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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

So You Want to Remodel Your Home... by Scott Powers

The 30 minute TV shows make it look simple, pain free, and very affordable. But is it?


There are a number of factors to take into consideration when you are planning a remodel of a kitchen space. It is the heart of the home, and is going to be out of commission for quite some time. It is a stressful time and you want to minimize the inconveniences as much as possible, for all involved. This includes the team that is performing the work for you, the dog, the kids, and most of all... you. 











The best way to start, before you speak with anyone, is to look for ideas of what you like and dislike. Websites like Houzz and Pinterest are great ways to find inspiration for that new shiny kitchen. White cabinetry continues to be popular, as well as grey, but color is making a presence.











  



Pay attention to what you don't like as well, and make notes, or print pictures of both what you do and don't care for. You will start to see a trend, perhaps it's a color that you are drawn too, a particular style. The more decisive you can be at the beginning stages, the less stressful the design process will be for you.

What type of storage capacity do you need? When planning a new kitchen, this is your chance to really think about how you utilize the space. Do you have particular storage needs? Do you need to accommodate anyone with mobility issues? This is where you can make your kitchen space work around your lifestyle. 





Now, how much are you going to budget for your project? This is where it can get frustrating, you want the high end appliances, but do you realize what those cost? Do you really need all of the bells and whistles, or could you live with out some of them. This is all geared on how you want to spend your budget.

So, in theory, you have done your pre-planning and you are now ready to talk to the professionals. Working with a designer will help you pull all of the wants and needs together. We can show you how to work within a realistic budget, where to splurge, and where to cut back. Planning your space and having a game plan before talking with a contractor is very important. Contractors hate change orders, so do home owners. They cost money and potentially cause delays. The more planning on the front end of the project, the less chance you will have for delays.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Choose a Fabric That Performs (So You Don't Have To) by Ron Smith

Are you considering reupholstering your current furniture? Whether your old sofa needs a facelift or you're redecorating your entire home, selecting fabrics will be a key part of the design process. 

Here are some tips to keep in mind:

First, when it's time to select a fabric for your furniture, cost should be just one of the many factors you consider. A design professional can help you choose fabrics that wear well, clean easily and keep their color over time. Keep in mind that high performance fabrics will cost more then lower quality alternatives. The best performing fabrics, however, will clean easier and have superior wear, making them (in most cases) a much better investment. 
  
You should definitely consider reupholstering any quality pieces you own. Reupholstering can give faded treasures a new life, and you can extend that life by choosing high performance fabrics. 

You can get a good sense of a fabric's future performance by paying attention to how it has been rated using the Wyzenbeek and Martindale Test. The standard tests of fabric performance in the United States, this is an abrasion test that involves pulling the fabric tight over a frame and then rubbing it back and forth with an abradant. Fabric is graded by how many double rubs it can withstand. A fabric graded at 100,000 double rubs is extremely durable, while a fabric graded at 5,000 double rubs is less so.


Paying attention to brands  will also help you select a  high-quality fabric. Some brands I recommend include Sunbrella and 
Crypton. Sunbrella began by creating awning fabrics for outdoor use, but they now have a strong line of interior products that wear well, clean easily and are resistant to fading.




  


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Crypton fabrics aren't new, but they're making a strong impact in today's home furnishings market. Crypton is an engineered textile made with pretested and approved fabrics that have specific fiber and construction requirements. Approved fibers are permanently transformed with stain and microbial protection through an immersion process, and an impenetrable moisture barrier protects the fabric from spills. For example, when red wine lands on Crypton fabric, it beads up and rolls around, which makes clean-up easy and helps prevent staining.











If you love leather, you may want to simply purchase a new sofa because leather isn't the best choice for a reupholstery project. Remember, genuine leather is only available as natural hides (irregular shapes), and since hides aren't the same size, there will be a lot of waste.

Once you've completed your project, remember that even high performance fabrics require proper maintenance. Remove spots promptly and vacuum regularly to enjoy your furniture for many years.

Again, as you approach the design process, I recommend consulting a design professional-they'll have the knowledge, and experience to answer all of your questions and the fabric resources to enable you to make the best choices. 

Thursday, August 4, 2016

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Feeling of Color by Michelle Resan

Over the years I have come to realize that color, whether it's in fabrics, furnishings, wall or trim color, is the crowning touch that completes the vision for a room. 

Color is very personal, which is why so many of us, including designers, labor through the process. It really boils down to feeling good when you walk into your space. 

So how do you pick those "feel good" colors? Start at your local paint store and see all the colors imaginable. Pull the color swatches that you are drawn to and think how they would make you feel in the room. 

Below are examples of color palettes and the feelings they evoke.

PIZZAZZ- CREATIVE DRAMATIC ECLECTIC 
With colors that reflect an upbeat passion for life, this palette jumps with optimism and energy. Vibrant brights and high contrast neutrals showcase artistic flair and youth-full exuberance. 


COASTAL COOL- PEACEFUL INVITING FRESH 
This palette lives and breathes inspiration from the sand, salt, and sea. Cool, maritime blues, and warm wood tones, creates a fresh, breezy feeling that beckons barefoot comfort. 



NEUTRAL NUANCE- BEAUTIFUL UNDERSTATED AUTHENTIC 
Neutrals combined with the softest hints of color offer a quiet, understated atmosphere-one that is well- suited for a collection of vintage pieces and rustic charm.


GLOBAL SPICE- BOLD WORLDLY UNIQUE  
This palette is indulgent, exotic and versatile. Rich, saturated jewel tones offer a lush, romantic vibe that is balanced by earth, warm neutrals. 


TRADITIONAL TWIST- TIMELESS CONFIDENT BOLD 
Classic appeal with an unexpected variation. Think: Reinventing the look of a timeless wing back by adding an unexpected colored print in a pillow. 



URBAN ORGANIC- GROUNDED COMFORTABLE FRESH 
Everything old becomes new again. This palette celebrates the revival of urban living with a fun, eclectic collection of colors that feature a hint of retro hipness.

RUSTIC REFINED- ROMANTIC TIMELESS NATURAL 
Ever wanted to live in a Tuscan Villa or a Ranch set in the heart of the Arizona desert? Create that feeling by choosing a down-to-earth palette inspired by a sun-baked adobe, Italian stucco and sandstone.