We love a little sweet publicity here at Megan Blake Design. Today, popular interior design inspiration website Houzz.com took MBD under their wing and featured our dining room in their daily idea book “Off-Kilter Chandeliers Spot On Style”. This chandelier was placed slightly off-center to open up the room as it sheds light beautifully through the large wall mirror nearby. The space is also used as an impromptu office, so heads, papers and laptops are always if shift mode and this openness keeps crystal in the safe zone.
We love what we do here at Megan Blake Design. Everyday is a blessing to work with amazing clients who invite us into their homes and works space and in tandem, achieve beautiful, functional and lasting indoor and outdoor living spaces. Our portfolio on Houzz.com has attracted many readers and viewers in their web community and we hope we can continue to inspire homeowners looking for great ideas for their own living spaces.
Contact us at MBD for your indoor and outdoor design needs today! 202-688-1311 or email us at email@example.com.
Woohoo! Megan Blake Design was featured in the daily article on Houzz.com titled “How to Choose the Right Dining Table“. We are excited to be able to share our interior ideas and designs with readers and our website visitors! When clients need to seek out inspiration for new projects with our firm, we sometimes send them to Houzz.com (and other inspiration websites and webzines). This is a great starting point for pulling together a style file of favorite rooms and ideas. Thank you Houzz for using one of dining rooms for today’s post!
Base-coat your rug material if desired. After the base coat dries, use a straightedge to guide your stencil placement. Apply your design in a contrasting color with a stencil brush and stencil, cleaning the stencil before moving it to a new section. When the paint is dry, seal and protect the design with clear polyurethane.
Before painting walls, wash them with trisodium phosphate (TSP) and repair any cracks or holes. If your house was just built and your walls have not been painted before, it’s a good idea to apply a wallboard sealer before painting. For old drywall and plaster, a stain-blocking primer can help hide water stains or other marks.
To paint a wood floor, clean and sand the surface (filling any cracks with wood filler), then apply an oil-base sealer. You can use either oil-base or latex paint. Alkyd or modified epoxy latex porch and floor paint is a good choice for high-traffic areas. A polyurethane coating (a type of varnish) will help protect painted floors. You might want to use a water-base varnish because oil-base varnishes yellow over time.
Use a roller with a long handle to cover large floor areas, although a brush is fine for small areas. Remember to plan your escape route: Start in a corner and work toward your exit to avoid stepping on wet paint.
We all know that a red front door adds instant curb appeal, but what does a red front door symbolize?
A lot, actually. It’s hard to pin down a specific origin of the red front door, but after a little research,ShelterPop.com traced the tradition back to Biblical times. As history goes, Hebrew slaves were instructed to paint their doors red to protect their first-born from the angel of death. Many churches also painted their doors red, with the belief that once you passed through it you were protected from evil. And in early American times, if a family had a red front door, travelers passing through by horse and buggy would know that a home was a safe place to stop and stay. According to the principles of Feng Shui, a red door symbolizes “welcome.” Perhaps more importantly than its historical meaning, though, is the fact that, according to the principles of Feng Shui, a red door is supposed to create a welcoming energy in your home. And the most exciting meaning: In Scotland, a red door means “mortgage-free,” since homeowners used to paint their front doors to announce to the world that they’d paid off their home.
Excerpt borrowed from ShelterPop.com
As pet parents honor this week by assessing animal toxins in their homes, the ASPCA wants to remind us to take care when planning (or planting) their springtime gardens, too. Our furry friends can come in to alot of danger when accidentally ingesting or coming into contact with garden-related products, insecticides, weed killers and pet-toxic plants.So, let’s save our furry family members with some helpful and healthy tips from the ASPCA:
- When designing and planting your green space, keep in mind that many popular outdoor plants—including sago palm, rhododendron and azalea—are toxic to cats and dogs, and may cause liver failure or heart problems. These are blooming now so keep puppies and elderly pups at bay.
- When walking your dog, take care to keep Fido off the grass and away from toxic lawn and garden products. Cocoa mulch—a byproduct of chocolate—is especially problematic because it attracts dogs with its sweet smell and can cause them gastrointestinal distress or more serious neurological problems if consumed in large quantities.
Welcome to the professional blog of Megan Blake Design. In early 2009, I started a design blog, DC DesignCoop as a creative outlet and information sharing portal for designers, home owners, and anyone looking for interesting and valuable content. It’s been a huge success and it continues to garner new readers daily. Here at MBD, this blog will serve as a news, tips, and project portal for the general consumer, clients, homeowners, and fellow designers. Enjoy and make sure to visit DC Design Coop for amazing design content.