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Share the Spirit of the Season with Needy Children and Give to Our 11th Annual Toy Drive

December 7th, 2015
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tftsoldiersEach year we partner with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to help bring joy to needy children during the holiday season. We encourage your participation in our 11th Annual Toy Drive!

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program collects and distributes new, unwrapped toys as Christmas gifts to children who might otherwise go without. Toys for Tots delivers a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders.

We are always excited to see the Toys for Tots boxes filling up with donations from our generous community. If you would like to share the holiday spirit by giving toys to needy children, please bring an unwrapped gift to our office between now and December 18th and stop in to say hello!

Double Take: Pantone Names Two Colors – Rose Quartz and Serenity – as the 2016 Color of the Year

December 3rd, 2015
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pantone2016For the first time in its history, Pantone has chosen the blending of two shades – Rose Quartz and Serenity – as the PANTONE® Color of the Year.

Joined together Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute®.

Evolving perceptions of color association and gender influenced Pantone’s choice this year. With new generations less attached to traditional perceptions of gender and more open to equality, people are attracted to fluid ways to use color.

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.

Pantone_Color_of_the_Year_2016_shop_Pantone_Swatch_CardsRose Quartz and Serenity are ideal for communicating a sense of comforting calm in your whole home remodel, a respite from the everyday stresses of modern life. Pairing the hues enhances a sense of mindful balance. Rose Quartz and Serenity are perfect for textured accessories such as rugs, bedding, and throws. With their peaceful and airy qualities, we also see the colors as excellent choices for a tranquil master bathroom or bedroom.

Experimenting with color in your whole home remodel is one of the most artistic aspects of the design process. Our professional design team can help you discover the many possibilities for expressing yourself with color in your whole home remodel.

Home for the Holidays: Prepare Your Home for a Stress-Free Season

November 30th, 2015
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pecsarfrontDuring the holiday season we welcome more guests than usual into our homes. For a stress-free celebration of all the joy the holidays can bring, it helps to be prepared! Here are some ideas for getting a head start on the holidays for your home:

Warm Welcome
When guests arrive at your front door, you want to present a warm and inviting welcome. Make sure pathways are clean and clutter-free and that outdoor lights are on so guests can easily find your home and safely get to the front door. A beautiful wreath or potted flower arrangement on the front door communicates a festive spirit. Remove any clutter and personal items from the entryway and consider placing a glowing scented candle there to immediately set the holiday mood and create an appealing transition from the outdoors into your welcoming environment.

bkkitchenOrganized Kitchen
If you’re cooking or baking for holiday events, now is the time to do a deep clean in your kitchen, take an inventory of your supplies and refurbish any necessities. Try using “zones” to organize your supplies, such as placing your baking spices close by the baking pans, mixing bowls and measuring cups. Take stock of the holiday plates and platters you stored away last year and place them in an easy to reach spot. This is the ideal time to dispose of any clutter in your refrigerator, pantry and kitchen drawers. You’ll make it easier to find what you need while cooking and create extra space now for leftovers. Ample storage is never appreciated more than during the holidays! Our professional design team makes innovative storage a priority in each kitchen design we create for clients.

difiorepowderPowder Room Prep
A beautifully designed powder room will get a chance to shine during the holidays! A glistening clean room is the first priority and you’ll also want to have plenty of standard supplies, such as toilet paper and hand soap, placed where guests can easily find them. A small bouquet of fresh flowers and a scented candle are touches that give the powder room an extra holiday sparkle.

Take care of your home before guests arrive and you can truly relax and focus on the festivities! The ideal space to share special occasions with loved ones is one of the most rewarding benefits of a whole home remodel.

 

A Warm Welcome for Visitors: The Fireplace in Your Whole Home Remodel

November 23rd, 2015
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blackkingfireplaceNo matter the weather, and those of us on the West Coast often get a warm and sunny Thanksgiving Day, there’s nothing like gathering around a toasty fire to bring comfort and good spirits to holiday celebrations. When you’re planning to include a fireplace design in your whole home remodel, here are some ideas to consider.

murphyfireplaceToday’s fireplaces are available in gas, wood, electric and outdoor variations. Materials for mantels and surrounds offer boundless opportunities for creative expression, from the traditional brick or stone, to glass, metal, wood, tile and more. It’s essential to balance an exciting and distinct design with materials that make sense in the aesthetics of your home. A professional design team can guide you through your choices.

The fireplace will become a focal point in your space so it’s important to think about what you want to include as westlakefireplacevisual surroundings. Some homeowners choose to place the tv above the fireplace while others prefer to decorate with favorite pieces of art and sculpture. Orient some seating in your living space to fully enjoy the glow and warmth of the fireplace.

The ideal fireplace serves dual purposes as a stunning design statement in your space and a practical addition to your smart energy plan. Working with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, you can discover the perfect combination of elements for a fireplace in your whole home remodel that will warm your heart!

Cool Holiday Entertaining: Add a Wine Refrigerator in Your Kitchen Remodel

November 13th, 2015
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jdrhollandWith the holidays just around the corner, many of us will be entertaining at home. A wine refrigerator in your kitchen remodel makes it easy to store and serve your favorite wines and other beverages to guests. It’s a small luxury that you’ll thank yourself for every time you pour a glass! If you’re considering a wine refrigerator in your whole home remodel, here are some ideas to keep in mind:

Wine refrigerators are not only convenient for entertaining, they also take good care of your wine. They offer a stable temperature zone to store and age your hermosawinewines properly, plus protection from the temperature variation that happens in your regular refrigerator. Temperature stability is one the most important factors in sustaining the life and flavor of your wines. Chilling white wine in a regular refrigerator makes wines too cold, while leaving red wines at room temperature makes them too warm. Wine refrigerators, when kept at temperatures close to 55° to 57°, will give you wine that is at perfect drinking temperature.

Many homeowners opt to integrate the wine refrigerator into their custom cabinetry, while some decide to have a separate station dedicated to wine and other beverages. A professional designer can help you determine the ideal placement for the wine refrigerator in your kitchen remodel.

westlakewineA wine refrigerator is just one of the thoughtful details that makes your kitchen a central hub in your home during the holidays and every day. Working with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, you can find the best ways to bring a welcoming and festive spirit to your whole home remodel!

Island Cooktops: Central to an Open Kitchen and Dining Space

November 6th, 2015
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vibranteclectic (1)An open plan kitchen and living space has become a primary desire for today’s homeowners, particularly people who love to entertain or have families. The kitchen island often acts as an anchor in an open plan, a place we gather during mealtime and socializing. When you’re considering an island with a cooktop in your open plan whole home remodel, here are just a few ideas to keep in mind:

Where to Look
One of the most appealing advantages to an island cooktop is that you no longer have to look at a wall while you’re cooking! Where in your home does it most make sense to orient the view? You may choose 18_6123848_47349-118to center on an outdoor vista or on an interior where you will most often be interacting with family and guests.

Choose a Hood
The designer stove hood in this colorful and glamorous kitchen is a piece of functional art. Its large scale works to define the kitchen in an expansive space while its curved shape keeps it from overwhelming the area. A professional designer can guide you through the multitude of styles and material choices available for a designer or custom hood.

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Consider how your island will most often be used. If you have children, will they be doing homework at the island? If you’re a couple do you enjoy simple meals at the island on occasion? Do you enjoy hosting large gatherings? All these considerations are essential as you plan the orientation, shape and seating for your cooktop island. In this Family-Centric kitchen for clients who frequently socialize with large groups of parents and kids, the island’s marble countertop was custom cut with angled edges to create and sense of movement and allow room for more stools when needed.

Your island cooktop should enhance your lifestyle and bring a feeling of enjoyment and efficiency to the kitchen in your whole home remodel. Working with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals you can discover the design that is just right for you.

Trick or Treat! A Welcoming Front Door for Your Whole Home Remodel

October 30th, 2015
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blackkingdoorCostumed candy seekers will arrive at many front doors this weekend! Here are some tips for how the front door in your whole home remodel can be a visual treat on Halloween and every day of the year.

Color:
Your front door offers an ideal opportunity to try an unexpected color. The rich hue of this front door surrounded by rustic elements offers a warm and cheerful welcome.

bairdScale:
Experimenting with scale is a powerful way to achieve exciting design. This grand four foot wide door (at right) was custom built to pivot open with a floating motion in a complete arc. Outside, it’s handle-free with a touch pad for secure entry.

Style:
The custom front door for this stunning Bird Rock beach home (below) was created by a local artist and framed by slightly frosted windows that assure privacy while allowing in light. Oversize numbers for the address add a stylish note.

hermosafrontdoorThe front door is the first element of design visitors to your home will notice and touch. With the help of an experienced team of architects, designers and construction professionals, you can discover new ways to bring your unique personal style to every detail of your whole home remodel.

Say Goodbye to Clutter: 3 Storage Ideas for Your Kitchen Remodel

October 23rd, 2015
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williamsstorageWhat distinguishes an “okay” kitchen from a fabulous one is the way the space works. When your kitchen is efficient and organized in addition to being beautiful, it becomes the welcoming heart of your home. Here are three ideas for storage in your kitchen remodel:

1. Smart Space Planning
An efficient kitchen starts with the layout. Professional designers help you with smart space planning to accommodate many levels and types of westlakestoragestorage. The kitchen shown above, designed with a Mid-Century Modern aesthetic, provides much more storage than the original design in a highly organized layout. Several large appliances are concealed behind the cabinetry to retain the clean and bright charm of the room.

2. A Stylish and Functional Pantry
Though they never truly go out of style because of their reliable practicality, pantries are making a comeback in recent years in fresh adaptions. The pantry (shown above) in a seaside home holds a colorful surprise of bright storagefridgecolor behind opaque glass doors.

3. Storage in Unexpected Places
Expert designers have the experience to find and create storage space where it might not seem possible to fit one more pot or pan. This cedar kitchen in a cabin-like home hides storage for the
home’s prolific baker above the refrigerator.

When you love to cook and entertain, a functional kitchen is a daily delight. With the help of a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, you can discover a myriad of ways to streamline and organize your space.

Come See Four JDR Homes on the ASID Kitchen, Bath & More Tour on October 24th!

October 16th, 2015
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unnamedThe American Society of Interior Designers’ Kitchen, Bath & More Tour on October 24th will showcase beautifully remodeled homes including four designs by JDR: Whimsical Mid-Century Modern, Family Centric, French Country Flavor and View Central Mid-Century Modern. The tour was recently highlighted in San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles Magazine. See the article here.

Home One: Whimsical Mid-Century Modern
This 100-year-old Spanish home was transformed with a whimsical aesthetic to enhance a passion for Mid-Century Modern collectibles.

Home Two: Family Centric
This open and inviting home welcomes large family gatherings in a space that is friendly and relaxed yet classically focused on thoughtful design.

Home Three: French Country Flavor
An inspiring space for a devoted gourmet chef and baker, this expansive kitchen with French Country flair is a well-planned space to cook and share meals of every size.

Home Four: View Central Mid-Century Modern
This Mid-Century Modern home with compelling rustic elements beautifully inhabits its natural environment with breathtaking views and impressive design.

For more information about the tour, visit asidsandiego.org.

Design with a New Outlook: Framing the View in Your Whole Home Remodel

October 12th, 2015
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westlakekitchenIn San Diego we are lucky to be surrounded by many beautiful aspects of nature that we can enjoy year round. When planning your whole home remodel, consider how to take advantage of  views to bring the calming and inspiring effects of the natural world into your daily life. Here are some examples of our projects that thoughtfully integrate the view:

Capturing the Coast
When a well-travelled young couple fell in love with the incredible views from this seaside home they decided to make it their own and completely transform the original outdated structure. The home’s stunning natural surroundings are now central to its welcoming, light-filled design. A bay window seat encourages gazing at the natural surroundings.

pruettviewHilltop Mid-Century
Panoramic views of Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean are now central in the design of this home originally built in the 1960s. The new open floor plan was carefully designed to maximize and frame the view from every vantage point. Upon entering the home from the front, one can now see all the way through the new kitchen and out to the vistas beyond.

cameronwindowsBeauty in Your Own Backyard
After opening up a wall and extending an archway, this kitchen is now significantly more open and connected to the family room and living area. The new design combines thoughtful space planning and French Country elements in a dramatically brighter and more welcoming environment. Light flows in from new bay windows where the backyard view is now a focal point of the room.

Working closely with an architect is an important consideration when remodeling your home to take advantage of views. Architects are highly skilled in making changes to the exterior structure of your home, significantly changing your interior floor plan, moving interior walls, and adding new windows or doors. With the help of a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, you can explore how best to open your home to backyard views and panoramic vistas!