Award Winning Watkins Residence

Best in American Living™ Award One-of-a-Kind Custom Home  A local builder has won a gold award for the One-of-a-Kind Custom Home (2501-3500hsf) category in the 2016 Best in American Living™ Awards (BALA) by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The Watkins residence (Swannanoa NC) was a collaborative team effort designed by Vin-yet Architecture and built by Living Stone Design + Build. The interiors were designed by ID.ology Interiors & Design. The landscaping was created and installed by Gardens for Living. “The objectives were simple,” says Sean Sullivan of Living...

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Feeling Confident with Color

Feeling Confident with Color

Feeling Confident with Color November 7, 2016 Photo Courtesy of Lita Dirks & Co. Celebrate Color in Tasteful Touches Blog originally posted by Lita Dirks & Co. It’s no secret, color is a fun and powerful way to lift moods and produce a little life in a home’s interior. Best of all, it allows a homeowner’s personality and preferences to be expressed and sets the desired “tone” of a home. We’ve developed three dazzling design solutions that create confidence in color choices. Pin Point the Personality Before choosing color, determine what vibe you want the space to have. In restful...

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Where Are You on the Style Spectrum?

Where Are You on the Style Spectrum?

Where Are You on the Style Spectrum? Find your design personality — neutral or colorful, modern or traditional, formal or relaxed — so you can decorate accordingly Laura Gaskill October 24, 2016 Houzz Contributor.       Being able to name and define your personal decorating style can be a big help when it comes to choosing items for your home that you’ll be happy with for years to come. But finding that style can be easier said than done. That’s where style spectrums come in. To help unearth your style, simply rate where you stand on seven different spectrums (such as “Neutral...

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Benjamin Moore’s 2017 Color of the Year:

Benjamin Moore’s 2017 Color of the Year:

Home & Garden Introducing Benjamin Moore’s 2017 Color of the Year: Shadow  By Kendra Nichols and Jura Koncius October 19 Shadow is Benjamin Moore’s 2017 Color of the Year. (John Bessler/Benjamin Moore) Benjamin Moore announced its 2017 Color of the Year on Wednesday, and if you were disappointed by 2016’s plain vanilla pick, Simply White, you might be pleasantly surprised. The 2017 Color of the Year? Shadow, a deep, saturated purple. “Allusive and enigmatic, Shadow is a master of ambiance. It is a color that calls to mind a ‘past,’ yet it can also make a contemporary,...

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Home Best In American Living NAHB Home of the Week: Pritchard-Hardin Residence August 17, 2016 Uncategorized The Best in American Living Awards Gold-winning Pritchard-Hardin residence of Black Mountain, N.C., is our Home of the Week! This beautiful property fulfills the clients’ desire for the perfect mountain retreat. The designers helped them locate the perfect lot, designed the home to meet their wants and needs and to fit the lot perfectly, and built the home, exceeding the clients’ expectations. With its rustic mountain craftsmen style, the home features wrap-around decks and porches...

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Asheville Interior Designer Beautifully Balances Coolness And Warmth In This Contemporary Blue Ridge Mountain Home

Asheville Interior Designer Beautifully Balances Coolness And Warmth In This Contemporary Blue Ridge Mountain Home

Asheville Interior Designer Beautifully Balances Coolness And Warmth In This Contemporary Blue Ridge Mountain Home Nothing compares to the excitement of building your own home. Unfortunately, with the myriad of decisions that must be made at a rapid pace, stress can quickly put a damper on even the most enthusiastic homeowners’ experience. Fortunately, seasoned professionals like Laura Sullivan, owner of Asheville design firm ID.ology Interior Design, are here to help. Laura works side by side with homeowners, leading them through the entire process to ensure smooth sailing and a great...

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A Custom Timber House in North Carolina Becomes Home

A Custom Timber House in North Carolina Becomes Home

A Custom Timber House in North Carolina Becomes Home A custom timber home in North Carolina epitomizes the American dream for one New Zealand couple. By Stacy Durr Albert Photos courtesy of Timberpeg One glance at the exterior reveals that this North Carolina home doesn’t fit the vernacular of typical timber frame style. Since the owners are from New Zealand and have traveled extensively throughout Europe, the home reflects more of a Victorian and French flavor. “Our British heritage ingrained in us more formal styles, so our preferred aesthetic is somewhat traditional rather than all...

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Beautiful Homes By Asheville Builder & Design Team Embody A “Design Green, Build Green, Live Green” Concept

Beautiful Homes By Asheville Builder & Design Team Embody A “Design Green, Build Green, Live Green” Concept

Beautiful Homes By Asheville Builder & Design Team Embody A “Design Green, Build Green, Live Green” Concept Asheville’s lush, green forests and stunning mountain landscapes have long been a draw for nature lovers seeking to build a home in an unspoiled natural paradise. Sean Sullivan, owner of Living Stone Construction and his wife, Laura Sullivan, owner of ID.ology Interior Design team up to not only help their clients build their dream home, but to ensure that Asheville stays unspoiled for future generations through their green building and design process. North Carolina Design talked...

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Asheville Builder & Interior Designer: A Marriage Of Give And Take Ideas…

Asheville Builder & Interior Designer: A Marriage Of Give And Take Ideas…

Asheville Builder & Interior Designer: A Marriage Of Give And Take Ideas Yields Award Winning Results Being part of a great team can yield wonderful results. No one knows this better than Sean Sullivan, owner of Living Stone Construction, and Laura Sullivan, owner of ID.ology Interior Design, both located in the Asheville area. Not only do Sean and Laura sometimes work together on the same projects – they’re a team off the job site, as well. This happily married couple has managed to strike a great balance that has led to exceptional accomplishments. One such accomplishment is The...

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Hadley Court: How Hiring An Interior Designer Saves You Money

Hadley Court: How Hiring An Interior Designer Saves You Money

http://hadleycourt.com/how-hiring-an-interior-designer-saves-you-money/ By Hadley Court http://hadleycourt.com/ I can already hear you thinking… “How does hiring a professional interior designer save me money? I can save money only if I do it myself. First, I believe this: If you want a home designed to cater to every minute aspect of what makes you comfortable, what you find beautiful, what allows you and your family members to function at 100% capacity, then there is no better investment than hiring a professional interior designer. Why? Because professional interior designers have...

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Walls & Ceilings: Living Stone Construction and CertainTeed Gypsum Team Up

Walls & Ceilings: Living Stone Construction and CertainTeed Gypsum Team Up

Living Stone Construction of Western North Carolina and CertainTeed Gypsum Team up to Improve Indoor Air Quality of Universally Designed, Sustainable Homes http://www.wconline.com/articles/90154-partnership-aligns-with-asheville-builders-design-green-build-green-live-green-concept By Walls & Ceilings http://www.wconline.com/ Partnership aligns with Asheville builder’s “Design Green, Build Green, Live Green” concept. Living Stone Construction of Asheville, N.C. has partnered with CertainTeed Gypsum to incorporate AirRenew Indoor Air Quality drywall as the standard wallboard in every home...

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Best in American Living: Post Traumatic Holiday Decor Disorder?

Best in American Living: Post Traumatic Holiday Decor Disorder?

Post Traumatic Holiday Decor Disorder? by Laura Sullivan http://blog.bestinamericanliving.com/holiday-post-traumatic-decor-disorder/ Holidays can be like a whirlwind throughout a period of a couple months in your home. When you’re decorating for the holidays and entertaining family and friends things have a tendency to get to a point of disarray. Then when the holidays have passed you look around in amazement at the state of your home, and the Holiday Cheer has hit the door running! So, the question is…. How do you cure this Post Traumatic Holiday Disorder? Don’t let the packing up of the...

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Best In American Living: 4 Reasons to Hire an Interior Designer

Best In American Living: 4 Reasons to Hire an Interior Designer

4 Reasons to Hire an Interior Designer http://blog.bestinamericanliving.com/4-reasons-to-hire-an-interior-designer/ By Best in American Living http://blog.bestinamericanliving.com/?author=3 By Amy Kuykendall, ID.ology Interior Design Our homes are our sanctuaries. We want them to be stylish yet comfortable, polished yet functional, and above all we want them to reflect our personal styles. http://blog.bestinamericanliving.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/711-Blue-Mist-Way-Small-14.jpg When you invest large amounts of time and money into your home, you want to be able to showcase it to look...

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What’s Cooking in the Kitchen: Design for All!

What’s Cooking in the Kitchen: Design for All!

The kitchen is the heart of a home, and arguably the most important room in the house.   Kitchens require more attention than ever when it comes to universal design.  Here’s how to adapt some basic areas in the kitchen using universal design principles. Homeowners in all age groups have clear preference for open floor plans, which dictates a focus on kitchen design more than ever.  Baby boomers tend to be a very social group who like to entertain often.  The kitchen becomes prime entertainment space with guests gathering around the island or counter space.  A two-tiered island provides extra...

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Porch Life: Take the Party Outside

Porch Life: Take the Party Outside

When the weather turns warm and the days get longer, there are few meals more pleasant than those you can enjoy in your own backyard.  An outdoor kitchen that is designed to function like your indoor kitchen just might be the ticket. Pull up a stool and stay a while.  Watching the chef at work is half the fun.  Bring the party to the cook by including a stainless steel or stone bar top, or bar-height table and stools near the grill.  This will allow guests to sit, mingle and watch all the action while staying out of the main kitchen space. Include a prep zone.  A strategically placed prep...

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Angle Antics

Angle Antics

Angles give a dynamic or welcoming feel to the space. Visual interest is what you balance in design. Different colors, shapes, and sizes all create different degrees of interest. It is the distribution of this interest that you need to control, which addscharacteristics to an interior space that are beyond the norm. This can be achieved in a space by taking some fairly simple measures without having to break the bank. One way this can be done is by creating angles with items you already have. Furniture can be one of the quickest things to put on an angle, when you have the right plan. Before...

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No Boring Flooring!

No Boring Flooring!

Your floors take more punishment than any other surface of your home. Flooring must be durable, attractive and acoustically appropriate so that every sound in your home isn’t amplified. Whether you prefer a high-tech approach with engineered floors, laminates and bamboo or turn to the past with reclaimed and salvaged material, there are a myriad of options in flooring materials.   Solid Wood—Oak is, and has long been, the favorite species in flooring. If you’re feeling creative, consider other types of wood: mainly maple or ash, but also exotic woods such as Australian jarrah, a hard,...

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Kitchen EnCounters

Kitchen EnCounters

 Whether you’re remodeling a kitchen, building one from scratch or just ready to give yours a face-lift, countertops are a central part of the look.  Choosing the right countertop for your kitchen can be a daunting task. It can be tempting to choose a countertop based on looks alone, however a material’s durability, maintenance and, of course, cost are also important factors to consider when making a selection for your kitchen. Check out the basics of these countertop materials to help you select the right one for your space  Granite is one of the most popular materials used.  It...

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Snowbound? Design Ideas to Keep the Kids Occupied Indoors

Snowbound? Design Ideas to Keep the Kids Occupied Indoors

We found this neat article on Houzz.com–Winterizing: Prepare the House for Snow-Day Activities  

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What’s Your Style?

What’s Your Style?

      Decorating styles have evolved over the ages.  Each style is beneficial to the people who will enjoy the home for years to come.  Many styles have been born out of previous styles.  Determine which style fits your taste from the characteristics of each of the following styles.   Traditional Formal feel Colors in jewel tones and deep hues Silks and satins Soft scrolls Crystal chandeliers Brass or bronze finishes Dark woods   Transitional (Hybrid between traditional and contemporary) Clean lines mixed with some detailed curved accents Accent colors from...

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