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Latest Tile Trends

cevica-antic-specialHave you ever visited a place and then been inspired to bring some aspect of the place home with you?  Many people do, and this trend is reflected in the many new varieties of tile available today.  Due to the increased interest in tile, manufacturers are keeping pace with the latest consumer demands by making advances in tile styles, designs and composition.

Current trends include vintage/retro designs, wood grain tiles that emulate salvaged materials and geometric designs intended for making a statement.    Warm tones and neutral color schemes are huge right now as well as Art Nouveau design elements.

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Your tile choices can say a lot about who you are, including motifs that evoke classic or contemporary art design, pop culture, nature, or almost any other design element you can think of.  Also, there are many applications that are increasing in popularity such as tiling an entire wall in the kitchen in a geometric pattern.  This emulates wallpaper, also a popular trend.

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By taking into consideration you home’s current style, budget, trends and personal taste, a professional designer is your best bet to help you weed through the multitude of choices and select the perfect tile application.

 

Spice up your space… with color!

Kitch 2Have you ever noticed how color can affect your mood? According to Leslie Harrington, Executive Director of the Color Association of the United States, which forecasts color trends, “We react on multiple levels of association with colors — there are social or culture levels as well as personal relationships with particular colors.”

Is your bleak indoor landscape crying out for some pizzazz?

Even the slightest splash of color can infuse your space with a new level of energy.  Here are a few inspiring suggestions to spark your imagination…

  1. Paint one or more walls
  2. Paint cabinetry
  3. Add interest with color and texture in flooring choices
  4. Select furniture that brings the right mix of solids, patterns and color to the room
  5. Add colorful appliances
  6. Throw in splashes of color with accents like pillows, throws, rugs, curtains, vases and art
  7. Add hardware (like jewelry for your cabinets) to add splashes of color and whimsical accents
  8. Choose unique colors and/or textures for kitchen and bathroom countertops
  9. Use lighting fixtures to add color and shape to brighten up a room

Coming up with a color scheme that fits your personality and your space is the first step. Then, calling in the assistance of a professional designer  can really help move things along.

 

Green Living Begins in the Kitchen

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The kitchen is the heart of the home… and it’s also where eco-friendly living begins.

With an increase in environmental awareness and social responsibility comes a deeper commitment to setting up healthier, eco-friendly living spaces.  This begins with some simple practices like recycling, reusing, and composting.

Here are a few suggestions to get you started…

Recycle

Get the whole family to recycle by making it easy and convenient. Consider earmarking one area in your kitchen where items can be easily sorted for recycling.

Reuse

Are worn or broken materials creating an eyesore in your kitchen?   Consider this a wonderful opportunity to go a little greener by selecting recycled tiles, countertops, or flooring option.  There are many options available.

Reduce Waste

Consider stocking your kitchen with reusable items that come in bulk, rather than individual servings. For example, try replacing paper towels and napkins with reusable dishtowels and cloth napkins.  Make sure they are easily accessible to family members.

Avoid using plastics

Plastics are filling our oceans and landscapes, a situation that won’t improve until we reduce our use. We can do this by avoiding commercially packaged foods, by buying in bulk, and by employing reusable materials, such as glass containers, whenever possible.

Use Energy Efficient Appliances

Thanks to energy efficiency standards, newer model dishwashers use far less water and energy than their earlier counterparts.  There are plenty of great energy efficient models to choose from when it’s time to replace your dishwasher or washing machine.

Compost

According to the Environmental Protection Agency,  the average American produces 4.6 pounds of waste per person, per day, which adds up to a huge, cumulative waste of resources and money.  Composting allows food scraps to be reused in your garden or taken out with your curbside yard debris which will later be repurposed as well.  There are many container options for countertop or under-counter composting.

Use non-toxic paints and cleaners

Many paints include volatile organic compounds, called VOCs, which off-gas fumes that release toxicity into your home and into the environment. Fortunately, almost every paint line now includes low and no-VOC paint options that deliver great results without the toxicity.

The same goes for kitchen and general cleaning products.  Living green means avoiding the use of harsh chemicals whenever possible. Thankfully, more manufacturers are now offering green cleaner options. And, nature offers its own line of effective household cleansers including white vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice.

Here’s to greener living!

Everyone’s In the Kitchen… again!

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It happens in nearly every American home. Gathering spaces are available throughout the house, yet everyone wants to hang out in the kitchen! It’s called the “heart of the home” for a reason. Comfort and connection can always be found there.

 

Does your kitchen need some love in return?

Even the slightest cosmetic change can uplift the space drastically and build significant equity in your home. Here are a few inspiring suggestions to spark your imagination…

 

Paint:  This is by far the best bang for your buck. One of our design teachers once said that a gallon of paint is worth $500 in the value it brings to a space. Not only can it dramatically alter the look and feel of a room, but if you do it yourself, it will cost virtually nothing.

Another small change that packs a punch is to paint your existing cabinetry. This process is quite involved. What’s required for lasting quality is beyond most homeowners’ skill set. Unfortunately, many of our clients replace their cabinets because of a poor paint job done by the previous homeowner. So, if you’re called to do this, hire a professional.

WHAT COLOR TO CHOOSE: Lighter tones make a space feel fresh and new. Darker colors work best for accent walls or in powder baths to add drama.

 

Hardware:  This is jewelry for your cabinets, so have fun with it. You will be surprised at how different your cabinetry looks with updated hardware.

QUICK TIP: If you have pulls on your cabinets, make sure that you measure the existing hardware so your new hardware will fit into the existing holes. Better yet, just take one off a drawer and take it with you!

 

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Countertops:  This can be as simple as installing new laminate over top of an existing countertop (yes, you can do that). Most people tend to want a higher-end countertop like granite or solid quartz in the kitchen and master bath.

HOW TO DECIDE: Let the value of your home and the room you are working on guide you on this decision.

 

Lighting:  Swapping out new fixtures in the existing locations is the most affordable way to go. Think about putting a small chandelier in your powder bath or adding colorful pendants above an island or sink in your kitchen. These can often be done with minimal drywall repair.

ANOTHER IDEA: Add recessed lights to a kitchen to improve the general lighting.  You will be amazed at how much the look and feel of a space improves with good lighting.

 

Plumbing Fixtures:  There are so many wonderful fixtures out there for under $200. Depending on how handy you are, this fairly simple DIY project can add both style and function. In a bathroom, just changing out a tired vanity faucet or toilet can change the whole feel of the room without the need for a complete remodel.

WHAT’S POPULAR NOW: Think about installing a pull-out faucet in your kitchen if you don’t have one. There are tons of style options that are super functional. 

2013 Tour of Remodeled Homes: Capturing Space without Adding on

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How often these days we hear the buzz words, reduce your footprint.

It’s a term that refers to sustainable living; a hot topic here in Portland, where many people are committed to taking up less space, not more. An increasingly popular remodeling idea, many homeowners are excited to learn they can capture unused spaces – basements, attics, garages and ADUs (Accessory Dwelling Units) to increase sq footage and add character and functionality to a home.

We were honored to be invited to participate in Portland’s annual Tour of Remodeled Homes, which included a total of 14 homes around the city and a wonderful variety of remodeling projects.  For our showcase project, we transformed a dingy basement to increase living space… without actually adding on.  The basement – 1700 sq. feet of unused and virtually forgotten space – was a diamond in the rough just waiting to be re-purposed!

More than 200 people dropped by our Tour home to see how we transformed the narrow, maze-like basement (empty for 16 years) into a bright, fun and practical living space. This re-purposed space increased the value of the home and, even more importantly, provides a wonderful area for relaxing, entertaining, and enjoying family and friends.

Click to see a short recap of the show, including a video glimpse of our basement transformation (near the end of the short, 2 minute clip) – you won’t believe your eyes!  Check it out and be inspired!  2013 Tour of Remodeled Homes – Transforming Basement Space