Soothing Paint Colors that will change your world

Photo Credit: Benjamin Moore - Guilford Green

Photo Credit: Benjamin Moore – Guilford Green

Using Glass Tile Beyond the Kitchen Backsplash

Glass Mosiac Fireplace - Daltile

Glass Mosiac Tile – Serenade – Daltile

Glass tile is one of my favorite items to use in a home. I can’t say enough great things about how glass tile can make a kitchen backsplash area look fabulous.  There is no reason why only the kitchen area gets to have all the fun. How about other areas of the home?

In a recent article, the designers at Daltile came up with splendid ideas of how to use glass tiles in other areas of the home.  Here are a few areas where you should consider for glass tile applications…

  • Glass Tile on the fireplace area
  • Glass Tile as an Accent Wall
  • Glass Tile in the Backyard – Pool Area
  • Glass Tile in Bathroom

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Enhance your Kitchen Style with a Granite Undermount Sink

Blanco Granite sink - Biscotti

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Blanco Granite sink – truffle

It is always fun and exciting to share fun and exciting products on our blog. Recently we did a kitchen remodel and used a granite Blanco single bowl sink.  This was not your typical single bowl sink.  It was from Blanco’s DIAMOND SILGRANIT II collection. This is an undermount sink that comes in eight beautiful attention grabbing colors.

According to Blanco, this Granite undermount sink ”

The DIAMOND SILGRANIT II collectionis designed to make installation simple and easy for the professional installer and fabricator. It features an ultra large capacity bowl with high performance design details such as soft drain grooves that provide both function and a stunning professional look.

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Steps on Choosing new flooring for your home

Porcelain wood plank tiles

Porcelain wood plank tiles

If you are looking for easy ways to making your home look dramatically different, consider changing the flooring. It is somewhat of a major expenditure, but will transform the entire look and feel of a whole home. Once you make the decision to change the flooring, you need to decide what type of flooring you will use throughout your home. There are several flooring options such as tile, hardwood, laminate, carpet and more.

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A Decor Guide to the Contemporary Kitchen

A Decor Guide to the Contemporary Kitchen

A Decor Guide to the Contemporary Kitchen

A Decor Guide to the Contemporary Kitchen

Design trends may come and go but one thing never changes – the kitchen still remains the heart of the home. Whether you’re preparing a sophisticated gourmet dinner or you are grabbing a quick snack, the importance of this multipurpose area is undeniable. The kitchen is more than a place where you cook your food. This is where you entertain with friends, drink your morning coffee or hang out with your family.

The decor of this room should address its different roles. When designing the kitchen, you need to strike the balance between functionality and aesthetics, trends and conventionality. It seems like the modern kitchen design has an answer to this decor dilemma. The emerging trends show an effective amalgam between traditional and modern, classic and minimalistic. So if you want sophisticated kitchen decor, that facilitates the domestic cleaning, it’s time to explore the contemporary trends. [Read more…]

Is Your Lumber Liquidators Flooring Safe? Request the Test Kit

Photo Credit - Lumber Liquidators

Photo Credit – Lumber Liquidators

If you have purchased Flooring from Lumber Liquidators, you may want to be sure that it is safe from Formaldehyde. A few months ago, it was discovered that there were several batches of flooring from Lumber Liquidators that contained a carcinogenic material known as formaldehyde. This is a major concern and worry of millions of homeowners that are concerned for the health and safety of their families.

It is important to note that NOT all flooring from Lumber Liquidators has issues. According to findings only certain flooring was involved in this unfortunate situation.  Allegedly, the affected materials came from specific Chinese suppliers that supply Lumber Liquidators.  On a positive note, the company seems to be making an effort to cooperate with the authorities and several governmental agencies on testing products.

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Pompano Beach Remodel Project – New Video

Palm Aire Pompano remodel

Palm Aire Pompano remodel

It is always fun and exciting sharing remodel projects with our readers.  I  am really elated on sharing a sneak peek video on one of my favorite Pompano Beach Remodel projects.  This particular one was very near and dear to my heart.  The two owners were a fabulous couple with great tastes.

We did just about everything in this condo. The highlight of the project was the custom wainscot on the walls.  This took a lot of planning and coordination to come up with the exact look and pattern that would make this South Florida get-away home really special. We were looking for something that was not your typical plain vanilla wainscot.  I think that you will agree from the video that the final design really fit the bill.

Another thing that made this Palm Aire Pompano Beach Remodel project stand out was that we added a nice crown and coordinating base molding to these 10 foot ceilings.  What a difference it makes in the room.

We used beautiful designer historic colors from Benjamin Moore on the walls.  The walls were knockdown texture, so the colors really had to stand out. I am happy to say that the final color scheme chosen was simply fantastic.  When you go throughout the entire home, you feel the warmth of the colors and it makes the entire home feel inviting and enjoyable.

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It’s National Paint Week – Where Can We Start In Your Home?

photo credit - sherwin williams painting week 2015

photo credit – sherwin williams painting week 2015

Time Flies… Can you believe it that it is May already?  Even more startling, can you believe that it is National Painting Week with Sherwin Williams. National Painting Week is May 11  – May 16, 2015.

I am sure that you are wondering why is it this week? It is the perfect time of year to make a seasonal change of colors in your home. Although Summer officially starts June 21st for 2015, we are all getting in the mood for summer breaks and vacations.

One of the best things about National Painting Week – Sherwin Williams is that not only is it about giving homeowners inspiration on how they can improve their homes, it is about giving back to the community too.

In 2015, the Sherwin Williams employees is celebrating National Painting Week, throughout the U.S. and Canada by donating Sherwin Williams products to non-profits, churches, schools and other deserving organizations that help make a difference in local communities.  This admirable community serving project is all the way from Alaska to Florida. The Sherwin Williams Team is rolling up their sleeves and painting the community nationwide with a brush and the spirit of love for the community.

We all know that home improvements can have a huge impact on how you feel in your home. This goes for living in the space and the desire to be in the space.  What better way to make an impact on your home than to spruce  up the home with a new painting remodel project.  Now you can think outside the box and think beyond your walls.  When planning your paint remodel project, let yourself be bold and daring and consider painting the ceilings, trims, doors and even some furnishings with a color that can make an impact instead of just blending in.

If you are looking for a way to give your home the curb appeal from outdoors, consider a nice fresh paint job on the exterior.  This will make a huge impact on your desire to want to drive up to your home from a long day at work. Try some of the new colors and color combinations that Sherwin Williams is showing now with their new HGTV paint colors.  The colors are so remarkable and fun, that I am certain they have something for just about everyone’s taste palette. [Read more…]

Choosing Recessed Lighting for Your Kitchen Remodel

Pompano Beach Recessed Lighting and Soffit

Pompano Beach Recessed Lighting and Soffit

If you are in the process of planning your kitchen remodel and are wondering what your options are, you are on the right path to having a great remodel project. Main reason being is that proper lighting can make a room feel warm and inviting. Since a kitchen is commonly known to be the heart of the home, it is critical that you put the right type and quantity of lights in this area of your home.

There are several choices for lighting your kitchen ceiling, but if you are looking for the one that will be timeless and help your home look current, you should consider recessed lighting for your kitchen lighting.

One of the best reasons why homeowners like recessed lighting is that it helps a room appear larger, since the lights are actually recessed into the ceiling. This gives the kitchen area a feeling of more space and helps you focus on other features of your kitchen such as cabinets and appliances. This can make the room more warm and inviting, if you choose the right type of lights.

Soffit vs. Flat Ceiling

In South Florida, you will find that not all kitchen ceilings are created equal. There are a lot of ceilings that have what is known as a cove ceiling that has outdated fluorescent lights all around and a ceiling fan in the center of the ceiling. The next popular type of ceiling is the one with the plastic panels, and is known as a dropped ceiling. Another common type of ceiling is your basic flat ceiling, with a light fixture in the center. A flat ceiling can be concrete, as in most South Florida condos or it can be a drywall flat ceiling.

Cove Ceiling good basis creating a soffit

The cove ceiling with plastic panels was created to provide height in the kitchen area and still allow you to hide all of the old wires and to hide an unfinished ceiling in the center. It was very common at one time for South Florida Builders not to finish a ceiling and to hide wires in this area. Since everything was covered by this area, there was no big reason to finish the area off. The builder and the electrical contractor would typically install fluorescent lighting behind plastic panels and sometimes would put a ceiling fan in the center as a final accent to the kitchen ceiling.

Pompano Beach  Kitchen Ceiling Soffit

Pompano Beach
Kitchen Ceiling Soffit

Creating a Soffit in the new recessed lights

If you decide to have a soffit ceiling in the kitchen area for your recessed lighting, there is a multiple  step process. First you need to remove the old kitchen ceiling.  Next step is for the electrical contractor to  install the essential wiring in the soffit area, so that the soffit area can receive recessed lights.  After this is inspected, you will need to  complete the framing and have the framing and rough electric inspected. Next comes the installation of the drywall and inspection for the drywall screws. After all the rough inspections are passed by local inspectors, the drywall cab be finished with mud, sand, prime and paint.

Flat Ceiling

Kitchen recessed lighting - flat ceiling

Kitchen recessed lighting – flat ceiling & pendant lighting

If you want to have your recessed lights in a flat ceiling, then you must create an area that can accept a recessed light housing. Sometimes you may be limited  by the space in the area  and may be required to use what is known as a shallow recessed can for the recessed lights.

The first step is to remove all of the plastic panels and the old existing electric wiring. Next you will have your electrical contractor install the necessary electrical wiring that will be required for the new recessed cans. It is wise to only have a licensed electrical contractor to perform this work, since it is involving electricity. Also, you will want to make sure that the electrical contractor confirms that the electric panel has enough circuits for this new electric wiring and that everything is corrected properly.

In South Florida, after the electric is done by your licensed electrical contractor, you will have this inspected by your local municipal electrical inspector. Once this works passes inspection, next comes the framing inspection. After the framing inspection passes, the drywall can be installed in the kitchen ceiling.  Once the drywall screws have passed inspection by the local structural inspector, you can then have the drywall properly finished with the mud, sanding, prime and paint. Your flat kitchen ceiling will be ready for your new recessed recessed lighting in your kitchen area.


Lighting: Ambient vs. Task vs. Decorative vs. Accent Lighting

It is important to understand the  4 commonly used types of lighting when planning your kitchen remodel project.

The more common type of lighting in the home is ambient or general lighting. This is what most of your recessed lights are used for in the kitchen remodel.  This illuminates the general area of the kitchen.

Your next commonly used type of lighting is known as task lighting. Task lighting is exactly as it sounds, it is a directional light used during a specific task.

Types of Light bulbs for your recessed lights

When you decide on using recessed lights for your kitchen remodel, you have lots of options for light bulbs.  If you want the most energy efficient type of light bulb for your kitchen remodel, you will want to use LED Bulbs.

When choosing the type of light bulb for your recessed lights, you need to consider the following options when making your decision.

  • decide on the shape of the bulb
  • determine the brightness and energy efficiency
  • select the color temperature
  • make sure that the light bulb base matches the fixture

The next thing that you have to decide on is what type of light bulb you plan on using. A few options to consider are:

  • LED Bulbs
  • Halogen Par Bulbs
  • Standard A or Bulbs
  • Low Voltage – MR16 Halogen Bulbs

When you are searching for your recessed lighting bulbs be sure to take note of the label.  There is valuable information on the label for you to have in your kitchen remodel project. Take a look at a lighting label below for an LED light bulb. It provides a lot of valuable information on energy, watts and light output.

lighting facts label

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4 Design Tips on How to Use Classic Styling that is Timeless

Have you ever marveled at a large, inviting lounge or a sumptuous bedroom in an upscale hotel and wondered how you can give your own home the same look?  If so, you are like countless individuals that appreciate timeless elegance and classic styling. Each season fashion trends in home décor come and go like a warm spring tide, however, there are certain design traditions  that are timeless,  treasured and endured forever.  Here are a few tips on how to give your home a touch of the classic treatment:

Create a focal point

We use the word “classic” to describe something that’s considered outstanding and of the highest quality. This is definitely what makes up the key ingredients in designing classic interiors. The focus is on simple and graceful lines, as opposed to design options that are too busy or too cluttered.

One very popular classic touch is a fireplace as a focal point in a classic living area. You would add your  stylish furniture carefully and symmetrically grouped to accent the fireplace. In the classic bedroom, a bed, would be the focal point of the room.

In both instances, balance and symmetry are extremely important. In the living space, your feature fireplace will be accompanied by matching armchairs, with an ornate mirror or a landscape painting hanging above it. In the bedroom, your bed, would be tastefully adorned with cushions and throws will be placed between matching bedside tables and lamps.

Consider balance and shapes when choosing window treatments

Think again of those matching armchairs around your fireplace and remember they are an important part of emphasizing the symmetry of your classic living room. In the same way you need to ensure that doors and windows throughout your home reflect an equal sense of balance. Matching blinds or curtains can be effective in a room where you have two identical windows. However, if you install full height shutters instead, you can create a stunning, yet fresh, classic interior. Mount these next to doors and windows throughout your home for best effect.

Choose paint colors and tones that are understated and classic

In classic interiors, paint colors are chosen to enhance muted tones or those that reflect natural elements, such as earth, grass, clear skies or wildflower shades. If you want to be creative, you can add interesting colors such as terracotta, maroon, plum or the delightful Pantone Color of the Year 2015, “Marsala”. Contrasting shades that work well with these colors are cream, soft beige or off-white, rather than brighter, more garish tones.

Incorporate elegant textiles into the design

Canvas, cotton, leather, softened linen and velvet fabrics are among the favorites of the top designers who re-create classic interiors – this is as much about how these textiles drape and feel as it is about the look. There’s no need, for example, to overuse any specific element – just as the natural colors of marble, stone and wood look great when used on flooring and walls, so fabrics that absorb light (as in muted) or reflect it (quietly glowing, never brazenly shiny) will perfectly complement these natural surfaces.

Now that you have some of the tricks of the trade at your fingertips you can happily go about recreating those coveted inspirational designs at home. Keep it simple and enjoy creating your very own classic interiors.