Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Tips for organizing your bathroom storage from the experts



Optimize Your Bathroom Storage

Get expert storage tips for organizing your cabinets, drawers and linen closet.

HGRM-House-Counselor-BPF-dads-bath_s4x3 Design by Laurie March; photography by Daniel Collopy

Clutter can be controlled in the bathroom if there is adequate storage. An in-room linen closet can easily hold more than extra towels and beauty supplies if you take an inventory of what you want to store and plan accordingly.

Browse Pictures of Creative Bathroom Storage

"Take out everything you don't use," says Rozalia Kiss, designer and sales manager at TransForm. She suggests labeling a specific shelf in the linen closet for each person who uses the bathroom and installing pullout shelves so users can access the contents in the back of the closet.
Bulky items like folded towels and stacks of toilet tissue will fit on the lower shelves. Smaller items like cotton balls and beauty supplies can fill baskets on shelves at eye level.

A two-tier lazy Susan, often relegated to kitchen cabinets, can be used in the bathroom linen closet to hold nail polish, small makeup bottles and creams.
A well-designed vanity outfitted with drawers rather than cabinets will hold more stuff. "Cabinets are cheaper but drawers are more efficient," says April Bettinger, owner and designer at Nip Tuck Remodeling. She suggests using a vanity with two sinks in both the master bath and the guest bathroom that often doubles as the main bath for other occupants of the house.

Stacks of drawers of varying depths will hold hair dryers, curling irons, electric shavers and electric toothbrushes neatly, keeping the countertop free of clutter. Installing acrylic dividers inside the drawers will keep smaller items like makeup, nail clippers and hair clips neatly organized.
But not all bathrooms are created equal. In a powder room, a place where storage is often minimal, you can make a style statement by installing a pedestal sink or a smaller vanity that does more than hide the plumbing pipes and hold a few cleaning supplies. Pedestal sinks do not generally work in a master bath or guest bath as they offer no storage.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Dream a room in WHITE?

Most people would not even bother to design a room in white or beige or pale creamy yellow.  But there really are lots of advantages and if you are willing to play, it could be great.  If everything is neutral you can play really heavy hand with accessories......try a raspberry colored chair, a bright gold yellow wall, some wild pillows on the couch and a modern, cool and bright rug.  When you get bored you can move the accessories to the bedroom and start again.  You could decorate by the season or the holiday.  It is fun, it is transitional and it doesn't cost a fortune to be changing your mind!

These are some wild area rugs that you could use to pull things together.

Call me, we can design that fun room together!

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Eco friendly countertops

   Copied with courtesy from HGTV reports


Eco-Friendly Countertops

Consider these environmentally friendly countertops when designing your new kitchen surface area.

Consider eco-friendly countertop options for your kitchen remodel.

If environmental issues like sustainability and low impact are high on your priority list, then you might want to consider eco-friendly countertops when designing your kitchen. Green countertop surfaces can be made from a number of materials, including recycled glass, paper, plastic and tree pulp, in addition to sustainable bamboo.

Explore These Beautiful Kitchen Countertop Design Options for Ideas
Recycled glass is not only an eco-friendly option, but it can be made to look like stone countertops, using a mix of colored glass pieces. Recycled glass countertops are available in tiles, concrete and resin, depending on the material that will best suit your kitchen area. Glass countertop tiles are a good option if you are seeking a do-it-yourself option that will add a bit of flair to your current countertop.
Richlite paper-based countertops are a great alternative to stone and plastic surfaces. They are composed of pulp from trees that are harvested in sustainable forests with closely managed environmental mandates such as habitat conservation. They come in a variety of colors and options and are mostly stain-, scratch- and heat-resistant.
Complete your eco-friendly kitchen by choosing bamboo cabinets and flooring, in addition to a kitchen island made from a repurposed item, like a desk, dresser or old barn doors.


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Decorating for life

Today is a new day, today we are starting a new project.  Where do we start?  How do we start?  Actually it is as easy as getting out of bed each day...each step is new, but we learn as we go.  If you are re doing your home, room by room or all at once, I am here for you.  Let us start together, I will lead, you follow but together it will get finished!

You have to make the first move as I don't realize you need my help, but from there it is easy...really easy and fun.  You make the first move!

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Decorating the Dorm

Sheffield Says: Decorating Tips: Organizing the Dorm Room

Posted: 06 Sep 2013 07:00 AM PDT
You may have a child going off to college for the first time (time goes so fast!) or you may already have a seasoned collegiate who needs some organization help. What should they bring to their dorm?  Well, if their dorms are anything like mine, they probably don’t have much room or storage, and they probably share it with another student.
My dorm room was narrow with two sliding closets, two desks and chairs and two beds. That was it. Stark simple and blah. When I went to school, they didn’t have storage places like the Container Store and they didn’t have the internet to shop around. Talk about hard! I had to go to a flea market to make my limited selections. But being a budding interior designer in the making, I got very creative with what I had.
I chose a small soft lounger – similar to the one above – which had a seablue fabric and then revolved my whole color scheme around that. I bought cheap white plastic storage crates and grouped them to form a coffee table.  Then I took some plywood - the same length as my plastic crates - wrapped it in the same blue fabric as the lounger - and laid it on top of the crates for an instant matching coffee table! In our example above, we have the Coral beanbag lounger from Joss & Main and matching QBO steel cubes from the Container Store grouped together to create a coffee table.
The crazy looking bookcase is not an illusion by Escher, it’s the Rocky Credenza by La Chance.  Rocky holds books, lamps, and knick-knacks and is available at the A+R store. For the student who loves to rock when they’re not studying, we have guitar hooks from Bed Bath and Beyond to hang their leather jacket!
Bedside Caddy and Shelf from Bed Bath and Beyond
My roommate and I also built (okay, my roommate's boyfriend built but we supervised!) a loft bed to create more floor space for our living room section.  But that was the limit of our construction for the room.  We could have used some of these space-saving devices above. The bedside caddy and shelf from Bed Bath and Beyond solves the lack of a night table for the upper bunk bed sleeper.
If you need some privacy in your dorm room - won't that roommate ever leave?! - you may consider a room divider.  This Hang It Up room divider from StacksandStacks provides privacy plus storage.  There are magazine racks, hooks, and shelves for those study materials!
Hang It Up Room Divider from StacksandStacks
Being a design student, my favorite storage device was made by Italian (of course!) designer, Joe Colombo. The ever versatile and portable Boby trolley cart held all my art supplies in a very organized fashion. The cart had swinging drawers, shelves, tall storage for those long rolls of design drawings, and it had wheels so you could move it all around your room.
Colombo's Boby Trolley Cart

Interested in learning more about organizing?  Take a look at New York Institute of Art and Design.  At NYIAD, you will learn how to transform a space, create color schemes, and select furniture, lighting, and accessories.

Monday, January 28, 2013

That's a wrap!

As an Interior Designer, people are always calling me to show me new ideas or introduce me to new stores. But this is really awesome...I went to look at these mirror wraps and fell in love!  I am soon doing a remodel of my bathrooms and eventually the kitchen and this just hits the right spot!  Mirrors are expensive and if you are just looking for a fresh look, and your mirror is in great shape, when this is for you.  I have sold several to builders to use in the new homes,  so I am hoping to get it into design centers.  You can either call the company or call me to give you the bid....I will  not mark it up, I promise!

Call me or go to their web sight and contact them...tell them that I sent you!


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It's a Wrap!

What is a Mirror Wrap?

Frame On MirrorA Mirror Wrap is a picture frame molding that fits directly to the surface of a pre-existing mirror already attached to a wall, transforming a plain mirror into an elegant focal point.
Mirror Wraps are easy to install! No construction... No mess!
Every Mirror Wrap frame is custom-made to apply directly to the face of your existing mirror for a perfect, framed mirror look.

The Benefits

Mirror Wraps are affordable and far less expensive than removing an old mirror and replacing it with a framed mirror.
With our diverse selection of exclusive decorative moldings, Mirror Wraps will complement your bathroom style as well as match your current hardware finishes.
Once an order is placed, turnaround is quick, and installation services are available.