The Do’s & Don’ts: Tile 101

August 17th, 2015
by vanessa

When it comes to picking out tile for your latest renovation project, it can get a bit overwhelming. There are so many styles, shapes, colors, textures and design combinations available these days you might ask, where should you begin?  Here are a couple rules that helped me design a new bathrooms and tantalizing backsplashes over the years.

1. Buy 2-4 samples and bring them back to the space you are re-decorating. Look at the tile with the paint color and other design elements in the room. When you get back to your space you might realize the Carrera marble 12″x12″ tile is too big for your 4×4 bathroom floor.

2. The pattern is just as important as the tile. For example there are so many different ways to piece together subway tile. Most people think of a brick pattern when they think of subway tile, but how about a herringbone pattern, or a stacked vertically side by side pattern? The pattern can dictate the mood just as much as the color or the shape of tile. Some of the best designed bathrooms I’ve seen over the years don’t necessarily have expensive tile, just simple tile that has been professionally installed with eye-catching well thought out pattern combinations.

2. Keep it simple. Seriously. The less going on the better. I know when you walk into a tile store and see all the sparkly, glitter coated, glass tile you feel like a little kid in a candy store. But ask yourself this: Is this tile going to stand the test of time? Will lime green, glass tile really be in vogue five or ten years from today? Or will you get sick of looking at it?  I can tell you from first hand experience, you will get sick of looking at it. Once upon a time (a very long time ago) I chose lime green, glass stick tile for my very own backsplash. Learn from my mistake. Don’t be a victim of trendy colorful tile.

3. Hire a professional. There is nothing wrong with a little DIY project, but if you have never installed tile before and you are renovating your entire master bathroom I promise this is not the project to learn on. The tile doesn’t lie. Mistakes are inevitable and can not be hidden and a crummy tile job can cheapen the room and the rest of the renovation. Property tile installation is worth every penny.

4. Don’t forget about the grout color. This is crucial. I’ve seen beautiful tile jobs turned into not so beautiful tile jobs simple because the wrong color grout was used. white tile with dark grey grout looks totally different than white tile with white grout. If you are doing a big space and going with a dramatic grout color make sure to test a square foot before committing to it. Changing out grout color is not an easy task intact it’s pretty much impossible. Also make sure that once the tile project is done you have it sealed so your light colored grout doesn’t stain.

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Atlanta Mid-Century Modern – Before & After

August 15th, 2015
by vanessa

There is nothing more exciting than seeing a tired, dark mid-century home be transformed into the polished gem that it longs to be! 3531 Kim Court was truly one of my favorite mid-century modern rehab projects because it had such great bones and sat on an extra big cup-de-sac lot. It was loved over the years by a sweet couple who raised their 3 beautiful children there. The wife was a teacher and the husband was an electrical engineer who added on a double office space and a sturdy screened deck that felt as solid as the year it was built.

domoREALTY helped with the design elements of this home from the new oak wood floors to the paint palette, no surface was left untouched. Our goal was to keep the original integrity of the mid-century design while blending in the new modern updates to make it fresh, simple and heart-stopping.

Here are some Before and After shots of 3531 Kim Ct.  We hope you enjoy!

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A little slice of heaven – Mid-Century Modern Northcrest Home!

June 7th, 2015
by vanessa

This jaw-dropping mid-century modern home has all the right stuff! If you have been searching for that perfect modern home that everyone has been telling you just “doesn’t exist,” guess what? The search is over! 3531 Kim court is all that and a bag of crispy chips!

 From the modern designer paint pallet to the sophisticated kitchen renovation, it just doesn’t get any better than this.

Everything is new, from the wood floors to the double-pane windows that let the outdoors in! This amazing modern renovations sits on one of the biggest lots in Northcrest with PLENTY of room in the backyard for a pool, an addition or your very own little league field!

The original tongue and groove ceilings add warmth to the modern architectural lines and the fabulous screened in porch is perfect for summer time parties while you keep those pesky bloodsucking mosquitos away! Plus the the front and back yards are essentially maintenance free – SCORE!

Do those shared jack & jill “Hollywood” bathrooms perplex and annoy you? Don’t worry, this modern renovation has 3 totally separate bathrooms that have been beautifully renovated and updated.

 Are you one of those lucky “self-employed” people who can work from home in your PJ’s and bunny slippers 5 days a week? This home is perfect for you then because it features TWO completely separate and private office spaces – BOOM!

Do you need extra storage for all the stuff you have collected over the years? Then you’re in luck because this home has a spacious, dry crawlspace AND a separate storage shed that is perfect for yard tools, holiday decor, or sports equipment for the little league team!

Offered at $339,000. Don’t let this MCM dream home get away.

domoREALTY listings are selling in the first week and receiving multiple offers. Call us today to set up an appointment.

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It’s all about the details… Before & After MCM renovation

April 17th, 2015
by vanessa

Selling my share of real estate over the years I have seen all types of renovations. From a $100,000 lime green kitchen to a freshly carpeted bathroom floor. Many projects have left me scratching my head.  When it comes to a remodel, everyone has their own personal style but one theme that I’ve noticed over the years in the most striking renovations is a balanced blend of reclaimed original features in juxtaposition with intelligent, modern upgrades. There is something very sexy and satisfying about a renovation that has been tastefully infused with original details. 

My favorite style of renovation has always been mid-century modern. The clean lines, walls of glass, and natural flow of interior to exterior spaces tugs on my heart strings. It started as a hobby and morphed into an obsession. Renovating a mid-century home is like putting a puzzle together. How can you preserve the original features while updating the space so that it feels current and fresh? 

The most recent renovation project I had the opportunity to work on was a home built in 1972 located in the mid-century modern neighborhood of Northcrest. The original owners had taken pride during their ownership and many of the home’s original features were impeccably maintained. We called it the  “Lynnray House”  and it boasted a dramatic elevation with a low pitch roof, multi-level floor plan and plenty of of glass that let the natural surroundings in.

The actual floor plan needed little modification. Just one wall was brought down to open the kitchen up to the main living space.  The windows were replaced and expanded to enhance the love affair with the natural light and the interchangeable indoor outdoor living. Surprisingly, the only original wood floors were in the bedrooms the rest of the home had a lovely mud colored carpet, which looked like it could have been original as well! We added wood floors throughout the home and blended them perfectly with the existing wood in the bedrooms.

For me, inspiration often comes from my surroundings. In this case I drew upon the warmth of the original tongue and groove ceilings and offset the warm wood tones with a cool, modern, paint pallet. The new kitchen was opened up and streamlined and I intentionally chose to not use upper cabinets and instead opted for a larger bank of built-ins around the refrigerator. This kept the eye focused on the dynamic pitch of the tongue and groove ceiling – the staring character of this home.

In the bathrooms the old shower tile was replaced with large, white, rectangular tile that traveled vertically up the wall and visually added even more height to the space, again, playing up the T&G wood ceilings. The original tile was left on the floor and simply acid washed and re-grouted. This gave the bathrooms a bit of history and depth. All the fixtures, vanities and toilets were replaced. The finished product was a striking mix of contemporary and years gone by. A labor of love that told a story in the details, ornamented with special touches and infused with natural light.

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Stunning Mid-Century Modern Home For Sale

April 7th, 2015
by vanessa

This stunning Mid-Century Modern Home has had a dreamy renovation with all the right stuff! If you have been searching for that perfect modern home that everyone has been telling you just “doesn’t exist,” guess what? The search is over! 3162 Lynnray Drive is all that and a bag of (mouth watering) chips!

From the modern designer paint pallet to the sophisticated kitchen renovation, it just doesn’t get any better than this.

Oversized, new double-pane windows let the outdoors while the gleaming oak floors and pine T&G ceilings add warmth to the modern architectural lines. The fabulous new deck is perfect for summer time BBQ’s while the front and back yards are essentially maintenance free.

Do those shared jack & jill “Hollywood” bathrooms perplex and annoy you? Don’t worry, this modern renovation has 3 totally separate bathrooms that have been tastefully updated and polished.

Do you need extra storage for the boxes of stuff you have been saving for the garage sale for you have been planning to have for 10 years? You will be pleasantly surprised by the FULL unfinished basement that has more than enough space for all of your baseball card, shot glass and beer mug collections!

Offered at an incredible value of $329,000. Don’t let this MCM dream home get away.

domoREALTY listings are selling in the first week and receiving multiple offers. Call us today to set up an appointment.

Bedrooms: 5     Bathrooms: 3

For more info CLICK HERE or call Vanessa Reilly at 404-556-1733

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