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Eco and budget friendly flooring……yes please!

Remodeling can bring a lot of stress to homeowners - 
I know this because I am often asked to help stretch a budget
to accomplish a lot for a little.  We are very fortunate
to live in a time when there are SO many finish options as 
well as so many sources to get the most for your hard
earned dollars!  

Earlier this week I talked about online sources for
 bathroom remodels. Today I want to talk about a great 
online resource for online flooring, GoHaus.

Let's face it - most homeowners prefer hardwood
floors.  Am I right?  But installing new hardwood
can prove costly and labor intensive.  It's a difficult
project to DIY and requires leaving your home while 
the floors are stained.  For these reasons, many
homeowners are considering other products that offer
the look of wood but offer easier upkeep,
DIY installation, lower cost and are considered
a sustainable and green product.

A general contractor I work with, recently convinced me
to check out 'LVT' (Luxury Vinyl Tile) flooring. The vinyl planks
come in various widths and lengths and mimic the look and
texture of real hardwood!  I was skeptical but checked some out
in person and fell in love! Luxury vinyl planks from GoHaus
can be installed in every room of your home as they
are humidity resistant and meet strict indoor
air quality emission standards. Vinyl plank flooring
from GoHaus is made from recycled materials and
are 100% recyclable.

Yes, this kitchen has luxury vinyl plank flooring from GoHaus!
Doesn't it look great?

Besides luxury vinyl plank flooring, GoHaus offers engineered
wood flooring and tile flooring too!  The porcelain tile
that mimic wood are fabulous!  GoHaus makes it 
easy to make choose your flooring by offering up to 6 free
samples shipped directly to you.  And by avoiding the 
middle man(manufacturer direct), pricing is very low.

Go get your flooring on!


Lessons along the way……budget bathroom remodels.

via Elle Decor

I have been working on a couple client bathroom remodels during the last year.
Besides the endless possibilities and the numerous decisions to be made,
bathrooms can get expensive quickly based on your finish choices.
I always try and help clients balance some splurge-worthy choices
with more moderately priced elements to stay within the set budget.

I never pretend to be an ASID interior designer - in the past, most of
the best, most exclusive materials, fixtures and lighting were sourced
exclusively from 'trade only' sources and design centers for trade professionals.  
The internet has changed the landscape
and a lot of what I do as an interior decorator (proud to be one!) is helping
clients source the elements for the designs we create.  There 
are SO many websites that offer bathroom fixtures, lighting and hardware
so pricing is competitive!  Websites like PlumbTile really help make me
look like a rockstar when I am able to tell my clients
that the beautiful Rohl faucet they want to include in their bathroom
design is available at PlumbTile for a fraction of the price of their local showroom.


Online source PlumbTile is really a one stop shop for all
your bathroom remodel needs.  PlumbTile represents many major
brands like Kohler, Rohl, Daltile, Hudson Valley Lighting,
Adex Tile…..and SO many more!!  PlumbTile makes my life easier
by making it easy to go to one place and check pricing
and stock for many bathroom elements like tile, hardware, 
plumbing and lighting.
And truly, I feel great when I am able to give my clients
competitive pricing on the items they most want to see
in their new bathroom. #superstar

I put together the design below using bathroom fixtures offered
by PlumbTile (everything but the the towel and art!).

I love using classic elements like hexagon and subway tile mixed with more updated
plumbing fixtures like this modern brass faucet and modern 
lighting like these sleek sconces. You can't go wrong with a heavy dose of white and
then adding some colorful art or fun wallpaper!

Happy Monday everyone!


What a transformation! {a local client before/after}…..

My client lives in one of my favorite Portland neighborhoods
in the cutest little 1920's cottage.  She is a vivacious, single, newly retired corporate
executive who wanted to update her smallish den.  This space needed to 
be cozy enough for television watching but stylish enough for entertaining.

Here is what the room looked like on my first visit:

And here is what it looks like now:

The bookcase backs painted green was doing nothing for that wall!  So we had 
the painter give the entire bookcase a fresh coat of BM White Dove, including
that backs.  The result is fresh and updated!  

We also selected a new sofa in a contemporary style, 
upholstered in a charcoal grey that serves as a nice contrast 
against the white bookshelves (this was the ONLY placement for the sofa
in this tight space).  The client's favorite color is orange so I used
it as the primary accent color.  It helped that the client had lots of 
decorative objects that were orange, including the abstract painting
that was a retirement gift from a colleague and really was 
my inspiration for the design of the space!

Of course, I added some updated decorative objects to mix in with the 
client's items, a new narrow contemporary coffee table and pillows!

The rug was custom through a local source.

I loved this project - this was the perfect example of a client who 
was not used to 'letting go' of control or being nudged out of 
her comfort zone, but was brave and trusting and in the 
end is enjoying a new, gorgeous space!

I love my job, I love that I get to be creative everyday and
do what I love, and meet awesome people who trust
me in their homes………I am looking forward to 
lots more of it in 2016!!!!

Happy New Year everyone!

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