Posted by Michael on May 29, 2014
If you're looking for a quick, cheap & easy way to update and freshen up a bedroom in your home without re-painting or wallpapering the whole thing, I've got the perfect solution for you:
Paint the closet door!
Recently we painted our nursery bright white-- I loved the simplicity of it, but my husband thought it looked like a dentist's office (okay, it kind of did). I decided that in addition to bold & colorful artwork on the walls, the room could use another bright pop of color. So I got a little crazy, and decided to paint the closet door. I found an awesome turquoize color at Benjamin Moore (Miami Green), spent 5 bucks on a sample can, slapped a couple coats on the door--- and Voila! I am in LOVE with the result! It is probably my favorite aspect of the entire room! For how much effort it took---- I'm wishing I would have done it even sooner!
And here are a few other painted closet doors to get you inspired......
Posted by Michael on May 23, 2014
Today's guest Post is by Laurie Waite. Laurie is one of the craftiest women I know. Whether she's designing her own jewelry, sewing halloween costumes for her nieces and nephews, or decorating her house- she's always got a project, and you can bet that it'll turn out fabulous. She also always knows what's up when it comes to furniture because she works in our buying department. Thanks Laurie!
A few years ago I purchased a metal bed from RC Willey. I love the versatility of a metal bed. I know I will have it for a long time, but if or when I need to, I can make changes to the bedding, nightstand, lamp, or dresser and have an entirely new look in my room. The same concept easily applies to an upholstered bed or headboard. Whether your style is Traditional, Contemporary, Rustic or Country, a metal or upholstered bed is the perfect veratile focal point for your bedroom!
Check out our assortment of metal and upholstered beds in stock and ready for delivery!
Here are a few of my favorites.....
Another great opton is an upholstered headboard only. These are the upholstered headboards we have in stock, but ALL are available for special order in all sizes and various fabrics and colors!!!
Posted by Michael on May 20, 2014
I wish I could honestly say that I didn't ever watch TV. That I didn't even own a television because I was way too busy reading literature, writing music, painting murals and improving the world.
But that would be a bold-faced lie. So I may as well just own up to the fact that my life woulnd't be complete without Netflix! Who's with me?! Netflix, Hulu, and television series' on DVDs are pretty much staples for my husband and I. So I guess I'm not sorry after all.
They may save the world from boredom, but televeisions can be pretty problematic from a design perspective. You've probably heard that it's a big NO NO to design a room around the television. It's tough, because the last thing you want your family room to turn into is a shrine to the big black box on the wall, but you're not willing to get rid of your television just for the sake of good design! So how do you place your furntiure so that guests can celebrate the art of conversation without having the TV be the main focus of the room?
One solution I'm a huge fan of is literally hiding away your TV! Whether it's tucked in a cupboard above the fireplace, hidden behind a painting, or stowed away in a sliding door---- I think the whole idea is genius! You don't have to sacrifice style or design, but you can also pull out the TV when you want to veg.....
What design tricks do you use to make your TV look less conspicuous?
Posted by Michael on May 14, 2014
Who doesn't love fabulous original artwork hanging on their walls? Art not only enhances a room from a design standpoint, but it also improves the human experience. My problem is that most of the time I have to settle on admiring the art I really love from afar because my taste & my budget aren't in agreement. There is one genre of original art however, that is both extremely affordable (um, FREE) and also sentimental: kid's artwork!
Now before you stop reading this post because your child isn't even close to becoming a future Picasso, you've got to know that it really doesn't matter whether your child has a shred of artistic ability or not! In fact, sometimes the sloppier and messier the better! Case in point: My mom has a stick figure picture my little brother drew of our family over 20 years ago on a vacation we took to New York City hanging up in her reading room. It's a great conversation starter, and honestly, one of the coolest elements in the room!
So next time you're going to hang one of your child's paintings or drawings up on the refrigerator, pop it into a matted frame instead and voila- you've got yourself an original and unique piece of art for the wall! Here's some beautiful examples of how ordinary children's artwork can be transformed into something wall worthy......
Posted by Michael on May 8, 2014
I've never built or remodeled a home before, but just watching family members and friends that have gone through the process has made me tired! From the looks of it, building a home or remodeling your existing home are both difficult- not to mention physically, emotionally, and mentally exhausting! Not everything runs smoothly or goes as planned, and problems almost inevitably arise. On top of that, most projects almost always take much longer than expected, and costs just seem to go up, up, up!!
So why do people go through the misery and heartache if it's such a horrible experience? I'm assuming that in the end, it's ultimately worth all of the blood, sweat, frustrations and tears when you end up in your dream home. Am I right?
So how do you know which route is best for you and your family? Remodel your existing home? Or starting from scratch and building from the ground up? Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of New Construction vs. Remodeling your existing home....
- You can pick the location of the home, and build exactly where you want to live!
- There is something about designing and building a unique, personal space that has never been lived in by anybody else before that is pretty satisfying.
- You can get EXACTLY what you want! You don't have to settle for ugly countertops, an awkwardly shaped master bath, etc. You can completely customize the house plan as to number, placement and shape of rooms, exterior style, and window and door openings.
- New construction can incorporate the newest developments in building materials, technology, wiring, heating and cooling and communication systems, plumbing and other fixtures, and finish materials.
- New materials require less upkeep because of their newness. Wisely chosen, they can be relatively maintenance free for years to come.
- You don't have to live in the mess during construction! You can stop by to check on things, and then go back to relax in a clean house afterwards.
- Costs for new construction are almost always higher than the costs of buying existing structures. And these costs just keep rising.
- It almost always takes a lot longer than anticipated. This can cause frustration and problems with moving or current occupancy.
- Depending on where you live during construction, travel to and from the site can be time consuming & tedious.
- The need to oversee the construction, even with a general contractor, is real. The owner should be a part of the process to make sure the quality of the project is satisfactory.
- You don't have to uproot your entire life and relocate! This is a major reason why most people remodel. If you love your neighborhood, friends, schools, proximity to shopping & entertainment, etc. then why move?!
- Changes in an existing plan can take place one at a time, over a long time, with much less pressure to accomplish than new construction. There is time to live with the idea, plan it out carefully, execute it how you'd like to, and control the size or scale of the project.
- Remodels can be accomplished in stages or in parts of the structure and by various individuals or teams.
- The cost may be less than that of new construction (depending on the extent of the remodel, who does the work, and how it is accomplished).
- The area to be remodeled may not dramatically affect living or working in the space.
- You get to keep the features of your home that you love, while upgrading the things that you don't! This way, you can literally create your "perfect" home!
- Living in the middle of a mess can be absolutely horrible and is likely to cause all sorts of frustrations. Moving out during a remodel is often advisable, although it requires a lot of effort, and can be very expensive & time consuming.
- The presence of subcontractors in the work or living space leaves you very little privacy and disrputs routines.
- Removing walls sometimes brings big surprises! (For example: hidden fireplaces, rotted floorboards, etc-- these types of things can add a lot of additional costs to the project in order to fix properly.)
- Making decisions and being involved in the project takes a lot of time and energy, and can be stressful.
In your experience, which do you prefer? Building or remodeling??
Posted by Michael on May 5, 2014
Happy Cinco De Mayo! Since May 5th is set aside to celebrate Mexican culture and heritage, I thought it was fitting that we dedicate today's blog post to Mexican interior design! Known for its vivid, rich & bright colors, antique pottery, colorful paintings, rustic style, beautiful textiles, and intricate textures.... what's not to love? Take a look at some of the photos below and see how you can incorporate mexican design into your own home!