Whether you are planning a complete remodel, or simply want to update your existing bathroom, there are three things that are essential to help make your bathroom the best space in your house. Even the smallest bathrooms can reap big rewards from incorporating these three things.
1. Tile is one of the few areas where you can be creative when designing your bathroom space which makes tile number one on my list of priorities. Tile comes in many shapes, sizes, designs, patterns, textures, and materials from metal, to porcelain, to stone and glass. It's practical and durable and is the perfect application for nearly any bathroom. Creatively mixing tile sizes, textures, patterns, and colors in showers, on walls, and floors will showcase your creativity and make the most of your space.
(Image from The Tile Shop)
2. Vanities are number 2 on my list. Today you can find furniture quality vanities that are beautiful and functional for everyday use. Paired with a mirror and proper lighting you can easily create a focal point. Choose something out of the ordinary like a color, texture, unusual hardware, or plumbing to make your vanity stand out. You will enjoy the beauty of a special piece even in your most practical space that you use on a daily basis.
(Image from Perigold)
3. Last but not least are vanity counter tops. With a variety of finishes to choose from for your counter tops, you certainly will find something to fall in love with. Granite, quartz, marble, solid surface, concrete, tile, stainless steel, glass, soapstone and more. With these endless options, you'll be able to personalize your bathroom design and add beauty to your space.
Planning a bathroom remodel or re-design of an existing bath takes careful planning and expertise to maintain balance and functionality in your space. You'll want to do your research to be sure your finishes are practical for your needs and lifestyle. It's important to use the right proportions for tiles and other finishes to create a cohesive space. You'll need to take caution and think through every detail.
Need help with a remodel or to update your bathroom? Give me a call. I would be happy to help!
I put together this conceptual design of a modern living room to illustrate how valuable this tool is to interpret my clients vision for their space. A conceptual design comes after the initial meeting where we discuss in detail the master plan, and after a furniture layout and key elements have been predetermined. To save time, I begin every design using my trusted designer resources. This initial phase allows the opportunity for the client and myself to discuss ideas, re-work the design to meet the clients vision, and narrow down the lengthy process of finding the perfect pieces.
During the initial presentation of the conceptual design, I prefer to take the time to review all of my selections with my client and help them understand how I arrived at each selection to create a cohesive space. Here is what I would discuss with my client for this modern living room design.
Since this conceptual plan is for a formal modern living room, I knew I wanted to draw upon my years of experience and incorporate new products I found at High Point Furniture Market.
I began this design with an area rug that has an allover abstract design. I appreciate how it carries both neutrals and pops of color throughout, accentuated with the color teal. This bi-level pile rug exudes a very high end look making it especially attractive. It's knotted by hand using wool and viscose and is an excellent choice for durability.
I love the clean lines of the tufted back sofa with nail trim detail. I would recommend Crypton fabric in an upholstery velvet in a neutral color that works with the colors found in the area rug. A Crypton fabric provides superior liquid and stain repellency, creating livable luxury by mixing function and fashion. Keeping the largest piece, the sofa, in a neutral color leaves opportunity to make changes such as throw pillow accents for the furnishings.
A pair of upholstered, slender high-back chairs continue the clean lines theme of this collection. These chairs lend a formality to the space. I would recommend a textured or small patterned fabric for these chairs to contrast with the sofa. I would skip the nail heads shown and change the ferrule on the legs to a gold finish. I would keep the flannel finish on the chair legs (as shown) in the photo, as it works well with the round accent table.
I've included a chaise with clean lines for extra seating. It is a perfect piece to separate open spaces. The low profile keeps it from obstructing the flow between two spaces. I can see a beautiful textured modern solid fabric with all-over contrast welting accentuating the clean lines of the piece. An interesting pattern for custom throw pillows could add an accent to the chaise.
All of these upholstered pieces can be customized. I would discuss comfort levels with my clients to determine the type of cushion they most desire. I would highly recommend a luxury cushion for maximum comfort. I would also pull together fabric choices for each of the upholstered pieces so my clients would have options to select from.
No space should be without storage. For this reason, I selected this sideboard piece which is fully customizable. Its shown here in an oiled bronze handcrafted metal case with natural walnut interior and bronze mirrored doors. It's a beautiful statement piece that can be ordered in other woods and other metal finishes to meet my clients desired taste. For this presentation, I like the finishes shown.
The round accent mirror in gold is the perfect compliment for the sideboard piece. It's bowl shaped design has a modern twist and comes in three sizes. My creative side would want to stagger 5 of these mirrors in 3 different sizes above the sideboard to create an appealing modern aesthetic.
I have an appreciation for balance in all of my designs. I always strive to create symmetry which is why I chose two sets of nesting tables in mixed metals finishes with ivory lacquered tops. I love the fact that I can pull each away from the next to create dimension on each side of the tufted sofa. Staying with the clean lines theme makes these tables very attractive. In addition, they are functional and can easily be moved around for extra tables when entertaining. They would also be a landing place to accessorize with lamps and small accents.
The ceramic body lamps with acrylic bases, topped with linen lampshades and clear crystal ball finials is a perfect accent for this modern space. Incorporating accents and accessories of different textures in the space and adding lighting for ambiance and functionality is an important part of my signature design.
There is a fun sphere lighting element that appears to hover above its aerial wood stand with ethereal grace which I included for the top of the sideboard. A unique modern element that is interesting.
A large glass coffee table with a glass bottom shelf appears to take up little space and exposes the high-end textured rug. The gold framing is a nice accent for the room and supports the clean lines used throughout the space. (This table is also available in other finishes and other glass tops).
Custom linen drapes on decorative gold hardware to dress windows would be the perfect treatment for this modern living room. Again, clean lines. My signature style!
Thoughtfully pulling together a space takes careful and methodical planning. Color, textures, durability, proportions, scale, etc. all play an important role. It is my job, as a professional to design a space that exceeds expectations and reflects the unique tastes of my clients. My goal is to create comfort and style that will last for years and WOW you with the ultimate design.
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Thank you for taking the time to read about this project. Please feel free to call with any questions or to discuss a project you would like to work on.
Terry Kral, Allied ASID
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Banding trims add detail to the inside edge of draperies. It enhances the style of solid fabric drapes and personalizes your look. We have a wide assortment of beautiful decorative band trims to dress your windows with designer touches. Banding trims are a great accent and work well on custom roman shades, drapes, duvet covers, on hems of upholstered furniture and bed skirts, and on pillows. We bring these samples to you along with fabrics to choose from to coordinate your design. Want to see more? Give us a call and schedule your complimentary window treatment or upholstery consultation in the comfort of your home. We come to you! Love your windows. Love your home! Call me today at 518-355-0063 to schedule your in-home consultation. We serve the counties of Schenectady, Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Montgomery.
A curved 1 1/8" French return drapery hardware with stylish mounting plates allows panels to wrap all the way to the wall for a clean transitional look and can be anchored with French return bands to help reduce side light. Operate your drapes with rings or choose a rod pocket style for a stationary look. This is just one of many designs for drapery hardware. We can help you find the perfect hardware solution for your custom window covering needs. Call for a free consultation in the comfort of your home for your next window covering project. We come to you!
Grommet drapes are the perfect style for sleek, modern drapery treatments. They are easy to operate by hand and provide a tailored modern look. With 9 grommet finishes to choose from, it's easy to coordinate them with your decorative hardware. They work well with lined and unlined treatments and most fabric types. Draperies are the perfect accent to complete a space. Flank a window with color, pattern, or texture to give your home a polished look.
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I've always enjoyed designing custom window treatments for my clients and helping them find solutions for their unique needs. Specialty windows, like the photo below, add a unique view to the room, but they can be especially challenging. Here I would like to walk you through my process from beginning to end and show you how we came to the ultimate solution to solve the problem my client faced.
The Challenge with the Window
My client had existing woven wood shades on her windows when I arrived. They weren't enough to cut down on the extraordinary blinding sunlight and the extreme heat that was coming through the upper windows. As a result, the room felt like the air conditioner was barely functioning during our hot and humid summer weather.
My client wanted to finish the window with something decorative that would minimize the sunlight along the top windows but would allow daylight to brighten up the room when the shades had to be lowered during the day. She wanted something special to dress her home office. Here is what I proposed.
The Proposed Concept
I almost always prepare drawings for my clients to help them visualize a design that will solve their window problem. I proposed this specialty design to my client incorporating a valance of swags, ascots, and jabots that would minimize the harsh rays and let light shine through beneath. The valances would be lined in white to protect the face fabric from sun damage. The lined stationary bishop sleeve side panels anchor and complete the design.
All that was left was to find a fabric the client would fall in love with. After reviewing several fabric sample books I brought to her home from my extensive library of designer fabrics, my client settled on a beautiful polyester, textured fabric in a gold metallic finish.
Designing this specialty window treatment required a lot of planning as there wasn't room to install bracket we would ordinarily use. We fabricated a mounting board that would follow the contour of the window span including the arch. The mounting board had a fascia to mount the swags, center ascots, and jabots. The drapes were hung from small rods ceiling mounted beneath the side mounting boards. The installation was a success as was the stunning window treatment that solved the sun light issue for my client. She was extremely happy with the result. It was just what she wanted.
If you have a window challenge and need help solving an issue, you can count on us to help you find the best solution. We have the expertise, talent, knowledge, and resources to help you achieve the results you are looking for. Give us a call today at
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It's easy to recognize a well-designed space. A well-thought-out plan is key to a successful design. Here are my top eight recommendations to help you plan a remarkable living room space for your home.
1. Begin with a furniture plan. Lay out your furniture to allow for traffic flow and for the number of seats required for family and guests.
2. Select a color scheme. Look for inspiration in magazines or online to get a sense of your color preferences. This information will help you to gain insight on colors your drawn to. Looking at the clothes in your closet is a good place to look for inspiration.
3. Decide on upholstered furniture styles you like and how you want your pieces to function. Are you contemporary, traditional, or transitional? Research things you like online and collect photos to use as a guide for shopping.
4. Look for stylish and durable tables that fit your lifestyle, such as accent tables, coffee tables, end tables, stacking tables, and other hard surfaces. Find pieces that are functional, provide storage, and are interesting.
5. Consider adding an area rug to set the tone for your space. If your furniture is mostly solid, an area rug will add some interest. It will also provide you with colors to work with.
6. Look for opportunities in the space to create a focal point for the room. Are there large windows overlooking a scenic backyard? Your focal point should make a statement and draw attention to itself. When it doesn't, you can look for creative ways to create one.
7. Get creative with lighting. Use lighting to highlight artwork and as jewelry for your home. You can find unique design elements in all types of lighting found in lamps, chandeliers, and sconces.
8. What about the architecture of your space? Can you add molding or trim to walls or ceilings?
If you need help addressing any of these suggestions, I can help you find solutions to fit your lifestyle. Have questions? Give us a call! We are always happy to help.
New fabric sample books have just arrived at my studio. I couldn’t help but notice this pretty spring color palette of blush, green, and cream. It caught my eye and I just had to take a closer look.
I love working with fabrics to help clients freshen their spaces. I imagine this palette on furniture and for window treatments. I often begin a project with a pattern or a texture that my clients fall in love with to use as a springboard to begin the design process.
Starting with the print fabric in the middle of the photo, just for fun, I pulled together this grouping.
First, I imagine using Sherwin Williams SW6422 Shagreen (third paint chip down from the top) on the walls, as the perfect backdrop to complement all these colors.
Then, I envision off-white, embroidered draperies (far right) on decorative hardware to frame a window that looks out to a beautiful backyard.
Now picture this!
With an extensive fabric library at my fingertips, and extensive resources for fine furniture, fabrics, area rugs, and accessories, I can help you personalize your living space to reflect you and your lifestyle. My process always begins with something you fall in love with. You are my inspiration!
Happy spring decorating!
Interior Designer, Allied ASID
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