Summer Design Tips


Summer Design

Summer is the most practical time to do construction on your kitchen. While doing an aesthetic design, do NOT forget functionality. If your kitchen does not function according to your family and your day use, then no matter how gorgeous it is you will not be satisfied. Remember one rule above all and that is the “Working Triangle.” This is the path of travel between the sink, stove and refrigerator. By making a non-obstructive path 4′-9′ long, this creates a functional way to prepare and cook meals. 

The perfect place to hang out during your kitchen construction is in the backyard or on the patio. The newest and coolest trend in all the outdoor space design is an outdoor fireplace. They are amazing for the winter or summertime seasons. 

As all Coloradans know, at night it cools down significantly to a temperature that is too cold for outdoor entertaining, even in the summer sometimes, without wearing a jacket. A fireplace is the solution to this! In those winter months sitting by the fire under the stars, having a glass of wine, is the picture perfect cozy retreat. 

Summertime Tips:

  1. Don’t forget about fun summer fabrics!

  2. Have a separate bedspread for the summer months that is made of 100% cotton and keep cooler!

  3. Dead head your plants and get more blooms later in the season!

May 2012 Designer’s Corner

Janae Manion”Summer Inspired Renovation”

It’s been so incredibly beautiful outside recently that looking around can’t help but make you feel inspired. Everything, at least for the moment, is green and plush and everyone seems to be enjoying the new warmth.

I love bringing this freshness and brightness into a home. If you are planning on renovating your home this summer, take cues from the beauty around you. Trends this year in design are really reverting to the organic simplicity. White walls, re-claimed woods with pops of color using plants and personal decor. Bringing this design sense into your home creates a relaxing environment that doesn’t feel contrived. 

Have a great summer and please come visit myself or another designer with any questions for your own summer renovation!