WHAT MAKES A HOUSE A HOME?
As a Colorado Springs Interior Designer, I’m often asked what makes a house more stylish? Or, a more comfortable living environment? Or, what makes a house a place you want to call home?
To answer these questions I thought back at over 30 years of experience to help explore design trends for today’s homeowners seeking comfort, livability, and style.
RETURN OF THE PAPERED WALL
It’s been in, it’s been out, it’s been gold, it’s been bold! But, you know wallpaper has re-arrived when it’s in the background of major fashion magazines like Vogue!
When paint just isn’t enough for those who are looking to add a splash of personality to their walls? Look no further than your interior designer or the wallpaper books at a local design studio.
According to Ronald Redding, interior designer and VP of Design at York Wallcoverings, in a resent interview with Style at Home, wall coverings will work in your space, large or small, old or new.
See what Redding has to say on why wall coverings are a great alternative to paint and why you shouldn’t be scared to embrace wallpaper in your upcoming design build project.
PERSONAL SPACES FOR WOMEN
How to create a room of your own!
After years of raising kids and having your life revolve around work, meals, schedules, soccer games, Little League, dance lessons, and swim meets, it’s time for you to make your own life - one that’s filled with self-exploration, time, and (most importantly) space. With the demands of a busy calendar, work, and family, it’s never been more important for a woman to carve out her own time in the day and to create a personal space for herself; a space that’s private and reflective of her personality and style.
KITCHEN AND BATH TRENDS FOR 2012
ASID recently introduced a great article on Kitchen and Bath trends for 2012 from a recent survey by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). It's so insightful and informative, that I just have to share with my friends who share a passion for great interior design and design trends!
Create Features Female Entrepreneurs on ModernDecorStore.com
This week's feature - Katherine Speas!
We're excited to have been selected as this week's female business owner to be showcased on ModernDecorStore.com! Each week, the Kansas City based design store highlights a new female business owner and her personal workspace and style in their blog. To read more about Kathy and her design studio click here.
Helping Create a Better Home
Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity Names Design Team for 2012 Parade of Homes
We're excited to announce that we've once again been asked to assist Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity on the interior design of their Colorado Springs Parade Home which runs August 3 - August 19.
Dated Kitchens Become Delightful Gathering Spaces
Inspired by a love of Tuscany, our clients Mary and Tony looked to Andy and me to transform their nearly 20 year old westside town home into a charming space for their private family time and entertaining. Their design requirements included an open and functional plan, Tuscan flair, seating at the kitchen island, comfy seating for casual conversation, and a dining area for entertaining.
Dated Kitchens Become Delightful Gathering Spaces Inspired by a love of Tuscany, our clients Mary and Tony looked to Andy and me to transform their nearly 20 year old westside town home into a charming space for their private family time and entertaining. Their design requirements included an open and functional plan, Tuscan flair, seating at the kitchen island, comfy seating for casual conversation, and a dining area for entertaining. “This new space has become the heart of our home and the life of the party!” says Mary. “Thanks to Andy and Kathy, we read in overstuffed upholstered chairs in the bay window, cook and eat together, and drink morning coffee in this elegant yet casual room.” In addition to suiting daily needs, this remodeled kitchen is ideal for hosting parties like the progressive party enjoyed by several of Sikora and Speas design build friends (and clients). “The large island with comfy wood and leather stools and a nearby round table comfortably fits up to twelve, and I thoroughly enjoy talking to my guests while preparing dinner or appetizers,” says Tony. The Look The old world feel of this custom kitchen design features a custom stove hood of clay and crushed shells accented with crinkled copper. To create a truly old world look, we choose warm colors on the chocolate glazed knotty alder cabinets. To keep with a truly custom feel, the dishwasher is kept out of sight (but not out of reach) by using knotty alder drawer fronts. Chiseled Solaris Granite countertops (a must for any kitchen remodel) accent the antique white island with furniture like newel posts and bead board. Cooking for two or twelve is a breeze with the stainless steel Wolfe gas range (ideal for the novice or the gourmet cook), oil rubbed bronze pot filler, and dual under mount sinks. Stainless steel appliances blend well with the oil rubbed bronze custom lighting. We incorporated an artistic blending of shapes and sizes of travertine tile backsplash and travertine floor tiles in a Versailles pattern, and buttery yellow faux finish on the walls. The Layout A joint collaboration with builder, Andy Sikora and our homeowners, we worked within the home’s original footprint to design a kitchen that seamlessly melds cooking, cleanup, and entertaining spaces into one exquisite room. The sink, range, dining area, and gathering space all center on the room’s island. This practical design separates work areas from entertaining areas but allows for ideal traffic flow. All of the areas are functional and work together while the interior design makes guests feel at home. Source Guide Interior Designer: Katherine Speas, Speas Interior Design Cabinets & Center Island: Crestwood Cabinetry from Plush Designs Design/Build: Sikora & Speas Faux Finish Walls: Nasazi Artworks Countertops: Chiseled Solaris Furniture, Upholstery, Island Seating, Fabrics & Window Treatments: Katherine Speas Tile Backsplash & Floors: Travertine Lights: Maxim Lighting Appliances: Kitchenaid refrigerator and microwave, Fischer-Paykel dishdrawer dishwasher, Wolfe range Main Sink: Kohler Veggie Sink: Linkasink Faucets and Pot filler: Rhol Accessories: Katherine Speas Custom Range Hood (clay, crushed shell, and reclaimed copper circuit boards): Andy Sikora Real Estate experts say that kitchen remodels are one of the best financial investments you can make in your home. When starting a major kitchen makeover, make sure to select an experienced interior design who you can communicate with and a licensed general contractor who will manage the entire project from beginning to end. Planning the perfect kitchen for family or formal gatherings will be hard work, but the rewards are well worth the time and effort! Remember it’s critical to consider (before you get started) how you’re going to use this space and what you want this remodel to accomplish. Getting excited? We are! Let’s get cooking (I mean designing)! If you would like an interior design and remodeling consultation for your dream kitchen, contact Katherine Speas, Speas Interior Design. An award winning Colorado Springs Interior Designer, Kathy Speas is a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers and an expert on incorporating style, comfort, and livability into your home and lifestyle. SpeasInteriorDesign.com.
Top Design Trends for Custom Homes
And (in our opinion) Remodels, Renovations, and Design!
I recently ran across an interesting trends article on the ASID website. The article, a reprint from BuilderOnline.com, forecast the top design trends for 2012 according to one of the nation's largest custom home builders, Ohio-based Schumacher Homes. According to Paul Schumacher, CEO of Schumacher Homes, he sees a growing trend toward more casual, family-focused living. His predictions for this year's trends are based on the most popular custom features requested in 2011 and over 20 years of home building experience. “People” Schumacher says “are looking to make the most of their space so they get more out of their investment.”
Questions and Answers For A Leading Colorado Springs Interior Designer!
Several months ago when we launched our new website and started down the path of social media, I never dreamed it would turn into the project that it has become! My website and Facebook page have become a tremendous tool for showcasing our work, an avenue to share my thoughts and inspirations on stylish design, and now a place to answer questions I hear over and over again!
New Year's Resolutions
I don’t know about you but the never-ending list of New Year’s Resolutions can be down right overwhelming! But in the spirit of tradition, below is my (suggested) “small” list of resolutions to help make your home a more beautiful in 2012!
Festive Holiday Decorations
A Few Of My Favorite Things
“Raindrops and roses and whiskers on kittens. Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens. Brown paper packages tied up with strings. These are a few of my favorite things.”
The Decorated Mantle
A beautiful holiday mantle arrangement will turn your fireplace into an eye-catching focal point for the holidays. As we approach the holidays, I want to share a few of my favorite ideas to use when decorating your home's mantle for the holiday season! I hope you will share your holiday favorites with me!
Master Bathroom Makeovers
Creating a Spa-Like Bathroom Retreat
Unlike your kitchen, master bedroom, or family room, your master bathroom is the most private space in your home. It's a space that requires a great deal of consideration and planning before starting any remodeling or even redecorating. But, don't let fear of the project deter you from creating your own spa like retreat! With a little planning and a talented designer and remodeler, your Zen retreat is just one click away!
Master Bedroom Makeovers
After 30 years of raising kids and living with your 1960s style bedrooms (and furniture), it’s time to transform your dated space into a luxurious retreat perfect for sweet dreams!
You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman
And so do the 2012 Pantone Colors!
Sustainable Living “aka Green” is one of the latest trends to hit the housing and design industries. As good stewards of planet Earth, we’re building high performance smart homes that use a fraction of the energy and searching from renewable resources. Remodelers across the nation are being asked to remodel homes using energy efficient products and standards of construction. Interior designers are being tasked with incorporating this new eco-friendly trend with use of textures, materials, and colors. Last week, as New York embraced Fashion week, we introduced you to the hottest color on the market – a vibrant, deep red-purple the paint industry is calling “P’zazz”.