Bathroom Design

Have you heard the term “spa bath”? Of course you have, it is very hard not to have missed these words as they seem to be the current buzzwords that every writer has to have in their bag of tricks. What actually is a spa bathroom and why does everyone want to incorporate those elements into their next bathroom remodeling?

The spa experience has long been coveted as an experience for royals that the average person can also avail themselves of. Look at Cleopatra and the baths that were built for her in her native Egypt and when she went to visit Caesar in Rome. Tile work, frescos, mosaic designs, and acres and acres of water features. Is today’s spa bath any different? Returning from vacation, people marvel at the spa facilities at their favorite resort and want to duplicate those restful, calming experiences at home. What makes a spa bath so restful?

In contrast to the riot of bathroom fixture colors that dominated bathroom design in the 1950s and 1960s (remember blue, green, harvest gold), spa baths are an oasis of pastel hues taken from the very lightest shades in the color palette promoted by Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams. Calming colors create a tranquil feel – perfect for the spa bath mood.

Then there are textures which are not rough or shiny, but matte finishes such as tumbled marble or limestone. These reference the Roman baths which were testaments to the stone mason’s craft in Italy millennia before now.
Wood tones are not light, nor dark, but natural tones that blend seamlessly with the stone. Nothing stands out. Everything is smooth and restful.

If you are looking to remodel your master bath into a spa bath retreat, start with the mood and then select your material choices from there. You will achieve restfulness, without having to work at it too hard.

Model Kitchens

What is it about a kitchen in a model home that makes it so appealing?  When the architect, builder and interior designer get together to discuss a show home kitchen, they put their ideas together for their “target” buyer.  This helps them visualize exactly who they are selling to, what that person needs, what the family make up is like and how the kitchen will be used on a daily basis.

What is your first impression of a kitchen in a model home?  Is it that it is spacious, i.e. there is enough counter space and room to move around?  Is it the look of the cabinets? The fixtures?  The countertops? The appliances?  All of those design decisions are incorporated into what is believed to be what the target buyer prefers.

To highlight these design items, you will notice that the kitchen is uncluttered, except for a few choice items.  These items are carefully selected to draw your attention to features…they really have no function.  So for example, if a designer wants you to notice a backsplash, something red (flowers, a vase, a set of mugs) will be placed near a backsplash feature such as an inset above a cooktop.  The builder wants you to see the design and the tile work, so a bright accessory is strategically placed so you see what they want you to see.  Similarly, tricks such as this can be used to distract you from something that might be perceived as a less desirable attribute.

A second purpose of accessories is to add texture and warmth to a space well-known for its hard, smooth and shiny surfaces.  So near the sink, you might see something with texture like towels or a wooden cutting board.  Again, this is to break up the monotony of shiny surfaces.

So how do you use these tips to stage your own model kitchen?  Concentrate on what you want to see, and eliminate everything else that is a distraction to that image.  Doing just this one thing can help you get your kitchen to show home perfection in no time.

Hello and Welcome to My Blog

Hey everyone, welcome to Amanda’s model home blog!  Yes of course, what you are really after with your remodeling and building activity is that model home look….clean, well put together, efficient, new, perfectly positioned furniture and the right accessories.  I understand your dilemma because these things seem easy enough but then, of course, they are more difficult than you might imagine them to be.

So this blog will help you get that model home look for your home, apartment or urban loft…except that we will make it super easy for you to follow our lead, or just learn enough so you can go it alone.

Hope you enjoy this blog…it is a labor of life and love.

Good to have you here!