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How to Strike a Design Balance Between Trendy and Timeless

Categories: Home Design Trends | Posted: June 30, 2020

Shag carpeting. Beaded curtains. Carpeted walls. Indoor wicker furniture. Over the last 50 years, people have followed some truly horrifying design trends. And you’ll notice you (hopefully) haven’t seen a single one of them in a new build home or modern design catalog.

Striking a balance between trendy and timeless isn’t always easy. You might be swayed by the newest trends, confident they will remain relevant forever. But that’s what people thought about water beds, too.

Here’s how you can strike the right balance between classic and modern in your home.

Invest in High-Quality, Timeless Materials

There are some design mistakes you can afford to make. For instance, replacing outdated kitchen chairs or living room curtains is relatively easy. But others – not so much. You can’t remodel your kitchen or bathroom every few years when the cabinets and fixtures go out of style.

To avoid this, be sure you invest in high-quality materials for everything. This includes your flooring, cabinets, countertops, and major fixtures. 

Go for What is Always in Style

Nobody can predict the future of design trends. People can try, but it’s not a sure thing. Instead of trying to be on the cutting edge of fashion, include elements in your home that are truly timeless. To get you thinking about it, here’s a quick list of what has always been in fashion (though it is certainly not an exhaustive list!).

  • Hardwood floors.
  • White kitchens.
  • Built-in shelving (with clean lines).
  • Classic colors (dark green, navy) to complement neutrals.
  • A clawfoot bathtub.
  • True antiques.
  • Area rugs.

It’s All in the Details!

Don’t get us wrong – trends can be a lot of fun! You don’t need to avoid them entirely. You just need to choose trends carefully. Don’t build an entire room around a trend – you will regret the decision down the road.

Instead, rely on your accessories to express them. Follow pattern and texture trends in the form of bright accent walls, pillows or throw blankets, area rugs, and artwork. You can easily swap these details out as trends fade in and out.

Design for What You Truly Want

We’re all guilty of paging through a home design magazine and pining after a beautifully arranged room. This is closely followed by envy and despair because the rooms are professionally done and challenging to achieve in real life. But why would you want to, anyway? Your home should reflect your style and needs. Your home should be comfortable and practical. It should be livable, no matter how timeless or trendy it is.

You might love the look of a midcentury modern, straight-backed leather couch, but is it what you really want to sink into after a long day at work? Always ask yourself these practical questions when considering how to design your interior.

If it still seems like a mystery on how best to strike this balance, keep one thing in mind: Major fixtures should be timeless, accessories and accents can bring trendiness. Focus on your personal style as well as overarching trends to make sure your home is actually in line with your needs. Don’t design entire rooms around a trend, or you’ll end up redoing an avocado bathroom or wasting time scraping off a popcorn ceiling. Good luck and enjoy!

Owner Suite Location -Upstairs or Main Level?

Categories: Home Design Trends | Posted: June 10, 2020

You’ve probably thought a lot about the details of your new home. Everything from the floor plan to the kitchen layout and the landscaping has likely crossed your mind. But when planning out your owner suite, have you considered where in the house to put it? There isn’t one right answer, but there is a right answer for you.

Considerations for Owner Suite Location

Of course, this decision might be influenced by the shape of your homesite and the overall floorplan of your home. You could end up sacrificing backyard space or a walk-out basement by building an owner suite on your first floor. If you want plenty of space outside your home for entertaining areas, a swimming pool, or other outdoor structures, a second-floor suite makes perfect sense. However, long-term thinking might nudge you toward a first-floor owner suite. You can effortlessly age into a home that allows you to avoid stairs and remain on the same level – perfect for empty nesters.

To help you make this decision, let’s look at some quick pros and cons of each.

Sleeping on the Main Floor

Pros:

  • You can maintain distance between the owner suite and the other rooms in the house (especially noisy children’s rooms!).
  • Great for aging into a house because you don’t need to deal with stairs.
  • Easy access to the other main rooms in your home.
  • It can be converted into a guest suite for long-term visitors.

Cons:

  • It can be too noisy if you frequently entertain and one person wants to go to bed early.
  • Spouses with opposite schedules will find it impossible to keep the entire level quiet.
  • Not ideal for families with young children that might need help in the middle of the night.
  • Concern about security might be higher if you don’t have windows that properly lock.

 Building Your Suite on the Second Floor

Pro:

  • You can build a spacious owner suite without sacrificing yard space.
  • Great for couples wanting to create a relaxing, private space away from common areas.
  • Sleeping is easy even when other members in your house are noisy downstairs.
  • There’s no need to worry about sleeping with windows or screen doors open.

Cons:

  • It’s not ideal for aging into a house. People with mobility issues, disabilities, or aging joints will have difficulty climbing up and down stairs.
  • Families with older children or teens will be affected by noisy video games, phone calls, watching TV, music, etc.

So, What Should You Do? 

As you can see, there’s a lot to think about. Be sure to think ahead about how you plan on aging into your home. You might desire to have a suite away from noisy teens, but newborns need constant care that will require multiple trips up and down. Whatever you decide, make sure it’s right for your family! It’s your needs that come before anything else.

Bring a Little Personality to Your Front Porch with These Accents

Categories: Home Design Trends | Posted: May 26, 2020

When decorating your home, you mustn’t overlook the entrance. Not the landing just inside the door – the area just outside. Your front porch is the first space your guests encounter when they visit. It’s the place you’ll greet neighbors and family members. Your front porch offers an excellent opportunity to let your style shine. So, don’t miss out on maximizing this space! Here are a few great ways to add a little personality to your front porch.

Hang Out with Hanging Plants

Does your porch see a good amount of sunlight during the day? If so, hanging plants will love soaking up those rays on your front porch. Ideally, you’ll choose hearty plants that can stand up to the sunlight (or lack thereof) and exposure to elements. These include Lantana, Marigolds, Ferns (especially Boston Ferns), and Begonias.  

Kick Back and Relax

If there’s space, we recommend adding at least two comfortable chairs or a wide bench to your front porch area. Use cushion covers or pillows to bring a splash of your flair – not to mention some added comfort. You can offer guests a place to sit and chat, or just kick back and relax during the warm months. Consider swapping out fabrics and patterns for each season, or whenever the mood strikes.

Add a Little Green

Bright, colorful flowers are a great way to welcome guests to your home! Elevate these plants by installing railing flower boxes. You can mix and match types of plants to enhance your front yard landscaping. If you love picking fresh herbs for the kitchen, you can use these railing boxes to plant basil, rosemary, dill, and anything else you can think of! Just be sure these tasty plants are getting the right amount of sunlight to thrive.

Swing or Rock in Style

Is there any porch accessory more iconic than a rocking chair or porch swing? These front-porch accessories feel so neighborly and warm, and it’s hard to pass them up. Not to mention, they’re both extremely useful. Both seating options offer an excellent way for you and your family to relax and enjoy your front yard. Plus, they’re weather-resistant, so you won’t need to worry about leaving them out year-round.

Your front porch should show off your personal style just as much as your living room, kitchen, and back yard. Don’t miss out on spending time – and showing off – this space.

The 5 Reasons People Love Open-Concept Homes

Categories: Home Design Trends | Posted: April 13, 2020

You’ve undoubtedly heard of this type of floor plan. Spacious, open rooms sprawling from one side of the house to the other unencumbered by walls or doors. It’s an open-concept home, and homeowners love the way it opens up even small-sized homes. People buying new homes are asking builders to create open-concept homes that bring light and air to the entire house. Here are the top five reasons to love this type of floorplan.

More Living Space

Fewer walls mean more space to move around – and less wasted space. Instead of confining hallways and separation between each room (which can take up precious area), open-concept homes flow from one place to the next without division. There are more options to add in and move around furniture or statement pieces. And you can easily connect your indoor living space to your outdoor space.

Better Lighting, Better Air Flow

Open-concept homes often seem lighter and airier than floor plans with separated rooms. That makes sense, of course: Light can travel from one side of the home to the next without obstruction! This also impacts airflow – and temperature. Breezes can move from one side of the house to the next, improving the flow of air across your entire home.

Easier to Entertain Large Groups

Is there anything worse than being stuck in the kitchen away from the action during a lively party? Or having a group of people crowd around one room to keep the conversation going? Open-concept homes create interconnected spaces without barriers, so people can flow from one room to the next without feeling disconnected. Plus, hosts can quickly move from one area to the next, making entertaining enjoyable rather than a hassle.

Makes Smaller Spaces Feel Bigger

Open-concept floor plans make your home seem bigger. With the amount of time you and your family will spend in your living room, kitchen, and dining room, it’s important to feel relaxed. Being able to move freely from one of these spaces to the next will make that even easier. Your home (and family members) feel connected and whole rather than separated and distant.

Improved Energy Efficiency

This benefit goes beyond aesthetics. Wide-open spaces are easier to heat and cool, which cuts down on energy bills and utilities during hot or cold months. The abundance of natural lighting also cuts down on energy bills, because you won’t need to turn on your lights quite as much.

You can see now why the open-concept floorplan has become so popular. It’s excellent for brand-new builds, especially for people who enjoy entertaining. You can make your home brighter, livelier, and more spacious by doing away with walls and barriers.

4 Easy Tips to Evaluate What You Really Want in a Home

Categories: Home Design Trends | Posted: February 28, 2020

Love at first sight is every homeowner-to-be’s dream. You find a house for sale and love everything about it, from the age of the home to the color of the roof right down to the white picket fence. While you’ll definitely find a home you and your family fall in love with, expecting every single thing to be perfect is a bit, well, unrealistic. Especially if you’re not entirely sure what it is you’re looking for.

To help you figure out what you want in a home (and bring you closer to that falling-in-love feeling), we put together these four tips.

  1. What Does Your Heart Desire?

It might sound corny, but the best place to start is with the question: What is in your dream home? Maybe it’s perfect-sized bedrooms, a southern-facing picture window, a spacious lush backyard… Or perhaps it’s a high-rise apartment in the city within walking distance to restaurants and museums.

But there’s a difference between what you want in a home and what you absolutely need. Be honest with yourself about what you genuinely cannot live without. You might also want to give yourself a reality check now and consider your budget. How much home can you afford? And where can you afford it?

Now that you’ve got that in mind…

  1.     Start Assigning Items as Wants or Needs

Look at the list you created for your dream home and work backward from there. Start categorizing each item on that list as a want or a need. There’s no need to bump off wants now, but it’s helpful to keep those in mind as you start looking at homes.

With this exercise, it’s helpful to consider what you’re willing to pay more for (such as a shorter commute or better school district) and what you could live without (like a three-car garage or a vaulted ceiling). Remember that there’s a lot you can change about a home (like landscaping, carpet colors, or even a deck). Make sure you and your partner or family are on the same page with this list to cut down on house-hunting bickering.

  1. What Could Help You Out in the Future?

We get it. You’re looking to move into your new dream home, and you can’t imagine ever doing this again. But the truth is, you’re probably going to move again at some point. So, it’s a good idea to also consider what “value items” are on your list. These items are features that add value to the property for future buyers. Work with your real estate agent to figure out which of the items on your list are high-value items that may come in handy when you’re looking to sell in the future, like hardwood floors or beautiful landscaping.

  1. Narrow Down Your Home Search (For Your Own Sanity!)

Many prospective buyers start out full of energy and excitement – you could look at three dozen homes in one weekend! You’re ready! But you’re not likely to find your dream home right away. It’s easy to get worn down after you’ve spent weekend after weekend looking at houses.

To cut down on this fatigue from the start, take that list of wants and needs, and apply it to your search. Don’t tour every available home in a 5-mile radius of your dream neighborhood; spend some time narrowing down your list. You’ll be happier with the results and will keep your stamina up throughout the entire process. You also might start to narrow down that list, or even alter it all together, after you’ve seen a few homes and realize that an open floor plan is more important than a three-season porch.

Finding your dream home isn’t always easy, but it’s within reach. These four tips will help you narrow down the search and evaluate what you’re really looking for in a home.