CONTEMPORARY COMFORT

A dark and outdated kitchen was transformed to a bright, beautiful and functional center of the home. The dining area and family room were also updated by repeating design details, patterns and colors; transitioning seamlessly from the kitchen.

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Bright white cabinets on the perimeter with a dark espresso-stained island.

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The island features a beautiful white quartz and the perimeter has a gorgeous black and white granite.

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Cooktop and vent hood are framed by this gorgeous backsplash:

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Adjacent dining room:

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The kitchen opens up to the newly designed family room space:

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Spring Break Artwork Project

With spring break here, you and your family may be heading out of town for a warm weather escape from reality.  Or if you are like me, a “staycation” is happening, otherwise known as “getting stuff done / spring cleaning, while trying to entertain your kids for a week.”

My kids are constantly creating works of art and as the papers accumulate week after week, they tend to get thrown into a kitchen drawer for future filing.  A great way to showcase your young artists’ work is by putting up a gallery of picture frames in their rooms.  The more eclectic the frames the better so as to highlight the many styles of your kiddo.

Here is an example of how to showcase artwork along with a couple photos:IMG_8268

Another way to display artwork is to include one or two pieces with several other photos on a tabletop or dresser:

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In this example, the frame opens up so you can quickly and easily change out artwork as their styles change:

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What I always tell my kids is that in art, the only rule is to have fun!  So take out all those beautiful scribbles and stick figures and showcase them this spring break!

Just Add Color

Color is kind of scary.  It is hard to know what colors to use in your home, what colors go with one another, or what colors you may get sick of in a couple of years.  That purple accent wall might have been a fun idea a few years back, but your tastes change and now it is just an eyesore.

I always tell my clients to use color on accents in a room, such as pillows, rugs and vases.  They are relatively inexpensive when compared to larger items like sofas or wall colors that take a lot of time to paint.

In some rooms, one or two accent colors are all you need to add a little fun, but don’t be afraid to mix several colors to add personality.  Here is a before and after of a four seasons room.  The furniture we added has some color, but is relatively neutral.  We added pops of color with fun accent pillows.  With all the brown wood on walls and ceiling, the added color breaks up the monotony.

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