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Beverly Taylor Design is focusing our extra time this summer with the Ronald McDonald House
and if you, your business or organization would like to help in some way
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Posted in Uncategorized on June 27, 2012

Helping the Ronald McDonald House

The Ronald McDonald House recently reached out to the ASID community in search of designers to donate their design services. They are currently undergoing an expansion that will double their facility in size, helping them serve more families. We are helping them make this new building a home away from home for these families, as their children are being treated at the Duke Children’s Hospital. 

Here are some pictures from our trip today…

During our tour!
Ceiling tiles painted by children and their families
“None of us is as good as all of us.” -Ray Kroc

Help us help the Ronald McDonald House! There are so many things we can do as a community…
Click here to find out ways to donate

Helping the Ronald McDonald House is very important to Beverly Taylor Design. That is why we have dedicated this summer to helping spread the word. Look for more blog posts on how to help this great charity.

Posted in Uncategorized on June 26, 2012

Is It Time To Update Your Kitchen

7 HOT Trends In Cabinetry


Warm Contemporary
Trends in cabinet style have evolved greatly in recent years—and thank goodness! The exuberantly carved, embellished look of the nineties is gone, and a more tailored and restrained effect has moved in. The most popular style at the moment is warm contemporary, a term that implies little carved detail, no patterns, flat doors, and a balanced composition of colors and shapes. Lately a new hybrid style has emerged— transitional design—a harmonious blend of the simple, modern lines of contemporary with the classic design elements of the traditional.
Modern Cues From The Old World
Americans are seeing the wisdom and beauty in the sleeker contemporary look that has long been favored in Europe. This style can fit into any kind of home—if executed successfully. The use of flat wood cabinet doors, often in dark woods like walnut or wenge, can balance a contemporary aesthetic within a more traditional home. White, or lighter cabinets, can be added to the mix to brighten the look.
Wide Load
Wall cabinet doors that are wider than they are tall, such as 36” wide and 15” high, are all the rage. These cabinets can be installed singly, or for more storage, they can be stacked on top of each other. Since these doors cannot be hinged on the side for structural reasons, tilt-up hinges are used. These hinges have “stays” on them that allow the doors to stay in the “up” position. The best advantage, however, is that the doors can remain open while you’re preparing dinner, since the doors don’t get in the way of moving around in the space.
Wood Options
Cabinet doors with tilt-up hinges can be solid wood, but often they are doors with aluminum frames, either thin or thick, with a glass insert. Since clear glass would reveal the large tilt-up hinges, and also because a view of what’s stored in the cabinets detracts from the simplicity of a contemporary look by adding visual clutter, frosted glass is typically used in this design.
Glass Effects
Innovative types of opaque glass are now available. Laminated glass is made by sandwiching a thin sheet of white polyvinyl between them two sheets of glass. This option is opaque enough to hide what’s stored in the cabinet while remaining translucent enough for interior lights to shine through. Another type of glass that’s new to the market is acid-etched mirrored glass. This glass is completely opaque and it has a green tint when viewed from one direction and a silvery tint when viewed from another. It adds interest without being distracting. There are also numerous types of “art” glass that may have wide or thin lines or ridges that can be used either vertically or horizontally, or they can have any number of patterns that are usually semi-opaque—similar to frosted glass.
Door Wings
Another popular option for cabinet doors is installing them on tracks. Sliding doors that bypass one another can stay open while you’re working in the kitchen. These doors are usually added on just one or two cabinets as an accent, perhaps under the cooktop or on the back of an island. Appliance garages hide toasters and mixers behind bi-fold doors that slide to either side on an upper track.
Lighting Up
Interior cabinet lighting is also popular, although it’s expensive. So it’s important to carefully select which cabinets to light. Though adding light to a pantry isn’t a new idea, the way that it’s lit is continually improving. The introduction of LED lights has been wonderful for this application, since they don’t emit heat and have a long lifespan. Drawers, pullout trash cans, and pullout spice storage racks are also good opportunities to use LED lights.

Kitchen Predictions:
 cabinet doors that open and close with a remote control or the press of a button—and more innovations are sure to follow. Cabinetry options and technology are ever expanding, making it an exciting journey of discovery as you explore possibilities for your kitchen.



Posted in Uncategorized on June 25, 2012

Is It Time To Update Your Kitchen

7 HOT Trends In Cabinetry


Warm Contemporary
Trends in cabinet style have evolved greatly in recent years—and thank goodness! The exuberantly carved, embellished look of the nineties is gone, and a more tailored and restrained effect has moved in. The most popular style at the moment is warm contemporary, a term that implies little carved detail, no patterns, flat doors, and a balanced composition of colors and shapes. Lately a new hybrid style has emerged— transitional design—a harmonious blend of the simple, modern lines of contemporary with the classic design elements of the traditional.
Modern Cues From The Old World
Americans are seeing the wisdom and beauty in the sleeker contemporary look that has long been favored in Europe. This style can fit into any kind of home—if executed successfully. The use of flat wood cabinet doors, often in dark woods like walnut or wenge, can balance a contemporary aesthetic within a more traditional home. White, or lighter cabinets, can be added to the mix to brighten the look.
Wide Load
Wall cabinet doors that are wider than they are tall, such as 36” wide and 15” high, are all the rage. These cabinets can be installed singly, or for more storage, they can be stacked on top of each other. Since these doors cannot be hinged on the side for structural reasons, tilt-up hinges are used. These hinges have “stays” on them that allow the doors to stay in the “up” position. The best advantage, however, is that the doors can remain open while you’re preparing dinner, since the doors don’t get in the way of moving around in the space.
Wood Options
Cabinet doors with tilt-up hinges can be solid wood, but often they are doors with aluminum frames, either thin or thick, with a glass insert. Since clear glass would reveal the large tilt-up hinges, and also because a view of what’s stored in the cabinets detracts from the simplicity of a contemporary look by adding visual clutter, frosted glass is typically used in this design.
Glass Effects
Innovative types of opaque glass are now available. Laminated glass is made by sandwiching a thin sheet of white polyvinyl between them two sheets of glass. This option is opaque enough to hide what’s stored in the cabinet while remaining translucent enough for interior lights to shine through. Another type of glass that’s new to the market is acid-etched mirrored glass. This glass is completely opaque and it has a green tint when viewed from one direction and a silvery tint when viewed from another. It adds interest without being distracting. There are also numerous types of “art” glass that may have wide or thin lines or ridges that can be used either vertically or horizontally, or they can have any number of patterns that are usually semi-opaque—similar to frosted glass.
Door Wings
Another popular option for cabinet doors is installing them on tracks. Sliding doors that bypass one another can stay open while you’re working in the kitchen. These doors are usually added on just one or two cabinets as an accent, perhaps under the cooktop or on the back of an island. Appliance garages hide toasters and mixers behind bi-fold doors that slide to either side on an upper track.
Lighting Up
Interior cabinet lighting is also popular, although it’s expensive. So it’s important to carefully select which cabinets to light. Though adding light to a pantry isn’t a new idea, the way that it’s lit is continually improving. The introduction of LED lights has been wonderful for this application, since they don’t emit heat and have a long lifespan. Drawers, pullout trash cans, and pullout spice storage racks are also good opportunities to use LED lights.

Kitchen Predictions:
 cabinet doors that open and close with a remote control or the press of a button—and more innovations are sure to follow. Cabinetry options and technology are ever expanding, making it an exciting journey of discovery as you explore possibilities for your kitchen.



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Happy Weekend!

We recently read an article about Laura Vanderkam’s book, What The Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, thought we would share some points with you! 
1. Track your time
2. Picture the perfect morning
3. Figure out the logistics
4. Build the habit
5. Tune up as necessary 


For more, check out this article from Fast Company. 
Have a great weekend 🙂

Posted in Uncategorized on June 22, 2012

Feeling Blue?

This is the Alexa Hampton Collection by Kravet,inspired by the northeastern coastal landscape. This collection includes the Galena Linen, Millstone Linen, Meadowmere Linen, Fairlea Linen, Tuckahoe Viscose and Linen, Keaton Linen, and Glenshaw linen. These lovely blue patterns are sure to cheer you up!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 21, 2012

Schumacher Spring 2012 Collection Preview at Karen Saks


Here are some pictures from our visit to Karens Saks yesterday for Schumacher’s Spring 2012 Collection Preview.

This collection is made up of two lines of woven fabrics, the Palazzo & the Courtai. 
The fabric in the bottom right picture is the Vientiane Ikat Print in indigo. Click here to see one of our favorite prints from today, the Timur Weave.

Posted in Uncategorized on June 19, 2012

June/July Issue Of Lonny Magazine

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Posted in Uncategorized on June 18, 2012

Something to think about during the weekend…


An empty room is a story waiting to
happen, and you are the author.” Charlotte Moss

Have a great weekend!  xoxo, 
Dina

Posted in Uncategorized on June 15, 2012

First Impressions and What Your Front Door And What It Says About You

How can a hue say so much about you? According to Debbie Zimmer, color expert at the Paint Quality Institute, color has a psychological component through which we often communicate our moods, feelings, emotions, and personality. One way we do that is through the paint colors we choose, even those on the exterior of our home.



“The entire exterior color scheme has meaning, but the color of the front door is especially important,” says Zimmer. “Like a necktie, which is the focal point of an outfit, the front door is the focal point of the home. The color there sends a strong message, in the case of the front door, providing insight into how we view our home.”

So, what does the color of your front door say about you and the way you regard your home? Here’s what a color psychologist might say about some of the most common front door colors:

Blue. Shown to be the most popular color in many studies, a blue front door signals that the homeowner views his or her home as a place of refuge—calm, serene, and relaxing; the perfect retreat from an often harsh and demanding world.

Green. Green is another popular color when it comes to the front door, and with good reason. Psychologically speaking, green connotes health, safety, tranquility, and harmony, all highly desirable attributes for the home environment.

Black. Those who paint the front door black are communicating something entirely different about their homes. A black front door projects strength, sophistication, power, and authority, indicating to all who enter or even those who pass by that the home is a serious place inhabited by a person of substance.

Red. Regarded as a powerful “punch” color, red is the color of passion. By painting the front door red, the homeowner is saying that the home within is a vibrant place, full of life, energy, and excitement.

Brown. Whether painted or stained, a brown front door looks natural and organic, but it can send mixed messages in terms of color psychology. On the one hand, brown conveys warmth, stability, and reliability. However, certain darker shades of brown signal a desire for privacy, even isolation. 


and….. according to the purveyor of Farrow & Ball
Black. Indicates highly successful and career-driven people….
while
Purple. Are usually a very social and gregarious type.

Very likely, the color you’ve chosen for your front door projects the way you want your home to be viewed. But if you inherited the color from the previous owner, or if you want to say something different about yourself and your home, you can quickly change the color, says Zimmer. “It takes only a few hours to prep and re-paint a standard-size front door, and by applying a durable, top quality 100 percent acrylic latex paint, you can make a totally different color statement that will last for years.” 

Posted in Uncategorized on June 14, 2012

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