Designer Tips

For the Love of Lamps

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Shedding Light on Lamps

Lamps seem simple enough. Plug them in, flip them on, and you're good to go! But they play a bigger role in pulling a room together than you may think. The wrong lamp (or lamps -- they work best in pairs!) can disrupt a design both in visual aesthetics and practicality. Here are a few things to consider when purchasing lamps:

How's the height? The taller the lamp, the better. Depending on their purpose, you typically want a lamp that is at least 30 inches tall. If you are using a lamp for reading light, the shade should come to just above your shoulder when you are sitting down in a chair. Also remember that if you are shopping for lamps online, carefully read through the dimensions before purchasing. Photos can often make lamps look larger than they are.

And the shade? The color and fabric of a lamp shade can drastically affect how light is diffused in a room. Think about the day-to-day use of the lamp before settling on a shade. Black shades are cool and edgy but won't provide as much light as a lighter color. Similarly, burlap shades are very popular right now, but the heavy fabric restricts the light.

What about the base?  Finally, consider what the body of the lamp is made of. Whether it is glass, marble, concrete or ceramic, the base can be an easy way to add color to a room and pull a space together. Glass lamps work best is smaller rooms because of their transparency but be sure they don't get lost in the background if working in a larger room.

All good designers know the power of a well-placed lamp! This summer, we’ve been hard at work renovating several apartments on Music Row and have had the pleasure of picking out fun, unique lamps for all of them. Have a lamp question that wasn’t answered here? Send it to us on Facebook or Instagram!

— Paige & Mia

Debunking Designer Myths

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3 Common Myths About Hiring Interior Designers

MYTH #1: "I would have to buy all new furniture! I can't afford that!"
As much as we would love to treat every home like a blank canvas, we understand that's not a realistic approach. Unless you want to achieve a completely new look, we are happy to work with what you have in a creative, fresh way. Plus, working with an interior designer can actually save you money by helping you avoid costly mistakes, hire reliable contractors and selecting products that will meet your long-term needs.

MYTH #2: "There's nothing they can do that I can't do on my own."
While we encourage all of our clients to stay up-to-date on the latest home design trends, there are some things that are only accessible to professional interior designers through showrooms and cultivated relationships with vendors.

MYTH #3: "If someone else designs my home, it won't feel like home to me." 
Our goal is to create spaces that suit you and your lifestyle, so we go to great lengths to ensure your home is not only beautiful but also functional and comfortable. We invite you to research inspirational photos to get a sense of your style and think about what colors you gravitate toward before an initial meeting with us and keep open communication throughout the design process. At the end of the day, we want to be sure your home feels like, well... home!

Hi everyone!

Spring is just around the corner, which means many people are starting new home projects so we wanted to take this month’s e-newsletter to debunk some common misconceptions about working with interior designers. Still have questions about how our process works? Reply to this email for more information!

— Paige & Mia

Beating the Winter Blues

Beating the Winter Blues

Don't let small rooms give you the blues. Use these tips to create the illusion that your bedroom is bigger than it is.

1. Skip the headboard. Headboards can be a statement piece in big bedrooms, but in small spaces, they're often too clunky. Trade your headboard for mirrors, which make any room appear larger.

2. Raise the curtains. This is a golden rule in almost any space, but it's especially important in small areas. Take your curtain rod to the ceiling to add height that's not really there.

3. Keep the colors simple. A monochromatic color scheme with subtle patterns is best in small rooms. Use varying shades of the same hue to create a cozy but collected effect.

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Hi everyone,

Downtown Nashville is getting crowded! This fun blue project was part of our recent work on a series of AirBnB spaces downtown. We were challenged with creating a modern design in several tiny spaces. Stay tuned for more spaces from this series in coming months. 

— Paige & Mia

We're Buzzing About Honeycomb

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Trending Tiles

Tile is a practical way to add texture and visual interest to any space. But with so many shapes, colors and sizes, a simple walk through a showroom can send even the most savvy DIY-er over the edge. Here's what to keep in mind when taking on tile:

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These trendy tiles are an easy way to add flair anywhere in your bathroom, but they can be particularly useful in your shower, where the floor in sloped for drainage. Their small size easily covers the floor slope and the multitude of grout lines increases traction and reduces the risk of slips. 

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Beveled Subway

You know subway tile, but do you know beveled subway tile? A modern twist on the classic block creates depth and visual weight, giving your bathroom or kitchen a bright, quilted look. 

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Chevron & Penny Tile

Everyone loves a good chevron or penny tile backsplash -- and that's where they should stay! These small-scale, intricate designs are too busy to be used on the floor. Spice up the backsplash then choose a larger, more solid tile for the floor.

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As the size of the average person's bathroom has increased so have our floor tiles. 12x24 tile has become a popular floor option because of its size and pattern versatility. Line them up straight or stagger them across. It's up to you!

Hi everyone,

This month, we are taking on nearly a dozen kitchen and bathroom projects so it’s safe to say we are dreaming in tile these days. The real tile trend? Cool greys and crisp whites are dominating tile color palettes by bringing an airy, fresh look to bathrooms and kitchens. What’s your next tile project? 

— Paige & Mia

All About Windows

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Pretty & Practical: Dressing Your Windows

Window treatments aren't something you want to buy right off the shelf, especially if you have tall ceilings, nearby neighbors or any window outside of the standard double hung setup. With hundreds of options for styles, fabrics, tie-backs, the details can be daunting. Here's what to know before dressing your windows: 

Functionality is important. Like with any aspect of a room, it's essential to think about what purpose your window treatments will serve. Whether that's keeping out sunlight, increasing privacy or visually adding height to a room. It's important to think about the application before making a purchase. 

They should be gorgeous too. Practicality doesn't mean frumpy. A room with a lot of windows has a lot of hard edges and points that can make a space feel sterile. Fabric softens those edges and can make a room feel warmer depending on the fabric. Patterns in varying proportions and colors add other texture and personality to a room when used correctly.

It's an investment. You don't want to do this every year. Picking the perfect panels can take a bit of time and money, so it's important to know what goals you want to accomplish before you get started. In the end, it will be worth the investment when the whole room comes together in a perfect combination of beauty and practicality. 

Hi everyone,

Window treatments can seem like minor details, but they play a big role in a room’s overall design. I like to think of dressing your windows like you dress yourself. You typically dress for your body type and for the activities you’ll be doing that day. The same goes for your windows – visually appealing and efficiency make the perfect combo!

— Paige