What Does Walking And Interior Design Have To Do With Your Home Renovation Or Remodeling Project?



One Step At A Time

What does walking and Interior Design have to do with Your Home Renovation or Remodeling Project? 

So now you're wondering what does the photo of a person wearing sneakers have to do with interior design or with you
 
Valid point. But as usual, I have a story to tell you that explains it all!
 
The person in the photo at left is of me on my daily walk. I walk to keep fit, to distress, and to listen to podcasts about Internet marketing and fitness. But what I'm really doing is the "process of keeping fit and the process of keeping knowledgeable".
 
All the worrying, thinking about or discussing how I want to get back into shape is useless, unless I commit to the "process" of getting into shape.  My process to get into shape for the season, is to walk every day for thirty to forty-five minutes at a fast pace. (Push-ups, sit-ups are sporadic but on my list too).
 
But yet here is the connection to interior design -  The connection is that when you work with an interior designer you have the commitment that they will do every thing they can to keep your project on track after the design phase. Designers use the " process" of  project administration - that's a trade term. Project administration is a fancy word for moving things along.
 
Do you have any worries about what to do next in your renovation project? If you have questions similar to the one's listed below, you are in good company. And just like the photo of my feet in motion, you can get your project in motion -  if you use the concept of seeing it as a "process" rather than as a dilemma.
 
 
 Questions or thoughts that you might have or worries that keep you up at night might be:
 
  • I'm not sure what to do next
  • Afraid I'll make the wrong choices
  • Everyone wants to put their 2 cents in
  • I'm not creative
  • Decorating scares me
  • We don't agree on how to decorate
  • I feel I need a professional opinion
 
 Maybe I missed a few worries! What is on your list today? 

For professional interior design for your home, office or commercial project call:

Mary Alice Smith of M. A. Smith, Ltd. - an interior designer serving New Jersey, Ocean and Monmouth County, the Jersey Shore and metropolitan New York areas.

To schedule an appointment call: 732 690-2030 or email me at masmith729@comcast.net.

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Maybe I Shouldn't Share This Story But...

Pillow courtesy of Thomas Baker

How To Keep Problems From Spiraling Out Of Control - The Easy Way

Round and round the discussion went. Should my client change the location of the chandelier in the Dining Room? Or, should she do without the chandelier and forget about the goal to have the chandelier centered over the table?

Would a smaller table help? Can you use two chandeliers instead of one? Obviously this was one of those problems where we needed to not be 'narrow minded' but instead, use one of my favorite concepts - narrow framing.

Narrow framing is a term I was reminded about as I read my newest favorite book, "Decisive" by Chip and Dan Heath.  In their book they talk about situations where you may look at a problem as a "Yes" or "No" scenario.

But the truth is as a designer, I often work on problems of this type. I actually enjoy situations like this because it challenges my love of "expanding opportunities". I take a step back from the problem then delve into alternate solutions, rather than limiting choices to 'this or that' decision making.

So, the answer to the problem was to move a large china cabinet to another room, so the table could be centered in the room where it looked best. Another plus was that the china cabinet enjoys a more focal point view in its new location than it ever had in the dining room.

For professional interior design for your home, office or commercial project call:
Mary Alice Smith of M. A. Smith, Ltd. - an interior designer serving New Jersey, including Ocean and Monmouth County, the Jersey Shore and metropolitan New York areas.
To schedule an appointment call: 732 690-2030 or email me at masmith729@comcast.net.
M. A. Smith, Ltd., Interior Design
Allied Member ASID


Change Your Dining Room from 'Blah' To Beautiful

Part III: The Do's and Don'ts of Fabrics for Dining Room Chairs

Besides the use of distressed finishes for wood furniture (so you don't have to cringe every time someone scratches the table top), one of the best ways to keep your dining room looking good longer is finding the right fabric for your Dining Room chairs. But, what's right for one person can be wrong for another. So the question is - where do you start when you want a new and lasting look for your Dining Room?

Here's my quick and easy 'cheat sheet' of suggestions for Dining Room chair fabric:

  • Look for fabrics that are easy to clean and maintain. If you have a boatload of kids or messy adults, consider using Sunbrella or other outdoor use fabrics. Kravet's Soleil fabrics offer not only durability but a great variety of patterns in scrumptious colors.
  • Consider the shape of the Dining Room chair cushion and the design of the chair back when choosing a fabric pattern. For instance, if the chair is simple in design, perhaps the fabric could have a bold pattern or lively and lovely fabric color as shown below.
  • Not sold on outdoor fabrics for your Dining Room? Go ahead and take a chance on that gorgeous fabric, but make sure it can keep it's good looks by adding Fibreseal protection.
Chair courtesy of Maine Cottage


In my own home, our Dining Room chairs have a Robert Allen fabric that is woven with a fabric protectorant. Even after years of use, a quick wipe with a damp sponge or a spray foam application of Scotchguard keeps the fabric looking as good as it gets!

For professional interior design for your home, office or commercial project call:
Mary Alice Smith of M. A. Smith, Ltd. - an interior designer serving New Jersey, including Ocean and Monmouth County, the Jersey Shore and metropolitan New York areas.
To schedule an appointment call: 732 690-2030 or email me at masmith729@comcast.net.