Recent Happenings | Parade of Homes

If you’re local to the Central Florida area and are into home building and interior design, you may have toured the 2019 Parade of Homes. The Parade is hosted by GOBA, the Great Orlando Builders Association, and features over 100 of the best homes in the Central Florida area. It’s a showcase of interior design, architectural design, outdoor living, and energy efficiency. GOBA desires to promote the building industry by highlighting quality design.

Each year awards are given out for a number of different categories ranging from kitchen and bath design, to production homes, to interior design. It’s an honor to be awarded any sort of recognition but this year, we received the coveted Grand Award. The Grand Award is highest honor of all of the awards given out by the Parade of Homes Committee. It’s essentially, the best of the best. This year, our model, the Brantley, built by WJ Homes won the Grand for production Single Family homes!

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This model was our baby. We worked closely with the builder to specify every single finish that went in this house along with all of the special wall details and applied moldings. We also furnished the home once it was completely built. It was a labor of love but turned out beautifully and we are so proud of it! Check out some of the photos of the interior below. (Thanks to Stephen Allen for the amazing photos!)

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Construction Tips | Kitchen Remodel

Nobody likes a remodel. The end result is exciting but the process to get there is usually full of surprises that take up time and cost money. The end can never come fast enough. The thing about remodels is that the places people often choose to remodel are normally kitchens and bathrooms — the two most used rooms in a house. So when you remodel, you’re basically shutting down a space that you need and use frequently. It’s not easy.

There are things that you can do to prepare for a remodel. It doesn’t necessarily make the whole process go smoothly, but preparing can help ease the blow of the inconveniences that come with major construction happening in your home. Since kitchens are normally at the top of the list for updates, today we’re going to focus on how to prepare for that particular type of remodel.

The first most basic thing to do is meal prep. This seems strange since you’ll be loosing access to your kitchen, but there are actually a lot of simple meals that you can prepare without any of the major appliances. In order to get by without eating out for every. single. meal. which gets old FAST, plan ahead by preparing for quick meals that can be made with your smaller appliances.

Don’t forget about your grill! So many food items can be cooked on a grill and, let’s be honest, grilled food tastes amazing. A kitchen remodel is a great time to put that outdoor cooking to good use. You can have a hot meal and enjoy dinner on the porch so you don’t even have to see the remodel mess!

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Don’t forget to stock up on your dry goods. Quick, easy breakfast, snack and even lunch items that don’t need to be stored in a refrigerator or cooked in an oven.

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Make sure you’re fully stocked on disposable items — plates, cups, utensils. You may not be able to wash dishes (or just may not feel like washing dishes) at multiple times during the remodel so disposable paper goods will make clean up quick and painless.

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The important thing is to keep the end goal in sight! If you have a rendering or drawing of what your new kitchen will look like once all of the work is complete, keep it close by! You will want a reminder of what you’re suffering for at multiple points in the process. But if all else fails, get out of town! If you’re comfortable enough to leave the construction in someone else’s hands and don’t need to be there to manage the project, give yourself a break from looking at it and take a mini vacation. Remodels are stressful so you’ll need a getaway for sure!

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Design Tips | Calm and Collected Master Baths

It’s easy for master bathrooms to get neglected because they are used so often. It doesn’t really make sense when you say it out loud but if you think about it, it’s true. Because a master bathroom is a personal space rarely seen by guests, on top of the fact that it’s used frequently by EVERYONE, it often gets used and abused and doesn’t end up looking so hot. But a master bathroom should be calming space. Even if it does need to be functional, it doesn’t mean that it should be ugly or cluttered. So today we’re talking about ways to try to lighten up and declutter a master bath so that it doesn’t feel like it’s closing in on you when you walk into it.

The first very simple way to streamline the look of your master bathroom is by keeping the color scheme neutral and monochromatic. Tone on tone works for a functional space like this and is actually best for color when it comes to make up. So don’t worry about figuring out ways to add pops of color or crazy pattern, just keep it chill. It will function best that way in the end.

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Even though there are like a million fun shower curtains out there, glass is always better in a master bath. More specifically, frameless glass. In the evolution of glass, you’re not pigeonholed with your glass options anymore. Glass can work in a shower and in a tub/shower combo. You can also make it pretty without all the hardware and do the frameless glass for either scenario. This will make a huge impact on the look over your bathroom. Not only does it elevate the style but it will immediately open up the space to make it feel more airy.

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While this next tip can go more modern, there are definite ways to keep it within the transitional style. It won’t hold up in a traditional style bathroom but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t look good! Wall mounted vanities immediately open up a bathroom and will instantly give the illusion of more space. We’ll admit that it’s not the simplest swap since it does involve plumbing changes, but if it fits into your style, it really is a cool look that will work for you.

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This next little tidbit relates to mirrors but gives you options! We are huge fans of countertop to ceiling frameless mirrors that have the lighting inset. It adds a ton of reflection in your space and is visually much cleaner than a framed mirror (no matter how pretty!) However, if that look or even the cost of that look doesn’t work for you, selecting a mirror with integrated LED lighting is another way to visually declutter your master bath by eliminating the visual noise extra layers can create.

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Final tip: Chill out, folks! We all need some chill time. :)

TMID In Print | Magazine Feature

If you live in the Seminole county area, you may have seen some of our work recently. Interior Appeal magazine recently published photos of two town homes we designed for Park Square Homes — the Washington & Lincoln. To be published in a 6 page spread is amazing and an incredible honor but it gets even better! We were featured on the cover!

The family room from the Washington model with it’s bright pop of color and modern vibes was selected to grace the Spring/Summer issue cover! While the work is ours, we know that good design is best appreciated through good design photography. So we would be remiss to ignore the fact that Stephen Allen photographed these rooms and does incredible work. We are grateful to him and Orange Appeal for giving our work a voice! Check out the full magazine here and be sure to check out pages 92-97!

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Design Tips | Pulling a Family Room Together

Aside from the kitchen, the Family Room is one of the most important rooms in the house. It’s where your family gathers for all sorts of events and occasions and is most likely an area that you enjoy being in. That’s why we think it’s important for the family room to be a space that is comfortable but also durable while also just being pretty! If you have to be in it a lot and are looking at the things in the space, make them enjoyable to be surrounded by! As with every space, there are layers that should go into a family room. We’ve broken them out below to give you some food for thought the next time you decide to redecorate.

Add textured fabrics. This little tidbit is pretty much a standard piece of advice that we give for any room…except maybe the bathroom. But texture in general is huge for us! Texture is what adds depth and interest to any space. A family room in particular will have fabric on multiple applications — drapery, seating, pillows, blankets, so you have lots of ways to add texture in. The nice thing about texture in a family room is that it often does well hiding “use”. Not all, but many textured fabrics have shadows that are created by the high-low effect of the texture and these shadows help disguise dirt! So plus, plus! Visually interesting AND practical!

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Mix neutrals. If you’re like us and you gravitate towards neutrals (which isn’t uncommon in a “common area”), then this tip will hopefully help you boost your use of them. The colors that we consider neutral range from the blacks, whites, ivories, and charcoals to tans, beiges and browns, but also include denimy blues and navy. So this is actually a good thing in a family room because, if you want to use all neutrals but you know whites, tans, and beiges are not going to be practical for your family, you’re in luck. Mixing in some brown, grey, and even a darker blue will all work together! This mix of color with allow you ways to hide dirt and spills (if used wisely) while also giving your room some visual depth by bringing in a variety of darks and lights.

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Include moveable pieces. This tips is purely for functionality. We all know that a family room is a space where there could be 3 people hanging out or 10. Family move nights happen there but so do birthday parties and game nights. So, in order to accommodate varying amounts of people, include smaller pieces of furniture that are easily moved. This could be small accent tables for drinks or even ottomans for additional seating. You know how your family uses your space best so you may need more of less of these, but we’re pretty sure that including a couple of these elements will come in handy regardless of who you are!

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Patterned Rugs hide a lot! One big impact piece that will definitely get a lot of wear in a family room is the area rug. From spills to foot traffic to pets, a family room rug will take a beating. You can approach selection of this piece from different angles — some want to spend the money on it so it will hold up while others feel that a less expensive rug is best since it will likely get replaced often. Either approach is fine, however when it comes to style, we recommend something with pattern. Pattern doesn’t have to mean something crazy and in your face but it does usually mean a variation in color that will hide the use. Larger scale patterns are often better but that’s not to say that some smaller scale patterned rugs couldn’t work too.

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Consider fabric type for practicality. As we’ve already discussed, family rooms are high traffic areas as well as multi-purpose spaces, it’s important to consider the best type of fabrics for use in a space like this. While the color and pattern and texture all matter, the material makeup is important too! Linens and silks are beautiful but not practical. Leather is great for repelling spills but can be scuffed and torn. Oftentimes a blend of natural material and synthetic fibers (like polyester) work well for durability. Wool is easy to clean and cotton is washable. Also consider selecting fabrics coated with crypton —the liquid will literally bead up and roll off — it’s where a lot of fabrics are going.

Overall, the family room is an important space. It has a lot of boxes that need to be checked off to make it right but it is possible! Fabric options are endless and there’s no reason you should have to sacrifice comfort, durability, or style in a space like this!