Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Winter Reno - Brushed Nickel, Bronze, etc. How to Choose a Finish

Brushed Nickel
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Brushed nickel is a beautiful choice that many are going with for its clean and sleek look. Many older homes and buildings had brass hardware throughout and people are switching them out for nickel to give their homes an overall upgrade. It is a nice, softer alternative to chrome as well as being much easier to keep looking clean!

Oil Rubbed Bronze

For those who feel brushed nickel is a little to contemporary or cold feeling for their taste, oil rubbed bronze is another great option. This choice can work well with many different styles, including traditional which is why it has a large appeal. Keep in mind mixing finishes is certainly not off limits either. Just because you have brushed nickel hardware on all of your kitchen cabinets and faucet doesn't mean you cant have a beautiful oil rubbed bronze light fixture as well.
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Antique Brass

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Antique brass has made a comeback in recent years as a great finish choice. This is a great way to have a bit of a vintage feel in your home without making it actually feel dated. Namely, light fixtures in places like your kitchen or dining room are ideal places to work in this on-trend finish.  This is another finish that can be mixed in with others with ease! 


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Winter Reno - Timeless Paint Colors for Kitchens, Bedrooms and Living rooms


If you are looking for a timeless paint color for you kitchen a soft green is great way to go. Green  is perfect for a kitchen because of its natural and earthy connotations. Who doesn't want to walk into their kitchen and think “fresh” or “clean”? The reason we specify a “soft green” in this case is so that the color does not overwhelm the space. This is also what keeps the color timeless because fads of bold and bright my come and go but a soft and muted hue will stand the test of time. One of our favorites is Filmy Green from Sherwin Williams
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When it comes to paint colors for the bedroom, think soft and warm. You don't want your bedroom to have a cold feeling at all because it should feel like your oasis and most comfortable place in the house. Choosing a nice beige for your bedroom is a classic choice as long as you stay away from anything too bland or dry, otherwise known as “builder beiges”. One great color we like to use for this is Balanced Beige by Sherwin Williams. You don't have to worry about this going out of style or being a fading trend because it is truly a classic look.

Living Room

Although gray paint colors are HUGE right now, a safer choice in terms of staying power would be a greige paint color (gray and beige combined). This combines the popularity and on trend gray with the classic and timeless beige. What a perfect combo! This color can really work well in any room of the house, especially if you have an open concept floor plan where many rooms are open to one another. A great go-to greige is Amazing Gray from Sherwin Williams.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Winter Reno - How to Choose Flooring Based on your Lifestyle and Space

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Hardwood is a timeless and classic choice for flooring. With that being said, it is also pricey and not ideal for all lifestyles. One major downside to hardwood is that it is not water proof or water resistant, so you have to be careful on the areas in your home where you decide to put it (or keep it). Another downside is the upkeep it needs over time. Although hardwood can stand the test of time, it will need refinishing every so often that you may or may not be willing to deal with cost wise. On the other hand, it is a truly beautiful choice, and in the right space can be a fantastic option.

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LVT or luxury vinyl tile (or plank) is a relative newcomer to the flooring scene. Gone are the days when you heard the word “vinyl” and thought “1970’s” or “cheap looking”. This has become one of the most popular types of flooring that can truly go anywhere in the home! LVT can either look like wood or tile depending on the space you are putting it in. One of its best qualities is its overall durability as well as its resistance to water. This makes this flooring a fabulous choice for any area that is going to get a lot of use, and even water like a bathroom or basement. 

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Carpet is ideal for places like bedrooms or living rooms. It adds a softness and warmth to your space that is almost unmatched. However, people are getting away from having carpet throughout the house, especially how it used to show up in places like the bathroom or kitchen where you will never see it now a days in any new construction. If you are looking to get the softness of carpet but still love your hardwood or some other type of hard floor, an area rug can be a fantastic addition as well.
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Tile is a great choice for any space that is going to get a lot of use that includes water or messes of any kind, i.e. the kitchen, bathroom, basement, or foyer. These are ideal spaces for tile because it is by far the easiest flooring to clean as well as being extremely durable. The great thing about tile these days are all of the gorgeous styles and sizes it is available in, namely the “wood look” tile that has become so popular. One of tiles main downsides is how cold it can make a room feel. Adding in rugs on top of tile in places like your kitchen or foyer can help alleviate this issue.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Creating a Cozy Bedroom for Cold Winter Days

Upholstered Headboards
One great way to add warmth to your bedroom and create a super cozy feel is to go with an upholstered headboard. It will add a great deal of softness to the space both visually and physically. The great thing about most upholstered headboards is you can attach them directly onto any bed frame with no problem so it can be an inexpensive alternative to buying a full head board and foot board set. 
Area Rugs
Area rugs can add warmth and softness to any room in your home. Your bedroom should be your oasis and the most comfortable place in your home where you go to relax. This makes it the perfect place to add an area rug. Depending on your budget, you can make almost any size rug work. Ideally, you would want the area rug to start right before your night stands and extend out past the end of the bed. In most cases this would be an 8'x10' or 9'x12' rug for queen or king sized beds. If that size rug is just not in your budget, you can opt for a slightly smaller option and simply put the bottom portion of your bed on the rug. 
Art & Accessories that Make you Happy
Sometimes creating a warm and cozy feel in a space isn't always about actual soft and warm items. You can add to this feeling by simply filling your room with things that make you happy and are specific to your likes. This can be anything from photos in frames of the people you love, to trinkets that have sentimental value, or even something as simple as a piece of art that you just had to have!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Creating a Cozy Den/Living Room for Cold Winter Days

Layer Textures
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If you want to create a cozy space in your home for these cold months, adding in layers of different textures will do just that. One of the easiest ways to do this is to place blankets in different fabrics and textures around the space. Draping them over sofa or chair corners, or even on an ottoman under a tray are all ways to incorporate this cozy feel. Another way to layer different textures is to add a smaller, softer area rug on top of a larger more simple rug. This is an inexpensive way to go about adding texture because of its smaller size.

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Add Lanterns with Flameless Candles to Create the Feeling of Warmth
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We all know that candles instantly make any space feel more cozy and comfortable. The problem is, we don't all have excess candles to continuously burn to create that nice ambiance. Flameless candles are the remedy to this issue! Placing flameless candles in different sizes, into different sized lanterns will give you that warm feel you are going for. An unusable fireplace, a dead corner, or even a coffee table are all great places where you can add these to your decor.


Lamp Lighting 

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We cannot say it enough, lamp lighting immediately makes any room feel warmer and more inviting. Lets say you normally use an overhead light in your living room. Try adding a table lamp and a floor lamp to the space and turning off that overhead. You will see immediately what a difference this makes to the overall feel of the space!

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Happy 2017! Hot Colors for the New Year


The 2017 Pantone Color of the Year has been announced and it is Greenery! This choice is a bold one with its bright and cheery tone as well as its nod to the environment. This will certainly be seen throughout interior trends this year. It would be best used in small doses with accessories and real or faux plants!

Poised Taupe

This Sherwin Williams paint color is their 2017 color of the year! This is a gorgeous mix of grays and browns which creates a balance of cool and warmer tones all in one. This photo shows the paint color used in a kitchen which looks great as a contrast to the cabinets. 


Benjamin Moore chose their own color of 2017 and, drum roll please…it is Shadow! This is a deep, rich purple hue that will fill which ever space you put it in with added drama and depth. 2017 is going to be the year of bursting out of the norm and taking risks when it comes to interiors. Shadow is a perfect example of this trend!

Peek a Blue


Finally, while Behr didn't choose one single color as their color of the year, they did choose Peek a Blue as a color in one of their 2017 palettes. This is a bright, happy aqua that will add light and whimsy to your home. This color would be right at home in an office or bathroom, or if your willing to really commit to this fun color, try it in the living room or kitchen!


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Happy 2017! Here’s our Advice to Organize your Home to Save Time this Year

Incorporate Decorative Baskets into your Decor
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One of the easiest ways to get your home organized this year is to try to give everything a place to go. Decorative baskets can be the perfect home for things like mail, keys, chargers, remotes and any other knick knacks you can imagine. When you purposefully create places for these items to go, it is much easier to keep track of them.  

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 Create “Day of the Week” Bins for your Kid’s Clothes

If you have kiddos, this one is for you. Day of the week bins will change your morning routine and make everything go that much smoother. All you need is stacking bins (one for every weekday) and labels. These bins can hold pre-selected outfits for each day of the week for your child. You can even add in post it notes into the bins to remind you of upcoming things that week like “picture day” or “crazy hat day” etc. 
Set up a “Command Center”
Creating a command center in your home can come in many forms. It could be something as simple as a basket on a kitchen counter or console table that holds important paper work with a calendar near by. If you want to take it to the next level, add in separate paper holders for each family member and a cork or dry erase board. Command centers like these can keep you organized and save you time this New Year!