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When it comes to redesigning someone's home my goal is to use their furniture and accessories as much as possible. The idea is that I come in with an objective set of eyes and decide what to keep and what to put away. I want to make great focal points and highlight certain areas of the room and the home.
In the most recent redesign project everything I used was already in the house except the carpet and entry floor. It came down to a case of major sorting and de cluttering in order to create a room the entire family likes to be in. They had a bistro table tin storage and I brought that out to serve snacks or play games on. The curtains are easy to open and close but even when they are closed they are bright and cheerful and neutral. A red couch can be tough to work around but in this case we used simple neutral pillows and gray carpet. The family loves the big comfy couch and didn't want to part with it so we worked around it. I have a fantastic source for custom slipcovers though and in the future we can have them made if we need to. But for now the red comfy couch fits right in!
One thing I love about the carpet is that it is a durable commercial grade. Very easy to maintain and keep clean with kids and pets and will stand the test of time to work with different furniture. Just outside the family room there is a bench with matching pillows and a coordinating carpet going up the stairs to the front door. There was a large remnant of stair carpet left so we got it bound and it fits perfect by the front door. The flooring at the front door landing is a floating vinyl tile and works perfectly with the carpet both in the basement and on the stairs.
The next step in the project will be paint and lighting. After that we will be tackling the laundry and 3/4 bath attached to the family room. The mudroom and office on the lower level will be getting a makeover as well.
Beautiful day in Minnesota-the sun is shining and the air is crisp. Mindful Kitchens has multiple projects in full swing, a bathroom remodel in Highland Park, a staging project in Stillwater and 2 kitchens are in the planning stage. I am also helping a client choose carpet, a kitchen floor and as well as a Cambria countertop for her bathroom. I divide my time between working out in the field and working at home on plans and emails. My service area is the Twin Cities Metropolitan area.
As I sit at home I redecorate and remodel my home over and over again in my head, and bit by bit in real life. I know how it feels to live in sheetrock dust, plumbing work and chaos. Because we tend to do a bit of the work ourselves our projects take forever! We are also very lucky to have a great friend helping with the great basement remodel. My next project to undertake this fall is to make a very functional and pretty mudroom off the garage. The winter will bring the laundry room and basement bathroom project. The plan is that when the basement is done I will be bringing the chaos upstairs. Plans are drawn for the kitchen and because that project is a ways out the plans will change from time to time.
When we are choosing materials we meet at various showrooms in the area. I have access to wonderful showrooms featuring the latest choices in cabinetry, countertops, flooring, tile and plumbing and light fixtures.
One purpose of this blog is for people to ask questions about remodeling and choosing materials for your home. If I don't know the answer I will find out. Everyone learns from being part of a discussion group. So ask away! and add your comments and experiences~it is going to be fun!
Thank you for visiting us at the Small Business Marketplace in St. Anthony over the weekend! It was so much fun to share our ideas for updating your home! We had area rugs, Cambria samples, cabinet door samples and tile ideas. We raffled off a gift set of GoVino wine glasses and a Cambria cheese board. I have emailed the lucky winner and am waiting to hear back. If I don't hear back from her I will draw another name from the entries!
This weekend I will be traveling to Connecticut and visiting showrooms on the East coast. I love seeing what is trending outside of Minnesota. Last time I visited it was all gray cabinetry and marble. Watch for pictures!