When To Invest and When To Skimp

When decorating your home, you will always have a multitude of options no matter what it is you’re needing.  Most products come in a variety of styles, colors, sizes, and price.  So which one do you get?

I have heard it said in the design industry that, “You never want to skimp on what you sit on, what you walk on or what you sleep on.”  A general statement, but certainly an accurate one.  Here’s a list of my recommendations for when to invest , and when to skimp.

Invest In:

Seating Furniture That Is Used Daily

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When it comes to seating furniture, especially those you use daily, quality does make a difference.  So do invest in the best quality your budget will allow.  If you can wait the 6 to 12 weeks, custom ordering upholstered furniture will allow you to choose more durable fabrics, which will hold up longer and are easier to clean.  For daily used furniture, investing in more durable pieces is well worth it in the long run.

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The Onyx Bar

I recently visited a long-time client and took this picture.  A gorgeous slab of white onyx that we installed a couple of years ago. The back-lights give the onyx a soft, golden glow, the perfect mood lighting for their frequent entertaining.

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Onyx is a gemstone found in various regions of the world, particularly Brazil. It can also be found in Uruguay, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, Hawaii and Madagascar. Continue reading…


A Quaint Backyard Patio

Now that the weather is getting cooler, we’ll be spending a lot more time outside, making this a great time to spruce up your outdoor space, which is exactly what we did in this quaint backyard patio.

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Sometimes, we don’t pay as much attention to the outdoor living areas, but just like our interiors, it’s important to create the right “feeling” for maximum comfort, relaxation and fun!

For this patio, the client’s request was clear and simple…”we want it to be fun, a party area”, so we went bold on the colors , infusing vibrant shades of blues and greens. Continue reading…