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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


Tuesday, June 6, 2017


 This is the time of the year when we start planning to spend more time outside. Expanding your living space to the outdoors with the right setup will make sure you are prepared for hosting summer gatherings soon. 

 Picture yourself stepping outside your home and looking onto a beautiful new patio living space. Imagine food cooking away on the grill, a well designed seating area that provides comfort and function for your family and guests, and inviting colors that enhance the beauty of your back yard  


 Here are some great ideas to help you get the most out of your outdoor space, and turn your backyard into an extension of your home. 


Think about decks, patios and porches which need to be a reflection of your homes personality.


 Outdoor furniture can make all the difference in the patio space. Do you want your outdoor space to function with its own kitchen, living and dining space? 
Is relaxing next to the fire pit with comfortable cozy chairs desirable to you? 
Do you also want a small quite place to sit outdoors? 
What about making sure you have the correct type of seating for the space?
 At J. Hettinger Interiors we pride ourselves in having a variety of outdoor furniture companies to choose from that can meet all design categories and price points. When shopping for outdoor furniture, because of the abuse and wear and tear it takes, do think about purchasing higher quality furniture.  Weather can be quite abusive and can make less expensive patio furniture look weathered and more worn quickly. 
 Durable Sunbrella fabrics are a good choice because of their five year warranty with the ease of simple cleaning, and there are hundreds of patterns and colors to choose form, so there is something for every taste and style.
 Also, I would suggest to always purchase correctly fitted furniture covers when the furniture isn't in use.
 Poorly arranged furniture can hinder conversation so the right furniture plan is essential. Think of it as being no different than the interior of your home. Is it an over-sized area that you have to furnish? Why not use modular pieces that can give you plenty of seating and offer you many furniture plans.
Have some fun and add interesting furniture, whimsical accessories and lighting that gives the space character. 

 Wicker with plush cushions are always a great choice and are readily available in so many different finishes. Why not add a metal antique -inspired daybed with matching chairs for a romantic courtyard feel. 

  Accessorize using pots,vases, and candelabras that can add 
height to tables.  Area rugs are also becoming a common accessory to the patio. 

 Optimize your outdoor living space by using overhangs, gazebos pergolas or fabric canopies that can give you shade from the hot sun and create privacy. Canopies these days can be retractable and cantilevered if needed. Flowing draperies on rods can add a touch of privacy.  
  Don't forget about using some color in the yard. Let the outdoor furniture and décor compliment the colors in your garden. Even if the main fabric on the furniture pieces is neutral, try to use a colorful array of pillows. Some of the hot outdoor colors right now are turquoise, coral, fuchsia and yellow. 
 If you are keeping a neutral palette, and like a more contemporary space, think of using matching hues that blend with the main upholstery fabric. Patterns like stripes and geometric,  along with texture,  give the furniture pieces interest.

J. Hettinger Interiors can create that perfect custom outdoor furniture plan for you.

 Principle Designer

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

THE ART OF LIGHTING By: Stephanie Yeraka

 In design, lighting is so important that it can make or break a project. Knowing the basics can save you from lighting disasters and pitfalls. With these fun and simple ideas your favorite room will go from so-so to extravagant!

Task lighting 

 Recessed can lights or track lighting can add good overall lighting for a room or light the room with a soft emphasis on the perimeter. Most of the time the light bulbs need to be LED or Fluorescent to meet certain lighting requirements, such as in kitchens or baths. Using warm white LED light bulbs will give off a soft color that will brighten the room. These light bulbs are dimmable and can set the mood for different uses. When considering redoing lighting in a room, always consult a designer that is familiar with lighting design. Floor and table lamps also provide adequate lighting for working, reading, or playing games. 

Spot lighting 

 Directional cans are used to illuminate artwork and draw attention to an important architectural detail. The can should be centered on the piece of art or between two pieces to properly light the desired area. Another form of spot lighting is up lighting, which is can be built in to the floor or movable and can be used to call attention to a tree or sculpture and bring nice light to a somewhat dark corner. In cabinet and under cabinet lighting add another dimension to the interior of the cabinets and counter top. 

Ambient lighting

Natural light from windows and skylights offer a great source of light during  the day. This light washes the room with no real direction. Harness  this light with top-down-bottom-up shades that let light into the room from the top or bottom of the window when it is needed. Without natural lighting a room needs  one main light that can illuminate the room enough for everyday tasks. This light can be on a dimmer switch to control the amount of light it gives off and set the mood for different occasions. A chandelier is a great way to bring sophistication and elegance into a space while lighting it enough for dining or entertaining. 

 There are many options for the style of lighting that will best fit the look you are after. A rustic Napa feel will require metals and woods in chandeliers and sconces. A more traditional look will lead you in the direction of Antique Brass or Polished Nickel with crystals or without for a more updated traditional look. The options are endless but finding the perfect light for your space will make all the difference.

 Make sure to speak with a designer to get the most out of your lighting options and find the best combination for your home! 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Does Your Home Reflect Your Personality? By: Scott Powers

 When you walk into your home does it reflect your personality? What does your home say about you, and what do you want it to say?  "Here I am with my beige walls, the required linen sofa from the big store, that every city seems to have. The big flat-screen over the fireplace." And don't forget the alphabet soup letters that seem to dot so many walls today. 

 Now there isn't anything wrong with any of these items, but do they reflect who you are, or is it just like every other house on the block?

 What about your love of travel? Perhaps you have photo's that you have taken that could be printed, or artwork that you enjoy. Now here is the start of showing your personality, it's telling a story of who you are; what you have experienced, where you have been.

 Now throw in the mask that you found at the flea market in Brazil, or the water color that you bought on the street corner in Paris. Where is that menu from the first dinner date you went on with your spouse? Now you are starting to see your personality in your home. 

 As an example, one of the favorite spaces I ever designed involved apple green kitchen cabinets. Now this doesn't mean that the entire kitchen had green cabinets, but there was an approximate 12' run of green cabinets in this particular kitchen. The remainder of the cabinetry was a rather quiet, dark walnut stain. The space was tempered with beautiful wood floors, and quartz countertops that resemble marble. This particular client loved color, so the backsplash was made up of various hand painted colors on custom tiles that reflected the client's love of color and personality. The space is peppered with collected art that means something to the home owner. Their personality in all its largeness, is upfront and evident when you walk into their home. It reflects a love for family, fun, and living for today.

Let your home reveal a little bit about who you are, and how you have become the person that you are today. 
Are you the lively and colorful type, or the cool, calm, neutral type? 

Your home can speak volumes about you !

Monday, February 27, 2017


 There is a state in Tango when everything flows flawlessly - each motion balanced and synchronized. To achieve this state of connection, the complicated footwork must be executed smoothly and mindfully.
 This flawless performance is achieved only after countless hours of practice, gaining experience. The dancers are willing to dedicate themselves and are in sink with each other. 

Great design requires a similar dedication! 

 The dancer performs, the artist paints, the designer creates an environment. Each has their art form and all strive for a "flawless performance". They live for the applause..... "the roar of the crowd"; however, we want our clients to be our biggest fans! 

 As interior designers, our palette is not the stage or ballroom floor, it is the structure itself; the client's home is our stage, our canvas. A flawless execution is only achieved if you the client, the "audience", is pleased with the performance; the creation of a beautiful space. 

 A truly unique design is a collaboration of all elements; architecture, lighting, furniture layout, color, pattern, and the finishing touch....accessorizing. The designer is a choreographer, and their job is to arrange all the elements of design in a cohesive, functional and aesthetically pleasing manner. Every step forward is critical and taken mindfully; creating total unity.

 As the choreographer, the designer must orchestrate every step and each persons roll in the project is critical in achieving a flawless performance. The "performance" begins with the construction process and only ends when the last accessory has been placed. 

 As an interior designer it is my responsibility to challenge myself, as well as my client; to seek out the best. The experienced designer has a vision and knows, for example, when a wall needs a piece of art and when it should be blank, creating open space.

 I dedicate myself; I owe it to my clients, as well as to myself. I challenge myself; focusing on my client's needs, expectations, and trust. I respect my client and their project will be a success if there is a connection; a collaboration between us. This collaboration needs to be executed smoothly and mindfully.....synchronized, like a well-executed Tango. 

Every Step Counts!