99% of households in the United States have at least one television, and the quality of the screens is improving. From tube TVs to flat screens, the design of the television certainly has become more stylish and compact. No matter the size and shape, though, the TV is often the focal point of the room. But have you ever wished your television could seamlessly blend into your home, more like a beautifully framed painting? Say hello to Samsung’s Frame TV.
White cabinetry has long been considered a timeless choice when it comes to kitchen design. Most people perceive white kitchens as clean, spacious, bright, and the best choice for resale value and appeal. So it’s no wonder why white is a popular and safe direction for kitchens. In the past decade or so, most people have strayed away from color, as color can be a scary commitment. Even kitchens that had color were mostly touches of beige or other light
Next to the kitchen, the bathroom continues to be one of the most popular rooms in the home to renovate. Like kitchens, bathrooms, especially master bathrooms, give a great return on investment. As life becomes more complicated and busier with more stimuli and distractions, the bathroom has evolved into a personal sanctuary. It’s the one place in the home where people still respect your privacy. The bathroom has become a spa-like, hotel-like and Zen-like destination, where one can be indulged
The kitchen remains the single highest priority when clients seek to renovate and add value to their homes. Kitchens are the most popular big-ticket items in home remodeling today and the one that will be the safest investment. As real estate values increase, people are more likely to renovate their homes and kitchens give a great return on investment. Having evolved into a multi-purpose room, the kitchen is still the heart of the home. It’s no wonder why, as many
Americans spend 90% of their time indoors. That is an astonishing amount of time. It is no wonder we are designing interiors that incorporate some exterior elements more and more these days. We are blending the outdoor environment inside, to make the indoor environment feel more like the outdoors. And visa-versa, we are bringing indoor elements outside to make outdoor entertaining and living more user-friendly, comfortable, and thereby encouraging the all of us to spend more time outdoors. Natural light is
We are seeing some new and continuing trends in Kitchen Design and here are our insights. Trends are increasing in speed from previous years, meaning the time between when they first appear and become popular has shortened. Trends pop-up, ignite and spread much faster. The Kitchen is the New Living Room Kitchens are no longer treated as separate, unique rooms in the home, but rather an integral central part of the home. The Kitchen is not just a gathering place,
We are seeing some new and continuing trends in Bathroom Design. Here are our insights: It used to be that residential bathroom design influenced hotel bathroom design, but now hotel bathroom design has surpassed residential bathroom design, so hotel bathroom design is influencing residential bathroom design. Larger, open plan bathrooms are the trend. These open plan bathrooms are often open in part to the master bedroom or suite. Ventilation and moisture control is extremely important in open bathroom plans as
One of the most popular spaces at Design Home 2016 has been the roof deck on top of the home and on the 6th floor. With 360 degree views including the Delaware River, the Benjamin Franklin bridge, the city skyline, and sunset views, it is a very dramatic space. The egress to the deck is a pilot house which contains the elevator, a powder room and a bar and beverage center which serves the roof deck. Outside on the roof
We have worked with one closet company almost exclusively for the past 20-something years due to our incredible trust in Janet Stevenson of Closets & Cabinetry by Closet City Ltd. in Montgomeryville. Janet is a superb closet designer and she always finds the most efficient use of space to maximize storage, convenience and aesthetics. So we were thrilled when Janet came on board for Design Home 2016, we think she’s done almost all of the Design Homes, if not all.
This year’s Design Home is designed with two kitchens and two bars. The main kitchen, which is large for a Philadelphia town house, is located on the second floor. The piano nobile or bel etage in the classic Renaissance architectural style, one level above the street. This is where the main indoor entertaining areas of the home are located. The second kitchen is located on the roof deck and is an outdoor kitchen. The roof deck, and Pilot House which
From studs to drywall to tile, we’re sharing the progress at Design home 2016’s grand Master Bathroom. There are seven bathrooms total in Design Home. Here’s a sneak peak at the construction and design of the Master Bathroom. You’ll see the work of all of the incredible partners and sponsors involved in this modern design project. Enjoy seeing the completed room when Design Home 2016 opens on October 15th, 2016. Design Home® 2016 is a symbiosis of old and new. For
From studs to drywall, progress at Design Home 2016 focusing on the twenty foot high Living Room with the twenty foot high fireplace. See this time lapsed video that shows the building process of this wonderfully dramatic fireplace as well as the modern living room design. This video will give a you a peak at the innovative design process and will tide you over until Design Home opens on October 15th. Design Home® 2016 is a symbiosis of old and
Outdoor spaces can add seemingly extra square footage to your home and therefore add value to your home. Because they feel like another room of the home, and extend the useful square footage, we don’t necessarily discount their value because they are outdoors. Who wouldn’t love another space in the home to entertain, relax or even work? These spaces don’t have to be expensive to put together and can be very versatile in their function. Some outdoor spaces include kitchens
Are you tired of living in drywall boxes? Does your home lack any character beyond the paint and furnishings you put into it? Unfortunately, today’s construction methods often leave an interior dull and devoid of any detailing. One of the reasons older homes are so popular is due to their character and their details. But older homes come with their own set of problems. Be prepared to deal with old wiring and plumbing and a whole host of other repair
Some people very clearly know what they like and do not like when it comes to decorating their home. While others do not have a clue where to begin or even know what they like. If you are one of the later, you may be encouraged knowing that you are in the majority. Most people do not know what their style is or what style they will ultimately want to live with in their home. Many people like multiple styles