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Nominations Now Open for 2012! 3rd Annual JDR Industry Blogger Awards

January 27th, 2012
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BA12_BadgesOnlyWe are happy to announce the 3rd Annual JDR Industry Blogger Awards. Our annual awards recognizing exemplary blogs in the design and remodeling business have been gathering momentum and buzz and we are excited to see what this year brings! Jackson Design and Remodeling has been a pioneer in the design and build remodeling industry for over 20 years. We believe in embracing innovation and excellence. The 2012 JDR Industry Blogger Awards will bring additional recognition to the work of the best blogs in the business, while supporting our efforts to promote the professionalism of the remodeling industry and inspire our clients with the latest trends in home design.

Nominate your favorite blogs for any of the following categories:
Best Blogger: Architecture
Best Blogger: Construction Business
Best Blogger: Green
Best Blogger: Interior Design
Best Blogger: Remodeling

The blog that receives the most votes in a category will be the winner of that category. Each winner will receive a $500 cash prize and a 2012 JDR Industry Blogger Awards badge for display.

Awards Schedule:
Nominations Open: January 27th
Nominations Closed: February 17th
Voting Open: February 27th
Voting Closed: April 13th
Winners Announced: April 18th

Congratulations to last year’s winners:
Best Blogger: Green Jetson Green
Best Blogger: Interior Design Luxury for the Home
Best Blogger: Architecture BimBoom
Best Blogger: Construction Business Brookfield Homes
Best Blogger: Remodeling 7th House on the Left

Nominate Your Favorite Blog Today.
Come back on February 27th to view the nominees and place your vote for the 2012 JDR Industry Blogger Awards!

Want to Upgrade Your Home Electronics? Planning is Essential.

January 19th, 2012
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HomeAutomation_LRWith the Super Bowl on the horizon, many of us are exploring our options for the largest television we can find with the most current features. Recently a client in the planning stages of a whole home remodel with Jackson Design and Remodeling decided to invest a significantly higher amount in home technology than he had originally planned on after reading this article in the Wall Street Journal. Technology changes so quickly these days that it can be challenging to keep up with what our options are now and what possibilities lie ahead.

Our professional designers work closely with clients during the initial planning stages of a whole home remodel to fully assess current home automation needs and how they can best be integrated with your home’s overall design for maximum efficiency and aesthetics. At the same time, our team works with clients to imagine future needs and desires for technology, allowing for easier upgrading when the time is right. Home automation features include security systems, music, indoor and outdoor lighting, customized ambience for individual rooms, and much more.

When it comes to home automation, careful research and thoughtful planning ensure that the technology you choose will grow with you and your home!

2012 Trendy Tidbits for Your Whole Home Remodel

January 13th, 2012
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Trends_WallpaperWhile perusing the design world for projected 2012 trends, our professional design team found a “little bit of this and a little bit of that”, reinforcing our shared belief that whole home remodeling and design is really about your individual style. That said, it’s still fun to look! Here are a few interesting tidbits we found:

  • The Color Purple: Purple is showing up on fabrics, furniture and walls.
  • Tango with Tangerine: Pantone’s 2012 Color of the Year and oranges of various hues are making a splash not just as an accent color, but for whole rooms.
  • International Flavor: Designers are using subtle hints of international or “world market” visuals to lend warmth and a touch of the exotic to spaces.
  • Rustic/Reclaimed: Rough woods and other materials you might find on a farm are being used in interesting contrast with modern elements for walls, floors and accent pieces.
  • Playful Wallpaper: Wallpaper continues to make a comeback, particularly with nostalgic, bold, often floral patterns.
  • Black and White: The classic combination of black and white was on the fashion runways last year and is now making its appearance in home design.
  • Designing with Circles: Round tables and round mirrors are just two examples of how this shape is showing up in current home design.

As always, your home will be most beautiful if it is designed to align with your individual needs and point of view. Our designers inspire you to experiment with what you find most appealing in current trends, while staying true to what really works for you!

Wake Up to New Energy for the New Year in Your Feng Shui Bedroom

December 30th, 2011
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iStock_000018493311XSmallIf you would like to welcome the new year with a fresh attitude and outlook, resolve to experiment with feng shui design ideas in your bedroom. Feng shui is an ancient practice based on the principle that we can enrich our lives by directing the energies of the universe and natural elements such as wind, water, earth, and metal to our souls. Our professional design team recently worked with a client entering a new phase in her life. It was important to our client to create a sensual spirit of serenity and harmony in her new master bedroom. Calm and balanced aesthetics were essential to the client’s enjoyment of her home. Together we explored some of the premises of feng shui and melded them into a new design that promotes a pleasurable and nourishing experience, alive with new energy. Here are some tips for creating your own feng shui bedroom:

  • Clean your bedroom thoroughly, especially removing anything you normally store underneath the bed. Remove any electronics or workout equipment from the room as these distract from a restful sleep.
  • Fresh air matters. If you can’t open your windows often, opt for an air purifier.
  • Create soothing lighting from elements such as candles and dimmers.
  • Tranquil colors work best in the bedroom, especially skin-tone colors. Natural materials, such as wood, are the best choice for good energy.
  • The images you choose to display in your bedroom are essential. If you want peace, harmony and romance in your life, find imagery that reflects that desire. Displaying any objects, such as pillows, vases or works of art, in pairs brings energy to romance and relationships. Round mirrors signify unity.
  • Your bed should be easily approachable from both sides and should not be in a direct line with the door. A queen-sized bed is preferable to a king-sized bed, as a smaller bed brings people closer together.
  • Keep all bedroom doors closed at night. This creates nourishing energy which can also strengthen relationships.

The Nine Bagua and BaGua Energy Map
The bagua divides any space into nine areas. Each area corresponds to a different aspect of your life. Whatever is going on energetically (good or bad) in that part of your space will affect the related aspect of your life. The nine bagua include: Wealth, Fame, Relationships, Family, Health/Balance, Children/Creativity, Self-Understanding, Career, and Helpful Friends/Travel. Learn more about the bagua here.

Feng shui has been practiced for thousands of years and can be studied in depth once you develop an interest in it. Whether you are considering a remodel of your master bedroom, master bathroom, kitchen or whole home, our professional design team helps you explore your desires for a space where you can express your unique personality and create new dreams for a new year!

7th Annual Toy Drive a Big Success!

December 22nd, 2011
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ToysforTotsJackson Design and Remodeling is happy to announce that our 7th Annual Toy Drive for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program was the most successful yet! Thank you to everyone who participated this year and helped bring joy to needy children in our community. As you can see from our photo, we were able to bring a car bursting with presents to the local toy drop off center.

The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community. The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.

Jackson Design and Remodeling is proud to continue our annual tradition and so pleased to have you join us in making Christmas just a little more special for kids who might otherwise go without this holiday season.

Soak in Serenity with a Japanese Tub

December 16th, 2011
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Master_BathroomFor a recent master bathroom remodel Jackson Design and Remodeling designed and built, a Japanese soaking tub was a central facet in the planning. The wife is Japanese and it was particularly important to her to bring the custom of her heritage into the couple’s new space.

Japanese bathing differs from the American version in that the bather uses the tub for a much longer period. Before entering the bath, it is customary to clean and rinse in a separate shower.  Once in the bath, the bather takes refuge from the concerns of everyday life with a long and luxurious soak.

The Japanese share a centuries-old tradition of bathing, at home and as a community, originally inspired by Buddhist cleansing rituals. The longer, deeper and hotter soaks of a Japanese bath are considered therapeutic and stress-reducing.

If you are looking to transform your master bathroom into a peaceful retreat combining ancient tradition and modern function, our professional design team can help you discover imaginative interpretations. Treat yourself to the luxury of a spa-like retreat in your home!

Time to Have a Crush on Orange? “Tangerine Tango” is Pantone’s 2012 Color of the Year

December 8th, 2011
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pantonetangerinetangoLike the dance it is named for, Pantone’s 2012 Color of the YearTangerine Tango – is seductive, energetic and dramatic. A lively reddish orange that winks at traditional autumnal hues, Tangerine Tango invites us to dance into the new year with boldness and optimism.

“Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it,” said Pantone Color Institute Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman in a statement announcing the pick. “Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.” Pantone LLC is the world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems and leading technology for the selection and accurate communication of color across a variety of industries. The PANTONE® name is known worldwide as the standard language for color communication from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer.

How do you use orange in your home? With such a vivid color, just one wall in a kitchen, entryway or hallway adds a sophisticated design statement to your living environment. If you’re inspired by Tangerine Tango and looking for ways to express ideas in your home, our professional design team can help!

Help Us Help the Community with Our 7th Annual Toy Drive!

November 30th, 2011
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ToysforTotsIn keeping with our holiday tradition, Jackson Design and Remodeling is holding our 7th Annual Toy Drive in partnership with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation and we invite your participation.

The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community. The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.

The Toy Drive is a meaningful way to contribute to families that might otherwise go without the small wonders that make the holiday season so special for kids. If you would like to help us share holiday joy with needy children in our community, please bring an unwrapped gift to our office between now and December 19th and stop in to say hello!

Trimming Your Thanksgiving Table After Your Kitchen Remodel

November 22nd, 2011
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ThanksgivingTableOne of the great pleasures of living with your new whole home remodel or kitchen remodel is welcoming guests into your home for the holidays. Gone are the days when outdated appliances, limited storage and an awkward layout made entertaining a chore. Now you can share your beautiful new environment with family and friends and have more time to enjoy the holiday! With Thanksgiving just a few days away, here are some resources we found to inspire your holiday table:

Thanksgiving Table Settings (Martha Stewart)

Glittering Fall Table Setting and Centerpiece Ideas (HGTV)

Natural Thanksgiving Style (Sunset Magazine)

Happy Thanksgiving from the Jackson Design and Remodeling team!

Illuminating the Details of Lighting Choices

November 17th, 2011
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Lighting1When working on your whole home remodel, our team of professional designers guides you through an array of choices to express your personal style and meet required functionality. Here we illuminate some of the choices we present for lighting, one of the most influential decisions in designing a space.

Types of Lighting

Halogen
Halogens are made of a much stronger glass than that used for standard incandescent light bulbs. They provide bright illumination and can be an efficient way to light a large area. Halogens are available in a variety of light spreads, including wide flood, narrow flood, and spot light.

Low Voltage Bulbs
Low voltage light bulbs are the most expensive on the market, but have a longer life expectancy than incandescent. They use less energy than other bulbs but must be used with a light fixture that has a transformer that lowers the 120V to 12V.

LED
LED light is similar to a 65-watt BR30 bulb while using only 14 watts of energy at 3000 Kelvin, producing a warm white light. The low wattage combined with an average lifespan of 50,000 hours provides energy savings year after year. Dimmer styles are available.

Energy efficiency is not only desirable for environmental reasons, it’s also the law in California. Title 24 requires that over 50% of the light in a kitchen must be energy efficient lighting.

Lighting Trim
Every detail matters when designing your whole home remodel. Once you begin to explore the options, you may be amazed by how much difference a detail like lighting trim can make in a room’s appearance.

Baffle Cone Trim
Baffle Cone Trim is the most cost-effective trim and typically comes in a white color to match a standard white ceiling. Baffle Trims have “grooves” on the trim surface and interior, which reduce the reflectivity of light and are more visually appealing. They usually come in black because the black is better at absorbing light, but are also available in white.

Reflector or Alzak Trim
Reflector or Alzak Trims have a white trim ring and a metallic black, gold, silver or haze interior reflector. These reflectors are capable of producing dramatic highlights. The trim features a highly reflective surface around the light bulb. This option works well for minimizing glare and is also quite effective at projecting light outward. It is an ideal trim for lighting large areas. Another benefit is that the light source in the ceiling is less noticeable, distracting less from the overall beauty of your space.

Lighting choices are essential to the overall aesthetics of your whole home remodel. Our expert team guides you toward the most functional and inspiring selections for your home.