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Painting Inside Your Home? You’ll Want to Check Out Our Top Tuesday Tips

Painting in your homeIt’s time to consider painting your home and you may not be sure where to begin. Our Top Tuesday Tip would be to hire an Interior Designer to help with the process. This is true for many reasons.

Top Reasons to Hire an Interior Designer When Painting Inside Your Home

EXPERIENCE – We know that shade blue. We know you’re going to hate it when it’s on the walls. Yes, we’ve used Revere Pewter and know you are going to love it.
FOLLOW UP – That color we selected is first put on your walls and you panic. We will follow up to ease your worries or to say, yes, that needs to be a little bit lighter or just wait until it dries, you will love it.
RECOMMENDATIONS – We can recommend painters who are trained, licensed and insured. Of course we will work with your painter as well
IN WRITING – We will provide you with a worksheet that you can give to your painted that will map out the paint colors and finishes for your project
SAMPLE BOARDS – We will provide you with large sample boards so you can see what the potential colors look like (more about sample boards below)
DECORATIVE PAINTING – We work with a team of expert decorative painters who can do basically any finish on your walls. They will provide sample boards (for a fee) so you will know exactly what your finish will look like

Our second Top Tuesday Tip when painting your home is always, always, always use A SAMPLE BOARD. You can do this, or we can do it for you. We always purchase the smallest quantity of the paint or paints you are considering to use. We will then paint posterboard or foam core with theses paints. The beauty of these samples is that you can really see what the paint will look like in different areas of a room in different lighting. We see all too often that people select colors based on those teeny tiny swatches and end up making costly mistakes. Or, they paint many different colors directly to the wall and have no idea what the color will look like in other parts of the room. You may spend some dollars up front for the sample boards, but they will end up costing less in the long run.

Painting in Potomac
This Potomac home has an open floor plan that called for a single wall color throughout the “public spaces” of the home. The moulding was accented with a Benjamin Moore White in a semigloss finish that added definition to the space. The fireplace wall was accented with a color that highlighted the height of the ceilings, coordinated with the stone of the fireplace and made the beautiful artwork stand out.

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Rug – A Great Accessory for the Oscars and Your Home

See How to Roll Out a Great Rug in Your Home

The 2019 Oscars are this Sunday and  we can’t help but think of the glamour on the red carpet. Over the years, we haven’t used any red carpet, but we have rolled out some wonderful rugs for our clients.

When the right rug is found, it’s almost like A Star is Born. Often times, clients tell us it’s The Favourite part of their room! Yes, a few remind us of a Bohemian Rhapsody (See what we did there?!) Here are some rugs we’ve used over the years… all purchased from C.G. Coe & Son Inc.  

A Great Rug, Like a Great Movie, Survives the Test of Time

Here are some rugs we’ve used over the years… all purchased from C.G. Coe & Son Inc. Twenty-seven are shown here. And since we are on the topic of movies, that reminds us of the movie 27 Dresses, which did not receive an Oscar, but did take a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Movie Comedy in 2009.

Best of Bethesda 201910 quality rug rugs3

When working with our clients, it is important to select a quality rug that comes with quality service. Rugs can be expensive, and it is critical to find a rug that will stand the test of time. And of course, as interior designers, we want that rug to look wonderful as well!

Use Carpets or Area Rugs for a Pop of Color or Pattern

When a rug is selected, it serves as the “jumping off point” in a room. A rug can provide color in a room. These rug colors can drive the colors in the rest of the room through fabrics, paint, wallpaper, window treatments, etc.

An example of a rug providing color is shown below. Because this rug is bold in its colors, we chose to pair it with neutral wall colors, furniture and accessories.

Colorful Rug

A rug can also provide pattern in family room like the one shown below. The black and cream colored pattern in this rug pairs well with the black and white furniture and the gray color of the walls. Yellow pillows and the vibrant but soothing natural artwork provide the pops of color needed to keep the room from being boring. See our blog, “The Layering Process – A bedroom Takes Shape”, that shows how a patterned rug was the jumping off point from which all other items were selected for a guest bedroom.

patterned rug

Finally, a rug can add texture to a room as shown in this picture. A simple gray textured rug was chosen to set off the black, gray and white in the room. The artwork really stands out with this neutral palette.

textured rug

Of course, rugs aren’t limited to color, pattern, or texture… they can include a combination of the three. Rugs are also not limited to family rooms; you can use kitchen/dining room rugs, bedroom rugs, runners and even outdoor rugs to boost your home decor

When selecting a rug, we like to go with our client to help them with the selection process. As they find ones they like, we provide them with ideas of what will work with the rug in terms of fabrics, colors, etc.

We help to guide our clients through the rug selection process as it can be overwhelming without the help of a professional. Once some are selected as potential “likes”, we feel it is important to see these rugs in the clients’ home with their lighting, flooring and any existing furniture. It is not wise to purchase a rug in a showroom. When you get it home, you may be very surprised and disappointed.

Once a rug is selected, we get to work to provide the client with fabrics and wall colors that will complete the room package.

We’d like to end with our

Top Three Things to Look For When Selecting a Rug:

  1. Quality – find one that will last and hold up to the demands of your home
  2. Style – select a rug that makes you smile when you enter a room
  3. Service – purchase from a company who will answer your calls and show up at your door if there is a problem

Thanks for reading. If you decide to watch, enjoy the Oscars! If you decide to purchase a rug or make any other changes to your home, give us a call.

 

 

 

Update Your Home: For You Now and For Future Sale Later

We’ve come up with a list of things you can do to do to update your home to expand the value for a future sale. The added benefit is that these are all items you can enjoy in the meantime. We believe that timeless design is forever and these suggestions will be everlasting and hopefully, not too terribly much to implement.

Here are our TOP TEN FAVORITE UPDATES:

Many of these are updates to your kitchen or bathroom(s).

  1. Install quartz or quartzite waterfall countertops.
  2. Add wood surfaces for contrast and practicality – there are ones made especially for kitchens and bathrooms.Home updates for future sale
  3. Think about adding two dishwashers; these can both be in the kitchen, or one in the kitchen and one in the butler’s pantry (if there is one)
  4. Have some underutilized space? Make room for a butler’s pantry. A butler’s pantry is a great area for practical purposes such as serving, storage and display. It also acts as a whimsical surprise room; hopefully situated between the kitchen and dining room.
  5. Install heated flooring – this is a plus that has become much more affordable than it was in the past.
  6. Speaking of flooring, there is a move to an oil look finish that is almost matte and combines a grey-beige look. It won’t be dated because it pairs well with brown or grey.
  7. If price is no object, consider install a Toto Neorest toilet in the bathroom. It is a luxury update and a work of art.Home updates for future sale
  8. Consider changing the paint colors in your home to relaxing neutrals like pale greys and light taupes. These colors are easy on the eyes, fresh looking and provide great backgrounds for art and saturated color in upholstery and accessories. When selling your home, neutrals will appeal to a larger audience.
  9. Although nobody likes to spend money on things your can’t see in the home there is one addition that will be appreciated when needed. Adding a generator to your home is something that can really add value and interest in your home.
  10. Lastly, we reference an article in the Walls Street Journal that reminds us of out of date items in the home that are relatively simple to update:
    • Bidets – bye bye!
    • Heavy brown furniture
    • Builder granite from 20 years ago that is overly “busy”
    • Dated entertainment systems that are overbearing because of their depth and lack of function
    • Bathtubs with jets
    • Old, large recessed ceiling fixtures with incandescent bulbs – LED is the way to go!

So many people wait to make changes right before they sell their homes and never get the opportunity to enjoy the updates. We can help you determine what updates will bring you enjoyment now and profit later.

2019 Interior Design: What’s “In” What’s “Out”

Interior Design magazine, Elle Décor recently posted a list of what’s “In” and What’s “Out” for Interior Design in 2019. We’d like to take a look at some of these and give you our thoughts. To view the Elle Décor article, go to:

https://www.elledecor.com/design-decorate/trends/g23550602/design-trends-2019/?slide=5

Interior Design In: Floral fabrics and wallpapers

Our take: In the right room and in the proper doses, floral fabrics and wallpapers get our thumbs up. Here is an example of a stylized floral fabric that we used over eight years ago that still looks good today.

Interior Design Floral pillow

In: Boldly patterned backsplashes

Our take: a boldly patterned backsplash is like artwork for the kitchen. The important thing to remember when using a bold pattern for a backspash is proportion. Perhaps the cooktop wall is bold and other walls coordinate with that boldness but are more toned down.

Interior Design Boldly patterned backsplash

Out: Terrazzo tile

Our take: enough said

 

Interior Design Out: Rooms without color or texture

Our take: Boring. Boring. Boring. Often times a client will show us pictures of what they like that may include “sterile” looking rooms that lack interest. Although this look may sell magazines and give people a longing for simplicity and serenity, there are better ways to evoke these feelings. Don’t get us wrong. Neutral is great, but most people grow tired of it. And a room without texture? Texture is the perfect way to bring a neutral room to life!

Interior Design Pop of color

Interior Design In: Acrylic furniture

Our take: Acrylic furniture in a room adds function without adding visual weight. Some of the things we like… acrylic counter stools at an island provide seating without visually taking away from other features in a kitchen. A single acrylic chair provides extra seating while remaining inconspicuous when not being used. An acrylic cocktail table or console table provides a surface in a small space without taking visual space.

 

Interior Design In: Light wood floors

Our take: We do both light and dark wood floors all the time. It depends upon the overall look we are trying to reach. We would definitely steer clear of trendy floor finishes like the pickled floor look of decades past.

 

Interior Design In: Not skimping on comfort

Our take: We are firm believers in form and function. Before purchasing seating, we want you to try out several options to make sure your sofa or chairs don’t just look good, but are comfortable for everyday use. This should never go out.

 

Interior Design Out: Rose gold

Our take: When rose gold was in, we didn’t pay attention. It was clear that this was a trendy and passing look. Instead, we look towards standards such as polished chrome, nickel and muted golds.

 

Interior Design Out: Quartz countertops

Our take: We have to disagree with this one. Quartz countertops, although not for everyone definitely have a place in interior design.

 

Interior Design Out: Mid-century everything

Our take: “Too much of a good thing” applies here. Mid-century in small doses in a room is good anytime. We like this especially when pieces have been passed down in the family.

Interior Design Mid-century furniture

Interior Design In: 90% White 10% Color

Our take: Eh, we get it… lots of white and a splash of color. But… first of all, interior design is not about specific formulas or percentages. The reality here is that most people would not be comfortable in a room that is 90% white… that is a lot of white.

 

Generally speaking,we do not like to deal in “trends” – things that are here today and gone tomorrow. Our thought process is rather simple. We work to create timeless spaces that make our clients happy and comfortable.

 

Danziger Design voted 2019’s Best Interior Designer by Bethesda Magazine

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This is big! And we’re excited! Very excited!

Can you tell?! We have been voted Bethesda Magazines’s Best Interior Designer for 2019. And we are doubly excited because this is the second time in a row we have received this honor. We would like to thank our wonderful clients for making this possible. Without you, we would not exist. It’s that simple.

We wish you all a wonderful New Year… ours is off to a great start!