Building and Remodeling
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 […]
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. See more photos from […]
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 […]
News & Observer Design Master Class: Tips and Tricks from the N&O Design Team “Bathroom redo yields space worthy of a luxury hotel” Take a look at the story I wrote about my favorite bath remodel this year. Collaborating with the homeowners and contractor to create this hotel chic main bath was a pleasure! Read Article Here See more photos from this project here Lisa Stewart is an interior designer serving the Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC.
No longer a luxury item, granite countertops in kitchens and baths have become standard with builders and the expected norm with homebuyers. In less than a decade, granite went from being opulent to ubiquitous. This sudden shift can be attributed to lower prices due to globalization and new technology. Granite is more affordable because of the easy access to many sources around the world. And granite is easier to work with because of computerized saws and other technology advancements. Are […]
There are plenty of upscale shopping centers all filled with the finest in home décor from all over the world. But I’m a bargain hunter, so today I’m heading to the Flea Market. With over 3,000 stalls, this market has anything you can imagine. The thrill of the search builds as I pass by the tacky trinkets, books, coins, jewelry, statues, silks, porcelains, musical instruments and enter the Tibetan and other ethnic stalls. Next, I run across trunks, artwork, bronze […]