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Thinking of Becoming an Interior Designer? March 24, 2009

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Check out my new blog post at Ava Living for some things to think about!

Feel free to ask questions in the comment section of this post – I’m happy to help you out, if I can!


Did You Know…

interior designers are available to help you on your do-it-yourself project?  We realize that not everyone needs full service interior design – where we coordinate the installation, product ordering and project management for you.  Perhaps you just need a little help in knowing where to start.  What paint colors should you choose?  What about furniture arrangement?  What about designing that new tile backsplash for your kitchen?  Give us a call!  A few hours of design time can save you lots of money and time in the end; having to repaint the entire basement because you hate the color is not going to make your husband a happy man.  We can save you that aggravation; we can provide a simple consultation, or we can also provide product and/or installation services.  Whatever portion of your project you need help with, we are happy to be there for you.  We hope to hear from you soon!


Magazine Articles March 20, 2009

I am very excited to announce that I will be a monthly contributing writer to the new St. Croix Valley Woman magazine!  I will be answering interior design questions in this monthly column; watch for my first column in the May issue.  Ever wonder if working with an interior designer is REALLY the way it is on TV?  I’ll give you the answers in May!  And, feel free to email your design questions to me; I will be selecting reader questions to answer in future issues.

This publication is FREE – that’s the best part!  You can find it all over the St. Croix Valley area, including Hudson Bagel, Bert’s Coffee, the YMCA, Boomerang Kids, Elan and Back to Books in Hudson, WI.  They also have pick-up locations in Hammond, River Falls and Prescott, WI and Stillwater, Woodbury and Red Wing, MN.  Check it out today!


Fabulous Fabrics February 24, 2009

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Did you know that you can find fantastic designer fabrics online, and purchase just that fabric from your designer?  It isn’t necessary to have a design consultation, if you know what you want.  And, it isn’t necessary to purchase custom bedding and window treatments from your designer, if you are handy with a sewing machine!  If you find a fabric you like at a “trade-only” website, contact us for pricing today – we can have fabrics shipped directly to you.  Often, we can also offer swatches at no charge, so you can make sure the fabric you like online is one you will like in your home.  No hassle, no design fee.  Think of the possibilities – reupholstery, drapes, valances, cornices, bedding, pillows, even quilts!  Have fun browsing – you never know what you may find!


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!


House Calls Design featured on Ava Living! February 13, 2009

Filed under: Announcements and Accolades — Teri Larsen, ASID @ 4:33 pm
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We are very excited to announce that we have been selected to have one of our designs featured on the front page at!  The Leffner Residence will be featured until 10 pm PST on Sunday, February 15.  Check it out!  You will also find a photo of me, the principal designer at House Calls – although, it’s much more interesting to browse the fantastic interior designs featured on the site.  Enjoy!ava-living-feature


Hello world! February 10, 2009

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Welcome to our blog!  In order to keep our past, present and future clients up-to-date on what is going on at House Calls Fine Interiors, we have decided to start our very own blog.  While you should probably not visit us when you are at your desk pretending to work, we hope that you find our posts so very interesting that you cannot stay away.  Check back regularly for updates on new products, discounts, events, our latest interior design and remodeling projects and more!