Lauren Smyth


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Interior Design Choices for The Bannock

Mar 21, 2019 11:33:04 AM / by Lauren Smyth posted in Design

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Our Bannock Model is one of my favorite floor plans and there are some features that make designing this house very fun.

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Accent Natural Lighting

Mar 8, 2019 10:27:12 AM / by Lauren Smyth posted in Design

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Never Underestimate Natural Light

If you have ever seen a photo of a home and wondered what it was that made everything just look a little better than normal, it was probably because the house had a ton of natural light.

Get the Most from Your Existing Natural Light

Large windows in common areas, like those in the Chelsea pictured above, can add a much needed touch to lift a space from dim to bright and airy. To get the most bang for your buck:

  • add mirrors on walls adjacent to your windows or in dark spots of your rooms to bounce natural light around. 
  • use light, cool colors on the walls to boost the natural light
  • move furniture so that it isn't blocking your natural light

Add More Natural Light

You may decide that you need better sources of natural light. You can of course add windows to a room, or make existing windows larger, but other ways of adding natural light include adding doors that have windows, or adding skylights.

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Exterior Color Schemes that Work - Part 2

Feb 28, 2019 1:15:26 PM / by Lauren Smyth

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Did you miss Part 1? It covers Soft Whites, Black & Whites, and Dark exteriors.
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Exterior Color Schemes That Work - Part 1

Feb 21, 2019 1:41:30 PM / by Lauren Smyth posted in Design

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Exterior colors can be super tricky. Unlike interior colors that are getting exposed to mostly controlled lighting with the exception of some natural light, exterior colors are getting exposed to every different type of shade and light 24/7. Here are a couple color schemes I have found just flat out work when it comes to the outside. 
 
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Choosing Cabinet colors

Feb 14, 2019 4:48:50 PM / by Lauren Smyth posted in Design

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Picking a color for anything in your home can be a little nerve wracking for most of us, especially on something as long-lasting as kitchen cabinets.

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Trending in Design for 2019: Terrazzo

Feb 8, 2019 4:07:51 PM / by Lauren Smyth posted in Design

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Terrazzo! This playful, funky and often times colorful surface is having its moment and I am here for it!
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What Color Should I Stain My Kitchen Island?

Feb 1, 2019 10:26:00 AM / by Lauren Smyth posted in Design

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When staining your kitchen island, pull a dominate color in your kitchen floor. 

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Favorite Kitchen Pendant Releases for 2019

Jan 24, 2019 11:42:05 AM / by Lauren Smyth posted in Design

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There are so many amazing releases in lighting this year, I can't wait to start working these into our homes. Here are some kitchen island pendants I am excited to use:
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Pantone's 2019 Color of the Year - Living Coral

Jan 10, 2019 5:12:33 PM / by Lauren Smyth posted in Design

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Another year another Pantone pick!

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Can I Put a Rug on Carpet?

Dec 18, 2018 11:16:37 AM / by Lauren Smyth posted in Design

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"When placing a rug on carpet, focus on color and pile height."

Rugs on carpet can be tricky.

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How to Decorate Your Hallway

Dec 11, 2018 2:02:14 PM / by Lauren Smyth posted in Design

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Hallways are the perfect spot to display artwork or even throw a cabinet into the mix to maximize your storage space but if the hallway is narrow there are a few minor tweaks that can be made easily.

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Accent Your Home with a Barn Door

Nov 30, 2018 10:36:16 AM / by Lauren Smyth posted in Design

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A barn door accent can have several different styles ranging from farmhouse, traditional or even very modern.

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Decorating Open Shelves

Nov 27, 2018 8:32:07 AM / by Lauren Smyth

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Combine texture, color, tall and short, and new and old items to open shelves.

Open shelving is an ideal place to sneak in some storage and to display meaningful items that otherwise wouldn't have a home.

Decorative boxes are great in a stack or on their own and can provide a spot to stash away small items that otherwise end up lost. Mix those with some great framed photos of the family, found sculptural items, some small potted plants (I opt for easy care, drought resistant or faux) and some books and you've got a great collection of texture, color, tall and short, new and old to add interest and personality to your home.

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Get This Look for your Kitchen - From One of Our Madison Models

Nov 16, 2018 2:18:24 PM / by Lauren Smyth posted in Design

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Love this kitchen? We sure do! It's from one of our Madison models, but the finishes, like all of our homes, are custom to this specific house. However, you can replicate this look in your home using the finishes listed below.

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Classic Tile Selections for Every Style

Nov 9, 2018 11:46:14 AM / by Lauren Smyth posted in Design

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Whether you are remodeling or building a new home (maybe even with us!) It can be tricky to navigate the murky waters of tile. With an overwhelming amount of options making a decision can feel next to impossible. Here are my top five picks of classic tile that can be paired with anything and look awesome no matter what style home you have.
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