Pleasant pallets of colors, textures and symmetrical arrangements are naturally attractive, but a more difficult balancing act is making a space beautiful while adhering to the technical details.

We spoke with Heather Dewaard, Senior Interior Designer and Sales Training Manager at Dwell, to hear her story and learn the role of balance in a well-designed space.

Tell me about how you came to be senior designer at Dwell. What’s your story?

I became interested in interior design my senior year of high school. I was trying to figure out what I was going to do since I was graduating soon. A teacher—whom I never even had a class with—said to me, “Heather, I see you as one of those people that designs movie sets.”

That got my wheels turning and I decided to take the interior design class offered at West High School. From there, I decided that interior design is what I wanted to do.

I went to Kirkwood and received a two-year interior design degree that was very specialized. I took a lot of design classes and a few selling-type classes. At the end of that, however, I decided I wanted my bachelor’s degree as well and so I went to UNI. I finished their program in three years instead of four, taking extra credits and summer classes. At the time I wanted to be done with school but in the end, I’m glad I participated in both programs because each made up for what the other lacked. Kirkwood gave me the basics of design and I learned the more technological side of things at UNI.

So after I graduated from UNI, I went looking for an internship and I actually ran into Dwell a couple of times. I went to the Parade of Homes and saw a home that they had furnished. I dismissed it at first, because I didn’t know much about Dwell. I didn’t want to just be a furniture salesperson so I never contacted them. I was chasing after architecture firms but I never got any calls back. In the end it comes down to who you know, and my husband and his family were good friends with the man who did Dwell’s banking. I called Cheri, had an interview and it wasn’t until I started working here that I realized the amount of interior design we really do.

I completed my internship and on my last day Cheri asked me what my plans were. I told her I hadn’t figured it out yet and she said that if I wanted to stay on for a while until I figure it out, that I was welcome to. So I did, and I just hoped she wouldn’t notice that I never left.

What has changed in the time that you’ve been working at Dwell?

Since I started here only seven years ago, things have completely changed. When I started, we were small enough that we didn’t really have to write down what people ordered. It was all in Cheri’s head—I don’t know how she did it. I couldn’t work that way and so I created this tracking program by customer name and vendor. We also used to draw floor plans and furniture templates by hand. Little by little, our technology grew. We implemented a new computer program that tracks our product and creates invoices, and now we use AutoCAD to draw floor plans and furniture templates on the computer. I think that’s played a huge part in how much we are able to do now.

What are some of the strengths you have developed as a designer?

Design is the perfect combination of technical and creative. Normally it’s a fight between those, but this occupation allows me to do both of those things. You have to be very technical; to make sure that the space planning is correct, to make sure that you’re going to have 36-inch traffic paths, make sure to get your window treatments down to 1/8 of an inch, that sort of thing. But there’s that creative side of mixing textures and finishes, gradating color, and so on.

You also have to be able to recognize what people want. Clients don’t always know the terminology or how to express what they want. They can show us pictures, but even those fall short and usually come with a modifier like, “well, not exactly like this.” That’s where we have to be able to understand people’s needs and forecast how the room needs to function according to their lifestyle and create a design based on that.

Decorating a room is embellishing it, making it look pretty, but design takes it to the next level. Design isn’t decorating; we have to create a space that someone can use as well as enjoy.

What contributes to your style of design?

There are a few factors. I am the oldest of six and so I am your “type-A this is how it’s gonna go” personality. I like things to be balanced. I like symmetry. That’s what feels good to me.

I have also gleaned things from the people I work with. I’ve seen things that other people have done and that inspires me. I do this via social media as well and this helps to push me outside my box.

What’s the most difficult thing you do?

Probably the stuff that comes with every job; just dealing with the things that don’t go right. Something gets backordered, maybe something gets discontinued or delayed and you didn’t know until you already placed the order. Then you have to inform the client and find something to replace a piece you were really excited about. It’s that initial moment when you find out after planning it out with everything ready to go. It’s all in the air again and dealing with that can be difficult.

As far as the design side of things, the biggest difficulty—but also kind of a fun challenge—is working with a couple that has two completely different styles. Working to get a couple or family to come together when making those decisions is a little bit difficult, but also more worthwhile in the end. 

What do you love about your job?

I was just thinking about this recently and I realized that it’s changed over time. When I first started here, I loved drawing the floor plans, but I don’t have time to draw my own floor plans anymore. Now, I turn that task over to someone else who can whip it up quickly and then I can spend a majority of my time on what has become my new joy, which is specking product. Our vendors are always changing up what they have available, so I like discovering new pieces and using them for a customer’s home.

I also really enjoy space planning. I like arranging a room in such a way that it’s going to elevate the appearance of the room. Going over the layout with a client and moveable furniture templates make it very easy to alter things should they change their mind about something, and it also gives us both an opportunity to visualize it. [Chuckles] Our customers always say that our templates look like little dollhouses.

We have so many people who come in saying they purchased something online or at a different store, and it’s usually too big. In a large store, big pieces look small until you get them into your home. That’s what’s so great about being able to offer floor plans and design services to our clientele. They can have confidence when they’re buying the pieces and we can have confidence when assisting them as well.

The best part about my job is at the end of a presentation, when the client is speechless because they’re just so excited. They can’t stop saying, “I love it,” and that makes it all worth it to me. I’m excited about what I do and I’m excited about their project and when I’m working on something, I’m looking from every angle, but when all of that comes together and they recognize that and love it, that puts me over the moon.

Contact Heather for a quote or to schedule a consult.

The smallest change can make the greatest difference when it comes to bringing a space together, but it’s difficult to know what’s required without the help of a well-trained eye.

Krystal Loes is the Senior Designer and Design Studio Manager at Dwell. We asked her to tell us about herself and describe what she does every day to send her clients back to a beautiful home.

When did you know you wanted to be a designer?

My dad was a general contractor my whole life. As young as I could remember, I would go to the job site and checked things out. That’s when I started to have a lot of interest. Once I got older, he would build a lot of spec houses and would allow me to help out picking finishes, flooring, paint colors, so then in high school I did a couple job shadows with interior designers because I felt that I was debating architecture or interior design. After doing the job shadow I really felt like interior design was more the direction I wanted to focus on. For me, it was kind of a family thing, which was cool. I still collaborate with my dad. When I have a renovation I’m working on, I’ll show him the floor plans and talk to him about things and get his perspective.

I understand you studied interior design as well as psychology at ISU. Does psychology play a role in your career as an interior designer?

It’s really just an interest of mine, but it has really contributed to my understanding of how a home represents who people are—it’s where they spend most of their time—and it helped me to understand the kind of comfort that needs to come with owning a home. You have to be able to grasp what people want to feel when they walk into their front door, or into their bedroom and you have to make that happen based on what they’re trying to explain to you. Sometimes a client lacks the confidence or knowledge to explain to you what they really want, so it’s my job to put those pieces together and make that connection, but those things don’t happen overnight. I have to read between the lines and connect with people. There are different reasons people want a well-furnished house; there’s always more to it and unlike picking out an outfit, the style of a home has to have more longevity. Learning what is important to people is what makes a successful designer.

So what can a customer expect from you?

The major difference between being an independent designer and working as a designer for Dwell, is that we keep things moving forward. I’m usually juggling 10-12 projects at any given time, which means I have to be confident in my own decisions. I have to be able to manage multiple projects and multiple clients in order to be successful here, so honesty is number one. I have to gain my clients’ trust. They have to know that I’m looking out for their best interests and that I want to achieve the goals we make together. If they’re really struggling to make a decision, it’s up to me to find something that works. I work hard to make sure that the clients know that I prioritize them, I prioritize what they want to achieve, and I prioritize how they see the space, regardless of the size of the project. My client will never feel as though their home or room is getting any less attention than a bigger project I’m working on simultaneously. They are all equally as important.

What is your personal style?

Classic Modern with a touch of Mid-Century

What is your dream job?

Renovations. If we had specialists for every project, mine would be renovations. I love taking an old space and turning it into something new and fresh to suit the client. There’s the added challenge of keeping with the integrity of the house, tying in functionality and style and that is what makes it for me. If I could do that every day, I would love it.

What is hot right now? How do you keep yourself fresh?

I try to stay current by reading blogs and by following the work of other designers around the world, especially on Instagram. I’m also on the Dwell buying team and that really helps me follow trends because I get to see what the manufacturers putting out and that filters down. Trendiness is okay here and there, but a very “this-season” house gets tiring next spring.

Do you have a pretty good idea of how long a new trend will last?

I try to, but some people come to us and they just love what they love and at that point, it’s our job to make it work for them. In those kinds of situations, I like to take it on as a challenge and make sure that I still keeps the integrity of the home to the best of my ability. People come to us because they know they need a professional. We are the experts and we have to take some ownership. We have to remember that the clients come to us for a reason, so we make a point to stay up-to-date.

You’ve talked about the relationship between the functionality and design of a home. What role does that play in your work?

That is one of the first things I try to uncover. I have to know whether the space is intended to be really stylish or really comfortable, and even after that, it still always falls somewhere in the middle. Someone that wants to sit on something really stylish and contemporary still wants to be comfortable. People that come to Dwell are already quite design-minded and so it’s safe to assume a certain level of style, but every client is unique and it takes a while to find out where those priorities land for their home.

What are some things you love about your career as an interior designer at Dwell?

Number one is design. Number two is my clients. I really just love design; it’s that simple. I love great spaces and that would be true whether or not I worked at Dwell. When you’re in a comfortable space, everyone is happier. I am always thinking of design. I can’t shut it off, whether it’s my own space or my family’s spaces and I’m not the type of person to leave my work at my desk. I take my job with me everywhere. My little brother just bought a house and I’m so geeked out about it. That’s just who I am: design makes me tick.

When it comes to the people, my clients and the relationships we create make my job so much fun. People are so different and interesting and I love bringing that out in their homes. Design isn’t their thing; it’s mine and so I like to think that designing a space for them is my contribution to their life. I get a creative outlet that turns into my gift to them. If they have a high-impact stressful job, they can come home to be comfortable and relax and enjoy where they are.

Contact Krystal for a quote or to schedule a consult.

Less is more. This is certainly true when it comes to designing small interior spaces. Making selective choices in furniture could save you money in the long run, as well as, fashion mishaps. Just because you live in a smaller home, apartment, or condo doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice style. Dwell Home Furnishings Designer, Heather DeWaard, offers interior design tips to many clients and says, contrary to what a lot of people think, there aren’t fewer options with smaller spaces, just different ones.

According to Heather, it’s a matter of scale. Everything at Dwell is scaled to your home’s blueprints to fit its individual needs. For instance, with a smaller area, you might need a sofa that’s 36-inches deep rather than 40-inches deep. This does not sacrifice the style or comfort.

Heather mentions, “In smaller homes, layers are good. You’re not spreading outward, but upward. You can add texture and color. Just about anything.” Splashes of personality, spread throughout a small space, go a long way yet still provide a usable and welcoming space.

The upward, not outward idea is something Heather has helped homeowners carry out in their dream homes, apartments, and condos. Another good rule, for small spaces, is to add items that have more than one use. An ottoman can be a footrest or it can function as a coffee table, where a tray can rest. One might also consider a drop leaf table that can be placed behind the sofa. Instead of just placing your drink in front of you, on a coffee table, place it behind you. Lift the leaves up when company comes and you can place snacks and beverages there. Finding pieces with multiple uses will enhance your space without leaving someone feeling overwhelmed or wanting more space for more furniture items.
As another example, TVs can be mounted on the wall so they don’t take up a lot of surface space. Media cabinets are needed for storing components, as well as, to visually ground the TV. Tall, large, and bulky entertainment cabinets are unnecessary. A simple, narrow table will do.

Lastly, it is important to not forget about detailing; for example, window treatments. In Dwell’s opinion, window treatments finish a room whether the room is small or large. In Heather’s opinion, “It creates another layer and finishes the space. The biggest drapery mistake is not extending the rod past the window trim. When one does not do this, part of the window is blocked by the drapery panel and that cuts out light. It also blocks the view and makes the window look much smaller. Pitfalls to be avoided in any space whether that is large or small. When draperies are open, the entire window should be visible. This lets in as much natural light as possible and brightens up the entire space.”

Dwell Home Furnishings and Interior Design is moving beyond unrealistic parameters; mixing both a vision and functionality, to bring you comfort and design, to both large and small spaces. Heather and all of our other designers are here to help with any and all of your needs.

For professionals in the interior design industry, going to High Point Market in the fall or spring is like being a kid in a candy store. There’s the serious business of networking and assessing new merchandise and interior design trends, but it’s also a chance to renew creative energy and bring back ideas for your own market.

Designer Krystal Loes of Dwell Home Furnishings has gone to the High Point, NC Market for several years and always comes back to her Coralville home furnishing business with fresh interior design inspiration.

“As a buyer, we can set trends for our own area based on what we see at market. This is something Dwell Home Furnishings does very well—it’s what we’re known for,” according to Krystal. Market ideas can also push clients to do more edgy things, more than they might do otherwise.

High Point Market Provides New Interior Design Trends

So what interior design ideas had the wow factor at the High Point Market? Krystal says too much to just pick one or two. Creative interior lighting topped her list. So did the mixture of colors and metals. “Navy is definitely hot, but we saw unique ways to use this familiar color. Some of that was mixing navy with metals including brass, which we saw a lot of.”

In fact, expect to see brass blended with other colors like black. Mixing metals like brass with brushed nickel was popular at High Point Market, too.

But for overall style, Krystal was struck by the popularity of mid-century rustic design. Previously she had seen mid-century modern but the rustic brings in rich textures and layers that Krystal thinks her clients will like. It also moves colors away from popular gray to warmer hues.

Adapting Interior Design Trends To Clients

Most showcases of new trends tend to “push the envelope” and provide a whole new look each season. That’s certainly true in fashion shows, but Krystal says not so with High Point Market. She says you can always use touches of what you see market throughout an entire home, giving it a fresh look. Krystal says one of the things market does for designers is to help them visualize new interior design trends for their clients. With the latest styles and product offerings top of mind, we can paint a picture of what we envision for a home.

“Clients appreciate the fresh ideas and the fact that we bring them back from market. High Point is the mothership of furniture production in the U.S. so this market is always an important one,” said Krystal.

New ideas from market aren’t the only thing new at Dwell Home Furnishings. Dwell has been doing significant remodeling lately. If you’d like to see what’s up, visit our Dwell Home Furnishings and Interior Design Facebook page and stay in touch!

 

As the seasons change and temperatures drop, it’s natural to start thinking about ways to turn your home or condo into a destination for the winter months. There are plenty of ways to add comfort and not all of them require a major expense. In fact, Dwell Home Furnishings Sales Manager Jenny Bimson says if you’ve chosen the major pieces for your home well, there are simple ways to bring extra comfort to your home in the colder months.

Color, Texture, Fabric and Light Can Make Home Cozy

Jenny suggests that you can easily work with your existing furniture pieces but introduce a new color scheme with the accents. For instance, you may have used a brighter and more intense color scheme during the summer/spring months, but through the use of deeper/richer color tones you can prepare your living space for the winter. Don’t focus on having your color scheme consist of several colors, keep it simple and use a variation of one color tone. This creates a soft and quiet effect.

Jenny notes it’s not just about color, “Think rich textures like a fur throw over the arm of your favorite chair, textured accent pillows, even introducing a plush rug. The texture in itself will ‘warm’ up your room.”

Make home cozy for winter with Dwell Home Furnishings, Coralville, IA

Texture, throws and lighting can make a home feel cozy for the winter.

When addressing area rugs you might use a seagrass rug during summer months, by winter, a rich, textured rug can really make a room more inviting.

Options don’t end there. Consider using a softer bulb in your lamps to light your living areas. Jenny recommends using a lamp with a 3-way switch to give you the option of softening the setting with varied levels of light.

Finally, Jenny mentions that people often overlook the use of draperies.  This added layer is often the missing link of completing a space.  It may be more of an investment, but the dramatic effect that they add is priceless.  Draperies can be added to any space in your home and improve the overall aesthetic.

Dwell Home Furnishings Can Help

Color, texture, fabric and lighting are the four top ways to bring warmth into your home this winter.  If you find you’re missing that final touch, visit Dwell Home Furnishings & Interior Design in Coralville, IA.  They have a large, unique collection of home furnishings and a staff of professionals to help you design the perfect feel for your home.

 

 

Too often when families gather and night falls, some unlucky relative gets to pull out the sleeper sofa and has a restless night’s sleep on a flimsy mattress with support from a steel bar. Maybe you’ve been that unlucky relative. However, newer sleeper sofas erase any concerns you might have about assigning family to the “pullout.” Or to put it in other terms, “This isn’t your grandfather’s sleeper sofa.”

Today’s Sleeper Sofas Outshine Predecessors

Sleeper sofas or sofa beds as they’re often called have gone through an evolution that is nothing short of amazing. Gone are the bars and springs that left some people preferring to sleep on the floor. Instead, many now offer solid platforms that provide even, comfortable support provided you choose the right model.

Comfort Sleeper® by American Leather is a great example. By day, you have a luxurious leather sofa, even a sectional if you prefer. By night, a comfortable place to lay your head—and body. Taller than average? That’s not a problem because these sleeping surfaces are 80-inches long, 8 inches longer than the average sleepers.

But, best of all are options. The old saying, “one size doesn’t fit all” gets a boost in the sleeper sofa market. Comfort Sleeper® has sofa beds in 7 sizes ranging from king to cot and everything in between. These size options provide design options for smaller spaces that you might not have considered. Couple one of these new designs with a Tempur-Pedic® mattress available in three levels of firmness and you have more than a sleeper sofa; you have a great bed!

Comfort Sleeper Diagram Dwell Home Furnishings and Interior Design

Size drawings courtesy Comfort Sleeper® by American Leather

 

 

While we tend to think of sleeper sofas for times when family or friends visit and we need an extra bed, a high quality sleeper sofa can also provide a space saving solution for a studio apartment. Whether you’re a young professional just starting out or a parent trying to help, Comfort Sleeper by American Leather is a good option to consider. A well-made and functional piece of furniture is a feature that can be used in many places in your home or apartment or even passed on to other family members. With designs ranging from sectionals to loveseats, you have many Comfort Sleeper® options.

 

Limited Sleeper Sofa Sale

From now through Sept. 27, Dwell Home Furnishings & Interior Design in Coralville is featuring $300 off any Comfort Sleeper® by American Leather. It’s an incredible savings on an important addition to any home. Stop by our showroom at 250 12th Avenue in Coralville and visit us on Facebook. You’ll find more than sleeper sofas. You’ll find timeless designs!

 

 

Choosing upholstery for 3-Seasons RoomA 3-seasons room is a practical and often favorite spot in a home. The furniture and upholstery for the 3-seasons room can make an impression and add stylish function to the room.

Express Your Style in Your 3 or 4-Seasons Room

While some sunrooms are a catch-all for old furniture, yours can be a beautiful expression of your own personality, or your family’s hobbies or activities. Pick a theme and find some textures you love to make your sunroom a place where people find comfort and are drawn to gather. Whether you choose traditional or contemporary seating, wrought iron or wicker, your upholstery selection can pull in your favorite colors and trendy patterns that making your sunroom your favorite place to be when the weather warms up.

Easy To Clean Upholstery Great for the Sunroom

3-Seasons Room - Upholstery for Sunrooms - Iowa City, IALife happens, so you may as well be prepared with 3-seasons room fabrics that are easy to clean.

Most often, 3 and 4-seasons rooms are located just off the kitchen, and in close proximity to the outdoor barbeque. That means you want comfortable, easy to clean upholstery. Sunbrella and other upholstery companies offer all-weather cushions and upholstery that can simply be spot cleaned with a light detergent and hosed off to get back their original appeal.

Fade Resistant Upholstery is Best

With windows on 3 sides of the room, the sun is bound to beat down on your patio furniture. Another reason that indoor-outdoor furniture is great for the sunroom is that the high quality upholstery used in good patio furniture is fade resistant. While the sun will eventually cause fading and damage to almost any upholstery, you can get many extra years out of the right weather resistant fabric.

Fast Drying Fabric for a Humid Sunroom

Outdoor Living Furniture Upholstery - Iowa City, IAWhile many sunrooms today are completely enclosed with double-pane windows and even temperature controlled with heating and cooling systems, others are just screened in porches. Iowa summers can get hot and humid. A regular sofa will likely stay damp for long periods of time and get even moldy.

Whether you’re looking for a complete patio furniture set for your 3 or 4-seasons room, or just need the upholstery refreshed with new cushions, you’ll find beautiful options at Dwell Home Furnishings & Interior Design. Our designers and upholstery department staff can help you find the perfect furniture or upholstery for your room if it is totally enclosed or a little exposed to the weather.

Finding the Right Area Rug - Iowa City, IAIf you’re looking for a new area rug, you probably already have a vision of what you want for color, size and maybe texture. However, those three characteristics should be secondary to others, especially for area rugs that will anchor a high traffic area. Think of your area rug as floor art. You don’t want your art to get dingy and worn, especially if you’re spending a fair amount of money on it.

In high traffic areas, a flat weave that is easy to clean will be easy to maintain. On the other hand, in rooms that are largely used for formal parties, you may enjoy a more unique rug with less use, wear and tear may not be as important.

Before You Choose a Rug, Answer Some Questions:

  1. How long do you want to keep your rug?
  2. Will your area rug be placed in a high traffic area?
  3. Will there be potential for dropping food or drinks on the rug?
  4. Do you have children, and what ages are they?
  5. If you have pets, are they well trained and do they shed?

Know What Materials are in Your Area Rug

The fibers in your rug will react differently to wear, stains and cleaning depending on the materials that make up the fibers.

Wool Area Rugs – Wool is one of the most expensive and luxurious fibers used in area rugs today, and it has its advantages and disadvantages over synthetic fibers. Wool area rugs will wear down in high traffic areas. Vacuum regularly avoiding the binding. Avoid scrubbing spots as the wool may shrink or break down.

Jute or Natural Fiber Area Rugs – These rugs are becoming increasingly popular with the consumer trend to use more natural materials, and are made of dried plant fibers similar to hemp. Jute rugs are typically thicker and softer than rugs made from some other materials. They typically require just vacuuming with a hard floor attachment, and should not be steam cleaned, or have rug or spot cleaners used on them. Keep these rugs out of areas like bathrooms that are damp. Jute rugs will also hold onto stains and odors, which is good to know if you are a pet owner.

Sisal Area Rugs – Sisal is made from agave plant, and is a great natural material that tends to be stiff and very durable. These rugs will have a lower pile, making them a great base for layering other, more colorful rugs on top. Regular vacuuming of sisal area rugs will keep it looking clean and fresh, as dirt will not cling to the hard fibers. Never steam or shampoo, as the natural fibers will break down and may mold when left too wet. Remove dry dirt with a dull knife or nail file and vacuum up, or liquid spills with a cloth dampened with water or club soda.

Synthetic Area Rugs – Otherwise known as Polypropylene rugs made of polyester and acrylic, these rugs will be cheaper but also will not stand up to the test of time like other materials. These rugs tend to be harder to clean, because they hang on to dirt and grime, and they yellow and wear faster than rugs made of natural fibers. They are typically more colorful than natural fiber rugs, and if you like to change up the look of a rook regularly, this might be a good option.

You May Pay for Time and Effort

Area rugs can range from several hundred dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars, and the cost is dependent on what they are made of and how they are made.

Hand Knotted Area Rugs are made in the same way they were thousands of years ago, and they can take more than one year of hand knotting by artist to complete. These will be among the most expensive area rugs, but will stand up to the test of time. They are also made of materials that will last for decades or more. These are the finest rugs you can find and will be more expensive.

Tufted Area Rugs are most often made of wool. These rugs are made using a special tool “gun” that pushes the fiber through the backing and produces a pattern on the front side. These will come in a variety of colors and the quality will vary.

Machine Made Area Rugs will be quickly manufactured and fashion forward. They are an exceptional value for the price and are typically made of synthetic fibers. They will not last through generations, but can be beautiful and reflect the latest color trends.

If you’re looking for a quality area rug and need help selecting the right rug for your space, the rug experts and interior designers at Dwell Home Furnishings & Interior Design can help. Come to our Coralville location and check out the great selection.

norwalkYou have been looking at those blank walls for long enough, and while you have a vision of the perfect living space, you struggle finding the right colors and artwork to put it together. It’s to make a New Year’s Resolution, so make your resolution to hire an interior designer and get your home organized and decorated the way you really want it.

1.      A Good Interior Designer Will Get to Know You

After looking at in-store samples and catalogues, perusing paint colors and drapes, and talking about what you have that you wish to keep in your home or a specific room, your interior designer will take that information and run with it. The designer will know how to take what you have and the colors, furniture and artwork they find to meld it into the look and feel you are hoping for in your home.

2.      Choosing Color Schemes is Hard

Most people come up with one color that they love and try as they might to make that the prominent color in in the room. Not every color is meant to be the dominant color that overtakes every wall in your house. Pairing them with a softer version of the same color, or a marriage of a bolder color and a neutral like tan, grey or white may make for a more striking design.

But how do you choose the best color pairs?A trained interior designer will provide confident choices based on the colors and artistic styles that you tend to comment on.

scale3.      Patterns are Scary

Yes… Patterns can be frightening when overdone! An interior designer will find a pattern you love and use it for the focal point of the room, then accent it with other fabrics, textures and furniture that will not overwhelm the eye.

4.      Problem Solving in Your Room or Home

Every project has its problems! Sometimes redesigning your home to be more sleek and less cluttered causes storage issues that make you have to rehome some of the things that you really should hang onto.

Maybe you are not sure how to create two distinct sitting areas in the room that you are designing, but truly need extra seating without cluttering the house with couches.

Perhaps you just need more balance and are having trouble with that because of the room size or window placement.

A good interior designer will be able to look at your room and tell you if these things can be done, and suggest a couple of ways to achieve them.

5.      Prevent Costly Mistakes

We have all done it… made a purchase that seemed like a great idea, got it home, and realized after spending the time and money that it really does not work. Whether it is curtains, area rugs, shelving, or furniture, they are all costly items that you just can’t use for a week (to see if it grows on you) and then return it. A designer will find things you love and make it look great, or they will find something that suits you better

Paint is not terribly expensive, but if you are doing the work yourself, it can be a time consuming effort that you hate to do over.

6.      Procrastinator’s Dream Come True

Since you have been considering doing this interior design project for a couple of years now. You know you need somebody to keep you on track and help you make important design decision. An interior designer will keep you engaged in decision-making, but will ultimately do the hard part for you.  Your house will finally become a home if you ask for help from a trained professional.

If 2016 is the year to complete your interior decorating project, contact the interior design team at Dwell Home Furnishings & Interior Design at 319-338-8909.

cabinet-soundbar-entertainment center-coralville IAIf you are shopping for a new entertainment center this holiday season there are many beautiful designs available in all shapes and sizes.

Whether your television hangs on the wall or stands on an entertainment center, this area is often the focal point in the family room or living room. It’s now easier than ever to find attractive, functional pieces that work for both display and for storage of extra entertainment components, DVDs and books.

If you are thinking about purchasing a new TV or hooking up the family with additional streaming capabilities this Christmas, you’ll want to think about adding an entertainment center with a more sophisticated or welcoming look.

5 Things to Consider When Buying an Entertainment Center

  1. How large is the television you have, and will you be buying a bigger one in the near future?
  2. Does the television hang on the wall and what other entertainment device storage and decorative purposes do you want it to serve?
  3. How large is the room or how big is the wall that it will sit against? Will it cause crowding issues if it is too large?
  4. What type of atmosphere does your living room convey? Rustic, casual, elegant, formal?
  5. Do you want your entertainment center to double as a small library or as a display for collectables?

Other Furniture for Unique Entertainment Centers

Televisions keep getting larger, flatter and wider, so many older entertainment centers have become obsolete.  There are several furniture alternatives to traditional entertainment centers that Entertainment Center- Dwell Home Furnishings - Iowa City, Coralvilleserve the same purpose while offering more interesting interior design options.

Buffets, decorative trunks, sideboards, armoires or media chests, and dressers can create the perfect space for your entertain equipment. This expands your interior decorating any number of styles including antique, contemporary, shabby chic and simple but elegant just to name a few. Whether you repurpose furniture you already have or if you are looking for new options, your home décor options are only limited by your imagination. If you see a piece of furniture you love that will work for the intended purpose, it does not matter what its original purpose was.

The Option of Moving Your TV Around the Room

If you only have one wall or corner that can realistically house your entertainment equipment, hanging your television on the wall may be the most logical solution. Even if you hang your television on the wall, you’ll still probably need a storage solution for everything else. If your room provides more than one blank wall or empty corner, you may want a piece that will hold your television but also allows you to rearrange your furniture occasionally. If you’re looking for a new entertainment center, or a unique piece of furniture that will look great in your living room, the experts at Dwell Home Furnishings & Interior Design, of Coralville, IA can help you find the perfect solution.