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Modern Entry Foyer That Will Leave a Great Impression! by Sharon Blaustein

Many people ask themselves how to create an entry that will leave a great impression. An essential part of any modern house is a modern entry foyer. Modern houses typically have large welcoming entry foyers where the staircase is a main component. An open style foyer will also provide glimpses towards the other rooms.

In this Scarsdale home, we transformed the gloomy entry into an impressive space that sets the tone for the rest of the house. Modern chandeliers crown the double height ceiling and warm wood floors keep the space cozy and inviting. 

View of the house before 

View of the house before 

View of the house after transformation

View of the house after transformation

 

It's all about the first impression! When going into a modern house you want to create the feeling of Wow! A double height entry and cool modern staircase will do just that. In this home, we eliminated the old traditional staircase and created a modern open tread staircase with sleek glass railing.

Before - a cramped uninviting entry hall

Before - a cramped uninviting entry hall

Staircase before

Staircase before

Traditional staircase

Traditional staircase

Staircase after

Staircase after

Modern open tread staircase

Modern open tread staircase

You can only make a first impression once! A double height entry will leave a great impression on whoever enters the home. The abundance of light flowing in through the modern pivot entry door, sidelights and the open tread stairs all create an inviting, bright and welcoming atmosphere when you step into this lovely modern home.

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.