Is Your Lumber Liquidators Flooring Safe? Request the Test Kit

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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?

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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.

Selecting Paint Colors for a Healthy Home

It is common knowledge that color psychology can affect the mood, energy and atmosphere in your home, but did you know it could also have an impact on your health?

Research and studies by color theory experts such as Dr. Max Luscher, creator of the Luscher Color Test, believe  that when you are surrounded by various hues of color, it can help promote healing in a several different areas. Take for example, studies have shown that certain colors can help stimulate circulation or boost energy, while others help to soothe and calm the nerves.

The scientific theory behind this kind of therapy is based on the idea that light reflecting off different colors vibrates at unique speeds and frequency.

If you are planning a painting remodel project and want to transform your home, we have provided a brief overview of a few popular color groups and how they can help the overall feeling and atmosphere of your home:

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The Living Cube – Excellent Multifunction space saving solution


Photos by Rob Lewis –  Idea and Concept by Till Könneker – Build by Remo Zimmerli

I am in awe of the super creative and talented Designer Till Konneker. I absolutely his genius multifunction Living Cube Concept.

If you have not heard of the Living Cube (note: this is trademarked), you definitely must continue reading, I am sure that you will find it fascinating.


Photos by Rob Lewis – Idea and Concept by Till Könneker – Build by Remo Zimmerli

Here is how it started: The concept was created to address a need. Designer Till Konneker was living in a very small studio apartment and needed storage space. Since his small studio apartment, was extremely small, he had to come up with something that provided storage space. After much trial and error, he came up with a design concept that had a bed and a storage unit all in one and decided to call it the Living Cube. Instead of throwing things haphazardly under the bed, the Living cube, features several different size storage concepts. [Read more…]

How to determine if a Quartz countertop will work in your Kitchen

When you are considering a quartz material for your kitchen remodel, there are lots of options to choose from. However, if you are looking for durability, beauty and the best bang for your dollars, you have to take a long hard look at quartz material for your countertop. Although, Quartz is not a new material, it is however, front and center in the modern kitchen countertop design and other countertop surfaces in the home such as a bar top, kitchen island and bathroom vanities.

Let’s take a look at some of the compelling reasons that make a quartz countertop the material of choice for unique, quality and design inspired countertops in a home. [Read more…]

Modern Farmhouse or Apron Front Sink for Your Kitchen

Have you ever wondered if a Farmhouse sink or Apron sink is right for your Kitchen?  One of the primary reasons for the uncertainty is that they typically were of a certain type of construction and looked only good in a Country style Kitchen.  Unfortunately, this country theme is not for everyone, but some people still wanted the Apron Front type of sink.  If you are one of those people, your prayers have been answered. You can have a transitional kitchen and have a stylish looking Apron Front sink, made of cool looking fun material.

Take a look at a few stunning Apron Sinks that will totally blow you away with the stylish looks and features. They are surprisingly affordable and not too pricey.  I am sure they will fit in just about any kitchen remodel budget. Enjoy fawning all over these exquisite farmhouse sinks!

Vigo Farmhouse sink

Photo credit: Vigo Farmhouse sink


Vigo Farmhouse Sink – 30×22.25

The manufacturer Vigo delivers top quality and unique design in this 30” stainless steel farmhouse kitchen sink. You can find this sink on Amazon for $429.00

Features of this ultra modern looking Farmhouse sink made from stainless steel:

  • Elegant and functional drain grooves included
  • Fully undercoated and padded with a unique multi-layer, sound-eliminating technology, which also prevents condensation
  • Exterior Sink: 30″ L x 22.25″ W
  • Basin: 9.875″ D x 18″ W x 28″ L
  • Overall Sink Depth – Top to Bottom: 9.875″
  • Overall Product Weight: 50lbs






You just have to love this modern twist on the Pinnacle Farmhouse sink from Native Trails. It is divine with the hammered front look to the design. You can find this sink for about $2,350.00 online at Faucet Direct.

  • Single basin design provides maximum workspace
  • Covered under Native Trails’ limited lifetime warranty
  • Constructed of copper
  • Undermount installation
  • Center drain location provides optimal drainage capability
  • All hardware needed for installation included

Product Specifications:

  • Height: 10-1/2″ (measured from the bottom of sink to the top of the rim)
  • Overall Width: 22″ (measured from the back outer rim to the front outer rim)
  • Overall Length: 33″ (measured from the left outer rim to the right outer rim)
  • Basin Width: 17″ (measured from the back inner rim to the front inner rim)
  • Basin Length: 28″ (measured from the left inner rim to the right inner rim)
  • Basin Depth: 10″ (measured from the center of basin to the rim)
  • Installation Type: Undermount
  • Weight 50 lbs




Native Trails really pulls out all of the stops on  this new slant on the Apron front kitchen sink with the Zuma kitchen sink. This contemporary sink has a front design that is angled. It is reminiscient of the commercial kitchen with the extra large wide open basin.  This remarkable noteworthy sink is definitely transitional, being that it will fit in modern or traditional styled kitchens.  The Zuma  apron front sink is exquisitely made from recycled copper. This sink can retail for about: $2,350.00 on

APRON Weights & Dimensions

  • Height – Top to Bottom: 10.5″
  • Length – Side to Side: 33″

Additional Weights & Dimensions

  • Exterior Sink: 33″ L x 22″ W
  • Basin: 10″ D x 17″ W x 28″ L
  • Overall Sink Depth – Top to Bottom: 10.5″
  • Overall Product Weight: 49lbs





This delightfully sleek farmhouse sink by Kraus will add an elegant touch to your kitchen. The Kraus stainless steel sink is made from 16 gauge T-304 stainless steel for maximum durability, the farmhouse sink creates a contemporary look for the kitchen. Extra-deep basins accommodate large dishes with ease. The clean lines and apron front design complement any décor, from traditional to transitional to modern. All Kraus kitchen sinks are equipped with top-level soundproofing and protective Stone Guard coating, which reduces condensation and further dampens sound. The corrosion-resistant surface is further protected from rust and oxidation by a meticulous finishing process. Commercial-grade satin finish and gently rounded corners make maintenance as simple as wiping the surface with a damp cloth. You can find this sink online for about $479.00 on

Product Details:

  • Installation Type: Farmhouse/Apron
  • Material: Stainless steel; Brass
  • Product Warranty: Limited lifetime


  • Exterior Sink: 35.9″ L x 20.75″ W
  • Basin: 10″ D
  • Overall Sink Depth – Top to Bottom: 10″
  • Overall Product Weight: 55.3lbs

Click on the following to read more:

A Farmhouse Sink by any other name – Native Trails Blog

How to Choose the right kitchen sink or faucet  – Donco Designs

Creative Ways You Can Make a Room Feel Bigger

Do you have a space problem with an area of your home? Do you wish that a certain room was just larger? You are not alone. This is the number one complaint that I hear from clients when working with them on a design project.  However, given the right strategies, you can make your size issue not matter.

Here are some tips that you can use to make any room in your home appear larger and more inviting:

pottery barn - Mirror

pottery barn – Oxford Mirror

  1. Use a Large Mirror in the room. A wall mirror used to highlight a main area of the room really makes a difference. When you use a mirror, it serves to open up a space.  This does not mean that you need to have large mirrored walls like they did in the 70’s, but tasteful large wall mirrors, can bring life to any room and make it feel more inviting and much larger; even though it is an illusion, it works. The Pottery Barn Oxford – wood carved mirror, featured above would make an excellent addition to any room, such as an entrance or even can be used in a bathroom over a vanity.
  2. Add Proper Lighting – Natural light, lamps, or LED lights can take away the darkness of a corner. When you do this, it opens up the space or area and gives it a more welcoming feel. When you can invest in new windows, by all means do so, it really makes the place look different from the outside and the inside. If budget is a problem, invest in good interior lighting, such as spot lights or interesting lamps. Don’t forget that the light bulbs do matter.  Shop smart and invest in LED bulbs when possible. It makes a huge difference with the type of lighting in a room.

    photo credit - Native Trails  Americana Vanity

    photo credit – Native Trails
    Americana Vanity

  3. Add furnishings that have interesting legs – Believe it or not, legs really can make a difference in a room. The height, size, width, color and overall shape of leg furnishings can make a room feel more modern. This may sound strange but it is definitely true. Take a look at an end table or a sofa. The legs help add to the look. This especially holds true for a bathroom vanity. Be sure to check the legs of the vanity when you are doing a bathroom remodel. This can make the bathroom look much larger with the right kind of legs. The beautiful 36 inch vanity by Native Trails, Inc., would be a great addition to a small bathroom looking for something with a unique flair.murphy bed
  4. Add Multifunctional furniture. When you really want to maximize space, it is always wise to use furniture that has multi compartments.  A very popular item is the murphy bed system.  You can have storage, lighting, a desk, a couch, and a bed all in one piece.  They are really stylish today and come in many sizes and colors.