Essentials for Designing a Functional and Chic Built-in Wardrobe Closet

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Do you have this spare space in your house that’s just begging to be utilized?

Transform it into a custom designed, functional and stylish built-in wardrobe closet! Get your planning and styling off to a good start by keeping the following essentials in mind.

PLANNING BASICS

Consider your needs

• Prior to finalizing the design you have in mind, you need to take into account two very vital elements: your storage needs and the pieces you will be storing. Other considerations should include the ‘long hang’ versus the ‘short hang’ ratio.

• If you want to incorporate designated spaces for your bags, footwear, suitcases and sports gear in your design, it is advisable to have it noted down so you can factor it in your final layout.

Make room for ventilation

• If you will be utilizing a converted space, it is advisable to take advantage of natural ventilation. However, keep in mind that letting too much sunlight in can also be counterproductive as it can degrade fabric and fade colors.

• If there’s no window, at the very least, make it a point to ensure there is good air circulation. You can look into installing cooling vents to ensure odor and moisture are regulated. Setting up exhaust fans like the ones commonly used in bathrooms will also work wonders.

Prioritize proper lighting

• Closets making use of natural light is oftentimes rare. However, proper lighting is very important if you wouldn’t want choosing your outfit to turn into a guessing game of sorts.

• If making use of natural light is not feasible, recessed and surface-mounted lighting fixtures are handy options you can look into. Exposed light bulbs on the other hand are considered a no-no. Other lighting alternatives available at your disposal include incandescent, fluorescent and LED bulbs. [Read more...]

Palm Aire – Custom Wainscoting and Crown Molding Project

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I am so delighted to share a new completed a very creative custom wainscot and crown molding project.  We used a more modern approach which is more of a shaker style wainscot, instead of the traditional version with the ridges. This creative project was for a condo located in Palm Aire – Pompano Beach Florida.

Look for a more in-depth blog post covering specific details of our “Modern – Shaker Style” Wainscot project in a future blog post.  I just had to share the pics with you now, because I love how this modern Wainscot project turned out so much. I had the opportunity to work with a couple of amazing clients and an amazing team on the execution of the project. They did such an amazing job on this custom “Shaker Style” Wainscoting project, that I literally gush, every time that I look at my pictures. I am over the moon with joy, when I am actually in the room, because it looks so amazing. I feel that I can gush over it, since it really was the collaborative work with my team and clients that were very open on ideas of creativity.

I have always been very candid with clients about how paint and the right crown molding and base molding can transform a room. It is even more amazing to see how magnificent a well executed wainscot project with the right colors, can enhance a room and make it look stunning.

In this particular Palm Aire custom wainscot and crown molding project, the high ceilings really helped pull the look off brilliantly.

The owners wanted to have something that was unique for their Florida home, so they worked with our team on concept ideas that included adding wainscot to the living room walls with a custom shelf so they could place cool decorative artwork. Our directive was to come up with wainscot that integrated rectangular boxes into the design to give the wainscot added pizazz. I have often seen concepts in magazines, so it was exciting to actually be involved with the creation of a custom wainscot wall design.

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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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Color and Interior Design Trends 2014

If you are in market to remodel or re-design your home, I am sure that you want to know what are the current interior design trends.

My favorite area to start with is color and the look and feel you are trying to create. Every season Pantone comes our with colors that are used to inspire designers.

In 2014 there is no exception. The featured color of the year is The Pantone Radiant Orchid 18-3224. The Radiant Orchid color is an regal color that has a warm and calming effect. It is an enchanting color that will bring warmth to any area.

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Pantone 2014 color of the year, Radiant Orchid

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How to Make Your Small Kitchen Feel Cozy but Not Crowded

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A small kitchen can definitely present a design challenge, but you can still manage to make your kitchen the hub of your home even if there is not a lot of square footage to work with. By carefully choosing your furniture and getting creating with storage, your kitchen will feel comfortable and not crowded. Here are some simple tips for assembling your small kitchen and dining area in such a way that it will feel larger than it actually is and be as functional as it is well designed.

High Dining Room Tables

A high dining room table leaves you more floor space for additional furniture, or just room to walk around in the space. Rather than getting a low sitting round table, consider a high-legged rectangular table that can be pushed up against one wall when it’s just family, or moved into the center of the room when you need to seat a few more guests. A table with a leaf is another good opportunity to conserve space with your table on a daily basis – you can add the leaves on holidays or other events, and remove them when it’s just a family dinner. Vendors like www.made.com offer a variety of high tables.

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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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Color Trends 2014 – New Colors that you will fall in love with

Benjamin Moore Color Trends 2014

Benjamin Moore Color Trends 2014

Can you believe that we are almost into 2014?  If you are looking for a fun way to transform your home, new or existing, check out these fabulous new color collections from Benjamin Moore for 2014. They have created 23 colors that work together effortlessly and are paired together in four collections for 2014, starting with: the Blue Family, the Plums and Lavender color palette, the Greens and Earthy neutrals color palette and lastly we have the Pinks and neutrals color palette.

I must confess that I love them all.  I could definitely see suggesting any of these in a design consultation for painting. Naturally, the color recommendations would depend upon the desired look and feel that we are trying to achieve in the overall home, kitchen, bedroom or bathroom area.

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How to Create a Custom Built-In Closet

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Have you been thinking about getting organized lately in your home? A well defined custom built in closet system just might do the trick.  This is not the closet systems of yesteryear that were all about the hooks, polls and the wire shelving. But rather, a custom built-in that is on par with quality and craftsmanship you would find in a designer kitchen or designer bathroom.  Your walk-in closet can have features such as, lighted display cases, shoe racks that rival a department store, a valet for belts, ties, etc., and several other fun and inviting options, that you’re your clothes and accessories organized.

Is a built-in closet a good solution for your home?

If you are like most homeowners, you have more things in your closet than you would like, and find it challenging to organize clothes, shoes, bags and other items in one place. The great thing about having a built-in closet solution, everything has a place in the closet. You can have custom size shelves, drawers and cabinets that make things easy to access and easy to find at your finger tips.

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