a look at in floor heat

October 18, 2011

We recently had one of our clients install in floor heat in their master bathroom and sun porch. If you’re considering this method of heating, here are some points to consider.

Pros:

  1. Consistent heat – this way of heating helps there to be less hot and cool pockets in your space and offers a more consistent heat throughout the space.
  2. It’s quieter than a traditional furnace.
  3. While it costs more to install upfront, it saves money in the long run because your thermostat can stay regulated easier.
  4. You can set it on a timer, so it’s only on when you’re using the room. (You can set it so the bathroom is nice and toasty warm on those cold winter mornings!)
  5. This type of system works well with solar-powered sources.
  6. It is recommended for those with allergies because, unlike a forced air unit, there aren’t lots of allergens floating around from room to room

Cons:

  1. It is more costly upfront to install because it should be installed by a professional who knows what they are doing to make sure it will work correctly.

You should take into consideration what material you will cover it with. The thickness and type of flooring will determine how much of the heat will enter the room.

 In floor heat can be installed anywhere – even under a wood floor if it’s properly installed!

This master bath shot was taken right after the in floor heat was installed. Now it's just waiting for marble tile!

 

In floor heat installed under hardwood flooring in a lakeshore home.

 
 
 
 
 
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fall colors

September 15, 2011

Cooling temperatures means that it’s my favorite season of the year!

Fall!

I love it: I love the cool, sunny weather… being able to wear my boots…the wonderful smells of crispy leaves… AND the beautiful fall colors!

We perused one of our go-to showrooms at IMS, Francis King, for furniture, lighting, and accessories in the warm reds, oranges, and yellows of the season.  Here’s what we found to inspire you on how to bring these fall colors into your home this season and year round…

(1- Francis King Warehouse. 2- Currey & Co. 3- Somerset Bay. 4- Lee Industries. 5- Somerset bay. 6- Malibu Loft. 7- Lee Industries. 8- Currey & Co. 9- Somerset Bay. 10- Somerset Bay. 11- Somerset Bay. 12- Francis King Warehouse. 13- Lillian August.)

Happy fall!

Have you seen the latest colors that Cambria has come out with? I must admit when I walked through the showroom at IMS and saw the full slabs, I got a little misty. They are GORGEOUS!

Well done, Cambria! They have created a beautiful, no maintenance option to granite AND have kept that pretty, natural movement that we love about the natural stone.

Check out the new colors of their Waterstone collection here:

New Waterstone collection from Cambria.

 
 
From top left to bottom right:  Aberdeen, Bellingham, Braemar, Buckingham, New Quay, Praa Sands, Sharpham, Shirebrook, Torquay, Wellington, Westminster.
 
The movement of this collection is just amazing. Can you imagine one of these in your new kitchen or bathroom?
 
 

Let’s go down to the seaside…

This color scheme evokes the calm and serene feeling of being near the sea with its warm almost grey-almost violet walls, soft and gauzy fabric panels, and bright green paired with crisp white accents.

This palette is good for family rooms to create a calming effect in the hectic-ness that is our day-to-day life. Is also great for bedrooms for the same reason…  To create this look (first call us for a color consultation! 🙂 ) and then pair soft, nubby textures with hard ones like a fuzzy fern in a ceramic pot or a metal coffee table on a shaggy rug. 

It’s easy to imagine these fun, billowy window treatments blowing in the breeze on a day like today!

(the wall in this picture is Benjamin Moore’s Sweatshirt Grey paint 2126-40)

color cure

August 2, 2011

ROYGBIV. You might have learned that in school when studying color: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet.

Here’s our hauthaus take on the color wheel with our projects plugged in as references…

Red: Master bedroom and bathroom remodel in South Minneapolis. Chrome, white marble, and espresso cabinets set the scene in this dramatic bathroom.

Orange: “Away Room” remodel in a home in Chanhassen. It’s the perfect spot to read the news paper, have some coffee or just get away…

Yellow: Showcase Home Kitchen in 2003 with Bonnie Birnbaum; located in St. Paul. Since the clients entertain a lot, a large gathering space was incorporated into the kitchen design. The complimentary color blue makes the yellow really pop.

Green: Master bedroom and bathroom remodel in Minnetonka. We used a warm green on the walls along with other hues of green throughout the master suite. A silky lemongrass custom duvet compliments the striped cream and green draperies. The black painted furniture accents the fresh green nicely.

Blue: Home furnishings project in Plymouth. The cool blue walls set the tone of the home and evoke a sense of the east coast and water.

Violet: Dining room remodel in Chanhassen. This smoky grey-purple makes the space seem warm and inviting.

Since it’s been a little grey and rainy lately in Minnesota, we thought it might be nice to add a little bit of a color cure to your day! We hope you enjoyed it!

What’s your favorite way to add color into your interior (and exterior) spaces?

cheers! 🙂

zen color scheme

July 22, 2011

What makes this bathroom have a calming, zen feeling?
 

Earthy, zen color scheme.

  •   The soft, muted greens and blues create a calming effect.
  • River stones, incorporated into the floor design, are reminiscent of a zen rock garden. They evoke tranquility.
  • The curved back of the chair softens the straight lines of the tile and wood tub surround. Balance is key.

Happy Thursday, everyone!

In this blog we’ll highlight one of our powder rooms… enjoy!

Inspired by our “Asiatic Prairie” design concept, this powder room showcases a very pretty Muted Prairie color scheme. The colors are all very earthy and warm which creates a very inviting and homey feel; which is great for a powder room since this is the bathroom guests will most often use.

The inspiration color chips are all Benjamin Moore:

  • 2163-50 Burlap
  • 2164-40 Serengeti Sand
  • 2170-40 Coral Spice
  • HC-119 Sherwood Green
  • HC-105 Rockport Gray

Tips on the design of this bathroom:

  • Using a framed mirror vs. a large frameless mirror provides the opportunity for a little personality and gives the powder room a more custom feel.
  • The granite we used on the counter has a lot of pattern and a lot of movement. A powder room is a perfect spot to use something a little more bold like granite, paint or wallpaper.
  • Our vanity cabinet was built to look and feel like a piece of furniture, rather than a full built in cabinet.
  • When you do have guests over, gather a bunch of fresh flowers in a fun vase, this will make the guests feel invited and special.