Back To School Organization from DGR Interior Designs

Happy first day back to school today for Branford! In honor of back to school, I wanted to share some back to school organizing tips. It is all about labeling, chalkboards, creating stations so that everything is organized. It will make mornings better, the evenings smoother and altogether keeping all those school items organized will help your sanity. As we get ready for Labor Day weekend, this is a great time to get organized and get ready to fully kick off fall in a few weeks. Hope everyone had a great first day back and enjoy the last weekend of summer.

 Create a backpack station by so everything is one place.
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Put a  basket in the fridge for easy lunchbox and snack assembly during the week.
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Create a simple homework station to keep all items in place like pens, pencils and keep everything in one area.
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Weekly outfits will make the mornings go smoother and faster.
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Chalkboards are a great way to keep up to date.
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Grey Kitchen Inspiration

Have you been looking at your white kitchen lately and thinking, this should be grey? Well, pat yourself on the back you trendsetter you. Grey is the new white and with so many options for different shades you can really create a kitchen all your own. Don’t be afraid to mix grey’s either, go ahead and get a darker grey island with lighter grey cabinets. For those of you that read the book, don’t be fooled, there are actually way more than 50 shades of grey. Here is some grey kitchen inspiration to get you started. Afraid to tackle this one on your own? That is what I am here for, feel free to get in touch by giving me a call, 203.488.7638. I would love to be part of your kitchen makeover. 

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4th of July Decorations

4th of July is here! How will you be celebrating? Every holiday is an opportunity to have fun and change up your decor. Sparklers, flags, hotdogs, strawberries, and so much more to look forward to for the 4th of July. Of course I get excited about the decor and the design. Here is some inspiration for your 4th of July decorations.


You can never go wrong with red, white and blue candy.
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4thofjulydecorations1A chalkboard is the perfect item for a 4th of July message and all holidays.
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4thofjulydecorations2You can never go wrong with a beautiful food display.
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4thofjulydecorations3Mason jars will always be a favorite.
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4thofjulydecorations4Go patriotic with a door wreath.
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Father’s Day Man Cave

This weekend we are celebrating Dad’s with Fathers Day on Sunday. Hoping for some beautiful weather so everyone can enjoy  grilling and being outdoors. In honor of Dad’s I wanted to feature what every dad and guy out there would love to have. Their very own man cave. A space to call their own. What is great about creating a man cave is it can have a variety of themes for your sports enthusiasts, hunter, car lover, or cigar aficionado. The interior design of a man cave is not only a really fun project, it can be done on any budget. The transformation of a room to a man cave can be done with so many different elements that can include a bar for example, or if you have a higher budget, you can have a media area. Happy fathers day to all the dads out there, here is some father’s day man cave inspiration.



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Guest Post: Wood and Beyond

I have a guest blogger today! Meet Wood and Beyond. They are importers and specialist suppliers of high quality hardwood products ranging from solid hardwood floors, engineered hardwood floors to decking boards and wooden worktops. 


Hardwood Flooring Options and Styles

If you are considering hardwood floors, you will soon discover that choice is abundant but often confusing. In this blog post, we aim to explain your options together with some examples of recent trends in color technology.

Hardwood Flooring Types – Solid Vs. Engineered

Most individuals are unaware that hardwood flooring is available in two construction types. The first decision is to select the most appropriate type for your interior.



Solid Hardwood

Solid Hardwood – Often called ‘real hardwood flooring’, the solid hardwood floorboards are made using complete 100% hardwood from species such as Ash, Pine, Oak, Walnut and other broadleaved trees. This solid construction makes the floor extremely strong and very popular in both commercial and residential settings. It lends itself nicely to most areas of the interior, but to wet and humid areas such as the bathroom, these conditions can cause the hardwood to expand.

Engineered Hardwood – Contrary to solid hardwood, this time, the floorboards are made from MDF, Plywood and hardwood veneer. The first external layer is made from solid hardwood and it is called the hardwood veneer layer. Below this layer and away from view, you will find layers of man-made materials such as medium-density fiberboard, ply and even softwood.


Engineered Hardwood

The engineered hardwood varied construction means that you can safely fit it across the entire interior, even in humid areas (for example, the kitchen, the bathroom and basement areas) and mostly remarkable for hardwood flooring, even on top or under floor heating.

Hardwood Flooring Grade – Prime Vs. Select Vs. Rustic

The hardwood flooring grade will determine the decorative side of the floorboards in terms of natural features. Higher grades feature less sapwood, knots and will closely match in terms of color, while basic grades will display more telltale signs of natural wood.




Prime grade – The prime hardwood floorboard will display minimal color variation and minimal small knots. Prime is the highest grade of hardwood flooring and also the most expensive option.  In interiors where the hardwood flooring should present a consistent look, prime is the obvious choice







Select grade – Floorboards of the select grade will display the odd infrequent knots, color variations to a degree and minimal streaking. The select grade can suit a whole host of interiors, both contemporary or traditional.

Rustic grade – Each floorboard will display heavy grain markings and figuring, frequent color variations and frequent knots of varying sizes. The rustic grade is considered full of character and strong features of wood, you either love it or hate it.












Hardwood Flooring Finish

The last consideration is the finish of the hardwood floorboard. In the past, the job of this clear chemical layer was mostly functional in order to reduce damage to the floorboards. Incorrect cleaning (commonly too much water), dragging heavy objects across and even contact with abrasive shoe soles can damage the floorboards unless an oil or lacquered based finish is applied.

In recent years, the finish has also been used to color the floorboard and to match it against a specific color. Here are a few examples of a few color choices for wood flooring. You are no longer limited to just a brown or honey hardwood floor board color.






If you have any questions, leave your comments below.

Article written by Wood and Beyond for DGR Interior Design blog.