October Monthly Home Inspiration- Kitchen Layouts

Kitchen Layouts

The layout of the kitchen is important because it will determine how functional the space can be and how it can be best utilized. The layout should create what is called a “work triangle”, which is where the stove/cook top, refrigerator, and sink create a triangle within the kitchen. This concept is used to determine efficient layouts for the kitchen that are both aesthetic and functional.

This idea obviously works better with some layouts than others. For example, this can be very difficult to achieve in a single wall kitchen because all of the appliances are located along that one wall. Also, some homes may be better suited for some layouts better than others.

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Single Wall Kitchen

The single wall kitchen layout is most commonly used in apartments and in smaller homes. In larger spaces, an island will usually accompany the single run of cabinets. This type of layout is also commonly seen in a more contemporary style.

This design is best used in a combined kitchen and dining area where wall space is limited. The table can also double as an additional prep space. One of the flaws with this option is that unless the appliances are streamlined and integrated, it can look rather cluttered. Other than that it is by far the most simplistic.

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Galley Kitchen

Galley kitchens are commonly found in older homes and apartments. The open concept trend has made the galley kitchen a less desirable option. However, they are still perfect for more narrow and awkward kitchens because it makes the most out of the available space.

This layout is all about the cooking and prepping aspect of the kitchen and less about socializing and dining. They are one of the most functional options, unfortunately they also tend to be dark and can feel slightly claustrophobic without any natural light. It is important to take this into consideration in order to have a successful design.

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U-Shape Kitchen

This layout allows for a lot of flexibility within the design. Things can be moved and rearranged to allow for better functionality overall. This works well in both large and small spaces. If the space permits then a table or island can be included in the center for more work space or dining needs.

U-shaped kitchens can be easily placed adjacent to other living areas, such as dining and living rooms. This allows for a distinct separation while still allowing a connection and a site line to those spaces. On the other hand, if not done well then this kitchen can seem rather bulky.

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L-Shape Kitchen

With the open concept idea becoming more popular, this layout has naturally followed. It lends itself very well to most size kitchens. By positioning all of the taller units together, such as the refrigerator, pantry, and oven cabinets, then it will allow the space to feel more open.

This layout is very easily adaptable. It is very open, accessible, stylish, and social. It allows room for either a table or an island in the center. Unfortunately, fitting everything in while maintaining functionality can sometimes be a challenge.

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Kitchen with Peninsula

The peninsula is the perfect way to add some extra storage, seating, or prep area without needing more wall space to place cabinetry. The short span mimics all the benefits of an island, but takes up less floor space.

The peninsula tends to be an addition or an extension of one of the main layouts that is described above. It is most commonly added to L-shaped, galley, or single wall kitchens.

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Kitchen with Island

A kitchen with an island has quickly become the most desired layout for a kitchen. It tends to be the most open of all of the layouts, which means there is very little separation between rooms.

Islands can also house sinks, appliances, and other things that would not fit in the main part of the kitchen. A design that includes the use on an island will be very social. It is the perfect kitchen to entertain because it allows the person preparing the food to socialize.

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September Monthly Home Inspiration- Mudrooms

Mudroom Inspiration

The mudroom is a room in the home that acts as a transition space into the rest of the house. It will normally be a space that is used to store shoes, jackets, bags, and sports equipment. This room used to consist of a bench and some hooks mounted on the wall for coats and other hang-able items.

The room has now become so much more. It is still a room meant for functionality, but now that has expanded to include the overall aesthetics. The mudroom is now a sought after feature in most homes. People crave clean, organized, and beautiful spaces, which is everything this space should be.

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The Evolution

Times change, and the spaces we live in have to change right along with them. People today lead much more hectic, busy lives than in years past. It makes sense that functionality and organization would become a priority for anyone leading this lifestyle.

The days of a simple bench and some hooks are over. Beautiful built-in cabinetry resides in many mudroom designs. This allows for things to be hidden from sight and properly put away. There are normally cubbies or drawers for shoes and shelving for other miscellaneous items. A built-in bench is present as well, which makes the whole space feel more permanent and grounded.

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Pet Friendly

No home is truly complete without the companionship of a four-legged, furry friend. Unfortunately, those furry friends will often bring some unwanted messes along with them. The mudroom is the perfect place for a solution to this problem.

If the room is large enough then a mudroom can become the perfect multi-use space! It is becoming more and more popular to place a dog wash area in the mudroom. This makes cleaning up after your pets so much easier. No more muddy paw prints through the house!

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Office Combination

Another great way to make the most out of this space is to incorporate another function! Most people have the need for some type of office space, but they may not need an entirely separate room for that purpose. A mudroom and an office are the perfect combination.

This creates a small space out of the way to house computers, printers, office supplies, and important family paperwork. Every house has these and this solution keeps the stuff from cluttering up other areas of the home. Because the mudroom is a transition space into the home it will also be semi-private, unless people are coming and going.

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Laundry Room

Another way to maximize the space in a mudroom would be to incorporate the laundry in that same space or an adjacent space. This has become the most popular option because many homes do not have the space for an expansive laundry area. It also allows the area to be accessible and located in a convenient area of the home.

Laundry rooms were not always glorified and Pinterest worthy spaces. Most commonly “laundry rooms” were located in the basement of the home, which is not a place where people want to spend a lot of time. This configuration allows the best of both worlds.

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August Home Inspiration- Bathroom

Bathroom Inspiration

Aside from the kitchen, the bathrooms are generally the next most work-intensive remodeling project on the to-do list of homeowners. No matter how conscientious someone is about keeping their design classic, there will be something that will eventually go out of style. Be sure to remember that and try not to stress too much over it!

Not all of today’s popular styles look super trendy. In fact, many of them are simply bringing a twist to old ideas or freshening up some classic looks. What the consumer really needs to understand is that something can be both classic and trendy at the same time.

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Black Accents

This is one of those trends that can also be considered classic in nature. Black has been increasing in popularity when it comes to fixtures, hardware, accent walls, cabinetry, and more! The only color that could possibly be its rival would be white. These two opposites are the main neutrals. They are everyone’s go to colors when the objective is a simple color scheme.

From a design perspective, the contrast that this color gives when paired with the right color scheme is exactly why it has become so popular. It looks much more contemporary than before, which also helps add to its growing popularity. This is one trend that is in it for the long haul because of its versatility and classic nature. Don’t shy away from this trend!

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Industrial Enclosures

These shower enclosures have been gaining popularity for the past few years. This can definitely be considered something that will be more likely to lose popularity, but it is most likely to stick around as long as industrial style is still so desired. These enclosures can generally be found in a black finish and will often resemble a large window.

These enclosures have very clean lines and have a contemporary look to them. They tend to lean more towards one design style, but they are versatile enough that if done well they could be used in a variety of styles as well. Thanks to the black finish they will also pair very well with most color schemes.

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Wood Accents

Stains are making a comeback in a big way! In the past few years it was very rare to find wood tones in a design. They had taken a hiatus to make room for the white and gray design trend. Unfortunately, all of the gray color schemes have gotten boring and drab. By incorporating a warmer stain and wood tone it helps to liven up the space.

This brings much needed warmth, texture, and interest to the design. The most common stains that can be seen are more on the neutral spectrum. A neutral stain allows the client or homeowner to change the color scheme as often as they would like without having to change every finish in the space. This development will help to stretch out the gray color schemes, which could help to make it more of a classic neutral.

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Pendant Lighting

Wall mounted lights have become a standard in bathrooms, whether it be sconces on either side of the mirror or a wall mounted fixture above. They have dominated the market so much that companies are making wall mounted fixtures that coincide with the faucet and other fixtures. It’s so common that it has become stale.

Changing up this standard is like a breath of fresh air to designers everywhere. Pendant lights are most commonly seen in dining and kitchen applications, but they are steadily making their way into bathrooms everywhere. This was once not uncommon to see and it is nice to see another past “trend” coming full circle. This will add interest to a normally boring and forgotten space.

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Statement Mirror

Last, but not least, is the mirror. In the past mirrors were just the last piece of the puzzle that often seemed like an after-thought. When this happens in design it almost feels like something is missing; like it is incomplete. Now mirrors are getting the attention they deserve.

They now make a statement and have become an important focal point in the space. This is done by using a contrasting material, a vintage piece, or by having it framed. It is now grounded in the design. The most popular mirrors are rounded in shape and less linear. It softens the space to create a space that feels more like a destination.

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Most clients tend to focus so much on whether something will go out of style they don’t consider their own opinion. In the end the idea of something being “trendy” becomes negative instead of positive. This is more of a consideration in interior design than other areas of the design spectrum because most homeowners are not able to make changes as frequently as needed to keep up with the changing markets. Clients just have to follow their instincts and what will make them happy and everything else should come second.

July Home Inspiration- Simple Ways to Update the Home

Most homes today are in serious need of cosmetic updates. There is so much work to be done and very little time, or money, to do it. There are still some small things that can be done in the meantime to brighten up and bring the space in question up to date.

These quick fixes will not completely solve the problem, but they will make it easier to live in as long as need be. There are plenty of simple, easy projects that most home owners should be able to accomplish in order to freshen up their space.

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Add Paint

Paint allows new life to be brought to old things; especially in a world where the objectives reduce, reuse, and recycle are more important than ever. This small change can also make a very large difference and there are so many different places that it can be used!

One of the most common places that will need updating is the walls. There are certain steps to take to avoid picking the wrong color. Always bring samples of the actual paint to try before committing. Also be very careful that the current color of your walls doesn’t distort the new options!

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Replace Hardware

How can something so small and seemingly insignificant make such a huge impact? Whether it be cabinetry hardware, door hardware, curtain rods, or anything else, they all have a great affect on the style of a space. If the hardware just needs a little TLC then they can always just be refinished and re-installed, or they can be replaced altogether.

The challenge with cabinet hardware is finding a pull that will fit within the existing drilled holes. If the cabinets are painted then the existing holes can be filled in and painted over and new holes can be drilled. If they are stained then that poses more of a problem. Try to find pulls that are similar in size. The age of the hardware will often determine how difficult this task will be!

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Replace Tile

This is one of the more time consuming and difficult tasks, but the reward is also one of the largest. There are many things that can be changed in a kitchen; very few of those being simple. Tile work can be done by the homeowner, but to ensure it is done properly should be done by a professional because the scope of work might be more than any homeowner is willing to do.

Changing out the tile is a perfect way to make a small change without having to gut the whole room. This can have a huge impact and can really update the space. Another popular thing to do with tile is to take it to the ceiling in order to make a statement. This can help bring any kitchen into the present!

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Add Storage

There is almost never such a thing as “too much” when it comes to storage. Another great way to add something new to your home without having to do much work or spend too much money is adding storage. This can be accomplished by adding shelving on open wall space that can be stylish or functional. Open shelving adds something to a space that was dull before. It is a simple update with a huge reward!

This can also be done by going through belongings and figuring out what it absolutely necessary and what is not. Go through every inch of storage space in the home and determine what can stay and what can go. It is surprising how much space this can open up. Then there is more storage space for other important things and the home feels fresher and cleaner.

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It does not take thousands of dollars and months of time to create a beautiful home. Not everyone is capable of such renovations. Sometimes its the simplest things that make the biggest impact.

June Home Inspiration- Finding Your Design Style

Finding Your Design Style

The start of each design is a bare room. The different materials used and the accessories that are brought in will determine the function, personality, and overall style of the space. Each space, whether it be an office or a home, reflects the individual who uses it. You can often learn a great deal about someone based on what their personal spaces look like.

There are so many different design styles out there. This post will touch on the most common interior design styles, such as, Traditional, Modern, Transitional, Farmhouse, Industrial, and Coastal. Each style has unique attributes that distinguish one from another.

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Traditional

The traditional design style can be best described as classic. It often features ornate details, wood tones, rich color palettes, detailed moldings, and a variety of textures and patterns. All of these features create a beautiful depth to each space with layers upon layers of visual interest.

This style is also known for being very lavish, which is why there is normally an abundance of accessories and decor to fill the space. The furnishings are often very intricate and have rich, bold fabrics in a wide variety of textures and colors. The features have held strong through the test of time and will always be timeless, yet it has been slightly adapted over time and toned down.

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Modern

This is often one of the most misused and misunderstood phrases in the world of design. It is often confused or used interchangeably with the Contemporary style even though they are different. Today’s modern style is based largely on a movement that occurred during the 20th century. In keeping with the philosophy of the design movement, modern style focuses on functionality over aesthetics.

Generally there is an emphasis on the linear form, whether it be vertical or horizontal. This keeps the space basic and uncluttered. The color scheme is often very simple and monochromatic. Nature is often incorporated and celebrated in the design with the use of natural light, colors, and materials. Modern style can be considered the opposite of its Traditional counterpart in many ways.

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Industrial

With the increasingly popular idea of reusing abandoned industrial spaces it is no wonder why this style has grown in demand over the past few years. This style is normally found in more urban areas that naturally possess many of the common features, such as ample natural lighting and raw, exposed materials. The highlight of this style is the emphasis on the unfinished.

Industrial style is comprised of a mainly neutral color scheme with subtle hints of color. In place of color this style uses a variety of textures to add visual interest to the space. For example, exposed brick, timber, concrete, steel, leather, and other materials are used for dimension and to add some warmth to what can feel like a cold space. An open floor plan, high ceilings, and expansive windows are also trademarks of this style.

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Transitional

The transitional design style is a combination of both the traditional and modern design styles. This has also become much more popular because the desire for classic architectural elements is increasing with the desire for more modern furniture and accessories. The difficult task when designing a transitional space is finding the perfect balance between the two styles so they are not at war with one another.

Some aspects of this style include a neutral color palette, modern materials, added textures, fewer accessories, and a mix of modern and traditional furniture and accessories. The goal of a transitional design is to stay away from designing in one particular style or era. It adds a type of freedom that is lacking in other design styles. The options are limitless and are always evolving.

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Coastal

The intention of this style is to create a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere that is inspired by the beach and ocean. Coastal design is often confused with Nautical or Tropical, but while these style do have some common features they are different in many ways. Coastal design takes a less literal approach in the decor and design and opts for something that is a bit more understated in nature.

A key component to coastal design is a great deal of natural light! This is often accomplished with large windows, french doors, or skylights. To keep the room feeling open and bright, a light and airy color pallet is often used with subdued tones of blues and greens. The majority of the space will feature neutral and natural materials, such as wood floors, painted wood, and off-white furniture.

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May Home Inspiration- Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

It’s that time of year again! The weather is finally getting nicer here in Western New York, which means it is time to do the cleaning and organizing that was put off during the winter months! Things tend to pile up when your stuck inside. Spring is the time most people awaken from their slumber and are ready to accomplish anything!

Spring cleaning your home is the perfect thing to do that will kick start the warmer months ahead. This means steadily going room by room and clearing out everything that isn’t useful or is cluttering up the space. Go step by step and try to spread out the tasks over a few weeks. Spring cleaning will give your home that necessary cleansing so that you can focus on the beautiful weather and enjoying everything that summer has to offer!

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General Tasks

First, go through every room in the home and do a general cleaning. This will allow you to get the more basic tasks out of the way so that you can focus on the specific room tasks. Work your way through the house systematically by starting each room at the top and working your way down.

Start by washing the walls and removing those cobwebs that collect in the corner then move on to the lights and ceiling fans. Next, clean light switches, heating vents, and door knobs before moving on to the floors and baseboards. Dust all baseboards and then sweep and wash the floors, including any carpets or area rugs. Do not underestimate what this will do for each space! Now the focus can shift to individual areas and their unique tasks.

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Living Room

The living room is a high traffic area in any home. It is where everyone congregates and spends time together, whether its playing games, watching movies, or just enjoying each others company. That is what this space tends to need a bit more TLC than others.

Furniture in this space can certainly take a beating. Kids, pets, and everyday messes build up and things can get pushed off. Start with spot cleaning the couches and chairs then follow with the vacuum. Be sure to dust any hard surface that can collect dust. Also, wash any linens or blankets that might need it! Go through any magazines and other things that could use a good purge!

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Kitchen

The kitchen is ground zero for all of those other messes that occur in the home. The kitchen also tends to be a dumping ground for all of the miscellaneous things that have no home. Throw out anything that has expired or donate what will never get used and wipe everything down thoroughly. Don’t stop there. Clean the outside of the refrigerator and all other appliances. Then pull everything out and clean underneath.

The next step is cleaning and organizing the pantry. Try to keep all similar products together and maximize the space as best you can. If you are feeling really ambitious, then place everything in clear containers and label them for a pristine pantry. Be sure to wipe everything down; inside and out. This includes the cabinets, shelving, and the back splash.

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Bedroom

The bedrooms are one of the easier rooms to clean. Unless you tend to dump everything in the bedroom so it is “out of sight, out of mind”, then you shouldn’t have to do much! The bed linens should be washed every few weeks so take the time to do that while you are doing the rest of your spring cleaning. While everything is being washed and dried, clean out the dresser, nightstand and under the bed.

Don’t be afraid to move things out of the way to get the nooks and hard to reach areas that you may miss when cleaning weekly/daily. Go through everything that you own and if you do not wear it or it doesn’t fit then donate it! Take this time to complete other daunting tasks, such as flipping the mattress. Once that is complete the bed can be made and everything can be organized.

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Bathrooms

The bathroom is a breeding ground for soap scum, mold, water spots, and much more. The bathroom should be thoroughly cleaned at least once a week. The vanity top needs to be cleaned. The floor, shower, and toilet all have to be scrubbed. However, there are a few things that can be done less frequently.

A few of those things include wiping the inside and outside of the vanity cabinet with a wet cloth, cleaning the grout, clearing the shower and sink drains, and replacing the shower curtain (if you have a curtain). The bathroom closet or linen closet can also be organized. Try to get rid of anything that is just taking up space and is not being used.

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The best way to go about your spring cleaning is by making a list of the things that you wish to accomplish for each room or area of your home. Then make a general list of things that need to be done for most, if not every, room in the house. One of the things that usually needs to be done for the entire house is cleaning the windows inside and out. Or maybe some other things make it to your spring cleaning list, such as cleaning the garage or basement. No matter what is on your to do list, just take it slow and don’t rush. Good luck and happy cleaning!

February Home Inspiration- Taking Design Risks

Taking Risks

The White Shaker Kitchen, a popular and timeless design style, however, it has become so popular that it has become static. When going with a white shaker, people tend to make more subtle design choices. This is normally because they are worried that if they make a choice that is more unique or different that it will go out of style in a few years and make their new kitchen feel dated.

Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with a simple White Shaker Kitchen. It is classic, neutral, and will never go out of style. However, a design can be enhanced tremendously by making some minor, but bold design choices. For example, switching things up and doing some contrasting cabinetry can certainly spice up an otherwise monotonous kitchen. The possibilities are endless.

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Contrasting Cabinets

By thinking outside the box, a homeowner can take an ordinary design and make it extraordinary! Contrasting cabinets is one of the easiest ways to add some flare to your kitchen. Some common ways to do this are to have a contrasting island or hood. Another way could be to have the wall cabinets and base cabinets different finishes.

This effect will bring some much needed diversity to any kitchen. This can also be done by simply changing the color of a painted door or by switching things up with a stained door to add some warmth and texture to the space. Either way, the space will pop with the added interest.

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Interesting Backsplash

Backsplash is another area that holds serious potential. The classic 3 x 6 subway tile is a classic choice, but it has also become the safe choice! Even in the world of subway tile there are hundreds of different options that create a different look. From beveled subway tile to hand formed subway tile, the options are endless.

There are also other options out there that can spice things up a bit. One of the things missing from the average white shaker kitchen is texture. Texture can add so much visual interest to a design and break up some of the more monotonous finishes. Faux brick, for example, is a great way to bring some texture and color to a bland white kitchen. There are endless options out there for backsplash, including tile, metal, wood, stone, and more! So get creative!

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Unconventional Countertops

Just like with back splash, there are many different options for countertops. Most commonly people tend to lean towards Granite, but thanks to the advances in technology there are so many options. Quartz is now one of the most popular materials for countertops because of how durable and low-maintenance it is.

In addition to the materials mentioned above, some other materials that can be used for a cooking surface include, concrete, butcher block, and stainless steel. Although these options are a bit unique that is exactly what will make a plain white kitchen stand out a bit. These options will add interest and further enhance the style that the homeowner is aiming for.

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Ceiling Features

The ceiling is one of the most forgotten feature of any room. It is something that should always be thought of in terms of the design, but that does not necessarily mean that it always has to change. The best time to think about having a detail on the ceiling is when the space feels empty with out it. In a kitchen that has very little detail, it can turn it into something beautiful and interesting.

Ceiling details are also brilliant ways of adding texture to a space. For example, rustic beams on the ceiling is a rather simple look, but when paired with ship lap running perpendicular it makes a statement and adds more depth. These touches wrap up the look nicely and complete the design by adding a unique touch. Without adding some detail to the ceiling in a plain kitchen it looks somewhat unfinished.

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Open Shelving

Open shelving is a perfect way to break up wall cabinets or to get some storage into an otherwise difficult space. They can store dishes or can house a small kitchen garden. By placing shelving in the space means that you have thought more about the overall design and style of the space instead of just following the norms.

There are different ways to incorporate open shelving into any space. Floating shelves are perfect for the person who wants a very polished, clean look. Shelves with brackets are ideal for a more organic, modern approach. As far as placement goes, they can be used in a corner where it is normally very difficult to reach or they can be used in place of a standard wall cabinet. Either way, the kitchen will be far from boring.

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Lets face it, the White Shaker Kitchen is here to stay, but with these tips hopefully we can bring some fun twists to the tired classic! When designing your space, don’t be afraid to take some risks. They can be big or small, but as long as you love it you will never regret it; no matter how much time passes!

January Home Inspiration- Starting a Renovation

Starting a Renovation

If you are thinking that you would like to start this year off with that home renovation that you have been putting off, then you are most certainly not alone! Most people decide to look into home renovations in the first few months of the year. Its important to have realistic expectations on when you would like to start the project, how much you would like to spend, and the overall scope of the project.

In the home improvement world, it is all too common for someone to get overwhelmed or not know where to start. Hopefully, this blog will help those who aren’t aware of where they should start.

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Gathering Inspiration

The first step is to gather ideas and inspiration for the space in question. Some homeowners will have a thousand ideas with no real direction of where they would like to go. They might also have ideas that may not fit into their ideal budget. Tearing walls out and re-designing the entire floor plan might seem probable on HGTV, but it is going to cost more than what most people plan on spending.

On the other hand homeowners may have looked a bit, but when it comes to actual decision making are completely unsure of what it is that they want. The main goal when looking for ideas is to look for a general style that way no one gets bogged down in specific details they are trying to replicate!

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Research Professionals

In today’s world, anyone says that they can do anything and in most instances this is not the case. If you want the job done right and in a timely manner then you should hire a professional that knows what they are doing. Don’t get me wrong I am all for a good DIY project, but know there are limits to what a person can do and do well. If you are following a YouTube video on plumbing or electrical work then chances are you should have called a professional.

Do this early on in the process because then you are not wasting anyone’s time, yours or the contractors. First, be sure to meet with more than one company to find the right fit. Second, always look at reviews, photos of past work, and ask to see that they are licensed and insured. Also try to find a contractor that will take care of mostly everything because you do not want to be your own general contractor.

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Timeline

Once you have found the right professionals to work with you can more accurately set your timeline based on their schedule and product availability. Every contractor is different with how they work and schedule jobs. Some contractors like to focus on one job until it is complete before moving on, which means a shorter timeline for the homeowner. Others like to skip from job to job, which is what leads to a longer timeline.

If a contractor is scheduling you for a few months out, do not worry. This is because of a few things. The first one being that they are high in demand, which is a good sign because it means they do good work. The second is because they know it will take some time for you to make your selections and to get everything they need to the job in order to start.

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Material Selection

The next step is to decide what your space is going to look like. You have to make concrete decisions that are going to make this space what it is for years to come! That can be a lot of pressure to handle for people if this is their first renovation project. If your contractor does not have an interior designer on their staff then I would highly suggest hiring one for this portion of the project. They will be able to guide you in the decision making process. This will help things go much more smoothly.

If there is no designer and you decide to make these calls without the help of a professional then go with your gut. Make one concrete decision then all of the others will fall into place. Trust in yourself and what you like, if you keep gravitating towards a specific color, tile, or countertop then there is a reason for it!

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After all of this is complete you are well on your way to completing the project. I won’t say it will be smooth sailing from here because things always tend to pop up in renovations and remodeling, but you have most of the work out of the way. Trust in the professionals that you have hired and yourself and your space will be beautiful! Are you starting a home improvement project? Was this helpful? If so, let us know!

December Home Inspiration- Emerging Trends

Emerging Trends

This is a popular time among design experts and professionals to think about the new trends that will be coming in the new year. A new year means fresh ideas and new designs. Most trends tend to fade within a year or two, while some can re-emerge after years of being dormant. In any case, this next year will be no different in terms of emerging and fading trends.

2019 will be filled with a much more calming, natural color pallet. Some things that will be emerging are more neutral wood tones. Oak is even making a comeback, but not in the way that you are thinking! As far as color goes, the predictions have been leaning towards the warmer tones of the color spectrum.

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Neutral Wood Tones

White kitchens are at their peak of popularity, but they are slowly losing steam and some people are looking to break up all that bright, stark white. In the past this has been done by using contrasting countertops, backsplash, flooring, or wall color. This next year will welcome a growing trend of using neutral wood tones to bring some interest and texture into a space. This can be done by changing up the color of the cabinets, having some stand out and make a statement.

These wood tones are also gaining popularity on their own as well, with many people ditching the once popular cherry cabinetry in favor of something more natural and subtle. This color pallet is most likely stemming from the current interest in saving the environment, even though the wood stain that you chose will not help save the earth from global warming.

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Warmer Color Pallet

The colors are now moving towards the warmer end of the spectrum. Even the more neutral gray that has taken center stage in more recent years is shifting from cooler grays to warmer grays. Most people are probably wondering how long that trend will last, and while it has shifted slightly it seems to be sticking around for a bit longer. This warm, neutral will pair nicely with the subtle wood tones for an accent.

Navy blue has been on the rise for quite some time and it seems to be no different in the coming year. Now it is being seen more in kitchen design, which means its at its peak in popularity. Hunter green, cavern clay, and living coral are all predicted by various color experts to be very popular colors this year. All of them tying back to nature in some way.

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Oak’s Comeback

All things old do in fact become new again! However, this time there is a twist. Whenever someone thinks about oak the first thing they picture is the builder grade oak cabinets that went into every home in the 90’s. These are not those cabinets. The new and improved oak has a much more subtle look to it.

Oak is a wood that has become very versatile because it has a very nice texture that is most commonly used in more rustic/farmhouse kitchens. Lately it can also be seen in the contemporary market because it brings some interest to the clean, linear look of that particular style. Painted oak has also gained popularity because it is normally more cost effective than maple and has a more distinct look to it.

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Introducing Black

Black is becoming much more popular in interiors in a big way. It is being used with white for a dramatic contrast then paired with rustic, warm wood finishes in order to tone it down and make it feel more natural. This also reduces how dark it makes the space feel, which is often why so many fear its use in their spaces.

The best part about black is that there is no hue to it, just like white and gray, which makes it the perfect neutral. It can also be used many different ways in as much or as little as necessary. It can be used as the main color of the kitchen cabinetry or it can be used on the island as an accent. It can be used on the fixtures in the kitchen or bathroom to make them stand out. It can even be used as a decor accent in other areas of the home.

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We have a lot to look forward to for the coming year! 2019 will be a year full of new and beautiful interior design. Colors are shifting to more warm and natural tones that mimic nature more. It is clear where our focus will be for the coming year. Aside from the aesthetics of design there will also be far more environmentally friendly design practices taking place as well.

November Home Inspiration- Dining Spaces

Dining Inspiration

As we all know, November is the month where everyone gathers to spend time together and be thankful. Due to the fact that this often occurs around a large table of some sort, it is only fitting that this month’s blog just so happens to revolve around the topic as well!

The first thing I would like to point out would be that this is not titled dining rooms, but rather dining spaces. This is because the era of eating around a large formal dining room has come to an end. In today’s world, there are many ways and places to entertain guests.

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Mixed Seating

With the open concept movement, many people are opting out of the separate formal dining room and going with something more inclusive. One option would be to place the dining table in close relation to the kitchen and living space. Designate the space with an area rug or hanging light fixture. With this open concept the dining space will seem more casual.

Another way to make this more casual would be by incorporating mixed seating into the design. Some options for this would bench seating, upholstered chairs, and basic dining chairs. This creates an eclectic, casual look that would not be found in the traditional formal dining rooms that were common in the past.

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Banquette Seating

This is the perfect option for those homeowners who prefer to make the most out of what they are given. This option can maximize the space in the home because it often only takes up space along one or two walls. This allows for better circulation

It also creates a designated dining space without the need for a large dining room that will most likely never get used. This option can also have some bonus storage! Making use of the built-in bench seating as additional storage compartments helps to further maximize the usefulness of the configuration. 

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Island Seating

Some homeowners are opting out of having a dining table at all. These people instead choose to include some form of seating in the kitchen, whether it is at an island or a peninsula. This allows people to take space that would normally be allotted for a dining table and add it to the kitchen.

This is by far the most casual option aside from not having any dining space. However, if you do plan on entertaining frequently or hosting large gatherings then this option may not suit you. Depending on the size of the kitchen, this also might not be the best option if there is inadequate space.

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Most people will actually use a combination of the above options to add some variety to their home and allow for both casual and semi-formal dining. Everyone is different and the point of design is to create something that will work best for your way of lifestyle! Let us know what you think and what you would do if it was your home!