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Fabric by the Yard May 7, 2009

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Many people don’t realize it, but we offer fabric by the yard.  You do not need to order your window treatments, upholstery, furniture or fabric accessories through us – many people are handy with a sewing machine and don’t need professional help in making those things!  But, if you are looking for a great source of fabric, without having to cross the river, stop on in to see what we have!  Most fabrics are 54″ in width, with some fabrics as wide as 118″ wide (sheers).  If you find a designer  fabric on line, we can order it for you, and have it shipped anywhere.

Right now, order fabric for your home projects and receive 20% off the regular retail price!  We will be open until 8 pm Thursday, until 6 pm Friday, and from 10-5 on Saturday – during the Hudson Huddle events.  Feel free to come in and browse – we’d love to meet you!

 

Building or Remodeling? March 31, 2009

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Are you considering a remodeling project?  Or, maybe building a new home?  Now is a great time to take on a project like these, since interest rates are low, and contractors are looking for work!  How do you go about selecting a builder to work with?

The most important thing is to find a contractor or builder that you feel comfortable with.  You need to have a level of trust with this person, as you will be seeing them a LOT!  Research their process, and how you will be charged.  For example, does the builder have an interior designer on staff to help you with selections?  Do they charge you to design the home or addition?  Will they work with plans designed by an architect?  By meeting with several builders, you will find answers to your questions, and will see who you are comfortable working with. 

Visit http://www.landsted.com for one great remodeling or building contractor in the St. Croix River Valley area.  As an added bonus, you get ME!  I work with all of Landsted’s building and remodeling clients, to make sure all the interior and exterior selections come together. 

I also work with other builders; don’t hesitate to contact me for design consultations on your new home or remodeling project.  I’m happy to help you get the look you desire – the first time!

 

Glass Jewels for Your Home March 17, 2009

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Glass tiles are all the rage right now, and we have been using a ton of them recently!  From kitchen backsplashes to fireplaces to bathrooms and bars, they can be used almost anywhere to add a little sparkle and a little pizzazz to your home.  One of my current favorite glass tile companies is Oceanside Glass.  They have an amazing array of tile options, in all shapes and sizes.  Some, like the one pictured in this bathroom wall accent, even incorporate slate into the design!  We have a few of the hundreds of Oceanside Glass tiles in our showroom for you to see – stop by sometime and take a peek!

http://www.glasstile.com

In this complete bathroom remodel, we incorporated glass tile with ceramic subway tile to add a custom accent within our budget.

In this complete bathroom remodel, we incorporated glass tile with ceramic subway tile to add a custom accent within our budget.

 

Update on a Budget February 23, 2009

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Who says redecorating has to cost a fortune?  This spring, invest in your home -without breaking the bank!

We all need a breath of fresh air in the spring.  After hibernating for the past 3 months, we tend to tire of our surroundings and yearn for something NEW!  Here are a few ideas to get you started on your spring-time spruce-up:

First, never underestimate the power of paint!  A bucket of paint and a weekend worth of time, and viola! you have a whole new look!  Not only can you paint your walls, but you can also look at your furniture in a new way.  Anything wood or metal can be painted; just ask your friendly local paint store manager for a recommendation on the correct type of primer, paint and method.

Next, use what you have!  Often, the stuff we have in our homes is great – we’re just sick of looking at it.  However, if you edit your accessories, rearrange your furniture, move things from room to room, you will find that your spaces will have a fresh look without spending a dime!  Try it – it’s amazing!

As we move ever-so-slowly toward spring, our thoughts inevitably turn to green grass, gardening and budding trees.  Bring that springtime feel into your home!  Give a houseplant a new home to add a splash of green life to your space.  Or, buy a bouquet of freshcut flowers and place them in a place you will see them often.  Not only will they add a breath of life to your home, they will life your spirits, as well.  Add bonus:  living green plants with take the toxins out of the air in your home; they are “green” in more ways than one!

So enjoy those spring decorating urges, and take advantage of ideas that won’t drain your bank account.  And, if all else fails, hire an interior designer to help you freshen your spaces for spring!  The investment of a few hours of design time can save you hours of time and the money of redoing a project gone wrong.  And, for a little more investment, House Calls can manage your project for you by hiring a painter or other contractor to get the project done quickly and professionally.  Happy spring!

 

Remodeling Industry Expected to Rise February 20, 2009

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As one could expect, more people are staying put during this economy, instead of purchasing new homes.  However, the home improvement industry is banking on the fact that homeowners will still want to make improvements, so they can enjoy their homes even more.  Energy efficient upgrades, such as new windows, furnaces and cooling systems, are expected to be the most popular, since they will offer the most return on investment immediately.  However, I have also noticed that people are interested in upgrading kitchens and baths – they will add value to their homes over the long term, and will be enjoyed in the interim.  

Do-it-yourself projects will also be popular for those looking to save money.  Do-it-yourselfers can enjoy the benefits of using an interior designer to help them make decisions on color, materials and products, which will help them save even more money in the long run – no more repainting those walls when you don’t like the color!  And who wants to fight with reinstalling tile when you find it doesn’t work in your bathroom?  http://kstp.com/news/stories/S796734.shtml?cat=206

How about you?  What home improvements are you looking to tackle in the next 6 months?

 

Making the Old New Again February 17, 2009

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What do you do with that old toilet you removed during your master bathroom renovation?  Although you could plant flowers in it and place it in your front yard, I have a better solution for you – RECYCLE IT!  Instead of creating a new lawn ornament for your neighbors to enjoy, schedule a drop-off at The Reuse Center in either Maplewood or Minneapolis.  Your old stuff could work great in someone else’s home!

And, the next time you need a cabinet to finish off your laundry room, or a door to match the rest of them in your home, check The Reuse Center to see if they have something that would work for your project.  It’s like a treasure hunt – you never know what you might find.  Use your creativity, and those old treasures could become tomorrow’s heirlooms.  Check it out at http://www.thereusecenter.com.

 

The Demise of the McMansion February 16, 2009

Filed under: Interior Design news — Teri Larsen, ASID @ 3:33 pm
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According to an article published in the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Sunday, February 15, the days of the sprawling suburban home may be numbered.  As the economy sours, people are still looking for cozy comfort.  However, two-story foyers, giant lots and 5,000 square feet of living space is becoming smaller on the list of “must-haves” for today’s families.  The trend is toward smaller homes, lower ceilings, smaller lots and more multi-functional spaces.  That doesn’t mean familes are giving up on all the extras, however.  Upgrades still abound, but are more affordable when put into a smaller space.  Check out the full article here:  http://www.twincities.com/ci_11713016?nclick_check=1

What do you think?  How much space do you currently have?  Do you feel it’s enough space for your family, too much or too little?