Did you know...

Did you know...

 

  1. Of all the rooms in your home, your bathroom is the one that can give the best return on investment when you renovate it. Whether you’re thinking of selling, or designing the dream bathroom you’ll enjoy for years to come, a bathroom renovation is a great way to increase the value of your home, and the value you get from your home. JOSTAR offers a variety of packages to meet any budget to achieve the wow factor for your next renovation or room redesign. Have a look today at www.jostar.com

  2. Improving the functionality and comfort of your home can reduce stress and greatly improve the enjoyment of the house.

    House renovation projects allow you to customize your home to your unique tastes and needs. This is your opportunity to create your dream home or at least make the space you have more enjoyable and useful.

    During your renovations, you can create your own home theater, finish your basement, tear down a wall to open a space, or complete one of many other exciting projects. You can update a bathroom to make it more like a visit to the spa or you can finally create a custom office for yourself where you will be productive. Other benefits of a home renovation include: lowering energy costs (ie. During your house renovation, you can upgrade the insulation, install new windows, and eliminate drafts and other leaks) and Boosting your property value (ie. You can increase the value of your home by making it more aesthetically appealing, upgrading fixtures, adding a new coat of paint, replacing any old or worn flooring, and making other design changes).

     

    Even homeowners who really want to renovate often avoid doing so because they do not want to deal with the headache of such a large project and they are afraid of the cost. Many of the hassles and risks associated with renovated can be reduced or eliminated with the help of a renovation expert.

     

    Experienced and licensed professionals can make valuable recommendations and can then streamline and complete the entire home renovation for you. JOSTAR Interiors complete large and small home renovation projects in Edmonton area and around the world providing valuable solutions to homeowners from the initial design phase all the way through to a beautifully finished project. Contact JOSTAR today and for only $100 you can see what you have always been dreaming!

Valentines day. Why not show your home some love!

With Valentines day coming up why not show some love for your house by giving it a new fresh design. A good design can make you feel happier for a number of various reasons. Some include: 1. Sight Is Our Most Potent Sense, 2. Well-Designed Spaces Bring Us Peace, 3. Humans Appreciate Beauty, Even in Small Doses, 4 Color Can Affect Your Mood, 5. Good Design Gives You Ownership Over Your Space and Your Life.

Beautify your home today! You deserve it! JOSTAR can help.
Contact us at jostar@jostar.com or 780-435-1727.

The Quickest and Easiest Ways to Maximize Your Powder Room Space

We get it.

You want your bathroom to feel bigger.

While there’s no such thing as a magic wand that will boost your square footage (although this would make our jobs really, really easy), there are lots of hacks you can employ to “trick” the eye and make even the tiniest powder room feel like part of a spa getaway.

Check out some of our favourite space-boosting tips:

 

Light the way

From natural to artificial light sources, brighter is always better. You don’t always have to remodel to see results - this could be something as simple as keeping the curtains open if you have a big window in your space.

If you are renovating, think about making your windows bigger or upgrading your lighting for something brighter and more efficient, such as recessed lighting. While the goal is to welcome as much light as you can, try to avoid the common mistake of going overboard with fixtures that can get cluttered and wasteful.

 

Say hello to a new friend: glass

If bringing more light into your space makes it feel bigger, it stands to reason that all the new light needs to be guided somewhere.

Adding more glass lets light into all the areas of your space, creating more visual depth.

Something easy like swapping out the opaque doors on a linen closet or cabinet for glass ones will help make use of every ounce of space your powder room has to offer. Alternatively, if you’re planning a new bathroom design, opt for glass as much as you can – like glass surfaces that reflect light on your vanity.

 

Stay clear 

This is another trick that seems suspiciously simple – but trust us! It works.

Clear as much as you can off your floor. It can be as straightforward as getting rid of an overloaded towel rack or moving an unused side table out of the room.

If you’re renovating, consider a wall-mounted vanity to clear your floor space up even more. The idea is that more floor space gives your eyes more freedom to look around, and more open space to see, creating the illusion of a bigger room (not quite magic, but we’ll take it).

 

Up up and away 

Another clever Jostar trick is to draw the eye upward if you can’t draw it horizontally.

Let’s break it down: adding intriguing and elegant details in a vertical manner in your bathroom distracts the eye from looking side to side. One of our favourite tricks is using crown molding.

As long as the scale isn’t too dramatic, the detailing is enough to draw the eye somewhere new and create an elegant vibe. If you have a very high ceiling, you could also try adding a chandelier (if it suits your home decor) to the same effect.

 

Choose colours wisely 

Our next tip is perfect for space boosting without renovating: lighten up your wall tones.  You’ve probably already been cautioned at least once in your life about painting your walls too dark, but it really is true.

Lighter colours will make your space feel bright and airy. However, sticking to pale tones doesn’t mean your bathroom has to be boring or drab. There are plenty of easy ways to bring all your interior design ideas to life.

Maybe that deep red you love is too heavy for the walls, but it could easily be the colour of your accents and towels. Overall, the secret to more space is being strategic with how you balance colour – so lighten your walls, but don’t lose your creativity or be afraid to use bold colours wisely.

While there may not be one quick way to instantly boost bathroom space, there are tons of little secrets that can improve the serenity and spaciousness of your bathroom.

For more insight, check out the Jostar Interiors Bathroom Renovation Quiz and discover helpful tips and industry tricks from Edmonton interior designers.

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5 Window Coverings That Will Change Your Life

5 Window Coverings That Will Change Your Life

 

Big, beautiful windows are one of the best parts of a room, and a feature you definitely want to show off. As your windows create such a focal point, it’s easy to forget about the importance of how you cover them. The window treatment you choose will bring your room together and add a meaningful finishing touch.

There are a many number of products and textiles available to help you cover your windows, but what you select depends entirely on how you use your windows.

Here’s everything you need to know to determine what’s right for you:
 

Blinds 

Blinds are great for rooms in which you may want to partially block natural light or go into full private mode. They can be constructed from a range of materials: from plastic to wood, and also come in any range of colours. Blinds feature slats that can be tilted to let some, a little, or no light in, and they cast lovely mood-setting shadows when the light strikes just right.

 

Shades 

Shades are some of the most versatile window coverings available. They’re made by attaching a length of fabric to a sturdy mechanism, such as a frame or rod, and fitting directly over your windows. Shades are lowered and raised with a pulley system that doesn’t leave any loose strings.

Unlike blinds that have slats, shades are continuous with no gaps in the material. Ideal for any size of window, they can offer partial light to full darkness, depending on the material used in construction. Although they have less “settings,” you can control the light you let into your space during the design phase by carefully choosing the opacity of the fabric of your new window coverings.

 

Roller Shades 

Roller shades are true to their name: they roll up!

These are a great window treatment option when you’re looking for something that will look inconspicuous when open. Like standard shades, rollers are constructed with a continuous piece of fabric (so take care in choosing the right opacity for your needs).

The difference is that rollers spin into a neat roll at the top of your window frames when not in use. Best for minimalist designs, roller shades are especially popular in sitting rooms because of their sleek and unobtrusive look.

 

Drapery 

Drapes are where things can take more of a turn for the creative. They can be made from almost any type of fabric and in any colour, pattern, or texture you desire. Drapes are hung on a rod above the window, making them easy to open (or play hide and seek behind).

They give you the option to make a bold statement and are especially popular in main living rooms and master bedrooms. Again, opacity determines how much light will peek through your window coverings, so choose something heavier if you plan to sleep in, and lighter if you like to rise with the sun.

 

Sheers 

Sheers are ideal for adding a little privacy without blocking a lot of light. They are frequently layered over shades or blinds to give you more window coverage options and kick up your style.

Sheer curtains can make your space feel bright and airy, without the unfinished look that comes with completely naked windows. We love to use them in soft, dreamy bedroom designs for an added touch of whimsy and gentle movement.

If you’re wondering what window covering ideas are right for your space, we’re here to help. Get in touch with one of our designers to book a consultation today!

 

Cover Image Credit: Restoration Hardware as seen on The Art of Domesticity

 

The Biggest Expense of Your Bathroom Renovation Revealed

The Biggest Expense of Your
Bathroom Renovation Revealed –
And How To Budget For It
 

Planning a bathroom renovation and wondering how to budget? The cost of a renovation can be a big stress, but it doesn’t have to be. Getting an accurate estimate and setting a realistic budget at the start can take immense pressure off of your renovation (and save you unnecessary worry and headache).

Still skeptical? Here’s our best advice for how to budget for the biggest expense of your upcoming bathroom renovation:

 

Big ticket item

Here it is: the biggest expense of most bathroom renovation projects is - drumroll please… the cabinets!

Cabinets account for about 34% of the overall cost of a bathroom renovation. Of course, if you can salvage your existing cabinets by refinishing or repainting them, it will make a huge difference in the overall cost of your project. Even adding a small touch of paint to your existing cabinets can really liven them up and eliminate the need for a full replacement.

However, if you are going to replace your cabinets, paying attention to the type and quality will also make a world of difference to your budget. High-end cabinets (such as ones that are glazed instead of stained) can inflate costs, so try to avoid anything top-of-the-line or overly intricate if you’re on a strict budget. If you can’t swing the most luxurious cabinets out there, try splurging on cabinet hardware instead. Some glam handles and hinges can make average cabinets look extraordinary.

 

Know what you can afford

Like any home remodel, a bathroom project requires saving. Take some time to get your bathroom renovation ideas together, figure how much you can save each month, how long you want to save for, and finally how much you’ll be able to spend. Having a number in mind makes planning your renovation much easier, and it helps you set a realistic timeline for when you’ll start your project too.

 

Trust your designer

Myth: designers make your bathroom renovation more expensive.

Interior designers have made a career out of studying what works, what doesn’t, and what it takes to bring it all together. They respect your bathroom renovation budget and share years of wisdom and money saving tips. Designers can tell you where to splurge and where to save (on cabinets and more), and they have plenty of advice to make your ideas more cost effective.

Find a designer that suits your style, and understands your ideas. You’ll be surprised how much easier it feels to have your own personal design sidekick to swoop in and help you find renovation savings.

Although cabinets are usually the biggest expense, every feature you choose and every plan you make affects your bottom line. Sinks, floors, showers, cabinets, faucets – everything adds up. Choosing the right elements for your needs and budget is the best way to stay on track.

To put everything in perspective, we’ve created the Jostar Interiors Bathroom Renovation Quiz, which will help you figure out (about) how much the bathroom of your dreams will cost to come true. Check it out to kick off your renovation plans.

 

Cover image: Style at Home