Regret your new furniture purchase? Here’s how to deal with it.

Regret your new furniture purchase? Here’s how to deal

After spending weeks browsing different options, you’ve finally chosen the perfect chair for your living room. Or so you thought. Now that you’ve actually put it in your living room, the chair doesn’t seem so perfect anymore. Regretting a new furniture purchase is a common occurrence and many people immediately want to return the item. The best solution, however, for dealing with regret is a bit surprising: wait for the feeling to pass.

Regret your new furniture purchase? Here’s how to deal

How many times have you gotten a haircut and at first were unsure about the new style, but eventually you grew to love it? The same situation often occurs after buying new furniture. Change is hard to adapt to, so even if your new furniture works – possibly even better than what you had previously – it may take you some time to realize it and adjust.

Regret your new furniture purchase? Here’s how to deal

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Any new furniture, whether it’s a light fixture or a rug, can cause you to question your purchase decision. There are certain factors, though, that might make the adjustment even more difficult. If you incorporate a bold new color, pattern or print into a room, for example, you’ll need more time to get used to it than if you had just went with something basic and low-key. You’ll also find that size can influence how you feel about your new purchase. If you’re replacing one furniture item with something much larger, you’re likely at first to feel that the new piece looks out of place due to its larger size.

In general, the best way to handle your buyer’s regret is to give yourself enough time to adjust. You can also gather second opinions from friends and family who don’t live in your home and therefore can be more objective. More than likely, you’ll find that the new item not only works, but that you actually love having it in your home.

By Wendy Weinert

Kitchen too crowded and cluttered? Try this recipe for a successful remodel

Kitchen too crowded and cluttered? Try this recipe for a successful remodel

Kitchens are meant to be highly functional spaces, but a bad room design can make it difficult for you to use the space effectively. If you’re remodeling your kitchen, be sure to keep these important tips in mind during every stage of the process.

Kitchen too crowded and cluttered? Try this recipe for a successful remodel

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Storage: Kitchens are typically used to store food, cookware and tableware, which means you’ll need adequate storage space to prevent the room from becoming cluttered. Consider how you will use each cupboard and drawer before you remodel to ensure that every item will have a home. You might also want to look for dual-purpose furniture, such as an island that provides both storage and counter space. You can use ceiling and wall space to hang items like pots and pans.

Kitchen too crowded and cluttered? Try this recipe for a successful remodel

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Preparation: Cooking a meal without adequate surface space can be frustrating and stressful. If you’re remodeling a fairly large kitchen, counter space is probably not much of an issue. Smaller kitchens, however, can be more difficult to plan as you want to have enough counter space without crowding the room. If you can, plan at least 36 inches of uncluttered countertop space for preparation and another 21 to 36 inches for cooking. If your kitchen space allows, an island is a great option for preparing food.

Kitchen too crowded and cluttered? Try this recipe for a successful remodel

Lighting: Forming a lighting plan for the kitchen can be tricky. You want to feel comfortable in your kitchen, but you’ll also need direct lighting for performing certain tasks like washing dishes or preparing food. Every kitchen, no matter how small, should have a combination of ambient lighting, accent lighting and task lighting to achieve the right balance. If you have a kitchen island, pendants are a great option for adding both task and decorative lighting. Undercabinet lighting is often used to illuminate darker counter spaces and make preparing food easier and safer.

A successful remodel starts with a well-thought-out plan. Keep these tips in mind throughout your remodeling process and design a kitchen that you’ll love.

By Wendy Weinert

 

5 home office decorating blunders to avoid

5 home office decorating blunders to avoid

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An effective work space is attractive, organized and comfortable. Whether you work from home every day or just occasionally on nights and weekends, your home office should be designed to boost productivity. Avoid these five home office decorating blunders when setting up your space so you can work from home without getting distracted or uncomfortable.

5 home office decorating blunders to avoid

1. Choosing a stylish, but uncomfortable chair

If you plant to sit in your office chair for hours during the day, it’s necessary to choose a chair that is not only attractive, but also offers comfort. Look for an office chair that is adjustable, supportive, has armrests and, most importantly, comfortable cushions.

5 home office decorating blunders to avoid

2. Selecting the wrong-size desk

Before you start searching for an office desk, think carefully about how much surface space you’ll need. Are you strictly going to be working on your laptop? Or do you need space to write on papers as well? Knowing what you need from a desk beforehand will help you select the right size.

5 home office decorating blunders to avoid

3. Using overhead lighting…and nothing else

Your space is small, so installing an overhead light is good enough, right? Not exactly. You’ll also want to choose a lamp to illuminate your desk area, or you could consider track lighting or under-cabinet lighting, too. Without the proper lighting, you could strain your eyes or get headaches.

5 home office decorating blunders to avoid

4. Forgetting about storage

As time goes on, your home office is going to become more and more cluttered. You can get organized, however, if you choose furniture that has ample storage space. Everyone has different storage needs, but you might want to consider a combination of desk drawers, file cabinets and shelves.

5 home office decorating blunders to avoid

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5. Skimping on color and décor

When setting up a home office, many homeowners assume that decorating their office will only invite distraction while working. A desk plant and hanging artwork, however, can actually make an office feel inviting, warm and more comfortable. Just be careful not to overdo it as you don’t want to clutter your office.

By avoiding these common mistakes, you can create a more effective workspace and become more productive at home.

By Wendy Weinert

3 common mistakes to avoid when choosing light fixtures

With so many styles, designs and types of light fixtures to choose from, picking out the right one for your space is not always an obvious or easy choice. You can, however, improve your chances of finding lighting success by avoiding these three common mistakes:

3 common mistakes to avoid when choosing light fixtures

Mistake #1: Choosing a light fixture based on style over functionality

There are many beautiful and stylish light fixtures available that will improve your space’s appearance and enhance the overall look. Choosing a light fixture solely on its appearance, however, could leave you with less than optimal light output. The right fixture should be both stylish and functional, so consider your desired light output and keep it in mind when searching for a new light fixture.

3 common mistakes to avoid when choosing light fixtures

Mistake #2: Selecting a light fixture without considering ceiling height

It’s important that your family and guests can walk around your home comfortably without needing to duck to avoid hitting their head. Keep these rules of thumb in mind when choosing a ceiling light (these rules only apply when hanging light fixtures over walking spaces):

  • Ceilings below eight feet: If you have a low ceiling and are not planning to install the light over a table or counter, it’s best to choose a flush-mount light fixture so taller people can walk around safely.
  • Ceilings between eight and ten feet: If your ceiling is slightly higher, choose either a flush-mount light or a semi-flush lights, which typically hang just a foot away from the ceiling.
  • Ceilings over ten feet: For high ceilings, it is often best to install a pendant or chandelier to light up your space more effectively.

3 common mistakes to avoid when choosing light fixtures

Mistake #3: Relying too much on overhead lighting

Every room is different, but generally you’ll want to have a combination of task, accent and general ambient lighting to create a well-lit space. While you can install ceiling lights to provide the general overall lighting, be sure to also incorporate other types of light fixtures such as lamps or wall sconces.

Choosing a light fixture isn’t always easy, but avoiding these three mistakes will help you choose better lighting solutions so you can enjoy a home that is both stylish and functional.

By Wendy Weinert

Architectural Lights made easy

At night, the lights turn on and the city comes alive. One of my favorite things about visiting different cities is experiencing what they look like at night. Las Vegas is a city that has architectural lighting down, with exploding colors. It seems to be as bright at night as it is during the day. From glowing arches and colorful fountains to buildings draped in an artistic design, cities around the world are using lighting to stand out from the rest. Architectural lighting is what illuminates commercial buildings with color and style. It is not something designers just slap together; it is thought out and arranged in specific patterns to create the desired effect. Lighting can be expensive, and a professional not only wants the outside of a building to look good, but they work to fit it in a budget while still keeping the energy bill down. Lights can make a huge impact on your building and create positive exposure of your location and business. With a little study, planning, and work, you can add architectural lighting to a commercial or even residential building without breaking the budget or overworking your brain.

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Photo by Moyan Brenn (Flickr)

Design

Before buying any lights for a building, you are going to have to make some design decisions. I love lighting that screams for attention, but it doesn’t work for every business or building. Decide on what you want your building to “feel” like. I know that seems silly, but subtle lights around the corners and landscaping can give the feeling of peace. Bright lights that are filled with colors might signify action and adventure. Other buildings need lights to keep the outdoors lit while people are working; spotlights will help employees feel comfortable and safe.

Budget

We would all love to add as many lights and accessories as we envision, but sometimes the final decision is left to the budget. Choose what lights are necessary first. Depending on what time of day your building is most occupied, you might need to focus on night lights or accent day lights. Once you have figured out the necessary areas, you can then begin adding extra lights to darker areas or to advertise your building. I know for my home, having my walkway lit is important, but adding lights under the roof line is an added bonus if the budget allows for it.

Map it Out

Once you have figured out the budget and type of lights you want, it is time to map it out. This will help you recognize areas where lighting is needed most; doors and walkways will need the most lighting. Arrange the lights to cover all darkened areas, and slowly trace back to add architectural lights to increase curb appeal and add that little extra something.

Night Lights

Night lights serve multiple purposes; some lights are used to prevent break-ins, while others help guide people to the door and keep the area safely lit. For buildings that are open at night, adding bright architectural lights can helps direct customers your way. When you think about big cities, night lights can be everything to make a commercial building stand out and look alive.

Day Lights

Lights during the day might sound a little like overkill, but adding them under the building roof line helps people feel comfortable and know the business is open. Creating lights that can be used both at night and during the day is a great way to get the benefits of both on a tight budget. Getting help from a professional is the easiest way to ensure complete visibility, style, and curb appeal on a budget.

By Wendy Weinert

Designer spotlight: Diego Rincon helps clients’ tell their story with design

If a stranger were to walk into your home, what would that person learn about you based on your interior design? Every home should tell a story, and putting together that story is exactly what interior designer Diego Rincon loves to do best.

Designer spotlight: Diego Rincon helps clients’ tell their story with design

The designer was recently featured in Rue Magazine, where he shares what influenced him to enter the world of interior design. According to the article, Rincon was inspired to study architecture after admiring his grandparents’ house in Colombia, which his grandfather had designed himself. Clearly, a knack for creating beautiful spaces runs in the family, because after following his dreams, Rincon now owns his own company named Diego Alejandro Design, and has offices both in Manhattan and Miami.

Designer spotlight: Diego Rincon helps clients’ tell their story with design

Diego Alejandro: New York City Loft

Now a big-time designer, Rincon helps clients create homes that are comfortable, beautiful and intriguing. One of the most interesting aspects about Rincon’s work is his ability to turn a space into the story of a person’s life. A sofa or a lamp might just be pieces of furniture to you, but to Rincon, every piece of furniture has something to say, and can help turn a space into a reflection of who you are and where you’ve been. In the article, the designer talks about his favorite project, a two-story loft he put together for an advertising executive. While Rincon drew inspirations from his own life and places that he lived, he said that overall, “the space reflects the stories of my client’s life – where he’s been, what he’s done, and what he’s seen.”

Designer spotlight: Diego Rincon helps clients’ tell their story with design

Diego Alejandro: Meridian 5, Miami

Everyone has a story to tell, and using design to create a narrative is one of Rincon’s favorite things to do. In the article, Rincon stated “I love when someone asks me to design a space that’s personal and uniquely them.”

Designer spotlight: Diego Rincon helps clients’ tell their story with design

Diego Alejandro: Santa Marta, Columbia

You might not be able to hire a big-time designer like Diego Rincon, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create a space that is unique to you. Whenever you look at a new piece of artwork, or are trying to decide on a new sofa, look to see how you can tell your story through design.

By Wendy Weinert

4 easy tips for living large in small spaces

4 easy tips for living large in small spaces

Moving to a smaller home or apartment? If you’re starting to panic at the thought of downsizing, you should know that living in a small space doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy a stylish or organized home. Anyone can design a space to be comfortable and attractive, even those who are working with limited room. Here are just four simple ways to maximize the space you have so you can create a home that is both stylish and functional.

4 easy tips for living large in small spaces

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1. Look for dual-functional furniture

The fewer furniture pieces you have, the less cluttered a room will appear. Look for furniture that serves more than one purpose, such as a storage ottoman or a bed with built-in storage. Furnishing your home with fewer pieces will open up your space so you can actually move around and not feel so cramped.

4 easy tips for living large in small spaces

2. Find smarter storage solutions

Dual-functional furniture is one way to store smartly, but you can find other ways to store household items effectively as well. Utilize spare wall or door space and look for items that can be used as décor. For example, instead of cluttering a kitchen cupboard with spices, hang up a spice rack. It will save room and add visual appeal to your kitchen.

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3. Install wall-mounted light fixtures

No matter where you live or how small your space is, you’re going to need light. Instead of taking up space with a floor or table lamp, install wall-mounted light fixtures wherever you need task lighting. So if you like to read in bed before falling asleep, add a decorative, wall-mounted lamp next to your bed for light.

4 easy tips for living large in small spaces

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4. Decorate with mirrors

Mirrors are a great way to make a space appear larger, and the best part is you can just hang them up on the wall or the back of your door. To get more out of your mirror, hang it up next to the window so that it reflects more natural light.

While it might be an adjustment, living in a smaller space doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Try out these tactics and enjoy your tiny home!

By Wendy Weinert

Modern & Contemporary Product Design

Are you one of those people that can’t wait for new lighting designs to come out? Always curious about what designers are up to? Well you are in luck! Bellacor has partnered with a Spanish company that will provide you with products that will be sure to inspire.

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Iberlamp, derived from Iberia, which is home of modern-day Spain and Portugal, set the standard for premium lighting in Spain nearly 40 years ago. Since then, the lighting industry has changed dramatically, but one thing remains constant – Iberlamp’s penchant for sophistication, superior quality and unique design.

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With Iberlamp’s master craftsmanship combined their unparalleled expertise and advanced technologies, we get to experience the creation of the world’s most innovative and timeless lighting designs. What more could you ask for? Quality, design, and expertise!

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This brand offers limited distribution. In fact, there are only 8 online retailers who can offer this product. If you have distinguished taste, a flair for the unique, and enjoy great design, you may want to look further into this product.

By Wendy Weinert

Light your home like a pro with these 3 easy steps

Light your home like a pro with these 3 easy steps

Creating a lighting plan for a room is a lot different than simply replacing a light fixture or adding a new light source. When making a lighting plan, you are starting from scratch, which makes it that much more important to carefully consider the best way to get good lighting for your space. Make sure each room is properly lit by following these three steps.

Light your home like a pro with these 3 easy steps

1. Draw out a plan of your room

The setup of a room will largely influence where you will need the most light. Even if you don’t have the room furnished, map out where you intend to place furniture and accent décor. Then, pinpoint the areas where specific tasks will take place and pieces or architectural elements that you want to feature. This will not only give you an idea of where to place light fixtures, but also what type of light source is best suited for your needs. Be sure to take note of existing sockets in the room, which may influence where you can place lamps.

Light your home like a pro with these 3 easy steps

2. Consider connecting rooms/spaces

Even though every room requires a unique lighting plan, it’s important to factor the transition from room to room. You want to ease people into a space. A softly-lit room that connects to a bright hallway creates a harsh transition that neither you nor guests will appreciate.

 

Light your home like a pro with these 3 easy steps

3. Determine the style you hope to achieve

The light fixtures you choose should be functional, but that doesn’t mean they can’t also be stylish. A pendant light or sconce can have a huge impact on a room’s overall look, so consider what you want a fixture to do for your space and the style you hope to achieve. This will narrow down your list of options and make the shopping process easier.

Now that you know the style and type of light fixtures you need, you can finally start shopping! Give yourself plenty of time to browse different options so you can find the perfect light fixtures to match your room’s style and functional needs.

By Wendy Weinert

Mad about ‘Mad Men’s’ midcentury modern design: how to bring the look to your own home

Mad about 'Mad Men’s' midcentury modern design: how to bring the look to your own home

Dapper suits, cocktails and advertising – who’s ready for “Mad Men” to start up again?  The seventh and final season of AMC’s award-winning series, which starts on Sunday, April 13, will bring back everyone’s favorite characters, dramas and, of course, that incredible midcentury modern style.

Mad about 'Mad Men’s' midcentury modern design: how to bring the look to your own home

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As its name suggests, midcentury modern was first popular from the early 1950s to about 1970 and, when the look went out of style, only hardcore design enthusiasts remained appreciative fans. But that’s all changed now. Ever since “Mad Men” first started in 2007, viewers have been fawning over the show’s sophisticated set and, thankfully, characteristics of the midcentury modern style have now made their way back into people’s homes.

Interested in bringing a little of that “Mad Men” style into your own home? Here are some general rules to keep in mind.

Mad about 'Mad Men’s' midcentury modern design: how to bring the look to your own home

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Less is more

This style does not encourage over-accessorizing or ornate detailing. Look for furniture pieces that feature clean lines and simple forms and choose your accent décor carefully. While less is more in midcentury modern, don’t be fooled into thinking that the look is boring. This style is all about making an impact with fewer pieces.

Mad about 'Mad Men’s' midcentury modern design: how to bring the look to your own home

Make a statement with light fixtures

Like I said before, it’s important that you make every piece count and this style especially loves to make a statement with light fixtures. Look for pendants or chandeliers with clean, geometric lines that help dramatize your space and bring it to life.

Mad about 'Mad Men’s' midcentury modern design: how to bring the look to your own home

Contrast neutrals with bright colors

Natural, earthy hues are a staple in midcentury modern design, but it’s essential that the look is completed with a few strong colors in each room. Add pops of color to your space with bold wall art, throw pillows or curtains.

You don’t have to get your midcentury modern fix just by watching “Mad Men.” The best part about midcentury modern furniture is that you can pair pieces with other common styles to create a look that shows influences of the past, but still fits in with this decade.

By Wendy Weinert