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Summer 2018 Home Renovation Project Ideas & Tips

Jul 13, 2018

Summer is the perfect season for home renovations, as weather is more ideal and days are longer. Rainy summer days are great for tackling small projects inside of your home, but on those stretches of beautiful days we recommend tackling your exterior projects.  If you’re looking to make improvements to your home this season, follow along for our top tips and start tackling your summer projects!

Summer Home Renovation Project Ideas & Tips

  1. Bead Boards – If you’re looking for a quick refresh in your bathroom or kitchen, consider adding beaded boards to your kitchen island or bathroom walls. Choose thin planks for an antique cottage vibe or wide planks for a farmhouse feel depending on the look that you’re going for.
  2. Lighting Fixtures – Replace outdated light fixtures with a more modern look to create a powerful update that will go a long way.
  3. Paint – If you have a room that’s feeling a little stale, bring a fresh color to your walls either with paint or patterned wallpaper. This is an easy and low-cost way to give your space a fresh makeover.
  4. New Hardware – Make a room feel new with small, minor changes to the hardware in your kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom. New knobs on cabinets and dressers can pack quite the punch and completely change your space.
  5. Add a Backsplash – Completely transform your kitchen or bathroom by adding a backsplash to your walls or shower.

Modern bathroom vanity with tiled backsplash wall

Weekend Home Improvement Projects

  1. Paint Your Front Door – To boost curb appeal or give your home an easy makeover, give your front door new life. An updated front door color can be all that your home needs to feel fresh and updated. When doing this, you can either remove the door, or paint in place.
  2. Entrance Refresh - Spruce up your front entrance with a bench, flowers, new lighting, a wreath or a welcome mat. Flowers, wreathes and the welcome mat can be changed with the seasons, always giving your guests a warm welcome that’s in line with the season.
  3. New Siding or New Door – For improved curb appeal, new siding or a new door will go a long way, especially if they are currently in a state of despair.
  4. Other Summer Ideas- Pave your driveway, build a backyard patio, clean your gutters, or pressure wash your deck or siding.

Light blue wooden front door on a stone house

Summer Home Cost-Saving Tips

  1. Keep your curtains and blinds down to keep your home cool and to prevent fading of your floors.
  2. To improve air quality, run bathroom fans before and after you shower, along with kitchen fans when cooking.
  3. Install storm doors to protect your main door from the seasonal elements.
  4. Replace old windows with new, energy efficient windows to conserve energy and to save on your electric bill

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How to Make an Old House Look New

Jul 05, 2018

An older home allows you to enjoy the perks of historical charm and character, but it also comes with the challenge of preserving the history while simultaneously having the look and feel of the present. You can achieve a happy medium by mixing traditional with modern to create a personalized transitional style.

How to Make an Old House Look New

Mixing Modern and Traditional Interior Decorations

Before we dive into how to mix the two styles, it’s important to differentiate between the two.  Modern style is defined by clean, colorful, crisp lines. Color palettes are simple colors, with simplicity being in all aspects of the design. The design is sleek with minimal clutter, and common materials are steel, glass and metal. Traditional style, on the other hand, boasts a rich, vintage feel, highlighted by dark wood, rich colors, textures, curved lines, and layering. Materials and textures in traditional design include velvet, silk, and finished wood.

To avoid a design disaster, it’s important that you choose one style to be more dominant in your room’s design. This means that the main style will be found in your major furnishings, while the secondary style will be incorporated into your space through the use of smaller accent pieces. Pick a style to ground the room and let your accessories highlight the secondary theme.

It will also be important to choose similar pieces or looks from both styles to create a cohesive and harmonious look. For instance, select similar colors, shapes, and textures from both modern and traditional style to tie your room together.

Or, take a traditional piece of furniture and paint it modern white, or reupholster the fabric on a traditional chair with a more modern fabric to blend the two styles inconspicuously. Blending the two styles will create a timeless design that will last years beyond your design makeover.

Modern home design ideas mixed with traditional elements

Interior Design Tips on Decorating an Old Home

Thanks to built-in bookshelves, wide-plank pine floors, architectural detail, craftsman doors, and intricately designed hardware, historic homes are a dream for many homeowners. When an older home boasts such charm, it’s important to preserve that history throughout your design.

If your home has stained glass, highlight this feature by keeping your walls a crisp white. An older home will most likely be more traditional in its architecture, so try incorporating crisp clean lines and simple colors for a modern twist.

Traditional accents in a modern home

Challenges to Keep in Mind When Decorating an Older Home

The character and architecture of an older home is a great perk, but those same features can create quite the challenge when it comes to decorating or renovating in general. Some challenges might seem minor, such as imperfections in the walls, while others can be more intensive, such as outdated or painted shut windows, uneven floors, or a kitchen that’s stuck in the past.

If your walls, ceiling, or trim have imperfections, try painting these surfaces one color, such as white. By doing so, you will hide such flaws while simultaneously highlighting the beautiful crown molding and trim in the process.

For a flooring refresh, replace any outdated carpet with more innovative flooring, or have the current hardwood floors refinished to give a fresh spin on the home’s history.

Room with both modern and traditional decor

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Timeless Trends & Room Design For Any Remodel

Mar 19, 2018

Bring timeless trends and decor into your remodel and your home will be sure to stand the test of time.

What Are Timeless Trends?

Timeless trends are considered to be core, key classics that are beautiful anytime, anywhere.  Here are some ideas to help you implement designs that will never go out of style. 

Which Designs Will Never Go Out of Style?

First, look back in design history. What has been considered beautiful for decades? A castle or chateau that is still beautiful five hundred years later can inspire you today for individual elements that will enhance your home. If you simplify the style, you will find that many of the key concepts used for royalty are still beautiful for your home today.

How to Bring Classic Décor into Any Room

A herringbone pattern in wood or tile is a key example of a classic concept. It adds just enough of a wow factor to create interest, but does not over power your space. Marble is a material that has remained timeless. Whether it’s a Calcutta Gold or a Carrera, this material has been able to have a longevity that will keep you from feeling restless. Choose the spaces that need a classic wow factor and these materials will never disappoint.

classic marble design bathroom floor

Woods, like walnut, are always timeless because they have served the likes of classic homes over the years. Hardwoods have just enough color and depth to balance a room, as well as just enough character to be interesting.

Kitchen with walnut hardwood floor

Metal finishes always come and go in terms of what’s on trend; however mixing metals will ensure that you have balanced any look to evolve through time. A matte iron finish paired with a soft, brushed brass or a chrome paired with a brushed nickel are both pairings that will ensure that you have timeless decor that will never go out of style.  

Mixed metal design in a living room

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Top 2018 Flooring Trends

Mar 05, 2018

Want a fresh look for your home? Choose to update your floors with one of the flooring trends that are making their way into the magazines and give your home the facelift that it needs!

What Flooring Type Will We See the Most?

Pattern is absolutely fun when it comes to flooring, and one that we love is the herringbone pattern. It is a classic pattern, but is subtly elegant. Large format tiles mixed with wood planking are a fun way to add a look that will be classic and chic. If you are wondering what finishes on the large format are trending, yet safe to play with, a concrete look on tile will look good in your home for years on end.

If pattern isn’t for you, a very strong trend that is still making headway is continuing your plank flooring up a wall. Any time you have wood on your walls or ceiling, you are adding warmth to the room that just cannot be duplicated with paint. Maybe a cold feeling basement needs warming up; this is an easy solution.

plank flooring on a bedroom wall

What Floor Coloring Will Stand Out?

Natural wood tones are still making a splash.  The look of raw unfinished wood is a lovely finish to bring into a home.  A common question homeowners ask is, “Do all of my woods need to match?”  That really comes down to you.  A large trend is the happenstance of materials.  For example, you may have a raw wood in the entryway and chestnut in your living room.  To make the two spaces tie together, you simply accessorize the living room with some raw wood accents.  For some, however, flow and consistency are important, so, if you know you like everything to match, this trend is not for you. 

natural wood floors with wood accent furniture

Wood floors that are color stained are trending. Blue stained wood can add subtle happiness down your hallways. Don’t worry that the blue will go out of style, because if you love it, it won’t. The only time this plays a role in anything is if you go to sell your house, then you may find that it’s not for everyone.  But then again, there is always someone for every trend out there. Most importantly, trends are to inspire.  They are to guide and remind you to keep your home feeling fresh. 

blue stained hardwood flooring

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Turn Your Bedroom into a Cozy Winter Oasis

Jan 19, 2018

The thought of falling into a cozy bed and resting your eyes and mind from the bustle of the holidays sounds lovely, doesn’t it? Here are some tips to help you pull off the perfect cozy winter bedroom.

What are this Season's Winter Colors?

This season we are seeing a lot of rich, velvety colors start to play a role in home design. Think deep charcoal, velvety rich green, and burgundy that has a plum tone to it. It's all about tone on tone, and the darker the better! You are not meant to be energized in the space, so your eye needs colors that will allow subtle differences to draw your attention.  

Bedroom with Burgundy Accent Colors

Which Winter Color Scheme Should You Choose?

If you love it, it's the right answer. In design there are a lot of right answers, which is why choosing is very personal.  However, in your bedroom, take a risk, don't be scared. It's supposed to feel cozy.

Play Off Textures to Turn Your Bedroom into a Cozy, Winter Oasis

Thick wool throw blankets or flannel sheets scream winter calm. Textured accent pieces will add warmth to your space, so your side tables might be a brushed wood that have a raw unfinished feel to it, and your chair may have a large basket next to it with blankets overflowing out of it. Most importantly, have rug runners down the side of your bed to be sure that on top of your beautiful plank floors, you have soft underfoot.

Bedroom with Textured Accent Pieces

What Are the Winter Room Decor Staples?

Be sure to have plenty of blankets to cover up with for when you’re not quite ready for bed. Have lighting that can create various moods, such as overhead task lighting and bedside lamps that can set a softer ambiance.  In your accent chair area, be sure that you have an ottoman where feet can be propped up and the chair has a nice high back to allow for proper relaxation for reading.  

Bedroom with Bedside Lamps and Brown Colors

Follow all of these tips and you will be sure to have the perfect winter sanctuary! Want more winter tips? Keep your carpet looking new all year long!

 

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How to Get the Farmhouse Style Look in Your Home

Dec 12, 2017

One of our favorite design styles out there is the farmhouse style for its effortless simplicity in décor and color. This style originated from farmers themselves, in which design was focused on their basic necessities regarding their lifestyle and family needs. Farmhouse style offers feelings of warmth and comfort, with an emphasis on reclaimed wood, upcycling, and rustic and distressed touches. The fabulous part of this design style is that it is hard to mess up!  Here are some fun ways to create your own farmhouse look in your home!

1. Love Texture

One of the best parts of this style is wood, wood and more wood! And not all of it has to match. It could of course be shiplap, but it could also be layered pine on your walls paired with oak planks on your floors. Whatever wood tones you love, be sure to include them on your walls, floors, or ceilings.

2. Be Unpredictable

Often homeowners want to match finishes when designing their home, but this design style says “don’t!” You can pair black iron finishes with brushed nickel, and so on. The key is to keep it to 2-3 metal finishes and bounce them around your house. Your kitchen faucet finish may be the same as your pendant light finish, and your kitchen knobs and pulls may be the same finish as your door hardware. 

3. Incorporate Family

Family photos are incredibly important in general, but even more so in farmhouse style home décor as this style has a strong focus around what is important in life. Consider incorporating phrases or quotes that you want your family to live by, as you can have teaching moments for your kids through your artwork and signage.  

4. White is a Key Color

White is what allows the busy aspect of this style to stay focused. As textures change, white is the key color that grounds everything and keeps an underlying calm to your home. Even better, because white is your core color, you will be able to easily evolve to your next design style when you are ready for a change down the road.

 

5. Casual Wins

Comfortable furniture wins in this design style, so make sure your furniture makes you want to fall into it and relax. No stuffiness allowed!

6. Don’t Over Clutter

Remember, not every wall and space needs something on it. Sometimes your eyes need to have a spot to rest.

7. Make it Fit Your Lifestyle

Function is more important than how something looks, so be sure to keep in mind how your family lives in the spaces you are creating. If you know someone loves to read in a corner, perfect!  Make it a comfy chair, a basket of blankets, and a vintage floor lamp. This is a very thoughtful style as to how you live in your home.

8. Have Your Own Twist

We have the world at our fingertips in terms of inspirational images, however, be sure to come up with one twist on something that no one else has tried or done. We encourage you to add a personal touch to your space. After all, it is your home!

 

9. Old + New Play a Role

Not everything in your home has to be vintage décor. Some things have improved with time so it’s okay to mix vintage with new, but going to vintage flea markets will help you find unique elements that will add to your décor. Find something old to turn into art on the walls, or start a collection of something vintage. For example, vintage fishing reels in glass jars can remind you of fishing with a grandparent and also serve as amazing texture to your room.

 

10. Have Fun

This is the most important rule. If you are not having fun, you are not doing it right! Relax and enjoy the process. Your home is meant to bring you happiness, so have fun!

 

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