Renovating your Kitchen Retro Style: Farmhouse Drainboard Sink

If you love retro style kitchen design, you will absolutely love the farmhouse drainboard sink.  I know many might not know the official name of this style of sink, but you will definitely know it by sight. It is wonderful to walk into a beautiful kitchen remodel that is vintage inspired. It allows you to be creative with your kitchen remodel instead of the traditional boring look. Retro style kitchens and Vintage style kitchen remodels are definitely becoming a trend these days.

photo credit - Retro Renovation - 1954 American Standard Drainboard sink

photo credit – Retro Renovation – 1954 American Standard Drainboard sink

First lets take a look at some of the actual vintage Farmhouse drainboard sinks from yesteryear.  It is important to mention that many retro farmhouse sinks were extremely heavy and made with porcelain over cast iron for the single or double basin sinks. The team over at Retro Renovation shared great photos of several vintage style drainboard sinks.  My favorite is the pink 1954 American Standard Pink Farmhouse sink.  It has special character and charm and really helps depict the area with the pink color. I promise you that you will not be able to leave their robust site. It is filled with everything you could possibly imagine about Retro Renovating and vintage inspired kitchen designs. [Read more…]

Creating a Wonder Woman themed Bedroom design

If you are of a certain age, you may remember a TV series from the 1970’s called Wonder Woman, starring Lynda Carter. As a kid, I looked forward to watching the weekly Wonder Woman show to see what new amazing adventures were in store for Lynda Carter. I especially loved her signature red boots. How could anyone not love the vibrant powerful colors, especially young impressionable girls? Although I am sure several boys watched the series too, since it was a popular family friendly show. There is a major Wonder Woman movie in the works and is scheduled to be released in 2017 by a major studio.

Let’s think about how we would create a bedroom with a Wonder Woman theme. Yes, this is definitely something I am sure that several families around the globe are faced with this task, since this is a character that is becoming very popular again. The Wonder Woman bedroom, is filled with fantasy and possibilities of empowerment. There are several ways to accomplish this Wonder Woman bedroom theme. One way is literally with all the paraphernalia related to the character, and the other is more subtle with colors and inspired design elements.

Red Barcelona Chair - Pavillion chair -

Photo credit: Red Barcelona Chair – Pavillion chair – IFN Modern

If you are an adult Wonder Woman collector, you will love the mature inspired super hero  theme  the designer Aman Dhalay featured in her brilliant blog post: Superhero comforts – A Wonder Woman Inspired Room on the Life of Elle Calgary Blog. This is an approach that blends literal and inspired into a polished looking bedroom that anyone would enjoy. My favorite item is the comfy red Barcelona chair. You can have your very own Barcelona style Pavillion Chair that is sleek, stylish and modern by the stellar furniture and design team at IFN Modern. I could definitely see this chair and ottoman being a great addition to just about any room or style. [Read more…]

Tips on Choosing a Ceiling Fan for Your Florida Home

Many homeowners in South Florida choose to use Ceiling Fans in their home remodel projects even though they may live on or close to the Beach. We all know how hot and humid it can get in South Florida. A ceiling fan is something that helps keep the house cool and can help save energy on the electric bills.

When I remodel a kitchen in a condo remodel in Pompano Beach or Ft. Lauderdale, I am often asked to remove the kitchen ceiling fan.  Typically our goal in the Florida Kitchen remodel is to give more height to a ceiling and to bring on a more cleaner fresh look that is contemporary. However, there are times where clients choose fans like a Minka spacesaver fan that is great for tight spaces. It just all depends upon the project. Although I just simply adore this fan, I must warn you that the lighting is not that great for this fan.  Sometimes, you have to make a sacrifice on certain features when you have tight space constraints.

One of my most asked questions is how do I choose the right style and size for a specific room in a home.  My first answer it that it really depends upon a lot of variables.  Are we going for a traditional, modern or transitional look? The style of the room and the size of the room has a lot to do with your fan selection choice. The height of the ceiling can also factor in your ceiling fan decision for your Florida home. [Read more…]

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.

Check out the following New Video:

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