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Monday, September 8, 2014

Bathroom designs going into 2015

Here are some great ideas to dress up a dated bathroom.
I think you will get some great ideas.  Pat

 Designer Bathrooms

Before you start your bathroom remodeling project, get inspired by our favorite new spaces from top designers. hgtv
Custom Shower Tiles

Old Meets New

The design team at De Meza Architecture wanted to combine traditional and modern elements in this 1920s-era bathroom. Designers Gregg De Meza, Jennifer Gustafson and Michelle Nelson nodded to tradition with black-and-white tile, but updated the look with a glass tile mosaic that features a whimsical message in pixilated type.

Bathroom Shelves

Bursts of Color

Small pops of citrine add visual interest to the classic black-and-white palette of this bathroom. This display shelving slides out of the way to reveal a medicine cabinet that houses bathroom essentials. Design by Gregg De Meza, Jennifer Gustafson and Michelle Nelson

Bathroom Vanity and Floral Wallpaper

A Touch of Glitz

A washstand is a great choice in a bathroom where storage isn't an issue, like this feminine powder room. Designer Christina Stillwaugh of Jessica Lagrange Interiors combined the gold sink and sconces with a dramatic, large-scale wallpaper that celebrates the pink tones in the stone floor. Photo by Werner Straube

A Room With a View

A neutral palette and minimal furnishings allow the architectural elements in this airy bathroom to shine, like the vaulted ceiling, herringbone tile and picture windows. Design by SFA Architects

Coastal Vanity Unit

Water, Water, Everywhere

The walls of this California powder room are covered with hand-painted de Gournay wallpaper. The bubbly, Italian glass antique sconces and the frosted glass tap handles extend the watery theme of the fish wallpaper. Design by Katie Ridder; photo by Eric Paisecki

Bathroom Vanity

Natural Glow

This modern bathroom's custom walnut vanity features a lighted honey onyx countertop, designed to enhance the beauty of the stone's natural properties and to create an ambient glow. Design by Nancy Mikulich

Corner of Mediterranean-Inspired Bathroom

Effortless Eclectic Style

Designer Ashley Astelford carved an inviting powder room out of a niche under the staircase in this 1920s Dallas home. The art deco mirror pays tribute to the home's heritage, while fresh surfaces modernize the space.

Green and White Bathroom

His-and-Hers Luxury

This bath creates a luxurious space for a couple. A freestanding quarter-sawn island centered in the room matches the quartered oak double doors and offers continuity moving into the room. Each spouse has his or her own space with two large, white painted vanities, double medicine cabinets and framed mirrors. Design by Peter Ross Salerno

A Touch of History

To warm up this contemporary black-and-white space, designer Candice Olson added an antique storage hutch. A modern print of a classic chandelier further bridges the old and new.

Modern Country

A soft color scheme of yellow, white and graphite makes the main bathroom in Sarah Richardson's farmhouse feel like a country afternoon: bright and fresh. A vintage bathtub and other timeworn treasures fit the old-fashioned home.

Pubillones Designed Bathroom

Airy Asian-Inspired Escape

Designer Joseph Pubilones used a combination of neutral tiles — pale peach, copper and bronze — to create a mosaic that adds interest without too much proverbial volume. The floating vanity adds to the room’s airy allure. Photo by Daniel Newcomb

Earth Toned Decor Inspires Calm Serenity

Wow-Factor Shower

More and more homeowners are opting for luxurious showers in lieu of seldom-used tubs. This stunning floor-to-ceiling shower enclosure embodies the trend; it features dramatic chartreuse and pink tile, a shaving bench and steam capabilities. Design by Joseph Pubillones; photo by Daniel Newcomb

rejuvinated master bathroom

Classic and Clean

This timeless master bath uses cool wall tiles and muted lighting to create a refuge from the daily hustle and bustle. Minimal furnishing and accessories keep rejuvenation the focus of the space. Design by Lori Gilder

Rustic Flair

Designer Dan Heldenbrand used a stone bowl sink and a rustic wood-and-iron cabinet to create a Western-inspired theme in this desert home. Oil-rubbed bronze fixtures and a distressed wood countertop complete the look.

custom vanity and mirror update bathroom

Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall

Designer Kenneth Brown used a large-scale mirror to make this small bathroom appear more spacious. The large looking glass also provides ample space for two people to get ready in front of the double vanity.

elegant and sophisticated master bathroom

Mediterranean Luxe

Inspired by the Tuscan architecture of this estate, this palatial master bath features custom-designed mosaics. The vine motif on the floor border continues in the backsplash.

colorful tiled master bath

Cool Colors

Imagine getting ready for the day in this elegant, spa-like space. Glass tile on the backsplash and in the couple-friendly shower adds playful color and excitement to the room, while a flat-screen TV allows you to be entertained and prepared before you step out into the world.

complimentary wallpapers work well in guest bath

Earth-Inspired Bath

This organically-inspired space proves that a bathroom can be both relaxing and dramatic. The soft gray hues of the tree-studded pattern combine beautifully with the textured brown wallpaper on the adjacent wall. Design by Erinn Valencich

Various Hues of Green Enliven Jacuzzi Bath Room

A Soothing Spa Retreat

The focal point in this expansive bath is a circular raised area that houses the spa bath and open-air shower. Designer Shelly Reihl David paired the polished pebble floor with Durango travertine and multicolored glass tiles. Oil-rubbed bronze hardware, an iron chandelier and unique accessories complete this elegant look.

Contemporary Bathroom With Round Mirror

Global Chic

A round mirror and bi-colored red horizontal tiles mounted in straight lines give this globally-furnished room a contemporary look. Worldly accessories, like the carved wooden mask and tribal-inspired drawing, look right at home against the warm backdrop. Design by Amy Bubier

Stylish Yellow Bathroom

Modern Minimalism

Sometimes, less really is more. In this contemporary space, a stark, angular sink and sparse furnishings let details like the bubbly pendant lights and textured door shine through. Design by Elizabeth Rosensteel

Colors from Nature

Designer Sarah Richardson incorporated colors from nature in the master bathroom to create a charming cottage look. Mint green, split-face mosaic tile, exotic marble flooring and moonstone details spruce up inexpensive white tiles for maximum impact at a low cost. A marble top and luxurious mirror dress up the charming, quaint vanity, and the two shutter cabinets provide vintage-inspired storage. The transom window above the freestanding tub gives privacy yet fills the space with plenty of natural light.

dual vanity flanking antique tub

Modern Meets Deco

Graceful curves and geometric forms meet in this master bathroom. The blue vaulted ceiling was created from unclaimed attic space; its shape is repeated by the soft fabric screen. An antique tub contrasts with custom slate-topped his-and-her vanities. Design by Van Tullis; photo by Beth Singer

Moroccan-Inspired Getaway

This fresh and crips bathroom's white walls and tub make the standout elements — the cobalt blue Moroccan drum table and lattice-print curtains — stand out all the more. Design by Alisha Gwen

Traditional White Bathroom

Sit Down and Stay Awhile

Designer Sarah Richardson created an oasis of calm in this elegant bathroom with delicate apricot details and an indulgent soaking tub. A vintage chair and vanity next to the tub provide a place to linger and prepare for the day.

Contemporary Bathroom

A Secret Garden

To get maximum natural light without compromising bathroom privacy, this bathroom features a walled garden outside the picture windows. A contemporary soaking tub provides a spot enjoy the view, undisturbed. Design by Slifer Designs

I hope you enjoyed these ideas. 
Contact me if I can help you buy or sell your home.
I'm happy to offer you advice on how to make the most of your home.
Pat Hensley  Re/Max United 


Monday, July 21, 2014

2014 bathroom design ideas

Thinking about updating your current bathroom or are you building a home?
Other than the kitchen, the bath is a fun place to dress up and a gorgeous bath will add value to your home when you
decide to sell it some day.
Below are some great designs that may give you the inspiration you were looking for.
Call me anytime for more ideas Pat  919-469-6530.

11 Steps to a Dream Bathroom

Designing your dream bathroom calls for careful space planning, considering your needs and a sophisticated mix of materials, textures and proper lighting. Get expert tips for making your dream a reality.

Think Function First

A bathroom, like the kitchen, is one of the hardest-working spaces in the home. If it's not functional, everybody suffers. Keep all of its functions in mind when choosing the sink, tub, shower, toilet and other pieces. For instance, the bathroom is a workstation for preparing for the day so plenty of storage and access to outlets is key.

HGTV Dream Home 2011 Master Bathroom Tub

Make It Relaxing

But the best bathrooms aren't all about functionality, they're also a sanctuary — a spa-like space where you can relax and wash off the cares of the day.

Map the Space

Plumbing considerations will impact where you place the shower, toilet and tub. Yet, you also need to think like an industrial engineer when making a bathroom floor plan. Walk the space with your contractor and imagine the tasks required to get ready for the day. Consider the length of your arm's reach. Do you want to store objects in a vanity and, if so, would you mind bending over to retrieve them? The objects used most often, as a rule of thumb, should be closest at hand.

Contemporary White Bathroom

Plan for Little Luxuries

Consider what other functions you can incorporate into the bath with a little clever planning; perhaps you'd like a seat in the shower, a steam room or built-in storage for linens.

Coastal Vanity Unit

Choose a Motif

How do you want to feel when you're in the bathroom? Is it a formal space (consider a black-and-white scheme) or a casual area (try neutrals)? The motifs often associated with baths are water oriented, like this fish-themed powder room designed by Kate Ridder. Seashells, boats, piers, blue hues and sandy beach colors are also frequently used.

Reflect Your Favorite Style

But water themes aren't the only option, it's okay to think outside of the box. Choose a motif that relates to the area in which you live (city or country?), a style of architecture you love (classic English country or New England cottage?) or a style that you're personally attached to (bohemian or Asian?). Remember: A bathroom motif doesn't have to (and probably shouldn't) knock you over the head.

Know Your Surfaces

When selecting products for the bath, such as tile or marble, be sure that you know the inherent qualities and the drawbacks of each material. Will the marble or tile stand up to heavy wear? (Watch out for veins in marble, which often indicate weak points.) Do you want a polished floor or more of a honed look? Shiny floors may become slippery while natural materials may have a pitted surface that is more slip-resistant, but may also collect dirt.

Add Drama With Fixtures

Plumbing fixtures are the jewels of the bathroom because they're metallic and can add a dramatic effect to any space, just as jewelry can to an outfit. There are a plethora of finishes and styles offered by today's manufacturers, from brass to bronze and all metals in between. Keep in mind your motif and maintenance as you choose your bathroom fixtures. Elaborate gold fixtures probably won't jive with a beach-inspired bathroom and may also require more cleaning than you're up for.


Be Careful With Lighting

Choosing the correct lighting is critical in the bathroom, where mirrors are present and mood is important. Consider the appropriate task lighting for sink and shower areas. Keep in mind that fluorescent lighting casts a bluish tint, as opposed to the yellowish radiance of incandescent bulbs. Combine blue wall paint and blue-hued fluorescent lighting and you may look like Frankenstein's bride in the mirror.

Gorgeous Freestanding Tub in a Traditional Bathroom Emily Jenkins Followill Photography,

Mix Soft and Hard

Use small amounts of fabric to reduce the inherent harshness of many bathroom materials. Anything from towels and shower curtains to window treatments and small upholstered pieces, like a vanity stool, will bring a soft touch to a hard space.

Add a Touch of Mother Nature

Don't forget to incorporate plants and greenery in the bathroom. The asymmetrical nature of growing things (in design lingo this is called fractal) will help offset the bathroom's many right angles and straight lines.

Thinking of buying or selling a home this year?
Give me a call for some great advice and ideas.  Pat  919-469-6530.

Friday, March 21, 2014

20 great small backyard designs and ideas

I just bought a home with a very small backyard.
It has a 6ft tall privacy fence for my dog.
 I'm constantly searching for ideas to make this area look amazing and fun to use. 
Below are some great ideas from HGTV that I liked.
I think you might like them too.  Pat Hensley 

Small Yards, Big Designs

These makeovers transform tiny yards into beautiful and functional garden spaces.
Mixed Materials in Backyard Space DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

The key to making a big impact on a small footprint: design to scale. Here, a mix of wood and slate, married with plant materials of contrasting color but similar tones, creates four levels of interest in this small space.

Urban Patio

RMSer ozymndius created a cozy, fun and relaxing space in this small urban patio, painting the fence in warm hues that complement the cushions.

Asian Conifer and Bamboo Garden DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

This elegant small garden has been planted with dwarf and/or well-behaved conifers and other plants that won't grow to overwhelm the site.

A great design can rescue any space. Before its dazzling makeover, this inviting backyard was an underused, ramshackle landscape disaster.

Modern Backyard Garden DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Three clearly defined spaces — a dining area, lawn and plantings, and a woodland beyond — eke a lot of function out of a relatively small amount of urban real estate. This design by Sara Jane Rothwell features walls, screens, levels, pathways and trees, creating a relationship of horizontal surfaces in distinct areas of the yard.

Arching Pergola Above Walkway DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Designing the space around the rules of perspective — chiefly that parallel lines appear to converge to a \"vanishing point\" and objects in the distance appear smaller than those close by — can help make a small garden seem larger. Here, the pergola reinforces and frames the view, and the flower-filled container as a focal point in the middle distance draws the eye forward.

Diagonal Garden Path DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Creating a view along the diagonal of the property creates the illusion that the space is bigger than it looks. Here, the diagonal path with steps traces a zigzag line through the garden, providing areas to linger and enjoy the wide beds and colorful plantings.

Overlapping Deck Areas DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

The arrangement of elements — raised decks, walls and plantings — in this small garden breaks up an otherwise dull rectangular plot, and creates different spatial and textural effects.

The design-on-the-diagonal principle works on this tiny courtyard patio, where the tile pattern appears to elongate the dimensions.

Private Backyard Space DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

A combination of trees and shrubs behind trellis screens partially blocks the view and provides privacy from neighbors. The painted frame adds height and structure to what would otherwise feel like a small space.

Flower Bed DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

To grow fruits and veggies in a small yard, pitch out the concept of straight rows in one big garden, and cram your veggie garden in overlooked spaces or mix in with the landscaping, in raised beds and pots. Stonework or a bit of other hardscaping can turn the garden ornamental.

This lively, lush patio area replaces a bare space and two Adirondack chairs. Because two active dogs also share the landscape, attractive planters hold the more fragile plants. Want to make a small outdoor space more functional — and seem a lot bigger? Browse the makeovers in the following pages and get inspired.

Cozy Suburban Backyard Deck DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Space is at a premium in this urban garden, so designer Sam Joyce used the minimalist approach in this beautiful retreat. Built-in seating and just enough plants to make a statement keep the clutter down. Sam left room for additional chairs to be brought out from the house when necessary.

Open Backyard DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

The open space and minimal plantings in this backyard offer the flexibility to accommodate many uses.

outdoor room Jamie Durie New York

For a small urban courtyard space, Jamie Durie created a gathering spot for the entire apartment complex to enjoy. Bench seating is supplemented by lounge chairs that pop up out of the floor, providing plenty of space for viewing the movie screen.

deck with table wide 2

Creating a second level adds a new dimension to this small deck. A glass table and trim-line furniture occupy a small footprint.

Sketch Shows Foliage Texture, Shape DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Design tip: In this garden design plan the boundary walls are almost hidden by foliage. The zigzag edging of the deck increases the sense of space.

Wall Pots For Small Space DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Vertical planting increases the scale of a space. Here, trailing herbs and plants in wall pots give a Mediterranean look to this courtyard setting. Be careful when watering, since soil can stain the wall.

Patio Garden Pots with Flowers DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Here, the vertical plane takes on additional interest with wall planters, window boxes and pieces of lattice.

Small Containers Used in a Variety of Ways DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Design tip: Rather than use one or two large planters, scale down the size of your pots. Several small containers can be used in a smaller space, either on the wall or on garden shelves. Pots can dry out fast in the hot summer, so water often each day. Small pots can easily freeze in winter, so protect them from the bitter cold.

I hope you enjoyed these ideas and found some great ideas.
Thinking of buying or selling your home?
Contact me for a fast and confidential consultation.  919-469-6530