Q: I just bought my first apartment and I have limited budget for furniture. Is there any advice you can give me on selecting furniture pieces with lasting value? A: Congrats on your new place! In my experience, many first time home buyers are eager to leave their own design mark when furnishing their first home. After years of living with white walls of a rental, they want to express themselves with color. There is a catch, though: that wildly patterned sofa might get old pretty quickly. If you crave color and pattern, you can go for interesting pillows, accessories and artwork, but keep your upholstery neutral and you will not get tired of it.
Q: We are remodeling our side entry, which also serves as laundry room and storage. What is the easiest upgrade to make a utility space feel more “finished”? A: The easiest upgrade for a busy, high-traffic utility space is wall paneling. You can get inexpensive pre-made panels at home improvement stores and online. Make sure to bring the wall paneling to at least 36” above the floor and finish it with a coat of glossy paint for hassle-free upkeep.
Q: I love the look of grass cloth wallpaper. I see it in all the magazines these days and I’m considering installing it in my new powder room. Is it a good idea? A: We LOVE grass cloth and we think it will look amazing in your powder room. We especially like the juxtaposition of the organic feel and texture of grass cloth against the smooth and shiny surfaces of bath fixtures. And, unlike in full bathrooms, steam is not an issue in powder rooms so go ahead and get your grass cloth fix!