Proper Height for Your Dining Table Light

Adding a hanging light fixture over your dining table can have a huge impact on your dining room’s design. When placed properly, it adds an ambiance to the room that just can’t be achieved with a fixture that is flush to the ceiling. The tricky part is knowing how big the fixture should be in relation to your table, and how high it should be above your table’s surface. We deal with this often, and through our experiences we can provide you with some guidelines to follow when picking out and hanging a fixture over your dining table.

First, consider the scale of the fixture compared to your table. A fixture that is too small will feel underwhelming, and a fixture that is too big will take over the room. Also consider how big your dining room is. You can get away with a larger fixture if you have an open concept room. A small room might mean you need to go slightly smaller with the light fixture. Typically, the diameter of your light fixture should be about 12 inches less than the width of your table. So, if your table is 36 inches wide, then your fixture should be about 24 inches in diameter.

When deciding how high the fixture should be, the rule of thumb is for the bottom of the fixture to be about 30 to 36 inches above the surface of your table. If you have a really tall ceiling, you should add a few inches to that distance. This is a guideline only, so do what feels best while you are standing in the room. A few points to consider are that you don’t want it to be too low and shining too bright into your eyes while you are sitting at the table, but you don’t want it to be so high that it is not providing adequate lighting.

Always look at the fixture from various points in your home when deciding on the height. If you have an open concept dining/living area, go sit in the living room and look towards the dining table and light fixture. Also walk out and back in to the room, paying attention to the light fixture’s height and scale compared to the room and dining table. It is possible you will need to make some minor adjustments based on how it looks from all angles of the space.

When in doubt, give us a call and we will be happy to come to your home and guide you through the process. Even the smallest additions to your home come with many decisions, and we are experienced in making them.

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Styling a Coffee Table

There is a specific piece of furniture in every home that wears many different hats – the coffee table. It is a piece you gather around with family and friends. You may use it as a dining table from time to time, a foot rest, a work desk and sometimes even a place to play board or card games. Inevitably it is also common for a coffee table to end up as a catch all for things used on a daily basis that no one quite knows where to put away (like your TV’s three separate remotes and the latest novel you have on the go). Because of this it can be difficult to actually know what to put on your coffee table in terms of decor, so here are our tried and true tips to styling a coffee table. Continue reading “Styling a Coffee Table”

Spring 2019 QEII Lottery Dream Home

We’re so excited to be working with Stonewater Homes on the Spring 2019 QEII Lottery Dream Home!  Design work will commence very soon.  This home is being built in Indigo Shores, as was the farmhouse style 2018 QEII Spring Lottery Dream Home we completed.  The style for this home will be ‘lakehouse’.  Stay tuned!

 

Chives New Look

We’re so excited with how the Chives Bistro’s renovation turned out. Chives has always been known for their amazing food. As far as reviews went they always scored high on food, but clientele would note the decor was shall we say lacking or not in-line with the excellent, award winning food.

The combination of teal chenille banquettes, antique mirror galleries along the walls, new dining tables, rich colours, and the flood of champagne lighting from the pendant light fixtures throughout give the space a rich, gorgeous upscale feeling.  Check out some of the photos below by Chris J. Dickson.

The low-down on IKEA kitchens

Considering an IKEA kitchen? Get the low-down from local contractor, i love renovations.
i love renovations recently completed a major home remodel for a beautiful Kingswood property. Having the pleasure of staging the home after renovations were complete, I was able to see first-hand the quality workmanship provided by the company. The kitchen was definitely one of my favourite rooms in the house. I sat down recently with Chris McMullin, co-founder of i love renovations to get the low-down on designing, ordering and installing an IKEA kitchen.

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Q. What were some of the reasons your client chose an IKEA kitchen over a local cabinet company?

A. We always give our clients options when selecting their preferred route for a renovation. There are wonderful local kitchen companies we would highly recommend and have worked with on multiple projects. On this particular project, the cabinets were IKEA and the countertops were provided by a local vendor. Our clients were attracted to IKEA’s ease of ordering, the many options and styles available and the price point fit perfectly within their renovation budget. The turnaround time is also phenomenal. Upon confirming their order, our clients received their product in-hand in about two weeks.

Q. One of the biggest complaints about IKEA kitchens is their kitchen planner software. Did you design the kitchen for your client or just do the installation?

A. There is definitely a learning curve when it comes to using the IKEA kitchen software. If it’s your first time, the program can seem cumbersome and daunting. As we’ve installed several IKEA kitchens, we are now able to navigate through each step with ease. We worked with our clients using IKEA’s kitchen planner software to create their ideal culinary oasis. What we love about the program is the ability to see multi-angle visuals of your design. We were able to move cupboards around and switch out colours and materials. It feels like you’re in a virtual showroom and our clients felt at ease knowing they had seen and approved the layout before installation began.

Q. Did you customize any part of the kitchen design?

A. We wanted to optimize any dead space with personalized features. One of our favourite custom elements in this particular reno is the custom wine rack. It was a simple addition and a nice surprise for guests when they walk through the home.

We were also able to customize the size of each box (cupboard) to work with irregular walls and desired heights. IKEA kitchens come in standard sizes, so we worked with our clients to trim each box as needed and create a truly unique space.

Q. As a contractor, what do you think of the quality of IKEA kitchens over ‘traditional’ manufactured cabinets and would you install them in your own home?

A. We would definitely recommend and have installed IKEA kitchens in our own homes. For the price point, you’re getting solid materials and excellent mechanical hardware. But it’s important to mention that it’s not really a fair comparison to put the IKEA product against custom, quality crafted, genuine pieces. It’s like comparing apples and oranges. In its class (similar price point and material used), IKEA is at the top and rivals those brands with similar components and price tags.

Q. Do you have any tips for people thinking of installing an IKEA kitchen?

A. Many assume ordering a kitchen “out of a box” means the client has no space for creativity or customization. One of our favourite aspects of an IKEA kitchen is having the freedom to customize and personalize each selection. It’s best to work with a contractor who can give you thoughts on dimensions, materials and the best design for your space. Having the proper measurements is key to a smooth installation, so you’ll want to make sure you have your numbers nailed down before ordering. The key is to work with a general contractor who is familiar with the product and its capabilities. This will avoid unwanted frustrations with the final design and will save you money in the long run.

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Want to learn more about i love renovations? Visit their website at www.iloverenovations.ca.
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Transforming a Vintage Side Table

So many people have a piece that was handed down to them from a relative that they don’t use as part of their decor. They don’t want to part with it, but they don’t want to use it either – so it gets tucked away in storage or a corner of the house somewhere out of site. That was the case with my clients beautiful side table. It has been passed down from my client’s grandmother and wasn’t being used or displayed. I don’t necessarily blame them, I’m not a big fan of it in it’s original condition.

However…some Annie Sloan Chalk paint and some clear and dark wax…and well, we have an amazing transformation!

My clients have purchased a new home that is undergoing a big transformation as well – walls have been removed to create an open concept throughout the main living areas, bathrooms and the kitchen are getting a complete makeover. This side table, previously tucked away in their old house is now going to be positioned in the entry way and will be the the first piece that you see when you enter their home!

Please excuse the after photos, I still need to get some good photos of this piece! This piece was painted with a custom colour, I started with Annie Sloan’s Paris Grey but wanted it darker so I customized it. The top was refinished to a darker colour and I used clear and dark wax on the base to give it an antiqued look. Quite the transformation if I do say so myself! 🙂

Before:

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After:
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Vintage desk makeover

I wasn’t a lover of this antique desk before it’s makeover, however, I have a new found love for it now.   It’s finished with a two-layer colour distressing process (coal and ash fusion mineral paint), finished with subtle light off-white waxing to add to it’s aged look. I couldn’t help but decorate it with my beautiful steamer trunk that I obtained over the holidays! 😉

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Here’s what it looked like before the transformation
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And I love this steamer trunk I recently acquired…love it!
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Decorating, yes we do that too!

Interior design services HalifaxI’m often asked “do you also do decorating?”, and the answer is yes, we also do decorating!  Many decorating, or interior design projects actually come from past home staging clients. One of the greatest compliments I can get from a home staging client is, “I don’t want to move now’, or if it’s a vacant property “I want to move back in!”

You don’t have to wait until you’re listing your home to have your home look amazing. Everyone should love their home while they’re living in it…make it ‘home’ while it’s yours! A place you can’t wait to get back to at the end of the day. Many clients wonder why they didn’t make the changes years ago.

Perhaps it’s just a room or two you want help with decorating, or you’re looking to make some updates and need help more interior design services in selecting products, colours, fixtures, flooring, etc.  Maybe you’re moving into a new home and doing renovations, or just need some help pulling the space together. I believe in utilizing what you have when at all possible and keeping costs to a minimum.

I’d love to help you love your home…now.  Contact me for more information or if you’d like to book a consultation.