Helping you DESIGN the Life of Your Dreams DeAnnaRadaj...Helping You Design the Life of Your Dreams From the Outside In
...Look to your OUTDOOR space for increasing your living and/or entertaining space! I just got back from Spring Fling at the Merchandise Mart-Chicago & tips, colors & new furniture trends for the outside were front & center! Here's what I saw:
John Gidding on Outdoor Architecture & Furniture:
John showed some of his Before/After projects from his HGTV show, Curb Appeal & Curb Appeal: the Block, as well as some of his custom furniture he's incorporated into his designs. Some VERY cool benches for porches & patios & yes, I'd love to implement MY spin on this. His main tip: Stay true to the architecture of the home, have fun, & don't be afraid of color!
***I had the pleasure of interviewing John at the Milwaukee NARI Fall Home & Garden Show! Here's the radio interview from the CasaVerde radio show & the corresponding article. He's gracious, engaging & incredibly talented as you'll see & hear from the interviews. ***
I had the pleasure of interviewing showroom manager, Stephanie Fishel for a series of minis for the Bante Design youtube channel. Check out Outdoor Fabrics & Outdoor Furniture Trends by clicking on the links. Trends I saw here included:
mixing of materials (rattan, wood & metal, rattan & metal, wood & metal), double chaises are HOT & outdoor furniture imitating its indoor counterparts so that it can be used indoors as well as for outdoor use.
Finally, here are some tips I incorporate for my design clients:
Would you like some help with your outdoor space? Some help Feng Shui-ing your garden? Contact us here to schedule a consultation & we'd be more than happy to help! Also, if you need some help clutter-busting your space as you ponder a Spring Cleaning, make sure to check out The Clutter Counselor & get a "clutter-busting" consult! I'm here to help support you & help you design the life of your dreams...whether that's helping w/detoxing your space, doing a Healthy Home Analysis or helping you space-plan an outdoor space to enjoy the fabulous warmer weather...Drop us an email so we can see if we're a match! Enjoy....D :)
The topic of Universal Design has come up at trade shows, trade magazines & in many real estate publications that cater to Baby Boomers & the Senior Set. Here are some quick tips on what Universal Design IS & how it can be implemented into your current space, regardless of your age. It's important to highlight that Universal Design is beneficial to ALL age ranges & physical/mental capabilities.
The definition of Universal Design is "Universal design refers to broad-spectrum ideas meant to produce buildings, products and environments that are inherently accessible to both people without disabilities and people with disabilities" From Wikipedia, "Universal design emerged from slightly earlier barrier-free concepts, the broader accessibility movement, and adaptive and assistive technology and also seeks to blend aesthetics into these core considerations. As life expectancy rises and modern medicine increases the survival rate of those with significant injuries, illnesses, and birth defects, there is a growing interest in universal design. There are many industries in which universal design is having strong market penetration but there are many others in which it has not yet been adopted to any great extent. Universal design is also being applied to the design of technology, instruction, services, and other products and environments."
Here's more from an interview I did last year on this topic:
An EFFICIENT Floor-Plan will help you stay in your home longer:
Examples include:An efficient floor-plan (i.e. public rooms in the front (living/family) and private rooms (bedrooms) in the back. A ranch/single story floor plan is what they should look at due to no stairs, as this can/will be hard on knees/hips if/when arthritis or other bone & joint issues occur. If a 2-story is currently owned, a master bedroom w/en suite bath on the 1st floor, with the rest of bathrooms on 2nd floor is OK. Bathrooms that have a 5' turning radius to accommodate wheelchair/walkers, and a bath that has a separate shower (no tub feature) for easier access. Doorways/hallways need to be at least 42" to accommodate a wheelchair if necessary (most new construction already has this as part of code, but older homes only have a 36' door.
Why incorporate Universal Design features now?
Incorporating these features now allows ease of access for ALL family members now. And, as you have "time" right now & aren't hurried, you can remodel/design without being rushed. Plus, some projects may fall under the current tax credits by the govt so you can take advantage of this on your tax returns.
Do Universal Design features ADD VALUE to your home?
Yes! It's not just seniors/baby boomers who utilize Universal Design. Anyone with sight impairments or physical disabilities can be empowered with the addition of UD in their spaces. From faucets & drawer pulls in the bathroom/kitchen, to wider doorways and flooring options, this increases your buyer pool AND can increase price of house as the VALUE of the house is increased due to updates.
What are the most important or must-have Universal Design features?
Hiring someone who is a specialist in this category helps save time, as they are the "expert" and can more readily design/remodel a space and/or make recommendations that are in compliance w/UD. They will also be up-to-date on codes, trends & new products that someone not in the trade would have access to. Someone who is a UD expert has taken CEU courses, dealings with vendors/manufacturers on UD products and has a background in this to help expedite the process.
LOTS going on right now...getting ready to finalize the LONG anticipated move to new, fabulous home outside of Charlotte, moving my Mom to her new place as she sold her WI home & is down-sizing, doing some more re-vamping to Bante Design & how I'm going to re-organize our product/service offerings, working on the 3rd book & taking care of 2 sick little dogs who got into some tulip bulbs...(yuck...all I've got to say on that).
So, here goes:
The CasaVerde radio show is back up & running w/the new series, Design for a Disaster. Check out the 1st 2 episodes on the show home page where I discussed SECURITY & SAFETY. Up next is PREPARATION (& how not to look like a hoarder!) & starting a VICTORY GARDEN. Other shows up include Property Virgins & Bad Realtors, & coming soon, When to RENT, BUY or REMODEL.
Watch for new videos on the Bante Design youtube channel. In the works: Naturpedic Healthy Mattresses, Tempaper wallpaper (the 1 wallpaper I would install for a project) & a new, super secret project I'm working on that I should be ready to unveil this summer...(the suspense....). I'm also going to be working on more video for the websites including FAQs & the 2 book websites to make them more interactive.
I was awarded, for the 2nd time!, BEST ADVICE from eLocal. The topic this time was on customer retention. Check it out here:
OK...that's about it for now...Next week I'll have some fun SPRING trends to report on once I return from Chicago. Will also be hearing from CasaVerde show friend, John Gidding, as he'll be giving a seminar that I'm attending. (Click on the link for the radio show interview & here for my column I wrote w/the interview)...Until then, enjoy the weather!! DeAnna :)