Grey Wallpaper

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I am getting bored of looking at the same grey on white Moroccan fretwork wallpaper.  Today, I am featuring some grey wallpapers that feel fresh and different.  If you are looking to transform a foyer or powder room, using wallpaper is the quickest route to a big style statement.

 

Arthouse Brasilia Grey
Cole and Company Plume
Schumacher Acanthus Stripe
Schumacher Graphic Panel Stripe
Thibaut Prescott
Thibaut Madiera Chain

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Prioritizing projects in your new home

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Prioritizing projects in your new homeHome buyers get overwhelmed when they move into a new home trying to figure out where to start.  The bedroom may need painting, the wallpaper in the kitchen really doesn’t fit your style, or the bathrooms may have that 1980’s look.  For a while, it can feel like you are living in someone else’s house.  Here are some of my tips on how to prioritize home projects to transform your house into your home.

  • Children’s bedrooms should be the first project undertaken so that they feel comfortable and excited about their new home.
  • Replacing window treatments and painting are the quickest ways to remove the old homeowner’s personality.
  • Make sure your purchases are part of a well-defined plan for the decor in each room.  If you don’t know what you are looking for, how are you going to know when you find it?   When I work with clients, I create a floor plan which is the canvas that allows me to assign colors and patterns in the space based on the Principles of Art and Design such as: balance, repetition, and proportion.  With my affordable Design Action Plan Service, I give you a detailed shopping list and you manage your interior decorating project, at your own pace, through retail stores and catalogs.
  • Don’t just replace the intolerable with the tolerable, find something you love.
  • Take a full inventory of all the projects that you’d like to do and estimate the required budgets.  Oftentimes, clients haven’t shopped for furniture in many years so their budgets are unrealistic.  I teach clients what they can expect to pay for the level of quality they are looking for.  You can educate yourself by refreshing your memory at websites of your favorite furniture stores.
  • It can get overwhelming, so completing a quick, affordable project can give you a sense of accomplishment and a boost of motivation to keep going.
  • It is better to have one room completely done than to have a lot of half-finished spaces.  If your budget doesn’t allow you to do it all at once, work step by step to get that space to completion without getting distracted by other projects.

Are you overwhelmed by the decorating or remodeling projects you need to do to make your new house feel like your own?

Once you’re settled in and ready to get started transforming your house into a home, I can help you avoid costly mistakes, educate you on how best to invest your budget, and give you confidence that the selections you make will work as a cohesive whole. Call me at 484.995.3958 for a consultation.

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Quoted in a Recent Article

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I was just quoted in this article about Designing Your Ideal Home: A Room-By-Room Guide.  It goes through each room in the house and different designers discuss the technologies and trends transforming the way we live.  My particular contribution was about the rising popularity of multi-generational living.

“Multi-generational living is a big trend in new construction. Driving this trend is the desire to accommodate elderly parents or adult children without the pitfalls of living together. These multi-generational homes have two entrances, separate living areas, and a first-floor master bedroom.” – Lisa Quale

Farmhouse Office in Garnet Valley

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I recently presented a design for a home office in Garnet Valley, PA.  My client is going to start working from home so she knew she would be spending a lot of time in her office and she wanted a professional to pull it all together.

At our initial meeting, I gave her my style quiz to determine what look she would love and we talked about some inspiration images she had selected.  She liked casual, farmhouse style, but didn’t want it to be too rustic.  Then, I talked to her about how much she might expect to spend for various levels of quality and we were able to come up with a comprehensive itemized list of selections needed and a budget for decorating her space.  She decided to do some of the legwork herself so and purchase through retail sources, but the space needed a WOW desk which I found through my trade resources.

Here is the email she sent me after looking over my selections.  With all the exclamation points and CAPS, I’d say she likes it!

It is great!  Dead on to what I was looking for – it is cohesive and the dimensions of the furniture are well thought out for the space.  I also LOVE the desk, something I would have never come up with!  And I’m thrilled to see that a number of the items came in well under budget.

Feminine Farmhouse Office in Garnet Valley

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Lead Paint in Renovations

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Do I have lead paint in my home?

If your home was built before 1978, when it’s use was banned, chances are you have lead-based paint throughout your home.  You can purchase a simple test at any hardware store to chemically check the layers of paint in your home.

Will lead paint hurt me?

The primary risk of lead paint is ingestion of paint chips by small children.  These sweet-tasting paint chips can cause nervous system damage, learning disabilities and stunted growth.  If you have children or grandchildren under the age of 6 in your home regularly and are planning a renovation project, you should test your walls and talk to your contractor about different methods of abatement.

During a renovation, when paint is sanded or scraped, a fine dust of lead-based paint is created.  Proper precautions must be taken to avoid breathing this dust.  Serious birth defects can result if a pregnant woman inhales lead-based dust.

How do I get rid of lead paint?

The least expensive and simplest solution is to purchase an elastomeric coating that is applied like paint over all lead paint surfaces.  During a renovation project, you may wish to take the opportunity to apply fresh drywall over the existing walls, or tear down and replace all drywall and trim.  This can be a messy and involved process so it depends on the scope of your renovation.  The final option is physical removal through scraping and sanding with a HEPA filtered vacuum.

Who is trained to remove lead paint?

If you own an older home, have small children, or are pregnant, I’d suggest not taking on a DIY renovation!  Recent laws enacted by the Environmental Protection Agency require contractors disturbing more than six square feet of lead paint in pre-1978 construction take precautions to reduce the potential exposure associated with disturbing lead-based paint.  These laws require contractors to take EPA-approved training and be certified to perform renovations in homes built before 1978.

 

5 Unique Bathroom Mirror Finds

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Sometimes a bathroom remodel needs that one perfect, statement piece to take it from ho-hum to WOW.  Here are some unique bathroom mirrors that fit the bill:

 

Cyan Design Antonin Mirror
No boring ovals here. Cyan Design Antonin Mirror

 

 

Cyan Design Bancroft Mirror
Get drawn in by the layers of nested Silver Oxide Trim. Cyan Design Bancroft Mirror

 

Mirror Image Home Acrylic Geometric Mirror with Nickel
A classic shape updated in Acrylic and Nickel. I swoon. Mirror Image Home Acrylic Geometric Mirror with Nickel

 

Bring the farmhouse look home with the Uttermost Stockley.
Bring the farmhouse look home with the Uttermost Stockley.

 

Add some oomph to your bathroom with the Newport Mirror from Oomph available in 16 lacquer shades.
Add some oomph to your bathroom with the Newport Mirror from Oomph available in 16 luscious lacquer shades.

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