Marble Countertop

What’s the difference with Kitchen Countertop Materials?

When starting you kitchen redesign, you may be thinking heavily about what kind of material you want to use for your new kitchen countertops. There are so many choices, what is best? In this blog post, we’re going to explore some of the most popular — and most trendy — kitchen countertop materials to help you make an informed decision about your new kitchen counters.

We’ll be rating these on a scale of price ($ to $$$) and durability (+ to +++), and give you some good information you may need to know before you make your decision.

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Undermount Sink

Undermount vs Drop-In: Which is best?

If you’re considering a kitchen remodel, you may be dreaming of the possibilities for lots of things. How will your cabinets look? Where will your new pull out trash go? How about your appliances? What kind of flooring will you have? A big thing to think about is the style of sink you want. While you may be stuck thinking about whether you want a double or single sink, what color you want it to be, and what kind of faucet you want, another big factor is undermount or drop in?

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Metallic Finishes

Using Metallics as an Accent Color

While metallic accents may have once been considered to come across as a sort of “cheap” looking accent, many different tones of metallic accents are making waves in interior design nowadays. With the abundance of rose gold tones and copper, you may be tempted to add some of these glistening accents to your home.

Let’s take a look at what some people are doing that’s super glitzy and successful:

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Plessis Extendable Dining Table

A Touch of Farmhouse: Farmhouse Accents You Can Use at Home

“Farmhouse” is a term that you’ve probably seen coming up more and more often. The idea of farmhouse has come more into modern interior design with the show Fixer Upper and the rustic, country vibe (but not too much!) that the interior designer often has in mind when designing. Going “farmhouse” means bringing in certain rustic elements — but usually not going all out on the country vibe. You don’t have to decorate with chickens — not unless you want to!
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Roman Shades on windows add a dramatic flair

3 Reasons to Hire an Interior Designer

You might think to yourself… Only rich people hire interior designers. There’s no way I could afford to hire an interior designer. Or maybe you’re thinking — “I can do it all myself.” While we love it when homeowners do it themselves and we applaud them for the attempt, not everything can be achieved by a DIYer.

Oh, and you don’t have to be rich to hire an interior designer!

So let’s look at 3 reasons why you should hire an interior designer right now:

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Red and Green Bedroom

9 Times Complementary Colors Can Look Great In Your Room

You may remember from school that complementary colors lie on the opposite side of the color wheel. Orange and blue, yellow and purple, red and green. You know that mixing these often produces a not-so-nice shade of brown (or maybe a wonderful shade of brown! There’s no wrong color). But did you know that using complementary colors in design can actually be a good thing?

When utilizing complementary colors against one another, an interesting thing occurs. The colors can “vibrate” against each other! The term “vibrate” is in response to the way your eyes feel when interacting with these colors. This doesn’t always happen with complementary colors, but it does happen most often with them. Here are some examples:

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Flames & Fire

Lessons in Color: Warm Colors

You may have heard of the term “warm” colors. We’re going to explore what a warm color is and why it’s called such. Warm colors tend to be colors that are between red and yellow on the color spectrum. This is because these colors remind us of “warm” things, such as fire. Pink, red, orange, and yellow are all considered warm colors.

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Lessons in Color: Neutrals

Roman Shades on windows add a dramatic flair
Neutral greige tone on a wall

j. ellen Design, LLC is putting together some great infographics with tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your design. Today we’re going to talk about neutral tones and neutral colors, what they are and how they work.

You’ve heard the term “neutral” tone, or “neutral” color, but what is a neutral color? Why is it so useful and versatile? Neutral means that the color or tone is lacking in a specific hue or saturation. Neutral tones tend to be without preference to a certain color.

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Roller Shade

Rolling Shades versus Roman Shades: Which is best?

Roller Shade
Standard Roller Shade

Ah, it’s an epic battle of taste! Whether you’re renovating your current space or moving into a new one, you may be wondering, which should I choose? With so many design options available for your window furnishings and coverings, it can be a tough decision for anyone. The patterns, fabrics, and colors alone can be endless – but choosing the base style can help you narrow down your options. While I can certainly help you to decide what will best work for your space, needs, and wants, here are some things to consider.

You may be familiar with roller blinds, also known as roller shades. They are the typical rolling shade that pulls down and springs back up. They come in a variety of colors, shades, shapes, and styles. They can be light blocking, heat blocking, and more. They are the basic type of shade or blind that you think of when adding a privacy element to your windows. They are generally low-cost and low maintenance. Roller blinds are great because they look good even extended, without any seams, lines, and generally fairly dust free.

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How to hang artwork

How should I hang artwork on my wall?

One of the biggest problems you may face with decorating your home is… How do you hang your artwork on your wall in a cohesive but visually arresting manner? While there are multiple ways you can hang artwork on walls, some ways may be better for others, especially when it comes to where you’re hanging your artwork.

We’ve prepared an infographic for you below to help you with some ideas on how to hang artwork on your walls.

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