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12 Easy Ways To Keep Your New Year Goals & They All Start With Home

12 Easy Ways To Keep Your New Year Goals & They All Start With Home

Make this the year you incorporate your resolutions with decor solutions. We’ve discovered 12 easy ways to keep you motivated and they all start with home.

Shutters, A Better View

We love the our historic finds on Pinterest

We love the our historic finds on Pinterest

Shutters; the first window covering?  
The truth lies in the relics of yesteryear, dating back some 500 years to the Tudor Reign.  Wooden Shutters were built as doors over windows for protection, and certainly that "protection" wasn't limited to UV Rays.  There is also evidence of the Shutter in Ancient Greek times where marble was used in the same way.  
Leading us to believe that, YES, Shutters were the first window covering.  
Enter the discovery of glass for windows and the Shutter evolves with louvers and a new tradition in window coverings is born....  Classic and timeless let us walk you through all the elements of the Shutter in today's window covering.

classic appeal that stands the test of time, how do we find the perfect fit for our own windows?

Shutters find a home in any interior; be it modern, eclectic, traditional, cottage, or a walk in Tuscany, the shutter creates a harmonious platform to build on.  The first choice to make to showcase your interior style is the louver size, yes, in Shutters size does matter.

Your view to the world is enhanced by the size of the vane - the louver.  The smaller the louvers the less view through, vis-a-vis, the larger the louvers the more view.  Opting for hidden-tilt operation also increases the view and is a plus for smaller openings for a cleaner look.    

Now for some color . . .

You have an idea in mind, possibly something you've seen before in a friends home, magazine or maybe one of our showroom displays.  When it comes to selecting the color of your shutters, consider that shutters are a furnishing for your windows.  With Wood Plantation Shutters you will have the most options as they can be stained or painted in any tone the color wheel has available, and we all like possibilities. The possibilities of custom staining the shutters to match our hardwood floors, or painted in the same color as the existing moldings, or just a tint of the wall color to highlight both the shutters and the wall. 

And, then there was Faux...

Faux wood shutters first came on the scene in the 90's originally developed with wet rooms and humid climates in mind -  PVC as they're referred to:  Poly-Vinyl-Composite Shutters unexpectedly took over the mainstream Wood Plantation Shutters with the practicalities of resistance to fade, discoloration, warping and fire resistance all at a less expensive price point.  There are many different qualities of PVC Shutters and at Knight's we focus on the utmost quality of our products.... Which leads us to the latest addition to our showroom:  Introducing this amazing new product Solid-Core Vinyl Shutters with a sale to last all Summer long.
 

Photos courtesy of Norman Shutters featuring Solid-Core Vinyl Shutters.  The faux shutter that isn't so "faux" after all, better than vinyl and PVC shutters this new "Faux Wood Shutter" has a solid MDF Core for incredible density and strength.   Click here for more .

Photos courtesy of Norman Shutters featuring Solid-Core Vinyl Shutters.  The faux shutter that isn't so "faux" after all, better than vinyl and PVC shutters this new "Faux Wood Shutter" has a solid MDF Core for incredible density and strength.  Click here for more.

Specialty windows take the stage

Over the years in designing and treating so many window coverings, I have come to appreciate the simplicity of shutters for covering every shape of window; Arches, Circles, Angles, Bay, French Doors, and Upper windows.  Upper windows may not be something new in the world of Shutter coverings, but they are when you add a remote control to tilt and position the vanes throughout the day.  Shutters add a composed influence to the window and become an actual part of the architecture.

Create the perfect platform

From a design style point of view, shutters create the perfect platform to build on.  Sure, shutters are great as a stand-alone-window-covering with molding styles that can be upgraded to accentuate the details, but combine with fabrics and the look creates a balance to integrate within any design theme.  

Cafe Style .   Shutter placement to cover just enough of the window for privacy and light control.  Add a roman-fold shade in any style to compliment your decor....  Yes, two treatments on one window, the hard and the soft of it and it is one of my favorite window covering combos.

Cafe Style.  Shutter placement to cover just enough of the window for privacy and light control.  Add a roman-fold shade in any style to compliment your decor....  Yes, two treatments on one window, the hard and the soft of it and it is one of my favorite window covering combos.

Draperies.  Shutters are known as one of the best insulating window coverings on the market.  To enhance your coverage and block light-lines that appear through the closed louvers, consider a drapery allowing enough stack-back off the shutter and higher placement of the drapery rod to soften the look and allow you to coordinate your fabrics to the window.  There's nothing like a window that completes the room - and this is it.

Draperies.  Shutters are known as one of the best insulating window coverings on the market.  To enhance your coverage and block light-lines that appear through the closed louvers, consider a drapery allowing enough stack-back off the shutter and higher placement of the drapery rod to soften the look and allow you to coordinate your fabrics to the window.  There's nothing like a window that completes the room - and this is it.

Not to be combined with any other offers

Not to be combined with any other offers

We're Happy to be of Service!

Like a cool breeze on a hot summer's day, we are very excited about our Summer long sale on our newest Shutter line:  Solid-Core Vinyl Shutters.  Our $19.95 pricing reflects our enthusiasm as well, as we don't think we've seen this price point since the year 1995!
With this pricing choose from standard louver sizes and standard colors all included with installation for just $19.95 per squarefoot.
  There are upgrades available for additional charges and include decorative moldings, invisible-tilt operation, French Door cut-outs, and motorization.  Ask our consultant about any features you are interested in.
Schedule your free estimate at 237-1400 or call with any questions you may have.  

 

Holidays in the Well Lived Home

'Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house . . .

Timeless updates that last well beyond the holiday decorating are the focus of "Holidays in the Well-Lived Home".  Give yourself a gift while at the same time entertaining family and friends.
Want to make a big impact?  Paint the front door!

We love this holiday color palette by Sherwin Williams.  Your guests will delight in the color of a welcoming entry door and you'll enjoy your new look for years to come.   Learn more about Sherwin Williams "Chip It"    **Always, always, always paint a sample swatch before beginning any paint project.  Computer palettes are deceiving.   Don't forget the welcome mat!  They make great gifts as well.   

We love this holiday color palette by Sherwin Williams.  Your guests will delight in the color of a welcoming entry door and you'll enjoy your new look for years to come.  Learn more about Sherwin Williams "Chip It"   **Always, always, always paint a sample swatch before beginning any paint project.  Computer palettes are deceiving.  
Don't forget the welcome mat!  They make great gifts as well.

 

We all have that one friend or neighbor that is always one step ahead in changing their decor with every season.  We stand in utter awe of their planning, their skills in announcing a new holiday is coming!  We love the effect and charm and secretly wonder:  "How do they do it?"
Well, dear readers, I do have one such friend whose creative juices are already overflowing into the next season before I've even planned how I'll decorate for this Season. So, I've tapped into her brain with the question:  

If you could choose one piece to carry through to every season, what would it be?

Gift yourself a few "vessels" as shown here and simply transform your space throughout the year.  The antique suitcase is a great vessel find! Of course, asking for that one thing and I ended up with two - no problem!  Compliment your design scheme with table runners.  Get out those fabric remnants or Gramma's lace doilies and highlight the Vessel Vignettes.  Given a couple of hours I could pull this off!  Love these Pinterest finds.  

Gift yourself a few "vessels" as shown here and simply transform your space throughout the year.  The antique suitcase is a great vessel find!
Of course, asking for that one thing and I ended up with two - no problem!  Compliment your design scheme with table runners.  Get out those fabric remnants or Gramma's lace doilies and highlight the Vessel Vignettes.  Given a couple of hours I could pull this off!  Love these Pinterest finds.  

I can't help but give a practical side note for your entryway:  Bullit-proof your floors!  
 Learn more here from our blog post focus:  The Well-Lived Home Entryways

Is it too late to add an accent wall?

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We don't think it's too late and an accent wall is the gift that keeps on giving.  You'll smile every time you walk by.  With York Wallcovering's new SureStrip papers you are assured of an easy on installation, and if you joined us at our Relocation Celebration you saw first-hand these papers are also easily removed.  

We're on a roll now and will carry our vessel creations throughout the home and use to coordinate our table centerpieces and trim the tree in our amazing color-scheme.    

Cue the tree trimming. . .

Real or fake, family-style or high-end design...
I wish, oh how I wish, someone would have given me these tips years ago.  Learning over the years time-saving techniques to filling my tree with decorations - key word "TIME SAVING".  Give me spools of wider width wire-rimmed ribbons, decorated garland, floral picks and sprays and I'll decorate tree after tree, after tree, and love doing it.
 

Once you have filled the tree with lights, or better yet start with a pre-lit tree, grab your decorated garland and from the top drape throughout the tree loosely, going around the tree horizontally.  You'll be coming back for a tuck here and there.  Now my favorite part the ribbon!!  Again from the top and running vertically, about 9 feet of ribbon for every foot of the tree.  Vis-a-vis, you'll need at least 6 - 9ft. spools for a six-foot tree.  Now weave the ribbon in and out from top to bottom at equal points of length all around the tree.  Fill in with your floral picks and sprays and a few ornaments that you used in your Vessel Vignettes and you'll be tree happy!

Let's get cozy

Even as a decorator the task of creating the perfect holiday scene has me feeling a bit  pressured.  It's important to remember that there is no such thing as "perfect" and for that very reason give yourself, and your friends, another gift this season of cozy comfort.  
I'm ready to wrap myself in these faux furs from our friends at Fabricut, and possibly recover the ottoman too. They look so divine I would not hesitate to leave my furry throw out on the sofa and invite someone to join me with a cup of a rich, hot cocoa made just for us adults - insert wink.  Of course, slippers we must have slippers in our "Well Lived Home".
 

The Well-Lived Home Entryways

In my decorating travels over the years there are so many things I've learned from our clients. The ins and the outs of providing practical solutions for family living, all the while maintaining a well-appointed design.  An interesting challenge that can and will become one for us in "The Well-Lived Home".

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The Entryway is the first impression...
 

CoretecPlus Premium Vinyl Plank in Mission Oak

CoretecPlus Premium Vinyl Plank in Mission Oak

For those who are fortunate enough to have a mud-room and entry from the garage, the landing area for the clutter of a busy day is easy to hide.  For the rest of us the landing area must become a feature in the design.   The console table is an intricate piece to this theory and becomes the catch-all for keys, homework, shoes and more so choose well.  Keeping the top of the console decorated will distract from the mess hidden within and detour family members from cluttering the top.  Give them a flat surface within arm's reach and it'll easily be filled with the findings of the day.

It's all about the drawers... Working closely with clients we've discovered dressers and sideboards make wonderful entryway tables.  

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The big and the small of it.  
Living large, if you have the space we say go for it! As shown here in this entry hall a very family-oriented space with enough drawers for hiding you'll have to assign a row for each member of the household, pets too.
When working with smaller spaces that don't offer an entryway, create one by placing the console table close to the door and incorporating into the living area.  Designate the flow with an area rug.  This small space is very charming and will easily adapt to any design theme.  
The consoles are picked and have been placed, but what about the floors?

Our Favorite Entryway Floors for our Well-Lived Home are worry-free selections that can a take a beating and hold their beauty.

When you want to carry real wood floors throughout your home a stunning compliment for the entryway is to create an area rug with tile.  Capture the tones of your decor and protect your wood flooring from the in and out traffic through the entryway.  Do you have an open floor plan with a view to the kitchen?  Replicating the tile from the kitchen to the entry gives beautiful balance to your open spaces.

Armstrong's Rustics Premium Laminate Flooring

Armstrong's Rustics Premium Laminate Flooring

You love the look of wood floors without the worry of higher traffic areas.  The choice is laminate flooring, but which one?  Your first consideration in making the right selection is the floor's rating.  Is the floor rated for commercial use?  This is a great guideline to go by.  Commercially-rated floors are optimum in performance for your home's entryway.  Our pick is Armstrong's Rustics Premium Laminate offering a 50-year residential warranty and a 10-year commercial warranty.  

DalTile Collections

DalTile Collections

A cohesive spirit is happiest when the outdoor flooring carries through to the interior.  Curb-appeal to our first impression entryway design is accomplished with tile.

We interrupt this Blog to update our post with the latest in bullet-proof floors!

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Vinyl Planking

Here we are in 2018 and our Vinyl Planking is not what it use to be.  The innovation of Vinyl Plank is ever-changing, ever-evolving and now is 100% waterproof!  Offered in several wood-look styles that actually look more like a wood floor than vinyl.  Easy-care, and worry-free this waterproof vinyl plank floor has taken over our sales of all our wood-look products combined.

 

Photo Courtesy:  Hallmark Floors - Courtier Premium Vinyl Plank

For our carpet lovers let us lay on the hospitality.  Hospitality in this case refers to the type of carpet.  Milled in a collection of inspiring colors and details just for public places and if it works in the hotel lobby it certainly will work for our entryway design.  We're featuring
Masland's Contract Carpeting. Combine with selections of Mohawk's SmartStrand Forever Clean carpets and we're covering the adjoining rooms too - worry-free softness underfoot. 

We've come full circle and have decided it's time to present some area rug offerings.  Presentation is everything after all and we do love our Jaunty Area Rug collections.  I think I see a "Perfect Pair" here..
Thank you for joining us in our "Well Lived Home".  We'll be following up with a sequel soon.  The floors we've featured are of products that we showcase and if you'd like to see the sampling in your own home, please give us a call. We also provide interior design services to assist you in all phases of your entryway project.
  

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One Room ~ Three Views

One Room      ~        Three Views

Our flooring vendors always feature the most inspiring rooms leaving room for the inner decorator in us all to fill in the spaces and imagine the possibilities to create our style from within.