Last week we talked about the different kinds of tiles we love to use, and this week we will talk about our favorite ways to use them.
In the world of flooring, there are so many options to chose from. From the type of tiles, you chose to the pattern you use to lay them, tile is a versatile way to add to any design. At Lisa Scheff Designs, once we decide that we are going to use tile in a space, next is determining what kind and how. With so many options, this could become overwhelming to someone who considered designing a space on their own. After deciding what tile works best for the area (glass, porcelain, ceramic), we determine how best to lay it. In this blog, we will tell you some of our favorite ways!
Horizontal Straight Stack:
Classic and contemporary, the horizontal straight stack may be the most popular tile pattern around. We often use this pattern when the tiles boast a big design, or if dealing with subway tiles in bathrooms or kitchens.
Vertical Straight Stack:
Less popular than the horizontal stack, but a close second. Often referred to as “soldier stacks” this pattern stands firm and tall and creates a presence in any space. We like to use the vertical straight stack when we want to make a room look much taller. This is also a great option when using tile with a 3D design. These two patterns create a clean and fresh look.
These two patterns are used most often, but we aren’t going to stop there. Here are a few more that are definitely worth a mention!
1/2 Offset Brick Pattern:
The half offset brick look is one of the most traditional tile patterns, and you’ve likely seen it everywhere. The simple modification of offsetting stacked tiles by
50% gives any design a more eye-catching appeal. It can also hide any imperfections in the installation of the tile. This pattern is ideal if you are looking to add flair without taking away from a focal point.
Bonus: We will occasionally even use a 1/3 offset, which we call “stair step” if the tiles are on the larger side.
Herringbone is an excellent option for any space, but is definitely not the easiest to create. We love to use a herringbone pattern when we plan to incorporate different color tiles in the design. This iconic pattern is made by laying interlocking rectangular tiles set at a 45° angle to the wall.
Usually, the design is arranged length-ways along the longest wall to maximize the effect. Depending on the size and style of your tiles, the Herringbone tile pattern will be more visible. This pattern always results in an overall look that adds texture and interest to your floor or walls.
The grid pattern is the easiest way to lay out tile. This timeless design is created by stacking square-shaped tiles in a grid pattern. It is the most common way of laying out a square or rectangular floor tiles, lining up the edge of the grid lines up to the walls. Depending on the size of your tiles and the room, this fits comfortably in any budget and is easy to apply a layout, as this design requires less need to cut tiles or have any waste.
The grid tile pattern is a go-to if we are looking to showcase a few painted cement tiles in space. It also allows an opportunity to add some color into an area by using contrasting grout to highlight the pattern or alternating tile colors to create a further layer of a pattern. These are both excellent options for adding excitement to a grid pattern.
The grid pattern is very versatile. It is perfect for showcasing painted tiles centered in the, but it is also perfect for those spaces where you don’t want to draw too much attention to the floor. However, this simple layout can also be eye-catching if you want.
If you are looking for some ideas or need some help with a room in your house, get in touch with us!
From the floors that you walk on, to your kitchen back splash, and from your outdoor patio, to inside your shower- tiles offer customization to many spaces in your home. With all the different uses for tiles, it is essential to pick the type that best suits the space. With glass, porcelain, ceramic, and stone there are tile options for every budget, every space, every durability, and every aesthetic!
At Lisa Scheff, we love using tile to compliment the colors in a space, or as a way to add a pop of color. When designing, it is important to remember that each different type of tile serves its own purpose. For example, you may love the colors that are possible with glass tile, but we would never put glass tiles on a mudroom floor. Being aware of your choices ensures professional, long-lasting design. In this blog, we will go over the different kinds of tile flooring, their durability, and their best uses. Then next week we will follow up with our favorite ways to set these tiles.
Types of Tiles:
Glass tiles are beautiful. So beautiful, they are often used in mosaics. This makes them the perfect candidate for a space that needs some color. At Lisa Scheff, we often use glass tiles as accent pieces in bathrooms or as a back splash in your kitchen. Not only are they stunning, but because they are glass, they are incredibly easy to clean!
While glass tiles are, without a doubt, one of the most colorful tiles, there are a few precautions. You should avoid using them on floors. Due to their construction, they aren’t suited for use in a high traffic area and could potentially break and become dangerous. Additionally, glass tiles aren’t easy to work with and often requires an experienced tile setter.
Ceramic tiles are versatile because they come in a huge variety of different colors, patterns, and styles – Many more options than porcelain tiles. These tiles are given their color from the layer of glaze that is put over the top, making it possible to offer many varieties.
Ceramic tiles are overall very low maintenance. They are easy to clean and install and can be cut to fit almost any size area. While ceramic is a versatile tile, it is one of the least durable for use in homes. Its durability is what really determines where we place it in a space. Often we fine that ceramic tiles are a perfect fit for walls in kitchens and bathrooms. They are not meant for areas with potential standing water or any high wear and tear zones. The glaze that makes these tiles so colorful can be chipped leaving the clay color underneath to be exposed.
In general, ceramic and porcelain tiles are quite similar, both being made from clay and other naturally occurring materials. The clay used for porcelain tiles is more refined and purified, making it more dense than ceramic. While being durable is positive, porcelains durability makes it less flexible and harder to cut to fit in those nooks and crannies.
Because of its durability, its ability to handle wear and tear, and simple to clean and maintain nature, we often use porcelain tiles on floors and in high traffic areas. These tiles also manage to be very stain resistant making them perfect for areas like a kitchen or mud room.
Cement tiles are very popular right now. We love the bold patterns they boast, allowing each small tile to make a big statement. They are what we like to call high impact, low maintenance pieces that really add the “wow” factor to a room.
While we have seen ceramic tiles work everywhere, we definitely have our favorites. Because cement tiles have high thermal mass, they are great for keeping your home’s energy bill down because these little beauties help keep heat in. These tiles actually help keep your feet toasty when you get out of the shower on a cold morning!
Do you have a room that you would like to see some tile in? Give us a call, we’d love to help.
It’s about that time – the time of year where the Winter Blues set in, and we are all anxiously waiting for spring. By the end of February, everyone in New England has had just about enough of winter. While we haven’t had much snow(knock on wood), it has been bitter cold almost every day! In the winter, there is nothing better than coming home to a cozy space where you can kick off your shoes and relax.
For us at Lisa Scheff, once late February hits you can find us snuggled up in our homes, reading a good book or watching one of our favorite TV shows. It is our favorite place to be. Sometimes, in large spaces, it is hard to make it feel intimate and cozy. While playing with colors and using a warmer hue can affect this, there are easier ways to help a room feel cozy without calling the painter. Whether your room is large or small, here are a few simple changes that can really up the level of “cozy”!
One of the most comfortable and most practical additions to any room is a few oversized throws. Throw blankets can be great accent pieces and will bring the colors of a room together. Plus, who doesn’t love having extra fuzzy blankets on hand for those chilly winter nights? Oversized is the way to go when looking to add throws to your space. Nothing is more frustrating than a blanket that doesn’t cover your whole body!
An over-sized throw is both practical, and functional! Added bonus? The texture that the blankets add to a room will add visual warmth and a richer, more tactile experience.
Layer with Comfy, Bright Pillows
Last but certainly not least, pillows! Pillows are useful and versatile. They can be used to rest your head during that Netflix binge or to rest your feet when you’re tired of sitting up straight! Pillows are the foundation of a cozy living room and a simple way to add color, texture, and comfort-trifecta! When looking for pillows, be sure to buy good quality for their durability and comfort.
Upholstered Ottomans & Poufs:
Cocktail tables are convenient pieces of furniture for any living room, but they can be cold and industrial, leaving a room chilly. An easy fix is to use an upholstered ottoman or poufs instead. How you decorate your ottoman is entirely up to you.
Whether you fill a serving tray with a stack of books and a candle or use it as extra seating for guests, the possibilities are endless! Many of these can even be made with hidden storage inside for all those throws! Most importantly, the fabric and cushion will bring added warmth to the space, adding to the comfort of the room.
Bonus tip- Eliminate Dead Wall Space:
In a large space, it is almost always best to keep furniture off the walls, creating cozy arrangements closer to the center of the room. The trouble with this is that it can leave a large portion of your wall space bare — don’t let that space go to waste! Using wall art that is predominantly warmer colors will help fill up the wall space and eliminate the chill!
Are you looking for some advice on how to make your living space cozier? Give us a call we would love to help!
One thing we’ve learned in our years working in interior design is that you never know when inspiration is going to hit! Designers are faced with a ton of design decisions every day, but everything outside of practical is up to our discretion and imagination. Inspiration is everywhere…but when faced with a new design challenge, where you find your inspiration can come as a surprise.
Sometimes finding inspiration is easy and as soon as you step into a space, it speaks to you. You know exactly what you want to do to create the client’s vision and start working on it right away. Other times, you are looking for a bit of a nudge and inspiration to push you in the right direction. Just like any creative process, interior design is talent catalyzed by inspiration. Designers live their lives with their heads on a swivel, taking in all that the world has to offer. Sure, we find inspiration in rooms other designers have created. However, often, it is in much smaller, less obvious things that inspire a room.
Here are a few of the more exciting ways we’ve found inspiration for spaces we designed.
Art is inspiring. Sometimes we walk by a piece of artwork and it sticks with us. Whether its how the colors work together, or the actual object itself has caught our attention. Either way, we end up bringing a piece of it home with us and work it into the spaces we are creating.
An example of a piece of art inspiring a whole room can be read about in our blog It all Started with a Piece of Art. A client had a few furniture pieces but wanted to make her space come together as an oasis where she and her family could relax. Working with pieces she already owned, the art led the way. The bold teal, subtle cream and gold inspired the color palette used in the painting was then carried out through the entire grey living room.
Using this piece as inspiration, we were able to create a living space perfect for relaxation.
A floor pattern:
Often when searching for inspiration, you just need to take a walk! You never know when inspiration will hit! The girls at Lisa Scheff Designs are always taking photos of things we see in our travels whether it is in our own neighborhood, or from halfway across the world.
In our travels, one of our favorite things to take photos of are our feet on beautiful floors we stumble upon. We always encourage people to keep their chin up, but sometimes the most beautiful things are under our feet. If you want to be inspired, just look down! Flooring is often an outlet of expression in a room- this is especially true in old buildings.
Often times, it is floors that bring excitement to a space through the geometric shapes, varying colors, and the different textures used. If you are ever looking for a little inspiration, travel around with your head down.
Our Fabric Library:
Our fabric library is an entire room dedicated to all of the colors, patterns, and textures you could ever imagine. Every Lisa Scheff Designs project starts in the fabric library! We head up there with room plans in hand and
spend hours picking out everything that speaks to us. We collect everything we like and spread it out on our work table. We match, we pair, we toss, we grab more, and we keep going with this process until the space is complete.
Every part of the clients space comes together in our fabric room, from floors to ceilings, walls to drapery, sofas and pillows. It is a room full of endless inspiration, and one of a designers favorite places to be! It is all the pieces to the puzzle that we are putting together when creating a clients dream space.
Bonus: High Point Market!
High Point Market is where we go to see all of the latest and greatest in the design world. We spend days wandering showrooms, taking photos, and planning out our client’s spaces for them. It never fails, we always leave High Point feeling so inspired and ready to create!
If you are looking for a little help finding some inspiration for a space in your home, give us a call! We would love to help.
Happy New Year!
2018 brought a lot of great things! It was a busy year here at Lisa Scheff Designs, and for that we are thankful. We are lucky to have a loyal and growing client base and look forward to what 2019 brings! New trends, new rooms, and new challenges are what we are looking forward too!
At Lisa Scheff Designs, we love the Holiday season as much as everyone else! The decorations, the desserts, and the time spent with family and friends around the table. While we love the season and all the joy and love that comes along with it, we would be lying if we didn’t mention that we are also pretty excited when the hustle and bustle are finally over. January 2nd, all our routines fall back into place, and life re-enters its normal pace. We all head back to work, turn our auto-replies off, and settle in for the winter months.
January 2 is also the first test day for those New Years Resolutions. Whether it’s cutting your hair, shedding a few pounds, or even taking steps to refresh one of the spaces in your home with a unique facelift. You may have noticed after hosting this holiday season that your home could use a bit of a refresh. There is nothing better than starting a new year with a new look, and that includes updating one of your favorite spaces! You know what they say: New year, new room! After all, what is more, important than creating a space that you and your family love to come home to?
If your resolution includes some new furniture, a paint refresh, and you’re dreaming of a brand new space to ring in 2019, we are here to share some inspiration for you! This is one of the latest living rooms that we completed, and we love it so much, we are sharing it as inspiration for all your New Years Resolutions. It is simple, inviting, and stunning. It is the kind of space that makes you want to come home, kick your shoes off and relax in this sun-drenched room, curled up with a good book. Or chatting with friends over a game of cards.
So what do you think? Are you ready for a room refresh? If so, give us a call!
In life, a cut corner usually means a less satisfying, and often incomplete end result. Doing things in a manner less than required will sometimes save money or time, but at what cost?
When it comes to creating the spaces that turn your house into a home, going “the cheaper” route is very rarely the option that goes the distance.
Scope of Work
At the beginning of every project, after discussing our clients desired outcome, we create a Scope of Work. This presentation gives our clients a clear vision of what we think would be the best bet for the room we are designing. The Scope of Work includes a detailed space plan, project goals, and items required for each room.
In the Scope, we provide an estimation of the high end and low-end budget for the project. We break it down to list each item we believe would be useful in creating your dream space. The Scope also estimates the number of hours and resources that will be dedicated to your project. From the beginning, we are able to come up with a solid idea regarding what will be spent creating your space. You can trim the cost by choosing the lower end of the budget represented in the scope or deciding to cut products out of the scope.
We understand that the cost of complete design services can come as a surprise to some. But it is for a good reason. The product is often times customizable to fit the exact space, needs and colors of the room we are designing. Also, the products bought through an interior designer are far superior to those purchased elsewhere. They last for years on end-which, in the end, saves our clients money! Having a quality sofa last many years, even if it costs a bit more up front, is far better than purchasing 3 cheaper sofas in the same time frame.
Not only are the products purchased high end but the price you pay for the expertise is worth the extra. Have you ever bought a piece of furniture that looked great in the store, but was too big once you got it home? Or didn’t look great with the rest of your furniture? How about have you ever painted a room over and over trying to find the right color? Truth is, this is where the cost of a designer becomes exponentially worth it. Hiring a designer helps you avoid costly mistakes. Your sofa will fit, and match the color palette of the room on the first try. And if you’re on a realistic budget, a designer is going to know how to get the best value out of that. We are used to working on a line item budget and will help you understand where your money is going.
When looking for a designer, remember the perks that come along with hiring a professional. When working with Lisa Scheff Designs, we remain very transparent in our pricing and create a range for our clients so they can choose which route they’d like to go. Cutting corners is never in our Scope.
If you are ready to hire a professional for your interior design needs, contact us!
Something we are well versed in is pet-friendly design ideas. A lot of our clients, past and present, are pet lovers. So it is often that we are asked whether the sofa, the chair or the rug we chose for a room will stand up to the homeowner’s dogs, cats or even bunnies! Luckily, we have quite a few options when it comes to protecting against pets, or hiding any pet imperfections on furniture.
First and foremost, we always suggest a performance fabric for all upholstered items that a pet and/or young children will be spending a lot of time on. Luckily, quite a few of our fabric lines carry a variety of beautiful pet-friendly performance fabrics which can be used to create a fabulous and functional upholstered item.
Most performance fabrics are stain, moisture, and odor resistant (trifecta)! This means that they won’t smell like Rover or stain from muddy paws. They are also incredibly easy to clean, saving you time and stress. Check out the video below to see how easy it is to clean these pet-friendly fabrics.
Textured/Shabby Chic Decor
Do you have animals who shed a lot? Or cats who like to scratch? One suggestion is to design your house in the shabby chic trend! Shabby chic is a design style that uses both aged furniture and newer items to create a cohesive look within the home. Marrying trends from the past with trends that are current, you can create a very unique, shabby chic interior. The benefit to this trend is often most of the items are distressed, therefore disguising any fur, scratches or imperfections caused by loved pets.
Along with the shabby chic trend, we have suggested pet owners purchase a rug that matches with their pets fur color. Or purchase a sofa with a fabric that will easily camouflage any fur your pet leaves behind. This way you don’t have to vacuum as often.
Cordless Window Treatments
Cords on window treatments aren’t just a threat to children, but they can also be a safety hazard to pets as well. Not only are they a safety hazard, but dogs have also been known to chew and tug on the cords. We always suggest it is best to avoid a cord completely. Nowadays there are many pet-friendly cordless window blind options, which completely eliminate any hazard to your pets and children. These blinds remain fashionable, functional and pet safe.
Want to spoil your pet just a little bit? A few of our go-to vendors make dog and cat beds fit for a king (or queen)! If you don’t want your pets on your new sofa, just buy them their own!
If you would like some help pet-proofing your home, give us a call! We have all the right pet-friendly products and just the right coworkers to test them all out.
Find Your Inspiration
Custom room design starts with a point of inspiration – that could be a piece of art, a fabric, a rug, etc. Some projects begin with inspiration from something already in a client’s home. We’ve built off of family heirlooms, a favorite blanket, a wall color already in the room, a piece of art and so much more. Other times we are beginning from a completely blank slate in which case the first thing to do is find one piece that the client loves and build from there.
Build From the Ground Up
We often tell clients to build from the ground up building from a rug selection and moving from there.
This Room is no different! We fell in love with this blue and white geometric rug. Isn’t it beautiful with a dark hardwood floor? It has a great blend of geometric design and lots of texture which will be great for hiding those parts of everyday life like dog hair or toddler snacks in a family room. We say it often, good design takes into consideration the family’s lifestyle as well as desired aesthetic.
Pick your Big Pieces
The next step in custom design is to pick your big pieces – the sofa, the chairs, the tables. We will specify their finishes later, but first we need to fall in love with their feel. This family room needs a comfy sofa, chairs, cocktail table or ottoman and side table. This ottoman/cocktail table is a great solution because it serves a dual purpose with a soft place to put your feet, but also a center tray for food.
Design your Palette
Using the inspiration point, fabrics begin to layer in more color, texture and pattern to create the room scene. Here we have a color and fabric board beginning to pull together that look. Where these fabrics will live is yet to be determined. The room will need a drapery fabric, pillows on the sofa, a chair fabric, a sofa fabric, and a fabric for the ottoman. Things too consider in making that placement is durability, comfort level and how busy or bold a pattern feels.
Help us finish the room. Which fabric would you make the pillow? Drapery? Sofa? Chair? Ottoman? We would love to hear your feedback.
Rugs are one of the items in a room that have the power tie together a cohesive design or look very out of place and mismatched. And I think we can all agree that not many things ruin a room like an old dingy rug does. But, choosing the right rug can be very difficult! Between the color and pattern options, the material choices, the manufacturing styles, and different weaves,navigating the rug world can be very intimidating. But let us help! In this blog we’ll break down our three most popular rug manufacturer options for indoor rugs, what their features are and where they land on the price point scale.
Hand knotted rugs are the cream of the crop in the rug world. This style rug is the most labor intensive out of all the rug manufacturing processes. Each hand knotted rug is constructed by specially-trained artisans who work meticulously off a rug map. The artisan ties individual knots to build the rugs design, one row at a time! Considering each artisan can tie about 10,000 knots per day, you can imagine how long it takes to create an entire rug. Especially if it is a large one!
Because of the intense labor, hand-knotted rugs tend to be more expensive than any other manufacturing technique.
While hand-knotted rugs do take much longer to manufacture, they also last upwards of 20 years. It is a labor of love that lasts!
Here are a couple of ways to tell if your rug is hand knotted: The fringe is tied on the ends as part of the construction of the rug and not glued on after the fact. In hand-knotted rugs there is often uneven knots that are visible on the back of the rug, in the pattern that is visible on the front.
Hand-tufted rugs require individual tufts of yarn to be punched through a pre-made, patterned backing with a special tufting gun. Picture a Lite-Brite! Once complete, the hand-tufted rugs often have a canvas backing glued on to hold the knots in place.
Because the hand-tufting process is less labor intense, these rugs have a much shorter lead time and cost a fraction of the price while looking similar to it’s hand-knotted counterpart. Hand-tufted rugs can have a lifespan of 10 or more years and do well in high traffic areas.
How to tell if your rug is hand-tufted: Often, hand-tufted rugs have a canvas backing glued on to hold the knots in place.
Machine Made Rugs:
Machine made rugs are often made on a power loom operated by a machine or computer in order to produce them quickly. Because they are made on a machine, these rugs can be produced in large quantities, several color combinations, and with very complex designs. Machine made rugs can be completed in hours, rather than the months or years it takes to complete a hand-knotted rug.
Machine made rugs are good for high traffic areas. Not only because they have a long life span, but because they are bought at a much lower price point and easy to replace.
These rugs have the quickest turnaround time and are often much less expensive than both hand-knotted and hand-tufted.
How to tell if your rug is machine made: These rugs have uniform stitching visible on the back (handmade rugs show a more irregular construction). In addition, often the fringe is glued on, rather than being a part of the rugs foundation.
While there are other rug manufacturing methods, these three are our most popular and often the only ones considered in our projects at Lisa Scheff Designs. Are you looking to redo a living room that needs a beautiful rug that Fido can’t ruin? Give us a call!
Trends come and go, and if you wait long enough, they often come back around. As the baby-boom generation begins to retire, and generation X takes the lead, the fads of ’90s home design were bound to come back in vogue, the same way bell bottom jeans made a reappearance in the early 2000’s.
While some 1990 trends like inflatable furniture, stenciled ivy wall designs, and floral sofas, should stay where we left them, other trends like white kitchens and minimalist design were a welcome revisit.
One of the biggest trends we’ve noticed making a come back in the interior design industry is wallpaper. Now before you start visualizing the cabbage rose paper your mother hung in 1992, let me introduce you to the modern trends in wallpaper that we are loving.
What is grasscloth wallpaper? It is usually made from natural materials such as hemp, reed, arrowroot or jute and then backed with rice paper. No two strands of grass are the exact same color, therefore, it is impossible to match one piece of grasscloth to another which is what contributes to the look and beauty of this paper.
Because of the natural material, grasscloth is a less durable wallpaper. It is very absorbent, which means that simply wiping it down with a wet sponge can ruin it. Because it is fragile and doesn’t hold up well to moisture, we don’t typically advise that it is put in a kitchen or bathroom unless your bathroom is very well ventilated.
There are papers where the entire pattern it metallic, and others where the shine is simply an accents. The feel you want in your space will determine how much metallic finish you want to introduce.
Wallpaper is a great place to add texture to a space, especially with beautiful options in linen, silk or raffia. However, in recent trends embossed patterns and faux textures have made an appearance. With print such as faux exposed brick, you can create interest in a space without starting a huge renovation.
Talk about making a statement! For impact try bold patterns in small spaces such as foyers and bathrooms. Or for a more chic look use colors of a single hue to create sophistication in areas such as bedrooms. We love a bold geometric pattern in a powder room. It is a small space that can really pack a punch.
Not ready to jump on board with a whole room of bold paper? Feature walls make a statement with a bold pattern but not too much of it. It highlights a wall that you want to be a focal point in your room.
A tone on tone paper can provide interest with pattern like this pretty paisley paper with just a touch a blue. Many paper manufactures are also fabric houses and carry the same patterns for wallpaper and fabric. While we don’t always like the “matchy-matchy” look, we like how the continuation of the wallpaper print into these drapery panels makes a small wall feel larger rather than cut up.
Ready to put wallpaper in your home? We’d love to help. Give us a call today to book your in-home design consultation.