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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ASID Design Excellence Award Gala 2020

ASID Design Excellence Award Gala 2020

ARISE INTERIORS

ASID DESIGN EXCELLENCE AWARD GALA

DEC 4 2020

The ASID Virtual Design Excellence Awards and Holiday Gala took place Friday, December 4.

Awards were announced in 23 categories, including residential and commercial design, use of lighting and technology, kitchens, baths, sustainable design, product design and much more.

We’re proud to announce Arise Interiors received awards
in 3 categories:

Aging in Place Bathroom

1st Place

Residential Space ( < 3500 SQ FT)

2nd Place

Large Kitchen

2nd Place

Aging in Place/Universal/Accessible Bathroom

1st Place

Vibrant and Clean
Vision – A natural palette peppered with some aqua and green breathes fresh, new life into a re-imagined UTC town home. Choosing materials and finishes that have higher contrast helps make the change from flooring to wall, as well as cabinet to counter, more obvious. Large glass wall tiles make the bathroom seem much larger. The client has a handful of challenges ahead – with dealing with Parkinson and all of its symptoms, so it was all in the details. A modern custom floating vanity allows for walker wheels if needed.  Personal touches like adding a filter faucet at the sink makes his trips to take medicine a bit easier.

Residential Space (< 3500 SQ FT)

2nd Place

Minimal and Courageous 
Vision – Large central activity space and natural light all around. The design was passionately centered around making something distinctive, courageous, and functional which were common values shared among the designer and architect as they each began their own entrepreneurial endeavors.
A large glazed wall with sliders connects the patio and backyard with the double height great room inside.  The home interior is organized around this central activity space and the skylight-illuminated staircase with perforated steel railings.

Large Kitchen

2nd Place

Classic and Bold
The vision was to open the kitchen, utilizing the entire space, centering the room with a large island and bar seating. The original kitchen was was small and tight, the furniture and decor exuded warm and sophisticated style with mid century elements and unique pieces from around the globe. We opted to incorporate the existing style and include modern fixtures and a pop of color to open up the space. 

A word from Traci Taylor

“Virtual award galas are a new thing for everyone, and I’m happy to be involved with a community that adapts to the times and continues to find ways to celebrate quality work. There’s so much time and passion that goes into every project – and ASID knows that hard work deserves to be acknowledged. I had a great time viewing the awards from home and was lucky enough to have friends and family tune in from all around the country. Thank you to the ASID team for putting this together and congrats to all of the SD Interior Designers that participated!”

Pictured to the left – Traci Taylor and husband enjoying a cocktail while watching the Virtual Design Excellence Awards.

Attendees got an up-close look at San Diego County’s most magnificent interiors and the San Diego interior design community that includes professional interior designers, consultants, artisans, craftspeople, and exclusive showrooms.

The virtual awards celebration was an easy way for the public to get acquainted with the top interior designers working in San Diego County and enjoy a panorama of their award-winning design projects.

 

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Redfin – Tips for Creating the Ultimate Outdoor Living Space

Redfin – Tips for Creating the Ultimate Outdoor Living Space

As summer continues to bring nice weather, having an outdoor living space might be just what your home needs.” 

The best outdoor spaces we have constructed have incorporated both direct and indirect lighting to maximize ambiance and mood setting. Top it off with a water or fire feature and you are set for success. – HB Home Services

Arise Interiors was recently a featured contributor to an article on real estate website Redfin, where the topic of building ultimate outdoor living spaces was discussed in its modern-day popularity and variety. Traci from Arise Interiors made this suggestion when considering the design and details of your ultimate outdoor living space:

When you are looking at your outdoor space try to view it as zoned areas just as you would with your interior.  By planning and defining areas for a specific use, or multiple uses ensures that you’re getting the most out of the space. Think in terms of the kitchen area, lounge seating, or play area, there are so many options. Once you have your space planned out, selecting surfaces, finishes and furnishing becomes much easier. Don’t be afraid to define multiple purposes for one area. 

There were several other designers featured from the East to the West, all offering their insight as to what to consider when creating your year-round outdoor living space. Some might even say that it should be a balanced reflection of your indoor living space.

Read more on the article Tips for Creating the Ultimate Outdoor Living Space by clicking here. We also have other design tips within the Arise Interiors website, to which you can access by clicking here

San Diego Union Tribune  – Relaunch Into Summer Adventure with a Family-Focused Backyard

San Diego Union Tribune – Relaunch Into Summer Adventure with a Family-Focused Backyard

“Skip the molded plastic and set your sights on long-term, fun-friendly space that all can enjoy.”

The playhouse is also a nice escape for Mom and Dad, who sometimes go up and enjoy a cocktail hour. But the playhouse may be the most conventional part of the yard.” – Caron Golden

Unique and Playful:  Traci Taylor and Joe Metcalf’s backyard in their Mission Bay area home is arguably the family’s favorite spot to hang, quite literally. Back when the home was purchased in 2005, the couple seized the opportunity to build around their beloved Brazilian pepper tree. This treehouse soon became the family’s ever evolving project.

“A spiral staircase leads up into the 150-square-foot, multilevel treehouse, although there are also a couple of other ways to enter. The structure’s main level is approximately 10 feet by 12 feet — spacious enough for the children to lug up beach chairs and set them out, says Golden, “but Taylor said her kids usually bring a blanket or beach towel and picnic in the space. There’s even a pulley to send up lunch.”

The playhouse is also a nice escape for Mom and Dad, who sometimes go up and enjoy a cocktail hour. But the playhouse may be the most conventional part of the yard” says Taylor to Golden. “We looked at getting a jungle gym, but it was too small for us, as parents, to play on,” Taylor further explained. 

Traci and her husband made it their next mission to source pieces such as rings, swings and other types of apparatuses that were big enough for them to play on, in addition to their children. As their additions grew, so has their amount of time invested hanging in their optimized backyard oasis.

Read more on the following article by Caron Golden on the details of Traci and Joe’s backyard, as well as tips from Traci on how to create an authentic backyard of your own. SDUT

Read the rest of the article on San Diego Union Tribune July 2020

Photography via the San Diego Union Tribune

Want to read more about the design process and watch the client’s testimonial? Check out the Case Study!

San Diego Home/Garden  – Bath of the Year 2020

San Diego Home/Garden – Bath of the Year 2020

A Bath with Personality

“The universal design aspect makes this bathroom special on many levels.” – Linda Medina

Artistry and Access:  Waves of tranquility wash over a bathroom creation featuring a circular stained-glass window with whorls of art swimming within a sea of glossy, turquoise-teal wall tiles. The room’s beauty belies the fact that the space’s main design priority to address accessibility needs.

“My clients had downsized into a typical townhome and needed this new space to stand out but also be accommodating of aging in place,” designer Traci Taylor of Arise Interiors explains. “Jim has a handful of challenges ahead of him in dealing with Parkinson’s and all of its symptoms.”

“The existing bathroom was small and narrow and was difficult to get in and out of, “Jim adds, “I wanted the bathroom to be easy for me to navigate and put the kibosh on tripping hazards.”

By eliminating the tub and not using a shower door as well as creating a curb-less shower and installing anti-slip porcelain flooring to reduce the likelihood of falling, Traci not only optimized the shower space for mobility, but gave it a sleek, minimalist look. SDHG

 

Read the rest of the article on San Diego Home and Garden Lifestyle Magazine March 2020 Issue.

 

 

 

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Tucson Lifestyle  – Kitchen Showcase

Tucson Lifestyle – Kitchen Showcase

Designed to Dazzle

“A clever kitchen remodel complements this home’s sophisticated mid-century elements” – Tucson Lifestyle

Prior to its remodel, the kitchen had a tight workspace, low flat ceiling and a small patio door. Closing off the side with the patio door created space for anew pantry and oven. Decorative ceiling beams, designed to frame the skylights, highlighting the architectural quality of the sloped ceiling. Custom maple cabinetry was stained with a transparent teal finish. Windows were enlarged to allow for more natural light, as well as improved exterior views. Tucson Lifestyle

View the original article here: Tucson Lifestyle Magazine January 2020 Issue.

Want to read more about the design process and watch the client’s testimonial? Check out the Case Study!