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A Metro Atlanta Design Firm Specializing in
Designing Your Idea Of Home

B Interiors is a residential interior design firm serving North Atlanta with a reputation for creating comfortable spaces that don’t break the bank. Let’s face it. Some things are better off left to the professionals: Taxes, haircuts and plumbing. Save the time and money you’d spend trying to do it yourself – and invest in a professional designer who has the education, experience and expertise to help you organize your space and create the environment you’ve always dreamed of – no matter how big or small. Good design is an investment, but doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Designs are current and we incorporate an educational background in art, design and architecture to design solutions specifically to meet your needs and your budget. We can do as much or as little as you like, and we work with a host of trusted professional contractors to complete your project.

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  • Beth was fantasic to work with.  She had great ideas for our spaces and she was completely respectful of our budget.  She listened to all of our "wants" and "needs" and was great to work with.  We have worked with Beth on several projects in our home since 2006." 

    C. McLaurin

  • "We have contracted with Beth for several decorating jobs at my 1960s split-level home.  We wanted to update to a more modern design rather than traditional, and Beth had wonderful ideas within our budget range.  She is timely, fun to work with and quite a professional.  Her ideas helped us change our home and make it exactly what we dreamed!  We purchased new modern furniture for our bedroom and Beth found fabrics that made the bedroom tasteful, fun, and not "too flashy."  She also arranged to have original artwork designed to match our taste and color selections.  Beth is knowledgeable of all design styles, has experience, and works closely to find style at affordable costs.  She worked well with our contractor, my husband and me.  We all enjoyed our experience and the outcome is just wonderful."

    M. Lawrence

  • "I used Beth with B Interiors to help design my master bedroom.  She listened to all of my needs and preferences and helped design a beautiful bedroom.  She was able to use some of my existing pieces and make them look brand new.  She brought me beautiful fabric choices with various textures.  I love the way it all turned out.  I would definitely use Beth again.  She was a pleasure to work with."

    N. Crews

  • "Creative, timely, respectful and fun are all adjectives I use to describe my experience working with Beth.

    She is creative, has a keen eye for details and is realistic when it comes to project budgets. She knows that not everyone has an unlimited budget for their home projects. I appreciated her honesty and patience during the process.

    I'll use her again...."

    L. Bradley

    N. Crews

True Or False? White Walls Make a Room Feel Larger

Sorry sports fans, but the answer is False.

I know, it’s a common misconception.  But indeed, it is false.  It is one of those interior design myths that’s proliferated into magazines and other media. I’m sure you’ve seen the headline on some magazine or blog:

“How To Make A Room Appear Larger”

“White Rooms Always Look The Largest. ” ~ Forbes

“Lighter colors tend to open up a space, while darker hues give a closed-in look.” ~ Bed Bath and Beyond

“Maximize your space by using light colors, specifically on the wall.” ~ Apartment Therapy

“For the illusion of a larger room, use a color scheme that’s light… ” ~ Lowes

Thousands of online magazines, forums and bloggers believe that painting a small room white will make it appear larger. Their justification is that white is reflective therefore creating “expanse,” while dark colors absorb light making a room feeling more closed in.

A light color will give the feeling of light and airiness because it reflects the light. But that is not what we are talking about. We are talking about the size of the room. And reflections of light come forward making the room appear to be smaller by making the walls appear to be coming towards us.

Let’s consider the white ceiling.  Painting it white actually makes it appear to be lower.  Here’s a question for you.

“If you want to look thinner do you wear, white or black?”

It’s not a trick question. Don’t think too hard.  You know the answer. 

It’s the same principle.  Dark colors recede.  Light colors advance.

This is physics, not an opinion; not a debate; pure science. Here is the proof..

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The black recedes and the white projects. The white square also looks larger, doesn’t it?

It’s not. The two squares are the exact same size. And the two outer squares are also the same size. The white one appears to be thicker.  Four walls and a ceiling painted white will look bigger and closer than they really are. Therefore the room will appear to be smaller.  Here are some examples.  Don’t these black walls recede?  This is a trick for small spaces — paint the walls dark to make it feel LARGER.

Look how elegant this living room looks painted dark grey.  You see the beautiful furniture and objects FIRST, and the walls last, right?

And check out this dreamy blue bedroom…serene isn’t it?

And what do you think of this dark ceiling?  It seems to disappear into deep space.

So, have I convinced you??   If so, will you gently correct folks who insist that light rooms look LARGER?  They don’t. They look lighter, yes, but smaller. This  is why LARGE rooms (especially with a lot of windows) look fabulous painted in a light color!

My point is… Don’t be afraid to paint a room as dark as you like because you’re afraid that it’ll look smaller. That is baloney!

Now which paint color to choose…..that is another story…for another blog post!

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My Visit to MTI Baths Factory

Blowing the dust out for our test drive

Blowing the dust out for our test drive

The MTI Alissa 5, another model we test drove.

The MTI Alissa 5, another model we test drove.

MTI Elise 5 - this is the one we chose for the client

MTI Elise 5 – this is the one we chose for the client

Two tub molds

Two tub molds

Pouring the stone mixture into a mold

Pouring the stone mixture into a mold

Fine powdered stone

Fine powdered stone

Powdery substance comes from the huge vat

Powdery substance comes from the huge vat

Today I took a client to visit the MTI bathtub factory to see how their beautiful engineered stone freestanding tubs are made, and to select one for her “new” master bath. These elegant tubs literally look like pieces of sculpture, and can be described as “art for your bath!” They start with stone powder, mix it with polymers, heat the substance, and pour into a mold. The tubs are then baked for several hours. Once they dry, they are sanded and polished into a fine matte or glossy finish, whichever is ordered by the client.  We had the chance to sit in several tubs to test them out.  Everyone at the company was so friendly and helpful, and they make an amazing product. Lead time for tubs is only about 2 weeks. We ended up selecting the Elise 5 tub in a Matte finish. It will coordinate nicely with the Carrara marble tiles we will be installing soon. Project starts in a couple weeks!  Stay tuned!

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Top Reasons to Hire an Interior Designer (they can actually save you time and money!)

chestateeWhen I’m out and about and people ask what I do for a living, I always hear, “Oh, I’d love to hire a designer, but I can’t afford you.”  And that is even before we’ve discussed their project or my fees!  So I wonder where they get this impression.  (I consider myself stylish, but I drive a 10-year old Honda Pilot, I live in an average house and I don’t wear expensive jewelry or clothes.)  So perhaps there is a misconception that designers cost too much, expenses will get out of hand, or that only “rich” people hire designers.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

Here are 5 reasons why hiring an interior designer can actually SAVE you money when you’re making updates to your home.

  1. Interior Designers save you time and money by helping you avoid costly mistakes. We all know someone who chose the wrong (fill in the blank). You’re at a party and a friend is lamenting about the sofa she ordered a few months ago. She likes the fabric, but it looks too big in her living room. She wishes she had looked at more options and taken better measurements before placing her order. Someone else chimes in and mentions her dissatisfaction with the granite choice in her kitchen. There was one stone that she just LOVED, but it was over budget, so she settled for something more “reasonable. But, if she had to do it all over again…” I hear these stories all the time. Consumers have great intentions, but are often hasty when it comes to home improvement decisions. Why? They lack the experience, keen eye and time to pull everything together. Most designers truly have a gift for being able to visualize items and colors in a space, and that is why most consumers hire us. Buying and returning a few accessories at Homegoods is one thing, but if you’re making decisions about permanent things like tile, granite, cabinets and carpet during a one-hour trip to the home improvement store, it’s easy to make a mistake. And you often won’t realize it until after it’s installed. A designer can guide you through each of these decisions so that you can happily live with your selections and achieve a cohesive look and feel.
  2.  Designers have networks of incredible contractors. I’m sure you’ve been asked “Hey, do you know of a good (painter/handyman/plumber/etc.)?” So you end up using the guy your neighbor used, but he made a mess, he left cigarette butts on the sidewalk and it took him forever to complete the job. But hey, he was referred by your neighbor, right? Everyone’s idea of “good” is different. So that’s why I often try out contractors on my own home before I let them work on a project for a client. I hire contractors that speak English, show up on time, work hard and clean up at the end of the day. They may not be the cheapest, but I am confident about the quality of their work. And that’s worth a lot to me. Clients appreciate that too!
  3.  Designers can expose you to a wider variety of resources.   Designers have access to showrooms and businesses that deal exclusively with the trade, so you won’t end up with a cookie cutter solution. Instead of finding something on your own that is “good enough” for your space, a designer is more likely to find something that fits perfectly. Additionally, designers usually have access to special trade and wholesale pricing from some manufacturers, so this could save you money on the items you purchase if she passes those savings on to you. Just ask.
  4. Designers have a keen understanding of scale and proportion. I carry a tape measure wherever I go. So when I’m hunting for just the right piece, I take into consideration the size and dimensions of the ideal piece that will make a statement in your room. Having the “right” items means they are in the proper scale and proportion to the room they belong in and they coordinate with everything else. Hiring a designer will ensure that you select properly scaled furnishings and appropriate finishes for the size and value of your home.
  5. Designers will help you achieve that “Wow” factor that you may not have the courage to attempt on your own. If you’ve ever visited a show house, you know what I mean. You might say, “I never would have chosen that piece/color, but it looks great in here!” Sometimes we stick with “safe” solutions because we are afraid to go outside our comfort zone or we’re overly concerned about how one decision might affect the overall resale value of our home. I say, “To heck with that!” Your home should be a reflection of you. It should tell your family’s visual story. A designer is not there to merely rubber stamp your ideas. Rather, she will be the one to get you out of your comfort zone and say “go for it” when you find the most exquisite light fixture for the dining room.

Let’s face it.   We’re all good at something.  So if choosing paint colors, selecting tile or managing a bathroom renovation is a little (or a lot) out of your comfort zone, save yourself from all the frustration, stress, and wasted time and money and just hire a designer.  It’s SO worth it.  Oh, and I know someone I can recommend…

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