Matt Gamache - Touchstone Realty



Posted by Matt Gamache on 1/23/2019

Hiring an interior designer is a great way to create a chic, stylish home that matches your familiesí personality and unique needs. You wonít need to worry about shopping for new pieces to complete a look and worry that it will look out of place. Because donít we all?

Decorating can be fun. But creating a cohesive look isnít easy and itís certainly not everyoneís talent. How many times have you brought a new piece of decor home only to realize thereí something about that just isnít quite right?

Hiring an interior designer is a great way to skip past awkward trial and error growing pains in a room you love.

Hereís what you need to know about hiring an interior designer:

Know your budget. You will need not only need to plan for your designers time and expertise but also for the decor they have chosen for you. Youíll also want to know how they source their furniture selections. Aka are they choosing pricey one of a kind custom pieces? Know what your preferred designers pay structure is and if youíll need to invest upfront or make payments throughout your time together.

What services are you expecting to receive? Not all designers work in the same way or offer the same services. And not everyone expects the same services either! Decide if you would like a consultation, design concepts drawn up or for them to manage the project from beginning to end. Think of it this way - how much time do you want to personally spend on this project?

Take time going over different designerís portfolios to get a feel for their style. You should work with a designer whose style jives with your own. So with that said, you should have a good idea of your own style and that of your household. You might be fine with mid-century modern furniture, but maybe your partner canít stand it.

Have a Pinterest board of your inspiration ready to share with your designer. Even if you donít see a cohesive theme across your board, a designer will. Which is why you are hiring them! While it is possible to be all over the place, if you the pins youíve chosen intuitively feel good together you are probably on to something!

Communicate openly about what current pieces in your home are important to you. What has to stay, no question? And what are you willing to part ways with? This is really important to know ahead of time. You donít want to realize your favorite piece is missing from the blueprint while your designer is presenting it. Instead, be upfront about it and your designer can work the whole room around that item.





Posted by Matt Gamache on 4/25/2018

Bedrooms come in a variety of shapes and sizes. You bedroom is more than a place for sleeping. They have become multi-purpose rooms over the years. Depending on your circumstances, bedrooms may need to house a home office, a playroom, or a tv and movie hub in addition to a bed. The most important role your bedroom plays is providing you with a good nightís rest. We have a bunch of different ideas here to help you maximize your space and style in the most comfortable way possible. Consider What The Space Will Be Used For Will your bedroom be used as a reading room? If so, you need to add a comfy chair to the space. If your bedroom has a multi-purpose as a home office, youíll need to add a comfy desk and chair to the room for your working hours. Plan the room around the pieces that must be in there. Many pieces of furniture can also be double purposed like a table that can also be used as a desk. Itís All In Where You Place Things The biggest decision that youíll need to make is where to put the furniture. If you place things strategically, youíll be able to fit everything you need in the room without sacrificing charm and style. Placing the bed near the windows is a great way to save space and let light in, since a bed wonít completely block the window. Add Your Character To The Space If your bedroom represents the things that you love, you canít go wrong in the space. While itís usually not recommended that we work and sleep in the same space, sometimes itís unavoidable. There are ways that you can separate the two worlds with a room screen, for example. Whatever your bedroom space is being used for, be sure to provide balance to the room. As long as an object is pleasing to you, you canít go wrong placing it in the bedroom. Think outside of the box with objects like benches, love seats and even antique radios. If you can use it and it makes you happy, thereís a way to make the object fit within the purpose of your bedroom. Lighting No matter what your bedroom will be used for, lighting is extremely important. Make sure that thereís lights near each side of the bed. These will be useful for many different things from early morning risers to reading in bed to night owls. Planning Makes The Process Smoother Remember that the most important thing that you can do for your bedroom furniture arrangement- or any room for that matter- is to plan. With careful measurements of the pieces that must go into the room and careful thought of what youíd like to go into the room, you can create the perfect bedroom.





Posted by Matt Gamache on 4/11/2018

Buying a new home is a commitment. Not just to a mortgage but to the house itself, the neighborhood and your local community. And for many, this is part of what makes purchasing a new home so rewarding. To have a place to truly settle into and call their own. Part of that settling in includes crafting a timeless interior that will welcome you home for years to come.

But going about creating a timeless home can feel intimidating. Magazines and television shows focus on the trends and how to keep up with whatís current. Following these cues will only leave you with a home that will become quickly outdated.  

The key is to mix a variety of styles both old and new. Resist settling for one particular style for a home that seamlessly transcends the decades to come. And while you donít want to fully jump into any one trend, adding a few accent pieces will keep your home fresh and modern. Art, throw pillows, and small details are the perfect decor pieces to take advantage of trends with. Large investment pieces, however, are best kept neutral and in a style that has already proven itself to be classic.

Styles that earn the title of classic are usually simple with just one element that reflects the era of its inspiration. Think a couch with tufting but in a warm beige or a table with ornate millwork that boasts its natural wood coloring. Whereas a tufted couch in a print or ornate millwork painted a color from a trend that has come and gone will date the look of your whole room.

Neutral colors are best used for the majority of your color palette, leaving color for your accent pieces. That doesnít mean your home needs to lack depth, however. Choose different tones for your paint swatches and reach for a variety of textures when adding fabrics. Having a diverse range of tones and textures will add visual interest without depending on color to do the job.

Natural elements such as wood, stone, and glass also help to bring depth to your neutral color palette and maintain a timeless look. Wood flooring is well worth the cost in the long run both in terms of maintenance and style. An exposed brick wall makes a statement without becoming dated. A leather couch or armchair adds warmth and sophistication. While cotton, linen and wool textiles add natural texture to your furnishings.

Homebuyers often dream about the decades to come spent in their new homeís rooms. They want to spend time living lifeís moments to the fullest and not fussing over decor every ten years. Creating a timeless look for your home doesnít have to be difficult or expensive. Keeping to a neutral color palette and natural elements guarantee a classic home that you will love coming home to for years to come.  




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Posted by Matt Gamache on 11/8/2017

Decorating a home is no simple task. You have to consider the architectural style of the house,  how to best use the space to avoid clutter, and to give the home a sense of cohesion and continuity across the rooms.

Professional interior decorators attend school and earn degrees and certificates that help them make these difficult decisions. After all, things like furniture and appliances are expensive items--you donít want to spend a lot of money on items only to decide later that they donít go well together.

If you donít have plans on hiring or becoming an interior decorator, there are a few simple rules you can follow to make sure your home has its own tasteful appearance and atmosphere.

Whether youíre buying your first home, redecorating your current home, or staging a home you hope to sell, these tips will help you create a look that will leave an impression on anyone who steps foot inside.

Space and negative space

In art, negative space is a space on the canvas intentionally left blank. For home design, negative space is an important aspect of decorating any room. Negative space in a home means a part of the room or wall that is left open, free of furniture, decorations, or clutter.

In practice, negative space serves two important functions. First, it creates a spacious atmosphere. Cluttered rooms typically have a negative effect on us, particularly over long periods of time. Rooms with negative space also tend to be let in more light, which improves the overall spaciousness of the room.

The second function of negative space is to draw attention to certain features of a room. On a wooded hilltop, you wonít notice just one tree. But on a hill with only one tree, it becomes easier to focus and appreciate that single tree. This rule also applies to the interior of your home. To showcase a piece of furniture or a painting on the wall, youíll want to surround it with some negative space.

Balance and symmetry

Two concepts that hold true in different types of design are the usefulness of balance and symmetry, and understanding when itís okay to break the rules (make a room asymmetrical).

Having symmetry around your dining room table is usually a good idea. You want the same number of chairs on each side and you want the chairs to match. However, when choosing living room furniture, asymmetrical design can come in handy when pairing a couch with two armchairs.

What does it mean to balance a room? Take a look around your kitchen and living room. Are there some items that are much taller than others? Are some items crowded into one corner? It may become habit to simply place items wherever they fit, but sometimes itís a better option to rearrange furniture to create vertical and horizontal balance.

Create a color palette

The colors of your home are of utmost importance when it comes to creating a good design. One good way to prepare for color issues is to create color palettes for your home--one for each room, and one master palette. Doing this will help you choose furniture, paint, and decorations that will not only look good in each room, but will flow as you walk through the house.





Posted by Matt Gamache on 8/9/2017

Try these home decoration ideas if your house is screaming for an uplift. Some of the ideas only take a few minutes to complete. Each idea works best if you allow your creativity to flow and let your unique personality and style shine. Brighten up bookcases Ė Top bookcases off with wooden or metal figurines or memorabilia from favorite towns or countries that youíve visited. Intersperse books with similar items or ceramic art pieces. Beautiful kitchen canisters Ė Store dry food like flour, sugar and rice in decorative canisters. You have an array of options, including glass, acrylic plastic, metal and ceramic canisters that come in a rainbow of colors. For example, you can choose from brown or silver metal canisters, Navy blue, purple or red acrylic plastic canisters or glass canisters decorated with floral designs. Install new faucets Ė Single hole, center set, widespread and three hole faucets with handles can liven up your bathroom or kitchen. Choose from brass, bronze, antique and contemporary and modern faucets. Change room or door colors Ė Paint exterior or interior doors. If youíre feeling particularly bold, repaint the walls of one or more rooms. Wreaths arenít just for Christmas Ė Seasonal and modern wreaths work year round. Change wreaths during major holidays or to complement seasonal changes. Pick wreaths that have inspiring messages on them to get more zing for your buck. Mirrors work wonders Ė Of all home decoration ideas, this one may be among the easiest to implement. Choose mirrors that have unique shapes and gorgeous frames. You could hang an antique brass framed mirror in a hallway or you could hang an oblong all-glass mirror in the living room above a mantel. Pillows add to any room Ė Youíve probably seen how pillows liven up a bedroom. Use them to brighten up the living room sofa, family room chairs and outdoor porch and patio furniture. Cover your bed with style Ė Plain sets or comforter sets with artistic designs on them give your bedroom a spark. Go for a comforter that is machine washable for easy care. Accentuate floors with colorful rugs Ė Yard sales, antique and department stores are great places where you can find floor rugs. Add throw rugs to doorway entrances or hard wood floors. Not only are they stylish, they can help to keep your floors clean. Flowers are always a treat Ė If you have a flower garden, pick fresh flowers and place them inside a glass vase. Silk floral arrangements are great as well. Place floral arrangements on tables, desks or in windows. Simple home dťcor additions can give your home a new look and feel. Make the additions fun and easy by implementing one to two changes a week or a month rather than trying to install each of the home decorations at once.