Is Re-upholstering a Sofa or Chair Worth the Cost?

Your favorite old chair, or that sofa in your aunt’s basement – are they worth recovering? I’m asked this question often, since it seems there are many inexpensive options for upholstered furniture on the market. However, those bargains may not be what they seem – with upholstery, it’s what you don’t see that matters. Before [...]

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Tips for Decorating Resort Rental Property

Beachfront income properties have their own particular set of concerns when it comes to interior design.  Condo packages may meet budget goals, but often contain inferior quality pieces that don’t last.   Vacation renters inflict heavy use; they track in sand, walk on carpets dripping wet, sit on furniture in wet bathing suits, and set drinks [...]

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What Style Sofa is Best?

Furniture shopping can be a real challenge, especially when so many sofas and chairs look alike in showrooms- it's difficult to know what style of sofa is best for you.  Most shoppers tend to look at the color of the fabrics, rather than the style of sofa frame.  The frame, however, is very important.  The [...]

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Design Your Home for Organization

When a home is truly organized, it allows the homeowner to function smoothly and handle all the things on her plate each day. When everything has a place, the home is easy to keep clean and everyone in the family can help keep things running. Use interior design to incorporate the items you use often into furnishings that are part of daily life.

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Why Antiques?

INTERIOR DESIGNERS are fond of antiques; we often collect them ourselves, and are quick to recommend them to clients. Some of our clients love the idea. Mention antiques to some, however, and they cringe, recalling dusty, depressing, cluttered houses of days gone by. What is the reason for a designer's obsession with incorporating antiques into [...]

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Waiting Room Doctor's Office Myrtle Beach

Designing An Eco-Friendly Medical Office Waiting Room

When SC Pain and Spine Specialists decided to open a new location in Murrells Inlet, Dr. Jason Rosenberg asked me to help with a reception room layout and furniture that would be appropriate to a busy waiting room area. Since the office is shared with Dr. Brian Kinmartin and Professional Rehabilitation Services, the waiting area [...]

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The Tree of Life Fabric Story

The various colors typically displayed in tree of life patterns allow for flexibility in color directions, as well as layering of colors and pattern types. This pattern is appropriate for traditional, transitional and modern design styles. It's wonderful for creating Chinoiserie, Rococo, and English Cottage designed rooms.

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Outdoor Designer Challenge!

Please help us win a local outdoor design contest by voting for Layla Altman on Facebook. Go to Greg Sisson Real Estate FB page, like his page and then post that you vote for Layla's outdoor design! Voting ends this Sat, May 5th at noon. See our design presentation at www.gregsisson.blogspot.com.   We appreciate your [...]

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Sofa and Chair Shopping – The Quality Is Under The Cover

When you shop for upholstered furniture, what are you really getting? If we listen to manufacturers and sales clerks, all of the sofas are wonderful and they’ll last forever. So many of us have had the experience of buying a new sofa only to be disappointed a few years later by flattened cushions, sagging springs [...]

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Easy Ways to Go Green in your Living Room!

Why Go Green in your home? The reasons for building an eco-friendly house, manufacturing an organic sofa, wearing an organic cotton shirt and even using products like Burt’s Bees for taking care of your skin are basically the same as utilizing green methods in your home.  Using green products creates a healthier space for you, [...]

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High Point Market Report Fall 2011

High Point Furniture Market this fall was the most positive in energy and attitude that we’ve seen in a few seasons; the slight uptick we had in the economy this year gave vendors the confidence to plan for growth. Of course there were the usual parties, lectures and events, including a concert by the B52's!  [...]

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High Point Furniture Market: April 2011

High Point Market this spring, while much smaller than previous years, had plenty to offer.  With showroom space more available, many new vendors are entering the marketplace at High Point, and we saw a large selection of antique and few-of-a-kind artist-produced pieces, as well as the usual manufactured lines.  There was a lot of focus [...]

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Furniture Shopping – The Elusive “Perfect Chair”

We ladies have all had that dreaded conversation at one time or another. We try to avoid it, but it keeps rearing its ugly, overstuffed head. The Recliner. Imagine an English style club chair with mahogany feet and casters, or an Art Deco recliner in bomber-brown leather - in other words, a recliner that will be a decorative feature in the room, instead of an eyesore.

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Give Your Home a Summer Decorating Makeover

Summer is here, and with it a whirlwind of fun outdoor activities, but that doesn't mean your decor has to suffer. With guests arriving, you may feel your interior could use a little brightening up. Here are some budget-friendly tips to help: Paint an accent wall a bright color - current colors are deep turquoise, [...]

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What is Hollywood Regency Design?

Some of the accessories are very theatrical - such as extra-tall white plaster floor lamps with palm fronds, or mirrored dressing tables and fainting couches covered in satin or velvet. Lacquered and mirrored surfaces sparkled. While it is not apparent in the old black and white movies, the interiors were often brightly colored.

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How To Make A House Into A Home

Really great rooms move way beyond the three fabric combination of retail. Mix in several other fabrics, varying pattern scale and texture, adding fringe to pillows. This is another area where design help can make all the difference. Look at the really fabulous rooms in national magazines and count how many different fabrics populate the sofas, chairs, ottomans, pillows and curtains in a beautifully finished room.

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