Thursday, October 23, 2014

Design Motifs to Dream About

Design motifs are ALL around. We see them in fabrics, on walls and even outdoors!
... and no, we aren't talking about the "pineapple" motif from the 80's.

What are some of TCI's favorite design motifs?!

The Sunburst Motif:
This we see mainly in mirrors and we love to use it in different ways! In groupings, or alone, this circular explosion is a fun way to bring a splash to the room.

The Feather Motif
We just love this one. It can be used on walls as wallpaper (see below) or even as a stand alone accessory! Fill a jar full of feathers and jump on the bandwagon!

The Owl Motif
While this motif is found many times in nurseries and children's rooms (which we think is spectacular), we are also seeing this motif pop up around the house! Even on the front porch...

The Arrow Motif:
We believe this motif began as the staple "anthropology look" and was used as prints in fabrics and bedding -- That was the first look that hooked us with the "arrow" motif. But now we are loving to use this motif in NEW ways such as ARTWORK or WALLPAPER!

The Ginkgo Motif
Lastly, this asian influenced motif is a beautiful modern floral that we love to put to good use.

We used this motif as a banding on this custom shower curtain

What are YOUR favorite motifs?!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Cabinet Door and Drawer Styles - How to create your dream kitchen!

Cabinet door styles can set the stage for the look and feel of the entire kitchen!

But which one do you choose?! How do you even know what’s out there?

We are partnering with Kathi Fleck of 
LoneStar Property Solutions today to tell you that answer!

But FIRST: We tell you TCI’s favorite door style ;) If you know Traci, you know there are always “options”, but “option A” is always the favorite!!

 View TCI full project of this gorgeous kitchen HERE!

 View TCI full project HERE!

  View TCI full project HERE!

  View TCI full project HERE!

 View TCI full project HERE!

If you can't tell... we love this simple, classic, straight lined cabinet style called, "Shaker". Read below to find out more about it and other styles!

Kathi Fleck shares a few of her projects and explains the differences in each door style: 
Shaker doors: Shaker style doors have a frame with recessed flat panels and square edges. With clean lines and a timeless aesthetic, shaker doors are perfect for Contemporary, Craftsman and Classic architecture homes.

Opaque glass doors: These doors, such as the frosted glass doors, are ways to personalize a kitchen and show off china.

Corner drawers: These are a twist on the corner cabinet, pulling out from the corner. You usually have to bend over backward or crawl on your hands and knees to find items inside a corner cabinet, but these fully accessible drawers help solve that problem.

Traditional doors: These cabinet doors can be customized to fit the look and feel of your kitchen design. The ones below are furniture-finished cabinets in antique white with a chocolate glaze.

Flip-up doors: Hydraulic mechanisms help raise these kinds of cabinet door up, rather than you opening them with the traditional sideways motion.
We thank Kathi for her contribution today on different types of cabinet doors! 

Which cabinet style is YOUR favorite? 
Which would you choose to make you kitchen you dream space?!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

New Home Journals : Courtney's Edition

New Home Journals: Courtney Edition!

Hello! - Courtney here -- to report back on the 
changes and plans for our new home build.

Our foundation was poured today! YES! 

Of course there was a few hold ups at the city... getting our permit.
 But we are finally cleared and ready to begin.

This is the mess we are looking at ;-/ 
But it all means good things...things are moving along!!
Last week they routed for plumbing and prepped for the foundation -- 
That was when this pic above was taken.

Right now, as the subs are making a mess of our lot, we are in the process of finalizing the finishes and design for the interior of the home!

I wanted to share a few of my favorite pieces that we are incorporating:

FIRST: The linear stone fireplace: 
*Concept Pic
Maybe one of the things I'm most excited about. 
The vein cut "Mare Bianco Travertine" 12x24 Stone fireplace surround. I love the gray/white/cream linear lines in the tile and love 
that it gives off a light and airy feeling:
(I'm still trying to decide whether to add a wrap around mantel or not... suggestions?!)

BUT We actually found a look-a-like at half the cost -- see pic below!

 Here is an installation pic of the stone being used in a flooring application:

SECOND: Our bold graphite and white bathroom.
Instead of going "light" in the bathroom-- i went "bold". With dark gray/graphite tile in the shower and painted charcoal cabinets, the lighter gray flooring will pop and the white quartz countertops will shine! (if i can keep them clean ... ;-/)
*Concept Pic
The (impossible to clean) shower will look similar to this image --

THIRD: The Kitchen! 
With white modified shaker style cabinetry and white granite countertops, I've decided to go with a light warm gray 2x12 glass tile backsplash -- 
to be laid on a straight lay!

*Concept Pic for colors - The actual backsplash tile will be
 2"x12" and not laid in a brick pattern.
*Concept Pic - Very similar to this backsplash without the gloss coating
FOURTH: The Vent Hood.
Also one of my most favorite things about the home. 
This modern wall mount glass canopy vent hood from Frigidaire will be a perfect complement to the stainless steel appliances and light white kitchen.
Another plus -- it has DISHWASHER safe filters! How easy is that?! You just pop them out and throw them in the dishwasher. That's my kind of "cleaning."

Stay tuned next week for more on Terra's New House Journals!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

5 Easy Halloween Decorating Ideas

Halloween is just around the corner!

 While many of you may have already "decked your halls" with plenty of spooky decor…. IF you haven't yet, or need a few ideas for MORE frightening fun…

Read on to find a few easy ideas that YOU can do at home!

1.) Chalkboard Paint Family Portrait Pumpkins!
- It's as simple as can be! Grab yourself a pumpkin and a can of Rustoleum Chalk Paint to paint a circle on the pumpkin… Then put your artistic skills to work and draw your family ;)

2.) Natural Fall Banner. 
Take your dog on a nice walk and pick up some bright color leaves along the way! Using string and clothes pins (you can paint the clothes pins for added color) … 
string up your fall finds for a colorful decor piece!

3.) Go Simple. 
With all the fallen leaves around… this is bound to be plenty of empty branches to be found. using a few select pieces, a mason jar and a couple of simplistic white pumpkins… this stylistic setting gave a beautiful bare look.

4.) Handmade Bat Bunting
- print out a picture of a bat and trace it onto black construction paper. Cut out each bat and tape to a piece of string to create your very own "bat bunting!"

5.) Fright Banner
And what holiday is complete without a "pinterest" banner to adorn your mantel?!

Happy Halloween Decorating!!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Out-of-the-Ordinary ART!

When beginning to think about artwork for a clients home … there are so many variables. 

Art is such a personal thing. 

When we have the chance to step outside the box, we try to REALLY get creative.

This week, we stumbled upon this image:

The "artwork" is suspended from the ceiling! We love art that you wouldn't necessarily see as "art" the first glance you get. You have to take a second look to realize what it really is.

We love to get 3-Dimensional:

There are a variety of art "plates" out there today. We like to take them, and then arrange them in a way that you wouldn't think.

That's our job. Coming up with a new way to look at things.

In this turquoise dining room, we combined a typical canvas art piece with bright colored folded glass plates that flank both sides for a bit of the unexpected.

What do you do with a large empty wall? Many would start with a grouping of canvas pieces, but we took a few colorful glass blown "art pieces" and asymmetrically
 arranged them to take up this blank wall!

You can MIX framed artwork with 3 Dimensional pieces to jazz things up. In this modern living room, we flanked the fireplace with framed abstract art pieces and placed a large 3-D metal art piece on the side wall for a different touch!

Kids rooms are the best for thinking outside the box. In this fun game room, we got "down and dirty" literally and created our own "Paint Bucket" art. 
You might remember our tutorial HERE!!

Think outside the box… be extraordinary!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Optimal Lighting - Bedroom Addition

Bedrooms are multifunctional spaces
So how can you utilize this "living room, dining room, playroom and home office"
 to its maximum potential??

*** LIGHTING ***

It's the key to everything in a space. It can change the color, feel and statement in a room.

We are laying out 4 simple steps to help you decide what works best for YOU!

1. Decide the Type of Lighting you Need
- a ceiling light with a dimmer : this is key to setting the mood for your bedroom
- sconces create a soft ambiance
- floor lamps are nice to light up a dark corner
- nightstand lighting


2. How to utilize the lighting
- make sure they are near outlets so cords aren't being tripped over
- get the correct height of nightstand light:
** bottom of shade is at eye level when you are sitting up in bed


3. Think about how you live
- do you like to read at night, but your spouse is ready for sleep?
- do you wake in the night and need a dim light?


4. Find your style
- lighting is a big part of your design
- it can set the stage for your personal style


Kathi Fleck of Lonestar Property Solutions gives her opinion on 
bedroom lighting today to help YOU out!

"How to Choose the Right Lighting for Each Room
Most rooms perform better with multiple layers of lighting and three types of lighting work well in many rooms, in addition to natural light. 

1: Ambient Light-
You will want an ambient light, which is the general lighting for the room. You flip a switch and the overhead light brightens the room as a general light.

2: Task Light-
This allows you to work on a specific function with adequate light and it can be used with or without the ambient light.

3: Accent Light-
When you have a special object, such as art, or the focus over a fireplace, accent light will direct your attention to this area of the room.

Bedroom Lighting Tips 
-  In addition to the ceiling light, many like the task light of a 

lamp on a dresser or desk in the bedroom.

- The best light for bedrooms is generally warm light, which is more flattering and restful. If you do a lot of reading in your bedroom, however, be sure to keep a 
cool-light shaded task lamp nearby to prevent eyestrain.

As you consider you next remodel, make sure you place a 
special emphasis on the lighting."

Happy Lighting!


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