Our Top 20 Posts Of All Time

As the year draws to a close and we prepare for a new decade of design, it’s time for our annual tradition of looking back on our best. Usually we take this opportunity to share our top posts from the year, but we wanted to do something special to welcome in 2020.

First and foremost we want to thank our readers for your continued support. We love sharing insights and updates with you, and we can’t wait to see what exciting things the new decade will bring. Now without further ado, here are our top 20 posts of all time (in no particular order).



OUR DESIGNERS’ STYLES REVEALED

“Part of being a good designer is putting aside your own likes and dislikes, and catering to the clients wants and needs. We are wizards at making your dream a reality. But today, we reveal who’s really behind the curtain. Here is a look at each of our designers individual style and personality. Get to know us!”




HISTORY LESSON: THE TULIP TABLE

“One of the reasons this table is such a good candidate as an “investment piece” is that there is nothing to get tired of. If you need to change everything else in the room to get a new look or feel, the Tulip Table will almost certainly still fit into your design.”



KITCHEN & BATH GUIDELINE SERIES – SHOWERS

“In this post we discuss the NKBA Kitchen and Bathroom Planning Guidelines, by first stating the guidelines and then pointing out their importance and giving insight on solutions and practices based on industry experience.”



MID-CENTURY WHAT?

“I’m sure you’ve heard of “mid-century modern,” but do you know how to properly distinguish this style from others? This movement is having a big moment. Thanks to its sleek lines and eco-friendly aesthetic, designers and decorators today are once again embracing the aesthetic.”



TREND ALERT: LOW-LYING BEDS

“These days it seems like beds are at an all time low. Many mattresses no longer require a box spring, and some modern bed frames rest only a few inches above the floor. Some consider this trend inconvenient – who wants to squat that low just to get in and out of bed? Others see it as an innovative and sometimes necessary design choice. “



REMODEL SPOTLIGHT: BOCAGE BATH BEAUTY

“Located in a beautiful home in Bocage, this exquisite master bathroom was in need of rejuvenation. Before the renovation, this space was divided and disconnected. The bathroom, coming off a common vestibule area, was separated. His and her vanities, the bathtub, and the shower were located in two different rooms. “



SMALL POOLS FOR ANY BACKYARD

“Summer is approaching fast, and there is no better way to spend your summer days than by a pool! And any backyard, no matter how small, can fit a pool. Here’s a collection of small sized pools to fit even the tightest of backyard spaces. You can thank us later!”



TREND ALERT: CHINOISERIE CHIC

“Chinoiserie is a French word that means “in the Chinese taste”. It describes a European style of decorative ornament that was wildly popular in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and still looks great today. Scenes of the Orient abound on textiles, wallpapers, pottery, porcelain, and lacquered and painted furniture.”



CURBLESS SHOWERS: PRACTICAL AND BEAUTIFUL

“Today’s shower designs are making an obvious shift towards curbless showers. A design that once was associated with an institutional feel, because of its use in hospitals and commercial settings, is now beginning to change the standard for the residential walk-in shower.”



DIVIDE AND CONQUER: PARTITION WALLS

“It has become quintessential to have an open floor plan… so when every room is opened up to another, how do we separate one area from the other? Of course this can be done in a number of ways, like with a detailed ceiling plan or changes in floor material, but another good way to do this is with partition walls. “



TREND ALERT: HIGH GLOSS CEILINGS

“While high gloss paint has been trending for a few years now, we are seeing a shift to using this finish on ceilings for extra drama! High gloss or lacquered ceilings create an illusion of endlessness.”



DESIGNING YOUR PERFECT PANTRY

“The pantry is the one place in the kitchen that always looks crowded until you stick your nose in for a snack. All of a sudden, it feels empty, and you feel disappointed. Only some of that disappointment is from your empty stomach, while the rest is probably coming from the frustration of not finding what you need.”



SIMPLE CABINET DOOR STYLES THAT MAKE AN IMPRESSION

“Going simple never means compromising the quality of design. In fact, simplicity is a strong trait of the, continually rising in popularity, transitional style, which pairs traditional and contemporary styles together. With the transitional style we have seen a real shift from the more traditional and ornate cabinet door styles to doors that are a little more simple.”



HISTORY LESSON: HANS WEGNER PAPA BEAR CHAIR

“Like many other Wegner chairs, The Papa Bear Chair seems to refer to the animal kingdom with its characteristically playful and organic design. The chair received its name after a critic had referred to its armrests as ‘great bear paws embracing you from behind’. In the later years, The Teddy Bear Chair has been one of the most popular Wegner designs of all.”



RUG SIZES, PLACEMENTS, & POSITIONS

“The toughest part of picking a rug is figuring out the size you need. There are a few conventional rules that most people follow. It is important to consider the scale of your room and the placement of furniture around the rug. When in doubt, a great rule of thumb is bigger is better. “



TREND ALERT: OMBRE INTERIORS

“Color is inching back into homes, and one of the freshest ways it is being incorporated is in ombre interiors. This style, inspired by your favorite millenial hair color technique, shows off the best of two colors by gradually fading out from one color to the other. “



FIND YOUR NICHE

“So long are the days when we hung shower caddies from our shower heads or suction cupped them to the walls! The shower niche is now a requirement in shower design. They are an essential part of the efficiency of your shower space so they play a key role in the overall look and appeal of the shower.”



MISMATCHING UPPER & LOWER CABINETS: HOW TO PULL IT OFF!

“We know a lot of you out there affected by the flood are trying to save your upper cabinets. We know it’s not always possible, but for the folks who can we’d like to give you a few pointers on how to pull that look together. “



IDEAS FOR SPRUCING UP YOUR BACKYARD

“We are in the midst of spring and the warm weather brings us outdoors more and more, and so the backyard projects begin! The outdoor projects are as satisfying as unwinding in that outdoor space. Or is it, the projects make the unwind time more satisfying? Well, to get you started, here are some inspiring backyards that will give you lots of ideas for sprucing up your backyard!”



TREND ALERT: DARK-PANED WINDOWS

“Just a little touch of dark paint can add serious drama and style to your space or home. Whether you’re looking for something modern and show-stopping or traditional and elegant, black-paned windows can be a great addition to your space.”

There you have them, our top 20 blog posts of all time! What’s your favorite blog post we’ve made? Be sure to let us know what you think of our list and what kind of content you’d like to see in the future.

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