Q: I’m renovating my small kitchen so I need to focus on storage but I would like to incorporate a breakfast table for informal meals as well. Do you have any tips? A: When planning your renovation see if you can carve out a breakfast nook in a corner. To help with lost storage, opt for built-in corner banquette instead of using chairs. A banquette takes less space than chairs, and, if designed well, can offer storage for less frequently used items. Make sure to opt for drawers in the banquette (instead of light up top).
Q: I spotted great dining chairs online. How do I make sure the chairs will fit my dining table? A: Pay the most attention to chair seat height, and arm rests, especially if your table has a very thick top or an apron.
Q: I’m struggling with finding the best kind of table for my dining room, which is small and almost exactly square. Can you help? A: The best table shape for a square dining room is a round one. The most space efficient tables are the pedestal ones as there are no legs to get in the way of chairs.
Q: I’m designing my formal living room and I would like to make it look traditional but not too stuffy. Do you have any recommendations for window treatments that are not too “grandma” like? A: Window coverings can be traditional and formal without being too stuffy. Jabots, swags and ornate valances might make a room feel heavy but a simple French pleat silk drapery layered over woven woods shades will give you a formal, tailored look that is also light and simple.