So, I had good intentions when I started this blog, but after going back to work and life getting busy, my best intentions quickly fell by the wayside. Another huge project we're doing this summer is an addition on our house. We're almost doubling to square footage from 650 to 1025! So I'm thinking that until I've got more free time I'm just going to redirect this to the process of an addition and remodel. I'll keep things design oriented, I plan on posting my design ideas for each space and follow through to the installation and completion of each space. That way it'll show the entire design process applied to an actual project.
So here's what we started with at the end of winter. 7 years of junk on the little deck and lots of work to do.
Monday, January 24, 2011
Stone and tile continue to be a top choice for kitchens. They are durable, long lasting, beautiful, versatile, and easy to clean. In addition, there are hundreds of varieties and can be personalized with choices in color, layout, texture, and even the addition the of items like listellos and mosaics.
Kitchens are becoming more personalized. People don't want what their neighbor down the street has, they want rooms that speak to their personal style. Color is a great way to do this and kitchen are becoming much more colorful. Although wood will always be a top choice for cabinets, painted finishes are on the rise. More cabinets are moving towards saturated jewel tones or light airy hues. Custom colors are also popular for high-end, very modern kitchens.
Cabinet manufacturers all seem to offering more and more wood options these days. The biggest addition to most lines is a rustic wood choice. From entry-level to high-end, they all seem to be incorporating a “knotty” or “character” style wood. One nice advantage of this is that pieces that would normally have been discarded for flaws are now being used, thus utilizing more of the tree in the manufacturing process.
The best way to incorporate personality into a kitchen is to mix materials. No longer does a kitchen have to be all one wood tone, and one finish. By mixing it up you can create a custom kitchen that reflects your own personal style and taste.
A final thought on growing cabinet trends is the increase in popularity of inset doors (door that are flush with the frame, instead of sitting over the frame). These have always been around, but have previously been reserved for higher-end custom cabinets. More companies are now offering this option at an affordable price point, making this design more universal for all.
Nowak Cabinets - Traverse City, MI Designed by Joe Nowak
Options for countertops are always changing and ever evolving. Natural stone is still an ever important part of kitchen surfaces, but engineered stone is still on the rise. As people experience the drawbacks to natural stone, such as maintenance and staining, materials like quartz, recycled materials, and solid surface will continue to rise.
One clear advantage to these materials gaining in popularity is that the options for finishes will continue to improve and diversify. A few of these changes includes making countertops with built-in antimicrobial protection by Silestone.
Companies are also increasing texture options like crocodile skin, lace, leather or honed (non-glossy), and a bumpy texture called volcano.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
After the design and launch of my new interior design business, Timeless Interiors, I thought I might branch out and create this blog to showcase some of the great products, webpages, and blogs out there that inspire me, and maybe you as well. I'll do my best to publish where all pictures and products are from, and keep things interesting for all of us to see and read. I hope you will enjoy to read this as much as I'm going to enjoy writing it.