Metallic Finishes Fabric Collection

Beautiful new fabric collection from Fabricut showcasing subtle metallic and neutral tones.  Classic pattern designs beautiful for drapery and upholstery, timeless and elegant fabrics.

Fresh, clean and crisp patterns, metallic yet neutral for long lasting charm

Fresh, clean and crisp patterns, metallic yet neutral for long lasting charm

New Accent Color Emerging – Fuchsia

New Accent Color Emerging - Fuchsia

Small amounts of accent colors add drama and excitement, look at how lively this white sofa is with the stunning fuchsia accent pillows and leather cocktail table. Introduction from M|T Company furniture manufacturer for the October 2013 High Point Fall Market

Bathroom Remodeling, Elegant Powder Room Transformed; Fairfax, VA

Transformed in just under 1 month’s time – Blue and White Powder Room with custom marble vanity, floor tiles, beadboard wainscoting, crown molding, glass tile backsplash, new wall sconces and mirror.  Elegant Blue Glass Vessel Sink started the design scheme.  Marble floor tile pattern is detailed with satin nickel 2″ x 2″ accent tiles adding more character for this small room – the flooring pattern helps make the space feel bigger.

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Custom Marble Vanity and floor with nickel finish accent tiles

White Marble Vanity, Blue Glass vessel sink and backsplash

White Marble Vanity, Blue Glass vessel sink and backsplash

Blue Glass Sink, Glass Tiles Backsplash

Blue Glass Sink, Glass Tiles Backsplash

Before Powder room Vanity and sink

Before Powder room Vanity and sink

Powder Room Before hallway view

Powder Room Before hallway view

Which Kitchen Sink Design works best for your family?

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Kohler Smart Divide Porcelain Sink

Kohler Smart Divide Porcelain Sink

When remodeling our kitchen four years ago the current sink design trend was large single basin sinks or farm sinks touting that all your pans and cutting boards can easily be cleaned within the one large basin. Shortly after using this large single sink we realized the huge waste of water and energy to clean this sink regularly is excessive. Since then we recommend the newer smart divide sinks as the solution to one large sink. A double basin sink with one smaller sink for easy tasks and one larger basin for when needed with a low divider allows easy cleaning of larger pans or cutting boards when required. Kohler was first with the low divide sink in porcelain with graceful curves as pictured above and one of our favorite clients loves her new sink. We think this is one of the prettiest and most functional sinks available today.

Large single Bowl, graceful curves

Large single Bowl, graceful curves

Stainless Steel option we used in our home, nice curves for easy cleaning, entire sink must cleaned every time.

Zero Radius corners - not easily cleaned

Zero Radius corners – not easily cleaned

Stainless Steel sinks are wonderful for ease of maintenance and longevity and are now being manufactured with smart divide options, however we have not found them with small and larger basins, just equal width basins. The current design trend for sinks are 90 degree corners or zero radius; it boasts a newer avante-garde styling – just looking at these square corners is distressing. Kitchen sinks clean easier with gracefully curved corners – the cleaning brush travels around the corners. The thought of hitting a square edge corner is not comfortable. Our belief is that zero radius sink trends will be short lived once homeowners start cleaning these sinks and realize they get stuck at the corners.

Smart divide with 2 equal sinks, Stainless steel farmhouse styling

Smart divide with 2 equal sinks, Stainless steel farmhouse styling

The kitchen sink is used non stop daily for many tasks and functions. Selecting the right shape, size and number of bowls is personal and subjective to your design sense and how you would like it to function. Using a single large basin for every task is wasteful of precious water resources and the energy expended to heat the water. Cleaning the sink is a non stop activity – curved corners makes your life easier. Having used zero radius sinks in a church setting preparing homeless meals our belief is these square edged designs should remain in commercial applications and homeowners should consider all aspects of cleaning, water and energy usage before they finalize their selection.

Porcelain sink options

Cast Iron with soft curves Kohler’s Smart divide

Color and Lighting and Your Aging Eyes

Color and lighting are both critical aspects of designing for senior living spaces. Alesha Churba is a top consultant and Aging in Place professional. This overview is a great summary when it comes to planning spaces for Mom and Dad or anyone with eyesight issues. Enjoy!

Summer Fabrics – Crisp, Clean, Refreshing Design Ideas

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new from Kravet – coastal colors: blues, white and creams

New fabric fashions for inspiring window treatments and upholstery selections, blue colors still prevail as homeowner’s favorite providing a calm livable quality to any space. Think bedrooms, family rooms or any space you wish for a relaxing retreat from the non stop world we live in.

New exotic collection from Kravet
New fabric fashions for inspiring window treatments and upholstery projects. Blues still very much in demand for home furnishings.
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New design patterns from Fabricut
Handsome new collection with coordinating floral, stripes and Ikat patterns.
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New sheer fabric designs from Kravet
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Kitchen Remodeling on NBC House Smarts

We were fortunate to have House Smarts Michael Ayala interview us and our client for an upcoming episode of House Smarts airing on NBC this weekend, May 11th and 12th.

Small Kitchen Remodeling, Centreville, VA – maximizing storage space and finishes that create an old world Tuscan Charm. The slate floor was installed years earlier with a home remodel and the Kitchen was fully redesigned recently. Kohler’s smart divide sink is one of the client’s favorite features with graceful curves making clean up a breeze.

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Kraftmaid distressed maple cabinets, granite coutners and stainless steel Jenn Air appliances – a greenhouse window was added above the sink to allow for more daylight into the small kitchen space. Adding a new window above the sink with great design adds positive energy to your daily life where you stand many times during your day.

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Uplighting fixtures from Kichler add height to a normal 8′-0″ ceiling and reduce glare and overhead heat from down lamps.

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The refrigerator was moved over from the entrance and allowed a landing counter at the entry to the room which opened up the space dramatically. A tall pantry storage cabinet was banked with a counter depth refrigerator creating much needed storage.

Small Kitchen Beautiful Backsplash Detail
Italian crackle glazed tiles with intaglio and glass tile accents add classic timeless elegance; backsplashes are the jewelry of Kitchen design.

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Kohler’s smart divide porcelain sink in Sandbar color, stylish and functional – graceful cureves are easy to clean over the newer model zero radius sinks.

Fabrics to Inspire – Fresh Design Patterns and Styles for Spring

Built in Bench Seats add charm and character to a room setting

Built in Bench Seats add charm and character to a room setting


Clean colorways add freshness to older furniture - think reupholstery

Clean colorways add freshness to older furniture – think reupholstery

Fresh clean design styles, classic patterns you will never tire of, coastal elements are still trending. We love the crisp color combos, IKAT designs and the clean whites being used with one accent color.

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Spring spruce up, remodleing and design for the upcoming year.  Start with a professional planning and design consult – know where to begin and how to budget for your needs.

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Spring spruce up, remodleing and design for the upcoming year.  Start with a professional planning and design consult – know where to begin and how to budget for your needs.