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

by Lisa Stewart 20 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.

“Must Have” When Building or Remodeling a Home: A Lighting Expert

by Lisa Stewart 18 Sep 2017

Design your home with lighting to brighten your life!

When building or remodeling a home take time to learn the latest in lighting from lighting expert, Deb Dorn of Capitol Lighting Gallery. She always keeps me up to date on the innovative and high-tech options available in the market today! Together we can design lighting plans for you that will add comfort and luster to your life.  

Here are just a few radiant ideas. Light stairways for safety. Place outlets in the floor for lamps on tables in the middle of the room. Use the Legrand System for a kitchen backsplash free of unsightly outlets and switches. Consider adding above-cabinet lighting to supplement the under-cabinet lighting. Add toe-kick lighting in kitchens and baths for perfect night lights. Put dimmers on everything for relaxing evening entertaining. Use beautiful chandeliers, sconces, lamps and more to finish off the space with personality. Then learn how to control it all from your phone!

Prepare your list of lighting must-haves early so the electrician can create a plan and execute to your requirements. Prepare your budget also. Some of these glowing extras may seem costly, but Deb always helps my clients come in on budget. Make an appointment with Deb soon to illuminate your environment!

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.