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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.

 

Put it Away with Aplomb: Pantry Design for Your Kitchen Remodel

December 19th, 2014
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pantry1There’s something truly comforting about the enduring tradition of a kitchen pantry. A roomy pantry in your kitchen design makes for a clutter-free, organized space that is a joy for cooks and those who like to keep things clean and streamlined. Here are some ideas for pantries when you’re considering one for your whole home remodel or kitchen design:

Scale Up
The European-inspired pantry in the modern kitchen shown above is so large, it’s like having an extra “mini-kitchen.” There’s plenty of room for storing dry goods and other ingredients along with small appliances, which keeps the rest of the kitchen clean and neat. With the extra space for food prep, last minute tasks before welcoming guests can be easily accomplished and then simply concealed by sliding the pantry doors closed.

pantry2Add a Pop of Color
In the otherwise subdued palette of this seaside kitchen, this pantry adds a creative surprise of color with a fresh blue that is only revealed when the pantry doors are opened. A pantry is a fun place to experiment with brighter hues before trying them in other areas of your home.

swimpantryIntegrate with Style
The double pantries in this historic Spanish-style home honor the character of the original design while offering modern convenience. Double pantries make it easy for the client, an enthusiastic chef, to organize and access an abundance of ingredients and supplies.

Storage can be stylish when you work with an expert team! When planning your kitchen remodel, remember how much a pantry can add to the functionality and  appeal of the space.

Gather Round the Table: A Dining Space for Your Whole Home Remodel

September 19th, 2014
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Pecsar1Sharing a meal at home is a time-honored ritual that brings family and friends closer together. When you are planning your whole home remodel, consider how you would like to gather around the table for meals. Here are a few ideas to keep in mind:

Create a Mood
Unlike other rooms in your home, a dining area is typically used for one purpose only, serving and eating meals. What mood do you want this space to have? Are you looking for something intimate and elegant or something more formal and traditional? Start with an idea of how you want the room to feel.

maglaquePlan Space
How will the dining area integrate with the rest of your space? If you are planning on an open layout for your home, rather than a separate dining room, the dining area needs to work visually within the space while also being distinctly defined. This can be accomplished with ceiling treatments, such as soffits, or with window placement, color transitions, flooring transitions, and many other options. Working with a professional designer, you will discover which ideas are most appealing to you.

lovealvRemember Details
Deciding on a focal point and defining style for your dining area helps make the room memorable and unique. A focal point could be artwork, a dramatic light fixture, or a striking piece of furniture. Will your dining room style be traditional, modern, transitional, or some combination of styles? Choose the right furniture and accessories to communicate your vision with the help of a design expert.

Sharing meals in your home is a simple joy that makes a big difference in how much you enjoy your space. The dining area in your whole home remodel can add wonderful rituals and memories to your lifestyle with the help of an experienced team.

What Hue are You? How to Choose and Use Color for Your Kitchen or Bath in Your Whole Home Remodel

September 12th, 2014
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pascalWhile experimenting with a palette is one of the most exciting phases of the creative design process, the number of options and combinations involved can make color selection in your new space seem daunting. Where do I start? Which colors go with each other? Are there certain colors that make more sense for the kitchen or bathroom in my whole home remodel? These are just a few of the questions we answer below.

The Big Picture
Before you start choosing color for your kitchen or bathroom, it’s important to envision the whole room. Keep in mind that color is on all the materials you choose for your space (not just the walls or tile). The combination of these elements will create a composition.

raynesThe Mood
Color has a strong influence on mood. Determining the feeling you want in your home is an essential first step in choosing colors. Consider if you want a light and airy feel, or a more intimate enclosed space, which may have darker tones. Remember that cabinetry is a significant design element in a kitchen or bath and will be one of the most important sources of color in the room.

The Details
After determining the visual feeling you want to create, select your countertop material and color: granite, wood, quartz, tile, etc. For a bathroom, you may want to select the tile style and color before your countertop, since tile is an important design statement in the room. Then choose your flooring, and finally the wall treatment, which should be in a hue that unifies all the different colors in the room. If you are daring about color, experiment with unconventional shades on permanent pieces, such as countertops, tiles and appliances or fixtures. If you want to take a more cautious route, first try playing with color in places where it can easily be changed, such as walls, art and accessories.

perryYour Individual Style
It’s helpful to understand your personal relationship to color before you start choosing colors for a room. One client tells us how much she enjoys waking up in the morning to her apple green kitchen countertops. While that color wouldn’t work for everyone, it makes her happy and invigorates her for the busy day to come!

Color inspires the imagination and brings distinct character to your home. Working with professional designers who have years of experience in creating successful color palettes, you can experiment with what works best for the kitchen or bath in your whole home remodel.

Beautiful Lights for Shorter Days: Lighting Fixtures for Your Whole Home Remodel

August 29th, 2014
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With Labor Day’s arrival, it starts to feel more like autumn even though summer doesn’t officially end until September 22nd. As days get shorter and natural light in your home decreases, it’s a perfect time to consider imaginative lighting choices for your whole home remodel. Here are some of our favorite ideas:

Lighting as Art

This stunning lighting fixture in the kitchen above was custom designed for a couple who love and collect art and have filled their home with their collection. They wanted their kitchen to reflect their love of art.

wellsLighting as Style
Period lighting and vintage lighting bring character to your home. This bedroom’s color scheme was inspired by the clients’ treasured vintage lamp from a company in NYC that specializes in industrial vintage pieces.

MaglaqueLighting as Definition
Define areas of your home with lighting, particularly when your space is designed with an open plan. In this home with an expansive open layout, the family room, dining area and kitchen are each given a sense of place with careful lighting choices.

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The type and placement of lighting in a home is an essential element of planning that all professional designers carefully consider during the process of creating your new home environment. The glittering chandelier above the dining area in this home for a couple that loves to entertain promises elegant dinner parties with fascinating conversation.

Lighting awakens, inspires and relaxes us. Working with a professional team of designers, you will discover many ways to illuminate your style during your whole home remodel.

Five Elements of a Fantastic Family Room in Your Whole Home Remodel

August 22nd, 2014
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familyroom2With the demanding schedules of today’s households, it can sometimes seem difficult to get everyone together in one place. A comfortable family room where family and friends can easily gather together for board games, movie nights, and sporting events inspires quality time with those we love. Here are five ideas to make the family room in your whole home remodel shine:

1. Space Planning that Promotes Togetherness
Working with a professional design team, you will discover ways to place furniture, accessories and lighting to inspire conversation and promote shared activities.

2. Decide on a Focal Point
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Whether it’s a fireplace, a large screen TV, a colorful piece of art, or stunning views, one focal point in a room helps the whole room design pop with personality and style.

3. Organized Storage
A good family room design includes practical storage for entertainment center accessories, books, toys, and games. Keeping the area clutter-free makes the space feel more welcoming and relaxing.

4. Integrated Design
With the emphasis on open layouts in today’s home design, many family rooms are open to the kitchen and living area of the home. If this is the case in your house, it’s important to work with a professional design team to ensure that your family room integrates with the rest of your home while also establishing a distinct, comfortable area for family time.

familyroom35. Lighting
An emphasis on natural light and connection to your home’s surroundings brings comfort to the family room. Also consider task-oriented lighting for reading and playing games.

A family room in your whole home remodel is a delightful space to share activities with family and friends. Working with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, you can create a memorable space for spending time with those you love.