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Seven great design trends for 2020 that can elevate the look of your home

7 design ideas for 2020
The new year is almost here! To get you in the spirit and ready for 2020, we’ve created a list of some of the upcoming year’s top home interior design trends that can bring comfort and a flair to your custom built home with minimal effort.  From adding a touch of Pantone’s color of the year, classic blue, to creating a vacation-worthy backyard, there’s definitely something on the list below for everyone – and every custom built home.       Take advantage of the latest kitchen design trends. From eye-catching slab backsplashes made from marble, to colorful kitchen tile and double islands, 2020 is looking to be a stellar year for kitchen design.  Even the most classic kitchens can benefit from unexpected pops of color, while more modern kitchens can take advantage of open or sleek, minimalist cabinets. Warm finishes, natural woodwork and stone flooring are big this...
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Five ways to make your holidays bright 

5 ways to have a Happier Holiday
Now that the holidays are here, it’s time to hit the town with family and friends. To help get you into the spirit, we’ve put together a list of festive things to do with your loved ones – and one just for you, too! From the traditional to the new   - we’ve got you covered.  Holiday idea #1: Go with tradition If you’re from Cincinnati, there’s a good chance you remember watching the Cincinnati Ballet perform The Nutcracker at Music Hall, or seeing the train exhibit downtown. We’re happy to report that these two traditions are still going strong.  This year, look no further than Cincinnati’s cultural gems for a wonderful holiday outing (or three). From the Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains at the Cincinnati Museum Center to A Zinzinnati Holiday at the Cincinnati Krohn Conservatory (not to mention the great live nativity at the conservatory), to The N...
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Buying outdoor furniture to fit your home and lifestyle

Choosing the best outdoor furniture
Although we’re in the final months of the year and thinking about indoor entertaining and cozy nights in front of the fireplace, it’s actually a good time of the year to talk about outdoor furniture. Specifically, how to choose outdoor furniture that will stand the test of time and weather, and how to properly store and protect it from the elements.  The winter months are ideal for outdoor furniture shopping because you can often find great deals since it’s off-season. And new outdoor furniture can give you something to look forward to come spring when you’re ready to spend time outside on your patio or in your yard.  Before you go outdoor furniture shopping, it’s a good idea to know what to look for when it comes to materials that will hold up year after year, through the hot Cincinnati summers and cold winters. You’ll want to choose furniture that is able to withstand both. B...
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A home elevator can lift your lifestyle 

home elevator installation
Whether you call them elevators or lifts, one thing is certain: they’re making their way into custom home design more and more and with good reason (actually, for a lot of good reasons). Not only are they practical and serve to make your home safer and truly multigenerational, they also add a bit of luxury, because today’s home elevators are visually stunning.  Below are some key things to discuss with your builder and architect if you’re interested including a home elevator as part of your custom built home. We’ve also broken down the types of home elevators, as well as some of the biggest benefits to having one in your home.  So, you’re interested in a home elevator. Here are things to consider:  Plan early. This one is important (hence, it’s first on the list). The best time to add an elevator to your custom home is when you’re still in the design phase. If you wait unt...
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