Interior Design Trends: Relaxed Interiors

Relaxed Interiors

Light, airy, lived-in, comfortable and casual are some of today’s popular home design and decor buzz words. Who doesn’t love a room that looks good and feels good? With life becoming increasingly more fast-paced and tech driven, a calm nature-inspired environment at home is more essential than ever. Relaxed interiors help us unplug, unwind, relieve stress and recharge.

We’re thrilled to see nature and wellness lead these home design trends:

Feel Good Fabrics

That feeling of your favorite tee shirt, you know the one! It feels good right? And it makes you feel good too! That’s how home should feel, like your favorite tee shirt. Feel good fabrics can be comfortable and durable—cotton and linen top our preferred list for furniture, drapery, and accessories. Crisp muted color choices and subtle pinstriping patterns are some of our favorite picks for a relaxed, classic look. Bonus points for washable, because life happens!

Relaxed Interiors with Feel-Good Designs
Photo credit: Robin Bruce

Natural Textures

Layers of natural texture in a room make a space feel organic and approachable. Show rooms are looking more lived in than ever, because honest is the style — and one we are totally embracing! Metal, glass, stone, leather, and wood are all fun natural layering textures. Light wood flooring and furnishings are back in the spotlight again too, and more stunning than ever! Woven baskets and live plants are also filling homes and hearts.

Natural Textures in Design Elements
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Collected Elements

Modern meets primitive is a beautiful thing! A combination of collected elements all mindfully mingled together can tell a unique multi-generational story. A collected room is timeless and ultimately soothing because it just feels easy. Think hand-hewn waterfall tables, oversized white pottery vases, wicker dome lampshades…and whatever else speaks to your soul.

Relaxed Interiors
Photo credit: Robin Bruce

Recycled and Repurposed

Repurposing makes earth-sense and it’s on trend too. However, cost should not be the motivating factor when deciding to repurpose furnishings—sometimes it can actually cost more to reupholster or professionally restore an heirloom. Sentiment makes it worth it though.

Recycled and Repurposed Elements
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Multi-Functional

It is hard to pass up a 2-for-1 deal! Especially if it means you don’t have to move room-to-room to complete individual tasks. Multi-functional design utilizes space with supreme efficiency to help fulfill maximum purpose. Some common multi-use trends that are popping up around home include —beverage bars in the kitchen, built-in wall storage in the living room, enlarged mudrooms with craft space, office desk nooks and an open floor plan between kitchen and dining spaces especially.

Multi-Functional Interior Design
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We can help you simplify your home style and your lifestyle with relaxed interior design!  Contact us to get started planning the perfect oasis to call home.

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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!

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Kitchen Cabinet Considerations

Kitchen Cabinet Considerations

We’ve all seen images that make us swoon on social media, bold beautiful kitchen cabinets, dapper hardware, sleek open shelving—but what about function. Did they nail that too?

The idea of marrying style and function is paramount when it comes to kitchen cabinets, and that is where guidance from an experienced designer dominates. When it comes to kitchen cabinets, there is so much to consider. We’re sharing some of our valuable kitchen cabinet knowledge.

Kitchen Cabinet Considerations
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Budget Basics

Cabinetry is often the most expensive element of a kitchen build or remodel, but also the most used. Typical cabinet installations range from $11k-40k depending on the details. Cabinet brand, door style, material type, overlay, and height all greatly affect the budget.

Material Type: Door and box construction is available in MDF and/or wood. MDF is made of thin panels of wood fiber mixed with resin and wax. It is more affordable than wood but less durable.

Inset and Overlay Options: Inset cabinet doors are set into the door frame, giving a uniform cabinet face appearance, which usually comes at an upgraded price. Full overlay doors cover the cabinet face completely and are usually less costly compared to inset doors. Partial overlay cabinets are the most affordable option with smaller doors exposing some of the cabinet face.

Height Matters: Full-height cabinets require a fuller budget. Ceiling height cabinets will cost more than 7’ standard height cabinetry.

Kitchen Cabinet Considerations
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You can save time and money by leaving appliance footprints in place when redesigning cabinetry layouts. Doing so avoids the need to run new utilities. Salvaging some or all of your existing cabinetry and refinishing it is another budget-friendly option to consider.

Learn the Lingo

Seasoned designers are able to navigate quality cabinets that offer the most value regardless of their box, semi-custom, or custom label. It sometimes takes a refined eye and brand experience to know the difference, but we think all are viable options. Mixing and matching of box, semi-custom, and custom cabinetry is also something to contemplate when trying to maximize a small budget.

Box Cabinetry ($): Focused offering of cabinets, usually available in 3” increments. Typically the best sellers in terms of color, door style, and size are in-stock and available with quick turnaround. Good, better, and best options are often available–a designer eye can help navigate the best value. Advantages include lifetime warranties, affordability, and availability. Can be customized with after-market hardware.

Semi-Custom Cabinetry ($$): More options than boxed cabinets, wider range of door style and color availability. Usually available in 1/4” increments. Custom looks with quicker construction turn around then some fully custom options. Special accessories available.

Custom Cabinetry ($$$): Fully customizable for unique sizing requirements and space limitations. Color-matching and specialty finish options available. Non-standard heights and depths achievable to accommodate large storage items like serving dishes.

Kitchen Cabinet Considerations
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Favorite Features

Let’s start with the must-haves—dovetail construction for durability, soft-close doors and drawers for ease, concealed roll-out trash receptacles, and 3/4” shelving to avoid sagging from heavy dishes. When it comes to splurge-worthy additions consider—roll-out trays, drawers over doors for pots and pans, cutlery dividers, plate pegs for fragile wares, sheet pan dividers, built-in knife blocks and utensil jars, organized spice storage, and an “appliance garage” for off the counter appliance storage. These features are available in all types of cabinets (box, semi-custom and custom), a designer can guide you towards the best options for your space.

Selecting a Style

Start by connecting your cabinet style to the rest of your house by finding inspiration in neighboring rooms. Then create pin boards of your favorite kitchen fashion and cabinet functions to envision a style profile. Present these mood boards as visual cards when working with a designer. Co-collaborate to establish a harmonious design that embodies both desired style and function.

Kitchen Cabinet Considerations
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Zoning In

Creating optimal function is usually the number one concern when drafting a kitchen cabinet design. A new cabinet design is a new opportunity to eliminate underused features in an effort to best utilize space available. Zone kitchen work spaces to be more accessible, solve annoying problems and better serve guests through intentional cabinet placement. Kitchen islands, custom storage hutches and built-in beverage bars are designer favorites and timeless cabinet installations that enhance kitchen function.

Kitchen Cabinet Considerations
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Our experienced design team can help determine the best use of space in your kitchen—we are experts in solving cabinet layout and storage problems. Kitchen cabinets are costly and complicated, maximize your investment by involving a professional designer from the start. Contact us to jumpstart dream cabinetry design! We are now offering virtual design services!

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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. 

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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

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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.

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Everything Home’s Favorite Things of 2019

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We are grateful for another year spent doing what we love—making design dreams come true! To close out 2019 in style we asked our team to submit a sampling of their favorite design finds from this year.

Check out what trends topped the list:

Matte Black and Metallic Gold

Industrial matte black and metallic gold is a timeless combination that continues to make a good impression. Light fixtures, ceiling fans, plumbing fixtures, cabinet hardware, and furniture legs are some of our team’s choice places to incorporate black and gold finishes.

Custom Kitchen Appliances

Vintage made modern kitchen appliances were another standout this year. With over 200 color choices to choose from, retro-inspired ranges and refrigerators are making a sleek and stylish statement in the kitchen. High-end custom kitchen appliances in general stole our designer’s hearts!

Built-in Bar Convenience

Convenience continues to add value to a design, especially around the kitchen. Handy beverage prep and dish drying stations integrated into the bar sink were also a favorite to make hosting guests a breeze.

Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring

We built extra durability into our designs this year with Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) flooring. This stunning floor option resembles authentic hardwood while offering superior wash and scratch resistance. LVP flooring tolerates damp conditions making it an especially wise choice for basement and bath installations.

Bold Floors and Walls

This was another hot year for patterns and prints! Welcome back wallpaper and designer tile. Powder rooms, fireplace surrounds, shelving, and headboard walls were some of our favorite places to incorporate fun wallpaper prints and textures. Additionally, shower walls, kitchen backsplashes, and mudroom floors proved to be interesting spaces for patterned tile installation.

Special Seating

With most new builds forgoing the formal dining room, our team is often tasked with designing a versatile dining experience. In an effort to make a single space feel both casual and sophisticated, our designers incorporated a lot of mixed seating. We like to keep dining design flexible with mix and match chair options ranging from fun to formal.

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Ready to jumpstart the new year in style? Contact us to schedule your in-home design working session. May 2020 bring you new inspirations, goals and achievements. Cheers!

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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

Need help accessorizing your home? Everything Home offers accessory/styling service packages. Contact us to learn more about our flexible and accessible interior design services. 

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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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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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