Paint Finishes- What I Wish I Knew

It is hard enough to make decisions on paint color, but now we have to worry about what finish to choose as well! Before the house renovation most of the walls in our rooms and bathrooms were painted with a semigloss finish, which I was not a huge fan of. I though they made the walls look too shiny and I did not like the way they looked under artificial light. When I brought this up to my parents they would always explain that they chose semigloss because it is the most scratch resistant of the paint finishes and the easiest to clean.

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Solid Hardwood Flooring- What I Wish I Knew

hardwood-floorsFlooring can be one of the most prominent details in a home and can completely transform the feel of a space. Before the remodel we went with engineered bamboo flooring, so after the remodel we opted for trendy and beautiful dark stained solid hardwood floors. The process of installing and staining the solid hardwood took about a month from start to finish. To my surpriseĀ  (and disappointment) the solid hardwood has proven to be way more delicate than our previous engineered hardwood floors. We’ve only had the floors installed for a few months and they are already covered with light, visible scratches!

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Choosing the Right Lighting

A photo by James Bates. lighting may come as an afterthought to some it’s an essential part of every room that can add ambiance and completely change the tone of your space.

After the house renovation I was in charge of choosing the lighting for each room. At first this sounded like a simple and fun task, but after browsing hundreds of options I felt completely overwhelmed! The main retailers I chose to look at were Wayfair, Joss & Main, Pottery Barn, and a local lighting showroom. Continue reading