Lisa Stewart Design Paint Black Wall

Painting Tips from a Pro

Bold Black Transforms This Wall! I had a vision for dramatically transforming a room through bold and unconventional use of wall color. But applying the color would be challenging and I knew it could only be done by an experienced professional painter. Thinking of painting your walls? Here’s some advice straight from painter Keith Williams of Southpoint Painting in Greensboro, NC: “First do the prep work. – Prepare the walls by patching holes and sanding rough spots. – Protect the […]

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Fall 2013 High Point Market – Mad for Modern

This living room in has modern sofas that contrast the classic architectural fretwork. Accentuated by the use of light and dark colors, the furnishings seem somewhat understated compared to the commanding views. The sofa designer, Kelvin Giormani, manages the daily operations of his family’s manufacturing business in Asia. I enjoyed reminiscing with him in High Point. The modern desk below reminds me of classic Coco Chanel with its captivating curves, wonderful warm wood, and golden metal. The stunning oversized dining […]

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Choosing Wall Color

Considerations When Choosing Wall Color. If choosing a wall color gives you heart palpitations then here’s my prescription. Relax!  Take it slow and easy. Then consider a few basic things. Consider the function of the room. What are you going to do in it? Work, play, sleep, rest, relax, cook, or eat? Whatever you do in this room will direct the wall color production. Think about the feel of the room. Emotions play a big role when it comes to […]

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Lisa Stewart Design Universal Design

Universal Design for All

Universal Design really means ‘design for all.’ The buzz in the industry is just amazing, as Universal Design goes mainstream and effectively becomes the new Green. Baby boomers caught in the middle caring for their parents and grandchildren are realizing it’s just better design for everyone. U.D. is becoming cutting edge, even trendy. This is NOT your grandmother’s institutional-looking nursing home anymore! Manufacturers have introduced luxury lines all geared for the baby boomers’ tastes. Industry experts say the best time […]

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Green Design Essentials

“Green” is becoming more and more hip as we become increasingly aware of the environmental consequences of our choices. Following your eco-conscience when purchasing home furnishings is easier than you might think. Important elements of sustainability to look for in your purchases include: – Non-toxic products in carpets, cabinets, drywall, paint. – Natural products in mattresses, fabrics, and many other items. – Recycled products in countertops, furniture, and accessories. – Reclaimed products in flooring, architectural details, and tile. – “Sustainable” […]

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Outdoor Kitchens Are Sizzling

Considered a luxury a few years ago, outdoor kitchens are now becoming a standard feature in moderate to high-end remodels and new construction. It’s not just about the barbecue anymore. It’s about our ongoing love affair with nature, expanding our living space and alfresco entertaining with ease and elegance. Blurring lines between inside and outside, a well-designed and outfitted outdoor kitchen can seal the deal on a property. I see developers using them to set their product apart. Using covered […]

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Making Memories with Carleton Varney

“Decorating is about making memories,” claimed Carleton Varney. “What is your first memory? Can you remember where you were and what the place looked like?”  “Yes, I can remember,” I replied, “As a 2-year-old, I was in the hospital having my tonsils out!”  After the laughter subsided he encouraged me to pick a different and more pleasant memory. How exactly am I supposed to reboot my old brain with a “new” first memory? And how exactly does decorating make memories? […]

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Dress Your Home For Success

Can we affect positive change in our lives by redecorating our home? My answer is yes, of course! In my article “Where Are You From?” I posed the question, should we decorate our home for our hopes and dreams? In other words, should we dress our home for success? Most of us can answer the question, “Where are you from?” Not all can answer, “Where are you going?” Sometimes the future is uncertain and the path unclear. Stuck in a rut, […]

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News & Observer: Lisa Stewart’s Decorating Secrets

As an interior designer, I love sharing my secrets for creating a home that reflects its owner’s personality. So when asked to answer 10 Questions by the Raleigh News & Observer, I jumped at the chance to offer some helpful advice to the papers’ readers. Some of the questions were very thought-provoking and included: -Describe your design philosophy. -Money’s no limit but you can only buy one thing for your home, what is it and why? -What’s your best tip […]

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Lisa Stewart Design Where Are You From?

Where Are You From?

Where you’ve lived and places you’ve visited have influenced who you are and therefore your home’s décor. We tend to surround ourselves with environments that are familiar to us and remind us of places we hold dear. I am often asked, “Where are you from?” I feel a bit strange answering this because I’ve moved so many times and have called a number of places home. Consequently, I like change. Lately, the contents in my home seem to be in […]

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