Make 2016 your best year yet, and commit to upgrading your space. Whether you have something to celebrate and want to entertain your friends and family, or you’ve had a heck of a day at the office and need to find your happy place, your home has a huge impact on your life in every aspect. At LKW Design, we focus on making it possible for our clients to walk into their space and feel a sense of joy in a home that reflects their personality and fits their lifestyle.
If you aren’t looking to do a complete renovation due to time or budget constraints, you should still hire a professional. A good interior designer can come in and determine the changes that will help make the most impact to reach your goals. It’s very common for homes in the Vail Valley and Aspen to be sold fully furnished, and typically the new owners aren’t thrilled with every design decision that the previous owner made. One of our specialties is to help our client assess what items should be kept and incorporated with new statement pieces that are a reflection of their taste. It helps stretch the budget, and the items that are best removed can go to local consignment stores.
We’ve put together a few fun statement pieces to share from sofas to chandeliers that can instantly upgrade a space, all of which are available for purchase through LKW Design Associates in Edwards, Colorado. Our interior designers can work with you to make sure the pieces you choose to upgrade your space mix appropriately with the other items you own and are the right scale and mix of materials.
It’s a well known fact that updates to a home’s bathrooms and kitchen improve the value of the home on the real estate market, yet many people are overwhelmed with the cost and inconvenience of remodeling. The good news is that there are plenty of ways you can update and refresh you bathroom in under 48 hours, no contractor necessary.
New Towels and Bathmats
The focal point in a bathroom tends to be all the linens and towels you may have hanging up or in visible storage. If your collection is on the dingy side, freshen up this space by adding new towels and bathmats. Fine Linens and Kassatex are some of our reputable vendors for great linens and accessories.
Don’t be afraid to include textures and patterns into your pieces!
Coordinate Bath Accessories
Get rid of those plastic bins. They aren’t working for you. And the soap dispenser with the label still on it that you got off the shelf at the drug store? Time to sophisticate that, too. Decide what would go well and coordinate all of your bath accessories. And yes that means the wastebasket! These accessory sets from Kassatex are great with a cool herringbone pattern crafted from natural bone. They have everything to store your lotions, tissues, and trays for jewelry or “go-to” morning routine items. Having a coordinated accessory pallete can really tie together the space!
Spruce Up Your Lighting
Have you just purchased a new-to-you home? Replacing light fixtures give you the opportunity to light your bathroom appropriately while making a statement reflecting your personal style. A good electrician will charge about $100 per fixture to install new fixtures the correct way, so please keep safety in mind when performing this type of room refreshment. Don’t forget to ask your electrician to add a rheostat, or dimmer, to the new fixture to allow you to control lighting levels even further.
Mirror, Mirror On The Wall
Much like having coordinated accessories such as lotion dispensers and tissue boxes, make sure your mirrors play a part as well. Framed mirrors always present a more finished look than a simple pane of glass glued onto drywall. If you are a handy DIY-er, you can even accomplish this without having to purchase an entirely new mirror by adding a frame or border on your own. For those of us less DIY-inclined, check out Made Goods for some really cool options!
New Faucets and Fixtures
Remember our talk about light fixtures? The same applies to faucets. Easy to swap out on a budget and no need to hire an installer to do this. Swapping out fixtures may sound trivial, but wait until you see the end result!
Shower Curtain Overhaul
Even if you take nothing else away from this post, please take down that PVC shower curtain and replace it with a more elegant option like this Turkish cotton curtain with a cotton sateen border. These are easy to clean – just toss in the washing machine and let it go! Don’t forget a nice washable fabric liner to finish off your new high end look.
Once you’ve made your updates, don’t forget to put something on those walls beside the paint that’s already there. We are talking artwork, here! Need a hand finding the perfect piece? Give us a call and source artwork through LKW Design – we look forward to hearing about your update and remodel needs!
We have some great news – LKW Design Associates has moved locations! We are very excited to announce that we have relocated our business into a beautiful, new space with river views in the Riverwalk Garnet Building in Edwards, Colorado. Check out our announcement in the Vail Valley Partnership Newsroom! Much like any move, we had a lot of work to do before we took over the space. Painting, carpet, flooring, storage, and not to mention all the packing (and then unpacking)! Despite our excitement, we are human and
dreaded loathed the actual moving process itself. Today we would like to share with you some lessons learned from past moves to help your relocation go as smoothly and efficiently as possible!
There is no better time to prioritize and take a look at what really makes your space or office function better than when you are moving. The effort and cost it takes to move an item can help make these decisions much easier. For items that are deemed worthy of the new space, consider interesting storage options such as sculptural bookcases and shelving that offers opened and closed storage.
Before moving in, put some thought into how you can layout the workstations in your office to increase efficiency, productivity, as well as the quality of the environment. If you have an office that thrives with interaction between teams, but needs areas that are more private for solo tasks, consider interesting screens like these that allow you to have the best of both worlds; an open office with private work space. Channel your inner tech-mogul and think like the big wigs at Twitter and SWA Group; make sure to include collaborative work spaces.
Bite the bullet and install new flooring and paint before moving into your new space. It’s more expensive and probable that it won’t happen if you put it off until after you’ve fully occupied your new office. Moving into a new space and performing updates after the move will result in decreased office productivity and a higher price tag. Looking for a reputable flooring source? Creative Floors of Edwards is our “go to” for all things in the world of flooring. And remember the one cardinal rule of flooring and wall updates – put the paint on the walls before you replace the carpet/flooring to avoid imminent disaster!
Office lighting typically consists of commercial 2×4 fluorescent lighting in the ceiling. Make your space more inviting and less commercial by integrating interesting table and floor lamps that have bulbs that replicate natural daylight better than the typical fluorescent bulb. Commercial and residential spaces can all benefit with varying levels of light creating ambient, task-oriented, and decorative elements.
Are you planning a move for your space? Share with us your before-and-afters and any experiences you’ve had along the way. If you like the products you see here, send us a note and we would love to help you source elements for your space! xoxo LKW
A successful remodel project in the Vail Valley of Colorado is all about the correct approach. Remodeling in general can be a stressful process for homeowners, but selecting a talented interior designer and construction firm is crucial to insure a successful project with great “Before & After” photos like the ones below from a recent LKW Design Associates remodel project in Beaver Creek, Colorado.
LKW Design is working on more remodel projects these days than new construction, which makes sense based on the age of our ski resorts and surrounding towns. The good news is that Jamie Critchlow and Kayce Newell, our principal interior designers, enjoy the design challenges presented, and the creativity required, during remodel projects. We thought it would be a fun and helpful blog post to list some tips we’ve learned through experience. We’ll throw in a few LKW Design project photos for our readers who skip over the text, and are just looking for a little visual inspiration over their morning coffee.
REMODEL PROJECT TIPS FOR OWNERS:
1) Research local construction firms and interior designers. A great place to start is Houzz.com http://www.houzz.com/pro/lkwdesign/lkw-design-associates where you can narrow your search by region without trying to guess the perfect google search phrase. Most companies list project photos and links to their company website, and many even have reviews from past clients.
2) Select two firms that you are interested in meeting with in person at the project location (best option), or that you can speak with over the phone. Perhaps one you found online at Houzz, and one referred to you by your real estate agent or another source. During your interview meeting ask specifically about remodel project experience, and if there is a firm (interior design or construction) that they work with regularly as a good team.
3) Share your project goals and priorities, and most importantly your budget! Your interior designer and contractor know what things cost and what is realistic. Most of us have done great projects meeting aggressive budgets in addition to luxury projects where the design aesthetic of the client sets the budget. Use our knowledge and have an open conversation so that everyone can work towards common goals.
4) Understand the remodel requirements for the area your home is in. If you have a condo in the Vail Valley, your building will most likely allow a Spring project beginning the end of April when the ski resorts close and ending before the 4th of July holiday. Your second, and typically only, other option is in the Fall beginning Labor Day and ending right before Thanksgiving. That’s it. No summer or winter high season remodel options. Select a professional team that has a good track record of meeting these tight deadlines, and understands the tricky business of local HOA and DRB requirements.
Follow these tips at the beginning stages of your project, and your remodel professional can guide you through the rest of the process. Of course we hope you’ll consider LKW Design Associates for your next remodel project in the Vail Valley.