Who do you trust?- Secrets to finding the best contractors

Who do you trust?- Secrets to finding the best contractors

I like to give people the benefit of the doubt. I don't automatically discount what they tell me when they tell me they can do something. But when it has to do with doing work on my house...I'm not as trusting. Why? Because I don't want them to mess it up! I'm discussing ways to find people who are going to do a good job and then how to know if they are trustworthy with 3 Trust Factor qualifications.

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My fear about Virtual Interior Design

My fear about Virtual Interior Design

I had my own doubts about using virtual interior design- "can this really work?". However, after working with many people around the country virtually, I have seen that I can not only deliver creative designs but also help you implement them as well. One of my personal favorite stories is from a friend in TX who I worked with recently and who shares her side of the experience.

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Where do you look for ____ online? Series: Accessories

"Accessories" is interior design code for pillows, throws, things to put on your bookcase, coffee table and nightstand.

It’s all the fun fluff :)

It’s easy to spot a lot of these items at Target, Home Goods, Pottery Barn, Random little shops we find ourselves in (aka: culprits of taking our money without us realizing it!).

But to find things that are online and aren’t from our go-to spots...that can be harder to hunt for.

I want to give you a list that reaches across lots of different styles to bring you accessories that are a little different and a little more unique than the average blue patterned throw pillow.

1. Momastore

This is an offshoot of a spectacular modern art museum in NYC. Like the art that the museum has, the online store has tons of unique and specialty items. It’s kind of like the Container Store where you think you don’t need anything but once you start browsing you find something you have to have!

2. Etsy (search "designer pillows")

I’ve mentioned the frustration in looking through Etsy for art here, but with accessories it’s not quite as hard. I really look to Etsy for beautiful pillows. Especially if you search for “designer pillows”, you will find pillows made out of REALLY nice fabric for a fraction of the price.

3. LEIF

LEIF is based out of Brooklyn and started only 5 years ago. It has a lot more than just home accessories but all it’s products have a wonderful fresh eclectic vibe that want to make you want to buy it all the more.

4. Shop Terrain (for plant stuff)

This site has bulbs, planters, vases, metal garlands (where you put them is another question), and dried wreaths. They are definitely not going to have your “basic” type of planter or vase, but if I am trying to find a little decor that is botanical in nature, I like to look here.  

5. Serena & Lily

Serena and Lily is what I like to think of as a preppy beach style (that isn’t all pink and teal). However, that’s really an exaggeration. It has lots of accessories that can blend with any style. I particularly like their mirrors and trays.

6. The Citizenry

This little shop is more of the minimal and simple style. What I like about their accessories is that they support artisan entrepreneurs all over the world and so each piece has it’s own story.

7. The Shoppe

Started by the popular designer company Amber Interiors, it carries the pinnacle of that “minimal, mid-century modern, boho” vibe. With lots of pillows, candles, baskets and cool coat hooks, if this is your style than you have found heaven.

8. Furbish

Furbish used to be a brick and mortar store in Raleigh, NC but became more of an online hub over the last few years. It carries funky needlepoint pillows, whimsical wall hangings and interesting textiles. You never know what you might find at this site :)

9. Gilt

This has TONS of options for any type of style at all sorts of price points. You do have to give them your email address, but all of their stuff is discounted from the typical retail prices so I think it's worth it. I don’t know why it’s called “Gilt” because you shouldn’t have any from shopping here…

10. Lulu & Georgia

This is one of my favorite sites!! It has many options for all sorts of accessories, and makes it easy to search for what you are looking for (70 drool worthy pages to be exact!)

I love the “fluff” part of interior design. It’s in the details that a design can really be amazing. However, I have see “fluff” used to cover up the parts of the room that don’t make as much sense (like a sofa that’s too big for the room). So, accessorize away….as long as you have the right bones in place :)

What do you love to accessorize with? Do you ever look online or do you prefer to buy them in person?

Where do you look for ____ online? Series: Dining Tables & Chairs

Where do you look for ____ online? Series: Dining Tables & Chairs

Dining tables and chairs can seem like a dime a dozen...but where do you look for pieces that are unique? Or a specific style? I've listed my top 10 places to look for dining room furniture to make things a little bit easier in your online hunt :)

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Where do you look for ____online? Series: Original Art

Where do you look for ____online? Series: Original Art

Original artwork isn't the first thing you think of when you are looking online. The biggest question is really where do you find it? You don't have to spend hours looking through Etsy if you don't want to...there are faster ways to find good art and I've listed 10 of them.

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Where do you look for ___ online? Series: Sofas

Where do you look for ___ online? Series: Sofas

Would you have guessed that this image is of two sofas purchased online? Well they were. Purchasing anything online can feel like you are taking a really big risk. However, I've listed out 10 great companies to look at when you are shopping for sofas online. 

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Top 20 Benefits of Online Interior Design

Top 20 Benefits of Online Interior Design

Online interior design sounds like a trend that you really don't understand. 

I understand where you're coming from- Pinterest just came out 6 years ago!! So all of this online design stuff is still a little new. I'm giving you the top 20 reasons why you should consider working online. I promise it's not as crazy as it sounds :)

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Why do you hire an interior designer?

Why do you hire an interior designer?

You hire an interior designer because you are frustrated with not being able to make a decision. You hire a designer because you are overwhelmed with the process of figuring out where to start.

But why don't you hire a designer? 

As a designer, I think it's fair that I talk about the reasons why it may be better to not hire me (even though you think that may be crazy for me to talk about!). I go over the reasons why not to hire a designer as well as explain the other name for a designer- your therapist

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A new sofa and all that goes with it

A new sofa and all that goes with it

I'm revealing which sofa we picked for my friend's room (that we talked about here) and showing all the different reasons why. However, once you get a new sofa you usually need accessories to make it go with the rest of the room. To help with your hunting process, I'm giving you 5 categories to have when you're looking for accessories. They make up the guidelines you need for helping you narrow down what you're really looking for--because picking accessories should be fun!

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Creating a Gallery Wall Part 2

Creating a Gallery Wall Part 2

Gallery walls can really be so much fun to have in your home. You can make an arrangement with what you have now and you can make plans for later. I'm discussing the freedom of buying pieces you love to incorporate in your gallery wall later. It's also called the Later Plan- and it doesn't ever have to end! 

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Creating a Gallery Wall Part 1

Creating a Gallery Wall Part 1

There are many how to guides on creating gallery walls. However, there isn't a lot of talk about the Now Plan and Later Plan. What to do right now to make sure you stop having blank walls and what to do later on when you find other pieces you like. I'm discussing the Now Plan and why it's important. Stay tuned for how to create the Later Plan!

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To have to love series: Santa Monica Dwelling

To have to love series: Santa Monica Dwelling

I'm looking at a beautiful space in California that has simple details and a calming feeling that is out of this world. I discuss the 9 different parts of the room that the designer, Carla Lane Interiors, did to make the room successful as well as how we can achieve the same look too. 

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