Find Your Room’s Color Personality – use color to dramatically change a room

three dramatic color palette

photo credit Lowes

We have all heard that  a gallon of paint can change the look and feel of a room.  Did you know that it can change the room’s personality, also?  You must be wondering what personality are we talking about the homeowner or the room.  Since every room has it’s own unique style and feel, it also stands to reason that a room also has it’s very own personality.

I work with clients all the time in trying to choose a paint color for a room or entire home. It can be a daunting task.  The first question to answer is what message are you trying to convey with this room?

There are a host of Paint choices to choose from: Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, Martha Stewart, Behr, Valspar and a host of other well known brands.

Recently I came across an article on Lowes.com that brilliantly showcased three distinctly different looks for one room.  This was achieved by a room visualizer and some very creative people.  How do you decide what paint to use on your walls to really make them pop?  Take a look at the three distinctly designed rooms , that happen to be the same room. [Read more...]

What to Consider When Buying Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood Floor

Photo credit: The Garrison Collection – Time Inspired

There are a lot of reasons to buy hardwood flooring: it’s easy to take care of, it looks nice, and it can increase the value in your home. Hardwood floors are better for people with allergies than carpet. So, if you are convinced that installing hardwood floors is right for you, here are some guidelines to help you choose the right kind.

Your Style

Think about your design style when choosing hardwood flooring. Are you contemporary or more traditional in your design? Some woods like maple lend themselves to a contemporary design while oak is seen as more traditional. Part of your style is dependent on your home. Look at how much lighting you have and the other hardwood in your home. Don’t forget the wall colors as well. Each of these is important when choosing a type and color of hardwood.

If you have a bright, airy room with a lot of natural light coming in, you can go with dark hardwood on the floor and it will balance the area and space out. The same concept holds true in the kitchen. White kitchen cabinets can make a nice contrast with rich dark floors, on another hand, a deep colored kitchen cabinet may look more attractive with a with a lighter hardwood floor. [Read more...]

Inspiring closet renovations – Before and After closet makeovers

photo credit: Architecture Digest - - Lisa Adams of LA Closet Design

photo credit: Architecture Digest – - Lisa Adams of LA Closet Design

Organizing a closet can be a blessing and a curse… The blessing is that it helps you get organized.  The curse is that you have to go decide what to keep and how to get it organized. This can be a daunting task, that is why it should be left to the those that re strong and the help of a professional closet designer and organizer.

If you have a budget and a real commitment to getting organized, you should hire a professional closet design firm. Here are several great before and after photos below showing you the wonders of this.

If you are a DIY – Don’t fret, you can still create a beautiful closet makeover with a lot of time and effort.  Take a look at one of the featured photos below by a homeowner. One word of caution, if you are a procrastinator and time is not on your side, just hire  a closet design professional that will work within your budget, you will be glad that you did in the end with the finished results.

Here are few tips you may want to consider before embarking on your closet makeover renovation project are:

  • Start with a plan
  • Draw a sketch of your closet
  • Take Inventory of ALL of your items
  • Make a list of what to keep
  • Make a list of what to get rid of
  • Start the project in sections – this will keep you from getting overwhelmed
  • Have a firm date on finishing the inventory process
  • Start looking at different shelving options for the closet materials
  • Create a reward system for your success on your closet organization

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A Look Inside Sammy Sosa’s $7.6 M South Florida Mansion

sammy-sosa-down-to-pool - Photo credit: yahoo homes

sammy-sosa-down-to-pool – Photo credit: yahoo homes

First of all Happy Birthday Sammy Sosa!!  I always admired you while you were playing baseball. I am glad to see that things have calmed down in your life. Congratulations on the great birthday gift this year, your new  $7.6 Million mansion in North Miami Beach. The views from your new Ocean front home are spectacular and breathtaking.  If you need help decorating or making any changes, we are available at your service, come rain or shine…. back to the matter at hand, our blog post highlighting the special features of Sammy Sosa’s new Miami Mansion.

First, I must confess that I was taken aback when i first saw the pictures.  The views were outstanding, but the inside was just nice. I just expected so much more, but after taking a second look, I realized that since the house was decorated yet by an Interior Designer, it was just a nice mansion with a gorgeous view.

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10 Super Easy Ideas to Steal for Your Kitchen Makeover

Bring Acent Color - Kitchen Remodel

Photo Credit – Lisa Romerein – CountryLiving.com

If you are interested in a kitchen redesign, you are always on the lookout for fun easy, and affordable ways to update and remodel your kitchen. As a Pompano Beach Kitchen Remodel Contractor, we are always asked by customers, how much will it cost to remodel a kitchen.  My standard answer is that it really depends upon a lot of variables.  The next question is “How can I remodel my kitchen on a budget? My answer is very easy, if you follow the plan that has worked with so many for years.

How to Start Your Kitchen Remodel Planning Process

You start the kitchen remodel process by planning and research. The first step is to make a list for the kitchen remodel. Next you come up with a budget that you are comfortable with. Next you start looking online on sites like Houzz.com. Next you make a book with your tastes and preferences, online or print.  Personally, I recommend a binder, because you can take with you, as you go shopping and take notes along the way. After you have gone shopping and started looking at things in person, you may want to go back an adjust your budget, now that you have gotten a feel of your tastes and actual prices.

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How do kitchens earn the right to be part of your home?

Kitchen Construction

Photo credit: Nobby Kitchens

Have you ever wondered why kitchens these days get as much attention as any other part of a household—in some cases more than the living room? In fact, whether or not a kitchen should continue to exist in your house will greatly depend on the next few paragraphs.

Although there are some people who simply consider the kitchen to be a venue for everything related to food preparation, reality is that the real essence of a kitchen goes beyond this mere belief. In fact, kitchens have played a vital role not only in ensuring that every member of the household is well-nourished but also up to certain neglected yet highly influential events in the evolution of man’s entire way of living.

Mealtime is considered by most families as the best time of the day. It is not only a time to satisfy your physiologic needs for nutrition but also the perfect opportunity to satisfy and intensify and satisfy each of the 7 levels of man’s hierarchy of needs. However, most of us tend to overlook the value of food preparation as well as its value in the entire network of activities and processes within the household, the lives of those residing in it, and how each of them will turn out to be the moment they leave the dining table.

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Condo Kitchen Remodel Gallery

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If you are wondering about how an Ikea Kitchen Cabinet would look in your kitchen remodel project, take a look at the Palm Aire Kitchen we did using Abstrakt Kitchen Cabinets in High Gloss White. Most people are amazed the quality and the craftsmanship of these cabinets from the pictures that are featured on our website.  One of our favorite customers from New York wanted a nice clean modern look and feel for their Florida get away home.  They allowed us to work with them in creating the “perfect” Florida Home for them to enjoy on their winter vacations.

As you can see from the photos below the kitchen cabinets are just lovely.  We had fun putting this kitchen together and look forward to sharing more Ikea kitchen cabinet designs in the future on our blog. [Read more...]

Before and After Video – Kitchen and Bath Remodel – Palm Aire

 Palm Aire Cypresss Grove - Kitchen and Bath Remodel projectb
Before and after Transformations video for a Kitchen  and Bath Remodel in the beautiful Golf Course Community of Palm Aire.  Our new transformations video took place in the Cypress Grove Condo Community.  I just love working on projects in this area. It is so serene and calm….

As a Pompano Beach remodel contractor, we always enjoy doing complete Kitchen and Bathroom makeovers.  It is  a joy when a client gives us a blank slate to create something new for them. Don’t take this to mean a blank check, just the blank canvas so that we can create a truly special remodel project for their home.

In this Pompano Beach Kitchen remodel project, we totally gutted the old kitchen, down to the bare walls. This included removing the dated cove ceiling panels. We removed wallpaper and an old door that led to the laundry area.
The Pompano Beach Kitchen makeover consisted of new Wood Kitchen Cabinets, Granite Countertops, New Electric Panel Box and Indirect lights with recessed lights in the ceiling.  We also installed three bistro pendant lights over the open pass thru area that was widened to bring the kitchen and living area into a more modern area, as opposed to the original narrow pass thru.

ypress Grove kitchen remodel

Easy Ways To Prevent Costly Roof Repairs

photo credit Baybrook remodelers

photo credit Baybrook remodelers

Easy Ways To Keep Your Roof Strong Throughout The Seasons  And Prevent Costly Repairs

If you have ever experienced a sudden leaky roof, you know how stressful the experience can be, how expensive it can be to repair your roof, and how much damage the problem can cause to the interior of your home. The only way to avoid a leaky roof is to maintain it to the best of your ability from the start. You want to be sure that you take the proper steps throughout every season of the year in order to ensure that your roof will remain strong and intact. If you skimp on the following steps, you will be increasing your risks of having to deal with a leaky roof and you will need to call in contractors to make the necessary repairs.

Prepare for the Winter in the Autumn

The autumn is a great season to get up on your roof and check out how it has been holding up. You want to be sure that all of your shingles are intact and properly set in place. If anything at all is amiss, this is the time to make repairs before the harsh winter hits with its heavy burden of ice and snow. You may even consider reinforcing the shingles with an extra layer of protection that will keep your entire roof strong against the heavy rains and blizzards that can strike at anytime once the winter sets in. If you fail to do these precautionary repairs and improvements now, you may risk having to pay dearly with problems in the winter. [Read more...]

Interior Design: Hardwood Flooring vs. Carpet – Guest Post

Carpet vs hardwood flooring
Re-decorating: Hardwood Flooring vs. Carpet

When faced with the prospect of re-decorating in the home, there are numerous points that need to be considered before finalizing a design and purchasing supplies. For example, if furniture is to be replaced, a visit to a local showroom might be called for; alternatively, perhaps it will simply require a few minor modifications. Taking some time to choose colors for the walls and woodwork, fabrics and draperies, is also important.

When it comes to floor coverings, deciding between hardwood flooring and carpet may be difficult. Making the right choices will involve carrying out a thorough review of the pros and cons of both possible options.

Advantages and disadvantages of carpeting

Carpeting offers several advantages that may make it the ideal addition to a room or entire home. Carpet provides a high level of comfort, especially the sculptured, textured and plush varieties. It is also available in a rainbow array of colors and patterns, including variegated shades, so there is certain to be one suitable to compliment or contrast with the décor of the room or rooms.

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