Pampered Pet Design Trends

Pull-out pet bowls, built-in dog showers in the laundry rooms, and attractively designed nooks for pet habitation within a home have been growing in popularity and are seen in more custom homes across the region. Pets, as Randy Arnold of Arnold Homes LLC says, are part of the family so homeowners are really concerned about their well-being. “Empty nesters, whose kids are grown and no longer living at home, are especially concerned about their pets.”                           In the 2014 Parade of Homes, Arnold included a dog shower in the laundry room …

Upholstered Furniture

Eclectic is the look for furnishings, according to industry observers. Homeowners are turning away from matched sets and favoring a mix of colors and styles. Experts also say that indoor-outdoor fabrics continue to gain popularity for indoor upholstery. “Due to their versatility—stain and fade resistance—and new textures,” says Bohnne Jones of Decorating Den Interiors. Kendall Simmons at Julie Couch Interiors attributes much of its popularity to young families with children and pets. “We tend to use indoor-outdoor fabrics, leather, and vinyl for durability,” she says. New on the scene is a textile called Crypton, which Jones says provides protection against …

decorative ironwork

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Metalworking is “one of the world’s oldest trades, dating back to the bronze age. To say ornamental ironwork is a timeless treasure is an understatement,” says Aaron Walker of David Patton Construction. Metal railings were used in domestic buildings since the early 17th century. Due to the expansion of residential developments, and the continuing improvement in the techniques of iron production and treatment which contributed to the speed of manufacturing and the reduction of costs, ornamental ironwork has continued to grow in popularity ever since. The ironwork products made possible by the remarkable wealth of skills and craftsmanship found among …