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TRANSITIONAL Design Style

What’s your design style? In this series, we will explore several common design styles. Follow along and become inspired as you learn. Keep in mind that well-balanced homes often incorporate multiple, overlapping design styles.

Transitional design style marriages traditional with contemporary, leaving a space with a classic, timeless appeal.  It is about having the best of both worlds.  Neutral colors reign in a transitional space, but strong furniture, mixed textures, and bold lines make it feel visually interesting and comfortable.  The whole of the room should be peaceful and restful.

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VISUAL CUES:
1. Warm neutral colors
2. Mix between traditional and contemporary
3. Gentle curves paired with bold lines
4. Comfortable but refined
5. Mixed, refined metals (anything goes)
6. All types of flooring as long as it’s restrained
7. Subtle pattern and minimal accessories
8. Mixed textures create visual interest
9. Tailored window treatments
10. Clean lined kitchens

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Check out more Transitional ideas on our Pinterest board!

QUESTIONS TO ASK A REALTOR YOU’RE CONSIDERING HIRING

Short & Sweet: A Q&A With A Realtor

Whether you are buying a home for the first time or selling for the last time, a realtor can be a great help when dealing with your home. Here are 5 questions to ask a realtor you’re considering hiring:

  1. Do you work part-time or full-time as a real estate agent?

Full-time agents are likely to give you more time and attention. On the other hand a part time realtor may be able to give you the same time and attention as a full time realtor. How do you choose? A good idea is consider how long it takes for them to respond on your inquiries and questions.

  1. How long have your been in the real estate business?

Ideally, you want someone with similar experience to the property type you are buying or selling. Experience doesn’t have a magic number when it comes to realtors. Look for agents that have enough experience from listing to selling. You may even think about asking for past clients as references.

  1. Is your license in good standing? Are you a member of National Association of Realtors?

You are able to look up this information– which will show whether the agent’s license is valid and if there are any lawsuits past or present. You want your realtor to be a member of the National Association of Realtors because that is allows the agent to use the title Realtor and has agreed to follow it’s ethical guidelines as well as stay educated in the field.

  1. Do you work on your own or as part of a team?

If the agent is in a large office, it may be that there will be more than one person dealing with your home. This can help speed up processes and stay in touch easier. Ask to meet with other agents who are going to be involved.

  1. How will you keep me updated on progress?

Find out how frequently you can expect your agent to check in with you. When its best to reach them will ensure positive communication and help with updates on the progress made.

To wrap it up: have a notepad to jot down questions or thoughts that may occur to you. First impressions go a long way, remember if you choose that realtor they are representing you as well.

 

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Master Bed/Bath Remodel

We tackled an outdated master bedroom and bathroom project in east Sandy this year. When you think about how many hours you spend in your bedroom (albeit most of it sleeping) it is an important room to enjoy! We were so happy to transform this space with our client’s style in mind.

It started out looking something like this in the bedroom.

One of the most fun changes was exchanging the windows to french doors.  It really changed the feel of the space!

The bathroom started out with carpet and a built in tub.

We wanted to make the design feel cozy and open at the same time. Here is how the bedroom came together.

In the bathroom we refinished the existing cabinets.  We also replaced the built-in tub to a freestanding tub and added a steam shower. The grass-wallpapered accent wall was a finishing touch.  It all turned out so pretty!

Now who wants to go soak in that tub?

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How to Select a Sofa

Some of our biggest life moments are celebrated on a sofa. For example: I shared with my parents the exciting news. Hand in hand sitting on my parents loveseat – no less, my soon to be husband winked at me as my parents congratulated us on our engagement. Three years later, I placed in my mom’s arms my newborn baby for the first time. The proud grandma cradled the little pink bundled and nestled down in the sofa cushions for some snuggle time.

Thus, we make room: We make room on our sofas for the cute baby bums, bedtime stories, and spilled nacho cheese as our friends gather for the final touchdown in the playoffs with cheers and high fives.

There are joyous moments to celebrate, quiet memories to embrace and future plans to be made, all on our sofas.

So, we put a lot on our sofas, and not just those baby bums. But, how the sofa looks when first viewed when you walk into the room, or what kind of fabric will be best suitable for your lifestyle. We know how important this is and how daunting it can feel when picking out such an important piece for your home.

We decided to come up with a few questions to ask yourselves as you shop:

  1. How does it measure up? Determine the right size of couch by getting measurements of the space you plan to place your furniture.
  1. Does it fit my style?  Consider the rest of the room and how you have decorated it. Consider the style of the room. For example if you host parties or watch lots of games on the big screen in that room, you may want to look at sectionals or an L shaped couch.

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Is it a place you like to read or nap? Look for a couch that has a low arm and is rounded so it can be relaxing to lay down on.

 

  1. What is it made of? Consider durability and quality. For example, if you have pets or kids you want to chose a fabric that is easy to clean so it lasts longer and still looks good.
  1. Have you sat on it? Think on it…literally. You may be surprised at how many of us buy our sofas online without ever sitting on them. If you find a sofa online that you love, seek out a store that carries it so you can sit on it and see if it is comfortable and suits your needs. When buying a piece of furniture that does cost a lot you want to make sure it is just right for your needs.

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SOUTHERN Design Style

What’s your design style? In this series, we will explore several common design styles. Follow along and become inspired as you learn. Keep in mind that well-balanced homes often incorporate multiple, overlapping design styles.

Southerners are known for their charm, right?  Well, it shows up in their homes too.  Whether it is a family picture collage or a collection of china, there are hints of warmth incorporated into a southern style home.  There are many ways to spot the Southern Design Style.

VISUAL CUES:
1. Shaker cabinets with oversized knobs and pulls
2. Wallpaper
3. Mason jars
4. Taxidermy
5. Quilts
6. Antiques
7. Light hues
8. Light, cool metals
9. Fresh flowers and fruits as accessories
10. Traditional hospitality

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How to Keep Stainless Steel Clean

Have you ever dreamed of an appliance that could actually withstand time and last forever? Well, hold onto your aprons, because it’s here. Alright, forever might be a bit of an exaggeration, but it’s not far from the truth. This appliance can be placed in just about every style of home, from farmhouse to industrial to urban chic. It is versatile, strong and able to withstand many years of use without showing signs of wear or damage. Can you guess what it might be…

Stainless steel.

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In my home there are a lot of stainless steel appliances. Although it has proven to last and has been quite versatile, there has been a drawback: they show smudges like fingerprints and water stains. I have found simple and effective ways to clean as well as ways NOT to clean stainless steel- learning about both will assist you in preserving this metal finish’s like-new look. Let us begin with the do not list:

Don’t:

  • Don’t use chlorine bleach or any product containing chloride.
  • Don’t use oven cleaners.
  • Don’t use steel wool highly abrasive scrubbing pads. This will cause scratches.

Do

  • Do use vinegar. Spray your appliance liberally with vinegar and wipe it down. Using a microfiber cloth or a very soft cloth wipe the vinegar off in the direction of the grain.
  • Be sure to use clean water. Harsh water can leave spots or stains.
  • A little trick to prevent smudges: wipe afterwards with olive oil or baby oil. To do this, pour one or two dime sized dots onto a microfiber washcloth and apply to your appliance.

Keep in mind there are many products that can clean stainless steel, this is just one DIY solution that can be a quick fix and everything you need for it is right in your kitchen.

TRADITIONAL Design Style

What’s your design style? In this series, we will explore several common design styles. Follow along and become inspired as you learn. Keep in mind that well-balanced homes often incorporate multiple, overlapping design styles.

The goal of a traditional design style is comfort and function.  Generally there is a strong sense of order to the space and furniture.  It is all about visual balance, including symmetrical furniture placement. Some other things to look for are listed below.

VISUAL CUES
1. WARM METALS
2. SOFT LINES
3. RICH WOODS
4. REFINED FURNISHINGS
5. PATTERN AND TEXTURE
6. TRIM CARPENTRY
7. RICH DRAPES
8. HIGH QUALITY RUGS
9. CONSERVATIVE COLORS
10. SYMMETRY

Here are some examples to give you the idea.

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Notice the rich rug and drapes in this dining room along with the warm woods. In the living room pictured below, you’ll notice the textures and patterns, warm woods, and symmetrical furniture placement around the ottoman focal point.

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See more traditional design styles on our Pinterest board!

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Foothill Before & After

Whether you’re looking to sell your house quickly or enjoy the one you already own, you can’t go wrong with a kitchen remodel.  We tackled a new kitchen in the east bench of Salt Lake City this year and couldn’t be happier with the transformation.

This is what we started with.

You can see the outdated tile and cabinet color, but we had good bones to work with as far as space goes.

It took one day for go from that to this on demo day.

We also donated the existing cabinets to Habitat for Humanity ReStore.  They are a nonprofit home improvement store.  They resale used furniture and other household products for a smaller price tag.

After all was said and done, here are pictures of the final renovation.

We chose gray subway tile floor to couple with the brown cabinets.

The backsplash brings in the grays from the floor and the browns from the cabinets for a good warm/cool combination.

The client was happy with how it turned out!

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SHAKER Design Style

What’s your design style? In this series, we will explore several common design styles. Follow along and become inspired as you learn. Keep in mind that well-balanced homes often incorporate multiple, overlapping design styles.

The long-lasting style of Shaker furniture and design has influenced nearly every design style since it’s creation. The Shaker philosophy is form before function; principles that are relevant in today’s chaotic lifestyles. “Don’t make anything unless it is both necessary and useful; but if it is both necessary and useful, don’t hesitate to make it beautiful.”

VISUAL CUES:
1. Ladder-back cane seat chairs, and wood trestle tables
2. Wooden Knobs and pulls
3. Simple design; no ornamentation, fretwork or decorative carvings
4. Peg rails and chair rails
5. Sturdy but soft lines, often with eased edges
6. Recessed Panel cabinetry with square style and rails
7. Custom storage, often built-in, with graduated and varying drawer sizes
8. Turned and tapered legs
9. Graduated drawers (the bottom drawer of a chest is larger than the top
drawers)
10. Plenty of Baskets

It’s interesting that only a few Shaker societies still exist today, even though their craftsmanship is loved by so many. Want to learn more about the Shakers? Click here.

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RUSTIC Design Style

What’s your design style? In this series, we will explore several common design styles. Follow along and become inspired as you learn. Keep in mind that well-balanced homes often incorporate multiple, overlapping design styles.

VISUAL CUES:
1. Rough, exposed wood (beams and timbers, handrails, barn doors)
2. Hand-made accessories (baskets, pottery, quilts)
3. Aged and weathered finishes (antique patinas, seeded glass, etc.)
4. Earth tone color palette
5. Heavy texture, simple patterned textiles
6. Re-purposed objects and artifacts
7. Hammered metals & iron

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