May 11, 2012
Happy Mother’s Day from Sandella Custom Homes & Interiors!

Not sure what to buy mom for Mother’s Day? Show your mom the appreciation she truly deserves by giving her the Gift of Design.

A Design Consultation would be the perfect gift for any mom. Whether it’s just putting the finishing touches to a room, a new window treatment or a complete room remodel we can help her create the perfect space.

Please email with Mother’s Day in the subject line. I will reply and we can discuss the perfect design plan for your special someone. We’ll send her a design voucher with all the details.

Me & Mom at dinner last month.  I love you mom!


Wishing All Moms A Wonderful Mother’s Day!
Cheryl Sandella

High Point Market 2012

May 11, 2012






you’ll soon be seeing gray on cabinetry, furniture and fabrics.




called “bleached wood” now and it’s not the pink color – it’s gray this time around. 




it’s on everything including casegoods




a touch of “glitz” continues to accent furniture and fabrics




are popular now…you’ll see them with a wider weave, fused with silk and flannel.




it’s back – more beautiful than ever!




contemporary is still popular…smaller and lower.




nature inspired, especially “birds”. 




fusion of mixed wood species, finishes and materials









you’ll also see “linen-colored wood” with gray fabric

gray colored wood


Add panache to your decor with an Art Deco inspired chest – Macassar and anthracite shagreen (leather) drawers.


Mid-Century meets Africa-vibe…Argentinean walnut nesting tables with shagreen drawers and accents.

bleached wood with glass inserts


Tall Chest:  brown linen colored wood with linen fabric panels and nailhead trim

Chair:  Linen fabric w/nailhead trim


even dog houses are trimmed with nailheads!


glitz trim on wood and glass cocktail table


plum is also a color that you’ll be seeing more of…this bed is European inspired with glitz

and glam

plum painted side table – plum is a great color…it works with so many other colors while adding depth, warmth and “pop” to a room.

drum lamp shades are still popular – this is a fun shape – linen trimmed with gray


the ‘bird” chair w/nailhead trim

nature-inspired stunning wall sconce!

Lucite is making a comeback too!

European feeling…an array of French and Italian inspired objects and furnishings in shades of linen and white with a hint of gray and a touch of glitz

HPWHblue and white

classic blue and white with a “pop” of green


These are just a few things highlighted from the High Point Market, 2012.  You can expect to see these things and more soon….contact Sandella Custom Interiors for more information. 




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Remodel & Interior Design FAQ’s

May 11, 2012


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Who Should I Hire First…the Contractor or the Interior Designer?


  • It is a huge benefit for your home renovation to hire the interior designer first.
  • An interior designer will interview you and become knowledgeable about what you want and the overall program for your renovation.
  • Then they will act as your advocate when dealing with the contractor.
  • The homeowner is at a true advantage when they hire the designer first.


Why Is It Important To Hire A General Contractor For My Remodel?

  • Will serve as a single point of contact throughout the project
  • They manage all aspects for the project…design, permits, scheduling, purchasing materials, supervising the sub contractors and getting the proper inspections.
  • They must be a licensed, bonded and insured professional and comply with all state and local building codes
  • Most renovations, additions, kitchen and bathroom remodels are best handled by a licensed General Contractor because they normally consist of demolition, slab, framing, electrical, plumbing, etc and this type of work needs to be done by skilled sub contractors and supervised by a professional.



What Are The Benefits Of Hiring A Design/Build Company?

  • These are “all-in-one” companies which allow you the convenience of just dealing with one key contact person to complete your project.
  • They are responsible for your project from the design conception all the way through final construction.
  • Many also have their own sub contractors and architects.
  • This can save the homeowner time and money and give them piece-of-mind.




My Entire House Needs To Be Updated…Which Room Should I Start With?

  • The Kitchen!
  • It’s a great place to start since it’s the “hub” of the family and the finishes and materials will dictate the rest of the home.
  • It will also give you the best return on your investment.
  • A kitchen makeover will make your home feel brand new.



I Plan To Hire An Architect And Contractor For My Project…Should I Hire An Interior Designer, Too?

  • If you just hire an architect and contractor you’ll be missing a “key component” in your renovation.
  • Your renovation will require the selection of cabinetry, countertops, fixtures, appliances, flooring, paint colors, scale and placement of furniture, etc.
  • Having these decisions and selections made before construction will prevent many headaches and delays.


My Home Needs To Be Remodeled And Decorated…When Should I Hire An Interior Designer?

  • Hire your interior designer early in the process, not just at the end of the project to select finishes and furniture.
  • A designer’s role varies from making material recommendations to helping you make smart decisions about your remodeling budget.
  • Hiring an interior designer at the onset of a project can save money in the long run and make the process run smoothly, timely and efficiently.



I’d Like To Redecorate My Home…What Are The Benefits Of Using An Interior Designer?

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  • It’s a smart choice if you don’t have any decorating or design experience. Even if you have good taste and some talent, an experienced interior designer knows how to make your house look its very best.
  • You’ll get the best possible look for your home because they are experts and they know what kind of décor and furniture will be best for your lifestyle, budget and home architecture.
  • They have great quality resources. Interior designers have access to many showrooms that are not open to the public, which will give your home a true decorated feel.
  • Home decorating and design is not as easy as one may presume. There is a lot of forethought and preparation that goes into making a room look professionally done. Many amateurs end up with poor and disappointing results when they try to do it on their own.

If You’ve Been Living In An Outdated Home…

Then It’s Time To Get Started…

You Deserve It!

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Tip: How To Set Up The Perfect Home Bar…

May 11, 2012




The Tools:

In order to have the perfect home bar you must have the proper tools to create a delicious cocktail. Below are the “must have” tools.

Bar JiggerJigger

An hour glass shaped container used to measure and pour liquids when making a cocktail. A double jigger comes in handy to ensure that the exact amount of alcohol goes into each glass.  It flips over for each measure.










Bar Marini 2Martini Pitcher

A tall and elegant glass pitcher used to mix and serve martinis. Look for a pitcher that has a “pinched” spout that will hold back the ice when pouring.

It’s the essential mixing vessel for martinis!














A tool used for mashing fruits, herbs or spices to release their flavors in the bottom of a glass. Crush cilantro for a margarita or mash sugar and citrus together for a mojito.

Be sure to always mash in the shaker or glass you’ll be using.










Bar SpoonBar Spoon

A long handled spoon to mix drinks. The long handle can mix a drink in the tallest tumbler.












Citrus Squeezer

Fresh squeezed fruits make the best cocktails!

It’s the quickest and easiest way to get the most juice and least amount of pulp.











Bar Knife

Always have sharp knives at your bar for cocktail prep work. Slice and chop everything ahead of time – especially if you’ll be drinking!










Used to mix drinks by shaking usually with ice











Best Ice Trays

The bigger the ice cube the slower it melts. These will keep your drink cold without watering it down.  This tray makes square shaped cubes.  It is sold at Sur La Table 










A strainer is needed to remove ice before pouring a cocktail into a glass.







Bar RimRim Sugars and Salts

Rim a glass with sugar or salt to add an extra decorative touch and flavor to a cocktail. Moisten the rim of the glass with lemon or lime then dip the rim in sugar or salt. If you’re mixing a chocolate martini moisten the rim with Kahlua and dip the rim in cocoa powder. Yum!







Cocktail Napkins

Serve it up on a stylish napkin. Many are available in prints, bright colors or monogrammed.








 Bar Glasses




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Proper Table Setting

May 10, 2012

Proper Table Setting


With the upcoming spring holidays, I thought I’d share about how to properly set a table.  Perhaps you need a reminder of where the cutlery should be placed around the tableware.  With our casual lifestyles it’s easy to forget how a proper set table should look.  Here’s a refresher showing how to set a table.  If your hosting a holiday dinner or you just want to throw a spring garden party this information will be helpful.






Dessert spoon can be placed above the plate (facing left) with the dessert fork – with the tines pointing right


Salad bowl or dish can be placed to the left with bread plate above fork


Glass above the knife – glasses to be used first go on the outside – glasses line up from the first one















 Remember…Left for eating, Right for Drinking. Start at the outside and work in. 


Napkin Placement:

It depends on your preference and there are many folding variations that can be created. There are napkin folding books that can teach you how. As a default, the napkin can be placed in the water glass, folded on the dinner plate, or beside the flatware on the left. You may not want to use all of the tableware pieces shown in the above diagrams, they are optional and it also depends on what you are serving.

I have a napkin folding book and I like to put my creation on top of the plate. 


There are so many decorative and fun napkin rings that can adorn a folded napkin if you’re not up to learning the napkin folds. 

Buffet Style:

If you’re going to be serving buffet style (I serve buffet style a lot) the plates are not put on the table. They are piled on the buffet serving table.  Put the napkin in the center (where the plate would otherwise go).  

 Easter Table Setting


Elegant and Colorful Table Setting 

table spring

Modern Table Setting

table modern

Simplistic Table Setting

Tea Party Table Setting 

Dinner for Two Table Setting

table romantic

Natural Table Setting


Outdoor / Casual Table Setting


Creating a beautiful table setting doesn’t have to be difficult nor do you need to have fancy expensive tableware or silverware.

Creativity is “key” to a pretty place setting.

Have fun!

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Sandella Custom Homes & Interior News

May 10, 2012



Introducing the Latest and Greatest…


Custom home scheduled to break ground soon in Eagle’s Nest. I’ll be blogging regularly about the construction of this home and posting lots of photos once we get started. This beautiful home will feature an open floor plan with lots of windows to capture the amazing views, a lap pool/spa with a waterfall cascading down to the lower level which houses a sound-proof music room. The lowest point is a basketball court. 


Al Sandella, General Contractor for Sandella Custom Homes, has recently been elected to serve on the board for the SunRidge Canyon Architectural Review Committee.


The Construction Trend For 2012…

Is REMODEL! It seems just about everyone wants to renovate their house this year. Our top three requests:

  1. Kitchen Remodel
  2. Bathroom Remodel
  3. Entertainment Wall Remodel



The Interior Design Trend for 2012… 

I want a “Fresh New Look” for my home. Top on the list:

  1. New Furnishings
  2. New Window Treatments
  3. New Accessories



Homeowners want more natural light and color, They want an “On-Trend” look for their home that’s current but also timeless. 

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Decorating Tip: How To Hang A Chandelier

May 10, 2012

DECORATING TIP:  How To Hang A Chandelier

Chandeliers add a touch of elegance to a dining room or a little romance above a tub. Here’s how to hang them so they look just right…


Step One:  Chose the Correct Style.  If your style is Tuscan choose a chandelier that’s ornate iron or crystal.  If your style is Contemporary choose a style that has less ornamentation, clean lines and sleek finishes.


Step Two:  Select the Size / Scale.  If you’re hanging it above a table then the size should be at least half of the table width.  For example, if you have a 60″ round table then the chandelier should be at least 30″ dia.  If the ceilings are high you can select a two-tiered style or a taller fixture.  If you have a large room then go bigger.  The bottom of the fixture should hang approximately 30″ above the table. (don’t go lower than 36′)

If you want to hang the chandelier in the center of a room.  Measure the room’s length and width in feet and then add them together.  For example, a 12′ x 16′ room would use a 28″ dia chandelier.  Make sure the fixture doesn’t hang lower than 7 ft from the floor.


Step Three:  Illumination.  It’s important to have the correct amount of wattage. So what you’ll need to do is multiply the length and width of the room in feet.  For example, a 12′ x 16′ room equals 192′.  Take 192 and then multiply it by 1.5 = 288.  288 watts is the the total illumination needed for that room.  It’s approximately eight (8) 40 watt bulbs.  I recommend installing a dimmer switch so you can lower the amount of light to create an ambiance.



Step Four:  Buying Bulbs.  Buy clear bulbs to add sparkle, frosted bulbs to add a glow.  Try colored bulbs such as pink for a warm rosy glow.

For me chandeliers are a must when I decorate a room…they’re like jewelry for an outfit.  They are so versatile, available in many sizes, styles and finishes.  Add some Glam and Glitz to your room!



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