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Trend Spotting Through High Point Market

High Point Market is an exciting event for us at Lisa Scheff! High Point is where we gather new ideas for our clients and absorb all the latest trends. While we’ve just recently returned from the Spring 2017 Market, we are already using all of the design ideas and products we discovered.  Every year, we leave High Point with a camera full of photos, a mind full of ideas and fingers eager to call our clients and tell them about our favorite finds. This year was no different! High Point is full of awe inspiring designs, creative concepts and exciting sneak peaks at all the upcoming trends. And we take them all home with us!

First High Point Trend-Green!

This year two High Point Market trends stood out to us: First, the color green was present everywhere! It was used on walls, on accent pillows, intricately weaved through designs on tables and in artwork. It was even used as a furniture statement piece! Perfect timing since the color green resembles rebirth (and it’s Spring) and Greenery also happens to be the Pantone Color of the Year! As we walked through the show rooms, we saw all different shades of green.  Green was used in both a bold centerpiece to a room, or a hidden gem placed on a table to add just a little pop of color.

High Point Market Trends AcrylicGreen is a great option as it is easy on the eyes, simple and versatile. Something as simple as some faux greenery placed on a corner table is enough for rejuvenating effects to be felt in a room. It is one of our favorite colors to use when we are looking to create a soothing and relaxing space.

Second High Point Trend-Lucite!

The second High Point Market trend was the abundant use of Lucite (acrylic). This High Point, if you weren’t looking at something green, you were probably looking at something Lucite! While Lucite has been popular for a few years, it seems that this year it kicked into high gear. Designers are using Lucite in tables, hardware, art work, and even lighting fixtures! We love Lucite when it is used sparingly. It is a great way to add a bit of modern flair to a space. We like it when used as the legs of a table, the accents in a light fixture, or the hardware on a night stand drawer.

As we always mention when talking about High Point Market trends, it is best to only use a pop of it in your home. Similarly to orange shag rugs and bell bottoms, trends come and go. An accent wall, a chair, or piece of artwork are all great ways to incorporate a market trend into your home without regretting it years down the road.

Like what you see? Would you like to incorporate green or Lucite into your home? Call us today to book a consultation and we will help you bring some market trends into your home! 

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Lighting Makes All the Difference

kitchen cabinets poor lightingIn a lecture we attended by Candice Olson, she once said, “with proper lighting, you can make a $3 fabric look like a $100 fabric, but with poor lighting you can make a $100 fabric look like a $3 fabric.”  This statement stuck in our firm, because in design, we really do believe in the importance of lighting.

A well lit room not only makes your fabrics look better, but improves every aspect of the room. Take a look at this kitchen back splash from one of our recent projects.  The under-cabinet lighting could not continue under the range hood, leaving a dark hole over the stove that made the tile look dark and a bit muddy.  

Kitchen cabinets good lighting

Now look at the same space with the range hood lights on.  Notice how much warmer the tile looks.  Having light over the stove allows the focal point of the tile, the thin glass accent square, to shine.

While a well lit room has a lot of light to create brightness, it is also important that that light is well spaced so that we don’t create any dark spots on the floor, and on the converse, that we don’t create any hot spots.  The light should disperse evenly.

Another quality to consider, and in our opinion one of the most important qualities to consider when choosing a light bulb is the bulb’s color temperature. Color temperature, measured on the Kelvin scale, typically ranges from 2700K to 5000K. Warm light averages from 2700K to 3000K, whereas bulbs around 5000K provide a crisp daylight appearance that is more blue. If you are choosing to use an LED bulb in your space, you want to use the warmest color LED bulb that you can in a space in order to create a welcoming environment. Using an LED that provides a crisp, bluer light, as opposed to a warm, yellow light, can make a room feel more commercial.  Read more about LED lighting in design in our interview with Mass Save!

Looking for help properly lighting your home?  We can help by creating a lighting plan that will use recessed cans, lamps, under cabinet lighting, and traditional fixtures so that your home and all of your belongings get the light they deserve.

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Add color, style and function with beautiful tile.

Grey and White TileTile is one of the most versatile design elements. You can create almost any look and feel. It can be traditional, modern or anything in between including  Southwestern, Asian or Italian! You can select from a wide variety of tile materials including marble, porcelain, glass, natural stone, ceramic, mosaic and more. Today some porcelain tile even looks like wood to give you a natural look with better durability!

Beige Chevron Pattern TileTile can be used to add beauty to so many surfaces, including countertops, floors, walls, mantles, and even ceilings! Compared to many other materials, most tile is moderately priced, durable and easy to clean. And because tile comes in so many shapes and sizes, you can create almost unlimited patterns and designs!

White Subway TileWith so many tile choices, it makes sense to work with an expert to select the tile that will work best for your design project.

Add tile to your decorating scheme to add a new look to your home this spring.

Struggling to choose the right tile for your renovation, we can help?

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Decorating with less will give you more! Minimalism in Design

Decorating with less will give you more! A more beautiful interior, that is.

That’s the philosophy of a minimalist decorating style.

Minimalism is a streamlined and organized look that makes you feel calm and relaxed. But don’t worry; a minimalist interior isn’t entirely bare! It still includes beautiful furniture, flooring, window fashions and artwork. Within the idea of minimalism, there are lots of choices of your look too, from beachy vibe to Asian zen to high-style sophisticated.

Some people think the best thing about minimalist décor is that you have to get rid of the clutter! That’s why cabinets, closets and other out-of-sight storage are key. And minimalist décor is easier to clean since there are fewer elements to dust, mop and vacuum.

Minimalist colors are usually muted and monochromatic. White is the most common color for minimalism, but you can also use soft earth tones like beige, taupe, tan and gray. In minimalism, a variation in texture usually takes the place of a variation in color.

Use these tips to create a minimalist style in your home:

  • Make one element the focal point in a room, then the other pieces can support it.
  • Have mostly clear surfaces, with very few, well-selected décor items atop tables and floors, such as one sculpture or one vase of flowers or one photo of your family.
  • Hang a limited number of pieces of artwork on walls. Leave some walls without artwork, and the art you have will stand out even more.
  • Almost always use solid colors, not patterns. Then use textures to create the visual interest in a room.
  • Use calming colors for furniture, flooring, window coverings and bed linens.
  • Start by making just one room in your house minimalist and simple to make sure you like the minimalist style.

Make your home more peaceful by following a minimalist design strategy.

Looking for help creating a successful minimalist design?  We’d love to help.

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Not Your Grandmother’s Wallpaper

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.

Grasscloth Wallpaper

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.

Metallic Wallpaper

​Gold and silver metallic papers catch the light and add a little bling to a space. We love that the reflection will not only make your room feel brighter, but also larger.

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.

Faux Textures

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.

Bold Geometrics

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.

Neutral Patterns

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.

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No Need to Fear Color is Here

Every year, trending colors change, so we never advise a client to paint their home based solely on what’s in style.  Color trends fade away, often as quickly as they started.  The trick to having a beautiful home with a color palate you will love is planning, blending colors that you like and that make you feel good and thinking about the lighting in your home.

Here are some things to think about when selecting paint colors for your home.

Color Transforms a Room

The right color paint transforms a room and gives it an entirely new feel. The color should complement the other pieces in the room, while perhaps pulling from a tone in the counter-top, the pillows, the sofa, etc.

In order to get that wow factor that we all want, you can’t be afraid of a bold wall color.  Often, a bold wall color makes the room! It can ground your color palette and bring richness and life back to a space.

Just look at how much this kitchen changes.  It feels far more modern while not changing the floor or painting the wood trim. Of course, other elements add to this transformation, such as the light fixture, kitchen table, and screen shade, but the chocolate brown walls bring that whole room to life.

Color Transforms Mood

When thinking about what color to paint a space, you want to think about the mood you want to feel in the room.  Some colors are more energizing, while others are more relaxing.  There’s a reason spa’s are usually painted with soft greens and blues.

For example, red is a strong color that psychologically raises a room’s energy level.  It is a good choice for a space where you want to create excitement or encourage lively conversation.

Some color theorists believe that the color red increases your appetite making it an ideal color for a dining room. However, red may not be the right color for a bedroom where you want to be relaxed and feel rested.

The same theory is true when mixing colors.  Using analogous colors, or colors that are next to each other on the color wheel will create a more soothing a tranquil environment because there is less stark contrast. This type of palette is nice for bathrooms or bedrooms.  Where as using complimentary colors, or those across from each other on the color wheel, can be bolder, create more contrast, and thus are better for entertaining spaces where psychologically, you want to be more lively.

Colors Change Room to Room

Just because you love the color your sister painted her kitchen, doesn’t mean its the right color for your own kitchen.  These two rooms are painted the exact same color, yet in the top room it feels more saturated, darker, and read more green, and in the lower image it read lighter, and much more blue.

While yes, it works beautifully in both of these kitchens, that may not be the case with another color.  Lighting is a key factor that changes how a color feels from home to home.  This is why we tell clients that we have to select the paint in their home, but that we advise they look at the samples at different times of day before committing.

Morning sunlight may change the color in a way that you don’t like, where you loved in the night before when it was only lit by your overhead lights.

Sometimes the Best Color is a Neutral

If all this talk of color has you feeling like we don’t like neutrals, let me set the record straight.  Sometimes the best tone for a room is for the walls to be neutral, whether, grey, beige, or what we fondly call greige (somewhere in between a beige and a grey) allowing the furniture to pop.

We love this grey transformation updating this room for girly to modern and chic.   But even with a neutral, don’t be afraid of saturation.  A dark color still could be the right thing for your room.  Often more saturated colors make the room feel warmer and more intimate.

Want to pull it all together.  We’d love to help. Call today to book your in-home design consultation.

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Paint Consultations for a Move In Ready Home

You’ve signed the papers, they hand you your new keys, and you are heading to your not quite move in ready new home.  You want the contractor, painter and designer to meet you at the door because you want to fix it straight away. How can you live with 80’s wallpaper or a bright pink bathroom?

We get those calls nearly once a week — the panicked “I hate the back splash, need to paint, let’s knock that wall down let’s set up a paint consultation before I move in” call.

We hear you! A dated design or bold color is in the way of your dream home.  You know the space has potential and you’re ready to let that shine through as soon as possible, but rushed decisions make for many mistakes.

Take Time to Make a Plan

Slow down is our initial advice!  We always caution clients about making hasty decisions in home renovations.

Your home and the work you do to it is an investment.  You want to love those decisions for years to come, but the only way to really know how you use a space and what needs to be done is to live in the space.

To Paint or Not to Paint

The most common thing clients call us to help with on move in day is paint consultations.  Most people want to take advantage of an empty house by painting the walls before they move in all of their belongings; however, waiting to paint after you’ve settled in and moved in your things makes for a more cohesive space.

Paint needs to be selected based off what else is in the room.  If you choose it without a starting point, you will end up with a beige and white house or with a strong color that ultimately doesn’t match any of your furniture.  So if your furniture is going to change, if you’re going to update the tile, or you might buy a new rug, a paint consultation should wait.

Paint is absolutely always the last thing to be picked for a space. There are an infinite number of paint colors with various tints, tones and shades. Every color will look different from home to home, because light sources vary, meaning what looks good in your current home might not in your new one. We often choose a few colors that could work for a job in our office, and then completely change those decisions when we get to the job site for the paint consultation.  It is amazing how different a color can look from one space to the next.

You want the color that best complements your upholstery, artwork, rug, and whatever else. You can pick that color only if your stuff is actually inside your home. We also suggest that you leave the samples up morning, afternoon and evening to see how the change in light alters the color.  Your old kitchen may have been dark and dreary, but your new kitchen fills with morning light.  You will only learn that from living in the space.

The Rest of the Plan

The same is true for other design decisions about your home.  Don’t buy furniture based off a memory of the room.  We need to measure and think about scale and flow.  Don’t rush to change a tile back splash, when you might realize after you’ve been there for a few weeks, that the cabinets will need to be changed sooner rather than later, and then your tile would have to be redone.

Design is a process and if you want the best results, you need to give it time and thought.  Our recommendation is to bring your designer in right around the time you move in to begin establishing a plan.

That plan becomes a general timeline that can change as you live in the space and determine what the priorities are and what can wait.

Feeling overwhelmed by your move and making your new house feel like home?  We can help!  Call us today to book a design consultation. 

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Creative Kitchen Transformation

Kitchen BeforeEvery project starts with a before. Sometimes that before is simply dated and in need of a face lift, other times that before does not function and is in need of a major overhaul.  Here we have both. Allow us to walk you through this creative kitchen transformation.  

Drawings and PlansWhen a kitchen is undergoing a major overhaul, the first step to is discover the possible plans and layouts the space can become.  As we move through those possibilities, we discover the benefits of one over the other allowing us to ultimately decide on the best plan for the space and for the family allowing us to begin the kitchen transformation.

With a final decision, the plan is measured, and details are placed such as lighting locations so that everyone working on the project knows the outcome.

Product is selected to help bring the client’s vision to life. 

As the project begins, the plan comes to life providing us with a creative transformation and a stunning after. This is the same angle as the before above – almost not recognizable.  We introduced a breakfast bar in this kitchen transformation for the kids to use while mom and dad are cooking.   

The dining portion of the room introduces a live edge table and pop of teal.

Glass pendants provide decorative light without interfering with sight-lines from one end of the room to the other.

A wall of cabinetry and a huge pantry provide tons of storage for a family of five.

A close up shows just how interesting this granite counter top is – the real showpiece of the kitchen.

Ready to update your space and create your own dramatic kitchen transformation?  We would love to help.  Give us a call today to book your in-home consultation.

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Glamorous Bedroom Design

Purple and Gold Master BedroomA glamorous bedroom design starts with bold colors and finishes with metallic details.  Deep purple walls ground this space providing contrast to the soft cream carpeting.  

Before and After Master Bedroom

The skinny windows behind the bed did not scream “glamorous,” which is why we employed an optical illusion. We trick the eye by hanging drapery wider than the window, and only covering the window frame to create the illusion that the windows are large and fill the wall.

The showstopper in this room is the gold leaf flower wall art.  A photo doesn’t do this piece justice – gold foiled sculpture mounted on lined boards and placed in acrylic shadow boxes.  Yes please!  Plus the plush and comfy swivel chairs provide a place to sit and enjoy this one of a kind piece.

Gold Leaf Flower Design

No detail was overlooked  in this space.  Using French natural nailheads, a Greek Key pattern adorns the side of the upholstered headboard. We like to think of nailhead as the jewelry of a room.

Greek Key headboard detail

That Greek Key pattern is mimicked in the benches at the foot of the bed.  The gold base of the benches add to the glamorous bedroom design. These benches serve as a functional foot-board where you can sit to put on shoes or your favorite pup can curl up on at night.

Purple and Gold Master Bedroom design

A lighted nightstand highlights the gold decor pieces, and a beautiful gold bedside lamp amps up the glamour. Short drapery rods allowed us to dress the windows without distracting from the upholstered headboard with a rod that spanned the length of the room.

Lighted Nighstand with Gold Accents

Rich fabrics used for the duvet and pillows bring the glamour home.  Gold and grey play beautifully off the deep purple walls.


Would you like to call a room like this home?  Call us today to book a consultation and we will help you bring glamour into your bedroom!

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Master Bedroom Design – Creating Your Oasis

Master Bedroom Design Oasis

Creating Your Oasis

After a long day, every couple needs a place to retreat from the world and recharge.  A well designed master bedroom gives you that escape. See how we took this master bedroom design and turned it into a retreat for this client.

Whether your room is expansive, like the one we are showing here, or only has room for a bed and a two night stands, you can make it your oasis.

Master Bedroom Design - King Bed in front of window with wooden headboard

Master Bedroom Design

To begin, let’s talk about the bed.  Your bedding doesn’t need to be overdone to be beautiful.  Less is more when it comes to pillows in a master bedroom design.  This neutral palette is soothing which adds to our relaxing oasis vibe.

Because this room was long and narrow, we chose to place the bed in front of a window.  To do this effectively, it was important that our headboard had holes in it to allow light to still enter while defining the bed separate from the windows.

Master Bedroom Design - pop of purple lamp on nightstand

Pop that Purple and Gold

For the most part, we focused on neutral colors for this master bedroom design.  We like the adaptability of a neutral palette; you can add a pop of color, and change that pop over time as trends change.

We added a pop of purple and gold in this space – and only in a few key places.

Master Bedroom Design - Sitting area featuring sofa, and swivel chairs

Sitting Area Retreat

This master bedroom’s expansive size allowed us to also introduce a small sitting area.

The tailored sofa and swivel chairs provide a place to unwind at the end of the day with a good book, conversation, or a movie.

Notice the continuation of our pops of gold on the cocktail table and in the lamp tables.

The only thing we’re missing is a piece of art to go over the sofa.  Often client’s choose to search for their own art, or hang family photos after our projects are complete.

 Master Bedroom Design - TV consoleTelevision Console and Dresser

Because this sitting area is in a bedroom, and not the living room, our TV console serves dual purpose.  It is both a dresser and a TV console.  The drawers provide a place to store clothes, but its height allow us to place a TV on it for easy viewing.

Notice the reintroduction of purple and gold tying our pop throughout the space.  

Are you looking to create your own master bedroom retreat.  We would love to help.  Call us today to schedule and in-home consultation.

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Lisa and her team were amazing. They were able to create rooms for us that truly reflected our personalities, and the sense of warmth and comfort that we wanted to have in our home. The furniture is top quality, the fabrics are absolutely stunning and the pieces all come together beautifully, complimenting each other naturally. And, what’s best is that the rooms are so liveable! We could not be happier with how our home turned out! Thank you Lisa, Beth and Eliza!

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