Houzz Feature | 10 Design Tips for Preventing Slips in the Bathroom

Houzz Feature | 10 Design Tips for Preventing Slips in the Bathroom

“Find out how to create a safe bathroom environment without losing the benefit of tile and other waterproof materials”

Arise Interiors made sure this San Diego bathroom was equipped to support a homeowner with Parkinson’s disease by adding a curbless shower, grab bars, slip-resistant porcelain floors and a wood bench.” – Traci Taylor

Traci Taylor, principle designer at Arise Interiors, was hand-picked by a Houzz writer to be featured in an editorial ideabook on the homepage of Houzz!

We all want a beautifully designed bathroom, but it is crucial to use materials that create a safe bathroom environment. Houzz interviewed Arise Interiors and several design and remodeling professionals about the best flooring options and other design tips that keep safety in mind.

In the editorial titled 10 Design Tips for Preventing Slips in the Bathroom, designers covered the following items:

1. Go With a Low-Curb or Curbless Shower
2. Embrace a Built-In Bathtub
3. Get Grab Bars
4. Follow ADA Guidelines
5. Bring in a Bench
6. Look for Honed and Matte Finishes
7. Make It Mosaic Tile With Many Grout Lines
8. Consider Other Textured Materials
9. Add a Rug or Bath Mat

Read the full editorial here:
10 Design Tips for Preventing Slips in the Bathroom

 

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Union Tribune Feature | Beautiful design, with kids and pets? Yes, you can have both.

Union Tribune Feature | Beautiful design, with kids and pets? Yes, you can have both.

“If you live in a household with kids and pets, you can also trick out your home in winning ways to include the evolving needs of your children, dogs and cats. “

“It’s better to use higher-end good material for ease of maintenance and longevity. And it’s just a bit more green because we’re not redoing things all the time.” – Traci Taylor

Traci Taylor, principle designer at Arise Interiors, was interviewed for this piece by the San Diego Union Tribune, by Caron Golden.

Traci believes it is crucial to take kids into account when designing kitchens and bathroom, two of the most used spaces in a home.

“When we have clients who have the opportunity to do creative solutions, we’ll do things like toe-kick ladders to help kids reach the countertop level to help cook,” she said.

Traci is all about longevity of materials. Clients with young children sometimes suggest using cheap furniture, like Ikea. But Traci points out that it’s likely to get chipped or break and is going to need to be replaced after a couple of years.

“It’s better to use higher-end good material for ease of maintenance and longevity. And it’s just a bit more green because we’re not redoing things all the time.”

For dogs and cats, there are both cool design solutions that incorporate their needs, as well as defensive solutions that will help keep them from ruining your furnishings.

Traci is excited about small pocket doors that function as high-end dog gates.

“Instead of a baby gate to keep a pet in or out of a room, there are custom-designed pocket doors about 30 inches or 36 inches high that fit in with the rest of the home design,” she said.

Taylor has built little kennels into kitchen cabinet areas that also hold food, leashes and other pet paraphernalia.

During the interview Traci shares specific tips on materials to use for easy cleaning in various rooms in the house:

  • Steel-topped counters can be great for families with kids. They’re don’t stain like granite and are easy to clean. Design by Traci Taylor of Arise Interiors. 

  • Use fun, colors, patterns and objects for a children’s bathroom — from shower curtains to towels, wallpaper and paint. They can easily be changed out as the children get older. Design by Traci Taylor of Arise Interiors. 

  • A removable slatted teak mat in this design by Traci Taylor of Arise Interiors helps keep fur from the drain when bathing dogs — and most of the grime of muddy kids. 

You can read the rest of the article via the original article on the Union Tribune website – Beautiful design, with kids and pets? Yes, you can have both.

Many thanks to Caron Golden for taking the time to reach out to Arise Interiors for this piece.

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Coastal San Diego Homes & Estates | Reflection on Mirrors Q&A with Traci Taylor, Arise Interiors

Coastal San Diego Homes & Estates | Reflection on Mirrors Q&A with Traci Taylor, Arise Interiors

“The best use of mirrors at home is to increase the amount of natural light in a room and creating a double view. “

“One of my favorite things to do is to use a mirror to reflect a piece of art — behind it or on an opposite wall — so you have double the impact.” – Traci Taylor

Traci Taylor, principle designer at Arise Interiors, was interviewed by Coastal San Diego Homes & Estates.

“When placed properly, mirrors can also enhance our surroundings as a design element. Smart technology has also equipped mirrors with computer screens, TVs, cameras and voice recognition. We asked Traci Taylor, principal of Arise Interiors in San Diego, to talk about how to use mirrors in the home.”

During the conversation Traci answered several questions about best placements for mirrors in the home. See one of the questions below:

Q: In your view, what is the best thing mirrors offer in interior design?
A: The best use of mirrors at home is to increase the amount of natural light in a room and creating a double view. For example, if you have an ocean view window, you can place a mirror on the opposite wall and have two ocean views, more natural light and more blue color than you could get with a coat of blue paint. The view can be of mountains or a green garden; a mirror will double it. You also increase your light source in the evenings by installing a mirror next to a table lamp. One of my favorite things to do is to use a mirror to reflect a piece of art — behind it or on an opposite wall — so you have double the impact. Of course, the same concept goes for clutter. If your mirror is placed in a cluttered room, you will have double the clutter.

You can read the rest of the Q&A via the original article – Coastal San Diego Homes & Estates|Reflection on Mirrors Q&A with Traci Taylor, Arise Interiors.

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Shoutout SoCal | Meet Traci Taylor, Interior Designer

Shoutout SoCal | Meet Traci Taylor, Interior Designer

“If your company is driven by real values, the quality of services will naturally follow.”

“It’s really important to stand out and stand for something. I think a big part of our success has to do with living by our values in and outside of work. Quality and integrity have always been principles that are important to us and our team. From design to interaction with our clients without both of those in play, we are not living up to our end of the agreement.” – Traci Taylor

Traci Taylor, principle designer at Arise Interiors, was interviewed by Shoutout Socal.

During the conversation Traci answers questions associated with running a mulit-disciplinary design firm, along with a few fun lifestyle questions! See example below:

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.

We love media features where the interview questions are unique and genuine! Get to know Traci by reading the full article.

Read the rest of the article on Shoutout Socal | Traci Taylor, Interior Designer 

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Design Institute – 2021 IDV Final Presentations | Traci Taylor, Arise Interiors

Design Institute – 2021 IDV Final Presentations | Traci Taylor, Arise Interiors

Excited to share that our very own Traci Taylor, was a judge for the Design Institute-IDV final presentations. The Design Institute students worked hard to present incredible design solutions for the project at hand. Big shout out to the professor that led this project, Lily Robinson, Ed.D, Architect, NCIDQ. Read more below!

The Final Presentation

The final project was to redesign an old ruin, that used to be a Smallpox Memorial Hospital (pictured here). The ruin is located on Roosevelt Island, a narrow island in New York City’s East River, within the borough of Manhattan. It lies between Manhattan Island to its west and the borough of Queens, on Long Island, to its east. The students had to present an entire concept, program, and plans.

Concept, Program, and Plans

Some of the world’s best known designers combine traditional architecture with contemporary designs to create unique spaces. Students had to mimic this design process by redesigning an old ruin. Student designers had a chance to think critically and intentionally about obstacles and layout restrictions to design innovative solutions for this complete redesign as their final presentation.

” I was very impressed with the creativity and dedication that was presented by the DI Interior Design students! It was an honor to be on the judging panel. The students presented innovative and unique ideas. Without a doubt we have an exceptional new generation of designers entering the industry!”

Traci Taylor

Principle Designer, Arise Interiors

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Redfin – 15 Simple but Genius Entryway Ideas that Make a Big First Impression

Redfin – 15 Simple but Genius Entryway Ideas that Make a Big First Impression

“Benches are great decor elements because they work, and a credenza is nice, too, so long as it doesn’t just become a place to drop stuff when you come home. Also, clutter is never a good first impression, so be sure that you’re including functional storage when planning your entryway ideas to keep the clutter to a minimum.”

Arise Interiors was featured in an article published on Redfin.com’s Blog:

If you’re looking to take on a budget-friendly home makeover project, the entryway is the perfect place to start. For one, the entryway is the first area in your home that guests – and you – will encounter and a few simple entryway ideas can pack a serious design punch. Every home has a spot that sets the stage, and having a good entryway design is key to establishing welcoming vibes in your home, especially if you’re looking to make a stylish first impression.

Before you place an old side table or hall tree in the space and call it a day, we reached out to design experts from Spokane, WA, all the way to Houston, TX, for their best entryway ideas to help you make a big and beautiful impression.

1) When styling your entryway, keep three things in mind; art, accents, and lighting
2) Showcase your personality with fun decor pieces
3) Create a focal point as one of your entryway ideas
4) Make a statement with mirrors and light fixtures
5) Don’t forget to keep it functional
6) If you’re looking for unique entryway ideas, try layering your decor pieces
7) Design rules should guide your decisions, not control them
8) Bring natural elements into your decor
9) Accessorize with a mix of high and low decor and incorporate greenery

10) Use the layout of your home to plan out your entryway design
If your home is large enough to have a dedicated entry, lots of options become available. For smaller SoCal homes, such as homes in San Diego, CA, with doors that open to a living space, furniture placement is key. Benches are great decor elements because they work, and a credenza is nice, too, so long as it doesn’t just become a place to drop stuff when you come home. Also, clutter is never a good first impression, so be sure that you’re including functional storage when planning your entryway ideas to keep the clutter to a minimum. –Arise Interiors

11) Don’t be afraid to go bold
12) Tuck away the junk
13) Create a functional storage system
14) Use seating to create a stylish (and comfortable) landing zone
15) Don’t forget to use the vertical space

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