Sunday, May 30, 2010

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.

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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

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Designer - Kelly Hoppen

Project – Hyde Park, London

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

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Need help? Contact Marie Flanigan Interiors.


Monday, May 24, 2010

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.

Some lighting we love!


More quetions?
Check out these great tips on lighting from Hinkley Lighting : Hinkley Lighting

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Countertop Surfaces

Choosing a counterop 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 I thought I would offer you a bit of insight:

Butcher Block: Hardwood material

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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

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.
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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

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Quick Tip: Spend $ Where the Water Is!

Thinking about remodeling to sell? One classic tip is to spend money “where the water is” to get the most return on investment….Think kitchens and bathrooms!

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Quick Tip: Mark Underground Utilities!

When tackling large renovations or home additions, be sure to contact your local utility locator service to come to your site and mark the location of all underground utilities.

This will prevent your contractor from accidentally damaging any existing services and might save you a lot of money in repair bills.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Interior Design for the Mother-To-Be!


Preparing to bring your bundle of joy home is 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. Choosing 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:

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. Placing 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. Visual stimulation – 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. There are many resources online for nursery decorating tips, room inspiration, and amazing products. Here are a few of our favorites:

Happy Mother's Day!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Area Rug Resources

If you're on the hunt for the perfect area rug, here are some great online sources.

One of our favorite places to shop for unique carpeting and area rugs is Stark. You can see a sample of their work below.

Depending on your budget, there are many retail outlets that offer beautiful rugs at affordable prices (Ballard Designs, Restoration Hardware, and Pottery Barn). If you are looking for a natural fiber rug (meaning sisal, sea grass, bamboo or jute) check out Natural Area Rugs.

Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Updated Antiques in the Modern Home

Giving old furniture a facelift can be fun and easy. You don’t always need to buy new pieces to give your home a fresh look. Transforming older furnishings through upholstery or simple refinishing can be a creative and inexpensive way to revitalize the look of your home or office.

Antiques typically boast beautiful structure and are extremely well-crafted. Finding a piece of furniture with "good bones" is key as you work to update its general character.

Love the use of vintage, eclectic seating.
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Some other fun ideas:

Heincker Design

Transformed into a VERY unique piece!
Heincker Design
An outdated dresser is brought back to life for a nursery!
via Positively Splendid

Consider painting or staining antique furnishings in a more exciting palette.

via Decorella Knox Blog

These are just a few examples and we would love to see any projects you have completed. Send them to us at

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,