Must Do Household Cleaning Tips for Fall

As of September 23rd summer is officially over and Autumn will be making its way to us. For some of us this means cooler days and open windows. It also means that we will be spending more time indoors so it is time to do a fall deep clean to get ready for cozy days indoors.

We sourced an “Ultimate Fall Cleaning Checklist” from apartmenttherapy.com that can easily be done over a couple of weekends and have you ready to head into the holiday’s with order and organization.

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In the Kitchen & Bathroom

  • Clean your kitchen grout.

  • Clean your bathroom grout.

  • Clean your refrigerator coils, if applicable.

  • Clean under your refrigerator.

  • Clean the inside of your dishwasher.

  • Clean and condition the wood of your bathroom and kitchen cabinets.

  • Clean your oven

  • Wash and disinfect all the garbage cans.

  • Seal and/or polish granite countertops.


In the Bedroom (and Closet)

  • Refresh bedding that isn’t regularly washed (comforters, pillows, etc.).

  • Vacuum and flip mattresses.

  • Put cold-weather linens on the beds.

  • Switch out seasonal clothes.

In the Living Areas

  • Vacuum upholstered furniture.

  • Vacuum under your upholstered furniture cushions.

  • Polish your wood furniture

  • Wash artificial plants.

  • Dust living plants’ leaves.

  • Wipe down your screens (TV, computer, etc.).

  • Clean all keyboards and remote controls.

All Around the House

  • Wash the walls

  • Wash your windows, window sills, and all the window groves.

  • Clean your washer and dryer.

  • Wipe down all doorknobs and light plates.

  • Vacuum under all beds, couches, and other furniture.

  • Dust the tops of doors and door frames.

  • Spot clean carpets and rugs.

  • Clean floors underneath area rugs.

  • Wash curtains or have them cleaned.

  • Remove and rinse your window screens.

  • Wash your washable vacuum cleaner filters.

  • Clean your baseboards.

Tackle Some Seasonal Maintenance

  • Change your HVAC air filter.

  • Replace your fire alarm batteries.

  • Condition your leather furniture.

  • Dust your ceiling fans and set them to turn so air circulates upward.

  • Sweep the chimney and/or have it checked.

  • Clean out rain gutters.

  • Check weather stripping and replace as necessary.

However you deep clean this fall we hope you make it fun and safe and head into the autumn season set for cozy nights and holiday celebrations.

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall

While some parts of the country still have temps in the 90s and summer technically does not end until the end of September. Most kids are back to school, and many of us are turning our eyes towards the flannel in our closets and eagerly waiting for the first sip of a pumpkin spiced beverage. Fall often finds us indoors more often, inspires cozy dinner parties, and brings with it brilliant warm colors. All of this combined can create a desire to change it up a bit. With that in mind we have gathered up three fresh autumnal decorating ideas and designer tips to help you get your house ready for the days of fall.

1. Bring the outdoors inside.

Word in the design world is that nature is the in thing this fall. You are going to see dried florals, branches, and leaves everywhere this year. Bring in a modern feel by making them stand out as conversation piece rather than just popping into a vase off to the side..

2. Take the easy route

The easiest way to change up a room is simply to switch out some of the accents and decor. Throw pillows are an easy answer, bringing in some warm neutrals that fit with the style of your home. Add a couple of warm and cozy throw blankets with fringe and you have an easy room transformation.

In the kitchen you can stay away from the obvious pumpkins and gourds that no one eats and you have to eventually throw out, and keep a bowl of useful veggies such as lemons, butternut and spaghetti squash on hand. These are beautiful, tasty and bring fall easily into the room.

3. Go Big

Fall is also a great time to completely change up a room. For those who love warm, rich colors fall brings the perfect inspiration and stores are carrying all the right accessories to do a full room makeover. We are in love with this room by Nick Olson with this granite fireplace as the focal center-point.

As always there is no “one-size-fits-all” in the decor world. From simple transformations to major overhauls you get to choose the perfect way to bring in your unique style and ideas. As always, we hope you’ll contact us and give us the the opportunity to be a part of any of your makeover plans.

Happy Fall!

Bathroom Makeover Inspiration

From mixed media classics to edgy modern makeovers - marble continues to dominate the design world and for good reason. This versatile, natural, and sustainable material easily makes its way into whatever style or budget your home may trend towards. Here are some incredible bathroom makeovers to inspire your next project.

This designer brought the vintage look to a whole new level by turning this antique credenza into a vanity by adding a sleek marble bathroom countertop. The mixed media as a whole gives this whole space a modern feel while capturing an old school vibe.

As Audrey Hepburn said “Paris is always a good idea.” So is this floor to ceiling marble bathroom in this Parisian apartment. This designer brought this bathroom to life with show stopping simplicity.

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Scandinavian style is known for its minimalistic yet functional design and neutral color pallet. While some might imagine “minimalistic and functional” to be unattractive this designer proved them wrong with an excellent mix of marble and light wood in this modern bungalow.

A new twist on a modern classic with the mix of marble counters and black hardware in this design. The cherrywood floors warm up this space and bring a balance to the decor that makes it a great fit for any home.

Last, but certainly not least we cannot get enough of this incredible design that brings bold color and soft accents together. It is an excellent blend of darkness and light.

Have you considered incorporating marble into your bathroom decor. Whether you are looking for a striking statement or a classic design we have the perfect match for your style. Contact us and let us help you bring your dream bathroom to life.

7 Inspirational Kitchens for your Dream Board

Dream boards they have been around forever. Our moms used to go through dozens of magazines, cutting out pictures, tearing out pages, and using good old fashion glue to paste them to a poster board. Today we scroll the internet and “pin it” to our Pinterest boards. Dreaming of how we want our future homes to look is a timeless tradition passed from one generation to the other.

This month we have done a little curating from our own inspiration and dream boards to bring you seven inspirational kitchens you’ll want to add to your own dream board.

The mixture elements from the natural wood island to the marble countertop to the stunning backsplash make this this beautiful design by @whitesparrowfarm a neutral space that is far from boring!

Shades of grey never go out of style. This impeccable kitchen by Humphrey Munson caught our eye as it added the perfect shade to compliment the antique hardware and sleek lines of the granite countertops. Also…we’d like a bite of whatever is in that cake dish over there.

Not one detail is missing from this incredible design from Whitetail Farm.
From the mix of light fixtures to the the barn cabinet doors, and all the way to the curtain under the sink make this kitchen a perfect design inspiration for those who love a good country kitchen.

Scrolling for inspiration came to a complete halt when this sensational kitchen came across the screen. Lots of rustic charm made modern with granite counter and table tops. Charm and elegance have come together in this design by @dreamywhitelifestyle.

Where do we start with this remarkable gorgeous design by The Fox Group. Simple elegance has been made grand with those herringbone floors and those floor to ceiling backsplashes. This classic kitchen has all the right inspiration.

Design 4 corners have created a perfect statement with this island. Adding a great contrast to the white kitchen, this island fits right in with the on trend designs this year.

Saving the best for last, this modern take on a farmhouse kitchen is one of the most popular dream board items on Pinterest. With good reason. This design by Old Seagrove Homes brings together all of the charm of a farmhouse kitchen with the elegance of a modern kitchen to give us a space we all dream of owning one day.

What ever designs grace your dream board this year we hope you will consider us as your source for sustainable surfaces that will make your dreams come to life.

Easy Ways to Update the Kitchen (without breaking the bank)

Spring is here and we are feeing that natural urge to spring clean and spruce up our spaces. Looking at the design trends for the year we’ve explored some advice from designers on how to update your kitchen without breaking the bank. Here are some ideas we cannot wait to try.

EMBRACE CONTRAST

Stark white kitchens will always be popular, but as we shared last month color is making a comeback. More and more designers are bringing kitchens to life with contrasting colors like the one by Brett Mickan shown above. This jewel tone contrast brings new life and a modern touch to the kitchen, while still using white to compliment and draw it all together.

JUST ONE SPLURGE

When people start into kitchen projects they often think they need to overhaul the whole thing, however, often keeping the core and splurging on one main focal point can make all the difference. If granite or soapstone countertops are your dream. Do it! That investment will make a dramatic difference and serve you for years to come.

You can compliment this change inexpensively by painting the existing cabinets and add a modern touch by changing out the hardware.

POP IN THE COLOR

If you are still completely in love with your all white kitchen, you are not alone. There is a reason this look is such a classic and timeless look. We love color here at Imagine Surfaces, and believe it can be brought into the picture in many different ways. For instance, this designer went with classic granite surfaces and added in color with these stunning green light fixtures.

No matter how you decide to spruce up your space this year we hope you will contact us to help bring just the right design to your project.