Category: New Design

Community Center Project

May 27, 2017

Hey everyone! Hope you are enjoying this long welcome-to-summer weekend. I just finished a design project at my local,  newly built, local community center:

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I was asked by the Mt. Washington Chamber of Commerce if I could decorate one of the community rooms in North Conway, NH. I love this town and area and was very happy and excited to be asked. Here is a before of the room:Read More

News & Tips On The New Home Construction

November 10, 2015

So many decisions! I honestly don’t know how homeowners can make all of the many large and small decisions when starting with everything new. Good thing my client has me to help! 🙂

Here is a picture of the house last week:

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Moving right along! I wrote here how we selected the exterior design components. Now that we have moved indoors, the choices to be made are many. I thought I would share a couple of ideas and helpful tips.

So where to start? I suggested flooring should be one of the first choices. A tip I would like to pass on when choosing hardwood flooring, is think of the entire room with the hardwood. Do you like a solid color everywhere like this?:

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birch flooring

Or do you like a varied toned wood floor?

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We chose the varied toned wood floors for his new home because he liked the color variations throughout. There is no right or wrong, it is what you like.

Speaking of floors, we visited the tile store last week. My suggestion to you, before you even walk in, is to call and make an appointment with someone that works at the store to help guide you along. We had four bathrooms to find tile flooring, shower walls, shower floor and accent tile for walls. It sounds overwhelming, but ask questions- What is your best selling tile? Do you have coordinating tile that works together in a group? What size tile is popular right now?:

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We loved the 12 x 24” tiles and decided to use in the kitchen and a couple of the bathrooms:

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Regarding trim and molding- Do not purchase what is in stock at the store without a plan! The salesman at the lumber yard tried to sell us something simple like this for the baseboard:

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This is your chance to bring in more personality and elegance with wider baseboards:

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There are so many different sizes and shapes in molding today. I suggest to go with a larger trim rather than the small builder trim they will use if you do not ask.

A question my client had today was what color for the bathroom fixtures should be used? Almond or bisque? No and no. White is the best choice for fixtures so that you do not call attention and see them. When you add a color in such as almond, then you have to work with the almond when selecting flooring and wall colors. White is best for bath sinks, tubs and toilets for a clean, uncluttered look.

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We started looking at kitchen galleries in the local area yesterday. Ray and I are at different vantage points right now. He loves this:

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Which is pretty, but I am crazy for the white kitchens:

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I asked the saleswoman which is more popular, white or stained cabinets, since the stores had both displayed equally and she told me that people who have white now, tend to want stained and visa versa. Interesting!

I did notice quite a few kitchens with a glazed finish:

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I am not crazy about them and worry they will go out of style soon. What do you think readers?

I am having a great time with this project! Stay tuned for more updates and information. Thanks everyone!

Back Home From High Point Market 2015

October 18, 2015

I arrived home today from my adventure at High Point Market and Furnitureland South with my IRN friends from all over the States and Canada. What an exciting and educational trip I had!

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I am going to give you all the details later this week but I wanted to share a few highlights because my head is just bursting with information.

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The best part of my trip was meeting Candice Olson. She is my all time favorite designer:

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She is just as charming and funny in real life! We were able to ask her questions about color and design which I will tell you all about this week. She said that people are still asking her about Chico. haha

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The first two days of the conference were held at Furnitureland South which is the largest furniture store in the world. The place is enormous! We had several great, educational seminars from companies such as Houzz, Resale Ready® Home Staging, an Art Gallery, a new design show that is launching soon, Take Five and we also learned about biophilia. No it is not a disease! It actually is what the design world is moving toward for the future.

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High Point Market was amazing! I explained here how large the market is and I saw for myself just how big it actually is! I will let you know all the new trends and answer all those questions you and I wondered about.

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Although I had a wonderful time, I am glad to be home and happy I will be able to share all the latest new trends and ideas with you. See you tomorrow everyone!

Off To High Point Market

October 13, 2015

I am getting so excited for my trip tomorrow! I am headed to North Carolina to attend the Fall 2015 High Point Market Week. I am meeting up with a group of designer friends from the Interior Redecorators Network.

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Our group is invited for an exclusive private tour of High Point Market on Thursday, which is where home fashion trendsetters go to see the top home trends highlighted. It is the largest furniture store in the world! We are arriving on Wednesday and it is open to the design community on Friday. To give you an idea how large and popular High Point is:

The World’s Home for Home Furnishings

The High Point Market is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, bringing more than 75,000 people to High Point every six months. Serious retail home furnishings buyers can be found in High Point twice a year because if you can’t find it in High Point…it probably doesn’t exist.

Current Demographics
  • 180 Buildings
  • 11.5 Million Square Feet of Showplace
  • 75,000 Attendees Each Market
  • More Than 2000 Exhibitors
  • 100+ Countries Represented
  • Tens of Thousands of New Product Introductions
  • Approximately 10% of Attendees Are International

This will be my third visit to High Point. I am registered as a buyer this year and I have researched where I would like to visit most. This time I am going with a well-planned itinerary!

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My passion this year is accessories! Rugs, pillows, bedding and fabric. I love looking at new mirror’s, accent tables, lamps and artwork! So much fun.

I even have a list of questions I am going to research:

What is the new ‘Color Story’? Which colors are trending now?

Are geometric textures and organic forms still popular going forward?

What shape and design is new for coffee tables? ( I need a new table!)

Are animal heads still popular in accessories?

What’s new in lighting?

Are starburst mirrors still trending?

 

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I would love if you could comment a question you would like to know and I will find out for you!

What I will be learning next week is amazing! Not to mention seeing old friends and making new connections and friends. I can’t wait to share everything with you when I return! I will be sharing photos on Instagram if you can’t wait to see!

New Home Construction Project

August 8, 2015

Isn’t Summer going by so fast? I have been busy with home projects, color consultations and activities. I am excited to share that a few weeks ago, I was one of the designers who was interviewed for a local home construction project about to begin. They were looking for a designer to help them with all the color and design steps in the new home construction.

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Guess who got the job? I did! Yay! It is like a dream job because I am in charge of picking all exterior and interior surfaces, colors, flooring, windows, rugs, tile etc.  I am so thrilled! Great opportunity. I will love sharing with you the different processes as we go through each stage.

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We are now scouting the neighborhoods for ideas and inspiration for the exterior stone veneer, siding, roofing and trim. The stone has to be chosen first, (the largest, most expensive item and least available) to start the color palette. Here were a few of my favorites from Houzz:

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Not sure if I love the taupe or gray better. What do you think? All beautiful examples.

I am finally painting my front door this weekend. I took forever deciding on a color and I  bet you all know what it is! I will share photos later this week.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Kelly