REINVENT YOUR KITCHEN WITH A BACKSPLASH

 

Whether you are remodeling your kitchen or designing it from scratch, a kitchen backsplash should be included if you want to give the room style and character. The kitchen backsplash is no longer considered just a practical element that protects walls from splashes and spills, but rather an important style element that can revive your kitchen. And because the kitchen backsplash provides form and function, it has become an essential component when transforming a tired kitchen.

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The backsplash can be customized to be low-key and subtle, just enough to bring the room together. Or it can be elaborately designed, allowing for the accent to be the kitchen’s focal point. Whatever the design choice, the embellishment is certain to add taste and beauty to the room. However, the kitchen design trend seems to be leaning toward homeowners wanting to be unique and showcase their kitchen’s wall area with a distinctive attention-getting backsplash that makes a statement. By choosing to decorate with a creative, customized, kitchen backsplash, homeowners can present their individuality and personality in addition to amping up their kitchen’s aesthetic appeal. Not to mention, that by creating a focal point within the space consequently improves its visual appeal, which typically equates to a greater value of the home.

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When deciding on the backsplash material, the stone is always a popular choice because it is elegant and timeless. Realm of Design’s Eco-Friendly GreenStone may also be utilized within the kitchen’s accent for those wanting to be “Green.”. Realm of Design can help your kitchen reach its full potential by designing and creating an original customized kitchen backsplash that will not only reflect your personality and style but will reinvent your kitchen.

HOMEOWNERS PREFER HANDCRAFTED OVER HUMDRUM

 

When it comes to decorating this upcoming fall season, homeowners are preferring to adorn their homes with unique handcrafted architectural elements. These custom artisan pieces have been gaining popularity and trending this season among homeowners for a few reasons. Mainly because unique custom elements offer an exceptional personalized look. And home-owners are opting to be more original and express their individuality with their homes. Another reason hand-crafted home accents are gaining popularity is because the beauty and quality of these artistic pieces will not only compliment a room but tell a tale. The story of a piece and the inspiration behind its artistic direction brings meaning to the element/ home accent, subsequently, creating a work of art that is not only visually stunning but has the added bonus of being a great conversation piece.

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Decorative handcrafted architectural elements come in many forms, fireplace mantels, kitchen hoods, and crown molding– just to name a few; however, decorative wall-art pieces have been prevailing this season when it comes to home accents. This is probably because sculpted wall-art pieces, especially wall cartouches,  easily add instant panache and style.  Also, sculpted pieces are extraordinary for enhancing a room’s artistry –whether it’s indoors or outdoors. Stone, brass and recycled materials are all common materials for sculpted elements, however, artistic pieces that are manufactured with cast-stone material continue to be the ideal front-runner for wall accents because they are light-weight and can be easily hung on virtually any wall surface.

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So why decorate your home with boring, stock, run-of-the-mill home accents and elements? Instead, be unique and opt for artistic hand-crafted accents. At Realm of Design, each custom element is individually crafted by a master artisan whose work reflects the passion, historical inspiration and personal experience combined with the homeowner’s personality and taste. The artistry and craftsmanship that goes into each and every Realm of Design custom element truly sets their work apart from the rest shaping each hand-crafted accent into a bona fide work-of-art.

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FRENCH TV SHOW FASCINATED WITH REALM OF DESIGN’S FACILITY

 

A top French Television news station, France 5, recently paid a visit to Las Vegas Nevada suburb, Henderson, to film a documentary segment on the infamous Morrow Royal Pavilion aka the Beer Bottle Building–which was constructed with Realm of Design’s patented recycled glass material,GreenStone. The documentary segment will feature the world’s largest building constructed with recycled beer bottles on the station’s popular weekly TV Show “Echo-Logis” focusing on Architectural Green actions and environmental innovation.

The sustainable building, which acts as Realm of Design’s manufacturing facility, gained the attention of the French show producers after reading about it on the internet. They were fascinated by the MRP’s architecture and how the recycled glass building contained over half a million beer bottles from the Las Vegas Strip that were originally destined for the dump. And for France 5, being a news network station that covers and promotes green initiatives, producing a segment on The Morrow Royal Pavilion and Sustainability in Las Vegas seemed an excellent journalistic choice.

The station’s French news crew visited the Morrow Royal Pavilion Thurs. Sept. 12 & Fri. Sept 13, 2013 where they spent both days filming the Booze Building from all camera angles. The crew even filmed some footage using a high-tech drone video camera, looking similar to a miniature helicopter, that captured high-definition video while remotely flying around the building. The segment producers and journalists also interviewed the building’s designer/ builder, and GreenStone inventor, Scott McCombs along with his Realm of Design co-owner and wife, Cindy McCombs to discuss GreenStone and the challenges of promoting green products in Sin City.

The Eco-friendly Morrow Royal Pavilion first made national and international headlines when it was featured on DIY Network show “This New House.” The show illustrated how the patented GreenStone material is manufactured and how it was utilized to construct the Morrow Royal Pavilion as well as other architectural accents Realm of Design manufactures. The popularity of the DIY TV show triggered a media frenzy that included a spot on HGTV’s “Extreme Homes,” as well as news articles published in the Huffington Post, Yahoo News, DailyMail, Inhabitat and TreeHugger just to name a few.

The France 5 Echo-Logis television segment is scheduled to air in December 2013 on the French Network. The exact date and time TBA. More details about the French station and its programs can be found at www.France5.fr.

FLOORING TRENDS GO GREEN FOR FALL 2013

 

Fall is the perfect time to consider upgrading the flooring in your home according to flooring trends. And according to HGTV, a popular trend in flooring this fall is to “Go Green” and utilize recycled materials. This is why Realm of Design’s flooring manufactured with GreenStone—which incorporates recycled glass in its concrete material—is the perfect flooring choice. Upgrading your flooring from carpeting to GreenStone filled concrete tiles is an outstanding green renovation because it’s not only environmentally friendly, but it’s fashionable.

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With Flooring being such an important part of designing and/or renovating a home because it provides form and function, the flooring product should be proven. That’s another reason why concrete tiles with Realm of Design’s patented GreenStone are an excellent flooring choice. It’s distinctly stylish, simple and sophisticated. The sustainable tiles are customizable and can be made to look like sleek wood or textured concrete to accommodate any design style. These versatile tiles are sure to add beauty and warmth to any room. And as an added bonus, they are also very durable and low maintenance which pet-owners find favorable.

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So if you would like to join in the ranks of homeowners “Going Green” with their flooring, then select the perfect eco-friendly floor – Choose Realm of Design’s green and chic concrete tiles made with GreenStone.
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GIVE YOUR HOME A HIGH-END LOOK

 

With the housing market improving and home values increasing, it is a great time to consider a home improvement project. One particular project that gives you the most bang for your buck is the addition of custom pavers. Adding customized paver stones to a home’s exterior is a relatively inexpensive home improvement that instantly boosts aesthetic appeal, as well as gives your home a high-end look.

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Decorating your home’s exterior with custom pavers is a practical architectural accent that will greatly improve the home’s outdoor appearance while giving a visual dramatic flair to your property. If you wish to further improve your home’s outdoor area, custom pavers can also be incorporated within a walkway, patio, porch, driveway and/or garden. Whether you add custom pavers to the frontyard or backyard, these stone beauties are certain to give your home an impressive rich look while creating a beautiful custom landscape. And because Realm of Design’s pavers are completely customized, the unique outdoor appearance they afford your home, cause the property to stand out even more, hence, further increasing its curb appeal and value.

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The newly enriched outdoor appearance of your home will not only be visually appealing to you, your neighbors and potential buyers, but the luxurious look will reflect style, class and sophistication. So jazz up your house with a visually impressive paver project– It’s an excellent low-cost way to assist your property in reaching its full high-end potential.

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Realm of Design can creatively design pavers to fit any home style.

OLD WORLD STYLE ESSENTIALS

 

With the popularity of homeowners opting to decorate their homes with a throwback to the older days, the Old World design style is becoming a modern trend that may be here to stay. People are opting for this pleasing rustic design style because it is comfortable and inviting, yet elegant. Basically, homeowners want to create an ambiance with that “lived-in” feeling but have space still look sophisticated.

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There are a few design essentials to achieve Old World style within your home. The most significant element is to affix exposed wood ceiling beams. (Realm of Design recommends Faux wood ceiling beams because they are light-weight, durable, easy to install and less expensive than genuine wood.) The natural look of a dark wood finish gives a warm coziness to the interior. Another important facet to acquire the style from the past is to add architectural arches to the windows and/or doorways. The shaped arches not only gives an Old World appearance, but characterizes elegance and sophistication. To further enhance the charming style, incorporate ornate, sculpted architectural stone pieces. This can include fireplace mantels, surrounds and molding. Along with stone, forged metal accents with an aged finish will also increase the dwelling’s natural refinement. To exemplify the look, combine the architectural elements with rich wall colors, over-sized leather furniture and velvet fabrics.

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Whether it be Old World style or another, when it comes to decorating, (interior) design style trends follow the same rules as (clothing) Fashion style trends: Today’s styles are inspired by the past and style history always repeats itself.

TRANSFORM YOUR POWDER ROOM INTO A PAMPER ROOM

 

When most people think of bathroom design ideas, luxury isn’t typically the first word that comes to mind. But with the bathroom being one of the most popular rooms getting remodeled in 2013, we’ve noticed homeowners are opting to upgrade the room into their own luxurious spa. The transformation of the powder room into a pamper room begins with a grandiose bath design. This will assure a sumptuous room that is fit for a king or queen. But, how ever exquisite you decide to go with your spa-to be, keep in mind that it should ultimately be functional and comfortable, as well as sleek.

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Next, to enhance the room’s tranquil atmosphere, add a dramatic custom stone fireplace. A beautifully detailed fireplace surround and mantel not only jazzes up space aesthetically, but it will create a relaxing ambiance. Because this striking architectural element is elegant and sophisticated, it’s an important piece in order to give the space that high-end chateau feel.

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Additional architectural elements such as custom vessels, columns, counter-tops, and artwork increase texture and refinement to your personal fortress by characterizing richness. Because your newly transformed Diggs should not only look impressive but inviting, decorate with candles, candle-holders, flowers, and urns to further compliment the space.

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So indulge. You are sure to unwind and revel in your new dreamy dwelling. Your only concern should be which wine to drink.  I believe Frankie Goes To Hollywood had the right idea when they sang the infamous song…’ RELAX.’

MAKE YOUR LIVING ROOM LOOK LIKE A MILLION DOLLAR ROOM

Your living room may not be quite an actual “Million Dollar Room,” but there is no reason that space can’t be made to look like one! It’s nice to dream about having endless funds to remodel and/or decorate your home. But for most homeowners, reality doesn’t quite allow that. So for those working within a budget wishing to transform their living room into a makeshift Million Dollar Room, the best place to start is by adding an essential key element–a divine fireplace.

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The fireplace is the focal point of a living room and can make or break the dwelling by setting the tone of the room. Being the area’s main attraction, it is recommended that a fireplace mantel and surround should be custom designed to compliment the look and feel of the room while creating an elegant, rich statement. This will assure that your centerpiece becomes a stately showpiece. Once the fireplace surround and mantel are completed and if your budget permits, other architectural accents can be added to enhance the luxurious “Million Dollar Room” look. Architectural elements such as over-mantels, columns, molding, arches, beams and balustrades magnifies a room’s splendor. Furthermore, embellishments including wall cartouches, sculptures and custom furniture contribute to refine the room’s expensive look as well.

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So even if you don’t have a million bucks to spend on your living room, a few key pieces can certainly make it look like you did!

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THE GROWTH OF GREENSTONE

 

With the big push for residents and builders to “Go Green” and reduce their carbon footprint, GreenStone has become quite a popular product in the building industry. But first, let’s fill you in on what GreenStone is (for those who may not have heard of the product already.) GreenStone is a patented environmentally-friendly building material that is made from 100% recycled glass and fly ash—as well as a few other renewable ingredients. This eco-friendly material can be used to replace standard concrete in virtually any project. The glass that is utilized and upcycled into GreenStone comes primarily from the discarded alcohol bottles from the Las Vegas Strip. In fact, this patented green architectural stone has already saved over a half million beer bottles from being landfilled.

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Since its official launch in early 2012, GreenStone has received quite a bit of media attention and was featured on DIY and HGTV. The biggest project that put GreenStone on the map was the construction of the Morrow Royal Pavilion in Las Vegas – Realm of Design’s manufacturing facility. The building project utilized the GreenStone material on its exterior which proved that the concrete replacement can be used on a large scale design as well as withstand the weather elements.

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With the completion of the new manufacturing facility, along with all the media attention, Realm of Design has seen an increase in homeowners and builders wanting to be green, therefore, requesting GreenStone when remodeling their property and/or adding architectural elements (fireplace mantels, columns, embellishments, etc…) Even the Las Vegas casinos are getting on board by adding GreenStone items such as Trash Cans, benches, urns, and the list is growing…

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It’s good to see the effort being made by individuals and corporations to be more eco-friendly and recycle instead of landfill. We’ve got a long way to go but the growth of GreenStone certainly is a good start!

ADD A TOUCH OF TUSCANY TO YOUR HOME

 Tuscany is a region in central Italy that is historically known as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. Tuscan style emerged as an homage to its historical region’s culture and traditions. It has remained a popular decorating style throughout the years because of its elegance, richness and simplicity. The Tuscan décor style, commonly referred to as “Old World Country Style,” is a combination of Old World and Mediterranean Style elements. These elements include natural materials from the Earth such as stone, metal and wood. This look is heavily influenced by nature and exudes a sense peacefulness, warmth and rustic beauty. The style is comfortable and can be achieved by incorporating architectural accents with aged stone, tile and wrought iron pieces. Exposed faux wood beams, architectural door arches and window shutters also add a touch of the Italian design style to a space—even if it’s on the home’s exterior. When Tuscan accents are paired with rich colors and natural textures, this enticing look will bring the spirit of Italy right to your home.

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 Whether it’s an interior or exterior—any space within a home will look beautiful and more appealing with the Tuscan style. However, the kitchen has been one of the more popular rooms to showcase the Italian style because it brings an elegant charm to the heart of the home. By incorporating an aged stone kitchen hood and an artistic decorative backsplash, these architectural pieces help achieve the look and atmosphere of an Old World Italian bistro on the countryside that is warm and inviting. But most of all, it’s classy, stylish and tasteful.

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History has proved that homeowners enjoy basking in Italian culture and ambiance. And Realm of Design Tuscan style architectural elements can help create /re-create those surroundings– all without leaving the comfort of your home.

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