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Keep Your Options Open: Open Shelving in Your Kitchen Remodel

linhoffmanEarlier this year, our professional design team recognized open shelving in the kitchen as one of the 15 top design and remodeling trends in 2015. We love the way open shelving balances appealing form with practical function. Here are some advantages of open shelving and what to consider if you’re planning on trying this option in your kitchen design:

Personalize Your Space:
Open shelving makes a kitchen feel more warm, lived in and comfortable. Whether your kitchen style is traditional, transitional, contemporary, or some combination of the three, you’ll welcome the way open shelving personalizes your space.

meyerMake Your Kitchen More Efficient:
Open shelving makes it convenient to find and access what you need. From plates and serving bowls to tools and gadgets, whatever you decide to store on your open shelving makes it faster and easier to get work done in the kitchen.

Display Treasured Collections:
Whether it’s vintage dinnerware, handmade pottery, or colored glass, your collections become an artistic element in your kitchen when you display them on open shelving.

wellsOne of the most enjoyable aspects of a whole home remodel is being open to new ideas! Working with a professional designer, you can discover the ideal combination of open shelving and cabinetry to make your kitchen express your unique personal style.

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.

Romantic Design in Your Whole Home Remodel: Make Your Master Bathroom a Luxurious Pleasure

February 14th, 2015
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magbathValentine’s Day is a natural time to take a look at how you can bring luxurious pleasure to your master bathroom design when planning a whole home remodel. Here are some elements to keep in mind as you dream about a date with your ideal master bathroom!

Space Planning: The award-winning master bathroom shown above was designed to take maximum advantage of spectacular ocean views. A free-standing tub is positioned to create a lovely vantage point, inviting long, relaxing baths. Whether your bathroom is by the ocean, surrounded by greenery, or looking out on a downtown cityscape, careful space planning is essential to making the most of your space.

perrybathMaterials and Color: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and a relaxing bathroom doesn’t have to be neutral! This master bathroom in a home inspired by mid-century modern design pleases the senses with luscious yellow tiles, alternating between glossy and matte finishes. Next to the sleek free-standing tub, a simple shelf is the perfect place for soothing candlelight.

Make it Unique: You’ll create a lasting relationship with a master bathroom that feels uniquely yours. This tranquil retreat below was designed around the ancient concept of a Japanese soaking tub.

ocbathHowever you envision your dream master bathroom, our unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals can help you explore the best ways to arrive at your ultimate space. We help you express your personality in your home and fall in love with your master bathroom design!

Balanced Textures: Pairing Rustic and Industrial Elements in Your Whole Home Remodel

rusticmodernkitchenWe love experimenting with new trends and interpreting them for our clients. One trend we’ve seen grow in popularity recently is the use of rustic and industrial elements balanced together for appealing visuals in kitchen designs and whole home remodels.

Rustic elements, which bring a warm authenticity to your space, include reclaimed woods, knotty woods, natural stone or brick, and earthy, organic materials and colors. Industrial elements are often metal, especially unfinished or salvaged. Exposed pipes, and design features that include tin, steel, aluminum or iron, distinguish industrial design.

murphy_closeupPairing both rustic and industrial elements is sometimes referred to as “urban rustic.” The style can work anywhere, not just in an urban loft, but it does take some experience and skill to pull it off successfully. A professional designer can help you arrive at the balance that works best for your personal taste. A rustic industrial juxtaposition requires discipline when accessorizing, as overstuffed furniture, fussy window treatments, or the wrong flooring underfoot can distract from the overall effect.

schnack_upcloseJust like playing with bold color, sometimes it’s best to experiment with a design concept such as rustic industrial in one room of your home first, before using the aesthetic throughout your home. Our unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals helps you achieve the personal expression you desire in your space and makes every trend feel personal and unique to you. Read more about 2015 trends on our Pinterest board and follow us!

Think About Your Sink: Sink Design for Your Whole Home Remodel

January 30th, 2015
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hollandisnkYou might be surprised to learn that when you are choosing what to invest in during your kitchen remodel, the sink is an important appliance on which to splurge. A sink is one of the most used areas in your kitchen and a high quality, durable product is essential.

Quality Materials: If an under-mounted sink fails because of low quality materials or installation it can be troublesome and expensive to remove and replace. For an under-mounted sink, you need 16-18 gauge stainless steel with proper insulation or your sink could rattle or give off a tinny sound when other appliances are in use.

6_6922585_vt53060-106 (1)Space Planning: Most of us prefer a sink with a window if at all possible in the kitchen layout. Imaginative space planning orients the room for the best possible view of your surroundings.

Style: Farmhouse-style apron sinks continue to be a popular choice. Available in several styles and materials, an apron front sink can work in almost any style of kitchen from contemporary to traditional.

denisonsinkSpecial care with each element gives your home character and enduring appeal. Working with a unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals, you can explore ways to express your unique style in your whole home remodel, with every detail – including the kitchen sink!

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

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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.

 

Keep it Clean in 2015! Laundry Room Design in Your Whole Home Remodel

January 9th, 2015
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36_7521220_vt57658-136For places in your home set aside for chores, why not brighten daily living with efficient and welcoming space where you enjoy spending time? The design of your laundry room is an important consideration in a whole home remodel. A professional design team can help you visualize a laundry room that will make daily washing and folding a pleasure! Here are some ideas to consider:

Where Would You Like the Laundry Room?
Many modern homes place the laundry room on an upper level, rather than in the more traditional garage or “off-the-kitchen” space, to prevent walking up and down the stairs with hampers full of laundry. If you’re in a single level home, a solution like the hallway laundry area concealed by extra large barn doors (shown above) is an innovative choice that makes the most of limited space.

63_5541468_42795-163How Will Storage Work?
Organization is essential to an efficient laundry room design. Along with plentiful space for dirty laundry, clean folded laundry and supplies, consider any extra storage capacity you may desire.

How Else Can the Room be Used?
The laundry room in the historic home shown below does double duty as a sewing room. If you have hobbies you’d like to accommodate, maximize your laundry room space to make your work more organized and inspired!

56_2691049_156When your home includes a laundry room with a beautiful, thoughtful design, everyday chores become an opportunity for efficient accomplishment and serene productivity. Our unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals can help you live with an ideal laundry room in your whole home remodel.

What’s Your View for the New Year? Planning with Perspective for Your Whole Home Remodel

December 31st, 2014
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lrThe end of one year and the beginning of another naturally causes us to reflect on the past and dream about the future. When some of the space in your home is specifically designed for contemplation, peace and inspiration are easier to find. When planning your whole home remodel, consider how your view influences your daily perspective and overall mood. Here are some examples of our projects that thoughtfully integrate the view:

Embrace Natural Surroundings
The design of the seaside condo shown above highlights the natural beauty of the condo’s spectacular Pacific Ocean views. Glass doors facing were built with three-foot panels from the middle and overlap, allowing for a 12’ opening to capture ocean breezes.

ColonialCoastal5Keep an Open Layout
This Colonial Coastal kitchen is a study in meticulous nostalgic design, balanced with a layout open to the dining and living area that allows the entire space to be filled with natural light. An emphasis on the surrounding nature defines the “coastal” in this classic Colonial-style design.

Live and Entertain Outdoors
This urban contemporary loft includes an expansive roof top deck with a spectacular vista of downtown San Diego. Day or night, this open space encourages indoor/outdoor living and entertaining.

roofA new year brings new possibilities, especially in your home. Our unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals can help you discover ways to significantly enhance your lifestyle with innovation and enduring style for your whole home remodel.

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

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.

A Toast to Earthy Reds: Marsala Named Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year

December 4th, 2014
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img_pantone_color_of_the_year_2015_press_releaseDescribing their choice as “subtly seductive” Pantone named “Marsala” its 2015 Color of the Year. Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute®, said that the 2015 color of the year “Enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability. Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness.

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.

Interested in how you could use the Pantone 2015 Color of the Year in your whole home remodel? Marsala is a more natural choice for interiors than some of Pantone’s recent colors of the year, such as Radiant Orchid in 2014 and Tangerine Tango in 2013. It’s an elegant, warm and subtle tone that could be used throughout your living space as a unifying accent color. Marsala could work especially well with accessories such as accent rugs, upholstered furniture and other textured surfaces.

Color choices in your whole home remodel are one of the most exciting aspects to explore. When experimenting with color, try starting with accessories or smaller spaces. When you are ready to express ideas in your home with creative color, our professional design team can help!