We are excited to share our list of 5 Trends in Remodeling for 2014.
- Mixed Metal Accents
- We are seeing a lot of mixed metal combinations in interior design, you don’t have to pick just one finish and use it through out the house. Here are two great examples of using mixed metals to create a sophisticated look.
- U-Socket Outlet
- Like it or not, technology is the way of the future. Many are incorporating u-socket outlets into their homes. These allow the charging of multiple electronics at once, as well as feature specialized Apple product hook ups.
- Luxury Showers
- Lets’ face it, you are either a bath person or you’re not. Lately, many have been focusing on making the shower a spa like experience. It is something you are using everyday and it is an important feature of the house. While tubs are still important, showers are seeing some serious changes.
- Open Shelving
- Open shelving isn’t exactly new to the remodeling industry for 2014, it has been in demand for the past year and will continue to stay on trend. It gives any kitchen a clean and updated appearance, and gives you a place to show off your favorite cookware or cookbooks.
- Not ready to commit to the open shelf concept, glass doors are equally as great of an option!
- Organized Cabinetry
- Wouldn’t it be great if everything had its own place? Good news, now it does! Cabinetry makers and manufactures are designing down to every detail. Pull out drawers for spices, knives and even dishtowels. Here are a few of our favorites:
- When investing in a kitchen or bathroom, make sure you spend the extra money on these highly sought after upgrades, which will not only benefit you now, but in the future as well if you ever want to resell.
|Conservatory by Purcell Quality|
The building and finish materials used in the conservatory are as unique as the space its’ self. The tile floor was imported from England, the style and pattern are reminiscent of what you would typically find in a Victorian home, such as this. The wall and roof structure are built out of African Mahogany. Mahogany was used for various reasons, the first being its’ stability and natural rot resistance. The second, it is a tight wood grain and enamels very well, thus giving it longevity.
As you can see conservatories can be equally as beautiful inside and out.
We are excited to share something a little different on the blog today! It is a health and wellness post, which Kelley Suggs of Lithe Wellness Solutions shared with us.
Hi there! I am Kelley Suggs, CHES from Lithe Wellness Solutions. My focus is helping people get real food into real life easily and affordably. That wasn’t always my focus though. Once upon a time, I focused on conventional wellness, like the Food Guide Pyramid and low fat living. I used to be so good at it that I was responsible for the health and wellness of 8,000 people including about 3,000 active duty Air Force members and I did consultant work for the Air Force Surgeon General and 72 Health and Wellness Centers around the globe.
A master suite is a luxury, an escape from the stresses of everyday life and a private place to call your own. While many may take their master suite for granted, other have been longing for a space to call their own. Regardless of the size, there are a few key things to consider when designing this space.
It’s in the details
Details are what give a master bedroom character. This can range from architectural details to artwork. Be sure to have a focal point as well, it can be a large four poster bed, a fireplace or even a gallery wall made up of your favorite art. All these pieces make your master suite unique and truly you!
More than just a place to sleep
Add a sitting area into a master bedroom if possible. This allows a place to read and relax that is quite and tucked away from the rest of the house. It could be a lounge chair with an ottoman, a window seat or even a sofa. All of these pieces add an extra bit of relaxation to the space.
A luxurious bathroom
Keep it casual
Master Bedrooms are a place to relax, don’t make it fussy. People are often discouraged when looking through home design magazines, sure the rooms are beautiful but they don’t fit in the everyday lifestyle of most people. It should reign true to your lifestyle. If you are a casual person, keep your home casual. It will feel forced otherwise, and truly be harder to live in. Your home should be a reflection of your family and your day to day living. Keeping this in mind, casual does not equal messy. These are some causal, well designed bedrooms!
We all know the heart of the home is the kitchen, so be sure to take these important considerations into the design of your kitchen. We spoke with Karen Soojian, principle of KSID Studio a Twin Cities based Interior Design firm to get her inside scoop on what makes a well designed kitchen.
What are the most important things to incorporate into kitchen design
How many times have you heard friends and family saying “We always end up in the kitchen.” The truth is, this is where many of us live today. In my opinion, all of the aspects of kitchen design are equally important. How can you design for one feature and not the other?
For example, you might have a functional layout but your surface selections don’t fit your needs. Your counter is beautiful but your lighting is poor. Your kitchen appears beautiful to the eyes but your cabinets don’t function well for your storage needs. Your kids do their homework in the kitchen but there is no where to plug in their devices.
In the design process each decision leads you to a different conclusion. It is like fitting all of the pieces of the puzzle together. I usually consider several layouts and may end up selecting components from each. Kitchens today are hardworking spaces that are both the social center for family interaction and entertaining.
What are the best options for countertops
When making countertop selections for the kitchen it is important to decide on a material that fits in with your lifestyle. There are so many options out there, from the familiar granite to more unusual surfaces such as concrete or copper.
I advise my clients to consider the benefits and drawbacks of the products they are considering and be truthful about how they will live with it. Combining countertop surfaces in a kitchen is commonplace now. I am currently designing a kitchen that will have three different surfaces: soapstone, live- edge wood and copper. Each area has different functions and each require different maintenance. My client loves them for their aesthetic qualities and feels comfortable they will be able to maintain them.
What are the best options for kitchen flooring
Again, it depends on what your priorities are. For comfort underfoot, I have had several clients request cork flooring lately. It is very comfortable to stand on and easy on the back. I designed a kitchen in the ASID showcase house last year and the homeowners requested cork flooring. Green initiatives were a high priority in this project. Cork flooring holds up extremely well with particularly high traffic areas.
|ASID Showcase House 2012|
|ASID Showcase House 2012|
|ASID Showcase House 2012|
|ASID Showcase House 2012|
The 2012 ASID showcase house kitchen was part of a large scale renovation of a Victorian-era home built in 1899. As stated, green materials and principles were a high priority in the renovation. We put a modern twist of classic American style. Inspired by men’s fashion we chose a color palette of navy, white and tobacco. The homeowner was the architect on this project, John Larsen of Design 45 and this project was photographed by Mark Ehlen of Ehlen Creative.
How can one personalize your kitchen without committing to something permanent
Don’t forget to allow a place for artwork or photography to add personal flair in your kitchen. Carefully chosen light fixtures have an amazing impact on a kitchen both visually and functionally. Wallpaper while somewhat permanent, is once again enjoying resurgence. Window treatments can help you define your kitchen’s personality as well.
Important factors to consider in kitchen design layout
A functional layout is key, you need to consider the working triangle. All the legs of the triangle should be approximately four to nine feet. You need to be able to work efficiently between your sink/ preparation area, stove and refrigerator. You will waste a lot of time in your kitchen preparing a meal if this classic idea is not well thought out and incorporated.
Unique features to incorporate into your kitchen design
There are too many unique cabinet details, door styles and other options that are available to even scratch the surface. An example of something unique would be incorporating different types of inserts into cabinet doors ( more interesting then just glass) such as antique mirror or copper with a beautiful patina. You might select architectural elements such as iron brackets for shelves or carved corbels for your island.
For a sleeker look you can use back- painted glass or stainless steel on the backsplash. You can select your cabinet hardware to be the jewelry of the kitchen or opt for no hardware to reinforce a sleek design. Using unexpected patterns and colors on the floor or ceiling can make a bold statement. There are endless options!
Trends in kitchen design
A strong ongoing trend that everyone seems to follow these days is the white cabinet, white subway tile, Carrera marble trend. New trends on their way into the American market include the increased appearance of gray and greige for cabinets as well as walls. Brass faucets and light fixtures are once again becoming very popular. Designers like the contrast between the warmer metal and the gray or griege background. This is not the shiny brass of the past but a sophisticated antique brass. Some designers are using unpolished brass that is considered a live finish because it will change over time.
Upcoming trends in European kitchen shows include the use of natural wood finishes, counter materials and added textures. Bloggers who have attended these design shows say that glazed cabinets we have seen so abundantly in the past were nowhere to be found. Also they have reported seeing a lot of glossy cabinets and color blocking with bright colors. Strong eclecticism was seen.
For appliances integration was noted. The kitchens were decidedly sleeker and more modern. I have also noted that appliance companies such as Blue Star, and Smeg are making customizable color features available. They are daring but really beautiful.
With “spring” upon us, it is time to get your home ready for the warmer months. From the interior out, getting your home ready for spring will ensure you get the most out of the few months that it is really great to be a Minnesotan.
Your home’s exterior
Undeniably your home’s exterior endures the most wear and tear from Minnesota’s harsh winter, so let’s start on the outside. Walk around and examine caulking around doors and windows. Replace old or cracking caulking. Inspect and clean out gutters and downspouts.
Well of course, we aren’t quite to the point of planting flowers around these parts. Once the snow does melt we can begin thinking about that, but in the mean time we can prepare our garden hoses, and removed downed tree limbs from our yards.
Check your interior
As we stated in our Preparing your home for fall post, it is also an important time to check your homes HVAC systems. These include your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.
Last but not least… time to tackle the interior. The simplest way to get it done is by making a list and prioritizing. You can begin by cleaning windows, inside and out. Another important thing to take into consideration is cleaning the carpets and rugs.
Add a fresh new coat of paint, pillows or a new rug. These are simple and inexpensive ways to give your home a new fresh spring makeover.