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7 Different Ways Interior Designers Can Charge for Their Services

A popular mode of payment, the hourly rate method has been used over the years by many professionals such as architects, engineers, therapists, lawyers and accountants. It is well used by certified interior designers, too.

How does it work?

The way it works is that the interior designer is supposed to keep detailed records of daily work and the number of hours spent to execute such works.

At the end of each month, the client is billed as per the number of hours expended.

This mode of payment actually is payment for time spent, not necessarily a payment for talent and skills of a certified interior designer.

What are the drawbacks?

Clients are a bit wary of this billing method simply because there may be instances where the designer works slower than others. What happens if the interior designer is slow or fast, highly talented or just plain competent?


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How to Make Wood Paneling Look Modern Without Painting It: Five Ways

Is part of your home sporting those 70’s wood paneled walls? Before you paint the paneling, give these ideas a try first! Keep reading to find out how to make wood paneling look modern – without painting it! You might just be surprised at the outcome! 

Not to be Captain Obvious, but I am all for making your home look good, especially considering this is primarily a home decorating blog.

I am all for updating those laminate countertops, hiding those popcorn ceilings, ripping up the wall-to-wall carpeting and other things of that nature.

But sometimes, every once in a while, I prefer to keep those “old” design aesthetics and work with them, instead of against them.

I’m talking about My Jungle Room, folks.

How to Decorate Wood Paneling Without Painting

In the Jungle Room, or the den if you want to be so boring as to call it that, we kept the original wood paneling.


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Arranging furniture TWELVE different ways in the Same Room

Some ideas about arranging furniture

When it comes to arranging furniture in a room, most people will come up with one or two ideas about how they want the furniture placed. Sometimes with a little extra thought, and some imagination a person can come up with a few extra furniture arranging options for the space. This post was an exercise for me, and I came up with Twelve Different Ways of placing furniture in the same room. I used the information I presented in my Sept 7th post titled Arranging Living Room furniture, so sofas talk to chairs, like the pros do to make the different groupings in the spaces. I hope after looking at what I have come up with, it will inspire you when it comes to placing furniture in your own home. The Room that I have chosen has windows on both the far end walls (front

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Top 25 Ways to Arrange Furniture in Smaller Rooms

It would be wonderful to live in a large mansion, but most of us are resigned to living in homes with smaller living spaces. If you are staring at a small room and wondering how in the world you are going to make it comfortable and homey, there are a number of solutions for just about any space.

Small rooms are problematic for a number of reasons; the primary issue is that they tend to feel overcrowded and oppressive. This feeling can be magnified if the furniture is not positioned correctly. Your goal when decorating smaller rooms is to create an open and vibrant look to counter this “claustrophobic” impression. Fortunately, there are a number of time-tested tricks for achieving this goal.

Living Room

Arranging furniture to “open up” a small living room is tricky. The first step is to think about the intended use of the room. Will

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18 Ways to Turn Unused Space Into the Rooms You Need

More Space, Same Footprint

Adding over and under your home are both smart ways to increase living space, but there are other creative ways to eke out extra square footage without drastically changing the footprint of your home. Look up, down, and all around, and you may find you have more room for rooms than you think—in the attic, the basement, the garage, or even an underused outbuilding. This Old House has gathered its favorite basement and attic bonus rooms, as well as shed and garage conversions, three-season porches, and more, to help you get inspired to find that hidden space in your home.

From Attic to Suite Retreat

open layout master bedroom with skylight from a remodeled attic

William Enos

Sometimes in the search for more living space there’s no place to look but up. When Alan Koch bought this 1933 cottage in Portland, Oregon, he knew he’d be finishing the 600-square-foot attic sooner rather than later. And since

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21 Ways To Decorate A Small Living Room And Create Space

When decorating a living room that’s limited in size, trying to fit everything i can make it feel cramped and cluttered. Most living rooms have couches or chairs, a television and maybe even a small table or ottoman. Adding colored walls, photos, artwork, lamps, curtains and pillows can begin to make a room look and feel even smaller.

To help you put together the best layout, purchase the right kind of furniture and create the illusion of a bigger space, we put together a list of the best ways to decorate a small living room. Once you decide on a layout, color scheme and furniture, be sure to personalize your space with some custom pillows and unique artwork.

1. Opt For A Loveseat Couch

blue couch lamps.

Source: Hello Little Home

When living alone, with roommates or with your partner, a loveseat is more than enough to fit your needs. Combine a plush,

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5 ways to make your escape room website stand out

With more than 2,000 escape rooms in the U.S. alone, it is safe to say the concept is booming in popularity. Thanks to their immersive, entertaining and challenging game designs, escape rooms are a fun activity for the whole family — and as an escape room business owner, it can be fun and rewarding, too. It is a creative industry where the games are as endless as your imagination. However, with all of the different options available, how do you make sure your escape room website stands out among the rest?

We sat down with Teddy Cheek, the marketing and brand director at The Escape Game, one of America’s top-rated escape room concepts, to learn some tips and tricks.

Why is having an escape room website so important?

Escape rooms are very tactile experiences, where customers solve clues in-person to “break out” of the game. Many businesses might experience walk-in

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Grey living room ideas: gorgeous ways to use grey

On the hunt for some gorgeous grey living room ideas? Well, you are in the right place because grey just happens to be our fave colour to decorate our homes with, as well as everyone else’s it seems.

Whether you are a lover of cool-toned greys that work amazingly in minimal Scandi-style interiors or you are embracing the dark side with a deep charcoal grey to create an enveloping cosy living room, we’ve covered all the different shades and how to style them…

Looking for more living room ideas? Don’t miss our hub page. 

1. Layer up different grey tones

Modern rustic grey living room from John Lewis

Living room by John Lewis

(Image credit: John Lewis)

Use just one shade of grey and your room can feel flat and dull so it’s important to layer the shades, one on top of the other. Start with a base layer, a grey that really inspires you, and add different

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What Is a Flex Room? 17 Ways to Make a Bonus Room Work For You

Have you always dreamed of adding an office to your home? Or an extra bedroom to accommodate guests? What about a custom room dedicated to your hobbies? Enter the flex room!

What Is a Flex Room?

Whether you call it a flex room, a bonus room, an extra room, or a spare room, this multi-purpose room is defined as an area in a home that can be used for a variety of functions. Flex rooms can be anything from unused space above a garage to a small room on the first level of your home that a builder designated as “flex space” or “optional room.”

These rooms can increase the value of your home, and they give you the ability to change your home for different needs as they arise, such as a growing family or new hobbies.

What Can You Do with a Flex Room?

The possibilities are endless!

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8 Ways to Design Your Home Exterior

The exterior of a house is just as important as its interior. Amazing designs plus proper maintenance will keep your exterior designs the envy of your neighbors.

design of home exterior

Whether you want a house that stands out or one that blends in, it is essential to take into consideration how to design your home exterior. Designing can be complicated. There are a lot of colors, shapes, lines, and materials to choose from, the more options you have, the harder it becomes.

It can be confusing and exhausting at the same time deciding on what color you should paint your house or what material to use.

While designing a house can be both a pleasure and a headache, it is essential to have proper maintenance of your home exterior. For example, you can avail of pressure washing services to keep your windows clean and sparkly.

Now, have you ever wondered what makes a

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