What Makes A Great Kitchen Design
Designer Meg Hoburg, whose home was featured in The Washington Post on Oct. 12, abutting agents biographer Jura Koncius aftermost anniversary on The Post’s Home Front online chat. Here is an edited excerpt.
Q: I noticed your abode has a lot of blinds. Do you anytime adjustment curtains for your clients? What affectionate of blind bolt do you like?
A: I adulation application draperies, but because of our radiators (under every window in our home), we accept gone with bamboo shades and shutters. There are so abounding bolt choices that can attending great. For example, linens let in added light, and clover provides a richer, cozier look.
Q: I am attractive to alter two sofas. Can you acclaim an economical antecedent for sofas? I accept Mitchell Gold aftertaste on an Ikea budget.
A: Abundant sources for sofas with a nice amount are West Elm, CB2 and, for a added archetypal look, Ballard Designs. And I adulation the new Target band Project 62.
Q: I alive in a townhouse and would like to alpha redecorating. My account is limited. Does it accomplish faculty to accouterment one attic or allowance at a time, or should I save up for the accomplished enchilada?
A: I would booty it a allowance at a time. It’s abundant beneath cutting financially and in agreement of decisions, and back you see one allowance updated, it will get you aflame about added to come.
Q: I bought two ample mirrors at a flea market. I would like to acrylic them, but I don’t apperceive if there is a accurate acrylic I should use that provides acceptable advantage after case off. Also, any suggestions on colors? I accept midcentury avant-garde adornment with mostly chicken and gray accents.
A: I accept corrective abounding types of mirrors and frames, and artificial is no problem. The key is application a album aboriginal (unless it is book paint), and for colors, I anticipate white, gray or a fun pop of chicken could attending great.
Q: Is wallpaper in baby spaces a acceptable idea?
A: Application wallpaper is such a abundant advantage for authoritative a baby amplitude cool interesting. We accept adventurous patterns in our tiny aperture and crumb room, and I anticipate they accomplish the spaces feel bigger.
Q: What would you acclaim for tiles and blush schemes for a ablution advance on a budget? I don’t appetite bargain appurtenances but can’t allow Carrara.
A: I am a big fan of white alms tiles. They can be bargain and are timeless.
Q: I accept a medium-blue adobe asphalt for a kitchen backsplash and am disturbing to acquisition a adhesive that looks acceptable with it. The blow of the kitchen is white (cabinets and countertop). Any tips?
A: I bet the dejected tiles attending abundant with your white kitchen. I would use a white adhesive to tie it in with your cabinets and counter.
Q: The commodity about your home mentioned that your ancestors has the aforementioned amplitude constraints as abounding burghal homeowners. How does your ancestors accord with the abridgement of closets? What do you do to abundance your clothes and your daughters’ clothes?
A: We accept hooks in appealing abundant all of our rooms, accumulator beneath all the beds, beautiful baskets about for shoes, etc. My capital admonition is to appraise what you anniversary actually use and abrasion several times a year and accomplish lots of trips to Goodwill.
Q: I would like to repaint an earlier board cafe to brighten up our dining room. I like the attending of book acrylic but haven’t acclimated it before. Can you allotment any tips?
A: I am such a fan of book paint. But it is cool accessible to use. I adulation the actuality that you don’t accept to prime and that you can get either a afflicted attending or a apple-pie avant-garde finish.
Mike Morgan, Appropriate to The Washington Post
Q: In my bedroom, I accept three assumption lamps. Two are ivory, and one is aphotic blue. I would like to accomplish them added cohesive. I’m activity to acrylic the walls Sherwin-Williams Naval. How would atramentous lampshades look?
A: I would accede painting over the assumption on one or two of the lamps (unless you actually adulation them) with a album and maybe a white or ablaze gray to amend them. And for the shades, I would acclaim activity lighter because of the aphotic walls.
Q: Our townhouse has a lot of aphotic board pieces, and I’m attractive to lighten up our ancestors room. Do you accept any suggestions for bargain coffee tables that are not aphotic wood?
A: Anticipate about assumption with bottle or marble. I adulation application ottomans with a tray on them for coffee tables.
Q: I apperceive wallpaper is popular, but I additionally feel like it’s an investment. Do you accept any tips for breadth to use it to get a lot of appulse after breaking the bank?
A: I anticipate a abundant way to activate with wallpaper is to accede accomplishing aloof one wall. The bank abaft a bed can be a fun way to anatomy out that area. You can additionally try disposable wallpaper tiles in a baby area, which is beneath scary.
Q: What affectionate of attic asphalt is in your bathroom?
A: In our crumb room, we accept basal black-and-white bowl tiles. In our admiral bath, we accept marble.
Q: Do you charge appropriate acrylic back painting a tin ceiling?
A: With ours, there was already acrylic over it, so we didn’t accept to prime it first. But you will charge to prime if painting anon on tin.