Trends

The White Interior: Timeless or Trendy?

There has been one trend dominating the industry in the last few years – white interiors. Just open any social media site and you will see a whitewash of rooms with painted trim, all-white cabinets, and the ever-so-trendy Scandinavian-inspired room that is drenched in white from floor to ceiling. In 2016, Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams even named white tones as their colors of the year. Since then, homeowners and renovators have used white paint as a panacea. Moved into an old home with a lot of woodwork? Paint it white for a fresh look. What a small space to look bigger?  Wash the walls in white paint. Building a new home? Make sure your kitchens are all white so it doesn’t look dated.  

With the white dominating images from online and in design magazines, it begs the question: Are white interiors timeless or trendy?

When I meet with design clients, there tends to be two distinct camps. The first is the client that embraces whitewashing and the second are the wood-purists that would never dream of painting good solid wood cabinets. Neither of these approaches are wrong. Good design is about creating a balance between all visual elements. Just like how we inject a curved line to break up the visual rhythm of rectangular rooms for a more dynamic design, designers use color contrast for a larger visual impact. A well-designed home mixes wood tones, paint colors, and material in order to feel more luxe and unique to the homeowner.

In my opinion, white is timelessly chic and endlessly adaptable. It transcends style. The color lends itself well to all design aesthetics – from airy coastal interiors to glossy modern architecture and Scandinavian minimalism.

With white being so versatile, the question then becomes how to use it. If you want a more historical or traditional look then keep with stained wood millwork and bring in a warm-tone white on the walls to brighten up the room. For a coastal or contemporary look, go with white on the millwork and walls and then mix in more weathered materials to add warmth and texture to the space.

While shades of white are ever-so present in our day-to-day, for most of history white pigments were incredibly difficult to create and were therefore rarely used. We have British interior designer, Syrie Maugham to thank for popularizing rooms decorated entirely in shades of white. In 1927, she introduced her all-white room at her townhouse in London. Harper’s Bazaar described the room thus: “White walls, white satin curtains, white-flowered chairs, white lilies and the light softened by a white velvet lampshade, all give that modern feeling, which in conjunction with old furniture, is so attractive.”

Today, the goal is to use white strategically in order to maximize light and highlight artwork and furnishings. Luckily there are great products out there to help inject a bit of white into your home without having to get out your paint roller. Most cabinets companies carry at least one shade of bright white and one antiqued white so you can get that dream white kitchen but still have a factory finish cabinet for durability. One thing I am convinced of is that the white kitchen is here to stay for years to come. To bring home the look, many companies carry in-stock painted doors and mouldings that range from more traditional Colonial base to Mid-Century Modern 2-step casing.

The possibilities are endless! If you need a little direction, then we are here to help. We can help determine what your house needs in terms of stained or painted wood and then pick out the perfect color. Contact us today to schedule your in-home consultation with our expert designers.

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Note: this blog post is a part of a series of articles that JZID has written in coordination with Western Building Products. You can see this article published on their website, as well.



Wallpapers We Love

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great Easter and Passover weekend. I just got back from Pittsburgh from visiting my in-laws and checking in on their remodel that we've been working on. The star of the project has been the addition of some stunning wallpaper from Voutsa. It really turned out amazing! These koi fish brighten up my day - even during a typical Pittsburgh overcast. Check out our Instagram for a few more detail shots from the Pittsburgh project. 

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The right wallpaper adds so much to a space and we've been installing a lot of it. Wallpaper can get a bad wrap - a lot of people associate it with a over-designed country B&B's and think that it is impossible to get off. This design feature has been trending for a few years now so there are a ton of pattern and texture options to select from. And if the wall is primed right and the paper installed correctly then it shouldn't be impossible to later remove.

We've been loving wallpaper so much lately that we have installed it in a few Client's homes already and will be adding it to a few more designs in the next few months. Here is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of projects we've featured wallpaper. 

Elm grove makeover

This Client had recently bought a home in Elm Grove, Wisconsin. The overall house is very traditional but the homeowner is on the younger side and has a young family, so we wanted to add touches of whimsy to livened up the home. This powder room is on the first floor by the front entry and really gives any visitors an idea of the spirit of the family. The fun wallpaper we chose is called Guadeloupe from Thibaut. This wallpaper has so much character and feels so natural with the rest of the house. I'd love to install it in the other colorways! 

Cambridge Drive makeover

This is one of our most dramatic makeovers. Our Client's powder room featured both light blue paint and "pool liner" blue wall tile... it was a lot of look that just didn't fit the elegant feel of the rest of the home. What you can't see in the photo is that these walls are super high - like 12' high - and it has a skylight window shining down into the room. With the walls being so tall, we added 42" tall wainscoting and then wallpapered the top in Martello, Grey from Thibaut. This wallpaper is both graphically geometric and elegant. 

I love when Clients step out of their comfort zone and try new designs. Here are a few wallpapers that we would love to feature -  

Birds on Gray  by Voutsa

Birds on Gray by Voutsa

Nani in Poni  by Paper Mills

Nani in Poni by Paper Mills

Feather Grass  by Farrow & Ball

Feather Grass by Farrow & Ball

Nira in Grey  by Thibaut

Nira in Grey by Thibaut

Chameleon in Teal  by Thibaut

We keep finding new wallpapers to love everyday. Contact us if you'd like to see what wallpaper we have in mind for your home. 

Comment below your favorite wallpaper! I'd love to see what you've had your eyes on.

Design Trends that Cut into Your Sleep Time

A few of times a year I am bombarded with blogs, Instagram posts, and magazine features about trends for bedrooms. The titles are always something like "New Year, New Bedroom" or "New Trends for Dreamy Bedrooms" or "Bedrooms of your Dreams in 2018"... and they almost always feature something a bit out of the box (think minimal beds and all mirrored walls). Changing trends can add fun and sophistication to the bedroom, but there are some bedroom trends worth skipping because they affect the quality of your sleep. The bedroom should be your sanctuary where you leave the rest of the world behind, but it’s hard to do that if the very room you love is working against you. To help you out, Tuck Sleep Foundation sent me a list of few trends you might want to avoid to get the best sleep possible. 

Multi-Use Room

In most areas of the house, multi-functional spaces are a great way to maximize usage and make every inch count. The bedroom is a different story. As tempting as it may be to put your home office in the corner of your bedroom, avoid it if at all possible. The reason--it sends your brain the wrong message. Your mind and body have to be able to relax, and if you’re drawn to a computer screen where emails await you, that’s not going to happen. If you cannot avoid having a multi-use space, divide the areas as much as possible. Visible barriers or even a change of paint colors will help your brain create the mental space it needs to shut down for the day. 

Bright Color Palettes

Color impacts your mind and body. Reds, oranges, and other bold colors subtly affect your mood and make you feel more awake. The bedroom needs to be a place of relaxation and calm. Subdued neutrals like beige, whites, and grays in soft tones can help calm the mind. Gentle, not dark, greens and blues are also associated with relaxation. In general, steer clear of warm colors as they stimulate the brain to an awakened state. 

Minimalism That Doesn’t Support the Mattress

Minimalism reduces clutter which promotes an equally uncluttered mind that falls asleep easier. But, there are some minimalist trends you might want to pass by if you have trouble sleeping or a bad back. A mattress placed on a platform rather than a box spring might not provide the right kind of support. Box spring designs have changed significantly so that now many have a wire support system that prolongs the life of your mattress while reducing body fatigue and pain. 

Large Televisions

You might be tempted to binge watch your favorite streaming service or watch your favorite movie until you fall asleep, but the light from a television (or any screen for that matter) stimulates the brain. It can confuse the circadian rhythms and make it harder to sleep. Having a screen in your bedroom creates a multi-purpose room, and you want to avoid that. A bedroom that has too many distractions doesn’t send the message that it’s the place to sleep. If you have to have a TV, consider a small screen that doesn’t give off as much light. Try placing the TV in a cabinet with doors where you can shut it away so you’re not tempted to watch at bedtime.

Bring Back the Ceiling Fan

A cool sleep environment helps the body maintain the low temperature it needs for high-quality sleep. Fans give you more temperature control options. Ceiling fans also provide white noise to drown out outside disturbances and lull the brain into a deeper sleep. Ceiling fans have come a long way from the faux wood with brass accents you may remember. They now come in everything from minimalist to modern farmhouse designs so don’t let aesthetics prevent you from making a move that could help you get better rest. 

Your bedroom should be your oasis - a place for you to relax and reset after a long day. If you are having difficulty getting a good night's sleep or want to know if a certain trend you saw online would be beneficial to your sleep then contact us and we can help you out. 

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Tuck Sleep Foundation aims to improve sleep hygiene, health, and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free sleep resources. Tuck aims to power consumers, sleep professionals, and the troubled sleeper looking for answers. Tuck.com is a comprehensive platform to help you understand sleep health and hygiene and research sleep products. 

2018 Color Forecast

It's the most wonderful time of the year... the color forecasts are in for 2018! And it's not all boring white and beige. Three of the major industry leaders have all chosen dramatic and deep colors that have historical significance while still feeling fresh and contemporary.

Just last week Pantone released their Color of the Year as Ultra Violet. Pantone helps set the tone for the design industry (graphic design/packaging, home decor, fashion and beauty) by taking into account what's currently trending and by selecting a color that their experts think we need in our world today.

And Pantone isn't alone. Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams also chose powerful colors. Benjamin Moore with a radiant red named Caliente and Sherwin Williams with a mesmerizing blue named Oceanside.

I can feel 2018 will be a very colorful year. Take a look below to see all the colors and inspiration images to get you in the mood for a whole new color scheme in the New Year. Enjoy!

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Need help selecting a fabulous color for your home? We can help with that! Contact us today for a consultation and we'll get started.

Our Favorite Backsplashes

We are always on the hunt for the perfect backsplash tile. Recently, we have been remodeling a lot of kitchens. Right now we have seven active kitchen redesigns or full gut-remodels (like this in-progress one)! We will be photographing a couple projects over the next couple of months and we're excited to show you. It is always a pleasure helping families remodel the heart of their home.

When it comes to backsplash tile, it is important that the tile enhances the countertop and cabinetry, while adding some contrast and texture to create a dynamic design. There are so many options out there that clients can sometimes get overwhelmed. That's where JZID comes in to narrow the focus and choose the needle in the haystack. Here is a look inside a few of our current favorites:

1 | Classic Moroccan Arabesque  

I'm a sucker for an arabesque tile. The shape gives a nod to historic Morocco while still easily translating into a contemporary design. The tile really works well with kitchens that already have clean lines through simple hardware and shaker doors. When clients have a more traditional or transitional aesthetic preference, having too many straight lines can come off cold and contemporary. The interplay of curved lines adds a touch of femininity, movement and elegance. The shapely arabesque comes in so many finishes and material. We've seen them made of natural stone, concrete, glass, ceramic... there is no shortage of arabesques right now! For a client's lake house on Pretty Lake in Dousman, WI, we chose a crackle ceramic arabesque mosaic in polished dove gray from MSI's Highland Park collection. We paired this with a stunning Calcutta marble quartz and white shaker cabinets.  

2 | Bold Mosaics

A kitchen backsplash isn’t only a practical feature that adds durability to your walls, it’s also a décor detail and a way to make a statement. If you're looking for a not-so-subtle design feature, then a graphic mosaic tile is for you. There are endless options out there from feminine flowers to metallic geometric shapes to this awesome showgirl waterjet mosaic...

If you decide to go bold, then you can't do it half-way. You need to fearlessly install the tile all the way to the ceiling for a big impact. When you find a tile you fall in love with, there can never be too much! We used the tile to the right in a bathroom remodel that we will be photographing in early September It has a nice balance between contemporary high-contrast and traditional shapes. You can find this marble mosaic at Glazzio Tile.  

3 | Natural Stone

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There is nothing more luxurious than a beautiful natural stone tile, particularly marble and travertine. I'm obsessed! Not only is this material timeless, but natural stone tile is universally loved by homeowners and designers, which gives the look top-notch staying power. If done right, a natural stone backsplash will still be a big hit with potential buyers, whether you’re selling in five, 10 or 15 years. Natural stone works best when installed on an entire wall to give the illusion that you have a slab running from countertops to ceiling. If you don't have any breaks in your cabinets, then try a natural stone mosaic like the one pictured to the right (from DalTile). We just put this tile in a Thiensville kitchen remodel and it adds so much texture to the space!

Natural stone isn't without it's maintenance - you have to seal it like you would stone countertops and it's not impervious to water. If you like the look, but aren't keen on the up-keep then there are plenty of porcelain tiles out there that look very close to natural stone. This tile from DalTile is one of my go-to porcelain tiles for bathroom flooring. The only downside about the porcelain versions is that it doesn't quite have the same variation you get tile to tile with natural stone where no one piece is the same. 

4| Contemporary Metallics 

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In my opinion, every room needs a some degree of metal accents to add texture and drama.  In the last 5 years, metal tiles have come a long way. Metal tiles were once thought of as too clinical and cold for residential spaces. But like concrete floors and cage pendant lights, metal tiles can be seen in homes of all styles today due to the increasing variety of tile created; stainless steel, copper, bronze, gold and nickel backsplashes have become a hot trend for kitchens and bathrooms. 

Aside from its good looks, metallic backsplashes have incredible durability and protective qualities when it comes to handling water and grease. These metal tiles really are just as easy to keep clean as your stainless steel appliances. We are proposing the tile pictured for a kitchen backsplash we're doing in Muskego, WI next month! You can find metallic tiles from all of the large manufacturers, but his tile is from TileBar.

5 | Subway Tile

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Subway tile will always have its own place in design. It's just about as classic as you can get!  When in doubt, DIY'ers seem to default to the 3x6" white ceramic Subway tile, but there is so much more out there. Each tile manufacturer has it's own spin on the subway tile, whether it's an elongated shape, hand glazing, made of glass of crafted from luxury material (like this gorgeous marble subway tile I put in the Lilly Road kitchen). With all of the options out there, no two houses with subway tile should look the same! Another trick to make your subway tile look more special is to install it on the ceiling as well like we did in this charming house's bathrooms. 

With so many options out there, we'd understand if you're feeling a bit overwhelmed! We're here to help - whether it's just adding in a new splash to your kitchen or totally remodeling your kitchen.  Are you ready to discuss updating your kitchen? Contact us today to get started!

2016 Color of the Year

This is one of my favorite times of the year - paint companies start to announce their Color of the Year. Benjamin Moore is one of the first ones out the gate with the paint color... (drum roll please)... Simple White (OC-117). Benjamin Moore typically selects more neutral colors than Pantone or Sherwin Williams, last year was Guilford Green and 2014 was Breath of Fresh Air.

I'm a huge fan or an all white room; half of my house is even all white. Done right, white spaces can come off as a soft romantic Parisian-inspired retreat or as a clean and minimal Scandinavian environment. A blank canvas really sets the stage to allow the details to be in the spotlight. It's a truly chameleon color. A white-washed wall paired with wood beams and leather takes on a textured and warm feel, while white can provide a crisp border to energizing, bright hues. 

While I'm a fan, there are some people going "huh? Is that even a color?" Benjamin Moore's creative director, Ellen O’Neill, gave a great interview with Architectural Digest where they asked her the tough question: Why white? (check the interview out here). The short answer - the selection of Simple White started in Paris and ended with the pope’s unforgettable alabaster ensemble.

Here are some examples of wonderful white rooms to inspire you for 2016.

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How much square footage do you actually need?

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I recently downsized from a 1,000 square foot apartment to one a little shy of 800 square feet. I had to purge some of my larger furniture and donated everything that I didn't think I absolutely needed. Going into it, I thought 800 square feet was small, but for my boyfriend and I this is actually ample space. We have enough room for a small bedroom, office, bathroom, kitchen, dining room and living room. What else could I possibility need?  

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It seems that my downsizing is against the trend of American families. I took a look at the Census and discovered that the median square footage of single family homes has increased 56.3% from 1973 to 2013. The housing bubble and burst in 2008 did cause a slight decline in home size, but the effect was only temporary. 2013 showed a record 2,384 square feet. 

And how are we using all that added square footage? The answer might surprise you. Even though the average family size is dwindling, we're designing and building our homes to include great rooms, four-car garages, man caves, walk-in closets, double master bedrooms, and guest suites. It seems the basic home of today would have been considered a mansion by the standards of any previous generation.

You can see the full pdf dating back to the 70's here >> Download PDF.

These statistics got me thinking, how much square footage do you actually need? Different sources float around different rules of thumb. Apartment Therapy often says that 200 square feet per person is needed. This seems a bit small to me, I would want at least 350 square feet per person. 

How do you use your square footage in your home? Are you the type of person that has a large 2,000+ square feet house, but only really uses the kitchen, living room, bathroom and bedroom? What are you doing with the rest of the rooms?  

Top Bathrooms Trends of 2015

As the weather starts to get a bit nicer, more and more remodels will get underway. The room predicted to be toward the top of the list is... the bathroom! Whether you want to transform the space into a quiet retreat for you to use at the end of a long day or simply as a powder room for guests, the bathroom is one of the home’s most functional and well-used spaces.

If you’re considering a renovation or even a light face-lift for your bathroom this year, then keep in mind the following five fabulous trends. 

1. Statement flooring. Pair a neutral wall and white fixtures with bold patterned tiles for a striking statement. In smaller bathrooms a feature floor tile adds style without overwhelming the space, and when used in a larger bathroom, the effect can be very elegant. Some of my favorite patterned tiles are from designer Ann Sacks. You can view her collection here: annsacks.com 

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2. Natural beauty. Want a bathing area that’s welcoming and serene? Then drawing design inspiration from nature is a great way to warm a typically very hard room of the house and infuse the space with a calming vibe. You can achieve this vibe by introducing earthy materials like natural stone or wood-look tiles into the space.

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3. Vintage touches. The all-white, sterile bathrooms that have been so popular the last couple of years are loosing it's stride. To keep your bathroom from looking like a cookie-cutter copy of everything else you see, try adding in some personality with vintage pieces. Just a few vintage pieces will do the trick - add a chandelier above a free-standing tub, a large gilded mirror or a vintage painting.  

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4. Custom vanities. You aren't limited by stock vanities from Home Depot. If you aren't seeing what you want on the market, then go custom. Custom vanities are made to fit your needs and aesthetic. The vanities can range from large drawer units or sleek modern shelves with sink bowls. Don't forget about the space above your vanity - the classic medicine cabinet is making a resurgence, but with a twist. There are a lot of products on the market that incorporate soft-close technology and have integrated lighting. It is a great way to increase storage while giving the illusion of spaciousness. 

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5. Interesting Fixtures. Gone are the days when the only selection of faucets are nickel-plated. Now bathroom fixtures come in a variety of interesting finishes and colors. Look for oil-rubbed bronze, warm-colored copper, brass, bronze, or powder-coated black/white fixtures. Good old plain stainless steel is still a safe choice, but the possibilities are endless.

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Need help updating your bathroom? Contact me today and we can redesign your bathroom to maximize your space and create the perfect aesthetic that is unique to you. 

5 Lighting Solutions for your Home

A common theme throughout my consultations with clients is that they aren't in love with the light fixtures in their homes. Whether the fixtures are from the previous home owners, installed by contractors during the construction or chosen by the client's themselves in a moment of frustration, clients aren't feeling like their lighting matches their aesthetic. With so many great light fixtures on the market right now (many of them with low-budget options), there is no longer a need to have contractor-grade lighting. I compiled a list of the top lighting designs that can help solve even the trickiest design challenge.

Feeling overwhelmed by the choices? JZID can help select lighting that matches your aesthetic and functions for your home. And did I mention that the light fixtures can be purchased with my Designer Discount? You'll never have to pay full price for lighting again! Contact me today to get started.  

1. Exposed light bulbs. This trend started back in 2012 when a fresh new line of fixtures (mostly pendants) hit the market flaunting their naked bulbs. At first the look was received with mixed reviews. How dare bulbs emerge from behind their shade! Despite the naysayers, the trend is still going strong.

To make exposed bulbs work for your home, use them sparingly in accent lighting that hangs above eye level. You don't want to be staring directly into the light accidentally. Also, the bulb type matters - upgrade to Edison or artisan bulbs, it's totally worth it.  You don't have to splurge to get the look - a lot of stores are now selling lighting kits that enable you to screw in a bulb and plug the cord in for an instant fixture; the DIY possibilities are endless.

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2. Oversized statement pieces. I'm talking about big fixtures here, like pendants more than 20 inches in diameter. While I still recommend choosing lighting that is in proportion to the size of your room, these oversized pendants are great with open-concept layouts. They can be used to divide a space and define separate areas. You can incorporate these fixtures to help transform your favorite coffee table, dining space or even the kitchen island into the focal point of the room.

This trend isn't limited to ceiling lights. Oversized floor and table lamps are flooding the market. Use these lamps sparingly to lend visual excitement and an element of quirkiness to the room.

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3. Customized light level.  The concept of dimmer lights is anything but new; people have had these in their home for decades. This, however, doesn't mean that the functionality of dimmer lights isn't still fantastic and totally applicable to contemporary design. Most LED and CFL bulbs are dimmable and you can pick up the switches from your local hardware store. Not only does a dimmer switch improve your quality of life at home by choosing the right light level for whatever you're doing, but it also saves energy and money. 

Below is an innovative product from Danish product design studio, GamFratesi, that takes the dimmer concept and elevates it to contemporary design. Named the Volume lamp, it takes inspiration from the buttons on the old stereo amplifiers and allows users to turn the light level up and down. 

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4. A mix of timeless materials. The days of the wood lamp base with a linen shade are over. There is no limitation to the combination of styles you can achieve through your fixture (think iron and crystal, marble and glass, bronze and wood, blown glass and natural fibers, et cetera). Lighting can be as eclectic as any other piece of home decor and can help bring a room to life in new and unexpected ways. If your style is hard to categorize, a lighting fixture with mixed materials may be the decorating solution you need. 

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5. Plug-in sconces. A lot of clients hesitate to change out lighting because they don't want to go through the process of finding, hiring and scheduling an electrician. A quick solution to this is the plug-in fixture. Most sconces come with an accessible on/off switch and are easy to install - all you need is a drill and an outlet. These fixtures work great for task lighting in areas that you don't need a ton of light. I love this solution so much that I actually have the Factory Wall Sconce (image on the right below) flanking my bed - it is the perfect light for bedtime reading.

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Custom Furniture Not Out of Reach

Last month, Apartment Therapy did a web series where they asked leading industry professionals Genevieve Gorder, Christiane Lemieux and Andrew Corrie to share their thoughts on custom furniture in today's economy. The general consensus was that as the economy improves clients are willing to spend more money on [non-Ikea] custom furniture. 

Take a look at the video to the right >>>

I agree with the panel. Clients are no longer shying away from tailored-made furniture or artwork projects. JZID offers custom designs for furniture, lighting, sculptures and 2D artwork to give clients truly unique pieces that fit their space. 

One example is a kitchen island (see JZID renderings below) that expands and contracts to accommodate more seating. The island top is set on a track that rolls out to create more table space when needed. When the client doesn't have company, the table rolls back in so it doesn't take up more floor space than needed. By building custom, JZID was able to solve the design problem of limited floor space while matching the look and feel of the existing kitchen cabinets. After drawing up specifications and creating a 3D rendering, JZID went through rounds of revisions with the client before contracting a local craftsman to execute the build.  

Have a tough design problem that you need solved? Interested in having locally-made pieces for your home that no one else will have? Contact JZID to schedule a consultation to see if building custom is right for you.  

Top 4 Color Trends of 2015

I hope you all had a wonderful time with your friends and family over the holidays. To start off the New Year, I thought I'd shed some light on an easy way to refresh your home in the New Year - updating your wall colors. 

Year after year, paint companies publish color trends that will set the tone for the next year. This year, the common thread that can be found throughout all collections is a theme of change. The companies are forecasting that we are finally starting to move from our safe calm neutrals cautiously into muted color.

I reviewed the color trends by Pantone, Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, Pittsburgh Paints, Dulux, Behr, Clark and Kensington, Valspar and more and chose my top 4 trends. 

1. Marsala from Pantone

Pantone describes this color as "Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness."

While this color runs the risk of looking outdated (remember the 1980's trend of going with a Tuscan feel), the color itself is gorgeous in small doses. I wouldn't do a full room in this color, but could see using this color paired with natural wood tones, green plants and white trim. Think about adding pillows and throws, reupholster your dining room chairs or add a kitchen backsplash in this color. 

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2. Earthwerks from Dulux

Dulux is an English paint company that defines 2015 paint trends based on how continual connectivity through technology has reinforced our basic human desire to connect in the real world. Dulux poses 4 ways in which we can use color to connect to ourselves and others. My favorite is the Earthwerks collections, which strives to get in touch with nature on a more personal level.

Earthwerks explores our desire to have greenery in our homes and workspaces, which is something I'm a big supporter of (see my post on adding greenery to your home). The palette draws from greens and mineral hues to create spaces that allows us to get in touch with nature on a more personal level. 

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3. California Cool by Benjamin Moore

A favorite paint brand of mine, Benjamin Moore, released Guilford Green as the 2015 Color of the Year. Along with this natural neutral, Benjamin Moore also released 22 other color trends, organized into 3 collections. While I like the palette Benjamin Moore has come up with this year, a couple of colors stand out from the California Cool collection - Guilford Green and Blue Danube. 

Benjamin Moore positions Guilford Green as a color that can be either the hero or the highlight in any room, enhancing the architectural identity of a space. It is way to connect nature, spaces and interiors with color schemes that signify fresh energy and growth.

Blue Danube is a fresh, vibrant color inspired by the blue California skies. I love this color for a bedroom or dining room. 

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4. IntroSense from Pittsburgh Paints

Pittsburgh Paints brought together color experts from around the world to collaborate on the 2015 color trends. After much debate, Pittsburgh Paints announced their collection of paint trends called 'Possibility', which encompasses 4 new palettes. While the color of the year is the vibrant and bohemian shade, Blue Paisley, I am more a fan of the muted palette of the IntroSense line. 

The IntroSense palette is soulful and peaceful. The trend introduces a new direction in minimalistic styling that blends clean, pared-down designs with quiet nature. The colors pair well with natural elements like driftwood, stone, and bark. The palette is perfect for a spa-like bathroom.

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Thinking of refreshing your home's color palette? Contact me for an in-home consultation and we can have your home looking fresh in no time!