Americans Poised to Spend on Home Improvements in 2018

According to recent research from The Research Institute For Cooking and Kitchen Intelligence (RICKI), homeowners are planning to invest money in their homes in the upcoming year!

The referenced study confirms that 78% of millennial homeowners and 66% of homeowners overall are feeling confident about spending money on home improvements in the new year.

Click the link below to see the infographic from RICKI:

Americans Poised to Spend on Home Improvements in the New Year



2018 Home Project Wish List

For many people, January 1 signifies it’s time to create their annual home-project wish list. Two of the most desired projects are remodeling the kitchen and bathrooms.

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Memories of the holidays are still fresh, and perhaps your home did not perform well with the additional traffic. Frequent collisions between people in the kitchen… the carpeting in the hall bath stayed wet the entire time family was visiting… the oven temperature was inaccurate and you scorched your signature dish… You get the idea.

Now is the perfect time to make a solid plan and ensure future holidays are a joy. To make the process less stressful, it is helpful to clarify a few things first:

  • How much do you intend to invest in the project? Determining a realistic budget is one of the most difficult tasks in a remodeling project. Unless you have unlimited funds, skipping this step can result in headaches and disappointments for you, your designer, and the entire project team.
  • What is your preferred timetable for completing the project? It is easy focus on the actual construction time and forget about the time required for planning. It can take an average of 3 to 6 months to finalize layout, products, and finishes.
  • Do you have a go-to contractor or will there be a bidding process to complete once the design is final?

Each of these points has many details to consider. Your designer is a great resource to help you work through these steps and understand how selections, materials, and finishes affect price.

There are also publications, such as Remodeling News and Fine Homebuilding, that cover budget, materials, and construction issues, to help educate you.

You CAN have the kitchen and bathroom of your dreams! All it takes is a little planning.

Happy New Year and Happy Planning!


Pantone Color of the Year 2018 | Ultra Violet

If it seems to you that everyone, especially paint companies, announces their pick for color of the year, you would not be mistaken. However, the Pantone color of the year is the one to watch, as Pantone is the world-renowned authority on color.

Color of the Year 2018 - Quote from Lee Eiseman

Purple definitely makes a statement, and not everyone has the confidence to speak quite so loudly. Even so, purple has long been a favorite color of mine, as well as more than one of my clients!


For those influenced more by named trends than personal taste, Ultra Violet will find its way into graphic design, fashion, beauty products, and home decor.

Pantone created eight color palettes incorporating Ultra Violet. Use them as they are, or consider them inspiration to create your own custom palettes.

Looking for saturated color and drama:

When softer tones are required:

If you’d like to purchase products from Pantone, shop for merchandise in shades of ultra violet, view past colors of the year, or peruse tools for designers, visit Pantone Color of the Year.