Posts tagged ‘decorating’

August 15, 2012

Should you really hire a designer when building a home?

by rebecca elisabeth design
The better question is, can you afford not to hire a designer? Designers work daily with vendors, contractors, architects and anyone else that works on a home.  Project by project this extensive knowledge is developed and grows, and allows designers to add value to the design/build process by looking at it from the end perspective. Remember, designers are the closest to the actual home owner, in that designers work with the finished shell in the furnishing stage of home building.  Because of this, designers know the possible pitfalls and wrong turns that could come your way as the home is being built.

A few examples of some pitfalls, I’ve personally experienced in San Diego:
  • no place for window treatments to minimize glare from western exposure
  • door swings heading in the wrong direction
  • small closets in a large home
  • doors without screens and no windows in the room
  • lack of privacy in baths from neighbors or passerby
Designers will help and guide you through the process by:
  1. managing the decision making process to minimize stress,
  2. conveying decisions to the builder,
  3. overseeing the building process,
  4. looking out for your best interests and guiding you through this stressful time to ensure you get your dream home.

Consider this, creating lists and organize your project will likely take you 10 times longer than an experienced designer. Finding fixtures, fittings, appliances, furnishings, etc will take you 3-4 times as long as a designer who does this regularly. One of the problems is this, you only know of a few places to look for the things you need to specify, different showrooms show different things. You probably only know 3-5 brands.  You only have access to retail sourcing and, and, and.  If you do this yourself, you will be giving up your weekends and week nights, searching 1/4 of what is out there, likely get frustrated and loose sleep in the process. A designer can help mitigate these stresses. So, you need to ask yourself, what is peace of mind worth to you?

If you are on a tight budget you can still work with a designer but may have to work with them in a less convention way, to get the best results for your project. Consider paying a designer to review plans, walk framing, create space plans, suggest brands, schedule meetings to ask for advice, and make choices for your project from the selections you have found.  Please note that fees, for consultation only, are typically more expensive than hiring a designer to design your whole house, expect 1.25 – 2.5x the hourly fee, but trust me, this is well worth getting an expert opinion, especially on something that isn’t easily undone.

Please feel free to contact me  Rebecca, of to talk about your project.

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November 1, 2011

Add interest to your living room by decorating your coffee table.

by rebecca elisabeth design
coffee table


When it comes to designing/decorating coffee tables many people struggle. You strive to make them functional and unique to your decor. Here at we offer you this advice to create a beautiful coffee table following these simple tips:

  • coordinate your objects with the rest of the decor in your room
  • use an odd number of items, 1, 3 or 5 is good
  • if you use one item make sure it is large enough and has impact to stand on its own
  • make sure the scale of the objects don’t overpower the coffee table and still allow it to function as a coffee table
  • to keep your eye moving from one object to the next create a grouping of similar objects with different heights
  • including greenery as one of the objects brings a living element into the space and adds interest
  • put a short object on books to elevate it
  • use an easel to display a small piece of art or a favorite dish
  • candles create drama and atmosphere in a room
  • look at your vignette and make sure it looks nice from all angles
Consider changing your coffee table decor (and possibly sofa pillows) with the seasons to give your home a different look at a very low-cost.
October 18, 2011

Great Bath Consoles

by rebecca elisabeth design

Minimal in their approach, luxurious in form and style, wall mounted bath consoles can add unusual appeal to small or large baths.  Check out these cool consoles:

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October 4, 2011

Lighting: How do you know what to use?

by rebecca elisabeth design
Dining room china cabinet

example of accent lighting

Lighting is a fundamental element of any room, whether it is your kitchen, your bathroom or your family room there are 3 tiers of lighting that we at REDinterior believe should be layered to create proper lighting for the space.

  1. General lighting: most common is recessed or can lighting. This layer of light lets us see all the elements of a room.  Make this lighting dimmable if possible to allow you to add mood to a room. Low light makes things cozy and romantic.
  2. Task lighting: most commonly floor lamps in a living room or under cabinet lighting in a kitchen. This layer is fairly self-explanatory as its function is to provide light suitable for the task at hand like reading or cutting vegetables.
  3. Accent lighting: this lighting adds drama or style to a room by highlighting a certain element of a room. Lighting a picture, or fireplace are examples of using accent lighting. A dining room chandelier can be both accent because of the style as well as general lighting.

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August 23, 2011

Great imports to help you accessorize your home

by rebecca elisabeth design

Accessories are what pull a room together. Matchy matchy isn’t so creative so consider pulling elements that share a color or material to create something more unique.  These are great accessories that would work in almost any home and are a great starting point for accessorizing any room.

Wall Hanging


RED interior can help you accessorize, contact us if you need help.

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March 22, 2011

Spring Cleaning STEP 1: clean out and organize your linen closet

by rebecca elisabeth design

Image by George Eastman House via Flickr

In our 8 step quest to spring cleaning/organizing we start with the linen closet. Used regularly by everyone it tends to get disorganized quickly but with a little bit of organization, paring down and labeling, yours can stay tidy. Follow the steps below to get yours in order.

  1. Remove all your linens and sort as you go putting like items together making sure to fold everything identically, blankets, towels, sheets, pillow cases….  Be sure to remove items that are not in great shape, eg: fitted sheets with stretched out elastic, towels with pulls etc.
  2. Consider limiting yourself to 3 sets of sheets per bed and 3 sets of towels per person in your household.  Make rags or donate the things you are ready to part with.
  3. With a mild soapy water, damp wash the closet and shelving. If you add a little vinegar to the water it will help remove any odors that might be in the closet.
  4. Look at your sorted piles from step 1 and adjust shelving to accommodate your pile heights.  Try to create short stacks so that you can keep things neat, tall stacks tend to get unruly.  You may want to consider rolling towels in a spa like fashion, it’s up to you. If you like stacks, like me, metal shelf dividers that you can get from the Container Store fit most shelving and help keep things from co-mingling.
  5. If you use shelf liner now is the time to replace anything that doesn’t look great.
  6. To put things back, consider what you use most and place those items from waste to eye level for ease of use. Put the things you use the least up high and down low.
  7. Small linen closet that is a catch all and over stuffed? Consider placing bed linens in storage bins under the bed they belong to.
  8. If you have others doing laundry, you should consider labeling where things go to help keep your closet orderly.  Add in cedar products or herbal sachets using naturally available ingredients like cloves, peppermint, thyme, and rosemary to keep moths out. And voila you are done.

Next week we will tackle the medicine closet. Keep up with us weekly to make this process easy on yourself. Let us know how your doing on our Facebook page.

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