Kitchen Trend: The Island

Always a popular gathering space, the kitchen island plays a vital role for many households. From stools to countertops to lighting above, the possible combinations are endless. 2104 SW Spring Street offers a cooking island with a marble countertop, classic lighting and space for guests. For more information on this residence house click here >>

Posted on February 5, 2019 at 11:44 pm
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Modern or Contemporary: What’s the Difference?

May 4, 2011
What is the difference between modern and contemporary architecture? Why the distinction? At their most literal, “contemporary” is the architecture being produced now, the architecture of the moment. “Modern” architecture breaks with the past — specifically the traditional styles of before the Industrial Revolution.

So in this sense “contemporary” is not limited to a single stylistic thread. And “modern” recalls the early- and mid-20th-century architecture embodying the ideals of the machine age: an absence of ornament, structures of steel or concrete, large expanses of glass, a whitewash (usually stucco over brick) or another minimal exterior expression, and open floor plans.

While this starts to define the difference, there is an evident use of the term “contemporary” that refers to a particular strain of design today, such that new postmodern, neo-Classical or other neo-traditional buildings are not included. The term’s use is clearly narrower than the literal definition, yet it is still rooted in the now; contemporary architecture is of its time, therefore innovative and forward-looking. In this sense it is rooted in the modern, even if it does not resemble it stylistically.

The photos that follow respond to the question, “modern or contemporary?” I hope the answers will elucidate the similarities and differences between the styles, further aiding the appreciation of both styles of architecture.

Posted on April 9, 2018 at 10:04 pm
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6 Reasons to Consider Wallpaper in Your Design

Posted on August 3, 2017 at 8:24 pm
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Start Preparing Your House Now for Summer

Posted on May 15, 2017 at 9:07 pm
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From David Austin’s New English Roses

Posted on February 22, 2017 at 11:09 pm
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Kitchen Banquettes with Laid-Back Charm

  • Kitchen banquettes or breakfast nooks — however you refer to them, they have one thing in common: a delightful, cozy charm that invites you to sit and take five. But what gives these areas their easygoing appeal? Maybe it’s the combination of relaxed seating paired with the sociable kitchen location, or maybe it’s their association with casual restaurant diners.
  • Dining Nook
  • My listing at 1767 SW Prospect Drive features the perfect example of a “kitchen banquette with laid-back charm” – a wonderful place for homework to be completed, quick meals to be enjoyed, or a place for company to sit while food preparation is taking place.Kitchen
Posted on December 6, 2016 at 9:45 pm
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The 10 Most Cost-Effective Renovations



By Pablo Enriquez, NY Times

High-end, major remodeling projects don’t always offer the most favorable return on investment when you sell your home. Lower-cost but highly visible changes can often do more to increase profits in a sale, as Tim McKeough writes in this week’s cover story in the Real Estate section. Here are some simple improvements that may offer the most bang for the buck.



In apartments and houses:

Refinishing hardwood floors

Painting walls

Replacing kitchen countertops

Installing new kitchen appliances

Replacing kitchen cabinet doors and drawer fronts

In houses only:

Replacing the front door with a new steel-and-glass door

Replacing the garage door

Replacing siding

Adding a wood deck

Replacing windows with wood windows

Posted on April 27, 2015 at 6:09 pm
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Kitchen Remodeling Trends compiled a survey of kitchen remodeling trends. Majority of respondents are "completely gutting the existing kitchen" in their homes.

Posted on December 9, 2013 at 8:37 am
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Old Foundation, New Marvel

Architects, interior designers, and more ∨

Hire a decorator to find that sofas and a coffeetable for your living room.
With the help of a bath designer, revamp your bland bathroom with a walk-in shower, bath sink and a new sink console.

Posted on September 25, 2013 at 8:05 am
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Houzz is the leading online platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device.


From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to get the design inspiration, project advice, product information and professional reviews they need to help turn ideas into reality.



Posted on August 16, 2013 at 7:09 am
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