Thursday, March 22, 2012

10 Ways to Reinvent Your Room Tonight

 by Kristine Gregory, Allied ASID

 Does your room seem tired and dated? Is it set up to serve your family or is furniture there just because "that's how it's always been" or because "the movers placed it there"? Sometimes rearranging your furniture is all you need to do. Don't forget to pull things from other rooms or even the attic for your new look.
It's time to rethink your space. Here are 10 easy ways to reinvent your room tonight.
1. Re-purpose - do you really need a formal living room? Add some bookcases and reading chair and a good lamp and you have cozy library. With the addition of a desk, you have a home office.
2. Think about the traffic flow - you don't want to have to walk around large pieces of furniture to get into the room. You also don't want to walk in front of someone watching TV. Pay attention to the placement of furniture with sharp corners, your trip through a room should not be painful.
3. Plan your conversation areas - a comfortable distance for talking is a few feet. Place your seating to encourage conversation. The maximum recommended distance between any seating is 8 feet.
4. Do not line the walls with furniture - eliminate the "doctors office syndrome" and move sofas and chairs away from walls and corners to the middle of the room. Don't forget to try diagonal arrangements.
5. Avoid placing all heavy, large pieces of furniture on one side of the room. You don't want the room to appear off balance.
6. Create a focal point - in the bedroom, the bed is the natural focal point. The sofa or the fireplace is a good focal point for living rooms. Try not to overwhelm the room with multiple focal points. The focal point is usually the first thing you see when you enter a room. Plan your arrangement around it.
7. Light the room effectively - avoid dark spots. Make sure you have good overhead light and sufficient task lighting for each area.
8. Accessorize - use accessories to personalize and add impact but don't overdo it. Collections grouped together have more flair than pieces scattered all over your house.
9. Hang artwork in proportion to the surrounding furniture - center art over sofas and tables closer to the piece than to the ceiling. If there is no furniture, such as in hallways, 57" on center is the standard.
10. Leave some open spaces - don't feel the need to fill every wall and every corner. Give your decor some breathing room.
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Friday, March 9, 2012

Should You Reupholster or Buy New

this article originally published in our Fabulous Interiors e-Newsletter, November 2011

There are pros and cons to reupholstering your existing furniture. It's worth taking the time to review your options before deciding whether to reupholster or buy new.

Reupholstering is environmentally friendly. Reusing an existing frame saves a piece of furniture from being trashed. Donating the used piece is also a green option.

Definitely plan to reupholster if...

  • you have a designer piece or an antique.
  • your furniture has a well-constructed frame.
  • it's a hard to find style or size.
  • updating involves a simple cover replacement like a dining chair seat.

Cost is a consideration. Reupholstery can be a savings if it's a high quality piece where a comparable replacement would cost more. With reupholstery there is a broader choice of fabrics than many furniture stores offer for their new pieces. This gives greater flexibility in design. Reupholstering is not a cheap option though. There is a cost in purchasing upholstery fabric (often 15-18 yards for a sofa.) Then there is the cost of labor, pick-up and delivery.

Reupholstery offers an opportunity to make small changes to the design. Here are some things that can often be modified - redesign and reshape arms, replace cushions, tighten and retie springs, add padding, redesign the back, change legs or skirt style, add a skirt or change the pleating style, refinish or paint.

by Kristine Gregory, Allied ASID

principal designer at Bedeckers Interior

After this article was published, I received this email from a client...
"Your newsletter was very timely as I have a chair I have been thinking of getting revamped.  I say revamped as it is a French style chair with wooden arms and legs and an upholstered seat and back.  The wood is currently dark, but I was thinking of having it painted a lighter color and having it reupholstered in a different fabric.  I’ve had the chair for nearly 20 years and did not pay a lot of money for it, but I’ve always loved the shape of it and as along as its not exorbitantly expensive, I am OK spending more than I paid for the chair to get it redone since I am not sure I could find exactly what I want buying new.  I had the chair in my study for years, but the upholstery had started to fade out so I replace it with a leather chair.  I’d like to put the revamped version in my master bath."

Here is the chair BEFORE
 Here is the fabric we chose
Here is the transformed chair after Bedeckers upholstery work. Perfect for the master bath
 What do you think?