Q: Does PJ Newman only offer high end interior design?
A: No, PJ Newman has the ability and vast sources to do all aspects of interior design. We have access to numerous moderately priced lines as well as high end lines. We are able to work within most anyone’s budget.
Q: Does PJ Newman do “in home visits”?
A: Yes, this is our specialty. However, we do prefer and recommend that the initial consultation take place at our showroom.
Q: Is PJ Newman’s availability for design consultation limited to the store hours?
A: No, we are happy to schedule appointments during non-business hours to accommodate busy schedules.
Q: What makes some manufacturers furniture more expensive than others?
A: Quality of Materials – Example: Solid wood for frame parts verses “chip core”, wood is graded, the higher the grade, the more expensive it is. Construction – Example: Frame parts can just be glued together or they can be constructed to last a life time by double doweled corners that are then reinforced with corner blocks then screwed and glued in to place. Finishing Process – High end manufacturers go through an 18 – 23 step finishing process verses a “shot out of a gun” process. Design – Products that are designed by a talented, famous designer are going to have a “higher price tag”, as royalties must be paid to them. It is well worth the higher price, as these pieces stay in style forever and typically increase in value. It basically boils down to the old saying, “you get what you pay for”. *These are just some of numerous reasons why there are various price differences.
Q: How do I care for fine furniture and upholstery?
A. PJ Newman has a “Fine Furniture Care Guide” brochure that covers the care of wood finishes, painted finishes, marble, leather, and upholstery. Just click on the “contact us” link and we will be more than happy to mail or e-mail you a copy. We recommend Guardsman cleaning products which we carry in our store.
Q: Should I re-upholster my existing furniture or buy new?
A: With the price of labor and fabric by the yard, there is very little difference in the price of reupholstering verses buying new. We advise our clients that if they really still love their upholstered furniture, still find it comfortable, and if it still works in their space, then reupholster. If they are tired of the design and want a different look, then go for new.
Q: Can I mix different styles of furniture in a room setting?
A: Yes, if done properly. We find that a room with the appropriate mix of styles is a good match for the more casual way we live today. Many of the collections from current designers draw upon historical references, yet are combined with more modern fabrics, accessories, and artwork to create a diversified look that feels comfortable and is reflective of the owner’s individual taste.
Q: What type of window treatment should I have?
A: There are several factors influencing the choice of how to dress your windows. Naturally, the style direction of the room is very important, whether formal or casual. Just as important, is the need for privacy and light control. In addition, treatments should not detract from the fabulous view that is often framed by a window.