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How to Add Value to a Deteriorating Exterior

The exterior of your house is one of the most important parts of your property because it's the area that guests see first when visiting. Although the exterior can begin to look neglected over time, there are ways that you can transform the environment and allow it to stand out. If you want to add value to your deteriorating exterior, there are a few essential steps to take as a homeowner.

Fix the Siding

The siding is one of the most prominent parts of the house, and its condition really influences the overall feel of your home. If you have damaged or dirty siding, not only does it lower the value of your home, it can also leave you vulnerable to larger problems with your house and its structure. When replacing the siding, make sure you match the new siding to the old. Nothing looks tackier than a patch of really nice, new siding that is surrounded by a different style. If you can’t find an exact match, it may be worth it to just replace all of your siding.

Repair Old Features

Beyond your home, many features nearby can contribute to your home's curb appeal. Even if your home looks great, broken or dingy features around your home can drag the look down. If your mailbox has seen better days or the driveway is cracking, you need to get those fixed. Not only does it look bad, but these things also present a safety hazard. If you live in an area that has extreme temperature changes, driveway cracks can go from minor nuisances to huge problems in just a few days. It’s better to get these things fixed while they are still small and manageable.

Install a New Fence

Having a fence that is good repair increases your curb appeal and your security. If you are looking to replace your fence, the most important thing you should look at is what the fence is made of. Wood fences may be classic, but they can be difficult to install, and they deteriorate fairly quickly. On the other hand, vinyl fences stand up better under weather conditions, and you can build your own fence pretty easily. If you want the classic wood look, but don’t want the maintenance that comes along with it, you can use vinyl that looks like wood.

Paint the Front Door

The front door can become the focal point of your exterior if you paint it with a bold color shade that has contrast with the rest of the colors of the building. If your paint is fading, peeling, or cracking, it needs a touch up or fresh coat of paint. A bright front door is considered to be trendy and will also allow the house to stand out in the neighborhood. Some of the top color shades to consider are black, yellow, and red.

Although it can be easy to become embarrassed by your house's exterior, there are ways to dress it up and enhance its beauty. With the right materials used and upgrades performed, you can increase the appeal of your home and allow it to have more value.

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5 Tweaks That Will Revolutionize Your Kitchen

We all love our kitchens to be as functional and beautiful as possible. There's a good reason why, too. Most people spend a great deal of time in their kitchens, and it tends to be a busy place that serves multiple functions. Since we expect so much of our kitchens, it's wise to make the most of them, and even the little tweaks can make a big difference. Here are five of those adjustments that will make a huge difference to the functionality and beauty of your kitchen.

 

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If you are in the market for cabinets, but you're not sure if you should go with standard cabinetry or custom, seriously consider custom cabinets. With standard cabinets, small spaces are often not utilized to their full potential. When a space in your kitchen is in between two sizes of standard cabinets, the smaller cabinet is installed with a filler piece so that the cabinet looks finished off. The only problem is that the filler piece is wasted space. When someone custom designs your cabinets, they can find the best ways to use all of your space.

 

Brighter Lighting

If you feel cramped and claustrophobic in your kitchen, a fairly simple and inexpensive fix is to change the lighting so that it is brighter. It will make your kitchen feel bigger and more cheerful. It also makes finding the wine bottle opener easier to find. Update your interior paint job to brighten up the room even more.

 

Knobs and Drawer Pulls

If you feel like your kitchen is looking outdated, changing out the hardware on your cabinets is a fairly inexpensive way to drastically change the way that your kitchen looks.

 

Staging

It's the details that matter the most, and sometimes those details are pretty simple fixes. For instance, a small rug or some flowers can make the room so much more inviting. Feel free to look at the magazines for ideas.

 

Pare Down

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One of the easiest ways to create a more enjoyable, functional, and beautiful kitchen is to get rid of things that you no longer need. Many people tend to keep things that aren't serving a purpose anymore. Sometimes, we do this because there's nothing wrong with the item. For instance, if you have forty mugs, it's very unlikely that you'll use them all. Go through and keep the ones that you love. The rest, you can either have a garage sale, give to a friend, or donate to charity.

 

There are numerous small upgrades or even minor changes that will drastically improve the beauty and functionality of your kitchen. You will feel more comfortable and confident that your kitchen is serving your needs in the best possible ways.

The Best Paint Colors for Wood Floors

The Best Paint Colors for Wood Floors

The Best Paint Colors for Wood Floors

The Best Paint Colors for Wood Floors


There is certainly something to be said for the warmth and richness of a hardwood floor. It’s a mainstay in the flooring world for a reason. And with an increasingly wide array of wood choices, from bamboo, to walnut, to exotic hardwoods, homeowners are able to bring a whole new look and feel to any space. But what paint colors go best with that new or existing wood floor? There really is an art to choosing the perfect color; here are a few tips when it comes to picking paint to accent those gorgeous hardwoods.

Lighter Stained Woods

Bamboo is becoming extremely popular. And with the lighter look of bamboo or any other such hardwood, you want to be careful in choosing your wall color. Yes, many people love that bold, richness that comes with dark reds, deep purples or chocolate browns, but will the blonde colored flooring hold up?

Generally, a lighter wood floor is going to go a long way toward creating an airy, more spacious feel. Weighing it down with a heavy color could mar this effect. Perhaps the best way to go to really help that new flooring standout and create the statement that it should, is to keep your palette light and airy as well. Whites, beiges, light greys, all work tremendously well with light stained woods.

Mid Range Color Wood

In this category you will most often find species such as red oak and cherry. They definitely tend to be of a warmer nature. You therefore want your wall color to respond in kind. That is to say, if you wish to carry this warm effect throughout the entire space, go for a paint with a similar base as the floor—reds, yellows, brown or orange undertones.

On the flip side, you might also be looking for contrast. Here is where you might opt for cooler shades such as light greens or blues to really play against the warmer floor tones and thus create a spectacular contrast.

Darker Hardwoods

We get to the walnuts, mahoganies and some of the more exotic species in this dark category. Here you can really go a variety of ways. A dark floor often acts as a neutral; meaning, anything goes. So feel free to have some fun with it.

Keep in mind however, if you do choose to put a dark color on the walls, the entire room may feel a bit heavy. Just be mindful of creating balance when choosing your color.

We would love to help you select the perfect color to go with your wood flooring. Our design consultants are available to review swatches and even come out and take a look at the current space to offer professional insight. Call today for your free consultation!


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The Hottest Color Trends for 2018

The Hottest Color Trends for 2018

2018 color trends


With the new year comes a brand new outlook on, well, just about everything. One of the most popular improvements for the new year, repainting. There’s nothing like starting off with a fresh new look for your home. Give a room more vibrancy, more life, make it a place the family loves to congregate. So what colors should you be looking at as we enter 2018 and you strive to makeover a tired and otherwise drab space…Here ae a few suggestions regarding the new year’s hottest new colors.

Bolder is Better

People aren’t afraid of venturing into new paint territory. Beiges and whites are certainly fine, but if you really want to create that WOW effect, how about a bolder choice. Deep reds are definitely daring—giving your room instant warmth and instant flair.

Or what about a bright, more electrifying blue. If contrasted with clean white trim and more neutral accessories, a standout blue shade could really turn a room around.

Getting Back To Nature

Just as the world seems to be going “green,” so are paint colors for 2018. It’s all about true earth tones—not merely sedate attempts at such colors. Paint manufacturers are mimicking that verdant green, or the honeyed browns, the golden sun-kissed tones. Nature is making a designer come back in a major way in the new year!

Go-to Grays

Grey has always been a big color and this coming year, it’s getting even bigger. Now more and more homeowners are experimenting with various shades of this not-really-neutral tone. Yes, gray does go with just about anything, but it also holds its own on the color wheel. If you’re not sure about a particular shade for a particular room, there are a world of grays to explore.

Fashion Forward

As the fashion world goes, so do paint colors. 2018’s palette of choice also involves soothing, verging-on the-brink-of-pastel tones. The sea foams, the lavenders and the corals are all trending but in an updated and fresh new way. A great color scheme for creating an ultra restful bedroom.

Whatever direction you want to head with your paint colors come 2018, we’re here to help! Our design consultants would be happy to provide a free consultation as you look to spruce up your space as the new year approaches.


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Picking the Perfect Gray: So Many Choices

Gray is trending. And why wouldn’t it be…

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Gray is a neutral color that still possesses the subtleties of shading, tone and depth. Not to mention, gray goes with just about anything. Homeowners are certainly falling in love with the color—but then comes the tough part, which shade of gray is right for your home?

From charcoal gray, to silver gray, to near white gray, the possibilities are seemingly endless. So how do you know which gray is right for your particular project? We’ve helped a number of clients sort through the kaleidoscope of grays out there in anticipation of a room remodel. What we have discovered is that the shade of gray chosen is dependent on personal preference, the amount of light a room gets, the furnishing and décor going into that room, and even the overall function of the room.

Assessing Your Light Situation

Does the room being painted have a ton of natural light streaming in? It’s important to evaluate the lighting situation prior to selecting your gray of choice. Generally, if your room does have an abundance of light, the gray that you put on the walls will appear rather “cool” during the day. If this is the effect that you want, then choose a shade that really plays up those cool undertones. If however, you want a warmer feel, then you might wish to select a gray that tends toward the beige end of the spectrum.

Light versus Dark

The intensity of the gray you choose will certainly make a big difference in the overall feel and look of the room. If you really want that essential “grayness,” perhaps go for something a bit darker in nature. Whereas if you are only looking for hints and whispers of gray, you might want to steer toward lighter shades that are more neutral in appearance.

What Else is in the Room

Some people want to work with what’s already in the room. So with a living room for example, the couches, areas rugs, and other such furnishings and accessories will all factor into your choice of gray. This is why swatches are truly a wonderful invention. Grab a bunch, put them next to your furniture. See what works and what shades to avoid all together.

Gray is a very hot color, and fortunately, a timeless one! We would love to help determine which gray might be the best choice for your room makeover. Call today for your free consultation and let’s select that perfect shade for your home!


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Choosing a Color When Refinishing Kitchen Cabinets: Not as Easy as it Might Seem!

Choosing a Color When Refinishing Kitchen Cabinets: Not as Easy as it Might Seem!

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You’re looking to brighten up your kitchen. You want to totally recreate the space, but you want to do it on a budget. Are such transformation dreams impossible? Not at all—kitchen cabinet refinishing can help reinvigorate this most essential room in the house, dramatically transform the way your kitchen looks, and allow you to do so on a budget.

One of the biggest hurdles when it comes to cabinet refinishing: picking that perfect color. There are actually a couple of different ways you can go here, paint or stain. If you love that natural look and feel of wood, if you want to be daily mesmerized by the wood grain, then re-staining is probably your best bet. Whereas, if you want to go a little less traditional and perhaps a bit bolder in terms of integrating an actual color, then investigating paint possibilities might be a better choice for you.

Painting Your Cabinets: Bright and Bold

How about a red kitchen? A calming sea blue color? You can also always go with the never out of date and ever chic white or its numerous variants. When painting your cabinetry, you literally have a near endless array of colors from which to choose. Keep in mind, this is a fairly long-term change, you therefore want to give it some careful thought and try and look at the big picture.

It’s important to choose a color that you can live with (for awhile at least). Go to your local home store and grab a few swatches—grab hundreds if you need. Ponder these for a bit and see which colors draw your eye the most. The key to a great cabinet paint color is to select a shade that complements your own design tastes, that won’t be considered dated (case in point: that avocado green or electric orange of old), and that goes well with your appliances, furnishings and general décor.

When Staining is the Way to Go

Some people simply love the look of wood. Wood kitchen cabinets are traditional for a reason after all. There are still a variety of tones and shades and finishes from which to choose when res-staining your cabinets. Much as with painting, you have to select an option that suits your personal style

If you really want to highlight the nuances and richness of the wood grain, the perhaps a more natural finish. Some people love deep dark wood colors, especially given that contrast they can potentially provide. And still others prefer a cleaner more modern stain solution.

Whichever cabinet color you choose, we know that you will be amazed at how your cabinet facelift completely transforms your kitchen. We’d love to review your options and help you add new life to the heart of your home. Call today for your free estimate!


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Keep Your Cabinets Looking Beautiful: Tips on Caring for Newly Painted Cabinets!

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Your kitchen is looking chef’s-dream perfect! You’ve made the wise choice to have your cabinets repainted and thus update the look of the space without spending tens of thousands on brand new cabinetry. Same incredible effect, much easier on the budget. Now the trick is to keep the gorgeous new color and sheen of your freshly painted cabinets. Caring for newly painted wood, whether furniture, cabinets or any other such surface, really is about simply taking the time to follow some basic guidelines and also avoid a few definite no-no’s.

We’ve certainly dealt with our share of cabinet maintenance and finish preservation issues. So here are a few tips and ideas from the pros for keeping the paint finish on your redone kitchen cabinetry looking spectacular!

  • Take care of spots and stains right after they occur. This is an important one! The longer you let a stain or spill sit on the surface of a freshly painted cabinet, the more difficult it will be to remove. You also risk having a permanent mark of some sort or discoloration as a result of letting a stain go for too long before wiping it away.
  • Use mild products when wiping down cabinets. Using anything too harsh or chemical laden will inevitably mar the finish. A mild detergent will remove just about any stain or dirtied area without causing any issues. You could even use just a cloth dampened with water and maybe a drop of dish soap for more stubborn spills.
  • Avoid an abrasive cloth, towel, sponge etc…You want to use a gentle and soft cloth on your newly painted cabinets. And also make sure that prior to wiping down the surface, the cloth that you are using is clean and not harboring any grainy or hard particles. These can scratch the finish and ultimately ruin the look of your cabinetry.
  • Do not leave cabinets wet. When you are cleaning your cabinets, it’s very important that you wipe down the surface and then dry it. Leaving moisture sitting on painted wood for prolonged periods of time can cause issues such as bubbling, peeling and discoloration.

Your newly redone cabinets can maintain their amazing appearance for years to come! It really is all about how you take care of them. And as you can see, the cleaning of your cabinets comes down to the basics. A little forethought and just a touch more extra care and that finish will continue to stun!


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4 Painting Quotes We Love and Why We Love Them

4 Painting Quotes We Love and Why We Love Them

Painting Quotes


You know how there are times in life when you get stuck and need some inspiration. What do you do? Do you talk to a friend, a doctor, read a book, take a walk, or something else that’s therapeutic to you? Well, we love looking at quotes by famous people to help jump start us when we get stuck. There are so many good ones out there, especially when it comes to house painting or painting in general. From famous artists to regular house painters, we find quotes everywhere. We even keep some around just as a reminder of why we do what we do and why we love it, because even though we love painting, we are human and have our bad days too. We wanted to share some quotes with you and why we love them and think you will too.

I dream of painting and then paint my dream.” Vincent Van Gogh

This quote says it all, doesn’t it? Painting for us is a dream. We have shared our story of being a family-owned business with third generation ownership. Painting for us is a dream. We sleep, eat, and breathe painting, and so do our kids. And, we encourage our children to dream and dream big. Thus, this quote hits home. It reminds us that you can paint anything you can imagine and you can achieve your dreams.

Good painting is like good cooking; it can be tasted, but not explained.” Maurice de Vlaminck

Another powerful quote. We love this because it says what we believe: that a great painting job can be admired and appreciated, but it should be hard to explain how it was done or what it all really means. For us, we aim to make every paint job like a great five star dish: we want it to be so good you just can’t explain how good it is. Painting should be that sublime.

Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very easy when you do.” Edgar Degas

This quote represents the essence of painting. Everyone can do it. No one is exempt from painting. But, when you get good at it like we have, it becomes that much easier. We encourage our clients to take up painting art or doing small painting projects because we know how much fun it can be and how good you can get at it when you keep at it. And, when it feels easy, it feels so good.

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.” Pablo Picasso

We could not agree more. Painting is very therapeutic. Therapists use it as part of programs to help with depression and anxiety. In general though, painting is calming and it can help you relax. When you are in the process of painting, you have to concentrate on that, which means your mind is engaged and not wondering. In addition, you can use painting to express yourself in a way no other creative form allows. We just love this about painting.

These quotes keep us going on the tough days and they remind us why we love painting. We hope they inspire you to love painting too. Call us to hear more quotes we love.


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Unique Kitchen Cabinet Designs and Styles 2017

Unique Design Styles For Your Kitchen Cabinets

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Everyone wants their kitchen to stand out from the rest. Whether you like it or not, it draws up maximum activity during any party or get-togethers. It also becomes the focal point during routine days, where children end up doing their homework or grab their after-school snacks, where couples have their daily chats or where lady of the house have a quick gossip with their friends on phone.  Undeniably, kitchens and its sole feature, cabinetry, cannot be ignored.



Let’s run down some popular choices for 2017

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No matter your preference. We can achieve the look and style you desire!


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What are millennials’ home design preferences

What are millennials’ home design preferences?

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Everyone is trying to figure out how to connect with millennials, and the home design industry is no different. From designers to retailers, the home décor industry needs to figure out how to cater to the tastes of this generation.



Millennials value uniqueness, which is evident in their continued rejection of big brands. They want to bring this uniqueness into their homes, whether it’s with a one-of-a-kind accent piece or a uniquely colored piece of furniture. Unlike previous generations that came to value convenience of generic home décor, millennials have no problem taking the time to find items that reflect their personal style. They embrace rustic themes, including unfinished surfaces and colors that are reminiscent of nature, as well. Millennials are also more minimalist than previous generations, rejecting all the décor trimmings that their parents and grandparents loved. Gone are the days of fancy living rooms that only get used when guests come to town. Instead, millennials are furnishing their homes with practical, multi-functional furniture, like coffee tables with storage bins and shelves that double as dining room tables.

Another interesting change that millennials have brought to the interior design industry is how they find inspiration. Unlike previous generations that got derived ideas from catalogs and a handful of influential designers and writers, millennials have unlimited access to design inspiration on the internet. By looking at blogs, Instagram, and endless product reviews, millennials have an unprecedented amount of information at their disposal. Décor companies that want to succeed with this generation need to make sure they’re putting out appealing, quality products that satisfy these consumers.

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