Will, What Size of Rug Do I Need?

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And the answer is…

Since you are reading my blog, you are probably somewhat design savvy.  You may not have all the answers, but you have an interest. You want your house to look as good as possible.  And maybe, you want to ask me this question or you have already!


So here is the answer to how big of a rug do I need? I am here to help answer your rug questions. Since it’s the information age, I decided to share the information I use vs recreating the wheel.  As always, if you have a question, let me know!


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  (Image credit: Charles Dundas-Shaw)

(Image credit: Charles Dundas-Shaw)



Bathroom on Trend

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The design started with the herringbone floors and grew into a complete master bath renovation.  There aren’t any before photos as this space had 3 rooms inside of it, a shower/ toilet area, a hall/ makeup space & a closet for her.  We took it all down, brought in a load-bearing beam and the magic started!



THE DETAILS

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Knobs: Anthropologie
Paint : Benjamin Moore, Kendall Charcoal cabinet | Wall custom match
Lighting: Visual Comfort
Plumbing Fixtures : Delta
Counter: Quartz, Silestone Lusso
Free-standing Tub : Barclay
Tile: Clark Design Studio
Floor: Clark Design Studio

What?!? Furniture for Your Windows

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What do you call them?

Window treatments, draperies, blinds, shades, shutters, etc. (which some companies call “furniture for your window.” WHAT?) often turn into a design challenge or major investment, but let's face it: If you neglect your windows in favor of a different design focus, you'll be left with a bare view.

Don’t do that, let Clark Design Studio help you.  We’ve got fabric, shades, blinds, plantation shutters, etc to help you dress those windows.  Or, as some companies say, let us help you pick your “window furniture.” 😜

Click here to see our full line of custom fabrics & “window furniture” providers.


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Clark Design Studio's Lighting Guide

How do I hang this light?

I am a professional and know that hanging lighting can be hard, to say the least.  I've definitely learned the hard way & had to call my paint/ sheetrock guy to come back and patch a whole or two in my career. 

However, over time, I've learned and found some great resources to answer the questions of is this chandelier too big, how many pendant lights should I have, how high should I hang this light?  Here are my favorite resources.  Use them, so you don't have to call your paint/ sheet rock guy next time!

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 Studio McGee,  www.studio-mcgee.com

Studio McGee, www.studio-mcgee.com

Performance Fabrics & Families

will this fabric last?

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I love this fabric, but I’ve got kids. Will they ruin it?
— All my clients

Many of my current clients are young families who want to transform and design the home they've recently purchased to accommodate their growing families into "their" home.  This design transformation includes art, furniture, lamps, tiles, countertops and UPHOLSTERY
(to name a few elements).  

 I'm always asked about trending fabric, specifically light colors.  When you have a 9-month old, the last thing you want to do is spend big money on fabric that isn't stain resistant.  No one wants to stare at strawberry stains for the next 10 years because they purchased the wrong fabric.

An answer to these young families...
PERFORMANCE FABRICS

Crypton and Sunbrella are great options if you’re looking for a performance fabric.  If you’re worried about stains and the ability to clean fabric easily is really important to you, then Crypton is the way to go.  It used to be if you were you’re placing an upholstered piece in a sunroom or on a deck, Sunbrella will be your best bet.  However, Sunbrella has made some big improvements, and I've started to use it on couches in clients' living rooms.    

The other lesser discussed option is asking the manufacturer to pre-treat (think soaked in Scotchguard) before delivering the fabric.  This costs a little more, but could be your answer if you find something you love.  

If you don't want to spend more, consider using the non-performance fabric for a pillow. This is a great way to get that pop of color you love without the financial commitment or fear of ruining it.

 

 

What countertop is best for me?

Featured: Alpine granite

Picking the Perfect Countertop

I am often asked during the design process "what counter top should I pick?" 
Granite, quartz, quartzite, limestone, marble. The options are limitless. 
So I sat down to share my thoughts...
turns out there are tons of tips, charts, comparisons, etc online. 

So instead of reinventing the wheel, I thought I would point you in the right direction.
I really like this countertop comparison from www.homebunch.com

Currently in our market, consumers are purchasing quartz or granite 95% of the time because they are more affordable than quartzite and more functional than marble.  The difference between quartz and granite is that quartz is man-made to mimic marble (aka you can get it in white).


This countertop chart from www.greatlakesgm.com is good as it evaluates cost and durability.


Please don't hesitate to call us our come in the Studio, and we can help you pick the best countertop for your space.

Mid-Century Modern Remodel

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The Heart of the Home

This amazing, mid-century kitchen remodel was inspired by the original kitchen (as crazy as that sounds given the before picture) as well as the architecture of the home.  When we found the pendant lights we remembered the flush mounts in the original kitchen and ordered them right away!  The modern, full-overlay cabinetry complete with the curved hardware from Top Knobs makes the kitchen POP and standout as a custom designed space.  It should be, since it is the heart of this home.  


The Details

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Lighting: Visual Comfort
Countertop: Danby Marble
Tile: TileBar

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A Calming Master Bedroom

We love mixing existing furniture into new design, especially when it ends up like this...

This client wanted to repurpose many of her furnishings in her new, relaxing bedroom.  Mixing the old with the new created a serene space complete with new bedding, custom drapes, a wooden sunburst mirror and lamps.  These new pieces complimented her natural padded headboard, bedside tables and tufted, functional bench.  And of course, we love the vaulted ceilings.


THE DETAILS

 

Art: Wendover Art

Lamps: Arteriors

Custom Drapes: Fabric from Serena and Lily

Bedding: Serena and Lily

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