Houzz Winner x2
Kimball Starr Interior Design Blog
by kimballstarr
1M ago
Design by Kimball Starr / Photo by Eric Rorer We couldn’t be prouder to share that we’re a multi-award winner on Houzz this year, jumping from 10 to 12 in 2024! Awards and badges courtesy Houzz.com Houzz is the well-known social media focused on interior design, connecting designers with clients. They separate categories into Houzz Design and Houzz Service. We won in BOTH categories for 2024 – how about that?! The project featured in the Houzz winner’s spread is our Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Design: Design by Kimball Starr / Photo by Eric Rorer / Layout by Houzz Design by Kimball Starr / P ..read more
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Sounds Good: Design for Audio Clarity
Kimball Starr Interior Design Blog
by kimballstarr
2M ago
Have you ever been inside a grand, beautiful home, but it has an echo-y sound that ruins the effect of the space? There are now many modern solutions to this challenge. Let’s take a tour! Photos courtesy Carnegie There are generally 4 types of applications for sound-reducing design elements: Walls, ceilings, hanging baffles, and room dividers. Photo courtesy Carnegie – Xorel Artforms When thinking about residential materials, you want something cool and creative with flexible applications, such as this beautiful Xorel Artform from Carnegie that can create multiple shapes and patterns on an ..read more
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Light Demo Reno
Kimball Starr Interior Design Blog
by kimballstarr
3M ago
Continuing our series on before-and-after renovations, today I’m sharing a project that required very light demolition, mostly replacing finishes. This is an easier type of project to take on because it’s completed faster, creates less construction dust and waste, and costs less than a full renovation that removes everything and starts again. AFTER Design by Kimball Starr / Photo by Client The biggest item we replaced was the kitchen flooring, which we matched to the rest of the house to provide unity throughout. BEFORE Photo by Client AFTER Design by Kimball Starr / Photo by Client In th ..read more
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Elevate Your Sofa’s Look
Kimball Starr Interior Design Blog
by kimballstarr
3M ago
As we approach spring, it’s an opportunity to elevate your environment and raise your spirits, starting with your sofa! You will always do well to purchase the best quality furniture you can in a neutral color with no excessive curves. Stick to classic, sophisticated shapes in fabrics that will last, then follow my tips to bring in texture and color. A few favorite examples follow. Neutral Grey with Spring Colors Design by Kimball Starr / Photo by Eric Rorer My client wishes it was spring every day, so I created it for her! I started with a neutral backdrop so the vibrant palette doesn’t ov ..read more
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No Demo Reno Kitchen
Kimball Starr Interior Design Blog
by kimballstarr
4M ago
Have you ever wanted to change your home’s interior spaces, but not go through months of construction? Wouldn’t it be great to have a new space for the new year, but without all the headaches of tearing out walls and rebuilding? Here’s how we did a no-demolition-renovation of a San Francisco kitchen recently. Design by Kimball Starr / Photo by Steph Dewey This is what the space looks like after we completed the work. I just love how light and refreshing it feels! The imitation artichoke pendant light is an affordable way to add a standout design feature, while the butcher block is both pract ..read more
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Pantone COTY Peach Fuzz
Kimball Starr Interior Design Blog
by kimballstarr
4M ago
Image courtesy Pantone It’s here: One of my favorite January traditions, discovering the Pantone Color of the Year, and thinking about how I can utilize it in my 2024 work! Swatch and quote courtesy Pantone Below are a few ways companies are responding: Photo courtesy Ruggable Ruggable created custom Peach Fuzz designs that are simple, sweet, and pretty. They make me want to wiggle my bare toes on their rugs with a cocktail in hand. Photo courtesy Motorola Motorola collabs with Pantone to unwrap what’s likely the first of many new phone designs we’ll see this year, but possibly the only ..read more
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Fireplace Updates
Kimball Starr Interior Design Blog
by kimballstarr
5M ago
Potbelly Stove to Contemporary Custom Fireplace AFTER: Design by Kimball Starr / Photo by Paul Dyer When winter arrives, people want to cozy up to a warm fireplace. BEFORE: Photo by Kimball Starr This cute home has a cabin-y feel, with the knotty cedar wood paneling. While the potbelly stove did go with the environment, the client wanted a more modern, updated look. AFTER: Design by Kimball Starr / Photo by Paul Dyer I custom-designed this simple, contemporary fireplace to be beautiful and also provide a place to display art. The raised hearth is cantilevered and reinforced with steel s ..read more
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Refresh and Renew
Kimball Starr Interior Design Blog
by kimballstarr
5M ago
Welcome to 2024 I just love a new year, getting a chance to have a fresh start, and time to renew yourself and your environment to prepare for the year ahead. If you’re dreaming of a refreshed and renovated home, read on for a beautiful before-and-after! Design by Kimball Starr / Photo by Paul Dyer Above is how my client’s kitchen looks now, after I shifted a wall and added a door and an island. Left: BEFORE / Right: AFTER Design by Kimball Starr / Photo by Paul Dyer You can see how limiting the sheetrock walls were. After removing the walls, now the kitchen is open and welcoming. Left: B ..read more
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Stunning Entry Foyers
Kimball Starr Interior Design Blog
by kimballstarr
6M ago
The entryway, also called the foyer, is one of the hardest-working spaces in your home, especially during the holiday season. Here are some inspirational ideas from around the web and my top tips for your consideration. Photo courtesy Mali Azima Black and white flooring never goes out of style. This floor shows off the length of the room. Love it! Photo courtesy Annie Schlecte Don’t be afraid to go bold with color! Make a statement and envelop your visitor with rich tones. Consider painting the walls, ceiling, and trim in the same vibrant hue.  Photo courtesy Maria-Carla Atencio In ..read more
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Make a White Kitchen Gorgeous with Color
Kimball Starr Interior Design Blog
by kimballstarr
6M ago
Design by Kimball Starr / Photo by Paul Dyer Want an update on the standard white-on-white kitchen? Read on for how I delivered a GORGEOUS space with a touch of modern color. Design by Kimball Starr / Photo by Paul Dyer My client wanted a kitchen that had more workable space and was beautiful to see and use. We added a beautiful moss-green subway tile to the walls and backsplash, swapped the fridge and cook surface, and let the natural light shine through the windows by removing the tall pantry. BEFORE Here you can tell how it was before — cramped, dark, and lacking storage. Design by K ..read more
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