Do you want to refresh, renew or re-image your kitchen? By Design Interiors can help you decide which option is best for your needs/budget.
(Refresh by adding a backsplash / Photo courtesy of By Design Interiors)
Refresh – up to $25,000
An outdated kitchen with a great layout may just need a bit of a facelift. A refresh or makeover involves repainting/refinishing and replacing a few of the following (but not all): counter-tops, back-splash, hardware, faucet, sink and more interesting lighting. Painting or staining the island in a contrasting is an inexpensive way to add style. Making use of existing cabinetry is a big money saver. If new paint and hardware isn’t enough, try re-facing existing cabinet doors and drawers. You can also redo hinges so that they are hidden.
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(Upgrade your surfaces with an exotic granite / Photo courtesy of By Design Interiors)
Renew – up to $50,000
Renewing your kitchen means possibly tweaking the layout, improving cabinetry, adding more space, upgrading surfaces, adding windows, new appliances and new flooring. A larger budget allows for more changes and more upgrades.
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We stumbled upon this photo and idea, and couldn't resist sharing. What a perfect, artsy way to put all your unique and pretty mugs or teacups on display, yet in a way that they're not just for display and are accessible. This shelving system makes for a wonderful accent on a wall.
Anthropologie Windor Love Seat
Spring is in the air and it’s time to start thinking about your outdoor living spaces. According to Schlosser Design Group's predictions, this year’s trends lend themselves to nature, nurture and cocooning. There’s texture and color, the warmth of woods, and sleek lines of metal. Comfort and style come in one package with outdoor furniture designs found in the 2013 lines of Brown Jordan, Sutherland and DeDon to name a few.
Daniel Pouzet Swingrest / Photo via Dedon
Photo via / Design by Sutherland
Selecting the right furniture to sit and enjoy the sunshine is only the beginning. Exploring the colorful world of outdoor fabrics like the new lines of Robert Allen, Perennials, and Sunbrella will give you the opportunity to add some personality and vibrance to your outdoor space. Schlosser Design Group especially loves the new Schumacher fabric by Trina Turk.
Photo via / Design by Robert Allen Design
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Emerald green is the Pantone color of the year. So why not work the trend and add a splash of colored fabric with this tranquil hue? Or even incorporate emerald with the raging trend of dip dye for your outdoor accessories. Check out this simple image of dip dyed blocks that can be used as outdoor embellishments, and require a lot less watering than flowers.
In the upcoming year, Palmer Todd predicts we'll see more of the beautiful modern elements of recent years with a soft contemporary feel, smooth lines and simple, clean finishes. Classic touches with an overall light, open feel will flow throughout kitchens and bathrooms; and don't be surprised to see more eclectic style elements as well. Listed are a few key areas that they feel will be on the rise for 2013.
Transitional Replaces Traditional in Kitchen Design
Traditional style is officially no longer the most popular type of design. The survey found, in kitchens and bathrooms, "transitional" is now the most common style.
Transitional style is a blend of traditional and contemporary, with lines that are simpler than traditional, but more elaborate than contemporary, creating a modern classic look.
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The Return of Polished Chrome
Brushed metal finishes supplanted polished chrome for some time, but now it's making a comeback. Polished chrome as well as other polished finishes will be seen more in the upcoming months.
Elle Cole, of Alexis Hunter & Associates, is our guest blogger for today, and we're delighted to hear what designs and colors have been capturing her attention this season.
Just somehow starts playing; giving me that extra tap in my step skipping into the sun dreaming of warm evenings, beautiful crisp navy and white color palette, lots of flowers, and lounging by the pool with a glass of Pinot Noir…
Being the clothes (dare I say) whore that I am, I think straight up white is perfect for spring.
But, what girl doesn’t love pops of color and flowing dresses?!!
Besides thinking of a new wardrobe assemble for spring what I crush over is planning my outdoor living space. Are you just itching to play outside like me?!
So let’s get serious. I'm seriously tickled pink over these awesome Riviera chairs from Serena & Lily spring collection!!
Cosentino, the world’s major producer of quartz, along with Silestone, is excited to announce the time has finally come for our grand opening event on Wednesday, April 3 from 6-9 p.m.! We want to share this very special day with our friends and colleagues. Also, this is a great opportunity to develop new relationships amongst other design professionals in your community.
Come for a fun night filled with entertainment and networking. We cannot think of a better way to spend the evening.
We are located in Austin at 1340 Airport Commerce Drive, suite 100. Be sure to RSVP for our grand opening!!
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For four generations, Design NS, which is a family-run business, has been building furniture and catering to the needs of designers with a keen eye for fashion and trends, which tend to change every seven to eight years. Because we build the furniture here in our factory showroom this allows us the ability to design and build custom creations, and change with the needs of our clients.
Over the years, we have seen many trends in the world of furniture, styles such as clean lines of the 50’s, trippy patterns and cool shapes from the 70’s or the pastel overstuffed sofas from the 80's. All of these come and go, only to come around again. As we embrace our love for those familiar styles, they create memories that warm our hearts and set the palette for how we view our homes and style.
(Photo courtesy of Kingwood Fine Cabinetry)
We are thrilled to announce Kingwood Fine Cabinetry took the award for the most innovative exhibit at the 2013 Permian Basin Builders Association Home & Garden Show in Midland, Texas.
(Photo courtesy of Kingwood Fine Cabinetry)
This was their third show, which took place Feb. 22-24. According to Sam Stanton of Kingwood Fine Cabinetry, this was their most successful outing there yet.
“All the indicators point to a housing boom in Midland, both with new housing starts and a lot of remodeling,” he says.
GREMILLION &CO. FINE ART, INC. is pleased to present an exhibition of recent work entitled Liminal Spaces by the American painter Elizabeth Chandler. The opening reception will be held Thursday, March 7 from 6-8 p.m. at their showroom on 2251 Vantage Street, Dallas.
Chandler received a BFA from Stanford University. She resides in Desert Hot Springs, California and works from her studio in downtown Los Angeles. Throughout her work, images of a soft, steady rainfall appear as shapes, patterns, lines and elements defining both figure and ground. Dreamlike, her paintings seem to float in and out from the surface. Peter Frank, in his essay Shape Rain, provides a fresh perspective on Chandler’s recent work: “The energy of Chandler’s paintings is at once anxious and meditative, a mantra enunciated with force and conviction; they dream with one eye open.”
The exhibition will continue through April 5, every Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Lancaster & Associates of Dallas, Texas has been a supplier to the design trade since 1978. Specializing in unique, high quality window coverings, L&A provides all services from the initial design to the completed installation and follow-up. We can help with one simple window treatment or a full residence, hotel, or office endeavor. For designers, architects, builders and contractors, we can provide services that include measuring, installation, drapery and shade fabrication, custom hardware fabrication, consultation with contractors, electricians, carpenters as well as full coordination with AV and lighting control providers. Lancaster & Associates has established itself as a reliable, honest, quality minded source for window covering products to the trade and essential member of the interior design community.