Countertop Considerations | Choosing The Best Material For Your Space

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Countertops are a big deal because they are a big design feature in a room covering a sizable amount of space. Cost, durability, and color — just a few of the many things to consider when selecting countertop materials. Let’s explore countertops from planning to pros and cons of today’s most popular picks.

Coordinating Countertops

When planning countertops consider the entire room and all of its elements. Pick a surface material that coordinates nicely with surrounding cabinets, flooring, and other built-in design features in the room. Also be sure that the countertop you have chosen compliments the overall architecture of the home. 

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Natural Stone Know-How

Take the time to view countertop materials in person. Keep in mind natural stones may be labeled similarly but can vary widely in color, detail, and visual movement. Know your countertop surface measurements when you shop so you can reserve the exact stone to be used for your countertop. If there is a unique vein or color detail that you particularly like in a stone, you may even be able to request specific placement of that detail when countertops are cut. Islands and bar tops are highly visible places to spotlight interesting countertop characteristics. 

Suited Selection

Select countertops that are best suited for the intended use. Designers prefer granite, quartz, butcher block, and marble in the kitchen. These selections are both highly attractive and able to handle food prep and spills. Granite, quartz, and solid surface all hold up well to splashing making them excellent choices for the bath. More affordable laminate and granite countertop surfaces allow for easy clean up and are often recommended for the laundry or mudroom.

Countertop Considerations

Countertop Considerations

Pros and Cons of Popular Picks

Granite

Pros: Granite is famous for its durability and low maintenance. It is stain, heat, and chip resistant. This natural stone offers a depth of design texture that you simply won’t find in other countertops.

Cons: Natural stone can be difficult to repair if chipped. 

Quartz

Pros: Quartz is super durable and chip resistant. This engineered stone does not require sealing and is available in light colors including white. 

Cons: This material is not heat resistant and is often more costly than granite. Some patterns draw attention to the fact this product is man made. 

Marble

Pros: If you are after a luxe look, marble does the job. This natural stone is semi-heat resistant, available in light colors, and timeless in design.

Cons: A softer stone that easily absorbs stains, oils, and acidic based products, so regular maintenance like sealing is necessary. Marble is often more costly than granite.

Butcher Block

Pros: Wood offers a warm, natural look and is more affordable compared to stone options.

Cons: Butcher block is easy scratched, dented, and damaged. Sanding, oiling, and other maintenance is required to avoid heavy distress. Wood does not hold up well to direct heat, so hot pads must be used under hot items to avoid scorching. Knives can also cause damage so using a cutting board for food chopping is recommended. 

Countertop Considerations

Countertop Considerations

Less popular countertop materials include soapstone, solid-surface, stainless steel, ceramic tile, concrete, and laminate. Due to product availability, durability, and/or installation requirements these materials tend to be used less often.

Countertops can be costly, so think of them as a design investment. Everything Home can help you to make the best choice! We think beyond trends when selecting countertops — our team considers design, durability, and duration to make timeless picks that serve clients for many years. Contact us today to learn more about our uniquely custom interior design services.

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Design Tips For An Open Floor Plan

Design Tips for an Open Floor Plan

Open concept floor plans make for easy living but can be a challenge to decorate. With so much space to fill, it can be intimidating.  Step back and consider ways to design rooms within the room. Use space defining area rugs, cohesive color schemes, repeating hardware finishes, and smart placement of furnishings to make large spaces feel both more intimate and functional in the home.

Pro design tips for an open floor plan:

Defining Space

Creating vignettes within a large room helps to define intended use. Area rugs are champions of zoning large rooms. Start with an appropriately sized area rug and build a room within the room from there. Layer in furnishings that help describe the space. This may include seating, storage, tables, and accent furniture. Additional floor lighting and table-top lighting also help to designate zones.

Design Tips for an Open Floor Plan

Repeating Elements

Pattern brings unity to spaces both small and large. Repeat favorite elements in a room for instant design harmony. Textures and finishes are an excellent place to start—picking light fixtures, legs on furniture, and cabinet hardware of the same finish family is an easy way to bring consistency to a design.

Cohesive Color

Connect design colors used in an open floor plan design. A cohesive color scheme can include gradient colors progressing to achieve an ombre feel which subtly and seamlessly moves the eye from space to space. Contrasting color use can also be considered cohesive if the colors are complementary and attractive, yet different enough to sharply highlight special zones—like a bold fireplace wall in a neutral living space.

Design Tips for an Open Floor Plan

Pro Placement

Take the same five furnishings and arrange them five different ways, and you will have five completely different designs—that is how important placement is! Anchoring furnishings to a wall is common, but open floor plan designs shine through unique placement. Don’t be exclusive to the perimeter, consider room dividing placement of bookshelves, buffets, and other furniture pieces to establish room function boundaries.

Related article: Considerations when placing flooring

Multi-Functional Furnishings

The kitchen table can serve many purposes, from dining to DIY crafting, it is popularly a dual-use furnishing. Similarly, end tables in the living room hold anything from lamps to late-night snacks. Consider your lifestyle when selecting heavy-use furnishings, choose function over fashion for long-term use.

Yearning for a truly custom design experience? Contact Everything Home to learn more about our signature services which include mood board visioning, furnishing sourcing, and white-glove installation—our talented designers make design dreams come true!

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Questions to Ask Before Hiring an Interior Designer

Hiring an interior designer is undoubtedly a big decision, and an exciting one! With so many design styles and processes available it can be daunting to pick the right design firm and designer for you and your project. Asking some important questions upfront will help you make the best choice.

Here are some questions Everything Home is frequently asked, with our responses:

What is your design process like?

Our signature process is both interactive and enjoyable. Clients have an option to proceed through our three design steps as they wish—making working with an interior designer as easy as one, two, three.

Step one: working session. Clients have an opportunity to sit down with an expert designer for 2 hours to discuss their design wishlist. This step concludes with a consultation summary to guide clients towards achieving desired design.

Step two: design development. Get started with an in-home visit from your designer, measurements and photos are then added to your design portfolio. From there, scaled drawings, mood boards, visual renderings, and price estimates are developed and shared to fully communicate style recommendations. You can choose to DIY the design or proceed in the process.

Step three: project management. Design logistics like ordering, tracking, and storing furnishings are coordinated and white-glove installation is implemented by your designer during this final phase. Everything Home completes the 3-step experience with an exciting reveal day!

Learn more about Our Process here. 

Questions to Ask Before Hiring an Interior Designer

How involved does a client need to be in the process?

Our design process if flexible, we invite clients to be as involved as they would like to be. Hands-on or hands-off we can accommodate your design approach.

How do you communicate with clients?

Most Everything Home correspondence will be by way of email; however, staff and designers are also available to clients via phone. In-person meetings are part of the design process and will be scheduled as necessary.

What kinds of projects does your firm take on?

Our diverse portfolio includes refresh, remodel, and new construction design projects alike, all focused in residential design. Schedule a 20-minute exploratory phone meeting to see if Everything Home is the right fit for your upcoming design project.

Questions to Ask Before Hiring an Interior Designer

How will you manage my project so we stay on time and on budget?

We know being on-time and on-budget is crucial to our clients. Our experienced design team and support staff provides a valuable experience with their subject knowledge, refined eye, trade resources, and transparent guidance moving projects seamlessly from start-to-finish.

What types of issues could cause a project to be delayed or go over budget?

Everything Home makes every effort to understand a project fully to provide accurate timelines and budgets. Sometimes delays are unfortunately unavoidable, especially when unexpected structural or utility changes are identified mid-project. Unplanned changes could result in budget changes too.

What design styles can you execute?

Everything Home is known for luxe yet livable design. Our eclectic design team executes styles from traditional to transitional, contemporary to coastal, modern farmhouse to mid-century modern, and everything in between.

Can I see completed projects and speak to one of your previous clients?

Absolutely! We are happy to share client contacts so you can contract with confidence. You are also welcome to tour one of our model homes for a live preview or peruse our online galleries available on our website, Houzz, Instagram, and Facebook pages.

Contact us with additional questions and to learn more about how we can help you achieve your design dreams!

Questions to Ask Before Hiring an Interior Designer

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Designing Your Basement To Feel Good and Function Great

Basements allow a lot of opportunity to expand living space in a home. From a simple bar hangout to high-tech theaters, cozy craft corners to kids play spaces, guest bedrooms to expansive in-law suites — with thoughtful design a lot that can be achieved in the lower level of a home. 

Designing Your Basement To Feel Good and Function Great

Basement design renderings by Everything Home Designs

Consider these design ideas when planning luxe lower levels:

Evaluating Space

To begin designing your basement, visit the space throughout the day to survey natural light when planning use. Select window-less dark corners for theatre rooms and skip the screen glare. Windows are a must, however, if adding a bedroom space; providing sunrise views and most importantly safety. Egress windows (windows large enough to evacuate from in case of an emergency) are required in all bedrooms per local building code. 

Designing Your Basement To Feel Good and Function Great

Lighting Layers

Plan lighting layers to set various moods in the basement. Brighten things up with can lights and track lights as a primary light source. Soften the glow with wall sconces and lamps as secondary lighting. Each type of lighting serves a unique purpose, mix light sources for increased ambiance. 

Functional Floors

Basements sometimes take a beating—hosting large gatherings, kids play, sticky bar spills, and messy craft stations. Consider durable flooring like Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) when finishing lower levels. LVP offers a lengthy warranty, a waterproof finish, an easy to replace plank system and is available in warm wood-look tones. Soften the space with synthetic mold and mildew-resistant area rugs. Tile is the least desirable flooring surface for lower levels due to cracking that sometimes occurs when a home settles. 

Related: Flooring 101 Room By Room

Designing Your Basement To Feel Good and Function Great

Wall Treatments

Embellish basement walls with consistent treatments to tie the lower level in with the rest of the home. Wainscoting and shiplap add durability, texture, and a finished look to any space. Consider hard-surface washable wall treatments behind bars, in the bath, game room, and play spaces.

Designing Your Basement To Feel Good and Function Great

Color Inspiration

The basement is traditionally thought of as a colder space, both in sub-surface temperature and overall atmosphere. Select warm color tones and creamy whites to radiate coziness and warmth throughout the lower level. Shy away from bright whites and cool colors that can appear sterile.

Designing Your Basement To Feel Good and Function Great

Designing your basement is a big task. Contact us to learn how we can help you achieve seamless functional design throughout your home, from luxe basements to lavish back porches. 

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Interior Paint: Making the Best Choice

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There is no statement in a room as weighty as wall paint. Wall color is the backdrop to all room decor decisions. From beige to bold, wall color sets the tone for finished room design. Color is a powerful tool, capable of creating more than a style—it also embodies a feeling.

Consider the following interior paint points:

Curated Color Palettes

Picking a color can be intimidating. It is hard to narrow down favorites with all the tones, shades, and hues available today. Take advantage of years of professional experience and use curated color palettes available at the paint store when choosing colors. Do your research and look for marketing materials that show colors in consideration painted on a larger scale or finished project. Color palettes are often curated to support unique design styles. Rustic, vintage, organic, modern, traditional, or timeless—keep your style in mind when searching palettes.

Smooth Transitions

You are probably familiar with those little paint strips at the paint store with varying shades of the same color on a card. They are super handy! Once you find a color you really like, use the ombre’ color card to pick coordinating colors for nearby paint applications. Go a shade or two lighter or darker throughout the house for easy color transition.

Smooth Transitions

Paint that Pops

Painted walls don’t have to be boring, use painter’s tape to create shapes and custom designs. Both tone on tone and complementary colors will yield unique graphic expressions. Color-painted ceilings are another opportunity for stand out design. Use soft neutral colors on the ceiling for a soothing feel or dark bold colors for dramatic design overhead.

Paint that Pops

Quality Finishes

Paint technology is getting better and better and finishes are becoming more of a preference than a principle. Evaluate the space to be painted and consider both design and durability when deciding on an appropriate finish. Quality paint sources now boast washable flat paints, which is an exciting innovation since it’s a favorite for wall applications. Flat paints are easier to touch up after wear than paints with sheen in the formula. Low-sheen matte paints are still a better choice than flat paints for concealing water marks in damp bathrooms. Semi-gloss paints are scrubbable, making them ideal for use on doors and trim.

Quality Finishes

Color Assurance

White paint is no longer just plain white—there is creamy white, pure white, snowy white, chalk white, lacy white, and so many more ideas of virtually the same color. And yes, it really does make a difference. All those little variations do equal different results. Don’t skip the samples, take the time to paint a large cardboard panel with sample colors and hold it up to the wall to ensure that your paint selection is the perfect one. Evaluate the sample board during different times of the day before committing to a larger pail of paint. Changes in natural light from sun up to sun down can make a noticeable difference.

Color Assurance

Tap into a valuable resource by consulting with interior designers at Everything Home for your next paint project. Let a professional eye guide you towards choosing interior paints with intention and make a lasting impression. Contact Us, we would love to learn more about your next paint project!

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How to Put the “You” in Unique Design

Unique design starts with you! The most personal designs are a result of being involved, intentional, and authentic throughout the design process. Honing your unique design style takes time. Explore trends, ask friends, tour homes, and talk to experts. These are great ways to sort through likes, dislikes, and what really works best for you!

Here are a few tips to help you achieve uniquely-you design:

Plan for Real Life

Your design style should be reflective of your life-style. Consider the wants and needs of all users who will occupy the space. Take time to contemplate anticipated room use and function upfront. This will lead to smart design decisions and ultimately happy spaces. Organization, accessibility, durability, and technology are all very personal design features to consider.

Create a Vision

Knowing what you like and what you want out of a design helps establish a vision. A balance between aesthetics and function also creates timelessness in a design. Having a vision helps keep you focused, on track, and eliminates unnecessary expenses that can arise when plans are incomplete or fickle. Designing spaces piece-by-piece with long gaps of time in between can lead to perpetually unfinished spaces, a recurring desire to alter the plan, and sometimes a room without a purpose.

Contrasting Elements

Contrast creates a more realistic and natural feel in a design. Layer contrasting materials, patterns, and textures to enhance visual energy. Think coarse next to smooth, shiny next to dull, scratchy next to soft, etc. Contrast elevates design with unique personality.

Be Authentic

Incorporate unique family heirlooms and everyday pieces into room design. Every house has a story to tell—authentic design tells your unique story. From custom color palettes that represent your tastes to decor that spotlights your interests, design can say a lot of things. Go with design selections that speak to you!

Everything Home’s signature Satisfaction by Design process is interactive and customizable. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you to achieve truly YOU-nique design!

Wallpaper Woes: Tips for Avoiding Wallpaper Mistakes

Modern wallpaper installations are full of wow! Avoid the woes with smart selection and application. Whatever your design style, there is a paper for you. Gone are the days of dated theme borders and dull matte papers. Today’s wallpaper is all about texture, durability, and fun. Wake up tired design with wallpaper!

Wallpaper Woes: Tips for Avoiding Wallpaper Mistakes

Consideration to Make for Avoiding Wallpaper Mistakes

1. Accent or All – How Many Walls to Paper?

Stumped by which walls to paper, or how many is too many? Relax knowing there are no set rules. In a small room like a powder room or den, all walls are suitable for papering. In a larger room like a living room, bedroom, or office, you might choose one accent wall instead. A fireplace surround in the living room, the headboard wall in the bedroom, or desk area in the office are all great accent choices. Pantry shelving, beverage bar, and laundry washing station backdrops are also fun one-wall applications.

2. Paper Selection by Application

Wallpaper has come a long way, and it’s not even all paper anymore. Vinyl wallpaper is a thing, and it’s an amazing thing! Kitchens, baths, bars, and laundry rooms are all considered wet zones in the home. Traditional paper wall coverings succumb to moisture and are prone to peeling when wet. Advanced vinyl wallpapers resist water are now available in a wide variety of print and pattern. Vinyl papers are durable and easy to clean too. Conventional paper wall coverings are more suitable for dry zones like bedrooms, living rooms, offices, and dens.

Wallpaper Woes: Tips for Avoiding Wallpaper Mistakes

3. Print, Pattern, and Paint

From bold botanicals to florals and animals, patterned menswear to rivets and studs, timeless grasscloths to metallics and leather—there is a paper for every style. As designers we couldn’t be more excited to see wallpaper trending again. The texture and ta-da wallpaper adds to a room is unparalleled to plain painted walls. Prints and patterns are usually seamed every 24-27”, so consider the repeat when choosing wallpaper. Small prints sometimes repeat more often and can actually appear busier than large patterns which repeat less often. Murals are comprised of several widths of wallpaper but do not repeat. Murals do not necessarily have to fill the space they are applied on, alternatively they can be framed in paint or wood. Pro-tip: Paint walls before papering in a coordinating color to minimize unsightly seams that naturally occur over time due to sun and humidity.

4. Specialty Installation – Ceilings

Possibilities for papering are really endless! Ceiling applications are unique ways to incorporate texture and pattern into a room design. Above the master bed, over a dining table, and a coffered ceiling are all neat places to paper. There are a few things to consider when papering ceilings. First, work with a qualified and experienced installer who has access to proper equipment including ladders and scaffolding and can also guide you through choosing proper paper weights and coatings. Also, make sure any ceiling lighting rims and mounted speakers coordinate with the paper design. You don’t want these to stick out, so pick finishes that disappear into the wallpaper.

Wallpaper Woes: Tips for Avoiding Wallpaper Mistakes

The designers at Everything Home can help you in avoiding wallpaper mistakes. We love assisting our clients find perfect wallpapers from subtle to stand-out! We can take care of the sometimes intimidating installation process too. Contact us to learn more about our flexible Satisfaction by Design process.

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Evolving Style – Traditional to Transitional

Are you ready to trade heavy drapery, ornate details, and deep rich color tones for airy textiles, casual touches, and fresh color palettes? Consider a refresh instead of a remodel. Transitional style blends traditional tastes with modern trends.

Evolving Style - Traditional to Transitional

Tips on turning traditional design transitional:

Cabinetry – Fresh Finishes

Cabinets take up a lot of real estate in the bathrooms and kitchen. One of the quickest most satisfying style updates involves modernizing cabinet finishes. Out with traditional dark cherry and light oak woods and in with painted white and grey cabinets. You won’t regret the brightness light cabinetry brings to a room. Complete the look with a white marble, granite, or quartz countertop and simple backsplash.

Evolving Style - Traditional to Transitional

Furniture – Lines Tell Time

A simple furnishing update is sometimes all a room needs, preventing unnecessary room renovation. Replace traditional rolled arm, nailhead studded, and wood accented furniture pieces with transitional track arm, linear edge, simple-legged pieces.

Evolving Style - Traditional to Transitional

Wood Tones – Floors and More

Modern wood tones are organic, natural, washed out, and less polished than once popular traditional cherry and oak wood tones. Transitional woods range from natural unfinished hues to hints of honey and even dark inky walnut stains. White-washed, distressed, and driftwood also represent a more contemporary style.

Color – Swatches to Watch

A little paint certainly goes a long way. One of the least expensive and most noticeable updates to any space involves wall color. Transitional color palettes are much lighter and brighter than traditional picks. Warm reds, yellows, and oranges are replaced with cool blues, pale greens, light grey, and faint beige.

Evolving Style - Traditional to Transitional

Textiles – Err on the Side of Airy

Formal and feminine are common words used to describe traditional textiles. Elaborate floral patterns and bulky velvets all suit traditional luxury style. Transitional fabrics appear minimalistic and fresh in comparison. Bright whites, light grey, natural tans, and subtle pops of color adorn transitional textiles. Light and airy textured fabrics like linen and cotton-linen blend are popular transitional picks. Geometric and neutral prints are also preferred.

Evolving Style - Traditional to Transitional

Everything Home can help you turn tired traditional spaces into timeless transitional places. Contact us to spark inspiring home style!

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Make Room for a New Room: Formal Dining Room Spaces Repurposed

Your house may have more space than you think! Before you add on, before you move out, look around — perhaps you can repurpose an underused room and maximize your existing floor plan. Formal dining rooms are commonly underused spaces in modern living but lend great opportunity for new rooms. With their location conveniently next to the living room and kitchen, the possibilities are vast.

Formal Dining Room Conversion Ideas:

Library/Den

Make this space your niche nook, an informal place for hobbies and happy time. Add built-in bookshelves, cozy chairs, soft glow lamps and voila, you have a library/den space to relax and read in. Settle in with a hot cup of tea from the nearby kitchen for the full effect.

Home Office

Converted dining rooms make great home office spaces because having a door is not always necessary. A desk is usually a must along with added storage for files, and shelves for supplies. Depending on your work life, you may also consider installing a large wall calendar art piece for keeping track of schedules, appointments, task lists, and other important details.

Guest Room

Unless you host regular out-of-town guests and have the extra space it doesn’t always make sense to devote a bedroom solely for visitors. Consider adding a hidden Murphy bed to underused rooms for multi-functionality. Get creative finding ways to add secret sleep spaces for temporary stays.

Baby Nursery

Growing families can convert formal dining spaces into a nursery during the baby years to save space and/or keep baby close by if the master is also on the first-floor. Shorten frequent walks in the night tending to baby and allow for more convenient diaper changes during the day by keeping the nursery near.

Playroom

This is one of our favorite family reuses for any underused room, a playroom! Little ones can play the day away, rain or shine in a devoted playroom space. Add bins for toy storage, table with chairs for art projects, floor cushions for reading, tents for a hideaway—you name it, so many options and so much fun to be had. For older kids consider adding a tv and lounging chairs to create a cool hangout space.

Ready to re-room? Everything Home can help convert underused spaces in your house to your favorite places! Contact us to learn more about our unique interior design process and services.

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The Essentials for a Spa-Like Bathroom

The Essentials for a Spa-Like Bathroom

Bathrooms are the most necessary room in your home, but why not make them feel luxurious! Set the tone for both a good day and a good night’s sleep with a spa-like bath experience. Simple bathroom design details can go a long way in creating feelings of peace and tranquility if implemented with intention.

The basics of designing spa-like bathroom retreats:

Declutter and Display

Clutter causes confusion and anxiousness, not something anyone needs in their daily routine. Remove items from bathroom countertops that are not used often, tucking them away under sinks and in linen closets. Expand storage opportunities by installing hanging wall baskets and shelves for holding extra goods if necessary. Countertops are prime real estate in the bathroom, reserve that space for things you need quick access to throughout your day. Display these necessities in clear jars, baskets, and on vanity trays for ease and aesthetics. Soaps, lotions, cotton swabs, and cotton balls all usually make the grab-and-go countertop list.

The Essentials for a Spa-Like Bathroom

Natural Touches

One of the most inspirational design features in a room is wall color. For a relaxing feel, choose calming nature-derived colors. Neutral whites, beiges, grays, and cool blues and greens are proven to be soothing color selections. Avoid bright, startling, hues and bold distracting wallcoverings. Add plants and floral touches into bathroom design to create a holistic natural-feeling environment.

The Essentials for a Spa-Like Bathroom

The Essentials for a Spa-Like Bathroom

Soft Goods and Sundries

Spa-like bathrooms are more than a look, they’re a feel. Freshen up your linen closet with luxe towels, slippers, and robes. Lay a fluffy bath mat down for added splendor. Keep scented soaps, lotions, candles, oils, and other sundries on-hand for a full aromatherapy experience.

Five-Star Upgrades

As a nice alternative to soaking tubs, pamper yourself by installing a high-pressure rain, and/or handheld shower head. Additionally, consider adding electric warmers so you can enjoy toasty towels while drying off, especially during the cold winter months. Radiant-heat flooring also adds warmth and coziness while barefoot in the bathroom.

Everything Home can help you design a bathroom that looks and feels like your favorite spa. Contact us to learn more about our wide range of design services.

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Mudroom Must-Haves

Just because mud is in the name doesn’t mean it can’t be marvelous! Mudrooms are more than a place to stash your muddy mucks. Think of mudrooms as arrival and departure centers in your home—a place to hang your coat, sort mail, leave a message for your family, and more.

When planning the perfect mudroom, consider the following opportunities and options:

Storing Shoes and Other Stuff

First things first, you definitely need a place to store shoes in the mudroom. Build a system for storing shoes, coats, backpacks, and purses. A combination of benches, lockers, cubbies, hooks, and bins will conceal the mess and prevent tripping hazards that personal items sometimes cause. Personalize storage centers by family member name to keep things orderly.

Message Board System

Mudrooms are a popular stop, making them the perfect place for posting the family calendar, weekly shopping lists, and chore check-off sheets. Playful fabric pin boards and chalkboard walls are excellent options for organizing upcoming events and family messages.

Arrival Station

As the arrival hub in the house, ample countertop surface space in the mudroom is key. Having a place to drop the groceries, keys, mail, etc. will help if your hands are full coming through the door. Incorporating wall pockets for quickly sorting mail and drawers or hangers for keys is helpful too.

Perfect Place for Pets

Pet-friendly mudrooms provide opportunities for custom built-in crates, fluffy pet beds, pull out cabinetry for food storage, a place to stash treats, hooks to hang leashes, and an easy to clean location to feed and water your furry friends. This hot trend is one to watch for!

Don’t Forget Durability

Mudrooms experience a lot of foot traffic, so durability is key. With so much action there will inevitably be drops, spills, and drippy shoes . Flooring must be durable, stand up to moisture, and be easy to clean. Consider tile or Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) for the mudroom. Walls may endure similar destruction. In addition to drywall think about adding shiplap, bead board, or board and batten for increased durability.

Everything Home can design a mudroom to simplify your daily routine. Contact us to learn more about our custom interior design experience!

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Designing Creative Kid Spaces

A wonderful childhood is just that, one full of wonder. Creative spaces provide an atmosphere for curiosity and imagination to blossom. Everything Home embraces every opportunity to design environments that encourage pleasure and personal growth for our clients, no matter the age!

Here are design tips for some of our favorite creative kid spaces:

Book Nooks

Think puffy pillows, cozy throws, and bundles of books. Book nooks fit perfectly into corners and window benches. Floor cushions and bean bag chairs provide comfy seating for young readers. Rows of floating shelves lining the walls stocked with fun reading material is a key ingredient. A reading light nearby for those late night read-a-thons is helpful too. Don’t forget something cozy to cover up with and twinkle lights overhead for added ambiance. Oh, and a plush rug to soften the space if necessary.

Study Zone

Study zones are places for students to focus, blooming the brightest ideas. For some children a traditional desk and chair makes the most sense, for others a window seat learning nook, or standing work space. Ample lighting, composed of overheard light and fun lamps illuminates a study zone perfectly. Docking stations for charging laptops and tablets are a nice touch. Mingle in bins and jars for organizing supplies like pencils, pens, paper, etc.

Crafty Corners

Art from the start — crafty corners are the place for paint, glue, glitter, crayons, markers and any other materials that help little ones channel their inner artist. Naturally, these creative spaces can get a little messy so start with washable flooring. Then incorporate wall storage and bins for organizing supplies. A washable work table with fun chairs is a must. As a finishing touch add a gallery wall for displaying masterpieces — this could include a series of simple frames or string wire with hanging clips.

Imagination Station

Imagination stations embrace curiosity and encourage unique ideas. From dress-up centers to Lego tables, make room for free play. Add a simple platform stage for small performances and big debuts. Hang whimsy mirrors for dress-up and showcase boxes for completed Lego builds. Tired of tripping on toys? Organized toy storage is the solution! Wall storage units with labeled hide-away bins and baskets are successful in keeping toys in order and out of the way.

Focus and Fun

Incorporating room for mindfulness and focus can yield plenty of fun too. Climbing encourages focus while helping to burn off extra energy. Unique climbing walls and structures can be integrated using rock-like hand and foot holds. Yoga similarly promotes strength in body and mind. Start with a hard floor and a large wall mirror in building a special space for growing yogis. Twinkle lights and flameless candles can add tranquility to the yoga experience. For practicing gymnast and dancers alike — soft mats, balance beams, and bars are great addition.

Everything Home is excited to design creative kid spaces to embrace your child’s uniqueness. Contact us to learn more about these inspiring design ideas!

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