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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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 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.
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!
From the floors that you walk on, to your kitchen back splash, and from your outdoor patio, to inside your shower- tiles offer customization to many spaces in your home. With all the different uses for tiles, it is essential to pick the type that best suits the space. With glass, porcelain, ceramic, and stone there are tile options for every budget, every space, every durability, and every aesthetic!
At Lisa Scheff, we love using tile to compliment the colors in a space, or as a way to add a pop of color. When designing, it is important to remember that each different type of tile serves its own purpose. For example, you may love the colors that are possible with glass tile, but we would never put glass tiles on a mudroom floor. Being aware of your choices ensures professional, long-lasting design. In this blog, we will go over the different kinds of tile flooring, their durability, and their best uses. Then next week we will follow up with our favorite ways to set these tiles.
Types of Tiles:
Glass tiles are beautiful. So beautiful, they are often used in mosaics. This makes them the perfect candidate for a space that needs some color. At Lisa Scheff, we often use glass tiles as accent pieces in bathrooms or as a back splash in your kitchen. Not only are they stunning, but because they are glass, they are incredibly easy to clean!
While glass tiles are, without a doubt, one of the most colorful tiles, there are a few precautions. You should avoid using them on floors. Due to their construction, they aren’t suited for use in a high traffic area and could potentially break and become dangerous. Additionally, glass tiles aren’t easy to work with and often requires an experienced tile setter.
Ceramic tiles are versatile because they come in a huge variety of different colors, patterns, and styles – Many more options than porcelain tiles. These tiles are given their color from the layer of glaze that is put over the top, making it possible to offer many varieties.
Ceramic tiles are overall very low maintenance. They are easy to clean and install and can be cut to fit almost any size area. While ceramic is a versatile tile, it is one of the least durable for use in homes. Its durability is what really determines where we place it in a space. Often we fine that ceramic tiles are a perfect fit for walls in kitchens and bathrooms. They are not meant for areas with potential standing water or any high wear and tear zones. The glaze that makes these tiles so colorful can be chipped leaving the clay color underneath to be exposed.
In general, ceramic and porcelain tiles are quite similar, both being made from clay and other naturally occurring materials. The clay used for porcelain tiles is more refined and purified, making it more dense than ceramic. While being durable is positive, porcelains durability makes it less flexible and harder to cut to fit in those nooks and crannies.
Because of its durability, its ability to handle wear and tear, and simple to clean and maintain nature, we often use porcelain tiles on floors and in high traffic areas. These tiles also manage to be very stain resistant making them perfect for areas like a kitchen or mud room.
Cement tiles are very popular right now. We love the bold patterns they boast, allowing each small tile to make a big statement. They are what we like to call high impact, low maintenance pieces that really add the “wow” factor to a room.
While we have seen ceramic tiles work everywhere, we definitely have our favorites. Because cement tiles have high thermal mass, they are great for keeping your home’s energy bill down because these little beauties help keep heat in. These tiles actually help keep your feet toasty when you get out of the shower on a cold morning!
Do you have a room that you would like to see some tile in? Give us a call, we’d love to help.
It’s about that time – the time of year where the Winter Blues set in, and we are all anxiously waiting for spring. By the end of February, everyone in New England has had just about enough of winter. While we haven’t had much snow(knock on wood), it has been bitter cold almost every day! In the winter, there is nothing better than coming home to a cozy space where you can kick off your shoes and relax.
For us at Lisa Scheff, once late February hits you can find us snuggled up in our homes, reading a good book or watching one of our favorite TV shows. It is our favorite place to be. Sometimes, in large spaces, it is hard to make it feel intimate and cozy. While playing with colors and using a warmer hue can affect this, there are easier ways to help a room feel cozy without calling the painter. Whether your room is large or small, here are a few simple changes that can really up the level of “cozy”!
One of the most comfortable and most practical additions to any room is a few oversized throws. Throw blankets can be great accent pieces and will bring the colors of a room together. Plus, who doesn’t love having extra fuzzy blankets on hand for those chilly winter nights? Oversized is the way to go when looking to add throws to your space. Nothing is more frustrating than a blanket that doesn’t cover your whole body!
An over-sized throw is both practical, and functional! Added bonus? The texture that the blankets add to a room will add visual warmth and a richer, more tactile experience.
Layer with Comfy, Bright Pillows
Last but certainly not least, pillows! Pillows are useful and versatile. They can be used to rest your head during that Netflix binge or to rest your feet when you’re tired of sitting up straight! Pillows are the foundation of a cozy living room and a simple way to add color, texture, and comfort-trifecta! When looking for pillows, be sure to buy good quality for their durability and comfort.
Upholstered Ottomans & Poufs:
Cocktail tables are convenient pieces of furniture for any living room, but they can be cold and industrial, leaving a room chilly. An easy fix is to use an upholstered ottoman or poufs instead. How you decorate your ottoman is entirely up to you.
Whether you fill a serving tray with a stack of books and a candle or use it as extra seating for guests, the possibilities are endless! Many of these can even be made with hidden storage inside for all those throws! Most importantly, the fabric and cushion will bring added warmth to the space, adding to the comfort of the room.
Bonus tip- Eliminate Dead Wall Space:
In a large space, it is almost always best to keep furniture off the walls, creating cozy arrangements closer to the center of the room. The trouble with this is that it can leave a large portion of your wall space bare — don’t let that space go to waste! Using wall art that is predominantly warmer colors will help fill up the wall space and eliminate the chill!
Are you looking for some advice on how to make your living space cozier? Give us a call we would love to help!
One thing we’ve learned in our years working in interior design is that you never know when inspiration is going to hit! Designers are faced with a ton of design decisions every day, but everything outside of practical is up to our discretion and imagination. Inspiration is everywhere…but when faced with a new design challenge, where you find your inspiration can come as a surprise.
Sometimes finding inspiration is easy and as soon as you step into a space, it speaks to you. You know exactly what you want to do to create the client’s vision and start working on it right away. Other times, you are looking for a bit of a nudge and inspiration to push you in the right direction. Just like any creative process, interior design is talent catalyzed by inspiration. Designers live their lives with their heads on a swivel, taking in all that the world has to offer. Sure, we find inspiration in rooms other designers have created. However, often, it is in much smaller, less obvious things that inspire a room.
Here are a few of the more exciting ways we’ve found inspiration for spaces we designed.
Art is inspiring. Sometimes we walk by a piece of artwork and it sticks with us. Whether its how the colors work together, or the actual object itself has caught our attention. Either way, we end up bringing a piece of it home with us and work it into the spaces we are creating.
An example of a piece of art inspiring a whole room can be read about in our blog It all Started with a Piece of Art. A client had a few furniture pieces but wanted to make her space come together as an oasis where she and her family could relax. Working with pieces she already owned, the art led the way. The bold teal, subtle cream and gold inspired the color palette used in the painting was then carried out through the entire grey living room.
Using this piece as inspiration, we were able to create a living space perfect for relaxation.
A floor pattern:
Often when searching for inspiration, you just need to take a walk! You never know when inspiration will hit! The girls at Lisa Scheff Designs are always taking photos of things we see in our travels whether it is in our own neighborhood, or from halfway across the world.
In our travels, one of our favorite things to take photos of are our feet on beautiful floors we stumble upon. We always encourage people to keep their chin up, but sometimes the most beautiful things are under our feet. If you want to be inspired, just look down! Flooring is often an outlet of expression in a room- this is especially true in old buildings.
Often times, it is floors that bring excitement to a space through the geometric shapes, varying colors, and the different textures used. If you are ever looking for a little inspiration, travel around with your head down.
Our Fabric Library:
Our fabric library is an entire room dedicated to all of the colors, patterns, and textures you could ever imagine. Every Lisa Scheff Designs project starts in the fabric library! We head up there with room plans in hand and
spend hours picking out everything that speaks to us. We collect everything we like and spread it out on our work table. We match, we pair, we toss, we grab more, and we keep going with this process until the space is complete.
Every part of the clients space comes together in our fabric room, from floors to ceilings, walls to drapery, sofas and pillows. It is a room full of endless inspiration, and one of a designers favorite places to be! It is all the pieces to the puzzle that we are putting together when creating a clients dream space.
Bonus: High Point Market!
High Point Market is where we go to see all of the latest and greatest in the design world. We spend days wandering showrooms, taking photos, and planning out our client’s spaces for them. It never fails, we always leave High Point feeling so inspired and ready to create!
If you are looking for a little help finding some inspiration for a space in your home, give us a call! We would love to help.
Wallpaper falls in and out of trend as frequently as bell bottoms and big hair. However, recently, wallpaper has made a huge come back and this trend is hanging on. Right now, the modern wallpaper trend is going strong and we are really loving it. It is a far cry from the wallpaper designs we were left peeling off from the 70’s and 80’s…
Wallpapers are back as a trend because they fit a much less minimalistic taste that is emerging . A wave of new (and younger) homeowners see wallpaper as a new, fun, and exciting alternative to the painted walls of their childhood homes.
Nowadays there is also a lot to choose from with bold, modern prints, that are dramatic, oversized and whimsical. Wallpaper isn’t relegated to the floral print all of our grandparents used anymore. The colors are much more vibrant, they come in textured fabrics, and thanks to advances in printing, are sharp as a knife. Wallpaper has become a favorite way to easily introduce texture, color, and excitement to a space. Whether it is a waterproof paper for a bathroom, a metallic one for a bedroom or even a fairy tale themed one for a closet-there is a wallpaper for everything!
Here are a few wallpaper trends that we like and think will be around for a while!
Metallic & Textured Wallpaper
We lumped these metallic and textured wallpaper together because..well..we love using them together! Using a metallic wallpaper is a great way to add a little bit of glam to any space in your home. Featuring wallpaper on an accent wall is a simple, affordable way to add a luxury feel to your space, whether its a bathroom or a home office. Added bonus? A metallic wallpaper will instantly bring a comfortable yet fashion-forward vibe to your abode.
When it comes to texture, we love the look of all grass clothed textured papers. It is another simple way to create that modern luxury feel in your space. With the paper we used in this bathroom we designed, we mixed the best of both worlds.
Large Scale Floral Wallpaper
Yes, we said it. Floral! However, modern era floral. No more tiny, repeated floral patterns slapped up on all four walls creating a chaotic, busy space. Instead, modern era floral has come back in a BIG way!
New age floral wallpaper is here in a much more sophisticated manner. The floral designs have grown in scale, and are a fabulous way to add an element of visual interest to your room. At Lisa Scheff, we love the detail a playful, oversized floral design adds to a nursery, a bathroom, and even a laundry room!
New Age floral paper can make a dramatic and striking statement wall. Some floral papers are so large that they turn the wall into a wondrous mural in your home. When you choose wallpaper like this, you can expect your wallpaper to be the focal point of your room. You won’t even need to hang artwork on your walls; your wallpaper will attract plenty of attention
Space Specific Wallpapers
Some wallpaper is so perfect for a space that it is like it was created just for use in it. These can be abstract designs, western influenced designs, or even a fairy tale themed design!
The versatility is one of the best things about wallpaper. It comes in all shapes, sizes, patterns, materials, textures, and designs ensuring that there is one for whatever look you want to achieve. It allows you to fully customize any space into becoming the exact space you’d dreamed of.
If you’re planning to remodel or renovate your home, you’ll definitely want to take a closer look at wallpaper trends and give us a call and well help you decide.
Happy New Year!
2018 brought a lot of great things! It was a busy year here at Lisa Scheff Designs, and for that we are thankful. We are lucky to have a loyal and growing client base and look forward to what 2019 brings! New trends, new rooms, and new challenges are what we are looking forward too!
At Lisa Scheff Designs, we love the Holiday season as much as everyone else! The decorations, the desserts, and the time spent with family and friends around the table. While we love the season and all the joy and love that comes along with it, we would be lying if we didn’t mention that we are also pretty excited when the hustle and bustle are finally over. January 2nd, all our routines fall back into place, and life re-enters its normal pace. We all head back to work, turn our auto-replies off, and settle in for the winter months.
January 2 is also the first test day for those New Years Resolutions. Whether it’s cutting your hair, shedding a few pounds, or even taking steps to refresh one of the spaces in your home with a unique facelift. You may have noticed after hosting this holiday season that your home could use a bit of a refresh. There is nothing better than starting a new year with a new look, and that includes updating one of your favorite spaces! You know what they say: New year, new room! After all, what is more, important than creating a space that you and your family love to come home to?
If your resolution includes some new furniture, a paint refresh, and you’re dreaming of a brand new space to ring in 2019, we are here to share some inspiration for you! This is one of the latest living rooms that we completed, and we love it so much, we are sharing it as inspiration for all your New Years Resolutions. It is simple, inviting, and stunning. It is the kind of space that makes you want to come home, kick your shoes off and relax in this sun-drenched room, curled up with a good book. Or chatting with friends over a game of cards.
So what do you think? Are you ready for a room refresh? If so, give us a call!
In life, a cut corner usually means a less satisfying, and often incomplete end result. Doing things in a manner less than required will sometimes save money or time, but at what cost?
When it comes to creating the spaces that turn your house into a home, going “the cheaper” route is very rarely the option that goes the distance.
Scope of Work
At the beginning of every project, after discussing our clients desired outcome, we create a Scope of Work. This presentation gives our clients a clear vision of what we think would be the best bet for the room we are designing. The Scope of Work includes a detailed space plan, project goals, and items required for each room.
In the Scope, we provide an estimation of the high end and low-end budget for the project. We break it down to list each item we believe would be useful in creating your dream space. The Scope also estimates the number of hours and resources that will be dedicated to your project. From the beginning, we are able to come up with a solid idea regarding what will be spent creating your space. You can trim the cost by choosing the lower end of the budget represented in the scope or deciding to cut products out of the scope.
We understand that the cost of complete design services can come as a surprise to some. But it is for a good reason. The product is often times customizable to fit the exact space, needs and colors of the room we are designing. Also, the products bought through an interior designer are far superior to those purchased elsewhere. They last for years on end-which, in the end, saves our clients money! Having a quality sofa last many years, even if it costs a bit more up front, is far better than purchasing 3 cheaper sofas in the same time frame.
Not only are the products purchased high end but the price you pay for the expertise is worth the extra. Have you ever bought a piece of furniture that looked great in the store, but was too big once you got it home? Or didn’t look great with the rest of your furniture? How about have you ever painted a room over and over trying to find the right color? Truth is, this is where the cost of a designer becomes exponentially worth it. Hiring a designer helps you avoid costly mistakes. Your sofa will fit, and match the color palette of the room on the first try. And if you’re on a realistic budget, a designer is going to know how to get the best value out of that. We are used to working on a line item budget and will help you understand where your money is going.
When looking for a designer, remember the perks that come along with hiring a professional. When working with Lisa Scheff Designs, we remain very transparent in our pricing and create a range for our clients so they can choose which route they’d like to go. Cutting corners is never in our Scope.
If you are ready to hire a professional for your interior design needs, contact us!