NEW: Virtual Interior Design Services

Virtual Interior Design Services Indianapolis

Everything Home’s new virtual interior design services allow clients to kickstart their design dreams safely from the comfort of their couch. Using modern technology, our team works remotely to re-imagine spaces and specify new builds. Best of all, you do not need to be a tech wizard to utilize our new virtual services!  We walk clients through every step of the process and can adapt services to fit individual needs.

Virtual Interior Design Services Indianapolis

Getting Started

Give us a shout—through Houzz, Facebook, Instagram, email, or using our online form found here. Our team will reach out to schedule an exploratory phone call where we can learn more about your project goals and timeline. Or feel free to call us at 317-854-5546 to get this design party started pronto!

Design Consultation

Interactive connectivity remains paramount through our virtual design services. We connect with clients at their convenience via FaceTime, Google Duo, or Zoom to identify their project scope, determine design budgets, and virtually tour spaces. Everything Home’s digital style quiz coupled with online engagement tools like Morpholio Board, Pinterest, and Houzz help us to recognize client inspiration and customize project style boards.

Design & Development

We use Chief Architect software to create 2-D and 3-D renderings for sharing conceptual designs with our clients. A sneak peek is coordinated giving clients an opportunity to visualize their finished space through a designer’s eye. Screenshare technology allows designers to debut designs with a simple email invite—no special accounts or login is necessary. Best of all, through this live virtual working session design edits can be made on the spot! Selections and pricing are all presented.

Measure & Verify

If you feel handy with a measuring tape we can virtually walk you through taking your own project measurements with live support. Alternatively, we are available for in-home visits where we record measurements while adhering to CDC social distancing recommendations. Samples of many finishes and textiles are still obtainable, allowing clients a typical touch-and-feel experience prior to approving any final selections. Samples are available for pick-up or delivery.

Project Management

Behind the scenes our design team coordinates sourcing, ordering, tracking, receiving, and storage of curated furnishings. All construction and installation is coordinated at the comfort and convenience of the client. We are committed to following CDC social distancing recommendations to ensure the safety and wellness of both our clients and staff during installation.

Virtual Interior Design Services Indianapolis

Work with Indy’s top-rated interior design firm today. Let’s connect virtually to bring your design dreams to life in as little as 3-6 weeks. Stay home in style!

Happy Home. Happy Life. 

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Zionsville Forever Home – Improved Design with Everything Home

Zionsville Forever Home

In preparation for retirement, our Zionsville client relocated from out-of-state to be closer to their kids, grandkids, and aging parents. An open yet cozy and functional house was at the top of their forever home wishlist. Everything Home was able to redesign this couple’s original home floor plan to accommodate their request for a more airy and accessible layout.

Zionsville Forever Home
Interior Design: Everything Home Designs | Photo Credit: Sarah Shields

Problem Solved

When we met at the 2018 Home-a-Rama, our client had architectural plans for their existing home in-hand. Our design team analyzed the plans and saw numerous ways to improve upon the original layout to better suit their unique needs. Everything Home was contracted to re-design this client’s home layout in an effort to maximize comforts of retirement living and opportunities to host large family gatherings. 

Project Scope

The Zionsville home was a teardown and new build, construction was completed by Jerry Schafer Custom Homes. Everything Home was retained to re-design this home. 

Our team used 3D visualization tools to help our client understand their new spaces. 

We made all of the material selections for this project including cabinets, flooring, countertops, backsplashes, trim, lighting, plumbing, and paint. We also established a furniture and decor plan, including project management and an exciting reveal day of the great room, dining and kitchen.  Function and best use of space were paramount to the client. 

Designer Vision

The existing floor plan was re-imagined to include a main floor master bedroom and a laundry room within close proximity to the master. An enlarged mudroom with a breezeway feel and built-in mother’s desk was also part of the new plan. The dining area was moved to provide the best window view in the house, and an expandable dining table with extra seating was added for hosting extended family. Ample play space and a bunk room for frequent visits from grandkids was a must. To make the oversized living space feel more cozy, seating next to the fire for quiet nights at home as a couple was a special touch. Built-in furniture pieces on either side of the fireplace were also installed for versatility and storage. The kitchen design was updated to include a handy beverage station and convenient pantry storage near the garage entry.

A neutral palette with black accents, unique textures, and unexpected patterns was used throughout yielding modern farmhouse feels. Click here to enjoy a full photo gallery tour opportunity of this private home!

Ready to re-imagine your space? Contact us to schedule a 20-minute exploratory phone meeting and learn more about our flexible design services. We are now offering virtual design consultations too! 

 

Designing Outstanding Outdoor Kitchens

Be inspired by nature as you prep, cook, and serve delicious meals in your own backyard oasis. Outdoor kitchens are a hot trend for both entertaining guests and intimate family meals. Designing the perfect outdoor kitchen takes some planning so we’re sharing some of our tried and true pro tips.

Zones

Similar to indoor kitchens, the most user-friendly outdoor kitchens often have the same three things in common—prep, cooking, and dining zones. 

Plenty of prep space is important, including a place to prepare recipes and plate up the finished product. Cooking is the heart of the outdoor kitchen, so decide what kind of meals you want to prepare outside and plan accordingly. Appliances to include, from grills to griddles, really depends on your cooking wishlist. Definitely plan dining space so you can enjoy meals prepared outside with family and friends. Dining options may include table and/or bar seating with extra space for relaxed lounge seating too. 

designing an outdoor kitchen

Appliances

Start with must-have appliances and build your kitchen from there. For most people, a built-in grill tops the list. Griddles, range tops, smokers, and pizza ovens are also fun for outdoor cooking.  Keep in mind, if your porch is covered you might want to add a ventilation system so you don’t smoke out guests. 

When it comes to drinks—beverage refrigerators, wine coolers, ice makers, and kegerators are all nice additions to the outdoor kitchen and bar. You will want to keep those drinks close-by, ice cold, and flowing when summer temps heat things up!

designing an outdoor kitchen

Materials

Natural elements can be harsh on outdoor kitchens, especially when built open-air without cover. Outdoor appliances are always recommended for longevity. Non-corrosive materials like stainless-steel are intended to provide years of use outside. 

Every season brings unique conditions from sun-scaled to freezing temps. Invest in heavy-duty UV resistant fabrics to prevent fading and tearing of umbrellas, cushions, and other textiles. Extend the life of grills, dining tables, and chairs by using covers during the harsh winter season.

designing an outdoor kitchen

Utilities

Consider necessary utilities when designing kitchen zones. A well-thought-out plan ensures accessible gas hook-ups to support grills/smokers, plumbing installation for sinks and ice makers, and proper electricity placement for appliances and lighting. Also, take into account that some appliances rated for outdoor use require specific voltage/amp plugs.

Storage

It’s no fun lugging utensils, dinnerware, and other essentials out the door every time you want to have mealtime on the patio. Integrated storage is a must! Plan closed cabinetry to accommodate kitchen necessities outdoors. To ensure items are kept clean and protected, use plastic totes inside cabinetry.

Don’t forget a place to store trash and recyclables too. Roll out or tilt bins are preferred since they are easy to use and do a good job concealing unsightly garbage. You may want to keep some cleaning supplies handy outside too, for unexpected spills and quick clean-up. 

Your backyard is about to get a whole lot more fun! Contact us to get started planning your perfect outdoor kitchen. Let’s get cooking!

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Want To Intern At Everything Home Designs?

Want To Intern At Everything Home Designs?

Everything Home is a group of fun-loving interior designers that pride ourselves in delivering transformative interior design projects that are on time, on budget, and always beautiful. We are searching for an interior design student who wants to join in on the fun while getting an inside look into the interior design industry.

Summer 2020 Interior Design Internship

Overview

Our summer Interior Design Internship is a 3-4 month unpaid program focused on giving third or fourth year interior design students an inside look at the design industry. The applicant will be selected for the summer season, May-August, and make a 2 day/week commitment. The applicant should be proficient in CAD, Chief Architect and have a car.

What you can expect

As an Interior Design Intern, you will get to participate in a supervised learning experience alongside a team of award-winning designers to utilize and sharpen your skills in CAD, Chief Architect drawings, space planning, renderings, client presentations, and staging models. You may learn how to prepare samples and selections for furniture and fabric, client presentations and company marketing events.

Other activities may include vendor presentations, furniture installations, and spec home and model staging and photo shoots.

You’ll learn directly with our team to help accomplish day-to-day tasks and assist with design-related errands.

Please note: This internship is unpaid and there should be no expectation of any entitlement to be paid at the end.

Application Requirements

  • Third (preferred) or fourth year of an undergraduate degree in an interior design-related field.
  • Be available 2 days a week from May-August to work at our Studio at 1132 S Rangeline Road in Carmel, IN. Typical hours are 10-5 pm. (Tuesday-Thursday preferred; some flexibility).
  • Have a car and be willing to use it for project work.
  • Have experience in software: Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Auto Cad, Chief Architect, and Sketch Up.
  • Have a positive attitude, willingness to learn and passion for design.
  • Be motivated to work independently.
  • Conduct oneself in a professional manner in both dress and demeanor.
  • Need to fulfill an internship as part of a degree program (preferred).

Please note: This internship is unpaid and there should be no expectation of any entitlement to be paid at the end.

Apply now. Send cover letter & resume to:
Everything Home
Amy Humes
Business Manager
amyh@everythinghomedesigns.com

5 Common Home Renovation Questions: Answered

5 Common Home Renovation Questions: Answered

Home renovation is definitely exciting, but it can be a little intimidating too. Understanding the process will help you to minimize stress and maximize efficiency. We’ve put together a list of home renovation FAQs to help you navigate your next remodeling project.

Common Home Renovation Questions, answered

From where to start to what to expect, here are five common home renovation questions answered:

#1 What Should I Remodel First?

Evaluate your home for design issues and then work towards solutions. Start by determining what you want to achieve with a remodel including which parts of the home are most in need of renovation. Fundamentals first! This means investing in a sound foundation, roof, windows, plumbing, and heating/air is a necessity if they are in need of repair. Then prioritize your design update list—since updated kitchens and baths often bring the best return on investment we recommend homeowners prioritize these rooms for remodeling if they are undesirable or outdated. 

#2 How Do I Prepare?

Renovation is an investment in yourself, and also your real estate. After prioritizing your renovation wishlist, establish project budgets. This may require methodically scanning a space to determine what the remodel will entail—floor to ceiling. Then get to know what you like and don’t like. View online galleries (Houzz and Pinterest are great places to start!) and visit model homes to get a feel for your own personal style. Consider your home’s anticipated value post-renovation and how long you plan to reside in your residence to determine what investment makes sense. Look for low-interest funding if necessary and begin to interview qualified designers and/or referred contractors. 

#3 Do I Hire Help?

Seeking pro advice is definitely recommended. Even just one consultation with a professional designer can save money and especially time in the long run. Working with an interior designer and/or project coordinator is usually the easiest and most enjoyable way to remodel a home. DIY is an option too depending on homeowner skill, interests, and especially timeline. A combination of the two may be the best fit and a good option for modest project budgets. Everything Home offers flexible design services ranging from design coaching (designer provides a professional design vision for the client to implement with their own contractors) to full-service design and install (designer is retained to design, coordinate, and oversee the renovation project from concept through completion using preferred vendors and construction partners). 

#4 How Long Does Home Reno Take?

Home renovation can take weeks to months depending on the scale of the project. Timeline is an important consideration before planning a renovation. Reno often leads to some disturbance at home, including some rooms being inaccessible or relocation from the job site. Plan renovation projects during appropriate seasons to accommodate altered schedules and living. Project timelines can change, sometimes speeding up and other times slowing down. Surprises can be mitigated with ample research and upfront exploratory work. The more planning, the better!

#5 Will I have to Move Out?

Though not necessary for every renovation project, typically for convenience it is best to relocate during extensive remodels. Living off-site may even help contractors to accelerate construction since working hours will be less limited. Projects requiring demo are particularly messy and often generate large amounts of dust, and sometimes even toxins. Reno zones may be deemed unusable for extended periods of time—a potential need for temporary housing is definitely something to consider when formalizing project budgets.

Working with experienced professionals like Everything Home can take the mystery out of home renovation. Contact us to learn more about our flexible design services and award-winning home makeovers. 

What home renovation questions do you have? Leave them in the comments below and we’d be happy to answer them. 

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2020 Kitchen and Bath Trade Show Style Recap

2020 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show

The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) is North America’s premier place to see the hottest kitchen and bath trends live and in-person, an opportunity we couldn’t pass up! At the show, we had a chance to chat with 600 exhibitors from leading brands while networking with some 31,000 industry professionals in attendance. Participating in trade shows like KBIS are no doubt fun, but also extremely important in fulfilling our quest to bring clients the most current home innovation and design styles.

It was clear at this year’s show that there is no shortage of options from current vendors. Customization is important to designers and consumers alike. We’re excited to see that many of our favorite products are now offered in a variety of styles and finishes to support any type of consumer. Best of all, timeless mix-and-match design continues to shine.

Top trends from the 2020 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show

Custom Color

Color was definitely trending! We were blown away by the number of custom color options being offered—from basic custom hardware finishes to custom color farmhouse sink fronts. Appliances, bathtubs, and countertops all have the ability to be color-matched too.

Cabinetry

White Shaker cabinets continue to top the list as a consumer favorite—with 85% of homeowners preferring its classic style. However, some new colors are emerging including dark paint finishes like black, charcoal, blue and green. Color cabinets are expanding from simple accents to entire kitchen installations. Shaker and flat panel doors remain the most popular. Wood finishes for range hoods, wine racks, and floating shelves are making a statement in the kitchen too.

Countertops

Quartz countertops are still in demand, especially white and gray tones. Veining patterns are becoming more consistent with marble and looked less engineered moving into the future. Dark countertops are starting to make a statement too.

Tile

It seems there is an endless amount of tile choices these days, and we’re loving it! Raised texture tiles with 3D projections are a standout choice. From simple wave designs to complex geometrics, textured tiles make a unique statement on wall installations. Irregular shape tiles and wood grain tiles are also very on-trend.

Finishes

Mixed metallics and matte finishes are designer favorites. Matte black is a popular choice and matte white is a new launch catching speed. Smokey gray-metallic graphite finishes and brushed gold and silver finishes are top picks as well. One thing is for sure, mixing finishes is proving forever fashionable.

Smart Home

Smart homes have never been smarter as tech manufacturers are starting to integrate voice activation while syncing brands all under one app! We loved Delta Faucet’s VoiceIQ™ technology which allows you to speak to your faucet and tell it the exact amount of water you’d like it to dispense. Techy living is becoming more practical and accessible to all.

We’re excited to bring you the best in both fashion and function at home. Contact us to learn how a style refresh, home renovation, or new build can lead to dream living.

Happy Home. Happy Life.

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6 Master Bath Must-Haves

6 Master Bath Must-Haves

Planning a master bath build or remodel is exciting—a chance to design your perfect spa oasis! Plus you can relax knowing bathroom remodels top the list for the best return on investment, it really is a win-win. 

We put together a list of 6 master bath must-haves to guide you in designing the perfect master bathroom:

Proper Lighting

Soft, subtle natural light is a preferred light source in the bathroom. Consider outside views and privacy needs when planning windows. You may want to position new windows high enough to provide privacy while still letting light in. Window treatments like motorized shades or top-down shades are also great options, providing privacy without completely obstructing natural light and/or views.  Wall sconces and overhead vanity lights are nice selections for additional lighting and chandeliers are always a fun choice if you’re feeling fancy. Tape lighting under cabinet toe kicks is another unique layer of light to add in the bathroom, also serving as a night light. Add a dimmer for versatile light intensity day and night.

6 Master Bath Must-Haves

Feel Good Floors

Aim for flooring that not only looks good but feels good under your bare feet. If you are planning a tile floor consider installing radiant heat to warm up naturally cool tiles. Luxury vinyl plank and luxury vinyl tile floors are also great choices for the bath—they’re waterproof, super durable, warmer than traditional ceramic tile and have less grout to maintain. 

6 Master Bath Must-Haves

Handy Vanity

If you share the master bath with another person you will want to include a double sink vanity if possible. Double vanities prevent a traffic jam when multiple people are rushing to get ready and out the door. Providing individuals with their own sink and storage space is a simple luxury.  Hard-working vanities with divided drawers, electrical plugs, and custom accessory storage are especially useful in bathroom spaces with limited space. Undermount sinks are another nice vanity feature, allowing for easy no-lip cleaning and maximum countertop surface space. Floating vanities (without legs) are another clever option, they are simple in design and also very easy to sweep around.

6 Master Bath Must-Haves

Bathing Options

If ample space is available, plan for flexible bathing options in the master bath. A combination of a large easily accessible walk-in shower and freestanding or soaker tub is preferred. Open space wet rooms with exposed shower stalls are on-trend, but they are not for everyone—you must first consider your comfort level with showering in a large space without doors. Wet rooms are often constructed with a lot of tile, so maintenance is another consideration. In lieu of storage niches, benches that start inside the shower and extend outside into the bathroom area are an option that provides both shelf and sitting space. Adding a rain shower head, personal hand shower and/or wall jets are also luxury touches to consider. 

6 Master Bath Must-Haves

Easy to Clean 

Surfaces that are easy to clean are instant favorites. Large bath tile formats or alternative tile products with less grout line to maintain lend to easy cleanup. Doorless open-entry showers are more ventilated minimizing the growth of mold and the need to clean glass doors and shower liners, but the added use of tile does come with grout that can get grimy. Countertops like granite and quartz resist staining and do not absorb makeup, toothpaste, soap, etc. Consider matte metallic plumbing fixtures that don’t show water residue and corrosion as much as bronze and black finishes. 

6 Master Bath Must-Haves

Techy Touches 

Beyond the basic must-haves comes our favorite bonus bath feature—technology! Touchless faucets for both convenience and germ-free activation ensures hand washing is easy and efficient. Digital thermostatic valves can be added to showerheads to remotely program and hub control water temperature by the user. Audio speakers integrated into shower heads (also available in ceiling exhaust ventilation fans) is another futuristic installation to consider. You can also stay warm with the addition of heated towel racks and heated floors. 

6 Master Bath Must-Haves

From new to renewed bath projects, Everything Home can help you achieve your bathroom dreams. Our seasoned design team can help you maximize your bath budget without skipping out on your most loved master bath must-haves. 

Contact us to talk about your project.

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Choosing Window Treatments for Your Home

Choosing Window Treatments for Your Home

Unlike pillows and throws that get swapped out by the season, window treatments are a design investment. Select window treatments with long-term design goals in mind and don’t hesitate to splurge for what you want. Consider both function and fashion when determining the best options to ensure longevity.

Below are some window treatment profiles to help you navigate their style and design differences:

Woven Shades

Relaxed and casual in design, versatile woven shade window treatments add a natural touch to any room. For full privacy add lining and for enhanced texture choose from wood, jute, bamboo, or flax materials. Consider inside mounting woven shades for a refined look. Inside mounting hides mounting hardware behind trim work making the shade installation appear seamless.

Choosing Window Treatments for Your Home

Roman Shades

Casual and super customizable Roman shades offer timeless appeal. Roman shades can be lined for full privacy and are available in a wide-range of fabric colors and textures. Different pleat styles and custom tape designs support unique looks. Motorization for easy raising and lowering is an option too.

Choosing Window Treatments for Your Home

Roller Shades

Streamlined and modern, roller shades allow some natural light in for partial light control while still maintaining privacy. Roller shades can also open all of the way to give a full view of the outside world. A variety of fabrics and colors can be used to blend furnishings. Motorization and inside mounting are available options too.

Roller Shades in Family Room

Drapery Panels

Drapery brings softness, color, and texture to a room. With a variety of pleat options, fabric selections, and seemingly endless embellishments — drapery panels are a custom window covering capable of supporting any style. Layer drapes with other window coverings or use them alone. Line drapes for added privacy and room darkening effects. For a luxe look, hang drapery high to draw the eye up. High-hanging drapes accentuates room height which makes the space appear larger. Decorative rods and finials are available in an assortment of finishes allowing drapery to blend nicely with surrounding style.

Choosing Window Treatments for Your Home

Shutters

If you’re after a clean built-in look then consider shutters. Easy to operate shutters offer both flexibility and function. They insulate your windows and may even reduce home energy use.  Custom options include varied blade widths for light control, mixed viewing opportunities, and unique finishes. Shutter window treatments are a timeless choice that may also add resale value to your home.

Shutters in Master Bedroom

Blinds

Traditional wood, faux wood, and metal blinds offer privacy at a great price point. Their clean streamlined look has a lot of applications complementing many design styles. With a variety of different textures, finishes, and slat sizes available you can easily find the right blinds to fit your needs.

Blinds in Master Bedroom

We can help you with choosing window treatments that support both your room design and lifestyle preferences. Let’s chat window goals — contact us here!

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A Fresh Start: 5 Refreshing Design Tips for the New Year

5 Refreshing Design Tips for the New Year

Now that holiday decor is tucked back in storage, things may be looking a little sparse around the house. A clean canvas can be very exciting—embrace the new year with new style goals! We’re sharing 5 feel-good design tips that are both refreshing and easy to accomplish.

Design Tips for the New Year

New Paint

Nothing transforms a room quite like new paint. From a simple accent wall to a whole room, painting walls is an inexpensive way to make a big impact. Corporate paint companies research and launch new “colors of the year” each winter, this is a great place to find inspiration when choosing a color. Nature-inspired selections like petal pinks, cider hues, sea blues, and woodland greens are topping the list this year. Grey isn’t going anywhere though, still a very popular neutral along with white and beige. Kick off the new year with a new palette! 

5 Refreshing Design Tips for the New Year

Toss Pillows & Throws

Holiday pillows and throws are festive, fun, and quite frankly adorable. By now you may be missing the whimsy and warmth they brought to your home. Pillows and throws add a special touch and especially texture to the room. Consider adding faux furs, fuzzy chenilles, soft velvets, and woven sweater pillows/throws to your space this winter and bring back that cozy feeling.

5 Refreshing Design Tips for the New Year

Restyle Surfaces & Bookshelves

Bookshelves and table tops can look particularly bland after holiday decor is packed away. Liven up furniture surfaces and shelving with trays, candles, woven baskets, stacks of books, and potted greenery (fresh or faux, anything goes!). Take bookcases to the next level with a fun print or pop color backdrop. Consider adding peel-and-stick wallpaper or a bold paint color to the back of enclosed shelving for a unique style. 

5 Refreshing Design Tips for the New Year

Declutter

There is no better time for decluttering than the beginning of a new decade. It’s natural to accumulate a lot of extra stuff as the years go by. Resolve to rid your space of items that no longer serve you, have a purpose, or support your style. Clearing surfaces opens opportunity for new additions as your design style continues to evolve. Plus it just feels good to let it go. Make arrangements for donating used decor and make someone’s day!

5 Refreshing Design Tips for the New Year

Rearrange

A new year brings on many new thoughts—some entail how you plan to spend your time in the future. Perhaps 2020 calls for more reading, family game nights, or entertaining. Evaluate your current space and decide if it supports your aspiring lifestyle. Rearrange items you already own to help decide what stays and what must go. You may need to shop or swap other rooms in your home during this exercise. Sometimes simply moving furnishings around revives a room and makes things feel fresh again.

5 Refreshing Design Tips for the New Year

We can help you achieve your design goals in the new year! Our award-winning design team can coach you through DIY design or complete your project from start-to-finish. Contact us to learn more about our flexible services.

Happy Home. Happy Life.

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A Complete Home Renovation with Everything Home Designs

A Complete Home Renovation with Everything Home Designs

Recently we had an exciting opportunity to renovate a home that hadn’t been updated since the 90’s — a designer’s dream project! Our client was after fresh feels without sacrificing function, something we can definitely get behind.

Kitchen before/after renovation

Are you curious about our renovation process? From the first working session to WOW, Everything Home’s signature design process is organized, professional, and seamless. Follow along to see how our process works, concept to completion. Read how we turned a 1990’s time capsule home into a 2019 modern model home in just two months. 

Our Renovation Process, Step by Step

Step 1 – Working Session

Everything Home jump started this renovation project with a working session. This paid two-hours session is the first step in our signature design process. The working session is more than a simple meet-n-greet, it gives our client an opportunity to share their wants and needs, and hear a professional designer’s advice and recommendations in-home. 

The working session is very hands-on. During the working session for this project, we moved furniture around, envisioned color palettes together, and weighed options for ideas both big and small. A consultation summary and estimate for design development was provided to the client the day of their working session.

Step 2 – Design Development

Our client proceeded in hiring Everything Home for design development, so measurements and photos were then taken in-home. This is the second step in our signature design process which involves our designers creating mood boards to introduce style recommendations. Scaled drawings and visual renderings were also developed and shared with the client.  

Additionally, the design development phase involves a lot of communication with trade partners. A “Trade Day” is scheduled to walk all trade partners through the job to discuss designer vision. We bring all of our contractors in at once so they can discuss what it will take from each of them to complete a task like taking down a wall or placement of new lighting. Our success with design projects is a direct result of our strong contractor relationships and crystal clear communication with trade partners. You may be noticing a theme by now, communication is our specialty! 

Before/After Entryway Renovation

Once all details were finalized, we brought the client back in for review. An estimate for project management including all design installation logistics was also presented. After approval our designers got busy sourcing, ordering, tracking, receiving, and evaluating furnishings as they arrived. 

Step 3 – Project Management

Ready to reno! The client hired Everything Home for project management, the third step in our signature design process. This allowed us an opportunity to make their design dreams come to life. To ensure the design project was managed to expectations, a weekly check-in meeting was scheduled with the client, designer and trade partners through the entire design installation. 

Everything Home designers are experts in managing logistics and frequently stop by job sites to confirm progress is going as anticipated. The client doesn’t have to worry, the designer is there to take care of any surprises that pop up along the way.

A Lasting Impression

This renovation was full of updates including modernized cabinetry, flooring, fixtures, paint, appliances and the list goes on! Paint was no doubt a high-impact design update in this renovation. Dated dark-stained molding and doors were re-painted with a fresh coat of crisp white. Down came old fashioned floral wallpaper and up went a neutral paint palette of white, cream, beige, grey, dusty blue, and lilac. 

 Before/After Bathroom Renovation

Luxury vinyl plank wood-tone floors replaced worn out carpets. Gold brass fixtures and hardware were updated with nickel plated selections. The buff brick fireplace surround got a facelift too, and one with timeless appeal integrating neutral brick tones. Heavy drapes and curtains were removed and replaced with simple white Roman shades to emphasize modern style. 

Complete Home Renovation - Before/After living room

View more before and after photos of this project here

A new home doesn’t have to literally mean a new home—Everything Home can breath new life into an old space with our award-winning interior design services. Ready for a new look in the new year? Contact us to get started on your complete home renovation or home refresh. 

Happy Home. Happy Life.

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Styling Open Shelving: What The Pros Know That You Should Too

Styling Open Shelving

Styling open shelving seems simple in theory — find some fun home decor accessories and arrange them on a shelf. If you have ever tried to style a shelf then you know it can be quite the contrary at times. Cute can lean towards cluttered real quick!

Styling Open Shelving

Styling Open Shelving

Here are pro tips to help you dodge a hodgepodge next time you style a shelf:

Value

Shelving is a focal point in a room, a place for your story to be seen. Incorporate intentional accessories that illustrate your personal style — from family heirlooms to favorite finds. Shelves can be both pretty and purposeful so also consider function when choosing decor. Think baskets and boxes to store loose items like remote controls, iPads, kindles, reading glasses, and other easily misplaced objects. 

Variety

Attractive shelf displays usually have a little of this and that. A mix of content including framed family photos, art prints, books, trays, clocks, vases, baskets, plants, and 3-D structural pieces can all be part of the design plan. Blend unique finishes like wood, glass, ceramic, and metallics for stimulating textures. Keep color in check with the surrounding room design, limiting the palette to two or three shades. Incorporate colors that compliment textiles, walls, and furnishings within the same space. 

Size and Scale

If you style a shelf and something seems a little off, step back, it could be the size and scale that is out of balance. Start by placing larger items first to ground the space. Then fill voids with smaller items to bring unity. Stagger heights and widths of individual objects to create visual interest and dimension. You might even elevate smaller decor pieces on stacks of books or boxes for extra height. 

Grouping

Aim for an organic design by displaying odd numbers of objects. This might include odd numbers of items in one cubby or three items in one cubby and two complimenting items in a neighboring cubby. Arrange an eclectic mix of finishes within each individual grouping and repeat similar elements throughout the entire shelf display to support overall design flow.

Keep it Fresh

As the seasons change and holidays come and go, incorporate fresh decor. Swap standard accessories for seasonal colors and textures to reinvent shelf style. Integrate holiday decor and new finds periodically for fresh feels. 

Styling Open Shelving

Styling Open Shelving

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Kitchen Design Considerations: Designing a Beautiful and Efficient Kitchen

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Important kitchen design considerations to make when planning your space

The kitchen is the hub of most homes—  from a simple eating place to a lavish entertaining space, there is a lot to consider when it comes to kitchen design. Definitely take advantage of visiting local models and showrooms when planning. Physically peek in drawers, open cabinets, investigate appliances, and sit at the island. Get a feel for what you like, hands-on is the best way to gather good design ideas! 

Check out these additional kitchen design considerations when your planning fashionable yet functional kitchen:

LifeSTYLE

Evaluate personal needs to ensure your kitchen is designed in a way that fits your lifestyle. If you entertain frequently you may want a larger island and/or workspace to accommodate groups of family and friends in the kitchen. Islands are a favorite space to eat from and stand around enjoying company, plus they are often a focal point in the kitchen. If you host a lot of parties, you may even consider an adjacent room or sitting space that would allow guests to interact from outside of the kitchen. If you are a gourmet cook, make room for specialty appliances, ample prep space and a well-stocked pantry. 

Kitchen Design Considerations

Love the Layout

Think about your ideal work triangle when laying out the kitchen. A work triangle is the distance between the sink, refrigerator, and range—the most used features in a kitchen. All distances should be relatively close, just a step or two in between is ideal. You will love having the pantry and garbage nearby too. If space allows, a walk-in pantry is an attractive addition. There are also plenty of integrated cabinet systems available that make food storage functional and seamless. Make a list of what you like to keep in your cabinets and pantry, then think out a space for each item to ensure you are planning ample storage space.

Kitchen Design Considerations

Planning Convenience

If you spend enough time looking at kitchen galleries online you will notice pot fillers, beverage stations, breakfast bars, and butler’s pantries are all the rage. That is because they add convenience to busy schedules, something we all desire.

Pot fillers can be plumbed directly above the stove and alleviate the need to carry heavy pots of water across the kitchen, plus they look cool. Beverage stations and breakfast bars help jumpstart the day with easy organized access to coffee, tea, smoothies, cereal, and other grab-n-go items. This may also be a handy place to store the toaster, waffle iron, cute mugs, and pretty plateware. A butler’s pantry also increases storage and serving space in the kitchen, plus it adds high-end looks. Added cabinet and counter space for a butler’s pantry may include a beverage refrigerator, curated pantry items (in adorable jars!), favorite dinnerware, and other select items.

Kitchen Design Considerations

Picking Appliances

Standard appliances include range, refrigerator, dishwasher, and usually a microwave. Commercial sizes and apartment sizes are available to support different lifestyles and living. Range hoods are popular for making a fashion statement in the kitchen while offering functional ventilation and added lighting. Specialty appliances include warming drawers, steamers, espresso machines, beverage coolers, ice machines, and more. Smart enabled kitchen appliances like app-operated ovens and alerting refrigerators are now available for the tech savvy cook. Efficient appliances make cooking faster and more fun.

Kitchen Design Considerations

Style Statement

Cabinetry, countertop, hardware, and lighting selections all offer opportunities to embellish a space with unique style. For a modern look, opt for slab or shaker style cabinets. Raised panel cabinets are more traditional in design if you are after timelessness. Countertops consume a lot of space in the kitchen, so aesthetics are as important as function. Consider your cleaning routine and countertop uses when selecting materials. Our recent post on countertops has lots of great info to contemplate. Hardware in the kitchen is like jewelry, a chance to make a bold statement. Make selections that reflect sought after style. Lastly lighting—it’s time to shine! Spotlight workspaces and overall design with appropriate fixtures. 

Kitchen Design Considerations

Everything Home designers know their way around the kitchen. We would love an opportunity to design your happy place—a kitchen that makes cooking more efficient and fun. Contact us to learn about our signature process

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What kitchen design considerations did you take into account when planning your kitchen? Did you forget any? Share your kitchen design experiences in the comments below. 

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