House Tour – Vintage Tile – 1927 Spec House

Photo: Avente Tile Talk - 1927 Spec House

Photo: Avente Tile Talk – 1927 Spec House

If you are like most historic and architecture enthusiasts, you will enjoy visiting homes that have been brilliantly preserved. I wish that I had more time to tour historic homes  in South Florida. I am always enamored by beautifully preserved homes from the 1920s.

Recently, I came across a blog post by Avente Tile Talk’s Bill Buyok, entitled: Vintage Tile Tour of Original Los Angeles Spec House. This post featured a 1927 spec house from Los Angeles. [Read more…]

Let Spring into your home with Spring Blossom Yellow

Yellow color palette

Spring Blossom Yellow Color Palette – Jennifer Ott –

Spring is in the air…. Let’s bring in some happy colors after a long dreary winter.  What better color than Spring blossom yellows.  You may be wondering what are spring blossom yellows. They are soft yellows with a hint of green. They make you happy immediately when you look at them. I am amazed at how a painting remodel project that involves yellow can transform a room into a happy space. Yellow is one of my all time favorite colors.

In a recent blog post by Interior Designer, Jennifer Ott, called “Color of the Week: Spring Blossom Yellow”, she highlights spring blossom yellow in several examples. I must confess that I absolutely loved the color combinations that were shared in the post. They really allow you to see combos that can work together, as accent and as an overall color scheme. [Read more…]

Choosing Marble Countertops for Your Kitchen

Black marble kitchen countertop

Black marble kitchen countertop

If you are thinking about a kitchen remodel, you will need to consider what type of material you will be using for your kitchen countertop. If you have not made up your mind as to the material, just yet, marble is something that you should look at. The texture and the feel of marble is by far one of the greatest experiences when shopping for your kitchen countertop material. If you ar doing a small kitchen remodel, you may get away with a remnant piece of marble. If you have a large kitchen, you will need to look at full slabs that will accommodate your kitchen countertop requirements.

When a kitchen countertop is made from marble, it has that element of sophistication and beauty to the room. Besides the elegance and the beauty of a marble kitchen countertop, a marble countertop is heat resistant and can handle hot items real well. [Read more…]

Grohe captures major Kitchen design styles with three amazing Faucets

Grohe Bridgeford Faucet

GROHE Bridgeford Faucet

When you look at the ever evolving world of home remodel and interior design, you will find that there are three major design styles that people will gravitate towards when planning a kitchen remodel or even an entire home renovation – traditional, transitional and contemporary. In all facets of a home remodel or renovation, you will see that these design styles help shape products from paint, tile, cabinets, lighting and plumbing.

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How to Choose the Right Paint Finish for your Painting Project

Benjamin Moore - Etruscan Color

Benjamin Moore – Etruscan Color

Tips for Interior and Exterior Painting Techniques

We all know that when you want quality, the adage that “You get what you pay for” holds true in the world of home remodel and home renovation. This especially holds true when it comes to a paint remodel project. If you are thinking about painting the interior of your home or the exterior of your home, take a minute and read some of our helpful tips on choosing the right paint finish.

The first step in the painting project is to determine what areas your paint remodel will cover. Are you doing interior painting only? Are you doing exterior painting only? Are you doing a combination of the two: Interior and Exterior Painting?

These are important questions to answer because it helps in understanding what type of paint you will use and what types of paint quantities you will be looking at for the paint remodel project. [Read more…]

Key Fundamentals for a Successful Home Renovation Project

Home Renovation Planning

Home Renovation Planning

Four Key Fundamentals for a Successful Major Home Renovation Project

A home renovation or remodel project can be exciting and thrilling, yet can be daunting and challenging at the same time.  This is especially true if it is your first major home remodel project and you are trying to navigate through the process on your own.

Fortunately, for you, with the help of a few simple key principles, any home renovation project, including a kitchen remodel or a bathroom remodel, can go smoothly and simple, if you do the adequate planning and research in the beginning.  Get your home project off to an amazing start by keeping the following preparation basics in mind.

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Kitchen Backsplash Basics: How to Create a Stylish Kitchen Backsplash

Kitchen backsplash

Kitchen backsplash- glass mosaic tile

Let Your Design Style Shine Through in Your Kitchen Backsplash

A kitchen backsplash provides an important artistic and stylish detail to your kitchen area. In the past a kitchen backsplash was just an after-thought feature that was primarily used as a way to keep behind the sink or stove clean. The choice is yours when it comes to what materials to use for your kitchen backsplash.

When you are planning your kitchen remodel and researching materials, you will find that a kitchen backsplash can come in a wide variety of materials. You can play it safe and continue your countertop up along the walls as a kitchen backsplash; that is if you are going for more of a monochromatic look. You can be creative and use a glass mosaic, ceramic, or porcelain tile that complements the tones and colors in the kitchen countertop. The design possibilities are limitless when it comes to options for your kitchen backsplash. [Read more…]

Kitchen Lighting 101: Lighting Basics for your kitchen Remodel

counter depth refrigerator

Kitchen Lighting – Recessed Lights and pendants


It is important to understand the importance of lighting in your kitchen when you’re planning a kitchen remodel or kitchen makeover. New lighting fixtures not only dress up the kitchen décor but kitchen lighting also creates an atmosphere of fun and enjoyment for cooking and entertaining.

First let’s take a look at the primary types of lighting that that you should consider when planning your kitchen remodel, which are:

  • general lighting,
  • ambient lighting,
  • task lighting and
  • accent lighting.

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Why You Should Use LEDs in your Home Remodel

LED kitchen lighting

Kitchen remodel – LED Lighting


When you are planning your kitchen remodel, bathroom remodel or overall home remodel, LED lighting should be on your purchase list. They can make a remodel look so much more appealing than traditional lighting. If design and style are on the top of your list, LED lighting should be in the purchasing and shopping items.

In addition to adding design and style to your kitchen remodel, LEDs bring a great deal of efficiency to a home. Since an LED bulb is more energy efficient, they require less energy to be used by a homeowner, they have a much longer life, and they produce less carbon emissions, than traditional light bulbs. All in all LEDs are just better for the environment and they help save a tremendous amount of money on your energy bill, when you look at the annual cost savings. [Read more…]

Deciding on Your Kitchen Design Style

Kitchen Design and Style

Kitchen Design and Style

Kitchens come in many shapes, styles, designs and themes. Since a new kitchen can be a large part of your overall home improvement budget, making the right decision on your kitchen design style requires serious thought and planning for a successful kitchen remodel.

It helps tremendously if you know what style look you prefer, such as classic, modern, rustic, country, etc., before you embark upon your kitchen remodel. Making that decision will help you start to narrow down choices on everything from wall color to cabinet doors. Picking a very specific design theme, such as French Colonial or Art Deco, provides you a design platform to build your kitchen design.  Mixing and matching styles typically is called eclectic, while a look that blends traditional and contemporary elements is considered transitional.

Traditional Kitchen Style

Formal, Elegant and Classic

Traditional kitchens have a formal, elegant look characteristic of American and European homes of the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.

What You Can Expect to see in a Traditional Kitchen Style:

  • Crown and rope molding, fluting, corbels and other ornamentation and trim
  • Cabinets in cherry, walnut and mahogany
  • Raised panel cabinet door styles
  • Antique fixtures and appliances
  • Wood, stone or other natural materials

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