||Organizing:Too Many DVD's/CD's?
Do you have original, playable DVDs that you don't want to keep? You
can donate them to your local library or you can join groups like SwapaDVD.com.
Clear out the clutter and enjoy new
movies. Click on the link below to see what MSNBC, Today and Good
Housekeeping have to say about it...
||Dining Room Lighting Tips
Last month I wrote about how to plan lighting in a room. This month
let's take a look at the lighting needs of the dining room.
dining rooms have a central light or chandelier and for many homes that is
the only source of light other than daylight. There is a rule of thumb
about the optimum amount of light needed in a room. To see how your dining
room measures up, try the following calculation.
length times the width of the room (in feet). Then multiply that number by
1.5. This gives you the number of watts required to provide ambient
lighting for the room. For task lighting, which includes direct lighting
of a dining room table, multiply the square footage by 2.5 instead of 1.5
to find the wattage.
Flame tip bulbs, for example, range up to 60
watts. A typical 6 arm chandelier could provide 360 watts, enough for a
10' x 14' room.
The next considerations-the size of the fixture
and how high above the table it should be.
A chandelier should be
no wider than 12 inches less than the width of the table. The bottom of
the fixture should be no lower than 30 inches above the table for an 8
foot ceiling, raise it 3 inches for each additional foot of ceiling
height, always keeping into consideration the proportion of the piece and
how it relates to the table.
Adjusting the lighting balance is
important. Watch out for glare from clear bulbs. Shades on chandeliers can
counter this but may cut down the available light, depending on the type
As with other rooms, layers of light can add to the
ambience of the room. Up lighting behind plants and screens, recessed
lighting, sconces and cove lighting (as shown above) are all good options
for layering light in a dining room.
||Alexandria's Boutique District
Have you been "staycationing" this year because of the economy? We have
so many wonderful areas and sights to explore in our region such as
historic Old Town Alexandria. Its mix of charm with unique shopping and
top-rated restaurants is one of my favorites.
District features 19 unique shops showcasing antiques, collectibles,
one-of-a-kind and hard-to-find items. Your search for that perfect item to
complete your decor might just end at one of these interesting
Some boutiques have online shopping but why not treat
yourself to a stroll along quaint brick sidewalks and take in the
atmosphere this Fall? Maybe I'll see you there! For more information,
click on the link below.
||Custom Dog Crate Covers
Most pet crates are constructed to be functional, not attractive.
Stylish crates are available, but at a price.
Crate covers are an
affordable alternative. I have written about them in the past, but a new
company, CrateCoversand More.com, recently contacted me about their
product line. They offer tailored and gathered styles in many fabrics to
help coordinate with your room.
Their products also include beds
and accessories. For more information and to see their various styles,
click on the link below. From now until the end of October 2009, mention
The Redesigner's Notebook and you'll receive 10% off, not including sale
||A Guide to Area Rugs
Have you shopped for area rugs and felt bewildered by the terms and
phrases used on signs and labels- and by sales associates? Do you know a
little but would like to know more of the basics? Click below for a short
primer on area rugs courtesy of Horchow and while you are at it,
check out their designs for inspiration.
||Amazing Garage Door Covers
In July I wrote about organizing your garage and right after that a
friend sent me a link to a company specializing in garage door covers that
create the illusion of something other than your typical garage contents
as seen through an "open" door.
The picture shown is only one of
the transformations possible; perfect for those with a sense of humor and
a budget to support it. Other styles give the illusion of a huge and very
clean parking garage and various stored items like stacks of gold bars or
a personal jet. With the trend of turning garages into Man Caves, it would
seem more practical (as if practicality really would be an issue) to use
this as a decoration inside the garage. Or is that just the
redesigner in me?
Wonder how a neighborhood Architectural Review
Committees would react to one of these? See more by clicking below...
I love anything that makes hanging art work easier and this is
brilliant in its simplicity. Made for hanging canvas art, this one piece
hanger can make installation a breeze.
||Making Holiday Decorating Easier
Looking ahead to the holidays, what is the most difficult part of
holiday decorating? What do you like the least and why? What do you dread?
Do you find that you do some things out of a sense of obligation/because
you think it's expected rather than because you enjoy it?
preparing for the holidays has become a chore rather than a time to
celebrate and be creative then it's time to rethink your traditional way
of doing things and come up with a plan and decorations that fit the way
you live now.
me about the most difficult aspects or the problems that come up when
getting ready to decorate and/or entertain and I will try to address them
in the next two issues and in my Redesign Parties.
make this coming season the most enjoyable ever.
||Mini Decorating Seminars-Redesign Parties
Whether you are addicted to HGTV and decorating shows or you feel
decorating challenged, attending my mini decorating seminars, Redesign
Parties, will clue you into design secrets, tips and techniques that
will jumpstart your redesign projects. The fun and informative 2 hour
programs are offered in real homes like yours. You will learn through
demonstrations and hands-on opportunities how easily a room can be
transformed from OK to Oh, WOW! using traditional design
principles and innovative techniques.
How can you get "in the know"? Call or email me now for information
about attending or hosting a Redesign Party at 703-689-9886 , FaulknerRedesign@aol.com or firstname.lastname@example.org