Approaching Interior Design

You finally found the right home and now it is time to truly make it your own.  It is important to not feel overwhelmed when you approach designing your home.  Remember that the whole process is not a sprint but a marathon – take it slow and steady and it will all come together beautifully.

Here are a few tips to help you get started.

1) Floor Plan – you want to measure out the shell of your entire condo.  This floor plan will help you to get an idea of how you want to space out each area of your apartment and it will allow you to see what will and will not fit in the space.

floor plan

2) Look through design magazines to get an idea of what your want your space to feel like.  Having a set idea of what you want your space to evoke, will help you throughout the entire design process.  Every purchase, design decision you make should be reflective of your design concept.

magazine

3) Take inventory of your current furniture and decor items.  Ask yourself if these these pieces fit within the design aesthetic you are wanting to achieve.

furniture

4) Begin with common spaces first.  This includes your living room and dining room.  These are the spaces that you will be entertaining in.  They are also the spaces that will set the tone of your entire apartment.

living dining

Enjoy the process of designing your home and make sure it is reflective of who you are and the lifestyle you lead.  You want the design of your home to be beautifully functional.

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Smart Technologies for Your Home

Having a smart home is not only a good way to be environmentally conscious, but a great way to save money.  With the emergence of newer wireless technologies, there are more companies providing these products and these newer systems are becoming less and less expensive.  Along with ease of cost, these devices are also easy to set up.

One of the areas where you can save a lot of money is through automation of your homes temperature devices.  The largest portion of your homes energy bill comes from costs associated from heating and cooling your home.  Here are a few products to consider:

Zone Based Thermostats divides your homes heating and cooling areas into zones.  This allows the user to have better control over temperature, so that unoccupied rooms are not being heated or cooled unnecessarily. Using this type of thermostat can save a homeowner an average of $180 per year.

Programmable Thermostats allow you to remotely set the temperature from your home using smart devices such as your tablet, smartphone and other wireless enabled devices.

Another area where smart technology can be utilized is through the automation of your homes appliances.

Power Times and Monitors gives the user real time feedback on how much energy is being used.  This allows the user to set power timers to run large appliances such as your hot tub and exhaust fans at the most optimal time.

Motion Sensors essentially control the lights and appliances in your home.  The motion sensor can detect if there is no one in the room and will automatically shut off appliances.

These automation products allow for your home to work smarter and more efficiently without a large upfront financial investment.

 

 

 

 

Flooring Options for Your Kitchen

There are many options beyond tile for your kitchen floors.  Here are a few examples of kitchen flooring that you could use within your space:

Hardwoods can being a certain level of warmth through your space.  It can also create a level seamless flow, especially if you are using hardwoods throughout your home.

hardwood

Concrete floors produces a very cool industrial look.  They are non porous, easy to maintain and can be stained in many different shades.

concrete

Cork is a good option in that it is a sustainable material, it is resilient, soft and helps to reduce noise.

cork

Tiles are traditionally used in most kitchens.  There are a variety of tiles to choose from.

tile

Laminate flooring has come a long way.  It is a low cost alternative and can mimic the look of wood, tile and stone.

laminate