Monday, January 30, 2017

Step Out On A Better Deck

 Homeowners know that a great outdoor living space not only maximizes their home value, but also their use of their whole home! During beautiful weather, which we're lucky to have a lot of in Atlanta, having a great deck or patio and yard to enjoy can make your home feel so much bigger. Here are some of the top deck trends and design requests that deck designers like AK have been getting during the past year:

Homeowners want their deck and outdoor living space to be personalized. This means using different areas of a deck for personalized purposes such as cooking, entertaining, sitting around a fire, relaxing in a hot tub, a children’s play area, and even meditation.

Focus On Railings
More and more attention is being paid to deck railings! More often than not in the past our clients would have considered deck shape, use, material and more - but not the railings. Today that is not the case. Railings are speaking volumes to a homeowner's style. From traditional and classic iron balusters to modern industrial cable rails to craftsman style, there are many options for decks, patios and stairs! Clean lines with less ornamentation is quickly becoming the top requested look.

Have you considered installing technology or automation - in to the outdoors? Remodelers like AK have been installing grills, TVs and entertainment systems that can emerge from water-resistant hulls under the deck space with the touch of a remote-control button.

Go Green
You might think of environmentally friendly decking as only using renewable resources or sustainably harvested wood, however there is another option - Composite Decking. Composite materials are typically a combination of recycled plastics and wood fibers, which are less susceptible to splintering, warping and cracking. Win. Win. 
Bonus? You can pick from numerous color choices with composite decking - and even incorporate more than one color or material in to a custom deck design!

Monday, January 9, 2017

What If Madonna Was A Kitchen?

   We heard someone describing the iconic style of Audrey Hepburn the other day. Timeless. Strong Lines. Tailored. High End. Use Of Color. We immediately thought of what that style would look like...if it were a kitchen.

   Now fashion and interior design are not very different animals. Popular style in one often translates in to the other; most recently the use of geometric prints and shades of gray. Therefore seeing similarities is a celebrity wardrobe and a trending kitchen is not that unusual. But we were wondering about the real icons - like Audrey Hepburn, Madonna, Grace Kelly, etc. - could their unique style translate into interior design? Can an expertly designed space add the je ne sais quoi to the materials and products?

   We wanted to take a look, and see if we could match a kitchen to some celebrity icons. These spaces below are not the celebrities' actual kitchens, these are the ones that remind us of them. We'd love to get your opinion - Did we hit the nail on the head or miss the mark?


Is this a "Madonna Kitchen?"
We see these as her style elements:

Grace Kelly

Is This A Grace Kelly Kitchen?

Or This?

We feel her style would appreciate the old stand-bys, antique pieces and the simple parts of life.

Sarah Jessica Parker

Does this kitchen ooze SJP's style?

Or this?

  If your style was embodied in a kitchen, what would it look like?