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Designing For Your Pets

Posted on September 19th, by Michael Menn in Interior Design, Pets, Trends. Comments Off on Designing For Your Pets

Designing for your Pets

In the past I may have mentioned how important it is to include you pets when you are remodeling. I have shared with you some clever sleeping accommodations for your companion dog or cat.  Today I want to share some ideas and storage solutions for your companion’s food and water.

Many times when we are designing a new kitchen space for a client the question of pet food storage and bowls comes up.  Our dogs and cats are an integral part of our lives and thus, we want to make sure to accommodate them whenever and wherever possible when designing a new space, especially the kitchen area.

The following are some stylish and practical solutions to make your life, as well as that of your companion, easy and stress free.

The storage of your pet’s food and treats deserves a stylish solution.  Think about creating your own containers that can be displayed in your kitchen or pantry area.

Ordinary canisters can be painted and decorated using stencils and appliqués to bring character and color to your room.  There are many easy, basic computer software programs that allow you to add a personal touch.

If you are not planning new cabinetry, there are … Read More »




10 Things To Think About For Your Master Suite

Posted on July 10th, by Michael Menn in Complete Home Projects, Master Suites, Trends. Comments Off on 10 Things To Think About For Your Master Suite

Master Suites

Your home is your castle, so spoil yourself with an absolutely unforgettable master suite to call your own. The bedroom is the space where your day begins and ends, as such; it should be as beautiful as it is functional with fabulous custom details to reflect your personality and individual style. From color palettes and bed linens to storage solutions for closets, each and every detail should be carefully planned to meet your daily needs.

One of the most common home additions or renovations is a new master bedroom. Whether you bought an older home in an established neighborhood and the current bedroom lacks amenities, or you have sent your offspring out into the world and are ready spend money on yourself, there are a few things with which you might want to spoil yourself.

But where do you start? Some suites can be designed as only a sleeping area with closets and either an attached or detached bathroom. Others may go in an entirely different route with a sleeping area, a sitting area, where you can read or watch TV without bothering your partner, multiple closets and a killer bathroom that may have separate vanities, enclosed toilet room, and a … Read More »




KBIS and the International Builders Show

Posted on January 21st, by amanda@amandahart.net in Technology, Trends. Comments Off on KBIS and the International Builders Show

KBIS and the International Builders Show

There have been so many innovative and inspiring products at the International Builders Show I wanted to share a few with you.






Technology is Everywhere

Posted on September 8th, by Michael in Technology, Trends. Comments Off on Technology is Everywhere

This month I reached out to a friend and info/technology geek I trust to help with my monthly blog.

Technology is everywhere. It’s hard to imagine any aspect of our lives that doesn’t involve it. From phones to our cars, from work to our home, technology enhances our lives, bringing us closer to information, entertainment, and each other. Often though, our different devices exist in isolation, connecting us to the world, but rarely working together to create a more elegant whole. It doesn’t have to be that way.

Imagine a home that greets you by unlocking the front door, disabling the security system, turning on the lights, and welcoming you with your favorite music. Imagine a home that automatically lowers shades before the sun can fade your furniture and decor. Imagine a favorite song playing in each room of the house, or the latest hit film streaming and displayed across a wall-sized screen. Imagine promoting all this from your smart phone or iPad.

This is only the beginning of the promise offered by an intelligent home. Beyond showcasing the latest technology, the ultimate goal is to make interaction with your homes advanced automation features a pleasure. Exceptionally easy, yet wonderfully sophisticated, it is technology designed to help you manage your life. It’s about living in the home of the future now.

Once … Read More »




Design Trends – Design Practicality

Posted on February 13th, by Michael Menn in Architecture, Change, Trends. Comments Off on Design Trends – Design Practicality

I recently attended the International Builders Show in Las Vegas.

This was my twentieth consecutive year and I walked away with a new sense of reinvigoration and design practicality. If you are planning to build or remodel a kitchen, you will be right on trend if you choose white cabinets – no wait, make that dark brown!  White cabinetry will always be in style, but there has been a rise in dark brown kitchens winning award after award.

Some of the trends that are selling houses today are: the inclusion of large walk-in pantries and the reduction in the actual number of cabinets being used in the Kitchen, more sensible bathrooms and comfy doggy digs.

Practical floor plans were the subject of a seminar I took. Where the 1990s and early 2000s were all about excess in home building (bigger is better syndrome), a new sobriety has settled in and focused on maximizing the utility of every square inch of the floor plan. Consumers have spoken and the Dining Room and Living Room have been ditched in lieu of an open area that encompasses the Kitchen, Family Room and a single Dining Area.

One of the things that many homebuilders have noticed is that … Read More »