The SG23 Blog
The holiday season has officially arrived! That means spending more time with amazing people at homes or office parties. If you’re the host, there are a few more things you can do to make guest feel more welcome.
When one is expecting a baby they start to think of all the hazards and dangers in the home—sharp corners, hot objects, electrical outlets. But not all dangerous things can be seen.
I once met with a gentleman that wanted a new sofa for his executive office. He had a pretty clear idea of his style and showed me a sofa he had been looking at. I immediately told him that sofa would not work in his office.
In a more recent set of responses to a client questionnaire I asked “were you hesitant about hiring a professional interior designer? If so, why?”…the response was surprising to me
If you are managing a renovation yourself, you will soon find out that there are a lot of moving parts. Many tasks are dependent on one another, especially in regards to installations. However, there are several things that you can do to help keep your project on track.
In a fast-paced, modern world, it can be hard to get a full seven to eight hours of sleep. But, your bedroom design can create a sleep sanctuary where stress and pressure are left outside the door.
When I vacation anywhere outside of a major city I immediately recognize how much fresher the air smells. Why don’t we make an effort to bring fresh air and cool breezes into our home or workplace more often, instead of reserving our efforts for vacation or spring cleaning?
When I meet with prospective clients, one of the first things I often need to explain is exactly what I do. Most non-designers assume that I'm an interior decorator when I'm in fact an interior designer—they are not the same thing.
Although it often seems like it, websites do not materialize out of thin air. Having a new website built for your company is an exciting step in business development, but there is a lot of coordination that goes on behind the scenes that many people aren't aware of. These are a few things that you can do to make the process run more smoothly before you even hire a website designer.
Let's be honest, a tight bathroom can be annoying. Until you have your dream bathroom, there are some things you can do to make your bathroom more bearable.
Exactly two years ago, I traveled to the small, but mighty island of Iceland. The rugged landscape, the mix of traditional and modern architecture and the Northern Lights all blew me away.
I'm going to be completely honest here, I think that granite countertops are a bit overrated. There are so many other fantastic countertop options on the market!
Changing the paint color in a room is one of the most affordable changes you can make with the most impact.
What if your travel bags were beautiful enough to double as home decor?
Lighting and color in bedroom design shouldn't be underestimated -- and some new design trends in color and light can actually be harmful for sleep. Learn how you can improve your sleep with better bedroom design.
New, very neutral kitchens can feel a bit sterile and monotonous and often don't reflect the style of the homeowner. I am going to tell you 5 ways you can update your kitchen without a full renovation.
Black chalkboard walls made a comeback a few years ago and to be honest it is a trend I do not get overly excited about because I see it so often. However, I love the idea of colored chalkboard walls.
Contrary to what many homeowners may think, a finished project (even new construction) is almost never built exactly like the drawings. This is important to keep in mind during a renovation.
You don’t need to live in the forest to get that cabin feel and contrary to what you may think, the cabin feel doesn’t necessarily need to be rustic.
There was a time when oriental rugs were all the rage, but that has definitely changed.
For those of my clients involved with their first time renovation, they usually underestimate how much availability they need in order to keep the project moving.
Realize that what's obvious to you, may not be obvious to someone else—especially during a renovation.
I am not going to sugar coat it, renovations can get messy. In order to maintain sanity during the process, ask your contractor how they address cleanliness and safety on a job site.
Many people make the mistake of thinking that professional interior designers are there to purely address aesthetics. However, a significant portion of our expertise is related to safety.
As you have probably noticed, there are Instagram feeds that are more curated than others. However, there are some that take it to another level. I am a bit biased since I teach color design, but there are some notable, well thought-out Instagram feeds with beautiful color stories that I could scroll through all day.
Sometimes, clients think this is a waste of money. Mock-ups of any sort can often save you money.
If the plants are going to be kept in a space with beautiful wood floors, a good way to protect them is by using elevated planters. Here are a few of my favorites.
Doors can provide more than function in a home. Well designed doors have the ability to create a sense of entry or arrival and a preview as to the style of the space beyond.
Most people underestimate how much time they can realistically dedicate to overseeing a renovation project.