Pinterest: Why Designers Love or Loathe It

Pinterest: Why Designers Love or Loathe It

Joe Human, a designer in New York City says he has a love/hate relationship with Pinterest. “It is great for inspiration and finding example images to show to clients for more specific images than you can find on Google,” he says. But, he says, “at the same time it is kind of like HGTV to me. I don’t want clients knowing we use it!” Accordign to Human, his problem with Pinterest as a designer, is that he would like all of his inspiration to come from his own experience, his travels or his own knowledge. “Truth is, though, it comes...

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10 Podcasts and TED Talks That Every Interior Designer Should Tune Into

10 Podcasts and TED Talks That Every Interior Designer Should Tune Into

Podcasts have reemerged on the media scene after their introduction by MTV personality Adam Curry in 2004, a slight decline in popularity, and then a resurgence over the past few years. In 2019, one third of the population has listened to a podcast in the past month, according to findings by Edison Research and Triton Digital. Editor's Picks for Top 10 Design Podcasts and TED Talks Affordable Interior Design Betsy Helmuth’s podcast Affordable Interior Design which carries the same name as her company, has been on the air for more than four years. It’s a Q&A podcast where she gives...

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Interior Designers vs. Influencers: What Is the Difference?

Interior Designers vs. Influencers: What Is the Difference?

Instagram is a great place for both interior designers and influencers to hang out and there is no shortage of either on this popular, very visual social media channel. But what’s the difference between the two? The answer may depend on whether the word “influencer” is being used in its traditional sense or in its new positioning as part of the digital marketing environment. Traditional Influencers Chelsea Connolly, associate IIDA and WELL AP, is a workplace strategist for SKG Inc. in Austin, Texas. Interior designers, she says, “are professional designers who receive an interior design college education and have experience practicing design.”...

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To Renovate or Not to Renovate?

To Renovate or Not to Renovate?

There are several reasons why you would want to remodel your home. One of the better ones is to make sure that you live in a functional house that will provide you and your family with a high-quality home. The other reason, if you are in the market as a seller, is to attract better offers from buyers. New homeowners looking to set up roots are more likely to match your asking price and make an offer faster for a home that seems well maintained. Should You Renovate Your Home for the New Homeowners? Truth be told, there is a...

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5 Questions to Ask Your Interior Designer

5 Questions to Ask Your Interior Designer

Everyone deserves a fresh start, and what better way to get one than to give your home a new look? For most, taking on such an endeavor falls between overwhelming to downright impossible. Never fear—that’s what interior designers are for. But before you give them the keys to the ignition and give them a go on your house, you might want to run through a few important questions to make sure they’re the best fit for you. 1. How Much Do You Charge? Before you can begin working with an interior designer, it’s important to understand if they can work...

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What Is Biophilic Design and How Can We Use It To Our Advantage?

What Is Biophilic Design and How Can We Use It To Our Advantage?

Biophilic design, or “the architecture of life,” is “an innovative way of designing the places where we live, work, and learn,” according to biophilicdesign.net. Going beyond the trend of green architecture to reduce environmental impacts, biophilic design is all about connecting people with nature—at home and in workplaces. It’s design intended to make a difference. As this site notes, it’s “hospitals where patients heal faster, schools where children’s test scores are higher, offices where workers are more productive, and communities where people [who] know more of their neighbors and families thrive.” Biophilic design is all about bringing the outdoors in,...

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5 Before-and-After Projects That We’re Loving Right Now

5 Before-and-After Projects That We’re Loving Right Now

Raise your hand if you love a good before-and-after photo! At Bellacor, we love getting tagged in your remodels, new homes, dream kitchens and client projects. We especially love to see how Bellacor products fit into your project — no matter how large or small. Here are some of our favorite projects we've seen lately: 1. Beauty Salon Redesign from @mylittlehumbledwelling BeforeAfter 2. Kitchen Renovation from Verce Design BeforeAfter 3. Bathroom Remodel from The Divine Living Space BeforeAfter 4. Bathroom Transformation from Shelter Residential BeforeAfter Salon Makeover from Morgan Mullen Design BeforeAfter

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How to Choose a Ceiling Fan: Start with the Most Popular Types of Ceiling Fans

How to Choose a Ceiling Fan: Start with the Most Popular Types of Ceiling Fans

When it comes to the ceiling fan you choose for your space, it can be easy to get caught up in the particular design style—modern, industrial, rustic, etc.—regardless of functionality. Style is important, of course, but a ceiling fan’s type and functional features should really take priority. After that, you’ll still have plenty of options to choose from, style-wise. Here are some of the most popular ceiling fan types to keep in mind. Keep reading to learn more about each type. Stem-Mounted Ceiling Fans Ar Ruthiane Brushed Nickel 48-Inch Ceiling Fan A stem-mounted ceiling fan is the most common type...

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12 Photos That Prove a House Isn’t a Home Without a Dog

12 Photos That Prove a House Isn’t a Home Without a Dog

At Bellacor, we have a thing for dogs (and before you object, yes, we like cats, too!). We just so happen to have a dog-friendly office and have more employees who talk about their furry children than their actual children. If you're a dog lover too, then you know that dogs are often the heart of the home. They sleep in our beds, they share our food, and full disclosure? Sometimes they babysit our kids. So in honor of the pups that make our hearts and our homes (especially our beds!) a little warmer, we've rounded up some of our...

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Favorite Home Instagrams of the Week | 6.13.19

Favorite Home Instagrams of the Week | 6.13.19

Thanks to the power of social media, our customers are kind enough to virtually invite us into their homes where we get a first-hand look at how they are using products they have purchased from Bellacor to bring their dream home to life. Although we see these products daily, we have yet to see any two people use their Bellacor purchases—whether it’s a lighting fixture, a piece of furniture or home decor—in the same way. Each day, Bellacor is tagged in beautiful photography from designers, bloggers, DIY’ers and customers who have hung an elegant lighting fixture or added a mirror...

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