Upcoming Kitchen Trends | Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets are a big deal in a kitchen...while the countertop and backsplash are the finishers, the cabinets are the foundation of the space that set the tone.  Shaker style kitchen cabinets have been the forerunner of cabinet styles for a long, long time now.  And honestly. we really don't think they're going away any time soon.  However, that doesn't mean there isn't room for other styles and trends in cabinetry to make their debut in the design world and hold some sort of position of preference! 

You all knew this was coming from Pinterest but cabinet colors are evolving even within the standard door front styles.  Instead of your typical white, espresso, grey, and medium-toned wood, colors like blue (in a variety of shades) are becoming popular too!  Some are being mixed with a neutral tone like white but in other kitchens, all of the cabinets are blue!

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Two-tone cabinets are becoming very popular too---just the mix of different color uppers and lowers or an island that's a completely different color than the rest of the wall cabinets.  It all goes back to the discussion about making the kitchen (which is really a common gathering place) feel more like furniture in a family room.

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Aside from blue, people are willing to take the risk and go even darker with their cabinets by using black.  This could be a matte black which goes more rustic modern or even a glossy black which is much more contemporary.  Either way, it's a huge statement and we love the impact it makes!  It can also easily be warmed up by mixing in a warm, natural wood tone.

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Going back to the discussion on door front styles, a new trend called embossing will become more and more prevalent.  Embossed cabinets are slab front doors with an overlapping pattern.  Usually the pattern is the same color as the slab so it's more of a tone-on-tone look but can really add some interesting depth to cabinets.

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Instead of alternating solid fronts and glass inserts, mesh is becoming a popular cabinet front style.  It still provides coverage so what's in the cabinet doesn't have to look so pretty, but it's a way to add more texture to your cabinets and create something different.  Mesh doesn't have to be silver either, it could be a black, gold or copper mesh in a variety of weave thicknesses.  It just all depends on your style.

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None of these things are earth shattering but they are just an example of the ways that kitchens are evolving.  As we've said over and over again, the kitchen is the heart of the home and the design of it should really be addressed with a lot of love and attention.

How To | Stair Landing Spaces

There are always those awkward areas in homes.  Places where builders don't help you out and maximize the space and you're left with unused square footage.  One of the main offenders in this space battle is the staircase landing.  Some staircase landings are exceptionally large and could really be made into useful space.  However, many people just don't know how to address them.  Today we're giving you a few ideas for ways to use that space.

Now a lot of it depends on the size of your landing so use whichever idea best fits your space....but there's a lot to be said for a cozy little window seat/reading nook at the top of the stairs.  It seems like this would be the perfect little greeting to anyone coming up the stairs and it's the perfect spot to set those items you need to bring down the stairs at some point but don't want to do right this second so you need a place to leave it until tomorrow morning... :)  This little window seat can be accomplished by a built-in bench with a cushion and pillows (never forget the pillows!) or a simple freestanding bench or daybed that fits the space well and serves the same purpose!

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If you don't have a large space but want to do something with it, consider adding some built-in shelving.  Everyone could use some extra storage so if a space is going to be un-used, you might as well add some extra shelves, at the very least!

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If you do have a little more area to work with, try setting up a desk and making a little workstation on that landing.  It doesn't have to be overkill...obviously you won't be spending hours and hours there...but it should look inviting and finished.

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If you really only have a wall and no floor space to build out into, use the wall!  Add a few hooks and shelves and create a mid-way mudroom for the kids.  If your home's floor plan has it where the entrance leads straight up the stairs without taking them through the mudroom, leave an area for them on the landing to hang their stuff.  Now, we'd be lying if we said you wouldn't have to go behind them and straighten it up, but it's still better than ending up on the floor, right?!

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Hope that helps!  Just a few quick ideas to make the most out of your space!

Throw Pillows | Selection and Styling

We love throw pillows...they're kindof a guilty pleasure for us.  There are always so many cool options available that we just want to find a way to use them all!  Some people get it and some people don't.  Men, for example, seem to think throw pillows are a hassle. Ha!  They just don't appreciate the beauty of a well-styled sofa.  Others get it (usually women :) ).  Throw pillows are a way to add color and pattern to a room and often are the textile that brings everything together in a space.  Layering them with different patterns, colors, and textures just seems to be that perfect finishing touch!  So today we're talking about the best way to select and style combinations of pillows.  It's meant to look effortless, but it really isn't (and you know this if you've ever tried to create your own mix), so hopefully these tips will be helpful as you freshen up your home for the new year!

The about throw pillows is that you don't want them to be matchy-matchy.  Mixing colors and patterns is the best way to make a piece of furniture come to life.  There should be some color overlap but not complete matching.  A little bit of matching color will help tie the pillows together even if they have slightly different styles.

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Major mistake number one: matching your pillows to your sofa.  Gone are the days of pillows matching sofas.  Now the key to good design is making  different styles and patterns work together which is key when it comes to sofa styling.

Mix large patterns with small patterns to help the eye move over the furniture easily.  A bunch of pillows with just one pattern will look like a heavy, blocked piece of furniture.  If there is a variety of pattern sizes the eye can move swiftly over the entire piece of furniture appreciating the difference and how it all works together.  A lot of small patterned pillows can look busy and too many large patterned pillows can be overwhelming.  A little of each is the perfect blend.

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Mix in textures and solids.  It's ok to have some solid colors in your pillow mix.  Every combination needs something solid to ground it, so don't feel like you've failed if you're putting solid colored pillows on your sofa.  The best way to make solid colored pillows more interesting is by mixing in pillows with different textures so that the different weaves create some depth without pattern.

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A few extra tips about pillow selection:

Don't buy tiny pillows.  Usually anything from an 18"x18" pillow to a 22"x22" pillow is the best bet for layering.  

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Don't use poly-filled pillows unless it's for a eurosham.  All sofa pillows should really be down filled or a poly-down blend.

Do use odd numbered pillows to layer.

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Do have fun with your pillow styling!

Design Trends | 2018

2018 is here!  With every new year, new design trends begin to evolve.  It usually takes about a year for the trend to fully take hold and then another year to grow.  Retailers have to get on board with manufacturing the product and there's a turnaround time for it to make it into stores.  So even though these items we're about to list are design trends for 2018, don't expect to be bombarded with them.  Just expect to notice them, little by little, and they make their way into your hearts.

Finishes are always fluctuating in design.  We went from brushed silver to chrome to iron, then gold and brass, and now matte black is on deck.  Black hardware and light fixtures will create a dramatic contrast off of white walls and light colored finishes so this design trend is sure to make a statement.

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As far as kitchen colors go, all white kitchens are still holding their own in 2018.  However, you may see some pops of colors within the white.  In an attempt to warm things up and mix things up, many people will mix in some contrasting cabinetry making their kitchen a little more unique.

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Tile continues to evolve and can pretty much be used in any and all applications now.  So expect to see it in more patterned applications covering full walls and bringing fun color to backsplashes.  It's more permanent than wallpaper but also more durable.

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Side note: the new subway tile for 2018 is expected to be the fish scale pattern tile so plan to see more to of that this year too!

In bathrooms, homeowners are moving away from the pesky shower curtain and moving toward a more practical tub/shower combo.  If you're not ready to get rid of your tub but still want a nice-looking shower with some fun tile, you may be one of the people who install a glass insert in their tub/shower combo.  It doesn't provide much privacy but it does allow lots of natural light in.

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We love that this next one is trending in 2018 because it's our jam!  Accent wall wall details will be hot in 2018.  While some of them may be shiplap many others will be other styles of wood paneling that range in style from super contemporary to much more traditional.  This type of wall detail is great for making an impact while keeping costs down.

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Expect the floral patterns to continue to expand and the all white era to continue to recede.  People are not afraid of adding some visual interest to their interiors.

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Finally, you will see a lot of metal finish mixing in 2018.  While this trend started about the same time gold because popular, it will really grow next year.  Don't be stuck in the "everything has to match" world.  If you are, you're depriving yourself of all the depth mixing metals has to offer a design!  And 2018 would agree.

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We are so excited about what 2018 has to offer!  It's going to be a beautiful year!

These trends are as reported here on Houzz.

2017 | Year In Review

It's here again.  Another new year!  And so, as the tradition goes, we are sharing our 2017 year in review.

This year was one of the wildest at TMID--fast and furious, for sure!  It was a year full of (what felt like) never-ending design and installations.  We had a ton of great clients and produced some fabulous designs with a little bit of fun, team-building activities thrown in...oh! and a giant hurricane!  

At the beginning of the year, we had Stephen Allen take new head shots and team photos of everyone.  New year, new look, right?  Except these never got put on the website because we were too busy to finalize anything!

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We spent many hours designing and installing models for Park Square Homes.  In the days leading up to the presentations, we would pretty much lock ourselves in the conference room to work through the designs as a team.

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In the late Spring, we were featured in a 6-page spread for Interior Appeal!  Photos were, of course, by Stephen Allen.

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Everybody needs mental breaks, so when the Atlas 5 rocket launch happened, we all went to see it!  Side note: we also checked out the solar eclipse together!

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In the Fall, Hurricane Irma hit.  For awhile, we weren't worried...then, we were terrified...then, it wasn't as bad as they said it would be but it was still pretty bad.  And we're all still dealing with allergy issues because of it!

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From September on, we were pretty much in crazy install land.  We did get a quick break to do a fabulous workshop at Board & Brush in November and created these awesome, customized signs!  But after that, we hit the ground running until Christmas.

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The pictures below are snippets from installs completed throughout 2017--a mix of model homes and residences.  We are so excited about how beautiful these spaces turned out and look forward to more beautiful spaces in 2018! 

Cheers!

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