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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Finally!.... COLOR IS BACK!
    Are you one of those people that loves color in your home? Do you feel like everyone has been living with some shade of "gray fog" , or is it the latest interpretation of a "sandy beach"? 

  Whichever palette you have found yourself camped in... you are now free ! Color is making a strong return. We are seeing all shades of blue, from deep inky navy, to the lightest shade of ethereal blue you can imagine. Perhaps a deep eggplant paired with a punch of amber. Or are you more of a Dijon yellow and juniper green type? 

  The point being, don't be afraid to add color to your space. Everyone's space needs impact. Perhaps it's the dark walls with the contrast of a crisp white trim. This can be very relaxing and inviting, not to mention how you can amp up the sophistication level. The punch of a deep orange sofa against a wall of deep navy with white trim sitting on a beautiful wood floor would be fantastic. Now you can scatter in the needed "sandy beach" tones, and you actually have a fairly neutral room, but with some much needed personality. 


How does your home make you feel? Do you want to feel alive and vibrant or calm and collected? How you add color, or the lack of color to your home will impact you more than you may realize. This is not only the color itself, but the intensity of the color, the tone of the color, and the finish of the paint sheen.

  If you are worried about being committed to color, remember to start small, perhaps an accent wall. Maybe the entire powder room gets a shot of color. The cost of a can of paint, and a little elbow grease could give your home a boost that you didn't realize it needed.

After all, its 2018! Make this a year of color and impact.
Interior Designer

Wednesday, December 20, 2017


By Ron Smith

  Good interior design should always incorporate original art. The types of art are found in many different forms to include; fine art in oil, acrylic or watercolor paintings, wall hangings of varying media woven materials, including photography, charcoal to pen and ink drawings. Additionally, sculpture is found in mixed media as well as hand blown glass in table top, wall and ceiling fixtures. With so many talented emerging artists, of all media, you can begin collecting a favorite at more affordable prices than a well known highly priced over exposed artist.

  The glass designer Chihuly has created a world wide reputation of free form art and functional hand blown glass. However, unless you have unlimited funds many local artists have outstanding designs of functional and decorative hand blown vases, bowls and sculpture at more affordable prices.

  Art is personal and should reflect the interests, character and vision of the beholder. I always suggest that, when and where the design budget allows, choose original art to suit a personal or family lifestyle. I encourage clients to take candid family photos of events and travels to personalize their home. Black and white or sepia blown up in large format and mounted under glass or plexiglass with framing and matt to add color. 

  Smaller photos can be grouped together on table tops or bookcases. Don't forget to frame those photos of your family pets! Wedding , anniversary, graduation photos and certificates are best displayed in more private areas.


  In hanging your original art, open space is a good thing. It allows you to create focal points defining the space and giving more importance and meaning to the pieces you enjoy. 

  When choosing your art selections I suggest my clients consider the color palette of the space it will hang in, should it be neutral and let the work be the focus or does the background need a WOW factor. Planning for the appropriate size and placement will show your investment in its best light where as purchasing on impulse especially when traveling can often be a costly mistake and not returnable.

  When a client of mine has "great" original fine art paintings we first need to determine where the work will be hung and build the room around it. We need to consider and plan the placement of furnishings, the textures of fabrics and materials and the appropriate color palette the compliment the art.

  Remember lighting plays an important part throughout the home and when planning the placement of art daylight and evening should be considered. Most often recessed lighting is not sufficient for important work (paintings or sculptures) in the evening. I suggest a tubular style picture light that will pivot to properly light the art and not wash the wall. Preferably it should be hard wired and controlled by a separate switch.

Myself as well as our talented staff are available to consult with any and all your design needs.


 Principle Designer


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Is it Time for a New Kitchen?

 Do you just want to refresh your kitchen with paint? Do you want a new countertop and backsplash? While paint and new countertops will serve to update a space quickly, it is a lot of money to spend if the current layout isn't working or if the cabinets are not the right style or no longer in good working condition. 
  Sometimes updating the sink and appliances will require a change in cabinets. Homeowners are opting for built-in or counter depth refrigerators - which require different cabinet openings than what people have with their current layout. Sink cabinets will also need to be changed to accommodate the current trend in farmhouse sinks.
sually appealing space.

There have been some amazing design inventions in the last few years. The creation of appliances, like drawer microwaves and convection steam ovens, are allowing us to change the kitchen layout to a much more usable and visually appealing space.

 It is best to start with a budget - what can you really spend on this project? Often times this will help to streamline the design process and will serve to create or eliminate options.

  What is and isn't working in your current kitchen? Perhaps you have seen pictures of kitchens that have inspired you - the style of cabinet or countertop, or maybe even the lighting and colors used in the composition. These inspirations are great to share with your designer!  

 Does your current layout work for you? The simplest remodel is where you pull out what is currently in place and replace the items, without changing the layout, with new appliances, cabinets, and countertops. Many do it yourself homeowners are opting to do a "pull and replace type" of remodel so they don't have to go through the engineering, drafting, and permitting process. While this does save some construction costs, it frequently doesn't solve any issues with what isn't working in the kitchen - and it is an investment.

  Maybe you have decided that your current layout isn't working for you. We at J. Hettinger Interiors are kitchen design experts and can help you envision a layout that you hadn't thought of before.
  Over the last few years, we have also seen an increasing trend in the open concept living space design. Frequently with older homes, this will require removing walls, and changing the layout of windows and doors. Experts need to be brought in before structural changes are made to determine such things as whether or not the wall is load bearing or if there is enough light per building codes if windows are changed. Some structural changes can have a large impact on the budget, whereas others are surprisingly affordable and will have a huge payoff to your enjoyment of the space and possibly for your wallet when it is time to sell the property.

  There are so many details in a kitchen remodel. From the layout to the hardware -you will need to decide on floorplan, cabinet style, cabinet color (and do you want to use two different colors?), wall color, countertop material, backsplash material, knobs, pulls, lighting, electrical outlet type, faucets, sinks, appliances, and the list goes on.

If you are perplexed about where to start with your remodel, 
we are here to help!

 J. Hettinger interiors can help you create 
the kitchen of your dreams. 
Michele Singer
 Interior Designer