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5 TIPS: HOW TO ACCESSORIZE LIKE A DESIGNER

Accessories are the finishing touches in your home. Pillows, artwork, photos, mirrors, rugs, vases and collectibles are the pieces that make a room feel complete, finished and personalized. Follow the below tips to make the most of your accessories and create a beautifully finished room.

on Wednesday, 22 February 2017. Posted in Interior Design

SPRING REFRESH CHECKLIST

Spring is well underway, which means it’s time to rid your home of those winter layers and refresh. The following Spring Refresh Checklist has simple ideas for getting your home springtime ready.

✓ Lighter and Brighter

Add springtime hues to your home. A simple swap out of pillows, poufs or paintings is a simple way to incorporate seasonally-appropriate color within a space. Feel like making a bigger impact? Paint a room with a fresh new color, like Pantone’s color of the year – Greenery.

✓ Shed Layers

Be on the lookout for those warmer layers that have built up over the winter. We’re talking those cozy throws, pillows and fauxs that kept your warm during the winter. Be sure to clean everything before packing them away for the season, so they’re fresh and ready come next year. For extra fluffy items, vacuum bags can help you save on storage space.

✓ Stain Patrol

More time indoors could mean more messes and stains. Take a look around for stains on flooring and upholstery that you may have missed during the winter months. Or maybe even some holiday stains you haven’t gotten around to. Make a list of items that need to be cleaned and check them off a few at a time.

For pesky carpet stains, check out the Stain First Aid App for easy instructions on over 50 of the most common household stains.

✓ Closet Purge

Whether it’s your closet or your home’s mudroom, it’s time to let go of winter clothing and accessories. Before packing everything away, take time to purge any items you didn’t wear or use over the winter season. Likewise, take a look at your spring and summer items to see if there’s anything you no longer need or will use. We promise, you’ll be delighted at the space you create for a few fresh new things!

✓ Treat Yourself

Get something for your home that you truly love. Whether it’s a piece of art that makes you happy or a new sofa that looks as good as it feels. Even one small addition to your room – if you truly love it – can fresh the whole space. Read. Set. Refresh! Spring is here, so kick off those cozy slippers and get ready to refresh your home.

This article originally appeared on CarpetOne.com

on Monday, 03 April 2017. Posted in Home Improvement

BEHIND THE DESIGN: BATHROOM RENOVATION

With its lovely layers of white and light, open feel, it’s hard to take your eyes off this beautiful bathroom sanctuary. Linda Mazur, the talent behind the design, takes us through the renovation process in an exclusive Q&A with Beautiful Design Made Simple.

WHAT WERE YOUR CLIENTS’ NEEDS FOR THIS SPACE?

My client had a bathroom space that hadn’t been renovated in approximately 20 years. The space was not functional with it’s large step-up corner tub and tiny enclosed shower. They really desired an open airy look that was elegant and provided good storage.

WERE THERE ANY CHALLENGES TO DESIGNING THIS SPACE?

Storage space was our biggest challenge. Though the bathroom is a comfortable size it was quite broken up, and with my client’s need for an abundant amount of storage space we were challenged to create something that was elegant in appearance but utilitarian for storage. The space had an alcove area where we wanted to situate the vanity. We used the extra depth this alcove provided to create an extra deep custom vanity for our client, with accessible roll-out shelves and drawers.

DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS OR REQUIREMENTS WHEN CREATING A BATHROOM?

The day-to-day lifestyle of my clients is most important when designing a bathroom space. Is the space for family living or more of a “spa-like” retreat. We also need to consider budgets, “wish-lists” and even things like the age and health restrictions of our clients. Many people are choosing to “age-in-place” and when designing for such, there are several different criteria that needs to be addressed.

HOW DOES THE FLOORING PLAY INTO YOUR DESIGN?

Flooring is an important part of any bathroom design. With the abundant selection of flooring options available to us the possibilities are only limited by creativity. I like to incorporate several different types of tiles, in varying scales and patterns to create an interesting upscale look to the bathroom space. Depending on the bathroom space I’m designing, I have also combined wood and tile for an interesting look.

WHAT MAKES THIS ROOM FUNCTIONAL? (HIDDEN STORAGE, CONVERTIBLE PIECES, FLOW, ETC.)

The over-sized vanity is equipped with roll-out shelves for easy accessibility to the back of the vanity, and longer length drawers for added storage space. We also designed a curb-less walk-in shower which creates a great seamless look to the space and allows for easy access to the shower.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THESE COLORS?

My client desired a very light and airy space. We selected a simple palette that varied the colors from off-white to shades of grey, creams and taupe to create a timeless approach to this bathroom that can easily be accented with many trending colors.

What did your client like the most?

My clients were thrilled with the outcome of this renovation. The calmness achieved with a simple tone-on-tone approach is exactly what they were looking for. That combined with meeting there storage needs and finally having an easily accessible bathtub accompanied with a large shower was just perfect.

Linda Mazur is the Principal Designer of Linda Mazur Design Group

Linda Mazur Design Group a sought out multi-disciplinary interior design firm known for providing innovative interior renovations and full scale build projects that reflect both timeless style and optimal functionality. The firm services clients throughout Canada based in Toronto. @LindaMazurGroup

This article originally appeared on CarpetOne.com

on Thursday, 20 April 2017. Posted in Bathroom Remodel

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT GRANITE FABRICATION AND INSTALLATION

Get All the Facts about Granite before You Buy

If you’re just now starting to research the possibilities for adding granite countertops to your home, we can wager a guess that you’ve got questions. There are a ton of articles out there about granite countertops, but few actually address the questions that homeowners have most often.

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with RCO’s resident granite experts in the Rocklin, California area, Andreas Reynoza and Tony Baumgartner. We asked them to shed some light on the granite fabrication and installation process. Read their answers to these frequently asked questions below.

Q: I KEEP SEEING REFERENCES TO “GRANITE LEVELS.” WHAT ARE LEVELS?

A: Most granite retailers separate their options into different levels in order to define price ranges. The lower the level, the cheaper the granite is likely to be.

Q: WHY WOULD ONE GRANITE BE MORE EXPENSIVE THAN ANOTHER?

A: Honestly, it has a lot to do with the look of the granite. The more luxurious and beautiful it looks, the more expensive it will be. Rare and unusual colors are going to cost more than common colors that are more easily accessible. For example, Aphrodite Granite, which comes from Madagascar, is going to be far more costly than a brown granite sourced from Brazil.

Q: DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR THE BEST APPROACH TO CHOOSING THE RIGHT COLOR OR STYLE OF GRANITE?

A: Shop around. Don’t go home with the first one you see. Make sure you’re happy with the color and style of the granite and that it matches the décor in your home. While getting a sample of granite won’t necessarily match exactly what’s on the slab, it’s still a good idea because you can see how the granite looks in your home’s exact lighting conditions.

One thing to consider is that, depending on how busy the pattern or how many colors are visible, the granite may make it tough to see dirt. It’s also important to inspect the granite slab for flaws or imperfections before you buy.

Q: HOW LONG DOES IT TO TAKE FABRICATE AND INSTALL GRANITE COUNTERTOPS?

A: It depends on a couple of factors, such as the size and complexity of the countertops. Generally speaking, the process could be as short as a week or as long as two weeks. We recommend speaking with a granite fabricator for a more accurate estimate.

Q: HOW MUCH DO GRANITE COUNTERTOPS COST?

A: When you’re talking about cost with granite countertops, there are two main aspects. The first is the cost of the granite material, and that could run anywhere from $6 to $60 per square foot, based on the type of granite you choose. For an entire slab, it could be as cheap as $800 or as expensive as $4000.

The fabrication and installation process is the other part of the equation. Here, the cost will vary depending on how complex the kitchen or bathroom is. The type of angles and edging, sink and faucet style, size of the kitchen, cabinet pop-outs, and more can all impact the final cost, so your best bet is to bring in a granite installer to assess your home and provide a custom quote.

Another factor is the thickness of the slab. We offer multiple thicknesses of slabs at RCO. If the slab is on the thin side, we can use plywood underneath to reinforce it. The thinner slabs are a bit cheaper, but they’ll have custom edgework to hide the plywood, which could increase the installation costs.

So generally speaking, an average sized kitchen with standard edging would run around $7,500 for materials and installation.

Q: HOW DO I CALCULATE HOW MUCH GRANITE I’LL NEED FOR A KITCHEN REMODEL? JUST MEASURE THE SQUARE FOOTAGE?

A: You cannot go by square footage alone because the angles and shapes of cabinets can affect how much granite you need. If you have a galley kitchen, it’s more straightforward, but curved or cornered cabinets will be different. It’s best to bring in a professional to measure the space accurately.

Q: CAN I INSTALL GRANITE MYSELF?

A: Definitely not. You’ll want to bring in a professional. Granite installation is a complex process involving cutting angles, sink and faucet areas, polishing the stone, and so on. You’d also need to buy some pretty pricey tools. Because granite is such as hard surface, we use diamond to cut it.

We often see people try to DIY and then realize they’re in over their heads, but by that point, the granite is wasted, and we have to start from scratch. You may think you’re saving money, but DIY will cost you much more in the long run.

SEE ALSO: DIY OR PROFESSIONAL KITCHEN CABINETRY INSTALLATION: WHICH IS BETTER?

Q: HOW SHOULD I CARE FOR GRANITE COUNTERTOPS?

A: Make sure you use a granite sealer. During a professional installation, they should seal it as the final step. We also recommend that you seal at least once a year. As far as cleaning goes, soapy water or an all-purpose cleaner will be fine. You can buy sealer/cleaner mixtures from your local home improvement store—these products are great for keeping the countertops clean and helping you to remember to seal them on a regular basis.

If you still have questions about the granite fabrication and installation process, we’d be happy to talk! Just give us a call at 916.434.0222 or schedule an in-person consultation.

on Monday, 19 June 2017. Posted in Granite Fabrication and Installation Rocklin, CA, Granite Fabrication and Installation

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