Are you looking for a way to make your old dining room feel new again?  Making a few simple changes really can have big payoffs when it comes to updating your space.  Maybe you love your dining room furniture but the overall space seems dull, lacks definition and feels as if something is missing.  It is time for a change and you are ready; so, where do you begin?


Something as simple as adding a new pair of curtains and changing the paint color can breathe new life into a space you have grown bored with.  Adding or updating fabric in your space really is one of the easiest ways to make the old feel new again.  It is a small change that can have a large impact on the overall design and feel of a room.  Adding fabrics to your dining room allows you to bring new color and texture into your space.  A great place to start is by designing a pair of custom curtains that you love. The entire design of the room can be inspired by and centered around these curtains.  Having a starting point for your design concept always makes it easier to build out the rest of the design elements.

When designing new custom curtains for your dining room, there are many things to consider and a great place to start is by asking yourself what kind of mood are you trying to set?  Do you want your space to feel formal or informal, romantic or whimsical, contemporary or traditional?  Will the curtains be decorative or do they need to be functional as well?  What colors and patterns might look good in the space?  Once you’ve answered these questions and found the perfect custom curtains you can begin to “build” your new room design, choosing paint color and complementary accents.


In today’s modern contemporary interior design with open living spaces, one room can blend into the next, getting lost in the vastness and lacking personality.  By adding fabrics in the form of contemporary curtains, custom pillows, table runners, or upholstered chairs you give your dining room definition through texture, pattern, or a pop of color.  It really can help distinguish the space from other areas in an open floor plan.


Fabrics, especially in the form of custom curtains, can set the tone for your space and can help to soften a room giving it that finished look you have been waiting for. Taking the old and making it feel new again, turning your dining room into a space you actually enjoy and want to spend some time in.  The bottom line is to trust your instincts, have fun decorating your home, it is your space and it should be a reflection of you and your style.  Interior Designer, Dorothy Draper said, “I believe in doing the thing you feel is right; if it looks right, it is right.”


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Design elements and principles are the building blocks of all design disciplines.  They are what design decisions are based on.  In interior design, balance is one of the most important of these.  This design principle is often the difference between a room feeling pulled together or disheveled.

Balance is the distribution of visual weight.  When weight is spread evenly over an area, it appears balanced.  If all the furniture in a room was placed against one side of a room, it would appear very unbalanced.  Upon entering the room, you might feel unsettled by its unusual nature; balanced designs create a calming order to a space.

There are two types of balance, symmetrical and asymmetrical.  A symmetrical composition is like a mirror-image.  Since everything must strictly be identical in opposite placement, symmetry is sometimes called formal balance.


This photo shows a symmetrically balanced composition, created with the sofa, accent pillows, artwork, end tables, and lamps.  As you can see if you drew a line down the middle of the sofa, you would have a mirror image of identically placed items.

Asymmetrical balance is a composition with parts having similar visual weight without mirroring.  Asymmetry tends to be more interesting, dynamic, and casual, yielding the title of informal balance.

To create balance in your home, furniture should be well-distributed without rigid mirroring.  It is also extremely important to balance color and value throughout a space.  If you have dark colors on one side of a room and light on the other, the space will feel unpleasant.  Just as if you are using an accent color, be sure to carry it around the room so the eye will connect the color in an appealing, balanced way.


You can see in this photo how orange is used as an accent color and carried through the room in multiple locations to create asymmetrical balance.


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Looking for a unique pillow that will bring a sense of energy to your space?  Energia may be for you.

The Energia Style Custom Pillow delivers modern style with its large diagonal band.  18″ wide by 18″ high, fabric design on both sides, contemporary knife edge, hidden in-seam zipper, and faux down pillow insert for allergy-free luxury.


 This pillow is in the Energia Style with Pearl Fabric (A) and Ultramarine Fabric (B)



This pillow is in the Energia Style with Pearl Fabric (A) and Ultramarine Fabric (B)




This pillow is in the Energia Style with Sand Fabric (A) and Marble Fabric (B)

To see all the designer fabric combinations available for the Energia style pillow go to Order Fabric Samples at and order the samples that will look great in your space.



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Have you ever walked into a house and thought “I really like this house, it just feels good”?  Perhaps it is the secret work of Feng Shui in practice.  The concept of Feng Shui has been around for centuries and more recently has been used in Contemporary Interior Design. defines Feng Shui as “an ancient Chinese belief that the way your house is built or the way that you arrange objects affects your success, health, and happiness”.  Google defines Feng Shui as “(in Chinese thought) a system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy (qi), and whose favorable or unfavorable effects are taken into account when siting and designing buildings”.

Feng Shui in Chinese literally means wind and water and Chi means energy, the vital life force of the universe.  Feng Shui’s main goal is to shape your homes energy (chi) to add value to the quality of your life.  So, what are some of the basics of Feng Shui?  First and foremost, it is about balancing the Yin and Yang energy by balancing use of the five elements of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water and by using the Bagua map.


Yin and Yang in Chinese philosophy describes feminine and masculine energy.  Yin and Yang are two halves that are interconnected and interdependent even though they may appear to be opposites.  In Feng Shui it is the balance of these energies that is important.

The first of the five elements, wood, represents upward growth and strength and it represents new beginnings, family, wealth and gratitude; its colors are green and blue and its shape is rectangular. Fire symbolizes purification, regeneration, transformation and change; its colors are red and orange and its shape is triangular.  The Metal element is associated with letting go, accepting and clarity; its colors are white and grey and its shape is circular. Water, as a Feng Shui element, represents movement, flow and being connected to one’s inner truth; its colors are blue and black and its shape is represented by curves and wavy lines.  The last element, earth, represents nourishment, stability, support and caring patience; its colors are light brown and yellow and its shape is represented by the square.


Now that you know the elements, how do you use them?  The Bagua is a grid like map used in Feng Shui to help analyze the energy of your space.  It has nine different zones that represent different energies and the areas that those energies apply to in a home.  According to Cheryl Grace, “The Bagua map is the ancients’ powerful template correlating important aspects of your life with various parts of a space and identifying energetic patterns in each area. You can superimpose this template over a piece of land, your house or apartment, or your office or business location, as well as an individual room or even a surface such as a desk”.


By using the elements, their colors and shapes in the correlating areas of the Bagua map, you can start to balance the energy of your home, bringing more harmony to your daily life.  It may be easier than you think to bring these elements into your home, something as simple as custom pillows and custom curtains, could make a big difference.  As always, remember it’s your home and by following a few simple interior design tips, you can have fun creating a home that makes you feel great!

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This is one of the most common questions clients ask at the beginning of any project.  “What will it cost?” When it comes to Kitchens we always start by letting clients know the average cost from low to high.

For a Kitchen on the low end with just basic renovations, essentially replacing what’s there now in the same exact place with minimal construction and using lower end cabinets (particle board boxes and veneer doors), plastic laminate counters, 4” plastic laminate backsplash, vinyl flooring, basic appliances in white or black finish, you are usually at a starting point of $15,000.

The average Kitchen remodel costs $50,000.  For this price range you will be able to make some changes to the layout, go with decent quality cabinets, granite counters, tile backsplash, wood or tile floor, and basic stainless steel appliances.

white-and-blue-kitchenHigh end Kitchen remodels can cost over $100,000.  When we design high end Kitchens for clients we are specifying top of the line cabinets, such as Wood-Mode, Poggenpohl, Snaidero, or custom made cabinets.  Counters are often quartz.  Decorative tile backsplash is installed to the ceiling when possible.  Wood, porcelain, or stone floors are popular in this price range.  The appliances are high end residential or professional, such as Subzero, Wolf, or Viking.

contemporary-kitchenWhatever budget range you find yourself in, making smart decisions in layout and selection of material and finishes will make all the difference.  The Kitchen is the most expensive room in the house, be sure to protect your investment by consulting with a professional interior designer to insure you’re making wise choices.

To learn what you need to know about designing your Kitchen, get a complimentary copy of  “DESIGNING YOUR KITCHEN – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW” at our Interior Design Community at The Contemporary Curtain.


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