Countertops Speak to Kitchens

The countertop is an essential component of the kitchen and bathroom. All the action takes place on countertops requiring countertops to walk the fine line between beauty and functionality. Countertops are the foundation of décor choices in these spaces, setting the tone and feel of the space while reflecting the style of the homeowner. The range of countertop materials is quite large, ranging from concrete and butcher block to natural stone and quartz. Regardless of material choice, there is a combination of things to look for when choosing a countertop. Carla Taylor of Hermitage Lighting Gallery says, “There are many …

The beauty of barn doors

Barn doors moved out of the farmyard and into the house a long time ago. Recently, however, they have become an even more popular and useful feature in residential design. It’s not hard to see why. “Many homeowners hear the term ‘barn door’ and think of reclaimed, rustic wood, which may not be a look they’re interested in,” says Linda Jovanovich of the American Hardwood Information Center. “But contemporary barn doors offer many more aesthetic choices than their traditional image suggests. We’ve noticed a trend toward the use of solid, fine-milled hardwoods like walnut and cherry for sliding doors, which not …

Green Design: Keeping the Nashville Charm

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Green Design: Keeping the Nashville Charm Nashville and the surrounding communities are full of historic areas that are reemerging, being redeveloped, and changing at an incredibly rapid rate. Attracting people to these areas are the charm of their structures, walk-ability, and accessibility. Preserving these existing structures, both residentially and commercially, maintains the character and history of our most popular neighborhoods while demonstrating age-old sustainability.   In addition to charm and history, what makes a structure worth saving? History buffs might consider an old house to be historic because of who occupied it at one time during its long life. Others might …

Don’t Be Overwhelmed by Green Design Choices

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Green Design: Overwhelmed? Don’t Be! To many homeowners, the idea of using green building products can seem overwhelming. They see the multitude of options and potential expense, wondering, “How much is too much? How much is too little?” My job is to convince homeowners that using green building materials doesn’t have to be overwhelming at all! Green construction is an exciting frontier, filled with constant innovation and changes. As we locate new ways to renew waste and redevelop dated building systems, the world of “green design” will continue to be at the forefront of sustainable practices. Because there are so …

Exploring Green Interiors – Thrifty Upcycling for Kitchen

Exploring Green Interiors try thrifty up-cycling of your kitchen for the holidays As the summer draws to an end and the weather slowly turns cooler, kids are returning to school and the holidays are creeping ever closer. It is during this time of year that our office is typically bombarded with a flurry of clients anxious to plan and execute a redesign, to be ready just in time for the family gatherings the holiday season brings. Still in the midst of a tough economy, not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to completely renovate their homes. So I have …