The Finishing Touches

The Finishing Touches

  Window treatments are often the final thought for many homeowners, but it’s a thought that shouldn’t be forgotten. Window treatments do more than just give you privacy, they protect your furniture and carpet from harsh UV rays that will fade your upholstery and carpet and degrade your finest possessions. They can help lower your energy bills, did you know 40% or more of a home’s heating and cooling escapes through the windows, Hunter Douglas window treatments are impressively energy efficient. Window treatments help transform harsh sunlight into beautiful illuminations and create a comfortable space. With a lifetime guarantee, Hunter Douglas offers a variety of styles and features that will only add beauty and character to your home.   Need some inspiration? Take a look at the photos below and we, at Designworks, can help you get the look you want. Give us a call at 920-868-3042 to set up an appointment to work with one of our blind experts. ...
Design Trends of 2015

Design Trends of 2015

We had a great time hosting Design Camp at Designworks, the food was fabulous and so were our guests! Polly and Stephanie introduced the latest interior design trends and our Lee Industries rep, Laura, talked about the latest trends in furniture.  Below are some of the trends we discussed. Chalkboards! We have never seen so many things made out of chalkboards, everything from place mats, to wrapping paper. I think it’s safe to say this is one of the biggest trends this year. The use of multiple colors in the same hue, for example, royal and aqua. Pastel colors, especially pink, paired with a neutral color. Speaking of neutrals, grays are definitely the hottest neutrals. The mixing of metals – using gold and silver together. Inspirational signs Using a strong pop of color in a neutral room, such as yellow bar stools in an all white kitchen. Wallpaper is back! And in a big way. Wallpaper can transform a room with its style-defining powers and can be used in a range of ways. It adds texture to any room, creates a focal point, makes a statement, and can make a small room feel bigger and big room feel cozier. Gold, and  a lot of it! We have noticed a lot of gold accessories. Hopefully this will help you get some ideas flowing for your next project. Give us a call and we can help you with any of your interior design needs....
A Cozy Log Home

A Cozy Log Home

“Stephanie totally got me. She gave me exactly what I was looking for.” – R. Stevens We love when our clients invite us into their homes so we can see the finished product. This client was looking for new furniture for her living room. The sofa and chairs are made in the USA and are from Lee Industries, one of our favorite furniture companies. Enjoy the photos!      ...
Tips To Designing With Neutrals

Tips To Designing With Neutrals

Designing with neutrals doesn’t have to be dull, using a neutral backdrop in any room can actually allow you to experiment with other design elements. So here are a few tips to get you started.  Select a warm neutral shade as your inspiration. Bring in multiple patterns in neutral shades. The use of various prints will bring some personality to the space. Add texture – baskets, nubby fabrics, reclaimed wood, ect. Furniture, painted finishes and different woods in complimentary neutral shades.    ...
Rug Sizing Tips

Rug Sizing Tips

Tips for Decorating with Rugs What is the best size rug for the space? One of the most frequent questions we hear is, ‘What is the best size for my area rug?’ The answer really depends on your space. Here are a few tips to get you started. In the dining room, a rug should be large enough to allow space for chairs, even when pulled away from the table. Measure your table and add approximately two feet, or sit in one of your chairs yourself and measure the distance from the table.In the family room, select a size that covers at least the length and width of your furniture. A 5’x8′ or 6’x9′ rug is a good size to cluster furniture around for an intimate area. To expand the space, select a larger size that outlines the perimeter of the area. If you have a wood floor, try to have at least 18 to 24 inches of flooring around the perimeter of the room.   Still not sure? Use painter’s tape to tape the area to the size of the rug you are...
How To Pick the Right Table Size

How To Pick the Right Table Size

How To Pick the Best Table Size  Base your decision on the number of people you usually have at dinner and then add two more spaces. 24″ of width per person should be a comfortable amount to sit without bumping elbows. Allow 32″ between a table and a wall to allow easy access. Allow 38″ if people are also going to be walking back and forth behind the table. Square tables are best only if you have a larger room because you need more space in the corners to make it comfortable. Below are some popular table sizes. Table People Room Rectangular 36″ x 40″ 4 9′ x 12′ 36″ x 78″ 6-8 10′ x 13’6″ 36″ x 96″ 8-10 10’6″ x 15′ Round 42″ 4 10’6″ x 10’6″ 48″ 6 11’6″ x 11’6″ 60″ 8 13′ x 13′ A tablecloth should have a 6″-10″ drop. To select the right tablecloth, add approximately 12-20 inches to the actual length and width of your table. Allow 2-3″ for possible shrinkage. When in doubt, it is better to err on the larger side. If you cannot find round tablecloths, square work just as well on a round table....