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Trending: Outdoor Patio and Kitchens

Categories: Helpful Hints, Trending | Posted: May 25, 2017

You have seen them pictured all over the most popular home magazines, posted all over social media and advertised in all your major home improvement stores nationwide. The latest trend for your home is: amazing outdoor patios and kitchens.

In the past, large patios and outdoor kitchens were found outside larger, higher end homes, but now there are more affordable options for everyone to choose from. The great thing is the homeowner can personalize the space however they like!

When designing your outdoor space, consider having room for prep, cooking, and serving. This will keep you and your guests from having to go in and out of the house to get something. Rather, you can install an entire outdoor kitchen complete with granite countertops or simply create a grill built in with brick counters. This will allow you to be outside and socialize more with your family and friends. TIP: When picking out materials for your outdoor kitchen, make sure they are weather resistant.

Now that you have added your workspace, do you want to add more amenities? Some outdoor kitchens go as far as under the counter refrigerators, wine chillers and sinks. While refrigerators or wine chillers may be out of your budget, do consider the sink. By adding a sink, you can avoid running in to the house every time you need to clean something or to retrieve water. Are you someone who likes making your own pizza? Why not build your very own brick pizza oven? One good thing about a pizza oven is you can use it for more than just pizza. You can brick fire almost any food and it lends a distinct flavor that will have your friends and family raving at your next cook out.

Now that you have your workspace and your extra amenities, think about whether or not you want to upgrade your grill. Maybe consider a grill that does it all. Gone are the days where a grill simply grills. You can now have a grill that comes with a rotisserie, side burners, griddles and more! The options are almost endless.

Once you have your workspace and appliances laid out, think about coverage? Yes the counters you are purchasing are weather resistant, but how much rain does the state of Tennessee get in the spring? Consider adding a permanent covering to protect, preserve and extend the lifespan of your counters and appliances. When adding a permanent covering, you can also add recessed light, ceiling fan, and a TV!

Whether you choose a high end outdoor kitchen and patio makeover or something on a smaller, do-it-yourself scale, you can enjoy the outdoors even more with an outdoor kitchen and patio.

Between The Sheets

Categories: Trending | Posted: July 11, 2016

The bedroom is always full of secrets and whispers, but we wanted to know exactly what a trendy bed looks like to share all these secrets on. So we sniffed around and found out the one biggest bedding trend for 2016!

We discovered that overly dressed beds with puffy duvet covers were out! Now homeowners and designers are going with a more tailored approach to their bedding look. One of the most consistent themes we now see is the trend to tuck the bedding around the mattress and into the bed frame (so nothing hangs over the edge).

Beautiful and modern home and hotel bedroom interior design.

Using a coverlet with texture helps maintain interest and visual appeal within this new tailored trend. Adding a patterned throw blanket along the foot of the bed helps break up any solid colors chosen for the coverlet and brings warmth to the design. For example; if you have white bedding, you can make it interesting by wrapping the bottom part of the mattress with a different colored fabric, then accent with throw pillows that coordinate with the wall color to tie the room together.

Many examples of this new trend will show a more modern styled room, however it has been easily incorporated into traditionally designed rooms as well. You can still mix and match colors and themes to best fit your style. If you like the look of this trend, but aren’t ready to give up your duvet just yet, you can always swap it out with a low-loft comforter for a sleeker look.

This trend is showing up a lot in hotel rooms across the world. It is said this is a low-maintenance bedding design – without the frills and puffy duvets, keeping up on this trend is easier than ever. Plus, it will make your room look more put-together than it probably is!


By: Sarah C. Spadavecchia – July 7, 2016