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August/September 2019


Design Techniques to Perfect Your Family’s Interiors

Here’s 5 Design Techniques to Perfect Your Family’s Interiors whether you have just moved or browsing for interior design techniques.  Worthington often suggests these ideas which can be incorporated with minimal effort and money. Sometimes adding small things make the most impact. Adding a mirror or a precious heirloom to a room-scape instantly personalizes your home. Obviously painting and rearranging furniture will alter your space as well.

     5 Design Techniques to Perfect Your Family’s Interiors most likely includes the perfect place or room to hang out. So adding some of these design elements can enhance your family’s room and experience while watching TV or playing games:

  •  Try a large sectional sofa of 2 sofas

  •  Oversize  ottomans

  • Floor pillows

  • Game table for puzzles or games

  •  Add SONOS surround sound system for your music and theater experience and you can add on speakers or rooms, even outdoor speakers.    

Take a look at these techniques to perfect interior for your family clever ideas to inspire you!  

  1. Enlarge your room with lighter colors

Your Living Room may have larger windows which help to reflect natural light and enhances the room size. Choose some soft tones and layer texture an pattern to complete the space. If you prefer cozier spaces you may opt for darker color tones.

2. Adding a decorative mirror

Mirrors are always a win-win within the Interior Designers “bag of tricks”. It can amplify, warm or create space within space. Group several sizes of the same shape of mirror and you have an instant art wall ensemble.

3. Mixing old and new and implementing “High ‘n Low” design techniques

Place your family heirlooms together in a grouping of like-kind or scatter pieces among your new furniture pieces and rooms. Worthington Interior Design makes it a standard practice to reflect you and your family’s history, travels, and hobby into your home’s interiors.

High ‘n Low is our technique for adding less expensive treasures from some of your favorite retailers (i.e. Ikea, Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel) alongside your family heirloom -art work, antique chairs, rugs or accessories. The juxtaposed items create an interesting interior design effect.

4. Slipcovers offer style options

Slipcovers for sofas and chairs offer you design styles for 2 or more seasons. You can have your piece already upholstered in a heavy fabric suitable for winter and fall but try adding a linen or cotton chintz slip cover for spring and summer. Your options for fabrics and color are endless.

5. Rugs

Here again, adding rugs or cotton colorful throw rugs ( i.e Dash & Albert) for the summer can give your space your own design twist. Or you may add heavy carpets and rugs for the winter and fall and actually take up the rugs for spring and summer! They are quick fun and easy design ideas giving great design impact. There are endless possibilities for perfect house plans ideas for your family.

Make an appointment today with Worthington Interior Design, voted 2019 Best Interior Designer, 617-633-3005










April/May 2019

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Purchasing Furniture and Other Home Products Online

Why purchasing furniture and other home products online can become the bane of your existence!

Well this rainy April has given me time to think of a good blog topic. In talking with a few other trades people I started to hear an ongoing theme about potential clients going rogue and buying their furniture, Toto toilets, beds and you name it online only receive less than they had expected or smaller than they thought to name a few.

Your intentions:  get it fast, cheap and good!  You’ve scoured Wayfair, Overstock and many other websites only to get the item damaged or not to your specifications. Now you must arrange for repacking and shipping it back only to find out the merchandiser “doesn’t want it back!”

Now what? Well when you hire a seasoned Interior Designer to help you with buying your furniture, fabrics, accessories, lighting and appliances you only have to make the payment. The Interior Designer arranges for deliveries and installs. If your purchase comes in damaged your Designer takes care of the return and the replacement! If your Designer uses local vendors—EVEN BETTER! Most local vendors take care of their loyal Designers and they in turn take care of you.

Another instance, client had worked with a Designer and their local lighting vendor;   but later bought these light fixtures online. Only to have some fixtures come in damaged more than once. Meaning the online vendor did not accept returns of damaged goods and the client was left 2 damaged while awaiting the final fixture.

A while ago there a story about a client that insisted on buying the top of the line Toto toilet and asked for pricing. Local vendor pricing was slightly higher and the client said “I can save by buying this Toto at Amazon.” Well after reviewing the spec on their purchase and pointing out “did you see this Toto does not come with a seat?”  After this revelation, the clients smartened up and asked their Designer to buy the Toto. This saved the client money and their precious time!

Another instance, clients wanted to wallpaper their bathroom;   they bought the wallpaper online only to find out when the wallpaper hanger came to install that every roll of wallpaper was a different       dye-lot!   Meaning none of the rolls of wallpaper matched! If they hired a seasoned Designer this again would have save the client money and their precious time!

Beware of the websites that offer you designer/trade fabrics at reduced price. This is very dangerous as they have hidden costs and the price is usually higher than your Designer would get and in turn offer you.

Time for one more story, a client wanted to buy a bed and loved the bed selections their Interior Designer presented, but later that night went online and found the bed for a lot less money, only to find out that what they had ordered was just the headboard not the whole bed! Again the time and aggravation to box it up and try to send the headboard back almost became the client’s “new career!”

If your goal is to have a well-designed home with unique and handcrafted pieces your best bet is to spend your money with a seasoned Interior Designer to create this space for you. If it was that easy to DIY then there would be no need for formally educated Interior Designers and Architects!

So why let purchasing furniture and other home products online become the bane of your existence when you can enjoy the whole design process! Hand-off headaches to your seasoned Designer while saving money and your precious time!

April showers bring May flowers, Happy Spring!

October 2018

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How Best to Prepare and Organize Moving to a New Home

How best to prepare and organize moving to a new home. The good news is our step by step checklist is easy to follow. We break these tasks down into smaller tasks to ensure you will not miss anything regarding the move. After all, you want to make the entire transition as smooth as possible for you and your family. Thus, you can properly plan your move with the help of these essential tips. Here’s our useful checklist: How best to prepare and organize moving to a new home-

 1.         Budget. First things first, you need to set up a budget for the upcoming move. Without a definite budget plan, you may have a hard time going through the entire moving process. A few months before moving into your new house, be sure to set aside enough money for the relocation itself. The earlier you dedicate money for your move, the better.

 2.         Moving inventory. Don’t wait for the mover to provide you with an inventory of all your belongings. It’s important you have an inventory of your own to make sure you know what you’re moving. That way, you’ll be able to plan your packing efficiently.

 3.         Unused and unnecessary items. After the inventory, it’s about time to walk through your house and identify the items which you don’t use or need anymore. Remember, moving is the best time to sort and purge. Deciding on items you are keeping, disposing and possibly donating will enable you to save on your purchase of moving boxes. Be sure to take photos of items you are donating for tax purposes.

 4.         Size of your new house. It’s essential to check and measure the size of your new house so you’ll have an idea what items you should bring to your new place. Before your final move-in date, be sure you’ve visited your new home and have the area measured to figure out what furniture and other home items you should include in the transit.

 5.         Moving Quotes. If you’re planning a move to a new house, it’s best to get three estimates from different moving companies. Be sure these moving quotes are written and binding. Not only that but you should make sure the price offered is within your budget; make sure you give yourself ample time to gather and analyze your quotes. If you reside in New York City, you can contact many moving companies like Movers NYC to provide you with estimates. If you live in New England you may contact Ferrick ,United Van Lines, or Gentle Giant.

 6.         Moving insurance. While you’re making some arrangements with your prospective moving company, check whether they are bonded and have adequate insurance for your move and belongings protection. Thus, always look for a licensed and insured mover for the safety of all your belongings.

 7.         Utilities. Arrange to have your local services turned on at your new house: water, electricity and internet services. It’s better to have these utilities  and services live at your new house just before moving day to avoid extra hassle with regard to your family.

 8.         Packing supplies. Be sure to have all the necessary packing supplies beforehand so your packing task is efficient.  Fragile furniture and  kitchen wares, may call for bubble wrap and specialty containers. Using colored markers with smart labels for your moving boxes will allow the moving foreman to create teams for the movers to deliver the boxes and furniture to the proper floor or room correctly. Proper labeling  will make for  move time efficiency with less errors of moving boxes more than once.

 9.  Secret Best Moving Tip. Use one(1) box and label it OPEN FIRST! Here’s what to pack in the OFB: chargers for all your phones etc, coffee maker or teapot, coffee, filters, teabags, coffee mugs or tea cups, knife, fork and spoon set for each family member, Paper plates, toilet paper, paper napkins, roll of paper towels, Kleenex, bottle opener, hand towels, bath towel for each family member, toothpaste, dog or cat bowl, animal food, leashes and bags for walking dog, and plastic trash bags. You will be so happy when you arrive at your new house and you order a pizza!

 10.       Change of address.  Be sure to stop mail at your current address. Visit your local post office and inform them about the move. In addition, fill out additional change-of-address forms for your subscriptions etc to be forwarded to your new address.

 The Bottom Line

Moving doesn’t have to be stressful!  If you’re too busy to make the necessary preparations in advance, hire best planner moving company to minimize the burden of moving. Entrusting your move to the professionals knowing they’ll handle your needs properly – from packing to safely transporting to your new house.

August 2018

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Commercial Interior Design What and How

Now seems like a good time to introduce you to our other design service Commercial Interior Design what and how.

Commercial Interior Design is comprised of office, retail, and hospitality/restaurant type of projects. When commercial clients are outgrowing their existing space, need test-fits of spaces for lease, or just a new venture or business that may require commercial style space; hiring a qualified Interior Designer can make your project a smooth success!  For instance, when we perform interviews to gather programming to analyze your needs and plan for future growth—this stretches your funds and insures value earned.

Designing for Retail or Hospitality/Restaurant clients is best served when their brand is threaded throughout the design, selected space and in all their marketing materials and signage. Worthington Interior Design is very adept at analysis merged with creativity to bring a winning commercial interior design space to life.

It was once said “Trendy is close to Tacky” so it’s enormously important for us to listen to our client’s needs and deliver stellar design that is both highly functional and unique. Timeless design for commercial interior design spaces is curated and studied. Each client is different each company or hotel is different offering their clientele a unique experience to work with them. So its incumbent upon interior designers like us at Worthington Interior Design to stay educated and informed to meet each type of commercial client we encounter.

After Programming is gathered, Space Planning is taking the client’s requirements and developing the space plan to mirror the program. Once the Space Plan is approved we move into the next phase of work called Design Development.

Design Development is where we develop the 3D aspects of the space plan. We address the walls, ceilings, floors and lighting. Each of these components is presented with materials or photos or samples. The client works closely with us as we begin to bring their company to fruition.

Construction Documents are drawn for actual construction. Any consultants required are engaged. These may encompass acoustical, structural engineering, or lighting consultants. Each consultant submitting design and construction drawings is included in the overall clients complete set of construction documents (CDs). The next step is to bid out the plans, select a General Contractor and manage the Construction Administration.

Worthington Interior Design is well versed in all areas of Commercial Interior Design. So if you are looking to be on the cutting edge with your unique business, commercial interior designers are well worth having on your team!

May 2018


Why You Might Want to Work With an Interior Design Pro's more than 10 good reasons why!

WID has written about this very topic many times over; but if you are still not convinced read an article written by an Interior Design colleague below. 

A designer offers 11 ways a pro can help you get the most joy from your remodel while minimizing headaches along the way

Yanic Simard May 22, 2018

Houzz Contributor. Founder, owner and principal designer of the award winning residential interior design boutique firm Toronto Interior Design Group...

When people consider hiring an interior design professional for the first time, they often don’t know what to expect. Television can make it seem as though designers are magicians. This can create the illusion that designing, purchasing for and executing a vision can happen in a day; that concepts cost next to nothing to achieve; or that these professionals do nothing but shop, cause drama and have the time of their lives spending clients’ money. 

That’s good entertainment, but it’s not reality. 

In the established design industry, the career is serious business. It takes years to master the art of interior design. It is complex, calculated and practical. A design professional is often part creator, part project manager and sometimes even part therapist, helping homeowners to determine their dream design and bring it to life while helping them to breathe through the complexities from start to finish. Design professionals have learned over the years to wear many hats to benefit their clients. 

Here are some of the top reasons for entrusting your project, whether it’s big or small, to a professional designer.

1. Designers keep it real. It’s important to have big design dreams, but it’s also important to have a good idea of your design limitations. Television shows can make it seem as though anything is possible, no matter your space or your budget. In reality, every project has limitations, whether from the physical structure (like immovable walls and support columns) or other factors.

Design professionals can help you determine which of your goals are realistic for your project and warn you of potential issues before any work or buying begins. This ensures that your plans are achievable within the budget you’ve set.

2. Designers see potential. When it comes to your space, design professionals see not only the limits, but also the potential. It’s easy to get used to a furniture plan or functional layout in your space, or to think that there are no other options. But trained eyes can help you see possibilities you might not have considered. Whether you’re planning a major renovation or just refreshing your style, a design professional can help you get the best from your home.

3. Designers use a time-tested process. Knowing your project’s limits and potential is just the beginning of a process that design professionals use to make sure a project stays on track from start to finish. 

Each designer may have a unique way of doing things, but ultimately an experienced professional will have a tried-and-true method that will help guide the project and make sure nothing gets missed.

4. Designers can save you money. Yes, bringing in a pro to help manage your project can even save you money. There are financial considerations that you might not see upfront, including the considerable potential cost of mistakes.

That said, while professional design can prevent expensive errors, it is still a luxury. But it’s one that can be considered an investment in the enjoyment of your home.

5. Designers speak many languages. Some design professionals may actually speak many foreign languages, but all speak languages you might not be aware of, such as “contractor,” “architect” and “permit approval officer.” Communication is key in any design project, and mistakes and hiccups usually occur when a seemingly simple conversation or request is misinterpreted by one or both sides.

An experienced professional will know how to properly communicate your design vision to the relevant tradespeople and suppliers, with detailed drawings, documentation and follow-ups to make sure your design dreams don’t get lost in translation.

6. Designers bring the best tools. Design professionals use a range of software programs that produce accurate drawings and 3D visualizations of a space. 

Whether you’re moving walls or ordering furniture, you might find it tough to picture in your mind exactly how things will fit and look. 

Proper drawings will ensure that the pieces come together the right way, and in good proportions, so you don’t have to return items and start again.

Professionals can also give you access to a wide range of samples and materials that have been preselected from their favorite providers. A trusted designer with knowledge and taste will greatly simplify the process of browsing materials and finishes by showing you the best of the best, rather than an overwhelming array of options. 

Designers may look at hundreds of stone samples, fabrics or plumbing fixtures before showing the best three or four choices to their clients.

Most designers have access to exclusive products, paint colors, hardware or other go-tos that they have used before and know work well. These recommendations from an experienced pro are invaluable.

7. Designers save you time. Designing, building and furnishing a home is a bit like planning a wedding: You don’t realize the incredible number of decisions that need to be made until the process is already underway and the to-do lists start to pile up.

Designers are also trained to anticipate obstacles, which pop up in virtually every project. A professional with years of practice overseeing complex projects will be able to spot the ways things could go off course and then plan ahead to avoid issues. Coordinating the ordering and delivery of materials, the different tradespeople and installers, and your personal schedule can be hectic, but it’s important to make sure these moving parts coordinate smoothly, or the project can see serious delays.

With every project, not everything goes according to plan. Things come up that require quick reactions. Designers are there on hand to make the crucial decisions on the spot so you can focus on life’s more important things.

8. Designers think creatively. It’s easy to go into a store, buy a furniture set from a display, have it delivered to your home, set it up and call it a day. But will that set from a showroom floor suit your unique space? A design professional can think creatively about your goals for your space and come up with solutions and ideas that you would never have thought of.

Clients often tell me, “I never would have pictured that piece or color in my home, but now that I see it, it’s perfect.”

9. Designers know how to edit. While it’s important to be able to think of creative features to add to the space, it’s equally important to know what to leave out. An interior design professional can guide you through the intricate process of knowing when to stop adding new elements — and how to get rid of old clutter. Ultimately, it is good editing that gives a home a collected sensibility while remaining personal, unique and true to the people who live there.

10. Designers offer a range of services. Hiring a designer isn’t just like handing over the keys to your home and letting someone take over. 

While some designers specialize in full-service offerings, others will tackle smaller one-off jobs like helping you pick paint colors, find the right furniture, select materials or simply plan a space. 

Of course, with different offerings comes different fee structures, which is something you’ll have to discuss with your design professional.

11. Designers find the wow factor. Finally, this brings us to the reason people often begin a design project in the first place: the wow factor. 

Clients may find it hard to take risks, and that makes sense. Nobody wants to gamble with hard-earned money and lose. However, it’s important to take at least some design risks to find the dazzling, showstopping moment that makes a project feel as though it was worth undertaking in the first place.






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