The most obvious and traditional place for a chandelier is the dining room. With the wide selection of styles, sizes and finishes available, chandeliers can be complimentary to almost any room in the home. But take care about how many chandeliers you feature in your home. Over-sized, miss-matched or awkwardly placed fixtures can easily overshadow the desired look and feel of your home. Above an island, a chandelier makes a good alternative to pendant lights and gives a nice bold statement. However, you’d have to have pretty high ceilings in the kitchen to accommodate this look. Private areas of the home such as a bedroom or a bathroom allow a good opportunity to introduce some glamour and sparkle by way of a chandelier. Petite chandeliers are great for areas like a powder room, kid’s room, hallway or even a closet. They add a great punch of personality to these often overlooked rooms. No matter the room or décor, there is sure to be a chandelier that will work.
The Wiese Company and staff volunteered their time and leveraged their vendor network this summer in order to help the Wellesley A Better Chance (ABC) program get a newly renovated kitchen that was in big need of an update. The mission of the ABC program is to provide academically talented and promising young women of color from underserved communities a better chance through enrollment at Wellesley High School and participation in a residential program. Wellesley ABC is committed to fostering the achievement of each student’s academic, personal and community-oriented goals through year-round support.
“Our involvement was a no brainer having the ability to pull help from our The Wiese Company Team construction company and our showroom Sherborn Kitchen and Bath vendors and partners,” said Ray Wiese. As a result, the project’s cost was about half of actual market value. “Making me even more proud was the donation of time by our own staff on a Saturday, even by my 2 youngest children,” said Wiese.
Many have the image of a bright 70’s floral pattern ingrained in their head but, oh how the styles have changed. Once thought of as old and outdated, the use of wallpaper is making a big comeback. Ranging from bold to serene, wallpaper manufacturers are sure to have an option that would suit any design style. If you like the idea of wallpaper but are hesitant to use it on large scale, quite often powder rooms provide a great arena for prints that deliver that “wow factor”. A subtle approach to dipping your foot in this resurging trend would be to try a solid color yet textured wall covering. A recent powder room project incorporated a very popular geometric pattern by Kravet. Interior Designer Debra Classen of William Conrad & Company Interiors said, “the power room was quite small with a tiny window. Adding decorative panel molding and painting it a warm white, helped to open the space and add interest. The tiny casement window would not allow for the use of enough fabric in a window treatment to add pattern, so wallpaper was the obvious choice.” Whether big and bold patterns or small and delicate, wallpaper is a great way to add depth, variety and a touch of whimsy to a room without a huge investment. Let us know how we can help you incorporate wallpaper into your next project!
You may already have done some phasing with projects… like the room you painted and purchased furniture for or the bath remodel. Phasing has many benefits from managing the disruption to your family and lifestyle, to capturing economies of work and location. When it comes to larger projects, a bit more research can guarantee an improved synergy and help avoid any loss of economies. The most common reasons for phasing include: Less disruption to the household, zoning or other municipal restrictions, and budgeting.
Recently we completed a project that started with phase 1 in 2009. The Owner wanted to expand and renovate the kitchen as well as add on a garage space with a proper mudroom. The plan included an unfinished second story that would work as a full master suite when the time was right. At the time of the planning, Wellesley had adopted some additional restrictions on building size which would have put a moratorium on the master suite so the Owners turned their attention to other areas of the home.
In early 2011, we renovated the existing master bath with the understanding that the room would be used by their daughter in the near future, so the selections of materials and design took this into consideration. Last winter we began designing the conversion of one of the bedrooms into a new laundry, closet and bath- the old laundry location was in the future dressing room- this renovation was done just prior to the master suite, which allowed there to be no disruption in laundry- something every family can appreciate.
With the master suite finishing the first week of September, 2012- the Owner and I were chatting about the phased journey, and that I wanted to write about this project and the reasons to phase things. In his words “We really had all those reasons in mind for the way we wanted to do this. Initially the town wouldn’t let us go further with the second floor build out … and we didn’t want to push the budget either so we could make the master everything we always wanted. This also made sense given the age of the children at the time of the first phase when the new master would be a bit further down the hall from them. In the end, the phased process made all the remodeling more enjoyable and allowed us to focus on each space. It was especially nice that Matt [the production manager] built the outside temporary stair so the last master suite project was virtually dust free and did not intrude on our day to day life.”
What do subway, glass and large formats have in common? They are the latest trends in tile that have made their way into almost every bathroom we have recently designed.
- The classic look and reasonable price point typically make subway tile a contenderfor many bathroom remodels.
- Classic tiles accented with a glass border or focal point can easily be adapted to fit a variety of design styles.
- Large format tiles are great for achieving a clean, sleek look with minimal grout lines. The variety of colors, sizes, and textures available is sure to appeal to all.
Whatever the trend, our design team is always ready to deliver the look and functionality that’s ideally suited to our client’s needs. Stop by our showroom to learn more.