My Exquisite Room…A Design By Michele

Hi and Welcome! I’m so excited to take a moment and share a bit about myself with you today! I’m Michele Conti, my company is Designs by Michele. I’ve been Blogging for the Times Union Home Expo for three years now and love sharing informative tips and ideas from the vendors attending the Expo each year.  Today I’d like to share how I got started designing. My husband and I built our home together (and yes stayed happily married in the process, which by the way is not an easy task when your husband is a builder and you a designer!) I have learned a ton about home building, construction, and design in the process so I hope I can be a resource and an inspiration to you…I enjoy what I do and love to dream of design, today I was perusing through furnishings to put into a family room design for a client.  My mind started to drift and I asked myself what would my dream living room include?
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Sun Worshipers Rejoice!

Here in the Northeast, we are in the middle of winter and enjoying the warmth of cozy fires, while looking at the beautiful blanket of white that covers the earth outside our windows. Hmm…but is this what we see?

Are you a sun worshiper and love large windows, but feeling the sun will do more harm than good? Do you have beautiful windows, but have covered them with costly shades only to feel that the shades clearly weren’t as fun to stare at as the view was, and they really didn’t help much with the cold or heat.
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Powering the World Reuseable Solar Energy

Green Mountain Energy began in Vermont in 1997 with a simple but powerful mission: Use the power of consumer choice to change the way power is made. Green Mountain Energy is one of the nations longest serving renewable energy retailer. Growing Energy solutions, and a clean energy future is what more people want these days! Offering information on Solar, wind, geothermal and more Green Mountain Energy offers several options for the residential consumer.

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Renovating Kitchens and Baths…Time to Call A Plumber

You have now done your research, spent hours on these sites,  and you have loads of ideas of how you want your bathroom or kitchen to look. If you are at all like the “average consumer”,  the internet has educated you, but with knowledge, comes confusion.  ALL the pictures look pretty!  Why spend $500 when there is similar product for $150?  Why the difference? Design, construction, brass content, ceramic cartridges, water volume, all of these things matter and you need to take them into consideration when deciding on what fixtures work best for your renovation.

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Beyond Wolf and Viking …The winner is BlueStar

Renovating your kitchen? Culinary functionality of kitchen appliances combined with magnificent design aesthetics are key elements in creating your dream kitchen. But taking the plunge on choosing a dream luxury stove can be more overwhelming than buying a new car.

Pro appliances are pricier but tend to be more durable and powerful, and they are designed BEAUTIFULLY. For serious cooks, heavy entertainers and large families they are a good choice.
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Going Down Under

You’ve got the plans and you know what it is you want. Maybe it’s a game room to play Halo in, or a home theater where you can watch the latest Blu-ray or the big game. But whatever your basement remodeling plans are, don’t start them until you know your home’s most vulnerable space is ready. Do you need help preparing your basement. Adirondack Basement Systems will be at the Times Union Home Expo with tips on how to get started.

Waterproofing must precede remodeling:
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High Style Design

The modern American home is constantly evolving, and while some trends go in and out of style, others take their place in the design arena and stick around. The trends that stand the test of time are often those that allow people to live more comfortably and get more use out of their home.

When it comes to home design, kitchen and bath renovation projects still remain at the top of the list for most homeowners. But what are people demanding from these upgrades? Here are a few trends we’ve seen in 2016.
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Industrial Farmhouse

Surrounded by an arch of red brick, parsons chairs stand at either end of the farmhouse reclaimed lumber table, illuminated by the lanterns above the rustic kitchen island. Adjacent are barn doors that lead the way into the pantry. Just your average rustic industrial home, right? Wrong! At Urban Industrial Design, owner and operator Brian Seitz decided to invest in his talents and pursue his dream of doing what he loves – joining fine carpentry with metal fabrication to create classic and original pieces of furniture. His sense of aesthetics is a unique balance between the rustic charm of reclaimed wood materials combined with a hint of edginess that adds sophistication.

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