Cozy lower level for entertaining family and friends this football season.

As the temperature drops outside, our clients are looking inside with fresh eyes to update their homes.  Lower levels are often missed opportunities and offer great spaces to entertain friends, hang out with family and enjoy movies.  Make sure your lower level is not overlooked, as it can expand your living space and be a great retreat.

Here are are few tips for a fresh, classic design.  Instead of going with dark walls, we often keep the backdrop a light color which contrasts the warm woods, stone fireplaces and rustic cabinetry. Add barn wood or stone tile to create an accent wall for the TV area which becomes a focal point.  Wall sconces and lamps layer the lighting for cozy evenings.

Furniture has to be “sink into” comfortable to accommodate large groups.  End tables and plush ottomans work great with large sectionals.  And, a game table or console table can double as places to serve food during a family gathering.  Have fun with artwork and accessories to finish off the room, and make sure to have special areas for kids and adults.

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Long Hallways with Character

My favorite thing about this floor plan is that you don’t go upstairs to have all the bedrooms facing each other in a circle.  I love the grand hallways which lead you from the Master to the kids’ rooms – all the way to the Bonus Room over the garage.  Each of these hallways have an interesting feature such as beautiful lighting, coved ceilings, a built-in bookcase, a window bench or a dutch door.160613_100 Creek Rdg_108s160613_100 Creek Rdg_113s160613_100 Creek Rdg_131s160613_100 Creek Rdg_072160613_100 Creek Rdg_329s

Classic Kitchen with a Modern Twist

I love the contrast between the fresh white cabinets, Cambria marble-like countertops and rustic open shelving in the Kitchen.  We added a bold floral on the counter stools and some impactful lighting.  Who wouldn’t love to start your morning off with a built-in coffee maker?  The commercial grade appliances making cooking in this Kitchen a snap.160613_100 Creek Rdg_004160613_100 Creek Rdg_016s160613_100 Creek Rdg_020s160613_100 Creek Rdg_034s160613_100 Creek Rdg_047

Excited to share a tour…

We are excited to welcome you into our latest Artisan Tour home that was completed last month.  The home was built by Gordon James Construction.  The design selections, furniture, art and accessories were all by Grace Hill.  The home was custom built for a growing family who has now gotten to move in and make it their home.

Click on the link below to tour the house…

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We have been hearing often lately that people enjoy following the photos we post on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter while we travel to market or snap a pic of a project. But, it can be hard to communicate with one photo or limited characters – so we are expanding our blog presence to share the beautiful things we see at market, provide updates on construction and design projects, and answer questions we are often asked about design. Follow us on the journey as we complete projects from concept to installation.

A sneak peak at my own remodel…

Twelve years ago, we built our home when the kids were young, active and into everything.  At the time, we went for warm, golden hues with a lot of rich woodwork. Finally, it was time for us to freshen up the house.  So, I started with the Great Room – choosing cool silver walls with neutral furniture and colorful accents.  All the woodwork went bright white.  It feels lighter, sunnier and it has become my happy place again.  Here’s a look at the some of the progress we’ve made…

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I started with a beautiful navy and white fabric – I fell in love with the large scale modern pattern, so I chose it for a key item in the room – the curtains.  It was my splurge pick because I needed bolts of the Schumacher fabric, but I don’t regret it for a minute.

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All the fresh, cool elements meant I needed to warm things up with some bold accents.  I chose orange and floated it around the room in just a few areas – pillows, ginger jars, a lamp and an ottoman.

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It’s still a work in progress, but we are getting closer…Now, I’m going online to order antique gold hardware for my freshly painted cabinets.

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Special Gifts for Mom

Show mom how important she is in your life with a personal gift that says “thanks for all you’ve done”.  She has hosted hundreds of family dinners and created a beautiful home filled with memories, so pamper mom with a gift that brings her joy and beauty.  Here ares some of my favorite gifts for mom…

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First Impressions

Don’t under estimate the power of a first impression.  Create a welcoming environment in your foyer with a beautiful chest, a glamorous mirror or piece of art, a lamp for a warm glow and a tray to drop your keys.  If you have room, add a bench as a seat – plus it adds texture or pattern.  And, MOST importantly – go with the biggest rug possible.  It invites guests to take several steps into your home and look around.

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