Jun 17

Seven Ways To Update A Kitchen On A Limited Budget

Are you thinking about updating a kitchen on a limited budget?

Here are few tips to help you update your kitchen on a limited budget.

  1. Paint Kitchen Cabinets – One of the most popular trends is the Rustoleum cabinet kit as it’s easy to use and economical. The Rustoleum cabinet kit has detailed step by video instruction in the kit to help.

   RUST-OLEUM 258242 Dark Tint Base Cabinet Transformations Kit, Large Rust-Oleum 263232 Cabinet Transformations, Small Kit, Pure White


2. Change A Few Cabinet Doors To Glass or FretworkThis is a small insider designer tips to that update could make an ordinary kitchen look like a showpiece.

Elegant Home Fashions Madison Avenue Collection Shelved Wall Cabinet with Glass-Paneled Doors, White Panama Jack 13286 Maho Two Door Cabinet Stein World 13379 Candice Accent Cabinet


3. Change Your Kitchen Cabinet Pulls and Handles – This small change could make the difference between an ordinary and a statement kitchen. Try something that you’ll like but not too personal, avoid getting unique pieces such as knife and spoons.

 Cosmas 4114ORB Oil Rubbed Bronze Cabinet Hardware Rope Scroll Handle Pull - 3" Hole Centers, 10-Pack by Cosmas


4. Add BacksplashMost backsplash area has limited square footage of around 10 – 40 square feet. If you purchase tiles for approx. $10 per square foot this could keep your budget down.

DC Fix 346-0306 Adhesive Film, Grey Marble


5. Update or Replace Countertop – We know what you’re thinking…. You’re probably thinking replacing countertops will be expensive. The good news, there are options to keep your budget economical. Checkout the Rustoleum Countertop kit that’s gaining popularity because it’s economical and easy to use.

Another option is laminate, the design and quality has improved over the years and they even have some new beautiful stone look at affordable prices. Visit www.Homedepot.com or www.Lowes.com for options.

Formica Sheet Laminate 4 x 8: Butterum GraniteFormica® Laminate: Basalt Slate 4ft x 8ft sheet Formica Sheet Laminate 5 x 12: Belmonte Granite


6. Replace FaucetThis is kind of like adding icing to your cake. 



7. Change Old and Dirty Switch Plates – This is one of the most economical tip that sadly most homeowners miss. Nothing says dated than an updated kitchen with old switch plates. Switch plates can be purchased starting at a dollar each, so for a few dollars go for it! You can try swapping out old and dirty plates for new white or stainless steel ones.

Brainerd 64411 Beaded Single Toggle Switch Wall Plate / Switch Plate / Cover, Venetian Bronze  


Hope you find this blog useful.

What are your thoughts on these cost effective ideas?


~ Milan ~


May 27

Is it better and cheaper to purchase big box store or custom kitchen cabinets?

Kitchen cabinets normally represent a big chunk of most kitchen renovations.With the endless choices, the selection process can be complicated and time consuming. Most homeowners are surprised by the time and energy investment that may be required. This initial time and energy investment can go a long way towards the end results of a spectacular kitchen showpiece at an affordable price!As a general rule of thumb,kitchen cabinets are usually priced per linear feet for standard size wall and base cabinets.The price usually varies for the different door styles and non-standard cabinet sizes.

Here are the most common mistakes made by most homeowners in selecting kitchen cabinets:

1.      They select stock kitchen cabinets based solely on the initial purchase price excluding assembly and installation cost.

2.     They think there are only two options:big box (stock) and custom kitchen cabinets.

3.     They assume that custom cabinets are always expensive and out of reach.

We’ll be addressing these three common concerns with solutions and Insider Home Designer Tips. Stay tune and read to the end……


Stock Kitchen Cabinetry-The most popular store for stock cabinets is Ikea. They usually mass produce cabinets based on set finishes, colors and sizes.


Stock kitchen cabinet


  • 1.      If you need your kitchen installed quickly, you can usually visit a location to select, order and have the items picked up or delivered to your home in 5 – 10 days.
  • 2.     The cost can be inexpensive.
  • 3.     If your home or condo’s resale value is in a lower price range, it’s probably wise to select a basic cabinet. This could help to keep your cost down and maximize your return on investment. Consult with a local Realtor and Home Appraiser before making a decision. The advice from your local experts could save you thousands if you decide to sell in the near future.


  • 1.      The available options are limited.
  • 2.     The cabinets are not assembled and are in boxes, so you will need to get them assembled and installed on your own.
  • 3.     It may appear that you’ve saved money on the purchase price, but watch out for assembly and installation cost. Before making a purchase decision, get estimates for the assembly and installation.
  • 4.     The cabinets may not fit in your wall space perfectly, so watch out for corners and awkward spaces.
  • 5.     Particle board and MDF are two common materials used for stock cabinets. They are susceptible to water and have a shorter life span than plywood and wood.

Semi-Custom Kitchen Cabinetry– The most popular stores for semi-custom kitchen cabinets are Lowes and Home Depot.

Semi-custom kitchen cabinet


  • 1.     Hundreds of available options for your selection with varying prices.
  • 2.     Your order is manufactured and assembled for you, all you have to do is install.
  • 3.     They could fill in your wall space with the use of fillers.
  • 4.     Semi-custom kitchen cabinets might work best for you if your renovation timeline is within a month, as delivery could be within two or three weeks.


1.      With all the available options, the cost can be a little less or more than custom cabinets.

2.     Be sure to verify the delivered time frame with your store as some locations have long delivery wait periods.

3.     Verify the re-delivery and return process if order is incorrect.

Custom Kitchen Cabinetryare designed based on your specific kitchen requirements. The making process could be seen as a form of art for most artisans.You have the options of selecting: the layout, cabinet size variations, color, materials, finishes and decorative features.

Custom kitchen cabinet


  • 1.      The available options are endless. You can create almost anything. It’s easy to incorporate:pots drawers, oversized cupboards and pull-out pantries.
  • 2.     Customized to fit you space perfectly and are delivered and installed for you.
  • 3.     They usually have extended warranty and live after sales support to answer your questions.
  • 4.     Custom cabinets typically use sturdier construction and joinery methods. They often use dovetail joints that interlock pieces of wood to distribute weight and stress evenly. Stock cabinets may not distribute weight and stress evenly because they: bolt, nut, and nail.
  • 5.     Refinishing is possible with real wood cabinets.



  • 1.      Depending on the style, finishes and features that you’ve selected, it can get very expensive. The good news is, you have control on what you order or don’t order.
  • 2.     Custom cabinets have long lead times and could take on average 6-8 weeks.

Insider Home Designer Tip:

If You’re On A Limited Budget, Why Not Combine?

Kitchen cabinets are essentially boxes that have shelves, drawers or doors.Combining a semi-custom kitchen cabinet with custom pieces could lower your cost while integrating uniqueness. There are companies that make doors and drawer faces for stock cabinets,so youdon’t have to necessarily limit yourself to the stock kitchen cabinet doors and drawer faces.

If you don’t know where to begin,hire a kitchen design expert.They know all the ins and outs of the different products and usually have access to insider binders with several available price ranges and options.Designing kitchen cabinets can be lots of fun, hiring a kitchen designer could save you time and even some will pass along their insider pricing to help you create a kitchen that beautifully reflects your lifestyle.

Hope this blog helps!

~ Best of luck always ~



May 27

Beautiful basements designed for: kids, family entertainment, or adult.

Finishing a basement is a decision that most owners struggle with.


Here are some popular ways finished basments are used: playroom, movie room, family room, bar, wine cellar, library, office, craft room, laundry or guest room. We’ve included some favorite basement design ideas and images below.


Insider Home Deign Tip: Depending upon your home size and lifestyle; you could even try combing a couple. With the right basement design expert on your team, you could have your cake and eat it too…..


Basements designed for children:

Create A Magical Indoor Basement Playhouse Or Game Area


Photo credit: https://www.pinterest.com/explore/indoor-playhouse       Photo credit: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/202099102000219427/


Basements designed for family or entertaining:

Create A Den or Family Entertainment Room With A Kitchenette


Photo credit: http://interior.warhorsefarm.com/how-to-diy-basement-family-room-ideas/

Photo credit: https://www.google.ca/search?q=basement+kitchenette&biw=1517&bih=714&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj1rYD5hPbMAhUDzIMKHaE5AW4Q_AUIBigB&dpr=0.9#imgrc=88SFxPsXtgA6FM%3A



Basements designed for adults:

Create The Bar Of Your Dreams Or An Old World Charm Wine Cellar

Photo credit: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/210191507582577677/

Photo credit:https://www.google.ca/search?q=basement+wine+cellar7IMKHYscDw4Q_AUIBigB&dpr=0.9#imgrc=IoyWnQr__spBJM%3A


Create A Craft Room | Office  | Library


Photo credit: Photo credit: www.decoist.com

Photo credit: www.ultimatechristoph.com


May 06

Nineteen Tips To Make a Small Bathroom Look Bigger Without Breaking The Bank!

A well planned bathroom considers and incorporates the needs of the end users. Have you ever been in a crammed bathroom? How comforting does it feel? Bathrooms no matter how small should never feel confining.


So how can you make a small bathroom look beautiful and bigger without breaking the bank? Here are 19 tips to help you. Please note you don’t have to do them all, just select the ones that would apply to your needs and of course budget…


TIP #1 – Keep everything the same color and tone.

This is one scenario where contrast is discouraged. Contrasts could create invisible lines that break up the space making it feel portioned and crammed. See picture below of a small bathroom using same color and tone to create the illusion of a big and beautiful bathroom. 


Tip # 2 – Use soft neutral colors.

Softer neutral colors could make a bathroom feel open and bright. Try colors such as beige, gray, white, yellow or blue. Don’t be afraid to mix and match paint colors. Not all whites, blues or yellows are solid colors. Have you seen Benjamin Moore’s Linen white paint? It has a yellow and beige undertone, and yes they classify it as white.


TIP #3 – Paint the ceiling a lighter shade or the same color as the walls.

Ceilings normally look darker than walls, even when painted with the same exact paint. To overcome this challenge, go with a shade a bit lighter. Darker colors make a ceiling appear smaller and a lighter color creates the illusion of taller ceilings.


TIP #4 – Tile the shower all the way up to the ceiling.

This is an insider home designer tip used by experts to elongate a small bathroom. Be sure to match the wall, floor tiles and grout. All the small details matters especially in small bathrooms. Something as small as the wrong grout color could make the difference between a clean and tidy bathroom or a messy space. IMG_9888

Photo credit: http://liferearranged.com/2015/08/master-bathroom-reveal/


TIP #5 – Blend the tile and wall color. 

Avoid using different colors and patterns, as this would make the shower appear to be a separate area in the bathroom.

Marble bathroom:

Photo credit: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/281967626648092823/


TIP #6 – Use clear not textured glass in your shower.

This is a common mistake made by homeowners mostly for privacy reasons. Clear glass lets in and reflects light. Textured glass on the other hand could provide the illusion of a wall; we’ll include pictures below for illustration.

marble. clean. glass.:  Frosted and Textured Glass Options for Shower Doors:

                Clear Shower Glass                              Textured Shower Glass

Photo credit: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/281967626647803075/                  https://www.pinterest.com/pin/480407485227929722/


Tip # 7 – Use a clear shower curtain, avoid dark bright colors.

If you’re on a budget, use a clear shower curtain to breathe light and airiness in your bathroom. Checkout picture below….


Tip # 8 – Raise the shower curtain bar.

This is an insider home design expert tip that doesn’t cost anything. Hang your shower curtain bar as high as possible; this will create the illusion of volume.

Cottage Full Bathroom with Dupont Corian Designer White, Inset cabinets, Raised panel, Floating shelves, Bead board:

Photo credit: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/443041682069497472/


TIP #9 – Use a big mirror.

If you’re seeking to make your small bathroom look large and sophisticated, use a large mirror that stretches to the ceiling. Ever wonder why dressing rooms have large mirrors? You’ve got it, a mirror showcasing a full length dress looks better than a mirror showcasing only half of a dress.  Insider home designer trick, two separate mirrors for a his and her vanity doesn’t give the same sophisticated look as one large mirror. So yes, go for that big mirror that you see and love!

charcoal cabinets, carrera marble counter in bathroom - Google Search:

Photo credit: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/78461218485359590/


TIP #10 – Use natural light.

Natural light could make a bathroom feel like a tranquil peaceful oasis. Some benefits of natural lights includes: spirit lifting, easy to apply your makeup and electricity saving. If your room has a generous amount of natural light, during the daytime you may not need to turning on the lights.


Tip # 11 – Use layered lighting.

Layered lighting would include an overhead light in addition to wall scones to the side of the mirror.

Gray bathroom - The Lily Pad Cottage via Centsational Girl

Photo credit: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/101823641551447513/


TIP #12 – Replace linen closet door with a full door.

Most linen closet doors are flimsy and at times short. Using a full door could make your closet look neater and larger.


Tip # 13 – Don’t use a double vanity or sink.

A double vanity or sink will make a small bathroom appear smaller. Try using a pedestal sink or floating vanity, these are elegant options for small bathrooms.


Tip # 14 – Use a floating vanity.

A floating vanity creates the illusion of extra space below the vanity. Just by using this tip could make an otherwise crammed bathroom appear larger.

traditional powder room with floating vanity Small Baths with Big Impact:

Photo credit: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/288019338643530658/


Tip # 15 – Use a sliding pocket door instead of a standard door.

This is a unique idea that is gaining popularity especially in small compact bathrooms.


Tip # 16 – Select one main focal point for your bathroom.

Select on main focal point for your bathroom. A few popular options are:  floor tile, wall tile patter, shampoo niche, mirror, lighting or sliding pocket door.

Fantastic builder basic master vanity makeover with diamond backsplash tile:

Photo credit: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/272186371206532123/


Tip # 17 – Bathroom fixtures.

Carefully consider your bathroom design before selecting the color, shape and material your fixtures. Bathroom fixtures colors ranges from gold, silver, chrome, bronze etc. Shape varies from: square, round.


TIP #18 – Create shampoo niche into the bathroom wall. 

This tip is better illustrated with a picture, enjoy!

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Photo credit: http://liferearranged.com/2015/08/master-bathroom-reveal/


Tip # 19 – Unique bathroom accessories.

This tip is one of our favorites. Unique accessory bathroom pieces can give your bathroom that humph. We love beautiful storage containers, artwork, plants, towels, soaps and antique storage in bathrooms.

liz marie blog HGTV Dream Home 2015 http://www.lizmarieblog.com/2015/05/hgtv-dream-home-2015/ via bHome https://bhome.us:

Photo credit: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/327003622920547534/

Store Soap, Qtips etc in a jar ~ This is how I have always stored my hand Soaps and Q-tips ~ Love:

Photo credit: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/253960866458203026/


Apr 20

How To Select A Kitchen Countertop Design Edge

Like the popular saying, the devil is in the details. When remodeling a kitchen, all the small details can either transform your kitchen into a disaster or a unique masterpiece. The two most common kitchen design mistakes made by homeowners are; selecting too many beautiful design finishes and as a result they constantly compete or selecting finishes that blend in a blah… blah… way. Checkout our blog “how to avoid the top five kitchen disaster.” Every small decision is important and inches you closer to the final outcome. To help you select the right countertop edge for your kitchen, we’ve put together a guide with pictures for you.


Kitchen Design Countertop Edges

Square Design Countertop Design Edge – Less is often more, this is perfect for a kitchen where the countertop is not the focal point. It’s important to note that, acompletely square edge can be extremely dangerous, maybe as sharp as a razor. It’s highly recommended that all square-looking edges be rounded a bit. This would make the edge less sharp and prevent chipping/breaking. Sharp corners are easier to break than corners that have been rounded a bit.

Photo credit: http://nort.kitchenkarousel.com/granite-tile-countertop-design/


Eased Countertop Design Edge – Is a square 90 degrees edge with the corners rounded to reduce the sharpness.

Photo credit:Kelly, CKD, CBD, CR – http://www.kitchendesigns.com/how-to-choose-a-kitchen-or-bath-countertop-edge-detail/


Square and Mitered Countertop Design EdgeHave you ever seen a countertop that looks extra-thick?

Inside Designer Secret – it’s not an actual extra thick countertop, it’s called a mitered edge. What is a mitered edge? It’s a countertop with a standard 2cm or 3cm thickness with strips around the exterior sides, making the slab look thicker than it actually is. This is a great idea that can be used to make your kitchen countertops standout, look thick and expensive. There you have it a square and mitered countertop edge design tip!


Eased and Mitered Countertop Design Edge – This is the same concept as theSquare and Mitered edge but the main difference is that the edge and corners are rounded not square. Sounds simple right? This slight difference often has dramatic effect.



Waterfall Square Countertop Design Edge – This is a popular trend in high end and luxury homes. If you would like to make your countertop or island the focal point of your kitchen, ask your home designer expert to order extra countertops to run vertically down the sides of the island. This could infuse luxury into an otherwise ordinary kitchen.

Photo credit: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/194851121354428564/


Bullnose Countertop Design Edge  This is a common and timeless favorite with rounded soft looking edge that could work and look great with almost any countertop material. It’s easy to clean because there aren’t any corners or grooves. Most parents find it kids friendly, because it doesn’t have any sharp edges. A common complaint is that bullnose edge countertops are difficult to wipe crumbs from the countertop.


Photo credit:http://www.countertopspecialty.com/countertop-edges.html


Demi-Bullnose Countertop Design Edge – The demi-bullnose edge is similar to the bullnose. The main difference is the round top with a sharp edge at the bottom. It’s easy to clean because there aren’t any corners or grooves; however the bottom edge has a point, so it can be spillage prone.


Ogee Countertop Design Edge – Adds an elegant touch and looks great in larger kitchens with a huge kitchen island. This design could make an island look like a statement piece.

Photo credit: http://www.royalcabinet.com/


Beveled Countertop Design Edge – It has a clipped flat corner usually on a 45-degree angle. It has sharp edges, so it’s not so kids friendly. It’s prone to spillage as the bottom edge points down towards the floor.

Granite Edge: 1/4" Beveled Edge - traditional - kitchen countertops - dc metro - Granite Grannies:

Photo credit: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/306737424591297698/


Marine Countertop Design Edge It edges has a raised built-up thickness, kind of like a hem for a dress.

Photo credit: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/419397784023675937/


Mix and Match With Unique Variations Countertop Design EdgesThere are several options available. Ask your home design expert for a basic design, then try mixing and modifying two different styles to fit your perfect desire for something unique.

Photo credit: http://countertopinvestigator.com/47-granite-countertops/



What countertop edge design style do you have in your kitchen at home?

 What do you like/dislike about your countertop edge?

** As Always, Best Of Luck and Love Always **

xoxo Milan

Apr 07

How To Select A Kitchen Backsplash With A Wow Factor

Kitchen backsplash usually functions as a focal point or complements a kitchen design, hence its often referred to as kitchen jewelery. To select a kitchen backsplash with a wow factor, a few important key factors need to be considered. For example: your design style, color preference, material texture, maintenance and of course your budget. We will be breaking down all these factors and provide easy to follow practical tips.


Here is the most common homeowner backsplash dilemma!

What should be selected first, the backsplash or countertops and cabinets?

This is kind of like the chicken or egg question. Which is first?


Good Reason To Select Your Kitchen Cabinets and Countertop First: They represent a big investment in your kitchen and are not easily changed at a moment’s notice. They often require a lot of lead time from order to delivery then to installation.

Good Reason To Select Your Kitchen Backsplash First: If used as a focal your backsplash is out of stock, back ordered or discontinued then your whole kitchen design would be in jeopardy.

Whichever option is selected first, there isn’t a right or wrong answer as they both have good arguments. To help alleviate stress, decide what will be the focal point in the kitchen. If it’s your kitchen cabinets or countertops, then the backsplash become secondary. If the backsplash is the focal point then get it taken care of very early in the planning process. A very important point to note; the backsplash, countertops and kitchen cabinets will meet, so be sure to ensure that they all work cohesively together to either complement or contrast nicely. Just like in life to be a successful team we all need to work cohesively together.


 Five Key Factors To Selecting A Kitchen Backsplash With A Wow Factor:

1. Design Style – What’s your personal style? Is it vintage, classic, traditional, contemporary or transitional? Your personal style could be used as a guide when selecting the materials for your backsplash design. Some homeowners make the mistake of selecting a backsplash based solely on their design style, but it’s also important to consider functionality. Not sure what’s your design style? Request a FREE design consultation at www.WhatNotToRenovate.com

2. Color Preference – The kitchen cabinets, countertops, floor and backsplash must all work cohesively together.  Each part must work together in order to create an inviting look and feel.


3. Material Texture:

Tile – tends to be a popular choice because it can be very cost effective and there are several options. Here are some of the most common types of tiles: stone, mosaic, glass, artisan handcrafted and terracotta.

Mirror – is a good idea to use in a small space as it reflects light and could make an otherwise small kitchen appear larger. It’s relatively inexpensive and easy to clean.

Tin – is an old fashion design trend that’s making a comeback. If selected carefully it could really make a space standout and the bonuses are its affordable and durable.

Glass – recycled glass can create an artful customize backsplash.

Patterns and Shapes – don’t be afraid of trying different patterns and shapes, you may even end up with a really unique design.

4. Maintenance this is a very important, yet commonly overlooked area. How often will you need to clean the backsplash? It’s a great idea to read up on cleaning and maintenance requirements for the different materials. Tiles usually collect dust and grease easily, so be prepared to clean. Also consider how the different materials react to food such as oils, ketchup and red wine.

5. Budget decide on a budget upfront as you could overspend easily without realizing. See tips below to help you control your budget.

ü  Shop at tile outlets – They often have the high end designer tiles at reduce prices.

ü  Mix and match – You can always use majority low to medium price tiles mixed with a few accent high end pieces. The key to achieving a great look is in placement and proportionate. This is where if you’re not sure, consult with a home design expert, the time and will be well worth it. Here are a few materials you could combine: stone mosaics, glass, metal stixs or different sizes and colors of the same material.

ü  Choose versatile materials that won’t go out of style, such as white ceramic tiles. You can always add borders or lines to spruce things up a notch.

ü  Natural materials such as; marble, stone and travertine are often more affordable as tiles rather than slabs.

ü  Be flexible and look for a bargain. Checkout: AmazonKijiji, Ebay, Craigslist,Overstock.com and discount sections in big box stores. You could be surprised and find some fabulous finds.


Do you have a kitchen backsplash design challenges? Get Your Home Design Questions Answered For Free @ www.WhatNotToRenovate.com

Best Of Luck and Love Always!

~ Milan ~

Mar 31

Top 7 Things Not To Renovate Before Selling A Home.

Renovating a home before selling is a task that most homeowners either avoid like the plague or become too happy and overdo!!

What does renovating overdo really mean?

This typically means renovating any and everything in a home regardless of the potential return on their money (investment).


The irony is that most people renovate or update solely to suite their liking and justify their actions with a barrage of points. However if situations arise and they need to sell in the near future or at times immediately, they usually list everything that they’ve updated or renovated in a home expecting to get back 100%  or more on their money (investment).


What Not To Renovate Before Selling Your Home!!

1. Should We Renovate The Entire House According To Our Taste?

It’s probably not a good idea to customize everything according to your specific taste. Not because you love that black kitchen cabinets with a fancy brown backsplash, doesn’t mean the buyer will love it too. Consult with a local Realtor and home designer, they can save you money, time and provide inside information about your neighborhood trends and buyer profile for your area.


2. Should We Change The: Air Condition Unit, Furnace, Electrical, Plumbing, Roof and Windows?

If they’re in good working order, don’t replace them. Remember the saying, if it isn’t broken don’t fix it. If you’re in doubt, complete a pre-sale home inspection. The home inspector can provide a list of the necessary repairs and the remaining estimated life expectancy for your major systems.


3. Our Lawn Isn’t Professional Landscaped, What To Do?

If your lawn is neatly cut and nicely maintained, you may not need to hire a professional to completely redo everything.


4. Our Garage Is Messy, Should We Hire A Professional To Do Built-Ins?

If you find your garage is cluttered; try cleaning, donating and packing. It will involve time, but it will be a great return on your time. No need to hire a professional to do customized storage cabinets. It’s very likely, the buyers will appreciate the neatness but they may not be willing to pay for such a job.


5. We Don’t Have A Fireplace, Should We Get One?

Consult with a local Realtor, they can save you money, time and provide inside information about your neighborhood trends and buyer preferences and profile for your area.


6. We Watch HGTV and The Houses Look Great, Should We Change All Our Furniture?

You may not need to change all your furniture. Try consulting with a home re-decorator or home stager. They could help make your home look attractive using your existing furniture or even add a few key pieces.


7. Should We Put a Deck and Fountain In Our Backyard?

Consult with a local Realtor, they can save you money, time and provide inside information about your neighborhood trends and buyer preferences and profile for your area.


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Mar 28

Top Ten Ways To Transform A Living Room On A Limited Budget!

Why should one even think about transforming a living room?

Simmons Upholstery Lattimer Living Room Collection

Because living rooms are often a popular place where family members connect and share meaningful and loving conversation. Secondly: it’s a great place to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and snuggle up with a great book before a cozy fireplace or a waterfall.


Now if you’re considering transforming your living room, here are the top ten(10) things to transform your living room on a limited budget.

1. Add Lighting – this could create a cozy and inviting ambiance. Try layering the lighting using potlights, lamps and dimmer switches to control the different settings.

Danya B San Remo 1 Light Wall Sconce Birch Lane Linden Table Lamp Zipcode™ Design 62.8" Floor Lamp

2. Add Custom Cabinets Or Built-Inn – this could create room for storage and add architectural elegance. But having nice and clean cabinets or built-in isn’t enough. Fancy decorative hardware is like putting icing on a cake. Could you ever imagine attending a beautiful wedding and seeing a large cake without icing?

Coast to Coast Imports LLC European 2 Drawer 2 Door Cabinet


3. Add A Fireplace or Waterfall – if you live in an area with cooler climate add a fireplace. For warmer area a waterfall could make a living room a relaxing and tranquil oasis.

               Tranquil River (Centered In Base) - Clear Glass - Rustic Copper


4. Add Wainscoting – just by adding wainscoting could transform an ordinary living room into extra ordinary. This is also a well know home designer insider secret. Try it, you’ll love the results.

8 Linear ft. MDF Overlapping Wainscot Paneling Kit


5. Add Molding – crown molding added to ceilings could create the illusion of volume and definition to a room. An inside designer tip is to add molding around door arches and windows.



6. Add Window Treatment – having new window treatment is kind of like a bow on a gift. A nicely wrapped present without a bow, just doesn’t look that attractive.

Faux Silk Jacquard Curtains


7. Add French Door – if your living room provides the option, add an elegant French door, this separates rooms but allow lots of natural lighting to flood a room. The great news about French doors is its flexibility to open and close easily.

Signature Purity White French Linen Sheer Curtain


8. Paint – try using different colors between rooms or corners to add definition and character. Warm and cooler colors relaxes while bright vibrant colors infuses energy.


9. Change Baseboards – if you have two or three inches baseboards, try upgrading to four or five inches. This one small tip could make your floors and paint pop.

Monarch Specialties Inc. Etagere Plant Stand


8. New Flooring – last but certainly not least, no living room is ever complete without nice floors to match. Often homeowners make the common mistake of updating a living room but leaving the floors to save money. This is kind of like a beautiful young lady dressed nicely for a cocktail party and wearing an old gym shoes to save money. Doesn’t work, right?  For the extra investment, it’s well worth it. Just by adding new flooring could make a room appear clean and spacious. Whether you select carpet or wood really boils down to personal lifestyle preference and budget.

There you have it!

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~ As Always Best Of Luck and Love Always ~


Mar 23

What’s The Difference Between A Kitchen Island and A Peninsula?

It’s often said, everyone loves kitchens and they sell homes!

Ironically, even people who don’t cook much, also love beautiful kitchens.

When designing a kitchen, a common dilemma faced by most homeowners is deciding between selecting a kitchen island or a peninsula? Careful thought and planning should be factored in all aspects of a kitchen design. The planning stage could make the difference between a successful and well planned kitchen design and a disaster.



What’s The Difference Between A Kitchen Island and A Peninsula?

To create a beautiful and functional kitchen, careful planning is required. First figure out the main function of your kitchen. E.g: Do you mainly use your kitchen for eating, preparing food or as a meeting hub for family and friends.

Design wise, both peninsulas and kitchen islands add elegance and definition to a kitchen once done by a professional home designer. We’ve listed a few things below to be considered before deciding on selecting a kitchen island or peninsula.


Things To Consider Before Selecting A Kitchen Island:

A kitchen island is just like the name suggests, because it isn’t attached to a wall.

Camden Cherry Kitchen 1

1. Islands are a perfect way to break up a large open floor plan without adding a wall.

2. A kitchen island is a great multi-purpose open area to eat, do homeowner, pay bills, gather or read a book.

3. Before selecting a kitchen island, make sure there is enough space for people to move around comfortably in the kitchen. Test the space to ensure all cabinets can open without encumbrances and people can sit down and get up without feeling crammed.

4. Kitchen islands are normally very versatile as they can be a different color or design from the rest of the existing cabinets.


5. Kitchen island are normally very popular among most homeowners and home buyers.


 Things To Consider Before Selecting A Kitchen Peninsula:

A kitchen peninsula is very similar to an island, except it is usually fixed to one wall in a kitchen. See picture below.


1. Peninsulas are ideal for kitchens with limited or narrow space.

2. A Peninsula is great to break up the space between a kitchen, eat in area and a living room.

3. Galley Style Kitchens are perfect for incorporating a peninsulas because they’re usually not wide enough to accommodate a kitchen island.

4. L – Shaped Kitchens accommodate peninsulas well, as they utilize small space while maintaining functionality.

5. Peninsulas can be restrictive in nature as they’re required to match the existing kitchen cabinets. If you were to use a different color or cabinet for just the peninsula the kitchen would probably look very miss matched.



We hope this blog help you to create the perfect kitchen that works for you and your family. If you need help, click here to request a FREE in home design consultation.

As Always, Best Of Luck and Love Always!

~ Milan ~

Mar 22

Seven Tips To Create The Perfect Kitchen For The Host That Likes To Entertain!

Seven Tip To Create The Perfect Kitchen For The Host That Likes To Entertain!

Glazed Burnished Cherry Kitchen

This is an example of a beautiful open concept of a kitchen designed for a host that likes to entertain. 

If you would like to create this look, here are a few key things to do:

1. Add recessed lighting to create an inviting ambiance.

2. Add crown molding to give your kitchen ceiling definition.

3. Dress-up your new kitchen cabinets with molding to add elegance and make your cabinets stand out.

4. Add a blacksplash that enhances the kitchen countertops.

5. Select a countertop that incorporates colors from your kitchen cabinets and flooring.

6. Include a breakfast bar, so that you can converse with your guest, while you’re in the kitchen.

7. Use a light gorgeous floor color to open up the space and make it appear larger.


Photo credit: http://www.thertastore.com/kitchen-cabinets/rta-kitchen-cabinets/glazed-burnished-cherry.html

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