Travel and destinations can be a perfect inspiration for the design of your home interior because a specific destination can conjure up specific feelings. For my favorite beach destination, I envision serene, calm horizons, walking across untouched beaches with tumbled stones and scattered driftwood, and the relaxing sounds of waves lapping against the shore.
When designing a new kitchen, bath, media or mud room one of the first choices a homeowner makes is what species of wood, what style of cabinet and what finish. I’d like to talk about a cabinet style that is often overlooked: cabinets with aluminum and stainless steel doors. These are great accent doors to integrate into a larger design also using wood or another material.
The homeowner of this fabulous double kitchen renovation has a tremendous love for creating homemade BBQ sauces and exquisite dishes. He spends a lot of time in his kitchen and his creations are so elaborate that one kitchen just wasn’t enough.
“The details, that’s what the world is made of”- wise words from film director and producer, Wes Anderson. I could not agree more. Designer Charles Eames went a step further with ...
Our surroundings affect our moods. Choosing colors that remind you of positive experiences can not only personalize your space but make it more comfortable. I’ve found as each season unfolds, nature inspires us. Winter is one of the most extravagant shows of nature in my book.
Today we are going to look at a fabulous set of before and after pictures that beautifully launch a home thirty-five years forward into the present day. Meghan Murphy, designer at Trilogy Kitchens and Remodeling in Arlington Heights, Illinois had her work cut out for her with this project.
Let’s start out with the Family Room-
The new homeowners of this 17 year old kitchen loved the quality of the original Dura Supreme Cabinetry and how well it held up over the years, but they wanted a transitional and refined look. So they searched for a local Dura Supreme Cabinetry designer.
The term “industrial” evokes images of large factories with lots of machinery and moving parts. These cavernous, old brick buildings, built with steel and concrete are being rehabilitated into very desirable living spaces all over the country. Old manufacturing spaces have unique architectural elements that are often reclaimed and repurposed into what is now open residential living space.
Is contemporary design more your style?
What do all the following things have in common?
Reading a book.
Watching a movie.
When choosing colors for your home, consider the environments that you are most comfortable in. If you're in love with the beautiful colors of fall and find joy when you're surrounded by colorful fallen leaves ... perhaps you should look at bringing some hues of autumn into your home. Here are a few of my favorite fall finish palletes to set the stage.
The owner of this home wanted to bring the urban feel of his city, San Francisco, into this 1920’s historic house. He went to Shelley Lober, CKD of Kitchens of Diablo for her expertise in West Coast kitchen design.
The owners of this Detroit home were in the midst of converting their entire place from a traditional style to a contemporary one when they met with designer April Parker of KSI Kitchen & Bath (Macomb Twp, MI) to begin re-designing their kitchen.
With every interior design project we walk the fine line between creating the perfect house we see in a magazine and creating the perfect house for who actually lives there. In order to make a house a home, the environment should feel meaningful, convey a history and reflect the homeowner.
We, as humans, are sensory beings. Since the dawn of mankind, our senses of touch and sight have contributed to our knowledge of the world around us, evoking emotions such as joy, fear, love and curiosity to name a few. As designers, we are charged with the task of bringing out the best of those emotions in the environments we create.
The original floorplan only had space for a small, tucked-away shower in the master bathroom but the homeowners knew this would not work well for their family of five. This Illinois family contacted designer, Jennifer Riordan of Plain & Posh Distinctive Cabinetry Design in Westmont, IL, to design a stunningly beautiful space that meets the needs of their young family now and in the future.
Designer Susie Johnson of Dragonfly Kitchens, Inc. in New Mexico had always dreamed of owning a vintage Airsteam trailer. After searching for over a year and a half, she finally found a classic 1965 Safari Airstream in Santa Fe, NM not far from her home. Susie immediately got on the phone and purchased it without even seeing it first-hand.
For interior design, including kitchens and baths, Gray as a dominant color scheme continues to rise in popularity. It is a calm and soothing neutral back-drop for all areas of the home and works beautifully with all colors!
The view of the water was perfect, but the layout of the home … not so much. This waterfront property located on Hopkins Creek near the Severn River in Maryland needed a fresh makeover. The homeowners aspired to bring the spectacular water view into their home so they could enjoy it to its full extent.
Surrounded by beautiful vineyards, the home was ideal but the kitchen was cramped and inadequate to cook for and entertain a large Italian family. With very little workspace and an oddly shaped island, there wasn't enough room for the moms, aunts, uncles, cousins and others to join in the cooking.
In my last blog, “Creating a Space Just for You”, I discussed spaces designed for personal-time … which we all need. It’s also just as important to have social time as well. With the hustle and bustle of today’s world we still need to find time to spend with our loved ones.
A multi-room makeover of this Michigan home called for the design expertise of Lindsey Markel at Dillman & Upton, Inc of Rochester, Michigan to bring together a stunning whole-home interior that blended purposeful functionality with cohesive architectural design.
Let’s face it, our lives are busy and we need to make time to relax, unwind from the day and enjoy friends and family. Whether it’s reading a book, bird watching, practicing a craft, doing yoga, or simply kicking your feet up, everyone would love their own space to relax.
Navy Blue has slowly become a popular color for interior design and kitchens, and is one of those colors that will be classic and timeless for the long term. Paired with a white or gray paint, along with a medium brown stain color like Dura Supreme's "Toast" or "Cappuccino", Navy Blue is destined to be a popular theme in home interiors!