Summer fun with an outdoor kitchen

The dog days of summer have truly arrived and with summertime comes outdoor fun and entertainment. Are you a person who loves inviting family, friends and colleagues over for an evening of grilling out, cocktails and music? If so, an outdoor kitchen is for you. This fun atmosphere is a hot trend right now but in our minds, it’s something that will withstand time. For centuries, people have cooked and entertained outdoors. While this type of space takes some thought and planning, the rewards are well worth the effort. Below are tips from the Braemar designers about creating the prefect outdoor kitchen. 1. Plan your layout: Don’t begin planning your outdoor kitchen willy-nilly. Make sure you have a plan that coincides with your landscape, lifestyle, entertaining goals and home architecture. The Braemar designers are highly skilled at designing every space in a home. And it’s especially fun to design an

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Reading Room Cabinets

Have fun with accessories

Typically when homeowners are redesigning or remodeling a home, they think of big items first such as cabinets, appliances and windows. But often times, the beauty is in the details. Once the main decisions are made, you can have some fun selecting accessories to create the room you’ve envisioned. It’s impressive how small items can make a significant difference in a room. A good designer knows how to use lighting, rugs, frames, mirrors, wall hangings and other pieces to create a comprehensive ambiance. With that being said, there must also be a balance. The right accessories can contribute greatly to a room but if you try and include too much, the room can appear cluttered. Follow these tips to ensure your renovated space has just the right amount of accessories. Tips for selecting home accessories  1). Quality over quantity Don’t get too crazy buying accessories for your new space. Always

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Quick and simple redesign tips for spring

Now that Easter has come and gone, it truly feels like spring is here. While it’s still chilly in some parts of the country, other regions are finally feeling some warmth. Along with spring comes the yearning to clean and renovate a home. It’s much more enjoyable to work on home improvement or design projects when it’s lovely outside. On the Braemar blog today, we offer some tips and suggestions when it comes to spring home renovations and redesign. Quick and simple redesign tips for spring Rearrange furniture: Homeowners often forget that simply rearranging furniture can make a big impact on a room. But before you start lugging around couches and chairs, take some time to sketch out a few ideas. When planning, think about opening up the room to create a space that encourages socializing and relaxing. Include plants and foliage: With flowers blooming all around and trees regaining

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Kitchen Redesign

Top reasons to hire a kitchen designer

A kitchen is the heart of a home. It’s where family and friends congregate for both intimate gatherings and large occasions. When renovating, kitchen planning can be daunting, to say the least. There are numerous factors when it comes to renovating this essential space. Many homeowners feel they can plan, design and purchase materials on their own but the fact of the matter is, a kitchen designer will make your life so much easier. Below we offer top reasons to hire a skilled professional when remodeling your home. Reasons to hire a kitchen designer Saves time: Designing and renovating a kitchen requires hours of phone calls, sketching, measuring, material selections, negotiating and more. Designers are efficient and skilled at these tasks, and when these things are taken care of by someone else, you have time to work, play and enjoy the remodeling experience. Saves money: Ironically, homeowners try and save

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Home decor trends for 2018

A new year brings new possibilities and vision for your home. Trends in home decor evolve and shift from year to year. In today’s Braemar blog post, we offer top home design trends for 2018, so get out those sketch pads and start pinning on Pinterest. It’s time to have some fun. 1. Circle patterns. Whether it’s a throw pillow, blanket or wall hanging, circles are going to be popular this year. Perhaps they represent fluidity and promote relaxation. 2. Tone on tone. What is tone on tone? This is where a wall and a signature piece of furniture are the exact same color. The contrast would come from the knobs, handles or some other accent on the furniture. This offers a very unique type of dimension to a room. 3. Brass. The popularity of brass comes and goes with the times. This shiny metal is in demand this year.

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Interior Design For Open Plan

Give your home a facelift in 2018

Can you believe 2017 is about to come to a close? A new year is  a great time to plan a renovation. If it’s time to give your home a facelift, perhaps 2018 is the year to do it. In fact,  January, February and March are wonderful months to plan and implement renovations. While weather can be a factor in some regions, there are no significant holidays or school breaks during these months and travel is usually held to a minimum. The first quarter of a year is an especially good time for smaller renovations that don’t require walls to be torn down. This alleviates cold and snow from being a concern. And when you renovate in the winter, you can thoroughly enjoy your new space during the warm seasons. If financing or a limited budget are preventing you from starting a new project, did you know you can update

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Reduce stress with these 5 home organization tips

For years, studies have indicated clutter as a significant source of stress in people of all ages. An organized outer world stimulates an inner calm, so it would behoove us to stay neat and tidy, both on the grand scale and the small. Essentially, when your home is clean and organized, you feel happier and more in control. But as we all know, this is easier said than done. The hustle and bustle of everyday life doesn’t lend itself well to keeping a home structured and well-kept. The team at Braemar has developed a list of tips and tricks to keep your home organized and ultimately reduce your stress level. Tips to say organized Assess the situation: Before getting started, take a look around your home. What areas or rooms seem to be causing the most stress or interfering  with your daily life and happiness. Make a long list of

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Patterned Kitchen Back Splash

Hot trends in kitchen renovation

Home renovation is an ever-evolving topic and industry. Designers and homeowners alike love to play with styles, colors and layouts to create a new and fun look. Whether you’re renovating a kitchen, a bathroom or another space in your home, today’s options for redesigning your home are limitless. Today on the Braemar blog, we share what’s hot in the world of kitchen renovation. 1). Mix & match appliances: Gone are the days where every appliance needs to be the same. It’s common to find stainless steel in the same space as a black or red appliance. Folks are being adventurous these days with their stoves, fridges and other appliances. Not only does this make a space more edgy, it adds color and dimension as well. 2). Gray beauty: Gray has become the new white when it comes to kitchen renovation. White cabinets are still very popular with today’s homeowners, but

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Tips for decorating a great room

With school back in session around the country, thoughts are shifting from summertime to fall. And with fall, comes football season, holidays and a lot of entertaining. Of all the rooms in a home, a great room is often most conducive to large gatherings and social functions. In decades past, most homes were chopped up into rooms, but modern  houses offer some type of great room which combines the living room, kitchen and dining areas to varying degrees. These types of spaces allow multiple activities to happen while allowing family and friends to remain together. Whether your home already has a great room or you would like to create one, decorating this space can be a little overwhelming. Follow the Braemar tips below to create a space that’s beautiful and functional. Tips for decorating a great room Accent color: When deciding on colors for your great room, choose an accent

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Tips to renovating a powder room

A powder room can be a gem in one’s home or it can be a forgotten little room no one uses. This small bathroom, typically on the main floor, is a great place to have a little fun with design. With that being said, you have to be careful. This tiny space can go from glam to tacky very quickly. Follow the tips below to create a beautiful powder room both homeowners and visitors will love. Have fun with style and design: This small space is perfect for quirky or unique designs. Allow it to be your little experiment, the place where you take design chances you wouldn’t take in other, larger rooms in the home. Maybe you want a nature theme, a nautical theme, or a city-scape theme. Perhaps you want to use that funky wallpaper you’ve been eyeing or adorn an entire wall in mirrors. Maybe you’ve found

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Designer for Braemar Cabinetry

When it comes to incorporating cabinetry into your space, we know our stuff! We believe it is time for us to share our knowledge with the world and inspire others to turn their house into a home by maximizing the space you have through design, renovation, and expansion. Whether you are looking for the latest trends and styles, advice on how to select cabinets, solutions for space planning or just general cabinetry  knowledge, we have got you covered.  Have a question not answered in our blogs, feel free to reach out to us. We are always here to help!