All posts filed under: Redesign

Perfecting imperfection, a.k.a. decorating your mantel

Winter doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon, so how about one last hurrah for the fireplace. Fireplaces are important.  Not that we have to rely on them so much for heat these days, but because they can be a beautiful focal point in a room when they are well accessorized. Accessorizing the mantel can be a real challenge. It’s a space where you want just enough, but not too much.  Uncluttered but not boring.  Symmetry, but sometimes maybe not. Less is most definitely more, but if your mantel looks like this, we’ve got some work to do. And please don’t do this either. This one is not terrible. But not great either.  Don’t your eyes crave something substantial in that space over the mantle?  Something to keep the fireplace from being overshadowed by the height of the bookcases. Some ideas for what you might do with your own fireplace… Minimalism.  It works really well, especially when you have no mantel like these fireplaces.  Don’t hold back, go big and bold! How perfect is …

Before and After – Fantastic Family Room

Family rooms see a lot of action – second only to the kitchen in most homes for time spent hanging out. We helped a wonderful and very sweet family make their family room a much more pleasant place to be and I’m really excited share the results with you. This family room is quite long and narrow with only one solid wall. We see this layout often and it has it’s challenges.   It also has a fireplace, which is fantastic, however in many homes having a fireplace in the family room becomes a battle of the focal points.  TV vs. fireplace. In their previous arrangement, the TV and fireplace had been on one wall, competing for attention with each other. Also our clients wanted more seating, which seemed impossible with the current arrangement. Here’s the before: And here is the after… Quite a transformation, don’t you think? We normally wouldn’t want to put the sofa in front of windows – one of those “rules” of design.    However, this space called for some rule …

Is Beige a Color?

We’ve had this discussion a few times at my house.  Whenever we are going to paint a room, my kids want to know what color we will be painting.  Most of the time I say “beige” to which my daughter always says “Mom, beige is not a color.” Beige is, in fact a color.  Would you believe that there are at least 5,910 shades of beige paint colors to choose from?  You can check out the offerings from many different paint companies here at My Perfect Color.   So now that we’ve established that beige IS a color, and there are MANY to choose from the question often becomes “which one is the perfect beige for my space?” Who would think that picking a beige could be so hard?  Well, it can be very hard.  All beiges are absolutely not created equal. Some beiges have yellow undertones. Some look pinkish or peachy. Some lean more towards green. My favorites these days are the ones with some gray in them. Here’s the thing with any paint …

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 …