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Why Not Raise The Roof?

These pictures show flexible duct running through the crawl space in a remodel.  If there is enough room for the duct, the low ceiling areas can be raised.  If you want higher ceilings than this allows then the roof in those sections is typically removed. Most homeowners start with the living area or a new addition.  All of the electrical lines coming from the main breaker box or boxes are extended to the new height and the new duct work added.  During the recent recession, it was typical to “make do” but with the improved economy more homes are being totally remodeled or torn down.  Building permits are needed for this extensive work.  A contractor oversees the work with drawings from an architect or architectural designer.  Interior designers do the best space planning with furnishings in mind and colorization!

Dreaming of a Kitchen Remodel?

Dreaming of a kitchen remodel? And you’re a serious cook? Maybe your caterers need extra space when you’re entertaining? A Wall Street Journal article recently discussed the appliances in three southern California homes. Let’s see which ones you need!

Contemporary or Urban Farmhouse?

Whenever contemporary design surges to the forefront, another style with more warmth and texture is always soon to follow.  The growing popularity of urban farmhouse with a “Fixer Upper” feel gives the cushioned, sink-in-the-sofa feeling many want when they finish the day and relax with family.  Barn doors, living edge wooden tables, wooden ceilings and walls, stone details, exposed beams, farmhouse sinks and freestanding tubs all add value to your home. 

Contemporary or more traditional, the floor covering of choice is wood.  The pre-finished engineered woods have given stability to this popular option.  Wood grained porcelain tile is a lower priced option. 

Walls are light with either look.  Add personal touches of your favorite colors, photos, personal collections and either look extends your personal touch!

Adult Coloring Books

Extend your color blends to your own home by photoshopping your exterior front or any room! The Sherwin Williams Color Tools enable you to experiment with changing your colors before you pick up a brush. You can take a photo of any view with your smartphone camera, upload to the app then recolor to a combination you are considering without much effort.

With a light box and an enlarged photo, the exact room or exterior can be redrawn with only architectural details then let the fun begin! My cantera stone rep, George, used this on one of our projects to add stone details around the windows. I have used it to show improvements to fireplaces. It is representative of the exact space. Do you want blue window frames? Color them in! Or change the fireplace to a low, horizontal line of fire and get a truer visual on the space!

Pair Paintings and Rugs

Add visual interest to your halls by assembling all of your favorites that don’t necessarily look great anywhere else and grouping them with cohesion in mind. Maybe its color, a collection or from a trip.

Following the angle of the stairs, the Weston apple overlaps a small festive rug with similar colors. The boring half wall became more interesting with wrought iron insets.

Design Your Fourth of July Part 2

Entertaining during the summer!   A beer table may be just what you need!  It is certainly easier to reach for bottles than someone getting up and down or serving everyone!  From beer (or wine) tables to star studded decorations it just takes planning to step up your presentation from ordinary to extraordinary!  Add one dish with replicated color theme for follow through. Red, white and blue, stars and stripes-party on!

Design Your Fourth of July Part 1

With Navy blue as the most dominant dark color (velvet please) the backdrop for the 4th of July is in place with only vibrant additions needed for the full effect! If your permanent color scheme is not red, white and blue you can add one or more of the colors and a stripe or star between Memorial Day, through Flag Day, the 4th of July to Labor Day for a patriotic touch in the summer months. Seasonal changes add vibrancy to your home and set the stage for a themed party! I love this outdoor sofa from Frontgate.

Make Your Own Collection

An antique apothecary chest holds all items that don’t have another home. An interesting piece of furniture combined with contemporary art, an elephant foot print and Zebra sculpture. Mix it up for interest!

Niche Collections

Add visual interest to your halls by assembling all of your favorites that don’t necessarily look great anywhere else and grouping them with cohesion in mind. Maybe its color, a collection or from a trip.

This African themed grouping is based by my Grandmother’s antique drop leaf table. It has been a corner table with one leaf up, extra seating for dining or the play station for children. The accessories have a mainly red and black for visual flow and are simply an ever changing collection.