Nashville interior design firm, Howard Wiggins Interior Design explains why it is so import to renovate your kitchen.
Kitchen renovations in older homes are important to do for several reasons. A dated kitchen will reduce the value of your home. In many cases it will be a deal breaker when its time to sell your home, because today's homeowners want an updated move in ready home. Let's face it, kitchen renovations can be quite costly. In fact, an average size kitchen could set you back 30,000 or more depending on the size and the upgrades that you choose. With that said, a new kitchen can add equity to your home rather quickly, thus increasing your overall property value.read more »
Learn how an interior designer can create a beautifully decorated room by using items that a homeowner already owns.
Many Americans have been forced into some lifestyle changes this past year. Typically speaking, we are eating out less, we're taking fewer vacations, and we are watching more television. Basically, we are staying home more. Saving money has become a new way of life. Recycle, re-purpose, and reuse are becoming the new buzz words to live by. As homeowners, we still want a beautiful home, we're just realizing that we'll have to achieve that without spending a lot of money.read more »
Original art evokes emotion. Learn why you should vary your art when decorating your home.
I consider myself to be an artist, even though I do not work in the same medium that most artists do. A typical painter uses oil or acrylic paints, canvases, brushes, knifes, and assorted other tools. I too use oil or acrylic paints, but I also use fabrics, rugs, carpeting, furniture, and other assorted items. True, original art should evokes emotion, and it should vary from piece to piece. In a like manner, your home's emotional response should vary from room to room, and the art that you hang on your walls should help bring out that response.read more »
Learn how to stretch your decorating budget from a professional interior designer.
Everyone deserves a beautiful home and money really doesn't have a lot to do with it. It's what you do with the money that you have to spend that truly matters. Meet our client's Captain Joe and Linda Vigil. When we first met this adventurous pair they had just recently returned home to Tennessee from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Boating had always been a huge part of their lives. In fact, while living in south Florida Joe earned his captains license and they purchase a motor yacht to live on. Which meant they had to sell all of their furniture.read more »
Antiques blend wonderfully with traditional and contemporary design. Learn how to blend them into your home.
I love antiques. So shopping at antique shows, stores, and malls is how I like to spend my time off. You see I love collecting items that are not only beautiful, but items that also have a story to tell. Pieces that you don't stumble across very often. Finding something that is rare, unique, or unusual really warms my heart and soul. I honestly believe that antiques can add character, charm and interest to any home. They raise the quality level in a home and blend wonderfully in contemporary settings.read more »
See how today's walk-in-closet has changed the way we decorate Master bedroom's.
Let's face it, we American's have a lot of stuff and when you own a lot of stuff, you typically need more storage. Hence the addition of the walk-in-closet. Many of the new homes today have a walk-in- closet the size of a bedroom, complete with drawers, shelves, hanging space, and a chair or bench. This kind of storage has changed the way we decorate master bedrooms today. Gone are the days of owning dressers, armoires, and chests. We simply do not need that form of storage today. Basically, less is more when it comes to furnishing the master bedroom.read more »
Interior designer's can help you find your own personal decorating style, even if your not sure what that style is.
Last month I participated in a free design seminar hosted by Accentuate Your Home in Franklin TN. After the seminar I had an eye opening conversation with one of the attendees. This person was fun, full of life, and I could tell that she had a lot of style herself. Basically, we were talking about design trends and what was going on in the home decor market today. Then she asked me how I decorated my own home. I replied that my home was a combination of English and French decor with an eclectic twist. You could have blown me over with a feather with her next reply.read more »
Planning is the key in decorating your outdoor living spaces.
Problem solving can be a wonderful thing. I like to remind my clients having a problem is really an opportunity to do something special. Meet my client's Jack and Jeannie Patterson. The Patterson's purchased their home about eight years ago in a quite, close knit neighborhood that ended beside their property line. They were told the the land beside them and behind them would one day be developed. Lo and behold, seven years later, the development began. What was once a quite and secluded neighborhood became a busy short cut for the surrounding neighborhoods.read more »
Learn how to find your individual decorating style and where to look for inspiration when decorating your home.
Why is it that everyone wants the same thing? What ever happened to individuality? Is it because our life styles are so busy and we just don't take the time to think these things through? Your home is your castle and it should reflect your individual style. Two things happen when your home looks like everyone else's: 1. You will get tired of it quickly because you see it everywhere you go. 2. It will also date your home.read more »
Nashville's top interior designer's teach you how to pick the perfect paint color when decorating your home.
It's always a treat to work with clients that are not afraid of color. Living with color can do so many wonderful things. Color can pick you up when your singing the blues. It can speed you up or slow you down. Some colors are warm and inviting while others are cold and depressing. The right colors will make you feel good about yourself and your surroundings, and they will help make your furniture and accessories look their very best. Color affects your emotions and how you perceive the world around you.read more »