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PRESS RELEASE- USABLE SPACE INTERIORS of Nashville, Tennessee Awarded Best Of Houzz 2017 Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World Nashville, TN, USA, January 17, 2017 – USABLE SPACE INTERIORS of Nashville, Tennessee has won “Best Of Design/Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. This Interiors Design Firm was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals. The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2017” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz. “We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including USABLE SPACE INTERIORS, in Nashville, Tennessee,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to...

If you’ve ever found yourself staring at a freshly painted room and wondering where your color selections went wrong???? You may be the victim of mismatched undertones. Below is a few up basics tips to consider regarding undertones and some tips on how to use them to create beautiful color combinations. Mass tone vs. undertone. Whenever a color is made by mixing two or more colors together, that color will have both a mass tone and an undertone. The mass tone is what you see first; it’s what tells you the color is red, blue, green and so forth. The closer the undertone is to the mass tone, the truer the color will appear. So a true red will have a mass tone and undertone that are very similar, but magenta will have a blue undertone, while poppy will have an orange undertone. Below are some things to consider before selecting your paint color. It is just as important to understand the undertones in the colors, neutrals and whites, as it is to understand the lighting of the room and the colors in your textiles (fabrics, rugs etc.) that will play on your paint color. Don’t look at colors in isolation. If you’re just looking at a white by itself, it will probably just look white. But put it next to a pure white and you’ll see how it differs — the green or pink or blue undertone will show up in comparison. You can use this trick with any color: Just put the...

Hot summer afternoon and thinking about what you can do to spruce up your home inexpensively? Often times, used and antique items can make the most interesting decor.  Not only do re-purposed pieces add character to your space, but in the process, you’re also recycling/creating new life into items that would otherwise be discarded. This fun Farmhouse Floral Holder is perfect for bringing dimension to an empty corner in your home, while utilizing objects you may otherwise throw away! I have also used mason jars and old glass votive(s) from old candles as well. Not sure if you want to use this as décor for displaying your fresh cut flowers as displayed below? How about displaying this in your in your home office, to organize your paperclips, rubber bands, etc. Functional and cute!   You don’t need a flower display or an office organizer? By changing out the jars for old doorknobs or some fun hardware, you can create this, “drying herb rack” below instead. It is no secret I love to cook. That said, I do feel there is no comparison on fresh herbs verses store bought. Instead of wasting fresh herbs that are not needed for a while, why not preserve them in this practical, yet pretty display. Be sure to inspect your herbs periodically for any signs of mold or pests (i.e. spiders) and remove any leaves that show signs of either of these.  Once your herbs are dry (approx. 1-2 weeks), you can separate the leaves from the stems and place your dried herbs into old spice bottles, mason jars, or any...

Outdoor Rooms A combination of new materials with architectural salvage and garage-sale finds creates this truly one-of-a-kind and low-cost patio. By having a tree-covered area right outside the walk out basement, it serves as the patio site. The homeowner built a retaining wall and used crushed-limestone fill to level the steeply sloped space. Fire pits The homeowner created a cozy space out on his porch.  By fabricating a fireplace outside, he was able to have a cozy fire in the fall and winter months.  In the spring and summer, by placing multiple candles in a tier pattern, it resulted in the same ambiance, while keeping the heat at bay. Big on style, low on budget This outdoor room looks expensive, but that's just what the homeowner wants you to think. Inexpensive reclaimed barn table,  lots of foliage, stream of lights, and an assortment of chairs from a local flea market, makes this space look funky and fun.  Fancy footwork Concrete steppers laid in gravel create a cute pathway that connects the outdoor room to the back of the house. By covering the yard with gravel, the homeowner has very little yard maintenance to deal with, giving him more time to enjoy the fruits of his labor. ...

Best of HOUZZ 2015 Usable Space Interior of Nashville, TN receives Best Of Houzz 2015 Award Annual Survey and Analysis of 16 Million Monthly Users reveals Top-Rated Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals NASHVILLE, TN, January, 19 2015 – Usable Space Interiors of Nashville, TN has been awarded “Best of Houzz” by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. This new interior design firm was chosen by more than 25 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community. The Best of Houzz award is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. “Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users, on Houzz, known as “Houzzers.” Winners receive a “Best of Houzz 2015” Badge on their profiles, showing the Houzz community their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz. “We feel extremely honored here at Usable Space Interiors to be awarded two years in a row, by this leading interactive, web-based resource program, for architects, builders, designers and clients,” said Pamela Standish, CEO of Usable Space Interiors.  “Personally, I find this resource invaluable to myself and our clients.  It aids us in providing visual references, so that we have clear conversations, and direction with our clients during the interiors process, as well as, it serves as wonderful conduit for instant communication with my peers...

Happy New Year!!! As we put away our Christmas decorations, and place our house back in order…the questions I pose to you are: Are you arranging your furniture optimally? When was the last time you updated your layout, colors, and design? Do you need a refresh? Have you ever been in a beautiful home, but felt awkward? Well, if furniture isn’t arranged optimally, even the most beautiful of rooms can fall short and feel awkward. So how do you create a successful layout? For starters, try avoiding these common mistakes…. Wall flower furniture Your room may feel bigger with all the furniture pushed up against the wall, but if you find yourself having to shout across the room to have a conversation, it may be time to rearrange.  In this living room, the sofa “floats” in the middle of the room, and by being closer to the fireplace and the chairs, it creates a cozier conversation area and provides better functionality.         Beds that partially block a window- A bed that peeks over a window frame, looks odd from the street and can lead to an uneven fading. However, what if it’s the only place for your bed?  Make it look better with these tricks:  Hang floor length curtain panels that fall behind the headboard and block the back of the headboard from the window  Or install top-down, bottom–up shades , which will allow light to come in, but will also act as a backdrop for the protruding headboard edges,  If your style is modern, go with a platform bed with  a headboard that...

Quick Bathroom Refreshes Take your bathroom from blah to beautiful in just a few days. These bathrooms show you how to “make over” your bathroom in a weekend without a GC. Blank Canvas to Beautiful Monochromatic surfaces made this 9x5-foot bath boring and the laminate floor planks weren't suitable for the wet environment. Porcelain tile, painted stripes and polished accessories will create eye-pleasing contrast. New porcelain tiles on the floor look great and provide a water-resistant surface that’s smarter for stepping out of the shower. Painted stripes in cream and taupe create the look of wallpaper without the concern of future peeling in this moist environment. By alternating cream and taupe colors from a similar hue, it results in added interest without overwhelming the space. Wider stripes help transform a small space to feeling larger. Simple black-framed, graphic artwork pops against the subtle wall tones.       Have a very narrow bathroom? A ready-made vanity would have been too deep to fit in this 3x8-foot bath, and a custom-made cabinet wasn't in the budget. The solution? Retro fit a petite table to serve as the vanity. You can locate amazing finds at your local Habitat for Humanity Stores, local furniture stores or specialty décor shops in your area. This weathered patina and X-shape designs on the sides and back made the table look like a European antique, but the $150 price tag made it affordable. Adding a vessel sink and wall-mount faucet, and pairing the vanity with an oval mirror, painted with an aged pewter and antique gold finish, creates a polished look...

Exterior Lighting Now that spring is officially here and summer is around the corner, one fabulous way to make your home more inviting is to invest some time and money into installing exterior lighting. Not only does this provide the added security your home deserves, but it also makes your yard look as beautiful at night, as it does during the day.   Solar The easiest of all lights to use is decorative, solar-powered landscape lights because they require no wiring. Simply place them in a sunny spot, and when dusk arrives, they come on automatically to light the way for guests, or to accent a garden area. Guide the Way Lead guests to the front door with a path of lights set along the walkway. For the most pleasing look, choose soft, non-glaring fixtures that direct most of the light downward. Low Voltage, High Impact A string of low-voltage lighting is the perfect solution for brightening a shady bend along a walkway. It’s a low-cost, easy, do-it-yourself solution for illuminating a path and highlighting plantings. Add drama to your front yard by spotlighting a front yard focal point. Up-lighting provided by spotlights accentuates the texture of tree trunks and creates a pleasing glow on foliage. Outline a Bed Inexpensive rope lighting creates a great uplighting effect when placed on the back of landscape bed edging. Roll out the tube lighting and pin it in place with landscape staples for a hidden glow. Whether or not you need help designing inside or out, we at Usable Space Interiors can help you.  Hope these...

Usable Space Interior of Nashville, TN Receives Best Of Houzz 2014 Award  Annual Survey and Analysis of 16 Million Monthly Users Reveals Top-Rated Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals  NASHVILLE, TN, February 4, 2014 – Usable Space Interiors of Nashville, TN has been awarded “Best of Houzz” by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. This new interior design firm was chosen by the more than 16 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community. The Best of Houzz award is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2013. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 16 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 230 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site, iPad/iPhoneapp and Androidapp. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2014” badge on their profiles, showing the Houzz community their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz. “We feel extremely honored here at Usable Space Interiors, to be recognized and awarded by this leading interactive, web-based resource program, for architects, builders, designers and clients,” said Pamela Standish, CEO of Usable Space Interiors.  “I find this resource invaluable to our clients, as well as, a wonderful conduit for instant communication with my peers nationwide!”  “Houzz provides homeowners with the most comprehensive...