How To Use Rugs Like a Pro? by Sharon Blaustein

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Rugs create warm and inviting atmospheres and help to define areas in the space. They are great to absorb echo and in some cases hide flooring imperfections. Rugs define a style and in many cases serve as a starting point for decorating a room. 

The following are some tips to help you start using rugs just like the pros!

Use a vintage rug with modern furniture to create a sophisticated look

Vintage or over dyed rugs are great with modern furniture to create a sophisticated look. In this TriBeCa Lobby we mixed sleek modern furniture with a vintage rug to add sophistication and character to the space. 

Vintage or over dyed rugs are great with modern furniture to create a sophisticated look. In this TriBeCa Lobby we mixed sleek modern furniture with a vintage rug to add sophistication and character to the space. 

Over dyed rugs are great with modern furniture to create an elegant look like in this downtown living room. 

Over dyed rugs are great with modern furniture to create an elegant look like in this downtown living room

Cowhides are not only for cowboys

Cowhides are great to use in any space because of their organic shape. A small room? An additional seating area in an open space? Cowhides tie it all together. Their earthy tones and lightweight texture are great to create a layered look in any area of the house.  

A cowhide is adding character and warmth to this Soho Loft home office.

A cowhide is adding character and warmth to this Soho Loft home office.

In this Chelsea living/dining room a cowhide rug helps separate and define the two spaces 

In this Chelsea living/dining room a cowhide rug helps separate and define the two spaces 

Here are a few things to keep in mind when selecting the right rug for you

Material:

Wool rugs are the best to clean and maintain while viscose are the least.

In this Hudson Square modern penthouse we used a monochromatic wool rug to warm up the minimalist interiors. 

In this Hudson Square modern penthouse we used a monochromatic wool rug to warm up the minimalist interiors. 

Pile height:

Chunky rugs are great but may be in the way of door swing and they can be difficult to move chairs on

In this Soho loft a chunky rug adds dimension to a monochromatic room

In this Soho loft a chunky rug adds dimension to a monochromatic room

Rug size:

Make sure the rug size is proportional to the room and furniture in it. The rug should be large enough to go under furniture

This wool rug ties in the different elements in the room and has the right proportion to the room and furniture. See more photos of the Greenwich Lane townhouse.

This wool rug ties in the different elements in the room and has the right proportion to the room and furniture. See more photos of the Greenwich Lane townhouse.

Rugs can revamp any space and create a warm and inviting feel. They add a pop of color, define rooms and set the tone for the space. 

How To Use A Wallpaper To Transform A Room? by Sharon Blaustein

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I'm sure that if you like Interior Design, you have noticed the extensive use of wallpaper in interiors and you were wondering, 'How could I use a wallpaper to transform a room?'  Up until a few years ago, wallpaper was considered passé or old fashioned but no more! Wallpapers have made a huge comeback!

Wallpapers come in a variety of materials such as fabric, grasscloth, cork or metallic in addition to conventional paper and vinyl . Each material is different in terms of qualities and look. Vinyl or other synthetic wallpapers are great for high-traffic areas, kid's rooms and washrooms. They are easy to clean, durable and inexpensive. Other materials such as silk are more delicate (and expensive) and are more suitable to a master bedroom or living room. The variety is endless and it all depends on where do you want to take the space. We use wallpapers in many of our projects both residential or commercial.

Here are some examples of ways to transform a room with wallpaper:

How to use a wallpaper to transform a kid's room:

The tree pattern creates the illusion of very high ceilings and adds character to the room without being overwhelming. This is one of our favorite wallpaper from Cole & Son

The tree pattern creates the illusion of very high ceilings and adds character to the room without being overwhelming. This is one of our favorite wallpaper from Cole & Son

One wall of a print this bold is all you need to make an impact.

One wall of a print this bold is all you need to make an impact.

How to use grass cloth wallpaper to transform a room?

Made of loosely woven fibers, it’s a natural product that will inject just the right dose of texture in an organic yet sophisticated fashion. Grass cloth is a great choice for living room or bedrooms. Grass cloth's natural variations in shading are part of its appeal, so it will not look totally uniform and once installed, it has visible seams. It's warm and soothing and can replace artwork or can make an art piece pop. We love Phillip Jeffries grass cloth!

In this masculine master bedroom we used a dark grass cloth wallpaper to add depth and a touch of sexy!

In this masculine master bedroom we used a dark grass cloth wallpaper to add depth and a touch of sexy!

In this magnificent TriBeca penthouse we used grass cloth wallpaper as a backdrop for the art collection in the foyer and corridor. 

In this magnificent TriBeca penthouse we used grass cloth wallpaper as a backdrop for the art collection in the foyer and corridor. 

How to use cool and funky wallpaper to transform a room?

There are SO many cool wallpapers it's hard to choose from! The trick is to use it in a way that will not overwhelm the room. If we use a bold wallpaper we tend to use it on one wall only and leave the other walls painted.  

This black and white wallpaper has movement to it and turns this basement from dull and dark to a cool and energetic space!

This black and white wallpaper has movement to it and turns this basement from dull and dark to a cool and energetic space!

Flying whales and hot air balloons in a home office?! This wallpaper is fun and whimsical but is surprisingly masculine and gives a dimension to a somewhat smaller home office.  

Flying whales and hot air balloons in a home office?! This wallpaper is fun and whimsical but is surprisingly masculine and gives a dimension to a somewhat smaller home office.  

These are only few examples of how to use a wallpaper to transform a room. You can do the same in your house, contact us to learn more!

How Much Does Interior Design Really Cost? by Sharon Blaustein

Have you ever considered hiring an interior designer but were intimidated by How much does interior design cost?

So, you are looking around you and are very tired of your living room. You really want to get rid of that awful sofa that your husband brought from his bachelor pad when he moved from the West Village, you have that rug that you bought on your last trip to Turkey which you love, and you do have those chairs that you got from ABC Carpet + Home, but nothing really works together and you are desperately looking for someone who can tie it all together.

You google “NYC Interior Designer” or “Modern Interior Designer” and find some designers you really like, but it all looks very expensive and intimidating and you have no clue on how much this is all going to cost.

Here are 3 tips that will help you figure out how much does interior design cost

 

Tip 1: How does the designer charge?

Make sure you know how the Interior Designer charges. Some designers charge by the hour, others charge a global fee, and some charge a purchasing fee and/or a combination of any of the above. Before you start working with an Interior Designer make sure you are clear on how they charge.

Tip 2: Your expectations from your designer

Know what you really want to get out of the interior design process: Do you want to be more active and come up with some items or do you want the interior designer to lead the process? If the latter is true, communicate it to the Interior Designer, if you can do some of the leg work then the designer will charge less.

Tip 3: Budget expectations

Set a reasonable budget for your project. If you are on a budget take into account the shipping, sales tax, installation and purchasing fee. Make sure you communicate it to the Designer so your budget includes all these costs. They can add up and inflate the total budget.

In conclusion:

Nobody likes to start a project not knowing how much it will cost them at the end.  Therefore you need to be clear on how much interior design costs before you start working with a designer.

When we start working with a client, we set the expectations early on and make sure that everyone is on the same page. We believe in an open communication, zero surprises and happy clients!

Contact us with your next project big or small and you will know how much your Interior design project will cost.