Thursday, October 29, 2020

Contemporary Rustic Cabinets

Contemporary Rustic Cabinets

Mixing old with contemporary is a very hot trend these days, especially in the kitchen. Thanks in part to Joanna Gaines. This is one trend that I have fallen in love with—mixing the look of traditional, contemporary, and rustic all in one kitchen. The look is fabulous!!

Don't be afraid to try this design style. It gives warmth and charm that is very appealing; I love the look and feel you get from mixing different design elements.

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

The world of windows!!

The world of window treatments

There are so many options when it comes to window treatments; it can be overwhelming. There are many things to consider, functionality, aesthetics, and design.

Well, I am here to help you understand the different types of window treatments that are available. Some you may know, others you may not.

Let's get started.

1 Hard Window Treatments - These are shutters that can be louvered or fixed slats. It can be made from wood or plastic. They offer privacy and control the amount of light being filtered.

2. Woven Shades - Sometimes called a bamboo shade. Great way to add texture to any space. They can also have an exotic surface like reeds, grass, or wood.

3. Cellular Shade - Looks like honeycombs. They are energy efficient and help insulate your home. They can be light-filtering or room blackout. They are made from clothlike material. They can come in a single, double, or triple honeycomb.

4. Pleated Shades - Similar to cellular shades but no honeycomb. They pull up to sit flat at the top of the window.Thereby giving you an unobstructed view of the outdoors.

5. Venetian Blinds - The can be made from wood, metal, or plastic (not my favorite as they can break easily). The slates rotate, so they overlap, blocking the light from coming in. Slats can also come in different widths from micromini to 2 1/2" slats.

6. Shoji Panel Screen - Originated in Japan, they are made from translucent rice paper. Easily allow light into the room so not great for bedrooms. They do offer an exotic look to any living room or dining area. They can made from out of wood or bamboo.

7. Panel Tracks - Often referred to as sliding window panels. They are great for patio doors or picture windows. Come in many different shades of colors and widths.

8. Vertical Blinds - They can be custom made. They can come in fabric, plastic, metal or faux wood. They were very popular in the 90's not so much today.

9. Roller Shades- They are called roller shade merely because they roll-up. You may remember them from your grandma's house, but I can assure you they are not the same. They come in many colors, texture and feature a simple and elegant way to treat a window.

10. Roman Shades - Fabric that hangs flat when closed. The fold into pleats when raised. They come in many different styles, fabric and offer insulting features, a beautiful way to add material into any space without cumbersome bulk of drapery.

11. Silhouettes - The vanes appear to float between the two sheer panels to create shading. When vanes are opened they provide sheer light diffusion. When closed, they offer privacy.

12. Drapery - Also known as curtains. They come in a variety of shapes, colors, patterns, and sizes. They are the most versatile and most likely the least expensive window treatment.

Pole Pocket

Pinched Pleat

Tailored Pleat

Inverted Pleat


13. Sheer - Made from translucent fabric. It doesn't offer much privacy, but it does prevent people from looking directly into your home. Comes in many different colors and texture.

14. Cafe Curtains - They may cover the lower portion of the window or the upper part of the window. Sometimes they can do both. It allows light to filter in, while keeping the room semi private.

15. Austrian shades- Fabric that is gathered into scallops when down and pulls into tighter scallops when pulled up. Fabric can be sheer. I do not like these as they are very "heavy" looking. Honestly, they remind me of Dracula's coffin. No thanks!!

16. Swag - Material that swags across the pole. They can be free form or custom made. They were very popular in the '90s. I still see them in homes today, but they are very outdated in my opinion.

As you can see, there is a lot to consider. It can be overwhelming at times. Just choose the one that is best suited for your space. And if you need help, reach out to me. I'll be more than happy to help.

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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Is it wood? Or is it something else??

Is it wood? Or is it something else?

Wood flooring has been around for a very long time. But unfortunately, wood was not always possible or even affordable.And wood does not do well on concrete. But today there are so many many wood-like products. You can have the look of wood without the problem wood flooring can create.

1. Vinyl Floors - Great for mudrooms or any room that has a high traffic area or moisture issues. Easy to install and affordable. They click together or come in the adhesive that attaches.

2. Ceramic or Porcelain Ties - These tiles look so real it's hard to tell the difference. They even have hand-scrap wood tiles. Great for kitchen or bathrooms.

3. Engineered wood floors - They are resistant to higher moisture levels. They can be glued down and applied over concrete slabs. There is a layer of real wood on the surface. Once installed, it's nearly impossible to differentiate between engineered and the "real thing." That's what makes them so popular. They are also less expensive than real wood.

4. Laminate floor - Relatively easy to install. They can be used over concrete slabs. Less expensive then wood, but they are made from recycled wood fiber, so if they get wet, they will expand. Laminate floors have come a long way since their introduction. The quality is much better, but they are not as popular as they use to be. 

Nothing beats real wood. Otherwise, why would they try so hard to replicate it? What is it they say, imitation is the best form of flattery. Wood must be very flattered indeed.

With all the different types of wood flooring out there, it's easy to find the look of wood in the selection you like and at the price that you want to pay.

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