‘TIS THE SEASON FOR FIREPLACE MANTELS

The Holidays are a magical time of the year and the Mantels have become an important traditional staple when it comes to Holiday decorating. It’s where the Christmas stockings get hung and where lights, candles, garlands, and ornaments get placed.  The decor is the perfect mixture of cheer and warmth making it a scenic backdrop for great Holiday photos. (Think about it…what are most families sitting in front of on their Holiday card picture?)
Seasonal fireplace mantels
That’s why the fireplace has become synonymous with the holidays. The well-designed fireplace represents an inviting cozy place where friend and family gather while sipping hot chocolate and creating memories.  The crackling sound of the yule logs burning while decorating the fireplace mantels with festive trimmings can definitely get people into the holiday spirit. Decorating the Fireplace Mantel with Holiday Flair will become a family tradition that you will look forward to year after year…
Christmas fireplace mantel

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

Realm of Design wishes everyone and their families a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Due to the holiday, our office will be closed Thursday Nov 22 – Sun Nov 25, 2012.   Gobble Gobble!

CURB APPEAL: THE DIFFERENCE IS IN THE DETAILS

When it comes to selling your home, you will hear the words “Curb Appeal” tossed out a lot by your real estate agent. So what is “Curb Appeal” and why is it important? Well, it’s exactly what it sounds like. It’s simply getting your house to stand out in your neighborhood and draw the attention of viewers at the curb. If you are selling your home, the idea is to create a “Wow Factor” that appeals to potential buyers which attract them to your house more than your neighbor’s.

Curb appeal is a big selling factor in real estate because it’s ultimately what gives potential buyers their first impression of the home. Enticing homes lure buyers and get them excited to purchase.  So how does a house get curb appeal? The most effective way is to decorate your home’s exterior with Architectural Accents and details (often referred to as Architectural Elements.)

Realm of Design’s Exterior Architectural Accents/ details/ elements can really make a home “pop”.  Decorative Molding Trim beautifies doors and entryways, Shutters enhance and frame windows, Pavers define a walkway, etc… These details are all items that not only compliment the exterior of a home but give it individuality. Realm of Design’s customized architectural details such as ornate balustrades and dramatic columns make a home even more unique and stylish, therefore, making it more aesthetically appealing and ultimately giving it greater Curb Appeal.

 Subsequently, adding Exterior Architectural Accents pay off. Not only will the appealing pieces distinguish your home and help sell it faster (if you are looking to sell) but Exterior Architectural Accents are one of the best home investments. At a relatively low cost, they add value to a property and offer the best return on investment. Essentially, the distinctive pieces pay for themselves and then some. So if you are looking to sell your home…sometimes small details make the biggest difference.

Check out the Front Entryways in our Galleries section to see how Realm of Design Architectural Accents have added value and beauty to the homes and gave them curb appeal.

GIVE YOUR KITCHEN THE ROYAL TREATMENT

Most people will tell you that the Kitchens are the most important rooms of the house. It’s unique because it provides form and function in that it’s where meals are prepared and serves as an entertainment space where friends and family gather. It’s also the room that can make or break the sale of your home. So this room is entitled to some special attention when remodeling or redecorating.

 Kitchens stone hood

The most popular element to decorate and reinvent your kitchen space is a Kitchen Range Hood. It is often referred to as the crown jewel of a home because it gives a majestic feel and royal touch to a kitchen space. Its Royal Highness and elevated design instantly adds height to a kitchen filling it with grandeur. This is where Realm of Design comes in. Custom Kitchen Hoods are one of our specialties.

 A Lofty design customized Kitchen Hood by Realm of Design will be a showpiece that will add beauty and become the focal point of your kitchen space with its illustrious hand-sculpted detail. Our Kitchen hood designs come in standard sizes or can be customized. They also come in a variety of stone colors and styles and are fully adjustable in size.

kitchen stone hood

 A Kitchen Hood will be a treasure of your home. The more attractive a Kitchen Hood is, the more value it adds to a room—and ultimately a home. Remember–Great kitchens sell homes.

Check out more Kitchen Hoods in the Galleries section of our website.

The Forecast calls for FAUX!

Now that Fall is upon us, not only can a crackling fire within a beautiful Fireplace Surround warm a room—but so can some Wood Beams. Nothing makes a room feel cozy and warm like the rustic look of wood—Faux Wood. A room decorated with Wood Beams can instantly make a living space feel inviting and comfortable. Faux beams can be used in virtually any interior design setting, but the style utilizing the beams in abundance this season is the trendy Modern Vintage combo style. The rustic chic appeal that the Faux Woods lend to this popular style is enticing because it presents a natural yet fashionable look.
Faux Beams accentuate the ceiling in addition to exuding beauty and warmth to a room setting. But the aesthetic allure is not the only advantage when decorating with Faux Beams, they are also eco-friendly. Although the Realm of Design Faux Wood Beams gives the illusion of solid genuine wood, they are made of Euro-Lite High-Density Foam (HDF) which consist of the highest quality lightweight polyurethane material. Faux wood beams are durable and will last much longer than real wood beams because they are impervious to splitting, moisture, and insects. Also, the beams are virtually maintenance free–this makes them attractive to use when decorating exteriors as well as interiors. Faux Woods is simple to install and can be easily stained favorite wood color.
So choose to be Glamorous and Green this season—Go, Faux! Realm of Design offers a wide selection of Faux Beams, Planks, Shutters, and more.  For more information on Faux  Wood products, download the Euro-Lite Wood Product catalog or call 702-566-1188.

TOP THREE MUST HAVE HOME ACCESSORY PIECES

Home Furniture accessories come in so many different forms and elements, it was hard to narrow the selection down to just three when deciding the must-haves. But with Fall right on our heels, these pieces contain a classic beauty that added warmth and elegance to any space. Therefore, they are the top must-haves!

 1. Hand Carved Wooden Table–such as Realm of Design’s Brazilian Jatoba Cherry wood table, are true works of art.  A Hand Carved Wooden Table is a bold statement piece that can reinvent a room.  It’s fashionable and functional—it is a table after all.  The table can furnish and decorate living spaces that are modern to classic (and everything in between.) The workmanship and artistry that goes into hand hewing and carving a table out of wood are extensive which is just one of many elements that make the table quite special. The wood utilized in The Brazilian Jatoba Wood table is reclaimed, therefore it is a sustainable piece that will add beauty and be eco-friendly. A hand-carved table will become your home’s signature piece. When selecting a decorative carved wooden table, the table size should be appropriate to the room size.  If you have a large space—Go Big.  A Hand Carved Wooden Table purchase will be an investment that will leave you and your guests asking the question “Is it Art or are it Furniture?”

2. Antique Iron Candle Stick Holders— these can be the perfect finishing piece. The natural rustic wrought iron can add a touch of romance and historical French influence to any room setting. Antique Iron Candle Stick Holders are a favorite of collectors because of the artistic hand forged detail put into each piece. These distinct candlestick holders are also useful and durable. When purchasing Antique Iron Candlestick holders, make sure they are genuine and authentic antiques.  Typically, they should be more than 100 years old.  Antique Iron Candle Stick Holders will be the perfect antique piece that you will treasure and want to keep in your family and hand down for generations to come.

antique iron candlestick holder

  3. Wall Embellishment – This is the most important decorating piece to have if you are looking to add depth and dimension to a room. A Wall embellishment does more than just take up wall space, it creates a statement which sets the mood of the room. The decorative element can be bold even though the color of your embellishment may be neutral. This is beneficial because the piece can typically go with any wall color. And Wall Embellishments not only make your room look unique, but it also makes it look expensive. Realm of Design offers a variety of Wall Embellishments in their online store or feel free to design your own customized piece.  When selecting your Wall embellishment, keep in mind the size of your wall. Pieces can vary is size, shape, depth, and weight. The idea is to decorate the room, not overtake it!

 Fleur de lis

Large Fleur de Lis Shield Wall Embellishment

GO FRENCH FOR FALL!

With so many different decorating trends to choose from this fall, the one that seems to be getting designers and their clients excited is the fashionable French style. This trend is gaining popularity because it can be versatile, charming and vogue. With its timeless décor elements complimenting any room design–even contemporary and classic, it’s no wonder it is such a popular interior design style. Those that yearn for a comfortable nesting area with a cozy cottage feel will be drawn to the picturesque Country French fireplace mantel. Its South of France country mix features a touch of nature feel with hand-carved floral accents and a leaf cartouche perfectly combined with Rustic elements and an antique finish. The interior that features this stylish piece is sure to become your favorite room to relax in.

For the cultivated person that prefers a more sophisticated elegant dwelling, add a Parisian Old World Style to your new Interior Design. The romantic Camelot Mantel or detailed Florenzia Fireplace Mantel & Surround will add a dramatic beauty and glamour to any room setting it furnishes. When either of these divine mantels is coupled with the vivid wall color or textured wallpaper, it intensifies the exquisite surrounding that you will look forward to spending time in and will become a focal point to be admired when entertaining guests.

To add some additional indulgence to a French Interior Design, incorporate some French antique accent pieces. Historical 18th and 19th-century accessories reflect an indignant European time period and add an enduring quality to an already aesthetically rich environment. A French Iron antique fireplace fender can be added to any French Style Fireplace. It will complement the room style and make the Mantel centerpiece even more magnificent.

So no need to pack your bags and travel overseas – your love affair with France can start right in your own home.

 

**All the French style Mantels, Surrounds and accessories mentioned can be found in the Realm of Design website online store.

FREE SHIPPING for a Limited Time on Fireplace Mantels, Surrounds and More…

In Honor of Christopher Columbus sailing by ship to find a New World, Realm of Design wants to help you discover your own New World within your home by offering FREE SHIPPING on any of our products—this includes Fireplace Mantels, Surrounds, Accessories and any other architectural accent. Call Realm of Design at 702-566-1188 or visit us on the web at https://realmofdesign.com and use coupon code “freeship” at checkout. Don’t wait too long, this great offer ends Tuesday October 9th.
**offer not valid in conjunction with other offers and offer not valid on previously placed orders.  Free shipping within the 48 US States.

Want to Increase the Value of Your Home? Add a Fireplace Mantel

Realm of Design has always believed that a Fireplace Mantel should be the center point of a room and which can increase your home value.  And according to Remodeling Magazine, creating a striking fireplace mantel is important because it adds not only focus to a room but also adds value to your home.  Interior Designer David Kean stated “an engaging fireplace and mantel can provide grandeur for an otherwise ho-hum room or it can “take an already fabulous room over the top.”  You can be artistic and creative when designing your fireplace mantel, however, it is advised to stay within the style of your architecture.

So not only does adding an exquisite fireplace mantel to a room set your house apart from the others in your neighborhood, but it is especially important if you are looking to resell your home.  Consequently, consider adding a new fireplace mantel or upgrading your old one because not only do you get a beautiful centerpiece but it can potentially make you money as well.
**Be sure and check out the Fireplace Mantels and Surrounds offered as kits in the ONLINE STORE and get some ideas for customizing your own fireplace by visiting the Fireplace Surrounds and Mantels page in GALLERIES.

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