By Sarah Bashore-Imhoff on December 31, 2014
By Sarah Bashore-Imhoff on December 19, 2014
More and more people are opting to install a TV bracket above a fireplace. This Fall we remodeled a client’s traditional fireplace into a more modern look with the TV mounted over the mantle. Here is an idea for how to camouflage the bracket.
The client was thrilled with the clean travertine stone and the new modern fireplace. But, what to do with that ugly bracket?! We made a cover out of masonite that just covered the bracket and wires without impacting the motion of the TV and then had our faux painter finish it to match the stone behind it exactly.
The result? A virtually invisible bracket cover for a clean, finished look.
This TV pulls forward on it’s bracket and then moves downward for optimal TV viewing. When this happens it automatically turns off the fireplace below so that heat doesn’t ruin the television over time.
By Sarah Bashore-Imhoff on November 19, 2013
Say you’re going on a first date or a job interview. There’s one piece of advice you can expect to get from just about everyone: Make a good first impression. Well, if you’re hoping to court a buyer for the home you’re selling, that rule still applies. You wouldn’t let a prospective boss (or the man or woman you’re trying to impress) see you for the first time with an untucked shirt and bed head. So don’t let potential buyers see your home at anything less than its best. Dress your home to impress.
The exterior is the first thing a potential buyer sees, so make sure it’s clean, inviting and up to date.
The new approach features a much more inviting first impression of home. The cedar posts and exterior lights really give a face-lift to the whole facade. The new door allows more light into the home while still maintaining privacy with the textured glass. The new exterior painting and entrance remodel went flawlessly, thanks to Paul Lundgren.
Wanna go the extra mile to really get the job done and get your home sold? First impressions are everything.
By Sarah Bashore-Imhoff on November 6, 2013
This summer I had the opportunity to help clients remodel a house that had been very nice, in all respects, into a home that reflected their personal taste. In this case, I happened to know the designer who had done the work for the former owners and have great respect for her talents. So, it was a bit daunting to “re-do” her work. But, it’s all about the people who live there. And don’t we all want to put our own stamp on things? I’m featuring the dining room remodel in this post.
The new homeowners entertain quite a bit and wanted a warmer feel to the space. This room really stuck out from the rest of the house in it’s “white-ness”. We simply selected a new wallpaper that brought in a more sophisticated, warm color. I felt that the sconces and main chandelier were too “matchy”. Everywhere you looked, you were bombarded by crystals.
**Designer tip: Don’t limit yourself to one “family” of light fixtures in the same room!
We had the ceiling re-painted a warmer white and a new chandelier installed that coordinated with the sconces. We re-used the old chandelier in the master closet! With the addition of some artwork from the current owner’s collection, the room was complete.
How do you like the new space?
By Sarah Bashore-Imhoff on July 31, 2013
By Sarah Bashore-Imhoff on May 1, 2013
A 2012 survey conducted among users of the Houzz app and website revealed some interesting information regarding recent home design projects consumers and users of the site had recently undertaken.
Important Drivers for completing most recent home design project:
- 86% did so to improve the LOOK and FEEL of the room or home
- 70% did so to improve the FLOW, LAYOUT and/ or FUNCTIONALITY of the room or home
- 47% did so to improve the RESALE value of the home
Budgeting for home design projects:
- 22% go OVER budget
- 30% set NO budget at all
As an Interior Designer, I often get clients that want to improve the look and feel, functionality and the resale value of their home when they hire me. This is where I and other professionals can help homeowners get everything they are looking for with one stop shopping.
By Sarah Bashore-Imhoff on February 26, 2013
Remodeling your master bath can be a daunting task but comes with exciting benefits. Here are some remodel ideas for your master bath. Hixon Interiors had clients that purchased a new home that just wasn’t their taste. In fact the home didn’t seem to have much that pulled it together.
One easily remedied problem was the existing light fixtures. A common choice made by builders is to select light fixtures from the same “family”. This is a safe but boring choice. Use a little creativity. Select complimentary fixtures that have a similar finish and style.
The cabinetry and countertops were acceptable and would have been a large expense to replace. To freshen the cabinets, we painted them a more dramatic black. But the vessel style glass bowls just didn’t work in this new master bath. It was simple to select new lavs that sat down in the countertop and only had to have new holes cut to accept them. The old faucets were also too contemporary. Our new faucets not only add sparkle, but they also tie in with the ceiling fixture and new sconces.
To dress the room up we added lavish window coverings and beautiful leaded glass windows in place of the privacy glass in the old windows. Again, adding some sparkle to the room and warmth not often found in a bathroom.
A subtle wallpaper finishes off the room and adds warmth to what is actually quite a large space. The existing columns added a level of drama that we played up in the stool room. We actually split a column in half and quarters and built the double-arched soffit to frame the water closet and bidet. Hixon Interiors added interest to this very practical space.
When it comes to master bath remodel ideas, look toward the luxurious. Hang an extravagant chandelier above the tub area (check ceiling height in regards to building codes), add a warming drawer for towels or a see-through fireplace. Be aware that you want this to be a serene space so soft materials like plush towels and window coverings can aid in making this a quiet retreat. These finishing touches will add that extra bit of luxury to an already spalike master bath remodel. – See more at HGTV