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Thanks to HGTV, Houzz, and Pinterest there is a never ending supply of inspiration to create beautiful rooms. These sources are great for giving people ideas, but it takes a true professional designer to make the most of your specific room and your money. Here are 5 good reasons to get professional help:


  1. Solve your problems – Perhaps you have are downsizing and don’t know how to fit everything in, or maybe you are moving up and don’t know how to use what you’ve got and add to it in the bigger space. Or maybe you need more storage or a more functional kitchen or your bathroom is outdated. An experienced designer is trained to come up with solutions to these problems and many more.
  2. Avoid costly mistakes – Have you ever purchased a piece of furniture and when it was delivered it was the wrong size for your room? Scale and proportion is one of the most difficult things for amateur decorators to get right, and mistakes can be costly when you buy furniture that doesn’t fit. Another costly mistake is with painting since 40% of paint sales are from people selecting the wrong color the first time.
  3. Keep you focused – There are thousands of options in furniture, fabrics, flooring, lighting, and accessories and they come at every price point. A designer can narrow your vision to products within your style and also within your reach, budget wise. We listen carefully to your goals and aspirations for your home and create the perfect combinations of products to reflect your lifestyle. Narrowing your options is a time saver and keeps you from getting overwhelmed with options.
  4. Increase the value of your home – Too many homeowners embark on home improvements or interior design projects that end up reducing the value of their home. Designers can see the “big picture” and also know what is helping homes sell and what is holding them back. Selecting the right products and ensuring proper installation will reap benefits far greater than the cost of hiring a designer in the first place.
  5. Project management – Interior designers build strong relationships with architects, painters, plumbers, electricians, and other contractors who will finish the work on time and on budget. Projects won’t be delayed by a contractor that doesn’t show up because they know if they don’t take care of the designer’s clients they won’t continue to get hired for jobs. When the project is managed by an experienced designer all of the details are taken care of and your headaches are eliminated.

You may feel empowered by what you see on TV and online and think you can make it happen yourself, but the mistakes you make can be extremely expensive and time consuming.  Besides, don’t you want your home to be completely reflective of you, and not a copy of someone else’s home?

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Kitchen Before


Not everyone has $50,000 or more to remodel their kitchen. Not to worry, since we have lots of alternatives to transform your kitchen for much, much less! As the before shot shows, this kitchen was cramped, dark, and outdated. There was lots of wasted space, and simply didn’t function well for my client. He did not have a budget to tear out and start new, so we worked with what we had and created an amazing kitchen on a budget.


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Affordable Kitchen Renovation


Instead of keeping that blank wall at the end of the cabinets, we added both base and upper cabinets. That offered him more storage and also increased his counter space. We refaced the cabinets, added new doors and drawer fronts, and gorgeous new hardware. One small frustration the client had was he couldn’t lift the lid of his coffee maker to add water without pulling it out from under the cabinets, so we raised the upper cabinets a few inches and added crown molding to the top.


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Affordable Kitchen Renovation

To create the look of granite counters without the tremendous expense, the counters were covered with a granite veneer. A new sink was undermounted with a new bronze-finished faucet and garbage disposal. The travertine tile backsplash with bronze accent tiles finished off the look.

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New Banquette

This kitchen was also shared with a cat and a large dog. The dog liked to eat the cat’s expensive ‘special diet” food, so we built a banquet that had an opening large enough for the cat to go inside and eat her food, but the dog could not get to it. On the other end of the banquette was an opening for the cat’s litter box. It really cleaned up the area, added more storage and seating, and solved the problems between the cat and the dog.


As the photos show, this was a total transformation but accomplished with a limited budget. We can create equally impressive results for your kitchen or bath, too. Give us a call at 704-608-9424 to schedule your consultation.

Do you live with kids, pets, or just a really sloppy spouse? Perhaps you are the guilty party spilling wine on the furniture? None of that will matter anymore if you replace or recover your furniture with my stain free fabric! Here is a short video of me spilling red (YES RED!!) wine on a chair upholstered in my space-age fabric and it is so easy to clean:

A client of mine had purchased a leather sofa thinking it would be more durable for her home full of kids and pets. Take a look at the before:

Sofa before

Leather Sofa Before

Even though she spent a lot of money on that sofa, it didn’t hold up to the wear and tear of her family. Since it had a solid hardwood frame we recovered it in our stain-free and waterproof fabric and it looks amazing:

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Sofa After

She also had two coordinating chairs and an ottoman that saw equally bad wear, and we recovered those, too. The colors for the upholstery were pulled from the blue and orange in the area rug.

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If you have good quality furniture that simply doesn’t look good anymore, we can bring it to life again with new, stain free fabric. If you have low priced, low quality furniture, let us create a brand new sofa or chair for you with kiln-dried hardwoods, luxurious spring and synthetic down seats, and stain free fabric.

Give us a call at 704-608-9424 and we will make your furniture problems history! Our furniture is perfect for ALL the animals in your life!