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Solving a Design Dilemma: Decorative Window Solution

Interiors by Monique decorative window






A design dilemma presented itself while creating a home office off of a master bedroom, above the sun porch. One wall had an exposed brick chimney while another wall had a set of sliding doors to a deck. There was a ten-foot wall, perfect for building a custom desk with lower file cabinets and upper bookcases. However, there was no natural light source. Because of the cathedral ceiling, it was not possible to add skylights or recessed lighting above the desk area.

The solution was that Monique chose a decorative, oval window to be installed above the work area. Not only does the window provide a source of natural light, it also serves as a decorative element and focal point inside the room. From the exterior, the oval window complements the architecture of this 1920s Colonial home.

Do you have a design dilemma you’d like Monique to address? We love hearing from our blog readers. Leave a comment or get in touch with us at monique [at] interiorsbymonique [dot] com.


Spring Cleaning Checklist

spring cleaning supplies with crocusesSpring is a time of renewal. With the advent of a new season comes a flurry of activities, from dusting to vacuuming to de-cluttering. Now is the time to inspect the interior of your home  and make necessary improvements. It’s a great time to refresh flooring, furnishings and accessories in the living room, kitchen, bedrooms, and closets. What’s in your pantry that needs to be recycled?

Do you have a bridal shower or graduation coming up this spring? Events are fabulous motivators for updating your home. That requires some planning, so if larger projects are on your “to do” list, line up your professional team sooner rather than later.

We have devised a checklist for homeowners: Read more…

Top 10 Reasons to Renovate the Master Bedroom

Interiors by Monique master bedroom1)   To create better use of space and/or increase the footprint: A simple solution could be  rearranging furniture, adding a dormer or a more involved solution might be moving walls and windows or adding square footage to provide better flow within the room and to other rooms in the home.

2)   To create better storage: nobody has too much storage these days. Built-in bookshelves or retrofitting an existing closet can substantially provide more storage space.

3)   To redo color schemes and freshen the look of the room: Depending on personal preference, you can create a soothing space to relax at the end of the day or a vibrant space to wake up to. Everyone has a color palette they gravitate towards.

4)   To deal with health and aging-in-place issues: Whether dealing with sensitivity to materials or allergies, chronic or temporary health conditions or challenges that come with getting older, replacing older furnishings with eco-friendly materials, repainting a room with low VOC products or re-arranging furniture to accomodate wheelchairs or crutches for easier mobility can increase a person’s quality of life and longevity in their home.

5)   To provide more lighting options: By adding new windows or a skylight you can enhance the natural light in a space and truly make an impact on how you feel in your bedroom. Adding recessed, task and ambiance lighting can also dramatically improve the environment and mood.

6)   To update furnishings, bedding, flooring and window treatments: People’s tastes change, pets can wreak havoc, items wear out and look “tired”, therefore, these are all reasons to consider renovating the master bedroom. The quality of home furnishing products has continued to improve in the past decade and if you’re mattress or your pillow is older than that, it is time for a makeover!

7)   Moving into a new home or relocating to a smaller space: When you’re moving to a new space – whether larger or smaller – it is a great time to reappraise what you have and what you might want to change or replace.

8)   Adding a first-floor master suite: Single floor living is growing in popularity, not only because of our aging population but because there are many benefits to a bedroom being adjacent to the living space.

9)   To accommodate changes in relationship status: If you’ve gone from single status to coupled or from married to divorced or widowed, updating your bedroom will be a step in this transition.

10)   To invest in the value of your home: First and foremost, renovating and/or redecorating the master bedroom is an investment in your quality of life. It will also positively impact the value of your home and improve your resale opportunities.


How to Choose Granite for Your Countertops

Interiors-by-Monique-Granite-Costa-EsmeraldaGranite countertops make your home look elegant and increase its value. Use granite to update a renovation project: in kitchens, in bathrooms, on wet bars, in wine cellars and fireplace surrounds. In addition to countertops, granite works beautifully on kitchen islands and table tops. Granite is a natural substance which Mother Nature created over centuries, therefore, no two slabs are alike, unlike manmade material.

Granite slabs are fabricated – meaning cut and polished – to fit the specific space for which it will be used. Viewing the slab in a showroom will require an appointment in advance, as the granite is extremely heavy to move and display.  Read more…

Utilize your space by adding a stylish vignette

Family Room Pears vignette Interiors by MoniqueClients often ask how to use an odd bit of space in a room – a corner or a large hallway that might otherwise go under utilized. By adding an attractive vignette in the space – with a comfortable chair, table, lighting, and artwork that coordinates with the larger space – you can create an attractive and functional place to read or snooze.

It is perfectly acceptable to separate a pair of matching chairs in the same room. In this family room, each chair holds court in its own corner. The space gets extra functionality from the sideboard because it can store objects as well display a lamp or favorite pieces of art. While entertaining, it can hold a platter of hors d’oeuvres.

Bedroom Magic!

Kate's Attic Bedroom ~ Interiors by Monique

The homeowners had an unused and unappealing attic space which we transformed into a colorful, bedroom retreat. Designed to accommodate their nine-year-old daughter, Kate, who wanted a bright fun space for sleepovers with her friends.

By using periwinkle blue on the walls, with white trim, and vibrant bedding, Interiors by Monique created bedroom magic, turning this attic into a functional, desirable place.

December Newsletter – Happy Holidays! New Ideas for Gifts

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Interiors by Monique - gifts for dogsIt’s hard to believe that the year is almost over! We wish you and your family a Happy Holiday season.
Just in case you are looking for unusual gifts for someone special, here are a few ideas for you:
Pets are an integral part of many of our lives and families, and what better way to celebrate than to dress up your pet is Christmas garb.

A fun resource for the whimsical pet lover is a custom lap bed.
We can customize these beds to match the upholstery and color schemes for your pet-lover. [Here is the website to contact Xan directly:]

Interiors by Monique - pet beds

Updated Laundry Room

Give your laundry room a whimsical look by adding fashionable wallpaper to your space. Instantly your laundry space will turn from boring to unique.

Beach House Winterized

This home on the Rhode Island shore was extremely drafty during the winter months. Monique’s solution to the problem was to install draperies on a traversing pole to keep the heat in and the cold air out. The design enhanced the smaller window to look more in proportion to the larger window. The home owners were very pleased with the results, now that it is much cozier during the chilly winter months.

Apartment Living

The newly upholstered furniture, window treatments, and art transformed this plain apartment into a welcoming, comfortable, living space.