Despite what the weather might suggest, spring is right around the corner, inspiring lots of families to start thinking about ambitious interior and exterior home improvement projects. In anticipation of the coming renovation and installation season, many home shows are starting all over the country. These exhibitions feature an array of product vendors and professionals, so homeowners can check out the newest trends and meet the experts who can bring those ideas to life. But how can our local homeowners make the most of The Times Union Home Expo? Read more “Are You Going to The Home Expo?”
Get Inspiration for your spring planting! Are you ready to update your front yard or back yard design with shaped hedges, quiet gardens, walkways and more…Grasshopper Gardens has been helping clients create beautiful green spaces, making your outdoor areas flow with the existing architecture. They offer Lawn Care, Design and Construction and Landscape Maintenance. Read more “Beautiful Garden Paths…”
You can’t help but be drawn to the display by Albany Center Gallery this year. I’m pleased to announce that Jae Schalekamp’s work, will be featured this year at the Times Union Home Expo. So much of Jae’s work captures Mother Nature, she opens up a whole new view to an environmental focus. Jae Schalekamp’s work goes beyond canvas, to a living force. Read more “Mesmerizing Works of Art..”
While choosing your dream garden design, its crucial to keep in mind the character, style and personality of your home. Versatility is the key to creating a garden where you and your family will spend many memorable hours together. Pulling the elements that are unique and eye-catching is what Jerry Parmenter owner of Elemental Landscapes Inc. achieves with his landscape designs. Read more “Garden Design… Where Do You Begin?”
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? Read more “My Exquisite Room…A Design By Michele”
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. Read more “High Style Design”
Floor plans, design, and décor all play an important role in the feel of any home, but there is another player in this game that is powerful…Color! From practical applications to psychological effects color can enhance your home in many ways. The colors you choose can even influence how the size and shape of a room is perceived. Every October, the design world waits with bated breath for the big reveal, what is the pallet of the year? Read more “Life and Design In Color”
The kitchen might have the reputation of being the heart of the home, but the living room is really where most of your…well, living, actually takes place. Odds are that you want to make that living as comfortable as possible for you and your family, not to mention any guests that pop in along the way.
As time passes our family home matures. Trees Grow and so do the children. The landscape gets worn, and gone are the swing sets. Our needs and uses for the outdoor space have changed. Priorities often change, and our children leave the nest. We find ourselves with more free time to relax and enjoy our home. Being cooped up inside during the cold winter months especially here in upstate New York, is not our idea of enjoyment. Maximizing the space in your back yard is one way to enjoy it year round, even when your sitting inside looking out. Read more “Home and Hearth Curtis Style”