Best Designs for Bookshelf Cabinets

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Adding bookshelf cabinets to your home can be a great way to add character and a personal touch. Bookshelves can be done right or they can turn out really wrong. You want to keep your standards high when it comes to adding semi-permanent shelving to your home. So together, let’s make the most of our bookshelf cabinets.

Some of the best designs we have seen for bookshelf cabinets are where you least expect it. We like the look of having extra storage space below a stairwell or extra storage on the stairwell landing upstairs.

Great bookshelves come in all shapes and sizes. We do have to say that when you are adding them to your home you want to install them in a way that will keep the room balanced and keep it from being weighed down. To keep the room balanced we simply mean if you’re adding a bookshelf next to your fireplace, then it would be ideal if you had one on the other side as well. Keeping your room balanced helps keep the space feeling warm and inviting rather than someone having a random idea of including a bookshelf on one side.

To keep your living space from being “weighed down” you should look at your decorations. Now what we are about to suggest is for home buyers who want some extra storage and a bit of a design feature. If you are a collector of books, please ignore the following. When it comes to adding design to a room you want to keep the shelves scarce with big bulky items. A great thing we learned from designer Joanna Gaines is that you should design your shelves with a zigzag pattern. If the top shelf on the left side have books and on the right have an art piece then on the shelf below, vice-verse. A great way to add design!

How to Choose Your Kitchen Cabinet Colors

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Choosing cabinets for your kitchen can be an overwhelming process. There are so many different colors and designs to go with when you are remodeling your kitchen that we’re not sure we can fit all our tips in one article, but we will give you the most important tips.

Our first tip would be for you to remember what your house feel is. Is your home modern, rustic, country, etc. By remembering this it will help you pick your cabinets because not all cabinets come in every color, so from the start you can narrow down your search. You don’t want to paint your country cabinetry a white color when you should keep the wood of the cabinets natural looking.

Another tip that we always remind our clients is to stick with the pattern. You might be thinking, but what does that even mean? Well, when you are working on picking a cabinet color you should keep in mind what color your floors and countertops are. When you have a kitchen with dark floors you ideally would keep your cabinets light and your countertop dark. This helps keep your kitchen feel bright and not too dark and not too bland.

Once you’ve narrowed it down to whether it is going to be light or dark you can then move forward with what type of shade to use. You want to keep your home as modern and as aligned with your home style as much as possible. Picking modern, sleek cabinets and living in a country home can make it feel out of place and future buyers don’t always like that. No matter what you do we do suggest shying away from a very dark color. Even if your flooring is light you can pick a color that isn’t too bold and will transition nicely against the floor and countertop. Picking too many darks in a home can make the space feel smaller than it actually is and not as open and welcoming.


Unusual Cabinet Designs You Might Love

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The kitchen is the heart of the home and the place where your personality comes to life. And why not take that a step further and show that in your cabinetry? We love unique designs that add value and a flair to any space. We have put together a list of a few cabinets that you may just fall in love with.

First we want to start off with our favorite mix of an industrial and modern look and bring it into your home. This look includes using exposed iron sides while keeping the cabinetry see-through. This pick helps you open up your space and keep it nice and bright. The exposed iron poles help bring a touch of vintage and industrial to your kitchen. You can spice it up and add a feature piece that everyone will be talking about.

Looking to spice up your farmhouse look? You don’t have to live within all the rules when it comes to designing your kitchen. We love the look of adding wooden crates where you would usually have a two shelf cabinet. We suggest only doing this on the lower cabinets to keep it from looking over done. You can achieve this look by taking off a cabinet door and taking off the hardware. What is fun about adding wooden crates is you can paint them any color you want or stain them to match or pop.

Lastly, our top choice for unusual cabinets is the cabinet that just keeps giving. You can include a cabinet that not only opens, but pulls out and hides a perfect place for storage. We all have been in a kitchen that doesn’t have enough space for storage and instead of adding an island or extra cabinets. Adding hidden storage keeps your kitchen open and very functional. Future buyers will even love it!


3 Tips for Nailing the Wood Tile Look

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Any home that has a natural wood look gives it a touch that you can’t help but love. You may be wondering what is wood tile, well wood tile is another alternative to laminate wood flooring, which laminate is installed by using a peel and stick method. Wood tile flooring is installed by grouting the tile joist together.

Our first tip to help you nail your wood tile look is to lay out your flooring before you install it. Due to how wood tile is made there is a repetitive pattern that it comes with. You don’t want to have a noticeable pattern on your living room floor, so to help you avoid this we suggest rotating the orientation of your wood tile. Flip it around and spread it out that way it all looks unique to your home.

Second, look at the material your flooring is made out of. Wood tile flooring is made out of porcelain, ceramic and concrete. The most popular choice on wood tile flooring does happen to be porcelain. You should choose this material if you are looking for a touch of warmth that comes along with durability in your home. We love using porcelain wood tile flooring in our bathroom because it keeps the moisture out while giving the room a beautiful spa feel.  

Thirdly, and lastly, a tip we love so much we want everyone to learn it… and it’s about grout. Knowing what shade to grout your tile flooring with is so important because different grout colors can make different impacts on your space. We suggest finding the darkest grout color in your flooring color palette and working with that. Grouting your floor in a shade darker than your floors helps give the illusion that your floor is all one piece and the grout lines are just shadows. This helps give a cohesive look throughout your home.


How to Do Distressed Hardwood Floors the Right Way

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Distressing your floors is one of the more popular trends we are seeing. This is a great way to make your home or place of business feel more vintage and lived in. Although we don’t recommend it for fresh floors because you don’t want the value to depreciate, we do love this option for a flooring that has seen better days. It is an easy way to save some money and add character to your home.

You may think distressing your floors will be an easy day project, but you are wrong there. Distressing your floors the right way will take time and patience. Here are a few tips that we think could help you get this project done in a timely manner and in the right way.

Some of the easiest woods to distress include bamboo, pine and oak. Other woods you will find have a thicker coating on top which will make it more time consuming to achieve your distressed vision. When it comes time to distress the wood you can use tools like a wire brush, high-heeled shoes, metal linked chains or even a pellet gun. Get creative because as long as your tool of choice can cause a little bit of damage to the floor than it is a good pick!

When it comes to distressing the floors you want to make sure that you pick your tool of choice wisely. You don’t want to pick something to distress your floors with and then realize halfway through that it is too hard to use. You want your floors to look consistent throughout your entire home.

Lastly, finish it up! You will want to go over your distressed look with a sander and sand down any areas that may have come up while distressing. You don’t want to walk around and find splinter pieces. After you do this step you can wipe down the floors and roll on your stain to seal the wood.

Creative Tile Styles to Use in Your Bathroom

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When it comes to renovating your bathroom you have to be wise and be creative. It definitely can be an overwhelming task for someone who is not a designer. Besides kitchens, bathrooms are the only other place in the house that you will see a return on your investment… if you do it right. We want to give you a few ideas on how to make your bathroom pop with creative tiling options.

Want to add a punch of color? We love the idea of adding a design feature wall of tiles in your shower. To make this design feature really work though you should have a shower that has glass shower doors. This will give you and your guest the ability to see through and notice the design pop! Now when you add a pop of color, you still want to make sure that it is appealing to majority of people just in the case you resell the house it will be added value. You can add this color to the tile wall and make a pattern, switching colors every other row for example.

You can use bathroom tile in your favor when it comes to bigger bathrooms. We don’t suggest this tip for a smaller bathroom because it might be too busy and make the space feel smaller. Adding a feature to the floor is a risk that almost always pays off in bigger modern homes. If you have a large enough bathroom to pull it off you can add a different tile flooring to make it look like there is a rug in the space. For example, if you have big porcelain pieces on the outside of your bathroom and then small beehive pattern in a square in the middle it will give the illusion that you have a rug.  And we all know that rugs help make a room feel more intimate.


How to Budget Your Room Addition

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Building onto your home can be quite the added expense. A lot of times there are expenses that we don’t always see coming either. Since we don’t know exactly what room size you are adding on we have decided just to compile our top tips regarding budget and renovation and hopefully give you some ideas on how to plan ahead.

Before you bite off more than you can chew, you want to get an idea of what you can afford. This you can do by going to your bank or by getting qualified for a home equity loan. This is an important step because you don’t want to start renovations without know a ballpark figure of how much it will cost. Trust us, we have seen renovations stop halfway because of budget restraints and we don’t want that to happen to you and you lose value in your home.

Next you will want to get a few quotes. Getting a few quotes from contractors can be a make or break. You want to get a second opinion on this subject no matter what. This is a great way to save money too by letting the contractor know that he has competition for the project and he may just cut your cost. Getting quotes from a few contractors is important to make sure you work with someone you can easily communicate your vision with.

Lastly, set yourself up for success. Look, we all know that with renovations there comes unexpected cost.. And if there weren’t any in your project then please share your secrets with us! But, in case you are like the most of us, a great idea when adding something to your home is keeping your priorities straight. For example, write down the three most important things you want in your space and concentrate on making sure those are done right and save money somewhere else that isn’t in your top three priorities.


Will Traditional Drapes Look Outdated in My Modern Home?

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Ahh the traditional drapery phase.. We have to admit, we are glad it has passed. This era included oversized furniture, dark patterned rugs, and last but not least, heavy drapery. The simple answer to whether your traditional drapes will make your modern home look outdated is yes, it will. But what do you do after you realize that it will out-date your home? Well we have some solutions for you to help make your window treatments just as beautiful and dramatic without the heavy coverings.

First, and obvious, ditch the old drapery. “Remove heavy window treatments, like draperies made from velvet or brocade fabrics. Heavy drapes can make a room look dark, stuffy and too formal. Take down worn or outdated window blinds.” We couldn’t agree more. A modern home deserves updated window treatments to give go with the feel of the rest of the home.

Some window treatments that you can use to update your space are easy to pick! We always love the look of sheer window treatments. They don’t have to be see through but they have to let the light in. A modern home is all about sleek lines and bright rooms. So this treatment will give you natural lighting but also give you privacy in your home.  To add more modern touches to your window treatments you can experiment with moving up your curtain rod and hanging longer curtains. This will keep the elegance of your once heavy drapery while modernizing the space. Hanging curtain rods higher than at your natural window edge helps to also give the illusion that your windows are floor to ceiling and that your room is quite spacious.  

Traditional drapery can ruin the feel of a modern home. When you have vintage drapery in an updated modern home it will feel like every room that has heavy drapery is overdressed and very formal. You want to avoid this because modern homes use each space wisely and in 0a very useful way.


Vintage-Inspired Kitchen Remodeling

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Creating a vintage-inspired kitchen remodel can be a scary thing to embark on. Even if you love vintage styled homes and remodels, there is a good vintage and a bad one. If you over do the vintage styling you could be investing a lot of money in the one place that would provide you the most return on your money, the kitchen. But we’ve also seen beautifully designed vintage inspired kitchen remodels and so we want to share some tips we have learned.

First, add a touch of vintage with your appliances. Usually you can find stainless steel in most homes but if you are inspired to live the vintage way you can add a pop of color with a fridge that is a different color. The edges of your refrigerator are what give it that vintage feel, usually older refrigerators have rounded corners like the ones you see in a diner. Another appliance that can change your kitchen vibe is if you change out that regular old boring sink for a farmhouse sink. Buyers love a nice large sink, so this is a great choice just in case you’ll ever resell your home. To keep it true to the vintage theme you can add a plaid curtain below it or you can find old pedestal legs and add a touch of character.

In a lot of modern homes you will find very sleek and non-colorful cabinetry, but in a vintage kitchen this is where you can really show some personality. If you are willing to do some hard work and repaint your cabinets then we suggest using any pastel color you like. Pastel colors in the kitchen was very popular back in the day, so it is a great way to help your kitchen feel even more vintage inspired.


What’s the Best Flooring Option for Nurseries and Kids’ Rooms?

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Nesting and designing your child’s room can be an exciting time. In fact, there is really no time like it. When you are preparing for a baby you are dreaming up what they might be like and all the big milestones they will hit, like crawling… and then you realize that you haven’t changed the flooring in the nursery and concrete floors just isn’t going to cut it. When it comes to picking out flooring that can last the test of time and flooring that will meet all of your needs, we have a couple of tips for you.

First, choose a floor that is easy to clean up. We love this first option because it is comfortable on your feet, your baby’s feet and is easy to manage. So that’s why we chose carpet tile flooring. This flooring also comes in a hardwood option, but that’s not our top choice today. We love the feel of carpet in a nursery or children’s room because it is warm and cozy. Kids are always crawling around on the floor and you want them to be comfortable while doing it, we also want you to be comfortable crawling around with them too! This flooring gives you the option to easily pop out a tile and replace it with a new one if there is ever an accident or spill, which we all know is more than likely to happen. It will help keep the room feel fresh and clean at all times.

Our second favorite flooring for your kid’s space is laminate hardwood floors. This helps give the touch of hardwood floors, but the replacement cost low. If your floors get damaged, incur spills or get beat up a lot with all the play time than laminate hardwood flooring is a great choice. It is easy to install and easy to replace.  With this choice you also don’t have to worry about spills damaging the real wood below it. It is an easy clean up with no long term damage.