Must-Have When Building or Remodeling a Home: Barrier Free Showers with No Threshold

by Lisa Stewart 21 Sep 2017

Luxury Universal Design showers are the trend!

Luxury design walk-in showers with NO cumbersome curbs to step over are becoming popular because they are safe and easy to use. Sometimes the shower doors can be eliminated too. Beautiful additions like boutique tiles, versatile shower sprays, glamorous grab bars and benches for reclining are touches that everyone loves. The movement is catching on! The latest Universal Design bathrooms work for everyone, regardless of age, size and ability. Your new shower will be stunning and serve you well for years to come.

Lisa Stewart is an interior designer serving the Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC.

Must-Have When Building or Remodeling a Home: Decorative Ceiling Molding and Trim

by Lisa Stewart 18 Sep 2017

Design decorative ceiling details for maximum impact!


When building or remodeling a home, interior designers will tell you to remember to look up! Ceilings are reaching new heights. I designed these stunning overhead canopies for a new home using standard 1-inch-by-6-inch lumber. It’s a great money-saving alternative to coffered ceilings. These details can be added aloft to any home and even used on walls. So start gazing upward! The possibilities are as endless as the sky. 

Lisa Stewart is an interior designer serving the Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC.


Questions for Your Kitchen and Bath Remodeler

by Lisa Stewart 17 Sep 2017

Now that we’ve designed your dream kitchen and bath, you need answers from the contractor before you remodel.

This interior designer wants you to ask these questions before the construction starts.

Is the contractor licensed to complete a project of your scope? Ask for the license number and confirm it is in good standing with the NC Licensing Board of General Contractors.

Does that contractor carry general liability insurance? Request that a certificate of insurance be issued for your address and get a copy.

Does this project require permits and if so, will they procure it?

How long has the contractor been in business? Ask for references on jobs like your project.

Will the contractor use a licensed electrician, plumber and other specialty trades? 

What are the hours the work will be performed and who will oversee the job daily?

How does the contractor handle changes during the project?

Do they provide a warranty for their work? 

What steps will be taken to minimize disruption of lives, keep the house clean and ensure safety for all, including pets?

When can they start and how long will the project take?

Ready to remodel? Read why it is best to hire an interior designer before you start.

Lisa Stewart is an interior designer serving the Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC.

Pantone Color of the Year for 2017

by Lisa Stewart 16 Sep 2017

Ideas to Decorate with the Color of the Year!

PANTONE Color of the Year is 15-0343 Greenery, a life-affirming shade which emblemizes the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.

Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens awaken again. The tangy yellow-green speaks to our desire to renew on a regular basis. 

Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature. It pairs nicely with all the colors in the rainbow! This color will pop when you add it to your home. One of my clients added Greenery bar stools to a modern, neutral kitchen imparting a sense of vibrancy, self-assurance and even whimsy.

Greenery signals individuals to take a deep breath and be bold about living life on our own terms. Go for it!

Lisa Stewart is an interior designer serving the Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC. 


Plans for Underground Chapel in Raleigh

by Lisa Stewart 27 May 2016

TED Fellow and world renowned Spanish architect Xavier Vilalta has created plans for an underground chapel on Ebenezer Church Road adjacent to Umstead Park in Raleigh, North Carolina. The idea came to my friend Mark Boone 10 years ago while sitting there next to the natural spring. The initial concept was simple: create a place for people to come and find peace, hope and healing.

The vision is to carve a chapel from the underground granite that will last for centuries to come. Mark and Xavier have assembled a worldwide team of experts to design a completely safe structure which will serve people as a sacred refuge for generations to come. Using the latest technology, the Chapel will be 45 feet underground and will need no heat, electricity or even a sound system. A landmark tower will stand high above to hold chapel bells and to bring light and ventilation to the interior.

The Chapel will be a place of quiet contemplation and give its visitors a deep sense of connectedness. I’ve walked this peaceful land many times and I share Mark’s and Xavier’s dream to see the chapel completed. I invite you to visit the Ebenezer Chapel’s website and donate if you can: go to www.ebzchapel.com.

When we seek to understand the lives of those who walked before us, we look at what they left behind. What will we leave behind and how will we be understood?

Interior Designer, Lisa Stewart, with Lead Architect, Xavier Vilalta,
at the Boone home in Raleigh NC.

Homes of Hospitality

by Lisa Stewart 26 May 2016

Stress-free entertaining tips.

Do you love to entertain and host cozy dinner parties? Do you have the gift of hospitality that allows family and friends to relax, linger and laugh in your home? Or does the thought of entertaining stress you out? Have you given up trying to host the perfect party? If so, here are a few pointers to get you moving again.

Clean just enough. Remember your guests are coming to see YOU not your home. Relax and let go of perfectionism.

Photo by The Glamourai

Keep it simple. We would all love to set the perfect table with flowers, name cards and fancy dishes but who has time? Loved ones will understand if you ask them to set the table or grab a plate, silverware and napkin as they sit down. Calm down and make it easy on yourself.

Some people love to cook and can unwind through the process. But others are stressed out by it. If that’s you, plan a simple proven menu. For me, it’s a crock pot of chili. Or better yet, order food from your favorite local place and pick it up. After all you deserve to put your feet up and take it easy too.

Most important of all, a hospitable host enjoys entertaining and the immense gift of family and friends. So welcome your loved ones to share great food and build memories together with worry-free ease. What could be better?!  

Lisa Stewart is an interior designer serving the Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC.


The Baker Furniture Showroom Experience

by Lisa Stewart 25 May 2016

Design dreams come to life with the Baker signature style.

 

For three generations Baker has set the standard for fine furniture with superb design and workmanship. The individually handcrafted pieces have come to define quality. They’re designed to be passed from one generation to the next because true elegance spans across centuries.

The collections are created by the world’s most prominent and talented designers, including Michael S. Smith, Thomas Pheasant, Barbara Barry and Jean-Louis Denoit, to name a few. Each setting in the showroom excites us with the modern interpretations to classical shapes.

The entrance hall to the Baker Furniture showroom shown below was a fun place to hang out and experience the feel of 1920’s Shanghai. We chatted with the designer and wanted to linger as time seemed to fade away. 

Lisa Stewart is an interior designer serving the Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC. 

 

North Carolina Designers Love the Biltmore Estate

by Lisa Stewart 23 May 2016

The grand architecture and interesting interior decorating will awe and inspire you too! 

Schedule your trip now to see George Vanderbilt's bedroom and relax in the gorgeous gardens of this mountain estate. 

Only a few hours drive from Raleigh, the Biltmore Estate is a large tourist destination near Asheville, North Carolina and one of my favorite places to visit. Biltmore House was built by George Washington Vanderbilt II between 1889 and 1895 is still owned by Vanderbilt's descendants. The Châteauesque-style mansion is the largest privately-owned house in the United States and one of the most prominent remaining examples of the Gilded Age.

Vanderbilt’s 250-room chateau is a true marvel because it features built-in conveniences non-existent in those days, like electric lighting and bathrooms. The luxurious home spans three-plus floors including servants quarters. The basement features the kitchen, exercise room, bowling alley and indoor swimming pool. Almost all the priceless accessories, art and furniture are from George and Edith Vanderbilt’s original collection. The inspiring color scheme throughout illustrates the eclectic style, elegance and charm of the Vanderbilt family.

Lisa Stewart is an interior designer serving the Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC.