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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.

Destination: Renovation Vacation

Destination:  Renovation Vacation

Have you ever lived through the experience of a home remodel and wished you could be anywhere but there? Say hello to Destination Renovation Vacation! We’ll walk you through with steps to success.

Great Rooms in The Well-Lived Home

Revisiting our rooms in the Well-Lived Home,  today we tackle the Great Room with great emphasis on the word "tackle".   Consider this:  A Great Room is a space within the home which combines the specific functions of several of the more traditional room spaces - the family room, the living room, the study or den, the dining room and more notably, the kitchen into a singular unified space.   We enter the modern home with enthusiasm where the mix of family living is shared, varied, eclectic, transitional and most deserving of a design strategy that brings a comfort of efficiency within the space.
So, you ask . . .
"What is a great design strategy for the Great Room?"  
As the Great Room is a compilation of all rooms, so is our answer and we've called in some help from our local decorators and designers. . .

                                         Photo credit Emser Tile

                                        Photo credit Emser Tile

Interior Decorator Diane Curley's approach is to start with the floors.  "For open floor plans it's best to go with what I like to call bulletproof floors and the first thing that comes to mind is Tile Planking.  My design strategy is floors that flow while at the same time designating each space as its own by turning the planks, and adding interest with floor patterns".
Diane Curley is an Interior Decor Professional with Knight's Carpets and Interiors

                                                               Room photo courtesy of Sherwin Williams

                                                               Room photo courtesy of Sherwin Williams

". . . because great rooms tend to be more contemporary in style, I love using the dark warmer gray tones". . .  What makes a gray warmer?  "Subtle brown undertones add a depth of richness and expand the space.  As long as there is plenty of natural light flowing into the room, the deeper tones will work.  I'm currently working on a project where I've incorporated paintable wall sconces.  The Metro Wall Sconce by Justice Design Group is from Lumines Light.  They blend into the wall beautifully creating a soft glow."
Click here to visit Eliana's website
 

"For my busy family our kitchen is the Living Room, kids working on homework at the island while we're getting dinner ready, and finally getting the little ones to their beds gives us some time to relax and enjoy with the lights dimmed.  Key lighting systems are essential for open floor plans combining function with decorative fixtures, incorporating practical uses with dimmers, sensors and wireless integration  is our strategy for well designed lighting in the great room".
Chelsea Silva is an Interior Decorator/Lighting Specialist with Wesco Electric Inc.
Click here to visit Wesco Electric's website

                                 Custom Furnishings and Fabrics credit Robert Allen                       Area Rug by Jaunty

                                Custom Furnishings and Fabrics credit Robert Allen                     Area Rug by Jaunty

"I have to say the thing I love most about working in Great Rooms is the mix of fabric patterns that the space calls for.  Starting with the smallest detail in the barstools at the island and moving and mixing throughout with a base fabric pattern that carries into each area for the upholstery of the dining chairs to the draperies, and decor pillows. If the space allows, create seating with back-to-back sofas that integrate the living/family room with the kitchen and define the seating areas with area rugs".
Marie Goldsmith is an Interior Decorator with Knight's Carpets and Interiors

Lynn Donovan, Interior Designer Donovan and Donovan Construction, reminds us what Great Room living is all about . . .  
"What I love about Great Rooms is the welcoming feeling for family and friends to spend good times together cooking, sharing meals and playing games. . ." 
"One important aspect is to address the window coverings.  Since the television and other media are usually in that room it is imperative to address the amount of light and glare coming into the room.  With new technology and innovation it is possible to provide just the right amount of illumination".
To contact Lynn at Donovan & Donovan Construction give her a call at 239-0848

                                                      Room photo credit Silestone

                                                     Room photo credit Silestone

One of the core elements that are consistent in our great room concept, and my contribution to this blog post, are the countertops and I'm happy to report that we do carry a quality selection of countertops.
Gordon and I are so very thankful for the time and the feedback we received from all of the designers and decorators who participated in making our Great Room GREAT.  It's truly enlightening to see all of the different design perspectives through the eyes of our local professionals.  
We've included the contact info for all our participating designers along with links for product information.  If you need more info on any of the products we've featured or a design strategy give us a call, we're happy to be of service.
Thanks so much for joining us in the Great Room.  Stay with us as we go room-by-room in our Well-Lived Home there's a link below to subscribe via e-mail.

"I work on the assumption that a house is successful if it is pleasant to live in"
- Alexandra Garidel Thoron

 

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".

-----> We've updated this blog to feature more bullet-proof floors. 

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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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A Designer's Guide To Fitting An Area Rug

Most rooms need an area rug - A welcome invitation to define the space where patterns merge and treat the feet.  An Area Rug "Fitting" for your room is just like a visit to the seamstress with a stitch here and tuck there, then finally delighting in the perfect fit.  The area rug is just that a larger piece of your wardrobe to live on and love day after day.

So, how do we make the perfect fit?  Start with your style it will lead you in the right direction. Which component of your design will the rug serve?  Are you wanting more texture, a softer blending of neutral palettes for tranquility or is making a statement the design component you desire?  
Think quality and all will be well.  Similar to your flooring selection a quality area rug will be with you for years.  Look for "hand-made", "hand-tufted" or "hand-woven" qualities.  Wools are the go-to fiber for higher quality rugs and are naturally soft, and stain and crush resistant as well.  To further extend the life of the rug we recommend an underlayment.  An area rug pad or cushion which comes in different qualities specific to your flooring type - rug over carpet, rug over hardwood, etc.
 

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Let's compliment the room using the pictured layout settings that feature popular arrangements.  With area rugs bigger is better as the rug becomes the foundation for the furnishings.  Consider the size of the room and leave a good amount of space (at least a foot) for your existing floor to show, keeping in mind that the area rug is the compliment, a layer to the design.
Working with our clients I like to give a good visual for the size of the rug, with measuring tape in hand I measure out the space to the furniture arrangement - chair at an angle here, back of sofa not on rug....  Visualization is a must, and if we must we'll tape off the perimeter area using painters tape.   I've had great results with this technique and now we have our rug size...  or do we?  
 

You've completed your measure, you've even tried templating the space with painter's tape, and you're perfect fit rug isn't available in the standards.  Let's call this the fun part, that part where the creative decorator inside you is screaming "WAIT! I HAVE AN IDEA" and that idea is CUSTOM.  Any shape, size, and colorway banded together to complete your own masterpiece.  You may notice we've been playing with the frames of the photos to inspire this purpose, purposely.  An FYI - custom banding can also be added to a standard area rug size.  

Let's mix it up a bit. &nbsp; We've found a perfect pairing with a standard size area rug in the entry and a custom size for the living area. &nbsp;The custom rug is made with&nbsp;broadloom carpeting cut, bound and fit to the space. Photo courtesy - Karastan Carpets. &nbsp;Click on photo to see more Karastan offerings.

Let's mix it up a bit.  We've found a perfect pairing with a standard size area rug in the entry and a custom size for the living area.  The custom rug is made with broadloom carpeting cut, bound and fit to the space.
Photo courtesy - Karastan Carpets.  Click on photo to see more Karastan offerings.

Just a couple of tips for dining in style : &nbsp;You should be able to pull out all chairs with chair legs remaining on rug. &nbsp;To achieve your optimal rug size add 24 inches to each side of the table, of course, more if available and don't forget to include the leaf extension. &nbsp;You'll want the hardwood or tile to still play a part&nbsp;&nbsp;in your overall design scheme, so allow a minimum of ten inches to feature your hard surface floors. Photo courtesy: &nbsp;Jaunty Area Rugs. &nbsp;Click on photo to see more Jaunty Rug offerings.

Just a couple of tips for dining in style:  You should be able to pull out all chairs with chair legs remaining on rug.  To achieve your optimal rug size add 24 inches to each side of the table, of course, more if available and don't forget to include the leaf extension.  You'll want the hardwood or tile to still play a part  in your overall design scheme, so allow a minimum of ten inches to feature your hard surface floors.
Photo courtesy:  Jaunty Area Rugs.  Click on photo to see more Jaunty Rug offerings.

In the bedroom the area rug will work best when placed under the bed.  &nbsp;This will give you cozy comfort when stepping out of bed. &nbsp;An 8 x 10 area rug will work for a king-size bed. Using the 10-foot side as the width will give you about 20-inches on each side of the bed. &nbsp; Again, going bigger is better and measuring to include the nightstands will give you a good balance. &nbsp;To determine the length get&nbsp;a good position of where your feet hit the floor in the morning and your set.

In the bedroom the area rug will work best when placed under the bed.  This will give you cozy comfort when stepping out of bed.  An 8 x 10 area rug will work for a king-size bed. Using the 10-foot side as the width will give you about 20-inches on each side of the bed.   Again, going bigger is better and measuring to include the nightstands will give you a good balance.  To determine the length get a good position of where your feet hit the floor in the morning and your set.

Area Rugs define your living spaces

Feeling better about your area rug fitting?  A second pair of eyes, or maybe just a simple tweak, will have you in that aha moment validating your vision for success.  At Knight's our designers are here for you every step of the way, offering complimentary consultations to complete your *Perfect Pairing*.  When your beautiful masterpiece has been completed, our installers are available to deliver and place for you as well. 

Still have questions?  Post your questions in the comments below and we'll post our solutions.  

Happy Decorating!



 







 

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.