Just Ask a Designer: How to Select Kitchen Cabinets

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One of my main reasons for creating Adore Your Place was to help our readers solve their design dilemmas, each week I answer hundreds of design questions and I just love being able to apply my years of experience as a professional to your projects. Today’s topic is a question that comes in almost every week and is the first decision you need to make when deciding to purchase new cabinets.

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How To Select Dining Room Chairs

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Dozens of questions come in each month about dining room chairs and how to select them so I decided it was time to share some of my favorite tips with our readers. The concept of the formal dining room has changed drastically over the years, even in multi-million dollar homes that I design my clients are looking to create dining rooms that are aesthetically interesting and inviting with a more relaxed feel. Read more

Can I Put My Bed In Front Of the Windows?

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Q. Can I put my bed in front of my windows in my bedroom even if you see it from outside? Elaine

A. The answer is absolutely, you need to space-plan the room the most effective way possible taking advantage of all locations the bed could be and not feeling constricted by the window location. I know this can be difficult to comprehend but trust me, you will enjoy your well designed room far more than the view from the street. Above, an iron bed is a nice choice because it allows the natural light to flow into the room and not be entirely blocked. Left, is an example for my clients/readers that just cannot grasp this concept, replace existing windows with a transom or windows that are less high so only a small portion of the window is blocked. I also love the idea of plantation shutters above the headboard adding to the design aesthetic of the room.

It also does not matter if your window is centered in the middle of the bed or the windows are separated. Adding interesting window treatments or creating a layered effect helps the location look purposeful, above woven shades and soft sheers are just lovely in this space.

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How To Select Bathroom Tile

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Q. What are some tips or guidelines you use in picking bathroom tile? I’d like to re-tile a master bathroom floor, sink backsplash/wall, shower wall and floor. How many patterns would you choose? Where would you use a small pattern vs a large pattern? Glossy or Matte? Mixing materials like Marble and porcelain? Karen Read more

Just Ask A Designer: Kitchen Countertops

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Q. I am preparing to replace my kitchen’s tile countertop with either granite or quartz. I am struggling with the appropriate color of the new countertop and specifically whether to go dark for contrast or light for a seamless look.  I have white cabinets and light colored flooring.  Are there any design hints you can share on how to think about this big decision? Thanks for your expert opinion!  Jill Read more

What Color Should I Paint My House?

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This question comes up weekly between my readers questions they send in and my client projects and it is one that I love to answer! There are several factors that need to be considered when deciding what color to paint your house coupled with you personal taste to find just the right combination.

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Just Ask a Designer: Glass Cabinets

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A design question that is consistently sent in from readers is one that I face often when designing kitchens; if I use glass cabinets is it a waste of valuable storage? Today I want to talk about the significance of glass cabinets in the kitchen and address some of the myths that surface when I “try” to incorporate glass into my clients kitchens.

Q. If I use glass cabinets in my kitchen where should I put them, what type of glass do you suggest using and what should I put in them? Anne Read more

How To Design a White Room

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This seems like it would be an easy task, purchase everything white and toss it in a room but there is actually just as much planning that goes into a white room as a room full of color. Today I am sharing a few simple steps to my approach of designing in white and how to create the look so many of us adore, a fresh white room. Read more

Bathroom Renovation Tips

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One of the first questions everyone asks me when they are planning to renovate their bathroom is; where do I begin? Defining the process, developing a plan of action and making selections will help get you on your way and relieve some of the stress.

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Kitchen Island Lighting: Trend Alert

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Every week I receive dozens of questions sent in from readers in Just Ask about kitchen lighting and this past week was no exception. The hot topic was trends for kitchen island lighting. Q. Can you tell me what the “in” thing is to put above my island and how many, thanks? Georgia Read more