There is no question that adding hardwood flooring to your home adds value.
The two main types of hardwood flooring available are: installed and finished on site, or pre-finished hardwood flooring. Continue Reading
Summer is officially over, and now it’s time to focus on the upcoming holidays fast approaching, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa are right around the corner. Whether you are hosting a holiday event or not, there will be times where visitors will be seeing the inside of your home, are you ready??
Here are some things you can do to make some impactful changes while continuing to do the updating that is required to maintain your home, still one of you biggest investments.Continue Reading
One of the many great ways to add some color, pattern and interest is to install a fresh new carpet on your stairway. There are so many choices now, including nylon, wool, sisal, seagrass, and jute patterns.
Some things to keep in mind are:
Wear ability– Nylon is better for wear, and will spring back up with cleaning.
Clean-ability: A treated or solution-dyed carpet is an added benefit. The carpet industry is continually ramping up the manufacturing of the fibers to be better and more eco-friendly. There is more attention paid to lessening the VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) and the odor emitted from carpets.
Seagrass, Sisal & Jute Runners: These look tremendous, and can wear well but keep in mind if there are pets this could create an issue because they can treat this material like their own backyard. With this being a “natural” fiber product.
Wool: Wool is natures best product and can hold up very well. You just need to be conscious to clean with just water in the beginning.
Bindings: This is the are where you can really set off your runner. There are so many choices: Pay the little bit extra for binding rather than tucked under on the ends. It looks so much more finished. Regular Nylon/poly which is the most economical, Wool surging looks very Finished, Fabric Tape, and Leather or Suede (Get the faux version, it’s more plyable)
Loop/ vs. Plush: Be aware that going with a softer carpet may not be the best thing for stairs as it may not wear as well, matte down and not perform well on steps. This is an area where you want a tight lower pile carpet that will wrap around the stair-nosing to give you the best install.
Lately I have been doing a lot of exterior Color Consultations to help clients change their exterior paint colors. I very often get that call because no one wants to make a costly mistake and be “That House”. You know the one, that tried something a little daring with paint because they saw it on Houzz? It was appealing because it was different from most of the other houses. It started a few years ago, when dark trim was popular, everyone wanted a craftsmen style house. People were painting dark chocolate trim, and that deep brownish green? I call this the Mean house. You know the one, that stands out and not in a good way? What seemed like a good idea at the time, to do dark trim, and lighter siding can look so scary and dark.
Oftentimes, as I am driving through a neighborhood I see many pleasant homes that are nice to look at friendly and inviting. They have nicely manicured yards, white picket fences, flower pots at the front porch, and a pleasing paint palette. Then you run across that house, that looks like they haven’t taken down their Halloween decorations. The house tried to be trendy with dark brown trim, it looks faded and washed out, and the overall perception is that it looks dark and scary. There are ways that a nontraditional color scheme can work, but rather than stress too much over being that MEAN house, call a professional to help put a plan together.
Clients routinely inquire why painters insist on purchasing paint for their job, and are not always so transparent about what ends up on your home. The truth is if given the choice a consumer wants the best product on their home, especially the exterior. The quality of materials makes a huge difference on the life of the paint job:
Know What Quality You Are Getting-Buy Your Own Paint.
The expense and time spent on an exterior paint project can and does take the consumer several weeks even months. The process can start with getting bids on the labor, which includes finding reputable painters, figuring out the color scheme, submitting your colors to your HOA, and getting the project scheduled and on the books.
Something to consider making the process less daunting is by hiring a designer or certified Color Consultant to help you see the space with a different perspective. By making some changes, including updating the colors can give you that jumping off point needed to see a new plan forming. As a Color Consultant myself and owner of a paint and flooring store, I also specify the right products needed for the job. This includes specifying sheens/finishes for the paints but also flooring types when I am inside the home on an in-home consultation. Paint and Flooring Store Johns Creek & Cumming I also strive to get my clients the best paint contractor to do their work based on matching up the personalities, time-frame, and budget. My goal is to guide my clients to make the process easier and get the best possible outcome. As I often tell my clients, “it’s painted in my head before I leave“.
The weather, sampling colors, getting in a contractor’s schedule all take time, you want this process to ensure you at least a 7-10 years life on this project, so one way to help stretch the life of your paint job is to get the right product on the your home. How to ensure this is to BUY YOUR OWN PAINT! We will provide contractor pricing on larger projects, just ask your local paint store for their policies.
I recently went to the newest and most prestigious Designer Show house currently going on in Atlanta The Southeastern Showhouse. http://southeasternshowhouse.com
Hurry it ends May 15th! This beautiful home was awe inspiring and my favorite one to date! (although I always say that). The many individual spaces were especially unique and inviting, but I would have to say my favorite thing about the entire mansion was the WALLCOVERINGS!
There were several spaces that were draped with grass cloths which always looks great. There was even a space where the grass cloth was painted onto by a muralist adding another unexpected dimension to an already gorgeous space by http://laurendeloachinteriors.com
Another space showed off a grass cloth wallpaper with rivets embedded in the paper and went even further coupling that with high gloss brilliant paint (http://finepaintsofeurope.com)
There was also a great interesting black & white paper that looked like birch fireplace logs (that’s what it reminded me of anyway) and paired with a pink painted ceiling!
Using complimentary combinations on ceilings, like the space that had a charcoal grey grass cloth on the walls and a geometric pattern on the ceiling!! Wallpaper gives you the opportunity to add some individuality to a space. It is like choosing a fabric that brings all of your paint colors together.
Wallpaper patterns have changed from the stripes and florals and borders that used to be popular in the 90’s. Back then the builders were putting it in every
bathroom and kitchen. The patterns and colors were a sign of that time period. The wallpapers now are so much more appealing and simple.
I feel they will stand the test of time especially the textures, including grass cloths because there are so many variations of these texturess. There is grass cloths with metallic paint interwoven, with pattern imprinted on the grass cloth and many types of other textures with a cork overlay, flock is huge- there are endless possibilities. You have to make the time to look through books and you will find that unique pattern that speaks to you. This is the fun part and a way you can really get excited about the updating process!
As new construction is gearing up again in our Atlanta market, it has me reflecting on the last time things were going full speed in the early 2000’s. It would be so great if the builders and homeowners had learned some lessons from those times.
New subdivisions are springing up all over the place in Forsyth County. The new homes are being erected at a rapid pace. It’s always so interesting to see the latest styles and finishes on these new homes. And as a Color Consultant and paint professional, I love seeing the exterior paint colors going up. But I have to say as I see it being sprayed on, I know the eventual outcome. The paint products being used, is a mixture of watered down low-end builders grade masterpiece-type paint. And what that means to you, is that it will look washed out, chalky, faded and in need of new paint in two years!!
Have we all forgotten a paint company called Duron?? It was eaten up by another huge paint conglomerate, and they seem to be cornering the market again on truckloads of this low-end cheap paint. It seems absolutely criminal to me at the price points of so many of these homes ranging from $450K-$850K to be getting this substandard “apartment paint”. These homes are labeled “custom” and they can’t even get better than a lightly sprayed primer-like coating on the outside. The inside paint is not much better, but that is easier to change and most people do want to customize their colors to coordinate with their furnishings and lifestyles.
The main issue inside, usually pertains to the low-end polyester carpet that is put down, that will be saved for another blog.
I have been a Color Consultant for 19 years and have seen many changes over the years! We use to do a different color in every room as well as varying degrees of color on ceilings and several trim colors throughout. And now we have evolved again, and more than anything we want to SIMPLIFY our decorating and we seem to be yearning to capture that more minimalist and clean look and working towards trying to SIMPLIFY our lives. We want to feel at ease and peaceful again and if you pay attention to Pinterest and Houzz, what is resonating throughout the photos is to Simplify and streamline the amount of details in our interiors. Striving for that open and airy feeling which includes less boldness in our colors, and minimizing the changes throughout.
Previously in our decorating, we felt the best way to define each individual space was by doing a different paint color in each room. In fact, some clients still want me to choose an additional colors for each and every room.
When I display to the client the palette I have chosen for their home, they are always surprised to see that they do in fact have several colors but with the way they flow together they realize how nice a simple plan makes them feel.
So many of the remodel shows on HGTV show getting back to basics. The “farmhouse” look is so popular it brings us back to our roots of when times were simpler. Our society driven by the millennials want experiences over the stuff, and are not so attached to the “over done” spaces of previous years. We are realizing what is important and buying quality products, using functional meaningful furnishings, and social responsibility are at the forefront.