Fireplace Remodel Progress Update

Just in time for the cool weather, progress is underway for a cozy fireplace remodel in Alameda!

We are replacing the brick fireplace with a contemporary glass fireplace unit, and removing portions of the wall to open up the space to the kitchen and view of the beautiful bay water beyond the windows.

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The sketchup model above gives a perspective view of the proposed design.  The white material on the walls will be an engineered porcelain tile, designed to mimic the flow and nuance of the natural Tuscan Travertine stone.  The darker material in the hearth will be a thin slab of engineered quartz.  We will miter the edge of the quartz slab to give it the appearance that the entire hearth is a solid piece of stone.  Our material selections will give the fireplace the upscale look of natural stone with the durability and affordability of engineered materials.  

The final result is going to be hot!  Follow our progress on Facebook.

 

 

Creating a Timeless Style

Mid-century modern.  Shabby Chic.  Modern Farmhouse.  Design trends come and go in waves and are as temporary as your high waisted jeans.  However, styling your home is a much larger investment of time and money than your wardrobe, and it’s important to make sure the design for your space is current but also timeless.  How do you make sure the design for your home will stand the test of time?  Take a look at our Hillegass staging project for expert tips.

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Quality is key

Benjamin Franklin said that “the bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low prices are forgotten,” and he was a wise man indeed.  Well crafted objects from high quality materials will never lose their sweetness.  Everyone’s budget is different, but investing in at least a few, well chosen high quality pieces is a first step to creating a timeless space.  The piece will not only stay in style longer, but it will last longer as well.  For example, the tile and beautifully detailed wood moulding around the fireplace in our Hillegass remodel creates a quality piece that will stand the test of time.

 

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Use trends wisely

Trends can be fun way to spice up a room, but they should be used wisely.  Keep trendy pieces as decorations that can be easily replaced if they eventually fade away without changing the quality of the room.  Trendy pieces can be sprinkled into a room in the form of accessories, artwork, or even wallpaper.  This mandala shower curtain in our Hillgrass bathroom remodel is a fun, trendy piece that can easily be replaced if the tides change.

 

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Mix it up!

Draw from multiple styles in a tactful way so that the room can’t be connected to a specific era.  For example, this dining room from our Hillegass remodel includes wall panels that echo the craftsmen style, classical moulding, and a mid-century modern light fixture and table.  These pieces fuse together into a style that is cohesive but can’t be pinned down to a specific time period.  

 

Hire a Professional  

If the thought of mixing different styles is overwhelming, or you don’t know what pieces to invest in, it can be helpful to hire a design professional.  Here at Park and Pacific, we can help you make the right choices on your new project to ensure the result is timeless. Follow us for more design tips! 

 

Kitchen Lighting Guide: Insider Tips to Make Your Kitchen Shine

Whether it’s cooking tonight’s dinner, finishing homework, or a late night conversation over tea, we spend a large portion of our time in the kitchen.  Because the kitchen supports a wide variety of activities at different times of day, getting the kitchen lighting right is key.  

Layer it up

Kitchen lighting is like a birthday cake: there are multiple layers and candles on top.  They can also really make or break a party.  Kitchen lighting’s three main layers are ambient lighting, task lighting, and decorative lighting.  Ambient lighting is the base layer, providing a backdrop for all of the light.  Task lighting is the second layer, providing focused lighting for specific tasks such as cutting and mixing food.  Decorative lighting is like the icing, because it isn’t always necessary for the function but it adds a fun visual element.

Consider every angle

When designing recessed lighting for the base layer ambient lighting, it is important to consider the angles at which the beam of light is emitted.  Beam angles should meet and overlap at about 6” above countertop level and stop just underneath the upper cabinets.  This provides a solid layer of lighting and prevents glare and shadows from the cabinets.   It should also overlap with task lighting underneath the cabinets, providing a bright light for specific kitchen tasks such as cutting and cleaning.

Dimmers are your friends

Because so many different types of activities take place in the kitchen, dimmers can be helpful in adjusting lighting for every task.  While you may need full lighting to prepare tonight’s dinner, do you really want it for a midnight snack?  They also can increase the energy efficiency of the kitchen by reducing the lighting output when it isn’t needed.

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Luminous Ideas for LED Lighting

We love LED lighting because it is easy to install and more energy efficient than traditional lighting. We often see it tucked under handrails in staircases or hidden underneath cabinets to provide directional lighting. But LEDs are extremely versatile and the opportunities to use them are virtually endless. See below for some of our favorite unique ways to use LED lighting in your next project.

Light up the Garden: As the warm July sun continues to heat up, there is nothing better than sitting in the backyard in evening and feeling a cool breeze. Attaching LED lighting strips behind bricks or under steps not only helps to guide one's way as night sets, but also gives a magical garden feel and is perfect for outdoor parties.

Light up the Garden:

As the warm July sun continues to heat up, there is nothing better than sitting in the backyard in evening and feeling a cool breeze. Attaching LED lighting strips behind bricks or under steps not only helps to guide one's way as night sets, but also gives a magical garden feel and is perfect for outdoor parties.

Illusions with Light: Have you ever wished your first floor bath could have a little more natural light? CorLux, a European company, has developed a lighting system using LED that mimics the look and feel of natural light. Genius!  

Illusions with Light:

Have you ever wished your first floor bath could have a little more natural light? CorLux, a European company, has developed a lighting system using LED that mimics the look and feel of natural light. Genius!  

Illuminate the Walls: This innovative wallpaper by Meystyle integrates LED lighting into its fabric. It is the same thickness as conventional wallpaper and can be installed in the same way (with the addition of an electrical socket.) The sophisticated designs can turn any wall into an luminescent work of art.

Illuminate the Walls:

This innovative wallpaper by Meystyle integrates LED lighting into its fabric. It is the same thickness as conventional wallpaper and can be installed in the same way (with the addition of an electrical socket.) The sophisticated designs can turn any wall into an luminescent work of art.

A Splash of Inspiration

When it comes to backsplashes, we love subway tile for it’s versatility, charm, and-if selected properly-unbeatable cost.  But if you are looking for inspiration for something unique and different to adorn the walls of your dream kitchen, keep reading!

This beautiful hexagonal tile is an eye-catching shape in layers of deep and serene blue.   It would work wonderfully as a backsplash to walnut kitchen cabinets or hold it’s own on an accent wall.

This beautiful hexagonal tile is an eye-catching shape in layers of deep and serene blue.   It would work wonderfully as a backsplash to walnut kitchen cabinets or hold it’s own on an accent wall.

The antiqued mirror of this backsplash is a timeless style that is simple and easy to clean.  It also has an added benefit of a reflection, which tricks the eye into adding depth to the space.

The antiqued mirror of this backsplash is a timeless style that is simple and easy to clean.  It also has an added benefit of a reflection, which tricks the eye into adding depth to the space.

Marble has made a strong come-back in the design industry recently for a good reason-it captures the essence of upscale modern with it’s clean edges and luscious vein designs.  We love this marble backsplash because the material is opulent but also comfortable-it would provide the perfect backdrop to a fancy dinner party, but also an afternoon of cooking with the family.

Marble has made a strong come-back in the design industry recently for a good reason-it captures the essence of upscale modern with it’s clean edges and luscious vein designs.  We love this marble backsplash because the material is opulent but also comfortable-it would provide the perfect backdrop to a fancy dinner party, but also an afternoon of cooking with the family.

Summer Solace

As summer is quickly approaching and the heat is setting in, we are dreaming of outdoor living spaces.  There is no better way to relax from a long day of work than to enjoy a cool summer evening outside.  Check out some of our favorite spaces below!

This covered patio creates a comfortable outdoor dining room and kitchen, and would be a dynamite space for a family or friend gathering.  We love the hanging pendants and chandeliers, which give the space a “magic garden” feel, and the rugged wooden beams above.  On the practical side, the fan and space heaters help to make the space comfortable from winter through summer.

This space captures that special “je ne sais quoi” of the French countryside, where time moves slowly and good friends and wine are always close by.  The low wooden chairs and white sectional with haphazardly thrown pillows invite us to sit down, relax, and take our time.  The grapevines that wind around the columns and through the overhang connect the space to the lush garden, just a step away.  C’est la bonne vie!

This sweet little garden corner is a great space to chat with a friend, read a book, or just enjoy the sun.  We love that the space is both contemporary and comfortable, with the sleek concrete coffee table, rugged wooden couch base, and plush white pillows.  The lush and colorful garden beyond is the perfect backdrop to the scene-no need for artwork or wallpaper!

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Light it up! Sonoma Farmhouse Lighting Guide

For the Sonoma Farmhouse, we have assembled a collage of sconces, pendants, and chandeliers to adorn each room. The pieces are rustic, subtly lustrous, and are sure to add brilliance to any room.

The Vintage Candelabra (#8) hangs in the living room as the centerpiece to the ensemble. Inspired from antique mid-20th century industrial fixtures, the piece is rugged with a hint of grandeur. It will hang in the family room, encircling family life and gatherings in the home. We can't wait to see it fit in with the other elements of the modern farmhouse.

Ranging from rustic chic to mid century modern, each luminous piece is distinctive but fits well with in the collection. As the Sonoma Farmhouse comes to completion, we will be posting more photos and updates. Stay tuned, as it the final product is sure to be brilliant!

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Counter-Intuitive Countertops

Marble and granite are what we immediately think of when we think of high-end countertops. And while they are both beautiful materials, today we are going to highlight some less often used materials to adorn your dream kitchen countertops.

Concrete: effortless and sleek, concrete can be a great option for kitchen countertops. The concrete countertops in this kitchen add softness to the space and fit with the kitchen's industrial feel. Concrete can be stained, polished, and molded into virtually any form.

Wood: highly heat resistant and ideal for food prep when sealed properly, wood countertops are a welcoming and friendly option for kitchen countertops. The wood countertops in this kitchen are warm and beautifully textured.

Soap Stone: a material that hails back to our middle school chem lab, soapstone is making a come-back in kitchen counterops for a good reason. A natural stone material, soapstone is heat and stain resistant, and doesn't need to be sealed. The dark, matte surface of the soapstone in this kitchen is both modern and sophisticated.

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Not all that glitters is gold

Switch up metal finishes in fixtures, tables, and hardware to create a subtle contrast.  Here's how we used different metal finishes in our staging project at Hillegass.

The brushed nickel floor lamps and mirror, polished brass sconces, bronze tone table legs and aged brass side table provide contrast to keep the space interesting and playfully eclectic.

The brushed nickel floor lamps and mirror, polished brass sconces, bronze tone table legs and aged brass side table provide contrast to keep the space interesting and playfully eclectic.

This whimsical polished brass pendant shines next to the dark, powder coated steel table legs, and the polished nickel used in the kitchen contrasts with the dining room and sets the space at a less formal tone.

This whimsical polished brass pendant shines next to the dark, powder coated steel table legs, and the polished nickel used in the kitchen contrasts with the dining room and sets the space at a less formal tone.

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Opposites Attract

Define the array of different elements that come together to make a functioning kitchen. Without contrast, all of the pieces can blur together and loose their distinction.

color moves our eyes upward, how things are intend in nature with our source of light above us.

Reverse a color scheme by using black tiled wall backsplash with the light marble countertops. Another beautiful way to demonstrate how opposites attract!

Reverse a color scheme by using black tiled wall backsplash with the light marble countertops. Another beautiful way to demonstrate how opposites attract!

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study in contrast

Let's focus on contrast.  While contrast by definition is a juxtaposition of unlike things, including contrast in an interior space doesn’t have to be jarring or uncomfortable.  When used correctly, it can draw out elements of a space and create interest and intrigue. 

The black tiles of this sleek, bachelor pad bathroom provide beautiful contrast with the bright white walls and cabinet.  The antique brass showerhead and grab bar add another layer of contrast and warmth to the space.

The dark-stained wood cabinets in this lustrous kitchen contrast strongly with the white marble back splash wall and counter tops.  The sharp angles of the cut marble contrast with the soft, flowing veins in the material, and the wood and metal materials add warmth and softness to the space.

This inviting bathroom is a contrast of whimsy and sophistication.  The colorful artwork and the connection to the outdoors give a feel of ease and playfulness, while the intricate tiles and black and white color scheme give an air of elegant sophistication. 

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