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How to Strike a Design Balance Between Trendy and Timeless

June 30, 2020
Shag carpeting. Beaded curtains. Carpeted walls. Indoor wicker furniture. Over the last 50 years, people have followed some truly horrifying design trends. And you’ll notice you (hopefully) haven’t seen a single one of them in a new build home or modern design catalog.Striking a balance between trendy and timeless isn’t always easy. You might be swayed by the newest trends, confident they will remain relevant forever. But that’s what people thought about water beds, too.Here’s how you can strike the right balance between classic and modern in your home.Invest in High-Quality, Timeless MaterialsThere are some design mistakes you can afford to make. For instance, replacing outdated kitchen chairs or living room curtains is relatively easy. But others – not so much. You can’t remodel your kitchen or bathroom every few years when the cabinets and fixtures go out of style.To avoid this, be sure you invest in high-quality materials for everything. This includes your flooring, cabinets, countertops, and major fixtures. Go for What is Always in StyleNobody can predict the future of design trends. People can try, but it’s not a sure thing. Instead of trying to be on the cutting edge of fashion, include elements in your home that are truly timeless. To get you thinking about it, here’s a quick list of what has always been in fashion (though it is certainly not an exhaustive list!).Hardwood floors.White kitchens.Built-in shelving (with clean lines).Classic colors (dark green, navy) to complement neutrals.A clawfoot bathtub.True antiques.Area rugs.It’s All in the Details!Don’t get us wrong – trends can be a lot of fun! You don’t need to avoid them entirely. You just need to choose trends carefully. Don’t build an entire room around a trend – you will regret the decision down the road.Instead, rely on your accessories to express them. Follow pattern and texture trends in the form of bright accent walls, pillows or throw blankets, area rugs, and artwork. You can easily swap these details out as trends fade in and out.Design for What You Truly WantWe’re all guilty of paging through a home design magazine and pining after a beautifully arranged room. This is closely followed by envy and despair because the rooms are professionally done and challenging to achieve in real life. But why would you want to, anyway? Your home should reflect your style and needs. Your home should be comfortable and practical. It should be livable, no matter how timeless or trendy it is.You might love the look of a midcentury modern, straight-backed leather couch, but is it what you really want to sink into after a long day at work? Always ask yourself these practical questions when considering how to design your interior.If it still seems like a mystery on how best to strike this balance, keep one thing in mind: Major fixtures should be timeless, accessories and accents can bring trendiness. Focus on your personal style as well as overarching trends to make sure your home is actually in line with your needs. Don’t design entire rooms around a trend, or you’ll end up redoing an avocado bathroom or wasting time scraping off a popcorn ceiling. Good luck and enjoy!

Owner Suite Location -Upstairs or Main Level?

June 10, 2020
You've probably thought a lot about the details of your new home. Everything from the floor plan to the kitchen layout and the landscaping has likely crossed your mind. But when planning out your owner suite, have you considered where in the house to put it? There isn't one right answer, but there is a right answer for you.Considerations for Owner Suite LocationOf course, this decision might be influenced by the shape of your homesite and the overall floorplan of your home. You could end up sacrificing backyard space or a walk-out basement by building an owner suite on your first floor. If you want plenty of space outside your home for entertaining areas, a swimming pool, or other outdoor structures, a second-floor suite makes perfect sense. However, long-term thinking might nudge you toward a first-floor owner suite. You can effortlessly age into a home that allows you to avoid stairs and remain on the same level – perfect for empty nesters.To help you make this decision, let's look at some quick pros and cons of each.Sleeping on the Main FloorPros:You can maintain distance between the owner suite and the other rooms in the house (especially noisy children's rooms!).Great for aging into a house because you don't need to deal with stairs.Easy access to the other main rooms in your home.It can be converted into a guest suite for long-term visitors.Cons:It can be too noisy if you frequently entertain and one person wants to go to bed early.Spouses with opposite schedules will find it impossible to keep the entire level quiet.Not ideal for families with young children that might need help in the middle of the night.Concern about security might be higher if you don't have windows that properly lock. Building Your Suite on the Second FloorPro:You can build a spacious owner suite without sacrificing yard space.Great for couples wanting to create a relaxing, private space away from common areas.Sleeping is easy even when other members in your house are noisy downstairs.There's no need to worry about sleeping with windows or screen doors open.Cons:It's not ideal for aging into a house. People with mobility issues, disabilities, or aging joints will have difficulty climbing up and down stairs.Families with older children or teens will be affected by noisy video games, phone calls, watching TV, music, etc.So, What Should You Do? As you can see, there's a lot to think about. Be sure to think ahead about how you plan on aging into your home. You might desire to have a suite away from noisy teens, but newborns need constant care that will require multiple trips up and down. Whatever you decide, make sure it's right for your family! It's your needs that come before anything else
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