Archive for January, 2011

Traditional and Daring

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Take a look at how this room makes traditional design choices seem fresh and new.

One major design decision leads the rest of the room – the dark grey-green paint color. It provides drama and a rich tone that complements the dark wood furniture and allows the rest of the room to stay light without looking bland.

The next exciting design impact comes from the carpeting. Traditionally, a room like this might have a wood floor, but this light patterned carpet adds an appealing element that helps keep the room cohesive. The design is quite traditional, but the addition of a rug in the same carpeting with a border in a different pattern adds an interesting twist that makes the room’s look more appealing and thoughtful.

The light upholstery on the loveseat and drapery treatments adds color and keeps the room’s light mode intact. The drapery valance seems a bit overblown for the room, plus it cuts into the crown molding, but this is the only out of tune note in an otherwise well-designed room.

Most people think traditional means that you can’t experiment, but this room shows that you can stay with a classic look while still letting your imagination run a little wild. Is your home traditional in style? Have you stepped it up by taking some design chances? If not, what are you waiting for? Go for it and let your unique flair shine!

Three Things to Consider Before Choosing Modern Flooring

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If you are mesmerized, or just plain confused, by all of the flooring choices available for modern homes, you might be ready to give up and just pick something out of frustration. Before you do, consider a few things that can narrow your choices down considerably.

What is your lifestyle?
If you have children or pets, you’ll definitely want to think about the activities that go on in your household on a daily basis. However well behaved they may be, children are prone to accidents. Whether it is spilling a glass of juice or falling on an untied shoe string, the flooring you choose matters. Dogs are also prone to slipping and sliding when they run or maneuver around corners.

Modern décor is infamous for its sleek appearance and along with that, so is the flooring in many homes. Slick flooring materials such as high-shine marble tile and finely finished hardwoods are very often not suitable for a family home, where children need to be comfortable and safe. Instead you might choose a modern style hardwood floor with a matte sealant finish or a textured ceramic tile for better grip.

What is your preference?
Consider your comfort level with differing materials. If you like to hop out of bed and feel the plush softness of a thick carpet underfoot, then you might want to have one of the luxurious modern carpets installed in the bedrooms. There are also many beautiful modern patterned carpets available for the rest of the home.

If you love the look of a sleek floor, you’ll want to take a look at marble or one of the slick ceramics on the market. Rugs add interest and offer comfort in areas where you might want a little more comfort or padding like in the kitchen or bathroom where you might be standing quite a bit.

What is your budget?
You may love the look of real hardwood or slate flooring, but your budget just won’t allow for it. There are plenty of choices in laminate wood flooring and ceramic tile which mimic their costlier look-a-likes. If you know your budget before shopping, then you can go directly to the flooring you can afford and not be swamped by even more choices. Especially ones that don’t fit within your means at the moment.

Room Fix: Piano Problems

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A baby grand piano adds a beautiful feel to a living space. It provides the impression that the homeowners play fairly well, or their children do. However, any true piano player knows with one look that no player lives here.

What’s the obvious clue? It’s the lighting. Any player would want the piano keys facing the window to get unshadowed light on the sheet music. And at night, a pianist needs a good light source landing on the front of the piano to read the sheet music. In this house, the piano is simply an extravagant piece of furniture.

The rest of the room works well on the basics, but there are a few other iffy decisions. Let’s consider the window treatment behind the piano. The draping and the rosettes are a bit over the top, but the fabric doo-dad that drops from the middle of the window is a true error in judgment. The multiple colors and trims, along with the pink tones, add a bit too much frou-frou to what is otherwise a classic room design. This look is echoed in the throw pillow on the left and the rug. With simpler curtains the room would feel more elegant.

Sink and Faucet Color Combos: Reader Question

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Reader Question:

Can I put a black granite sink w/ a oil rubbed bronze faucet?
Thank You,

Carla

Answer:

Dear Carla,

Great question! You most certainly can put an oil rubbed bronze faucet with a black granite sink. These two will compliment each other very well. Things to keep in mind are colors of other metal elements in the room such as appliances, cabinet hardware and decorative accessories. You want to make sure that there is at least one other oil rubbed bronze element in the room.

For example, you might want to reconsider if all of your appliances, backsplash accents and cabinet hardware are stainless and the oil rubbed bronze faucet is the only item that doesn’t coordinate. Everything doesn’t have to “match”, but it does have to look planned.

We hope this helps!

The Intimacy of Deep Colors

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Many people are hesitant to paint a room in dark colors, especially smaller rooms. But that choice can work in the right circumstances, creating intimacy in a space.

This room works well for a number of reasons. At first glance it seems that the whole room is dark, but there are bright elements. The ceiling is white, while dark wood beams link it to the table and wood floors. The window frames are also white, but the brown roman shades connect them with the rest of the space. The dark bronze chandelier is lit by its electric globes, and in every case the contrast between dark and light supports the room’s intimate impression.

Another important element is the furniture choice. The only furniture in the room is the table and seating. By choosing benches instead of chairs, the lines of the side seating flow along the table’s line with minimal breaks. This creates a strong set of verticals: the table, benches and the rich dark wood floor all echo the same lines. This helps keep the room connected and strengthens it from a design standpoint.

Imagine a congenial gathering of friends and family, joined together over a good meal, lingering at the table long after dessert, comfortable in the dark and intimate quarters provided by this well-designed room.

The First Flooring

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Author Bill Bryson is always interesting, and his newest book, At Home, takes us on a tour of our own homes, discussing the origins of many elements of our everyday lives that we simply take for granted.

One area to take a special look at is flooring, since this is the month of Surfaces, an annual international flooring event that brings retailers together with some of the best flooring suppliers and manufacturers in the world.

According to Bryson, flooring started at its most basic. For many thousands of years, a home’s floor consisted of the dirt the house was built over. Even into the 20th century, dirt was not uncommon as flooring in rural England.

The next step up was a covering of rushes, replaced twice a year on average. While the idea was to add some softness and warmth, cleanliness was not part of the equation. This is evident by the fact that the old rushes were not removed, but just covered by the new ones. This led to a floor that was a natural habitat for insects as well as mice and rats. Not exactly inviting to us when we think of home décor.

Over time, wood, stone and tile developed in Europe for flooring, but most people used locally available options because transportation was either not available or much too costly. Carpets were so rare and valued that they never appeared on a floor. Instead, people hung them on walls or covered tables with them.

So as you walk into our showroom, although no rushes are available we hope you relish the rich variety of flooring options we offer from around the world, and carpets at a such a price and strength that we actually encourage you to walk on them regularly.

Common Decorating Mistakes

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Common decorating mistakes are made time and time again. This post will point out common mistakes so you can avoid making them and rendering the ones already made in your home.

If you don’t love it, Leave it!: Do not use something that you don’t love. Just because something has been inherited or gifted and you feel it needs to be used, doesn’t mean you have to use it. If you don’t love something, donate it to Goodwill.

Define your own personal style: Don’t decorate according to the latest trend. Decorate around your personal style. You will enjoy your décor much longer than you would if you used a trendy style. Decorating around your personal style gives unique character to your interior. If you’re sick of the white tile in the kitchen, replace it with a bright warming color.

Clear the clutter, Go chunky: Small accessories tend to make a space look cluttered and unorganized; not to mention the dust they collect. Simplify your accessories by replacing many small items with a few chunkier pieces. Chunky accessories make a space look clean because few are needed to replace many small items.

Research Color: Avoid making the wrong choice with color. Different colors spark different moods on a subconscious level. People associate color with. Research what colors you are considering for carpet, tile, paint, etc. in order to ensure the right color choice for the appropriate room and it’s use.

The most important advice we can give you is “Done is beautiful”. Incomplete spaces look uninviting and affect the people that live there as well as guests. Try not to get caught up in deciding the perfect look for a particular space. Find a way to complete spaces; they can always be modified down the road.

Images Of Summer

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Winter can be fun. Taking a walk with snow lightly falling, hot cocoa on a cold night, toasty hand-knitted sweaters, hats and scarves to help hold back the chill. But after the holidays, many people find themselves ready for warm weather. This blog is especially designed for those people.

To remember summer, we have a visual aid. Take a look at this inviting porch. It takes only a little bit of imagination to see yourself sitting in one of those chairs drinking a long cool glass of lemonade or iced tea.

Why don’t you just sit there and sip your drink while we take a look at what makes this picture so appealing, not counting the sunshine? This porch was created with color and design in mind. To begin with, the natural wood floor works beautifully with the lightly whitewashed brick walls. Notice the mossy green tones of the home’s siding – a perfect fit to link the floor and wall together.

With all those natural tones, this porch could look dull, but the bright clear white trim, ceiling railings and columns add a fresh contrasting note. That white is echoed in the chairs, for an extra touch of welcome.

Well, we can’t live in this photo much longer, but maybe there are some ideas here to help keep your home sunny and welcoming during the rest of the winter months. And if we do that, can spring be far behind?