Roman Shades on windows add a dramatic flair

3 Reasons to Hire an Interior Designer

You might think to yourself… Only rich people hire interior designers. There’s no way I could afford to hire an interior designer. Or maybe you’re thinking — “I can do it all myself.” While we love it when homeowners do it themselves and we applaud them for the attempt, not everything can be achieved by a DIYer.

Oh, and you don’t have to be rich to hire an interior designer!

So let’s look at 3 reasons why you should hire an interior designer right now:

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Red and Green Bedroom

9 Times Complementary Colors Can Look Great In Your Room

You may remember from school that complementary colors lie on the opposite side of the color wheel. Orange and blue, yellow and purple, red and green. You know that mixing these often produces a not-so-nice shade of brown (or maybe a wonderful shade of brown! There’s no wrong color). But did you know that using complementary colors in design can actually be a good thing?

When utilizing complementary colors against one another, an interesting thing occurs. The colors can “vibrate” against each other! The term “vibrate” is in response to the way your eyes feel when interacting with these colors. This doesn’t always happen with complementary colors, but it does happen most often with them. Here are some examples:

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Flames & Fire

Lessons in Color: Warm Colors

You may have heard of the term “warm” colors. We’re going to explore what a warm color is and why it’s called such. Warm colors tend to be colors that are between red and yellow on the color spectrum. This is because these colors remind us of “warm” things, such as fire. Pink, red, orange, and yellow are all considered warm colors.

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Lessons in Color: Neutrals

Roman Shades on windows add a dramatic flair
Neutral greige tone on a wall

j. ellen Design, LLC is putting together some great infographics with tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your design. Today we’re going to talk about neutral tones and neutral colors, what they are and how they work.

You’ve heard the term “neutral” tone, or “neutral” color, but what is a neutral color? Why is it so useful and versatile? Neutral means that the color or tone is lacking in a specific hue or saturation. Neutral tones tend to be without preference to a certain color.

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Roller Shade

Rolling Shades versus Roman Shades: Which is best?

Roller Shade
Standard Roller Shade

Ah, it’s an epic battle of taste! Whether you’re renovating your current space or moving into a new one, you may be wondering, which should I choose? With so many design options available for your window furnishings and coverings, it can be a tough decision for anyone. The patterns, fabrics, and colors alone can be endless – but choosing the base style can help you narrow down your options. While I can certainly help you to decide what will best work for your space, needs, and wants, here are some things to consider.

You may be familiar with roller blinds, also known as roller shades. They are the typical rolling shade that pulls down and springs back up. They come in a variety of colors, shades, shapes, and styles. They can be light blocking, heat blocking, and more. They are the basic type of shade or blind that you think of when adding a privacy element to your windows. They are generally low-cost and low maintenance. Roller blinds are great because they look good even extended, without any seams, lines, and generally fairly dust free.

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How to hang artwork

How should I hang artwork on my wall?

One of the biggest problems you may face with decorating your home is… How do you hang your artwork on your wall in a cohesive but visually arresting manner? While there are multiple ways you can hang artwork on walls, some ways may be better for others, especially when it comes to where you’re hanging your artwork.

We’ve prepared an infographic for you below to help you with some ideas on how to hang artwork on your walls.

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What height should I mount my flatscreen?

One of the questions I often get is how to know where and how high to mount artwork and other items on the wall such as flatscreen televisions. Because of this, I’m going to be publishing some interior design tips in the form of infographics to help you! These infographics will have easy-to-use DIY tips and tricks for answering your questions and making your space look great. Have a question about something (or you want to see an infographic about something)? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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j. ellen Design makes NH Home Magazine

NH Home Magazine Cover September-October 2017

We were thrilled to see one of our projects gracing the cover of NH Home Magazine for September-October 2017. (Of course Heather, the Boston Terrier totally steals the show!!) We had a wonderful time working with the Bossi family to design their beautiful new home in Bedford, New Hampshire. Be sure to pick up a copy on your local newsstand and see some of the highlights in this beautiful custom kitchen featuring cabinetry by Young Furniture Mfg., Inc.

June Trisciani, of j. ellen Design in Manchester, forged a strong working relationship with Susan and Don Bossi not long after they hired her to design the interiors of their Bedford home. The journey started with a trip to Connecticut, where the Bossis lived at the time, to spend a day with the couple. “I wanted to know more about how they lived and what they loved about their home,” Trisciani says. “I also wanted to know what they wanted to do differently when building their new home.”

You can check out this issue right on the NH Home Magazine website.

Check out more of this wonderful project:

j ellen Design LLC Beautiful Kitchen

Ready to get started on your kitchen design? Contact j. ellen Design today!

How to survive your kitchen renovation

Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen renovations are tough! Think about it, you have removed the heart of your home and while it is going to come back and be better than ever, you have to get through the recovery/healing process of gutting your old kitchen to replace it with new. There will be dust, disruption and a period of no sink or appliances. What is one to do? Here are a few recommendations to help you through this process.

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Changes and Flowers…

As everyone knows, change happens. That being said, I will remind you all that change is good! We all know the saying… ‘when one door closes, another opens…’ At j. ellen Design, we have made major changes for 2017 to shake up the studio. In addition to updating and introducing product lines, we have redesigned the studio and are thrilled to announce that Guylaine Ostrander, the owner and creative genius behind All Silk Designs has joined our design team.

Silk Flower Arrangement

Let’s face it, not all of us (me included) are good with keeping plants alive and trying to maintain beautiful flowers can be costly and time consuming. Wouldn’t it be nice if flowers would just appear, always look fresh and your plants were always green and beautiful?? All Silk Designs offers the most realistic silk floral arrangements and plants we have ever seen! The most amazing part of this is you can purchase arrangements right from one of our displays or schedule an appointment with Guylaine to talk about creating something special just for you.

Red Silk Flower ArrangementNot sure you want the same arrangement day after day? Don’t have space to store arrangements? Explore the All Silk Designs rental programs. Whether you are looking to freshen up your home or office on a monthly or quarterly basis, the rental program is a great way to keep everything fresh and new by swapping out your arrangements for the holiday or season.

Have you ever wanted to learn the art of floral arranging? Part of our renovation was undertaken to create more open spaces for Guylaine to share her knowledge and offer a series of floral arranging classes. This is great way to add your own touch to an arrangement while meeting new friends and enjoying a glass of wine!

At j. ellen Design, we pride ourselves in creating a one-stop shopping experience for all of our clients. Adding this new element brings us another step closer to helping you add all of the finishing touches to make your space a home.

With j. ellen Design, B Burton Custom Décor and All Silk Designs, we’ve got you covered! Call today to schedule an appointment to learn about all of our offerings… and stay tuned for news on our upcoming spring open house to share what we have been up to!

All Silk Designs Floral Arrangement