Thursday, September 22, 2016

Client Project: Highland Park Spec Home- Go Pale (in hardwood floors!)

Who says light wood is "out-of-date" or "old"??
Not US. WE love the way a pale floored home screams new, modern and in style.

We recently completed this spec home with all natural light wood floors for a stunning result!

What makes them so great?! Here's the top 5 reasons WHY:

Space Expander -
The space seems endless when the floors are light and ongoing!

Coordinate with Walls:
Choose light paint for the walls as well to open the home up to a light and airy feel

Becomes the Perfect Canvas:
With a seemingly "blank" canvas in a light hardwood floor .. your color and texture options for the furniture and fabrics are unlimited

Creates Informal Functional Spaces:
Darker hardwoods seem to give off a more formal and structured feel, while the light wood makes you want to sit back and relax

Mix it Up:
Don't be afraid of the dark wood though! Bring it in around the home in other places like we did in the spec home kitchen!

Go Pale!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Make Your Home a Happier Place...and Meet TCI Puppies!

With fall approaching, and cooler weather on the way, what can you do in your home to make it an even happier place?
You want your home to be a place that accomplishes these goals:
- Relaxation
- Inviting
- Warmth
- Love

Here's our top tips to get to that point!

1. Let in lots of sun!
- Open up those windows, pull back the drapes and let it shine

2. Make the entryway a welcoming place:
Add rugs, foliage and furniture for a comfortable greeting area!

3. Make your bed:
I know, I know ... who likes to do this? Well... trust us ... you will love how it makes you feel with a freshly made bed each day!

4. Add some fresh flowers:
Flowers make everyone happy -- why not bring a smile in?

5. Share it with your furry friends:
Our personal fav -- puppies just scream happy. Meet our TCI dogs!!

Traci's Dog - Ozzy ;)

Terra's dog - Chloe

 Ashley's Dog - Buxley

Courtney's Dog - Sam

Jessie's Dog - Benji

What's your happy place!?

Thursday, September 15, 2016

FIX your Front Door for Fall

It's that time of year again! Time to think about fancying your front porch up for the fall season.

This is one of my favorite parts about decorating for fall. Your front door can say so much, its the first vision that greets your guests and it sets the stage for fall festivities.

But there are definitely ways TO DO a front door and ways NOT to do it.

We've compiled a list of our favorite 4 elements of a stunning fall front porch for you to start your brains thinking with.

1. A perfect wreath:
Not something gussy with 15 cornucopias nestled in it.... but something unique, different, yet simplistic.

2. Pumpkin Stacking:
You can never have enough pumpkins, and we love the look of stacked pumpkins around your front door, in your flower beds and around!

3. A "Setting":
Creating a small set of fall if space allows is always unique. We love using hay bails, homemade banners and natural textures

4. Be Different:
Think outside of the box as this home has by being asymmetrical and creating height to their design

Happy Beginning to Fall!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Client Project: In Progress Coastal Kitchen Remodel

We love seeing the "before and after" pictures of projects, but what about the "before and DURING" images??

Well get ready for an eye full! This incredible client has taken on quite the remodel and we know it will pay off in the end. 

We use concept photos like this one to help clients visualize the end result we are shooting for!

Take a look at these before and DURING pictures and fasten your seatbelt as we reveal some of our design plans at the end of this post!

BEFORE: Looking at the Range side of the kitchen

DURING: Wall and cabinets removed and plumbing gutted

BEFORE: Looking into the new dining area

DURING: Wall and old existing server bar removed

BEFORE: Old Wet Bar

DURING: Making room for new wet bar!

So what are we going to do with this current mess??

Turn it into something incredible! 
Here is our vision:

This floor plan may help orient you from the pictures above. This shows what walls are being removed and how we are making this an open and bright plan.

Our color scheme vision is a "coastal chic" topic. Warm grays, white and rich navy in the making.

To add a touch of rustic to the coastal we love this idea of a barn sliding door into the pantry with a chalkboard on one side. 
 A few of our elevations to design:
The new and improved range wall - with many specialty drawers for perfect convenience 

The island is equipped with many useful drawers as well. Perfect for the organized homeowner.

And not to forget the new wine bar. With floating shelves and a full tile backsplash wall... whats not to love?!

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for a full reveal of this complete remodel!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Artificial Turf Used Inside and Out

One might not think to use artificial turf in a residential setting, but we have recently run across an article that sparked our interest in using this synthetic material both INSIDE and OUT in a residential home.

We put our knowledge to good use in this incredible patio designed by Traci Connell Interiors. With a backyard full of artificial turf, the green grass stays in tip top condition all year round!

Check out these uses and comment below to tell us your favorite!

Turf ART.
What a way to throw the green color around a space. Cut pieces of turf used on the wall in between molding turned this staircase into excitement 

Playroom Floor:
Kids are rough on their stuff, so what better to put under their feet but a rug of astroturf

Peaceful Patio:
You always want the surrounding grass around the livable part of your patio to be well groomed, no rough patches or unsatisfactory feelings beneath your feet ... artificial turf is a low maintenance way to create the perfect ambiance outdoors

Open Air Room Rug:
Would you do this?? Instead of a wool rug, think of it as a jute or sisal natural rug but turf!

Art Again:
Use as a wall covering option and theme a room instantly

These poufs are simply perfect on this patio when covered in turf for a pop of color and texture.

Let us know what you think!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Raise a Glass to Home Bars

Home bars are becoming quite the trend in many of the homes we are designing today!

The allow for :
- Extra space
- Storage needs met
- And Beauty

We found 6 well designed bars on Houzz that we loved and want to tell you WHY:

1. The Unique Wine Storage:
They not only took their design theme by the horns, but incorporated it into a shaped bottle holder on the wall!

2. Using the "natural color" as the pop:
By creating all the interiors to be black, white and gray, they allowed the beauty of the exterior to be the color pop of the space.

3. Backlit beauty:
We are ALL about backlighting and we love this medium used here!

4. Sleek and Sophisticated:
We love the formed lines and straight design of this dark, masculine bar

5. Secret Hideaway:
For those that are lacking for space, this closet designed bar is the perfect match!

6. Simple and Clean:
This looks like lots of bars we have done, and we love the simplistic beauty about them!


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