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Why and when to hire an interior designer, decorator

I recently came across a great article why it makes sense to hire an interior designer or decorator. As many larger cities, Knoxville has an abundance of furniture stores and design companies, however not all are created equal. All of us offer different services, fees, specializing in new construction and remodeling, custom window coverings and draperies, gifts and accessories, lighting, rugs, etc.

Some of the most interesting facts are that you actually safe money when hiring an interior designer. It can help you avoid making costly mistakes that will not only help you safe money but can increase the value of your home. Especially when selling your home – interior design is essential when listing your home. It can help boost buyer appeal and set your home above the competition.

Another great point is that an interior designer or decorator  can give you a professional assessment of your situation, that will lead to a solid plan of action. Order of things in a design plan a ski in determining what can be repurposed or should be edited. This will not only affect the budget but help you to spend it more efficiently. An interior designer offers an extra set of eyes but these eyes are trained to see and noticed things that you may not.

 

Also  a designer can keep you on budget and save you time and effort.  In particular this will save you endless amounts of time researching products, brands and prices. I decided will have this readily on hand.  Also the designer will be able to build a stronger bridge between you and your architect or contractor early on and can head off design  misses in your overall plan-  again this is crucial in managing […]

Custom roman shades

 

Making functional Roman shades in our custom window treatment workroom  has gained  quite a bit in popularity over the last few years. Not only are they beautiful, but they also help with heating and air bills and usually require quite a bit less of fabric than full size panels. It is a different, more minimalistic look, but are a great solution for some windows, especially when combined with full size draperies in other areas of the house.  The three most common styles of Roman shades are either a flat Roman shade, a hobbled Roman shade, or a pleated Roman shade. They can also be light filtering or blackout (room darkening) which are very desirable for bedrooms, living rooms or movie rooms.

Of course another option would be to make your Roman shade motorized, or to accessorize it with a stainless steel chain versus a plastic continuous cord loop. The consideration usually is if your Roman shade is going to be an inside mount with in your window frame, or an outside mount. If it is an outside mount, then I recommend to create a valance on top of it in order to hide your Roman shade.  As you can see in the attached picture, the Roman shades are mounted inside the frame and do not require a decorative top treatment.

Fabric choice with Roman shades can be a little bit of a challenge.  You do you want to make sure that the fabric has a certain thickness which is appropriate to create folds, but not too thick where the cords on the back are not able to handle the weight of the fabric. Also heavy and bulky fabric will not be able to stack nicely when the shade […]

Google review from design client

Tina gave us a 5 star review on google. It is always great to hear from happy customers!

Tina S.

We have worked with Wolfgang to decorate two homes – one new and one older home. He transformed both homes beautifully. Our current home is now warm and inviting. I love the decor he chooses from furniture to light fixtures to rugs! He recently helped us with exterior paint colors which are perfect. He’s fun to work with and a very talented interior designer. I highly recommend Wolfgang for interior and exterior design.

(owner)
5 days ago
Tina,
You have great tast and enjoy beautiful yet functional designs. It has been fun helping you with your house in Mallard Bay and your new home and I love making your house even more beautiful. It’s great how we were able to incorporate existing furniture and decorations into your home and how we are adding new ones! Looking forward to seeing the new light fixtures up and starting on your dining room drapes and window treatments!

Living room design

 

Here is a living room design which we recently completed. The homeowners  old living room furniture was in a darker color scheme, more traditional patterns, as well as lots of brown wood tones.  The design goal was to update, brighten up the room, make it more transitional, non functional window coverings, and seating for approximately 6 people. We were able to reuse the old drapery hardware, we hired our friends from The Painted Room here in Knoxville, TN who always does an outstanding job for us. Not only were we able to get exactly the color scheme that we were looking for, but we were also able to save some money and put it towards new furniture. Our sofas and side chairs are from Taylor King ( we are a local dealer in Knoxville for Taylor King), the rug is from Surya and our new casegoods are from Universal Furniture.  We especially liked the lighter color scheme on our TV console and the matching coffee table. We also  fabricated pillows in our own custom workroom with the same fabric as the draperies, and a floor lamp from Visual Comfort was placed next to one of the accent chairs for additional lighting.

Window coverings and motorized drapes

I have been making custom window treatments, window coverings, custom bedding and draperies for about 20 years with my own company here in Knoxville.  I thought I have done it all, I thought I have seen it all, and  I always feel that there is no job too small or too big for us to handle in our workroom. Well, the job that we are currently working on might prove me wrong. The custom window treatments are  approximately 200 inches tall and on a motorized rod which is also around 200 inches in width. The draperies are pinch pleated with a decorative banding on the leading edge. We are fabricating 4 panels for a custom home and the necessary amount of widths to make this window treatment functional is 10 widths. Due to the amount of fabric (determined by the width and length) our draperies are quite heavy and we are getting quite the workout to complete these functional window coverings. The panels will be operated two ways. Either with a remote control or by wall switches which have been installed as well.

 

Flooring choices for interior spaces

When renovating or remodeling a home, deciding on the right flooring option is one of the main decisions.  Many times homeowner and interior designer are working with a floor layout which is very open, calling for the same flooring option to be used throughout most of the home. I have seen homes where tile was used in the kitchen and hardwood in the rest of the home, however to me this always has a feeling of “patchwork art” and does not create a flow  from one area to the next.

The most popular flooring options  our hardwoods, tile, laminate, carpet, vinyl, and cork. Hardwoods look very nice and have a great resale value for your home. They are  easy to clean and most of the time on the recliner vacuuming. One of the drawback is that it might need refinishing occasionally in  high traffic areas and standing water can also ruin hardwoods.

Tile can get costly due to installation, tile can crack and grout might stain. However it is very durable, easy to clean and will stand the test of time. It can also get heated in certain areas of the home like the kitchen or bathrooms.

Laminate  is not easily scratched, it can look like real wood or tile, and it is easy to clean. A disadvantage is that standing water will ruin laminate flooring and it can not get refinished like real wood.

Carpet cost depends greatly on the quality. It does give a soft look to a room, it is quiet to walk on it and prevents echoing throughout a home. It is quick and simple to install however it will get stained easily and it may contain hidden dirt.  It’s also not a good choice for […]

By |May 30th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Flooring trends for interior spaces

I am currently working on a couple of remodeling jobs and new construction homes and flooring choices are always big decisions to make for many obvious reasons. We desire them to be stylish, the right color  and a beautiful design, we want them to be durable and practical and most of the time we would like them to be as maintenance free as possible. Fortunately flooring designs and options have changed and improved a lot over the last decade  that the only problem might be, that there are too many options! But what a great problem to have for any interior designer or decorator ! Knoxville and surrounding areas have been blessed with great steady growth for new construction ( may it be in the downtown area with condos and apartments or out west in the Farragut area with new subdivisions), therefor it makes sense that we continue to see old flooring stores to revamp themselves with new innovated products as well as new flooring stores popping up. Historically flooring developed slowely. Natural materials were the only options with stone and wood planks leading the forefront which up to this date are still the most popular choices for our homes.

I will write about flooring choices and design options in the next few days.

By |May 27th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Outdoor accessories and accents

Now that spring/summer is here, it’s time to spruce up the outside and decorate our exterior living spaces. Below are pictures of some cool outdoor accessories we carry, some of which are functional and some are decorative only. Stainless steel finishes maintain the sheen and flawless look and I can attest to this since I’ve been decorating my outdoors with these products for years. The stainless steel torchieres come in 3 different sizes and they make a stunning statement. The latest addition to our outdoor design was a  57” diameter metal fire pit which not only screams drama, but also can be moved around as needed and in an instant change any exterior Design.

 

By |May 17th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Master bathroom remodel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today I am featuring a master bathroom remodeling project which was tackled before putting this stunning house on the market. I have been working with the home owners for over a decade, working on their kitchen design, foyer remodel, furniture and custom window treatments in various areas of the house, dining room and living room design, movie theater, wine cellar, gym and  kitchen design for the basement area…. etc. It is a beautiful, large home and I have more information for anybody who is interested in seeing this house to purchase it.

As you can see below in the before and after pictures, we decided to take out the columns and revamp the layout by not losing any storage, but by adding cabinets on top of the granite counter tops. Not only did it increase the storage space, but also opened up the floor plan and allowed for a different bath tub design. We added new lighting from Visual Comfort Lighting and decided on a gray/taupe color scheme for the walls from Benjamin Moore. The tile flooring is heated and a new silhouette from Hunter Douglas for privacy was installed.

 

 

 

By |March 17th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Showhouse to benefit Alzheimer’s foundation

We recently had our first meeting of Knoxville designers and Home owners for our 2018  Alzheimer’s Show House in Knoxville to benefit the  foundation and awareness of this devastating disease. The meeting was lead by our fabulous chairman/design coordinator Elizabeth Grant who has been working hard on this project for at least a year to make this happen.

We are all excited for so many reasons to be taking part in this wonderful opportunity and to be able to showcase our individual designs for each room.

The first show house is owned by builder Scott Davis and his wife Hope who are undertaking a complete custom remodeling job from top to bottom, including the exterior. They hired architect Steven Davis to draw up plans for this remodel and Diane and myself will be tackling the great room / living room for this event.

The property is right off Northshore close to Kensington subdivision,  has a small lake, horses, and  an amazing barn which will be used for various events in the upcoming months.

Our home owner Hope will be meeting with individual designers and share her ideas and thoughts for what she would like to accomplish with the room designs.  This will give us an opportunity to determine color scheme, design style, custom window treatments, furniture, rug, lighting, art and accessories. Besides the overall look, this will also give us an opportunity to learn about this family’s lifestyle, entertaining habits etc. in order to select the right furniture pieces, seating arrangements and so forth.

 

By |March 1st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments