Saturday, October 30, 2010

Kazan Flooring at Studio 813 the Design Collaborative

Have you heard about the new design collaborative in downtown Franklin Tennessee? Studio 813 in Franklin is a collobrative of five separate businesses with expertise in interior design, faux finishes, window treatments, furniture finishing, fine art, flooring, floral design & event planning. Studio 813 is like having a team of experts that comprise a whole house concierge covering just about every need for their client’s homes, budget and lifestyle!

The collection of businesses housed at Studio 813 is comprised of LaSalle Custom Design Studio, Kazan Flooring, The Painted Dresser, Tapisserie, & Elle’s Marche des Fleurs. You can visit Studio 813 at 813 Columbia Avenue just two blocks south of 5 Points in Franklin, in the heart of the new Franklin Street-scape project.

Featured is this charming bamboo desk and chair from the Painted Dresser at Studio 813.

Rather than the expected black, it has been refresehed with the color Van Dyke Brown and is currently showing in the window at Studio 813 as part of the fall decor. What furniture in your house would benefit from new paint for a new look?


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

New Hardwood, Ready to Sell!

First impressions are huge. I was invited by the stagers I work with to visit a house in a desirable neighborhood known as Cool Springs, an area of Franklin, Tennessee. The house, built twelve years ago, was showing it’s age and the natural finish hardwood in the entry, hall and kitchen was in poor condition and certainly wouldn’t attract any potential buyers. The hardwood finish was gone in some areas to the point you could feel the woodgrain. 
The obvious answer was to replace it so I did with Versini's Roma Hardwood. It is an engineered oak in a popular walnut stain with a satin finish in a 3” width. My installers were able to finish 400 square feet, including taking up the “glued-down” existing hardwood, and shoemolding, removing / replacing the commode, and appliances and then installing the new hardwood, and new shoemolding. The result is an updated, ready to sell home. Oh, and I forgot to mention, also installed four bedrooms and a staircase of carpet and new tile in the master!
Staging projects are challenging though,  as I actually have three customers; the stagers, real estate agent and the homeowner. My favorite part is when the customers move to a house in the area and generally a job well done leads to a new project at their new address. 

Would staging at your home make a difference?  

Versini Hardwood

Monday, October 18, 2010

Win a $75 Sears Gift Card - Become a Follower of Kazan Flooring

Win a $75 Sears Gift Card. Kazan Flooring was given a $75 Sears Gift Card for writing a guest post on Sears Hometown Stores’ blog and now we are giving it away to fans of Kazan Flooring.
Three Easy Steps to Win the $75 Sears Gift Card:
  1. Become a fan of “Kazan Flooring” on Facebook.
  2. Become a fan of Kazan Flooring’s Blog
  3. Become a fan of “SearsHometownStores” on Facebook.
That was easy, no rules, or regulations. Winner of the $75 Sears Gift Card will be announced Friday, October 22, 2010. 

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Juxtaposition - All Grey - Three Styles: Island, Chest and Sideboard

Sideboard With a History and A Future

Claiming its character from salvaged pine-bleached and finished with matte lacquer - and brass-finished forged iron bin pulls, this right-sized sideboard can serve many functions in your entry, dining room or media room. The two doors (distinguished as drawers) swing open to three dove-tailed drawers and three adjustable shelves. Imported. 60” wide x 20” deep x 36” high.
$1,595 - from the Sundance Catalog

Gray Furniture is Alive and Well in NYC
This find is from ABC Carpet and Home in New Your City. A bit more traditional than the other two, but I like the similarities in terms of the tonal gray qualities.
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Dual Duty as a Kitchen Island or Storage for an Office
The third, most contemporary find and the largest of the three is a repurposed butcher block enhanced with a walnut stain, and a bank of nine drawers for additional storage. The drawers were painted with Sherwin Williams Paint Black Fox and then a silver glaze was added to give it that reflective property as well as enhance the oak grain. 

At counter height this could be a kitchen island, with seating on the open side or use as a desk where additional storage is demanded.


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Juxaposition of Views

I thought the subject matter of these photos were interesting - sort of a juxaposition on reality. Photo on the left: There was a house there yesterday! Photo on the right: Is this the view I paid for?