and money. Just like hiring a designer will benefit you financially, a designer will also save you on time. A designer already has a trained sense of what needs to be done and when it needs to be done, and they’ll be able to anticipate any obstacles that may come up. You won’t need to spend hours scouring the Internet or running from store to store looking for the right pieces for your home.  A designer has thousands of resources that they know well.  Often, we leave a meeting and already know exactly what piece from what line will look perfect in your home.

Space Plan

3. Professional Assessment.

A designer can give you a professional assessment of your home, that will will lead to a solid plan of action. The order of things in a design plan is key. This will not only effect the budget but help you to spend it more efficiently. A designer offers an extra set of eyes, but these eyes are trained to see and notice things that you may not. When you hire a trained designer, you get an immediate plan of action for your space. Professional interior designers are not just decorators.  They went to school and have years of experience in the industry.  Their trained pair of eyes will see things you’re guaranteed to miss.  If you want to learn more about the difference between an interior designer and an interior decorator, read our article on it here.

Sample Design Board Master Bedroom Home Interior Design

4. Budgeting and Planning.

A designer can keep you on budget and save you time and effort. A designer knows where to go for resources for everything related to your home. This will save you endless amounts of time researching products, brands and prices. A designer will have all this readily on hand, and should he or she not, will spend the time researching so that you don’t have to.


5. Liaison

A designer will act as a liaison between you and your architect or contractor early on and can head off design misses in your overall plan. Designers speak the same language as contractors, which can be helpful for a homeowner who doesn’t know what an ogee edge is for their granite, or doesn’t know the difference between a bullnose or waterfall on a stair runner. Also, Designers are trained to think about things you may overlook. It’s so important that the lighting and furnishing needs are addressed before construction. If your living room sofa is floating in a the middle of the room you want to make sure you have the proper placement for floor outlets. and you want your recessed cans placed relative to your floor plan.  Making these changes after construction begins will be costly and add time to the process.


6. Wide availability of resources and contacts

There are things available to designers that are not available to the general public in terms of connections, resources and general merchandise. By culminating these resources designers can help to make your space look more collected, unique and pulled together. We aim to offer high quality pieces at competitive pricing.

Designers also have many home improvement industry contacts who they trust and know the quality of their work. You can save time and headaches in not having to interview electricians, contractors, plumbers, etc.

Master Bedroom Before and After - Home Interior Design - Lisa Scheff Designs

7. Wow Factor.

Designers can help to give you the “wow” factor you’ve been looking for. They are trained to think differently, spatially and to see an overall picture that clients often cannot.  Interior designers are trained to think creatively and spatially and learn to see an overall picture that clients often cannot. Thinking outside of the box is what designers do on the regular. Not only will you get a good design sense, but you’ll also get an attention to detail from proper lighting and furniture placement to fabric choices and color palette and fixture options. A professional interior designer will create custom-designed pieces to make sure everything fits perfectly and is truly special to your home. Designers can also get you certain furniture, fabric, and materials that’s trade-only and not accessible to everyone else. People notice a well-designed home. Try to do it by yourself, and you’re stuck juggling the many elements that go into designing that a designer is specifically trained to do. And when they’re done, not only will your home look beautiful and cohesive, but it’ll be well thought out and highly functional.

8. It All Makes Sense

Mixing metal finishes, patterns, colors, etc. can be challenging, but your designer will pull together a cohesive looks that works.  Plus, the pieces will fit the style of your home and work well in scale.  Somethings looks great in store showrooms, but just don’t work in your particular home. Your designer will make sure that all of your pieces make sense for your style, the style of your home and within the overall design.

9. They’ll Be The Bad Guy

Let’s face it, when you are renovating or working on a home, you want someone who will ask the right questions and fight for you. Contractors, electricians, inspectors and the like can be pretty intimidating. It’s really nice to have a middle man (your designer) who can ask questions for you, get things done for you and generally be the “bad guy” and stand up on your behalf. Many of my clients are so nice and hate to ask for more than what they are given. A designer will do that for you. Plus, if pieces arrive with freight damage, or in the wrong fabric, or really any issue, you have a team who will deal with that headache for you.

Kitchen Design Board and 3-d rendering

10.Home sale.

A designer can potentially add a great deal to the aesthetic of your home, which in turn can increase showings and sales. This increased appeal can exponentially speed up the amount of time your home sits on the market before it is sold. The benefit here is two-fold, a faster turn-around time and more money in your pocket.

Given all this information will you consider hiring an interior designer the next time you remodel, buy a home or move?

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Purple! The Top Trend for High Point Market Spring 2018

We are back from this year’s spring High Point market! We’re so excited to start incorporating all the new trends and styles we saw into our clients designs, but for now let’s talk about the trend we loved that was spotted everywhere. All across the show rooms there were designs integrating the use of purples.purple accent wall That’s not too much of a surprise actually, as this year’s Pantone color of the year is Ultra Violet. Ultra violet purple (which is more of a vibrant purple) is blue based and was primarily seen in accessories and decorations of the rooms such as beautiful chunks of amethyst placed on a console table, or bright flowers in an otherwise neutral tone room.

On the other spectrum we saw soft purples used in nearly every aspect of the design. Bedding, sofas, art work, accent walls, you name it – the soft purple tones were loved everywhere. What makes these purples soft is that there is a slight gray or creaminess to them that make them much more subdued or relaxing than the typical bright purple we are so used to. Because of this, this color lends itself to multiple color pallet options.

Pair it with neutral earth tones and some green foliage and you have the calm soothing feeling of a spa atmosphere. Or incorporate other soft/dusty shades like mauve or pale blue with it and add some gold and the room feels a bit more classy and elegant. After all, purple has long been referred to as the color of royalty.

With purple having the combination of blue’s calmness and red’s warm stimulation it’s a versatile, comfortable and welcoming color. Often overlooked as an adolescent’s color, purple can add luxurious, serene feeling to a room in such a unique way. And the best part is, this trend is just taking off and hasn’t been used all over the place yet, making these purple based designs stand out from the rest.

What do you think? Has purple always been a favorite color of your that you just weren’t sure how to incorporate into interior design rather than just fashion? We can help with that! Contact us!

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