Month: January 2014

Go Powder your Nose

And while you’re at it, take a look around. Does your powder room look anything like this: Well mine does and it’s a shame.  Seriously, this really is my own sad powder room.  It could be worse I guess.  But it could also be a whole lot better! This tiny room in most of our homes sees a lot of action.  And because it is small but frequently visited by our families and our guests it is the PERFECT place to step out of our comfort zones and do something  a little daring and fantastic. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying you should make it totally our of sync with the rest of your house.  I’m just saying this is a great place to take some chances and turn up the volume a little bit.  Small spaces like this are just right for big, bold designs. Have you loved some of the beautiful wallpapers that are on the market now but haven’t had the nerve to try them?    Your powder room is the …

Breaking Rules in the Bedroom

Design rules that is. One huge decision when arranging your bedroom is where to put the bed.  It is almost always the largest piece of furniture in the room and as such everything else really has to work around its placement.   As a general rule, the bed goes on the longest wall that is unbroken by a window or door or other architectural element.  Both sides of the bed should be easily accessible and ideally there is space on each side for a nightstand. In some bedrooms it is really obvious where the bed should go.  Easy-peasy, like this: Image via New England Home A few of the things you want to avoid when placing your bed:  blocking windows with it, putting it in a corner with the long side pushed  against a wall or having it block the flow into other parts of the room. This is all good, however, sometimes we have no choice but to break these rules.  Some bedrooms are really small or have a lot of windows and doors …

Let there be lamps

We need to have a talk about lighting and how it can change your life.  Seriously. You know that feeling you get when you walk into a room.  The good feeling, the feeling that you want to sit and stay a while.   You feel happy, content and even cozy?  Believe it or not, it probably has a lot to do with the lighting. Lighting is one of those things that if done well, you don’t even really notice.  It makes pictures look perfect and rooms glow.  If done poorly however, it can really ruin everything.  It’s one of those things that may have you really stumped about a room – everything else can be in place – it should look great!  But something is off.  Lighting! Lighting comes in many forms. Most of us have some of these in our homes:   And these: Images via Lowe’s And probably  one of these: Image via Zgallerie But what you REALLY must have for good lighting are lot of these: Image via Target Lamps, really?  Why lamps …

So what is “Interior Redesign” Anyway?

We’ve been thinking about blogging for a long time now here at Staged for Style.  After spending lots of time “thinking” about it (procrastinating) we’ve decided to finally take the plunge! During all of the time I’ve personally spent “thinking” about blogging,  one of the topics that kept popping into my head was the idea of “Redesign” and what it really means.  Redesign is near and dear to us at Staged for Style.   A large chunk of our business is actually what I would classify as redesign. We use the word a lot! I think of redesigning a room as very much like cleaning out your closet.  You don’t throw everything out and start over, you use what you have and make the most of it.  A good closet clean out should go something like this: Step 1. Take everything out. Step 2. Analyze each and every item using these questions:  Does it fit?  Do I love it?  Do I wear it?  Do I have more than one of it, or more than I …