The Reception Area: Creating Inviting Spaces at the Office

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When I opened the first office for my small business, I knew how I wanted to set up the work stations. What was not so clear is what to do with the reception area. Other than knowing there needed to be a desk for the receptionist, I was at a loss. That’s where the help of an interior designer came into play.

The designer took a look at the existing space and suggestion a few minor structural modifications, including the addition of a row of bookshelves. In no time, she chose the right carpeting, wall color, and furniture for the reception area. Touches like artwork and some live plants completed the look.

Hiring a designer was the smartest move I ever made. If you need help with your reception space, let me share more about how the designer helped me. You’ll be happy with the results.

Important Tips For Choosing The Right Stair Railing Kits

If you are ready to replace or upgrade the railing of your stairs at home, you may have already noticed that there are a variety of different stair railing kits currently available. Although the different options can make shopping more fun, they can also make choosing the right kit more difficult. Therefore, it will be a good idea to consider the following advice when you are planning for this important change to the stairs in your home. #1 – Remember The Use Of A Kit Can Allow Unexpected Customization  The stair railing, which is also known as a banister or handrail, is a crucial way to stay safe when navigating any flight of stairs. In recent years, the use of a single finish or material is no longer the only expected option. Specifically, the use of different types of metal and wood adds a modern touch to the railing. However, an extension of that idea allows you to mix-and-match the stair railings without any obvious pattern. For instance, you can choose aluminum and then paint it different colors, while alternating it between the wood components. That means that even though stair railing kits are both affordable and accessible, you always have the option of customizing them to your specific needs.        #2 – Consider The Safety Of The Railings At one time or another, almost everyone has advised or heard someone else advise young children not to run on the stairs and to hold on to the railings. Unfortunately, those warnings are not sufficient to prevent the injuries of almost 100,000 children under the age of five who are...

What You Should Know About Planning A Large Window Treatment

Big windows in rooms can be fantastic as they let in a lot of light and give residents a view. But from an interior design standpoint, really large windows can sometimes be problematic. What’s the best way to dress the window to match the mood of the room without drawing too much — or not enough — attention to it?  Functionality First, consider what functionality you need from your window coverings. They should be beautiful but most importantly, they must be practical. Do the windows let too much light in at a certain time of day? Is there the potential for sunlight to fade important artwork, furniture or rugs?  You’ll also need to have a good handle on what the room is used for. For example, if it’s a formal dining room, will an east-facing window even be a problem in the morning, or will it be occupied mostly in the evenings? Knowing the requirements for what the window coverings must be able to do and when they’ll be needed sets a good foundation for everything you will do in planning the look. Window Structure Next, you will want to determine if anything about the way the windows are set impacts what you can do. For instance, will brackets and rods be difficult to install because of the molding? Perhaps there are multiple panes that could make a single blind a no-go. Or possibly the window is high enough that installing a blind at the top would make opening and shutting it difficult. See what limitations you have and use them to guide you in making a decision that...

Making The Most Of Your Shutters

At one time, shutters were used on the exterior of homes to protect the inside of the house from the elements.  In most parts of the country currently, shutters are simply used to make the exterior of a house aesthetically pleasing.  Well-placed and thought-out shutters blend in to the exterior of the house and look natural.  Although you may not drastically increase the value of your home with shutters, the beautiful exterior can help draw in potential buyers when the time comes to sell. Shutters should look like they will close.  Originally, shutters were meant to close and secure over an opening in the wall of the house.  When installing shutters, keep the original intent in mind.  Only use shutters on single windows.  Each shutter should be half the width of the window, so that if closed they would touch.  They should also be the same height as the window, and lined up perfectly with the edges.  If the window has a unique shape and you wish to use shutters, the shape of the shutter should match the window.  Even if you have no intentions of using the shutters, giving the illusion that they can be used makes your house more visually appealing. You don’t have to put shutters on every single window.  It is not necessary to have shutters on every window.  When choosing windows, consider not shuttering windows close to the edge of the house or those that are placed so there isn’t room for two symmetrical shutters.  Avoid using shutters on double or triple windows. Choose an appropriate material.  Shutters are made out of a few...

How To Keep Your Carpet Smelling Fresh Even When You Have Pets

Carpet fibers absorb smells naturally, particularly pet odors. Vacuuming on a regular basis can minimize some of these effects, but there are actually many ways that you can prevent pet odors from being absorbed by your carpet. These tips will help you maintain your carpeting and keep it smelling fresh and clean. Rake Your Carpet on a Regular Basis Carpet rakes look like long-handled brushes and are made to revitalize carpeting. Some carpet rakes are only meant to freshen long-pile carpets, but others are made specifically to rake pet hair out of carpeting, and can be more effective than vacuuming. Removing pet hair can help keep pet odors from sinking into your carpet fibers. Open Your Windows It may seem like a simple thing, but airing out the rooms of your house on a regular basis will minimize the odors absorbed by your carpeting. Make an effort to open windows and run fans in the windows, or turn on ceiling fans. Deodorize Deodorizing is an easy and effective way to remove odors from your carpeting if it’s begun to smell slightly less than fresh. To deodorize your carpet, start by sprinkling the carpet with baking soda. Spread the baking soda evenly around the room using a brush or the flat side of the carpet rake, then leave the baking soda to sit on the carpet over night. In the morning, vacuum the baking soda from the carpet. If necessary, repeat the process. Limit the Areas Where Your Pets Can Travel If possible, consider keeping your pets in a section of the house that has little or no carpeting. Limiting...

Wax Or Poly? Which One Should You Choose For Your Floor?

If you’re getting ready to install hardwood flooring, then you should consider what type of finish you want. There are several different finishes available. They each have their own set of unique drawbacks and benefits. It’s important to learn about each finish before you get started. You don’t want to apply something only to decide to remove it. Removing any type of wood finish is a tough job, so make sure you choose wisely between these two common finishes. Wax Using wax finish is one of the oldest methods to seal up a hardwood floor. There are several benefits to using wax. The first is that it is very easy to apply. It is also very quick to dry — you can apply two coats in an afternoon. Also, wax is very simple to fix. You can apply new wax when you are looking to touch up the floor. You don’t have to strip the floor to fix a spot. New wax can be buffed into the scratch, filling it up. Wax is also very cheap when compared to other finishes. The downside to using wax is that it is not as durable as some finishes. This means that you will have to periodically do touch-up work. For this reason, wax finishes are not great for high traffic areas of your home. Finally, if you’re looking for a glossy shine, you won’t get that with wax. Your best bet is to go with poly. Poly Poly finishes are really popular because they are durable and look beautiful. There are two separate types of polyurethane finishes. One is an oil-based...