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Drapes vs. Curtains

Arguably, no other design element sparks as much debate as window coverings. Particularly drapes versus curtains. The common ground with either choice is they offer a unique impact on your overall design.

Both curtains and drapes can speak directly to your traditional or modern design tastes. Manufacturers have done a great job in updating these age-old elements to represent ever-changing interior designs. Drapes and curtains provide artful decorative appeal while providing unmatched function in your home.

Properly hung, they can reshape a room adding height, balance, and airiness, and conversely, they can make a large space feel more intimate. Heavier fabrics offer insulation almost twice that of window blinds while improving acoustics and buffering noises.

Window hangings offer privacy and natural light control. If you are looking for versatility curtains and drapes are affordable, fashion-forward, easy to care for and maintain. They give you the opportunity to make bold statements or provide clean simple lines to any room.

Curtains and drapes can easily help you polish your décor. Both options can frame the perfect view or avert the eye from a less than the pristine outdoor scene. They are also a good choice to change out when you want to freshen up a room without doing an entire makeover.

The Benefits of Planning Ahead

Recently, one of our adored previous clients ordered a new sofa. She found exactly the one she wanted at a well-respected furniture store. She chose each piece of her sectional sofa to perfectly fit her space and taste. She was even able to take advantage of their Presidents Day sale. At the point of sale, she happily made her purchase…


Only to find out her sofa will arrive in July! She was crushed. On the bright side, she will be sitting pretty at the end of the Summer. We share this with you as a cautionary tale. The days of picking up customized furniture same day are now rare. For fully customized furniture the wait (while worth it) will be longer than expected.

That’s why the team at Design On A Dime encourages you to plan ahead. Planning ahead has so many benefits: budgeting is easier, stress is reduced, and more thoughtful choices can be made. If you are considering redecorating for the holidays, now is the best time to plan, we can help! You can take advantage of summer sales while giving yourself and our design team plenty of time to bring your vision to life. Also, our decades of experience work in your favor.

We know how to artfully fete the waters of supply-chain irregularities with unique solutions… Slipcovers, reupholstery, and supple fabric paints are all exciting options. 

We see a furniture update in your future. Let’s start now!

Bathrooms Sell Houses

We are certain you’ve heard the phrase: Bathrooms sell houses. 

It’s true that appealing, or conversely unappealing, bathrooms can greatly influence potential home buyers. However, we think the bigger question is how your bathroom influences you right now! It’s one thing to design your bathroom around the needs and tastes of a future resident of your home. It’s entirely different, and arguably more important, to design your bathrooms around your current needs. You will spend 1 1/2 to 2 years of your life bathing and grooming. Not to mention an additional 92 days doing the unmentionable. Your bathroom is most likely where your days begin and end. Instagram-ready bathrooms are certainly on-trend. After all, over a million bathroom selfies are posted each year. In short bathrooms matter!

Our philosophy has always been to design spaces you never want to leave. Spaces that are beautiful and useful. We have always taken great pride in the collaborative effort to inspire rooms that reflect your unique personality. Your bathroom offers unlimited opportunities to embellish, refine, and create. The best thing about bathrooms is little changes can go a long way. Of course, a complete demo and remodel are transformative. You choose your comfort level. We never lose sight that this is your project; we are here to facilitate and implement your vision.

We are your design partner. First, we talk through your goals. We candidly discuss your budget. Then, we establish a calendar and timeline. 

The most fun is selecting colors, paint, and finishes that bring you joy. We know how to take a theme and turn it into your own style. The name of the business says a lot about us. Projects with exacting budgets propel us to be our most creative and focused. Even on our big budget, and unlimited budget projects, we look through the same lens to ensure every design dollar is meaningfully spent.

Mel’s advice: How to pick out a sofa or a chair.

Bottoms up! Let’s pick a sofa or chair, shall we?

What prevents you from sinking down in a chair or a sofa? Not everyone agrees on what type of suspension is the highest quality and will last the longest, so let me help you get to the “bottom” of this issue. There are many different types of suspension systems manufacturers use, I favor Sinuous Springs or Eight-Way Hand Tied. My client’s budget decides which suspension I purchase.

Ok, so let’s talk about these common types of suspension.

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