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True Blue Surroundings: Celebrating the Color Blue in Your Whole Home Remodel

raynesbathColor is a powerful element of design that can subtly or boldly influence the feeling of your whole home remodel. Blue is the most universally loved color and one of the most popular colors for home design. Next to neutrals, blue is one of the easiest colors to use in your home because of its myriad of appealing variations and a good place to start if you want to experiment with color. Here are some ideas for using blue in your whole home remodel:

waltonColor and Mood
Color changes the mood of a space like almost nothing else. Warm blues, such as ocean or slate, have hints of red and work best in social spaces where you want a feeling of coziness. Cool blues, such as turquoise or sky, have hints of yellow and
make rooms seem larger and more serene.

Space and Light
The first step in deciding how to use blue in a room is thinking about how and when you will most often use the space. For a bedroom, calming shades of blue inspired by nature make sense. For the bathroom, crisp hues of blue contrasted with white convey a clean feeling. In a dining area, a rich shade of navy establishes classic intimacy. The time of day you’ll most williambacksplashoften be spending in a space is important, too, as color is dramatically affected by natural light. A professional designer can help you explore your many options to find what’s right for your home.

How and Where
When experimenting with color a good rule of thumb is to start small. Try a bold accent wall in your favorite shade of blue, a striking backsplash in the kitchen, or explore blue by using interesting accent pieces. The bathroom is often a fun place to explore color, too, especially shades of blue!

Working with a team of professional designers, your imagination will be inspired by the many possibilities for your home. When you’re interested in learning more about color or any other topic for your whole home remodel, a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals guides you through the process with expertise and enthusiasm.

Big Ideas in Small Spaces: 3 Ways to Make Your Powder Room or Small Bath Memorable

July 24th, 2015
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16_7906415_63319_bpo-63319-116Is your powder room ready for company? As the room most often seen by guests, our powder rooms and small bathrooms deserve the 54_4294484_33591-154same design attention we give the rest of our homes during a whole home remodel. Because of their limited space, it’s exciting to experiment with unusual materials and colors in your small bathroom. Here are three ways your powder room or small bathroom can make an impression:

Maximize Materials
A dramatic and luxurious material that might not be practical in a larger bathroom can make perfect sense for your small space. The details of materials are more closely appreciated in a small room. The amazing tile wall and floor in this bath shown above was meticulously custom designed with an intricate gradient of colors to evoke a sunlit ocean wave washing into the room.

Go Bold with Color
A small space gives you the freedom to experiment with colors you may be cautious about in other areas of your home. The rich chocolate brown and mocha in the sleek powder room above right are memorably luxurious in both tone and texture.

Light and Decorate for Drama
This is a room where the main goal is to make an impression! Mirrors with unusual shapes work perfectly in the powder room. Lighting chosen for 3_5457834_42255_03effect rather than function finds its proper home here, too. The gold leaf lighting in this glittering bath is designed on a cable system with weights to adjust the height, a functional solution with Asian roots.

Working with a professional design team you can discover your most exciting options for design in your small bath or powder room. Take your imagination to the limits and you’ll be inspired to invite guests over to see your new space!

 

Bright Ideas for Kitchen Lighting in Your Whole Home Remodel

July 17th, 2015
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hermosaThe lighting in your kitchen design is essential to how your space functions and feels. A professional designer approaches lighting in layers, from task-oriented lighting to accent, decorative and ambient lighting. Subtle variations in these layers make a dramatic overall impression. Consider the following as you explore the possibilities for kitchen lighting in your whole home remodel:

Functionality
Which areas of your kitchen will you use the most and how will you spend time there? If you plan to entertain around your kitchen island, glowing pendants in artistic shapes provide a flattering light that attracts people and encourages lingering. When prepping meals in a countertop space, you’ll want directed task lighting with the priority on clarity and reach. If you have collectibles to showcase, cabinetry lighting performs that task in a variety of ways. Giving thoughtful consideration to how you will use and enjoy your kitchen is the most important aspect of the planning stage.

perrylightStyle
Particularly in open floor plans, think about how the kitchen lighting reflects the style in the rest of your home. Kitchen lights don’t have to be limited to what we think of as “kitchen-like.” It’s exciting to mix styles, colors and materials. Lighting should both make a statement and work within the overall style of your home.

Scale
Decorative lighting in particular is a place to explore creativity with exaggerated scale. An extra large glamorous chandelier or a series of prominent pendants in an unusual shape brings exciting visual interest to the room. Balancing statement pieces with smaller ones will bring an engaging sense of hinrichdepth to your kitchen.

Lighting is a complex design decision made easier with the help of a professional design team. Whether your home is historic, Mid-Century Modern, Spanish, Contemporary or some combination of styles, the right lighting emphasizes the beauty and functionality of your whole home remodel.

 

Marvelous Marble: Classic Material Lends Timeless Style to Your Whole Home Remodel

July 10th, 2015
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marblestoveMarble has been an element in home design for decades, a classic material that never goes out of style. Is marble right for your whole home remodel? If you respond to its timeless beauty and don’t mind a little extra care and maintenance, the answer is probably yes! A professional designer can help you decide how and where to use marble in your home:

Marble Has Character
Every slab of marble is a one-of-a-kind piece from nature with its own rich texture of veins and color. Marble will marblebathdevelop a patina over time and shows its history by retaining some scratches and stains through the years. The sense of character marble adds to a space is one of the distinguishing characteristics that people who love marble find so attractive.

Finish Makes a Difference
Marble is available in a variety of finishes that affect the overall look and feel of the finished piece. A honed or matte finish gives the marble a satiny-smooth feel that hides scratches but is more susceptible to staining; a polished finish gives marble a glossiness that emphasizes the details in a slab but can be somewhat harder to clean; a leather finish is soft and unreflective, making it a good choice for hiding imperfections, especially on darker marbles.

laundrymarbleNot Just for Countertops
One of the ways to bring the elegance of marble into your space with less concern about maintenance is using the material in places other than countertops. Marble backsplashes and trim convey beautiful design while requiring less daily maintenance. If you do decide to go with marble countertops, maintenance simply requires conscientious wiping up of spills as they occur and being cautious about cleaning agents.

Marble really is a marvelous way to add lasting appeal to your whole home remodel. It’s also exceptionally versatile, at home in traditional, rustic, modern or contemporary designs. Working with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, you can explore how best to use this timeless material to express your own personal vision.

Designing with Decorative Art in Your Whole Home Remodel

June 5th, 2015
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perrykitchenFilling your home with favorite works of art and treasured collectibles makes your space more beautiful and more personal. Art brings life to your home and is a starting point for conversation or quiet reflection. Our professional designers work with you to explore how best to incorporate art into your whole home remodel.

Art as Inspiration
The young couple who own the mid-century modern home with stunning water views (above) asked us to base the color palette of their remodel on the first piece of art they purchased for their baby daughter. They knew they wanted a vibrant, unexpected space for their young family and the colors of the home now reflect their family bond. When you’re embarking on your remodel and looking for inspiration, your favorite works of art are a natural place to begin.

westlakeArt as Centerpiece
For the European family building their dream home in La Jolla, the new brick fireplace in the family room was specifically designed in a scale that would work to display one of their favorite paintings. Selecting a focal point for a room is one of the first steps in creating a memorable, individual style and art is one of the most appealing centerpieces you can choose.

lyoncouchArt as Reflection
The art throughout this seaside condo is an abstract reflection of the stunning natural surroundings, composed in shades of ocean blue and sand. Sometimes the best choice for your whole home remodel is custom art, specifically created for the environment and the design of your home.

Living with art makes every day more pleasurable and adds sophistication and elegance to your home. Working with our team of professional designers, your space can express your unique personality in your whole home remodel through works of art in ways you may not have imagined!

Natural Beauty Shines Through: Organic Elements and Textured Natural Woods in Your Whole Home Remodel

April 27th, 2015
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maglaquefloorWelcoming organic elements into our whole home remodels is a way to connect with the calming influence of nature. Shapes inspired by nature make interiors feel fresh and full of life. Textured woods, particularly reclaimed woods, celebrate the visual appeal of natural imperfections in today’s fast-paced, technology-focused world. Here are some ways to add natural beauty to your whole home remodel:

gregoreklrStructural elements: The beam in this artistic living area was selected in a lovely reclaimed wood with intriguing texture, an eye-catching accent in a space that balances contemporary design with an Old World Spanish influence.

Wood Floors: One of the most popular and practical places to introduce natural wood in the home is with wood flooring. The living space in this hillside home is a sweeping expanse of light and elegance, underlined by beautiful cherry wood flooring with large planks, an extra dark stain and an oil finish.

Design elements: The custom-made “live edge” table in this Natural Modern kitchen was based on a piece of found rosewood the clients discovered. Its organic shape echoes the home’s surrounding forestry.

plaoutdoorYou can experiment with organic elements and textured natural woods in every room of your home. The key is to understand how to balance natural and organic elements with the overall look and feel of your space. A professional designer can help you identify your goals and desires and find the most exciting ways to bring them to life in your whole home remodel! Organic elements and textured natural woods are two of the trends our design team predicted for 2015. Take a look at all of the trends on Pinterest and follow us!

 

Tax Day is Coming! A Well Designed Home Office Makes Every Task More Appealing

April 10th, 2015
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plofficeTax day is always a little more pleasant when you’re entirely prepared! A home office makes organizing paperwork and completing computer tasks more efficient and less stressful. Whether you choose to create a separate room for an office in your whole home remodel or find a place within your existing home to strategically place a workspace, here are some ideas to keep in mind:

1. Organize Your Workflow
The layout of your home office should be determined by how you will most use the space: are you working at home quite a bit or is the office mainly used by the kids during homework time? Will you be spending most of your time at a computer or writing at a desk? Lighting design is particularly important in an office space where you may want to add brightness to certain task areas. A professional design team can help you choose the space plan that makes the most sense for you and your family.

murphy2. Promote Your Focal Point
Is there a view in your home you would like to take advantage of for your home office space? Perhaps the focal point in your office will be a striking piece of furniture or art. A visual focal point helps define the overall look and feel of the room.

3. Put Seamless Design on the “To Do” List
If your office will be part of another room such as a living room or kitchen, it’s important that the design seamlessly integrates with the overall design of your home. An option to conceal your work area when it’s not in use is an hinrichimaginative option that optimizes space and flexibility.

A home office with thoughtful design and beautiful details can make a significant difference in your lifestyle. Collaborating with our unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, you can discover the elements that make work seem like fun in your new home office!

Open Your Home to Spring: Ideas to Connect Your Whole Home Remodel to the Outdoors

March 20th, 2015
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3_4679711_36351-103With spring’s arrival, how well the design of your whole home remodel connects with the outdoors becomes paramount. Having ample light and circulation in your home, along with a sense of nature, makes your space feel more comfortable and inviting. Here are some ways to bring the outdoors in during your whole home remodel:

Balance Color and Light
A professional designer brings expertise to the task of planning space and choosing materials that bring inspiring color and light to your home. This earthy green kitchen welcomes the lush backyard area into the space with a series of windows and doors that make the view an integral aspect of the design. Vibrant green tile and countertops echo the hues of surrounding nature.

10_3914868_30566_110Frame Your View
Working with an architect and designer for your whole home remodel, you will discover ways to best orient your space to your surroundings. This French Country kitchen was designed with a window over the sink that looks out on a pretty flower garden and a quaint gazebo.

22_6922665_vt53060-122Create Space for Renewal
This award-winning master bathroom was designed with large windows that provide privacy while also letting abundant light into the space. A connection with nature soothes the senses and inspires time devoted to relaxation.

Working with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, you will be inspired to explore how your whole home remodel can best connect with your natural surroundings. With spring officially underway today, we are looking forward to more sunshine and fresh air both outdoors and indoors!

Happy Chinese New Year! Find Inspiration for Your Home in the Year of the Wood Sheep

February 20th, 2015
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34_6318094_48643_35Chinese New Year, the Year of the Wood Sheep, began on Thursday, February 19, 2015. The sheep is seen as feminine, or “yin,” and corresponds with the Western zodiac sign of Cancer, which is the sign of home, family and roots. The sheep is also seen as an aesthete – artistic, creative and tasteful. Here are some ways to find inspiration for your whole home remodel in the traditions of Lunar New Year:

Clean out the Old: Traditionally, the home is given a thorough cleaning at the start of a Lunar New Year. Take a close look at objects you’ve been hanging on to that you no longer respond to or need, such as a painting you don’t like or furniture you never use. After removing this old energy from your home, walk around opening windows and letting in fresh air!

hollandCheck your Home’s Systems: Fix any issues with your plumbing or electrical systems and make sure all your light switches and bulbs are working. Electricity is related to good “qi” or energy flow, according to feng shui experts. Repair anything broken, especially appliances or gadgets.

Add Green to Your Space: Each Chinese New Year corresponds with an element (wood, fire, metal, water or earth). 2015 is “wood” which is also seen as plants. Reconnect with nature by filling the empty spaces you created while de-cluttering your space with beautiful greenery.

woodtableLet Your Inner Artist Shine: The Wood Sheep is creative and artistic and loves beauty. Try your hand at a personal art project this year and you may be surprised by the results! Share your art in your home with the family and friends this harmonious year attracts. Our design team can help inspire you with art projects or find ways to creatively display your favorite art pieces.

Gong Hey Fat Choy! We wish you a wonderful Wood Sheep year with inspired energy for your whole home remodel.

15 Trends for 2015: Design and Remodeling Trends for Your Whole Home Remodel

January 21st, 2015
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Our highly acclaimed design team is frequently asked by the media and clients for their thoughts about the most interesting and popular trends in remodeling and design. Each year, we share a roundup of what’s hot in the design and remodeling industry. When you’re planning a whole home remodel, it’s important to choose visual themes that make sense for your personal tastes, needs and desires for your space. That said, it’s always fun to follow trends and see which ones you might like! Here are our design team’s picks for the top trends this year:

  • Living Walls: Breathe a little easier with these low-maintenance, indoor vertical plant gardens. Living walls create a bold statement and reduce stress while purifying the air.
  • Textured Natural Woods: Rustic woods made a splash in 2014 and now homeowners are exploring ways to use natural woods even more throughout their homes. Reclaimed woods are especially popular, giving a more organic look to kitchens, accent walls and home furnishings
  • Vintage Motifs: Vintage motifs are making a comeback this year, particularly paired with bold patterns, graphics and bright colors.
  • Open Shelving: This year homeowners are opting to show off their plates and glasses with open shelving instead of traditional cabinets.
  • Organic Elements: Organic elements make interiors feel fresh and full of life. “Shapes inspired by nature,” “living walls,” and “bringing the outside in” are some of the top buzz phrases for 2015.
  • Black as a Statement Color: Black is often used as an accent color in home design but this year black is taking center stage. Prepare to see black used as a statement color in kitchen cabinets and tiles.
  • Copper and Gold Accents: Say goodbye to silver and nickel; copper and gold elements are taking over! Pops of metal bring a glamorous touch to a space and are perfect when balanced with neutral palettes.
  • Modern Touches on Hand Painted Tiles: Hand painted tiles are moving away from the traditional terracotta styles that have been popular in the past. Look for hand painted tiles with bold patterns and subtle colors for a modern spin.
  • Bold Wallpaper and Fabric Patterns: Unlike decades ago, the new wallpapers have improved dramatically and are designed for both easy application and removal. Floral motifs, geometric prints and photographic images will be hot trends in 2015, continued from last year.
  • Water Saving Fixtures: With much of the country still in a major drought, many homeowners are opting for water-smart, user-friendly fixtures such as thermostatic mixers, and touch screen-operated showers that control water flow, mix and temperature.
  • Matte Finishes:  An alternative to the high gloss finishes of recent years, matte paints and finishes are in vogue now, complementing the evolution toward a more natural, organic look. A matte finish brings a raw edge of authenticity to a texture, revealing its natural imperfections.
  • Mosaic Wood Tiles: Mosaic wood tiles are eco-friendly, made from reclaimed wood, unique and easy to install. They’re a great alternative to wallpaper, adding texture and depth to any accent wall.
  • Mirrored Glass Tiles: Look for mirrored tiles strategically used in small bathrooms and accent walls to give the illusion of a bigger space and interesting lighting effects.
  • Handmade Items: Handmade items are a big trend for 2015. From hand painted tiles to crocheted throw rugs and hand woven baskets, handmade accessories add a personalized touch to any space.

Take a look at our Pinterest board for beautiful examples of 2015’s most intriguing trends. (And please follow us while you’re there!) If you are inspired to give one of these trends a try in your whole home remodel, our unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals can help you explore ways to incorporate trends in a way that is uniquely your own.