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The Cost of Window Treatments

You just bought a new home and you’re thinking about window treatments. Many people don’t consider the cost of window treatments until they are faced with bare windows. However, when establishing the budget for your next design project, window treatments are fundamental.

Why Window Treatments are Important

First, covering your windows in the summer will prevent the heat and sunlight from warming up the interiors of your home. With time, excessive sunlight exposure will fade wood floors, furniture, and fabrics. Window treatments will extend the life of these elements in your home. Ultimately saving you the cost of replacing them before their time. Also, by reducing the strain on your air conditioner.

Conversely, in the winter months, they trap heat and keep cold air out, decreasing your heating bill. The second reason window treatments are fundamental is privacy. Window treatments create a barrier between your personal space and the outside world. You want your home to be filled with light, but you simply don’t want intimate moments on display for the whole world.

The Cost of Window Treatments. Dining room with beautiful windows and fabulous millwork. Sandra Asdourian Interiors Laurel Hollow NY

Why Window Treatments Cost So Much

Custom window treatments are made one at a time. In addition, the key components that go into pricing window treatments are the labor and the materials. A single person is making your window treatments custom for your windows. Based on the exact measurements of your windows. This way they will fit perfectly. The fabric choice will also add to the cost. And in the case of custom drapery, a person is sitting at the sewing machine sewing your drapery. They make sure the fabric is perfect. With no blemishes or snags. That the drapery will hang perfectly.

The Cost of Window Treatments. Custom drapery based on the exact measurements of your windows. This way they will fit perfectly. Sandra Asdourian Interiors Naples FL

The Installation Is Key

Next up is the installation process. However, for your window treatments and drapery to look perfect, a skilled installer needs to install your drapery. Fabric is delicate. Proper installation for the custom hardware is important. Rods have to be cut to size making them truly custom to your windows.

With Custom Drapery the rods have to be installed and most of the time the rods have to be cut to size. Truly custom to your windows. Sandra Asdourian Interiors Naples FL

Woven Woods, Shutters and Shades

Other ways to dress your windows are with shades or custom woven woods. In other words, for a softer look, the woven woods gives you a diffused light through your windows. Lining the shades or woven woods will give you even more privacy. Adding motorization is perfect for a room with several windows that need privacy in the evenings. However, you want the brightness for the daylight hours. Also for windows that are hard to reach. i.e. behind furniture, very high windows. The final, and most important reason window treatments are fundamental is that they elevate your home’s decor. 

Custom woven wood blinds in the coast family room designed by Sandra Asdourian Interiors Naples FL

Thinking of adding window treatments? Start by scheduling a complimentary 15-minute introductory phone call.

The Cost of Window Treatments.
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Creating a Gorgeous Outdoor Space

As the weather warms up and the days are longer. Creating a gorgeous outdoor space in your own backyard or terrace will certainly have you spending more time outside. It might just be the best way to enjoy the hot summer months.

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What’s New in Interior Design

Twice a year High Point NC showcases the newest in home furnishing and accessories. Interior designers, furniture stores, and design shops all come together to preview new products and styles available in interior design. The showrooms present the most current design offerings and trends in interiors design.

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Selecting the Perfect Wall Color

Some people have a challenging time selecting wall colors. As interior designers, our clients inquire about paint colors all the time. So, how do you go about selecting the perfect wall color? When designing a room or starting a new project. For us, the most important thing is the floor plan, mood, and function of the room. We don’t start with the paint colors. However, your wall color is an important part of the overall mood of the design.

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Style Matters: Mixing Your Style

You have a Traditional style home. However, your design aesthetic is leaning more toward Contemporary. Above all, your style matters: mixing your style. Your home should reflect you. In other words, even with a traditional home design. You can mix in contemporary design elements creating a transitional design.

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Selecting the Perfect Chandelier

Lighting is everything. Selecting the perfect chandelier can update and transform a room. The lighting creates a certain mood and feeling. Therefore, for your interior design, nothing can elevate your home more than the perfect crystal chandelier. The lighting is the jewelry of a beautifully designed space.

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Selecting the Correct Height Barstool

Creating a beautiful new kitchen with a gorgeous center island is wonderful. However, be sure you are selecting the correct height barstool for your island. With countertop islands and bar areas becoming a normal design element in kitchen design. The need for the correct height for your new barstool is important.

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How An Interior Designer Shops

Have you ever wondered how an interior designer shops? All those fabulous pieces and accessories you see on Instagram and Pinterest. Similarly, maybe you’re thinking, I would love to know how they find all those amazing treasures. Do they have a map or book they follow? As an interior design professional, I can tell you I wish it was that easy as following a map or guidebook! Let’s jump right in and talk about the way we choose our vendors, showrooms, and stores for those gorgeous pieces.

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Selecting an Area Rug

Designing a room starts with inspiration. This can come from anywhere; artwork, or even a pillow. However, when selecting an area rug for the room. The rug becomes that one piece that ties the other elements of the design together.

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A Centerpiece for Your Dining Room Table

Looking for a centerpiece for your dining room table? It’s not always an easy task. Consider this, you want something not too big, not too heavy, and not too wide. So how do you find that perfect centerpiece? As Interior Design Professionals, we start with the mood of the room and how the dining table will be used. In other words, is it a casual kitchen or a formal dining room?

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Why Blue is Everyone’s Favorite Color

Ask someone their favorite color and 8 out of 10 times it will be blue. Why is Blue Everyone’s Favorite Color? As an Interior Designer, most of our clients tell us that blue is their favorite color. It is the color of the sky and water.  When we use blue in our interior designs the feeling for the room becomes soothing and tranquil. Is that why it’s so popular?

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Bringing Nature Inside

Don’t you love that feeling of being outdoors? With the sun on your face and a warm breeze in the air. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to bring that feel inside? Bringing Nature Inside is one of the healthiest ways to live in your home. We’re all spending more time indoors. Working from home, homeschooling, and dining at home. Therefore, why not add a little nature to your home?

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Living In Comfort at Home

What does it mean “living in comfort”? We all want to feel comfortable. For instance, we want to feel comfortable in our clothing, at our work, and in our homes. But how many people are truly comfortable in their homes? The number one reason clients contact our interior design firm is that even though they have tried decorating their homes. They just don’t feel their home is comfortable. The meaning of luxury is comfort. When your home feels comfortable, it affects your mood and your health.

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Mixing Existing Hard Surfaces with New Decor

In a perfect world your tile floors, countertops, and wood flooring would never go out of style. But that is not usually the case. The secret to Mixing Existing Hard Surfaces with New Decor is to not ignore the elephant in the room. It’s better to harmonize with the old hard surfaces, not to completely ignore them.

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The Finishing Touch to Your Design

How do you know when your design project is finished? What is the finishing touch to your design that says, done? As an Interior Designer, I can tell you first hand. Inspiration is everywhere. As a result, your home may never be truly finished. Why? You travel, see new places, meet new people, your home is meant to be lived in and enjoyed. In other words, just like you don’t wear the same clothes you wore 5 years ago. Same with your home. Life happens and as you experience new things and your home will reflect it.

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The Life of a Chair: We All Have Chairs

Most likely you are reading this while sitting in a chair. We all have chairs. Have you ever thought about the life of a chair? And it’s many uses in our homes. When you think about it between the living room, the kitchen, dining room, home office, and the bedrooms. There are more chairs than people living in the house! The funny thing is we use our chairs without thinking about them. However, if they are not comfortable we know right away. We all have that favorite armchair we can sink into. In other words, the one you love to read a book in, send an email from your iPhone, or talk on the phone to your friends for hours.

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When is White Paint Color not Just White?

Painting your walls white is a great way to showcase artwork and contemporary design. Seeing a room with all white wall color looks fantastic. However, not all white paint is the same. When is White Paint Color not Just White? In other words, there are blue whites, yellow whites, gray-green whites, and pink whites. Let’s dive right in and look at the mystery of the color white.

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Lighting Completes the Design

The lighting of a room can transform a space. Combining several lighting sources to the overall lighting plan completes the design. As an interior design profession, we always consider the lighting options when designing a room. After all, the perfect lighting design is the jewelry of the room.

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Living with Less but Better

If we’ve learned nothing else during these last few months, it has to be that spending quality time at home with our loved ones is so important. Living with less but “Better” has become the mantra for many of us. What exactly does that mean? Above all, we have become more thankful for our family, friends, and home. Our homes are our safe haven, our clean space, our home office, the children’s home classroom, etc. In addition, the elements of our homes have become super important. The clutter of having too much stuff has cleared the way for upgrading to better living with our family and friends.

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The Timeline for Your Design Project

You’re ready to start a new design project. This is an exciting time! But it’s important to consider and understand the Timeline for Your Design Project. If you are working with a design profession they will guide you through the process. However, renovating your home can be very emotional. There will be a lot of changes made, decisions on finishes and furniture, and old items that will be going away. Let’s walk through the whole Timeline of a Design Project from beginning to end.

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Tips to Brighten Up your Home

As Autumn approaches and the days get shorter. We thought we’d share a few design tips to brighten up your home. The following are just a few suggestions to bring more light and brightness to any room in your house.

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Commit to a Design and Love it

Has this happened to you? You have an idea of how you would like your home to look. However, you can’t commit to a design style you love? You start looking at Pinterest, shopping, and you find images and things you love. Great, but then self-doubt pops into your head and you say to yourself “maybe I should keep looking”. You travel to several more stores, shops, and even look online. Always comparing or buying things you don’t like and then getting overwhelmed. For some people, thinking about all the details in a project can stop them from moving forward with their design.

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Creating a Home Office

Even if you don’t work from home, everyone needs a space to call their own. A comfortable place to read, write, and work on your laptop. Creating a home office or study will make your time dealing with paperwork more enjoyable. In other words, if you are using the kitchen table as a home office. It’s time to consider investing in a proper place to relax and get your work done. Because a home office/study isn’t just a place to work, it should be a reflection of who you are.

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The Right Height to Hang Art

The hanging height of artwork can make or break the effect of the piece’s impact. So, what is the right height to hang art? You walk into a room and notice that all the artwork is hung at several different heights? But somehow they feel balanced? Do you know why? The reason is the center of the overall artwork is hung to the same height.

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Should You Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets?

You’re looking at your current kitchen. And after paging through design magazines and pinning away on Pinterest. You’re thinking maybe you should paint your kitchen cabinets. But there are a few things you must consider before you pull out a paintbrush and go at it. The question is should you paint your kitchen cabinets? Or should you hire a professional?

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Starting a New Design Project?

You’re thinking of starting a New Design Project. Fantastic! You’ve been looking around your home and feel it’s time to make some changes. However, what should you know before you start to choose anything?

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Designing around your Needs

Our lives are changing everyday. As a result, there has never been more of a demand for designing your home around your needs. For instance, some people are moving to larger homes from busy cities. Their need to furnish extra rooms with furniture, to scale with their new home is important. On the other hand, some people are moving from larger suburban homes to condo’s or townhouses. They need to downsize the amount and scale of their furniture and accessories.

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Adding an Outdoor Kitchen

It’s summertime and everyone wants to spend more time outdoors. And you’re thinking of adding an Outdoor Kitchen. No more running back and forth from the house kitchen to the grill area with dishes of food, pots, and trays of food. You want it all there at your fingertips. Also, by adding an outdoor kitchen you can expect a return on your investment of 67%-72% of the cost at selling time. An Outdoor kitchen is the hottest trend in exterior design.

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This is Not Your Grandmother’s Wallpaper

Growing up I remember the wallpaper in my grandmother’s Westport CT home. And I thought I would never use wallpaper in my house when I grow up. But wallpapers today are not your grandmother’s wallpaper. The textures, colors, and designs are stunning. You can add dramatic, contemporary, visual interest to just about any room. Let’s explore the possibilities.

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How Much Will This Cost?

You come home one day and say to your husband, “I think we should decorate our master bedroom. ” First the look of horror on his face, then his mind starts calculating, just how much will this cost? After that, you say “not too much” we just need, new furniture, new drapes, thinking about wallpapering the walls, and ceiling should be painted. Also, we need a need rug and some accessories. Then you think, we should get a new mattress. Since you always said you wanted a king-size bed, right? So then we need new bedding too. Does this sound familiar?

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Bring Nature into Your Home

Home is more important than ever. As a society, we spend up to 90% of our time indoors. So how can you bring nature into your home? There are many ways. For instance, with biophilic design, you can introduce natural design elements.

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What’s Trending in Kitchen Design?

So what’s trending in kitchen design? The kitchen has become important. Not too long ago, kitchens were hidden in the back of the house. But now they are the focal point of the home.

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Spring Decorating Ideas

Spring Breathes New life into the World around Us

Looking for a few Spring Decorating Ideas Without Leaving Your House? Decorating your home may or may not be a high priority for many people right now. However, as an interior designer, I can guarantee you that your environment plays a role in how you feel in your home. When your home feels comfortable, it affects your mood and your health. Spring is a time for new life and growth. Spring Breathes New Life into the World around Us.

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Your Home is Your Sanctuary

You’re working remotely and spending more time at home. What used to seem like the charming quirks in your home annoy you more every day. Yes, we’re talking about that outdated kitchen, that chaotic closet, that bad lighting in your makeshift home office. Your Home is Your Sanctuary. The more time you’re home, the more time you think about making some updates and changes.

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The Charm of Built-In Furniture

Looking for that perfect piece of furniture for a problem spot in your home? Maybe custom built-in furniture is just what’s needed. The Charm of Built-In Furniture is that you get exactly the look and size piece for that difficult spot.

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The Style of Your Sofa

How do you choose a sofa style you love? A good place to start is with the mood and style of the room. Also, the style of your sofa depends on your comfort and lounging needs. Let’s explore.

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Is it a Coffee Table or a Cocktail Table?

Ok, we have all heard the names Coffee Table and Cocktail Table. But just what is that rather largish table we put in front of our sofas? Is it a Coffee Table or a Cocktail Table? And yes every Interior Designer will say sofa over a couch, but you know what I mean.

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Are Formal Dining Rooms Obsolete?

When was the last time you used your formal dining room? If you haven’t used it in more than a month. Then it’s a room in your house that’s just not being utilized to its full potential. But are Formal Dining Rooms Obsolete? Could there be other uses for this room? Let’s explore the possibilities together.

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Working with an Interior Designer

So what’s it like Working with an Interior Designer? If you’ve never worked with an Interior Designer before it can be a bit of a mystery. This blog is going to break down the 10 Step Process we use at our firm and our approach to a new design project. In the hopes to clear up the mystery of the design process from start to finish.

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Don’t Pick Your Paint Color First

If you are ready to decorate your living room please don’t pick your paint color first. Picking paint color first is a big mistake people make. The first step to redecorating any room starts with the floor plan. Knowing the measurements of the room will go a long way in creating a successful design.

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Why Biophilic Design is Important

A day at the beach, a walk in the woods, petting your dog, a few house plants. Similarly, what do all these have in common? They are all biophilic exposure. Why Biophilic Design is important. Humans need to connect with nature and other biotic forms.

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Why Crown Molding and Wainscoting?

Have you ever seen a room and wondered what makes it so special? It could be the moldings. Why crown molding and wainscoting details in a room can make an ordinary room look spectacular. There are many levels and layers to applying moldings. People write books about it. It takes a true artisan to apply the correct moldings. But today there are many options for getting the look in your home.

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What is your Design Style?

Don’t know what your design style is? Figuring out your own design style can be one of the hardest things. For some people, trying to design their homes on their own can be overwhelming. They know what they like and dislike but can’t pull it altogether. At Sandra Asdourian Interiors we start every design project with a design questionnaire.

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Creating a Relaxing Room

Just relax and breathe. Work, life, stress, there are so many things we deal with on a daily basis. Therefore, creating a relaxing room is just what the doctor ordered. Our lives are stressful and all we need to do is relax. Easier said than done. Coming home each day should feel like your sanctuary. Your escape from the outside world.

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Accessories are Jewelry for the Room

Designing a room starts with the floor plan. Maybe you’ve chosen the perfect sofa, chairs, tables, and lighting. However, rooms come to life when the accessories are placed. Accessories are Jewelry for the Room.

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Why Hire an Interior Designer?

Just why should you hire an Interior Designer? And why you shouldn’t take design advice from your contractor. Don’t get me wrong we love all our contractors and tradespeople we work with. However, an interior designer understands how you, the client live and what will help the flow and function of a room.

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Front Doors of the Amalfi Coast

Having recently returned from traveling throughout the Amalfi Coast. The front doors were very inspiring. With the views of the Mediterranean Sea. Similarly, was the food, the wine, the people, and history. All the architectural design, so gorgeous! However, as an Interior Designer, seeing the Italian design styles feeds my creative side.

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What Color should Your Sofa be?

So many sofa choices and so many colors to pick from. The question is what color should your sofa be? Well, that depends on a few things. One, are you planning on working with existing furniture. Two, are you planning on keeping it for years and three, do you like color and pattern.

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Mixing Metals How many is Enough?

As an interior designer people ask me one of two questions. First, where do you find all these great pieces for your client’s homes? And second is mixing metals okay? To answer the first question, I shop a lot and have a terrific memory. However, we work with so many great vendors. We have a lot to choose from! For the second question. Yes, mixing metals is perfectly fine! It can be very exciting and interesting to mix metals in your Decor.

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How to Choose Paint Colors

You’re looking at the wall and thinking how will I ever pick a color? How to choose paint colors is not as hard as it sounds. However, you will need to do a little research and look for a few key clues to find your perfect shade.

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Visiting a Hampton Showhouse

As a summer New York resident. One of the highlights in the summer is visiting a Hampton Showhouse. The Hamptons are on eastern Long Island’s South Fork. The Holiday House Hamptons was founded by Iris Dankner. She is an interior designer and breast cancer survivor. She created The Holiday House. As a result of a lack of high-profile interior design events in New York City benefiting women’s issues. Holiday House became the first designer showhouse in NYC to benefit a breast cancer organization. After that, Holiday House has expanded to host Holiday House Hamptons during the summer months. This year’s house showcases summer living and entertaining at its best!

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Natural Stone for Your Kitchen Countertops

Okay, you are thinking about a kitchen renovation. You also have an idea about how you would like the layout and the type of cabinets. But what about the countertops? Are you thinking about using Natural Stone for your Kitchen countertops?

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Selecting the Right Size Rug

Okay, you have all your furniture in place. But how do you know the right rug size? Selecting the right size rug can be a difficult decision. In other words which size rug is right for which room.

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A Veteran Comes Home

What makes a house a home? On June 25th, 2019 a veteran comes home. Corporal Kevin Palacios is a Purple Heart recipient. He was injured twice by IED blasts in Afghanistan. Therefore, he was awarded a mortgage-free home. In The Fairway Foundation for the Veteran House Giveaway. Working in conjunction with The Interior Design Society PIF committee and NARI.

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Shopping with an Interior Designer

Designing a room starts with an idea, that develops into a design plan, the color scheme, and also the sourcing. Shopping with an Interior Designer we source all the products needed to design a beautiful space. How do we find all these pieces? I regularly shop ” for the trade only” vendors and regional design show such as the ICFF in NYC and Fort Lauderdale FL.

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Is Your Guest Bedroom Guest Ready?

With summer just around the corner. Is your guest bedroom, guest-ready? Now is the perfect time to get your guest bedroom in top shape before your first guests arrive. In other words, following these simple guild lines, it’ll be smooth sailing for you and your guests.

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Going Coastal: Designing with Coastal

Nothing is more relaxing and soothing than a day at the beach. Just dreaming of those summer breezes can warm you up! So are you ready to start going coastal: designing with coastal. If you are looking for some coastal inspiration look no further. In other words start checking out these design inspirational tips, photos, and links to create an amazing coastal home.

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Styling Your Bed like a Stylist

Sleep Well, Be Well. When you think of wellness, you think of fit people that work out every day. But equally as important as diet and exercise is the importance of sleeping well. Did you know that you spend one-third of your life sleeping? So it’s important to invest in high-quality bedding. This way you’ll get the best night’s rest. Your bed is the centerpiece of your bedroom. By styling your bed like a stylist you will have a comfortable, crisp, and stylish bed for years to come.

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5 Design Solutions for Spring

Spring is in the air. The birds are singing, the flowers are blooming and the days are longer! So wonderful! Therefore, it’s the perfect time to share with you 5 Design Solutions for Spring to transform your home. For instance, maybe it’s time to add a few fresh design ideas to your space.

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Designing from the Floor Up

When designing a space it’s usually from the floor up. It’s important to know what flooring is in place before you start choosing furniture, color schemes, or décor accessories.

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Art & Design in Interior Design

Creating an amazing interior design starts with the scale, function, and mood of a space. In other words, the Art & Design In Interior Design works together for a room to feel balanced. All the elements of the room must work together with the scale and mood. Also, the function of the space must work for the people living in it. But the artwork is for the sheer pleasure of the viewer.

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Adding a little Greenery to your Home

Ok so maybe you don’t have a green thumb but you can still add a little greenery to your home. After all, silk roses look amazing and last forever! In addition, even if you stick with silk or artificial plants. You can still get the look of real live plants. No judgments!

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Decorating with Sunburst Mirrors

Have you noticed the trend toward sunburst wall mirrors in design? In addition, a sunburst mirror adds a timeless design element. Decorating with Sunburst Mirrors.

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