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.

 

 

 

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

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!

San Diego Home/Garden – “27th Annual Kitchen of the Year”

San Diego Home/Garden – “27th Annual Kitchen of the Year”

Traci Taylor was selected to be a Judge for San Diego Home and Garden 27th Annual Kitchens of the Year
“Smart space planning allows for all the bells and whistles.”
Traci Taylor:  Thank you San Diego Home and Garden for allowing me to be a judge for the 27th Annual Kitchens of the Year.

“WHITE, BLACK, and GRAY played leading roles in the winners of our 2018 Kitchens of the Year contest while TURQUOISE, TANS AND BRASSES made up the supporting roles. Our trio of judges applauded the FUNCTIONALITY, LAYOUTS and CLASSY STYLES of their five top picks. New this year, we gave readers a chance to vote on all 50 entires. Their number one choice? A HOMEOWNER- Designed kitchen that the judge also praised.” – San Diego Home and Garden

San Diego Home/Garden – “Better by Design: Loft Love”

San Diego Home/Garden – “Better by Design: Loft Love”

A welcoming home emerges from an empty box in this East Village loft.

“Designer Traci Taylor has fashioned an inviting, modern, relaxing home in an industrial loft space.”

Traci Taylor:  Thank you San Diego Home and Garden Better by Design for the  “LOFT LOVE”! We made a harsh industrial space feel like home; a livable, warm and fun place that takes advantage of the great loft windows, doors and incredible views of the emerging East Village scene. We loved this fun and challenging East Village transformation opportunity!

“To become cozy nests, big empty warehouse-style spaces need lots of design help.

For this East Village loft, designer Traci Taylor split-up the space by crafting a private section for the bedroom, closet and master bath; and created kitchen, bar and dining areas meant for entertaining.

 

To separate the bedroom suite from the living area, she installed a partition of opaque glass, added solid surrounding walls. An added Solid wall allowed for a built-in closet, while also dividing the room from the kitchen. By integrating a concrete support beam at the foyer, she landed a wine bar next to the cook space. And with a mix of modern furniture and enticing accessories, she ensured a more inviting atmosphere. ” SDHG