Got a question or design challenge you need individual help with?

Send me your question and I’ll give you a customized answer to help you solve your problem. You can view the different pricing plans below. When you ask your design question, help me help you by giving me as much information or pictures of the room that you think let me see it well. Some things to think about:

  • Size: dimensions of room and/or furniture.
  • Insides: existing furniture, rugs, window treatments, etc.
  • Purpose: how you use the room (i.e. watch TV, read, study, eat, etc.)
  • Architecture: in the room (i.e. fireplace, doors, windows, large walls, etc.)
  • Views: pictures of room at different angles (include furniture if needed) helps me out.
  • Colors: in fabrics, furniture, walls, rugs, etc. (Describe color as in an object if not sure of shade)
  • Constants: any items that must stay or that you choose to remove or change
  • Lighting: how much light do you have in the room…(example “3 windows but covered porch shades two windows”, “Bright light in mornings” etc.)
  • And… any other information that you think may help with the answer. The more info, the better your answer!

 

Quick Interior Design Help – $19

Your answer will give you a basic design plan, or plans, if possible, for arranging your furniture and suggestions for future purchases and its placement.

See below for an example of this category.

Detailed Interior Design Help – $49

This answer provides more detailed instructions, recommendations and suggestions for your room, as well as guides to help you make the best purchases for this room in the future.

See below for an example of this category.

 

How long will it take?

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Example question and answer:

Question:
Help! I just moved into a new condo and can’t figure out how to place my den furniture in my great room. The room is 16 ft x 16 ft. There is a corner fireplace and 3 standard windows on one wall and the only other wall is blank. The rest of the area is open to the kitchen and eating area.

I have a light brown sofa, a small, dark brown leather recliner, a large TV stand with TV. I also have a small rectangular table I thought I could use as an end table.

I like reds, oranges, golds. I know I need to purchase a few things but would like to use the furniture I have, if possible. I also need to paint the walls. Can you make some suggestions?

$19.00 Example Answer:

I see two options that would work for your existing furniture.

Option 1) Place your sofa facing the blank wall so it creates a division, or wall, between your kitchen/eating area and den. It would be placed perpendicular to the wall of windows but closer to the windows than the kitchen. Put the small table at the end of the sofa to serve as an end table. Which end of the sofa will be determined by the size of your sofa. You will need to test each end to see which looks best. Between the sofa and kitchen, place the small recliner, on an angle facing the fireplace, with its back to the kitchen/eating area. This gives it space to recline, and serves as a division of the rooms. The TV and its stand would be on the blank wall. You now have good seating for TV viewing.  I recommend a coffee table for drinks, magazines, etc. and think a round table would be good to help with traffic flow and soften the hard angles in the room. A future purchase could be a chair to sit in front of the windows with a small table beside it.

Option 2)  Place your sofa on an angle facing the fireplace. Keep the angle the same so the two items (sofa and fireplace) are parallel. Place your recliner in the corner next to the windows. Put the previously recommended round coffee table in front of the sofa and a small end table beside the recliner.
Either way, I suggest painting your walls a light, soft brown for warmth. Your room and furnishings are all brown so toss several pillows on the sofa and recliner in shades of reds, oranges, golds for color and pop. Hang some artwork in the same colors as the pillows.

$49.00 Example Answer:

I see two options that would work for your existing furniture.

Option 1) Place your sofa facing the blank wall so it creates a division, or wall, between your eating area and den. It would be placed perpendicular to the wall of windows but closer to the windows than the kitchen. Make sure you have at least 36″ clearance between the sofa and the dining table for traffic flow and chairs to be pulled out to eat.

Put your small table beside the sofa’s end closest to the kitchen to serve as an end table.  Beside the table place the small recliner, with its back to the kitchen/eating area, but angled toward the fireplace. This gives it space to recline. The TV and its stand would be on the blank wall. You now have a good seating arrangement for viewing TV, watching out the window or reading by the fire. I recommend a coffee table for drinks, magazines, etc. and think a round shape would be good to help with traffic flow and soften the angles of the room. A future purchase to consider would be a chair to sit in front of the windows to provide additional seating and balance in the room.  I recommend a fabric color, perhaps a solid orange or red, or go for a bold pattern in reds, oranges and golds. Place a small table beside it with a small lamp, perhaps a picture frame or small plant to complete this area.

Add task and ambiance lighting in the room with a tall floor lamp in the corner of the room at the end of the sofa and a table lamp on the small end table. Hang a large piece of artwork over the mantle on the fireplace. Your furnishings are on the large scale and you have limited places to hang or put things so what you use needs to be very large to have impact.  The room and furnishings are all brown so toss several pillows on the sofa and recliner in shades of reds, oranges and golds for color and pop. Sage green also looks good with this color palette.  I recommend a large pattern for most of the pillows. Perhaps a geometric or large floral pattern. The other pillows can be solid but look for a heavy texture fabric in a color. You have enough brown. Accessories in reds, oranges or golds on the table will give the room more color. Don’t forget to add plants! They add color and life to a room!

Option 2) Place your sofa on an angle facing the fireplace. Keep the angle the same so the two items (sofa and fireplace) are parallel. Place your recliner in the corner next to the windows. Put the recommended round coffee table in front of the sofa and a small end table beside the recliner closest to the windows.

If an electrical outlet is available and the cord will not be a problem, place a floor lamp beside the sofa end closest to the recliner, and a small table holding a table lamp beside the recliner should give sufficient reading light.

With either option, I suggest painting your walls a light, soft brown for warmth. Try (Benjamin Moore “Monroe Bisque” HC-26).  Since the room and all the furniture are all brown, toss several pillows in shades of red, orange and gold for color and impact on the sofa; two 22″ square matching pillows in a pattern and one pillow that is solid. Throw a lumbar pillow (narrow rectangle for the small of the back)  in the recliner.

Place a few accessories on your coffee table, such as a fat candle on a stocky stand,  a  plant in a pretty container, and a colorful bowl filled with M&Ms or nuts. Place a stack of 2 to 3  large coffee table books in topics that are important to you (hobby, music, travel, etc.) on the table. These are great conversation starters and reveal some of your personality. The bowl or plant can even sit on top of the stack. You now have created an area of interest that is warm and inviting.

Hang a large piece of art in the same colors as the pillows, over the mantle on the fireplace. Your fireplace has now become the focal point!

A  floor plant near your hearth and beside the TV stand should complete the room. Your room is now looking warm and inviting!