Monthly Archives: September 2012

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Choosing An Interior Designer

Choosing an interior designer can be a difficult process.  In order to help you navigate the landscape we have come up with a list of questions to ask yourself which will lead you in the right direction:

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1. Do I really need a designer?

Think about the scope of your project.  Do you want to redo a whole room or even an entire house?  Or are you looking for guidance on what the next piece you need is or what color scheme you should pick?  If you’re just looking for a little bit of guidance it is very possible that you can get it for free.  Many furniture and home furnishings stores will do home visits or in-store consultations for free.  Interior designers can be expensive and sometimes will not take on very small projects.

 

2. What do I like?

When meeting a designer it is good to have some idea in mind of what you like.  While it will be the job of the designer to ultimately come up with a plan, it is helpful if you can at least provide some pictures of things you like.  The internet has become the number one resource for interior design research.  Reading blogs and following designers on Pinterest are both great ways to find pictures of things and ideas that you didn’t even know existed!  Magazines, such as House Beautiful and Architechtural Digest are other places where you might find inspiration.  If you have a good idea of things you generally like it will save you a lot of time in the long-run.

 

3. How much is this going to cost?

There are various payment structures used in the interior design world and it is important to find a designer who uses the one that best suits you.

  • Hourly Charges – Many designers charge by the hour.  If you are looking for general guidance or are not planning on purchasing anything soon this may be your best bet.
  • Furniture Mark up – Some designers do not charge by the hour but instead put a mark up on each piece of furniture you buy.  If this is the case, be sure to find out what that mark up is before you agree to work with them.
  • Flat fee – The third type of payment structure is a flat fee for design services.  Many times furniture stores will have designers on staff who will fulfill all your design needs for a flat fee under the pretense that you buy the furniture through them.  This is generally a good way to go as you usually get the most bang for your buck.

 

4. What is my timeline?

It is important to have expectations regarding a completion date.  Are you more concerned with the absolute perfect room or do you need to get something installed fast?  In the furniture industry today it can take up to 6 months before anything arrives.  Do you need something sooner?  Ask your potential designer how long it will take to get a room complete.  Do they anticipate buying things from a store or company that has a lot of stock or will you be waiting for something to be shipped by boat from Vietnam?  There are still stores that keep high levels of stock and maybe this is the place for you to go to for help.

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The Kellogg Collection offers assistance at any level.  For smaller projects when you don’t feel the need for a designer, our sales associates are more than happy to help.  And for those times when its all just a little too overwhelming we also offer full Design Services. Schedule a free in-store consultation with our sales associates today or call our stores for more information on the design services that are off.

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Choose the Right Lamp for Any Room

Time for the Lamps

 

You have chosen the paint and rug, you have placed the upholstery and found the perfect end tables – you are almost done.  But don’t forget one of the key ingredients of any room – lighting.  Between your windows and overhead lighting or chandeliers you may feel like you have enough light in a room but every room needs lamps.  Why?  While overhead lights may be great for cooking and cleaning, table lamps offer task lighting for activities like reading and add considerable warmth to every room.

 

What style lamp do I need and should they match l?  How tall should my lamp be?  What kind of shade should I buy?

 

Reflect the décor of the room

Living room lamps might be more formal, made of porcelain, glass or an old vase.

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Family room lamps are more casual.  They may be made of pottery, wood, metal or glass.  Because this room gets more use the lamps should match the furniture – which is likely to be larger, more comfortable and sturdier than living room furniture.

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Like other rooms, your bedroom lamps should follow the design style of that particular room.

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Typically lamps in a dining room are placed on a sideboard.  Tall thinner lamps with smaller shades work best on sideboards.  If you have artwork or a mirror over your sideboard you don’t want to interfere with the sight line of those.  And, you want to leave plenty of room in the middle for Thanksgiving turkey and all the trimmings.

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 Lamp Size

The correct height of a table lamp depends on the room, the size of the table and the use of the light. You have to balance the size of a lamp with the furnishings around it.

 

Most living rooms can handle a lamp that’s 26 to 34 inches tall. “But you don’t want to be looking up into the hardware,” says Jamie Young, a Los Angeles lighting designer.  The correct height of the table lamp is typically determined by the seating piece and the height of the table beside it. The table lamp should be tall enough for the bottom of the lampshade to come to the eye level of the person seated beside it. This will provide the best light without glare from the bulb.

 

Bedside lamps should be in proportion to the bedside table and typically 19 to 21 inches from the top of the mattress.  The same rule applies in the bedroom – you don’t want to look up into the bulb.

 

On the sideboard in your dining room you can probably manage anything up to 34″ to 36″ inches.

 

Five Tips for Buying a Lamp

  1. Buy a lamp that matches the tone of your room.
  2. The lampshade should be at eye level when you are seated.
  3. Try to keep all lamps in the same room about the same height.
  4. If you love a lamp and it is too tall – put it on a smaller table.  If the lamp is too short – add a few books under the lamp.
  5. You don’t have to match lamps on either side of a sofa – just make sure they are similar in height.

Lampshades

There are so many lampshade shapes and sizes out there that if you need to replace an old shade or find one for a new lamp be sure to bring your lamp with you on the search.

 

Lamp shades are made in a variety of materials too – silk, parchment, linen, synthetic materials, today almost anything goes.

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Five Tips For Buying a Lampshade

  1. The width of the shade should be at least as wide as the widest part of the lamp and can be up to 2x the width.
  2. The shade should be 40% to 60% of the height of your lamp.  For example a 30″ lamp might have a 13″ shade.
  3. If you buy a lamp without a shade, it typically comes with a harp, measure the harp and add an inch or so for the minimum height for your shade.
  4. Be sure to leave 2 to 3 inches of space between your bulb and the shade.
  5. Match your shade to the mood of the base.