Office Space Inspirations

Whether you’re a freelancer working from home or simply like an extra space to organize your things, you’ll love some of these inspirations we’ve found floating around the web!

1. Keep it fresh + open!  4be2e74b516d7e3bb4153e3a66d92fbf

Keeping your workspace filled with natural light and bright colors will help give you that extra motivation to get to the office every day. Natural light will leave you feeling more awake and focused as opposed to a dark and unnatural lit setting. 

2. Use those nooks!

Even if you don’t have an extra room to convert into an office, try making use of those small spaces and get organized. Convert an under the stairway area to a great 33f949a69f7df731ee724ecc92db3d17place to work and organize your books, papers, etc. for an out of the way office space.

3. Decorate the walls

Making your office feel creative can help inspire those juices to flow every day. Decorating your office will give that space your unique touch and make your workspace more comfortable on even your most stressful days.

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Photos collected via Pinterest and can be found in our “Office Space Decor” board!

Photos from top to bottom >>
1) via abeautifulmess.com
2) via centsationalgirl.com
3) via apartmenttherapy.com
4) via howtodecorate.com

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At Exeter Paint we like to make things easy. That means helping you choose the right color, the right paint, and all the right materials for your at home project. But we also want you to feel like you can bring our expert opinions home which is why we’ve started #PaintTipWednesday. We hope to make projects seem less daunting and help you get the professional look you want.

 

Lap marks are those ugly stripes caused by uneven layers of paint buildup. They occur when you roll over paint that’s already partly dry. (In warm, dry conditions, latex paint can begin to stiffen in less than a minute!) The key to avoiding lap marks is to maintain a “wet edge,” so each stroke of your roller overlaps the previous stroke before the paint can begin to dry.To maintain a wet edge, start near a corner and run the roller up and down the full height of the wall, moving over slightly with each stroke. Move backward where necessary to even out thick spots or runs. Don’t let the roller become nearly dry; reload it often so that it’s always at least half loaded. Keep the open side of the roller frame facing the area that’s already painted. That puts less pressure on the open side of the roller, so you’re less likely to leave paint ridges. – Familyhandyman.com


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Worried About Getting That Perfect Holiday Look?

If you’re stumped on how to decorate for the upcoming holiday season,
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We can stage your home to be warm, inviting, and awe inspiring during the holidays.

We offer three Holiday Packages to choose from:

1) $99 – Two Design Hours | 1-2 Rooms
2) $299 – Four Design Hours | 2-3 Rooms
3) $399 – Six Design Hours | No More than 4 RoomsA_Beautiful_Room_-_blue
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Contact Nina McCarthy for your Holiday Decorating needs.
abeautifulroom_llc@yahoo.com
603-770-1535

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Question + Answer with Nina McCarthy

As part of a fun interview held with Nina McCarthy of A Beautiful Room, LLC – located within the walls of Exeter Paint, I give you a sneak peek at some Q+A with the Norwegian-American interior decorator herself.

Full story to be featured later – keep an eye out for the links, readers! 

Question: How did you end up at Exeter Paint? 
Nina: All these years I’ve been working out of my house. I talked to Nicole and told her this is what I’m thinking and she said, “Well, why don’t you just work out of here? I’d love to have you here. You can help with color consultations, clients coming in . . .”

For the last 10 years it’s just been escalating and escalating. Now I’m here, working out of this space and I’m crazy busy.

The key thing is that I have networked myself with all these different people. I’m building relationships with these different people. We give each other jobs. I feel like every single person I’ve met along the way has helped me to get where I am today.

And you learn to trust yourself. I also worked two jobs for the longest time. I’ve been waiting on tables for 25 years more or less. But now I just do this fulltime.

Question: When did you make the plunge to fulltime Interior Decorator?
Nina: One year ago. I made a decision one night saying “if I’m going to make this work, it’s do or die. I’m going to just give this 110%” And when I didn’t have that extra income to fall back on you just go with it . .

When you’re good at something, don’t worry about the money, the money will come. But you can’t spread yourself too thin. And that’s what I was doing. I was constantly working at the restaurant and doing this (interior decorating) during the day and it was crazy. And I didn’t give this as much attention as it needed. I knew I had it all along.

Question: What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
Nina: The look on my clients faces when I’m done. Absolutely by far.  Janice Page – ABC Family project – I didn’t even know her that well, I just visited her house a couple of times and saw what they had and she gave me a budget. So I just went out, went shopping and instead of painting their walls, I just put everything together. Reuse and recycle. If I can just tweak it, I’ll do that. If I can spray paint it, I’ll do that. And I remember she came home after I was done and she like, “oh my god you are so great!” with big hugs.

So yes, definitely, that’s the most rewarding. Their approval, their outburst, and excitement about their new space. Because this is their home, and when you go into someone’s home you have to tread very carefully and be very respectful.

Question: Favorite magazine / website on design?
Nina: New England Design, Viranda, and Architectural Digest

Question: If money were no limit, what would you design?
Nina: A boarding school. A place landmark. On the ocean. A school for troubled kids or something like that. I could take from all my expertise and really make it a comfortable space for them. With bright colors and fun design. And probably within that school have a room where I can teach them about textures and colors because its all about touch and feel.

More from Interior Decorator, Nina McCarthy, to be posted soon. For more information, visit Nina in person at Exeter Paint on 75 Portsmouth Ave, Exeter, NH; Facebook @ A Beautiful Room, LLC; and her website www.abeautifulroominteriors.com 

DIY Projects | Chalk Paint + Pots

A fun DIY project this Fall season can also help you reuse and recycle old flower pots that you may have tucked away!

No matter the size of your old flower pots (or flower boxes!) – adding some fresh Uniquely Exquisite Tintable Chalk Paint from Exeter Paint can help give your garden or front steps that extra sparkle this fall!

Simply follow our step-by-step guide on how to create these beautiful accents for your home! 

1) Stop into Exeter Paint or Exeter Paint West to pick up your own container of Uniquely Exquisite Tintable Chalk Paint. Choose ANY color from our swatches and one of our friendly staff will mix it up for you. Also buy top gloss 

2) Find those reusable + recyclable pots or flower boxes to give new life to! If they’re not sitting around in your garage, pop around town looking for some bargains at Garage Sales or Antique Stores! You’re sure to find a gem sooner or later to give some new love and life.

3) Open, stir, and paint your pots! When applying Chalk paint, you’ll see visible brush strokes, but it’ll dry pretty smoothly. Apply several thin coats to get your desired look.

4) Use a clear wax for a velvetty, matte finish on your new pots! But if you’re looking for a more glossy glow, apply a satin or gloss finish which can also be found in either of our Exeter Paint stores.

5) Display your new pots in your garden or on your front steps! Take photos and share with us on Exeter Paint + Exeter Paint West Facebook Page for chances to be entered into our next monthly promo-giveaway! Plus, we can always use some inspiration from our readers.

What will be your fall DIY Chalk Paint project?
Share with us in the comments below! We love inspiration.

*Photos by NIna McCarthy at A Beautiful Room, LLC.
Featured in her latest interior + exterior design project.

 

Playing With Fabrics | Seacoast Vibes

Do you live near the ocean or just want to capture that feeling of the seaside in your home?

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Call Exeter Paint to make an appointment with in-house, interior designer Nina McCarthy from A Beautiful Room, LLC. She can help you mix and match playful fabrics and paints using our large selection of colors provided by California Paints and Benjamin Moore.

Don’t just stick to the ordinary. Mix it up and let us help you!

Follow us on Facebook for more up-to-date posts and project ideas from Exeter Paint & Exeter Paint West! You can be entered to participate in many of our monthly promo-deal-giveaways . . .
Don’t miss out.

Fabrics used in-house: Greenhouse Fabrics & Carole Fabrics

Wallcovering | Adding Extra Pizzazz to a Room!

wall_roommate Whether it’s for a child’s room, the kitchen or your own bedroom – wallcoverings can help spice up the room in a playful, glamorous, or subtle way.

Like choosing a paint color, choosing your new wallcovering or wall decals can be an overwhelming process with so many options available. With the help of one of our friendly staff or in-house interior designer, we can help you dream up the newest design additions to your walls!

Look at some inspiration from our partners websites below, get dreamin’ and come into the store today!

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At Exeter Paint & Exeter Paint West we carry York Wallcoverings, Thibaut, and RoomMates: Peel & Stick Décor. Click on photos above to view product information on store website.