Crown-Molding and Wainscoting in Your Home

Crown-molding and wainscoting are classic décor staples that never go out of style. These design features can be integrated in almost any home, no matter your style. By bringing visual interest to your walls and ceiling, you can add a rich and elegant statement and really pull your space together.

Crown-molding is commonly used to highlight where your walls meet your ceiling, and draws your eye upward, creating the idea of more space, while also adding texture, character, and style. There are a variety of style options available to you, which means that the crown-molding in a traditional home will most likely be different than what you’ll see in a rustic home.

Wainscoting, on the other hand, is a decorative accent used on the lower portion of your walls. Originally used for additional insulation, it is now used as a means to add visual interest to your walls. Again, depending on your style, wainscoting can be as high as you want it to go. Entryways and staircases benefit greatly, as those spaces can sometimes lack fine detail, but you can really incorporate this into any room.

What’s your stance on crown-molding and wainscoting? Yes or no?

Diagonal Flooring Creates a Classic Statement

If you’re looking for a unique way to add contrast and texture to your floors without doing anything too drastic, consider diagonal flooring for your next flooring project. By simply changing the layout of your floors, you can completely revamp the look and feel of your room.

Diagonal floors are a great choice for someone who wants a bold statement in their home and one that will make their floors pop. A diagonal layout gives a modern touch to your home and can give it more of an upscale look than a traditional straight layout. This simple and sleek look adds visual interest to any space without having to commit to a pattern such as herringbone or chevron.

Diagonal flooring can be incorporated in any room where a hard surface is used, such as the living room, kitchen, and bathrooms. From diagonal hardwood floors in your living room, to diagonal black and white tile in your bathroom, this is a look that won’t go out of style anytime soon.

Would you add diagonal flooring to your home?

Incorporating Fall Trends Into Your Home Decor

With the change of seasons comes the perfect opportunity to change up your home décor style. This fall bring some outdoor elements inside with everything from wreaths and darker color palettes, to oversized throws and other essentials. We’ll give you all the necessities to create the perfect fall oasis filled with comfort, style, and creativity.

Using the elements of nature as your inspiration, transform your home into a place of comfort and style. Fall colors can make your living spaces pop while delivering an overall sense of comfort. Remember to make changes as necessary, not all spaces or areas are meant to be changed seasonally.

Fall Wreaths

Welcome your guests into your home this fall with a beautiful wreath. You can take your wreath to the next level using dried branches, leaves, apples, succulents, corn husks, small pumpkins or any other fall décor. Deck out the front door, an empty nook, windows or a bare wall with a festive autumnal wreath.

Bring Outdoor Elements Inside

Add some fall flair to any living space by adding hints of outdoor elements. Enjoy a beautiful fall afternoon outside looking for the perfect leaves and branches and then style them to fit in a simple vase. Strategically implement these outdoor elements to accessorize the living room, bedroom, kitchen or other rooms you see are the best fit.

Oversized Throws

Retreat to your couch this fall where that warm and fuzzy throw awaits. A throw will give your couch that style you’ve been looking for while keeping you warm in that fall weather. Find a throw that compliments the room, furniture, and paint whether it’s in your living room, bedroom, or a reading nook.

Darker Color Palette

As we move from warm summer weather to cooler fall and winter weather, we see a shift in color. A darker color palette will give your living space a sense of warmth, comfort and nostalgia during those colder months. Incorporating the current and popular colors of 2018 like purple, plum, burgundy, rich emerald and mustard can make your living spaces look cohesive.

What trend will you incorporate this fall?

Our Favorite Fall Trends

It’s time to cool off from the summer heat with fall’s most popular trends. Bring out the bold colors and warm color accents, cozy fabrics, houseplants and velvet. Yes, you heard that right. We’ll give you all the details to bring some of that summer warmth into your home this fall.

As the season gets a little cooler, it might be time to refresh your living spaces. Using the following styles, you can help transition your space from summer to fall. While these trends may be popular for fall of 2018, you should create a space that makes you feel at home no matter the season. Although, we must say that the velvet couch may end up being your new best friend as the colder months approach.

Black and White

During this past year we have seen a lot of black and white décor that is paired with tropical, earthy vibes. This black and white décor trend will carry well into the fall with its neutral and bold palette that works with a variety of textures and accent colors.

Velvet and Mustard Accent

Expected to be one of fall’s biggest trends, velvet will bring a new sense of style and comfort to your living space. The sleek and soft texture will make you want to spend your afternoon curled up reading your favorite book. Paired with one of the most popular accent colors this fall, mustard will bring a little pizazz to your neutral rooms. Now you can create this charming fall composition we know you’ve been waiting for all year.

Navy and Blush

The perfect backdrop to the changing seasons, berry tones will be the biggest color combo this fall. Blues, blushes and lilacs will offer a serene tone to your space, and when combined with white, will offer a crisp and fresh look.

Jewel Tones

Bring the luxurious and rich colors of emerald, garnet and sapphire hues into your home this fall. Combined with berry tones, these colors are a striking way to add warmth to the home as the weather gets cooler.

Houseplants

Bring the outdoors inside to create a natural and welcoming space. Tropical greenery and succulents are the most ideal houseplants that can give your space new life. If you’re going for an earthy style, pair your houseplants with warm cozy fabrics and natural wooden tones.

Cozy Vibes

Everyone’s definition of cozy may be different, so it’s important for you to create your own cozy vibe. Whether you’re a fan of art and paintings or a fan of vases and ornaments, take your own personal interests and use those items to create one big cozy home. Use this freedom to express yourself and make your home yours.

What trend are you most looking forward to this fall?

What’s Hot in Kitchen Design

It’s 2018 and every single home is different, including the kitchen. Everything from countertops, appliances and cabinetry to disappearing hood vents. Poof! We’ve got you covered with today’s hottest kitchen design and décor trends.

Put aside your chef hat, just for a minute, and say hello to the designer in you. The kitchen has extended beyond cooking in this age of advancing technology; it’s become your new design paradise. While these styles might be the hottest in 2018, it doesn’t necessarily mean you need to create all these styles in your kitchen. You should choose a style that fits your own needs and your own personal life. But, we must say that marble or quartz with metal inlays would make your kitchen look stunning!

Eat-In Kitchens & Banquet Seating

Does your family crowd around the kitchen like it was your living room? We thought so, us too. Eat-in kitchens and banquet seating having become an extremely popular alternative to the traditional dining room setting. Granted you have enough space, this trend makes a long day easier when you don’t have to walk to and from the kitchen carrying food or dishes. Now you can conveniently sit down and enjoy dinner with the family.

Marble

Marble isn’t something too new to 2018, but its timeless style has gone beyond countertops to now walls and floors. Real marble can be expensive and hard to maintain, but luckily there are alternative options like man-made quartz or porcelain look-alikes that look just as good as the real thing with less maintenance and expense. Now, you don’t have to be royalty to make your kitchen look sleek, elegant and stunning.

Cabinets

Cabinets are being taken in all different directions. Everything from flat-front cabinetry, no upper cabinets, open shelving to warmer and sleeker styles. As a result of a minimalist style trend, homeowners are opting for a more open and airy look with no upper cabinetry and open shelving simply for display purposes. Pulled off successfully, this can create a minimal and sleek kitchen style. While shaker style cabinets will always be in trend, flat-front cabinetry has also become popular by opting for less hardware and more minimalism on the surfaces. Warmer and darker colors have become a favorite for these flat-front cabinetries.

Dark Fixtures & Metal Accents

It’s true, black will work with just about any style and color palette while delivering a sleek look. Dark fixtures like cabinetry, lights and stools and hardware like faucets have been a popular go to. They add a certain simple, modern and visual aesthetic and the best part is they don’t show wear and tear as easily. However, stay away from making your kitchen too dark by placing these elements strategically throughout the kitchen. This isn’t a bat cave!

Wood (like) Floors

Wood looking floors can offer a kitchen a warm and cozy feeling unlike any other flooring options. This is a solid choice when it comes to kitchen flooring; it’s a trend that will always be popular. It has the ability to unite an open floor plan and adapt to various kitchen styles. There are a wide variety of flooring options that are able to come in the style of a wood look, making it extremely easy to customize your floors appearance and feel to your liking.

Hidden Hood Vents

Hood vents have become an essential appliance to homeowners, keeping the kitchen air fresh and clean. However, depending on your kitchen style and your type of vent, it may stick out like a sore thumb. The newest trend is hiding and concealing the hood vent to seamlessly blend into the kitchen environment. This allows your kitchen’s style to flow smoothly and not make any appliance the star of the show.

Square and Personalized Tiles

While tiles may have been popular in the 80’s and 90’s, everything makes a comeback with good reason. They’re not only great looking, but easily accessible and affordable. Square porcelain tiles are one of the most stocked items on shelves and therefore easily inexpensive. If you’re feeling up for it, you may even want to use personalized tiles to add specific design or handcrafted feel to your walls. Add these tiles to your backsplash or specific areas on the wall to create a sleek and clean style.

What’s your favorite kitchen trend?

Our Top Flooring Trends

In an age of advancing technology, we have access to products we could have only dreamed of. Step into today’s most popular flooring trends and you’ll find everything from green based environmentally-friendly flooring to textured and waterproof flooring. With so many varieties of flooring available, you can choose one that perfectly fits your everyday lifestyle. Let’s take a look at the most current flooring trends and why they’re your next ideal floor.

Waterproof Flooring

Welcome to 2018, where waterproof flooring no longer has to be tile. Now, waterproof flooring can be anything from carpet to vinyl to laminate. All of these options vary in design and style, while protecting your floors from extreme water damage. Be prepared for the next time your washing machine decides to spontaneously leak and destroy your laundry room floors with durable waterproof flooring.

Environmentally Friendly Flooring

One trend that has become more important to homeowners in recent years is environmentally friendly and responsible flooring. Today, many homeowners want to know if the materials used for their flooring meet the requirements of being natural, recyclable, renewable and perhaps even home-grown. Bamboo, cork, linoleum, glass tiles, concrete, wool carpeting, leather, rubber, and reclaimed hardwood are all eco-friendly flooring solutions you may be interested in for your next flooring option.

Textured Flooring

Textured flooring is changing things up a bit by mimicking classic hardwood with wire brushed, hand scraped, and fully distressed floor styles. Whether you’re feeling smooth, rippled, grainy or velvety, a textured floor has the power to invigorate, calm, energize or comfort you. These flooring options can come in wood, laminate and a variety of other options.

Wood-look Flooring

While wood-look floors aren’t anything new to 2018, more and more manufacturers are offering wood-look flooring for laminate, vinyl, and ceramic tile. Wood-look flooring has actually been one of the top flooring trends for 2 years in a row now, allowing you to acquire the same elegant look with wood-look flooring, but at a fraction of the price!

What’s your favorite flooring trend?

How to Remove Summer Stains From Your Floors

As summer has officially begun, it’s time to prepare for all the tough stains that come with it; ketchup and mustard at the family barbeque, grass stains from soccer, and fresh picked berry stains. As the family brings more of the outdoors inside this summer, the key to keeping your floors stain free is to act as quickly as possible. Stains can happen anywhere and at any time, but with these floor cleaning tips, we’ll make sure they’re only temporary.

Ketchup and Mustard

Sometimes the barbecue doesn’t always stay outside and you’re left with those red and yellow stains on your carpet. If you think that they’ll never come out, think again!

Begin by scraping or blotting up the excess spill. Using a damp towel, apply detergent solution and leave on for three to five minutes. Proceed to blot (don’t rub) the stain. Apply undiluted white vinegar using a damp towel and finish off strong by blotting with a weighted pad of paper towels. Just like that, your carpets have bounced back from that rowdy barbeque!

Grass Stains

Summer means fresh cut grass and running around barefoot, and when your kids leave little green footprints on your carpet, don’t worry, we have you covered.

Begin by applying a dry cleaning solvent onto a damp towel, proceed to blot (don’t rub) the stained area. Repeat solvent application once more, making sure to apply the solvent onto the damp towel first. Apply water to the stains using a damp towel and finish by blotting the stains with a weighted pad of paper towels. Grass stains be gone!

Berries

There’s nothing more enjoyable than a beautiful summer day spent berry picking. Red and blue are great colors for the Fourth of July, but there’s nothing worse than bright red and blue berry stains on your floors.

To remove stains, begin by scraping or blotting up the excess spill and then apply detergent solution onto a damp towel. Blot the towel (don’t rub). Apply white vinegar (undiluted) to a damp towel, then blot (don’t rub) onto the stain. Finish up by applying water with a damp sponge, and then blot with a weighted pad of paper towels.

What stains do you need help removing?