Design Trends to Watch for 2016

What are the hot trends to look out for in 2016 in home design?

Here are a few predictions from the remodeling and design site Houzz on some of the big trends to expect. 

Article courtsey of: Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

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Contemporary Kitchen by Brooklyn Architects & Building Designers Maletz Design 

1. Two shades of kitchen cabinets.

The upper cabinets may be a white or neutral but then more designers are trying out deeper colors or wood tones for the lower cabinets.

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Mediterranean Dining Room by Dallas Interior Designers & Decorators CDA Interior Design

2. Formal dining rooms are back.

More home owners are opting to keep the dining room and not turn it into an office. The formal dining room is expected to get more attention this year.

 

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Mediterranean Kitchen by Geneva Kitchen & Bath Designers Past Basket Design

3. Multi-purpose kitchen islands.

The “workhorse” kitchen island is about more than just adding workspace in the kitchen, but also for adding more storage, prep sinks, and a way to add extra seating.

 

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Beach Style Powder Room by Austin Photographers Kailey J. Flynn Photography

4. Mirrors that make a statement.

Medicine cabinets are heading out and now wood-framed, modern, or vintage mirrors are adding more style to bathrooms.

 

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Rustic Kitchen

5. “Barely there” kitchens.

Kitchens are fading into the backdrop as the open layouts infuse more seamlessly into the living room or other spaces in the home. Aiding that trend, more kitchens are featuring open shelves to add to that openness.

 

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Transitional Sunroom by Chicago Interior Designers & Decorators Tom Stringer Design Partners

6. Sunrooms are hot.

Houzz identified this as one of the top dream spaces for home owners. Some home owners are finding ways to even transform tucked away corners in their home into a sunroom with a few chairs to relax near windows.

 

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Traditional Kitchen by San Francisco Architects & Building Designers Sutro Architects

7. White kitchens dominate.

White kitchen walls and cabinets and even countertops is a trend with staying power, Houzz predicts. To add some splash to the all-white kitchen, designers are adding touches of color through the tile floors or floor-to-ceiling bookcases.

 

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Transitional Powder Room by New York Interior Designers & Decorators Chango & Co.

8. Powder rooms get more bold.

Wall coverings are getting punched up in powder room, that include everything from custom graphics to textured walls. Also, designers are mixing in ornate chandeliers or furniture-like pieces to add some more pizzazz to these spaces.

 

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Farmhouse Entry by Roxbury Architects & Building Designers Haver & Skolnich LLC Architects

9. Farmhouse style guides the entryway.

Farmhouse style is catching on, particularly for the mudroom. Simplicity in the storage solutions and durable materials are taking charge.

 

Posted on February 29, 2016 at 11:08 pm
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10 Summer Flower Arranging Tips

Did you know I used to be a florist?  My mother owned a flower shop when I was growing up and one Mother's Day she just said, "Here, make an arrangement," and that was the start of my love of flower arranging.  It is one of my favorite summer activities.  Here are some hints for you to become adept at arranging your garden blooms.

 

Tip 1: Water Works

Put flowers in water as soon as you get them home. Fill buckets with tepid water, add floral preservative, and then add flowers.

Tip 2: Must Cut

Cut an inch off the stems using a sharp knife, at a diagonal so they absorb more water, especially if the flowers will sit a while before being arranged. The fresh cut will help the stems absorb water better.

Tip 3: Water Temp Matters

Warm water helps tightly closed flower heads, such as roses or ranunculus, to open fully. Leave them in water for a day or two before using them.

Tip 4: Use Foam

Use florist's foam to keep flowers in place and constantly hydrated so they last longer. Soak the foam for 15 minutes before cutting it to fit the container. Water the foam every couple of days.

Tip 5: Trim, Trim

Recut stems just before adding them to the arrangement. Strip off any leaves that fall below the water line.

Tip 6: Picking Flowers

Add large, heavy flowers first turning the arrangement as you work to ensure even placement on all sides. Fill in with smaller, airier blooms, and leave enough space between the stems so individual flowers have room to shine. Include flowers with various shapes and stem lengths.

Tip 7: Height Matters

Make your bouquet taller than its container by about one and a half times. Also, make the width balance the height.

Tip 8: Similar Colors

Mix in different textures for a monochromatic arrangement that's interesting to look at.

Tip 9: Fill-In

Save larger leaves and stems with leaves on them to fill in around the flowers. Drape some of the greenery over the container's rim.

Tip 10: Proper Placement

Keep flowers away from sunlight and heating vents. Recut stems and add water often.

 

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How much is your new kitchen worth? Cost -vs- Value Report

 

It's finally here – the day I can share pictures of our new kitchen.  We've been working on it since October, and the lights finally went in yesterday, so I can post a pic! 

 

I'm happy to talk about kitchens with you all day long!  We're in love with it, and are so glad we finally pulled the trigger.  Problem is, kitchens are expensive, and it's hard to dump money into your house unless you know you're either going to live there a long time and enjoy it, OR you can count on recovering your expenses. 

 

In comes the Cost-vs-Value Report to help you decide how much to spend, and how much you'll recover.

Our kitchen remodel was mid-range, so it looks like we should recover 81.1% (if we were to sell now)  and I've already enjoyed 19% worth, so I could sell now without wringing my hands.

 

Please enjoy my photos and call me any time to talk about your future remodeling plans, and how they will impact the sale of your home.  (Sometimes it's just to talk color, finishes, or what's new in the marketplace)   I can't wait to talk kitchens with you!

 

 

 

 

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Posted on January 29, 2015 at 7:19 pm
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My greatest home ideas are waiting for you….

 

 

 

Some of my greatest ideas come from Pinterest.  Painting kitchen cabinets, restoring dirty grout, adding a bathroom to the attic, and other do-it-yourself tricks and ideas are some of the many useful "pins" you'll find on my "boards".
 
Perusing Pinterest can be addictive, so in an effort to save you the time and trouble, I've accumulated a lot of fabulous how-to guides and home ideas. 
 
You don't need to set up a profile to use Pinterest – simply click on the link below to access my collection. 
 
http://www.pinterest.com/caryperk/ideas-for-my-clients/
 
 
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Posted on July 16, 2014 at 8:03 pm
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Brass is Back!

I've read about it but I haven't seen much of it yet.  Until yesterday on Realtor tour when I spotted a fabulous example of the new brass that's back in style.  Don't get excited.  Your shiny brass doorknobs and faucets (and god forbid your shower door trim) has GOT to go. 
 
But if you love the idea of something new, and are tired of the rubbed bronze and polished nickel that's been all the rage for the last ten years, here's your new obsession.
 
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Posted on April 9, 2014 at 5:01 pm
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What’s new in kitchens in 2014?

I recently had the opportunity to view a presentation by Jonathan Hopp of Neil Kelly.  He spoke to the new and exciting changes in the world of kitchens – remodeling and new construction.  My favorite reference from the talk was about the fact that "backsplashes are the jewelry of the kitchen."  It's true!  You can have a totally neutral look and then jazz it up with a backsplash, which is often easily changable if you're ready for a new look.  Read on and hear what else Jonathan has to say……

 

 

What we are seeing increasingly in kitchens is a move toward quartz materials for countertops.  The advantage of quartz is that it comes in a variety of colors and patterns.  Technology has advanced to create finishes that more closely resemble limestone and marble – which are two materials I would hesitate to use in a heavily used kitchen.  Quartz has all the inherent advantages of granite, in that it doesn’t scratch easily, is heat resistant and comes in large slabs.  The pricing is similar to granite depending on the manufacturer, but you can expect that this popular product will be on the higher end of materials and well worth the price in durability and longevity.

 

 

The back splash is the jewelry of the kitchen. Most commonly the counter material is more neutral in tone, and frequently is chosen to compliment the flooring material or blend with the cabinetry finishes.  The back splash, however, is where designers are having fun.  With literally hundreds of new products on the market, the selection is greater than ever.    Manufacturing techniques have resulted in designs that weren’t available only a few short years ago.  I think the backsplash is one of the most important elements in determining a kitchens overall look and appearance.  In rooms where everything else is neutral, the backsplash is that final item that determines a kitchen’s look.  I say, have fun with the backsplash.  There generally isn’t a large quantity, so the cost is not extreme.  When you look at kitchens you will notice how much it draws the eye.  And, unlike cabinets, or counter tops, it is an easy way to add style without spending a fortune.

 

 

 

 

My favorite product recently is the advancement in porcelain tiles.  Resembling everything from limestone to hardwood flooring, this material expands the options for durability to an entirely new level.  As with other materials, the advancements in printing and fabrication have allowed porcelain tiles to achieve a new level of design.  Sculptured surfaces and graining are just a start.  The printing and transfer techniques now add a new realism to the material like never before.  Porcelain tiles are inherently durable and can stand up to wear and tear like nothing else.  The latest trend is newer sizes such as 12 x24, 24 x24 as well as smaller mosaic blends.  No longer are we stuck with the ubiquitous 12” square tile. 

 

If you'd like advice for your kitchen, please call Jonathan for a private consultation!

 

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Posted on March 23, 2014 at 8:38 pm
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Transform your room for less than $100

 

Remember the stenciling from the 80's?  Little country cabins and vines & hearts?  I shudder to think of some of the sponge and rag painting that used to pass for cool. 

 

 

 

Nowadays, you hardly ever hear of anyone stenciling or faux painting, and wallpaper has actually made a comeback.   When I'm touring houses, I literally swoon over some of the gorgeous papers I've seen.  Who would use a stencil when wallpaper manufacturers have made it so easy for us to add drama so simply?

 

 

 

Me!  I'm dying to use one of these stencil designs in our  master bedroom!  Every one of these photos are stenciled walls. 

 

These aren't your 80's stencils, and one can transform their room at 1/100th the cost of wallpaper. 

 

 

My client used this houndstooth pattern in her bathroom and it was fabulous~! 

 

 

Don't be shy.  Order a stencil today and transform your room for under $100!  Prices start around $13 for simple medallions and go to around $65 f0r the birch trees shown above. 

These stencils, and hundreds more, can be purchased at www.cuttingedgestencils.com.

 

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Posted on March 9, 2013 at 10:39 pm
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Are you bold enough for a black exterior?

 

 
 
 
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Posted on January 2, 2013 at 5:03 pm
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Chirping Smoke Detector

 

You know that annoying chirp when a smoke alarm battery is at the end of its life?  It's not unusual to open up a vacant home and have the tweeting accompany your showing.

 

I think this would make it OK. 

 

Replace your flying saucer shaped smoke detector with this darling bird!  Available at Urban Outfitters for $75.

Posted on November 27, 2012 at 1:44 pm
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A Spot of Color on this Rainy Day

When it’s this gloomy out, I need something sunny and bright to help me make it through ’til Spring.

 

Here are a few bright and sunshiny house photos that I’ve collected.  Any of these things would make me happy on a day like today.

 

Yellow Adirondack chairs

 

 

An amazing red rug and chairs on my porch

 

This bright orange lacquer planter with purple orchids

 

 

Funky kitchen tiles

 

 

Simply adorable pillows, especially when placed on a bright settee bench

 

 

Hurry, spring!

Posted on March 29, 2012 at 10:56 pm
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