Matching Appliances to your Kitchen- Do’s and Don’ts

April 13, 2011 § 5 Comments

Are you thinking of purchasing new appliances for your kitchen? If you are, there are some tips you can fallow to increase the aesthetics of the space and create a cohesive design within your kitchen. First, consider the finishes you already have within the kitchen. Are your cabinets in a dark or light finish? What color are the countertops and backsplash?

Second, what kind of appliance style do you prefer-stainless steel, or black and white finished appliances?

Our advice is to match the appliances to your cabinets and countertops. The goal is to hide the appliances, not make them stand out. By doing this you, create a more visually pleasing kitchen space.

If you have black cabinets, go with black appliances

White cabinets- white appliances

You can never go wrong with stainless steel because it tends to recede and blend in with most cabinetry and countertops. Stainless steel is also great for kitchens with more of an adventurous color scheme.

Here are some examples of kitchen/appliance don’ts:




Here are some great examples of kitchen/appliance do’s:

White cabinets with white appliances…





Black cabinets with black appliances…
















Stainless Steel…





The beauty of Trays

April 6, 2011 § 2 Comments

Trays are not for just eating TV diners or breakfast in bed. Trays have become a wonderful design element to incorporate into any space.

They provide storage, help to keep you organized, de-clutter messy areas, and will enhance the design of even the smallest thing, like the coffee station in your kitchen.

Below are some examples of great ways to use trays in your home.


In the Bathroom      
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Great for bath tubs and storing your favorite products

In the Kitchen      
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Trays Incorporated into Furniture      
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Other Ideas      
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Trays don’t have to be square

-You can have initials etched into your trays

-Great for outdoor entertainment!

Home Staging by Id Evolution

March 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

These are photos of a newly staged home in Boulder, CO for sale through RE/MAX of Boulder. This quaint home has been remodeled to embrace a more contemporary style.

We decided to use furniture and accessories that reflected the contemporary remodel, to ensure a cohesive design throughout the space. 

Before After
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Fireplace and living room


Showcase your favorite decorative items on the mantle. This fills up empty space within the room and brings more interest to the fireplace as a focal point. Throw pillows and blankets will add color to the room. Add plants to your home to bring the outdoors in and to fill in awkward corners and nooks. 


Dining room  

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Outdoor Furniture!

March 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

Here are some examples of our favorite pieces from Allen+Roth collections- provided to you by Lowe’s. They have great items to spruce up any backyard, patio, or deck. Hope this gives you some ideas for your home- spring is upon us!

Vasant Collection

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Kenmont Collection

Hand-woven wicker stackable chairs












River stone planters



Dellinger Collection

Quick drying upholstered chairs, choice of three table sizes


January Sales

January 5, 2011 § 2 Comments

Oh Boy oh boy oh boy! Tis the season to go shopping. Now is a good time to get your shop on for furniture and bedding. January is a traditional time for sales on may of the things we need in our homes. This months can be one of the best for furniture deals. For example Cost Plus World Market has up to 50% off most of their furniture in the store and on-line. You can save hundreds so get out there and save. While your out, check out The Great Indoors (at Flatiron mall) they have some new furniture lines that look amazing. There are French, English, and Indian inspired pieces that are not “traditional Colorado”. Plus they have a huge new selection of rugs.


Please share with us any amazing deals you find this month.

Gifts from the Grocery Store

December 24, 2010 § Leave a comment

Here are some last minute give ideas that you can pick up at the grocery store. (Open blog to see photos).

Quality candy bar tied with with pretty ribbon and ornament. $5

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Shell dish with many uses; candle holder, jewelry dish, soap dish…$3

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Set of votive holders that can also be used as small vases.$12

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Christmas Decor

December 11, 2010 § Leave a comment

Here are some low cost ideas for Christmas Décor for under $10.

Frame a photo. Frame a graphic card with a holiday scene or print out your own holiday message.

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Red and Greenery. Force some narcissus bulbs and layer with poinsettias which run around $4 each.

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Red and green fruit such as apples and pears make great Christmas décor that is practical and edible.

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Christmas balls of any color in a bowl or apothecary  jar look great.

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Scented pine cones make a welcome winter entry.


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