Client Project: Space Planning Tips for a New Kitchen!

Exciting project on the books...

Custom Build in Fairview

Here's my client's bathroom in her last house-
so this should be fun!

With blueprints scattered everywhere, we are beginning with
the kitchen design. I have a new appreciation for a red pen and liquid paper
correction tape used by Richard, of Richard Drummond Davis architectural firm...
-as we add, tweak (repeat:)

He's done a beautiful job on the plans and has captured
the homeowner's unique vision.

So, if you are planning a new kitchen or just a remodel-
keep reading!

Here are some pointers:

When planning a kitchen, it's important to give careful consideration 
to how the space will be used.

Some questions to ask yourself from HGTV:

A. What is your cooking style and the appliances that you are going to want?
B. Do you want people in the kitchen, or do you want people sitting on 
the other side of the bar, talking while you cook?

Space planning for your kitchen is very thought out and useful.
Check out these layouts. Source: Better Homes and Gardens

U Shaped Kitchen

Traditionally, the stove, sink and refrigerator are placed at points of 
a triangle for efficient movement in the kitchen.

This efficient, versatile plan usually puts one workstation on 
each of three walls.

Pros: Storage and counter space on three sides maximize efficiency,
 and the dead-end floor plan ensures that traffic doesn't 
interrupt the work triangle.

Cons: This isn't the best plan for entertaining or for 
accommodating multiple cooks.

Island Kitchen

The island floor plan, which continues to be popular, is a great way to 
add informal seating, as well as extra prep space and storage, to a kitchen.

Pros: This plan works best for large kitchens in which the work triangle 
would exceed the 26-foot rule if all three workstations were located against walls.

The "26-foot rule" dictates that for maximum efficiency, the perimeter of the work triangle should measure at least 12 feet but not more than 26 feet.

Cons: Island plans are not well-suited to kitchens where 
two work stations must be on opposite walls.

Islands, which continue to be popular, are a great way to add informal 
seating, as well as extra prep space and storage, to a kitchen.

L Shaped Kitchen

The L-shape plan puts two workstations on one wall and the 
third on an adjacent wall.

Pros: This layout is more space-efficient than a U-shape plan, especially 
if the main workstations are located close to the crook of the L.

Cons: Not well-suited to small spaces. Be sure to allow adequate open 
counter space between the two workstations that share the same wall
 -- at least 4 feet.

I have to confess that I think we are breaking all the rules mentioned
above... custom is custom!

Contact US to help you maximize your space for any room of your home!

Until Next Time,

2012 Interior Design Trends

Can you say build, build, build??

Our new year at Connell Interiors is filled with two new custom
build jobs, two huge renovations and a few remodels...
not to mention our favorites...
full room furnishings!

While our heads will be in tile, hardware and carpet-
you might want to think about 

Trends of 2012! 

What should we expect for the upcoming year? 
How can YOU stay ahead of the trends? 
See what top designers and blogs are saying 
about the new upcoming design.

Celebrity Interior Designer Kelli Ellis says this about the New Year ...
"Even better, that most of next year’s trends are cost-conscious and
 budget-friendly with a focus on the basics as well as a few 
emerging products that can create the “wow” factor." 

Design Decor Staging says  "This year we will see shiny fabrics, sleek and 
glossy surfaces and vibrant colors, combined with elegant and classy gray, 
white, golden and silver tones.

The "new year bedroom" will become very luxurious with silk and wool, wood and glass
and wooden ceiling designs.


Interior design trends are moving towards modern decorating ideas in eco style with
gray-white-pink color design.


Wood and glass, natural stone and flowers, linen upholstery and silk cushions, and wood 
wall paneling are all new elements to incorporate in your new year design!


Design Shuffle says this about the new trends:

Natural, weathered and worn wood furnishings are going to continue to become huge! 
Aidan Gray and Restoration Hardware are a few manufacturers that have picked up this trend.

Greys! This is such a beautiful, soft color to mix the bold, bright colors into.

Industrial mixed with traditional. This provides versatility and unity for 
two completely different styles.

Natural Linen and Soft Cottons. While rustic has been a big trend, using these materials 
for the upholsteries in the room will offset it nicely.

Oversized Art!
Modern works are showcased in traditional settings for an unexpected focal point.

Celebrity Interior Designer Kelli Ellis also says:
1. The basics get bolder: “Over the last year, we’ve seen wood finishes 
getting lighter, rougher and unfinished. As a result, upholstered 
furniture is fighting back from beige! We are seeing a slow trend 
towards bright, colorful and bold patterned sofas and chairs.”

2. Let there be light: Aside from paint update your lighting for a 
simple way to update a room.  Almost always increase the size – 
think bigger for a big impact. The trend is to blend styles. 
Iron and crystal combinations, drum pendants and blown-glass, and 
colored crystal and organic shapes will instantly add some "wow."

I will definitely keep this tips in mind when designing 
these new homes!

Until Next Time,
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