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Kitchen Organization Ideas to Add to Your Remodel Plans

The kitchen serves multiple purposes, from entertaining friends to preparing delicious meals for your family. Keeping everything in your kitchen effectively organized will save many headaches and stressful moments, preventing those instances when you might struggle for just a few more inches of counter and cabinet space.

Poulin Design Center will cover all aspects of your kitchen remodel ideas. Once we have worked with you to design the kitchen of your dreams, we will complete the kitchen remodel so you can get back to entertaining and feeding your loved ones. The kitchen organization ideas below can be worked right into just about any kitchen remodel design.

Keep Items Accessible With Custom Cabinetry Inserts

Organize your counter space by adding custom cabinetry pull-out drawers to keep kitchen essentials more accessible. For instance, you can customize cabinetry inserts to slide on a track and expand to access items whenever you need them easily. Say goodbye to organizing your lower cabinets on your hands and knees.

Custom Storage Drawers for Any Kitchen Items

Adjustable dividers and drawer inserts offer a seamless kitchen organization solution with satisfying results. Use dividers to separate lids neatly from corresponding pots, reusable containers, or pans in the same drawer. Include inserts to surface drawers for adequate storage of tableware or contained spices.

Use Drawers Instead of Cabinets

Instead of reviewing endless kitchen cabinet design ideas, consider oversized drawers in your kitchen. Oversized drawers let you have a brilliant place to store plates and bowls, and they are often easier to access while offering well-organized stacks in your kitchen. Setting dishware and utensils in a drawer averts instances like dropping a dish from the upper cabinet while enabling kids to set the table readily.

Store Items Where You’ll Use Them In a Custom Space

Narrow vertical drawers under a range are ideal places to store cooking oils and spices. Creating a stylish canister on your countertop helps keep utensils handy. But if you have a cooktop, a utensil holder may affect your space’s flow. Having custom drawers with upright containers lets you store utensils alongside the range.

Add Tuck-Away Platforms For Appliances

Although your countertop offers adequate space to keep appliances, not every appliance needs to stay there. Create a tuck-away platform that promotes the workspace and provides room for storing appliances, keeping them out of sight. For instance, add a stylish storage solution for a stand mixer with built-in electricity to get more from your workspace.

Save Counter Space With Built-In Appliances

Enhancing kitchen storage and countertop space are common kitchen remodel ideas that align with creating a more organized space. Having sleek built-in appliances like microwaves and coffee machines can help you achieve this. Microwave drawers or range hoods are a perfect addition to your kitchen organization, allowing effortless reach.

Strive for Pantry Perfection

Your pantry requires attention in your kitchen organization plan. Glass canisters designed for dry goods foster a clean appearance and assist in keeping track of what you need. Basket and storage racks store smaller items, and if there is adequate space in the pantry, you can keep your appliances stored here. To see more ideas for your pantry design, see our blog here.

Customize Your Island with Open Storage

A kitchen island is the space’s centerpiece, with several ways to add storage while making it stylish. For instance, you can create an entertaining hub comprising a bar-height countertop and a built-in wine rack, as well as open storage.

Kitchen Organization In New Mexico

Achieving an elegant, organized kitchen helps create a more enjoyable space to live in and increases the value of your home. Contact us today for more information regarding ideas to remodel your kitchen in New Mexico!

 

Image Source:  Andy Dean Photography / Shutterstock

Female Hands Framing Custom Kitchen by Poulin Design Center

Small Kitchen Remodel Ideas

Trying to make it work in a small kitchen can be challenging and frustrating at times. Rather than deal with the downsides of your small kitchen, consider some easy kitchen remodel ideas that won’t break the bank. If you’re in Albuquerque or Santa Fe, NM, and searching for kitchen remodel ideas, find out how Poulin Design Center can help transform your kitchen. 

Kitchen Islands Add Storage and Prevent Clutter 

Consider adding a peninsula or a movable island cart to maximize your storage in a small kitchen. A peninsula can add seating to your kitchen, countertop space, an area for serving, and entertaining as well as extra storage. 

If you don’t have space for a peninsula, a moveable island cart can add storage to your space and be moved if you need more space. Add drawers to your kitchen, but be sure to have enough tall cabinets to store your kitchen appliances. Instead of cabinets where things can get pushed back and out of sight, consider choosing drawers to maximize storage and convenience in your small kitchen; just remember to have enough storage for your taller kitchen appliances.

Open Shelving Adds Style and Access 

Open shelving can accent many different kitchen styles. From industrial to the farmhouse kitchen, open shelving adds another element of style that cabinets would otherwise not. Open shelving is also great to balance out the design elements of your kitchen aesthetic, especially if you have many cabinets. When deciding where to install open cabinets, think about ease of access for you, the other people in your home, and your guests. 

Another idea for a small kitchen remodel would be to include a peninsula with floating shelves overhead, which is an excellent way to save cabinet space by keeping items like glasses and frequently used spices handy. 

Patterns Are Your Friends 

Your small kitchen remodel may be limited by space unless you’re going big. Some small kitchen ideas that help accentuate your style and make it pop are patterns in unexpected places. Since cabinets and shelving often take up much of any wall space, you will have to get creative on making patterns a priority. 

Adding a backsplash can instantly brighten a room and create visual interest. The backsplash will tie in the colors of your kitchen and bring cohesiveness to your design. We suggest using a timeless backsplash.

Choose Stylish and Durable Surfaces

No matter the size of your kitchen, having countertops that work as hard as you do is critical for saving you money and time. Choosing beautiful countertops has to be a choice that considers appeal, aesthetics, and durability. Choose a countertop that will withstand everyday cooking and special events.

Paint Can Change Everything 

If you are between remodels and just looking to freshen up your kitchen or add a little bit of life to a dim corner, paint can do that. There is no need for power tools, construction, or lengthy contracts; paint only takes an afternoon or less to leave your kitchen looking new again. Add an accent wall to bring out the colors in your flooring or undertones in your cabinets. 

Leave No Space Unused

When you’ve got a small kitchen, it goes without saying that you should use every little bit of space to your benefit. Having narrow pull-out cabinets installed and drawers in place of cabinets in tight spaces or deep areas where space is lost is an excellent way to maximize space. Small kitchen ideas like floating tables and mobile pantries can also help save space while removing clutter.

Professional Kitchen Remodeling in Albuquerque

Be sure to use a professional to design your kitchen according to sound design principles. The designers at Poulin Design Center follow the work triangle, which helps with strategic kitchen design, large or small! And when working on a small kitchen, you will want to design it with function, style, and sound design principles to maximize your space. 

To get started on your kitchen remodel, contact Poulin Design Center today for more information or schedule a free design consultation.

Image Source: Andy Dean Photography / Shutterstock

Top 3 Reasons to Get Your Remodel Started Now

Most of our customers like to get started on their remodel after the first of the year—the holidays are over and it’s time refresh the house and reassess life at the turn of the new year. However, this is not any normal year… this is year where we have faced secondary impacts due to the global pandemic, including supply and demand delays, labor shortages and price increases. Which is why we are encouraging our customers to get the remodel processes started now and not later.

Reason #1: Save Money

Starting any home improvement project is an investment of time and money to your home and lifestyle. We have seen multiple prices increase from our manufacturers over the last year and a half, and they’re projected to continue with inflation next year. This is the #1 reason why we want our customers to start the process now. They can lock in their price for their remodel, before new price increases hit, and save money on their remodel for next year.

Reason #2: Get Your Products Ordered NOW

I’m sure you’ve seen delays in getting products in nearly every industry— from appliances to toilet paper—the supply and demand chain is in serious condition. When you get started on the remodel process now, you can order your products to get everything in when you’re ready for the installation. Right now, receiving products are causing the longest delays to start remodel jobs for our customers.

Every one of our cabinet lines are 17-20 weeks out from when the order gets placed. Prior to COVID, we would receive cabinets within 6-8 weeks. Certain plumbing fixtures are backordered or discontinued. And appliances take an average of 6 months to get in—this one we strongly suggest ordering sooner rather than later!

Point is, once you’re happy with the new design and product line, order them now so you can plan when your home will be remodeled next spring.

Reason #3: Schedule Your Remodel

Before your remodel can be scheduled, you need to be happy with the new design and products that will be in your kitchen or bathroom. After this, we order products and wait for their arrival, and schedule a tentative start date. Once everything has arrived in our warehouse, we double and triple check the products to ensure what you want is what we have before we start demolition. There is a fine-tuning with this process to ensure everything was done accurately so that your remodel goes smoothly. We want to fully satisfy our customers through our proven production methods but will need to balance the delay between signing on and starting the remodel—patience is key in this area and we appreciate the trust you put in our company as we are being diligent through the entire waiting period.

Planning is Key

Prior to COVID, there was no need to plan your remodel so far in advance. The majority of the delays are due to manufacturing and shipping due to a limited supply of goods and a labor force shortages. We have many manufacturers stationed in the USA, however many of the components they need, like particle board for example, are from China, delaying their process.

The Poulin Way

As a team that is proactive in helping our customers, we are always strategizing ways to decrease any delays we may encounter. One such way that we have improved customer timelines is by opening up an in-house fabrication shop where we build custom Corian shower bases, wall surrounds, and countertops. This way we can better control our leads times.

Additionally, we are a franchise with Re-Bath—the #1 bathroom remodeler in the US. With Re-Bath, we have manufacturing capabilities to supply our customers with wall surrounds, shower bases, bathtubs, and walk-in tubs. Both methods have cut down the waiting period on some bathroom projects.

Lastly, we have a unique system of product selection, in which our team evaluates products for good distribution, availability, and warranty. This process helps us to not offer products that quickly get discontinued or back-ordered, due to supply shortages and high demand.

Get Started Now

If you’ve been considering a remodel for next year, please get started on the process now. Save money, order your products, and get your remodel scheduled for next year.

Call us at 505-880-2500 or click below to schedule your free design consultation.

Bathroom Tile Trends in Albuquerque

Updated: Jan 2021

Whether you are putting in a new bathroom in your Albuquerque home or are redoing your existing bathroom, one of the things you are likely going to want to update is your tile. In order to stay fresh and up to date, it is necessary to look into current bathroom tile trends and match them with your own sense of style, whether it is modern/contemporary, outdoorsy, or more classic and streamlined. Our design team at the Poulin Design Center is ready to help you create the bathroom of your dreams!

Getting the Outdoorsy Look

Rustic bathrooms have been a popular trend recently, and the look can be achieved in various ways. One way to achieve it is to have your bathroom tile installation include wood-like tile either on the floor, on the wall, or both. At first glance, this ceramic or vinyl tile looks like hardwood but has a much higher level of moisture resistance. Many people like to pair the wood tile look with greens, blues, and browns to continue the “back to nature” theme. To add in a bit more of a modern or contrasted look, glass tiles and metal fixtures can be added as well.

An Ombre Bathroom

Plain solid color tile can look a bit outdated for bathroom design these days. Ombre has become a popular trend that gives a unique look without being too drastic. An ombre color scheme uses tiles in different shades of the same color and arranges them to get progressively darker or lighter. The tiles can be cascaded in a relatively straightforward way, or show off a more zig-zag look that the southwest is known for.

Classic, With a Touch of Texture

If the solid, neutral color is your style, you can still bring a bit of pizazz to your bathroom flooring or wall tile by choosing a soft texture to the tile. This can be brought into the shower, or be a backsplash over the sink.

A bathroom is a place you want to feel comfortable, whether it is your main bathroom or an extra bathroom for guests. You also need to make sure that your style choices fit your budget. Our team at the Poulin Design Center will help you find a style that is durable, fits your needs, and is beautiful. Give us a call today for a free in-home estimate.

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Remodels of 2020

As we celebrate our 38th year in business, we wanted to look back over this last year of projects.

As an essential business, we have been fortunate to keep our customer’s projects on track while following the latest health and safety guidelines. The health of our customers and employees is at the forefront of our minds, and we want to ensure they stay safe during these uncertain times.

Although we remodeled several homes in 2020, below is just a small sample of the work our team has done. Be inspired and enjoy!

Kitchen Transformation in the Foothills

We had the opportunity to completely transform the look and feel of this home in the Sandia foothills.

✅ Created an open space concept in this home
✅ Functional space for the kitchen
✅ Updated appliances
✅ Hidden dishwasher
✅ Updated flooring

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Albuquerque Kitchen & Bathroom Remodel

Kitchen

✅ Shaker cabinets
✅ Feature cabinet with glass
✅ Soft-close doors and drawers
✅ Quartz countertops
✅ Stylish honeycomb backsplash
✅ Slide-out drawers for expanded storage

Bathroom

✅ Shaker cabinets
✅ Quartz countertops
✅ Updated tub
✅ Built-in grab bars
✅ Removed old carpet and added tile
✅ Easy-to-grab hardware

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery

We partnered with Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery to remodel a section of their showroom. You can read more about their remodel in our blog here.

✅ Area to showcase new Thermadore and Bosch appliances
✅ Bellmont 1900 contemporary cabinetry
✅ Two-tone cabinetry
✅ Oversized island with seating
✅ Quartz waterfall edge on island
✅ Unique backsplashes
✅ Sleek, clean contemporary style
✅ Area for future events

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Tom’s Kitchen and Family Room Remodel

The owner of Poulin Design Center “tooled up” to remodel his own kitchen in early spring.

✅ Two-tone quartz countertops
✅ Two-tone Bellmont cabinetry
✅ NEW wood-look flooring throughout the home
✅ Stone fireplace with cedar mantle
✅ Added built-in sliding barn door to the entertainment center

To see an in-depth “Behind the Scenes” of Tom’s remodel, click here to learn more.

Santa Fe Bathroom Remodel

✅ Floating vanity with slab doors
✅ LED mirrors
✅ Floating shelves
✅ Freestanding modern tub
✅ Added door for patio access
✅ Spa-like shower with body sprays
✅ Built-in bench and niche

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Los Alamos Gourmet Kitchen Remodel

✅ Black quartz countertops
✅ Expanded storage
✅ Large Island
Floating shelves with underlighting
✅ Wet area sink
✅ Pot filler

Full Home Remodel: Kitchen, 3 Bathrooms, Flooring

Master Bathroom

✅ Wood-look flooring
✅ Modern freestanding tub
✅ Corian countertops- antimicrobial
✅ Frameless shower door
✅ Built-in grab bars

Guest Bathrooms

✅ Matching products for a cohesive look
✅ Half vessels sinks
✅ Showerhead with handheld on a slide bar
✅ Wood-look flooring
✅ S-Curve shower doors

Kitchen

✅ Granite countertops
✅ Large island with extra storage and barstools
✅ Wine cooler
✅ Walnut shaker cabinets

Northern NM: Guest Bathrooms and Solar

Bathrooms

Contemporary bathroom design
✅ Captured unique vision of customer
✅ Modern freestanding tub
✅ Vessel and half-vessel sinks
✅ LED mirrors

Solar

✅ Controlled energy costs
✅ Energy bill eliminated once the solar system is paid for
✅ Net metering- store excess energy on the grid for later use
PLUS…
✅ 26% federal tax credit
✅ 10% state tax credit
✅ $0 state sales tax
✅ $0 property tax added to system

Open Concept Kitchen

✅ Waypoint Cabinetry
✅ Quartzite countertops
✅ Waterfall edge on the island
✅ Floating shelves
✅ Black stainless steel appliances

Thank YOU

Thank you for trusting Poulin Design Center with your home remodels and solar projects! We’re looking forward to 2021, we hope that you are too!

Laurene’s Famous Cranberry Salad

We have had the privilege of remodeling homes across central and northern New Mexico, including thousands of kitchens throughout the years. The kitchen is called the heart of the home, and for good reason, we all congregate there to socialize, eat, drink, hangout, and more. We thought it would be fitting to share one of our Poulin family traditions around Thanksgiving time that we love—eating cranberry salad.

My sister Laurene, who is also our Design Center Manager, is a wonderful cook. For the last 25 years, she’s been bringing cranberry salad to Thanksgiving dinner, and we devour it! We took the time to share with you this favorite dish that is easy to make, and best done the night before your feast.

We hope you enjoy this family recipe!

Laurene’s Famous Cranberry Salad

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 12-ounce package of cranberries
  • 1/2 cup celery
  • 1-pint blackberries, reserve half for garnish
  • 1-pint raspberries, reserve half for garnish
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 6 oz pack of cherry 🍒 jello
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1 /4 cup sugar
  • 1 pear, chopped
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • Orange zest

Method

  1. Dissolve jello with 1.5 cups boiling water in a separate bowl.
  2. Chop pecans and celery in a food processor. Add to mixing bowl.
  3. Mix cranberries in a food processor. Add to mixing bowl.
  4. Add jello, orange juice, sugar, pomegranate seeds, 1/2 pint blackberries, 1/2 pint raspberries, apple, pear, and orange zest to the mixing bowl and stir.
  5. Place in your presentation dish and garnish the top with reserved berries and pomegranate seeds.
  6. Chill in the fridge overnight.

Enjoy!

Do you have a family recipe that you’re known for?

Share it with us in the comments below or send us an email with your FAVORITE recipe- from our family to yours!

Happy Thanksgiving!

If you make the cranberry salad be sure to tag us on social media @poulindesigncenter

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Bellmont 1300 Series

Introducing the Bellmont 1300 series…

On Time. On Budget. On Trend.

We are excited to share the latest door style from Bellmont Cabinet Co.—the 1300 series.

The simple door style offers exactly what our customers are wanting—a quality cabinet that fills the gap for transitional and contemporary styles.

We shared the new line with our designers and they’re excited to start using it for our customers!

One of our Santa Fe designers, Dana Gamaleri said, “It combines value with simplicity and quality.”

Here are our favorite features:

➡️ Frameless design for a cleaner look
➡️ European-style cabinetry
➡️ Soft-close doors and drawers
➡️ Powder-coated steel drawers
➡️ Stainless steel floating metal shelving
➡️ PET film used, made from 100% recycled plastic bottles
➡️ Quick turn-around time for ordering cabinets

Let’s take a look at the details of the new 1300 series.

Door Styles

There are 4 different door styles with the 1300 series:

  1. Tempo
    • Contemporary
    • Slab door style
    • Available in Gloss/Matte White and Matte Grey
  2. Horizon
    • Contemporary
    • Slab door style
    • Available in Frax and Grau, which are textured woodgrain laminate
  3. Apex
    • Transitional
    • 5 mm Pencil Edge Frame
    • Available in Matte Black
  4. Frame
    • Transitional
    • Shaker door style
    • Available in Matte White and Matte Grey

Colors

The colors offered for the 1300 series are the epitome of trendy right now. Offering a selection minimal palette of white, grey and black in a matte finish, plus a standard gloss white. To diversify the selection, woodgrain textured laminate is offered for the Horizon door style: Frax and Grau.

These are the colors that our clients are wanting right now.

Matte Black

Gloss White

Matte Grey

Frax

Matte White

Grau

20% off Kitchen Cabinets

We hope that you’re liking this new series as much as we are. To celebrate we want to offer you 20% off Kitchen Cabinets* through the month of November 2020. To claim, click below.

*Some restrictions may apply, see store for details. With a complete kitchen remodel. Expires 11/30/20. Offers cannot be combined and are not valid with past jobs. License #21850.

Behind the Scenes with Ferguson

The Poulin Design Center worked with Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery to update their showroom vignettes.

Goals

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery needed to update vignettes inside their Albuquerque showroom. Each vignette was original to the showroom when acquired by Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery in 2007.

The new space needed to fit an updated line of appliances that the original cabinets would not accommodate. Additionally, they wanted to have a space that would accommodate events in the future. To install their new appliances, and create an inviting event space, as well as update the overall décor, they would work with Poulin’s design team to accomplish their goals.

Design Phase

Daniela Colello

Daniela Colello was the designer on this project from the Poulin Design Center. She worked with Joseph Candelaria, Showroom Consultant, to create the vision for the vignettes.

“Daniela was great. She asked all the right questions, offered a lot of great insight,” Joseph said.

For Daniela, designing a vignette that focused on appliances over creating the routine functional kitchen was a first. “It was a wonderful new experience. I learned a lot about designing displays for appliances and enjoyed the research. We utilized European-styled cabinets and highlighted the high-end brands that Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery carries.”

The new clean, contemporary look transformed the entire space while achieving the goals needed for the vignettes featuring Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery’s newest line of Bosch and Thermador products.

Installation

Once the products were selected, and the design established, our team came out to perform demolition and install the new vignettes. Installation went well and any hiccups in the process were resolved.

Additionally, our team had to be innovative in creating certain functions of the vignettes that were unique to the display. One example was installation of a non-functioning cooktop in one of the display drawers. Since this is not the normal use of a drawer, our team worked hard to make sure this stove would fit properly while fitting within the display parameters.

Final Product

With teamwork and collaboration, Poulin Design Center was able to achieve the vision brought by Ferguson—a new, sleek look was captured in the two kitchen vignettes that showcase over 25 appliances.

When asked if the design goals were accomplished, Joseph replied, “One hundred percent. The outcome exceeded our expectations. We’re extremely happy with the way everything went, and with how everything turned out.”

Closing

We have partnered with Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery for over 20 years as a top referral for our customer’s appliance needs. We are so glad that we were chosen to remodel Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery showroom this year and are extremely happy with the outcome.

To learn about the latest products at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery and speak to Joseph about your appliance needs, click here to schedule your visit.

Ready to Remodel?

During the month of October, we have partnered with Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery to give you a $2500 Appliance Rebate with your complete kitchen remodel*. Click below to claim your savings and get started on your project!

Kitchen Shelf Styling 101

Introducing our GUEST BLOGGER—Leslie Dunegan of Cornerstone Design WACO

Message from the owner:

When I was young, my father had me help with several home projects that ranged from painting to building houses. I enjoyed working with my hands and eventually started helping my friends and neighbors with their remodeling projects or paint jobs. I even put myself through college by remodeling homes. I didn’t know it at first, but remodeling would be the business I would dive into for the next 38 years.

As a father, my daughters grew up watching us develop our home remodeling business and grew to love different aspects of it. My oldest daughter Stephanie is our Assistant Manager and is learning the business to manage it in the coming years. My other daughter, Leslie, has a real talent for interior design and décor. She actually started her business with her husband in Waco, Texas called Cornerstone Design specializing in countertops.

Although we are in neighboring states, my heart is close to their family and it makes me proud to see how remodeling is running through the generations of our family tree.

It is my pleasure to introduce our guest blogger this week—Leslie Dunegan of Cornerstone Design.

Enjoy,

Tom Poulin
Owner of Poulin Design Center

Shelf Styling 101

While perusing Pinterest or Instagram you may see beautifully styled open shelves or bookcases. Maybe you go to Hobby Lobby or Target and see many different jars, botanicals, or books, and wonder “how can I use these items in my decor?” Today we are going to show you how to style your shelves, which types of mediums to use and how to create that Pinterest worthy shelf in your home.

Elements to Incorporate

Choosing your styling items can be a fun process especially if you incorporate personal items as well. Here are a few items you may want to use when filling your shelves.

  • Potted plants or vases. These do not have to be real plants, they can be faux, silk or even rubber. Don’t let the stress of trying to keep a real plant alive stop you from making your shelves look the way you want.
  • Books. Books add color, height, and symmetry to your shelf. You can use all one color, or ad a mix of tones that complement the decor you already have. The ideas are limitless when using books.
  • Candlesticks. Candlesticks are another great way to add height and interest to your shelf but they also add history. Thrift stores or flea markets are great places to find old, ornate candlesticks to a space. Mix up the metals or material and let it tell a story on the shelf.
  • Jars. Using jars help to bring in funky shapes, new texture, and even height to a space. With jars you can pick several different types. All types of jars, from amber glass to terra-cotta to a milk glass add different styles, textures, and trends to your shelf. Don’t be afraid to let your eclectic side come out with this item.
  • Framed Art. Art adds color, texture, tells a story and can add a personal touch. When picking art make sure it’s something that you love and would like looking at. Mix up the frame material and don’t be afraid to layer your art.

Start Stylizing Your Shelf

Now comes the fun part…adding all your unique and specials finds together to make a cohesive, creative, styled shelf.

1. First, we are going to start with your largest item. This serves as our anchor point for the shelf. Everything else will be built around this one item. Most of the time, a framed piece of art or a family picture will be your anchor.

2. Layering that anchor point will add dimension and interest to the piece. Have fun pairing it with a similar or even complete opposite piece of art or picture.

3. Add a potted plant to help balance the shelf. If your anchor piece is tall, you will want it to favor one side, and balance out the other side with a slightly smaller botanical. This provides balance but also a change in shape and texture.

4. Up until this point most of our items have been tall and large. We want to help fill gaps and bring the interest down, so adding a smaller plant is a must. You can mix up the pot color or even shade of botanical with this smaller plant.

5. Your first shelf is done! Remember less is more! And sometimes it requires standing back and staring for a while…

6. Moving on to the next shelf we want to remember balance is key but also add in some new textures we didn’t do on the previous shelf.

7. Adding glass jars that are different heights will allow for a clean, crisp look to the shelf. It gives shine and you can also fill those jars with useful items. Maybe the shelves are in a laundry room. Fill those jars with clothespins, or laundry pods. The ideas are endless.

8. Let’s break out the books and find one or two that can create height for your space. You are creating a pedestal for your last item.

9. The last item is a potted plant. Choosing one that is wider and more vine-like can fill up space on the shelf. Adding this final plant creates a triangle effect between the top and bottom shelf. This helps to balance the shelves and create a cohesive look.

Remember when styling your shelves, it doesn’t have to have to be brand new items, it can be comprised of some of your favorite family heirlooms or precious books. Make it reflect your style, your home, and the things you want to put on display.

Home Design: Designing Outside the Box

Many of our clients have areas in their home that could be improved for better functional use. Some want to add on, however, we think it’s important to start “thinking outside the box” when it comes to your existing space.

Take a look around and see if you could re-purpose a room that you never use, or bring it back to life by making a few design changes.

Below we explore why most people want to add-on, ways to evaluate your current space and give a few examples of what we’ve done for our customers.

Reasons Most People Add-on

The main reason our clients want an addition is for better functional use of their space. The primary function may vary quite a bit, but in the end there’s a reason you may be considering an addition.

Here are a few common reasons more space is desired:

  • Preparing for an additional person to live in your home, whether a new baby, adding your parents, or sharing your space for a time.
  • Need a workspace that is private from the rest of your home but may not want to lose the guest bedroom.
  • Would like more storage (who doesn’t?)
  • The current space just isn’t functional
  • Want a craft area, AKA “Woman Cave”
  • Well, you just want more space, period.

There are many reasons people want to add on to their home, so be sure to make your reasons clear before looking at your own home.

Clear Your Clutter

Before you can evaluate your home, you will need to clean it! It’s so easy to accumulate “stuff” over the years, so take the time to sort through it and organize. Once you get your home cleared out, you can truly assess if you can re-purposes potions of your home, or should add on.

Evaluate Your Space

Now that your house is cleaned up, it’s time to assess your entire home. Go to each room and consider how often you use each room and the reasons why you may not use certain rooms as much. You can also look at the rooms you use most often, like the bathroom or kitchen, and write down what you don’t like about them. Many times, this could be functional issues or even outdated products.

Not it’s time to use your imagination.

Think Outside the Box

Now that you’ve done your walkthrough, take a second look at the room that you may not use as much. Imagine what other ways you could use these rooms or make them multi-functional. Consider the surrounding rooms and what could be re-arranged.

Here are a few ideas to get your juices flowing:

  • Tear down this wall in your kitchen and make your space open concept, so that you’re not separated from your family while preparing meals.
  • Make your guest bedroom multi-functional by making it your office with a daybed instead of a full bed.
  • Enlarge your tiny shower by using the extra space in your room, so that you’re more comfortable and safe in your bathing environment.

You may need help imagining what could be done in your space, which is why we always pair our customers with a professional designer so you can draw from their experiences and ideas.

Assessment

Once you have evaluated your space and imagined the possibilities, you can assess if you truly need to add on, or if you can re-purpose a portion of your home for what you need it for. Just remember that aesthetics will follow your function…in other words, you can always make your space” pretty” once you decide it’s function.

To give you inspiration, we will share a few case studies from our own customers.

Kitchen Swapped with Dining Room

Our client had a small kitchen and large dining space. After talking with the couple about what they desired, our designer threw out the idea of swapping rooms. Although this was mind-blowing at first, everyone agreed that this would be a more functional space and fulfill their desires.

In the end, the client had a stunning kitchen with a large multi-functional island, added storage space, and even converted the window to a double French door for access to their outdoor living space. By swapping out rooms, the designer capitalized all the areas the owners wanted to achieve in the kitchen—coffee bar, wet bar, baking station, multi-purpose island and more.

Revived Dining Room

This particular client wanted to upgrade their kitchen. After having an appointment in their home, we noticed that their dining room was largely untouched. We asked why and were told that since there was white carpet, they were afraid of getting it dirty so they avoided using it. They had a gorgeous dining table that was never used and ate in the den!

Since the dining room was adjacent to the kitchen, we knocked down the wall and enlarged the size of the kitchen area, added new flooring throughout the home, and a wet bar, a large island, and a wonderful place for their table (not on carpet). Now the dining room has come back to life with room for entertaining and everyday enjoyment.

From Closed to Open Concept Design

In this client’s home, there were 4 separate rooms for the common living spaces: living room, dining room, kitchen, and den. The client wanted an open concept space without losing the function of each room.

Our designer was given creative control and exceeded our client’s expectations. She tore down all the walls, updated the look, and created a stunning design upon entry for any guest. Instead of having 4 confined areas, the new design merged all the areas for a clean open concept design. The multi-purpose island gave function for all activities in their home, from cooking to entertaining, added storage, and great design.

Master Bathroom Re-Design

Our client had a large master bathroom space, but a tiny shower, separate closets and separate vanities in a jack and jill layout, plus the toilet was facing the shower (how awkward).

By thinking outside the box, our design team was able to gut out the space and reconfigure the entire layout. We enlarged the shower, merged the double vanities in a better layout, moved the toilet, and consolidate the closet spaces to make a luxurious walk-in closet. By making these changes, we enhanced our client’s enjoyment of their living space while also increasing the value of their home.

More Functional Kitchen

This client had a small u-shaped kitchen, breakfast nook and dining room in 3 separate rooms. The husband loved to grill, however the access to the backyard was indirect. The wife loved to bake, but there really wasn’t enough counterspace to do everything she needed, especially if her husband was in the kitchen at the same time (can you relate?).

To solve these functional problems, we made the 3 rooms one great room with a large island with seating, access to the backdoor was direct, and even added an office area. They were able to enjoy each other’s company while they made dinner without any nuances of running right into each other.

Closing

Re-thinking your space may be all that you need to do in order to “add on” to your home. By taking the steps above, you can evaluate your family’s needs within your current space and decide which direction you can go.

If you’re ready to take the next step, schedule a Free Design Consultation to explore the possibilities with a professional designer!

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