$1.2 Million Homes in California – The New York Times

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In the early 1880s, this lot was the home of the First Congregational Church of Redlands, a city in San Bernardino County about 65 miles east of Los Angeles. In 1899, the church building was sold to Harry Gregory, a local businessman who stripped it down to the foundation and rebuilt it as the house that stands today. Wood and finishes from the church were salvaged and used in the construction of the home, one of a number of Victorian-era houses in Redlands.

The property is a 10-minute walk from the University of Redlands, a private liberal arts school with about 5,000 students. Downtown San Bernardino is 15 minutes away by car.

Size: 3,200 square feet

Price per square foot: $375

Indoors: A winding driveway leads from the street to the front entrance of this house, which is surrounded on three sides by a wraparound porch.

Just inside the front door is a vestibule with three large windows that look out onto the front porch. To the right is a formal living room, with a fireplace and another big window.

Beyond the entry is a hallway that leads to a larger family room, with its own fireplace and decorative wainscoting, and a door that connects to the kitchen. A formal dining room with access to the rear porch is connected to the kitchen and the family room. To the left of the kitchen is a sunny office nook with access to a half bathroom.

Hardwood flooring runs throughout the main level, and several of the doors have their original crystal knobs.

From the back of the house, stairs lead to the second level, which has four bedrooms. At the far end of the hallway is a master bedroom with an en suite bathroom that includes a French soaking tub. Two other bedrooms are big enough to hold a queen-size bed, while a third is cozier, with sloped ceilings.

Outdoor space: The property’s grounds are extensive. In front of the house is an wide lawn; the paved driveway continues along the left side of the home and offers as a place to park. The backyard has a patio that is partially paved in brick and partially in concrete. A patch of lawn separates the main patio area from a small fountain. The property is planted with a number of fruit trees, including avocado, persimmon, blood orange, tangerine, nectarine and Meyer lemon.

Taxes: $15,227 (estimated)

Contact: Perrie Mundy, Berkshire Hathaway, 909-809-8644; perriemundy.com


In the postwar San Fernando Valley, William Mellenthin, a designer and contractor, was known for building high-quality ranch houses accented with birdhouses and cupolas, diamond-paned windows and two-sided brick fireplaces, in a style referred to as “storybook ranch.” This home built by Mr. Mellenthin has retained those details, despite extensive upgrades. It is in a part of the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles known as Hidden Woods, developed by Mr. Mellenthin in the late 1940s; the area includes a number of dead-end streets and cul-de-sacs as a bonus for families with young children.

An entrance to the 101 freeway is a five-minute drive; downtown Los Angeles is about half an hour away. The house is 10 minutes away from the shopping and dining on Ventura Boulevard, and about 25 minutes from Beverly Hills and the Westside of Los Angeles.

Size: 1,978 square feet

Price per square foot: $606

Indoors: The owner did considerable work to modernize the property, including upgrading the HVAC, electrical and plumbing systems. Most of the windows — except for Mr. Mellenthin’s signature diamond-paned ones — have been replaced, and the interior and exterior were recently painted.

Beyond the small entry are two formal spaces: to the right, a living room with one side of the home’s double-sided fireplace; to the left, a dining room that is open to the kitchen and family room.

In the kitchen, the owner installed new cabinets, quartz counters and a skylight. An island with additional space for dining divides the kitchen from the family room, where the other half of the double-sided fireplace is set in a wall of white-painted brick. Sliding-glass doors lead from this space into the backyard.

Beyond the family room is the renovated master suite, where the owner added a walk-in closet and reconfigured the en suite bathroom. The master bedroom has its own access to the backyard through sliding-glass doors, and the master bathroom has a large walk-in shower lined with slate tile.

A hallway along the right side of the house connects the living room to two guest rooms, one of which overlooks the street and is large enough for a king-size bed. These bedrooms share a bathroom with a combination bathtub and shower.

Outdoor space: A paved patio outside the family room is large enough for a barbecue; the grassy backyard beyond has several original trees. A detached garage holds two cars and could be converted into additional living space.

Taxes: $15,228 (estimated)

Contact: Claudia Flores, Keller Williams Beverly Hills, 424-334-9291; claudiafloresproperties.com

Bankers Hill, a San Diego neighborhood named for the professionals who called it home during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, is a mix of Victorian houses — many converted into hotel or commercial spaces — and new construction like this townhouse.

The home is a five-minute walk from the west side of Balboa Park, the city’s main green space and the site of cultural institutions like the San Diego Museum of Art and the Natural History Museum. San Diego International Airport is a 10-minute drive; the campuses of the University of California San Diego and San Diego State University are about 20 minutes away by car.

Size: 1,700 square feet

Price per square foot: $697

Indoors: From the street, a short flight of stairs leads to the main living floor, which is laid out in an open-plan style.

Just inside the front door is a seating area that faces floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass doors out to a small balcony. Gray-tiled floors extend to the dining area, which flows into an open kitchen. An island with quartz counters provides an additional work space in the kitchen and another seating area. Stainless steel Bosch appliances and custom-designed cabinets line the far wall.

To the right of the great room is a set of stairs up to the master-suite level. On one wall of the master bedroom, floor-to-ceiling glass doors slide open to a private balcony. The large master bathroom includes a double vanity, a glass-walled walk-in shower and a free-standing soaking tub.

A garage on the ground level offers direct entry to the home. A guest room and a full bathroom are also on this level.

Outdoor space: Both the main level and the master-suite level have balconies with room for seating. A 500-square-foot roof deck is carpeted in artificial grass and looks toward the downtown San Diego skyline. The attached garage holds two cars.

Taxes: $12,443 (estimated), plus a $203 monthly homeowner association fee

Contact: Janet Douglas, Windermere Homes & Estates, 619-540-5891; windermere.com

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Installing hardwood flooring? Here’s a DIY guide for a seamless installation – Heartland Newsfeed

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Hardwood floors have become a popular flooring option these days. The reason for this is, it not only looks elegant when installed but it also doesn’t need much maintenance. If you are planning to remodel your floor or have chosen hardwood flooring for your new home, knowing what to expect will help. Read on to have a fair idea about hardwood floor installation. The first and foremost thing to do is to hire the right experts for the job. 

Hiring an installer

When hiring a hardwood floor installer there are a few things to keep in mind. 

Licensing and insurance: The foremost consideration to cross-check whether the installer you have shortlisted is licensed and insured. 

Reference check: Once you are happy with all the other aspects of the installer, ask for references. You can understand their quality of work and also get first-hand information about their competency. You can also research online for customer reviews of the hardwood installer if they have an online business. Based on the feedback you get online you can decide to hire the individual/company. 

Warranty on installations: After learning that the installer is licensed, next, enquire about the warranty that is provided for work. This is vital as floor installation involves spending a considerable amount of money. 

Turnaround Time: Enquire about the turnaround time to finish the job. Specifically, check about the workers’ day off or if there will be days where work will not be done. That will help you to plan accordingly. 

Discuss all options

Hardwood flooring comes in many choices and it is essential for you to know all the options so that you can make the right decisions. This is where you need professional wood floor installation services. Before the start of the installation, it is important to get a few flooring samples so that you can check if it goes with your home. Use those samples against the cabinets, other floors and see if it blends. Talk to the installer on your choices and ask suggestions so that both of you are on the same page. Do not hesitate to ask questions and suggestions on how to get the shades you want. Many hardwood showrooms apart from providing various choices also do a custom mix to give their customers the shade they desire. The installers can also add decorative borders, inlays, medallions, etc. on the floor for a custom floor design. 

Prepping the room

Before the actual installation starts the room has to be prepared. As much as possible, remove all the furniture and furnishings so that nothing gets damaged during the installation. Some installers also ask wall-hangings and drapery to be removed so that it does not hamper with the work and also to prevent accidental damages. 

Installing the hardwood floor

The most important part of the whole process is the installation part. As planks are put on the floor there will be noise and traffic as the crew will get busy installing. The wood planks are manufactured in such a way that it sits perfectly. After the planks are placed, to make it appear smooth it is sanded. During the sanding process, there can be dust all over the house unless there is a dustless sanding system that can contain the spread and leaves no mess. 

To make the hardwood flooring look beautiful, it needs to be stained and refinished. Staining makes the floor look unique and fabulous. After staining, the floor is left to dry. Once dried, it needs multiple coats to ensure it gets the right finish. The hardwood floor is buffed and vacuumed to remove any dust in-between each coating. Choosing a quick-drying, safe, durable and environmental-friendly top-coat is recommended. Top-coats come in various shades ranging from low-luster to high-gloss finish or anything in-between. The quality of the topcoat decides how long the flooring looks good so always insist on the best.

Using the floor

After the finishing is done, the floor should not be used for 2 to 3 hours. After this period, people can walk on it with stockings. If you have pets it is recommended that they are not allowed for a couple of days as the topcoat can get chipped. The entire flooring takes about 7 to 10 days to get fully done. Furniture should be moved only after 10 days to ensure there are no damages to the flooring. 

Hardwood flooring not only looks stunning but adds great value to your home provided it is installed properly. Hire a qualified professional to install the hardwood floors so that your floors look chic and elegant.

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Hallway Hardwood Flooring Install Progress (Plus A Few Installation Tips From A DIYer) – Addicted 2 Decorating®

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Yesterday, I got started on the installation of the hardwood flooring in the hallway, and I got about 2/3 of the way through. At one time, I had mentioned trying a herringbone pattern for the hallway, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized I didn’t want to introduce yet another pattern in this small area.

My hallway bathroom is bright and colorful, the hallway has striped walls, and as I showed you yesterday, I want the guest bedroom to be fun and colorful as well. And I have something really interesting planned for the home gym. So I wanted to keep the hallway floor calm.

Plus, every time I come across this older picture of the hallway and music room, I just love how the flooring is all continuous through this area…

So I decided to keep it simple and install the new flooring just like the original flooring. Here’s the progress I made…

Some parts of this installation were a little tricky for this DIYer (although they would have been a breeze for a pro), so I wanted to share with you how I handled some of the tricky areas.

I started the install in the cased opening between the music room and the hallway. The tricky part of this area was that the exposed edge of the original flooring board was the groove side, and in order to start the install right there, I needed that edge to be a tongue edge.

In order to change directions in the middle of a hardwood flooring install, they make these hardwood splines that can be inserted into the groove to act as a tongue. This allows you to put two groove edges together securely.

So I glued this spline right into the groove of the original floor board…

And then I was able to add the new board, going in the right direction, with the groove edge against that original board…

With the tongue now going in the right direction, I could proceed with installing the rest of the boards.

I had about 18 inches of flooring installation before I reached the next challenging area — the doorway into the bathroom. I decided to use two pieces of hardwood flooring going across the doorway as a transition, and then butt the hallway flooring right up next to those transition pieces…

The problem here is that I should have cut the tongue off of the board that went right next to the bathroom tile so that the groove edge was exposed. But I didn’t think to do that, and once that first board was wedged in there tightly, there was no getting it out.

So I ended up having to use my table saw to cut the the tongue off of the second board (i.e., the board that would butt up to the hallway floor boards). This gave me a smooth edge with neither a tongue nor a groove.

Now a professional in that situation probably would have taken the time to use his or her router to route a groove into that board. However, I am not a professional, and I didn’t have the appropriate router bit to cut a groove for hardwood flooring. So instead, I opted for wood glue. I simply made sure that I was putting a cut end right up against the cut edge (i.e., I didn’t leave the groove in the ends of the hallway floor boards, but I cut them off to give me a smooth end), and I added wood glue before installing those boards…

I feel confident that once that glue is dry, those boards will be securely in place against each other.

I got most of that flooring installed in that doorway before I hit the other doorway — the doorway between the hallway and the guest bedroom on the opposite wall.

This one was much easier. Because I’m not a pro and didn’t want to take a chance on lacing in the new boards with the old boards and making a real mess of things, I installed transition strips in this doorway as well. I used wood glue to install the first transition board up against the guest bedroom flooring. And on the second board, I left the tongue attached…

I was able to do leave that tongue attached because it was on the correct side for the grooves in the ends of the hallway boards to fit onto the tongue on the edge of the transition strip…

So those looked quite nice and fit together perfectly.

So the bottom line is that it just takes a little bit of thinking through which direction everything needs to go, which sides the tongues and grooves are on, and how everything is going to fit together. And as is always true when you’re a non-pro DIYer like me, you have to figure out how to improvise when we lack the skills and tools that the pros have. ? But even with my workarounds, I think this is going to look great once it’s sanded and finished.

A Special Note:

I got a comment on yesterday’s post from someone telling me how disappointed they were to come to my blog and see a political advertisement.

Y’all, I cannot stress this enough, so please hear me on this…

We bloggers do not choose the specific ads that appear on our blogs. An ad for a political candidate, product, or service, is not an endorsement from me.

Y’all know that my blog is a politics-free, current events-free zone. If there’s a tsunami in Asia, OF COURSE everyone is sad about it. Y’all don’t need commentary about it from me. The 2020 presidential race is just getting started, but y’all don’t need commentary from me about it.

So when it comes to ads, I have the ability to choose general categories of ads that appear or don’t appear on my blog. I can allow certain categories. I can exclude certain categories. I personally have chosen only family-friendly ads, and have chosen to exclude categories such as pharmaceutical drugs, gaming, dating, and yes…POLITICS.

But even though I have chosen to exclude those categories, sometimes those slimy little suckers will slip through the cracks. I don’t have any control over that, and again, those do not constitute an endorsement on my part, whether it’s the latest and greatest pharmaceutical drug that will cure your ailments, or whether it’s one of the 3,497 candidates running for POTUS.

If you see an ad on my blog that you find offensive or off-putting, feel free to tell me about it. But please understand that I can’t do anything about it if you just leave a general comment about how you’re offended because I had a political ad on my blog. I need to know details about the ad so that I can pass that detailed info along to the company that handles the ads on my blog. If they don’t have details, they can’t track down the ad and figure out how it slipped through the cracks.

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What Would Homeowners Do If They Could Do It Over Again?

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Philipsburg, PA   – If you’ve ever bought a home, you know the choices and tradeoffs can be overwhelming. Balancing what you want against what you can afford and what’s available, it’s hard to look back without a few regrets.

A national survey commissioned by Erie Insurance shows that while more than half of U.S. homeowners (53%) are happy with the features they chose for their homes, the rest (47%) regret one or more of them. Overall, homeowners are much more likely to regret not getting certain features than getting them.

For example, in terms of what they wanted and got but wouldn’t choose again, the biggest percentage (9%) say they wouldn’t get hardwood floors again. But, when asked a separate question about features they didn’t get but wish they had, a much larger percentage (16%) say they wished they had gotten hardwood floors. Granite countertops were second on the list of features homeowners wanted and got but wouldn’t choose again, with 8% saying that. But, more than twice as many homeowners (18%) regret that they did not get granite countertops.

Regardless of how they feel about their homes’ features, the survey found an overwhelming number of people are fond of their homes, with 95% saying they like or love them. The survey also asked some questions about homeowners insurance.

“We were pleased to see that the vast majority of people have very positive feelings about their homes, but we also learned that there are some knowledge gaps when it comes to how to best protect those homes if something goes wrong,” said  Tina Burns, Hrenko Insurance Agency, Inc..

“For example, we recommend homeowners have what’s called ‘guaranteed replacement cost’ coverage, which would pay to replace a home regardless of what it would cost in today’s dollars. But the survey found that more than four in 10 homeowners don’t know whether their policy has this coverage or not.” “It’s important for homeowners to understand their policy and how it works with a covered claim. We get to know our customers so we can help them choose the coverages they need ” said Burns.

“Guaranteed Replacement Cost is a coverage that a lot of our customers really appreciate. We work with them, so they keep us up-to-date on home improvements over $5,000—a requirement for Guaranteed Replacement Cost.”

When asked why they would not get certain features again, reasons ranged from feeling the feature was not worth the money, to being tired of it, to feeling that the feature is outdated now. In terms of features homeowners regret not getting, a walk-in pantry topped the list.

Below are the top 5 features homeowners wanted and got but would not choose again:

Feature Percentage who would not choose it again 1. Hardwood flooring 9.2% 2. Granite countertops 7.8% 3. Stainless steel appliances 7.6% 4. Fireplace 7.4% 5. Deck 7.2%

Below are the top 5 features homeowners didn’t get but wish they had:

Feature Percentage who now wish they had it 1. Walk-in pantry 30.2% 2. Granite countertops 17.8% 3. Kitchen island 16.8% 4. Tankless water heater 16.4% 5. Finished basement 16.2%

For more information please contact:

Hrenko Insurance Agency, Inc. Tina Burns, 962 Tyrone Pike Philipsburg, PA 16866-9312 814-342-5204 www.hrenko.com

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6 of the most durable flooring options for your home | AZ Big Media

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Are you looking to put new flooring in your home, but aren’t sure which option to choose?

When it comes to choosing new flooring, make a decision can be overwhelming. After all, there are so many options out there, how are you supposed to know which one is best for your home?

If you’re looking for a flooring option that is both durable and stylish, you’ve come to the right place.

Read on to learn about the most durable flooring options for your home.

1. Hardwood

Hardwood flooring isn’t just popular because of how versatile it is, it’s popular because it’s also super durable.

When properly maintained, these floors can last decades upon decades. Although they’re susceptible to water damage and cracking, hardwood floors are easy to clean and provide a stunning foundation for any style.

When choosing hardwood floors for your home, it’s important to keep the following in mind:

Wood Hardness

If durability is what you’re after, then it’s important that you choose the right species of wood for your home.

For example, pine wood can dent easily, whereas Brazilian redwood is extremely durable.

Tough Finish

Regardless of the type of wood you choose, you want to make sure that you choose the right finish, as this plays a huge role in the overall durability of the wood.

If your hardwood floor starts to look shabby after a while, you can always restain it and refinish it, which is one of the main reasons hardwood floors can last so long.

Care and Maintenance

All flooring needs care and maintenance, but this is especially so with hardwood floors. Try to keep pets and high heels off of your hardwood floors, and put area rugs down in high traffic areas.

As an alternative to hardwood, you may also want to consider engineered hardwood flooring.

2. Laminate

While laminate may not be the classiest of flooring options, it’s very affordable and also perhaps the most durable option on the market.

Quality laminate flooring can be found for $3 to $5 per square foot.

If you have a busy household that receives a lot of floor traffic, laminate flooring is a great option to consider. In addition to holding up well against foot traffic, laminate flooring is also scratch-resistant, noise-resistant, and spill-proof. In fact, many manufacturers offer a 25-year guarantee against wear and tear with laminate floors.

Laminate is also resistant to moisture and fading from the sun, making it a great alternative to hardwood floors.

3. Cork

If you’re looking for a flooring option that is durable and environmentally-friendly, look no further than cork flooring.

Thanks to its soft nature, it’s quiet and warm under the foot. Due to the springy quality of cork, it rebounds well from high traffic and minor dinks. However, due to the fact that it’s softer than wood, you need to treat it carefully. High heels, sharp objects, and dragging heavy objects across cork floors can all be a recipe for disaster.

But, if you treat it with care and attention, your cork flooring will have a very long lifespan. We suggest sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping your cork floors once per week. This will help remove dirt and debris that can scar the floors over time if left unattended.

You should also prepare to re-seal your cork floors on a regular basis with a protective coat or wax finish.

It’s also a good idea to place felt pads or protective coasters under your furniture, as bare furniture can leave dents in the floor over time.

4. Bamboo

Like cork, bamboo is another great eco-friendly flooring option.

Due to its sustainability, price, and stylish looks, bamboo has sky-rocketed in popularity over the last few years.

However, this popularity comes with a price, as now many companies are relying on overseas production to keep their pricing competitive. This has led to low-quality flooring entering the market.

For high-quality bamboo flooring, look for one that has 7 to 8 coats of aluminum oxide finish. It’s also a good idea to shop for wider planks, as this indicates higher standards of manufacturing and therefore, higher quality.

Also, make sure you purchase your bamboo flooring from a trusted manufacturer.

5. Vinyl

Vinyl is another great option for those on the hunt for durable flooring. Not only is vinyl inexpensive when compared to the other options on this list, but it’s also very stylish.

It also comes in a wide variety of patterns and colors, making it easy to find something to suit your style. If you spend a lot of time standing or cooking, vinyl is a great option, as its cushy structure can help alleviate muscle fatigue.

Vinyl is also great in the kitchen and other highly trafficked areas because it’s easy to take care of. Just some weekly sweeping and mopping is all you need to keep your vinyl floors in good shape. Vinyl is also stainproof and waterproof, making it a great option for those who have young children.

6. Stone

Last but not least, we have stone.

Due to its cool-to-touch surface, stone is a great option for those who live in warm climates. However, not all stone flooring is durable. For high durability, we recommend purchasing a non-porous stone flooring, such as slate or granite.

Stone is also incredibly stain-resistant, making it a great choice for families with pets and young children.

Most Durable Flooring: Which One Will You Choose?

Now that you know about the most durable flooring options on the market, it’s time to choose the right one for your home.

Before you know it, you’ll be walking on a brand new surface.

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The Hardwood Flooring Trends of 2020BECKI OWENS

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Becki Owens Summit Creek Project / Rebekah Westover Photography / Oasis Wood Flooring, Carmel Collection, Fresh Traditions

Hardwood adds warmth and organic beauty to every space, and is on the wish list of almost all our clients. But because its a big investment, choosing the width, color, and brand can be stressful. Today we are sharing what is trending, the looks we love, and some specific flooring we’ve used in recent projects. Read on for hardwood flooring trends of 2020!

Width: Trending on both sides of the Spectrum

Becki Owens Summit Creek Project / Rebekah Westover Photography / Oasis Wood Flooring, Carmel Collection, Fresh Traditions

Neither our clients nor followers can get enough of wide plank oak. We don’t blame them. The look is light and airy with fewer lines breaking up the space. Take a look at this post, Design Trend: Wide Plank Oak to see why it’s a look to keep on loving and to learn about the specific hardwood flooring brands and finishes we used in our projects last year.

On the opposite end of the width spectrum, narrow strip wood floors are increasing in popularity. These floors add a lot of beautiful texture to a space since there are more visible lines and different grain patterns. Because strip wood floors were popular in the 1940’s and 1950’s, when used in a new build, these floors have a more traditional feel that fits in with the New Traditional vibe that is trending. They are also becoming popular because if you are remodeling an older home, keeping the narrow strip hardwood and refinishing it, instead of replacing it, is a greener way to go.

Color: Warmer Darker Tones are Dominating our Favorite Designs

For years, everyone seemed to favor light woods with cool gray undertones in their hardwood, but the last few years have seen a resurgence in rich warm woods. Choose this if you are after a classic look or want to add contrast to a white, light-filled space.

Finish: Raw, Hand-scraped Looks

Becki Owens Torina Project / Pravada Flooring, Canvas Collection, Palette

A raw unfinished looking floor with artisan details like hand-scraping is the look most requested by clients. It creates a vibe that feels just a bit rustic and looks beautiful in coastal and modern farmhouse spaces. One downside of a raw wood floor? Maintenance. Read about the flooring we chose for our Torina Project. It uses Pravada’s Endura Finish for durability without the shellac look.

Keep it Fresh: Mix Wood Tones Throughout your Space

Playing with wood grains and colors in your flooring is part of a bigger trend of mixing wood tones through out a space. Layering woods in a space creates rich organic beauty. Embrace this years traditional warm dark tones, but keep it feeling fresh by mixing in lighter, ashier tones throughout the space.

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6 Ways to Make Your Front Porch Much More Welcoming

Your front porch is your very first chance to make a great impression on visitors as well as neighbors. A stark, vacant deck is uninviting as well as may offer others the impression that you’re hostile. Right here are six ways that you can dress up your front porch so your home looks welcoming as well as inviting to everybody.

1. Clear the Mess

Front porches typically come to be a catch-all for gardening supplies, hose pipes, yard accessories, playthings, as well as showing off equipment. Not just is all that clutter unsightly, it can be difficult to maneuver around as well as prospective visitors may hesitate about knocking on your door. Move everything right into the garage or shed to open up the area as well as produce room for more appealing items.

2. Include Lighting

Bright exterior lights allow everybody recognize that pleasant people are within and that burglars are not welcome. A pair of lamps on either side of your front door are an easy method to include light to an otherwise shadowy location. Or, if you have an encased entryway, a ceiling component will spread out the light around. You can likewise include solar lamps along your front pathway to lead the way to your front door in the evening hours.

3. Make Small Repairs

Peeling off paint, sagging gutters, as well as torn screens are an indication that you’re not that thinking about what others think of you or your home. Taking a weekend to spruce up your front porch will make your home look brand-new again as well as produce an inviting entryway that the neighbors will covet. If there’s cash left in the budget, include brand-new residence numbers, door hardware, or a brand-new mail box to refurbish the area.

4. Spruce up the Sidewalk

An inviting pathway will draw the eyes of your visitors right up to your front door, as well as hopefully their feet will follow. Freshen up mulch or crushed stone walkways with a couple of brand-new bags of material as well as scrub up concrete or stone walkways to provide brand-new life. Then, plant low-growing shrubs or blossoms to line the course as well as offer visitors the red-carpet treatment.

5. Include a Centerpiece

Since you have your front porch removed, rubbed down, as well as fixed up, as well as your pathway is leading visitors to the deck, it’s time to provide something intriguing to take a look at that when they get there. Include something that speaks with your individual style as well as have fun. Think of a rocking chair, an antique bicycle, a comfy bench as well as table for lemonade, or an old milk crate with seasonal decors.

6. Container Gardens: The Last Touch

Adding a couple of container yards are the excellent completing touch for developing an inviting front porch. For the most convenient low-maintenance alternatives, plant perennial blossoms as well as environment-friendlies that will return every year with little treatment. Or, plant seasonal annuals that you can transform with the periods: fragile flowers for springtime, passionate environment-friendlies for summer, as well as orange as well as yellow mums for the fall.

Creating an inviting front porch may appear like a great deal of hard work, yet it will settle in the long run. Your entryway will be the envy of the area as well as your visitors as well as visitors will aspire to find to your home to delight in all of the effort you have actually placed in to make them feel welcome.

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Prefinished vs. Unfinished Hardwood Flooring | Bob Vila

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The to-do lists are long in a home renovation—and that’s before you account for unexpected tasks like running to the store to pick up a new size of fasteners or redoing a splotchy paint job. So, when it comes to installing solid or engineered wood planks for new floors, I choose prefinished hardwood floors to simplify the installation, color application, and sealing into one step among numerous other reasons. Some pros may disagree. To decide what will work best in your home, first get to know what separates the two options with these key points in the case of prefinished vs. unfinished hardwood flooring.

You can walk on your new prefinished floor immediately.

With flooring that is finished on-site using oil-based polyurethane, the homeowner must wait days, sometimes even weeks, before moving furniture back into the room. Even though the floor may be dry to the touch, it will be vulnerable to scraping until the waiting time has elapsed and the finish has fully cured. I once had to shuffle around in socks and remain furniture-less for four weeks after applying three coats of poly to a floor. (Waterborne polyurethane finishes dry to touch quickly but can have varying cure times—some quite long.)

Prefinished floors have fewer VOCs to affect your family’s health.

For days after applying an oil-based polyurethane, you will smell and breathe in vapors from polyurethane resins and solvents. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) have been shown to be carcinogenic, and some waterborne polyurethanes produce them, too. Why not buy prefinished so that the curing takes place in a factory, not in your living room?

No worries about dust with prefinished flooring.

Dust and errant hairs are the enemy of on-site floor finishing, often caught as the stain goes down. But these annoyances won’t have any effect on your new prefinished flooring. You will, however, need to take measures to protect prefinished floors if you have contractors tromping around with tools and equipment en route to other jobs around the house.

Installation of prefinished flooring can be done in one session.

There’s no necessity of staying home to complete the various stages of an on-site finishing job—sanding, sealing, staining, applying polyurethane, and so on. A crew of two had our 300-square-foot solid wood floor installed, with underlayment, in only about two hours.

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Factory-applied finishes are nearly flawless

Not only are they better than what homeowners or contractors can apply on-site, but these factory-applied finishes are also incredibly durable and often come with a lifetime warranty. The Mullican red oak flooring, shown above, will stay new-looking for longer. It came with a PPG UV-cured resin and nanoparticle coating that is highly scratch- and abrasion-resistant. I can’t even scratch it with my fingernails.

Prefinished floors come at a lower cost.

Prefinished solid wood floors initially cost more than unfinished wood flooring—about $2 per square foot for a good grade of red oak. But once you factor in finishing costs, prefinished ends up being less expensive.

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Okay, you’ve heard my arguments. But some homeowners and many contractors disagree with me and prefer site-finishing wood floors for the following reasons.

Unfinished floors are preferred when the space is under construction or large renovation.

Many contractors prefer to wait until the end of the job to finish the floor. That way, a dropped tool or a mortar pebble under a work boot can’t mar the finished floor—and ruin customer relations.

Starting with unfinished flooring offers a greater choice of finishes.

There is no question that the site-finished route opens up a greater variety of choices with respect to color and shade. Prefinished products, however, come in more species and stains than ever before.

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Unlike prefinished floorboards, unfinished boards have no bevels.

Prefinished floorboards usually have micro-bevels on all edges. These bevels hide slight discrepancies between board depths and widths. Inevitably, some homeowners will prefer the flush look of site-sanded floors, as they feature no such grooves and can be finished to a mirror-like surface.

What’s your preference? Perhaps the hassles of site-finishing will be worth it to you—for one or all of the reasons above. But for homeowners like me, prefinished floors are the future.

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Laminate Flooring vs. Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood Flooring

When it comes to new flooring for your home, laminate and engineered hardwood flooring are two great choices if you want the look of natural hardwood. They are both very similar and have grown a lot over the last few decades. But, how do you know which one is the right one for you? Well, that’s why we have this blog to help you out!

What is Laminate?

Laminate flooring is made up of four different layers: the backing layer, the core layer, the image layer, which is actually a photograph of various materials, and the wear layer. Laminate flooring is also called a “floating floor” because it isn’t fastened directly to a subfloor. Instead, individual planks snap together to create tight seams and are then put down over a thin underlayment pad. That means laminate flooring can go directly over old flooring without nailing, gluing or having to remove the existing flooring.

To learn more about the basics of laminate flooring, check out our other blog here.

What is Engineered Hardwood Flooring?

Engineered wood flooring has a similar construction as laminate except the top decorative layer is a thick veneer of real wood protected by a coating of a clear acrylic. The natural top layer makes engineered wood just as durable as traditional hardwood and provides the same classic, timeless look.

To learn more about the basics of engineered hardwood flooring, check out our other blog here.

Pros and Cons

Laminate flooring and engineered hardwood are like close relatives in a family. They obviously look alike, have similar genes but they have contrasting personalities and slightly different physical makeups. They have different pros and cons that make up their personalities and rock their own unique features.


Both laminate and engineered hardwood flooring are available in a variety of prices. Prices usually rise with laminate flooring due to the AC ratings, the higher the rating, (the higher the price), added technology, spill protection and surface textures.

Engineered floors will have a higher price depending on the top wood veneer thickness, style, species and brand. If price plays a role in your decision, engineered hardwood flooring will generally be a higher price, but it’s not always the case.


Laminates and engineered hardwoods are made very similarly, making them both a very durable product. The major difference between laminate’s and engineered hardwood’s durability will be found on the surface. Since engineered hardwoods have a real hardwood veneer, they are more susceptible to surface scratches, dents and expansion; however, most of these floors come with a protective top layer that helps protect against the wear. But, with engineered hardwood, the top layer is truly hardwood, so it can be sanded and refinished.

Water Resistance

Laminate flooring is more resistant to water than natural hardwood flooring but only on the top surface. The floor can swell and get ruined if the sides and the bottom of the flooring get wet.

If laminate gets wet on the sides or underneath, you can’t refinish it. Instead, you will need to replace the damaged flooring. For this reason, spills should always be wiped up immediately and laminate shouldn’t be installed in rooms that are moist or humid like bathrooms.

Engineered hardwood is also more resistant to water than traditional hardwoods. Due to the construction, it won’t expand or contract in humid rooms, making it different than laminate flooring and ideal for installation in below-grade rooms where hardwoods can’t be installed.

Ease of Installation

Laminate installation is more of a DIY go-to material than engineered wood floors. Installing laminate planks doesn’t require any nailing or glue like some types of engineered hardwood. It’s a simple interlocking tongue-and-groove system that can typically be installed in a day.

One major difference when it comes to installing these floors is the subfloor requirements. A laminate floor can be floated and almost all flooring can be floated except carpet. An engineered hardwood floor needs a more stable and structurally sound subfloor.

Appearance/Color & Styles

Laminate manufacturers use advanced printing processes to create flooring that looks and feels just like hardwood. These processes allow you to choose from replicates of many of the most popular species of wood, like oak, hickory and walnut in a variety of shades.

Engineered hardwood’s upper layer is made of real wood. Many of the same species in traditional hardwoods are used in the construction of the flooring, including traditional species like maple, pine, mahogany, and even Brazilian cherry. Engineered hardwoods are also available in many shades and styles.

Care & Maintenance

Laminate is quite easy to care for. You can clean it on a daily basis with a broom, dust mop or vacuum cleaner to use on bare floors. And for more extensive cleaning, you can use a dry mop or cloth. Never use a wet mop, because water can damage laminate flooring. Avoid steam mops as well as any wax polishes or cleaners. The last thing you need is an extremely slippery surface that can cause physical damage!

To learn more about laminate flooring cleaning tips, check out our other blog here.

Daily cleaning of engineered hardwood flooring is similar to laminate care. You can clean up dirt, dust and debris using a broom or dust mop. You can also use a hardwood vacuum.

However, it must be appropriate for use on bare floors. Regular vacuums can scratch and damage engineered hardwoods. It’s best to avoid harsh cleaners, wet mops and steam mops as well. This is because excessive moisture can damage the floors.

After going through the similarities and the differences, it’s clear to see that the winner of engineered hardwood vs. laminate flooring is really up to you. Both are strong, durable floors that are less expensive than natural wood but mimic the natural wood floor beautifully and are easy to keep looking new and fresh. So, give each of these details some thought, come to one of our showrooms to see the ones we carry in person and determine what one is the best for you and your home.

At Avalon Flooring, we want to make sure you’re happy from your first step in our showroom to your first step on your new flooring—and as your partner in home design, we’ll be there every step along the way. Consider us your “One-Stop Shopping” destination for all things flooring…(and window treatments)!

Our design consultants are equipped with the knowledge to guide you through the wide selection of products we offer, and our expert installation team is professionally trained to make sure everything gets installed the way you envision. We know your home is an expression of your sense of style, and we’re here to make sure you’ll be proud of it for years to come.

If you have any questions, please email us.

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WSHG.NET | Design Trends in 2020 — Advice from the Experts | Featured, The Home | January 13, 2020 | WestSound Home & Garden

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Design Trends 2020So many new trends coming our way for 2020. It’s been exciting to watch design ideas evolve. See what’s coming in new designs from colors and furniture to flooring and surfaces.

Every year, we gather our panel of design experts to discuss what are some of the hottest design trends.

In 2020, expect to see more high-performing fabrics, natural-looking finishes, natural materials like wood, and more recycled and upcycled choices for the environmentally conscious. Colors and patterns are becoming bolder. And, of course, the home is becoming more high-tech — there are new apps for just about everything!

As any good designer will tell you, trends come and go. The best advice for creating a timeless look is to choose based on quality, your personality and your lifestyle.

We’ve asked 15 designers to weigh in on what new and returning trends they are seeing, and to share some advice on how to use these trends for fresh design ideas.

Alinda MorrisAlinda Morris

Alinda Morris Interior Design LLC
Gig Harbor • 253-579-8431
alindamorris [at] gmail [dot] com

Alinda Morris is a nationally published, award-winning interior design professional, habitual remodeler, adventurous creative, entrepreneur, wife and mom, specializing in full service, luxury residential interior design: Custom furnishings, unique kitchens and artfully designed bathrooms, attention to details, and clean, updated spaces are her specialties. She has the experience, education and talent to provide interior styling that includes furniture procurement and installation. She also offers thoughtful space planning, detailed floor plans, elevations, sketches, finish selections, cabinet drawings and furnishings to take your remodeling project from beginning to magazine-ready completion.

Alinda Morris notes a move away from the cooler gray interior colors in favor of brighter whites and warmer neutrals that are earthy and approachable, like Benjamin Moore pale oak and White Dove.

“These colors work well in both modern and traditional spaces because we are drawn to restorative colors found in nature,” she says. “In the spring, we will start seeing pastel colors ranging from pinks to blues and greens in both warm and cool hues. A powder room, laundry room or guest room is a great place to incorporate a fun, playful color.”

Bold: Colors such as deep purple, moss green and terracotta have been particularly popular.

Wall coverings: Wild exotics and defined patterns — anything inspired by botany — is very popular. Nature-inspired patterns and textures are also on trend.

Counter surfaces: Engineered stone continues to be the most popular. It is consistent in color and available in large sizes. Manufacturers claim it won’t stain and is nonporous. Therefore, it is low-maintenance and very easy to clean. It is only heat-resistant up to 300 degrees (some as 225 degrees) because of the resin that is used to hold the quartz particles together. Heat pads or trivets are recommended to protect the finish.

“If your budget allows, you can opt for a porcelain surfaces that is truly heat-resistant, like Dekton and Neolith. They are available in large sizes and different thicknesses,” Morris says.

Man-made products have a lot to offer but if you love the depth and variation of natural stone, she suggests sticking with granite.

“It is still very durable and beautiful. We love the leather finishes that are popular right now,” she says.

Fabrics: High-performance fabrics are very popular and can be soft and durable. Look for fabrics such as Crypton and Revolution — they can repel liquids, resists stains and reduce odors. Slipcovers in washable fabrics are still popular for easy maintenance.

Floor coverings: Morris recommends engineered flooring in wide plank. Brushed oak in beachy, washed finishes works well in our region over more exotic wood species. In tile, the trend is toward defined patterns and geometric designs and shapes. Three-dimensional tile in wood and ceramic is very popular in showrooms and widely available — consider your corners and the edge detail of these products.

Furniture: Lighter wood finishes, cerused ebonized oak in light gray was consistent throughout High Point Market this fall. Organic materials and textures are inspired by the 1970s.

“We saw both rattan and cane furniture in bed frames, mirrors and lampshades in a wide variety of tactile finishes. We also saw lots of curved furniture, smoked glass. The ’70s revival trend is really fun and we look forward to seeing if design enthusiasts embrace it,” she says.

Lighting: Look for statement pieces in luxe finishes, mixed metals like aged brass. LED lighting has come a long way and continues to lead innovation in both interior fixtures and architectural lighting.

Finishes: Brass, bronze and champagne are popular.

Windows and doors: Black or graphite finishes are trending.

Window treatments: Trends include automation, natural textures and more modern profiles.

Morris’ advice to the homeowner for incorporating trends is to “start with the envelope of your space and build on the pieces you already own.”

“Have fun with trends,” she says. “Surround yourself with furnishings that you enjoy and try not to take it too seriously.”

Janet WeberJanet Weber

Janet Weber Interior Design
Poulsbo • 360-626-4484

Janet Weber owns and operates her own interior design business with the goal of creating atmospheres that are unique and well-suited to each client’s values, lifestyle and personality. She assists clients in realizing the vision for their homes and commercial spaces by guiding them through each phase of the design process, from the initial space planning to the final selection and placement of accessories. Weber received her bachelor of arts degree from Washington State University and has been working in the industry since 1986. Her professional involvements include Design on Broadway in Everett, Markie Nelson Interior Design in Seattle and Fine Home on Bainbridge Island.

Design Trends 2020Janet Weber believes that the “fifth wall” — the ceiling — is becoming an important aspect in design. “The ceiling of your room can be painted, paneled, wallpapered or lit to create an illusion of height or just incorporate another design element,” she says.

She says the open-concept house is being challenged by more closed-off spaces.

“I love the open concept but can see that people want to be able to close off certain areas of the house at certain times,” she says. “This involves a division of environments with natural elements like screens or sliding doors.”

Home offices are also evolving, no longer simply tucked away from the rest of the house.

“People are working more and more from home but they don’t want to be segregated,” Weber says. “They do want to be able to clean up easily and stash their work at the end of the day. This involves creative use of wall screens and mobile furniture overlapping leisure and work environments.”

Design Trends 2020Colors: Benjamin Moore just named “First Light” its color of the year — a rosy pink that is light and airy. The Sherwin Williams color of the year is Naval, which is a rich, dark blue that is grayer than the original navy blue.

Green will be an important color this year in almost any shade. Behr’s color of the year is Back to Nature, a soft green shade. PPG’s color of the year is Chinese Porcelain, an orchid blue with violet undertones.

“I have also seen mint colors coming on strong already and I think that trend will continue,” she says.

Weber says that while color is coming back in a big way, those who went all in with gray shouldn’t be alarmed — gray is still a focus but in a warmer tone with less blue.

Counter surfaces: The recycled countertops are getting more popular. They use 100 percent recycled glass to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind countertops. Ultra-compact surfaces are also in demand — made from a blend of glass, porcelain and quartz, fused and compressed under very high pressure.

Design Trends 2020“This type of countertop has zero porosity, is heat-proof and almost indestructible. It is also extremely beautiful and different than any other countertop,” she says.

One of Weber’s personal favorites, soapstone, is making a resurgence of sorts for some people who love a natural material. “It does scratch but those scratches can be buffed out,” she says.

Fabrics: Polka dots, geometric designs and shiny metallic materials are trending, along with less realistic looking animal prints and organic patterns.

“I read that boucle fabric is coming back with ‘grandmother’ trends using lacey styles like raschel and anglaise,” she adds.

Floor coverings: It looks like carpeting is coming on strong in 2020. People are being drawn to the soft nature of carpeting. Hardwood flooring is still the most popular floor, or at least floors that look like hardwood. Luxury vinyl tile is still the most rapidly expanding floor in the marketplace. Parquet floors are making a comeback, as well as wood floors laid in a herringbone or angled pattern.

Dark colors for the floor are the “in” look, but blonds and whitewashed options are still popular. Environmentally friendly choices like bamboo, cork and engineered wood are also good options.

Furniture: The art deco style is coming back into vogue. Curves and organic shapes, smaller-scale furniture and modular furniture are also coming on strong.

Design Trends 2020“Living spaces are getting smaller so furniture is getting smaller and more versatile,” she says. “Multifunctionality and sustainability are the buzz words in furniture for 2020.”

Some specific trends are black-steel, tubular designs and privacy chairs with high backs. There’s a trend using cane seats and backs on furniture and natural elements.

Lighting: Large-scale lighting pieces that create a focal point in the room will be popular in 2020. Neon is making a comeback, as well as linear and geometric shapes in light fixtures. Sconces are becoming more popular, especially as bedside lamps. Natural materials like wood, grass and burlap are big in the lighting industry.

“A personal favorite are the wood beads on chandeliers, basket pendants and burlap lamp shades,” she says.

The bare light bulb is on its way out, but clear pendants are still very popular. Gold and black finishes are the most popular but silver leaf is coming on very strong for next year.

Finishes: Weber loves penny tile, which is becoming very popular.

“It has such a unique look and comes in every color imaginable,” she says.

Matte and honed finishes are popular and more natural looking, and Weber is keeping an eye on leather tile, which looks amazing and wears well.

Design Trends 2020Windows and doors: Other trends include: Black frames are still popular but white frames will not be going out of style. Window screens are going away. You can still get them but people are opting out. Painted front doors are still very popular, especially blue.

Window treatments: Curtains are coming back and motorization and home automation will be big in 2020. In keeping with the “green” movement, bamboo, woven shades and wood blinds are popular.

Green options: Reclaimed materials are huge and plentiful.

“I just sent away for leather floor samples and leather wall material made out of recycled belts,” she says. “The leather in the tile is all from recycled materials. I can’t wait to get these samples and see how I can use them.”

Another idea she saw was sustainable lamp shades made out of fallen leaves, made by Italian company Miyuca Design.

Her advice to the homeowner is to ask around and use social media to your advantage.

“People you know can give you recommendations for interior designers and general contractors to help with your project. Use this magazine for information as well,” she says. “I have a professional Houzz site and I use Houzz often to get ideas and see new products.”

Kae RosenbergKae Rosenberg

Kae Rosenberg Design
Seattle • 206-784-0117
kaerosenberg [at] comcast [dot] net

Kae Rosenberg Design & Consulting collaborates with clients, combining interior design and interior architecture to synthesize beauty and functionality into each project. It is always a bespoken reflection of its occupant. Rosenberg is a member of the local chapter of NKBA.

The overall trends that Kae Rosenberg is seeing include midcentury style, but she notes that her clients are trending toward “organic modernism.”

Design Trends 2020“There is also an ethnic trend that is building in the market-place and I think it will gain popularity in 2020,” she says.

Other trends include:

She also says that her clients are requesting green options, as well as universal design, without her suggesting it or “pushing” them in that direction.

Connie LaMontConnie LaMont

LaMont Design, Inc.
Poulsbo • 360-779-7227
connie [at] lamontdesigninc [dot] com

Connie LaMont has been an interior designer and colorist in the Pacific Northwest since 1993. She holds a bachelor’s degree in arts from the University of California in Irvine and a second bachelor’s from the Interior Designers Institute in Newport Beach, Calif. LaMont and her architect husband, Wayne, own LaMont Design Inc. in Poulsbo. Some of their joint projects include Austin Towers in Poulsbo and Elkhorn Place in Sequim.

Connie LaMont says midcentury design is still trending like crazy. Sleek, tailored architecture is everywhere, and is being filled with furnishings that have that same sleek tailoring.

Design Trends 2020“Although the midcentury trend is strong, I see it paired with other authentic and vintage pieces that can soften the sometime-austere feeling connected with a minimalism interior,” she says.

Colors: “Whites have been ‘cleansing’ our palettes for the last year or so, and we’re starting to bring back some boldness within our interiors to make a statement,” she says.

LaMont says navy blues, steel grays and blacks, saturated reds and teals have been strong elements but not always with just a wall. Some interiors have needed cabinetry, fireplace structures or large pieces of furniture like sofas to be the statement piece within the home. Soft sand and linen tones have become a backdrop for these statement colors. White trims and ceilings are most often her preference.

Counter surfaces: Countertops have become “functional art” within most homes in the past decade or so. Solid surfaces have taken the place of tile years ago, and the rule of thumb has become that the stronger the countertop surface, the better. Quartz and quarzite, along with granite and concrete, are still the most durable and beautiful countertops.

Design Trends 2020“In the right circumstance, I will still bring in some copper or slumped glass for some functional art,” she says.

Fabrics: Natural, textural fabrics are the most interesting and luxurious, but not always the most durable. Sunbrella knockoffs, like Perennials fabric, are wonderful; and furniture from Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware have delicious fabrics to chose from that look and feel like linen or silk but hold their shape and have longevity for your investments.

Floor coverings: LaMont has been a fan of luxury plank vinyl since it was called commercial-grade vinyl year ago.

“I love the durability, as well as all of the beautiful styles and sizes that it now comes in,” she says. “It not only looks like wood, but it sounds like wood, too. We can have the luxurious, warm look of wood, but it can be in our kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms, as well as our entries, with all but no maintenance.”

Furniture: Sectionals are still a great choice to bring into any great room or family room. It gives seating for two, with the option for many. Another good choice for these spaces would be a pair of two-seaters, known as love seats, in conjunction with at least two swivel chairs, known as barrel chairs.

Design Trends 2020“Seating for two, with the option for many, is a great way to plan your furniture purchases,” LaMont says.

Lighting: Light fixtures are more and more an art form. With the trend of midcentury design, light fixtures became even more of a statement piece than in years past.

“I encourage my clients to notice ‘what stops them in their tracks’ when they are looking at lighting, as well as other details within their homes, like furniture, artwork, etc. If it actually stops you in your tracks, it most likely will continue to bring you joy in the years to come,” she says.

Finishes: Finishes that are either shimmering (not shiny) or textural.

“And if a piece of furniture, a light fixture, a tile for your backsplash has both of these elements, it’s a win-win situation,” she says.

Design Trends 2020Windows and doors: Tall and tailored doors and windows are becoming the norm. And if your budget isn’t allowing for the 8-foot height (that is also becoming the norm), then having a transom window above your doors and windows (depending on your architectural style) is a way to bring the elongated vertical height within your interiors. Simple trim on both the interior and exterior of your home is also trending.

Window treatments: Roller shades, sometimes referred to as solar shades, have been her “go-to.” They allow the view to be unobstructed but control the amount of sunshine and privacy within homes.

“More and more of my clients are creating outdoor living spaces. Whether it’s new construction with a purposefully designed covered porch, or if it’s done with a patio cover over an existing uncovered porch, clients are enjoying the mild seasons here in the Pacific Northwest by adding outdoor propane heaters and fire tables,” she says. “The same use of roller shades (aka solar shades) is a great application on the exterior as well as the interior.”

Natural materials: There are still great applications for natural, live-edge wood. Lightweight concrete is a beautiful and durable countertop surface for kitchens and baths, as well as mantels and walls.

LaMont’s advice to the homeowner is to do an online search for professionals in your area, whether it’s for an interior designer, architect, builder, etc.

“You can take a look at their website to see some of their projects, and not be pressured,” she says. “Then if you like what you see, you can give them a call or pop them an email.”

Cate AdamsCate Adams

Arnold’s Home Furnishings
Bremerton • 360-377-5582

Cate Adams has a degree in art and design from the University of London and has worked in London, Paris and Spain. Adams eventually settled in the Pacific Northwest. She currently serves as an interior designer with Arnold’s Home Furnishings. She lives with her husband, Jack, in Silverdale.

Cate Adams says that casual finishes and materials continue to dominate home interiors this year. Woods ranging from white oak and maple to acacia and mango have lower sheen and wire-brushed finishes, highlighting grain patterns and giving pieces a tactile appeal.

Colors: Lighter taupe tones, contrasting with darker woods or metals, have replaced some of the grays that have dominated in recent years. But no worries to recent buyers, she adds — grays are not going away anytime soon.

Design Trends 2020Finishes: Consumers have probably noticed the introduction of many mixed metals — iron, brass and copper are popping up everywhere as accents.

Fabrics: The “super” fabrics are being requested more and more.

“About 95 percent of our incoming fabrics are 100 percent polyester,” she says. “We see it in velvets, ‘cottons,’ textures, brocades and linen looks. Polyester wears well and cleans well — it’s ideal for home furnishings.”

Furniture: Contemporary sofas with track arms are very popular, as are sofas with attached chaises. Navy blue, teal, aqua — in fact, all shades of blue — continue to dominate. There are lots of novelty pillows, such as puppy prints, being seen on the solid, larger pieces.

Almost all the newer motion pieces are coming in with power controls.

Design Trends 2020“Many consumers are intimidated by this, but they are available with rechargeable batteries for situations where the furniture needs to float, and the furniture actually lasts longer as the frames are not taking a continual racking motion,” Adams says. “There are now an amazing variety of positions and options on the control panels, with head tilt and lumbar support increasingly common. The recliners and lift chairs cater to a multitude of health problems and are simply extremely comfortable.”

Lighting: Floor lamps take on multiple tasks with reading lights and up lights in one. Mixed metals, ceramics and glass lamps add shine and pop to all spaces.

Other details: Accessories such as oversized art pieces and patterned area rugs look wonderful with large, solid pieces, and they bring life to a room.

Faux plants are also a huge plus. They add fluff, curves, softness and greenery to rooms that are generally angular.

“The silks have improved dramatically in recent years and are no longer a sign of failure and embarrassment to those of us with purple thumbs,” she says.

Her advice to those in the decorating mood is to ask for help if you are floundering.

“A new look for your space need not be expensive, but if larger pieces are necessary, you don’t want to make a mistake,” she says. “Have fun and add some color.”

Nancy FinnesonNancy Finneson

Gig Harbor • 253-973-8442
nancy [at] demanedesign [dot] com

Nancy Finneson, AKBD, CAPS, CLIPP, Allied ASID, is an award-winning interior designer and kitchen and bath designer. She attended the Art Institute of Chicago and later received a degree in interior design. She is a certified associate kitchen and bath designer with the National Kitchen and Bath Association, a certified aging in place specialist, certified living in place professional and an allied member of the American Society of Interior Designers. After spending many years in the San Francisco Bay area, Finneson now makes her home on the beautiful Puget Sound. She loves working with people and enriching their lives by helping create spaces that inspire, entertain and function brilliantly. One of her favorite projects has been adopting and creating a room for the new YMCA domestic violence shelter in Tacoma. Recently she was honored with three first-place and one second-place awards for design from the prestigious American Society of Interior Designers.

Design Trends 2020Nancy Finneson says that the challenge of designing the modern home has evolved. The large, mini mansions are few and far between.

“We consider how much space do we really need and want, with the thought that we don’t want to be wasteful or extravert at the environment’s expense,” she says. “The balance is a happy medium that I discuss with clients and requires creative design solutions. Our homes area a place to rest, entertain and handle our daily activities. The design needs to include space for work and inspirations.”

A must-have are “gathering” areas throughout your home, places where people can gather and converse — seating in the kitchen; a banquette, a table or stools at the counter.

“In the living/family room, make sure you can face each other with sofas and chairs. Swivel chairs make it easy, and an ottoman is also great because it can be moved around with little effort,” she says.

This year is about geometric balance and not overdoing it. “We are on overload; patterns being seen in design in our households are everywhere: tiles, wallpaper, flooring, fixtures, bedding and dishware, to name a few. Be strategic and selective on how much works in a room,” Finneson says.

Colors: A slash of paint can make or break a room. Color forecasts for 2020 range from soothing to bold. For a soothing look, try Benjamin Moore Crystalline and First Light (a neutral pink that is really more of a neutral rather than pink), and Sherwin Williams Misty. More dramatic hues are Sherwin Williams rich Granite Peak and Benjamin Moore’s Cushing Green.

Design Trends 2020“Most of my clients gravitate toward neutral pallets for walls, seeking out color with accents with pillows, window treatments and accessories,” she says. “To offset quiet paint colors, highlight with a different color — think shades of charcoal, deep blues or greens. If you’re not afraid of color, give it an edge with deep tones; they can give a cozy, secure feel to a room.”

Counter surfaces: Engineered quartz is still the preferred countertop material over granite and stone. Many engineered quartzes mimic natural veining that is organically seen in certain marbles and granites. Veining patterns are dominating the market and will continue next year. They range from striking dramatic to subtle, most often in whites with veining in gray, tan or black. For a more dramatic look, white veining on black is also popular.

“Don’t rule out natural stones,” she adds. “I’m excited to see that quartzite, a natural stone that is harder than granite, is available. It has a natural beauty and depth, but don’t confuse it with manufactured quartz surfacing or marble.”

Another popular countertop surface made by Mother Nature is soapstone. It has a nice feel and touch and is naturally heat-resistant and chemical-free.

“When selecting, no matter what material you use, always try to see a full-size slab,” she advises. “Small 4-by-4 samples don’t always represent what your countertop may look like.”

Fabrics: Textures in fabrics with a focus on velvet and boucle are coming in 2020. Boucle is not flat but instead is a raised curled/looped yarn.

“Many may associate the fabric with Coco Chanel’s iconic boucle tweed jacket. However, 2020 will update that look with new colorways and uses,” she says.

Velvets and velvet textures are in the living room on sofas and in the bedroom with bedding. Velvets are vibrant in blues, burnt orange and shades of taupe.

Design Trends 2020Wall coverings have made a comeback with great textures and bold patterns, and options are endless and amazing. Three-dimensional wall coverings are seen across the globe with detailed patterns in bold colors. There are the classic materials like grass cloth, but now they are stained in lovely colorways like deep blue or pewter.

“The materials used have improved dramatically, giving us more options for placement without feeling like we’re taking a risk,” Finneson says. “Use it in any room in your home, entries, mud rooms, laundry rooms, kitchens, bathrooms, a den or living room.”

Floor coverings: Finneson looks for trends that she believes will have longevity in the marketplace. Elongated planks made a big splash a few years back and are here to stay. For a comfortable presentation with wood, go with 6- to 8-inch wide and 24- to 48-inch-long planking. Matte and satin have replaced high-gloss finishes.

Dark floors have become less popular. The gray tones are in their own grouping, still on trend and widespread. Lighter woods, with wide planks, tend to make a room feel larger and more open and casual. Darker woods tend to make a space feel more traditional and formal. In both cases, it all depends how you dress the space with furnishings and the architecture of a home.

Patterns in flooring is a huge hit. Chevron and herringbone patterns are similar, with the later being less expensive to install. “Laying flooring in diagonally will modernize your home, but does cost a bit more with material and labor,” she says. Wirebrushed and distressed finishes are also current. They have the benefit of not showing dust and dirt as readily as a flat finish, making it popular for busy lifestyles.

Carpets and area rugs with character are still strong in the design corner. Character is the key — think bold patterns, not necessarily bold colors. Low-pile heights are popular, as they are easier to clean and you don’t see marks when moving furniture such as dining chairs. Statement area rugs set the tone for the home. Size matters, so make sure the carpet fits the area you want to place it in; bigger is always better. A carefully selected carpet will add luxury and is an investment to be enjoyed.

Design Trends 2020Furniture: No more grouped sets of furniture. If you want a space to look curated and unique, make sure you blend new with old, introduce different styles that complement each other. In the bedroom, four-poster and canopy beds are coming back, but they are modern and simple with slender framing.

Lighting: Choose bold lighting and make it the focus of a room. This year, pendants and chandeliers in organic and geometric shapes are present. Geometric shapes have a modern flare with circles, spheres and squares in glass or framed in metals. Organics can look like hand-blown droplets of water in varied sizes and color. Shade materials are going natural with burlap, basket weaves and tree bark.

Sconces with swing arms are also finding to be useful and add style in bedrooms, casual rooms and kitchen nooks where directional lighting is a plus. Recessed lighting is still a favorite because of its diversity of function. It can accent art or illuminate a room with a minimalistic look that is uncluttered.

“The use of a combination of lighting — natural, ambient, task, accent and task lighting — make a space livable, comfortable and pleasing to be in,” she says.

Light strips, most commonly used as undercabinet lighting in kitchens, are being used more all over the home inside and out. All offer functional and decorative elements in areas such as toe kicks, under wall-hung cabinetry (like a vanity in a bath), the edge of a countertops, steps on a staircase, in bookcases and shelving, cove ceiling moldings, incorporated in the railing on decks and interiors.

Finishes: Finishes that are trending in metals are gold tones, not brassy gold, but brushed and refined. An example is gold hardware that can accent well with most wood tones and is wonderful with painted hues of blue, charcoal and black. Black as an accent color in hardware and fixtures is very much a part of the new standard.

“It can accent cabinets and tile wonderfully, just remember to not overdo it,” she says.

Windows and doors: Let the light in with windows, doors and skylights. Any space where you can add natural light makes Northwesterners with our gray days happy and joyful. In kitchens, many are forging wall cabinets and replacing them with windows. The lost storage is replaced with better, more accessible and organized storage.

Skylights and light tunnels are high on home improvements. They can also make a small space feel larger, not closed-in, and give ventilation without compromising privacy. They are being added in entries, hallways, small bathrooms, stairwells, offices — the list is endless.

Design Trends 2020“One consideration with skylights is determining if you may require a shade — if so, I advise you do it at installation,” Finneson says.

The barn-style door is still being embraced in remodeling today. It can be used in many places: closets, bedrooms and pantries, and dividing spaces like the dining room from a family room. Door hardware ranges from modern to rustic. The door panels range just as much as hardware styles, with decorative panels such as carved wood or metal grillwork. If used in a space that would enjoy light, defused glass panels work well.

Window treatments: Window treatments are all about motorization. Technology with the ability to raise and lower shades, blinds and drapes through a remote, your phone or tablet is here to stay. Power can be supplied with batteries, or when remodeling, talk about the option of shades in the planning stage, as hard-wired power is most efficient.

“Child-safe products are not a trend, but each year, there are more cordless offerings to keep us safe,” she says.

New green options: New life comes from previously discarded products. Leather floor tiles can be very green, and some manufacturers are making them with leftover scraps from furniture and shoes retrieved from tanneries. Bio-glass, another green product, is 100 percent postconsumer recycled glass that is made into countertops. Coco decorative tiles are new to the market. They are made from the leftover coco bean shells.

“Homeowners are more aware of the environment and willing to take the extra step to assure how they live reflects their beliefs,” she says. “We now can recycle in style in the kitchen. There are many recycling centers/drawers that pull out with the touch of your knee or finger, allowing for easy access. Composting kitchen waste can now be directly swept away into a recessed sealed bin in your countertop.”

Natural materials: More natural woods and shapes are used in furniture, like a branch or log table base. Basketry and wicker are fresh and alive, and it’s not painted white as in the past. Bamboo, which is a quickly renewable resource, is being used more in fabrics, especially linens and towels. It can be amazingly refined and soft when processed.

Design Trends 2020Her advice to homeowners is to create a “sense of place” — determine what makes you feel good when you walk into a space. For example, think what excites you in terms of color, then try to incorporate it in small doses throughout your home, giving it a connected flow. Another tip is to pay attention to scale in regards to furniture.

Make a space cohesive by collecting pieces that complement each other without being “matchy.”

“Don’t be afraid to pare a modern sofa with a vintage table to create some variety,” she says.

Less is more. A cluttered space doesn’t generate calm. Be selective with what you display.

“Layer contrasts with texture in a room. Look at things not just by color or size, but by how they feel (rough and soft),” Finneson says. “Accent pillows in a variety of fabrics and shades can add depth to a room. Consider using different materials such as metals, wood, glass, woven goods or soft fabrics.”

And don’t be afraid to seek assistance. Collaborating with a designer can help make your design dreams come to reality.

Natalie ShawNatalie Collins Shaw

Kitsap Kitchen & Bath Co.
Poulsbo • 360-697-5616

Natalie Collins Shaw was born and raised on Bainbridge Island and has known her path in the kitchen and bath industry from a very young age. Growing up on jobsites with her father, Jim Collins, who was a custom home builder in the Kitsap area, made her fall in love with not only the beautiful finished products, but every phase of the project and everyone involved to make the client’s dreams become a reality. Shaw has been working at Kitsap Kitchen & Bath Co., her family business, since 2015 and is the company’s lead designer. Whether the project is big or small, balancing aesthetically pleasing elements with functionality is the key to good design. Her style stems around timeless design, creating a look that will last decades. Her goal is to provide each and every one of her clients with an experience that is comfortable, energizing and ultimately a newfound love for their home.

Design Trends 2020Natalie Collins Shaw is noting elements from the roaring 1920s — art deco, peacock green, metallic gold and marble accents. There are also Southwestern vibes — warm soil colors with a dusty hue, teals, textile patterns traditional to the Native American cultures and a mix of stone and rustic wood. Additionally, the modern farmhouse is trendy — taking the classic home on the farm and giving it a bit more contemporary/industrial flare.

Counter surfaces: Quartz has been leading the industry with its beauty and durability. The nonporous quality of quartz countertops truly makes care and maintenance easy as can be because it will not scratch, stain or need to be resealed after fabrication. Cambria Quartz and HanStone are both fabulous North American companies with designs to suite anyone’s taste.

Floor covering: The luxury vinyl tile sector of the flooring industry has really been making moves.

“There are some very lovely options made to look like stone or wood, extremely durable when it comes to the heavy traffic areas and pets in the home, and suitable for wet locations (bathrooms, laundry rooms and so on) as an alternative to natural stone or porcelain tile, with prices per square foot generally less than $5. Durable and economical,” she says.

Design Trends 2020Lighting: Shaw has been noticing a surge in the industrial chic style of fixtures. Mixing of metals, but primarily the use of dark bronze and either copper or brass accents.

“Shapes vary depending on the fixture type and location; the industrial chic style generally has a comforting look, simple lines and connect us to vintage times,” she says. “This is truly a versatile look; you could live in an urban environment or out in the country — either way, this is a style that connects us back to the past.”

Finishes: Again, the industrial chic plays a large role with finishes. Dark bronze, matte black and accents of copper or brass.

Natural materials: The material that has been catching her eye under the natural material category is the large porcelain slabs used in seamless shower designs.

“Yes, 100 percent natural materials. Porcelain is durable and provides looks from gorgeous natural veined to metallic and industrial,” she says. “This material can be used as countertops, wall treatment and even flooring. If you haven’t seen these large porcelain slabs, I would highly suggest looking into it, especially for a stunning shower. Infinity is an Italian company I highly recommend.”

Her advice to the homeowner who needs advice is to contact a local remodeling company to discuss any questions or concerns before diving into a full project.

“If you are more of an online researcher, Houzz.com has wonderful ideabooks, articles and the ability for you to contact local professionals,” she says. “If you are unsure of how to find trade professionals, your local chamber of commerce or home builders association can also provide you with contact information.”

Brett Marlo DeSantis

Brett Marlo Design Build
Gig Harbor • 253-376-7935

Brett Marlo DeSantis lives the tiny life in the Great Pacific Northwest and loves it. She has a master’s degree in interior architecture and design, is a LEED accredited professional with a specialty in building construction and design, and is Living Future accredited. She believes in continuing education and staying on top of trends (even better, she stays in front of them). DeSantis owns and operates Brett Marlo Design Build.

Brett Marlo DeSantis sees a move back toward smaller homes and backyard “auxiliary dwelling units.”

Design Trends 2020Things that she sees as trending include:

Design Trends 2020She describes the finishes that are currently prevalent as “conscious consumerism.”

“Designers and clients are considering the true length of durability and specifying the right material for the desired length, maintenance and look,” she says.

Her advice to homeowners is to look online as a starting point to spur inspiration.

“When you are ready to make those design musings a realistic vision in terms of scale, function and cohesive design, seek a design professional,” she says. “Even a small consult can let you know if you are on track.”

Deann HammerDeann Hammer

Broadway Design
Gig Harbor • 253-224-5133
broadwaydesign [at] comcast [dot] net
(Deann Hammer photos courtesy Brett Wayne Photography)

Deann Hammer, owner of Broadway Design, is a lifetime Gig Harbor resident. Her company has been serving the Puget Sound area with stunning interiors since 1999. Her accolades include “Best Interior Design” Pierce County Street of Dreams, and being featured in Architectural Digest as one of the “Top Leading Designers” of Seattle. Hammer combines her strong creative mind with a 20-year background in the construction industry as a general contractor. She has designed and decorated single and multifamily projects from Seattle to as far as Costa Rica. Her mission is to create unique homes for clients that are a reflection of their natural surroundings, and make a bold statement about the people who live inside them. Every project speaks for itself and is a one-of-a-kind art form.

Design Trends 2020Deann Hammer says there’s a resurgence of design trends from the 1970s and ’80s. That includes brass, bursts of color like hot pink and aqua, with lime and avocado green, as well as macrame plant hangers and textured wallpapers (like grass cloth).

“The pendulum has swung away from all of the cold, cool grey, as well as barnwood and Texas shabby chic. Now we are seeing any leftover grey and white balanced with warm-colored hardware, warm tones in lighting and colorful carpets bringing a burst of life back into the design equation,” she says.

Moroccan influences are still emerging in tile, carpet, furniture and lighting.

“These intricate patterns and textures make a home come alive,” Hammer says.

Design Trends 2020Lighting is becoming the jewelry of the home, no longer just a performer of light. Trends include decorative pendants dropped in the corner of a bath or another unexpected place, and wall sconces flanking beds instead of lamps.

Hammer sees homeowners downsizing their furnishings, which are not only smaller in scale but also have clean lines.

“Velvets and rich colors are hip, and often paired with bright pops of colors,” she says. “We may see a cobalt-blue velvet chair paired with a pink-and-lime-green pillow, for instance. Not everything is bold, but putting something like this in a room with a neutral sofa sectional and a camel-colored leather, open-armed chair with a fur rug is unexpected and whimsical. Think boho chic. Texture is paramount.”

Design Trends 2020Wood is still attractive, she says, but there’s less rustic barn wood and more exotic woods that have live edges and richer color. Koa wood, walnut and other exotic hardwoods that are sanded to a smooth, glossy finish are leading the pack. Wall wood panels are trending but are separated with Schluter metal strips to bring back that “Mad Men” ’70s vibe and add warmth and texture to walls instead of a sea of drywall. Ship lap and batt and board is also still popular, depending on the style of the home.

Countertops: Quartz is still at the top of the list due to its durability and availability in light colors, but there’s also the emergence of rich woods used in kitchen islands and other accents, such as shelving and wood-tub surrounds.

Flooring: Floor coverings are gaining popularity for their performance over appearance, and luxury vinyl tile and engineered hardwoods are preferred over real wood that scratches and dents. Wide plank is still popular and often with some sort of distressing or dramatic wood grain. Lighter-colored floors are becoming more popular, as they do not show dust and dirt as much as darker floors do.

Windows: Black metal windows are trending, with thin mullions and often grid patterns added. They allow the homeowner to see “through” them more than a white vinyl window does, and greatly impact the look of a home by adding luxury and light to any space.

Window coverings: Heavily curtained windows of the past are gone. Now roller shades made from natural materials such as woven grass or plastic woven to look like grass cloth are trending. These add texture to a bare window and are easily rolled up out of the way, creating a clean, attractive valance when not in use.

Hammer recommends hiring a professional if you are considering building or renovating.

“Those of use who work in the industry know how to source the best, highest-performance materials so you are not replacing them shortly down the line. We also know where to find the greatest values on building products and furnishings,” she says. “In the end, you can’t afford not to hire a professional. The mistakes you will save yourself will easily make up for the small design or construction fee you will pay.”

Eleanor OlsenEleanor Olsen

Total Spaces Design
Port Ludlow • 206-713-2869
eolsen9218 [at] comcast [dot] net

Eleanor A. Olsen, AKBD, is the owner of design/build firm Total Spaces Design and an accomplished award-winning interior, kitchen and bath designer and general contractor with more than 30 years of experience. Her projects have been published numerous times nationally and internationally. Olsen studied at Parsons School of Design in New York and Paris. She is the current president of the Olympic West Sound Chapter of the National Kitchen & Bath Association.

Eleanor Olsen says the major trends she sees are green, renewable products — they are very popular and will continue to gain as more and more people become aware of how their personal choices can impact the planet.

Colors: Soft, grayed-down pastels have been used more in the past year. Strong, saturated blue cabinets are still going strong. Using black to add grounding to white-painted cabinets has really taken a foothold in the design world. It gives a strong contrast of color blocking that is popular right now, including in the fashion world.

“Do remember though when using this combination, high contrast takes up more space visually, so be judicious in the use of black and white,” Olsen says.

Counter surfaces: Quartz products are dominating most projects, like silestone, but quartzite (a natural stone) is beginning to surge forward.

Fabrics: Textured, natural fabrics, especially linens with interesting weaves using tonal qualities to add interest. They’re wonderful as soft flowing, yet tailored window treatments.

Floor coverings: Natural, green products are trending. Tiles for kitchen and bath are very on trend still.

“I have noticed more choices in textured floor tiles to help prevent slipping when used in wet areas,” she says. “My favorite flooring product right now is an easy-to-install, click-together cork because it is a very renewable product, wears well and is easy underfoot. A big bonus is that cork adds to the textured layering, giving so much interest to a space.”

Furniture: Classic, well-tailored lines that are clean, angular, crisp and uncluttered with a traditional Scandinavian influence continue to be strong. There are also several choices that incorporate a curved line here and there to soften the look, giving it a combination of the masculine and feminine appeal. Metallic details in home furnishings to highlight a special accent piece are on the uptick. Globally inspired Moroccan looks are gaining momentum and fit right in with your Bohemian-inspired fabrics.

Lighting: LED ties in with the green influence, but more sophisticated LEDs that are dimmable without flickering. No 4- and 6-inch, full-size cans — just minis. Smart lighting is becoming easier to use and what was once just a luxury is becoming a standard practice.

Finishes: Chrome and polished nickel have always been classic and she continue to use them, Olsen says.

“However, I am loving the soft bronzes or brass tones that we are seeing in hardware and plumbing products now,” she says. “It is OK to mix it up a bit too; you don’t have to have all one metal throughout your home. Just make sure there is a way you are bringing it all together, so it doesn’t look like a random decision.”

This can be as simple as having an accessory, like a two-toned metallic lamp that combines the two finishes like brass and chrome over a blackened steel. Then you might add a mirror with a soft brass frame, and use oil-rubbed bronze door hardware.

“When you think about it, the mirror could tie in with chrome, nickel, silver and pewter,” she adds. “As long as you are being mindful of what you are putting together, mixing finishes will work well. This is one of the ways you achieve a curated look of collections brought together that are uniquely your own.”

Windows and doors: Her favorites are casement windows with mullions at the top third. The upper divided light adds interest, while the lower two-thirds keeps the views clear and unobstructed.

“I like the durability of fiberglass-clad wood windows to hold up best near salt water, and we certainly have lots of salt water areas in the West Sound,” she says.

Olsen’s favorite doors are solid wood, painted in shiny, bold hues that pop against the siding and trim color. The styles are clean lines, uncluttered and crisp. Windows and sidelights have clean, straight lines.

“Don’t forget the extras when getting your window package,” she advises. “Tints that cut UV rays and protect your fabrics and woods from fading are worth every penny. However, it is not too late if you have your windows already. Tinted films and even frosting can be added any time. There are also window films that protect against breakage.”

Window treatments: She likes the clean lines of a tailored fabric shade to control light and offer privacy. Living, dining and other family gathering places are always served well with floor-to-ceiling, tailored curtains that soften the space and have the added benefit of noise absorption. Additionally, with an insulated lining, you can keep out cold in the winter and excessive heat in the summer.

Natural materials: Wood and quartzite for countertops, as well as wonderful linens, are trending.

Olsen’s advice for homeowners is to seek out professionals with credentials, like members of the National Kitchen & Bath Association.

“NKBA members are constantly continuing their professional development by learning about the latest code, new products, updates on best practices, as well as issues that are of concern, like the benefits of specifying sustainable products, and how to best protect the health safety and welfare of the consumer,” she says.

Tracy CorriveauTracy M. Corriveau

Corriveau Interiors Kitsap
Kingston • 360-860-1052
tracy [at] corriveauinteriorskitsap [dot] com

Tracy M. Corriveau has a bachelor of arts in interior design from Michigan State University, and postgraduate studies in architecture and interior design at the University of London, England. She has over 30 years of experience in both residential and commercial interior design, lighting design, interior design instructor at NW College of Art in Poulsbo, and residential real estate sales in Kingston. She has lived in the North Kitsap area since 1982. Corriveau has certifications with the National Association of Home Builders: CAPS Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist, and CGP Certified Green Professional and is a member of Kitsap Builders Association and National Kitchen & Bath Association. Her focus for award-winning designs is on functionality, safety, accessibility, low-maintenance materials and best practices.

The overall trends that Tracy M. Corriveau sees include large-format tiles and tone slab in the showers, for less grout maintenance.

Other trends include:

Her advice for the homeowner is to check with professional organizations, such as your local home builders association (KBA), Houzz and National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA).

Mary TerryMary Terry

Furnish Bainbridge
Bainbridge Island • 206-780-8399
info [at] furnishbainbridge [dot] com

Born on Oklahoma, Mary Terry moved to Bainbridge in 1979 with her husband, Frank Childers. Always maintaining a design and sewing business, she was at home with her three daughters for 10 years. Terry was the state president of the National Organization for Women from 1983 until 1986, then on the national board for four years. She bought Esther’s Fabrics in 1986 and loved the women she worked with in the community. She retired in 2003 and bought Dana’s with her best friend in 2008. Seeing a need for a design and retail furniture business, they opened Danger in 2009 and Furnish Bainbridge in 2010.

Design Trends 2020Mary Terry believes that everyone’s “hunkering down” due to the uncertainty in politics.

“Home you can be certain of and be in control of,” she explains.

Other trends she’s observing:

Her advice to the homeowner is, “Be realistic about your project, time and money. Only HGTV can do it in a week.”

Catherine ShivelyCatherine Shively

Designs By Envision
Gig Harbor • 253-225-3180
designsbycs [at] hotmail [dot] com

As an interior designer, Catherine Shively is passionate about the interior spaces of residential, commercial and even exteriors. Her love of design started as a very young girl and continues today. Being creative and working with clients to see their desire happen is exciting and satisfying. Her background and education is ongoing so she can provide the latest trends and products to her clients.

Design Trends 2020The overall trends that Catherine Shively is seeing include simple lines in the kitchen, with functional cabinets for easy cooking along with organic material accents for a comfortable vibe; comfortable seating for conversation areas with family and friends in living spaces; and glamour mixed with industrial and splashes of color.

Colors: Deep rich greens, French blues and neutrals.

Counter surfaces: Less busy granite surfaces and more manmade products that are more neutral.

Fabrics: Plaids with traditional colors and solids with a mix of colors.

Design Trends 2020Flooring: Wood continues to be popular due the variety of stains that can be applied to it. Large tiles are still well liked due the feeling it gives a space.

Furniture: Lean, upholstered, comfortable chairs along with smaller sectionals for better space planning and options.

Lighting: Modern, unique chandeliers that make a statement with a mix of glamour and industrial, clear glass fixtures with interesting bulbs for interest, and integrated lighting and accent lighting.

Finishes: Dark walls mixed with light walls, along with area rugs to warm up the space.

Design Trends 2020Windows and doors: Windows with simple trim lines, not decorative, to provide more viewing and natural light. Doors with two or five panels. This provides a contemporary but craftsman look but fits into most interiors.

Window treatments: Cornices with pull-down window shades, along with remote controls for opening and closing them.

New green options: Cork, leather tiles, bamboo and bio-glass.

Natural materials: Countertops, tables made of wood with metal bases and trim.

Her advice to the homeowner is, “Research through NKBA kitchen or bath designers in your area. Research through Houzz for a local interior designer who shows similar design style and philosophy you have.”

Stefanie Brooks

SB Interior Design
Tacoma • 253-225-6545
info [at] sbinteriordesign [dot] com

With a keen eye for design, thoughtful attention to detail and fabulous style, Stefanie Brooks brings creativity and enthusiasm that enhances your design experience. In her 14-year career, she has served as lead designer or team player on a wide variety of projects from custom homes and remodels for kitchens, baths, whole houses, and commercial projects, to providing many homes in Western Washington with carefully selected furnishings and adornments. Brooks strongly believes that the most essential hallmarks of a designer are impeccable communication skills and the ability to be a great listener. She truly heeds her clients’ preferences and concerns throughout the entire design process. Brooks commitment to community is reflected in her many business relationships and active involvement with the Master Builders Association, Remodelers Council and Design Professionals Council.

Design Trends 2020Although clients still love shades of gray and white, Stefanie Brooks says there’s a shift in furniture, cabinetry and materials, heading more in the middle of warm and cool tones. Other overall trends include light oak with transparent gray or ebonized stains, creating a current look while still maintaining the warm undertones of natural wood. Lighter woods such as white oak, beech and birch are favored over dark dreary species such as cherry, and darker stained woods.

“Wallpaper is also hot and has been for many years, although I think it’s becoming even more so once clients can see the current textures and patterns that are offered,” she says. “I like to call this the replacement of the painted accent wall (can’t recall the last time I did a painted accent wall). I like to tell clients, ‘It’s not your grandma’s wallpaper,’ and they seem to get good flashbacks.”

Design Trends 2020Colors: For paint colors, lighter and brighter, greige, bright white or whites with a touch of warmth for the main wall color. These tones allow a nice subtle backdrop to display art collections without distraction.

Counter surfaces: Quartz still remains number one for most because of the durability, low maintenance and color consistency of manmade stone over granite.

“However, I still use natural stone countertops such as marble, quartzite and granite,” Brooks says. “It really just varies from project to project and the look we are achieving. As far as finishes, satin, honed, suede and etched are all very popular over the standard polished finish.”

Fabrics: Textiles are amazing, and there are constantly new patterns and textures. Bold colors and bold patterns are great for the one statement piece (side chair, ottoman); however, using textural neutrals on the larger pieces like a sofa allows for a less expensive way to swap out rugs, pillows, throws etc.

Design Trends 2020Floor coverings: Prefinished hardwoods dominate, and lately, larger- format porcelain tiles (24 by 48). Luxury vinyl plank is still very desirable to those who have pets and kids and are looking for a waterproof, durable solution.

“It used to be more commonly used in the basements of homes and now I have several clients wanting it on the main floors of their homes,” she says. “Although it is not the real deal, the various manufacturers have come out with some very nice species, colors and styles. Could it be a fad? Perhaps, but I don’t see it leaving any time soon.”

Furniture: Brooks foresees cleaner lines vs. traditional lines, lighter bleached wood finishes, blackened oaks, velvet, caning, vintage pieces reproduced and textural natural textiles.

Lighting: This is the jewelry to every home, and it’s where Brooks usually sees clients step outside of their comfort zones a little bit.

“Lighting has come a very long way and it’s so fun to mix up the styles, finishes and shapes,” she says. “Lighting styles are all over the place, which makes options nearly endless.”

Design Trends 2020Custom lighting has become even more popular and homeowners are willing to spend more for that one statement piece and then stay more moderately priced in the other areas. Some of the things trending include clear glass single pendants, large chandeliers with glass pieces hanging at varied heights, metal drum fixtures, rattan and frosted glass globes in a midcentury style.

Finishes: Black is hot and has taken over the oil-rubbed bronze, while brushed nickel will remain a staple. Brooks sees chrome and polished nickel sticking around and says brass still remains on the scene; however, she finds that clients prefer to use that in small doses, with the fear it will be gone tomorrow.

Windows and doors: This generally depends on the style of the home and the budget of the project. In custom homes, black windows are a favorite and classic white is versatile with most styles. For doors, simple shaker doors are versatile, with various styles, and never seem to date themselves.

Design Trends 2020Window treatments: Waterfront and view homes call for solar shades. No one wants to obstruct their views; however, they still get heat and sun exposure. Simple drapery panels in solid colors in linen or velvet are always a favorite for bedrooms. Wide-slat, white shutters are also appealing to clients.

Her advice to homeowners is to have the right team on their project: “a contractor who thinks outside of the box and is willing to do different things, a designer who listens to you and your needs and desired outcome for the project, and quality subcontractors who can execute the design plan beautifully.”

“Once you have this dream team, you should get the advice and answers you need, along with a quality finished project,” she says.

Michele DoyleMichele Doyle

MD Design Group
Poulsbo • 360-689-4156

Michele Doyle founded Michele Interiors, Inc. in 2005 after completing her interior design training at the Seattle Art Institute. She has been successfully serving Kitsap, Jefferson, Pierce and King counties ever since. Fast forward 10 years and her business is now MD Design Group — a team of talented and service-minded collaborators ready to guide clients through the interior design process and getting to the heart of the clients’ needs to create spaces that feel natural to them.

Design Trends 2020Michele Doyle says it’s not hard to spot trends by watching home-improvements shows, looking through a magazine or visiting showrooms. What can be difficult is making decisions about finishes, fixtures and furnishings in your own home and trying to decide what’s right for you.

“There are endless choices on the market, so which choices are the right ones? Do you follow a trend or do you blaze your own trail? You may be able to answer that yourself, or you may need the help of a designer,” she says.

Design Trends 2020The biggest trend she’s noticing is black in a variety of applications.

“Black windows (and doors) are amazing because they work with many of the common architectural styles we see here in the Pacific Northwest. Some would argue they work everywhere,” she says.

The great thing about black windows and doors is that they recede so that beautiful views stand out.

“And you don’t need to fear pairing them with white walls, as the contrast between white and black is as timeless as it comes,” she says.

Black in plumbing fixtures is very versatile because it shows beautifully against color and is eye-cathing against a more classic background such as white marble.

Design Trends 2020“Don’t be shy with black,” Doyle says, noting that Rohl has come out with a black stainless steel sink that’s gorgeous, and the color goes all the way through because it’s not applied. The stainless “turns” black when it’s heated.

“We’ve also seen stainless in e-granite (which is a composite) and enameled cast iron,” she says. “Hard water should be treated to help keep your black plumbing looking good. But hard water wreaks havoc on all plumbing, not just black.”

Other elements in your home that can look amazing in black are cabinet pulls and knobs, light fixtures and even wall color (as an accent).

Cabinetry: White-painted and wood cabinets will always be popular options for kitchens and bathrooms.

“But have you noticed laminate cabinets lately? I’m not talking about cabinets from IKEA (not slamming them either). Imported (European) cabinet companies have been making very high-end cabinetry from high-pressure laminate for years but it’s coming into the mainstream in a big way,” Doyle says.

Design Trends 2020Many custom cabinetmakers are creating high-gloss finishes as well as beautiful woodgrain finishes, but now they’re also using laminate.

“Having access to suppliers that produce gorgeous doors and panels in laminates that are not only convincing in mimicking wood, but textiles as well, has made these custom shops competitive against the very high-end European imports,” she says. “Laminate cabinets are extremely easy to maintain, durable and beautiful. They can work in both modern and rustic design styles.”

Counter surfaces: Manmade quartz is still the most popular choice. But there’s been a large shake-up in the industry because of the tariffs imposed against imported good.

“So we’ve been seeing suppliers seeking out alternative sources for this highly desirable product,” she says. “In addition, we’re seeing fabricators purchase in bulk and offering per square foot pricing for specific colors from certain companies, including the still hot patterns that look like Calacutta and Carrara marble.”

Design Trends 2020Her clients have also shown great interest in concrete countertops and even some of the more exotic granites and natural quartzite stones. The patterns and colors must be unique and interesting. Since these stones tend to be more expensive, you’ll see them combined with less expensive materials. Sometimes they’re combined with another granite (or soapstone) or even a quartz.

Flooring: More people are still opting for wood or luxury vinyl plank. Wide planks are still in, as are the varied width planks but Doyle sees people starting to move away from the overly rustic look and seeking out softer, less contrasting patterns.

Design Trends 2020“The manufacturers haven’t caught on in a big way yet but there are a few out there that have,” she says.

As for carpet, one of the biggest complaints has been the ability to keep it clean — homeowners want stain resistance, and Shaw has been able to deliver a terrific carpet that actually is.

“And it looks and feels great,” she says. “Since Shaw has come out with this line, there have been a few others to follow suit so we are seeing the pricing come down on this product.”

Design Trends 2020The carpet is essentially waterproof — spills sit on top of the carpet and do not absorb in. But just in case, there’s also a waterproof backing as a failsafe.

“I installed this beautiful carpet in a client’s home and someone actually tracked grease on the floor, and it cleaned up like a breeze,” Doyle says.

Her advice for those struggling with selecting the right products or creating a cohesive look for the home is to speak with a qualified and knowledgeable professional.

“Just because something is trending doesn’t make it right for you. After all, you have to live with it and love it (and pay for it),” she says. “Most designers should be able to work with you in whatever capacity suits you best, either as a full engagement (collaborating with you from beginning to end) or as a consultative engagement (as needed, or just to reassure you that you’re on the right track).”

She says a great designer should listen to you and involve you in the creative process.

“Expect to be educated, guided — maybe a bit pushed — and delighted,” she says. “And most importantly, expect to have fun.”

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Top Interior Trends For The New Year

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Back to the Basics: Neutral Color Palette

Over the last decade, color schemes of rooms seemed to gravitate towards bold colors and designs, abandoning the neutral color palette that seemed to dictate interior design for years. Neutral colors are making a strong comeback in furniture, home decor, and paint selection. From warm browns, to medium tans, all the way to a pale peaches, the neutral color palette is expected to be popular in living and family room spaces as well as bedrooms. 

A neutral color scheme adds a warm and comfortable feeling to any room. Neutral colored rooms and furniture can also be personalized with the use of decorative pillows and area rugs in a space. 

 Environmentally Savvy Hardwood

Interior design is using more than just a natural colors, it is also using natural materials. Environmentally friendly products are constantly being incorporated into interior design; this is especially true in hardwood flooring. Hardwood flooring remains the most popular floor covering in interior design and customers are gravitating towards hardwood now more than ever because it is the most sustainable and requires few resources and a low amount of energy to create. 

Hardwood also comes in a variety of styles, textures, and types of wood, making it a smart interior design choice for the new year.

Geometric Shapes

Geometric patterns have been on the uprise over the last few years, however, as more designers incorporate it in their designs, it is expected to be a major part of interior design in 2020. Geometric shapes are trending in lighting fixtures, floors, shelves, art, wallpaper (see number 7 on our list!) and even pieces of furniture such as hexagon shaped chairs. 

Without abandoning the classic or luxurious feel of a room, geometric shapes are the perfect thing to incorporate to make a subtle statement. 

Bold backsplashes

Like geometric shapes, a bold backsplash is another way to make a room stand out in a subtle way. Backsplashes can totally change the feel of a kitchen or a bathroom with the right color and design. Abandon mundane stone or tile backsplashes in 2020 and install a bold, authentic backsplash. 

Green Accents

Green furniture and wall hangings are being sold in more and more places in 2020. Perhaps going back to the natural feel of a home, green also provides a comforting feeling to a room while also adding a creative spin. Green pillows, throw blankets and area rugs are also being shown in popular interior design magazines and websites.  

Back to (Matte)Black

Matte Black was popular in the past but started to decline in popularity as rose gold and metallics became increasingly popular. Matte Black is making a comeback in kitchen and bathroom redesign. John Kang of Goldleaf Designs, a custom home builder in South Jersey, says that many of his clients are installing black matte faucets and other appliances in their kitchens and bathrooms. 


A popular trend in the 1970’s and 1980’s, wallpaper is making a strong reemergence. Particularly, floral wallpaper is a trend to watch for in 2020. Though neutrals are a popular trend, bold and colorful wallpaper is a trend that is expected to take off as well over the next year. 

When redesigning your room or home, keep these interior trends in mind. These trends will revamp any space in a unique and current way.

Jennifer Bell is a freelance writer, blogger, dog-enthusiast and avid beachgoer operating out of Southern New Jersey.

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Factors to Consider Before Buying Unfinished Hardwood Flooring – A Very Cozy Home

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You made the right choice if you have decided to use unfinished hardwood flooring for your new home. This type of flooring solution offers flexibility since it can readily complement the overall interior of your home and can be installed at any time. Unfinished hardwood also provides a unique and elegant look that other flooring types cannot deliver.

Given the many kinds of Unfinished Hardwood Flooring for sale, it is best to plan and know what you want before looking for suppliers. Below are some of the essential things you need to consider when selecting the most suitable unfinished hardwood floor for your dream home:

Wood format: Solid versus Engineered

Authentic wood floors come in two formats – solid and engineered. Solid floorings are pieces of lumber that were kiln-dried to reduce their moisture content significantly. After this process, the wood is then milled using a method known as ‘tongue and groove’ to create wood planks. This type of wood flooring is ideal if you intend to customize, and if your house is in a dry environment.

Engineered unfinished hardwood flooring, on the other hand, uses thinly cut lumber instead of a single solid piece of wood to create floorboards. Engineered flooring solution is the right choice if you want faster installation or if your home is in a high-moisture environment.

Width of the wood planks

Do not forget to determine the width of the wood planks as it directly impacts the aesthetic value of your flooring. While this factor largely depends on your taste and style preference, it is important to note that the width affects the gap on your floors.

The wider the wood boards, the more they will create noticeable gaps when the environmental conditions become too dry or too moist. Note that you can prevent wide floorboards from moving by gluing the wood in addition to nailing it down.

Species of the Wood

Another essential consideration when choosing unfinished hardwood floors is the species of the tree where the lumber originated. The species of the wood affects the quality and overall appearance of your flooring.

For instance, if you are expecting high foot traffic in your home, you should consider using wood from species that are known for their hardness. Maple, Red Oak, White Oak, and Hickory are some examples of trees that produce highly dense (hard) wood.

Geographical origin of the lumber

Apart from wood species, it would be best if you also take note of the areas where the lumbers were made. You may not realize it, but the environment and climate where the tree grows significantly affect the kind of lumber it will produce.

For instance, wood harvested from trees in the northern region of the United States is typically regarded as a premium product. Trees in this region grow slowly, resulting in denser and more evenly colored lumber.

The opposite is true for timbers harvested in the southern area since trees here tend to mature rapidly. As a result, the lumber generally has different grain patterns and more hues.

Make sure to ponder on the factors mentioned above before buying Unfinished Hardwood Flooring for sale. Once you have a clear idea of the type of hardwood you want, make sure to source your materials from a reputable supplier. Find a company that is accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and is a member of the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) to purchase top-quality wood.

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Refinishing Our Maple Hardwood Flooring: Wrecking Ball – Finding Zest

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This post sharing how we refinished our maple hardwood flooring as part of our modern farmhouse kitchen remodel is sponsored by ABRAMS Books.

Refinishing our maple hardwood floors over the summer was a huge undertaking we didn’t expect during our kitchen remodel. While the end results are always worth it, it was challenging to say the least! Home improvement is the subject of the latest book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Wrecking Ballfrom author Jeff Kinney. While my son was reading Wrecking Ball, he was brought right back to this past summer during our own remodel.


In Wrecking Ball, Book 14 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series—from #1 international bestselling author Jeff Kinney—an unexpected inheritance gives Greg Heffley’s family a chance to make big changes to their house. But they soon find that home improvement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Once the walls come down, all sorts of problems start to crop up. Rotten wood, toxic mold, unwelcome critters, and something even more sinister all make Greg and his family wonder if the renovations are worth the trouble. When the dust finally settles, will the Heffleys be able to stay . . . or will they need to get out of town?

All three of my kids have enjoyed the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, and they loved reading the latest installment.  My 11-year-old son Warren got a laugh out of Greg’s fear of grout, or rather THE GROUT, a pretty scary monster. Considering we did our own grout work for our subway tile, I can say without a doubt that grout is pretty scary and that fear isn’t irrational at all.

Refinishing Our Maple Hardwood Flooring

Since Wrecking Ball showcases some of the scary sides of remodeling, I thought I would share with you the most challenging part of our remodel – our maple hardwood flooring. Granted, we didn’t even know what we had under our flooring before we started. Since the rest of our house has hardwood, we had hoped we would find it in our kitchen but it was impossible to tell before starting. After removal of our linoleum, the nice gold speckled kind, we found another whole layer of linoleum underneath.  Surprise!

Once we got through the second layer of linoleum we found maple hardwood flooring covered in felt, huge staples, and a ridiculous amount of nails. Surprise!

We had a running joke that the person who installed the linoleum must have been paid by the nail and staple since they went overboard in several areas. Once we removed all the samples and nails, we had to remove all the glue. This process was not fun! My husband and I mostly worked in tandem (along with my father-in-law) to lay down wet towels soaked in almost boiling hot water. We let them sit for a couple of minutes in each area and then wiped the glue away. We worked on this for several hours in July when it was super hot. We were dripping with sweat, but it was worth it to see the beautiful hardwood floors peaking through.

We did not tackle refinishing the maple hardwood flooring ourselves. After doing a lot of research, we learned just how tricky they can be. We also did not have the equipment necessary to lift our radiators to get underneath them. We are so glad we hired a professional to help with the flooring because couldn’t have been happier with the results.

Because maple floors do not take stain well, we just had three coats of poly put on them after they were sanded. The whole process was painless and much less expensive than I expected. If you are on the fence, I highly recommend spending a bit extra to get a professional.

This light and bright flooring really finishes off the look of our modern farmhouse remodel. We couldn’t be happier with the way it all came together!

While remodeling a kitchen is certainly a test of patience, the feeling of accomplishment afterward is so worth all the struggles. We weren’t sure what to expect with our floors, but we are so thankful we were able to restore them to their former glory.

We still walk into this kitchen every day and can’t believe the transformation. It never gets old just admiring the work.

How would you remodel your house?

Warren told me how unrealistic Greg was when he found out they would be remodeling their house but that his ideas were pretty fun. Greg wanted to build his house underground and have a giant aquarium under the bathtub! When I asked Warren what he would want if money were no object, he had some interesting ideas himself, like a bomb shelter. My older son was a little more practical and would be happy with a pool.

Pick up your copy of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball by Jeff Kinney, recommended for ages 8-12 and available at retailers nationwide! It would make a great holiday gift idea.

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The Top Three Benefits Of Hardwood Flooring

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There are many options for your home when it comes to flooring options and many things to consider when choosing flooring options such as price, maintenance, return on investment, longevity and more. We are going to go over what we believe is are the top three benefits of choosing hardwood flooring for your home over some other options such as laminate, or carpet flooring.


  • Solid hardwood floors are perhaps the most durable of all the flooring options as it is almost impossible to stain hardwood flooring unless it is with paint, acetone or something similar. Solid hardwood floors are very tough to damage or destroy regardless of what you throw at it.


  • Hardwood floor is much easier to keep clean compared to other flooring options such as carpet. Hardwood flooring does not store to collect dust, instead, it will just sit on top of the hardwood flooring making it visible. This will then, entice you to clean the dust or pet dander that you may have building up inside your home. Once the surface of hardwood flooring is cleaned, it is clean until the next time as dust, or dander can not get underneath the hardwood flooring.

Return On Investment

  • Real hardwood flooring will bring the most return on investment, given all the advantages that hardwood flooring can offer. Not to mention, if you have a growing family and are a little rougher on your hardwood floors than maybe some other families maybe, your hardwood floor can inexpensively be refinished to look as good as new.

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Fix and flip flooring options to maximize your ROI

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Bridge financing is short-term financing, sometimes referred to as private money or hard money. Bridge loans are typically made by private individuals and not banks, so the interest rates on bridge loans are higher than bank loans.

The year saw record origination volumes from life insurance companies and the GSEs, and the second highest level on record for banks.

There are many areas to focus on in fix and flips including remodel and redesign. One of the most valuable elements to pay attention to is flooring. Your return on investment (ROI) could greatly increase by updating flooring resulting in a highly profitable project.

The challenge is what type of materials to use to attract the best buyer possible. Using the wrong materials can bring down your property value while potentially sacrificing your asking price when buyers don’t like the choices you made.

Lynk Capital offers some savvy decision options for your rehab property’s floors using great-looking, inexpensive materials.

Hardwood flooring

“The best flooring for any residential property is hardwood flooring,” said Lynk. “Hardwoods can not only stand the test of time for durability, but they continue to increase in popularity and give your property a classic and modern look.” This type of combination results in typically higher resale values in your investment. When in doubt, go with hardwood. “They’re universally preferred and here to stay,” said Lynk.

By adding hardwood floors, Realtor.com suggests that you could increase your sales price up to 2.5% depending on location, buyer expectations, square footage, and layout.

Quality hardwoods are expensive, however, and aren’t going to fit into every flipper’s budget. Luckily, there are several alternatives to hardwood that still get a great ROI.

Engineered Hardwoods

The best alternative to traditional hardwood flooring is engineered wood flooring. These are offered in a variety of colors, styles, and textures to mimic the appeal and warmth of traditional hardwood flooring.

“They are great for almost any home, from higher-end to lower price points,” said Lynk.

They are easier to install and have come a long way from the hollow-sounding floating floors seen in past rehabs. “Quality flooring companies have figured this out,” said Lynk. Test different padding or subfloor options as potential buyers will hardly be able to tell you didn’t use real wood.

Tile is a great option for bathrooms and kitchens because of the moisture and mess that can occur in these areas. Longer and more sophisticated tiles or even tiles made to resemble hardwood floors have a higher performance in these high-traffic areas.

“This can be a big selling point for your listing for active families or buyers with pets,” said Lynk.

Consider what buyers are attracted to in your neighborhood. Are they more prone to seek out a scratch or dent-proof option? Does water damage flooring sound like the desired quality? Tile is your best bet.

Laminate vs. Vinyl

While tile and engineered hardwood may appeal, they too, can be costly. Laminate or vinyl, however, are stand-out options for first-time homebuyer properties or low-cost fix and flip properties. They may not be a great option for high-end renovations, but they have come a long way from the peel-and-stick “tiles” seen in past renovations.

“Now, high-quality laminate, luxury vinyl flooring (LVF) and vinyl composition tile (VCT) can stand up to homebuyers’ standards in certain price points,” said Lynk.

To find the best prices in your fix and flip flooring, be sure to avoid buying small quantities at retail and buy in bulk. Look for remnant sales in your area that include overstock or slightly damaged but still usable materials. Wherever you buy flooring, seek out suggestions and referrals for installation services. Get multiple quotes and do your best to avoid paying a commission fee to the vendor if you aren’t doing the work yourself.

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Our Main Level Living Room | Laying our Hardwood Flooring | construction2style

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Lights are up in our main level living room remodel and our flooring is officially done too. We’re rocking and rolling now! 

Here’s what life in our house has looked like recently, minus the light, which we just got that hung this past week too.  Up until this point we hadn’t had time to lay our engineered hardwood flooring because, you know, we have littles, so we covered all of the concrete and sheetrock dust with paper to try to maintain a little bit of a cleaner construction site. 

Once we were ready to roll we rolled up the paper and rolled down this underlayment, which is the first step to laying any engineered hardwood flooring. 

We also have a full How to Lay Hardwood Flooring tutorial for you here. We laid this same flooring, the same design which was Lambrusco by Urban Floor when we renovated our kitchen last year. This living room is right off of our kitchen that used to be divided by a railing. But when we renovated the kitchen we removed the railing and instead made one long step down into our living room. One of the best decisions we made because it opened up the space so much and made it feel a lot more welcoming.

We contemplated on whether we should replace our former carpet with carpet again or do hardwood but in the end, we decided on hardwood because of the high traffic area that it is, being right off of our mudroom. And the fact that we have two little dudes who literally ruined our carpet with poop, food, cereal, and muddy stains.

So we said goodbye to our carpet and are already loving our decision of laying engineered hardwood flooring. 



Lambrusco from Urban Floor is a European style that brings in natural light while still maintaining those creamy hues. Each plank is extra-long and 7.5″ wide, and are wire-brushed to give additional texture, color, and charm. 

When we shared this on Instagram stories we kept getting ask what was up with the tape?! While in our kitchen we stapled our boards down, here in our living room we glued. So it was to hold the glue in place until it dried. We removed the tape 24 hours later. We glued down our living room because we needed the boards to float since they’re on a concrete slab whereas our kitchen is on sub-floor plywood so it could be stapled down.

Even with the tape on, our home already looks so great and so different! We couldn’t love it more. Excited to continue to share with you how this area is coming together. Next up, we’re bringing our fireplace out, flush with the walls we framed in and we can get to tiling. Then Jamie is making a couple of benches and floating shelves for the sides of the fireplace. We still haven’t decided 100% on what tile we’re going to go with but one thing Jamie knows for sure, he wants to do creative wood paneling above the mantle and maybe even on the sides. I’m excited to see what he’s scheming up in that creative mind of his. 

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1328 Harris Ave, Pittsburgh (Banksville – Westwood), PA 15205 | Banksville – Westwood Real Estate

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Property Description

Welcome home to 1328 Harris Avenue! Step inside this beautifully updated ranch home that features a large covered front porch, updated kitchen & appliances & new roof. Located in the ultra convenient Westwood neighborhood! Hardwood flooring, gas fireplaces & open concept floor plan. The basement features a finished family room with fireplace, full bath and two bedrooms. Laundry is in a separate room in the garage. Nice Quiet Community. Just minutes to the city, easy access to the airport, Robinson, Route 51. The best part? No tunnels necessary!! It sits within walking distance to the elementary school, Antney’s Ice Cream, grocery stores, restaurants and more. 1 year home warranty included.

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