Is Your Waiting Area Gloomy, Poorly Lit, Disorganized, Cramped or Cluttered?

Many patients and caregivers dread visiting medical offices/facilities and surgery centers for various reasons. Fear, anxiety and frustration are at the top of the list.

Quite often, the first thing the patients and caregivers notice is the waiting area. 

Well, J. West Design Services takes medical offices/facilities, surgery centers and transforms them into environments that allows your patients/caregivers to feel more relaxed and comfortable, optimistic and overall confident in the medical staff.

Take a look at one of our New Jersey interior design projects, a medical urgent care center. If you know of anyone in the healthcare field that would benefit from having their medical offices/facilities and surgery centers re-designed by an expert interior designer, please share our information with them. We can also assist them with getting financing for the re-design. 

If you're looking for waiting area interior design services in New Jersey, call J. West Design Services at 908-405-1393, or fill out our online request form.

Accessorizing for Spring

Spring brings lots of fresh spirit into everybody’s homes. When it comes to accessories, this season has a lot to offer as well, with the mixing and fusing of styles, colors and textures. Learn ways to bring a bit of the rich accessorizing SPRING-Y repertoire into your home.

Spark Charm in The Dining Room

Give the dining room table and chairs a thorough cleaning. It's time to replace your dining room tablecloth with something more fitting to the time of year. A new geometric vase, new lighting or just a new basket for fruits.

Splash Color in the Kitchen

There are many colorful kitchen accessories available that can create a fun and energetic place to be. These include coffee, sugar, tea and cookie tins, as well as bottles of olive oil and vinegar made of different materials such as ceramic, plastic, glass, and metal. Spring is a great opportunity to stick with the color you like and select your favorite items in similar shades. Once you place them on open shelves, your kitchen will change in an instant.

Upgrade with Shabby Chic

Shabby chic is definitely more than just a passing trend. It is an old style that has recently become more popular than ever, updated with beautiful and uniquely designed items. One or two accessories can definitely spark a romantic charm in any room. Pinkish or bluish, romantic and handmade — there are so many ways to bring the shabby chic style into the heart of the home.

Refresh Your Lighting

Lighting plays a very important role in how we feel. Pleasant, warm lighting is the secret for calming an environment. Use light fixtures that spread warm white light, not cold white.

Bloom with Naturals

Just a few planters at your favorite spot and you’re all set for spring. Dedicate a few minutes for refreshing yourself with a corner garden, right in your own home. Look for outdoor items that can bring nature inside, from sea shells and unique stones to botanically inspired images.

Stick with the Finishing Touches

A tray on the coffee table, flowers in a vase — these are the ultimate finishing touches, which indicate that there is actually a daily routine taking place in a room. These are what make a room complete. To make a strong color statement, even flowers and books should follow the palette parameters. Time to swap out the old rug and update to a chevron area rug, which adds some fun for spring. Bring in some new throw pillows with spring colors, patterns, and florals.

Bring Feng Shui Spirit to the Bedroom

Make sure to paint the walls in soothing colors. If you are painting one wall differently, keep it subtle. Avoid sharp-cornered furniture. Try to take the time and pay attention to figure out what causes stress for you and what calms you down. This will definitely help when organizing your bedroom with Feng Shul in mind.

Add Charm to Your Balcony or Terrace

When it comes to our outdoors, the list can go on and on. Spring days are great for outdoors. There are many ways to transform your terrace into a breezy lounge area. Add small hints of objects from nature: interesting rocks, a small fountain with water, a collection of stones or shells, baskets, small pottery, candlesticks, lamps. 

If you're looking for interior design services in New Jersey, call J. West Design Services at 908-405-1393, or fill out our online request form.

Spring Resolution - Light & Airy

Spring brings a wind of change into our homes. Spring cleaning means spring decorating. As homeowners, we have the opportunity to recreate our own private nest as a place where we can relax and rejuvenate. Resolutions come all year, and now that spring has arrived, here are some useful tips to put up a new airy look and feel and get into the spring mood.

Make an Entrance

Making a fabulous entrance strongly projects the appearance and character of your home. So you might as well have fun getting it ready for your audience! Place a console or a drawer chest that matches the furniture style of your house. Choose different colors of wood not yet used in your home, such as blue, turquoise, or green. This will help give the furniture a unique but connected feeling in relation to the rest of the home.

Rearrange Your Focal Point.

Sometimes simply moving things around a bit will get you inspired! Try a new arrangement, starting with the focal point. If you have a great view of your garden, change the focal point of the room from your fireplace to the bay window. Rearranging furniture is the key to doing this.

De-clutter

Buy decorative baskets to store items that are an eyesore. Look for ways to add enclosed storage in your rooms. Take down some of the artwork and put up new images. Dust the shelves. Put up fewer accessories for a lighter, airier look.

Let Sunshine In

Take full advantage of daylight. Window treatments are key for a successful decorating plan. Whether you choose curtains, shades, blinds, or drapes, these are what give an airy feel to a room. Reconsider window treatments such as roller blinds, which are perfect for maximizing the flow of air and light, since they can be raised to the very upper part of the window, enabling maximum exposure. The look is minimal and clean.

Rediscover Your Possessions

Say goodbye to winter and then gather up a stack of pretty books from around the house in colors you like. Display a favorite spring-inspired collection, reframe your family photos, and refresh with new artworks.

Transparent Window Treatments

Tall, white, flowy curtains hanging from the ceiling to the floor give a light and airy feel to the living room. The transparent effect takes advantage of natural lighting whenever possible, which works wonderfully with the following modern décor without attracting too much attention.

Shades of White

You can’t go wrong with an all-white monochromatic space. Introduce different textures and hues —a cream crocheted throw, a pearl white rough-hewn linen sofa, and a nubby rug all add depth to a pure look.

Flower Power

There are many ways to bloom a room. One of them is by reupholstering a chair; a delicate flower textile for an occasional seat will keep the powerful pattern from taking over the room and will keep your room fresh.

If you're looking for interior design services in New Jersey, call J. West Design Services at 908-405-1393, or fill out our online request form.

Seasons' Gestures With Spring Pastels

With early spring trends already in stores, it’s hard to resist the pastels dominating this year’s seasonal color palette: bright candy pinks, mineral blues, and rose quartz. This spring, we are going to use pastels to pay homage to the beauty of natural resources, which encourage relaxation, reflection, and wellness, as well as a soothing sense of order and peace. Pastels lead us to unexpected color combinations by creating looks which truly represent the world we live in, both constructed and organic. Here are some of our top pastel living tips to help change your mind about these delicate shades and leave you wanting more.

Complement with The Right Wood Finishes

Pastel colors blend well with natural materials like wood paneling, wood floors, and rattan accessories. Go for lighter-colored woods such as white oak, bamboo, lighter maple and similar varieties which complement pastel décor. If you are after a bit of contrast, rich cherry wood goes well with pink and peach colors, and mahogany or deep brown-colored stains go well with pastel yellow, blue or green.

Pair for Relaxation

Whether in soft- or hard-surfaced material, the pairing of two pastels brings calm and relaxation. Appealing in all finishes, the engaging combination joins easily with other mid-tones, including greens and purples, rich browns, and all shades of yellow and pink.

Here are the trendiest combinations for spring 2016:

  • Rose quartz & serenity blue
  • Iced coffee & hot pink
  • Powdery blue & greens
  • Grays & lilacs
  • Peach echo & buttercup yellow

Incorporate Patterns

You can upgrade a room by incorporating different pastel patterns using throw pillows. The designs will make the lighter tones appear more sophisticated while still maintaining that relaxed, laid-back feel. For the perfect impact, mix polka-dots and stripes, or even different floral patterns.

Mix it Up with a Gray Sofa

Why use one shade of pastel when you can use two, three, or even four? 2016 introduces the most sophisticated pastel combinations. How do you pull the look together? Start with a gray sofa that grounds the whole look. Add different pastel items around and you are all set for Spring!

Add Glam

If you’re sticking to a single pastel color, mix items with glossy finishes to add interest. The glam factor in a living room gives a luxurious feel, transforming a simplistic space into something a little more special. Add in silver or brass for more splash and sparkle.

Stay Minimalist

Spring brings clarity, purity, un-layering, fresh outlooks, and an urge to simplify everything. This is why the pastel look should be minimalized. The key is to clear out items we do not need and further the minimalist look. It’s time to purchase some new items and create a minimalist composition of pastel items that will spark spring right at you own home.

If you're looking for interior design services in New Jersey, call J. West Design Services at 908-405-1393, or fill out our online request form.

Identify Your Interior Design Style

Designing a home is a challenge of its own. Creating a beautiful one starts with choosing the right style. There are so many designs to choose from, and making this crucial decision is a bit overwhelming. To commit to the right style, you need to identify your personality and understand what each style is all about. Then you’ll have a match made in heaven for years to come.

 

Eclectic

You are:

  • A funky, outgoing person
  • You love innovations and follow the trends
  • You like to mix and match
  • Always cooking and hosting

Eclectic Style, is a mix of styles, a combination of patterns, mixing different time periods of home decorating designs. A good eclectic space is defined by its contemporary, mixed, funky look.

How to get the eclectic look?

  • Choose a color scheme and stick to it
  • Mix and match into the chosen color scheme different décor styles and items
  • Accessorize with your favorite vintage items
  • Dare to combine different kinds of seats by color and style

 

Modern

You are:

  • A love of art and iconic furniture
  • Minimalist and organized
  • Appreciate quality
  • Want to invest in a timeless design

Modern design is influenced by the modern art movement that preceded such designs. Modern interior design grew out of the decorative arts, notably Art Deco in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The style is defined by stark surfaces and clean lines.

How to get the modern look?

  • Choose streamlined upholstered sofas, leather lounge chairs and molded plastic or shaped plywood accent chairs
  • Go for design classic furniture and iconic objects
  • Emphasize form - Modern design uses geometric shapes, squares, circles and rectangles along with smooth curves
  • Use plastic or wood with an opaque finish to cover the natural wood grain.
  • Glossy metals, such as stainless steel, are among the signature materials in modern interior spaces. From the legs of a chair to the body of a lamp.

 

Contemporary

You are:

  • A career person
  • Appreciate fashions and trends
  • Like to be updated and live the good life
  • Prefers de-cluttered homes

Contemporary interior design represents what is current and new. The look is hip and trendy. Fundamentally, simplicity, and clean lines help to define contemporary style decorating. Interiors showcase space rather than objects – less is more. The layout is open, for instance, an open kitchen, with long sleek frameless cabinet doors, furniture-designed with strong horizontal lines, blends right into contemporary environment.

How to get the contemporary look?

  • Use of bold color blocks.
  • Choose a space with high ceilings, bare windows
  • Take advantage of structural elements
  • Choose individual pieces of furniture
  • Find artworks with bold geometric shapes.
  • Go for large lighting fixtures which are installed to highlight specific element or an area – for example, dining room or a staircase.

 

Traditional Antique

You are:

  • Old fashioned and romantic
  • Enjoy neutral color schemes and avoid fashions or trends
  • Loves wood and ornaments
  • Like a laid back peaceful lifestyle
  • Appreciate antique and heritage
  • Adore nostalgic décor for a one-of-a-kind interior

How to get the traditional look?

  • Use symmetry around a focal point, such as a favorite work of art, a fireplace, or a large piece of furniture.
  • Choose deep rich wood tones for your furniture. Dark woods like cherry, maple, and mahogany are typically used in furniture pieces of this style.
  • Incorporate architectural details - Arches, columns, and built-in cabinetry are also frequent features of the traditional interior.
  • Look for curved furniture pieces that hearken back to the 18th and 19th centuries.
  • Opt for fabrics featuring patterns such as florals, damasks, or paisleys.
  • Incorporate silk and velvet throughout the decor

If you're looking for interior design services in New Jersey, call J. West Design Services at 908-405-1393, or fill out our online request form.

Trends in Interior Design 2016

2016 will be an exciting and special interior design year. There are many new themes and innovative styles to be followed-up in 2016. Here is a list of what I believe to be the top interior design trends of 2016 and how they will impact our interiors.

3D GEOMETRY 

3D Geometry will dominate interiors in 2016 with a fascinating variety of shapes and textures. Wall ornaments and wallpapers will be an area of investigation and experimentation with geometrical shapes. Three-dimensional surfaces will be distinctive features of the living collection in 2016.

CHALKY COLORS 

A new dimension of colors will be presented with light chalky pastel shades, bringing vibrancy and good energy to the appearance of interiors. Sofas and armchairs in light pinks, mints, and yellows will fill our spaces. The Scandinavian minimalism will penetrate our homes the world over with many new products in soft, chalky colors that recall happy childhoods. Some of the leading European furniture brands like Vitra, The Republic of Fritz Hansen, Mutto and more, are releasing their most iconic furniture pieces in chalky color versions - demonstrating how far this trend has spread the world over.

INDOOR PLANTS

Decorating with plants is one of the growing trends that make our homes feel cozier and environmentally friendly. From forward thinking designs to innovative ideas the green scene has never been so inspiring. Bringing nature into our homes is not only beautiful, but also a practical solution for growing your own herbs. Indoor vertical gardens and green wall solutions will spread into our homes and balconies, with many surprising options.

PATTERNED TILED DESIGN

From floors to walls, patterned tiled design is at the heart of kitchens and bathrooms. Textured decorative wall panels ideas have been adopted by all the leading design brands, introducing to our homes a colorful ethnic approach with Bohemian flavor. The traditional Moroccan or Mediterranean-style tiles will become more trendy than ever.

In 2016, we will mix and match tiles with different colors and patterns further enhancing the playfulness of this trend. 

MIXED METALS

Brass, platinum, gold, copper, steel, bronze – in 2016, everything goes together for a super-glamorous room. Just a touch of glimmering metal adds chic and style. The fireplace, the bedside table or console make for great location for metal pieces. Finishes of kitchens and bath include nickel, chrome, aluminum, and stainless steel. Plumbing fixtures and appliances take on a silvery attitude, mixed with gold finishes.

ECO-FRIENDLY & SUSTAINABLE

From our tableware to the wood of our windows, re-purposing, reusing and recycling is on the rise with new technologies and inventions. Linens and bedding made from certified organic cotton and recycled materials, rugs made of recycled plastic, low-energy lighting systems and furniture made from sustainable materials, like bamboo or organic cotton, just to name a few.

TROPICAL MOTIFS

Blossoming landscapes, colorful birds, palm leaves, tropical trees and flowers are designed to bring a little bit of escapism right in your home. This fun trend is filling catalogs with new wall papers, upholstery and curtains.

BLACK & WHITE AND WOOD 

Scandinavian style continues to surprise and inspire us, recently appearing with a new winning formula - a monochromatic black and white scheme with a combination of wooden furniture. The trend rules the space together with a black and white striped rug. Cushions in different textures of black and white will spread throughout creating the most delightful play of black and white upholstery options.

If you're looking for interior painting services in New Jersey, call J. West Design Services at 908-405-1393, or fill out our online request form.

New Year's Design Resolutions

It’s that time of the year again, 2016 is just around the corner-out with the old and in with the new, time to set new goals, think about new plans – from losing weight, and getting in shape, to finding a new job, there is so much to plan ahead. No matter what your plans are, a successful year starts with a home you love. A home should provide a peaceful space to share our lives with others and enrich ours in return!  If you really want to start fresh next year, use December for a head start.  2016 brings unique ideas of design. Try out new trends, consider a new coat of paint or reorganize your bedroom. Take your pick! 

RE-MAKE AN ENTRANCE

Making a fabulous entrance strongly projects the appearance and character of your home. So you might as well have fun getting it ready for the New Year! To achieve a captivating entry, look for a new console and decorate it with your favorite accessories: vases, sculptures, art, a mirror.

RE-THINK YOUR LAYOUTS

Time to reconsider new focal points. That's what a New Year is all about. How about moving your desk to a new location, changing the focal point of your living room from the TV to the fireplace. Moving your bed to the window might give your mornings a new breeze. 

ADD A BAR CART

That bar trolley you see in luxurious restaurants has made a comeback and the good news is that you can find some very nice designs for your own home. You can choose one that compliments your style and fill it with all the drinks you love, and accessorize it as you wish. Ice bucket, bottle opener, cork screw, shaker, jigger, design books, flowers in a vase, elegant glass ware and you're all set to host a memorable evening that will wow your guests. 

DINING ROOM PENDANT LIGHT

Well-chosen dining room pendant lighting can change the atmosphere in an instant. The light should flatter the décor and make the best of it. It will take center stage. It's the perfect opportunity to be bold and daring with color and shape.

TRANSFORM YOUR WALLS

Tired of those boring white walls? How about putting on a new coat of paint or upgrading with wallpaper for an instant room transformation. Wallpaper has become extremely popular these days. With wallpaper you can incorporate color into your rooms and get the added benefit of pattern. From bold florals to geometric graphics wallpapers can change the whole atmosphere of a room.

MIX AND MATCH CHAIRS

Mixed chairs by the dining table is a growing trend we cannot ignore and it's not going to fade. The mix and match is indeed a great look and it can be used across various interior styles —you can easily mix by color, style and many other factors. Use a consistent color palette throughout all of the pieces to achieve a cohesive look. Look for pieces that have similar shapes and ensure that all the chairs match each other by their look and feel.

If you're looking for interior painting services in New Jersey, call J. West Design Services at 908-405-1393, or fill out our online request form.

Easy Holiday Decorating Solutions

Isn't decorating for the holidays supposed to be fun? If so, why do many of us cringe at the idea of pulling out our boxes of garland, bows, and lights? Sometimes creating a holiday home can make even the most cheerful person feel like Scrooge. This month, I'm going to share some tips that will make your decorating easier, faster, and more fun.

Tree Watering: Instead of squeezing yourself under the branches in order to water your tree, take a trip to the auto-supply store. Pick up an automotive funnel with a long, flexible neck. You can rest the funnel tip in the stand and then easily pour water from a pitcher or cup. It is still a good idea to keep a towel beneath the funnel in order to protect your tree skirt.

Homemade Garland: Stringing popcorn and cranberries with the kids always seems like a good idea until you are knee deep in kernels and broken thread. I suggest skipping the thread and putting waxed dental floss through your needle. Floss is strong and slick, so your popcorn and cranberries will slide on easily. If you pick up some mint flavored floss, the "thread" will even be a holiday green.

Tangle-free Lights: Start collecting cardboard tubes from rolls of paper towels. Make a small slit at the top of the rolls in order to secure the plug end of the light strand. You'll find it very easy to wind the lights around the tube. This will make next year's decorating so much easier.

No More Missing Plates: With all of the parties and family get-togethers this time of year, it is common to lose track of some plates and containers. You can help your hosts identify dishes by putting a label on the bottom of each item you bring. Write your name on the label using a waterproof marker.

Hanging Wreaths: Instead of putting a nail in your wooden door, loop decorative ribbon around the top of the wreath and secure it to the top edge of the door with several thumbtacks. This works especially well on doors that close too tightly to support over-the-door hooks. For glass and metal doors, purchase magnetic or suction hooks. You can find them online and in hardware stores.

Happy holidays!

If you're looking for interior design services in New Jersey, call J. West Design Services at 908-405-1393, or fill out our online request form.

Thanksgiving Decorating

Thanksgiving is about spending time with the people you love, not spending a lot of money on pre-made decorations. You can celebrate the spirit of the holiday by engaging the entire family in some fun decorating projects. 

Start with an outdoor walk. This will give your kids a chance to run and play while collecting items found in nature. See who can find the most unusual seed pods, pine cones and autumn leaves. Next, take a family outing to a local farmer’s market and select produce that can be used to create holiday decorations.

Kids of all ages can experiment with placing apples, gourds, greenery and walnuts in bowls and baskets. Incorporate the “treasures” from your walk and place the arrangements around the house. Flank a basket with candlesticks and you’ll have a special centerpiece. 

Older kids can create one-of-a-kind cornucopias using silver and gold acrylic paints purchased from craft stores. Paint miniature corn cobs, cattails and gourds with stripes, swirls and dots. Dried leaves and baskets can be painted with spray-paint. Your older children can also cover the items with a decoupage medium and then sprinkle them with glitter. The medium will dry clear, creating sparkly centerpieces. Seeing your children’s efforts will give you even more to be thankful for this year.

Happy Thanksgiving!

If you're looking for New Jersey Thanksgiving decorating, call J. West Design Services at 908-405-1393, or fill out our online request form.

Fall Mantles

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Your mantle is one of the best places to reflect the mood of the season. Here are three very different looks using easily acquired items.

  1. Rustic: Gather an odd number of copper vessels in various sizes and shapes. Fill in the space between the pots and vases with gourds, pinecones, and greenery.
  2. Elegant: Purchase some beaded fruits at a craft or home furnishing store. Arrange them on a rectangular plate in the center of the mantle. Add a tall manicured topiary on each side of the arrangement.
  3. Modern: For a striking, yet pared down look, simply arrange three pumpkins or large gourds in a straight line. Sounds too easy? Give it a try. This fresh, minimalist approach turns vegetables into modern art by showcasing their natural form.

If you're looking for interior design services in New Jersey, call J. West Design Services at 908-405-1393, or fill out our online request form.

Storing Your Wine Collection

Americans are enjoying wine like never before. As the number of wine enthusiasts grows, many homeowners are looking for ways to store their bottles. From small, custom cabinets to cellars large enough to hold tastings, more people are designing spaces to show off their collections. 

The first step in designing your wine storage area is to decide what you really need. Some people are tempted to create a large wine cellar just because they have the space for it, but this can be a mistake. It is much harder to control conditions like humidity, light and temperature in larger spaces. Also, consider whether you like to drink your wine within a year or two or plan to store it for a decade or more. The longer you plan to keep the wine, the more strict attention you will have to pay to storage conditions.

For the casual wine collector, there are many beautiful storage solutions on the market. However, there is more to consider than whether or not a rack matches your décor. When deciding where to keep your wine, look for a place in your home that stays cool, like a closet or pantry that is not against an outside wall or near heating ducts or water heaters. The wine should stay below 70 degrees. 

Also avoid direct sunlight or ultraviolet light. Light can greatly affect the quality of wine. In order to keep your bottles safe, store them away from vibrating appliances, like your washer or dryer. Finally, always store your bottles upside down or on their side so the cork stays moist and sealed, which reduces oxidation. Oxidation leads to deterioration of the wine, which is why most wine racks hold bottles horizontally. Cheers!

If you're looking for Quality New Jersey Wine Storage Designs, call J. West Design Services at 908-405-1393, or fill out our online request form.

Creating A Stylish Media Room

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Let’s focus on remodeling “specialty” rooms and spaces in your home. These are areas that you use for a specific hobby or function. One of the most popular specialty spaces today is the media room.

Media rooms are a huge trend right now, thanks in part to new plasma and flat screen televisions and the ever-increasing popularity of video gaming systems. However, all of that exciting technology can create a big cluttered eyesore if it is not contained in a properly designed space. To really get the most out of your media room, you’ll want an environment that accommodates your children but still looks sophisticated enough to entertain guests.

Media rooms are looking more luxurious than ever these days. Big recliners are being replaced with modern, comfortable sectionals. Not only do they allow families to snuggle together, their clean lines are more pleasing to the eye. 

The television is the center of your media room, but massive big screen TVs are on their way out. Fortunately, new televisions are no longer boxy. Streamlined TVs can be hung on the wall and even framed like a piece of art. While they may be expensive, these slick TVs are perfect if you want to conserve space. Many furniture companies are now even building consoles that conceal plasma screens that can be raised for viewing. 

Storage is always a problem in media rooms, so custom cabinetry may be your best option. A single unit built into your wall can hold your large television, all of your electronic equipment, DVDs and CDs. If you don’t want to keep your television behind doors, you can frame it in decorative panels that will make the unit look as attractive as a fine piece of furniture. To do this, install removable frames attached with double magnets so you can easily access the entire television when necessary.

If you're looking for Quality New Jersey Media Room Designs, call J. West Design Services at 908-405-1393, or fill out our online request form.

5 Things To Look For In Quality Cabinets

There are literally hundreds of cabinets out on the market today. With all types of styles, designs, colors, and materials to choose from, it's difficult for any homeowner to make the right choice. Before you make that leap to purchasing cabinets for your kitchen or bathroom, it's vital that you do your homework first. While the right quality New Jersey cabinets can accent your room, and provide you with years of satisfaction, the wrong cabinet selection can make you become dissatisfied and feel your investment was a waste. Here are a few foundational tips to help you get started.

Say Goodbye to Store Bought

The greatest delusion in purchasing cabinets is thinking that you can go to a department store, purchase home assemble cabinets, and expect them to either look like or last as long as quality custom built cabinets from a professional company. Yes, you'll save money on the front end, but the long term investment is just not there. Believe it or not, you can find affordable cabinets from a reputable cabinet company without sacrificing quality and durability. If you go to the wrong place to purchase cabinets, then it's all downhill from there.

Durable Construction in New Jersey

There are generally two types of quality New Jersey cabinet construction: screws and dowel and groove. The perfect combination of the two will give you well-built, long lasting cabinets. When it comes to screws, less is more. Due to the nature of cabinets and the ongoing day to day use, the areas where screws are implemented into the wood will ultimately weaken over time. This is why dowel and groove is a better options. An experienced cabinet manufacturer will know where the most appropriate areas are for both screws and dowels.

Tight Fitting Joints & Hinges

The most crucial areas of any cabinets are where joints are placed. This usually includes the corners where the wood is assembled or the doors, and this is usually what separates the professionals from the amateurs. True professionals will invest in high quality hinges and joints that do not wear out or create weak areas in the wood. Most hinges will incorporate "soft close" systems that protect both the door and the cabinet. Next time you purchase cabinets, ask the dealer about the details of the cabinet construction.

Drawer Construction

One of the things to remember is that most family members do not know or even think about how to take care of cabinets. This is especially true with children who hang on to doors, slam doors, yank on draws, and abuse cabinets in every manner. The construction of the drawers is the true testing ground for this kind of day to day use. A good company will build or sell full metal box sliding drawer systems that can hold up to ongoing use and abuse.

Quality Panel Surface

When it comes to surfaces there are generally two concerns: First, resistance to stains. Second, fading and discoloring. Cabinets are generally installed in environments that are exposed to chemicals, grease, liquids, food, and, of course, moisture and humidity. Without a protective surface, cabinets will wear out pretty quick. Find out what type of surface a product has before investing in it.

If you're looking for Quality New Jersey Cabinets, call J. West Design Services at 908-405-1393, or fill out our online request form.

Why you should use a NJ design professional

In the world of home improvement there are numerous variable that any home owner has to think about. The saying, 'you don't know what you don't know' often applies to anyone who has never done remodeling. The number reason most home owners will attempt DIY projects is to save money. But when you compare the value of professional work to the headache of doing it yourself, then the investment you'll make is worth every penny. There are several viable reasons why hiring a professional designer to remodel your kitchen, bathroom, or any other room in your home is the best way to go.

Experience in New Jersey

A seasoned, highly trained New Jersey Interior designers have performed hundreds of design remodeling projects. They've seen it all, and been there time and time again. As they approach your home improvement project, they will not only be able to handle all challenges, but they'll be expecting them. An experience designer will have all the skills and creativity available to properly perform every single design remodeling job in a manner that is efficient and dependable. Experienced designers can provide you with practical consultation that helps you save money while investing in quality products that last. In the end, experience wins out every time.

Accountability

In an attempt to take shortcuts and save money, many homeowners fall into the trap of hiring less than professional New Jersey Designers who ultimately end up doing fair to poor work. A true professional has years of experience and has the proper education to be able to perform any number of design projects. They can provide documentation and is completely transparent about credentials. A reputable company takes pride in their qualifications. Without insurance, certification, and proper credentials, you are taking a huge chance by allowing amateurs to perform work on your home. You could end up losing hundreds of dollars and a lot of time.

Quality

A true professional performs every design project with absolute precision and accuracy. They pay attention to details and are not satisfied until the job is done right. Professionals listen to their clients and do the work according to their clients' specifications. They're primary goal is customer satisfaction. They're not just interested in getting the job done, but, rather, creating a design that will last for many years to come. While they are interested in saving their client money, they're more interested in giving the most for their investment. If you sense that your designer is more interested in providing you with cheap products, than providing you with quality, then don't hire them. 

Efficient & Consistent Work

Professionals generally follow a process that is tried and true over and over again. This creates efficiency in their work which is a great benefit to you. There's no sense in taking 2 weeks to do a project if there are more effective ways to get it done in a week. We as professional New Jersey Interior Designers understand that time is money. We are sensitive to our client's time and schedule, so we find creative ways to work efficiently and get the job done/ 

If you're looking for a New Jersey Design Professional, call J. West Design Services at 908-405-1393, or fill out our online request form.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR PAINTING DAY

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So you've picked out the colors, you've hired your New Jersey Interior designers, and you've decided to even take a couple days off of work. The only thing left to do is to prepare the room for the arrival of the paint crew. Although some of these things can be done by the crew done, it's smarter to do as much in advance as possible. This will save the painters time and help them get the job faster. It will also insure that whatever items need to be moved are done by you, so that the liability is not on the company. This insures the safety of your items. Many companies require that the New Jersey homeowners move and relocate all their items. So here are just a few tips

  1. Clear a Path- There's a good chance that the painters are going to be bringing all kinds of equipment with them in order to properly do their job. Create the quickest path of least resistance in order for them to have instant access to the room. For instance, if they're painting a kitchen and it's in the back of the house, it may be more practical for them to enter and exit through the back door, rather than travel 2-3 rooms to the living room and out the front door. Whatever pathway you create needs to be de-cluttered with all items out of the way. This eliminates damage to items, and possible hazard for the painters.
  2. Clear the Room- It's always best to clear the room that you are about to paint from all furniture and every single item on the floor. Some rooms may be more difficult to clear than others. Remember, this is paint. Although most professional companies take great protective measures in order to protect all items from the paint, the best protective measure is to eliminate any chance for paint to even come close to your New Jersey home decor. So remove all items from the room as best as you can.
  3. Clear the Walls- Remove all items from walls including photos, decor, mirrors, and anything attached to or hanging from the wall. It's also a good idea to pull all nails, screws, and other attachment devices from the wall as well. It is important to remember that in order for the painter to create a totally smooth wall, that all nail-holes will be filled in and sanded down. So there's a good chance that all of your hanging markings will be completely gone, and you'll have to start fresh rehanging all of your items. You'll love just how fresh your walls look.
  4. Protect Your Painters -If you have any pets, it is best that they are detained during the period that the painters are working in your New Jersey home. The last thing you want is for Fido to knock over paint, thus becoming a red dog. Warn the painting crew of any possible hazards that they may experience while painting your New Jersey interior. Make sure they have clear walkways, easy access to the room, eliminate any possible places where they could trip, fall, or be hurt. The easier it is for them to do their job, the more efficiently they'll complete it.

If you're looking for interior painting services in New Jersey, call J. West Design Services at 908-405-1393, or fill out our online request form.