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Tricks to Successful Kitchen Lighting

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Figuring out the perfect amount of light for your kitchen can feel like a huge task…but it’s not! We’re here to help you reach the perfect amount of lighting for  YOUR kitchen. 1. Crunch the numbers: Start by finding your kitchen’s square footage (length multiplied by width). A View More

Figuring out the perfect amount of light for your kitchen can feel like a huge task…but it’s not!

We’re here to help you reach the perfect amount of lighting for  YOUR kitchen.

1. Crunch the numbers:

Start by finding your kitchen’s square footage (length multiplied by width). A kitchen that is 12 feet wide by 18 feet long covers 216 square feet. Next, multiply the square footage by 1.5 to figure out the wattage needed to properly illuminate the room (216 x 1.5 = 324 watts). This number is now your guideline for the number of watts needed to light your entire space. This includes overhead lighting, task lighting, accent lighting and ambient lighting.

2. Layer the lighting: 

*Ambient lighting: This provides an overall lighting that creates a warm glow and softens shadows. To achieve this you can use a ceiling fixture or lights placed above upper cabinets.

*Task lighting: This illuminates workspaces and can be created with lighting under upper cabinets.

*Accent lighting: This is a great way to add depth to your space. You can use adjustable recessed fixtures or lighting inside of glass-front cabinets.

3. Take control:

Dimmers are very important in a kitchen space. This will allow you the flexibility to adjust lighting to the task at hand- full lighting during food preparation and a softer one for early mornings or after dinner.

4. Be GREEN:

You can have a fabulously lit kitchen while saving the world one light bulb at a time! Regardless of what you decide to use (fluorescents, compact fluorescents, LED, or halogen) look for the Energy Star label when shopping for fixtures.

Happy lighting!

via HGTV

via HGTV

Via HGTV

Via HGTV

Via HGTV

Via HGTV

 

DIY: Kitchen Island

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Having trouble finding that perfect kitchen island for your small kitchen? Wellllll have no fear…you can make your own! This is what you’ll need: -A console table -Egg-shell finish paint -Knobs/pulls -Butcher block -Rubber drawer liner -Small metal angle brackets -Screws -Drill/screwdriver 1. Start by choosing a console table View More

Having trouble finding that perfect kitchen island for your small kitchen? Wellllll have no fear…you can make your own!

diy kitchen island

via House & Home

This is what you’ll need:

-A console table

-Egg-shell finish paint

-Knobs/pulls

-Butcher block

-Rubber drawer liner

-Small metal angle brackets

-Screws

-Drill/screwdriver

1. Start by choosing a console table 1.5″ shorter than the height of your counter tops (once table top is installed, they will be the same height)

2. If you plan to repurpose/paint your piece of furniture, sand and prime before painting and add new knobs.

3. Cut length of the butcher block so that you have 6″ more than the table on each side. 

4. Attach block by placing a rubber drawer liner (same size as block) to the table. Then use four angle brackets on each side to keep in place. 

VOILA!

WHO says trim has to be white??

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

NOT us!  Check out these fabulous alternatives to white trim.

NOT us!

 Check out these fabulous alternatives to white trim.

via Coastal Living

via Coastal Living

via Elle Decor

via Elle Decor

via The Decorologist

via The Decorologist

How to sell your home fast!

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

We’ve all heard of stagers…but how many of us really know what they actually do? Well…we’re here to tell ya! Staging involves depersonalizing a home to appeal to the largest number of buyers. In simple terms, stagers set the mood for buyers and create a space that is View More

We’ve all heard of stagers…but how many of us really know what they actually do? Well…we’re here to tell ya!

Staging involves depersonalizing a home to appeal to the largest number of buyers. In simple terms, stagers set the mood for buyers and create a space that is attractive to them. When a buyer comes into your home, they aren’t interested in the history that your “stuff” reflects, they want to be able to visualize themselves in the space.

 

Here are a few simple home staging tips from HGTV:

1. BYE BYE Clutter: The first step is getting rid of the clutter. The less you have, the larger your spaces look.

2. Furniture Groupings: Furnish your space by floating furniture away from the walls. Placing pieces so that the traffic is obvious will make the space more user friendly and it’ll feel bigger.

3. Great lighting: A key factor in selling your home quick is great lighting because it is inviting. Believe it or not, many of our homes are improperly lighted. Increase the wattage in your fixtures, aiming towards 100 watts for every 50 square feet. Make sure you have three types of lighting: ambient (general or overhead), task (pendant, under-cabinet or reading) and accent (table and wall).

 

Check out how staging gave these two spaces a much needed makeover!

Patio: Before (HGTV)

Patio: Before (HGTV)

Patio: After (HGTV)

Dining Room: Before (HGTV)

Dining Room: Before (HGTV)

Dining Room: After (HGTV)

Dining Room: After (HGTV)

How To Hang Frames on a Gallery Wall

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Gallery walls are a great way to showcase timeless memories while maintaining a stylish and sophisticated look. There’s NO question that gallery walls are a great addition to a hallway or blank wall. The only question is….what comes after purchasing the frames and printing your pictures?? Our advice View More

Gallery walls are a great way to showcase timeless memories while maintaining a stylish and sophisticated look.

K.I.D Collective Gallery Wall

K.I.D Collective Gallery Wall

So Haute via Domino Gallery Wall

So Haute via Domino Gallery Wall

There’s NO question that gallery walls are a great addition to a hallway or blank wall. The only question is….what comes after purchasing the frames and printing your pictures??

Our advice to you is to trace your frames onto scrap paper. Once you have all the “faux frames” cut out, position them on the wall until you’re content with the layout. Then hammer a small nail into the paper, remove the paper, and replace the nail in the hole. Voila! Instant gallery collage!

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Drawer Decor!

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Whether you have an old dresser that you’re tired of or you found a great one at a consignment sale, here’s a few ideas for the drawers! xoxo, BTD Team

Whether you have an old dresser that you’re tired of or you found a great one at a consignment sale, here’s a few ideas for the drawers!

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Dresser drawer decor from pinterest

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Dresser drawer decor from gabby douglas blog

xoxo,

BTD Team

PolArt

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

One of the most unique booths at furniture market was PolArt. We especially loved their collection of brightly colored indoor/outdoor furniture. The traditional styled chairs in the bright colored plastic material create the perfect fun outdoor table setting. We were inspired to find you some alternatives to help View More

One of the most unique booths at furniture market was PolArt. We especially loved their collection of brightly colored indoor/outdoor furniture. The traditional styled chairs in the bright colored plastic material create the perfect fun outdoor table setting. We were inspired to find you some alternatives to help bring some pops of color to your patio!

PolArt

PolArt

Here are some pieces that will add some fun spark to your outdoor spaces.

Pier1- $119.95

Pier1- $119.95

WorldMarket- $41.99

WorldMarket- $41.99

Pier1- $79.95

Pier1- $79.95

WestElm

WestElm-$149

 

We know it’s not technically furniture, but this adorable umbrella will add a fun pop of color to your patio!

Pier1- $179.85

Pier1- $179.85

And we LOVE this pillow.

WestElm-$24.99

WestElm-$24.99

 

 

 

 

 

Create your most LUXURIOUS bathroom…

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Live a life of LUXURY. We’re working on a bathroom re-model, and we’re giving our client a new bathroom with all the bells and whistles. Here are a few ideas to give your bathroom a little face-lift. A steam shower will make your shower feel like a spa. View More

Live a life of LUXURY. We’re working on a bathroom re-model, and we’re giving our client a new bathroom with all the bells and whistles. Here are a few ideas to give your bathroom a little face-lift.

A steam shower will make your shower feel like a spa. Think of a sauna in your home. Taking a shower will never be the same.

Houzz

Houzz

Heated tile floors will take away that shocking freezing-cold tile feeling. The heated coils underneath your floor will automatically create a comfortable surface at any time of the day.

ComtempoFloorCovering

ComtempoFloorCoverings

This Toto washlet is going into our re-model.

PerformanceToilet

PerformanceToilet

A heated towel-rack will warm up your towels on chilly days.

DecorPlanet

DecorPlanet

Your bathroom should be a place of relaxation. Treat yourself!

HouseBeautiful

HouseBeautiful

 

xoxo,

BTD Team

 

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCING Trendy Thursdays: Brass Accents

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

We have dubbed Thursdays as Trendy Thursdays! Why did we do this, you might ask? Well, we decided to dedicate a day to bring you the latest and most popular trends of tah-dayyy! Hope you find this helpful! Enjoy…   Our first Thursday trend is copper furniture and View More

We have dubbed Thursdays as Trendy Thursdays! Why did we do this, you might ask? Well, we decided to dedicate a day to bring you the latest and most popular trends of tah-dayyy! Hope you find this helpful! Enjoy…

 

Our first Thursday trend is copper furniture and accessories! We’re seeing copper everywhere lately…and we love it. These unique copper pieces can be modern or traditional. The copper gives any room a little bit of light and elegance.

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Keep reading for new trends every Thursday!

xoxo, BTD Team

In case you missed it…

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

WE LOVE SPRING. Let these outdoor living rooms inspire you to create liveable spaces not only inside your home, but outside. You get the best of both worlds: beautiful furniture and design and some fresh air. Take your favorite interior design trends outdoors!   Go enjoy this gorgeous View More

WE LOVE SPRING. Let these outdoor living rooms inspire you to create liveable spaces not only inside your home, but outside. You get the best of both worlds: beautiful furniture and design and some fresh air. Take your favorite interior design trends outdoors!

HouseBeautiful

HouseBeautiful

outdoor living room

ArchitecturalDigest

ArchitecturalDigest

 

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ALaMode

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Go enjoy this gorgeous weather!!

xoxo,

Lizzie