Design News | Pantone's Color of the Year 2018

So we're over here scratching our heads because we've been designing our little hearts out and just realized that we haven't been using Panetone's Color of the Year.  What do you think that means?  

For the last couple of years the hot color was millennial pink.  It's subtle and mature and perfect for an adult but also works great in a little girl's room.  It's a very versatile color for what it is and we really love it.  Pantone's pick was Greenery for 2017-- a bright green that felt very modern.  It worked for certain applications but definitely wasn't our go-to color.

This year, however, the pick is Ultra Violet- an intense, grape-crayon purple.  What?!  We don't mind a subtle lavender or even a grey-ish purple like this:

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...but a bright, in-your-face purple called Ultra Violet is a little confusing for us.  We'd even say that we don't mind a little bit of this purple mixed in the right pattern with some other calm colors to balance it out, but we're not quite ready for an entire room of it.

What are your thoughts?

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Have you been seeing a lot of purple furniture in stores and wondered why?  Here's your explanation!  Hopefully the 2019 color is a little more useable.  For now, we'll stick with Millennial Pink and by pass Ultra Violet.

Recent Happenings | TMID on TV!

Here we go again!  Thanks to Fox 35's Good Day Xtra, we were featured once again!  This time for a kitchen make-over.  We were able to show viewers how to completely transform a kitchen with some cosmetic changes that make a giant impact rather than a full gut and remodel.

Our owner, Christina Kairis, talked about swapping out cabinet doors instead of replacing the entire cabinet box and even featured a backsplash tile that was only $.15/piece!  Your jaw will drop when she shares total cost of materials for the backsplash!

We love being able to showcase these amazing transformations on a budget because we understand that there's always a budget.  But you can absolutely have a beautiful home without breaking the bank.  

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Watch the full segment here:

http://www.fox35orlando.com/good-day/344103487-video

Also, be sure to check out our Facebook page for a full list of vendors who contributed to this fantastic kitchen makeover!

Design Tips | Robbing Peter to pay Paul

We have never been the design team that spends money to spend money.  Sure it's nice to have a hefty budget but we pride ourselves on finding and carrying lines that are stylish and well-priced and mixing in inexpensive, good-looking items with high quality, pricey pieces making it all come together in one, seamless space that flows and all looks expensive.

For that reason, we got super excited when we found this article about splurging and saving because it's so true!  There are just certain things that you really don't need to spend the money on and there are certain things and you really DO need to spend the money on.  So here's a list to help you make that decision next time you've got your eye on that piece you love and you can't decide whether or not to take the leap or keep moving.

This first one is a hard one because it's a really big ticket item but it really is a good investment.  Upholstery.  And we're not talking every single upholstered piece in your home, we're talking about the main pieces in your family room that you use almost every day.  These pieces should absolutely be quality made or else they won't withstand the test of time.  The good news about upholstery is that it can always be re-upholstered so, in theory, you could get away with never buying another sofa again!

On the flip side, accent pieces like side tables and cocktail tables are good pieces to save on.  These are smaller items that can be swapped out a little more frequently than the large furniture and it just doesn't make sense to spend a lot of money on them.  New styles and looks can be found just about anywhere and what's trendy may change quickly.  Save your money on these items they're really more functional/filler pieces anyway.

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In the kitchen, your main focus should be a quality, classic cabinet.  Just like the upholstered furniture for the family room, a real wood cabinet can be refinished and refaced multiple times to accomplish different looks without having to replace the entire kitchen.  A fresh coat of paint or stain can give new life to interior pieces that were thought to be dead.  Don't underestimate the power of color.

Also in the kitchen but much less money worthy is the back splash.  Don't get us wrong, a backsplash IS important in the kitchen.  It's the finishing touch that takes the kitchen up just one more level, but the tile is not worth blowing the budget on.  There are SO many different tile companies, styles, and colors out there that you can absolutely find something lovely for your kitchen that doesn't put you in debt.  Trust us.  It's out there.

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Finally, in the Dining Room, your money should go into your dining table.  This gathering piece is the heart of the family room.  Not to mention, it's the biggest item in there (usually) and gets the most "screen time".  Don't be scared to pick something that will be heavy and expensive.  It's the grounding piece for the whole room and needs to be just right!

However, the dining chairs on the other hand don't need to be something to brake the bank for.  Even the most expensive chairs have imitations and, again, they're just an accessory or way to accentuate that table so you don't want to pick anything that detracts.  There are plenty of options out there that for the amount of time they'll probably be used, don't do it.  Get something comfortable but cheap and cheerful and you'll come out ahead in the end for sure!

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Hope that helps you decide which items to focus on if you're doing your own design project.  It's all about balance and priorities.

More Recent Happenings | TMID on TV (again)!

Guess what?!  We were on the Good Day Orlando, again!  Our owner, Christina, did a segment on gallery walls.  She discusses how to create one using random art and objects that you probably already have at your own house including children's art (which we know can pile up!)  You'll see her create a great gallery wall on the spot that makes a great statement and also feels personal but cohesive.

Aside from that, you'll be able to see some of our other gallery walls that we've installed.  It's super fun and informative so be sure to check it out!

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Recent Happenings | TMID on TV!

We recently started working with Fox 35's Good Day Orlando to do some sort segments on design.  The first two segments featured quick tips on how to update a space without spending a ton of money.  The first was a bedroom where we were able to swap out and update simple items to give it a more serene, relaxing feel and the second was a family room that needed to be "fluffed" for holiday entertaining.  

It's been so great working with Danielle and the team at Good Day Orlando and we are so excited about this partnership!  The links to both episodes are below.

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http://www.fox35orlando.com/good-day/293663709-video

http://www.fox35orlando.com/good-day/297915931-video

The most recent segment featured our WJ model, The Brantley in Lake Sylvan Oaks.  We featured this in an earlier post because, even though it was a model home, it was the most custom model home we've ever done and turned out amazing!  It was even entered in this year's Parade of Homes!  Be sure to check it out!

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