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Gray is in

by Sue Tughan

Think gray, if you are looking for a change in color for your kitchen, bath or even bedroom.  This popular trend can be a great alternative to traditional colored cabinets.  It works well with modern, Old World, traditional, contemporary or modern spaces.
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When choosing this versatile neutral color, be sure to consider the size of the space you are working with, sunlight, how it is influenced by surrounding colors and whether you prefer painted or stained cabinets.


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If new cabinets are not in your budget, using accents with gray floating shelves, hardware, furniture, accessories or paint color are good options to give you that updated look.

The options are endless.










Remodel with your pet in mind

by Sue Tughan

Pets are members of our families.  They no longer require just a doggie door, plain old dog bed or outside dog house.  Over 73 million U.S. households have a dog as a pet, and 90 million have cats, so why shouldn’t your pets be considered when making home improvements? If you are looking for some creative ideas, here are a few ideas that can easily be incorporated into your remodeling project.Pet-Alcove-Cabinet

What was once “wasted” space under the stairs, housing seasonal storage, outdoor gear, etc.  consider an out of the way cozy dog house, that will certainly give you style points from both your four legged friend and guests alike!

You might consider a room with a view. Floor-to-ceiling windows will not only let more natural light into the house, but they can also provide your pet with a way to see or maybe catch a breeze. As an added touch, you can install bird feeders near the window for extra visual interest.

Hidden catboxWhere to hide the litter box or dog bed?  Many people settle for the laundry room, but the box is still there and in plan sight.  This is an easy project.  Just remove the door or cut a cat size hole in the door of your cabinet for your kitty to get in and out. That’s it.  An out of the way litter box that is easy to access and change.

If a mudroom is in your plan, be sure to include a tiled area with a handheld showerhead that allows you to wash the dog without having to lift it into a tub and tracking dirt throughout the house.Pet dogwash




No matter what you decide, keep your furry loved-ones happy by giving them a home they’ll love!







How’s Your Master Bath Working for You?

by Sarah Steurer
Design Consultant

Is your master bath functional for your needs and has storage for all your “stuff” and maybe a great shower or soaking tub for a little self-indulgence?  If not, it’s probably time to consider a remodel.  Once you have made the decision to make your bath your personal retreat, consider some of these tips.

First and foremost the space should serve your needs.  Maybe you have a single vanity with two people trying to share it.  Is there space for your cosmetics, hair products blow driers and straighteners?  How about storage, is there ample room for your towels, tissue and toilet paper?   Are your electrical outlets plentiful and easily accessible?

Be a Little Selfish
Consider a Jacuzzi tub for relaxing after a long day, or a large frameless, glass shower that virtually disappears into the room with a spa-like shower system. Don’t forget heated flooring!

If you Plan to Sell
Double vanities in the master bath are practically a must for resale these days.  Also, storage is a biggie.  If you do not have a built-in linen closet, consider getting a tall linen cabinet to match your vanity. This will help not only for storage, but create a cohesive finished look that was well thought out.

Tile is the number one surface used in bathrooms today.  This is a semi- permanent choice for homeowners because of the durability.  Because of this, it is important to make tile selections that would appeal to all types of potential buyers. This doesn’t mean you have to settle for a bland, beige colored bathroom. You can add personal style and color with your vanity, towels, rugs, window treatments, wall art and paint. Whether you choose a relaxing, jetted tub or an over-sized shower with multiple shower heads, make it your own tranquil retreat.




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Exciting Bath Trends for 2015

by Sarah Steurer
Design Consultant

1.  Bathtubs – We are seeing a trend for free standing tubs again. In many bathroom updates, homeowners are opting to remove their larger, tiled in garden tubs for a new sleek free standing tub. Not only is this leaning more towards a clean and modern design but it also allows the room to feel more spacious.

2.  Flooring – Tile has always been a popular choice for homeowners when it comes to the bathroom. Its versatility in style and color allows each home to be different and custom. This year we continue to see tile as a popular choice, but the size and style for the New Year is 12”x24” tiles. Installing the tile in an offset brick pattern or staggered vertical will differentiate you from other generic tile bathrooms.

3.  Cabinets- Modern and Sleek are the words for 2015! Homeowners are choosing more exotic woods for cabinets this year, along with a flat panel and clean lines. Also, we are seeing the increasing trend of wall hung cabinets. Keeping the vanity off the floor will draw your eye up, and create the illusion of more space.

4.  Color – Neutral grays and whites are still topping the charts for color schemes this year. A rich gray with accents of navy blue and white create a modern yet calm relaxing space.

5.  The finishing touch – Many designers and homeowners are adding more elegant lighting and finishes to the bathroom. Crystal chandeliers over a soaking tub, jewelry inspired cabinet pulls and one of a kind vanity sconces, are a nice way to add a little touch of personal style to the bathroom.

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Brrrr…. It’s getting cold outside!

by Sarah Steurer
Design Consultant

Winter in the northwest can mean high power bills for most of us. Here are a few easy tips to help avoid getting sticker shock when the heating bill arrives!

Close the damper on your fireplace, when you are not burning
Even if the doors are closed, the damper being open can suck warm air up and out of the chimney

Seal windows with painter’s plastic
If you have older windows in the home, some find it helpful to cover them tightly with painter’s plastic to prevent leaks and drafts. If you don’t want to block your view out of the main windows, even covering windows in the basement could help do the trick

Change furnace filters
Putting fresh filters in your furnace will ensure the heat can flow thoroughly throughout your home. Furnace filters should be changed once every 1-2 months, especially in the winter

Adjust the temperature
When you are away at work most of the day and while sleeping, it is a smart idea to drop the temp in the house. Most thermostats are digital these days and will allow for temp changes at different times of the day.  Cutting your heat back by 10 degrees while you are not home can save up to 10% a year on that power bill

Close the vents
By closing the door and vents in that guest room or other rooms not being used could easily cut 100 – 200 square feet off of your energy footprint

Bundle Up
Get comfy. Bundle up with a cozy sweatshirt and fuzzy slippers, grab a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy the change in seasons and your savings!BundleUp