Peaceful Remodeling

Are you in the middle of remodeling your home? No doubt, whether your remodeling project is large or small, the process can be overwhelming. Working within a budget while trying to bring your dream to life is challenging. However, a renovation project can go smoothly by following these simple tips.

 

Plan Before the Project Begins

Before you begin any remodeling project, it’s always best to plan. To prevent delays and avoid spending unnecessary money try making product selections early on. By doing so, you’ll be aware of the associated costs and the decision-making process will go much faster.

 

Consider Long Term Costs

Keep in mind long-term maintenance costs such as potential repair expenses and energy costs. Such costs can increase rather quickly. Be sure to include these costs in your calculations and work them into your set budget.

 

A Detailed Contract

Avoid jumping into a remodeling project without a contract. The project should include all the details including the start date, completion date, the correct address and any additional details. Failing to form an airtight contract can lead to a host of trouble.

 

Keep Your Expectations Realistic

While exciting, you will experience both highs and lows during the remodeling process. Expect to experience delays, unforeseen snags and the inconvenience of living in a home that’s under renovation. When your expectations are realistic, you’ll be better able to handle drawbacks.

 

Find A Healthy Outlet

It’s easy for your life to become consumed with renovations during the remodeling. It’s important to take a step back and spend some time on other tasks. Find a healthy outlet, whether it’s the gym or the movies to go when you began to get overly stressed about the renovation process.

Interior Design

A beautifully decorated home can showcase your family’s personality and style. Additionally, you’ll gain a sense of accomplishment from knowing that you did an excellent job at creating a great space for your family. However, creating a design scheme can be difficult and require much effort. If you’re inexperienced in interior decorating, you’ll need some guidance with tackling the development and decor of your home. Here are some tips you may find useful.

 

Scope out each room of the house

The intended use largely determines the design of a room. For instance, when picking out pieces for the family room, you’ll likely seek out items that are kid friendly, easy to clean and that will create a peaceful ambiance since this is the place where your family will use for relaxation and entertainment.  To avoid creating a space that’s chaotic limit the designated uses per room.

 

Pay attention to furniture layout

There’s nothing worse than being unable to seamlessly navigate in a room because the furniture placement is off. Therefore, when decorating, you should avoid implementing floor plans that require you to walk through a gathering of furniture. Instead, evenly disperse pieces throughout the room based on its size and symmetry.

 

Utilize A Focal Point

Every room should have a focal point. In design, focal points are areas of dominance that often will grasp the viewer’s attention. Having a focal point element in a room will pull the overall design together and create a cohesive look. Create such areas of interest by using contrasting elements. Favorite focal points are pieces of dramatic artwork and unique furnishing. 

Is It Time to Ditch Your Upper Cabinets?

One room in the house where you need as much storage as you can get is the kitchen.  So when you hear about modern kitchens using minimal or even no upper cabinets, you might be left asking yourself how it would be possible to remove the ones in your home and still have room for all the things you need.  Sleek, clean lines are all good and well, but they need to be functional too.  If this kitchen arrangement appeals to you, but you’re not sure how it would work in your home, read on for more details. 

 

This look is all about decluttering the walls to give the kitchen a lighter, more open appearance.   Decide whether you are ready to commit to removing all cabinets.  If not, you can still make this trend work for you by using one wall for a few upper cabinets and shelves and leaving the rest of the walls bare.  Just removing some of these cabinets will still give your kitchen an airy feeling and with the free space left over you can put the focus on a backsplash that enhances the space.

 

Once you have decided between keeping one or two cabinets or none, turn your attention to making your lower storage work for you.  The room may not currently be equipped with enough lower cabinets to take on all the items that were in the upper cabinets, so investing in a new set can help with that.  Take stock of all your items and how often you need access them.  You may find that some of your larger appliances are not being often used and can be stored elsewhere in your home.

 

Favorite upper cabinet items such as glasses, bowls, and plates can be stored using deep, heavy-duty drawers that can support their weight.  Pots and pans can be stored using sliding pull-out shelves for easy access while cooking.  Spatulas, whisks, and other popular countertop utensils can be stored using a narrow lower cabinet installed with multiple recessed canisters.  Hanging racks can be utilized for wine glasses and coffee mugs. 

 

It may take some time to adjust to the room’s new configuration, but the resulting look will be a showstopper.  Get ahead of this trend today and be the envy of all your guests.  

Repurpose Your Kitchen Items into DIY Decor

Over time you can expect to replace certain kitchen items and have the existing ones fall into disuse.  Before you relegate those things to the trash bin, consider repurposing them into kitchen decor. Incorporating these kitchen-themed items will make a bolder and more unique statement than if you went out and purchased a mass-market item at the home goods store. By doing it yourself, you will guarantee that no one will have a decor item the same as your own.  Here are some great DIY ideas for repurposing your old kitchen items.

 

Kitchen Wall Art

The following project is an excellent way to spruce up your kitchen using custom decor.  Simply find an inexpensive frame you are okay with altering and remove the glass insert.  Paint the frame using a color that coordinates nicely with your kitchen.  Remember to lay down a protective cloth on whatever surface you are using to do your project.  Take a damp rag, wipe the frame clean and wait until it is dry.  Paint the frame and allow to dry according to the paint can directions.  Cut a piece of patterned fabric from a craft store and stretch it across the current cardboard backing included with the frame.  Secure the taut edges with duct tape. Hot glue your old utensils to the new fabric backing and wait for them to dry.  Then hang them up in your kitchen and enjoy!

 

Utensil Hooks

Take your old metal spoons and forks and turn them into hooks for hanging keys, coffee cups, and even coats.  First, find a piece of wood to mount the silverware on.  You can keep the wood in its original condition or paint it a color of your preference.  Use a pencil to mark each spot where you want the pieces to be mounted.  Gather your spoons or forks and bend them near the center of the handle.  If they are on the thicker side, boiling them will make them more pliable.  Use tongs and protective gloves to do so.  If you are hanging lightweight objects, use waterproof adhesive to secure the silverware to the wood.  For heavier objects, secure with screws.

 

Cocktail Shaker Utensil Holder

Here’s a quick repurpose for that old cocktail shaker you’re not using.  Purchase contact paper with a design that would look great in your kitchen and adhere to the outside of the container all over or in a striped pattern. That’s it!  Put your whisk, wooden spoons and ladles inside and place on your counter!

New Orleans: Bringing out the Big Easy in Your Home

With its rich history and distinct style, New Orleans is one of the best inspirations to use for your home decor.  With French, Spanish and African cultural influences all melded together, there is no place quite like The Big Easy.  Antique-style accessories can blend in with your current contemporary design to create a truly unique look.  Bright, bold colors will draw the eye wherever you choose to incorporate it and there’s no better way to get that across than through New Orleans signature colors of purple, green and gold representing Justice, Faith & Power. 

 

To assist you with your design, we have a few helpful lists below that include some of the more recognizable features associated with New Orleans.  This city inspires more eclectic and bold choices in decor, so don’t be afraid to play with bright colors and unique antique pieces.  Choose the appropriate ideas that will work the best with the rest of your home’s theme.  You do not want to ruin the flow of the house by choosing too many items that will distract from its overall look. 

 

Remember to have fun with the design.  Mix the old with the new, know that imperfections are okay and keep it light-hearted.  New Orleans is a city meant to be celebrated and showcased, so get started today with merging its daring style into your home!

 

Colors:

  • Brick Red
  • Sunshine & Butter Yellow
  • Dove & Charcoal Gray
  • Khaki
  • Soft & Bright Pink
  • Gold
  • Various Shades of Green
  • Various Shades of Blue
  • Bold Purple

 

Lighting:

  • Crystal Chandeliers
  • Gas Lamp Style Light Fixtures
  • Pendant Lights
  • Vintage & Eclectic Style Table and Floor Lamps

  

Furniture: 

  • Traditional Pieces like tufted couches and armchairs (with unexpected color to bring character to the room)
  • Wrought Iron Railings, headboard, side tables
  • Bistro Table with wrought iron chairs
  • Brightly painted cabinetry

 

Walls:

  • Iron Wall Plaques
  • Bright, Colorful Paintings
  • Floor-length Wall Drapery
  • Religious Symbols
  • Crown Molding
  • Detailed Plasterwork

 

Flooring:

  • Hardwood
  • Natural Stone
  • Brick and brick-look flooring materials
  • Patterned Tile
  • Statement Area Rugs

 

Natural Elements:

  • Ferns in Garden Statuaries
  • Topiaries
  • Hanging plants

Dramatic Decor Ideas – Part Three: Furniture and Accessories

Our final installment discusses how your furniture and accessories can drive up the drama in your home.  Finding the correct balance of textures to make a room inviting and warm is key to achieving the look you desire.  Each room is going to require different accessories, so take the following ideas and apply them where it is appropriate.

 

In the bedroom add a large tufted leather headboard in a rich plum color to create a focal point in the room.  Add velvet accent pillows and use a contrasting color bedspread to bring the look together.  If there is available floor space, try adding antique settee with small complementary pillows.  A gorgeous dark-stained armoire adds some glamor to any space and brocade curtains for the windows will complete the room’s new decadent style.

 

If your decoration area is in the living room, try bringing attention to the fireplace with dark tones and a magnificent piece of art above it.  If it is flattering to the piece, add an ornate frame around it.  For lighting, try more unusual looking wall sconces that will be a talking piece for guests.  If your light source is from the ceiling only, install a beautiful chandelier.  Large furniture also makes for a dramatic look, but be sure to mix it up with smaller pieces so the room doesn’t look overcrowded.  Consider the fabrics you can use for these pieces: dark stained wood side tables, velvet-upholstered chairs, premium leather couches and ottoman.  Add a thick, luxurious throw blanket over the side of your love seat for added comfort.  A tall, beautiful bookcase can also add sophistication to your space.  Ornate mirrors and wooden, glass or mirror coffee tables topped with casually spread books are all great ideas for this space.

 

For a formal dining room, take care to select a table that will not only serve your needs but be the star of the room.  Choose a table made from quality materials with unique characteristics such as its shape or ornate base design.  To further upgrade its look, make sure the chairs are upholstered with beautiful patterned fabric. Add a long tablecloth topped with large glass candleholders and beautiful flowers in a vase at its center.  A chandelier is also a fabulous idea for this space.  Consider a bar buffet unit topped with mirrored tray and glasses for serving an after-dinner drink to guests or a large hutch with your fine china displayed through the glass cabinets.  Use heavy drapery as well to dim the lights and set the mood for a comfortable and luxurious evening.

 

We hope you enjoyed our three-part series on Dramatic Decor Ideas.  Come visit us today to get started on your design!

Dramatic Decor Ideas – Part Two: Ceilings and Floors

In our previous post, we discussed ways to add drama to your interior design through the use of rich, dark colors on your walls. Next, we will be talking about what you can do to add excitement to your ceilings and floors.  While you may have been thinking about your flooring material options already, we bet you may have left out the ceiling.  Don’t underestimate the power of having every surface area touched with color to bring out the drama in your space.

 

Using a dark color on your ceiling is a powerful way to draw the eye.  Find a color that complements the wall shades you are using without bringing all of the attention away from them.  Consider a metallic paint color or one that has a touch of glitter in it to reflect light off of its surface.  Using the same color as the one on the walls is also acceptable as you can use different accessories to spruce it up with.  Try installing an opulent glass chandelier with an embellished medallion around the base to add texture.  If you’ve chosen to keep your walls a solid color you can take this opportunity to paint a mural, faux finish or bold pattern on the ceiling instead.  Wallpaper with a stunning pattern would also make a great contrast to solid colored walls as well.  If you have a vaulted ceiling and want to try a unique decorating idea, try hanging fabric from it’s highest point right to the top of your walls. 

 

We turn next to the flooring.  Make sure that your floors, walls, and ceiling are all working together to bring out the right look.  Everything item you incorporate does not have to be dark to create drama.  It is the dark contrasting with the light that draws the viewer’s attention when you enter a room.  With that said, there are multiple flooring materials that will make deeper colors looks attractive.  Natural stone and concrete give the space a bold look and can easily be warmed up with lighter accessories.  Hardwood can be jazzed up by stenciling a geometric pattern on it or giving it a darker stain.  Linoleum has come a long way and has some truly impressive patterns to offer as well.  If you want to use carpet in the room, Installing a two tone design can add dimension and flair.

 

Check back in with us for Part Three of our Dramatic Decor Ideas series!

 

Dramatic Decor Ideas – Part One: Wall Color

Having a home interior that easily blends into the neighborhood and conforms to the ideal beauty standards of the area you reside in can feel a bit too “cookie cutter” sometimes.  For those who want to step outside the box, there are fun ways to add drama to your living space that will bring you more enjoyment than the ordinary styles you may be used to seeing. 

 

The most effective way to bring drama to a room is with rich color choices.  An easy way to do that is with a darker paint color for the walls.  Soft, light colors are usually used to keep a home’s interior looking like a clean canvas, so when you walk into a room with a darker color on the walls it immediately draws the eye simply be being unpredictable.  Don’t be shy when it comes to how dark you can go.  Colors like royal blue, evergreen, charcoal gray, crimson red and chocolate brown can all work to your advantage.  Black is also not off limits. Choosing a matte finish will better complement your home’s interior.  Paint the whole room or even just one accent wall depending on how much natural light is available. Play around with making a stripe pattern on the walls with the same shade in a different sheen or maybe a black and white contrast.

 

Another way to add drama is through wallpaper.  Look for intricate designs in bold, dark colors.  Textured wallpaper is a great way to make a dramatic pattern come alive.  Metallic accents give the walls an edgy look, while designs in different shades of the same color add a playful touch.  Again, you can choose to apply it to every wall in the room or use this material for a single accent wall with dark paint covering the remaining surface area. 

 

Finally, the wall decorations you choose for the room will drive up the drama as well.  Richly-colored art pieces, floor-length drapery and intricately framed mirrors all have their part to play.  Creative metal wall sculptures, unique wall-mount plaques, and dark wood shelving to showcase any unusual and interesting figurines all add to the mood of the room. Tapestries, a skeleton clock or a wall mural are great ideas as well.  The most important thing is to make it your own.  Play around with the ideas that appeal most to you and see what works with your home’s layout. And remember to enjoy the process!

 

Be sure to check out Part Two of our Dramatic Decor Ideas series to learn more about bringing some drama to your home!

Daring Art Deco: How to Incorporate this Iconic Style into Your Home

If you are searching for an inspirational theme for your interior decor, consider trying to style your space with Art Deco influence.  The Art Deco Movement, popular from 1925-1940, brought in a new era of embellishment through geometric shapes, bold colors and defined lines, bringing an end to the popularity of Art Nouveau style.  Its unique blend of various European, African and Asian cultures gave it universal appeal and was meant to bring a sense of modern luxury to the space being decorated. 

 

The Movement not only affected interior design and architecture but fashion and film as well.   Even through the Depression, Art Deco reigned supreme.  Multiple skyscrapers around the world are inspired by it and legendary movie stars embodied its style through the screen lives of their beloved characters. It’s unique and bold style still holds great importance today, which makes it a great choice for your decoration theme. 

 

Using the below guide, you can easily add this opulent style to any room without overwhelming the space.  Use only the colors, patterns and accessories that will best complement the room you are choosing to enhance.  Less is more when it comes to themed decorating.  With that said, Art Deco is meant to be daring, so be prepared to step out of your comfort zone to bring this motif to life.  Bring a sense of glamor through symmetrical design and rich, sharp colors and shapes.

 

Colors:

  • Gold
  • Black & White
  • Silver
  • Orange
  • Deep Reds, Greens, Blues
  • Various Shades of Beige, Brown & Gray

Patterns:

  • Sunbursts
  • Floral
  • Chevron
  • Mosaic
  • Ziggurat
  • Fan
  • Zigzags
  • Feathers
  • Pyramids

 Lighting:

  • Chandeliers
  • Wall Sconces
  • Glass Table Lamps
  • Standing Torchieres
  • Pendant Lights

 Materials:

  • Iron
  • Gold
  • Stainless Steel
  • Chrome
  • Glass
  • Marble
  • Ebony

 Walls:

  • Wallpaper with Metallic Accents
  • Pressed Tin Wall Panels
  • Contrasting Paint Colors

 Flooring:

  • Linoleum with Strong, Bold Patterns
  • Lacquered Wood
  • Parquet Flooring

 Accessories:

  • Geometrically Shaped Multi-faceted Wall Mirrors
  • Iron Wall Hangings
  • Polished Wood Furniture
  • Large Area Rugs with Geometric Patterns
  • Iron Fireplace Screen
  • Mirrored Cocktail Tray with Decanter and High Ball Glasses
  • Glass Vases
  • Floor Length Drapery
  • Poster Art

Decorating a Bedroom for a Teenage Boy

Decorating a teenage boy’s room can feel like a difficult task.  You want to be sure to create a space that will cater to his personality and preferences while not ruining the flow of your home.  The teenage years are a time when a boy is evolving and learning more about who he is and who he wants to become, but there’s no handbook on how to help make sure his room grows with him. 

 

To get started on a decorating project like this, you will need to use the knowledge you have about what interests the boy you are designing the room for and what colors and room accessories will suit him best.  While each person is different, there are some common themes you can work with to build a foundation for a space that’s all his own.  Take the following suggestions and personalize them for the teenage boy in your life.

 

Painting the room is a good way to get started.  Keeping it neutral, there are still good colors available that will showcase the room to show that it belongs to a boy.  Softer tones of gray, blue and green are a great place to start.  If he enjoys race cars, you can even use an accent strip of color to make it look like a raceway. 

 

If your teenager is into sports, install floating wall shelves to display his collected memorabilia where he can see it and show it off to friends.  If he has a team jersey, buy a shadow box to preserve and display it on an open wall. 

 

For music lovers, use nice frames for posters of their favorite bands and incorporate a piece of storage furniture where they can keep pictures, ticket stubs or any other keepsakes from the concerts they may have attended.  If they play music as well, install a wall-mounted instrument holder for easy access. 

 

For the teenage gamer, a dedicated space for the television and all of their video games and consoles will help keep the wires from the controllers and game packages from causing clutter.  Add a couple of comfortable floor chairs for your teenager and a friend to sit on while playing whatever the hottest game of the moment is. 

 

We hope some of these ideas will get you started on your journey to decorating your teen’s room to his liking.  Try to get your him involved in the process for best results.  It’s always best to go directly to the source.  Happy decorating!