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SMALL BUSINESS WEEK - BEAUTIFUL WINDOWS BY MICHELE

This is the second entry in a series of posts recognizing the small women-owned businesses that support me on a regular basis.

Beautiful Windows is a hidden gem located in the Old Brownstone Mill, Paterson Avenue, Midland Park, New Jersey. Michele and Nicole are my “go to” experts for fabrics, window treatment design, upholstery and more.

Michele started learning to sew 25 years ago after being inspired by her neighbor who sewed custom window treatments. At the time, Michele had 2 small children under the age of 5. What started as a hobby, slowly evolved into a business. Her friends and family wanted treatments for their homes, and passed her name along to people they knew. Michele was able to grow her business to include blinds, furniture, and carpeting, because of the support she received from all the women who believed in her and encouraged her to accomplish her goals. Michele has not forgotten the encouragement she received and is continuously looking to pay it forward by supporting other women-owned small businesses. For more about Michele and her business go to http://www.beautifulwindowsbymichele.com

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Ridgewood Interiors - SMALL BUSINESS WEEK - BEAUTIFUL WINDOWS BY MICHELE
Ridgewood Interiors - SMALL BUSINESS WEEK - BEAUTIFUL WINDOWS BY MICHELE

Saving The Economy – One Small Business At A Time

According to USA Today, Sunday, April 30, kicked off National Small Business Week, “a time to recognize the many contributions of small business owners”. The article, “Rhonda Abrams: Women Business Owners Will Save America”, describes the many challenges that women entrepreneurs face in starting and growing a small business. It asks the reader to “focus on the critical role women business owners make in keeping our economy afloat”.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/columnist/abrams/2017/04/26/rhonda-...

As a designer, I rely on fellow small business owners to deliver quality goods and services to my clients. These talented women are passionate about their work, dedicated to providing excellent customer service and committed to supporting other women entrepreneurs. So in recognition of National Small Business Week, they have agreed to share their personal stories including why they chose to start their business and the personal and professional obstacles that challenge them on a daily basis. They will describe what motivates them and how they give back to their communities. Also featured will be some larger companies that routinely lend their support to small businesses in the form of resources, information and advice. You will see the before- and-after photos of a collaborative home renovation project and hear from the client about her experience working with small women-owned businesses.

Thank you for viewing! Look for our next post featuring Beautiful Windows by Michele. Shares, comments and likes are always appreciated.

#nationalsmallbusinessweek  #womenownedbusinesses #interiordesignpartners #ridgewoodinteriors #Beautifulwindowsbymichele #caitlynperry

Ridgewood Interiors - Saving The Economy – One Small Business At A Time
Ridgewood Interiors - Saving The Economy – One Small Business At A Time

Ridgewood Interiors showcased in fall issue of GALLERY magazine

Thank you RITA GUARNA,VICE PRESIDENT / EDITOR IN CHIEF, and the staff at Wainscot Media for showcasing my design project in Gallery New Jersey Luxury Homes & Estates: Fall 2016. The article, “Accessible by Design”, conveys the advantages of universal design principles while showing readers that universal design and luxury homes are not mutually exclusive.

The article begins on page 83 and can be viewed at:  https://issuu.com/wainscotmedia/docs/gallery_fw_16_dig_edition?e=1365693...

#accessiblebydesign  #luxuryanduniversaldesign 

Ridgewood Interiors - Ridgewood Interiors showcased in fall issue of GALLERY magazine
Ridgewood Interiors - Ridgewood Interiors showcased in fall issue of GALLERY magazine

The Most Dangerous Place In Your Home

From toddlers to seniors and everyone in between, bathrooms are the most dangerous room in a home. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that every year about 235,000 people over the age 15 visit emergency rooms because of injuries suffered in the bathroom. Among those, nearly 14 percent are hospitalized. That’s an average of 640 people per day who are injured in their bathrooms all across the United States. Also interesting, younger people were more likely to be hurt in or around the tub, while older people sustained more injuries on or near the toilet.

My favorite tips for a safer bathroom include:

Flooring serves many masters. In the bathroom, it should be moisture-proof, stain-resistant, have a non-skid surface that’s safe even when wet, and be durable enough to stand up to constant foot traffic. Small tiles with an anti-slip finish provide superior traction. Grout lines between glass and ceramic tiles provide texture that also increases traction.

Grab bars are one of the safety features that have traditionally screamed "institutional." Manufacturers now offer "designer grab bars". Whether you love sleek, minimal design or are hooked on traditional, you can have safety without sacrificing style.  

Curbless showers - With some thoughtful planning, the curb (the threshold between the bathroom floor and the shower floor) can be eliminated without reducing the functionality of your shower. Benefits of a curbless shower include elimination of a tripping hazard, improved accessibility and greater ease of use.

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#safeandhealthyhomes  #curblessshowerdesign #bathroomsafetytips

 

Ridgewood Interiors - The Most Dangerous Place In Your Home
Ridgewood Interiors - The Most Dangerous Place In Your Home

Apps and Appliances: How Smart Is Your Home?

Technology is revolutionizing the way we interact with our homes and so an increasing number of home buyers are basing their purchasing decision on the availability of home automation features. As a designer, I am excited about technology that improves our health and safety and makes our living spaces more user-friendly. Examples include appliances like the Samsung Family Hub "smart refrigerator" and GE Café Series "smart oven". Both have apps that allow them to be controlled by your phone.  If you are in the market for home automation products, check out the following link:

http://www.homestratosphere.com/smart-home-technology-ultimate-guide/

#homeautomation  #smartappliances  #futureofdesign

 

Ridgewood Interiors - Apps and Appliances: How Smart Is Your Home?
Ridgewood Interiors - Apps and Appliances: How Smart Is Your Home?

What You Don't Know About Paint Could Hurt You

Paint-related products are one of the worst environmental offenders, second only to automobiles. Some of the most harmful chemicals found in paint are volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. As paint dries, these harmful VOCs are released into the air at high levels.  When they enter the air, they cause air pollution and a number of health issues including breathing problems, headache, burning, watery eyes, nausea and even cancer. Although VOC levels are highest during and soon after painting, they continue to seep out for  years.

Low-VOC and no-VOC paints are now widely available and sold by most major paint manufacturers. When stores make different colors, the tints they add may be high in VOCs, even if the base paint isn’t.  So when buying paint, look for brands with both a low-VOC base paint and low-VOC colorant!

#tipsforasafeandhealthyhome #ridgewoodinteriors #picktherightpaint

 

Ridgewood Interiors - What You Don't Know About Paint Could Hurt You
Ridgewood Interiors - What You Don't Know About Paint Could Hurt You

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Tips for a Safe and Healthy Home 

I've fallen and I can't get up! Over 700,000 people of all ages are hospitalized every year due to a fall. Bathroom flooring can be particularly dangerous. Glass and glazed ceramic floor tiles with an anti-slip finish provide superior traction and do not require routine sealing. Grout lines between tiles provide texture that increases traction - the smaller the tile the greater the grout lines.

#Safeandhealthyhomes  #Ridgewoodinteriors  #noslipbathroomfloor

 

 

Ridgewood Interiors - Taplynn's Blog
Ridgewood Interiors - Taplynn's Blog

The dirtiest place in your home!

According to WebMD your kitchen sink is the dirtiest place in your house and is actually worse than your toilet! Consider this before purchasing a new sink.  Because of its durability and easy-to-clean, nonporous qualities, stainless steel is great for high-germ zones such as kitchen sinks and countertops. Copper is loaded with antimicrobial properties, which makes it an excellent choice for bacteria-filled kitchens. Always read the use and care statements and warranty and ask where the sink is manufactured before purchasing.

#dirtiestplaceinyourhome  #ridgewoodinteriors  #healthyhomedesign

                

Ridgewood Interiors - The dirtiest place in your home!
Ridgewood Interiors - The dirtiest place in your home!

Ridgewood, NJ mapping an “age-friendly” future!

The following article discusses how five Bergen County towns are on a mission to be not just a place where “kids can grow up but also where their grandparents grow old”.

For the full article go to

http://www.northjersey.com/news/north-jersey-towns-map-an-age-friendly-f...

#townsforallages  #ridgewoodinteriors  #aginginridgewood
 

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Ridgewood news

Taplynn's Tips for a Safe and Healthy Home - Bedtime Lighting

Navigating a home in the middle of the night can be dangerous!  Experts say it's best to sleep in total darkness because light exposure can limit your body's synthesis of the sleep hormone melatonin. If you wake up at night and need to get out of bed, it helps to have some strategically placed warm-color night lights -- but the light they give off should be dim. Your goal should be to see well enough to avoid hazards, without having to turn on a bright light so that it's easy to fall back to sleep.

The following improvements can lessen the risks associated with moving around the house at night.

• Use plug-in lights to illuminate pathways commonly used at night, like the one between the bed and the bathroom.

• Glow switches. Install glow-in-the-dark light switches to take the guess work out of locating and operating a switch in the dark.

• Consider motion activated fixtures that detect movement and automatically turn on the light; they are good options when a switch is difficult to access, or requires you to cross a dark room to reach it.

#Bedtimelightingsafety #RidgewoodInteriors #Safeandhealthyhometips #bedtimelightingtips

 

Taplynn's Tip for Night time lighting
Taplynn's Tips for a Safe and Healthy Home

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