Sunday, May 30, 2010

Product We Love: Maya Romanoff Wall Coverings

Maya Romanoff is famous for their extraordinary surfacing materials.
From bedazzled graphic wallpaper to Mother of Pearl wall tiles, their award-winning products add sparkle and unique texture to any space.

Interested in bringing the Maya Romanoff look to your home but not sure how to make it work?
Contact Marie Flanigan Interiors

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Design Inspiration: Hyde Park, London

We're loving this today!
What do you think?

Designer - Kelly Hoppen
Project – Hyde Park, London

When beginning any project our team loves to pull inspiration from interior designers and projects found all over the world. This is a project from one of our favorites, Kelly Hoppen.

See more of her work at

Monday, May 24, 2010

Interior Design: Achieving Beautiful Home Lighting

The way you choose to light your home and the fixtures you select can make or break a renovation or interior design project.

The three basic types of lighting are general, task and accent lighting. By using the right combination of these 3, you can add function, drama, and beauty to any space.

Lighting we love:

Looking for the best place to purchase your next fixture?
Drop by one of our local favorites, Circa Lighting!

Looking for a custom piece?
Contact us and we will put you in touch with the industry's finest!
Lastly, check out these great tips on lighting from Hinkley Lighting : Hinkley Lighting

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Everything You Need to Know About Countertop Surfaces

Choosing a countertop surface can be a stressful process! You want a surface that is durable, hearty, and beautiful.

There are pros and cons for each surface and we thought you might appreciate some guidance:

Butcher Block: Hardwood Material

Pros: Easy to install and repair. All you have to do is sand and reseal.

Cons: Can burn, scratches and dents easily, needs to be treated regularly with mineral oil or wax or be sealed with a polyurethane sealer. Maintenance can be pricey.

Other wood countertop options: Joined Planks, Single Wide Stave.

Ceramic Tile:

Pros: Available in a large variety of colors and patterns. Will not stain or scratch easily. Simple installation and repair work.

Cons: Ceramic tile can break if something heavy is dropped on it. Grout (if not sealed with an acrylic sealer) can create dirt build-up and will stain. Price can vary. 

Granite: Natural Stone

via Evogranite
Pros: Very strong and durable. Will not scratch or nick easily. Once sealed it is very resistant to staining and cleans easily.

Honed vs. Polished granite: Polished granite is much more stain-resistant than honed granite.

Cons: Requires a strong base due to the weight of the product. Installation is usually customized and granite must be sealed periodically. Granite also usually comes at a higher price point.

*Hint – visit your local granite dealer and ask to see the “clearance slabs”. Often, less popular, less than perfect, or scrap pieces of granite slabs are discounted.

Other types of natural stone to consider: limestone, marble, soapstone, and slate.


Pros: Very inexpensive and easy to install. Every color and pattern available. Many laminates are made to look like their natural stone competitors and can be very convincing.

Cons: Scratches very easily and can burn / scorch. Seams are visible and may allow dirt build up to get under the surface. Some cleaning products may discolor the material.

*Metal Laminate: Laminate surfacing also provides a large variety of metal options.

Solid Surface:
Made of polyester or acrylic resins combined with mineral fillers.

Pros: Available in dozens of colors and designs. Scratches can be buffed out with an abrasive pad. Can be installed without seams.

Cons: Scratches easily. Heat may cause slight discoloration. Can be moderately expensive.


Cast-in-place, custom precast or a pre-manufactured gauged slab of concrete.

Pros: Many color options, edge styles and decorative elements are available.

Cons: May require a large degree of customization and labor. Color may be hard to get exact when concrete is stained.

Green Products:

Today many paper and glass products are being recycled to create new countertop surface solutions that are unique and beautiful. Visit these sites to learn more:

Ice Stone

Paper Stone

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Nursery Design for the Mother-To-Be!


Preparing to bring your bundle of joy home is such a fun and exciting time.
Here are 5 tips to help you create a space that is functional, warm, and perfectly suited to your new addition.

5 Tips for Decorating Your Baby’s Nursery:
 1. Choose the perfect color. Many moms-to-be select paint color based on their bedding of choice or the sex of the baby. When choosing your nursery palette, be sure to also remember that color can affect your baby’s mood. Read more about choosing your child’s room color at: Buzzle

2. Nursery furniture and décor don’t have to cost a fortune. A little imagination and multi-functional pieces can go a long way. Consider using a low dresser or chest of drawers as a changing table or extra shelving (not above the crib) for more storage. Storage is key – portable drawers and containers can be hidden in closets and below your crib’s dust ruffle for additional storage needs. Also consider how your child might use the space and furniture as they grow into toddlers.

3. Carefully select a place for the crib. Try to avoid placing your baby’s crib in front of a window where sun and street lights can disturb your baby’s sleep. Also, move the crib away from air conditioning or heating vents.

4. Stimulate the senses. Don’t be afraid to incorporate bold hues when choosing your décor. Infants see dark and light contrast best so adding vivid and playful elements will help to create a stimulating space your child loves. Hanging mobiles or fun ceiling elements over the crib or changing table can also add stimulation and help grab your baby’s attention while trying to change diapers!

5. Do your research. There are tons of resources online that offer nursery decorating tips, room inspiration, and some amazing baby products. Make sure to check all recall listings before you purchase. Here are a few of our favorite vendors for all things child: Serena & Lily, Land of Nod, Nest and Cot, and Restoration Hardware Baby.

Don't you just love this River Oaks nursery?
It's charming, playful, and completely posh.

Monday, May 3, 2010

The Modern Fireplace

Planika Fires have created a modern stylish solution to the smokeless fireplace. These products offer the perfect combination of decorative furniture, fire, and sustainable design. As the focal point to any space, these sophisticated modern elements are works of art…. and perfectly safe! Each design runs on a special ethanol based fuel (a renewable and green source of energy) and produces no smoke, smell or ashes to clean up! Their designs come in an array of options from coffee tables to wall mounted fixtures to portable fire jars and more.

For more information, check out their website:

Here are some other fun examples:

Stay Warm,