For the love of sconce! One of the best accessories to your new home or remodel is the the sconce. Why? because lighting is everything and with an unlimited selection of sconces you have the ability to control the ambiance of a room and the light with sconces. You can add sconces to stairs, along side doors fireplaces and artwork as well as hallways dinning rooms and living rooms. A sconce can light up artwork and be used as a feature decorations for in an out of the way places. The unlimited use for sconces provides many opportunities for great rooms and they’re not that expensive, for what use they provide.
I love stone and all the history, beauty, warmth and romance that goes along with it. Stone walls, stone fireplaces, stone accents – anything stone feels good to me. If you can add stone to your home whether inside or out, do it and do it with style. There are many kinds of stone and if your home is old or new it’s easy to work stone into your new design or remodel.
When renovating your kitchen one of the biggest decision you need to make is how to vent the range. No doubt you’re buying a new professional range like a Wolf or a Viking and the venting a major appliance like this is a big and expensive decision depending on the location of your range. If your range is in the island and you have a second floor then you’re either going to have to go through the second floor, in between walls and the out through the roof. Ouch!
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Cutting your cable dependency and going only with streaming services for your television has been the topic of many conversations lately causing me to really look into this topic because its not an easy decision to make and one that I caution you on the downside to this maneuver. Personally, I wouldn’t do it. As much as I like the streaming services like Netflix and Apple TV, etc., I won’t cut the cable. It’s too important.
1. There isn’t one perfect alternative.
One of the biggest problems with traditional cable subscriptions is bundling — you have no choice but to pay for dozens of channels you never watch just to get the few you want. The ideal alternative would allow you to pick and choose just the channels you want. Really? Yes, but …
The reality is that cutting cable does not eliminate bundling. Whether you switch to Netflix, Amazon Prime, Sling TV or any other option, you’ll still pay for shows that go unwatched. I use my wife as a Guinnea Pig all the time and I ask her what she likes about watching TV. Her answer is always. “I just want to watch what I want to watch and it should be easy.” Perfect!
After the harsh cold days the last month, I think that we all share in the excitement that Spring is inching closer and closer every day! With the chill of winter finally coming to an end, it’s time to get in that last ski run, box up the snowflake decor, and start prepping for Spring! Below are a few things that will help you get into the Spring spirit!
While few design trends make it through an entire year without losing their luster, there are a handful of trends that have rolled over from previous years that aren’t going anywhere. Let’s take a look at some of our favorites that are still on the hot list.
Dream’s On Top!
Over 25 Million Monthly Unique Users Rated Top-Rated Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in the United States and Around the World, and the Votes are in…
DreamHouse/DreamKitchens of Southern Wisconsin has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Customer Satisfaction by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The 25-year old custom design & remodeling firm was chosen as “Best of Houzz” by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.
DreamHouse/DreamKitchens is Southern Wisconsin’s Premier Design & Remodeling Firm, dedicated to unique, custom designs and superior customer service, and is honored to receive the “Best of Houzz” award for Customer Satisfaction.
Please join us at either DreamHouse showroom for a glass of champagne and a toast on Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 from 5-6 PM to help us celebrate.
Hope you can join us, and thank you for your continued support!
The polls are in, and one of the hottest colors to watch for in 2015 is this fabulously vibrant Greek Blue! What’s not to love? It’s the color of the sea, the sky, and some of the most magnificent rooftops in Santorini, Greece. With both vibrant and soothing effects, this color is a must-do for 2015.
Here are some easy ways to incorporate this stunning color into your home to create a true Greek experience for your friends and family this year!
Paint it Blue.
Feeling really bold? Try one of these fabulous blue paint colors by Sherwin Williams! If you don’t want to paint an entire room, just paint an accent wall. If you don’t want to paint any walls, consider this… Add a Greek Blue entrance to your home or specialty room by painting your doors in a deep, vibrant blue for a true Greek feel! Or, paint a piece of accent furniture such as an end table.
One of the most rapidly growing trends is colored appliances – big and small – such as the washer and dryer, ovens, mixers, coffee makers, and everything in between. We love this, and it’s a great way to add some quick bright colors into your home!
Tile for Style.
Add a punch of Greek to your kitchen or bathroom by using a bold blue backsplash.
A stylish and chic accent chair, love-seat or couch can be a great way to add that Greek feel to a living, dining, or sitting room.
A quick and cost-effective way to add the pizzazz of this Greek Blue room to any room is to throw down a new dynamic rug with some great textures/patterns!
Or… Keep it simple.
Smaller accents, such as throws, accent pillows, candles, wall decor, or dinnerware can be purchased in a rich, vibrant Greek blue for a big statement on a smaller budget!
It doesn’t matter how you use this magnificent color – boldly or simply – it’s sure to add some style to your home!
There are a few key things to think about when making the decision between moving and remodeling. In the scope of things, it helps to have somewhere to start the decision process.
Here’s the SECRET to making the right decision…
Figure out what really bothers you about your current home.
“Most home layouts don’t adequately use 30-40% of their space,” says Keven Schmidt, “it’s a matter of designing the space correctly, which is truly an art in itself. Reconfiguring the layout in a house allows homeowners to utilize every single square foot of space for daily use! Even though the actual square footage remains the same, it feels bigger.”
Maybe it’s not a space problem at all. Maybe you’ve simply outgrown the neighborhood, kids are grown up and you’re newly empty-nesters? Once you can put your finger on what the real issue is, you will be able to analyze if it’s a problem that can be easily fixed. If the problem is lack of space, location of the home, school district, or something out of your control; perhaps a move is your best bet. However, if you come to the conclusion that the problem lies in a poor layout or the need for a specific room but you love the “bones” of your house, perhaps an improve is in your home’s future.
“It’s hard to see the full potential of your home after you’ve lived in it for so long,” says Keven, “it’s amazing what you can do with remodeling. We worked on a project where we gutted and remodeled about 90% of the home. It was phenomenal… you wouldn’t even know it was the same home after we were done. The truth was that it was in a neighborhood that the homeowner loved and it had good “bones.” They simply wanted to incorporate more high-end furnishings and finishes.” Check out Project 211 for more on this project.
Are you a CATCH?
DreamHouse/DreamKitchens Owners, Keven and Terri Schmidt, join as the newest members of CATCH (Community Around The Children’s Hospital) after a successful DreamFest event last month!
DID YOU KNOW?
Opened in 2007, American Family Children’s Hospital (AFCH) is continued to operate solely through the hundreds of philanthropists, young and old, who shared their money, goods and time. AFCH was named a Best Children’s Hospital in four medical and surgical specialties by U.S. News & World Report in 2014. This modern, yet comforting facility offers patients and families access to cutting-edge treatments in a very soothing environment optimal for healing together.
Community Around the Children’s Hospital (CATCH) is a membership-based group of professionals, community members and advocates making a difference in children’s lives. They dedicate their time, talents and energy to collaborate, engage and support the patients and families at American Family Children’s Hospital.
As the DreamHouse team toured the Children’s Hospital, it became apparent that no detail was left undone in the planning of this amazing facility and the day-to-day functionality of it, from all angles. An on-site patient salon, a playroom dedicated to the siblings, fully-themed floors, classrooms that allowed patients to continue their studies, hot meals for patient families… we were truly blown away. We had to get involved and show our support for this amazing new group (CATCH).
On November 14th, 2014, DreamHouse/DreamKitchens hosted an event to raise awareness and help attain new members for the CATCH group. It was an enchanted evening filled with delectable food, live music, aerial dancing, patient stories, and magic in the air. Click here to view the full album of photos from the DreamFest event.
CATCH Member & Patient Family, Mel Charbonneau, shares her daughter Ali’s story.
“I don’t think there was a dry eye in the place after Mel took the stage,” states Terri Schmidt, “Ali’s story reached out and touched every single person that was in that room. As a mother, you immediately understand the day-to-day triumphs these families overcome, and we just feel very blessed to be joining and supporting this new group and the opportunity to strengthen the ‘community around the children’s hospital.'”
On behalf of DreamHouse/DreamKitchens, Keven and Terri Schmidt are happy to present this check for $10,000 to American Family Chilren’s Hospital to support the CATCH group and the positive impact they are making in the lives of these patients and families.
A special thank you to all of our friends, family, clients, and members of the community that were able to come out to be a part of this magical evening. We look forward to a continued partnership with CATCH and American Family Children’s Hospital.
Want to show your support for the patients & families at American Family Children’s Hospital?
Click here to donate and make a difference today!
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