What is the right size for a rug?

There are a few things to consider when choosing the right size for a rug. The most important one is how much space you have.

Here are three options which work for most living areas.

  1. Small Rooms: If you have a smaller living room it is best to choose a smaller rug as well. That way the room has a more open feeling and looks more spacious. Make sure all your furniture fit around the rug.



2. Medium size Rooms: Your rug can be a bit larger than in a small room. The benefit of having the front of your furniture on the rug is that it stays in place.


3. If you have a large Room, you can also have a large rug where your furniture fit completely on your area rug.



Upgrades on a budget

Door Knobs!

One very easy way to upgrade any cabinet door is to exchange the door knobs. Little details like this can have a huge impact. Whether you find door knops at a second-hand store, at your favorite furniture store, or even on your vacation. Choose the one you like best. It is always good to personalize your home with something you have a story to tell about.



I feel often like I am cleaning my kitchen all day long and do nothing else. I don’t like the idea of having a lot of items on my kitchen counter, and always try to keep it clean. I am making one exception! Items who have a purpose and are used daily are allowed to be on my countertop. Here are some ideas how you can update your kitchen with some herbs.


Removable Wallpaper

Do you have a wall in your home where you absolutely don’t know what to do with? Some walls speak for themselves and they don’t need any decor, consider to add removable wallpaper. It is a great way to add some pattern and it is easy to remove. This is especially important if you are renting. Here is one I like a lot.


Wait for discounts

Be patient when you found an item you like because most stores have reoccurring Discounts. One month curtains are on sale, the next month rugs and so on. It is worth watching prices online before buying. You can also contact me: I receive a lot of catalogs with coupons and discount offer. Show me the item you like and I can help you to find the best deal.


Have plants in your home!


Having plants in your home has a lot of positive benefits to your home and well being. They look beautiful and attractive and also reduce stress and create a well-being feeling. Interior landscaping has also a positive effect on your level of productivity,  people in offices are more productive and take fewer sick days, make fewer mistakes and are happier.


Adding plants to your bathroom in hanging pots on to the shower curtain is an easy way to add some green. They help to clean the air and can also eliminate bacteria. You probably won’t even forget to water them.


Plants and their benefits:

Anthurium – decreases our stress level

ZZ Plant – helps you to feel better and heal faster from injuries

Majesty Palm – improve your job satisfaction

Peace Lily – most efficient natural filters, makes our air fresher

Snake Plant – good to add oxygen at night. Good plant for your bedroom

Red Aglaonema – boosts up your energy level

Dracaena – efficient air cleaner for chemical compounds

Orchid – they add a touch of exotic elegance and are a great filter for indoor air pollutionUntitled4



Best of Houzz 2018

SurroundYou InteriorDesign of San Jose – Awarded Best Of Houzz 2018

Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World

San Jose, California, January 20, 2018 – SurroundYou InteriorDesign of San Jose has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The 5-year old interior design firm was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2017. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2018” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

Whether you’re in the market for a simple style upgrade and have ideas you’re hoping to build on, or are kicking off a large-scale makeover and need someone to guide you through the process from start to finish, SurroundYou InteriorDesign creates personalized plans tailored to your specific needs.

“The Houzz community selected a phenomenal group of Best of Houzz 2018 award winners, so this year’s recipients should be very proud,” said Liza Hausman, Vice President of Industry Marketing at Houzz. “Best of Houzz winners represent some of the most talented and customer-focused professionals in our industry, and we are extremely pleased to give them both this recognition and a platform on which to showcase their expertise.”

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About Inga Klingauf

Inga Klingauf studied architecture in Germany and graduated with a Diplom-Ingenieur Architect (comparable to a Masters in Architecture). She grew up in North Germany and lived in Dublin before moving to California in 2009, where she founded SurroundYou InteriorDesign. Her work strongly reflects the “less is more” philosophy of architect Mies van der Rohe, and her talent for combining modern shapes and colors with traditional layout concepts helps clients create fresh, warm living spaces.

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow, Tel Aviv and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

Design Dilemmas is back

Are you unhappy with an area or room in your home? Send a picture to info@surroundyou.me, I would love to give you feedback and discuss some ideas on my facebook page.


The perfect piece for my office

It is worth waiting when it comes to purchasing art. I had my office wall empty for a very long time and never came across something I wanted to see every day. I was volunteering at an event with a silent auction, saw this piece and knew it will be perfect for my office.




Small Changes – Big difference

Here is an example of why I believe small changes can make a big difference. Most people underestimate how much space their kids need in an entrance way. In this example, we just added two wardrobes, one for each child. It is strong enough that even the backpacks can hang on them.

In addition to that, the style fits great to their parents Eames® Hang-It-All® Wardrobe. Having something to put the shoes on is always a great benefit to keep the area clean.


The price for this change was under $40

Fall is coming

We are in the middle of October already, the days get shorter and it is getting colder. Time to change your living area a little bit to get some blankets and pillows out.

Screen Shot 2017-10-17 at 11.31.36 AMHere are some Ideas for easy changes:

Enjoy Fall, one of my favorite seasons…