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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

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 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.

A Carlsbad Whole Home Remodel Says “Aloha” to Unique Personal Style

October 31st, 2011
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SurfboardWhen our clients came to us for a Carlsbad remodel they were looking for a design that would express their individual personalities in a cohesive way. They both enjoyed living on the stunning Carlsbad coastline and they wanted their home to combine an appreciation for their environment with a comfortable and simple elegance. The couple also share a love of Hawaii where the husband was raised and where the couple met on the beach. They wanted to see their affection for the islands expressed in the design of their home.

It was important to the clients to keep their surroundings relaxed and natural, while adding visual interest and modern convenience. In their “his and hers” bathrooms, our professional design team played with Hawaiian-influenced aesthetics expressed with subtle elements such as curved wave shapes and natural materials, reflecting the husband’s love of the ocean and surfing. At the same time, luxurious aspects of the design give the home the feeling of a five-star hotel appreciated by the wife.

Our unique design build process guided our clients to a successful solution for combining their mutual and individual expressions of creativity and personality in their home. Whether it’s a desire for Hawaiian natural or a passion for combining rustic and modern elements, our design team guides and inspired clients to express their personal vision with relevant and enduring style.

Inspired by Rustic Modern Design? Explore the Natural Beauty of Wood Slab Furniture

October 21st, 2011
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WoodSlabTablesOne of the interesting current trends our professional design team has noticed is an appreciation for rustic elements balanced with modern aesthetics. Authentic natural materials bring a sense of continuity and character to a home, particularly in an era when machine-made production and planned obsolescence prevail. When planning a whole home remodel or kitchen remodel, we’ve found that wood slab tables and other wood slab furniture are a practical and engaging way for clients to express their enthusiasm for rustic design.

Inspired by George Nakashima of the American Arts and Crafts Movement, Gustav Stickley, Charles and Henry Greene, and Frank Lloyd Wright, Woodland Ventures in Boise, Idaho creates wood slab furniture as functional works of art. The company’s goal is to give trees a second life as objects of artistic beauty, rather than seeing them burned, chipped, or dumped in a landfill. Their process for creating wood slab furniture is complex and well-considered, with a deep respect for nature:

Tree & Log Selection
Domestic hardwood logs are acquired from professional arborists and tree services. The trees are mainly harvested from urban areas because of weather damage or safety concerns related to the tree’s maturity and eventual decay. The selection process focuses on the striking individual characteristics of each tree, such as giant logs with large limbs, knots, burls, or multiple trunks, that will result in an extraordinary piece of furniture with spectacular figuring or rare graining patterns.

Because different sawing methods have an effect on grain patterns, each log is carefully analyzed prior to sawing. Thickness, direction of the cut, and positioning of the log is determined in order to maximize the inherent beauty of each log’s figure and graining. Woodland Ventures has a mill capable of sawing up to 70 inch diameter logs, which produce truly exceptional, one-of-a-kind pieces.

Wood slab furniture adds natural charm and visual serenity to your environment. Working with a team of professional interior designers for your whole home remodel, this is just one of the ideas you can explore to express your personal style.

A Concrete Answer: Countertop Ideas for Your Kitchen Remodel

October 12th, 2011
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Concrete_1When working with a professional design team to develop imaginative ways to express your personal style, consider choosing concrete countertops for your kitchen remodel. We have found that clients appreciate the distinctive beauty, durability and adaptability of this natural material in their homes. One of our resources for concrete countertops is Cheng Design in Berkeley, California. Founded in 1978 by Fu-Tung Cheng, Cheng Design has won many awards  and built a reputation for their innovative use of sculptural concrete.

Why Choose Concrete?
Concrete can be transformed into virtually any shape and the potential for creative expression is unlimited. It can be grinded, polished, stamped, or stained. Some clients choose to embed meaningful objects within it. Concrete embodies an earthy permanence and looks good in both traditional and modern settings. Because of its adaptability, concrete can be used in any area of the home, especially in the kitchen and bath, but also in fireplaces, water features, or outdoors. Concrete countertops are relatively inexpensive, especially when considering their high level of durability.

Cheng Design creates their beautiful countertops in two types of concrete:

Geocrete: This reinforced pre-cast concrete product has a 5000+ psi strength rating and a “glass like” surface created with a proprietary finishing process. Countertops are available with unique accessory choices like integral drainboards, concrete sinks, and mosaics. Custom variations include aggregates and inlays, along with metal and wood accessories such as cutting boards and trivets.

Neomix: Lightweight and ultra strong, this pre-cast concrete product is made with Cheng Design’s Neomix reinforced concrete mix. Neomix has a 10,000+ psi strength rating, which is double that of Geocrete. Neomix is 1/2″ thick and can be made as long as 9 feet long without seams. Like Geocrete, this product is available as a simple slab or with a variety of customizations.

Both Geocrete and Neomix are sealed with a proprietary sealer which combines the protection of topical sealers with the look and feel of penetrating sealers. The sealer penetrates the concrete surface and provides surface protection, resisting acids, stains and cleaning products.

When planning your kitchen remodel, unexpected materials like a concrete countertop bring a sense of individuality to your environment. Our team helps you explore the many options available to you as you transform your home.