Something Old, Something New

Restoring a piece of history is nothing new for our long time friend Karen Tillery, but her latest log cabin restoration got the attention of Mark Bowe, host of DIY’S popular show Barnwood Builders. Upon purchasing this property in Langston, AL, Karen began her quest to renovate and restore this neglected home. The home was originally built around a log cabin that came from Chatsworth, GA. Rumor has it that the cabin was actually located on a battlefield from the 1800’s. Since the home was not large enough, Karen planned to add an addition to the back of the house and used the logs from an old go-trot cabin she had purchased, torn down, and stored six years prior. After discovering that the logs had been stored improperly and had now compacted, she contacted Mark to see if he had a log cabin that might work for the plans she had already drafted. He was so intrigued by Karen’s story that he thought it would make for a great episode on the show. On may 29, 2016, their episode aired on DIY’s Barnwood Builders and you can find it on Season 3, Episode 7.

As part of the restoration, a kitchen renovation was in order and Karen began designing a modern kitchen with a rustic flare. For most of us, finding the right mix of styles can be a challenge, but for Karen, it comes easy. She uses these elements with a design and purpose in mind.

“For me, in decorating 1800’s log cabins I strive for anything but the expected. I mix contemporary pieces with antiques and classic pieces with rustic pieces. I use natural finishes and elements and combine them with handcrafted up-cycled furniture and accents. When looked at separately, these things seem totally unrelated. When combined together  they give an eclectic, time worn look, with a warm and inviting atmosphere that screams “home”. Because the log cabin itself is such an incredible structure, a work of art, my approach to decorating is to compliment these beauties.”

And that’s just what Karen did when designing this kitchen. She completely gutted what was an old, 70’s style kitchen and turned it into something just short of a piece of artwork, blending contemporary shaker style cabinets and quartz countertops with antique and rustic elements… one of which is the original brick floor that became the color palette for her masterpiece. “My starting point for the design was the mortar in the brick floor. It’s grey hues became the inspiration for the cabinets and the countertops giving light and balance to the dark space.”

Karen’s designs are always unique and definitely one of a kind. Designing the kitchen island around an old pie safe and incorporating some of the original cabinets into the new design, she was able to create both functional and focal pieces for the room. She lets nothing go to waste and brings old pieces to life again while embellishing the charm and character of the original cabin. Her projects, while sometimes challenging, always expand our strengths and exceed our expectations as a company. For over twelve years, we’ve worked with Karen designing and creating a “new” piece of history and every project is an opportunity to think outside the box, or in her case, “outside the cabin pen”.

While filming final parts of the episode, Mark Bowe jokingly made the comment that they should continue working together and Karen’s last comment was, “Of course, but you get to be the boss on the outside and I get to be the boss on the inside.” Little did she know then , that less than one year later, she would be working along side Mark and the Barnwood Builders. Karen is now the Conceptual Designer for Barnwood Living. What began as a passion for pieces of history, has now become her new-found career. With a degree in graphic design and fine arts, Karen now has the opportunity to help clients conceptualize and visualize their dream by hand-sketching floor plans and design ideas on paper. Through water colors and ink pens, she brings every design to life.

If you would like more information about Barnwood Living, you can visit their new website and showroom at barnwoodliving.com. If you’re interested in renting any of Karen’s beautiful log cabins, visit restorationlogcabinrentals.com.

For questions on the products or information in this article, you can Haley’s Flooring at 256.536.8086 or come in and see us.

What’s Hot in Kitchen Trends?

There’s something about the kitchen that just warms the heart. The smell of fresh baked cookies, warm winter stew simmering on the stove… countless hours of homework being done at the kitchen table and remnants of glue from leftover projects, family meetings and friends that have gathered… oh if the walls could talk.  It’s the heart of the home and that special place where memories are made. So, if you’re thinking of designing a new kitchen or just updating your space, check out these hot trends that will make your “heart” smile!

1. Pops of Color

Everything from pink stoves to blue kitchen islands, we’ll see pops of color mixed throughout the entire kitchen. So, if you’re flavor is still white cabinetry, mix it up a bit with a colorful island, backsplash or accent pieces. You can add a little color without  committing to the entire kitchen and it will give your space an updated look.

2. Flat-Panel Door Styles

Straight lines and simple designs have led the marketplace over the past few years with the ever-so-popular Shaker-style. This year, however, you’ll see even more simplicity with a flat-panel doors. Shaker-style will still remain a favorite, but these new flat-panel doors will offer new sleeker finishes and textures.

3. Geometric Patterned Backsplashes

While subway tiles are not on the back burner yet, geometric shaped tiles are heating up this year. You’ll see these geometric designs not only in the shapes of the tiles but the patterns of the designs as well. Styles like chevron, herringbone, and hexagons add interest and dimension against the straight lines of cabinetry. Subway tiles will be larger and wider this year.

4. Cabinets with Color

Some of the new colors designers are cooking up this year are navy, green, black, and dark charcoal. With jewel tones coming back in the picture, you’ll see these popping up in the kitchen too. Of course, white will still be a popular favorite for now, but you can spice it up with a pop of color just about anywhere.

5. Low-maintenance Spaces

From floors to countertops, it’s all about consumer-friendly products that are easy to clean and simple to maintain. Look for LVP, Luxury Vinyl Planks, to continue growing in popularity this year. This type of flooring it easy to clean, is extremely durable, and looks and feels a lot like actual wood or tile. You’ll also see larger tiles on the floors and walls with minimal grout lines, making it easier to keep clean. Speaking of easy to clean, the low maintenance of quartz countertops will dominate this year and not just on the countertops, but cascading down the sides as well.

6. Mixed-up Finishes

Design trends for this year are really mixing things up. Instead of clean lines and soft finishes, bold and confident colors are dishing out. When they are blended correctly, mixing different metal finishes like drawer pulls, faucets and pendant lights can give your space personality and pizazz.

While these are just some of the trends, these happen to be a few of our favorites. Design trends are constantly changing… out with the old and in with the new. The past few years have been all about soft, clean lines and simple designs. This year, it’s a beautiful mix of soft and bold!

Remodel Ready?

If you turn on HGTV or the DIY network, house flipping, home staging and fixer uppers are inspiring people every day with interior design and great remodeling ideas. However, when it comes to taking on a home renovation project, you need to ask yourself… Am I remodel ready?

Whether you’re buying a fixer upper to make your dream home or you’re remodeling to sell, there are a few things you need to think about that can make all the difference with your project.

We recently had the pleasure of working with Lindsay Benton and Jennifer Helton of Helbent Properties, an up and coming remodeling team, on a home renovation project in South Huntsville. Together, we’ll share some tips that will help to ensure the success of your project and hopefully make the process a little easier.

1. GET A BASIC PLAN TOGETHER

Whether you’re giving your home a cosmetic face-lift or it’s a complete gut-job like Lindsey and Jennifer took on, you need a plan for the entire scope of the project. Both small and large remodel jobs require lots of decisions like paint colors, flooring, countertops, lighting, and fixtures just to name a few… So, having project plan in place ahead of time will help save time and money in the long run.

2. CONSIDER THE STYLE OF THE HOME

When remodeling a home, you need to take into consideration the style and layout of the existing structure. You want to add transitional styles that both compliment and add to the value of the home without taking away from the original design.

3. DETERMINE A BUDGET

Once you have a basic plan, you can begin putting together the budget. Lindsay and Jennifer suggest setting aside at least 20% of the budget for unforeseen expenses. “We learned that the hard way…no matter how much planning you do in advance.”

4. REMODEL BY THE RULES

They also suggest contacting your city or municipality to determine what permits are required and when you’ll need them. “Most projects require a city permit and you can be fined for doing the work without it, even if you’re the homeowner,” says Jennifer.

5. GET QUOTES

According to the Helbent Team, “When pricing a service, always get at least three quotes and remember that the cheapest is not always the best. Only use contractors who are licensed, insured, have a good reputation, and who always obtain copies of their license and insurance prior to beginning any work.”

6. RESEARCH YOUR LOCAL REAL ESTATE MARKET

Know what local homebuyers are looking for in a home prior to your remodel, even if you don’t plan to sell in the immediate furniture. Lindsay suggests, “Buying the most expensive and trendy lighting, installing the most expensive floors or adding over-the-top amenities, won’t translate to extra dollars in your pocket down the road. Go for functional spaces, maximize storage and choose quality products that make the most sense.”

And of course, when in doubt, consult a professional. DIY projects are a great way to save money, but you’ll save more money in the long run by hiring someone before you make costly mistakes.

For information about the Helbent Team or questions about this article, contact Haley’s at 256.536.8086.

Master Bath – Redesigned with Purpose

When it came to redesigning this master bath, the homeowners had a few specific goals in mind: update the entire bathroom, maximize space and rethink functionality.

GOAL #1 – Update the Look

At the top of the list was updating the look of their entire bath. Everything from new floors, cabinets, countertops, lighting, plumbing fixtures and bathtub was carefully thought through. Since most of the home had recently been updated to a semi-contemporary/transitional look, they wanted to carry that theme into the master bath. The creation of a “spa-like” feel with straight lines and soft tones of gray were accomplished by using “river-rock” striated 12″x24″ porcelain tiles on the floor and walls, dark transitional-style cabinets, stand-alone tub, polished chrome hardware and fixtures, patterned accent wall in the shower and small circular tiles on the shower floor.

GOAL #2 – Make It Look Larger

Since expanding their bathroom was not an option, the goal was to work with the existing space to make it look as large as possible. One of the ways we achieved this was by selecting a larger tile with soft interwoven lines and installing them vertically on the floor, giving the illusion that the rooms deeper. We also ran the same tiles horizontal on the walls  in order to make the room seem wider and larger rather than tall and narrow. By removing the tub deck and replacing it with a stand-alone tub, we created a more usable space in the corner and it also allowed us to make the cabinet vanity area larger.

GOAL #3 – More Storage and Functional Space

Before this master bath remodel, there was not enough functional storage space. They wanted more storage above the countertops so everyday toiletries could be easily accessible and more drawer space to store things like brushes and hair styling accessories. Also, he wanted a 36″ high cabinet and she wanted a space to sit and get ready. So we custom designed the perfect marriage of kitchen height countertop for him and knee space for her. By removing the old tub, we were able to add more drawer space for both of them.

GOAL #4 – Enlarge the Shower

As you can see, there was not much room to expand the shower so shrinking the tub area allowed us a few extra inches to make the shower larger. By using larger tiles along the tub/shower wall and changing out the glass walls, it made the shower area feel much larger.

GOAL #5 – Special Features in the Shower

If you’re a woman, you’ll totally understand this request – a hidden place to put your shampoo and conditioner bottles and a comfortable place to put your foot when you’re shaving your legs. We made a small “foot wall” along the tub side of the shower to hide the shower accessories and make those every day tasks a little easier.

At the end of the day, this redesigned master bath was exactly what these homeowners had in mind. If you have similar goals or questions, please give us a call at 256.536.8086.

Kitchen Makeovers with Style!

Is a kitchen makeover in your future? If so, then we’ve got some great options and trends that will help you narrow down the choices whether you’re making just a few changes or remodeling your entire space. The best thing about making over your kitchen is that you can do a lot to just a little and it can transform the whole look of your kitchen. Since the kitchen is the heart of your home, it should reflect you and your family’s personal taste and lifestyle.

 

CABINET DESIGNS

From door styles and functionality to colors and designs, trending patterns in cabinetry are taking on a straight lined and simple look. Soft grays and clean whites are gracing the doors, floors and walls. Since trending designs are always changing, it’s important to know your style and remember that a kitchen makeover is something you’ll live with for many years.

What’s your style?

  • Transitional – Where contemporary mixes with traditional, you’ll find the perfect blend of style for your kitchen. Shaker doors in stains or painted colors with or without glazes are popular transitional styles. Hardware designs incorporate simple straight lines and curves with brushed nickel and pewter finishes.
  • Contemporary – If you’re looking for straight lines, less molding and glossier finishes, contemporary is your style. Polished doors in stains or painted colors with or without glazes are popular transitional finishes.
  • Traditional – As trends shift and change, a traditional style kitchen will always be a classic. There are so many options today to choose from – colors, designs, moldings and inlays… not to mention all of the options with hardware. Antique bronze, brushed nickel or pewter finishes go great with just about any traditional door style.

Functionality meets design.

  • In today’s kitchen, there is no compromising design or function. No matter what your style, there are a wide variety of space saving options – pull outs, cutlery trays, dividers, and trash pull outs.

COUNTERTOPS

When choosing a countertop, consider style, durability and price. While quartz has grown in popularity, granite still remains a top contender. There are advantages and disadvantages of both so it’s best to weigh your options.

Quartz has a cleaner and more simplified look. It is non-porous, heat resistant and does not need to be sealed, meaning less maintenance. However, quartz is typically more expensive than granite.

Granite, being natural stone, can add warmth and dimension to your kitchen. It is also heat resistant, but recommended to be resealed once a year. When searching for the granite of your choice, be sure to look at the entire slab because the colors can often vary from the sample you’re checking out.

Another great option growing in popularity is butcher block and the fashionable place to use it is on your kitchen island. Mixing different elements of countertop materials combines the warmth of wood with the cool surfaces of stone for the best of both worlds.

BACKSPLASHES

Just like cabinet designs, there are many trending patterns to choose from so knowing your style will make your decision a whole lot simpler. If you’re considering the softer grays, then a clean white subway tile is always a good compliment. If you want to spice it up a bit, change it up by adding a patterned tile accent area or using a contrasting grout color.

If warmer tones and natural stones are more your style, then considering a natural stone or complementary tile is your best option.

FLOORING

Flooring trends fall right in line with cabinet trends ushering in the grays and neutrals. While hardwood still seems to be an all-time favorite, we’re seeing more and more ceramic wood-look tile in barn wood and rustic patterns. Mixing rustic designs with modern elements creates a comfortable and more relaxed feeling environment. Tile is also more durable and easy to clean. Another upcoming fashion hitting the floor is Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) giving consumers a durable, low maintenance, water-proof and warmer floor to live on.

With so many options available, you’re bound to find the look you want with the budget you have in mind. Take the time to search the internet for designs and styles that fir your lifestyle and taste. If you’re interested or have any questions about the information in this article, give us a call at 256.536.8086.

 

 

Top Design Trends for 2018

Keeping up with the latest trends and fashions can be a real challenge, so here’s a glimpse into what design experts are predicting.

In 2016, soft whites and crisp neutrals were setting the stage. Bolder and brighter designs made a grand entrance in 2017. This year, you will see a combination of warm earthy tones, natural greens… and yes, even the deep jewel tones that we thought were a thing of the past. Everything from walls, fabrics and furniture to cabinets, tiles and floors, color is making its way to center stage this year. Not to worry if bright and bold are not your thing, there are lots of other trends to choose from as well.

COLOR

Eco-friendly, “go-green” products are the inspiration behind many of the designs and color palettes you’ll see this year. In fact, Pantene’s color, Greenery, is still turning heads and getting the attention of many designers. You’ll find pops of it showing up on walls, floors and accessories just to name a few. Its vivd hue works well with warm wood tones and helps to bring the outdoors in giving life to any space. If you loved the jewel tones of the 90’s, you’re sure to love this year’s designs…mixing past and present with brighter and richer versions of the original palettes. Warm interior colors, eco-inspired accents and cozy room fashions are sure to make an impact this year.

WALLS AND FLOORS

If you’re looking to make a statement on your walls and floors, go bold with glass tiles that are sure to be a showstopper! Bright reds, earthy browns, and nature inspired designs bring color and nature together in a cohesive fashion.

Vintage Retro is sharing the stage this year with the current classic vintage designs bringing personality and creative patterns into your kitchen, bath or any unique space. Of course continuing to trend and making and even bigger impact this year, is the warm rich hues of the wood-look tiles and planks… sometimes even replacing the currently popular subway tiles. Cork, not only on floors, and terra-cotta tiles are also making a big comeback as well.

Look for these nature inspired colors, harmonious textures and eco-friendly designs not only in hard surfaces, but also in luxurious carpets and area rugs this year.

FINISHES

This year, you can expect to see color making its way into your kitchen and bath. Whether your style is sleek and contemporary, or shaker and transitional, colorful painted finishes like navy and green are a sure way to add some spice to your kitchen design. They also pair well with the natural elements of stone and wood making for an inviting place to gather.

Not only is color making a comeback from the 90’s, but so are the gold fixtures and finishes that once adorned our homes. However, instead of the outdated shiny brass finishes that came from that era, these new accents are updated and modern offering a new sophisticated brushed look.

Another metal forging its way into our spaces is the timeless look of copper. Everything from copper pots and pans to copper accents, they’ll bring warmth and bling back to the kitchen. When displayed against a neutral background, they can really shine.

With so many ideas and designs this year, you can decorate with confidence knowing that you’ve created a beautifully lush color palette that incorporates the elements of nature and timeless classics of the past.

Decorate Like a Pro

Are you tired of that old room or do you need to update your whole house? Are you in the process of building your dream home? If so, then we’ve got some great ideas to help you decorate it like a pro. Of course, if you can afford to hire an interior decorator, they can take a lot of the guesswork out for you. Even hiring one for just a couple hours of consultation will help you put together a plan that can sometimes seem overwhelming. It will be well worth your time and money! But, if you’re venturing out on your own and want to decorate like a pro, here are a few simple tips that will help you get the job done.

1) First of all, begin with a vision. What do you want the room to look like and feel like? If you’re     drawing a blank here and need some inspiration, go to the computer. There are so many designs to see on places like Houzz or Pinterest. Find pictures that have the color, style and feel you want for the space you’re decorating.

2) Keep your family’s lifestyle in mind when choosing your design. Are you comfy and casual or traditional and formal? While white may look great, is it functional for your family. If you have pets, try a stain-guarded or pet-protect carpet that can be bound into a rug. There are so many new designs and colors. This also allows you to make it your own size, which is great for odd-shaped rooms!

3) Simplify. Get rid of any clutter that may take away from the design of your new space. Use baskets and functional pieces that can hide things you need but don’t necessarily want laying around.

4) Consider your space. Take into consideration the size of the walls, windows and ceiling height. If you have higher ceilings, you’ll want to use bigger pieces, but if you have smaller spaces, you’ll want to make sure that amazing piece of furniture doesn’t over power your room.

5) Less is more. With today’s designs, you’ll find less little nick-nacks everywhere and bigger bolder pieces. You don’t have to eliminate all of the smaller things, but make sure they fit the space. For instance, stack a couple of books together and place a smaller item on top.

6) Measure first. Make sure to measure your space before you make any purchases especially when it comes to rugs and furniture. Knowing what you have to work with, will eliminate the headache of having to return things that don’t fit.

7) Paint. Painting is an easy way to change the feel and mood of a room very inexpensively. And, a fresh coat of paint will make it feel new again.

8) Add a pop of color. If you’ve chosen a monochromatic or neutral design, throw in a pop of color with a pillow or unique accent piece. If you keep your overall design fairly neutral, you can easily and inexpensively change your look by changing pillows and small pieces… this is great for seasonal changes!

9) Mix it up. Don’t be afraid to mix and match styles, textures and designs. The new rule in decorating… there are no rules. Do what looks good and feels good to you. Rustic and industrial go great with contemporary and classic. If you put it together and you don’t like it, change it up, move it around. Sometimes it takes a little trial and error to find what works.

10)Lastly, layer it and set the mood. Layer the lighting in your room by selecting floor lamps and table lamps, even hang a chandelier in the corner for an elegant effect. Lighting adds ambience to your space and creates an atmosphere that is warm and inviting.

Decorating like a pro can be easily achieved with a little time, effort and a good plan. So, get out your paintbrush and measuring tape and have some fun. Express yourself and create a space that everyone will love!

For questions about this article or our interior decorating services, come see us at Haley’s!

Inspired by Spring Open House 2015

Come join us on Thursday, April 9th from 1:00 – 7:00pm

Chef Scott Curry from Curry’s on Johnson Street will demonstrate how to cook on the Kamado Joe Grill.  Look forward to the following demonstration menu:

Smoked chicken salad w/ crostinis

Smoked tuna dip w/ crackers

Ribeye bites w/ creamy horse radish sauce

Marinated grilled mixed vegetables

Pizza bites on home-made crust

Smoked banana Smore bites

Grilled pineapple slices w/ brown sugar glaze

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7 Ways to Pull Green in a Space | Home Show Addition

The color green is thought to bring balance and youthfulness in interior design.  It’s depth of ‘hue’ is displayed from forest green-to-jade with thousands of shades to choose from – which explains why it’s often chosen as a ‘pop’ accent color.

Here’s a sampling of our use of this marvelous color from the 2015 IDEA & Inspiration House.

Faux Planters

AccentWall500The subtle addition of these planters gives this neutral accent wall a focal point.

CustomIsland500A touch of green, with varying textures, is all it takes for color to be added to this custom built island.

Tip:  The faux planters can be found at your local craft store.

Throw Pillows & Area Rugs

CouchPillows500Accent color can also come in twos. In this setting the sunny yellow and lime green adds fun and a casual feel to the space.

Color with Fruit & Napkins

KitchenTable500In this neutral palette, the fruit and napkins bring a bit of personality to this entire room.

Color with Fruit, Towels and Plants

BookShelf500The fruit, towels and faux planters allow the eye to move throughout the bookshelf.

Stone Coloring

Countertop500Consider bringing in a striking color through counter-tops.  Just enough color to not overdo, however, adds a tremendous amount of interest to the space.  Counter-top > Fantasy Soapstone

Globally Inspired Classic Transitional Design Pieces| New Market Finds

Globally inspired details meet classic transitional design in this beautiful market collection.  Timeless lamps, accessories, art work, mirrors and living room furnishings partner in the soothing neutral color palette.  Beautifully lined with a coordinating rug, comfy pillows, and relaxing chairs for a sophisticated look laced in touches of rich gold accents.

A glimpse at some of the pieces in this collection…

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