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Summer Party Style Ideas

House Beautiful recently had a great article on summer party style ideas.  Here are a few tips we loved and thought our clients and friends could use.  Hope your summer is going great and enjoy these tips.  For complete article click on SUMMER STYLE.

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Craft-store ribbons made these ho-hum party chairs instantly memorable and Instagram-able. Use different colors, textures, and lengths to create an effortless, eclectic look. They’re especially perfect for outdoor bashes – the ribbons flutter in the wind!

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A party with a parting gift? Yes, please. Feldman offered a single thoughtful gift – lightweight cotton blankets – and a little something extra to remember: a quote. The throws were doubly thoughtful as the outdoor soiree got chilly after the sun set. (Mine is currently draped over the back of my sofa! Instant summer-house chic!)

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A dramatic flower arrangement that’s over-the-top easy: place single stems in bud vases and juice cups – or shot glasses and champagne flutes! – and scatter down the center of the table. Dahlias peak from July to October and look artful when placed in vessels of varying heights. Scatter with tea lights and short votives for extra impact.

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Heavily scented floral arrangements are a dinner party faux pas (sorry, lilies), but herbs are more than welcome. Our hostess bundled a small sachet with twine and placed it top of each place setting. Nearly every single guest picked it up to enjoy the scent up close.

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Using indoor elements, like rugs, couches and place settings, make an outdoor dining area seem inviting and intimate. A rug – indoor, outdoor, or even an old one beyond repair – really completes a dining table tableau and makes it feel homey.

Summer Colors and How to Use Them

Summer is the perfect time to break out fresh color in your home. Get designers’ picks for the top shades of the summer, plus learn how to use each hue for maximum impact.  For more color picks from HGTV.com please go click HERE!

By: Tobi Fairley and Allie Holcomb

The Color: Seaworthy Coralcoral

Where to Use It: As one of the sea’s most vibrant hues, coral is a standout shade no matter where you use it. Accessories are a natural fit for this accent color, whether it’s a pillow sham or a throw for the foot of the bed. For a bigger statement, why not add an unexpected twist by pairing this punchy color with white for a striped ceiling?

The Color: Sunny Yellow

Where to Use It: Hello, yellow! This bright, happy color can’t help but bring a smile to your face. Artwork and accent pillows are two simple ways to let the “sunshine” in to your room. To make the color pop even more, pair it with a soft neutral, such as gray or white.

The Color: Sky Blue

Where to Use It: Just like the sky itself, this shade of blue has a serene, calming presence. “I like to use it in healthy doses on furniture, drapery panels and large accessories,” says interior designer Tobi Fairley. It can bring the same quieting effect to a bedroom, sitting room or any space where you like to relax and unwind.

The Color: Crisp White

Where to Use It: Like laundry draped across a clothesline, a brilliant white can give any space a fresh, clean look. Use white as a neutral backdrop, and then accessorize with accent pieces in your favorite colors, or create a monochromatic design by enveloping the room in an all-white palette.

The Color: Refreshing Lime

Where to Use It: You know how a hint of lime makes everything – from salsa to a cocktail – just a bit better? The color can have the same effect on a room. Use it as a highlight accent, like the bookcase backdrop shown here, then bring in smaller accessories in the same color to complete the look.

The Color: Water’s Edge Bluewaters edge blue

Where to Use It: No matter where you live, nothing is as inviting as a cool body of water on a summer day. Get the same feeling in your living areas by immersing the room in this cool shade. For a dramatic effect, use the color on upholstered pieces, drapery panels and accessories.

The Color: Tropical Pink

Where to Use It: Combine a touch of sweetness and a splash of sass, and you’ve got this fabulous shade of pink. “Hot pink is always a great color to add impact and spice to a space,” says interior designer Bronwyn Poole. “It’s not as polarizing as baby pink and easily tones with other colors.” Bronwyn suggests sourcing a textile that has tropical pink as the base cloth with a multicolored print on top.

The Color: Nautical Navy

Where to Use It: If you follow fashion trends, you may have noticed navy is one of the hottest “new neutrals.” Just like black, white and gray, navy can create a statement without overpowering a room. Pair it with bold colors, such as red or pink, to create style-setting combos. Want to follow the nautical trend? Consider using it in a striped pattern like the rug shown here.

The Color: Fresh-Squeezed Orangefresh squeezed orange

Where to Use It: Whether it’s juice from a roadside stand or cool sherbet on a hot day, orange has long been the color of summer. For a quick spruce-up, add orange or tangerine throw pillows to a neutral couch. If you’re a true fan of the juicy color, add statement pieces such as painted side tables or a sideboard.

Remodeling in 2016!

Spring is in the air and so is the time to do some of that “spring cleaning” you have been putting off for so long!  I am sure one of those items is either a kitchen or bath remodel.  Time to take the 80s, 90s or even early 2000’s out of your home and do a little updating.  Here are some simple ideas to add something current to your kitchen:

  • Paint your kitchen cabinets-just by changing the color can open up the whole room
  • Paint the island a different color from the cabinets
  • Change out your counter tops
  • Change hardware
  • Change lighting

Now you may think all these items will cost an arm and leg, but perhaps doing them one step at a time wont break the bank all that much.  Much of these ideas are a simple way of creating a current look.  Especially the painting of the cabinetry, it much less expensive than putting all new cabinets.

Simple ideas to add to your bathrooms:

  • For a half bath:  change out the vanity from pedestal to full cabinet with counter top.  These don’t have to be big-you can find some great looking ones even at Lowe’s Home Improvement.
  • Paint the bathroom a new color-paint always does wonders and adds a fresh look
  • New toilet seat-one that is slow close and does not slam down
  • New pictures on the wall
  • New lighting
  • Take out that builder grade mirror and add something that catches the eye-antique mirrors make the bathroom look awesome
  • Change out the towel holders

There are so many other ideas you could do just fix up your rooms but these are a great start to start thinking what you really could do to your rooms in your home.  Now if you are not a “do it yourselfer” then hiring a designer with experience may be the way to go.  Dynamic Kitchens and Interiors does offer full remodels on any room in your home.  Call Alice today at 910-763-9870 or email her alice@dynamickitchens.com.  Visit the gallery to see all the projects she has done over the years.

9 Kitchen Trends to watch for in 2016!

Forbes Magazine did a great article with Houzz Contributer Sam Ferris about 9 Kitchen Trends to watch for this year!  What exciting creative ideas you are about to read.  We love watching new trends and being able to collaborate with our clients on fun ways to remodel a kitchen or create one from scratch!  Read on for all the latest…

1. Soft, muted color palettes. Good news if you’re already thinking about switching up your color scheme: Kitchen colors are changing, according to interior designer Jane Lockhart. Though white motifs will still dominate, everything from cabinets to backsplashes will be done in less saturated tones. “Charcoal, grays and even neutral pastels like pale blue, pale green gray and tinted whites are the new alternative to the standard white,” she says. She also foresees kitchens sporting lighter wood tones, including walnuts, whitewashed woods and white oak in rift grain.

Bold primary colors, on the other hand, will be placed on the back burner. Interior designer Gail Drury says they’re definitely out as accent colors. “Drier colors will become popular,” she says. “Muted blues and greens and pale yellow pastel will be used as accent colors.”

2. Smart spaces. Get ready for a hi-tech makeover. Both Lockhart and Drury predict more kitchens will have designated spots for smart devices next year. “Look for areas with hidden charging stations to store devices like phones and tablets so that they are always operable, at hand and charged,” Lockhart says.

Drury says the quintessential 2016 kitchen will focus on convenience for families on the go via accessible smart appliances. “I expect kitchens full of state-of-the-art appliances, from steam ovens to built-in coffee machines to wine coolers.”

3. An ’80s reboot. “The ’80s are back,” Lockhart says. Mirrored backsplashes, brass accessories and high-gloss surfaces aren’t dead by a long shot, but they’re more elegant and refined this time around. “An elegance not seen in the ’80s will be an incorporation of a variety of natural materials to remove the ‘plastic’ look of that great hair decade,” Lockhart says. Drury adds that homeowners will opt for brass with satin rather than shiny finishes.

4. Metal range hoods. One of last year’s biggest trends was metallic finishes, be it copper, brass or bronze. However, homeowners went with small helpings of metal, primarily using faucets, pendant lights and cabinet pulls to incorporate this raw texture.

In 2016, metal will assume a more dominant role in kitchen aesthetics and trump wood as the range hood of choice. “Wood mantle hoods are being replaced with metal hoods or ones that are a combination of wood and metal,” Drury says. If you’re planning to follow suit with next year’s fixation on neutral color tones, a metal hood can introduce a burst of contrast into your kitchen.

5. Integrated kitchen-living spaces. Maybe your kitchen feels disconnected from the rest of your home. Maybe you want your cooking space to feel more accommodating. Either way, this trend could be for you. Lrustic-living-roomockhart anticipates more streamlined kitchen designs in which the kitchen converges with the home’s primary living space. “It will become part of the main living space even further,” she says. Designers will merge kitchens and living rooms by including hidden and integrated appliances.

6. A new kind of tradition. While it’s no surprise that present-day kitchens are embracing simple design, Lockhart expects traditional spaces to hop on board too. “Even traditional kitchens may experience a slightly cleaner feel with bold lines and less fussy details,” she says.

But Lockhart says it isn’t the end of traditional design as we know it. It just means homeowners will opt for fewer frills and more calculated, strategically placed details. “Traditional designs will always remain popular, but future renditions will be more deliberate with an emphasis on key elements like hoods, islands, cabinet crowns and so on,” she says.

For the rest of the trends go to:  Forbes now!

Best of Houzz 2016!

Houzz News….

Houzz Announces Best Of Houzz 2016 Winners
Annual Survey and Analysis of Community of Over 35 Million Monthly Users Reveals the Top-Rated Home Remodeling Professionals and Most Popular Home Designs

Houzz Inc., the leading platform for home renovation and design, today announced the community’s picks for Best Of Houzz 2016 in North America, a homeowner-to-homeowner guide to the top home builders, architects, interior designers, landscape pros and other residential remodeling professionals on Houzz from cabinetry or roofing pros to painters.

“Anyone building, remodeling or decorating looks to Houzz for the most talented, competent and service-oriented professionals,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We’re delighted to join our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts in recognizing our “Best Of Houzz” professionals around the world.”

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 35 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of recent client reviews. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award.

A “Best Of Houzz 2016” badge appears on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz. Winners will be announced globally throughout the month.

To see the most popular designs: http://www.houzz.com/best-of-houzz-2016

Home New Years Resolutions!

2016 is fast approaching and here are some fun and practical New Years Resolutions that pertain to your home.

1. Get organized.  Saying you want to be organized is not the same as actually being organized.  Take time to evaluate what needs the most attention in your home.  Is it a closet, laundry room, office or the kitcheVector New Year's Resolutions Listn?  Take one room at a time and think about how you can get organized.

2.  Start fresh.  What do we mean by starting fresh?  Start the year off with a clean slate in your home.  PURGE PURGE PURGE!  Throw away those old linens or donate them,  freshen up your dinnerware….are you still using the ones from 1986 and seriously take down that floral wallpaper that was put up in 1995.  Starting a project big or small and seeing the results will make you and your home feel all new again.

3.  Doing it right the first time.  Yes, if you are going to start a project in 2016 and get organize or start fresh in your kitchen then hire the right person the first time.  Getting it wrong will set you back not only in time but money.  Alice Evans at Dynamic Kitchens and Interiors has years of experience, knowledge and a  portfolio of all her projects she has done over the years.  Call her for your new 2016!  910-763-9870!

2015 Thanksgiving Decorating Table and Menu Ideas

It is gobble gobble season and now is the time to start thinking about your Thanksgiving table and menu.  Here are a few table setting ideas courtesy of HGTV and delicious menu ideas from Coastal Living.  Here are the links for a more complete detail list.  Coastal Living and HGTV!

Happy Thanksgiving from Dynamic Kitchens and Interiors!

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The Thanksgiving Menu from Coastal Living (for complete recipes go to Coastal Living)

Molasses Glazed Turkey-Molasses adds sweet, earthy flavor to the glazed turkey. Spiked gravy wows with a kick of sherry.

Lobster Bisque-This creamy lobster bisque is the perfect starter to your coastal Thanksgiving meal. Top the soup with large lobster pieces, and garnish, if desired.

Cranberry Sauce-It just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a bright, sweet, tangy cranberry sauce. For this recipe, feel free to use frozen or fresh berries.

Whipped Potatoes with Roasted Garlic -Don’t be put off by the number of cloves—roasting garlic mellows its flavor and brings out a nutty sweetness, taking these potatoes from bland to brilliant.

Sausage-and-Smoked Mussel Stuffing-Stuffing is probably already a regular guest at your Thanksgiving meal. This year, try inviting smoked mussels, along with some zesty sausage, for a tasty change.

Sautéed Swiss Chard with Hazelnuts and Garlic -Give leafy Swiss chard a flavorful kick with fragrant hazelnuts and garlic for a delicious side dish. Add kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste.

Fall Design Trends

Fall is arriving and time to freshen up the look in your home.  Here are some fun Fall Design Tips of 2015 courtesy of HGTV/bloggers.  For a complete read you can go to this link:  Fall Trends

The Trend: The New Neutralsnew neutrals
“Colorless design is something that is really striking a chord as new and fresh,” says Brian Patrick Flynn of Decor Demon. “It’s all about the use of texture and shape rather than color and contrast.” Here, grass-cloth wall covering, 3-D art and fur accessories add interest without bright hues.

 

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“One of the ways I’m using it is by layering several shades of parchment with ultra white,” Brian says. “It’s gorgeous, fresh and unexpected. Hmmm, beige and unexpected are two words I never thought I’d use together.”

 

 

 

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The Trend: The Curated Look
“The ‘curated look’ is the biggest design trend this fall,” says Lynn Byrne of Decor Arts Now. “It is a liberating trend; the only rule is that you collect and display what you love. What something costs is irrelevant; whimsy and quirkiness are a plus.”

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Get the Look: Create a Gallery Wall
“The easiest way to inject the ‘curated’ look into your home: Hang your pictures and objects ‘salon’-style as a gallery wall,” Lynn says. This gallery wall in her home includes architectural drawings of the house, a Fornasetti plate, a print by Hugo Guinness and art sourced on Etsy and at thrift shops and flea markets.
mix and match lookThe Trend: Mix-and-Match Styles
Designer Julia Buckingham Edelman adds that the curated look extends from accessories to furniture. “Instead of the idea that all interior spaces have to match, my clients are allowing me a more creative and unique approach to their interiors,” she says. We are taking more risks in mixing and matching style and design genres.” Here, a white-and-silver palette unifies new and old items.
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To mix and match styles effortlessly at home, gather up a few unique pieces that you love. Thinking in groups of three to five, “look at what could be moved and integrated with other existing pieces to shake things up,” Julia says. “Reconfiguring new and existing pieces in an experimental way can allow for the most unusual of pairings.”
Get the Lflea market lookook: Try Flea Market Finds
If you’re just starting to furnish a room, search yard sales or flea markets for something you’re head-over-heels for, then build the room around that. “I always find that if you love a piece or accessory you will always find a place for it,” Julia says.

 
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“A fall trend I see is distinct design, where people embrace how they live and where they’ve been, each room telling a story about their lives,” says designer Nyla Free

10 Ways to Organize your Back to School Home

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Every room in your home can use organization when back to school season is here.  Now that the summer is almost over it is time for families to start thinking about back to school ideas for their fall home. While many parents think back to school organization only involves the kids’ rooms and play areas, the reality is “back to school” time affects your entire home. From the moment you wake up in the morning and rush to get the kids out to the bus stop to when your kids come home and do their homework, organization is key in your family home. If you’re trying to think of how to organize your back to school home, look at these 10 ways that are sure to start the year off right!
1. Organizing the heart of the home: the kitchen
If you count how many times you and your family members go in and out of the kitchen a day, you would be astonished. They don’t call it the “heart of the home” for nothing. On school days your kitchen is the scene for hurried breakfasts, grab and go coffees and in the evening can turn into homework central before dinner. Organize your kitchen based on your family and lifestyle. Depending on the age of your children organize sections of the refrigerator for school-aged children who pack their lunch. For teenagers dedicate a pantry shelf to their food and keep handy “after school” snacks in an area where children can reach them without asking for assistance. Encourage the family to gather around the dining room table for family meals as much as possible.

2. Keep your family room a neutral territory
For many families back to school time means a home that is cluttered with school supplies, books, toddler toys and chaotic family belongings throughout each room of the house. Dedicate your family and living rooms to a neutral territory. This will help provide a space where kids and parents can unwind and enjoy television, share a conversation, without the worriment of disturbing other family members. Create essential organization for video games, books, and magazines in storage ottomans, bookshelves, built-in entertainment systems that allow for the family to “hang out” at the right times.

3. Every room in your home can use back to school organization:
From your entryway and mudroom to your home to the laundry room or basement, your family goes through a lot of routines during the course of an average school day. Ensuring that each room in your home is decluttered from the summer and is ready for fall is the first step to getting an organized home. Assess your family’s lifestyle and their school schedule to determine what areas of your home should be tackled first. Any room that you and your kids waste time looking for items: kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, kids’ rooms… need to get organized!

4. Point of entry – The key to getting out of the house on time:
Believe it or not, the success of you getting out of the house each morning on time rests largely on how organized your home is. In your home assess your front door entry and foyer, mudroom or utility room and/or the back door from the garage. Whichever is the point of entry for the majority of “family traffic” in the mornings and evenings. An area to hang coats, backpacks and hats for the kids is essential and a seating area is ideal. For parents ensure an area for personal belongings like purse and wallet, smart phone chargers and keys storage can help you keep everything in one spot without hunting for them when time is of the essence. Try to get in the habit of having your kids place belongings here at night so their morning routine is less stressful.

5. Start off small and work up to total organization:
Just like getting into a routine for back to school schedules, the same is true for your home’s organization. Start off small by decluttering areas that have old homework such as kids’ desks and take down crafts and artwork from last year to make way for the new. Decide how you want to archive your children’s work. A few pieces can be framed and displayed in your home, while others can be scanned or photographed and kept electronically to keep your home clutter free as the school years go on.
6. Organizing the dirtiest room of your home, the laundry room:
While many would argue that bathrooms are the dirtiest room, the laundry room sees its share of dirt and grime, especially with school-aged children. Back to school time means extra-curricular sports uniforms and playgrounds have their share of dirt and grime for your weekly laundry. Organize your laundry room with individual hampers per family member to keep clothes separate. Consider creating a laundry schedule for the family to avoid excessive traffic in your laundry room. Organize cleaners and detergents in cabinets or shelving above, and have older family members pitch in with the folding and sorting of clothes.

7. Tackling your kids’ closets:
Let’s face it, when it comes to back to school organization – getting them out of their rooms is key, right? Start off this season by purging old clothes in their closets. Whether too old, too small, or out of season, these clothes can be donated to charity or given to younger siblings. Go through their closet with your kids, it will solve the “Mom what did you do with my favorite sweater?” yells in the morning and will help them keep up with their own belongings. Organize clothes by school functions, organizations, sports and other activities to ease the time in finding outfits to wear in the morning.

8. Kids study and play area organization:
During the school year, your child will need an area to do homework, study, read and play. Devise an area now for your kids to be creative but also to study and be productive. If possible keep television and media equipment in another room than quiet and productive spaces to avoid the temptation of kids wanting to do both at the same time. If your kids share a study desk area with the family room or communal play area – organize your space to allow for storage of each function of belongings and supplies.

9. Bathroom organization can help you and your kids
Children and adults spend more time in the bathroom than almost any room in the entire house. Second after the kitchen, your bathroom and the kids’ bathroom should be given a lifestyle makeover. Meaning, determine what keeps you and your kids in the bathroom so long. Organize toiletries for kids in marked baskets, or fun color washable plastic bins for younger children and their bath essentials. Older kids and teenagers can store hair accessories, styling aids, makeup and other toiletries on high shelving in adjacent linen closets or built-in shelving. Behind the door storage is helpful too and can help cut down time fumbling for bath items in the morning.

10. Enjoy the new school year in your organized home
Every year kids either love or hate going back to school, but an organized home will benefit everyone when school schedules are tight and time is of the essence. Organization in your home this season will free up time to attend your kids’ activities after school, spend more time enjoying a family dinner or will allow for more time to toss the football in the backyard with your kids. Use these 10 helpful tips around your home this back to school season and let us know what tricks work around your home!

Outdoor Decorating

Tis the season for outdoor living!  Whether you are hosting a barbecue or relaxing by the fire pit, every outdoor space should feel like a welcoming extension of your home.  Pottery Barn offers some quick and easy tips to spruce up your space.  For more information go to www.potterybarn.com. outdoor lighting

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For areas big and small, everything starts with comfort. Make sure your seating invites lingering.  Extend your hours outdoors by layering in lighting with a mix of lanterns and flameless candles.  To effortlessly entertain, have a variety of occasional tables to accommodate food and drinks.
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Lanterns add warmth and drama to outdoor settings. Place flameless candles and decorative objects inside – like seasonal branch cuttings or other vase fillers.
Don’t Forget
Whether your outdoor escape is small and secluded or vast and varied, use decorative accents to create a space that’s full of character.

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