Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Hamptons Show House: Inspiration With Purpose

  Twenty-four designers from around the country came together last year to create this stunning New York show home. Each room in the sprawling 7,900-square-foot home was inspired by a different holiday with a strong emphasis on celebrating women and breast cancer survivors because all the tour proceeds benefited The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Photographer captured some fabulous inspirational images of this home that was built to embolden the designer in you!

Which room inspires you?

Love one of these rooms?

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Is Copper A Good Topper?

  There's a reason professional chefs have relied on metal countertops for decades: they're anti-bacterial, stain resistant and add a beautiful glow to any kitchen. Metal countertops have been used in the finest kitchens for years, and now the elegance of copper and stainless steel can reside in your home. Beauty and functionality meet practicality with Copper countertops! 


Copper Countertops

  • Unlike stone, metal is nonporous (read antibacterial and stain-resistant). A recent British study highlighted copper's antibacterial skills: E coli survived on stainless steel for 34 days while on copper it lasted for only four hours.
  • Copper is recyclable - eco-friendly! Metal countertops don't require sealing or more than soap and water to clean. 
  • Copper countertops allow for a very durable surface and provides an elegant traditional kitchen look. Metal does scratch, however, so keep the cutting board handy. And when you get the inevitable etches, enjoy their character. 
  • All Copper Countertops have a Matte Finish.
  • Copper is a "living" material it is subject to Patina naturally. Dependent on the factors as humidity, acidity and usage will affect the amount and degree of tarnishing and color change. Copper can be cleaned and polished with various specialty cleansers.
  • Copper sinks can be integrated into the countertop for seamless effect

Friday, April 18, 2014

8 Creative Ways To Use Wine Corks

 Having a glass tonight? 
Save your cork and consider these creative ideas using wine corks!

Monday, April 14, 2014

7 Of The Best Ways To Spruce Up Your Home For Spring

   Take spring cleaning a step further and try these top 7 ways to change a room's look or set a new mood without spending anything but a little time. (Oh yeah, did we mention these effective ideas are all free??) Check out a portion Houzz contributor Laura Gaskill's tips for a free spring spruce up that you can do for every room in your home!

  • Arrange your coffee table nicely. A stack of books, a tray or basket, and a vase of flowers are all you need to make your coffee table look chic and pulled together.
  • Take scissors outside and cut something to put in water. Don’t let the lack of a flower garden stop you — get creative! Even weeds or a bit of green foliage from the tip of a backyard tree branch can be beautiful.

  • Use up leftover paint on small projects. A bit of paint left in the can is all you need to paint a mirror frame or group of accessories. Try painting just the legs of a table or chairs, the edges of picture frames, the interior of a tray or the bottom of a vase.

  • Swap photos in frames. An easy way to give your room a fresh look is simply by trading out the photos or artwork in the frames on the wall. Use old black and white family photos, pics from a recent trip or something completely different, like art postcards.
  • Move your furniture around. Move your bookcases into the dining room (or your dining table into the living room) for a cozy library vibe. For a smaller change, try switching chairs, side tables or lamps between rooms for a new look. 

  • Rearrange your counter. Counters get cluttered up so easily; thankfully, it doesn’t take long to get things looking nice again. Start by clearing everything off your countertop, and replace only the items you use daily. To take it a step further, choose a few pretty items to display, like a serving tray propped against the wall and a cream pitcher filled with flowers.

  • Try your rugs in different rooms. Why not bring your dining room rug into the kitchen or try your living room rug in the bedroom? You may like the results so much, you make it a permanent change — and if not, you can always put the rugs back.  
If it's time for a larger change in your home, it's time to have a look at AK's gallery of Atlanta Remodeling work! Get inspired and then contact us to talk about your home - 770.587.5722

Monday, April 7, 2014

Reflections: 6 Bathroom Vanity Mirror Choices

Beauty Is Eternity. Gazing At Itself In A Mirror.

   It might not always be our favorite thing to do everyday, but each one of us uses a mirror an average of eight times a day! That's probably as much as you use your refrigerator and probably more than you use your car. But we bet you put more thought into choosing those items than you did in choosing your bathroom vanity mirror!
   It's time to reflect on the looking glass in our bathrooms and consider what each style says and which one is right for our bathroom remodel!

1. Large Frameless Mirror With Chrome Clamps: a great style for a small powder room, or a small modern master bath.

2. Full Wall Mirror With Inset Light Fixtures: these mirrors can make a room appear larger and reflect light around the room better. They can also pair wait with dark cabinetry or paint.

3. Large Framed Mirror: whether the frame matches or compliments the cabinetry, there is no doubt a framed mirror adds a touch of upscale class to any bathroom!

4. Dual Framed Mirrors

5. Mirror With Integrated TV Screen: this hot item will only set you back about $2,400 - which might be worth it if you love a good, long soak in the tub!

6. Beveled Mirror: dual or single, a beveled mirror has a glamorous look - like a chandelier!