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Oh. My. Goodness. YOU GUYS. Is it possible to fall completely in love with your hardwood flooring?! Because that’s totally happening rightthissecond. Our new hardwood floors look SO GOOD!!! If you recall, we had three different types of flooring on the main floor of our home: dated honey oak hardwood, builder-beige carpet, and dark laminate (my least favorite thing in the world) that was installed over ceramic tile (okay, that’s technically four different types of flooring). I’m not sure why there were so many different floor choices to begin with, but I’m a big fan of a cohesive, seamless look throughout. Replacing the mismatched floors was one of the things we wanted to do as soon as we moved into this house. I’m thrilled to partner with The Home Depot on this hardwood flooring project!
I researched a ton of different flooring options, from vinyl plank to tile. I talk more about why I chose engineered hardwood in this post. While all wood floors expand and contract due to changes in temperature and humidity, engineered hardwood is more stable than solid wood floors because of the way it’s constructed. Engineered hardwood is made up of layers of real hardwood and high-quality plywood, each layer positioned in opposite directions. This makes for a more stable product, so the wood will less likely warp and bow in moist or humid conditions. This is especially important in rooms where moisture might be an issue, like a kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room.
While all that’s well and good, let’s be honest. The main reason why I chose this flooring is because it looks INCREDIBLE. When we lived in Texas, we rented a house with dark wood floors and it showed every dust particle and dog hair, it was next to impossible to keep clean. I vowed never to have dark floors again, so when I laid eyes on this wide plank French oak hardwood flooring by Malibu Wide Plank, I was smitten. It is absolutely GORGEOUS!!! I love the light (but not too light) wood tone, the wide 6 1/2-inch planks, the depth of the smoked, hand-scraped oak grain, and the matte finish.
Also, this flooring can be installed as a floating floor (not nailed or glued) or it can be glued down. We chose to float the floor just for ease of installation (and because I’m a bit of a commitment-phobe). It can be installed on, above, or below grade and no acclimation is required. I love that it comes in various lengths, with 70% of the planks being 48 inches long.
But wait… It gets better.
This flooring comes with click lock construction, so installation is a breeze. Each piece fits together like a puzzle; you shouldn’t have to wrestle with the floorboards to get them to lay flat and lock into place. Once you lay the tongue in the groove, it should click, lock, and fit like a glove.
“Like a glove!” That’s what my husband said after each plank was laid down, Ace Ventura style. Oh, did I mention we had 1600+ square feet to cover?
Yeah. That didn’t get old AT ALL. #sarcasm
The most challenging part of this project was the fact that we were laying hardwoods across such a large space. Because the dining room opens up to the foyer, which opens up to my office, which leads into the living room, we needed to be sure that the floorboards would be straight going from room to room. And we didn’t want to use any transition boards if we could help it; we wanted a beautiful, seamless floor throughout.
This is the first time we’ve ever laid hardwood floors, so I called on my good friend and custom home builder, Josh Brantingham to help us get started. Josh has built and renovated several homes and he was a huge help! The first thing we did was find the longest exterior wall to start on. An exterior wall is more likely to be straighter than interior walls, so that’s what we wanted to reference. We measured and snapped a chalk line from one end of the house to the other. As long as the floorboards stay parallel to this chalk line, we know the floors will be straight.
Once we had our chalk line, we rolled out the underlayment over the plywood subfloor. We chose this 2mm underlayment because it was cost-effective, yet provided a good moisture barrier and some sound dampening. It was an upgrade from the tar paper the contractors stapled down under the original floors.
We laid the first few rows from left to right, top to bottom, checking to make sure we were staying parallel to the chalk line. As more rows are laid, the more secure the floor becomes. You also want to leave a slight gap between the floorboards and the wall, to allow for any wood movement. The baseboards will bridge this gap. This flooring installation kit comes with a pull bar, tapping block, and spacers. The spacers keep the planks the same distance off of the wall, while the pull bar and tapping block are helpful in tapping the joints tightly into place.
Also worth mentioning… when you’re installing hardwood floors in a single room, you’d typically measure the room and figure out what width the first and last rows should be. Ultimately, you want the first and last rows to be similar in width – you don’t want to start with a wide plank, then end up with a super skinny plank. But because we’re laying this flooring across the entire first floor of our home, this step wasn’t necessary. These floors are going in our foyer, dining room, home office, living room, kitchen, laundry room, powder bath, and hallway, so there will be many, many different walls and doorways that the floorboards will die into. It would be next to impossible to make each beginning and end plank match in width.
We laid the planks in a random pattern, staggering the seams. There should be a minimum of 6 inches from the seam of one board to the seam of the board below it. In other words, don’t line up your seams – allow there to be at least a 6-inch overhang.
For vents, floor outlets, around door jambs and such, we had to cut or notch out parts of the floorboards. First, we took measurements, then notched out the board with a jigsaw.
For this floor outlet, we first drilled a pilot hole for the jigsaw blade to start, then followed the pencil lines with the jigsaw. When we were done, we had a neat little window for the floor outlet to peek through.
Once the tricky parts were taken care of, we were able to rock and roll. It was really easy to get our groove on and make great progress in very little time. Get it? Groove? Because this flooring has a tongue and groove? I’ll be here all night, folks. Don’t forget to tip your waitress.
It’s fascinating how each plank clicks and locks into place, like a puzzle. And because we’re floating the floor, it was easy to go back and lift up the planks if we made a mistake. This flooring is incredibly forgiving. The thing I can’t stress enough is this: just start. If you make a mistake, you can easily go back and fix it. It might take more time, but because there are no nails or glue involved, your mistakes will be easy to correct.
Lather, rinse, repeat! Oh, and invest in some good knee pads. They were our saving grace.
You guys. I can’t believe we did this!!! It was our first time laying hardwood floors and they look absolutely amazing! It was a bit tricky to photograph because the light coming in from the windows washed out the wood tones a bit, but take my word for it, they look spectacular in real life. We saved ourselves thousands of dollars by installing these floors ourselves – the click lock installation really made things pretty foolproof.
Oh, and don’t mind the missing baseboards and trim – they’ve been special-ordered, along with my new French doors and custom transom windows. We can’t wait to put this house back together – hopefully before we have to host Thanksgiving this year (!!!). We’re also going to be tackling a home office makeover soon, so stay tuned for that! It’s gonna be so good.
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When you think of your outdoor living space, do you envision a few lounge chairs and a grill scattered across the patio? The fact is, modern outdoor living at its best embodies all of the style, comfort and joy of indoor living, with the added benefits of a natural setting and fresh air. In 2018, the concept of outdoor living gets an exciting overhaul, with a variety of new trends that are sure to make your outdoor living space vibrant and inviting.
Tickled Pink (and Green and Yellow and Red)
Want to revitalize your outdoor space in a vibrant way? Going all in with splashes of color can get the job done. Create a centerpiece for your deck or patio with a dining set that features chairs in different colors, like green, yellow and red. Mix and match lounge chairs, pairing complementary colors like cactus and plum to stunning visual effect. And by all means, go to town on the pillows. Decorate your lounge furniture with pillows of all colors, stripes and geometrics. Something to keep in mind is that vibrant colors like yellow and pink really pop against the natural greenery of your outdoor environment, so take advantage.
Outdoor Breeze Anytime
Perhaps one of the most popular trends of 2018 is the addition of an outdoor ceiling fan–the ultimate way to bring indoor comforts to your outside world. All it takes is a covered deck or patio, and with the installation of a damp or wet location rated ceiling fan, you can stay cool and comfortable even on the hottest of days. Know that ceiling fans are smarter, sleeker and quieter than ever before, and they’re being made to blend seamlessly within your patio or porch environment. Selecting a fan with wood blades in a distressed finish like barn wood will match rustic outdoor environments with ease.
Let There Be Light
Let’s be clear, we’re not talking any old light, but rather indoor-quality lighting for the outdoors that serve as high-quality task, ambient and accent lighting. Lit correctly, your outdoor space can set the mood for bright dining, dark lounging or anywhere in-between.
In 2018, we’re seeing an exciting new trend of pendants that serve both as decorative accents and provide better visibility at night. Such suspended lights are perfect for porches, gardens and outdoor dining. String lights are sturdier, more outdoor-friendly and longer lasting than ever before. We also love the latest portable outdoor floor lamps, as their versatility allows you to quickly transform your deck or patio into a living room-like space.
Enhanced Outdoor Furniture
Let’s face it, it’s really hard to get comfy and relax when you’re sitting on weather-beaten wicker furniture. The fact is, there’s no reason you can’t have indoor-quality furniture outdoors, and that’s exactly what many outdoor furniture manufacturers are delivering now. You’ll find a variety of fully upholstered outdoor sofas that feature soft, durable and weather-resistant fabric. You’ll also find traditional materials, like teak and wrought iron, done in a more modern and refined style that further gives the feel of indoor quality. Ultimately, it’s a trend that allows you to organically extend the look and feel of your home’s interior to the outside world with ease and style.
Light Your Fire
There’s no doubt that, when it comes to our home environment, we’re all fascinated with outdoor fireplaces and fire pits. And for good reason. They’re at once a focal point, a gathering spot and a source of warmth on chilly evenings. As more people want the campfire experience in their backyard, this year you’ll see more fire pits built into the lawn and surrounded by lounge chairs. You’ll also see flames centered in the middle of a table. Both elegant and functional, fire tables provide ample table space for entertaining all while keeping your guests warm.
As you look to design from scratch or revitalize your existing outdoor living space, allow these easy-to-incorporate trends to guide your choices, and enjoy a stylish summer.
3 Reasons to Add a Patio Cover to Your New Outdoor Living Area
If you’re transforming your backyard into the perfect outdoor living area for your family, don’t complete construction piece by piece. Instead, design the space to have all the elements you’re looking for so you can start relaxing in the backyard during all four seasons. One of the most important elements that’s often forgotten about is a patio cover. Here are three reasons to incorporate this shady cover into your outdoor living space design as soon as possible:
1. Many patio covers require permits.
If your patio cover is a permanent structure, it probably needs a permit before construction. Every city and county has its own rules about what can be built in your backyard, and those rules change depending on other nearby constructions. Talk to your designer about the right patio cover immediately so you can get the design you want without worrying about complications.
2. Make sure the total design is appealing.
While it’s never too late to add a new element to your outdoor living space, sometimes the overall design looks better when the planning is done at the beginning. If you start considering patio cover designs quickly, the cover will be better integrated. The beams can be built into the patio for better structural support. The cover can be connected to your roof so there aren’t gaps. Even the design aesthetic and wood color integrate better when the planning is cohesive.
3. Keep your outdoor living space comfortable all year round.
A patio cover isn’t just a summer addition. You can have a patio cover that keeps your patio shady during the summer and shielded from the wind in the summer. Pergolas and solid patio covers can also hold fans and electrical extensions for space heaters.
Turn the key, open the door and start living in style at this recently remodeled Almaden Valley home.
A $500,000 remodel turned an ordinary home into a spectacular single-story dream home at 1093 Cloverbrook Drive. The remodel also included beautifully designed and professionally landscaped front and back yards, which are now filled with low maintenance drought-resistant plants, slate tile walkways and patios, and inviting entertaining spaces. Stylish lighting and an inviting front walkway to the porch create instant curb appeal.
Gorgeous solid wide-plank walnut flooring flows throughout the more than 2,000-square-foot home. There are four bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms, including two master suites.
A solid mahogany front door with beveled glass panels opens onto the spacious formal living and dining rooms that are drenched in natural light. The living room has a large front-facing picture window and slider to a private outdoor deck. The formal dining room has a tray ceiling with up lighting and also front-facing window. A wall of custom cabinetry provides lots of additional storage space.
The masterfully designed chef’s kitchen showcases beautiful finishes including Caesarstone counters and large island/ breakfast bar, a stacked stone backsplash, stainless farmhouse sink, and custom cabinetry with upper frosted display glass cabinets. Top appliances include a Bertazzoni five-burner cooktop with Gaggenau stainless hood, dual Bosch ovens, Bosch dishwasher with custom panel and refrigerator with custom paneled facade. There are skylights in the kitchen for additional natural light. The kitchen is open to the family room that has a fireplace with the same stacked stone surround, built-in cabinetry and oversize sliding glass door to the backyard space.
Two of the four bedrooms feature en suite full bathrooms, also beautifully redesigned. One bathroom has a single vessel sink vanity, shower with mosaic marble tile floor and decorative tile surround. The other master bedroom has a bay window with backyard views and a bathroom with dual floating vanities, undermounted sinks, stylish wall-mounted faucets, and wall of custom cabinetry and wardrobe. A walk-in closet with custom shoe racks and organizers is behind a pocket door. The walk-in shower has dual showerheads.
Two additional bedrooms are spacious with large closets. A full hall bathroom features a large soaking tub/shower combination with ceramic tile surround and single-sink vanity.
Entertain and relax in the redesigned and landscaped backyard that features slate pavers offset with grass, a built-in outdoor kitchen with cement counter, 60-inch double Jenn-Air grill, Dacor stainless sink and counter seating. A raised covered dining pavilion has a view of the bocce ball court and an intimate seating area that wraps around a gas fire pit. There are also raised garden beds.
Additional features include a large laundry room with cabinetry, utility sink, room for stacked washer and dryer and counter space, top-down window shades, Trane HVAC, copper pipes, a two-car garage with floating storage cabinetry, heating and air conditioning, and laminate wood flooring and floor-to-ceiling mirrors ideal for home gym or dance studio or two cars. Extra attic storage. All bedrooms have built-in closet organizers. The powder room features a chisel-edged, leathered granite counter with vessel sink, floating vanity and mirror with stylish lighting.
The home is in a fabulous Almaden Valley neighborhood and located close to shopping centers, restaurants, and freeway access to other parts of Silicon Valley, San Francisco and south to Monterey County; multiple parks and recreation areas including the Almaden QuickSilver County Park and its miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails; the Almaden Country Club, and top-rated schools including Leland High School.
Price: $1,599,000Where: 1093 Cloverbrook Drive, San JoseOpen house: Wednesday, Oct. 10, and Friday, Oct. 12, from 4 to 7 p.m.Website:www.TSwan.comListing agent: Therese Swan, 408-656-8240, firstname.lastname@example.org, Alain Pinel Realtors
“This is my mother’s house and she is a ceramic artist and a sentimental collector, so display was a driving factor.” —Hannah Bell, architect
When architect Hannah Bell and her husband, Kevin Bell (also an architect), took on the design challenge of revamping the first floor of her parents’ 1970s colonial-inspired house in Longmeadow, Mass., they had some hurdles to get over. First, they needed to rectify the boggling floor plan, which had the kitchen and dining rooms at the center of the house—sandwiched between a vestibule and a closed porch—making them dark, cavern-like spaces. Also informing their decisions were her mother’s desire to incorporate both her own artwork and generations’ worth of family heirlooms. Additionally, the wish list included pantry storage.
Their first move was to relocate the kitchen, thereby increasing access to natural light and improving the circulation between the main living areas and the rest of the house. The kitchen was moved into the former living room, where the fireplace was significantly altered; the hearth was removed, the height was raised to be above the counters, and tile was brought up beyond where the brick had stopped.
Now, the kitchen connects directly to the sun porch, which brightens the space. The room had previously featured a peaked ceiling, which the Bells lowered, removing some beams in the process. Interestingly, according to Hannah, the kitchen’s new location outside the main volume is more in line with the early colonial architecture after which the house was modeled.
Reworking of the kitchen included narrowing the French doors to the sun porch in order to accommodate the new pantries. To compensate, they raised the door height to maximize daylight. Hannah designed the pantries and together she and Kevin built them. One is strictly utilitarian with floor-to-ceiling stainless steel shelving, the other is more of a coffee bar. With a kind of Victorian vibe, the latter is meant to be attractive when open. “I was trying to include my mother’s things,” Hannah notes. “That mirror belonged to my great grandmother.”
The sliding pantry doors are notable for their panel insets, which were fabricated from radiator coverings and installed with small nails on the backside. Another innovation was to use a Wood Panel X-Mold to create a reveal where the edges of the panels meet at an outside corner joint. This detail was used to hide imperfections in the ship lap’s alignment at the corners—caused by expansion and contraction of the wood.
The dressier pantry sits beneath ceilings of different heights. This was done in order to make it align with the front door, which, in turn, expanded the kitchen. “That was a tricky part to figure out,” Hannah says. “It felt like we should keep [all of the kitchen elements] inside the tall portion of the ceiling, but this way, I was able to make the room a little bigger.”
Of course, the waterfall stainless steel island is a defining feature. Hannah designed it and the couple installed it themselves. “We’ve started to perfect stainless steel countertops,” Hannah notes, adding that they make templates for a local fabricator to follow. “The trick with the island, which includes four corners, is that you can’t just slide the top on. You have to make a template that comes apart. You need to be able to take the outer boarder off and then reassemble it once they’ve welded the sink and countertops.” Where the stainless steel wraps around to meet the cabinet on the waterfall side, they added slightly loose-fitting steel in order to be able to slip beneath it. “It’s not hard to accomplish, but you have to think about it. And until you’ve done it, you don’t even know what to think about,” Hannah muses.
Other notables include the commercial-grade rubber floor and the unusual backsplash, which is made of marble thresholds typically used on floors. This was a cost-savings solution to the expense of a marble slab, which the contractor was hesitant to install, given the weight. “It was way less expensive and it added another layer of texture and pattern,” Hannah says. It also plays well with the high-gloss 3-in. by 9-in. herringbone-patterned subway tiles, which Hannah likes for their undulating, handmade look. The other treatment of note is the LED tape lighting that runs in a channel at the top edge of the tiles. Used to wash the ceiling in ambient light, it is yet another measure to transform the previously dim space. LED strip tape was also used around coffered ceiling in the dining room for the same reason.
The floor plan shuffle included situating the dining room at the center of the house, and the living room was switched to the rear, where it is somewhat removed from regular foot traffic. With views of the gardens, it is significantly more inviting than it had been. The new dining room location, on the other hand, is meant for easy everyday circulation; and its openness allows the table to expand to seat additional guests.
During the remodel, the designers discovered a 12-ft.-long steel beam that had been poorly disguised to look like a wood beam. The decision was made to leave it exposed and paint it, which pushes the contemporary aesthetic. Also contributing to the style are the homeowner’s many art pieces. “Her work is installed throughout the house,” Hannah notes, giving the examples of the hand-thrown counter sink in the coffee pantry and the chandeliers above the dining room table. “Places for antiques, watercolor paintings, prints, and future art were an important part of the renovation.”
Photos courtesy of Hannah Bell
Kitchen flooring: norament grano from Interface; color: Agapanthus
Hardwood flooring: 8-in. solid hickory from Carlisle Wide Plank Flooring
Shiplap corner detail: Wood Panel X-Mold from Flannery, Inc.
Kitchen backsplash: marble thresholds from Daltile
Fireplace wall: 3-in. by 12-in. Artigiano from Daltile
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This breezy contemporary holiday home was designed by The Airey Group, with interiors by Marrimor Studio, located on South Pender Island, in British Columbia, Canada. Perched on a plateau that is over 100 feet above the ocean, the design of the home required it to be more minimal in design to blend into its natural environment. The 4,000 square foot dwelling features a drawn-from-nature color palette, with open, airy and cozy spaces throughout. Featuring a perfect balance between comfort and openness, while at the same time giving it’s inhabitants the privacy they need for both the homeowners and overnight guests. A central glass pavilion (shown in the image above) is the heart of the home, separating the family wing from the guest wing. Concrete flooring in the open plan living, dining and kitchen areas seamlessly extends out onto a spacious terrace that offers sweeping views over the rugged landscape and beyond to the ocean. A steep staircase leads to a path that takes you to the beach. Sliding glass doors opens the space up to the outdoors, allowing sea breezes, natural light and nature to makes its way in. This is a vacation home for a young professional family that likes to escape the hustle and bustle of Vancouver any chance they get, with only a 15 minute plane ride away!
The living room is defined by a large area rug, that adds warmth and comfort to the cold concrete flooring. This is a favorite spot for the homeowners and family friends to kick back and relax, enjoy the views and watch television while enjoying a roaring fire in the natural stone fireplace, a focal point to the space. The dining bench can be easily moved into the living area to allow for more seating if needed, making this home very flexible.
What We Love: How the design of this home embraces and maximizes views and captures the natural light, with sleek and low-slung furnishings that doesn’t detract or obscure from the surrounding beauty. This is one vacation home that we would never want to leave! How about you, could you picture yourself living here?
Artful pendant light fixtures hanging over the dining table helps to the delineate the space without blocking the spectacular landscape views beyond. These fixtures are designed by Marset, check their where to buy section to see if they have a retailer in an area near you… or there is always shipping!
A powder room offers custom designed rift-cut white oak cabinets topped with white marble countertops with a gray veining.
The guest wing allows plenty of natural light… and nature to flood into the hallway and stairwell.
The master bedroom cantilevers out over the landscape with floor-to-ceiling glass windows creating a feeling of floating in the mature growth trees. The ceiling is clad with cedar panelling that extends out to the soffits for continuity. Concrete flooring is softened by a plush area rug, linen window treatments that drape onto the floor and cozy bed linens in soothing hues of taupe and grays. A chandelier suspended from the ceiling is a modern take on an antler chandelier that is characteristic in vacation cabins in the woods.
The master bathroom features travertine slab walls and ceiling tiles to match, with the color taking its cue from the rocky seascape just outside. A spa-like oasis with a walk-in steam shower and a window that opens to the outdoors to not only filter out excess humidity but to also give a greater feeling of immersion with nature.
Above is a cozy little nook in the guest/playroom featuring stylish poufs that are very flexible and mould into shape for comfort, sourced from Casalis.
The daughter’s bedroom offers a girly vibe with bright pops of pink and a playful chandelier on the ceiling. A bunk bed offers extra space for sleepovers, while cedar panelling on the ceiling infuses some warmth and texture into the space.
A guest bedroom features a sectional / sofa bed and tiered coffee table complimented by nature-inspired artwork on the walls, creating a stylish space to host overnight guests.
In the laundry room / mudroom, a built-in concrete bench allows the perfect spot to sit and take off shoes. Giant hooks that resemble lego are a playful addition to the space and offers a quick spot to hang a jacket, scarf, beach bag or even a purse.
Making the interior architecture visible from the outside through expansive floor-to-ceiling glass helps to connect the interiors with the exterior.
Outdoor living room spaces are quickly becoming one of the most coveted home features. They expand living space without expensive renovations, offer a relaxing respite from everyday stress, provide a safe place for kids and pets to play, and an amazing outdoor entertaining area for guests.
Here are the top 5 ways to create the outdoor living room:
Declutter & Clean
The first step to sprucing up the outdoor living room is to clear dirt and clutter from the space. Store lawn equipment, children’s toys, and pet play things in a shed or garage. Give the entire outdoor area a good scrub down, sweeping away dust and debris to create a fresh, clean canvas.
Invite the Outdoors In
Blending interior and outdoor living spaces helps the exterior area feel like an extension of the home, not an afterthought. Ensure blinds and curtains are open to the family yard, highlighting the outdoor oasis. Make certain the indoor and outdoor décor complement one another and utilize similar colors, materials and styles both inside and out.
Create Cozy Sitting Areas
Create easy traffic flow throughout the outdoor living room, while offering a number of places for people to sit – at a table, around a fire pit, or in a cozy chair configuration. Also, offer some shade by using umbrellas or outdoor curtains to minimize sun glare and maximize visions of enjoyment in the outdoor living room.
Soften the Outdoor Space
Introduce a few soft design features into the outdoor area to create an inviting atmosphere. Rugs, throw pillows and upholstered patio furniture are a few ways to accomplish a “cozy” feel. Ensure these items are looking fresh and clean and not worn and dated. It’s relatively inexpensive to swap out new pillows and rugs. Create outdoor ambiance by hanging string lighting, introducing a fire pit in the center of a patio, setting up a zen-like water feature, or adding candles, small plants and freshly-cut flowers to tabletops.
Utilize Living Landscapes
Nothing says “welcome home” quite like a beautiful living landscape, complete with flowering shrubs, trees, flowers, and other vegetation. Freshen up the family yard by weeding, mulching and planting flower beds and pots with colorful flowers and verdant plants. Vases of flowers can also help bring life – and a pop of color – to outdoor tablescapes.
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Creating a comfortable outdoor living space is the key to turning your outdoor space into your favorite space. An outdoor space is perfect for getting fresh air without leaving home, entertaining guests, and adding another functional room to your home.
Summer is coming to a close which means that many patio furniture brands are discounting this year’s product line. Now is the perfect time to jump on some new outdoor furniture to turn your patio into an outdoor living room. In fact, Totally Furniture has a large stock of items from TK Classics’ so we thought this would be the perfect time to share some of our best tips to creating a comfortable outdoor living space.
Tip #1: Comfortable Outdoor Seating Is Essential
If your goal is to make your outdoor space as comfortable as your living room, try getting the most comfortable outdoor seating possible. If your outdoor space allows, you may want to consider an outdoor sectional to provide ample cushiony seating. On a smaller patio, a couple of chairs and a loveseat might make more sense. Another consideration to make is what material you want your seating made of. TK Classics recommends wicker or metal due to the durability and ease of maintenance. Regardless of the type of seating you choose, the cushions and additional pillows you choose are the keys to comfortable seating.
Image Of TK Classics Fairmont Wicker Furniture Set From TotallyFurniture.com
Tip #2: Choose An Eye-Catching But Functional Outdoor Table
Much like in your indoor living room, you will want to have at least an outdoor coffee table and, depending on the size of your space, a couple of end tables. Outdoor tables are useful to put your drink or a book on plus they are an easy way to add a pop of color. You can use your outdoor tables to compliment your patio chairs. In today’s outdoor furniture market, you can even get outdoor tables that have added functionalities like a fire pit or a cooler.
Image Of TK Classics Lexington Aluminum Furniture From TotallyFurniture.com
Tip #3: Add Some Personal Touches Based On Your Patio’s Features
Based on the features of your patio you may want to consider extra features. If your patio doesn’t offer much for coverage, you may want to invest in an umbrella for sunny days. Umbrellas are another fun way to add a pop of color to your outdoor space.
Another great addition to any patio is outdoor lighting. String lights or ground lights can add both light and ambiance to your outdoor living space. Pairing some lighting with outdoor speakers, a water feature, and some plants is a surefire way to make your outdoor living space as cozy and comfortable as possible.
A final addition that we think is a must for all patios is an outdoor rug. An outdoor rug offers yet another opportunity to add some color to your outdoor living space and truly brings home the idea that your outdoor space is meant to be an extension of your home’s living room. We find that matching your rug, your umbrella, and your outdoor pillows create a zen-like setting.
We know that we could write a novel if we compiled a list of every tip for creating a comfortable outdoor living space but these are our top 3 tips. We encourage you to take advantage of any end of summer sale you can find. We love TK Classics outdoor furniture so jump on TotallyFurniture.com’s sale before it’s too late.
Newell Brands reported its Home & Outdoor Living segment generated net sales of $627 million compared with $670 million in the prior year period, a decline of 6.4 percent.
The decline is primarily attributable to the impact of unfavorable foreign exchange, the exit of approximately 60 underperforming Yankee Candle retail stores and a core sales decline of 2.9 percent, largely driven by lost distribution for Coleman at a key U.S. retailer and declines in the remaining home fragrance retail stores. The segment reported an operating loss of $1.5 million compared with operating income of $7.8 million in the prior year period. Reported operating margin was a negative 0.2 percent compared with 1.2 percent in the prior year period. Normalized operating income was $12.3 million compared with $20.9 million in the prior year period. Normalized operating margin was 2.0 percent compared with 3.1 percent in the prior year.
The segment includes Chesapeake Bay Candle, Coleman, Contigo, ExOfficio, First Alert, Marmot, WoodWick and Yankee Candle.
Companywide, net sales from continuing operations were $1.71 billion, a decline of 5.5 percent compared with $1.8 billion in the prior year period, primarily reflecting the impact of unfavorable foreign exchange and a decline in core sales.
Core sales from continuing operations declined 2.4 percent from the prior year period. Sales came in above Wall Street’s consensus expectation of $1.69 billion.
Reported operating margin was 0.9 percent compared with negative 1.5 percent in the prior year period. Normalized operating margin was 4.3 percent compared to 2.5 percent in the prior year period.
Reported diluted loss per share for the total company was 36 cents per share compared with reported diluted earnings per share of 11 cents in the prior year period.
Normalized diluted earnings per share for the total company were 14 cents, compared with 28 cents in the prior year period. Wall Street’s consensus estimate had been 6 cents a share.
Operating cash flow was a use of $200 million, an improvement of $202 million versus a year ago.
The company announced divestitures of two businesses, Process Solutions and Rexair, for combined after-tax proceeds of approximately $735 million, both of which were completed on May 1, 2019.
“We have had a good start to the year and are encouraged by the improvement in results in the first quarter,” said Michael Polk, Newell Brands President and Chief Executive Officer. “Sales were at the higher-end of our expectations, operating margins increased as a result of disciplined cost management, normalized EPS was well ahead of our expectations, and operating cash flow was significantly improved versus last year. We have taken decisive action to strengthen performance and those actions are beginning to yield results. As expected, U.S. retailer headwinds associated with the Toys ‘R’ Us bankruptcy and the Writing industry retailer landscape have begun to moderate as we exit the first quarter, setting up what we believe will be a more constructive environment for the balance of 2019.”
Outlook for Full Year and Second Quarter 2019
The company reaffirmed its full year outlook and initiated its second quarter outlook as follows:
Full Year 2019 Outlook
Net Sales $8.2 to $8.4 billion
Core Sales Low single digit decline
Normalized Operating Margin 20 to 60 bps improvement
Total Company Normalized EPS $1.50 to $1.65
Total Company Operating Cash Flow $300 to $500 million
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Beautifully-renovated bungalow in the heart of Midwood
Address: 1806 Club Road Subdivision: Midwood List Price: $449,900 Open House: Saturday, Sept. 28, 1-3 p.m. Listing Agent: Jeff King Open House Agent: Sarah Martin Description: This charming cottage will make you feel like you’ve walked right into the pages of a magazine. You’ll love the amazing curb appeal, full front porch, copper roof, screened back porch and backyard oasis with multiple sitting areas. Inside you’ll find your dream kitchen with marble counter tops, farmhouse sink, white shaker cabinets and more. Walk-up stairs lead to a huge attic for storage or possible expansion, downstairs has a large basement. Much love is in every detail of this beautiful home.
Modern-construction home across from the greenway
Address:420 Wesley Heights Way Subdivision: Wesley Heights List Price: $675,000 Open House: Saturday, Sept. 28, 1-3 p.m. Listing Agent: Patrick Deely & Lana Laws Open House Agent:John Geuss Description: Stunning modern construction on the west side with long range views of the Charlotte skyline from the living level, upper loft area and owner’s suite. This house has a full bedroom suite on every floor, a wide-open living level with fireplace and balcony, a large kitchen and island, a separate pantry area, ample dining space and so much more. You’ll love coming home to the owner’s suite featuring a walk-in closet, dual vanity, separate water closet, tiled wet room with freestanding tub and water spout filler (from the ceiling!). Wow!
Charleston-style home with covered front porch and fenced yard
Address: 17119 Sulky Plough Road Subdivision: Ardrey Commons List Price: $489,900 Open House: Saturday, Sept. 28, 1-3 p.m. Listing Agent: Melissa Christiansen Description: This fab home in Ardrey Commons includes an open floorplan, gourmet kitchen with large island, great room with gas log fireplace, kitchen with granite, tile backsplash, gas cook top, vented hood, and stainless steal appliances with a breakfast area. You’ll look forward to coming home to your master bedroom retreat with walk-in closets, en suite master bath with garden tub and tile shower. Hardwood flooring throughout main living area, nine-foot ceilings with detailed moldings. The wow features continue with a screened porch, two-car attached garage and huge walk-in storage space above garage. Amazing shops and restaurants are within a mile!
Pristine contemporary South End townhouse in the middle of everything
Address: 2704 Youngblood St. Subdivision: Southpoint List Price: $619,000 Open House: Saturday, Sept. 28 AND Sunday, Sept. 29, 2-4 p.m. both days Listing Agent:John Geuss Open House Agent:Emma Rothe (Saturday) and John Geuss (Sunday) Description: This home is better than new! Walk to the light rail, breweries, restaurants and retail. You’ll appreciate the significantly-upgraded interior finishes including lighting, a built-in stacked stone electric fireplace, Hunter Douglas solar shades, Wi-Fi access points on all levels, surround sound, white quartz countertops in the kitchen and master bath, barn doors, and so much more. Come home to your expansive roof top terrace with unobstructed views of Uptown. Perfection!
New-construction close to Uptown in hot Enderly Park
Address:2222 Camp Greene St. Subdivision: Camp Greene List Price: $389,000 Open House: Saturday, Sept. 28, noon-2 p.m. AND Sunday, Sept. 29, 1-3 p.m. Listing Agent: Mike Feehley Open House Agent:Danielle Potter (Saturday) and Kim Parati (Sunday) Description: Every inch of this home has been thought out in great detail — from the classic craftsman exterior with huge covered front porch, to the 9-foot ceilings and open floor plan on the interior, this home was meant to impress. Inside, you are met with hardwoods throughout the majority of the house, a fireplace in the living room, and an open kitchen with quartz counter tops and unique backsplash. Off the kitchen is a large laundry room/mud room that leads to the large backyard and driveway. The master bedroom offers a large walk-in closet and custom walk-in shower. Upstairs are two bedrooms, a bathroom and bonus area.
Three-bedroom, two-bath ranch in model home condition
Address:11819 Hampton Place Drive Subdivision: Hampton Place List Price: $274,900 Open House: Sunday, Sept. 29, noon-2 p.m. Listing Agent:Charisma Smith Open House Agent:Samara Brown Description: This home shows like a model home with hardwood floors, an office/study area, formal dining room, gourmet kitchen (double-ovens), open great room, and beautiful sun/sitting room. This ranch features a split-bedroom plan with the master separate from additional bedrooms. Master suite features speakers for relaxing music that leads to a private master bathroom retreat. You’ll want to start and end your day in the ultra-private backyard with no neighbors in the back. This home is turn key ready, don’t miss it.
Bike to your favorite places to hang out and live near the planned trolley line
Address:339 Cemetery St. Subdivision: Biddleville List Price: $319,800 Open House: Saturday, Sept. 28, 1 – 3 p.m. Listing Agent:Mike Feehley Open House Agent:Samara Brown Description: This practically brand-new Biddleville home is ready for you! Home features four bedrooms, hardwoods, stainless steel appliances, granite, walk-in closets, and a fenced yard. New development surrounds this home and community, and the area is booming. You’ll love living near the new trolley line — nearing completion — that can take you and the crew directly to Uptown.
Urban living at its best in this Midwood home
Address:1511 Landis Ave. Subdivision: Midwood List Price: $620,000 Open House: Saturday, Sept. 28, 1-3 p.m. Listing Agent:Patrick Deely & Lana Laws Open House Agent: Jean Gossett Description: Walk to Resident Culture Brewing, Veterans Park, Pure Pizza and all the entertainment that Midwood has to offer. This home blends high style and rustic chic with a board-formed concrete fireplace and bright, clean, shiplap walls and natural flooring. Come home to your two-car garage and fully-fenced, low-maintenance yard with covered rear porch off the kitchen. The second floor includes a spacious master suite and a huge third floor loft, PLUS, a fourth bedroom with full bath.
You’ll love your new Midwood Place at Commonwealth Park address
Address:1531 Briar Creek Road Subdivision: Midwood Place at Commonwealth Park List Price: Starting under $265,000 Open House: Saturday, Sept. 28 AND Sunday, Sept. 29, 1-4 p.m. both days Listing Agent:Shonn Ross and Josh Starnes Description: Make your homeownership dreams come true today with a two-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath end unit townhome starting under $265,000. Plus, it’s so close to entertainment, parks and restaurants in the hot Midwood neighborhood. With a future trolley stop a half a block away, the convenience and desirability factor will only continue to rise. Visit the models across the street at 1531 Briar Creek Road and see for yourself.
This beautifully renovated Spanish style villa in the Hollywood Hills, California, showcases breathtaking panoramic views of the city and ocean below. Constructed in 1923, the home has been transformed both indoors and out with plenty of stunning features that will leave you speechless. Most notably is the cascading waterfall that travels down the side of an outdoor stairwell that leads from the top level down to the bottom level. The multi-tiered outdoor spaces includes a lounge space with a fireplace, dining al fresco courtesy of an outdoor kitchen and cozy outdoor living space, this home has everything, including a hot tub! This residence holds plenty of character on the interiors, with wood beam ceilings, warm and cozy fireplaces and a speaker system that runs throughout the interior and exterior living spaces. A vine clad porch entryway leads you into this three bedroom, three bathroom property with a cozy living room that steps up to the dining area and open kitchen with Carrara marble countertops and a Sub-Zero fridge, and a sitting/changing room just off the master bedroom retreat. Hardwood flooring runs throughout the interiors of this spectacular oasis that offers great privacy with all the lush, mature gardens that surrounds.
Spotted on Emmanuel Xuereb, the asking price for this lavishly designed property is $2,098,000.
Take a tour through this wonderful home and discover all of the unique features that it has to offer. Let us know your thoughts on what you like or not like most about this Spanish style property in the comments section below. Take a peek at some other fascinating features here on 1 Kindesign with cool Spanish style aesthetics:
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