Kitchen design and remodel

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Kitchen design trends in new construction

I am currently helping 3 customers with the interior design of their new home which are under construction and at different stages during the building process. I love  helping our clients with creating furniture floor plans, lighting selections, flooring and tile selections, furniture and window treatments selection, etc., but when it comes to creating functional interior spaces, I find the most joy in designing kitchens and master bathrooms. Our  interior spaces constantly change and evolve over time with new building materials, new design styles, design trends and so forth, but kitchens in particular have changed and are changing more than any other area in our house to make it more user friendly, functional and spacious.

Technology has entered the kitchen in full force with gadgets, appliances and integrated technology which you can find from faucets  (sensory and hands free) to the fridge ( alerting you when groceries are running low) to the lighting.  Designs, materials and textures  are getting more streamlined in the overall aesthetic, more simplistic, brighter and cleaner and they are fun to work with, with so many choices available. Shelves and  The drawers are structured to leave a lot less waste of space. One of the foundations to a functional kitchen is kitchen storage. You would be left with endless frustrations and challenges with inadequate or ineffective storage. I remodeled my own kitchen three years ago and put a lot of thought into how I  use my kitchen (I love to cook) how I like to entertain (which we do a lot) and how it will make our kitchen the most functional it can be. Appliance choices of course are a huge investment and take up a nice chunk of your kitchen budget. […]

Why and when to hire an interior designer, decorator

I recently came across a great article why it makes sense to hire an interior designer or decorator. As many larger cities, Knoxville has an abundance of furniture stores and design companies, however not all are created equal. All of us offer different services, fees, specializing in new construction and remodeling, custom window coverings and draperies, gifts and accessories, lighting, rugs, etc.

Some of the most interesting facts are that you actually safe money when hiring an interior designer. It can help you avoid making costly mistakes that will not only help you safe money but can increase the value of your home. Especially when selling your home – interior design is essential when listing your home. It can help boost buyer appeal and set your home above the competition.

Another great point is that an interior designer or decorator  can give you a professional assessment of your situation, that will lead to a solid plan of action. Order of things in a design plan a ski in determining what can be repurposed or should be edited. This will not only affect the budget but help you to spend it more efficiently. An interior designer offers an extra set of eyes but these eyes are trained to see and noticed things that you may not.


Also  a designer can keep you on budget and save you time and effort.  In particular this will save you endless amounts of time researching products, brands and prices. I decided will have this readily on hand.  Also the designer will be able to build a stronger bridge between you and your architect or contractor early on and can head off design  misses in your overall plan-  again this is crucial in managing […]

Personal kitchen remodel and kitchen design

I am currently working on my personal kitchen remodel and design and it’s been quite an interesting journey! As an interior designer one might think that it’s a quick and easy process for me but its quite the opposite to make final decisions and to pull the trigger. But I am making progress have made the majority of cabinet selections and layouts, flooring, tile, lighting and furniture selections. I decided to pull up the current flooring and restore the original hardwood flooring. Twill also help for all the rooms to flow on both levels. I also designed the tile backsplash and some of the walls will have flooring to ceiling white subway tile. Accent tile will be above the cooktop in a very light and subtle blue color which will also be my ceiling color. Custom bar stools from Lords are also on order and vinyl rugs and vinyl runners will protect my hardwood flooring in areas where the bar stools will be and in front of the sink and cooktop. Custom window treatments and draperies will get fabricated and cover Hunter Douglas silhouettes with white sheer fabrics. What’s left? Well – countertop selection and this has been the hardest thing for this picky interior designer. I love the look of marble, but it’s not practical. So it’ll probably be granite, however I haven’t found the perfect match yet. Luckily I have no deadline with my own kitchen and I enjoy the slower process of making design decisions. More to come soon! 

By |September 10th, 2015|Design, Kitchen design and remodel, Uncategorized|0 Comments