Thursday, March 24, 2011

Tips From A Pro...

Kelly DuByne of Distinctive Interior Designs is sharing her tricks of the trade and shopping tips in her guest blog. So without further ado...I would like to introduce Kelly DuByne!

Distinctive Interior Designs

I'm Kelly BuByne, speaker, designer and consultant with Distinctive Interior Designs located in Lake Stevens, WA. I have owned my interior design business for 16 years and my passion is transforming your space through color, design and decor! I'm really excited to be conducting a seminar again at Faded Elegance with Kimberly, on March 25th from 6-9 pm. We'll be learning all about furniture through my seminar entitled Furniture University.
Here are a few tips on furniture shopping;

Consider your budget: Purchasing furniture is usually a large investment, so be sure you're spending your money wisely. I recommend that you buy the best quality you can afford.

Size and scale and where the furniture will be used: Think about the size of the room and the scale of the furniture. For instance, for your dinning room if you don't have enough room for a large rectangular table, you can save space by bringing in a round table, thus eliminating the square edges and saving space!

What Style are you? Take this great quiz at to find out if you lean more towards traditional, contemporary, coastal, modern or an entire myriad of styles. After taking the quiz myself it confirmed my furniture tastes fit into the casual, traditional style.

How is the furniture built? Knowing how the furniture is constructed can help you to purchase a better, longer wearing piece of furniture.

The Frame should be made of kiln-dried wood. This process helps to remove the moisture in wood, insuring the frame will not change shape over time.
The Seating Support. Eight way hand tied is the best support. Craftsman hand tie each coil - this strengths the support.
Cushion: Down and feathers create the softest seating, but it is also the most expensive. Some other alternatives are; blend down- a mixture of down, feathers and polyester fabrics. Polyurethane foam is the most common cushion filler today.
Fabric: natural fibers such as cotton, linen, silk and rayon are comfortable for upholstery but often require more maintenance. Synthetic Fibers such as polyester, olefin and nylon are other options. One of my favorite types to use is pile fabrics such as chenille and velvet.

Thank you, Kelly!
This is just a tiny sneak peek at what will be covered during our Design Seminar Friday, March 25th from 6-9pm RSVP Today! 360-568-5333
Kelly has donated great goodies for our gift bags, everyone will receive a designers color deck and a Miller Paint Co. Customer Card for 10% off Paint for LIFE!!!
Enter to win one of three great drawings: In Home Design/Color Consultation by Distinctive Interior Designs, A Free Gallon of Devine Paint and $50.00 Faded Elegance Shopping Spree

1 comment:

Sheila said...

Is there a cost for this? Do I need to RSVP?