Tag Archives: Home Improvements

Parade of Homes is On! Sept 11-Oct 2

 

It has been a very busy time for home builders as new construction homes are in big demand. If you are thinking about building or renovating, you must take in the Parade of Homes. It’s the perfect time to get ideas, see what is on trend, what you like and don’t like.

 

 

The Parade is running from Noon to 6:00 pm Thursday – Sunday through October 2nd.

We are partial to Parade Models #252, #257 and #262. We love staging Parade of Homes models and find it a great honor to do so.

 

 

There may not be a marching band at this Parade but it is one to enjoy on a beautiful Fall day. Check out paint colors, light fixtures, flooring, and of course the staging!  

 

 

 

 

Three Kitchen Trends from 2021 That May Be Sticking Around

There have been three big kitchen trends in 2021 and I believe they are going to roll right into 2022 with some added new ones. The three trends that I think you will see continue are:

Mix and Match Metals I have a lot of clients that still have a tough time with this one and I get it. Plus it isn’t the easiest thing to do and get it right. light-blue-island-kitchen-cabinets-600×493 Here are a couple pointers:

  1. Pick a Dominant Finish
  2. Then choose one or two accent metals but don’t overdue it. Stick to 2 or 3.
  3. Keep Balance – use your dominant metal more than your accent metals. Use your accent metal at least twice.
  4. You can mix up the texture of the metal as well. Use a matte or hammered metal to break up too much polished metal.
  5. You can even use warm and cool tones. Polished brass along side Chrome. Polished copper is a great contrast to stainless steel.

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Out of all the trends…..this one is my favorite. I have never been a matchy matchy person and breaking the mold on all metals matching is super exciting to me!      

 

Smart Appliances I thought my oven was ‘smart’ when I got it seven years ago because it had a sabbath feature. I wasn’t sure what that was but it had it. Now the ‘smartness’ of appliances is out of this world. I actually remember going into the ‘Smart House’ in the futuristic section of Disney World and saw some of these things and thought…no way!!!

Samsung has many smart refrigerators and one comes equipped with Family Hub and Bixby, Samsung’s voice assistant. Family Hub is basically like having a tablet screen built into your fridge door that also works as a memo board, and you can all access it from your phones. Plus, the fridge has a built-in camera, so if you’re ever out at the grocery store wondering if you have enough eggs at home, you can just take a peek inside from your phone. That is so cool in a weird way! smart appliances

Did you know you can talk to your oven, now too? An electric convection range from GE is just one example—it connects to wifi, so you can set it up to work with your Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Nest, and several other apps for the easiest cooking experience ever. You can also make your range hood high tech too. One from GE features a guided cooking app built into its smart-touch screen and has dual cameras: one forward-facing to video chat with friends and family about granny’s recipe, and another located above the cooktop for you to lives tream your progress.

My Mom loved technology and I wish she was still here to see these. She would have loved them!      

 

Quartize  Quartzize No…It is not the same as Quartz. Two different things!

Quartzite is a natural metamorphic stone formed when sand is heated and compressed within the earth. Quartz contains pieces of ground quartz combined with resin and polymers to create a man-made material that’s pretty and strong.

A couple facts about Quartize:

1) It is more durable than Granite

2) It can look like marble but not scratch.

3) It is less porous than granite thus it doesn’t stain or hold bacteria as easily.

I could write an entire term paper on the differences of quartz and quartzite which I won’t bore you with but do your research. There are great pluses on the Quartz side and great pluses on the Quartize side. Granite really has taken the bottom of the preference factor for most of my clients for years but the call between Quartz and Quartzite are a bit tougher to make.

I think in 2022 you will see more wood in kitchens but I do think the three trends above will be here for a while. If you love the look but you are not sure how to pull it together, look to a professional to help you with your selections.  

Patterned Tile – Is It For You?

Are you looking for a way to add some life to a room? To bring some fun to a otherwise dull space? Then bring on the pattern! With so many choices, there is bound to be a patterned tile that will fit your personality.

One of the best places to add a little flair to an otherwise task oriented room, is the laundry room. Let’s face it, laundry rooms are no longer pushed to the farthest darkest corners of a home but rather placed in the heart of the home. If your’s is down in that corner, then even more reason to add a splash of pattern!

Make this space fun to be in!

 

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photo credit @13thirtydesigns

 

Another place to consider using a patterned tile is in a back entrance or maybe even the front foyer if it is small and a bit of excitement is needed to highlight the space.  Small areas are a perfect place for pattern.

 

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photo credit @marcelledesignllc

 

The key to using patterned tile is to use it sparingly. I would not consider putting a patterned tile in a large shower, it would become overwhelming and potentially date itself very quickly. I would even caution using it on backsplashes if you have a lot of it.

 

A small backsplash area or a small section to highlight an area is totally cool in my book.

 

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photo credit @a_v_interiors

 

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photo credit @total360interiors

 

And don’t forget the fireplace! It’s the perfect place to add some pattern. I just finished my lower level and chose a patterned tile to highlight the main focal point of the room.

 

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So what do you think? Can you handle a little pattern in your life? My advice: use it sparingly, wisely and keep it classic. And have some fun!